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River Cities Reader Vol. 23 No. 903 March 3 - 16, 2016

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River Cities Reader Vol. 23 No. 903 March 3 - 16, 2016


By Jeff Ignatius

Baby Steps for Rock Island County

The Organization Shows Wobbly but Promising Signs of Growth

n a recent interview, Rock Island County

Board Chair Ken Moose Maranda trotted out an old saying: County government is only as good as the taxpayers want it
to be. He continued: And thats because of
statute. Everything has to go to the public.
Somewhat charmingly, Maranda actually
says statue when he means statute, but his
meaning is still clear: Because Rock Island
County is not a home-rule government,
its constricted by state law in ways many
municipalities are not. So if it wants propertytax revenue beyond state caps, it has to get
approval from voters via referendum.
Much less charmingly, the county-board
chair appears to be laying the blame for the
countys financial situation at the feet of
voters, who have in recent years defeated
several ballot initiatives that would have
resulted in increased property-tax burdens.
So the countys budget situation has deteriorated from a $3-million surplus in Fiscal
Year 2004 to a $3.2-million deficit in 2014,
according to county audits. County facilities
are in urgent need of repair, renovation, or
replacement with an estimated price tag of
$15 million beyond a new courthouse.
But voters dont bear blame here; theyre
merely reacting rationally to what they see.
Its not that Rock Island County government is in dire financial straits because
voters want it to be. Instead, citizens have
been unwilling to reward an ineffective and
dysfunctional county board by approving
tax hikes.
I think Maranda knows this, and in our
discussion last month he described himself
as a bridge from the old way of doing things
in Rock Island County to what is looking
like the new way. I hope that I was the right
person to put in the chair to see that this
transition that were going through keeps
moving forward, he said. I hope somebody

picks up ... where I leave off.

Change was already happening before
Maranda was elected county-board chair
in December 2014. In August of that year,
the board voted to hire an administrator a
move that coincided with efforts to push out
Chair Phil Banaszek (who ended up retiring
in September 2014).
But Marandas record on this transition
is strong if not likely popular.
The county hired Dave Ross as
administrator a year ago, meaning that the
countys staff, for the first time, is being
overseen by a professional rather than a
body of elected officials.
In the fall, the board voted to increase
the tax levies for three uncapped funds that
pay for non-discretionary expenses. Two
of those funds for employee retirement
and Social Security had been draining
the countys general fund because not
enough money was being collected to cover
required expenditures. In all three cases,
the levies were increased to make the funds
sustainable in the long run and to conform
with best financial practices.
The county board last month voted to
move forward with a new courthouse facility, at a cost of up to $28 million. The boards
approach to the longstanding problem of a
dilapidated courthouse sidestepping voter
approval through the countys Public Building Commission remains problematic.
Yet this had been an issue the board kicked
down the road for years.
And on March 22, the board is poised to
vote on an omnibus reform package. One
component reducing the size of the county
board from 25 members to 15 is largely a
symbolic gesture, because a future board
would have to make that a reality following
the 2020 census. Another element eliminating health-care and pension benefits

for county-board members is under legal

review and might not be possible to implement until each board positions next term.
But streamlining the current committee
structure from 10 standing and special
committees to four standing committees
can be done immediately, and the package
also includes a shift to a five-year budget
and capital-improvement plan with a goal of
building a consistent general-fund balance.
Two of these items involve higher taxes
without voter approval, yet they still
represent decisive action for a body that for
too long has deferred hard choices and just
thrown up its hands when voters said no
to higher taxes.
And if the board moves forward on the
reform package, it will represent some
personal sacrifice on the part of members
now participating in the countys healthinsurance and pension programs.
Yet even if the reform package passes, the
truly difficult decisions lie ahead. With Ross
pledging not to allow a deficit budget for
the fiscal year that begins in December, the
county board will likely be forced to implement mass layoffs or find a substantial
source of new revenue.
So in November, voters will probably
be faced with a ballot question seeking
approval for either a sales- or property-tax
increase for county government. But only
a fool would bet on that measures passage,
which would mean staff cuts to reach a
balanced budget.
Yet that sort of budget-cutting is, in the
long run, the best way to convince voters
that the county board is serious about
changing the way it does business. It can
prove itself to the point that the public will
eventually assent to tax increases to address
Rock Island Countys financial situation.
Its just ... building up confidence,

Maranda said of the reform package. That

is the whole key of what were trying to do. ...
What were working toward is best practice.
... We are taking responsibility seriously, and
were moving forward.

Noses In, Fingers Out

The uphill battle the board faces can

be illustrated by ballot measures from
recent years.
In November 2014, a referendum to
increase property taxes to support the
countys Hope Creek nursing home narrowly
failed despite a strong public-relations push.
In April 2013, a referendum to finance
new or renovated courthouse and countyadministration facilities was roundly
defeated despite the fact that the ballot
question was worded as innocuously as possible to disguise its purpose and property-tax
implications (
And in November 2012, an advisory
referendum to downsize the county board
from 25 members to 15 passed by nearly
a two-to-one margin indicating a clear
desire for change in governance.
At core, the county has been plagued
by twin problems: one-party rule and the
absence of professional administration
leading to conflict, shortsighted financial
management, and an unwillingness or
inability to tackle pressing needs. As the
Quad-City Times succinctly summarized
in a May 2014 editorial (
rico1): Rock Island County is declining
under a board incapable of professional
management and consumed by compensation disputes easily managed by other local
governments. The countys workforce,
courthouse, and nursing-home management are creating scandals where none

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By Jeff Ignatius

Baby Steps for Rock Island County

existed. Unfortunately, these problems are
deeper than voters can fix.
The county board is taking baby steps
toward better government although
Maranda is probably not the right person to
tell the tale. With a straight face, he asserted
that the problems the county faces now are
largely the result of the county board keeping
a lid on taxes. These predecessors before, and
I was one of them, had it in their mentality to
keep taxes down and everything else, he said.
Maintenance went to hell in a hand basket.
In that statement, hes ignoring a lot
what the Quad-City Times in an editorial
last month referred to as the farcical mess
that is Rock Island County Board. Theres
still the bitter taste of the contentious tenure
( of former County
Board Chair Banaszek.
And Maranda is unapologetic about
using the Public Building Commission
to build new court facilities without voter
approval: Its best practice that this moves
forward. ... It needed to be done without any
more delay. Thats arguably true, yet he also
claimed wrongly that its not pushing
anything down the voters throat.
But if Maranda is not the most eloquent
spokesperson, he has been an agent of
change. While there are still some legal
questions about the reform package, Im
going to see that its moved on March
22, he pledged. Im positive weve got
the votes.
His commitment to reform can also be seen
in his willingness to support the omnibus
package despite believing that a 25-member
board is more representative than one with
only 15 members. Voters supported that
change by referendum, he said, so he will, too.
And hes certainly gracious, saying that
new blood on the county board has been
largely responsible for the nascent changes:
I thank the people of Rock Island County
for giving me these young people.
Young is a relative term with the county
board, but Maranda listed a handful (all
Democrats, incidentally): Mia Mayberry,
Scott Terry, Kimberly Callaway Thompson,
Steve Doye, Kai Swanson, and Vice Chair
Nick Camlin.
Camlin was a key figure in getting the
reform package rolling, and Swanson who
was appointed to the board last year has
run with it. (Camlin declined an interview
request, saying via e-mail that I just want
the record to speak for itself, and I have no
other remarks to make other than it makes
me proud to have made a contribution.)
Swanson was not as unequivocal as
Maranda about the reform packages prospects for passage, noting that it was removed

from consideration in February so it could

be reviewed by the states attorney: If you
look at the history of the board, delay has
been a tactic going back at least a decade.
... When the votes need to be taken to get
something done, nothing really happens.
But he still said hes confident: I think
we have a majority ready to go for the
omnibus package, he said last month. But
Ive learned, too, that you take nothing, no
matter how logical, for granted.
None of this would have happened,
Swanson stressed, without Marandas leadership. He called the chair a selfless and
over-the-horizon thinker. ... Being in that
position is immediately seductive to defend
the status quo. He has been open from the
moment I met him to saying, The day of the
old guard is done.
With the hiring of Ross and a task force
led by Camlin exploring options for better
governance leading to the proposed
reform package Swanson said Rock Island
County government last year began a new
management paradigm. Were going away
from an older model in which those 25
members were really responsible for a lot
of supervisory tasks. And the stories are
legion of county-board members picking up
a phone and calling a staff member down at
the courthouse to git er done. ...
A board is meant to be about governance
at higher altitude, he said, citing the oversight maxim Noses in, fingers out.
Ultimately, he said, the reform package
and other changes are meant to address
several core principles: Ethics. Sound stewardship and prudence in budgeting. Getting
away from the perception of corruption,
nepotism, so on and so forth.
Those perceptions of the board acting
out of self-interest, he said, are at the heart
of removing health-insurance and pension
benefits for county-board members. Theyre
relatively minor expenses for the county, but
theyre important to voters.
Many people are frustrated that seven
or so members of the board are receiving
county-subsidized health insurance for
jobs that are really only two or three hours
a week at most, Swanson said, and that
roughly half of the board is participating
in the county pension plan. Those just
touched nerves that have been made raw by
people talking about this ad nauseam and
not really ever acting on it.
Streamlining the committee structure, he
said, acknowledges the increasing professional leadership of county government
including the hiring of a county administrator and a human-resources director.
Swanson admitted that the reform

package is not an end in itself but represents

incrementalism toward the greater goal.
The packages downsizing provision is
symbolic, he said, subject to board action
following the next census.
When I asked about making countyboard elections nonpartisan, he said, I
really didnt give it serious thought. ...
I didnt think to put that on the table ...
because at the end of the day Im a pragmatist. I wanted to see how broad of a stride we
could take in terms of a step forward. And
I realized that there were just some third
rails. Would that be a conversation down
the road? Absolutely. But right now ... there
are seven members of the Republican party
[on the board], and I wanted all seven of
those votes. And I think that if we proposed
that now, we might diminish our support.
Republicans, he said, are trying to build a
county organization, and nonpartisan elections would hamper that effort. But many
Rock Island County Democrats would also
oppose nonpartisan elections, he added,
largely because of the partys dominance of
the county.
Swanson also said that it might be a good
idea to eliminate committees altogether, but
this was sort of a good interval step.
And he said that funding a new annex for
court functions through the Public Building
Commission was not the optimal approach,
but the project couldnt wait because of the
state of the courthouse: In an ideal world, it
would be done via a referendum.
But the board and county government
are making progress, he said. Although
Ross has been on the job less than a year,
Swanson said, hes showing promise: He
still has a long ways to go in terms of proving himself, but the early indications are
that its having the desired effect. And that
is cutting down on some of the ... less-thandesirable accounting practices that have
been the hallmark of Rock Island County
for more than a decade.

We Cant Pay for Things as It

Stands Today

For his part, Ross is diplomatic about the

situation he came into. In an interview last
week, he said: Take any major corporation
thats operated with only a board of directors and had never hired a CEO before, and
it stands to reason its possible that it might
not be running as smoothly as it otherwise
could have been.
When he gets into particulars, you begin
to see the massive tasks ahead.
There is a long list of things that need
addressing from an administrative standpoint, he said, noting budgeting practices,

outdated job descriptions, employees without annual evaluations, communication

among staff and board members, creating
a uniform process for addressing workers
comp claims ... . Weve implemented a lot
of them, and certainly theres a lot of work
still to do.
For example, he said, county-board members in the past would receive more of a data
dump ... than an explanation of what everything meant and the impacts ... . Now, at least
a few days prior to meetings, packets include
pros and cons of various proposals and the
potential repercussions of board votes.
County financial practices have been
improved, but serious budget challenges
loom. Most people dont understand how
much the county has already tightened its
belt, he said.
Were already at minimum staffing,
Ross said, and he expects in the coming
weeks to recommend the elimination of
county positions to save more than $1 million over five years. (The countys current
general-fund budget is a little more than
$28 million.)
The county is also looking at new revenue
sources, such as Web-site advertising. It
has already signed a contract to get $35,000
in annual revenue by simply doing our
normal [banking] business, Ross said, and
its also generating money through officespace rental.
Furthermore, some departments arent
spending their full authorizations for
example by holding positions open. Were
talking tens and sometimes hundreds of
thousands of dollars in offices or departments, he said. Were looking at all
options. Were doing what we can. Were
cutting where we can.
It has helped that county income-tax,
sales-tax, and recorder-fee receipts have
been higher than planned indications of
an improving economy.
Yet even with the courthouse out of the
equation, Ross estimates the county has $15
million in deferred-maintenance needs and
no money to address them.
Until theres a comprehensive look at
the future ... , theres really no way to make
really sound decisions based on anything
more than the here and now, he said. All
of a sudden you find yourself five years into
the future, and you go, Were broke. Howd
that happen? And youre scrambling to
make massive adjustments when you could
have probably made minor adjustments over
the course of that time and been in a better
financial situation.

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By Rich Miller

Big Money Lines Up Behind

Speakers Primary Opponent

name from the past has been leading

the charge for Jason Gonzales Democratic-primary campaign against
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Blair Hull, the hugely wealthy but unsuccessful 2004 Democratic candidate for U.S.
Senate, directly accounts for $100,000 of
the $300,000 that the Illinois United for
Change PAC has raised since late January
(and maybe double that, because its unclear
who controls a company responsible for
another $100,000). The independentexpenditure committee has so far reported
spending money only on Gonzales.
I was able to reach Hull through an
intermediary to ask him why he decided
to get involved against his fellow Democrat Madigan in the primary. He would
only communicate by e-mail, and didnt
respond to a follow-up question.
Hull said he believes Gonzales gives the
state an opportunity for a fresh start and
predicted his candidate, an entrepreneur
who received an MBA from MIT, would be
a true statesman in the General Assembly.
Madigan, Hull said, is not a team player
and does not cooperate well with others,
and gave as an example Madigans lone
refusal out of all 50 state-party chairs to work
with the national party on sharing voter
information. Madigan, Hull said, wanted
to control the voter file because he wanted
to control who was elected in the state of
Illinois. He said his view was amplified
when he discovered that Madigan opposed
same-day voter registration (although that is
now state law with Madigans backing).
This lack of cooperation and teamwork has led to the dismal condition of
our state today, Hull claimed. I believe
the state of Illinois and the legislature
would be improved significantly without
Michael Madigan.
And with that, he politely signed off,
saying he hoped what he said was helpful
and looked forward to speaking with
you after March 16. So thats that until
after the March 15 primary, I suppose.
So far, Illinois United for Change
has sent three mailers that have all said
positive stuff about Gonzales. Its widely
expected that the group will go negative
on Madigan soon, perhaps even by the
time you read this.
Is it possible that Madigan could
actually lose? Well, the speaker appears
to be working his district like that very
thing could happen, which means hes
leaving no stone unturned. His own
polling reportedly shows him ahead by

a six-to-one margin, but everybody is

operating under the assumption that
respondents may not be telling the truth.
Madigan has unleashed the hounds
on Gonzales, dredging up some long-ago
arrests and a felony conviction and even
finding a letter from Cook County States
Attorney Anita Alvarez that strongly
argued against a gubernatorial pardon,
which Gonzales eventually received.
Gonzales campaign originally claimed
that Madigan had lied and that the
Alvarez quote was faked, but it relented
when I showed them the actual letter.
Four years ago, Madigan was challenged by another Latino candidate who
was trumpeted by some in the media as
a possible winner because his district is
dominated by Latino Americans. Madigan ended up winning that race by a huge
margin. Gonzales is different, though,
because he has far more money than anybody has ever had against Madigan.
Madigan received 9,860 votes in his
contested 2012 Democratic primary out
of 13,021 votes cast. His own 13th Ward
accounted for 6,464 of those Madigan
votes, out of 7,870 cast.
Madigans massive political organization
backed Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year, and
in the runoff Emanuel received 56 percent
in Madigans 13th Ward to Cook County
Commissioner Chuy Garcias 44 percent,
which clearly shows that the wards Latino
voters can be convinced to vote for a white
incumbent against a credible Latino opponent. And the liberal Garcia is now supporting Madigan, which should help.
Much of Gonzales money is coming
from folks who backed Governor Bruce
Rauners campaign, including Hull, who
told the Sun-Times in 2014 that he contributed to Rauner because I admire wealthy
people who want to serve. ... People who
are wealthy can really do what they believe;
they can push for the right reforms.
Rauner is horribly unpopular in Chicago
and among suburban Democrats, so its difficult to see how Gonzales can pull this off if
Madigan continues the attack by tying Gonzales to the Republican governor. Its not a
huge stretch to suggest, for some Democrats,
thats almost as bad as a felony conviction
and maybe worse in some households.
I suppose stranger things have happened, though, which is what is pushing
Madigan so hard.
Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily
political newsletter) and

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By Jeff Ignatius

Baby Steps for Rock Island County

Although Rock Island Countys population has been slightly decreasing since the
late 1980s, county-government spending has
grown substantially over the past decadeplus from expenditures of nearly $46
million in Fiscal Year 2004 to a budget of
more than $81 million in Fiscal Year 2016,
an average increase of more than 6 percent
a year.
The biggest change in spending has been
in social services from $14.8 million
in 2004 to $27.7 million in 2014 while
transportation-and-public-works spending
nearly quadrupled over that same period.
General government expenditures grew
from $9 million in 2004 to $15 million
in 2014 more than 6 percent per year
on average.
Yet since 2004, county property taxes for
the general fund grew roughly 1 percent a
year from $5.32 million to an expected
$5.99 million in the current fiscal year.
So Ross this spring will present the
county board with several five-year budget
plans. One will be the unsustainable status
quo: Heres where were going to be five
years from now. I preliminary estimate
about $20 million in the hole.
This will primarily be an illustration of
the problems the county faces rather than
a realistic option: I wont present a deficit
budget next year. So its going to be very
challenging, because we cant pay for things
as it stands today. Were cutting where we
can, were looking at these other revenue
sources, were working on liability and risk
management, but we just cant do it. Had
this been done 15 years ago, we probably
wouldnt be in this situation.
The main problem, Ross said, is insufficient revenue. We have the lowest sales
tax the county portion in the state of
Illinois, he said. And the countys generalfund levy which pays for things such as
public safety has been at the same rate
since 1983.
While sales and property taxes typically
grow over time without the rates being
raised, he conceded, they havent kept up
with costs, and the hit that home values have
taken since 2008 has hurt the county.
A second option the first realistic one
will be a balanced budget without new
revenue. The capital projects wont be in
there, except for certain ones that have
their own funding that dont affect the general fund, Ross said. He later wrote that
beyond the layoffs hes recommending for
implementation in the current fiscal year,
this budget option would include mass
layoffs in the area of public safety (which is
where most of the employees are at even

though we are at minimum staffing).

The other options will entail cuts and
the in-progress new-revenue sources, along
with a new tax hike a half-cent increase
in the county sales tax or an increase in the
property-tax rate.
Either one of those is going to be entirely
dependent upon a referendum in November, he said. Obviously, my hope is that

once they look at what weve done over the

past year, enough people ... will agree that
one of those options would work.
But even if the county board approves
its reform package later this month, theres
little chance that voters will support a tax
hike; its simply too early for them to have
confidence that the Rock Island County
Board will stay on the right track.

Early signs are positive, but to convince

taxpayers over the long haul Maranda and
his successor(s) will need to follow through
on his promise that a county administrator,
the resolution of the courthouse issue, the
reform package, and other improvements
arent the end. He said those changes are
absolutely a good start, and were going to
make more.

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By Mike Schulz

The Italian Rapscallion

Stand-up Comedian Tammy Pescatelli, March 5 at the Golden Leaf Banquet & Convention Center

ts 8:08 a.m. when comedian and former

Quad Cities resident Tammy Pescatelli
calls for our arranged interview, and right
off the bat, she apologizes, unnecessarily, for
running eight minutes behind schedule.
Im calling you late because the principal
from my sons school called, she says.
Whenever you hear that the principal is
calling, you get nervous. First, you see that
the school is calling, so youre like, Oh no ...
is he sick? And then when its the principal,
youre like, Oh, God ... what now? I mean,
hes never been in trouble, but you know ... .
You become a kid when the principal calls
your house.
It turned out, however, that the principal
was calling with good news: Pescatellis son
Luca, who turned eight on February 26, had
qualified for the gifted program. I tell her
thats great, and also congratulate Pescatelli
on her 2013 comedy special Finding the
Funny, the Netflix-streaming title Ive
viewed and enjoyed numerous times over.
Then you know how excited I am to find
out that my sons in the gifted program, she
says upon hearing that Ive seen her standup act. Cause you know the other side of
his genes.
If youre familiar with Pescatelli through
Finding the Funny, her recent guest spots on
The View and The Howard Stern Show, or
her frequent appearances on The Bob & Tom
Show and SiriusXMs Dirty, Sexy, Funny,
you know this isnt the first good-natured
joke shes told about husband Luca Palanca.
During our interview, it also wont be the
last. (Hes very street smart. He knows how
to handle so much. But when it comes to,
you know, knowing how many planets there
are? Forget about it. Though that is a tricky
question nowadays ... .)
But for all of her razzing, its clear, both
in conversation and in her comedy, that
Pescatelli absolutely adores her husband, and
her son, and the life theyve made together
in rural Pennsylvania. Watching Finding the
Funny, its also abundantly clear as it no
doubt will be during the comedians March 5
engagement at Davenports Golden Leaf Banquet & Convention Center that Pescatelli
absolutely adores making people laugh.

Tammy Pescatelli
You can hear Pescatellis happiness in her
explosive, throaty cackle that accompanies
reminiscences about dopey friends and
dating traumas and, always, her materialrich Italian-American family. You hear it
in her gags about the surprising confidence
levels of toothless hookers and how many
women actually want to receive iPhone
photos of their boyfriends junk. (Its a lower
percentage than youd think, guys.) And you
hear it when Pescatelli not only entertains,
but comes close to shocking, her patrons, as
in a particularly descriptive routine about
what sex with Larry King must really be like.
I was booked on his new Hulu show,
says Pescatelli of the venerable talk-show
host, and then about an hour-and-a-half
later, we got the call: No, I think were
gonna pass. And I was like, See?! I knew it
had to be a mistake! But that made it [the
routine] even sweeter and funnier. And you
know, how far is too far? My too far is the
place that some comics start.

A Bet and a Dare and an

Open Mic

Regarding her own start in comedy,

Cleveland native Pescatelli says that being
funny as a youth was something of a defense

mechanism, as she grew up surrounded by

two brothers and five male cousins.
When you grow up with boys, she says,
in the early years, its all about physical
activity: Who can run the fastest, who can
catch, who can shoot hoops. And I still
throw the best spiral in my family; Ive got
the best arm. But the problem is that physically, when you become 10 or 11 years old,
the boys are stronger than you. It just happens. But no matter how fast they could run,
they could never outrun my mouth.
So they might punch me, Pescatelli
continues, but I would say something
something sarcastic. And then three days
later, my brother would come up to me and
go, You know, you really hurt my feelings
by what you said ... . And I was like, Wait a
second! I was just joking! You punched me
in the face!
But I also just loved stand-up. I truly,
truly, truly loved it. But its a different
climate now there are a lot of female comedians. When I was a kid, there werent very
many at all, and the ones that were out there
were married and talking about their kids.
Which is who Ive become now, she says

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Between a Rock and a Hard Race

Notes on the 2016 Academy Awards Telecast


hether it was a conscious decision on their parts is something,

of course, that well never know.
But faced with #OscarsSoWhite outrage
and numerous categories seemingly
locked tight as drums, voters for Sundays
Academy Awards did the smartest, and
perhaps only, thing they could do: They
changed the story, so that instead of talking about the controversy, we talked about
the winners more often than not, the
surprise winners.
Not that there wasnt talk, a lot of talk,
about the controversy. Faced with the
impossible task of having to chide the very
people he was there to entertain, Oscar
host Chris Rock pulled off, I thought, a
rather remarkable balancing act, and it
was easy to forgive him when he occasionally slipped that tightrope was
razor-thin. We all knew that Rock, in his
opening monologue, was going to address
#OscarsSoWhite; we might even have
suspected, as proved to be the case, that
the issue would provide grist for the entire
monologue. What proved both welcome
and necessary was Rocks decision to be an
equal-opportunity offender. The Academy
got deserved raspberries for its secondannual all-Caucasian acting races and
general racial bias, but protestors including, most memorably, Jada Pinkett Smith
were effectively told to take a breath and
simmer down. As Rock cannily and oftentimes wittily reminded everyone, artists
of color, people of color, have faced bigger
hardships than this.
Is Hollywood racist? Rock asked
during his monologue, immediately
answering his own question: Youre damn
right Hollywood is racist. But Ive never
heard a better, more succinct description
of the type of racist Hollywood is than
Rocks labeling of the town as sorority
racist. We like you, Rhonda, but youre not
a Kappa. Over the course of his opener,
Rock subtly name-dropped black actors
previously acknowledged by the Academy: Sidney Poitier, Jamie Foxx, Lupita
Nyongo, Jadas husband Will. Yet he also
never pretended that a diversity problem
didnt exist, arguing that opportunities
are the only things separating Leonardo
DiCaprios Oscar-bait rsum from
Foxxs. And Rock definitely didnt hesitate
to remind us that, in this year of Black
Rocky, the situation for performers of
color is nowhere near as dire as it was in,
say, the 1960s, when black people did not
protest. We were too busy being raped



Leonardo DiCaprio
and lynched to care about who won Best
All told, what Rock fed to Dolby Theatre
attendees and TV viewers was a 10-minute
chill pill that was occasionally acidic
(Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me
boycotting Rihannas panties I wasnt
invited), but surprisingly not bitter, and
just smooth enough to go down easily.
And while the Oscars emcee rarely left the
issue of race alone during the rest of his
hosting appearances, many of his routines
barring the unfunny Suge Knight running gag and intensely awkward Stacey
Dash appearance were inspired.
Returning to a bit he originated as
host of the 2005 Oscars, Rock had, and
delivered, some fun with patrons outside
a Compton movie theater, asking if theyd
seen or even heard of any of the nominated
movies (generally speaking, they hadnt)
and allowing a few the chance to give their
own endearing acceptance speeches. His
insertion of Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy
Morgan, Saturday Night Lives Leslie Jones,
and himself into Oscar-lauded films,
meanwhile, yielded several big laughs,
especially when Morgan tried on one of
Eddie Redmaynes Danish Girl dresses,
and Jeff Daniels balked at spending $2,500
to get Rocks stranded astronaut back
from Mars. (On a related note, my Oscarnight companions and I marveled at how
Kristen Wiig appeared far more comfortable satirizing her role in The Martian
than she did actually playing her role in
The Martian.)
Rock and much of his material were so
frequently strong, in truth, that the Oscar
hosts first-rate performance wouldve been
the nights chief story had there not been so
many surprises tucked into those golden
envelopes. But man oh man were there
ever! You gotta love an Academy Awards
telecast that saves one of its biggest shockers

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This swift, vital, sensationally

entertaining film about the global
market crash is frequently riotous,
but the laughs have sobering
edges, and none of director Adam
McKays previous comedies
remotely prepared us for one this
smart and ultimately devastating.
(Same day as DVD.)


A stunningly beautiful,
thunderously moving tale of a
young Irish womans early years in
America, this joyous heartbreaker
by director John Crowley and
author Nick Hornby finds lead
Saoirse Ronan giving as close to a
perfect film performance as I've yet
seen. (Same day as DVD.)


Faithful in spirit and lovely in

execution, this determinedly
old-fashioned animated
entertainment is a 90-minute
onslaught of sheer charm, and for
older viewers, its a thorough
delight that delivers more trips
down Memory Lane than you can
count. (Same day as DVD.)

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Movie Reviews

By Mike Schulz

Stupider Ascending

When the first preview for the mythological-sci-fi-fantasy-action-adventure

something-or-other Gods of Egypt landed
last fall, it was met with widespread derision due to the overwhelming whiteness
of its cast of Egyptians. To their credit,
film studio Lionsgate and director Alex
Proyas quickly issued statements of apology for the movies lack of diversity. But
now that the ghastly embarrassment in
question has been released, Im hoping
for a statement of rebuttal from slighted
Egyptian actors everywhere: Hey, you
know what? No apology necessary.
Following the high-cost, low-grade
kitsch of last Februarys Jupiter Ascending
a genre-enveloping nightmare that made
you wonder just what the filmmakers
were smoking and why those substances
werent mandatory for patrons were now
faced with Gods of Egypt, which boasts a
reworking of the Orpheus myth, deities
with daddy issues, and another Best Actor
winner debasing himself. (Happily, Geoffrey Rush is an improvement over Jupiters
Eddie Redmayne, if only because Rush
doesnt even try to act.) Were also given
gods who bleed gold, city-sized cobras, an
eight-foot Nikolaj Coster-Waldau with an
eyepatch, Gerard Butler in braying 300
mode, several dozen Chadwick Bosemans
(all of them ill-used), a space worm threatening to devour the planet, a riddle-ofthe-Sphynx sequence in which the sound
quality deprives you of hearing either the
riddle or the answer ... . Lionsgate and
Proyas may have apologized for their racial
insensitivity, but theres so much more they
should have apologized for, not the least of

Gerard Butler in Gods of Egypt

which is that for all of its gauche imaginings, the movie is boring as sin. Characters
continually outrun marauding CGI creatures and climb perilously tall inclines and
mutter pithy sentiments such as Death
is not the end right before dying (and
being resurrected minutes later), and its
all so tedious, ineptly staged, and visually
atrocious that you silently weep for the
long minutes of your life that Gods of Egypt
is wasting. Refusing an offer to be Egypts
queen, Coster-Waldaus lover asks, Can
you imagine anything more dull than sitting on a throne all day? Actually, I can.


Director John Hillcoats Triple 9 is a tale

of armed robbery, police corruption, and the
Russian-Israeli mob, and its cast of familiar
performers includes Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet,
Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Clifton
Collins Jr., Teresa Palmer, and The Walking Deads Norman Reedus. If I counted
correctly, a couple of them even live to see
the end credits. Oscar nods and beloved
TV series and Marvel franchises are no

doubt rewarding. Im betting, though, that

name actors sometimes just want to tackle a
grubby, disreputable little action thriller that
lets them chew the scenery, bleed out, and
make vicious threats in exaggerated accents
in which case Triple 9 mustve been Mardi
Gras for its assembled talents. Matt Cooks
screenplay may be narratively overstuffed
and borderline nonsensical, but his characters are satisfyingly brazen stereotypes,
and he writes juicy, pungent tte--ttes for
Affleck and Mackie, Affleck and Harrelson, ...
Affleck and everyone, actually. (Winslet, as a
scheming Russian mob wife with fingernails
indistinguishable from talons, is also granted
some particularly choice lines.) Hillcoat,
meanwhile, stages some thrillingly visceral
chase scenes, keeps the increasingly silly
goings-on moving at a zippy clip, and delivers
a fair number of memorable, even shocking images. While the sight of three human
heads decorously arranged on the hood of a
car was pretty intense, I might have audibly
gasped at the arrival of a puppy whose fur
was dyed an explosive fuchsia. And I know
I gasped at the reveal of the dogs owner a
smooth-talking trans hooker played by, of
all people, The Wires Michael K. Williams.
Triple 9 is a deviously enjoyable surprise. On a
scale of one to 1,000, the surprise of Williams
appearance would rate a triple nine, too.


Thank goodness the triumph-of-theunderdog sports comedy Eddie the Eagle

has finally opened, because now I can
finally stop blubbering like an infant every
damned time I see its preview. (I cant
possibly be alone in getting all weepy when
Eddies mum gives her son that lunchbox

for his Olympic medals.) If, like many,

you have fond memories of 1993s Cool
Runnings, which concerned the first-ever
Jamaican bobsled team, this new outing
by director Dexter Fletcher will be right
up your alley. Hell, as Eddie the Eagle
also finds its hero prepping for the 1988
Winter Olympics, its practically the same
movie, albeit with a myopic Brit skijumper (Taron Egertons Michael Eddie
Edwards) in place of the bobsledding quartet, and Hugh Jackman in place of John
Candy. In other words, Fletchers entertainment is clichd, formulaic, manipulative, shameless, and absolutely irresistible.
Its narrative may lack even a whiff of the
unanticipated, but I was frequently taken
aback by the utter joy and fearlessness
of Egertons character-driven star turn;
miraculously, the young lead from Kingsman: The Secret Service appears to already
possess screen charisma to rival Jackmans,
and the two are magnificent together. And
while you can see every twist coming a
mile off, good luck wiping the smile from
your face even as you wipe away buckets
of happy tears at Eddie the Eagles wholly
earned comic sentiment and the cornball
perfection of its included 80s pop hits.
Viewers not expecting to hear Van Halens
Jump just arent thinking. Viewers not
grinning and welling up at its placement
here just arent human.
For reviews of The Witch, Risen, Race,
The Lady in the Van, and other current
releases, visit
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Whats Happenin


An Evening with Christian Howes

Redstone Room
Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m.

n March 9, Davenports Redstone Room

will host a hugely acclaimed, virtuosic
jazz violinist in An Evening with Christian
Howes. In its 2011 critics poll, DownBeat
magazine voted Howes number one in the
category Rising Stars/Violin. DownBeat
called his 2012 album Southern Exposure
a masterful journey. DownBeat praised
Howes musicality by writing, Everything
about the way he moves across each string
seems to express another emotion. Thats
an awful lot of DownBeat for someone who
makes listeners so darned happy.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Howes began
studying violin at age five, and, like most of
us, he picked up a part-time job at age 16.
Of course, for most of us, out first part-time
jobs werent performing as a soloist for the
Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Howes
teen years also found him adding the guitar
and bass to his repertoire in a series of rock,
blues, and fusion bands, and he went on to
earn a bachelors degree from The Ohio State
University, majoring in exactly the subject youd
expect philosophy. (If a tree falls in the forest,
does it make a series of Yamaha violins?)
But in addition to earning an education,
Howes has spent his career providing one
not only to students during his three-year
tenure as an assistant professor at the
Berklee College of Music, but to worldwide
jazz aficionados who continually learn
from his intimidating skills.

With his artistic collaborators including

such genre masters as Dave Samuels, Greg
Osby, and D.D. Jackson, Howes rsum
is overflowing with career highlights: a
six-night run at Lincoln Center in 2013; a
Residency Partner Award from Chamber
Music America for his educational-outreach
programs; an invitation by the U.S. Embassy
to serve as a cultural ambassador to Ukraine
and Montenegro. Hes been nominated for
Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist
Association and was named among the
worlds top three jazz violinists in a recent
JazzTimes critics poll. Hes the founder
of the not-for-profit Creative Strings, an
organization designed to expand music
education through an online curriculum
and dozens of annual school visits.
And beyond DownBeat, other review
outlets of note have raved about Howes
extraordinary talents. All About Jazz
wrote, As a jazz violinist today, he has no
peer. The Los Angeles Times called him a
musician whose solid, classically trained
technique provides the freedom to fully
express an expansive improvisational
imagination. As for Frances JazzMan
Magazine, Howes Southern Exposure
release was lauded not only for the artists
perfectly mastered, dizzying arabesques,
but for how the whole album swims in
a favorable climate of lyricism. So dont
miss Howes Redstone Room engagement.
Heaven knows, in the Quad Cities of late
winter, there are far worse climates to be in.
An Evening with Christian Howes begins
at 7 p.m., and more information and tickets
are available by calling (563)326-1333 or

Business Politics Arts Culture Now You Know


By Mike Schulz


St. Ambrose Universitys Catich Gallery

Friday, March 4, through Saturday, April 16

m not sure if you

were aware, but comic
books are really hot
these days. No, really:
Its true! There are
comic-book figures at
the cineplex, on TV,
in video games, at toy
Eric Garcia
retailers ... . And from
March 4 through April
16, therell even be comic-book characters
taking over St. Ambrose Universitys Catich
Gallery in the exhibition Justice! though
the ones on display there have more on their
minds than thwacking bad guys and impersonating Ryan Reynolds.
This has been a really special show for
us to put together, says Catich Gallery
Director Christopher Reno, because of
the powerful themes its taking on. We
have artists dealing with some very serious,
progressive issues from Black Lives Matter
to trafficking to global politics to racial


The Discovery of King Tut

Putnam Museum
Saturday, March 5, through Monday,
September 5
h, King Tut. Coulda won a Grammy.
King Tut. Buried in his jammies.
If, however, your knowledge of the ancient
Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun ends with lyrics
to Steve Martins novelty song, you really owe
it to yourself to learn more. Happily, you can
in the Putnam Musuems eagerly awaited
new The Discovery of King Tut, a traveling
exhibition so expansive, and so conducive to
repeat visits, that its sticking around for a full
six months, from March 5 to Labor Day.
Included in the 14,800-square-foot exhibit
are reproductions of nearly 1,000 astonishing
burial artifacts, hand-crafted by renowned

identity. There can be a huge value in this

type of comic-book making.
According to its chief curator, the inspiration
for Justice! originated in conjunction with St.
Ambroses school-wide, year-long Justice
Project curriculum. Every year, says Reno,
we have a show thats based on the class
structure were teaching with; we decide how
we can best use the gallery to support the
theme. And the theme of social justice is a great
theme to structure an art show around.
Wed also been wanting to do a comicbook show for a while, he continues. The
art department is pretty heavy on graphic
design, printmaking, and book arts, so weve
been talking about comic books. But we also
wanted to find a way into the comics world
that would be academically appropriate.
Described on the Catich Web site as a
survey of contemporary comic-book art
from artists outside the mainstream, Justice!,
says Reno, will boasts works by a dozen-plus
artistic talents and art collectives from all
over the country. We usually focus on regional
artists because of our budget constraints. But
with a show like this, where were dealing with
shipping small objects, we can expand from all
over. So we have artists from New York, artists
from the South, a West Coast artist all over.
Some of those objects will be whole comic

books that, Reno says, will be on display and

available to read. But there will also be pages
on the walls, and a Chicago artist by the
name of Eric Garcia is making an installation
where hes basically creating a giant comicbook spread on one of the walls. We also
have works by gallery artists who use the
comic-book language, and outsider writers
and illustrators ... . Theres a lot happening.
And one of the artists in the show has been
doing an ongoing project with us that involves
Family Resources in the Annie Wittenmyer
complex, says Reno. Weve been doing some
comic-book workshops with the detained
youths and foster youth over there, and some
of that work will be on display. It shows
another really powerful, challenging way that
comic books can be used for good. You know,
it goes beyond Marvel and DC.
I mean, I love Marvel and DC comics,
he quickly adds. But these people are
making comic books that speak about some
very serious issues in a really accessible way.
Im super-excited about it. Spoken like a
true comic-book fan.
The Catich Gallerys Justice! runs in tandem
with the Morrissey Gallerys current exhibition
Justice League: A Print Portfolio Echange, and
information on both in available by calling
(563)333-6444 or visiting

Egyptologists to deliver the sensation of truly

entering three chambers in a gold-encrusted
tomb more than 3,000 years old. An audiotour based on the diaries, documentaries,
and texts of famed excavator Howard Carter
accompanies Putnam guests as they travel
the exhibit. And the entire, glorious sensory
experience one previously enjoyed by
museum guests in cities such as Paris, Berlin,
and Madrid has been hailed as one of the
most exhilarating touring exhibits of recent
years, with the Columbia Daily Tribune
writing, Never before has a complete recreation been accomplished on this scale,

and the San Diego Union-Tribune stating,

Expect to be dazzled.
Want to dazzle friends with your
Tutankhamun knowledge even before the The
Discovery of King Tut opens? (Beyond, that is,
your knowledge that the ruler was born in
Arizona and moved to Babylonia?) Learn
a little something through this King Tut quiz
courtesy of the mad geniuses at
For more information on, and tickets to,
the Putnam Museums The Discovery of King
Tut, call (563)324-1933 or visit
... or, more specifically, (Thats
not a joke. Check it out! Awesome photos!)

1. Approximately how long did King

Tut reign before his death?
A) Two years
B) 10 years
C) 20 years
2. Howard Carter discovered King
Tuts tomb in what year?
A) 1914
B) 1922
C) 1925
3. Who was the first person to die from
the legendary King Tut curse?
A) Howard Carter
B) Lady Evelyn Herbert
C) Lord Carnarvon

4. How old was King Tut when he

A) nine
B) 11
C) 13
5. What was the name of his spouse?
A) Kiya
B) Ankhesenamun
C) Nefertiti
Answers: 1 B, 2 B, 3 C, 4 A, 5
B. But on that last one, bonus points for
funny if you went with write-in answer
Jerry Lee Lewis.


River Cities Reader Vol. 23 No. 903 March 3 - 16, 2016

What Else
Is Happenin

Albert Cummings @
The Redstone Room - March 10


Friday, March 4 Old Shoe. Rock

and roots concert with the Chicagobased five-piece ensemble, featuring
opening sets by Soap and the Dawn.
Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport). 9 p.m. $11.50-12. For tickets
and information, call (563)326-1333 or
Saturday, March 5, and Sunday,
March 6 Quad City Symphony
Orchestra: Homegrown Variations
Bancks, Klemme, & Timmerman. The
seasons fifth Masterworks concerts
featuring Jacob Bancks world premiere
Dream Variations for Bassoon, Brahms
Variations on a Theme of Haydn, and
Elgars Enigma Variations. Saturday:
Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street,
Davenport), 8 p.m. Sunday: Augustana
Colleges Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh
Avenue, Rock Island), 2 p.m. $6-48. For
tickets and information, call (563)3227276 or visit
Saturday, March 5, and Sunday,
March 6 Kari Lynch. Nashville-based
singer/songwriter in concert. Saturday:
Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock
Island), 9 p.m., $5-10. Sunday: Gabes
(330 East Washington Street, Iowa
City), 9 p.m., free. For information, visit and
Thursday, March 10 An Evening
with Albert Cummings. Blues
musician performs in support of his
latest CD Someone Like You. Redstone
Room (129 Main Street, Davenport).
7:30 p.m. $16.75-19. For tickets and
information, call (563)326-1333 or
visit For a
2007 interview with Cummings, visit
Friday, March 11 Future Rock.
Concert with the electronica and rock
musicians. Redstone Room (129 Main
Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $16.75-17. For
tickets and information, call (563)3261333 or visit

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What Else Is Happenin

Saturday, March 12 RIBCOs St.
Pattys Day Bash. Holiday concert with
the Cake tribute artists Have Your Cake.
Rock Island Brewing Company (1815
Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For
information, call (309)793-1999 or visit
Monday, March 14 Brit Floyd. Pink
Floyd tribute musicians in their Space &
Time Continuum World Tour 2016. Adler
Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport).
7:30 p.m. $32.50-49.50. For tickets, call
(800)745-3000 or visit
Wednesday, March 16 Dancing in the
Streets. Celebration of Motown featuring
songs by the Four Tops, the Temptations,
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes,
and others. Adler Theatre (136 East Third
Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $40-50.
For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit


Friday, March 4, through Sunday,

March 20 The Big Meal. Dan LeFrancs
dramatic comedy following four
generations of family, directed by Mike
Schulz. QC Theatre Workshop (1730
Wilkes Avenue, Davenport). Friday and
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Pay
what its worth pricing. For tickets and
information, call (563)650-2396 or visit
Friday, March 4, and Saturday,
March 5 Beauty Inside & Out. Ensemble
piece examining different facets of beauty,
written and directed by Rock Island native
Curtis B. Lewis Jr. Davenport Junior Theatre
(2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). Friday
7:30 p.m., Saturday 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $15.
For tickets and information, call (417)7710444 or visit
Wednesday, March 9, through
Saturday, April 30 Shear Madness.
Interactive mystery comedy by Paul
Portner, directed by Sean McCall. Circa 21
Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock
Island). Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and
March 1: 6 p.m. buffet, 7:15 p.m. pre-show,
7:45 p.m. show. Sunday: 4 p.m. buffet, 5:15
p.m. pre-show, 5:45 p.m. show. Wednesday:
noon plated lunch, 1 p.m. pre-show, 1:30
p.m. show. $42.50-48. For tickets and
information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2
or visit
Thursday, March 10 Rooted in Love:
The Life & Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy
Stang SNDdeN. One-woman fundraising
performance by Sister Nancy Murray, OP,
on the life of Sister Stang, murdered in
2005 for her work on behalf of the Amazon
rainforest. St. Ambrose Universitys Christ
the King Chapel (518 W. Locust Street,
Davenport). 7 p.m. $10 at the door. For
tickets and information, call (563)336-8414
or visit
Friday, March 11, through Sunday,
March 20 Mama Wont Fly. Southern
road-trip comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas
Hope, and Jamie Wooten, directed by

Museum (225 West Second Street,

Davenport). Tuesday through
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday
10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon -5 p.m.
Free with $4-7 museum admission.
For information, call (563)326-7804
or visit

Aaron Lord. Playcrafters Barn

Theatre (4950 35th Avenue,
Moline). Friday and Saturday
7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $13.
For tickets and information,
call (309)762-0330 or visit
Friday, March 11, through
Saturday, March 19 Spring
Awakening. Bi-annual
presentation of Broadways
Tony-winning rock musical,
directed by Dino Hayz. Center
for Living Arts (2008 Fourth
Avenue, Rock Island). Friday
and Saturday 7 p.m. $15.
For tickets and information,
call (563)940-1956 or visit
Tuesday, March 15
Flashdance: The Musical. Stage
musical based on 1983s Oscarwinning film, in a Broadway at
the Adler presentation. Adler
Theatre (136 East Third Street,
Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $37-57.
For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or



Thursday, March 3
Flashdance the Musical @ Adler Theatre - March 15
Dancers in Company.
Performance by the touring
repertory company of the
University of Iowa Department of Dance.
Sunday, March 6 WWE Live: Road
Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street,
to Wrestlemania. Event featuring WWE
Davenport). 6 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum
superstars John Cena, Alberto Del Rio,
admission. For information, call (563)326Bray Wyatt, Kane, Dudley Boyz, the Wyatt
7804 or visit
Family, the Divas, and more. i wireless
Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 1 p.m.
$18.50-108.50. For tickets, call (800)745Saturday, March 5 Tammy Pescatelli.
3000 or visit
An evening with the comedienne and star
Thursday, March 10, through Sunday,
of Finding the Funny, with opening sets by
March 13 MVC Womens Basketball
Chris Schlichting, Gary Menke, and Jake
Tournament. An opening round,
Harris. Golden Leaf Banquet & Convention
quarterfinals, semifinals, and a championship
Center (2902 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1,
sponsored by the Mississippi Valley
Davenport). 8 p.m. $15-30. For tickets and
Conference. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive,
information, call (563)359-7225 or visit
Moline). Thursday 4:05 p.m. opening round,
Friday 12:05 and 6:05 p.m. quarterfinals,
Friday, March 11 The After Hour.
Saturday 1:35 p.m. semifinals, Sunday 2:05
Andrew King hosts a live, late-night talk
p.m. championship. $10-16. For tickets, call
show with area guests. Circa 21 Speakeasy
(800)745-3000 or visit
(1818 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 10:30
p.m. $8-10. For tickets and information,
call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit
Tuesday, March 8 Wales, Land of
Song. Screenings in the museums World
Adventure Series, presented by Monty
Brown. Putnam Museum (1717 West 12th
Thursday, March 10 SPECTRA Poetry
Street, Davenport). 1 and 7 p.m. $6.50-10.
Reading. The 20th evening of poetry readings
For tickets and information, call (563)324hosted by the Midwest Writing Center and
1933 or visit
Rozz-Tox, with guest authors Justin Boening,
Jason Bredle, Karyna McGlynn, and Valerie
Wetlaufer, and music by Mountain Swallower.
Saturday, March 5, through Sunday,
Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 8
March 13 Young Artists at the Figge:
p.m. Free. For information, call (563)324-1410 or
Geneseo Schools. Annual exhibition of
works by elementary art students. Figge Art






Friday, March 4, through

Sunday, March 6 Antique
Spectacular. Bi-annual event
featuring 70 exhibitors with
antiques and vintage items for
sale. QCCA Expo Center (2621
Fourth Avenue, Rock Island).
Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6
p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7
weekend pass. For information,
call (712)324-9964 or visit
Saturday, March 5 Wine at
the Warehouse. Wine-tasting
event with Dimitri and Kathy
Papageorgiou, in a benefit for St.
Ambrose University scholarships.
Dimitri Wine & Spirits (1735 West
Third Street, Davenport). 4 p.m.
$35-45. For tickets and information,
call (563)333-6290 or visit
Saturday, March 5 Quad
Cities Comic Book Convention.
Event featuring dealers from three
states specializing in old and new
comic books, toys, and related
merchandise. Ramada Inn (3020
Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf). 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Free. For information, call (309)6571599 or visit
Saturday, March 12 The Grand
Parade XXXI. Annual St. Patricks Day
parade covering two miles and two states,
beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of
Fourth Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock
Island and ending at the Davenport
RiverCenter. Free. For information, call
(563)505-9779 or visit
Saturday, March 12 CASI St. Patricks
Day Race. Annual event featuring the 9
a.m. Tot Trot, the one-mile Family Fun Run
at 9:30 a.m., and the Fast, Flat, & Fun 5K
at 10 a.m. Downtown Davenport (Main
and Second streets). $17-35 registration.
For information, call (563)386-7477 or visit
Wednesday, March 16, through
Saturday, March 19 Gathering on the
Green 2016. Annual event featuring a
wide variety of technical, historical, and
human-interest workshops and drop-in
sessions appealing to John Deere and
tractor enthusiasts. Davenport RiverCenter
(136 East Third Street, Davenport).
$40 registration. For information and
to register, call (563)886-7383 or visit

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By Mike Schulz

The Italian Rapscallion

with a laugh, but at 13, 14, 15 years old, that
didnt relate to me.
Pescatelli didnt, however, intend on forging her own path as a professional comedian,
and instead earned a bachelors degree in
fashion design from Kent State University.
Yet after graduation, with Pescatellis parents
having recently moved to the Quad Cities,
she arrived in the area in 1990 planning to
stay for the summer before beginning a fall
internship in New York. She never got there.
I was about 21, Pescatelli recalls, and
I didnt know anybody, and its hard to
meet people. But I saw they had this Funny
Bone [comedy club], which was way out on
Kimberly in those days. So I thought, Ill go

waitress there, Ill see some fun shows, Ill

make a little bit of money, and then Ill go to
New York with my fashion degree.
And then the next thing you know,
she continues, Im at the Funny Bone all
summer, and a female comedian comes
in. And I have a big mouth, and I say to my
family, Im just as funny as her. And that
became a bet and a dare and an open mic ... .
And thats it. That was the end of everything.
Or, more accurately, the beginning.
Pescatellis nascent stand-up act proved
such a hit that she not only began performing regularly at the Funny Bone, but was
also booked as a headliner at the Circa 21
Dinner Playhouse, and eventually hired


to co-host a morning show on the former

WPXR-FM Power 98.9. (She also began
her list of Internet Movie Database credits
before there was an IMDb with a role
in 1991s locally filmed cult classic Beauty
Queen Butcher, which she remembers as the
worlds best shoot. I mean, literally. Just one
of the best things ever.)
Although her career in comedy began
inadvertently, Pescatelli says it immediately
felt like the right professional choice, and
when I ask what made stand-up comedy
so fulfilling, she pauses for a few seconds
before offering a concise answer: Therapy.
She continues, I didnt have a lot of
deep-seated issues. But I had a lot of crazy
family stuff that goes on, and when I first
started, I really wanted to talk about my Italian family; I didnt want to just be a female
comedian. And I think just talking about
it, and hearing other people laugh, whether
they laughed because they related or because
it made them feel uncomfortable ... . Either
way, I got it out.
Its like the first time I went to therapy
after I made a little money and finally got
health insurance. I went to therapy, and the
therapist let me leave the office and didnt
lock me up. Laughing, she adds, I thought
it was validation. So I think its the same
kind of thing. Comedy just validates your
experiences, you know?

Weird Synchronicity

After Pescatelli left the Quad Cities in

1995, she embarked on a professional touring career that found her booked in comedy
clubs during 36 weeks of her first year away.
And I didnt even have a manager, she says.
What happened was that little Funny
Bone in Davenport, Iowa, connected me to
so many other clubs. The Funny Bone had
22 sister clubs, and it was a sister chain of the
Improv and the biggest owner of all the
Improvs was based in Cleveland, where I was
from originally. So I stayed employed. It was
amazing. Just a really weird synchronicity.
Pescatelli toured for years before her
acclaimed sets at Montreals Just for Laughs
festival captured the attention of the Hollywood Reporter, whose mentions of her
captured the attention of booking agents
for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which
led to the comedians 2003 debut on the
late-night series. That, in turn, led to her
weekly appearances on the 2004 season of
Last Comic Standing. And that, as she says,
changed things for me overnight.
We were lucky, Pescatelli says, because
that was a season that had 17 million viewers, and things changed right away. I mean,
we flew out one day, and no one knew who

we were, and we flew back the next day from

a gig, and I was signing autographs at the
airport. And even when people would say,
Oh, shes the Italian comedian all she
ever talks about is being Italian, it wasnt an
insult to me. I thought, Wow ... they didnt
even notice I was a woman!
Since that season of Last Comic Standing,
the Italian comedian has stayed in both
the public eye (with nearly 50 IMDb credits
from 2005 to 2016) and, via her frequent
visits to radio shows, the public ear. Yet
Pescatelli says that she still gets a true kick
out of touring, even though its harder now
just the physicality of it.
What I used to do was drive around
everywhere, she says. You know, we didnt
have GPS. We had an atlas and a bag of
clothes and a cell phone. But now I live in
Pennsylvania, where we thought life would
be easier for our son. And it is. But its a little
harder for me, because Im an hour and a
half away from an airport, and so theres a
lot of traveling. But its a necessary evil. Like
in that rock song Same Old Lang Syne: The
audiences were heavenly but the traveling
was hell.
But I actually love the stage now more
than I ever did, Pescatelli continues, and
I think it probably shows in my act more. I
honestly feel that and I dont say this in a
braggadocious sense my act is the best its
ever been. Because Im giving the most of
me. I dont care what the perception is; its
just the true me up there. Theres something
great about just being who you are.
And Im at a place, too, where I dont
want everybody to like me. Not everybody is
my audience. Im not saying that I am specifically going out to make people not like me.
But I have a very specific demographic that
are not really millennials, but that gave birth
to millennials, you know what I mean?
I mean, if millennials get my act, thats
because theyre cool kids, and had parents
that were cool and taught them. Pescatelli
laughs. But I dont want to be for everyone,
and I dont want to have to cater to anyone.
At this stage of my life age of my life its
just I am what I am. Like Popeye.
Tammy Pescatelli performs at the Golden
Leaf Banquet & Convention Center (2902
East Kimberly Road, Suite 1, Davenport) at 8
p.m. on Saturday, March 5, with additional
sets by comedians Chris Schlichting, Gary
Menke, and Jake Harris. For more information and tickets, call (563)359-7225 or visit
For more information on the shows
headliner, visit



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See Ya Later, Calculator

Im in a new relationship with the sweetest, most generous girl, but Im hesitant to
let her do nice stuff for me. In my previous
relationship, every single nice thing my ex
did was held against me later. I can hear
her now: Remember that time I brought
you food at work? All the way across
town? Eventually, Id wince anytime she
did anything for me. However, my new
girlfriend seems so happy to make me food
or run an errand for me. Still, I feel uneasy.
I keep waiting for her to turn into my ex
and present me with a list of what I owe her.
Bad History
Aw-w-w a relationship with an
accounts-receivable department.
Your exs human-abacus approach running a relationship on the Hey, whats in it
for me? model doesnt bode well for happily ever after, and not just because it makes
it hard to tell your girlfriend apart from one
of those aggressive strangers who call at
dinnertime, threatening to repo your car.
Social psychologist Margaret S. Clark
explains that partners are more loving and
generous toward each other when a relationship runs on the communal model (which
describes love or friendship) rather than the
exchange model (the merchant-customer
relationship). The main difference between
these relationship types is in the motivations
for giving and the expectations in the wake
of it. You give to somebody you love like by
giving your honey a massage to make her
feel good; you dont wipe the lotion off your
hands and then hand her a bill for $80.
Love relationships are often not entirely
50/50, and the payback from a romantic
partner often comes in different ways
and at a later date, and thats okay. In an
exchange relationship, however, people
give to get. Theres careful accounting and
speedy invoicing. When the mechanic fixes
your bum tire, immediately after doing the
work, he expects equivalent compensation
in cold, hard cash (or plastic). You cant
just kiss him on the cheek, chirp, Thanks,
cookie-face!, and be on your way.
Looking back at your relationship with
your ex, ask yourself something: Why did
she view popping over with a cooler at lunchtime probably containing sandwiches and
a Snapple like shed brought you her left
kidney? Maybe shes bean-counter-y in all of
her relationships. Or maybe this reflects
Clarks finding that people in relationships
switch to an exchange norm when they
notice that their partner is all take and take.


In your current relationship, remind

yourself to credit your girlfriend for who she
is which you do by observing her actions
and attitude instead of fearing who she
might be. You should also make sure youre
holding up your part of the giving. But give
for the right reason: to make her happy and
not because you cant bear to hear another
woman yelling, Owe, owe, owe! during sex.

How I Learned to Stop

Worrying and Love the Calm
I used to have a terrible temper. My
girlfriend never experienced it, because
I did major therapy before meeting her.
Now when I get upset, I step back, consider whether my beef is legit, and then
think about how I can present it calmly.
My girlfriend, who gets frustrated that
I cant always discuss things immediately, says I bottle up my feelings.
Formerly Volcanic
Rarely do you hear someone say, So, I ran
the issue by my therapist, made a list of pros
and cons, meditated on it, and then went out
and put a bat through the guys windshield.
Admirably, instead of continuing to lose
your temper, you got it a little red-leather
collar, and now you just walk it out of the
room on a matching red leash. This doesnt
mean you bottle up your feelings. Youre
simply giving reason first crack at your
problems which doesnt exactly come
naturally. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman
and Amos Tversky explain that we have two
thinking systems: a fast-responding emotional system and a slower rational system.
Your rational system does come around
eventually typically, just in time to grab a
broom and dustpan to sweep up the pieces
of the job or relationship that your triggerhappy emotional system just exploded.
Because relationships are happier
when those in them feel understood and
appreciated, it seems you need to give your
girlfriend the details on where you were and
how far youve come. (Whaddya know, you
didnt spend those court-mandated angermanagement sessions with headphones on
listening to Metallica.) Explaining this to
her should help her understand that when
youre mulling things over, she isnt waiting;
shes benefiting. Maybe youll get speedier at
the reasoning process in time, but rushing
you out of your cool-out corner is a bit like
saying, Hey, lets make conflict resolution
more like drunk dialing!

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Actress
Blythe Baird writes about the problem
that arises when her dog sees her eating
a peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip bagel. Her
beloved pet begs for a piece and becomes miserable
when its not forthcoming. Baird is merely
demonstrating her love, of course, because she
knows that eating chocolate can make canines ill. I
suspect that life is bestowing a comparable
blessing on you. You may feel mad and sad about
being deprived of something you want. But the
likely truth is that you will be lucky not to get it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I do not
literally paint that table, but rather the
emotion it produces upon me, French
artist Henri Matisse told an interviewer. But what
if you dont always have emotion? she asked him.
This is how Matisse replied: Then I do not paint.
This morning, when I came to work, I had no
emotion. So I took a horseback ride. When I
returned, I felt like painting, and had all the
emotion I wanted. This is excellent advice for you
to keep in mind, Taurus. Even more than usual, its
crucial that you imbue every important thing you
do with pure, strong emotions. If theyre not
immediately available, go in quest of them.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Some night
soon, I predict youll dream of being an
enlightened sovereign who presides over
an ecologically sustainable paradise. Youre a
visionary leader who is committed to peace and
high culture, so youve never gone to war. You
share your wealth with the people in your
kingdom. You revere scientists and shamans alike,
providing them with what they need to do their
good work for the enhancement of the realm. Have
fun imagining further details of this dream,
Gemini, or else make up your own. Now is an
excellent time to visualize a fairy-tale version of
yourself at the height of your powers, living your
dreams and sharing your gifts.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Its not
always necessary to have an expansive
view of where you have been and
where you are going, but its crucial right now.
So I suggest that you take an inventory of the big
picture. For guidance, study this advice from
philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: What have
you truly loved? What has uplifted your soul,
what has dominated and delighted it at the same
time? Assemble these revered objects in a row
before you and they may reveal a law by their
nature and their order: the fundamental law of
your very self.
LEO (July 23-August 22): Sportswear
manufacturer Adidas is looking for
ways to re-purpose trash that humans
dump in the oceans. One of its creations is a
type of shoe made from illegal deep-sea nets
that have been confiscated from poachers. I
invite you to get inspired by Adidas work. From
an astrological perspective, now is a good time
to expand and refine your personal approach to

recycling. Brainstorm about how you could

convert waste and refuse into useful, beautiful
resources not just literally, but also metaphorically. For example, is there a ruined or used-up
dream that could be transformed into raw
material for a shiny new dream?
VIRGO (August 23-September 22):
There isnt enough of anything as
long as we live, wrote Raymond
Carver. But at intervals a sweetness appears
and, given a chance, prevails. According to my
analysis of the astrological omens, Virgo, youll
soon be gliding through one of these intervals.
Now and then you may even experience the
strange sensation of being completely satisfied
with the quality and amount of sweetness that
arrives. To ensure optimal results, be as free
from greed as you can possibly be.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22):
For a wound to heal, you have to
clean it out, says author Yasmin
Mogahed. Again, and again, and again. And
this cleaning process stings. The cleaning of a
wound hurts. Yes. Healing takes so much work.
So much persistence. And so much patience.
According to my analysis, Libra, you should be
attending to this tough but glorious task.
Although the work might be hard, it wont be
anywhere near as hard as it usually is. And you
are likely to make more progress than you
would be able to at other times.
SCORPIO (October 23-November
21): The other day, lying in bed,
writes poet Rodger Kamenetz, I felt
my heart beating for the first time in a long
while. I realized how little I live in my body, how
much in my mind. He speaks for the majority
of us. We spend much of our lives entranced by
the relentless jabber that unfolds between our
ears. But I want to let you know, Scorpio, that
the moment is ripe to rebel against this
tendency in yourself. In the coming weeks, you
will have a natural talent for celebrating your
body. Youll be able to commune deeply with its
sensations, to learn more abut how it works, and
to exult in the pleasure it gives you and the
wisdom it provides.
22-December 21): In his Dream Song
67, poet John Berryman confesses, I
am obliged to perform in complete darkness
operations of great delicacy on my self. I hope
you will consider embarking on similar heroics,
Sagittarius. Its not an especially favorable time
to overhaul your environment or try to get
people to change in accordance with your
wishes. But its a perfect moment to spruce up
your inner world to tinker with and refine it so
that everything in there works with more grace.
And unlike Berryman, you wont have to
proceed in darkness. The light might not be
bright, but therell be enough of a glow to see
what youre doing.


By Rob Brezsny
CAPRICORN (December 22-January
19): Heres the dictionarys definition of
the word indelible: having the
quality of being difficult to remove, wash away,
blot out, or efface; incapable of being canceled,
lost, or forgotten. The word is often used in
reference to unpleasant matters: stains on
clothes, biases that distort the truth, superstitions
held with unshakable conviction, or painful
memories of romantic break-ups. I am happy to
let you know that you now have more power than
usual to dissolve seemingly indelible stuff like
that. Heres a trick that might help you: Find a
new teacher or teaching that uplifts you with
indelible epiphanies.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February
18): According to poet Tony
Hoagland, most of us rarely manage
to finish a thought or a feeling; we usually get
lazy or distracted and quit halfway through.
Why? Hoagland theorizes that we dont have
the time to complete the process, and we dislike
the difficulty and discomfort of the task.
Theres a cost for this negligence: We walk
around full of half-finished experiences. Thats
why Hoagland became a poet. He says that
poems model the possibility of feeling all the
way through an emotional process and
thinking all the way through a thought. The
coming weeks will be a favorable time to get
more in the habit of finishing your own feelings
and thoughts, Aquarius. It will also be more
important than usual that you do so! (Hoaglands comments appeared in Gulf Coast: A
Journal of Literature & Fine Arts.)
PISCES (February 19-March 20):
Unless you work at night and sleep by
day, you experience the morning on a
regular basis. You may have a love-hate
relationship with it, because on the one hand you
dont like to leave your comfortable bed so early,
and on the other hand you enjoy anticipating the
interesting events ahead of you. But aside from
your personal associations with the morning,
this time of day has always been a potent symbol
of awakenings and beginnings. Throughout
history, poets have invoked it to signify purity
and promise. In myth and legend, it often
represents the chance to see things afresh, to be
free of the pasts burdens, to love life unconditionally. Dream interpreters might suggest that a
dream of morning indicates a renewed capacity
to trust oneself. All of these meanings are
especially apropos for you right now, Pisces.
Homework: Imagine gazing into the eyes of the
person you were 10 years ago. What do you want to
say to the Old You? Visit
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ODD JOB March 3, 2016

1. Basket on wheels
5. Fuel for jets
10. Livid
15. Check
19. Jai _
20. Thomas of That Girl
21. Simple house
22. _ praetexta
23. Hanker
24. Charged particle
25. Start of a quip by playwright
Jean Kerr: 2 wds.
27. Honored
29. Compel obedience
31. Spoils
32. Ribbed fabric
34. Groove
35. Presidential nickname
36. Part 2 of quip: 2 wds.
40. Part 3 of quip: 3 wds.
47. Rice dish
48. Peggy _ Got Married
49. Valley
50. A cheese
51. Rap session
52. Disarray
54. Mentioned
55. _ me tangere
56. Word in forecasts
57. Get along
58. Catlike mammal of Madagascar
59. Heron
60. Curtails
62. Different: Prefix
63. Rains icy rain
64. Part 4 of quip: 4 wds.
68. Upolu native
72. Greek contest
73. Record player part
77. Circa
78. Hardened
80. Cornbread
81. Coveted role
83. Express
84. Leopard in Disneys Tarzan
85. Temple
86. Simpson or Kudrow
87. Edible fat
88. Painter _ Mondrian

89. Artful
90. Talk about: 2 wds.
93. Part 5 of quip: 4 wds.
96. Part 6 of quip: 2 wds.
97. Mil. rank
98. Drive
101. Barb
102. Lombardias capital
105. Imagines
107. Indian drum
111. End of the quip: 3 wds.
113. Of ancient Carthage
115. Nigh
116. Monumental
117. Light anchor
118. Roman official
119. Prince Hamlet, e.g.
120. Adam _
121. Gusset
122. French income
123. Bettors worry
1. Young elephant
2. Burn plant
3. Partner of 11-Down
4. Winged insects: 2 wds.
5. Sawbones org.
6. Windmill part
7. Beams
8. Upward
9. Loud and deep
10. Polar phenomenon
11. See 3-Down
12. Vigoda or Burrows
13. Color
14. Necessitated
15. Famed prehistoric monument
16. Tipster
17. Brunch fare
18. _ -jongg
26. Increase
28. Kind of collector
30. Abundant
33. Most cherished
36. Chief
37. _ obstat
38. Concern of grammarians
39. Of gypsies: Var.
41. Menlo Parks wizard

February 18 Answers: right

42. Avena
43. Accuseds answer
44. Like a lot
45. _ de chambre
46. Releases
48. Pt. on a compass
53. Irish Gaelic
54. Money in Costa Rica
57. Seedless plant
58. Deluge
59. Otherwise
61. On the double!
62. Look Back in _
63. Rational
65. Mississippi River Valley tribe
66. Place in Berkshire
67. Unfeigned
68. Cabbage type
69. Poplar
70. French artist
71. Incongruous: 3 wds.
74. Musical direction
75. Palm healing
76. Erles Perry
78. OT name
79. Under covers
80. Recompense
82. Cold and wet
84. Early Soviet satellite: 2 wds.
85. Trap of a kind
89. Ditto
91. Fuel container
92. Use a blue pencil
94. Racetrack
95. Unnamed thing
99. Short work for piano
100. Soviet leader
102. Sulk
103. Rainbow: Prefix
104. Kiln
105. Picnic playwright
106. Particulate deposit
108. Drop
109. Nation
110. One of the Olympians
111. Cal. abbr.
112. Singles out, for short
114. A letter

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Between a Rock and a Hard Race

for last, and at the end of this three-anda-half-hour ceremony, the discovery that
Spotlight was the nights Best Picture was a
true jolt considering the movies only other
Oscar, for Original Screenplay, was the first
award presented. Talk about an attractive
pair of bookends. (Also talk about the end
of a long-running streak; you have to go
back to 1952s The Greatest Show on Earth
to find a Best Picture winner that received
only one other Oscar.)
Spotlights climactic victory, however,
was additionally surprising because earlier
in the night, two other films were looking like serious threats for the big win.
Ill admit to shouting with joy, and more
than a touch of relief, when Mad Max:
Fury Road received its largely unpredicted
trophy for Costume Design, as there was a
very real possibility that affection for The
Revenant would cause it to steamroll over
Max in each one of the 10 categories the
latter was cited in. Yet when this glorious
post-apocalyptic thriller went on to win
Best Production Design, and then Makeup
& Hairstyling, and then Film Editing,
and then Sound Editing, and then Sound
Mixing all in the span of 45 minutes I
may have swallowed my gum. Despite the
prize looking like Alejandro Gonzlez
Irritus to lose, was George Miller maybe
going to win for Best Directing? Was
gulp! Best Picture actually gonna happen?
No and no, it turned out. Still, bully to the
Academy for such hugely deserved recognition, and no one should feel at all bad for
the movies unrewarded helmer (who, lets
remember, does have an Oscar ... even if it is
for Happy Feet). He was always a longshot,
and for that first hour, in cutaway after cutaway, no one looked liked he was enjoying
the night more than George Miller.
As expected, one of the few Oscars Mad
Max didnt win was Best Cinematography,
which instead went to The Revenants
Emmanuel Lubezki, his third such victory
in a row. Also as expected, The Revenants
Irritu nabbed his second Best Directing
statuette in a row (a feat previously accomplished only by John Ford and Joseph L.
Mankiewicz). And when DiCaprio had his
inevitable Best Actor triumph and delivered, Ill admit, a humble and rather beautiful
speech it seemed clear that for The Revenant, Best Picture was likewise in the bag.
But then came the Spotlight switcheroo, which, it turned out, was merely
the nights final example of Oscar voters
capacity for surprise. Stallone losing Best
Supporting Actor to Bridge of Spies Mark
Rylance? Ex Machina winning Best Visual
Effects over three Best Picture nominees

and the new Star Wars? (Despite five

nominations, J.J. Abrams franchiseextender went home empty-handed.) That
hideous number from Spectre beating out
The Hunting Grounds and Lady Gagas
Til It Happens to You, a song whose
powerful presentation earned a standing
ovation after its presenter, Vice President
Joe Biden, earned his own standing ovation? (I went an equally hideous 13-for-24
in my final predictions but refuse to beat
myself up about it, considering most of
the wins I didnt forecast went to choices I
actually preferred ... notwithstanding that
James Bond ditty.)
Sundays shockers were plentiful and
consistent and, in a lovely development,
so were the shows pleasures. As always,
there are things to bitch about regarding the annual Oscars telecast. (My list
would include Sacha Baron Cohen, Sarah
Silverman, and that guy in the bear costume a Revenant joke wa-a-a-ay past its
expiration date.) But in the spirit of Chris
Rocks unexpectedly upbeat kickoff to the
proceedings, lets end on some equally
happy memories: Angela Bassetts Black
History Minute. Dave Grohls gorgeous
take on Blackbird for the In Memoriam segment. The intros to the sound
and visual-effects categories, underlining
exactly what it is their artists do. Abraham
Attah and Jacob Tremblay. Steve Carell
and Tina Fey. (Tinas been drinking.)
The ticker thank you scrolls. The Oscarspeech commercials for Kohls. Ennio
Morricones standing ovation (the length
and fervor of which proved him more
popular than Biden). Andy Serkis. Brie
Larson. Woody and Buzz looking great, if
sounding a bit tired, at age 20. And Chris
Rock helping his daughter raise more
than $65,000 for the Girl Scouts. He may
not win an Emmy for his hosting duties,
but Rock has to have Father of the Year all
sewn up.

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Johnson County Landmark Grand

Combo (6:30pm) The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
A Little Off Key w/ FunPianos RME
(River Music Experience), 129 N.
Main St., Davenport IA
Luke Cacceta Band (8pm)
Brendan Hanks Attentat
Cuticle (10pm) Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA


Chuck Murphy Thirstys on Third,

2202 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA
Cosmic 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St., Davenport IA
The Dick Watson Trio (6pm) Oculus
Sports Bar - Jumers Casino & Hotel,
777 Jumer Dr., Rock Island IL
Doug Allen Nash Jewel Kisses
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort,
3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
Frankie Joe & Kinfolk RIBCO, 1815
2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
The Funnies The Cooler, 311 W. 2nd
St., Rock Falls IL
Halfloves Trevor Sensor Englert
Theatre, 221 East Washington St.,
Iowa City IA
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Still Shine Wood Chickens
Flash in a Pan Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Johnson County Housing
Authority Sleazy E Tyler Holst
Patrick Blin Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Justin Morrissey River House, 1510
River Dr., Moline IL
Larry Bo Boyd (6pm) Cool Beanz

Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock

Island IL
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
Rivers Edge Gallery, 216 W. 3rd St.,
Muscatine IA
Old Shoe Soap The Dawn The
Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Davenport IA
Threshold Harley Corins, 1708
State St., Bettendorf IA


The Beggarmen Uptown Bills

Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St.,
Iowa City IA
The Blacklights The Kellos
Waking Robots RIBCO, 1815 2nd
Ave., Rock Island IL
The Blackstones Harley Corins,
1708 State St., Bettendorf IA
Bugeye Sprite Hawkeye Tap Sports
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
Davenport IA
Charles Walker Band Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Chuck Murphy Stouts Irish Pub,
2352 Valley W. Ct., Clinton IA
Code 415 Jimbos Knucklehead
Saloon, 902 16th Ave., East Moline IL
Doug Allen Nash Jewel Kisses
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort,
3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
Foxing Lymbic Systym Tancred
Adjy (6:30pm) Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
The Funnies Short Hills Country
Club, 2500 11th St, East Moline IL
Kari Lynch Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave.,
Rock Island IL
North of 40 Purgatorys Pub, 2104
State St, Bettendorf IA
Pat Foley Governors Pub &

Singers (12:15pm) Two Rivers

United Methodist Church, 1820 5th
Ave., Rock Island IL

Grill, 3470 Middle Rd.,

Bettendorf IA
Quad Cit y Symphony
Orchestra Masterworks
V: Homegrown Variations
Bancks, Klemme, and
Timmerman Adler
Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St.,
Davenport IA
Radoslav Lorkovic
Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ,
300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA
Russ Reyman Request
Piano Bar The Phoenix
Restaurant & Martini
Bar, 111 West 2nd St.,
Davenport IA
Steve McFate River House,
1510 River Dr., Moline IL
Tangent 11th Street
Precinct, 1107 Mound St.,
Davenport IA
Wild Oatz Sidetracked
Saloon, 906 3rd St., Orion IL






An Evening with Albert Cummings

The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Davenport IA
Society of Broken Souls Gabes,
330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA

Kari Lynch @ Rozz-Tox - March 5

Automagik Us Mode Rozz-Tox,

2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin w/ The
Guilty Ones The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Jon Shain (6pm) Ca dZan, 411
South Rd., Cambridge IL
Kari Lynch Men of Science & Faith
Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.,
Iowa City IA
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Masterworks V: Homegrown
Variations Bancks, Klemme,
and Timmerman Centennial
Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th
Ave., Rock Island IL

The RiverCity 6 (6pm) Reynolds

United Methodist Church, 313 W.
Edgington St., Reynolds IL



Lewis Knudsen Dan Dimonte

Gabes, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
City IA
Moeller Mondays Presents RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL

Chris Avey Live My Place the Pub,

4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
Chuck Murphy My Place the Pub,
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA

The Southern Belles Gabes, 330 E.

Washington St., Iowa City IA


Alpin Hongs Chasing Chopin

John and Alice Butler Hall, University
of Dubuque Heritage Center, 2255
Bennett St., Dubuque IA
An Evening with Christian Howes
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Davenport IA
Burlington Street Bluegrass Band
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
City IA
Ivy Stone Milk Duct Tape Gabes,
330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
Rock Island High School Chamber

Area Code Riverside Casino and

Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Riverside IA
B. Dolan AWTHNTKTS Strangers
of Necessity Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Chuck Murphy (6pm) Hy-Vee
Market Grille, 2930 18th Ave., Rock
Island IL
Ernie Peniston, Hal Reed, & Ellis
Kell Kavanaughs Hilltop Tap,
1228 30th St., Rock Island IL
Future Rock The Redstone Room,
129 Main St, Davenport IA
The Jason Carl Band 11th Street
Precinct, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Jordan Danielsen River House,
1510 River Dr., Moline IL
Kellys Irish Pub St. Patricks
Day Festival Kickoff: QC Rock
Academy (6:30pm) Moonshine
Run (8:45pm) Bad Hair (10pm)
Kellys Irish Pub & Eatery, 2222 E.
54rd St., Davenport, IA
Long Blue Willie Harley Corins,
1708 State St., Bettendorf IA

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The Infamous Stringdusters Nicki

Bluhm Englert Theatre, 221 East
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Surgeons In Heat Havlin The Mill,
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA

The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm)

The Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd
Ave., Rock Island IL
Other Masquerades Orator Stay
Home Artorias Rozz-Tox, 2108
3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Pats Acoustic Disco The Grape Life
Wine Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore
Ave., Davenport IA
Stained Glass Motorcade Sloth
Hands RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island IL
Switchback Orpheum Theatre, 57 S.
Kellogg St., Galesburg IL
iHearIC The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
St., Iowa City IA

Anik1n Roosevelt the Titan

JT Bandzz Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Area Code Riverside Casino and
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Riverside IA
Chris Antonik Flatted Fifth Blues &
BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA
Chuck Murphy Leisure Lanes, 2802
W. 73rd St., Davenport, IA
Code 415 Gunchies, 2107 4th Ave.,
Rock Island, IL
Fanad Uptown Bills Coffee House,
730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Harvest Sons Kendra Swanson
(6:30pm) Ca dZan, 411 South
Rd., Cambridge IL
Have Your Cake The Dont Be
Brothers RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island IL
Kellys Irish Pub St. Patricks Day


Brit Floyd Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd

St., Davenport IA
Moeller Mondays Presents RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL


Brit Floyd @ Adler Theatre - March 14

Festival: Jackson Butler (11:45am)
Chuck Murphy (1pm) QC Rock
Academy (2:15pm) Wicked Liz
& the Bellyswirls (5pm) North
of 40 (6:15pm) Vice Squad
(7:30pm) Divebomb (9pm) Dirt
Road Rockers (10:45pm) Kellys
Irish Pub & Eatery, 2222 E. 54rd St.,
Davenport, IA
Muscatine Town Swing Dance: The
RiverCity 6 (6pm) Muscatine
High School Auditorium, 2705
Cedar St, Muscatine IA
Pats Acoustic Disco After-Parade
Party (1pm) Starting Line, 217
Brady, Davenport IA
Rangda Sir Richard Bishop Ben
Chasny Chris Corsano The Mill,
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA

Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar

The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Shamrockin Paddy O Pardy: Greg
& Rich Acoustic Duo (11am)
Barley House Band (1pm)
Mayer School of Irish Dancing
(2:45pm) Funktastic Five
(3:45pm) Kavanaughs Hilltop
Tap, 1228 30th St., Rock Island IL
Soul Storm 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Steve Morris River House, 1510
River Dr., Moline IL
Whiplash Abby OKeefes Pub &
Grub, 1331 5th Ave, Moline IL
Woodshed Harley Corins, 1708
State St., Bettendorf IA


Chris Avey Live My Place the Pub,

4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
The Dont Be Brothers Circa 21
Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave.,
Rock Island IL
Freakwater Jaye Jayle Morgan
Geers Drunken Prayer The Mill,
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA

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Autumn Kid Natural Oil Small

Town Story Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd
Ave., Rock Island IL
Dancing in the Streets Adler
Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport IA
Ike Reilly Assassination The Mill,
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Theresa Yarger & Ryan Van
Wassenhove (12:15pm) Two
Rivers United Methodist Church,
1820 5th Ave., Rock Island IL



The Beggarmen Coralville Center

for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th

St., Coralville IA
Dan Haughey (6pm) Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
Island, IL
The Holophonics Atlas on Strike
Grandfather Confusion
BareBones Bankshot RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Kathy Mattea CSPS/Legion Arts,
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA



Spring Queening Queen Tribute

featuring A Very Special Bowie
Tribute The Redstone Room, 129
Main St, Davenport IA
Avey Davidson Blues Flatted
Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr.,
Bellevue IA
BlackStone RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island IL
Bucktown Revue Nighswander
Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave,
Davenport IA
Chuck Murphy (9pm) Obies West,
3610 173rd Ave., Maquoketa, IA
Corporate Rock 11th Street
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St.,
Davenport IA
The Funnies Murphys Pub, 613
10th St., DeWitt IA
Jazz After Five (5pm) Benoit
Pioulard Haunter Chris
Wiersema (9pm) The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Jim Ryan River House, 1510 River
Dr., Moline IL
Mud Morganfield (8pm) Bob
Dorr (9:30pm) Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Riverside IA

The Problems Flannel Season

Crystal City Iowa City Yacht Club,
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
See Through Dresses Gosh!
Ronin Earth Witch Morphine
Dream Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave.,
Rock Island IL



Brushville RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,

Rock Island IL
Chuck Murphy Drink Slingers, 92
Main Ave., Clinton, IA
Code 415 Purgatorys Pub, 2104
State St, Bettendorf IA
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show
River House, 1510 River Dr., Moline IL
Hap Hazard 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Haunter We Also Let Blood Oh Merde
Arizona Landmine Threshell
Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
House Arrest Harley Corins, 1708
State St., Bettendorf IA
Janiva Magness (8pm) Duke
Tumatoe (9:30pm) Riverside
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184
Highway 22, Riverside IA
Plastic Relations Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Rick Springfield: Stripped Down
Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids IA
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Teada Ohnward Fine Arts Center,
1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa IA
The Funnies Henrys Double K, 834
S Jackson St., Mt. Carroll IL
Wild Oatz Desperados, 112 S. Main
St., Wheatland IA


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Cross Creek Karaoke Central

Avenue Tap, 2604 Central Ave.,
Bettendorf, IA.
DJ Night w/ 90s Music Thirstys
on Third, 2202 W. Third St.,
Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Bier Stube Moline,
415 15th St., Moline, IL.
Karaoke w/ Double Dz Purgatorys
Pub, 2104 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Jam Night Harley Corins,
1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Mic Night Uptown Bills Coffee
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA.
Open Jam Session My Place the
Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf, IA.


Cross Creek Karaoke Firehouse

Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd.,
Davenport, IA.
DJ Dolla The Smoking Dog Pub,
1800 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL.
DJ K Yung Barrel House Moline,
1321 Fifth Ave., Moline, IL.
Karaoke Night Circle Tap, 1345
West Locust St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108
S. 1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Miller Time Bowling,
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Roadrunners
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd.,
Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,
2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Open Mic Coffeehouse (Mar. 11)
First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th
St., Rock Island, IL.
Soulshake (Mar. 4) Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City, IA.


Community Folk Sing (Mar. 12,

3pm) Uptown Bills Coffee House,
730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA.
DJ Dolla The Smoking Dog Pub,
1800 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL.
Irish Music Session (Mar. 5, 3pm)
Uptown Bills Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA.
Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108
S. 1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Miller Time Bowling,
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Roadrunners
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd.,
Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,
2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Open Mic Night Downtown Central
Perk, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.
Tw i s t e d
Entertainment Barrel House
Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave., Moline, IL.


Karaoke Night 11th Street Precinct,

1107 Mound St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke w/ JB Promotions The Rusty
Nail, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA.


The Homeless Open Mic Project

(Mar. 7, 1pm) The Center, 1411
Brady St., Davenport, IA.
Musicians Jam w/ C.J. Lomas (Mar.
7, 6pm) Theos Java Club, 213 17th
St., Rock Island, IL.
Open Mic Night (Mar. 7) The Beanhive,
124 E. Simmons St., Galesburg, IL.
Open Mic w/ J. Knight The Mill, 120
E. Burlington St., Iowa City, IA.



Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate

(Mar. 15) Mr. Eds Liquor Store &
Tap, 127 Fourth St. W., Milan, IL.
Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm)
River Music Experience, 129 N.
Main St., Davenport, IA.
Open Mic Night Broken Saddle,
1417 5th Ave., Moline, IL.
Open Mic Night Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
Island, IL.
Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey &
Detroit Larry Davison Cabanas,
2120 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL.
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate
Kane Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S.
Linn St., Iowa City, IA.


Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve

McFate McManus Pub, 1401 7th
Ave., Moline, IL.
Cross Creek Karaoke Harley Corins,
1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Jam Session & Mug Night Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA.
Karaoke Night 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Circle Tap, 1345
West Locust St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night RIBCO, 1815 2nd
Ave., Rock Island, IL.
Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,
2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke w/ Most Wanted My Place
the Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Jam w/ Earth Ascending
Bent River Brewing Company, 512
24th St. Rock Island, IL.
Open Mic Night Boozies Bar & Grille,
114 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.


ComedySportz (7pm) The

l ishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.
Emo Philips (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Nitey-Night Show: Spencer Loucks
Danny Maupin David Venhuizen
Sammy Arechar Hannah Hogan
Dina Nina Martinez Dante
Powell (11pm) The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City, IA.
Paperback Rhino Wisenheimer
(8pm) The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
St., Iowa City, IA.
Studio Series: Its Your Fault
(9:30pm) The Establishment, 220
19th St., Rock Island, IL.


The Blacklist (9pm) The Backroom

Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.
Closing Arguments: Arash Singh
Geoffrey Asmus Shelby Fero
Melanie Maras Ruben Lebron
Rachel McCartney Rana May
Jeremy Eli (10:30pm) The Mill,
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, IA.
ComedySportz (7pm) The Estab
lishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Emo Philips (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Late Late Breakfast w/ Tyler Jackson
& Danny Maupin: Sammy Arechar
Dina Nina Martinez Dan Gill
Robert Flanagan Hannah
Hogan (2pm) The High Ground
Caf, 301 E. Market St., Iowa City, IA.
Rachel Bloom (8:30pm) Englert

Theatre, 221 E. Washington St.,

Iowa City, IA.
Studio Series: Wisenheimer(9:30pm)
The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.
Tammy Pescatelli Chris Schlichting
Gary Menke Jake Harris (8pm)
Golden Leaf Banquet & Convention
Center, 2902 E. Kimberly Rd.,
Davenport, IA.

Hunt for Murder (6pm) Skellington

Manor Banquet & Event Center, 420
18th St., Rock Island, IL.
Studio Series: R & D (9:30pm) The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Island, IL.











The Blacklist (9pm) The Backroom

Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.
ComedySportz (7pm) The Estab
lishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Greg Warren (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Studio Series: 309 (9:30pm) The Estab
lishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.


The Circumstantial Comedy Show

(9pm) BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
Rd., Davenport, IA.


The Circumstantial Comedy Show

(9pm) BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
Rd., Davenport, IA.

Tom Garlands Catacombs of Comedy

Showcase (10pm) Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA.

Comedy Open Mic (8:30pm) Harley

Corins, 1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.

The Backroom Comedy Open Mic

Night (7:30pm) The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.



The After Hour (10:30pm) Circa 21

Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL.
ComedySportz (7pm) The Estab
lishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Greg Warren (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.

Tom Garlands Catacombs of Comedy

Showcase (10pm) Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA.

Comedy Open Mic (8:30pm) Harley

Corins, 1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.

wednesday 16

The Backroom Comedy Open Mic

Night (7:30pm) The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.


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