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River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 20 No. 824 • February 21 - March 6, 2013

Business • Politics • Arts • Culture • Now You Know • RiverCitiesReader.com

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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR

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Knowledge Is Power
and communism – all of which enjoy a few Haves that control the property and labor of the remaining Have-Nots. This profound distinction is what has compelled people to immigrate to America after we won the Revolutionary War and secured our liberty from the British crown. Throughout American history (all 200-plus years of it), our governance has been called “the grand experiment” because nothing like it had ever before been achieved. I believe the Bill of Rights retains a divine component, in that it mirrors the reverence for God’s creation – mankind – by declaring each and every individual equal under the law. This nod to Natural Law is what sets America’s republic apart from all others. The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights clearly establish that every individual has “unalienable” rights endowed by the Creator. This means that certain rights are ours simply because we are God’s creation, regardless of whether a government does or does not exist. The Bill of Rights establishes, with specificity, what rights no government may infringe or violate. In other words, the provisions of the founding documents are specific instructions on what government can and cannot do. This is in stark contrast to the more prevalent thinking today, that these documents are here to govern the people. People in America live in one of 50 states, and via state constitutions we delegate to the 50 state governments limited authority to act on we the people’s behalf, not the other way around. In turn, the 50 states grant limited authority to the federal government to act on the 50 states’ behalf. It is a bottom-up, upside-down-pyramid form of governance, starting with individuals (regardless of the state he/she lives in) as the fundamental authority, funneling upward to the counties, then to the states, and finally to the federal government, which is given the least amount of authority in the end. Clearly, under this scenario, we the people, through sheer laziness and a destructive lack of civic participation, have allowed our republic to become utterly perverted. Adding to this devastating apathy is the deliberate dumbing-down of our children concerning academic subjects, such as American history and political science. The difference between a democracy and a republic has been quietly and carefully culled from many schools’ curricula. Furthermore, constitutional law (a.k.a.

by Kathleen McCarthy km@rcreader.com

t is glaringly obvious that the tragedy surrounding the Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, shootings is being grossly objectified to achieve a political agenda of disarming Americans. I am no lover of weapons. In fact, I abhor any violence, including the disgraceful warfare the United States is currently engaged in. I despise the weakness that characterizes our lack of civic will in the 21st Century to hold our governments accountable for perpetuating both warfare and welfare upon the people. We are truly a pack of sheep when it comes to preserving our legacy as a republic governed by the rule of law. Let’s be crystal clear, folks: America was not founded as a democracy. America was founded as a republic. There is a huge difference that needs clarification – again. Democracy is rule by the majority or, better stated, mob rule. What the majority decides goes. In a republic governed by the rule of law, every individual’s rights are specifically protected on a case-by-case basis. In other words, the minority is not subjected to the whims of the majority. Laws decide, not men. It is a failsafe against the tyranny that characterized the British monarchy, and just about every despotic form of government, including fascism, socialism,

contract law) is an elective in most law schools, not a requirement. Much more instruction is devoted to administrative and statutory law because in this realm lies the contrived authority by which we are all being systematically enslaved. Listen and count how many times you hear the mainstream pundits, politicians, and academics refer to American governance as a democracy and not a republic. It’s exhaustive. The distinction is being eliminated from our national identity for a reason. As long as we hold individual rights as sacrosanct, as our republic under the rule of common law does most specifically, no global agenda can prevail in America. Each of us must accept that disarming Americans is one of the crucial elements for globalization to succeed. Once we acknowledge the real end game, then we can see this strategic manipulation of the Second Amendment for what it really is – consensus-building. Getting the public’s buy-in for altering the Second Amendment via legislation and rule-making by executive orders, instead of a proper constitutional amendment, expedites political goals versus any real solutions to

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ILLINOIS POLITICS

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Governor’s Bad Week Includes Horrible Polls, Key Departure
the office wasn’t worth much. And it doesn’t take a political scientist to see that Quinn could very well be doomed next time around. He barely won in 2010, mainly because he convinced voters that his heart was in the right place. But after four years on the job, the public still intensely dislikes him. The Simon Institute’s recent poll pegged his job-approval rating at just 32.8 percent. Other polls have shown even worse numbers. Anyway, back to last week’s big announcement by Simon. Usually with these sorts of announcements, some sort of groundwork is done beforehand. A newspaper is given a tip, for instance. Top insiders are told what to expect. That didn’t happen this time, though. I’d told my subscribers several days before that Simon was planning to run for another office and that Quinn was rumored to be looking for an African-American running mate, but that didn’t come directly from inside. Some top Quinn staffers were completely caught off-guard by last week’s announcement, which just fueled the fires. So the mainstream media wasn’t kind, and the poll’s timing didn’t help matters much. The fact that Quinn didn’t appear with Simon at her announcement further underscored the curiosity of the whole thing. Word from inside is that Simon told Quinn back in December that she had set her sights on comptroller. But she reportedly assumed that Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka would be retiring. Not happening. So, treasurer – which will be an open seat contest if incumbent Republican Dan Rutherford pulls the trigger on a gubernatorial bid – is now on the radar screen, as well as attorney general if incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan tries to move up to governor. For Quinn, though, last week was a low point. Three straight polls have now shown him doing poorly against Attorney General Madigan. His 2010 running mate abruptly announces that she’s abandoning him without even knowing where she’ll land. And he’s left to face reporters alone on what should have been a major news day for him. This was, to say the least, not an auspicious beginning for Quinn’s reelection effort. Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily political newsletter) and CapitolFax.com.

Quinn usually does a pretty good job during his press conferences of convincing reporters to wait to ask off-topic questions until all questions about the subject at hand have been asked. Last week was no exception. Quinn was holding a presser with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss her conditional approval allowing Illinois to move forward with an online health-insurance exchange – a major step toward implementing the president’s national health-care plan. “You could get caught by stray bullets,” Quinn jokingly warned the folks who had gathered with him to make the announcement. “You don’t have to be part of the firing squad,” he added with a laugh. He knew what was coming. Earlier in the morning, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute had released a poll showing that Quinn was badly trailing Lisa Madigan in a hypothetical primary matchup. By midmorning, the late Senator Simon’s daughter, Sheila, had announced that she wouldn’t be running with Quinn again. Simon’s aides said she didn’t know about the poll from her father’s think tank, but the irony wasn’t lost on those of us who watch these things. Sheila Simon was chosen by Quinn after Democratic primary voters made the mistake of nominating a pawn broker with a rather “colorful” past by the name of Scott Lee Cohen. After details of Cohen’s alleged assault of a massage-therapist girlfriend emerged, Cohen dropped out of the race. Quinn didn’t pick Simon for her political acumen. She lost a Carbondale mayor’s race that pretty much everybody thought was in the bag. Instead, she was chosen mainly for her name. The governor still idolizes Senator Simon, and that name is still held in high esteem among older Democrats. Sheila Simon, however, seemed to chafe at times under Quinn’s leadership. Quinn demanded too much control of her budget. She had to fight for every dime, every hire, every square inch of office space. As with most of her predecessors, Simon found that

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The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, February 9 at the Adler Theatre
reiterations of the “Somewhere” thematic fragment, the orchestra brought Bernstein’s masterful score to a sensitive close. After a breathholding pause, the clearly moved audience gave Smith and the orchestra an appreciative standing ovation in the middle of the first half. Ending the orchestra’s portion of the concert was a carefully shaped and properly nuanced “Waltz” from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Smith and the orchestra clearly demarcated the two main thematic structural components and the rhythmic variations in their performance. The intricate interplay between the strings and woodwinds was buoyant and playful. The accents in the trumpet solo, although unmarked, were performed with tonal clarity in the correct traditional manner, with stresses on alternating primary and syncopated beats. The general accelerando in the last section of the piece, typically inserted when performed without dancers, was well-measured in tempo and ensemble dynamics, and opened the musical door for the powerful restatements of thematic sequences in the trombones and tuba that brought the dance to an exciting and decisive end. A famous Pops conductor once said: “A symphony orchestra is the largest, most complex acoustically designed instrument yet invented. But add one microphone, and it all goes to hell.” And that was, in part, the problem for Five by Design. Singing the songs of the Second World War swing era, vocal clarity, part balance, and intonation proved to be elusive most of the evening. It might have been different in the rest of the hall, but from where I sat in the balcony, poor sound quality made the close harmony difficult to hear clearly. Uneven volume between the singers obscured the melody within the tight vocal sound. Less-interesting harmonic parts of Lerner & Loewe’s “Almost Like Being in Love,” for example, were louder than the elegant melodic sequences of

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e do silly things for love. This must be one of them. In what Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith termed a “fun experiment” at his February 7 “Inside the Music” lecture, the Quad City Symphony, for its “Valentine’s Day” Masterworks concerts, replaced classical-music repertoire for half of the program with tunes from the 1940s sung by a five-member swing group. Last year, we got Scheherazade; this year, we got the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The orchestra was the opening act, performing Berlioz’s arrangement of Carl Maria von Weber’s Invitation to the Dance, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz” from Swan Lake. During the second half, the orchestra served as backup band for vocal group Five by Design, which performed a variety of old-time pop selections including, among others, “Night & Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “The Trolley Song,” “Mairzy Doats,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.” I enjoy all kinds of music, and symphony orchestras have long attempted to attract new audiences by blending popular and classical music in their Pops concerts. Simply put, the swing music on the February program belonged in a Pops concert, and it diminished the Quad City Symphony’s Masterworks series – whose traditional forms and repertoire are my balms against the temporal superficiality of what Mahler called “a garish world.” The musical mismatch in conception was exacerbated in the February 9 Adler Theatre concert by the artistic disparity between the orchestra and vocal group, both in technical execution and ability to evoke an emotional response. Even judged only in its genre, Five by Design could not match the performance standard of the orchestra. The musical highlight of the evening was the orchestra’s dramatic and compelling performance of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances. It’s easily among the most demanding Broadway pit scores

Five by Design
ever written, and the composer’s revised arrangement of dance excerpts for symphony orchestra strengthened both the complexity of the musical ideas and the raw impact of the drama. Smith and the orchestra threw themselves into the effort with intensity and musical insight. The conductor’s contrasting dance tempos, critical for differentiating the rhythmic styles of each section, were spot-on, and his interpretive intuition with the piece’s popular-music styles made the performance captivating and musically exciting. Giving the Bernstein tempos the right texture and character was an expanded six-player percussion section that drove the complicated, pulsating Latin rhythms with flair and technical mastery without burying the orchestra. The “Cha-Cha” had a fanciful feel, and the attention players gave by accenting important notes added charm and affability to the dance. In the “Rumble,” where the musical tension is found in tightly wound imitations of a single tune, the orchestra was perfectly together, making for a hair-raising musical fight of its own. With its wailing trumpets and smearing trombones, and the players emphatically shouting “Mambo!”, the orchestra, in a flat-out jazz chorus, rocked the Adler. And then, suddenly, in an extreme change of character, they produced the haunting “Finale.” With translucent, delicately balanced high string chords, beautifully effective dissonant notes in the woodwinds, and the fading

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Oscar-a-a-aziness

COVER STORY

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Analyzing the Trickiest Categories (and They’re Big Ones) in the 2013 Academy Awards Race
on’t tell anyone. But usually, when it comes to predicting the winners of the Academy Awards’ major races, it doesn’t take much to look like you know what you’re talking about. There are, after all, a number of pre-Oscar citations doled out in the weeks leading to the annual ceremony, and several of them are even televised, so you not only get to see who and what wins, but get to see how well, or not well, the choices sit with probable Oscar voters. (I remember the writing being on the wall for Avatar’s eventual Best Picture loss when it received the top prize at the Golden Globe Awards, and the faces of those in the room – except for the people at James Cameron’s table – suggested that everyone had swallowed sour milk.) Oscar precedent is also generally reliable. More often than not, the film with the most or second-most nominations in total has the best chance to win Best Picture; the winner of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) prize will go on to win the Best Director Oscar; an admired but thus-far Oscar-less performer has a better chance at victory than someone who previously won an Academy Award; et cetera. But considering that so many precursor awards in this year’s race have gone to an individual not in contention for a particular Oscar, and several historical precedents simply don’t apply, trust me: Those who claim to know what they’re talking about are totally faking it. Sure, there are some done deals, as only a fool would bet against Lincoln’s Daniel DayLewis for Best Actor or Les Misérables’ Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress. But in all the years I’ve been attempting this – and because I’ve been a film geek since childhood, we’re talking more than 30 years now – I’ve never felt so insecure about my guesses in an Oscar race’s most high-profile categories, and from what I glean among other Oscar bloggers and journalists, I’m hardly alone in this. For Pete’s sake, I feel more confident about my pick for Best Live-Action Short Subject than I do for Best Director, and I don’t feel confident about my Live-Action Short Subject pick at all. (Then again, does anyone ever feel confident about that one?) With so many factors making the 2013 Academy Awards race so unpredictable – and consequently so exciting – let’s take a closer look at four categories that are traditionally among the easier ones to accurately forecast but that, this year, are now causing me to lose sleep. Which is actually an overstatement, as I’m sleeping

Argo Fête Yourself

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2013 Oscar Predictions

s I only predicted 15 out of 24 categories correctly for the previous Academy Awards, obviously I have some making up to do for my prognostic abilities to again be taken seriously. Of all freakin’ times to attempt a comeback ... ! Seriously, this is one of those wacky, anomalous years in which nearly anything could happen at the annual Oscar ceremony. (This year’s is scheduled to air locally on ABC’s WQAD-TV affiliate on Sunday, February 24, beginning at 7 p.m.). Argo could win the big prize despite its lack of a Best Director nod, or it could be shut out entirely. (I’m guessing the former.) Lincoln could sweep, or it could be relegated to one lone win from 12 nominations. (Sadly, I’m guessing the latter.) Silver Linings Playbook could score in numerous categories because – like 2011’s

The Artist and 2010’sThe King’s Speech – it has producer and legendary Oscar hunter Harvey Weinstein on its side, or it ... . Hmm. Maybe I should’ve given the Weinstein thing more consideration before making these predictions. Alas, the predictions have been made, and in boldface no less, so I guess there’s no turning back now. I urge you to employ caution if you’re planning to use them for your office’s annual Oscar pool. And you may as well flip a coin on Best Supporting Actor. Preferably a five-sided coin.

Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty At present, Ben Affleck is so beloved in the industry that he probably could’ve directed that tacky, sci-fi script-within-the-script version of Argo and it still would’ve won Best Picture.

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST PICTURE

Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi

Michael Haneke, Amour Ang Lee, Life of Pi David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild Though if, through some miracle, this award’s presenter exclaims, “And the Oscar goes to ... Ben Affleck!”, I won’t be the least bit surprised.

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fine ... but only because my attempts to make logical sense of this year’s competition are exhausting me.

Best Picture and Director

Theoretically, predicting 2013’s Best Picture winner should be easy, as Ben Affleck’s rescue thriller Argo has already won pretty much every pre-Oscar signifier that one points to when attempting to guess that category. Scratch that: It’s won every single one. Best Picture at the Critics Choice Awards (CCA) and Golden Globes. Best Picture from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), the organization whose top prize first hinted that The King’s Speech might triumph over presumed favorite The Social Network, as it eventually did. Best Director from the DGA, which has a strong track record for picking winners; over the group’s 64-year history, the DGA victor’s film was awarded the Best Picture Oscar 51 times. Best Ensemble from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), acknowledgment that might not be a Best Picture equivalent but certainly didn’t hurt when forecasting wins – over the past 10 years alone – for The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men, Crash, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Chicago. And on February 10, Best Picture from the British Academy of Film & Television Arts

(BAFTA), its recent previous victors being With no Affleck in the Best Director 2011’s The Artist, 2010’s The King’s Speech, race, Lincoln’s Steven Spielberg now has a 2009’s The Hurt Locker, 2008’s Slumdog completely legitimate chance to snag his Millionaire ... . Are you sensing a trend here? third triumph in that category. Lincoln star Add to all of this Argo’s numerous prizes Daniel Day-Lewis, we all have to admit, from national is a sure-fire critics’ groups, victor-to-be – its sensational even though domestic grosses he’d be the first ($124 million as performer in of the February history to boast 8 weekend, three Best Actor when the film wins – and re-entered the Tommy Lee box-office top-10 Jones, who rankings 18 weeks won the SAG after it debuted), award for his the considerable Ben Affleck directs Alan Arkin in Argo Thaddeus goodwill Stevens generated by co-producers Affleck and portrayal, is a solid bet for Supporting George Clooney, and the fact that it’s a Actor. If Tony Kushner’s deservedly lauded movie in which Hollywood professionals script gets the majority of votes for Adapted help save the day, and guessing Argo for the Screenplay, and all of those aforementioned Best Picture Academy Award would seem potentials get checked off on Academy a classic no-brainer prediction. There’s members’ ballots, doesn’t a Best Picture just o-o-one little hitch: Affleck, as most victory for Lincoln suddenly seem not just everyone knows, was denied a Best Director conceivable but nearly inevitable? (The nomination, and over the Oscars’ 84-year movie, after all, did lead the field with 12 history, only three movies – 1989’s Driving Oscar nominations compared to Argo's Miss Daisy, 1932’s Grand Hotel, and 1927’s seven.) Wings (the very first Best Picture winner) Or how about this: Life of Pi doesn’t have – have been handed the top prize despite a any acting nominees, and David Magee’s dissed director. divisive script probably won’t net him a Best Consider, too, this very plausible scenario:

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Adapted Screenplay Oscar. But that leaves good. Sometimes that helps. 10 other categories that the movie is strongly competitive in – even against Adele’s Best Original Song hopeful “Skyfall” – and if voters go for Pi in, say, even three to five tech categories and Best Director, is Best Picture Occasionally, when your choice is between really such a longshot? And what if Jennifer apples and oranges, you pick bananas. Lawrence, Robert De Niro, writer/director Among this year’s Best Actress lineup, David O. Russell, and even editor Jay Cassidy one could easily argue for a victory by either all win, as they conceivably could? Would Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain or Silver anyone be surprised at a subsequent Best Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence, as Picture victory for Silver Linings Playbook? Chastain won the CCA, Lawrence won at (Those rooting for SAG, and Golden remaining contenders Globes – awarded Amour, Beasts of in the categories of the Southern Wild, both “Drama” and Django Unchained, Les “Comedy or Musical” Misérables, and Zero – were given to both Dark Thirty should of them. (They also just relax and enjoy the made a close split party.) of national critics’ With more hesitation award citations: than I perhaps should 15 for Chastain, Life of Pi director Ang Lee be feeling, I’m sticking 13 for Lawrence.) with Argo for the big prize ... but that Consequently, this would seem an incredibly hesitation remains. And with practically tight race between the two performers, and it nothing to go on regarding who might secure is one. But I’m thinking that in this category, Best Director – Affleck’s direction having voters might be inclined go a little bananas, won the CCA, Globe, DGA, and BAFTA and instead back an option who wasn’t trophies – I’m bypassing Spielberg in favor even nominated for a Globe or SAG Award: of Life of Pi’s Ang Lee. The way I see it, one Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva. (The Impossible’s of them is going to emerge victorious, if only Naomi Watts and Beasts of the Southern because history tells us that one of them has Wild’s nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis fall to: No helmer who has missed out on a DGA under the “It’s a thrill just to be nominated” nomination has ever gone on to win the Best blanket and, given the down-to-the-wire Director Oscar, and this year, Silver Linings’ tension of this year’s Best Actress race, might Russell, Amour’s Michael Haneke, and Beasts be feeling just fine about that.) of the Southern Wild’s Forget, if you will, Benh Zeitlin were that Riva is a certified all ignored by the acting legend (albeit Directors Guild. a French acting That leaves us with legend) whom older Spielberg and Lee as Academy members, our options, and I’m and film-savvy going with the latter younger ones, will because of (a) Life fondly remember of Pi being a clear from the 1959 classic director’s showcase Hiroshima, Mon Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva (An untrained lead! Amour. Forget that CGI animals! 3D ... but good 3D!) over the Riva’s portrayal of a once-vibrant senior actors’ and writer’s showcase that is Lincoln; debilitated by a pair of strokes is one of (b) residual guilt over Lee losing the Best the year’s most acclaimed, winning the Director Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden star Best Actress laurels from the National Dragon despite his DGA win for that film; (c) Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film residual guilt over Lee’s Brokeback Mountain Critics Association, and London Critics Circle. losing Best Picture to Crash despite its victory Forget that the Cannes Film Festival Palm being all but preordained; and (d) the feeling d’Or-winning Amour – despite Oscar odds that, as the most successful filmmaker in the generally stacked against foreign-language universe, Spielberg has already been rewarded titles and the movie’s minimal, specialty-film quite amply for the time being. Oh, yeah ... Continued On Page 14 and Life of Pi, like Lincoln, is awfully damned

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DANCE

By Thom White

Hoofin’ It

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Ballet Quad Cities’ Love Stories: Love on the Run, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
hile bearing the same title as 2012’s Valentine’s Day-themed performance, Ballet Quad Cities’ 2013 Love Stories: Love on the Run – held on February 16 – offered several new short pieces along with “Newsflash,” one of my favorites from last year’s presentation. And Saturday night’s entertainment delivered a mixture of sensuality, flirtatiousness, and exquisite beauty, culminating in a romantic experience that left me doe-eyed with emotions linked to love. The evening’s first offering was “Don’t Play with Me,” a playful, flirtatious piece choreographed by frequent BQC choreographer Deanna Carter, set to Bach’s “Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041.” It started with dancer Jill Schwartz walking out center stage and then standing for a few moments, as if she were waiting for someone, before she exited and the lights dimmed. This sequence was then repeated with dancer Calvin Rowe, and when the two finally joined together on a third go-around, the number was notable for the casual, lighthearted nature of the dancers’ movements despite their adherence to precise choreography, especially when Schwartz and Rowe danced their way through children’s games – chasing each other, pretending to be a bull and matador, and even playing rounds of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” As could be expected, the dance ended in a beautifully loving pose, but Carter also added a bit of a surprise at the very end, with the two playing one last round of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” that climaxed the pleasingly teasing spirit of the piece. BQC’s Margaret Huling and Jacob Lyon followed in the more balletically traditional “Don Quixote Pas de Deux,” staged by Rebekah von Rathonyi to music by Leon Minkus. The strength of this piece lay in the strict concentration Huling and Lyon brought to their performed steps while also maintaining smooth movements and, for Lyon’s part, seemingly effortless lifts. Huling also performed one of the evening’s most stunningly graceful moments when

she seemed to defy gravity en pointe, delicately skipping her way across the stage with her legs extended to the front, rather than the usual skipping technique of weight supported from directly beneath one’s body. (I was also struck by Huling’s wardrobe: a predominantly black tutu with rings of deep red material adorning the top, which gave the impression that Huling was wearing a rose around her waist.) For the Act I finale, eight members of BQC’s company were featured in the jaunty “Black Coffee,” choreographed by Margaret Huling to a collage of songs. Each dancer was dressed in a combination of two colors – chosen from blue, yellow, pink, orange, and brown – with the women in sleeveless shirts and pedal-pushers and the men in T-shirts and slacks, which added to the ’60s vibe of the dance movements. My personal favorite bit was like a song sung as a round but with dancing instead of singing, as a paired duo entered the stage and began a dance sequence, with another duo performing the same sequence a few measures later, and another after that, and another after that. Walker Martin, in particular, stood out for his full commitment to his movements, with his impressive, fluid extension and precision marked by true musicality and artistry. Following intermission, Act II started with “Touché Par La Lune (Moonlight Sonata),” choreographed by Carter to Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor,” a piece that I would describe as possessing a sensuality absent of lust – one more pure, or virginal, in nature. Adorned in light-blue clothing, with the women wearing skirts that seemed to float on air with the slightest movement, the number brought to mind a scene

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Movie Reviews
Caster Rolled
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
As it concerns a sensitive high-schooler who enters a world of trouble after falling for a moodier version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it should come as no shock to learn that the supernatural romance Beautiful Creatures is based on the first in a series of popular young-adult novels. But while I’d never argue that the YA-lit genre is completely humorless, surely the genderreversed Twilight knock-off by co-authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl can’t be as legitimately, intentionally hilarious as this big-screen adaptation, right? Granted, the film does sometimes make you want to giggle at the material, primarily for its mythology-creation pretensions and unbridled, rather shameless steals from the Stephenie Meyer oeuvre. (There’s even an awkward Meet the Cullens scene in which our heroic teen first dines with his girlfriend’s family of witches, called Casters here and played by a roundly wasted assemblage that includes Margo Martindale, Kyle Gallner, and the marvelous Eileen Atkins.) Yet beginning with the opener’s sly, sardonic narration by high-school junior Ethan Wate (the sensationally appealing Alden Ehrenreich), it’s clear that this outing by writer/director Richard LaGravenese is going to be far funnier and smarter than you might anticipate. Considering that LaGravenese was also the writer of The Fisher King and the wildly underrated 1994 comedy The Ref, and had the temerity to include actual jokes (and good ones) in his scripts for The Bridges of Madison County and The Horse Whisperer, maybe Beautiful Creatures’

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lineup of female spiky cleverness talent. Beyond the shouldn’t come as typically excellent such a surprise. Davis and the pert I still, however, Zoey Deutch as a didn’t expect prissy schoolmate, that its first five Alice Englert minutes would is thoroughly be quite so full of Viola Davis, Alice Englert, and Alden Ehrenreich wonderful as inventive verbal protagonist Lena and visual gags. in Beautiful Creatures When Ethan, in voice-over, derided his sleepy Duchaness, melding the evocative sullenness of Rooney Mara with the crack timing of South Carolina town for its annual Civil War Anna Kendrick. Emmy Rossum, flashing re-creations with a dismissive “As if it’s gonna turn out different this time,” I chuckled. When a joyously wicked cat-who-ate-the-canary grin, supplies devilish charm as Lena’s he complained about his local one-screen untrustworthy cousin Ridley. And dually movie house only showing films already on cast as a meddlesome holy roller and a DVD and misspelling their titles to boot, and the camera tilted up on a marquee advertising vicious high priestess of sorcery, Emma Thompson appears to be having more “Leo DiCaprio in Interception,” I laughed out fun on-screen than she has in nearly two loud for five seconds straight. The amusement rarely abates during the decades. Its middling opening-weekend box movie’s first half. But with events taking an office may prevent it from happening, but inevitable turn toward the more traditionally if LaGravenese and his divine cast want to teen-angst-y, the film, at more than two continue the Twilight theme and treat us to hours, still feels way too long, even with five movies based on the Beautiful series’ several significant plot points apparently four books, so far at least, I have no reason lost in the editing process. (Jeremy Irons’ to bitch. outwardly malevolent Caster Macon Ravenwood apparently has a change of A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD heart regarding Ethan off-screen ... perhaps “Do you have a plan?” asks John in the same off-screen locale where Ethan McClane’s CIA-operative son at a moment learns that his devoted nanny, played by of intense peril. “No,” replies John McClane Viola Davis, has supernatural powers of himself. “I thought we’d just run in, guns her own.) Yet despite the presentation’s blazing, making shit up as we go ... .” And occasional clunkiness, and CGI effects that that, in a nutshell, is the experience of A might actually be a step down from those Good Day to Die Hard, the fourth sequel to in the Twilight series, Beautiful Creatures is 1988’s practically peerless Die Hard, and an a fine, involving entertainment, with bonus action thriller so lacking in wit, panache, points earned for its fantastically strong

and basic sense that it seems to have been made up on the spot, and not at all well. Near the start, there’s a flash of hope that this Moscow-based adventure might actually be fun, when Bruce Willis’ gruff Manhattan cop enjoys some goodhumored repartee with a Russian cabbie who croons a heavily accented “New York, New York.” But sadly, fun is in short supply in this visually ugly, incoherently staged, totally unnecessary follow-up that finds the bored-looking Willis acting the prototypical Ugly American in extremis – he punches a Russian in the face for daring to speak to him in Russian – and director John Moore and screenwriter Skip Woods trotting out one hoary, ’80s-action-flick cliché after another. (We even get a reprise of that “classic” bit that finds our hero handcuffed to a chair but able to escape his shackles after getting his gun-wielding nemesis to cackle at some dumb joke.) A Good Day to Die Hard is slack and unconvincing and, despite its incessant noise, duller than hell, and watching the film, even its star seems to know it. If you’re Bruce Willis, how can you deliver your once-priceless “Yippeeki-yay, motherf---er” catchphrase in a Die Hard sequel and still manage to sound dead asleep? For reviews of Safe Haven, Identity Thief, Side Effects, the Putnam Museum’s Flight of the Butterflies, and other current releases, visit RiverCitiesReader.com. Follow Mike on Twitter at Twitter.com/ MikeSchulzNow.

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t’s the oldest of stories. Girl loves boy. Girl marries boy. Girl gets a letter from her late father and trips down the stairs and dies and takes an elevator to the underworld and lives in a room fashioned entirely of string and meets a trio of talking stones ... . No, seriously, it’s the oldest of stories. It’s just being told in a new and strange and wonderful way. The story in question is that of Eurydice, the deceased bride of Greek

myth whom Orpheus Interesting Man.” famously traveled to Boasting a student the underworld to cast that includes save, only to wind up recognizable St. losing her forever. Ambrose performers Yet in playwright Molly Conrad, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice Cody Johnson, Tim – which is being Stompanato, and staged at St. Ambrose Brooke Schelly, Becca Brazel, Tim Stompanato, University’s Galvin director Daniel and Brooke Schelly Fine Arts Center February 22 through Rairdin-Hale’s Eurydice will likely be 24 – this classic tale of Orpheus is filled with stunning and surprising experienced from his wife’s perspective, visuals, especially considering that one resulting in a romantic and fantastical of the few scenic specifications in Ruhl’s comedy/drama that offers the pleasures script is her insistence on a lot of onof the familiar blended with the giddy stage water. (Don’t, for instance, expect thrill of the unexpected. Unless, of Eurydice to remain altogether dry in that course, you’re expecting a Greek tragedy elevator.) featuring a character named “Nasty And whatever the dampness levels Good: A friendlylooking (if sad) man’s face, a grassy landscape, a deer, a butterfly, a hummingbird, and a bumblebee. Check. Evil: A trio of creepy skeleton heads. Check. Other paranormal phenomena: Hmm ... I dunno .... I guess I’m not seeing it. Unless, that is, “paranormal phenomena” would include the man’s face being on the deer, and the skeleton heads being on the butterfly and hummingbird and bumblebee ... . Just kidding around there. But humor – along with beauty, originality, and a healthy dose of the surreal – will be in abundance in St. Ambrose’s The Deacon’s Seat exhibit, which promises to be a fascinating showcase of vivid colors and unforgettable imagery courtesy of the Wisconsinbased Stonehouse. Nationally recognized for his creations that combine influences from folk and outsider art, Stonehouse can boast exhibitions in dozens of museums and galleries across the country, has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lists recording superstars Sheryl Crow and Madonna among his many private collectors. But if you want true insight the artist, the best way is no doubt through his works – those imaginative, evocative, frequently

on the Galvin stage, you can certainly expect Eurydice to be filled with dazzling, imaginative storytelling courtesy of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Ruhl, whose play was described by the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood as “a love letter to the world that deserves to be remembered for a good long time.” He also wrote of the experience, “I fought off tears for half the play, not always successfully,” so you may want to bring some tissues. Or, you know, maybe an umbrella. Eurydice plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and more information and reservations are available by calling (563)333-6251 or visiting SAU.edu/theatre.

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cartoon-like expressions of mythology, fable, and personal experience that Stonehouse previously assembled in exhibits with such playful titles as The Odor of Sanctity, Joy Farm, and Jibberish & Other Communications. That latter title, by the way, was what I was going to call my planned exhibit of What’s Happenin’ articles ... until my boss indelicately told me that no one would ever attend such a thing. The Deacon’s Seat will be on display at the Catich Gallery (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport) through April 5 – with an artist lecture and reception taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 1 – and more information on the exhibition is available by calling (563)333-6444 or visiting SAU.edu/catich.

Knowledge Is Power
save lives. If gun violence is so abhorred by our hypocritical politicians, then there would have been immediate and swift consequences for the gun-runners in our own federal government, who illegally run assault weapons with impunity to the drug cartels that provide American gangs with their products. And whose guns killed an American ATF agent in 2010 – for which not a single prosecution has ensued, and not a firing of any management-level government employee responsible. Nearly all of the gun violence in the U.S. is gang-related, but that fact is rarely divulged by the mainstream media in discussions of gun violence in America. Then there is the unprecedented foreign policy of using drones to kill enemies (and suspected enemies) without due process abroad, including multiple innocents who happen to be in the target

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your children’s sake. It is extremely difficult to comprehend and accept that this country has a sinister past when it comes to building political consensus. Most of the major wars we’ve engaged in have been predicated upon a colossal lie designed to win public support. And even though each lie has been ultimately exposed, the exposure hasn’t stopped the practice. World War I and the Lusitania; the Spanish-American War and the Maine; World War II and Pearl Harbor; the Vietnam War and the Gulf of Tonkin; Bosnia and the Christian concentration camps; the Afghanistan war and 9/11; the Iraq War and weapons of mass destruction – all have insidious misinformation and treachery behind American “consensus” to engage. Sadly, Americans never seem to learn. It is confounding, but don’t believe for a moment that we won’t eventually be held accountable for burying our heads. The good news is that the modern digital age allows you to ignore the mainstream media’s woeful coverage so you can research these events on your own, thereby gaining more accurate and reliable data for your review. Forget political divisions, such as Right versus Left, Democrats versus Republicans, liberal versus conservative. These are all deliberate distractions to keep us divided and civically insecure. Start researching as an independent individual, a parent, a friend, or a simple American. Reclaim your national identity, if it matters to you, then open your mind and learn. It isn’t easy, it can be absolutely frightening, but it is also empowering and invigorating. Knowledge is power, and that is the truth.

area. This despicable conduct began in earnest during the George W. Bush administration but has been taken to new levels of horror by the Obama administration. Drone use is dramatically increasing worldwide sympathy and support for our enemies due to all the collateral damage it does. So how is this an effective strategy by any standard of efficacy? Of equal and urgent concern is the use of drones on American soil that is currently in the works, under the guise of safety and surveillance. Take the time to do research on these new federal/state drone programs, and you will learn for yourself about the potential for serious harm that prevails throughout this programming. If not for yourself, then at least check into the proliferation of both foreign and domestic drone use by our government for

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traveling with The Dead Kennedys on the “Rock Against Reagan” tour, and, by 1984, they participated on the anti-war benefit compilation P.E.A.C.E. alongside such famed punk bands as Crass, D.O.A., and MDC. In 1988, D.R.I. released 4 of a Kind, its first album to chart on the Billboard 200, and matched that feat in 1989 with the debut of Thrash Zone, the album that spawned popular music videos with the songs “Abduction” and “Beneath the Wheel.” Since then, D.R.I. has been touring continually and extensively throughout Europe and North and South America, and is sure to wow RIBCO’s crowd with the blazing, hardcore intensity that has defined the group for more than 30 years. D.R.I., after all, could also stand for “Don’t Rest – Inspire!” And if it did, my co-workers would be way less pissed at me right now. D.R.I. performs its Rock Island concert with opening sets by Johnny Scum and Butt Lynt – acoustic folk guitarists, I’m presuming ... – and more information on the show is available by calling (309)793-4060 or visiting RIBCO.com.

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What Else Is Happenin’
Thursday, February 21 – Greensky Bluegrass. Awardwinning bluegrass musicians in concert, with an opening set by The Deadly Gentlemen. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 8:30 p.m. $15. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org. Thursday, February 21 – Gospel Fest. Concert event featuring Quad Cities-based gospel choirs and soloists. St. Ambrose University’s Christ the King Chapel (518 West Locust Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (563)333-6023 or visit SAU.edu. Thursday, February 21 – Mavis Staples. The Grammy Award-winning soul and gospel legend in concert, with an opening set by Lake Street Drive. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $35-55. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org. Friday, February 22 – Stephane Wrembel. French jazz guitarist in an Intimate at the Englert presentation. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $20-25. For tickets and information, call (319)6882653 or visit Englert.org.

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hat do you mean you love somebody else?” “It’s just a feeling, a secret infatuation with a fortune teller, and I have to figure it out, so I’m not coming home. Take what you want. I think it’s better that we break.” “I think I’m losing my mind! I feel a shiver and it’s getting harder to breathe!” “I know you’re sad. In misery, even. But I can’t lie: I’ve been doin’ dirt, and I can’t stop. I must get out.” “But you’re the air I breathe! The sun! My daylight! I won’t go home without you!” “Nothing lasts forever.” “All those wasted years ... ! It makes me wonder if I was the way I was only because of this love ... !” “Wipe your eyes. Until you’re over me, I don’t want you to get back in my life.” “I just need a little of your time! If I never see your face again ... !” “I’m through with you, so goodnight, goodnight ... .” “Wait – don’t be a runaway!” “I’m out of goodbyes ... .” “Give a little more time!” “How?” “A last chance! One more night! This is my wake-up call!” “Here comes a tangled story ... .” “What if I got us tickets to the Maroon 5 concert at the i wireless Center?” “ ... ” “Well?” “Oh, you ladykiller! I’m your woman! Miss you! Love you!” The Grammy Award-winning pop rockers of Maroon 5 play Moline’s i wireless Center with opening sets by Neon Trees and Owl City, and for tickets to the Friday, March 1 concert – and the chance to hear at least a few of the band’s 47 aforementioned songs – call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.

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Oscar-a-a-aziness
distribution – showed by Academy exceptional strength members than Paul amongst Academy Thomas Anderson’s branches, also scoring meditative nods for Best Picture, opus. (Despite Director, and Original nominations for Screenplay. (Plus Best The Master’s three Foreign-Language central actors, Film, which Amour writer/director should win in a lock.) Anderson himself John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Even forget that Riva was wholly ignored, and Ben Affleck in Argo won BAFTA’s Best as were – insanely Actress prize over challengers Chastain and – cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. Lawrence. Is it possible for voters to resist and composer Jonny Greenwood.) As for giving Riva their thumbs-up considering Jones, his previous Oscar acknowledgment that the woman will be turning 86 on the was for The Fugitive nearly 20 years ago, day of the Oscar ceremony – making her and few could argue that the actor doesn’t the oldest winner of a performance Oscar deserve another statuette on his mantel. in history – and would also be handed But will Daniel Day-Lewis’ fait accompli her prize by French compatriot (and last victory steal all of Lincoln’s acting thunder? year’s Best Actor victor) Jean Dujardin? And will Jones’ much-memed grumpy The French would face at the Golden say: Non! I say: Globes negatively Maybe. But I’m affect people’s leaning toward Riva admiration for regardless. him? (My thought Still, if you think on that last Best Actress is a question is “no head-scratcher this way” – we both year, that’s nothing want and need compared to the Jones to be stonemigraine-inducing faced and surly.) That leaves quandary that is Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper Robert De Niro Best Supporting in Silver Linings Playbook for Silver Linings Actor, a category Playbook, the perfect alternative for that not only boasts no clear front-runner, those unsure of whom to give a second but a lineup of five performers who might Oscar, because he has two: one as Best care less about the results than we do, considering that all five already have Oscars Supporting Actor for 1974’s The Godfather: Part II, and one as Best Actor for 1980’s to call their own. Among this year’s contenders, Tommy Raging Bull. But it’s been 21 years since Lee Jones, as previously mentioned, won his last nomination, and the man – who the SAG Award for Lincoln. Philip Seymour is admittedly wonderful in his film – has Hoffman won the CCA for The Master. been working Silver Linings’ PR circuit Christoph Waltz won the Globe and hard these days, re-inventing himself as a BAFTA Award for Django Unchained. And lovable, easily-prone-to-tears softie in the Alan Arkin is nominated for Argo, which, process; not to be too catty about it, but this year, is just as beneficial as having a that’s gotta be good for some votes. Plus, if precursor trophy under his belt. Given all Riva (or Chastain) winds up winning Best that, the hardware alone suggests that Waltz Actress, and Russell loses Best Director and has the upper hand here. But will voters Adapted Screenplay, De Niro is actually his really feel the need to reward him – and for much-adored movie’s last serious chance another Quentin Tarantino project, no less to take home a statuette, and I find it – a mere three years after the Inglourious incredibly unlikely that Harvey Weinstein’s Basterds actor’s last Oscar victory? strongest pony in the 2012 race is going to Similarly, Arkin won in this category for walk away completely empty-handed. So 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine, and while he with an almost total lack of conviction on worked with a different director for Argo, my part, I’m going to go with De Niro for doesn’t the performance itself, great as it Best Supporting Actor. Hell, if an Oscar is is, feel a bit ... familiar? Hoffman’s Best the encouragement he needs to keep from Actor win for 2005’s Capote is also still giving more terrible performances over fresh in memory, and that Best Picture the next decade, it’ll have been absolutely nominee was apparently far more admired worth it.

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BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables Joaquin Phoenix, The Master Denzel Washington, Flight Hail to the chief.

But Amour’s unexpectedly powerful showing in numerous Oscar categories Argo makes me think otherwise. Take that, Americans! Austri-a! Aus-tri-a!

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild Naomi Watts, The Impossible “Gee ... Emmanuelle turns 86 on February 24 ... . We really should get her something nice this year ... .”

BEST ACTRESS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Argo, Chris Terrio Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin Life of Pi, David Magee Lincoln, Tony Kushner Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell Kushner’s script, I’m convinced, is a thing of genius, and Russell, despite heavy competition, recently won the BAFTA prize in this category. But Argo is about hostages who are rescued, in part, by a screenplay titled Argo. Academy voters should just give Terrio’s script the Oscar and miniature tights and a cape.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Les Misérables

Alan Arkin, Argo Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained And if this happens, De Niro will have beaten Day-Lewis to a third Oscar by at least an hour. Take that, Brits! USA! USA!

FEATURE

BEST ANIMATED

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, The Master Sally Field, Lincoln Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Helen Hunt, The Sessions Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook One song plus one unbroken take equals one Oscar.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Pirates! Band of Misfits Wreck-It Ralph Frankenweenie would be welcome, longdelayed acknowledgment of Tim Burton, and Wreck-It Ralph would be a relatively hip option for a generally unhip Academy. ParaNorman, meanwhile, would just be my choice, so obviously that’s not gonna happen. (Nor will The Pirates!) Let’s go with the Golden Globe and BAFTA winner in this Brave category – maybe not a brave prediction, but a Brave prediction nonetheless.

Amour, Michael Haneke Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino Flight, John Gatins Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal After big wins from Critics Choice Award (CCA), Golden Globe, and British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) voters, Tarantino should be the no-contest choice here.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” Ted “Pi’s Lullaby,” Life of Pi “Skyfall,” Skyfall “Suddenly,” Les Misérables I wonder if Adele’s new Grammy is looking for a dance partner ... ?

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BEST FOREIGNLANGUAGE FILM

Amour, Austria Kon-Tiki, Norway Anna Karenina No, Chile A Royal Affair, Denmark War Witch, Canada “Amour” is French for “love.” What’s French for “such a done deal that there’s no point Anna Karenina discussing it”? The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln 5 Broken Cameras I should probably be going with Les Mis or The Gatekeepers Life of Pi on this – or, quite frankly, The Hobbit How to Survive a Plague or Lincoln – but that theatre set that magically The Invisible War transformed into an entire bloody Tolstoy novel is Searching for Sugar Man just too jaw-dropping not to predict. For the first time ever, I’ve seen all five

Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Generally speaking, the Best Picture winner also wins Best Film Editing. It just didn’t last year ... or the year before that ... . Damn that boldface!

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Life of Pi Marvel’s The Avengers Prometheus Snow White & the Huntsman Tony the tiger. I mean, Oscar the tiger.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Hitchcock Les Misérables The Hobbit feels too “been there, awarded that.” Anthony Hopkins looked less like Hitch than like a marshmallow with eyes. Les Mis it is, then.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

nominees in this category prior to the ceremony, and am thinking my favorite will actually be the Academy’s favorite, too. Wow. Maybe that does happen on occasion.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Inocente Kings Point Mondays at Racine Open Heart Redemption Missing teens, dying seniors, cancer patients, surgery in Rwanda, America’s economic crisis ... welcome to the Acadamy Awards’ annual happy-fun-time category! What say we go with missing teens this year?

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Anna Karenina Argo Life of Pi Lincoln Skyfall Anna Karenina’s Dario Marianelli previously won for 2007’s Atonement. It feels as though Lincoln’s John Williams has won, like, a million of these things. Argo’s Alexandre Desplat and Skyfall’s Thomas Newman are overdue for Oscar recognition. (The latter ridiculously so.) But thanks in large part to composer Mychael Danna, Life of Pi sounds as good as it looks, and it looks amazing.

Anna Karenina Les Misérables Lincoln Mirror Mirror Snow White & the Huntsman Lincoln Fun as it is to imagine a battle royale between dueling Snow Whites, I’m pretty certain another fictional lady has this one in the bag.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

BEST SOUND EDITING
Argo Django Unchained Life of Pi Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty A hunch based solely on the presumption that three Oscars for Argo won’t be deemed enough.

Asad Buzkashi Boys Curfew Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) Henry A hunch based solely on Curfew being the category’s one English-language nominee. Hey, if I can be lazy, Oscar voters can, too!

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Life of Pi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina Django Unchained Life of Pi Lincoln Skyfall Have I mentioned that Life of Pi looks amazing?

BEST SOUND MIXING
Searching for Sugar Man

BEST FILM EDITING
Argo Life of Pi Lincoln

Argo Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Skyfall Nominated musicals almost always win this category, and will likely continue to even though I know the Les Mis songs by heart and still couldn’t comprehend all the lyrics to that opening number.

Adam & Dog Fresh Guacamole Head Over Heels Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” Paperman Disney's charming black-and-white entry will likely take it, and Adam & Dog totally deserves it. But if, through some miracle, this award’s presenter exclaims, “And the Oscar goes to ... Ben Affleck!”, I won’t be the least bit surprised.

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Sunday, February 24 – Eye Empire. Rock musicians in their Revolution Tour, with opening sets by 3 Years Hollow and Surrender the Fall. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 7:30 p.m. $10-12. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com. Saturday, March 2 – KEN mode. Juno Award-winning Canadian metal band in concert, with opening sets by Dredge and My Pal Trigger. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. $7. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com. Saturday, March 2 – Luke Bryan. Concert with the chart-topping countrymusic star, featuring opening sets by Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $27.50-52.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com. Saturday, March 2 – Old Shoe. Folk-rock and psychedelic jam band in concert, with an opening set by Hollis Brown. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $8-10. For tickets and information, call (563)3261333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org. Saturday, March 2 – The Bad Plus. Jazz trio performs concerts in the Club Hancher series. The Mill (120 East Burlington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $10-20. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu. Sunday, March 3 – Quad City Wind Ensemble Winter Concert. Seasonal concert with the area musicians. St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. $8-10, free to students in grades 12 and under. For tickets and information, call (563)333-6251 or visit QCWindEnsemble.org. Sunday, March 3 – Robert Earl Keen. Country and folk artist in concert, with a pre-show wine tasting hosted by Fireside Winery. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7 p.m. $30-32. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org. Thursday, February 21, through Saturday, February 23 – Mike Daisey: American Utopias. Monologues weaving autobiography, journalism, and unscripted performance in a Hancher Auditorium Visiting Artists presentation. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $10-30. For tickets and information, call (319)3351160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa. edu. Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 10 – Walking the Wire: TMI. Monologues of revelations, weirdness, and personal habits (that didn’t need to be shared), directed by Jody Hovland. Riverside Theatre (213 North Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $15-28. For tickets and information, call (319)338-7672 or visit RiversideTheatre.org. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2 – The King & I. Iowa City Community Theatre’s concert version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical classic. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $20-25. For tickets and information, call (319)3380443 or visit IowaCityCommunityTheatre. com. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2 – Hairspray. The Tony Awardwinning musical-comedy smash, presented by the Orpheum and Monmouth College. Orpheum Theatre (57 South Kellogg Street, Galesburg). Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 and 7:30 p.m. $10-30. For tickets and information, call (309)343-2299 or visit TheOrpheum.org. Saturday, March 2 – Scooby-Doo

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Live! Musical Mysteries. Family musical featuring characters from one of television’s longest-running animated series. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 2 p.m. $15-55. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com. Friday, February 22 – The Ugly Duckling. The fairytale classic performed by the dancers of Ballet Quad Cities, followed by a brief antibullying presentation by Jennifer Caudle. Davenport North High School’s Holzworth Performing Arts Center (626 West 53rd Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)7863779 or visit BalletQuadCities.com. Tuesday, March 5 – Inside Ireland. Screenings in the museum’s World Adventure Series, presented by filmmaker Clint Denn. Putnam Museum (1717 West 12th Street, Davenport). 1 and 7 p.m. $5-7. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1933 or visit Putnam.org. Saturday, February 23, through Sunday, May 5 – University of Iowa Faculty Biennial. Exhibition featuring works in graphic design, 3D design, sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and other media. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum admission. For information, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum. org. Saturday, March 2, through Sunday, June 16 – Marking Territory: Cartographic Treasures of the

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Mississippi River & the World Beyond. Exhibition featuring a selection of historic maps that range from early representations of the world to more detailed examinations of America’s vast interior west of the Mississippi. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum admission. For information, call (563)3267804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum.org. Thursday, February 21 – The 2013 Martini Shake-Off. Annual fundraiser for the HAVLife Foundation, featuring martini samples from 25 bars and restaurants, celebrity judges, appetizers, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Davenport RiverCenter (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 5:30 p.m. $50. For information and tickets, call (563)650-6555 or visit HAVLifeFoundation.org/events. Saturday, February 23 – Quad City Red Dress Run. The third-annual fundraiser with runners wearing red dresses, with donations benefiting the American Heart Association. Daiquiri Factory (1809 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 1 p.m. $10 advance registration and $10 for a T-shirt; $25 registration on race day includes T-shirt. For information, e-mail Jeni Tackett atinfo@qch3.com. Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 3 – 2013 Spring Antique Spectacular. Annual sales event featuring more than 70 exhibitors with a wide selection of fine antiques and collectibles. QCCA Expo Center (2621 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island). Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 admission for all three days. For information, call (712)326-9964 or visit AntiqueSpectacular.com.

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Ten years ago, my friend and I met our husbands on the same night (they were friends who challenged us to a game of pool), and we both got married the same year. We all pledged to spend our 10th anniversary in Hawaii together, but my friend’s husband is making it difficult, saying no to every flight, activity, and hotel my friend and I propose. He’ll call a hotel “overrated” or “too touristy,” but his one bad quality is that he’s seriously cheap, and it’s becoming clear that he’s trying to torpedo the whole vacation because of it. (They are well-off, by the way!) He keeps joking that we should just stay home and celebrate – but I don’t think he’s really joking. I’m angry with my friend for never telling her husband to curb his cheapness and for not standing up for our plans and worried that my anger could affect our friendship. – Frustrated While the Hawaiian islands are home to some of the world’s most beautiful tropical gardens, your friend’s husband would like to point out that your hometown boasts not just one but several Olive Gardens. (You can still wear leis!) Your friend probably feels embarrassed about her husband’s tightwad-y ways (and her inability to change them) but probably feels disloyal saying so. Still, despite how the man must get blisters from clinging so tight to a dollar, being married to him must work for her. (You don’t mention anything about his being horrible to her or even just making her persistently unhappy, like by promising to have children with her and then insisting they have goldfish instead because they’re cheaper.) To feel less suckered, try to have some sympathy for the guy, who probably isn’t cheap just to irritate you and everyone he knows. People say, “Money talks.” To him, it probably says stuff like, “If I leave you, I’m never coming back!” The origins of his cheap-itude may be in his upbringing – and may even be in his genes, according to a 2010 study by Dr. Itamar Simonson and Dr. Aner Sela surveying attitudes about risk and spending in identical and fraternal twins. As in other twin studies, identical twins (who are born from a single egg and are thus genetically identical) were significantly more alike in a number of measures, including how risk- and loss-averse they were, suggesting a genetic component to being a cheap mo-fo.

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of winter fairies dancing in a forest clearing, as if taking part in a respectful celebration of their existence. And yet there was also a touch of chaos as nine dancers filled the stage in sometimessynchronized couples and trios, though that chaos wasn’t one of confusion or lack of control; it came merely from so much variance in action. The scene also included a beautiful segment in which one couple danced in the foreground while another couple mirrored their movements behind them, but rarely at the same moment. Instead, the couple in the background would mimic the couple in the spotlight at a different pace, or a different place in the musical phrasing. Choreographer Courtney Lyon’s “Promise of Living,” set to Aaron Copland’s choral composition of the same title, followed. Through the combination of the song’s Americana nature and the earthy brown-and-white clothing worn by the piece’s seven dancers, I experienced the sequence as an ethereal, early-Midwestern-pioneers sort of harvest celebration, with the deep respect carried in the dancers’ movements matching the lofty, hymn-like essence of the choral track. Love on the Run ended with Carter’s jazzy “Newsflash,” which exuded the feel of a smoky ’60s nightclub and sort of combined the tones of Guys & Dolls’ “Havana” scene and Sweet Charity’s “Rich Man’s Frug” (minus the Bob Fosse movements). Performing to CD accompaniment that featured voiceovers about newspapers mixed with advertising jingles, company members grabbed newspapers from each other while occasionally flirting with some dancers and inciting jealousy in others. And the scene ended this Love Stories’ evening of varied passions on a high, playful note, leaving me in good spirits, happy with the hour-and-three-quarters of entertainment, and already longing for Ballet Quad Cities’ next performance. For more information on Ballet Quad Cities’ current season, call (309)786-3779 or visit BalletQuadCities.com.

Swap your anger at your friend for acceptance of reality: She isn’t able to stand up to him, and he isn’t able to say yes to spending money on a pricey vacation when he probably spends much of his life worrying that he’ll someday have to pawn a kidney to buy groceries. Tell your friend – sans animosity – that you’re weary of searching, you’re booking a hotel, and you hope they’ll join you if it works for them. Who knows, when you’re all looking at celebrating your 20th together – maybe on a tropical cruise! – things may be different. Not because either of them is likely to change but because Orbitz may start offering great deals on floating to Hawaii on pieces of broken barrels.

Those in the “Pickup Artist” community claim that looks don’t matter; it’s all about technique. Well, I’ve got the techniques down, and I’m still always going home alone, whereas my friend is constantly hooking up. He’s a 6-foot-2, traditionally handsome alpha male. (He looks like he could have been a quarterback.) I’m 5-foot-9, with a face grandmas love to pinch. I could lose some weight, but I’ve been told I’m cute and have beautiful eyes. Am I looking for excuses, or is technique not all it’s cracked up to be? – Overlooked Any guy can learn Pickup Artist techniques. Any guy who is 6-foot-2 and has a jawline like cut glass is more likely to have them pay off. In fact, certain guys – the cuddly grandmapleasers – may be wasting their time trying to get casual sex. As evolutionary psychologists Dr. Glenn Geher and Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman write in Mating Intelligence Unleashed, research suggests that men who are not “tall, masculine, muscular, facially attractive, and socially dominant ... are not likely to be successful in short-term mating.” Geher and Kaufman suggest that guys who lack that “constellation of features” are probably better off taking the long view – developing relationships with women seeking partners instead of hookup partners. In doing that, they say technique also matters – being assertive, confident, easygoing, and sensitive (without being wimpy). Follow their advice and in addition to all the women putting their hands on you in an “Oh, those dimples! Grandma’s gonna eat you up!” kind of way, you should eventually have one doing it in an “I sure hope my late grandma can’t see what we’re about to do” kind of way.

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the tune. As the singers moved (sort of dancing), the balance problem shifted from one part to another – the bass too loud, then the alto, then the tenor. Five by Design’s sidemen on piano, drums, and an amplified upright bass – the Quad City Symphony bass section wasn’t used – were steady but without much dynamic variation. The bass remained consistently penetrating even when the orchestra was featured playing Calvin Custer’s beautifully expressive medley of Duke Ellington tunes. The balance improved when individual singers stepped forward for “Mona Lisa” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” allowing the sophistication of the arrangements to be heard, but these sections, unfortunately, revealed vocal instability and pitch frailty. Five by Design was at its best in Evans & Loeb’s “Rosie the Riveter” (a World War II salute to women’s home-front work efforts) sung a cappella, with a vocal walking bass and the other singers pretending to play a trumpet, trombone with hand vibrato, and – I’m guessing – a clarinet. The song was both well-executed

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and musically fun. With “In the Mood,” balance, prominent melody, and solid intonation made the swing style and vocal blend more persuasive. Period costumes, velvety sing-song “radio” announcements, advertising jingles, unison and partnered dancing movements, and brief comic bits gave a sense of historical context and nostalgia. Still, even at its best, Five by Design’s performance was more style than substance, and essentially incongruous with the symphony’s artistic excellence. Ultimately, the concert forcefully revealed the appeal and artistry of American classical music, but also a disheartening fact: There was more pop music in this concert than American classical music for the entire season. The next Masterworks concerts will be held March 9 (at the Adler Theatre) and 10 (at Augustana College’s Centennial Hall), featuring Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. For more information, visit QCSymphony.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the course of her world travels, writer Jane Brunette has seen many wonderful things – as well as a lot of trash. The most beautiful litter, she says, is in Bali. She loves the “woven palm leaf offerings, colorful cloth left from a ceremony, and flowers that dry into exquisite wrinkles of color.” Even the shiny candy wrappers strewn by the side of the road are fun to behold. Your assignment, Aries, is to adopt a perceptual filter akin to Brunette’s. Is there any stuff other people regard as worthless or outworn that you might find useful, interesting, or even charming? I’m speaking metaphorically as well as literally. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Old Testament tells the story of a man named Methuselah, who supposedly didn’t die until he was 969 years old. Some Kabbalistic commentators suggest that he didn’t literally walk the earth for almost 10 centuries. Rather, he was extra-skilled at the arts of living. His experiences were profoundly rich. He packed 969 years’ worth of meaningful adventures into a normal life span. I prefer that interpretation, and I’d like to invoke it as I assess your future. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Taurus, you will have Methuselah’s talent in the coming weeks. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the coming weeks, I’m expecting your life to verge on being epic and majestic. There’s a better than even chance that you will do something heroic. You might finally activate a sleeping potential or tune in to your future power spot or learn what you’ve never been able to grasp before. And if you capitalize gracefully on the kaleidoscopic kismet that’s flowing your way, I bet you will make a discovery that will fuel you for the rest of your long life. In mythical terms, you will create a new Grail or tame a troublesome dragon – or both. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whiskey, only have sex during storms, and can mimic most sounds, even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. Strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn’t actually exist. It’s a legendary beast, like the mermaid and unicorn. And yet Wyoming lawmakers have decided to honor it. Early this year they began the process of making it the state’s official mythical creature. I bring this to your attention, Cancerian, because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need. What’ll it be? Dragon? Sphinx? Phoenix? Here’s a list: TinyURL. com/MythicCritters. LEO (July 23-August 22): The temptation to hide what you’re feeling could be strong right now. You may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. But according to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you’re cheerfully honest. That’s the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too – even if its initial effects are unsettling. Please remember that it won’t be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. You will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance. VIRGO (August 23-September 22): The word “chain” may refer to something that confines or restricts. But it can also mean a series of people who are linked together because of their common interests and their desire to create strength through unity. I believe that one of those two definitions will play an important role in your life during the coming weeks, Virgo. If you proceed with the intention to emphasize the second meaning, you will minimize and maybe even eliminate the first. LIBRA (September 23-October 22): People in Sweden used to drive their cars on the left-hand side of the road. But a growing body of research revealed it would be better if everyone drove on the right-hand side. So on September 3, 1967, the law changed. Everyone switched over. All non-essential traffic was halted for hours to accommodate the necessary adjustments. What were the results? Lots of motorists grumbled about having to alter their routine behavior, but the transition was smooth. In fact, the accident rate went down. I think you’d benefit from doing a comparable ritual sometime soon, Libra. Which of your traditions or habits could use a fundamental revision? SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): When a woman is pregnant, her womb stretches dramatically, getting bigger to accommodate the growing fetus. I suspect you’ll undergo a metaphorically similar process in the coming weeks. A new creation will be gestating, and you’ll have to expand as it ripens. How? Here’s one way: You’ll have to get smarter and more sensitive in order to give it the care it needs. Here’s another way: You’ll have to increase your capacity for love. Don’t worry: You won’t have to do it all at once. “Little by little” is your watchword. SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): Do you floss your teeth while you’re meditating? Do you text-message and shave or put on makeup as you drive? Do you simultaneously eat a meal, pay your bills, watch TV, and exercise? If so, you are probably trying to move too fast and do too much. Even in normal times, that’s no good. But in the coming week, it should be taboo. You need to slow-w-w-w way-y-y-y dow-w-wn, Sagittarius. You’ve got ... to compel yourself ... to do ... one thing ... at a time. I say this not just because your mental and physical and spiritual health depend on it. Certain crucial

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realizations about your future are on the verge of popping into your awareness – but they will only pop if you are immersed in a calm and unhurried state. CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): To make your part of the world a better place, stress-loving workaholics may need to collaborate with slowmoving underachievers. Serious business might be best negotiated in places such as bowling alleys or parking lots. You should definitely consider seeking out curious synergies and unexpected alliances. It’s an odd grace period, Capricorn. Don’t assume you already know how to captivate the imaginations of people whose influence you want in your life. Be willing to think thoughts and feel feelings you have rarely if ever entertained. AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): Gawker.com came up with colorful ways to describe actress Zooey Deschanel. In a weird coincidence, their pithy phrases for her seem to fit the moods and experiences you will soon be having. I guess you could say you’re scheduled to have a Zooey Deschanel-according-to-Gawker.com kind of week. Here are some of the themes: (1) Novelty ukulele tune. (2) Over-emphatic stage wink. (3) Sentient glitter cloud. (4) Overiced Funfetti cupcake. (5) Melted-bead craft project. (6) Living Pinterest board. (7) Animated Hipstamatic photograph. (8) Bambi’s rabbit friend. (9) Satchel of fairy dust. (10) Hipster labradoodle. PISCES (February 19-March 20): You may have heard the thundering exhortation, “Know thyself!” Its origin is ancient. More than 2,400 years ago, it was inscribed at the front of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. As important as it is to obey this command, there is an equally crucial corollary: “Be thyself!” Don’t you agree? Is there any experience more painful than not being who you really are? Could there be any behavior more damaging to your long-term happiness than trying to be someone other than who you really are? If there is even the slightest gap, Pisces, now is an excellent time to start closing it. Cosmic forces will be aligned in your favor if you push hard to further identify the nature of your authentic self, and then take aggressive steps to foster its full bloom. Homework: Is it possible there’s something you really need but you don’t know what it is? Can you guess what it might be? Visit FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ACROSS 1. Rad. times two 5. Outer, in anatomy 10. Disconcert 15. Poison _ 19. Simple dwelling: Var. 20. Desmond or Shearer 21. Hot beverage 22. Case 23. Cher film of 1987 25. Area behind an access panel: 2 wds. 27. Stretch out 28. Slipped up 30. Frustrated 31. That person’s 32. Pliable twig 33. _ gun 34. Digression 36. Show the door 37. Formal defense 41. Buds 42. Mild exclamation: 2 wds. 44. Winged creature 45. Cenozoic, Mesozoic, etc. 46. Actress _ Perez 47. Writer _ Grey 48. Bug 49. Likewise not 50. Unanimous 51. Divert 53. Straitlaced one 54. Like an ill-groomed fellow 56. Isolated 57. Chaffs 58. Tribal emblem 59. Outcast one 60. Frenzied 61. Feature of some hats 63. Black or Walker 64. Russian dynasty: Var. 67. Succored 68. Game of ranks and files 69. Board 70. Kind of biscuit 71. Youths 72. Sailing ship 73. Chinese zodiac animal 74. Agent: Hyph. 75. Compass pt.

76. Clark Kent’s employer: 2 wds. 79. Lasso feature 80. Pharisee’s adversary 82. Angered 83. Brute 84. Provokes 85. Genus of wolves 86. Yanks 87. Lacking ethical standards 90. Gives it a go 91. Role in 23-Across 94. Shades 96. Muscular fellow: 2 wds. 99. Skid 100. Condition 101. River in France 102. Incursion 103. Hardy heroine 104. Leverets 105. Observed 106. Young oyster DOWN 1. _ sum 2. “Van Helsing” character 3. Juicy plant 4. Craving of a kind 5. Total 6. Calluses 7. Test-question answer 8. Cable channel 9. Cottage setting 10. Accumulate 11. Destructive insect 12. Prep sch. 13. Farm denizen 14. Image on newsprint 15. Melon pear 16. Type spec. 17. Clare Boothe _ 18. Fibbed 24. Go-devils 26. Individuals 29. Funny 32. In the shape of an egg 33. Exhausted 34. Golden Calf creator 35. Like a night at the Oscars: Hyph. 36. Red dye 37. _ -garde

38. Taxonomic group of tropical flowers: 2 wds. 39. Sultan’s decree 40. Stakes 41. Carte du jour 42. Folklore creature 43. Blue 46. Ranges 48. Wood quality 50. Full 51. Gyrates 52. Sentry’s directive 53. Kind of code 55. Motor and mobile 56. Line of rotation 57. Circus attraction 59. Lament 60. French painter 61. Blanches 62. Climbing plant 63. Where Valparaiso is 64. Prevailed uncontrolled 65. Eat 66. Temple 68. Says out loud 69. Timber trees 72. Unwelcome reaction 73. Charm 74. Gifts for newlyweds 76. Of a cerebral membrane 77. Commends 78. Queue 79. Desert in Israel 81. Ridges anagram 83. Interred 85. Birthplace of Zeus 86. One thousand kilos 87. Aide: Abbr. 88. Slipper 89. _ probandi 90. Boris Godunov, e.g. 91. A deadly sin 92. Pitfall 93. Home to billions 95. Depot: Abbr. 97. _ Bravo 98. DST relative.

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THURSDAY 2013/02/21 (Thu)

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Avey Brothers Blues Jam -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL Chuck Murphy -The Cooler, 311 W. 2nd St. Rock Falls, IL D.R.I. - Johnny Scum - Butt Lynt -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Greensky Bluegrass - The Deadly Gentlemen -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ David G. Smith (noon) - Jazz Jam w/ the North Scott Jazz Combo (7pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Mavis Staples - Lake Street Drive -Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St. Iowa City, IA MC Animosity - DJ Super Rusty - DJ Johnny Sixx - Rachel Marie - Tim Krien - Alex Body - John Dope -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Mixology - Garage Rock Night -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic w/ Jeff Smallwood -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL William Blackart -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 2013/02/22 (Fri)

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ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA

ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Band DuJour (5:30pm) - Buckshot (8:30pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Battle of the Bands Final Round -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show -V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Bitter Man (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Chicago Bluz Brothers -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Chuck Murphy -Lamb’s Tap, 215 W. 2nd St. Rock Falls, IL Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Emanations Series Part XIV: Steve Grismore - Randall Hall - Tony Oliver -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Jazz After Five w/ OddBar (5pm) - Karaoke Night (9pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Jerry Beauchamp -Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA Jimkata - Aotearoa -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke Sing-Off -Wide Open Bar & Grill, 425 15th St. Moline, IL Larry Bo Boyd (6pm) -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Live Lunch w/ Rose ‘n’ Thorns (noon) Sudlow Jazz Jam (4:30pm) - Mutts The Post Mortems - Satellite Heart (7:30pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Lynn Allen -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL

Owl City @ i wireless Center – March 1
Minus Six - The Curtis Hawkins Band -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Night Light -Bleyart’s Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA North of 40 -Mulligan’s Valley Pub, 310 W 1st Ave Coal Valley, IL Powell -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Punk Farm II: Lipstick Homicide - Direct Hit - Nerv - The ILLS - Muddy Rails - The Men From Beyond! - Well Aren’t We Precious - The Statistixs - Conetrauma - Other Band (6pm) -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Ron Johnson One-Man Band -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Scott Ellison -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Smooth Groove -Fargo Dance & Sports, 4204 Avenue of the Cities Moline, IL Stephane Wrembel -Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St. Iowa City, IA The Chris & Wes Show -Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd. Davenport, IA The Gratest Story Ever Told: Grateful Dead Tribute -4Play Sportsbar, 1704 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Trashed -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL 2013/02/23 (Sat)

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ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Andrew Epstein’s Fried Egg String Band -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Caught in the Act -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Chicago Bluz Brothers -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Chuck Murphy -Belly Up, 304 10th Ave. Orion, IL

Community Drum Circle (10:30am) Live Lunch w/ Keith Soko (noon) - Johnnie Cluney (7pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Cosmic -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Rumors & Excuses Pub, 230 Main St. Columbus Junction, IA Crossroads -City Limits, 1303 10th Ave. Viola, IL Deja Vu Rendezvous featuring Have Your Cake -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Ellis Kell Band -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Funktastic Five -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Gray Wolf Band -Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St Moline, IL Housenation - DJ Jes - Acidman -4Play Sportsbar, 1704 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Jeff & Marcia Duo -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke Sing-Off -Headquarters Bar & Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL Kutt Calhoun - LaLa - Skarekrow - BKryptik - LKZ - Skeez - MC Squared - 12.13 - Shadow - B K.A.T.O. Icecream Jones -Grafitti Bar & Grill, 2442 Camanche Ave. Clinton, IA Mike Hard - TV GHOST - Rusty Buckets - Cool Boobs -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Miles Restored -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL 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

Rob Dahms (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, 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 -Fargo Dance & Sports, 4204 Avenue of the Cities Moline, IL Summercamp Battle of the Bands: Poppa Neptune - Squids Beard - American Honey - Zeta June -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA The Karry Outz -Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave. Davenport, IA The Krank Daddies - Brains! Brains! Brains! -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Third Rail -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL 2013/02/24 (Sun)

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Ahreum Han (2pm) -First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, 1702 Iowa St. Davenport, IA Anthony Catalfano Quartet (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel, 111 E. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Bill Chrastil (2pm) -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Bootleggers Sports Bar, 2228 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Doc Anderson’s “Back in the (Sun) Day” Par ty (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA

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Mountains - General XOXO -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Open Mic w/ Jeff Smallwood -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Open Mic w/ Jordan Danielsen -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th 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 2013/02/27 (Wed) 2013/03/01 (Fri)

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Eye Empire - 3 Years Hollow - Surrender the Fall -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL John Jorgenson Quintet -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA Karaoke Night -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Songwriters Night -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA 2013/02/25 (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 Silly C & Slack Man Open Mic -Paddlewheel Sports Bar & Grill, 221 15th St Bettendorf, IA 2013/02/26 (Tue)

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TUESDAY

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ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) -RME Cafe, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Brooks Strause & the Gory Details Nate Logsdon - Huge Lewis - Erie Whitaker -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA “Generations of Blues” with Hal Reed & Ellis Kell -Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St. Moline, IL Karaoke Night -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Mandolin Junction -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA

Burlington Street Bluegrass Band -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Head for the Hills (8pm) - Jam Session w/ Ben Soltau (10pm) -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Hoot Gibson Band (6pm) - Karaoke Night -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Jason Carl & Friends -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Keller Karaoke -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Live Lunch w/ Nate Gordan (noon) -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 Ren Edstrand Blues Jam -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Shiloh Terry -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA

Surrender the Fall @ RIBCO – February 24
The Chris & Wes Show -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA Wasted Wednesday: DJ Pat - Darius Bowie - DJ Sweets - DJ Phatswagg -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2013/02/28 (Thu) Karaoke Night -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Mo Carter (noon) “Generations of Blues” w/ Hal Reed & Ellis Kell (7pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic w/ Jeff Smallwood -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Rude Punch - The Franti Band -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL University of Iowa Jazz: Marcelo Cardoso Quartet - Chris Reichmeier Trio (6pm) - White Mystery - Good Habits - We Shave (11pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA You’re Too Kind - The Morning Exit - Survival Soundtrack - Estimate Infinity -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA

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Avey Brothers Blues Jam -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL Bebop Night: Black Hawk Jazz Combo (5:30pm) -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Chuck 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 After Five w/ Equilateral (5pm) Charlie Parr (10pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Jonathan Richman & Tommy Larkins Mixology - Super Soul Session -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, 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 Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Dave Moore - Ben Schmidt -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Endless Summer -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA General B & the Wiz - The Jumbies -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Gray Wolf Band -Edje Nightclub at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, I-280 & Hwy 92 Rock Island, IL Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke Sing-Off -Wide Open Bar & Grill, 425 15th St. Moline, IL Live Lunch w/ Angela Meyer (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Lynn Allen -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Maroon 5 - Neon Trees - Owl City -i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr Moline, IL Midnight Conspiracy - Adam Miller DarkGrey - Electrocity -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Ron Johnson One-Man Band -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL

Sunset 4Ever - Searching for Security - Fairhaven - Dream Anabelle -RME (River Music Experience), 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA The Avey Brothers -Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd. Davenport, IA The Blushing Gun - Fletcher - Elements in the Atmosphere -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Giving Tree Band -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA The Hitman -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA The Hooks: Maroon 5 After-Party -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL The Karry Outz -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA Tony Hamilton Orchestra -Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA 2013/03/02 (Sat)

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ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Cosmic -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA Crossroads -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA Dave Moore -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Dennis McMurrin & the Demolition Band - Bad Intentions -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Dirt Road Rockers: Luke Bryan AfterParty -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL Endless Summer -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA

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Freddie Steenbock Duo (8am) -Davenport American Legion, 702 W. 35th St. Davenport, IA Manny Lopez Trio (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel, 111 E. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Robert Earl Keen -Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St. Iowa City, IA Songwriters Night -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA The Color Pharmacy - Flash in the Pan -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2013/03/04 (Mon) Dan Dimonte & the Bad Assettes -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA India Jazz Suites -Space/Place Theatre, University of Iowa, E114 Halsey Hall, Madison & Jefferson Sts. Iowa City, IA Jon Wayne & the Pain -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Lojo Russo (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Man in Black: The Music of Johnny Cash (1 & 7pm) -Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic w/ Jeff Smallwood -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL The Air I Breathe - For All I Am - Famous Last Words - This Romantic Tragedy - Forty Fathoms (5:30pm) - Mixology (10pm) -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2013/03/08 (Fri)

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Gray Wolf Band -Edje Nightclub at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, I-280 & Hwy 92 Rock Island, IL Half Naked -4Play Sportsbar, 1704 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Item 9 & the Mad Hatters -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Jeff & Marcia Duo -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Josh Duffee & His Orchestra -Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr. Davenport, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA KEN mode - Dredge - My Pal Trigger -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Kooby’s Karaoke Sing-Off -Headquarters Bar & Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL Old Shoe - Hollis Brown -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Downtown Central Perk, 226 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA RME Guitar Circle (2pm) - River Prairie Minstrels (6pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, 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 Bad Plus (7:30 & 9:30pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA 2013/03/03 (Sun)

MONDAY

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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 Silly C & Slack Man Open Mic -Paddlewheel Sports Bar & Grill, 221 15th St Bettendorf, IA 2013/03/05 (Tue)

Sunset 4Ever @ River Music Experience – March 1
Open Mic w/ Jordan Danielsen -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th 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 2013/03/06 (Wed) LetLive - HRVRD - Night Verses - Conditions - Rescuer (6pm) - Wasted Wednesday: DJ Pat - Darius Bowie - DJ Sweets - DJ Phatswagg (10pm) -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, 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 Ren Edstrand Blues Jam -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Shiloh Terry -Zero to Sixty, 811 East 2nd St. Davenport, IA The Chris & Wes Show -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA 2013/03/07 (Thu)

SUNDAY

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Cross Creek Karaoke -Bootleggers Sports Bar, 2228 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Czech Plus (2pm) -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA

ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) -RME Cafe, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Blues Cafe (6:30pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA New York Empire Trio (11am) -Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave. Moline, IL Open Mic Night -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL Open Mic w/ Jeff Smallwood -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL

TUESDAY

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Benjamin Schmidt -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 Karaoke King -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Keller Karaoke -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL

WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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Avey Brothers Blues Jam -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL

ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA BB Secrist -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 Blue Movies (6pm) -The ARTery, 1629 2nd Ave in the District Rock Island, IL

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Bob Dorr -The Hub, 402 Main St Cedar Falls, IA Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Henhouse Prowlers - Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Jazz After Five w/ Equilateral (5pm) Charlie Parr (9pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Jon Wayne & the Pain - Zeta June -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke Sing-Off -Wide Open Bar & Grill, 425 15th St. Moline, IL Live Lunch w/ Tony Hoeppner (noon) - The Effie Afton (8pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Lynn Allen -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL New York Empire Trio (3pm) -DeereWiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave. Moline, IL North of 40 -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Rob Dahms -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Ron Johnson One-Man Band -Studio Pub, 1465 19th St. East Moline, IL Smooth Groove -Fargo Dance & Sports, 4204 Avenue of the Cities Moline, IL Soap -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) -The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Will Hoge -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA

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