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Stevens Point (and neighbors) Calendar of Events Art

Through July 16 Verse&Vision II. Gallery Q. Through July 29 14th Annual Juried Art Show. Riverfront Arts Center. Through August 10 Kristin Thielking and Keven Brunett. Scarabocchio Art Museum. Through September 17 Dual Lives: Chinese Opera in New York City. Noel Fine Arts Center. July 18 - August 8, Wednesdays Learn to Sew. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. UWSP Continuing Education. July 20-21 Art Bloom at the Mill. Fri. 2:00 8:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville. July 23 Wild Things Mixed Media Exploration. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. UWSP Continuing Education. July 23 - August 13, Mondays Life Drawing. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. UWSP Continuing Education. July 25 - August 8, Wednesdays Introduction to Drawing. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. UWSP Continuing Education. July 30 Tie Dye Workshop. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. UWSP Continuing Education. Dance

July 14 Dancing Through Life with the Nia Technique. 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. July 15 Belly Dance. 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.



Through July 7 John Lambert, Acoustic Classic, Pop, Rock and Soul. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Shipyard Bar and Grill, Mosinee. Through August 1, Wednesdays Stevens Point City Band Concerts. 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Pfiffner Park Bandshell. July 4, 11, 18, 25 Jazz on the Patio. 5:30 p.m. SentryWorld Sports Center. July 7 Brian Bethke. 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Rudy’s Redeye Grill. July 7 Sly Joe and the Smooth Operators. 7:00 p.m. The Beach House, Mosinee. July 7 Barley Station. 9:30 p.m. Kim’s Barrell Inn. July 12 Galynne Goodwill. 8:00 p.m. Lake Arrowhead Grounds, Nekoosa. July 13 Clark Place Reunion 2012. 7:00 p.m. The old Clark Place, 3425 Church St. July 14 Classic Country Concert at the Rising Star Mill. 7:00 p.m. Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville. July 14 Open Mic with Tim Krogman. 7:00 p.m. Kristins Riverwalk. July 14 James Stanley Howen. 9:00 p.m. Kim’s Barrell Inn. July 14-28 Live Entertainment. 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Amber Grill.

July 28 Galynne Goodwill. 8:00 p.m. Rudy’s Redeye Grill. July 29-August 11 American Suzuki Institute. 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. suzuki to register. Outdoors

Through August 28, Tuesdays Tai Chi in the Park. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Pfiffner Park Bandshell. July 7-13 Bike Northwood’s Tour. SPASH. July 14 2012 Stevens Point YMCA Lactic Edge Triathlon. 8:30 a.m. Bukolt Park. July 17 Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnic. 5:15 p.m. Goerke Park. July 17 Take a Step 5K. A community event that benefits CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center. 6:00 p.m. http://www. July 21 Bike Fun: Epic Ice Cream Ride. 12:45 p.m. Iverson Park near slide set. July 21-22 17th Annual Relay for Life of Portage County. Sat. 7:00 p.m. - Sun. 9:00 a.m. http://main. July 28 Sentry’s Century Commemorative Bike Ride. 6:30 a.m. SentryWorld. July 29 Huckin’ for Harder Disc Golf Fundraiser. 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Standing Rock.

Stevens Point (and neighbors) Calendar of Events Poetry

July 1 Poetry Slam at Riverfront Rendezvous. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Pfiffner Building. Theater

July 13-15 Central Wisconsin Children’s Theater Show. Fri. and Sat. 2:00 p.m., Sun. 7:00 p.m. @1800 Theater. July 26 Kids from Wisconsin. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. @1800 Theater. Other

June 29-July 1 Riverfront Rendezvous. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. Pfiffner Park. July 4 4th of July Parade. 12:00 p.m. Downtown Main Street. July 4 Amherst Family Fun Fest Chicken Roast. 11:00 a.m. Portage County Fair Grounds, Amherst. July 4-5 Kids Summer Movie Series. “Happy Feet 2” 10:00 a.m. Rogers Cinema. July 6 Movie in the Park. “Spy Kids - All the Time in the World” Dusk, Pfiffner Park.

July 10-12 Wind Turbine Design Considerations. Custer. www. July 11-12 Kids Summer Movie Series. “Hoodwinked Too” 10:00 a.m. Rogers Cinema. July 12 Healthy Family Fun Night. 5:00 8:00 p.m. Children’s Museum. July 12-13 Krazy Days. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Downtown Main St. July 12-15 40th Annual Iola Car Show and Swap Meet. Iola.

July 19-22 Portage County Fair. Thurs. 5:00 11:45 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m., Sun. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Portage County Fair Grounds, Amherst. July 20 Movie in the Park. “Tangled.” Dusk, Pfiffner Park. July 20-21 2012 Garden Parade. Fri. 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 715-346-1316 for details. July 21 Pie and Ice Cream Social. 9:00 a.m. Next door to Reflections Antiques and Gifts, Nelsonville.

July 13 Movie in the Park. “Kung Fu Panda 2” Dusk. Pfiffner Park.

July 21 Solar Domestic Hot Water. Custer. workshops.

July 13 Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety. Custer. www.midwestrenew. org/workshops.

July 22 Solar Water Site Assessor. Custer. workshops.

July 14 Canning Made Easy. Amherst. www.

July 25-26 Kids Summer Movie Series. “Big Miracle” 10:00 a.m. Rogers Cinema.

July 16-20 Wind System Repair and Maintenace. Custer. www.

July 28 Celebrate Plover. 9:00 a.m. midnight. Lake Pacawa Park, Plover.

July 8 Solar Dehydration. Custer. www.

July 16-19 37th Annual National Wellness Conference. UWSP. www.

July 9 Introduction to Wind Systems. Custer. workshops.

July 18-19 Kids Summer Movie Series. “Jack and Jill” 10:00 a.m. Rogers Cinema.

July 28-29 Blast to the Past Car Show. Sat. 8:00 a.m. - Sun. 3:30 p.m. Shooters, Plover.

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content july 2012 Tree Carnival - Sam Gustafson


Calendar of Events


revolving doors - douglas somers


My advice to my liberal friends in the wake of the recall elections - John Lee

Andrew Peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE - pg. 8

Alexander Landerman - pg. 11

Untitled - kaleeM rajA


Alien Biology - Andrew Peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE Ugly - Andrew Peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE


Dime Bag - Andrew Peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE Mathematical Divide and Rule kaleeM rajA


Honey Island - Robin Lee


douglas somers - pg. 14



Past 4 - Robin Lee


Skull Growth - Sam Gustafson


The Alpha Female - kaleeM rajA


Celestial Inseminator - Sam Gustafson


With Brandon Lee Smith Alexander Landerman

Chris Talbot-Heindl - pg. 13


One Million Variations of the Face I Know Best #42 - Chris Talbot-Heindl

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Lovesick - Gale Acuff


Untitled - kaleeM rajA


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Underneath: Logan E. - Chris Talbot-Heindl


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tasty buds - douglas somers


One Million Variations of the Face I Know Best #32 - Chris Talbot-Heindl


Tree Carnival

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Hatchet - kaleeM rajA


Guardian - Andrew Peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE Love is Like a Heart-Shaped Noose - kaleeM rajA


Once Upon a Time In - Jan Haskell



Texas Chainsaw - Andrew Peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE


Donors and Index


What to Do - kaleeM rajA


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john lee, kaleem raja, andrew peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE. My advice to my liberal friends in the wake of the recall elections

By: John Lee June 9, 2012

Now that a few days have passed since the recall elections and tempers have (somewhat) cooled, I’d like to make a few observations about the responses from Democratic voters. Now, emotions are still probably raw but I want you to read on. This is not a “ha-ha” moment that I am enjoying at your expense. I am just trying to offer some observations and genuine advice. Don’t get me wrong. Many of you claim that I am a conservative (though that is quite inaccurate) and that I am a Republican partisan. I’m going to make this clear. I support neither the Republican nor Democratic Parties. I became disillusioned with the Republican Party when I realized that Republican politicians hardly ever mean what they say. That being said, I never liked the Democratic Party when I realized that Democratic

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politicians do mean what they say. Election season, which admittedly seems to be happening all the time, is always an ugly time in politics. People get emotional, they get angry, they hurl insults at each other, they assassinate opponents’ characters, etc. The only other thing that brings out the worst in people, and even then not as successfully, as election seasons do is Barton’s Vodka. However, the one very big difference between Republicans and Democrats that I want to highlight is the reactions that both sides have to losing an election. When Republicans lose an election, there’s plenty of finger pointing at each other, to be sure. The Social Conservatives get blamed for losing the moderate vote, the Fiscal Conservatives get blamed for losing the middle class vote, the Paleo Conservatives get blamed for losing the ethnic minorities vote, and the NeoConservatives get blamed for everything (not that those damned neo-cons don’t deserve it). After the finger-

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john lee (con’t), andrew peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE. pointing is done though, Republicans mostly all the time get back together (albeit unhappily and involuntarily) and then admit to themselves that the reason they lost the election is because they “didn’t stay true to their principles.”

When Walker survived this recall election, the typical response from disappointed Democrats was that monied interests corrupted the election and convinced those dumb Republican hillbillies to vote against their own economic interests.

And that much is almost always true. Republicans hardly ever stay true to their principles once they attain power. It doesn’t have to be repeated that government spending and government expansion grew at an exponentially greater rate during Republican administrations than during Democratic administrations, at least in the last thirty years. The reason for that is that when in the opposition, it is always easy to condemn the government’s tumorous infiltration into our everyday lives. But once they get voted into office, Republicans soon realize that the joy of governing actually lies in governing and not relinquishing power.

If you are a Democrat or a liberal reading this and you wonder why the word “elitist” often gets thrown at you (and used very effectively as a derogatory term), THIS is why. When you make the claim that monied interests convince hillbillies to vote against their own economic interests, what you’re actually saying is “I’m smart, you’re not.” I could be wrong but I think it is quite possible that people as a general rule don’t usually like being called an idiot.

And so after losing an election, Republicans say that they have to go back to their roots. Considering how often they have said that, it’s not altogether unreasonable to question their honesty or integrity to their principles. Oh all right, they’re dirty, cheating liars and each and every last one of them ought to be made to watch “Vagina Monologues” over and over and over again until they decide to voluntarily disembowel themselves with sporks. But that’s the Republican politicians. What about your average Republican voter? Well, for one thing, there is no such thing. The problem with having a Big Tent political party is that it tends to dissolve homogeneity. But assuming for a second that such an entity exists, whatever brand of conservatism that “an average Republican voter” adheres to, they always love the idea of going back to the party’s root, whatever that might mean. At least amongst the voters, there is almost always a “mea culpa” of sorts. This might explain why Republicans have become more conservative over the years and now make Ronald Reagan look like a pinko. Whether or not that is a good thing is a different matter. What I want to talk about is that “mea culpa” attitude that Republicans (whether they mean it or not) have, or at least pretend to have, at the end of an election loss. The reason I bring it up is that Democrats, politicians and voters alike, almost NEVER express that kind of attitude, pretend or otherwise, after the end of their election loss.

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john lee (con’t), andrew peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE. But it’s not just a matter of calling other people stupid that is a major flaw in Democrats’ way of thinking. Another problem with this attitude that Democrats and liberals have is that by blaming their loss on stupid hillbillies who voted for the “wrong” guy, it allows you to believe that you don’t need to look at yourselves in the mirror and ask yourselves “what the hell is it about us that people don’t like?”

You want me to prove it? Ok, using the same logic, let’s go back to the 2008 presidential election. During that campaign season, then Senator Obama outspent Senator McCain by three to one. By using your logic, would I then be correct in saying that the ONLY reason that President Obama won that election is because he had more money to spend than Senator McCain did? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

I know, you guys think you champion the little guys by supporting unions, and want those greedy rich bastards to pay more in taxes to help pay for Little Timmy’s heart operation, and want to make sure that there is clean water and air for everyone. How could anyone in their right minds not love you, right?

In 2008 and 2009, when President Obama won the election, conservatism was pronounced dead and everyone and their grandmothers said that Republicans will be in the political wilderness for a while and must do some soul searching. Turns out that prognosis was an exaggeration. Similarly, it is an exaggeration to say Walker’s victory is a death knell for progressivism or a vote of no confidence against the Obama adminstration. No matter how much I pray and wish it away, progressivism is not going to go away any time soon. But a little bit of soul searching might be in order. Just saying.

Actually, there’s plenty not to like about your ideas. I’ve written about them. A lot. So have many others who are smarter than I am. A lot. And no, we shouldn’t just agree to disagree. Agreeing to disagree is something that families and friends do so that they won’t let something as petty as a moral question about right and wrong get in the way and make people not want to ever see each other again. I’m not saying that conservatives are mostly right and liberals are mostly wrong. Conservatives are mostly wrong, too. But at least they try to recalibrate their message or go back to their roots or whatever it is that their campaign strategists think will work for this election season. Democrats and liberals tend to go for the “I’m going to shut my ears and scream la-la-la-la very loudly” approach. Besides “what the hell is it about us that people don’t like” that liberals often don’t ask themselves, liberals also tend not to ask “what the hell is it about the other guy that people seem to like.” Yes, Republicans can be incredibly repulsive, and with good reason(s). But what does that say about your political party’s ideas when your preferred candidate can’t beat Scott Walker? Seriously, the man is not that far off from being compared to Richard Nixon. And Tom Barrett still lost. That’s saying something. The answer, by the way, is not just how much a candidate spends in campaigning. A lot of fuss was made over the fact that Scott Walker outspent Tom Barrett in this recall election, thus implying that the ONLY reason that Walker was able to win (besides grumbling of fraud) is that he had more money to burn than Barrett did. That argument is really weak.


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kaleem raja, robin lee. Mathematical Divide and Rule By: kaleeM rajA

You divide people; Add nothing to their lives And only multiply their strives I’m too clever by halves, it’s true. But what fraction of stupid are you?

Honey Island

By: Robin Lee Things aren’t quite the same on Honey Island, when love’s not on the line. The things we thought would never change, have changed so much with time. The fields and woods are barren, and caked with frozen snow. Walking fast into the past; is no where I should go? Orange-ember-sun has just begun to shine over the edge of the earth the death of the day, as the light fades away, gives night a new birth. Mr. Mead’s magical Marshfield, sacred and a vast, may be frozen in the present, but melts memories from the past. I re-live these melted memories. The phantom kisses and wind bow. All the dismissed bliss that we miss, or that we’ll never know. I turn my back on the past with out thinking, and head forward toward dark east, and as I wander west I wonder if I did my best by doing my very least. Time’s have changed on Honey Island for the wrong, or for the right, but when love’s not on the line, I’ll have plenty of time, to contemplate through the night.


robin lee, sam gustafson, kaleem raja. Past 4

By: Robin Lee It’s past 4:30 and I’ve ate too much. It’s 4:30 and I’m a bit drunk. My ears are ringing from the singing. My brain’s swimming with thought’s I’ve thunk. It’s 4:40 and I’m nostalgic, for all the time that’s past. Time’s been spinning since the beginning, first-fast to the last. The fuzzy buzz of just because, a family of faces. We’re all here together, despite the phases of places. Snow falls down in slow motion as I try to find my breath. The many minute moments lead us from birth to death. The jokes, the smokes the memories, made as quickly as they’re lost. The cents spent can’t make a dent on love’s priceless cost. Yes love is the word that binds us, that links our soulful hearts. That moves us to the ending, from the very start. The love of family, the love of friends, the love of the worldly self. That defends what forced-fate sends, determining our health. 4:50 in the morning, quickly turns to 5. And death will come without warning, so give thanks that we’re alive.


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That we’re alive for the moments, that makes life worth living. Believing that receiving is the reason for giving. Clarity’s a rarity, but it shines like the light from above. We I realize with unsurprised eyes that the most important thing is love. So as night fades into morning, as tomorrow turns today. my heart stays warm in the morning as I feel time slip away.

The Alpha Female By: kaleeM rajA

Alpha males punch and break things. Alpha females push pawns And trap kings.

sam gustafson, alexander landerman, chris talbot-heindl.

Celestial Inseminator Sam Gustafson Ink on paper With Brandon Lee Smith Alexander Landerman Charcoal, graphite, pigment, and conte on Rives BFK paper

One Million Variations of the Face I Know Best: #42 Chris Talbot-Heindl Sumi ink on paper 11

gale acuff, kaleem raja. Lovesick

By: Gale Acuff No Sunday School for me today--I’m sick and anyway it’s raining and I walk to church and back again, my parents sleep late on weekends but they send me since I need the morality, either that or they just want me out of the house or maybe both, if wanting me gone is moral. I don’t really care. I’m ten years old and it won’t be long before I can quit school and run away, the circus maybe, or the Navy, or to live like a hobo, or to go to California and be a movie star. Miss Hooker’s my teacher at Sunday Scool and she’ll be the only one I miss while I’m gone, her red hair and green eyes and freckles. After I threw up this morning I came back to my bedroom and for a moment thought that my extra pillow was her--or is that she, I failed that test in regular school, damn pronouns --but I guess it was just wishful thinking, but it would be a fine thing to have her take care of me when I’m sick, I’d want to be sick all the time, then I’d get better and take care of her, get a full-time job and buy her things--rings and a new car and flowers and candy and clothes and stockings. And a new Bible, her old one’s worn out or almost, it looks as old as God is. And a motorcycle. She’d ride on back

to hand out, not to the ladies of course, for every baby we have, pink ones for girls and blue for boys, cigars I mean, though come to think of it the only ones I’ve seen are brown. Then she’ll die before me one day, will Miss Hooker, and I’ll be blue and go to bed alone and her pillow will remind me of her. I’ll hold her --it--close at night and never forget her until I fall in love again, if I’m not too old, and get married all over and maybe have more babies and when I die and go, I hope, to Heaven, I’ll see Miss Hooker there and I’ll bet she cries, she’s so glad to see me and I might cry, too, but in a manlier style, but then she might get on my case about my second wife and maybe ask me which one I love better so I’ll have to be careful how I answer but I’ve got plenty of time to think of something until then so I won’t have to think fast later, she’s pretty

but it would still be hers but it can’t be pink. And I guess we’ll have us some babies, as many as she’s good for at her age because she’s 25 now and she’ll be over 30 by the time I’m a man so we’ll have to hurry up and have them and I guess I’ll learn how to find them, but I think she’ll go to the hospital like they do on TV, she’ll have a room and I’ll have to wait outside and smoke and pace and be nervous and buy some cigars Untitled kaleeM rajA

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gale acuff (con’t), chris talbot-heindl. sharp and last week took away my Hawkman comic book which I had hidden in my Sunday School workbook and I was hoping to get it back today but I’m too sick to be in class. I miss her and wonder if she wonders where I am. Don’t worry, Baby, I whisper to my pillow, I ain’t dead yet. And Father once told me, Son, you’ve got to make the women want you, and he should know, he sleeps on the sofa some and Mother sleeps alone. It must be love.

Underneath: Logan E. Chris Talbot-Heindl Ink and gouache on paper 13

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tasty buds douglas sommers Print


By: kaleeM rajA Your malice was epic. No one can match it. I’ll happily bury the hatchet In your head.

One Million Variations of the Face I Know Best: #32 Chris Talbot-Heindl Photograph


andrew peterson of OVER NIGHT EMPIRE, kaleem raja, jan haskell. Once Upon a Time In...(part one)

By: Jan Haskell

Once upon a time, there was a country. Some would like to call it a nation, and it was often referred to as a nation, but truth be told, it showed none of the attributes that make a nation. At one time, before the great incursion, it could have been called a nation. But even the native people living there broke into dozens of lose confederations of tribal lines to form separate nations. So even from it’s earliest history, this country was broken into separate territories. But I digress Soon after the great incursion, the new peoples sought to organize their territories under one flag with consolidation to a central power. This structuring became a great advantage to these new people. Soon they were able to expand so that their territories reached from one end of the country to the other.

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(The native people were pushed, pulled, and defeated in all attempts to slow or stop the expansion of the new peoples. So much so, that they were put to the extremes of life, and the nation that should have been, was broken) However, this is the story of man, move, conquest, and disperse the native population.

Love is a Heart-Shaped Noose By: kaleeM rajA

Love is a heart-shaped noose You threw like a lasso To give me enough rope to hang myself And the eventual hope to cut myself loose.


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The Bitchin' Kitsch July 2012 issue  
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