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Volume 9 Issue 155 March 19, 2009

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Every time our landlord — bless his heart — steps into the Second Supper office, he usually leaves us with the same refrain: “Are you guys getting ready to do some spring cleaning?” We assume this is in reference to the giant mass of junk which is stacked ever-so-precariously in the corner of our office, an accumulation from all the friends and coworkers who have moved through this place over the years. Right now I see a bicycle without an owner, a weightlifting bar without any weights, a broken shelf, stacks of cardboard, a computer scanner that may or may not work, two tarps, a baseball bat, a vanity mirror, a sheepskin jacket, and about 75 other things I can’t distinguish from this distance. Yep, we’ve let a lot of stuff build up here in the office, and it’s been too long since we cleaned it up. A similar thing had happened, I felt, with this newspaper itself. Readers may be surprised to learn that in 2009 Second Supper will celebrate its fifth year as a publication, and its second in the current format. I can’t begin to estimate how many people contributed over that time, but I know that everyone has left an indelible mark on the paper. And I’m not being sentimental here — I’ve spent the last few months cleaning up the mess everyone else made. Relax, myriad alumni now reading this letter online, I too am proud of the work we’ve put in over the years. We introduced some edgy fonts, created economical layout formats, ran fun features, and developed a particularized mindset to set us apart from our peers. It was great at the time, I know, but it is healthy to do some spring cleaning. Careful readers may have noted the changes in recent issues. Like a punky adolescent growing into a gentleman, we’ve straightened up our divider lines and made our headline fonts more legible. We introduced white space where there used to be clutter and bold logos where we used to be meek. A lion’s share of the credit has to go to Matt Schmidt, our talented graphic designer who’s helped engineer the facelift. Unlike many periodicals, we’ve introduced these changes in stages, because we didn’t see the sense in sitting on a smart idea. Besides, it gave us a good excuse to postpone cleaning our office. All kidding aside, what do you think of the new look? If you love it or hate it or are just bubbling over with fresh ideas, feel free to drop me a line at editor@secondsupper. com. And, Mr. Markos, we’ll get on that cleaning soon. — Adam Bissen

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Second Supper’s finally on the social networking bandwagon, with a whole chain of townies to answer our deliciously revealing questions. Each week, the interviewee will name someone they're connected to, who will become the next person interviewed, and so it shall continue. You see? We really are all connected.

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NAME AND AGE: Anna Krause, 32 BIRTHPLACE: Milwaukee, WI CURRENT JOB: Gymnastics coordinator, La Crosse Area Family YMCA DREAM JOB: Since my dreams of becoming a "Solid Gold" dancer for the '80s hit music countdown TV show are out of reach, I'll say color trend predictor/analyzer or textiles designer. COVETED SUPERPOWER: Mind reading DREAM VACATION: Well, let's see, it's long, paid, paid for, it involves multiple places around the globe (but nowhere cold), lots of walking, swimming, food and drink. No cell phones or computers. Is that too vague? FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Tequila (the La Crosse one) FAVORITE BAR IN TOWN: Bodega (duh) CITY OR COUNTRY? City IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY INSTRUMENT PERFECTLY, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Of course it would be piano, but that's boring, sorry.

TELL US A JOKE: Bunny # 1 has a bite taken out of his tail Bunny # 2 has a bite taken out of his ears B1 says "My butt hurts." B2 says "What?" 3 MOVIES YOU’D TAKE ON A DESERTED ISLAND: Moulin Rouge, Mary Poppins, Dodge Ball 3 BOOKS YOU’D TAKE TO PRISON: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Collins Big Book of Art by David G. Wilkins; Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins 3 CDs YOU’D TAKE ON A ROAD TRIP: Any "New Sincerity" mix by Bradley Butterfield, Ani DiFranco "Reveling and Reckoning," Todd Snider "Near Truths and Hotel Rooms" WHAT IS IN YOUR POCKETS RIGHT NOW? Seriously? You asked...a pen, the guest list and menu for my husband's 40th birthday party, two tampons, a paint chip (Restful White from Sherwin Williams), and $8 HOW DO YOU KNOW MELISSA? I guess I know her through a combo of the rugby team circa 1997 or 1998 (she played, I was only a groupie) and working at Jules' together. That's her in the picture with me.

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As children, we were fascinated with all things gross. Fart jokes, poop jokes, bodily-function jokes in general were repeated ad nauseum (often literally) in the school yard, and it's my guess that things haven't changed much in the 10 or so years since I was officially a “child”. In fact, some of my less-eloquent friends still get a lot of mileage out of a wellplaced and impressive belch (okay, myself included). I know we're all struggling to define ourselves as mature adults — sophisticated individuals far above playing “I'm not touching you! I'm not touching you!” while dangling boogers precariously above our siblings' heads — but wrap that fascination with all things gross in an educational cloak and voila! You've got a legitimate excuse for attending an event devoted exclusively to those gross functions of the human body. I mean, hello, it's at a museum. Perhaps it's that never-ending fascination with the disgusting realities of the human body which spurred the Children's Museum of La Crosse to put together their exhibit on “Grossology.” According to the Museum's Web site, the Grossology exhibit is dedicated to the exploration of "all the slimy, mushy, oozy, scaly, and stinky gross (yet scientific) things that occur every day in the human body.” Just reading that explanation makes me think they could have found all the material they needed for their exploration of Gross right here in the Second Supper office. But it seems they've done just fine without us: the Web site invites visitors to “help Burp Man fill with gas,” “learn about snot, allergies, and more from animatronic Nigel Nose-It-All” and “climb the blemish wall.” Wow. I think I speak for all of us when I say we'd be right at home with Burp Man and the Blemish Wall. The Grossology exhibit at the Children's Museum of La Crosse is in its final week, so hurry down for your chance to check it out. Though I'm a bit put off by the prospect of facing an animatron (damn birthdays at Chuck E. Cheese), the exhibit sounds like it's got plenty to offer for kids and grown-ups alike. — Emily Faeth

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Due to an error in communication, I once believed ShowBiz Pizza was located on Mars. This was before I realized that all the Martians live in California. It was in that ephemeral state where I last tread among the ball-pit halls of a Chuck E. Cheese, conqueror of the ShowBiz Empire. We castaways celebrated the Snake’s 19th birthday with skee-ball and without children in tow, which made us feel creepy in the way that all adults are now conditioned to feel creepy around strange children. We played our games, collected and spent our worthless tickets, and left quietly, as though we had committed some transgression against childhood. “Aren’t you a little old to be trick-ortreating?” the neighborhood asked me last Halloween, as I sauntered through town as a '70s game show host. Frustrated with the prejudice of age-appropriate behavior but growing bored with explaining myself, I started to lie to the candy distributors. A sick daughter was invented, too bedridden from the fluctuating temperatures to go outside. As any good imaginary father would, I took my imaginary daughter’s place as the trick-or-treater and fleeced the town of its candy, as shameless, guiltless, and ageless as any Match Game panelist can be. She’d have been proud of me, if she existed. On the first of March this year, I returned to my childhood Mars. This time, the guest of honor was CJ Slugger’s kid, freshly one year old. At least we had a kid this time. But Chuck E. Cheese wasn’t the gloriously dank Martian colony of my childhood. It probably hadn’t been for years; the last time I had come to Valley Square with cheap games in mind, my friends and I had been turned away for not being legal adults. And the entryway was the same, with the same Polo Army Private playing doorman to the kindergarten Studio 54. I expected some hassle, a proof of spawning or a screening on some sex offender database, and it’s possible that this could have gone down, were it not for CJ Slugger and the Leprechaun materializing behind me and ushering me into the ruins of red earth. The bleach wasn’t a tangible thing. It carried no smell. Nonetheless, a flood of bleach doused my memories and waged chemical warfare. Despite its '80s cred, hearing Tears for

Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” felt so out of place as I shuffled through the corridor between entrance and dining room and noted that this Chuck E. Cheese looked exactly the same as the one in California — bright and sterile. The dining room had been flattened and brightened as well, leaving the room dimensionless, just another part of the building. Past the extended banquet tables twitched a piss poor shadow of Showbiz Pizza’s animatronic band, the Rock-afire Explosion. The Tears for Fears music, as it turned out, was part of the karaoke soundtrack by which this band sold its barely credible pantomime. Without so much as a pulled curtain, the soundtrack repeated every 15 minutes, playing Tears for Fears again and again. Annoying. The old ShowBiz dining room was a structure of majesty, a darkened bier hall with a raised balcony separating it from the rest of the floor and curtains on the stage. Its band was fantastic, full of apes, dogs, and a mouse cheerleader with, as I discovered one night on a robot upskirting, wires for genitalia. ShowBiz probably messed up my conception of women a bit, but at least there was a real performance, dammit! At least Chuck E. Cheese knows where its bread is buttered, as far as games go. Pillaging CJ’s Cup-o-Tokens, the three of us rushed over to that ziggurat of our youth, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. Awesome. But the buttons would freeze and Donatello’s coin slot was jammed with tokens, so kicking ass didn’t go as planned. I ended up wedged between two kids as they fought Krang the evil brain, trying to dig tokens out of the Donatello slot with a knife — which, when I think about it, is pretty appropriate. CJ and his family left, Lep and I wasted the rest of the tokens on ticket amusements, and we cashed in our booty at the automated ticket machine. After a day’s work, paid for by cupfuls of tokens, we ended up with… 180 tickets. And since we tried to cash in a ripped ticket, the machine docked us one. We couldn’t get anything good; I had to pay an extra three bucks to score a wobbly spike ball which broke sometime later at CJ’s mom’s place, where his nieces tied Lep up, beat him, and sprayed him with perfume. I taught the youngest one to say “It puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again!” It was the most adorable thing I’ve seen lately. My childhood memories live on. As usual, they have found a home on YouTube, albeit with the prerequisite veneer of irony which separates disaffected grownups from their genuine child avatars. One rogue engineer choreographs Billy Bob, Fatz the Gorilla, Rolfe deWolfe, and the rest of the Rock-afire Explosion to play and sing to aural gems from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Lil’ Wayne. A much lower quality video questionably syncs up the robots to 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny.” If it was any other song, the video would be crap, but as it stands, the thing is genius. There are more authentic documentaries to be found, as well as like-minded folks who prefer talking redneck bears to talking Burger King Kids’ Club reject rodents. But these glories of twenty years ago have been absorbed into one more corporate machine which creates memories that are as unique as Mormon housing. This isn’t rose-colored past loving. In this case, the present really does suck.

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Stem cells finally get an allowance

By Ben Clark Early last week, research scientists and patients suffering from some of the most horrific afflictions rejoiced at the announcement of President Barack Obama overturning the government ban on funding for stem cell research. President Bush, in his legacy, banned all government funding for stem cell research save 21 embryonic cell colonies already collected back in 2001. After seven years of no funding, President Obama has now promised to the National Institutes of Health a “significant amount” of $10 billion allotted in the national budget for health services and research. In order for a cell to be classified as a stem cell, it has to be self-replicating and able to differentiate into embryonic cells and nonembryonic cells. Stem-cells are basically just precursor cells for every cell in the body, be it a neuron, a bone cell, a blood cell, or skin cell. How many different cell types exist in the human body, you ask? Why, over a whopping 200 different types of specialized cells make up that ol’ bag of bones you call a body! Adult stem cells are indeed able to differentiate into different types of cells, but for the most part, are only able to do it within a specific family of cells. For example, an adult precursor muscle cell will only be able to differentiate and divide into different muscle cell types. The most common adult stem-cell types which are derived are taken from fat tissues, mesenchymal stemcells (which is just a fancy name for embryonic connective tissue), and endothelial stem-cells, which are found in the bone marrow. Embryonic cell types, however, are far much more versatile. Embryonic stem-cells are actually cells taken from blastocysts, which are four- to five-dayold embryos which line the uterine wall after fertilization. Unlike adult stem-cells (save for some of the stem cells that can be isolated from umbilical cord blood), embryonic stem cells are completely versatile. This means that an embryonic stem cell can differentiate into any of the over 200 types of human cells that exist within the human body. Due to this high level of differentiation, embryonic stem cells have a much higher chance of being used as potential treatments in degenerative diseases such as leukemia, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, bone and muscle damage.

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Despite the potential benefits of stem cell research, the ban of all government funding by the Bush administration in early 2001 has hampered progress in research for the past seven years. The main underlying reason for the across-theboard banning of funding for research was a question of ethics brought up by people who are pro-life, and believe that life begins at conception/fertilization. No exceptions. Therefore, any embryos that are even a day old in development are in fact, people with inalienable rights, including the right to life. While this is an understandable position for some people to take (as no one is truly sure when “life” really begins), the fact of the matter is that the embryos that would have been used for research possibilities would be discarded within a few months after being harvested from a donor, originally frozen to be used later for embryo implants to help increase fertility in couples (see octomom for more details). Since not all of these embryos will be used by couples, the embryos are either frozen in storage for years on end or are simply discarded. President Obama’s decision is big news for Wisconsin, particularly for researchers at UWMadison. Dr. James Thompson of UW-Madison was the first scientist to create stem cell lines in a laboratory back in 1998, and he believes that the increase in funding is going to draw more people to the field: “This is life-saving research. The policy restriction has discouraged many bright young people from going into the field. It's slowed this technology from getting into the clinic." Currently UW-Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, which will be continuing research on embryonic stemcells to better understand how stem-cells can be manipulated and ultimately, used as a future treatment. In April of last year, the Catholic bishops of Wisconsin issued a letter explaining the Catholic Church’s stance on embryonic stem-cell research. The bishops called for "reasonable standards for the protection of human life and dignity" to be used for all types of embryonic stem-cell research.The fact that UW-Madison’s research is in part funded by tax payers makes the issue especially controversial in our grand old state. The bishops feel that stem cell research can and should be conducted, but without the use of embryonic stem cells. As stem cell research techniques continue to improve over the years, their ideal of stem cell research without the use of embryonic stem cells may someday become a reality, but as for now, the technology is simply not there. Regardless of your position on the issue, stem cell research still provides one of the best potentials for future treatments for a variety of diseases.With the ongoing research in Madison continuing on, and now with funding, we can expect to see more and more advancement in stem-cell research, most of which will be coming right within our little state!

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it doesn't exist anywhere, it's highly fantastical, By Emily Faeth as the duke says. So I didn't want to place it in the Renaissance, which is when it was written, of course. I've always been fond of that sort of Looking for some comedy to brighten those disco look from the late '60s, early '70s, and I recession blues? Look no further than the La thought it would afford some lovely clothes for Crosse Community Theater this weekend for the ladies...and who can resist a leisure suit?” its production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The original version of Twelfth Night did Featuring a cast of both familiar faces and new- include many songs, but Drecktrah has chosen comers to the stage at LCT, director Anne to fill the cast's songbook with such retro clasDrecktrah's vision of the classic comedy is sure sics as “The Hustle,” Three Dog Night's “Joy to to please audience members of all ages. the World” and “Shambala,” “I'm a Believer,” In typical Shakespearean fashion, Twelfth ABBA's “Money Money” (“You gotta have Night's comedy is derived from mistaken iden- ABBA in a '70s show,” interjects Drecktrah), tity and deception. After a shipwreck separates and “Montego Bay.” Continues Drecktrah, “The a brother and sister and leads each of them to music was going to be composed, but that sort believe the other is dead, the pair are washed of fell though, so I decided, if we could ditch ashore somewhere in the Mediterranean. Upon Shakespeare's lyrics for the songs, then I could reaching land, the sister encounters the duke put in songs from the era that would help tell who rules the region, and decides to dress in the story.” drag to become a member of a duke's court. “The play is a farce,” says Drecktrah, reSays professional storyteller Michael Scott, ferring to the play's fast-paced, physical style who plays Molvolio in this of comedy. “I tend to like to weekend's production, “The "It's a Shakespearean use music that, during the duke is in love with a count- version of Three's scene changes, that sort of ess who lives across the way. Company, basically." helps to advance the story, So the duke has him-slash-her that tells us something about [the shipwrecked sister] go over and talk to the next scene that's coming or the scene that this countess. She falls in love [with the sister went before.” dressed as a man]. And then as the duke and Summing up this psychedelic hodgehim-slash-her get to know each other, [the podge of eras and styles is easy, at least for drag-king] starts falling in love with him. So Scott. “It's a Shakespearean version of Three's that's all going on, and then the brother eventu- Company, basically.” Stage manager Krista Kuhn ally shows up, and there's this whole mistaken chuckles her agreement. And while many poidentity thing, as well.” tential audience members may initially be put Diane Breeser, a substitute teacher for off by or intimidated by some of Shakespeare's the La Crosse School District and mother of more complex dialogue, cast and crew memtwo, plays the countess, Olivia. “She is mourn- bers alike insist this is a show that can be aping the death of her father and brother, so she's preciated by anyone. “It's the most accessible shutting herself away from men. The duke is in [of Shakespeare's plays],” says Drecktrah. As love with her, and her servant is in love with an added bonus, she says, “It's the only Shakeher, and [another character] is in love with speare comedy in which he does not treat his her—everybody's in love with Olivia,” laughs women badly.” Breeser. “But she falls in love with Viola, who is Twelfth Night shows at La Crosse Comdisguised as Caesareo. She just goes ga-ga over munity Theater this weekend, March 20-22, as Caesareo. She's a good-hearted gal, but kind of well as March 26-29 and April 2-4 at 7:30 p.m.. flighty.” There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on April 5th.Tick If the prospect of watching what hap- ets are $19.50 for Thursday and Sunday shows, pens when genders are confused and identi- and $20.50 for Friday and Saturday shows. Stuties are mistaken isn't enough to entice you, dents with valid ID may purchase tickets for perhaps director Drecktrah's personal twist $10, and there are discounts for military peron Shakespeare's classic comedy will. While sonnel, as well.Tickets may be purchased at the Drecktrah has maintained the original verse- La Crosse Community Theater box office at style dialogue of the play, she has updated the 118 5th Ave North. For more information, call music and costume design to the flamboyant the Theater at (608) 784-9292. style of the 1970s. “Illyria is a made-up place;


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By Shuggypop Jackson So I was having this amazing dream last night. There I was, sitting in comfort surrounded by exotic smells that I found both mysterious and alluring. My olfactory nerves became triggered, creating a hunger deep in my belly. My curiosity became aroused to indulge in something that was outside my experience level, something new that I might regret later, but I was ready to live in the moment and throw all cares to the wind to consume what was in front of me. Gluttony might make me a sinner, but I was prepared to sin. A feast lay before me I was ready to inhale with all my inner corpulence, my saliva glands stimulated as drool pooled in my mouth. I opened my mouth as I leaned in for the kill. The object of my desire brushed past my engorged lips as it entered my mouth, the taste on my tongue sending a thousand delights dancing in my mind. I bit down into the juiciness, a sensual delight that made my eyes roll back into my head. I was prepared to devour the buffet, putting as much into my mouth as I could. I unbuttoned my pants that were beginning to feel a bit tight. I pushed myself to the limit, caught up in the ecstasy of the earthly pleasures, eventually reaching my limits, passing out into a semi coma with a feeling of contentedness washed over me. Then my phone rang, waking me from my slumber. It was my friend Dan, calling to tell me about an idea he’d been cooking around in his brain. This idea was about creating an event where different cultures in town would come together for gatherings to share their cultures with one another while eating a giant buffet of dishes from around the globe, and being entertained with song, dance, traditions or anything a person had to share from their personal traditions. Sounded good to me. One huge complaint we have down here at HQ is the lack of cultural diversity found in La Crosse. When we look at many of our restaurants, the majority of shops we have (particularly out in the mall area) and much of the entertainment that comes through town, La Crosse is a pretty damn flavorless and vanilla. Not that these things are bad necessarily, because people are comfortable with things that are familiar to them. But what about those times when we want to step outside our comfort zones and try something different? How many choices do we have around town? Sure, the UW-L and Viterbo occasionally throw us a bone of something from outside the WASP realm to entertain us, and the success of restaurants such as Yoko’s is something to get ex-

cited about, but overall for outsiders looking in, La Crosse is pretty cracker-ass. Just take a look at any of the given events found at the La Crosse Center if you need proof. But does this really represent who lives here? When I think back to my childhood when my family lived on the Southside before we moved away, the dozen or so families who lived on our street consisted of a family from India, a professor from China who was married to a woman from Germany, an Irish Catholic family, a woman from one of the Scandinavian countries (I don’t remember which one) who spoke her native language at home, and an African American man who was married to a blind woman, mixed in with American whites that made up the rest of my block. These were my first playmates and I thought nothing of the ethnic differences. I’d go to the various homes in my neighborhoods and hear languages spoken that I didn’t understand and smell home cooked meals that weren’t familiar to my palette. I’m willing to assume that sort of multiethnic experience is common for the majority of us who live in this town. Dan Cutler is a person who lives in La Crosse who has an innate curiosity and appreciation to learn about and experience different cultures from around the globe. From an early fascination with National Geographic magazines as a kid, an opportunity to travel to China as a young boy, and constantly finding a way to be at certain neighbor’s homes at dinnertime who prepared dishes from their native countries instead of eating what his mom made, Dan and I relate on a desire to sample different foods and experience different cultures. The difference is Dan is making something happen. And that something is the formation of the International Potluck Club. The first gathering, Dan held at his home, and entertained about 50 people. The success of his first gathering made him realize there is an audience for this, and he would need a larger venue and cast his nets further to invite anybody who is interested. The next potuck will be held at the Root Note Café at 115 Fourth Street in La Crosse on Sunday March 29, starting at 3 p.m. He asks that anybody who would like to come bring one dish for every two people within their group. An RSVP list can be found on his Web site at or at the front counter at the Root Note. Come out La Crosse, and show me what you’ve got.

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Cover story Everyone in Washington is talking stimulus, but what does that mean for the Coulee Region? Also, how do we make it work?

By Jacob Bielanski It is laughable to imagine all of a politician’s campaign promises coming true. Yet, with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, President Barack Obama has essentially lived up to a great deal of the slogans echoed on his campaign trail. When he stood at the podium near the intersections of Pearl and Second Streets last fall, he was discussing the need for investments in infrastructure and education, and now he has $787 billion with which to invest. But like “change,” “stimulus” seems to be a phrase that is specific enough to rally support, while being vague enough to dodge criticism. With increasingly grim economic forecasts and unoptimistic headlines, it sounds eerily similar to another phrase we’ve grown to associate with large, unchecked influxes of government expenditure: “terrorism.” Of course, placing the words “stimulus” next to “terrorism” is not likely to win you any friends in the community, particularly since the stimulus package signed by President Obama is due to give out over $288 billion in tax credits. These tax credits range from payroll tax adjustment to energy efficiency credits; even $8,000 to people who purchase their first home by December 1 of 2009. These are not deductions — even i f

none of your income is theoretically taxed (via exemptions, etc.), you’ll still receive this money as a check. While Scrooge McDuck does not approve, the average resident of the Coulee Region will probably see increased incentive to go back to school ($2,500 credit, in addition to $519 increase to the Pell Grant), weatherize their home (up to $450 of costs recouped), or even have kids ($1,000 additional child credit). Outside of these tax breaks, it’s difficult to nail down just what ARRA will mean for the Coulee Region and for the future of our economy. One of the biggest investments outside of education and health care is in highway infrastructure. Of the $27.5 billion authorized by ARRA, $529 million (1.9 percent) of that will be given directly to the State of Wisconsin for highway projects, but only one-third of that will be determined by municipalities such as La Crosse. The $1.5 million Oak Street project — a joint venture between Onalaska and La Crosse that will improve the street as well as adding improved pedestrian and bike lanes from Enterprise Avenue to Domke Street — seems to be the only such transportation project in La Crosse that is “shovel ready” thus far. Shovel readiness is a quality achieved when a project is planned, approved and ready to go, and only lacks necessary funding.While it would b e easy t o

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den does not fall to property tax payers. “We’ll invest in students and our teachers, so a second grader gets the education she needs now, not years later when the economy improves,” Doyle said. There seems to be a growing theme to the application of this money. Projects that were planned without funding, weatherizing homes that were otherwise leaking energy, and plugging massive gaps in human services all seem to point to some form of mismanagement. In a letter addressed to all the agency heads prior to the drafting to the biennial state budget — in May of 2006 — Gov. Doyle stated that Wisconsin had “cut almost $700 million from state agency operations, eliminated nearly 4,000 state positions, eliminated unnecessary contracting and sold 1,000 state cars.” At that time — long before we knew we were in a recession — he emphasized implementing measures to reduce state agency energy consumption, investing in the educational system, and streamlining the state government through, among other things, elimination of low-priority programs. It’s almost as if Obama had plucked his campaign promises from a tour through Wisconsin. Knowing this, one could criticize the way in which ARRA seems to punish those who were fiscally responsible. Even within the state of Wisconsin, the leadership asks those who stayed at or below their means to shoulder the burden for those who failed to do the same. The state recently asked the University of Wisconsin system to help make up the budget gap through contributions proportionate to each campus’ auxiliary funds. UW-La Crosse had saved the largest batch of auxiliary funds in order to do basic repairs to parking lots and living facilities, and is thus shouldering a burden disproportionate to their enrollment. What’s the reason for this burden? To provide greater access to postsecondary education for children in families whose household income is less than $60,000. Meanwhile, UW-L will be raising parking and housing fees to make up for the shortfall. Whether the added funds given to disadvantaged youth with outweigh the increases is yet unclear. Irony seems to be a cruel mistress, sometimes. Meanwhile, the process for securing these federal funds remains wildly uncertain — states have to beg the agencies of the federal government, who are then begged by municipalities to receive a pittance for their own projects. All

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noon interview, shortly before braising a pan of cabbage. “I know it’s something that’s not usually offered in the area. … Yet I’m a foodie, and I’m definitely interested.” Tuesday’s offering was a six course affair inspired by Irish cuisine, but served in the French style: First Course (Amuse Bouche): Zucchini pinwheels stuffed with garlic and herb boursin cheese and topped with a tomato rose and baby romaine Second Course: Irish Lamb Stew Third Course: Crepes stuffed with roasted barley, braised chard and gruyère cheese topped with hollandaise sauce Fourth Course: Chicken gallentine over bacon potato boxty glazed with a Guinness reduction Fifth Course: Corned beef with braised cabbage served with yukon puffed potato Sixth Course: Irish Cheesecake How did it taste? Well, amazing.The amuse bouche burst with about 25 different flavors, despite being the size of a spool of thread, and the crepes were ebulliently reimagined inside a beef casing. The stew was surprisingly spicy, the chicken had a smoky Guinness glaze, the corned beef actually tasted like a cut of fine meat, while the Irish cheesecake had hints of whisky. I don’t often live this rich and am not the best critic of solid foods, but Mark and Jeanna Osterhaus, a couple at a neighboring table, think Hilton serves up some of the best food in the area. Although the Osterhauses raise grass-fed cattle on a farm near Richland Center, they both hail from larger cities with expansive culinary offerings. Still, the Osterhauses said they’ve come to every one of Hilton’s dinners (a 75 minute drive each way), because they love his adventurousness in cooking and his use of local ingredients. “This is really one of the bestkept secrets in southwestern Wisconsin,” Mark Osterhaus said. Although the beauty of a prix fixe menu comes from its completeness, Hilton is eager to accommodate the needs of his guests. Jeanna Osterhaus, for example, has a seafood allergy, but Hilton has always made her special plates as an alternative to lobster and other meals. He also cooks vegetarian offerings, and at least one little girl at a table behind us loved her alternate courses of pizza and macaroni and cheese. Hilton isn't yet sure what kind of meal he'll serve in April, but to get the fresh scoop email

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By Brett Emerson Colin Cunningham hobbled into the television room on crutches, last December. The look on his face was a mixture of a good time comedown and a handicapped dismay. He was probably tired of people asking him how he injured himself. Of course, after we sat down, it was the first question I asked. He answered with aplomb. “We were on tour with a band called A Thorn for Every Heart. The show sucked; Thorn had to drop. They had van troubles, but we went anyway. It was New Hampshire, and we were playing, same as always, business as usual. I jumped up in the air, the same place I do every night, and I landed weird and twisted my knee. I didn’t know what I did at first; I just knew it hurt. It turns out I tore my lateral meniscus cartilage pretty badly.The doctor actually used the word ‘massive’ to describe the tear, and I had to have surgery less than a week later.” Though Cunningham’s mobility had crashed to a halt, the injury didn’t stop the frontman from touring with These Green Eyes, a band out of Connecticut that places its bets close to the Bayside school of melodic, wistful, yet full-throated rock. At the time of our interview last December, the band was on the Atticus Tour alongside A Change of Pace and The Classic Crime, and had just played its set at the Warehouse. Cunningham, guitarist Jeff Krenn, and I sat between the venue’s tall pastel walls and talked of many things, including the band’s upcoming full-length, Relapse to Recovery. The history of These Green Eyes goes back around six years, since guitarist Greg Mauro and bassist Zach Braz were playing together in high school. “They had tried to put together some stuff in high school, and it didn’t work out,” Cunningham explained. “After they graduated, they wanted to keep trying, so they started putting a band together, trying out different guys on lead guitar and drums. They settled down with Mark [Brundrett] on drums and another guy on guitar, and they called me out of nowhere. I had graduated a few years before, but they knew my brother. The missing piece was a singer, and my brother told them that I sing. I came over to practice — I guess if you’d call it that. They had four or five songs, and they played them for me. I said that I could probably sing over them, and they said, ‘Good! Our show’s in a day and a half!’ It was a Wednesday afternoon, and they asked me to write lyrics by Friday. I was like ‘No!’ but I made them up on the spot. That was it.”


Krenn came into the band in June of last year, though he had been friends with the band members since the beginning. Still, coming into an already established band wasn’t easy. “I had a lot of apprehension about joining this band. Initially it was that I didn’t want to be replacing somebody when I wasn’t sure that being in a band full time was what I wanted to do. After their lineup shifted during recording, then it was — selfishly — am I going to ruin this band for myself by joining it, and am I going to be able to become a part of what they’ve been doing for five years and not negatively affect it? It was back when gas was $3.50 a gallon, and I spent weekends in Connecticut hanging out with them. It was a really positive experience. They became my best friends, and it felt natural to stick with it, so I didn’t leave.” In the early days, the band cut their teeth on local shows, playing with friends and acquaintances in other bands. As they built up a following, they recorded a demo that Cunningham referred to as “really crappy… six songs, all horrible except one.” Eventually, however, the band would record a more high-rent offering with John Naclerio of Nada Studio, whose recording credits include My Chemical Romance and Just Surrender. The resulting work was a four track demo by which a more rigorous touring schedule would come. “I think Zach and Greg had plans the whole time. They had just gotten out of high school and didn’t want to go to college. I had done the same thing when I graduated. I didn’t want to go on with my life; I wanted to try something. We booked our own summer tour, which took us a couple of months to set up. As soon as Mark and our old guitarist got out of college, we loaded everything up in our van and hit the road with our little four song CD. We did really well. Some places were really bad, and some places we killed it. We ended up meeting JR, the saxophone player from Less than Jake, who is from Connecticut. He decided to manage us, and got us on a bunch of really good shows around the Northeast and East Coast, including opening up for Fall Out Boy and a bunch of shows on a Less than Jake tour. It helped us out and raised our profile; we got on the front page of PureVolume. We took it from there, booking our own shows and tours, and here we are, some years down the road, still doing it.” Relapse to Recovery is the result of this history, a work that draws upon the group’s struggles to create its narrative. Cunningham explained the story: “We weren’t getting along, some label opportunities that looked good fell through, and maybe it wasn’t going to work out. Right at the lowest point our band had been in, something really tragic happened to a very, very good friend of ours. A kid died; he had been a friend of the band. The first show we played in his town was in his living room, and his parents agreed to move all the stuff out. My heart stopped, and I took a good look at myself. I’ve had this opportunity that a lot of people

would kill for; I’ve gotten to see the country, and I kind of take it for granted. Relapse to Recovery, even in the title, is significant of a number of things. I won’t pin it down too much, but everybody at some time hits a low point. The whole record is of going from that lowest low to a point where you can get back on your feet and say that you’re ready to do this on your own again.” “Some of the songs had come together over the summer before what had happened, and about six or seven of them came in the weeks immediately following. It was really intense; it’s really hard to sit down with someone across the table from you, to look that person in the eye and tell him exactly what you’re feeling.That’s what we tried to do with this record, to take all the pain we were feeling and all the hope that we wanted to have, and put that into songs. I feel like we’ve done it.” Because Krenn didn’t have much to do with the production of the album, his perspective on it is a unique mix of insider and outsider. “I’ve listened to every recording they’ve done in the studio — very plausibly because they’ve always wanted me to join the band — and it’s such a complete departure and progression from the previous stuff. I realized that they found their sound. I’ve always thought that Colin had a unique voice, but the songs really hit. Everyone’s going through loss on this album. The songs are very relatable but also very personal at the same time. On a couple of songs, I had to pull my car over and just listen to it and not do anything else.” In promoting its new album, These Green Eyes filmed a video for “Sucker Punch” which saw rotation on Fuse. As a medium, the music video has undergone a massive overhaul since Mtv switched to mTV and dispersed the form to the Web, but These Green Eyes still saw merit in making its own. The process behind the video wasn’t as cut-and-dry as it first appeared to the band. “We ended up getting a really good opportunity to work with a guy named Kevin Custer.” Cunningham said. “He cut us and our label a deal: one day of shooting in New York against a white background, and then he did a bunch of video editing and merging stuff into it. I like it.” Krenn described the twist: “That’s his forte, post-production videos. He’s worked with Gym Class Heroes, Lil’ Jon, Soulja Boy, all on the post-production end. He really brought our video to life. When we saw that we were shooting against a white wall, we weren’t hoping for what we got. We saw the first cut and said, ‘Shit! Where’d that come from?” With all this effort, the word on These Green Eyes is getting around. Relapse to Recovery drops on March 24th, and the band — provided that Cunningham’s own recovery goes according to plan — hopes to be everywhere, very soon. For a Q&A with much, much more from These Green Eyes, see

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Anno: 2009 Following on the distant heels of its somewhat oblique sophomore album, You Could Have It So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand regrouped and created its most unique and certainly its most pop offering to date. Tonight obscures much of the band’s usual guitar swagger and made the high-end subservient to the bass, also adding in an unprecedented amount of keyboards to the mix. While none of this change in formula casts any doubt that this is unquestionably a Franz Ferdinand album, with all the bounce and arrogance entailed,Tonight’s bold new angle is a sure sign that the band is resourceful enough to stay relevant and avoid going art house stale. The album starts with the subdued drum and bass shakes of “Ulysses,” where Alex Kapranos coos “c’mon, let’s get high” before the hard synths first kick in and boost the song into full bravado. “Turn It On” follows, its first half playing simplistic, low-high Top 40 basslines commonly found in girly pop before giving way to a more proper rockout. “No,You Girls” is Tonight’s third and most golden track, the album’s equivalent of Franz Ferdinand’s instant classic, “Take Me Out.” Where that song’s bounce is more staccato, more vertical, “No, You Girls” flows like a John Travolta strut, taking the listener down steamdrenched streets and into dirty, seedy bars in search of tail. One of the most unusual tracks on the album is “Send Him Away,” which carries on like organ-fueled psychedelia. This song makes what ought to be a jarring leap into the Tina Weymouth bass bounce of its electronic successor, a musing on the benefits of absence titled “Live Alone.” “Bite Hard” is next, and of these songs it is the closest to Franz’s usual bobble-head swing. “What She Came For” is all bass-soaked seduction, accented with keys and guitars. The album’s second way-out track comes in “Lucid Dreams.” It clocks in at an unusual eight minutes and features a four-minute instrumental synth breakdown that would find a place in an electro DJ’s collection. The album closes out with an unusual quiet in “Katherine Kiss Me,” an acoustic track which recycles lyrics from “No, You Girls” and throws on a few new words and a sliver of piano. The telling merit of this album is that while most of the songs are crafted from vastly different materials, there’s nothing here that comes out half-formed. Instead, Tonight lures listeners in with the big pop songs and has enough content left over to merit a fuller exploration. This is easily Franz Ferdinand’s best album, a sign of hope for things to come.

— Brett Emerson

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Reviews: Your Guide to Consumption Wendy and Lucy (2009) Director: Kelly Reichardt Cast: Michelle Williams,Will Patton,Willy Dalton Writer: Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt

Oh hi, right now I am listening to a mix of leftfield hip-hop on Left-Field hip-hop falls somewhere between rap and electronica, more concerned with the beat makers than the rappers. As hip-hop began to move away from having a DJ spin beats on turntables, and focused more on studio production, there was a whole crop of young studs that began to experiment with all the computerized studio gear. The results from the kings of the game are often blunted phat beats that give you that slow nod. Occasionally, the albums put out by these characters have vocals, but for the most part, these are “instrumental” soundscapes. Somewhat similar to trip-hop, the major difference between the two genres being trip-hop evolved out of the British acid house dance culture, whereas left-field hip-hop is completely from the rap world. Somewhat abstract and avantgarde, these beat makers are some of my favorites under the hip-hop umbrella.The Shuggypop Top Twenty performers in this scene consist of DJ Shadow, Madlib, Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Danger Mouse, Prefuse 73, RJD2, El-P, Daedelus, Odd

Nosdam, DJ Vadim, Cut Chemist, Alias, Dabrye, Ammoncontact, Boom Bip, Peanut Butter Wolf, Rob Swift, Mike Ladd, and Antipop Consortium. What makes the beats made by these producers different from the likes of Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Timbaland and the others whose production work has taken over top 40 radio that is most likely more familiar to you? This leftfield stuff is quirky, a little off, kinda twisted, and definitely underground. Sort of like the Second Supper. Those other cats, think of them at the USA Today? Oh hell, I’m stretching it here. Do you have any idea how painful it is to sit at a computer trying to think up something interesting to write about that anybody would want to read when that long winter has finally gotten the swift kick in the nuts it’s been asking for since it first reared it’s ugly head? I want to be outside, bumping these beats while soaking up some sunshine. That is what you should be doing too. Play it in your car with the windows down.Turn it up while having some friends over to grill in the backyard. Fuck winter, let’s dance. — Shuggypop Jackson

Tragedy! In the business world, what happens when tragedy befalls Business Owner A? Business Owner B rejoices! B wiggles butt in victory dance at the downfall of A, obviously. This was not the case in a recent and local misfortune, however. Just weeks ago, all was well at Bean Juice Coffee Roasters and Espresso Bar. Customers were chatting happily over fluffy cappuccinos and baristas were performing the most intricate dance of coffee preparation. The distinct aroma of coffee being roasted permeated the air, but then, calamity struck! Smoke began to pour out of the shiny red roaster and the chimney pipe was full of vicious flames. Steve the Roaster sprang into action and hosed the surrounding area with a fire extinguisher; luckily, the fire didn’t spread. The worst of it was that a) all the bags full of unroasted coffee beans were compromised by the chemicals in the fire extinguisher and b) the roaster is no longer in working condition. So what’s a coffee roaster to do? No beans and no roaster. In many cases, they would just have to watch the rival business owners perform the aforementioned victory dance and cry. But not in this town! Enter Trevor Hall of Coulee Region Coffee Roasters. He’s the only other roaster in town, and other than Trevor, there are only a hand-

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ful of roasters in the region. He could have taken the low road, thumbed his nose at Theresa Held of Bean Juice, and continued to whistle as he works while Theresa’s business went up in the literal aftermath of flames. But he didn’t. He invited her to use his roaster while hers is repaired. Hard times had struck Business Owner A, but Business Owner B simply opened his door and got the roasting going, all in the good name of coffee. But why? Is Trevor Hall just an insanely nice guy? Or is he just insane? Well, yes and yes, but I think the real answer lies within the heart of what being a true coffee lover means — it means having a sense of respect for the fellow coffee aficionada and trusting that she would do the same should catastrophe ever come to pass in his roaster. Maybe it’s simply a solid understanding of karma, but the likeliest explanation for this unlikely symbiosis is that pure, true love of the bean.

— Amber Miller

If there hasn't yet been a recent film tagged as the cinematic reflection of the country's current economic state, then Wendy and Lucy might possibly be the right movie for the job. Everyone in the dingy, overcast Oregon town that plays host to the events of Wendy and Lucy appears stricken by some form of downturn or another. Though, with the exception of Wendy (Michelle Williams) herself, they never explicitly show the effects of the pinch, these characters betray their peril in the looks on their faces, the tones of their voices, the reluctance with which they respond after Wendy approaches them for help. Wendy's struggle is their struggle, our struggle, and by making both the film's primary conflict and it's subtler ones seem universal and not finite, the filmmakers take a seemingly boring story and make it both unpolished and absorbing. The usually glowing Michelle Williams has never looked so drab and defeated. Her character Wendy, a homeless vagabond making her way to Alaska in search of work, stumbles upon a series of unlucky events, each happening as a result of the last. First her car breaks down, then she runs out of dog food for her yellow lab Lucy, then she's arrested for shoplifting dog

food, then Lucy goes missing while Wendy idles in a jail cell, and on and on. Wendy's stop in this Oregon town becomes a perpetual waiting game; she waits for news from the dog pound, waits for word on the condition of her car, waits for morning so she won't have to sleep alone in the middle of the woods. It's an unfortunate fare for Wendy, one that requires great sacrifice and patience.To put the dreariness of this broken-down America into perspective, one of the more touching scenes in Wendy and Lucy shows an older Walgreens parking lot security guard (Willy Dalton) shove six dollars into Wendy's palm when he parts with her. She's grateful, even if it was only a few bucks, and the security guard probably had to sacrifice a lot to hand the money over to her. People are still willing to lend a small hand, even in what visually and thematically looks like a modern-day Dust Bowl. Such small ups almost make the crushing downs feel more depressing by comparison, but Wendy and Lucy doesn't aim to depress, nor does it aim to incite subtle hope. Like its main character Wendy, it just is, and it's a better movie because of it.

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Bubblejack IPA Rush River Brewing Company River Falls, Wisconsin


Review The Bubblejack IPA is a beer I’ve wanted to review for six months, but held off because the timing was wrong. I vividly remember the first time I sipped this nectar. It was at a Minneapolis brew pub in the summer of ’06, and I marveled at the thirst-quenching taste and how this ostensibly Wisconsin beer could be kept confined to the Twin Cities area, especially since few other in-state beers can match its hoppy prowess. But like an adoration of loons, epic Prince shows, and Major League Baseball teams capable of bunting, I thought the Bubblejack would remain confined to Minnesota, until it showed up in local grocery stores last fall — just in time for IPAs to go out of favor. I bought a six-pack the first time I saw one, but a frosty October night didn’t warm my palette to one of the hoppiest beers in the Midwest, so I opted to save this review for the first 60 degree day of spring. The Bubblejack pours a dull yellow hue, and when held to the light it reveals so many floating particles that it resembles krill in the sea. The head is impressively rocky and active, clinging to the sides of the glass even before I take a sip. Although it doesn’t look like a heavyhitting IPA, the Bubblejack unloads an initial

burst of hoppy grapefruit and lemongrass aromas, yet there’s also some sweet malts that Appearance: 8 stay buried low in the mix. The taste follows Aroma: 9 that same smash-withh o p s / s e d u c e - w i t h - Taste: 8 sweets model as it hits the front of the tongue Mouthfeel: 8 like a West Coast IPA, shocking the taste Drinkability: 7 buds but opening them up for unexpected bubblegum and lemon Total: 40 poppyseed flavors. Although IPAs are a signature beer of the American craft movement, there aren’t many Wisconsin breweries that come this hard. An oily finish and a mildly metallic aftertaste were the biggest gripes I had with this beer, but then again, I’m a hophead, and others may find this beer to be too intense in many regards. To those readers, I should apologize in advance, as you’re going to be seeing a lot more IPAs written up in this space. ‘Tis the season after all. — Adam Bissen


Stimulus, cont. from p. 9 throughout, this relatively vague term “shovel readiness” is used. The Governor has put together task forces to figure out what projects we can do, to meet various deadlines for various funding sources — funding that is, in essence, our grandchildrens’ tax dollars.The ants’ children are being asked to subsidize the grasshoppers’ laziness. The problem is that La Crosse — and really, Wisconsin as a whole — is well suited to weather the economic downturn. Our jobs are distributed across myriad occupation centers — two major health care facilities, three educational institutions and various manufacturing, technology and agricultural sectors. “Fortunately in Wisconsin we have not experienced the type of wide-spread financial trouble that other states have seen. In many cases this is a testament to Wisconsin citizens’ sensible money management skills.” State Representative Jennifer Schilling of La Crosse’s 95th District said in an email. Though the pinch will be felt across the board, we’re not exactly staring down an economic apocalypse. Back in October 2 of 2008, then Presidential-hopeful Barack Obama deviated from his prepared speech notes when he said, “All you young people, I want you to know what I'm going to be asking — I'm going to be asking for all of you to serve this country; serve in the military; serve in the Peace Corps; serve in the homeless shelters; serve, in some capacity, for your community.” At that time, I was dismayed by the largely silent response the audience gave.

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Yet as President Obama’s other promises have begun to bear fruit — investments in health care, infrastructure, making postsecondary education affordable and so on — we must begin to ask when we’ll live up to our end of the bargain. Who is asking what we can do, apart from scale back a yearly vacation, spend a little less at Christmas time, and maybe turn the thermostat down to 67? It seems horribly selfish and a terrible way for an economic recession to truly turn around. What can we — the residents of La Crosse and surrounding areas — do to help during this troubled time? The economic crisis in Wisconsin is like a delicate catastrophe, a mess so subtle yet so ubiquitous, that we ignore it as much as we stare at it. Just like “fighting terrorists,” “stimulating the economy” has no clearly definable goals, no easily measurable objectives and no foreseeable conclusion. It is a mantra that we have to believe in — we’ll quietly take our tax check, drive down our newly built road, and hope that everything can just continue as it was. After all, what’s the alternative? To blame others — be they “Wall Street,” fat cat CEOs, or those god-forsaken Minnesotans — is to ultimately admit fault in ourselves. We all cashed in on the system that created this downturn, either by excess tax revenue or inflated capital gain. Once the tax credits go away, our homes are green and everyone has a liberal arts degree, what precedent have we set for the future? If we cannot pay the interest on society’s debt with money, then how shall we pay it?

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COMMUNITY SERVICE [ Area food & drink specials ] LA CROSSE All Star Lanes Arena 4735 Mormon Coulee 109 3rd st.

Alpine Inn Animal W5715 BlissHouse rd. 110 3rd st.

Alumni 620 Gillette st. Beef & Etc.

1203 La Crosse st.

Barrel Inn 2005 West ave. Barrel Inn 2005 West ave. Beef & Etc. 1203 La Crosse st. Brothers The Cavalier 306 st. 114 Pearl 5th ave. Big Al’s 115 S 3rd st. The Cavalier Chances 114 5th ave. R 417 Jay st.

CheapShots 318 318 Pearl Pearl st. st.


1101 1101 La La Crosse Crosse st. st.

Coconut Joe’s 223 Pearl st.



ALLfor NEW! 3 games $5 starts at 8 p.m. text

3 games for $5 starts Arenaat 8 p.m.

bucket special $2.00 Domestic Silos $2.50 Jack Daniel Mixers $2.00 Goldschlager

Beer Pong $7.00 w/dog 4Italian Cansbeef 8-close meal: $6.69 Pizza Puff meal: $4.49 2 for 1 cans &

bottles during 2 for 1 bottles and cans Packer games during the game 2.25 for mini pitcher

closed free pitcher of beer or soda with large pizza 12 - 7:

2-4-1 rails $2.50 beers

Buck Night starts at 6 p.m. to 83361

Bud Night 6 - CL: bottles $1$1.75 Domestic Taps $2$5 Craft Import Taps pitchers $2.50 Vodka Mixers $1 Shot Menu $7 22oz tbone 16oz top sirloin 9.75 sutffed sirloin 8 jack daniels tips 8 $1 shots of meatball sandwich Doctor, cherry doctor - 8-cl meal: $6.69 Happy hour 4-6 $1.75 cans, $2 mix drinks 2 Chicago dogs meal:

$5.891/4 barrel

giveaway Buck Burgers 8-11 $1 burgers 1/4 Barrel giveaway during Monday night meatballfootball sandwich

$2.50 Select imports/craft Beers $2.50 Top shelf Mixers $2 Mich Golden bottles

3 games for $5 starts at 7 p.m. for specials

Import Ladies drink night free Rails and Domestic starts at 7Light p.m.Tap Beer 9-11pm on the Dance Floor

Happy Hour64-p.m. CL- 9 p.m. M-F $2 $2.50 DomesticSparks Silos $2.50 Premium Silos $2.50 Three Olive Mixers $2. Goldschlager

$1 softshell tacos $1 shots of meal: doctor, Italian beef cherry $6.69 doctor Chicago chili dog: $3.89 Bucket Night 6 beers

for $9meal: Italian beef $6.15 Chicago chili dog: $3.45 Thirsty

(rocks only)

77 -- CL CL Tequila’s Tequila’s chips chips & & salsa, salsa, $2 $2 Coronas, Coronas, $2.50 $2.50 Mike’s, Mike’s, Mike-arita Mike-arita

$3.00 Domestic Pitchers, $2.00 Shots of Cuervo, $3 Pitchers 1.75 Rails Rumpleminz, Goldschlager

Mexican Monday Guys'$2.00 Nite Corona, out 1.50 silos Corona Light, Cuervo

AUCD Taps and Rails

25 cent hot wings $1 shots of Dr. 25 cent wings Dollar

domestic pitchers barrel parties at cost $4.50 domestic pitchers Pitcher and Pizza $10

77 -- midnight midnight Ladies: Ladies: 22 for for 11 Guys: $1.50 Guys: $1.50 Coors Coors and and Kul Kul Light Light bottles bottles

closed closed


Wristband Night Wristband Night $5$5COLLEGE I.D. COLLEGE I.D. $9$9general public general public Karaoke Karaoke $1 shot $1 shot specials specials

7-CL:night football domestic beer: $1.50 $1.50 domestic Mexican beer:rails $2.00 pints, $1.50

7-CL: chicken $1.50 domestic primavera pints, $1.50 rails

7-CL: shrimp $1.50 domestic pints, burrito $2 craft pints, $1.50 rails

FiestaHollow Mexicana Fox 5200 Mormon Coulee

chicken & veggie fajitasown Build your for Mary two Bloody 16oz Mug - $4.00

football night domestic beer:Pizza $1.50 Homemade Mexican beer: $2.00 & PItcher of Beer

Build your own Bloody Mary 16oz Mug - $4.00

Homemade Pizza & PItcher of Beer $9.00 $5.99 $5.99 gyro gyro fries fries & & soda soda

Gracie’s Gracie’s 1908 Campbell rd.

1908 Campbell rd.

Huck Finn’s Howie's

127 dr. st. 1128Marina La Crosse

9-clNBC Mary night. (Night Bloody Before Class) $3 pitchspecials ers of the beast - 2 4-9 p.m. Happy10 Hour

Football Sunday $1.75 domestic JB’s Speakeasy 11-7 happy hour, free The Helm 717 Rose st. food,bottles $1.50 bloody, 1/2

108 3rd st

price pitchers DTB


$1.50 U call domestics and rails

1003 16th st 16

10 - 50 CL: (increases cents per hour) $1.50 rails $1 rails


9-cl$3.50 Domestic pitchers $1.75 domestic bottles

live live DJ DJ $1 shot $1 shot specials specials

7-CL: chili $1.50 domestic pints, verde $2 craft pints, $1.50 rails

Ask 2server 3-9: for 1 for details domestic bottles and rail drinks


buy one get one Domestic $2.00 Malibu, $2.50 Jaeger, beerJaeger ('til 6 Bombs p.m.) $3.00 Holmen Meat Locker Jerky Raffle

Bucket of Domestic Cans 5 for $9.00

25 CentHOUR Wings HAPPY

Buy Buy one one gyro gyro get get one one half half price price

free free baklava, baklava, ice ice cream cream or or sundae sundae with with meal meal

$1.25 $1.25 domestic domestic taps taps buy buy one one burger burger get get one one half half price price

$8.95 16 oz. steak $8.95 1/2 lb. fish platter

5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

$1.75 bottles/cans

OPEN-CL $2 U "Call" it


free wings 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

EVERYDAY 3 -7 9-cl and$1.25 9 - 11 rails,

Karaoke Karaoke

Ask server for details


GREEK GREEK ALL ALL DAY DAY buy buy one one appetizer appetizer appetizer half price appetizer half price get get one one half half price price with meal with meal 9-cl -$2 captain mixers, $2 bottles/cans, $3 jager bombs

9-cl $2 bacardi mixers, $2 domestic pints, $1.50 shots blackberry brandy

HAPPY HOUR2-CL 5-7 Thirsty Thursday

All day (everyday!) $1.75 domesticspecials $1.25 Old Style Light bottles

3 12 oz. dom. taps $2 $1 vodka drinks $1 12 oz taps

$1.50 LAX Lager/Light $1 shots of Dr.

$2 Domestic Bottles and Cans

12 - 7 cents off items





Happy Hour 7 - 9. $2 for$2.50 all single shot mixers and all beers. JUMBO CAPTAIN AND

$1.25 beer pong 6 p.m. $8.95 16 oz steak BURGERS

happy hour 1 -6 M - F $1 Most Pints, $2 Absolut Mixers

After ClassMixers $3 $2.00 Captain Pitchers $1.75 Rails

HAPPY HOURshrimp EVERYDAY 3 - 6 chili chicken burrito verde primavera $1.25 Bucket of Domestic 25 Cent Wings BURGERS Cans 5 for $9.00

HAPPY HOUR 9-cl- $1 rails, $2.50 pitchers, Beer Pong

Italian beef meal: $6.15 2 Chicago dog meal: $3.00 Bacardi mixers/ $3.45 mojitos Great drinks! $2 Cherry Bombs $1.50 $1 Bazooka Joes bloody marys 11Happy a.m. Hour - 4 p.m

Happy Hour 12 - 7

$2.00 Cruzan Rum Mixers, $2.50 Ladies'Jameson Nite outShots, 1.50 $3.00 Raill Mixers mixers/ $2.50 X bombs

$2 $2Tuesdays, Tuesdays, including including $2 $2 bottles, bottles, import import taps, taps, beer beer pong, pong, apps, apps, single single shot shot mixers, mixers, featured featured shots, shots, and and 50 50 cent cent taps taps

chicken & veggie OPEN-CL fajitas $2 U "Call" it for two

N3287 County rd. OA 1904 Campbell

$6.75 shrimp dinner 50 cent taps 4 - 7

All day, everyday: $1.00 Shots of Doctor, $2.00 Cherry Bombs, $1.75 Silos of Busch Light/Coors All day Everyday: $1 Doctor $2 Silos. M-F: Happy Hour 2-6 $.50 off everything but the daily special

Fiesta Eagle'sMexicana Nest

Fox Hollow Goal Post

$2 Cherry Bombs $1 Bazooka Joes

77 -- midnight midnight $2 $2 Malibu Malibu madness madness $2 $2 pineapple pineapple upsidedown upsidedown cake cake

Ladies Ladies Night Night buy buy one, one, get get one one free free wear wear aa bikini, bikini, drink drink free free

N3287 County OA

pepper & egg sandwich meal: $4.50, fish sandwich meal: $4.99, ItalianCaptain sausage meal: $3.00 mixers/ mojitos $6.15 Great drinks!

beers & rails

77 -- midnight midnight $1 $1 rail rail mixers mixers $2 $2 Bacardi Bacardi mixers mixers

$.50 domestic taps, $1 microbrews, $3 domestic $.50 taps Domestic 3.00 pitchers, pitchers $6 microbrew pitchers

$2.50 X-Rated Mixers $2 Captain Mixers $2 Premium Grain Belt $2 Snake Bites

batterfried cod, fries, Italian beef meal: pepper & egg sandwich beans, and garlic bread $6.69 meal: $5.50$5.00 2 Chicago dog meal: Italian sausage meal: $6.69 $4.50$5.89

Topless Topless Tuesday Tuesday

5200 1914 Mormon CampbellCoulee rd.

$2.50happy Bomb Shots hour $2.50 Ketel One Mixers $2 Retro Beers "Your Dad's Beer"

Cosmic $1 cherryBowl bombs starts at 9 p.m. until midnight

AUCE wings $5.00 free crazy bingo hamburger or cheeseburger buy one cherry meal: bomb $3.89 get one for $1 Italian Beef w/dog meal: 3 p.m.$7.89 - midnight

$1 $1 Kul Kul Light Light cans cans

411 3rd st.


$2 Silos


$5 bbq ribs and grilled chicken sandfries wich meal: $5.29 Polish sausage meal: $4.49

$4 $4 full full pint pint Irish Irish Car Car Bomb Bomb

Dan’s Place

Cosmic & $1 cherryBowl bombs Karaoke starts at until 9 p.m. midnight

Stop in for Value Menu too big to list here

$6.00 AUCD

bucket night 6 for $9


shots of Doctor hamburger meal: 8-1 $6 sandgrilled chicken $3.69 wich meal: $5.29 meal: $6.15 HAPPY HOUR 3 PM - 8 cheeseburger PM meal: Polish sausage meal: 2 dogs meal: $ 5.25 10 cent wings (9 - CL) $3.89 $3.99 Martini$2.50 Ladies' Night Wristband $1 High Life 6- 8bottles All Mojitos $5 Blatz vs. Old Styletriple James Martini: vodka, $1.50burgers, rail mixers$2.60 soup orNight salad bar $1.25Tuesday make your own $2.25 meatsec, orpitchers marinara orange juice $1.50 taps $2 Guinness pints FREE with entree or tacos, $4.75 taco salad cheeseburgers, $2 off spaghetti: $3.45 $2 HAPPY large pizza, $1 fries4 - 7 sandwich until 3 p.m. HOUR 7- CL: $4.95 $2.25 margaritas, Italian sausage: 3- CL: 7- CL: 7- CL: ($3.95 by itself) largeclosed taco pizza with $1 anyDr. pizza Martini Madness shots Margarita Monday off 2 for 1 2 Beers, Ladies' Night Guys' Night 61-topping 8 p.m. pizza $2 off $2.50 all martinis $3 Jager Bombs taps $11 $1.25 beers & rails $1.25 $1.50 rails/domestics

77 -- CL CL $1 $1 domestic domestic 12 12 oz oz $2 $2 Stoli Stoli mixers mixers

$1 dom. taps, Dr. shots, $2 rails, imports, Bud, $3closed calls mixers, all apps, $4 top shelf

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

$2 U Call it imports $3 Crown Mixers

$5 All Pitchers

$2 Corona/Corona Light, $4 Patron

$2 Stoli Mixers, $1 DR Shots

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Area food food & & drink drink specials specials ] COMMUNITY SERVICE [Area LA CROSSE JB’s Speakeasy 717 Rose st.

The Joint 324 Jay st.




Tuesday Wednesday

$1.75 domestic bottles

$1.75 domestic bottles

$1.75 domestic bottles

1/2 off Pearl Street pitchers during Packer game

4 - 8 p.m. Bacardi $3 doubles/pints


223 Pearl st.





HAPPY HOUR 5 - 7 $1.00 off all Irish shots $2.50 pints of Guinness $3.00 imperial pints

every day $1 shots of Doc

4 - 8 p.m. domestic bottles/rails $1.75



4 - 8 p.m. domestic bottles/rails $1.75



5 - 7 p.m. 2-4-1 happy hour

great drinks!



3264 George st.


Price by Dice

214 Main St


In John's Bar 109 3rd st. N

Ringside 223 Pearl st.


Chef specials daily Mighty Meatball sub $6


3119 State rd.

breakfast buffet $9.95 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


$1 Shot Night

120 S 3rd st.

Sports Nut 801 Rose st.

Tailgators 1019 S 10th st.

Train Station BBQ 601 St. Andrew st.

Top Shots 137 S 4th st.

Yesterdays 317 Pearl st.


Crescent Inn 444 Chestnut st.

WINONA Godfather’s 30 Walnut st.

March 19 2009

2 for 1 Happy Hour ALL NIGHT LONG

happy hour all day


Karaoke @ 10 p.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour 5 - 10 AUCD Rail mixers @ 10 p.m.

Karaoke @ 10 p.m. 2-4-1 Happy Hour 5 - 10 $1 Pabst cans, Dr. shots @ 10 p.m.

chicken parmesan sub $6

Italian sandwich w/banana peppers and parmesan &6

open 4-9

double $6.50

Southwest chicken pita $5


2-4-1 Happy Hour 3 - 9 Best Damned DJ'S @ 10 p.m.

2-4-1 Happy Hour 3 - 8 Best Damned DJ'S @ 10 p.m.

Chicken salad on rye w/ lettuce, tomato, onion $5 $6.99 FISH SANDWICH FOR LUNCH, $7.99 FISH SANDWICH FOR DINNER, $9.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY ALL DAY

happy hour all day long! $1.00 OFF WILD WINGS, $1.00 PHILLY STEAK AND CHEESE.


Tie Tuesday Great Prices For Sharp Dressers

Buck Burgers

Tacos $1.25

$4 domestic pitchers

ask for great eats

$1 Rails, $1.50 Pint Taps, $3 Long Island Pints 15 cent wings

12 oz. T-Bone $8.99

$2 Bacardi mixers

$2 Spotted Cow & DT Brown pints

Bucket Night 5 for $9

11-3: Extra side with sandwich 4-9: $1 off rib dinner

11-3: Ruben $6.95 4-9: Wings $4.99

11-3: Barn burner $7.95 4-9: Hobo dinner (serves 2) $25.95

$1.50 Bud/Miller Lite/ PBR taps all day $1.75 rails 10 - 1

$2 domestic bottles 7 - 12, $2.50 Skyy/ Absolute mixers 10-1 $2 Dr. drinks

$1 Point special bottles

$2.50 pints Bass & Guinness

$1.75 domestic bottles

$2.25 Pearl st. pints $1.50 PBR bottles



Tuesday Wednesday

$2 Rolling Rocks $2 domestic beer

8 - CL $1.50 rails $1.75 Bud cans

$1 shots of Dr. $2.50 Polish



Tuesday Wednesday

family buffet 5 -8 kids under 10 pay .45 cents per year of age

$2.50 Bacardi Mixers, $3 Long Island Pints

HAPPY HOUR 10 AM - 12, 4 PM - 6 PM

$1.75 light taps and Dr. shots

Fiesta Night 7 - 12 $2 tequila shots $2.50 margaritas

2-4-1 Happy Hour 5 - 10 $2 Capt. mixers $1.75 domestic beer, $1.50 Rails, $1 Pabst cans @ 10 p.m.

$1 domestic taps $3 Jager Bombs

5 domestic bottles for $10, $2 Bacardi mixers, $1.50 rail vodka mixers 10 -1

Fish Fry $6.95

$1 Dr. shots $3 16 oz Captain mixers 11-3 Crispy chicken salad 4-9: Bones & briskets $13.95

$2 Long Islands, PBR bottles, Captain mixers

$2.50 Bacardi Mixers, $3 Long Island Pints 15 cent wings

$1 Dr. shots $3 16 oz Captain mixers 1/2 Chicken 3 bones

$2.75 deluxe Bloodys ‘til 7, $5 lite pitchers 7 - 12

$1.75 rails $1 PBR mugs



$2.50 Captain $2.50 Jager Bombs & Polish

$2 u-call-it (except top shelf)





any jumbo, large, or large 1 topping pizza medium pizza up to 5 $9.99 toppings: $11.99 (get 2nd large for $5)



Entertainment Directory 3/19 - 3/26

Thursday, March 19 Del’s Bar Nick Shattuck and Friends Northside Oasis Open Jam with The Fabulous Baloney Skins

Just A Roadie Away...

March 21, continued 10:00


The Root Note Creek Road Ramblers


Piggy's Blues Lounge Doghouse Jon and the Misbehavers

8:00 8:00


Popcorn Tavern The Moon


River Jack's Double Take

Nighthawks Dave Orr's open jam


Viterbo Fine Arts Center The Boys of the Lough 7:30 The Moondawg Trio

Starlite Lounge Kies & Kompanie


The Freight House Gregg Hall

Mum Soap


Popcorn Tavern Som'n Jazz

Popcorn Tavern Moose Noodle


American Legion Post 52 Benefit for Kathy Aarstad with TUGG, The Olson Dunn Band, Str8up & The Remainders 1:00


JB's Chuff with 5 Watt


Nighthawk's Milk Toast


Bucky's Burger Barn Dave Lambert Blues Band

The Joint Moon Boot Posse and TUGG 10:00 8:30

Saturday, March 21 Popcorn Tavern All Good Things


Starlite Lounge John Paulson Quartet



The Waterfront Tavern Jim Bee Three 8:00

Ed's Bar

Thurs., 3/19 Fri. 3/20

Acoustic Cafe Ed's Bar

Sat., 3/21 Sat., 3/21


Popcorn Tavern Shawn's Open Jam w/ Up and Coming


Del’s Open jam with Chubba


Tuesday, March 24 Popcorn Tavern Paulie


The Joint Brownie's Open Jam


Wednesday, March 25 10:00

Nighthawk's Howard Luedtke and Blue Max Open Jam


Popcorn Tavern Brownie's Open Jam


Nighthawk's Swimjib featuring Slowhand Fergy


The Joint The Pimps with Zetus Deamos and Egan’s Unicats

Got a show? Let us know! We'll put it in, yo.



Ed's Bar

Monday, March 23

Del’s Bar Cheech

JB's Dan Tedesco and the Long Haul


Houghton’s 9:00 Hootenanny w/ Mike Caucutt 10:00

American Legion Post 52 Geezers Gone Wild 6:30

Schmidty’s J-2


Peaberry's Songwriter Showcase

Northside Oasis Fabulous Baloney Skins


Chris Koza

Sunday, March 22

Friday, March 20


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$1.75 - Light Taps $1.75 DR. Shots

Saturday March 19 2009

$1.50 Bud/Miller Lite $2.00 Domestics 7-12pm & PBR Taps $2.50


Skyy/Abs. Mixers 10-1AM

$2.00 Dr. Drinks

$2.75 Deluxe Bloody Marys ‘til 7:00 PM $5.00 Light Pitchers 7:00PM - Midnight 19


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$2 Tuesdays! W/ $.50 Taps $2 Appetizer Menu

Wing NIght Wednesdays

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