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River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 19 No. 795 • January 5 - 18, 2012

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GUEST COMMENTARY

by John W. Whitehead

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review
searches ranging from whole-body scanners and enhanced pat-downs at airports to bag searches in train stations. Some security experts predict that checkpoints and screening stations will eventually be established at all soft targets, such as department stores, restaurants, and schools. More powers for the FBI. As detailed in the FBI’s operations manual, rules were relaxed to permit the agency’s 14,000 agents to search lawenforcement and private databases, go through household trash, and deploy surveillance teams, without having any factual basis for suspecting them of wrongdoing. These new powers extend the agency’s reach into the lives of average Americans and effectively transform the citizenry into a nation of suspects, reversing the burden of proof so that we are now all guilty until proven innocent. PATRIOT Act redux. Congress pushed through a four-year extension of three controversial provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act that authorize the government to use aggressive surveillance tactics in the so-called war against terror. Since being enacted in 2001, the PATRIOT Act has driven a stake through the heart of the Bill of Rights. Drones over America. Legislation allowing drones – pilotless, remote-controlled aircraft that have been used extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan – to fly in general American airspace conversing in code, espousing radical beliefs, and buying items in bulk. Fusion centers. TLOs report back to socalled “fusion centers” – data-collecting agencies spread throughout the country, aided by the National Security Agency – that constantly monitor our communications, everything from our Internet activity and Web searches to text messages, phone calls, and e-mails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected – the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police – a relationship that will make a transition to martial law that much easier. Merger of the government and the police, and the establishment of a standing army. At all levels (federal, local, and state) – through the use of fusion centers, information sharing with the national intelligence agencies, and monetary grants for weapons and training – the government and the police have joined forces. In the process, the police have become a “standing” or permanent army, one composed of full-time professional soldiers who do not disband. Court rulings affirming the right of police to invade our homes without warrants. In Barnes V. State, the Indiana Supreme Court broadly ruled that citizens don’t have the right to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally, which is

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t’s been a year of populist uprisings, economic downturns, political assassinations, and one scandal after another, but on the civil-liberties front, things were particularly grim. Welcome to the new total security state. The U.S. government now has at its disposal a technological arsenal so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void. And these technologies are being used by the government to invade the privacy of the American people. GPS tracking and secret spying on Americans. As a case before the U.S. Supreme Court makes clear, the government is taking full advantage of GPS technology to keep tabs on American citizens, and in the process is not only violating the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures but is putting an end, once and for all, to any expectation of privacy in public places. Internet surveillance. In late July 2011, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, which laid the groundwork for all Internet traffic to be easily monitored by government officials. Intrusive pat-downs, virtual strip searches, and screening stations. Under the direction of the Transportation Security Administration, American travelers have been subjected to all manner of

cleared Congress. However, police agencies across the nation are already beginning to use spy drones. Just recently, police in North Dakota arrested a family of farmers using information acquired by a spy drone. Increased arrests for recording encounters with police. Thanks to ubiquitous cell-phone technology, more Americans are recording police encounters. Consequently, police have begun arresting those who attempt to record them, citing wiretap laws as justification for the arrests. Terrorism Liaison Officers. In another attempt to control and intimidate the population, the government has introduced Terrorism Liaison Officers (TLOs) into our midst. These individuals are authorized to report “suspicious activity,” which can include such innocuous activities as taking pictures with no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements and drawings, taking notes,

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by Rich Miller ILLINOIS POLITICS The Great State of Chicago: The Financial Reality of an Endless Debate
outsize estimate of how much revenue they’re generating. A regional analysis of state expenditures versus state revenues hasn’t been done in many years. The General Assembly’s Legislative Research Unit (LRU) has refused to conduct a new study because of the uproar created the last time it did one. That last LRU report, in 1987, found that the suburbs (including suburban Cook) paid 46 percent of state taxes but got back just 27 percent of state spending. Downstate was the biggest “tax eater,” according to the LRU report, paying just 33 percent of the state’s taxes while benefiting from a whopping 47 percent of the state’s spending. Chicago paid 21 percent of the taxes and got 25 percent of the spending. A few months ago, the highly respected Taxpayers Federation of Illinois published a study of state tax collections. Downstate paid just 30 percent of all state personalincome and sales taxes collected in 2009 despite having 35 percent of the population. Chicago and suburban Cook County paid 40 percent of the two taxes while having 40.5 percent of the population. About even. And the suburban collar counties paid 30 percent of the two taxes while having only 24 percent of the population. Once again we see that the suburbs are paying more than their share, while Downstate isn’t holding up its end. The Taxpayers Federation didn’t look at corporate income taxes. There are a lot of corporations in Chicago and the suburbs compared to Downstate. An official with the group told me they’re hoping to do a regional spending study. So we shall soon know who’s right and who’s wrong in this endless debate. But it’s not looking good for Downstate’s case. The region simply doesn’t have the kind of money that exists in Chicagoland. Downstate generated just 29 percent of the state’s personal income in 2009, while Cook had almost 45 percent. And Downstate roads, schools, etc. rely heavily on state assistance. Mitchell and lots of other Downstaters might still want to kick Cook County out of Illinois, but, whether they like it or not, taxes and (most likely) spending can’t be used as an excuse. Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily political newsletter) and CapitolFax.com.

talked with former state Senator Howie Carroll last week about the proposal by state Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) to kick Chicago and suburban Cook County out of Illinois. Mitchell’s resolution has just a tiny number of co-sponsors, but he’s managed to get himself lots of statewide and national media coverage, and he clearly appears to be enjoying his 15 minutes of fame claiming that his region of the state is tired of paying for Chicago’s liberal programs. Carroll knows all too well about breaking the state in two because he sponsored just such a resolution back in 1981. Carroll, a Chicago Democrat, proposed to make Cook County a separate state. According to newspaper accounts from the time, the resolution was introduced in the midst of heated fighting between Chicagoarea and Downstate legislators over funding for mass transit. Carroll’s proposal flew out of the Senate on a voice vote. Carroll claimed at the time that once the state was divided in two, Downstaters would finally realize that Cook County was paying a lot of their expenses. Everybody thought Carroll had devised a fine joke – just another in the long line of shots that Chicago legislators were taking at Downstaters, and vice versa. Republican State Senator Roger Sommer of Downstate Morton told United Press International that he could surely score points with the folks back home by voting for Carroll’s proposal. “This is something my constituents have wanted for a long time,” Sommer said. Senator Carroll’s resolution soon flew out of the House as well. But not long after the House passed the measure, one of then-House Speaker George Ryan’s lawyers took a closer look and realized that Carroll had exactly followed the U.S. Constitution’s requirements for mandating a congressional vote on splitting an existing state into two. It turns out that Carroll wasn’t joking. Speaker Ryan ordered one of his members to file a “motion to reconsider” the next day to prevent the resolution from automatically being transmitted to Congress. (Governors have no say on resolutions.) Without that action, Congress would’ve taken a vote on Carroll’s demand. The debate at the heart of Carroll’s resolution still rages today. Many if not most Downstaters assume their taxes are subsidizing Chicago, and Chicagoans tend to have an

Many if not most Downstaters assume their taxes are subsidizing Chicago, and Chicagoans tend to have an outsize estimate of how much revenue they’re generating.

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Sweet and Lowdown

COVER STORY

by Mike Schulz mike@rcreader.com

Or: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Mike Schulz’s Favorite Movies of 2011* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

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f you will, please permit me a quick public between modern-day sports flick in apology before I expound on my 10 favor- France (and Rachel which the actual ite movies of this past year: McAdams as his underdogs are Sorry, Muppets. If I hadn’t caught that out- riotously entitled the deal-brokers of-town flick a week ago, you totally would’ve fiancée) and Paris making the behindmade the list. of the 1920s, this the-scenes plays, the Of course, had I actually viewed every timeless charmer so beautifully paced, new film 2011 had to offer, I might’ve skillfully blended visually expressive owed apologies to J.C. Chandor and Steven the highbrow with Moneyball is a Soderbergh and Harry Potter, too. As usual the high-concept true original, a for this Midwestern film critic without that it managed to devastatingly smart Moneyball access to DVD screeners or a blank check to appeal to just about piece of work regularly travel to New York and L.A., there everyone. But I wonder if the acclaimed film that, despite the reams of statistical analysis are a bunch of thus-far-unseen 2011 titles that would’ve been even more rightfully acclaimed thrown your way, never leaves you feeling I may wind up loving, including plenty that if Woody, at age 76, weren’t still so damned stupid. And with Jonah Hill offering pitchwill likely merit “For Your Consideration” prolific. If instead of a movie every year, perfect support as a man almost certain of consideration from Oscar voters: Tinker, he made one, say, every four years, would his risky hunches, Brad Pitt – as A’s General Tailor, Solider, Spy; Shame; Take Shelter; The a bigger deal have been made of Darius Manager Billy Beane – gives what is easily Iron Lady; We Need to Talk About Kevin; Khondji’s exquisite cinematography, with the performance of his career, a star turn so Coriolanus; Albert Nobbs; A Dangerous numerous shots the (color) equivalents of relaxed and magnetic and deeply soulful that, Method; A Separation; Martha Marcy May any found in Woody’s Manhattan? Would in a perfect world, it would net him the Best Marlene; Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star; more attention have been paid to the script’s Actor Academy Award he richly deserves. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Rampart classically farcical structure, and Alisa It’s shaping up to be a close race, but I’m ... . Lepselter’s precise editing, and the brilliantly thinking that come February – at least in this (I threw Bucky Larson in there just to see if funny punchlines that, by now, we’ve come one instance – it might prove to be a perfect you were still with me.) to take for granted? (“I don’t know what it is world, after all. But while my collective moviegoing about this city! It’s like I gotta write a note to experience in 2011 may have been the Chamber of Commerce!”) Perhaps. Yet incomplete, it was hardly unsatisfying, and whether the movie is underrated or not, we’ll oftentimes during the year – especially during always have that gorgeous opening montage, the hours I spent watching the 10 titles and the hobnobbing at the Moulin Rouge, below – it was awfully satisfying. Naturally, and the climactic walk in the rain. We’ll once I’ve played our area’s annual midwinter have Michael Sheen as a pedantic blowhard, game of art-film catch-up, the following and Corey Stoll as the Hemingway of your list will likely change. But what I’m certain dreams, and Adrien Brody as an endearingly The Artist won’t change is my delight, surprise, and (to obsessed Salvador Dalí. (“I see ... a rhinoceros be perfectly honest) relief that my favorite ... .”) We’ll have Marion Cotillard. (’Nuff said.) living filmmaker released a movie that I can, And we’ll have 90 minutes of utter, undiluted 3) The Artist. I caught writer/director without hesitation, call my favorite of the year joy, and in a movie year full of marvels, Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white, ... . the closest that motion pictures came to silent-film ode to old Hollywood while in 1) Midnight in Paris. The last Woody delivering literal magic. In short, happily, we’ll the Chicago area during Christmas weekend. Allen movie to land on my annual 10always have Paris. Oh, man, are you in for a treat when this favorites list was 2000’s Small Time Crooks. 2) Moneyball. When the Oakland A’s thing hits the Quad Cities! Both a lightly The last Woody movie to land at the top won 20 consecutive games during baseball’s satiric re-creation of a silent classic and the of my list would’ve 2002 season, it was genuine article, The Artist tells the riches-tobeen Hannah & Her considered something rags-to-riches story of a beloved matinée idol Sisters, had I been of a miracle. You (the faultless Jean Dujardin) who refuses to composing such lists know what else adjust to the world of talkies, and it casts an in 1986. And the was something of a intoxicating spell within its first few minutes. last Woody movie miracle? Director Who needs sound when you have stars as to boast Midnight in Bennett Miller and charismatic as Dujardin and the dazzling Paris’ combined levels screenwriters Aaron spitfire Bérénice Bejo, or period design this of craftsmanship, Sorkin and Steve lushly evocative, or gasps and tears and romanticism, Zaillian taking author laughs as colossally well-earned as they are Midnight in Paris cleverness, hilarity, Michael Lewis’ here? (The simplest of the movie’s title cards thematic depth, and confidence was ... . nonfiction exploration of the cost-saving – “BANG!” – could very well make you Hmm. Let me get back to you on that. As methods behind that stunning run and gasp, tear up, and laugh.) It should be noted you’re probably aware, the auteur’s latest turning it into a fascinating, funny, dramatic, that Hazanavicius’ masterful offering isn’t comedy became the biggest domestic hit intense, unexpectedly moving entertainment. completely silent; beyond a few wonderfully of his career. And for good reason; with I mean, it’s a movie about sabermetrics, for audible surprises, composer Ludovic Bource a never-better Owen Wilson traversing crying out loud! A triumph-of-the-underdog contributes nearly 100 solid minutes of

lovely, sublimely appropriate background music. Plus, if you catch the movie with a receptive crowd, you’ll likely be hearing – and contributing to – frequent bursts of delighted astonishment, particularly whenever that scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier named Uggie shows up. There’s apparently a viral campaign underway to award the pooch an Oscar. He’s got my vote.

Rango
4) Rango. Despite random winners such as Arthur Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Winnie the Pooh, 2011 didn’t seem to me a very strong year for animated offerings. (When a new Pixar release fails to appear among my personal top 100, something is definitely amiss.) 2011 did, however, give us Rango, so I really don’t see much point in complaining. In its way, director Gore Verbinski’s and screenwriter John Logan’s tale of The Little Lizard Who Could is as much a celebration of Hollywood as The Artist, a vibrantly detailed, stunningly wellphotographed (if that’s the correct term) homage to classic Westerns and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Sergio Leone’s “Man with No Name” series. (If I ever meet him, I’m going to genuflect before Timothy Olyphant for his peerless channeling of Clint Eastwood here.) For all of the movie’s thrilling evocations of the past, however, the film’s sparkling wit, curveball humor, and technical virtuosity are distinctly present-day, with Johnny Depp delivering a sweetly eccentric, multi-layered vocal turn that’s more nuanced – and even a good deal funnier – than any flesh-and-blood portrayal the man has given in more than a decade, and that includes Captain Jack Sparrow. All this, plus cinema’s most hysterical campfire scene since Blazing Saddles. Let’s ri-i-ide! 5) The Tree of Life. Will it sound like a backhanded compliment, if not a direct insult, to say that writer/director Terrence Malick’s wildly divisive meditation on life, love, and family is my new favorite Nap Movie? After purchasing this thunderously ambitious, aesthetically jaw-dropping saga this past autumn – having previously seen it at the cineplex this past summer – I watched the film again in its entirety, and was again

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Many-Trick Ponies
Satellite Heart, January 7 at RIBCO

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f you attend a Satellite Heart show – such as January 7’s at RIBCO – two of the songs you might hear are “Rock N’ Troll” (“Fighting dragons / Killing marauders / Doing things that we thought that we’d never do”) and “Pizza Party” (“Even Saddam Hussein like[s] pizza”). Both are irresistibly dumb; the first could be a Spinal Tap cover, and the second could have come from Flight of the Conchords. Yet before you think that the Quad Cities-based quartet is a joke band, or a one- or two-trick pony, make sure to check out Satellite Heart’s fulllength studio debut, Become the New, when it’s released in late January. It does include the aforementioned live-show staples, but it’s also a roughly vibrant rock record filled with hooks and charm aplenty. Featuring six tracks the band hasn’t previously made available on its SoundCloud page (SoundCloud.com/ satellite-heart) and new recordings of five songs, Become the New never quite transcends its compositional method. Lead singer Jacob Ruefer explained in an interview that Satellite Heart does virtually no songwriting prep for rehearsals; the material springs from jams, with lyrics added later. So the songs on the album are relatively straightforward guitar rock, bursting out in mature form drawn from the primary riffs. While there might be little development within each song and few surprises, every track is distinct and boasts a solid, unpretentious core. The band’s casual process culls out inferior material, Ruefer said: “We write a lot of songs and drop a lot of songs. So if we play them [live] or record them, we’re pretty proud of them. ... If we don’t get a song in an hour or two and like it, we don’t stick with it. We’ve written entire songs and forgotten them a week later. It’s definitely

RIBCO show, and the group’s tuneful Before the Echo album is at once atmospheric and aggressive, like some combination of the Church, Guided by Voices, and the Smithereens. The gigantically emotional and lush “A Seat with the Sinners” is followed by the patiently building power pop of “Ladder to the Moon.” The opening of “Your Secret’s Safe” has a Sonic Youth vibe. Photo by Shannon Colgan There’s some country twang thrown in all on-the-spot, and it has to be good there, too, on “Back & Forth,” along with enough for us to remember it the next day.” pastoral folk on the title track. And that’s The title track stands out here, the followed by the cock rock of “Throw churning, fuzzy lead guitar contrasted Your Hand.” with Ruefer’s probing singing – controlled The production, for an unsigned band, yet expressive. But the song really soars is startlingly rich and expansive, but in its pared-away break – when those as you might gather from the previous primary elements give way to bass, drums, paragraph, this is a band in search of not and eventually background singing over merely an independent identity but an subdued guitars. The album was recorded identity at all. The album feels scattershot by the Post Mortems’ Devin Kirby-Hansen, rather than coherently diverse. and he and the band find a proper balance It’s hard not to admire the breadth between the massed ensemble sound and skill of Before the Echo, and the and instrumental separation; each part’s quartet shows serious promise, ambition, individual and collective purpose is clear. and range. But those qualities, at least And the prominence of Tyler Willhite’s here, are mostly nascent, waiting for an bass is refreshing, given lead-instrument overarching vision. duties on several tracks. Other highlights include “Trace the Satellite Heart will perform on Saturday, Skies” and “King Me” – both of which January 7, at RIBCO (1815 Second sound effortlessly majestic and bold. “Part Avenue in Rock Island). The show starts Time Wolf,” which Reufer said recalls at 9:30 p.m. and also features the Blushing Modest Mouse, also sounds in its structure, Gun and Ghost Town Choir. Cover is $4. sound, and vocal delivery like a really good imitation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Satellite Heart will also perform with their poppy peak. the Post Mortems and Break-Up Art on Saturday, January 28, at Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue in Rock Island). Doors for the all-ages show open at 8 p.m., and admission is $5. onmouth, Illinois’ Ghost T own Choir is one of the opening acts For more information on Satellite Heart, for Satellite Heart’s January 7 visit Facebook.com/satelliteheartmusic.

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GAMING The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Quantity Over Quality

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eviewing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the latest open-world role-playing game from Bethesda Game Studios, seems like a foolish project. It gives players the freedom to roam across almost 15 square miles of a densely populated fantasy world of elves, orcs, giants, and dragons. It allows players to create characters à la carte from a broad pool of abilities, rather than using restrictive “classes” like most role-playing games. And it offers six major narratives, each the equivalent of a smaller game. On the surface, Skyrim appears to be too vast for a short evaluation; but this is a lake a mile wide and a foot deep. The experience of playing Skyrim, for all its breadth, boils down to one gameplay sequence, repeated over and over. The player speaks to a non-player character; that character gives the player a quest, or something to do; and nine out of 10 times, this ultimately involves the player traveling to a distant location, killing everything in the area, and retrieving some specific item. Meanwhile, the player’s numerically rated skills improve, granting access to new abilities and allowing the player to take on more difficult quests. This structure is not a failing in itself, and is of course the basis of many video games, some highly successful – from previous Elder Scrolls games to World of Warcraft to Grand Theft Auto. But those games usually succeed because some element of the loop is fundamentally enjoyable – talking to characters, defeating enemies, developing the player character’s abilities, or simply traveling through the world. In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – the first Elder Scrolls game to achieve popular success – the fascinatingly alien world made exploring worthwhile in spite of the weak combat and stuffy narrative. In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, on the other hand, streamlined combat was the only bright light against the aggressively mediocre and conventional world and narrative. In Skyrim, as in many other games of this type, combat represents the majority of the loop. Skyrim’s combat adds a few new options to Oblivion’s aging system, including the ability to wield two weapons or spells at once, but these do not fix the essential weakness: the lack of grounding. Enemies never seem like real creatures moving in the world, instead feeling like identical floating blobs in different guises. The best additions to combat are the ability to hire companions to fight for you and improvements to the stealth system, both of which are attractive because they obviate combat rather than enhance it. Many players are driven instead by the experience of being at the center of an exciting

story. Skyrim’s narratives are wildly uneven, and the writing and voice-acting are almost universally bland. The “main quest,” involving the player saving the world (as always) from dragons, feels perfunctory; it moves through all the necessary steps but offers few surprises or attempts to exceed expectations. Some of the other “quest lines” are more interesting, especially the Thieves’ Guild and the Dark Brotherhood – two criminal organizations whose quests often take place in cities rather than wilderness dungeons and thus introduce more complex gameplay scenarios than killing everything that moves, as well as more complex motivations than selfless heroism. One of the key stated aims of The Elder Scrolls series is allowing players to carve their own paths, and here Skyrim fails most. To be sure, you can combine weapons, magic, and stealth tactics in ways that most role-playing games never allow you to consider, and there is some pleasure and pride in building a character into your ideal combination of abilities. But the characters and world of Skyrim never recognize this. Quests are linear, tightly authored affairs, constantly dictating your responses and options. Nothing you do, in a quest or elsewhere, causes drastic changes to the world of Skyrim. Even ending the ongoing civil war changes a few flags and not much else. Ultimately, Skyrim is best considered as a diorama, a box of scenes you can move through and observe but never change. The freedom to move about the box and peer behind the scenes makes your inability to change anything more acute and painful than in many straightforwardly linear games with no pretensions of freedom or agency. This leaves only the world itself as a source of enjoyment. Skyrim’s world is vast and undeniably, sometimes breathtakingly, beautiful. It is not the astonishing alien world of Morrowind, but neither is it the generic world of Oblivion, which seemed deliberately stripped of anything outside the tritest conventions of high fantasy. Skyrim’s world is classical: It calls to mind not the past few decades’ increasingly bland derivations of Tolkien but Tolkien’s own inspirations in Beowulf, the Norse Eddas, and other ancient European mythology. Skyrim can be an overwhelming game, one in which you could lose yourself for hundreds of hours. Its power, though, lies not in gameplay or narrative or freedom afforded to players, but in sheer mass. It is the epitome of quantity over quality, but quantity can be its own quality. If you are looking to escape into a fantasy world and never see the boundaries of the box, Skyrim can provide. If you are looking to make your mark on that world, look elsewhere. Grant Williams is a developer at Sedona Technologies who hijacked an English degree to study video games.

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rtists use certain visual cues to make a portrait feel heroic: bright, clear lighting, a low viewing perspective, strong or kind facial expressions, adoring masses, flying flags. These techniques cast the subject as trustworthy, powerful, and revered. This is not how Charles Turzak did it. The print Abe Lincoln Enters Coles County, Illinois at first glance seems a traditional heroic portrait. A younger Lincoln stands in the center of the composition. The distant clouds appear to part behind his head, giving the effect of a halo and drawing our eyes to his face. He leans slightly to the left, muscles taught, in a pose seemingly moments away from action. He clutches an axe. His open collar, bare feet, and rolled-up sleeves suggest a hard-working everyman. But the rest of the print seems more conflicted. Lincoln stands in a field, surrounded by felled trees and stumps, as far as the eye can see. They lay at angles, not in orderly piles – as if on a battlefield. Lincoln’s face, seen in profile, appears stern. His eyes are completely obscured by shadow, emphasizing the hollows of his cheeks. The clouds, although parting for his head, appear dark and stormy. The felled trees are both progress and destruction, and the scene is both glorious and anxious. This is a portrait of a man who has accomplished much, but at great cost. Abe Lincoln Enters Coles County, Illinois is one of 12 woodcuts in the Figge Art Museum’s Beyond the Surface: WPA Works of Charles Turzak exhibit, which runs through February 26. The black-and-white prints, all approximately 14 by 12 inches and created through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during 1934, are in the style of graphic realism and represent events, places, and individuals specific to Illinois. While they elevate the worker and recognize important historical figures, they also reflect the darker tone of the time. During the Great Depression, the federal government created a series of programs intended to improve the economy, including the WPA. Thousands of artists were hired to create work for display in government and public settings. Charles Turzak was one such artist. Although he was of minor importance nationally, his roots and work in Illinois make him locally significant. He was also a shining example of the success of the WPA in developing career artists. This suite of prints was commissioned after Turzak’s work on a post-office mural in Lemont, Illinois, and it established black-and-white woodcuts as his preferred visual language. We see another heroic portrait in Tank Worker. A heavily muscled man stands in the center, one hand clutching a wrench, the other a vertical rail. The viewing angle is low, making

Clockwise from above: Abe Lincoln Enters Coles County, Illinois; Vandalia 1824; Capt. George Rogers Clark Takes Kaskaskia; and Fort Dearborn Massacre.
the man appear powerful and commanding, standing on high. Turzak manipulated line and value to move the viewer’s eyes upward, giving the work a dynamic quality, and an exaggerated sense of space. The man, with his raised arm, draws our eyes up to the large containment tank in the background. Various tubes and rails emanate from the tank, adding to the vertical sweep. He also utilized large areas of solid black and white to create alternating arcs, framing the worker. The outer edge is black, implying a walkway stories above the man. The white light of the distant ceiling frames the large black tank. The man appears illuminated from below, composed mostly of white values, bright against the dark tank. This portrait presents the worker as strong and significant. The setting, however, seems dark. The extreme lighting and absence of other workers make his position seem lonely and foreboding. He looks downward, to the side, seeming concerned and distracted. Although hard at work, this man appears to have additional concerns. Fort Dearborn Massacre combines portraits into a narrative scene of villain, hero, and victim. This image depicts a tragic event during the War of 1812, in which local Indian tribes ambushed and killed the Fort’s unarmed residents, despite the intervention of some Native Americans on their behalf. The villain of this tale is largest in the composition. A hostile warrior stands in grotesque celebration, arms spread, with a weapon in each hand. In the background, the fort burns, sending spirals of smoke into the air. The smoke behind the large warrior contains wiggly lines that echo the villain’s form, like vibrating energy. In the bottom of the composition we see a woman, infant in arms, being protected by another Native American. His hand is raised, blocking an ax being swung by an enemy, invisible to us, outside of the composition. The hero’s calm face and subtle movement place him in direct contrast to the intense energy of the villain. The hero is also relatively small in the composition, taking up only the bottom right quarter. This narrative image glorifies the altruism of the hero yet represents the overwhelming odds of his situation. Another narrative portrait is Capt. George Rogers Clark Takes Kaskaskia. This print depicts Clark and his soldiers liberating the town from British rule during the Revolution. Clark is center in the page, leading a line of militiamen bearing rifles and an American flag. Their rifle stocks form parallel lines, echoed by the white stripes of the large flag above. The repeated vertical stripes of the logs composing the fence and buildings of the fort contrast with these

horizontal elements, giving a grid-like stability to the composition. Despite this supposedly being a happy event for the citizens of Kaskaskia, all onlookers in Turzak’s image seem worried, if not outright terrified, about their liberation. The lower left corner is filled with the faces of an anxious and astonished crowd. The lower right corner contains a priest, looking at Captain Clark and with a hand touching his lips in inquisitive concern. Vandalia 1824 presents another snippet of Illinois history: a failed attempt to convene a state constitutional convention in Illinois to legalize slavery. Turzak illustrates the opposing sides vying for voters’ attention in this imagined, dramatic tableau. Dark clouds in the background are composed of repeated horizontal strokes, giving an appearance of movement and energy. What was then the state capitol dominates the top of the composition, hinting at the political nature of the scene. In the middleground, we see a faceless crowd of marching protesters, with a banner reading “Vote on the ?” A bald man in a long coat stands in profile, glancing over his shoulder at the viewer. In his hands is a document that he studies closely. His posture and expression seem suspicious. To the man’s left is a kneeling slave, his wrist shackled to a chain leading off the page. In the foreground are two worried-seeming voters, writing on a single large ballot. The voter on the left glances back at the slave while the voter on the right looks down, a man in a top hat looming over his shoulder. Turzak increased the feeling of the voters’ anxiety by placing them in the bottom right corner, with all directional forces of the composition leading our eyes to rest on the ballot. The moral heroes of this scene – the abolitionists – are indistinguishable from their pro-slavery counterparts. It is unclear in this depicted moment if they will be victorious. Turzak’s depiction of American heroes is fascinating because he does not present them using the conventional visual language. He infused them with subtle strength through their poses and actions yet used facial expressions and compositional elements to suggest vulnerability. Beyond the Surface gives modern viewers American history through the lens of the Great Depression – hope in the success of altruistic heroes, yet concern for their potential fallibility. Michelle Garrison is a mixed-media artist who teaches art and design at Geneseo Middle School.

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Movie Reviews
WAR HORSE
execution of a pair of German-army deserters, witnessed through the slowly turning blades A grandly scaled of a windmill; adventure about a boy who Joey’s gets a horse, then loses the anguished horse, then joins the British escape infantry to find the horse, attempt not War Horse is the sort of over, but triumphant, lump-in-thethrough, throat epic that director a series of Steven Spielberg should be barbedable to pull off in his sleep. wire fences. Consequently, the highest Jeremy Irvine in War Horse (This last, compliment I can pay the brilliantly movie is that its helmer, at all edited sequence is so brutal that you can’t times, appears to be fully awake here. There’s fathom how the movie will get away with its palpable filmmaking energy in nearly every inevitable “No animals were harmed during shot, and several passages in this World War the making of this movie” citation.) I family drama are so thrilling and painful Given Spielberg’s signature finesse, and spectacularly well-choreographed that especially during the combat scenes, and they rank among the finest in Spielberg’s Janusz Kaminski’s glorious cinematography, career. War Horse is constantly watchable, and boasts The problem is that a wholly alert a number of remarkably well-trained animals Spielberg is also a Spielberg who refuses to and mostly well-trained humans. (Among the rest until he’s strong-armed you into total two-legged cast members, Tom Hiddleston, as submission; when the man is working at full a kindly British army captain, earns best-inthrottle, there isn’t a sentimental exchange show honors, wrapping up a film year that or narrative turn that the director won’t also found the actor wonderful as Thor’s Loki augment with an onslaught of aiming-forand Midnight in Paris’ F. Scott Fitzgerald.) It iconic images and alternately maudlin and even remains watchable during its director’s overbearing John Williams music cues. To be more obvious and pandering flourishes, such fair, Spielberg’s frequently relentless buttonas the greedy machinations of David Thewlis’ pushing is exactly what many people love moustache-twirling landlord, or the comic about his films, and judging by the sniffling high jinks involving a goose so overtly wacky and nose-blowing routinely heard at my that it may as well be animated and voiced by War Horse screening, the movie is exactly Nathan Lane. the satisfying equine tearjerker its audience Yet your litmus test for the movie’s overall wants it to be. For my part, however, I was effectiveness – the scene, I’d suggest, in which just happy that I managed to avoid rolling you’ll either give in to War Horse completely my eyes at the indulgences of Spielberg and or immediately turn against it – comes at screenwriters Lee Hall and Richard Curtis roughly the two-hour mark, when a downed for nearly two hours of the film’s length … Joey is discovered ensnared in No Man’s which would’ve been awesome news if the Land, and his fate becomes dependent on film didn’t run almost two-and-a-half hours. a hesitant partnership between British and Based on an acclaimed children’s German camps. Suffice it to say that while I fiction by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse was fine with the magnificent steed inspiring follows its titular protagonist, Joey, from intense affection among nearly everyone his happy life alongside devoted owner who crosses his path, I was not fine with the Albert (Jeremy Irvine) to numerous WWI fraudulent, rigged, overly jokey armistice battlefields, with a brief respite in the care of the No Man’s Land detour … or with the of an elderly jam maker (Niels Arestrup) numerous, shamelessly manipulative reunions and his granddaughter (Celine Buckens). and contrived narrative conceits that followed And along the way, Spielberg delivers scenes it. By War Horse’s finale, with characters of mesmerizing showmanship: the British basking in the amber hues of a perfect sunset, cavalry’s attack on a German campsite, the snifflers in the auditorium appeared to which ends in unexpected horror; the be having a ball. Yet if you remain dry-eyed,

by Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com by Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com

A Good Movie? Aye. A Great Movie? Neigh.
know that you’ve at least got company; after so much engaging, effective build-up, I was bummed to see the film, in its climactic scenes, end not with an emotional bang, but with a whinny.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

There is absolutely no pleasure to be had in documenting, or even discussing, Cameron Crowe’s fall from cinematic grace, and even basic common sense, in the years since 2000’s Almost Famous. So as far as his huggy, weepy, sappy family trifle We Bought a Zoo is concerned – with its nauseatingly cutesy characters and aggressively formulaic sitcom situations and embarrassingly naked attempts at pop-culture immortality (“Why not?” is this film’s weak answer to “You had me at hello”) – let’s THE DARKEST take a half-full approach. Matt Michelle Williams in My Damon delivers a confident, HOUR Week with Marilyn relaxed leading-man turn. An alien-invasion thriller Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden for audiences who found 2010’s Skyline a Church offer some occasional diversion. The bit too level-headed, coherent, and witty, soundtrack is, of course, tops. And God knows director Chris Gorak’s The Darkest Hour the movie is more bearable than Crowe’s would be unendurable if it wasn’t so Vanilla Sky from 2001 and Elizabethtown from unintentionally hilarious. In a nutshell, the 2005. If this trend continues, I’m thinking movie finds space invaders vaporizing the that We Need a Zoo’s writer/director should citizenry in Moscow, and a team of hottie be back to peak performance in, say, 30 or 40 whippersnappers – led by Emile Hirsch years. So things are looking up, I guess. – our planet’s only hope for survival. Pity the planet. Between the hysterically stoic MY WEEK WITH MARILYN dialogue, the lame-brained plotting, the wall-to-wall-atrocious acting (even by the Michelle Williams is so startlingly fine as usually trustworthy likes of Olivia Thirlby My Week with Marilyn’s Marilyn Monroe and Max Minghella), and the derivative – so charming and delicate and sad – that it effects that might have seemed barely matters that director Simon Curtis’ cool(-ish) if we hadn’t already seen War of movie doesn’t come close to matching her. the Worlds and the latest Transformers, this Set during the filming of the star’s The Prince end-of-times cheapie is laughably, almost & the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier (played by a miscast but satisfactory Kenneth staggeringly inept. Yet if you absolutely must endure the film, I recommend going Branagh), this lightly melancholic drama is the route I did, as my brother and I had a smartly edited and impressively designed but terrific time entertaining ourselves with also, in truth, blander than bland, offering precious little insight into Monroe’s character, snarky comments and ideas for the eventual Darkest Hour drinking game. Good luck and an utterly forgettable Eddie Redmayne getting him to see it again, though. as the wide-eyed gofer who becomes the leading lady’s confidante. Yet what’s the Follow Mike on Twitter at Twitter.com/ point in bitching when Williams – whose physicality doesn’t match Monroe’s but whose MikeSchulzNow.

readings and spirit feel exactly right – is as exceptional as she is here? It doesn’t take more than a couple of scenes for all of your memories of the real Marilyn to vanish, at least for the 100 minutes of Curtis’ movie; with her exquisite wiggly walk, divinely breathy cadences, and subtle, haunting hints of the desperation and anguish that lie beneath Monroe’s radiant veneer, Williams delivers a transcendent portrayal in a film that desperately requires one. (Judi Dench, though, does appear in a brief, salty turn as an Dame Sybil Thorndike, and Zoë Wanamaker is enjoyably curt as acting coach Paula Strasberg.) You could, and probably should, ask for a better movie from My Week with Marilyn, but no one could conceivably ask for a better Marilyn.

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What’s Happenin’
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Goethe, and Albert Einstein.) Though their activities eventually led to their arrests and brutal executions The White Rose during World War II, the young members of the resistance group the German American Heritage Center Sunday, January 8, through Friday, February 24 White Rose were figures of international regard. Through the underground release of missives that accused the ack when I was in Nazi regime of mass college, it wasn’t genocide, they urged uncommon for me and their fellow citizens my friends to stay up to not bow down to ’til all hours of the night Nazi tyranny and spitballing about how, to help expose their if given the chance, we country’s oppression, could make a profound and they inspired impact on the world. Granted, it was the world Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and both civilians and outside forces to Christoph Probst of theatre, but still … . take action. The first of the group’s Yet for an example of how university famed leaflets, meant for German eyes, students truly did change the world included the hypothetical query, “Isn’t – the whole world – you need look it true that every honest German is no further than Davenport’s German ashamed of his government these days?” American Heritage Center, which will Copies of the sixth – smuggled out of host the historical exhibition The White the country after the White Rose’s six Rose from January 8 through February 24. Through photographs, commentary, core members were executed – were eventually dropped over Germany by and related programming, the center’s Allied planes. exhibit will explore how a group of A celebration of heroism and courage German university students, led by in the face of unspeakable adversity, brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, helped open eyes to the atrocities events in conjunction with the The White Rose exhibit include screenings being committed under the Third of the films The White Rose (January Reich. It will also reveal why the Scholls 22) and The Last Days of Sophie Scholl and their colleagues are, especially to (February 5) at the Figge Art Museum. those of German heritage, considered More information on the exhibition and among the most heroic figures of the its related programming is available by 20th Century. (In a national 2003 poll calling the German American Heritage selecting “The 10 Greatest Germans of Center at (563)322-8844 or visiting All Time,” the Scholls placed fourth, GAHC.org. ranked above such figures as Bach,

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Comedy
Adler Theatre Friday, January 13, 8 p.m.

Mike Epps & Friends

1) The Hangover 2) How High 3) Next Day Air 4) Open Season 2 5) Roll Bounce 6) Still ’bout It

A) Baby Powder B) Black Doug C) Bobby Ray D) Boog E) Brody F) Byron

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’m not really in the market for one, yet if I was looking to hire a professional bodyguard, I might consider going to Mike Epps first. I know he’s an actor and all. But I’m thinking that anyone who kicks zombie tail in Resident Evil movies, stands up to Will Smith’s Hancock, and doesn’t wilt

under the combined fierceness of Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine in Jumping the Broom is someone I’d definitely trust with my life. Of course, for all of his ass-kicking cred, Epps is even better known for his comedic skills, which local audiences will experience when the man hosts the stand-up evening Mike Epps & Friends at the Adler Theatre

Music
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Samantha Fish

The Redstone Room Friday, January 13, 8 p.m.
or one of my New Year’s resolutions, I vowed to stop moaning in print about those who’ve earned nationwide acclaim and achieved considerable professional success despite being many, many years younger than me. Then, as one of my first What’s Happenin’ assignments for 2012, I was asked to write about 22-year-old singer/

mind you, those are just his “B” roles. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Yeah, I know ... . I kinda hope Epps brings songwriter/guitarist Samantha Fish. Well, I suppose five days was a pretty good run. Based in Kansas City, Missouri – and performing at Davenport’s Redstone Room on January 13 – Fish discovered her love for the blues while in high school, and was a familiar performer at local blues clubs before the age of 21. And this past year, her impassioned vocals and instrumental wailing were notable enough to not only land her a spot

on the year-long Blu Tour, but to have he talents showcased o CDs: Girls with Guit features contributio Cassie Taylor and D Fish’s solo debut Run Yet if you’re looki accompanying phot Fish’s blond, pretty, fool you; to hear crit gal knows her blues out. Writing for Am Jim Canavy raved, “ exceptional, her eloc and her timbre is fam distinct,” and he des powerful vocalist, p

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on January 13. Performing alongside some of the Midwest’s most promising up-andcomers, Epps will treat the Davenport crowd to material from his own acclaimed touring act, delivering the sharp timing and humor known to fans of such Epps films as Next Friday, Lottery Ticket, Soul Men, and All About the Benjamins. Yet in addition to the titles already cited, the performer has appeared in nearly 30 additional films since his screen debut in 1997’s Vin Diesel-directed Strays. Can you match Epps movies above with the characters he portrayed in them? Tickets to Mike Epps & Friends are $39.50 and $44.50, and can be secured by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting AdlerTheatre.com. Answers: 1 – B, 2 – A, 3 – E, 4 – D, 5 – F, 6 – C. An along funnier friends than me, too.

Theatre
Anne of Avonlea
Playcrafters Barn Theatre Friday, January 13, through Sunday, January 22
n a moviegoing culture that has given us an annual Twilight, an annual Paranormal Activity, and eight Harry Potters in just over a decade, having to wait more than three years for a sequel might seem a little excessive. (For those series’ more voracious fans, it might seem downright rude.) But so far as I know, there Sydney Crumbleholme are no current and Joey Pautsch in rules regarding Anne of Avonlea the timeliness of stage sequels. And when it comes to the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s forthcoming production of Anne of Avonlea – running January 13 through 22 – I’m thinking that the results might prove well worth the more-than-threeyear wait. A follow-up to Playcrafters’ Anne of Green Gables from November of 2008, and based on the second book of author L.M. Montgomery’s beloved literary series, Anne of Avonlea takes feisty heroine Anne Shirley from her first days as a schoolteacher through her departure for Redmond College. Along the way, she contends with

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ues Caravan er prodigious on two 2011 tars (which also ons by tourmates Dani Wilde) and naway. ing at the to, don’t let youthful visage itics tell it, this s inside and meriblues.com, “Her control is cution is superb, miliar yet scribed Fish as “a potent guitarist,

and creative songwriter.” AcousticMusic.com’s Mark S. Tucker, meanwhile, called Fish “a girl who’s going places,” and added, “This chick cooks, y’all – I’m talking ’bout the greasy, nasty, soulful, getdown-and-get-back-up-again allnight box-car diner.” So bring your musical appetites to the Redstone Room. And, judging by that plaudit, maybe an antacid. Samantha Fish performs with an opening set by her venue’s Winter Blues All Stars, and more information on the night is available by calling (563)326-1333 or visiting RiverMusicExperience. org.

high-spirited (though occasionally troublesome) students, family crises, and a potential romance with childhood enemy Gilbert Blythe, all presented in a sweet and touching young-adult narrative that has delighted generations of readers since its initial publication in 1909. Yet as someone who hasn’t read the Anne Shirley novels, I’m still incredibly eager to see the Moline theatre’s latest, at least based on the reviews of its predecessor. Anne of Avonlea’s director, Donna Weeks, also helmed Anne of Green Gables, a show described as “a thorough joy” whose “standing ovation felt richly deserved.” Anne’s guardian is again being played by actress Karen Decker, who was called “so powerfully good as Marilla – so explosively funny and subtly moving – that even though she has more stage time than the show’s other grown-ups, she’s never around as often as you’d like.” And returning to the role of Anne Shirley is Sydney Crumbleholme, whose first turn as the character inspired the plaudits “fantastically assured,” “exhilaratingly close to perfect,” and “I doubt there has been a better, more inspiring piece of casting on area stages in all of 2008.” I’d mention the raves’ author by name, but you know, I already reference myself too damned much in these articles ... . Anne of Avonlea will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., and tickets are available by calling (309)762-0330 or visiting Playcrafters.com.

MUSIC

What Else Is Happenin’

Friday, January 6 – Victor Trevino. Acclaimed impersonator in his “A Tribute to Elvis” concert. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30p.m. $10-15. For information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf. IsleOfCapriCasinos.com. Sunday, January 15 - The Lynne Hart Quartet. A performance in Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz series, featuring an all-ages jazz workshop and an event concert. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. workshop − $5 for adults, free for students; 6 p.m. concert − $10-15. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or (309)3730790, or visit RiverMusicExperience.org or Polyrhythms.org.

THEATRE

Saturday, January 7 – The Prenzie Players’ Twelfth Night Gala. Sixth-annual fundraiser for the classical-theatre troupe, featuring performances, live music, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Rivermont Collegiate (1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf). 7 p.m. $15. For tickets and information, call (309)278-8426 or visit PrenziePlayers.com. Wednesday, January 11, through Saturday, March 3 - Grease. The beloved rock ’n’ roll musical, directed by Ann Nieman. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island). Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, and January 11 and 12 – 5:45

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Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club
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ongtime Quad Cities Photography Club member Marty Farwell is the creator of this month’s featured image, a high-scoring entry in the nature category of the club’s December competition. This lovely shot of sunrise at Crater Lake in Oregon was taken in June 2010. She says: “The ground was still covered with snow, and on this morning, the lake was perfectly calm. ... My wide-angle lens allowed me to capture the foreground leading into the craggy trees as well as the beautiful colors in the sky. It was truly a beautiful moment in time.” Marty used a 1/4-second exposure at f/16 with an ISO of 250. The Quad Cities Photography Club welcomes visitors and new members. The club sponsors numerous activities encompassing many types and aspects of photography. It holds digital and print competitions most months. At its meetings, members discuss the images, help each other to improve, and socialize. The club also holds special learning workshops and small groups that meet on specific photography topics, and occasionally offers interesting shooting opportunities. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month September through June at the Butterworth Center, 1105 Eighth Street in Moline. For more information on the club, call (563)332-6522 or visit QCPhotoClub. com. To see works by club members, visit QCCC.SmugMug.com.

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GUEST COMMENTARY

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2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review
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by John W. Whitehead

What Else Is Happenin’
p.m. doors, 6-7 p.m. buffet dinner, 7:15 p.m. pre-show, 7:45 p.m. performance; Sundays – 3:45 p.m. doors, 4-5 p.m. buffet dinner, 5:15 p.m. pre-show, 5:45 p.m. performance; Wednesdays – 11:30 a.m. doors, 11:45 a.m.12:45 p.m. plated lunch, 1 p.m. pre-show, 1:30 p.m. performance. $28.22-47.55. For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Circa21.com. community schools. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum admission. For information, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum.org.

the law in most states. In Kentucky V. King, the U.S. Supreme Court gave police carte blanche authority to break into homes or apartments without a warrant. Bringing the war home. America became the new battleground in the war on terror. A perfect example of this is the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Contained within this massive defense bill are several provisions that, taken collectively, re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the rule of law – our U.S. Constitution – becomes the map by which we navigate life in the United States. In short, this defense bill not only decimates the due process of law and habeas corpus for anyone perceived to be an enemy of the United States, but it radically expands the definition of who may be considered the legitimate target of military action. What does 2012 hold for us? Only time will tell. But as Jane Addams, the first U.S. woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, advised, “America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.” If we want to avert certain disaster in the form of authoritarianism, then we’d do well to start teaching the principles of freedom to our young people right away and hope the lesson sticks. Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute (Rutherford.org). His book The Freedom Wars is available at Amazon.com, and he can be reached at johnw@rutherford.org. An expanded version of this article can be found at RCReader.com/y/liberties.

COMEDY

EVENTS

Friday, January 13 – Comedy for the Kingdom, Laughter for Your Soul. A True Gospel Enterprises production, featuring performances by Lady Luncha’bell, Marvin “Dubbs” Phipps, and local artists. The Center (1411 Brady Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $10-12. For tickets and information, call (563)323-5295 or visit TheCenter-Davenport.com. Sunday, January 15 – Todd Barry. Stand-up concert with the film and television comedian, with an opener by Janelle James. The Mill (120 East Burlington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $12. For tickets and information, call (319)351-9529 or visit ICMill.com.

SPORTS

Saturday, January 7 – The Harlem Globetrotters. Basketball and comedy with the world-famous team. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7 p.m. $37-94. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.

EXHIBIT

Saturday, January 14, through Sunday, May 27 – Young Artists at the Figge. Annual exhibit of student works, with selections from young artists from Muscatine, North Scott, Davenport, Moline, Bettendorf, Geneseo, and Pleasant Valley

Saturday, January 14 – The Power of One. Annual celebration and tribute in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., featuring guest speakers, music, dance, theatrical performances, a documentary screening, and more. Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 6 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)7947721 or visit Augustana.edu. Saturday, January 14 – Winter Wine Experience. Annual fundraiser featuring a variety of wines for sampling, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and more. River Music Experience (131 West Second Street, Davenport). 5 p.m. $20-35. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org. Sunday, January 15 – Ron Royals. An evening with the acclaimed illusionist. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30p.m. $5. For information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf.IsleOfCapriCasinos.com. Monday, January 16 - Let Freedom Ring. Community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Day, featuring a 2:30 p.m. presentation, a 3:15 drum circle with Terry Hanson, and a 3:45 p.m. performance by The Candymakers. River Music Experience (131 West Second Street, Davenport). 2 p.m. Free admission. For ninformation, call (563)3261333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

The German American Heritage Center presents:

The White Rose

The Magic Flute
The German American Heritage Center will present the Des Moines Metro Opera in Davenport on Tuesday February 7th at 7pm for a one night only performance. OPERA Iowa will present a two-hour version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in English at the Rogalski Center on the SAU campus. $15 General Admission or $25 Premium Seating Tickets available in person, through mail, or by phone at GAHC: 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport or 563-322-8844

An exhibit exploring one of Germany’s most famous resistance groups formed by a small group of university students in 1942-43.

Exhibit opening Sunday January 8 and runs through February 24.
Film Showings at the Figge: Sunday Jan 22, 4pm The White Rose Sunday Feb 5, 4pm Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Reader’s Theater play at GAHC: Saturday Feb 11, 1:30 and 3pm The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany

Support provided by Rauch Family Foundation II, Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rock Island Community Foundation

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astounded by the grace woman he loves (a with which Malick fabulously beguiling and his collaborators Carey Mulligan) (principally – the first woman, you cinematographer sense, he’s ever dared Emmanuel Lubeszki) to love. The film’s crafted such a delicate, haunting moodiness small-town memoir is superbly rendered, of such cosmic the chase scenes are dimensions. While wizardly, and enough The Tree of Life attempting to watch can’t be said about this mostly plotless, deliberately paced outing Albert Brooks’ joyously acidic portrayal of a a third time, though, I fell asleep roughly 45 Hollywood mensch with a really dangerous minutes in, waking up about an hour later side. But as his performance here affirmed, ... at which point, after a few more minutes and his work in Crazy, Stupid, Love and The of focused attention, I conked out again. Yet Ides of March confirmed, 2011 was Ryan perhaps strangely, I consider that a telling Gosling’s year. We were just lucky enough to demonstration of the movie’s repeat-viewing drive around in it. appeal: The Tree of Life is so hypnotic, so serene, so quietly powerful (with untrained youth Hunter McCracken the performance equal of exceptional co-stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain), and so theologically and metaphysically profound that it leaves you in a state of blissful tranquility, like the cinematic equivalent of an amazing massage. You can nap during Malick’s film, but you’ll likely be smiling while you’re sleeping, and a host of Hugo visual and aural and thematic wonders will still be waiting for you when you wake up. 7) Hugo. Continued proof that Martin Scorsese should never, ever, be underestimated. Watching the early Hugo previews that somehow made the movie seem simultaneously hyperactive and duller than hell, I was convinced that the director’s first foray into family fare was going to bomb, and rather spectacularly at that. Now I’m wondering just how many Oscar nominations – among them Best Picture and Director – it’s going to receive. (Ten? Eleven?) A serious-minded, touching coming-of-age story tucked into a grandly scaled reverie for Drive the early days of cinema, Scorsese’s nimble, 6) Drive. To misquote the Bard: “Some extraordinarily well-designed adventure is in are born cool, some achieve coolness, and a live-action-family-film class by itself ... or, at some have coolness thrust upon them.” Ryan least, in a class that only contains Babe, Where Gosling, I’m guessing, was just born cool. To the Wild Things Are, and maybe a few others. be sure, Drive’s star achieves coolness (and With his heartbreaking emotional directness, then some) in his role as the unnamed stunt Asa Butterfield gave a deeply empathetic driver of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s performance, and his scenes alongside Ben viciously exuberant thriller, and certainly has Kingsley – wondrous as film pioneer George coolness thrust upon him during a number Méliès – were every bit as captivating as of the film’s unforgettable set pieces. (That the mechanical intricacies visualized by motel-room attack! That elevator kiss! That cinematographer Robert Richardson. I had a ball climactic stare!) Yet only an actor this dyedat this latest endeavor from Scorsese and Rango in-the-wool-cool could take a character this screenwriter John Logan (you had a helluva fine reticent and inscrutable and fill him with 2011, John!), and in a terrific surprise, I was such explosively vivid detail. Driver, as he’s positively floored by Hugo’s 3D presentation, called in the end credits, doesn’t get many the best employment of the surcharge-loaded lines in Hossein Amini’s terrifically biting format I’ve yet seen. That Scorsese, I’m tellin’ ya. script. Gosling’s silences, though, speak Still crazy-gifted after all of these years. volumes about the man’s conflicted ethics, 8) Margin Call. If, like many of us, you’ve and his untapped reservoirs of rage, and been waiting patiently for Kevin Spacey to just how far he’s willing to go to protect the return to the greatness of his 1990s heyday,

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or Jeremy Irons to play a mellifluously voiced villain who doesn’t have an animated mane, or Demi Moore to, you know, step up and act already, this debut feature from writer/director J.C. Chandor is the movie for you. It’s actually a movie for anyone who appreciates it when words have the sting of punches to the gut; this tight, trenchant, only-lightly-fictionalized exploration of how and why the global economic meltdown occurred transforms standard boardroom conversation into exhilarating, and terrifying, screen intrigue. Key to the film’s success is that its Wall Street figures – Spacey’s grieving corporate head, Moore’s taciturn lawyer, Paul Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Bettany’s brash stockbroker – are constantly in which no one – not even Matt Damon, surprising us by revealing unexpected (and Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, or sometimes unexpectedly generous) depths of Laurence Fishburne – is safe. character, and always right when you think 10) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: you have them all figured out. In Margin Call, Part 2. Surprised? Me, too. After being no one’s motivations are completely what they seem, and as acted by a stellar ensemble that also underwhelmed by all but one of the previous screen Potters (I still applaud you, Alfonso features Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Penn Cuarón, for 2004’s outing), I left director David Badgley, and Simon Baker, there are supremely Yates’ concluding chapter of J.K. Rowling adaptations exhausted, but also borderline-giddy. It should go without saying that I was blown away by the stunning visuals and exceptional production design, and enraptured by the palpable air of doom that suffused nearly every image. Yet considering how little attachment I had – or thought I had – to the series, I was flabbergasted to discover that what I responded Contagion to most in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 were the characters, and the crushing human faces placed on the film’s inhumane financial practices. It’s a first-rate thriller without finality of the enterprise. Was it really 10 years ago that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and car chases or explosions or guns, and given the Rupert Grint first donned their wizard-wear? violence inherent in the words and deeds here, Suddenly, it was clear just how marvelously the movie doesn’t need them. this trio had morphed from adorable tyros into 9) Contagion. Among the five titles on this thoughtful, nuanced actors who easily held the list that I’ve only seen once thus far (which screen alongside Alan Rickman, Ralph Fieness, includes selections three, six, seven, and Maggie Smith, and dozens of other esteemed 10), I’m not sure I’m looking forward to a British thespians. And with that beautiful second viewing of any of them more than this climactic fade-out, it was clear that we were fantastically frightening, all-too-believable witnessing the end of a truly extraordinary horror film by director Steven Soderbergh. cinematic odyssey ... and I bawled like a baby. And despite the absence of monsters and serial killers, a horror film is precisely what Contagion Hats off to all for this splendid finale. When Hollywood inevitably reboots the franchise, let’s is; in telling of a viral pandemic that decimates hope it isn’t mucked up too badly. the globe – and the widespread public panic that ensues – no other 2011 release delivered For Mike’s numerical ranking of 150 additional quite as much suspense, dread, and bone-deep 2011 titles, visit “ ... And Jack & Jill Came fear. Blessedly, Soderbergh and his frequent Tumbling After” at RCReader.com/y/2011movies . screenwriter Scott Z. Burns are also topnotch

entertainers, and handily prevent the goings-on from becoming relentlessly, oppressively grim. (The pair opens the movie with an exemplary sick joke: a black screen, with the silence eventually interrupted by the sound of coughing, as if to say, “You know that guy who’s hacking his brains out a couple rows behind you? The end of the world might start with him.”) But by shrewdly killing off Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in the first 10 minutes, not long before offing another above-the-marquee star, Contagion’s filmmakers also stress that they mean business here, and deliver a potent, evocative freak-out

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“If you want to say I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Community Celebration and Musical Tribute to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 | 6 p.m. Centennial Hall
Augustana College and the Dr. King Celebration Committee invite members of the Quad-Cities community to join us for our annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we celebrate the legacy of this great leader through powerful speakers, music and dance. Special performers will include the Community Gospel Chorus, The Westbrook Singers, Imani! Dancers, Redeemed Voices,“Celebration,” Augustana’s Gospel Choir, I AM Productions LLC and Augustana’s Theatre Department.

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You overlooked the danger when you replied to the woman who was invited on a hiking date by a man she’d had a crush on. You said that he probably got interested because he saw her with her new boyfriend. Well, he could also have wanted to murder her because of that. Every year, there’s news of a female body being found in a remote area – or not found after a disappearance. – Prudent Woman Recall that this guy spent seven years barely noticing this woman before noticing she had a boyfriend and asking her out. This is not exactly the behavior of a man obsessed, brimming with jealous rage. Chances are he just thought, “Hmm, I could hit that.” (And I very much doubt he meant “... over the head with a shovel.”) How likely is it that a date could end in a shallow grave? Well, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2005, 513 women in the U.S. were murdered by “boyfriends” (men they were dating but not married to) and 164 men were murdered by “girlfriends.” (And yes, men, too, are victims of domestic violence, much of which goes unreported.) These intimate-partner murder stats are a bit unreliable because the FBI doesn’t always identify the perp/victim relationship, but even if you include the 2,363 uncategorized murders of women, a woman’s chances of being a victim of “dinner and a murder” are seriously small. Divide the 513 number by the population of unmarried American women ages 15 to 64 – 45,752,000, per a 2009 Census Bureau sample – and a woman has an 11 in a million chance of getting offed by her date. (Statistically, she’s far more likely to speak Cherokee.) Of course, those odds of getting murdered really only apply if she’s any-woman on any-date with any-man. Unfortunately, partly because people are reluctant to be seen as “blaming the victim,” there’s a politically correct

popular notion that intimate-partner violence happens at random, to random victims, kind of like an air conditioner falling out of a high window just as you’re underneath walking the dog. But various authorities on violence, including personal-security expert Gavin de Becker and domestic-violence researcher Jacquelyn Campbell, have independently identified very similar coercive, autonomy-limiting behaviors in men who murder their female partners. These behaviors echo the four items from a 1993 Statistics Canada survey that researchers Martin Daly and Margo Wilson noted were strong predictors that a woman will experience serious violence from a male partner: “(1) He is jealous and doesn’t want you to talk to other men; (2) He tries to limit your contact with family or friends; (3) He insists on knowing who you are with and where you are at all times; (4) He calls you names to put you down or make you feel bad.” Although government agencies and victim-assistance organizations parrot the politically correct warning that intimate partner violence “can happen to anyone,” the truth is that certain women are more likely to be victimized, and research shows a stew of contributing social, financial, and cultural factors. (Poverty and prior experience of family violence are two biggies.) Amazingly, there’s almost no research showing the particular psychology that might make one more prone to get into (and stay in) a physically violent relationship. (In the scant findings there are, researchers are unable to tease out whether, say, low self-esteem precipitated victimization or was caused by it.) But it seems likely that women who have low self-worth, who are “pleasers,” and who have abandonment issues – women who are more likely to stay in emotionally abusive relationships – are more likely to stay in physically abusive ones. De Becker, in his vast experience with victims and victimizers, concurs, observing in The Gift of Fear that “men who cannot let go choose women who cannot say no.”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions,” said poet Robert Bly. That’s why he decided to learn to love his obsessions. I urge you to keep his approach in mind throughout the coming months, Aries. You are likely to thrive to the degree that you precisely identify and vigorously harness your obsessions. Please note I’m not saying you should allow your obsessions to possess you like demons and toss you around like a rag doll. I’m not advising you to fall down in front of your obsessions and worship them like idols. Be wildly grateful for them; love them with your fiery heart fully unfurled; but keep them under the control of your fine mind. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.” Rumor has it that this pithy observation was uttered by Albert Einstein. I bring it to your attention, Taurus, because you’ll be smart to keep it in mind throughout 2012. According to my astrological analysis, you will have an excellent opportunity to identify and hone and express your specific brilliance. So it is crucial that you eliminate any tendency you might have to see yourself as being like a fish whose job it is to climb a tree. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In his book Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, former FBI agent Robert K. Wittman tells the story of the world’s second-largest crystal ball. Worth $350,000 and once belonging to the Chinese Dowager Empress, it was stolen from a museum. Wittman never located the actual robber, but years later he tracked down the crystal ball to a person who had acquired it quite innocently and by accident. She was a young witch in New Jersey who, unaware of its origins or value, kept it on her bedroom dresser with a baseball cap on top of it. I suspect you may have a comparable adventure in the coming months, Gemini. If you look hard and keep an open mind, you will eventually recover lost riches or a disappeared prize in the least likely of places. CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s impossible for the human body to run a mile in less than four minutes – at least that’s what the conventional wisdom used to say. And indeed, no one in history ever broke that barrier until May 6, 1954, when Roger Bannister raced a mile in three minutes, 59.4 seconds. Since then, lots of athletes have done it and the record has been lowered by another 17 seconds. In fact, the subfour-minute mile is now regarded as a standard accomplishment for middle-distance runners. I suspect that in 2012 you will accomplish your own version of Bannister’s feat – a breakthrough that once seemed crazy-difficult or beyond your capacity. LEO (July 23-August 22): Back in 1958, 17-year-old Bob Heft created a 50-star American flag for a highschool project. Hawaii and Alaska were being considered for U.S. statehood at that time, and a new design was needed to replace the old 48-star flag. Heft’s teacher originally gave him a grade of B- for his work. But when his model was later selected to be the actual American flag, the teacher raised his grade to an A. I suspect that a similar progression is in store for you in the coming year, Leo. Some work you did that never received proper credit will finally be accorded the value it deserves. VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Greek philosopher Plato suggested that we may become more receptive to spiritual beauty by putting ourselves in the presence of physical beauty. The stimulation we get when inspired by what looks good may help train us to recognize sublime truths. I’m not so sure about that. In my experience, people often get so entranced by their emotional and bodily responses to attractive sights and sounds that they neglect to search for higher, subtler sources of splendor. But I do believe you may be an exception to this tendency in the coming months. That’s why I’m giving you the go-ahead – indeed, the mandate – to surround yourself with physical beauty. LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Before he died in 1902, Libran cartoonist Thomas Nast left a potent legacy. Among his enduring creations were the modern image of Santa Claus, the iconic donkey for America’s Democratic party, and the elephant for the Republican party. I’m guessing that 2012 is going to be a Thomas Nast kind of year for you Librans. The work you do and the ripples you set in motion are likely to last a long time. So I suggest you choose the influences you unleash with great care and integrity. SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): “If you’re in a good relationship, chances are you’re bored out of your mind,” spouts comedian Chris Rock in his show Never Scared. “All good relationships are boring. The only exciting relationships are bad ones. You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow when you’re in a bad relationship. You never know when they’re gonna walk through the door and say, ‘Hey, you gave me crabs.’ That’s exciting!” Rock is making a satirical overstatement, but it does contain grains of truth. Which is why, in accordance with the astrological omens, I deliver the following request to you: In 2012, cultivate stable relationships that are boring in all the best ways. SAGITTARIUS (November 22December 21): Once every decade or so, you’re asked to make a special point of practicing forgiveness and atonement. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that time will be the next few months. I

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think it’ll be quite important for you to cleanse the grungy build-up of regrets and remorse from your psyche. Ready to get started? Compose a list of the sins you could expiate, the karmic debts you can repay, and the redemptions you should initiate. I suggest you make it into a fun, creative project that you will thoroughly enjoy. CAPRICORN (December 22January 19): Happiness isn’t a state you acquire by luck. It takes hard work and relentless concentration. You have to rise up and rebel against the nonstop flood of trivial chaos and meaningless events you’re invited to wallow in. You have to overcome the hardcore cultural conditioning that tempts you to assume that suffering is normal and the world is a hostile place. It’s really quite unnatural to train yourself to be peaceful and mindful; it’s essentially a great rebellion against an unacknowledged taboo. Here’s the good news: 2012 will be an excellent time for you to do this work. AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): More and more musicians and authors are choosing to self-publish. That way they retain the full rights to their creative work, keeping it from being controlled and potentially misused by a record label or publishing company. One example is singer/songwriter Terri Hendrix, who owns all 14 of her master recordings. She lives by the motto “Own Your Own Universe.” I urge you to adopt her approach in 2012, Aquarius. The coming months will be prime time for you to do all you can to take full possession of everything you need to become what you want to be. PISCES (February 19-March 20): The coming months will be a time when you’ll thrive by seeking out novel ideas, using new words, and regarding your imagination as an organ that’s as important to feed as your stomach. In that spirit, I’m offering you a slew of freshly made-up terms that’ll help tease your brain in ways that are in alignment with the upcoming astrological factors. They all come from the very NSFW dictionary at TinyUrl.com/Dixtionary. (1) Assymectricity: energy generated by lopsidedness. (2) Enigmagnetic: a person who attracts mysteries. (3) Indumbnitable: incapable of being dumbed down. (4) Beneviolent: helpful chaos. (5) Fauxbia: a fake fear. (6) Craptometry: ability to see through all the BS. (7) Adoregasm: when you treasure someone to the point of ecstasy. Homework: Send me a list of your top five New Year’s resolutions. Go to RealAstrology.com and click on “E-mail Rob.”

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A Party to Go DJ & Karaoke Night -The Gallery Lounge, 3727 Esplanade Ave. Davenport, IA Camper Van Beethoven - Poison Control Center -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA DJ Scott Ferguson -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Jam Sessions with John O’Meara and Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke & Retro DJ w/ BMAX Entertainment -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Lojo Russo (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Retro Ron (6:30pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Thumping Thursday w/ DJ Hypnotic and Patrick Rifley -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL 2012/01/06 (Fri)

Organic Underground - Koplant No -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Radio Moscow - Brutus & the Psychedelic Explosions - Johnny Scum -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Rob Dahms (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Victor Trevino -Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway Bettendorf, IA 2012/01/07 (Sat)

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Corporate Rock -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Deadroots -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Fifth of Country (5:30pm) - North of 40 (9:30pm), Rusty Nail, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA. Funktastic Five -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Lee Blackmon (6pm), Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA Mercury Brothers -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA

15th Annual Elvis Tribute & Benefit -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 2 Bens, 1 Boz (downstairs) -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Blues Hounds -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Cosmic -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA E11eventh Hour - Lefwitch - Mija -RME (River Music Experience), 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Funktastic Five -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Grand Larsony -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Night People -Tommy’s, 1302 4th Ave Moline, IL Nitrix -Poopy’s Pub & Grub, 1030 Viaduct Rd Savanna, IL North of 40 -The Rodeo Saloon & Feedhouse, 1801 Lincolnway Clinton, IA Paul Willeart -Bleyarts Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA River Prairie Minstrels (6pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Satellite Heart - The Blushing Gun - Ghost Town Choir -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Smooth Groove -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL

Tasty Trigger - Squid’s Beard -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA The Fry Daddies (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Zither Ensemble (10am) -German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/08 (Sun)

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Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/09 (Mon)

Campfire Jams w/ Bobby Burns Drama Major -RME (River Music Experience), 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Funday Sunday with Dave Ellis (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Manny Lopez Trio (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel Davenport, IA Pet Lions - Avian Swarm -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

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Glenn Hickson (5:30pm) -O’Melia’s Supper Club, 2900 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island, IL Hellwater - Ghost Hollow Road Squid’s Beard -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL JT Nero & Allison Russell -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night -The Dam View Inn, 410 2nd St Davenport, IA Southern Thunder Karaoke & DJ -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL

A Party to Go DJ & Karaoke Night -The Gallery Lounge, 3727 Esplanade Ave. Davenport, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara and Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Jason Carl & the Whole Dam Band -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Karaoke & Retro DJ w/ BMAX Entertainment -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Live Lunch w/ Keith Soko (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA

Buddy Olson (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Chris Avey Band -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Dr. Z’s Experiment -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Helmsplitter CD Release Par ty Enabler - Pear Device - Vermillion -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Lee Blackmon (6:30pm), Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock Island, IL Live Lunch w/ Tony Hoeppner (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA North of 40 -Blueport Junction, 6605 W River Dr Davenport, IA Paleo - Shenandoah Davis -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Rude Punch -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Samantha Fish -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Sin City Orchestra -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL The Late Nite Blues Brothers Band -Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway Bettendorf, IA The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) -The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Old 57’s (5:30pm) - Simon Says Uncle (9:30pm), Rusty Nail, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA The Parlour Suite - Milk & Eggs -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA

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2012/01/14 (Sat) A Party to Go Karaoke Night -The Gallery Lounge, 3727 Esplanade Ave. Davenport, IA Blackstones -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA In the Flesh -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Is World - Dowsing - Empire! Empire! - Bedroom Sons - Puddle Jumper (6:30pm) -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Justin Morrissey -Bleyarts Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Lynn Allen -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Mad Monks - The Maw - The Oculus -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Night People -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA North of 40 -Mulligan’s Valley Pub, 310 W 1st Ave Coal Valley, IL Twin Rivers (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Zither Ensemble (10am) -German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/15 (Sun)

SATURDAY

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Third Sunday Jazz featuring the Lynne Hart Quartet (6pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/16 (Mon)

Let Freedom Ring: Drum Circle w/ Terry Hanson (3:15pm) - The Candymakers (3:45pm) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA One Night Stand Open Mic -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA 2012/01/17 (Tue)

MONDAY

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TUESDAY

17

Glenn Hickson (5:30pm) -O’Melia’s Supper Club, 2900 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island, IL Open Mic Night -The Dam View Inn, 410 2nd St Davenport, IA Quad-Cities KIX Band -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Southern Thunder Karaoke & DJ -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL 2012/01/18 (Wed)

WEDNESDAY

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River City 6, Rusty Nail, 2606 W. Locust S., Davenport, IA Tea Leaf Green - Ha Ha Tonka -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Wednesday Night Jam Session -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/19 (Thu)

North of 40 @ Blueport Junction – January 13

Five Bridges Jazz Band (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel Davenport, IA Funday Sunday with Jason Carl (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

SUNDAY

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A Party to Go Karaoke Night -Stacks Bar, 525 14th St. Moline, IL Jam Session -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, 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/ Ren Estrand (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 w/ Alan Sweet and Siri Hirth -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA

A Party to Go DJ & Karaoke Night -The Gallery Lounge, 3727 Esplanade Ave. Davenport, IA Dead Larry -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Jam Sessions with John O’Meara and Friends -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke & Retro DJ w/ BMAX Entertainment -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA

THURSDAY

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Live Lunch w/ Mo (noon) -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Phantom Vibrations - Attic Party -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA The Java Jews, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St., Moline, IL Thumping Thursday w/ DJ Hypnotic and Patrick Rifley -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL TobyMac - Jamie Grace -Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/20 (Fri)

Dirt Road Rockers -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Dubstep for Dummies: Kage - DJ Smiley - Ghost Science -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Grazin’ District -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Jazz After Five w/ Eric Thompson & the Talented Tenth (5pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Jet Edison - Organic Underground -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA John Patti w/ the Terry Hanson Ensemble -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Keys to a Good Time -Rock Island Arsenal Golf Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie, Arsenal Island Rock Island, IL Maurice John Vaughn -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Open Mic Coffeehouse -First Lutheran Church of Rock Island Parish House, 1600 20th St Rock Island, IL Savannah Smith -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Candymakers -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL 2012/01/21 (Sat)

SATURDAY

Bucktown Revue -Nighswander Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave Davenport, IA Charley Hayes Trio (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL

FRIDAY

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Brad Rock-it -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Buddy Olson -Bleyarts Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Cosmic -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA Deja vu Rendezvous featuring Gratest Story Ever Told -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Ghost Science - The Car Thief - Danny Grooves -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

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Iowa City Yacht Club 9th Anniversary Party: The Big Wu - OSG - Aaron Kamm & the One Drops - Whistle Pigs - Tallgrass - Limbs - Gone South - The Enz - Dream Thieves (4pm) -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA L.T. Eckles Band -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA North of 40 -Go Fish Marina and Bar, 411 River Dr. Princeton, IA Punk Farm 2012 -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Rob Dahms & Detroit Larry Davidson (6pm) -Skinny Legs BBQ, 2020 1st Street Milan, IL Spatterdash -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Tapped Out -Crabby’s, 826 W. 1st Ave. Coal Valley, IL The Lyrebird Ensemble -Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St Davenport, IA Three Hits and a Miss (2 & 7:30pm) -Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, 401 76th Ave. Cedar Rapids, IA Three Hits and a Miss (2 & 7:30pm) -Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, 401 76th Ave. Cedar Rapids, IA Zither Ensemble (10am) -German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 2012/01/22 (Sun)

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Ed Gray - Doug Nye - Erik Whitaker - Eli Lueders & Cale Pruess -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Funday Sunday with Dave Ellis (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Spoken Word -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bix Bistro (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

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Tea Leaf Green @ The Mill – January 18
Terry Hanson Ensemble (10:30am) -Brady Street Chop House, Radisson QC Plaza Hotel Davenport, IA 2012/01/23 (Mon)

One Night Stand Open Mic -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA 2012/01/24 (Tue)

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TUESDAY

Glenn Hickson (5:30pm) -O’Melia’s Supper Club, 2900 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island, IL Mandolin Junction -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -The Dam View Inn, 410 2nd St Davenport, IA Small Houses - American Dust -RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Southern Thunder Karaoke & DJ -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL

A Party to Go Karaoke Night -Stacks Bar, 525 14th St. Moline, IL Drum Circle (6pm) -Teranga House of Africa, 1706 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Jam Session -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Karaoke Night -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Keller Karaoke -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Open Mic Night -Boozie’s Bar & Grill, 114 1/2 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night w/ Alan Sweet and Siri Hirth -RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Peter Yarrow -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA Wednesday Night Jam Session -The Pub, 4320 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA

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