FREE VOL. 8 ISSUE 123 July 17, 2008
Reduce your Carbon Footprint 22 ways to be more sustainable
Report from Rothbury Sustainability made cool
Q&A with Wes Borland
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Do this... WHAT: Riverside Jazz Party! WHERE: Riverside Park WHEN: Sunday, July 20, 2-9:30 p.m. Tired of the summer heat? Come on down to Riverside Park this Sunday to cool down to the sound of the best jazz La Crosse has to offer! This year marks the first ever Riverside Jazz Party featuring the coolest jazz groups around. Musical acts include The Bones Band, the John Paulson Quartet, Somethin' Jazz, the Air National Guard Jazz Band of the Midwest and Bryon Stripling & The Great River Big Band. Stripling is a world renowned trumpet player and singer and has been likened to a modern day Louis Armstrong. He has played with Woody Herman, the Big Bands of Count Basie and the American Jazz Philharmonic, to name a few. So come on down to Riverside this Sunday for a jazz party that is guaranteed to impress!
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Second Supper’s finally on the social networking bandwagon, with a whole chain of townies to answer our deliciously revealing questions. Each week, the interviewee will name someone they're connected to, who will become the next person interviewed, and so it shall continue.You see? We really are all connected.
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22 tips for a more sustainable life Energy efďŹ cient light bulbs? Check. Recycling bins for all reusable products? Check. We all know the basics for reducing our carbon footprints, but even the most eco-conscious among us can sometimes overlook simple ways to go green. The following are some suggestions for reducing your energy usage that you may not have thought of. While most of these tips won't leave your wallet any lighter, the few that do require an investment will pay for themselves in no time with the money you'll save on your energy bills. â€” Emily Faeth Make sure you unplug ALL electrical devices when they're not in use. That cell phone charger may look innocent, but as long as it's plugged into an outlet, it's still sucking up energy. Support local food! Not only are you lending a hand to area producers, you're also reducing the amount of energy it takes to get your dinner to your table. Turn down your water heater and central heating systems by just 1-2 degrees. If you don't have access to these, just ask your landlord to lend you a hand.You'll be amazed at how much energy you'll save, and you probably won't even notice the temperature difference. Only fill your tea kettle with as much water as you'll be needing. You'll reduce the amount of heat needed to boil your brew. Defrost your fridge/freezer on a regular basis to maintain top efficiency.
Don't buy bottled water! The tap water in La Crosse is just fine, and you can make your friends jealous with your trendy bottle. Word on the street is aluminum bottles are the safest, as they don't contain the chemicals some plastic styles have. If you're lucky enough to have a washing machine or a dishwasher, only use them if you have a full load. Smaller items and loads can be washed by hand. Harness the energy of the sun and install a clothesline in your yard (or even in your apartment!) instead of using a dryer. If you've got the cash, replace your old refrigerator, freezer or other appliances with ones that carry an "A" energy rating. Investigate cavity wall insulation. It can be initially pricey, but it can save you up to $350 every year on your heating bills. Plus, you may even be eligible for a government grant to help cover the cost.
Make your home as "tree free" a possible: replace paper towels with cloth ones, don't use paper cups or plates, purchase bleach-free toilet paper and don't print unnecessary documents. Check out ecofuture.org/jnkmail.html and sign up to stop receiving annoying junk mail. Switch to reusable items as much as possible: those disposable razors, diapers, etc., just end up in landfills. Become karmically blessed and donate your old, gently used items to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity Restore, the Salvation Army or even just your friends. While you're there, check out what they've got to offer you! Reduce the waste you produce as much as possible. When purchasing items, avoid individually wrapped foods and look for items packaged in biodegradable or recyclable containers. Empty out the trunk of your car and always make sure your tires are properly inflated. Every gallon of gas you save drops 25 pounds off your carbon footprint. Look for coffee that is "shade-grown." Coffee grown in this manner saves the habitats of endangered birds and, thus, helps the earth as a whole.
It's obvious, but leave your A/C off if you're not going to be home. It may suck to walk into a sweltering house, but it only takes a few minutes to cool your abode, and you'll save money, too. It's summer, so break out the rollerblades, bike or whatever your mode of choice is.You'll be working on your hot bod and saving the planet at the same time. Always wash your clothes in cold water. The heat is pretty much unnecessary and your clothes will get just as clean. Go minimalist! The less you have, the less you'll be compelled to buy, and the less waste you'll produce. You'll thank yourself the next time you have to move. When you're out hiking, bring a bag and chuck the garbage you find. Your friends will admire your gumption.
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Some Like It Hot - The Science of Global Warming continues to rise exponentially, scientists expect the earth’s sea levels to rise, an increase in the frequency of extreme weather situations, changes to the amount of precipitation and the pattern and an increase in the range of disease vectors (mosquitoes, flies, etc.). Let’s say that the sea levels begin to rise in the next few decades. What would be the result? To start off, we need to determine how much the sea level has risen in the past few years. Since 1900, the sea level has increased by 1 to 2 mm/year. Now, thanks to satellite altimetry, scientists have determined that the current sea level is rising on average 3.1 mm per year, and worst of all, have discovered that the rate is increasing steadily each year (from the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters). The increase in sea-level rising is a direct result from the trend of global warming due to the thermal expansion of sea water and the widespread melting of land ice. If sea levels continue to rise the ultimate effects will be felt worldwide. For example, the amount of storm-surge flooding along coasts of rivers and oceans will begin to increase (sound familiar?), as will the amounts of soil erosion and changes in water and soil quality. The increase in extreme weather situations is now something that people are starting to get used to. Extreme weather situations are either storms that appear out of season (like tornadoes appearing in mid-to-late fall) or are many times stronger than previous storm systems. Lately, storm systems that have always
plagued coastal regions have begun to increase in intensity, especially tropical cyclones. Both the World Meteorological Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have connected the increase in extreme weather conditions with global warming. That’s right, a U.S. Government Agency has acknowledged that global warming exists and is causing some shittastic weather patterns. As the temperatures of the oceans continue to increase, expect to see more and more intense weather patterns to emerge in the coming years, much worse than any of the storms we’ve weathered so far this year. Needless to say, the effects of global warming will be felt worldwide, including hitting us on a very personal level. We’ve all witnessed the flooding that has taken place here in the Midwest.We’ve all seen the effects of super-charged tsunamis hitting rural coastal communities and villages. And now that you know some of the facts and effects of global warming, it’s up to each of us to try and do something to change it. I’m not calling on anyone to turn into a raging, commune-living hippie, but to always consider the planet’s health when making decisions. Why drive somewhere when biking or walking will simply do? If we start doing our part, we can begin to decrease the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the environment, and eventually, start to curtail the changes that our planet is going through. Only time will let us know if we are too late.
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Oi, kiddies! We’re currently halfway through our summer, and needless to say, it’s been a scorcher so far! So why has it been so goshdarn hot lately, and why does it seem like everyday you plan to take the pontoon out and get drunk with some buddies a wicked thunderstorm pops out of nowhere and forces the drinking into the boring ol’ indoors? Well kiddies, today we’re going to analyze the causes and effects of global warming, and before you get all huffy and tell me that “oh, there’s no such thing as global warming. It’s all just a big hoax,” consider this. The “theory” of global warming has been accepted by at least 30 major scientific societies and academies of science, including all national academies of science in major industrialized nations (from “The Science of Climate Change” from The Royal Society, the major scientific academy in the UK).
In the most basic terms, global warming is the steady increase in the temperature of the air surrounding the earth and the oceans. How much has it increased, you ask? Well, according to the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia and the Hadley Centre in the UK Meteorological Office, the temperature has increased 1.33 ± .32 °F in the past 100 years.The Climate Research Unit and the Hadley Centre are both working in part with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Since the release of these findings, the IPCC has projected that the average global surface temperature (air and oceans) will increase 2.0 to 11.5° F in the next century. Now, you may be asking yourself “gee, that’s great Dr. Science McLoserface, but what does this all have to do with me?” Well, within the next century as the earth’s temperature
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How green was my Rothbury? By Adam Bissen
firstname.lastname@example.org Outside the main gates of Rothbury, it can be hard to see how this four-day music festival is helping reverse global warming while inspiring a generation of young activists. RVs, SUVs and sedans sprawl across several acres of western Michigan campgrounds, their owners driving in from nearly every U.S. state. Floodlights illuminate the camp, so it’s easy to see the nitrous oxide tanks releasing greenhouse gasses and all the spent balloons fanning out as post-euphoric, non-biodegradable litter. Inside the gates of Rothbury, though, the mood is more optimistic and the festival grounds are cleaner than any this live music fan has ever seen. Not only are hundreds of brightly painted trash cans everywhere, volunteers stand behind them at all hours of the day, directing attendees to dispose of waste, compost and recyclables into the appropriate receptacle. There are art and eye candy around every corner, most of it constructed from found materials. Depending on the T-shirt, one can identify HeadCount.org volunteers, who registered 775 people to vote over the weekend, Conscious Alliance volunteers, who collected approximately 66,000 pounds of food, and farmers from near the town of Rothbury who sold their produce at an onsite market. There was music, too — lots of it. Jam titans like Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic and three-quarters of Phish brought in hordes, while more mainstream acts like Snoop Dogg, John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band ensured that Rothbury’s progressive message would spread to a wide audience. Festival officials have yet to release attendance figures, but they were expecting around 50,000 people for their Fourth of July weekend bash. In the post-Bonnaroo era, there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about any of this. Festies make money so promoters love to throw them. But Rothbury was supposed to break the mold. As lauded in an introductory press release: “Rothbury is dedicated to throwing a huge party. ��� With a purpose.” That purpose was most clearly articulated in the dozen “Rothbury Think Tanks” scheduled over the course of the festival. While the promoters did a commendable job in scheduling some of the biggest acts in contemporary live music, they also booked some veritable all-stars in the field of environmental activism. Dr. Stephen Schneider, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Stanford professor who first theorized global warming in 1979, curated the think tanks. One particularly affecting speaker was Winona LaDuke, the noted Native American activist who twice ran as a vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader. In an especially terse critique, LaDuke called for a new energy economy and detailed how her Ojibwa reservation in northwestern Minnesota became energy-independent and sustained by local agriculture. In an applause line, she bemoaned how the United States was addicted to oil and noted “addicts do all sorts of dangerous things, like hang out with dealers all the time.” The think tanks were basically panel discussions followed by questions from Rothbury attendees. To boost attendance — and to discuss the carbon footprints of rock tours
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While Rothbury prided itself on presenting sustainable ideas for the earth, it also offered plenty of great music for the ears. Over four full days, nearly 100 artists performed on seven stages, with even more impromptu music going on at all hours of the night. Here are some highlights: Phil Lesh and Friends — The Grateful Dead's former bassist showed all the kiddies how it's done by performing the tightest "jam" set of the festival. For a 9-piece they displayed amazing conrol, especially during Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower > Eyes of the World. Dave Matthews Band — Your grandma's favorite jamband surprised this reviewer with an exploratory, while consumately professional, set. Guest saxophonist Jeff Coffin (of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones fame) filled in admirably, particularly during a chudkle-enducing cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehamer." Snoop Dogg — From the moment he took the stage yelling "It's 4:20, motherfuckers!" (at 4:28 p.m.), the Doggfather had one of the festival's largest crowds eating out of his hands. It was a jocular, bluntastic affair, and Snoop even appeared to rock the improv tip, making up the song "Smoke Weed, Get Drunk and Fuck," seemingly on the spot. Thievery Corporation — It's a rare treat to catch a full-band set from Thievery Corporation, a chill electronica act usually presented by two DJs. Yet when 30-odd people come out to perform on stage, it was not only a window into the creative process, it's also one of the grooviest shows a music lover can see. Gomez — In a lineup crammed with jambands and DJs, it was nice to catch a good ol' fashioned rock & roll concert. These sharply dressed Brits performed admirably. Sound Tribe Sector 9 — The electonica-fusion quintet debuted its new album Peaceblaster in style with a 25-song, three hour and 40 minute concert that highlighted some old material but was carried on the world debut of six songs that take the band in a dark new direction. Atmosphere and Brother Ali — Two of Minnesota's finest MCs combined forces for a well-received set on a side stage. Following Snoop Dogg's jolly gangsta tomfoolery, the "don't call me emo" rappers real rhymes about heartbreak and appreciating the small stuff played well to the Midwest-minded. Pnuma Trio — The Pnuma kids were the stars of Rothbury, dropping a 2 a.m. trio set Friday night, a "secret" DJ set in a psychadelic forest on Saturday and a festival-closing duo set on Sunday. Two guest sit-ins by STS9 bassist David Murphy were especially ridiculous. 3/4 of Phish — Jon Fishman drummed with the Yonder Mountain String Band, Mike Gordon played bass in his new rock group and Trey Anastasio strummed an easy guitar during his acoustic set. Then Gordo sat-in with Trey for "Chalkdust Torture" and two well-written debuts before 75 percent of Phish closed Gordon's set with a raucus cover of the Beatles' "She Said, She Said." Countown to the reunion tour begins....now!
Q&A with Wes Borland, Painted Painter vorite song off the album, and I thought it would be neat to do it without drum machines and in a souped-up way, like the way that Big Dumb Face was playing it on tour. I also thought it would be pretty funny to cover myself. SS: It’s great; people could either view it as totally arrogant or fourth-wall surreal. WB: I hope that they think that it’s funny and that I’m just covering a song that I liked. If they think it’s arrogant, they’re maybe thinking too much about it. SS: This album will also draw together songs from Duran Duran, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple and Iggy and the Stooges. What led you to choose these songs and create an album out of them? WB: It was so easy to think of covers to do. In every band from when I was 17 I was always thinking of covers. I have a list in my head of all kinds of things that I’d like to cover. Even after the covers album, new songs popped in, and I was like “we should have done that!” It was really easy to throw the list together; it was like making a mix CD for a girl you like, or a new friend. Some of the songs are kind of similar to the originals, but some of them are way off. SS: Are there any songs that you considered taking on which didn’t make the cut? WB: We tried to do “Devil Inside” by INXS three different times and couldn’t make it work. We thought it was going to be super easy and sound cool, but it wasn’t.
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“Blood Red Head on Fire” are the only songs on the MySpace page.
To many people, Wes Borland was the best part of Limp Bizkit. He was certainly the most charismatic. Since leaving that band, he has not branched out so much as exploded.With Big Dumb Face, he created an album of bizarre and fantastic doom cartoons. He has done extensive work with former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner, including soundtracks, remixes and their own projects. Besides this, he tends to pop up anywhere and everywhere, lending assistance to a wide array of musicians, most notably as the touring bassist of screaming rock act From First to Last. Currently, Borland is the frontman for Black Light Burns, a group that starts industrial and ends up wherever they damn well please, including on an upcoming covers and instrumentals album. And he paints! Needless to say, it was amazing to talk to him about his extensive body of work, the joys of covering one’s own song and doing an interview while covered in paint.
SS: Please describe Black Light Burns, and how it came to be.
Second Supper: I loved Big Dumb Face! Are there any plans to release any more material? Wes Borland: My brother and I put a couple of songs up on the Big Dumb Face MySpace that we did over the past four years, and that’s kind of it right now. There are two songs; one is called “Darkness Becomes” and the other is called “The Goat is Dead.” Those two and
SS: Will the instrumentals on this album share common ground with the pretty ambiance of Cruel Melody’s “Iodine Sky,” or do they ex-
plore different territory? WB: A few of them are shorter things that I did for films that never got used. They were ideas that were too outlandish to be incorporated into soundtracks that I’ve worked on in the past. Two of the songs were written at the same time as Iodine Sky. SS: As opposed to being strictly a guitarist, the songs you’ve released in Black Light Burns bring together a greater array of sounds that come off as very self-assured. Were you always looking to break away from being typecast as a guitarist only? WB: I guess when I was younger I thought in terms of being just a guitar player, but I don’t think that people should stick to just one instrument. Synthesis is so interesting, synthesizers and pedals and crossing the streams of different things into each other. Running keyboards through guitar amps and running children’s toys that have been tweaked. What I’m into lately is circuit bending and people who take those kids’ toys and make them sound like the devil. I do that kind of stuff. I’ve also got a cello, a violin, a French horn, and a sax which I use. I like generating noise – a lot of noise – and sound through other things than just a guitar. There’s not a rule written anywhere that you have to stick to just one thing, and I think it’s important for musicians to explore. When you approach an instrument that you have no idea what to do on, there’s a naïveté that I think is really precious.You don’t know the territory, so you’re going to approach it like you would your own instrument, and get sounds and ideas that you wouldn’t get out of your own. Exploring is
see BORLAND, page 19
WB: I was floundering around for a number of years, attempting to get something together, and couldn’t find the right people. I was going through many different forms of what a band might be, getting confused, and looking for singers for a long time. Eventually I started working on music by myself and demoing songs. At the time, I had been working with Danny Lohner on remixes and a couple of soundtracks, and I brought the demos to him. He loved them and wanted to help me make a record out of them. Danny and I drafted Josh Freese and got him in on the drum part of it. After many sessions we had an album [Cruel Melody], and I formed a live band and went on tour, because Danny and Josh had other responsibilities and couldn’t go. The live band is the group of people who made the covers album.That kind of solidified the live band into the band. SS: One of the songs on your upcoming covers album is “Blood Red Head on Fire.” Was it weird to revisit your own material, or did you just have fun with it? WB: It was just having fun with it. “Blood Red Head on Fire” has probably always been my fa-
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ROTHBURY, from page 8 — several Rothbury performers sat in on the panels. Sound Tribe Sector 9’s Jeffree Lerner discussed his band’s charitable and carbon-neutral practices, Michael Franti sounded a hopeful call for regime change in the White House and the String Cheese Incident’s Michael Kang discussed how his Our Future Now venture organized the festival’s vibrant art installations to “show how environmentalism could be fun.” Although they were scheduled against headlining musicians, this reviewer attended four of the think tanks and found them to be the most unique and enjoyable part of the festival. Still, attendance at each panel rarely topped 40
spirit of doing things different was in the air. When cell phones ran out of batteries — a common festival annoyance — attendees could recharge at solar power stations. A psychedelic flying monkey installation captured more than a few fans’ attention, but hopefully they also noted the kids on bicycles powering it all. Also, it’s hard to ignore the mass of personal waste when every 75 feet stands a cheery volunteer whose only job is to post up behind three trash cans and push recycling. Still, few people could argue that the earth is any cleaner following a raging four-day rock festival. Like anything on that scale, Rothbury
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people. The real challenge, then, is determining how effective Rothbury was at throwing its party with a purpose. In the coming weeks festival organizers say they will release a detailed “greening report” that analyzes the success of “this revolutionary, and highly sustainable, festival experience.” Still, a few concrete details did emerge from the panel discussions. In purchasing tickets, which ran upwards of $200, promoters offered an optional $7 surcharge to offset carbon emissions for travel to the grounds. Nearly two-thirds of Rothbury attendees selected that carbon-neutral option, promoters said. Additionally, all cups and flatware served on the grounds were made from biodegradable corn-plastics, one measure that helped the festival reduce its solid waste totals by over 50 percent. Of course, several of the festival’s outwardly progressive actions were also problematic. Those 500,000 corn cups served at Rothbury are seemingly a perfect solution, until one considers the industrial agriculture that grew the corn and all the energy used in molding the cups. The offset-travel surcharges might give piece of mind to the people that purchased them, but it’s hard to imagine how much gas was burned sending folks from 50 states and 15 countries to an out-of-the-way ranch in Michigan. Thus, it’s tough to say if Rothbury’s environmental bent was successful or just a marketer's window dressing. Bands rolled in on tour buses, fans consumed disposable products by the trunkful and an onsite water park flowed all weekend. Yet even if it was sameold, same-old on the summer festy circuit, the
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was a spectacle of mass consumption hidden in plain sight at an out-of-the-way place. A truly sustainable festival might have more luck at an urban site, such as Chicago’s Lollapalooza, but that doesn’t mean Rothbury failed at showing the way. While thousands of festivals exist for a weekend as a one-time party, promoters hope Rothbury’s message of sustainability was carried on to planes and SUVs as attendees returned to those 50 states and 15 countries. Living sustainably is certainly an admirable party theme. The real challenge is making sure that message doesn’t float away like so much NO2.
For those of us whose lives would be completely lackluster without music constantly filling our ears, the summer season just isn't complete without the experience of at least one elongated and jam-packed festival weekend. And though we who call the Coulee Region home typically have to save up a month's earnings just to pay for the gas to make it happen, sometimes we're indeed lucky enough to witness a festival pop up right in our backyard — a fest that doesn't involve Lederhosen, light beer and Polka music. Enter Culture Shock, a music and art festival put on by Lounging in the Arts, a group committed to broadening Coulee Country's musical horizons. After the success of their first festival endeavor last July, the group set out to return for a sophomore showing, to be held at the original location: a shaggygrassed field tucked in amongst the rolling forested bluffs of Romance, a cozy unincorporated locale just east of Genoa, Wis. If you'd call up your friends at MerriamWebster dictionary, asking for their definition of "Culture Shock," they'd say it's "a sense of confusion and uncertainty, sometimes with feelings of anxiety that may affect people exposed to an alien culture or environment without adequate preparation." Thankfully, Shane Lee and the Loungin' cats made sure we were adequately prepared, having held Culture Shock preview shows nearly monthly since the idea's inception, and the jovial fest-goers this past weekend were anything but uncertain and anxious.
Culture Shock kicked off on Thursday, and after enduring an intense mayfly hailstorm — no lie — while cruising south along one of my favorite scenic drives in the state, I arrived after dark but thankfully in time to catch the last half of dynamic duo Megryan's set. Next up was La Crosse favorite T.U.G.G., but interestingly enough they took the stage sans drummer, who was unfortunately out of town. No matter, Ryan of the aforementioned duo settled in behind the drum set and the group improvised and tweaked the performance as they went along — so brilliantly, in fact, I momentarily questioned whether he really had never played with them before. Improvisation would be a theme that refreshingly carried on throughout the night and well into the last day of the festival. The band scheduled after T.U.G.G. was a no-show, and the crowd, though small, loudly craved more music. As
subtle lightning steadily painted the sky pink, the 25 or so Thursday night festers gathered around a couple of picnic tables as guitars, vocal harmonies and conversation passed around the circle. Most of us called it a night early, in passive preparation for the full weekend that lie ahead. Reverend Eddie Danger rang in a hazy Friday morning with a playful, folksy set, complete with his collection of eclectic musical gadgets that would rival a 4-year-old's toybox. Maybe I was entranced by the tunes; maybe I was tricked by the clouds, but I strolled away afterwards with lobster-tinted skin, prompting my new friends to exclaim, "What did you do to yourself?!" Meh, nothing a little aloe — or Bombay — couldn't cure. Bombay, La Crosse's newest assemblage of veteran area musicians (and you thought I meant gin...), eased my burning shoulders with their set, and I know I wasn't the only lady drooling over singer Adam Palm's unexpected falsetto during one particular hilariously sexy song. My sunburn may have been on its way to fading, but my cheeks were still hot. As the day grew, so did the Culture Shock crowd. Mimicking the demographic of Loungin's preview shows, a diverse crowd
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Here’s a beer for all you Second Supper readers without air conditioning in your apartments. Since that constitutes about 75 percent of my friends, you might not want to sleep on this. Initially I was a little skeptical when I brought home a six-pack of the Solstice Wit, as I don’t particularly care for Berghoff beers or wheat beers in general. This one, though, is a keeper and pairs nicely with sitting shirtless in front of a box fan. And since global warming is bound to doom us all to a life of eternal summer, we might as well start drinking for it. The Solstice Wit pours a light straw color with a thin head that disappears almost immediately, not something you’d expect from a beer Appearance: 6 Aroma: 6 Taste: 8 Mouthfeel: 6 Drinkability: 9 Total 35
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in the wheat style, but several Berghoff brands tend to be a bit flat. Like many witbiers, there’s an orange hint in the nose, but the Solstice Wit smells less like citrus and more like Tang, and there’s not a whole lot of yeast aroma.The first sip doesn’t hit your lips as much as it tiptoes inside, but once it’s in there the unobtrusive flavor works well. Although I don’t usually care for fruity beers, the heavy orange flavor is a strength of the Solstice Wit, possibly because the rest of the beer is so plain. While most European witbiers are carried on yeast and spices, the Soltice Wit works because of its excellent wheat balance. It’s extremely drinkable and light, with not too much aftertaste, and it’s oddly close to a Miller Lite in mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the Berghoff Web site is under construction and I couldn’t find the Solstice Wit’s alcohol content online, but I imagine this is a pretty low apv beer. Since I have to spend another two months in my un-air conditioned apartment, that’s probably a good thing. — Adam Bissen
This excellent book about the dawn of modern philosophy in many ways unfolds like a story of a disgraced public figure – someone who devoted his whole life to combating a certain evil, only to have it discovered that he was guilty of that very deviancy. Picture ubiquitous gay-bashing priest Fred Phelps covered in dudes at a Turkish bathhouse and you’d have an adequate analogy to what this book is about. The Courtier and the Heretic describes the extremely complex philosophical relationship between two of the seventeenth century’s greatest and most controversial thinkers, Benedict Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz. Though the chapters, until the older Spinoza’s demise, alternate back and forth between Spinoza’s and Leibniz’s lives and works, it is clear that the star of this book is Leibniz, a jet-setting socialite and mathematical genius who spent much of his professional career reacting against the titanic heresies presented by his adversary, an exiled Portuguese Jew who lived commonly in Holland as a lens grinder. While Spinoza is openly revolutionary, the mystery here is discovering just what Leibniz really believes – or if, due to his desire to please all people all the time, he can really believe anything. The main theory which landed Spinoza in so much trouble is his notion of Pantheism. In essence, this term refers to a god that is everywhere, which makes everything in the universe a part of God. In the same way that we don’t take a strong interest in each of our blood cells, Spinoza’s god is impersonal. This leads to further claims, no doubt influenced by the worldchanging scientific developments of the time, that humanity is not the center of the universe and that immortal souls do not exist. In the coming centuries, Spinoza’s thoughts have gained a great measure of acceptance, and he has been championed by the like of Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell. But considering the violently conservative nature of his day, Spinoza was lucky not to have been killed – and there were those who tried. Leibniz’s reactive theory is referred to as Monadism, which is a sort of a subatomic opposite to Pantheism which counters that the universe is comprised of nothing but souls, created by an outside God and designed with a preexisting harmony – sort of an Intelligent Design. Stewart, in part of his greater argument that Leibniz was a closet Spinozist, claims that the basic ideas behind Monadism and Pantheism are two sides of the same coin. The battle between theories reveals a much larger story. The Courtier and the Heretic is an intricate account of a crucial era in history, and it reads much like an espionage thriller. Is Leibniz a philosophical double agent? Wouldn’t you like to know? — Brett Emerson
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Film Reviews Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Director: Alex Gibney Featuring Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman, Pat Buchanan By Nicholas Cabreza
firstname.lastname@example.org Often preceded by the author's own larger-than-life aura, the work of Hunter S. Thompson, in the eyes of the casual Thompson fan, finds itself swallowed up, overshadowed by the man's eccentric, storied life. Thompson was a drug-loving, gun-wielding anarchist whose impact on American society was a case of being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Could he have flourished anywhere else but in America in 1960s and early '70s? In 120 minutes, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson breaks his life down into easily-digestible pieces, into witty anecdotes and amusing recollections as told by the people who knew him well, encountered him briefly, or even despised him greatly. Gonzo details the evolution of his genius, exploring all the major periods of his life, including riding with the Hell's Angels, the infamous trips to Las Vegas and trailing George McGovern en route to the disastrous 1972 election, among many others.
Reading directly from Thompson's work, Johnny Depp narrates the film, anchoring the biographical documentary with Thompson's own words. There's still plenty of time for Thompson's close friends, relatives and peers to gush admiringly and often about his greatness. Gonzo stays positive, treating even his heavy drug use playfully, downplaying the tragedy of his suicide; in essence, doing whatever it takes to maintain the caricature image of Thompson as the zany crusader of truth immortalized on screen by Depp and Bill Murray. And as for his suicide: why now? Gonzo fails to address this subject at length.The film opens with an excerpt from the article he wrote for ESPN on September 11, 2001. In George W. Bush, Thompson might have found the new Nixon; in Iraq, he might have found the new Vietnam; alas, it wasn't meant to be. Even his contemporaries have to wonder why he ended it at a time when the world could have used his writing the most. ,
Cult Classics Satan’s Little Helper (2004) Directed By: Jeff Lieberman Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Brickel, Amanda Plummer Written By: Jeff Lieberman By Brett Emerson
email@example.com I want to say that our “little helper” here is one of the dumbest, or most gullible, kids in horror cinema, but I can’t back that up against the hordes of dismembered, half-naked mongoloids we’ve all known and loved (OK, indifferently hoped to die) over horror’s storied history. But little Dougie does come off as slightly absent-minded. This lovable scamp is the embodiment of every parent’s Grand Theft Auto fears, a mousy kid who gets hooked on a video game where he gets points for assisting the devil in his murderous rampages and brings the pain into reality. This Halloween, the kid is ready to prance about town in his nice new devil costume, alongside his sister, who he has a bit of a crush on. Unfortunately for him, the requisite babe in question brings home a beret-sporting thespian boyfriend and ruins everything – a plot device which accounted for half the episodes of Craig T. Nelson’s masterpiece, Coach. But fear not for young Dougie,
for he soon finds comfort in the arms of a real life Satan! Kind of. Our murderer is more of a silent Michael Myers type with a mask that resembles the sinister bunny from Donnie Darko. As Dougie comes across him, Satan is murdering fools and arranging them into Halloween front yard displays. Soon, master and helper chum up and go out on the town, engaging in a magnificent shopping cart damage spree. No pregnant lady, baby carriage or blind man is safe! Of course, things go south, and Dougie’s family – well, most of them – must band together to combat the evil which their little hellspawn has brought into their home. Ultimately, they take down the devil, but suddenly, they are set upon by a silent, murderous JESUS! That Satan is a mute master of disguise, you see. Once again, young Dougie falls victim to his sluggish charisma. You’d think that the kid would have learned something from the first masked creepball. Nope. The pace of this movie does at times feel, like its monster, a little sluggish and weird. However, the majority of the film is a blast. You’ll spend most of the film laughing at the antics of our adorable little demon enabler, while wondering how he could possibly be so dumb. Good times.
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Every Wednesday Blufﬂand Bloom & Brew La Crosse 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. cost is $3 KRAZY DAZE
July 17 Downtown La Crosse Krazy prices throughout downtown, Enjoy longer hours and sidewalk sales at your favorite shops downtown. Great deals on great merchandise! ANTIQUE SHOW AND FLEA MARKET
July 19 - 20 Old Towne North La Crosse 608-785-1893 LA CROSSE INTERSTATE FAIR
July 16 - 20 West Salem Fairgrounds West Salem, Wis. Family fun. 4-H exhibits, music, entertainment, food, auto races, carnival rides, horse pull. Free admission and parking. RAIL FAIR
July 19 Copeland Park La Crosse 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $4 admission, free for kids under 12 608-582-4761 www.4000foundation.com Buy, sell, trade model and toy trains, railroadiana, antique toys, diecast models. Railroad exhibits and displays, ﬂea market and swap meet. Plus, guided tours of the steam locomotive, caboose, and grand crossing tower. All proceeds go to maintain and restore the La Crosse Short Line Railroad Museum. JAZZ PARTY IN THE PARK
July 20 Riverside Park La Crosse http://www.greatriverbigband.com 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. First ever "Riverside Jazz Party". Includes the regional groups John Paulson Quartet, Somethin' Jazz and Air National Guard Combo in the afternoon set, and the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest along with the Great River Big Band in the evening. Rain site is the Green Island Arena. Free admission. Free will donations accepted.
BLUFFLAND BLOOM & BREW 119 S. 4th St., La Crosse (608) 782-BREW Weekly art classes, open mic sessions. Drawings, paintings, photography, and prints by local artists for sale or trade.
GOOSE ISLAND 3 mi. south of La Crosse on Hwy 35 W6488 County Road GI Stoddard, WI 608-788-7018 Open until October 30
HEIDER CENTER FOR THE ARTS 405 East Hamlin St. West Salem, WI 608-786-1220 x 4 http://www.wsalem.k12.wi.us/ Heider.html PUMP HOUSE REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS Open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. No admission charge, donations accepted. Features exhibits of local artists and performances. 119 King St., La Crosse 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org. SATORI ARTS Unique hand crafted jewelry, Mississippi River pearls, ancient Chinese artifacts, Custom-made jewelry, original art works, and a variety of unique gifts. 201 Pearl Street, La Crosse 608-785-2779 UW-L ART GALLERY The gallery displays works by students, faculty, regional and nationally-known artists in all areas of art. The gallery is on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the Center for the Arts located at the corner of 16th and Pine on the UW-L campus. VISIONS OF LIGHT Stained Glass 129 4th St S, La Crosse 608-793-1032 GREEN BAY STREET STUDIO greenbaystreetstudio.blogspot.com 1500 Green Bay St., La Crosse Hours currently by appointment only.Various workshops, including painting and printmaking, coming this summer, as well as opportunity for full and part-time membership. ODIN WHITE MOTH GALLERY AND TEA ROOM 715 Logan St., La Crosse 608-769-3963 Hours are Tues: 12-3 pm, Thurs: 4-7 pm, Fri: 12-3, Sat: 10-2. Call for an appointment or more info. Enjoy some tea, art and vintage stuff.
VETERANS MEMORIAL 9 mi. east of La Crosse on Hwy 16 N4668 County Road VP West Salem, WI 608 786-4011 Open until October 15 WHISPERING PINES 15 minutes north of La Crosse, on Hwy 53 925 Dana Ln. Holmen, WI 608-526-2152 NESHONOC LAKESIDE CAMP RESORT N5334 Neshonoc Rd. West Salem, WI 608-786-1792
Commonweal Theatre 208 Parkway Avenue North Lanesboro, MN 800-657-7025 www.commonwealtheatre.org Dreams and dreamers ﬁgure prominently in this 1940s comedy. Running from May 31-October 25. GREAT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Winona, Minnesota June 27 - July 27 www.grsf.org Come early, stay late; see the plays, take a class, attend a concert, listen to our guest speakers, engage in conversations – experience fully this exceptional new theatre festival. July 18 The Taming of the Shrew 8 p.m. (Free Prelude Concert on the green before the show) July 19 The Taming of the Shrew 3 p.m.; The Merchant of Venice 8 p.m. check website for more dates
PETTIBONE PARK RESORT 333 Park Plaza Dr. La Crosse, WI 608-782-5858 GREAT RIVER BLUFFS STATE PARK 43605 Kipp Drive Winona, MN 507-643-6849 BEAVER CREEK VALLEY 15954 County 1 Caledonia, MN 507-724-2107 JOHN A. LATSCH PARK From Winona go approximately 12 miles northwest on U.S. Highway 61. (507-643-6849
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First Saturday in June - Sept. 7203 N. Shore Drive, County Z Brice Prairie, on Lake Onalaska. (Look for the white barn) Enjoy extraordinary shopping at an outdoor art fair. This FREE event is sponsored by the La Crosse Society of Arts & Crafts. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. UCHIKAKE: WEDDING KIMONOS
July 24 through August 30 Pump House (La Crosse) Lecture and fashion show July 25
farmers' markets CAMERON PARK Every Friday, May - October 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Downtown La Crosse Fresh produce, pasture-raised buffalo and beef, honey, maple syrup, plants, artists, handmade jewelry, paintings, beeswax candles, live performances and more! BRIDGEVIEW PLAZA Every Wednesday, June - Oct. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bridgeview Plaza parking lot Northside of La Crosse LA CROSSE COUNTY Every Saturday, June - Oct. 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. County parking lot Downtown La Crosse CROSSING MEADOWS Every Sunday, June - Oct. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Festival Foods parking lot Onalaska WINONA Every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - noon Every Wednesday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. May - October Downtown Winona Fresh produce, plants, eggs, chicken, turkey, beef, elk & buffalo meat, bakery. jams, pickles, honey, decorative gourds, wreaths & Indian corn. Our herbalists bring salves, teas, & catnip.
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SHOCK!, from page 8 is inevitable, if not encouraged. Graying men in hats stood appreciatively nodding their heads to the music. Tattooed twenty-somethings rocked out right alongside of Abercrombieclad girls. Babies with bonnets sat unaware in their mothers' laps, bouncing happily on tanned knees. At one point I was happily munching a campfire-charred hot dog sitting on a bench next to a toddler doing the same. That's the thing about Culture Shock: You never know what to expect. That said, it was no surprise when thunder showed up for a surprise encore, bringing along torrential rains as it continuously cracked. Sadly, as the rain continued relentlessly, it bumped Moon Boot Posse, Shoeless Revolution and Sol Spectre out of the night's lineup.While some of us sought refuge or ran around like kids in the storm, many had already rolled up their tents and were lined up in their cars ready to head back to warmer, dryer houses. They don't even know what they missed. I.E., a drum & bass group hailing all the way from Missoula, Mont,, started their show as the rain succumbed a bit, captivating about 15 people who — I guarantee — did not stop moving their feet until the group ended their fantastic spectacle long after the sun had risen.Their beats and energy easily caused me to mentally put them at the top of my list. I'm still reverberating ecstatically from their music. Saturday kicked off with another surprise: a death metal band. As A War Without Roses took the stage, the frontman nervously gave a disclaimer. "I just want you guys to know," he began cautiously, "that we're a lot heavier than what you've been hearing so far..." Metal isn't something I'd pop into my CD player, but I do enjoy it live. Apparently so did the majority of the crowd, because the band received some of the best feedback I'd witnessed up until then. Gratefully, they woke me from my hangoverinduced (yes, mom, it's true) funk, prepping me for undoubtedly my favorite La Crosse act, Hives Inquiry Squad. I've said it before, but Lucas and Gavin always bring it harder than the time before and, this time, fans got to bite off a sizeable chunk of Gavin Theory's soon-tobe-released solo album. The party continued with always-impressive Smokin' Bandits and Chicago's feisty Ill Legit and Drunken Monkee, whose jaw-dropping set elevated the crowd's energy beyond anything comprehendable. I stepped out of my tent shockingly early Sunday morning, my mind still groovin' from The Histronic's late night Saturday set, and spent the day with a few pals lazing in the grass sipping cowboy coffee, taking a dip in the (frigid!) creek and contemplating the weekend's events. Culture Shock may not have been expertly planned like many music festivals, but that was precisely the beauty of it.The best events are those open to improvisational touches; where the community — not only the musicians — have to combine their talents and efforts to make something happen. Culture Shock wasn't dreamed up for the purpose of making a profit, it was cultivated solely for the desire of people getting together and having a genuinely good time. As I cruised home that afternoon with the wind blowing in my hair, I was actually dreading the fact that I'd have to shower. I wanted the mud to stay caked on my feet. I wanted Culture Shock to last.
July 17, 2008
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buy one appetizer get one half price
GREEK ALL DAY appetizer half price with meal
$8.95 oz. steak get one16half price $8.95 1/2 lb. ﬁsh platter
HAPPY HOUR 5 - 7 EVERYDAY 3 -7 and 9 - 11 16 April 24, 2008
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday LA CROSSE Sunday Area food & drink specials HAPPY HOUR 5 - 7 $1.75 domestic JB’s Speakeasy $1.75 domestic $1.75 domestic bottles bottles bottles 717 Rose st. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday LA CROSSE HAPPY HOUR EVERYDAY 4 - 8, $2 domestic beer and rail drinks The Joint $2 Love Stories ALL DAY, EVERYDAY $1 shots of Dr. $5 Wu Tang Teas $1.00 off all Irish shots $2.50 pints of Guinness $3.00 imperial pints
$5 Wu Tang Teas $1 shots of the DOC!
324 Jay st.
Legend’s 223 Pearl st.
The Library 123 3rd st.
closed find come in and ﬁnd out ... you’ll be glad you did
1128 La Crosse st.
3264 George st.
Ralph's Ringside In John's 223 PearlBar st. 109 3rd st. N
25 wings: $5 bucket of beer: $12 during Packers games
breakfast buffet $9.95 closed 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
breakfast buffet $1 cans $9.95 Hamm’s 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
120 3rd st.rd. 3119S State
$1taps taps $1 $1 rails rails $1 1/2 price Tequila
hamburger $1.25 cheeseburger $150
bacon cheeseburger, fries, mug of beer: $4.50 drummies, fries, mug of beer: $5
Pizza & pitcher
Chef specials daily closed closed Mighty Meatball sub $6
Schmidty’s Ringside 3119Pearl Statest.rd. 223
WING NIGHT $2 SVEDKA MIXERS $2.50 JACK MIXERS $2.25 BUD LIGHTS $2 SHOTS OF ALL DOCTOR FLAVORS
closed $1 cans PBR
KARAOKE $1.25 domestic pints $2 double rails $3 double calls $2 ALL bottles chicken fiﬁlet, let, fries, pop: $4.75 filet, fries, beer: $5 chicken ﬁlet, mushroom/swiss, fries, pop: $4.25, mushroom/swiss, fries, beer: $4.50
HAPPY HOUR 3 - 6
$1 tacos, Ladies Night 2 for 1, 9 - CL
BUCK WED burger, hot dog or brat
$2 mixers, taps, bottles chicken parmesan $1.00 OFF YOUR $6 CHOICEsub OF FOOD
Fiesta Night 7 - 12 happyshots hour $2 tequila all day $2.50 margaritas
$1.50 PBR bottles $1.50 Dr. shots $4 domestic after 7 p.m. pitchers
$1.75 domestic HAPPY 10 AM - 12, 4 $1.25 Lite taps all HOUR day bottlesCow & $2 Bacardi $2 Spotted $1.50 rails 10 - 1 7 - 12 pints mixers DT Brown
$1 Point Fiesta Night special 7 - 12 bottles $2 tequila shots $2.50 margaritas
$2.50 $1.50 PBRpints bottles Bass & Dr. Guinness $1.50 shots after 7 p.m.
$1.25 Lite taps all day bottles $1.50 rails 10 - 1
$1 Point special bottles
$2.50 pints Bass & Guinness 8 - CL $1.50 rails $1.75 Bud cans
Yesterdays LA CRESCENT 317 Pearl st.
Crescent Inn 444 Chestnut st.
Crescent Inn Speedy Taco 444 301 Chestnut Kistler dr.st.
WINONA Betty Jo Byoloski’s
66 Center st.
Brothers 129 W 3rd st.
Godfather’s 30 Walnut st.
$2 Rolling Rocks $2 domestic beer
Family pack: $2 Rolling Rocks 10 tacos & 4 sodas $2 domestic beer for $14.99
8 -on CLthe go: burritos railsand buy a$1.50 big one cans get$1.75 a freeBud soda
$5.00 for 25 wings
AUCE fiﬁsh sh fry DJ 9 - CL
HAPPY HOUR 10 AM - 12, 4 PM - 6 PM
Top Shots Tailgators 137 S 4th st.
fish sandwich, fries, mug ﬁsh of beer: $5 fish sandwich, fries, pop: ﬁsh $4.75
$1 cans cans $1 cans LUNCH$1 BUFFET $6.45 Busch Light Busch Light Old Style LUNCH SPECIALS CHANGE DAILY
cans $4 $1 domestic PBR pitchers
Yesterdays Top Shots 317 Pearl st.
cheeseburger, fries, pop: $4 cheeseburger, fries, beer: $4.25 Philly or Reuben, fries, pop: $5.75, Philly or Reuben, fries, beer: $6
HAPPY HOUR 4 PM - 7 PM BUFFET $2 mixers, taps, bottlesLUNCH $1.00 OFF CHICKEN $6.45 HOOP DAY!! MAKE SPECIALS CHANGE DAILY $1.00 OFF YOURLUNCHPHILLY, $1.00 OFF YOUR SHOT AND CHOICE OF FOOD CHEESE CURDS YOUR ENTRÉE IS FREE!
happy hour all day Packer games: $1.50 $1 cans Coors Light Silver, $1 Hamm’s Dr. shots, free brats
137 SS4th st.st. 1019 10th
$3 Bacardi Mixers $3 jumbo Long Islands
and parmesan &6
$1Bacardi cans $2 Busch Light mixers
$1 cansCow & $2 Spotted Busch Light DT Brown pints
Bucket Night Old 5 forStyle $9 5 domestic bottles for PM - 6 PM $10, $2 Bacardi mixers,
$2.25 Pearl st. pints $1.75 domestic $1.50 PBR bottles bottles 7 - 12 $2.25 Pearl st. pints
$1.75 domestic Tuesday Wednesday $1.50 PBR bottles bottles
SHOTSOF OFGOLDSCHLAGER GOLDSLAGER $2$2SHOTS $5 DOUBLE VODKA ENERGY DRINK
HAPPY HOUR 4 PM - 7 PM $1.00 OFF sandwich CHICKEN HOOPSouthwest DAY!! MAKE Italian PHILLY, $1.00peppers OFF YOURchicken SHOT AND pita w/banana CHEESE CURDS YOUR ENTRÉE IS FREE!
Tailgators Shooter’s 1019 10th 120 SS3rd st.st.
AFTER COMEDY: PINT NIGHT $1 PINTS OF RAILS MIXERS AND DOMESTIC TAPS $2 PINTS OF CALL MIXERS AND IMPORT TAPS $3 PINTS OF TOP SHELF MIXERS
30 Walnut st. Second 17 Supper vol. 8, issue 113
half price appetizers, Import Club Night: discounts on all micros & imports $1 martinis $2 mojitos $3 margaritas & Michelob Golden pitchers
family buffet 5 -8 kids under 10 pay .45 cents per year of age
$1.25 pints during Badgers games DJ 9 - CL
$5.99 FISH SANDWICH FOR LUNCH, $6.99 FISH SANDWICH FOR DINNER, $9.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY ALL DAY
Chicken salad on rye w/ lettuce, tomato, onion $5
happy hour all day long! $1.00 OFF WILD WINGS, $1.00 PHILLY STEAK AND CHEESE.
$5.99 FISH SANDWICH FOR LUNCH, $6.99 FISH SANDWICH FOR DINNER, $9.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY ALL DAY
happy hour all day long! $1.00 OFF WILD WINGS, $1.00 PHILLY STEAK AND CHEESE.
$1 cans Miller High Life Light cans $1 Dr.$1 shots Miller High Life $3 16 oz Captain mixers Light
$1 cans PBR $1 Dr. $1shots cans $3 16 oz Captain PBR mixers
$2 Long Islands,
Night $1.50Bucket rail vodka mixers 10 -1 5 for $9
$1 PBR Dr. shots bottles, $3 16 oz Captain Captain mixers mixers
$2.75 deluxe $1 Dr. shots Bloodys 7, $4.50 $3 16 oz‘tilCaptain lite pitchers 7 - 12 mixers
$1.75 railsfor 5 domestic bottles $10, $1 $2 Bacardi mixers, PBR mugs $1.50 rail vodka mixers 10 -1
$2 Long Islands, PBR bottles, Captain mixers
$2.75 deluxe Bloodys ‘til 7, $4.50 lite pitchers 7 - 12
Thursday $1 PBR mugs
Saturday $2.50 Captain $2.50 Jager Bombs & Polish
$1 shots of Dr. $2.50 Polish
$1 domestic taps $3 Jager Bombs
$2 u-call-it (except top shelf)
$1 shotstacos of Dr. Speedy $2.50 Polish $1.50
$1 domestic taps gyro, chips, soda $3 Jager Bombs $5.99
3 $2 chicken fry u-call-it taquitos (except top shelf) $3.99
Fiesta burrito $6.99
$2.50 Captain Nachos $2.50 Supreme Jager Bombs$5.49 & Polish
Tuesday Wednesday HAPPY HOUR 3:15 - 6:15
2 for 1 burgers $1 off Bloodys & Screwdrivers
$3 Olives $3Three Captain mixers mixers $3 jumbo Long $3 jumbo Long Islands Islands
all-u-can-eat spaghetti all day $5.45 25 cent hot wings 4 - 10
tenderloin tips, shrooms, fries or potato, salad, roll $9.95 50 cents off top shelf liquor
free pitcher of pop or domestic beer with large pizza discounts on all domestic beer
HAPPY HOUR 3 PM - 8 PM $1 off anything that pours $1 O-Bombs/ 10 cent wings, $3 ﬁlled filled 2 for 1 mug ($1 tap reﬁlls, Bazooka Joes, refills, $2 anything rail reﬁlls) refills) $1 High Life Wristband Night 9 p.m. - close bottles/kamikaze shots
any jumbo, large, or large 1 topping pizza medium pizza up to 5 $9.99 toppings: $11.99 (get 2nd large for $5)
all day: all-u-can-eat ﬁsh fish $8.95 lunch: ﬁsh fish sandwich & fries $5.45 $2.50 Three Olives Mixers $2.50Long Captain $1.00 IslandsMixers $1.00Rail Root Beer Barrels $2.00 Mixers $3.50 Pitchers $6.00Domestic “Buck-its” (6 beers Hot$6.00) Shots Menu for $2.50 Big Ass Miller Lite reﬁlls
Prime Rib specials, one child eats free with one adult entree 4 - 10: house wines $2.50 $2.50 Bacardi Mixers $2.50Long Bacardi Mixers $1.00 Islands $5.00Rail Fishbowls $2.00 Mixers $3.50 Pitchers $1.00Domestic O-bombs & Bazooka Hot Shots Menu Joes $2.50 Big Ass Miller Lite reﬁlls
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Sunday, Sunday, July June20 15 Popcorn Tavern Tavern Popcorn The New Blend Something Jazz
Thursday, Thursday, July June17 12
The The Recovery Recovery Room Room Live Live DJ DJ Nutbush Nutbush Live Live DJ DJ Popcorn Popcorn Tavern Tavern Nick Nick Shattuck Shattuck Nighthawks Nighthawks Dave Dave Orr's Orr's Damn Damn Jam Jam (gear provided, no cover)
Monday, July June21 16 Monday,
George St. St. Pub Pub George Adam Palm’s Open Jam Adam Palm’s Open Jam
Tuesday, July 22 10:00 Tuesday, June 17 10:00 Nutbush Live DJ Nutbush Live DJ Popcorn Tavern 10:00 Paulie Popcorn Tavern 9:00 Paulie
The JointTavern Popcorn Friday the 13th hip hop Earthbound
Nighthawks Saturday, June 14 TBA
All Star Lanes Karaoke Saturday, July 19
Popcorn Tavern Tavern Popcorn Shawn's open Jam Shawn's open Jam
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Players Tavern Popcorn Live DJ Burnt Brownies
Nutbush Players Live DJ DJ Live
Bodega's 14th birthday! Nutbush Something Jazz 10:00 Live DJ 10:00 5 Second Supper vol. 8, issue 123
10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00
Wednesday, July 23
Hot Club of Cowtown Aimee Mann
Dakota JazzZoo Club Minnesota Amphitheater Thurs., Thurs.,7/17 6/12
Architects, Valient Thorr Tiesto Early Man Mindless Self Indulgence Neil Diamond Cross Canadian Ragweed
Epic (formerly the Quest) Triple Rock Social Club First Avenue Xcel Energy Center Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
Thurs., 6/12 Fri., 7/18 Thurs., 6/12 Sat., 7/19 Thurs., 6/19
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
The Hold Steady Madison The Loved Ones population
Cornmeal 8:00 8:00 8:30
Loon’s Library Comedy Night 8:30 Karaoke 9:00 Library Coconut’s Karaoke 9:00 Live DJ 10:00 Coconut’s Longhorn Live DJ 10:00 Karaoke 10:00 Longhorn Player’s Karaoke 10:00 Karaoke 10:00 Player’s Popcorn Karaoke Tavern 10:00 Brownie's open Jam 10:00 Popcorn Tavern The Joint Brownie's open Jam 10:00 Hives Inquiry Squad going away show! 10:00
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Umphrey's McGee, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) Alliant Energy Center Madison population
Nighthawks Wednesday, June 18 Irene Keenan Jr. Nighthawks Loon’s Irene Keenan Comedy NightJr.
Friday, June 13 Del's Michelle Lynn All Star Lanes Karaoke Friday, July 18 My Second Home Karaoke 9:00 All Star Lanes Karaoke 9:00 Player’s Live Second DJ Home 10:00 My Karaoke 9:00 Nutbush Live DJ 10:00 Player’s Live DJ 10:00 Popcorn Tavern Bottom of the Barrel String Band Nutbush Live DJ 10:00
Popcorn Tavern All Star Lanes TBA Karaoke
Entertainment Directory 7/17 6/12 - 7/23 6/18
Memorial Union Terrace
Fleet Foxes, Poison, Dokken, ASebastian Hawk and a Hacksaw Bach
Memorial UnionCenter Terrace Alliant Energy
Fri., Sat.,7/18 7/12
Tarbox Ramblers Lyle Lovett
Cafe Montmartre Overture Center for Arts
Sat., 7/19 Sun., 7/13
Trampled By Turtles
University of Wisconsin
Dark Star Orchestra
Heavy J and the Fantastics The Waterfront Bar & Grill Thurs., 6/12 Bob Log III, Scott H. Biram Left Lane Cruiser High Noon Saloon Wed., 7/23 Shoeless Revolution The Waterfront Bar & Grill Thurs., 8/7 U-Melt
The Waterfront Bar & Grill Tues., 9/2 Mabel Tainter Theater
Deep Sea Summit
Ed’s no-name bar
Thumbelina B.B. King
Ed’s no-name bar Potawatami Casino
Fri., 7/18 Mon., 6/9
Terpsichore Baroque She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet Knotwells Aimee Mann Charlie Parr & the Feelin’
WSU Green Turner Hall Ed’s no-name bar Turner Hall Ed’s no-name bar
Sat., 7/19 Fri., 6/13 Sat., 7/19 Fri., 6/13 Sun., 7/20 18 April 24, 2008
BORLAND, from page 9 something I’ve always done and will always do. SS: How has your approach to guitar playing changed since going solo? WB: I think that you start linking how a certain instrument works with how your guitar works. A lot of times I’ll get a melody out of something and go back to figure out how that melody is made on guitar. There’s a vocabulary that you can take from an instrument and bring to your own that you wouldn’t normally stumble upon. SS: Since leaving Limp Bizkit, it seems as though your career has been a combination of branching out with many different artists with developing your own core group. Do you find that being an occasional hired gun helps your solo work? Does it ever become a distraction? WB: It of course is a distraction to work with other people, but I’ll always do it if I’m invited, if have the time and if it makes sense. Playing with other people is like using a different instrument; you learn how they function and you can mimic their chops. Especially drummers. Working with new drummers who have grown up in different fields, you have to be on your toes and mimic what they’re doing.With Derek Bloom from From First to Last, the way he accents things was not something I was used to. I had to figure it out really fast, and I apply it to what I do now. Playing with other people is great because you meet more people, and you learn a lot every time. It’s good
for everybody.Your fans learn about somebody that you like, and their fans learn about what you’re doing.
been painting before then, but I really started painting seriously five years ago.
SS: Not viewing yourself as exclusively tied to one group is similar to not tying yourself down to one instrument.
SS: Now that you’ve formed projects where you are the central creative force, would it be difficult for you to permanently join a band where you didn’t have that control?
WB: My exclusivity would be to Black Light Burns. That’s where I live, but I’m gonna go visit other people’s houses. SS: Do you have any outside collaborations in the works? WB: I kind of overbook myself all the time, especially when it comes to artwork. I’m also an oil painter, and I have two galleries coming up, one this year and one early next year. I have to have a completely new series of work for each. So I’m really behind. I have a little painting and music studio in a part of our house, so I’m actually covered in oil paint right now. SS: How long have you been oil painting? WB: I’ve been drawing all my life. I went to a high school of the arts and was a paint and sculpture major there, and then moved on to doing some college and did a bunch of life drawing and advanced oil painting classes. You really learn how to use the materials better in college. Then I got to meet some oil painters later in life, and had some lessons with them. I’ve been really lucky to meet some great people and learn their techniques. I’ve probably been seriously oil painting since 2003. I had
WB: Even if something is or isn’t permanent, I’m always going to be doing this. I’m always going to have two or more things going on. Doing Black Light Burns allows me to go somewhere else and be completely supportive for what someone else needs.When I have people come and help me out, I expect them to not try to take over, and be supportive of what I want to do. If you get more than one or two cooks in the kitchen, the results can be disastrous. SS: Where is Black Light Burns headed, and where are you headed personally? WB: A lot of it is preparing for next year. I’m going to be painting my ass off, and getting ready for these shows. I’m really excited for the one in March, because it’s with my friend Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio. We’re doing a split show in L.A. and his paintings are really different from mine, but we have similar interests. That’s gonna be a neat show with a lot of our friends there. We’re working on our follow-up to Cruel Melody, and it’s going really well. We’ve been doing all the drums to tape; I forgot how tape sounds, and as soon as we started trying it, it was like, Wow! So much better than writing to ProTools
onto a hard drive. We’re trying to go back and use a lot of techniques that have been sort of lost. So far, I like everything more than Cruel Melody. We’re stepping it up and exploring some territory that our fans will like and for us is really interesting. I think we’re going to try to go to Europe and play some dates over there this year – the first record just came out there. We might play a show in L.A. to try some new material out and do a couple of the covers. SS: How will the new album be different from Cruel Melody? WB: It’s much more organic. It’s a lot more guitar-driven; there are synthesizers, but songs don’t rely so much on them like they did on the first record. I think we’ve carved off the Nine Inch Nails crutch that we were leaning on. I think that a lot of that had to do with Danny producing the record, because he uses his sounds and keyboards and has very specific thoughts about how things should be. I love the first album, but now we’re moving more into our sound. The mellow songs are more expansive and cover more soundscapes, and the heavy songs are faster and more punk rock.The whole thing has more of a Nick Cave swagger to it. It’s a little less dark and has more humor to it – not like Big Dumb Face or Ween, but more of a fun time vibe to it. SS: Thank you very much. It was an honor to speak with you. Black Light Burns will release their collection of covers and instrumentals, titled “Cover Your Heart and the Anvil Pants Odyssey”, on August 5.Their second studio album is forthcoming.
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