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La Crosse's Free Press VOLUME 11, NO. 25 | JULY 21, 2011
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NAME AND AGE: Erica Black, 27
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Minneapolis, MN CURRENT JOB: Administrative Assistant at Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. DREAM JOB: Maybe working with animals at a zoo or nature center.
reading it since January. I do puzzles more than I read.
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTIEST PLEASURE? Bread. LOVE it! TELL US A JOKE: I'm not too good with jokes. I find myself quoting funny movies in everyday conversations, however. WHAT'S THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? A beer at Riverfest. Mmm.
WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?: LAST THING YOU GOOGLED: I'm wearing a cute dress, so nothing I guess. I think I Googled "inconvenience" to make sure I was spelling it correctly. IF A GENIE GRANTED YOU ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD YOU ASK FOR? IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE Good health for my friends and family. WOULD IT BE? I generally love the Midwest...But I loved Copenhagen! WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE? I wish I could fly like a bird. That would be pretty cool.
HAVE DINNER WITH? I would like to have dinner with my dad. Funny how you always seem to think of famous people, when other ones that have left us are so much more important!
WHAT IS YOUR PET PEEVE? The people in Riverside or Grandad Bluff who idle their cars while FIRST CONCERT YOU WENT TO: they sit in them and enjoy the view or read a book...what the? If Los Lobos at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater! you don't idle, you will preserve the air and scenery a lot longer!
WHAT IS YOUR BEVERAGE OF CHOICE? Sangria CELEBRITY CRUSH: I don't really have one. I think Bette Midler is pretty cool though. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? Every Natural Fact..but I've been
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SECOND SUPPER? The crossword puzzle. HOW DO YOU KNOW SHUGGYPOP? I happened upon him in the Cavalier Lounge one evening and was surprised to find out he was indeed, the world-renowned Shuggypop Jackson. — Compiled by Shuggypop Jackson, email@example.com
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Hot enough for ya? 1. Oh, ya! 2. Uff dah. 3. Jeez Louise! 4. Beats winter. 5. Yeesh. 6. Ain’t that the truth. 7. It’s not so much the heat; it’s the goshdarn humidity.
This Friday, July 22, take a stroll down to the Pump House Regional Arts Center and take in local artist, friend of Second Supper and Vitamin Studio co-owner Matt Duckett’s latest exhibition of paintings. Duckett, whose work was recently accepted into the prestigious Salmagundi Club’s Annual Juried Exhibition in New York City, will present his latest paintings, gathered under the title The Assault of Memory. Duckett paints in a highly realistic figurative style, and his paintings “capture the essence of their subjects with an intriguing ethereal quality that makes the heart ache.” The artist’s reception, also for artists Leisa Luis Grill and Marilee Switzer Collins, will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Pump House’s Kader Room with drinks and refreshments, and following the reception will be a gathering at Vitamin Studio.
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Work week got you beat? Massage sound good? I thought so. You’ve still got some time to head over to Globe University in Onalaska to take part in their massage-athon. Local massage therapists and Globe University students will provide 5-minute chair massages for each ticket you purchase. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Z-Care Community Support Fund. Booths, prizes and refreshments are also available.
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Impress that lucky lady in your life and check out the Moonlight Dance Studio’s Dance Workshop on Tuesday, July 26. The class is an accelerated learning exploration of salsa and cha-cha styles. In 1 ½ hours, you’ll be sweeping her off her feet. The class runs from 7-8:30 p.m., and the cost is $49 per couple, which you would have spent on dinner anyway. Kudos for creativity — and we won’t tell her where you got the idea.
Drink like an Irishman Eirinn go brach! Get this week started off right with an Irish beer tasting night at Dublin Square in downtown La Crosse. For just $10 per person, you can sample from a wide variety of Emerald Isle ales, such as Guinness, McSorley’s, Harp, Magner’s Irish Cider and Killian’s Irish Red. You can even keep the glass when you’re finished! Might be a great chance to check out some of their menu items, as well. In fact, that’s probably a good idea. Slainte! Get a spanakopita
Summer is the perfect time to get away for some vacationing, but if you’re like us and the cost of travel makes that idea laughable, why not get your fix an easier way? This Sunday, July 24, marks the St. Elias Mediterranean Festival, taking place at the South Side Oktoberfest Grounds. The event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., is free of charge, features entertainment from the Village Dancers, the Apple Annies, folk dance instructor Paul Wagner, jugglers and stilt walkers. Mediterranean meals are available for $12-15, and include chicken or lamb, rice, salad and spanakopita (mmm). Ten percent of the proceeds will go to benefit the people of Santa Celia, Nicaragua. There’s much more, so go check it out!
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Matt Duckett’s friend Tim is the subject of a portrait that will be exhibited next month at the Salmagundi Club American Art Center in New York. Duckett also is unveiling his first solo show on Friday night at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.
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firstname.lastname@example.org You have to excuse Matt Duckett if he seems a bit harried these days. In addition to teaching at Winona State University and continuing his work at Vitamin Studio, an art studio that he helped found, Duckett is preparing for two milestones in his career as an artist. First, he is unveiling his first solo show, “Assault of Memory,” July 22 at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. Second, next month he will make his first trip to New York City, where his painting, "The Turn," was accepted into the prestigious Salmagundi Club’s 34th annual nonmember juried exhibition Aug. 8-19. “I am putting my painting on a wall that a lot of my heroes will walk by,” Duckett says. Duckett was born in Missouri but grew up in La Crosse, graduated from Logan High School and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in art and English from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2009. “I always hoped to supplement my art with teaching rather than supplementing teaching with my art,” he says. He left his job as Creative Arts Administrator at the Pump House Regional Arts Center in early May to focus on his art. “I had this exhibition coming up,” he explains. “And I’m trying to get a body of work together to approach galleries.” He now is working 18-19 hours a day on his art. The Pump House show will feature figurative and portraiture art, 23 paintings with the oldest of the pieces being completed within the last year. Duckett said his work is “more about narrating a story than depicting” and he finds inspiration in the people around him, whether they’re models, friends or family.
He tries to “feel a person,” in a sense, “when they’re in their environment” and uses their “biological cues” and body language to tell their story in his visual language. “The Turn,” for example, is a portraiture of a friend, a musician, like Duckett, with an interest in traditional Irish music. He is also just an interesting person, having lived in a commune for a time, teaching himself to be more environmentally conscious and increasingly self-sufficient, serving as teacher and mentor to others, and enjoying life more and more “off the grid.” While Duckett, 32, has considered applying for the Salmagundi Club exhibition the last couple of years, his selection this year almost happened as an afterthought. With the deadline approaching and much work to do, Duckett had decided to forgo the show and concentrate instead on entering The Richeson 75: International Art Competition, hosted by the Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly. The two deadlines were only four days apart. Practically at the last minute, however, Duckett decided to enter the Salmagundi competition. Hurrying through the process of filling out the application, burning a CD, tracking down a CD case and mailing envelope, hustling over to Kwik Trip on his bike for stamps and then to the post office, he arrived just as the carrier was opening the box for the last pickup of the day. In the aftermath, however, he missed the Richeson deadline and was depressed that he would not be in the show he originally had set his sights on. “I busted my hump to get into that show,” he says. The mood changed a few weeks later, however, when Jenn Bushman, his girlfriend and a co-founder of Vitamin Studio, was going through the mail as friends and
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1. Pizza Amore (30 percent) 2. Big Al’s (28 percent) 3. T-Jo’s (14 percent) Supper says: Kate Gerard's impact on the fine dining scene of La Crosse continues, this time in the realm of pizza. One can only assume that she’ll continue to crush it for years to come.
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1. Topper’s Pizza* (24 percent) 2. Pizza King (21 percent) 3. Politos (19 percent) Supper says: If you’re one of those folks who likes to get your drink on and eat late night Triple Sticks, Toppers wins every time. But really, if you’re one of those folks who likes to get anything delivered after midnight, Toppers will be there for you. Voters say: “When you’re drunk they all taste the same.”
1. Hunan (35 percent) 2. The Dragon (23 percent) 3. China Star (16 percent) Supper says: The name sounds like a question. Hunan? The people of La Crosse have an answer: Hunan is the best Chinese restaurant in the city. Voters say: A voter with category confusion cast a write-in vote for Hmong’s Golden Eggroll, but admitted “even though it’s not Chinese!” And a voter who we think eats pizza (see above) and Chinese after a night on the town offered, “They’re all exactly the same.” Does alcohol deaden the taste buds?
1. Fayze’s* (23 percent) 2. Sloopy’s Alma Mater (19 percent) 3. Bucky’s Burger (15 percent) Supper says: One can't go wrong with anything on their people-pleasing menu. However, you win big with their burgers. Every time. Voters say: Not many comments here, but strong write-in effort for a Dublin Square Irish Pub, and a loyal few touting Trempealeau Hotel’s walnut burger.
1. Manny’s Cocina* (31 percent) 2. Fiesta Mexicana (20 percent) 3. Tequila Mexican Restaurant (19 percent) Supper says: Manny’s Cocina has been Crystal Mata prepares an "incredible edible" panini as Anna Lively shreds carrots at the People’s Food Co-op. Second Supper readers voted the Co-op as Best Deli in the 2011 Best of La Crosse contest.
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serving up some of La Crosse’s finest seafood in any style. It is one of the pricier places for a taco, but you won’t find better talapia tacos for miles. Voters say: An obviously well-trained food critic, we’re sure (yes, that’s sarcasm), says “None of them should be called Mexican food!”
1. The Pearl *(37 percent) 2. The Sweet Shop (26 percent) 3. Ranison (25 percent) Supper says: This place has been around longer than the Mississippi River. Why? Because The Pearl isn't just great in La Crosse. It's great in the world. Voters say: Nothing. Sweet.
1. Fayze’s Restaurant (48 percent) 2. Old Style Inn (11 percent) 3. Hackberry’s (9 percent) Supper says: Fayze’s didn’t even place last year but dominated in 2011. That’s odd because the food remains the same: tasty, diverse and plentiful. If you're waiting for an establishment to fall from grace, I hope you're not waiting for Fayze's.
1. Pickerman’s *(32 percent) 2. Coney Island (20 percent) 3. Beef & Etc. (15 percent) Supper says: This always-busy sandwich shop on Jay Street is well known for its soup/sandwich combos, and the menu for both is always changing. So for wealth of options and pure Earl of Sandwich bliss, look no further. For a daily menu, look online. Voters say: Now this is the ultimate cheap lunch, according to one voter: “Subway’s dumpster between 10:30-11:30.”
1. Buffalo Wild Wings* (27 percent) 2. Sports Nut (24 percent) 3. Blue Moon (14 percent) Supper says: Someday, somebody will probably name their first-born child Buffalo Wild Wings. And we probably would like to hang out with him. Thanks, B-Dubs! Voters say: Not many chain restaurants fared well in Best Of voting, but taste wasn’t the only thing on one voter’s mind: “Whichever one I can pretend to eat wings at while looking at boobies.”
1. Fayze’s Restaurant *(46 percent) 2. Schmidty’s (22 percent) 3. Ardie’s Restaurant (15 percent) Supper says: Is it the Lebanense buns? The hardy portions? The solid Midwestern fare? The inviting atmosphere and friendly staff? Yes, to all of the above. 1. Lindy’s* (27 percent) 2. Bodega Brew Pub (21 percent) 3. Pickerman’s (20 percent) Supper says: Lindy’s has been serving up some of La Crosse’s finest sandwiches since the 1990s. With freshly baked breads and the finest ingredients, you can’t get a better sub sandwich for miles. Unless of course you find yourself in the Bodega and are wondering what to order to accompany an oat soda.
1. The Root Note* (31 percent) 2. Jules (22 percent) 3. Java Vino (15 percent) Supper says: Yes, this trendy downtown establishment is closed, at least temporarily, but there is no denying its popularity among a younger crowd and an occasional hippie or two. Hurry back, Root Note!
1. People’s Food Co-op (41 percent) 2. Festival Foods (31 percent) 3. Holmen Meat Locker (14 percent) Supper says: Are photos truly worth a thousand words? Check out our snapshot of the co-op’s busy, happy deli crew feeding the masses on a typical weekday morning. Numbers don’t lie, and it’s clear the Co-op deli is a fan favorite. Voters say: “Shop the Pig.”
1. Digger’s Sting* (38 percent) 2. Freight House (28 percent) 3. Piggy’s Restaurant (17 percent) Supper says: Who doesn’t like steak? Aside from vegans, cows and toddlers, very few people turn their nose up at a good cut of beef. And in La Crosse there isn’t a better place to get a steak, just the way you like it, than at Digger’s Sting.
1. Pickerman’s* (44 percent) 2. The People’s Food Co-op (27 percent) 3. Erbert & Gerbert’s (13 percent) Supper says: Other places do soup and sandwiches, but Pickermans does it the best. Congratulations on the repeat title, Pickerman's.
1. Buzzard Billy’s* (40 percent) 2. Dublin Square (21 percent) 3. Train Station BBQ (15 percent) Supper says: With its Cajun flair and expansive menu, Buzzard Billy’s is one of La Crosse’s great gems. Little peppers denote their menu’s spicy options, of which there are many, so order milk if you can’t stand the heat.
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1. Syl’s* (33 percent) 2. Ardie’s (14 percent) 3. Seven Bridges (11 percent) Supper says: Syl's fish fry is so good that the whole place should be batter fried and put into a hall of fame. No surprise here. Voters say: Lots of write-ins reflect the breadth of the fish fry tradition in the Coulee Region. Here’s one we didn’t see last year: American Legion Post 336, Onalaska.
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1. Bamboo House (39 percent) 2. Hmong’s Golden Eggrolls (28 percent) 3. Yoko’s (23 percent) Supper says: Second Supper has long been begging for more ethnic diversity in La Crosse’s dining scene, and Bamboo House answered our prayers. Whether it’s Thai curries, sushi, noodle dishes or hibachi, Bamboo House brings the thunder. Now if only they would relocate to downtown,
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1. Rudy’s Drive In (38 percent) 2. Dublin Square (22 percent) 3. Huck Finn’s on the Water (19 percent) Supper says: Dublin Square’s new outdoor dining patio is a great addition to the downtown scene, but it can’t eclipse the hot rods and hot food-served-on-a-tray-by-girlsin-roller-skates vibe that Rudy’s Drive In offers its customers. Voters say: Keep an eye on 4 Sisters, which received several write-ins.
1. Flipside Bar & Grill (24 percent) 2. Eagles Nest (21 percent) 3. Varsity Club (17 percent) Supper says: If there are two things La Crosse loves, it’s beer and sports. Combine both in one setting, along with some decent pub food, and it’s guaranteed a local following. Sure, the sports bar theme is a dime a dozen around here, and good luck finding a bar in town that doesn’t have a TV showing the game, but Flipside took the medal this year for favorite place to get that team spirit camaraderie. Good game, guys! Voters say: “That one from ‘Cheers.’” Ah, its name was Cheers. Geez, Norm, maybe it’s time to find a meeting.
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1. Animal House (30 percent) 2. Eagle’s Nest (17 percent) 3. Library (16 percent) Supper says: It's hard to dislike A-House. Try it. With a great beer selection, lovely bartenders (even the dudes are hot) and good music, they are the law; La Crosse is the crime. Voters say: This category always seems to bring out the creativity, or should we say sarcasm, in our voters: “The river.” Or, “They should be burned to the ground” and — is there an arson gang is on the loose? — “Whichever one is on fire.” And sure to win any argument: “Your mom.”
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1. Whiskey River (25 percent) 2. Players (23 percent) 3. Impulse (16 percent) Supper says: A far cry from the Willie Nelson song, Whiskey brings the noise, the heat, and the beautiful babies. Dancing is an art; Whiskey River provides the perfect canvas. Voters say: The voters who rail against college bars also seem to have it in for the dance clubs, which apparently don’t measure up to their high standards: “Ugh … even worse” than college bars, “Club? In La Crosse? Sadly still none this year.” … “They all suck.” … And finally to prove dancing is not exclusive to pop music, “I like to shake my ass at Popcorn.”
1. Del’s* (61 percent) 2. Dublin Square (12 percent) 3. Digger’s Sting (8 percent) Supper says: Del’s hangs their hat on their Bloodys, and if you are going to make one drink your claim to fame, you had better deliver. By their margin of victory, we think it’s safe to say that Del’s need not fear anybody knocking them off their pedestal anytime soon. Got that hungover hair of the dog? We’ll meet you at Del’s.
1. The Cavalier Lounge (62 percent) 2. Starlite Lounge (25 percent) 3. Waterfront (6 percent) Supper says: This reopened lounge with some of the coolest history in town seems to have made a positive impression with those who are “in the know” — that it even exists. It looks like the best kept secret in town isn’t so secret anymore. Stylish interior renovations, an impressive cocktail menu, and a completely hip vibe make this a popular destination for drinks and laidback conversation. Yes, you can actually have a conversation in this bar.
1. The Cavalier Lounge (57 percent) 2. Bodega Brew Pub (30 percent) 3. Pearl Street Brewery (7 percent) Supper says: Bodega has been toppled! How can that be? It helps to have a bar owner who is well known to the Second Supper demographic. Having over 100 tasty craft beers helps out too.
1. Dale’s Clothing (44 percent) 2. Kick (32 percent) 3. Funk (12 percent) Supper says: The downtown institution that is Dale’s is the place to go for stylish threads. Keep fighting the good fight against mall hegemony! Meanwhile, Kick did extremely well with female voters, but tumbleweeds could be seen blowing amongst the males. I guess high end shoes ain’t a “dude thing.” But we here at Second Supper love you both! Voters say: Newcomer “Lark” finished a strong fourth, but the boutique vote that made us smile: “Ace Hardware.”
1. Vintage Vogue* (40 percent) 2. Goodwill (31 percent) 3. Second Showing (11 percent) Supper says: In the land of thrift stores, Vintage Vogue is king. This place has got everything: great vibes, excellent selection, wonderful prices, and a whole lot of love.
1. Deaf Ear Records* (47 percent) 2. Dave’s Guitar Shop (23 percent) 3. Leithhold Music (13 percent) Supper says: This record shop holds one of the most impressive music libraries (both CD and vinyl, new and used) in the Coulee Region. In this digitalized day and age, the fact they even have a music library is
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impressive. Voters say: Don’t overlook the sound guy. One voter touted Commercial AV Systems of Onalaska.
1. River City Comics (40 percent) 2. Pearl Street Books (19 percent) 3. Intimate Treasures (17 percent) Supper says: Another upset as Pearl Street Books slips a notch. Perhaps it’s the renewed interest in graphic novels, or the growing popularity in Manga, or even evidence of the widespread interest in gaming and role playing. Or just the fact we’re all kids at heart and love escapes of all kinds. Or maybe their dedicated core of customers spend too much time online voting. Whatever. We love you all.
1. Orange Pearl (26 percent) 1. Metropolitan Salon and Spa* (26 percent) 3. Secret Sun (16 percent) Supper says: The tie tells us there is more than one way to succeed in business. Orange Pearl has an edgier feel; Metropolitan perhaps a bit more conservative. But the services, styles and customer satisfaction score high at both. Congrats! Voters say: “My bathroom.”
1. Buzz’s Bike Shop (20 percent) 2. Smith’s Cycling & Fitness (16 percent) 3. Bikes Limited (12 percent) Supper says: Buzz’s Bike Shop has been hawking the finest in two-wheel transportation since before most of Second Supper’s readers’ parents were even peddling to the Sweet Shop. Not only do they sell the best, Buzz’s service is the best.… We should also note, to be fair, that another well-known outdoors/recreation store (which shall remain nameless) was disqualified because it still hasn’t paid its (expletive-deleted) advertising bill to us from 2010!
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1. Altra* (41 percent) 2. Citizens State Bank (18 percent) 3. Coulee Bank (11 percent) Supper says: We love Altra. You love Altra. We all love Altra. Who doesn’t love to see interest help their checking account swell? Well, maybe not swell, but every little bit helps, and Altra does a lot to help its customers. No minimum balance. No monthly fees. Love it. Voters say: “Under my bed.” Another sign that the recession is not over?
1. Second Supper * (53 percent) 2. La Crosse Tribune (30 percent) 3. Coulee Region Women (8 percent) Supper says: Golly, gee. (Blush.) We don’t know what to say, but “Thanks.” Voters say: “Anything but the Tribune” warrants publication, we think.
1. Mind Altering* (56 percent) 2. Blue line (26 percent) 3. 3rd Street Ink (6 percent) Supper says: Mind Altering says it all, and that’s exactly what you get at Mind Altering Tattoos. Whether it’s a tribal sun, a Celtic cross or a Brewers mitt, you’ll never be the same again after you get some ink at this downtown favorite. Voters say: “County jail” and “my garage” made the list, but perhaps it’s time for those voters to take a road trip? We had a few writeins for Tatu Royale (“Winona all the way!”) and Chicago Tattoo and Piercing Company on Belmont. That’s Belmont, in Chicago. Let’s see, who do we know there? Loyal former Suppies, perhaps? … And then there was this warning for all tattoo artists: “Wolf owns your ass.”
1. Rivoli Theatre (66 percent) 2. Pettibone Disc Golf (11 percent) 3. Riverside Amusement Park (10 percent) Supper says: Although over the past decade the Rivol’s prices have more than doubled, there is not a better and cheaper place to catch a film in La Crosse. With a beer selection that rivals brew pubs down the street, and the best movie theatre food in town, the Rivoli is the perfect spot to catch a film, have a brew and munch on some housemade pizza that won’t increase your deficit. And if a four dollar movie is too steep, hop across the river and toss a FREE 18 at Pettibone’s disc golf course. Voters say: Our voters know cheap: “Marsh.” And to the voter who likes to see “high school show choirs,” that’s just a little creepy, man. You’re 50. You wear a trenchcoat. And its 100 degrees. Creepy.
1. Monkey Wrench (27 percent) 2. Paxico (25 percent) 3. Porcupine (18 percent) Supper says: The Foo Fighters don’t want to be your monkey wrench, but Monkey Wrench wants to be your Foo Fighters. They work hard for it too, so go see ‘em. Voters say: Some music fans, who won’t like the voters’ choice, like to question our street cred: “WTF, Second Supper, Monkey Wrench is a cover band.” Others, meanwhile, need to get out more often: “I don’t know these bands.”
1. Greg Balfany’s LaX Jazz4tet (26 percent) 2. The New Jazz Infidels (20 percent) 3. Jim Piela Quartet (19 percent) Supper says: Whether it’s putting on the city's annual jazz festival, heading UW-La Crosse's music department or leading his four piece with the smoothest sax in town, the good Professor is ground zero when it comes to jazz in La Crosse. Voters say: “Jazz is dead.” Is not. “Don’t care.” You should. Debate over. We win. Nanananana.
1. Nick Shattuck* (33 percent) 2. Cheech (27 percent) 3. Dan Sebranic (14 percent) Supper says: Nick Shattuck has a posse. It seems the dude is always playing a show somewhere, and wherever he goes, it seems the ladies love his original songs about former flames and taking walks across the Cass Street bridge. It seems La Crosse loved him so much that he got too big for this pond and moved off to California. Now where are we going to get our Jack Johnson-esque fix? JK, we love you, Nick. Voters say: “Don’t care.” See above.
1. String Ties (26 percent) 2. Fayme Rochelle & the Waxwings (25 percent) 3. Muddy Flats and the Hep Cats (22 percent) Supper says: This region has always had a shade of bluegrass-y, folky, old-timey music, but no one’s been truer to the old sounds than String Ties. They’re the hardest working band in the string business. Voters say: “Don’t care.” See above.
1. The Smokin’ Bandits* (32 percent) 2. Shoeless Revolution (29 percent) 3. Moon Boot Posse (20 percent) Supper says: A certain type of live music fan loves them guitar solos and stretched out improvisations to boogie oogie oogie the night away. The Bandits bring that every time they play, but they’ve also got those countrified songwriting chops to puts them in a class ahead Voters say: “Don’t care.” See above, and then see above again. Why are you taking this survey?
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1. Popcorn Tavern (24 percent) 2. Howie’s (19 percent) 3. JB’s Speakeasy (16 percent) 3. The Warehouse (16 percent) Supper says: Last year’s winner Nighthawks fell completely off the map. Instead the title goes to the true champ of downtown’s live
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because many of you like your theater on the edgy side. But what this vote really shows is, there really isn’t a bad place in town to catch a play, and we are fortunate to have as many options as we do.
1. T.U.G.G. (61 percent) 2. Neon (11 percent) 3. Elliot Arms (8 percent) 4. Windsor Marie (8 percent) Supper says: There was a time when T.U.G.G. was arguably the most popular original band in La Crosse. We’re not sure if that’s even an argument anymore. They take home the title in this first-time category, leaving other indie/ alternative bands wishing we’d created an altreggae division.
1. Cutty Currency (23 percent) 1. The Cool Kids Committee (23 percent) 3. Another Exoneration (23 percent) Supper says: One vote separated first from second. One vote separated second from third. Remember that on recall election day. Voters say: “None. Hip-hop scene is quite lame ‘round here.” And “Your Face.” Not sure, is that act or an attitude?
1. Muse (24 percent) 2. Viterbo (24 percent) 3. UW-La Crosse (22 percent) Supper says: What a dead heat this category was. The Muse squeaked this one out probably
1. Pump House (43 percent) 2. The Root Note (35 percent) 3. Grand River Station gallery (7 percent) Supper says: We love art! We love local art! We love the Pump House!
1. La Crosse Loggers* (42 percent) 2. Mississippi Valley Mayhem (25 percent) 3. Coulee Region Chill (13 percent) Supper says: All three of these teams bring the variety of sports gaming that the city of La Crosse needs, but there is just something about a warm summer evening watching baseball that fits like a glove. Plus we’re a little partial to the Beer Batter. No, we actually love the Beer Batter (but not like that). Voters say: “Packers.” Of course. “Norsemen.” Who, Whitehall? Westby? Be more clear next year, Norsemen fan. “La Crosse Catbirds.” Gone but not forgotten. And “UW-La Crosse Wrestling.” Insert your own joke here.
1. All-Star Lanes* (33 percent) 2. Pla-More Lanes (27 percent)
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3. South Lanes (19 percent) Supper says: Where else can you go and call yourself a bowling all star except for AllStar Lanes? One of the newer alleys in town, they have some of coolest strike and spare animations west of the PBA hall of fame. Stop on by and bowl a few frames while you read your favorite periodical.
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1. Top Shots* (71 percent) 2. Yesterday’s (12 percent) 3. Varsity Club (6 percent) Supper says: After the Tosa Club shut down to make room for a second big blue bridge, there was a huge hole in the La Crosse pool scene. That is until people remembered a little place called Top Shots. With plenty of tables and usually little wait, this is the ideal spot to rack ‘em and break ‘em.
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1. YMCA* (53 percent) 2. Snap Fitness (19 percent) 3. Premier Fitness (9 percent) Supper says: How can those workers handing out towels so early in the morning be so positive and cheery? They must be fit. Plenty of equipment here to help you get or stay in shape, plus a pool and wide variety of classes. And it still draws a true mix of ages unlike some of the trendier fitness clubs. Voters say: We are always looking for advertising opportunities, but have never made a cent off “The bluffs” or “My basement.” Deadbeats.
1. Fox Hollow *(33 percent) River Fife, 6 (left), and her brother, Payton, 9, of Portland, Ore., look over homemade candy in The Pearl, winner of Best Candy Shop in the 2011 Best of La Crosse contest. The children were visiting their grandparents in La Crosse.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 2. Forest Hills (24 percent) 3. Cedar Creek (14 percent) Supper says: Golf is sometimes miserable. Golfing at Fox Hollow, however, is not. The whole course appears to be dropped into Barre Mills by God, and even if you can't play like Him, enjoy the best course in His Country. Voters say: Although La Crosse Country Club placed a respectable fourth, with 11 percent of the vote, perhaps Judge Smails needs to loosen the membership requirements for this frustrated duffer: “La Crosse Country Club (if anyone could ever golf there). Snooty b*$@*s.”
3. French Island (16 percent) Supper says: Onalaska is roughly two seconds north of La Crosse and, arguably the sunfish capital of the Coulee Region. It also houses the largest mall in the area. It’s also the largest suburb on the list. Not to be outdone, Shelby is approximately two seconds south of La Crosse. It takes a Master’s degree in surveying to actually figure out where La Crosse ends and Shelby begins. One thing that’s for certain is that the best views of the Coulee Region are to be found atop the bluffs in Shelby. The Island, as it’s affectionately known by the locals, is the premier spot in La Crosse to see both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, as well as airplanes, tanks (yes we said tanks; they have two) and sail boats. French Island is the only suburb on this list where you can legitimately see where La Crosse ends the Island begins.
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1. The Root Note (40 percent) 2. Del’s Bar (20 percent) 3. Popcorn Tavern (19 percent) Supper says: The place to go for bedroom musicians taking to the stage for their grand debut, this place lacks the music veteran swagger of other open mics and is high on stage fright, but that is why we love it so much. It’s the homiest of the homey, and it’s adorable to hear high school kids singing cover songs completely off key. An added bonus is when Jammin’ George shows up to steal the show with his bizarre comedy, and that ‘80s heavy metal looking dude with the soulful pipes always makes the crowd say “whoa.”
1. Classic Rock 101.1 (27 percent) 2. The Rock 95.7 (26 percent) 3. Z-93 93.3 (16 percent) Supper says: Who doesn’t love belting out “More Than a Feeling” or “Sweet Home Alabama” while driving home from work? Not readers of Second Supper, that’s who. Voters say: “They are all so bad, I never listen.”
1. Oktoberfest (52 percent) 2. Riverfest (17 percent) 2. Beer, Wine and Cheese Fest (17 percent) Supper says: What can be said about Oktoberfest that hasn’t already been said? Everything because those who truly know the fest know that whatever you knew before will soon be forgotten. Last year’s highlights included Brett Michaels from Poison and the real time Second Supper parade tweets. Voters say: Sicko says “the river drownings.”
1. Onalaska (32 percent) 2. Shelby (18 percent)
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1. Jennifer Shilling (45 percent) 2. Matt Harter (17 percent) 3. Dan Kapanke (12 percent) Supper says: In a political year like no other, J-Shill may end up as one of the biggest winners (she already won Best of La Crosse, how much better can it get?) and Kapanke one of the biggest losers. Voters say: We knew this would be a good category for write-ins and you did not disappoint: “Anybody for a constitutional republic.” … “Are you serious? They want to take away my beer.” … “Emperor Serpentine.” … “It’s like asking who is the coolest Nazi.” … “Matt Harter’s daddy.” … “No such thing.” … “No confidence.” … “No one.” … and, finally, one big vote for “Scott Walker.”
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1. Yesterdays (33 percent) 2. Del’s Bar (29 percent) 3. JB’s Speakeasy (17 percent) Supper says: Recently retired Yesterdays manager Liz Westley has been hanging her head for a year after placing second in this category in 2010. Run into her now and the girl is beaming with victory. You won’t find much for top 40 or classic rock in this tattooed haven where loud punk, ‘80s music and a splash of indie reign supreme. Voters say: “Casino Bar (old one),” and “My iPod” warrant mention.
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1. Dan Breeden (25 percent) 2. The Flower Lady (23 percent) 3. Downtown Tom (20 percent) Supper says: Dan Breeden is a weatherman. No, not a member of the radical left from the ‘60s. No, not the Weatherman our friends at River City Comics enjoy. He is the News 19 chief meteorolgist and has been forecasting area skies since 1986. Weathermen — the meteorologists — get a bad rap because they’re wrong so often. But Dan does it in style. Voters say: “Ed Gein.” (For those who wonder: Though usually associated with Plainfield, the late killer and body snatcher was born in La Crosse.) And keeping with the dearly departed write-ins, “Corpse” might have worked for 2010, but not for 2011, though the school year is just around the corner. And how could we have overlooked “Father Focus Confucius,” “Raccoon Tail Guy,” “Karate Air Fighter,” “Parrot Lady” and “Cross Dressing Bike Guy with Dog”?
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family gathered at the studio for a get-together. She spotted the self-addressed return envelope that Duckett had included with his Salmagundi application. Bracing for a rejection letter, Duckett found just the opposite. He had a hard time telling his friends that he had been accepted. “It sucked the wind out of me,” he recalls. And then the celebration began. While not recognized by most La Crosse residents, or even some artists, The Salmagundi Club Center for American Art, founded in 1871, is renowned in art circles, with a membership roll that is almost a Who’s Who among iconic American painters, past and present, including Blakelock, Inness, William Merritt Chase, Frederick Stuart Church, Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth. “There are a lot of benefits in being in this place,” Duckett says. “I am getting (my work) in front of a lot of the people I want to see it.” Those people include gallery owners, patrons, educators and artists, any of whom could provide Duckett his next opportunity. Of the galleries and grad schools Duckett might someday like to get into, most are in New York, he said. And certainly there are more patrons of emerging artists in New York than La Crosse. If a patron purchases “The Turn,” Duckett will take pride in the fact it will
have a home in some New Yorker’s collection. If it doesn’t sell, that’s OK, too, because “I don’t know if I could part with that painting,” Duckett says. Despite the opportunities the Salmagundi exhibition might provide, Duckett, who serves on the local arts board, is not necessarily in a hurry to leave his hometown and what he describes as its “fledgling arts scene.” “It’s a tough place to do art because there isn’t a strong patron base,” he says, yet he sees potential. The performing arts, for example, have fairly strong patron support, and the combination of UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University and Western Technical College ensure there are plenty of art students developing their talents. Plus, local galleries and artists are beginning to collaborate and cooperate more than they have in the past, he says, and are developing a stronger sense of community. Still, despite the progress, there remains a “difficult climate here to make a living on art,” Duckett says. “And that’s all I’m looking for — to be able to do this for a living.” The opening reception for “Assault of Memory” is from 5-7 p.m., July 22 at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St., La Crosse. The awards reception for the Salmagundi Club’s 34th annual non-member juried exhibition is 6-8 p.m., Aug. 19 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave., New York.
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Some fathers and sons go fishing or hunting Some fathers and sons go fishing or hunting together together to to bond bond with with one one another. another. Rupert Rupert and and his his son son James James testified testified together together before before a British parliamentary committee as part of a British parliamentary committee as part of the the investigation investigation into into the the seemingly seemingly neverneverending “News of the World” scandal that has ending “News of the World” scandal that has toppled toppled a a newspaper, newspaper, caused caused the the hasty hasty exit exit of of high high ranking ranking members members of of Scotland Scotland Yard, Yard, turned turned movie movie star star Hugh Hugh Grant Grant into into some some spy spy wunderkind wunderkind AND AND made made the the Fox Fox News News Network seem like a more reputable part of Network seem like a more reputable part of the the Murdoch Murdoch media media empire empire in in comparison. comparison. So while the Murdochs were busily making it So while the Murdochs were busily making it seem like the Murdoch corporation is run by seem like the Murdoch corporation is run by people who have little to no knowledge about, people who have little to no knowledge about, you know, ANYTHING that goes on with the you know, ANYTHING that goes on with the company, we here at Mixtape have been putcompany, we here at Mixtape have been putting together a mix we’re calling, “This Mixting together a mix we’re calling, “This Mixtape Has Been Hacked.” tape Has Been Hacked.” Our Our first first song song is is Wiley’s Wiley’s song song “100 “100 PerPercent cent Publishing” Publishing” from from his his new new album album of of the the same same title. title. The The bulk bulk of of the the scandal scandal comes comes from from attempts attempts of of people people attached attached to to “News “News of the World” to hack into the phones of ceof the World” to hack into the phones of celebrities, politicians, murder victims, relatives lebrities, politicians, murder victims, relatives of dead British soldiers. Someone clearly fell of dead British soldiers. Someone clearly fell asleep during the ethics portion of their Intro asleep during the ethics portion of their Intro to Journalism class at university. Besides, why
By Jason Crider By Jason Crider email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org A quick Google search for “the disabled A quick Google search for “the disabled la la crosse crosse wi” wi” yields yields some some depressing depressing results, results, but but amidst amidst the the bombardment bombardment of of joylessness joylessness II was able to find two more or less uplifting I was able to find two more or less uplifting links. links. The The first first was was an an article article about about a a rather rather badass badass team team of of handicapped handicapped lacrosse lacrosse playplayers, taking part in what was described as “the ers, taking part in what was described as “the newest full contact adaptive sport since quad newest full contact adaptive sport since quad rugby.” The second was about local pop-punk rugby.” The second was about local pop-punk outfit The Disabled. outfit The Disabled. The group has been active The group has been active since 2005, when the members since 2005, when the members formed not only the band, but formed not only the band, but also also Mob Mob Front Front Records. Records. Mob Mob Front Front is is the the group’s group’s personal personal record label under which it has record label under which it has released released nine nine albums albums from from lolocal cal artists artists and and three three albums albums of of its its own. own. The The Disabled’s Disabled’s latest latest full-length full-length release, release, The The LavLavender Album, is an ender Album, is an 11-track, 11-track, lo-fi lo-fi listen listen that that blurs blurs the the lines lines between between pop-punk, pop-punk, indie indie and and alternative rock. At the core is a alternative rock. At the core is a stripped down punk release, but the album’s stripped down punk release, but the album’s true true allure allure comes comes from from the the eclectic eclectic smattersmattering of influences that The Disabled ing of influences that The Disabled wear wear so so proudly throughout the CD. proudly throughout the CD. Songs Songs such such as as “Krueger” “Krueger” and and “Paint “Paint
to Journalism class at university. Besides, why waste money trying to hack into a celebrity’s waste money trying to hack into a celebrity’s or politician’s phone when history has proved or politician’s phone when history has proved that both are quite capable of accidentally letthat both are quite capable of accidentally letting things hit the Internet all on their own. ting things hit the Internet all on their own. Our next song is “Sleep Forever” from Portugal, Our next Forever” The song Man'sis “Sleep new album “Infrom the Portugal, The Sun’s new album “In the MounMountain in the Cloud.” The scandal has tain in the Cloud.” scandal caused “News of theThe World” to has shutcaused down “News of the World” to shut down after some after some 168 years of operation because 168 years of operation because shockingly adshockingly advertisers and readers tend not to vertisers and readers tend not to support pasupport papers that hack into people’s stuff. pers that hack into people’s stuff. The scandal The scandal also put a kabosh on Murdoch’s also put to a kabosh on Murdoch’s attempt to attempt buy a satellite broadcaster. At this buy a satellite broadcaster. At this point, it’ll point, it’ll be hard for Murdoch to buy a copy be hard Magazine” for Murdoch to abuy a stand copy of “OK! of “OK! from news without Magazine” from a news stand without it causit causing a fuss. ing a fuss. Our last song is “Red Alert” from Base mentOur last orchestral song is “Red Alert” from “BaseBaseJaxx’s remake album ment Jaxx’s album ment Jaxx Vsorchestral Metropoleremake Orkest.” The “Basewhole ment Jaxx Vs Metropole Orkest.” The whole scandal shows no sign of dying down as the scandal shows plans no sign of dying down as the United States to launch an investigation United States plans to launch an investigation into whether or not phones of 9/11 victims into not the phones of 9/11 victims were whether hacked or while British government were hacked while into the finding British out government continues to delve what else continues to delve into finding out what else Murdoch’s company may have been up to. It’s Murdoch’s company may have been up to. It’s a tough road ahead for Murdoch. But we like a tough road ahead for Murdoch. But we like to think of all of this as some sort of cosmic to think of all of this as some sort of cosmic retribution for Fox unleashing “American retribution for Fox unleashing “American Idol” onto the viewing public. The fates will Idol” public. The fates will alwaysonto catchthe up viewing to eventually. always catch up to eventually. Buy: They Might Be Giants “Join Us” Buy: They Might Be Giants “Join Us” YouTube: Rebecca Black’s 16th minute of YouTube: Rebecca Black’s 16th minute of fame “My Moment” fame “My Moment” Read: From Go to Whoa www.fromgotow hoa.com Read: From Go to Whoa www.fromgotowhoa.com Get your daily dose of all the wig-snatching antics of Get daily dose of at allThe the wig-snatching antics of Theyour Majak Mixtape Majak Kingdom blog, The Majak Mixtape at The Majak Kingdom blog, www.majakkingdom.blogspot.com www.majakkingdom.blogspot.com Don’t Fix Stab” show off the band’s more clasDon’t Fix Stab” show off the band’s more classic sic punk punk influences, influences, like like Anti-Flag Anti-Flag and and The The Ramones, Ramones, while while songs songs such such as as their their cover cover of of Bruce Bruce Springsteen’s Springsteen’s “Johnny “Johnny 99” 99” would would fit fit perfectly perfectly into into a a playlist playlist alongside alongside upbeat upbeat drinking anthems from the likes of Dropkick drinking anthems from the likes of Dropkick Murphys or The Pogues. You can hear a little Murphys or The Pogues. You can hear a little NOFX NOFX here, here, a a little little Green Green Day Day (circa (circa KerKerplunk!) there, quite a bit of Social Distortion, plunk!) there, quite a bit of Social Distortion, and even a little Rancid during certain songs. and even a little Rancid during certain songs. For For me me though, though, the the true true appeal appeal of of this this record comes from the reserved, melodic record comes from the reserved, melodic vocals vocals of of bassist bassist Elizabeth Elizabeth “Lil “Lil Lizzie Lizzie “ “ LeitLeitzen, zen, who who provides provides a a taste taste of of calm calm angst angst that that delightfully contrasts the coarse, high-energy delightfully contrasts the coarse, high-energy vocals vocals provided provided by by her her husband, husband, “Whiskey “Whiskey Nick” Nick” Leitzen. Leitzen. One One of of my my favorite favorite moments moments on on the the record record is is hearing hearing Lizzie Lizzie sarcastically sing about wanting to sarcastically sing about wanting to gouge out the eyes of a coworker gouge out the eyes of a coworker on the track “I’m No Hero, I Just on the track “I’m No Hero, I Just Like Like Punching Punching People People In In The The Face” Face” while while a a cheery, cheery, pop pop keykeyboard plays a catchy melody in the board plays a catchy melody in the background. background. If If you you can’t can’t see see the the charm in her calm and reserved charm in her calm and reserved vocals vocals singing singing “die, “die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die tonight,” then this album die, die tonight,” then this album probably just isn’t for you. probably just isn’t for you. Some people can listen to Some people can listen to nothing but straight punk all day, nothing but straight punk all day, every day, but most of us can only every day, but most of us can only handle handle so so much much without without some some sort sort of of chanchangeup or clever variation, and that’s where The geup or clever variation, and that’s where The Disabled find their true strength: delivering a Disabled find their true strength: delivering a consistent sound with just the right amount of consistent sound with just the right amount of inconsistency. inconsistency.
The Disabled 'The Lavender Album'
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 therapy and antidepressants, they find that getting somebody to give up “what he or she deems to be a source of his or her most intense pleasure is likely to be fraught with problems.” The question isn’t should you be bothered, but why aren’t you? Your boyfriend isn’t playing nude volleyball on weekends. He’s playing stroke the salami while strolling the neighborhood. Oh, right, he doesn’t do that while in a relationship — because By Amy Alkon his compulsion is fitted with a handy on-off email@example.com switch? Ask yourself what compels you to stay with a guy who commits sex crimes every Don’t go Seiko on her time he takes a walk. How much of your life is How long should a guy wait to call a girl twisted around enabling him and convincing after the first date? One friend waits a week. A yourself you have a great boyfriend — even as you hear the faint screams of the little old female friend said this annoys girls and a guy lady down the street? Every relationship has should call the next day. This contradicts the old its issues, rule.” and many “three-day What iswomen the rightcomplain timing? that their man isn’t that present during sex. Then — Confused again, that’s usually because they suspect he’s fantasizing about his hot co-worker, not I like the 30-year rule: “Hello, Tammy, because they’re waiting for him to come back you might not remember me, but I took from traumatizing the coffee klatsch. you out for drinks in 1981.” Nothing tells a woman you aren’t desperate for her company like on taking Don’t go Seiko her three decades to call her. That’s the point of all of these rules — for How longtoshould a guydesperate. wait to callAaguy girl a guy not seem after the first date? One friend waits a week. who isn’t probably doesn’t call at 9:01 theA female friend saidbut this he annoys girls sit andona his guy next morning, doesn’t should call the next day. This contradicts the old phone for three days like he’s waiting for “three-day rule.” What is the right timing? it to hatch. He might text the woman the next afternoon, saying he had a — great time Confused and he’ll call soon. Curb your desperation by asking I like the 30-year rule: “Hello, Tammy, lots of women out (so you won’t you might not remember me, some but I stick. took fixate on one) and just hope out confidence for drinks in tells you Convey by 1981.” letting Nothing your interest a woman you aren’t desperate for her comguide when you call. Develop confidence pany like could taking three decades byto breaking call her. and you charm a woman That’s the point of all of these rules — for a the three-second rule — calling her before guy to not seem desperate. A guy who isn’t she’s even had a chance to get into her car. probably doesn’t call at 9:01 the next mornThe but clique the sit dead-tired ing, he and doesn’t on his phone for three days like he’s waiting for it to hatch. My boyfriend thrashes in his sleep, He might the Wewoman next afterkeeping me text awake. have athe spare bedroom, noon, saying he had a great time and he’ll so I suggested we do our sleeping separately. He call soon. Curb your desperation by asking worries that friends will see our separate beds lots women out (so you won’t I’m fixate and of think we have sexual problems. tiredon of one) and just hope some stick. Convey congoing to work exhausted — and not for a good fidence by letting your interest guide when reason. you call. Develop confidence and you could — Bleary charm a woman by breaking the three-second rule — calling her before What kind of friends do youshe’s have even that had a chance to get into her car. they’d come over for parties and inspect your home for signs of sexual activity? And Got Send know an e-mail to AdviceAmy@aol. howa problem? would they you’re sleeping in com (www.advicegoddess.com) separate rooms? Would your door have a Barbie and a feather boa nailed to it, and would his have a sign that says “Girls Have Cooties” with a Post-it from you: “Actually, I got those taken care of at the clinic last year”? The truth is, per news reports, more and more couples are doing their sleeping separately — for reasons like yours. It is common to arrange your life around impressing your friends … when you’re in seventh grade. But, if your adult boyfriend cares this much about what people think, why leave anything to chance? Send out Evites: “Dear Friends, We’re taking a break from having nonstop stupendous sex to throw a party. Please join us for dinner. Watch where you sit.”
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BOTTOMS UP // 500 Copeland Ave. Julica Rose Project (rock) • 9 p.m.
U2 AND INTERPOL // JULY 23 TCF Bank Stadium • $30-250
FREIGHT HOUSE // 107 Vine St. Blue Jupiter (a capella/pop funk) • 6:30 p.m.
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES // JULY 23 Cabooze • $25
HUCK FINN'S // 127 Marina Dr Shawno & Echant (“Rockin’ Acoustic Duo”) • 8 p.m.
VANS WARPED TOUR // JULY 29 Orchestra Hall • $244 40 OZ TO FREEDOM AND NATTY NATION // AUG 6 Cabooze • $10
JB'S SPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. The Jelly Project (groove/grunge) • 10 p.m.
THE EELS // AUGUST 6 First Avenue • $25
NEUIE'S VARSITY CLUB // 1920 Ward Ave. Brat Pack Radio ('80s tribute) • 8 p.m. PEARL STREET BREWERY // 1401 St. Andrew St.
Casey and Stacey (guitars) • 5 p.m. PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. Dust Bowl Blues Band • 8 p.m.
This Saturday, July 23 Minneapolis-based Roster McCabe will be bring their self-proclaimed “funky reggae dance rock” to the Popcorn Tavern along with experimental local hard rockers Nimbus. Roster McCabe has been swiftly increasing in popularity over the past few years, dazzling crowds with their trademark live shows that include heavy improvisation across an extremely diverse assortment of genres. This show is only $5 and starts at 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. FREIGHT HOUSE // 107 Vine St. The Mark Joseph Project (Midwest jam- Blue Jupiter (jazz/pop) • 6:30 p.m. band all stars) • 10 p.m. STATE ROOM // 128 N. Third St. Moon Boot Posse (jamband) • 10 p.m. THE SLOUGH // 1311 La Crescent St. Cheech (solo) • 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. The Blend (rock) • 10 p.m.
THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. Urine, Prhym8, Ideal Ave and Good Adam Palm and Shawn Wooden (Palm Sunday) • 4 p.m. Seed (The World Is Flat Tour) • 10 p.m. ALPINE INN // W5717 Bliss Rd. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Roster McCabe, Nimbus (funk, prog, im- Pat McCurdy (outdoor show) • 4 p.m. provisational rock) • 10 p.m.
THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. F. Stokes, TH MNMLST, TalkODestiny, RIVER JACK'S //1835 Rose St. Hyphon (hip-hop) • 7 p.m. Double Take (classic rock) • 8 p.m.
THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. The Gibbons Family (acoustic covers) Moon Boot Posse (jamband) • 10 p.m. • 8 p.m.
FIELD HOUSE // W5450 Keil Coulee Rd. The Kokopellians (bluegrass) • 8 p.m.
FIELD HOUSE // W5450 Keil Coulee Rd. Michael Patrick (open jam) • 6 p.m.
ARI HERSTAND // August 11 Loring Theater • $10
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Dave Orr (man about town) • 10 p.m. RECOVERY ROOM // 901 7th St. S. Kin Pickin' (jam grass) • 5 p.m. RIVER JACK'S //1835 Rose St. Cathy and the Cabana Boy • 6 p.m.
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Joel Ward from the Northwoods Band (acoustic) • 10 p.m.
POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn’s Open Jam • 10 p.m.
DEWEY'S // 621 St. Paul St. Randy’s Cornder • 6 p.m.
RICHARD CHEESE // August 10 Varsity Theatre • $29
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Open Jam with Cheech • 10 p.m.
THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. TREMPEALEAU HOTEL // 150 Main St. These Hearts, Lum (screamo) • 7 p.m. TUESDAY, Jason Eklund (Nashville songwriter, twang, raw blues ) • 9 p.m. THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. The Gibbons Family (acoustic covers) Paulie (one-man band) • 10 p.m. • 8 p.m.
DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Julica Rose & Friends (jazz) • 10 p.m.
JAVA VINO // 1505 Losey Blvd S. Dan Collins and a Piano (pop/rock) • 6 p.m. THE STARLITE LOUNGE // 222 Pearl St. Kies & Kompanie (jazz) • 5 p.m. TREMPEALEAU HOTEL // 150 Main St. The Ditch Lillies (swing/mountain music) • 7 p.m.
The Beer Review Father John’s Winter Ale Howe Sound Brewing Squamish, British Columbia That’s right, you read the top line of this review correctly. It’s 100-bleeping degrees outside and I’m sipping a winter ale. That sure wasn’t my plan when I slithered out of bed this morning, and I was actually planning on writing something different when I opened up my laptop, but life can be serendipitous like that. I am presently camped out in JavaVino in the Village Shopping Center, a lovely refuge from my air conditioning-free apartment. I figured I’d just hang out here, drink some coffee, maybe answer a few e-mails, when out of the
blue a worker came up to me and asked if I liked ales. Seriously! It turns out they were having a bit of a debate behind the counter on whether some beers had gone funky or if they were still fit for sale. But it’s not like I just kicked down the doors and proclaimed “THE SECOND SUPPER BEER REVIEWER IS HERE!” JavaVino either has the world’s finest customer service, or else I was profiled as a guy who likes beer. Perhaps it was both. Anyways, the employee set two liter bottles next to my coffee cup — one a pumpkin ale and the other this winter ale, both from British Columbia. I could see why people would question their freshness. But good Samaritan that I am, I quaffed both samples from wine glasses and gave my instant review. The pumpkin ale mostly turned flavorless, but this Father John’s actually aged quite nicely.
Purchase: One liter bottle Father John’s Winter Ale, FREE! Style: Winter warmer Strength: 4.7 percent ABV Packaging: The red label depicts a rotund winter traveler, while side text shares the story of John Mitchell and Frank Appleton, two BC businessmen who founded “North America’s first modern craft brewery” in 1980. It also has a swinging, re-sealable top. Appearance: The beer pours a dark acorn color with a grayish brown head that has fair retention and lacing, even after a night in the refrigerator. Aroma: There is a rich aroma of blended caramel and milk chocolate, as well as hints of clove and cinnamon. Taste: Thankfully it’s been a while since I’ve tried a winter warmer, but this one’s a lot
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Fish Tacos: 1 / $2.50, 2 / $5.00, 3 / $6.50.
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 domestic bottles Karaoke 9 p.m. to close and rail drinks, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All you can eat wings, includes a Wisconsin cheese steak sandwich choice of potatoe, slaw and a frosted with a pint of beer, $8.99 pint, 4-9:30 p.m., $8.99
400 Lang Drive 784-2242
$1.50 domestic taps and rail drinks, Bird Brain Trivia 8 p.m.; $1.50 do- Wing Night - 25-cent wings (dine- $1.50 domestic bottles and rail 4 p.m. to close mestic bottles and rails 4 p.m. to in only); $1 Miller High Life silos and drinks, $2 craft bottles, 4 p.m. to close PBR silos; $1.50 taps and rail drinks; close $2 craft taps. All specials 4 to close.
1452 Caledonia St. 782-6446
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$2 BBQ Pork Sliders
115 3rd St. S 782-7550
more mild than I remember. The flavors are mostly sweet and toasty, but traditional spices kick in at the middle of the tongue, evoking ginger snaps and Christmas cake. Mouthfeel: For the style, I think this is rather thin-bodied. Drinkability: Considering I took the bottle home and proceeded to chug it on my porch to beat the heat, I’d also say it’s quite drinkable. Ratings: BeerAdvocate readers grade this a B+, while RateBeer scores it an 87. I’d drink this beer again. I’d probably even pay for it. And since JavaVino is the only establishment I’ve ever seen carry anything by Howe Sound, I’m sure I’ll be back to try the other styles. They just made a customer for life!
122 4th St. 782-0677
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YOUR GUIDE TO CONSUMPTION
$5 AUC2D wristbands: domestic taps, rail mixers, Long Islands, 9 p.m. to close; ($7 after 11p.m.): karaoke 10 p.m. to close
$5 AUC2D wristbands: domestic taps, rail mixers, Long Islands, 9 p.m. to close; ($7 after 11p.m.): karaoke 10 p.m. to close
$1.75 domestic bottles, $1.75 Dom Monday Madness: $1.75 domestics bottles and rails, $2.50 Bombs and rails, $2.50 Bombs, $1 off all top shelf and specialty beers
$1.79 burger (after 8 p.m.) Breakfast 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SLOOPY'S ALMA MATER 163 Copeland Ave. 785-0245
$1.50 Tacos, $4.99 nachos;: $11 Tacos: $11 buckets during pro and 12-inch pizza $8.99 buckets during pro and college foot- college football games. Happy Hour Happy Hour 2 to 6 p.m. ball games. 2 to 6 p.m.; $2 pints all day
14-inch pizza, $2 off; Wings Happy Hour 2 to 6 p.m.
$1.89 hamburger + toppings Ladies Fish Dinner Special-$7.89 night, 2 for 1 drinks (6-close), Happy Hour 2 to 6 p.m. Happy Hour 2 to 6 p.m.
$1.50 Tacos, $4.99 nachos; $11 buckets during pro and college football games.
$5 Wristbands and $2 Cherry Bombs
$2 bottled beer, double rail mixers & JUMBO long islands, $3 double call mixers & $2.50 shots of Jack Daniels, SoCo & Tuaca
$5 Mug Club (gets you a cup and first drink) with $1 refills & $2.50 Miller Lite bottles and 16oz. silos Ladies Night after 12:30AM, Check it out!
$5 Mug Club (gets you a cup and first drink) with $1 refills & $2.50 Miller Lite bottles and 16oz. silos Ladies Night after 12:30AM, Check it out!
TOP SHOTS 137 4th St. 782-6622
$5 Pitchers/$2 bottles of Miller prod- $1.75 Miller/Bud Light Taps, $2.25 $1.75 Rails, $1.50 Domestic Taps, $2 domestic bottles, $2.50 Skyy/ ucts (11-4pm) $2 Corona Bottles, $2 MIcro/Craft Taps, $2.50 Cherry $3.50 Jager Bombs Absolut mixers, $2 Dr. shots (7-1 Kilo Kai Mixers , $3 Bloodys (7-1 a.m.) Bombs (7-1 a.m.) (7-1 a.m.) a.m.)
5 Domestic Bottles for $10, $5 $2 Captain Mixers, $2. Long Island Micro/Import Bottles $11.50, $7 Mixers, $3 Effen Vodka Mixers (7-1 Micro/Craft Pitchers (7-1 a.m.) a.m.)
$5 Miller/Bud Light Pitchers, $2.25 Leinies Bottles (7-1 a.m.)
$2 Lost Lake cans
$1.75 PBR Bottles $2 Lost Lake cans
$2 Miller Light Bottles $2 Lost Lake cans
$2 Grain Belt $2 Lost Lake cans
$2 Coors & Coors Light Bottles $2.50 Skyy mixers $2 Lost Lake cans
$2 Lost Lake cans
$2 Lost Lake cans
WHO'S ON THIRD
Happy Hour until 10 p.m. $1.50 domestic taps, $2 rails from 10 to close
$1.50 taps PBR, $1.50 rails
$2 domestic bottles, $3 call doubles
$2 taps, $3 Jack and Captain doubles
$2 Miller products, $8.50 fish bowls
$2 domestic taps, $3 Three Olives products
717 Rose St. 796-1161
3119 State Road 788-5110
Hat Night: Buy 1 drink, get 1 free w/ Rail drinks $2 (4:30 to close); Buckets of beer $10, Boston Bobby's Margaritas $4 (Straw, rasp, mango, hat (4:30 to close); $1.50 chili dogs After 8 p.m. specials: $5 skewer of drummies 10 for $2 (4:30 to close), peach and reg); After 8 p.m. specials: (after 8 p.m.) shrimp,l $1.79 burger, $1.50 chili dogs $1.79 burger (after 8 p.m.) $5 skewer of shrimp, $1.79 burger
$1 domestic taps and rail mixers and 1/2 price tequilas
123 3rd St. 784-8020
308 4th St. S. 782-9069
126 3rd St. N. 782-9467
Tuesday Boozeday $1 off all liquor Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. drinks and 50 cents off all shots, $2 Bombs
Breakfast 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; lunch buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $6.99
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ACROSS 1 Stirs (up) 6 The Emerald Isle 10 Far from appetizing 14 Go with the flow 15 "___: First Class" 16 Matty or Felipe of baseball 17 Result of The Hulk's first press conference? 19 Darkness 20 Toilet paper layer 21 Two-___ (some bathing suits) 23 Wanna-___ (poseurs) 24 Half of zwei 25 Font close to Verdana 27 Where a journalist's stories get turned in 31 Iditarod finish line
32 Analgesic target 33 Rather than 37 Greek letters that look like P's 38 Shoes near the Reeboks and Nikes 39 Ceremonial act 40 Come out on top 42 Yours and mine, in the sticks 43 "I screwed up" 44 Jon running for president 47 Chinese fondue 49 Indie rock band ___ Riot 50 Tool paired with a bucket 51 Huffington behind the Huffington Post 53 ___-tai (cocktail) 56 Working away
Answers to June 30 puzzle "Nose Job"— whaddya say?
58 "Let's see who can prepare for their colonoscopy first," et al.? 60 Jupiter's Greek counterpart 61 Scott Baio co-star Moran 62 "Moon Over ___" (original theme song for "The Drew Carey Show") 63 Muppet who speaks in the third person 64 Stunned state 65 French section of the Alps
18 "I got dibs!" 22 Jimmy Choo specialty 24 Viewing range 26 Brash contestant on "The Apprentice" 27 Sales rep's handout 28 Number learned on "Dora the Explorer" 29 Drug that's only smoked in pictures? 30 Jewish delicacy 34 Gloomy 35 ___ vez (again, in Spanish) 36 Actress Sherilyn of "Twin Peaks" 38 Soaked up 41 Early baseball Hall-of-
Famer ___ Rixey
1 "Rent" star Anthony
45 Word said a lot by Mork
2 Adam Lambert was on it
3 Word before Gaga or
47 Baltic Avenue building
48 Headwear for Miss
4 Prefix for dermis
5 "I'm with ___" (T-shirt
50 Activity on a placemat
52 Tombstone locale:
6 Over the top
53 Game show producer
8 Stopwatch button
54 Sphere start
9 Contest participants
55 Words before "old
10 "___ the lizard king"
57 1800s Chinese general
11 Nightspot where you
now found on menus
can't be too big or too
59 Lamb lament
small? 12 Asian peninsula 13 Big laughs
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July 21, 2011 // 19
THE LAST WORD
Farewell, Tent City By Brett Emerson email@example.com I really, really hate retroactive justification, the self-delusions that state that all the crap you’ve gone through has led to the amazement and satisfaction you currently feel. To me this “everything happens for a reason” bullshit is little more than rationalizing laziness and/or masochism, and it isn’t much different than pissing away one’s life in waiting for a glorious Rapture. That said, all of my current problems ended in the span of a single day. They didn’t end in the best of all possible ways, but the normality that is finally about to return is a very good one. While I won’t say that this single day’s payoff was worth the previous year’s cost, I once more feel like my life is running with a heightened sense of appropriateness, or at least narrative. The day was the first day of summer, a good friend’s birthday, and I had no expectations that it would be anything but the usual timeless time wasting that characterized my year of ungainful employment. I was sleep-
ing in my bedroom tent that once was a dining room when my phone, a new one that recently replaced the old wreck I finally euthanized with a washer ride in garbagecovered jeans, blared out the triumphant theme to the NES game, M.U.L.E. It was the manager of an upscale fast food joint I halfheartedly applied to and interviewed for weeks before, someone I hadn’t expected to hear from again. He wanted me to drop by for another interview. After wiping the crap out of my eyes and putting on some less-wrinkled clothes, I walked into his place and was immediately given a job. Poof. Done. In the blink of an eye, I was once again gainfully employed. I didn’t really know how to react. I texted my friend and let her know that my birthday present to her was me getting a job. I’d have called it a cheap gift if I hadn’t been living below cheap for the past year. After that I went home and surprised my girlfriend (and tentmate) with the news. Maybe an hour later, she got a phone call of her own, and we had more surprising news. Her friends were moving out of their stately apartment, and they were wondering if we wanted to take it. This Friday, we move in. All of this happened in one day. I’ve lived in far worse situations than the one I’m about to leave. The tiny twobedroom drug den packed with five people, bongwater carpets, and shotguns sitting out in the open comes to mind. As does the place where people slashed each other for fun, ripped each other off for cheap profit, and attempted suicide from time to time.
The apartment I lived in eight years ago in which people were too busy buying weed and pizza to pay our bills still casts a long shadow over my destroyed credit. In contrast, the people who live in the house that houses Tent City are upstanding, beer-soaked Wisconsin transplants who (eventually) pay their bills and aren’t unduly dramatic or self-destructive. It’s bizarre and uncharacteristic that I’ve been the one who hasn’t been able to pull my financial weight and have been dependent on their charity. I’m excited to come back here and hang out once hanging out becomes a choice and not an enforced default. So what follows isn’t about burning bridges. That said, I cannot wait to get out. At first, Tent City wasn’t even a tent. After we cleared out everyone else’s stuff, what was left was a dining room with no walls or doors, indiscriminately letting in light and sound. After being sent my old curtains and tenting up the place, only the sound remained a problem. My tentmate and I spent the first four months out here sleeping on a dimpled air mattress, which made obnoxious fart noises any time someone moved on it. The acquisition of the simple, single queen mattress we finally replaced it with was celebrated with alcohol and chocolate cake. There are rats in the basement of this house, massive gopher holes have ruined its yard, and the trashman eventually stopped collecting our garbage. Beer bottles breed like rabbits on the furniture. The television is never off, even if nobody is watching. If
anything was ever cleaned in this house, it was usually due to me or my girlfriend, and we also had to be permanently on guard to make sure our baby cats didn’t get outside from the many ways out of this dilapidated wreck. But the worst thing about living here has always been the lack of walls. With all my previous bad situations, no matter how bad things got, I always had a room to retreat to, a place to filter out all the noise and damage. In Tent City, that safety doesn’t exist. I hear everything. It got worse once it started getting cold and everyone started coming inside, worse still once my roommate who was living in the basement got flooded out and moved into the living room next to Tent City. Some of us have rooms, but none of us really have any space. Along with the massive sense of paranoia I developed from not having a place of my own, I’ve pretty much abandoned hopes of normal sleep, and for the time being I’ve all but abandoned writing. Every word written has become a battle held between my brain and every outside noise and distraction, and fighting hasn’t been worth it. I admitted defeat while plotting my way out, and I saved myself further implosion and frustration. But that’s about to end. I’m about to move into a place with no noise and no distraction. My own safe place. A place to get things done. I’m about to become myself again. I’m about to obtain the potential to become better than I’ve ever been. Tent City, I’m pulling up your stakes.
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