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Mabel Tainter Board conducts community survey

March 27, 2019

The Mabel Tainter Theater Board is conducting a to guide them in developing their next strategic plan. The survey takes less than 5 minutes. If you care about the direction of the theater, it would be great if you could take the time to complete the survey.

Dark Money airing on PBS Monday Night

DARK MONEY (2018) | Official Trailer HD | PBS Distribution

September 30, 2018

Wis.Community recently held a screening of the film Dark Money in Downsville. This film will be shown Monday, Oct. 1 on PBS stations nationwide (the first showing will be at 9 PM Monday night). The film will also become available for streaming after the national premiere. 


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Aretha Franklin - Think (feat. The Blues Brothers) - 1080p Full HD

August 17, 2018

As you all know by now, Aretha Franklin  has left us. Many knew her as an angel of a performer, and sometimes a difficult and unpredictable person when off-stage. All that may be, but we are left with an amazing trove of performances, both as a singer and an under-rated piano player, whose subtle keyboard work was often the core of spectacular arrangements. She was a continual voice during my life, both as a singer and as a defender of everyone's rights.

Last weekend in the valley

Sue Orfield
August 10, 2018

A few pictures from last weekend in the Chippewa Valley. Saturday was the ever-popular Dragon Boat races in Eau Claire, and all wekeend Blues on the Chippewa rocked Durand. Yours truly spent Sunday afternoon in Durand volunteering to sling beer to the thirsty Blues crowd. Anyway, these are a few views of both events.

Pablo Center announces initial schedule

August 9, 2018

The Pablo Center at the Confluence has announce the initial schedule for their opening season. The schedule includes a mix of local peformance groups, films, and performers brought in from far and wide. Highlights for me are likely to include Ailey II, Kate Lindsey and  Baptiste Trotignon, Cassel/Block, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The complete Pablo schedule brochure is linked below.

Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomonin

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Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomin Summer Concert Series

July 24, 2018

Music Over Menomin at the has had a rough summer as many of the music events have needed to be canceled due to the wildly unpredictable summer weather. This week (Thursday - details below) local favorite band is playing. In honor of that the band has made a video asking you to come out.

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson
April 29, 2018

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

Frigg - live in Eau Claire - Don't miss them!


Frigg GLivelab

April 20, 2018

Folk, fiddles, and fun come to Eau Claire on Sunday. We were planning on heading on over to the cities next week to see Frigg at the Cedar Cultural Center. But this afternoon I was looking at (embarrasingly, my own) calendar on the site and realized they are playing in Eau Claire on Sunday.  Free and open to the public at Schofield Auditorium at UWEC.

Pro Arte Quartet Recital at UW-Eau Claire

Pro Arte Quartet

Howl: Howl - Part II

March 27, 2018

The music school at UW Eau Claire holds many music events, many from the faculty and students at the University, and some with visiiting performers. One of those opportunities to see a great performance will happen next week as the Pro Arte Quartet holds a recital at the University. It is free and open to the public. April 4, 7:30 PM.  Details are listed at the links below.

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    On Thursday, September 16th, Jeff French, Barron County Administrator, will be the presenter at the Thursdays at the U Public Lecture Series at UWEC-Barron County in Rice Lake. The session begins at 12:30 pm in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). His topic is "What Is a County?" He will show a brief video and share other information about the various roles, responsibilities and functions of counties as a part of our system of government. He will also involve participants in a hands-on demonstration of county budgets.   Jeff is a life-long resident of Barron County and there's no place he'd rather be. He was County Finance Director from 2000-2009, then took on the role of Administrator of the county. He was a student at WITC from 1987 to 1989, and later obtained his bachelor's degree and Master's in Business Administration from Lakeland College in 2000 and 2007, respectively. He is licensed both as a Certified Public Accountant and as an Enrolled Agent. In his free time, he enjoys silent sports like cross-country skiing and biking.

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    Other Me's is a detailed, personal account of how Jim Adams and his family dealt with the final two years of his wife's struggle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's Disease. Using reflective daily journals and memory care facility notes, he chronicles the progression of her physical and mental symptoms, including Capgras Syndrome, which caused her to believe there were multiple versions of her husband, including several malevolent imposters. Adams will lead this discussion of his self-published memoir on Thursday, September 30th starting at 12:30 pm in a talk entitled "A Caregiver's Experience with Dementia." This event will take place in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234) on the UWEC-Barron County campus, located at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake. This and other sessions of the Thursdays at the U Lecture Series are free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the campus foundation. Seating reservations are not required.   Adams is a former Aerospace Engineer and retired Chetek High School math, science, and computer science teacher. He is a volunteer Community Educator for the Alzheimer's Association, a dementia support group facilitator, and he has his own Facebook page on Lewy Body Dementia. Jim also facilitates a support group for the Barron County ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center). He was married to his wife Diane for 52 years and resides in Chetek. He has three children: one an engineer in Chippewa Falls, one a teacher at Barron High School, and the third an art teacher (now a home-schooling mom) in Eau Claire. In addition to enjoying his 5 grandchildren, Jim's hobbies include pickleball, hiking, nature photography, acrylic painting, building and flying model airplanes, and playing banjo, guitar, and harmonica.

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