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meet Molli She went to the shelter because her owner didn’t have enough time to spend with her, and now she needs her forever home. She loves belly rubs and riding in the car. Molli is 6 years, 4 months and is spayed, Frontlined, microchipped, is started on vaccinations and is house trained. Fee $90.
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Kelsey Bewick – writer Kelsey is a recent South Dakota transplant; originally from Madison, Wis. When she can’t catch a Badger sporting event on TV, she’s busy exploring her new home via hiking trails and ski runs.
Allen Jones – online cartoonist When Allen was in second grade while living in Miller, S.D., he told his father one night that he believed he was supposed to be a cartoonist. After attaining his BFA in theatre from the University of South Dakota, he decided to once again strive for the goal of becoming a professional cartoonist. He loves hanging out with his wife and two dogs, fishing and escaping into middle-earth, Westeros, and a galaxy far, far away. Austin Kaus – online Writer Austin is finishing up graduate school at the University of South Dakota. He plans to spend part of his final spring break in Nebraska because he is the king of all things party. When he is not studying, he blogs at meandmyearholes. tumblr.com and runs songsfromacouch.com.
Liz Long – Graphic Design & Photography Liz is 21 and is a student at South Dakota State University studying graphic design. She goes to University Center so she can stay in Sioux Falls with her fiance and continue growing her design experience and photography with her obsession of Sons of Anarchy at hand.
Aaron Vidal – intern Aaron is a senior journalism major at Augustana College. He is also a musician and pop-culture aficionado, and he takes his quest to find the best burger in Sioux Falls very seriously.
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MYTHOLOGY AND A LITTLE BIT OF SCIENCE Artist Bryan Holland returned to the Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce with a reception for his exhibit Mythology and a Little Bit of Science on Friday, March 7. His latest work focused on the tension created between illusionic painting techniques and the flattening effect of two-dimensional elements, all shown through animals combined with collage material. For more info, visit www.pickfresh.com/ipso. IMAGES BY BILL TETRAULT
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE The 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place downtown in Sioux Falls on Saturday, March 15. Snow didn’t hold back thousands that came to watch and celebrate the Irish holiday, starting with a reading of the proclamations and the Painting of the Shamrock at 9th Street and Phillips. IMAGES BY BILL TETRAULT
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Sioux Falls Area
Rapid City Area
ENTERTAINMENT April 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29 Open Drawing Studio
Museum of Visual Materials. Join the Museum of Visual Materials every Tuesday from 10:30am to noon! Join other artists with any level of talent, as they gather for a drawing session. Bring your own materials. Sketch, chat, enjoy! No RSVP required and admission is free. For more info, visit www.sfmvm.com or call (605) 271-9500.
April 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29 LGBT Night at Icon
Icon Lounge. 8 p.m. Showing of RuPaul’s Drag Race episode each week! For more info, visit iconsiouxfalls.com or call (605) 444-4426.
April 4 Downtown First Fridays
Downtown Sioux Falls. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. First Friday is a special day of shopping, art and entertainment the First Friday of every month downtown! This First Friday kicks off Restaurant Week! Many stores stay open late until about 8:00pm. For more info, visit www.dtsf.com or call (605) 338-4009.
April 7 Stick it to Me Baby (vaccines)
Educated Mommy, 207 W 37th St. 6:30 p.m. For more info, visit www. educatedmommy.org or call Alicia at (605) 553-8364.
April 8-9 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Washington Pavilion. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life in this lush, romantic Broadway musical for all generations. For more info, visit www.washingtonpavilion.org or call (605) 367-6000.
April 12-13 26th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. April 12, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m./April 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Barnett Arena. Admission $6, ages 6 and under free. For more info, visit bhhog.net/code/Home.aspx or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14 Let’s Talk About Sex After Baby
Educated Mommy, 207 W 37th St. 6:30 p.m. For more info, visit www. educatedmommy.org or call Alicia at (605) 553-8364.
April 19 Memphis
Washington Pavilion. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves—filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock’n’roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards.
Two performances. For more info, visit www.washingtonpavilion.org or call (605) 367-6000.
April 19-20 National Parks: Fee Free Weekend
National South Dakota Parks. Check out Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Mt. Rushmore National Park for free.
April 25 The Friends of The Bob & Tom Comedy Show
Washington Pavilion. 8-10 p.m. Each live comedy show features several headliners heard on The BOB & TOM Show, one of the longest-running and highest-rated radio programs in America and the premiere radio showcase for today’s top comedians. For more info, visit www. washingtonpavilion.org or call (605) 367-6000.
April 26 YMCA Obstacle Adventure
YMCA Giraffic Park, Hill City. 10 a.m. A fun and challenging course set deep in the woods of the Black Hills. The course will work through the forest with some single tracks, some wider paths and even some bushwacking. We will run the race regardless of the weather. The course runs between 2 to 5 miles and the competitive division will be tough! For more info, visit www.rcymca.org or call (605) 718-9622.
Sky Rocket Installation
Museum of Visual Materials. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sky Rockets: A mixed media soft sculpture installation, artist Amy Fill has her rocket creations on exhibit at the Museum of Visual Materials until the end of April. This evening is the artist reception with the artist and hors d’oeuvres. Free Admission. For more info, visit www.sfmvm.com.
GET INVOLVED April 11 Dance for a Cause 2014
El Riad Shrine. 6-8 p.m. The Community Outreach will host their first annual Dance for a Cause Fundraiser, featuring one of the best ballroom, jazz, and swing bands in the Midwest, the Lonny Lynn Orchestra! Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by visiting thecommunityoutreach.org or calling (605) 331-3935. 100 percent of proceeds go to those in need in the Sioux Empire.
The Big Grape
Avera Prairie Center. 7-10 p.m. The Big Grape is a premier wine tasting event that includes fine wine, craft beer, gourmet food, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Avera Children’s Hospital and helps our tiniest patients receive quality care. Tickets $135. For more info, call Jennifer at (605) 322-8900.
April 19 ReStorAtion Art Auction
Icon Event Hall. 7-9 p.m. This reception and auction will feature custom made works of art inspired by repurposed items. The proceeds will
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benefit the ReStore. There will be hors d’oeuvres and refreshments plus entertainment provided by a 1970s cover band. Repurposed art at its finest will be available at live and silent auction. For more info, call Nikki at (605) 332-5962 ext. 12.
April 24 41st Annual EmBe Tribute to Women
Washington Pavilion. 7-9 p.m. Please join EmBe as they celebrate the 41st anniversary of honoring the achievements of women in our community at the Washington Pavilion. Thank you for supporting the outstanding women in our community! Tickets $55 per person ($60 after April 17). For more info, visit www.embe.org or call (605) 336-3660.
April 26 Baconfest
Multi-Cultural Center (Coliseum). 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fundraising for the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz never tasted so good!
The Great Diaper Change
Elegant Mommy. 11 a.m. Join in the Guinness World Records event where thousands change cloth diapers at the same time around the world (last year was a record-winning 8,301).
SPORTS April 5 Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
Multi-Cultural Center (Coliseum). 7 p.m. Vs. North Star Roller Girls. For more info, visit www.rollerdollz.com.
Sioux Falls Stampede
Sioux Falls Arena. 7:05 p.m. For more info, visit www.sfstampede.com.
April 9 Harlem Globetrotters
Sioux Falls Arena. 7 p.m. Admission $24.50, $31.50, $50 and $80. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 and www. harlemglobetrotters.com.
April 19 Sioux Falls Storm
EVENTS EVENTS CALENDAR CALENDAR
on the rise, and providing a nurturing place for them to be seen, heard and to grow. Free admission. First Friday: open mic, second: local/ regional talent, third: local/regional talent, fourth: mentoring.
April 7 Paul Peterson and The Green Dolphin Jazz Trio
The Dahl Arts Center. An afternoon of jazz, art, wine and cheese. Performed in the Clark Gallery where Paul’s current show In Denial of Context: Landscapes and Other Ephemera is on exhibit. Tickets $12 for RCAC members and $15 for non-members. Limited seating, so call (605) 394-4101 ext. 200.
April 10 Universe Contest
Billy Frogs. 7 p.m. With Talk Rock. 21+. For more info, visit www. thecollectiveeffortsunion.com.
April 11 Energy City Voices Concert
Main Street Square. Noon-1 p.m./5-6 p.m. Performing two concerts with a show-stopping revue of popular and original pieces.
Vince Neil w/ Kory and the Fireflies Dakota Event Hall, Aberdeen. 7 p.m.
April 18 Miner Music Features Down 385
Miner Brewing Co. 6-8 p.m. Catch the acoustic trio from the Black Hills of South Dakota at the new Hill City brewery. For more info, visit www. minerbrewing.com or call (605) 574-2886.
April 20 Uncool w/ DGT
Bigs Bar N Billiards. 7 p.m. With Prhym8, Dino Babic and more. All ages. For more info, visit www.thecollectiveeffortsunion.com.
April 21 All Time Low
Sioux Falls Arena. 7:05 p.m. For more info, visit www.siouxfallsstorm.com.
The District. 7 p.m. With Man Overboard and Handguns. All ages. $18 adv/$20 day of. For more info, visit www.thedistrictsf.com or call (605) 357-7377.
April 26 Black Hills Wildfire Roller Derby
April 25 SIMS and Purveyors of the Conscious Sound
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. 7 p.m. Season opener! For more info, visit www. blackhillswildfire.com.
Bigs Sports Bar. 8 p.m. With Artillery Funk and Jason Spars. Host FreeWryte and DJ 8e Proof. 18+. $9 adv/$15 door.
April 26 Rick Springfield’s Stripped Down
Due to space, here are only some of the biggest shows of the month.
April 4 Mark O’Connor with the Augustana Orchestra
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. 8 p.m. With 25 million albums sold, 17 top-40 hits, including a 1981 Grammy® for Best Male Rock Vocal win for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl”, Springfield has more to say with his latest Universal Music Enterprises release, Songs for the End of the World. For more info, visit www.jadepresents.com.
April 4 | 11 | 18 | 25 Emerging Artists Fridays
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Orpheum Theater. 8 p.m. Tickets $39/$49 or student rush with I.D. $12. To order tickets, visit www.sfjb.org or call (605) 367-6000.
Dahl Arts Center. 5-7 p.m. Celebrating local and regional performing artists
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BEYOND BORDERS with mark lloyd
Borders went bankrupt? So what. That doesn’t stop former employee Mark Lloyd from finding out what’s the next hottest read.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN APRIL
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Mae Holland has just gotten her dream job at the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company. They have a campus with an open office plan, a massive dining facility, and even plush dorms for people who stay at work overnight. Everything if going great, but I’m fairly certain everything is not as it seems at the Circle.
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott
These two are going to get to the bottom of the consequences of producing cheap meat. Come on, guys, this is America. We don’t care what we put in our bodies, as long as it’s cheap. How else are we going to afford our 80-inch televisions and the new iPads?
Seven Deadlies by Gigi Levangie
Perry Gonzalez is not a normal teenager. She has plans. Right now, she’s attending a prestigious prep school in Los Angeles. It’s all on scholarship, of course, as her single mom, Yelena Maria Gonzalez, is a nurse. She’s the only Mexican at the school. When her mother goes to school functions, the other parents often hand her their coats or ask her for another drink. Or they ask how much she would charge to clean their houses. She is also going to be a famous writer, which means she is sure she needs to go to Bennington College. Bret Easton Ellis, one of Perry’s heroes, went to Bennington. She fancies herself a
browner, female version of Bret. Perry also works as a tutor, as she is pretty much the smartest girl in school. All the other parents need Perry’s help. And we’re talking about the elite, super rich of Los Angeles here. We’re talking about millionaire parents who just don’t have time to help their kids with math. It’s not their fault, really. So they pay Perry pay 40 dollars an hour to help their kids. That’s not a bad take for a high school student. And these kids aren’t just bad at math. They pretty much missed the boat on certain important life lessons. Each time Perry meets a new one, they are worse than all the others. Thus begins our story, as Perry is composing a letter to the Bennington College admissions committee. She delves into her stories of tutoring the children of the elite super rich. She outlines seven stories, one for each of the deadly sins. One teenager personifying each sin. There is the lustful girl who is completely obsessed with a boy band comprised of three super dreamy brothers. There is the super gluttonous boy who has trained his body to need food every 15 minutes. There is the greedy kid who would sue his own grandmother to make a buck. Wrath, envy, sloth and pride are in there, too. Hopefully the Bennington College admissions committee will see that Perry just has to get out of there before these people drive her crazy.
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WAY TOO INDIE
The Wolf of Wall Street
bio: Dustin Jansick is the owner of WayTooIndie. com, which is dedicated on providing you with the most accurate and honest movie reviews and ratings. The site is focused around, but certainly not limited to, independent films. Dustin, along with other fellow contributors, not only write reviews on indie, foreign and art house films, but also post trailers, news articles and Top-10 lists. Check them out on Facebook and @WayTooIndie on Twitter.
“SCORSESE REIGNS IT OUT WITH ALL OF THE PROFANITY, BOMBAST, AND FULL-THROTTLE VIGOR OF HIS FINEST EARLIER WORK; BUT IT’S A VIGOR THAT’S DISTRACTINGLY FAMILIAR.” Martin Scorsese went cold after surprising everybody with his 2006 Best Picture winning The Departed. Years of toiling for the Oscar with big-scale period epics like Gangs of New York and The Aviator reaped little reward. Instead, it was a violent, rapidly-paced gangster picture with its loose roaming camera that finally gave a great director his due. In the seven years since, he’s made a slick thriller from a popcorn crime page-turner (Shutter Island), a couple of music documentaries (Shine a Light and George Harrison: Living in the Material World), a love-letter to his art disguised as a family movie (Hugo), but nothing to match the equal parts of existential tragedy and offhanded comedy of the aforementioned Oscar champ; his best film since setting the mold with Goodfellas. Cue The Wolf of Wall Street, the five-times nominated gonzo Jordan Belfort biopic that, while hardly “indie,” is more againstgrain than you’d think. Working from a script by his Boardwalk Empire collaborator and show runner Terrence Winter, with The Wolf of Wall Street Scorsese sets a feverish pace and never lets up, as if defying anyone to get bored across its epic, 180-minute runtime. A quick scene-setting with
a wide-eyed graduate Belfort and his mentor, Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey, who can currently do no wrong) thrusts us right into the mindset of the wolfish stockbrokers that guide the audience through this twisted version of that elusive dream: pump some people up, screw some people over, then subject mind and body to enough excess to forget the amorality of it all. The film doesn’t waste its time getting into the specifics of the acts of swindling executed by Belfort and his merry pack of deranged bandits. Scorsese is more focused on the life they lived as a result of it: the seductive extravagance of it, the excitable glee we feel toward it as we live vicariously through the actions unfolding. It’s a hardline stance against giving the film a moral compass to relate to that has equally found detractors decrying Scorsese’s glorification of the depravity, and champions praising the artistic verve in his aligning the camera with the repugnant pricks, so that we experience the same empty, uncaring attitude they hold for their victims; the same selfishly indulgent attention for only their possessions, their own highs, their own comedowns and sexual coups. It’s brash, bold filmmaking, but
those qualities are worn like a face tattoo: overtly apparent and even attention-seeking, as if Scorsese wanted to subtly remind us he made Goodfellas by taking a megaphone into an echo chamber and blaring “Remember when I made Goodfellas?!?” Leonardo DiCaprio gives a brilliantly committed performance as a classically deluded Scorsesian protagonist, blind to his steadily advancing comeuppance because his brain renders ideas quicker than his rearview can reveal the speed bumps. But when he breaks the fourth wall to remind us we don’t really care about the technicalities of what he did, it’s his best Henry Hill conceding to the artifice of the work of art. In spite of its length, it’s been said that The Wolf of Wall Street barely scratches the surface, hardly covering half of the story contained in the book. It may have just been a running time thing. Maybe I look too hard for poetics. But I like the idea that Scorsese wanted his audience to close the loop by design.
7.3 out of 10
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ALSO WATCHING: VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR
7.7 out of 10
CJ Prince Read full review: http://way2in.de/iz
Denis Côté’s power as a filmmaker is evident in the film’s brief coda, a fantasy sequence that doesn’t exactly fit in with the film (for all its strangeness, everything still operates within reality) yet flows perfectly with everything that came before it. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is a very strange film, one that’s fully realized yet feels like it can veer off into any direction at a moment’s notice. Watching the film feels like being on unstable ground, but that feeling of uncertainty makes for a thrilling experience.
12 O’CLOCK BOYS
8.4 out of 10
Dustin Jansick Read full review: http://way2in.de/i0
Who would have thought a documentary about some urban dirt bike riders in Baltimore could be so fascinating? Apparently Lofty Nathan did, and so will you after watching his directorial debut, 12 O’Clock Boys. This indie documentary follows a highly entertaining young boy for three years as he attempts to join a dirt bike gang called The 12 O’Clock Boys. Through his eyes, we are able to explore this interesting subculture as well as inner city life from an unique perspective. By the end, you will have experienced a ride with the 12 O’Clock Boys, and that is a ride that one never forgets. IF YOU BUILD IT
6.0 out of 10
Bernard Boo Read full review: http://way2in.de/ju
If You Build It aspires to be a challenge to the traditional public school system, something that requires richer analysis than director Pat Creadon provides. Though full of adoration for his subjects, Creadon tells their stories in a cluttered, unrefined way, which unfortunately makes the events feel less significant than they actually are. Why don’t we get interviews with the school board members? It’s hard to comprehend the full weight Emily and Matt’s amazing work since we never get a full grasp on the mindset of the people who so vehemently opposed their program. It’s a limited viewpoint of a much larger, high-stakes issue.
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PROFILES IN SOUND BY AARON VIDAL
APRIL MUSIC PREVIEW Christina Perri When: April 7 @ 6 p.m. Where: The District, Sioux Falls How much: $25, VIP $40 Details: An atypical pop songstress, Perri crafts sing-along ballads with tender earnestness and stark immediacy. A former waitress and music video producer, she sparked a major label bidding-war in 2010 with her debut single, “Jar of Hearts” – a heart-on-the-sleeve kiss-off to a former lover. Since then, she’s found success on the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack, and her latest single, “Human,” has already connected with audiences. Fans can expect an intimate evening from on this candid performer. For more info, visit www.thedistrictsf.com, or call (605) 271-5600. Kristian Bush of Sugarland When: April 12 @ 9 p.m. Where: The District, Sioux Falls How much: $22, VIP $35 Details: Best known as half of the popular country duo Sugarland, the multitalented Kristian Bush got his start in the mid ‘90s with the folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim and is still a heavyweight solo performer. Check out his joyous, clapalong 2013 single “Love or Money” to get a taste of his sunny blend of country, folk and pop. For more info, visit www.thedistrictsf.com or call (605) 271-5600. Yelawolf When: April 13 @ 7 p.m.; April 14 @ 7 p.m. Where: Ramkota Hall, Sioux Falls; Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City How much: $20-$25; $25-$30 Details: This Alabama-born rapper signed onto Shady Records in 2011, after his darkly humorous lyricism and rat-a-tat delivery caught the attention of label founder Eminem. Now he’s
worked with a myriad of esteemed musicians, such as Lil Jon, Kendrick Lamar and Blink-182’s Travis Barker. Touring in support of his second album, Love Story, Yelawolf’s frantic verses are slyly juxtaposed against jittery hi-hats, ominous synths and macabre sound-effects. For April 13, visit www.siouxfalls. ramkota.com or call (605) 610-2455. For April 14, visit www.gotmine.com or call (605) 394-4111. Joe Bonamossa When: April 15 @ 8 p.m. Where: Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls How Much: $76 – $96 Details: Revered in the modern bluesrock sphere, Bonamossa has made a name for himself as a consummate guitarist’s guitarist. Since his debut album in 2000, he’s shown a steadfast work ethic, cranking out a total of 10 studio albums–and six live ones–that showcase his delta-indebted songwriting and a whirlwind’s breath of guitar mastery. Sporting a gravelly bark of a voice and an acute knowledge of Britishblues form, Bonamossa spryly imitates the musical stylings of Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, all while offering audiences his own enthusiastic take on classic tunes. To see his soloing skills in action, check out his 2009 album Live from the Royal Albert
Hall. For more info, visit www.washingtonpavilion.org or call (605)367-6000. Chicago When: April 24 @ 8 p.m.; April 27 @ 7 p.m. Where: Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood; Sanford Center, Sioux Falls How much: $55; $30-$75 Details: One of the most successful American bands of all time, this jazzflavored rock group has released a staggering 22 studio albums over their decades-spanning career. The started with Motown groove of early hits such as “25 or 6 to 4” and “Make Me Smile,” yet they’ve always been able to score big by embracing changing musical trends, as evidenced by “You’re the Inspiration.” For April 24, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com, or call (605) 559-0386. For April 27, visit www.pepperentertainment.com. Citizen Cope When: April 27 @ 7 p.m. Where: The District, Sioux Falls How much: $26, VIP $41 Details: Citizen Cope is the stage name of soulful rock/Americana songwriter Clarence Greenwood. Once the DJ in a Washington D.C.-based rap group, Greenwood utilizes hip-hop pulsations on laid-back tunes such as 2002’s “Let
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Artist Marc Wagner.
the Drummer Kick It.” Meanwhile, his expressive vocal cadence is on full display in 2004’s “Sideways,” a hit tune that was featured in TV shows such as Scrubs and One Tree Hill, and later covered by Latin-rock group Santana. A confident, self-sufficient artist, Citizen Cope founded his own record label in 2010. He comes to Sioux Falls as part of his solo acoustic tour. For more info, visit www.thedistrictsf.com, or call (605)271-5600. RECORD STORE DAY It’s music to our ears! April 19 is Record Store Day. Conceived in 2007, Record Store Day was started as a national gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,000 independently owned businesses in the United States and thousands internationally. Last Stop CD Shop at 2121 East 10th Street in Sioux Falls will be holding performances by a plethora of local musicians, along with featured local artists. “We decided to combine art and music because both communities in this area are full of such talent and they meld together so well,” said manager of Last Stop CD Shop Joshua Johnson. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotions are exclusive for the
day. “We are re-releasing our latest record [Welcome Back from Wherever You’ve Been] on vinyl for Record Store Day,” said Wes Eisenhauer (Attn: Def) of Soulcrate Music. The hip hop trio will tour for a couple of dates with Yelawolf in support of the re-release. “The rest are subject to availability,” said Johnson of other vinyl releases. “We have made our biggest, most eclectic order yet.” Along with the visual art, musicians will also have merchandise for sale. Johnson added, “We are proud to represent Sioux Falls on this great day.” For more the latest updates, find the event on Facebook or visit laststoponline. com. Art By... J.R. Anderson Marc Wagner Megan Godtland Zach DeBoer Music By... Zach Wilson @ 5 p.m. Every Breath @ 5:30 p.m. Burlap Wolf King @ 6 p.m. Jim Breuer @ 6:30 p.m. Natanyael @ 7 p.m. (from Lawrence, Kansas) Rachel Kline @ 7:30 p.m. (from Minneapolis, Minn.) V the Noble One @ 8 p.m.
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About the author: Joel Schmitz lives and works in Sioux Falls. He drives a hotel shuttle by day and attends college by night, maintaining various literary projects in the meantime.
LAB PARTNERS Dr. Sugar, with his eyes pressed to the microscope oculars, rotates a knob with his thumb and middle finger. I stand behind him in an apron and latex gloves. I stare intently at the shiny white skin beneath the dark hairs on the back of his head. “I appreciate your help,” I say. “I just can’t seem to do it myself.” For such a gray faced and thin haired professor, Dr. Sugar seems surprisingly young. His budding pot belly rests against the table, and his rounded spine shows through his short sleeved dress shirt. It curves out and down from his hairline in steps of offset vertebrae, twists at the lumbar, and tucks into the back of his pants. He turns from the microscope and says, “Here. Have a look.”
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The skin cell I observe looks nothing like the diagram in the textbook. Its outer membrane leaks cytoplasm in every direction. But the nucleus remains recognizable, and I relay this information to Dr. Sugar. “That’s good,” he says, and begins to walk among the other students. My lab partner and girlfriend is Gina Van Dutch. Her blonde hair rests on her shoulder in a braid, and her blue eyes scan the worksheet for the next set of directions. “Have you noticed Dr. Sugar’s physical transformation this semester?” I ask. She looks up and across the room to where he assists another group. He pulls up his pants a little by the empty belt loops. Gina gives me a silent but visible laugh. She leans forward and kisses me sweetly, briefly. “You have the next slide, don’t you?”
“Right here.” Below the table, I wipe the slide against my pant leg before placing it on the microscope stage. “You give her a try.” As Gina bends forward, I see Dr. Sugar heading in our direction. “Did you find it?” I ask her, my hands beginning to shake. She manipulates the knobs. “Not yet.” Dr. Sugar stops to help the students at the table next to ours. I look back to Gina. “Anything?” “Still no.” “Let me.” I nudge her out of the way and lean over the microscope. I can sense Dr. Sugar coming closer and I shift my body toward his pull. I turn the knobs randomly and say, “Dr. Sugar, we can’t find this one either.” But he does not hear me, and I turn around to see him walking the other way. My chest feels tighter with each step he takes.
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“Just wait a second,” Gina tells me, and looks again into the microscope. “Let’s see if we can find it ourselves.” “Okay,” I say, “But first I need to use the bathroom.” * The hallway air feels cool on my face. I lean against the wall and try to breathe deeply, to steady my hands, and to wait for my heartbeat to slow. To my left are two water fountains, one for short people and one for tall people. On the opposite wall is a sign for the bathrooms with an arrow pointing down the hall. On the sign are the two white figures, men’s and women’s, almost identical save the dress which one of them wears. In a daydream, Dr. Sugar and I are in the women’s. He stands behind me with his arms folded across my chest. I lay my head back, onto his shoulder. He unbuttons my shirt and he kisses my hairless neck. We watch us in the mirror. From the taller water fountain in the hallway I drink, take a deep breath, and drink a little more. * In the classroom Gina prepares a new slide. “The other one,” she says, “seems to have been compromised.” I put a hand on her waist and nuzzle her hair. I hold my breath and search out Dr. Sugar peripherally. He washes slides at a large metal sink, humming as he rinses them over the drain and dries them off with a paper towel. His posture, though dysfunctional, suggests enviable serenity. I realize that I am leaning heavily against Gina and she shifts away in discomfort. “Let’s try this again,” She says. “Yes,” I say, “Let’s.” End
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AT HOME with Holly Hendriks + Walter Portz
“Really we’re a poster child for their stuff,” said Portz of Rug & Relic, referring to his Chris Vance wall of art (pictured top right).
HOLLY HENDRIKS + WALTER PORTZ “We knew it was going to be a showpiece,” said Walter Portz of the steel staircase. He and wife Holly Hendriks got a bid on how much their dream stairs would cost before they touched dirt on their new southeast Sioux Falls home. The estimated damage? $35,000. Hendriks recalled, “It was kind of like, if we can’t do the stairs is the house worth doing?” Suddenly, Portz had a design epiphany and teamed up with a welder to create the stairs himself. This would entail a very heavy workload. “The biggest issue was the welder we were using was a guy and his wife,” said Portz. “They can’t lift a huge, steel staircase.” Walter rolled up his sleeves and got to work. “The stairs were welded into the house,” said Hendriks. “For four months before the stairs went in there was a big, gaping hole, so contractors had to climb ladders to get upstairs.” Portz and Hendriks had structural engineers work on the house to ensure it would stay up. Hendriks continued, “There are steel beams all over in this house holding the second floor up and making sure this works right.” The wood used as steps were recovered pieces of lumber
from behind 8th & Railroad Center, while the raw steel was from the Frank Transfer & Storage Building downtown. “We like reclaimed, we like that kind of stuff,” said Portz. Looking around their freshly moved-in house, he wasn’t kidding. A cascade of rustic wooden panels from Istanbul were placed on the wall of their living room by Portz (top right, pg. 23). “The wood came from a 300-year-old building that they were tearing down while he was there,” said Hendriks, referencing Rug & Relic owner Steve Bormes, whom they got the wood from. One of their favorite/guilty pleasure reclaimed pieces can be found in their master bedroom (above, bottom right). Owners of Studio Blu Photography, they have seen their fair share of used spaces for photo shoot backdrops. A particular abused green door at the Frank Transfer & Storage Building left a bitter taste in their mouths. “The thing about it is when we first moved to our [8th & Railroad Center] space, nobody had ever really used that space because it was pretty sketchy, and we would use it occasionally because it had genius light,” described Portz. “One day I was sitting there having lunch and saw 12 people use it
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“They’re cheap from Ikea, so if I hate them later I didn’t spend a fortune on lighting,” laughed Hendriks (pictured top right). in 45 minutes, and I was like, ‘We’re never using that again.’” When the Prairie Berry construction started, they asked if they could take it, and the owners obliged. “I hated that everyone used it, and now it’s my closet,” laughed Hendriks. Their other favorite repurposed piece is their main bathroom sink (left, bottom right) that was created from an eight-foot Rug & Relic table. “A lady wanted it, but she only wanted it five feet long,” recalled Hendriks. The company chopped it up to appease the customer, and Hendriks and Portz bought the remaining piece. Portz cut the sink hole and their welder created what is now the focal point of their restroom. Their master bathroom also has an interesting focal point that would give most the chills: the Janet Leigh shower scene from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho (bottom, pg. 24). “It’s a really big statement, but it’s one of the cheapest things in the house,” said Portz, who explained they wanted something dramatic to go with their yellow tile. The image was a $50 vinyl that the couple applied on the shower door themselves. In the theme of DIY or “knowing someone,” a friend made their giant bed, complete with cell phone cubbies where they charge at night and is convenient for alarms in the morning (middle, pg. 24). “I told him he could sell these,” said Portz. “And then I told him he couldn’t, because I don’t want anyone else to have one,” laughed Hendriks. The couple, who are parents to 9-year-old Camilla, were building their new home all while moving studios in 8th & Railroad and taking over Portz’s family business of storage units. Considering most say a house remodel is asking for a divorce, we asked how they got through the hectic time. “Barely,” they said in unison. “The studio move was one of those things that the space we always wanted became available so we had to do it, and
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we already committed to this,” recalled Hendriks. “So we were literally digging a whole, moving the studio and figuring out house plans in the middle of wedding season. It was intense.” The room they fought about the most? The laundry room, which Portz ended up laying out over 25 times for Hendriks. Hendriks worked with her brother, who works at Dakota Kitchen & Bath, on their modern kitchen. A standout piece is their dangling lights from colorcord.com (middle right, pg. 23). “What’s really funny is everyone goes, ‘Oh, so what are you going to do with that? How are you going to finish it?’ It’s done… I hope you’re offended,” laughed Hendriks. While most use Edison light bulbs in dangling lights, the couple wanted to keep it fresh with fluorescents. This gives a good mix of new with the old wood, steel, etc. in the design. “It needs to stay modern. I don’t want it to look too Pinteresty-vintagey,” said Hendriks. Portz added, “There’s a sweet spot. You can hit somebody over the head with an idea, or you can put the things you want in a space.” Camilla really lucked out with parents with the upstairs. The fourth grader has a “hangout room” and a bathroom with her own vanity (top left). “My theory is, when I was growing up it wasn’t designed to have friends over. So all through high school I was gone; I went to my friends’ houses,” recalled Hendriks. “So I wanted to make it where our house is a place where she has her own space, they can all hang out and I know where they’re at.” They’re currently working on their upstairs community space as a computer/record player area (though Camilla has been caught introducing the entire upstairs as her “loft” to friends) . Artwork is also in the works, as holes in the wall seem too intense right now since they just moved in. “Give us six months and we’ll really start to process,” stated Portz. Five years later, the family is actually living their dream. Hendriks said, “There are still nights that Camilla is in bed, the lights are off, the kitchen lights are dimmed and we’re like, we’re living in here. We’ve talked about this house for so long.” For more info on Studio Blu Photography, visit www.studiobluphotography.com or call (605) 275-0337.
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A TASTE OF SARCASM BY ALANA SNYDER
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EL JALAPENO MEXICAN GRILL “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” - Orson Welles I’m going to keep it 100. When I drove by the strip mall at 2131 S. Minnesota Ave. (reference Boss’ Pizza and Chicken and Dance Line) and saw a sign for a new Mexican eatery, I rolled my eyes. Snotty, I know, but stay with me. That place seems semi -cursed (RIP Dark Matter Anime and other causalities), and particularly seems like an odd place for a sit-down restaurant (unless they deliver like Boss’... Bring me all the tacos!). Especially since you need to pull a Fast & Furious Paul Walker move (too soon?) to turn into the front parking lot, followed by slapping your forehead when you read the sign that says there is parking in the back. Now that I got that off my chest, wow... I really enjoyed El Jalapeno Mexican Grill. Even if the food had been terrible
(which it most definitely was not), the customer service was well worth the stop. My husband and I stopped in (since working together and living together 24/7 isn’t enough), and owners J.J. Padilla and Rocy Chavez were there to greet us. Mind you, we never tell anyone we’re coming to try their restaurant for the magazine. J.J. was incredibly nice, asking us what we like, what we were willing to try and what he recommended (try the chicken in your meal or he will poke fun at you; trust, it’s delish). It was like the Mexican Burger King, as he kept saying, “Have it your way.” He truly meant it, as he customizes any meal the way you want it and will take the time to show you all they have to offer behind the glass counter. John had the four soft shell tacos with ground beef, steak and seasoned chicken. J.J. talked me into the burrito with the
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chicken he raved about with Mexican rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and hot sauce (which I never put on anything because I’m a baby). So good. All of the ingredients seemed so fresh. I was actually bummed when I ran out of shredded lettuce in my burrito because I ate it too fast. When we first walked in around 10 a.m., we realized we had gotten sidetracked from ordering what we went there for: breakfast. Rocy made us huevos rancheros (eggs + Mexican food = heaven) and a chorizo. Both came with fried potatoes, beans and flour tortillas. We brought some (note: some) back for the office. All in all, I would risk that annoying turn into the front parking lot (because there’s no doubt I’ll forget you can park in the back) again and often. It’s the facts... · El Jalapeno Mexican Grill has been open for almost two months. The family moved here from Minneapolis. · Speaking of the family, their adorable son was walking around helping his parents. He and J.J. came by the table to see what we thought of the food. · The grill serves breakfast every day from 8-11 a.m. Mondays they open at 10 a.m. · They also serve ice cream and switch up specials every month.
(ATMOSPHERE) There is a great fresh paint job on the walls of the Mexican flag red and green. We were giggling as a heavy metal station was blasting at 10 a.m. (System of a Down with your eggs?). (SERVICE) J.J. was so nice and kept telling us that he could make anything the way we wanted it. When it came to breakfast, we weren’t too familiar with Mexican dishes, so he simply said, “Make it our way?” Si. It was delicious. (TASTE) I practically inhaled my burrito, all while eyeing John’s seasoned chicken taco. While we started on breakfast after our lunch, we talked about how epic it would be to eat here on a Sunday after going out with friends.
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PEACH SANGRIA 2 oz. brandy 2 oz. peach schnapps 4 oz. white zinfandel 4 oz. pineapple juice Mix ingredients in a grande wine glass and enjoy!
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BRAVO CHICKEN DIA VALO PREP: 15 MINUTES | COOK: 10 MINUTES | SERVINGS: 4
Sauce 24 oz. marinara sauce 24 oz. Alfredo sauce 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp minced shallots 1/2 c sliced or chopped andouille sausage 1/3 c sliced roasted red pepper 1-2 oz. vodka 1/2 tsp chipolte powder 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 3-4 drops Tabasco Pre cook 16 oz. penne pasta to al dente (perfect pasta should eat much like a protein). Mix sauce ingredients in a sauté pan. Add grilled or sautéd chicken cut to desired proportions. Add penne pasta. Toss in sauté pan. Top with shredded parmesan. Top with basil or parsley. (Try substituting chicken with shrimp!)
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GET INVOLVED BY AARON VIDAL
“A guy like Andrew Zimmern, who has such a great story in his own life, really brings a level of prestige to a first year event,” said Milos.
THE DETAILS: WHERE: Deadwood, S.D. WHEN: April 10 – 12 HOW MUCH: $50 for a 3-day pass
FORKS, CORKS AND KEGS Executive Director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce George Milos hopes that Forks, Corks and Kegs–a three-day beer, wine and food-focused event that kicks off on April 10–will convince visitors that the city of Deadwood has not just a storied past, but an exciting future as well. “You cannot get a better setting for a food and wine festival,” said Milos. “We’ve got the history. We’ve got the hills, the cobblestone streets. We’ve got everything that anybody could want in terms of scenery. What we want people to know and understand is that we’ve got some first class dining here.” The festival promises to show off Deadwood’s culinary capabilities by offering an assortment of regional wines and home-brews, while encouraging guests to visit the town’s finest eateries, including venues such as the Deadwood Social Club, Oyster Bay and Buffalo Bodega. The three-day package includes cooking lessons and a trade show at the Deadwood Grand from the Taste of Home Cooking School, multiple beer and cigar tastings, and a book-signing from the event’s host, renowned culinary expert Andrew Zimmern. Best known as the host of Bizarre Foods–a travel/cuisine-hybrid television program that finds Zimmern sampling exotic cuisine from around the world–Milos maintains that not only is the James Beard Foundation Award winning a perfect fit for Deadwood’s historically wild atmosphere, but he provides the entire event with a sense of validity. If anything, Zimmern’s own life story certainly does have the same sense of weight and history asSubmitted Image.
sociated with a town as significant as Deadwood. Starting his culinary career at 18, Zimmern rose to prominence as the executive chef at several New York restaurants before succumbing to drug and alcohol addiction. After a year of homelessness, Zimmern got clean and eventually became a successful television personality. “A guy like Andrew Zimmern, who has such a great story in his own life, really brings a level of prestige to a first year event,” Milos said. “We wanted a name to kick the event off, and he was just a great guy to reach out to.” Ultimately, Milos is confident that this event will connect with visitors. “We really want to show everyone who comes what a great event this could be [and] we want it to grow year after year,” he said. “We’re trying to do everything that we can as well as we can for this first year… We’ve got three days full of events, food, wine and beer for $50. I don’t think you will find that kind of bargain anywhere.” Forks, Corks and Kegs kicks off at 3 p.m. on April 10 and runs throughout the evening of the 12th. Tickets for the full three-day event cost $50, and tickets for just Saturday the 12th cost $25. For more info, visit www. deadwood.com/events/forkscorksandkegs or call (605) 578-1876.
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Pull out your pen and check these items off your list this month!
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DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK April 4-12 @ 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Participating DTSF Restaurants Price: Varies More info: www.dtsf.com | (605) 338-4009 Savor the flavors of downtown as Restaurant Week kicks off on First Friday! Try something new on the menu at a value price and let the participating restaurant know what you think! Features range from $5-$30. Check the website listed for locations/features. BONUS! Each time you purchase a Restaurant Week feature, you can enter to win a gift certificate from one of the participating restaurants!
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EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 19 @ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Street Square, Rapid City Price: Free More Info: mainstreetsquarerc.com | (605) 716-7979 Spend time with the family and experience children’s activities at the annual Eggstravaganza, complete with a petting zoo and an appearance by the Easter bunny! BONUS! Along with a puppet show by Markie Scholz (Dragons Are Too Seldom), Markie will hold a sock puppet creation class for the first 200 children to sign up.
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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION April 26 @ 1-5 p.m. Main Street Square, Rapid City More info: mainstreetsquarerc.com | (605) 716-7979 Main Street Square is going green! Many local organizations and businesses will have booths demonstrating how they are earth friendly. There will also be environmentally friendly kids’ games and family fun. The Black Hills Raptor Center will be celebrating Elise, the red-tailed hawk’s 25th birthday, during the event! BONUS! From 10-11 a.m. join in as part of World Tai Chi Day (sponsored by Rapid City YMCA), where thousands in over 70 countries come together to “meditate in motion.” Free.
8TH ANNUAL JAZZ CRAWL April 26 @ 5-11:30 p.m. Participating Locations Price: Free More info: www.sfjb.org | (605) 335-6101 Build your own progressive food and music menu as you travel to the various hot spots to experience a wide array of jazz music! BONUS! Participating locations will host, like Wild Sage Grille, Monks House of Ale Repute, Elements on 8th, Old Skoolz, Grille 26, Bros Brasserie Americano and more! See a full schedule at the website listed above.
L to R: Chris Hill (drums/music director) and V the Noble One (frontman)
V THE NOBLE ONE: P raying for Rei gn
Images by Dan Thorson Photography Shot at The District, Sioux Falls, S.D.
“You can have a fight at a country music concert, and they’ll never blame country music,” said V. “if you have an altercation with rap music, they’ll blame rap.”
Jason Kringen (guitar)
“I’m just the dude that makes stuff move.”
hen V the Noble One, or Vaney Hariri, showed up in the local hip-hop scene in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s, there was hardly a Sioux Falls hiphop scene, period. A handful of groups like the Noblemen (a trio V was part of), HeadHunterz, Slamhound, United Ballaz, Night Shield and Urban Illz had to take charge to make it happen by producing their own shows start to finish, since venues were hesitant. “There was really no hip hop, so at the time it was us,” recalled V. Willing to take a loss out of pocket with each show, their passion for music kept the groups going, and the audience numbers followed suit. Their efforts and crowds didn’t go unnoticed by local businesses. “What you don’t realize was, even though we were spending a few thousand and—for ourselves—taking losses, we were still putting 300-600 people in a room,” he explained. “So if we were eliminating that overhead, there was so much money to be made by venues.” Slowly, but surely, the Midwest caught up with the hip hop movement, as the music category grew in general worldwide. “Nobody wanted to deal with the headache at the time, and even now when there’s a hip hop show the police are on speed dial because of the anticipation of whatever,” said V. “[Venues] had to accept hip hop to make money.”
That’s why it was refreshing for the genre’s O.G. (original gangsta) to shoot the cover story at The District, a new music venue created by Jered Johnson and crew, who launched the entertainment agency Pepper Entertainment around the same time V began performing. This made it easier for local shows to book venues. “It’s interesting because we all started these roads together,” said V. Now V is releasing his third solo album, Pray for Reign—a more mature side. Or dare we say, a more noble approach? One of the biggest evolutions from 2008’s The Head and 2011’s The Fifth Element is a live band backing him up. “This album is what I like to think of as rap grown up,” he described. “I tried my best to make it more musical in terms of instrumentation and more inviting for all listeners without losing who I am as an artist.” His early work, the Buffalo, N.Y. native says, was “all-over-the-place -conscious,” ranging from thoughtprovoking to lyrical to sexist to violent and more. This comes with the hip hop territory, though, as it’s a newer form of expression. “The way hip hop works is, a lot of people criticize hip hop because of the fact that some of the content is so juvenile—misogynistic, materialistic and those types of things,” said V. “What
people don’t understand is hip hop is 35-40 years old and a young art, so its audience and practitioners were both juvenile.” Now that a lot of the original hip hop aficionados are older, V says the music will follow with more realistic, everyday themes. This is what he aimed for with Pray for Reign. “Some of the stuff is just corny if I’m still holding on to be the old dude in the club,” he laughed. “I don’t want to be out all night, I’ve got to work tomorrow, son! That doesn’t mean getting out of that mentality of the ever-struggle wasn’t hard while writing. “I was trying to write how I normally would write, but I’m coming home from my job from a major Fortune 500 company, my wife is watching Real Housewives of whatever, and I’m writing with my Beats by Dre headphones on trying to rap about how I’m struggling. It’s not realistic,” he said. His new music talks about the scene in general and his place in it, politics, communication and his spirituality at times. “That’s what gets me through whatever my situation is, so that’s a perfect medium for me,” he said, who noted he has always had spiritual tones to his music. Another big motif is overcoming obstacles, which he says doesn’t go away with age. “There are certain themes no matter what age you are, they’re universal. It’s just the context that has changed,” explained V. Being an African American in South Dakota has just recently just become less of a daily issue for him, let alone a hip hop artist.
“The cops drive by now and wave at me. In the past several years, white people have just started not to be scared of me.” He continued with a laugh, “I like it and I don’t like it, because I used to get really good seats at the movie theater and on buses. Now people snuggle up right next to me.” Along with his sense of humor, V does admit he has had to put his guard down, especially musically. “I went through a period where it was rough for me, because people would insult my intelligence and it was always like I was proving people wrong,” he said. “Now people get excited for my projects and expect me to be good, which is a different place to be now that I can’t mess this up.” As aforementioned O.G., it’s been a balancing act as newer acts approach him looking for mentorship and guidance: Where to play? Who to contact? What to write? “There are some young cats that I work with that really respond to what I say to them and really want to do well. Those people normally do pretty well,” he said. “Then there’s a group of people that just feel like you’re supposed to do things for them, not help them do it. Then they get frustrated when you can’t.” He continued, “I like being the O.G. to the scene, but at the same time people don’t really understand that I’m still an active emcee and I’m a bit more sparse with my projects because I’m still doing my thing. So some people don’t get I can’t spend all of my time doing your project, I’m working on mine. It’s like I’m Burger King and you’re McDonald’s asking me to come over and help build some new recipes.” V has watched there be lulls in
Anthony Tigges (DJ Severe)
â€œEven though my names seem pretty braggadocios, all of them were given to me by the people,â€? he said of nicknames like The General, V for Vendetta and V the Noble One.
Wes Daucsavage (bass)
“Hopefully with this project done I can clear my plate to start working with some new talent, but first thing’s first, I have an album to push,” he said of his music labels Flame on Entertainment (F.O.E.) and Flame on Gospel (F.O.G.).
“I view myself as a bit of a musical anarchist in that I hate having my face plastered all over everything, and I don’t have much of a taste for following trends,” he said of wearing a V for Vendetta mask as an artist.
the music scene throughout the years where it dies down, and he’s also seen the opposite. “You have an influx period where people are popping out of Cracker Jack boxes. Well that’s no good either, because now when Joe Schmo Rapper X that nobody really knows throws a show and there’s three fights because they don’t know how to put on a situation, then the venues blame hip hop and shut it down,” he said. Adrenaline is pumping now, though, with acts coming together like the recent Black Arts Market II with over 10 hip hop artists putting on an over 1,500 audience show in early March at The District. And that’s what he prays for. The name for his newly released album—out now—came originally from the 2013 605 Summer Classic, which he hosts. The forecast was terrible, with reports of lightning and rain, holding up major decisions for the music event last June. “All it did was drizzle then stop, drizzle then stop, drizzle then stop and
on and on,” he recalled. “It seemed like the perfect metaphor for music and for myself—so many times we have been teased with flashes of talent and these building musical moments, only to have them fade away. So the idea of praying for reign is us all hoping that we can get back to that place where music really says something and to acknowledge that sometimes we resent those at the top simply because it seems like they’re always there. But like most things, we miss them when they’re gone.” V will be hosting a listening party/ performance of his new album Saturday, April 26 at Billy Frog’s Bar & Grill. Doors open for the free admission event at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Pray for Reign is available at Last Stop CD Shop, Ernie November, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify and more for $9.99-$12 (depending on carrier). Download/purchase V’s album and vote which song you want released and which you want turned into a music video on the V the Noble One Facebook page.
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THE SCOOP BY KELSEY BEWICK
“[The festival] just broadens the dialogue between people. It helps to open people’s minds to how everybody’s really the same.”
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH FILM When you think of insightful films shot in faraway lands, you may not immediately envision the Black Hills of South Dakota as an ideal screening locale, but area film festivals are doing just that. Two different film festivals take to the hills this month—the Black Hills Film Festival in Rapid City and Hill City, and LUNAFEST, in Custer. While each event carries its own characteristics, there is one uniting theme: both festivals bring films from around the world and open viewers up to new perspectives. “Our mission is to bring independent films—the best that we can find—to the Black Hills, so people here can experience high-quality, innovative, enlightening films,” said Chris VanNess, festival director for the Black Hills Film Festival. The five-day festival takes place April 30 through May 4 and screens a wide variety of films, from documentaries to shorts. And the venues are just as varied as the films. Screenings will take place at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City, the Harley Davidson Boutique Theater in Hill City and the Hill City High School theater. As a bonus to the film screenings, festival-goers get the opportunity to attend seminars, network at social gatherings and speak directly to the directors responsible for the featured films. In attendance at this year’s film festival, you can expect Academy Award-winning directors straight from Los Angeles as well as Inuit Native from Alaska, all eager to share their films and speak with festival-goers in the Black Hills. Also happening in April is LUNAFEST. Established by the makers of LUNA—a nutritional bar for women—the film festival is put on by local organizers in Custer on April 12 and benefits the Zonta Club of the Black Hills and the Breast Cancer Fund. Submitted Image.
The festival showcases a series of 10-minute film clips by, for or about women. “It’s an event that is unusual for this area,” said Peg Ryan, LUNAFEST committee chair. “It’s an opportunity for people to see films from all over the world.” From art films to foreign films and everything in between, LUNAFEST offers a peek into real life and makebelieve characters throughout our world. Ryan aims to inspire festival-goers with the stories shown at LUNAFEST. “It’s just a really exciting experience, and especially for girls and women in a rural setting to be exposed to opportunities throughout the world and to see what other women are doing and what they can also accomplish,” she said. And while the festival focuses on women, Ryan assures attendees that men can benefit from the films as well. “These films appeal to a broad audience, so there’s something for everybody,” said Ryan. Whether you choose to attend the Black Hills Film Festival, LUNAFEST, or both, each promises to unite South Dakotans with people throughout our world. “[The festival] just broadens the dialogue between people. It helps to open people’s minds to how everybody’s really the same,” said Ryan. “It doesn’t matter where you are, you’re still thinking the same things and you can still relate to things that other people are thinking, even if their location or life is totally different from yours.” For more info, visit blackhillsfilmfestival.org or call (605) 574-9454 for the Black Hills Film Festival, or visit lunafest. org for LUNAFEST.
THE REAL DEAL by Aaron Vidal
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Name: Hugh Weber Age: 36 Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D. Specialty: Connector, Catalyst, Creative
“There are two things that I think limit our region. One is this idea that ‘nothing great happens here.’”
HUGH WEBER This April marks the 5th annual OTA, an event that brings together community members from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota (all states that end with the letters OTA, hence the name) and helps them establish entrepreneurial, professional and artistic relationships with each other, while setting them up with global leaders from all different walks of life. The organization itself recently took its own connection-focused mission statement to heart, forming a partnership with Pollen, a crowd-sourced online community, in order to establish a strong digital presence. We sat down with Hugh Weber, the CEO of OTAPollen and South Dakota native, to discuss the upcoming event, which takes place on April 4 at the Washington Pavilion. What is the importance of an event such as OTA? Our mission statement is to spark regional transformation through creating collisions and connections. Let me unpack that a little bit. I believe that, as a region, we have some deep connections within our communities. But we also have a severe issue of isolated leadership. So over the past five years, OTA really has formed a movement around the idea of connecting the disconnected throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. We bring together, Submitted Images.
through a series of events and experiences, the region’s best and brightest and put them right at the same table with world thought leaders–to share insights and expertise, develop relationships and (in the way we like to explain it) create limitless possibilities. Now in its fifth year, what are some examples of OTA’s impact on the community, perhaps some connections or foundations that were established as a result of the event? We’ve seen relationships develop between organizations. We’ve seen people change professions and careers. We’ve seen communities perhaps reexamine the way they tell their stories. One example that always pops up for me, is that of a small group of filmmakers here in Sioux Falls. They have been doing incredible work for years, and it just had failed to reach a level of visibility in the community and in the broader region of the country. And through the work that they did as partners with others in the area in the last couple
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of years, they’ve not only started to gain visibility locally, but they’ve had regional players bring them to the table. Now they’re going to roll out a full-length feature film. On a big-scale level, we have a primary partner who had been working for several years to get a specific meeting with an entrepreneur in another community in the region. Through the relationship that we developed with him, and through the events that we built, we were able to facilitate that introduction. What inspired you to put this kind of organization together? There are two things that I think limit our region. One is this idea that “nothing great happens here.” The thought that–if you’re going to realize your potential–you’re going to have to move elsewhere to do big, bold, positive, possibility-focused things. And the second is, that whenever people tell “the stories,” we think life happens somewhere else. We watch movies, we watch the news and everything says that life happens “somewhere else.” So my driving force was, “Well what would it look like for that artist or entrepreneur in Milbank to be connected to that business leader/venture capitalist in Minneapolis or Rapid City? What could they do together? What if we could find 1,500 world-class talents in the region and connect them to each other and to the conversation that’s happening globally?” This region is built on a legacy of hard work and invention. We’re natural problem solvers, but also possibility-focused thinkers. We can see things that don’t exist yet. That’s what drives the idea behind OTA. What do you think that artists and entrepreneurs from this region have to offer the larger community that is exclusive to our capabilities? I think there is a unique perspective that’s deeply tied to place. This is not the easiest place to engage in art or creativity or innovation. But what that does is create a resilience and a grit that I think is first class… And what that means for creativity is a willingness to explore options. It means a certain level of boldness and risk engagement. It’s not any more difficult to be successful here or build this kind of crossbeam network than it is to build the interstate system or the transcontinental railroads. It seems virtually impossible, but when it happens, it’s extraordinary. When it happens, it’s world-class. OTA14 will take place in the great hall of the Washington Pavilion on April 4, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eleven speakers will present throughout, and audience members will be given means to commence networking with each other. Tickets are $150, and you can also pay $50 to subsidize a free ticket for a local student. For more info, visit www.weareota.com or call (605) 3501264.
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LITTLE PARENT ON THE PRAIRIE by Tracy Kirby
However, on a positive note, I do think we did a tremendous civic duty when the children made such a spectacle at the gliteratti Vegas pool that we are pretty sure we scared the horrified bronzing 20-somethings into celibacy.
TAKING A LESSON FROM SPRING bio: Tracy Kirby’s roots and heart are in the Hawaiian Islands, but destiny has led her to the prairie. She is a wandering traveler, a wife to a dashing Sioux Falls native, a mother to a 2-year-old daughter and 145-pound bear puppy, a freelance writer, and a lover of souls.
Illustration by Liz Long.
It’s as if the heavens have opened. Bursting forth in the form of budding trees, blossoming florals and sweet celestial sunshine; a new day has dawned. Springtime. If you read my last column in March, you know to say it has been a long winter for our family would be an understatement of the millennium. When the winter bullies spring in arriving late or not at all, there is something that panics inside of me. As if the entire universe is entirely off course. The late bizarre, but ever ingenius word artist Ernest Hemingway writes in his memoir A Moveable Feast about his love affair with spring, and he said, “In those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed.” I’ve been going over this quote in my mind lately --marinating in the truth of what he was getting at. It is frightening when springtime, along with all the new life that blows in with it, feels like it will never arrive. And not merely because of the much-needed temperature change, but because spring’s arrival innately tells the beautiful story of the natural course of all of nature and humanity: Rebirth and new life. New life. New life is heavy on my heart this spring as this was always the year and season we “earmarked” (as if you can really plan for something that is largely out of your hands) for taking the plunge in thinking about adding another tiny human to our ever chaotic family. But as we are in the throes of the terrible
twos with our current daughter, the winter was the 10th worst in state history (so sayeth the news), and not to mention the serious complications with preeclampsia we experienced with our first pregnancy; I’ve been struggling with whether or not this is the right season for us to think about baby number two. I recently took my daughter sans husband to see my sister-in-law and niece in California. I was gone for a total of 10 days, and in those 10 days I got a small taste of what it would be like to be a caretaker of more than just one child. That being said, I would like to pause here and say to all you parents out there with multiple children: Did you ever know that you’re my hero? I’m not kidding. Give yourself a gold star for life and get your angelic little bottom to the spa for a massage. You deserve it. As one may imagine, 10 days with my niece, age 5, and daughter, age 2, was truly an memorable adventure. My sister-in-law and I, both with husbands working during this “vacation,” played one-on-one coverage with the children, but despite our best efforts; we still found ourselves annihilated at day’s end mumbling mildly coherently sentences to each other like “we did it.” To better illustrate, by the end my sister-in-law had dubbed my daughter the “tiny tornado,” and after too many broken items to count, spills galore and potty accidents I don’t ever want to talk or think about again, I think the name will stick. And to top it off, we decided
it would be fun and flew with both children to Las Vegas to see my sweet grandma for her birthday. And without going into too much detail, Vegas with a potty-training toddler and a bed-wetting school-age child; probably not the best idea we’ve ever had. However, on a positive note, I do think we did a tremendous civic duty when the children made such a spectacle at the gliteratti Vegas pool that we are pretty sure we scared the horrified bronzing 20-somethings into celibacy. You’re welcome, America. But as the trip wound to a close, and I began thinking about returning home from what I thought in the moment felt like pure chaos, I started to ache for and actually missed before it was even over. Watching the children learn to get along, help each other, laugh carelessly and blissfully over nothing at all, and hold hands when they didn’t think anyone was looking did something to my heart. All the worries I had in even thinking about having another child seemed to pale. I suddenly feel like I am spring pushing against winter. No matter the complications that may arise, no matter what adversity we will undoubtedly face; new life is worth the risk. And like spring that sometimes gets bullied into coming later than expected or begins and then is delayed by the harshness of winter, new life doesn’t always come when and the way you expect. But when and if it does, we know the fight was worth it as there is nothing greater on earth than new life.
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ASK THE JOHNS
Yes, all three of these guys are named John. Yes, it was a popular name in the ‘80s. The identity of these three amigos have been altered to protect the innocent. Have a question for the Johns? Shoot an e-mail their way at TheJohns@605magazine.com.
One of my friends is constantly buying spendy things, is a member at the country club and even gambles often. Did I mention they’re secretly running low on money? We’ve since stopped talking as I can’t keep watching them attempt to keep up with the Joneses. Why do people put themselves through this?
Even in my 20s, it seems like it’s hard to keep things spicey in a marriage. By the time I’m home from work all I want to do is be a cliché and be in my robe watching reality TV. Tips?
There is this person I come across often for work, and whenever we chat they constantly try to get me to talk about other people. It’s crazy because they’ll do it with a smile, so I almost feel like it’s entrapment. How can I get them to chill and just be a work friend and not corner me into awkward conversations?
JR: I don’t get it. I gave up keeping
JR: I’ve never been married before, but
JR: People rarely corner me to try to
up with the Joneses when all my co-workers at the pizza joint kept leaving for ‘bigger and better things’ like college. I was like, ‘What can be bigger and better than our 20 percent discount?!’
my roommates (Mom and Dad) have been happily married for 35 years and they still can’t keep their hands off each other. It’s like, get your own place mom and dad, I don’t need to see that! As for me, I keep things spicey with my online girlfriend by changing my avatar to a picture of John Stamos.
get gossip. I think it’s because they know I’m simply not interested in spreading (or hearing rumors). Either that or the fact that I sometimes forget to brush my teeth.
JW: Sometimes you gotta front, son! Second mortgage to get that bling, all about image or you a bustah! Always be makin’ that rain ::throws a pile of 1 dollar bills in the air::
JT: Sometimes people get caught up with image, especially with social media opening up an arena of people comparing each other: Who got a new job? They bought that house?! Sometimes this can sadly lead to debt and unrealistic expectations just to feel like you fit in. Maybe reach out to them if you truly care and see if there is anything you can do. What they’re doing could even be a cry for help.
JW: Those people are the worst. They
will be objectified, and you will like it. I just sent you some high heels via Amazon Prime.
are all unhappy and full of self-loathing jealousy. Next time they do it, air-horn them right in their face. Then give them a rolled-up newspaper to the snout. Actually that may be accidentally good advice!
JT: I suggest allotting at least one
JT: Try to focus the conversation
night a week for date night. Whether it’s a nice dinner or curling up to watch a movie with candles, it’s good to only focus on each other as a couple sometimes. No family, work or money talk, just focus on one another. It also helps to have an excuse to dress up!
elsewhere. If they don’t get the hint and keep trying to gossip, either be up front with them and say you’re uncomfortable with where the conversation is going, or try to avoid them if possible. You don’t want to get pulled into office drama.
JW: Shame on you, young lady! You
Illustration by Chuck Bennis DISCLAIMER: Ask the Johns is a sarcastic piece. Their advice is not meant to be taken literally… except maybe John T’s.
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Do you know the facts? Each month we bring you interesting tidbits about our community and more.
1,111 DooGooders, a local pet waste cleanup crew, reached a “crappy” milestone of swabbing more than 1,111 dogs for their PooPrints DNA program. This helps catch pet owners who aren’t cleaning up after their dog at apartment residents.
The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970. www.dosomething.org
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13,355 Chive On Sioux Falls, a non-profit group dedicated to raising funds for local charities and causes, has raised $13,355 so far in 2014. The lighthearted group moves locations and switches causes every event. Provided by Chive On Sioux Falls
1,155 Officials have counted 1,155 homeless people in South Dakota. 40 percent were men, 32 percent were women and 28 percent were children. The count was conducted by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers.
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FASHION IMAGES BY LAURA KATE PHOTOGRAPHY MODELS JESSICA ALBERS & GARET FORD
spring trend preview The weather hasn’t made up its mind, but we have about what’s hot this spring in fashion!
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Sanford registered nurse Sarah Kooiker commented on going green, “As always, personal preference seems to reign!”
A GREEN ALTERNATIVE What some aren’t aware of is that the discomfort, odor, irritation, flow and even infection from periods could be caused by what is being put against the skin/inside of the body. “The vagina is self-cleansing and continually produces fluid that ‘flushes’ the vagina,” said a statement on divacup.com. “When a tampon is inserted, its composition of rayon and cotton absorbs your vagina’s protective fluid, drying out and disrupting its normal pH levels.” Shelly Gaddis, owner of Elegant Mommy in Sioux Falls, pointed out how many young women are recommended to be put on birth control early on to help with heavy cramping. The culprit of this problem could very well be the products they’re using during their menstrual cycle. “You don’t know any better. Did you research what’s in a pad or tampon when you were 14? Probably not,” laughed Gaddis. An alternative to disposable feminine products also is better for the environment: menstrual cups or cloth pads.
Menstrual Cups When used as directed, menstrual cups are a more sanitary feminine hygiene solution to tampons or pads. Latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, odor-free and free of colors and dyes, they are made from non-absorbent silicone, meaning they don’t disrupt the “natural environment” of your vagina. There are different sizing options (or “cup sizes”) and the “string” can be cut accordingly for personal comfort. The smaller the cup, the lighter the flow and vice versa. “You’ll be able to tell when it gets full, dump it in the toilet, rinse it out and put it back in,” said Gaddis. Research proper cleaning with the brand you choose, but typically there are special disinfecting wipes you can purchase to carry with you or you can use the sink (Gaddis suggests nonirritating soap).
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More Perks “going green”: Cash: Both options also save a lot of money. The Diva Cup, for example, ranges at around $25 and can be used up to a year, saving hundreds of dollars annually. Environment: When you think about washing dirty cloth pads or menstrual cups, just think about what disposable pads and tampons do to our landfills and sewage systems every day (cringe!). Moving on... Health: There are no harmful substances. Some disposables can contain bleaches, perfumes, absorbing chemicals or allergens that just aren’t meant to be up in your business, let alone all day. The “natural balance” isn’t shaken up, and rashes or other irritating scenarios are avoided.
Cloth Pads Cloth pads are washable, reusable pads that typically have a base and a topper. There are different sizes, and some with lighter periods can just use a base. Like clothes, they can be washed when the period has ended (Gaddis says having one for every day of your period helps with washing). This eliminates the waste and constant clutter of disposable options. “You carry four or five pads or tampons usually throughout the day, use them and toss them out,” described Gaddis. “You can have a cute wet bag that is smell proof like a diaper wet bag in your purse and put your soiled toppers in the bag and wash them later.” Like most things, it will take time to switch over. “There definitely could be questions, but just like everything else you’ve just got to practice it,” said Gaddis. Sanford registered nurse Sarah Kooiker commented on going green, “As always, personal preference seems to reign!” To learn more about what Elegant Mommy has to offer, visit www.elegantmommy.com or www.educatedmommy.org.
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HEALTH PROFILE BY KELSEY BEWICK
“I didn’t move a mountain, but I learned that dance step.”
SOCIAL DANCE CELEBRATION Lindy Hop, salsa and swing your way through a weekend of heart-pumping, confidence-boosting fun. Both beginners and seasoned dancers will move and groove when the Black Hills Dance Festival brings a myriad of social dance styles to Rapid City, April 24-26. “Thursday night all the way through Saturday night it is just nonstop, hour-by-hour dance lessons,” said Jami Young, Submitted Image.
Black Hills Dance Festival board associate and promoting committee member. The three-day festival boasts big-name dance instructors and entails endless classes, performances and social events. Throughout the weekend, dancers are offered ample room to
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improve upon their skills or start from square one and work their way up to country line connoisseur, cha-cha champion and every dance style in between. “It’s just a one-stop shop for dancing,” said Young. Each day, multiple hour-long classes are offered simultaneously—giving festival-goers the opportunity to break a sweat in the class that best aligns with their skill-level and favored style. The festival format also allows dancers the ability to hop from a line dance class to a samba lesson, or move from beginner two-step up to intermediate. The entire weekend is all about having fun and learning a few things along the way. Not only is the Black Hills Dance Festival a perfect place to pick up party-ready moves, it also packs a cardio kick without much effort. “It gets your heart-rate moving and you don’t realize you’re doing any kind of exercise,” said Young. “It’s not only physical, but it’s also mental, because it gives you…self-confidence and it changes your attitude.” It’s a mind-body transformation Young has experienced herself. She attended the dance festival for the first time five years ago to chaperone her daughter, but it only took one year before she tentatively stepped out on the floor for her first dance class. Now, in addition to promoting the festival, she eagerly awaits the weekend when she can partake in non-stop dancing. “[The festival] is a big celebration,” she said. “You feel so good about yourself, and it’s good exercise, it’s fun… and it’s very rewarding.” Her involvement has even brought forth new experiences Young could have never imagined—like dancing alongside a 92-year-old man at last year’s festival. “His wife had passed away and she loved to dance and he wanted to take a dance class in honor of her,” said Young. “I got the pleasure to be his dance partner and I loved it. It was the coolest thing ever.” It’s a testament to the welcoming environment and the wide array of festival-goers. Young or old, inexperienced or pro, anything goes and all are invited. Still apprehensive about giving social dance a whirl? Don’t be, said Young. “[The Black Hills Dance Festival] kind of made me blossom. I do everything for my daughter, and my son, and my husband and it was something for me and it made me feel so accomplished,” said Young. “I didn’t move a mountain, but I learned that dance step.” It’s a three-day celebration of good times, camaraderie and movement. “[Dancing] is just good for the mind, for the heart, for the muscles, for the soul. For me, its really good exercise and its really good therapy,” said Young. For more info, visit blackhillsdancefestival.com or call (605) 355-0013.
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DIY with kerry mcdonald
An easy way to reuse everyday items for a refreshing Easter centerpiece.
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bio: Kerry uses her love for typography and ranged design talent to compile both 605 Magazine and Dainty Obsessions. Her subtle quirks include her color coordinated closet and her somewhat unhealthy Pinterest obsession.
Empty egg carton Egg shells Candles Easter candy Flowers Scissors Cut the top off of your empty egg carton. Crack eggs gently so you have enough shell to place a candle inside or water for flowers. Wash out egg shells and let air dry. Decorate your egg carton with candy, flowers, egg shells and candles.
Join us for our Easter brunch, April 20th serving 10am - 2pm Do not delay! Reservations are highly recommended