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Arrived in His Own Skin: Doyle Bramhall II

at the Redstone Room – Page 13

Story Highlights the
Human Cost of Illinois’
Dysfunction – Page 4
What’s Happenin’: Simply
Three and Ballet Quad Cities’
‘Wild, Wild West’ – Page 10
There’s No Place Like
Rome: The Prenize Players’
‘Coriolanus’ – Page 14
King of the
Hill: Circa ’21’s
‘The Music Man’ – Page 15
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Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
t seems natural that people competing for The truce, however, undermines the have been actual cuts. (This contrasts with by a modest 0.35 percent, letting people
scarce taxpayer dollars would argue about tactics that interest groups can use to pursue reductions in the growth of spending, so fre- keep a bit more of what they earn each year.
why their area is more deserving and their own, specific goals. quently referred to as “cuts” in government.) A watered-down bill would let taxpayers
others less so. But we don’t see that. School Consider, for example, that the Michigan keep $195 million more in the first year. The
superintendents don’t complain about Municipal League – the advocacy group Secret Negotiations knee-jerk reaction from politicians within
business subsidies, mayors don’t criticize the for cities and villages – has for years asked The Trough Truce creates a kind of the truce is that this is just too much money.
cash paid to state universities, and Med- for more money for cities and villages from cartel whose members stick together to The recent $780-million spending increase
icaid advocates don’t denounce state-paid state taxpayers. But it rarely suggests where add to their mutual pot of resources. The in the state budget? That’s business as usual,
agriculture marketing. The people who legislators can find that money. downside is that the failure to compete just doing what needs to be done.
receive government money in one area There are not many options. More money over resources means there will be win- The Trough Truce is an advantage that
simply don’t complain about other areas of for local governments could mean cuts ners and losers if that pot of resources is the spending interests have over people who
government spending. elsewhere in the state budget. It could mean reduced. Political clout and maneuvering want to limit government. But it is not an
That’s because there is a Trough Truce: higher taxes. But the league does not address will determine which cuts take place, and insurmountable problem. Taking it on is
The people feeding at the trough of public the question. some members of the cartel won’t be able something that think tanks, activists, and
dollars implicitly agree to never criticize A more effective technique might be to protect themselves. advocates are geared for. We broadcast com-
when other spending interests receive to exploit the halo that some voters place The truce may only go skin-deep, pelling messages about free-market policies
money. Instead, they advocate for more tax on police and fire services as opposed to however. Battles over exactly how many to people who will listen. We try to persuade
dollars. There’s an unwritten agreement for other areas of state spending, like the state’s taxpayer dollars go where happen behind people who are skeptical. We find new
the community of interests paid by public licensing department. Yet the truce prevents closed doors in budget negotiations. There, ways to save taxpayers’ money. We nudge
dollars to keep the peace among themselves advocates for local government from com- the state police might claim that higher lawmakers in the right direction.
and use each other to advocate for more paring the two. education appropriations are a waste of We also have an advantage over the
resources for all trough-feeders. And, perhaps because of their failure to money. But if they do, such criticisms are people in the Trough Truce: We can speak
It’s a strategy that turns competitors into compare, they have actually received less in never made public. the truth about government spending.
friends. The people who might become each state taxpayer money. As local-government It’s not just lobbyists who maintain the
other’s fiercest critics instead become allies property-tax collections increased, the truce; politicians do as well. This is evident James M. Hohman is assistant director of
in grabbing resources from taxpayers. state transferred fewer dollars from state in the difference between how tax cuts and fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for
This is why tax-hike coalitions get so taxpayers to local governments. The state’s spending increases are treated. Spending Public Policy.
many partners. There was a tax-hike vote last discretionary transfers to local governments increases happen without controversy,
fall for more transit in southeast Michigan have dropped from $913 million in 2001 to but many politicians consider tax cuts to This article was originally published by
that attracted a wide group of supporters. $471 million this year. Optional state trans- be “unaffordable.” the Foundation for Economic Education
Environmental groups, fitness advocates, fers to local governments have started to go Michigan is currently arguing about (
a union for nurses, and even a cancer- up again, but it’s one of the areas where there whether to drop the state’s income-tax rate
awareness group signed up to support it. It is
doubtful that each of these groups thought
that transit spending was the best way public
dollars could improve the environment, Battles over exactly how many taxpayer dollars go where happen behind
encourage exercise, give nurses better pay,
or improve cancer awareness. But the tax
closed doors in budget negotiations.
increase would mean more public dollars.
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Story Highlights the Human
Cost of Illinois’ Dysfunction

’ve been going to Statehouse committee sheriff’s deputies.
hearings for something like 27 years. But this story, while it currently has a
Last week was the first time I can ever happy ending, is just so beyond the pale.
recall having to fight back tears during If a private-sector company deducted
a hearing. insurance payments from workers’
The House Appropriations – General paychecks and didn’t pay the money it
Services Committee heard testimony owed to the insurance provider, the state
last week from Kenea Williams, a state would clamp down hard. But Illinois
employee who works at the Murray doesn’t even bother paying its end and,
Developmental Center in Centralia. She in fact, hasn’t fully funded that insurance
has 15-month-old twins named Kobe and program in years.
Kade. They were born prematurely, and This is basically fraud.
Kobe has something called broncho pul- Others testified at the committee last
monary displasia. His lungs are scarred, week that some dentists are demanding
and he requires supplemental oxygen just payment up-front from state employees.
to live. So the patients are paying for insurance,
Long story short, the company that but they can’t get treatment unless they
supplied the oxygen tanks for Kobe pay in advance and then, presumably
dropped out of the state’s group-health- sometime down the road, the insurance
insurance system because the state isn’t company will reimburse them once the
paying its bills during the long gov- companies get paid by the state. A lob-
ernmental impasse, and it wanted its byist for the Illinois State Dental Society
equipment back. Williams testified that recently told legislators that the state owes
Representatives John Cavaletto (R-Salem) 9,000 dentists a total of $174 million.
and Charles Meier (R-Okawville) helped Let’s just hope heart and cancer
convince the company to continue surgeons don’t start making patients pay
supplying oxygen equipment to Kobe in advance.
until July. Legislators are basically doing the same
But for whatever reason, company thing to the worker-health-insurance
execs changed their minds and sent some fund that they used to do to the pension
employees to retrieve the equipment in funds. They promise good benefits at a
January. When a frightened Williams very reasonable cost to the employee, but
refused to answer her door, the employees then don’t provide nearly enough state
apparently called the county sheriff. Two funding needed to make the payouts.
sheriff’s deputies arrived, listened to the But with the health-care fund, it’s
desperate mom tearfully plead her case, worse. The pension funds have always
and decided not to intervene. Williams had enough cushion in them to forestall
has since found a new supplier for a home an immediate meltdown; they could pay
oxygen system. retirees without any money from the state
Think about this for a second. The state for a while.
is deducting health-insurance premi- The health-insurance fund, on the
ums out of Williams’ paychecks twice a other hand, has a $3.5-billion nega-
month without fail. But there is no state tive balance. And that deficit will only
appropriation for group health insurance continue to grow because the only money
in this fiscal year’s horribly inadequate currently going into the fund is from
stopgap budget, so lots of state vendors state-employee payroll deductions.
aren’t getting paid. The bill-payment “I pay my premiums,” Williams told
cycle for some of these insurance plans is the House committee last week. “I do my
currently about two years, so providers part. Now I feel like the state needs to do
– such as the company that supplied the their part. They need to pay their bills.”
oxygen tanks for Kobe – are understand- So how about the governor and the
ably dropping out. General Assembly get a real budget deal
I’m told that the Illinois Department done before we, as a state, collectively kill
of Central Management Services played a supposedly fully insured baby? Is that
a big role in finding another oxygen-tank really too much to ask?
supplier for that baby, who was also at
the hearing last week with an oxygen Rich Miller also publishes Capitol
tank and a tube taped under his little Fax (a daily political newsletter) and
nose. Kudos to everyone who helped
keep that child alive, including those
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COVER STORY By Emma Farber

Colored Entranced
The Figge’s Jefferson Pinder: Ghost Light Explores Race Through Different Lenses

overing high above the heads of with counter-protesting by whites who
visitors to the Figge Art Museum, argue that all lives matter. When riots
a neon sign that reads “Colored break out in black communities after
Entranced” points the way into the third- the senseless death of yet another black
floor gallery. Anchored to the wall, the youth by non-black hands. When a
sign sits at an angle so visitors who enter grieving family is denied justice.
from either the elevator or the stairs And yet all of this attention and
see it almost immediately. Bright tubes awareness don’t seem to have spurred
of clean red-orange light form words social change.
that contrast with and illuminate the Pinder’s Invisible Flag offers an
corroded tin support from which they explanation with a visual approach that’s
extend. The glow of the neon affects the different from Colored Entranced. Pinder
surrounding space by casting light in uses the state flag of Iowa to cover all but
shades of pink and violet on the white a corner of a Confederate flag that he
walls. A ghostly reflected image with painted white. The message appears to be
deep red and cobalt-blue hues can be that although intolerance and a lack of
seen on the polished gray floor. empathy can be fostered by the people we
Colored Entranced is visually appeal- grow up around, it can also be reinforced
ing, but the symbolic history it repre- by the institutions that govern us.
sents is abhorrent. Seeing it for the first Unlike the nuanced and subtle Colored
time, non-black visitors may feel an Entranced, Invisible Flag succeeds in
unexpected pang of empathy for those getting straight to the point. The state
who were subjected to that kind of direct flag, which ironically proclaims that
segregation. I viewed the authoritative “Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights
lights as a kind of primer for the histori- We Will Maintain,” is attempting (and
cal aspect of the exhibit within. The piece failing) to hide a racist symbol – by
conjures up an oppressive chapter in the obscuring and whitewashing it. This
nation’s history when widespread, overt visual gesture, simplistic and damning,
racism was common. So unfortunately highlights the institutional racism that
familiar are the words that I initially has been present in Iowa, and the rest
missed the subtle change that artist Jef- of the country, throughout the course
ferson Pinder made to them. By adding of history – no matter how much we
a “d” to the expected “entrance,” new pretend otherwise.
meanings emerge that transcend the While those two pieces address histor-
inherent symbolism. ical symbols of racism, Pinder elsewhere
The sign is one of Chicago-based Pin- is encouraging empathy.
der’s seven pieces (four installations and In the March 11 performance Token, a
three performances with accompanying simple lesson emerged: We should make
installations) in Ghost Light, an exhibit the effort to get to know one another to
on display at the Figge Art Museum overcome our tendency to make judg-
through June 4. The title refers to the ments based on stereotypes.
theatrical tradition in which a “ghost After climbing to the top of a tiered
light” remains lit when the stage is not scaffold, local artist Dean Kugler – a
in use, representing all the characters white man with a shaved head, muscled
and stories that ever occupied a space. arms, and tattoos – sculpted a human
Within the confines of the museum, head from brown clay as he told the audi-
Pinder’s work reminds us that the past is ence about the complicated relationship
never far away. Works by Jefferson Pinder. Above: Token, featuring a sculpture by Dean Kugler; he had with his abusive stepfather.
Colored Entranced, for example, below: Joe’s Barbershop; and on the cover: Colored Entranced. Kugler worked the clay with forceful
encourages us to think about how intensity as he described how visitors to
segregation, although abolished (and as collaborators, Pinder invites Quad play on words, referring not only to our his art shows derided him for making
technically never legal in Iowa), still Citians to examine their thoughts history of legal segregation but also to work that depicts black figures. To watch
exists in our community and in Ameri- about race and racial divisions through America’s renewed interest in reading, a white artist construct a black figure
can society at large. The sign reminds us personal and historical lenses. This writing, tweeting, and talking about the in any sort of context is uncomfortable
that this problem endures – albeit in an approach – at times indirect and at very real, very serious problems we have at best and jaw-droppingly offensive at
altered form. others straightforward – is successful with racism in this country. We are cap- worst. How arrogant – how ignorant – do
With a thoughtful use of objects overall, due in large measure to Pinder’s tivated, emotionally stirred, entranced white artists have to be to think that it’s
– such as this seemingly appropri- varied treatment of the conceptual ideas when a story breaks about a fatal police all right to assume they know anything
ated and manipulated sign – and his that drive his work. shooting involving a black victim. When
recruitment of local artists and citizens The neon sign resonates because of its Black Lives Matter protesters are met Continued On Page 6
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COVER STORY Continued From Page 5

Colored Entranced
about being black? That they can repre- of the barbershop as a gathering place for
sent black bodies in any way they see fit? black men is reflected in the details of the
As the performance progressed, piece. A barber’s chair rests on a platform
however, it became clear that Kugler was covered in black-and-white-checked
neither clueless nor insensitive. To the flooring. Behind the chair is a mirror
contrary, he described the touching rec- that hangs on a wood-paneled floating
onciliation he made with his stepfather wall. Illuminated by bare bulbs above the
– a black man who married Kugler’s mirror are a casual assortment of family
mother so that a young Kugler could photographs, newspaper clippings, old
receive the insurance coverage neces- images of famous black men including
sary for surgery to treat a serious heart Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, a docu-
condition. It took years for him to make ment with the headline “SYPHILIS/HIV
amends with his stepfather, but Kugler ALERT!!!”, an article about prostate-
explained how doing so had a posi- cancer screenings, inspirational quotes,
tive effect on his relationship with his and a framed certificate of membership
half-black sister and her black relatives. from the National Honor Society.
It took less than an hour for me to see The STD warning and the article
Kugler in a different, more positive, light. about prostate cancer stand out among
Adjacent to Token’s installation is the items taped around the mirror. They
Hairstyle, a cryptic piece made of stacked indicate that in the barbershop, black
TVs that look like they were manufac- men are encouraged to discuss issues
tured in the 1980s or ’90s. Each screen related to their health. This stands in
shows a loop of two to three angles direct opposition to the stereotype that
(front, back, side) of a male model’s head American men do not want to visit the
and shoulders. The piece’s label only doctor for any reason, and this aversion
states that the installation is composed may lead them to delay or altogether
of 16 cathode-ray-tube televisions and 16 avoid important routine screenings.
single-channel videos, giving the impres- The presence of the articles suggests
sion that 16 is somehow important. that there is a concern for the physical
Further observation, however, fails to well-being of the men who visit Joe’s.
answer the question of why that might Furthermore, their location – in front of
be. Other than the fact that one model is the men who are getting their hair styled
white, the subjects themselves give few – implies that a dialogue about self-care
clues. The men, whose ages vary, seem is encouraged.
to be in no particular order. Some have Collectively, the items tell a story of
their heads tilted up, some tilted down, achievement, pride, and responsibility and
but at no point did it appear that the reflect an outlook that is family-oriented
figures were somehow trying to look at and enduring. If the April 1 performance
Above: Hairstyle; below: Invisible Flag
their counterparts on the other screens. by barber Joe McLemore is able to match
There was no apparent pattern in hair- is a statement about our subconscious Invisible Flag, is meant to direct attention the intimacy and approachability of the
style, facial expression, or clothing. expectations; if the models were white, to a single thought. installation, viewers will be treated to an
Given the lack of clues, it seems as would we even take note of the pres- Although it also has a hair theme, honest glimpse of what life is like for black
though we are supposed to focus on ence of a “token” black model? Without the installation directly across from men in a space that is truly their own.
the recognition that there is a white further assistance from the work itself or Hairstyle – titled Joe’s Barbershop – is far The contrast between the cool,
face amid the black ones. Perhaps this the label, it appears that Hairstyle, like more warm and open. The significance detached TVs of Hairstyle and
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Adding Poetry to Platforms: Jefferson Pinder on Ghost Light
McLemore’s deeply personal environ- By Jeff Ignatius, added. “On the
ment in Joe’s Barbershop helps illuminate
Ghost Light overall. The strength of the
exhibit thus far is how its varied elements
I f you visit the Figge Art Museum to see
Jefferson Pinder’s exhibit Ghost Light, the
artist will be satisfied if you leave enlight-
one hand, you
want to make
something that’s
sync to generate a meaningful dialogue ened. Or thoughtful. Or angry. Or confused. uniquely your
about race, history, community, and He’ll also be okay if you see the neon sign own. But at the
empathy. reading “Colored Entranced” and choose other extent, you
not to enter the gallery. also want to get
Jefferson Pinder: Ghost Light runs “I’ve seen people walk to the front door of to know the com-
through June 4 at the Figge Art Museum the exhibition, look at it, and walk right out munity a little
(225 West Second Street, Davenport; without going in,” the Chicago-based artist better.” told me in a phone interview last week. The problem,
“They’re like, ‘This ain’t for me.’ That is a reac- he said, was
Upcoming free performances include tion. That is just as legitimate as spending a that “I knew
Joe’s Barbershop (featuring barber few hours in the space.” very little about
Joe McLemore) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Of course, Pinder hopes that people will Davenport.”
April 1; and Soule Bowl (featuring Gaye walk through the gallery door and spend He did online
Jefferson Pinder
Shannon-Burnette and Pamela Couch) at some time with the handful of works inside. research for a
6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5. “It’s really about what level of engage- couple of months, but his conception of could get on stage, and they would have
ment people want to have,” Pinder said. the show “was kind of stagnant for a while. a platform? ...
Emma Farber is a local artist and art “How much do you want to get involved? ... Something like this demands ... time in “I became a facilitator. ... I didn’t feel that
educator who received her BA in graphic Do you want to look at those individuals on the community. ... lessened my role at all. That was creating a
design and fine arts from St. Ambrose the TV screens and spend time looking at “Gradually, I met a couple gatekeepers – context in which community voices could
University in 2011 and her MFA in paint- each individual? And maybe begin to deter- people in the community who seemed to be seen in a different light. ...
ing from Illinois State University in 2016. mine which ones are professionals versus really be well-informed. And I was like, ‘You “You want to know about blackness in
the ones that are gang-bangers?” know what? This exhibition has to be differ- this community, I’m not going to pretend to
He’s referring to the piece Hairstyle, a col- ent than what I would necessarily want to tell you I know. But I can tell you about Joe
lection of 16 television sets with each one do. Rather, it has to be highlighting individu- McLemore.”
showing a different individual who just got als in the community that are doing work.’ It Those connections with people in the
his hair cut at Joe’s Barber Shop on Harrison quickly shifted.” Quad Cities were “really beneficial,” Pinder
Street in Davenport. “The best and worst Pinder said he spent time with Virgil said. “I think everything began to change.
come through that barbershop,” Pinder said. Mayberry, McLemore, and Gaye Shannon- But unfortunately I was running out of time.
The prominence of Joe’s Barber Shop in Burnette – the last two of whom will be ... I began to really sink my teeth into what
the exhibit – represented by Hairstyle but spotlighted in Ghost Light performances on this community is all about, but that was
more obviously in the re-creation of Joe April 1 and May 5, respectively. [only] six months ago. ... It was showtime.”
McLemore’s barber station in the gallery “I wanted to put the emphasis on these Given that Ghost Light deals with issues
space – illuminates Pinder’s approach to individuals,” Pinder said. “They’ve been of race, “there’s a strong social component
the show. around for a minute. ... And all of them can to the work,” Pinder said. “But on the other
“Initially, I wasn’t quite sure if I was going tell you various different things about what hand, I had to try to understand: Where can
to show some older work and some studio it’s like to be black in the community. ... the poetry come into it?”
work,” he said. “But it became obvious that “What is more important? Was it that The combination of social issues and
they [representatives of the Figge] really Jefferson Pinder had a show in Davenport, poetry is most obvious in that neon
wanted to do a project interacting with Iowa? Or would it be more important if the sign, Colored Entranced. Pinder said both
the community. ... people in the community had an exhibi-
Ghost Light “It’s a bit of a double-edged sword,” he tion that really was about them? That they Continued On Page 8
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COVER STORY Continued From Page 7 By Jeff Ignatius

Adding Poetry to Platforms: TCH IT
Jefferson Pinder on Ghost Light WA
Maybrerry and McLemore told him about but “then I realized what was most important
segregation signs in the Quad Cities, was Joe’s chair.” Working with Figge curator
although “there’s this perception that they Andrew Wallace and local artist Steve Banks,
didn’t exist here in Iowa.” Pinder created a chair that was “more a
But rather than simply placing a replication throne – somewhere between Captain Kirk’s
of one of those signs in an art museum to chair and some kind of monarchy throne. It
re-contextualize it, Pinder added the letter “d” had this presence.” Schulz’s Review of
to “entrance.” All of the clippings and certificates on the Latest Movies On Demand
“I thought about this fascination with the mirror, he said, are reproductions from
blackness,” he explained. “I wanted the sign McLemore’s shop. “This is all for the perfor- FENCES
A stage adaptation so powerful
to be something that had a duality. On the mance,” Pinder said, adding that he was “just and immediate that you can
one hand, if you weren’t really looking at it, it trying to capture the essence and not trying practically feel the actors spit, this
was a ‘Colored Entrance’ sign. But you took a to disrupt that.” August Wilson adaptation boasts
second, it’s more about ‘What is it like to find The museum setting is somewhat detri- the sorts of towering yet life-sized
out about the other?’” mental to the carefully crafted environment portrayals – led by those of Denzel
The alteration, he said, was intended as of Joe’s Barbershop. The prohibition against Washington and Viola Davis – that
“a way of creating a bit of a buffer. But this exploring the installation – sitting in either even great theatre too rarely
provides. (Same day as DVD.)
history kind of comes into it and subverts the of the chairs or just getting close enough to
work itself, the piece.” inspect the documents and pictures taped
History is also unavoidable in Invisible Flag, to the mirror – literally keeps visitors at a dis- JACKIE
which seems to have a blunt political mes- tance, and prevents them from truly feeling This endlessly fascinating bio-pic
sage by having the Iowa flag mostly cover a the space. emerges as an unusually personal,
painted-white Confederate flag. Ghost Light also suffers at times from an even unnerving character study,
But Pinder’s explanation of the work makes avoidable lack of context. Several pieces and star Natalie Portman gives us a
Jacqueline Kennedy of
it richer and more nuanced: “That piece is resonate without explanation, but the blank extraordinary, somewhat
inspired by a Confederate flag that hangs televised faces of Hairstyle were, to me, frightening power and control – a
every day right off of Brady, ... [near] Green inscrutable. It’s not clear from the piece (or quietly ruthless warrior in a pillbox
Thumbers. ... I asked some people about the label) that these are customers at Joe’s hat. (Same day as DVD.)
the flag, and nobody saw it. And I thought it Barber Shop – a tiny bit of information that
was really kind of fascinating. So I’m in Iowa, would have tied it to the barber-shop instal-
and there’s a Confederate flag hanging in a lation across the gallery and enlivened both MISS SLOANE
Jessica Chastain’s lobbyist fights for
mixed neighborhood, and I went literally to works – without prescribing meaning. stricter gun-control laws, and the
the woman right next door to that house and Pinder said, however, that comprehension results are a true blast in this
I said, ‘What do you think about that?’ And is overrated: “Too much value is put on if beautifully paced, delightfully
she’s like, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘That flag.’” She’d someone gets something. ... There are things verbose, enjoyably vicious thriller
never noticed it. that sometimes you don’t understand, but that s like a John Grisham novel
“And then I asked people at the museum. I that doesn’t mean they have less value. And I with juicier twists and a more
said, ‘Can you guys do me a favor and ... take think that’s the premise of the show.” But, he
ruthless central character.
(Same day as DVD.)
a picture of the flag?’ And they were like, ‘We added, “you’ll get it if you put the time into it.”
can’t find it.’ ... It drove me crazy. I kept point- Ghost Light’s third-floor gallery also seems
ing this out, and I was like, ‘Maybe I’m the sparsely populated at this point – which is at
only one seeing it.’ least partly intentional. Audio will be added
“And then I began to see them a lot to the exhibit’s entrance, Pinder said, and
more. I see them on cars. ... I saw one on a documentation of its three performances will
Harley-Davidson. ... also supplement works before the exhibit Catch your favorite movies
“It’s like there’s a certain invisibility. Maybe closes on June 4. (Pinder stressed that visitors and shows from ABC, NBC, CBS,
folks aren’t connected with it.” shouldn’t expect straight video recordings of
FOX, STARZ®, ENCORE® and more.
While Colored Entranced and Invisible those events: “A performance is just that. But
Flag will, by their natures, create discomfort the documentation I think we can be really Plus, watch over 19,000 titles
for both white and black patrons of the playful with.”) at the press of a button!
museum, Pinder’s goal with Joe’s Barber- The exhibit will evolve, he said: “That’s why
shop was to build a welcoming space for there’s a closing reception, and not an open- WANT EVEN MORE? VISIT
McLemore’s April 1 performance. ing reception. We wanted to allow the show
The artist said: “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be to grow. ... At the end, hopefully it’s going to
great if we could take a barber shop and be a different experience, and also people & CLICK ON TV EVERYWHERE!
drop it in a museum?’ The installation was: can see how it develops. ...
How can I make this as comfortable to Joe as “There are empty spaces in that gal-
possible? Because it is his space. I’m creating a lery that are going to be filled. We’re still
space for him to be himself in the museum.” digging.”
He said he started with a larger design,
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz •

Rangers and Dangers, Bro Bits and Obits
riday, March 24, 10 a.m.-ish:
My latest back-to-back-to-back-
to-back screenings start with
Power Rangers, director Dean Israelite’s
big-screen reboot of the 1990s’ Mighty
Morphin Power Rangers franchise. If
you’re wondering whether the film is just
like the TV series, I’m gonna take a stab
and say no, unless that Fox Kids show also
opened with a gag about a high-schooler
masturbating a bull. But until it inevitably
turns into typically noisy and endless
action-flick nonsense, this unashamedly
juvenile entertainment is actually kind of
endearing, primarily because it appears
less interested in being the new Trans-
formers than the new Breakfast Club.
There’s an Emilio Estevez in Dacre
Montgomery’s sullen jock, a Molly Ring-
wald in Naomi Scott’s fallen princess, an
Ally Sheedy in Becky G.’s loner misfit, a
Judd Nelson in Ludi Lin’s secretly sensi-
tive tough, and an Anthony Michael Hall Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, and Becky G. in Power Rangers
in R.J. Cyler’s “on the spectrum” brainiac.
And before they respectively morph which concerns a group of space travel- 2:35-ish: Speaking of plants, at one point recruiting Amanda Seyfried’s journalist
into costumed crime-fighters Red, Pink, ers who attempt to destroy a murderous, in the action comedy CHIPS, Michael Peña to write her obituary while she’s still alive,
Yellow, Black, and Blue – which takes a shape-shifting creature while it picks them face-plants into the crotch of a naked Dax and realizing that to get a decent article,
surprisingly, blessedly long time – these off one by one. Yes, if you’ve seen Alien, Shepard, and my fellow audience mem- she’s gonna need to be a decent person. Cue
youths prove to be unexpectedly winning you’ve pretty much seen this, and seen it bers, all six of them, appeared to find that the familial reconciliations, new embrace
company, tossing off screenwriter John done better. Director Daniel Espinosa’s pretty amusing. The rest of the time – the of life, spunky at-risk youth for the crone
Gatin’s friendly jokes with aplomb and sci-fi freak-out, though, is still chock-full of interminable 100 minutes of writer/direc- to mentor – and, I presumed, me throwing
selling their teen traumas with impres- tension and surprises, from the sight of an tor Shepard’s TV reboot – this noxious up in my mouth on a regular basis. Leave
sive sincerity. Once they started battling astronaut literally drowning in a spacesuit buddy flick was the long-sought-for answer it to MacLaine, though, to turn this treacle
ambulatory rock piles and a skyscraper- to the copious blood that, in the film’s to the philosophical riddle “What is the into something genuinely touching and
sized gold demon out of Gods of Egypt, I no zero-gravity setting, doesn’t spill so much sound of no voices laughing?” I have neither frequently endearing, which she does, para-
longer cared about the kids or their movie, as coagulate and float. (Kudos to those the energy nor the desire to get into the doxically, by steadfastly refusing to be lov-
and kind of wanted to punch elements that responsible for the trailers, which, in a crap-tastrophe of this appalling, incoher- able. Seyfried, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker
MMPR fans might dig the most, including wonderful break from the norm, give away ent, misogynist, homophobic, devastat- Hall, and Anne Heche contribute some
Bill Hader’s wisecracking robot Alpha 5 almost none of Life’s shocks or narrative ingly unfunny tale of California highway lovely work. Yet MacLaine, with her wicked
and Bryan Cranston’s inter-dimensional, twists.) There’s not much to the movie, and patrolmen, to say nothing of the maddening wit and blazing directness, so fully scrapes
dully grim Zordon. (I did, however, get a it’s almost distractingly expensive-looking waste of Peña’s talent and inherent likability. the saccharin off the cliches and predict-
giggle from the sight of Bryan Cranston considering it’s just an enjoyably vicious But seriously: Screw you, Shepard, for your ability that this sitcom art film transforms
arguing with Cyler’s character Billy Crans- B picture with a nasty bait-and-switch insulting treatment of Maya Rudolph, Jane into something much tougher-minded than
ton.) Yet for all of its silliness and noisiness, kicker. Yet it’s strong and scary and well- Kaczmarek, and Kristen Bell (she’s your screenwriter Stuart Ross Fink’s blueprint.
Power Rangers turns out to be better than performed by Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon wife, for Pete’s sake!); for the Sandler-level The Last Word is an okay movie with a
expected, and I haven’t even mentioned Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovich- odiousness if the built-in Arby’s com- thunderously fine lead, and worth it just to
the delirious, hilarious, legitimately scary naya, and a very charming Ryan Reynolds. mercial; and for scoring one of the worst hear MacLaine’s peerless, gravelly disdain
Elizabeth Banks, who’s so smashingly fun It’s also, for muscial-theatre fans, about fight scenes in living memory to Aretha when bemoaning “sarcasm – the wit of
as villainous Rita Repulsa that you practi- as close to a serious-minded Little Shop Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” which is clearly the witless.”
cally root for her to vanquish our heroes. of Horrors as you could imagine, with the a concept that’s utterly foreign to you. The
Though I would’ve preferred Repulsa turn- baby alien looking just like little Audrey movie is CHIPS; those of us who paid to see 6:40-ish: I was gonna make a sarcastic
ing her malicious attentions on whoever II, and the grown version a truly mean it were CHUMPS. comment here. Shirley’s scared me out
gave her that stupid name. green mother from outer space. It even has of it.
a Seymour, as star Jake Gyllenhaal played 4:40-ish: Director Mark Pellington’s
12:10 p.m.-ish: It has the most generic, that adorable nebbish in a 2015 Little Shop The Last Word, in outline, sounded For reviews of Beauty & the Beast, The Belko
not-at-all-helpful title of the day’s releases, on Broadway! Whatever it offers you, Jake, almost unbearably precious, with Shirley Experiment, and other current releases, visit
but I wind up having a great time at Life, don’t feed the plant! MacLaine’s cantankerous 81-year-old
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What’s Happenin’
The Wild, Wild West
Adler Theatre
Saturday, April 1, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

or their penultimate production in the
company’s 20th-anniversary season,
the professional talents of Ballet Quad
Cities will grace the Adler Theatre stage
on April 1 bedecked in their finest jeans,
flannel shirts, and Stetsons.
And no, this is not an elaborate April
Fool’s Day prank.
Instead, it’s the presentation of two
of composer Aaron Copland’s most
cherished ballets – 1938’s Billy the Kid
and 1942’s Rodeo – under the blanket title
The Wild, Wild West. Choreographed,
respectively, by Ballet Quad Cities Artistic
Director Courtney Lyon and Ballet
Mistress Margaret King, the works are
not only being staged by the company for
the very first time, but will let audiences
witness what Lyon calls “real ballet history
– a big part of how ballet was first brought
to America.”
Inspired by the 1925 bestseller The
Saga of Billy the Kid, the first piece on the
Wild, Wild West program was originally
choreographed by the young dancer Eugene first performed, it was a smash hit. The at least not for public viewing. “I didn’t, of accompany Ballet Quad Cities’ dancers –
Loring of New York’s School of American topic is great and Copland’s music is epic course, want to just re-create the original. Lyon says, “We listened to the score basically
Ballet – what Lyon calls “kind of the prequel and legendary, but I mean ... . It was ballet But when a piece of music has been created note-by-note and he explained that Copland
company to New York City Ballet. Loring as a Western with gun fights! It just had specifically for a ballet scenario, every note was a very cinematic composer. When
was asked to choreograph something that mass appeal.” in that score matters. So if I was going to you’re hearing his music, it’s so expansive,
would tap into America, giving audiences While taking on the challenge of Loring’s choreograph this, I had to teach myself how and there’s such strong feeling in it, that you
dance the way they wanted it. So he worked and Copland’s 35-minute achievement was to read a score. And mind you,” she says can envision landscapes and atmosphere.
with Aaron Copland to create Billy the Kid both exciting and daunting, Lyon says it with a laugh, “I am no musician.” He gives you sounds that sound like an open
– Copland wrote the score while Loring became more so with the realization that Working alongside Tim Hankewich – prairie. So basically, I just used the music as
was writing the scenario – and when it was no footage from the original ballet existed, the conductor whose Orchestra Iowa will my guide, figuring out how to express that

Simply Three
Bettendorf Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, April 11

n our recent Spring Guide edition of the Reader, I suggested that one of my articles was
best enjoyed if listened to on Audible, which was obviously a joke. But now I’m writing an
article on the classical/pop trio Simply Three – the Quad City Arts Visiting Artists who
will perform an April 11 public concert at the Bettendorf Performing Arts Center – and this
time I’m not joking: I really, really, really wish this article were available on Audible.
There are a few things I can tell you about Simply Three. The ensemble is composed of
Zack Clark on cello, Nick Villalobos on double bass, and Glen McDaniel on violin. Clark
and Villalobos were childhood friends who eventually received music-performance
degrees from Arizona State University, and formed Simply Three in 2010 with violinist
and fellow ASU graduate Olivia Lemmelin. Performing a blend of original compositions
and covers of famed pop tunes, the group released its self-titled debut album in April of
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By Mike Schulz

expansiveness through dance.” what you’d see in a Broadway musical, and
Happily, says Lyon, “What’s really fun cover a lot of different styles. So I just kind of
and great about dancers is they’re creative re-imagined Agnes de Mille and made the
artists. So when putting this together, I can ballet my own – trying to mimic what would
say things like, ‘Give me a shape that’s really happen at a rodeo, and how these men and
open,’ or ‘Give me a shape that’s twisted,’ women might move, through dance.
and they’ll give me something I’ve never “For instance, in the first scene, ‘Bucka-
seen before that can then be manipulated roo Holiday,’ I wanted something like
to look like they’re riding on horseback, or barrel racing – that thing where the guy
carrying a rifle, or things like that. You can rides the horse around barrels as fast as he
mime things in ballet. But my goal was to can. We don’t have a horse, obviously, so I
stick to the Billy the Kid scenario without have men stationed at different points on
a tremendous amount of mime, and just stage, and then the champion roper races
evoke the feeling of the time period and all around and picks them up and kind of
those colorful characters through the danc- slings them around. It’s the idea of barrel
ers’ bodies. It’s kind of like a new movement racing. And in the last two sections, I have
vocabulary that I haven’t used before, and it a lot of square dancing. But it’s ballet square
is so much fun.” dancing – taking actual square-dance steps
While Lyon found her primary and morphing them into ballet movement.”
inspiration in Copland’s music, King Although, to hear King tell it, incredibly fast
says she found hers in Rodeo’s original ballet movement. Olivia vonGries’ A Mom’s Work Is Never Done in the Beréskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio’s
choreographer. “That final hoedown in Rodeo is wild,” Embracing Hard & Soft Edges - opens March 31
“Agnes de Mille actually choreographed she says, referring to the legendary Copland

What Else Is Happenin’
Rodeo first and then had Aaron Copland composition that audiences will likely recall
write the music for her,” says King of the from its employment in all those “Beef – it’s
20-minute piece. “And so it’s great that we’re what’s for dinner” commercials. “I mean,
doing these two ballets together, because
de Mille had seen Billy the Kid in 1938 and
it’s just go-go-go, hootin’ and hollerin’,
and it never slows down. People are gonna
MUSIC Thursday, April 6 – A Tribute to John
Denver. Touring celebration of the singer/
Friday, March 31 – Family Groove
really liked how Copland put his music love that.” songwriter performed by Chris Collins
Company. Chicago-based jam band in
together for Loring’s Western ballet, and And they’ll no doubt love it even more and Boulder Canyon. Circa ’21 Dinner
concert, featuring an opening set by EGi.
so she commissioned Copland to do hers, knowing that despite the Western-themed Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock
The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Island). Noon lunch, 1 p.m. show, $44.41;
as well. hats, shirts, pants, and boots, no one will Davenport). 9:30 p.m. $13.75-17. For tickets
6 p.m. buffet, 7:15 p.m. show, $50.16. For
“Usually, my inspiration for choreogra- get a spur in the eye. “No, no,” says King and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
tickets and information, call (309)786-7733
phy is the music,” King continues. “And if with a laugh. “No spurs. That might’ve
extension 2 or visit
there’s a storyline, obviously, I want to get been dangerous.” Saturday, April 1 – Viking Moses.
Friday, April 7 – 3 Years Hollow.
that across for the audience. But for this, Ballet Quad Cities presents April 1 Concert with the indie-rock musicians
Concert with the Quad Cities’ five-piece
my inspiration really came through Agnes performances of The Wild, Wild West at fronted by singer/songwriter Brendon
rock ensemble, featuring opening sets
Massei, featuring opening sets by Hamish
de Mille – without, of course, me exactly 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are avail- by Shallow Side, Trustfall, and Within the
Hawk and Mountain Swallower. Rozz-Tox
copying what she does. She was a child of able by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting Grey. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
(2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m.
Hollywood and a lot of her moves are like or Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $10. For tickets and
$12. For information, call (309)200-0978 or
information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
Sunday, April 2 – Lissie. Pop singer/
Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April
songwriter and Quad Cities native in
8 – Quad City Symphony Orcehestra.
2013. Simply Three has subsequently churned out no fewer than 20 additional CDs and concert, featuring sets by The Deslondes,
Mark Russell Smith conducts and Jon
digital downloads in the 48 month since, with violinist Alex Weill replacing Lemmelin Black Velvet Band, Driftless Sisters, and
Hurty directs the symphony, six vocal
in 2013, and McDaniel replacing Weill the following year. Jeremy Pinnell. Codfish Hollow Barn
soloists, two organs, and members of the
With the trio described as “having what it takes” on the Boston Philharmonic’s Web (5013 288th Avenue, Maquoketa). 5 p.m.
Handel Oratorio Society and Quad City
$20-25. For tickets and information, visit
site ( and the musicians’ talents deemed “passionate,” “unique,” and Choral Arts on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion,
“awesome” by the Huffington Post, Simply Three routinely wows audiences with their BMV 244. Saturday: Adler Theatre (136 East
Monday, April 3 – Journey and Asia.
exhilarating, “classically modern” renditions of Puccini, Gershwin, and numerous pop Third Street, Davenport), 8 p.m. Sunday:
Chart-topping rock and pop musicians in
favorites. And here’s where having this article available on Audible would really come Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703
concert. iWirelessCenter (1201 River Drive,
in handy, because as opposed to reading more of my blathering, you could simply enjoy Seventh Avenue, Rock Island), 2 p.m. $6-62.
Moline). 7 p.m. $39-99. For tickets, call
For tickets and information, call (563)322-
Simply Three’s takes on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Pharrell Wil- (800)745-3000 or visit
7276 or visit
liams’ “Happy,” and Janelle Monáe’s “Cold War” and “Tightrope” for yourselves. Tuesday, April 4 – Rocktopia
Monday, April 10 – Golden State:
(For the next-best thing, check out Simply Three’s videos for those underlined songs Live! Musical arrangements blending
Lone Star Revue. Blues concert featuring
in the version of this article. And let’s start a petition to get these Beethoven with Journey, Strauss with The
Mark Hummel, R.W. Grigsby, Anson
articles available on Audible! Typing is such a drag!) Who, and more in mash-ups conducted by
Funderburgh, Mike Keller, and Wes Starr,
Simply Three’s April 11 performance takes place at Bettendorf High School’s Betten- Randall Craig Fleischer. Adler Theatre (136
co-presented by the Mississippi Valley
East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m.
dorf Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., donations are encouraged, and more information
$43-102. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or
is available by calling (309)793-1213 or visiting visit Continued On Page 12
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What Else Is Happenin’
Blues Society. Rock Island Brewing Company Music Guild presents
(1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 6:30 p.m. the Tony-nominated
$20-25. For information, call (563)322-5837 or musical comedy
visit or based on 1960’s
Tuesday, April 11 – 2017 Worship cult horror film,
Night in America. An evening of praise directed by Matt
and music with headliner Chris Tomlin and Holmes. Prospect
sets by contemporary-Christian musicians Park Auditorium
Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach (1584 34th Avenue,
Williams, Mosaic MSC, and Jason Barton. Moline). Thursday
iWirelessCenter (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7 through Saturday
p.m. $15-69.75. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2
or visit p.m. $11-16. For tickets
Tuesday, April 11 – Carine Tinney. A and information, call Rocktopia Live! @ Adler Theatre – April 4
concert in the WVIK/QCSO Signature Series (309)762-6610 or visit
with soprano Tinney and pianist Benjamin
visit Rock Island). Tuesday through Friday 10
Loebb, featuring a repertoire including Sunday, April 2 – Annie. Tony-winning
a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss. Augustana
College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh
musical comedy based on the comic-
strip classic, in a Broadway at the Adler COMEDY For information, call (309)793-1213 or visit
Saturday, April 8 – Pimprov. Sketch
Avenue, Rock Island). 7:30 p.m. $10-25. For presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East
comedy, stand-up, and improvisation with Friday, March 31, through Friday,
tickets and information, call (563)322-7276 or Third Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. $40.50-
Chicago’s touring comedians. Circa ’21 April 21 – Embracing Hard & Soft Edges.
visit 68. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
Speakeasy (1818 Third Avenue, Rock Island). Exhibit of works in numerous media
Wednesday, April 12 – Eric Church.
8 p.m. $12-15. For tickets and information, by regional artists Holly Kimball, Kristin
Concert with the chart-topping country- Thursday, April 6, through Sunday,
call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Quinn, Megan Quinn, Olivia von Gries, and
music singer/songwriter on his Holdin’ April 9 – Stop Kiss. Diana Son’s drama about Emma Farber. Beréskin Fine Art Gallery
My Own Tour. iWirelessCenter (1201 River the lead-up and aftermath to a hate crime,
& Studio (225 East Second Street, Suites
Drive, Moline). 8 p.m. $25-89. For tickets, call directed by Audrey Johnson. Augustana
102 and 104, Davenport). Wednesday
(800)745-3000 or visit College’s Brunner Theatre Center Black
Tuesday, April 11 – Bhutan: The Cloud through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. For
Box Theatre (3750 Seventh Avenue, Rock
THEATRE Island). Thursday through Saturday 7:30 Kingdom. Screenings in the museum’s
World Adventure Series presented by Tom
information, call (563)508-4630 or visit
Thursday, March 30, through Saturday, p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. $3-5. For tickets
Sterling. Putnam Museum & Science Center Saturday, April 1, through Sunday,
April 1 – The Realistic Joneses. Will Eno’s and information, call (309)794-7306 or visit
(1717 West 12th Street, Davenport). 1 and 6 April 9 – Young Artists at the Figge:
dramatic comedy of suburban neighbors,
p.m. $7-8.50. For tickets and information, call Bettendorf Schools. Exhibition of works by
directed by Rachael Pribulsky. St. Ambrose Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April
(563)324-1933 or visit student artists. Figge Art Museum (225 West
University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center Studio 9 – Heathers: The Musical. Stage adaptation
Second Street, Davenport). Tuesday through
of the 1989 cult comedy about murderous
Theatre (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9
Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday high-schoolers, directed by Dino and Tina
p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free with $4-7
3 p.m. $6. For tickets and information, call Hayz. The Center for Living Arts (2008 Fourth Friday, March 31, through Friday, May
admission. For information, call (563)326-
(563)333-6251 or visit Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and Saturday 7 5 – High School Art Invitational. Fortieth-
7804 or visit
Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. $12.50. For annual exhibit of works by student artists.
April 2 – Little Shop of Horrors. Quad City information and tickets, call (563)940-1956 or Quad City Arts Center (1715 Second Avenue,

Our season finale boasts two orchestras, two choirs,
and two organs in an inspiring English-language
performance of Bach’s masterpiece, St. Matthew Passion.
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MUSIC By Jeff Ignatius,

Arrived in
His Own Skin
Doyle Bramhall II, April 14 at the Redstone Room
Photo by Danny Clinch

here’s a seemingly obvious reason Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Not an easy separation. And ... through all and feeling like we were finally close and
Doyle Bramhall II was pretty much out Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu, the suffering through that and the painful able to express things that we weren’t when
of the spotlight between the releases Questlove, and Meshell Ndegeocello. He has process of that and being away from my he was alive. When I was writing music for
of his 2001 album Welcome and last year’s toured with and produced Sheryl Crow and children, I just sort of blew a fuse. But I blew ‘November,’ it just viscerally felt like this is
gorgeously mature and textured Rich Man: continued working with Clapton, including the fuse that needed to be blown, apparently. the song that needed to be for him. It felt like
The dude’s been busy. co-producing his 2013 album Old Sock. My life shifted in a way that I just felt con- the music – stylistically – that we listened
As you might guess, the real story’s a bit But until roughly 2010, Bramhall said, nected to everything, and felt like there was to, that he played for me on record players in
more complicated – and interesting. something was missing that kept him from real purpose to my life, and meaning, for the the home.”
In a recent phone interview promoting his going into the studio as a solo artist. “I sort first time. ... Bramhall said that the sea change in his
April 14 concert at the Redstone Room, Bram- of had a troubled past, and the reason I went “I was in a constant state of it [connection] life also resulted in “having more profound
hall’s explanation for the 16-year gap between down the road of trouble from the begin- from that point going forward. When my experiences playing live and connecting
albums bearing his name didn’t touch on a ning is ... I didn’t feel very comfortable in my father [drummer and singer/songwriter Doyle with audiences and really enjoying, for the
hectic schedule. It just took him that long to own skin,” he said. “I didn’t really know how Bramhall, who worked regularly with Jimmie first time, being on the road and having that
be ready. “I have arrived into my own skin,” he to express myself in a lot of ways, and I think and Stevie Ray Vaughan] died a year later, I experience. Fully being connected to what
said. “I feel really comfortable here.” that music was one way, but I was pretty was really grateful that I had had that sort of I’m doing, and what the participation is with
By the time Welcome came out, the stifled in other ways, and closed off. It took shift in my life that allowed me to be really the audience with me and how to connect in
Texas-born and -bred guitarist and singer/ me a long time, even though I had a career, connected and go through the process of his that way. I thought that it was time to finally
songwriter already had an impressive career, and I raised a family, and I did all these death. I think that if that would have hap- do that on record.”
touring as a member of The Fabulous Thun- things that on paper looked really great, and pened before that, I would have really missed But the journey to Rich Man had other
derbirds (at age 18), co-founding Arc Angels that I’m really proud of. But I also felt like I out on the beautiful side of the death process.” components. It was Clapton who pushed
(with Charlie Sexton), and working with wasn’t completely, 100-percent connected to Rich Man’s second track, “November,” Bramhall to begin producing in about 2008.
Roger Waters and Eric Clapton. it, and I don’t know why.” is drawn from the period after Bramhall’s “I didn’t think of myself as being a producer
To crib from Wikipedia, the intervening That changed on a tour with Crow, which father died. “I had these really deep experi- ... ,” he said. “He had pointed out that I did
years have included collaborations with an coincided with the failure of his 13-year ences after his death – immediately after,” have a knack for it, and that a lot of the
enviable gallery of luminaries: T-Bone Burnett, marriage. “I was going through a really hard he said. “And it lasted for a few months,
Elton John, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, break-up,” he said. “A really rough time. where I was having conversations with him Continued On Page 14
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THEATRE By Victoria Navarro MUSIC Continued From Page 13 By Jeff Ignatius

There’s No Place Like Rome Arrived in His Own Skin
Coriolanus, at the QC Theatre Workshop through April 1 things that I was doing in the studio with really important to me. It’s all expressive.
him on other records was producing. He got ... The sonic aspect is as important as the

hakespeare provided us with tales of me confident enough to say, ‘Sure, I’ll try it songwriting and the arrangements and the
tragedy, comedy, and history. The Prenzie out.’ And from that situation I got a call to singing and the playing and all of it. ... These
Players, meanwhile, have been perform- produce Sheryl Crow and other artists. ... productions were a really important part of
ing Shakespeare’s plays for many years and “I always had to rely on other people for expressing songs in a way that I was moved
still exhibit a deep passion for his words and getting things from me, making things growing up. ...
stories, as evidenced by their latest production happen. For me to be solely the creator of “I don’t like when the recording and engi-
Coriolanus. I attended the March 23 preview in something, or solely the visionary person neering of records ... start to get in the way of
which the cast and crew delivered an exciting on it, and know that I oversaw all of it, it performance. Then that can be a bummer.
performance, especially in light of one of the was mine from beginning to end, was a big I still don’t like to spend a lot of time getting
actors losing his voice. (More on that later.) deal to me, because in bands I was always sounds, but I do like specific sounds. So I
Beth Woolley and Denise Yoder
Jeremy Mahr directed a talented troupe of more of the passive person, the foil. It gave will get the sound that I want before I start
performers while his design crew set the tone, me a confidence, being a producer, that I singing or playing. Because there’s no point
with Matt Elliott creating a sparse set suggesting Denise Yoder had the formidable task of knew what I needed to do for myself. And if in me playing unless I’m inspired by the
white marble, designer Tyson Danner supply- presenting her as a toxic combo of dominance, I didn’t know, I would bring in other people sound of it.”
ing simple yet stark white lighting, and sound iciness, ruthlessness, and creepy obsession with that I knew could co-produce with me. ... I Given the 16-month recording pro-
designer Bret Churchill providing ambiance her son. Despite a few stuttered lines early on, really like collaborating ... .” cess and the care with which Rich Man is
that thrums with tension. It all added up to Yoder soon gained focus to deliver an adroit And Bramhall traveled extensively – performed, produced, and arranged, it’s a
something cool and edgy. performance, making Beth Woolley’s Virgilia most notably to Africa – for inspiration. “I bit surprising that it was mostly written in
Set in ancient Rome, the drama finds General – Coriolanus’ quiet, loyal wife – almost fade, was just interested in learning about music the studio. “I’m constantly writing songs;
Caius Martius (later renamed Coriolanus) appropriately, into the background. and listening to music and being moved I always have a stockpile of them around,”
returning victorious from battle. Having saved Tracy Skaggs and Jake Walker have great by music,” he said. “The kind of music that Bramhall said. “But when I started this
the city, he is entreated by a grateful Senate to chemistry as rabble-rousing tribunes Sicinius moves me, traveling to the places that I record, I wanted to capture this time in
become Rome’s leader. But the citizens, spurred and Brutus, the actors’ portrayals making these could see it firsthand. I was very lucky grow- my life, so I just went in and started from
on by two tribunes, are in revolt, wanting more secondary characters important and memo- ing up in Austin, Texas, in the South, where scratch. I had a few song ideas. I had a piece
food, more voice in their government, and Corio- rable. Jesse Mohr’s Cominius, a soldier loyal I could see a lot of the blues artists that of ‘The Veil’ and the song ‘The Samanas’ and
lanus dead. Unfortunately, our hero does nothing to Coriolanus, retains his hardened-by-battle were still alive. Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert ‘November.’ ... Then everything else I wrote
to ingratiate himself to the people, whom he look and demeanor throughout, but eventually Collins, Albert King, Freddie King. ... I sort pretty much the day that I was going in the
perceives as scum. Having been raised by a calcu- shows genuine heartbreak when rejected by of became only able to listen to really pure studio. I’d write a song, and I’d go and cut it.”
lating mother who instilled in him a giant ego, he him. And I was intrigued when the program music; there wasn’t a lot of pop music that I Another unusual aspect of the record is
is unable to connect with them on any level, and listed that the enemy general Aufidia was being could listen to. ... that once it was finished and ordered – an
after his eventual banishment, Coriolanus vows played by Maggie Woolley. I thought: Score one “I just think it made my quest to see really intuitive, quick process, Bramhall said – “I
revenge against Rome. for feminists! Until she made her entrance. pure music, or music in its most pure form. realized that it sort of told the story in the
Mahr’s take on Shakespeare’s story begins While all the other soldiers were in tunics And that’s what I did. I traveled the world sequence that it happened in my life.”
with citizens (Andy Curtiss, Mischa Hooker, and ankle-length pants, Wooley appeared in doing that. And when I finally decided it And he said that, half a year after its
Payton Brasher, and Liz Sager) entering wielding a short tunic with laced-to-the-knee sandals, was time for me to make a record, all those release, he’s proud of Rich Man – although
a variety of weapons – and taking seats in the showgirl makeup, and a lot of leg showing, look- influences and all those things that I’d gath- he credits experience as much as anything
audience – while delivering their lines with ing like an ancient-Roman Wonder Woman ered over the years were just innately in the else for its strength.
effective anger. Imploring us to join the fray, they wannabe. During the post-show Q&A, costume breadth of my music.” “The songs are more sophisticated and
immediately drew the audience into the action, designer Catherine Bodenbender explained Rich Man does have some flourishes more evolved than the records that I’d made
even getting us to shout as if part of a mob. that because of some acrobatic moves in a fight reflecting those sojourns. They seem [previously], just from 15 or 16 years more of
Calming the unruly citizens is Menenius scene, the outfit worked better sans pants. But undiluted in the dusty, wordless “Saharan living, ... traveling the world and learning as
(Adam Michael Lewis), and before the start of I found it distracting to what was an otherwise Crossing,” while “My People” builds a bridge much as I can about music. Delving into all
Thursday’s preview, it was explained that Lewis confident and competent performance by from its beginning’s African flavor to its kinds of music history. It all comes back out
had lost his voice; although the actor would be Woolley, although thanks to choreographers meat’s blues. after I take it in.”
on stage, Mahr would be reading Menenius’ Yoder, Brasher, and Aaron Sullivan, the fight But the album primarily works in sturdy, And there’s more to come out – sooner
lines from the audience. Have you ever seen scenes are skillfully executed. rootsy guitar rock. My favorite is “The rather than later, he said: “I’ve been writing
someone give a speech alongside someone sign- Coriolanus is a play that begins with tension Veil,” a break-up song with a bright groove lately. It feels like if I write stuff in whatever
ing that speech for the hearing-impaired, and and never lets up, and it has many themes: but swells of bitterness and agitation in the time that I have, as soon as I get a break –
realize you can’t take your eyes off the translator economic inequality, power and politics, the chorus, smoothed over by a closing section of maybe at the end of summer – I can go back
because of his or her expressions and gestures? consequences of changing loyalties, determined funk that provides some positive resolution. and record another record.”
That is what this was like. Lewis must have mime mothers, self-destructive heroes. As performed That song and the album as a whole are
training in his past, because on-stage, his expres- by the Prenzie Players, this 400-year-old work anchored by Bramhall’s warm voice and Doyle Bramhall II will perform on Friday,
sions and body language matched the dialogue drew me in and brought poetry and drama to life. thoughtful, full arrangements that bal- April 14, at the Redstone Room (129 Main
so perfectly that I soon grew accustomed to the And, oh, did I mention? There will be blood! ance virtuosity with songcraft. (Even the Street, Davenport;
evening’s unanticipated, quirky idiosyncrasy. patiently explosive cover of Hendrix’s “Hear The 8 p.m. show also features Future Stuff.
Coriolanus, here, appears incapable of Coriolanus runs at the QC Theatre Workshop My Train A Comin’” that closes the album Tickets plus fees are $32.50 in advance and
empathy, and Jarrod DeRooi plays the part (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport) through has finesse to spare.) This is part of Bram- $33 the day of the show.
with a not-so-brutish subtlety, at his best when April 1, and more information and tickets are hall’s production philosophy.
delivering some of his more fiery dialogue with available by calling (563)484-4210 or visiting “I’m pretty fickle about the sonic aspect For more information on Doyle Bramhall II,
intense precision. As his mother Volumnia, of things,” he said. “The tones of things are visit
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AD DEADLINE: literal way; only the laws of gravity appear Paige Salter, Don Denton, and ensemble members miss some great “Iowa Stubborn” lyrics. And
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even then, his shoes are loaded with springs. quartet composed of Marc Ciemiewicz, Brad Zaffarano’s impressively functional set were
PUBLISHER (This latter part I mean figuratively ... unless Hauskins, Doug Kutzli, and Tristan Tapscott. handled with seamless panache, the same
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EDITOR include, for Hill, some truly miraculous cheeky falsetto, and Hauskins’ and Kutzli’s a half-dozen or so different presentational
Kathleen McCarthy footwear.) With his brisk stride suggesting a rich tenor and baritenor, I could’ve happily lis- styles seemingly (accidentally?) attempted,
EDITORIAL man determined to stay several steps ahead of tened to “Ice Cream” and “Goodnight, Ladies” the shifts were simultaneously amazing for
Managing Editor: everybody, Denton’s Hill doesn’t walk so much in hours-long loops. their deftness and unfortunate for their lack of
Jeff Ignatius • as take tiny balletic leaps wherever he goes. Yet there’s also the bouncy word salad of the cohesive polish.
Arts Editor, Calendar Editor: And when the untrustworthy salesman and “Rock Island” opener to enjoy, and the giddy There were, however, more than enough
Mike Schulz • faux bandleader makes a particularly sudden anticipation in “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” pleasures to make up for the random flaws,
Contributing Writers: Amy Alkon, Jeff Ashcraft, Hannah motion – jumping onto a table, say, or in front and the chirpy gossiping of those “Pickalittle and most of them came via Hesselman’s gener-
Bates, Rob Brezsny, Dee Canfield, Rich Miller, Frederick of Paige Salter’s Marian Paroo – he appears (Talk-a-Little)” busybodies. I’ve attended ous direction of his game, gifted ensemble.
Morden, Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs, Bruce Walters to stay airborne for just an instant beyond numerous Music Mans (Music Men?) over the Todd Tucker delivered eccentric character
human capability. You could chalk all this up years, and have never seen “(Ya Got) Trouble” comedy and unpredictable readings as Mayor
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ton’s jubilant air of relaxed confidence, and the 17 performance, Denton spit out Willson’s a full Florence Foster Jenkins as the mayor’s sweetly devilish gleam in his eye, tell you that tongue-twisting lyrics with such no-biggie aging-debutante wife. Rachelle Walljasper
Advertising Coordinator: Hill’s movements are mere extensions of his aplomb he may as well have been singing was typically marvelous as Marian’s funny,
Nathan Klaus quick wit and easy charisma. When director/ “Happy Birthday.” Hesselman’s choreogra- down-to-earth mom, and had a spot-on Irish
Advertising rates, publishing schedule, choreographer Jim Hesselman’s presentation phy, meanwhile, is consistently energetic and brogue, to boot. (And a Happy St. Patrick’s
demographics, and more are available at is really rolling, the show exudes a similar oftentimes clever. But he truly outdoes himself Day to you, Rachelle!) Meanwhile, the child sense of buoyant, effortless charm. in the “Marian the Librarian” routine, staging actors were clearly having a ball, perhaps none
It’s certainly there whenever Salter is it as an endearing five-minute sitcom with Hill more so than Julian Anderson, who – alternat-
DESIGN/PRODUCTION showcased. Her light, fluttery soprano is coercing a roomful of kids into quietly acting ing the role with Brennan Hampton – played
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Nathan Klaus • Salter’s portrayal gives us a smart, sensible, You may have noticed how many famed some wise producer needs to sign him, pronto,
wounded Marian who’s pretty sure she’s being Music Man numbers are given stellar treat- for a touring turn as Les Misérables’ Gavroche.
ADMINISTRATION conned but level-headed and openhearted ment in Circa ’21’s latest – and those titles I Taken overall, this Music Man was terrific.
Business Manager: Kathleen McCarthy enough to realize how little it matters. (In real mentioned, which don’t even include that Whenever Anderson stole the show, it was
Office Administrator, Circulation Manager: life, Salter and Denton are getting married this “Seventy-Six Trombones” ear-worm, only positively thcrumpthyuth.
Rick Martin • fall, and their sweet and salty stage rapport get us to the end of Act I. (Like me, you may
Distribution: Cheri DeLay, would seem to explode the popular myth also be forced to check your program at The Music Man runs at the Circa ’21 Dinner
Greg FitzPatrick, N. Ingalls, H. Keyser, that happy couples can’t share vibrant co-star intermission wondering what other recogniz- Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island)
N. Rice, Jay Strickland
chemistry.) But the phenomenally well-sung able tunes could possibly still land, having through May 13, and more information and
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of, and rebuke to, the customs of small-town and “Till There Was You,” and “Lida Rose,” extension 2 or visiting
Iowa – is teeming with additional unforced and “Shipoopi” ... .) Yet that’s a measure
delights, few of which are more delight- not only of Willson’s supremely satisfying
ful than River City’s makeshift barbershop accomplishment, but of just how much there
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Loot Conquers All refuse to let a few (apparent) Stingy McMingies
shape “who you are – which is created through
Nobody expects a free meal from a restau-
… how you behave.” Instead of grinding down
rant. So what’s with wedding guests who think
into tit for tat, you can decide to be generous. It’s
it’s acceptable to give no gift or just $100 from
a thematically nice way to start a marriage – in
two people? My understanding is that you
which 50/50 can sometimes be 95/“Hey, don’t
are supposed to “cover your plate” – the cost
I at least get your 5 percent?” It also makes for
of your meal (at least $100 per person). If you
a far less cluttered invitation than “RSVP …
can’t, you shouldn’t attend. I’m planning my
with the price of the gift you’re getting us – so
wedding and considering not inviting four
we know whether to serve you the Cornish
couples who gave no gift at my two siblings’
game hen at the table or the bowl of water on the
weddings. Upsettingly, most are family mem- floor. Thanks!”
bers (and aren’t poor). I’d hate to cut out family,
but if they won’t contribute, what else can I do?
– Angry Bride Hello Hath No Fury
Though my boyfriend is loving and atten-
If gift price is tied to meal price, it seems there
tive, he’s bad at responding to my texts. He’s
should be a sliding scale. Uncle Bob, who’ll
especially bad while traveling, which he does
singlehandedly suck down 16 trays of canapes
often for his work. Granted, half my texts
and drain the open bar, should pony up for that
are silly memes. I know these things aren’t
Hermès toaster oven. But then there’s Leslie,
important, so why do I feel so hurt when he
that raw vegan who only drinks by licking dew
doesn’t reply?
off leaves. Whaddya think … can she get by
– Waiting
with a garlic press and a handmade hemp card?
The truth is that this “cover your plate” thing You’d just like your boyfriend to be more
is not a rule. It’s just an ugly idea that’s gained responsive than a gigantic hole. (Yell into the
traction in parts of the country – those where Grand Canyon and you’ll get a reply. And it isn’t
Bridezillas have transformed getting married even having sex with you.)
into a fierce social death match – the wedding What’s getting lost here is the purpose of the
spend-athalon. What gets lost in this struggle GIF of parakeets re-enacting the Ali/Frazier
to out-lavish the competition is the point of the fight or the cat flying through space on the
wedding: publicly joining two people in mar- burrito. Consider that, in the chase phase, some
riage, not separating their friends and relatives men text like crazy, hoping to banter a woman
from as much cash as possible. And though it’s into bed. But once there’s a relationship, men
customary for guests to give gifts, The Oxford (disproportionately) use texting as a logistical
English Dictionary defines “gift” as “a thing tool – “b there in 5” – while women continue
given willingly” – as opposed to “a mandatory using it as a tool for emotional connection.
cover charge to help fund the rented chocolate That’s probably why you feel so bad. Feeling
waterfall, complete with white mocha rapids ignored is also not ideal for a relationship. In
and four-story slide manned by Mick Jagger research psychologist John Gottman did on
and Jon Bon Jovi.” newly married couples, the newlyweds who
But because you – incorrectly – believe that were still together six years down the line
guests owe you (more than their company), were those who were responsive toward their
you’ve awakened your ancient inner accoun- partner’s “bids for connection” – consistently
tant, the human cheater-detection system. meeting them with love, encouragement, sup-
Evolutionary psychologists Leda Cosmides port, or just attention.
and John Tooby describe this as a specialized Explain this “bids for connection” thing to
module the human brain evolved for detecting your boyfriend. (That mongoose in a dress is
cheaters – “people who have intentionally taken just meme-ese for “Yoo-hoo! You still there?”)
the benefit specified in a social exchange rule However, especially when he’s traveling, a little
without satisfying the requirement.” reasonableness from you in what counts as
Identifying and punishing freeloading slack- a reply should go a long way. Maybe tell him
ers was especially vital in an ancestral environ- you’d be happy with “Ha!”, “LOL,” or an emoji.
ment, where there weren’t always enough grubs You’d just like to see more than your own blink-
to go around. These days, however, maybe you ing cursor – looking like Morse code for “If he
have the luxury to do as I advise in Good Man- loved you, he’d at least text you that smiling
ners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F---: swirl of poo.”
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica CA 90405, or e-mail ( Weekly radio show: Order Amy
Alkon’s book, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F--- (St. Martin’s Press, June 3, 2014).
©2017, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The China tiger, Sumatran elephant, and the Leo partially dissolve. So will the gaps between what’s
dragon that stole your treasure will messiah complex. You may not be able to do good for you and what feels good, and between
return it. Tulips and snapdragons will much to preserve the first five on that list, but what pleases others and what pleases you.
blossom in a field you thought was a wasteland. please get to work on saving the last. It’s time for a
Gargoyles from the abyss will crawl into view, but massive eruption of your megalomania. April CAPRICORN (December 22-Janu-
then meekly lick your hand and reveal secrets you Fool! I was exaggerating for effect. There’s no ary 19): You should begin work on a
can really use. The dour troll that guards the need to go overboard in reclaiming your messiah book with one of the following titles,
bridge to the Next Big Thing will let you pass even complex. But please do take strong action to stoke and you should finish writing it no later than
though you don’t have the password. April Fool! your self-respect, self-esteem, and confidence. April 28: The Totally Intense Four Weeks of My
Everything I just described is only metaphori- Life When I Came All the Way Home …, The
cally, not literally, true. VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Wildly Productive Four Weeks of My Life When I
And follow Mike on Twitter at Race through your yoga routine so you Discovered the Ultimate Secrets of Domestic TAURUS (April 20-May 20): have more time to surf the Internet. Bliss …, The Crazily Meaningful Four Weeks
According to legend, Buddha had to Inhale doughnuts and vodka in the car as you When I Permanently Anchored Myself in the
face daunting tests to achieve race to the health-food store. Get into a Nourishing Depths. April Fool! I lied. There’s no
enlightenment. A diabolical adversary tempted screaming fight with a loved one about how you need to actually write a book such as those. But I
March 16 Crossword Answers him with sensual excesses and assailed him with desperately need more peace and tenderness. do hope you seek out and generate experiences
vortexes of blistering mud, flaming ice, and April Fool! A little bit of self-contradiction would that would enable you to write books with
howling rocks. Happily, Buddha glided into a state be cute, but not that much. And yet I do worry those titles.
of wise calm and triumphed over the mayhem. He that you are close to expressing that much. The
converted his nemesis’s vortexes into bouquets of problem may be that you haven’t been giving AQUARIUS (January 20-February
flowers and celestial ointments. What does this your inner rebel any high-quality mischief to 18): If you were a passenger on a plane
have to do with you? In accordance with current attend to. As a result, it’s bogged down in trivial full of your favorite celebrities, and the
astrological omens, I hope you will emulate insurrections. So please give your inner rebel pilot had to make an emergency landing on a
Buddha as you deal with your own initiatory tests. more important work to do. remote snowbound mountain, and you had to
April Fool! I wasn’t completely honest. It’s true eat one of the celebrities to stay alive until
you’ll face initiatory tests that could prod you to a LIBRA (September 23-October 22): rescuers found you, which celebrity would you
higher level of wisdom. But they’ll most likely Research shows that a typical working want to eat first? April Fool! That was a really
come from allies and inner prompts rather than a couple devotes an average of four stupid and pointless question. I can’t believe I
diabolical adversary. minutes per day in meaningful conversations. I asked it. I hope you didn’t waste a nanosecond
suggest you boost that output by at least 10 thinking about what your reply might be. Here’s
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Since I percent. Try to engage your best companion in the truth, Aquarius: You’re in a phase of your
expect you’ll soon be tempted to four minutes and 24 seconds of intimate talk per astrological cycle when the single most
indulge in too much debauched fun day. April Fool! I lied. A 10-percent increase isn’t important thing you can do is ask and answer
and riotous release, I’ll offer you a good hangover nearly enough. Given the current astrological really good questions.
remedy. Throw these ingredients into a blender, indicators, you must seek out longer and deeper
then drink up: a 1,000-year-old quail egg from exchanges with the people you love. Can you PISCES (February 19-March 20): You
China, seaweed from Antarctica, milk from an manage 20 minutes per day? now have an elevated chance of finding
Iraqi donkey, lemon juice imported from a crumpled one-dollar bill on a
Kazakhstan, and a dab of Argentinian toothpaste SCORPIO (October 23-November sidewalk. There’s also an increased likelihood
on which the moon has shone for an hour. April 21): In a way, it’s too bad you’re about you’ll get a coupon for a 5-percent discount from
Fool! I deceived you. You won’t have to get crazy to lose your mind. The chaos that a carpet-shampoo company, or win enough
drunk or stoned to enjoy extreme pleasure and ensues will be a big chore to clean up. But in money in the lottery to buy a new sweatshirt. To
cathartic abandon. It will come to you quite another sense, losing your mind may be a lucky enhance these possibilities, all you have to do is
naturally – especially if you expand your mind development. The process of reassembling it will sit on your ass and wish really hard that good
through travel, big ideas, or healthy experiments. be entertaining and informative. And as a result, economic luck will come your way. April Fool!
your problems will become more fascinating What I just said was kind of true, but also useless.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Hire a than usual, and your sins will be especially Here’s more interesting news: The odds are better
promoter to create gold plaques listing original. April Fool! I lied, sort of. You won’t than average that you’ll score tips on how to
your accomplishments and hang them really lose your mind. But this much is true: Your improve your finances. You may also be invited
up in public places. Or pay someone to make a problems will be more fascinating than usual, to collaborate on a potentially lucrative project,
thousand bobble-head dolls in your likeness, each and your sins will be especially original. That’s a or receive an offer of practical help for a
wearing a royal crown, and give them away to good thing! It may even help you recover a rogue bread-and-butter dilemma. To encourage these
everyone you know. Or enlist a pilot to fly a small part of your mind that you lost a while back. outcomes, all you have to do is develop a
plane over a sporting event while trailing a banner long-term plan for improved money
that reads, “[Your name] is a gorgeous genius SAGITTARIUS (November management.
worthy of worshipful reverence.” April Fool! What I 22-December 21): You say that some of
just advised was a distorted interpretation of the the healthiest foods don’t taste good? Homework: Carry out a prank that makes some-
cosmic omens. Here’s the truth: The best way to And that some of your pleasurable diversions one feel good. Report results at TruthRooster@
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Code 415 – Parkside Grill & Lounge, A nv i l – N i g h t D e m o n – Drama Major (6pm) – RME (noon) – RME Community Stage,
Graveshadow – LyinHeart – Community Stage, 129 N. Main St., Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., QCSO Masterworks VI: St. Matthew
2307 5th Ave, Moline IL Davenport IA Passion (2pm) – Centennial Hall, 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA
Deb Talan – The Mill, 120 E. Black Hilt (6pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Davenport IA Liverpool Legends: The Complete
Washington St., Iowa City IA Hailey Whitters – Brian Johannesen Condor & Jaybird – Strange Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave.,
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Americans – The Commanders – Rock Island IL Beatles Experience – Isle Casino
Eddie Van Haskell – Harley Corin’s, The Chordbusters Barbershop – Ryan Joseph Anderson – Iowa Hotel Bettendorf, 1777 Isle
Chorus (3pm) – Bethel Wesley Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St,

1708 State St., Bettendorf IA City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa Parkway, Bettendorf IA
United Methodist Church, 1201 City IA Iowa City IA
Family Groove Company – EGi – Dallas Hendrix (6:30pm) – Erica Lorrie Morgan – Jodi Miller – Adler
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, 13th St, Moline IL John Corabi – Brandon Gibbs – Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport
Harmonious Wail (5pm) – Flatted Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL Martin Band (8:30pm) – Riverside Golden State: Lone Star Revue
Davenport IA Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 (6:30pm) – RIBCO, 1815 Second IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – The Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., Knox College Faculty & Friends The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) –
Bellevue IA Combo – Fat Fish Pub, 158 N. Broad Highway 22, Riverside IA Ave., Rock Island IL
Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge, The Eli Young Band – Riverside Moeller Nights: Canyon Spells The Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA John Gorka & Lucy Kaplansky – St., Galesburg IL Ave., Rock Island IL
CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE, A Tribute to John Denver (1 & Casino Event Center, 3184 Highway – Ferdy Mayne – Triple Crown
LKB Trio (6pm) – 1 Hundred West 22, Riverside IA Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 Molly Conrad – John Franco (6pm)
Bar & Dance Club, 100 76th St., Cedar Rapids IA 7:15pm) – Circa ’21 Dinner – Milltown Coffee, 3800 River Drive
Lissie – The Deslondes – Black Playhouse, 1828 Third Ave., Rock Future Rock w/ the Tripp Brothers – E Third St., Davenport IA
Davenport IA Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa Simply Three (6pm) – Rock Island #2, Moline IL
Material Girl – Riverside Casino and Velvet Band – Driftless Sisters – Island IL NE–HI – Deleters – The Mill, 120 E.
Jeremy Pinnell (5pm) – Codfish City IA Public Library - Main Library, 401
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Hollow Barn, 5013 288th Ave., Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Green 19th St., Rock Island IL
Riverside IA Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., QC Nu Gruv Society – Rozz-Tox, 2108

Mike Cochrane – RME Community Maquoketa IA Third Ave., Rock Island IL
3 Years Hollow – Shallow Side LeClaire IA
Stage, 129 N. Main St., Davenport Roger Carlson – The Grape Life Wine
MONDAY 3 – Trustfall – Within the Grey – Gretchen Parlato Quartet – Knox
IA Jazz Ensemble – Gretchen 2017 Worship Night in America: Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave.,
The Moods – Rhythm City Casino The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA
Journey – Asia – iWireless Center, Davenport IA Parlato Quar tet (5pm) – Chris Tomlin – Big Daddy Weave
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg – Phil Wickham – Zach Williams Ton O Fun Band – Rhythm City
Ave., Davenport IA 1201 River Dr, Moline IL Black Hawk College Jazz Ensemble Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077
Moeller Nights: Liz Cooper & the Concert (noon) – Moline Public St., Galesburg IL – Mosaic MSC – Jason Barton
Still Shine –Sean Ryan – Kelsey Have Your Cake – 11th Street – iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Lillion – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Stampede – Triple Crown Whiskey Library, 3210 41st St., Moline IL Tony Hamilton Orchestra Dance –
Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third Chuck Murphy – Hy-Vee Market Cafe Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Moline IL
Rock Island IL Davenport IA Simply Three – Bettendorf High Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St,
The Undertones – Cactus Country, St., Davenport IA - Clinton, 901 S. 4th St., Clinton IA Walcott IA
DIIV – Karen Meat – Englert Theatre, John D’Amato Blues – Flatted School Performing Arts Center,
3075 W. Main St., Galesburg IL
Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., 3333 18th St., Bettendorf IA
Wild Oatz Band – The Office Bar & 221 East Washington St., Iowa City
IA Bellevue IA WVIK/QCSO Signature Series IVa:
Grill, 305 3rd St., Sherrard IL Keith Rea – James Herr (6:30pm) Carine Tinney – Centennial Hall,
Windy City Dueling Pianos – The Andrew Bird – My Brightest Frank Derek Douglas – Riverside Aaron Lee Tasjan – Daytrotter, 324
Diamond – Hancher Auditorium, Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 – Ca D’Zan, 411 South Rd., Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave.,
Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Cambridge IL Rock Island IL Brady St., Davenport IA
Ave., Rock Island IL 101 East Park Rd., Iowa City IA Highway 22, Riverside IA Chuck Murphy – Main Avenue Pub,
Blues Cafe (6:30pm) – RME Funktastic Five – 11th Street Libido Funk Circus – Rhythm City

Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 115 Main Ave., Clinton IA

Community Stage, 129 N. Main St., Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Darren Jay & the Delta Souls –
Davenport IA Davenport IA Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Northern Parallels 05 w/ Mike Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300
13th Annual QC Parrot Head Hexa – TALsounds – Ben Highnam JKB Trio (6pm) – 1 Hundred West Potter Dr., Bellevue IA
– Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Bar & Dance Club, 100 76th St., Derer & Higgy – Rozz-Tox, 2108 The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
Club’s Havana Daydreamin’: Third Ave., Rock Island IL City IA The Diamonds (8pm) – Pastmasters
The Bamboozlers – Jimmy & Iowa City IA Davenport IA (9:45pm) – Riverside Casino and
Preoccupations – Jay Som – Jlin & Mission Beat – Iowa City Yacht The Old 57s (5pm) – Class of ‘97 Eric Church – iWireless Center, 1201
the Parrots (6pm) – Davenport (9pm) – Rivertown Grille & Bar, River Dr, Moline IL Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
RiverCenter, 136 E. Third St., Anthony Worden – The Mill, 120 E. Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Riverside IA
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Jordan Danielsen – The Faithful 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA The Hunts – University of Dubuque’s
Davenport IA QCSO Masterworks VI: St. Matthew Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St., The Fez – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
The Acoustic Project (6pm) – Cool Rock topia Live: A Classical Pilot Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, St., Iowa City IA
Revolution – Adler Theatre, 136 E. LeClaire IA Passion – Adler Theatre, 136 E. Dubuque IA
Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Third St., Davenport IA Fifty Shades of Rock – Purgatory’s
The Knockoffs – Cactus Country,
Rock Island IL Third St., Davenport IA Pub, 2104 State St, Bettendorf IA
Rootabaga Jazz School Tour 3075 W. Main St., Galesburg IL Resurrgent – Purgatory’s Pub, 2104
Aseethe – Bereft – Skellington State St, Bettendorf IA Fred Hersch Trio (7 & 9:30pm) –
Manor Banquet & Event Center, 420 Co n ce r t f e at u ri n g Co r ey Knox Alumni Big Band (8pm) – Hancher Auditorium, 101 East Park
Heppner – Knoxville HIgh School Victor Garcia Organ Quintet Rootabaga Kids: The Victor Garcia Devin Tha Dude – Will Murk –
18th St, Rock Island IL Organ Quintet (10:30am) – Jordan Burgett – QonfliQ w/ Rd., Iowa City IA
Blue Dog Blues Band – Flatted Auditorium, 809 E. Main St., (9:30pm) – Fat Fish Pub, 158 N. Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Geneseo
Knoxville IL Broad St., Galesburg IL Galesburg Public Library, 40 E Freestyle Diamonte – Zeke the
Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., Simmons St, Galesburg IL Rapper – The Guy Fly (6:30pm) – Brewing Company, 102 S. State St.,
Bellevue IA Simon Schumacher – Fir st Libido Funk Circus – Rhythm City Geneseo IL
Presbyterian Church of Davenport, Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Rufus Wainwright – Laura Gibson Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
Bobby Ray Bunch – Kilkenny’s, 300 – Englert Theatre, 221 East City IA I Love the 90’s Tour: Salt n Pepa – All
W. 3rd St., Davenport IA 1702 Iowa St., Davenport IA Elmore Ave., Davenport IA 4 One – Color Me Badd – Coolio
Pieta Brown – The Feralings – Washington St., Iowa City IA Ed James (5pm) – Hy-Vee Market
Chuck Murphy – The Black Sheep, – Tone Loc – Rob Base – Young
WEDNESDAY 5 DICKIE – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington Wild Oatz Band – Missipi Brewing Grille - Moline, 4218 Avenue of the
1730 2nd Ave., Rock Island IA Company, 107 Iowa Ave., Cities, Moline IL MC – iWireless Center, 1201 River
Columbus Symphony Orchestra – St., Iowa City IA Dr, Moline IL
Ailie Robertson – Laural Almquist Simply Three (3pm) – Butterworth Muscatine IA The Ghost Wolves – Jenny Lynn
University of Dubuque’s Heritage Stacy & the Dirty Roosters – Rozz- The Knockoffs – The Office Bar & Grill,
(6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, 411 South
Center, 2255 Bennett St., Dubuque Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline IL 305 3rd St., Sherrard IL
Rd., Cambridge IL The Stone Flowers – Harley Corin’s, Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
IA Last Call Band w/ Chad Johnson – Lipstick Slick – Harley Corin’s, 1708
Corporate Rock – Rookies Sports Bar, Bridget Kearney – Elizabeth Moen 1708 State St., Bettendorf IA State St., Bettendorf IA
– Paul Cary – The Mill, 120 E. Tennis – Sires – The Port Authority – Eastern Chapter, Polka Club of Riverside Casino and Golf Resort,
2818 N. Brady St., Davenport IA Iowa Dance w/ Barefoot Becky & 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA Mandy Barnett: Sweet Dreams –
Craig Cardiff – Aiden Landman Burlington St., Iowa City IA Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E
Elysia Crampton – Lawrence City IA The Ivanhoe Dutchmen (1:30pm) Liverpool Legends: The Complete
(6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, 411 South – Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Beatles Experience – Isle Casino Platt St., Maquoketa IA
Rd., Cambridge IL English – MacMillan & Spengler The Pork Tornadoes & Dirty Rotten
– Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Walcott IA Hotel Bettendorf, 1777 Isle
Daylight Over – Harley Corin’s, 1708 Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) – Parkway, Bettendorf IA Scoundrels: Then Vs Now –
State St., Bettendorf IA Iowa City IA Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St. SE,
Ghostface Killah – AWTHNTKTS Bugeye Sprite – Harley Corin’s, 1708 Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 Moeller Nights: Six Organs of
Flash in a Pan Record–Release N. Shore Dr., Moline IL Admittance – Triple Crown Cedar Rapids IA
Party – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S – Englert Theatre, 221 East State St., Bettendorf IA Tangent – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Washington St., Iowa City IA Cemetery Gatez – RIBCO, 1815 Kickin Back (4pm) – Judy’s Barge Inn, Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304
Linn St, Iowa City IA 600 W. Front St., Buffalo IA E Third St., Davenport IA Mound St., Davenport IA
Gentian Waller, Crystal Weber, & Lifestyles – Gosh – Greg Wheeler & Second Ave., Rock Island IL Ton O Fun Band – Rhythm City
the Polygamist Mall Cops – Iowa Chuck Murphy – Go Fish Marina Bar & Kishi Bashi – J.E. Sunde – Englert
Jennifer Danielson – Uptown Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077
Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa Grill, 411 River Dr., Princeton IA Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
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Jams/Open Mics BABY STEPS · MARCH 30, 2017
Crossword March 16 Answers: Page 17

Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 Rock Island IL
State St., Bettendorf IA Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120 E.
Cross Creek Karaoke – Hey Bryan’s, Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews Burlington St., Iowa City IA
1140 15th Ave., Moline IL – Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St.,
Cross Creek Karaoke (Mar. 30) – Jim’s
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd.,
Moline IL
Soulshake (Mar. 31) – Gabe’s, 330 E. TUESDAYS
Milan IL Washington St., Iowa City IA Acoustic Music Club (Apr. 4, 4:30pm)
DJ Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s on – River Music Experience, 129 N. Main
Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA
Jam Session & Mug Night (Mar. 30)
SATURDAYS St., Davenport IA
Acoustic Music Club w/ David G. Smith
– Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Cross Creek Karaoke – Jim’s Knoxville (Apr. 11, 4:30pm) – RME Community
Iowa City IA Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL Stage, 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, 415 Irish Music Session (Apr. 1, 3pm) – Karaoke Night – My Place the Pub, 4405
15th St., Moline IL Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
Pub, 2104 State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon, 1151
Open Jam Session – My Place the Pub, First St., Long Grove IA E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle, 1417
Open Mic Night – Uptown Bill’s Coffee Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Fifth Ave., Moline IL
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace (March 30) 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
– Geneseo Brewing Company, 102 S. Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Island IL
State St., Geneseo IL Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey &
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Up Davenport IA “Detroit” Larry Davison – Cabana’s,
on 7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline IL Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – W. Third St., Davenport IA Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Kane
Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Hollar’s – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL Iowa City IA

Songwriters Round Table (Apr. 8,

Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s,
noon) – River Music Experience, 129
Main St., Davenport IA WEDNESDAYS
2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate
Cross Creek Karaoke – Firehouse – Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave., – McManus Pub, 1401 Seventh Ave.,
Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd., Moline IL Moline IL
Davenport IA Hump Day Wing & Sing w/ Marybeth –
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, 1321
Fifth Ave., Moline IL
SUNDAYS Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646
Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, Catfish Jazz Society Jam Session (Apr. Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA 9, 3pm) – Knight of Columbus Hall, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West Davenport IA Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West
Locust St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, Locust St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second
First St., Long Grove IA Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ & Ave., Rock Island IL ACROSS 80. Shape 39. Vexatious
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 1. Tell 81. Kind of month 40. Relative standing
Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA W. Third St., Davenport IA

5. Pinch into ridges 82. Lacelike ornamentation 41. Seward’s “Folly”
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats – Bent
River Brewing Company, 512 24th St. 10. Ninth Circle demon 84. End 42. Set
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA
Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced Rock Island IL 15. Foot part 85. Change biologically 43. Saddled animal
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Productions – Grumpy’s Saloon, Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 19. Sub _ 86. Certain chief 45. Mantle’s cover
Davenport IA 2120 E. 11th St., Davenport IA 114 1/2 W. Third St., Davenport IA 20. Travail 87. Of wings 46. Doctrine
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (Apr. 3, 21. Barnstormer’s craft 88. Hangs down 49. Treacherous
W. Third St., Davenport IA 6pm) – Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St., 22. Compositions for one 89. End of quip: 6 wds. 50. Stone that sparks
23. Blue flag 99. _ regia 51. Talons

24. Pimpinella 100. Confabs 53. Gets wind of
25. Chief artery 101. Commonly found 54. Black or Walker
26. Cut of meat 102. Origin 55. George or T.S.
27. Start of a quip by anonymous: 5 wds. 103. Think over 56. Senator Kefauver
31. _ leader 104. Inspiring fear 57. Divert
FRIDAY 31 MONDAY 3 SATURDAY 8 32. Like a campus
33. Scuffle
105. Function
106. Believe _ _ not!
58. Like a mink or fox
59. “_ Under the Elms”
Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock 34. Relations 107. Stack 60. Yoke
St., Davenport IA Iowa City IA Island IL 37. Hurts 108. Crystal-gazers 61. Progress
Judy Tenuta (8pm) – Penguin’s David “The Swinger” Scott (8pm) 39. Wrongful entry 109. Acquisitive one 62. Union demand
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids IA WEDNESDAY 5 – Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208
Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
44. “_ Blue Gown”
45. Fish basket
110. Reduce 63. Think
64. Yielded, as territory
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Michelle Wolf – Janelle James 46. Burns DOWN 68. Auditorium
Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208 (8pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington 47. Term in tennis 1. Part of a boater 69. Mineral springs
Davenport IA Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA St., Iowa City IA 48. Part 2 of quip: 2 wds. 2. Down Under parrot 70. Elanet
Pimprov (8pm) – Circa ’21 Speakeasy,

SATURDAY 1 THURSDAY 6 1818 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
49. Cooked 3. _ _ I cared! 71. Palindromic name
Studio Series: Don’t Try This 50. Plant part 4. Church 72. Wing part
ComedySportz (7pm) – The Margaret Cho (7:30pm) – Englert at Home (9:30pm) – The 51. Guardianship 5. Swank 73. Pile for burning
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock 52. Trivial error 6. Tirades 75. Dust ruffles
Island IL Iowa City IA Island IL 53. Transports 7. Volant creature 76. Bowie’s Ziggy _
Judy Tenuta (8pm) – Penguin’s 54. Court employee 8. _ -favored-nation 77. Exceed
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids IA FRIDAY 7 SUNDAY 9 55. Borden’s mascot
56. Fishes
9. Homilized
10. Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of _”
79. _ lily
80. A pinniped
Open Source Improv (8pm) – Circa Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Circumstantial Comedy Show 57. Otherworldly 11. Audibly 81. Sled
’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third (10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
58. Came off in pieces 12. Canvas cover 83. Mexican fare
Rock Island IL St., Davenport IA Rd., Davenport IA
Studio Series: Wisenheimer ComedySportz (7pm) – The 59. Part 3 of quip: 5 wds. 13. Pilaster 84. Concludes

(9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220 Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock 64. Region of France 14. Tender of livestock 85. Austrian composer
19th St., Rock Island IL Island IL 65. Brag 15. Napping 87. Moving about
David “The Swinger” Scott (8pm) Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – 66. Expert ones 16. Leeway 88. Staff
SUNDAY 2 – Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208
Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
Iowa City IA
67. Some curves
68. Lift
17. Bit of film
18. Intimate
89. Press down
90. Opp. of aniso-
Circumstantial Comedy Show Kathleen Madigan (7:30pm) – 69. Go around 28. Hero or villain, e.g. 91. Invalid
(10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
Rd., Davenport IA
Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg
St., Galesburg IL WEDNESDAY 12 71. Symbol of ancient royalty
74. Lowers
29. Christmas
30. Chuck
92. Shakespearean pronoun
93. _ Krishna
Kyle Dunnigan – John Busch (8pm) Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) –
– The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208
75. Anagram of 79-Across 34. Young deer 94. Bewildered
Iowa City IA Davenport IA Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA 76. Barbed 35. Jai _ 95. Ottoman
Studio Series: R & D (9:30pm) – The 77. Part 4 of quip 36. Moisten a little 96. Tiny amount
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock 78. Baseball stat. 37. Seed appendage 97. Anchor
Island IL 79. Anagram of 75-Across 38. Letter grades 98. French 101 verb
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Organized by Linny Frickman at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at
Colorado State University at Fort Collins in partnership with Danielle Knapp
at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Presented at the Figge Art Museum with the support of the Thomas A. and
Mary Waterman Gildehaus Endowment, Tom Figge, and Jeff and Lynda Eirinberg.
Frederic Remington, Touchdown, Yale vs. Princeton, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1890, Yale 32, Princeton 0, 1890,
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