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River Cities' Reader Issue 821 - January 10, 2013

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Schulz’s 10(-Plus) Most Enjoyable Movies of 2012

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The Tables Are Turning on the Fluoridation Debate – Page 3 Senate Democrats Miscalculate on a Group of Bills – Page 4 Drawing Hope from a Shot in the Dark: A Bene t for Rob Cimmarusti at RIBCO, January 11 – Page 5

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WORDS FROM THE PUBLISHER

by Todd McGreevy

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The Tables Are Turning on the Fluoridation Debate
n the 1940s and ’50s, print and TV ads depicted, of all things, doctors and professional athletes enjoying the soothing benefits of smoking cigarettes. One TV spot stated, “In a repeated national survey, doctors of all branches of medicine, doctors in all parts of the country, were asked, ‘What cigarette do you smoke, doctor?’ More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette” (RCReader.com/y/cigs). Of course, since then we’ve all wised up and realized the absurdity of the message that cigarettes are a healthy habit. Under the premise of healthful living, in 1952 the City of Davenport contracted with the Iowa Water Company to add fluoride to the public water supply (RCReader. com/y/agreement). Sixty years later, it’s time to wise up and realize the absurdity of this practice ... or at a minimum, with the benefit of scientific research, have a public debate about medicating the populace through the public water supply. In December 2010, the Reader published a cover story titled “Don’t Drink the Water? Author Paul Connett Wants People to Take a Fresh (or First) Look at Fluoridation” (RCReader.com/y/ fluoride). This article explored Connett’s book The Case Against Fluoride and how he hoped it would get people to consider fluoridation “beyond the endorsements of professional societies and publichealth officials.” Managing Editor Jeff Ignatius wrote in this article: “While the provocative subtitle is How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water & the Bad Science & Powerful Politics That Keep It There, the book’s primary concern is science. ... The simplest way to state the ... premise is that until better scientific studies can be done on the effects of fluoridation, the risks of health problems far outweigh the proven benefits, which The Case Against Fluoride says are negligible.” Quad Citians concerned about the health and well-being of all who must rely on the public water supply are fortunate that environmental toxicologist Connett will be speaking at two free public events, January 14 at the Bettendorf Public Library and January 15 at the Moline Public Library. Both events will begin at 6:30 p.m. and together will launch a public-awareness campaign being positioned by opponents of fluoridation as “Have the Debate.” Connett will give a presentation on the first evening, while the second evening will be a debate forum at which proponents of fluoridation will have the opportunity to publicly prove Connett wrong. In full disclosure, I believe the science is compelling enough to warrant ceasing medicating our populace, especially without the public’s informed consent. And, even if you prefer medicating the populace, the materials used for fluoridation in the Quad Cities are not medicalgrade; rather, they are industrial-grade, or toxic waste from fertilizer manufacturing. You may recall the incident that made national news in March 2011 when hazardous-material crews from multiple jurisdictions were called out to the Rock Island water-treatment plant to clean up the hydrofluorisilic acid that had spilled and eaten its way through the concrete (RCReader.com/y/spill). Meanwhile, the effort to “have the debate” about fluoridation is a reasonable, empirical, and high-minded civic approach to create awareness about what has heretofore been a “fringe” issue. Fringe no longer, however. In November 2012, the citizens of Wichita, Kansas (population 300,000) voted overwhelmingly to cease fluoridation. In April 2011, Albuquerque, New Mexico (population 500,000) ceased fluoridation. Local populations have awakened and improved the healthfulness of their public water supplies by ending fluoridation in places including Fairbanks, Alaska; Pinellas County, Florida; O’Fallon Missiouri; Napa, California; and Norfolk, Nebraska (RCReader.com/y/fluoride2). Connett’s book was co-authored by doctors James Beck and H.S. Micklem, providing the research and perspectives of a biologist, a chemist, and a physicist from Canada, Scotland, and the United States. Ignatius summed up the authors’ three core arguments in the 2010 Reader article: •“Fluoridation is bad medicine because it’s a drug given to all without a doctor consultation, without informed consent, and without control over the amount of fluoride ingested. ... •“There is little or no sound scientific evidence of fluoridation’s effectiveness in preventing tooth decay. Further, current evidence suggests that fluoride primarily works topically (in toothpaste, for example) rather than systemically (administered through drinking water). ... •“Fluoride administered through the public water supply might cause significant health problems. Connett and his co-authors argue that water fluoridation could have adverse health effects on the teeth (in the form of dental fluorosis), brain function (including lower IQ), the endocrine system (including the thyroid and pineal glands), bones, and kidneys.” To date, there have been no takers to debate Connett on January 15. One of the world’s foremost published pro-fluoridation experts teaches at the University of Iowa, yet he has declined to participate. Dozens of local dentists have been made aware of this opportunity to publicly prove Connett wrong, but unfortunately none has yet stepped forward. In one sense, this is good for opponents of fluoridation. But while the science presented may go unrefuted, the red tape and politics of local authority versus state authority will certainly be

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River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 20 No. 821 • January 10 - 23, 2013

Business • Politics • Arts • Culture • Now You Know • RiverCitiesReader.com by Rich Miller CapitolFax.com

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anuary 3 was not exactly a banner day for the Illinois Senate Democratic leadership. In high-profile moves, leadership’s attempts to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage stalled, as did bills on gun control. Even a much-needed spending bill was unable to move out of committee. Pension reform went nowhere. The biggest winners were cigarette makers, of all people. The gay-marriage bill turned out to be a dud. Opponents pointed out some serious issues with the bill’s drafting, which, for instance, would have appeared to mandate that facilities owned by churches or religious groups allow same-sex marriage ceremonies. Proponents denied that, but they seemed to be on some shaky ground. The measure was moved forward at the behest of some wealthy financial backers who appeared to dictate the timing, which is never a good thing in Springfield. Backers say that three senators who were supposed to vote for the bill were not at the Statehouse, and that kept them from passing it. But even if that were true, the drafting questions would likely have doomed the measure in the House. And the millionaire-funded media blitz just didn’t work. Media blitzes, no matter how awesome to behold, aren’t effective at the Statehouse if the actual bill is flawed and the votes aren’t there. On the positive side for the proponents, the Senate Republicans remained quite civil during a committee hearing on the bill. And Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno said during the hearing that she believed a bipartisan compromise could be reached on the legislation. It looks like this bill could eventually pass. But last week’s failure was still an avoidable embarrassment for supporters. Meanwhile, an intense lobbying effort by gun-rights groups and a serious overreach by gun-control advocates derailed bills. The gun groups claimed the bills would result in a ban on a vast array of commonly used weapons and would unconstitutionally restrict gun-owner rights. The legislation was clearly unpassable as written, and even some gun-control lobbyists were less than enthused about the task they were handed. A prominent pro-gun-control senator said privately that some aspects of the legislation were so broadly written that they would have to be removed if there were any hope of passage in the future. He said he was

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Senate Democrats Miscalculate on a Group of Bills
not involved in the bill drafting and didn’t even know who was. As a result, Senate President John Cullerton, a staunch gun opponent, said last week that he would “absolutely” work with gun-rights groups on a compromise that includes a court mandate to pass a concealed-carry law. But he could be negotiating from weakness now that his attempts to ram through sweeping gun-control provisions have failed. A bill containing state spending authorization for construction, new Department of Children & Family Services caseworkers, workers’ comp claims, and education grants went nowhere after a revolt by rank-and-file members, mainly in the Black Caucus. Black Caucus members withheld their votes because a bill by Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) to set up a revolving-loan program for minority road contractors has gone nowhere in the House. The proposal passed the Senate but has been sitting in the House Rules Committee pretty much ever since. Some members were also upset that $12 million cut from the state’s mental-health budget wasn’t restored. With all the talk of gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre, there was no real discussion about shoring up the state’s mental-health system, so the revolt against the spending bill intensified. Last year when the state hiked the cigarette tax by almost a dollar a pack, the tobacco industry cut a deal to pass a bill that limited appeal bonds. Right now, state law mandates that bonds be posted equal to one and a half times a judgment on certain cases before the ruling can be appealed. That resulted in a required $12-billion appeal bond years ago when Philip Morris lost a case involving Marlboro Lights. The appeal bond was lowered after negotiations, but the company has been fighting ever since to get something into law. The House passed a bill last year, but Senate President Cullerton, a visceral anti-tobacco legislator, bottled it up. It passed last week after the trial lawyers were given a neat little provision that guaranteed them higher contingency fees on big medical-malpractice cases.

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A Benefit for Rob Cimmarusti, January 11 at RIBCO
with through the years at his Real Trax recording studio, and Ryan and Tucker decided to try to recruit Tripmaster Monkey – which had a pair of major-label albums in the mid-1990s on which Cimmarusti worked. While three-quarters of Tripmaster Monkey played RIBCO’s 30th-anniversary bash in 2009, singer Chris Bernat guessed in an interview that the full lineup hadn’t performed together since 2001. “I immediately said I would do it,” Bernat said. While he and drummer Marty Reyhons still live in the Quad Cities, bassist Wes Haas and guitarist Jamie Toal live on the West Coast. “I knew it would be difficult to get the other two” back to the Quad Cities, he said, but “I think everybody’s love for Rob really made it happen.” Bernat said the band originally worked with Cimmarusti in 1988 on its first demos. The engineer also recorded Tripmaster Monkey’s second and third sets of demos and went on tour with the quartet. “He’s an electronic and technical genius,” Bernat said. “He can fix anything electric or mechanical, including our van. Guitar pedals, anything that would break down on the road.” Cimmarusti’s relationship with Einstein’s Sister is similarly deep. Tucker said he recorded the band’s first demos, and with the exception of a few songs, “he’s been a part of the band’s entire catalog.” He added that it’s been eight or nine years since Einstein’s Sister played a set of its own songs, which it will do at RIBCO. Bernat said that as an engineer and producer, Cimmarusti has “a great ear. He can really determine whether you’re on key, whether the tempo is fluctuating.” He is particularly good at finding places to insert harmonies, and “he was always willing to experiment, too.”

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ob Cimmarusti calls it a “malady” – a gentle label for the cancer he’s been told will kill him in the next few months. But that term is a fair reflection of the attitude the longtime Quad Cities musician, producer, and sound engineer has about the adenocarcinoma that began in his pancreas and has since popped up in the fatty tissue near his abdominal wall. He received his initial cancer diagnosis on February 1 (his 53rd birthday) and has been through chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgeries. In an interview December 28, he compared the present state of his tumors to a “shotgun blast”; there are too many of them to target with additional surgery or radiation, and because they’re in tissues that get relatively little blood, they don’t respond well to chemo. Cimmarusti conceded that his situation is “not good, not hopeful.” A few months ago, he said, a doctor in Iowa City told him: “Get your affairs in order. It’s going to be a matter of months.” His response was to fight: “We’re like, ‘Well, we’re not going to take that.’” He is now getting regular treatment from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois. “CTCA took a way different approach than Iowa City. Iowa City said, ‘You have a matter of months,’” he said. “CTCA is like, ‘No one knows. We don’t know when it’s going to be. You could go on for another three, four years. ... Your time might be short. Or we might beat this thing into remission. We don’t know what’s going to happen.’” So the doctors at CTCA aren’t sugarcoating his prognosis, but Cimmarusti is drawing hope from case histories in which patients lived years rather than months. “I’m going to go with that,” he said. While he has health insurance, it doesn’t pay the full cost of his treatments, he said,

and “there’s all sorts of hidden expenses ... when you get sick that you just don’t think about.” By setting up payment plans, Cimmarusti said, he and his wife of 28 years, Sue Marker, “have been able to keep up” financially. There’s little indication in his voice that he is seriously ill. He’s cheerful and said he works when he can around his everyother-week visits to CTCA. And if he’s well enough, he’s expecting to attend and sing three songs at a January 11 fundraiser in his honor at RIBCO, an event that will feature the reunions of Tripmaster Monkey and Einstein’s Sister along with sets by The Dawn and Three Years Hollow. “I’m not planning too far ahead,” Cimmarusti said. “I know it sounds a little short-sighted, but when faced with this kind of malady ... it’s best just to take it day by day. ... I’m hoping for the best and hoping I don’t backslide too much between now and the 11th. That’s the spot on my horizon right now. I’m shooting for the 11th, and that’s it. Then after that ... there are no other benchmarks ... .” The benefit was planned by Sean Ryan (of The Dawn and Jim the Mule) and Kerry Tucker (of Einstein’s Sister). “He’s helped so many people around here,” Ryan said of Cimmarusti. The idea was to gather some of the bands the sound engineer has worked

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River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 20 No. 821 • January 10 - 23, 2013

Business • Politics • Arts • Culture • Now You Know • RiverCitiesReader.com by Mike Schulz mike@rcreader.com

Magic / Mike

COVER STORY

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Schulz’s 10(-Plus) Most Enjoyable Movies of 2012
ridiculously impressive, and without telling you offering intensely sharp, whether it’s a scream of pointed gags and disarming elation or anguish, I felt thoughtfulness on like screaming right along everything from current with them.) But I also teen cliques to cop-flick never thought, after so clichés to Hollywood’s many years of goingpaucity of original ideas. 21 through-the-motions Argo Jump Street ends with our work, that I’d again see heroic undercover officers, Robert De Niro deliver a after their successful bust of a high-school portrayal as lovely and unsentimental as the drug ring, being newly commissioned to one he gives here. Silver Linings Playbook is infiltrate a college. Hill shouts, “Yes!” Tatum filled with all sorts of surprises. shouts, “No!” I’m with Hill on this. 4) Argo. Have we finally reached the point 3) Silver Linings Playbook. Just when you where we can collectively stop thinking, “Wow think you’ve had ... Ben Affleck can it up to here with really direct, can’t modern romantic he?!”? Hopefully comedies – those so, because (a) breathlessly insipid with Gone Baby star vehicles that Gone and The routinely showcase Town already the underwhelming on his résumé, likes of Katherine Affleck’s been Heigl or Gerard really directing for Butler (or, God help a while now, and us, both) – along (b) with this taut, Life of Pi comes writer/ speedy thriller director David O. Russell’s marvelously witty, about the 1979-80 Iranian hostage crisis, he’s edgy, heartfelt offering to totally renew your proved that he’s among the most adroit and faith in the genre. Adapted from a Matthew confident helmers of his generation. (Don’t Quick novel that’s just scooted to the top of be surprised, next month, if Oscar voters my must-read list, Russell’s tale of a bipolar award the man their own, gold-plated vote romantic obsessive and a forthright and of confidence.) Working with a beauty of a determined widow follows many of the script by Chris Terrio, and taking his cues traditional rom-com beats, even with neverfrom such marvelously gripping ’70s works as better leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Three Days of the Condor and All the President’s Lawrence filling their roles with glorious Men, Affleck has fashioned a true-life tale of complexity and rescue that’s soul. But scene wonderfully to scene, nothing audiencehere happens friendly quite the way without being you expect it the least bit to, principally condescending. because Russell You’re held in has the blessed thrall to the nerve to let his film’s edgecharacters and of-your-seat situations teeter excitement Magic Mike on the edge of one moment hysteria without and laughing ever toppling; the people on-screen frequently at its sweetly acidic Tinseltown lampoons reach the ends of their tethers, and their the next, and through it all, the movie is last-second pulling back, or the act of their grounded in naturalistic expressiveness being pulled back, proves both unpredictable through superior production design and and fantastically touching. I never thought I’d vividly textured performances, especially see a movie in which the impending results those of Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, of a dance contest were simultaneously and Alan Arkin. (The latter actor’s dismissive, funny, touching, and nerve-racking. (Those three-word punchline incorporating the involved scream at what eventually happens, Continued On Page 10

t’s incomplete, with such 2012 releases as Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Rust & Bone, Arbitrage, The Intouchables, Not Fade Away, and Here Comes the Boom (ha ha!) still requiring my viewing. And it’s certainly eclectic, as even I can’t fathom a double feature of titles number one and two below. But in an all-around outstanding year for movies, the following ranking of 10 selections – with a bonus inclusion Lincoln – is, as of January 6, my list of the – a blast of history delivered with you-areabsolute best times I had as a film fanatic this really-there immediacy and fire. Oh, and past year. that John Williams score? It’s pretty damned 1) Lincoln. It sounded like prototypical sensational, too. The last Spielberg movie I’d Oscar bait in extremis. A two-and-a-half hour place atop a year-end best list would probably examination of our 16th president directed have been 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The by Steven Spielberg, the movie – beginning three-decade wait for another one, I have to with that portentous, last-word-on-the-subject say, was entirely worth it. title – all but promised to be an incredibly 2) 21 Jump Street. On my most recent earnest, unbearably sanctimonious bore, with viewing of this reboot-cum-satire of the hit Spielberg shoving The Great Emancipator’s TV show – the one that propelled Johnny majesty down our throats and John Williams’ Depp to Tiger Beat-cover fame – it became score unsubtly guilting us into submission. clear to me that the presentation was a little It was less a surprise, then, than an utter iffy, considering the film’s over-reliance on shock to discover what the film actually is: closeups and standard two-shots, and its a fantastically swift, fiercely smart, and, best numerous lines of of all, grandly dialogue that were entertaining obviously and exploration awkwardly added of political or looped in maneuvering that post-production. felt like a detailed That might have bio-pic, riveting been enough to legal thriller, keep the comedy and terrifically off my top-10 list intelligent verbal (or, at the very comedy all rolled least, cause it to into one. Not Silver Linings Playbook drop further in for nothing has the rankings) if by “my most recent viewing” Lincoln earned $140 million and counting at I didn’t actually mean “perhaps my 20th the domestic box office; I saw the film twice viewing.” If Lincoln’s greatness was a shock, in three days and still can’t get over how much 21 Jump Street’s was a veritable heart attack; freaking fun this thing is. Spielberg directs how on Earth did directors Phil Lord and Tony Kushner’s vivid, joyously loquacious Chris Miller, and screenwriter Michael Bacall, screenplay with more deftness and obvious take what should’ve merely been an amusing passion (and, for him, understated passion) little throwaway and make it this colossally than he’s lent to any project since Schindler’s satisfying? Key to its success, of course, was the List, and Daniel Day-Lewis’ miraculous title riotous, madly inspired pairing of Jonah Hill performance – one that, in turns, is sweet, and Channing Tatum, whose brainy/brawny powerful, unassuming, authoritative, and loads doubles act yielded dozens of laugh-out-loud of other adjectives – is so fine that one could moments, and whose unexpected emotional make a valid argument for adding the actor’s honesty allowed the movie to stand as the own visage to Mount Rushmore. With Sally buddy-love story of the year. (They were also Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, backed by a stellar cast of comedians that James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake included Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Chris Nelson, Gloria Reuben, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Parnell, Jake Johnson, Ellie Kemper, Nick Hal Holbrook, Lee Pace, and many others Offerman, and a witheringly hilarious Ice offering pitch-perfect support, Lincoln is a Cube.) Yet it’s the film’s script, with its story towering, spectacularly enjoyable achievement credited to Bacall and Hill, that’s almost

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River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 20 No. 821 • January 10 - 23, 2013

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Project CLX
by Mike Schulz

A Ranking of 2012 Movies Beyond Mike’s Top 10

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o, Mike, what did you think of the other 2012 movies you saw?” Gosh, how nice of you to ask! In descending order of appreciation ... .

11) Seven Psychopaths 12) To Rome with Love 13) The Grey 14) How to Survive a Plague 15) Flight 16) Cloud Atlas 17) Snow White & the Huntsman 18) The Master 19) The Impossible 20) Bernie After another viewing, I’ll almost inevitably rank The Master higher amongst my 2012 favorites, but oddly, I’m still in no rush to see it again. Martin McDonagh’s and Woody Allen’s latest might have made the top 10 if both weren’t lesser achievements than their directors’ overwhelming In Bruges and Midnight in Paris. The Impossible has big problems, but it’s hard to bitch when you’re crying for nearly 90 minutes straight. Richard Linklater’s docu-comedy Bernie, and the AIDS-activist documentary How to Survive a Plague, are available via streaming. No hard feelings if you put the paper down and view them now. 21) End of Watch 22) The Hunger Games 23) Take This Waltz 24) Skyfall 25) Savages 26) Bully 27) Ai Wei-Wei: Never Sorry 28) The Pirates! Band of Misfits 29) Ruby Sparks 30) Hope Springs End of Watch, I’m sensing, is a movie I’ll enjoy more and more each time I see it. It’s kind of ridiculous that Salma Hayek isn’t in the Oscar conversation – like, at all – for Oliver Stone’s Savages. I enjoyed The Hunger Games so much that I actually read the book afterward, which I consider a rather miraculous happenstance. (The book rocks, by the way.) And the Michelle Williams/Seth Rogen adultery drama Take This Waltz and the artist/ activist doc Ai Wei-Wei can also be watched instantly, so feel free to put the paper down again. 31) Pitch Perfect 32) The Secret World of Arrietty 33) Beasts of the Southern Wild 34) Marley 35) Brave 36) Lawless

37) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 38) Men in Black 3 39) Return 40) Safety Not Guaranteed I watched Beasts a second time, and re-eeally wish I liked it more than I do. My guess is that I’ll eventually purchase Pitch Perfect, and will eventually love it with the same sort of ardor I currently reserve for the Emma Stone comedy Easy A. Marley is a terrifically engaging – and seemingly exhaustive – doc on the late Jamaican singer, and the Iraq-war-returnee drama Return showcases a subtly extraordinary performance by the ever-great Linda Cardellini. (Both films can currently be streamed instantly. You’re welcome to ... . Oh, you know the routine.) 41) The Campaign 42) The Guilt Trip 43) Klown 44) The Three Stooges 45) This Is 40 46) The Bourne Legacy 47) Silent House 48) The Raid: Redemption 49) Celeste & Jesse Forever 50) The Queen of Versailles Had you told me last year at this time that The Three Stooges would make my top 50, I’d have thought you insane. (Now I’m wondering if I’m insane.) The streamable Queen of Versailles is a fun, unimaginable-riches-torags doc, but I didn’t find it as trenchant as other reviewers appeared to. Also available via streaming, the cheeky Danish comedy Klown is unashamedly crude, so of course an American remake is headed our way. Its filmmakers could do worse than to hire Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis for the leads, as the duo didn’t fare too shabbily together in The Campaign. 51) Les Misérables 52) Hit & Run 53) Jeff, Who Lives at Home 54) Think Like a Man 55) The Cabin in the Woods 56) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 57) The Invisible War 58) Casa de Mi Padre 59) Chico & Rita 60) John Carter Kirby Dick’s heartrending rape-in-themilitary doc The Invisible War is, sadly, also a bit stiff, as is the similarly streamable Chico & Rita, a nominee for last year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar. After loving it in March, I made the mistake of watching Casa de Mi Padre again, and found it way less entertain-

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(Editor’s note: The River Cities’ Reader each month will feature an image or images from the Quad Cities Photography Club.)

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Drawing Hope from a Shot in the Dark
“He’s got a ton of experience,” Ryan said. “Singing is the biggest thing.” He said he first recorded with Cimmarusti six years ago, and “the biggest difference between him and other engineers you go to is we’ve become such good friends.” If he’s able, during The Dawn’s set Cimmarusti will sing three songs that have meant a lot to him: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long as I Can See the Light,” Michael Martin Murphey’s “Wildfire,” and Martin Sexton’s “Candy.” He also said he’s requested that Tripmaster Monkey play “Shutter’s Closed” from 1994’s Goodbye Race. That Cimmarusti might be able to attend the January 11 event is a stroke – or several strokes – of luck; the discovery of his cancer was facilitated by coincidence. Blood in his urine – which is not a symptom of pancreatic cancer – at his annual prostate exam prompted a CT scan. Even though the order for that scan didn’t include it, dye was used, and it was only because of that dye that the tumor in his pancreas was discovered. Without those two things – and “it doesn’t stop there,” Cimmarusti said of his relative good fortune – “I would not have lived as long as I have already.” But his current treatments, he said, remain “kind of like a shot in the dark. That’s the impression I’m getting.” Still, Cimmarusti shows no signs of giving up hope: “I consider it very interesting and quite the adventure ... . Where some folks decide that it’s over and succumb to it, no,

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n November, Jay and Judie Brooks traveled with LightChase Photography Tours to Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada to experience photographing the magnificent polar bear. This trip was the most exciting and rewarding photography trip Jay had ever experienced. For Ju-

die, it was her first time photographing, and she created many great photos and won a local photo contest in Churchill. Jay highly recommends this experience, as the future of polar bears in North America is in jeopardy. The polar-bear shot was taken just as this bear awoke

and was bathed in beautiful soft light. The Arctic fox was shot as it was hunting for breakfast. Technical data: Polar bear – Canon 60D with Canon 70-300L lens at 207 millimeters, f/9, ISO 320, aperture priority, exposure +1/3; Arctic fox –

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by Jeff Ignatius jeff@rcreader.com
I’m going to carry on. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” The benefit concert for Rob Cimmarusti will be held on Friday, January 11, at RIBCO (1811 Second Avenue in Rock Island; RIBCO.com). The lineup includes Tripmaster Monkey, Einstein’s Sister, The Dawn, and Three Years Hollow, and the event will also feature raffles and a silent auction. Admission to the 8 p.m. show is a $7 donation.

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Photos by Jay and Judie Brooks

Canon 60D with Canon 70-300L lens at 300 millimeters, f/14, ISO 320, aperture priority, exposure +1/3. The Quad Cities Photography Club welcomes visitors and new members. The club sponsors numerous activities

The Tables Are Turning on the Fluoridation Debate
the next frontier for this campaign. The dangers of fluoridation impact nearly everyone living and working in Rock Island and Scott counties. If there were ever an opportunity to get involved in an issue that is decidedly nonpartisan and commonsensical, it is what we are drinking, cooking with, and bathing in every day. It will be up to the people of the Quad Cities to engage their public officials, city managers, water commissioners, county supervisors, and city councils to also have the debate. I sincerely hope that Davenport native Joel Weber is enjoying some level of satisfaction with the worldwide awareness of the dangers of fluoridation finally taking root here at home. (According to the Fluoride Action Network that Connett directs, “The United States, which fluoridates over 70 percent of its water supplies, has more people drinking fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined.” See a breakdown at RCReader. com/y/flouride3.) For nearly two decades, Weber consistently lobbied dozens of city-council members (handing out meticulously crafted reports and speaking during public with business) to investigate the problems of fluoridation. Unfortunately, he was more often than not rudely dismissed by mayors and aldermen, at one point being labeled a liability for economic development if someone from afar saw him on a televised citycouncil meeting. Ironically, the tables are turning, as cities and counties that have the debate and cease fluoridation can be considered beacons for development as healthful, livable communities – similar to having amenities such as public transportation, farmers’ markets, biking trails, and biking road lanes. If the science does point to more harm than good, then why in the world would bureaucrats and politicians – who purportedly work on your behalf – continue business as usual, 60 years later, without a debate? It’s one thing to complain about an issue, but an entirely different thing to engage in a meaningful way to do something about it. There are no excuses for not informing oneself and taking advantage of this opportunity to engage your family, friends, and public officials to have the debate about fluoridation. At a minimum, hear out Connett at one of the public-library settings on January 14 or 15. More information is available at HaveTheDebate.com and FluorideAlert.org.

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encompassing many types and aspects of photography. It holds digital and print competitions most months. At its meetings, members discuss the images, help each other to improve, and socialize. The club also holds special learning workshops and small groups that meet on specific

photography topics, and occasionally offers interesting shooting opportunities. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month September through June at the Butterworth Center, 1105 Eighth Street in Moline.

For more information on the club, visit QCPhotoClub.com.

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Magic / Mike
film’s title, followed by a delightfully Arkin-ian cackle, is already permanently ensconced in the unofficial Pop Culture Hall of Fame.) Argo boasts a great subject; thanks to Affleck’s sterling presentation, it’s also a great time. 5) Magic Mike. The other day, my Looper editor referenced equal measure. In truth, I found screenwriter “actor Channing Tatum” by doing that David Agee’s framework involving the re-told invisible-quote-marks gesture on the word tale of a young man, a raft, and a Bengal “actor.” I deeply respect my boss, but never tiger a bit obvious, and his and Lee’s spiritual before have I wanted to slug him quite as hard allegories a bit heavy-handed. Yet words tend as I did at that moment. How many wholly to fail you when attempting to describe the invested, artifice-free, offhandedly wonderful lusciousness and visual rapture of the movie’s performances does Tatum have to give to sea-set (and meerkat-dominated island) be taken seriously? Granted, director Steven sequences and the digitally-photographed Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, which is partly based astonishments they inspire, especially when on its star’s experiences as an exotic dancer Pi, played by the divinely empathetic Suraj and male stripper, didn’t sound like the sort Sharma, heaves a bottle into the ocean and of project in which anyone should be taken watches as its landing seriously. But as millions forms around it perfect, of viewers have discovered ever-widening ripples of – and millions more would hopelessness. Powerfully discover if they dropped moving, gently funny, and their preconceived notions tremendously exciting, and/or fears of turning gay Life of Pi is an absolute at the sight of undulating feast for the eyes and, at male torsos – Soderbergh’s times, for the soul, and latest is almost criminally the CGI employed for entertaining, and yet Margaret the creation of that tiger another showcase for – a.k.a. Richard Parker Tatum’s grossly underrated gifts for comedy – should deservedly net its effects wizards and emotional directness. (I’d also argue that Academy Awards and lifetime memberships if the motion-picture academy held dancing to PETA. in the same high esteem it does singing, the 7) Looper. Forgive the vulgarity, but if performer would be as legitimate an Oscar writer/director Rian Johnson’s time-travel contender this year as Les Misérables’ Hugh thriller is nothing else, it’s most certainly Jackman and Anne Hathaway. His moves are the multiplex mindf--- of the year. Happily, unbelievable.) A clever spin on the traditional though, it’s also so much else: a breathtaking veteran-educates-newbie narrative made action adventure with Bruce Willis’ retired exhilarating through directorial panache, contract killer evading the clutches of his smart and telling dialogue, and excellent younger self (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and portrayals across-the-board – none better than vice versa; a terse and evocative film noir in that of the devilishly charismatic Matthew which characters’ shadiness masks their even McConaughey – Magic Mike is enormous fun. more brutal and terrifying natures; a haunting Double entendre not intended, but also not meditation on aging, and the eternal urges we rescinded. have to slap some sense into younger versions 6) Life of Pi. Have you ever witnessed a of ourselves; a fiendishly clever super-villain sunset, or a rainbow, or a fireworks display (or, possibly, superhero) origin story that sheds so jaw-droppingly beautiful that you want light on how childhood trauma can lead to to bawl your eyes out? At its finest, which is nefariousness (or, possibly, Superman-like often, that’s the sensation of director Ang Lee’s goodness); a beguiling sci-fi comedy always resplendent adaptation of the long-thoughtrooted in a recognizable world. (“You should unfilmable Yann Martel novel, a work of go to China.” “I’m going to France.” “I’m from such stunning gorgeousness – and, in its 3D the future. You should go to China.”) The presentation, such tactile wonder – that it film’s previews were marvelously circumspect leaves you elated and emotionally drained in about Looper’s narrative – especially regarding the roles played by the fabulous Emily Blunt and the preternaturally sublime young actor Pierce Gagnon – and I hope I’ve followed suit. Just know that Johnson’s offering, an even better surprise than his 2005 teen noir Brick, is a wildly involving, superbly written and directed achievement, and that its storyline should make for juicy conversations with friends hours, The Perks of Being a Wallflower days, weeks, or even years after seeing set pieces, the strangely poor sound mixing, it. “This time-travel crap,” sighs Jeff Daniels’ and Tom Hardy’s mush-mouthed deliveries crime boss, “just fries your brain like an egg.” as Bane (not that they were entirely his Yes, it does. What a way to go. fault), I really didn’t expect Christopher 8) ParaNorman. I know people who Nolan’s Batman-trilogy wrap-up to land aren’t all that crazy about Lincoln, and Silver amongst my 2012 favorites. Additional repeat Linings Playbook, and Magic Mike. But I viewings, however, have convinced me that have yet to encounter a single adult who has while there are numerous flaws in The Dark watched this supernatural family comedy at Knight Rises, they’re supremely outweighed my suggestion and didn’t love it – and that’s by the good in the movie – and the good including friends who’ve never given a passing isn’t so much “good” as “mind-blowingly thought to having kids. Of course, what’s not awesome.” Heaven knows that Nolan pulls to love here? A wildly inventive scare-flick out all the stops in terms of visual design, spoof in which fresh ideas pop up with nearly with the football stadium’s demolition and the startling frequency, this outing by directors horrifying collapse of Gotham City’s bridges so Chris Butler and Sam Fell is so rife with visual extraordinarily rendered that your excitement jokes (Norman attempting to excise a book is both heightened and instantly leveled by an from the hands of intense feeling of a rigor-mortis-ized queasiness. Yet relative), aural “feeling” is what jokes (the cell this shockingly phone that plays emotional John Carpenter’s comic-book caper Halloween theme), provides in spades, and verbal jokes be it through (“Not believing grand examples in the afterlife is such as Bruce like not believing Wayne’s rousing in astrology!”) escape from a that it leaves you subterranean almost dizzy. (If prison, or achingly The Dark Knight Rises I’m ever down, I sad ones such as can instantly cheer myself up by thinking of Alfred’s teary confession of a questionable Norman’s chubby pal Neil getting punched kindness. With acutely shaded performances in his pectorals and whining, “Ow-w-w! My courtesy of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, boobs!”) Yet there’s also a touching exploration Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (he of of childhood loneliness tucked inside this three films on my top 10!), Marion Cotillard, madcap zombie slapstick, and with Butler’s Morgan Freeman, and even, upon continued ingenious script inspiringly (vocally) acted reflection, Hardy – and the faultless Anne by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Hathaway practically stealing the film with one Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintzexquisitely timed roll of her eyes – wishing for Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, an even better Dark Knight Rises than the one and John Goodman, ParaNorman is, beyond we have feels like wishing for far too much. my doubt, easily the animated entertainment 10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I had of the year. I vow to gracefully hold back my a helluva time trying to determine which of tears and anger when Frankenweenie or Wreck- the movies I loved last year would sneak into It Ralph wins next month’s Best Animated this final slot, and my heart breaks a little to Feature Oscar instead. leave Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, 9) The Dark Knight Rises. Considering Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love, and Joe how annoyed I was, on my first and second Carnahan’s The Grey off my top-10 list. But exposures to the film, by the more senseless

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I finally opted for writer/director Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own youngadult novel, and for a pretty simple reason: I can’t think of a single thing wrong with it. A moderately scaled coming-of-age-in-highschool saga without a smidgeon of selfconsciousness or falseness, Chbosky’s tender, graceful, unexpectedly tough-minded tale is a love letter to the transformative power of friendship, and one acted to near-perfection by a revelatory Logan Lerman, a luminous Emma Watson, and a blazingly funny and poignant Ezra Miller (who, in a just world,

ParaNorman

would be preparing his “It’s a thrill just to be nominated” sound bite right about now). The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the rare movie about adolescents that seems to get everything magically right, from the hushed, sexually charged intimacy of chaperone-free parties to the giddy thrill of a 3 a.m. drive with the car-top down and your best buddies beside you. And when events here take a turn toward the dramatic – the really dramatic – you may be astonished to realize how deeply connected you’ve become to the characters; the pain on display feels personal because, in one sense

or another, it’s a pain we’ve all shared, and continue to share. I adore this film, and its home-theatre release on February 12 really can’t arrive soon enough. And an Honorable Mention: Margaret – Extended Cut. For purposes of consistency, and maybe a dash of laziness, I generally don’t augment my annual movies-of-theyear article with mention of anything I saw that was actually released prior to the year under discussion. But the “extended cut” of writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s sprawling drama Margaret – filmed in 2006 yet not released, rather notoriously, until a severely edited version appeared in a few markets in 2011 – seems a special case, because (a) it technically wasn’t released in 2011, and (b) I actually love it more than Lincoln. Detailing the wildly inconsistent yet fiercely believable emotional states of a teenaged New Yorker (the staggeringly magnificent Anna Paquin) who witnesses a fatal bus accident, the movie is a three-hour explosion of pain and panic and confusion, telling of a girl who desperately wants to alleviate, or perhaps merely explain, her guilt, yet who has no earthly idea how. But Lonergan’s epically ambitious follow-up to 2000’s You Can Count on Me is no traditional coming-of-age tale.

Messy, chaotic, experimental, overstuffed, and almost operatically emotional, the movie is also a vividly shaded portrait of moral responsibility, and vexing mother-daughter relations, and classroom dynamics, and the occasionally torturous complexities of litigation – and even the stomach-clenching fear and sadness of New Yorkers in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Lonergan’s camera, on several occasions, follows the trajectory of faraway jets, with these scenes ending the instant one vanishes behind a skyscraper.) Margaret features patches of weak, or maybe just awkwardly improvised, dialogue, and it’s easy to imagine some viewers wanting to scream, “Move it along already!” during Lonergan’s trance-like shots of Manhattan traffic and architecture. But if you can get on board with the film’s length and occasional meditativeness and abrupt shifts in tone, you might, as I did, find it a positively overwhelming experience, one featuring exceptional work by J. SmithCameron, Jeannie Berlin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Allison Janney, and Matthew Broderick, and one suggesting Kenneth Lonergan may yet be a screen talent equal to Robert Altman or Paul Thomas Anderson. Let’s pray it’s not another 11 years until we get a new one from him.

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What’s Happenin’ What’s Happenin’
Theatre
Hank Williams: Lost Highway
Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse Friday, January 11, through Saturday, March 9
Hey, good lookin’: I just got back from seein’ the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new production of the country musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and I gotta tell you: I saw the light. F months I’ve been howlin’ at the moon with the lovesick blues, thinkin’ or about our wedding bells and wonderin’ why you don’t love me anymore. I’d be on the banks of the old Ponchartrain shoutin’, “I can’t help it if I’m still in love with you and your cheatin’ heart!”, and then I’d remember when we were settin’ the woods on fire with jambalaya on the bayou – though I’d only remember half as much after honky tonkin’ at that mansion on the hill. Heck, I was even moanin’ the blues in a message to my mother! But now that my sweet love ain’t around, and my son calls another man daddy, my bucket’s got a hole in it, and nobody’s lonesome for me, even though I’m so lonesome I could cry. I keep thinkin’ you’re gonna change (or I’m gonna leave), and that your crazy heart – your cold, cold heart – will melt, like a teardrop on a rose at the first fall of snow. But you win again. So never again will I knock on your door, and I won’t keep calling you. Why should we try anymore? My love for you has turned to hate, and I just don’t like this kind of living, so I’m just gonna move it on over. I’m a long gone daddy with the weary blues from waitin’. Please don’t let me love you. Just leave me alone with the blues and mind your own business. Sincerely, Dear John Circa ’21’s production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway – the stage biography that was called “a transportive musical experience” by ChicagoTheaterBeat.com – runs from January 11 through March 9, and for the chance to hear some of the 38 Hank Williams classics mentioned above, make reservations by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visiting Circa21.com.

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Literature
Tracey Garvis Graves
The Outing Club Thursday, January 17, 6 p.m.
In just a few days, The Midwest Writing Center Will host a cool gig.

It’s an evening With the Des Moines-based author Tracey Garvis Graves. Tracey self-published A New York Times best-seller Called On the Island, And will arrive on January seventeenth To discuss her work.

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January 17’s evening with Tracey Garvis Graves at Davenport’s Outing Club includes hors d’oeuvr visiting MidwestWritingCenter.org. continued to am relaxed vocal app thoughtful music Rakim for AllMusic.com about the artist’s Rock Island Brewing Company rhyme, literate im Saturday, January 12, 9 p.m. smooth flow, and off-the-beat rhym he Rock Island Brewing Company, state that “Rakim chart (and hitting platinum-selling on January 12, will host an acknowledged as status by 1995), Paid in Full produced evening with the rap and hip-hop MCs – perhaps t five singles, but more impressively artist Rakim, who once released a solo time within the h it cemented the duo’s placement CD titled The Master. Near as I can so by all means p among the greatest artists in their tell, this is one of those rare instances unforgettable exp musical genre; the New York Times in which an album title that sounds man plays his Sa described the album as “an artistic rather grandiose is, in actuality, more set. In a 2007 int and commercial benchmark,” and than a bit of an understatement. magazine, Rakim Rolling Stone – when discussing Paid One-half of the legendary rap duo in Full for the article “The 500 Greatest to kill the old sta Eric B. & Rakim, and a 2011 nominee start with the ne Albums of All Time” – wrote, “Rakim for induction in the Rock & Roll like any evening is a front-runner in the race for Best Hall of Fame, the performer began pretty damned k Rapper Ever, and this album is a big his professional music career amidst Rakim perform reason why.” New York’s hip-hop scene in the late with guests BUR But the plaudits for Rakim hardly 1980s, and he and Eric B. released and DJ GMJ, adv stopped after he embarked on a their debut album Paid in Full when and more inform solo career. With his free-rhythm Rakim was all of 19 years old. Peaking by calling (309)7 style earning him comparisons at number 58 on Billboard’s Top 200 RIBCO.com. to Thelonious Monk, Rakim has

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A survival tale About a plane crash in the Indian Ocean, The novel explores Human nature under the Worst circumstances, And has already Been optioned by Hollywood For a feature film.

Tracey will discuss Her literary success At the Outing Club, While also sharing Insider info about Self-publication. It’s sure to be an Insightful event for fans Of literature,

To say nothing of Those of you who’d much rather Listen to Tracey Than be forced into Reading about the writer In some lame haiku.

What Else Is Happenin’
Friday, January 11 – Rascal Flatts. Country-music superstars in concert, with an opening set by The Band Perry. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $27.7562.75. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com. Friday, January 11 – Davina & the Vagabonds. Jazz, blues, and roots musicians in concert, with an opening set by Busted Chandeliers. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org. Friday, January 11 – Rob Cimmarusti Benefit. Fundraising performance to offset medical expenses for the Quad Cities musician and sound engineer, with sets by Tripmaster Monkey, Einstein’s Sister, The Dawn, and Three Years Hollow. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $7 donation. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com. Sunday, January 13 – Sioux City Pete & the Beggars. Midwestern punk and blues musicians in concert, with opening sets by Slut River and Centaur Noir. Rozz-Tox (2108 Third

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res and cocktails at 6 p.m. and the author’s program at 7 p.m., and more information on the event is available by calling (563)324-1410 or

maze listeners with his proach and smart, cianship; writing m, Steve Huey raves s “complex internal magery, velvetd unpredictable, mes.” Huey goes on to m is near-universally s one of the greatest the greatest – of all hip-hop community,” prepare for an perience when the aturday-night RIBCO terview with Billboard m stated, “I’m hoping ate of hip-hop and ew.” It actually sounds with Rakim would be killer. ms in Rock Island RNTmd, Maxilla Blue, vance tickets are $25, mation is available 793-4060 or visiting

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An Evening with Julian Lage
The Redstone Room Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.

elcome to the Reader’s first What’s Happenin’ section of 2013! We’re glad to have you with us, and as a way of starting the new year on the right foot, I’ve made a resolution: I have decided that, from this day forward, I will no longer seethe with jealousy and resentment every time I write about some visiting artist whose talents and accomplishments dwarf my own. Having said that, let me tell you about January 16’s Redstone Room concert with jazz guitarist Julian Lage, a former child prodigy who began performing in public at age six, became the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary appropriately titled Jules at Eight, performed at the Grammy Awards at age 13 ... . Oh, man. This is gonna be rough. Praised by the Washington Post for his “obvious talent” and “music that is astonishingly understated,” Lage – a faculty member at Stanford University’s renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop since 2003 – has been a popular presence at concert venues and festivals worldwide. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, the guitarist has wowed jazz

fans at the Monterey, London, Tanglewood, Umbria, and San Francisco jazz festivals and has performed with dozens of notable musicians over the years, among them Carlos Santana, David Grisman, Gary Burton, and Herbie Hancock. But in addition to his playing, which was described by JazzTimes as “phenomenally fleet-fingered,” Lage has also been widely lauded for his skills as a composer, with his Sounding Point CD earning him a 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album.” Selections from this release, and Lage’s acclaimed followup Gladwell, will no doubt be heard when the gifted, New York City-based musician treats Redstone Room guests to “An Evening with Julian Lage.” And as a way of wrapping up this completely envy-free piece on the man, allow me to wish Mr. Lage a belated happy birthday, as his biography mentions that he was born on Christmas day 1987. Wait a minute. 1987? That means Lage is only 25? He was a Grammy nominee at 22?!? He’s been teaching at Stanford since he was 15?!? Aw, come on! Nobody should be allowed to be that ... ! Well, that resolution was fun while it lasted. Tickets to the Redstone Room’s Julian Lage concert are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show, and more information on the evening is available by calling (563)3261333 or visiting RiverMusicExperience.org.

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Vox Populi
LES MISÉRABLES
Director Tom Hooper’s take on the über-beloved musical Les Misérables is, in numerous regards, a maddeningly weak stage-to-screen transfer. Scenes have been bluntly presented with no discernible invention or style. The incessant employment of closeups creates stagnancy in sequences and numbers that beg for breathing room. The movie’s two most prominent actors are cast in roles for which they can’t nearly do vocal justice. And, so help me, I ravenously gobbled up every last, unsubtle, frequently disappointing morsel of the thing. In truth, I kinda knew this was going to happen. (The gobbling part, not the part about being disappointed.) By no means am I blind to the flaws in this sung-through adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th Century tale of Jean Valjean, the repentant Frenchman who unwittingly alters fate by stealing a loaf of bread; I’ll readily acknowledge the thinly drawn characters and repetitiveness and occasional compositional blandness and what have you. But while there are stage musicals that I admire more than Les Mis – to use the show’s commonly accepted nickname – there is literally none that I have greater affection for. After committing most of ClaudeMichel Schonberg’s and Alain Boublil’s operatic opus to memory in the winter of 1986, seeing the Tony-winning Broadway smash in 1988, and catching four touring productions of this hugely

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satisfying epic staging is so weepie in the routinely garish years since, I and underconsider myself imagined that it less a Les Mis practically defies devotee than belief. After the an obsessive. staggering bloat I’d even go so (and too-obvious far as to say CGI) of the that, over the Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables opener, which past 25 years, introduces us a potential screen version has been the to the tortured Valjean (Hugh Jackman) one film project I’ve anticipated more and his officious nemesis Javert (Russell than any other. When one finally landed, Crowe), Hooper somehow finds ways damned if I was going to let any set of to waylay song after song in his twocircumstances get in the way of my tearand-a-half-hour presentation, a feat drenched fun. accomplished, more often than not, by That being said, I did leave Hooper’s his insistence on oppressively shoving film rather amazed at how many sets of the musical numbers in our faces. By circumstances were to be found here. If, now, everyone likely knows that Hooper like me, you consider yourself a mad Les opted to have Les Mis’ cast members Mis fan, the waterworks will likely start sing live during production, a gamble flowing with the opening strains of the that does yield occasional marvels and score – or, at the very least, with the early instills a welcome sense of immediacy. appearance of Colm Wilkinson (who (The publicity regarding this “Look – originated the role of Jean Valjean on they’re really singing!” hook is, however, the West End and on Broadway) as the a bit disingenuous, as there’s some forgiving bishop of the show’s prelude. pretty obvious lip-synching going on Yet at regular intervals throughout the during large crowd scenes.) Yet while movie, you might find yourself wanting Hooper’s approach, for the purposes to cry for entirely different reasons, most of recording sound, may have made of them having to do with opportunities endless closeups a necessary evil, it also lost or goodwill squandered. I am grateful kills the movie’s visual life; actors’ faces to no end for Hooper, in the wake of his completely fill the screen, and except Oscar win for The King’s Speech, having for one crucial exception involving the clout to finally get Les Mis on the big Anne Hathaway, there’s little sense of screen. If only its mere existence were any world beyond their expressions. enough. And although this may not have proven Unfortunately, though, Hooper’s terribly damaging had Hooper excelled

in other aspects of production, I’m sorry to say that directorial facility isn’t much in evidence. Numbers such as Valjean’s “What Have I Done?” prologue, Valjean’s and Javert’s “The Confrontation,” and any song involving the students behind the thwarted June Rebellion of 1832 are undone by static, borderline-lifeless compositions, and Hooper’s fondness for severe camera angles and theme-enhancing tableaux, also evidenced in The King’s Speech, makes almost every scene here less about its characters than its director. Then, too, there’s the inherent problem of the central casting. Crowe cuts a commanding figure as the imperious and vengeance-minded Javert – the Wile E. Coyote to Jean Valjean’s Road Runner – and his single-minded intensity in the part is admirable. But whenever Crowe sings (which, of course, is all the time), he gets that glazed expression you see on musical performers who are valiantly struggling with roles that are obviously beyond their reach. Seemingly uncomfortable with his high notes, his low notes, and the tenets behind ballsout musical theatre in general, Crowe frequently looks as though he’d rather be anywhere but Les Mis, and sadly, the vocally gifted Jackman – an intensely charming actor with loads of theatre cred and two Tony Awards of his own – doesn’t possess the full register necessary for Valjean. On intimidating

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Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $5 at the door. For information, call (309)2000978 or visit RozzTox.com. Friday, January 18 – Travis LeDoyt: A Tribute to Elvis. Concert with the touring impersonator. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf. IsleOfCapriCasinos.com. Saturday, January 19 – The 16th Annual Big Dance. One of the Midwest’s premier show-choir invitationals, featuring high-school competitions and exhibition performances by Davenport North choirs Northside Establishment and Center Stage. Davenport North High School’s Holzworth Performing Arts Center (626 West 53rd Street, Davenport). 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. preliminaries, 7:30 p.m. finals. $7-12. for information, call (563)388-9884 or (563)320-5002. Friday, January 11, through Sunday, January 20 – Ghost of a Chance. Supernatural comedy by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, directed by Patti Flaherty. Playcrafters Barn Theatre (4950 35th Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call (309)762-0330 or visit Playcrafters.com. Saturday, January 12 – The Prenzie Players’ Twelfth Night Gala. Annual fundraiser for the area classical-theatre troupe, featuring live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and more. Rivermont Collegiate’s Becherer Hall (1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf). 6 p.m. $20. For tickets and information, call (309)278-8426 or visit PrenziePlayers.com. Friday, January 18, through Sunday, February 3 – Private Eyes. The QC Theatre Workshop’s production of Steven Dietz’s reality-bending comedy/drama, directed by Daniel D.P. Sheridan. QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Pay-what-it’s-worth pricing. For tickets and information, e-mail info@qctheatreworkshop.org or visit QCTheatreWorkshop.org. Tuesday, January 22 – A Chorus Line. The Tony Award-winning “singular sensation” dance musical, in a Broadway at the Adler presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $32-52. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com. Tuesday, January 15, through Friday, February 22 – Race Matters? Racism Matters! Post-Racial, My Ass. Exhibit of works by letterpress printer, paper-maker, and builder of artists’ books Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. St. Ambrose University’s Catich Gallery (Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception January 25 at 5 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (563)333-6444 or visit SAU.edu/Catich. Sunday, January 13 – Chocolate Festival. Annual event featuring samples from area sweets shops, presentations, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ chocolate activity area, a visit from Willy Wonka, and more. Quad City Botanical Center (2525 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $3-15. For tickets and information, call (309)7940991 or visit QCGardens.com. Saturday, January 19 – The Power of One: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A celebration of King’s legacy featuring performances by the Community Gospel Chorus, the Westbrook Singers, the Augustana Gospel Choir, and the Truth Temple Praise Dancers. Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 6 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)794-7721 or visit Augustana.edu. Saturday, January 19 – 20th Annual Red Ribbon Dinner. Fundraiser for The Project of the Quad Cities themed “20 Years: An Epic Voyage,” featuring live music by Smooth Groove, a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, a prize pull, and more. Davenport RiverCenter (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 5 p.m. $70. For tickets and information, call (309)7625433 or visit TPQC.org. Saturday, January 19 – Winter Wine Experience. Fifth-annual fundraiser featuring samplings of wines from area distributors, live music, hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary tasting glass, and more. River Music Experience (131 West Second Street, Davenport). 5 p.m. $25-35. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

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show-stoppers such as “One Day career, I’d say we were definitely More” and, especially, “Bring deserving of more. A brutally Him Home,” Jackman, with his profane and bloody (and, at reedy tenor, comes dangerously 165 minutes, punishingly close to being off-key, and you’re long) revenge melodrama that always aware of the strain on his finds Jamie Foxx’s Django and top notes; there’s actually more Christoph Waltz’s Dr. King legitimate drama in listening Schultz, in the mid-1800s, to Jackman almost losing tracking down and executing pitch than there is in Hooper’s slave owners for cash, the movie numerous scenes of street isn’t without extraordinary revolution. elements. An early, Old West But what this Les Mis has in sequence in which Schultz its favor, seemingly above all guns down a small-town sheriff Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained else, is audience empathy – you and proceeds, through welldesperately want the movie’s reasoned verbiage, to get away Chairs at Empty Tables,” with his throat hard-working performers to pull off with it ranks among Tarantino’s finest, aquiver and his cheeks stained with tears, the demanding requirements of singing most unpredictable set pieces. And when would likely be Les Misérables’ signature live – and no one here engenders more Samuel L. Jackson shows up as a morally gut-wrencher if Anne Hathaway didn’t empathy than Jackman. He’s so clearly, deliver an early one that tops it. That tops abhorrent house slave with a hidden beautifully invested in Valjean’s plight, agenda, you gets a taste of that spineeverything, really. and so moving in his connection with tingling “I really shouldn’t be enjoying As the film’s previews have been the orphaned Cosette (played, as her age this as much as I am” satisfaction that playing since early summer, you’ve progresses, by Isabelle Allen and Amanda probably heard at least a few snippets accompanies the best of the writer/ Seyfried), that even his occasional director’s previous achievements. Yet from Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” performance inadequacies prove the great moments, sadly, are few and the solo that finds her factory worker enormously touching, and Jackman’s far between; the majority of the film Fantine – a beaten-down single mother unveiled desire to get the role right leads feels like it’s just grinding its wheels forced into a grim fate as a prostitute – to some startlingly effective moments. in between ultra-violent encounters – at her most tragically misérable. Yet in (Quite frankly, and despite being a big fan Hathaway’s extraordinary, uninterrupted the narrative, for Tarantino, is almost of him, I never thought I’d see Jackman depressingly simplistic – and Foxx and wail of pain and anger, what’s unbearable hit the levels of emotional honesty he Waltz, though effective, don’t really give for the character is soul-cleansing reaches in Les Mis’ final 10 minutes.) us anything they haven’t already given us amazement for the audience. To say that In the end, this Les Mis succeeds, and in other, better films. (Waltz’s crackpot cineplex crowds haven’t heard or seen sometimes succeeds fantastically well, readings will probably always be things anything like it since Jennifer Hudson’s because of the fervor with which Jackman instantly legendary take on Dreamgirls’ of beauty, but only on a few occasions and his equally committed fellow actors do the words he’s saying here match his “And I Am Telling You” is true, but also make it succeed, even when their director insufficient; with her fearless acting and gleefully anarchic deliveries of them.) isn’t doing much, or really anything, to There’s some fun, though it’s surface vocals summoning up entire worlds of assist them. unspeakable anguish, Hathaway manages fun, in Leonardo DiCaprio’s cheerful Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena portrayal of a vicious Southern dandy, to suggest everything that’s glorious and Bonham Carter, for instance, seem pretty thrilling and unforgettable about the and the production design throughout much left to their own devices as the is tops. Django Unchained, though, still experience of Les Misérables in a tidy villainous innkeepers the Thénardiers, emerges as a trifling little exploitation three minutes. For a quarter-century, playing low-comic grotesques not unlike flick – or, as many will no doubt consider I’d dreamed a dream about a satisfying the ones they portrayed in Tim Burton’s it, exploitation-flick homage – that’s been movie adaptation of this musical Sweeney Todd. But the offhanded, grossly, and unnecessarily, inflated to epic powerhouse, and for all of its flaws, I got vulgar wit with which they enact these proportions without boasting the gravity one. But thanks to Anne Hathaway, it caricatures is as refreshing as a tonic or cleverness that might excuse its length. occasionally turned into an even more – Cohen, amusingly, is the only one onAbout an hour into the picture, I started wondrous dream than the one I’d dared screen to play a French character with a yawning with unbecoming regularity, and imagine – a full-bodied, full-throated French accent – and you can get a similar expression of misery that feels a lot closer of all the surprises that have accompanied thrill from the vocals of Aaron Tveit’s my screenings of Tarantino films over to bliss. Enjolras and Samantha Barks’ Éponine, the years, that one was quite possibly the despite the strange, throwaway nature least welcome. DJANGO UNCHAINED of their (Tony-lauded) roles here. 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ing on viewing two. That my All-Time Most Anticipated Movie Musical doesn’t crack the top 50 doesn’t mean I won’t eventually own it; we Les Mis die-hards are funny like that. And yes, I thought 100 movies from 2012 were less impressive than John Carter. Mock if you must. 61) American Reunion 62) Wanderlust 63) The Sessions 64) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 65) The Possession 66) Friends with Kids 67) The Five-Year Engagement 68) Act of Valor 69) Battleship 70) The Vow John Hawkes and Helen Hunt are amazing in The Sessions. It’s the movie itself I find overly cutesy and twee. That American Reunion was actually pretty good qualifies as one of 2012’s bigger surprises. I’m feeling the urge to see Five-Year Engagement again, strictly for Chris Pratt’s and Alison Brie’s scenes. Friends with Kids is a relationship comedy/drama featuring four Bridesmaids veterans, but it’s only about one-fourth as strong as Bridesmaids. (I saw it on DVD, as it’s not currently streaming. Surprise!) Oh yeah ... and I didn’t hate Battleship. I swear I’m not moonlighting as Taylor Kitsch’s agent. 71) Contraband 72) Haywire 73) Anna Karenina 74) Ted 75) The Deep Blue Sea 76) The Expendables 2 77) Dark Shadows 78) Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 79) Sinister 80) Moonrise Kingdom The Deep Blue Sea is glum and slow and veddy veddy British, but worth watching, once, for the performances of Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. For an astonishing Cirque experience, catch Dralion or Quidam instead. I’m glad the spook-fest Sinister made decent money, because for a movie of its type, it’s really not bad. I needed to see Moonrise Kingdom again to see if my initial, lukewarm-atbest feelings toward the movie had changed; they hadn’t. And I also, rather accidentally, wound up viewing Haywire a second time. It’s kind of blah. Awesome fight scenes, though. 81) Safe 82) Prometheus 83) The Avengers 84) The Woman in Black 85) Promised Land 86) Big Miracle 87) Chronicle 88) Man on a Ledge 89) The Amazing Spider-Man 90) Damsels in Distress “The Avengers at 83?! Come on!” Sorry. Just channeling my brother there. But yeah, I was underwhelmed with that and the new Spider-Man, so my childhood Marvel Comics Fan Club membership has probably been officially rescinded. The anti-fracking drama Promised Land is wishy-washy and underdeveloped, but 86-year-old Hal Holbrook sure looks incredible, doesn’t he? I’m still bummed at how unsatisfying the Alien prequel was, considering I stayed conscious for a midnight showing of the damned thing. Meanwhile, we Whit Stillman fans wait 13 years for a Last Days of Disco follow-up, and Damsels is what we get? Not fair. 91) Wreck-It Ralph 92) The Words 93) Total Recall 94) Django Unchained 95) Nitro Circus: The Movie 96) Hotel Transylvania 97) Joyful Noise 98) Katy Perry: Part of Me 99) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 100) Killing Them Softly I was totally psyched to see Andrew Dominik’s first movie since 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James ... , but I truly wish that movie wasn’t Killing Them Softly. Joyful Noise should almost definitely fall lower on the list, but those Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton numbers are lovely. I’ve decided that 90 minutes spent with the Nitro Circus gang and Katy Perry are about 60 too many for my tastes. As for Breaking Dawn, Part 2, it ranks nearly identically to where Part 1 did last year. They could’ve just combined them into one big-ass mediocre movie. 101) Frankenweenie 102) Mirror Mirror 103) What to Expect When You’re Expecting 104) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 105) For Greater Glory 106) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 107) Rock of Ages 108) Taken 2 109) Jiro Dreams of Sushi 110) Won’t Back Down The streamable Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about sushi preparation, and not half as fascinating as that sounds, if you can imagine. It might really be time to give the Diary and Madagascar sequels a rest, though I’d still welcome spin-offs featuring the former’s Rodrick and the latter’s squat little Edith Piaf clone. Viola Davis deserves far better than Won’t Back Down. (We all do.) Yup – I actually did prefer Hotel Transylvania to Frankenweenie. And Rock of Ages, I think, makes Les Misérables look like Citizen Kane. But, you know, a musical version of Kane. 111) Step Up Revolution 112) October Baby 113) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 114) Lockout 115) Red Tails 116) Paranormal Activity 4 117) People Like Us 118) The Man with the Iron Fists 119) Parental Guidance 120) Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection If Lockout didn’t have Guy Pearce, People Like Us didn’t have Michelle Pfeiffer, and Iron Fists didn’t have Russell Crowe, all those movies would drop 15 or 20 notches on the list. Tyler Perry keeps making noise about retiring Madea, which wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. (Frankly, neither would retiring the Paranormal and Step Up franchises.) Red Tails is actually a film I’m hoping gets remade, as its story deserves a much better presentation than the one it got. Oh, and apparently Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are big box office again. Have we collectively time-traveled to 1987? 121) The Raven 122) House at the End of the Street 123) Trouble with the Curve 124) Hitchcock 125) Ice Age: Continental Drift 126) Chernobyl Diaries 127) Underworld: Awakening 128) Premium Rush 129) Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds 130) Chasing Mavericks Hmm ... or maybe, given Good Deeds, Perry should consider retiring his characters who aren’t Madea ... ? Watching Clint in Curve was just slightly less embarrassing than watching him chat with the chair. Riding surfboards and bikes with no brakes has got to be more enjoyable than Chasing Mavericks and Premium Rush made those activities appear, right? As for Hitchcock, I caught it in the Chicago area on Christmas Eve, and am delighted that it hasn’t made its way to the Quad Cities. The movie’s so obvious and deathly bland that I have no interest whatsoever in reviewing it. 131) Jack Reacher 132) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 133) Playing for Keeps 134) Safe House 135) The Lucky One 136) Mansome 137) That’s My Boy 138) Resident Evil: Retribution

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139) Rise of the Guardians 140) A Thousand Words Mansome is a Morgan Spurlock documentary about male grooming techniques, and if you thought sushi was a dull subject for a doc ... . The Ghost Rider sequel may be the trashiest movie of the year, which is the only reason it doesn’t rank lower; it’s so trashy that it’s actually kind of impressive. Ruby Dee singlehandedly keeps A Thousand Words out of the bottom 10, and she’s only it in for five minutes. (She’s that great.) The Gerard Butler flick Playing for Keeps, meanwhile, is actually worse than its star, which doesn’t happen often. 141) Last Ounce of Courage 142) Alex Cross 143) This Means War 144) The Devil Inside 145) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 146) The Dictator 147) Silent Hill: Revelation 148) Chimpanzee 149) The Cold Light of Day 150) 2016: Obama’s America Hmm ... or maybe, given Alex Cross, Perry should just consider retiring his characters from other people’s movies ... ? I could’ve easily placed 2016 in the bottom 10, but Obama won, so why gloat? Please, God, let it never get worse for Tom Hardy (or Reese Witherspoon, or Chris Pine) than This Means War. Dr. Seuss should sue from the grave over The Lorax. The Dictator’s Sacha Baron Cohen redeemed his 2012 with his Les Mis turn ... barely. And rather than merely composing a bad review for Disneynature’s Chimpanzee, I wish throwing feces at it were an option. 151) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 152) One for the Money 153) Red Dawn 154) Wrath of the Titans 155) The Watch 156) Gone 157) The Odd Life of Timothy Green 158) The Collection 159) The Apparition 160) Project X The Collection, The Apparition ... do you notice a “shun”-ing theme in there? Gone deservedly was, within two weeks. A bunch of usually winning comics made The Watch, and happily, almost no one did watch. One for the Money’s Jason O’Mara was the answer to the burning question “Who does Katherine Heigl get when Gerard Butler’s not available?” Timothy Green was Disney’s other movie this year that deserved a face-full of feces. As for Project X? It marked the spot. The spot where all my hopes for the youth of America died.

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I’ve loved my fiancée deeply for her intelligence and beautiful personality since the day we met five years ago. However, I don’t think I was ever really attracted to her. In fact, lately, I’m increasingly repulsed by her. I hate her slouchy, tomboy-ish walk, and I’m turned off by her un-feminine manners. She constantly has pimples; her breath smells; and her lips are always dry and chapped. I go through the motions with her in bed, but it’s become very unsatisfying. In all fairness, she has a great body, beautiful eyes, and a beautiful smile, and I really do love her and feel absolutely horrendous for sounding so superficial. I could never actually cheat on her, but I’ve been having thoughts of it, and that alone makes me feel terrible. – Conflicted In any relationship, there’s an inevitable erosion in hot and steamy, but you’re with the wrong woman if your sex face could easily be mistaken for your standing-over-a-septic-leak face. Okay, so your fiancée could win inner-beauty contests, but beauty on the inside just isn’t enough unless you’ve been reincarnated as an endoscopy camera and sent on safari down her digestive tract. Then it wouldn’t matter that your favorite thing to do in bed is roll over and realize she’s away on business or that your sexual fantasies involve picturing her fully clothed, scribbling out a purchase order for a warehouse of zit cream. Looks are especially important when getting into a long-term relationship (especially the “’til death do us part” kind), because if you’re careful crossing the street, you’ll be spending a really long time looking at the person. The ultimate in well-intentioned cruelty is marrying somebody you aren’t attracted to and will come to despise as you find her increasingly physically repellant. You should instead figure out what your “type” is and only get together with someone who fits solidly into it. We all have a type – looks, smell, and behavior we’re drawn to. For some people, it spans a broader spectrum of humanity (and in some cases, farm animals). For others, the range is smaller, which is fine, as long as they accept that they’re narrowing their options – and don’t narrow them so far that the only woman they could ever go out with is Jessica Biel. The least hurtful thing you could do now

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would be to hop a bus back in time and sleep in on the morning you met your girlfriend. Barring an ability to bend the laws of physics, you should break up with her immediately. (Tell her the relationship just isn’t working for you anymore, not the whole ugly truth.) When you love a woman you aren’t also in lust with, you should resolve to love her only as a friend – same as you would some loyal hairy guy you know who’s also “beautiful on the inside.” Nothing comes between the two of you, either – save for the feeling that a roll in the hay with him would pale in eroticism to a roll in a river of cat vomit.

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At a Christmas party, a drunk man made a lewd comment to my wife. When she told me about it afterward, I got angry and told her I wanted to approach him and tell him not to disrespect her. She said that only crazy people do that and that she was sorry she’d even mentioned it. Isn’t demanding that he apologize to her the right thing to do? What man just lets this go? – The Husband Historically, men fought duels to defend a woman’s honor when her virginity was called into question. Just wondering: Is there any real worry that people at the Christmas party now suspect your wife has had sex after marriage? Sometimes you make a situation worse by taking action. This would be one of those times. The guy was drunk (which means you may have to remind him of what he said before demanding he apologize for saying it). He’s creeped on your wife only once; he hasn’t started following her around the supermarket, muttering that he’d like to jingle her bell. By chewing him out for what seems to have been a passing drunken incident, you would probably turn it into a lasting incident, creating lasting social discomfort for your wife. And as endearing as it is that you’re raring to go all Sir Lancelot on the guy, by showing your wife you can’t hold back, you’d likely cause her to hold back news of anything more emotionally charged than a spilled drink. Save your energy for offenses with a continuing negative effect, like the neighbors who leave their blindingly bright Christmas display up until Easter, making every moment you spend in your living room feel like a year being interrogated by the East German Secret Police.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Writing at io9.com, Charlie Jane Anders provides “10 Signs You Could Be the Chosen Savior.” Among the clues are the following: (1) “How often does someone come up to you on the street, point at you, gibber something inarticulate, and run away?” (2) “How many robot/clone duplicates of yourself have you come across?” (3) “Is there a blurry blackand-white photo or drawing from history that sort of looks like you?” (4) “Have you achieved weird feats that nobody could explain, but which nobody else witnessed?” Now would be a good time for you to take this test, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when your dormant superpowers may finally be awakening – a time when you might need to finally claim a role you’ve previously been unready for. (Read Anders’ article here: http://TinyURL.com/ AreYouChosen.) TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Dear Rob the Astrologer: I have a big question for you. If I could get access to a time machine, where would you suggest I should go? Is there a way to calculate the time and place where I could enjoy favorable astrological connections that would bring out the best in me? – Curious Taurus.” Dear Curious: Here are some locations that might be a good fit for you Tauruses right now: Athens, Greece, in 459 B.C.; Constantinople in 1179; Florence, Italy, in 1489; New York in 2037. In general, you would thrive wherever there are lots of bright people co-creating a lively culture that offers maximum stimulation. You need to have your certainties challenged and your mind expanded and your sense of wonder piqued. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will archaeologists find definitive evidence of the magical lost continent of Atlantis in 2013? Probably not. How about Shambhala, the mythical kingdom in Central Asia where the planet’s greatest spiritual masters are said to live? Any chance it will be discovered by Indiana Jones-style fortune hunters? Again, not likely. But I do think there’s a decent chance that some time in the next seven months, many of you Geminis will discover places, situations, and circumstances that will be, for all intents and purposes, magical and mythical. CANCER (June 21-July 22): There’s a spot in the country of Panama where you can watch the sun rise in the east over the Pacific Ocean. In another Panamanian location, you can see the sun set in the west over the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing weird is involved. Nothing twisted or unearthly. It’s simply a quirk of geography. I suspect that a similar situation will be at work in your life sometime soon. Things may seem out of place. Your sense of direction might be off-kilter, and even your intuition could seem to be playing tricks on you. But don’t worry. Have no fear. Life is simply asking you to expand your understanding of what “natural” and “normal” are. LEO (July 23-August 22): Metaphorically speaking, a pebble was in your shoe the whole past week. You kept thinking, “Pretty soon I’ve got to take a minute to get rid of that thing,” and yet you never did. Why is that? While it wasn’t enormously painful, it distracted you just enough to keep you from giving your undivided attention to the important tasks at hand. Now here’s a news flash: The damn pebble is still in your shoe. Can I persuade you to remove it? Please? VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Even when you know exactly what you want, it’s sometimes crucial for you not to accomplish it too fast. It may be that you need to mature more before you’re ready to handle your success. It could be that if you got all of your heart’s desire too quickly and easily, you wouldn’t develop the vigorous willpower that the quest was meant to help you forge. The importance of good timing can’t be underestimated, either: For you to take full advantage of your dream-cometrue, many other factors in your life have to be in place and arranged just so. With those thoughts in mind, Virgo, I offer you this prediction for 2013: A benevolent version of a perfect storm is headed your way. LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Artists who painted images in caves 30,000 years ago did a pretty good job of depicting the movements of four-legged animals such as horses. In fact, they were more skilled than today’s artists. Even the modern experts who illustrate animal anatomy textbooks don’t match the accuracy of the people who decorated cave walls millennia ago. So says a study reported in LiveScience.com (http://TinyURL. com/CaveArtMagic). I’d like to suggest this is a useful metaphor for you to consider, Libra. There’s some important task that the old you did better than the new you does. Now would be an excellent time to recapture the lost magic. SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): After evaluating your astrological omens for the coming months, I’ve decided to name you Scorpios the “Top Sinners of the Year” for 2013. What that means is that I suspect your vices will be more inventive and more charming than those of all the other signs. Your so-called violations may have the effect of healing some debilitating habit. In fact, your “sins” may not be immoral or wicked at all. They might actually be beautiful transgressions that creatively transcend the status quo; they might be imaginative improvements on the halfassed way that things have always been done. To ensure you’re always being ethical in your outlaw behavior, be committed to serving the greater good at least as much as your own selfish interests. SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: “Your mind just kept

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opening further and further during these past 12 months, Sagittarius – way beyond what I ever imagined possible. Congrats! Even as you made yourself more innocent and receptive than you’ve been in a long time, you were constantly getting smarter and sharpening your ability to see the raw truth of what was unfolding. Illusions and misleading fantasies did not appeal to you. Again, kudos!” CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): What does it mean when the dwarf planet Pluto impacts a key point in your horoscope? For Capricorn gymnast Gabby Douglas, it seemed to be profoundly empowering. During the time Pluto was close to her natal sun during last year’s Summer Olympics, she won two gold medals, one with her team and one by herself. Luck had very little to do with her triumph. Hard work, self-discipline, and persistence were key factors. I’m predicting that Pluto’s long cruise through the sign of Capricorn will give you an opportunity to earn a Gabby Douglas-like achievement in your own sphere – if, that is, you can summon the same level of willpower and determination that she did. Now would be an excellent time to formally commit yourself to the glorious cause that excites you the most. AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock,” said humorist Will Rogers. I hope you’ve been taking care of the “nice doggie” part, Aquarius – holding the adversarial forces and questionable influences at bay. As for the rock: I predict you will find it any minute now, perhaps even within an hour of reading this horoscope. Please keep in mind that you won’t necessarily have to throw the rock for it to serve its purpose. Merely brandishing it should be enough. PISCES (February 19-March 20): Do you know the word “cahoots”? Strictly speaking, it means to be in league with allies who have the same intentions as you do; to scheme and dream with confederates whose interests overlap with yours. Let’s expand that definition a little further and make it one of your central themes in the coming week. For your purposes, “cahoots” will signify the following: to conspire with like-minded companions as you cook up some healthy mischief or whip up an interesting commotion or instigate a benevolent ruckus. Homework: To check out my three-part audio forecasts of your destiny in 2013, go to http:// TinyURL.com/BigPicture2013.

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ACROSS 1. Surveys 6. Isle near Wales 10. Biscuit 15. Dog-paddled 19. Run through: 2 wds. 20. Easy gait 21. Posse 22. Diminish 23. Start of a quip by 68-Across: 5 wds. 26. “Thin Man” pooch 27. _ _ by the forelock 28. Dim 29. Outclassed 31. Dam in a stream 32. Minds 34. Capstone 35. A spice 39. More accurate 41. Improbable 43. Seat of a kind 46. MLB players 48. Part 2 of quip: 4 wds. 51. Sprayed with a repellent 52. Yikes! 54. Mauna _ 55. Tutee 56. Cuttlefish output 57. Baby eel 59. Detective Monk’s wife 61. Oily fish 62. Signal 63. Fawn 64. Germanic deity 65. Blacken on a grill 66. Box-office notice 68. Speaker of the quip: 2 wds. 72. Sports org. 74. Containers 76. Potter’s creation 77. County in Ohio 79. Cable channel 81. Persona non _ 83. One cubic meter 85. Mont _ 86. Hydro 87. Develop 88. Sea dog

89. Smart aleck’s specialty 90. Of a wood 92. Part 3 of quip: 4 wds. 96. Genuine 98. You bet! 99. Quantity of hair 100. Sends out 102. Stippled 103. Genus of maples 105. Of an early Frank 107. Rich soil 109. Horse of a certain color 111. Pear type 112. Abyssinia, at present 117. Son of Isaac 118. End of the quip: 4 wds. 122. Load 123. Regularity 124. Jackknife 125. Proxy 126. Interlaced design 127. Ending for tele 128. Old Hebrew measure 129. Sink DOWN 1. Tap-in 2. DOL org. 3. Emblem of Wales 4. Loss leader 5. Joined a certain way: Hyph. 6. Tropical resin 7. Charles _ Darwin 8. Stock-launch abbr. 9. Just discovered 10. Very fine 11. Stengel of baseball 12. Scrap 13. _ degree 14. Scrutinize 15. Throe 16. Dustbin cousin: 2 wds. 17. Commedia dell’_ 18. Honey drink 24. Attack 25. Bookplate 30. Overshadow 33. Remained in force 35. Customary, in linguistics

36. Ringed planet 37. Event for a hero: 3 wds. 38. “Simpsons” bartender 40. Thunder 42. Far and _ 44. The devil, mostly 45. Bruise of a kind 47. Disconnect 49. Brief endorsement 50. Earthling 53. Microorganism 58. Wine vat material 59. A pronoun 60. “When in _ ...” 64. Lift for skiers: Hyph. 65. Membrane 67. _ Hebrides 69. Stave off 70. Fish sometimes smoked or pickled 71. Boorish 73. Current unit 75. Wailing spirit 78. Avoiding waste 80. Beat 81. Earl _ tea 82. Tear apart 83. Kind of British gun 84. Panzers 85. Something for angling 89. Xylophone relative 91. Roleplay 93. Noble’s domain 94. Serfdom 95. “The Plain People” 97. It borders British Columbia 101. Windsock 104. Bottle for oil 106. Dogpatch denizen 108. Torte anagram 109. Personal interest 110. Eskers 113. Last tsar’s daughter 114. Chirp 115. McKellen and McShane 116. Chips at stake 119. Wrath 120. Old bug bane 121. Vigor

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Avey Brothers Blues Jam -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL Break the Cycle - Dissident Revolution - The Demographic -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

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Charles Murphy -The Lucky Frog Bar and Grill, 313 N Salina St McCausland, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Just Chords -Harrington’s Pub, 2321 Cumberland Dr Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Lewis Knudsen (noon) - Raise the Roof Thursday (6pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Mixology - Super Soul Session -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA 2013/01/11 (Fri)

ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show -V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Bob Dorr & the Blue Band -The Hub, 402 Main St Cedar Falls, IA Charles Murphy -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA

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Charley Hayes (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Comfort - Haddon?eld - Razors -RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Davina & the Vagabonds - Busted Chandeliers -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA FBS - Fairhaven - The Easy Mark - No Punk Influences - The Suites (6pm) -The Back Door, 6128 Airport Rd. Moline, IA Franti Project - Rude Punch -Bent River Brewing Company - Rock Island, 512 24th St. Rock Island, IL Funktastic Five -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA Hold On Band -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kent Burnside Band -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Larry Boyd -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Live Lunch w/ Tony Hoeppner (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Louis Left -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Natural Mystic -Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Coffeehouse -First Lutheran Church - Rock Island, 1600 20th St. Rock Island, IL Rascal Flatts - The Band Perry -i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr Moline, IL Rob Cimmarusti Benefit: Tripmaster Monkey Reunion Show - Einstein’s Sister - The Dawn - 3 Years Hollow -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Rob Dahms -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA

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Russ Reyman Trio (5:30pm) - Justin Morrissey & Friends (8pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Smooth Groove -Edje Nightclub at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, I-280 & Hwy 92 Rock Island, IL Tangent -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) -The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Tony Hamilton Orchestra -Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA 2013/01/12 (Sat) Cross Creek Karaoke -Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickor y Grove Rd. Davenport, IA Crossroads -Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave. Davenport, IA Dennis McMurrin -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Firesale - Fairhaven - The Fiyah - Two Peace -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Gray Wolf Band -Greenbriar Restaurant and Lounge, 4506 27th St Moline, IL Guy Drollinger -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Hi-Fi - The Working Class - Radio Face -Dugout Spor ts Complex, 3504 Hickory Grove Road Davenport, IA Hold On Band -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Justin Morrissey & Drunken Angels -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA

ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Barlowe & James (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Charles Murphy -Red Baron Bar & Dance Club, 62 16th Ave. SW Cedar Rapids, IA Crazy Bad -Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr. Davenport, IA

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Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kings CD Release Show - Straight Up Dividing the Masses - Hello, Ramona (6pm) -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Keith Soko (noon) Songwriters’ All-Original Open Mic (3pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Lynn Allen -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Mercury Brothers -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Night People -Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA No Pomo - Textbook Punk - Alex Body - Grave Posture -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA North of 40 -Mulligan’s Valley Pub, 310 W 1st Ave Coal Valley, IL Open Mic Night -Downtown Central Perk, 226 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Rakim - BURNTmd - Maxilla Blue - DJ GMJ -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar (7pm) -Phoenix, 111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA Saturday Jazz Brunch w/ the Brett Wahlberg Trio -Mama Compton’s, 1725 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL Smooth Groove -Edje Nightclub at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, I-280 & Hwy 92 Rock Island, IL Squids Beard - Steve Grismore Trio -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA The Harris Collection -Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA Wicked Porcelain -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Bootleggers Sports Bar, 2228 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Five Bridges Jazz Band (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel Davenport, IA Jason Carl Unplugged (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Kelly Joe Phelps -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA Sioux City Pete & the Beggars - Slut River - Centaur Noir -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA 2013/01/14 (Mon)

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Area Code -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Avey Brothers Blues Jam -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Mixology - Garage Rock Night -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -East Village Cafe, 1104 Jersey Ridge Rd. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA The Felice Brothers - Terrible -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA 2013/01/18 (Fri)

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Quad City Kix Band -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA

Southern Thunder Karaoke & DJ -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL The Harris Collection -Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA

Tuesday Night Dance Party -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
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Jam Session w/ Ben Soltau -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Jason Carl & Friends -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Julian Lage -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA

Karaoke Night -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

The Blushing Gun -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. J-ERRA - T-Byrd - Natividad - Chandla Rock Island, IL

Joe & Vicki Price @ The Muddy Waters – January 18

Live Lunch w/ Chris Dunn (noon) - RME Open Mic & Jam (6:30pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Boozie’s Bar & Grill, 114 1/2 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Shiloh Terry -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Teller Karaoke -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL The Old 57’s (6pm) - Karaoke King (9:30pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Wasted Wednesday: DJ Pat - Darius Bowie - DJ Sweets - DJ Phatswagg -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2013/01/17 (Thu)

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ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Area Code -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show -V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Buckshot -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Bucktown Revue -Nighswander Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave Davenport, IA Charles Murphy -Doc’s Inn Bar & Grill, 985 Avenue of the Cities Silvis, IL Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Firesale - Two Peace - The Fast Clydes -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA

Murda Mook - G. Nice -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Joe & Vicki Price -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA John Heasly -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Jordan Danielsen (6pm) -Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr. Davenport, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA

The Main Squeeze - Louis Left -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Travis LeDoyt: A Tribute to Elvis -Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway Bettendorf, IA 2013/01/19 (Sat)

Minus Six -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Night People (6:30pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Pat Willis & Rich Wilcox -Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA Powell -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Rob Dahms (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Terry & the Loan Sharks -Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd. Davenport, IA The Harris Collection -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA

ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Area Code -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Back to School Bash -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Charles Murphy -Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill, 2130 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Cross Creek Karaoke -Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickor y Grove Rd. Davenport, IA Crossroads -The Office, 305 3rd St Sherrard, IL Free Energy - The Multiple Cat Chrash -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

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Funktastic Five -Mulligan’s Valley Pub, 310 W 1st Ave Coal Valley, IL Holly’s Buddies (5pm) - Simon Says Uncle (9pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Human Aftertaste - The Peach Pies -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Jordan Danielsen (6pm) -Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr. Davenport, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Ken Paulsen Orchestra -Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA Nebula Was -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -Downtown Central Perk, 226 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Papa Neptune -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Propaganda -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Red Rock Hill -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar (7pm) -Phoenix, 111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA Saturday Jazz Brunch w/ the Brett Wahlberg Trio -Mama Compton’s, 1725 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL Smooth Groove -Davenport RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St Davenport, IA The Big Dance: Preliminaries (11:30am) -Holzworth Performing Arts Center, Davenport North High School, 626 W. 53rd St. Davenport, IA The Big Dance: Finals (7:30pm) -Holzworth Per forming Arts Center, Davenport North High School, 626 W. 53rd St. Davenport, IA The Fry Daddies (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL The Recliners -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Bootleggers Sports Bar, 2228 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Daddy Mack Blues Band (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Please and Thank You’s - Kitty Hawk - Comfort -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Terry Hanson Ensemble (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel Davenport, IA 2013/01/21 (Mon)

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ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Open Mic w/ J. Knight -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA 2013/01/22 (Tue)

ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA

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Mandolin Junction -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA

Open Mic Night -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Open Mic w/ Jordan Danielsen -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA

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Southern Thunder Karaoke & DJ -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL The Harris Collection -Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA The Olsen Twinns - TIRES - Alien Tech -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA

C.J. the DJ -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

Avey Brothers -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA

Tuesday Night Dance Party -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
2013/01/23 (Wed)

Band DuJour (6pm) - Karaoke King (9:30pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Burlington Street Bluegrass Band -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Jam Session w/ Ben Soltau -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Jason Carl & Friends -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA

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Charles Murphy -The Lucky Frog Bar and Grill, 313 N Salina St McCausland, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Jazz Jam w/ the North Scott Jazz Combo -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Mixology - Super Soul Session -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA 2013/01/25 (Fri)

Karaoke Night -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Open Mic Night -Boozie’s Bar & Grill, 114 1/2 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA RME Open Mic & Jam (6:30pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Shiloh Terry -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Teller Karaoke -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Wasted Wednesday: DJ Pat - Darius Bowie - DJ Sweets - DJ Phatswagg -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2013/01/24 (Thu)

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Rascal Flatts @ i wireless center – January 11
Deja vu Rendezvous featuring The Beaker Brothers Band -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Emanations Series Part XIII: Quad Cities Avant Garde -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Evergreen Grass Band -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Illinois John Fever -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Ivory & Gold w/ Jeff & Anne Barnhart - Richard Dowling - Chase Garrett - Morgan Siever -Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Ave Muscatine, IA Jerry Beauchamp -Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Rachel Schuldt (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Luv Handles (5:30pm) - North of 40 (8pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Lynn Allen -Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, 2818 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA Natural Mystic -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA Night Light -Bleyart’s Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Phyllis & the Sharks -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Piano Fondue -Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr. Davenport, IA Rob Dahms (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Roy Wood Jr. Band aka Pieces of Candy -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA

THURSDAY

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA

ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show -V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Buddy Olson -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Cherry Gunn -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Cobalt Blue -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA David G. Smith (noon) -Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Bettendorf, IA

Tronicity -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

Wild Belle - Ramona Falls - Milk & Eggs -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2013/01/26 (Sat)

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ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA

Barlowe & James (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Charles Murphy -Ducky ’s Lagoon, 13515 78th Ave Andalusia, IL Cherry Gunn (7:30 & 10:30pm) -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Community Drum Circle (10:30am) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd. Davenport, IA Crossroads -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA Dustin Busch -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Iowa City Yacht Club 10th Anniversary Party: Dead Larry - Item 9 & the Mad Hatters - Zeta June - American Honey - Mumfords - John June Year - Velcro Moxie - Unnamed Acoustic - HomeGrown - Bad Intentions (3pm) -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Ivory & Gold w/ Jeff & Anne Barnhart - Richard Dowling - Chase Garrett - Morgan Siever -Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Ave Muscatine, IA J. Knight -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Jazz w/ Jim -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kenny Wayne Shepherd -Riverside Casino Event Center, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Locust Street Boys (5pm) -Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Ave Muscatine, IA Lovedogs -Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar & Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave. Davenport, IA

Lynn Allen -Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, 2818 N. Brady St.,. Davenport, IA

Nikki Hill - 3 on the Tree -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

North of 40 -Greenbriar Restaurant and Lounge, 4506 27th St Moline, IL O.S.G. -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Open Mic Night -Downtown Central Perk, 226 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Past Masters -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Richard Dowling (1:30pm) -Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave. Muscatine, IA Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar (7pm) -Phoenix, 111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA Saturday Jazz Brunch w/ the Brett Wahlberg Trio -Mama Compton’s, 1725 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL Smooth Groove -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL The Bob Clark Combo -Knights of Columbus Hall - Galesburg, 1556 E Freemont St Galesburg, IL 2013/01/27 (Sun)

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Anthony Catalfano Quartet (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel Davenport, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Bootleggers Sports Bar, 2228 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Doc Anderson’s “Back in the (Sun)Day” Party (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Ivory & Gold w/ Jeff & Anne Barnhart (2pm) -Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave. Muscatine, IA Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

A Community Celebration and Musical Tribute to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday January 19, 2013 Centennial Hall

| 6 p.m.

Augustana College and the Dr. King Celebration Committee invite members of the Quad-Cities community to join us for our annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we celebrate the legacy of this great leader through powerful speakers, music and dance. Special performers include the Community Gospel Chorus, The Westbrook Singers, Augustana’s Gospel Choir, and The Truth Temple Praise Dancers. Sending delivered by the Rev. Dwight Ford, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Director.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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