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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER ay this be an amazing month for fun and entertainment in FargoMoohead! Judging by the content we put together for this issue, I think we have a pretty darn good chance to fulfill that request! Something really cool happened last month. We published our office phone number for the first time. I thought we might receive a few calls throughout the month of
April. Wow, was I wrong! The phone has been ringing off the hook everyday. This makes me more happy than anything! It means people are really engaging with the magazine and want to become involved. We have had calls from visitors wanting magazines shipped to them, calls about story ideas, calls about job interests and so much more. Let’s keep this going because this is what we want! We want the community to be involved and find
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the best way to collaborate with everyone! On another note, we have continued to keep finding great interview and photo opportunities. We are pumped about how the cover shoot turned out. I mean, we were directing traffic in the middle of the street downtown, with photo equipment everywhere! We also had a chance to interview NASCAR icon Tony Stewart and Rich Sommer from “Mad Men.” Two national figures who gave FM Spotlight the
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time of day! Who would have known? We also had fun finding info about great summer ideas for everyone, along with a complete golf guide! It’s finally feeling really real — really! We also updated www.fmspotlight. com, so make sure you check it out. It is complete with past articles, photos and online editions. Thanks again FargoMoorhead and enjoy!
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hRed Raven Comedy Night Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m
Red Raven Whether you like comedy or are a comedian yourself, the Red Raven’s Comedy night is something you should check out. Comedy night happens every Tuesday night and is filled with about 15 – 20 performers each night! If you’re interested in participating in the show, sign-ups are from 8:45 – 9:15 p.m. Oh, and this event is FREE! You can’t miss it.
Fargo Swings Tuesdays - lessons at 8:30 p.m., dance at 9:30 p.m. Avalon Ballroom $7 adults $5 students
Spring Parade of Homes 1st – 6th
Check out the Spring Parade
of Homes sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors. The parade covers two weekends and hours run noon - 5 p.m. weekends and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. weekdays.
Faces of the Oil Patch: Photography by Wayne Gudmundson 1st – June 8th
NDSU Memorial Union Gallery Compilation of photos documenting the oil boom in western North Dakota. n
Becky’s New Car 1st – 19th
Theatre B Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. “Becky’s New Car” is a thoroughly
original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. More info: theatreb.org. e
Andra Suchy Live at ECCE 2nd at 8 p.m. ECCE Raised on a beef and wheat farm in North Dakota by folk musicians, Andra Suchy began touring and performing at festivals at a
2012 Community O young age. Classically trained and a veteran of musical theater, Suchy is a regular performer on the national radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” and she has performed around the world singing with such artists as Brad Paisley, Mindy Smith, Emmylou Harris, Chris Thile and soprano Renee Fleming. e
Country Girl, Shake It for Me Finals! 3rd at 9 p.m.
Scheels Fish Fest 3rd - 5th
Scheels parking lot, Fargo Kickoff a season of fishing at Scheels Fish Fest. Stop at the Berkley Experience Trailer for unadvertised hourly and daily specials and see what Berkley is doing to help you catch more fish. Check out the latest in tackle and fishing electronics and get your picture taken with World Walleye Fishing Champion, Johnnie Candle. Kids can take aim at casting targets and learn how to make their own tackle. Hours: 3rd: Noon - 8 p.m., 4th: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., 5th: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
playing, tabletop strategy and miniature gaming, costuming, movies and anime, panel discussions and demonstrations and electronic gaming of many types and platforms. More info: fargocorecon.org.
NDSU Opera Theatre Presents The Mikado 4th - 6th
Festival Concert Hall The Mikado is packed-full of music, humor and live entertainment that’ll have you wanting more. Showtimes: 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. and 6th at 2 p.m. For ticket info visit: ndsu.edu/ finearts/music. e
Hairball 4th at 8 p.m. Venue
This rock band plays a bit of everything – Kiss, Bon Jovi, AC/DC – and puts on one heck of an entertaining show. More info: thehubfargo.com.
at 7 p.m. featuring local music, poetry and short story readings as well as showings of local films.
6th at 7:02 p.m.
Wayne Newton 4th at 8 p.m.
Shooting Star Casino Wayne Newton has performed over 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years, earning him the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. Tickets start at $20. More info: starcasino.com.
14th Annual Kite Day 5th at 12:30 p.m.
Edd Clapp Park Show off your kite flying skills. Prizes will be awarded following the competition. More info: fargoparks.com.
AmericInn This Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Anime convention is packed full of fun! Check out live action and tabletop role-
Red Raven A DIY day. At 5 p.m. the independent craft fair featuring local handmade goods for sale begins. On stage performances start
Fargo CoreCon 4th - 6th
Makers Market 5th at 5 p.m.
Newman Outdoor Field The Redhawks kick off their baseball season this May! Grab a beer and some peanuts and watch as they take on the St. Paul Saints. For more information go to www.fmredhawks.com.
Races 5th at 7 p.m.
Red River Valley Speedway Catch the exciting NOSA Sprint Cars, NLRA Late Models Support classes include Modifieds, Supers, B-Mods e
Barn Dance 5th at 9 p.m.
Johnson’s Barn Hey! It’s Cinco de Mayo, and what better way to celebrate it than hanging out with your friends at the Barn Dance? Ana Sia along with Sovereign Sect will be performing. Visit Sovereign Sect’s Facebook Page for more information. Show at 9 p.m.
Cadillac Ranch The Official “Shake It Girl” wins a prize pack that includes VIP WE Fest tickets and backstage passes to meet an official WE Fest artist. More info: thehubfargo. com.
Spring Gala: Hang on to Your Hats! 5th at 7 p.m.
Plains Art Museum Wine tasting by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop, captivating foods by Mosaic Foods, silent auction of art New Collection by Mejeanne Couture, cocktails by Sidestreet Grille & Pub, coffee by Dunn Brothers Coffee Co., desserts by Nichole’s Fine Pastry, dancing by Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome and Music by Inside Out Strings. Tickets: $100 For more information visit plainsart.org.
Relay For Life Clay County Meeting 8th at 6 p.m.
Travelodge and Suites This meeting will be in order to prepare for the June 8 Relay for Life at MSUM.
Bike Night 10th at 5:30 p.m.
Moorhead Center MallEast Parking Lot The second Thursday in
May, June, July and August is Bike Night. From 5:30 – 9 p.m. meet various bike vendors and enjoy the beer gardens. This event is sponsored by Vic’s and BOB 95. e
Volbeat 10th at 6 p.m.
The Venue Check out this Danish heavy metal band that originally formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal, punk and rockabilly. More info: jadepresents. com.
Samantha Meyer Benefit 10th at 6 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Suites Crystal Ballroom 3 Photographer Samantha Meyer was diagnosed with BRCA1, making her extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. This benefit will be to raise money to support operations to save her life. More information is available at www.shootforsam. com.
Meghan Duda, Amber Fletschock and Lori Larusso Artists’ Opening Reception 10th at 7 p.m.
Ecce Check out and view these three artists opening night at Ecce. They will be displaying cut-outs, collages, assemblages and negative space. This event goes from 7 – 9 p.m.
Commencement 11th 4 p.m. and 3 p.m. 12th 10 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Fargodome These college students have
waited for this day for 4, 5, maybe 6 years. Come celebrate with them as the graduate/professional ceremony is at 4 p.m. on the 11th and the undergrad ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the 12th.
Walk MS 12th at 10 a.m.
Scheels Arena Registration begins at 8 a.m. and you can walk the 3 or 6-mile route. For more info visit the National MS Society website or scheelsarena.com.
Fargo Marathon 19th at 7:30 a.m.
Fargodome Whether youâ€™re running the 10K, the half marathon or the full marathon, this yearâ€™s event is sure to be a rocking great time with live music at every mile marker. More info: fargomarathon.com.
Nickelback 20th at 6 p.m.
Fargodome Nickelback, one of the biggest rock bands of the past decade known for their extraordinary live performances, comes to Fargo! Tickets start at $49.50. More info: fargodome.com. 10
Eco Chic Vendors and over 30 local artisans showcasing and selling handmade products. Repurposed furniture, antique furniture, vintage decor, food vendors and great workshops.
HRed River Valley
Speedway Races 12th at 7 p.m.
Red River Valley Speedway JDP Electric presents NOSA Sprint Cars, NLRA Late Models with support classes including Modifieds, Supers and B-Mods.
HPepsi Outdoor Archery Challenge 12th - 13th
Forest River Property This archery tournament includes a 3-D Round (25-30 targets) and a 900 Round. Free hot dogs and Pepsi products provided. More info: fargoparks.com.
Mother’s Day Womens Expo and Fashion Show 12 - 13th at 10 a.m.
Fargo Civic Center Malone and Company is presenting the Mother’s Day Women’s Expo and Fashion Show of 2012. The event is packed with entertainment, speakers, a fashion show and wine tasting showcasing some of the finest wines the Midwest has to offer. Admission is free.
be showing Jaws! Admission is $8. For more information visit www.fargotheatre.org
Cruisin’ Broadway 17th at 5 p.m.
Downtown Fargo May marks the kick-off for the Cruisin’ Broadway event, featuring all the best classic cars parading on Broadway.
Marvelous Mother’s Day 13th at 1 p.m.
HFargo Marathon Youth Run 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Bison Sports Arena Get the kids out for a run! Half-mile run starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 1-mile run starts at 7 p.m. More info: fargomarathon.com.
Photo courtesy of Fargo-Moorhead CVB
The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm Moms and members get free admission and mini golf! e
Black Dahlia Murder 13th at 7:30 p.m.
The Venue This unpredictable heavy metal band will be rocking Fargo. Ticket info: jadepresents.com. n
Classic Film Series 10th at 7:30 p.m.
Fargo Theatre The second Thursday of each month, the Fargo Theatre will be showing some of Hollywood’s legends. This month they will
Nature Adventure 17th at 6 p.m.
Lindenwood Rotary Shelter Bring the family out for a fun evening outdoors. Enjoy food, crafts, games and nature activities.
Bugsy Malone Senior 17th – 20th
The Stage at Island Park Based on the 1976 movie, “Bugsy Malone” is set in 1929 New York City where established gangster Fat Sam and newcomer Dandy Dan fight for control
Junk Market 12th at 9 a.m.
of the metropolis. Showtimes: 17th - 19th at 7:30 p.m.; 20th at 2 p.m. More info: fmct.org.
Plant it 4 the Planet 18th at 9:30 a.m.
Lindenwood Park Get outdoors and put your green thumb to use by helping to plant new trees in the FM area. More info: fargoparks.com. e
Vince Neil 18th at 8 p.m.
The Venue This vocalist and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, will be performing on stage at The Hub. Ticket info: jadepresents.com.
HNorth Dakota Fargo 5K Run/Walk 18th at 6 p.m.
Fargodome Help raise money for 1,000 underprivileged kids in the Red River Valley. Your 5K registration fee goes toward the matching funds program. Grab your shoes and walk or run. More info: fargomarathon.com
Bonnie Haney Dance Gotta Dance 2012 18th & 19th
NDSU Reineke Festival Concert Hall 300 costumes, 30 dances, 4 years through teens and adults dancing different styles from Broadway, jazz, top hat, ballet and more! Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Visit www.bonniehaneydance.com for ticket pricing and show times! e
Lynyrd Skynyrd 18th at 8 p.m.
Shooting Star Casino
With hit songs like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird” and “Gimme Three Steps,” Lynyrd Skynyrd is a must see! Win one of ten $100 drawings or an autographed guitar from the star after the show. More info: starcasino.com. e
27th Mile Concert 19th at 6 p.m.
West Fargo Fairgrounds After you’ve crossed the finish line and rested for a bit, head out to the fairgrounds for some live music. Take in the music of Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon as presented by Arch Allies. For ticket info visit: fargomarathon.com.
HSummer Grind 20th at 5 p.m.
Dike West Skate Park The Summer Grind Exhibition provides divisions for 13 and under and 14 and up participants. Participants are required to wear a helmet and should bring their own skateboard. Prizes will be given to participants in each division. Registration begins day of at 4:30 p.m.
38th Annual Art Olson Swap Meet & Car Show 20th at 8 a.m.
Bonanzaville Public gate open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5 — children 12 and under free with adult. Craft and collectible vendors are welcome. For more information visit www.fhcca.com
Rendezvous Park Bike and Kite Day 20th at 2 p.m. Rendezvous Park, West Fargo Bring a kite to fly and a bike to participate in the Bike Rodeo. Free kites go to the first 50 kids. More info: wfparks.org.
FM Redhawks EVENTS
25th â€“ 30th
Newman Outdoor Field Grab a beer and some peanuts and watch as they take on Sioux Falls the 25th - 27th and Wichita the 28th - 30th. More info: fmredhawks.com.
Randy Travis 25th at 8 p.m.
Shooting Star Casino Known for his songs “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “On The Other Hand” and “If I Didn’t Have You,” Travis will be performing live at Shooting Star. More info: starcasino.com.
June 8 Relay for Life at MSUM.
Yunker Farm Dog Park A great event for all dog enthusiasts! Pets participate in various categories with chances to win prizes. Categories include, but are not limited to: best costume, best trick, dog/ owner look alike. Dog owners will be served hot dogs and pop following the contest. More info: fargoparks.com.
Hot Dog Walk 21st at 5 p.m.
Reforest the Red 22nd at 4 p.m.
Lindenwood Park Planting trees in key areas along the Red will create a buffer to maintain river bank stability, encourage the growth of native plants, improve water quality and provide habitat for river wildlife. More info: fargoparks.com.
14th Annual Emma Awards 24th
The Stage at Island Park The Emma Awards serve as a way to recognize and honor the work of community volunteers who contribute thousands of hours of service each year at the theatre. More info: fmct.org e
Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly Concert 24th at 8 p.m.
Fargo Civic Center Dubbed Cleveland’s “Wild Boy,” Machine Gun Kelly is set to bring his punk rock
lifestyle to Tech N9ne’s “Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour.” For tickets visit the Fargo Civic Center business office or ticketmaster.com.
Mud, a local artist cooperative. Tickets can be bought online at www.wix.com/ artdetroisevent/main-event
Four Person Glow in the Dark Golf Scramble 30th at 8:30 p.m.
Art De Trois 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Taste of Italy This annual event is a fundraising event for Midwest
El Zagal Golf Course This 4 person scramble is for ages 18 and over and limited to the first 10 paid teams. Register by May 25th at fargoparks.com. e
Buckcherry 30th at p.m.
Travelodge and Suites This meeting will be in order to prepare for the
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Relay for Life Clay County Meeting 22nd at 6 p.m.
The Venue For tickets: tickets300.com
THEH HOT OTLIST
EAT Ruin that diet at Nichole’s Fine Pastry
Stop by for lunch — soup, salad and sandwiches — or choose a sweet treat with choices ranging from cocoa truffles to cheesecake. Choose from coffee, tea, soda or wine to accompany your meal or dessert. 13 Eighth St. S., Fargo
Grandma’s Cookies at Josie’s Corner Cafe and Bake Shop
Miss grandma’s homemade cookies? This family owned and run business is happy to whip up a batch for you. Josie’s also has lunch items, soups, an espresso bar and fresh baked goods. 524 Broadway N., Fargo
Fine Dining at Mezzaluna
We love their unique and
Entertainment in Fargo is hot. Check out these hotspots around town to make sure you’re always on top of the coolest happenings. charming downtown ambiance, so drive right up on Roberts Street or park on Broadway and walk through to the picturesque alley entrance. Start with the Tarragon Citrus Crab Cakes or the Parma Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp. Then enjoy one of the many entrees such as Chorizo and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast or the Maple Glazed Salmon Fillet. Finally, finish with a dessert or one of their specialty Artisan drinks. 309 Roberts St. N., Fargo
Thisaway to Thatzza Pizza
This newly opened pizzeria is serving up tasty and unique pizzas. You can order whole or by the slice as other menu items include pastas, wraps, salad and ice cream. With its convenient South Fargo location, their drive thru is bustling and great for families on the go. Make sure to try out one of the many unique pizzas like Pot Roast pizza or Chicken
Parmesan! 3241 42nd St. S, Fargo
Lunch at Cracked Pepper
Eat here every day and never order the same thing. Located west of Home Depot in Fargo, this chic restaurant and cafe is the opposite of boring! We love the lunch combos with homemade soups, salads and sandwiches (included is the homemade dessert of the day!) The menu changes daily and can feed any craving you have. Visit www.crackedpepperdaily.com to see what’s cooking today! 4955 17th Ave. S., Fargo
Take An Adventure at Cafe Aladdin
Fargo-Moorhead doesn’t offer much choice for Greek or Middle Eastern dishes. This is where Cafe Aladdin steps in. Keep in mind that this is a walk-up-to-the-counter-and-order cafe, so it’s not a great place to take a date. But it’s the perfect option for an adventurous lunch. 530 Sixth Ave. N., Fargo
2-4-1 and Free Beer at Big D’s
Happy Hour at Chub’s Pub
The happy hour here really makes us — well, happy. What could be better from 4 - 7 p.m. Monday – Friday?. Here you can get $2.75 domestic taps, $2.95 domestic bottles and $2.95 wells. Check out their website www.chubspub. com to view a complete list of their different nightly specials. 421 University Dr. N. Fargo
Ladies Night at Windbreak
The Hub has some competition for ladies now. $5 all you can drink every Thursday night. 3150 39th St. S., Fargo
We love ordering a drink but when you order one drink and a second one comes with it, there’s nothing better. Big D’s has 2-4-1 drinks, all day, every day. On Fridays, starting at 4 p.m., the first 98 people through the doors get free beer thanks to Q98. 1515 42nd St. S., Fargo
Trip to Long Island at Ground Round
You have to see the sizes of these long islands to believe them. They’re huge! Even better, they’re only $2.85 all day long on Wednesdays and only $1.85 from 9 – 10p.m. 2902 13th Ave. S., Fargo
Gaming at Section9 Cyber Cafe
Section9 not only has a huge selection of games, but they strive to provide the top-rated and latest games, displays and hardware. And don’t worry about leaving the building to refuel — they have snack and drinks available. 14 Roberts St. N., Fargo
Go-Karts at Thunder Road
Round up your family and friends and challenge them to a speedy go-kart race. You’ve been practicing Mario Kart all winter, so put those wicked-good driving skills to the ultimate test! Thunder Road is a family favorite and will officially be open for summer business on May 5. 2902 Thunder Road, Fargo
Family Extravaganza at Bonanzaville
A time machine isn’t needed to travel back in time, just take a trip to Bonanzaville! A mix of fun and education, Bonanzaville is a fun word to say and a great place to take the family. The region’s largest historical attraction opens for the season May 1. 1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo
PLAY Fun In The Sun With Tennis
The tennis nets are up! Grab your racket and a friend and get your butt to the court nearest you; it’s time to get your game on! Our personal favorite is Island Park. The courts in front of the bleacher seats makes us feel like we’re pros playing at Wimbeldon. www.fargoparks.com.
Learn to SCUBA
Learn how to safely swim with the fishes. Northwest Divers and Mick’s Scuba are two great op-
tions for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) classes in Fargo-Moorhead. For more information, class schedules or to register, call Northwest Divers at 218.233.6088 or Mick’s Scuba at 800.285.3483. Northwest Divers: 1701 11th St. N., Moorhead; Mick’s Scuba: 420 21st St. S., Moorhead
Visit the Red River Zoo
It’s finally warm outside and the camels are loving it! Get outdoors and spend some time at the Red River Zoo. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., the zoo is a must visit during the summer months. 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo
Shop Around The World at O’Day Cache
O’Day Cache picks its merchandise from all around the globe. Their items vary from rare antiques to handmade purses. Plus,within O’Day Cache is Proper and Prim — a hidden treasure. This women’s clothing store is always up with the hottest trends. 513 3rd Ave. N., Fargo
Look Sophisticated at Camy Couture
Camy Couture is the area’s first shopping boutique. They are open the first Wednesday through Sunday of each month. Couture offers sophisticated apparel for women of any age. 1420 Ninth St. E., West Fargo
Janice Scott, has put together a beautiful and unique selection of handbags, art work, jewelry, unique furniture, greeting cards, clothing and shoes. 635 1st Ave N Fargo
Run in Style at Fargo Running Company
Whether you’re looking for gear for the Fargo Marathon or just need some new gym shoes, the experts at the Fargo Running Company are sure to have what you’re looking for. 1801 45th St. S., Fargo
Find a Good Read at B.D.S. Books Colors for All at Lauraz
Hidden inside of the Black Building downtown is Lauraz. Lauraz offers a plentiful amount of unique handbags. They have every color, shape and style that you could possibly imagine. 114 Broadway, Fargo
Hidden Treasure at The Red Door
Recently opened, Just look for the red door in the Black Building downtown to find a world of treasures old and new. The owner,
The FM area’s only fully stocked general used book store has tens of thousands of quality used books for children and adults ranging from fiction to nonfiction and from hardcovers to paperbacks. Many of the books are available for just half the cover price and hundreds sell for as little as $1.50. B.D.S. Books also trades and buys books, including most current college text books. 1200 First Ave. N. # B, Fargo
No, It’s Not A Joke at Ole and Lena’s Pizzeria
NEW Spend Your Check at DSW From kid’s sneakers to women’s heels, DSW on 13th Avenue has a large selection of shoes to fit your style. You’re sure to find the perfect pair for any occasion. 4436 13th Ave. S., Fargo
Pour Your Own Beer at Sickies Garage Burgers and Brews
This soon-to-be hot spot features 60s garage style decor, the only self-serve “beer table tap” in the area, a whopping 50 brews on
Ole and Lena owners decided to expand their Rothsay, Minn., business to the West Acres Mall this March. The pizzeria is known for their one-of-a-kind pizzas, so the next time you hit the mall, order a slice of Ole’s Steak and Mashed Potato Pizza. West Acres Mall
Homerun with the FM Redhawks tap and a complete menu including homestyle burgers served until 2 a.m. True to theme, roller girls will also deliver food and drinks during special drive-in movie nights! Scheduled to open June 7 next to The Hub, get ready for the celebrity-studded grand opening party slated for June 8 - 9. Next to The Hub
Relieve Some Stress at Massage Envy Spa
This spa just opened on 13th Ave. and offers seven different customized massages including aromatherapy, deep muscle therapy and hot stone services. For lasting wellness check out their spa memberships good at over 700 locations nationwide. 2424 13th Ave. S., Fargo
OK, so they’re not exactly new but it’s a new 2012 season. The first pitch of the home season flies across the plate on May 6, so get to Newman Outdoor Field, buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and enjoy your FM Redhawks. 1515 15th Ave N
Frozen Yogurt at Moorhead Tutti Frutti
This frozen yogurt favorite opened a third location in Moorhead last month. From Root Beer Float to Death by Chocolate the flavors and toppings are endless. Check their Facebook page to see what flavors are featured daily at each location. 908 Holiday Dr. Moorhead
LIVE MUSIC M A Y
THE AQUARIUM 4th - Sleepy Sun 5th - KNDS Block Party wit Heiruspecs & Astronautalis 11th - God Johnson 12th - Zombie Pub Crawl finish line with Big Freedia 14th - Peelander-Z 15th - Dusty Mountain Men 16th - Funktion! 23rd - Kurt Vile & the Violators 26th - Fake Boys 29th - James Leg
4th – The Plowboyz 11th – Neptune Men 18th – Acoustic Addiction
3rd – Mikel Wright and the Wrongs 10th – Deb Jenkins Band 17th – Tim Zoener & Mary Marshall with Russ Peterson 24th – Max Johnk Septet 31st – The Moody River Band
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4th – Good For Gary 5th – Brat Pack Radio 11th, 12th – Tripwire 18th – Face For Radio 19th – Our Last Secret 25th – DJ Bingham 26th, 27th – Tripwire
DEMPSEY’S 5th – KillerSpin 11th – Face for Radio 12th – Q5 18th – Poitin 19th – Boys of Summer 25th – Fire Water Burn 26th – The Fillers
CADILLAC RANCH 4th – Boomtown
PICKLED PARROT 4th, 5th - GC and The Sideways 11th, 12th - Smoking Gun 18th, 19th - The Vistas 25th, 26th - RoadTrip Radio
4th, 5th – Billy D & the Crystals 11th, 12th – Silverado 18th, 19th – Borderline 25th, 26th – Sideline
4th – Dirty Word 11th, 12th – Vindictive 25th, 26th – Relevant
WINDBREAK 3rd - October Road 4th - Face for radio 5th -Good for gary 6th - Skyline 10th - The Roosters 11th - Skitzo 12th - Tune in Tokyo 13th - 8th Hour 17th, 18th - Skyline 19th - Jeez Loueez 20th - Northern Comfort 24th - 24 Seven 25th, 26th - Our Last Secret 27th - October Road 31st - Tripwire
12th – Pop Punk Mania! 13th – Big Eyes 18th – Enabler, Remiss, Andrew Johnathan, Baltic to Boardwalk 21st – Lo-Pan & Rotting Thought & Benefactor 26th – Life Won’t Wait, Relentless, Baltic to Boardwalk & more 31st – Foreverlin
JT CIGARRO 2nd – Shawn and Mike 4th, 5th – Chesterbay 11th, 12th – Back for More 13th – Bryan and Joey 16th – Shawn and Mike 18th, 19th – Sell out Stereo 23rd – Dirty Word 25th – 7 p.m. 26th – Identity 5 30th – Shawn and Mike
LUCKY’S 13 4th – Sideline 5th – Neptune Men 11th – Blues Tonic 12th – Little Donnie and the GrooveTones 18th – Deadbeats 19th – Mick Klein 25th – Ciro and Topher 26th – Generator
11th, 12th – Carmen The Cactus 18th, 19th – 8th Hour
3rd – Chase Daniel Burkhart 4th – Sob Sisters 11th – Singer songwriter showcase 12th – Froseph, Wild Nettle bookmobile 18th – Less Than Organic 24th – Celtic Jam, Jen Rawling and Basho Parks
5th – The Roosters (outdoor concert) 12th – Blues Tonic 19th – Twice as Hard 4th, 5th – Wicked Garden 11th – 10,000 Days, A Tribute to Tool 19th – Electric Eye, A Tribute to Judas Pries 4th – Broke “Buck” Bash
4th, 5th – 24Seven 11th, 12th – Jeez Loueez 18th, 19th – Carmen The Cactus
4th, 5th – Billy D & the Crystals 11th, 12th – Silverado 18th, 19th – Borderline 25th, 26th – Sideline
3rd – The Fillers 17th – 24Seven 24th – Skyline 31st – 8th Hour
2nd – Sawyer Family 4th – Reverend Deadeye 12th – Joe Buck Yourself 19th – Helena Handbasket
SPIRITS LOUNGE 4th, 5th – San Haven Chuckle 11th, 12th – 7 p.m. 18th, 19th – S.O.L. 25th, 26th – Jeez Loueez
3rd – Tom Peckskamp 10th – Less than Organic 31st – Anthony Chaput
S R E T O O H GIRL OF THE MONtH! FARGO
.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD AND DRINK?
I always go with a cheeseburger with cheddar and mayo for food and a caesar or our bad-ass root beer for a drink!
. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT HOOTERS?
I love being able to entertain! I get to bring people out of their shells! Birthdays are so much fun. We really make people laugh and have a great time. We made a guy write his name with his butt last time!
.What is important to you?
I see people everyday that come to Hooters to talk to us and find it less threatening to talk to a woman here than around their everyday life. Itâ€™s cool to be able to help out with their self esteem.
. WHAT MIGHT WE NOT KNOW ABOUT FARGO HOOTERS?
WE LOVE THE COMMUNITY! All of us girls and the company of Hooters love to give back to . WHAT IS UP the community. We put on proWITH YOUR NICKmotions all the time to help out NAME? the unfortunate. Also it may I actually have 15 of them, but for not seem like a family some reason the cooks like to place, but it really is! call me BIG TED THE RIVER And the girls are all reBOAT GAMBLER. They created ally great here. It takes this big story surrounding it. I can't a special kind of girl r Drive 3431 FIEchtne cant even tell you tell you to be a Hooters girl. why! facebook.com/fargohooters
The band Feedback running through the streets of downtown Fargo. Check them out at mile 15 of the marathon.
N K U C R RO N Photo by Repor Photography
ast year was the first Rockin’ Fargo Marathon and it was such a success they’re repeating it this year (and for many years to come). There will be over 50 bands, DJs, Elvis impersonators and accordion groups rocking out at the marathon. With that many bands how can you possibly know where to look and who to look for? No fear, FM Spotlight is here! We’ve put together the acts we’re most excited for. So stop focusing on your chafing and sore legs and keep your ears open for these bands that will make the race a 26.2-mile block party.
MILE BY MILE
LIST Mother Shipton
• Mile .5
Ciro and Topher • Miles 1 and 7 Atonement Choir • Mile 3 Gordon Court • Mile 4 Explosive Rockats • Mile 7
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Little Donnie and The Groovetones • Mile 8 The Inverters • Mile 8 Hawley R&B Band • Mile 9 The Drum Line • Miles 9 – 10 Heather and Thistles • Miles 9 – 10
FM Square Dancing • Miles 9 – 10 Halftime by Sheri Dance School • Mile 10 The Moody River Band • Miles 11 – 12 Kroshus and Krew • Miles 11 – 12 Joyride
• Miles 11 - 12
HEATHER AND THISTLES
Kringen Accordions • Miles 12 – 13 Helena Handbasket • Miles 15 and 18 Boys of Summer
• Miles 15 and 17 Pavlov’s Daughter • Miles 15 – 16
Feedback Miles 15 – 16
Ska-Skank Redemption • Mile 17
Past Due • Mile 23
Krome • Mile 21
Front Fenders • Mile 23
Friend Repellent • Miles 20 – 21
• Miles 23 – 24
Heavy Is The Head • Miles 21 -22 Troubadour • Miles 23
Fargo SwIngs • Mile 25 Rock Paper Scissors • Miles 25 – 26
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
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RED RIVER VALLEY SPEEDWAY JUNE 20
It doesn’t matter if you’re the biggest NASCAR fan out there or if you’ve never seen a race, you’ve probably heard of Tony Stewart. e has won almost every award out there for racers, he’s a philanthropist who has helped hundreds of people and, best yet, he comes to Fargo every summer to race. Mark your calendars for June 20 because that’s the day Tony Stewart will be coming to the Red River Valley Speedway. FM Spotlight caught up with Stewart to talk about what he thinks of the area, racing with the Schatz family and more.
Spotlight: What do you think of the Red River Valley Speedway?
Stewart: The surface is nice and smooth. It’s really first-class. The Schatz family has done a lot of things at the track to make it better for both the fans and the racers. It’s a great racetrack, and if me being there gets NASCAR fans to come out and see what a class facility it is, I think most of them will remember that. In the times I’ve been there, the racing has been really good, and as someone who also operates a dirt track (Eldora Speedway), I know how important putting on a good show is.
Photo courtesy of Stewart-Haas Racing
Spotlight: What’Is it like racing in Fargo?
We’re actually the underdogs because the guys who we’re racing with are guys who race there every week.
Stewart: It’s been cool to come to Fargo and get a chance to run the last couple of years. I’m looking forward to coming back this June.
That’s the fun thing about dirt racing; The other guys that run there every week, they know what to look for. They know what the track is going to do … it doesn’t mean that we won’t figure out what’s happening, but that’s part of the challenge. That’s what makes it fun. It’s something different than what I do 36 weekends a year.
Coming there to race makes you take a lot of pride if you have a good night because you are racing with guys who do this every week. You take a lot of pride in that because you realize you are going up against racers who are at the top of their game. What’s hard for people to understand is everybody thinks we’re the favorites when we come to a place like this, but we’re not.
The fans have been great to me there. Everyone that has come out and supported the event has made it a lot fun for me to be in town. I’m looking forward to seeing even more fans this year.
Spotlight: What’has your experience been like working with the Schatz family?
Stewart: When Donny and Danny told me they were going to be a part of the speedway in 2010 I told them, “just let me know what I can do to help.” It’s been a lot of fun to work with them. Obviously, we have a relationship with Donny because of him driving for my World of Outlaws team. Donny is a buddy of mine. He’s my driver, but at the same time he’s a good friend. That’s what friends do for each other. I know the Schatz family really has a lot of passion for racing, and they have shown that through their commitment to keeping racing alive in the area. Spotlight: How’Is racing with Donny Schatz?
Stewart: Donny’s one of the best in the business. He’s a guy that has tremendous car control and is super smart on the track. He knows how to get his car to work best. He’s always going to race you clean. We were teammates in Australia, and he really helped get me get going in a Winged Sprint car. We’ve tested together. He’s such an asset to have in this sport. We’re thrilled as an organization to have him, and I’m thrilled to call him a friend. His parents should be really proud of him. His leadership both at Tony Stewart Racing and with what’s going on at Red River Valley Speedway obviously is a big part of why success finds him.
WAN T RAC TO SEE THE E? COME TONY A J RED CTION A OIN T TH RIVE E R SP WAY JUNE EED20
Spotlight: Talk about your experience with the Tony Stewart Foundation and why you think philanthropy is important.
Stewart: Racing is my profession, but I’m also driven to help others through the work of my foundation. There are so many organizations providing outstanding services and programs, and my impulse is to help them all. However, it has been necessary to focus our funding to those programs that most closely match my passions – children, animals and fellow drivers in neWWed of assistance. I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish my dream of driving race cars for a living. The Tony Stewart Foundation will continue to provide the vehicle for me to give back to others needing a helping hand – a child enduring a serious or life-threatening illness, an abused or homeless animal, an injured race driver and his family.
Take time to explore and learn more about the foundation by visiting www.tonystewartfoundation.org
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f you’re like us, golf is a game you love to hate. There’s no better feeling than hitting that perfect shot: a drive that soars 310 yards straight down the fairway; a 7 iron that sticks the green; a putt that rolls 40 feet straight into the cup. But with the good sometimes comes the bad: a wicked drive that slices into the duck pond; a 3 foot putt that stops 2 cm short of the cup; a flying pitching wedge that wraps around a tree. Check out these great golf courses in the FM area where you can create your own joys or frustrations.
Photo by Larry Scherling
3420 Village Green Dr, Moorhead 218.299.7888 www.moorheadgolf.com/villageGreen
1500 Rose Creek Parkway, Fargo 701.235.5100 www.fargogolf.net/rosecreek.html
Originally, Village Green opened in 1981 as a 9-hole course. Then, in 1994, 9 additional holes were added to create a full-length and respectable 18hole course. The front 9 is packed full of mounding bunkers and difficult greens while the back 9 is sure to challenge your long game and control. Village Green is great for a leisurely round of golf for the novice player.
You’ll find a nice variety of challenges at Rose Creek. Whether it’s the opening hole that allows for an easy birdie or the 12th hole par 5 that’s surrounded by water on both sides of the fairway, there’s a hole to test everyone’s game. Steer clear of the hazards - bunkers and water - and be sure to factor in the wind.
Adult Weekdays: 18 Holes – $26.50 9 Holes – $19 Weekends: 18 Holes – $30 9 Holes – $20.50 Twilight Rate: 4:30 – Close – Friday, Saturday, Sunday: $15.00 19th Hole Scobey’s Tavern and Grill Scobey’s has weekend specials and just added tap beer for when that round of golf works up a thirst.
Adult Weekdays: Before 10 a.m. $25 10 a.m. to Twilight $30 Weekends: Open to Twilight $30 Mon. – Sun. Twilight to Close $20 19th Hole Season’s When you bring in your scorecard to Season’s lounge you’ll receive half off on your first drink, so there’s no reason not to stop by and have a drink or enjoy some fine dining.
Photo by Larry Scherling
Photo by Larry Scherling
19 Golf Course Ave N, Fargo 701.232.2824 www.fargogolf.net/edgewood.html
4400 Clubhouse Dr, Fargo 701.356.3070 www.fargogolf.net/osgood.html
Edgewood is packed with 18 holes of ups and downs and trees and bunkers. Their signature 8th hole offers a great challenge. Golfers begin with an elevated tee shot that must avoid a pond to the left and trees to the right. The green is guarded by a pond that wraps from the front to the right edge and a bunker that guards the left.
At this 9-hole course, there are no carts so golfers can enjoy a leisurely game. Don’t have time to stroll through the course? No problem. Play Osgood’s 3 hole loop instead for $5. There are also three practice holes where people can warm up and classes are also offered. For information on how to register for a class visit Osgood’s website.
Adult Weekdays: Before 10 a.m. $25 10 a.m. to Twilight $30 Weekends: Open to Twilight $30 Mon. – Sun. Twilight to Close $20 19th Hole Divot’s At Divot’s you can pick up a hot dog before your round or you can sit down for a complete dining experience. With indoor seating as well as an outdoor patio be sure to stop by.
Adult All Day Everyday $16
19th Hole 9 Iron Bar and Grill This bar and grill has specials that vary throughout the week. 9 Iron Bar and Grill also offers entertainment for kids and take-out dining.
Moorhead Country Club 2101 River Dr N, Moorhead Office: 218.236.0100 Golf Shop: 218.236.0200 www.moorheadcountryclub.com This 6,400 yard,18-hole country club offers a great experience for both the serious and the casual golfer. With its challenging fairways, fast greens and water hazards, you’re sure to have a great time. Members can also take advantage of a practice putting green, tee and bunkers. The Country Club also has a restaurant that overlooks the course and the Red River. Family Unlimited Golf – $1350 Single Unlimited Golf – $1090 Basic Golf – $600 19th Hole The Moorhead Country Club provides a beverage cart so that the 19th Hole can be on hole 7. If you’re looking for somewhere to sit and relax while sipping on a drink check out the Eagle’s Nest. They also offer fine dining so you have everything you need for a great time.
El Zagal 1400 Elm St N, Fargo 701.232.8156 www.fargogolf.net/elzagal.html This par-28, 9-hole course is a great place for a family outting or a solo quick 9 after work. El Zagal will also challenge your 120 to 215 yard game - perfect short game practice! Adult All Day Everyday $10 Photo by Larry Scherling
Prairiewood 22 Prairiewood Dr, Fargo, ND 701.232.1445 www.fargogolf.net/prairiewood.html Prairiewood’s nine-hole course is great for beginners and seniors, but all skill levels can enjoy the various challenges offered at this course. Walk-on times are available but tee times are preferred. While offering a fun, easy play, there will be a few holes that challenge you such as, the dogleg left par 4 that will test you to get a par. Adult Weekdays: Open – Close $13 Weekends: Open – Close $15 Photo by Larry Scherling
Maple River Golf Club 3666 163rd Avenue Southeast Mapleton, ND 58059 701.282.5415 www.maplerivergolfclub.com Try a course out of Fargo. This scenic course opened in 1964 and offers some of the most challenging holes around the region. Enjoy Maple River’s scenic course, but watch out for the many water hazards. Weekdays: 18 holes – $25 Weekends: 18 holes – $30
Fargo Country Club 509 26th Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 701.237.9122 www.fargocc.com The traditional 18-hole, tree-line course and fairly small greens make this course a challenging one. It was the first golf club to open in North Dakota back in 1898 and now houses tennis courts, swimming pools, practice greens, driving range and a par-3 executive course. All this makes the Fargo Country Club one of the best golf course and country club in this part of the country. •
Invitational Membership – $500 down/ $535 per month
Junior Invitational Membership for those under 35 years of age – $375 down/ $376 per month
19th Hole The kitchen of the Fargo Country Club has talented and creative chefs while you can also sit on their patio and enjoy a drink.
401 34th Street South, Moorhead 218.299.7888 www.moorheadgolf.com/meadows With four sets of tees that range from 5,150 yards at the front tees to 6,862 yards at the back you can play it easy or go all out to test out your skill. The challenge is up to you. •
Weekday 18 Holes – $26.50 • 9 Holes – $19 • Weekend 18 Holes – $30 • 9 Holes – $20.50 • Twighlight Rate 4:30 – Close – Friday, Saturday, Sunday Only $15
19th Hole Lockwood’s Tavern and Grill Here you can get casual dining, banquet meals or simply a drink. The patio lets you overlook the course after a tough round and two private rooms can be booked for special events.
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So your old man’s 33 and doesn’t have his own place yet ... Hmmm ... Well, there could be a million reasons why he’s still with his college roomie, i.e. saving money for a house, enjoys the stank of other men, sucks at blackjack and it’s all he can afford, the list could certainly be long. But it’s a crossroad that all men face, some earlier, some later. And yes, some refuse to face the fact that it’s time to pull on the big boy pants and get your own place. He’ll eventually come to realize that getting your own place is the natural progression to being a full-blown man — Heh ... full blown. — Only your beau can answer the question of “is he ready to take that crucial next step to manhood?” Have an honest sit down with your man when Beavis isn’t around and simply ask him his thoughts on this. You’ll know if he’s ready, he’ll probably do one of two things to give you the indication of his readiness state, if he sighs heavily and reveals he can’t stand having a roomie, breathlessly expresses his love and commitment to you, then the turkey timer has indeed popped and your on your way to bliss in your relationship OR ... he lights a fart. Best of luck to ya, Dave
My boyfriend is 33 and still lives with his roommate from college. I feel really uncomfortable going to stay with him there. I can’t relax knowing his roomate is in the next room. We’ve been together almost a year. I recently asked him about getting a place together and he said he’s perfectly happy where he is at and that I could always move in with him and his buddy from college. I want to take this relationship to the next level, but don’t know if he wants to. I love him and don’t want to lose him. Should I just move in with him and his buddy?
[SHE SAID] Hey Jess, Let’s be honest! Do you really want to live with two grown men who clearly have a bromance that is never going to change? I love that you really love him and are willing to try and make this work and I hope it does, but moving in with him is a bad idea. I would venture to guess that he has never lived alone or with anyone other than his buddies since college and I find that unattractive. This may sound a little mean, but when does he plan to grow up? These are all questions I would be asking myself. Even though you love him, I think he is giving you enough red flags that scream “I’m going to be a BACHELOR my whole life.” Stand by him if you truly see a future, if not RUN and look for a guy who is ready to settle down. Good Luck, Amanda
SATURDAY MAY 5TH PLAINS ART MUSEUM
pend your Cinco de Mayo by doing something different this year. Instead of chugging Coronas by the gallon and eating four pounds of burritos, help out a good cause and have a good time by attending the Spring Gala at the Plains Art Museum. So bust out your best suit, find your swankiest hat and get down to the Plains Art Museum’s “Hang on to your hats.”
Five reasons to check out the Spring Gala:
2. Free food for 3. Come on, vogue the starving artist – There – MeJeanne Couture will
will be wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, coffee and
1. Think of the children – All money
be holding a fashion show featuring their local fashion and models.
4. Let your body groove to the
raised goes to support the education programs the Plains Art Museum offers. These programs range from Kidsquest, a free monthly arts activity for kids that happens at the museum, to PlainsArt Cases, a free art case that is shipped to rural schools that brings materials such as posters, multimedia educational materials and other beneficial educational equipment to schools.
music – Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will be rocking the Plains Art Museum long into the night. They will start performing at 10 p.m. on the third floor of the museum.
5. Pack the museum – Last year
desserts from various local businesses.
over 600 people packed the museum for their masquerade theme party. They’re hoping to do the same thing this year.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.plainsart.org.
INTERROGATION ROOM WITH
Rich Sommer Rich Sommer is best known for his role as Harry Crane in AMC’s hit series “MAD MEN.” He played Anne Hathaway’s friend, Doug, in the film “The Devil Wears Prada” and has guest starred on shows such as “Law & Order,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Office.” Sommer graduated from Concordia College in 2000 and has ties to the FM area. In March, he was in town for the Fargo Film Festival and FM Spotlight was able to catch up with the actor.
Rich Sommer INTERVIEW FMSPOTLIGHT: What comes to mind
FMSPOTLIGHT: You graduated from
SOMMER: I spent more of my time in Moorhead but I definitely made my way into Fargo when I needed more than a Perkins or Dairy Queen. I think of the Red River Zoo, the Fargo Theatre – I spent a lot of time at both of those places. The area is much different than when I lived here. It’s so much more vibrant and art centered, which is exciting.
SOMMER: I moved down to the Twin Cities and worked for six months as an intern on a morning show at a radio station. When that was done I moved to a photo processing lab and sort of got backed into a corner wondering what I was going to do with my life. My advisor at Concordia mentored me for my master’s endeavor and I was able to get in to the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Acting in Cleveland. I studied there for three years then went to New York for three years and now I live in L.A.
when you think of Fargo?
FMSPOTLIGHT: What was your
favorite hangout spot in FM?
SOMMER: Mick’s Office. I didn’t drink till four months after my 21st birthday so I was a bit of a goody-goody in those regards. I sort of cut my teeth at Mick’s. I also hung out at DQ and Premiere Video. One of my best friends from college worked at Premiere so I used to swing by DQ, get a box of StarKiss then go sit at Premiere for three or four hours and chat and help shelve videos. I was really sad to drive past the DQ and see that the Premiere is now a parking lot. But I was happy to see Pizza Patrol is still kicking.
Concordia in 2000. What was next?
FMSPOTLIGHT: What’d you do out in
SOMMER: Our grad school gave us a showcase there. I got a manager out of the showcase and got hooked up with a commercial agent. I kind of hit the ground running and did my first national commercial about a month after the showcase. The commercial was for Bud Light. I walked into a window and fell down.
FMSPOTLIGHT: Describe your big break
as an actor?
SOMMER: When my wife and I lived in New York we were flat broke and hated our lives. Twice we almost bagged it. During the summer of 2005 I came back to Fargo to teach at Trollwood. While I was there my managers called and said “there’s this movie (“The Devil Wears Prada”) … you’re never gonna get it … but
it’s a good casting director and you should put yourself on tape for it.” I still have the notebook where I scribbled down “Meryl Streep, friend, Doug.” So I recorded an audition and sent it in then flew out to New York for a callback in July. FMSPOTLIGHT: Did you always
know you wanted to act?
SOMMER: I knew I wanted to act but I was also 100 percent positive I’d never make a living out of it. FMSPOTLIGHT:
SOMMER: (Laughs) It’s still a little surprising. FMSPOTLIGHT: Any-
thing new coming up?
“I knew I wanted to act but I was also 100 percent positive I’d never make a living out of it.”
SOMMER: I’m in two films premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. One is called “Fairhaven” that we shot last winter in Massachusetts, and the other is called “The Giant Mechanical Man.” Jenna Fisher, who is Pam on “The Office,” her husband wrote and directed the film and Jenna stars in it and I play her brother in law. So those two films are premiering soon. This summer I’m going to be in “Harvey” on Broadway – which will be my first play since grad school – in New York City. Yeah, so my wife and two kids and I will rent out a place in New York for the summer. It’s very exciting.
Eric Watson at Mezzaluna Eric and his wife Sara have 15 years of culinary experience. Both are graduates of a three year culinary apprenticeship at the Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colorado. Favorite menu items: Appetizer - Parma Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp Main Course - Grilled Duck Breast and Leg Confit
Photos by Kaylee Osowski
SPOTLIGHT: How did you decide to become a chef? Well, I had a single mom, and so I cooked a lot at home. I started cooking for my mother and my brother when I was like 13. … I started out with really cheesy binder-style cookbooks for home cooks and just started making really simple recipes at home, and that’s kind of what sparked the original passion for it. SPOTLIGHT: You work with your wife, what’s the best part of working with her? The fact that we can be critical with one another and not get overly offended because we can’t be offended. … We’re kind of forced to get along and take each other’s criticism and grow and get better because of it. SPOTLIGHT: What would you recommend to a first timer at Mezzaluna? If you come in for happy hour (all week 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to
Q &A midnight), our happy hour food is the same as everything we serve all night. We just discount the heck out of it. … I always encourage people to come for the first time to experience happy hour because it’s a good entry level. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, and then you can check out the menus and look at the dinning room. SPOTLIGHT: Do you have any crazy cooking stories or kitchen mishaps? A chef I used to work for, I used to help him do cooking classes. It was in Colorado, so the elevation would really get to people when they would come into town. Then they’d go to
cooking class, and once in a while, someone would pass out from the altitude. This lady passed out in cooking class one day. … I had a pitcher of water and a pitcher of vinegar pretty close to each other. They called to me to get a glass of water. I poured her a big glass of white wine vinegar. So yeah, she woke up. SPOTLIGHT: What’s the best part about being a chef? It’s really a ton of hard work and a lot of hours. But I think easily the best part about it is when you can make people happy with food, and they acknowledge … that you really kind of made their day.
“I think easily the best part about it is when you can make people happy with food, and they acknowledge … that you really kind of made their day.”
[PICKS] Beer of the Month
Lost Continent Double IPA – This is a nice grapefruity, bitter beer.
Wine of the Month
Homemade Sangria – Made from scratch with fresh-squeezed orange, lime, brandy and orange liqueor.
Drink of the Month
Gimlet – Fresh lime, gin and a little sugar. It’s like a vodka margarita.
Signature drink of Maxwells
Sazerac Cocktail – Rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitter and Lucid absinthe Photo by Andrew Jason
BARTENDER OF THE MONTH
OF THE MONTH
oe has been serving up cocktails at Maxwells for the last year and a half. His smile and jokes will keep you coming back. He even encourages you to come hear the joke of the day, as long as you’re not too squeamish. Do you want to serve up a mean cocktail like he does? Go to www.maxwellsnd.com to check out the weekly video of Joe making one of his signature drinks.
Favorite part of bartending? Making connections with people and making friends. Least favorite? The responsibility when you have to tell someone they’ve had enough but they want to keep on partying. You obviously have to be responsible because you want everyone to get home. Joke? Ole and Lena are out at a picnic and Ole pulls out a cigarette for himself and offers one to Lena. Lena says, “Ole! I can’t smoke. What would my Sunday school kids say?”
Later on Ole pulls out a flask and takes a swig and offers some to Lena. She says, “Ole! I can’t drink. What would my Sunday school kids say?” Finally, they’re driving home and they pass a hotel. Ole asks if she wants to get a room and see where the night goes and Lena actually agrees. Ole is shocked and says, “What are you going to tell your Sunday school kids?” She responds, “I’m going to tell them what I tell them every week. You can have a good time without smoking or drinking.” How to IMPRESS a date? Make sure your car is clean and waxed. Open the door. Call the restaurant ahead of time and make sure there’s something nice on the table. Start at the bar with a nice glass of champagne or a cocktail. Finally, don’t over-indulge.
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