As I look through this issue as it comes together, I see a lot of talk about downtown again. Klenske’s givin’ out props to Central Avenue, since it seems Main Street has been getting all the cuddle time lately, and conversely, Mike Ironside takes a look at the fate of the Silver Dollar Cantina on, you guessed it, Main Street. So it made me think a bit about why that’s such a big deal.
by that I mean very very few, bars that were featuring live music by original bands and national touring acts. The Silver Dollar was the one place you know you could go and hear something different. Something great. I’m not knocking cover bands. I’m in one. But it sure is fun to get exposed to fresh stuff. And fresh was always on the menu at the Dollar. Bands like Planet Melvin, Cave Cat Sammy, Brother Trucker, Smokin’ With Superman and the Bent Scepters squeezed onto the tiny stage. Since the fire, I had never seen House of Large Sizes live again before they disbanded in 2003. What was to become of our alternative music experience?
I think rumors and speculation about what’s happening to the Silver Dollar are have been outweighed in the past six years only by the absolute certainty that Red Lobster is coming to Dubuque in a few months. It’s now been 15 years and a few months and we’re still waiting. The Silver Dollar, on the other hand, is a As if by stroke of fate, the Busted Lift had opened slightly more tactile reality. In fact, at this point down the street not too long before. Originally its rise from the ashes is a certainty. heavily featuring traditional Irish music and acoustic acts (remember, it first I’m not going to go into details used to only be a one-sided bar, about the project as that’s what 20 feet wide with no stage), it Mike’s great article is about, but soon expanded its horizons and, I do want to, if you’ll come with to a great extent, picked up the me, speculate why exactly this torch of the Silver Dollar. To this is so noteworthy. The Silver Dolday there is no bar in Dubuque lar burned on October 1, 2001. with more live music more nights I was there. I have video of it a week and featuring a more dithat I’ll put on Dubuque365.com if you’ve got verse schedule of artists. I feel like it was all ina minute to visit when you get back to the comspired by the energy of the Silver Dollar. puter. It was pretty devastating to a lot of people. Like any established bar, there was a family of Now, just a few years later, EVERYTHING in employees, friends and regulars who looked to the downtown entertainment landscape has the Dollar as the hub of their social circle. changed. There are eight places to have a beer and some fun in just a couple of blocks. What For many it was the hub of their dietary requireplace can the Dollar fill when it comes back? ments. It’s been six years and I still have much Will it regain its glory? Is its glory distorted by of the menu still memorized. Do you remember six-year-old fond memories? Will it look the the Woodbine Burrito? How about the Portabella same or feel the same? Will it even have live Mushroom Quesadilla or the Blacked Chicked music? Did the little Mexican statue dude inside Caesar Salad? I’m tearing up now just thinking the front window survive the fire? Are those of about it. And the wings. Man, I loved the wings. us who loved the Dollar still alive and local to Not too long ago Lot One at the corner of 1st and enjoy the place or did most of us move away, die Main started serving wings that instantly made or worse yet, have three kids and move to the my eyes grow large. They weren’t hot. They suburbs? Just kidding, of course were Silver Dollar wings! One of (You know who you are.) the many things that has changed in six years is the fact that oneI for one think the Dollar has time cook at the Dollar Joe Zwack great potential to be another is now the owner of Lot One. He’s anchor in the burgeoning downnot the only cook from the Dollar town cultural landscape. It was making tasty things at Lot One. It’s a destination nightspot when a secret coup! Needless to say, I it was, to a great degree, on wait with bated breath with many its own down there. Even with others to see if our favorites from the menu of competition, I think the added draw of many old will return triumphantly to 222 Main Street. destinations in one areas will only give it more viability to survive and thrive. Just like the Red The biggest impending loss that came with the Lobster that’s going into the Los Arcos building closing of the Dollar was the possible extincon J.F.K. Or was that a Hooters? tion of original touring music from the Dubuque nightlife scene. While Dubuque had a strong live I’ll have the wings, please, and the first band back music scene even then, there were very few, and has got to be the Bent Scepters. That’s all I ask!
The 365ink crew... faces you already know!
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In This Issue of 365ink...
ISSUE # 26
March 22-April 4, 2007
180 Main: 4 Community Events: 5 - 6 Wine Lovers Weekend: 8 - 9 Watermelon Slim: 10 Roots Music in Galena: 11 Midwest Concerts: 12 - 13 Entertainment: 14 - 15 Budweiser Nightlife: 16 & 17 18: Wando’s Movie Reviews Mayor Roy Buol: 20
Return of The Silver Dollar: 21 365 Classifieds: 22
Mattitude: 23 Readings Under the Influence: 24 Dear Trixie: Dr. Skrap’s: 25 The A Factor: 26 Crossword / 365 Books: 27 Stranger in a Strange Land: 28 Race Against Cancer: 29 Comedy: 30 Life @ 365: 31
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The Seminole Wind Is Still Blowin’:
John Anderson in Dubuque by Tim Brechlin
Country music is a world unto itself, nowadays. It’s gone through a number of trends and styles, which one might expect from a genre that draws from Appalachian folk music, blues, gospel and Anglo-Celtic stylings. From the early days of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and the Carter family to the development of the Nashville scene, from the revival of Bakersfield sounds in the ‘80s and the rise of “country rock” throughout the ‘90s, it’s a genre that has seen stars come and go, songs embed themselves in the public consciousness and legends capture the hearts of fans across the nation. It’s also seen some schisms during the years, notably during the last decade or so — country fans probably remember the 1999 Country Music Association awards, when stars Alan Jackson and George Strait premiered a duet titled “Murder on Music Row,” a solemn funeral dirge during which Strait exhorted, “Someone killed country music ... cut out its heart and soul,” and Jackson sang that “the almighty dollar and the lust for worldwide fame slowly killed tradition.” Well, George and Alan may have been just a tad too melodramatic about the whole thing, but it’s undeniable that country music has changed through the days. And that makes sense ... after all, no one expected rock and roll to sound like Buddy Holly forever and ever, right? (Well, my old man did, but that’s his thing.) As time goes by, music evolves with it. But that doesn’t mean the roots have to fade away into obscurity or no longer be appreciated. Artists like Reba McEntire, George Jones and Randy Travis still sell albums by the truckload and sell out concerts across the nation. In fact, my first concert experience was Randy Travis, in Indiana, many moons ago. But, in my eyes and in the eyes of many country music fans, there’s an artist who stands tall as still producing those traditional country sounds, retaining the stylings that made him famous in the first place and weaving lyrics that still resound with even today’s younger, jaded audiences. His name is John Anderson, and he’s coming to Dubuque’s Five Flags Theater on Friday, March 30. The 52-year-old singer of the classic “Seminole Wind” hit the road for a 19state tour last Thursday, not too long after his new single, “A Woman Knows,” hit radio airwaves, and as he was loading up the bus, he was gracious enough to take
some time to call up the 365ink offices and talk about his career, his life and the road ahead as he marched onwards to Dubuque. Anderson began his musical career at an early age, playing his guitar at the age of 7 at his family home in Florida. “And I was probably singing a lot earlier than that,” Anderson laughs. “They say that you like to play what you grew up listening to, and that’s definitely the case with me. I grew up influenced by folks like Elvis Presley, George Jones, Ray Charles and Merle Haggard, and once I got out of high school, I decided to move out to Nashville and just do whatever it was that I had to do to establish myself as a country music singer.” He did just that, signing a recording deal with Warner Brothers Records in 1976, a partnership that continues to this day with his upcoming album, Easy Money. His style of music, branded by his backwoods accent and a rich, resounding voice, fit in nicely with the “New Traditionalist” movement that was beginning to take rise in country music at the time with artists like Ricky Skaggs and George Strait. And he really hit the big time with “Swingin’,” a million-selling hit that netted Anderson two Country Music Association awards. “Yeah, ‘Swingin’’ was a good one for us,” Anderson says, looking back. Beyond the awards, though, the song had a much bigger impact on him. “That’s when I knew that I could just play music that sounds the way I like.”
And he’s kept on making that same kind of music through the years. No country music fan is unfamiliar with the crooning fiddle of “Seminole Wind,” the hit single from Anderson’s 1992 double-platinum album of the same name. That album also spawned several of my own favorite Anderson tunes, like “Let Go of the Stone,” “Straight Tequila Night” and “Steamy Windows.” (It was one of the albums that my dad played all the time during road trips.) All in all, this country legend has racked up 7 Number 1 hits and 23 Top 10s throughout a career that has earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music. And now he’s getting ready to launch a brand-new album, this one written in conjunction with John Rich, of Big + Rich. “Working with John Rich has just been a real pleasure,” Anderson says of the young star. “He’s a great talent and he’s a diligent worker, with a fantastic sense of music and sound.” The relationship started many moons ago, during a 1996 concert in Florida. Anderson and his band were relaxing in the tour bus, and the then-22-yearold John Rich knocked on the door, wanting to meet Anderson. “[Fiddle player Joe] Spivey answered the door and sees this fella’ ... Joe says, ‘Well, sing me one of his songs.’ So John [Rich] cut down on ‘Chicken Truck,’ and I remember saying something to the effect of, ‘He knows it better than I do, send him up!’” Anderson relates in an interview on his Web site.
Several years later, Anderson re-connected with Rich, and the two decided to get together for some songwriting sessions. “The more we wrote, the more we realized that we really needed to make this into a record,” he says as he reflects upon the evolution of Easy Money. “Creatively, it’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.” = eventually came together after about a year and a half of work, and Rich was so involved in every facet of the album that he holds the only producer’s credit, a role that Anderson usually holds to some extent. “John Rich just brought so much to these sessions that I decided to just let him go for it and see what he could do with the arrangement and production, to see what twists he’d come up with,” Anderson says, regarding the album’s credits. If you listen to the currently released singles from the album, “A Woman Knows” and “If Her Lovin’ Don’t Kill Me,” the first available on his Web site at www.johnanderson.com and both on the iTunes Music Store, you’ll be struck immediately by the sound of them. Not by anything “new” or stunning or completely antithetical to the established sound of John Anderson ... but by the rich timbre that still echoes in his voice to this day, by the ever-evocative lyrics, by the instrumentation and arrangement that complement both voice and word perfectly. “A Woman Knows” reminds us that this is still the John Anderson who Continued on page 19
SIC ‘EM! MY LITTTLE SCHMOODLYBUMPKINS.
5 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
AKC KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW The annual 2007 AKC sanctioned dog show is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at the Five Flags Center here in Dubuque. The matches are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on both days, and both of them are open to the public. AKC (American Kennel Club) competition involves more than 160 breeds, which are all recognized by the Club. (So none of those strange hybrid mixes, here ... you can take your schnoodles and pit beagles and keep them.) The dogs are categorized into seven different groups (according to function, so, for example, hounds), and all of them compete to reach the final Best in Show Competition. And another great benefit of these A K C
competitions is that the public has an opportunity to research breeds, because the owners and handlers are available to talk to matchgoers. The Dubuque Kennel Club is getting in on the fun, as well, by staging two events to go alongside the AKC competition. A canine eye clinic will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. An Iowa State University physician will be available to examine dogs for assorted eye conditions and illnesses, and the cost is $25. The second event will take place thirty minutes after the Best in Show competition on Saturday, March 24, where the public can participate in a sanctioned Fun Match. Owners of purebred dogs can enter their pets in the classes of 3 - 6 months, 6 - 9 months, 9 - 12 months, and open dog. Entries are $8, and registration will take place on Saturday afternoon. For more information, contact Diane Kurt of the Dubuque Kennel Club at 563-590-4576.
Community Wide Garage Sale You know, it’s March, it’s almost April, and hopefully the snow is gone until December … which means it’s time for the yearly tradition known as spring cleaning. Yes, it’s time to open up all those boxes and say goodbye to your leisure suit from 1977 … the collected works of Yes on LP … Pauly Shore’s In The Army Now. It’s time for the 14th annual Dubuque Community-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 28.
There are some important questions that we face in our lives ... especially the hot dog one ... and Body & Soul is here to help you answer them. The salon and spa will be featuring another installment in its Spiritual Cinema Night series on Friday, March 30, with the film One: The Movie, set for exhibition from 7 - 9 p.m. The filmmakers went through the Mid-
west, asking these questions and more to people on the street and to some of the most renowned and respected spiritual leaders and writers in the world. It’s been widely acclaimed as a deeply moving film, and attending this night should be a valuable experience. Preregister for the screening by telephoning 563-556-9642. Admission is free.
co.com.) All registered sales will then be included in a community-wide garage sale shoppers’ directory, which will be published and made available through the Dubuque Advertiser on Wednesday, April 25, and additional copies will also be available at all Dupaco locations. Registrations are being accepted through 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, and there’s no cost.
Sponsored by Dupaco Community Credit Union, Radio Dubuque and the Dubuque Advertiser, the event offers tri-state residents two ways of participating: Host a registered sale, or get out and shop! (You never know, your neighbor down the street might have some Cyndi Lauper singles you’ve been trying to get for a while. Hope you still have a cassette player.)
Now, if you’re planning on getting a little shopping done, you’re in luck. As garage sales are registered, their locations and a description of items on sale will be available for viewing at www.dupaco.com … meaning you won’t have to hunt all over town for some particular item you’ve been trying to grab for ages. And, of course, shoppers can use the aforementioned directory, which will include a map of registered sale locations as well as information on hours of operation and featured items. Considering that last year’s sale event included over 400 registered locations, this directory will be pretty darned handy for smart shoppers.
Anyone who hosts a sale on April 28 and registers the sale in advance at any Dupaco location will receive a complimentary garage sale kit. (Registrations can also be made online at www.dupa-
For more information, contact Jennifer Hanniford, assistant vice president of marketing and public relations at Dupaco, at 563-557-7600 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’M STILL FIGHTING THE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE ABOUT BACON IN OATMEAL.
6 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
Masonic Temple Rededication Ceremony Saturday, March 24
Anyone who has not been inside Dubuque’s Masonic Temple but has driven past the massive stone structure on the corner of Locust and 12th Street has probably wondered what it’s all about. What is it like inside? What do they do in there? Well wonder no more. The Dubuque Masonic Temple Association will host a Rededication Ceremony for the historic building on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. and the public is invited. The ceremony will be a colorful event that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the building. Constructed in 1931-32
and originally dedicated on March 14, 1932, the building was one of the few major construction projects in Dubuque during the Great Depression. As part of the ceremony, the building will be re-consecrated with corn, wine, and oil, all symbolic of the virtues of morality, justice, truth, brotherly love, and citizenship. For those unable to make the rededication, the Masonic Temple is open for tours daily, Monday through Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you have not seen the inside of the building, it really is worth a tour. There are nearly 25,000 Masons in Iowa lodges. Membership is open to men at least 18 years old. For more information, email email@example.com, or visit www.gliowa.org.
6. Adding up the numbers in the 4 U.S. Highways serving Dubuque gives you what total?
Answers on page 31
Wikipedia Rules Edition! 1.
This notable sports personality did NOT attend Loras College A. Red Faber B. Jay Berwanger C. Greg Gumbel D. Globetrotter Curley “Boo” Johnson 2. Which actor attended which Dubuque College? 1.Don Ameche A. U.D. 2. Kate Mulgrew B. Clarke 3. Tony Danza C. Loras 3. What was Kevin Rhomberg’s rare Major League Baseball feat? A. Pitched a no-hitter B. Hit a home run in his first ever at bat C. Played for more than 20 years D. Played for 5 teams 4. The first ever Heisman Trophy is in the trophy case at Senior High School. Who won it? A. Nile Kinnick B. Jay Berwanger C. Red Faber D. Fred Gloden 5. What company is Dubuque’s largest non-governmental employer? A. Deere and Company B. Mercy Medical Center C. Eagle Window & Door Co. D. Medical Associates
A. 235 B. 264 C. 284 D. 365
Defending the Caveman, a glorification and exploration of the differences between men and women and also the longest running solo play in Broadway history, is now a worldwide sensation (30 countries, 15 different languages, millions of attendees) and it’s coming right here to Dubuque. Tickets at the Five Flags Theater go on sale Friday, February 23, for 2 performances set for Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1.
7. David Rabe is a famous Dubuquer. What is he known for? A. Basketball Player B. Actor C. Senator D. Playwright 8. Which notable Dubuquer is not involved in broadcasting? A. Mark Steines B. Tom Churchill C. Nancy Dickerson D. Raymond Roseliep 9. What dubious distinction does Dubuque native Frederick William Kaltenbach hold? A. Quadruple Murder Conviction B. WWII Nazi Propaganda Broadcaster C. He got the first parking ticket ever in Dubuque D. Worst batting average in MLB history 10. David B. Henderson (as in AllisonHenderson Park) achieved what political career high point? A. Vice President B. Speaker of the U.S. House of Represe ntatives C. Supreme Court Justice D. Senate Minority Leader
That sounds deep! “Exploring Myths, Prejudices and Stereotypes Surrounding Socio-Economic Status”
There are certain subjects that are still difficult to discuss and explore, even in today’s society. Sometimes it’s because we don’t understand them ... other times, it’s because we’ve simply not been given the entire story. Nevertheless, subjects like socioeconomic status and the effect it has on a person’s role in society cannot be ignored, as a matter of responsibility. Clarke College agrees. On Tuesday, March 27, Clarke’s Human Rights Action Group (HRAG) will host a panel discussion titled “Exploring Myths, Prejudices and Stereotypes Surrounding Socio-Economic Status” in Jansen Music Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Actor Chris Sullivan will star as the Caveman. Rob Becker, an accomplished comedian and a father of three, wrote Defending the Caveman over the course of three years while exploring the fields of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The show delighted audiences on Broadway for two years as the Caveman guided them through myriad situations that skewer the differences (and similarities) of men and women in relationships. “If men and women would spend as much time trying to understand each other as we do trying to change each other,” Becker says, “we would get along a lot better and laugh a lot more.” Tickets are $35, $38 and $42 for box seats, and can be purchased at the Five Flags Center Box Office, by calling 563-557-8497, or online at ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Group discounts are available. Get your tickets now.
Moderated by Clarke Director of Student Life Cammie Dean, also the president of the Dubuque NAACP, the panel will bring together a wide variety of Dubuque-area experts on this sensitive and pressing subject. and will feature a variety of experts from the Dubuque area, including assistant Clarke sociology professor Rachel Daack, who has researched urban and rural poverty and has explored the relationship between poverty and education; Lincoln Elementary School Principal Donna Loewen, Ph.D., who manages a school with 350 K-5 students, of whom 75 percent come from families qualifying for federal free/ reduced price meals; Kelly Larson, director of the human rights department for the City of Dubuque, who oversees the the investigation of complaints of discrimination within the city; and Tom Stovall, executive director of Operation: New View Community Action Agency, a public non-profit agency which mobilizes federal, state and local resources to operate programs to serve the needs of low-income families and individuals. The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at 563-588-6318.
I ONCE HAD A BATHTUB MADE OF BALSA WOOD
7 MARCH 22- APRIL 4 too long for the family’s aging bathtub! Problem is, her parents are busy making ends meet out on the family farm … so it’s up to Donna to find a solution. Through a little bit of homegrown enterprising business, Donna and her siblings finally earn enough money to buy the family a real bathtub. This inspiring story illustrates the value of a dollar and what can be accomplished by cooperation and hard work.
The Pickle Patch Bathtub Dupaco Community Credit Union and the Loras for Literacy Program are cosponsoring a performance of the children’s musical The Pickle Patch Bathtub. This 50-minute show, which is aimed toward families who have kids aged prekindergarten through third grade, will take place on Saturday, May 5, in the Marie Graber Ballroom in the Alumni Campus Center at Loras College. The musical is based on a book by Dubuque author Frances Kennedy. Setting its stage in the Midwest, in 1925, the story focuses on poor little Donna Delle Philp, who finds herself faced with a bit of a real pickle on her hands: Her legs have grown
Immediately following the performance, attendees are invited to participate in READactive, an interactive reading activity facilitated by Amy Ressler of the Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Co. This reading activity will explore new ways to make reading a fun, interactive activity for the whole family. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets go on sale on April 1 at all Dupaco locations for $2. Kids four and under get in free, while Dupaco members’ tickets are just $1. And parking for the show will be in the Keane Hall lot, at the corner of Loras Blvd. and Alta Vista. For more information about the production and accompanying reading activity, visit www.dupaco.com.
YOU CAN ALSO LOVE SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE.
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Wine Lover’s Weekend March 30 – April 1 Galena, Illinois
Galena will be hosting special wine and fine dining events like a “Meet the Winemaker Dinner” and a meritage blending luncheon at Fried Green Tomatoes, or a Galena Cellars Winery tour.
Some people like wine. The occasional glass with dinner or at an art opening is okay, if there is no beer around. But there are others who love wine. They live to get their nose into a glass to inhale the heady aromas, to let the myriad flavors reveal themselves one by one across their tongues, to compare and contrast, to savor ... These are wine lovers and Galena’s Wine Lover’s Weekend is for them.
Wine lovers can also participate in a raffle for a San Francisco wine vacation that includes two round-trip tickets on American Airlines from Chicago-O’Hare to San Francisco, a two-night stay at the San Francisco Hilton, and a two night stay at Ironstone Vineyards. Raffle tickets are $15 per entry and are available at www. wineloversweekend.com. The drawing will be held March 30 at 7 p.m. during the Grand Tasting.
For those lovers of wine, or even those who are “wine-curious,” the weekend of March 30 through April 1 is one to mark on the calendar. Venues all over
In the column to the right (and the subsequent 12 or so pages) is a list of major events for the weekend.
For more information, visit the following websites: www.wineloversweekend.com • www.galenawinelovers.com
Friday, March 30
Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Drive
Grand Tasting, 5:30–8 p.m. A tasting of over 100 wines, beers, and spirits from around the world. Guests can win a San Francisco Getaway Vacation with airfare and lodging for four nights. There will be entertainment and a silent auction for Galena Packages. Cost is $20 in advance and includes one San Fran trip raffle ticket. More info at 815-747-6335.
Bittersweet on the Bluff, 7010 N Donnas Dr, East Dubuque
Sebastiani Winemaker’s Dinner, 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy a five-course gourmet custom meal designed specifically for several of the Sebastiani premium wines. 815-747-2360.
Chocolat´, 229 S Main Street
Chocolate Tasting, 3–4 p.m. Owner Bonnie Bellendier has developed something rich and luscious, and invites all to join in the unveiling. Chocolat´ features over 200 flavors of chocolate, including wine chocolates in flavors like Merlot, Bordeaux, Shiraz, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Port and Champagne. 815-776-7777.
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, 800-892-2269
The Finest Sunrise, 3 p.m. - The Finest Sunrise is hosted by the Tequila Ambassador, Patron at the Eagle Ridge Woodlands Lounge. Transportation 5 p.m. - from Eagle Ridge to the Galena Convention Center for Grand Tasting and Wine Auction. Master Sommelier Alpana Singh (pictured here) 7:30 p.m. Meet the master sommelier, television host and author Alpana Singh in the Eagle Ridge Lobby. At 8 p.m. Singh presents Celebrating Seasons in the Eagle Ballroom. Johnny’s Still Walking 10 p.m. w/Martin Duffy of Johnny Walker/Woodlands Lounge.
Fried Green Tomatoes, 213 North Main Street
Meet the Winemaker Dinner, 8:30 p.m. Wines from the Franciscan Estates will be paired with a three-course dinner. $39.00. 815-777-3938.
Galena Beads, 109 North Main Street
Beading Workshop, 3–5 p.m. The “Bead Divas of Galena” at Galena Beads host a beading workshop event for Wine Lover’s Weekend. Participants can create a single strand bracelet or necklace while indulging with a glass of Illinois Wine and chocolates from the Kandy Kitchen. $20 plus materials. For more info, visit galenabeads.com or call 815-777-4080.
Galena Cellars Winery, 515 South Main Street
VIP Wine Reception with Mike & Amy Finders, 8 p.m. Galena Cellars Winery and Boone’s Place Restaurant & Pub host a special VIP performance by former Galena residents Mike and Amy Finders. The cash bar offers beer, mixed drinks, selections of Galena Cellars Red and White wines, and a light menu. 815-777-3330.
Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’, 201 South Main Street
Antinori Wine Dinner, 8 p.m. A special dinner pairing fine Antinori Italian wine and homemade Italian food. Guests can meet an Antinori representative and learn the Antinori family’s impressive 26-generation enological history and about their expansive estates and vineyards. 815-777-8100.
I HAD A BROWNIE AT BROADWAY ONCE ... I GOT KICKED OUT
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Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub, 9853 West US Highway 20
Fiona Molloy, 8:00 p.m. Frank O’Dowd’s Pub in the Irish Cottage Hotel hosts a live music performance by Fiona Malloy, who will charm audiences with her smooth, lilting voice and her sharp wit. 866-284-7474.
Jamie’s Wines, 112 N. Main Street Wine tasting and an educational seminar. 1 PM Caviar, Smoked Salmon and, of course, wine tasting starting at 6 p.m. The event will feature the wines of J Vineyards and Winery Sonoma County. Special guest from the winery will be Dawn Grana, Midwest Reg.Sales Mgr. $15/person.
Saturday, March 31
Bittersweet on the Bluff, 7010 N Donnas Dr, East Dubuque
Franciscan Winemaker’s Dinner, 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy a five-course gourmet custom meal designed specifically for several of the Franciscan Oakville Estate premium wines. The Franciscan winery lies deep in the Napa Valley Oakville District and consistently produces highly rated varietals. 815-747-2360.
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, 800-892-2269
Breakfast of Champions, Woodlands Restaurant, 7–9 a.m. Real Champagne, Please Stand Up, w/ Michael Scoffield, Pommery, Galena Rooms, 10 a.m. Chardonnay, the California Way w/ John Mulvey, Ironstone Vnyrds, Galena Rooms 11 a.m. Lunch in the Sierras w/ John Mulvey, Eagle Ballroom, 12 p.m., noon Sippin Whiskey hosted by Martin Duffy, George Dickle, Galena Rooms, 2 p.m. Pinot Noir, In or Out hosted by Greg Gauthier, Bouchaine, Galena Rooms, 3 p.m. Sunset over Napa hosted by Greg Gauthier, Bouchaine, Galena Rooms, 7 p.m.
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub, 9853 West US Highway 20, 866-284-7474
Irish Breakfast Buffet, 7–11 a.m. A traditional hot Irish Breakfast offering bangers, rashers, black pudding and white pudding all imported from Ireland. (Bonus points if you know what bangers and rashers are!) The buffet also includes eggs, American sausage, mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes, cereal, toast, bagels, muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Jameson Whiskey Seminar & Luncheon 1 p.m. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub hosts Laura Hanratty, Jameson National Brand Ambassador, who will help guests develop a whiskey taste profile and teach how to distinguish between different whiskey types. Upon completion of this seminar, guests receive a certificate proclaiming their abilities. Irish Dancing, 6–8 p.m. Fiona Molloy, 8 p.m.
Fried Green Tomatoes, 213 North Main Street
Meritage Blending Luncheon 1 p.m. A meritage is a blend and at this luncheon, guests get to be the mixologist. Dry Creek Varietals paired with a light lunch. There will be prizes for the beat blend. $21.00 815-777-3938. “Walking Wine Guys” Wine Dinner 8:15 p.m. Paterno Imports selected wines with four courses of fine FGT culinary delights. Wine served by strolling wine stewards. $67.00 815-777-3938.
Galena Cellars Winery, 515 South Main Street
Luncheon and Wine Tour, 11:30 a.m. Galena Canning Companies’ “Chef Ivo” will work in conjunction with Galena Cellars winemaker Christine Lawlor to prepare a meal full of flavor and spice. Each course will be prepared with Galena Cellars award-winning wines by the Food Network’s Chef Ivo. The luncheon includes the tour, lunch, wine with lunch and Chef Ivo’s recipes. Guests are asked to make reservations early, as capacity for this event is 80 people. Galena Cellars Winery “Illinois Wine Tour”3 p.m. A personal winery tour behind the scenes of the winemaking process. No tour is complete without sampling some wines, and this tour will include four great Illinois wines: Britt White Chardonel, Eric the Red, Traminette and Frontenac Port directly from the oak barrel. These Illinois’ wines will be paired with a selection of fine Midwestern cheeses. Price is $10 per person. 815-777-3330.
Galena River Wine & Cheese, 420 South Main Street
Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Seminar 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. An enlightening opportunity to learn about the history and health benefits of olive oil, guests can sample the many different varieties of olive oils from around the world, experiencing the Continued on page 22
The Cascade Lions Club will present Brownies & Broadway, a show celebrating the best of Broadway musicals, in the Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center in Cascade on Sat., March 24. Desserts will be served at 6 p.m.; the show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door, from any Cascade Lions Club member, or at Marilyn’s Café in Cascade. The featured performers at this performance will be Steve and Terri Slade from The Bell Tower Theater Company,
located right here in Dubuque. The couple has recently starred in Pete ‘N Keeley and I Do, I Do, and have appeared in many other productions in the Dubuque area. Proceeds will assist the Lions Club with their many annual service projects, including student scholarships, and the Cascade Fourth of July fireworks and celebration. For more information, contact Maggie Curry, the president of the Cascade Lions Club, at 563-588-6354.
LET’S GET TOGETHER FOR THE WATERMELON CRAWL.
10 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
by Mike Ironside He comes highly recommended. Everyone I have spoken with who has witnessed at least one of his two previous shows at the Busted Lift has raved about it. So on Saturday, March 31, I finally have a chance to see what I have been missing. Watermelon Slim, a.k.a. Bill Homans, has a pretty compelling back story, as it turns out. Since his 2003 release, Up Close and Personal, Slim has become a critical favorite, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Best New Artist Debut award, and released three more CDs, but it hasn’t always been that way. Though he has been a musician for over 30 years, playing his first paid gig when he was just 18, Slim only recently began gigging full-time.
Country Music Superstar
John Anderson March 30, Tickets : $40 & $35
Dubuque Kennel Club Dog Show
March 24 & 25, Adults $6, 12 & Under FREE!
It all started back when Slim was recovering in an Army hospital after serving in Vietnam that he taught himself “lefthanded backward slide guitar” using a $5 balsa wood guitar and his Zippo lighter as the slide. In the early ‘70s, he released a
full-length LP protesting the Vietnam War, the only Vietnam veteran to do so. For a dozen years Slim worked to make a living driving trucks. In an effort to get a fresh start, he went back to school, earning a masters in history from Oklahoma State University, but within days of earning his degree, he went back to trucking, hauling industrial waste to pay off his tuition loans. Like most musicians who have to work a regular job to make ends meet, Slim always dreamed of giving it all up to play music full-time. Throughout his career, he found opportunities to play with notable blues talents like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray and John Lee Hooker. But he never found the opportunity that provided him a chance to give up trucking to pursue his passion. Then in 2002, Slim suffered a near fatal heart attack that changed his perspective on life. He recorded a demo CD, Big Shoes to Fill, and began touring from New York to San Francisco when he wasn’t trucking. His 2003 release Up Close and Personal, was the one that opened the door for him. Since that breakthrough album, Slim has been recognized by the international blues community with successful European and UK tours and a Southern Blues CD of the Year award from Real Blues Magazine. Now a healthy 56 years old, he’s found a new lease on life and a killer backing band. “Everything I do now has a sharper pleasure to it,” Slim has said. “I’ve lived a fuller life than most people could in two.” You can witness some of that life experience as articulated through the blues of Watermelon Slim & The Workers at the Busted Lift, Sat., March 31, 9 p.m.
Broadway’s “Defending the Caveman”
Mar. 31, 8 p.m. & Apr. 1, 2p.m. Tix $35-$42 Wahlert High School Presents: “Les Miserables”The School Edition March 23, 24, 7:30 p.m. March 25, 2 p.m.
Famous Dead Artist Lecture Series Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Museum of Art will present a Famous Dead Artist Lecture Series where costumed actors will play the deceased painters in three separate installments. Artists to be featured in the series include Georgia O’Keefe, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol. Modeled after the Bravo television series Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton, the Famous Dead Artists will be interviewed by Museum Director Ed Ritts. Each program will be an hour long, followed by a short reception. The series is funded by a City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Grant. The first installment is scheduled for
Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. and will feature American painter Georgia O’Keefe, played by Lenore Howard of Fly by Night Productions. The second installment will feature surrealist painter Salvador Dali, played by Kevin Firnstahl of Fly by Night Productions, and is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The final installment, not yet scheduled, will feature pop artist Andy Warhol played by Dan Fairchild, also of Fly by Night Productions. The series will be produced by Patrick Sterenchuk, with research by Margaret Buhr, the museum’s director of education. The show is recommended for adults. Admission is free to Museum members, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for adults. The Dubuque Museum of Art is located at 701 Locust Street. For more information, visit www. dbqart.com, or call the Museum of Art at 563-557-1851.
ROOTS. I SAW THAT. KUNTA KINTE, RIGHT? I DON”T THINK HE HAD A BAND THOUGH.
11 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
Galena Celebrates American Music
Galena History Museum Presents A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition A new traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution makes its Midwest debut at the Galena History Museum this month. New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music documents the diverse and sometimes complex history of American music. The 800-square-foot exhibit, which opened March 18, will be on display through April 28. In coordination with the exhibit, the city of Galena will host a variety of concerts and musical events (see accompanying article for details). Tracking the diverse influences that have informed and combined to create a range of unique styles, the exhibit challenges us to “Listen to America’s music and hear the story of freedom.” Blues, country western, folk ballads, and gospel are some of the genres explored in this exhibit which tells the stories of these American traditions and the various cultural roots in which they are anchored. “It’s the story of people in a New World, places they have left behind, and ideas they have brought with them. It is the story of people who were already here, but whose world is remade,” explains an online summary of the exhibition, “The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song -both sacred and secular.” The exhibit also examines the unique styles of American music that originated through the merging of various traditions. Being a country of immigrants, America is by its very
nature a culture of mixture and recombination. Documenting the results that are uniquely American, the exhibit tells this multicultural story, including the roles of religion and technology, tracing the line from America’s musical roots to contemporary music, “from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to the latest hip hop CD.” New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music is presented by Galena State Bank and Trust Company, and is made possible by the Illinois Humanities Council. Other sponsors include the Illinois Arts Council, the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Community Development Fund of Galena (CDFG). The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
The New Harmonies exhibition will be open to the public daily at the Galena History Museum from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. through April 28, though the museum will be closed on Easter Sunday. Admission to the exhibit is with regular museum admission fees. Museum admission for adults is $4.50, youth ages 10-18 $3.50, under 10 free with an accompanying adult. Senior and school groups may inquire about discounted rates by calling 815-777-9129. See the article to the right for detials on roots music opportunities in Galena.
In coordination with the Smithsonian Institution exhibition, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music at the Galena History Museum, the city of Galena is set to celebrate the history and diversity of American music. An exhibition-related concert “Festivale!” featuring performances by Grupo Reventon, We’re Late and Smell Like Beer, and Orquesta Alto Maiz is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at Galena’s historic Turner Hall and a “Musical Stroll” that will encompass a variety of events at various downtown Galena venues is scheduled for Saturday, April 7. For details, see listings below. Festivale! Concert & Dance Party Saturday, March 24, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Turner Hall, Galena Featuring performances by three area bands with Latin roots: Grupo Reventon, We’re Late & Smell Like Beer, and Orquesta Alto Maiz. The first band, Grupo Reventon will perform from 6:30-7:30 p.m., We’re Late & Smell Like Beer will perform from 8-9 p.m. and Orquesta Alto Maiz is set to play from 9:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, with children under 6 free. A cash bar and food by Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant will be available for purchase. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by contacting the museum at (815) 777-9129. Musical Stroll Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various downtown Galena venues. Jam sessions, workshops, concerts, and studio tours are all part of the “Musical Stroll” in historic downtown Galena. All performances and events are free, though donations to participating musicians are encouraged.
Venues and performers are as follows: • Benjamin’s - Laura McDonald & Jamie Jones, 1-4 p.m. • Galena Cellars Winery - Bogdan Pokrzwnicki, 1-4 p.m. • Honest John’s Trading Post - The Wundos, noon-4 p.m. • Kaladis - Leonardo, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. • Railway Cafe - Scott Reische bluegrass, noon-4 p.m. • Vignettes of Galena - The Rising Angels, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Jamie’s Wine Studio - jazz guitar, noon-3 p.m. • Grape Escape - Johnny Rocker 1-4 p.m. • Kaytes Cafe & Coffee House - One Hat Band, noon-3 p.m. • M-Studios - Natures Art Beat presents Heartland Drums, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & Denny Garcia & Friends, 1:30 - 4 p.m. Maurie Grafton Friday, April 20, 8 p.m. Galena History Museum Spirits of the Museum sponsors a musical evening by Maurie Grafton performing on period instruments. The performance will be on the second floor of the history museum. Tickets are $8, with reservations being suggested. For reservations or more information, call 815-777-9129.
TAKE A FAST CAR TO SEE SLOWHAND IN THE Q.C.!
12 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
Pat Benatar • Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee • Wednesday, March 28 Fiddler on the Roof • Univ. Wisc. Plateville - C.F.A. • March 28 - April 1 Rascal Flatts • Bradley Center • Thursday, March 29 John Anderson • Five Flags Center, Dubuque • Friday, March 30 The Actor’s Gang - 1984 • Gallagher Bluedorn, Cedar falls IA, March 31 Eric Clapton • Mark of the Quad Cities • Tuesday, April 3 Jet • The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI • Tuesday, April 10
‘Round Midnight Jazz w/ Bill Encke - Isabella’s, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. Pub Quiz - The Busted Lift, 8 p.m. First 3 Tuesdays of the month. Loose Gravel Duo - Riverwalk Cafe, Grand Harbor, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Karaoke - Rainbow Lounge, Canfield Hotel, 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Karaoke - Borderline, One Flight Up, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Dave Lorenz, Player’s Sports Bar, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. DJ Music - Double J DJ’s, Rooster’s, Platteville, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Open Mic - Hosted by the Dert Tones, The Busted Lift, 9 p.m. - 1a.m. Mississippi Band Duo - Galleria Lounge, Fountain Park, 5 p.m. - 8 p.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. Cigar Club, Bartinis, 7 p.m. - 11 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 - Borderline, Bricktown, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Rainbow Lounge, Canfield Hotel, 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Karaoke - Dave Lorenz, Player’s Sports Bar, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Christina Aguilera • Allstate Arena, Rosemont Il • Saturday, April 21
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 Mic - Grape Harbor, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Open Mic Showcase, Isabella’s 8 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Karaoke - Rainbow Lounge, Canfield Hotel, 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Karaoke - Rocco - 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. DJ Music - Double J DJ’s, Rooster’s, Platteville, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Jet • House of Blues, Chicago, IL • Friday, May 4
Justin Timberlake • Allstate Arena, Rosemont Il • April 12 & 13 Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio • Univ. Wisc. Plateville - C.F.A. • April 13 Diana Ross • Chicago Theatre • Saturday, April 14 Lewis Black • Des Moines Civic Center • Saturday, April 14
Oak Ridge Boys • Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA • Saturday, May 5 Rick Springfield • Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI • Tuesday, May 8 Honda Civic Tour/Fall Out Boy • The Mark, Moline, IL • Tuesday, May 15 George Carlin • Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI • Thursday, May 17 Gwen Stefani • Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN • Tuesday, June 5 The Fray • Target Center, Minneapolis, MN • Monday, June 11 Roger Waters • Qwest Center Omaha, NE • Friday, June 29 Monty Python’s Spamalot • Des Moines Civic Center • Saturday, July 21 Keith Urban • The Mark, Moline, IL • Friday, July 27
Live Comedy - Arthur House Restaurant, Platteville, 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. 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 - DJ Brian Imbus, Jumpers, 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. DJ Music - Karaoke w/DJ 007, Riverboat Lounge, 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Live Comedy - Arthur House Restaurant, Platteville, 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Live Music - Leonardo Roldan/Romeo Bautista, Los Aztecas, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bluff Street Live Open Mic, Mississippi Mug, 8 p.m. - 12 a.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 - Flyin Hawaiian, George & Dales, (East Dub.) 9p.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.
Karaoke - Flyin’ Hawaiian, Knicker’s Saloon, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Karaoke - Phoenix Entertainment, The Hangout (East Dub.), 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
OUTWIT ... OUTLAST ... OUT-IMBIBE
13 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
It’s time to go around the world! (And we don’t mean with a yo-yo, although your head might feel like it afterwards.) Get ready for the great Central Run Pub Crawl, now in its second year, on Saturday, April 14. This year’s theme is “Around the World,” and you’ll understand what that means pretty early on in the evening, with themed events along the way: Hawaii, Mexico, Ireland, the Congo ... a Riverdance contest and a limbo!
This year, the fun and games (and potential inebriation) will begin at the Colts Center, 1101 Central Avenue. Bars on the schedule include the A&B Tap, Breezers Pub, Gin Rickeys, Instant Replay, Knicker’s Saloon, Players Sports Bar and Total Chaos. In Hawaii, you’ll have Hawaiian Punch with a Kick. In Ireland, you’ll get Irish beers on special. At Gin Rickeys, be ready for the Dubble Bubble. In The Congo, be prepared for Jungle Juice and an African Hoop Dance. You’ll get a healthy dose of the great establishments that make up Central Avenue, which is also getting a love letter from 365ink writer Nick Klenske in his article this issue.
here, please note that you must be 21 years of age to participate. We don’t want to be gettin’ into any trouble with the law. Themed dress (clothing styles from anywhere around the world or your favorite tourist get-up ... bonus points for Soviet military uniforms) is encouraged.
Safe transportation for the event and complimentary rides home (within the city limits of Dubuque and upon request) will be provided, sponsored by The Colts Center, 365ink, Envision Sports Designs (that Tom Squad guy is everywhere) and Jeff Hefel of Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors. Designated drivers are encouraged, and they will be provided with complimentary soft drinks at each stop. Other sponsors include Gin Rickeys, Habel Masonry, and TriplePlay. For more information, visit www.centralrun.com or your favorite participating bar. A limited number of tickets are available, so get yours today!
Tickets for the Central Run Pub Crawl are $15/person, and the price includes drink specials, free bus rides, free food at each bar, free T-shirts with advance ticket purchase ... quite a bit of stuff! Because we are all law-abiding citizens
Saturday, April 14, 2007 4:30 PM - 11 PM Bus Boards at 5 p.m. Ticket Price: Just $15.00
LOBSTER & SEAFOOD ALFREDO AT JOEY’S ... YUM!
14 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
While the title implies some sort of foul fruit concoction, the Bell Tower Theater is staging something entirely different. It’s called A Bad Year for Tomatoes -- a comedy by John Patrick and directed by Sue Reidel. The plot revolves around a television star, Myra Marlowe, who’s grown tired and weary of the hectic, fast-paced insanity that is Hollywood. (The paparazzi alone are ridiculous!) Myra decides that she’s done, and she’s going to retire to a small New England town of Beaver Haven. Her agent, aghast, continues to send her a plethora of job offers, but Myra turns them down ... but she wasn’t counting on a bunch of neighbors, curious to know why this actress has come to their little town. But Myra’s no fool; after all, she’s an actress! So she invents a crazed, homicidal lunatic sister dwelling in the attic of her home, hoping that this will scare off the neighbors. Will it work? Well, it didn’t
work when my mom kept trying to get me to clean my room ... she saw right through the voices coming from underneath the bed. Maybe Myra will have better luck. The production stars Lisa Kempner as Myra; Scott Schneider as Tom, her agent; Sherry McDonell, Mary McDonald Gershon and Stephanie McCarthy as the neighbors, Matt Kittle as Piney and Ken Snodgrass as the Sheriff. Tickets are now available for performances, which will be on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., running from April 12 until May 5. Tickets are $17, and dinner / theater packages (with food from Ice Harbor Catering) are available for $37. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377, or hit the Bell Tower’s Web site at www.belltowertheater.net.
DeWAYN BROTHERS? MALRON, DAMON & KEENAN IVORY?
15 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
Two great nights of original music Isabella’s, Ryan House
DeWayn Brothers Bluegrass Band Wendesday, March 28
Probably the hardest working bluegrass band on the road, having performed 253 dates in 2006, the DeWayn Brothers Bluegrass Band travels from the front porch of the Flinthills in East Central Kansas to Isabella’s for a special Wednesday night performance on March 28. The self-described “insurgent bluegrass band” draws influences from old-timey bluegrass, to punk rock and metal, with one of the fastest mandolin players in the business shredding like an ‘80s metal guitarist. With a multi-vocal attack featuring Eric “The Boy” Nelson singing songs about death and drinking, the Brothers’ secret weapon is female vocalist Jamie Lee Briggeman. Boasting “the most powerful voice in the midwest,” Jamie Lee belts out songs of lost loves and guys gone wrong. In addition to “The Boy” and Jamie Lee (“The Girl”?) the band includes Garrett Briggeman on banjo and vocals, Josh Finley on mandolin and vocals, and Peter Gaskamp on electric and upright bass and vocals. You might have noticed that none of those last names were “DeWayn.” I’m guessing the band name is an attempt to elude the authorities in some of those towns they visited last year, unless they really are DeWayn Brothers and their “real names” are aliases. We might never know. You can hear some of their music at www. myspace.com/thedewaynbrothers.
Radoslav Lorkovic w/ Andy White Saturday, March 31
What do you get when you mix a classically trained Croatian blues and jazz pianist with an Irish singer / songwriter? I don’t know, either, but the curious can find out Saturday, March 31, at Isabella’s. It should be an interesting show. Croatian born and classically trained pianist Radoslav Lorkovic moved to the States as a kid and discovered the blues at
age fourteen. Diving in, he fully explored the genre, mastering the styles of boogiewoogie piano greats like Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Freddie Slack. By the time he was 20, he began touring with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders and has since played with a number of artists including Greg Brown and Dave Moore. At the same time Lorkovic was honing his blues and folk chops, he was soaking up a variety of other styles and influences, from the rolling rhythmic jazz of New Orleans’ Professor Longhair to Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion. The result is a talented player with a veritable Swiss Army knife of keyboard styles at his disposal. Finally beginning his own solo recording career in 1990, Lorkovic has since released six CDs and has performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to Prairie Home Companion, from Mississippi River town taverns to castles in Italy. (Two of his six CDs were recorded live in Italian castles.)
For this Isabella’s set, he brings along singer/songwriter Andy White. Born in Belfast, White made a splash in the UK in the ‘80s with his first album, Rave on Andy White, and has since released more than a dozen full-length CDs and EPs and has worked with The Finn Brothers (of the Australian Finns), Sinead O’Connor and Peter Gabriel. Currently on tour in support of his latest album, Garageband, he arrives fresh from an Australian tour and a showcase at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Conference. This show truly promises a unique musical experience. As if that weren’t enough, Dubuque’s own Denny Garcia, the voice of Midwest Music Makers, is set to open.
Thursday, March 22 Foxy Shazam, Beneath the Sky The Busted Lift, 5 PM - 9 PM Mixed Emotions Leo’s Pub @ DaVinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM
Saturday, March 24
The Thieves Mississippi Mug, 3 PM - 5 PM Massey Road Farley Speedway, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 24
Wednesday, March 28
Doug and Lisa Frey Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM
Open Mic w/ The Dertones The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
The Rick Tittle Band The Pit Stop, 9 PM - 1 AM
The DeWayn Brothers Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM
Big Muddy Murph’s South End, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Sunshine Band @ Galena After Prom Fund Raiser Dance & Silent Auction Galena Elk’s Club, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Massey Road Kelsie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 9 PM - 1 AM
Thursday, March 29
Open Mic Showcase Isabella’s, 8 PM - 11 PM
Artie & The Pink Catillacs 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM
Denny Garcia Leo’s Pub at DaVinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM
Happy Hour with Mississippi Band Duo Galleria/Fountain Park 4:30 - 6 :30 PM
Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 8 PM - 12 AM
DRILL =/=/=/=/> Doolittle’s, Cuba City, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Tony Walker Gin Rickeys, 9 PM - 12 AM
Friday, March 23
LiviN’ Large Jumpers, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Open Mic Showcase Isabella’s, 8 PM - 11 PM
Jim the Mule w/ The Parish Festival The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 2 AM
Sunday, March 25
The Dertones The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
Massey Road 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM
Country Tradition Lakeside Ballroom, 2 PM - 6 PM
Battle of the Bands w/ One Man Whiskey Band, 7-Cut, Perimeter Burn Easy Street Bar, 9 PM - 1 :30 AM Apple Dumplins’ Sandy Hook Tavern, 10 PM - 2 AM BadFish Gobbies, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM Johnnie Walker Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM The Mighty Short Bus Murph’s South End Tap, 9 PM - 1 AM 50 Pound Rooster Dubuque Driving Range, 9 PM - 1 AM Scott Watterhouse and Brandon Golden Grape Escape, 9 PM - 1 AM Ralph Kluseman Grand Harbor, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Not Too Shabby Uno’s Annex/P-ville, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tom Riley Galleria/Fountain Park 8 PM - 11 PM Festivale! Concert & Dance Party featuring Grupo Reventon, We’re Late & Smell Like Beer, Orquesta Alto Maiz Turner Hall, Galena, 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
End of Winter Bash w/ Johnny Trash with Detoks, Menace DBQ County Fairgrounds, 8 PM - 12 AM Blue Willow Potter’s Mill, 8 PM - 12 AM Melanie Sue Mausser Grape Escape, 8 PM - 1 AM Redneck Rejects Mooney Hollow Barn, 8 PM - 12 AM John Moran Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM
Chuck Bregman Anton’s Saloon, 2 PM - 8 PM
Friday, March 30
A Pirate Over 50 Dog House Lounge, 4 PM - 8 PM
Country Music Star John Anderson w/ special guest the Rick Tittle Band
Soce the Elemental Wizard, Black Horse The Busted Lift, 5 PM - 1 AM
Denny Troy & Rick Hoffman Riverwalk Lounge/ Grand Harbor Resort, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Big Muddy Duo Sandy Hook Tavern, 8 PM - 12 AM
Tuesday, March 27
A Pirate Over 50 Fat Tuesday’s, 9 PM - 1 AM
Loose Gravel Duo Riverwalk Lounge Grand Harbor Resort 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Readings Under the Influence The Busted Lift, 8 PM - 12 AM
James Kinds & the All-Night Riders The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
Wednesday, March 28
The Do Overs Coe’s Bar, 9 PM - 1 AM
The Mississippi Band The Galleria Lounge @ Fountain Park, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
BadFish Total Chaos, 9 PM - 1:30 AM
Tribe of Two Leo’s Pub @ DaVinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM
Zero 2 Sixty New Diggings, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Big Muddy Gobbies in Galena, 9 PM - 1 AM
Johnnie Walker Dog House Lounge, 9 PM - 1 AM
Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 8 PM - 12 AM
The Wundo Band Pizzeria Uno, 9 PM - 12 AM
Strangers with Candy The Yardarm, 8 PM - 12 AM Artie & The Pink Catillacs 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM Easy Street Battle of the Bands Easy Street, 9 PM - 1:30 AM Strangers With Candy The Yardarm, 8 PM - 12 AM Mixed Emotions DBQ Driving Range, 8 PM-12 AM Blue Willow Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM The Brews Brothers Band The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
Friday, March 30
Sunday, April 1
Thursday, April 5
Aaron Butcher Art Open w/ Dj Dub Pilot Isabella’s, 9 PM - 1 AM
Mississippi Man New Diggings, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Open Mic Showcase Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM
Jukebox Zeros Grape Escape, 9 PM - 1 AM
A Pirate Over 50 Dog House Lounge, 4 PM - 8 PM
Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
BadFish Jumpers, 9 PM - 1 AM
Tuesday, April 3
Big Muddy Duo Leo’s Pub @ Da Vinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM
Massey Road Lombardi’s, East Dubuque, 9 PM - 1 AM
Loose Gravel Duo Riverwalk Lounge/Grand Harbor Resort 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday, April 6
Saturday, March 31
Wednesday, April 4
Maureen Kilgore Mississippi Mug, 3 PM - 5 PM
Rock Paper Scissors Tri-State Finals Jumpers, 7 PM Jacquie Koerperich & Friends Galleria Lounge @ Fountain Park 4:30 PM - 6 :30 PM Andy White & Radoslav Lorkovic Isabella’s, 8 PM - 11 PM The Legends Henry’s Pub, P-ville, 8 PM - 12 AM Richter Scale Thumbs Up, Kieler, WI, 8 PM - 12 AM Takin’ the Fifth Grape Escape, 8 PM - 1 AM Zero 2 Sixty The Pit Stop, 9 PM - 1 AM Becky McMahon/All 4 Fun Band The Barn, Sherril, IA, 9 PM - 1 AM Bau - One Man Band Coe’s Bar, 9 PM - 1 AM The Do Overs Denny’s Lux Club, 9 PM - 1 AM Not Too Shabby Dog House Lounge, 8 PM - 12 AM Brian Marceau Leo’s Pub @ Da Vinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM TraVerse Total Chaos, 9 PM - 1 AM Tantrym Jumpers, 9 PM - 1 AM BadFish Dagwoods, 9 PM - 1 AM John Moran Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM
Massey Road 3100 Club/Midway Hotel, 8 PM - 12 AM Jabberbox Coe’s Bar, 9 PM - 1 AM
Gallery Opening - Open Mic, 9 PM @ the new Works In Progress Gallery 1572 Central. (It’s NEW!) Watermelon Slim & the Workers The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
Julien’s Bluff Main St. Pub, Cuba City, 8 PM-12 AM
Ken Wheaton Grape Escape, 9 PM - 1 AM The Mississippi Band The Galleria Lounge @Fountain Park, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apple Dumplins’ (A 365 Favorite) The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
The Wundo Band Pizzeria Uno, 9 PM - 12 AM
DRILL =/=/=/=/> Sandy Hook Tavern, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Open Mic w/ The Dertones The Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM
Sam Knutson Isabella’s, 9 PM - 1AM
HAVE YOU EVER DANCED WITH THE MOVIES IN THE PALE MOONLIGHT?
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300 - A Film by Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) Since it made a ton and stayed at #1 for two weeks, and since all the new movies suck so bad, we look at 300. An epic retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 B.C., 300 is based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller. The story begins by giving background on how King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) came to be a Spartan warrior. From his training as a young boy to his exile into the wilderness as a teenager, Leonidas was trained in the way Spartan warriors had been trained for centuries. His rise to the throne included marriage and a young son whom he was now training. When the Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) sends messengers throughout Greece, asking each city-state to submit to his rule, Leonidas casts the messengers into a well, refusing to give in to this self-proclaimed God-King. This enrages Xerxes and he begins a march into Greece with his massive army. Leonidas, without the support of the council, heads to the Pass of Thermopylae with his 300 best soldiers to head them off. His plan is simple. If this small group of warriors can make a statement by fighting to the death against insurmountable odds, perhaps all of Greece will band behind the effort and rally all of Greece’s forces to keep Xerxes and the Persians from further advancing into Europe. 300 is a visually stunning movie, there is no doubt. The combination of live action set against a backdrop of virtual environments is interesting and visually appealing. The story is larger than life, enhancing much as the story of this epic battle was at the time to incite the rest of Greece to take up arms against the invading Persians. The script carries that theme throughout the film, generating heroic lines for the pumped up Spartans to utter. At times, the movie seems like a cheap knock-off of Gladiator, taking everything to another level of cheese, but, in hindsight, that’s what the film is all about. The Spartan warriors have barrel chests and six-pack abs just like all of the classic paintings and sculptures. They are tough and unflinching in the face of certain death, just like the stories always tell us. And they are fiercely loyal to the concept of democracy and freedom. After all, the Greeks invented democracy, right? So, though I walked out of the theater not really sure whether or not I truly liked the film, it has grown on me as I have thought more about it. Additionally, I did some research on the actual events and discovered that the script is pretty accurate, though everything in it is larger than life. A movie worth seeing just for the way it depicts the ancient Greeks and presents their world in the way we all picture it growing up. Rotten Tomatoes: 61% Fresh
Meet the Robinson’s . . Fresh Buzz
Lewis is an orphan who dreams of finding a family. His journey takes a turn when a mysterious stranger named whisks him away to a world where anything’s possible…THE FUTURE.
Blades of Glory . . . . Rotten Buzz
Three-and-a-half years after rival figure skaters are stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life, they’ve found a loophole that will allow them to compete.. pairs’ figure skating. Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler,
Reign Over Me . . . . . . Fresh Buzz
Adam Sandler takes a rare straight role which sees him playing a man who moves in with his former college roommate after losing his family in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mimzy . . . . . . . . . . . . Fresh Buzz
A strange and powerful box of toys bestows some magical powers on two children in this fantastical tale.
Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72% Fresh
The true story of Jim Ellis who changed lives forever when he founded a black swim team in one of Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods. Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 . . Rotten Buzz
As part of a routine mission, a unit of National Guard soldiers stop at an outpost to find the research camp mysteriously deserted. A distress signal sends a rescue mission into the hills.
TMNT . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fresh Buzz
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to the big screen updated to fully digital animated superheroes in a half-shell. Voices by Mako, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Billy West, Patrick Stewart.
Shooter . . . . . . . . . . . . Fresh Buzz
A former Army sniper reluctantly pressed back into service is double-crossed again and with two bullets in him and the subject of a nationwide manhunt, begins his revenge. Mark Wahlberg.
NOW PLAYING IN DUBUQUE Breach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82% Fresh Amazing Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . 72% Fresh Bridge to Terabithia . . . . . . . . . 84% Fresh Ghost Rider:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26% Rotten Dead Silence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23% Rotten Zodiac: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87% Fresh I think I Love My Wife . . . . . 19% Rotten The Ultimate Gift . . . . . . . . . 35% Rotten Premonition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8% Rotten Black Snake Moan: . . . . . . . . . 66% Fresh Wild Hogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18% Rotten The Number 23: . . . . . . 8% Really Rotten The Astronaut Farmer: . . . . . . . 60% Fresh
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- Proving that there’s no force on Earth that can stop the power of the almighty dollar, Variety has reported that 300 writer Frank Miller is hard at work preparing a follow-up to the film, based on another mythic tale from Greek history. Miller won’t cough up any details just yet, as he’s hard at work preparing for Sin City 2, but can we just say that we don’t need a re-make of Clash of the Titans? - In a move that is simultaneously creepy and awesome, a Burger King marketing executive has stated that the fat-food company has lined up a studio and a distributor for a feature film based on the Burger King mascot character. No names have been leaked, yet, but the rumors suggest the movie is aimed at creating a back-story for the King. - Jason Lee, the star of NBC’s My Name is Earl, has signed on to join the cast of Alvin and the Chipmunks, playing Dave Seville, the Chipmunks’ dad. Lee himself will obviously be filmed live, and he will act against computer-generated versions of the helium-voiced rodents. The film, in development since 2004, is scheduled for release in December of this year. - Pierce Brosnan has hung up the Walther P99 for good, as the former James Bond is preparing to star alongside Meryl Streep in the big sceen adaptation of Mamma Mia!, the musical framed by songs from the Swedish pop group ABBA. Brosnan will play Sam, one of the possible fathers of Streep’s daughter in the film. And, yes ... he will sing. - Director Danny Boyle has confirmed that he has the film rights to Porno, Irvine Welsh’s sequel to the book Trainspotting, and that Trainspotting adapter John Hodge has already turned in an early script. The film might not happen for a while, however, due to one minor factor: “They need to have a bit of age ... they’re in their forties, those actors, but they don’t really look it.” Not every day you hear that an actor needs to be older in order for a movie to get made.
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DON’T ASK US ON A STRAIGHT TEQUILA NIGHT ... BAD VOODOO
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sang “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” and “If Her Lovin’ Don’t Kill Me” takes us back to “Swingin’” and “Black Sheep.” This is still the John Anderson who traces his musical roots to the Hag. But what of the Hag, and Lefty Frizzell, and Hank Williams, Sr.? And what of this so-called “new country,” the trend begun by Garth Brooks and popularized by artists like Shania Twain and Gretchen Wilson, this blending of pop, contemporary rock and country that Alan Jackson and George Strait said was an act of murder? “Yeah, the sound in country has broadened over the years,” Anderson concedes. “But I’m not the one who decides what’s ‘country’ and what’s not. There are lots of people who really enjoy different takes on country music, and that’s great. And there are really some fantastic talents in country music today, great young talents who are doing great things for all of us, people like Blake Shelton, Josh Turner and Joe Nichols ... and, of course, after recording this album, Big + Rich are like brothers to me now. People can say what they like about the genre ... there’s a lot of good stuff going on right now. All I care about is making my music.”
Well, he cares about more than that. Anderson keeps his home in Smithville, Tennessee, with his wife Jamie and two daughters. “I have two answers for you,” he says to me as I ask him what he does outside of his musical career. “And they both might be a little surprising, because compared to what can happen to you in this lifestyle and in this business, I’ve lived a genuinely normal life. The first answer is that I absolutely love my family, my beautiful wife and my beautiful daughters, and I do everything I can to spend time with them. The second thing I love is the great outdoors.” Anderson counts himself as an avid fisher, noting that some of his saltwater catches have been fantastic (“Red snapper, grouper ... hundreds of tuna at a time, sometimes,” he says), as well as a hunter. “I’ve hunted just about damned near everything you can hunt, I figure,” he says as he goes on to add that we Iowans have some beautiful turkeys in the land. “I love the Midwest and I love Iowa; I’ve been out around those parts dozens of times,” Anderson says about his upcoming performance in Dubuque. “I’ve got great friends living out in Iowa, and I know there’s an audience that enjoys my music out there. I’ve always loved traveling through the Great American Midwest, and I’m looking forward to performing out there in your neck of
the woods.” As we wrapped up (“I’m fixin’ to get on my bus and hit the road,” he says to me in his delightful Southern drawl), I asked Anderson what he felt his greatest achievement in his musical career has been thus far. His answer was one of the most insightful I’ve heard in a long time. “You know, hitting Number 1 on the charts is always nice, that’s for sure, and it’s nice to get awards ... but I’ve been lucky enough and fortunate enough to get by with my style, and not anybody else’s. I can play the music that I like to listen to, the music that I love to make. It’s never been a challenge, and I have never had any reason to change what kind of a musician I am. I love what I do.” He’s not the only one.
Dubuque’s venerable country music journeymen the Rick Tittle Band will open the show with a great set of classic and modern country favorites. Currently on their neverending Budweiser tour, Rick and the guys are a strong argument for getting to the show in time. Tickets for John Anderson’s intimate Five Flags Theater performance are $40 and $35 and on sale now at the Five Flags box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 563-5894258. (Look for Tim in the box seats ... shhhhh! He doesn’t know we got him good tickets.)
THE SECRET SERVICE WAS IN DUBUQUE ... HOW COOL IS THAT?
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As I work with city staff to complete the finishing touches on this presentation, I have to say it is extremely difficult to take a year’s worth of important news about our community and progress and condense it into 30 minutes of talk-time. I have come to appreciate … very much … the special broadcasts and “State of the Union” addresses aired to keep us informed about the entire nation, in an hour!
“2006 State of the City” by Mayor Roy D. Buol
An Iowa Great Place? One of the 100 Best Communities for Youth … in the nation? A community whose locally developed and produced Kids in the Kitchen TV program was selected over nationally produced programs due to its timely content and benefit to kids and society about healthy choices? Sure, these accomplishments and much, much more contribute to the State of our City about which I will speak on Monday evening (March 26) at 7 p.m. at Dubuque’s Carnegie Stout Public Library, an event co-hosted by Dubuque’s League of Women Voters and the Telegraph Herald. But wait, you can also have a seat in your living room for this inaugural event, since it will be aired on Dubuque’s City Channel 8 … or tune in your radio to AM KDTH 1370 as Radio Dubuque will carry it as a live broadcast! The photos here are with Governor Chet Culver (above) and serving food with City manager Mike Van Milligen at Dubuque Night is DesMoines on March 14.)
This new event will serve as one more annual opportunity for the City of Dubuque to enhance communication with our citizens about the business of the City. As you may have heard me say during my campaign and throughout this first year as mayor, I do believe the next five years will define the next 50 for Dubuque. And, as a City Council and staff, as individual neighborhoods, and as a community, we have undertaken several key initiatives to set in motion the path toward quality living for all. I invite you to join me, in whatever setting you find most comfortable (library, TV, radio) for this verbal “snapshot” on March 26, defining the State of our City during the first of “the next five years!”
THE SILVER DOLLAR! IT’S REALLY COMING BACK!
21 MARCH 22- APRIL 4
Well, we’re not quite sure how to put this, but architecture is kind of a big deal around here. Just look around! Downtown is fantastic, with so many historic churches, the courthouse, so many older homes that bear the designs of days gone by, and more modern buildings pop up in our city streets seemingly every day. Architecture is, by far, the most useful art form for the preservation of our cultural heritage. And coming soon will be a week-long celebration of that art form. It’s called Architecture Days, brought to you by Dubuque Main Street, in collaboration with Community Housing Initiatives, Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, Dubuque Community Schools, the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Durrant Group, the City of Dubuque Planning and Building Services Department, the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Old House Enthusiasts. From April 9 - 14, there will be a host of free activities and events designed to showcase our great cultural architecture, raise awareness about architecture as an art form and to increase understanding of our local architecture. Here’s the scoop: Brown bag lunch discussions will take place from April 10 - 13, from 12:10 - 12:50 p.m., at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Architects, planners and other figures will give presentation on topical subjects as well as lead discussions. Bring your own lunch, and sit down for some time with Kevin Eipperle regarding sustainable design on April 10, a downtown tour with Dan LoBianco (requires walking) on April 11, a discussion of Dubuque: Then and Now with Mike Gibson on April 12, and a discussion of historic preservation programs in Dubuque with Laura Carstens on April 13.
a long while. As you might imagine, there is a lot of work to do. But the wheels are set in motion for an incredible rehabilitation project to begin, which is hoped for completion in six months. That sets up the new Silver Dollar for a September / October opening. The very day this issue went to press, we met with Steve Althoff, owner of the Silver Dollar and the Old German Bank building that served as the Cantina’s historic home. Together with Steve Behr, project manager from Gronen Restoration, a partner in the rehab project, we toured the burned-out shell of what was once the most happening place on Main Street.
There will also be a 4th-grade area student architecture art show, taking place on the second floor of the Wilmac warehouse at 10th and Jackson. You know the place: You were there for the fabulous Voices from the Warehouse District art exhibition last year. And if you weren’t ... well, we’re not friends anymore. The show will be free, and a reception will be at 5:30 p.m. on April 12. A community-wide treasure hunt is also planned, with imagery of architectural features featured in area print media for two weeks prior to the Architecture Days celebration. Prize winners will be announced at the aforementioned art show reception at the warehouse. On Tuesday, April 10, Sam Erickson, the vice president and a founding member of Community Housing Initiatives, will present a keynote speech titled “Growing Downtown Residents: The Benefits and the Barriers” at 7 p.m. in Dubuque’s Masonic Temple at 1155 Locust. City Building Services Manager Rich Russell will also make a presentation, titled “Building Codes Made Easy.” Following these presentations, a tour of rehabilitated downtown structures will take place. For those interested in learning more about what makes up our great downtown area, the Old House Enthusiasts, the Durrant Group, and Mike Gibson will host walking tours of downtown Dubuque on Saturday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. And finally, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library will host a historical architectural tour, guided by Durrant Group architect Steve Ulstad, on Saturday, April 14. The event will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., and the library will feature a book display of various architectural resources. For more information on Architecture Days, contact Dubuque Main Street at 563-588-4400.
A quick recap on the history: Before that fateful fire on October 1, 2001, the Silver Dollar was a primary downtown nightlife destination and the prototype for much of the development of what has now become the Old Main entertainment district. Pepper Sprout chef / proprietor Kim Wolff cooked for the Tex-Mex restaurant in that little back kitchen, as did Lot One owner Joe Zwack and cook Andy Hoffman.
Silver Dollar Cantina
The Rebirth of a Downtown Landmark by Mike Ironside If you read Bryce’s Inkubator column this issue, you have already learned that the Silver Dollar Cantina, that lost icon of Dubuque’s downtown entertainment scene, is about to make a comeback. If you didn’t, you might want to read it or at least re-read the previous sentence because it is true - the Dollar is finally coming back. Actually the word “rebirth” in our subhead is a bit of a misnomer, or at least premature, as that technically will not happen for
Back before the Busted Lift, Isabella’s or anyone else was hosting anything other than classic rock cover bands, the Dollar had some of the best and most diverse local, regional and touring acts around. (Bryce has a pretty good list in his column, so I won’t duplicate it here. I’m sure some readers will have their own favorites we neglected to mention.) It was the best place to see live music, despite the fact that the stage was tiny and a bit too close to the bar, splitting the audience into two groups at right angles to one another. (I was always a “stage right” kinda guy. It provided a great view of the band, room for dancing, and quick access to the bar and the hallway that led back to the men’s room.) As a local musician (and I think Bryce can back me up on this), reaching the point where you could play the Dollar was a goal for many bands. To open for one of the regular headliners meant more than headlining at some other local Continued on page 31.
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Massbach Ridge Winery,
8837 South Massbach Road, Elizabeth 12–5 p.m. (Sunday too) Tours will be available all afternoon. Guests can sample locally grown, award-winning wines with famous Dream Truffles and local cheeses, all for a $3 tasting fee. 815-291-6700.
Oscar Pike’s, 300 North Main Street
Continued from page 9 three key flavors that differentiate extra virgin olive oils from those likely to be found on supermarket shelves. The FREE seminar will also explore the world of flavored olive oils such as garlic, basil, blood orange, lemon and porcini as well as vinegars. Guests will be given menu ideas and recipes along with the program, which lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. 815-777-9430.
Boone’s Place, Restaurant & Pub, 515 S. Main
Berghoff Beer Tasting and Cooking Demonstration 3–4 p.m. A beer tasting of several varieties of Berghoff Beer paired with Boone’s Place steak sandwich made with a special blend of spices and Berghoff Dark Beer. Chef Mark Hauk, will be demon-strating different ways to grill and sauté with many varieties of Berghoff. Guests will receive a cook book with recipes and the opportunity to enjoy Buckets of Berghoff Beer and Prize givea-ways after the event in the restaurant. The tasting will be in the 3rd floor Banquet Room. 815-777-4488.
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub,
Goldmoor Inn Dining Room,
Galena Cellars Winery “Illinois Wine Tour” 3 p.m. A personal winery tour behind the scenes of the winemaking process. No tour is complete without sampling some wines, and this tour will include four great Illinois wines: Britt White Chardonel, Eric the Red, Traminette and Frontenac Port directly from the oak barrel. These Illinois’ wines will be paired with a selection of fine Midwestern cheeses. Price is $10 per person. 815-777-3330.
9001 Sand Hill Road, Galena Grgich Hills Wine Dinner 6:30 p.m. Culinary creativity meets wine making expertise in the new Goldmoor Inn Dining Room. David Kouzmanoff of Napa Valley’s Grgich Hills Winery will be present to pour some of the winery’s finest selections to enjoy with Chef Dion’s gourmet seven-course dinner. In addition to the beautifully appointed dining room, guests have the option of reserving the six-person chef’s table in Goldmoor’s stateof-the-art kitchen for an up close and personal experience. Room and dinner packages are available. 815-777-3925.
Jamie’s Wines, 112 N. Main Street Wine tasting and an educational seminar. 1 p.m. Special guests Jay Turnipseed, Associate Winemaker from Franciscan and Mt Veeder Wineries and Gwen Miglio- Di Natale, District Sales Manager, Icon Estates. Winemakers will autograph bottles for sale.
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444 Eagle Ridge Drive, 800-892-2269 Bubbles and Brunch 9 a.m. Bubbles and Brunch with Michael Scoffield of Pommery Champagne in the Eagle Blrm. 9853 West US Highway 20, 866-284-7474 Irish Breakfast Buffet 7–11 a.m. A traditional hot Irish Breakfast offering bangers, rashers, black pudding and white pudding all imported from Ireland. (Do you know what rashers are, yet?) The buffet also includes eggs, American sausage, mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes, cereal, toast, bagels, muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, milk and juice.
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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa,
Chateau St. Michelle Wine Dinner, 5:30 p.m. (8 p.m. seating SOLD OUT) An opportunity to learn cooking techniques from Oscar Pike’s Executive Chef, Ryan Boughton, as he prepares and assembles each course of this internationally-inspired menu. A Chateau St. Michelle representative will take guests on a tasting experience of Pacific Northwest wines.
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Sunday, April 1
Jobs The Dubuque Community Y Childcare is looking for a full-time Preschool Lead Teacher with AA/BA in Early Childhood Education for faith-based preschool/ childcare program. Contact the Y Childcare Program at 556-3371 or send resume to 35 North Booth St. EOE The Dubuque Community Y Childcare is looking for a part-time Preschool Assistants Teacher for faith-based preschool/ childcare program. Experience preferred. Contact the Y Childcare Program
Galena Cellars Winery, 515 South Main Street
Chocolat´, 229 S Main Street
Chocolate Tasting 2:00–3:00 p.m. Chocolat´ features over 200 flavors of chocolate including wine chocolates in flavors like Merlot, Bordeaux, Shiraz, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Port and Champagne. 815-776-7777. Whew! That’s quite a slate of events for one weekend ... think you can hit them all?
at 566-3371 or send resume to 35 North Booth St. EOE Fidelity Bank & Trust, Dubuque location, has an opening for a full-time teller. The individual in this position will provide excellent customer service and perform teller duties along with clerical duties as needed. Qualifications include excellent customer service and telephone skills, the ability to handle money and transactions accurately and confidentially and Windows based computer skills. EOE Send resume to: Nancy Dunkel, Vice President Fidelity Bank & Trust 4250 Asbury Rd. Dubuque, Iowa 52002 firstname.lastname@example.org The Dubuque Community Y has part-time positions for before/after school care and preschool age childcare with various sites and babysitting positions available. MonFri. Call the Y Childcare Program at 5563371 for more info or apply in person at 35 N Booth St, Dubuque. E.O.E. A&W seeks p/t associates, flexible hours, good references req., pay based on experience. Call Tina at 563-556-8050, ext. 105.E.O.E. efutures.com
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Enthusiastic, positive work attitude, Positive customer focus Numbers and detail oriented. A series 3 commodity broker license is required -- will train right candidate. This position offers excellent potential to grow with growth in the business. Benefits include 401K, profit sharing and health insurance. Contact 608-348-5980 ext.107) E.O.E.
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MY CRUTCH IS 3x5 NOTECARDS
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PowerPointLess Presentation The “PowerPointLess Presentation.” You know the drill, you’re confined in a dimly lit room and expected to absorb material from a large screen with the help of a laser beam. No amount of coffee, Diet Pepsi or Red Bull can keep you focused. Nothing bores an audience faster than a presenter flipping through one endless slide after another. PowerPoint is a great support tool, and unfortunately, its misuse leads to boredom and confusion.
The engineers at Microsoft envisioned a program that would help people communicate more effectively and efficiently. They didn’t know that they were creating a program that people would misuse, making communication more difficult. A PowerPoint presentation should be used as a visual aid to clarify your message, not to confuse it. For many people, PowerPoint is a
crutch. Day after day people stand up and read the information from slides, throwing out as much info as possible in the allotted time in the hopes that something sticks. Don’t expect anyone to understand the power of your point if you have 47 bullets flying across the screen to music. All the bells and whistles of a “PowerPointLess” presentation end up boring and confusing your audience. Many people hide behind the security of PowerPoint slides and end up being completely detached from the information they are presenting. Reading from the slides verbatim insults your audience. Do you really think people can’t read what is on the screen? The audience has come to see a presentation, not a slide show. If all you’re going to do is read information off of a slide, email it to them instead and let them read it on their own time. If you dislike sitting through “PowerPointLess” presentations, why, then, when it’s your turn, do you present the same way? The continuous misuse of PowerPoint reduces your effectiveness. PowerPoint is an excellent support tool but should not be the presentation. PowerPoint will never turn a bad presentation into a good one, and it will not convert an ineffective presenter into an effective one. If your message is confusing, words and images flying across the screen and blowing up will not help. The newest computers and latest programs simply magnify the oldest problem in human relations, delivering a clear message.
1% Mattitude Improvement Tip No Problem When someone says thank you and you respond, “No problem,” you are sending a message that you’ve been inconvenienced. “No Problem” is rapidly becoming a standard response to thank you. You will hear it roughly 1 out of every 5 times you say thank you. Whatever you do, avoid responding “No Problem.” Use “My Pleasure” and imply
that you have not been inconvenienced and are pleased to provide the help. There are many simple and easy things you can do to improve your life. What easy things to you do to improve your life? Please take an active part of this community. If you have a useful tip, I encourage you to send it to me so others can benefit. Simply send tips to: email@example.com.
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WHAT ABOUT BOWLING UNDER THE INFLUENCE?
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A is for Awesome RUI by Booger McBoogenheimer
Stir it up on Tuesday, March 27, at the ABC (d) RUI: Alphabet Group with soupedup performances by Gretchen Breitbach, Sunil Malapati, Heather Klinkhammer and Maureen Kilgore. The merriment begins at 8 p.m. at the Busted Lift. Readings Under the Influence (your favorite anti-open-mic-nite) will happily feed the audience, well … cookies – and a delicious group of diverse performers … all coincidentally associated with the alphabet. A is for Alphabet Cookies. Taking the stage for their premiere performance at RUI are alphabet cookies with frosting. A classic American snack, alphabet cookies will feed the bellies and souls of audience members. Expect some sort of learning game and eating contest. Also, expect pastel frosting. We will also reveal that the Easter Bunny is really Case the Joint. B is for Bollywood. Kind of. B also comes directly after A, not … “I” for “Indian Film Song,” which is exactly what Sunil Malapati will perform – once in Indian, and once again, translated in English. Yum. Malapati, active in local arts, is also an assistant professor of chemistry at Clarke College. C is for comicide. Not a real word. We know. But a PERFECT word for what Heather Klinkhammer is up to. The notoriously funny cellular phone prodigy will read a hilarious account of … witnessing a homicide. Yes, she
will. Heather is a local learner, doer and maker. D is for DUI. DANCING! Under the Influence. Not driving. Cars are not allowed to be driven into the Busted Lift. But the audience will be under the influence of local dancer, choreographer, theater chic, and UD student Gretchen Breitbach. Breitbach will groove carnally to the thick, sweet songs of a cello. And throughout the evening, you will be serenaded by the resonant purr of local singer / songwriter / acoustic guitarist Maureen Kilgore. She will melt the last bit of winter from your toes. Come on down on March 27 ... Support local artists, creators and funhavers … sip some spring drinks … take comfort in the “take a shot, perform, take a follow-up shot” action and participate in tons of audience interaction including trivia at which you can vie for awesome awesome, totally awesome prizes. RUI is hosted by Kristina Castaneda, Case the Joint, Ellen Goodmann and Matty D and is organized by K. Kluseman. You’re an RUIer too, pal. We’re all RUIers here.
PLAYOFFS! The Thunderbirds keep driving on!
Fresh off a victory in Round 2 of the CSHL playoffs, our Dubuque Thunderbirds are now finding themselves in a 4-team round robin tournament for the CSHL Hurster Cup! Dubuque will be joined by the St. Louis Jr. Blues, the Flint Jr. Generals and the Toledo Cherokee at the Ice House in Toledo, Ohio, through March 22 - 24. After all is said and done, the first and second-place teams will play for the Hurster Cup championship, while the third and fourth-place teams will play for third place. This tournament will determine which teams represent the Central States Hockey League at the coming National tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Junior “B” Nationals will take place as a 12-team round robin tournament from March
29 - 31, a semifinal round on April 1 and the national championship game on April 2. There’s still a long way to go for our Thunderbirds, but they’ve just made another important step towards the ultimate goal of a championship. Here’s to hockey!
LISTEN TO THE GOOD DOCTOR, HE SPEAKETH TRUTHINESS
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Dear Trixie: What’s wrong with me? I seem to make a good first impression, and then, clunk, no second date. The weird part is that while I’m on this first (and last) date, boys seem to like me. In fact, I kid around with all the boys, not just my date. I’ve even been called “the life of the party,” and maybe for that reason I’m not left out of things. Somebody usually asks me to dances and such, but I’m now beginning to realize that it’s someone who hasn’t asked me before. Once, just once, I’d like to have a boy call me for a second date. --Sarah G. Dear Sarah: Could it be that you’re not putting out enough? Boys nowadays expect every girl to have sex and when they don’t, they get dumped. Kidding around and being “the life of the party” won’t get you a second date as quickly as oral sex would. Have one of your friends start a rumor about how slutty you are and sit back and let the telephones ring! Modern girls indeed! Dear Trixie: I have a driving question. When you are in a 35mph speed zone and the speed limit changes to 40mph, when can you start going faster? When you actually pass the sign or as soon as you can read it? --Ed Sull Dear Ed: They have speed limit signs?! Dear Trixie: My boyfriend has a terrible body odor problem. He can get out of a clean shower sweating and stinking! I’ve given him antiperspirants, cologne and any number of deodorants and nothing works. He’s really cute and and shy and I want to introduce him to my co-workers but I’m afraid he’ll just sit there, silently stinking. What can I do? --Marianne in Sageville Dear Marianne: Tell them he’s from France. Everyone finds international men appealing. And if he doesn’t speak, no one will be the wiser. Dear Trixie: I’m pregnant and can’t afford an abortion. What should I do? -Fertile Chick Dear Fertile: Try bungee jumping or brick tossing. Dear Trixie: I’m 19 and have decided I’m ready to get a real boyfriend. I work full time and go to college at night and I think I’m mature enough to have a real guy around the house. Any ideas? --New Woman Dear New Woman: Boyfriends are a big time commitment. While they may seem cute, cuddly and endlessly entertaining at first, they can become a more serious responsibility as the relationship progresses. If you think you might not have the time for full-time commitment, consider spending time with someone else’s boyfriend on the weekends. That way you’ll know before you bring one into your home.
ARIES Your desire to get in shape contrasts heavily with your spring desire to do a lot of baking. Run to and from the oven. TAURUS As the philosopher Jagger once said, you can’t always get what you want. As the famed writer Cash once said, I guess things happen that way. As legendary thinker Bon Jovi once pontificated, keep the faith. Don’t be like those guys. Don’t have that wishy-washy attitude. No ... take your inspiration from Ted Nugent. What would he say? You know exactly what he’d say in the face of a problem: Kiss my ... well, you get the idea. GEMINI The next time time the network at your office fails, don’t blame the IT guy. He’s overworked and underpaid and overfed. No ... blame your competition. Make ready your ship, General. It is time to show those hackers what you are made of. CANCER Think about eating nothing but Froot Loops for the next several weeks, morning, noon and night. Cram yourself full of those delicious fruity loops of yumminess. Sure, you’ll probably get sick for a while, but look at it this way: You’ll be able to spit in five different colors. How can you possibly turn that down? LEO When you get your next parking ticket, don’t pay it. That’s submitting to the man. Instead, stuff a fried egg into the little envelope and mail it in. You’ll accomplish absolutely nothing of value ... but you’ll still have six bucks. VIRGO You’ve resolved to eat healthier for the spring season. Does that really make sense, though? After all, you live in an environment surrounded by delicious foods like burgers and deep-fried yumminess. It’s not being weak of mind ... it’s being strong of stomach. LIBRA Figure out what one thing you can’t make it through the day without ... and systematically remove it from your life. You’ll help contribute to a massive thinning of the herd and revival of the food supply. After all, everybody needs air, right? SCORPIO Write a letter to yourself ten years in the past. Remind your past self to avoid that one incident with the four young ladies and the goat ... and to definitely steer clear of the Elmer’s glue. What do you mean, you can’t travel through time? You have until lunch! Get working, now! SAGITTARIUS There’s a great push lately towards alternative fuel sources ... hydrogen, diesel-electric, ethanol, etc. But there’s a better solution. Try and find a way to turn all the hot air that comes from your boss into a never-ending fuel supply for your car. CAPRICORN When you’re facing problems in your relationship, it’s a very good idea to seek outside help to solve these issues. However, seeking help from an online Star Trek messageboard is likely not the best place for such help. Just think about it. They argue about Vulcans vs. Romulans, what do they know about cohabitation? AQUARIUS The enemy lies in wait. First, he perches in the windowsill. Next, it’s in your linen closet. Finally, the last trap is sprung as you open up your spice cabinet for some paprika. Don’t let this go unchallenged. Destroy your cat. Destroy it now. PISCES Easter is on the way! Get ready to gorge yourself in a never-ending spree of food, of beverages, and the greatest delicacy ever bestowed upon man from the powers upon high: Cadbury Creme Eggs. Oh, and something religiousy happened too.
HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU ... UNTIL WE FIGHT AGAIN
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HAPPY TRAILS The power of intention is well, powerful. The goals we set for ourselves, whether short or long-term, are not easily achieved without it. Yet the enthusiasm we feel in the beginning somehow diminishes over time. Suddenly, the road to success has a lot more bumps in it along with a few surprise twists and turns. We experience a few set backs and before we realize it, it seems as though it’s rained on our parade, leaving us feeling slightly foolish and wondering what on Earth we were thinking in the first place. Fortunately, this temporary shift of self doubt can often be put back on track with a good night’s sleep or a chat with a friend willing to hold a fantasy pep rally for our cause and cheer us on. Once back on track, we surge forward towards our goal, feverishly racing to the finish line, often leaving us unaware of the sights, sounds and experiences while on our quest to get from point A to point B. My dearest friend and biggest cheerleader is my Mom, a very wise owl who has seen me through everything. When I call for a pep talk, she reminds me that intentions and goals are great, giving our life meaningful purpose. And while one should expect ups and downs, it’s finding happiness and enjoyment along our journey that really matters. Reminding me that life is not about the destination, I grew up watching her dispense similar wisdom to family and friends only to send them off with her rendition of “Happy Trails” and a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls. This form of contentment was lost on me as an adolescent where the ac-
complishment of each milestone propelled me closer to the ultimate goal of independence. (Yes, I was 13 going on 30). I tried to wrap my brain around this ‘life’s a journey not a destination’ building block with limited success. As a goal-oriented, type “A” personality, my focus and energy generally centered on some aspiration and how I intended to achieve it, forgetting Mom’s wisdom that the journey is the genesis of knowledge and growth. Today, as an adult traveling along I’ve accomplished many of those goals, experienced the ups and downs, twist and turns along the way. With more successes than failures, I have a deeper appreciation for the unforeseen events as elemental as the planned, leading me exactly where I need to be. This lesson in contentment that everything is as it should be has taught me to slow down, enjoy the ride of life where happiness and fulfillment become the scenery. When happiness became my number one intention, the road became easier and a lot more fun. Life’s minor agitations became insignificant and sharing in the happiness of others’, more pleasurable. Yet most would agree, however, that true happiness is best shared with someone so enjoying the scenery from the single lane requires a patient perspective. Those who love us most assume that being single requires filling a void, usually in the form of a significant other. I’ve learned that once you’ve arrived at destination ‘Happyville,’ it’s easy to hold your head high, steadfast in your intention to be happy and enjoying the scenery of your own ‘happy trail’, even if you’re riding off into the sunset single.
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365 Book Reviews I’d Rather Be Read Than Dead by Robert P. Gelms Recently, I was reading a piece in the Times of London’s Arts & Entertainment section. It was titled, “Once I put it down, I just couldn’t pick it up.” It had to do with a survey of British reading habits. It revealed some startling facts about the British public and the printed word. The average Briton spends about $10,000 over a lifetime on books; that works out to about 400, give or take. The astonishing fact uncovered by the survey revealed that almost half of those books are never read or are never finished once started. The survey involved 4000 Brits and was commissioned by Teletext. It found that 40 percent of the respondents couldn’t concentrate on long books and about 25 percent couldn’t manage to read every day. There were lots of excuses but on average, 48 percent were too tired, 46 percent chose to watch television instead and 26
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percent preferred to play computer games. More than 50 percent of the respondents confessed to buying some books with no intention of reading them. They bought the books to make themselves look good. Here are the top three fiction books that, according to the survey, people bought for show or started reading but never finished: D.B.C. Pierre’s Vernon God Little, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. I’m reasonably confident that that is the only time you will read J. K. Rowling’s name in the same sentence with James Joyce’s. What does this say about the people of England? You will have to draw your own conclusions because, as a citizen of Ireland, I’m afraid my opinion might reopen all the old wounds that the governments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have so vigorously worked to close. I, myself, however, am fair game. In college I did use War and Peace as a doorstop. It was a terrific doorstop, particularly so after I read it. I tried to read Crime and Punishment, I really did, but I just couldn’t finish it. I’m not sure what my crime will be but I think I know what my punishment will be if I ever find myself in
hell. The crime and the punishment will all be rolled into one nightmarish bowl of borscht that I will be forced to eat continuously for all eternity while Crime and Punishment is read to me in Russian. I put the question to some of my friends. No names have been used to protect the guilty and, parenthetically, to indemnify me from large legal judgments. Jane Eyre: “I managed to avoid reading it in High School. I’ll retire in another 30 years so I have some time to decide if I’ll read it then … or not.” Memoirs of a Geisha: “I saw the movie and it was wonderful. My friend told me the book was a lot better. She’s a hideous liar.” On the Road by Jack Kerouac: “Reading it was like listening to a sleazy man at a sleazy bar tell you his sleazy life story while blowing cigarette smoke in your face all night who THEN expected you’d want to go home with him. I headed for the door way before it was over.” The Bible: “Never read the whole thing … don’t want to read the whole thing … never will read the whole thing.” Light in August by William Faulkner: “(sounds of choking, heavy breathing)
MARCH 22- APRIL 4 GET MY MEDICATION!” The Canterbury Tales: “I have enough trouble with modern English.” Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “My God, what a great title! I lasted 15 pages. This experience prevents me from trying another book of his with another spectacular title, Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores.” Moby Dick: “I got yer Moby Dick right here, matey.” The Scarlet Letter: “Kindling.” I did some nosing around to see if I could find an American version of the British survey. What I found was endless statistics about book sales in America but nothing on what happens to those books after they are taken home. I’m kind of happy about that. Reporting statistics from an article written in another publication feels to me similar to writing a term paper. I would prefer making gross generalizations that are wholly unsupported by any kind of verifiable facts. That’s a lot more fun. Having said that… Britons read more than Americans because there is nothing to do in England. The food is gruesome, television is uncomfortable, dental hygiene is non-existent, and they call their money the “Pound” when it can’t possibly weigh more than a fraction of an ounce. The Brits spend more money on books than Americans because it’s clearly evident they don’t spend any money on clothes. Alrighty then, my work here is done.
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READY TO PUB CRAWL DOWN CENTRAL?
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Stranger In a Strange Land A 365ink series by Nick Klenske
Everywhere you turn it’s “Main Street this, Main Street that.” A new restaurant opens on Lower Main … a funky coffee shop debuts on Upper Main … yet another festival scheduled for Main Street. Main, Main, Main. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about enough. Is there not another happening street in Dubuque? As a matter of fact, there is. Although not as glamorous as its media-greedy competitor, Dubuque’s other main drag can’t be ignored. That’s right, I’m talking about the one-and-only, legend-in-itsown-mind, Central Avenue. Stretching from one end of the city to the other, Central Avenue is Dubuque’s Avenue Des Champs Elysees. To give Central the credit it deserves, over the next several weeks I will be taking you on a stroll, if not a crawl, down this Avenue of Surprises. This is your very own Traveler’s Guide to Central Avenue - just clip along the edges, stuff into your back pocket, and away you go. Even better, take it with you on the second annual Central Run Pub Crawl, scheduled for April 14, to make sure you see all the sights and sounds of this historic street. Like any good Dubuque Catholic, your
journey begins at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, located on the far north end of Central. After a few prayers to wipe away your Catholic guilt, head down a block to the A & B Tap. The Anderson and Brandt Tap is housed in a smoke-worn tavern that has been pouring frothy draws for over seventy-five years. The bar’s latest proprietor, Valerie Portis, claims to have the “best bartenders in town” and patrons are “guaranteed a laugh.” Opening at 11 a.m., the A & B also serves food such as frozen pizzas, “sometimes,” adds Portis. Whether there’s a pizza in the oven or not, the beer is always cold, the crowd is always friendly and the karaoke happens every Wednesday night and on alternating Friday and Saturdays. Be sure to swing by during the Pub Crawl as the A & B will be playing host to a Hawaiian motif and, according to Portis, “Every customer is guaranteed to get laid.” Cost of a can of Old Milwaukee: $2.00 (dusting off not included). Although there really is at least one bar every quarter of mile on Central, there is a non-alcoholic side of the street. No, I’m not talking about pawnshops (at least not yet). I’m talking about the plethora of unique Mom and Pop shops that give the street character. Take, for example,
Waukegan Color Supply, which has been selling electronics and fixing computers for over six years. Why Central? Simple: “There’s good traffic and good rent,” says the store’s owner. These are the things a small operation needs to be able to compete with the big-named West End competitors. That and “a personality that treats customers like people, and even friends.” Of course the low rents come with a price, namely Central’s reputation for being crime and drug-ridden. Bill, of Tri-State Auto Sales, recognizes the drug problem and the effect this image has on business. He points out that much of this can be related to the surrounding neighborhoods’ plethora of low-income housing. “But it’s really the property owners’ fault,” Bill says. “They buy up these places cheap and don’t put any time or effort into maintenance or aesthetics. That’s part of what gives the area its negative image.”
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Despite these shortcomings, business goes on. Fagan’s Shoe Repair and Hobbies has been doing business here for 27 years. With shelves stacked floor to ceiling with toy trains and model cars, replica airplanes soaring from the ceiling and enough puzzles to keep you busy for winters to come, Fagan’s is like a return to the days when fun was found beyond a video screen. “Kid’s need to explore the hobbies their parents and grandparents enjoyed,” says owner Aaron Fagan. “These toys are a way to not only broaden one’s imagination, but also a way to connect with a piece of our
history, the history of our childhood.” Just down the street is another unique small business, Unique Boutique, a floral shop specializing in flowers of all kinds, along with yard decorations and Isabel Bloom statuettes. Visitors will enjoy exploring the sun-filled rooms that are permeated by the sweet scent of neverending spring. Be sure to take a look upstairs where Christmas lasts all-year round through crisp blue walls, frosted décor and an abundance of snow babies, Santas and ice-glazed villages. Next door is TNT Jewelry and Gallery, which has been selling wedding invitations, sports items, figurines, special occasion gifts, jewelry and art prints for eleven years. Owner Linda Ginter prefers Central Avenue because of its ideal location. “We’re on a busy intersection, we’re centrally located and the retail business is growing everyday. What more could you want?” All this shopping making you thirsty? You’re in luck, as Knicker’s is right across the street. This saw-dusty, all-wood biker bar is the perfect place to rest your legs any time of the day (it opens at 7 a.m. daily). You can play pool and darts, watch sports or the news, enjoy a classic Fire Burger, or strike up a conversation with a bad-ass biker decked out in leather and busy closing a business deal on his leather-wrapped cellphone. Price of a PBR: $2.25. Join us next time as our Central adventure continues...
NAW, HE DIDN’T HIT YOU, HE RUBBED YOU ... RUBBIN’S RACIN’
29 MARCH 22- APRIL 4 And there have been some fantastic results. In 2006, the team celebrated a huge milestone as it passed the $500,000 mark for single-year fundraising, with funds going to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Locks of Love and David’s House. That might seem like a relatively small number, but it’s huge for an organization with a member base of roughly 150 — that’s more than $3,000 in funds raised, per member.
Racing against cancer by Tim Brechlin
The odds are that all of us have, at some point, had to deal with cancer in our lives. Bob Parks, the father of 365ink publisher Bryce Parks, just defeated cancer for the third time and cemented the reality that he cannot be killed by conventional weapons. My own father whipped it, too. It’s a scary, frightening reality that accompanies us throughout our lifetimes ... and when it strikes close to home, it puts a lot of things in perspective. But cancer is not a death sentence, and good things can come from the experiences we face: Inspiration, a new outlook on life ... even hope.
A little over a year ago, Brian “Skip” Culbertson and his wife, Kerrie, were confronted by this reality when Kerrie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Rather than give into despair or gloom, Brian, a longtime auto racer, and his brother Tom decided to join a race team dedicated to the battle against cancer. And it’s appropriately named, too: Racing Against Cancer. “Racing is just something that I do,” says 15-year race veteran Brian, who drives open modifieds. “It’s kept [me and Tom] close, and I remember going to races when I was younger, going with my uncle. It’s just been such a big part of my life that joining this team was only natural.” Brian stumbled across the Racing Against Cancer team shortly after Kerrie’s diagnosis, a diagnosis that had only one treatment option: Extremely aggressive chemotherapy. Upon discovering the organization while reading through various racing-related magazines, Brian felt, and Tom agreed, that this was something they should do. Racing Against Cancer is a Connecticut-based fundraising race team founded in 1996 by Jon Blanchette, who lost his wife to cancer in 1994. The
program brings together drivers from all over the country to generate funds to aid the battle against cancer, including such luminaries as former NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, who drove an open-wheel modified in a race at New Hampshire International Speedway last summer as part of a fundraising effort. Funds go towards cancer research, patient services, youth tobacco educational programs and awareness. “We can’t cure cancer right now,” says Brian. “But being a part of this team allows us to do something about it.” One of the major methods of fundraising for Racing Against Cancer is through sales of Awareness Wrist Bands, purple wrist bands, not unlike Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong wrist bands, that bear the Racing Against Cancer logo. Available for a minimum donation of $2, the wrist bands are one of the more visible awareness efforts in use by the team.
“The really remarkable thing about this organization is that there’s no major backing, no corporate sponsorship or anything like that,” Brian explains. “This is a bunch of regular guys, and a lot of kids, who got together for a common cause, and they’re out there selling wrist bands and shirts and hats from the trunks of their cars out in the pits or in the parking lot.”
The 2007 season is fast approaching for the Culbertsons, who plan to approach it like they have every other race season. “The important thing that we always have to remember is that at the end of the day, we’re racing for fun, not for a career,” says Brian when asked about why he races. “We’re out there to be competitive and to have a good time ... you know, it’s really not about me or Tom. It’s more about the fans and the entire racing scene and doing what we can to support it. It allows us to be part of something completely different, and that’s great.”
It isn’t always easy. In addition to the ever-present specter that is Kerrie’s battle with cancer, Brian and Tom must also face the harsh reality of the expenses of racing. Speaking as a former racer myself ... it’s an expensive And, of course, membership in the Racproposition, when you have to factor ing Against Cancer team adds some exin the costs of things like engines, the tra motivation to the proceedings. “Brian upkeep of the car body, race suits, helmets, fuel, oil, and travel expenses. “It’s an exhilarating experience, being out there on that track, but you have to operate it like a business,” says Brian. “It’s always been hard to sell sponsorships and advertising, and it’s getting harder. And sometimes the prize money doesn’t make everything add up.” But Dubuque has been a great supporter of We found this great picture of Kerrie and Brian Culbertson Motorsports. together at the races in 2001 in the 365 archive. “Racing at Dubuque Speedway every week is what lets us balance out all the dol- and Kerrie, they’re not about the cancer lars and cents and lets us keep on doing gloom or moping around,” Tom says in what we do,” Brian says of our fair city. admiration of his brother. “Racing is a He also races in Maquoketa, Lancaster, unique thing for him, it’s his thing ... and and several other venues. this lets him actually do something to help support his wife. And this is someAnd as you might expect from the cre- thing that gives all of us something to ative director of Mission Creative, Tom kind of rally around and work together.” Culbertson has played an integral role in this enterprise, as well. “I’m not too Brian agrees. “I don’t know what the fuhandy with a wrench, though I’m get- ture holds, or what breakthrough they’ll ting better, so I’ve kind of become what have next week, or next year, or whatevI like to call the marketing mechanic ... er, but being part of this team is my way I’m here to make ‘em look good,” he says of doing what I can do,” he says. “We’re about his contributions. “Although I do here to create awareness ... and hopefulplay a little bit of a sprint car racing game ly, something good will come out of it.” on the computer.” (“I wish really driving it were as easy as that computer game!” And by doing something as small as making a $2 donation and wearing a purple wrist Brian responded immediately.) band, you can help create awareness, too. The Dubuque Speedway race season begins soon, with the Spring Championship points event set for Sunday, April 15, and racing every Sunday after that. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m., and racing begins at 6:30 p.m. The Speedway is located out at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, on Old Highway 20 Road. For more information about Racing Against Cancer, check out the Web site at
JUST HOW ZANY IS BOB ZANY? HUH?
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Arthur House Restaurant 9 miles N of Platteville on HWY 80. Friday, March 23, 9 PM Saturday, March 24, 9 PM Undeniably one of the area’s top comedians, Michael has a fast paced comedy style that leaves audiences nearly flinching with laughter. His diversity and high energy enable him to relate his humorous insights that every member of the audience will find entertaining. Weekend comedy is available in the Tri-States. Discover the Arthur House for yourself.
Bricktown, Live on Main Comedy Wednesday, March 28, 9 PM Geechy Guy, “The new king of the one-liners”and Guinness world record holding comedian, telling the most jokes in one hours 676. Every station in the nation Bob and Tom tour. He is fresh off the heels of his award winning oneman show, “The Geechy Guy Happy Hour”. He went on to make over 75 national television appearances including 3 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He also beat Ray Romano (among others), to become the alltime Star Search comedy champ with 10 appearances.
Tom Clarke & Jeremy Schacter
3100 Club Comedy Night Wednesday, March 28, 8 PM Tom Clarke has appeared on CBS’s Late Late Show, and Tom was most recently on National Lampoon’s Funny Money on the Game Show Network and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He was selected to participate in The Montreal Comedy Festival as part of the New Faces Program. Tom is joined tonight by comedian Jeremy Schachter.
Arthur House Restaurant 9 miles N of Platteville on HWY 80. Friday, March 30, 9 PM Saturday, March 31, 9 PM Mel’s comedy includes touching on the wacky things that come with dating and being a single mom. Voted 2002’s “Funniest Person in Indianapolis” and one of the most-requested female acts today, Mel has appeared alongside such greats as Ellen, Roseanne, and Paula Poundstone.
Bricktown, Live on Main Comedy Wednesday, April 4, 9 PM Bob is wry, sarcastic, insulting, lovable, and well ... Zany. He is a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno & The Drew Carey Show. Bob is one of the featured voices you will hear upon visiting Laugh.com’s Insult Machine. He can also be heard every Tuesday morning doing the Zany Report on The Bob & Tom radio show. Bob launched his career on The Gong Show and appeared in Joe Dirt with David Spade.
Mike Green & Rich Aronovitch
3100 Club Comedy Night Wednesday, April 4, 8 PM Mike Green is the winner of the 2007 Las Vegas Comedy Festival for Best Male Comic. Natural likeability, original jokes and the knowledge to make it all look made up every time...this is what Comedian Mike Green brings to the table. With a strong improv background, he takes you on a trip. Comic Rich Aronovitch joins Mike for great nights of laughs.
Arthur House Restaurant 9 miles N of Platteville on HWY 80 Friday, April 6, 9 PM Saturday, April 7, 9 PM Bryan entered the comedy scene after fifteen years as an actor. The bizarre path his life has taken leaves him well suited for comedy, unfortunately little else. He was, for instance, married to and divorced from a demon. He still wakes up some night in cold sweat. His comedy is seen by some as dark and twisted, he prefers to think of himself as misunderstood. I suggest you buckle up. It might get a little weird.
Hypnotist Jim Wand
Music N More Promotions Courtside, Saturday April 7th 8 PM Join master hypnotist Jim Wand for a roaringly good time tonight as he takes you on a trip through the wonders of the human mind. There will be no curing your smoking habit tonight. Just good old fashioned hypnotism fun. Tickets on sale now onlinea t etix.com. Warning, this is an adults only show!
The Dubuque Jaycees Power Lunch series is back for 2007. Each month they gather to hear from featured speakers with unique insights into business, personal growth or our community at large.The cost is $10 to attend and lunch will be provided. This is open to the public. That means YOU! This exciting program is designed to better connect young professionals to opportunities in our community. 365 proudly supports the Power Luncheon program. Find out about upcoming Power Lunches at www.dubuquejaycees.org.
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venues. It may not have been all that long ago, but it was a different time. Anyway, I’ve spent more time reminiscing here than I had intended. I think walking through what’s left of the space brought back a lot of memories. The charred remains of the wall murals remain and smoke and water have blurred just beyond legibility the name on the chalkboard of the last band that played there. But our focus here is not about the past, but the future.
The fire pretty much destroyed the Dollar as we know it, and while that is very sad, it also provides an opportunity to start over. In that spirit, Althoff and Gronen Restoration will begin demolishing the remainder of the interior before the end of March to make way for a new layout. The massive brick and concrete bank vaults will be sliced into sections with a diamond-edged wire saw so that the cut sections may be removed by a crane. Althoff says they will find some way to reuse the heavy steel vault doors stylistically within the new Silver Dollar. The removal of the vaults will open the floor plan of both the main floor and the basement. New restrooms will be constructed in the basement, with a handicap accessible single unisex restroom on the first floor. The back of the building, currently exposed to the elements will be rebuilt for the new kitchen. What this means to the main barroom and restaurant space is major room to expand, offering more space for dining and the possibility of relocating a larger, more audience-friendly stage for live music positioned near the back of the space. While that might be a pretty rough sketch of what is to come, don’t worry. The 365 crew will be following this project closely (our office is only three blocks away), so expect more photos and updates here in 365ink as well as on Dubuque365.com (keyword “Silver Dollar”) where we will post a running archive of construction photos and even video that Bryce shot the day of that tragic fire as the Dollar burned. It may not be exactly the same, but the Silver Dollar will be back.
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THE ANSWERS 1. (B) Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger did NOT attend Loras College. 2. Don Ameche attended Loras, Kate Mulgrew attended Clarke and Tony Danza attended the University of Dubuque. 3. (B) Kevin Rhomberg hit a home run in his first ever at bat. He also had a compulsive behavior with regard to being touched. 4.(B) In case you slept through #1, Jay Berwanger won the first Heisman Trophy. 5. (A) With around 2000 employees, John Deere remains Dubuque’s largest non-governmental employer. 6. (C) The 4 U.S. Highways serving Dubuque add up to 284 (20, 151, 61, 52) 7. (D) David Rabe is a famous playwright. 8. (D) Raymond Roseliep was a poet, not a broadcaster.
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9. (B) Dubuque native Frederick William Kaltenbach was a WWII Nazi Propaganda Broadcaster know as “Lord Hee Haw.” He was fired from Senior High in 1935 and went to Germany. A favorite of Joseph Goebbels, he died in a Russian prison camp in 1945. 10. (B) David B. Henderson was the 39th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1899-1903.
Published on Jan 12, 2009
I for one think the Dollar has great potential to be another anchor in the burgeoning down- town cultural landscape. It was a destination ni...