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14 dining at dusk: the backstage grill 16 new years resolutions doomed to fail 18 cocktails of the month 19 Michiana Eats should all acquaintences be forgot 21 michiana music Our Team Eddie Padin - Publisher Michael Finney - Lakeshore Operations Sam Mechling - Staff Writer Pinky Tuscedero - Staff Writer Paige Turner - Staff Writer Mario Bourzac - Contributing Writer Matt Scearce - Graphic Designer Brian Ohm - Graphic Designer Jonathan R. Lessans - Photographer Edgar Alleyabu - Photographer Juan Cahue - Web Design

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With the latest increase in terrorist activity around the world and the most recent developments in national terrorism warning systems, we at the Entertainer newsroom decided it would be fitting to offer our own interpretation of the clever, yet ambiguous, warning images that have been issued by the U.S homeland security office. Use this as another useless guide next time the terror threat level hits the color orange, based off some unsubstantiated threat made by a goat farmer half the world away...

If you’ve become a radiation mutant with a deformed hand, remember to close the window. No one wants to see that.

If your building collapses, climb under your table and practice yoga postures.

If the weather is overcast with dark skies, look for worms in the grass.

Your telephone may be a practicing physician. Look for a phone with no numbers on it.

If you hear the Backstreet Boys, Michael Bolton or Yanni on the radio, cower in the corner or run like hell.

If your intended destination is suddenly vaporized, consider pulling over and watching the cool light show.

Use your flashlight to lift the walls right off of you!

There is a reason you failed chemistry.

Club Fever - South bend

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Cappy’s - Elkhart

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The Milkman The milkman goes to the door to collect his money, when he knocks the door swings open and he walks in. The place is a mess, beer bottles and liquor bottles everywhere. He is just about to leave when the lady of the house comes down the stairs. He looks at her then looks at the mess She catching the hint, explains that they had a big party last night. The milkman spots a blanket in the corner with holes all cut out. “What was that for?” He asked Well she explained “We were playing party games last night, were we had all the men line up behind the blanket and stick their junk out the holes. Then all the women went along and tried to guess whose was whose.” “Man, that must have been some party wish I here. “ The Milkman responded. “Well you might as well have been here your name came up several times.”

Madison oyster bar - south bend

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Yakety Yak Cafe - Msihawaka

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Center Street Pub - Mishawaka

Centerfolds - South bend

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Jason Zaideman, Rage Grenade by Mona Dickinson

Artistic talent, a creative mind and an interest in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fight circuit has led to the creation of Rage Grenade, a line of fight gear clothing. Based in Crown Point, Rage Grenade is the creative work of Jason Zaideman. Zaideman, a Northwest Indiana native who spent some time out in California, has seen his dream become a reality in just a few short months. Back in September, Zaideman was working full time with Road Safe Traffic – travelling a lot and working all over the state. He had been working on some designs and doing work as an airbrush artist whenever he could find time. “I had some ideas and some designs on my laptop,” he said. “I took it with me on the road and worked on the designs at night back in my hotel room.” Zaideman said he started working on some designs after seeing an ad for someone seeking designs and logos for fight gear. He knew he had the talent and the drive, so he had his work copyrighted. While working in Indianapolis in September, a chance meeting with fight promoter Gary Myers helped Zaideman get Rage Grenade off and running. “The ideas were there, but he really gave me my start,” said Zaideman. “I literally had two weeks to put my designs on shirts and fight gear for a show that Myers was promoting in Indy.” And he did just that. Working off his laptop, Zaideman put it all together and launched Rage Grenade fight gear at the Hoosier Park Casino MMA Championship Fighting Series “Yard Wars” in Indianapolis. The response was overwhelming. “It was incredible,” Zaideman recalled. “I got great response and feedback on my designs. I owe a lot to Gary Myers for giving me this shot.” Myers later told him he was impressed with his drive and desire, along with the fact that his designs were tailored to the MMA fight scene. Zaideman’s talent comes naturally – his late father, Randy Zaideman or Randy Z, was an airbrush artist and pg 8

sign artist, and is in the Pinstriper Hall of Fame. He was known for his detail work on cars and motorcycles. “My father raised us and we were always with him. I basically grew up around art all my life,” said Zaideman. “I learned a lot from my father. He was my best friend.” Zaideman is the first to admit that Rage Grenade is not meant for everyone. The designs represent his impressions of what it would be like if he stepped into the fight cage. “I tried to imagine what it would be like, the built up rage a fighter would feel, how he explodes like a grenade as the fight begins,” noted Zaideman, who said he comes up with ideas and designs at all hours of the day and night. “These guys have no fear and push themselves to the limits.” “I created Rage Grenade as a metaphor to what would sum up the inner demons or inner

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animal in myself. The struggles, thoughts, dreams, goals and passions in my life and others like me,” Zaideman writes on his Facebook page. “There is and always should be a little Rage Grenade in all of us.” Zaideman and his business partner, Danny Allen, are now focused on the Northwest Indiana debut of Rage Grenade Fight Gear – January 14 when the Hoosier Fight Club hosts HFC 6 at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. “HFC 6 New Year’s Nemesis” will be the first all professional fight card undertaken by the Northwest Indiana-based Hoosier Fight Club and promoters Paul and Danielle Vale. Previous HFC events have offered a combination of amateur and pro-am shows. “This is going to be a great way to showcase Rage Grenade to Northwest Indiana fight fans,” Zaideman said. With the response he’s had in just a few short months, Zaideman hopes to branch out and put Rage Grenade at the forefront of fight gear. “I’d like to get Rage Grenade out on the circuit, at events around the Midwest and even farther,” he said. His mind is constantly working on new ideas and designs; he says he never slows down. “I love life, my motto is ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’,” said Zaideman. “I don’t waste my time on things like watching television; people miss so much of life that way.” You can also checkout or the Rage Grenade Facebook page for more about the fight gear clothing line. Zaideman also showcases his artwork and airbrush artistry through his business, Showbound Kustoms – for kustom painted anything. He also carries on his father’s legacy, detailing bikes and cars. His artwork and designs can be found at www. or his personal Facebook site.

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Cheers Pub - South Bend

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roxies - mishawaka

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Jay’s Lounge - Niles, MI

ewing cafe - south bend

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Suds & Cocktails By: Paige Turner

Cruzan 9 Rum:


t. Croix was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and the little island has been making waves ever since. The land was controlled by five different countries and even the Knights of Malta before winding up in the hands of the United States, where it has been producing sugar and spice for decades.

taking a trip to st. croix

Ginger Ale for a drink that tastes dangerously close to a spiced cream soda. Since the taste isn’t as biting as some of the rums out there, it’s also easily drinkable on its own. You may not be able to go to an island but this rum will help bring an island to you.

That sugar production helped St. Croix become one of the earliest richest places in the world and the name of the native islanders – “Crucians” – inspired the Cruzan brand name. As molasses is one of the key ingredients of rum, it wasn’t long before the good people of St. Croix decided to incorporate their resource into a drink. The end result is a smooth, mellow spiced rum that one doesn’t have to be on an island to enjoy. Cruzan No. 9 Spice Rum was released in 2010 and features nine different all-natural spices: vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, ginger, cloves, mace and juniper. The strong vanilla scent combines with slight floral aspects and a hint of spice. It’s aged in used whiskey and bourbon barrels which, combined with the variety of spices, provides a bit of a kick and a strong finish. One would think this amber-colored, 80-proof liquor would be a bit too much to handle but the tastes are actually subtle and it goes down surprisingly smooth. Using a five-column distilling process, Cruzan No. 9 is one of the cleanest and richest tasting rums produced. It also gives its drinkers quite a bang for their buck, as it’s one of the cheaper spiced rums on the market. This spiced beverage provides much need warmth as the temperatures drop and it’s easy enough to drink it all night long. Enjoy it with your regular mixer or try


Tilt Malt Beverage:

ILT is a beverage that has gone through more than one change since it was first introduced by Anheuser-Busch in 2005, the most recent of which took place just this year. The slight growing pains haven’t affected its popularity though and TILT continues to satisfy the urge for an extremely cheap yet premium flavored malt beverage with an extremely high alcohol content. With four different colors and tastes to choose from within the TILT family, it’s easy to add some flavor to your night out without breaking the bank. Most alcoholic drinks found in cans have between 3-6% alcohol but malted liquors have quite a bit more, often by almost double. Anheuser-Busch brews these malted beverages using the same high-quality process as all of their other malted drinks but those in the TILT family are then infused with various fruity flavors. TILT Red mixes together orange, lime, cherry and tropical fruit to form one of the strongest drinks in the line-up, clocking in at 12 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Its ABV twin is TILT Purple, which might take you back to your Dimeatapp days but promises slightly different side effects. TILT Blue is almost as strong as the first two, with 11 percent ABV and an intense blue raspberry flavor. The last of the bunch is TILT Green, which tastes of lemon-lime citrus and runs about 10 percent ABV. TILT is sold in both 16 and 24-ounce cans and is found across the nation in bars, clubs, lounges and liquor stores. It’s handily sold in many convenience stores as well so it’s easy to add one on your tab pg 12

energize your nightlife as you fill up with gas on your way home. Obviously, each and every one of these drinks will give you quite the buzz for your buck, so make sure you hold off on popping the top until you’re finished driving for the night. TILT drinks might be especially popular with college kids since they’re so cheap but even hardcore, micro-brewing beer snobs have been surprised at how tasty this malt beverage can be.

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Q: How do you get a nun pregnant? A: Dress her up as an alter boy.

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Dining at Dusk

A New Team Behind the

Iconic Restaurant By: Mario bourzac


ow under new management, and equipped with a new menu, The Backstage Grill in downtown South Bend is ready for the new year. This past summer the establishment began looking for a new General Manager and found one in the partnership of John Ravenscroft and Mackenzie Meek. Before starting in November of last year Ravenscroft and Meek completely overhauled the menu adding recipes culled from years of experience and experimentation. This year they are looking forward to expanding their hours of operation and winning over new and old fans alike. Prior to their being hired on together as coGeneral Managers at The Backstage Grill, Ravenscroft and Meek had spent the past two years working together at Mad Anthony’s Old State Alehouse in Elkhart. In December of 2008 Mad Anthony’s was getting ready to open its doors for business and had cast a wide net in the area to pull in potential employees. Ravenscroft and Meek are two of the trophy fish they walked away with. “[Mad Anthony’s] had just hired roughly 150 different people and it so happened that Mackenzie and I, the very first day of orientation, sat right next to each other,” Ravenscroft explained. “We didn’t know each other, had never met.” Elaborating, he added, “Then a few months after that Mackenzie was the Kitchen Manager and I was the GM. So we pretty much formed a team from that time.” The team the two new friends had formed proved to be quite successful and when The Backstage Grill began looking for a new General Manager, unbeknownst to them, both of their names were suggested as potential candidates. “It was one of those situations where there was an employee that had already worked [at The Backstage Grill] and brought our names up probably 6 months before any of this had thought about happening,” Ravenscroft said. Once the suggestion had been made, both Ravenscroft and Meek were excited about the possibility of becoming a General Manager, but they also knew neither one was ready to break up the team. “The funny thing on that is, we were together on this; it was a package deal for both of us,” revealed Ravenscroft. “It was a lot of soul searching for each one of us. Then, if one said no, it was a no for both. We actually decided together that we would both do this.”

[Above] Wasabi Yellow Fin Tuna January 2011

Meek confirmed the story and added, “I talked to my wife and he talked to his girlfriend, and we decided that this was the best opportunity for us with the most growth. So, we decided to take a chance and do what we had to do.” Despite their understandable uncertainty, the gamble paid off and the two friends were hired in as co-General Managers. “We went from a place where we knew what we were getting every week, we knew that we had security, but it was one of those things where you had to take a leap of faith and just try it,”

(From Left to Right) Sous Chef Mackenzie Meek

Bend. Among their popular sandwiches at the restaurant is the Cajun Chicken Sandwich, which, along with a few select burgers, features their house made Chipotle Cream Cheese. For the more fare-tongued among us they have the Italian Herb Cream Cheese, which can be found on their Portabella and Pepper Burger, as well as their Italian Grilled Chicken Breast. The decision to use cream cheese based spreads for their sandwiches and burgers was a deliberate one for Ravenscroft and Meek. While many restaurants use mayonnaise and mayonnaise based spreads for their entrees, they feel using cream cheese provides a slight edge over their competition. “We kind of went with a healthier option than mayonnaise because mayonnaise isn’t exactly the healthiest thing in the world,” Ravenscroft said, “so we decided to do more messing around with cream cheese based things.” Even though there has been a strong push to develop their lunch menu at The Backstage Grill, they have also brought that same passion and creativity to their dinner menu as well. Among their popular dinner dishes is their Wasabi Yellow Fin Tuna. This dish features a sushi grade yellow fin tuna that is cooked to order with a house made wasabi cream sauce. Unlike their cream cheese based sauces, the wasabi cream sauce is sour cream based, but still avoids the mayonnaise for health reasons. After the first of the new year The Backstage Grill will be expanding their hours to include a happy hour for patrons just leaving work. The special will run Tuesday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. For more information, visit them on line at

& Chef John Ravenscroft

Ravenscroft said. “Where would Bill Gates have gone if he didn’t take a risk at one point in his life?” Once hired on, the GM’s began making changes. On the receiving end of the lion’s share of that change was the old menu. Through the menu, they are trying to refocus the restaurant on a particular customer base. “Our whole focus with the menu was having it be mainly soup, salad, and sandwhiches, and burgers as well,” said Ravenscroft, “with just a few appetizers and really working on building the lunchtime crowd in downtown South Bend.” To that end, they have created some very unique new items which have already begun to stand out on their new menu. Items such as Ravenscroft’s Jalapeño Poppers, an appetizer he perfected while an undergraduate at Purdue. “It is a jalapeño that’s halved, filled with a house made garlic herb cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and then we have a smoker in house and I slow smoke those for about an hour, hour and a half, and finish them up in the pizza oven before serving,” he explained. In addition to the appetizers, they have also brought a welcomed flare for burgers and sandwiches to the lunch going crowd of South

[Above] Black & Blue Angus Burger w/ Fries [Below] Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers Stuffed w/ garlic herb cream cheese

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Top Ten New Year’s Eve Resolutions

Guaranteed New Years Resolutions To End In Failure 3. “This year, I’m going to swear off Men/Women and focus on me.”

By: Mario bourzac


t’s no surprise that every New Year’s Eve billions of people across the globe, literally BILLIONS, make all sorts of halfcocked, drunken promises to themselves about how they will improve themselves or their lives in the coming year. Also no surprise, these sad attempts typically end in a burning pile failure and defeat. “Why is that?” I can already hear you all thinking audibly (stop moving your lips when you read, and talking out loud for that matter). The answer to that question is as varied as the resolutions themselves, but the fact that they’re made three sheets to the wind probably has something to do with it. In an effort to curb all of your potentially fruitless insincere promises in the coming new year, here are the Top Ten Resolutions (as determined by me, while half-cocked myself, on a late December evening (or early morning, depending on your perspective)) that most people make each year and fail to keep. 1. “This year, I’m going to get into shape!”

Ha, ha, ha! No. Fucking. Chance. In a list of common, un-kept resolutions, this one easily takes the cake. The majority of those who make this particular resolution usually do so as a quick, knee-jerk reaction to SOME type of external influence. And why does it fail? Because there is no real plan in place, only a loosely defined goal that the maker never intended to follow up on. - 10 for follow through and – 1, (there ain’t enough zeros) for originality. 2. “This year, I’m going to quit smoking!” Put simply, no you are not. Quitting smoking is like committing a bank robbery; it requires months of pre-planning and usually takes a team to execute. What’s more, this resolution is only SLIGHTLY more original than that which tops our list. You are hopeless. - 18 for technical performance and – 37 for artistic interpretation.

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What’s this, someone get spurned emotionally this past calendar year? Relax. Walk it off. Hit the showers and rub one out. You’ll be good to go as soon as the ball drops and you’re seven beers into your dirty thirty (i.e. 30 pack). Or, if you’re of the non-beer drinking variety, once you’re 1/3 of the way through that bottle of Apple Pucker. +1 for attack and – 6 for resolve. 4. “This year, I’m going to get that promotion!” Whoooaaaahhh, easy there, Lomax. As if you ever really had any control over that to begin with. I’m sure half a dozen other people in your line of work have already greased the necessary wheels and kissed the necessary asses to make sure they continue climbing that soul crippling ladder towards mediocrity. Looks like you’ll be slinging those door-to-door dictionaries right into an early grave. I sure hope that 401k you cashed in to buy a comfortable pair of walking shoes was worth it. +10 for hopefulness and -112 for reality check. 5. “This year, I’m going to reduce my carbon footprint!” Go green! Hear the triumphant proclamation of the ecowarrior! Sounds like someone just watched “An Inconvenient Truth” in their intro to environmental studies course at the local community college. If I have to listen to one more dread-locked white kid tell me about the horrors of pollution, I’m going to push him under the next Prius I see. I know pollution is bad, but driving 8 hours to see Umphrey’s McGee play the same song for four hours isn’t helping. - 212 for liking jam bands and – 1,208 smelling like patchouli. 6. “This year, I’m going to start looking on the bright side.” Oh, the power of positive thinking. This has to be somewhere up there with religion on the list of stupid things to rely on. I know things may look better through rose colored glasses, but when you’re ankle deep in shit, the smell will still burn your nostrils. +3 for external focus and – 24 for being an intergalactic douche. 7. “This year, I’m going to get my life together!” As if a lifetime of poor decision making and general malaise could be counteracted with one single night of renewed zeal. That having been said, I can appreciate the enthusiasm in a statement like this. Maybe the vigorous young go-getters among us have a capacity for change that I can’t comprehend, and maybe

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Sara Palin will get a Nobel Peace Prize for work in linguistics. +10 for ambition and -20 for stupidity. 8. “This year, I’m going to quit drinking!” I suppose this should have preceded the last statement, given that it is somewhat implied that if you’re getting your life together you would also quit drinking, but maybe I’m wrong. I digress … On all the nights to decide to quit drinking, those that pick New Year’s Eve are particularly prone to failure. Hanging out watching all of your closest friends get so drunk they sound like Don Knotts after a day at the distillery isn’t exactly the best way to insure success in this endeavor. -33 for wisdom and -2 for constitution. 9. “This year, I’m going to read more and watch T.V less!” Personally, this is something I would actually encourage everyone to do, but the sad thing is most people who need a New Year’s Resolution to do this end up reading the dumbest thing on the bookshelves. “Ooh, Danielle Steel’s new book!” What a waste. Besides, most of that drivel is tailor made for the Oxygen and Lifetime networks and will undoubtedly become a movie of the week for either one somewhere down the line. +3 for charisma and – 76 for intelligence. 10. “This year, I’m going to settle all of my grudges!” While last on the list, this particular resolution could easily be the most dangerous. Settle your grudges? What if the other person isn’t ready for that? Just because you’re prepared to extend the olive branch doesn’t mean anyone else is ready to receive it. That’s like being the first to say “I love you” in a new relationship; if it’s not returned, you’re stuck in an emotionally compromising situation. George Costanza would never advise something like that and neither will I! - 19 for dexterity and +2 for strength.


hen all is said and done, any efforts toward selfimprovement are to be applauded. It’s never easy to reach into yourself and make the difficult and sometimes necessary changes. However, motivation and planning are two key factors in the success of any kind of change one hopes to implement. If you are trying to make one of the changes listed above, or any of the other myriad of changes people choose to make every day, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. And give yourself reasonable goals and milestones along the way. Riding your bike to work once a week is so much easier than eliminating all pollution everywhere. Plus, you aren’t required to wear tye dye. January 2011

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Cocktail: Yellow Monster Mixologist: Jena Bar: Avenue Bar Ingredients: Crown Royal, Absolut, Red Bull Comment: “Beware the Dark Alley’s”

Cocktail: Allie’s grown up Gummy Bear Mixologist: Allison Bar: Ewing Cafe Ingredients: Raspberry Vodka, Peach Schnapps, sour mix, sprite, gummy bears Comment: “Nobody said gummy bears are just for kids.”

Cocktail: Zach D’s Hard Cider Mixologist: Zach Bar: Madison Oyster Bar Ingredients: Soco, Jack, Apple Pucker, Goldslager, Sour, Sprite Comment: “I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal Lobotomy.”

Cocktail: The Secret Margarita Mixologist: Judy Bar: Joes on 12 Ingredients: Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Sweet & Sour Comments: “3 Drink Limit”

Cocktail : The Bon

Cocktail: Bombsicle

Mixologist: Bonnie

Mixologist: Penny

Bar: Kildare’s

Bar: Kelly’s

Ingredients: Rang Tang vodka, Raspberry vodka, lemonade, Sprite

Ingredients: Blue Rasberry Vodka, Lemonade

Comment: “It reminds me of the beach.”

Comment: “It’s the bomb!”

Michiana Eats By: Brian Martin

Happy New Years

readers, friends and fellow foodies! As you can see your ole’ Grillmaster is back writing for your favorite nightlife magazine with easy to make and easier to eat recipes. I’ll be adding bigger twists to each article, including beer or wine pairings and deserts for each meal. I myself have a complete new way of thinking about foods and the way they should be paired up with appetizers, sides and salads; making them easier & more natural meals that digest well together On Facebook I’m always getting requests from many ladies for simple, quick, & inexpensive dishes with the flavors of a professionally cooked meal. That’s no problem in some cases, but anyone who knows me or has been a guest to one of my “Chef’s Delight Night” knows it’s not an easy task for me when it comes to simplicity. I’m very well known for not cooking the healthiest of meals and always bringing out the full flavors of every ingredient I cook with. Being the New Year, I’m sure some of you have made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and be in better shape. This can easily be accomplished without compromising flavor. Eating smaller portions, less deep fried foods, more fresh fruits, nuts, berries and vegetables, remove the skin from chicken before cooking it, in some cases baking instead of frying, low fat this and skim that, etc. Eating your meals at a better hour can help quite a bit as well (a good idea is never eat anything heavy after 7:00PM). Personally I’m not into any of that crap unless my recipe ideas call for it and I can’t get around it, but I promise this will be the healthiest of any article I write simply because that’s not me! It’s been said I can add 10,000 calories to a green bean so I’ll give you my best effort this month! After this month any healthy foods or recipes you need you’ll have to look elsewhere for! The appetizer is Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Red Onion Crostini. The main dish is Pan Seared Lamb Chops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, sautéed Portobello Mushrooms and wilted Spinach. For the salad, a Spring Mix with Raspberry Vinaigrette. I would suggest a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot wine for the main dish. We’ll forgo desert this month.

Fire Roasted Tomato and Red Onion Crostini: 6 slices of baguettes, toasted 1 14.5 oz can Hunt’s Fire Roasted diced Tomatoes, well drained 1 medium red onion diced Mix tomatoes n onions together, top toasted baguettes with mixture (Optional: add shredded mozzarella cheese) Spring Mix Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette: 1 8oz bag of Spring Mix salad 2C store bought Fat Free Raspberry Salad Dressing 1C toasted Almond slivers Divide salad in 2 bowls, use 1C per bowl dressing, divide almond slivers per bowl.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce: 4 large from the jar roasted red peppers chopped 2-3 Table spoons of olive oil 1 Table spoon of lemon juice Kosher salt to taste Puree peppers in food processor or blender until smooth adding oil, salt and lemon juice to taste. Bring to slow boil until reduced slightly..

Pan Seared Lamb Chops: 4 small lamb chops 2 Table Spoons of olive oil Kosher salt n pepper to taste Sprinkle salt and pepper on chops. Heat oil in large frying pan over med. high heat, once pan is slightly smoking sear chops for about 2 minutes per side. Let rest on plate under tin foiled tent while cooking next recipe in same pan.

Sautéed Portobello Mushrooms with wilted Spinach: 1 8oz package of mini bella Portobello’s sliced 3 table spoons of olive oil 1/2 cup white wine 5 oz fresh baby leaf spinach Kosher salt Heat oil in over med high heat in same frying pan; add sliced bella’s, sprinkle with kosher salt. Sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Carefully add wine, with a spatula scrape bella remains loose, once wine is bubbly, add handfuls of spinach stirring constantly with tongs until wilted (it will shrink).

This month’s food lesson: If you want to thicken your sauce up slightly, try adding breadcrumbs. 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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Backstage Grill - South bend

Kelly’s - South Bend

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January 2011

By: Ralph Heibutzki


or Knuckle Deep, the chance to play music amounted to a marriage made in Heaven – and definitely one that wasn’t planned, explains lead singer/ rhythm guitarist, who started off with co-founders Jason Woolley (lead guitar, backup vocals), and Joel Frechette (drums) at Stillhouse Tattoo & Piercing, in South Bend, IN. “We were all just kickin’ on acoustics at the tattoo shop. Then, all of a sudden, it was like, ‘Man, this sounds pretty good, people are likin’ it,’” said Himes. “People were coming to get tattoos, and they’d stick around, wanting to hear us play more songs.” The boys played their first show three years ago, on Himes’s birthday, which falls on Jan. 27 – and haven’t looked back since. “People already know us in the community as tattoo artists: ‘Oh, you guys play in a band, too?’” said Himes. “Then, when we do what we do, people aren’t used to hearing it – ‘Is this country? Is this rock?’” The current lineup solidified about two years ago with the recruitment of new bassist Tai Barger. As for the name, “our drummer was in a band called Knee Deep In The Dead, and that stuck over to Knuckle Deep,” said Himes. “Plus, it was always (adopted) just for fun: ‘We’re just a little knuckle deep into it.’ Plus, we told people that if they don’t like our sound, then they take their fingers, and put them knuckle deep inside their ears – and they don’t have to listen to it, then.” For those who like their music twangy, yet hard-hitting, Knuckle Deep will probably answer their prayers. “I think ‘cow punk’ or ‘hellbilly music’ sums it up best, because what we cover mostly is Hank Williams III, David Allen Coe, Merle Haggard, a lot of the old ones there,” said Himes. “We’ll play slow old Hank Williams songs, and break into Social Distortion punk rock songs.” With 60 songs on its playlist, crossing boundaries isn’t difficult for Knuckle Deep, which puts spontaneity – and audience participation – at a premium. “(The set is) ‘All knuckle, all night,’ I like to say,” said Himes, laughing. “Sometimes, we’ll put together a little setlist – I might have a list in front of me, but if this was song was relating to people, I’ll branch into a different song. Most of the time, it’s feeling out the crowd, seeing what they’re feeling.” Once that connection is made, Himes swears he’s seen some amazing sights. “We’ve had them out there line dancing, we’ve had them out there in mosh pits,” he said. The band has also worked up three originals, including “Trailer Park Livin’,” which is a collective effort, according to Himes. “That’s probably gonna be a pretty good hit,” said Himes. “The hook in there, ‘Our lot rent’s paid, and our cooler’s full, got our cutest third cousin in the kiddie pool.’ You see people in the crowd, singin’ along and bobbin’ their heads to that line.” When – or if – those recordings happen remains to be seen, though. “We’re workin’ on it a little bit, but one of our jokes is, we’re gonna release it after December 31, 2012, the day the world’s supposed to (end): ‘Be lookin’ for our album that day!’” Pub Crawls, Casino Trips, Plans are underway for a third anniversary show. For details, keep visiting http://www.myspace. com/knuckledeepnyomom, or the band’s Facebook page. Such an occasion seems like the ideal cue, Bachelor/Bachelorette if anybody needed it, to make music full-time, but Himes is quick to douse those notions. “I think Parties the best thing about it is that we’ve always just done it for fun – we all make a living the way we do (with the shop), so I think it’s always just gonna be a fun thing, you know?” said Himes. “Get out, and make people move. I’ve had shows where people are (saying), ‘You suck’ – but the times that you get up there, and the people are dancin’, you just can’t believe that you’re creating what’s making ‘em move.” You can catch Knuckle Deep live at Center Street Pub located in the 100 Center, in Mishawaka, on See Our Ad on pg. 33 Jan 8th at 9:30 pm.



(574) 298-9992

January 2011

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Dueling Pianos The Audience Is Half The Show

By: Ralph Heibutzki


fter an extended absence, dueling pianos are back on the scene, and South Bend pianist-guitarist has a good idea of why that’s the case. “A lot of bands just play music at the crowd,” said Witmer. “This ‘dueling piano’ concept is to get the crowd involved, make them part of the entertainment. The show is as good as they make it.” When South Bend’s Rum Runners piano bar closed in early 2009, Witmer took that event as the cue to launch his Dueling Pianos project with partner Brendan Crise. “There were so many people that really liked this venue, so we said, ‘Let’s give the people an opportunity to enjoy this kind of entertainment again, because they’re not going to get it anywhere else, unless they go to Fort Wayne, or Kalamazoo,’” said Witmer. The pair return to action from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22, at Cheers Pub, 103 S. Dixie Way, South Bend, IN. For more information, call (574) 387-4642. For those who haven’t caught a dueling piano show, the format is straightforward as the term itself, according to Witmer. “Basically, one guy does a song, the other guy does a song, and you just do that, back and forth, the whole night,” said Witmer. “They’re not the full grand pianos, we have two keyboards that we use. And I also play guitar, so a lot of the night, it’s piano and guitar.” On any night, Witmer figures that he and Crise can call on about 200 songs. “I cover mostly ‘60s, ‘70s, and some ‘50s (material),” said Witmer. “The big popular piano songs are ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’ ‘Sweet Caroline,’ and ‘Piano Man,’ obviously, and Brendan covers a lot of the ‘90s and 2000s material.” The pair have been performing locally for about seven years now, and met during the Rum Runners era – which was also a popular college hangout for pg 22

students like Crise. “He basically is a horn player, but he played some piano, and started working with one of the players from the piano bar,” said Witmer. “So, as things progressed, we became rotating musicians in the dueling piano show.” Audience participation takes many different forms at a dueling piano show, as Witmer explains. Listeners write their requests on napkins, and send them up to the musicians, who receive a tip for their reward. “It’s not mandatory,” said Witmer. “If we get five dollars to do a song, we’re sure gonna play it a lot quicker than somebody who just sends up a request, and asks for a song! We try to honor every request that we can. If people throw money up there, and we know we just absolutely cannot do it (a particular song) well, we’ll tell ‘em: ‘Hey, you can either come up and get your money, request another song, or whatever you wanna do.’” The entertainment experience also extends beyond the music. “There’s a lot of bit part comedy, song routines – there are a lot of opportunities for people to have birthdays, or bachelorette parties, stuff like that,” said Witmer. “We’ll bring the people up onstage, and have a good with them.” Whatever happens onstage, the emphasis tends toward songs that elicit an upbeat response. “It’s a laugh-along, singalong variety of music – from songs of today, to the song that you want to hear, and people are encouraged to sing along,” said Witmer. Whatever gets people to come, Witmer hopes they return for another time to keep the Dueling Pianos flame burning for himself, and his partner. “If they’ve seen it before, they automatically know the format. Like I say, it was a real popular thing there – unfortunately, there’s not anything like anymore, so we’re just trying to keep it alive,” he said.

January 2011

Michiana Mix

p e e l S DJ Nfo hmic t y h r e or th


butzk By: Ralph Hei




othing sinks a DJ faster than an ill-chosen selection, as Dave Wendt knows well. “A lot of people ask you to play their favorite song, something that maybe just came out – where people aren’t gonna know it,” said Wendt. “I try and avoid those, ‘cause it only takes a couple flops to ruin your night – everyone stops and looks at you.” To avoid that scenario, “I spend a lot of time making sure that my music is up to date,” said Wendt. “And if I play something new, I play something that people know. I don’t get too far out there.” As DJ No Sleep, Wendt has regular gigs from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday and Saturday at Riverside Tavern, and from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday at Club Bed, 100 N. Center St. #24, Mishawaka, IN. “I do all kinds of other DJ stuff – house parties, weddings, birthday parties, whatever I can get,” said Wendt. “Sometimes, I host local hiphop shows, performances.” That’s one reason he recently appeared at Club Fever’s Green Room, hosting a release party for a local hiphop artists’ mixtape that he compiled. (To hire Wendt, email, or send a message by Wendt has been DJ’ing in South Bend for a little over three years. He started off by hosting Power 95.7’s midday shift until they closed in May. “I DJ’d for them at various places around South Bend, Elkhart,” said Wendt. “When they closed up, I kept DJ’ing around here.” By his own estimate, the 23-year-old Wendt’s collection is between 25,000 to 30,000 songs. “Well, you know, I’ve always been a really big music fanatic – I always had all the latest songs, giant MP3 collections,” said Wendt. “After I started working at the station, it (becoming a DJ) was just the logical next step.” The intensity of Wendt’s schedule during this period inspired him to coin his DJ monicker. “When I was first doing it, I worked at Power 95.7 on the side. I probably put about 20 hours a week there, in addition to my 50-hour-a-week full-time job,” said Wendt. “So I was at it, all the time, and going to school full-time, as well. People started commenting on it (his lifestyle), and it evolved from there.” Wendt credits The Mayor Mike Jax as having the most influence on his philosophy. “He was one of my coworkers at Power 95.7, and my boss, by the time I left,” said Wendt. “He helped me select what equipment to buy, how to set up my music, so I could decide what song is right to play in the club – because a lot of ‘em won’t be appropriate, even though it’s a good song, and people like it.” Musically, Wendt specializes in dance music and hiphop styles. “Right now, one of the most popular dance songs is the Far East Movement, ‘Like A G6,’” said Wendt. “That one’s been really good, and a lot of Rhianna songs have been doing really good for the dance crowd. I think the biggest hiphop song is Young Jeezy’s ‘Lose My Mind.’” No matter what type of set Wendt does, however, there’s always songs to get the coldest crowd moving. “Sometimes, people need to have a couple tracks before they get loosened up,” said Wendt. “I try to play a fun-type song – songs like ‘The Cupid Shuffle,’ or ‘Teach Me How To Dougie,’ which are really interactive, because everybody wants to dance to that one.” Wendt eventually hopes to get another radio job – preferably, one that will allow him to stay in South Bend, or “at least some place close, if I do have to go,” he said. “It gives me an opportunity to express my creativity, but I plan on continuing to DJ as long as it’s still profitable, and I have fun doing it. If I get tired of the club scene, I can always keep doing weddings, and things like that.” January 2011

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sk Mike Merryfield to explain what he does best onstage, and he hesitates a little bit. “I don’t know how to describe what I do,” said Merryfield by phone from his Appleton, WI home. “But you won’t see any puppets, and I won’t be hypnotizing anybody. It’s just me and my observations about life. I’ve got two kids, so I talk a lot about that. There’s no trickery. It’s all pretty straightforward, me being honest about things.” As a 15-year comedy veteran, Merryfield’s outlookHeibutzki is equally By: Ralph uncomplicated. Unlike the Ray Romanos or Rosanne Barrs, Merryfield doesn’t view standup comedy as the ticket to widescreen movie or TV fame. “I just want to keep working in By: Ralph Heibutzki comedy clubs, making people laugh – I know if I’m good or bad, because I hear it (reactions) coming right back at me,” said Merryfield. “I’d like to be rich, but not famous, and it’s possible. There’s guys that nobody knows about, and they make good money in this business.” Merryfield will bring his no-frills approach to Rulli’s Bella Luna, 851 U.S. Hwy. 20, Middlebury, IN, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. For further details, visit rullisbellaluna, or call (574) 825-7222. While the release date is a couple months off, Merryfield is equally excited about “Cupcakes And Potpourri,” his first nationally-released comedy album, which will be available through, iTunes and Sirius XM’s satellite radio channel. “That’s the thing that has legitimized me the most,” said Merryfield. “It’s (the title) a line in my act that’s actually kind of dirty, it’s hard to explain. It’s just a reference to the ladies, in some way. You’ve got to listen to the album to get it.”

Mike Merryfield Not Pretty... Not Fancy... ...Just Honest.

“Cupcakes And Potpourri” is being released through Rooftop Comedy, which started by recording shows in 15 clubs nationwide, before branching off into albums. One of those venues is the Skyline Comedy Cafe, which happens to be in Appleton. “They (Rooftop) knew I was coming to headline the room, and asked if I wanted to record an album,” said Merryfield. “It was simple as that. Not many people would really think that Appleton would have a decent comedy club, but I would guarantee – it’s one of the top 10 comedy clubs in the country, maybe even top five. This club has been here for 17 years. The place is always full. I work 60 weeks a year out on the road, and every comedy club’s not always full, every single show.”

Merryfield’s inspirations came during the comedy boom that first gathered momentum during the 1980s. “I was too young to get into the clubs, so I watched a lot of it on TV,” recalled By: Ralph Heibutzki Merryfield. “I watched ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and I followed Eddie Murphy’s career.” Later in life, Merryfield first got onstage at a comedy club where a friend had bought an interest. He was managing an auto parts store at the time. “Eventually, I had to make it my full-time career, so I quit my other jobs. That was about 10 years ago,” said Merryfield. “All the best comics that people have ever heard of, they’ve been doing it about 15 to 20 years before anything happened for them.”

“ won’t see any puppets, and I won’t be hypnotizing anybody. It’s just me and my observations about life.” Even so, Merryfield wouldn’t mind “hitting the lottery” – such as landing a high-profile tour, like those headlined by Larry The Cable Guy, or getting to perform in theaters. “You have to do your act in a completely different way, as opposed to a little cramped comedy club,” said Merryfield. “So I wouldn’t mind the challenge.” However, Merryfield doesn’t regret that his career has been a gradual climb. “It’s a lifetime commitment. I make a lot of sacrifices, doing what I do – I have a wife and two kids. I only see them a few days a week, and then I sit in hotel rooms, the rest of the week. But I really feel like I was born to do this, you know? It’s something I feel really passionate about. I consider myself a little bit of an artist, I guess.” pg 24

January 2011

Escaped Convict An escaped convict, imprisoned for 1st degree murder, had spent 25 years of his life sentence in prison. While on the run, he broke into a house and tied up a young couple who had been sleeping in the bedroom. He tied the man to a chair on one side of the room and his wife on the bed. He got on the bed right over the woman, and it appeared he was kissing her neck. Suddenly he got up and left the room. As soon as possible the husband made his way across the room to his bride, his chair in tow, and whispered, “Honey, this guy hasn’t seen a woman in years. I saw him kissing on your neck and then he left in a hurry. Just cooperate and do anything he wants. If he wants to have sex with you, just go along with it and pretend you like it. Whatever you do don’t fight him or make him mad. Our lives depend on it! Be strong and I love you.” After spitting out the gag in her mouth, the half naked wife says: “Dear, I’m so relieved you feel that way. You’re right, he hasn’t seen a woman in years, but he wasn’t kissing my neck....He was whispering in my ear. He said he thinks you’re really cute and asked if we kept the Vaseline in the bathroom. “

January 2011

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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 901 W 4th St 810 W 4th St 1813 E 12th. St. 1504 Chestnut Street 101 Lincoln Way W 1753 E. 12th St. 1653 E 4th St 100 N. Center St. 212 W Edison Rd 424 W 7th St 327 Union St 502 W 6th St 117 S Main 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

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January 2011

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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 Centerfoldz 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 Ewing Café 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

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January 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

(574) 277-5666 (574) 233-5968 (574) 234-2280 (574) 289-1616 (574) 289-3333 (574) 277-6651 (574) 291-9192 (574) 233-9542 (574) 288-1773

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

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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 Chameleon Experience

68502 Dailey Rd


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

A Life Lesson: Never offer a little person a piggyback ride.

It will not end well... pg 27

Kildare’s - South Bend

Latitude 24 - Westville

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January 2011

Frank’s Place - South Bend

Mulligan’s - South Bend

Ten Indications of a New Year Hangover 1. You get it into your head that chirping birds are the Devil’s pets. 2.

Trying to gain control of the situation, you continue to tell your room to “Stay still.”


Looking at yourself in the mirror induces the same reaction as drinking a glass of fresh paint.


The bathroom reminds you of the fairground cry, “Step right up and give it whirl!”

5. You’d rather chew tacks than be exposed to sunlight. 6. You set aside an entire afternoon to spend s ome quality time with your toilet. 7. You replace the traditional praying on your knees with the more feasible praying in a fetal position. 8. Your catch phrase is, “Never again.” 9. You could purchase a new fridge on the proceeds from recycling the bottles around your bed. 10. Your new response to “Good morning,” is “Be quiet!”

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Puzzles Across 1. Droops 5. They make honey 9. Discotheque 14. Not false 15. Incline 16. French for “Love” 17. Muslim prayer leader 18. Region 19. A structural support 20. Alien 22. A greeting 23. Former French

currency 24. Send on or direct 26. Early form of modern jazz 29. Acquires knowledge 33. Group of musicians 38. Have as a logical consequence 39. Rules 40. A lofty bird’s nest 42. A single time 43. Impolitely unruly 45. Accompanied 47. Look up to 48. Japanese apricot 49. A woman of refinement 52. A restraining chain 57. Ice pinnacle 60. Upset tummy 63. Fill with high spirits 64. Operatic solo 65. Metric unit of mass 66. Mound 67. Trudge 68. Former Italian currency 69. Sows 70. Female chickens 71. Biblical garden

DOWN 1. Rigid 2. A rigid protective covering 3. South American wild dog 4. Spermal fluid 5. Boast 6. Anagram of “Near” 7. Chieftain 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. An emergency replacement part 9. An edible starchy root 10. A title given to Roman military leaders 11. Humus and dirt 12. Set aside and reject 13. Chocolate cookie 21. In-

tercontinental Ballistic Missile 25. Wool of sheep 27. Carried out commands 28. Layer 30. Tirade 31. Pleasant 32. Sleigh 33. An Italian island 34. An ancient aromatic ointment 35. Travelled through water 36. Approximated 37. Before 41. Doctrine 44. Bullets that glow when fired 46. Greasy 50. Cause to be embarrassed 51. Common black European thrush 53. US symbol 54. Bitter or caustic 55. Divvy up 56. A virile male (2 words) 57. Perceives visually 58. Otherwise 59. Gardening tool 61. A great cat 62. Falls behind

Word Search: Find and circle all of the Autumn words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a secret message - an Albert Camus quotation.




January 2011

rulli’s - Middlebury

Mitch’s - South Bend

Snake Bite One day these two best friends Jay and Bob were walking down the forest when suddenly a giant snake jumped on Jay’s leg and bit his d*ck, since no one was around for miles Bob called a hospital and told the doctor, ’’Quick Quick I need your help my friend got bit by a snake on his manhood.” The doctor told him, ’’Son your gonna have to suck the venom out yourself.’’ Bob asked’’ Please doctor, is there another way to get rid of the venom?’’ The doctor says ’’Sorry, there’s nothing we can do.’’ So Bob goes running to his friend and when he gets there Jay says with pain ’’ So what did the doctor say?’’ Bob says’’ Doctor said your gonna die”




It’s Coming! March 11, 2011 January 2011

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STREETWALKER: Jackie Felcher

STREETSMARTS Making a New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep.

TASTES LIKE: a car radiator filled with White Zinfandel

Created by: Sam Mechling

NICKNAME: “The Dollar Menu”

For 2011, I’d like to become a vegetarian for the entire year. Should I ask my husband to do it too?

Jacob, a restaurant owner from South Bend asks: My wife just had triplets, and this year, I’d like to help out with chores as a resolution… vacuuming etc. Is that something you’ve heard of?

My New Year’s resolution is to be more active in my search for sexual partners. Does this make me irresponsible? pg 32

SMELLS LIKE: flowers, pine trees, and freshly baked cookies… dipped in sh*t. PERSONAL QUOTE: “I’ll give you a hand job with an oven mitt!”

Stephanie, a CPA from Goshen asks:

Danny, a bar manager from Michigan City, asks:

WINO: George Roma



“Stay away from them vegetables honey. One time, I ate a bowl of guacamole I found sitting under a seagulls nest and I had to wear a diaper under my miniskirt for a week.”

“Sh*t! I haven’t eaten a vegetable in three years. My dumps are so huge; my sh*tter looks like a yawning baby afterwards.”



“TRIPLETS!? That ain’t sh*t. I’ve had eight kids in six years. I don’t even go into labor anymore. They just slide out feet-first like they’re at Splash Down Dunes!”

“You ever tried to figure out why your vacuum cleaner stinks, by smelling the bottom of it while it’s running. Hoooollllliiiieeeee sheeeeeeyit!!!”



“Sh*t, it’s the opposite with me! I’m grisly as F*CK, and there’s always a line of scumbags waiting to stab my ‘skunk guts’!”

“Whatever works, man! I’m so ugly: I couldn’t get head from a tweaker if I had a meth-pipe d*ck.”

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riverside - Mishawaka

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Cj’s Pub - South Bend

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Faux-Pas By: Paige Turner

Brand Name:

Quacker Factory

It’s not easy to maintain a sense of fashion in the winter months, as it seems that everyone winds up looking like the Abdominal Snowman anyway. Trying to stay warm while looking cute is a feat that is difficult if not impossible to master and that is clearly seen in some fashion trends this time of year. The fashion gods laugh at us from the months of November to May so the least we can do is laugh back.

Price: $32.96 How to find it:

Brand Name: Burberry Price: $163.79 How to find it:

Why it’s a Fashion Faux Pas:

It comes with 4 removable batteries and a convenient pocket hides the wire that turns the thing on. This sounds like a sex toy but it’s actually a fiber-optic sweater and it will light up the Holidays for anyone who sees you because they’ll be laughing so hard at your brightly lit bust.

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Why it’s a Fashion Faux Pas:

This knit waistcoat features the type of puffy sleeve and sweater vest combination that little girls have been unsuccessfully trying to get out of wearing for years. The adult version here looks like a turtleneck threw up a picnic blanket and you could only pull off this look if you were going to a holiday party dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.

January 2011

Brand Name: Vivienne


Brand Name:

Price: $1,044.93 How to find it:

USA FOXX and Furs – Mountain Man #5 Fur Fox Hat

Price: $199.00 How to find it:

Why it’s a Fashion Faux Pas:

If a broke and misguided art student found this coat while dumpster diving, it might be a good find. However, broke and misguided art students could probably make this themselves. The shape isn’t flattering and the colors are reminiscent of a depressed cow that had an unfortunate incident with a barbed wire fence.

Why it’s a Fashion Faux Pas:

Davy Crockett quickly becomes Davy Dumbass while wearing this fur hat that’s one of PETA’s worst nightmares. We’re not living on Oregon Trail and everyone knows that you didn’t kill that fox yourself. Besides, wearing animal carcasses hasn’t been sexy since the Neanderthal days.

Brand Name:

Made by Lourdesoftheflies, courtesy of

Price: $35.00 How to find it:

Why it’s a Fashion Faux Pas:

This scarf is perfect for women and men who are obsessed with fake breasts. It may be the fashion statement of many men’s dreams but if you wear it in reality you’ll just end up looking like a boob.

Brand Name: Sanuk Price: $60.00 How to find it: Why it’s a Fashion Faux Pas:

It’s unfortunate that men don’t have a wide variety of winter footwear to choose from but winter is just not a good time to wear shoes named Sidewalk Surfers. That is, unless your plan for picking up chicks involves scoring pity points for looking like an idiot and busting your ass in the street. January 2011

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December 2010

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My Misdemeanor Lawyer .Com

SavingTime and Money By: Mario Bourzac


he law is often a tricky and tumultuous sea to navigate on your own when facing a misdemeanor charge; the most punishing stipulations are often found in the small print and the expenses can quickly add up. What’s more, trusting your outcome to a low-level, rank-and-file, court appointed attorney, while hardly their fault, usually makes you just another number on an already overwhelming list of cases. Sadly, the results are often less than you’d hope for. Now, however, there is another way.

Due to the advent of modern technology, and a little time tested ingenuity, local lawyer Tom Strickler has created a website that helps you find safe passage through these troubled waters. His website,, helps you to understand the severities and complexities of your misdemeanor and can also help you to resolve the charges against you, at times without even leaving your house. Strickler first began putting together his idea for his legal website at the beginning of 2010. After years of watching individuals trudge through needless courtroom proceedings, he knew there had to be another way of handling the situation. pg 40

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The number of people that are [in misdemeanor court] on a daily basis, and the types of charges they’re facing, it’s a huge back log, just huge, of people having to miss work or their daily responsibilities,” Strickler said. “It seemed to me that there ought to be some way to make life easier for people.” The idea for the website didn’t take long to come together.

MyMisemeanorLawyer.Com achieves its goal of simplifying the legal process for misdemeanor charges… By the end of February Strickler was already seeking out website developers to help bring his idea to life. But the website isn’t simply something Strickler has developed to help the defendants, or as just another income revenue stream for his practice, it is also an effort to ease the constriction in today’s overburdened legal system. “It’s not just the defendants, but the concept here embraces the judges’ work, the clerks’ and their offices and their duties,” he said. “It just tries to grease the wheels and make them run more smoothly.” Since the beginning of September MyMisdemeanorLawyer. com has been doing just that: making things easier for everyone. Strickler’s website achieves its goal of simplifying the legal process for misdemeanor charges by focusing their efforts on two key areas: bringing down the overall cost, and drastically

reducing the amount of time spent in the courtoom. The materials provided at can help you begin saving money even after your first visit. “Our site not only provides all the information about my credentials, but even more importantly it provides an individual charged with a misdemeanor information about how the whole system runs, the nature of the potential penalties that they’re looking at and then an opportunity for them to make a hiring decision at that point if they choose to do so,” commented Strickler. After choosing Strickler to handle your case via his website you already begin saving time and money by eliminating the need for a face to face meeting. Through the seemingly revolutionary concept of handling much of the lawyerclient dialogue via e-mail and text message, a practice which seems common place in many other professions now, the website allows you to work around your own schedule versus visiting your lawyer’s office. And the less time spent meeting with a lawyer can drastically reduce the cost of the overall process. By handling a majority of the communication via electronic devices Strickler is also able to drastically reduce the number of times a person may need to appear in court; if an agreement can be reached with the state before your first schedule court date, you may be able to simply pay a fine. Despite all the benefits of using the website, there are those out there that are less familiar with technology and thusly are more apprehensive about choosing to use it versus going the more traditional route. And for those who feel that way, Strickler can provide it, but would still encourage anyone to check out the website as well, if only for informational purposes. Regardless of which route you choose, old school or new school, all clients are still provided with the same quality of service. “I’m going on 25 years of experience, and a couple years as a former judge of the DUI Court,” Strickler revealed. “I pretty much know how the system works and this just gives people an opportunity to, as we say, save a considerable amount of money, a considerable amount of their time, and we hope that what we put out there also relieves some of that apprehension that anyone feels when they’re facing a criminal charge.” For more information

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A Woman’s Point of View with Paige Turner



adies, it’s time that we take a stand against the predictable and boring resolutions that we all choose from year after year. The beginning of a new year allows well-meaning people everywhere to attempt to better themselves once again, but it’s no secret that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Of course, no one ever said breaking bad habits would be easy or fun and even a new year can’t change that. Many people use this time to quit smoking or drinking so much and as not blowing money on an unhealthy pastime is generally a good idea, I guess I can get behind that. I’ve heard those two things are bad for your health anyway and since the majority of women would like to become a little healthier, dropping the nasty habits shouldn’t be so hard to do. In reality, we all know that quitting smoking helps you gain weight quicker than Tim Allen in The Santa Clause while also seriously endangering the health of anyone who happens to breathe the wrong way around you. However, if you eat a carrot and do ten jumping jacks every time you want a smoke then you might be able to exercise your way out of addiction. Lots of ladies resolve to be a better person, to help out more or whine a little less. They plan on being nicer to their annoying coworkers and having more patience with the idiots on the highway or on the other end of the phone; these are all admirable qualities to have. But if you decide to go this route be warned – you might just become the person who stays late in the office or the kitchen, tying up all the loose ends everyone else left behind. The women who do this are the same ones who smile so tight that you think pg 42

they’re face is going to break and flip you the bird as soon as your back is fully turned. Obviously, there are other bad habits that women like to use the New Year to try to break. Spending too much time with jerks you really shouldn’t be dating to begin with might be somewhere near the top of that list,

so if your heart is telling you something don’t ignore it. For example, my heart was telling me that it would make me a much better person if I were to try to break all of the bad habits I’ve written about here. Then I realized that if I put it all together, I would become a hungry, lonely, sexually repressed, over-worked, tongue-biting doormat in dire need of a drink, a cigarette and a

It’s no wonder we break resolutions and quickly fall back into our old bad habits. donut. Who in their right mind would want to start a new year like that? It’s no wonder we break resolutions and quickly fall back into our old bad habits. I considered taking just one of these and sticking to it but just thinking about them all was enough to turn me off of resolutions altogether. Instead, I’ll stick with my wine and non-existing gym membership while I watch others deny themselves the little things that used to make them happy. By turning their bad habits into my guilty pleasures, this is sure to be the best year yet. 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

January 2011

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

$129 Million Lotto Winnings Come From Porn Shop Lansing, MI

A group of people who split a lottery ticket recently hit it big and won close to $129 million. The group chose to remain anonymous but allowed one man to come forward and collect their cash prize. He did not purchase the winning ticket but does acknowledge it either came from a local “adult bookstore” or outside at its walkup lottery window. The group plans on donating some of their winnings to a nearby church, with the condition that a walk-up window for confessing the sin of lust be installed near the front door as soon as possible.

Group Says Knitting Sweaters is for the Birds West Yorkshire, England

Chickens that have been rescued from cruel poultry farms are getting new gifts for the New Year, in the form of clothing. Apparently these flightless birds lost some feathers during their previous hard knock life and a group of women (plus one man) decided to remedy this chilling conundrum by knitting “jumpers” at special knit-in gatherings. Their needles have also proven to be handy when trying to keep away the hungry Americans who want to deep-fry their featherless friends.

Man Shoots Downstairs Apartment While on the John Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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A 25 year-old man has been arrested for shooting a gun through his floor while sitting on the can. The trigger-happy guy denied it at first but a bullet hole is easy to trace and he eventually admitted to accidentally setting off a shot. He had been drinking and getting high so it must have seemed like a good idea at the time. He’s been charged with a felony and a fund has been set up to buy the guy a book of crossword puzzles or even a shampoo bottle to keep him entertained the next time he sits on the throne.

Man Caught on Nude European Tour Munich, Germany

Running through the Munich train station fully nude isn’t the way most people greet new country but a 19-year old Australian man did just that. Apparently friends bet him he couldn’t travel Europe naked and he proved them wrong by making it to 11 different cities with his underwear in hand. However upon arrival in Germany he slipped on a wet floor in freezing temperatures and was finally caught. He managed to avoid skin burn but not a fine of 100 Euros and then some, as the police who ran him down had to be bribed not to put the entire chase on YouTube.

Would You Like Fries with that Wedding? Hong Kong, China

Beginning in January, McWeddings will be featured at select McDonald’s in the Hong Kong area. For as little as $129.00, couples can tie the knot in a ceremony that provides personalized menu, decorations, McDonald’s-themed gifts and much more. It’s open to anyone who happens to walk in and they won’t provide alcohol but that’s not deterring people from making reservations of their own. No word on if honeymoon plans come as part of the package but if they do it would certainly give new definition to the phrase Happy Meal.

January 2011

Office Lounge - Mishawaka

10 Inch Bic Two Men were out fishing when one decides to have a smoke He asks the other guy if he has a lighter He replies “ Yes i do “ and hands the other a 10 inch long BIC lighter Surprised the guy asks “Where did you get this?” The guy replies “ Oh I have a personal genie” The first man asks “Can i make a wish? “ Sure says the other man “Just make sure that you speak clearly cause he is a little hard at hearing” “Ok I will” says the other as he rubs the lamp a genie appears and asks the man what he wants The man says “ I want a Million Bucks “ The genie says OK and goes back to his bottle and 10 seconds later a million ducks fly over head And the guy says to the other “ Your genie realy sucks at hearing doesnt He?” The other man replies “I know do you realy think i asked for a 10 inch BIC”

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