La Crosse's Free Press VOLUME 11, NO. 5 | FEBRUARY 17, 2011
Workers' Fights When Scott Walker brings budget to La Crosse, Labor responds with record numbers Page 5
PLUS: BRETT'S TAKE • PAGE 4 | THE STEEPWATER BAND Q&A • PAGE 7 | A WINTER BALL REVIEW • PAGE 9
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'Monologues' ends 10-year run at the Muse
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Spice up your night
Cook up some spice as the People’s Food Co-op hosts a cooking class on February 23 from 6-8 p.m. The theme of the night is Southwest Suppers, and the class will be taught by Jennifer McCoy. Warm up on a winter night with the smoky hot spices of the Southwest. This hands-on cooking experience will feature chicken tortilla soup, bean and corn fritters, and homemade tortilla chips with salsa. For more information, call 784-5798.
Work those jazz hands
Jazz it up on Saturday evening at the Salute Big Band Cabaret XXIV concert hosted by the UWLa Crosse Department of Music Jazz Studies. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a dance area provided in Valhalla in the Cartwright Center. Reserved seating is required and tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and $10 for students. For more information or credit card reservations, call 785-8415.
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There have been but two times in my life when I was embarrassed to be from Wisconsin. Not just homeland angsty and wanderlusty, but full out What the F***. The first time happened during Brett Favre’s final year with the Packers, when I had to deal with hordes of weepy Sconnies who lined up for hours and rampaged through my store every time Sports Illustrated released a commemorative issue with the QB on its cover (this happened three times, if I remember correctly). To be diplomatic, it got pretty out of hand. But my pretty intense annoyance during the Favre Funeral is small potatoes compared to the shame I felt when Wisconsin went insane and jumped on the Tea Party bandwagon in last year’s elections. The most embarrassing of these contests saw Russ Feingold, the only senator who voted against the Patriot Act in the knee-jerk of 9/11, a senator whose recently castrated McCain/ Feingold Act attempted to stop the wholesale purchasing of elections by corporations, beaten by Ron Johnson, a Tea Party stooge who fully subscribes to the repressive solipsism (translation: F*** the world, I’ve got mine!) that’s so popular among good, moral conservatives these days. As I watched Wisconsin lose its shit on Election Night, I watched Johnson say something in his acceptance speech that really stuck with me and set the tone for where Wisconsin is likely headed. “Our nation has dug itself a very deep hole,” Johnson said, “and we’re just simple Wisconsin folks here; we know what needs to be done trying to get out of a deep hole. You first have to start digging.” Aside from the fact that I really hate the stereotype that all Wisconsinites are awshucks bumpkins, I’d think that the best way to get out of a hole would be to give climbing a try. Apparently, Wisconsin’s new senator believes in digging deeper. That will end well. Johnson certainly talks a good game of batshit. In terms of action, however, it seems as though the senator is getting overshadowed by the state’s new governor — or as I’ve come to refer to Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Dubya. Running a campaign based on a promise to kill off any chance of Wisconsin getting a respectable mass transit system, one of Walker’s first acts upon winning the election — not even waiting to take office — was to pull the political equivalent of a child throwing himself on the ground and screaming its head off. The light rail project, Walker
demanded, would die, on the sole reason that he said so. As a result, then-governor Doyle totally lame-ducked and abandoned the project. Now Little Dubya is going after public unions, stating that he will completely destroy their right to negotiate the terms of their employee’s working conditions. And if anyone disagrees with him, tough shit. Once again, Walker is attempting to push this through with absolutely no respect for process. Apparently he believes that “because I said so” is an adequate form of governance. I’d call that a form of dictatorship. Scott Walker is a motherf****r (and being that my mom works for peanuts in Wisconsin’s public school system and is part of one of the unions he’s going after, I feel rather justified in calling Scott Walker a motherf****r). But let’s not pretend that this jackoff’s blatant power grab is unique to his position or political ideology. No person in any position of power, whether it lies in business, politics, the media, or even those very unions, should be viewed as anything better than a potential bastard. I know that America’s collective attention span runs about as strong as the amnesiac from Memento, but I think it’s pretty ridiculous that some on the left end of the fence, people for whom the excesses of the Bush administration should still be an open wound, find fault with Obama for not acting more like his predecessor, as though tantrum government can be excused for the right cause. Why couldn’t Obama ram through a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or a health care plan that isn’t completely profit-based? Well, because if he did that, who’s to say what else he could get away with? Lefty as I may lean — and as much as I’d like to live in a country without second-class citizens and a little Canadian-style health care — free reign is something that nobody, anywhere, ever, should have. While I’m far from being a Founding Fathers fetishist, I strongly feel that the concept of checks and balances is the most brilliant aspect of American government. That said, the idea can’t be limited to branches of government alone (or Democrat vs. Republican). The potential tyrannies of business and media are just as dangerous as those of any politician. In the case of information, the Internet has become the counterbalance to centralized propaganda. In that of business, the counterbalances to corporations are governmental regulation and the unions. They’re all necessary. If you like not living like a serf, if you like working only eight hours a day, if you like whatever meager benefits you have left, please don’t delude yourself into thinking that your standard of living was gained without a fight. The people pulling the strings never just give up that control out of the goodness of their hearts. Where the bottom line is concerned, there is no such thing as goodness. Either Wisconsin’s governor feels differently and is an idiot, or he knows this and is an asshole.
Walkouts! Rallies! Late-night votes! Tune in next week for more coverage.
Standing in Cold Water
Largest labor gathering in city history attracts guv., state senators and our writer in residence By Bob Treu Special to Second Supper Tuesday was a decent February day in La Crosse. It was sunny and discernibly warmer than the below zero week we had just made our way through. I knew I would enjoy it but I didn’t know how. A teacher friend had convinced me to spread the word about a rally that evening to protest Scott Walker’s attempt to destroy unions and end collective bargaining by state workers. But there was the rest of the day. Then word spread that Walker was coming to La Crosse for a chummy, unannounced visit to a factory owned by one of his political friends. Roughly 500 people came out to greet Walker and let him know how they felt. He managed to sneak in a side entrance and then leave later in a long maroon car slumped down between bodyguards. I never, ever dream about having political power, but I did find myself wondering what it would feel like to be an elected official who would not speak to the people who work under him. Apparently he dreams of being Wisconsin’s Reagan, destroying what’s left of Wisconsin’s progressive traditions and leaving us more like Mississippi than Minnesota. According to most sources he will get his way. He will do what his party has always dreamed of doing, keeping taxes low for the wealthy and the corporations while balancing the budget on the backs of people who go to work every day and buy houses and cars (well, not so much after Walker finishes). His party’s triumph has been near total. After tanking the economy more thoroughly than they have since the Depression (not intentionally perhaps), they will use that disaster to further the extreme right agenda that has not been a marketable item until now. It works by telling people who are losing their pensions or health care that state workers are the enemy. As the afternoon slipped toward sunset, fingers grew colder and the signs were harder to hold, but people were determined, hoping for some small sign of recognition. Two young girls, sisters in fact, stood shivering behind a sign that said something like: “Our school is great. Don’t ruin it.” People chanted things like: “Hey Ho, Hey Ho, Walker’s got to go,” and one man made the inevitable connection with a sign that read: “Hosni Mubarek” with the last name crossed out and replaced with “Walker.” Still, the crowd remained rather civil, with almost a festive feeling going, until the long maroon car passed by. I saw some angry faces then. Or perhaps simply frustrated ones. The weather stayed Wisconsin decent after the sun went down, and an estimated
ON THE COVER
1,500 people made their way to Riverside Park. I was 10 minutes late, which made everything more impressive. A good crowd had assembled with their flashlights held high, as if some rock star had just broken into her signature number. One of the speakers suggested it might be the largest labor demonstration in the history of La Crosse. And all that in spite of the park’s snow layer being churned into very wet mush. I found myself standing in water up to my ankles, and people were using their flashlights to help others find a small dry square of grass or hard snow. The speakers were good. One of them suggested over and over again, call and response style, that Walker’s bill was not Budget Repair, it was union busting. One of them informed us that Eisenhower (a Republican President at that) had warned the country in the 1950s of the extreme right’s attack on organized labor, and praised labor’s accomplishments. He quoted Ike as saying only a fool would oppose organized labor. In fact it is hard, but not impossible, to imagine us without labor’s contributions. Think of the end of child labor protections, minimum wage laws, and unemployment protections. For me, the most moving presentation came from a fireman, a member of the one of the unions Walker has decided to let live because, guess what, they voted for him. But, surprise, the fireman said they couldn’t be bought and there was such a thing as labor solidarity. They would stand with the other unions. Apparently firemen did the same thing in Madison, earlier in the afternoon, where 30,000 people had assembled during Walker’s trip to La Crosse. For a moment it seemed like the old days, and I half expected Pete Seeger to jump on stage and sing “Talking Union Blues.” Then came the star guest, Dan Kapanke, and I admire him for accepting the invitation, and for remaining patient during the shouts of “Kapanke vote no!” He wisely began by complimenting the protesters in both Madison and La Crosse for their civility, and then the dance began. He claimed the situation was still fluid, proposals were still being made, so he couldn’t say how he would vote, since he didn’t know what it would be. It was a bit disconcerting to think our representative is likely the only person in Wisconsin not still eating school lunches, who doesn’t know what the proposal is. As the crowd began quietly to disperse, I thought back to the afternoon protest. We did indeed have our Hosni in Madison, someone who would rather dictate than negotiate. Watching the news later was indeed like watching the news reports last week, except that Egypt has better weather.
An estimated 1,500 people turned out Tuesday night for the 'Flashlight Rally' at Riverside Park, a record crowd for a union event.
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'Say the words freely'
Vagina Monologues ends 10-year run at the Muse Theatre this weekend By Jonathan Majak email@example.com
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If you go see “The Vagina Monologues” at the Muse Theatre starting today, you’ll be witnessing an end of an era. After having directed the show the past nine years, show director Vicki Elwood, the creative director and founder of the Muse Theatre, has announced that this will be the final year of the production. For Elwood, who has participated in the show for 10 years at various locations including the Pump House, this is a bittersweet end to a decade of putting on the show with a group of women that have become a family. “It was a goal,” said Elwood about reaching the 10-year mark. “It’s pretty amazing. We went to the 10-year anniversary of the show a few years ago and actually met [“Vagina Monologues” author] Eve Ensler. We were in this stadium filled with people, and you could see how it had changed the world. We felt like we had to get to 10 years for ourselves.” Written in 1996, “The Vagina Monologues” is a theatrical piece based on some
200 interviews with women and details the highs, lows, joys and pains of being a woman as well as the stigma of the simple use of the word of vagina. “They wouldn’t print the word in the paper when we started doing it around here,” laughed Elwood. Since starting to the show, the women involved in the show have become their own little theatre troupe of sorts, with a core group as well as new women getting involved each year. Elwood joked that often time for the new members of the group, it takes a little time to adjust to performing the show, which is both explicit in its words and its emotions. “We usually meet at my house, around the kitchen table,” explained Elwood. “We usually have newbies. It’s like a baptism for them. We can say the words freely. We go around the table and talk about what it means to us.” For Elwood, she said she wants the audience of “The Vagina Monologues” to come away from the show with an ability to talk frankly about traumas that may have happened in their lives.
At A Glance
WHAT: The Vagina Monologues WHERE: The Muse Theatre, 1353 Avon St. WHEN: Feb. 17-19, at 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: $25 for general admission, $50 for VIP front row reserved seating/ chocolate soiree and champagne reception. Tickets are available at Salon Medusa, at the door at Muse Theatre or by calling (608) 397-3752 NOTE: Proceeds go to the Alma Knoll Memorial Fund, New Horizons and YWCA
“The biggest thing I want people to realize is the pain,” Elwood said. “People don’t talk bout their sex abuse or violence.” And while the show deals with a bevy of serious issues, Elwood emphasized that there is a lot of humor in the show to balance all the serious moments. “It handles the rollercoaster,” said Elwood.
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The Majak Mixtape By Jonathan Majak firstname.lastname@example.org Oh Gov. Scott Walker, that didn’t take long did it? Having only been sworn into the governor’s office a month or two, Gov. Walker is making all kinds of tsunami-sized political waves as he introduced a bill that would pretty much put the big ole kibosh on most public employees being able to collective bargain. Needless to say, there aren’t a bunch state employees rushing to their Facebook to click “Like” on Gov. Walker’s page. As Walker squares off against the opposition, we here at the Mixtape are going to do what we do best, which is to make light of totally serious situations in the name of featuring music we like in today’s edition “The Norma Rae-mix.” The first song on our Mixtape today is “When the Bottom Fell Out” from Cowboy Junkies’ new album “Demons.” Financially speaking, Wisconsin has made a lovely little cottage between a rock and a hard place as the state faces a staggering shortfall of $137 million for the budget year and a $3.6 billion debt by 2013. We mean, seriously? We’re not even sure how that happens. We’re confused when we overdraw a few pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters from our checking account when our paycheck hasn’t been direct
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MUSIC deposited yet. We can’t imagine being that much in debt so obviously Walker sort of has to do something before the whole state goes to a collection agency. Try ducking that call at the State Capitol. Next up, “Beginner’s Mind” from Bright Eyes’ new album “The People’s Key.” We get as a new governor, Gov. Walker is quickly trying to establish himself as a bold thinker, but the rush of which the bill is being handled comes off a little too newbie. But what we do we know. We nearly have mental breakdowns when trying to decide between things at the hot lunch bar at Festival Food so handling a huge budget crisis takes more finesse than probably most people have. For the ones dismayed, we offer up “Too Raging to Cheers” from Mogwai’s new album “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.” When teachers, nurses, and others took to the State Capitol, it wasn’t surprising as they find themselves on the short end of the deal as opposed to police officers and fire fighters who, if the bill is passed, are spared having to end collective bargaining. But we’ll say we were surprised when Viroqua students walked out of class to protest. I think the only thing we protested in our teen years was the cancellation of “My So-Called Life.” Buy: Radiohead, “The King of Limbs” YouTube: The new Britney Spears video “Hold It Against Me” Read: The book “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran” by Rob Sheffield Get your daily dose of the Majak Mixtape at www.majakkingdom.blogspot.com
artists) at the top of their game, showcasing the more mature sound that they have more than perfected over the past year. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a perfect record — but it is a collection of smart, fun and edgy songs By Jason Crider that are a result of an extremely dedicated email@example.com group of individuals experimenting with Am I the only one who feels like La the music that they love, and that definitely Crosse could, and should, have a bigger rap comes through, even on a first listen. If you want to listen to some glossy, and hip-hop scene? We have some great art- ists in the area, and I know people in this overproduced, soulless hip-hop, Kanye’s lattown love the genre (I served my time in the est release is excellent record — flawless if dorms), but it doesn’t seem like anyone’s you read the p4k bible — that will fit like an all-too-familiar glove. But getting the “mainstream” if you want a passionate, attention they deserve. energetic, experimental We have three campuses listen with a nice local flawithin walking distance of vor, Another Exoneration downtown, meaning we are more than happy to have a simply monstrous deliver. Like I said, I’m not student population that really into the genre, but should be enough to reI will admit it’s nice to see sult in some really sizeable someone reppin’ the 608. shows. I’ll be honest, I’m My free FLAC download not really that into either (yup, I did it) will definitely genre myself, but it’s still a be enough to tide me over shame. until The King of Limbs Fortunately it looks Another Exoneration comes out on Saturday. like a change to this trend could be right around the Hurry Up and Wait Vol. 4 Another Exoneration will corner, and rap/prog-hop be joining the stage with the collective Another Exoneration are leading the way. Along with de- returning Dirty Disco Kidz and the Art Brothas veloping quite a dedicated following, over at the Root Note this Friday, February 18 for the the past year Hyphon and Efftupp, two black & white gangster-themed Valentine’s Masfounding members of the group, challenged sacre dance party. Prizes will be awarded for best themselves to record and release one song gangster costume. The Dirty Disco Kidz proved to a week for the entire year. Now all 52 songs, La Crosse they know how to have a good time when divided into four volumes entitled Hurry Up they were in town last Halloween, and now they’re and Wait, can be downloaded for free from back for more. This is a show you don’t want to the group’s website. The latest release, Hur- miss. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the ry Up and Wait Vol. 4, shows the ambitious door. The fun begins at 8:30. duo (along with a hearty helping of other
Beloved power trio The Steepwater Band returns to rock La Crosse
The Steepwater Band hails from the Chicago area, but they’ve become a La Crosse favorite by playing several shows per year at JB’s Speakeasy and other haunts. Local audiences love the band’s boogie-meets-Delta-psychedelia sound and high-energy live shows. To preview he group’s return to JB’s on Feb. 25, editor Adam Bissen exchanged emails with guitarist Jeff Massey.
SS: Your press kit says the Steepwater Band formed as a power trio with a debt to Chicago’s fabled electric blues scene. I still hear obvious blues influences in your music, but how do you balance that tradition with a desire to perform more modern rock music? JM: I don't think our goal was ever to perform ''modern'' music. Our goal was to take our influences and write what we consider to be good songs. When you tour a lot and put out records your confidence grows as a band and you learn what works for you musically. And yes, the blues was and still is a huge part of our foundation, but we are not afraid to keep moving forward and experiment with new ideas and explore new avenues. We gave up trying to balance anything years ago. You've got do what you do. It's a shame people have to categorize so much, but I guess that's just human nature. SS: What are the strengths of performing as a
trio? Have you ever considered adding additional band members? JM: Well we have had plenty of great musicians jam with the band, and even play on our records, but yeah the core is still the three of us. We feel there is a special chemistry and originality in the sound the three of us make together. The advantage is the energy and almost telepathic communication the three of us share on stage. Not to sound so dramatic but it's true. And we are content as a trio. I'm not saying someday we wouldn't experiment with another musician in the group, but we wouldn't do it out of necessity. Things are good right now. Why rock the boat?
SS: Your tour calendar looks jam-packed. What percentage of the year are you on the road? JM: Percentages I'm not good with, but I would say we play about 150 shows a year if not more. So about half the year we are out performing. SS: I hear you’re headed to Europe this fall. Has the band ever performed over there before, and what’s been the reception? JM: We have been to Spain five times and last year we did our first full blown European tour. We played in France, Germany, Holland, U.K., Belgium. The fans overseas are
fantastic, real music lovers. The audiences in Spain really gave us a kick-start over there when we played the Azkena Rock Fest in 2005. We make a point to go every year. SS: Is the touring lifestyle how you imagined it to be growing up? JM: Well I guess I never thought about that aspect. It's a lot of waiting around really. Hurry up and wait seems to be our motto. Like Charlie Watts says ''Five years playing, 20 years waiting around,'' or something to
that effect. It's a lifestyle that's for sure. Some people can't handle it. I've met musician's that have spent half their life on the road and they don't remember how to function anymore. — too much of this, or too much of that. I guess it can be hard to keep your head on straight when you're on the move half the time. But really, we love it: the traveling, meeting new folks and performing. It really is a blast — if you're cut out for it.
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music directory // February 18 to February 24 FRIDAY,
4 SISTERS // 100 Harborview Plaza The Journeymen (folk) • 7:30 p.m.
JACKIE GREEN // MARCH 11 Majestic Theatre • $15
FREIGHT HOUSE // 107 Vine St. Don D. Harvey (songwriter) • 6 p.m.
THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE // MARCH 12 Overture Center • $26.50-$42.50
JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. 5 Watt, Porch Knights (alt rock) • 10 p.m.
MY SECOND HOME // 2104 George St. King Friday (acoustic rock) • 8 p.m.
GIRL TALK // MARCH 7 Orpheum Theatre • $24
BOOT HILL PUB // 1501 St. Andrew St. Jerry Anderson & Friends (lounge, easy listening) • 5:30 p.m.
LEO & LEONA'S // W1436 Hwy. 33 (Bangor) Jimmy, John, and Jay (Tiki Bar) • 7 p.m.
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VICTOR WOOTEN // MARCH 17 Majestic Theatre • $20-$45 If you missed getting your folk fix when Michelle Lynn came to town two weeks ago, you have a second chance this Wednesday, February 23. We Are The Willows, pseudonym of Minneapolis based singer/songwriter Peter Miller, will be returning for a free, all-ages show at the Root Note. Miller’s warm, stripped down style is vaguely reminiscent of the simple beauty found in fellow Eau Claire native Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) music, highlighted by surreal, falsetto vocals that sound like a cross between Sigur Rós front-man Jónsi Birgisson and Anthony Green of Circa Survive.
OTT // MARCH 18 Majestic Theatre • $10 JEFF TWEEDY // MARCH 28 Capitol Theatre • $35
PEARL STREET BREWERY // 1401 St. Andrew St.
Paulie (one-man band) • 5 p.m. PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. Brandon Scott Sellner (blues) • 8 p.m. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Quality Control (electronica) • 10 p.m. THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. Pulse 8 (hard rock) • 10 p.m.
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THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. ShowBaby (alt rock) • 10 p.m. THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. Michael Reed & His Band (acoustic) • 8:30 p.m.
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THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. Adam Palm (acoustic hits) • 6 p.m.
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DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Kokopelliens (jam grass) • 10 p.m. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Paulie (one-man band) • 10 p.m. RECOVERY ROOM // 901 7th St. S. Kin Pickin' (jam grass) • 10 p.m. THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. We Are The Willows (indie folk) • 8:30 p.m.
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Open Jam • 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn's Open jam • 10 p.m.
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Sam Knutson (songwriter) • 10 p.m.
MAGGIE’S // 205 Main St. (Onalaska) Co'Duo (Shay and Joe Cody) • 6 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Dave Orr (open jam) • 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Cheech (blues rock) • 10 p.m.
THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. 3rd Relation Jazz Trio (jazz) • 8:30 p.m.
THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies and Kompanie (jazz) • 5 p.m.
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The Beer Review Bedwetter Barleywine Pearl Street Brewery La Crosse, Wisconsin My my, does the Pearl Street Brewery know how to throw a party. This weekend’s 12th annual Winter Ball was by far its biggest gala yet — with nearly twice the space in the remodeled brewery, five bands, 10 hours of music, an impressive stage setup, welcome port-a-potties, catered food and a Bucky Badger upset — and still the beers stole the show! The five original brews unveiled at the ball were as creative as any collection in the microbrewery world, with at least three per-
fectly executed beers among the bunch. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Smokin’ Hemp Porter may have been my favorite of the day: a soft, smoky gem that got even better with time. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout was a little potent for my tastes, and the Hokey Brown Apple Ale had a lip-smacking greenness that others found too sour. The Raspberry Tambois was as delicious as ever, a perfect nightcap for the evening. But this week I decided to review the first beer of the ball, the awesomely named Bedwetter Barleywine. Purchase: One ticket to the Pearl Street Brewery Winter Ball, with five beers, including the Bedwetter Barleywine, $30 Style: Barleywine Strength: Brewmaster Joe Katchever
didn’t take an exact measurement, but he figured it was around 10 percent alcohol. Packaging: As far as I know, there is no official packaging for the Bedwetter Barleywine or plans to bottle it (although you could imagine the awesome label!) Appearance: The beer is an orangebrown color that is so cloudy it’s opaque, with a creamy brown head that has excellent retention. Aroma: The initial aromas are surprisingly fruity — more wine than barley — with apple juice and ripe strawberries dominating the nose. It is quite enticing and not especially heavy with alcohol. Taste: For such a potent brew, the Bedwetter Barleywine drinks incredibly smooth. At first sip it creeps up the tongue with cara-
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mel and sweetbread then dries over toasted grains. There’s still a warming burn at the front of the mouth, but well-placed hops make for a drying finish to this malt bomb. Mouthfeel: The Bedwetter is full-bodied, but not as heavy as other barleywines I’ve sampled. Drinkability: This goes down waaay too easily for a beer this strong. No wonder it was the only beer to cash out early at this very bleary ball. Ratings: There are no other online reviews of the Bedwetter Barleywine, as it hadn’t been brewed since 2003, so I’ll do the honors of highly recommending it. Try it on tap at the Pearl Street Brewery’s Tasting Room.
— Adam Bissen
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THE LAST WORD
The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon email@example.com Ingrate expectations
I fear my husband has some disability in regard to apologizing. Monday was his birthday. I had a terrible cold, but put myself on enough meds to cook him a wonderful meal and dessert. I felt too sick for sex, so I offered up a, um, very personal massage, but he refused. Later, when I asked for a hug as we got into bed, he said, “I don’t think so.” The next day, he was grumpy and distant. When I finally called him on it, he said he was sexually frustrated (despite the fact that we usually have sex three times a week). The following day, he acted like everything was normal, but I still wanted an apology. I said, “It’d be nice if you'd give me a hug and say, ‘I really appreciate everything you did and I'm sorry for being grumpy.’” He got mad and stormed out, which is typical. The closest he ever comes to apologizing is angrily blurting out that he’s sorry. — Still Waiting
Oh, boohoo, his sex vending machine was broken. He shook and shook it and all that tumbled out was a three-course meal and dessert. Pledging to be there for your spouse “in sickness” is supposed to mean being there feeling their forehead for a temperature, not feeling under the blanket to see if they’re wearing panties. Likewise, appropriate remarks are “Can I bring you another box of tissues?” or “I’ll refill your vaporizer,” not “Rack up some sex, Sniffles!” This has to leave you wondering what happens if you get seriously ill. Do you wake up to him tapping your chemo tubing, “Ahem, Missy…we haven’t had sex since you had hair”? Humans seem to have an evolutionary adaptation to help us guard against being chumped, a sort of inner police dog to see that we aren’t all give and give to people who are all take and take. When our sense of fairness is violated, we need a sign from the violator that we aren’t idiots to trust them in the future. An apology can’t undo a wrong that’s been done, but because it has ego costs for the apologizer (in admitting wrongdoing), it’s an offering that suggests that their future actions will be more partnerlike than selfishjerklike. It takes a strong person to admit weakness. A person who’s immature, selfish and insecure clings to the idea that love is never having to say you’re sorry, but occasionally needing to snarl it. A sincere apology involves admitting wrongdoing, expressing remorse, pledging that it won’t
happen again, and making amends. Feeling remorse is an especially important element. A person who doesn’t feel bad about making you feel bad has no reason to feel bad about doing it again. You can hope he’ll change, you can encourage him to change (I suggest enlisting a therapist trained by marriage researcher John Gottman, gottman.com). But, because criticizing a man with such a flimsy ego is like “putting out fire with gasoline,” right now, probably your most uncrazymaking approach to his little tantrums is laughing to yourself at what a big baby he is. From the “probably nice in theory” files, you could explain why an apology means so much to you and suggest making a pact to try to always behave like people who haven’t forgotten they love each other. But, consider whether you want to stay married to a man who dispenses affection on the barter system. Your husband’s having sex with you three times a week — unlike all the husbands who write me, longing to go from zero to three times a year. Yet, one night, you find yourself more in the mood for NyQuil, and there’s your man, standing his ground: “No humping? No hugging. The hug store is closed!”
Every picture tells a story: “Look! A man once wanted me!” Or, “This is how cute I looked before he stole the best years of my life.” Or, “Consider this proof I was once 10 years younger, 20 pounds lighter, and had an entirely different head.” To the discerning, a woman who posts a profile pic of herself with a guy is sending a message that she’s socially tone-deaf, not serious about finding somebody, or desperate. (She can’t postpone her entry into the online dating world long enough to fire up the webcam or wait for a friend to come snap her picture?) Ultimately, if a woman's going to post a shot of herself wearing something a little revealing, it shouldn't be the hairy arm of the guy she just dumped.
What’s with women on dating sites who post pictures of themselves standing with their ex-boyfriend? At least that’s how it looks when a woman’s posed with some guy that she’s cropped or partially cropped out of the photo. — Turned Off
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