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Is it wrong to have an emotional attachment to an inanimate object? Scratch that question. How about this: If you are about to drop your laptop computer but quickly react like a gazelle to snatch it back before it hits the ground but instead use the force of your superhero-like reflexes to instead propel the laptop away from your body, how far will the laptop fly? The answer: About 8 feet. Recently I managed to quite effectively destroy my PowerBook G4 (yes, it’s a Mac and I know that behind your sneers and eye-rolls you are secretly jealous of my technological superiority). Its name is Gunther, by the way. We name everything in the office. One printer is named Gozer, another ED-209. If you can recognize both of those movie references, you have Jedi movie skills, my friend. Anyway, back to the fateful occurrence of “Black Thursday.” It seemed like it was in slow motion as it flew peacefully through the air and I was preparing for my Christmas Story “OH, FUDGE!” moment to come. I didn’t quickly drop to my knees to assess the damage. I just stood there looking at it and shook my head with no one to be mad at but myself. I closed it, as it had opened upon impact, and walked with it to the 365 compound. There I quickly ascertained that the screen was, as we call it in the publishing business, screwed. It looked like some kind of Road Warrior device, kept alive by some kind of Darth Vader voodoo. It was off. I took a deep breath and pushed the power button. Bwoooonnng! It started! In fact, it worked perfectly. It was just horribly scarred and maimed. It took a pliers and a tin snips to get the DVD drive accessible again, but that too worked great once unearthed. I think it may be safe to say that no single computer in the Tri-States gets a more thorough workout than my laptop. That’s sad, I know, but I’ve found a way to make a living doing what I love to do, so beat it. I work on it, I play on it. I use it for my band and well, just about everything. It gets so hot I think I could cook on it if I flipped it over. For now, I think that heat serves mostly to keep me sterile when working at home in the recliner.

It is made of aluminum and in three years, I have worn through the metal with my hand in two places. That picture you see here is not dirt on the computer, it’s missing metal that was once brushed and beautiful. This computer was the heart and soul of everything you have seen on for years. It is the most valuable and indispensable non-living thing in my life (and my company’s life) and in a blink of an eye (and a graceless ballet maneuver) it nearly slipped from this mortal coil. When my new computer arrived from the magical UPS man, I felt a twinge of guilt and sadness to be retiring the star quarterback. I wondered if he may revolt, feeling the presence of his rookie replacement, and decide to stop working. But no, he’s still kicking. In fact, I decided to write this one last article on worn-out keys, looking through his cracked and discolored face at the document that is visible only in the corner of the screen that is still active. Apple, in its brilliance, has a function where you connect your new computer to your old one and in the click of a button, the old machine, settings, files, programs, e-mail cache and all, is automatically transferred to the new computer. An hour and 80 gigs later, the new computer looks, acts and appears in every way to be the computer I l grew to love, but with a massive facelift, faster processor and bigger hard drive. The beast will not be shot like a prize race horse. It will be pampered and put out to pasture, called upon only by less-skilled, less-demanding hands for simpler purposes. We can rebuild it. We have the technology. We shall outfit it with a slave keyboard and an external monitor and tuck away the hideous creature where it can work but not be seen. I think it will be fine with that, so long as we let it live and breathe. And people will pass by it and perhaps call upon it for favors and never know that they are in the presence of a legend. And it will not tell them, for it knows what it has accomplished in its life and that is good enough for the mighty Gunther.

The 365ink crew... faces you already know!

Tim Brechlin

Mike Ironside

Tanya Graves

Ellen Goodmann

Tim Trenkle

Ralph Kluseman

Joie Borland

Matt Booth

Joe Tower

Nick Klenske

L.A. Hammer

Chris Wand

In This Issue of 365ink...

ISSUE # 16

November 2 - 15, 2006

Nouveau: 4 Community Events: 5 - 7 Arts: 8-11 Live Music Focus: 12 - 15 Budweiser True Music Live Music Calendar: 16 & 17 Wando’s Movies: 18 Mighty Short Bus: 19 Mayor Roy Buol: 20 Book Reviews: 21 What’s Your Story: 21


365 Classifieds: 22 Mattitude: 23 Dubuque Schools: 24 Dear Trixie / Dr. Skrap’s: 25 365 Tips for Your Home: 26

Stranger in a Strange Land: 27 Crossword / Sudoku: 27 Galena: 28-29 Platteville: 30 365 News: 31

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Dubuque365ink • This whole thing is causing me to have reservations. For lunch, that is. •

Nouveau by Tim Brechlin And you thought festival season was over ... guess again!


But let us not forget about the second-best thing about nouveau season: The festivals! Area wineries are pulling out all the stops, so if you’re anything resembling a fan of red wine, check them out.

So just what on Earth is nouveau wine, anyway? It’s actually a shortened version of “Beaujolais nouveau,” originally named for its home of the Beaujolais region of France. Beaujolais nouveau is unique among wines in that it’s ready for consumption only six weeks after the grapes are first harvested.

Park Farm Winery, out in Bankston, Iowa, will be hosting its Nouveau Festival on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. And what’s shakin’ out there? A bunch of live music, for one, and it’s free and open to the public. You’ve got the stylings of Melanie Mausser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the One Hat Band from 1 ‘til 4 p.m. and Andy Wilberding will be closing the day out from 4-6 p.m. This year’s nouveau, crafted as always by the talented Lucas McIntyre, is described as heavy on fruit aromas and flavors, with a dominant taste of cherry and berry. And, as one might expect, the wine will be available for sale. Park Farm is also planning on showcasing its Vineyard Select 2005, a highly anticipated dry red wine that’s made from estate fruit aged in French oak barrels for six months. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages, and sampler plates of cheeses, sausages, grapes and olives will be available throughout the day.

Domestic nouveaus, such as the wine produced in the four acres of Tabor Home Winery, are in the Beaujolais style, but they’re not made with the Gamay grapes found in France. Most area wineries utilize the Marechal Foch variety, which is ideal for the Tri-States. Marechal Foch is extremely resistant to fungal diseases and cold temperatures ... and we’ve been known to have a cold day every now and again. Nouveau is an extremely popular Thanksgiving wine, as well ... hey, look! That’s right around the corner!

Tabor Home Vineyards & Winery is getting in on the fun, as well. This year’s nouveau will be showcased at Potter’s Mill in Bellevue on Saturday, November 18. There’s going to be a special dinner event, with live music downstairs in the cellar from 6 to 10 p.m. provided by Scott and Michelle Dalziel. The $5 admission covers your first glass of nouveau (first of many, we’re sure), and considering that Tabor’s 2005 nouveau was awarded Double Gold, you can be sure that your money will be well-spent. ReserContinued on the next page (5)

If you’ve been in the Tri-States for any amount of time, you may have noticed a bottle of wine or two or twenty ‘round these parts. We’re not quite sure how to put it, but it’s kind of a big deal around here. While wine is a popular year-round purchase for Tri-State residents, every fall brings with it a very special time for area wineries, and it’s called Nouveau. (You know, as in “new.”) And, as one might expect, nouveau season brings with it two very special things: Festivals and wine!


Now I know why Van Gogh cut off his ear. It was the wine!

Continued from the previous page (4) vations are required, and you can make those by calling 563-872-3838. Not one to be shut out by its Iowa neighbors, Galena Cellars Winery is joining in on this whole nouveau party thing, and its shindig will be on Friday, November 17. This year’s nouveau is bucking the trend, as it was produced from Gamay Noir grapes (rather than Foch). It has a light, fruity taste, and the bottle label is a tribute to Lucille Ball. Here’s the story on the fest: There’ll be a nouveau luncheon throughout Galena, featuring peasant stew (served in hollowedout French bread), cheeses, fruit and one glass of the 2006 nouveau, all for the low price of $9.95. In addition, the nouveau will be $3.50 per glass or $15 per bottle during the luncheon. And where will this luncheon be, you ask? Here’s the coolest part: It’s darned near everywhere! At noon, you can check out Boone’s Place (above the winery) or Fried Green Tomatoes. At 12:30, it’s Gobbies. At 1 p.m., you can check out the DeSoto House Hotel and at 1:30, you can mosey on over to Vinny Vanucchi’s. And for those of you who might be inclined for a later lunch, your needs will be served by The Irish Cottage (featuring Irish music and dancers, too!). Reservations are required, and you can find the phone numbers for all those places in the black sidebar. That’s not all that’s going on in Galena that day, though. There will be a nouveau wine and cheese reception over at Benjamin’s, featuring karaoke hosted by Johnny Walker, and also over at the Paradise Bar & Grille, with live music from 365’s favorite bald man in the whole wide world, Ralph Kluseman. And the day will finally come to a close at the Ramada Inn out on the west side of town, with live music from We’re Late and Smell Like Beer starting around 8 p.m.-ish. (It’s -ish because, you know, the music starts when it starts!) Many people see wine as an intimidating


Make Your Reservations Noon - Boone’s Place, 515 S Main St above winery (815)777-4488 Noon - Fried Green Tomatoes 213 N. Main St (815) 777-3938 12:30 - Gobbies, 219 N Main St (815) 777-0243 1:00 - DeSoto House Hotel 230 S Main St 777-0090 1:30 - Vinny Vanucchi’s 201 S Main St (815) 777-8100 4:30 - The Irish Cottage 9853 US Rt 20 (815) 776-0707 “culture,” almost a secret society of sorts, due to the complexity of everything that goes along with it. “Sweet? Dry? Marechal Foch? Gamay Noir? Beaujolais? What are you guys TALKING about?” Yes, wine covers a wide-ranging array of features and elements, and it’s impossible to understand everything the first time you wander into the pool (or vineyard, so to speak). But if you slowly acclimate yourself to everything that those glorious grapes can offer, you’ll experience a whole new world. How does one slowly acclimate, you ask? By going to these festivals, of course! Nouveau is an easily accessible wine, welcoming to the newcomer and satisfying for the connoisseur. You can also check out places like Family Beer & Liquor and Van’s Liquor, out in East Dubuque, as they hold wildly popular wine tastings designed to introduce people to the world of wine. Sid’s, here in Dubuque, does the same thing. You don’t need to be part of the so-called “upper crust” to enjoy the fruits of the vine. And wine doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby, either. This writer recently enjoyed a bottle of Sycamore Lane cabernet sauvignon, and it didn’t cost $80. It didn’t even cost $50. It didn’t even cost $30. It cost me $19. And you know what? It was good. So, how’s about taking a look at some great live music and sampling a great fall wine? (Note: nouveau wines do not keep and should be enjoyed before the end of the holidays. Keep a bottle ‘til next year, and you’ll have vinegar.) Now’s as good a time as any to start, and with the weather soon turning cold, maybe it’s time to experience the bliss of a glass of wine next to a crackling fireplace. Just don’t try to hug the fire after you’ve downed the entire bottle.

Picking grapes at Park Farm Winery


Let’s get ready to rumble... the woodwinds, that is So you’ve got that acoustic guitar you inherited from your dad fifteen years ago ... but you don’t have the first clue as to what a fret is and the only bridge you know is the one that takes you over to East Dubuque. And your little 8-yearold keeps wandering over to that dusty old piano in the corner of the den and banging out something that doesn’t resemble music by any definition of the world ... but you know he’s got talent hiding in there somewhere. Well, there’s a one-stop solution for all your problems. Those music-teaching cats over at the Northeast Iowa School of Music are here to help, and they’re now accepting registration for their upcoming group classes. There are a wide variety of classes available for a multitude of age groups ... so don’t worry, you’ll be among like-minded and like-aged folks (and so will your kids). They break down like this: For children, you’ve got Toddler Tunes for ages 2-4, an intro to Suzuki Cello for ages 3-6+, Super Stories, Silly Songs, & Serious Fun for

ages 4-5 and ages 6-7 and beginning piano for ages 7-11. For adults, take your pick from beginning guitar, beginning piano, adult choir, Bella Celli (a cello class) and the Cellobration Cello Choir. For senior citizens looking to get in on the auditory action, NISOM is offering special piano sections at a reduced rate. The vast majority of the classes (which will begin on November 27) will run $100 for the 12-week session (other classes will vary). If you’re looking to avoid the group scene and instead angle for private one-on-one instruction, NISOM offers that as well, with the next trimester beginning on November 27. Instruction is offered in piano, voice, guitar and all standard band/orchestra instruments, and there’s no registration deadline. You can register at any time, and tuition is prorated over the course of the semester. For more information on both private and group lessons, check out the NISOM website at, you guessed it,, or give them a call at 563-690-0151. And tell ‘em 365ink sent you!



ComedySportz? Is that the one with Drew Carey?

DUBUQUE365.COM nation Rap,” in which the players must come up with an original rap right then and there, all 8-Mile style. (Minus all the, you know, Eminem-style profanity.)

Improv, baby. Improv. Now’s your last chance to catch tickets for the upcoming ComedySportz performance at the Bell Tower Theater on Saturday, November 4. Comedy of Dwight York Arthur House Restaurant 9315 Hwy 80 N. Platteville, WI Fri. & Sat. November 3 & 4, 9 p.m. Dueling Pianos @ Live on Main Bricktown Sat., November 4, 9 PM - 1 AM

Comedy by Paul Frisbie Arthur House Restaurant Fri., Nov. 10 & Sat., Nov. 11, 9 PM Comedy Night 3100 Club at the Midway Hotel Wed., November 15, 8 PM - 10 PM

Sparkman @ Live on Main Bricktown Wed., November 8, 9 PM - 11 PM

Mike Merryfield @ Live on Main Bricktown Wed., November 15, 9 PM - 11 PM

Steve Lott and Dan Kaufman 3100 Club at the Midway Hotel Wed., November 8, 8 PM - 10 PM

Comedy by Jimmy Wiggins Arthur House Restaurant Fri. & Sat,, November 17 & 18, 9 PM

A million visitors a year! Don’t these people have jobs?

1. How many states have at least one winery? A) 7 B) 12 C) 50 D) Bruce 2. Consuming five tons of wine will: A) Give you a headache B) Kill you C) Make for a successful dinner party with the Mafia D) All of the above 3. Park Farm Winery first harvested in what year? A) 2001 B) 1997 C) 2004 D) 1876 4. What is the most common grape used for nouveau wine in the Midwest? A) St. La Crosse B) Gerard Depardieu C) Courfeyrac D) Marechal Foch 5. The Lawlor Family, owner of Galena Cellars, previously owned wineries in which two locations?

A) Elizabeth, IL / Bellevue, IA B) LaCrosse, WI / McGregor, IA C) Hazel Green, WI / Shullsburg, WI D) New York, NY / New Orleans, LA 6. How many generations of Tabors have used the Tabor farm for livelihood? A) 197 B) The airspeed of an unladen swallow C) 5 D) None, there really is no Tabor family 7. A daily glass of wine will add ____ pounds to your booty each year. A) 0 B) 322 C) 10 D) 3.14159265 8. True or false: Foot treading of grapes is still done. 9. When was the corkscrew invented? A) 1860 B) 1977 C) Whenever they invented cork D) November 2, 2006 10) Fear of alcohol is known as: A) Bryceophobia B) Threesixtyfiveitis C) Methyphobia D) Vintnyphobia

Answers on page 31

You may not have heard of Comedy Sportz (though the troupe has come out to Dubuque several times), but you’re certainly familiar with the style: Classic improvisational comedy, made famous by programs like Whose Line Is It Anyway?. A ComedySportz show is entirely original, with the content based on audience suggestions throughout the evening. Two teams compete during the show, with the action moderated by a referee. Anywhere between seven and twelve games are played during a match, with the players drawing from an extensive catalogue of well over 100 improv games. Games include “Shakespeare,” in which a team devises a scene in Shakespearean style (like you didn’t see that coming), with the scene inspired by audience suggestions, and “Elimi-

Muddy? Isn’t that, like, messy? For those of you who have something of a ceramic artistic bent (which, judging from the quality and quantity of art here in the community, seems to be just about everyone living within a twenty-mile radius), you might want to start thinking about making an entry into Clarke College’s “Big Muddy” show. No, it’s not a competition to see who can best mimic the Big Muddy Band. It’s a juried, regional exhibition that will be on display in Clarke’s Quigley Art Gallery from February 8 until March 8, 2007. So, what’s the dealy-o? This is a pretty big exhibition, with entries being accepted from all ten states bordering the Mississippi River. (Quick, name them all, now! Do it!) Entries will showcase current trends (it’s not a fad, it’s a trend) in both functional and sculptural ceramic forms, so you’re not going to be looking at rows of coffee mugs. Dig? The exhibit will be juried by Paul Sacaridiz, currently an associate professor of art at Illinois State University. He holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ce-

And that’s an important element of any ComedySportz show: The humor is appropriate for fans of all ages, from kids to your neighbor down the street who mows the lawns in a T-shirt and boxers and wears dark socks with his white sneakers. We’re talking Bill Cosby, here, not Dane Cook. If one of the players crosses the line of good taste and decency (something we at 365 are extremely familiar with), the player is called for a Brown Bag Foul, and a brown paper bag is placed over the head. It’s kind of the improv equivalent of a dunce cap. Tickets are going fast, so call the Bell Tower Theater at 563-588-3377 as soon as possible. And make sure to come armed with ideas, so you can help make the show as unique as it can be!

ramics at Alfred University in New York, and a master of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also featured in the Voices from the Warehouse District exhibition, so if you saw any of his work while you were over at Voices (and you were at Voices ... right?), you know that this guy knows his stuff. Oh, and there are prizes, too! Awards for the exhibit include a $1,000 Best of Show price, a cool $500 for second place and $250 for third place. The entry fee is $20 for up to three works, and entries must be postmarked by November 15. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to actually submit the works themselves until January.) However, there’s a cool catch: Because Big Muddy is being partially funded by a City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Special Projects Grant, the entry fee has been waived for artists hailing from Dubuque. For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations office at 563588-6318, or check out the Web site at Oh, and for the record, it’s Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.


• I learn everything I need to know from the Colbert Report. •

Having Relations All too often, our view of what’s going on in the world is filtered by dozens of gatekeepers, from newspaper editors (oops ... that’s us!), news managers at television stations, editorial directors of Web sites ... there are a lot of factors that go into your 30-minute nightly newscast, and at the end of the day, who really knows what’s going on in Baghdad, Beijing or Bogota? The Dubuque Area Committee on Foreign Relations is dedicated to helping people in the area have a better understanding of what’s happening in our world. It’s a nonprofit membership organization, affiliated with the American Committees on Foreign Relations, drawing CNN reporters, ambassadors, military leaders, journalists (essentially the people who have, you know, been there and done that) to speak from first-hand experience about current world events. Does intelligent, reasoned discourse interest you? Are you at all intrigued in discussing today’s world with students, international executives, farmers, educators and just about everyone in between? Do you like good good? We knew we’d grab you with that one.

The DACFR will be meeting on Wednesday, November 15, and new members are invited to come and see what the group is all about. The meeting will be at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, with 6 p.m. cocktails at a cash bar and a 6:45 p.m. Dutch-treat buffet dinner. Cost for the event altogether is $25, which covers tax and gratuity. The speaker at the November meeting will be Barry Jacobs, currently the director of strategic studies at the American Jewish Committee. Jacobs will be delivering a keynote titled “Israel, Lebanon, and a Dangerous Middle East.” Formerly, he’s been a senior foreign service officer with the United States Information Agency, and he’s renowned as a specialist in various multilateral issues, including international trade, energy and weapons systems (focusing on nuclear weapons and proliferation). And, finally, he was also the first director of the Discovery Channel. So, yeah. He’s qualified. Way qualified. The DACFR requests that prospective guests RSVP by Friday, November 10; reservations can be made by e-mailing Tom Tully at or by telephone at 563-556-1904.




DUBUQUE365ink • Anne Murray makes more albums than we have issues! •


Flurries at Five Flags Yeah, OK, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet (although we can’t wait for John Madden’s turducken), but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to some of the fantastic holiday concerts set to arrive at Five Flags. On Saturday, November 25, Jim McDonough will be presenting Holiday Grande 2006. Billed as “Iowa’s Own Pianist,” McDonough will be making Dubuque the second of four stops on his Holiday Grande tour. McDonough, a native of Monticello, Iowa, has released six albums during his young career thus far, including his most recent, Simple Gifts: Songs of Faith & Inspiration. His Holiday Grande 2006 concert will boast a 14-piece orchestra as well as a supporting cast of talented singers to go along with his own masterful piano playing. Tickets for McDonough’s concert are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Five Flags box office or online at It’ll cost you $29 for a box seat, $26 for the main floor and the first five rows of the balcony and $23 for the back balcony. There really aren’t any bad seats in the Five Flags theater, so you can rest assured that no matter where you decide to pop a squat, you’ll be treated to a relaxing and inspiring evening of beautiful music. Also coming to town for the holiday season will be Anne Murray, presenting What a Wonderful Christmas on

Murray performs in Dubuque above, in 2003. December 9. Murray, a 38-year veteran of the music business with 34 albums to her name (that’s, like, the output of Bob Dylan), embarks on a cross-country tour on November 11, and she’ll be staging 25 concerts during that time. Murray began singing at the age of 7, and has been considered the pioneer for a string of Canadian singers such as Shania Twain, k.d. lang and Sarah McLachlan. She was the first solo Canadian woman to receive an American gold record award (for the 1970 classic “Snowbird”), and through the years she’s racked up four Grammys, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association awards, three Canadian Country Music Association awards and 24 Juno awards (The Juno is essentially Canada’s version of the Grammy.) So, she’s kind of a big deal. Her latest album, I’ll Be Seeing You, features such classic songs as “As Time Goes By,” “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” If you’re at all interested in sitting down for an evening with Anne Murray, ticket prices are $43 and $37.50, and, as with all Five Flags events, are available at the Five Flags box office or online at Ticketmaster.

DUBUQUE365ink • Last time I tried using a plasma torch, we never saw the cat again. • DUBUQUE365.COM

Bringin’ Sexy Back to Barbershop

Faces and Figures

Hey, it made you read the article, didn’t it? Though these are some dapper lookin’ gents.

Outside the Lines Exhibit Opening: Friday, November 3

Up for a little barbershop music? You know you are. How’s about checking out the Barbershop Cabaret at Roosevelt Middle School? The Dubuque Music Men Barbershop Chorus is putting on the November 4 show, which is now in its 57th year. The Cabaret is set to feature a whole bunch of songs, all performed in that a capella, doowoppy style that we all know and love. Selections from the set list include “Cabaret,” “God Bless the USA,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” And joining in the fun will be a special guest quartet, Storm Front, hailing from Denver. Storm Front has twice been judged

to be one of the 10 best barbershop quartets in the entire world... which means they’re pretty darned good, and they’re bringing their pretty-darnedgoodness to Dubuque. Hard to argue with that. The Barbershop Cabaret will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the $12.50 tickets can be purchased by phone at 563-773-3132. Credit cards are accepted. The Music Men is the primary performing ensemble of the Dubuque chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a not-for-profit organization that boasts more than 35,000 members. They’ve been performing since 1949 here in Dubuque, and they’re always looking for new members - if you’re a fella who enjoys singing, give them a call. Check out the Web site at

by Mike Ironside Outside the Lines Art Gallery celebrates the opening of a new exhibition in its new space at 409 Bluff Street with a public artist’s reception on Friday, November 3. Again pairing two- and three-dimensional artists, Faces and Figu r e s will feature the sculpture of Dubuque artist Gail Chavenelle and paintings by Iowa City artist Bekah Ash. Chavenelle is known for her stylized figure sculptures in steel. Cut from a sheet of 20 gauge steel using a plasma torch, the curvilinear figurative forms exhibit an organic quality that transcend the connotations of the medium. This collection will feature works in stainless steel, rusted steel and a variety of colored powdercoat finishes. Using oil on canvas, Bekah Ash depicts large, expressive, primarily female faces. The simple compositions eschew detail for bold, evocative colors. The women

Bekah Ash; Two Girls


of her paintings seem to be immersed in quiet, contemplative moments leaving viewers to wonder at the artist’s intentions and the subjects’ inner world. In recent works, Ash reportedly is exploring a smaller, more illustrative style using acrylic and drawing on plywood.

Don’t you dare think that just because you might not be able to make the reception, you can’t catch what’s sure to be an excellent exhibit. Faces and Figures will be on display in the gallery through the months of November and December. And not only that, but you should make it a point to stop inside Outside the Lines and check out all the wildly varied and fantastic art for sale from so many different artists. Through the holidays, Outside the Lines Art Gallery is open Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 563-583-9343, or visit



Can I auction off my Play-Doh sculptures?


Dubuque Museum of Art

Art Auction and Holiday Party Friday, November 17

For friends and fans of the Dubuque Museum of Art, the holiday season begins with the coming of the annual Art Auction and Holiday Party. Scheduled for Friday, November 17, this year’s event promises to kick off the holidays in grand style.

Tickets for Gallagher are $30, $27 and $20. Tickets are available at the Five Flags box office or online at The show will contain adult content, which means you probably shouldn’t be bringing your 7-yearold to Five Flags that night.

Five Flags Center November, 18, 8 p.m. Dubuque, are you ready for some sledgehammer action? You’d better be, as Gallagher (yes, THAT Gallagher) is going to be bringing his creative interpretation of “food processing” to the Five Flags center on November 18 at 8 p.m. Gallagher, who was named one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest comedians of all time and holds a degree in engineering ... and we’re still trying to figure out how that gave birth to the Sledge-o-Matic.

For more on Gallagher, check out his Web site at We recommend packing ponchos, raincoats, umbrellas or other shelter-like items when you attend the show. 365 was there the last time that Gallagher came to Dubuque and we had a great time. And won’t he be so proud we put him on the Arts page? Veneration!

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail buffet. For many, the gala holiday party and the chance to get dressed up and mingle with friends are the perfect precursors to the excitement of the auction to come. Not only an opportunity to eat, drink and socialize, guests can view artwork from the live auction, as well as begin bidding on a range of silent auction items. Fans of the silent auction are advised to arrive early as bidding on the various artwork, bottles of fine wine, and gift packages will conclude at 7:30 p.m. So no more sneaking out of the live auction for “another splash of wine” so you can raise your bid on that vintage Bordeaux. Silent auction sheets will be collected at 7:30 with the winners announced during the live auction. Of course, the live auction is always the highlight of the evening. Scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., this year’s auction should deliver plenty of excitement with a great catalog of items donated by area

artists and friends of the museum. Fran Henkels will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the approximately 50 lots, featuring a variety of artwork by local and regional artists. Auction items include paintings by John Anderson-Bricker and Tom Jewell-Vitale, pottery by Ken Bichell and Deloris Fortuna, prints by Beth Bird and John Bissell, sculpture by Gail Chavenelle and Jim Ehlinger, pastels by Sandra Principe and Ellen Wagener-Roberts, and a unique sandblasted scene on glass by Art Geisert, among other work representing nearly 40 artists. A preview of artwork to be available at the auction will be on display at the museum or online at www. beginning November 14. In addition to artwork, a number of non-art items will be made available to the highest bidder. Other auction items include gourmet Greek and a Japanese dinners, tickets for the Chicago Lyric Opera, the use of vacation homes and select bottles of rare or vintage wine.

Besides being a great evening out, the Art Auction and Holiday Party is a major fundraiser for the Dubuque Museum of Art. Major sponsorship for the event is provided by Prudential Financial, with contributing sponsorship by McGrawHill, and 365ink.   Admission to the event is $30 per person if payment is received at the museum prior to the day of the event (November 17), or $35 at the door. Advance reservations can be made by sending payment to the Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust Street, Dubuque, Iowa  52001.  For more information, call at 563-557-1851.



A 3 Month Film Major The Loras College Classic Educational Film Series has begun its fall season. All the shows are free and and include preand post-film discussion by smart folk.

The 24-hour theatre project. Plays occur in real time.

All of the films begin at 7 p.m. and are shown in Hoffmann Auditorium, St. Joseph Hall of Science, Alta Vista Street. For more information call 563-588-7233.

The remaining films are ... Nov. 14 Cache (Michael Haneke, France, 2005) Nov. 28 Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, U.S., 1954) Dec. 12 Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1983)






Does Dierks Bentley drive a Bentley?


Bentley’s music is much more traditional than much of the other popular country music today, going back to the old classic themes of forbidden love, cheating, drinking, your dog getting run over by a truck, all that classic country stuff. He’s been compared to Waylon Jennings, so that’s not a bad pedigree to have.

Dierks Bentley, who’s been bringing the “country” back to “country music” for a few years now, will be hitting the Five Flags Center on November 24 at 7:30 p.m. Bentley, the youngest member of the Grand Old Opry, first hit it big way back in 2003, when he released his self-titled debut album and the hit single, “What Was I Thinkin’.” Both that album and the 2005 follow-up, Modern Day Drifter, were certified Platinum, and Modern Day Drifter made it to #6 on the US Hot 100 charts while capturing the #1 position on the US Country charts. He’s just released a new single, “Every Mile A Memory,” from his new album Long Trip Alone. (And what an album it is — absolutely excellent!) Also set for release in the coming months is a live concert DVD, The Dierks Bentley Experience.

Bentley will be joined by Miranda Lambert and the Randy Rogers Band when he comes to Dubuque. Lambert first reached fame when she was a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, and her first album, Kerosene, released at number one on the US Country charts in March 2005. The Randy Rogers Band hails from Texas, and they’ve released a couple of albums over the years, with Just a Matter of Time being the most recent. Their discography also includes the albums Like It Used To Be and Rollercoaster (the latter featured the hit “Tonight’s Not the Night”). In other words, we’re going to get a whole lot of country lovin’ on November 24. And if that’s your thing, you should definitely check it out. Based on attendance at country shows over the past few years, that’s exactly your thing. Tickets for the Dierks Bentley concert are on sale now (as in RIGHT NOW), and tickets will run $28.75 (not including service charges and facility fees). You can purchase them at the Five Flags Box Office (which, coincidentally, happens to be at Five Flags), or online at


Auto Racing - Many Divisions, Dbq. Co. Fairgrounds Speedway, 7-10 p.m. Karaoke - Phoenix Entertainment, The Hangout, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.


‘Round Midnight Jazz w/ Bill Encke - Isabella’s, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. Loose Gravel Duo - Riverwalk Cafe, Grand Harbor, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Open Mic - Hosted by the Dert Tones, The Busted Lift, 9 a.m. - 1a.m. Live on Main Comedy - 2 great standups, Bricktown, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. 3100 Club Comedy - Midway Hotel, Bricktown, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Dubuque Area Writer’s Guild Open Forum - 2nd Wed. (Isabella’s) 7 - 9p.m. Live Comedy - 3100 Club Comedy Night, Midway Hotel, 8 p.m.- 10 p.m. The Wundo Band - Pizzeria Uno Annex, Platteville, WI, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. WJOD Wild West Wed - (Country Dancing), Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Karaoke - Becky McMahon, Denny’s Lux Club 8:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m. Karaoke - C-N-T Ent., Second Wind, Galena, IL, 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.


Live Music - Robbie Bahr & Laura McDonald, Gobbies, Galena, 9 p.m. -1 a.m. Y-105 Party Zone - Dbq Co. Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Open Blues Jam - Isabella’s Bar in the Ryan House, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Open Mic - Grape Harbor, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Karaoke - Rainbow Lounge, Canfield Hotel, 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Karaoke - Riverboat Lounge, 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. Karaoke - Becky McMahon, Ground Round, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. Karaoke - Flyin’ Hawaiian, Shannon’s Bar, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - C-Sharp, A&B Tap, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Soundwave, Bulldog Billiards, 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Karaoke - Dave Lorenz, Player’s Sports Bar, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. DJ Music - DJ Brian Imbus, Jumpers, 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.


Live Comedy - Arthur House Restaurant, Galena, 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Firewood Friday (3rd Friday’s) - Isabella’s Bar at the Ryan House, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Live Music - Riverwalk Cafe, Grand Harbor 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Live Music - Leonardo Roldan/Romeo Bautista, Los Aztecas, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Karaoke - Rainbow Lounge, Canfield Hotel, 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Karaoke - Riverboat Lounge, 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. Karaoke - Flyin’ Hawaiian, Sublime, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - C-Sharp, A&B Tap, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - C-N-T Entertainment, T.J’s Bent Prop, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Dave Lorenz, Player’s Sports Bar, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Karaoke - Brian Leib’s Essential Entertainment, Aragon Tap, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Becky McMahon, Sandy Hook Tap, 10 p.m. -2 a.m. DJ Music - Main Event DJ, Gin Rickeys, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. DJ Music - Sound Ideas DJ, Timmerman’s Supper Club, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. DJ Music - Renie B., George & Dales, East Dubuque 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. DJ Music - DJ Brian Imbus, Jumpers, 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.


Expires November 31st

Live Comedy - Arthur House Restaurant, Galena, 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Live Music - Leonardo Roldan/Romeo Bautista, Los Aztecas, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Karaoke - Rainbow Lounge, Canfield Hotel, 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Karaoke - Riverboat Lounge, 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. Karaoke - C-Sharp, A&B Tap, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Dave Lorenz, Player’s Sports Bar, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Karaoke - Starburst Karaoke, w/Dave Winders, Instant Replay, 9 p.m.-1a.m. DJ Music - Main Event DJ, Gin Rickeys, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. DJ Music - Sound Ideas DJ, Timmerman’s Supper Club, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

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who have re-gifted it, and now there’s a mad chase to reclaim it. (Is it hiding under a big ‘W’? Does anybody get that reference?) In addition to taking first place at that comedy festival, Lynn has also been invited to travel to Northern California and work with the Ukiah (California) Community Players, in hopes of further developing the play and producing it as part of the company’s 2007 season. But when Lynn is winning his Pulitzer a few years down the road, keep this in mind: It all started right here in our lovely little berg of Dubuque, Iowa.

Don’t be regiftin’, y’all OK, I’ve got a story for you. Last year, my brother gave me a Borders gift card for Christmas. I thought that was a great idea, and I was really impressed that he had thought of it. Imagine my surprise when I went to use it and the card had only $16.77 of the claimed $25 on it. (I’ve just gotten myself un-invited from Thanksgiving dinner now for spilling that, I’m sure.) Anyway, we’ve all got stories like that, but now we have the chance to watch the phenomenon unfold before our very eyes on the stage. We’re talking about The Regifters, billed as an “original Christmas comedy,” which will be performed at the Bell Tower Theater from November 9-12 and November 16-19. “Okay,” you say. “What’s the big deal?” Here’s the big deal: This is an entirely original play that was written by a native Dubuquer. This isn’t some off-Broadway script that was licensed and staged ... this is Dubuque, through and through. Robert Lynn crafted this work, a winner of the 2005-2006 New American Comedy Festival. A production of the Main Street Players, the play is directed by Matt Zanger. Here’s the story: A couple receives a Christmas gift that, at first sight, really doesn’t appear so great. So they do what you and I and everybody else does ... they re-gift it. Well, it turns out that this isn’t a pair of knit cotton socks ... it’s actually worth a fortune. (What is it? You’ll have to find out.) But to add yet another wrinkle to the action, they soon discover that they’re not the only folks

The cast of The Regifters is Tri-State to its core, featuring Terry Hoefflin, Molly Huerta-Hoefflin, Matthew Kittle, Jan Haverland and playwright Lynn of Dubuque, Mike and Dee Dee Timmerman from East Dubuque, Melissa McGuire of Galena and Margaret Ruf of Platteville. (Or Plattevulle, if you’re from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.) The Regifters marks the final play of this 21st season for the Main Street Players, a season that was distinguished by an exclusively original array of works: River of Tears in April (written by Mike Willis), Blessings to Share during the summer (by Carole Sullivan), Women on Fire in September (a collaboration of MSP and Merely Players) and now The Regifters. “It was a little risky to devote an entire season to shows that didn’t have bigname recognition and hadn’t been performed before,” said director Zanger. “But everyone had such confidence in the subject matter and the people directing them ... we also had the enthusiasm and pride that came from celebrating our 20th anniversary last year.” The Regifters appears set to be a wonderful capstone to MSP’s year, as Lynn notes the timing is just about right. “It’s right when people are starting to think about Christmas,” he says. “But it’s not so close that people will be too busy with other things.” Performances of The Regifters will be held at 7:30 p.m. for the Nov. 9 / 16 shows, 8 p.m. for the Nov. 10-11 / 1718 shows and 3 p.m. for the Nov. 12 / 19 shows. Tickets are $15, and a dinner theater package is also available for just $35. To purchase tickets, call 563-5883377, or visit the Bell Tower Theater’s Web site at and maybe this year I’ll hang onto my knit cotton socks.


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Now, what on earth does “wet” or “dry” mean? No clue here, none whatsoever.

One Mean Bean by Tim Brechlin

What can you say about One Mean Bean? Well, it definitely has a mean bean (or twenty). There’s a very distinctive aroma that permeates the air of One Mean Bean. It’s the aroma of fresh java. Of course, it might also be due to the umpteenbillion items of baked goods available for purchase. Cakes, loaves, other delectable delights ... anything you might desire to satisfy your munchies, it’s all there.

Turns out that a “dry” cappuccino has more foam in it than a “wet” one, which has more steamed milk and less foam. Of course, there’s an exact science involved here, as if you have simply a bucketload of steamed milk with your espresso, that’s not a cappuccino, that’s a latte. Understand all that? I received Coffee Basics 101 during those few minutes spent waiting for my hot beverage. And hot it was. “It’s extra hot so it’s extra good,” says the sleeve on the cup, and that was definitely the truth. Feeling laptop-inclined? One Mean Bean’s got you covered, with free wireless Internet access. What better way to kill an afternoon than with a few cups of your preferred coffee-related beverage and access to all the ... well, whatever it is you do on the Internet? One Mean Bean also features drinkware with its distinctive logo both for use by customers in the shop or for purchase.

You walk up to the counter, and you’re immediately greeted by a horde of menu options, with a large note that everything can be ordered hot or iced. And as you place your order, you’ll quickly realize something: These folks know their coffee. Imagine that you order, as this writer did, a vanilla cappuccino. The options are bountiful. First, you’ll be asked what sort of milk you prefer: Skim, 2 percent, whole, organic or soy. Next is the preparation. “Would you like that extra dry?” the question is.

If you find yourself wandering in the Fountain Park area (Chaney and Asbury, over near the Dubuque Community School District’s Forum building), stop in sometime. Those cakes are just oh, so good.


If your choir is from Vienna, does that make it Chicago style?

Vienna Boys Choir hits Clarke College When’s the last time you heard a worldrenowned choir perform? (Note: Karaoke parties don’t count.) Wait no longer, as the Vienna Boys’ Choir will be coming to Terence Donaghoe Hall at Clarke College on Tuesday, November 21, at 8 p.m. The Vienna Boys’ Choir, based in Austria (big surprise there), comprises boy sopranos and altos, and has a pretty impressive pedigree, having worked through the ages with such musicians as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Salieri and Anton Bruckner. Famous composers, such as Franz Schubert, have been members of the choir ... so, what we’re


trying to say is that this is a rather impressive group that’s coming to town. The choir traces its lineage back to Emperor Maximilian I, who instructed his court officials in a 1498 letter to establish a choir employing a singing master, two basses and six boys. This group of court musicians, then known as the Hofkapelle, was disbanded in 1920, but rector Josef Schnitt officially founded the Vienna Boys’ choir in 1924. The not-for-profit group, which serves as a boarding school at the Palais Augarten, now educates 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, with the singers divided into four touring choirs performing 300 concerts a year. Tickets for the concert are $20, and are available at or by calling 563-584-8642.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Shostakovich at 100 For the second installment in its “Classics” series, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 100th birthday of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in an event sponsored by Susan Butler. Concerts are scheduled for Saturday, November 11, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. at Dubuque’s Five Flags Theater. Shostakovich, generally identified as a composer in the Romantic style, was at turns celebrated and denounced in his native Soviet Union. Though he died of lung cancer in 1975, he would have been 100 years old this September. To celebrate his life and music, the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro William Intriligator will perform his joyful Festive Overture, op. 96, selections from the film The Gadfly, op. 97 (he scored a number of films) and his popular and powerful Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, op. 93. The Tenth Symphony has long been considered one of the greatest sym-

phonies of the 20th century since it was first performed following the death of Josef Stalin in 1953. It was the composer’s first symphonic work since his famous denunciation in 1948, when many of his (and other composers’) works were banned during a Soviet crackdown on expressionism within the arts. The second movement of the symphony, the allegro, is short, savage and violent (musically speaking, of course), and was described in the book Testimony as “a musical portrait of Stalin.” (Obviously, Mr. Shostakovich didn’t much care for Uncle Joe.) The symphony ends with a frenzied and energetic performance of Shostakovich’s classic DSCH theme (the D-E flat-C-B motif that he used in a great many of his works). Single tickets for the concert may be purchased by phoning Ticketmaster at 563-557-8497 or by visiting Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Five Flags Box Office Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. For additional information call 563-557-1677, visit www.dubuquesymphony. org or email

GALLAGHER November 18, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices are: $30, $27, & $20 Sesame Street Live presents: “ELMO MAKES MUSIC” Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 4 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets adults: $22, $17, $14& $12 Children 1-12 get $1.50 off $12 & $14 Tix


wi/ Miranda Lambert/ Randy Rogers Band November 24, 2006 at 7:30p.m. Ticket Prices are: $28.75



Thursday, November 2

Saturday, November 4

Isabella’s 1st B-Day Party / Day of the Dead featuring the Mystery Band Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Saturday, November 4

Friday, November 10

Rocket Surgeons The Arena, 11 PM - 3 AM

Pat McCurdy The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM Rosalie Morgan Grape Escape, 7 PM - 12 AM

Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 8 PM - 11:30 PM

Scott & Michelle Dalziel @ The Riverwalk Grand Harbor, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Friday, November 3 Andre Williams w/ The Diplomats of Solid Sound The Busted Lift 9 PM - 1 AM

King’s Singers UWP Center for the Arts, 8 PM - 10 PM Catch III @ Riverwallk Restaurant Grand Harbor, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Jodi Splinter & Kevin Beck 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM Denny Garcia Kelsie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 8 PM - 12 AM

Dueling Pianos Bricktown, 9 PM - 1 AM

Tantrym Jumpers, 9 PM- 1 AM

Sunday, November 5

Tender White Meat Aces in Epworth, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Denny Garcia New Diggings, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Mule Team Kelsie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 8 PM - 12 AM

Big Muddy Anton’s in Mew Diggings, 2 PM - 6 PM

Takin’ the Fifth Grape Escape, 8 PM - 11 PM

Law is Dead, Metatron, Among the Riots The Busted Lift, 5 PM - 9 PM

Don Goings & the North Missouri Bluegrass All-star Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM A Pirate Over 50 Fat Tuesday’s, 8 PM - 12 AM Jim the Mule Noonan’s North, 9 PM - 2 AM Julien’s Bluff The Pit Stop, 9 PM - 1 AM

Tuesday, November 7 John Moran & Dean Mattoon Riverwalk Lounge/Grand Harbor Resort 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Jazz Tuesday with ‘Round Midnight Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Wednesday, November 8

Artie & The Pink Catillacs 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM Sh-tz & Giggles Kelsie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 8 PM - 12 AM Mississippi Trio George and Dale’s, 8 PM - 12 AM Nikki Lunden with the Trollies Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM Blue Willow Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM The Dert Tones Sandy Hook Tavern, 9 PM - 1 AM Horsin’ Around Band Budde’s, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Saturday, November 11 Bill Encke Mississippi Mug, 3 PM - 5 PM

Buddy Wakefield UWP Center for the Arts, 8 PM - 10 PM

Artie & The Pink Catillacs Special Elvis Show Fundraiser Camp Albrecht Acres, Sherrill, IA 7 PM

Open Mic Night w/ The Dert Tones The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

We’re Late and Smell Like Beer The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

Songwriters’ Circle Isabella’s, 8 PM - 11 PM

Jammer Jumpers, 9 PM - 1 AM

Joie & The Stumble Brothers Denny’s Lux Club, 9 PM - 1 AM

Thursday, November 9

LiviN’ Large Courtside, 8 PM - 12 AM

A Pirate Over 50 Frontier Saloon, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM

The Three Thieves Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM

A Night of Black and White Lot One, 8 PM - 2 AM

Ken Wheaton Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM

Zero 2 Sixty Budde’s, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Open Mic Night Grape harbor 8 PM - 10:30 PM

Scarlet Runner The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM The Dert Tones George and Dale’s, 8 PM - 12 AM Okham’s Razor Grape Escape, 8 PM - 11PM Charlie Parr Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Melanie Mausser Mississippi Mug, 3 PM - 5 PM Music Men Barbershop Chorus Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Melanie Mausser Grape Escape, 8 PM - 1 AM 50 Pound Rooster Dirty Ernie’s, Farley, 9 PM - 1 AM

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Saturday, November 11

Thursday, November 16

Friday, November 17

Open Mic Grape Harbor, 8 PM - 10:30 PM

Emotions Dubuque Driving Range, 9 PM - 1 AM

Friday, November 17

Nick Stika Grape Escape, 9 PM - 1 AM

Badfish Jumpers, 9 PM - 1 AM

Tender White Meat Sandy Hook Tavern, 10 PM - 2 AM

Artie & The Pink Catillacs 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM

Denny Troy @ The Riverwalk Grand Harbor, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Rocket Surgeons Denny’s Lux Club, 9 PM - 1 AM

Saturday, November 18

The Rick Tittle Band Thumbs Up Pub and Grill, 9 PM - 1 AM

Jon Stravers / Nouveau release Isabellas, 8 PM - 12 AM

BadFish Krazy Kooters, Farley, IA, 9 PM - 1 AM

Hannah Haupt Mississippi Mug, 3 PM - 5 PM

Big Muddy Full Band Isabella’s, 9 PM - 1 AM

Public Property the Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

Betty and the Headlights Budde’s, 9:30 PM - 1:00 AM Tantrym Doolittle’s, Cuba City, 10 PM - 2 AM

Bobby Vee and the Vees w/ Johnny Tillitson and Chris Montez Dubuque County Fairgrounds 8 PM - 11 PM Mississippi Trio George and Dale’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Just the Two of Us Grape Escape, 7 PM - 1 AM The Legends 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM Denny Garcia Kelsie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 8 PM - 12 AM The Rick Tittle Band Eagles Club, 8 PM - 12 AM Jabherbox Denny’s Lux Club, 9 PM - 1 AM

Catfight The Arena, 10 PM - 3 AM

Julien’s Bluff Fat Tuesday’s, 9 PM - 1 AM

Sunday, November 12

Richter Scale The Pit Stop, 9 PM - 1 AM

Artie & The Pink Catillacs Eagles Club, 1 PM - 5 PM Elanors The Busted Lift, 5 PM - 9 PM Ralph Kluseman and Mike Mason New Diggings, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tony Walker Sandy Hook Tavern, 9 PM - 1 AM

Tuesday, November 14 Jazz Tuesday with ‘Round Midnight Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM Horsin’ Around Band U.D., Blades Hall, 8 PM - 11 PM John Moran & Dean Mattoon Riverwalk Cafe @ Grand Harbor Resort 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 15 Open Mic w/ the Dert Tones the Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

The Brews Brothers Band The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM Mixed

DRILL The Arena, 11 PM - 3 AM



BUZZ? The Prestige

A Film by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins) A tale of rivalry, revenge and illusion, The Prestige is the story of two successful illusionists in London around the turn of the last century. From the earliest meeting as young, up-and-coming magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) were fierce competitors even as they shared the stage. When Angier’s wife, an on-stage assistant in the performance, is killed as part of a trick gone horribly wrong, the two part ways and open separate acts. Angier blames Borden for the death of his wife and is jealous of the seemingly impossible feats that Borden is able to produce on stage. Borden, on the other hand, begins a family and relishes the fact that his illusions have Angier baffled. As time passes, Angier goes on a search for the answers to Borden’s greatest illusion that takes him to the doorstep of Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) in Colorado Springs. Has he found his answer or been tricked by the master magician once again? As the story unfolds, it is a constant competition to see who can outperform the other, who can win the girl (Scarlett Johansson as Olivia) and who will ultimately be determined to be the best. In the end, lives will be destroyed and egos will be shattered. Are you watching closely? Following closely on the heels of The Illusionist starring Edward Norton comes The Prestige. Yet again, two studios came up with the same idea at roughly the same time. Interesting. In any event, this one joins The Illusionist as being a top-notch suspense and intrigue thriller. The trailer and the movie itself continually ask us, “Are you watching closely?” And that could not be more true. The twists and turns in this film exceed those of The Illusionist and carry the audience on an interesting and visually stunning ride through a different age where slight of hand ruled the day rather than computer graphic wizardry. The performances are, to be expected, top-rate with Jackman, Bale, Johannson and the supporting cast including Academy Award-winner Michael Caine as their mentor and David Bowie as real-life scientist Tesla. Much like his other films, director Nolan creates a dark, mysterious backdrop from which the story can unfold. Fans of magic tricks and illusions will marvel at the contraptions that were concocted for this film, the majority of which probably were in use or still are. Are you watching closely? You had better be because you will not want to miss a moment as the story unfolds.

Open Season A Film by Roger Allers (The Lion King) Grizzly bear Boog (Martin Lawrence) was raised by Park Ranger Beth (Debra Messing) and is perfectly content with his domesticated lifestyle. His life is turned upside down three days before hunting season opens when he meets Elliot (Cedar Rapids native Ashton Kutcher), a wild mule deer strapped to the truck hood of uber-hunter Shaw (Gary Sinise). Little does Boog know that Shaw is a paranoid psychopath who believes that animals are out to overthrow humanity and take over the world. Boog’s assistance in releasing Elliot from a life of servitude as a hood ornament only reinforces that. In his twisted mind, Shaw decides he has to hunt down these renegade animals and stop them at all cost. Through a series of unfortunate and misunderstood events, Boog is labeled to be a menace to society and Beth has to release him into the wild where he must fend for himself. With only the dysfunctional Elliot as his ally, Boog embarks on a journey to get back home to Beth and the comforts of home. Along the way, our two friends run into territorial squirrels, ambitious beavers and the rest of Elliot’s herd of deer. Circumstances eventually force these furry enemies to all work together against the greatest threat: hunters during Open Season. Open Season, which has been in theaters for a few weeks already, is a welcome surprise among the rest of the current movie releases. No blood and guts here (see Saw III or any military film for that), just some good belly laughs and, yes, deer poo. Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher may be middle-of-the-road actors when it comes to their live-action films but they excel when it comes to lending their voices to cartoon characters. The cast of woodland characters here is perfect. From the beavers to the squirrels to the porcupine looking for a “bu-------ddy”, every creature adds to the humor. And, the actors lending voices are perfectly cast. Billy Connolly with his Irish accent, Patrick Warburton with his ultra-militaristic bravado and Kutcher with his kinda wimpy, adolescent naiveté get a smirk or giggle practically every time they utter a line. We went to the movies that night not really jazzed about any of the films that were available and walked out of the theater wishing we had seen this one sooner. On an evening when the sun set earlier than the day before (this was right after we set our clocks back), Open Season was just what the doctor ordered.

- After making a boatload of money in its opening weekend ($34.3 million, to be precise), it seems like it was inevitable that Saw 3 would spawn a child. Lionsgate has already begun planning a fourth installment of its Saw franchise, due for release on Halloween of next year. There have already been hints of a “prequel” film to take place before the original entry in the horror series. - Rumors have begun to swirl regarding the fourth and final reported villain in the upcoming Spider-Man 3 film. Reports are suggesting that Bruce Campbell, who has had bit roles in each of the first two, will be playing villain Quentin “Mysterio” Beck ... in a movie-within-a-movie. Supposedly, Spider-Man stumbles upon the set of a movie being filmed about his exploits. We’ll see if this one pans out. Of course, always respect the chin. - Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat film hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but an intense bidding war to claim his follow-up film has already concluded. As expected, Cohen will bring his Austrian fashion designer character Bruno to the big screen after signing a $42.5 million deal with Universal Pictures. - Seemingly no film is safe from the merciless eyes of parody, as the popular documentary March of the Penguins is soon to be skewed on home video in the direct-to-video Farce of the Penguins, set for release in January. Focusing primarily on live-action comedy and the talents of Bob Saget, Jason Alexander, Dane Cook and Whoopi Goldberg, Farce of the Penguins will also include Samuel L. Jackson spoofing the Morgan Freeman narration of the original film. One question: Will there be anything about motherf$#@in’ penguins? - It’s confirmed: Bryan Singer has inked a deal to direct and produce a 2009 sequel to this summer’s Superman Returns. Returns has grossed more than $390 million in worldwide box office revenue, and is set to make huge profits with this month’s DVD release. Lead actor Brandon Routh is expected to return, and co-stars Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey both have sequel options on their contracts. No word yet on any potential plot or villains.

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While School Splash Bash nights are scheduled through a particular school, the discount admission on those nights is not limited to students from that school. Any kid, regardless of school affiliation, can get in at the $8 rate. So if your sister is in town for the week with her kids or you’re watching the neighbors’ kids on a particular Tuesday or Thursday night, pile ‘em all in the minivan and haul the horde to the waterpark to let them blow off some steam.

You don’t have to stay here to play here. by Mike Ironside By now, most area residents know about the waterpark at Dubuque’s Grand Harbor Resort, if they haven’t actually taken the plunge themselves. But what many might not know is that the facility is open to kids and families who are not guests at the hotel, and that the waterpark hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. One of the waterpark’s more popular promotions is the School Splash Bash. Held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m., the Splash Bash is a program in cooperation with an area school that grants kids from that school waterpark admission for just $8, a $2 discount off the usual rate for those nights. But what about chaperones, you might ask? Splash Bash admission for parents and chaperones is free. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from admission fees are returned to the sponsoring school!

As if 25,000 square feet of waterslides, water cannons, squirt guns, a lazy river, pools, two giant hot-tub whirlpools, and a giant bucket that dumps nearly 800 gallons of water every 9 minutes aren’t enough to keep the kids occupied, School Splash Bash nights also feature music by a disc jockey and tournaments in the game arcade. Sounds like a good way to get the whole family out of the house once the winter weather arrives. Another good way to give the kids a great time is to celebrate a birthday at the waterpark. The Grand Harbor has a variety of birthday party packages, most of which include waterpark admission, arcade tokens, lunch and soda, plus a personalized birthday cake. There are special birthday packages available for kids that belong to the WaterSquirts Kids’ Club. The waterpark also hosts a variety of special holiday promotions and events. In addition to the above-listed activities, holiday parties feature a variety of games like hermit crab races and paddle boat

building and racing. Recent activities include Halloween parties with costume contests and treasure hunts. The Grand Harbor also offers holiday hotel packages if you want to take the whole family for a weekend getaway without the long drive. But keep in mind: You don’t have to stay to come down and play! For more information on School Splash Bash or Birthday Party Packages, call Hannah at 563-690-3272. For more information on the waterpark features, including the hours of operation, follow


the links on the Grand Harbor web site at For info on the WaterSquirts Kids’ Club, visit the web site or email the program coordinator at Watersquirts@grandharborresort. com, or call at 563-690-4000.



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It’s not just good, it’s great! Fresh on the heels of being told we have one of the best waste collection programs in the whole state of Iowa, we Dubuquers now have yet another feather in our collective cap: The city of Dubuque has been officially named a Great Place!

Community Visioning + Collaboration = Dubuque…an Iowa “GREAT PLACE!” By Mayor Roy D. Buol Citizens have heard me say innumerable times during 2005 that I believed the next five years would define the next 50 for Dubuque. And, thanks to the Envision 2010 community visioning process, thousands of citizens joined together in 2005 to cultivate their ideas about how they wanted to define those next 50 years. The 3,000 initial ideas were distilled to the top 100, then the top 30, and in January 2006, the top ten ideas were announced to the community at large. Fast forward to September 18, 2006. On this date, the Dubuque City Council endorsed the Envision 2010 projects as a community-shared vision, and provided its support for an application to be submitted to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for the designation of Dubuque as an “Iowa Great Place.” On Tuesday, October 24, I joined with several Dubuque representatives to conduct a trolley tour and site visit for the Iowa “Great Places” Citizens Advisory Board. While time did not permit us to show all of the reasons we believe Dubuque is such a “great place,” we were able to focus on the projects identified in our application (see companion article) which are moving forward with great success and support from the entire Dubuque community. As I shared with the advisory board upon the conclusion of the site visit that day, the selection of Dubuque as a 2006 Iowa Great Place community will further aid the ten Envision projects and help us to move them one step closer to completion. It is no secret that since the early 1980s, Dubuque has faced a number of challenges, and each time the city has come forth stronger. In 2006, Dubuque is not looking to face a challenge, but rather to define a new Dubuque … a “Great Place” known as Dubuque! That important call came on Thursday, October 26. Dubuque had indeed achieved another milestone … the distinction of being designated as an Iowa “Great Place!” At 6 a.m. the following morning, Assistant City Manager Cindy Steinhauser and I left for Des Moines to be present for the official announcement and to extend Dubuque’s deep appreciation to the members of the Iowa Great Places Citizens

Advisory Board for their time, interest and efforts in service to the communities of our great State. This Citizens Advisory Board traveled over 1,200 miles in four days to visit the twelve finalist site locations on its way to selecting six. The members shared with us that they had been very impressed with the enthusiasm, commitment and depth of information they received on their Dubuque tour. We have much to be thankful for and I want to recognize all our Envision 2010 partners and citizen groups (so noted in the companion article), along with everyone involved in the site visit where, in reality, the “rubber met the road” …notably Cindy Steinhauser and city Public Relations Officer Randy Gehl, for their meticulous preparation and oversight! Dubuque requested $900,000 in its application to the Iowa Great Places Program. The program’s “gap funding” is designed to help move projects along that are deemed to be the most ready … meaning “feasible, well-planned and well-researched.” Key to being selected as a “Great Place” is the immense benefit of having access to and working with staffers at the state level who have expertise in areas related to the ten Envision 2010 projects. These staffers will work alongside our citizen groups to further the projects, identify additional funding sources and provide ongoing information. The Iowa Great Places resources will fill funding gaps, provide matching funds for grants, etc. We have not yet been apprised about the level of funding we will ultimately receive; however, work plans and Memorandums of Understanding with the state will be completed, with final partnership agreements formed by December 31, 2006. Across the state, our “Great Place” designation not only sets Dubuque apart as a community that has learned to build upon past successes but demonstrates that Dubuque is transforming itself through citizen involvement and community leadership in ways never before realized. This distinction is another arrow in the “marketing quiver.” It draws attention to the Dubuque community as a city on the move … a city that values broad-based citizen input and collaboration. The commitment to exciting new ideas, the energy of the partnerships and the unifying of our community are the ”Great Principles” (capital “GP”) that will sustain Dubuque as a “Great Place” (capital “GP”) for the next 50 years! Congratulations, Dubuque!

Iowa Great Places is a program that began last year under the steerage of Governor Vilsack. It’s aimed at turning the state into a new partner with Iowans, combining resources in a unified drive at making impacts within communities. Candidates were asked to address seven qualities that make places special: Engaging experiences, diverse populations, a vital, creative economy, clean environments, well-designed infrastructures, a shared attitude of optimism and a diverse and inclusive cultural mosaic. (If you don’t think Dubuque has those qualities ... well, you’re crazier than a bag of squirrels in a dryer. And that’s pretty crazy, right there.) Dubuque framed its Great Places application around the 10 ideas of the Envision 2010 project. (Remember that? You know, that whole “ten community projects by 2010” thing?) The application was prepared by representatives from the city of Dubuque, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Crescent Community Health Center, the CarnegieStout Public Library, Dubuque Main Street, Ltd., East Central Intergovernmental Agency and members of various Envision 2010 subcommittees. For those of you who may have forgotten what all 10 Envision projects were, here’s a quick rundown: Building a tri-state community health center, expanding the Mississippi River Museum campus with the Rivers of America Museum, renovating the historic portion of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library to expand city library services, building a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor performing arts center, partnering with local education professionals to create a bilingual curriculum, developing an integrated walking/biking/hiking trail system, developing passenger train service, identifying a warehouse district by converting buildings into multi-use structures, creating the Recovery Center to offer mental health substance abuse service and implementing a plan to offer community-wide wireless Internet service. In its application, the team requested a total of $900,000 in state funding to go along with more than $11 million in local matching funds, and it also identified various state agencies as potential partners for each of the Envision projects. There’s no word on any funding decisions yet, but the state legislature has approved $3 million to help Great Places start up their initiatives. Dubuque went through an intense search and vetting process to make it this far. 71 places expressed interest in the program this year, with 35 formal proposals placed on the “short track.” The list was whittled down to 12 finalists in late September, and at the end of the day, we’re one of the select few places to earn such a distinct honor. In 2005, Clinton, Coon Rapids and Sioux City were named as the inaugural Iowa Great Places ... and now, we are in that pantheon as well. (Along with Adams County, Fairfield, Guttenberg, Jackson County and Mason City.) So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice. Actually, it’s better than nice. It’s great!


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The Maltese Thin Man in Echo Park by Robert P. Gelms

Last time we looked at spy fiction. This time it’s detectives. The detective novel has its origins in three stories by Edgar Allen Poe featuring Auguste Dupin and written in the early 1840s: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter. Most people agree that the first official detective novel was The Moonstone (1868), a wildly popular book written by Charles Dickens protégé Wilkie Collins. About ten years later Sherlock Holmes skulked on the scene and the rest is … well … um … er … elementary! All of this detective fiction had a very British feel about it until the 1930s when the Americans adopted the form and put a distinctly American spin on it. The two writers who are responsible for this are two of the best writers of the twentieth century and are just now getting their critical due. They are Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett; Chandler with the character Philip Marlowe and Hammett with not only Nick & Nora Charles but also the greatest detective ever to appear in print, Sam Spade. Chandler published most of the Marlowe books in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He fleshed out the prototypical American detective character created by Hammett in the early ‘30s to the point that almost every writer who nowadays puts a detective in a book can draw a straight line through Chandler all the way back to Hammett.

like a shooting script for the movie. Ford lifted whole chunks of dialogue and shot the story almost scene-for-scene from the book. When asked why, Ford reportedly said he did it that way because he couldn’t improve it. Here is a little known fact. John Ford’s version of the book was the third time The Maltese Falcon was made into a movie. Most people don’t even know about the other two and, having seen one of them, it is just as well. One version starred Bette Davis in, if you can imagine this, a comedic adaptation of the book. The only writer working currently who comes close to Hammett in style and tone is Michael Connelly. He has a new book out called Echo Park. It is the 12th book in the series featuring Detective Harry Bosch. After 11 books in the series is there anything important left for us to discover about Harry? You bet there is. In Echo Park, Harry finds himself a member of the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. He is fixated on a case he investigated in 1993 that was never solved. Well, not completely solved. Harry, in turns out, was on the right track but his suspect never panned out in any kind of obvious way. As Harry re-investigates the case he comes to the appalling conclusion that he screwed up. In 1993 he made what are, now, clearly evident as disastrous conclusions. His mistake let a serial killer get away and kill 8 more times in the ensuing years. Echo Park has some surprises in store you can’t possibly see coming but fit quite naturally into the plot.

I like both of them but I have a preference for Hammett. Nick & Nora Charles appear in only one novel, The Thin Man. Hollywood made a series of movies based on this one book and there was even a TV series, but, there was only one book. By the way, the Thin Man of the title does not refer to Nick, as almost everyone believes, but rather to one of the murder suspects. It is not surprising that Nick & Nora solve the crime but it is almost miraculous that Nick & Nora survive all the alcohol they consume.

Most real homicide detectives investigate their cases from the perspective that they speak for the dead. Their clients, if you will, are the victims who can’t speak for themselves. Harry sees that he has a moral obligation to serve the victims. Really, it is almost a crusade. This is the central idea in understanding who Harry Bosch is and why he cares so much. It also explains why he is in constant trouble with his boss. In Echo Park, Harry is something of a discipline problem when the higher-ups seem to care more about politics than about their responsibility to speak for the dead.

Hammett’s unrivaled creation is Sam Spade. Spade shows up in a few short stories but, like Nick & Nora Charles, in only one novel … and what a novel! The Maltese Falcon is a firstrate, first-class detective novel that writers have been trying to equal since it was published on Valentine’s Day in 1930. It doesn’t hurt that the book was made into one of Hollywood’s film noir classics starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sidney Greenstreet and directed by the legendary John Ford. The novel reads almost

I’m sure Sam Spade would put it something like this: “Bosch is my kind of guy. In the Falcon caper I lost my partner because he licked his chops and fell for the dame. I never found the dingus and dead bodies were falling out of the woodwork. You think I cared? I needed to do something about Miles getting killed. After all, he was my partner and you are supposed to do something about things like that. Oh yeah, about Bosh’s latest bit of monkey business, Echo Park, read it. It’ll hit you like a slug from a .45.”

The Mission

to indicate the sentiment, “A Negative-Free Zone.”

He combed his dark hair straight back, leaving the comb lines across his head, and he stood in front of the counter that separated the kitchen from the rest of the room. He trimmed his dark brown mustache to an exact dimension without a hair unkempt. His tan, unbuttoned shirt hung down over his jeans.

On the floor today, the boss greets people and gives tours and manages the goings–on. She’s applied rouge to the tops of her cheekbones on her thin, oval face. She greets each person within earshot with a “Hello” and “How you doin’” while she tugs at her orange sweatshirt with “Chaps” written on the front and a hood that stops the wind that’s blowing.

“Trozzle trazzle trozzle trone, time for this one to go home.” He asks the open question with a scatter shot. Does anyone remembers the cartoon? On a nearby wall is a sign: ‘Perseverance’. Have you ever been homeless? At the street a single door opens up toward a hallway that winds ahead and veers off to the left. The old building is a block from the corner of Bricktown and the beautiful people of the nightlife and happening; the vogue and the elite; the cool and the special; the wise, the poets, the hip, the musicians, storytellers and pick-ups who have life’s reservation for other things. This street called Main is old like the buildings that grace it, and the door that opens into the mission is like an alcove door or a secret door, a pocket-like door with typed information taped to it about meal times and references. The street façade is a brick and edgey fashion from a century long gone, made into a groove for the monied to drop a little change and tug the city along to the next place to be. The Mission is out of mind for the happening down the street. After walking inside and heading straight about thirty feet, a stairway sets to the right. It’s at least five feet wide in the tradition of old buildings, with rails on each side. It encompasses twenty five wide, blue stairs moving up at a 45-degree pitch, ending on a blue landing with a turn to the right that reaches a door with a sign that says “Dining Hall.” Another sign: “Negativism,” within a circle crossed over

She says this is a family, and points to the faces of the men who are working in the kitchen. Down the street the complaints about what credit card to use are pretenses of prosperity. Here, there isn’t much pretense. The difference lies in humility and honesty.

Just above a calendar behind the kitchen counter is a sign that says, “No Sniveling.” “When there isn’t any school the families bring their children in … during the holidays and over the summer … there isn’t enough food at home to feed them. And others come along regularly, you know Social Security’s hard to live on ….” “We feed between 2,900-3,200 each month here.” It’s early for lunch and the eightfoot-long tables are empty. Most of them have tin folding chairs readied at tableside. “There’s always a backup if we run out of what we have. There’s more salads in back. Sandwiches … we’ll throw a few pizzas in the oven.” Continued on page 23

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Mattribute: Power of the Pause “I think, therefore I am.” (Rene Descartes, 1637) “I pause, therefore I think.” (Matt Booth, 2005) “A picture paints a thousand words.” (Chinese proverb) “A pause paints a thousand pictures.” (Matt Booth, 2004) The power of the pause is nothing short of amazing. The pause when talking accomplishes three major tasks: It replaces filler words, lets your audience paint a picture and allows you, the speaker, to think on your feet. Your communication effectiveness will improve if you work consciously on the power of the pause. Uttering useless sounds to cover uncomfortable moments of silence is one of the worst habits people can acquire when it comes to expressing themselves. Have you ever found yourself counting the “um”s and “uh”s in a presentation? Have you ever counted your own? Filler words dilute the value of your message and rob your speech of strength, making you appear unsure or tentative. The remedy for filler words is the pause. The pause allows your mind to catch up with your mouth and prevents you from saying “um” and “uh” 57 times. The power of the pause allows the minds of your audience to catch up with your mouth as well. In speaking, the pause is equivalent to the paragraph in the written word. Paragraphs set apart one idea from the next and give

Think about the last time you made a large purchase such as a house or a car. What happened immediately after the deal? Have you ever felt like you made the wrong decision? The ten minutes after a deal are crucial towards future attitudes, emotions, beliefs and behavior. How do you spend those 10 minutes after someone purchases your product or service? Do you hang out with your customer, or do you immediately move on once the papers are signed? Your customers’ concerns


the reader some white space. Pausing when you talk gives the audience white space. Pausing for two or three seconds at the end of a phrase or sentence will feel like an eternity to you and will be bliss to your listeners. Audiences require regular and numerous pauses to paint a picture in their minds. People don’t remember what you say; they remember the picture they see in their mind. An old Chinese proverb states, “A picture paints a thousand words.” If a picture paints a thousand words, a pause paints a thousand pictures. You’ve also heard the phrase, “I think, therefore I am.” I often tell people “I pause, therefore I think.” Imagine you are speaking to a large audience. Your mind goes blank, you can’t remember what you’ve said and you don’t know what to say next. What do you do? You ramble, spit out some filler words, and try to hide behind the PowerPoint screen. Next time you lose track of where you are, don’t fill your presentation with “you know”s and “right”s. Simply pause, look at the audience as if you had planned to stop at this point, THINK, and start again. You paused, therefore you thought. The power of the pause will not go unnoticed. Be aware of your filler words when they sneak into casual conversations and formal presentations. The pause is your pal. It replaces filler words, lets your audience paint a picture and allows you to think on your feet. Your communication effectiveness will improve if you work consciously to add the POWER of the PAUSE to your arsenal.

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table who’s drinking coffee.

It’s Tuesday and the main dish is Shepherd’s Pie. It’s a stew with potatoes, meat, carrots and other vegetables made by residents and volunteers, and it’s meant to stick to the insides of your ribs. Taped on the milk cooler is a note that says milk is available.

“When you don’t see someone for a while, someone who’s a regular here … I had a friend who brought me football schedules … I didn’t see him for a while … that’s his obituary over there on the wall.”

Sometime about 11:30 a.m., people start to come in. Near the beginning of the line is a tall gray-haired man with his hair cropped short. He’s wearing a sweatshirt that’s unbuttoned, and behind him is another man with an unbuttoned shirt who wears a hearing aid. He turns to look at the growing line that’s filling up behind him. Each person lifts a tray and takes silverware to the counter. “Other than being hungry … being homeless; they come for friendship. They don’t have homes. Someone to talk to.” At the window next to the organ, a few feet from the doorway to the kitchen, a goateed man with thinning hair that stands up on his crown like it’s been combed by static looks out of his thick glasses. “I rode my bike this morning.” Five other men are meandering through the kitchen and the dining area. The woman asks, “Have you seen … ?” “Yeah, I have,” the man with the glasses says. “Oh,” she says. “I was worried about him.” She turns to another man at the

The Mission offers housing for three days at a time. Some will get an extension and stay longer. A living room with a mural that was painted by young people from the Central Alternative School is near the stairs in these sparse quarters. In the right corner is a pillar that’s called the ‘Prayer Column’ and attached to it are prayers. “Please pray for my family that we become stronger … and we can get our life on the right track. Pray for every person on earth. Amen.”


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Kids in the Kitchen Gets a New Kitchen Clearly, the most popular local television enterprise I’ve had anything to do with is Kids in the Kitchen on Mediacom Channel 19. The cable cooking show that has been recognized nationally by Cable Leaders in Education (Washington, D.C.) earlier this year is about to launch production of its second season in January. We have 30 middle school-age children involved, all carefully hand-picked from among three of Dubuque’s middle schools, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt. There will be double casts of 5 each from each of the schools, and we plan on doubling the number of shows we produce, giving more kids more air time. I’ve met some of the cast members already, and we are going to have a great season with lots of new faces as well as some of the old faces we’ve come to love. Starring celebrated local chef Jim Terry (Captain Merry), the show is going to be produced in a brand-new kitchen constructed as part of Hy-Vee Asbury’s recent addition and renovation. Jim is enthused about the coming season, and

More @ DUBUQUE365.COM On November 4 at 4:30 p.m., Hy-Vee Asbury, with the help of the Dubuque Chamber Ambassadors, cuts the ribbon on its new expansion that includes not only this new kitchen but a beverage center,

one of the big reasons is this new set is magnificent. It will allow us to produce more episodes of this popular show because it virtually eliminates the laborious weekly set-up and teardown of the temporary set we used last year. We no longer will have to move enormous palettes of beer and snack food to make way for weekly shoots. We won’t have to ask Hy-Vee to turn down the store’s P.A. system during filming (“Megan Dalsing … line one!”), and here’s the best part: We have three ovens, a microwave and a fabulous grill range that will allow us to do instructional stepouts during recipes. Step-outs are little instructional steps on technique that make transferring learning on television more effective. You can have parts of the recipe prepared ahead of time that also help viewers see precisely what the recipe should look like at various points in time. But at the same time, I don’t want to lose the show’s unpredictability. I love when things go wrong or the kids steal bites of cheese when the chef isn’t looking. We will always have a first-aid kit on the set. When dealing with middle school kids, knives and hot surfaces, you’re going to have injuries from time to time even though kitchen safety is a big part of the show. Last year we had two cuts, a skinned knuckle on a cheese grater, and a minor burn from a sauté demonstration. We captured it all on tape. I must say that Hy-Vee is one of the best educational business partners you could ever hope for. Chuck Donnelly is the manager of Hy-Vee Asbury, and he is an innovative and visionary executive. He grew up in the grocery business, and he understands fully that his store is part of the larger community. Chuck and his family, his colleagues and employees are totally involved in community activities and encouraged to join community service organizations (Chuck and I are in Rotary Club together). Chuck is always looking for ways to educate the consumer. His store was among the first Hy-Vee stores to stock and promote organic foods, and the HyVee Health Market is the fastest growing segment of his business.

When I approached Chuck about my idea for Kids in the Kitchen, he immediately connected the show to the Hy-Vee Health Market by putting store nutritionist, Megan Dalsing, in charge of the store’s involvement in the project. Megan is not only on camera in every episode as the resident expert on organic food, but she produced her own spin-off show last summer called The Garden Organic that involved 25 kids in a live gardening project. That show is also a growing local hit on Mediacom Channel 19 and is produced in collaboration with Dubuque Community Schools.

a “HyVee Baby” section and a section that retails office and school supplies. At the back of the new section, there’s a sign that says “HyVee Club,” which designates the room in which the kitchen resides. It’s about 1,000 square feet and enclosed. It not only will be used as the set of Kids in the Kitchen but is available for all manner of gatherings including cooking schools, demonstrations of new food preparation innovations for special dietary needs, meetings of clubs and organizations, and parties of one form or another. Thank you Chuck Donnelly, and thanks to a great organization, Hy-Vee, that really believes in and invests in its own community in inspiring and innovative ways. Gary Olsen is the national awardwinning media developer for Dubuque Community Schools. You can reach him by e-mail at


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you’re wearing them and they can be just like pets! Dear Trixie:

Dear Trixie: I’m expecting a baby in seven and a half months and I am about ready to kill myself. I’m barely three months along and every day I am puking my guts up. Why do they call it morning sickness? I am nauseous all day! --Will Adopt Next Time Dear Will Adopt: The idea of some bloody, shrieking creature tearing its way out of my uterus is making me sick right now. Dear Trixie: My doctor has told me I need to drink more water. He actually wants me to drink at least eight glasses a day. I’ve been trying but I just can’t do it. I feel like I’m sloshing around at only five glasses. It’s as if my body is rejecting this much H2O. How can I get my body to be thirsty? Eat more salt? -Help Dear Help: Yes! And alcohol. I recommend lots of margaritas. I’m always parched after a productive night of drinking.

I’ve been friends with this girl for 14 years. She’s desperate, depressive and lonely when there’s no man in her life. That’s the only time she ever calls. I play the role of personal dating therapist and it’s like my job to jolly her up and revive her sense of self worth. Of course then she meets some guy and she’s off with the first loser who pays attention to her and I’m back to being completely ignored. It’s as is I serve no function as a female other than psychological nursing. When I’m dating a guy I don’t blow off my friends, male or female. Of course, once they dump her and she’s catatonic and suicidal, I’m right there for her, and she’s grateful and contrite, so I never stay mad at her. What should I do? --Friends From Way Back Dear Friends: Dump her. You know, there are these people with degrees who advertise in the phone book and do way less than you do and make really big bucks. They’re called THERAPISTS. They don’t work around the clock or on weekends, nor do they give their patients their home phone numbers. So next time she does this, hang up or send her a bill. Dear Trixie

Dear Trixie: I live in a small one-bedroom apartment so I can’t have a dog. Since I’m allergic to cat and rabbit fur, these are all ruled out. I’m thinking about a snake. Do pythons make good pets? --Real Lonely Dear Lonely: Pythons make better boots. Why not buy a really expensive pair of Lucchese cowboy boots? You could stroke them and kiss them and talk to them while

I’m a gal with a major facial hair problem. Lately I’ve noticed a thickening in the hair on my upper lip. Trixie, none of my sisters have this problem so I don’t think it’s genetic. Could it possibly be my birth control pills causing this moustache? --Puzzled in Zwingle Dear Puzzled: A mustache and you’re living in Zwingle? That’s two more birth control methods than you need.

ARIES A cheese pizza is like a painting without a subject or a song without a melody. Don’t disrespect the work of high schools working so hard to put create your meal by leaving your pizza naked. After all, this is why God invented Italian sausage. TAURUS Consider moonlighting to add some variety to your life, but don’t restrict yourself to simply a bartending or music gig. Branch out. Sneak into a hospital and begin practicing neurosurgery. After all, you can always say you just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, right? GEMINI Your life is feeling devoid of companionship, and you will be left wondering why you feel so alone at the end of the night. Perhaps some animal friendship, like a cat, is just what Dr. Skrap ordered. But make sure it stops at friendship. And we don’t mean friends with benefits. CANCER Your creativity has been at a low ebb as of late. But it doesn’t need to be that way, as one great idea will erase all the mediocrity in the world. Take a classic idea and re-imagine it ith a new twist. How about Sesame Street, gangsta-style? Is Oscar the Grouch gonna have to choke a ... never mind. LEO The Bears are rocking the world, while the Cubs already appear set for yet another dreadful, dreary season. Talk about sports schizophrenia. Consider following some foreign sport such as water polo in an effort to defeat your hypertension. VIRGO New technology is a beautiful thing. But no matter how happy your brand-new laptop makes you, it is not considered a good idea to sleep with it next to you as you spoon it. If it overheats, that’s bad news for everyone involved.

LIBRA When you find yourself listless, wondering how best to change your life’s direction, consider taking up a new hobby or collection. An array of severed monkey heads displayed atop your fireplace, for example, will serve as an excellent conversation-starter with your friends. SCORPIO When unexplained health issues begin to pop up, it’s understandable to begin assessing all aspects of your life to isolate the culprit. However, remembering to shower at least twice a week may go a long way towards solving your problems. SAGITTARIUS Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean it’s safe to go back on the streets. Vampires lurk all around, ready to accost you and suck your blood dry. You can generally identify them by pricey, trendy designer clothing, an over-abundance of lipstick and enough eye shadow to make RuPaul cry. CAPRICORN Wine is a wonderful, delectable beverage, and it’s produced in the Tri-States with love. But combining the drinking of an entire bottle of wine with the listening of songs such as “Danny Boy” is a recipe for a DUI or suicide. Neither is an acceptable proposition. AQUARIUS Work has been stressful as of late, and you’re considering seeking new employment. When you make that decision, though, be creative. Don’t hand in your two weeks’ notice. Hand in your Emancipation Proclamation. Just don’t use your boss as a reference in the future. PISCES Your life will become frantic in the coming weeks, as you continually encounter someone who repeatedly gets mad at you, yet you have no idea why. But you appear to be failing to grasp one small detail: You’re in a relationship. Get used to it.


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Pining For You Well, as usual, we’re not even through one holiday and retailers are shoving yet another one down our throat. Yes, Christmas is on its way, with its festivities, food and, oh yes, the scent of pine. With its roots in Germany, the Christmas tree is the apex of the holiday season. Fresh or faux, a well-decorated tree can melt away even the biggest bah-humbug, not to mention the sparkle it creates in a child’s eye. Whether you prefer a “grown-up” decorating scheme or wish to go for something a little more family-friendly, below are some basic tree decorating guidelines. Fresh is best. A trip to your local tree farm can be a grand adventure. My particular favorite is the Fraser fir, a short to medium-needled tree with old-fashioned looking boughs. Whether you use a tree topper or not, the vertex should kiss the ceiling, so bring a tape measure. Assuming you can untangle the lights from last year, consider using approximately 75 lights per foot of height. Simple math suggests an 8-foot tree with approximately 600 lights… use extension cords at your own risk. Color schemes run the gamut. Whatever your taste is, be clear and defini-

tive. Themed trees can be very dramatic and can be produced either by color scheme, ornaments or both. Itsy bitsy won’t cut it. You want your decorating to be voluptuous and glamorous, so if your budget is tight, you can stretch your dollar by filling in with ribbon, bead garland or bows. For those of you really intent on the “perfect” display, wrap dummy presents (in coordinating paper no less) and place them under the tree. This will also foil any snooping attempts by impatient children or naughty adults. If you choose an artificial tree and miss that festive smell of pine, forgo the scented candles and opt for bowls of dried cranberries, oranges, pomegranates and cinnamon. Or clean your house with pine scented cleaner … really, I’m kidding. By far tradition is the most comforting aspect of the holidays and your tree should reflect that. Don’t have traditions? Get some. Whether you’re single or have a house full of children, traditions are the cornerstone of the holidays, and a Christmas tree sounds like a good place to start. Coming next issue … how to bribe someone to come and take the darn thing down.

invite you to share in it with me.

Tim’s on a Bender

by Tim Brechlin (of the Chicago Brechlins) Let’s talk about food, baby. Let’s talk about hot dog glee. Bet that got your attention. It’s time to dispel a really big myth about food around these parts. OK, first things first. I grew up in Chicagoland. (Don’t worry, I’m not one of those people who grew up in the ‘burbs and says he grew up in “Chicago.”) And out in Chicagoland, we know three things better than anyone else in the world: Pizza, hot dogs and road construction. (Although some Dubuquers might disagree with me on that last one, given all the work going on out in the West End.) And since I’ve been here, I have joined those with the mantra that “You can’t get a Chicago hot dog in Dubuque.” Say it with me, children: Steamed Vienna Beef topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt on a steamed poppy seed bun, and there’d better not be a bottle of ketchup within a 30-mile radius. A Chicago dog. It’s been the Holy Grail, mythical, unattainable, lost in antiquity. Vienna Beef is notoriously difficult to procure outside of Chicago, and it seems like ketchup is a required condiment around these parts. But I recently discovered a beacon of light in a storm of Oscar Mayer franks. I

It was a random October day as I was driving in downtown and I was hungry. I was really hungry. I was driving on Main and I hung a right on 9th, stopping at Pickle Barrell. I’d never been in one before. As I entered, I saw a sign that seemed like a vision from heaven: The classic sign advertising Vienna Beef, the stacked hot dog that resembles a salad on a bun. I was curious. I walked up to the counter and asked the lady for a hot dog. “What would you like on it?” she asked. “How close can you get me to a Chicago dog?” I responded. I soon found out. Quickly she went to work, and before I knew it ... there it was, in front of me. Everything on it. Even the sport peppers. The only thing missing was the poppy seed bun ... but the freshly baked bread bun wrapping that dog with its carbohydrate-filled love was just as good. For another interesting twist on the Chicago dog, there’s A Little Taste of Philly (a great food provider for 365’s CONNECT, by the way!) out on Rhomberg. They don’t go for the authentic route; rather, they spice it up a bit. You’ve got the Vienna Beef, absolutely, alongside most of the other toppings. But instead of a bun, it’s on something resembling a kaiser roll. And while it’s not the Original Chicago Dog ... it’s definitely a hot dog! So, let us say it once and for all: You can, indeed, find a Chicago hot dog in Dubuque. And that, friends, is a wonderful thing.

Stranger In a Strange Land

DUBUQUE365ink • By getting older, we grow younger. I’m minus-12 years old. • MORE@ DUBUQUE365.COM 27 by Nick Klenske Another birthday, another year. Not being particularly fond of this “growing older” thing, I find myself acting nostalgic every fall. I don’t know why, but birthdays cause me to long for a time when birthdays were actually fun. I miss the days when birthdays were a personal holiday. A day filled with cake and ice cream, lots of friends, sleepovers, scary movies, and staying up all night due to the consumption of obscene amounts of soda. I’d even settle for going back to college birthdays, which are more or less the same as grade school birthdays except the soda is replaced by obscene amounts of alcohol. Unfortunately, these golden years of birthdays are a thing of the past. “Excuse me, sir, the line has moved.” I snap out of my daydream and shuffle three steps forward. “I am a victim of nostalgia,” I think, trying to justify why I am currently waiting in a line slowly snaking its way through an obstacle course of guardrails and black vinyl ropes. My ultimate destination: The Bishop’s lunch counter. Yes, you read that correctly, I am at Bishop’s. Bishop’s, the legendary smorgasbord frequented by Dubuque’s large senior citizen brigade. No offense to Bishop regulars, but it’s just not my flavor. Something about buffets and cafeterias frightens me. Perhaps I suffer cafeteria shell shock dating back to my dorm food dining experience? Nonetheless I am here, at the mercy of nostalgia. Lunch at Bishop’s was a recurring highlight of my childhood. Like any normal kid, Bishop’s was nothing short of a little slice of heaven tucked into a shopping mall. It was a place of little formality. There were no menus, no waiters to take orders and no limit on the amount of soft-serve ice cream sundaes I could stuff myself with. Most importantly, Bishop’s was a magical fantasyland of endless choices. I would pick up my orange, rectangular tray at one end of the mile-long astronomical

runway and slowly slide it towards the cashier waiting somewhere across the room. Along my journey I was greeted by chefs wearing comical hats, politely asking me, “What would you like, dear?” It was a daunting challenge for a kid. For once, I was in charge--my first encounter with responsibility. It was up to me to make a choice from a multitude of choices. Chicken, beef or ham? Corn, potatoes or carrots? Milk, water or soda? Jell-O, pudding or fruit salad? The world, at least over lunch, was my oyster. It is an unfortunate fact of life that as you grow older your choices diminish. Although childhood is a Choose Your Own Adventure book, age tends to take away the available adventures. Perhaps the choices don’t really disappear. More likely they are forced into retreat by an always-expanding battalion of excuses. Commitments, insecurities, reality, fear, happiness, connections and lack of imagination slowly predetermine the answer to this multiple-choice test of life. So I have triumphantly returned to Bishop’s because I want choices, and lots of them. I pick up my cream-colored tray and slowly slide it along the bronze railed, selfpropelled conveyor belt. I stop every few feet and make an important choice. With childish pride I choose, “Chicken, please,” and later, “Milk, thank you.” Finally, my legs weak and my head spinning, I reach the final pit stop: Desserts. Before me, safely concealed behind a protective Plexiglas shield, sit rows upon rows of delectable pies. Banana cream, pumpkin, cherry, chocolate pudding, and French silk. I become giddy with excitement as I salivate at the prospects. I am again an eight-year-old kid. “Nicky, you have to pick one,” my grandmother says from my right. “How about the apple? You like apple,” my mother chimes in on the left. But I barely hear them, as my mind is focused on the single most important choice of my life. I lick my lips with excited anticipation as I look over the cream-covered and sugarcoated world spread out before me.




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DUBUQUE365ink • I went shopping for chocolate and came back with wine. •


Mmmmm, chocolate

No matter how much you love chocolate, however, we do not recommend bathing in it. That will bring nothing but bad times for everybody involved.

Tell us all your thoughts on chocolate, Galena. Do you like it? Do you enjoy it? Most importantly ... do you love it? Well, now’s your chance to proclaim your undying love and devotion to that sweet nectar of the gods: Chocolate, Champagne & Candlelight. It’ll be held at the DeSoto House Hotel, downtown Galena, on Saturday, November 11, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. If you’re not up to speed on what the event is all about, it’s actually really quite simple. You’ve got two lavish buffets, decked to the core with chocolate delicacies ... plus a few random non-chocolate desserts for you traitors in the midst. It’s the sixth year for this celebration of sin, held by the Spirits of the Museum, a volunteer support organization for the Galena History Museum. Tickets for Chocolate, Champagne & Candlelight are $13, and a complimentary glass of champagne is included. Tickets may be purchased over the phone (Visa or MasterCard) at 815-7779129, or in-person at the museum, Dick’s Supermarket or the DeSoto House.

Ready for a little shop-shop-shoppy? OK, let’s keep something in mind, here: There are more places to shop in Galena than just Main Street. Have you checked any of them out recently? Like, say, the Galena Territory? Well, maybe now’s the time to start planning a November trip out there. Why, you ask? Oh, we’ll tell you why. The Galena Territory Association is going to hold its fourth annual Fine Arts Showing on Saturday, November 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. It’ll take place over at the Territory Property Owners’ Club House, and artwork from several property owners from the Territory will be showcasing

(and selling!) their works. And by several, we mean you’ll be seeing oils, acrylics, pastels, basketry and photography ... and a whole lot more. Looking to get an early start on Christmas shopping? (Sure you are. You’re not one of those Black Friday shoppers ... are you?) Admission to the event is only $2, and a cash wine and cheese bar will begin at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public, with everyone invited to come. (Even us crazy guys at 365.) A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to the Galena Territory Foundation, which manages the Lend-A-Hand college scholarship program for area high school seniors. For more information, contact coordinator Sue Young at 815-7778272.

Glaze & Graze

root and what’s sure to be a dreamy lemon souffle.

Have you ever checked out Galena’s Artists’ Annex (over at the Galena Bed & Breakfast)? If you haven’t, maybe your time is coming soon, as there’s a pretty cool event coming up. And by “cool,” we mean, “Wow, that’s just awesome.” It’s called Glaze and Graze.

Registration for the event runs $100, which covers all the classes on glazing and cooking (c’mon, you thought they were going to stick you in the wild with no training whatsoever?), the dinnerware set, a folder with all the recipes you prepare and the gourmet meal itself. Class size is limited to eight registrants, so call them now! Dial 815-777-0354 or 815-777-1556.

On Friday, November 3, from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., head over to the Artists’ Annex Pottery Studio, where you can paint underglazes on a three-piece bisque dinnerware set. After you’re done, they’ll take that dinnerware and pop it right in a kiln and fire it. On Saturday, November 4, at 6:30 p.m., make your way to the Great Galena Cookery, which is on the second floor of the artists’ annex. You’ll join the other folks in your group from the previous night, and you’ll prepare a gourmet dinner with them ... and then you’ll chow down on it on the very same dinnerware that you prepared on Friday. Sweet! The menu for the event will be casual French cuisine, including gougeres (gruyere puffs), Le Pistou (vegetable soup), Poulet aux Noix (chicken with walnuts), gratin of potatoes and celery

And do try to avoid blowing up the Artists’ Annex in your platemaking endeavors.


Just another manic O’Monday For those looking to get a healthy dose of one of the hottest Celtic rock groups around, look no further: Gaelic Storm is returning to town. Galena, to be precise. Touring in support of the new album, Bring Yer Wellies, Gaelic Storm will bring its unique blend of Celtic and world music to Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub at the Irish Cottage in Galena on Monday, November 13.

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Comprising five talented musicians, Gaelic Storm is now in its tenth year of existence, playing more than 125 dates a year. Bring Yer Wellies marks the band’s sixth studio album, and it firmly settled in at #2 on the Billboard World Music Charts in its first week of release. With a unique blend of originals and traditional Irish songs, the band has carved out for itself a well-deserved reputation as one of the most influential acts in Irish music today. Not bad for a band that first started out as the band on the deck in the movie Titanic. (Although featuring in the highest-grossing movie of all time isn’t

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exactly a bad start.) In addition to the six album releases (five of brand-new content and one greatest hits collection), Gaelic Storm has also released a live concert DVD, Live in Chicago, shot in high-definition video at the House of Blues in Chicago. Tickets for the 21-and-over (no minors admitted) Gaelic Storm concert are $18, with room and ticket packages for the hotel starting as low as $100. To purchase tickets, stop in at the front desk of the Irish Cottage, or call toll-free at 866284-7474. A drop of Guinness (or whiskey, if Guinness isn’t your thing ... or Bailey’s, if whiskey isn’t your thing) and a great band. What else do you need?




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Hardcore, barely legal ... poetry! For all Tri-State fans of hardcore poetry action (none of that softcore stuff ‘round here, no sir!), you may want to check out the upcoming performance by Buddy Wakefield at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Wednesday, November 8, from 8 - 10 p.m. So, who is Buddy Wakefield? Well, he’s that interesting looking fellow to the left! He’s also a two-time individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and he’s made appearances on NPR, the BBC and HBO’s Def Poetry. (We’ve heard of Def Comedy Jam, but Def Poetry Jam? HBO must be trying to branch out a bit.) He’s performed with Saul Williams, Sage Francis, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Derrick Brown and Utah Phillips, earning a reputation as one of the premier performance poets in the country today. (We didn’t meant to alliterate like that, we promise!) He’s released a book and two albums (the most recent album having

Just because they’re teachers doesn’t mean they stop learning You know, it’s got to be pretty hard to play a trombone. There are seven slide positions, twelve harmonic series ... that ain’t right, man. How are you even supposed to remember where the slide goes? It’s not like you have markings, like on a guitar fingerboard! Well, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville instructor, Michael Lewis, has apparently done pretty well for himself with that gigantic brass monstrosity, and he’ll be performing a recital of trombone works on Monday, November 6, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature a wide variety of tunes for your listening pleasure, including the Hidas Frigyes piece “Movement,” and Jean Defay’s “Two Dances.” Also included will be Debussy’s “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” (you know Debussy, he’s the guy who did the “Clair de Lune”) and “Csardas,” a traditional Hungarian folk dance. But that’s not all! A bunch of UW-P students will come on stage and help

been released earlier this year), and he won his first World Poetry Slam title in 2004, successfully defending it at the International Poetry Festival in the Netherlands against the national poetry champions of seven European countries. But before he hit it big in that scene, he claims to have worked as a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a “re-delivery boy” (his words), a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a music store manager, a bull rider and a booking agent. Your mileage may vary. His current tour began at the beginning of October, and it will run through the early part of March, so we’ll be catching him during the early swing of things. A quick perusal of his Web site at reveals him to be quite the wordsmith, so it’s sure to be an excellent and entertaining show. Tickets for Wakefield’s performance are $8, and are available at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Center for the Arts box office, or by phone at 608-342-1298. Lewis out in the piece “Dogfight.” Lewis and the students will be assembled in an array of trombones, using the Doppler Effect and combining their symphonic sounds to re-create a World War I dogfight — think Top Gun, but minus the F-14 jets and heat-seeking missiles, and add a few biplanes and machine guns. Finally, audiences will be given two pieces for a unique new instrument: The Texas Longhorn. This one’s pretty neat: A UW-P student, Timothy Durst, took a trombone and straightened it into a single elongated pipe. (We have no idea how that actually sounds, but the description is rather cool. We’re intrigued.) And here’s the best thing of all: This recital is completely free and open to the public. No tickets, no advance reservations ... just show up, sit down and listen up. We still don’t know someone plays the trombone, though.

DUBUQUE365ink • 365: We’re checka-checkin’ the e-mail, we hope it’s from a fe-male. • DUBUQUE365.COM save a few dollars. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; to purchase, contact Ben Nessan at 563-5818799, Project Concern at 563-557-8331, ext. 2, or Lot One at 563-587-0200. See the big ad on page 22!

A Night of Black and White Black and white? I thought we moved to color ages ago!

Remember: No color! For every piece of color that you wear to the event, you will be flogged.


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Dig it: Black-and-white apparel (we’re talking formal, here), mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres (and we don’t mean cheese nuggets!), and a wee bit of the bubbly, all to some live music through the night. That’s something reserved for the Captain’s Ball or something, right? Guess again. Lot One, baby. It’s all part of Black and White, an event set for Thursday, November 9, from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. So, what’s the big deal? It’s a fund raiser for Project Concern and its 211 / Information and Referral Service’s Santa’s Helper program. Hosted by coordinator Ben Nessan and making its home in the comfy digs of Hawkeye Central, Lot One, the event will feature wine from Jamie’s Wine Studio (the new Dubuque location), and hors d’oeuvres from Fried Green Tomatoes. And there’s one big rule: No colored apparel! Everything you wear must be black or white (or silver, which is close enough to white that it’s all good), and it’s gotta be formal. So no wearing black basketball shorts with a white T-shirt, got it?

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Live entertainment will be provided by D.J. Shawn Shady (well, at least we know what his name is), with special guest appearances by D.J. Sonar and D.J. Qtip. (I suppose we all need a Q-tip to clean out our ears once in a while.) Black and White is sponsored by 365ink, Jamie’s Wine Studio, Fried Green Tomatoes and Lot One. Tickets are required to get into the event, and your ticket covers a complimentary glass of wine and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Those crazy bartenders at Lot One will also be slinging $2 drafts and $4 glasses of wine, so for those of you who are inclined to slug a pint of Bud Light or two, now’s your chance to

Questions on page 6 1. Believe it or not, all 50 states have at least one winery. 2. All of the above, though we don’t necessarily know in which order. 3. Park Farm’s first harvest was in 2004. 4. Marechal Foch is the most common, though Galena Cellars used a Gamay Noir this year. 5. The Lawlors owned wineries in both LaCrosse and McGregor. 6. The Tabor family is on its fifth generation of tending the farm. 7. Sadly, a daily glass of wine will add 10 pounds to your moneymaker. 8. True. Foot treading is still done, particularly when making port wine. 9. The corkscrew is believed to have been first invented in 1860. 10. While Bryceophobia is very natural, methyphobia is the term for fear of alcohol.

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