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Steve Geisz,

General Manager of the

Grand Harbor Resort,

is smoking up ribs... and chicken... and brisket... and live music with a few thousand friends.

Wanna come?

Get out! An issue dedicated to smoked meat? SMOKED MEAT! Where do I start? I think I wrote about this before. I don’t care ... I’m going to need a bigger page! Perhaps a sonnet would do this moment justice. Maybe I could go through and rub a little smoked pork flavor on my Inkubator article in every copy of this issue. Sniff yours now ... did I get to it? Oh man, I’m so freakin’ excited for the Throwdown, you have no idea. When the Grand Harbor’s general Manager Steve Geisz started to ask me about partnering to make it happen, he said the words “smoked meat” and I just said yes. The rest of what he said was garbled like Charlie Brown’s teacher: Wonk! Wonk wonk wonk! Who cares? He could have asked for anything at that point. You had me at “smoked meat,” Jerry Maguire. My real passion for smoked meat began when, unbeknownst to me, I was taken to the place considered by many to be the single best BBQ in the world, Smitty’s BBQ in Lockhart, Texas. We entered this dark glorious room lined on two sides with massive brick grills covered by hinged metal lids. Wood burned in piles at the ends of the L-shaped oven and a single pipe sent smoke up at the elbow of the oven. I was given a piece of butcher paper loaded with brisket, ribs, and sausage, plus a stack of plain Wonder Bread, how cool! In the next room I got a monster slab of cheddar cheese and a grape Nehi (no Sh!%)! The massively long tables were adorned with paper food boats filled with a special seasoned-salt mixture (available on their Web site). This is for dipping your meat into. Let me say that again: This boat of salt was for dipping my carcinogen-charred, fatty beef brisket into. Oh my God, have I died and gone to heaven? No, that likely comes shortly after eating this food. Needless to say, it may have been the first time I ever cried while eating food. It was so good I don’t have words for it. I’ve since heard the place mentioned on TV by both Robert Duvall and George Bush (Hey, he got somethin’ right!). By the way, Dubuque’s getting a Bandana’s BBQ in the old Ponderosa building soon. It looks like genuine BBQ. Oh, baby ... It must be my birthday! I’ve had amazing smoked meat since. Ron Tigges would have to be my local smoked meat Medici. The man’s got a skill. Still, I had never tried it myself. Early this summer when cleaning out his garage, my dad gave me his smoker. I think we gave it to him for a gift like 20 years ago. After a few uses, I think it went into that corner until I inherited it not too long ago. It has been used twice a week ever since.

Now, I don’t want to brag, but I believe I may be some kind of smoked meat savant. I took to this like a duck to water. I’ve smoked ribs, chicken, pork loin, chops, and, of course, beef jerky. I’ve tried a slew of different dry rubs (I don’t do sauce, I decided that’s for failures who can’t smoke a flavorful piece of meat on it’s own.). They’re all good, but I’ve got favorites. My favorite meats to smoke are ribs (duh!) and dark meat chicken, like leg quarters. I just had them again last night. The pros who will be coming to the Throwdown on Labor Day weekend will have you think there is a meticulous art and science to smoking meat, but they’re full of crapola. It’s like the husband who tries to convince his wife he’s spending 6 hours a day at the golf course because he’s working out kinks in his backswing. Maybe the backswing on his gin gimlet! The secret to smoking meat is to get a great rub on it, put it on the smoker, and go do something else for 5 hours. Period! Come back then with a plate and try not to drool on the meat like Homer Simpson as you transport it to the dinner table. I have a problem though. All summer I’ve been using the apple wood my dad gave me with the smoker to cook my food. It’s almost gone. So I got some hickory at the store. It was good, but it wasn’t the same. Uh oh! What happens when I run out of dad’s apple wood? Where do I get more? Will new apple wood be like dad’s? Maybe it’s magic apple wood like you see in movies. That green mesh sack of twigs dad gave me might have been his magic smokin’ bag of mojo, like Willie Brown gave to Ralph Macchio in Crossroads so he could play cut-heads with Steve Vai. (Rent it!) Or like the special vial of blue water Adam Sandler was given in The Waterboy to revive him on the field. Is this the end of the line for my own personal smoking dynasty? Maybe Czipers will give me a few branches from the orchard if I’m real nice and buy some cider. As it stands now, I have just enough of that Asbury voodoo charm apple wood to get me through the big competition at the Grand Harbor if I don’t use any until then. Will it be able to work its magic one more time? Can this novice kid hold his own with the big boys of the Throwdown? Who cares! I’m going to be standing at ground-zero surrounded by the Dumbledores of the meat smokin’ world. I shall absorb their knowledge. I shall learn the ways of the Force. I shall breathe in their smoky effervescence. I SHALL BEG THEM FOR SAMPLES!

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4 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 Presented with such a great opportunity, an easy target you might say, some might be persuaded to just book a band or two and try to drive a crowd to the hotel for the weekend. Not these cats. “Obviously this is the first one of these that we’re doing, and we decided right from the beginning that we needed to do things right,” says Geisz. “You hear people say, ‘Go big or go home,’ and we decided to go big and really make this an event.”

by Tim Brechlin An Iowa State Championship. A KCBSsanctioned cook-off. Two days of barbecue and live music at the Grand Harbor Resort and Water Park. We’re not quite sure how to put this, but the First Annual Throwdown on the River, sponsored by the Diamond Jo Casino, is kind of a big deal.

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2 (Labor Day Weekend), the Throwdown on the River promises to be a one-of-a-kind event, one that will hopefully continue on for many years to come. It began as the brainchild of Platinum Hospitality chief Jim Rix, and it’s been spearheaded by Steve Geisz, now the Grand Harbor’s general manager and a longtime barbeque aficionado (seriously, you need to see this guy’s smoker), and Grand Harbor Food & Beverage Director Craig Joos. So what exactly does it mean to have a KCBS-sanctioned cook-off? We’re talking about the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts dedicated to promoting barbeque across the world. To put matters in perspective, the KCBS has about 6,500 members, and it draws more than 10 million fans to its 260-plus sanctioned events every year. The Throwdown on the River will feature competition in four

categories: Chicken, pork ribs (loin or spare), pork (Boston butt / picnic / whole shoulder), and beef brisket. These guys don’t mess around. There are specific rules for everything, from the types of meat used to cooking times to turn-in times. If you don’t make the turn-in time on the button, you’re out. It’s as simple as that. What this means is that any KCBS event is guaranteed to have a turnout of qualified meat-smoking specialists who know what they’re doing ... and that includes the Grand Harbor. The meats will be judged by a highly qualified panel ... and the grand prize winner will win $5,000. But it doesn’t stop there! Think about it: Not all of us are world-class judges of smoked meat. And thanks to the Grand Harbor, that’s okay! In addition to the standard KCBS competition, there will also be a secondary People’s Choice competition, open to all registered Throwdown competitors. Normal people like you and me can pay just $5 for a Tasting Wristband, sponsored by Hormel, where tasters can check out pork shoulder and pork loin samplings from the contestants. After that, you vote for your favorite! So, how did all of this come about? “We were looking at event calendars, trying to find a good time for Jim’s Throwdown idea before the summer really ran out, and Steve and I both realized that, oddly enough, there was absolutely nothing going on Labor Day weekend,” says Joos. “It was natural.”

Indeed they did. A whole weekend of fun has been planned, beginning with a lineup of live music that’ll make any music fan drool with anticipation. At 5:30 p.m. on September 1, the Just Cuz Band, an audience favorite from the Grand Harbor’s live riverwalk music on Thursday and Saturday nights, will play, followed by a three-hour gig from area favorites Betty and the Headlights, wrapping up at 11 p.m., with a beer garden and delectable food available all night long.

Even more fun begins on Sunday, September 2. Competitors will begin cooking early in the morning, with an 11 a.m. turn-in time. No exceptions, you’re either in or you’re out. Judging will go on through the early afternoon, and awards will be announced at 3:30 p.m. After that ... hey, let’s party! The Apple Dumplin’s, the greatest old-school country-rock band in the area, will play from 4:30 6:30 p.m., followed by the southern-fried stylings of 50-Pound Rooster. “Right away, these bands were right behind us,” says Geisz. “Their enthusiasm for the event was clear from the start, and they were really excited to be part of this first at-

tempt. It was really cool to know that they supported us and truly wanted to be here.” Booking the bands early was just one step in the process for Geisz and Joos, who quickly found a mounting list of tasks in front of them, from securing sponsorships and handling insurance to health inspections to food supplies and everything inbetween. Geisz laughs, “Gosh, at the start, we weren’t even sure what size of a stage we were going to need for the bands!” The sponsorships came quickly. The Diamond Jo Casino eagerly hopped onboard as the flagship sponsor, and community support came out of the woodwork, with help from such area luminaries as Radio Dubuque, KWWL, Dubuque Data Services, Kirchhoff Distributing, Hy-Vee, American Trust, Sam’s Club, ServiceMaster and your favorite bi-weekly magazine, 365ink.

“We’ve never done anything like this before,” says Geisz. “To have this kind of support from the community was really refreshing and exciting, like an affirmation that we actually know what we’re doing!”

In the middle of a transition to a new menu and an entirely new point-of-sale system for the hotel’s restaurant, Joos somehow was able to corral the meat supplies for the contestants and ensure adequate numbers for the People’s Choice part of the competition. And Geisz decided that the Grand Harbor was going to go the extra mile and cover the costs of health inspection for competitors’ meats. Continued on page 29.


5 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5

Iowa State Irish Feis Dance Return of the T-Birds! Do not miss out on the best hockey action in the TriCompetition States area as the 2007-2008 season kicks off with The art and grace of Irish Heri-

tage comes alive once again at the Five Flags Arena on Saturday September 8th. The Iowa State Feis is an all-day celebration of Claddage Irish dancing and Irish culture where individuals and groups compete for awards. The doors open at 8 a.m. and the event runs through the day. Call the Five Flags box office for more information at Five or by phone 563-589-4258.

a home game vs. the Peoria Mustangs on August 31 at 7:05 p.m. Fresh off their Hunter Cup victory, the T-Birds are also sporting a new look with a fresh logo pictured here. Ticket prices are $7 (reserved adults), $5 (reserved student with ID), $5 Reserved children 12 & Under. All GA Bleachers are $5 per person. Groups of 10 or more - $5. And don’t forget that season tickets are available at great discount prices. Visit

AVON Fashion Show

There’s still time to catch Suds at the Bell Tower! Suds is a ‘60s musical / soap opera, and it’ll appeal to any fan of music from that day and age. The story centers on Cindy, just your regular everyday lady working in a laundromat. On her birthday, she’s having the time of her life ... until the postman arrives and delivers some terrible news. Cindy finds herself down in the dumps until she is greeted by two guardian angels. These angels were sent to cheer her up and teach her about finding true love. Yeah, it’s a simple story, but that doesn’t make it any less fun! This show is packed with energy and more than 50 chart-topping singles from the ‘60s, including “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Chapel of Love” and many, many more. Suds will provide fun for the whole family. Running until August 31, Suds is shown on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17, or $37 for dinner and the show. Discounts are available for groups. For more information, call 563-588-3377, or point your Web browser to

My Little Pony LIVE!

Vee Corporation Presents My Little Pony LIVE! for two big nights at the Five Flags Arena. On October 3 and 4 at 7 p.m., see the venerable children’s fantasy world come to life in “The World’s Biggest Tea Party.” Pinkie Pie and her seven charming Ponyville friends each have an extraspecial talent and skill to help with the party! The Ponies use their colorful imaginations and work together to host the biggest party of the year. Plan ahead to get your tickets when they go on sale August 20 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $12 and $15. There are a limited number of $18 and $23 seats available. More information at or by phone Phone: 563-589-4258, toll free: 888-412-9758.

UPCOMING EVENT SUMMARY SUDS Thursdays - Sundays thru Aug. 31 (Detials on this page) 365 Lunchtime Jam Fridays, August, 24, 31, Sept. 7 (Details on page 6) Summer’s Last Blast, Port of Dubuque - Museum Lot Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25 (Details: Page 14) Dubuqueland Irish Hooly, Alliant Amphitheater Saturday, August 25 (Details: Page 14) New Diggings Music Festival Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25 (Details: Page 12) Tour de Dubuque Saturday, August 25, Kirchhoff Distributing (Page 6)

Check out the AVON fashion show ... not only because it’ll be a great time, but because it’ll go to help a good cause. Bring yourself, your mother, your daughter, your friends to Camp Albrecht Acres on Sunday, August 26, at 11 a.m. Enjoy tea and sandwiches at noon, and the fashion show comes after that, followed by shopping. For tickets, call Reta Hefel at 563-543-2295.

BRIO Gallery Grand Opening Saturday, August 25 (Details on page 11)

The Lovin’ Spoonful

DMA Fall Exhibits Opening Reception Thursday, August 30 (Details: Page 10)

Music & More Promotions and Oldies 107.5 welcome the Lovin’ Spoonful, members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, to Dubuque’s Grand Opera House on Thursday, August 30! The Lovin’ Spoonful were responsible for hits like “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Daydream,” “Nashville Cats” and “Summer in the City.” They were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Tickets for the show are $36.75 ($49.75 for VIP), and on sale now at the Grand Opera House Box Office or by phone at 563-588-1305.

Danny Glover & Felix Justice The 10th Annual Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series at Clarke College will feature “A Conversation with Danny Glover, Moderated by Felix Justice” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus. It’s a ways off yet, but as it was just announced, we wanted to let you know right away so you can save the date. More information about ticket sales for the lecture will be available in the coming weeks. In discussing the importance of arts in education, Glover and Justice examine the intersections of art, culture and activism. Using examples from their lives and some of the great works of literature, both men bring to life their devotion to the education of young people and the inspiration of the next generation of leaders in the world.

Readings Under the Influence Tuesday, August 28 (Details on page 7) The Lovin’ Spoonful, Grand Opera House Thursday, August 30 (Details on this page.)

Dubuque Film Society presents “Breach” Thursday, August 30 (Details on page 6) Dubuque Thunderbirds Hockey vs. Peoria Friday. August 31 (Details on this page) Throwdown on the River BBQ Cookoff, Grand Harbor Sat. & Sun., Sept. 1st & 2nd (Details on page 4) Outsie the Line Exhibi Opening Friday, September 4 (Details on page 24) Movie Time @ the Library “The Passenger” Thursday, September 6 (Details on page 12) Stage Wright: Jan Lavacek: Stone House Gallery Friday, Sept. 7 (Details on page 10) Platteville Dairy Days September 7 -9 (Details on page 13) Iowa State Irish Feis Saturday, September 8 (Details on this page) U.W. Platteville CFA Perofrmance Season Begins Thursday, September 13, (See ad on page 9) Legends of New York City (Lennon, John, Joel) September 21 (See ad on page 20) Leading the Way to Global Climate Solutions September 26, Grand River Center (Details to come.) My Little Pony Live Wed & Thu Oct 3 & 4, Five Flags (details on this page) A Conversation with Danny Glover & Felix Justice October 9, Clarke College (Details on this page)


6 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5

The Library has been Breached! The 365 Lunchtime Jam series continues entertaining huge luntime crowds each and every Friday from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.under the Town Clock in downtown Dubuque. Lunchtime Jams would not be possible without the generous support of Cottingham & Butler Insurance and Financial Services. And, of course, Carlos O’Kelly’s offers an expanded

menu featuring traditional Americanstyle food options to complement the Mexican menu that you all know and love. 365 Lunchtime Jams are totally free and open to the public. Jams continue through early September.

Upcoming Jam Dates... August 24 - Maureen Kilgore August 31 - Big Muddy Duo Sept. 7 - Melanie Mausser Sept. 14 - Megan Roeth Sept. 21 - Bill Encke & Pab Adams

2. To what internal temperature should you cook pork? A. 140º B. 160º C. 180º D. 200º

6. Where did the term “barbecue” originate? A.) From Jacque de Barbecuet, the French-born inventor of the BBQ grill. B.) In colonial times, when the grilled dinners were often served at local bars. C.) From the Mayas who cooked over a “barbacoa,” meaning a lattice of thin green sticks hung over an open fire. 7. What’s Bryce’s favorite kind of wood to smoke meat with? (Have you been reading the Inkubator?) A. Hickory B. Apple C. Mesquite D. Hickory

3. What Sugar Ray’s sandwich is a fan favorite for people like C.J. Chenier and, well, EVERYONE? A. Rib tip B. Pulled Pork C. Brisket D. Grilled Chicken

8. Though all are rarer smoking woods, which is a wood NOT to use at all when smoking meat? A. Alder B. Oak C. Maple D. Cedar

Answers on page 31 1. What is the name of the BBQ restaurant soon to inhabit the former Ponderosa / Los Arcos property? A. Bandana’s BBQ B. Ponderosa C. Hickory Park D. Sugar Ray’s

4. What TV chef challenges award-winning BBQ artists to THROWDOWN against him? A. Emeril Legasse B. Justin Wilson C. Wolfgang Puck D. Bobby Flay 5. What is the most popular grill used today? A. The charcoal grill. B. The gas grill. C. The electric grill. D. Smoker

9. What should you not include in any meat rub (unless you’re making jerky)? A. Brown Sugar B. Garlic C. Salt D. Fresh Herbs 10. What is key to choosing flavorful cuts of meat? A. Getting to the store first B. Lean cuts C. Thickness D. Fat marbling

Metaphorically speaking, anyway. The Dubuque Film Society is back again with yet another great film for Dubuque audiences to enjoy. The next installment in the Society’s series is 2007’s Breach, starring Ryan Phillippe and Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, in the 3rd-floor auditorium at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library.

Breach revolves around the true story of FBI agent Robert Hanssen (Cooper) and former IT clerk Eric O’Neill (Philippe), as O’Neill is assigned as Hanssen’s assistant ... but with an ulterior motive, to keep tracks on Hanssen’s activities. As it turns out, Hanssen spent more than 20 years selling top-secret classified information to Russian intelligence, despite his seemingly innocuous exterior and his party-line conservative nature. Indeed, Hanssen was the most prolific enemy spy in the history of the United States. Breach is rated PG-13 and runs 111 minutes. The Dubuque Film Society will donate refreshments, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks as well. For more information about the Dubuque Film Society, visit the Web site at

Who needs France? We’ve got Dubuque! The 9th Annual Tour de Dubuque rides again for Hospice of Dubuque. Open to anyone with a motorcycle, bicycle or classic car, the day is sure to present a lot of fun on Saturday, August 25. The Tour de Dubuque will begin at Kirchhoff Distributing, 5035 Chavanelle Dr., right around noon. This year’s ride for motorcycles and classic cars will head south and be approximately 150 miles total, with a rendezvous point midway with the bicycles in LaMotte. Bicyclists will ride a 31mile route to LaMotte, and a bus will be available to anyone interested in a ride back to Dubuque. The ride will also include stops along the way with all groups meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Knicker’s Saloon on Central Avenue for an awards presentation and prize giveaway. In addition to the great pub grub at Knicker’s, Brian Leib will be hosting a karaoke night from 7 - 11 p.m.

All riders are encouraged to collect pledge money, as all proceeds go to Hospice of Dubuque. For anyone who wishes to ride and has not collected pledges, there will be a $10 entry fee. And anyone who collects $50 or more in pledges will receive a free Tour de Dubuque T-shirt. Route information and pledge sheets are available at Hospice of Dubuque at 2255 Asbury Square, or by logging onto the Web site at www. For more information, contact Kevin Pike from Custom Riders at 563-5827952, Mike Heiring from the Dubuque Bicycle Club at 563-587-1850, or Hospice of Dubuque at 563-582-1220.


7 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 for theme-driven trivia exists ... on the other hand, the RUI crew also threatens you with the possibility of a blindfolded physical challenge. This ain’t your Family Double Dare, kids. Readings Under the Influence takes place on the last Tuesday of every month at the Busted Lift, in the basement of 180 Main. For further information on this crew, check out their MySpace page at

LUI 2 RUI That’s “Listen under the influence to Readings Under the Influence,” okay? The next installment of the monthly anti-open mic night is due up at the Busted Lift on Tuesday, August 28, and this month’s episode will have something of a ... masculine perspective. Masculine as in the verbal stylings of four Dubuque artisans, all of whom vary just a bit from the standard XYchromosome pairing. We’re looking at the poetry of David Stone, the hip-hop weavings of Case the Joint, the words of Bill Jackson, and the audio attitude of Aaron Hefel. As always, the possibility

Stage Wright: Design Work of Jan Lavacek

Stone House Pottery & Gallery Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 7 Stone House Pottery & Gallery hosts an exhibit of scenic design by designer and artist Jan Lavacek for the Galena gallery’s Autumn Art Show. Stage Wright: Design Work of Jan Lavacek is set to open with an artist’s reception Friday, September 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through November 4. A set designer for 17 years, Lavacek will show examples of his scenic design work through an exhibit of models, drawings and photographs. Originally form Yonkers, New York, Lavacek met his wife and theater partner, Carole Sullivan, in 1973 while working at Timberlake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. The duo married in 1975 and settled on a farm

outside Galena. In 1986, Lavacek cofounded the Main Street Players Theatre Company serving as the group’s resident scenic and lighting designer. He has also worked on productions for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the University of Dubuque, Evanston’s Light Opera Works, and the Grand Opera House. Stone House Pottery & Gallery is located at 418 Spring Street (US Highway 20) in Galena. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday by appointment. For more information, call 815-777-0354.


8 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 the second floor warehouse space. Eleven local and regional artists will display a diverse array of work including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and printmaking. V.3 exhibiting artists include Bruce Howdle of Mineral Point, Wisconsin; Yen-Hua Lee, formerly of De Kalb, Illinois; John Kabot of Spring Green, Wisonsin, Joey Wallis and Abby Butcher of Dubuque; Christian Narkiewicz-Laine and John Martinson of Galena, Illinois; Doug Schlesier of Bellevue, Iowa; Anita Jung of Iowa City, Iowa; and Tom Newport of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With most of the artists in attendance, the September 8 opening provides a great opportunity to view the installation and meet the artists. There is an admission charge of $10 that includes food and refreshments.

Voices From the Warehouse District 3 Opening Reception, Saturday, Sept. 8 Voices From the Warehouse District is right around the corner and the anticipation in the Dubuque art community is palpable. The third installment of the Dubuque Museum of Art off-site exhibition is set to open Saturday, September 8, from 7 to 11 p.m. Anyone who experienced the first two warehouse exhibits and associated cultural events understands and no doubt shares in the excitement and anticipation this year’s show is generating. Voices 3 (V.3) promises to be yet another landmark exhibition and series of events in the Dubuque area cultural landscape. Once again the exhibit will be hosted by the Wilmac Property Company Warehouse at 1000 Jackson Street in the 10,000-square-foot space afforded by

In addition to the opening, the Voices warehouse gallery will host a number of special events though the month of September and into October including a City of Dubuque presentation, The Making of an All-American City; a screening of short films by the Chicago Short Film Brigade along with a performance by Chicago-based afro-pop band the Occidental Brothers; a CD release party for Dubuque-based band The Wild Animals (formerly known as the Worn Out Shoes); a birthday party for the Dubuque Arts Council; an Art After Hours event; and a closing party featuring Iowa City reggae band Broke Out Steppers. As an added feature, Loras College and Fly By Night Theater Troupe will be providing short theatrical performances on opening night and during select special events. See the schedule on page 9 for dates, times and details. The Voices warehouse gallery will also be open for viewing free to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. through October 7. Voices From the Warehouse District 3 is presented by the Dubuque Museum of Art and sponsored by Premier Bank, The Iowa Arts Council, Wilmac Property Company, Mission Creative and Francis Henkels Attorney. The seemingly tireless Gene Tully is once again the exhibition’s Guest Curator. Look for more information in the September 6 issue of 365ink or check out



VOICES Schedule of Events Saturday, September 8 Opening and Artist Reception

7 - 11 p.m. $10 donation at the door. Sponsored by Premier Bank.

Sunday, September 9 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 12 The City of Dubuque presents: The Making Of an All-America City

Produced by The City of Dubuque, Dubuque Racing Association, Gary Olsen and Jim Barefoot. Free and open to the public, children and adults welcome. Refreshments provided. Doors open at 6:30, Screening at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 15 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Chicago Short Film Brigade

Screening for ages 15 and up. Doors open at 7, screening at 7:30 p.m. Special musical guest Occidental Brothers. Sponsored by Prudential Financial. Donation at the door.

Sunday, September 16 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Saturday, September 22 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Special Event: 8 p.m., The Wild Animals CD Release Party. Donation at the door.

Sunday, September 23 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, September 28 Birthday Party for DBQ Arts Council. Details TBA.

Saturday, September 29 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Art After Hours, 7 - 11 p.m.

Sponsored by Captain Merry Bistro and Spa. Donation at the door.

Sunday September 30 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Saturday, October 6 Gallery Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Special Event: 7 - 11 p.m.

Closing Party with musical guests Broke Out Steppers. Donation at the Door.

Photos by Ron Tigges /

Sunday, October 7 Gallery Hours 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.



10 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5

Autumn Exhibits Opening Reception, August 30

While the Dubuque Museum of Artsponsored Voices exhibit is set to open September 8 in the Wilmac warehouse, the Locust Street facility is also redecorating for autumn. The Museum will celebrate the opening of three new exhibits with an opening reception scheduled for Thursday, August 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The shows include Hands: Beth Shadur and Petronella Ytsma, Nikolaus Miesing: the Art of Stone, and Regionalist Prints from the Needles Collection.

Hands: Beth Shadur and Petronella Ytsma August 21 – November 4 For the exhibit Hands: Beth Shadur and Petronella Ytsma, the two artists each created a series of works based on the theme of the human hand. Using different media, each has their own interpretation of a familiar and intrinsically human subject. Illinois resident Beth Shadur works in watercolor, collage and mixed media. For Shadur, the hand is an expression of healing that transcends cultural differences. In her colorful work, the hand can be a symbol for protection, prayer, unity, giving, and creating. Petronella Ytsma has called the human hand “the original and ultimate tool.” In a series of black and white photographs titled Treuren, she presents the weathered hands of ordinary working people, sometimes contrasted by the small, flawless hands of infants underlining the hard work people endure to survive. The world may shape their hands while their hands shape their world.

Nikolaus Miesing: The Art of Stone: Aug 28 - Nov. 4 German-born sculptor Nikolaus Miesing, who now lives and works in

Galena, Illinois, work was featured in the Museum’s recent Biennial exhibition. Noted for his Brancusiinspired style, his stone sculpture employs simplified shapes and organic curves that highlight the contrast between light and shadow.

Regionalist Prints from the Needles Collection: Aug 28-Nov. 4 Presented by Loras College as part of its 2007-2008 Arts and Culture Series, Learning Through the Arts, the Museum hosts Regionalist Prints from the Needles Collection, August 28 through November 4. Focusing on Regionalism of the 1930s, the exhibit presents prints of the major artists of the movement, including major lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, along with other Regionalist artists. The exhibit will display over 50 works in the style created primarily by Midwestern American artists interested in work reflective of their heartland roots outside the modernist influence of Europe. In addition to the August 30 opening reception, a panel discussion featuring Belverd Needles Jr., Ph.D., CPA; Randy Lengeling, M.D. of Dubuque; Jim Hayes of Iowa City; and Rachel Stevens, who has written a publication on the exhibition, also of Iowa City, will be held at the Museum Saturday, October 20, at 1:30 p.m. The opening reception for all three exhibitions is scheduled for Thursday, August 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the summer through September, the museum is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Thursdays are also free. Regular admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The museum is located at 701 Locust Street in Dubuque. For more information, visit, or call the Museum of Art at 563-557-1851.


11 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5


Galena celebrates the opening of a new gallery at 120 North Main Street with the Grand Opening of BRIO Studio & Gallery on Saturday, August 25. Dubuque artist Cynthia NelmsByrne will host a “Meet-the-Artist” reception from 1 to 3 p.m. As the gallery’s featured artist, Nelms-Byrne will exhibit her work through Sunday, September 23.  The new gallery opened this spring in downtown Galena under the stewardship of owner Marsha Rinetti. Specializing in original artwork, BRIO represents ten area artists working in a variety of media including drawing, painting, ceramics, blown glass, and photograpy. In addition to Nelms-Byrne, the gallery carries work by Dwain Naragon, Gerard Erley, James Rousonelos, Sandra Principe, Susan Palmer, Abdul Sinno, Nancy Beresford, and Josh Dewall, along with the original work of Marsha Rinetti. The Italian word for life, energy and warmth, “BRIO” is the name Rinetti chose for the gallery as she believes “that is what art is all about.” The gallery grew out of Rinetti’s love for art, in part inspired by her mother Viola. A self-taught artist, Viola sold paintings and taught art classes in the family dining room to pay for her daughter’s college tuition. Using the dining room as a studio, Viola’s easel was always set up “except for holiday dinners.”

Rinetti, a certified public accountant and certified managerial accountant with an M.B.A. has no formal training in art. In addition to experience in corporate training and public accounting, she formerly served as Vice President of BroMenn Healthcare in Normal, Illinois where she was responsible for fundraising and operations of the BroMenn Foundation. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Business Administration at Clarke College until her retirement. In addition to painting and managing BRIO, Rinetti also writes a monthly column, “The Accidental Artist.” Nelms-Byrne formerly operated the Main Gallery and Studio in Dubuque and now works with a group of artists at The Art Studio in Fountain Park. Her exhibit at BRIO will include new abstract paintings inspired by landscapes, poetry and music using a contrasting palette of warm and cool tones. “In all of my paintings, I am concerned with color, composition, light, and the emotions evoked by those elements,” explained NelmsByrne, “It’s amazing how different each viewer’s emotions are to a specific piece.” Primarily self-taught, she works in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, graphite, digital, mixed media and colored pencil in styles ranging from realism to abstraction.

Dave Matthews Band •Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI •Sunday, August 26 Joan Osborne • Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, WI • Monday, August 27 Velvet Revolver • First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, Tinley Park, Chicago • Tuesday, August 28 The Allman Btothers Band • Rosemont Theater, Il • Wednesday, August 29 Alice in Chains • The Rave/Eagle’s Club, Milwaukee • Friday, August 31 Rush • Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI • Thursday, September 6th Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals • Chicago Theater • Thursday, September 6 Rush • First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, Chicago, IL • Saturday, September 8th Aerosmith • Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL • Monday, September 10 Buddy Guy • Potawatami Casino • Friday, September 14 Powerman 5000 • The Pearl Room, Mokena, IL • Saturday, September 15 Ani Difranco • Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA Tuesday, September 18 Gordon Lightfoot • Weill Center, Sheboygan, WI • Thursday, September 20 Michael W. Smith • Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA •Friday, September 21 Steve Vai • House of Blues, Chicago, IL • Friday, September 21 Alan Parsons Live Project •Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, WI • Friday, September 28 George Clinton • Potawatami Casino • Wednesday, October 5 REO Speedwagon • The Meadows, Altoona, IA • Friday, October 5 Mannheim Steamroller • Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA • Friday, October 5 Bad Religion • The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI • Sunday, October 7 Genesis • United Center, Chicago, IL • Tuesday, Oct. 2 • Wednesday, October 3 Widesopread Panic • Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA • Wednesday, October 17 Blue Man Group • LaCrosse Center, LaCrosse, WI • Thursday, October 18 Blue Man Group • i Wireless Center (The Mark), Moline, IL • Friday, October 19 Carlos Mencia Live • Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA • Saturday, November 10 Switchfoot & Reliant K • i Wireless Center (The mark), Moline, IL • Sunday, November 11 Brian Setzer Orchestra X-Mas Show • Potawatami Casino • Tuesday, December 4

Iowa State Irish Feis Dance Competition September 8, 2007 All Day Event. Doors at 8:00 a.m. BRIO is located at 120 N. Main Street, Galena on the upper level. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily, except Tuesday and Wednesday, and by appointment. For more information, call 815776-1010, or visit BRIO’s web site at for a full list of events and examples of artwork.

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Mon., Oct. 1, 2007

My Little Pony LIVE! Oct. 3 & 4, 2007 @ 7pm Five Flags Arena

Broadway’s Peter Pan Musical!

October 28, 2007 at 7:30pm Five Flags Theater -Tix Sept. 10


12 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5

all your needs are covered. Just bring a lawn chair!


‘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. 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.


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.

August 25 and 26 will mark the 2nd Annual New Diggings Music Festival, brought to you by the New Diggings General Store & Inn and Anton’s Saloon. The two days will feature a boatload of live music, beginning at noon on Saturday, August 25, with Julien’s Bluff playing until 4 p.m., followed by the Barstool Bob Blues Band (featuring members of Ernie and the Poor Boys). At 9 to the music of Zero 2 Sixty at the Diggs and at Anton’s, you can catch the Fever River String Band. Sunday will offer Laura and the Longhairs (Laura McDonald with Jimmy Berg and Andy Steil) playing from noon to 4 p.m., and the always rockin’ Mighty Short Bus will perform from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Enjoy burgers, brats, smoked sausage, beef sandwiches, barbecue pork sandwiches, root beer floats, cold beer ... don’t worry,

movie without popcorn?) are free, and discussion will be encouraged.


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 - 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, Becky McMahon, 3rd Fridays, Kuepers - Dickeyville, WI, 9p.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.

Admission to the music festival is free, and campgrounds are freely available as well. The festival is sponsored by the Sandy Hook Tavern, Doolittle’s in Cuba City, Robbin’s Motor Sports, Will Farms and Trucking, Gangsters and H&M Distributing. For more information, contact the New Diggings General Store at 608965-3231, or e-mail Familes are welcome to join in on a weekend full of fun.

Movie Time @ the Library! If you’re looking for a way to pass a quiet Thursday evening, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library has your answer. The library will be showing the classic 1975 film The Passenger on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Auditorium. Admission and snacks (what’s a

The Passenger is a drama starring Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. Nicholson stars as David Locke, a television reporter on assignment in the Sahara Desert, reporting on the guerilla fighting taking place in the ravaged area. After getting lost in the desert, feeling desolate, he returns to hotel room and discovers that the man staying in the room next to his has died. Realizing that he shares a very similar appearance with the dead man and not wanting to deal with the burdens of his own life anymore, he decides to abandon his identity and assume the life of the deceased. He takes the man’s passport, his luggage and his appointment schedule, and he leaves Africa. The struggles he faces while trying to shift himself into this new personality will haunt him as he encounters a young woman (Schneider) who both puzzles and intrigues him. The Passenger is rated PG-13 and runs 119 minutes.For more information, call the Library Information Desk at 563589-4225, option 4, or visit the Library’s Adult Services Programs page online at


13 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5

some classic rock fun from Mama’s Puddin’ at 8 p.m.

The cow says ... moo! And so can you, if you make plans to attend Platteville Dairy Days 2007, set to be held September 7 - 9 at Legion Field in Platteville. Dairy Days is an annual cultural celebration held in Platteville, now known as the “Udder Fair” for 60 years running. This year promises to be no exception to the consistent offerings of family fun, with carnival rides from Christian Amusements, an antique / craft and flea market, concessions, a beer tent, and a whole lot more. On Friday, visitors can check out a fantasy truck pull at 7 p.m., a horseshoe tournament at the same time, and then

Saturday will be packed! A Badger Camp bike ride will take off at 8 a.m. from Smith Park, and a Dairy Days Parade will roll down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. (It does pay to get up early.) 4-H exhibits will be on display in the Art Hall from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and local artist Kevin Wilder will be drawing caricatures from noon - 4 p.m. A dairy show will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by a bean bag tournament at 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, there will be a host of entertainment on the Main Stage and the East Stage. On the Main Stage, attendees can see performances from hypnotist Sami Dare at 1 and 4 p.m., with 365’s very own Ralph Kluseman strumming his guitar at 2:45 p.m. There will be a Dilly Bar eating contest at 2:15, as well. Over on the East Stage, Ralph will play at 1 p.m., and a hometown talent showcase will happen at 2 p.m., followed by the beautiful music of Melanie Sue Mausser at 3:30 p.m. The University of Wisconsin - Platteville’s Jazz Ensemble will take the stage at 5 p.m., with a hot dog eating contest at 5:15 p.m. and a “balanced man” service auction at 6 p.m. Melanie returns to the stage at 7 p.m., and the Nob Hill Boys will close out the night, beginning at 8 p.m.

Dairy Days will draw to a close on Sunday, beginning with the Southwest Auto Club Show from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and a Mound City S.C. horse shot at 9 a.m. Lyle Foley and Jokers Wild will be on at 1 p.m., alongside a dairyland antique tractor pull at the same time. Bingo will be held from 1 - 3 p.m., and fire department water fights will be fought at 2 p.m.

Three days of good, family-friendly fun, including a historic encampment all three days at Mound View Park. Go ahead, embrace the milk and the cheese! For more information on Dairy Days, check out 365’s Platteville endeavor,


14 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5

The summer months are wrap- p i n g up, and soon we will have that dastardly villain known as autumn confronting us. But that doesn’t mean we have to lie down and take it! No, sir, we are going to end this summer with a bang, an explosion ... a blast, if you will! Two great festivals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, in the Port of Dubuque ... and they’re going to rock the waters. First up is a two-day celebration known as Summer’s Last Blast, and on that Saturday, audiences can enjoy the entire daylong celebration known as the Irish Hooley.

For the first time ever, Summer’s Last Blast is a free event. And it wouldn’t be Summer’s Last Blast without charitable drives, this year going towards Hospice of Dubuque and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. A classic car and motorcycle ride, the Tour de Dubuque, is the primary fundraiser this year, with 250 - 300 classic cars and bikes expected. As always, all your favorite food vendors will be showing off some food down at the Port ... so mark your calendars for some hard rockin’ good times with more than 3,000 people down at the Ice Harbor parking lot.

Now in its 8th year, Summer’s Last Blast has been a long-standing production of Music & More Promotions, which, as detailed in a previous issue of 365ink, actually kicked off with the very first Summer’s Last Blast. The event has long been a source of fundraising for community nonprofits and it also draws a huge crowd to the parking lot of the 3rd Street Ice Harbor museum parking lot. This year is set to be no exception.

So, how does one go about hooleying, exactly? Simple! With only a $5 admission, one goes down to the Alliant Amphitheater and does so by 1:30 p.m. in order to catch Pat Reidy and the Lads, playing until 3 p.m. The Lads have carved out for themselves a welldeserved reputation around the Tri-State area as one of the premier Irish party bands in all the land, playing a great mix of both Irish ballads and folk songs as well as American folk classics. You haven’t partied Irishstyle until you’ve done the alligator song with these guys. After the Lads have finished their set, Dubuque’s own Claddagh Irish Dancers will take the stage at 3 p.m. for the first of two performances during the day. Both hard- and soft-shoe dance numbers will be on tap. Sean McRactagan, a 20-year recon Marine veteran who has traded in his binoculars for a guitar, will play from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Hailing from Minnesota, McRactagan tours for most of the year, playing both 6- and 12-string guitars, the banjo and the bodhran, with a repertoire spanning ballads, Scottish and Australian folk music, and sea chanties. The Irish Dancers will perform one more time after McRactagan’s set, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. From then it’s all music, all night long.

Friday night will feature the party rock of the Rocket Surgeons, with the cute and cuddly Bryce Parks (Tim’s fired!) rocking out with his Paul Reed Smith, followed by a reunion of the band Middletown, and then area favorites The LoveMonkeys will be closing out the night. The Surgeons and the LoveMonkeys kicked off the summer at the Budweiser Kickoff to Summer, and if the amount of people who packed the streets back then are any indication, the crowd will be huge. Summer’s Last Blast is also known for its headline acts year after year, and the Saturday show will bring fans of heavy rock to their feet, with Jabherbox, Johnny Trash ... and Kip Winger. Yes, that Kip Winger.

The nightlife begins at 5:30 p.m. with Wylde Nept, an Irish band from the Cedar Rapids area. Their lineup includes both traditional Irish songs (including a killer rendition of “Johnny Jump Up”) as well as some truly inspiring originals, and the band’s ability to instantly connect and interact with a crowd is astounding. And finally, from 8 - 10 p.m., headlining band Gaelic Storm will close out the night with a rocking performance. Gaelic Storm first got its big burst of fame as the deck band in Titanic, and from there it’s been nowhere but straight up, up and away. There will

be a host of other offerings at the Irish Hooley, including Irish and American food offerings, a wine tasting brought to you by Stone Cliff Winery, children’s games and events, cultural exhibits and foreign travel information, merchandise vendors and a silent auction. There will also be a raffle for a 1-week self-drive vacation for two to Ireland! Tickets will be $1 each, or $7 for 5. Thanks to those folks at Shamrock Imports, rest assured that no aspect of Irish culture will go overlooked at the Hooley. For any questions or more information, call Shamrock Imports at 563-583-5000. Again, the admission to the Hooley is only $5 for all those great offerings. Slainte! Between all the party rock and roll that you could ever ask for, and a perfect celebration of Irish music, dance and culture, the Port of Dubuque is the place to be on August 24 and 25. Two great festivals in the Port of Dubuque on the same weekend. How can you possibly say no?


15 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 of the road. Billed as “the heaviest rock duo on earth” on their new and engagingly bizarre web site, one wonders if it could be true. But hearing their tracks online, or especially if you have the opportunity to see them live, with Donny Moon bringing the thick, fuzz-tone guitar riffs and man-on-fire (in love) vocals and Jon Eagle pounding out the funky backwoods drum grooves, they just might be right.


with Lions, Old Panther, Paleo Saturday, September 1, Busted Lift

by Aaron Hefel Rock and roll will live again Saturday, September 1, at 9 p.m. at The Busted Lift. After a quiet, engaging set by Brooklyn, New York’s Paleo, the stage will be set and volume levels raised. Local rockers Old Panther play first, looking to debut new material in between songs they’ve been perfecting for the last year. The band cites influences such as Elvis Costello, Husker Du, mid-period Wilco, and ‘70s guitar rock. We’ll see if they even come close. Third on the bill is Lions, an Austin, Texas, glam rock and roll band. The band capitalizes on a sound mixing ‘70s punk, psychedelia, arena rock swagger and southern sensibility. Headlining will be Cincinnati, Ohio’s Pearlene. Pearlene has graced the stage of The Busted Lift twice in the past and is looking to make the third a shakin’ dance party. Rough soul grooves provide an ample backdrop to Ruben Glaser’s wailing howl. From rave-ups to breakups, the band is what rock and roll should sound like. The band is for fans of The Rolling Stones, Dave Zollo, Led Zeppelin, Thee Shams, and mid-’60s soul.

The Wild Animals with the Scarring Party Saturday, August 25, Isabella’s By Mike Ironside On Saturday, August 25, the laidback lounge known as Isabella’s will be transformed into a curious cabaret of vaudevillian spectacle and sonic mayhem as the Scarring Party share the stage with The Wild Animals. The Wild Animals, released from their cages and fresh from their tour of parts east and south, return home to crank up the vintage amps and regale us with new tunes and tales

The duo used to go by the name Worn Out Shoes, and recently tried on a series of temporary names until they finally arrived, realizing their true natures and accepting their new name: The Wild Animals. Newly monikered, they escaped to an undisclosed location – some sort of disused farmhouse near the river – where they recorded their new EP with a variety of vintage gear. Gear which included some mics they say they “happened upon strangely” as the sound engineer from the Royal Albert Hall in London “had just recently passed away.” Oh really? Regardless of how they “found” them, having been around since the 1950s, these mics have probably recorded some interesting and legendary sessions. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because the mics apparently work perfectly to record The Wild Animals going apeshit in a farmhouse, and if you think you might like that sort of thing you should go see them live, because you probably will. Also performing will be Milwaukee quintet the Scarring Party. An extremely unique band (file under vaudeville-core?), one can image the Scarring Party sharing a room in a shabby hotel next to the Squirrel Nut Zippers and just down the hall from Tom Waits and Murray Head. Over instrumentation that includes tuba, accordion, banjo, and on occasion, toy pianos and typewriters, singer Daniel Bullock croons through a hand-built copper microphone that sounds like he’s broadcasting from a 1920s music hall over a 1930s radio set. I just might put on my spats and gloves and get to Isabella’s early for a champagne cocktail at one of the tables down front.

Friday, August 24

Sunday, August 26

A Pirate Over 50 Mid-Town Marina, 7 - 11 PM Okham’s Razor Grape Escape, 8 - 11 PM Ken Wheaton Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM Billy Lee Janey Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM Apple Dumplin’s Sandy Hook, 10 PM - 2 AM

New Diggings Music Festival New Diggings, 12 - 8 PM

Saturday, August 25

Wednesday, August 29

New Diggings Music Festival New Diggings, 12 PM - 12 AM

The Wundo Band Pizzeria Uno, 8 PM - 12 AM

Irish Hooley - Gaelic Storm Alliant Amphitheater, 1 - 10 PM

The Dert Tones Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

Summer’s Last Blast Jabherbox, Johnny Trash, Kip Winger Port of DBQ, 5 - 11 PM

Thursday, August 30

Ralph Kluseman Grand Harbor, 5:30 - 9:30 PM Melanie Mausser Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM

Thursday, August 23

Thursday, August 23

The Wild Animals Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Ken Wheaton Grand Harbor, 5:30 - 9:30 PM

Tony Walker Dirty Ernie’s, 9 PM - 1 AM

Artie & the Pink Catillacs 3100 Club, 8 PM - 12 AM

Live Jazz Timbers, P-ville, 7 - 10:30 PM

Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 7:30 - 11:30 PM

Blue Willow Potter’s Mille, 8 PM - 12 AM

Paul McHugh Irish Cottage, 8 PM - 12 AM

Friday, August 24

The Legend Henry’s Pub, 8 PM - 12 AM

365 Lunchtime Jam Town Clock, 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Paul McHugh Irish Cottage, 8 PM - 12 AM

Mr. Obvious Music in the Park, 7 - 8:30 PM

Summer’s Last Blast Rocket Sugeons, Middletown, Love Monkeys, Port of DBQ, 5 - 11 PM

The Thieves Grape Harbor, 9 PM - 12 AM

Open Mic Night Isabella’s, 7:30 - 11:30 PM

Big Muddy Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Live Music Stone Cliff Winery @ Star-Brewery 9 PM - 12 AM

The Thieves Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM

Searson Irish Cottage, 6 - 10 PM Live Jazz Timbers, P-ville, 7 - 10:30 PM The Lovin’ Spoonful Grand Opera House, 7 - 10 PM Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 7:30 - 11:30 PM Nick Strika Grand Harbor, 5:30 - 9:30 PM ‘Round Midnight Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM A Pirate Over 50 Gin Rickeys, 9 PM - 12 AM

Friday, August 31 365 Lunchtime Jam Town Clock, 11:30 AM - 1 PM Big Muddy Isabella’s, 8 PM - 12 AM

Friday, August 31

Sunday, Sept. 2

Friday, Sept. 7

Betty & the Headlights New Diggings, 3:30 - 7:30 PM

James Kinds & the All-Night Riders Da Vinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM

Peter Yeates Irish Cottage, 6 - 9 PM

Badfish Municipal Lot, Bellevue, 6 - 9 PM

Saturday, Sept. 8 Sid V & the Human Resources Grand Harbor, 5:30 - 9:30 PM Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

Dick Sturman Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM

The Legends Henry’s Pub, 6 - 10 PM Okham’s Razor Eagle Ridge, 6 - 9 PM

Mixed Emotions DBQ Driving Range, 8 PM - 12 AM Motorhome Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

A Pirate Over 50 Mid-Town Marina, 7 - 11 PM

Throwdown BBQ Cookoff Grand Harbor Resort Apple Dumplin’s, 4:30 - 6:30 PM 50-Pound Rooster, 7 - 11 PM

Peter Yeates Irish Cottage, 8 - 11 PM

Jabberbox / L.O.C. Farley Labor Day Bash, 8 PM - 12 AM

Zero 2 Sixty Denny’s Lux Club, 9 PM - 1 AM

John Moran Grape Harbor, 8 PM - 12 AM

Tony Walker Sandy Hook, 8 PM - 12 AM

Corey Jenny Da Vinci’s, 9 PM - 1 AM

The Dert Tones Murph’s South End Tap, 9 PM - 1 AM

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Steven Shepard Isabella’s, 9 PM - 1 AM

Saturday, Sept. 1

Live on Main Comedy Bricktown, 9 - 11 PM

Johnny Trash DBQ Fairgrounds, 9 PM - 1 AM

Bill Encke & Pab Adams Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM

The Dert Tones Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

LiviN’ Large Jumpers, 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM

The Wundo Band Pizzeria Uno, 8 PM - 12 AM

Live Music Stone Cliff Winery @ Star-Brewery 9 PM - 12 AM

The Legends Summer Blast, Dickeyville, 7 - 11 PM Country Tradition Mooney Hollow Barn, 8 PM - 12 AM Peter Yeates Irish Cottage, 8 - 11 PM L.O.C. (Left of Center) Yardarm, 8 PM - 12 AM Okham’s Razor Grape Escape, 8:30 - 11:30 PM The Do-Overs Pit Stop, 9 PM - 1 AM Richter Scale Dog House Lounge, 9 PM - 1 AM Pearlene Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM Throwdown BBQ Cookoff Grand Harbor Resort Just Cuz 5:30-7:30 PM Betty & the Headlights, 8 - 11 PM Fall Music on Main Main St., Galena, 5 - 10 PM Live Music Stone Cliff Winery @ Star-Brewery, 9 PM - 12 AM

Live Music Stone Cliff Winery @ Star-Brewery 9 PM - 12 AM

Thursday, Sept. 6 Okham’s Razor Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM Live Riverwalk Music Grand Harbor, 5:30 - 9:30 PM Live Jazz Timbers, P-ville, 7:30 - 10:30 PM

Julien’s Bluff Dog House Lounge, 9 PM - 1 AM

Sunday, Sept. 9 Mississippi Band New Diggings, 3 - 7 PM

Wednesday, Sept. 12 The Wundo Band Pizzeria Uno, 8 PM - 12 AM The Dert Tones Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 7:30 - 11:30 PM

Live Music Stone Cliff Winery @ Star-Brewery 9 PM - 12 AM

Danny Santos Isabella’s, 7:30 - 11:30 PM

Thursday, Sept. 13

Friday, Sept. 7

John Moran Captain Merry, 6 - 9 PM

365 Lunchtime Jam Town Clock, 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Live Riverwalk Music Grand Harbor, 5:30 - 9:30 PM

Dubuque ... and All That Jazz! feat. Baaro, Town Clock, 5 - 9 PM

Isabella’s Open Mic Isabella’s, 7:30 - 11:30 PM

Paul Mayasich Blues Band Busted Lift, 9 PM - 1 AM

Open Mic Night Grape Harbor, 7:30 - 11:30 PM

JAYCEE EVENT CALENDAR Saturday August 25, Haunted Forest Setup. It starts today, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YMCA Union Park Camp, 15976 JFK Road. Sunday, August 26, Summer Appreciation Picnic. Join us at noon for the big shindig at Eagle Point Park as the group thanks all who volunteered at Jaycee events this summer. Friday, Sept. 7, Dubuque...and All That Jazz Serve some cold beverages with the Jaycees at the last Jazz of the season. Have some fun, meet some new people and raise money for some great community projects. Thursday September 13, Jaycee Power Lunch Series. Noon - 1 pm at Da Vinci’s, 395 W 9th St. Guest speaker is Mayor Roy Buol. Open to the public. $10 (Buy 1, bring a guest for free!) Thursday September 13, Financial Planning 101 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at J.C. Clubhouse 515 W. 8th. How do I get where want to be on a budget? Sunday September 16, Baseball Bus Trip. Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds. Tailgating before the game. All Jaycees and friends are welcome.  $25 includes your ticket, bus fare and all the food and beverages. RSVP to by August 31. Thursday, September, 20, General Membership Meeting. 7 p.m. at the clubroom 815 W. 8th Street. All are welcome. Come discover the Jaycees. Bring a friend!



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Superbad - A film by Greg Mattola Fresh off producing hits like The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen continue to roll with the teen sex-comedy / coming of age romp, Superbad. Yes, I used the word “romp.” Move over, Gene Shalit. In Superbad, two best friends are about to finish high school and head in different directions for college. Before they go, they have one very important goal to achieve: To score with the girls of their dreams. But in order to go to a party at one of the girls’ houses, they have to first score the alcohol. Enter their friend with the fake I.D. which has a single name on it: “McLovin’.” Enter two crazy cops. It’s pretty crazy. But in the process, they come to terms with themselves and what’s really important in life. The buzz has been high on this movie for some time and we had been looking forward to it. Certainly we were not looking for or expecting Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, but were were looking to laugh our heads off and we did. There was a little lull in the middle when the movie went in kind of a Harold & Kumar direction before saving itself in the end. The slapstick was not nearly as funny as the genuine interactions between the friends. The writers of the film started working on it in high school and years later, as fame has already begun to shine on them, they have unleashed their ode to growing up in the modern era. It seems like a completely overthe-top look at what boys think in high school, but it’s really not too far off the mark. The biggest thing is that it stays at a perverted fever pitch the whole time, showing us clearly that the guys who talk the most smack about sex and objectify women are clearly the ones with the least personal experience in the field. So after finding it, at first, uncommonly up-front and in your face hilarious, it becomes a little emotionally sad as it wears on, to discover that this blind view of relationships might be someone’s reality. In the end, this potty-mouthed trip through adolescence is a perfect mixture of sweetness and raunch. It’s not for everyone, to be sure (leave Mom at home), but it’s most definitely for us. Get ready for a whole new round of catchphrases to replace Napoleon Dynamite. I have to think that this will stick as a defining film for today’s adolescent generation.

War (8/24) Buzz: FRESH After an FBI agent’s family and his partner are apparently killed by an infamous and elusive Chinese assassin, he becomes obsessed with revenge and seeks vengeance upon those who took his loved ones. When he finally comes face-to-face with the assassin, they both discover shocking truths about their pasts. Jet Li, Jason Statham. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (8/24) NO BUZZ YET A sequel to the 1997 film Bean. Rowan Atkinson reprises his role as the well-meaning, bumbling fool Mr. Bean, who finds himself the winner of a church raffle, with a train journey to Cannes, a brand-new video camera, and 200 euros. Through the many trials and tribulations that one can expect in any adventure with Bean, after a series of mishaps with a commercial producer, his video diaries somehow wind up as a world-premiere feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Halloween (8/31) Buzz: ROTTEN As if offending the entire horror genre with The Devil’s Rejects wasn’t bad enough, director Rob Zombie returns with a remake of John Carpenter’s classic. You know the premise: After being committed for years after murdering his sister, psychotic Michael Myers is mistakenly released from the mental institution and returns home to wreak havoc.

Balls of Fury (8/31) Buzz: ROTTEN

Randy Daytona, a star in the underground world of table tennis competition, has seen his fame decrease and luck turn sour. He attempts to recapture his former glory but is soon confronted by the FBI and asked to go undercover to smoke out a notorious criminal and pingpong lord called Feng. He teams up with a blind pingpong sage to complete his secret mission.

Death Sentence (8/17) NO BUZZ YET

When a man’s son is killed by gangbangers, he seeks justice. It comes to him in the form of violence, which simultaneously gives him the relief he’s looking for and puts his family on a path towards death, as the rest of the gang comes looking for revenge.



RottenTomatoes collects the thoughts of dozens of movie reviewers across the country and averages their scores into a fresh or rotten rating. If a movie gets 60% or higher positive reviews, it is FRESH!

- Dinosaurs ... with guns? That’s the buzz surrounding the latest script for Jurassic Park 4. Supposedly, the plot will center on dinosaurs that have been trained by the military to carry weapons and go into field combat. Naturally, the dinos get a bit ornery and then it’s up to the humans to save the day. Supposedly, Steven Spielberg has had this idea ever since JP2! - Satirist / comedian Bill Maher has announced his next project, a documentary titled Religulous (a portmanteau of “religious” and “ridiculous”). The movie will follow Maher’s take on the current state of world religion, traveling to such exotic locations as Jerusalem, Vatican City and Salt Lake City. Other locations include the Wailing Wall, inside the Vatican and the dome of the rock. The movie will be released next Easter. - Director Martin Scorsese has bailed from his current project, throwing its entire status into limbo. He had been set to reunite with star Robert De Niro for the Mafia drama The Winter of Frankie Machine, a story about the twilight days of a retired hitman for the mob. The script was developed by Brian Koppelman and David Levine in conjunction with De Niro prior to Scorsese’s involvement. The project is on hold. - The first one was almost amusing and the second one was just downright painful ... so what’s the logical step? Make a third one, naturally! Better Off Dead director Steve Holland has been hired to direct another entry in the Legally Blonde franchise. Titled Legally Blondes, the film will likely feature Reese Witherspoon. - Warner Bros. is moving ahead on a long-anticipated adaptation of Justice League. A script has been approved, featuring The Flash, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern, Aquaman, Superman and Batman. Production is on the fast track, scheduled to begin as soon as January 2008, to head off a pending writers’ strike.

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Art@your library

cartoons, and hand-lettered signs. His growing interest in art led him to classes at Clarke and Loras College, where he received a BA in art in 1996.

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept. 7

His experience with metal seemed to lead him naturally to sculpture. His work is crafted from thin sheets of steel and


September Exhibit: Tim Olsen and Jim Ehlinger The September exhibit in the CarnegieStout Public Library’s continuing Art@ your libraryTM series will feature the paintings of Tim Olsen and sculpture of Jim Ehlinger. The exhibit is part of the year-long celebration of the arts known as “A year of Art@your library.” An opening reception for the exhibit, held in the Library’s historic Rotunda on Friday, September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will provide an opportunity to meet the artists. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Painter Tim Olsen worked in a variety of roles before he found his niche – groundskeeper, bookstore clerk, factory worker, a printer of obscene valentine photographs and what he describes as “other glamorous jobs.” Born in Marathon, he grew up in Iowa but lived for twenty years in Los Angeles and Chicago before returning to Iowa in 2002, moving to Dubuque with his wife, Chris, and son, Dean.

Olsen attended Loras College, receiving his BA in 2004, and since has become an active and successful painter, mounting three solo shows in the Tri-State area and exhibiting work in group shows in Brooklyn; New York; Bethesda and Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago and Chicago Heights, Illinois; Marshfield, Wisconsin; Lexington, Kentucky; Sioux City and Dubuque, Iowa. 2007 might be his best year yet. Not only was he honored with Second Place Juror Awards at the Dubuque Museum of Art and Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, Illinois for his paintings, but his daughter Lena was born. Jim Ehlinger has in many ways been a life-long artist. During his thirty-seven year career as a maintenance welder at the John Deere factory in Dubuque, he created “many imaginative tools, vessels, carts and myriad other accoutrements for manufacturing” but also dabbled in other media honoring requests from friends for paintings, drawings,

copper which he bends and shapes by hand into both representational and abstract forms. He uses an acetylene torch to bring out colors in the metal, finishing the work with a urethane or clear powder coat. Ehlinger has shown work at a number of local galleries, including the Dubuque Museum of Art. Currently, his sculpture can be seen at Upstart Crow Fine Art and Steve’s Ace Garden Center in Dubuque, and at the Pegasus Gallery in West Des Moines. Ehlinger is a strong believer in the power and importance of art. “The human need to remember, imagine and record, which gave rise to writing and numbers, was first expressed through art,” he expains in his artist statement. “Prehistoric cave drawings existed before alphabets and ciphers were invented. Art was no mere invention, but the spontaneous expression of our need to remember and imagine. Artists express and record emotion, imagination and ideas; make visible that which is invisible.” Art @your library™ is a program of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in partnership with twenty local artists. Monthly exhibits through 2007 will feature a variety of artwork, ranging from watercolors, sculpture and oil paintings, to quilting and pottery. In addition to Tim Olson and Jim Ehlinger, exhibiting artists include John Anderson-Bricker, John Bissell, Aaron Butcher, Gail Chavenelle, Odra Eberhardt, Tom Gibbs, Donna Gibson, Ada Kauffman, Dave Kettering, Sharon Krapfl, Ioana Mamali, Stormy Mochal, Teri Mozena, Cynthia Nelms-Byrne, Abigail Robertson-Butcher, Elizabeth Robertson, Rich Robertson, Gene Tully, Joan DuBay Tully, and Rosanne Wilgenbush. The Library’s gallery area on the second floor will serve as the exhibition space. Guests are encouraged to enter the library through the library’s historic front doors. Call the Carnegie-Stout Public Library at 589-4225, option 7 for more info.


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Cool Schools: Kids for Climate Protection by Mayor Roy D. Buol This past June, during a meeting at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Redmond, Washington’s Mayor Rosemarie Ives called upon mayors “to bust the paradigm” and get schools and kids more engaged in climate protection awareness and activities. I am pleased to report that in Dubuque, through the oversight of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, we DO have such an initiative underway in our elementary schools called “Green Vision Education!” Bev Wagner, the DMASWA Education and Communication Coordinator, shared that a pilot program was begun last year which invites our area schools to become Green Vision Education Schools, and help to impact our community by setting the standard for environmental awareness, pollution prevention and waste reduction in the area. The program is designed so “our school age children can learn that caring about our environment can be fun and educational.” Most of all, it means protecting our valuable natural resources and helping our families and others improve their environmental practices. Green Vision Education Schools practice pollution prevention, recycling, energy efficiency, and waste / toxins reduction! The program has received tremendous support from both the Dubuque Community School District and the Holy Family Catholic School District. Bev shared that, currently, Marshall Elementary, Washington Middle School, Resurrection Elementary and Table Mound Elementary are in the program. Schools that have made commitments to join the program this fall include Wahlert High School, St. Columbkille Elementary and Mazzuchelli Middle School. The Green Vision Education Award is

given to schools that demonstrate a strong environmental ethic, e.g. stewardship throughout the school building and grounds, as well as education and outreach. Any school interested in participating in the program should contact the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency’s Education Office to arrange a meeting with school staff. Maintaining the award recognition involves working toward one project patch each year (after receiving their initial award) which is focused on a specific topic area. Progress Patches are sponsored by various community partners. The Durrant Group, for example, reviews efforts on pollution prevention and energy conservation incorporated in green building design to award a progress patch. The Dubuque County Conservation Board and Iowa Department of Natural Resources review sustainability and resource conservation inclusion in the curriculum and the school community. Every day we read, hear or experience the impact of global warming. Just this past Saturday in the Telegraph Herald, there was a report from the Associated Press entitled, “Arctic Sea Ice at Record Low.” The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Friday that there is less Arctic sea ice than ever on record, and the melting is continuing. The article goes on to say, “The polar regions have been of concern to climate specialists studying global warming because those regions are expected to feel the impact of climate change sooner.” Programs that challenge schools and educate students on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can and will make a difference because education is the most cost effective form of mitigation. Students will educate their parents, will learn there are solutions to global warming, and will embrace the fact that addressing global warming provides an economic opportunity for their generation. Global climate change is the “silent spring” of this generation. Students want to be a part of the solution. Let’s not ignore them.





Mainlining Magazines Magazines are my weakness. When I have too many magazines, I despair I’ll never get through them. But when I’ve finished reading all the ones in the house, I can hardly think what to do with myself. Weekly Reader was my gateway drug, and oh, what a treat that was. As I recall, it came out only in the summer, and certainly helped pass those long days when I was probably missing school, though I never would have admitted it. Soon enough, I grew up enough to fall in love with the Beatles and to need that bible of fandom, 16 Magazine. News on John’s baby! Photos of Paul’s girlfriend! I couldn’t get enough. Seventeen, though, was a different breed, my first beauty and fashion periodical. It meant to change me with persuasive advice on my hair, my makeup, all the improvable parts of my body. I loved sending away for the free samples offered in the back pages – a new shampoo for 10 cents, a pamphlet on hairstyles for a self-addressed stamped envelope. I’d send my orders off before I left for Girl Scout camp and delight in the booty that awaited my return. Granted, I was all of twelve when I began walking to the drug store for my monthly fix, and back then, it was a very different publication. Seventeen, along with a lot of others, used to contain astonishing amounts of fiction and poetry. Good Housekeeping, believe it or not, included a short novel at the end of every issue, and the writing wasn’t half bad. I miss that golden age, when you could find a beautifully crafted story alongside a beautifully coifed model. Soon enough, I graduated to Glamour

and Mademoiselle, slightly older versions of Seventeen with a bit more focus on careers and “young men.” On school days, my mother would put my mail on my bed, and I loved coming home to find both of these had arrived on the same day. Yet I didn’t give up one for the others. I simply added on. Reading these magazines had another, unexpected, consequence. With offices situated almost exclusively in New York,

I began to yearn to be there myself, though the farthest I had traveled until college was a small lake in northern Minnesota. I decided I belonged in New York, strolling past the offices of Condé Nast (still one of the biggest publishers of popular magazines) with my upto-the minute mini-dress and patterned tights and boots. I belonged behind a desk there, pounding out copy on deadline, or spouting opinions á la Dorothy Parker at some upscale hotel bar. Alas, it was not to be. But I kept reading magazines. As I grew older and my life expanded, I added Rolling Stone, Harpers, Esquire, even Cosmopolitan for a regrettable few months. When I married, I started subscribing to most of the magazines my mother had taught me a housewife should read: Good Housekeeping (bereft of their novellas, unfortunately), Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal. I would pick up Family Circle and Woman’s Day at the grocery store every other week just as she had. I even ordered Bon Appetit and Gourmet and spent inordinate hours clipping and filing and even, occasionally,

trying out recipes for my husband and children. I might have been the only woman in my small Colorado town who subscribed to both Vogue and the New York Times Book Review. Having children only gave me an excuse to order more magazines. I got them Sesame Street and the Electric Company, while adding Parents to my own groaning list. I knew who I was – sort of – even if I confused the mailman. I don’t know when it started to seem like more of a burden than a delight to have all this reading material in the house. (You have to understand, this was all just the magazines. I also had a sizable, and growing, library of actual books.) Maybe it was when some of the fashion magazines began to grow as large as the Sears catalog. Maybe it was when my collection of recipes yielded twelve versions of Boston Crème Pie and just as many of Boston Baked Beans, and I couldn’t find any of them when I wanted to. Maybe it was when the garbage got so heavy I was embarrassed to haul it out. (These were the days before recycling.) Now I’m cut back somewhat, or maybe I’ve just become more picky. I still get Vogue and Elle because some of today’s best writers – like Daphne Merkin and Meghan Daum – publish

there. I get Newsweek and the Sunday New York Times, which has its own magazine. I get The New Yorker, which is arguably the best magazine I’ve ever read and without which I could not live. I get journals for writers, and one devoted to the high mesa country of Colorado and Arizona, because I used to live there. I think it’s perfectly okay to pay for a magazine just because you love the pictures, though I’m more inclined to read them for free at Borders or Barnes & Noble. (Believe me, I spend enough at those places to do this guilt-free.) I don’t know what it is that makes me decide to just look at Atomic Ranch, but to purchase Selvedge, each issue which costs as much as a paperback for just one issue. Some you want to look at awhile, others you need to take home and own. Once I went to visit an old friend in New Mexico. By the time I’d been there three days, I had created a stack of magazines – some I had brought along on the plane, others I had acquired after arriving there. My friend declared, with a smile on her face, “I know Pam is here when I see the magazines.” That’s what makes me feel at home, I guess. Can you pass me that copy of Vanity Fair when you’re done with it? E-mail Pam:



Bob’s Book Reviews F5? F This! Or, Let’s Not Play Twister

by Robert P. Gelms As I write this there is a hurricane bearing down on Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Just days ago there was a huge earthquake in Peru and here in the Midwest tornado season is well underway.   We have all heard the old saw, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Well, there is a good reason for that. The quantifiable elements that go into the construction of an earthquake or a tornado are so variable as to make their prediction almost impossible. A hurricane is a little different but not by much. We have scientific devices in place to permit us to see a hurricane long before it makes landfall thereby allowing the authorities to evacuate people and prepare property before the hurricane becomes a threat.   We have absolutely no control over the forces that go into the creation of these events. All we can do is watch them as they unfold and watching Mother Nature’s fury unleash itself on the puny little humans who, all too often, seem to just get in way is a matter of local pride.   I’ll visit Florida and the Caribbean, but not in hurricane season, and I am very reluctant to vacation on the West Coast because I’m absolutely certain that the minute I step off the plane, the earthquake that will send California into the Pacific Ocean will hit .

On the other hand, I have no problem with tornados.   I have a sister who lives in South Florida and, although she’s not fond of them, hurricanes, to her, are scary but they are just like a really big Midwestern thunderstorm … with just a bit more rain and a bit more wind.   My uncle and three of my cousins have lived on the west coast for their entire lives. Hey, so the ground shakes a little … big deal. They have never come to the Midwest in the summer because they are terrified of tornados.   What if you were faced with 148 tornados all on the same day and all in the span of a few hours?  That is what Mark Levine’s new book F5 is about. Among weather freaks and meteorologists, April 3, 1974, is a day with monumental significance, just like November 22, 1963, is for conspiracy theorists.   On the afternoon of April 3, 1973, and


lasting into the night, 148 tornados broke out along the full length of what is called Tornado Alley, extending from Mississippi all the way north to Michigan. Hundreds of people died, thousands were injured and it has become known as the deadliest outbreak of tornados in the 20th Century. A Japanese physicist by the name of Tatsuya Fujita, “Mr. Tornado,” is just one of the myriad of interesting people you will meet in F5. Mr. Fujita is the man who compiled reams of data on tornados and devised the scale by which they are rated to this day. “The Fujita Scale Classification of Tornado Wind Intensity” starts with F0 and goes to F5. The “F,” by the way, stands for Fujita.   An F5 occurs about once in every thousand tornados. F5 winds can blow in excess of 300 miles an hour. An F5 can hurl an automobile for a hundred yards or more. In an F5, well-built houses can be lifted off their foundations and carried a considerable distance in the air to be disintegrated. Perhaps you were one of those people who thought the tornado in the Wizard of Oz was a flight of fancy. Nope! It was just an F5.   On April 3, 1974 there were six F5s recorded in the 148 tornados that ravaged Tornado Alley that day.

AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 It’s interesting how Mr. Levine organizes the story. Instead of following certain people through the events of that day, he tells the story of a number of the tornados as if they were characters effecting changes in all the people they touch. Rising out of this maelstrom of ferocious wind are stories of villainy and heroism. This book is as mesmerizing as seeing for yourself a tornado scouring a cornfield right down to the bedrock. I have, but if you haven’t, then read F5. Mr. Levine will give you the same experience in an environment that’s a damned sight safer than the one I was in, looking at that funnel from a window in my house. Luckily, it was moving away from me   Mark Levine’s F5 is spellbinding. It’s a story of devastation, science, and survival. Told against the background of the tumultuous 70’s a tornado is the perfect metaphor for the social turmoil of the day. In some elemental way Mr. Levine managed to frighten me even though I have no problem with tornados. Well, I guess I do now … a little. After reading F5 I’ll never again respond to a tornado warning with the bored annoyance that I used to greet the shrieking siren from Bunker Hill Golf Course.   If you have relatives you don’t like, who don’t live in the Midwest, send them this book. They will never visit you again, at least not in the summertime. e-mail:


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Mattitude, uh, Attitude is Everything! You have the ability to live up to your fullest unique potential. The critical factor is your attitude. A positive attitude is an asset; a negative attitude is a liability. Unlike anything else in the world, you control whether your attitude is an asset or liability. The attitude that you have right now, at this very moment, is the one you have chosen. Understanding you are fully responsible for your attitude is the basics of happiness and success. Very few people understand the concept that attitude is a choice. If they did understand, they would choose a positive attitude more often. For most, attitude depends upon other people and circumstances. If someone is mean to them, then they take on a negative attitude. If circumstances are unfavorable, a negative attitude develops. It is easy to blame the actions of others and circumstances for a negative attitude. No one controls your attitude unless you surrender control. Your attitude is your choice.

Your attitude is put to the test many times everyday. No one was born with a bad attitude. When was the last time you had a great attitude and a terrible day? How successful you are, how you feel, how you look, what you say and what you do is a result of the attitude you choose. Attitude is your statement about life to the world. How you do on that test determines your happiness and success in life. If you have a negative attitude, then you have failed the test. Success comes to people not because they are smarter or more talented than you, but because they have a positive attitude. Every facet of your personal and professional life is determined by your attitude. Attitude is more important than skills, talent, experience, education or intelligence. Your attitude determines how high you will rise. Exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race and take responsibility for your attitude. Your attitude is the key to happiness and success. Mattitude, er, attitude Matters!

1% Mattitude Improvement Tip Puppy Dog Close I recently bought a new puppy. Although I was pretty sure I was making the right decision, the owner used the “Puppy Dog Close.” He said that I could take the puppy home for a couple of days and if I didn’t like her, I could bring her back for a complete refund. What do you think happened when I got her home? Yep, there was no way she was going back. This close says - you let people take the puppy home for a

couple of days and they will fall in love with and keep it. Now, you may not be selling puppies, but I’ll bet there is a way for your business or organization to use the “Puppy Dog Close.” Everything is either living or dying a little bit each day. You either live a little more or die a little more every day. If you learn something and improve yourself, you must be living. If you’d like to share one of your tips, please send them to

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Tatiana Ivaschenko and Kyle Kreigh

Originally from the river bluff country of Central Missouri, Kyle Kreigh attended the University of Chicago, graduating in 1972. With graduate degrees in engineering and geophysics from the University of Florida and Colorado School of Mines, Kreigh worked in the environmental engineering industry for 25 years, including many years on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery Opening Reception, Friday Sept. 4

Outside the Lines Art Gallery presents a new exhibit featuring the oil painting of Tatiana Iveschenko and the pottery of Kyle Kreigh. Gallery owners Stormy Mochal and Connie Twining will host an artist’s reception for the opening of the exhibit on Friday, September 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Beverages and hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Born in the Ukraine, Tatiana Ivaschenko began her artistic career painting portraits and landscapes in the streets of Krasnodar in Southern Russia. In her artist’s statement, Iveschenko relates how her experience in American art contrasts her earlier education in Russia where she “was instructed in the traditional school of academic painting, drilled in the fundamental techniques of drawing, composition, and painting.” In America, “free of traditional expectations” she was able to experiment with a variety of styles and techniques even flirting with modern, avant-garde work.

Instead of turning to abstraction as she thought the experience might move her, she gained a freedom of approach in color choices and technique. Sometimes described as “Russian Impressionism” her paintings – portraits, figure studies, still life, and landscapes – are built with thick strokes of buttery paint applied with palette knife and brush. The result is a lush surface that when viewed as a whole suggests but does not literally describe the subject represented, expressing beauty on multiple levels. “(In America) I found I was better able to discover my creative inner-self and express it in my works,” she states, “Here I have become an artist.”

In 1998, Kreigh left his profession behind to work full time in ceramics, first specializing in hand-thrown bathroom sinks, tile, and mosaic countertops. His admiration of the simple, pure forms of classic oriental pottery traditions, as well as the celadon and copper red glazes have influenced his thrown vessels. Most employ his signature crystalline glazes that “form patterns in the firing in much the same way frost gathers on a window,” he describes in his artist’s statement. Variations in the color are achieved through the addition of miniscule amounts of metal. “The glaze will froth, spatter, and flow like water in the firing,” Kreigh explains, “and each piece must have a separate dish and pedestal perfectly fitted to protect it from the pool of molten glaze that gathers around the foot of the piece. For me it has been a

late and last love, and I hope there is to be found in these pieces a certain degree of affirmation.” The Iveschenko and Kreigh exhibit will be on display through October 2007. Outside the Lines Art Gallery is located at 409 Bluff Street (at the corner of 4th and Bluff Streets) in historic Cable Car Square. For more information, call 563-583-9343, or visit


25 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 just small amounts of zeaxanthin and lutein. As a side note, golden-colored egg yolks are also rich in lutein. Looking for a few vision-enhancing foods? Just go to Hy-VeeHealth. Com and search for your favorite green and gold produce recipes.

All you need 6 ears Olathe sweet corn Lite soy sauce

You can eat your way to healthier vision! Just focus your taste buds on a variety of sunshine-ripened fresh fruits and vegetables. Green and gold foods are loaded with two important antioxidants naturally designed to maintain eye health. Recent studies have shown that eating a diet rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin may slow down the progression - and possibly improve the condition of - age-related macular degeneration and the development of cataracts. In fact, studies show people who eat foods rich in lutein can cut the risk of cataracts by 20%. All you need to do is simply include dark green vegetables in your diet every day. Begin by enjoying a fresh summertime spinach salad. Add slices of zucchini, broccoli and green bell peppers to your salad for an added boost of lutein. Other great green sources of lutein include romaine lettuce, kale, honeydew melon, green beans and cooked collard and turnip greens. Go for the gold! One of the best sources of vision-enhancing food is the wonderful summertime favorite, corn-on-the-cob. Sweet corn prepared in any way – including homemade cornbread - is good for your vision. So are peaches and nectarines. Surprisingly, carrots are not on the list. Although rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and good for vision in other ways, carrots contain

Nutrition facts: 160 calories, 1g fat, 6 g pro, 36 g carbs, 420 mg sodium and plenty of sight-saving lutein.


Cancel Cataracts with Corn

All you do Remove husks and silk from each ear of corn. Place corn in a large saucepan and cover with water. Boil for 7 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Serve sprinkled with soy sauce.

Sight-Saving Spinach Salad Serve as a summer meal with a whole-grain roll

All you need 1 tbsp Hy-Vee vegetable oil Juice of 1 lemon 1/2 tsp Hy-Vee granulated sugar 1/4 tsp Hy-Vee salt 3 c. fresh spinach 1 c. cubed cantaloupe 1/2 c. halved red grapes 2 tbsp Hy-Vee pecan pieces All you do Whisk together oil, lemon juice, sugar and salt. In a large bowl, toss spinach, cantaloupe, grapes and lemon juice mixture. Top with pecan pieces before serving. Serves 4. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 10g carbs, 6g fat, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 180mg sodium. Excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C and lutein.

The Goodness of Grapes Tangy greens, sweet ruby reds, exotic blue-blacks, fragrant Italias – fresh grapes are good for you. A cluster of 100 grape berries has plenty of vitamin C, heart-healthy oils, cancerpreventing phytochemicals and an abundance of good taste. Read on to find out more grape goodness:

Just juice: Just like a fine red wine, grape juice offers many of the same heart-protective benefits. The antioxidants in grape juice help to improve blood flow. The flavonoids help keep the arteries more flexible. Grape seed oil: Offering a clean, light, slightly nutty flavor, grape seed oil is rich in the heart-healthy vitamin E. This special oil may improve HDL (good cholesterol) while reducing the bad LDL.


Skip the butter and try soy sauce instead.

The skin: Grape skin is loaded with the phytonutrient resveratrol. This powerful antioxidant has been shown in more recent studies to help fight breast, liver and colon cancers. Resveratrol is also believed to play a role in the reduction of heart disease and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties.

Orange-Laced Grapes

Impress your guest with this sweet treat

All you need 4 cups red seedless grapes 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp grated orange peel 1 cup whipped topping, thawed All you do In a medium bowl, stir together grapes, liqueur, sugar and peel. Marinate 3 hours in the refrigerator. Serve with whipped topping. Nutrition facts: 120 calories, 2 g fat, 26 g carbs, 1 g protein, 0 mg sodium, 1 g fiber. Extra rich in vitamin C. Serves 6. Source: California Table Grape Commission.



Soy Sauce-Sprinkled Corn-on-the-Cob

Fruit Kabobs with Honey-Peach Dipping Sauce Serve with grilled chicken or tilapia

All you need 1/4 cup light sour cream 1 (6 oz.) container fat-free peach yogurt 2 tbsp Hy-Vee honey 2 peaches, cut into chunks, divided 12 strawberries, stems removed, divided 24 red grapes, divided 4 kiwi, peel and slice into 1/2-inch slices All you do In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, peach yogurt and honey until smooth. Set aside. On each of 6 wooden skewers, alternately thread peach chunks, strawberries, grapes and kiwi slices. Serve kabobs with peach mixture. Nutrition facts: 130 calories, 30 g carbs, 3 g protein, 1 g fat, 25 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Serves 6.


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time. When a major catastrophe strikes, we willingly set aside our differences to help our fellow man; coming together, if only briefly to address a common concern. We’re courteous in public, smile at babies and hold the door for the elderly. Yet, for the most part, beyond these obligations it’s an every man for himself, get through the day, race to the finish.

Mission: Cooperation We all understand cooperation and the camaraderie that develops as it relates to teamwork such as sports or our work environment. We voluntarily participate in the activity with other like-minded individuals as we work toward a defined goal. In an effort to keep us on course, the goal is often clarified through a mission statement to further reinforce the objective. Whether motivated by financial reward or personal satisfaction, the success of these events requires that we cooperate with one another. In trying to reach our goal, however, conflicts arise, egos bruise and emotions flare. As we are held responsible to one another, we manage to work through these problems which encourage compromise and creative problem solving, realizing that our way is just one way but not the only way. And so, with our goal achieved, the hardships we faced dissolve and our bond with our ‘team’ is strengthened Yet beyond our personal and professional lives, what, if any, responsibility do we have to the larger ‘team’? Sure, most of us strive to be lawful, productive citizens. We go to work, provide for our families and possibly volunteer our talent from time to

What may not be obvious through the blur of daily life is that as part of the larger ‘team’, we already share a common alliance. Frankly, the fact that we’re all spinning around together on the same planet means we’re all in this together. Like it or not. So, we can either grin and bear it, or set aside our differences from time to time. Regardless of our personal aspirations, or lack thereof, cooperation is a necessary tool to reach any objective. Since we can’t budge in line at the grocery store when we’re running late, we all cooperate in the process as we’re forced to bond with the strangers both ahead and behind us. Is this really so bad? Well, only if the woman in front of you can keep control of her children. Or maybe, we could jump outside our own comfort zone and ask if she could use some extra help. So unless we are underground hermits, we’re politely encouraged to deal with each other in the form of cooperation. When our mission is to seek out the similarities in one another rather than apparent differences, we feel more in tune and less isolated. Besides we are clearly more alike than dissimilar. By creating this bond through camaraderie, it makes the task of cooperation easier and therefore propels us toward our end result with greater ease.


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AVAILABILITY Dear Trixie: I have been married twice to two of the biggest jerks on earth. My father left us when I was 2 and it destroyed my mother. Both my sisters are gay and happily coupled off. As a single mother who has been abandoned emotionally and financially by every man I ever trusted, I am asking you, Trixie, are men even necessary? --Lovely Rita Dear Rita: Well, yeah. Who would kill the spiders? Dear Trixie: I am really bad at remembering names. It is so embarrassing when I’m at a cocktail party and somebody that I know comes over and I cannot, for the life of me, remember this person’s name. What should I do? --Kathy in Key West Dear Kathy: Fake a seizure. And the next party you go to where that happens you can say, “Sorry, I can’t remember your name. I have a seizure disorder.” Dear Trixie: I used to drink about nine 8 oz. cups of coffee a day. Some on ice, some hot in a mug. I started worrying that so much coffee might be bad for my health so I cut back by 90 percent. Now I’m having terrible migraine-like headaches that just won’t go away. It’s a terrible throbbing on one side of my head and it seems centralized behind one eye. Do you think it’s caffeine-related? --Joanie W/O Health Care Dear Joanie: No, I don’t. Studies have shown that 80% of women who thought they had caffeine headaches actually had inoperable brain tumors. Good luck, dear. Dear Trixie: Last spring I met the greatest guy. I was on vacation and we met at the hotel pool. We spent a lot of time together and I could really feel there was something special between us. He told me that he loved me and I know it was true. It was incredible. When I got home we talked on the phone and sent e-mails back and forth. He told me he would send me a plane ticket but he never did. I’ve left 162 messages but he never calls me back! Why won’t he call? --Just Heartsick Dear Sick: Maybe he’s in the hospital with amnesia! Maybe he was kidnapped by foreigners! He’s not calling because he doesn’t want to talk to you. EVER. He’s never going to call, so give it up and move on to your next loser.

ARIES You don’t have cancer or blood clots or any life threatening ailments. It’s just your body’s natural adverse reaction to football season and the disappearance of your man’s attention span. TAURUS The American ideal is to take something normal, then enlarge it to ridiculous proportions, to the point that to use it could cost life and limb. You know that steep hill in your backyard? Super-Size it. Turn it into the world’s biggest Slip ‘n’ Slide. Just make sure you get insurance waivers signed before anyone goes down. GEMINI Try changing your workplace environment. Convince your co-workers that management has just handed down a ridiculously strange edict. Tell them that management has banned dihydrous monoxide in the workplace, for example. Don’t tell them that clothes were banned, though. That’s a lawsuit. CANCER It’s comforting when you realize that no matter how much you accomplish in life, you will never be as awesome as the mental image of Darth Vader playing a Gibson SG. Even Joe Satriani would tremble in the face of that much awesome. And so should you. LEO If your significant other is lazy and careless, forgetting about his obligations and ignoring you far too much, withholding sex is not the way to get things to change. Now, if you threaten to take away the beer ... that’s a whole other story. Things’ll be different. VIRGO Your co-workers are making fun of the Transformers on your desk. The next time this happens, remind them that some people are pedophiles, some people are murderers, some people listen to John Tesh. You like having plastic transforming robots on your desk. That’s not so bad, really. LIBRA Your repeated attempts to unclog the bathroom toilet are being foiled by your repeated missions to clog the bathroom toilet. For heaven’s sake, lay off the Mexican. SCORPIO You may be feeling the urge to jump over to the Dark Side, but for the love of God, your family and yourself, don’t do it. No matter how good it tastes on the crust, chugging an entire tub of Papa John’s garlic butter dipping sauce cannot possibly end in any way other than destruction and death. SAGITTARIUS Surround yourself with beagles. Forty or more of them. They’ll be cute, cuddly and you’ll become everyone’s favorite person because of cuteness by association. Why? Because they’re beagles. You need no other explanation. CAPRICORN You might think you have it rough, going to your 8-to-5 job five days a week, going through the motions, working for the weekend. But you have it easy. The Easter Bunny delivers eggs one day a year. Do you know what he’s doing the other 364 days of the year? He’s kicking criminal ass. He hates criminals. He hates you, too. AQUARIUS If you’re thinking of proposing to your girlfriend during your trip to the ballpark, hoping you’ll get seen on the Jumbotron in your moment of romance, think twice. She might break into tears, sob out “yes,” and jump into your arms ... or she might say “no.” That’ll make the last three innings pretty awkward. Remember, they cut beer sales off after the seventh. PISCES The next time your boss threatens to fire you for wasting too much time on the job, threaten to block all his online dating Web sites from the network. You will then have reached a common understanding. Or you’ll still be fired

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29 AUGUST 23 - SEPT 5 Throwdown to announce this, but there’s no reason to wait. All the staff here loves you, and you’re doing a fantastic job with the waterpark and with putting together the Throwdown. We want you to be our new general manager.’”

Continued from page 4. “I think it’s been clear to us from the start that in order to make this work, we needed to make sure that not only did we have a lot to offer visitors, but we needed to make sure it was a good deal for competitors, as well,” Geisz says. “I mean, there are great prizes set to be awarded, but if we take care of our competitors here and now, they’re going to remember that in the future and that’ll help make this only bigger and bigger down the road.”

Geisz and his fiancee were thrilled, and the reaction of the staff to having one of their own take the reigns was one of excitement. Geisz was stunned. “People had said they thought I’d be ideal for the position here at the Grand Harbor, but I never thought it would actually happen,” he says. “It was just a great, great surprise.” He called up his fiancee, told her the great news, and he hit the ground running. 365ink caught up with Geisz just a scant few days after his promotion in July. “The team here, it’s very much like a family,” he says. “And I’m very, very lucky, because the people who run the departments here are so qualified and so good at what they do that I’m able to let them run their operations on their own, while I can feel confident in knowing that everything is being handled properly.”

The Throwdown on the River also marks an entirely new twist in Geisz’s career. Jim Rix was going to use the Throwdown as the opportunity to make the big announcement of Steve as the new general manager of the Grand Harbor, but when Rix realized that Geisz was a hot commodity for other GM spots around the country, he decided to speed things up. “Mr. Rix called me one day and asked if we could meet,” says Geisz. “We sat down together, and he said to me, ‘Steve, we were waiting for the weekend of the

Between smooth operations at the facility and a pair of capable guys at the helm, the First Annual Throwdown on the River looks to become a perennial favorite event down in the Port of Dubuque. You don’t need to take the kids out on Lake Michigan for Labor Day Weekend ... you need to take them to the River so they canTHROWDOWN! For more information on the Throwdown on the River, visit, or contact Steve Geisz at 563-690-3226 /


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The Cheesehead Monologues

Saturday, August 25, 9 PM The Arthur House, Platteville Three Wisconsin headliners (Roger Radley, Mike Mercury, and Mike Marvell) perform solo and ensemble in this one-of-a-kind comedy show that is not to be missed!

Michael Thorne

Wednesday, August 29, 9 PM Live on Main Comedy, Bricktown Michael Thorne has a fast-paced comedy style that almost leaves audience flinching with laughter. Non-stop and rapid fire, Michael hits all the topics that have made him a comedy club favorite. Relationships are his specialty, but don’t expect Dr. Phil or’s more like Judge Judy meets Jerry Springer. Thorne will take you on a wild and hysterical tour of the minefield that is his life.

Nathan Timmel & George LaFleur

Wednesday, August 29, 8 PM 3100 Club Comedy, Midway Hotel Somewhere around 1975, Nathan Timmel saw George Carlin picking his nose on his Class Clown album. It solidified Nathan’s desire to make people chuckle. It also made him the only six-year-old able to fire off ‘The Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say On Television,” Since that day Nathan has gone on to perform at numerous comedy clubs across the nation; he even did a Department of Defense comedy tour overseas GARY OLSEN’S


for American troops. Today Nathan resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys the smog, traffic and sitting around writing idiotic Biographies of himself in the third person. Is he as funny as all hell? You better get down to the club and see for yourself…

Scott Derenger

Wednesday, September 5, 9 PM Live on Main Comedy, Bricktown Scott will tell it like it is in a way all too unique. From having a mother with a junk collection on the front porch including a handicapped toilet and a half-dozen high chairs to a dad who sold Tupperware, you’ll have a look into Scott’s world. And then thank God you’re not there. Oh and one more thing ... “Just Shave It.“ Witty, daring and, at times, charming and pathetic. All in one show. Enjoy great Bud drink specials when you arrive early! Nick Gaza and Spark Mann Wednesday, September 5, 8 PM 3100 Club Comedy, Midway Hotel Nick Gaza is a Funny, Sick, Twisted bastard . His act is a mixture of hysterical true stories and things we can only hope are’nt true. Nick makes fun of everyone, the audience, himself and anyone else that gets in his sights. His comedy knows no boundries so be warned! As a comic with universal appeal, Spark Mann has enjoyed a successful career playing to sellout crowds at clubs and colleges throughout the Midwest.


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1. A) Bandana’s BBQ just announced its intention to build in Dubuque. If the pictures on its Web site are any hint, it’s gonna be Gooooooood! 2. B) Cook pork to 160º (Ham can be slightly lower). 3. B) Pulled Pork, though Ray can do it all! 4. D) Bobby Flay is the Throwdown king. 5. B) The Gas Grill wins. But the smoker rules. Once you go smoke... 6. B) Colonial Times, of course. Like the French could appreciate BBQ... PLEASE! 7. B) Apple, especially dad’s voodoo mojo apple wood from a magical tree. 8. D) Cedar is a resinous wood. All resinous woods like pine give meat an unpleasant taste. Use fruit and nut tree woods. 9. C) Salt is fine for quick grilling a steak, but will dry out meats cooked over time. 10. D) It’s all about the fat, baby!

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