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La Crosse's Free Press


VOLUME 10, NO. 33 | SEPTEMBER 2, 2010

A Sparkling Season Awaits Theatre Preview • Page 6


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WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Grandvidew Hospital, LaCrosse

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if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ireland

what is Something you want to do before you die: Help instill kindness and creativity in my children

celebrity crush: Peter Doherty

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what book are you currently reading? “Lasher” - Anne Rice


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Things To Do

Meet an artist and win a bike

Check out the fall fashions available downtown

The Top Plays we pretend to like 1. Waiting for Godot 2. Macbeth 3. Our Town 4. The Crucible 5. Oedipus Rex 6. Lost in Yonkers 7. Phantom of the Opera Rock & roll collaborations 1. Bob Dylan &The Band 2. Talking Heads & Brian Eno 3. Billy Bragg & Wilco 4. Eric Clapton & John Mayall 5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse 6. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 7. Rick Rubin & Anyone

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Fashionistas, awake! A fall fashion show presented by La Crosse’s Downtown Mainstreet Inc., with the help of The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern as well as other local businesses, will feature the coolest, hippest and smartest looks of the season from a variety of downtown merchants. The models will strut their stuff down the runway at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Cargill Room in Riverside Center II, 332 S. Front St. Tickets are on sale at The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, 328 Front St. S. General admission tickets are $25 and include a free desert from The Waterfront. VIP front-row tickets are $50 and include champagne service, a gift basket from participating retailers, free desert and chocolate. For information, call (608) 784-0440 or send an email to


Mix it up at an Ultimate Frisbee game

Sure, the college football season starts this weekend, and the pros do the same in about a week, but you don’t need football to enjoy competition. Ultimate Frisbee provides the competition fix as well as gets you off the couch and onto the field for some much-needed exercise. There will be a friendly community Ultimate Frisbee pickup game from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Weigert Park, 16th and Cass streets, in La Crosse. All ages and skill levels welcome. Organizers ask that you bring both white and colored shirts (to make dividing teams easier). For information, visit or contact Sam Wood at


Gallery La Crosse, 320 Main St., will celebrate its second anniversary and host a reception for Onalaska artist Pam Lee from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. Lee is showing a new exhibit, “A New Road Taken,” at the gallery through Sept. 18. The anniversary celebration includes prizes, including a new bicycle. Gallery La Crosse features a wide variety of local artists, artisans and antique vendors who lease and manage their own spaces within the gallery. For information, call (608) 782-4278.


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Come to UW-La Crosse on Monday, Sept. 6, to see Brandon Styles do Miley Cyrus. ... No, not in that way, you perv. He’s an impressionist, along with magician and comedian. He also does Austin Powers, Ozzy Osbourne and others in his act, which he has presented in Las Vegas and across the country. Shows are at 6 and 7:45 p.m. in Valhalla in the Cartwright Center, 1725 State St. They are free.

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Kick, a locally owned women’s shoe store that has been a key downtown business since opening in 2007, officially unveils its new location at 115 S. Second St. (former Ambiance location) Friday, Sept. 3. The store, owned by Andrea Poukey and Allison Krzych, has about twice as much space as the former site at 236 Main St., which will enable the shop to expand its offerings. “We are thrilled to include a men’s line of shoes as well as expanded accessory offerings for women, such as handbags, hosiery and undergarments” in addition to the shop’s trend-setting, fashion forward line of women’s shoes, Krzych said. For information, visit and join the owners’ blog at


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enough to get some nice, plump eggplants, making it possible to make that vegetarian favorite, eggplant parmigiana. The fi rst thing to do is to make the sauce, as it needs to simmer for a long time. Get yourself in the mood with Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 classic Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. I try to use mostly Roma, or plum, tomatoes, as they are the meaty variety most often used commercially to make paste. Blanch, peel and seed the tomatoes (6 cups or so). In a 4-quart saucepan, heat a few tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add a cup of diced sweet onion and a whole head (10–12 cloves) of garlic, peeled and minced. When the onions and garlic start to turn golden, add the tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, and herbs/spices to taste: A basic Provençal sauce will be scented with thyme, a bay leaf and a couple of whole cloves; a classic Italian sauce will use dried oregano or — when it’s plentiful — fresh basil. Just use what’s good and fresh. Simmer the sauce, uncovered, for as long as you can; an Italian restaurant I know does theirs for 8 hours. Four will be more than suffi cient. You will also want a cup or so of grated Parmesan cheese and 1-1/2 cups mozzarella. If you have fresh basil, slice 10 to 12 leaves into thin ribbons. Peel two or three eggplants and slice them about ½-inch thick. Sprinkle them with salt and place in a colander to drain off the bitter juices. Beat 2 eggs. Dip the eggplant in beaten egg, then coat with Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs. Coat inside of a 9x13 pan with olive oil. Spread a cup or so of the sauce in the bottom. Layer half the eggplant slices, Parmesan, sauce, a sprinkling of basil, mozzarella, and another round of each. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Open a bottle of Chianti and let it breathe as the dish cools. Light some candles and enjoy to the mellow strains of k.d. lang’s classic album Ingénue. Guaranteed to inspire a constant craving.

TONGUe & GrOOve By Jeff Severson Special to Second Supper Editor's Note: Second Supper this week welcomes Jeff Severson as a new monthly columnist. Jeff wrote a food column for four years for The Tapestry magazine. Tongue & Grove will include food and a dash of music. We welcome your comments at In 1978 Talking Heads released the album More Songs about Buildings and Food. While I enjoy great architecture as much as the next guy, I’d really rather write about food … and music. My wife and I became members of a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm this year. Lisa already grows organic produce at home — tomatoes, cucumbers, mixed lettuces and other staples — but after a couple of low-yield years we decided to go in with another family on a CSA share to ensure a bountiful harvest. Both the garden and the CSA have come through with fl ying colors. Some weeks you simply feel buried in tomatoes. Luckily, they are extremely versatile and freeze well. Thus far this summer, we’ve made a couple batches each of fresh salsa (when there is cilantro, onion and garlic) and basic tomato sauce (using dried marjoram from a few weeks ago and our own garden thyme). This week we were lucky


A story about "Waiting for Lefty" in the Aug. 26 edition of Second Supper incorrectly identifi ed Greg Parmeter's title. His

offi cial title at the La Crosse Community Theatre is artistic director. We apologize for the error.

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Troupe keeps its satire clean By Emily Faeth Locals know there's no dearth of targets for comedy around the La Crosse area. From downtown culture, the college population and local politics, there's a story just begging, it seems, for a joke every morning. And one local comedy troupe has taken it upon itself to create its own brand of decidedly La Crosse-centric humor. Look no further for your one-stop-shop of Matt Harter and freezer-mom comedy — kick back with a beer and get ready for Heart of La Crosse. For the past three decades, the Heart of La Crosse comedy troupe has poked goodnatured fun at the Coulee Region, and it’s back at it again with its newest concoction of improvisational and scripted comedy. “The Silence of the Ramps or the Angina Monologues” opens tonight (Sept. 2) at the Pump House and, if a sold-out opening night is


Bret Emmel rehearses a skit Aug. 25 for Heart of La Crosse's upcoming presentation at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

anything to judge by, this isn't a show to miss. Lisa Warsinski immediately comes off as a born comedienne. “I'm the boss, applesauce!” she quips when I ask about her involvement with Heart of La Crosse. She's been involved with Heart of La Crosse for 11 years, she says, while “the original creators are now all old and dead.” Dead silence, followed by easy laughter — “It was more improv back then. It was defi nitely college based. ... [and] it would just keep changing hands.” And very capable hands, at that, it appears; a couple of familiar faces will be appearing in September's shows. Anyone who's listened to Z93 or, for that matter, spent at least fi ve minutes in La Crosse will recognize Tracy Ballzer's raucous brand of humor. Also gracing the stage will be Human Google Brad Williams (or, “The Brain”, as Warsinski has affectionately dubbed him). Other performers in this season's show include Bret Emmel, Doug Lietke, Todd Olson, and, of course, Warsinski. Warsinski's husband, Jim,

At A Glance

WHAT: The Silence of the Ramps or The Angina Monologues WHERE: Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2-4, 10-11, 17-18 HOW MUCH: $21 advance, $24 day of show. Portion of proceeds benefit the Pump House. directs, and Trevin Thomson does technical work. But how does a comedy troupe reconcile the edgy, often offensive style of humor that populates much of late night television with the sometimes socially conservative atmosphere of the La Crosse community? “It's hard. We will back off of things that are too dark,” Warsinski says. “We're not out to hurt anyone's feelings,” adds Ballzer, summing up Midwestnice in a statement. “We're not going to joke about river drownings, you know?” But this is no weak sauce, either. “I think the best kind of comedy is the kind that just scratches that itch, you know, it takes you there, and if YOU want to make a penis out of it, then it's your choice. I only took you here,” Warsinski says, “but then you can take it there.” “To be honest, I appreciate clean comedy more,” interjects Ballzer, “because it's more original. I mean, anyone can make dick and fart jokes — it's so easy. But to be clean and to just comment on what's going on without hurting anyone's feelings or saying terrible words .... that's harder. And it's more rewarding to pull that off, especially in the improv.” Of course being a comedy troupe inspired by life in the Coulee Region, Heart of La Crosse's jokes are most certainly topical, and defi nitely adult. “We obviously touch on the sinking of the La Crosse Queen,” giggles Warsinski. “We're touching on the renaming of the Indian mascots. We're going to solve that problem,” she deadpans. Local fi gures aren't off the table, either, and when it comes to local politics, anything (or anyone) is fair game. “The great thing about last year is that the mayor was there opening night. To be parodied is to know that you have made it. It's really a compliment.” “And that's part of the job, when you sign up to be mayor,” Ballzer adds. “You're a public fi gure. You've gotta be up for anything.” In meeting these women, though, it's clear that a love for their community is the driving force behind their dedication to Heart of La Crosse. Says Warsinski, “I don't think we have an offi cial mission statement. We defi nitely feel that we're making a parody of this big little town or little big town, as some people call it. We all love [La Crosse]. We all know people who have moved away and, you know, they come back. It's like, shut up. You love it.” “It's all about sitting back, enjoying a beer, enjoying some comedy,” Ballzer says. “Can that be our mission statement?”

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A sparkling season awaits La Crosse area theatre fans By Jonathan Majak It’s that time of year again, folks. Time when auditions are to be had, rehearsals to be scheduled, costumes to be altered, and blood, sweat and tears are to be poured into performances. Plays, musicals, variety shows — the upcoming local theatre season has a wide spectrum of shows for audiences to indulge in as they peek into the worlds of murderous barbers, spelling bee competitors, tough-minded nuns, dysfunctional couples and a few dirty, rotten scoundrels, as well as a host of other curious characters whose lives are highlighted in the footlights. So turn off your cellphones, and please, no video recording or photography, and enjoy some highlights of the 2010-2011 theatre season.

UW-La Crosse

Among one of the most provocative choices in the upcoming season is The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, opening Oct. 15 at UWL. The play re-imagines the story of Judas into a courtroom dramedy that explores his notorious actions and possible motivations through a series of testimonies from biblical and historical figures such as Satan, Mary Magdalene, Mother Teresa and Sigmund Freud. According to Joseph Anderson, the chair of the UW-L theatre department, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will certainly be a conversation starter among audience members. “I guarantee it will have people talking and thinking about issues contained in the show long after it has closed,” Anderson said. “We’ll be having panel discussions with various religious and philosophy leaders after one or two of the shows as well.” With shows such as Judas, Dracula as well as a workshop of Splendor in the Grass, the bawdy musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Anderson said that there isn’t any over-reaching theme this season aside from “really good shows with a great deal of variety.”

Viterbo University

Sometimes it’s not just the shows that make people excited for an upcoming theatre season. Sometimes it’s the people you get to work with that heightens level of anticipation. When Viterbo stages The Servants of Two Masters this October, they will be having a guest director David Johnson, a professor from Virginia Tech. According to Rick Walters, chair of Viterbo’s theatre department, having Johnson come and direct the play on Viterbo’s Main Theatre is something they are all looking forward to. “He’s an expert when it comes to ‘commedia dell’arte’,” explained Walters. “It involves mask work and a lot of things that will

make the show a unique show for audiences.” According to Walters, there isn’t so much a theme this season with shows like the musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Marriage of Figaro and The Hostage as much as Viterbo theatre doing what it always does: cover a wide variety for talented actors. “It holds a chance to see talented young people from across the country on the rise.”

The Pump House

For executive director Toni Asher, choosing a favorite show is always a difficult proposition. “Our current show, whatever it is, somehow seems to always be my favorite,” Asher said. “The Pump House summer theater productions, Waiting for Lefty and American Voices: Words and Music for Change, are brilliant. I’m often in my office during evening rehearsals and overhear the action happening upstairs in the theater. Over the past month I’ve had many laughs at my keyboard and also had to reach for tissues. Then, when I hear 20 fabulous voices combined in powerful harmonies, it’s time for goose bumps and it’s nearly impossible to work.” Being a smaller venue, according to Asher, gives the Pump House advantages when putting together a season due to the variety it can offer, with shows such as the caustic Neil Labute play The Shape of Things and Three Boomer Broads’ What Our Mothers Never Told Us all in one season. “As a small theater, we can be amazingly flexible and accessible,” she explained. “Drama, original works, comedy, musical theater, storytelling, family shows, music — all are part of the performance season here.”

The Muse Theatre

Audiences will be getting a very close trim at the start of the Muse Theatre’s 20102011 season when it stages Stephen Sondheim’s blood-soaked musical Sweeney Todd. For Muse Theatre creative director and founder Vicki Elwood, it’s the complex nature of the piece that excites her. “I am most looking forward to Sweeney Todd because I think Sondheim is such a genius,” Elwood said. “The music is evocative and haunting. This is a most challenging piece of music theatre because of the depth of emotion within the story.” It won’t all be murderous singers this season at The Muse as the theatre also will be presenting David Hare’s steamy The Blue Room as well as the charming The Wonderful Marvelettes. The intimate nature of the theatre space heightens the experience for audiences, according to Elwood. “Actors enter through the aisles, dance in your face and sing right to your soul,” she said.


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The La Crosse Community Theatre

When the La Crosse Community Theatre unveiled its 2010-2011 season, it did so with so with some razzle dazzle appropriate for a season containing the musical Chicago. The upcoming season is filled with a host of popular shows, including the seasonopener West Side Story, On Golden Pond, and James and the Giant Peach.

The community theatre will also be giving an old standard a new twist when it puts on It’s Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The theatre will also be delving into some complicated issues when it puts on the play Doubt: A Parable, which examines what happens at a church when accusations of molestations are made. When we interviewed Parmeter this spring about the upcoming season and asked him which one was his favorite, he laughed and said, “It is sort of cliché to say all of them, isn’t it?”

La Crosse 2010-11 Theatre Calendar September The Angina Monologues: 30 Years of Heart of La Crosse The Pump House, Opens Sept. 2 West Side Story La Crosse Community Theatre, Opens Sept. 10 Reasons to be Pretty Viterbo, Runs Sept. 24-26 October Sweeney Todd The Muse Theatre, Opens Oct. 8,

February 4:48 Psychosis Viterbo, Feb. 3-5 The Vagina Monologues Muse Theatre, Feb. 10-12 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels UW-L, Opens Feb. 25 The Marriage of Figaro Viterbo, Feb. 25-27

The Servant of Two Masters Viterbo, Oct. 8-10

March Doubt: A Parable La Crosse Community Theatre, Opens March 11

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot UW-L, Opens Oct. 15

Kinesis Dance UW-L, March 24 & 25

Driftless Tales of The Dark and Spooky: A Show for Families and Children The Pump House, Oct. 23 & 24

Viterbo Theater Department Music Revue The Pump House, March 25-27

On Golden Pond La Crosse Community Theatre, Opens Oct. 29

The Marvelous Wanderettes Muse Theatre, TBD

November 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Viterbo, Opens Nov. 12

April Splendor in the Grass UW-L, Opens April 6

What Our Mothers Never Told Us The Pump House Nov. 12-13

The Last Five Years The Pump House, April 7-10

Galoshes of Fortune UW-L, Opens Nov. 13

The Hostage Viterbo, Opens April 8

The Shape of Things The Pump House, Nov. 18-21

Dracula UW-L, Opens April 29

Old School Variety Show The Pump House, Nov. 26 & 27

The Blue Room Muse Theatre, TBD

The Last Waltz Muse Theatre, Nov. 26 & 27 December Twelfth Night UW-L, Opens Dec. 3 It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play La Crosse Community Theatre, Dec. 10 January Almost, Maine La Crosse Community Theatre, Opens Jan. 28

May Chicago: The Musical La Crosse Community Theatre, Opens May 6 June James and the Giant Peach La Crosse Community Theatre, Opens June 17


Aaron White, as Tony, kisses Sara Meyer, as Maria, during rehearsals last month for La Crosse Community Theatre's presentation of "West Side Story," which opens Friday, Sept. 10.

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The ArTS Review Bizarro Masterpiece Theatre Medium: Film "Remember the Daze" (2007) Director: Jess Manafort Cast: Amber Heard, Chris Marquette, Lyndsy Fonseca Writer: Jess Manafort

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It appears that the ’90s are offi cially fair game for the nostalgia industry. Remember the Daze is entirely summed up in its name. Though I’m willing to blame the fi lm studio for the naming, this is little more than an unoffi cial sequel to Dazed and Confused, a fi lm that told the story of a town of teenagers (mostly incoming seniors) on the last day of school in 1976. This retelling does little more than wind the clock forward to the last day of school in 1999 and removes the freshman abuse, sweet hairstyles and Ben Affl eck’s greatest role ever. Furthermore, Dazed and Confused isn’t

the only fi lm absorbed by this upstart. It’s very appropriate that Remember the Daze was originally titled The Beautiful Ordinary, because this fi lm also seems to aspire to be American Beauty. If there’s a reason why this fi lm isn’t drowning in the throwback tunes that plague such nostalgia fl icks (though lameass ’90s radio rock does get some face time), it’s because the fi lmmakers elected to make the score wistful, attempting to drive home the idea that these are the best of times and every moment toward adulthood is a moment lost. So when the kids aren’t running around getting wasted, they’re softly pondering the future. All the while, a silent (and obviously blessed) teen photographs the day’s events, capturing this one perfect moment in time. Most of the kids who populate this fi lm are likable enough, though only a few really stand out. On the one hand, the spastic bluehaired punk, the quixotic older drug dealer, and the rap star with a piss-wasted alter ego provide the easy comedy. Less blatant are the two girls who spend the evening babysitting while on mushrooms, which leads to some amusing quirk. On the serious side lurks a lesbian couple divided on whether to come out of the closet, which is as close as this movie comes to obtaining gravity. One strange side effect of this fi lm’s clash of styles is that there are many moments in the fi lm in which it seems as though something disastrous is about to happen. Yet the fi lm swerves away from calamity every time. A car accident is averted, domestic abuse is hinted at but never shown, and a possible heart attack is laughed off. The fi lm

plays at darkness, but when asked to choose between goofball antics and melodrama it almost always takes the safe route. Maybe every decade deserves its own Dazed and Confused, its own captured moment of ended youth and disillusionment. All the same, Remember the Daze is a lesser adaptation. — Brett Emerson

The Screening Room Medium: Film "The Kdis Are All Right" (2010) Director: Lisa Cholodenko Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo Writers: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg Though not necessarily a full-blown ensemble fi lm, The Kids Are All Right imitates one by failing to emphasize which of its semi-developed characters owns the story. Does it belong to middle-aged workaholic Nic (Bening)? To her career-sick partner Jules (Moore)? To one of their two restless teenage children? To Paul (Ruffalo), the donor with whose sperm Nic and Jules both conceived? Each faces an equally diffi cult life hurdle, but these disparate struggles tend to confl ict more than they cohere. As a result, The Kids Are All Right misses greatness by trying to sincerely tackle too many of modern family life’s problems at once. Better, though, for a fi lm to aim too

high than too low. The Kids Are All Right successfully portrays the diffi culties of life as a teenage male, as a young woman about to leave for college, as an aging middle-aged couple and as a man yearning to make the transition from free-spirited bachelor to devoted family man. It wastes none of its runtime in deftly ratcheting up emotional tension that eventually pays off via the fi lm’s several stirring climaxes, most notably a telegraphed yet heartfelt monologue from Moore. In a way, The Kids Are All Right juggles its characters the way they handle their lives: hastily, but with enough faith to trust that everything will work out in the end. — Nick Cabreza

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T.U.G.G. and friends celebrate fruitful summer By Adam Bissen When T.U.G.G., La Crosse’s unoffi cial band of summer, throws an outdoor concert, they make sure to do it right. Last weekend they released their latest album, Come Sunrise, to La Crosse audiences with a big show at Huck Finn’s, and they’ll be rocking the same riverfront setting on Sunday night. But this time they’re bringing along two beloved local songwriters, Michelle Lynn and Nick Shattuck, for an annual party they’re dubbing the Labor Day Luau. For many people, Labor Day offers a

chance to catch one’s breath after a busy summer, and that’s no exception for the three artists on the bill. Lynn, who now resides in Decorah, Iowa, played a number of concerts throughout the Tri-State area, while T.U.G.G. promoted their new CD with a tour that took them through Missouri, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska and Iowa. “We did 16 shows in 20 days, and it was just a blast,” said T.U.G.G. guitarist Andy Hughes. “I just think that when you play that much music and you’re living with people in a van night in and night out, you get this chemistry that’s hard to recreate anywhere

else.” Come Sunrise is a full-length, 13-song album that Hughes thinks best captures T.U.G.G.’s live sound. While previous releases hedged tightly to a reggae style, Sunrise also has more typically rock and ska numbers and breezes by like a summer road trip. T.U.G.G. may have spent most of July in a van, but Shattuck also had a summer for the memories. He worked as a camp counselor on Catalina Island, located off the southern coast of California, where he spent his days leading kids on oceanic adventures and throughout the mountainous island terrain the he evokes to “something out of Jurassic Park.” He performed at nights around a campfi re and also managed to write a few new songs on the island — at least one on guitar and a three more on ukulele. “It brings a whole different layer to my music,” Shattuck said about the ukulele, which he will be busting out on Sunday night. “I like it. It’s a fun little instrument.” Lynn will open the Sept. 5 show at 4 p.m., and Shattuck, who will be accompanied by bassist Andrew Steeno, is scheduled to follow at 5:30. T.U.G.G. will play from 7 to 11 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to come dressed in Hawaiian shirts and beachwear. “Coupled with the holiday and having our friends on the bill and that most people don’t have to work on Monday, this is going to be pretty cool,” Hughes concluded.

By Brett Emerson

Medium: Album Stimulus: Uncles, "Replacing Words with Other Words" Anno: 2010 I’m not sure if I received a bad copy of this album, but the fi rst track on Uncles’ album has a few glitches in production. The fi rst verse of “Deaf Dumb Dog” abruptly repeats and restarts the song, which runs along normally until it ends mid-sentence. As there are no other such anomalies on this rather pretty collection of beat folk, I’ll give this misstep the benefi t of the doubt. The majority of Replacing Words with Other Words consists of wailing poetry running alongside acoustic guitar, the core fl eshed out with faint bursts of bass, strings and a hollow-sounding piano. “Fishnets and Luncheonettes” is the one song to fully buck this formula with emphasis placed upon the piano, imitating a rainstorm. Within the established procedure, the most notable song is “Hackensack,” in which the vocals and guitar parallel an organ in rising strength. At its very worst, Replacing Words with Other Words feels like Uncles is trying a bit too hard to mix its poetic sensibilities with a country twang. There are a few lyrical oddities (“Deaf Dumb Dog” compares a prickly leg to a Founding Father), and the vocal strain is most pronounced in the suburban drawl of the otherwise serviceable “Settler’s Song.” Yet in total, Uncles provides a solid catalyst for quiet contemplation that is as notable for its words as for its moods.

Medium: Album Stimulus: Smile Brigade "Do You Come Here Often?" Anno: 2010 The easy label to affi x to Smile Brigade’s breed of music is psychedelic rock; most of the songs on Do You Come Here Often? bear some resemblance to the tunes of the ‘60s. “Killjoy Switch,” in particular, sounds like a revamp of “Incense and Peppermints.” Yet lumping this group in with the hippies would undermine the diversity of its aim. The brightness of a keyboard track like “Mothers’ Day Song” is able to give way to an unbroken melancholy such as that of “Gold in Them Hills” without becoming unbalanced. Some of the songs go so far as to take a decidedly modern tack. “Post Script” is a modest piano ballad that brings out some accordion for quirk, and “Esperanto” is a sneering rock track thta would be at home in a poorly lit saloon. Smile Brigade’s work on Do You Come Here Often? doesn’t coast on retro cred to get its point across. The songs on this album, while often nostalgia-inducing, bring enough strength to render them original within the many different styles they honor.

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The MAJAK MiXTAPe By Jonathan Majak Oh relationships, how wonderful you are until, you know, they aren’t and ending them can be an extremely taxing thing on your time, patience, and sometimes your car windows depending on who one is splitting up with. So ever helpful here to our loyal

reader, we’ve put together a mixtape that’ll help you tell your former loved one that it’s all over in mixtape we’re calling, “This Mixtape Is Just Not That Into You.” First up is one of the best break-up tracks we’ve ever heard by the Canadian outfi t Stars and their tune titled, “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” from their album Set Yourself on Fire. Detailing the running into of two former lovers who end up sharing a taxi cab together, the boy/girl duo trade lines about the awkwardness of the situation, eventually coming to the conclusion that “I’m not sorry I met you/I’m not sorry it’s over/I’m not sorry there’s nothing to save.” We believe this conversation happens at every award show that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston fi nd themselves stuck next to each other while waiting for more champagne and Angelina Jolie’s

off trying to adopt one of the cater-waiters. From indie to Diddy, the next track is from his new outfi t Dirty Money featuring omnipresent rapper Drake on their new tune “Loving You No More” off their upcoming Last Train to Paris album. Cut from the same cloth as Diddy’s hit single “Last Night,” “Loving You No More” has vocalist Dawn Richards and Drake detailing how they can’t be loving their paramour anymore because “I love you more than I love myself” which admittedly sounds less like an R&B lyric than a topic of a week of Dr. Phil. Before she was making an amazing electro album and before her milkshake was bringing all the boys to the yard, Kelis was letting you know how much she couldn’t stand your ass in her song “Caught Out There” off her debut album Kaleidoscope. Af-

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September 3

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3 Beers Til' Dubuque (party band) • 9 p.m.


Dave Matthews Band // SEPT. 15 Xcel Energy Center • $63

Freight House // 107 Vine St. Dan Sebranek (songwriter) • 7:30 p.m.

Railroad Earth // SEPT. 18 Cedar Cultural Center • $20

JB'sSpeakeasy // 717 Rose St. Rearview Mirror, Brahman Shaman, Michelle Lynn and the Bad Passengers, Wiggle Puppy (acoustic rock) • 10 p.m.

Dirty Projectors // SEPT. 19 First Avenue • $18.75

Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. Rich Wooden (rock) • 10 p.m.

The Flaming Lips // SEPT. 19 Roy Wilkins Auditorium • $37.50

Onalaska Am.legion // 731 Sand Lake Rd. Buck Hollow Band (classic country) • 7 p.m. Pearl Street Brewery // 1401 St. Andrew St.

You Me and Everyone We Know (pictured) may be named after the 2005 arthouse flick, but the band's music is pure powerpop. The Baltimore band is touring the country in support their debut full-length release Some Things Don't Wash Out, which follows two well-received EPs. Fans of Motion City Soundtrack or early Panic! at the Disco will find plenty to love about You Me and Everyone We Know. The band will be in La Crosse next Thursday night at the Warehouse as part of the Can We Do Laundry at Your House? Tour, along with openers Queen’s Club, Take Cover, Cadence, and All the Right Moves. Tickets are $9, and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. So check this band on the rise, and add them to your Warehouse memory bank.

Dave Orr (man about town) • 5 p.m. piggy's blues lounge // 501 Front St. S. Tom Hipps Trio (folk rock) • 8 p.m.

my second home // 2104 George St. Spin Off Band (variety) • 8 p.m.

Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. Som’n Jazz (jazz) • 10 p.m.

Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. Deep Sea Summit (livetronica) • 10 p.m.

piggy's blues lounge // 501 Front St. S. Tom Hipps Trio (folk rock) • 8 p.m.

The Root Note // 114 4th St. S. Nathan K (indie folk) • 8:30 p.m.

The Joint // 324 Jay St. Sons Of A Peach (Allman Brothers Tribute) • 10 p.m.

Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. Rich Wooden (rock) • 10 p.m.

The Root Note // 114 4th St. S. Lucas Revolution (cross-country hitchhiking folkie) • 8:30 p.m. the waterfront tavern // 328 Front St. Swing, Inc. (jazz) • 8 p.m.


September 4

Crossfire // 422 Main St. Mario Street, Tee Time (Back to School Jam) • 6 p.m. Freight House // 107 Vine St. Dan Sebranek (songwriter) • 7:30 p.m. goose island // W6488 Hwy. GI CODY (blues rock) • 7 p.m. HOwie's // 1125 La Crosse St. Monkey Wrench (hard rock) • 9 p.m.

Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. The Histronic, DJ Mike Moilanen (livetronica dance party) • 9 p.m. The Root Note // 114 4th St. S. Neon, Chicane Theory, Verity's Embrace, Hyphon (Midwest rock, hiphop) • 8:30 p.m. the waterfront tavern // 328 Front St. Swing, Inc. (jazz) • 8 p.m.


Del’s Bar // 229 Third St. Open Jam • 10 p.m. Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn's Open jam • 10 p.m. The Root Note // 114 4th St. S. Ryan Traster and Mother Culture (Americana) • 8:30 p.m.

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September 5

French slough // 1311 La Crescent St. Kin Pickin’ (jam grass) • Noon Huck Finn's // 127 Marina Dr Michelle Lynn, Nick Shattuck, T.U.G.G. (Labor Day Luau) • 8 p.m.

September 6

September 7

Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. Dave Orr (open jam) • 10 p.m.

The Root Note // 114 4th St. S. 3rd Relation Jazz Trio (2nd set open jazz jam) • 8:30 p.m.

Pharoahe Monch // SEPT. 22 Fine Line Music Café • $13.50 Of Montreal, Janelle Monae // SEPT. 23 First Avenue • $23.50


September 8

Del’s Bar // 229 Third St. Open Jam • 10 p.m. Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. Bad Axe Jam (gear provided) • 10 p.m.

Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. Jazz Liver (jazz) • 10 p.m.

recovery room // 901 7th St. S. Kin Pickin’ (open jam) • 10 p.m.


September 9

Del’s Bar // 229 Third St. Nick Shattuck (welcome home) • 10 p.m. Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. Dave Orr's Damn Jam (open jam) • 10 p.m. Popcorn Tavern // 308 S. Fourth St. Fuzzy HD (experimental) • 10 p.m. The Starlite Lounge // 222 Pearl St. Kies and Kompanie (jazz) • 5 p.m. The Warehouse // 324 Pearl St. You Me and Everyone We Know, Queens Club, Take Cover, Cadence, All the Right Moves (pop rock) • 6:30 p.m.

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The Beer Review Scurvy Tyranena Brewing Company Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Welcome to version 2.0 of the Second Supper beer review: sleek new look, same drunken insight. I’ve broken the blocky format into something that’s hopefully easier to read and also dropped the numerical ratings because, let’s face it: those were always pretty arbitrary and tainted by the front half of a six pack. I think this will also allow me to keep fresh ideas flowing, because after three soppy years on the beer beat there are only so many ways to say that a light ale tastes good on a summer day. Don’t worry, though, I’m not dropping the BS entirely (as if you

couldn’t already tell), I’m just channeling it into new directions. Thankfully, that beleaguered introduction saved you about 11 pirate jokes, as this week’s review toasts Scurvy, a buccaneerbranded craft beer from Lake Mills’ Tyranena Brewing Company. Originally given a limited release in Tyranena’s “Brewers Gone Wild” line, the Scurvy is back as a seasonal with its own original packaging, although I’ve yet to see any distributed into La Crosse. And that’s too bad, because Scurvy is a genuinely inventive beer, a hoppy IPA brewed with orange peel. It has a distinct taste to which I can only give this review: Farrrrrr out, matey! Purchase: 6-pack from Party Port in Madison, Wis., $8.49 Style: American Pale Ale

Strength: 6.5 percent ABV Packaging: The label depicts an eye-patched buccaneer waving a saber before a treasure chest of oranges and a pontoon boat full of wenches. Appearance: Hazy orange to dark copper in color with a one-finger tan head that leaves minimal lacing Aroma: This is one of the more aromatic beers I’ve encountered lately. From a distance the citrusy hops are pronounced, and an actual whiff of orange rind rises to the nose — nothing like the artificial flavors that mar lesser beers. The aroma is particularly piquant when thrusting a nose into the glass, revealing an organic smell that evokes something like pepper steak. Taste: Despite the orange additive, this is clearly an IPA. The first sip is surprisingly sweet and malty with notes of orange and

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lemon, but it quickly bitters as it moves along the tongue. A plethora of juicy hops shines, but just before the swallow one gets a kick of orange sweetness, and the citrus actually seems to level the hops and coat the mouth between sips. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and greasy Drinkability: Although this is an intensely flavorful beer, I wouldn’t want to drink more than two in a sitting. It’s also fairly strong. Reviews: Posters at BeerAdvocate give this an A-, and RateBeer scores it a 97, both impressive marks. I’d say IPA freaks should seek this one out for a novel but well-crafted take on the style. Casual drinkers can probably save their doubloons.

— Adam Bissen








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The ADviCe GODDeSS By Amy Alkon Rivals and departures

I’ve been dating a guy I really like for a month. He’s been in a long-distance relationship with a woman since last spring. They spend a week together every couple of months, and were off and on for a few years prior. She’s coming to visit for three weeks next month, and afterward, they plan to part for good, as she’ll be working in another country. I want to be mature about this, but if he wants a relationship with me (he says he does), I don't understand this big romantic last hurrah with her. He says it’s unfortunate timing, and he has to have this goodbye fling, as it’s been planned for a long time. I’m feeling like the consolation prize and question his level of interest in me. Am I being an unreasonable princess? — Upset It’s crushing to learn that you aren’t “the one,” just “the one in Kentucky,” a

la “Stunned wife discovers husband of 15 years has second wife and family in another state!” Of course, your guy not only told you there was another woman but seems to have stopped just short of giving you a dossier of all her fl ight times and confi rmation numbers. So, what’s next on your agenda, fl ying into a rage that the cat you adopted refuses to bound to your gate and bark at intruders or railing that a wino uses the $10 you fl ipped him to buy Boone’s Farm instead of tickets to the art museum? This guy may like you plenty and may make some very relationshippy sounds, but he’s had tickets to Sexapalooza 2010 for quite some time, and he isn’t about to rip them up. You’re gambling he’ll decide you’re so fab that he will, and he’s gambling you’ll decide he’s so fab that you’ll pledge to wait for him and wave a little temporary goodbye: “Good luck! Have fun! Try not to catch anything!” You could give him an ultimatum — either he gets his man-paw out of the longdistance cookie jar or you’re history. If you take this tack, be prepared to walk — and to turn your head and notice, to your disappointment, that nobody’s running after you. Should you decide to just suck it up and do something else (or someone else) while he’s on his three-week sexcation, be prepared to fi nd yourself feeling less than loving and charitable toward him upon his return. Waiting around also sets up a really bad power dynamic — making it clear that you’re OK with being the B-Team: You’re on

the bench, some other woman’s in the bed, and you’re hoping against hope that she’ll sprain something. You want to be mature about this? Great! Admit what you’ve known all along: this guy’s a catch with a catch, and you’re suffering because you’ve been acting like he’s available when he’s only available-ish. In light of that, the wisest approach is probably breaking up now, letting time pass, and seeing how you both feel in the future. If you feel like trying again, fi nd out why they called it quits: whether they aren’t compatible on a day-to-day basis, or whether it’s just that Southwest doesn’t fl y wherever it is she went to, I dunno, collect yak scat. Sure, you want to be the chosen one, but not because he suddenly fi nds himself in the mood for a lower carbon footprint and more leg room.

out for drinks, tell him what’s great about your relationship, and see what he has to say when you explain that you’re feeling a little hurt that you now seem to come second to a creature that scoots its butt on the rug. It’s possible he has commitment issues and is trying to push you away, or wants to break up but is trying to force you to do the deed. It’s also possible that you’ve discovered who your boyfriend really is — a guy who has deep conversations with his dog. If so, you may decide that there’s a confl ict in sensibilities that just can’t be bridged. In that case, I think you know what he’ll say: “Heather says to tell you, ‘Don’t let the doggie door hit you on the way out.’”

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My boyfriend adopted a beady-eyed pit bull mix three months ago and shows it more affection than he shows me. He talks to it like it understands everything he says, then praises it for not answering. When I said the dog’s clueless silence does not mean agreement, he got mad and consoled “Heather” as if I’d hurt her feelings. He even wants it in our bed. — Barking Mad If there’s a challenge to your relationship, you expect it to at least come from a member of your own species — one whose lingerie labels read “Victoria’s Secret,” not “PETCO.” Take your boyfriend

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$2.00 - 1 Player, $3.00 - 2 Players 50 Cents Off Drinks, $1 Off Pitchers

WEDNESDAY $2 Domestic Bottles $2.50 Skyy/Absolute Mixers $2 Dr. Shots (7-1am)

THURSDAY FRIDAY 5 Domestic Bottles 4 $10 $5 Micro/Import Bottles $11.50, $7 Micro/Craft Pitchers (7-1am)

$5 Miller Lite/Bud Light Pitchers

SATURDAY $2.25 Leinies Bottles (7-1am)

$2 Captain Mixers $2 Long Islands $3 Effen Vodka Mixers (7-1am)

16// September 2, 2010

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