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Retractions: In last month’s DTSB Pub Tour article, the incorrect name was given for the current manager of Club Noma. The current & quoted manager of Club Noma is Michael Nystrand. The manager of Frank’s Place, Leslie McCurdy was also mis-identified in the same article. Front page photo taken by Jonathan R. Lessans at O’Sullivans pg 4

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Catch the Fever Feed the hunger by: Stephanie Vega

It’s the club in South Bend heating up more than the dance floor. Club Fever has some of the hottest local acts performing on stage, but for one night this month they will bring three bands together to perform for a cause. “We are doing a benefit concert for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana,” said Kevin Lahey, Show Promoter at Club Fever. “We are going to have Alligator Blackboard, Half-Pint Jones, and special guest the B.E.A.T.”

Davis. “We’re very fortunate to all have good jobs, have food in our cupboards, and we feel it’s important that we help out the less fortunate.” When the club hosts these charity events, they draw crowds between 300 and 400 and they anticipate this event for the food bank will be no different. Those planning on attending the April 15th event will find a different atmosphere at Club Fever than normal. “We do set up the club differently,” explained Lahey. “We

“These are people we see daily and we would like to help them,” This isn’t the first time the three bands performed together on stage. In January, the three sang for a concert benefiting the Center for the Homeless in South Bend and Club Owner Dee Davis says it’s something everyone involved with is proud of. “These are people we see daily and we would like to help them,” explained pg 6

set up tables, give it a different feel.” A different feel needed for a different kind of night. “This is a little more comfortable and laid back,” Davis told me. “We make it so people can eat during the show, sit back, relax and enjoy it.”

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-The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is also a network member of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH), the association of 11 food banks servicing the State of Indiana. These networked food banks assist in feeding the over 600,000 Hoosiers, including nearly 296,000 children and 38,000 seniors in the state of Indiana every day with food Of course there will be plenty of room to dance the night way as the insecurity issues. three bands taking the stage are some of the locals finest. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Backyard Grill for only $8. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event and will cost $10. If you bring two or more canned goods to the door the night of the show you can get in for only $8. Not sure what canned item to bring? Some of the more needed items include canned fish or meat, canned vegetable and fruit, soup and beans. The club will donate 15% of food sales from the Backstage Grill to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

-The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is a certified member of Feeding America, a national network of over 200 food banks. Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has been feeding the hungry since 1993. Last year, the Food Bank distributed a record 5 million pounds of foods, a 125% increase from the previous year. Through there agencies, the Food Bank served nearly one-quarter million households in northern Indiana in 2010. “We are so happy to be working with a hands-on organization like this one,” Davis said. “We encourage everyone to come out and have a great time for a great cause!” And Davis wants to spread the word to other local not-for-profit agencies looking to have similar events. “We have the venue to accommodate these kinds of concerts so we hope to work with other agencies.” Club Fever is located at 222 S. Michigan Street in South Bend. One of Michiana’s most versatile Nightclubs, this multilevel facility boasts the largest dance floor in Northern Indiana. Set on 16,000 square feet and with four full service bars, Club Fever promises something for everyone. For more information, visit them on the web at Did you know The Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves 185 agencies in the northern Indiana counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke and LaPorte? The Food Bank distributes 20,000 pounds of food each business day.

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Suds & Cocktails ULTRA

Live Life to the Ultra


he beginning of this new century saw a demand for a good tasting diet or lowcalorie beer similar to that of the 1970s. In 2002 the Michelob line of Anheuser-Busch responded with the introduction of Michelob Ultra. It’s advertised as being a high-end Americanstyle, low-carbohydrate light lager, with a subtle fruit and citrus aroma that compliments the light-bodied beer’s smooth and refreshing taste. The television ads feature characters in active-lifestyles, with the tagline “Live life to the ULTRA.” Michelob Ultra is brewed using the finest malt, select grains, imported hops and pure-cultured yeast strain. The special choice of grains combined with the extended mashing process produces a smooth, refreshing beer with fewer carbohydrates. It contains about 96 calories, is about 4.2% alcohol by volume, and has 2.9 grams of carbohydrates per 12-oz serving. One year after its introduction, Michelob Ultra became one of the fastest growing new brands in the industry, and was a remarkable hit among adult fitness enthusiasts, adult consumers living

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an active lifestyle, and those just looking for a great tasting beer with lower carbs and fewer calories. Soon after the successful release of Michelob Ultra, Anheuser-Busch introduced to the world of low-carb beers Michelob Ultra Amber, a fuller-bodied malty tasting beer for low-carb drinkers seeking that stronger, heavier taste. Ultra Amber contains about 114 calories, 5% alcohol, and has about 3.7 grams of carbohydrates per 12-oz serving. In the spring of 2007, Anheuser-Busch expanded the Michelob family even further, introducing the Michelob Ultra Fruit Infused line of beers. Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus is a fruit-infused pilsner with natural lime flavor and a floral essence derived from the cactus; Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry is a pilsner with a light berry aroma, raspberry flavor, and a hint of pomegranate; Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit is a pilsner with a fresh juicy orange taste and a slight pink-grapefruit finish. The Ultra Fruit Infused beers all contain about 107 calories, 4.2% alcohol by volume, and have about 6.0 grams of carbohydrates per 12-oz serving. Michelob Ultra is the “Official Beer” sponsor of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LGPA) and the title sponsor of the LGPA Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. The Open event at Kingsmill supports a variety of Virginia-

based charities, including the Special Olympics of Virginia; the Boys and Girls Clubs affiliates, providing family-style residential living and supportive services to atrisk children; the USO of Hampton Roads, which provides supportive services to active duty military personnel in the area; and many more. So, in short, if you are looking for a low-carb but still good tasting beer, then look no further than the Michelob Ultra line. As the tag lines say, “Lose the carbs. Not the taste. Live life to the Ultra.”

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Center street - Mishawaka

Blarney Stone - south bend

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The 24th Annual La Porte Dyngus Day Pub Tour

By: Lisa Trimboli

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a Porte c o u n t y residents are stoked for Easter and it has nothing to do with marshmallow Peeps, egg hunts or the Easter bunny. Wet Monday, better known as Dyngus Day, the Polish holiday that falls the day after Easter, is what’s happening this April 25th in downtown La Porte. A holiday that is observed in very few places of the United States, including Chicago IL, Buffalo NY and good old northern Indiana, La Porte’s personalized way of celebrating has steadily become their claim to fame. The 24th annual La Porte Dyngus Day parade kicks off at 5pm April 25th, 2011 with buses (provided by Shaky Shuttles) running ‘til 12am. Ten La Porte establishments have collaborated to join this year’s festivity which in actuality is not a “parade” with floats and baton twirlers but a pub tour for people over the age of 21. Fans of the downtown South Bend St. Patty’s pub tour will be delighted to partake in the Polish-style celebration…not to mention it’s a great excuse to party on a Monday. You may need to consider

using one of those sick days the following morning or plan on coming to work just a little… ”under the weather” if you’re a regular nine-to-fiver. Included in the line-up are 24-year parade veterans, Mickey’s, and eager and excited firsttimers PRCU popping their Dyngus Day pub tour cherry. “Come out and have a good time even if you’re not a drinker. Come out and try the food, it’s a great reason to get out of the house,” says Mickey’s bar manager Kristy Peters.

A holiday that is observed in very few places of the United States, including Chicago IL, Buffalo NY and good old northern Indiana...

On special at all participating locations will be $2.75 16oz. drafts and a $4 sampler plate (see a play-by-play of each establishment’s Polish food selections below), so plan accordingly and arrive with a ravenous appetite for beer, brats and pierogi’s. Management from all participating locations agreed on one flat drink special and sampler price so not to compete with one another’s business and take away from the “business” at heart, the celebration of a Polish holiday. Available at every stop along the way will be “I survived Dyngus Day at…” buttons with each establishment selling their own personalized button for $1. Stick around for the entirety of the pub tour and collect all ten! All money raised from the button sales will be going to charity. Last autumn La Porte donated proceeds from their Oktoberfest to the Deserving Children’s Fund,

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which gave underprivileged children a better Christmas. Management is still undecided on the charity this year’s Dyngus Day proceeds will go to, but with over 500 fans (and growing every day!) on the event’s Facebook page, they’re about to raise a hell of a lot of money for one very lucky cause. The unexpected is to be expected whether you’re ready for some rockin’ live music or ready to hit the dance floor. All participating locations will have their own entertainment courtesy of local bands and deejays but they’re keeping details under wraps until the evening unfolds. No spoilers! If you’ve never celebrated Dyngus Day or, perhaps, maybe you’re not even Polish, you might want to think about taking a crash course in Polish history and beg your best Polish friend’s family to adopt you, if even for one night of the year. “It’s a great time and it doesn’t cost you anything to ride the shuttles! It is a great Polish Holiday!” says Mark Skwirts of New Carlisle. “I have been to many of the parades as many of my close friends from La Porte are Polish!”

1 - Western Inn: Located at 610 J. St. Serving cabbage rolls and potato cakes. 2 - Dick’s Bar: 912 Lincolnway Serving Polish sausage, kraut and kluski noodles. Check them out at 3 - 3rd Base Bar & Grill: 1201 Pine Lake Ave. Serving Polish brats. “Like” them on Facebook at 4 - Bruceski’s Bar & Grill: 322 Park St. Serving pierogi’s and Polish sausage. Join their budding fan page at 5 - PNA: 306 Park St. Serving Polish sausage sandwich and kraut. 6 - PRCU: 620 Bach St. Serving Polish chicken wings and cheese pierogi’s. 7 - Mickey’s: 501 Tipton St. Serving sauerkraut and sausage. 8 - Shooter’s Bar & Grill: 201 Washington St. Serving cabbage rolls. 9 - Ringers Sports Bar & Grill: 311 Washington St. Serving stuffed cabbage and pierogi’s. 10 - Julie’s: 513 Washington St. Serving Polish ham sandwich and chips.

Once known in Poland as Wet Monday, a day when young men would attain permission from the parents of un-married women to awaken them by dumping a bucket of water over their head as a courting ritual, the only thing flowing in La Porte County this April 25th will The La Porte Dyngus Day line-up will be back be beer. In large quantities. at it again this coming October 10th, 2011 Here’s your play-by-play of the 24th annual La Porte with their 2nd annual Oktoberfest event feaDyngus Day pub tour, listed in the path order the Shaky turing German food and beer, so stay tuned… Shuttles will be traveling.

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Frank’s place - south bend

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Kellys - south bend

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Club fever - South Bend

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Best April Fools Pranks Ever 10. The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest In 1957 the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in, and many called up wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. To this question, the BBC diplomatically replied that they should “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” 9. Virgin Cola’s Blue Cans In 1996 Virgin Cola announced that

in the interest of consumer safety it had integrated a new technology into its cans. When the cola passed its sell-by date, the liquid would react with the metal in the can, turning the can itself bright blue. Virgin warned that consumers should therefore avoid purchasing all blue cans. The joke was that Pepsi had recently unveiled its newly designed cans. They were bright blue.

8. Moving The Eiffel Tower The Parisien stunned French citizens

in 1986 when it reported that an agreement had been signed to dismantle the Eiffle Tower. The international symbol of French culture would then be reconstructed in the new Euro Disney theme park going up east of Paris. In the space where the Tower used to stand, a 35,000 seat stadium would be built for use during the 1992 Olympic Games.



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MITkey Mouse On April 1, 1998 the homepage of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced some startling news: the prestigious university was to be sold to Walt Disney Co. for $6.9 billion. A photograph of the university’s famous dome outfitted with a pair of mouse ears accompanied the news. The press release explained that the university was to be dismantled and transported to Orlando where new schools would be added to the campus including the School of Imagineering, the Scrooge McDuck School of Management, and the Donald Duck Department of Linguistics. The fact that the announcement appeared on MIT’s homepage added official credibility to it. But in fact, the announcement was the work of students who had hacked into the school’s central server and replaced the school’s real web page with a phony one.

5. The 26-Day Marathon In 1981 the Daily Mail ran a story about an

unfortunate Japanese long-distance runner, Kimo Nakajimi, who had entered the London Marathon but, on account of a translation error, thought that he had to run for 26 days, not 26 miles. The Daily Mail reported that Nakajimi was now somewhere out on the roads of England, still running, determined to finish the race. Supposedly various people had spotted him, though they were unable to flag him down. The translation error was attributed to Timothy Bryant, an import director, who said, “I translated the rules and sent them off to him. But I have only been learning Japanese for two years, and I must have made a mistake. He seems to be taking this marathon to be something like the very long races they have over there.”

4. Chewy Vodka Bars In 1994 Itar-Tass reported that an alcoholic

beverage company had invented a new kind of candy sure to be a favorite with the Russian people: chewy Vodka Bars. These bars, designed to compete with Mars and Snickers bars, would come in three flavors—lemon, coconut, and salted cucumber. The same company was also said to be perfecting another new product: instant vodka in tea bags.

3. Big Ben Goes Digital In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben, in

order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. It received a huge response from listeners protesting the change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them, and one Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.

2. Arm the Homeless In 1999 the Phoenix New Times ran a story

announcing the formation of a new charity to benefit the homeless. There was just one catch. Instead of providing the homeless with food and shelter, this charity would provide them with guns and ammunition. It was named ‘The Arm the Homeless Coalition.’ The story received coverage from 60 Minutes II, the Associated Press, and numerous local radio stations before everyone realized it was a joke. The Phoenix New Times’s joke was actually a reprise of a 1993 prank perpetrated by students at Ohio State University.

1. Drunk Driving on the Internet An article by John Dvorak in the

Moscow’s Second Subway In 1992 the Moskovskaya Pravda announced that the winds of capitalism transforming Russia would bring further changes for the residents of Moscow. Apparently plans had been finalized to build a new Moscow subway system. Of course, there was nothing wrong with the city’s current subway. But in the spirit of capitalism, the second system would be built to promote “the interests of competition.”

April 1994 issue of PC Computing magazine described a bill going through Congress that would make it illegal to use the internet while drunk, or to discuss sexual matters over a public network. The bill was supposedly numbered 040194 (i.e. 04/01/94), and the contact person was listed as Lirpa Sloof (April Fools backwards). The article said that the FBI was going to use the bill to tap the phone line of anyone who “uses or abuses alcohol” while accessing the internet. Passage of the bill was felt to be certain because “Who wants to come out and support drunkenness and computer sex?” The article offered this explanation for the origin of the bill: “The moniker ‘Information Highway’ itself seems to be responsible for SB 040194... I know how silly this sounds, but Congress apparently thinks being drunk on a highway is bad no matter what kind of highway it is.” The article generated so many outraged phone calls to Congress that Senator Edward Kennedy’s office had to release an official denial of the rumor that he was a sponsor of the bill.

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Laugh Comedy Club - Mishawaka

Latitude 24 - westville

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blackbird Fighting the good fight....


fter years and 220 shows, South Bend’s Alligator Blackbird knows what it takes to stand above the crowd. Playing as an acoustic trio accomplishes that goal, as does throwing out the rulebook. Where some bands are all-original, or covers-only, Alligator Blackbird enjoys both approaches. “It’s worked really well for us, because we (also) play covers – people like to hear those, and they can sing along,” said percussionist Cory Miller. “We’ll throw in an original here and there, get them used to that, and that’s seemed to work real well.” Switching instruments also keeps people’s attention. When not working the cajon – a Peruvian box-shaped drum that’s played by slapping its front area – Miller doubles on ukelele. Lead singer-/guitarist Fabian Guzman and electric bassist Chris Keck aren’t averse to a mid-song change of pace, either. “We’re all songwriters, so we’ll take turns – Fabian might play bass, I might play guitar, or Chris will play drums,” said Miller. The cover choices are equally diverse, too. “We’ll do anything from Steve Miller, to Bob Marley, to Snoop (Dogg) Dogg – we always throw a little twist on them. It’s pretty unique, but it still has the original intent of the song. The grooves are there, so people can have fun and sing along,” he said. pg 20

Alligator Blackbird performs at 9 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Club Fever, 222 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN. The trio will open for area jam band Half Pint Jones, whom they’ve known for about a year and a half. Advance tickets are $8 at Club Fever, or the Backstage Grill, or $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to local food banks, Miller said. For more information, call (574) 234-5200, or visit Miller looks forward to sharing another Half Pint Jones bill. “They played our CD release party at Club Fever, in January – we had a great turnout, a great time. We (first) opened up for them at the Beanery, when that (venue) was still open. We developed a great relationship with them,” he said. As far as its own music goes, Alligator Blackbird has no problem mixing up genres there, too – with folk, pop, reggae and rock all going into the stew, as Miller observes. The band has recorded a self-titled debut album, which fans can find on its website,, and plans on putting out an EP by the end of this summer. Whatever originals emerge, they must meet two requirements. “It’s high-energy – we play a lot of songs that people can dance to, even though it’s acoustic (music). It still grooves, but makes people want to get up

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and dance,” said Miller. By: Ralph Heibutzki The band’s earthy name actually commemorates some odd decorations that Guzman noticed while studying at Ball State University. “He had a friend that he’d hang out with – this kid had one of those stuffed alligator heads, and a stuffed blackbird,” said Miller. “And he would move ‘em around the room when he would decorate, but he always kept those two together. That image just stuck in his (Guzman’s) head.” Currently, there’s no other master plan beyond getting the EP done, and doing as many shows as possible. With Miller the only member working a day job, the scheduling hasn’t proven difficult. “We cram it in as much as we can, and try to reach as many ears as we possibly can,” said Miller. “We’re fighting the good fight, and trying to make this our passion. We don’t want fame, or anything like that. We just want to make cool music, and reach as many ears as we can while doing it.” As far as Miller’s concerned, that’s accomplished the oldfashioned way. “When you write original songs, you’re always trying to find a way to make music. Get it out as much as you can, reach as many ears as you can, as often as you can,” said Miller. “Keep people engaged – keep things fresh, and new. Give them a reason to be engaged.” April 2011


jones Reaching For The Next Level By: Ralph Heibutzki


ometimes, the best musical moments occur when everybody starts from scratch. HalfPint Jones learned this lesson during sessions for a third album, which had gotten into the mixing and overdub stages – before drummer Steve Krojniewski and his bandmates realized what had to happen next. “As time passed, we were like, ‘Wow! These songs are taking on a different direction, so we need to re-record some of these songs. To put them out in this format would not do them justice,” said Krojniewski. So the band reworked a couple older songs, and paired them with a couple newer efforts for “Abacus,” an EP due in May. “ You should allow yourself to construct – and deconstruct – any song,” said Krojniewski. “You might have written a song in 4/4 (time). All of a sudden, you play it in 6/8 (time), and you say, ‘Wow, it actually goes better this way.’” As a result, “Abacus” will mark the first of three EPs that Half-Pint Jones will issue over a year-long span. “With an EP, you can really give people some quick information. If you’re able to record an EP, you’re getting into the season of yourself, how you’re feeling at that time, and how you’re able to express it in your songs,” he said. Look for those songs, unrecorded originals and the band’s ever-shifting blend of “New Orleans-influenced, Midwestern jazz fusion April 2011

rock,” as Krojniewski describes it, at the band’s next major show – which is set for 9 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Club Fever, 222 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN. There will be two special guests in experimental hip-hop group, The B.E.A.T., and funk-pop alternative acoustic trio, Alligator Blackbird. Advance tickets are $8 at Club Fever and the Backstage Grill, or $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds go to local food banks. For more information, call (574) 234-5200, or visit “We have so many different styles for the evening, with The B.E.A.T. doing their urban hip-hop, to Alligator Blackbird, with their pop flow, and us, doing the New Orleans funk fusion,” said Krojniewski. “They (Alligator Blackbird) work hard, they’ve honed their craft, and we’re proud of those guys, and what they’ve achieved.” As always with HalfPint Jones, look for a few surprises to pop up on the setlist. “It all just depends on the feel. We like to throw in New Orleans songs like ‘The Mardi Gras Song,’ or ‘Hey Pocky Way,’ by the Meters, and ‘Big Chief,’ as well, by Professor Longhair,” he said. Half-Pint Jones have become renowned exponents of New Orleans’ infectious rhythmic style. That journey began in 2006, after saxophonist Chris Olivier – who’d been displaced

by Hurricane Katrina – recruited singer-guitarist Justin Ross, and trumpeter Mark Gamble, to bring that musical vision alive. Asked what makes New Orleans such a potent musical force, Krojniewski replied: “I think it’s the openness to everything – if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, everything is out in the open, and everybody’s OK with it. That’s where we like to take that influence into our music. We’re open to doing anything and everything for the music, and really express it to the crowd.” Ironically, Half-Pint Jones has never played a show in New Orleans, which it hopes to remedy during its next round of touring. “We’ve done shows in all of our hometowns, but it’d be great to take Half-Pint Jones to New Orleans – and really get that flavor, even more, and let Chris really flex his muscles as an artist,” said Krojniewski. The band tours mainly throughout the Midwest region, but hopes to expand its fanbase through old-fashioned dedication, and hard work. “We’re trying to expand ourselves to a whole ‘nother level,” said Krojniewski. “Anybody can dream away, and that’s always a good thing to do – but work on your dream. Don’t just sit there and daydream, going from small things to (other) small things. Get your hands dirty, and that way, if it’s really working, nothing can stop you.” pg 21


his much is clear from talking on the phone with Victory Garden’s singer-guitarist, Michael Finney: sitting still simply isn’t in his nature. When not playing with his acousticoriented band, Victory Garden, Finney might be teaching guitar, or doing freelance photography and video work. “I just like to do stuff – I don’t really hang out for too long. I get antsy about something new. I’m happy about this record being done, but I’m more excited about the next thing, which is promoting it,” said Finney. Two years after its last effort, Victory Garden (2009), the band has released a new six-song EP, What’s Left Behind, which is now available on iTunes. To celebrate its hard work, Victory Garden recently played a CD release show at The Modern Post, in Schererville, IN, which is the first step of a campaign to reach beyond the band’s northwest Indiana turf. Ralph Heibutzki While the leadoff By: single, “Snake Charmer,” deals with relationship problems, the rest of the EP addresses more challenging lyrical territory. “It’s about what we get from the By: Ralph people that we don’t have Heibutzki around anymore. They’re not here physically, but they’re still available to us,” said Finney. He also feels that an EP’s tighter format benefited the music. “I’ve been making records since By: Ralph Heibutzki 2000. I’ve done seven with different bands, so I don’t really intend to stop. Making a full-length record is a lot of work, but I feel like I can turn out an EP every year, if I wanted to – you can have a concise statement based around whatever ideas you’ve been working on. I just like to make music.” There are alot of new textures captured on What’s Left Behind. In the studio Donnie Berg (guitar, percussion, vocals) and Bouis Dalecarlia (bass, percussion, vocals) rounded out the recordings with Mike Regan at his Valparaiso, IN studio, The Barn. The band worked up the material from August to December 2010, as its schedule permitted. “Everything we learned from playing out in 2010 informed this new record,” said Finney, “We expanded into a lot more colors, and voices.” Regan played a major role in bringing those textures alive – such as getting Stephen Dranger from his own band, Silhavey, to play trumpet on one song, for example. “It was really cool. Regan played drums on one of the tunes, and sang on a bunch of stuff,” said Finney. “It was nice and relaxed, just to take time and work with people, and record.” Finney looks forward to the response, which is greatly helped by the one-click convenience of online outlets like iTunes. “That’s a cool thing, too. You could listen to those songs, and Pub Crawls, Casino Trips, just buy what you like. We might not be your next favorite band, but the song you listen Bachelor/Bachelorette to this week, and that’s fine, too,” he said. Parties In keeping with its inclusive attitude, Victory Garden also operates as a cover band – playing everything from the ‘60s to current hits. “I’d rather be playing the originals,” said Finney, “but even if 1 percent of people could be interested in our music, we have to really get out there. We play some of our music at the cover gigs, too, and sell our CDs and merch. People are receptive to it.” Whatever happens next, Victory Garden plans to pick their shots carefully, and see where the music takes them. For more information See Our Ad on pg. 33 about Victory Garden, visit them online at:



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Michiana Mix

DJ Mia

House Music Isn't Dead By: Ralph Heibutzki


ichiana’s latest entry into the local club scene knows a thing or two about rockin’ the house – in this case, the fast-paced, electronic dance music that exploded out of Chicago, IL, during the 1980s, and rapidly took the world by storm. That’s DJ MIA’s first musical love, but she’s equally savvy about how to get a crowd moving, when they’re in the mood for something else. “The difference (between a good and bad DJ) is reading your crowd, and making sure that the people are happy. If that means switching up your style a little bit, that’s what you have to do. Pleasing the crowd is the biggest thing,” she said. Some nights, that’s easier said than done, but like her peers, DJ MIA (Mia Molsby) always aims to please. “One person’s preference is another person’s dislike, that’s what I’ve learned out of this – what I think is the greatest music, people don’t think so, and vice versa,” said Molsby, laughing. From 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursdays, and 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturdays, Molsby holds down a regular DJ gig at Jay’s Lounge, 3025 S. 11th St., Niles – where she got her start, about 18 months ago. “Basically, an opportunity arose for me through somebody at Jay’s Lounge. They gave me the opportunity to come in, use their equipment, and try it out,” she said. Just as DJ MIA emerged, Club Fever’s resident spinmaster, DJ CK-1, came along to give Molsby some in-depth grounding and mentoring. “He actually has vinyl in his house, in his studio. He took underneath By:me Ralph Heibutzkihis wing and said, ‘I can teach you the ropes here,’” she said. Asked what she learned from DJ CK-1, Molsby responded: “The simplest things – even beat matching (of) BPMs (beats per minute), making sure your levels are correct, and obviously, the thing (art) of mixing.” Other influences include Amanda Trevino, of Grand Rapids, the first female DJ that Molsby has ever met. “Well, I’m not going to lie – it April 2011

is intimidating, because you do get the extra label,” said Molsby. “It’s something you have to stand up for, as the only female around. It’s just about reaching your goals. You do have to stand a little tough. You’ve got to have a tough skin in this industry. It happens with any DJ, regardless of gender, but it does make a little bit of difference, I think.” Molsby’s playlist ranges from electrodance and house rockers like David Guetta, to the more hip-hop-oriented turf of 50 Cent, and Timbaland. That menu is naturally subject to adjustment, depending on the kind of crowd she happens to encounter. “Obviously, people around here want to hear Top 40 – Jay’s Lounge isn’t quite the club atmosphere,” she said. If a crowd isn’t appreciating her playlist, Molsby’s got some tried-andtrue icebreakers to get them moving again. “That’d be throwing on something old school, something that can reach everybody – anything from Bobby Brown, ‘My Prerogative,’ (or) ‘This Is How We Do It,’ from Montell Jordan,” said Molsby. “Just something random that grabs the crowd, and grabs everybody. It (a cold night) happens here and there, that’s for sure.” (To book DJ MIA, email: When she’s not onstage, Molsby works as a server in the restaurant industry, which she’s done for roughly 10 years. Always ready to branch out, Molsby’s recent gigs have included weddings, and – more recently – Niles High School dances. Molsby is currently studying marketing at Southwestern Michigan College, which she sees as one more way of realizing her long-term goals. “My thing is, I am where I am right now – if this thing takes me somewhere greater than this, I am totally for it,” said Molsby. “As any person knows, you have to have a plan B – but I wouldn’t mind becoming a huge success, and going into the bigger cities. I would like to be ambitious, that’s what I’ll say. I’d like to be a successful DJ.”

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By: Ralph Heibutzki

Flying Without a Net


By: Ralph Heibutzki

By: Ralph Heibutzki

ne person’s tangents are another person’s opening lines – at least, that’s how Chicago-based comedian Jer-Dog (Jeremy Danley) sees the improvisational heat that he’s been generating onstage for about 20 years now. “I generally talk about the same things, but I don’t have a catchphrase, or a gimmick, or a marketing angle, or anything like that,” said Jer-Dog. “I’ll bring my ‘A game,’ for sure – but I like to be more spontaneous. If get off on a tangent, I like to explore it, see where it goes, see how far the audience is into it.” Of course, that style requires taking risks – sometimes, those tangents don’t fly, but Jer-Dog knows how to recover. “If it’s not going so well, I can shift gears, and go back to a bit that I know is tried and true. Really, it’s all based off of, what’s the audience into, what are they responding to, and what subject matter can they relate well to,” said Jer-Dog. “And then I take it from there.” Jer-Dog brings his improvisational “A” game on Friday, April 23, to Rulli’s Bella Luna, 851 U.S. 20,Ste. 2, Middlebury, IN. “It’ll be me being me, being upfront and honest about my life. I think that’s what makes the best comedians,” he said. For more information, call (574) 825-7222, or visit, or At 35, Jer-Dog feels that he’s come a long way from how he started, when he just focused on jokes and stories that made his friends laugh. “I would try to write that into a standup routine, and I had various degrees of success doing that,” he said. “But once I started to explore outside the bubble, just being more spontaneous with it (his comedy) – I don’t like going back, and trying to write it (a set) ahead of time now, because it’s a lot more fun to fly by the seat of your pants.” Fittingly enough, Jer-Dog’s comedy baptism proved as improvised as his style. That moment came in college, when some fraternity buddies signed him up for a local open mike night, without his knowledge. He had all of three minutes to make his point. “I didn’t have any material, anything at all,” said Jer-Dog, who was 19 at the time. “I just went onstage, made fun of my buddies, and I told a story about one of ‘em who was trying to hook up with a chick. The crowd went wild, it felt really good, and I couldn’t wait to go back, and do it again.” Jer-Dog’s style is gaining a higher profile through appearances on “The Bob & Tom Show,” and Sirius XM, which has welcomed his CD, “Domesticated Party Animal” (Laughing Hyena Records). For those who can’t get enough, Jer-Dog also maintains a video blog, – on which he outlines his comedy philosophy, and posts “Heckler Highlights” of one- and two-minute audience confrontations. “It automatically sets me up toBy: be the good guy, especially if they’ve already come across me at a show. It’s just a little something extra I can put out there, to keep the three fans Ralph Heibutzki that I do have satisfied,” he said, laughing.

“It’ll be me being me, being upfront and honest about my life. I think that’s what makes the best comedians,” Although he’s appeared in the comedy documentaries, “American Smartass,” and “Road Dogs,” Jer-Dog doesn’t want to become a film actor, or a sitcom star. The best chance to catch his high-wire act is the 200 nights per that he performs nationwide at biker bars, casinos, colleges, comedy clubs, fairs, festivals and hotel lounges. “That’s probably the toughest part, the road – but I’ve made it through, and making it fun is how you get by,” said JerDog. “I couldn’t ask for anything else. I wound up getting a dream job that didn’t even exist. I don’t want to go to Hollywood, and stand in audition lines. I don’t want to go to New York, and be cutthroat about it. I just want to do my thing. I’m happy doing what I do now, because I don’t have to compromise anything.” pg 24

April 2011

Riverside - south bend

April 2011

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BARS in the REGION Elkhart

523 Tap & Grill B J Stars Between the Buns Big Easy Bolts Restaurant & Lounge Bowly's Crystal Bar Inc Cappy’s Chicago Grill and Bar Chubby Trout Crimaldi's Dino's Firehouse Lounge Half-time Sports Bar Harrison Landing Heinnies Hunters Place JD's Watering Hole Lakeshore Grill Malcom's Pub My Dad’s Place PC's Bar and Grill Pete’s Poor Tony's Simeri's Beardsley St Tavern Stirred The Vine Wings Etc Whiskey Dicks

519 S Main St 405 Baldwin St 2041 Cassopolis St 160 Easy Shopping Pl 1517 E Bristol St 109 Freight St 1000 N. Michigan 2425 Cassopolis St 2730 Cassopolis St 117 W Jackson Blvd 1500 Osolo Rd 4000 E Bristol St # 8 26084 CR-6 600 S Main St # 102 1743 W Lusher Ave 2703 S Main 1109 W. Beardsley 51330 State Road 19 1125 W Beardsley Ave 51425 S.R. 19 1915 Borneman Ave 51426 S.R.19 2110 W Franklin St 1737 W Beardsley Ave 115 E Lexington Ave 214 S Main St 105 County Road 6 561 E. Jackson Blvd

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1201 Pine Lake Rd 617 Michigan Ave 332 Park St 610 Colfax Ave 912 Lincolnway 605 Washington St. 502 Pulaski St 1508 "I" Street 403 E. Lincolnway 517 Tipton St 501 Tipton St 702 S. 500 W. 311 Washington St 444 Pine Lake Ave 201 Washington St. 608 Monroe St 303 Brighton 1251 Pine Lake 1001 E Lincolnway 6466 W Johnson Rd 610 J St.

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(219) 797-5675 (219) 797-2337 (219) 733-2624 (219) 733-9107

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Michigan City Bartletts Barker Inn Benny's Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa Center St. Bar Charley's Bar & Grill Clubhouse Driving Range Decoys Bar & Grill El Nopal Galveston's Steakhouse Gratty’s Giorgetti’s Hammers Holly's It's Vegas Baby! Joe's Bar & Grill Lakeshore Lanes Matey's Mc Ginnis Pub Mug Shots Lounge Nowhere Bar and Grill Pines Lounge Pumps on 12 Reilly's Rocks Lounge Rodini's Ryan's Irish Pub Sahara Sand Trap Shoreline Brewery Stadium Inn Stimley's Town & Country Bar Sportsman's Inn The Game Sportbar Three Sheets Bar & Grill

131 e. Dunes Hwy 607 E Barker Ave 3101 E Us Highway 12 777 Blue Chip Drive 501 Ctr St 517 Barker Avenue 415 E US 20 1729 E US 20 110 West 9th st. 10 commerce Sq 1716 Franklin Street 12 On the Lake Drive 2134 E. Hwy 20 3705 Franklin St. 777 Blue Chip Drive 2958 W Dunes Hwy 2820 E. Michigan Blvd 110 Franklin St. 227 W 7th St 1901 S Woodland Ave 5868 E. Tioga Trail 3860 W Dunes Hwy 3085 E. Hwy 12 1103 Franklin 777 Blue Chip Drive 4125 Franklin St. 401 Franklin St 1701 Franklin Street 3015 E Michigan Blvd 208 Wabash St 2323 Wabash St 204 W Barker Ave 3201 E. Hwy 12 777 Blue Chip Drive 227 W Barker Ave

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Mishawaka Bleachers Blue Lantern Blue Island Bar Center St. Pub Club Bed Hooters Jerrys Pub Laugh Comedy Club Maury's Pat's Pub Midway Tavern Office Lounge Parkway Lanes Phoenix Bar & Grill Pit Stop Pone Express Press Box Riverside Tavern Roc's Sports Café Roxie's Manhattan Sliders Squad's 2nd Precinct That Place Bar & Grill The Pub The Royal Café Three Thirty One Inn Trips traxside tavern Trumans Wings Etc. Wooden Shoe Yakety Yak Cafe

4609 Grape Rd 928 E. McKinley 13261 Chippewa Blvd 112 N. Center St. 100 N. Center St. 205 W Day Rd 1211 W 6th St 1213 Lincolnway West 901 W 4th St 810 W 4th St 1813 E 12th. St. 1504 Chestnut Street 101 Lincoln Way W 1753 E. 12th St. 1617 Milburn Blvd 1653 E 4th St 100 N. Center St. 212 W Edison Rd 424 W 7th St 327 Union St 502 W 6th St 300 W. 6th St. 408 Cleveland St 601 W. 6th 1123 Union St 318 So union st 100 N. Center St. 6502 Grape Rd 822 W 6th St 701 W 4th St

(574) 277-9332 (574) 255-2005 (574) 849-7043 (574) 968-0244 (574) 254-0677 (574) 259-7786 (574) 257-1466 (574) 299-9999 (574) 259-8282 (574) 255-0458 (574-259-3898 (574) 255-5424 (574) 257-8876 (574) 254-0389 (574) 254-1925 (574) 252-5753 (574) 259-1598 (574) 252-5780 (574) 259-9600 (574) 340-6825 (574) 259-6786 (574) 397-4499 (574) 273-5397 (574) 254-0701 (574) 255-2790 (574) 259-7233 (574) 259-2282 (574) 273-0088 (574) 258-9201 (574) 255-8601

(219) 879-3081 (219) 879-9011 (219) 874-3663 (888) 879-7711

April 2011

BARS in the REGION Union Pier, MI Mickey’s New Buffalo, MI Bentwood Tavern Casey's Bar and Grill El Ranchero Grande Jimmy's Bar & Grill O'Briens Roma Pizza Da Pub

16409 Red Arrow Hwy

(269) 231-5205

600 W Water St 136 N. Whittaker St 310 E Buffalo St 18529 La Porte Rd 12578 Wilson Rd 17600 Red Arrow Hwy 19332 State Route 239

(269) 469-1699 (269) 469-5800 (269) 469-9600 (269) 469-2100 (269) 469-3400 (269) 469-3698 (269) 469-4448

Niles, MI Corral Jays Lounge Pete's Patio Riverfront Café Wings Etc.

701 N 13th St 3025 s. 11th St. 2433 N 5th St 219 Front St 2008 S. 11th St

(269) 684-1185 (269) 684-8353 (269) 683-4565 (269) 684-2233 (269) 683-9464

Osceola Between the Buns Tapped Out Trevi's

1720 Lincolnway W 55581 Ash Rd 512 Lincolnway W

(574) 679-4474 (574) 674-6442 (574) 674-6261

South Bend AJ's Anchor Inn Antonio's Bar Backstage Grill/Green Room Blarney Stone Between the Buns Bob's 19th Hole Bob's Pub Bootleg’ers Buffalo Wild Wings Centerfolds Chain O Lakes Cheers Pub Chuck's Tavern City Limits Lounge CJ’s Pub Clay Pub Club Fever Club Landing Club Noma Corby's Irish Pub Christies Place Dave's Pub & Co Donna Lee's Franks Place Gippers Lounge Green Star Cafe Hoosier Tap & Grill Hoosier Wings & More Jeannie’s Joe's Tavern Jovi's Restaurant & Lounge Kate O'Connors Kelly's Pub Kildare’s Pub Linebacker Lounge Madison Oyster Bar Main St. Pub McCormicks Mitch’s Corner Moondogs Morris Performing Arts Center

4505 Ameritech Drive, 2224 W. Wester Ave 2227 Franklin St 222 S. Michigan 113 E Wayne St 1803 South Bend Ave 26582 US Highway 20 1406 Portage Ave 1302 Ford St. 123 W Washington St 1505 Kendall St. 26230 Southport rd 103 S. Dixieway North 1201 W Sample St 1807 S Ironwood Dr 236 S Michigan St 52170 Rt 933 222 S. Michigan 1717 Lincolnway East 119 N Michigan St 441 E Lasalle Ave 2018 Western Ave 3013 Mishawaka Ave 701 W Indiana Ave 327 Marion 515 N Dixie Way 1605 Miami St 718 W Indiana Ave 1835 Lincoln Way E 621 S Bendix Dr 1201 Dunham St 1905 Miami St 415 E. Michigan St. 1150 Mishawaka Ave 1044 Angela Blvd 1631 South Bend Avenue 129 N Main St 2046 South Bend Ave 125 N. Michigan Ave 1516 N. Ironwood Dr. 4407 S Ironwood Dr 211 North Michigan Street

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April 2011

Mulligans Murpheys Backyard Pub My Place Oaken Bucket O'Sullivans Crossing Oscars Billiard Club Peddler's Pub Pejza's Lydick Tavern Rum Village Inn

1705 S Bend Ave 3601 Mishawaka Ave 1509 Portage Ave 1212 S Ironwood Dr 235 S. Michigan 1902 S. Bend Ave 904 E Ireland Rd 26444 Edison Rd 2209 Kemble Ave

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Tapped Out II Sean Ocasey's South Bank The View Vickie's Wings Etc. Wise Guys West Winds

2206 Mishawaka Ave 123 N. St. Joseph St. 1763 Lincoln Way E 515 E Jefferson Blvd 112 W Monroe St 2051 E. Ireland Rd. 3421 W Sample St 56629 Mayflower Rd

(574) 289-4888 (574) 245-7280 (574) 232-1980 (574) 288-8439 (574) 232-4090 (574) 291-0077 (574) 234-2670 (574) 233-5168

Middlebury Rulli’s Bella Luna

851 U.S. 20

(574) 825-7222

Westville Blackhawk Inn Latitiude 24 Ramsay’s Westpoint Crossroads

257 W. Main St. 363 W. Main St. 11042 W. US Highway 4817 U.S. 421

(219) 785-2296 (219) 785-2440 (219) 785-2621 (219) 785-4030

Edwardsburg, MI Fireside Tap & Grill

69245 Maple St.

(269) 414-4103

Plymouth Brass Rail Dandelion Bar Mayflower Opie’s Office

225 N Michigan St 116 East Laporte Street 1111 W Jefferson St 114 N. Michigan St

(574) 936-7004 (574) 935-5514 (574) 935-9939 (574) 914-4123

Little Thots...

Created by: Swiggy - www.Punography.US

“C’mon... If this were really gas, Halliburton would be dogging my ass with a hose & a contract for drilling rights!”

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Roxie’s - Mishawaka

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rullie’s - middlebury

April 2011

Jay’s - Niles

It’s vegas baby - michigan city

April 2011

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Puzzles Across 1. A sharp intake of breath 5. Expunge 9. Stuck 14. Adult male

sheep (plural) 15. Frozen 16. Love intensely 17. Operatic solo 18. Pull 19. Hangman’s knot 20. Where Barbie lives 22. Change 23. Bowel cleansing 24. Genus of hemlock spruce 26. Strike 29. Of the underworld 33. Conduct 38. The circle of color around a nipple 39. Biblical first man 40. Morsel 42. Repose 43. An Islamic religious leader 45. Syrup made from sugar cane 47. Emigrant 48. Adult males 49. Adjust again 52. Result 57. Anagram of “Panes” 60. Units of electrical energy 63. Heart artery 64. Poke 65. Entice 66. Feline 67. Stepped 68. Look amorously 69. Jagged 70. Barks 71. Ale

DOWN 1. Year level at school 2. Brother of Moses 3. Grin 4. Poems of praise written by King David 5. Founder of Carthage (Roman mythology) 6. Beige 7. The smallest amount pg 30

How to play: The numbers 1 through 9 will appear once only in each row, column, and 3x3 zone. There are 9 such zones in each sudoku grid. There is only one correct solution to each sudoku. Good luck!

8. Boundaries 9. Administrator 10. Pagans 11. Part of a plant that stays in the soil 12. Gaelic 13. Bambi was one 21. Laughs 25. Not capable 27. 12 in a foot 28. A prominent rock 30. Gardening tools 31. Otherwise 32. Rodents 33. Small freshwater fish 34. Type of cheese 35. French Sudan 36. Moves to another country 37. Liquor 41. Mother 44. Make ready 46. Afresh 50. Not full 51. Latin for “Earth” 53. Wealthy man 54. Performance platform 55. Useful 56. An organic compound 57. Satisfy 58. French for “Black” 59. Therefore 61. Gunk 62. Augments

Word Search: Find and circle all of the Songs with a girls name in the title.

activity ambivalent assertive beatnik boundless camera circumstance closet coddle dagger destination dominion

electricity furnace garbage German hill janitor jowls last luminous magazine nefarious noise

oration pensive pitch poem porous protect ramshackle reaction sport tenuous underneath volunteer April 2011

April 2011

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Feeling Comfortable Around Your Significant Other

TASTES LIKE: a piece gym equipment that was used by a zombie.

Created by: Sam Mechling

Mike, a cell phone salesman from La Porte, asks:

My girlfriend wants us to go camping, because she says it’s a good way to get to know someone more intimately. Will this work?

Stephanie, a chef from South Bend asks: Do you think it’s important to share something special with someone? I think it’s the key to a long lasting relationship.

Recently my boyfriend has started farting in front of me. Should I be flattered or is this disgusting?

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SMELLS LIKE: 20 Labradors farting in a sauna. PERSONAL QUOTE: “Ever poured Frank’s Red Hot on your balloon knot?”

NICKNAME: “Vinegar Tits”

Anne Marie, a lab tech from Michigan City asks:

WINO: Murray Harlan



“Sh*t, I can’t even go camping. Every time I do, the goddamn raccoons always get into my hamper and eat the crotch out of all my thongs!!!”

“I was a camp counselor back in the day…. You face-push ONE toddler out of a tree house and all the sudden it’s “shattered vertebrae” this and “felony assault” that.”



“I feel you. My pimp, “Crazy Eyez” is always calling me and sayin’, “BITCH, you’d better make bread or fake dead!!!” He so crazy, that’s why I love him.”

“Well, I know this one cop, who always picks me up for loitering and then forces me to run across I-90 at gunpoint. It wouldn’t be so hard if he didn’t throw beer bottles at me and yell “FROGGER!” every time a car almost hit me.”



“Disgusting?!? Girl, I ripped a fart today that was so nasty, it made my underwear burn up like the map in opening credits for Bonanza!”

“Baby, you should smell my farts. Each one is unique and beautiful. Just like a goddamn snowflake!!!”

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April 2011

fireside - edwardsburg

April 2011

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Cocktail: A Party In A Glass Mixologist: Tim

Cocktail: Luck of the Irish

Bar: Mulligan’s

Bar: Corby’s

Ingredients: Crème De Banana, Malibu, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice

Ingredients: Peach schnapps, Malibu, Pineapple Juice, Sprite

Comment: “To much puts a party in your ass.“

Comment: Taste like your making a Pearl

Cocktail: Italian Sunset

Cocktail: Swamp Water

Mixologist: Trennay

Mixologist: Ashli

Bar: Frank’s Place

Bar: Holly’s

Ingredients: Amaretto, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine

Ingredients: Madori, Peach Tree, Pineapple Juice

Comment: Spring Fever in a Glass

Comments: “The sweetest swamp you’ll ever swim.”

Cocktail: Wine-O’s wake up call Mixologist: Kelly

Cocktail: Very Much Bannanas

Bar: Roxies

Bar: The Other Place

Ingredients: White Zin Wine, Redbull, Sierra Mist

Ingredients: 99 Bananas, Malibu, Grenadine, Sprite

Comment: Guaranteed to wake up your tongue

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Mixologist: Adrienne

Mixologist: Angie

Comment: “Taste the tropical sun!”

April 2011

Spring has

Michiana Eats

Sprung! By: Brian Martin


or any cook, early spring has mixed emotions. It’s the end of the citrus season; fruits like apples and pears look faded, store packaged greens are unappealing in cellophane bags which can turn anyone’s stomach from salads. Sadly, it’s time to put away the slow cookers, crock pots and overnight recipes that are alluring in the winter. On the exciting side, it’s time for fresh vegetables and brightly colored fruits , Nothing’s better than shopping for fresh ingredients at the local farmers markets, getting away from the packaged foods we are limited to during the harsh cold winters. This month’s article isn’t long so I could bring you detailed new recipes, some not hard at all, one very new and twisted making exciting changes of an old favorite that I know you’ll thrill your guest when they see and eat it! Let your eyes be your guide to the new ideas spring can bring!

Porkloin Medallions w/ Portabellos & Sauce

French Onion Soup Boats 1 Can Campbell’s French Onion Soup ½ lb white bread crust removed, cut into ¾” squares¬¬ 2T extra virgin olive oil ½t garlic powder 1/2t dried thyme Pinch of kosher salt and pepper to taste 40 square wonton wrappers 1 large egg, lightly beaten 3C vegetable oil 40 slices Muenster cheese

Freeze the French Onion Soup in a 1” glass dish with sides overnight. To make the croutons, position rack in the center of oven and heat to 400*. In a large bowl, toss bread squares w olive oil, garlic 1/8t salt, 1/8t pepper and thyme until well coated. Spread croutons on baking sheet and bake stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While warm, puncture hole in middle with skewer and let cool. Remove frozen soup from freezer, take a sharp knife and cut straight equally straight lines down the length of the soup, the

cross cut it in enough pieces to have 40 squares. Working with about 10 wontons at once, lay them on a flat dry surface and brush the edges with the egg. Put 1 square of soup in the middle of a wonton and fold the edges up creating a “boat” like dumpling. Repeat this until all 40 “boats” are finished. Heat the vegetable oil in a 4qt saucepan over medium-high heat until the temperature reaches 365* or if the oil bubble when drops of water is dropped in it. Line a large cookie sheet with paper towels. Add as many “boats” into the oil slowly as you can fit without over crowding the saucepan. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon carefully remove from oil and place on towel lined cookie sheet. Meanwhile, heat oven to 450*. Place 10-12 “boats” into a shallow ovenproof gratin dish. Place 1 each cheese slices over the “boats”. Bake until cheese is melted, about 4-5 minutes. Stick the skewered crouton into the center of the “boat” then plate.

Charred Scallions

1 2-3lbs port tenderloin sliced into ½” round medallions 1 1/2lbs portabella mushrooms 3T lemon juice 2T butter 1C heavy cream Kosher salt and pepper to taste Clean mushrooms with damp paper towels, carefully removed fins from tops of mushrooms. Thinly slice them and squeeze 2T of lemon juice over them. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add mushrooms handfuls at a time sautéing until softened stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper (salt will draw out moisture in mushrooms) stir in the heavy cream. Gently simmer over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes, season with remaining lemon juice

and salt and pepper to taste Meanwhile, while sauce is simmering, season each side of pork medallions with very little salt (pork is already salty) and pepper, heat grill pan on stovetop until slightly smoking, grill each medallion until clear juice runs from it, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from pan and let rest on platter 5 minutes. To plate, spoon liquid from the sauce on plate, place several medallions in a row over sauce, then top with portabellas and sauce.

Cheesey Garlic Ranch Smashed Potatoes 12 medium Yukon potatoes 1T kosher salt 1/2C ranch dressing 1/2T garlic powder ¼ stick of butter ½ cup shredded cheese, any type you prefer Quarter potatoes, in a saucepan, cover in warm salted water, and bring to

boil. Cook over medium heat about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes completely, add back into empty saucepan and stir potatoes until extra moisture is gone. Add garlic powder, ranch dressing and butter. Smash everything together mixing well. Place into an oven safe bowl; add cheese, the keep warm in oven on lowest setting until cheese is melted.

2 bunches green onions 2T extra virgin olive oil

In a shallow plate, stir onions in oil Grill in grill pan on stovetop flipping occasionally seasoning with salt until greens become charred but not burnt. April 2011

This month’s food lesson: : : Mashed Potatoes are many times runny because all the moisture isn’t removed. Try returning the potatoes to the empty hot pan to sweat out any remaining wetness. All Recipes are designed for 2-4 servings. Not a foodie? Need help with a recipe? Have a cooking related question? Email me at & Check out my food pictures at

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April 2011

Mulligan’s - south bend

A Blonde Easter Three blondes died in a car crash trying to jump the Grand Canyon and are at the pearly gates of heaven. St Peter tells them that they can enter the gates only if they can answer one simple religious question. The question posed by St. Peter is “What is Easter”? The first blonde replies, “Oh, that’s easy! It’s the holiday in November when everyone gets together, eats turkey and are thankful...” “Wrong!, you are not welcome here, I’m afraid. You must go to the other place!” replies St. Peter. He turns to the second blonde, and asks her the same question: “What is Easter?” The second blonde replies, “Easter is the holiday in December when we put up a nice tree, exchange presents, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.” St Peter looks at the second blonde, bangs his head on the on the pearly gates in disgust and tells her she’s wrong and will have to join her friend in the other place. She is not welcome in Heaven. He then peers over his glasses at the third blonde and asks, “Do YOU know what Easter is”? The third blonde smiles confidently and looks St Peter in the eyes, “I know what Easter is.”“Oh?” says St Peter, incredulously. “Easter is the Christian holiday that coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the last supper and Jesus was later deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples. The Romans took him to be crucified and he was stabbed in the side, made to wear a crown of thorns, and was hung on a cross with nails through his hands and feet. He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large boulder.” St Peter smiled broadly with delight. The third blonde continued... “Every year the boulder is moved aside so that Jesus can come out and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.”

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A Woman’s Point of View with Paige Turner


ow that Spring is officially underway, you may find yourself itching for a spring fling. And while it’s not too difficult for a woman to find someone at a local bar for a night of fun, those kind of hook-ups can get real old real fast. If you’re out of school and work around people who make the cast of The Office seem relatively normal, chances are you quickly run out of places to meet new people. This is even truer when all of your friends begin marrying off and surrounding themselves with similarly attachedat-the-hip couples. So what’s a single girl to do? As with so many problems, the answer can be found online. If you’re female and over the age of 15, you’ve probably at least considered a foray into the world of online dating (or if you’re over 25 and still single, it’s probably been mentioned to you by a well-intentioned but annoyingly meddlesome family member or friend). The thought of finding the love of your life while staring at a computer screen and developing carpal tunnel may sound like the beautiful start to a modern fairy-tale romance but in reality there are a few hurdles to be crossed before a successful relationship can be had. An appealing profile is key to any successful online dating venture. However, the problem with this is that you immediately realize you’re not nearly as cool as you think you are. No matter how hard you try to spin it, hanging with your cat while watching reruns of The Simpsons before eating cereal for dinner does not make for a glamorizing list of hobbies. Anxiety over making yourself sound like less of a loser quickly turns into agonizing over every detail of your likes and dislikes, pet peeves and charming eccentricities. Slightly embellishing (or completely pulling from your ass) a list of things you do in your spare time is easy and besides, what are the chances you’ll ever actually meet someone who likes to grow bonsai trees and help save sea cows? Eventually, a review of your profile will lead to the eternal question – would I date me? The answer to that could cause some to abandon the online dating process altogether and turn to more lucrative ventures, such as therapy. The most worrisome thing about chatting and forming a relationship with a stranger is…well, that. You can never actually pg 42

be certain of anything until you meet and spend some time together and that is scary as hell. What if it turns out you’ve been sending sexy messages to a scumbag ex? Your high school math teacher? Your old priest? One of your siblings – or worse, one of your parents? People aren’t always honest with their photos so you can see the potential for disaster. It takes a lot of courage to actually date the people you meet online and you’ll need that courage if you ultimately manage to form a successful relationship. While not as bad as it used to be, there’s a certain stigma surrounding online dating and even the strongest power couple could induce fleeting thoughts of pity and skepticism when they announce they met on the web. But hey, anything’s better than reruns and cereal night after night. Just ask your cat.

No matter how hard you try to spin it, hanging with your cat while watching reruns of The Simpsons before eating cereal for dinner does not make for a glamorizing list of hobbies.

Paige Turner works in an office by day and writes columns and articles by night. She has two degrees, a sports trophy and a nine inch scar on her leg. If you’d like to get Paige’s Point of View on a particular subject, email her at: PTurner@MichianaEntertainer.Com

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News from Around the World By: Paige Turner, Entertainer Newsroom

Convict’s Rear End Gives Mary Poppin’s Bag Run for its Money

Speed, Australia

A small Australian town decided to rename itself Speedkills for the month of March to help promote safe driving on Australian roadways. There are only 45 people in the town but they all feel that changing the name will help motorists to slow down. However, since Speed is such a small place most drivers don’t even notice the name change – they can easily blink and miss it. Especially since most of them are driving well above the speed limit while they pass through.

The King Has Left the 7-Eleven

Miami, Florida

Warren, Michigan

Wife Beats Off Tiger with Ladle

Is That a Banana Spider in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

A 33-yeara old man was recently caught smuggling 30 separate items in his rectum while being admitted to prison. Besides pills and cigarettes, his posterior held matches, flint, lip balm, a condom, a syringe and a receipt from CVS. Apparently the former Boy Scout wanted to be prepared but the jail deputies were not impressed. The extra junk in his trunk has earned him additional jail time so one could say his plan completely backfired.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A soup ladle is all that stood between a man and his death after he was attacked by a tiger while hunting squirrels near his home. He tried to climb a tree but was chased by the beast, until his wife appeared with a kitchen ladle and began beating the tiger on the head. It quickly ran away and the man returned home, shaken but alive. Unfortunately for his wife, her husband now demands she spend all her time following him around with a big spoon and has even advertised her as a body guard for the rest of the men in the village.

Man’s Videotape Earns Him Arrest Portland, Oregon

Most lawbreakers try to avoid detection but a Portland man has been arrested for filming his speedometer while driving over 140 mph, just so he could post it to YouTube. He got pulled over and when officers watched his tape, the budding filmmaker was awarded with a pair of handcuffs. His video may not have earned him thousands of online views but it will be kept in the break room of the police station, where cops are always in need of a good comedy.

Speed Acknowledges Speedkills

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We might not have kings in America but that didn’t stop a Michigan man from declaring himself too important to pay for cigarettes. After telling a convenience store clerk he was a king and should get them for free, he tried to punch the clerk and then ran out of the store. Police soon found the runaway smokes stealer and had to subdue him with a Taser to get him to cooperate. They then took the royal pain in the ass to the local prison, where he might just meet his queen.

Brazil, South America

In a place known for exotic bikini waxes, a Brazilian spider is raising hopes as researchers have determined that some of the toxic venom it uses to hunt its prey can also be used to treat erectile dysfunction. Commonly known as the banana spider, its venom can cause death if not treated but men in Brazil aren’t concerned with that so much as the fact it can give them leverage under the sheets. It could be years before it’s safe enough to market and Brazilian police have had to set up guards to keep desperate men and frustrated women from wandering the jungle in hopes of finding a web full of love juice.

Hazard Man Becomes Hazard on Wheels Hazard, Kentucky

Needing a ride home, a Kentucky man figured it would be okay to borrow an ambulance while it sat running outside of a hospital. Not surprisingly, the man had been drinking. A cop saw him swerving on the road and quickly arrested him, and the thief’s assurances that he was going to call the hospital to return it didn’t keep him out of jail. He’ll be held until he understands that he’s not allowed to take a cop car home from the station.

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Friday April 1 Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Junior & the Ignitors Center Street Pub Mishawaka: Karaoke Frank’s Place - South Bend: Karaoke Harrison Landing Elkhart: Top Secret It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Hi Infidelity Kelly’s Pub - South Bend: Karaoke Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: Haywood Banks Rulli’s - Middlebury: 3 Fiddy

Friday April 8 Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Hot Jewels Center Street Pub Mishawaka: Karaoke It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Naked Karate Girls Kelly’s Pub - South Bend: Karaoke Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: Michael Thorne Morris - South Bend: Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, & Mark Faner Rulli’s - Middlebury: Ginger Dare Waterford Inn - La Porte: 4 Band Rockfest

Saturday April 2 American Legion Post 308, Osceola: Mason Dixon Band Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Terry Walter All Star Band Center Street Pub Mishawaka: Dog Face Cheers Pub - South Bend: 15 Stories Club LaSalle - South Bend: Box Set It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Hip Hugger Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: Haywood Banks Rulli’s - Middlebury: Double Whammy That Place Bar & Grill Mishawaka: Karaoke WiseGuys - South Bend: 10 Gauge

Saturday April 9 Center Street Pub - Mishawaka: Where’s Johnny Club 23 - Walkerton: 10 Gauge Fireside - Edwardsburg: Nearly Naked Band It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Naked Karate Girls Latitude 24 - Westville: Victory Garden Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: Michael Thorne Rulli’s - Middlebury: Savannah Stardust Event Center Michigan City: Brewfest That Place Bar & Grill Mishawaka: Karaoke Wander Inn - Mishawaka: 15 Stories Waterford Inn - La Porte: Hoosier Highway

Sunday April 3 Blue Chip Casino - Michigan City: Top Secret Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Thursday April 7 Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Karaoke Center Street Pub: Karaoke Cheers Pub - S. Bend : Open Jam Kelly’s Pub - South Bend: Brian Barr Plays Piano Morris - South Bend: Randy Travis Rulli’s - Middlebury: Karaoke pg 46

Sunday April 10 Club Fever - South Bend: Brett Michaels & Second Season Elva’s - South Bend: Skeletonwitch Thursday April 14 Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Karaoke Center Street Pub: Karaoke Cheers Pub - S. Bend : Open Jam Kelly’s Pub - South Bend: Brian Barr Plays Piano Rulli’s - Middlebury: Karaoke Friday April 15

Cheers Pub - South Bend: 10 Gauge Fireside - Edwardsburg: South of Somewhere Frank’s Place - South Bend: Karaoke It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: History’s End Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: Bill Bauer Rulli’s - Middlebury: Idol Threat Waterford Inn - La Porte: Karaoke Saturday April 16 Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Belle Gunness w/ Acoustic performance by Mark & Steve Center Street Pub - Mishawaka: Trouble Walkin Cheers Pub - South Bend: Pure Star Movement Fireside - Edwardsburg, MI: JC/DV Band It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Dick Diamond and the Dusters Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: Bill Bauer Rulli’s - Middlebury; The Edge Stardust Event Center - Michigan City: Rodney Atkins That Place Bar & Grill Mishawaka: House Arrest Waterford Inn - La Porte: High Noon Sunday April 17 Morris Performance Arts Center - South Bend: Bill Maher Thursday April 21 Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Karaoke Center Street Pub: Karaoke Cheers Pub - S. Bend : Open Jam Kelly’s Pub - South Bend: Brian Barr Plays Piano Rulli’s - Middlebury: Karaoke Friday April 22 Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Malott Brothers Cheers Pub - South Bend: Attention Deficit Frank’s Place - South Bend: Parkovash

It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: 7th Heaven Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: The Untamed Shrews Rulli’s - Middlebury: King Pao Saturday April 23 Center Street Pub Mishawaka: Red Alert Cheers Pub - South Bend: Soul Shaker It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Shy Violet Laugh Comedy Club - South Bend: The Untamed Shrews Rulli’s - Middlebury: Comedy Night followed by Banana Jones That Place Bar & Grill Mishawaka: Karaoke Waterford Inn - La Porte: Takken Wild Bills - Elkhart: 10 Gauge Monday April 25 Center Street Pub - Mishawaka: Trouble Walkin Thursday April 28 Cappy’s - Elkhart: Karaoke Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Karaoke Center Street Pub: Karaoke Cheers Pub - S. Bend : Open Jam Kelly’s Pub - South Bend: Brian Barr Plays Piano Rulli’s - Middlebury: Karaoke Friday April 29 It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: Blammo Rulli’s - Middlebury: Groove Inc Hacienda - South Bend - Crawpuppies Saturday April 30 Casey’s Lanes - La Porte: Scream Center Street Pub - Mishawaka: Wayside Stella Cheers Pub - South Bend: Lies Between It’s Vegas Baby! - Michigan City: The Hype Syndicate Rulli’s - Middlebury: Blammo That Place Bar & Grill Mishawaka: Karaoke

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