Since his stroke a year and a half ago, the right words don’t always come easily for Darrel Johnson. But on Tuesday nights, the 82-year-old brings his binder full of lyrics to the Cottage Grove VFW, where he’s received with hugs and handshakes and a repeated inquiry: “When are you going to yodel?” Johnson carries his collection of typed-out country western songs under his arm, the first page always his favorite, Eddy Arnold’s “Cattle Call.” That’s the page he takes with him when he’s called to the stage. He starts with a burst of falsetto that rolls into a lower pitch, then quickly back up again: the rapid lilt of the practiced yodeler. Yodelers such as Johnson, who sing the country western warble made popular in the 1930s and ’40s, are aging out of performing. “It is uncommon to hear it in Minnesota,” said former folklore professor James Leary, who wrote a book on yodeling and Swiss music in Wisconsin. Thanks to … [Read more...] about Cottage Grove man keeps the fading art of yodeling alive
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TASTE TEST: Dream of the '90s alive in Tomato Bar's Porklandia Remember when people were eating pizza? Vegan pizza, gluten-free pizza? Pizza with a spicy alfredo base, a pesto base, an oil and garlic base? Pizza topped with portobello mushrooms, hardwood-smoked bacon, artichoke hearts and goat cheese?There's a place where that idea still exists as a reality. And I've been there.The tomato sauce never runs dry at Tomato Bar, a modern pizzeria with locations at 79 U.S. 41 in Schererville and 2310 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso.Cory and Blair Muro, the duo that's also behind Ricochet Tacos and The Market in Valparaiso, run the gourmet pizzeria where chefs toss spinning discs of dough in an open kitchen that features a custom-made 3,000 BTU rotating oven, a Homer Simpson Pez dispenser and a Stormtrooper standing sentinel next to a can of ingredients.Tomato Bar specializes in "outside-the-box" pizzas like The Buff, which includes a Buffalo sauce base, … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Dream of the ’90s alive in Tomato Bar’s Porklandia. Le Peep in Valpo offers brunch for the whole family.
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Kirk Schandelmeier died homeless. But while alive, he was a poet, actor, writer, dreamer Kirk Schandelmeier believed one cannot be homeless without being dreamless, and that as long as he held on to his dreams he would never be without a home. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 9:24 a.m. CT April 23, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Photos: Kirk Schandelmeier was headed for success but died homeless Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. A photo of Kirk Schandelmeier from his portfolio when he was pursuing a career as a model. … [Read more...] about Kirk Schandelmeier died homeless. But while alive, he was a poet, actor, writer, dreamer
Pop Culture An Indigenous Language Is Stayin' Alive In A Karaoke Contest Listen · 3:57 3:57 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/592450719/592647835" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image JR Bluff donned a wig and a white leisure suit and performed "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. He translated the song into his native Salish language for the contest. Emily Schwing/Northwest News Network hide caption toggle caption Emily Schwing/Northwest News Network JR Bluff donned a wig and a white leisure suit and performed "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. He translated the song into his native Salish language for the contest. Emily Schwing/Northwest News Network If you were a teenage girl in 1997 you'd probably recognize the song "Everybody" by the Backstreet … [Read more...] about An Indigenous Language Is Stayin’ Alive In A Karaoke Contest
Quatermain’s Pub, a new bar serving Live Oak By Chuck Blount January 18, 2018 Updated: January 18, 2018 2:33pm Photo: Express-News File Photo Image 1of/77 CaptionClose Image 1 of 77 Quartermain’s Pub occupies the former space of Hooligan's Bar and Grill, which used the space to house three bars, a second story, an outdoor patio, food and was jam packed as the hot spot for any big game. Quartermain’s Pub occupies the former space of Hooligan's Bar and Grill, which used the space to house three bars, a second story, an outdoor patio, food and was jam packed as the hot spot for any big game. Photo: Express-News File Photo Image 2 of 77 Live music will be a regular fixture at Quartermain's Pub every Friday and Saturday night. Live music will be a regular fixture at Quartermain's Pub every Friday and Saturday night. … [Read more...] about Quatermain’s Pub, a new bar serving Live Oak