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VOLUME 10, NO. 9 | MARCH 11, 2010


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Contributors: Amy Alkon, Erich Boldt, Nick Cabreza, Mary Catanese, Brett Emerson, Jake Groteuschen, Shuggypop Jackson, Matt Jones, Caroline More, Anna Soldner, Ralph Winrich Second Supper is a weekly alternative newspaper published by Bartanese Enterprises LLC, 614 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601

FIRST CONCERT YOU WENT TO: Dropping Daylight, Facing New York and a couple of local bands at the Warehouse WHAT IS YOUR BEVERAGE OF CHOICE? Orange juice, the more pulp the better.

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WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. TELL US YOUR GUILTIEST PLEASURE: Making tea in my underwear.

NAME AND AGE: Nina Alexandra Vrlec, 21 WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago, Ill., 5:45a.m.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE? Bad grammar. TELL US A JOKE: How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice.

CURRENT JOB: Pharmacy technician DREAM JOB: Chef or caterer. LAST THING YOU GOOGLED: I’m sure it was lyrics to something, it’s always lyrics. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE? Chicago or Croatia. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE? Route 66. IF A GENIE GRANTED YOU ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD YOU ASK FOR? To be able to make the perfect brownies; no matter how closely I follow the recipe

WHAT'S THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? Groceries. I finally have food in the house again! Who wants dinner? WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?: Cell phone, chapstick and my grocery list. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SECOND SUPPER? I tend to enjoy it as a whole. HOW DO YOU KNOW CASSIE (LAST WEEK'S INTERVIEW)? Jules’

L'Editor Dear Reader: I am presently sitting on my sister’s front porch in New Orleans, Louisiana. She says it’s a dreary day — gray and a little soggy — which makes it the most pleasant weather I’ve experienced in five months. I’ve got my bare feet kicked up on a chair and a Brooklyn Lager by my side (don’t get me started on the local brews — at least not yet). It’s a pretty good afternoon by anyone’s standards, but La Crosse is still on my mind. This New Orleans is a funny place, settled by pirates and presided by partiers. It’s as lush as you’d imagine it to be, and the thousands of doofus spring breakers make me question the timing of my supposedly relaxing vacation. But once you get off Bourbon Street, the locals are a joy, eager to show off their city and direct me to its best shrimp Po Boy (which was, by all accounts, phenomenal). Yet so much of this city doesn’t work in the conventional sense. Sidewalks stop and start with no discernible pattern, and traffic laws would be better referred to as suggestions. (I just saw the eighth near collision of the afternoon.) Mostly I’m just chilling — tearing through novels and regional cuisine with equal abandon. I miss all you guys fighting the last throes of winter, as well as the general order of the Midwest. I definitely didn’t see that one coming, but that’s why we have to get away sometimes — to remember what we love about home.

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Skate to help breast cancer research

Be Irish for the weekend

The Top

Actors who should be in more movies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Bill Murray Gary Sinese Sienna Miller Entire cast of the Wire Catherine Keener William H. Macy Clive Owen

Actors who should be in fewer movies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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La Crosse's official St. Patrick's Day celebration begins Friday with a concert featuring the David Munnelly Band and ends with a social at Forest Hills. In between, of course, is the third annual IrishFest La Crosse St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade begins at noon, rain or shine or snow, at 2nd and Main streets and then proceeds to 9th and Main. The post-parade social at Forest Hills includes a free adult beverage, while supplies last, as well as corned beef sandwiches, fish and chips, and Irish stew. Irish dancers and other entertainment will add to the festivities. Munnelly opens the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Valhalla Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. The band, led by Irish button accordion player David Munnelly, has been called the "E Street Band of traditional Irish music."


Check out the melodies and harmonies

Storyhill will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. The acoustic/pop duo Storyhill hails from Bozeman, Mont., where Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson met in a seventhgrade geography class. They released their first tape together in 1989 after graduating high school, went their separate ways for many years, reunited in Minnesota for a successful run that included several self-produced albums and then went on a farewell tour. Fan support encouraged them to reunite, however, and in 2007 they released their first album with Red House Records, Storyhill. The duo blend Americana, folk and pop in strong melodic songs and close harmonies. For information, call (608) 785-1434.


High Rollers Skating Center, 3624 East Ave. S., will donate 100 percent of all admission fees Sunday, March 14, to Steppin' Out in Pink, a non-profit group that raises money to support breast cancer research at the Gundersen Lutheran Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care by way of the Norman L. Gillette Jr. Cancer Research Fellowship. "Pink at the Rink" will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person or $30 for a family of 4, which includes admission, skate rental, playground, and free passes for your next visit. For more information, visit


Spend some time with a poet

It's back to the Pump House on Thursday, March 18, for a poetry reading by poet and writer Rustin Larson, whose poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review and other magazines. His latest collection — The Wine-Dark House — was published last year to critical acclaim. Larson has a master's in creative writing and has taught in a variety of settings. He lives in Fairfield, Iowa, and hosts the radio talk show Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost. The reading begins at 7 p.m. For information, call (608) 785-1434.


Meet symphony Candidate No. 5

The fifth candidate in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra's seasonlong seach for a new conductor gets his turn this weekend. Yaron Gottfried will lead the symphony at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center's Main Theatre. Tickets are $35 for main floor and lower balcony and $19 for the upper balcony. To buy two tickets for the price of one, call (608) 7832121. As with the other candidates, Gottfried will provide a pre-concert lecture, at 6:45 p.m. in the center's Recital Hall.


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1. Enter no more than one poem per category. 2. Each entry must be original, not previously published. 3. Entry must include category, poet’s name, address, phone, e-mail. 4. Poet must be permanent, temporary or former resident of La Crosse, Onalaska or La Crescent. 5. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. March 18. 6. Entries must be typed or done on computer or word processor. Second Supper Poetry Contest 614 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601 or via e-mail to Authors retain rights to poetry but agree to allow publication in Second Supper. Submissions will not be returned.

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Chatter over whether the former guv will get into the race for U.S. Senate ramps up amid reports he’s started talking to clients about the possibility he’ll run, donors are being lined up, and a few Web domain names have been secured that could be used for a campaign. But insiders __________ ________________ continue to be split on whether Thompson will actually pull the trigger. His fans insist he’s more sincere and serious about considering this race than he was in 2006, when he flirted with another run for guv. One old hand, Bill McCoshen, predicts an ________ ________________ exploratory committee within weeks as he and other members of ol' Team Tommy seem poised to hop aboard if the former guv gives the signal. Others, including _________ ________________ some longtime TGT pals and associates, just don’t see it happening. Dems aren’t so kind, questioning how a D.C. lobbyist who ran a poor presidential campaign just Every 1st & 3rd Thursday three years ago is suddenly going to capiof the month talize on an anti-incumbent, anti-Washington mood against a guy like Russ Feingold. ___________ ________________ Insiders expect this to drag on for a while, with some believing Thompson will put off an announcement until the state party’s May convention and possibly beyond that.

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The state's largest city beats out three others in the race to land an assembly plant for Spanish train company Talgo Inc., giving Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett another development to crow about and high-speed rail advocates a tangible benefit. Talgo announces it will build high-speed trains at the former Tower Automotive facility and will employ 125 workers with a supply chain that could create an additional 450 jobs. While Dems praise Barrett for helping to land the company, they also point to Gov. Jim Doyle’s work as a main reason the state landed the plant. Conservatives question whether the 125 jobs are worth what was given up and complain the state’s approach to job creation amounts to picking winners and losers. That includes Super Steel, which announces it’s filing for receivership after finding out Talgo will assemble the train cars itself rather than contracting with Super Steel for the work.


The U.S. Senate unanimously confirms the Madison attorney to take a spot on the federal bench. Conley will take the spot being vacated by Judge Barbara Crabb, who's taking senior status. The question now becomes whether former state Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler will soon join Conley on the Western District of Wisconsin bench. Conservatives have singled out Butler for scorn, holding him up as an example of an activist judge unfit for the federal system. Still, some legal observers in Wisconsin question whether Republicans in the U.S. Senate will pick a fight over a district court judge.

Insiders have long suspected the clock would run out on the session before the Assembly would take action on a motion to expel the independent from Chippewa Falls, and that looks more and more likely as the number of floor days slip away. Wood gets another delay in the proceedings as Dem Rep. Mary Hubler, chair of the committee overseeing the expulsion resolution, says she won't schedule a vote on the proposal until GOP Rep. Steve Nass testifies before the body. Nass didn’t show up for the hearing, saying he didn’t want to give Wood the opportunity to deflect attention away from his misdeeds. Most expect the committee to recommend censure or reprimand — if that — once it wraps up its work. But Nass threatens to amend such a resolution to restore expulsion, predicting it would pass overwhelmingly with lawmakers loathe to show pity on a repeat offender engaged in dangerous behavior so soon after approving a crackdown on drunken drivers. Others acknowledge Nass has a point that Dems may be keeping Wood around to give them an extra vote in the final weeks of the session.

The Whitewater Republican has never been shy about dishing it out, unleashing a torrent of criticism on everything from who speaks at UW campuses to what he sees as a lack of fiscal responsibility from his fellow lawmakers. But insiders from both sides pile on Nass when he didn't bother to show up last week for a public hearing on a resolution he filed seeking to boot Jeff Wood from the Assembly. Nass defends his decision, saying he was never invited, he didn’t want to give Wood the chance to deflect attention from his misdeeds, and he was tending to his elderly father. But insiders accuse him of chickening out and slam him for ducking the hearing. Nass tries to deflect criticism over his decision and offers up more than a dozen dates in March that he’d be available to testify. But insiders, some of whom have tired of Nass’ tactics over the years, call him a coward.


Critics are saying “I told you so'' after Gov. Jim Doyle announces initial grants for the program. They believed the guv promised more than he could deliver with the Wisconsin Covenant program and now point to what they say are minimal initial grants of between $250 and $2,500 a year for the first two years of school. But the guv insists the grants are only part of the financial aid puzzle for students who live up to the program’s standards. GOP guv hopeful Scott Walker says he’d try to keep the program if elected, though he blasts Doyle for making a promise the state may not fiscally be able to keep.

The former Racine mayor was looking at just probation for his January 2009 arrest for arranging a tryst with an undercover state agent posing as a 14-year-old girl. But the judge handling the case said details that emerged about Becker’s behavior persuaded him the former mayor was a greater risk to re-offend than he originally thought and gives him three years in prison. Becker, who expressed an interest in underage girls in numerous on-line chats and was found to have child porn on his city computer, visited a Racine department store two weeks before his sentencing to buy small-sized lingerie. The defense says they were for a petite 46-year-old. But the judge says Becker had to be “brain dead” not to recognize the significance of his actions.




The Appleton Dem is considered the most vulnerable member of the state’s congressional delegation — and an NBC political analyst’s pick for one of the top 10 seats in the country that Republicans will have to win to take over the House. The looming healthcare vote and Charlie Rangel’s troubles underscore the various land mines Kagen will have to navigate. Opponents call on Kagen to return donations he received from the New York Dem, and insiders say he’s in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-youdon’t situation. Keep the money, and opponents will bash him for not giving it back. Return it and he’s acknowledging there was something wrong with taking it in the first place. Kagen is in much the same situation on the healthcare vote. Some argue supporting whatever emerges from Dem leaders and the president won't go over well in the GOP-leaning 8th CD. But others argue he’s already taken a tough vote last year, and there’s no turning back now because a flip flop will look worse.

The finger pointing begins galore after the state misses out on the first cut of federal "Race to the Top" funds. Gov. Jim Doyle unleashes a blistering attack on those who oppose mayoral control of Milwaukee Public Schools, blaming a lack of action on that proposal for the state missing the first cut. He warns the state is already behind others in the push to make the second and final cut for money later this year and blasts those clinging to the status quo. Mayoral control opponents, meanwhile, point out feds have said repeatedly that mayoral control wasn't part of the application. GOP critics blame Dems for passing watered-down reform legislation, pointing to a bill that allows districts now to consider test scores in evaluating a teacher, but bans them from being used for discipline or dismissal. The Dems are so beholden to WEAC, they argue, that they refused to embrace true reform.

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Dispatches from HQ New pottery store opens on Pearl Street

Karen Bressi yesterday, March 10, opened Generous Earth Pottery at 221 Pearl St., in the former Bronze Hair & Tanning Studio location. Bressi, a registered nurse who moved to La Crosse from New York two years ago, has been doing pottery as a hobby for 20 years. She produces mostly functional kitchen ware, with some design pieces, and says her prices are affordable. "There's something for everybody, unique gifts for the upcoming wedding season and graduation." Bressi says. If you like to view the process, Bressi plans to make pottery in the storefront window. She also will offer pottery classes in the fall. For more information, call (608) 484-1902 or visit

Festival adds wine contest to homebrew competition Applications are being taken for the second annual "Between the Bluffs Homebrew Contest" and inaugural "Between the Bluffs Wine Making Contest." The contests are part of the eighth annual Between the Bluffs, Beer, Cheese and Wine Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the South Oktoberfest Grounds. There are six categories for the homebrew contest: Lagers, English ales, Dark ales, Pale ales, Wheat beers, and Belgian/Strong beers, with the winners of each category entering a Best in Show to determine the overall competition winner. The winner will be crowned 2010 Between the Bluffs Brewmaster, will receive 2 VIP tickets for the 2011 event ($100 value), a crown and scepter, and a brew bucket of goodies. Applications and a $5 entry fee are due by April 13. The categories for the wine contest are Cranberry Wine, Apple Wine, other fruits wine, Red Grape Kit Wine, White Grape Kit Wine, Local Red Grape Wine and Local White Grape Wine. Registration forms and a $5 entry fee are due March 15. Festival tickets are ons ale. For more information, call (800) 658.9424 or (608) 782.2366, visit or send e-mail to info@

Paxico plans CD release party March 27 The La Crosse band Paxico will hold a CD release party for its first full-length CD, Willing the Winter Away, from 9 p.m. until midnight Saturday, March 27, at the Arterial, 1003 16th St. S., La Crosse. The New You Trio, a Madison-based band, will open for Paxico. A $5 cover charge includes a CD of 13 original songs. Paxico is comprised of Blake Peters on guitar and vocals; Quenten Brown on guitar and vocals; Greg Lundin on bass, guitar and vocals; and Cory Onsrud on percussion. Both Brown and Lundin are teachers in the area. Lundin teaches at Ventures Charter School in Holmen Middle School, and Brown is an art teacher at West Salem High School. Peters works at Logistics Health Inc.

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COMMUNITY Onsrud is a carpenter. The band's music reflects a wide range of influences: rock, blues, jazz, pop and country. Brown, Lundin and Peters each sing lead at times. Paxico recorded and mixed the CD at Nor-Entry Studios, where they also rehearse. For more information, visit or www.myspace. com/paxicomusic.

Business Networking last 10 years. Describe your typical day: A typical day in my cube consists of writing code for various reports, analyzing the results of that data, researching healthcare news (all while listening to my favorite music or WPR show), and attending meetings to offer insight based on what the data says. Favorite part of job? To do my job well, I have to understand how every area of healthcare works, thus enabling me to work with a wide variety of people.

Madison artist to open for Willie Nelson here

Least favorite part: My least favorite part of this job is trying to sit still in a cube all day.

Americana artist Whitney Mann of Madison recently landed the opening slot on two of Willie Nelson’s spring tour dates: March 18 at the La Crosse Center and March 24 at the Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, Ill. Mann grew up in Michigan listening to Randy Travis, Conway Twitty and, of course, Willie Nelson. “It’s a dream come true to open for such an icon as Willie Nelson. I remember my dad and me singing 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain' in the kitchen growing up,” Mann said in a press release for the concerts. Mann self-released her debut E,P The Way Back Home, in May. She has played the Madison Roots Festival and WMSE's Radio Summer Camp Festival. For information about Mann or her music, contact Kyle Jacobson at (815) 543.5953 or

NAME AND AGE: Nicole Schreiner, 32

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years? It is hard to see 10 years out, but most likely Iwill be doing something completely different.

PSB unveils two versions of Scottish Ale

One interesting fact about your job: This job has been rated one of the best jobs in America for the

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The Pearl Street Brewery’s latest seasonal offering isn’t only a Scottish Ale, it’s also an education in brewing techniques. On Wednesday, March 10, brewmaster Joe Katchever tapped two different versions of the Wee Heavy, a smoked Scotch ale. Both batches were brewed simultaneously, but one was aged traditionally while the other was aged in oak bourbon barrels. "The purpose of this side-by-side tapping of the two beers is to isolate the effects of barrel aging on the overall flavor of the beer,”Katchever said in a press release. “Wee Heavy” is a term often applied to stronger versions of Scottish ales. PSB describes its version as having a malty nose with a smooth flavor and “a tiny bit of hop background followed by a warming calm.” Both versions of the Wee Heavy are available at the Pearl Street Brewery, 1401 St. Andrews St., but it is a limited release and will only be available for a short time. The brewery’s next seasonal offering is the Evil Doppleganger, a double Maibock expected to be released in April.

Web site enables bands to upload their music for free The beta site for BandwithRadio, a new site developed in Eau Claire featuring independent music, launched March 2. BandwithRadio enables bands to upload their music for free. It then enables customers to listen to and purchase — for $1 per download — new, independent music. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at Send your DHQ tips to

Occupation: Actuarial Analyst Employer: Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan Inc. What do you do? The job of an actuary is to keep the company financially stable by setting rates, assessing trends and determining how much to hold in reserve to pay future claims. I once heard it described as trying to drive the "healthcare" car by looking in the rearview mirror. Education: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with an emphasis in statistics

Any helpful advice for those considering a similar career? Practice taking the actuarial exams before you enter the work force; that way you will know what to expect. Where's your favorite lunch spot? My favorite lunch spot is Panera. Favorite way to unwind? I like to unwind by taking long hikes in Hixon. Any interesting knickknacks in your office? I have a stuffed hamster that sings "Everyone's kung fu fighting" while twirling his nunchucks!

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The acting bunch: A feature story in one act Young thespians muse about careers, lifestyle By Jonathan Majak Scene I. “Company” “La Crosse is an interesting community,” observed Alex Brick, a Madison native and UW-L student recently seen in productions of Into the Woods and 5,000 Lbs. “This place has more young talented actors than a city of this size should.” La Crosse, with its two universities and two community theatres along with the Pump House, a regional arts center, is a hub of acting activity. Being such a close-knit environment with so many theatre options can occasionally breed tension, according to Colin Thelen, a UW-L student recently seen in productions of Into the Woods and 5,000 Lbs. with Brick. “My only problem with the theatre community in La Crosse is its apparent focus on constant competition instead of focusing on how to better collaborate with one another on an institutional level,” he said. “We are too small of a community to be constantly battling one another.” Sometimes the biggest battle is just getting audiences into the seats. “Word of mouth is huge in this town,” explained Mary Leigh Snider, a Viterbo alum who was Ulla in The Producers and who was both Columbia in Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as choreographer for the production. “So what always ends up happening is the first weekend is half full and the second/third weekends are sold out and people can’t get in.” But overall, the fact that a community the size of La Crosse has such a thriving theatre scene is a great thing, but it could always do with more funds, according to Paul Hibbard, a Viterbo theatre major who was in Assassins and is currently studying abroad. “I think there are always opportunities to do theatre in La Crosse, which is such a breath of fresh air, but I think there needs to be some kind of major funding from the city or something so that we can exceed the expectations of theatre-goers.” Scene II. “Children Will Listen” Mary Leigh Snider was, as the old show

business phrase goes, “born in a trunk.” “I come from a very theatrical family and they have been setting me up for this since the womb,” Snider said. “My dad used to like chant at my mom’s tummy, ‘Love music, be a dancer, love theatre.’ I guess it works.” Theatrics was an inherited trait for Alex Brick as well. “My parents actually met while performing Pirates of Penzance in college,” he said. For Emily Bourland, who has been acting since she was 4, her family has always been a huge support system, even when she herself was unsure about it. “At one point I was at a crossroad where I didn’t know if I wanted to stick with theatre or switch to being pre-med,” explained Bourland, “to which my dad, who is a doctor of pharmacology and toxicology, replied, ‘But then we wouldn’t get to see you perform anymore.’” Parents being skittish about their children going into the acting profession is understandable, according to Katie Bakalars. “There’s not a lot of security,” she said. “Since I’ve been in school and they’ve come to see the productions [her parents] have become less worried.” Scene III. “I Feel Pretty” When you’re an actor/actress, you have to be game to do a lot of things. For Katie Bakalars that was being half-naked in Rocky Horror, kissing a girl in Anton in Show Business, and pole dancing in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. “Pushing past your own insecurities is the key,” she said. “After all, you are not you when you are this person, therefore Katie can’t control the character.” Both Alex Brick and Colin Thelen have found themselves in some interesting costuming choices for shows. Brick had a blond mullet, spandex pants and platform shoes for Rocky Horror and was in a wolf costume in Into The Woods; Thelen had a weave for Great American Trailer Park Musical, dyed his hair black for Rocky Horror as he strutted in garters and a corset, and chopped the hair off for 5,000 Lbs. for his role as a soldier. Both actors feel giving themselves over to the costuming/styling process is crucial for great performances. “I am trying to provide the audience with the most honest portrayal of the char-

acter and the most authentic experience of that character's story as possible,” Thelen said. “I want to make people who know me forget who I am and believe that I am whoever I am in the story. And frankly most of the time your appearance isn't up to you; you surrender your face and body over to the costume and make-up designers as soon as you are cast in a show.” “It took the costumes for both Riff Raff and the Wolf to come alive,” Brick said. “I can act my little heart out in rehearsals, but no matter what I do there is still some dork in a sweater vest prancing about on stage pretending to be an alien or a wolf. But when that costume comes on, the audience can see what I am feeling internally.” Scene IV. “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” When asked about the most frustrating misconception about the acting profession, most of the actors responded by saying the idea that it’s an easy, glamorous line of work was the most aggravating. “Acting is an extremely difficult and straining profession,” said Ryan Soberg, a Viterbo alum who was recently the Narrator in the Muse Theatre’s production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. “I think a lot of people think it’s easy, or that it’s all just fun and games, which is so not true,” Bourland said. "People think you sleep in all day, get up, go work for two hours a night and that’s it,” Snider said. “When the reality of it is, performing is not the job of an actor, that’s more like icing on the cake. An actor’s job is to audition and market themselves, and practice.”

Scene V. “The Little Things You Do Together” In order to survive a lot of the ups and downs of an acting life of auditions, rehearsals and a show’s run, it can be important to have somebody who understands what you’re going through. “There is an understanding that we both have for each other’s craftwork, and there is a mutual connection when we’re both working on separate shows,” Katie Bakalars said about her relationship with fellow actor Colin Thelen. “We know how emotionally draining it can be and yet how rewarding it is.” “You both come home from working on different projects,” Thelen said, “but

you can still relate to one another because you both already have a passion for what the other is apart of. It really is no different than any relationship between two individuals; it works beautifully as long as the lines of communication stay open and get used frequently.” Bakalars did note one drawback about dating another person in acting. “It’s hard sometimes when we have to miss each other’s show because of our own work, but I know that if he could be there he would, or vice-versa.” Scene VI. “Let Me Entertain You” When asked where they wanted to be in five years, people uniformly expressed a desire to remain connected to theatre. “For me, my dream is not to be on Broadway or in the movies,” Bourland said. “I would love to be a company member at any one of the wonderful regional theatres in this country. My dream is to be able to have a life in theatre but also to have one beyond that.” “I want to still be doing theatre first and foremost, hopefully not living out of my car or a cardboard box,” Hibbard said. While most expressed a desire to remain in the footlights, others said they could see themselves moving to a backstage role. “Viterbo teaches us to be extremely well rounded and understand all areas of the theatre,” Bakalars said. “During this training, I discovered I found a love for hair/makeup. I've learned to work with prosthetics, air brushes, and I have done many hair cuts for shows. If I should find that I cannot get work as an actress, I would be more than happy to be used backstage.” “I'd do pretty much anything to get my foot in the door,” Soberg said. “Currently, I'm looking into PA (production assistant) jobs in film, doing clerical work for an entertainment law firm, or going to grad school for an advanced degree in theatre/ film academia. Having other skills outside of acting/theatre is invaluable in the entertainment industry.” And most have resolved that when it comes to the acting business, a lot of it is out of their control and the best is just to along for the ride. “Where will I be?” Hibbard asked rhetorically. “Wherever this crazy world wants to take me; dump the tension and go with the flow, you know?”

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The Arts Review The Curtain Call Medium: Theatre The Spitfire Grill Troupe: Muse Theatre Director: Vicki Elwood Music director: Peter J. Bosgraaf Cast: Vicki Elwood, Natalie Wikstrom, Beth Lakman, Emily Bourland, Rhys Wolff, Jon Krocker, Lucas Niedfeldt If Frank Capra, the auteur behind classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, ever did a musical, it’d probably be something like The Spitfire Grill, the beautifully acted and staged musical currently playing at the Muse Theatre. Unabashedly earnest and unashamedly sentimental, the story focuses around the tiny Wisconsin town of Gilead as a recently released prisoner, PercyTalbott, tries to start a new life by working at the titular Spitfire Grill for the gruff Hannah Ferguson, who wants to unload the grill due to hurtful memories. With the help of a mousy housewife, Shelby, and a kindly sheriff, Joe, Percy adapts to her new surroundings and comes up with an idea as to how to get somebody to take over the grill: an essay contest. In the lead role of Percy, Natalie Wikstrom excels at giving her character the right amount of grit without verging into parody. Her voice has shades of a young Delta Dawn era Tanya Tucker, which adds to the already catchy tunes. Her Second Act tune “Shine” is particularly of note as Wikstrom captures her character’s growth and awakening. In the roles of Hannah and Shelby, Vicki Elwood and Beth Lakmann are delights. They take old staples — lovable but tough talker, introverted housewife — and milk them both for laughs and tears in very grounded ways. They are easy characters to play at merely superficial levels, but both actresses dig in deep and, along withWikstrom, show great chemistry when they interact with one another. A true scene stealer is Emily Bourland as Effy Krayneck, Gilead’s town gossip. Her turn as the acid-tongued busybody is hilarious without going too broad. In a show dominated by women, the men could easily be lost in the shuffle, but Rhys Wolff as Shelby’s controlling husband and Jonathan Krocker as Sheriff Joe are crucial presences in the musical. Wolff’s First Act number "Digging Stone" is a tourde-force of acting and singing as he wonders what happened to being just a hardworking man. Krocker is a great romantic lead who isn’t just a blank slate to move the plot along. His number “This Wide Woods” is

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ARTS easily identifiable to anybody who strives to leave where they are at, as well as showing a romantic spark between he and Wikstromm’s character, something that can be lacking when you’re seeing a musical. The duo truly makes you believe a romance could develop between these two characters. In the silent role of The Visitor, Lucas Niedfeldt actually is able to craft a character of sorts out of what could’ve been nothing more than a recurring cameo. Overall, The Spitfire Grill is a musical that dishes up a good time for all. — Jonathan Majak

Bizarro Masterpiece Theatre Medium: Film Point Break (1991) Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey Writers: W. Peter Iliff, James Cameron Stop for a moment. Before you read any further, go back and look at the stars of Point Break: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey. It’s like a holy trifecta of doofy actors, back in the prime of their powers. This was around the time of Swayze’s Homerian epic Road House, Reeves was whoa-ing his way out of Bill and Ted typecasting, and Gary Busey was, well, still Gary Busey. Now, avert your gaze a line up, and note the director. It’s Kathryn Bigelow, director of this year’s Little Engine that Could, The Hurt Locker! The fact that the person who helmed Point Break is now knee-deep in awards and accolades and just cleaned up big at the Academy Awards is not only mind-boggling but life-affirming. Because Point Break, while badass, is also goofy as hell. Though I’m sure that some directorerrant has toed the genre since, the creation of the surfing heist movie was a daring idea. How does one take the surfer archetype — that stoned out aquatic hippie whose prime interests seem to be Eastern philosophy and the word Brah — and transform it into a shit-kicking, bank robbing bad ass? One word: SWAYZE. Having already established himself as something of a transcendental action star, Swayze really is the only person who could have pulled this off. His performance as Bodhi is the most magnetic role of the film. While the rest of the Ex-Presidents, Bodhi’s gang of surfing banditos, are twitchy dickheads, he is a charismatic son of a bitch, leading Reeves’s Johnny Utah down the twisting paths to corruption, enlightenment and adrenaline. Reeves serves admirably as the dimwitted jock cop and Busey shines as his grizzled partner, but Swayze carries everything. One of the best moment in the film occurs while Johnny Utah is still attempting to dredge up surfing street cred in order to infiltrate the Ex-Presidents’ circle. While strolling around the beach, he is ac-


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The Designer's Drugs Medium: Literature Shades of Grey (2009) Author: Jasper Fforde Being that Jasper Fforde is often caricatured as a punny rewriter of nursery rhymes, I expected Shades of Grey to be more of a comedy. It isn’t. The world described in this book combines the totalitarianism of 1984 or Brave New World with a color-based caste system reminiscent of Edwin Abbot’s Flatland. What results is a post-apocalyptic society where the population is kept stupid and each person is reminded at all times of its place. The people in this world, by and large, are miserable and horrible. The moments of comedy are rare. One arrives in the misinterpretation of a board game as a cultural artifact, which is a slow burn joke that pays off when the reader finally gets what’s being talked about. A running gag involves an Apocryphal Man, who believes himself invisible due to the rest of the populace being forbidden to acknowledge his existence. And what would a book about chromatic fascism be without a reference to Mr. Simply Red? Almost everything else is whimsically bleak. Eddie Russett begins the narrative waiting to be digested by a carnivorous plant and recounts the past few days in the meantime. Eddie is an untested young Red, which means that he comes from a family that can see red. In this world, one’s social standing is determined entirely by how much color one can see, and hierarchy and stereotypes have developed around the colors. Ultraviolets are the Brahmans, whereas colorblind Greys are classified Untouchable. Eddie begins the story obsessed with marrying into an old-color Red family, but his meeting with a violent and surly Grey girl sets him down the path to scandal and dangerous enlightenment. It’s explained later just why the naïve and unduly helpful Eddie Russett and his color physician father really were sent to the outskirt town of East Carmine, but at first it seems an easy fortune that the town where Eddie must serve his community service is in need of a town doctor. Much of what follows in East Carmine involves showing the quirks of the eccentric and/or awful citizenry and the secrets behind the society at large. At the hands of Jane the Grey, Eddie’s resigned acceptance of his heartless, mechanical society gives way to a state of

perilous possibility. What’s best about Shades of Grey is how the world grows and unfolds, almost always against plan. Many of the prominent citizens of East Carmine are little more than stupid beasts of burden hellbent on repressing and being repressed. Yet this makes the excitement of discovering what’s really going on even greater, resulting in a world far more colorful than anyone within can see. — Brett Emerson

The Screening Room Medium: Film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Director: Lee Daniels Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton Writers: Geoffrey Fletcher I'm drawn to movies about protagonists to whom life repeatedly deals a shit hand. No, I'm not a sadist — I relish the time-honored reverse psychology effect achieved in celebrated downers like Life is Beautiful: lay bare humanity's capacity for cruelty and the misery that follows in order to inspire a sense of hope. In trailer form, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire looks like the kind of pity-solicitor whose title may as well be "Everyone Feel Sorry for the Fat Girl," and at times it feels like just that. On the other hand, the pendulum swings wildly from misery overkill to excessive inspirational melodrama and back again. Like Goldilocks sitting down to the bears' porridge, Precious eventually finds a happy medium, accommodating both the good and the bad while in the process building a likable character learning to embrace and develop the potential that life repeatedly tells her shedoesn't have. Precious piles on the misery early, introducing newcomer Gabourey Sidibe's title character as an obese 16-year-old junior high student pregnant with her second child by her own father. To top it off, the threat of sudden, unprovoked acts of violence from her welfare queen mother Mary (Mo'Nique) looms constantly at home. Because Precious sets such a solid foundation of despair, it has little trouble building toward something more positive. Hope manifests itself physically in the form of characters played by Paula Patton (a caring teacher), LennyKravitz (an enlightening nurse) and Mariah Carey (a concerned social worker), all of them as de -beautified as possible. That Precious for the most part stays true to similar perseverance-wins-out fare says nothing of the above-and-beyond performances, particularly those ofSidibe and Mo'Nique . The cast and filmmakers are afraid to fine-tune neither a seething sense of hopelessness nor the suggestion that in many cases there's little hope for those locked in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence and poverty. In addressing issues like rape, incest, domestic violence, illiteracy and portrayals of race and femininity in mass media, Precious


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I agreed to be in a friend’s wedding, and unfortunately, she had to change the date to the day my boyfriend and I were going to Burning Man. When I told him I’d have to go to her wedding instead, he erupted in anger. He wants me to ask her to change the date, and says he’ll “never forgive me” if I don’t go with him. I reminded him that we’ve been to Burning Man six times, and a wedding, presumably, happens once in a lifetime. He called me a hypocrite because I don’t believe in marriage, but will “sacrifice my commitment” to him to celebrate her commitment. He argues with such vehemence, I’m beginning to doubt my own judgment and wonder if he’s right. I don't want to believe my boyfriend’s a selfish, manipulative ass, so … does he have a point? — Upset Bridesmaid If your boyfriend’s ego were a pimple, it would burst and flood Vermont. He’s actually demanding that the bride rebook the church, the caterer, the florist, and the hall, and tell hundreds of her guests to change their plans. Because he needs you there when he accepts his Nobel? No, because he wants to bum a ride with you to go to stand around the desert and watch middle-aged men and women flitting about in fairy wings and clown noses, painting daisies around each other’s nipples. It gets better. He’s telling you he’ll “never forgive” you. Because you slept with his brother, his best friend, or his brother and his best friend? Nope. Because he might have to pitch in for gas for a ride in some friend-of-a-friend’s van that’s been modified into a giant rubber ducky in a tutu. What your boyfriend’s doing to you is “gaslighting,” which, unfortunately, only sounds like lighting farts on fire. It’s actually insidious emotional abuse that gets its name from the 1944 Ingrid Bergman movie, “Gaslight,” about an heiress whose husband makes small changes around their home (like making their gas-powered lights flicker), then denies anything’s different, making her believe her sanity’s gone off its hinges. In a relationship, writes Dr. Robin Stern in “The Gaslight Effect,” you’re being gaslighted when somebody relentlessly pressures you to believe the unbelievable and do what you know you shouldn’t. Stern explains that the gaslighter “needs to be right in order to preserve his own sense of self and his sense of having power in the world,” while the gaslightee allows him to bully away her sense of reality and self because she fears

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ADVICE losing his love and approval. Of course, in your case, it could have something to do with not wanting to think you’ve wasted five years with “a selfish, manipulative ass.” (Fart-play suddenly sounding inviting?) Just as you don’t have to believe in Santa to take your kid nephew to give his list of demands to some fat stranger in a fake beard, you don’t have to believe in marriage to appreciate what a huge life event it is for your friend. Huge enough that it’s reasonable to “sacrifice” your “commitment” to attend a giant acid-dropping fest in the desert. There are commitments, and then there are commitments, which is why there are bazillions of wedding photographers but few earning thousands of dollars shooting keepsake albums of people who carpool together. Of course, you know all this. Or knew — until Clarence Darrow, as played by a big, soggy-diapered baby, started in on you. Clearly, this is less about a wedding than winning. But, in a healthy relationship, winning sometimes means letting the person you care about get their way. A loving boyfriend might be underthrilled that you’re attending the wedding, but he won’t hammer you about it until you’re not sure who you are or what you think. You either need to refuse to engage when he goes bully on you or refuse to stick around for more. If you do decide to leave, you shouldn’t have to worry about finding a new boyfriend, just about hiring bouncers for the line of guys wanting to date you after hearing the reason behind your breakup: “Yeah, seems my ex just couldn’t handle it when I said, ‘Bummer that I have to get all dressed up and go to this wedding, but you live it up best you can at that paganistic, psychedelic orgy in the desert.’”

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does right by suggesting that solutions to these problems can and will arise only by first acknowledging they both exist and are interconnected. The film keeps the heavy analysis of such themes in the periphery, focusing on Precious by way of the new people and environments in which she surrounds herself. It leaves something to be desired, and in the end feels as though ithasn 't told a complete story. But it gets its message across, and it does it all, luckily, without resorting to flogging to death the fact that not everyone has it as easy as you or me.

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March 12


GLORY DAYS PUB // 324 S. Fourth St. Doctor Jack (acoustic rock & country) • 9 p.m.


KANSAS // March 26 Northern Lights Theater • $35-$45 STONE TEMPLE PILOTS //March 26 Eagles Ballroom • $35-$45

NIGHTHAWKS TAP // 401 S. Third St. The Levitating Train Committee (rock) • 10 p.m. EROCK (solo guitar) • 5 p.m. PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. The Shufflin' Duprees (blues) • 8 p.m. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Burnt Brownies (jam) • 10 p.m. THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. Cheech & Friends (rock) • 10 p.m.

THE RADIATORS // March 28 Turner Hall • $25 It’s hard to imagine any 77-year-old more cool than Willie Nelson. No, it’s not just the ganja-smoking, back tax-owing, biodiesel-driving antics that make him an icon of outlaws everywhere. It’s the fact that he never allowed himself to be silenced. After making a career (if not a name) for himself in the 1950s Nashville scene, Nelson decamped to Austin, Texas to develop his unique blend of Western swing, folk, jazz and country. He was hailed as a hippie hero and eventually released country music’s first platinum albums, but he never lost his independent streak. In fact, he’s recently come out in support of gay cowboys and an alternative to the official report on the 9/11 attacks. His concert Thursday night at the La Crosse Center will probably be more parts “icon” than “iconoclast,” but you’ll never know until you see the legend in person. Tickets are $34.50 or $44.50, depending on seats.

March 13

NEUIE'S VARSITY CLUB // 1920 Ward Ave. The Remainders (classic rock) • 9 p.m. NIGHTHAWKS TAP // 401 S. Third St. Irene Keenan Jr. (blues) • 10 p.m.

JOANNA NEWSOM // April 2 The Pabst Theatre • $25

March 17

Flashback (Irish We Were on Spring Break) • 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY,

PIGGY'S BLUES LOUNGE // 501 Front St. S. The Shufflin' Duprees (blues) • 8 p.m.

LA CROSSE PUBLIC LIBRARY // 800 Main St. DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. Irish Celtic Harp • 1:30 p.m. O'Cheech & Friends • 10 p.m.

THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. New Jazz Infidels (jazz) • 8 p.m.

JBS SPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. The Church of Abject sorrow with TREMPEALEAU HOTEL // 150 Main St. Cry Coyote (alt/punk/country) • 10 Gregg "Cheech" Hall (singer-songp.m. writer) • 7 p.m. NEUIE'S NORTH STAR // 1732 George St. Time and a Half (country) • 8 p.m.

PUSCIFER // March 30 The Pabst Theatre • $29.50-$39.50

NORTH SIDE OASIS // 620 Gillette St. Geared Under (rock) • 9:30 p.m.

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Nicholas Mrozinski and the Feelin THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. Gun Barrel City, All Skylines Collide, Band (global pop) • 10 p.m. Yukon Rudy, Backdrop (pop hardTHE JOINT // 324 Jay St. core) • 7 p.m. The Soapbox Project (post-Hooch) • THE WATERFRONT TAVERN // 328 Front St. 10 p.m. New Jazz Infidels (jazz quartet) • 8 THE ROOT NOTE // 114 4th St. S. p.m. Corey Hart (singer-songwriter) • 8:30 p.m.



DAVID GRAY // March 20 The Pabst Theatre • $39.50-$49.50

JB'SSPEAKEASY // 717 Rose St. Trey Lane, Kool Taj the Gr8, Northern Lightz, Father Focus, Skinny Dude, Moxie, Random Thoughts, Die Sloe, DJ Smiley (hip-hop) • 10 p.m.

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DAN’S PLACE // 411 Third St. S. Chasing Tales (acoustic duo) • 5 p.m. FEATURES // 1425 Hwy. 16 (West Salem)

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

NIGHTHAWKS TAP // 401 S. Third St. Green Axe Jam • 10 p.m.

SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER // 1300 S. POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Sixth St. Mitch’s (open jam) • 10 p.m. Bluegrass jam • 1 p.m. RECOVERY ROOM // 901 7th St. S. Dox Phonic (open jam) • 10 p.m.


March 15

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Shawn Wooden (open jam) • 10 p.m.


March 16

POPCORN TAVERN // 308 S. Fourth St. Fayme Rochelle and the Waxwings (bluegrass jam) • 8 p.m. THE JOINT // 324 Jay St. SOMA (open jam) • 9 p.m. THE ROOT NOTE // 114 Fourth St. S. Jazz jam • 8:30 p.m.

SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER // 1300 S. Sixth St. Celtic Cross (Irish) • 7 p.m. THE WAREHOUSE // 324 Pearl St. AM Taxi, Stars After the Storm, Cardiac Radio (pop-punk) • 7 p.m.


March 18

DEL’S BAR // 229 Third St. The Brownie Recipe •10 p.m. LA CROSSE CENTER // 300 Harborview Plaza Willie Nelson & Family • 8 p.m.

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Oh hi, right now I'm listening to a mix tape of Motown jams, but that's not important right now. Instead I'm gonna talk about a person who I consider to be the most influential musician in modern music, more so than Elvis, Dylan, The Beatles or Michael Jackson. Blasphemy you might say? Deal with it as I school you with some knowledge. Hardly a household name, the person I consider the big daddy is Brian Eno. Eno first came on the scene in the band Roxy Music in the early '70s, one of the pioneering glam rock bands along with studs such as Bowie, T-Rex and Lou Reed. Eno got restless quickly though and released four landmark solo albums from 1973-75 that introduced post-modernism into rock music, sounds that are still being picked up on today. Meanwhile, Eno invented a tape delay system in 1972 that he dropped on the world with his collaborations with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. He was also collaborating with John Cale of Velvet Underground fame, Nico, Peter Gabriel's Genesis, solo works from both Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt from the band Soft Machine, whose members were pioneers of the Canterbury Scene (it was a British sensation I'm told), and influential krautrock band Cluster, among others. So while he was kicking it with the absolute hippest and most forward thinking musicians of the mid '70s underground, a status many would simply rest on their laurels with for the rest of their lives, he went ahead and evolved instead of becoming a pigeon-holed relic. Next up, Eno coined ambient music with a series of solo albums, a sound that got huge in the '90s electronica scene. He also started a label to release works by modern minimalist composers such as John Adams, John Cage and Michael Nyman, as well as being associated with artists in the Fluxus movement that was part of the loft scene in New York. It was through this gallery world that Eno stumbled upon the No Wave bands that he scooped up in the late '70s on the compilation album "No New York," which launched the noise rock sound that would be furthered by bands such as Sonic Youth and The Pixies in the '80s and would birth Alternative Rock. Meanwhile, he took the coked out Bowie to Germany in '77 to get his head together and record his Berlin triology, which laid the blueprint for synth-driven new wave bands of the early '80s that kick-started the MTV generation. In 1978, Eno began collaborating with the Talking Heads and released an album with David Byrne in 1980 that brought audio sampling and world music to the forefront. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Eno did production work for bands as diverse as Devo, U2, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack and Coldplay and soundtrack work for David Lynch. He's written numerous advanced theories that we will someday understand and high brow art world stuff, too. I bow down to you, sir.

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Game: God of War III System: PS3 Price: $59.99

Kratos stands hulking, clutching his Blades of Chaos. The camera slowly pans back to expose a sharp beautiful world littered with fireballs and screaming Greeks. God of War III is not a game for the feint of heart or for children. And in this case, it is not even a full game — just the demo available online. The third installment in the God of War series looks to be the best yet. The first two were truly works of gaming art for the PS2 and the third will without a doubt raise the bar for PS3 action/adventure games. The God of War III demo is short and sweet. The developers at Santa Monica Studios gave gamers a first look at a throng of minor baddies as well as a few of Kratos’ new weapons. Kratos now has a bow as well as some new gauntlets. It’s unclear whether in the full version of the game you will start with these two weapons to go with your Blades of Chaos, but it is certain you will slay some monsters with them at some point. The full game comes out Tuesday, March 16, and you can reserve yourself a copy today at the Gamestop in Valley View Mall. If you’re slightly more daring, you can head out to Best Buy at midnight on the 16th and pick up a copy before the rush. If you are looking for me on the 16th you know where I will be. — Nate Willer

The Beer Review Guinness Draught Guinness & Co. Dublin, Ireland Well, it’s finally time for me to review a Guinness, one of the oldest and most popular beermakers in the world. By now, most everyone in the universe has quaffed some of their product, so you either like it or you don’t, and I don’t think my writAppearance: 9 ing will do much to sway minds. Still, St. Aroma: 5 Patrick’s Day is next week and I’ve got Taste: 6 to do something, so let’s take a look at the Mouthfeel: 9 numbers. Start with 1751, the year Arthur Drinkability: 10 Guinness opened his brewery on the banks of the riverLiffey in Total: 39 Dublin. In 1801 the company developed the West Indies Porter recipe, which would be tweaked into Guinness Stout, a juggernaut that is now brewed



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 in more than 50 countries. The Guinness Draught — the beer we review today —wasn ’t released until 1959, and its creamy body and foamy head requires a famous 2 minutes to pour from a tap. But in 1999, after $13 million in research, Guinness unveiled the nitrogen “widget” that allows drinkers (and beer reviewers) to recreate that pour at home. Now, over 10 millionGuinnesses are

enjoyed everyday in 150 countries, but one imagines that total will be higher next week. After cracking open a 14.9-ounce can, the beer hisses and pours into a pint with the famous Guinness “avalanche,” and it really is one of the best-looking beers in the world: opaque mahogany with a rich milkshake head. The aroma is faint, but there are roasted malts with notes of caramel and a smoky finish. The taste, paradoxically, isuber -creamy but also watery. It goes down

easy and brings out notes of burnt coffee, malted milk and milk chocolate. Then turns a little dry before the finish on a barely noticeable blend of hops. Themouthfeel is just about perfect, and thanks to another number — 4.2 percent alcohol by volume — you can sure drink a lot of it, so imbibe safely on March 17. — Adam Bissen

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$2.50 Coors vs. Keystone pitchers. All specials 9 p.m. to close

AUC2D: $5, domestic taps, rail 10-cent wings, $1 Miller High mixers, Long Islands. All specials Life bottles, $1.50 rail mixers; 9 p.m. to close $2.50 call drinks. All specials 9 p.m. to close.

BROTHERS 306 Pearl St. 784-0522


FEATURES W3923 State Highway 16 786-9000


Impress your out-of-state friends.


SATURDAY $1 Cherry Bombs

Fish Tacos: 1 / $2.50, 2 / $5.00, 3 / $6.50.

Free beer 5:30-6:30; Free wings Taco buffet 11-2; 7:30-8:30, Free bowling after 9 $1 Pabst bottles and $1 bowling after 9

AUC2D: $5, domestic taps, rail mixers and Long Islands. Wristband Night: $2.50 SoCo & Jack. All specials 9 p.m. to close.

$3 3 Olives mixers, $3 Mojitos, $2 Cherry Bombs, $1 Bazooka Joe's; FAC: $3 domestic pitchers, micro/import taps, anything that pours. Specials 9 to close.

$3 Bacardi mixers, $3 Mojitos, $2 Cherry bombs, $1 Bazooka Joe's, burgers and fries, 1 pound of wings. All specials 9 p.m. to close.

All you care to eat pizza buffet, All you care to eat fish fry 4-10; Prime rib dinner 4-10; 11-2 unlimited Glow-N-Bowl $9.99 unlimited Glow-N-Bowl $9.99

HOWIE’S 1125 La Crosse St. 784-7400

Happy hour 4 to 9 p.m.; 9 p.m. 9 p.m. to close: $3.50 domestic 9 p.m. to close: $1 rails, $2.50 $5 all you can drink to close: Night Before Class - $3 pitchers pitchers, beer pong pitchers of the beast

9 p.m. to close: $1.25 rails, $1.75 bottles/cans

9 p.m. to close: $2 Captain mixers, $2 bottles/cans, $3 Jager bombs

IMPULSE 214 Main St. 782-6010



Karaoke 9 p.m.-Close; Happy Hour daily 5-8

Wine & martini night; Happy Hour daily 5-8

18+ night (1st and 3rd Thursday of each month); Happy Hour daily 5-8

$25 open bar package, 11 p.m. Happy Hour daily 5-8 to close: domestic/import beer, rail, call drinks, martinis; Happy Hour daily 5-8

JB’S SPEAKEASY 717 Rose St. 796-1161

$1.75 domestic bottles

SIN Night

$1.75 domestic bottles

Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m.

Arena 620 107 S. 3rd St. 7 p.m.

The Commodore 215 S. Chestnut St., 6 p.m. Dewey's Side Street Pub 621 St. Paul St., 6 p.m.

Sloopy's Alma Mater 163 Copeland Ave. 7 p.m.

Adams Street Pub 1200 11th St. S. 6:30 p.m.


Chili dogs


MIDWEST POKER LEAGUE TJ's Oasis 769-0406 620 Gillette St. 3 p.m.

SCHMIDTY’S 3119 State Road 788-5110

$6.95 lunch buffet BBQ sandwich $9.95 breakfast buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9 p.m. to close: $2 Bacardi mixers, $2 domestic pints, $1.50 shots blackberry brandy

Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m.

Cruz-in Pub and Eatery W5450 Keil Coulee Road, 2 p.m. Ike's Jabber Jaws 433 Avon St., 2 p.m. Fish sandwich

SLOOPY'S ALMA MATER 163 Copeland Ave. 785-0245

$2 can beer (2-6 p.m.) $11 buckets of beers (6-close)

$2 can beer (2-6 p.m.) 12" pizza: $8.99 up to 5 toppings (4-close)

Wings, Wings, Wings... $2 off Ladies night, 2 for 1 drinks Friday Fish, $2 can beer (2-6) 14: pizza, $2 can beer (2-6 p.m.) (6-close), $2 can beer (2-6 p.m.)

2 for 1 pints/pitches w/ student ID over 21

SPORTS NUT 801 Rose St. 784-1811

Buck Burgers

Tacos $1.25

15-cent wings

$8.99 12-ounce T-bone

15-cent wings

$1.50 taps 6 to 8 p.m.

All Mojitos $5

THE CAVALIER LOUNGE 114 5th Ave. N. 782-2111 THE LIBRARY 123 3rd St. 784-8020

Sunday Fun Day - Wristband Night

TOP SHOTS 137 4th St. 782-6622

$5 Pitchers/$2 bottles of Miller $1.75 Miller/Bud Light Taps, $1.75 Rails, $1.50 Domestic $2 domestic bottles, $2.50 products (11-4pm) $2.25 MIcro/Craft Taps, $2.50 Taps, $3.50 Jager Bombs Skyy/Absolut mixers, $2 Dr. $2 Corona Bottles, $2 Kilo Kai Cherry Bombs (7-1AM) (7-1AM) shots (7-1am) Mixers , $3 Bloodys (7-1AM)

5 Domestic Bottles for $10, $5 $2 Captain Mixers, $2. Long $5 Miller/Bud Light Pitchers, Micro/Import Bottles $11.50, Island Mixers, $3 Effen Vodka $2.25 Leinies Bottles (7-1AM) $7 Micro/Craft Pitchers (7-1AM) Mixers (7-1AM)

TRAIN STATION BBQ 601 St. Andrew St. 781-0005

Ask for great eats

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., extra side with Special varies sandwich; 4 to 9 p.m., $1 off rib dinner

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Barn burner 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chicken on One-half chicken three bones $7.95; 4 to 9 p.m., Hobo dinner fire $7.95; 4 to 9 p.m., Bones $12.95 (serves two) $30.95 and briskets $13.95

WHO'S ON THIRD 126 3rd St. N. 782-9467

Happy Hour until 10 p.m. $1 taps of PBR, $1 rails $1.50 domestic taps, $2 rails from 10 to close

Wristband night, includes rails and domestic taps, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $3 call doubles, $2 Bud products

Half price tequilla, $1 domestic Karaoke, $2 double rails & all Beer Pong Tourney and taps and rails bottles wristband night

$3 Bacardi mixers, $3.50 Bacardi $3 Jumbo Long Island Iced Hurricanes Teas, $3 3 Olives mixers

Ladies' Night: $2 top shelf, $1 $8.50 Fish Bowls, $2 Miller $1 off Three Olives, $2 domestic Pink Tacos products taps Everyone: $2.50 bombs, $2 taps, $3 Jack/Captain doubles

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DIVERSIONS Who wants crabs? We got 'em right here!

By Erich Boldt By Matt Jones

Reminds you to support the retailers, restaurants, taverns and bands that support us. We are funded solely by advertising so if you want to support us, support them!

conscientious commerce: it 's not just an act

ACROSS 1 Luge, e.g. 5 Cindy Brady's impediment 9 Large battery size 14 Auto racer Yarborough 15 Hydrox rival 16 Dog-___ (like some book pages) 17 Getting from ___ (achieving a goal) 18 Crabby holiday figure? 20 2010 Jude Law thriller 22 Small jazz combo 23 "___ Jacques" 24 "See ya" 25 Go off on a tirade 29 How some bonds are valued 32 2009 movie subtitled "The Rise of Cobra" 33 Crabby protest song? 38 Dangerous, as some

driving conditions 39 Al fresco 40 Kal ___ pet foods 41 Crabby dogs? 44 Sewing machine inventor Howe 45 "Would you like to swing on ___..." 46 Guitarist Lofgren 47 Word before club or mail 49 "Robinson Crusoe" author Daniel 53 Long swimmers 55 Term that may trigger an emotional response 57 Crabby villain? 61 Prefix in some drinks 62 It's made letter writing a dying art 63 Come down 64 School whose mascot is Bruin Bear 65 2002 M. Night Shyamalan film

Answers to March 4 puzzle "The future is now ... and they got it wrong"

66 Has a right to 67 "Marketplace Money" radio host Vigeland DOWN 1 Wolf (down) 2 "See ya" 3 Get hitched quick 4 TV anchor Norville 5 Get the highest score, in golf 6 It was once ruled by a shah 7 Capitol Hill figure: abbr. 8 Word before break or training 9 Prefix meaning "onetenth" 10 Related to dietary intake 11 Memorable time period 12 ___ Alcindor, aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 13 Mormon gp. 19 "Beds ___ Burning" (Midnight Oil hit song) 21 Shower figures 24 "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" actor Pierce 26 "Is this some kind of ___?" 27 Six-time All-Star Garciaparra 28 Frigid temperature range

30 Professor in Clue 31 ___Vista (search engine) 32 Lobbed weapon 33 Add more lanes to 34 Bacteria in some food poisoning 35 1976 Sally Field title role 36 They get the royal treatment 37 Fix a manuscript 42 Accesses gradually 43 It's far from "a little off the top" 47 Swine ___ 48 Elroy's dog 50 Friction, e.g. 51 Some exams 52 Ferber and Krabappel, for two 54 Letter-shaped building wings 55 Arcade game need 56 Coffee dispensers 57 Electric guitarist Paul 58 Big label 59 Couch ___ (recurring visual opener on "The Simpsons") 60 Hem and ___ For answers, call (900) 226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Or to bill to a credit card, call (800) 655-6548. Reference puzzle #0458.


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No one gets laid unti everybody gets laid Y Marks the Spot By Brett Emerson The line came to me during a random moment in which I wasn’t particularly thinking about anything. The thought was as follows: those people who say that homosexuality is aberrant behavior may never receive oral sex ever again. It bothers me a great deal that even in the era of spineless political correctness and genuine good intentions, gays remain one of the most prominent divisions of humanity that — if the gay marriage battle and the transcendence of the word faggot are any clue — it is still somewhat acceptable to discriminate against. (It bothers me more that acceptable bigotry still exists at all.) But this doesn’t really have much to do with my original point. Denying junklicking to those put off by the gay lifestyle, in this case, is neither a defense of homosexuality nor the usual hate-thehater schtick that we get a lot of these days.

What it has to do with is logic. More importantly, it has to do with the malleability of morality. Many critics of same-sex relationships take some sort of justification from religious dictates: man must not lie with man, ape must not kill ape, whatever. But here’s a little biblical tale that the right to lifers like to bring out from time to time, one which comes to bite any Junior Inquisitor in the ass when it comes to sexual deviancy from the party line. It’s our old friend, the Sin of Onan! Onan wasn’t exactly a pervert. He was just a guy who didn’t want to knock up the wife of his dead brother (whom God had already killed). But family obligation raised its ugly head, so while Onan and his sister-in-law were in the throes of family obligation, he decided to spill his seed on the ground — to waste it, in essence, instead of flooding the earth with more obedient little monkeys. And God smote the bejezus out of him. Now how many of us — heterosexual, homosexual or one-man band — are guilty as hell of this? Though action against nonprocreation and other sexual aberrations has always been a highly biased affair, and gays are a historically easy target in this, there have been edicts and laws that have con-

demned ANY sex act outside of the missionary position — to say nothing of the Ten Commandments’ bleak outlook on adultery. Sodomy now refers to a fairly specific act, but at one point it included pretty much anything that wasn’t P vs. V. And sodomy laws could get pretty severe, going so far as to prescribe castration or Payne of Deathe upon the transgressors. They’d love our society. Take a look on the Internet. Browse a sex shop. Read the Kama Sutra or any of its thousands of descendants. Watch a soap opera. Even the most tame bit of sexy business in our modern public forums would probably have gotten a person executed centuries ago at the hands of people a lot more pious than today’s opponents of gay marriage. And we are positively rendered impotent by sexy business. Then again, there are still places on present-tense Planet Earth where a woman can get stoned for being raped. There are places where men sleeping together is an unpardonable sin, whereas women sleeping together is a minor threat to society (which once more reinforces the bullshit idea that lesbians always teeter one dude away from a triumphant three-way). And that great bastion of opulent morality, the condom-condemning Catholic Church, is still trying to shirk responsibility for the

sexual abuse of children — oh, and tacitly endorsing the spread of AIDS, also. What this says to me is that morality is a game that rarely plays in absolutes, if at all. Like history, it’s written by the winners. So people can lean on all the archaic moral precedents in the world, but what’s really happening is that they are contorting ethical revelation to suit their personalities and prejudices, not the other way around. In small doses and absent of entitlement or repression, this isn’t always a bad thing. Cherry-picking can free us from dogma that is no longer relevant. But at the same time, perhaps we could take better responsibility for what creeps us out. I have a greater respect for a person who says that he or she has problems with gay marriage, abortion or porn stars (that one’s actually mine) than someone who passes the buck on to God and tries to prance around, blameless and hatefully obedient. Own your beliefs; it makes it easier to evolve them, even if you’re a creationist. Morality will continue to change, and all of us will continue to break the rules. But for our ethics to have merit beyond stone throwing in glass houses, nobody gets laid until everybody gets laid. If only metaphorically.

Downtown La Crosse, above Fayzes - 782-6622

top shots joke of the week What do you call a Democrat who sleeps around? Check out our new Beers on Tap!

A breeding-heart liberal. Good People, Good Drinks, Good Times


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


$1.75 - Miller/Bud Taps $5 Pitchers $2 Bottles of Miller Products (11-4 pm) $2.25 Micro/Craft Taps $2.50 Cherry Bombs $2 Corona Bottles (7-1am) $2 Kilo Kai Mixers $3 Bloody’s (7-1am)

$1.50 Domestic Taps $3.50 Jager Bombs (7-1am)


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 $2.25 Leinies Bottles (7-1am)

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

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