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Big Money Pushes GOP Hopefuls Away from Pension Reform

y now, it should be self-evident that Bruce Rauner has locked up pretty much all the big money in the Republican-primary race for governor. Last week’s pension-reform vote provides even more evidence. Rauner has built an impenetrable fortress of highdollar campaign contributors. Ron Gidwitz, long known in GOP circles for being the gateway to big-time cash from the wealthy, has fully joined in, as has Ken Griffin, the richest man in Illinois. Gidwitz was with Senator Kirk Dillard in the 2010 gubernatorial primary, but Gidwitz and Rauner have sucked up so many dollars – including more than $250,000 from campaign fundraising committee member Griffin and lots more from Griffin’s friends – that Dillard hasn’t been able to raise any cash from rich people he’s known for years, even decades. Dillard’s financial predicament has become so desperate that he voted against last week’s pension-reform bill in the obvious hope that he can now raise some dough from publicemployee unions. Dillard’s vote is even more bizarre when you realize that he voted against a unionnegotiated pension bill back in May and twice voted in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform bill in May and June. But he really had no choice last week; it was sink-or-swim time. Whether a gubernatorial candidate can win a 2014 Republican primary with union backing remains to be seen, but it appears highly unlikely from this vantage point. If Dillard does win any public-worker-union endorsements, Rauner can then whack him with a “pay to play” charge and beat him over the head for taking “big-government unionboss” dollars. The same goes for Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He isn’t facing a gubernatorial campaign-cash crisis like Dillard, but he hasn’t been able to raise the big bucks to compete with Rauner, who is reporting new six-figure contributions almost every day. Rutherford said not long ago that a pension-reform bill should be passed so that its constitutionality could be litigated in the courts. Last week, Rutherford sided with the unions and said that he opposed the bill because he believed it to be unconstitutional. For three solid years, state Representative Tom Cross constantly insisted to his Republican caucus that pension reform

Bruce Rauner’s pension-reform play officially heralded a new era in GOP politics.

absolutely had to be passed, even though the majority of his members sided with the unions. That split eventually became so bitterly intense that Cross could no longer effectively continue as House Republican Leader. Yet, when push came to shove, Cross voted “no.” Huh? Well, he could’ve gone for the easy newspaper endorsements and the “regular” Statehouse money, but Cross knows that his best fundraising year as House GOP Leader came in 2010 – when Ken Griffin and his independently wealthy wife Ann contributed huge dollars to his cause and helped him raise even more money from their super-rich friends. A “yes” vote could’ve meant no Griffin cash for Cross. (Griffin penned a recent Chicago Tribune op-ed slamming the pension bill with Rauner campaign talking points, and his wife reportedly made several phone calls to House Republicans last week.) So Cross went with the money. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has been courting the Griffins and their bank accounts for several years. One of Kirk’s top political guys is now working for Rauner. So, in retrospect, Kirk’s aggressive statement opposing the pension bill last week should’ve been no surprise. But it sure as heck freaked out a lot of legislative Republicans, particularly in the House. Twentytwo House Republicans voted for Speaker Madigan’s pension bill in May, but just 15 voted for a similar bill last week that had been negotiated by their own newly elected leader, Representative Jim Durkin. Kirk’s opposition was crucial to that precipitous decline. Madigan claimed last week that Rauner had made a “political mistake” when he tried and failed to “blow up” the process and kill the pension bill. Governmentally, Rauner’s behavior was appalling. It showed that he would be a needlessly confrontational and even irresponsible governor. But this was no political loss. Instead, it officially heralded a new era in GOP politics. Ken Griffin told the Tribune last year that the ultra-wealthy “actually have an insufficient influence” on politics. And now Griffin, Rauner, and the rest of the ultra-wealthy are making a big play to take over the party and then the governor’s mansion. Everybody else had better pay attention. Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily political newsletter) and CapitolFax.com.

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f you want to understand the U.S.-Iran controversy, know this: It is not about nuclear weapons. You’re thinking: Of course it’s about nuclear weapons. Everyone says so. Well, not everyone does. But it isn’t a numbers game. As William O. Beeman points out in the Huffington Post: “There is a strange irony in President Obama’s announcement of the temporary agreement. He mentioned the term ‘nuclear weapon’ multiple times in his announcement, implying that Iran was on a path to develop such a weapon. One wonders if he actually believes this or if his repeated implied accusation was a rhetorical device designed to placate his hard-line critics. “The president must know by this time that there is no evidence that Iran has or ever had a nuclear-weapons program. Every relevant intelligence agency in the world has verified this fact for more than a decade. U.S. National Intelligence Estimates that were made public in 2007 and 2011 underscored this. The International Atomic Energy Agency has also consistently asserted that Iran has not diverted any nuclear material for any military purpose. “Even Israeli intelligence analysts agree

Iran: It’s Not about Nuclear Weapons
Excerpts from the April 24, 2013, Iran Sanctions Congressional Research Service Report by Kenneth Katzman (RCReader.com/y/iran2) Iran has found ways to mitigate the economic and political effects of sanctions. Government-linked entities are creating front companies and making increased use of barter trade. Iranian traders are using informal banking exchange mechanisms and, benefiting from the fall in the value of Iran’s currency, sharply increasing non-oil exports such as agricultural goods, minerals, and industrial goods. Affluent Iranians are investing in hard assets such as real estate. Trigger Added by Executive Order 13622 of July 30, 2012: Purchasing of Iranian Crude Oil and Petrochemical Products and Provision of Precious Metals On July 30, 2012, President Obama issued Executive Order 13622, that Iran is ‘not a danger’ to Israel.” Ironically, when critics of the interim agreement say Iran gave up little, they are right. “By yielding to the P5+1 demands, in essence Iran has allowed itself to be persuaded to stop temporarily doing what it never intended to do – make a nuclear weapon,” Beeman writes. “The United States and its allies ... made the improbable leap that having enriched uranium would immediately lead to a nuclear weapon. This is an immense mistake – so large that one must

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which, as discussed, does not amend ISA. The order applies virtually all of the ISA sanctions – and restrictions on foreign banks – to entities that the President determines have: • purchased oil or other petroleum products from Iran, • conducted transactions with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) or Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), or • purchased petrochemical products from Iran. Sanctions do not apply if the parent country of the entity has received an exemption under Section 1245 of P.L. 112-81 – an exemption earned for “significantly reducing” oil purchases from Iran. Section 5 of E.O. 13622 also blocks U.S.-based property of individuals or firms determined to have provided financial support to NIOC, NICO, or the Central Bank of Iran, or to have helped Iran

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among the U.S. government’s closest allies in the Middle East. For overlapping reasons, both would hate to see the 34-year-old cold war between the United States and Iran come to an end. Saudi Arabia, which is well-equipped militarily by the United States, is an Arab Sunni Muslim kingdom. Iran is the large, influential Persian state dominated by the other side in the Islamic schism: Shiism. (What Iran calls the Persian Gulf, Arabs

suspect that it is essentially hyped for public consumption.” In return for agreeing to stop doing what it had no intention of doing, Iran will get the slightest relief from the economic sanctions that inflict so much suffering on the people. There’s another irony. The reactionaries on all sides – including in the U.S. Congress – oppose rapprochement between Iran and the United States for some of the same reasons. Look at the leading opponents of the agreement: Israel and Saudi Arabia. They are

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Taking Back the Maps

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Campaign Pursues a Constitutional Amendment to Stop Gerrymandering in Illinois
ractically speaking, there are two ways party leaders draw state-legislative districts in Illinois: domination and dumb luck. A key phrase in that sentence is “party leaders,” because regardless of whether redistricting is accomplished through oneparty rule or a name literally being drawn from a hat, it’s controlled by those with a vested interest in remaining in power – and it’s controlled by one party. Functionally, Illinois’ system is institutionalized gerrymandering. “Republicans and Democrats want to draw the maps to protect incumbents and punish their political foes,” said Michael Kolenc, campaign director for Yes for Independent Maps (IndependentMaps.org). “We’ve seen them do it in this state. We’ve seen them do it in other states. They do it at any level that they can. And right now they have the data and the technology where they can do it very, very well – where they can slice and dice neighborhoods” to craft maps that benefit them. Kolenc’s campaign aims to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot that would change the way Illinois draws its state-legislative maps. (The process of drawing districts for the U.S. House of Representatives would not be affected.) In the current system, “the politicians are choosing the voters,” said Ryan Blitstein, president and CEO of Change Illinois, the group with which this amendment originated. “The voters of Illinois shouldn’t be the losers in this system,” Kolenc said. “And right now they are.” The Yes for Independent Maps amendment is designed to wrest control of the process from power brokers and give it to ordinary citizens – and to remove partisanship nearly entirely. This is obvious even in a brief outline of the proposed reform. The 11-member commission that would draw the maps would have no elected officials or lobbyists and would include four Democrats, four Republicans, and three people with no party affiliation. To pass, a map would need the support of at least two people from each of those three groups. contiguous, and substantially equal in population.” That’s simple enough, but this is Illinois. So, history says, the only way this will actually happen is if one party controls both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s office. That’s what happened following the 2010 census. If the legislature fails to adopt a map, an eight-member commission is picked, with two members chosen by each of the four legislative leaders. This commission has until August 10 to submit a map, but being evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, it inevitably fails to meet that deadline – which happened after the 1980, 1990, and 2000 censuses. In that situation, two names – of people not from the same party – are submitted by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Secretary of State. By September 5, one of those names is drawn from a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat to be the ninth member of the redistricting commission, which then has a month to come up with a map. Because one party has a majority on the commission at that point, it’s relatively painless to draw the legislative districts. To review: To determine how voters are grouped geographically – which has a major impact on who represents them – Illinois effectively requires one-party control of the legislative and executive branches of government. Failing that, it treats the process with the seriousness of a raffle. The first scenario is self-evidently stupid because the party in power gets to set the table for remaining in power. The second scenario is self-evidently stupid because it turns what should be a serious, thoughtful, rigorous process into a game of chance. One can understand why the framers of the Illinois Constitution chose this method – and one can also fault them for failing to anticipate how the state’s notoriously rough-and-tumble political climate would bastardize it. In short, they expected the parties to work together. As Kolenc said: “From what we understand from the framers of the 1970 constitution, they put that [drawing-a-name element] in there to keep them from getting to that point. They thought that would be such a ridiculous way ... to draw a map that the legislators would not let it get to that point.” Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way. And because the parties aren’t working together to draw maps – which would likely result in compromises and potentially a greater number of competitive districts – protecting and punishing have defined the redistricting process. Protecting incumbents is obvious. The party that draws the maps does so with the goal of getting the largest number of its members elected and re-elected – by drawing districts with safe majorities of people likely to vote for its candidates. The Democrat-drawn map following the 2010 census, for example, resulted in veto-proof majorities in both chambers – and nobody would claim that’s because Democrats have done such a stellar job of governing the state. Punishment is a little more nuanced. The party that controls the process of course tries to minimize the number of districts that the other party can expect to win. But there’s also in an intra-party dynamic at work. Rank-and-file legislators are wise to stay in their leaders’ good graces, lest they find themselves, post-redistricting, in an unfriendly district, or facing another incumbent. In other words, a process already led by legislative leaders further cements their power. This is one way that redistricting affects actual governance, rather than merely the composition of the legislature. “Whatever the leader of the party that’s in power wants, they can do,” Blitstein said. “And whatever they don’t want to do, they don’t have to do.” Asked whether the constitutional amendment would loosen the grip of legislative leaders, he said: “I don’t know that we can say that for certain, but I think it’s likely.” Yet Elliot Richardson, CEO and past president of the Small Business Advisory Council (which supports the Yes for Independent Maps campaign), wrote in an e-mail that if the amendment passes, “politicians will no longer need to fear being targeted by their own leaders, via redistricting, because they deviate from the party line.” The current redistricting process also detracts from legislators’ willingness to compromise and work with the other party. Blitstein said that in two-thirds of state-legislative districts, candidates run unopposed in the general election. “When the competition moves to the primaries, the winners are the people who can cater to the most extreme beliefs and visions and interests of their party,” he said. “And so what you get is two sides that aren’t really interested in talking to each other.” He added that because legislators are “insulated from competition, ... there’s no disincentive for them to be corrupt.”

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Article IV, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution mandates that the legislature draw state-legislative maps by June 30 in the year following the census, with the requirements that districts be “compact,

The proposed constitutional amendment is modeled after California’s redistricting system, although Change Illinois’ Blitstein said a panel of experts studied many options. “What we saw was an emergent set of best practices,” he said. “And so California ... was the template because it’s the most recent reform” and “the latest of a long line of high-quality redistricting reforms that have happened ... during the last several decades.” While the process that would be created is complicated (the amendment totals more than 1,500 words – slightly shorter than this article), in outline it has several key features. (The full amendment language is available at RCReader.com/y/amendment.) The 11-member commission would be drawn from an initial pool of 100 applicants selected by an Auditor General-appointed review committee. Each legislative leader will have the right to remove five people from the pool. No member of either the review committee or the map-making commission can within three years have been an elected official, a candidate for elected office, a government employee, a government contractor, or a lobbyist. Through a random drawing, seven commissioners will be selected – with some conditions. Those seven commissioners must include two Democrats, two Republicans, and three independents. (The criteria for what constitutes a party member or independent would be done through a rule-making process, Kolenc said.) Proportional geographic representation will be created by using the state’s judicial districts, which would mean three representatives from Cook County and one representative each from the other four judicial districts. If a person is selected when relevant quotas have already been filled – for example, if a Democrat is drawn when two Democrats have already been picked – that name is discarded. Each legislative leader will then be able to select one person from the remaining pool – bringing the commission size to 11. The commission must hold 10 public hearings – in each of the five judicial districts before and after a proposed map is released. Safeguards and transparency, Kolenc said, are meant to assure citizens that the process is open and fair. “Faith in the process if very, very key to faith in government,” he said.

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A Fairy Tale Christmas, at the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse through December 28

emale fans of learns the error of princesses will her ways, and aids likely enjoy the the prince in ending Circa ᾿21 Dinner the bewitchment, but Playhouse’s children’sthankfully doesn’t theatre holiday offering lose the moxie and A Fairy Tale Christmas. independent spirit Thanks to the alwaysthat make Turner’s impressive costume characterization so designer Gregory enjoyable. Hiatt and actors Cara Meanwhile, Chumbley and Kelly Sunshine WoolisonAnn Lohrenz, respecAdrienne Bergeron, Sunshine Woolison- Ramsey’s deep-voiced tively, Cinderella and Ramsey, Cara Chumbley, Chuckie Dixon, moodiness, delivered Snow White each bear Kelly Lohrenz, and Jeremy Lagunas with just enough humor, striking resemblances to renders her dwarf their characters’ Disney Grumpy thoroughly agreeable. I’m guessing designs. Despite slight variations in style, Hiatt’s that her Grumpy will be a favorite of many costumes are remarkable re-creations of the an audience member, young and old alike, as most well-known looks for the two princesses, Woolison-Ramsey balances perfectly on the line and Chumbley and Lohrenz amusingly mimic between curmudgeonly attitude and geniality. the fluttery voices and laughs of the storybook She also impresses with a voice so deep that you ladies. wouldn’t imagine it was her under that beard, Boys, however, won’t be left out of this at least if you’ve been privileged enough to musical tale. While November 30th’s audience hear Woolison-Ramsey’s normal singing voice, was filled mostly with young ladies (and a which is fantastic. Adrienne Bergeron is equally smattering of us dads), I imagine young men likable as the musical’s narrating Storyteller, with who don’t fancy princesses would still take her bold personality and energetic deliveries. a shine to at least one of the play’s central Together, these actors also portray the Three characters: Nicholas Munson’s Prince Les Little Pigs using hand puppets and high-pitched (short for Lester) Charming. As the oftentimesvoices, and Bergeron additionally plays the forgotten brother to Chuckie Dixon’s dashing Magic Mirror with the aid of Hiatt’s cleverest Prince Edward and Jeremy Lagunas’ gallant costuming choice: a cowl with an oval frame, Prince Ferdinand, Les Charming gets upset rimmed with flashing lights, that Bergeron holds when he’s not invited to the Christmas ball in over her head. the kingdom of Happily Ever After – although In truth, I didn’t find A Fairy Tale Christmas he doesn’t know the slighting was a mistake. In as hilarious as most of Circa ᾿21’s children’s retaliation for the snub, Les forces Kate Turner’s offerings. But I did enjoy the performance, Jewish-cadenced Fairy Godmother to cast a finding the book and lyrics by Matt Wallace and spell that will make all of the land’s residents Tina Jo Wallace and the music by Scott Bradley fight with each other constantly, a revenge he cute and altogether amusing. Brad Hauskins relishes watching unfold. Of course, being a also peppers his direction with his usual brand children’s musical based on fairy tales, A Fairy of inside jokes for the parents, which certainly Tale Christmas finds Les learning his lesson and helps make this production enjoyable for all eventually working to undo the magic (with ages. (My favorite embellishment is the inclusion Munson performing some full-toned, beautifully of a bit from the score to Stephen Sondheim’s voiced songs along the way). Into the Woods, used to accompany Goldilocks’ Fortunately, in accomplishing this, Les entrance – which might be an even-furtherhas the help of Happily Ever After’s newest inside joke, considering the character doesn’t potential resident, Turner’s delightfully spunky even appear in Sondheim’s musical.) More Goldilocks. She has just arrived in the kingdom importantly, though, the kids in Saturday’s and must decide within three days whether she audience seemed to like the show quite a bit, can live by the “be good, don’t be bad” rules of as the sold-out crowd didn’t seem to stir too the land or will return to her own story, which much from a lack of focused attention on the involves big, scary bears. While enjoying her proceedings. residential grace period, Goldilocks – dressed in a gorgeous green, knee-length skirt with A Fairy Tale Christmas runs at the Circa shimmering gold specks and patches – can’t ᾿21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, seem to give up her habit of thievery. (You Rock Island) through December 28, and likely remember the girl’s penchant for taking more information and tickets are available by porridge and beds, but here she ups her game calling (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visiting and also nabs silverware, opera gloves, and the Circa21.com. Christmas-ball guest list.) Like Les, Goldilocks

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A Christmas Carol, at the District Theatre through December 15
her makeup – with its n Saturday pale foundation, red evening, I was eyeliner on her bottom reminded of lid, and bruise-like the local treasure that smudges on her cheeks is the District Theatre’s and forehead – reads A Christmas Carol. a little too “zombie” Written by Tristan under the lights.) Layne Tapscott with Dolores Sierra delivers music by Danny White, one of my favorite this holiday musical White songs, “Keep is something special: Moving on,” which she a locally created piece sings to encourage Bob so good that it could, after Tiny Tim passes and should, be staged Doug Kutzli away in the Ghost of by theatres throughout Christmas Yet-To-Come sequence. It’s White’s the country. And this year – the second the “Joy of Christmastime,” though, that I’m still theatre has produced the show – brings some singing the day after seeing the production. notable changes from last winter’s staging of The song’s interesting melody lines, rich, this theatrical gem. full choral harmonies, and musical round Directed by Tapscott, the most noticeable segments combine to form the composer’s best change in this Christmas Carol is his and Tom work among A Christmas Carol’s impressive Vaccaro’s scenic design. This familiar tale of compositions. Scrooge and the ghostly visits that reverse There are a few gaffes in the script, though. his anti-Christmas countenance overnight Unless I missed something, the District is set, predominantly, in a town square that production’s story starts on Christmas Eve, as Tapscott and Vaccaro depict by flanking the Bob asks Scrooge for the next day – Christmas back and sides of the stage with brick walls Day – off. That night, however, Marley (played and storefronts, all painted in deep reds, with ethereal, commanding spookiness by blues, and greens. They’ve created a quaint Mark Ruebling) tells Scrooge that he will be downtown with a decidedly classic air truly visited by three ghosts – each arriving at 1 a.m. befitting the story, and have also included a over the next three nights. After the Ghost of fold-out wall that opens up to reveal different Christmas Past (portrayed with eye-rolling, backdrops for Scrooge’s business, his home, impatient annoyance by Nancy Teerlinck) and the home of Bob Cratchit. There’s also initially visits, the Ghost of Christmas Present an abundantly decorated sitting room on the (a jovial Joe Maubach) appears the next night balcony to the side of the theatre, from which at 1 a.m., followed by the Ghost of Christmas Lonnie Behnke’s Papa narrates this Christmas Yet-To-Come (a silent, completely blacksaga. Taken with costume designer Lora clothed Linda Ruebling). But Scrooge then Adams’ beautiful period gowns and suits, the awakens on Christmas morning, not three production feels distinctly vintage. days after Marley’s warning. (He does say Also notable is Doug Kutzli’s entrance something about the spirits doing it all in one as Scrooge. Without saying a word, Kutzli’s night and that they can do whatever they want character is immediately clear due to his regarding time, but it still seems like a bit of a hunched-over posture creating a bit of plot hole that could be fixed.) And the Ghost of a hunchback effect, and the scowl that Christmas Past also tells Scrooge that they can’t transforms his entire countenance. Somehow, leave her flashback sequence until he learns he manages to look like the Scrooge that his lesson. He doesn’t, but they leave anyway the stop-motion animators of Rankin/Bass (although it could be argued that he did learn a Productions (which made Rudolph the Redlesson, but refuses to acknowledge it). Nosed Reindeer) would have designed for the Still, the District Theatre’s A Christmas miser. Kutzli’s characterization matches his Carol is a triumph for its creators, and a piece initial look, with some variations to account to be cherished by those who see it this holiday for Scrooge gradually learning his lessons, up season. Noting the theatre’s lineup for next until he wakes on Christmas morning with a year, it looks like this musical will be an annual cheerier, almost drunkenly goofy demeanor tradition for many Christmases yet to come, as that’s a delight and leaves no doubt of the it should be. character’s complete change of heart. James Fairchild presents a tender Bob A Christmas Carol runs at the District Theatre Cratchit, particularly on his touching, loving (1611 Second Avenue, Rock Island) through delivery of “Tim’s Lullaby,” a song he sings December 15, and more information and to Lillian Cobert’s charming Tiny Tim. (My tickets are available by calling (309)235-1654 or only issue with Cobert’s presence here is that visiting DistrictTheatre.com.

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part without tremolo, loop it, and then play the same passage with the tremolo bar – leading to gorgeous passages (such as in the closing “Eleanora”) that both blend and battle with each other. The looping can also by itself create some lovely moments. The closing of “Gone Before Dagon” features a loop that’s reversed to open the mournfully epic “A Photo byJonathan Van Dine Firebreather Carefully Sobs.” As for the tightness of the album and its songs, Bergman said the band’s composition process involves a lot of re-writing and culling. (Although Müscle Wörship founding bassist Billy Ning no longer tours, he’s still part of the songwriting process.) “We really, really throw out a lot of stuff,” Bergman said. The goal is to craft a song that “still has a hook to it, and it may not be that easily accessible at first.” It’s critical, though, that the music not be odd for oddity’s sake; Bergman said the band asks: “Is there some meat here for somebody to catch on to right away?” He added: “That’s the kind of stuff that we like. The records that I still love are the ones that when I first listened to them, I had a hard time keeping up with them. ... Records that last for months for you or longer, because your mind’s opening up to it as you get into it.” Müscle Wörship will perform on Monday, December 16, at the Blackhawk Room at Bier Stube (415 15th Street , Moline). The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. and also features Ice Hockey, Dynoride, Odd Dates, and Running Shoes. Cover is $6. For more information on Müscle Wörship, visit MuscleWorshipMusic.com or Facebook.com/MuscleWorshipMusic.

here’s a perfectly practical reason the Kansas-based band Müscle Wörship uses umlauts in its name – to protect people who would rather not know about a particular sexual fetish. So a word of advice to those folks: Don’t do an online search for the band without those umlauts! But the combination of a somewhat-deviant punk-ish name and those metal dots (à la Motörhead) makes musical sense, too, as Müscle Wörship lives in the cracks between styles. There’s the lean aggression of punk, the experimental complexity of post-punk, the general heaviness of metal, extensive use of the tremolo bar that sometimes recalls the signature guitar sounds of both My Bloody Valentine and Neil Young, alternative tunings that bring to mind Sonic Youth, a grunge-y emphasis on hooks and distorted melody, and even hints of emo in the vocals. The magic is that – on Müscle Wörship’s self-titled debut album from earlier this year – those disparate elements have been combined in a way that, against all odds, is nearly monolithic: 32 furious minutes of great and nearly great infectious hard rock. (And just to be clear: The whole record is 32 minutes.) The group’s music has three very different methods of persuasion – forceful enough to grab you by the throat, accessible enough to suck you in, and intricate enough to get lost in. In that sense, the name is wholly appropriate: This is music that’s all beautifully sculpted muscle. The band – singer/guitarist Sean Bergman, bassist Anthony Piazza, drummer Nathan Wilder (of the Appleseed Cast) – will perform on December 16 at the Moline Bier Stube, and the album is a strong indication

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An Arrangement for Everybody

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Quad City Arts Visiting Artists Destino, December 15 at the First Presbyterian Church of Davenport
inger Joey Niceforo, how it goes every night.” the founder and And, apparently, sometimes frontman for the even on the way to gigs. musical quartet Destino, “Last year, we had a song first met two of his group’s that we decided to do in the other members – violinist car,” says Siemens, who was Rosemary Siemens and raised in the small Manitoba pianist Roy Tan – when town of Plum Coulee. “We all three were active in were going to a school show, the operatic ensemble and we were like, ‘We need Destino The Canadian Tenors in a new song.’ So we thought 2006. The fourth member, tenor Terance Redwe’d try ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’ And Roy and I can dick, joined Destino two years later, and initially sort of practice without our instruments in front auditioned for the group by singing opera over of us, so we did, and the guys sang, and we came the phone. up with some music, and then we did it for that Yet if you plan on seeing these Quad City Arts school show. And we still do that one today. It’s visiting artists in their December 15 area concert, one of our favorites now.” don’t expect a program composed solely of arias Destino’s performers also cite several favorite and cadenzas. It’s not every ensemble, after all, performance spaces during their travels, and that can boast a repertoire ranging from “Ave as she was the first violinist ever asked to play Maria” to the Beatles’ “Yesterday” to Aerosmith’s there, it makes sense that Siemens chooses the “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica as one of hers. “That “Nothing’s worse than going to a concert was pretty amazing,” she says. “It was with a where you don’t really know any of the tunes,” 200-voice choir and an organ – and my violin says Niceforo during a recent phone interview – and they probably have a six- to eight-second with the four Destino musicians. “It’s really kind reverberation in there ... . It was incredible.” of hard to get involved and get into it. So it was Niceforo says he’d opt for Radio City Music always really, really important to us that we had Hall. “It’s the largest theatre in the Western an arrangement for everybody. So if somebody Hemisphere, and so to be standing out on really loved the theatre world, we had that. If that stage and ... perform for 6,000 people was somebody likes pop, we have a pop piece. Or jazz. breathtaking.” As for Las Vegas native Reddick, “I mean, we always wanted to incorporate whose gospel and pop vocals Niceforo calls opera into our concerts,” continues the Sudbury, “absolutely phenomenal,” he chooses the site of Ontario, native. “But we also wanted to introduce the 2008 Miss America Pageant, which was held other pieces so that people who weren’t really in his hometown. familiar with opera could relate to us in some way. “That was really cool,” says Reddick to the So if they didn’t know ‘O Sole Mio,’ they would at others’ audible amusement. “I had tons of family least know, like, ‘Mack the Knife.’ If we could, we there, there were lots of beautiful women ... .” just wanted to do one of everything.” And prior to Destino’s public concert on Destino’s present area stay – culminating December 15, an engagement that Siemens in December 15’s public concert at the First says will feature “a large chunk of Christmas Presbyterian Church of Davenport – marks the songs,” the group will be performing locally for group’s second residency with the Visiting Artists young audiences at 30 area schools – a chance program, as its musicians also entertained and to educate and entertain that Niceforo says the educated local audiences in 2010. And since the entire group relishes. quartet’s 2008 debut for the Children’s Miracle “It’s such a great opportunity,” he states, Network at Walt Disney World, Destino has also “because the music is really secondary to making become something of a global phenomenon, a connection between the child and the artist. I having made prestigious appearances at Carnegie think just seeing performers that are genuine, and Hall, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2010 who love what they do, lets a child really, really Vancouver Olympics. identify with them. And as long as they know Beyond their covering of pop, jazz, show-tune, that they can do whatever they want as long as and even rock compositions in the guise of a they put their minds to it – and that education is “classical” repertoire, pianist Tan – a Singapore the key ingredient in our being able to do what native who arranges the group’s songs alongside we do – then that connection is made.” violinist Siemens – believes that part of the group’s appeal lies in the amount of experimentation Destino performs its public concert at the First Destino performances allow for. Presbyterian Church of Davenport (1702 Iowa “Rosemary and I love improv,” he says. “And Street) on Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. For we don’t play with any scores or anything like tickets and information, call (563)326-1691 or visit that. We both play by ear, and we like playing with QuadCityArts.com. different styles of the same song. We generally have a set list, but we also figure a lot of things out For more information on the group, visit Destino4. on stage, adjusting the sound as we go, and that’s com.

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OUT OF THE FURNACE, THE BOOK THIEF, and PHILOMENA
When it comes to films vying for Academy Awards attention, there are several themes and subjects generally guaranteed to pique voters’ interest: post-war trauma; post-incarceration estrangement; the Holocaust; Judi Dench. Yet while a trio of recently released titles collectively addresses these and other Oscarbait-y topics, I can’t help feeling that the talents behind all three might wind up disappointed come nominations-announcement morning. Well, except for Judi Dench. There’s just no stopping that Dame. For a while while watching it, Out of the Furnace seemed like a legitimate contender, and if Academy members can overlook the movie’s second half, I suppose it could still be one. This intensely serious drama by director/co-writer Scott Cooper – his first film since shepherding Jeff Bridges’ Oscar win for 2009’s Crazy Heart – features Christian Bale as a struggling mill worker just released from prison, Casey Affleck as his ne’er-do-well brother back from his fourth tour in Iraq, and Woody Harrelson as a murderous Appalachian drug dealer and bare-knuckle-fight organizer. It’s set in bluecollar Pennsylvania during 2008’s economic downturn, and it concerns family obligation, romantic disillusionment, masculine ideals, and the gradual but unmistakable evaporation of the American dream. In short, Oscar bait all over the place, and while nothing during the film’s first hour feels especially novel, the cast’s fierce emotional commitment makes familiar encounters feel startlingly fresh: Bale exiting prison into his brother’s embrace, his

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unbridled physical The Book Thief, joy preventing him meanwhile, is like Out from getting in the of the Furnace’s polar car; Bale reacting to opposite: a movie that ex-lover Zoë Saldana’s becomes somewhat pregnancy with a touching after an trying-for-cheerful opening hour that’s “You’re gonna be a almost hopelessly mom!” exclaimed phony. Like The through brokenhearted Boy in the Striped Christian Bale and Sam Shepard in Out tears. Pajamas, but far less of the Furnance With its fearless, affecting, director lived-in portrayals Brian Percival’s drama by the leads and lovely, understated work – based on the popular young-adult novel by by Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, and Tom Markus Zusak – takes a child’s eye view of the Bower, Out of the Furnace’s actors do much Holocaust, telling of a young German (Sophie to scrape the fractured-America clichés off Nélisse) who discovers the perils of fascism Cooper’s and Brad Ingelsby’s script, and Bale when her adoptive parents shelter a runaway and Affleck, in particular, appear incapable of Jew (the excellent Ben Shnetzer). If I were falseness. (Only Forest Whitaker, as Saldana’s feeling especially grouchy, I could compose kindly police-officer beau, feels wrong, due a lengthy list of elements that drove me batmostly to his odd character voice, which crap crazy about the experience, including sounds like Louis Armstrong’s without the but not restricted to the insufferably twee, musicality.) Yet halfway through the movie, condescending narration by Death himself beginning with the depressing contrivance (Roger Allam), the forced-tableaux staging, the of an accidentally dropped cell phone that offensive whitewashing of historical atrocities accidentally dials exactly the right number, (you’ve never before seen such pristine what began as a seemingly truthful account corpses), and John Williams’ alternately of the rural underprivileged begins to grow oppressively twinkly and oppressively solemn falser and falser, with Harrelson’s grinning score. (Just watch the man receive his 49th lunatic morphing into a stereotypical (and Oscar nod for his underwhelming efforts stereotypically unkillable) demonic heavy, and here.) But after initially shaky starts, Geoffrey Bale’s complexly rendered character undone Rush and Emily Watson lend some muchby plot devices that turn him into a simplistic, needed humanity to the labored proceedings, stone-faced avenger. Cooper’s offering peters and by The Book Thief’s last half, several out just when it needs to accelerate, and I scenes – particularly Schnetzer’s staring at the left the film thinking that Bale, especially, stars during a momentary escape from hiding was getting the short shrift by its eventual, – pack some of the emotional punch that its unfortunate lack of nerve. Ah, well. American subject demands. The movie’s a flop, but not, Hustle is right around the corner. thankfully, a fiasco.

Nor is director Stephen Frears’ Philomena, even though, to my mind, it’s frequently just as fraudulent. The film casts Judi Dench as the title character seeking the child she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years prior, a toddler who was sold to an American couple by the strict, unforgiving nuns of the Irish convent where she was shipped as a teen. With Steve Coogan playing the disgruntled journalist who, for initially selfish reasons, joins Philomena on her quest, the movie, like The Book Thief, concerns a real-life horror. “Real-life,” though, is one of the last adjectives I’d employ regarding Philomena. In Fears’ typically well-produced but uncharacteristically hollow and obvious endeavor, the nuns are either saintly or monstrous, and screenwriters Coogan and Jeff Pope routinely score easy, unearned sitcom points by making us laugh at poor, dotty Philomena (“Look at her giggling at Big Momma’s House!” “Look at her calling croutons ‘little pieces of toast!’”) only to immediately judge us for our laughter (“But look at Judi cry!”). Although based on a true story, everything here from the journalist’s cynicism to Philomena’s enlightened – and, for her age and upbringing, wildly unlikely – attitude toward gays plays as contrived ... not that that’ll stop its star from receiving her seventh career nomination. Getting Oscar-fêted is what Judi Dench does. For reviews of Frozen, Black Nativity, Homefront, and other current releases, visit RiverCitiesReader.com. Follow Mike on Twitter at Twitter.com/ MikeSchulzNow.

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The amendment includes four criteria for drawing a district: “(1) the district plan shall not dilute or diminish the ability of a racial or language minority community to elect the candidates of its choice, including when voting in concert with other persons; (2) districts shall respect the geographic integrity of units of local government; (3) districts shall respect the geographic integrity of communities sharing common social and economic interests, which do not include relationships with political parties or candidates for office; and (4) the district plan shall not either purposefully or significantly discriminate against or favor any political party or group.” “The proposal itself isn’t simple,” Blitstein said. “But the impact is very simple. The idea here is to create an independent system that is transparent, uses nonpartisan criteria, and puts the voters back in charge.” valid signatures by May 4 for the issue to be on the November 2014 ballot. Kolenc declined to say how many signatures had been collected (“We don’t have 298,000, I can tell you that”) but pledged a multi-million-dollar effort. He said $400,000 has been raised so far. (In 2010, the similar Illinois Fair Map Amendment – led by the League of Women Voters – failed to garner enough signatures to appear on the ballot.) The Yes for Independent Maps effort already includes 25 regional volunteer teams, and those will be augmented by paid staffers collecting signatures. The campaign has already attracted significant bipartisan

The amendment push grew out of dissatisfaction with the redistricting process following the 2010 census, Blitstein said. Kolenc said the amendment language was finalized this past summer, at which point Yes for Independent Maps was formed as an independent group for legal reasons. The campaign will need to collect 298,000

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f you’re in your early 20s or younger, you probably know Matt Damon as the cool, laidback star of Elysium and the Jason Bourne movies, and probably know Ben Affleck as the cool, laidback director/star of Argo and The Town. Regardless, and depending on your level of vitriol about Affleck playing Batman, you probably like the guys. But if you can believe it, there actually was a time, not so very long ago, when both celebrities were ... . Gosh, what’s the word ... ? Hated. A lot. And nowhere will you find that hatred more pronounced, or more hilarious, than in the stage comedy Matt & Ben, which opened in New York in 2003, and which will be performed at Rock Island’s RozzTox venue December 14 and 15. Written by Brenda Withers and The Office and The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling at the height of the nation’s collective Damonand-Affleck fatigue (which arose primarily because of Damon’s seemingly unearned ubiquity and Affleck’s tabloid-bonanza romances), this 70-minute, inside-showbiz farce pulls absolutely no punches toward its leading subjects. Or any other subjects, really.

Matt & Ben opens with the titular pair in Affleck’s apartment, struggling to write a film version of The Catcher in the Rye. (Affleck, typing away, mostly struggles with spelling.) But then a screenplay miraculously drops from the ceiling boasting the title Good Will Hunting. Whatever will our young, hungry Hollywood tyros do? Continue with their Salinger project, or attach their names to an already-completed work? If you know your Academy Awards history, you know what they do, and what transpires in Matt & Ben is a viciously funny satire on pop culture, the creative process, and fame that the New York Times called “a deliciously spiteful send-up” that’s also “unsentimental and smart about long friendships.” And if that’s not enough to get you in Rozz-Tox’s door, check out the casting of directors Chris Causer’s and Bryan Tank’s outing: Sara King as Affleck, and Kelly Lohrenz as Damon. The ladies should be careful, though: In a fight scene during one of the play’s first off-Broadway performances, Kaling (who also played Affleck) actually broke the nose of Winters (who played Damon). Told you there were no punches pulled. Tickets to Matt & Ben are $7 at the door, and more information on the performances is available by calling (309)200-0978 or visiting RozzTox.com.

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A Christmas Messiah

Augustana College’s Centennial Hall Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.

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or many decades, Augustana College’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah – performed by the Handel Oratorio Society singers – has been a Quad Cities holiday tradition. On December 14 and 15, the tradition continues with the college’s Centennial Hall performances of this musical masterpiece. But if you attend, you’ll likely notice something different about this year’s concert event even before it starts, as the program is now titled A Christmas Messiah. And you’ll certainly notice something different about it when it ends, particularly if you’re wearing a watch.

“We’ve always done about three-quarters of the piece says Messiah conductor Jon Hurty, “because if you did the whole thing, it would last three and a half, four hou But this year, what we’re planning on doing is a straight performance, with no intermission, that’s pretty close to hour and a half.” He stresses, however, that audiences worried that a shorter Messiah will be an inherently less satisfying Mes shouldn’t fear. “The piece is divided into three parts,” sa Hurty, “and what we’ve decided to do is concentrate on the first part, which is really the part that probably has most popular choruses in it, things like ‘Glory to God,’ and ‘For Unto Us a Child Is Born,’ and a lot of the Adve Christmas texts. And then we’re doing tony bits from th second and third parts, and it just so happens that thos have some of the really popular pieces, like the ‘Hallelu chorus and ‘Worthy Is the Lamb.’” The impetus to shorten this year’s Messiah, says Hur was partly a desire to lighten the participating students’ holiday workload. “This takes up a lot of their time

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he touring pop quartet Under the Streetlamp arrives at Davenport’s Adler Theatre on December 19, and the group’s members have adopted as their performance mantra “Retro never sounded so now.” Replace “sounded” with “looked,” and that would be my mantra for my wardrobe. (It’d be a lie, but it’d still be my mantra, damn it.) But once you hear the glorious solos and harmonies sung by these exceptionally gifted talents – Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones, and Shonn Wiley – you’ll wholly understand their collective confidence.

Composed of four former cast members from Broadway’s Tony-winning Four Seasons smash Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp treats audiences to beloved hits from the repertoire of “The American Radio Songbook” from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and does so in tandem with explosive choreography, wild comedy, and audience participation. What results is a veritable pop, rock, and soul party featur hits you always loved, and hits you never realized you lov quite so much. It should go without saying that you’ll probably hear a few of the Four Seasons’ signature tunes during Under th Streetlamp’s Adler set, as the ensemble has been acclaime for their renditions of such timeless numbers as “Candy G “Stay,” and “Working My Way Back to You.” But what else might you hear? As preparation for the night, try matchin few of the songs from Under the Streetlamp’s self-titled de CD with artists known for making those songs hits. For tickets to Under the Streetlamp’s Davenport

support, including statewide organizations such as Common Cause Illinois, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Kolenc said there also support down to the local level, includi the party chairs of both the Rock Island Democratic and Republican parties. In an e-mail, Mary Kubasak, president of League of Women Voters of Illinois, wrote th “the League feels that the only way meaning reform can be achieved is through a citizeninitiative process. ... The best, least-expensiv way to change the way ... legislative districts are drawn would be a legislature who would follow simple guidelines about compactness

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both in rehearsal and performance, so hopefully this’ll allow the students to experience the piece without being overwhelmed.” But, as Hurty says, “I also think that if we shorten it and focus on the Christmas parts of the Messiah – which is appropriate to the season – then it may bring some new interest in the piece. These days, I think it’s harder and harder for people to say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go to a concert for two and a half hours ... .’ But maybe at 90 minutes ... . “So if people have come in the past and thought, ‘Oh, it’s a little bit long,’ they may want to give it a try again this year.” A Christmas Messiah will feature soloists Michelle Areyzaga, Eric Ashcraft, Lauren McNeese, and Liam Moran performing alongside the Handel Oratorio Society and the Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)794-7306 or visiting Augustana.edu/arts/tickets.

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ake up, Mike!” “Uh ... Jeff? What time is it?” “Early. I needed to throw this at you before it was too late. I want to usurp one of your What’s Happenin’ slots for an article on the Cerny Brothers.” “Didn’t you write about them last year?” “I did. But their self-titled album hadn’t been released yet, and I’d like to talk about it before their December 20 show at RIBCO. While I enjoyed their 2011 LP Dream, the decision to make the group more of a band on this record gave their Americana more breadth, depth, and muscle. And remember that even though Robert and Scott are based in L.A. now, they’re from Sherrard, so the local angle makes it worth a double dip.” “Fine. Less work for me.” “I’ll focus on some stand-out songs. There’s the aggressive acoustic rock of ‘Whiskey,’ and that side of the band is balanced on ‘The Mountain Song’ by a haunting, poignant interplay between the banjo and guitar. And – ” “How long have you been rehearsing this pitch?”

“Shut up. I’m not finished. And in its quieter moments – even when the lyrics are a bit plain – the execution is so heartfelt and graceful that the songs feel genuine rather than rote. ‘Out of Time’ is a male-female duet, and the intertwined vocals at the end are simply gorgeous. But my favorite is probably ‘Ohio’ – although it’s not that ‘Ohio.’ It remembers a lover with the fondness reserved for childhood places and parents, and it’s incredibly sweet until its subtly devastating closing line – with the vocal delivery suggesting a final goodbye. And I promise I won’t close with one of those stupid selfreferential jokes you’re so fond of.” “That’s good. You’re not funny.” “And I sure as hell won’t do one of those lazy Mike-and-Jeff pieces that inevitably end with a stupid selfreferential joke.” “Everyone will be grateful.” “My holiday gift to you, and the Quad Cities. And one more thing, Mike.” “What?” “You really should get that window lock fixed.” – Jeff Ignatius The Cerny Brothers will perform on Friday, December 20, at RIBCO (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island; RIBCO.com). The show starts at 9 p.m. and also features the Leadfoot Band.

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Thursday, December 12 – TransSiberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve. Progressive-rock band presents the final performance of their holiday-themed rock opera. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $32.50-63. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com. Friday, December 13 – LeAnn Rimes. Holiday concert with the Grammy Awardwinning country-music superstar. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 8 p.m. $40-60. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com. Saturday, December 14 – The Lennon Sisters. Concert with the famed Lawrence Welk Show singers and inductees in the National Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 7 p.m. $17-37. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com. Saturday, December 14 – Lynne Rothrock’s Christmas Cabaret. Third-annual event featuring humorous sketches and holiday music. Iowa Theatre Artists Company (4709 220th Trail, Amana). 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $25. For tickets and information, call (319)622-3222 or visit IowaTheatreArtists.org. Sunday, December 15 – Destino. Pop/ opera quartet performs as Quad City Arts visiting artists. First Presbyterian Church of Davenport (1702 Iowa Street, Davenport). 2 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1691 or visit QuadCityArts.com. Sunday, December 15 – Zac Brown

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contiguity, public hearings – an impossible task given that the guidelines often work against the self-interest of the map-drawers.” That was echoed by the Small Business Advisory Council’s Richardson, who also wrote that the amendment could reduce the role of money in campaigns: “Small-business owners that cannot provide large sums of money to politicians speak with their votes. Fair and transparent redistricting will ensure the votes of the small business community count.” “This coalition is simply working to improve the process,” Kolenc said. “Illinois needs fixing, and this is an excellent way to start this process.”

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Band. Atlanta-based country/folk musicians in concert. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7 p.m. $39-69. For tickets, call (800)7453000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com. Sunday, December 15 – Classic Duets featuring Sarah Marie Young & Saalik Ziyad. Jazz vocalists educate and entertain in Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. workshop: $5/adults, free for students. 6 p.m. concert: $10-15. For tickets and information, call (309)373-0790 or visit Polyrhythms.org or RiverMusicExperience.org. Sunday, December 15 – Benjamin Cartel and The Oarsman. Concert with the independent artists and progressive-folk musicians. Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $5. For information, call (309)2000978 or visit RozzTox.com. Sunday, December 15 – Quad City Wind Ensemble Winter Concert. Area ensemble performs holiday classics and favorites. St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. Free admission. For information, visit QCWindEnsemble.org. Wednesday, December 18 – Church of Misery. Japanese doom-metal band in concert, with opening sets by The Horde and Obsidian Hammer. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10-12. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO. com. Friday, December 20, and Saturday, December 21 – A Nova Christmas. Annual holiday concerts with the professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers. Friday: First Lutheran Church of Galesburg (364 East Water Street, Galesburg). Saturday: St. Paul Lutheran Church of Davenport (2136 Brady Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $15-18, students free. For tickets and information, call (309)341-7038 or visit NovaSingers.com. Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 22 – O Holy Night Christmas Concert. The 24th-annual holiday event featuring the Sanctuary Choir, Chamber Chorale, Celebration Singers, Cecelian Carolers, Cathedral Choir of Young Men & Boys, and vesper bells, organ, and orchestra. First Presbyterian Church of Davenport (1702 Iowa Street, Davenport). Friday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. Complimentary tickets required. For information, call (563)326-1691 or visit FPCDavenport.org. Saturday, December 28 – Cornmeal. Progressive bluegrass musicians in concert, with an opening set by Mr. Baber’s Neighbors. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $12-15. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org. Tuesday, December 31 – Remember the King. Robert Shaw & the Lonely Street Band in a New Year’s performance of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 7:30 p.m. doors, 7:458:45 p.m. buffet, 9:15 p.m. performance. $40-82. For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Circa21.com. tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre. com.

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Friday, December 13 – The Ultimate Christmas Show. A celebration and send-up of favorite holiday traditions with the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Orpheum Theatre (57 South Kellogg Street, Galesburg). 7:30 p.m. $2535. For tickets and information, call (309)342-2299 or visit TheOrpheum.org. Friday, December 13, through Sunday, December 15 – Casting Call. Christmas-themed dramatic comedy in which participants have to audition to be part of the Nativity. Wildwood Baptist Church (18717 Hubbard Road, East Moline). Friday and Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)496-9397 or visit WildwoodChurch.com. Tuesday, December 17 – Mamma Mia! The ABBA-filled musical-comedy smash, in a Broadway at the Adler presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $39.50-64.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com. Wednesday, January 8 – American Idiot. Tony Award-winning rock musical based on the chart-topping Green Day album, in a Broadway at the Adler presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $37-57. For

Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15 – The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic performed by the dancers of Ballet Quad Cities, accompanied by Orchestra Iowa. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). Saturday 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. $12-35.99. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com or BalletQuadCities.com. Saturday, December 21 – A Christmas Story. Screenings of the holiday classic hosted by “Randy” portrayer Ian Petrella, featuring a Q&A session, meet and greet, and an autograph signing following both screenings, with live commentary offered during the evening showing. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 2 and 7:30 p.m. $5-10. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com. Tuesday, December 31 – Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque New Year’s Eve Show. Ring in the new year with the area burlesque artists and comedians. Circa ’21 Speakeasy (1818 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 10 p.m. $25. For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Circa21.com.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona, at the QC Theatre Workshop through December 15

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Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. | Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Avenue Handel Oratorio Society Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra Jon Hurty, conductor A new take on a Quad-Cities Christmas tradition! Different from previous years, the performance will last less than 90 minutes without an intermission and will focus on the Christmas story. Soloists: Michelle Areyzaga, soprano Lauren McNeese, mezzo-soprano Eric Ashcraft, tenor Liam Moran, bass Tickets: $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children A limited number of free tickets are available for junior and senior high school students, thanks to generous support from the Meredith Foundation.
Tickets are available through the Augustana Ticket Office. Please call (309) 794-7306 or visit augustana.edu/tickets for more information.

he women of The rendered the dog’s Two Gentlemen scene-stealing ways all of Verona shine in the more entertaining. the Prenzie Players’ latFortunately for Lewis, est production. Maggie though, he also has Woolley’s effervescent a scene that does not Julia and Catie Osborn’s include the dog, in enrapturing Silvia – which – with the aid characters courted by of a female he plucks the two gentlemen of from the audience the title – are especially – he explains his captivating, thanks to list of positive and Woolley’s and Osborn’s negative (-untillayered portrayals of creatively-explained) ladies in (and later out attributes for his of, and then back in) ideal woman. Lewis’ love. They’re among a Adam Michael Lewis (top) and Sergeant delivery is so believably Leon Maxwell Edison VonPepper group of female actors extemporaneous that, here that offer dynamic, entertaining were his lines not hilarious, the scene performances filled with notable nuance, would still be remarkable for the actor’s aplomb, and, when called for, titillating sincere delivery. humor. And they are a credit to director As Valentine’s page Speed, Stephanie Andy Lord’s vision for what seems to me Moeller is every bit spunky and sprightly, one of William Shakespeare’s weaker, traits I’ve found consistently enchanting less refined plays. The women help add in her various portrayals in past emotional depth to the text, while Lord productions. While Kitty Israel is firm yet wisely places the comedic aspects of the friendly as Lucetta, Julia’s waiting woman, tale at the forefront through his cast’s Andy Koski portrays Proteus’ father energetic performances. Antonio with toughness, and Denise The men don’t deserve to be ignored, Yoder plays Antonio’s servant Pantina though. As the titular characters, Cole with self-assurance and dignity. Together, McFarren is every bit a stately gentleman however, the three are most delightful as as Valentine, while Joey Curtiss offers a a trio of outlaws that overtakes Valentine relatively youthful Proteus less jaded by and Speed after the former is banished by life’s experiences. While Curtiss, to the Silvia’s father for attempting to use a rope detriment of his deliveries, did tend to ladder to reach Silvia in a tower. Israel, (attempt to) speak some of his longer Koski, and Yoder are so goofy that it’s lines all in one breath during Friday’s hard not to smile throughout their scenes performance, his Proteus is presented and buffoonish banditry. as less dramatically dark than simply Koski, however, outdoes his work realistic. As a result, Proteus’ decision even in those sequences while playing to forsake his newfound love Julia for Eglamore, a suitor of Julia’s who later Valentine’s true love Silvia seems more a helps Silvia escape. Koski’s Eglamore, mistake of the, um, “heart,” rather than with his Latin bravado, is reminiscent of a dastardly scheme at the expense of his Mandy Patinkin as The Princess Bride’s friends. Inigo Montoya, with a dash of Antonio I must admit that I did not catch Banderas’ Puss in Boots (of Shrek fame) anything that Proteus’ servant Lance thrown in to spice things up even more. (Adam Michael Lewis) said during his The result is a charismatic character initial scene, as I was so captivated by that is utterly enjoyable. Adding Tracy the dog – Sergeant Leon Maxwell Edison Skaggs’ unforgiving and stately Duke VonPepper – that accompanies Lance of Milan and Andy Curtiss’ amusingly throughout the play. Judging by the foolish suitor Turio, Lord’s cast presents steady flow of “Oh”s and “Ah”s, the scruffy Shakepeare’s The Two Gentleman of canine, playing Crab the Dog, managed to Verona in its most entertaining light. win over the crowd with his unwittingly timely barking at the audience and other Two Gentlemen of Verona runs at the QC cast members, all the while being easily Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, placated with treats from Lewis. Yet Davenport) through December 15, and these barks oftentimes fell in between more information and tickets are available Lewis’ lines, as though planned, and by calling (309)278-8426 or visiting PrenziePlayers.com.

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call the Arabian Gulf.) Iran was a U.S. client-state until 1979, when the Islamic Revolution overthrew the repressive shah, whom the U.S. government had restored to power after ousting a democratic regime in 1953. Saudi Arabia, which enjoys protection under America’s nuclear umbrella, does not want to see Iran back in the good graces of the United States, since it would diminish its prominence in the Middle East. Israel is the world’s largest recipient of U.S. military armaments and is a nuclear power and thus the most potent country in the region. It has used its might to subjugate the Palestinians – systematically stealing their land – and intimidate its neighbors, for example, by periodically invading Lebanon. Its leadership needs to manufacture enemies to distract the world from its inhumane policies, which the U.S. government, pushed by Israel’s lobby, enables. Thus the Iranians, who have made repeated peace overtures, are portrayed as an “existential threat,” which is absurd: Even if one were to make all the fantastic assumptions required to see Iran with a nuclear weapon, what good would it be against Israel, which has hundreds of nukes, some of them on invulnerable submarines? Yoel Guzansky, a former member of Israel’s National Security Council, revealed much when he condemned the interim agreement as giving “Iran ... a signature that it’s a legitimate country.” How hypocritical. The Iranian people, which includes a large, educated middle class, would welcome friendship with America. Both they and the American people would prosper from trade, tourism, and other personal contact. As a bonus, such friendship would inevitably weaken Iran’s theocracy – which is why the hardliners on all sides are determined to prevent it. A hyperlinked version of this article is available at RCReader.com/y/iran1. Sheldon Richman is vice president and editor at The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF.org) in Fairfax, Virginia.

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purchase U.S. bank notes or precious metals – thereby affecting foreign firms that transfer gold or other precious metals to Iran in exchange for oil. Excerpt From Nov 23, 2013 White House Press Secretary Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program (RCReader.com/y/iran3) Putting Limited Relief in Perspective In total, the approximately $7 billion in relief is a fraction of the costs that Iran will continue to incur during this first phase under the sanctions that will remain in place. The vast majority of Iran’s approximately $100 billion in foreign-exchange holdings are inaccessible or restricted by sanctions. In the next six months, Iran’s crude oil sales cannot increase. Oil sanctions alone will result in approximately $30 billion in lost revenues to Iran – or roughly $5 billion per month – compared to what Iran earned in a six-month period in 2011, before these sanctions took effect. While Iran will be allowed access to $4.2 billion of its oil sales, nearly $15 billion of its revenues during this period will go into restricted overseas accounts. In summary, we expect the balance of Iran’s money in restricted accounts overseas will actually increase, not decrease, under the terms of this deal. November 29, 2013, Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (RCReader.com/y/iran4) Today the President made the determination required under section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 regarding the supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran. The analysis contained in the Energy Information Administration’s report of October 31, 2013, indicates that global oil consumption has exceeded production in recent months, though trends stayed in line with seasonal patterns. International oil-supply disruptions grew but were largely offset by rising oil production from other countries, particularly from the United States and Saudi Arabia. While increased Saudi output reduced spare crude-production capacity, stable inventory levels and stable oil prices compared with the period a year ago indicate a well-supplied international crude market. There currently appears to be sufficient supply of non-Iranian oil to permit foreign countries to reduce significantly their purchases of Iranian oil, taking into account current estimates of demand, increased production by countries other than Iran, inventories of crude oil and petroleum products, and available spare production capacity. In this context, it is notable that many purchasers of Iranian crude oil continue to reduce, or have ceased altogether, their purchases from Iran

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My boyfriend of two years has always disparaged gentlemen’s clubs. I truly believed him until he visited his family and I searched Google Maps on his computer for something in his hometown. The text box predicted “strip clubs” there. I confronted him, and looking to prove me wrong, he showed me his “places” history. Various searches for strip clubs showed up. (I don’t think he understood that Google keeps track of that stuff.) He claimed he didn’t do these searches and suggested that his brother or someone who borrowed his computer did. We have sex regularly, and he is loving and treats me very well, so I put aside his lying and gave him another chance. I should say that I understand men’s interest in these clubs; I just don’t feel it’s right for guys in relationships to go because of the possibility of cheating happening. Disturbingly, I just found some Hooters coupons with his stuff. I think that the fact that he may go to these places doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that he’s lying about it. – Worried A woman wants to believe a man when he claims he hates those nasty “gentlemen’s clubs.” Yeah, the last thing any man wants to see is a totally hot 21-year-old with enormous breasts doing upside-down splits on a pole. There’s that line from politics: “It isn’t the crime; it’s the cover-up.” Not only did your boyfriend pre-lie, laying out the above bed of lies like lettuce on a cottage-cheese plate, but he followed up with the obvious honker that it had to be somebody else searching for nudie bars on his computer. Yes, it was probably Granny, who, like many women her age, loves to go to strip clubs and make it rain Social Security checks. As for why he lied, consider that there’s a notion that men are pigs – simply for being men. Men evolved to be highly visual and variety-driven in their sexual desire, while women evolved to be more emotion- and commitment-driven. Male sexuality isn’t wrong; it’s just different. But men are so used to being under attack for what turns them on that many default to denying it. They keep mum to avoid conflict in their relationships, in part because they think they could never explain male desire in a way that wouldn’t

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make a woman’s head fly off and chase them around the room. The truth is, we all lie, all day long, and often think nothing of it. If you cram your muffin-top into Spanx or put goop on your eye bags, you’re lying about what you really look like. And frankly, if people could read our thoughts, most of us wouldn’t make it to lunchtime without a co-worker’s bludgeoning us with a stapler. But because we alone know what we’re thinking, a person can say sweet, relationship-enhancing things to his partner – “You’re the only woman for me!” – while entertaining less palatable fantasies: “If only I could have you, your sister, the Swedish women’s bobsled team, and that girl from The Weather Channel in a swimming pool of butterscotch pudding!” Still, fantasizing and cheating are two different things. Sure, some guys who go to strip clubs are looking to get some on the side, but a guy can do that at the office or the corner bar without breaking out a wad of Benjamins. And Hooters? Naughty in concept, but in reality, a place to eat heavily battered chicken strips while having platonic conversations with a married waitress in gym clothes and 1980s pantyhose. As for those coupons your boyfriend had, nothing helps a guy seduce a waitress like whipping out a voucher for 10 percent off. (“Hey, big spender!”) Another woman may turn your man’s head (or make it swivel like a turbo lazy Susan), but that doesn’t mean she turns his ethics, too. If you have reason to believe your boyfriend is a good guy, driven by ethical standards instead of what he can get away with, chances are he’s just looking at strippers from time to time instead of looking to get some strange. Relationships are built on trust, but they’re also built on white lies about who we really are and having the wisdom to look the other way at stuff that doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. You and your boyfriend have heat in the bedroom, and he is loving and treats you well. Sounds like he’s happy. That’s probably the single best motivator for a guy to make visiting strip clubs nothing more than an occasional form of sightseeing – as much a threat to your relationship as a visit to the Grand Tetons (on one of those days they’re decked out in flaming nipple tassels and five-inch Lucite heels).

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States four times, more often than any other president. We can conclude that he was one of the most popular American leaders ever. And yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by the citizens of his home county in New York. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life. You may be more successful working on the big picture than you are in your immediate situation. It could be easier for you to maneuver when you’re not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. What’s outside your circle might be more attracted to your influence than what’s nearer to home. TAURUS(April 20-May 20): In 2009, actress Sandra Bullock starred in three films, two of which earned her major recognition. For her performance in All About Steve, she was given a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Her work in The Blind Side, on the other hand, won her an Oscar for Best Actress. I’m thinking that you may experience a similar paradox in the coming days, Taurus. Some of your efforts might be denigrated, while others are praised. It may even be the case that you’re criticized and applauded for the same damn thing. How to respond? Learn from Bullock’s example. She gave gracious acceptance speeches at the award ceremonies for both the Golden Raspberry and the Oscar. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Almost 2,000 years ago, a Roman doctor named Scribonius Largus developed recipes for three different kinds of toothpaste. One contained the ashes of burned-up deer antler, aromatic resin from an evergreen shrub known as mastic, and a rare mineral called sal ammoniac. His second toothpaste was a mix of barley flour, vinegar, honey, and rock salt. Then there was the third: sun-dried radish blended with finely ground glass. Let’s get a bit rowdy here and propose that these three toothpastes have metaphorical resemblances to the life choices in front of you right now. I’m going to suggest you go with the second option. At the very least, avoid the third. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Are you feeling a bit pinched, parched, and prickly? Given the limitations you’ve had to wrestle with lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were. Even though you have passed some of the sneaky tests and solved some of the itchy riddles you’ve been compelled to deal with, they have no doubt contributed to the pinched, parched prickliness. Now what can be done to help you recover your verve? I’m thinking that all you will have to do is respond smartly to the succulent temptations that life will bring your way in the coming weeks. LEO (July 23-August 22): Have you ever situated yourself between two big bonfires on a beach and basked in

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parts of you are immature or underdeveloped – aspects that may one day be skilled and gracious, but are not yet. I bet that once you identify what needs ripening, you will expedite the ripening. And then you will be ready to welcome the pregnant truths. CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): “Finifugal” is a rarely used English adjective that I need to invoke to provide you with the proper horoscope. It refers to someone who avoids or dislikes endings – like a child who doesn’t want a bedtime story to conclude, or an adult who’s in denial about how it’s finally time to wrap up long-unfinished business. You can’t afford to be finifugal in the coming days, Capricorn. This is the tail end of your cycle. It won’t be healthy for you to shun climaxes and denouements. Neither will it be wise to merely tolerate them. Somehow, you’ve got to find a way to love and embrace them. (P.S. That’s the best strategy for ensuring the slow-motion eruption of vibrant beginnings after your birthday.) AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): According to 20th Century British author John Cowper Powys, “A bookshop is a dynamite shed, a drugstore of poisons, a bar of intoxicants, a den of opiates, an island of sirens.” He didn’t mean that literally, of course. He was referring to the fact that the words contained in books can inflame and enthrall the imagination. I think you will be wise to seek out that level of arousal in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Your thoughts need to be aired out and rearranged. Your feelings are crying out for strenuous exercise, including some pure, primal catharses. Do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. PISCES (February 19-March 20): “I am not fearless,” says Mexican journalist and women’s rights advocate Lydia Cacho, “but I’m not overtaken by fear. Fear is quite an interesting animal. It’s like a pet. If you mistreat it, it will bite, but if you understand it and accept it in your house, it might protect you.” This is an excellent time to work on transforming your fright reflexes, Pisces. You have just the right kind of power over them: strong and crafty and dynamic, but not grandiose or cocky or delusional. You’re ready to make your fears serve you, not drain you.

the primal power? Was there a special moment in your past when you found yourself sitting between two charismatic people you loved and admired, soaking up the life-giving radiance they exuded? Did you ever read a book that filled you with exaltation as you listened to music that thrilled your soul? These are the kinds of experiences I hope you seek out in the coming week. I’d love to see you get nourished stereophonically by rich sources of excitement. VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Mythically speaking, this would be a propitious time for you to make an offering to the sea goddess. In dreams or meditations or fantasies, I suggest you dive down into the depths, find the supreme feminine power in her natural habitat, and give her a special gift. Show her how smart you are in the way you express love, or tell her exactly how you will honor her wisdom in the future. If she is receptive, you may even ask her for a favor. Maybe she’ll be willing to assist you in accessing the deep feelings that haven’t been fully available to you. Or perhaps she will teach you how to make conscious the secrets you have been keeping from yourself. LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Don’t linger in a doorway, Libra. Don’t camp out in a threshold or get stuck in the middle of anything. I understand your caution, considering the fact that life is presenting you with such paradoxical clues. But if you remain ambivalent much longer, you may obstruct the influx of more definitive information. The best way to generate the clarity and attract the help you need will be to make a decisive move – either in or out, either forward or backward, either up or down. SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): “It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear,” said TV talk show host Dick Cavett. I would love it if you made yourself one of those rare types in the coming week, Scorpio. Can you bring yourself to be receptive to truths that might be disruptive? Are you willing to send out an invitation to the world, asking to be shown revelations that contradict your fixed theories and foregone conclusions? If you do this hard work, I promise that you will be granted a brainstorm and a breakthrough. You might also be given a new reason to brag. SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): There are pregnant truths I could reveal to you right now that I’ve decided not to disclose. I don’t think you’re prepared to hear them yet. If I told you what they are, you wouldn’t be receptive or able to register their full meaning; you might even misinterpret them. It is possible, however, that you could evolve rather quickly in the next two weeks. So let’s see if I can nudge you in the direction of getting the experiences necessary to become ready. Meditate on what

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ACROSS 1. Monad 5. Disturbance 9. Word with running or flying 14. Aggravate 18. Ore in a fissure 19. Job 20. Lehar’s “The Merry __” 21. Vegas hotel 22. Stars __ __ 24. Smoke __ __ 26. Meetings 27. Effort 29. House finch 30. OT book 31. Old-fashioned 32. Supporting column 33. Region in NE Spain 36. Reunion attendee 37. The technologically savvy 41. Certain weaver 42. Tea __ __ 45. Trammel 46. Distant regions 47. Ride a sailplane 48. “The Waste Land” poet 49. Best or O’Brien 50. Johnny __ 51. Merrily 52. Grain for a mill 53. Fish basket 54. “Divine Comedy” guide 56. Golf score 57. Reward 58. Sierra __ 59. Had concerns 60. Lure 61. Cheaters at cards: Var. 63. Light-show device 64. 20 __ __ Borax 67. Rigid 68. Roman goddess 69. Cover and chorus 70. Street in Paris 71. Formerly 72. Signets 73. Name for a youngster 74. Encircled

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35. Checks __ __ 36. Doddering 37. __ Mae Yokum 38. Breaking __ __ 39. Precept 40. Place bordering Slovenia 42. ‘70s sitcom 43. Big business event 44. Worked at 47. Earnings 49. Start suddenly 51. Feel blindly 52. Pierces 53. Shows up 55. Of few words 56. Beasts anagram 57. Kind of dance 59. Gian __ Menotti 60. Sours 61. Rose 62. Matisse or Becquerel 63. Sprang 64. Forty-niner 65. Of hearing 66. Linear distance: Var. 68. Yielded 69. Like hot fudge 72. High-tops 73. Like a star in shape 74. Eager beaver: Hyph. 76. Came to pass 77. Sufficiently skilled 78. Latin dance 80. Oddballs 82. Red, in heraldry 84. Something special 85. Passage 86. Weapon 87. Avant-garde movement 88. Indigo 89. Goods: Abbr. 90. Daughter of Nicholas II 91. “Garfield” dog 92. Miranda Cosgrove tune 93. Hawaiian goose 94. Gaelic 96. Tierra __ Fuego 98. Siesta

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA As You Were - The Easy Mark - Guidelines - Haddonfield - Kings - Shapeshifter (5pm) - Bier Stube Moline, 417 15th St Moline, IL

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Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show - V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Chuck Murphy - Big Shots, 419 15th St. Moline, IL Cody Road -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL

Chuck Murphy - RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

Cosmic -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL

Double Dz Karaoke -Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends - The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -Crabby’s Bar & Grill, 826 W. 1st Ave. Coal Valley, IL Open Mic & Karaoke Night - Pepperjack ’s, 1225 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night w/ Karl -Kilkenny’s, 300 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night w/ Rob Dahms -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Open Stage Night - Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St. Rock Island, IL The Master Clefs -RME (River Music Experience), 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve - i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr Moline, IL 2013/12/13 (Fri)

Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Curtis Hawkins Band - The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Gloria Hardiman - Bruce Teague -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Good Gravy - Zeta June -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Human Aftertaste - Peach Pies Caburlesque -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

Biscuit Miller @ The Muddy Waters – December 14
Night People (6:30pm) - Karaoke Night (11pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA QC Ukulele Club Holiday Concert -RME (River Music Experience), 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Retro Ron - Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Southern Thunder Karaoke and DJ -Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St Moline, IL The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) -The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Nashville Machine -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Biscuit Miller Band -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Chuck Murphy -Mystique Casino, 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. Dubuque, IA Dave Moore & the Outskirts of Town - The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA David Harker Benefit: C.J. the DJ - Flash Point - DJ O.M.S. - Battle Red -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL DJ K - Funky Desi, 1409 5th Ave. Moline, IL Erin Ebnet CD Release Show -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Evergreen Grass Band - Fried Egg Stringband -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Fickle Filly -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Gray Wolf Band -Bad Boyz Pizza, 5266 Utica Ridge Rd. Davenport, IL Joe Tingle -Barrel House Moline, 1321 5th Ave. Moline, IL Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA

In the Flesh: Pink Floyd Tribute -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA

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Jason Carl -Bleyart’s Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Jazz After Five w/ Equilateral (5pm) - Joe & Vicki Price (9pm) -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Ken Paulsen Orchestra w/ Darlene - CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke -Funky Desi, 1409 5th Ave. Moline, IL Larry Bo Boyd (6pm) - Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL LeAnn Rimes -Riverside Casino Event Center, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Lost Country Dancers Dance -Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA

Karaoke Night - Headquarters Bar & Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL Lynn Allen -Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA Mad Monks - The Maw - Whistleblower -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA North of 40 - Fargo Dance & Sports, 4204 Avenue of the Cities Moline, IL Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar (7pm) - Phoenix, 111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA The Irish Kin - Peachwave Frozen Yogurt, 3431 Devils Glen Rd. Bettendorf, IA The Karry Outz - Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave. Davenport, IA The Krank Daddies - Lil’ Red - The Howlin’ Wolves - 3 on the Tree - RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Lennon Sisters Christmas Show -Riverside Casino Event Center, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA The Nashville Machine -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Vodkaseven - The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA 2013/12/15 (Sun)

Funday Sunday w/ Dave Ellis (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -The Torchlight Lounge, 1800 18th Ave East Moline, IL Midnite Riders (5pm) - East Moline American Legion, 829 16th Avenue East Moline, IL Open Mic Afternoon (3pm) -Mama Compton’s, 1725 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL Soul Karaoke -Top Shelf Lounge, 1327 13th Ave East Moline, IL Sunday Funday Karaoke (3pm) -Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA The Oarsmen - Benjamin Cartel -RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Third Sunday Jazz Series: Classic Duets featuring Sarah Marie Young & Saalik Ziyad (6pm) -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Troy Harris, Pianist (10am) - The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Dr. Bettendorf, IA Zac Brown Band -i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr Moline, IL 2013/12/16 (Mon)

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A Christmas Messiah -Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave. Rock Island, IL ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA

A Christmas Messiah (2pm) -Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave. Rock Island, IL ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Bonnie “Prince” Billy -Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St. Iowa City, IA Crystal City - The Men from... Beyond -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Destino (2pm) - First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, 1702 Iowa St. Davenport, IA

ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Müscle Wörship - Ice Hockey - Dynoride - Odd Dates - Running Shoes - Bier Stube Moline, 417 15th St Moline, IL Musical Morning (7am) -Brewed Awakenings, 221 Brady St. Davenport, IA Open Mic at the Paddlewheel hosted by Silly C & Slack Man -Paddlewheel Sports Bar & Grill, 221 15th St Bettendorf, IA

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Karaoke Night w/ Fat Dawgs Productions -QC Family Entertainment Center, 4401 44th Ave. Moline, IL Keller Karaoke -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Midnite Riders (6pm) - Karaoke King (9:30pm) - The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Open Mic Night - Boozie’s Bar & Grill, 114 1/2 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night w/ Dave Ellis -Bleyart’s Tap, 2210 E. 11th St. Davenport, IA Serenghetto - No Bird Sing - Generic - Purist -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA The Chris & Wes Show -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA 2013/12/19 (Thu)

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Open Mic w/ J. Knight -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA 2013/12/17 (Tue)

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ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -The Torchlight Lounge, 1800 18th Ave East Moline, IL Open Jam w/ the Harris Collection - Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA Open Mic w/ Jordan Danielsen -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA Sioux City Pete -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Glenn Hickson (5:30pm) - Jake O’s Grille, 2900 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island, IL Open Mic Night (6:30pm) -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL 2013/12/18 (Wed)

The Oarsmen @ Rozz-Tox – December 15
Open Stage Night - Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St. Rock Island, IL Under the Streetlamp -Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA 2013/12/20 (Fri) Dennis McMurrin -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Dirt Road Rockers - Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL DJ Omatic - Wolf Mixer - AWTHNTKTS - Baby Jayne - Imperfekt - Mike Shank - MC Rentz - Katana - prettygirlhatemachine -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Doug Brundies & the Big Acoustic Show -Barrel House 211, 211 E. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Indigosun -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Jason Carl -Rookies, 2818 N. Brady St. Davenport, IA Jerr y Beauchamp Band - Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St Walcott, IA Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke -Funky Desi, 1409 5th Ave. Moline, IL

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Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL Church of Misery - The Horde - Obsidian Hammer - RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Glenn Hickson (5:30pm) -Lee’s Lanes, 925 S. Oakwood Ave. Geneseo, IL Jam Session w/ Ben Soltau -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Jen McClung - EmJay - Silly C -RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

Karaoke Night w/ Chuck Murphy -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Daytrotter Presents: Communion Holiday Show -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Double Dz Karaoke -Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends - The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -Crabby’s Bar & Grill, 826 W. 1st Ave. Coal Valley, IL Open Mic & Karaoke Night - Pepperjack ’s, 1225 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night w/ Karl -Kilkenny’s, 300 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night w/ Rob Dahms -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA

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Night People Trio -Headquarters Bar & Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL Nitecrawlers Christmas Show (5:30pm) - Wild Oatz (8pm) - The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA River City Radio Hour: A Country Christmas w/ Jason Parchert -Moline Commercial Club, 513b 16th St Moline, IL Southern Thunder Karaoke and DJ - Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St Moline, IL The Cerny Brothers - The Leadfoot Band -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL The Tailfins - Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA 2013/12/21 (Sat)

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ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA As Big As A Mouse - Dynoride - Hello Ramona - Bier Stube Moline, 417 15th St Moline, IL Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show - V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Buddy Olson -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Chris Avey Band -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Chuck Murphy -Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr Galena, IL Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA

Funktastic Five -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL

ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Chuck Murphy -Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr Galena, IL Dan DiMonte & Friends -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Dani Lynn Howe Band -Bad Boyz Pizza, 5266 Utica Ridge Rd. Davenport, IL DJ K - Funky Desi, 1409 5th Ave. Moline, IL Euforquestra’s Home for the Holidays Show - Candymakers - Winterland -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA

Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Karaoke Night - Headquarters Bar & Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL Kevin Gordon -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Lynn Allen -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL North of 40 -Mulligan’s Valley Pub, 310 W 1st Ave Coal Valley, IL Red Rock-It - Generations Bar & Grill, 4100 4th Ave. Moline, IL Rootless Experience -The Lucky Frog Bar and Grill, 313 N Salina St McCausland, IA Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar (7pm) - Phoenix, 111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA Simon Says Uncle - Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA Tangent! - The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA The Dukes of Haggard Re-Reunion Show -Bier Stube Moline, 417 15th St Moline, IL The Karry Outz - Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 7th Street and the Rock River Moline, IL

The Last Glimpse -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

The Tailfins - Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Willis & Wilcox Acoustic Christmas Show -Brady Street Pub, 217 Brady St. Davenport, IA 2013/12/22 (Sun)

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Meet the Press -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL

Mississippi Cotten -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

Holly’s Buddies (5:30pm) - Wild Oatz (8pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Joe Tingle -Barrel House Moline, 1321 5th Ave. Moline, IL

ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -The Torchlight Lounge, 1800 18th Ave East Moline, IL

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Open Mic w/ Jordan Danielsen -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA 2013/12/25 (Wed)

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Midnite Riders (5pm) - East Moline American Legion, 829 16th Avenue East Moline, IL Open Mic Afternoon (3pm) - Mama Compton’s, 1725 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL Relentless Approach - Approach Borealis - Lighthouses - Flaw (9pm) -Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA Relentless Approach - Borealis - Cool Off - Outsiders (4pm) - Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Scottie Miller Band (6pm) -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Soul Karaoke -Top Shelf Lounge, 1327 13th Ave East Moline, IL Sunday Funday Karaoke (3pm) -Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA The Statistix - No Coast Criminals - The Agrestix - Bier Stube Moline, 417 15th St Moline, IL Troy Harris, Pianist (10am) - The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Dr. Bettendorf, IA 2013/12/23 (Mon)

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

Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate -McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave Moline, IL Karaoke Night w/ Fat Dawgs Productions -QC Family Entertainment Center, 4401 44th Ave. Moline, IL The Chris & Wes Show -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA 2013/12/26 (Thu)

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ABC Karaoke -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Musical Morning (7am) -Brewed Awakenings, 221 Brady St. Davenport, IA Open Mic at the Paddlewheel hosted by Silly C & Slack Man -Paddlewheel Sports Bar & Grill, 221 15th St Bettendorf, IA Open Mic w/ J. Knight -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA 2013/12/24 (Tue)

ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Bella Diva -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Double Dz Karaoke -Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA Jam Sessions with John O’Meara & Friends - The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA Karaoke Night -Crabby’s Bar & Grill, 826 W. 1st Ave. Coal Valley, IL

Open Stage Night - Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St. Rock Island, IL Thelonious Assault - The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 2013/12/27 (Fri)

Sarah Marie Young @ The Redstone Room – December 15
Cross Creek Karaoke -Stickman’s, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA Homegrown Showcase: The Post Mortems - The Savage Hacks - Archimedes Death Ray -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Kooby’s Karaoke -Funky Desi, 1409 5th Ave. Moline, IL Larry Bo Boyd (6pm) - Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL North of 40 -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Rob Dahms -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA Southern Thunder Karaoke and DJ -Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St Moline, IL Tom Hymn - Dave Beck -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

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Keeley Filgo & Friends - C.J. the DJ -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Open Mic & Karaoke Night - Pepperjack ’s, 1225 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night -Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Open Mic Night w/ Karl -Kilkenny’s, 300 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Open Mic Night w/ Rob Dahms -Rustic Ridge Golf Course Grille & Pub, 1151 East Iowa St. Eldridge, IA

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Christmas Eve Karaoke - The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA

ABC Karaoke -Circle Tap, 1345 Locust St. Davenport, IA ABC Karaoke -Creekside Bar and Grill, 3303 Brady St. Davenport, IA Band Du Jour (5:30pm) - Funktastic Five (8:30pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Bella Diva -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Big Joe’s DJ & Karaoke Show - V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Street Bettendorf, IA Big Lott Holiday Jam & Open Mic -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Caught in the Act -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA

Samantha Fish -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL

B. John Burns - Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA Catfish Keith -The Mill, 120 E Burlington Iowa City, IA Caught in the Act -Generations Bar & Grill, 4100 4th Ave. Moline, IL Chuck Murphy - Big Shots, 419 15th St. Moline, IL Community Drum Circle (10:30am) -RME (River Music Experience), 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA Cornmeal - Mr. Baber’s Neighbors - The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA Cosmic -Mound Street Landing, 1029 Mound St. Davenport, IA DJ K - Funky Desi, 1409 5th Ave. Moline, IL Fresh Epidemics Presents: Hip Hop Open Mic -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL Funkma$ter -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA Funktastic Five -Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th St Rock Island, IL Joe Tingle -Barrel House Moline, 1321 5th Ave. Moline, IL Karaoke King -Chuck’s Tap, 1731 W. 6th St. Davenport, IA Karaoke Night - Headquarters Bar & Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL Keep off the Grass -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Mustang Sally - Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA

Anthony Gomes -Rascals Live, 1418 15th St. Moline, IL

Nitrix -Silvis Eagles Club, 911 Mansur Ave. Silvis, IL North of 40 -Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 State St Bettendorf, IA Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar (7pm) - Phoenix, 111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA The Dusty Liquor Box -Bent River Brewing Company - Rock Island, 512 24th St. Rock Island, IL The Old 57’s -Ducky’s Lagoon, 13515 78th Ave Andalusia, IL Tronicity -11th Street Precinct, 2108 E 11th St Davenport, IA Wild Oatz -Bad Boyz Pizza, 5266 Utica Ridge Rd. Davenport, IL 2013/12/29 (Sun)

West of Aldine -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL

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ABC Karaoke -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W Locust Davenport, IA Karaoke Night -The Torchlight Lounge, 1800 18th Ave East Moline, IL Midnite Riders (5pm) - East Moline American Legion, 829 16th Avenue East Moline, IL Open Mic Afternoon (3pm) - Mama Compton’s, 1725 2nd Ave Rock Island, IL Past Masters - Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA Soul Karaoke -Top Shelf Lounge, 1327 13th Ave East Moline, IL Sunday Funday Karaoke (3pm) -Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Sunday Jazz Brunch (10:30am & 12:30pm) -Bix Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA Troy Harris, Pianist (10am) - The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Dr. Bettendorf, IA

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