La Crosse's Free Press VOLUME 11, NO. 9 | MARCH 17, 2011
Get Lucky! The St. Patrick's Day parade was last Saturday, but the whole week calls for celebration
PLUS: DISPATCHES FROM JAPAN • PAGE 6 | THREE NEW DOWNTOWN BARS • PAGE 7 | KORN Q&A • PAGE 11
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Unions busted, state moves towards recalls
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NAME AND AGE: Laura Ann Elowson, 22 on March 24th!
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE? Flakey people. Be real! TELL US A JOKE: "If carrots got you drunk, rabbits would be messed-up" – Mitch Hedberg
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Robbinsdale, MN
WHAT'S THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? Polito's. YUM!
CURRENT JOB: Deaf Ear Records
WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?: Strawberry chapstick, a Djeep lighter, and a receipt paper reminding me to get Ladytron and Mr. Gnome
DREAM JOB: Interior Decorator
IF A GENIE GRANTED YOU ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD YOU ASK FOR? A time machine so I could visit the decade I was supposed to be in
LAST THING YOU GOOGLED: Lyrics to "Cause-Time" by Broken Social Scene IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE? Amsterdam
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE: Sky Dive!
WHAT IS YOUR BEVERAGE OF CHOICE? Tanqueray, ginger ale, and cucumbers
WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH? Albert Hofmann FIRST CONCERT YOU WENT TO: A free Keller Williams show at UM WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SECOND SUPPER? When Shuggy delivers it to Deaf Ear and makes me swoon!
HOW DO YOU KNOW SHUGGYPOP?
He was the first person I met in La Crosse when I moved here from Florida. The day I was moving into my house, he brought over some tea to my most favorite roomie in the world Andrea Braund because she was sick and then he hung out and helped me move some furniture.
WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? I don't read books, but I just watched A Clockwork Orange. WHAT IS YOUR GUILTIEST PLEASURE? Waking up and raging!
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FIRST THINGS FIRST You probably think your Thursday nights are awesome just the way they are. Sitting at home watching Predator, doing Zumba eating Coney Dogs, and you eat Jello pudding for dessert. All while rocking your favorite Cosby sweater. It would be easy to say you've reached your zenith, but have you tried clogging? If you think clogging is only for Leprechauns and midgets, you're wrong; it's fun! The ClogJam beginner session is held at the Doerfligner Building (400 Main St.) in downtown La Crosse. Come down on St. Patty's Day for a free lesson! Weekly lessons begin on Thursdays starting March 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. No dance experience or special shoes are required, only $50 for 10 lessons. Clogging... it's like Riverdance, but without the weird tights.
Hehe ... cornhole
Can’t wait for spring? Skoot over to Neuie’s Varsity Club, 1920 Ward Ave., on Saturday, March 19 and play the good ol’ fashioned yard game of bean-bag toss, or more appropriately referenced, Cornhole. Show your support for the Children’s Miracle Network at the 2011 ACE in the Hole Cornhole Tournament. With $800 up for grabs, you really can’t go wrong at this event. Pre-registration is $25 per team and can be done at the Varsity Club, or $30 per team the day of. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with bags starting to fly at 11 a.m. Entry fee includes door prizes, tickets for the raffle, and food and drink specials. For more information call (608) 779-7718 or email slars@ acehardware.com.
Irish I Were A Derby Girl
OK, so it's Sunday, the 20th and you're sitting at the table staring into the distance and just wishing, hope against hope, that you could go see a Roller Derby bout. Then, you become startled and think, “What does that even mean?” Who knows. But, there is a Roller Derby Bout going on at High Rollers. It gets rolling (pun intended) on Sunday, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Adults pay $5 and kids cost $3, with a portion of the proceeds going to the YMCA Teen Center. You might have to wonder why this Roller Derby thought dangled from your mindgrapes, but if it did, then you must go to this.
Need a coffee break? Head over to the People’s Food Co-op on Saturday, March 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as Kickapoo Coffee Roasters hosts a “Coffee Cupping.” This event is a great way to really get to know coffee, meet fellow aficionados and have a lot of fun. The cost is $8 for co-op members and $10 for non-members and includes coffee to take home.
Listen to the sounds of Erin
Keep the luck o’ the Irish spirit in ya by attending the Craicmore concert on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center. Craicmore, a contemporary Celtic band, performs traditional tunes so beautiful that Irish folklore credits faeries, or fallen angels, as the composers. Tickets are $33, $31 or $26 depending on seats and can be purchased by calling the box office at 796-3100.
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Round Five: Ambush
Our intrepid reporter follows breaking union news like ice floes in spring
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By Bob Treu Special to Second Supper
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I had just filed the story Wednesday when everything changed. The stalemate we had gotten used to broke up and began to drift downstream like ice on the Black River. Without warning, after weeks of insisting the part of the bill that dismantles collective bargaining among state workers was budgetary in nature, Walker separated that section out and had the Republican Senators vote on it with less than two hours notice. I wanted to scream, “Hold the press.” Since it was no longer a budget item, no quorum was required. He wouldn’t need the Democrats for this one. Walker still calls it a budget repair bill, which has little relation to reality, but the bill passed with one dissenting vote, Republican Senator Schultz. The vote took only minutes, but the Republicans may have violated the open meeting law, which requires 24 hours notice except in case of emergency, when 2 hours will suffice. That legal knot is yet to be untied. Since Walker could have dropped this bomb at any time, we can wonder if he was planning this all along. Alternatively, it may have been an angry reaction to the refusal of the Democratic Senators to buckle. Earlier, Senator Kapanke had told the people in Viroqua there would be surprises, and perhaps this is what he meant. Interestingly, two days before Walker’s decision, the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal put some e-mails on their website in which he seems to negotiate by offering to change his stance on ending collective bargaining. After that, everything became confusion and accusation on both sides. When Democratic Senator Larson heard the Senate was about to vote, he got into his car and sped toward Madison, but he was too late. So he turned around and went back to Illinois. The assembly then passed the bill and Walker signed it. That led to the question of what the Democratic Senators would do next. Would they linger south of the border, or would mounting sentiment against Walker and the growing recall movement make further absence unnecessary?
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Wednesday evening I was feeling a little low anyway, on account of missing the story of the week, but I hit bottom, the deepest low in a long time, when I watched the Rachel Maddow show, with live coverage of the reaction to Walker’s ambush in Madison. People were demanding entry to the Capitol, shouting: “Let us in! Let us in!” They were pushing on the ancient wooden doors with such force I was certain they would break the things down. I went to bed frightened and depressed. I walked through the Capitol for the first time as a boy of 8, when my father made his yearly pilgrimage to renew his license to sell oleo margarine; I walked through it on my way to university classes; and I took my daughters to see the giant Christmas tree in the rotunda. I am fond of the building. It’s one of the things that make this fusty old state special. Later, I heard that one of the wooden doors and some glass had been broken, and that greater ruination had been avoided only by someone making the decision to let the people in. It was hard to swallow that what had been a protest remarkable for its gentleness had turned ugly. But then the crowd quieted down and waited to be carried out. There was no orgy of destruction. Still, a few thoughtless people had damaged the efforts of the others. In La Crosse and other parts of the state, a quieter page was being written. Massive recall efforts began, involving both sides. The Republicans targeted are: Grothman (West Bend), Darling (Milwaukee), Harsdorf (St. Croix), Cowles (Green Bay), Olson (Marquette), Hopper (Fond du Lac), Kapanke (La Crosse), and Lazich (River Hills). The Democrats are: Taylor (Milwaukee), Coggs (Milwaukee), Holperin (Conover), Mark Miller (Monona), Wirch (Pleasant Prairie), Lassa (Stevens Point), Risser (Madison), and Dave Hansen (Green Bay). While 18 states allow recall, only 5 have used it. There have been 13 successful recalls, the most famous recent example being Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ousting of Gray Davis in California. Wisconsin has had just two successful recalls. Senator George Patek fell to resentment over his changing his vote to support funding of Miller Park, and Gary George to charges of corruption. So it’s a long shot, even in a state where recall is seen as part of our progressive tradition. Whatever the result, it will be remembered for its size. As of now, three of the Republicans are trailing an imaginary Democrat in the polls, and it’s a foregone conclusion that as soon as Walker finishes a year in office (a legal requirement ), he will also face recall. In the sorriest story of the day, Senator Hopper’s wife and maid promised to sign the petition to recall him. Friday evening, in La Crosse, police closed off Lakeshore Drive while a large crowd assembled outside Senator Kapanke’s house to peacefully protest his support of the budget repair bill. The Senator faced the crowd and tried to assure them the damage to unions
would be minimal. Since that contradicts what most analysts are saying, the protesters left unsatisfied. My mood was still low Saturday when I hopped on one of the two union-sponsored buses heading to Madison. On the ride I met a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, shared some homemade cookies that were being passed around, and began to feel better. The atmosphere was even more festive than what I had encountered on earlier trips. Word had gone out that the 14 Democratic Senators had checked out of their hotels and were scheduled to make an appearance. Around the Capitol itself the mood was even higher. We missed the farm parade, but we did catch sight of a manure spreader announcing itself as the right ride for Walker. The building was open now, or partly so. Two weeks earlier I chose not to stand in the long line to enter, but now I wanted to see for myself what it was like inside. It took me no more than five minutes to reach the doorway, where a Capitol policewoman greeted protesters with maternal approval, while telling them they must check their signs at the door. Inside it was more like airport security: metal objects in a plastic dish, followed by a quick scan. There were many fewer people than on my first visit, when the building swelled with drumming and chants. Now the place was eerily quiet, as if someone were leading a tour of school children. Except for the damage done a few nights earlier, the place was unharmed, but who knows what the future of the old building will be. Perhaps steel doors will replace the wooden ones and access will be restricted, like the Capitol of a Banana Republic. Perhaps photo I.D.’s will be required. Or Walker might decide to put it up for sale, a stale emblem of the progressive era he so passionately hates. After all, what does a destitute state need with such an expensive artifact? Outside the pulse and the energy were going strong. The crowd had swelled to over 100,000. When the Senators appeared (alternately referred to as the Wisconsin 14 or The Fab 14) the crowd went uproarious. It might have been the appearance of some rock stars. Senator Mark Miller stood out in his bright red jacket, which was more about the Badger colors than politics. Looking at their ebullient faces, and hearing the crowd response, it was hard to see either the senators or the protesters as losers, even though Senator Fitzgerald had announced the Democrats would not be allowed back. He later changed his mind about that. By the end of the day, most people were shivering from the cold, but they seemed ready for the next chapter to begin. That is likely to be a less dramatic one, the part of the narrative where the story subtly gathers strength for its next surge. Gathering signatures and getting out the vote will not be as spectacular a general strike, but they are likely to be more effective. They’re the sort of dedicated and patient effort that can change history.
Where it Hurts By Brett Emerson firstname.lastname@example.org In the past few weeks, Scott Walker and his merry putsch buddies have time and again proven that they don’t give a good goddamn about the hundreds of thousands of people around the state (and the world!) who have howled bloody murder against their hostile takeover of the state of Wisconsin. Well, maybe they’ll pay attention to a kick in the wallet. An amazing story came out of last weekend’s protests, in which a group of firefighters marched over to a Madison M&I Bank and closed out their accounts to the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars, shutting down the branch. I’m sure that M&I Bank, a contributor to Walker’s campaign, won’t be making that mistake again. Enclosed is a list of companies who have had the financial wherewithal to donate $5,000 or more to last year’s campaign to elect Scott Walker governor. If you’re offended by the hostile takeover of your state and you want to send a message, you might want to stop drinking Miller or Coors, it might be a good idea to pick a brand of bratwurst that isn’t Johnsonville, and you might want to give up Kwik Trip. More importantly, if you abstain, do it as loudly as possible. There is more than one way to effect change. Don’t ever believe that there’s nothing you can do. (Source: scottwalkerwatch.com) Political Action Committees • ABCPAC-WIS • AT&T Wisconsin Employee PAC • Wisconsin Builders Association • Concerned Realtors Committee • Deere & Company PAC – WI • Eli Lilly and Company PAC • FONEPAC Telecomm. & Computers • Friends & Neighbors of Robin Vos • Friends of Alberta Darling • HNTB Holdings Ltd PAC • KochPAC Natural Resources • Managed Health Services • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance • Operating Engineers 139 PAC • People for Rebecca Kleefisch • Realtors PAC • Republican Party Milwaukee Co • Republican Party of Wisconsin • Tavern Industry PAC • TDS Telecom • Wal-Mart Stores/WAL-PAC • WellPAC Wellpoint Inc • WI Credit Union League Action Fund • WI Dental PAC (WIDPAC) • WI Insurance Alliance PAC • WI Pipe Trades PAC
COMMUNITY Employers • ABC Supply Co • Agrecol Corp • Allen Edmonds Shoes • AMK Concepts & Services • Anew Health Care Services Inc • AO Smith Corp • Apache Stainless Steel • Artisan Partners • Atlantic DQ • Audio Implements/GKC • Badger Meter • Baraboo Growth • Bevco Ergonomic Seating • Blomquist Benefits Consulting • Boerke Co Inc • Bradley Foundation • Brian Retzlaff Trucking • Briggs & Stratton • Burke Properties • Burlington Northern Santa Fe… • Call Solutions • Campbell Wrapper Corp • Carpenter • CD Smith Construction • Chambers & Owen • Charro Restaurante • Charter Manufacturing • Church Mutual Insurance • Cobalt Partners LLC • Commonwealth Development Corp… • Continental Properties Co Inc • County Concrete • Couri Insurance Agency • Custom Pak Products * EBY-Brown Co • Einhorn Associates • Emergency Medicine Specialists • Endeavors Group • Fabco Equipment Inc • Fashion Angels Enterprises • Feather Larson & Synhorst… • Fiduciary Management • First American Funding • Fisher Barton Inc • Glenora Co • GMR Marketing • Gogebic Taconite LLC • Gold Leaf Development • Hal Leonard Publishing • Hammes Co • Harris Associates • Hay Creek Pallett • Heartland Advisors • Hexagon Investments • High Crossing Development Corp • Holton Brothers Construction • Horton Group • Hovde Financial • Hy Cite Corp • I-Robot • Iconica • Inpro Corp • Insight Industries • Irgens Development Partners • Johnson Controls • Johnsonville Foods • JSD Professional Services Inc • Kapur & Associates • KBS Construction • Koss Corp • Krier Foods • Kwik Trip • Lorman Education Services • Lubar & Co
• M&I Bank • Meissner, Tierney, et al • Michels Corp • Midwest Neurosurgical • Milksource • MillerCoors • Minnesota Wild • MJ Construction Inc • Morrison Creek Cranberry • Nicholas Company Inc • Nova Surgical LLC • Orthopaedic Associates of… • PACUR • Panduit Corp • Paper Machinery Corp • Payne & Dolan • Pinstripe Inc • Plastic Surgery Group • Prent Corp • Promotions Unlimited • RCI FirstPathway Partners • Reiman Publications • Richardson Industries • Rite Hite Corp • Roehl Transport • Salomon Smith Barney • Sargento Inc • SC Johnson & Sons • Schneider National • School Choice • Sendik’s Food Market • Shannon Sales Inc • SIG Financial Holdings • Specialty Underwriters • St John Properties Inc • Standard Process Laboratories • Stark Investments • Super Steel Products • Tamarack Petroleum Co • Tankcraft Corp • ThedaCare • Tries & Rice • Uihlein Wilson Architects • US Counseling Service • US Oil Co • V Duane Rath Foundation • Wausau Homes • Wausau Paper • West Allis Salvage • West Bend Clinic • Zenith Tech
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Dispatch from Yuzawa City
Less than 150 miles from the epicenter of the Japanese tsunami, a UW-La Crosse grad writes home By Ben Levelius Special to Second Supper Editor’s note: The author is a May 2010 graduate of UW-La Crosse. He submitted this story on March 13, three days after the largest earthquake in a century struck off the coast of Japan. I came to Japan at the end of July, seven months ago to teach high school English in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. If you look at a map of Japan, my prefecture is the second prefecture from the top, on the largest island, Honshu, on the west side. I live in the farthest south and east city in the prefecture. When looking to the east and the south, I can see the mountains in the surrounding prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata. Sendai and the areas affected by the tsunami are within a 2 hour car ride or a 3 hour train ride from my apartment through the mountains. In reality, I’m less than 100 miles from tsunami affected locations and roughly 150 miles from Sendai. On Friday March 11 at around 3 p.m., I was working at my week-old, brand-new school when an alarm I had never heard in the old school went off in the office. Judging by the reactions of the teachers around me, this alarm was alien to them as well. After 10 seconds, the alarm quit, followed by 10 seconds of silence when we all looked around for an explanation. Then, it began. Where I am, the earthquake was not nearly as destructive as it was in other parts of the country. For what felt like around 3 minutes, the ground shook violently enough that we had to catch things off of desks and keep unfinished partition pieces from breaking anything. The girl next to me caught a coffee pot and I tried to keep some metal poles from bouncing across the room. At no point, did we fear for our lives. About half-way through the experience, the power went out and all of our computers and lights went dark. After the initial earthquake, we sent the students home and everyone jumped onto their cell phones to check the damage and location of the earthquake, which we learned was centered in the Pacific but had severe implications for Sendai. In Japan, the Richter scale, which measures the release of energy of an earthquake at its epicenter, isn’t used in favor of the Shindo scale that measures the intensity of an earthquake at a given location. Whereas the Richter scale can measure indefinitely, the Shindo scale only goes to 7. So, as my teachers were checking their cell phones, I found out that what I had experienced was between a 4 and a 5, but what shocked them was that the earthquake was off of their charts on the coast. We saw pictures of high rises in Sendai swaying and a river backing up and washing over a bridge, but nothing
overly horrible. I asked one of the teachers what the worst earthquake she had ever experienced was and she responded, “Probably this one. This one was pretty bad.” About a half an hour to an hour later, cell phone service ended and we were cut off from the rest of the world. At around 4:30, as the power hadn’t returned, I went back to my apartment. Almost all stores had closed since the power outage, but I passed a convenience store that was still open and went in to try to buy something to eat. Unfortunately, I found that in the hour and a half since the power went out, a food-run had basically occurred and most of the shelves were bare. Along the walk, I looked for damage, but saw nothing except that loose snow from on top of houses had crashed to the sidewalk. As I walked down the hallway to my apartment, I saw that my next door neighbor, Jim, an American from Connecticut was home with “Still Alive!” written on a whiteboard on his door. In my apartment, I found that I had no running water, no electricity, no phon, and no damage, but gas was still running to my stove. At around 5:30 p.m., Pat, another American from Baltimore, who lives in a small town about 15 minutes away, showed up to keep company. Since there was no power and it was beginning to get dark, we planned on pooling our food and making dinner at my place. That night, we made spaghetti by candlelight. My town has a natural spring at its center and at about 9 p.m. we went there to fill old pop bottles with water. Afterward we sat, wrapped in blankets, coats, sweaters, and long underwear, turning the burners on for a few minutes every now and then to take the edge off the cold. We talked about what we each experienced at school, politics in the US, and when the power would come on. At around midnight, Jim returned to his apartment, Pat spread a winter sleeping bag out, and we all went to sleep. The next morning — Saturday, I woke up at around 8 a.m. to sun coming through my window. I still had no power, no water, and no phones. Pat and Jim had graduation ceremonies to attend (the Japanese school year ends in March) and without phones, had to go to their schools in suits and ties to check if the schools still planned to hold the ceremonies. Before they left, we all agreed to come back to my apartment that night for dinner. I spent most of the day wrapped in a blanket, reading The Kite Runner or cleaning in preparation for the small party I was going to have. At around noon, another local foreigner, Janny from Toronto, checked in and I invited her to dinner with all of us that night, too. At 2:30 I had a knock on my door. I threw off the seven blankets I had covered myself with and answered to find another Canadian, Dave from Toronto, with
his 4-year-old daughter and Janny. Dave’s phone had never failed, and at around 9 a.m., Japan time he had made a direct call to his relatives in Ontario to tell them that he was okay. It was at this time that the gravity of the situation on the other side of the mountains was made clear to us. He told me that if I wanted, I could come to his apartment and call home. I immediately threw on some clean clothes and walked to Dave’s place as he played with his daughter and told us the news his family had given him. My family was ecstatic to hear from me as the 30-hour phone silence had been overwhelming with the pictures and videos of Sendai, a city I had referenced in emails and phone calls, bubbling to the surface on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and local carriers. I learned that my mom, in her Nancy Drewlike style, had tracked down Pat’s mom on the Internet and begun an email correspondence with her searching for information about Akita. My dad had been watching the news and scouring the Internet in his own endeavor. Neither of my parents had left the house or slept much, waiting for my call. After the phone call, Dave and I found out that the supermarket had opened and decided to walk there to buy some food. Along the way, we passed a gas station with a line that went farther than we could see. I talked to another English teacher later and learned that it took about 2 hours for her to get gas, which had been rationed to 10 liters anyway. When we arrived at the supermarket it was packed with people. Batteries, bread based products, ramen cup and instant ramen were completely taken. Bottled drinks like tea, sports drinks, Coke, and Fanta were in short supply and you could smell that the fish section was beginning to go a little ripe. Afterward, we walked home. Pat came over at around 5 p.m. to help fill bottles with water at the spring again. At around 6 p.m. we began to cook a beef stew and at about 7 p.m. the power finally returned. Finally, we were connected to the rest of the world again. I immediately checked in with the embassy, wrote an “I’m still here” status update on Facebook, emailed the JET Program (my contracting organization), and called my family over the Internet. This took about 30 minutes; then I stepped aside for Pat to do the same and turned on the heaters in my apartment. For an hour and a half, we ate stew and watched the footage on TV and the Internet. At around 9 p.m., Pat left the apartment to go to a friend’s bar, which had never lost power, and I stuck around for a little bit to call my family again and give them a more thorough update on my experience. At 10 p.m., I joined Pat at the bar, where everyone talked about what they had heard but avoided the details as much as possible. At 11:30 p.m. I came back home to
sleep. It wasn’t until Sunday, that the gravity of the situation in Fukushima, Chiba, Miyagi and Iwate finally hit me. I woke up at 6 a.m. and until around 10 a.m. sat and watched videos, read news articles, checked Facebook, reviewed press releases from the US Embassy, chatted with friends within the prefecture and without and became so completely overwhelmed that I felt like I would either get sick, cry or have a panic attack. As I had my American phone with me, I plugged it in and began to call via Skype all of my friends in the United States to talk to them. I felt like the only way that I could process all of what was happening was by talking and I didn’t want to hurt my Japanese friends, who I assumed were emotionally more wrecked than I was. I probably spent 5 hours on Skype when I finally decided to walk away. I went over to Janny’s apartment and decided to go shopping with her to get my mind off of the situation. I’m writing this now, to tell everyone what it has been like here for the past few days. As I write, I’m sitting in a school, empty of students who can’t arrive because train service north of Tokyo has been cut. I’m writing in a room lit only by computer monitors and the sunlight coming through windows because the Japanese government has asked us to limit our power usage to keep the overtaxed power grid from being overwhelmed. I’m listening to teachers calling parents to make sure that everyone in their families is okay, if there’s anything that they can do to help them, and to explain that due to present circumstances, exam, club, sports, and extra class schedules for the rest of the month will be completely altered. I’ve continued to read updates on Facebook about the missing Americans and Canadians in Iwate Prefecture, a place I can see through my window right now. I’m hoping that the two nuclear power plants in Fukushima don’t blow and I’m praying that we come out of this okay, when I know so many won’t. Finally, and this is from me and all people here, if you see a soldier, thank them. The United States’ response to this disaster has been unprecedented and unbelievable. On the world stage, Americans on the ground are second only to Japanese themselves. These are the people running back into the disaster zone to fly people out, dig people up, feed them, clothe them, and help connect them with their relatives. As an American, knowing that my country’s armed services are willing to do so much for people because of the need they have and not the flag they fly gives me great confidence and respect for their caliber and their integrity. Please, for those of you who do, pray for the people of Japan and for those of you with the means, do what you can to help.
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Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Cavalier Lounge, 114 N. 5th Ave.
The Cavalier Lounge has inhabited a lot of skins in its 80 years of existence, but the latest incarnation still follows the phrase that is etched above the front door: “Where particular people congregate.” New owner Jason LaCourse purchased the establishment on Nov. 15 and has slowly been getting the place on its feet. LaCourse has never ran a bar before, but after spending a few years in La Crosse and a long stay in Oregon, he figured there was a particular niche in town that needed to be filled. “I feel like I imported a lot of concepts from the West Coast that were in the places I liked to hang out in,” LaCourse explained. “Like a modern mixologist culture, the craft beer culture, just that overall ‘San Fransico chill’” According to LaCourse, the Cavalier was first opened in the 1930s by a former bootlegger and was supported with mafia money. By the 1940s, it developed into the classiest joint in town and frequently hosted a young Liberace. More recently it’s been a gay bar and retro throwback lounge, and
amazingly today’s clientele seems to mix all of those elements. LaCourse kept a lot of the Cavalier’s classic style points — like the mohair booths and a 60-foot wavy bar — but also installed a stylish wall relief, circular glass tables and an impressive sound system with two turntables and a mixer. “I kept the art deco feel but also gave it a modern design,” LaCourse said. The house music is an interesting blend of indie rock, electronica, soul, jazz and underground hip-hop, and soon the bar will host live DJs and bands. The drink menu is equally eclectic with over 85 beers (see one review on page 15) and 26 specialty cocktails. Right now the Cavalier Lounge is open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. But following a grand opening party on March 25, it will open for happy hour at 4 p.m. and offer appetizers and live jazz.
— Adam Bissen
Dublin Square, 103 N. 3rd St. There's no denying Irish pride is alive and well in La Crosse — even among those who don't trace their ancestry to the Emerald Isle — so fans of Irish culture will be thrilled with downtown's new addition at the corner of Third and Main streets. Dublin Square Market, set to open April 1 with a Grand Opening on April 15, will provide downtown La Crosse with an authentic Irish pub experience. The new business will occupy the corner property near the city parking ramp, between Lindy's Subs and John's Bar. “There will be three different rooms involved with [the new business],” says owner Matt Boshcka. “There's Dane Street Room; the game room, which is the St. Patrick's Room; and the Throne Room, which is the dining room.” The game room will feature darts, a Jameson back-bar, Luck of the Irish gambling machines, as well as seating and various pub games. The main dining area will feature a stage for live music. Of particular interest to this writer is the outdoor seating area, which will feature approximately 10 ta-
bles (with Guiness and Jameson umbrellas) enclosed in wrought iron fences and views of Gaelic football on several flatscreen televisions. The menu for Dublin Square Market consists of traditional Irish fare, such as Sheperd's Pie and Bangers and Champs, as well as American comfort food and a Build-YourOwn Burger menu — including turkey and veggie burgers — with an astounding variety of toppings. But the business's owners don't want people to think of Dublin Square Market as merely a restaurant. “We're a pub that serves food, not a restaurant that serves beer. So after 9 o'clock, all bets are off — it's going to be a very fun, energetic place,” says Boshcka, who is opening the restaurant with partners Tim Larsen and Matt Birnbaum, “There's a very strong Irish community [in La Crosse], and this is just something the area needs.” Eirinn go Brach!
— Emily Faeth
SkyBar, 121 S. 3rd St. Victor Ocaranza and Luke Anderson, the new owners of SkyBar, have big dreams for their business at the former home of Club 608 and the Cognac Club. In addition to opening a kitchen, they also plan to build a patio and volleyball court in the current parking lot behind the building — and one day they hope to construct a second bar in the basement. For the existing space, the owners plan to open an exclusive VIP section with a bottle service and give SkyBar the feel of a classy club. “We’re going to bring new ideas to town, just because we got tired of driving to bigger cities to get what we wanted,” said Ocaranza, 27, who had previously managed a number of restaurants in La Crosse. Ocaranza and Anderson purchased
the building on Feb. 1 and opened SkyBar (which is not affiliated with same-named clubs around the country) on Feb. 11. Although the bar is open everyday at 5 p.m., Ocaranza said they are conducting “market research” with customers to gauge which improvements to make next. Immediate plans include opening a second bar at the rear of the building, expanding the game room, bringing in DJs and opening the outdoor patio this summer. “We are not trying to compete with anyone,” Ocaranza said. “We are trying to work with different bars to do something new downtown, to take downtown to a different level.”
— Adam Bissen
Irish for a Day Never mind the cold, hundreds of revelers at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown La Crosse last Saturday found other, funner ways to keep warm. Photos by Ashly Conrad
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Sloppy sandwiches get reviewer down on the Cheese Corner By Marcel Dunn Special to Second Supper There are sandwich shops and then there are sandwich shops. The Cheese Corner, located on the southside of La Crosse, is the latter. With its minimalist layout and laid-back vibe, this delicatessen gives the local area a much-needed option outside of the Subways, Jimmy Johns and Quiznos of the world. I stopped in on a cold and windy Wednesday afternoon during the prime lunch hours of the working crowd. It was surprisingly busy for a non-fast food place on the far end of town, with as diverse a crowd as I’ve ever seen in a sandwich shop. Alternative types with gauged ears discussed politics over ham and cheese in the corner, while a crowd of white-collar men in ties debated a work issue with soup spoons in hand. Who knew sandwich shops could be hip? And not the kind of false, plastic “cool” that Jimmy Johns tries to evoke by hiring struggling indie rock musicians to make your sandwiches while you amuse yourself with the not-soclever witticisms on the wall. As diverse as the crowd, the menu offered so many options that it honestly took
me five minutes to make a selection. Close to thirty different hot and cold options dotted the menu board hanging from the ceiling. Though a bit overwhelming, the variety was refreshing for a simple sandwich shop, with flavors for every sandwich fan, including gluten free options. Eventually I settled on half orders of their hot ham and cheese on pretzel and the chicken bacon Boom Boom (yes, that is the actual title) on wheat with a cup of their soup of the day, a tomato and basil broth with ravioletti. While waiting for my order to be called, I allowed my eyes to wander about the restaurant. This is when I noticed the quotations on the walls. Though none of them really related to sandwiches, the diversity of their sources was rather amusing. Ranging from the fictional, Miss Piggy, to the philosophical, Aristotle, they added a bit of charm to an otherwise boring landscape of chairs, tables and pizza-colored walls, but I won’t spoil the surprise by reciting any of them here. Now onto the sandwiches. First off, the chicken bacon with a house sauce called the Boom Boom, which sounds more like a 1920s speakeasy then a sandwich sauce. After the first few bites, the first thought that crossed my mind was that
The Cheese Corner, 4320 Mormon Coulee Rd., has many repeat customers, but our reviewer was disappointed with his lunch. if you’ve had one chicken bacon sandwich, you’ve pretty much had them all. There was nothing revolutionary or even all that great between the two pieces of submarine wheat bread. The balance of the ingredients was good, with just the right amount of chicken, bread and cheese, which is obviously important for any sandwich, but nothing about the sauce or any of the other ingredients stood out. The hot ham and cheese on pretzel was an even bigger downer. This hot mess of a sandwich came on a two slices of pretzel bun that was more bun than pretzel. Ingredient wise, the ham and cheese were tasty but drowned out by way too much mayo. It was the kind of condiment catastrophe that makes one stop and think about their arteries, if only for a few seconds. At one point, I even lost all of the ingredients stuffed be-
tween the buns as they slid right out of their cozy home and down onto my wrapper. After that, I was a little too depressed to soldier on with the remaining bites. And the soup, well I’ll just say that the soup was nothing to write home about. I really wanted to like the Cheese Corner. It had rave word-of-mouth reviews and is even up for an award this month from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Unfortunately, much like making a bad first impression with a date, the Cheese Corner and I got off on the wrong foot. But don’t let my poor first visit stop you from heading out to Mormon Coulee Road and giving it a try. With such a diverse menu, it would be hard to not find something you might enjoy. I know I’ll be giving it another shot, but for now we’ll just remain awkward Facebook friends.
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'Jukebox musical' revives classic tunes at Muse
By Jonathan Majak firstname.lastname@example.org
The Muse Theatre kicked off the season taking us into the dark and scary world of “Sweeney Todd” and now, in their upcoming production of jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” they are taking the audience to a place potentially even scarier than the chair of a shave-happy psychopath: high school. The musical equivalent of cotton candy, the show follows the misadventures of a group of plucky high school girls as they find themselves being the live entertainment for their senior prom. With a musical filled with classic tunes like “Mr. Sandman,” “Respect,” and “It’s My Party,” the musical is a nostalgic look back at the pre-and-post Beatles era of music while delving in the trials and tribulations of being a teen. On a recent evening at the Muse Theatre, the four actresses who make up the Wonderettes — Katie Bakalars, Emily Bourland, Shannon McDonald, and Kendall Yorkey — are shuffling their way onto the stage of the Muse Theatre, their feet clad in bright white Go-Go boots for the second act, as director Peter Bosgraaf leads the four in some of the first act numbers. In the silence of the theatre, the sound of handclaps echo throughout as the actresses dive into the tune “Lollipop.” The wall-to-wall classic tunes has been a unique challenge for the actresses. “You don’t have a lot of four-part girl harmony nowadays,” laughed Bourland. The actresses admit that there is a different sort of pressure when performing in a show filled with tunes that a majority of the audience is going to know the words to and
have expectations for. When asked if she felt the need to match an audience expectation of what a song is going to sound like, Yorkey chuckled and said, “Well I didn’t until now.” “People are really excited to hear a new spin,” said Bakalars. Though not dance-heavy in the tradition of like “A Chorus Line,” the actresses have found themselves dealing with the intricacies of moving together as a unified girl group. “It’s hard with no mirrors,” said Bakalars. Doing the harmonies and the dance moves has been like “patting your head and rubbing your stomach” according to Yorkey. What sets apart “The Marvelous Wonderettes” from just being a music revue, according to the actresses, is how the choreography and the songs are intrinsic in telling the stories of the four girls in the Wonderettes. “It’s all about finding your character moments in the choreography,” said Bourland. “Every plot is connected to a song and moves the show along,” observed McDonald. For the four actresses in the show, it’s the humor and zany spirit of the show that makes it such a joy to do and hopefully for audiences to see as well as highlighting each one of them. “It’s such an equal show,” said McDonald. The Marvelous Wonderettes opens Friday and runs through April 10. Thursday through Saturdays shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 with $20 tickets for seniors. For more info, call (608) 397-3752.
Review: 'Doubt' continues LCT's hot streak
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There is a moment very early on in “Doubt,” in fact it’s in its first scene, where I knew that this was going to be more than just a simple play to passively sit through. As Father Brendan Flynn, sharply played by Troy Iverson, delivers his monologue, there was quiet intensity that built through the sermon/monologue until he uttered one of the many thought-provoking observations: “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” From that moment on, La Crosse Community Theatre’s production of “Doubt” takes on a twisting and turning journey through a battle of wills that keeps you guessing at every conversation. Set in the early 1960s, the play follows the battle between a stodgy nun named Sister Aloysius as played by Jacolyn Mechtel as she comes to suspect that the young, boatrocking Father Flynn may have had inappropriate relationships with some of the young male students. This idea gains ground when younger nun Sister James, played by Jessica Afton Everett, reports that one of her students has been acting odd and came back to the classroom with alcohol on his breath. As Sister Aloysius, Metchel plays the character with a genial sheen that masks the
iron determination to prove herself right in all matters. It’s a tough character, one of some many rough edges that she could easily veer into caricature of a ruler-wielding nun, but Metchel and the play gives the nun layers. As Sister James, Jessica Afton Everett gives a stunning performance as someone caught up in a situation out of her control. Everett finds the sweetness in the character but also grit, especially in an emotionally charged confrontation with Sister Aloysius. As Father Flynn, Troy Iverson gives the character all the necessary charisma that makes you understand how the kids would gravitate to him as a figure while giving him a steely resolve to match wits with Sister Aloysius. It’s nothing short of a tour-de-force performance by the actor. In the role of the mother of the student that may or may not have been molested by Father Flynn, Samantha Carter sinks into the pragmatic nature of the mother, a woman who gives Sister Aloysius a shocking answer when confronted with the allegations. Coming off the heels of “Almost, Maine” winning a slew of awards at Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre Festival and moving onto the regional festival in Ohio, “Doubt” is further proof of LCT’s streak of great productions without a single shred of . . .well, you know.
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The Majak Mixtape By Jonathan Majak firstname.lastname@example.org Oh gas prices, how are you doing? You’ve gotten so high of late we half-assumed you used to star on “Two and a Half Men.” According to various reports, gas prices have managed to increase some 19 percent in just a scant three weeks with prices reaching some $105 per barrel. We’re not quite sure what any of this means because we routinely nod off in the car whenever National Public Radio is turned on, but we’re just going to go out on a limb and say that $105 is a lot of money for a barrel. What we do know is that if the gas stations really wanted to be honest about the gas purchasing experience, they’d have somebody pointing a gun to your head, demanding you to empty out your wallet. In honor of the rise of gas prices, we’ve put together this little mix that we’re dubbing, “This Mixtape Is Self-Service.” The first track is “We Turn It Up” from Oh Land’s self-titled debut album. A lot of people have taken to Facebook to protest the gas prices, recently staging a protest where people would not pump their gas on March 14. You have to admire the spirit behind the notion, but one day does not a boycott make. We’d kill to know what the gas sales were on the 13 and the 15 as you just know half those protesters went back to business as per usual
while the other half have found new and inventive ways to get around town. This leads us to our next tune, the classic Melanie “Brand New Key.” Some people have said they’d vow to take the bus more to save on spending a lot on gas and some of our friends have decided to take up this mysterious thing called “walking.” We here at the Mixtape think we might roller skate as our main way of getting around town because it seems like the most insanely d-baggy hipster way of getting around town this side of a car powered on apathy and The Smiths lyrics. Lastly, we end the Mixtape with Rise Against’s song “Help is on the Way” from their brand spanking new album “Endgame.” Our optimistic side is saying that hopefully there will be some sort of help for the rising gas prices as politicians continue to gather together to look at the situation. Some people think that with the BP Oil Spill, the Japan hurricane and the gas prices, we’re living in end times right now. If we are, well, we should really have a lot more casual sex. And if we aren’t, well, we should still be having a lot more casual sex. In the words of the wise Eddie Monsoon from “Absolutely Fabulous,” cheer up. It may never happen. Buy: Black Joe Lewis “Scandalous” YouTube: Ark Music Factory launch party for 10 minutes of second hand embarrassment Read: Some Kind of Awesome www. somekindofawesome.com Get your daily dose of the Mixtape at The Majak Kingdom blog www.majakkingdom.blogspot.com
were covering “A Horse with No Name,” except with less keyboard (and significantly less acid). What’s not to love? Other than a few other standout tracks, most of the album is regrettably just pretty much run-of-the-mill (albeit catchy) classic rock. By Jason Crider My main gripe with this album is merely email@example.com the fact that I expect more out of these guys. There’s a lot of great things to say about The guitars are excellent, but only when Paxico’s debut album Willing the Winter they want to be. The track “Sway” closes with Away, but unfortunately there’s also quite a really engaging classic rock guitar solo, a few negative things. I say unfortunately and the next song, “Grounded,” finishes because I really, really, really wanted to fall with an even cooler solo, sort of a relaxing, deeply in love with this album. For starters, psychedelic progression that really makes the song. Also, the drums are the title has some nice allitpretty much stuck in 4/4 the eration, and considering this entire album, which is really a column’s called Coulee Cuts, shame because I can tell drumit’s safe to say I’m a fan. The mer Cory Onsrud is definitely album’s cover is also really hiding some talent. There are beautiful, and I was promised a a handful of cool fills and a CD full of genre-defying rock/ pretty interesting syncopation country/blues/pop/jam-band going on during the acoustic mash up that was sure to have guitar solo in “Cold Waters,” a little something for everybut other than that the drums one. It is and it does, but aren’t anything too speit also has a pretty copiPaxico cial. The vocals are reous amount of pretty offthe-mark songs scattered Willing the Winter Away ally solid throughout, although just a little bit flat throughout. The album starts off with a flagship on one or two occasions. The bass is usually example of this with the song “Plants,” fea- pretty interesting, but unfortunately barely turing a classical acoustic guitar intro fol- audible at all throughout most of the album. So in short, Willing the Winter Away lowed immediately by a Dispatch-style vocal harmony that centers around a pretty me- definitely has a lot to love, especially for diocre oldies/jam band style song structure. fans of all things classic rock in the vein of The song isn’t completely terrible; it’s just Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, a pretty weak way to start off the album, es- Aerosmith, etc. But at its daunting 13-track, pecially considering the next song, “Don’t 58-minute run time, it can be a little much Call Me Crazy,” is a (The Bends-era) Radio- for those less than diehard fans of the genre. head inspired bar band ballad of sheer singalong awesomeness. Skip ahead two tracks to Paxico will be playing at The Arterial this Satur“Frailty,” which sounds as though The Doors day, March 19 at 9:30 p.m.
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Korn gets back to its roots
An interview with new drummer Ray Luzier By Jason Crider firstname.lastname@example.org I recently interviewed Korn’s drummer Ray Luzier to talk about the band and their upcoming show with Disturbed at the La Crosse Center on Monday, March 21. Luzier joined Korn in early 2008 and was the official drummer for their latest release Korn III: Remember Who You Are. SS: How is it joining a band this size a little later in the game? RL: It’s pretty powerful. When they hired me, they liked my drumming from [when I played with] Army of Anyone and David Lee Roth. My manager called me and said ‘Hey, Joey Jordison is only filling in now, and he’s going back to Slipknot. They want a permanent drummer, do you want to check it out?’ I was like ‘I’m never going to be in f***ing Korn, but I would love to give it a shot.’ When I got hired they said they said they didn’t want a replacement just playing the exact parts that David [the previous drummer] did. That was really cool to me because it was quite a compliment — that they want my enthusiasm and energy to be a part of such a powerful band. SS: How is the tour going so far? How are the other bands? What’s it like playing with Disturbed? RL: It’s awesome. Korn’s played with [Disturbed] quite a few times in the past, and I think it’s a pretty cool lineup. I’ve always been a big Sevendust fan. [It’s] just a power setup; they’ve got a lot of great bands for your money on this ticket. And Stillwell is on for this leg of the tour. It’s cool seeing them out here with us. Fieldy [Korn’s guitarist] is playing guitar, and Wuv from POD is playing drums. And you know we co-headline, so we open one night and Disturbed opens the next and, well, so far so good. SS: Follow the Leader and See You on the Other Side were considered two really big turning points in the band’s career. Would you say your latest release follows this trend with another dramatic shift? RL: I would say it’s more about us, well… more the original guys, getting back to their roots a little more. I mean they’ve gotten so successful; they’re used to luxury now. So Ross said ‘I want you going back to the way things used to be, in a garage.’ So we did it in the guitar booths. We soundproofed [them], so then [we were each in a corner] and Ross is in the middle, jumping up and down like an idiot, screaming and kicking, and punching cymbals. When you listen to the album you can actually hear him screaming in the background, but that’s the way we wanted to do it. So I think it’s a good turning point in that sense…It’s really how we sound. To me that separates a lot of the men from the boys out there. Anyone can go in the studio and make a perfect-sounding record. This is how Korn did the first two records, so to go back to that we decided to call it Korn III because it’s the third time we’ve done it [this way].
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At A Glance
WHAT: Music As A Weapon V Tour with Korn, Disturbed, Sevendust, In This Moment, and Stillwell WHERE: La Crosse Center WHEN: March 21; concert starts at 6:30 p.m.; doors at 5 p.m. TICKETS: $39.75 The “Remember Who You Are” part is just sort of like saying ‘Hey let’s remember where we came from,’ which gave us the ability to be a little experimental and do a whole lot of different things, but at the same time we can still say ‘Hey this is who we really are.’ It scared the hell out of us recording it, but now we’re really proud of it. SS: I know some people aren’t considering Korn as relevant or as iconic as they have been in the past, but you’re still managing to put out consistently successful records. Is that something you would consider to be true? Is this an intentionally shift made to stem away from pop-culture and more towards your dedicated fan base? Or would you say it’s something that stems from the rapidly evolving music industry? RL: Well I mean everyone takes it their own way. The music business is going through a lot of changes, and a lot of bigger bands just aren’t selling records. I don’t even know how many kids came up to me last year and said ‘Hey man I loved tracks, like two, five and seven,’ and I’d say ‘Oh cool man, when did you get it?’ ‘Oh I ripped it a week before it came out.’ So they stole it. Who knows how many people have the record that didn’t pay for it. It’s kind of weird, and I don’t mean to use that as an excuse, but there are definitely a lot of people like that out there. Kids don’t even know that they’re doing anything wrong. At least they’re out there spreading it around, but at the same time it’s really just kind of a bummer you know? But as far as the whole pop-culture status thing goes, I don’t really know. Korn never really changes their formula, they’re just doing what they’re doing, releasing records and playing shows. Whether or not some records get pushed more than others isn’t really up to us. It’s all in the management or record label’s hands what goes on [as far as] promotion. SS: Where do you see Korn in the next five years? RL: We just got asked that question in Brazil last year. They were asking us, you know, Metallica’s still going and they’re like 63, will you guys still be going when you’re 63? All of us said ‘Yes’ at the same time. Everyone says they have the best fans, but Korn really does have the best fans. It’s crazy, people with tattoos of like Jonathan’s face on their back. This one girl the other day had all nine album covers tattooed all the way down her leg. I mean, these people are lifers. And hopefully that’s going to keep us out there. Fifteen years from now they might have to push us out on walkers, but I think we’re still going to be playing you know?
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BODEGA BREW PUB // 122 4th St. Chubba, Cheech & Pat (Banditos) • 9 p.m.
BIG K.R.I.T., FREDDIE GIBS // APRIL 8 Majestic Theatre • $15
NEUIE'S VARSITY CLUB // 1920 Ward Ave. Pulse 8 (hard rock) • 9:30 p.m.
BASSNECTAR, ESKMO// APRIL 8 Alliant Energy Center • $26
NORTH SIDE OASIS // 620 Gillette St. Double D's Included (rock) • 9 p.m. PEARL STREET BREWERY // 1401 St. Andrew St.
PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. Steve Meyer Blues Band (blues) • 8 p.m.
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS // APRIL 8 Barrymore Theatre • $18
JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. Orwell, Australis, Of Conscience, Asphixiator (metal) • 10 p.m.
Dave Orr (man about town) • 5 p.m.
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DESTROYER // APRIL 11 High Noon Saloon • $12 For the past week, much of the attention of indie/alternative/Twitterati music world has been focused on Austin, Tex., where the South By South Music Festival has just wrapped up. Over 1,000 bands from around the world descend on SXSW for a bacchanalia of rock shows, but the festival’s wake can be felt even up here in La Crosse. De Staat (pictured) and Death Letters are two Dutch indie rock bands who came to the states to try to catch their break at SXSW. Following their Texas shows, the bands booked a quick run to Minneapolis and Chicago, but their first stop is Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Warehouse. Let us welcome our Dutch guests, and let us show our appreciation by truly rocking out.
THE DECEMBRISTS // APRIL 19 Overture Center • $32.50-$36.50 LOW // APRIL 20 Majestic Theatre • $20
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Moon Boot Posse (2-night run) • 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Kin Pickin (jam grass) • 10 p.m.
PUMP HOUSE // 119 King St. Po' Girl (roots, folk) • 7:30 p.m.
RED PINES BAR & GRILL // W7305 Hwy Z Guitar Logic (acoustic) • 7:30 p.m.
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Open Jam • 10 p.m.
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Dave Lambert (blues) • 10 p.m.
THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. The Adam Palm Band (rock) • 10 p.m.
THE FIELD HOUSE // W5450 Keil Coulee The Kokopellians (jam grass) • 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Paulie (one-man band) • 10 p.m.
THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. Asumaya (Afrobeat, dub) • 8:30 p.m.
LA CROSSE CENTER // 300 S. Second St. Korn, Disturbed, Sevendust, In This Moment, Stillwell (rap-rock) • 6:30 p.m.
THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. The Big Strong Men (honky tonk, POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn's Open jam • 10 p.m. Americana) • 8:30 p.m.
THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies and Kompanie (jazz) • 9 p.m. THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. Costello & Hipps (pop) • 8 p.m.
THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. Costello & Hipps (pop) • 8 p.m. THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. Wrecking Crew, DFH, Tez, The 608, DP Da Prince, Lil Diquan (hip-hop) • 7 p.m.
BODEGA BREW PUB // 122 4th St. Nick Shattuck (rock/folk/soul) • 9 p.m.
TREMPEALEAU HOTEL // 150 Main St. Michelle Lynn (folk) • 8 p.m.
JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. ThunderSnake, Distorted Abortion, The Sweat Boys (metal) • 10 p.m.
BOOT HILL PUB // 1501 St. Andrew St. Ronald S. Markham (jazz) • 2 p.m.
JOHN'S BAR // 109 Third St. S. Cat Robey, Nate D, Motz, Sean P & more (hip-hop) • 10 p.m.
MOKA // 123 West Ave. Prairie Smoke (folk) • 12:30 p.m.
PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. Shufflin' Duprees (classic R&B) • 8 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Som'n Jazz (jazz) • 10 p.m.
THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. DeStaat, Death Letters (Dutch indie, alternative) • 7 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Dave Orr (open jam) • 10 p.m. THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. 3rd Relation Jazz Trio (jazz) • 8:30 p.m. THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. Adam Palm (acoustic hits) • 6 p.m. VITERBO FINE ARTS CENTER // 929 Jackson St. Craicmore ( traditional Celtic) • 7:30 p.m.
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CONCORDIA BALLROOM // 1129 La Crosse St. Bomb the Music Industry!, 64 Squares, Canon City, 123 Walrus! (punk, ska) • 6 p.m. DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Andy (from T.U.G.G.) • 10 p.m. JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. The Parlor Room (folk, indie) • 10 p.m. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. TBA (Tell Brownie About it) • 10 p.m. THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies and Kompanie (jazz) • 5 p.m. THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. The Heyday, Neon (pop rock) • 7p.m.
The Beer Review Hop Ottin’ IPA Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boonville, California The Cavalier Lounge has a reputation as a purveyor of fine cocktails, but under new ownership it is rapidly emerging as one of La Crosse’s premier beer bars. Over 80 different bottles are offered in the establishment, and while owner Jason LaCourse eschews generic domestics, he doesn’t stockpile the typical Midwestern microbrews either. His selection of Leinenkugel's, New Glarus and Summit, for example, are relatively slim, but he carries plenty of fine East Coast beers and at least 10 different brews from Oregon. The Cavalier has beers I’ve
never seen in La Crosse — and a few others I’ve never seen anywhere. From that rarefied list I chose this week’s selection, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s Hop Ottin’ IPA. Prior to the Cav’s reopening I didn’t even know Anderson Valley existed, but I learned a few things on the Internet. This Mendocino County brewery was founded in 1987, but today it’s a completely sustainable operation with photovoltaic panels and its own wastewater treatment plant on a sprawling ranch that also houses a vintage Bavarian brewhouse and an 18-hole disc golf course. In other words, this brewery is as California as it comes, and its IPA does justice to the freshest harvests in Mendo. Purchase: 1 bottle of Hop Ottin’ IPA from the Cavalier Lounge, $4.50 Style: American IPA
Strength: 7 percent ABV Packaging: This is the rare beer with a purple label, but even rarer is the bear-withantlers depicted drinking from a mountain stream. I later learned this is the mythical Boonville Beer, a local creature that is part bear and part deer, but it definitely baffled everyone at the bar. Appearance: The Hop Ottin’ pours a translucent reddish copper color with a thin grey head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma: The aroma is enticing with light wafts of citrus and pine, but the smell doesn’t truly hint at the hop content. It’s actually rather airy with faint notes of tobacco, but a smart malt/yeast paring evokes something like sour cream. Taste: Somehow the first sip tastes like white bread, but a full-bodied hop bomb emerges as it slides along the tongue. It has
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a resiny taste and some pine and mandarin orange flavors, but this isn’t the sort of cotton candy IPA that I’m often fond of. It’s more of an endurance West Coast beer with big bitter flavors, although a nice malt profile peeks out at the unexpectedly tea-like finish. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and oily, it leaves a powerful aftertaste. Drinkability: If you can handle the bitterness and pace yourself on the alcohol, you can drink a few Hop Ottin’s during a visit to the Cavalier. I know I have. Ratings: BeerAdvocate grades this an A, while RateBeer scores it a 97. Personally I prefer a lot of other IPAs to the Hop Ottin’, but I will always recommend ordering the beer you’ve never heard of.
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ACROSS 1 Game where you create people, with "The" 5 Boy band with the 2001 hit "Every Other Time" 8 Bob who won the 1986 PGA Championship 12 Clothing catalog 13 Not silicone 14 Dublin's country, locally 15 "It's ___ to the finish..." 16 Domestic car model which changes during April and May? 18 Film star who changes during July and August? 20 Morphine or codeine 21 Pompous asset?
22 "Trading Spaces" network 24 Arthur of "The Golden Girls" 25 React to acid 28 More hip 30 ID on a 1040 31 Currency exchange figures, often 33 "That ___ true!" 34 "The Simpsons" villain who changes during October and November? 37 Taj Mahal's locale 40 Hawkins of school dances 41 Texted exclamation 44 Thingamawhatsis 47 Like some generals: abbr. 48 Boisterous laugh syllable 49 Code hidden in a bar code
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The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon email@example.com Barenaked laddies
According to you, most women aren’t interested in seeing pictures of naked men. To quote you, most would “run past a naked man to get to shoes.” So, how do you explain all the women who go to clubs to see male strippers? Looks like somebody has to admit she’s wrong! — Gotcha! Men and women go to strip clubs for different reasons. But, don’t just take it from me. Let the Wiggle Willy Head Bopper do the talking. It’s a headband with two glitterflecked plastic penis antennae sprouting out of pink marabou feathers that women wear to strip club bachelorette parties. Just wondering … when’s the last time you saw a man enter a strip club with a big plastic vagina strapped to his head? A man’s goal in going to a strip club is getting turned on and maybe having strippers grind in his lap — not having all his friends laughing in his face. If women
were wired like men and could get physically aroused just by looking at the opposite sex, you’d see something you never do, the lone woman at a male strip joint on her lunch hour, nursing a whiskey and clutching a wad of ones. According to researcher Beth Montemurro, who watches women watch men strip, women show up in giggling herds because they mainly go to bond with their girlfriends. The bonding comes through shared embarrassment, and if the ladies start breathing heavy, it’s probably because they’re hyperventilating from laughing so hard. For women, Montemurro found that the stripper is less a sex object than a source of humor. Yes, it’s just like in all those pornos for guys where they replace the moaning and screaming with the laugh track from “Two and a Half Men.” While a guy will spend the week’s grocery money trying to get a stripper to ride him like a pony, Montemurro observed women gingerly touching a male stripper’s butt, then pulling their hands back as if burned. Some women find the strippers hot, but most describe them and the experience with words like “disgusting,” “mortifying” and “humiliating,” writes Montemurro in “Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties.” One woman she interviewed had root canal-like enthusiasm for seeing a stripper, deeming it “something you should probably do once and then you don’t have to do it again.” Don’t tell me — that’s exactly the sort of dread men feel at the prospect of watching
naked girls gyrating around a greased pole. Beyond the research, just look to the marketplace. There are eleventy bajillion strip clubs for men and the occasional one for women. Women often feel compelled to go to these places on their girls’ night out — as a rite of passage, a hazing for a bride-to-be, or a way to get even with a fiance for having a bachelor party. But, the neon signs across North America most effective at separating women and their dollar bills are the ones that say “Nails, Nails, Nails!” not “Live Nude Males.” Sure, some women love to finish their girls’ night out with a lap dance, but probably loads more would rather finish with a coat of clear polish.
Your boyfriend is a cheater. Cheaters cheat. Unless he’s given you reason to believe he’s mended his ways, the person you should be asking questions of is yourself: Is my relationship making me happy? If not, why am I still here? Tempting as it is to focus on confirming your suspicions, wouldn’t real resolution be getting into a relationship where you don’t have them? Then you could go back to using Facebook like so many people do — to have an hourly window into how wildly dull their friends are, and yet how intent they are to communicate it: “I’m cheating on Cheerios with oatmeal!!!!!” Well, that does beat yesterday’s “I’m having my breakfast…mmmm.”.
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Throughout my three years with my boyfriend, he’s been less than faithful. Two years ago, he told me he met “a cool girl” while out of town. He claimed nothing had happened but good conversation. They’re Facebook friends, and I have an overwhelming urge to message her and ask for the truth. This would give me the resolution I need.) — Agonizing Facebook is just the place to find answers to all of life’s big questions: Which Pokemon character are you? What color gummy bear? How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse? And then, are you one of the skanks my boyfriend cheated on me with? You could ask this woman that last question — ideally, in somewhat more polite language — but even if she writes you back (and maybe even truthfully), what could she tell you that you don’t already know?
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