A coalition of Eau Claire civic groups led by Citizen Action of Wisconsin held a health care rally outside Eau Claire's city hall Thursday to announce the delivery of over 5,000 petition signatures to place a health care reform advisory referendum on the November ballot. Jo Burke (pictured above, click for a better view) is president of the Eau Claire Association of Educators and spoke to the struggles that children and families face when they lack health insurance or are denied coverage even when they have it. The advisory referendum, which is also expected on the city of Altoona's ballot after signatures were turned in Thursday as well, will read: "Shall the state legislature enact health care reform legislation by December 31st, 2009 that guarantees to every Wisconsin resident affordable coverage as good as what is provided to state legislators." The question will be ensured placement on the ballots after officials approve the validity of the signatures and the respective city councils vote on the matter sometime in the next month.
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Thursday's Pharkapalooza features some of the area's best country/rock/folk/stuff. Michael Perry and the Long Beds are a collection of talented musicians centered around best-selling author Mike Perry’s down home country rock sensibilities. Billy Krause is a local folk staple and Eau Claire scene veteran with an original, mature sound.
Weather Update: The weather looks great – see you tonight!
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Remember that perfect vintage photograph you've been looking for that features an old-timey view of the city of Eau Claire? Well, get ready to give us a big, wet kiss, because we've found your one-stop local vintage photo reproduction shop – courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Just click over to their Search Page and type in "Eau Claire" or "Chippewa Falls" or "guy" and see what you find. The images cover the whole state of Wisconsin, of course, so if you're looking for something local, pay attention to your searchin' words.
All the images are available for purchase in a nice range of sizes, in both matte and glossy. My personal favorites include this old postcard of Barstow Street showing the Stones Throw building, and the this guy named Asaph Whittlesey – which someone around here has got to use for a band poster or I will cry.
Thanks to Kevin for the tip on this.
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Lace up your Chuck Taylors and practice some layups for tonight's Back-Alley movie – it's Hoosiers! Based on the incredible true story of how a small-town high school’s basketball team became Indiana State Champs in 1954. This film, featuring excellent performances from Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, follows the controversial outsider who came to town to teach high school history and coach basketball and who was not afraid to make big waves in a small pond. Though it’s a classic underdog sports film, you don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy this movie – it can make anyone with a heart of stone put aside cynicism and root for the underdogs. (Re-scheduled from a rain-out in 2007).
This year’s Back-Alley Summer Cinema Series is brought to you by Kadinger Event Production, WHYS community radio, Benny HaHa Art Supply and Gallery, and of course, the fine folks typing these words, Volume One Magazine.
NOTE: We're on. It's a go. Come on down. The radar (this one) is not predicting any rain as of 4pm BAT (back-alley time).
Hoosiers (PG/114min/1986) • Monday, July 21 • the alley that would be 205 Graham Ave., downtown Eau Claire • 9:30pm • all ages • FREE • concessions available • 552-0457
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