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VOLUME 11, NO. 23 | JUNE 30, 2011

Born on the 4th of July PHOTO BY ASHLY CONRAD

An interview with Jennifer Shilling

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Down by the riverside, Riverfest is back to for its 29th annual celebration. From Thursday June 30 to Monday, July 4, Riverside Park will satisfy all your entertainment needs, with live music from noon to midnight every day, delicious food and activities for the whole family. And of course there will be a spectacular fireworks display on July 4. Here is a handy layout for all the entertainment, so you can celebrate the right way.

THURSDAY, 6/30 TRANE FOOD & BEVERAGE STAGE: Gideon’s Radio (Blues) 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Latin Vibe (Latin/Jazz Quartet) 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Riverfest Puttin’ On the Lips 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. RIVERFEST BANDSHELL STAGE: Gabriel Holmes (Hypnotist) 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. La Crosse Concert Band 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 7/1 FESTIVAL FOODS NORTH STAGE: Red Line Outlaw (Classic Rock Country) 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Boogie & The YoYoz (Rock Variety) 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. TRANE FOOD & BEVERAGE STAGE: Al Townsend (Wonderful World Jazz Band) 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Michelle Lynn (Folk Rock) 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Studebaker 7 (Oldies) 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Trunk Monkeys (Rock/R&B/Blues) 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. RIVERFEST BANDSHELL STAGE: Southern Bluff Wizards (Jump Rope Demo) 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Southern Bluff Wizards 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Gabriel Holmes (Hypnotist) 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Coulee Region Steel Band 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, 7/2 FESTIVAL FOODS NORTH STAGE: Fuzzy HD (Rock/Original) 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Tramby Skolekorps Hoybraten Skole- korps (Norwegian Brass Band) 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Geared Under (Hard Rock) 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Flashback ('80s, '90s, Current Rock) 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. TRANE FOOD & BEVERAGE STAGE: Journeymen (Acoustic) 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Highway 16 (Classic Rock/Country) 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Abbey Lane & The Backbone (Classic/Current Rock) 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Good Tymes (60s to 80s) 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. RIVERFEST BANDSHELL STAGE: Riverfront Singers 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Gabriel Holmes (Hypnotist) 1- 2 p.m., 4 - 5 p.m. & 7 - 8 p.m.

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Southern Bluff Wizards (Jump Rope Demo) 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Riverfest Puttin’ On the Lips 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, 7/3 FESTIVAL FOODS NORTH STAGE Riverfest Puttin’ On the Lips (Finals) 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Untamed (Rock) 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Time and a Half (Rock & Country) 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monkey Wrench (Hard Rock) 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Spin Doctors ('90s Rock) 10:15 p.m. - 12 a.m. TRANE FOOD & BEVERAGE STAGE Oktoberfest Singers 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Annie Mack & The Havenots (Down Home Blues) 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Executives (Oldies Rock) 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. RIVERFEST BANDSHELL STAGE Al Townsend (Jazz Lit) 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Gabriel Holmes (Hypnotist) 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Amanda’s School of Dance 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Gabriel Holmes (Hypnotist) Julie’s School of Dance 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Gabriel Holmes 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

MONDAY, 7/4 FESTIVAL FOODS NORTH STAGE Riverfest Puttin’ On the Lips (Finals-Rain Date) 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Paxico (Rock) 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Fast Lane (Classic & Country) 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Remainders (Classic Rock) 9:30 p.m. - Midnight (break for fireworks, at 10p.m.) TRANE FOOD & BEVERAGE STAGE La Crosse Dance Centre 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Click’n & Grin’n (Clogging) 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Spin Off (Variety Rock) 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Double Take (Classic Rock) 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Stand (R&B/Funk/Soul) 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. RIVERFEST BANDSHELL STAGE Gabriel Holmes (Hypnotist) 1- 2 p.m., 4 - 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Misty’s Dance Unlimited (Dance Performance) 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Warriors Baton & Drum Corps, Inc. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Clog Jam (Clogging) 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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Dear Reader: Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Legislature adopted its biennial budget along a party-line vote that the state Assembly cast at 3 o’clock in the morning. Gov. Scott Walker quickly signed it into law, claiming a political victory. Unlike the “Wisconsin Spring” that bloomed in late February, hundreds of thousands of people did not take to the streets. Wisconsin did not lead the national news, celebrities did not share their opinions on contract negotiations and looking back, no one here even seemed to even talk about it. The budget was adopted exactly like Walker said it would. He waited out the storm, and then politics played out like it always does. But here in La Crosse, the issues first raised in those glorious winter days did not go away. Citizens submitted their petitions to recall state senator Dan Kapanke, and his longtime colleague in the Assembly, Jennifer Shil-

ling, challenged him for the seat. La Crosse is now the smoldering ember of Wisconsin’s political firefight, but who is still paying attention? Second Supper is! Just like he has all year, intrepid reporter Bob Treu continues to chase the story. This week he sat down with Shilling for a long interview, armed only with a curious political mind and the kind of tape recorder I hadn’t seen in 20 years. I’m proud of the depth of his always probing reporting, which you can find beginning on page 5. Of course we’ll continue to follow this story through every new candidate, election and political intrigue. We just won’t do it next week, as we’re taking a break for Independence Day. But catch up with us when we return, still hot on the trail.

— Adam Bissen

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: The one resounding constant in history is that when governments fail their people, the people will resist their flawed governance. However, successful democracies normally selfcorrect without extreme civil strife. Multiple layers of checks and balances allow for this self-correction. If upon attaining office, one group rules solely for the benefit of itself during its term, the disenfranchised constituents have other democratic recourse; demonstrations, recalls, quorum requirements, grassroots organizing, etc. That is what we are

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witnessing in Wisconsin. One political party has won a majority, but has not won a mandate to impose its esoteric ideology. With haste and arrogance, the Republicans are instituting a radical agenda at the behest of their truest constituents: billionaires and their corporations. The protesters have been the responsible citizens. The hooligans are those persons that attempt to provoke peaceful demonstrators and the “spoiler candidates” who would thwart legitimate election processes.

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See Hawkeye hijinks

What better day than Monday, July 4th, to experience some fun along with some of our country’s culture and history? If you agree, take the drive down to McGregor, Iowa, to check out the Hole in the Sock Gang Street Theater performance on Monday. The performance features Wild West-type reenactments including cowboy duels, a bank robbery, and some sassy saloon girls, plus plenty of humor and excitement. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, as well as some cool sweet tea, as this show happens in the street! Just be sure not to take any wooden nickels. And did I mention this show is totally free to the public? Take me, take me!


Get stringed out

This Tuesday, consider taking the scenic drive up to Winona, Minnesota's St. Mary’s University for the exquisite opportunity to see and hear some true masters of music. Performing as part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, violin virtuosa Qian Zhou will be joined by Festival Artistic and Managing Director Ned Kirk on piano in exciting renditions of the master’s classics. Head of Strings at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Zhou has performed for audiences throughout the world, including in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Tickets are $21-25 and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Page Theater.


Mmm ... beer and chicken

What’s better than free hot wings coupled with a cold Pearl Street Pale Ale or a Downtown Brown? Very few things, I’d guess. That’s why I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to check out the Pearl Street folks’ happy hour at 4 p.m. this Tuesday, July 5, and you should, too. If you’ve never checked out their digs at 1401 St. Andrew Street, then that’s a must, too. See you there!



It’s always a great night for comedy, so why not round up some friends and head over to River Jack’s Lounge on La Crosse’s North Side for Z93’s Comedy Express? For a paltry $5, you and your friends can kick back to the comedy of some of the area’s best humorists while sipping River Jack’s signature drinks. Sounds like the perfect date night to me...ahem. The show starts at 8:30; for reservations, call (608) 781-7070.


Fill your palette

Impress your friends with the rad new wine tasting skills you’ll learn at the Wine Guyz blind tasting tonight, Thursday, June 30. The event, which costs $15 to attend, features a variety of wines as well as light appetizers. Tonight’s events feature white wines, while the following two Thursdays will feature reds. To reserve your spot, or for more information, call the Guyz at (608) 782-6493. Get your swank on!


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Born on the 4th of July An interview with Jennifer Shilling

By Bob Treu Special to Second Supper Jennifer Shilling has represented the 95th District in the Wisconsin Assembly since 2000. She is currently running against Dan Kapanke and James Smith in an election for Wisconsin’s 32nd Senate District. The primary election is scheduled for July 12, while the actual recall election, in which the two winners will face off, is scheduled for August 9. Representative Shilling took time from her busy schedule to meet with Bob Treu, a Second Supper reporter, and Ashley Conrad, a photographer. Since it was a spectacular June afternoon, Representative Shilling chose the outdoor section of Tres Compadres, a Mexican restaurant just across the street from her campaign headquarters, where she sipped a mixture of iced tea and lemonade while we chatted. Second Supper: First, I have to say, after seeing all of you at the announcement of your candidacy in Copeland Park, that you have an impressive family. Are they helping you in the campaign? Jennifer Shilling: Oh yes, they enjoy the parades, all the activity. My husband has always been part of the decision making process and he takes up much of the burden at home. SS: What was your motivation for getting into political life? JS: My family was very political and active in public service in Madison. My grandfather was mayor of Columbus, Wisconsin, and political life was important to us. I grew up with my family discussing current affairs at the dinner table, and we were all expected to know what has going on. SS: How did you happen to come to La Crosse? JS: I came to the University in La Crosse to study physical therapy. Actually, I believe I had you as a teacher, but I’m not sure which class it was. SS: I’m not sure either, but I think it might have been American lit. JS: Anyway, I didn’t do that well in the beginning. It turned out science wasn’t my thing, and there were lots of science classes in physical therapy, so I ended up on probation. I had also come for the sports and was active in volleyball, cross-country and some other things. Eventually I went to see a guidance counselor and she suggested I might have more aptitude for political science, where I ended up doing a lot better. SS: You seem to have a chosen a very interesting time to run for Senate, especially with all the turmoil that led to the recall elections. What made you decide to run just now? JS: Actually I had been approached to run for the State Senate earlier, but my husband and I decided it wasn’t time. I was really enjoying my work in the Assembly, and I had come to love the 95th District and people

who live in it. But I can tell you it was March 9th that made all the difference. That was a historical moment. I was listening on my car when the governor and the Republican senators pushed through the Budget Repair Bill without proper public notice, in just a day or two, and with no real discussion. As a member of the Assembly I wasn’t even allowed to ask questions or express my opinion. I was astounded, and so were most of my colleagues. This is just not the way politics is done traditionally in Wisconsin, and I felt I had to do something. SS: What is the major issue in the campaign? JS: Originally it was the attack on state worker and teacher unions and the attempt to take away collective bargaining rights. But the way things developed, it seemed more and more people were concerned with the direction Wisconsin politics is taking. I suppose it’s Midwestern nice, but people don’t like the tone of politics today. Closing meetings and shutting off debate is not how people want to see things done. I’ve heard that from so many people. The extreme right wing agenda the governor is pushing is clearly not what people want. And Dan Kapanke has been an integral part of that throughout. SS: Senator Fitzgerald has recently expressed his unhappiness over the recall process. He seems to feel that if it is used at all, it should be confined to matters of malfeasance of office. JS: Recalls are very difficult to do. You have to work very hard and you have to collect an enormous number of signatures. This isn’t going to happen over a trivial issue. In this case the governor and the Republicans in both houses were acting in undemocratic ways and not listening to what the people were telling them. That’s why we gathered so many signatures so quickly, and that’s really what the recalls are about. SS: What will be the effect of the fake Democrat entering the race? I’m ashamed to say, I can’t remember his name right now. I don’t think I’ve seen any ads for his candidacy anywhere. JS: Well, I can help you remember. It’s James Smith, and he hasn’t done much so far, but I take every candidate seriously. The real reason for his entering the race, and it’s the same for the other dummy Democrats across the state, is to turn the recalls into a primaries and put the final elections back a month. SS: Some people are also concerned the Republicans know they are in trouble and could lose their majority in the Senate and will use the extra time to ram through more unpopular legislation while they can. JS: Oh yes, I’m sure we’ll see some of that. You can watch for them to launch a redistricting bill that will give them even more power. SS: Wisconsin has a reputation for being progressive, but while we have elected people

Bob Treu and Jennifer Shilling discuss the major issues of the recall election. like Bob LaFollette and Gaylord Nelson, we have also elected Joe McCarthy and Scott Walker. Is that progressive tradition still alive in Wisconsin? JS: I don’t know. Right now there’s an effort to undo much of that tradition. On the other hand, there was a tremendous grassroots response to the governor’s Budget Bill and to the undemocratic way he tried to push it through. There’s something very impressive going on. Just recently my husband bought me a book on the Wisconsin Idea online, and it’s very good. There was this sensible idea of co-operation between government, the university, and the business and agricultural communities. There was a spirit of cooperation that got a lot of things done, and I hope we still have that kind of spirit here. SS: How about the blowout in 2010? The election in which, as the President said, the Democrats took a real shellacking. How did

Photos By Ashly Conrad

that happen here? JS: Well, the political divisions in the whole country have widened, and that’s certainly true here. Plus people are very worried about the economy and the loss of jobs. The political pendulum has always swung regularly, but the swings have become wider and faster than ever before. SS: Back in February, fourteen Democratic Senators left the Capitol very quickly and hid out in various places in Illinois. How do you feel about that? JS: Well, I can understand why some people were critical, but it was a strategy meant to deal with an unusual situation. Since the fourteen Democratic Senators were just enough to prevent a quorum, the Budget Bill couldn’t be passed. By leaving they gave the people of Wisconsin time to find out


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Fifth Avenue Heartache

On a once-thriving block of downtown, business stalls By Shuggypop Jackson

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The one block stretch of Fifth Avenue between Main and State streets has been undergoing a streetscaping project that began in mid-April. While being off the beaten track from the hub of downtown, and perhaps not on the radar of many who frequent La Crosse, this one block is unique in one important respect: Every building has a business that is operating. As part of the streetscaping project, new gas and water lines have been installed under street level with plans to extend the historic downtown brickwork on the sidewalks while adding trees and ornamental lighting. Much of this work has been doled out by the city to various contractors, and thus intricate scheduling logistics are required to have one piece of the puzzle follow another. The project, which was slated to be completed in 8 weeks, has passed that mark. According to city engineer Greg Pederson, a September completion date is much more likely. “We appreciate the patience displayed by all affected parties on this project. Everyone has been cordial and understanding, that makes our job less stressful,” Pederson wrote in an email. “The project has progressed relatively smoothly, but as is typical for streetscape projects, it has stretched out beyond the anticipated schedule.” To the business owners, their customers, and the citizens that regularly travel through this area of downtown, the extended scheduling has become an area of frustration. “I understand the nature of construction very well, and I am sure there is a logical explanation, but over the last several weeks there have been several days with no one apparently working on the all,” said Wayne Oliver, senior vice president at State Bank Financial, whose drive through exits onto Fifth Avenue. “You know what they say about perceptions...right, wrong or indifferent the perception is that there has not been much effort to keep this on task. I am beginning to get several clients at our drive-up making comments and would just like to arm my associates with a good and right answer!” said Oliver. Other comments have been less diplomatic. “What the hell are they even doing? How long does it take to fix one damn block!” said hotel manager Tim Rortvedt, a regular patron of both the Cavalier Lounge and the La Crosse Community Theater, both located on the block. These and similar sentiments are shared on a daily basis by customers at the chic and newly reopened Cavalier Lounge, according to bar owner Jason LaCourse.

View of 5th Ave., closed while businesses stay open. Photo By Ashly Conrad

Jennifer Burchell, a volunteer at the La Crosse Community Theater had this to say about the project: “I have watched the whole thing unfold from my third floor apartment window on the corner of Fifth and Main. At times it has looked like the whole project is being designed, engineered, and implemented by a bizarre combination of The Marx Brothers, The Keystone Kops and the Tasmanian Devil!” While public opinion is becoming heavily critical of the construction, the business owners on the block are facing hardships as a result of the ongoing project. Dan Grogan, owner of Dan’s Shoe Repair, which has been in its location for over 20 years, remarked: “Last week was the slowest week I’ve ever had. I’m down twenty to twenty five percent. A lot of my customers are older and can’t get to my shop because of the construction. I have a few guys working for me that I haven’t been able to have come in because all of the profits I’d make would just be going to cover their pay.” Other businesses haven’t been helped out by the ongoing construction as well. “Competition in the bar business is already cutthroat enough without having to deal with this never-ending road construction nonsense. Ladies dressed up in heels generally don’t want to climb over piles of gravel for a night on the town. Since I’m the only business open at night anywhere around me, having ‘road closed’ signs blocking off the street and knocking out the street lights sure doesn’t do much to make it look like anything is going on at my place. They’ve done a great job making the block look like the sort of shady after hours place junkies and rapists would feel at home in,” said the charming and dashingly good-looking LaCourse about his business the Cavalier Lounge, which had a grand opening only three weeks before the road construction project began. “The city sure knows how to welcome a business to the neighborhood. What a crappy grand opening gift. I’m really lucky that I have the best customers in town who have been coming in regardless.”

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The Majak Mixtape By Jonathan Majak

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tony Awards, gay pride events across the country, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s hair and makeup — gay culture has been putting it stamp everywhere lately. And as we head into the July Fourth weekend, what a better celebration of this country’s independence than New York becoming the sixth and, as of now, biggest state to sign a gay marriage bill into law. While people cheer (and commitment-phobes find themselves having their bluff called), we here at the Mixtape look at how this momentous moment came to be in our mix we’re calling “What, What, What Are You Mixtaping.” Because really? Aren’t we the sassiest gay friend you have? Exactly. First up in our Mixtape is the Buddy Holly tune “Crying, Waiting and Hoping” from the spectacularly hipster (well aside from Kid Rock’s inexplicable inclusion) tribute album “Rave On.” For a period of time, with all of the contentious debates in New York’s state senate, the same-sex marriage bill seemed as likely to happen as Christina Aguilera not looking a mess on “The Voice,” but, you know, just as miraculous as it was for Aguilera to find a shade of lipstick not from the Bozo the Clown collection, the marriage bill was able to work its way through to a successful vote in its

favor with help from an unlikely source. The next song is “Money Machine” from the aptly named rapper Curren$y, off his new album “Weekend at Burnie’s.” Of all the people in the world that one would imagine sweeping in and helping the same-sex marriage bill to get passed, rich Republican businessmen are not necessarily the first group that springs to mind. Appealing to their more libertarian side, a group of wealthy Republicans and their funds have made a nice little cushion for some of the Republican senators who voted for the bill since there was a deep fear of losing campaign funds because of the support proving nothing quite stokes the movement towards equality quite like a check for over a million dollars. Our last song is “What About Us” by the Handsome Furs from their new album “Sound Kapital.” There are countless people across the country asking, “What about us?” when it comes to the passing of same-sex marriage bill. Proponents of the measure see new strength with such a culturally significant place like New York passing the bill while opponents of the measure circle the wagons and try to find new ways to put an end to the measure because of their steadfast belief in protecting the sanctity of marriage. All we can say is that if they want to protect marriage, they should ban gay divorce.

Compared to its previous releases, the latest album from IamX plies a slightly more subdued brand of electrogloom. The grandiose intensity and orchestration characteristic of IamX remains; all that has changed is that Volatile Times is more menace than fury. Still, what fury does exist here more than makes up for the rest of the album’s comparative calm. “Cold Red Light” is a brilliant mixture of snarling robotics that evokes the very best of David Bowie’s forays into industrial music. The album’s title track is a bouncier blast of big band pop which merges well with the whispers and screams in Chris Corner’s vocals, and “Ghosts of Utopia” is a darker and more stripped-down version of that song. The calm parts are equally deft, and as has become tradition, the final track is especially breathtaking. In this case, the track is titled “Oh Beautiful Town,” and it exemplifies all that grandiose intensity and orchestration that sets IamX apart. It seems that with each release, this entity drifts further from beeping masochism and pretentious darkness, and it moves further into these big, beautiful songs — and that’s a wonderful thing.


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I’m not sure if the Sounds’ mutation from electrorock to electropop makes much of a difference. Sure, the keyboards on this album completely dominate the guitars and there are a few tracks here that seem more radio-calculated than usual, but the band’s instrumentation was always so poppy that the difference on Something to Die For is a question of degrees, not absolutes. The Sounds haven’t changed their style; they’ve simply arrived at its next logical conclusion. In any event, the best songs on this album are more pop than rock. The first two tracks are the album’s zenith, as the darkly ravish “It’s So Easy” leads into the bright orchestra pop of “Dance with the Devil,” and both shine. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” is a straight-up '80s drum machine dance anchored by hate and Prince-namedropping in the vocals. Even the best rock song, “Diana,” sounds a bit New Order in the basslines. In fact, the songs that do sound like typical punky Sounds — especially “The No No Song” — feel pretty average. There’s little on Something to Die For that is mind-blowing, but it’s a solid experiment that neither destroys the established formula nor stagnates in it.

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music directory // July 1 to July 14


July 1

GRAND RIVER STATION // 315 S. Third St. La Crosse Jazz Orchestra (Jazz in the Park) • 7:30 p.m.

FREIGHT HOUSE // 107 Vine St. Dan Sebranek (folk) • 6:30 p.m.

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Sunday Blend (rock) • 10 p.m.

PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. Shufflin' Duprees (R&B) • 8 p.m. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Moon Boot Posse (2-night stand) • 10 p.m.

THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. Adam Palm & Abbey Lane (Palm Sunday) • 4 p.m.

THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. Michael Patrick Trio (vocal jazz, R&B) • 8 p.m.


July 2

July 11

FIELD HOUSE // W5450 Keil Coulee Rd. Altered Vision (rock) • 8 p.m.

Punk rock is still alive in La Crosse, at least as long as the Disabled have their say. The local trio has performed together since 2005, and next Saturday July 9 they will release their fourth album with a big local rock show at the Warehouse (assuming the Warehouse is still open in two weeks, but that’s another story). The Disabled new disc is titled The Lavender Album, and it will be available at the release show, Deaf Ear Records and the Web site for the band’s label, Mob Front Records. Joining the Disabled for the 7 p.m. concert are rockers Fuzzy HD, Kim Jong Pill and Blue Collar Slobs. So c’mon out and support local music (and maybe save an iconic punk club while you’re at it).

FREIGHT HOUSE // 107 Vine St. Dan Sebranek (folk) • 6:30 p.m.

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn’s Open Jam • 10 p.m.

LEO & LEONA'S // W1436 Hwy. 33 (Bangor) The Wrecks (classic rock) • 8 p.m.


JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. Union Pulse (alt-country) • 10 p.m.


POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Click Track (indie rock) • 10 p.m.

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Paulie (one-man band) • 10 p.m.

SEVEN BRIDGES // 910 Second Ave. N. B Squat Woody (songwriter) • 7:30 p.m.



July 5

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Paulie (one-man band) • 10 p.m.

JOHN'S BAR // 109 Third St. S. Da Chairman, MasterNate, Cat Robey, Marcus S, Mercenary, Wrecking Crew, Motz, DJ Adversus (hip-hop) • 10 p.m.


PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. Shufflin' Duprees (R&B) • 8 p.m.

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Dave Orr (man about town) • 10 p.m.

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Moon Boot Posse (second night) • 10 p.m

RECOVERY ROOM // 901 7th St. S. Kin Pickin' (jam grass) • 10 p.m.

RED PINES BAR & GRILL // W7305 Hwy Z LaBarge (father/daughter duo) • 8 p.m.


THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. Michael Patrick Trio (vocal jazz, R&B) • 8 p.m.

DEWEY'S // 621 St. Paul St. Randy’s Corner (songwriters) • 6 p.m.

July 3



POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Cheech and Friends (rock) • 10 p.m.

July 6

July 7

String Ties (bluegrass) • 7 p.m. THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies & Kompanie (Jazz) • 5 p.m.

THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. TREMPEALEAU HOTEL // 150 Main St. Adam Palm and Abbey Lane (Palm Bob and Lynn Dixon (old time) • 7 p.m. Sunday) • 4 p.m.


July 4

DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Open Jam with Cheech • 10 p.m.


July 8

CAMERON PARK // La Crosse Coulee Celtic Band (Irish) • 4 p.m.

SHER BEARS // 329 Goddard St. Shawno & Echant ('Rockin' Acoustic Duo') • 9 p.m.


July 9

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Kokopelians (bluegrass) • 10 p.m

DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Open Jam with Cheech • 10 p.m. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn’s Open Jam • 10 p.m.

July 12 July 13

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Dave Orr (man about town) • 10 p.m. RECOVERY ROOM // 901 7th St. S. Kin Pickin' (jam grass) • 10 p.m. RIVERSIDE PARK // La Crosse La Crosse Concert Band (“Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie”) • 7:30 p.m.

RED PINES BAR & GRILL // W7305 Hwy Z Muddy Flats and The Hep Cats THURSDAY, (acoustic) • 7:30 p.m.

July 14

DEWEY'S // 621 St. Paul St. SEVEN BRIDGES // 910 Second Ave. N. B Squat Woody (songwriter) • 7:30 p.m. Randy’s Corner (songwriters) • 6 p.m. THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies & Kompanie (jazz) • 8 p.m.

JAVA VINO // 1505 Losey Blvd S. Dan Collins and a Piano (pop) • 6 p.m. SOUTHSIDE NEIGH. CENTER // 1300 S. 6th St.

THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. La Crosse Harp Ensemble • 7 p.m. The Disabled, Fuzzy HD, Kim Jong Pill, Blue Collar Slobs (CD release show) • 7 p.m. THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies & Kompanie (Jazz) • 5 p.m.


July 10

DUBLIN SQUARE // 103 N. Third St. Shawno & Echant ('Rockin' Acoustic Duo') • 9 p.m.

TREMPEALEAU HOTEL // 150 Main St. Neon (pop-rock) • 7 p.m.

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The Beer Review Summer Love Victory Brewing Company Downingtown, Pennsylvania We’re already at the cusp of Fourth of July weekend, which is a pretty good time to assess the progress of summer. I know mine’s been awesome. I’ve already gone camping three times, including an excursion last weekend to a state park in Dane County. Before my drive home I stopped by State Street in Madison to pick up some CDs, and as fate would have it, I found a parking spot near my old college beer haunt: Riley’s Wines of the World. I didn’t have any quarters for the meter, but I do love grabbing new beers, so I decided to step inside to make change and

impulse buys. Only after walking out of the liquor store, fresh spare change jangling in my pocket, did I realize I had dabbled in reverse panhandling. But the country drive put me in a fine summer spirit, and the beer I snagged ended up being the perfect brew for the season. Summer Love is a two-year-old offering from the Victory Brewing Company of suburban Philadelphia. Originally conceived as a onetime offering for Philly Beer Week, Summer Love has returned as a full-on seasonal, now available in 29 states. I haven’t seen it around La Crosse yet, so our local distributors better step their game up. This is a beer you’re going to want to try before August. Purchase: 6-pack of Summer Love from Riley’s Wines of the World, $9.99

Style: American blonde ale Strength: 5.2 percent ABV Packaging: The arty, colorful logo is a veritable ode to summer with a pastiche drawing of baseball players, ice cream cones, tents, fireworks, fishing and women in bathing suits. Appearance: Summer Love pours a nearly clear shade of gold with a short-lasting white head. Aroma: The first notes are of lemon zest over graham cracker sweetness, but Pilsner malts and noble hops fill out the clean aroma. Taste: Summer Love is practically effervescent when it first hits the tongue. It zips on lemon zest, club soda and black pepper notes, but at the middle of the tongue it descends into maltiness like stale Wheat Thins. But the European hops do provide a clean, if not es-

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pecially flavorful, finish. Mouthfeel: Very thin-bodied and fizzy, which aren’t attributes that I normally look for in a beer, but this is a pretty stand-up brew for summer. Drinkability: Supremely drinkable. It’s probably no exaggeration to say I could drink these all day, and the $10 price tag is likely the only thing that could discourage me. Ratings: BeerAdvocate grades this a B+, while RateBeer scores it an 89. Summer Love isn’t the most complex beer you’ll find on the shelf, but on a warm sunny day, few beverages will treat you so nicely. If nothing else, this is best blonde ale I’ve had in years, and I sure hope to have a few more before the end of summer.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 what was actually in the bill and time for the opposition to form, which turned out to be considerable. It was a unique event, and we aren’t likely to ever see anything quite like it again. SS: As we all heard, the governor finally signed the budget bill, including some line vetoes, Monday, in a ceremony in Ashwaubenon. What we can expect as the bill takes effect? JS: The first thing we’ll see is that the bill is an outrageous attack on the middle class, as the average taxpayer will be getting less for his tax dollar. The tax burden is shifted onto the middle class in order to provide tax breaks for the corporations and the very rich. Communities are already having to deal with the loss of teachers, firefighters, and other public workers.

comes in with lots of money to spend and with no one knowing who the group represents. We saw this when Steve Doyle ran against John Lautz, and in the congressional contest between Dan Kapanke and Ron Kind. There are a number of political organizations that are willing to spend a lot of money to push their views around the country. I tell people when they see ads from groups like that, they should ignore them.

tee to make sure working people will have access to care they can afford. We’ve made it easier for elderly people who often have to pay enormous amounts for the pharmaceuticals they need. I also worked for a program help working people to afford college tuition. Those are things I feel good about.

SS: Wisconsin has always been proud of its public school systems. Yet the governor’s bill cuts deeply into education funding and even prevents communities from raising property taxes to prevent having to fire staff and cut programs. At the same time we will be putting more money into charter schools. Has Wisconsin lost its faith in public schools?

JS: In Wisconsin we’re finding ways to take advantage of what the law provides by organizing insurance exchanges, for example, and making it possible for people to find coverage. In Wisconsin we also have BadgerCare, which means we cover more people than most states. In fact we cover almost everyone.

SS: The national health reform act, what people call Obamacare, is still being implemented. How is that working out?

SS: Yesterday I saw for the first time a new ad in which you are described as actually being stingy about things like health care and education. It was almost disturbing, because you expect Republicans to attack Democrats for being generous spenders. But it turned out the ad isn’t sponsored by your opponent, but by one of those national organizations. I know you’ve seen it. How do you respond to it?

JS: I don’t think that’s what people voted for in the last elections. Of course people are concerned about property taxes and the cost of education, but most of us want a strong school system. I think of the woman who lives on Winnebago Street on a fixed income. I want her to take ownership in our public schools. I want her to take ownership in the guy who fixes her car and got his training at our technical school. I want her to take ownership in the woman who prepares her prescription and who was also educated at a state university.

JS: I’ve already responded to the fact it’s untrue. I mean my actual work on health care and education is very solid. We will see a lot more of this kind of thing, where a group

SS: What have you been able to accomplish in your years in the state assembly? What are you most proud of?

JS: One where everyone has access to the care they need. That’s the important thing. And we need to find ways to contain costs as well.

JS: A couple of things, certainly. In the Assembly I worked on the health care commit-

SS: One last question. What do you have planned for the 4th of July?

JS: It’s always been a big day for me. It happens to be my birthday. SS: No way! JS: Yes it is. This year will be busy. Besides the cake, there are a couple of parades and some other events. I always loved the 4th growing up, the fireworks with my grandparents in Columbus and everything, but being on a holiday, my birthday didn’t always get the attention the other kids’ birthdays got. Still, it was always fun. I love the musical 1776, so on the Fourth we put the music on and everybody sings along. SS: So thanks for sharing your time. Happy Fourth of July and happy birthday.

SS: And yet inner city Milwaukee has an infant mortality rate like a third world country. JS: That’s true for Racine as well, and that’s just not an acceptable situation. Obviously slashing health care programs isn’t going to help. As I said, Wisconsin has one of the best programs in the country, but we can do better. SS: What kind of health care system would you like to see?

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By Amy Alkon

Creature from the slack lagoon I’ve been engaged to a man for seven years, but we haven't been able to afford to get married. I attend college part time while raising my daughter and working. He treats me well and works hard, but he’s unmotivated and undereducated. He doesn’t even have a high school diploma and can only get low-paying work with bad hours. Three months ago, he was fired from a nursing home for stealing drinks from the soda machine, and he hasn't looked for a job since. He said he couldn’t when we had a rainy period; now he says it’s too hot. When I suggested he get up early to beat the heat, he got angry. Our relationship has never been about money, but I'm not seeing much light at the end of the tunnel. Why do I stay? Because I love him, and I’m scared I wouldn’t be able to make it on my own as a single mother. —- Trapped A boyfriend who actually “works hard” would be working hard to stop sponging

off you — maybe getting his GED so he could get more than a dead-end, minimumwage job. That’s kinda tough to do when the answers to “Where’d you go to school and what did you study?” are “Meadowood Elementary” and “Babar the Elephant.” Still, school isn’t everything. A woman I know, Tig Notaro, flunked eighth grade twice, got moved up to ninth grade and flunked that, too. When her classmates started to be kids she’d babysat for, she dropped out. Like your boyfriend, she could’ve resigned herself to employment in the paper hat/fry vat sector, but she worked briefly promoting bands, then gave her all to doing stand-up. She went on to have her own Comedy Central special, be a featured character (“Officer Tig”) on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” and tour internationally as a headlining comedian. She eventually got her GED, “just to get it,” but found it most useful as cat food (she reports that her cat ate the left side of it the day she brought it home). So, the problem isn’t that school isn’t your guy’s thing, but that motivation isn’t. You, on the other hand, are attending college and working and caring for two children — the little girl you gave birth to and the grown man perfecting his napping skills on your couch. You say your relationship has never been about money. Actually, it’s very much about money, on account of how little of it he’s been bringing home. And then, when it’s job-hunting time, he bleats, “It’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too wet.” Excuse me, but is he a man or Goldilocks? It’s nice to see the good in people. It’s

nicer for you if the good you see is actually there. Otherwise, you just delay admitting the obvious: There isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel. Additionally, you’re paying the rent on the tunnel. You say you fear being on your own as a single mother, but you’re already on your own. Without your boyfriend, you’d be a single mother with one less mouth to feed. You can have a very different kind of guy in your life — one who makes you better and happier because you’re with him. If you suspect you aren’t worthy, try something: Act like you’re worthy. Like you deserve a man who brings something to the relationship (and not just a couple Mello Yellos he swiped from the soda machine at the old folks home).

somebody for the first time doesn’t enhance anybody’s ability to articulate thoughts. Maybe this guy was at a loss for words, and suddenly, it came back to him, his mother saying, “What do you say when the nice lady gives you a cookie?” Instead of sitting around dissecting the possibilities, do what you always should when you’re hoping to see some date again: Forget about him until the phone rings and he’s on the other end asking if you give discounts for repeat customers. Got a problem? Send an e-mail to AdviceAmy@aol. com (

Not into thankings Something a guy said the first time we had sex isn’t sitting well with me. He said “Thank you.” Those aren’t the worst two words in the English language, but hearing them after sex made me feel bad. Sort of used. We made tentative plans for another date, but I’m wondering if I’ll even hear from him again. What does it mean when a guy uses this sort of courteous closure after sex? —- Disturbed After he thanked you, did he ask very politely how much a second hour would be? A lot of women get ticked at hearing “thank you” after sex, feeling they’re being seen as service providers. That’s because you thank somebody who does something FOR you, not when you’ve done something mutual together. The thing is, getting naked with

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608.787.4500 • *Most people who live, work, worship, or attend school in the area are eligible to join Altra. Membership eligibility required. A+ Checking available for personal accounts only. Use of four free Altra electronic services required to receive dividend and up to $20 per month in ATM fee refunds. Portion of account balance over $25,000 earns 0.50% Annual Percentage Yield (APY). Non-qualifying accounts earn 0.10% APY. ATM fee refunds available for withdrawals from A+ Checking. Dividends calculated and paid each calendar month on daily balance. Rates shown effective 04 -01-11; subject to change monthly. Please contact Altra for complete account details. Federally insured by NCUA up to $250,000.

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