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Attacking Organized Labor is Good, Divisive Politics
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COVER STORY By Jeff Ignatius

Iowa’s War on Government-Worker Unions
Attacking Organized Labor Is Good, Divisive Politics on an Issue That Deserves Better

he pendulum swung swiftly. empowered to make decisions in the best benefits, and employment environments. It operates on three fronts: making it more
House File 291 was introduced in interests of their communities and schools.” It doesn’t bother me that public-sector difficult for public-sector unions to exist;
the Iowa legislature on February 9, was Proponents of the law hope it will create employees have wage-and-benefit packages making it more difficult for those that do
passed by the House and Senate on Febru- results like those claimed by Iowa’s neighbor that are the envy of workers in the private exist to survive; and severely limiting the
ary 16, and was signed by Governor Terry to the northeast. As the National Review sector. This is nothing more than the result scope of collective bargaining after all that.
Branstad the next day. stated last year in lauding Wisconsin of unionization being most prevalent in the The bill was pushed through with
Despite that speed, this was not some Governor Scott Walker’s similar anti-union public sector and of organized labor doing urgency. Writing in Dissent, Colin Gordon
emergency measure. Instead, it was part efforts: “Walker curbed state aid to local its job. compared the legislation to what happened
of a pent-up agenda being unleashed, as governments and, in return, gave local I allow for the possibility that public- in the Badger State: “The battle in Wiscon-
Republicans enjoyed – really enjoyed – their governments the flexibility to control their sector workers generally are not over- sin unfolded over months after Walker
first unified control of the legislative and costs. ... Mayors, school superintendents, compensated, but are instead fairly took office in 2011. In Iowa it was more like
executive branches of state government and county officials would no longer be compensated. (I’m married to an employee a bomb was dropped; three weeks into the
since 1998. forced to accept union agreements. They of the federal government.) legislative session, the damage was done.”
House File 291 dramatically changes the finally would be able to balance budgets and I also allow that a great many people He called House File 291 “a gutting of
collective-bargaining framework that had reform their governments to better serve the think government employees are overpaid. public-sector collective bargaining ... . As in
been in place for government-worker unions people they represent. ... I’m somewhat sympathetic to the argu- most states, Iowa’s public-sector bargaining
since 1974 – although it largely exempts “Wisconsin taxpayers are seeing a clear ments (if not necessarily the conclusion) of law was a bipartisan bargain struck in the
unions representing public-safety workers. benefit ... . To date, they have saved more the Hoover Institution’s 2010 article “The early 1970s, which raised pay and labor stan-
Roughly 180,000 public-sector workers in than $5.24 billion as a result of Act 10, Case Against Public-Sector Unions.” dards for public workers (especially teach-
Iowa are covered by union contracts, includ- according to a study by the John K. MacIver “The idea of eliminating union privileges ers) in exchange for an effective no-strike
ing 27,000 state employees. Institute for Public Policy. This works out to in the public sector may seem like a radical pledge. The new public-employee relations
Representatives of the United Electrical about $2,291 per household in Wisconsin. one,” the authors wrote, before making code outdoes even Wisconsin in disman-
Workers wrote that the bill was “aimed at It includes more than $3.36 billion saved by three main points: “First, public employees tling this bargain. Bargaining is now limited
destroying public-sector unions and the simply having state employees contribute a are typically protected by civil-service stat- to ‘base wages,’ with annual increases
rights of public employees ... . reasonable amount to their retirement.” utes that provide an important measure of limited to 3 percent or the rate of inflation,
“This legislation is designed to render col- Both of these perspectives have merit, job security and protection from arbitrary whichever is lower. All other contract details
lective bargaining meaningless by making it and both are incomplete. In considering hiring and firing decisions. ... Second, – health care, pensions, working condi-
illegal to negotiate most of the subjects now House File 291, it’s important to keep two governments typically face lower borrowing tions – are off the table. Public-sector unions
covered by contracts, and to cripple unions things in mind. costs and enjoy easier access to sources of must win a re-certification vote before each
financially by eliminating the dues-checkoff First, compensation of public employees direct financing (i.e., taxation) than private- new contract (every two to three years).
process which union members voluntarily is in many ways out-of-line with what’s sector employers, which insulates the public To twist that knife, the law requires the
pay to support their union’s activities.” offered in the private sector, and is not sector from the business cycle. ... Third, union to win a majority of workers in the
There is, of course, a flip side to the alarm sustainable – especially with pension and workers who prefer government employ- bargaining unit (not just those voting) and
raised by the United Electrical Workers. health-care benefits. It’s a subject that ment typically have a variety of options it requires the union to pay for the election.
Republicans profess that House File 291 deserves debate. (federal, state, county, city) or possess skill And unions are now barred from collecting
is not a war on unions but a long-overdue Second, Republicans rushed through an sets that are transferable to the large private dues through payroll deduction, a practice
correction – giving state and local govern- extreme bill without any effort at biparti- service sector. In short, the potential social that was already voluntary.”
ments tools to protect taxpayers by keeping sanship. By itself, restricting the scope of benefits offered by private-sector unions are In Wisconsin, the effect of Act 10 and
employee costs in check. collective bargaining might be a reasonable not present in the public sector.” other anti-union measures supported by
Under the law, only base wages are remedy, but to also cap wage increases and Beyond those arguments, private com- Walker is clear enough on a union-busting
subject to bargaining – and pay increases hamstring unions undermines claims of panies negotiating with unions have to put level: According to the Bureau of Labor
are capped. With subjects such as pen- noble intentions. Bluntly, this legislation their long-term livelihoods above all else Statistics, union membership in Wisconsin
sions and health insurance no longer part appears designed to provide Republicans when considering the costs of wages and dropped from 339,000 in 2011 to 219,000
of contract negotiations, governments can with substantial electoral benefits by dimin- benefits. Governments, on the other hand, last year – a drop of more than a third.
better control personnel costs. The law also ishing the political power of unions. are playing with your tax dollars. (And Union membership nationwide dropped
removes seniority, performance evaluations, legislatures have often deferred employee less than 2 percent during the same period.
staff reductions, and health and safety from Full Disclosures costs through pension benefits that they Wisconsin by itself was responsible for well
the process. As House File 291 showed – passing with don’t or can’t adequately fund – meaning over half of the country’s change in union
“These necessary reforms to our literally no support from Democrats – the that they’re often playing with your future membership over the past five years.
antiquated 43-year-old public-employee attack on unions in Iowa and elsewhere is tax dollars.) And that, union supporters argue, is a key
collective-bargaining law bring fairness deeply partisan. If you research the issue, With that out of the way, let’s explore why reason Iowa Republicans shoved House File
for Iowa taxpayers and flexibility to public you’ll struggle to find much that’s not sub- Iowa Republicans are conducting this war 291 through the legislature.
employees,” Branstad said. “This bill also stantially colored by the source’s bias. So you on public-sector unions. The blog
gives local governments, schools, and state might as well know mine. explained: “It comes down to money and
government greater freedom in managing Undoubtedly, unions were once an “A Bomb Was Dropped” power. Public-sector unions are major
their resources with the opportunity to essential bulwark against the exploitation of As Walker’s measures did in Wisconsin, financial supporters of the Iowa Democratic
reward good public employees.” employees, both in terms of compensation House File 291 – if it withstands legal chal- Party, and thousands of union mem-
“Finally, Iowa taxpayers have a seat at and working conditions. They are probably lenge by the state’s two largest public-sector bers volunteer to help elect Democratic
the table,” added Lieutenant Governor still necessary, as many workers struggle unions – would radically alter the balance
Kim Reynolds, “and local governments are to find jobs that provide reasonable wages, of power between unions and government. Continued On Page 4
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COVER STORY Continued From Page 3

Iowa’s War on Government-Worker Unions is roughly equal in the private and public
sectors, the rates of unionization are not.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that
candidates for the Iowa House and Senate. ... Fifty-three percent approved, and 38 case of public-sector unions, taxes.) in 2016, “Public-sector workers had a union
“Losing automatic payroll deduction will percent disapproved. Second, the question ignores trends in membership rate (34.4 percent) more than
surely cause some attrition in membership. But you don’t need to scratch too deeply union membership. As Daniel Disalvo five times higher than that of private-sector
Many more workers may question why they to see it differently. wrote in National Affairs in 2010: “Since the workers (6.4 percent).”
should keep paying dues to a union that can For one thing, the approval/disapproval middle of the 20th Century, organized labor Disalvo summarized: “The rise of
no longer bargain for anything meaningful, splits based on party affiliation are as one in America has undergone two transfor- government-worker unionism has also
especially after receiving what amounts to would expect: 77/19 among Democrats, mations with major implications for the combined with the broader transforma-
a pay cut once the state forces them to pay 47/40 among independents, and 32/57 nation’s politics. The first is the dramatic tion of the American economy to produce a
thousands of dollars more each year for among Republicans. decline in overall union membership. In sharp divergence between public- and pri-
health insurance. For another, support for unions has 1955, organized labor represented one-third vate-sector employment. In today’s public
“While collecting less in dues, AFSCME eroded – both since the middle of the 20th of the non-agricultural workforce; today, sector, good pay, generous benefits, and job
and ISEA [the state’s two largest public- Century and over the past two decades. The it represents just 12.3 percent. The second security make possible a stable middle-class
sector unions] will have to spend money overall support is substantially lower than in transformation, however, is even more existence for nearly everyone from janitors
conducting certification elections. In the the late 1950s (with a 75/14 split) and even a significant: the change in the composition of to jailers. In the private economy, mean-
worst-case scenario, one or both unions late-’90s peak (65/28). the unionized work force. while, cutthroat competition, increased
could become de-certified. Assuming And when one considers another “As private-sector unions have withered, income inequality, and layoffs squeeze the
they survive the certification process, both factor, anti-union legislation makes a lot public-sector unions have grown dramati- middle class.”
unions will likely be forced to cut staff and more sense. cally. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports That discrepancy provides a wedge,
will have less money to spend on volunteer First, understand that the Gallup ques- that, in 2009, for the first time ever, more allowing for a war on unions that’s not
recruitment for phone-banking and can- tion is broad and to a large extent abstract. public-sector employees (7.9 million) than necessarily a war on workers. Because labor
vassing on behalf of endorsed candidates.” To “approve or disapprove of labor unions” private-sector employees (7.4 million) unions represent such a relatively high
is different from approving or disapprov- belonged to unions. Today, unionized percentage of government employees – what
Pitting Us Against Them ing of the effects of labor unions. A person workers are more likely to be teachers, Citizens Against Government Waste calls
On the surface, attacking unions in could support the idea of labor unions, for librarians, trash collectors, policemen, or a “privileged class” – legislatures can attack
this fashion would seem to be bad politics example, without supporting the effect that firefighters than they are to be carpenters, government labor unions in the name of
for Republicans. labor unions have on goods and services. electricians, plumbers, auto workers, or the common worker. It’s ostensibly a fight to
A 2014 survey by Gallup asked: “Do you (Higher wages and benefits secured by coal miners.” level the playing field, bringing the govern-
approve or disapprove of labor unions?” unions, of course, raise prices – or, in the Although the number of union workers ment worker down to the level of everybody
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By Jeff Ignatius
else to protect taxpayers. and didn’t include state- and local-govern- 2015, state outlays for health-insurance through legislation that smells like political
ment employees, the findings are consistent premiums increased 64.6 percent, with opportunism.
Gaps in Compensation with similar studies looking at differences in those state contributions growing from 11.7 Public-sector unions absolutely should
You can find lots of seemingly definitive public- and private-sector compensation. percent of salary and benefits in 2005 to 15.1 have a role in addressing the stress that
analysis comparing private- and public- This shouldn’t be surprising. Given the percent in 2015. their members place on taxpayers and
sector pay. Most will claim that government unionization rates in government compared On the pension front, according to the government budgets. As Michele Master-
employees are compensated better than to the private sector, it’s common sense that Pew Charitable Trusts, states in 2014 had fano wrote in 2013 at the reliably liberal
workers in the private sector, and some public-sector workers have better com- nearly a trillion dollars in unfunded pension, “Union leaders ... need
will claim the opposite. For the most part, pensation packages, no matter the body of liability, with a funding ratio of less than 75 to understand business more – the finan-
these are cherry-picked analyses meant to government. That’s what unions do. percent. Illinois had more than $111 billion cials, the trends, how to evaluate the viability
confirm a conclusion. The problem comes with differences in in pension debt (with a funding ratio of of a business or state/city/municipality they
For an unbiased view of things, the benefits. 41.3 percent), while Iowa had more than $4 work for. ... Union members and their lead-
nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office As the private sector has shifted away billion in pension debt (with a funding ratio ership also have to come to the table with
concluded in 2012 that “overall, the federal from defined-benefit pension plans, for of 87.4 percent). reasonable requests, particularly in trying
government paid 16 percent more in total example, the public sector has not – at least This reflects short-term legislative think- economic times. Negotiating to a win-win
compensation than it would have if average not quickly. As I noted in a 2012 article, ing, because employee pensions are a bill not is much more reasonable than assuming
compensation had been comparable with “84 percent of local- and state-government yet due – a benefit whose cost can be (and it is a zero-sum game that must be won at
that in the private sector, after account- employees had access to a defined-benefit too often has been) kicked down the road all costs.”
ing for certain observable characteristics retirement plan” in 2011, while only 13 for future legislators to deal with. (Illinois’ It’s certainly possible that unions
of workers.” Federal-government workers of the Fortune 100 companies offered a pension benefits – guaranteed by the state wouldn’t play nice – that they’d be unwill-
without a bachelor’s degree earn higher defined-benefit plan. constitution once given – were never going ing to make concessions substantial enough
wages than their private-sector counter- Health insurance is another area where to be adequately funded without massive to provide governments with greater
parts, the study said, and total compensa- public-sector benefits are much more gener- tax increases.) budgetary flexibility while bringing com-
tion for federal workers was higher up ous than in the private sector. According to an pensation packages closer to what’s available
through employees with master’s degrees. Iowa Legislative Services Agency evaluation, The Nuclear Option in the private sector. But they should have
In other words, except for workers with for example, in 2016 the state picked up 95.4 These are very real problems demand- been given the opportunity through more-
more than a master’s degree, federal-gov- percent of employee-health-insurance costs. ing serious, measured, bipartisan discus- modest reforms of the state’s collective-
ernment work is a pretty sweet deal when And governments can’t afford those sion. They merit soul-searching by elected bargaining process.
total compensation is considered. benefits at current taxation and spending officials and unions alike. They deserve Instead, Republicans chose the unilateral
Although that study didn’t compare levels. For one segment of Iowa employment more consideration than Iowa Republicans nuclear option of House File 291 – trying to
union workers against non-union workers contracts from Fiscal Years 2005 through gave them in February, when they rammed kill public-sector unions.

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Honesty Hard to Come by in
Already-Active Gubernatorial Race

suppose it’s too much to expect that we not going to talk about raising taxes on
get an honest debate about the need for middle-class families until we take care of
more state revenues in the already-active that problem.”
gubernatorial race. Candidates will be But taxation such as that would require
candidates, after all. a constitutional amendment, because the
Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign state’s constitution mandates a flat income
blasted out an e-mail last week telling sup- tax. And that means it would require a
porters that newly announced billionaire three-fifths majority in both legislative
Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker wants chambers, and the Republicans (along
to raise the state income tax to over 5 per- with some Democrats) have historically
cent, which, the campaign claimed, would resisted a graduated tax. So forget it.
be “higher than it was under Pat Quinn!” After Pritzker’s press conference,
Never mind that Rauner himself Republicans released yet another audio
privately supports raising state taxes to snippet of Pritzker admitting the hard
historically high levels. He’s okay with a truth about a graduated tax: “So let’s just
4.99-percent income-tax rate and a 7-per- talk about this flat income tax, because
cent corporate tax rate. But he also backs we’re not going to be able to turn it into a
a new tax on sugary beverages and a new millionaire’s tax, a fair tax; it’s gonna take
sales tax on several services. If all that were us three years.”
implemented, state government would be The Republicans used that second snip-
taxing residents billions of dollars more pet to claim that Pritzker wasn’t telling the
than it ever has before. truth to reporters earlier in the day. And
So apparently you can only be for the their point has merit.
massive tax hikes that Rauner wants. Rauner insists his plan is better because
Otherwise, you’ll be portrayed as being tax hikes are coupled with his reforms.
in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s But even his full package of reforms from
hip pocket. back in 2015 would’ve only slightly moved
The Illinois Republican Party obtained the economic and budgetary needles,
audio of Pritzker speaking at a private according to the analysis he sent to legisla-
Democratic event. In one snippet, Pritzker tors that year. His reform demands have
is heard saying, “Let’s remind everybody, since been significantly scaled back. And
the tax used to be 5 percent, and [Rauner] while some of his reforms are undoubtedly
let it lapse down to three and three-quar- needed (particularly reducing workers’
ters percent. And that’s what started a lot comp costs), much of the rest is little more
of the problems that we’ve got in the state. than political window dressing (term
So, if you just put it back that’s $5 billion. limits) and has next to nothing to do with
That doesn’t get you everything you need, spurring growth.
but it’s a good way toward, you know, We are in this hole because our leaders
toward getting real revenue in the state.” refused to be honest, starting with the 2011
The comment was eerily similar to one “temporary” tax hike, right through the
made by Madigan in late 2015. “A good 2014 campaign and then allowing the tax
place to begin,” Madigan said back then, hike to partially expire and then fighting
“would be the level we were at before the over who would blink first on raising taxes
income tax expired. Starting there, you and accepting “reforms.”
can go in whatever direction you want to And the public prefers the lies. Polls
go.” Rauner immediately pounced on that show Illinoisans are convinced some-
comment to claim that Madigan wanted to body else should solve the problem, either
raise the income tax above 5 percent, even millionaires via taxation (which wouldn’t
though he never actually said that. raise enough cash) or the faceless bureau-
Pritzker’s private comments along with cracy via cuts (except for just about every
a claim that he’s in league with Madigan’s state program under the sun).
“plan” were sent to reporters hours before Again, I suppose it’s too much to ask
Pritzker’s official campaign kickoff. that candidates and the governor are
“I think that we ought to start with honest about this stuff. But that means this
the millionaires and billionaires and contest could not only turn out to be the
make sure that they’re paying taxes first,” most expensive in Illinois history; it could
Pritzker responded when asked, in appar- also be the most dishonest.
ent reference to a graduated income tax
or a surcharge on the wealthy, according Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily
to the the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re political newsletter) and
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interview, he enters carrying what Genesius Guild’s 2015 Macbeth, four
Publishing since 1993 he calls his “rehearsal bag” – a years as an improv performer with
The River Cities’ Reader is an independent backpack emblazoned with the ComedySportz, and even more years
newspaper published every other Thursday, Green Lantern insignia. “I bring as a mainstage actor for Davenport
and available free throughout the Quad it everywhere,” he says, eventu- Junior Theatre. (Although we never
Cities and surrounding areas. ally pulling out a stack of reading shared a scene, Jones and I also
© 2017 River Cities’ Reader material currently aiding him in appeared in 2015’s The Pillowman
his title role as William Shake- for the QC Theatre Workshop, and
AD DEADLINE: speare’s Richard III. There isn’t a are playing father and son – our first
5 p.m. Wednesday prior to publication DC Comic in sight. time acting together – in August’s
One of the bag’s items, under- Brighton Beach Memoirs for Augus-
PUBLISHER standably, is the script for Richard tana College’s debuting Mississippi
Todd McGreevy
III, which runs at St. Ambrose from Bend Players.)
EDITOR April 21 (Jones’ birthday) through But if you have seen a recent SAU
Kathleen McCarthy April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday). show, you’ve no doubt seen Jones,
EDITORIAL That script sits atop another copy whose list of famed characters – to
Managing Editor: of the Bard’s historical tragedy, say nothing of his considerable
Jeff Ignatius • which Jones peruses for its extensive talent – would be impressive for an
Arts Editor, Calendar Editor: footnotes. Then there’s the Dan Jones actor of any age. Richard Roma in
Mike Schulz • book The Wars of the Roses: The Fall Glengarry Glen Ross. Leo Frank in
Contributing Writers: Amy Alkon, Jeff Ashcraft, Hannah of the Plantagenets & the Rise of the Parade. Lancelot (and others) in
Bates, Rob Brezsny, Dee Canfield, Rich Miller, Frederick Tudors, which Jones – Sam Jones Monty Python’s Spamalot. Eilert
Morden, Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs, Bruce Walters – says he first read “about a year- Løvborg in Hedda Gabler. Trinculo
and-a-half ago, because I really like in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
ADVERTISING Medieval history,” and which is cur- And now Richard III, which is not
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rently being re-read for insight into only one of the most sought-after
King Richard’s 15th Century reign. Kayla Lansing and Sam Jones roles in Elizabethan theatre, but –
Advertising Coordinator: Yet another book from the depending on the source – the figure
Nathan Klaus bag is Year of the King by British notoriously loathsome figure he’ll be play- with either the most or (because of
Advertising rates, publishing schedule, acting legend Antony Sher. “This is one ing on-stage. I ask if he has it committed to Hamlet) second-most lines in any single
demographics, and more are available at of my favorites,” says Jones. “Antony Sher memory. Barring only minor paraphrasing, Shakespearean text. So is the process of famously did Richard III for the Royal he does: taking on such an intimidating character,
Shakespeare Company, and this is his and memorizing all those lines, also fun?
DESIGN/PRODUCTION actor’s diary on the process. It’s just amaz- “I had no father, I am like no father; “Yes,” says Jones with the slow nod and
Art Director, Production Manager:
ing. He talks about his doubts about playing I have no brother, I am like no brother; wide grin of a true Shakespeare aficionado.
Spencer Rabe •
Graphic Artist:
the character, and the kind of monumental And this word, ‘love,’ which greybeards “Yes yes yes yes yes.”
Nathan Klaus • task of taking on one of Shakespeare’s most call divine,
famous roles, especially when it’s been done Be resident in men like one another Poetic Words and a Dope
ADMINISTRATION so many times. Like, ‘How can we keep And not in me – I am myself alone.” Mohawk
Business Manager: Kathleen McCarthy reinventing these roles? Do we need to keep Like many who are similarly Daven-
Office Administrator, Circulation Manager: reinventing these roles?’” Given all this Bard-ian angst, I then ask port-born and -bred, the SAU student’s
Rick Martin • And the fifth literary supplement Jones Jones if he’s also reading anything these theatrical interests originated at Daven-
Distribution: Cheri DeLay, shows me is a brown leather journal that days for, you know, fun. And happily, he port Junior Theatre, where Jones began
Greg FitzPatrick, N. Ingalls, H. Keyser, he says contains “all of my notes – every- gives the exact answer you’d expect, and taking classes at age five. In his early years
N. Rice, Jay Strickland
thing I’ve taken on my own in classes and hope for, from a longtime theatre lover and with the organization, says Jones, “It was
rehearsals.” At one point, Jones opens it to Shakespeare fan assigned to such a canoni- just another thing that I did, and I took
a page featuring a portion of Richard III’s cal character: “This is fun.” some time off from it here and there. But it
soliloquy from Henry VI: Part III, gives it to Even if you haven’t seen a St. Ambrose really became consistent when I got to be
me to read, and says it might be his favorite production in the last four years, you may
quote in terms of understanding the have easily seen Jones on a different area Continued On Page 8
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THEATRE Continued From Page 7 By Mike Schulz

Now Is the Springtime of His Deep Content
about 11. That’s when it became kind of a another language. But it’s amazing how the stage and just circle back on. I was like, chilling quality – So much verbal bile! So
haven for me. when you really get into doing Shake- ‘This is ridiculous!’” many murders! – will be one of his signifi-
“In my sixth-grade year,” says Jones, speare, you understand it. And now he’s cant challenges in presenting the character
“there were a bunch of seniors that had my favorite. “I’m Not Gonna Like You!” to audiences.
been there forever. This was like their “I mean, there’s so much to delve into, It’s accurate to describe Richard III as “About two weeks ago,” he recalls, “an
last hurrah, and I was just coming in for you know? The characters, the plots – a dream part for Jones, who calls it “one older lady was talking to a couple of us
mainstage shows. And there was some- they’re all complex and interesting, and of my three favorite roles in Shakespeare. actors, and she said, ‘Oh, you’re doing
thing about their experience and how they there’s so much to talk about and try to One of them is kind of cheating because Richard! Who’s playing Richard?’ I said it
treated me as a sixth-grader that I hung understand. And it’s the words, of course. he’s in three different shows, but it’s Prince was me, and she was like, ‘Oh ... very evil.
onto. They were awesome people, and They’re poetic and beautiful and inspiring Hal, who turns into Henry V. He’s my I’m not gonna like you!’ And I realized
even though there was this huge age gap, and challenging ... . I think that’s what I favorite. But then it would be Richard and there’s this preconceived notion about
they reached out to the sixth-, seventh-, like most. The challenge. [Othello’s] Iago. And then Hamlet ... but Richard that he’s pure evil. That he doesn’t
eighth-graders, and showed us that this “So yeah, it was really fun from the that’s different, you know? Every actor have any morals. And maybe he doesn’t.
was something that needed to keep going. beginning. I learned a lot about the basics wants to play Hamlet on some level – and But I don’t think he’s a villain. I think he
That’s where I learned what it was like to in Midsummer. And,” says Jones with a should want to. It just seems like that plays a villain because he has to. Because
enjoy theatre, and the people I was with, laugh, “I got to have a dope Mohawk in mountain peak everybody kind of wants he feels like he has to.
and really be a professional.” that one, too.” to climb.” “He grew up during the Wars of the
Jones, however, says his true turning While his résumé has subsequently Yet as anyone familiar with Richard Roses,” Jones continues. “All he ever knew
point – the moment he began considering boasted dozens of contemporary roles – or, III knows, even Hamlet doesn’t begin his was war. And he doesn’t understand love
theatre as a career – came in eighth grade as with Hedda Gabler and The Sound of stage journey at the top of the mountain because he’s never been given love. So I
with the 2008 arrival of Junior Theatre’s Music, more-contemporary roles – Jones the way Richard does. think he’s a product of his time and these
new artistic director, Daniel D.P. Sheridan. keeps finding his way back to Shakespeare. “You start the whole show with the most circumstances that he’s been placed into.
“Daniel really taught me how to be an Genesius Guild’s Macbeth found him famous line in the show,” says Jones, “and Yes, he’s a deeply troubled man who does
actor,” says Jones. “And how to have power portraying a sergeant and Young Siward it is so daunting. Like, my heart beats out very, very evil things that can’t be forgiven.
as an actor. I was very raw with everything alongside “a lot of passionate people that of my chest before I say the first line: ‘Now But I think it would be a disservice to
until he got there. Especially at that age, I really do love to do Shakespeare. They love is the winter of our discontent. Made glori- Richard as a character to just dislike him,
was very all-over-the-place, and I had a lot their Shakespeare there. And I got to do ous summer by this sun of York ... .’ It’s like or disregard him. Because I think there’s
of energy. But he taught me how to use it, some sword-fighting, which was cool.” starting Hamlet with ‘To be, or not to be something to be learned there. He’s a
and contain it. Also in 2015, as a St. Ambrose student, ... .’ I mean, you don’t get a break – you’re human in search of a soul.
“This is such a simple thing,” he contin- Jones played the title role in Macbeth for starting with the big thing.” “I mean, even the folio of Richard is
ues, “but Daniel would’ve been the first an advanced-acting class – “a one-hour Not that there’s any end to the big things called The Tragedy of Richard III. So I
person to show me how to just plant my Macbeth we did at midnight in the Rogal- where Richard is concerned. As the his- think he’s a tragic hero. I think he wants
feet and be present in the space. And he ski Center. It was kind of rashly thrown torical figure was born with curvature of love, and has the capability to love, but
has this talent for treating everybody, no together, very raw, where we all worked on the spine, he’s often referred to as a hunch- doesn’t know how – which is something,
matter what age they are, like a profes- it mostly on our own, practiced it a couple back, with portrayals of the character at least. Under different circumstances,
sional from the first second he meets them. times, and just did it. But it was fun. I tending to follow suit. For Jones’ take on I think he would’ve been a fabulous
Like they’re capable of doing more than mean, come on. Macbeth at midnight!” the role, “I kind of have a bend to my leg, politician. He’s brilliant and cunning and,
they think.” Which, for many student And this past fall, Jones enacted the and one of my arms is useless, and I know oh my God, he’s a wordsmith. He could
talents, might well include Shakespeare. jester Trinculo opposite Jackson Green’s there’s going to be some sort of deformity actually be great at running a state. It’s
It was at Junior Theatre that Jones Stephano in SAU’s The Tempest, which built into the costume, as well. just that, by the time he does become king,
performed his first Elizabethan role, Jones calls “a really different experience, “But it’s going to be rather small,” Jones he’s gone, because of all these evil things
portraying the fairy king Oberon in a because everybody else kind of had more continues, “because we all kind of agreed he’s done.”
2011 production – one with a distinctly, serious parts in it, and we were cut out that we didn’t want to make a big deal out Jones laughs. “Man, the role is daunt-
memorably 1980s slant – of A Midsummer from all of the seriousness. We cut that of the deformity. He truly believes himself ing. And it can be a little overwhelming
Night’s Dream. And although the chal- show down a lot, and a lot of those cuts to be something spited by nature: ‘Sent sometimes. Like, ‘Wow, this is a lot to try
lenge may have been a formidable one for were from our scenes; I honestly don’t before my time. Into this breathing world, to conceive all in one speech.’ But Ron has
Jones, Sheridan says he didn’t doubt that think we were on-stage for more than 15 scarce half made up.’ But he doesn’t make been doing a really great job of simplifying
success would follow. minutes, and it was mostly slapstick. So we excuses for what he is, or how he looks. things for me when I need it, because I can
“Sam best applies himself when his were like a whole other entity, and after a If you get too caught up in that, then you definitely get caught up in the intricacies
heart is in something,” says Sheridan, “and certain while, I felt like I was reaching for don’t understand that it’s Richard’s words of character. All these machinations, as
even then, you could tell he had a knack something that wasn’t there. It was good, that matter. That’s his real weapon.” an actor, that let you feel and understand
and a taste for the classics” that has clearly but I wish we had more.” According to Richard III director Ron everything Richard’s going through. It’s
continued beyond Jones’ Junior Theatre With Richard III, Jones has certainly Clark, words are Jones’ chief weapon, definitely a challenge. But it’s a challenge
tenure. “As soon as he knew Richard found his “more.” too. “Sam’s proficiency with language is I’m excited for.”
was being done, he came knocking and “I don’t know how long Richard is remarkable,” says Clark. “He has been
reading all he could.” (Regarding Jones’ without cuts,” he says. “It’s got to be at least incredibly well-prepared during this Richard III runs at St. Ambrose Univer-
subsequent casting in the lead, Sheridan four hours. But ours is probably two-and- process, and I’m impressed with his sity’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 North
adds, “I’m actually a little jealous.”) a-half, and it feels like most of the stuff thoughtful interpretation of the char- Gaines Street, Davenport) April 21 through
“It was sort of difficult,” says Jones of his that’s cut isn’t my stuff. We ran through acter and analytical skills. I think his 23, with Friday and Saturday performances
first foray into Shakespeare, “because I was the whole show just kind of stumbling performance will be clear, charming, and at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s performance at 3
learning everything from the ground up, through it, and at the end, there were three quite chilling.” p.m. For tickets and more information, call
and at first, it is sort of like you’re reading or four scenes in a row where I would leave Jones clearly understands that Richard’s (563)333-6251 or visit
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Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club
(The River Cities’ Reader each month will
feature an image or images from the Quad Cities
Photography Club.)

cott County Park has a lot to offer a photog-
rapher in search of a subject. Quad Cities
Photography Club member Dale Fehr headed
there with his camera to hike the trails on a nice day
in November with a little snow on the ground. He
enjoyed and had success with his images from the
hike, but then decided to try some pictures of Olde
St. Ann’s Church in the park’s Dan Nagle Walnut
Grove Pioneer Village. He stated: “The clouds were
very cool, so I took the photo from a lower angle
to include more clouds and give the steeple more
Dale used a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with a Canon
EF-S 10-18-millimeter lens at 12 millimeters. He
used a tripod and shot the image at f/18, 1/25th of a
second, and ISO 100. He used Lightroom to process
the raw image and did some dodging to enhance the
stained-glass windows.

The Quad Cities Photography Club welcomes visitors
and new members. The club sponsors numerous
activities encompassing many types and aspects of
photography. It holds digital and print competitions
most months. At its meetings, members discuss the
images, help each other to improve, and socialize. The
club also holds special learning workshops and small
groups that meet on specific photography topics, and
occasionally offers interesting shooting opportunities.
The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the
month September through June at the Butterworth
Center, 1105 Eighth Street in Moline.

For more information on the club, visit

Photo by Dale Fehr
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What’s Happenin’
Most of Johnson’s 1990s were spent as lead vocalist and
guitarist for Brother Crane, which released three albums that
yielded three number-one singles. After eight years of record-
ing and performing as headliners and support on tours with
Van Halen, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, and Lynyrd Skinner,
Brother Crane eventually disbanded in 1998. But Johnson
would spend the next dozen years no less busy, his résumé
boasting songwriting for Stevie Nicks, Carlos Santana, and
Ted Nugent, guitar duties for Sammy Hagar and John Waite,
and four years as a band member for Alice Cooper.
Warwick, in addition to his long association with The
Almighty, spent significant portions of the ’90s with the
rock outfits The Stiff Little Fingers and (sic). But after
The Almighty’s (second) disbandment in 2001, Warwick
spent most of the aughts employed as a solo artist, with
his acoustic releases including 2003’s Tattoos & Alibis
and 2005’s Love Many Trust Few, and his solo talents
showcased in European tours with headliners Bob Dylan,
Sheryl Crow, and Keith Caputo. Then, in 2009, he was
invited to be a member of iconic rock act Thin Lizzy.
And then, two years later, so was Johnson.
It may have been an incredibly roundabout way to a
musical partnership, but few could argue that the wait
wasn’t worth it. Not only have Johnson and Warwick

Alabama, 52-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Johnson achieved enormous success with both Thin Lizzy and
formed his first garage band as an eighth-grader, and their co-founded project Black Stars Riders, but their
spent his teen years playing clubs throughout northeast rock-duo tours – such as the one bringing them to Rascals
Damon Johnson & Ricky Warwick Alabama. At age 23, he moved to Birmingham to join the Live – have earned fan adoration and critical acclaim
Rascals Live rockers of Split the Dark – winners of MTV’s 1986 “Base- for their intimate, acoustic takes on the artists’ collec-
Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m. ment Tapes Competition” – and, by the end of the 1980s, tive oeuvre. Andy Nathan, at GetReadyToRock.Me.UK,
he had enjoyed guitarist tenures with four other bands: described one particular Johnson/Warwick concert as

O n April 22, Rascals Live will host a special acoustic
concert with power-rock stalwarts Damon Johnson
and Ricky Warwick, whose third album as members
Witness, Delta Rebels, Chinatown, and Chyld.
Fifty-year-old Warwick, by contrast, was born and
raised in Newtownards, County Down in Northern
“good-humored throughout as the pair swapped stories
and banter and one anecdote about both growing up
on chicken farms (don’t ask),” resulting in a night that
of Black Star Riders recently hit number six on the UK Ireland, although – like Johnson – he, too, was a nascent “showed that it is attitude and passion, rather than the
charts. Given that they’ve collaborated with the likes of singer/songwriter with an early gift for the guitar. War- level of your amplification, that makes for a great rock
Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow, and Ted Nugent, wick’s 1980s found him invited to join the rock musicians ’n’ roll show.” That and, apparently, shared insight on the
you may wonder, after their area performance, how we of New Model Army as rhythm guitarist for their Ghost of lives of chicken farmers. But I won’t ask.
were lucky enough to find them in Moline. But consider- Cain album’s world tour, and by decade’s end he had left Damon Johnson & Ricky Warwick play Rascals Live on
ing their individual backgrounds, the bigger question is: the band to co-found The Almighty, a heavy-metal group April 22 at 8 p.m., tickets are $20 to $30, and more infor-
How were they lucky enough to find each other? that toured extensively alongside legends such as Mega- mation on the evening is available by calling (309)797-
Born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in Monroeville, deth, Iron Maiden, and Metallica. 9457 or visiting

A fter premiering in England in 1991,
the musical sensation Stomp made
its United States debut at off-Broadway’s
to President Bill Clinton’s millennium
celebration to the closing ceremony of
the 2012 Summer Olympics. Now, local
Quad Cities engagement, try your hand
at the following true-or-false quiz, with
a “true” for items that have been used as
Orpheum Theatre in February 1994. audiences will be able to witness this Stomp percussion, and “false” for those
More than 23 years later, it’s still there. unforgettable explosion of movement that haven’t.
I’d complain that Stomp was being a tad and sound – a production the New York
  1) buckets   7) shoes
territorial, but the show would likely Times called “irresistibly frisky” – when
  2) garbage cans   8) playing cards
just take my complaint and turn into an Stomp lands at Davenport’s Adler The-
  3) wet socks   9) cigarette lighters
electrifying 10-minute dance routine. atre on April 25 boasting updated and

  4) brooms 10) blenders
A crowd-pleasing showcase on the art re-structured material as well as all of
  5) pipes 11) apples
of turning found objects into musical the provocative, sophisticated, sexy, and
  6) miniature tow 12) back issues of the
and dance genius, the Stomp experi- utterly unique thrills that have made the
Stomp ence is nothing short of legendary, with show beloved by worldwide audiences of
trucks River Cities’ Reader
Adler Theatre its casts having performed in every- every age. For tickets to Stomp, call (800)745-
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. thing from the Sydney Opera House So in honor of the touring show’s 3000 or visit
Answers: “True” for all but the Reader ... but the show is being performed just down the street, so ya know ... . Fingers crossed!
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By Mike Schulz

What Else Is Happenin’
Thursday, April 13 – Six Organs of
Admittance. A Moeller Nights concert of
guitar-based folk in the primary musical
project of Ben Chasny. Triple Crown Whiskey
Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 East Third Street,
Davenport). 8:30 p.m. $10-15. For information,
Thursday, April 13, and Friday, April 14 –
Liverpool Legends: The Complete Beatles
Experience. Touring concert tribute to the
Fab Four. Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf (1777
Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $10-25. For
tickets and information, call (800)843-4753 or
visit Aaron Lee Tasjan @ Daytrotter – April 15

Friday, April 14 – Dyle Bramhall II. Concert
with the blues, rock, and soul singer/songwriter drummer Manuel Lopez III, and tenor
and guitarist, featuring an opening set by saxophonist Josh Forbes. Black Hawk College’s
Future Stuff. The Redstone Room (129 Main Building Four Hawk’s Nest (6600 34th Avenue,
Calliope Musicals Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $32.50-33. For tickets Moline). 7:30 p.m. Free. For information, call
(309)796-5479 or visit
The Redstone Room and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
Thursday, April 20 – The Sextones and For an interview
Friday, April 21, 9 p.m. with Bramhall, visit Have Your Cake. Concert co-headlined by
Friday, April 14 – Lorrie Morgan. Touring the soul/funk musicians and the Cake tribute

W inners of the “Best New Austin Band” citation at the 2016 SXSW festival, the
exuberant, psychedelic-folk artists of Calliope Musicals bring their tour to
Davenport’s Redstone Room on April 21. And if you choose to view only one online
country vocalist in concert, featuring an opening
set by Jodi Miller. Adler Theatre (136 East Third
Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $43-73. For tickets, call
artists, featuring an opening set by The Good
Company. The Redstone Room (129 Main
Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $11.50-14. For
(800)745-3000 or visit tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or
band interview conducted by a nine-year-old girl this year, I urge you to check out
Saturday, April 15 – I Love the ’90s Tour. visit, where an adorable kid named Mabel queries the group about Friday, April 21 – The Obsessed. Concert
An evening of chart-topping hits with Salt-
their collective love of camping, gets some sage growing-up advice, and learns from N-Pepa, All-4-One, Color Me Badd, Coolio, with the Maryland-based heavy-metal musicians,
lead vocalist Carrie Fussell the tricks behind performing a perfect Snoopy Dance. Tone Lōc, Rob Base, and Young MC. iWireless featuring opening sets by Karma to Burn and
Which is fitting, because to hear reviewers tells it, a Calliope Musicals concert itself Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. Fatso Jetson. Rock Island Brewing Company
is like the stage embodiment of a Snoopy Dance. $45. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit
Founded by Fussell and vocalist/guitarist Matt Roth, the Austin-based ensemble
Saturday, April 15 – Aaron Lee Tasjan. Friday, April 21 – Bucktown Revue.
also boasts Josh Bickley on drums, Craig Finkelstein on vibraphone, Andrew Variety show in the tradition of A Prairie Home
Nashville-based singer/songwriter in concert
Vizzone on bass, and Chris Webb on guitar. But if you want to know the secret featuring opening sets by Lewis Knudsen Companion, featuring emcee Scott Tunnicliff,
ingredient to Calliope Musicals’ psych-folk traveling party, it might lie with touring and Esme Alexis. Daytrotter (324 Brady Street, area comedians and musicians including the
partner Jerry Sparkman, whose credit as the group’s “Confetti Cat” is a literal one – Davenport). 8 p.m. $8-10. For information, call Barley House Band and Milltown, and special
he’s the guy, frequently dressed as an alien and/or unicorn, who gets to shoot off the (563)293-3240 or visit guests. Nighswander Theatre (2822 Eastern
confetti cannons for which the band’s sets are famed. Saturday, April 15 – Mandy Barnett: Avenue, Davenport). 7 p.m. $13 at the door.
Sweet Dreams. An evening of Patsy Cline’s For information, call (563)940-0508 or visit
While shredded paper fills the air, the atmosphere at a Calliope Musicals concert
country and pop hits with the touring Nashville
is also filled with the kind of uplifting, dance-worthy electricity that – according Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23 –
singer. Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 East
to the group’s Facebook biography – “exudes feel-good vibes that aim to swallow Platt Street, Maquoketa). 7 p.m. $13-25. For Nova Singers: A Cappella Masterworks. The
listeners and spit them out as happier versions of their former selves.” And between tickets and information, call (563)652-9815 or professional vocal ensemble performs some of
their buoyant tour stops and the 2016 release of the musicians’ first full-length visit the greatest works written for a cappella choir,
album, Time Owes You Nothing, Calliope Musicals has clearly left plenty of listeners, Sunday, April 16 – Willie Pickens Trio. under the direction of Laura Lane. Saturday:
post-spitting, awfully darned happy. Polyrhythms presents a concert in the Third First Lutheran Church (364 East Water Street,
Sunday Jazz Matinée Series with the jazz Galesburg), 7:30 p.m. Sunday: St. Paul Lutheran
According to Talent Monthly magazine, “Calliope Musicals has created one of the
pianist, Ron Wilson, and Manuel Lopez III, Church (2136 Brady Street, Davenport), 4
most incredible stage shows in the country.” Beats Per Minute magazine raves about p.m. $15-18. For tickets and information, call
preceded by a Demystifying Jazz Workshop.
the ensemble’s “chest-rattling bass and percussion that could shake a mountain to The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, (309)341-7038 or visit
its foundation.” NPR has described the group as “a vibrant psych-folk band whose Davenport). 6 p.m. concert, $10-15, suggested Sunday, April 23 – Sondre Lerche. A
shows are spectacles of concentrated celebration.” And according to Texas’ KUTX $10 piano-restoration donation. 3 p.m. Moeller Nights concert with the Norwegian
radio station, “This Austin six-piece channels youthful energy that shows how much workshop, $5, free for students. For tickets singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
and information, call (309)373-0790 or visit Baked Beer & Bread Co. (1113 Mound Street,
enjoyment can be found in life,” and is “like a bunch of kids who got really good at or Davenport). 7 p.m. $15. For information, visit
their instruments instead of growing up.” Damn. Had I know that was an option in
Wednesday, April 19 – Black Hawk
my youth, I would’ve spent way more time with my clarinet. College Jazz Festival. Twenty-fifth-annual Monday, April 24 – Dressy Bessy. Denver-
Calliope Musicals performs locally with an opening set by Paper Bird – whose concert event, featuring performances by based indie rockers in a Moeller Nights concert
band name suggests they may wanna steer clear of the headliners’ confetti cannon – trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and the BHC featuring opening sets by Arc Flash and Bottom
and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)326-1333 or visiting Jazz Band, with special guest artists including pianist Corey Kendrick, bassist Ron Wilson, Continued On Page 12
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What Else Is Happenin’ TCH IT
Dollars. Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon
Motel (304 East Third Street, Davenport). 8:30
p.m. For information, visit
Wednesday, April 26 – The Lacs. Concert
with the Southern rap and rock musicians
featuring an opening set by 3andTwenty.
The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $22-27.50. For tickets
and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
Wednesday, April 26 – The Hackensaw
Schulz’s Review of
Boys. A Moeller Nights concert with the Nova Singers in A Cappella Masterworks – the Latest Movies On Demand
April 22 and 23
folk and Americana string band, featuring
an opening set by The Tillers. Triple Crown
Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Theodore Melfi’s wonderfully
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 East Third
Davenport). Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.- assured space-race drama scores
Street, Davenport). 8:30 p.m. For information,
5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 its biggest points through
p.m. Free with $4-7 admission. For information, simplicity and sincerity, and what
THEATRE call (563)326-7804 or visit results is a rousing, legitimately
Thursday, April 20, through Thursday, May inspiring crowd-pleaser
Thursday, April 20, through Saturday, 11 – 2017 Senior Honors Exhibitions. Displays showcasing a trio of leads with
April 29 – The Tin Woman. Sean Grennan’s of work by student artists Morgan Allen, Emma dazzling chemistry. (Same day as
drama about a heart-transplant recipient, Hubner, Lindsay O’Brien, and Jonathan Wray. DVD.)
directed by Aaron Lord. The Black Box Theatre St. Ambrose University’s Catich and Morrissey
(1623 Fifth Avenue, Moline). Thursday through galleries (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport).
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. $16. For Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday LA LA LAND
tickets and information, call (563)284-2350 or 10 a.m.-4 p.m (Catich) and noon-4 p.m. Given the colors, music, and
visit (Morrissey). Free. For information, call (563)333- radiant affection shared by Ryan
Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 6444 or visit Gosling and Emma Stone, Damien
30 – Out of Sight, Out of Murder. Comedy Friday, April 21, through Saturday, May Chazelle’s tale of Hollywood
mystery by Fred Carmichael, directed by John 13 – 2017 Senior Art Exhibition. Displayed hopefuls is such a breathtaking
Donald O’Shea. Richmond Hill Barn Theatre works including the senior-inquiry projects visual and aural marvel that you
(600 Robinson Drive, Geneseo). Thursday of the Augustana College studio-art and feel as if both it and you might just
through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $12. graphic-design majors from the class of 2017. explode from happiness.
For tickets and information, call (309)944-2244 Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art (Same day as DVD.)
or visit (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and
Thursday, April 20, through Saturday, Saturday noon-4 p.m. and by appointment.
May 13 – Big Nate: The Musical. Family- Free. For information, call (309)794-7400 or visit SPLIT
musical comedy inspired by the comic-strip The latest creep-out by M. Night
character, directed by Brad Hauskins. Circa Shymalan, perhaps his finest yet, is
’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue,
Rock Island). Scheduled 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
EVENTS a scary, funny, nerve-racking
experience with emotional heft,
Friday, April 21 – Magic Men Live! Themed
performances on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and it boasts no fewer than three
acts and choreography with the touring male
and Saturday. $8.50 show-only admission. For outstanding performances – many
exotic dancers. Adler Theatre (136 East Third
tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 more if you include all of star James
Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $23-73. For tickets, call
extension 2, or visit McAvoy’s personalities.
(800)745-3000 or visit
Friday, April 21, through Sunday, April (Same day as DVD.)
Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22
23 – Richard III. William Shakespeare’s
– Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque. Local
historical tragedy, directed by Ron Clark and
burlesque with the Quad Cities troupe and area
choreographed by Jeff Coussens. St. Ambrose
comedians. Circa ’21 Speakeasy (1818 Third
University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101
Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $18-20. For tickets
North Gaines Street, Davenport). Friday and
and information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $8-11. For
or visit
tickets and information, call (563)333-6251 or
Saturday, April 22 – Gilda’s Run for Catch your favorite movies
Laughs. Annual fundraising event for Gilda’s
and shows from ABC, NBC, CBS,
DANCE Club of the Quad Cities featuring a one-mile
fun run at 9 a.m. and 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m., FOX, STARZ®, ENCORE® and more.
Saturday, April 22 – Augustana Dance with a post-race party at RIBCO featuring
Company. Spring performance featuring tribute band Bluz Brother. The District of Rock
Plus, watch over 19,000 titles
pieces choreographed by members of the Island. $15-30 registration. For information, call at the press of a button!
company, showcasing genres including tap, (563)326-7504 or visit
ballet, and hip hop. Augustana College’s Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April
Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock 23 – QC Game Fest. Convention gathering WANT EVEN MORE? VISIT
Island). 7 p.m. $4-9, ages 12 and under free. For
tickets and information, call (309)794-7306 or
admirers of board games, RPGs, miniatures,
and card games. Davenport RiverCenter
visit (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 8 a.m. & CLICK ON TV EVERYWHERE!
doors, 9 a.m. events. For information, visit
Saturday, April 15, through Sunday, April
23 – Young Artists at the Figge: Davenport
Schools. Exhibition of works by student artists.
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz •

A Quadruple-Feature That Only Starts Blue
F riday, April 7, 10:05 a.m.-ish: To
misquote Dickens, 10:05 proves the
best of time and the worst of time. The best
old man gonna die on no park bench, espe-
cially if he could be conceivably recruited
for a sequel. Heaven knows any excuse to see
because I’m currently seated next to my Arkin, Michael Caine, and Morgan Free-
favorite movie-going companion under the man in leading roles can’t be a wholly bad
age of three. The worst because the movie one, and as they formulate a plan to screw
we’re seeing is the animated Smurfs: The a bank that’s been screwing its customers,
Lost Village, which turns out to be like the these three pros share a relaxed camaraderie
live-action Smurfs from 2011 and 2013 if that gets you through even screenwriter
you surgically removed Hank Azaria, Neil Theodore Melfi’s most-maudlin situations
Patrick Harris, and Jayma Mays. In other and lamest jokes. Yet especially when com-
words: awful. pared to the original, Braff’s update is obvi-
There’s always been something gross ous, crass, and condescending, and doesn’t
about the origin story for Smurfette, whom blink at wasting the unusually fine support-
the nefarious Gargamel created out of clay ing crew of Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon, Joey
to infiltrate and help destroy the Smurfs King, Peter Serafinowicz, John Ortiz, Kenan
before their inherent goodness so warmed Thompson, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan. Your Name
her heart that she turned into a blond. Yet Of the film’s entire cast, the only one who
while director Kelly Asbury and screen- makes me laugh is Christopher Lloyd. But Memento, then Twelfth Night, then (gulp!) doesn’t even make passing comment on the
writers Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon I must admit that I (and my fellow patrons) The Lake House, then Back to the Future ... . Strobels and their young daughter tooling
may think they’re doing damage control laugh a lot, because what Lloyd delivers And right when you think you finally have along the highway sans seat belts. (Lee aero-
by giving our generically feisty heroine is nothing less than Taxi’s Reverend Jim the wildly inventive Your Name pegged, it sol-spraying his perfect ’do in place was also a
(Demi Lovato) an all-girl village to romp Ignatowski 40 years on, as pop-eyed and does one final flip with scenes on a train car nice touch, as were his jean-shorts-and-black-
about in, their plot so insistently casts her addled and riotous as ever. If a Going in Style and at a crater lake and on a flight of stairs, socks ensemble and our seeing the period’s
as a non-Smurf “other” in need of rescue sequel is in the offing, please let Lloyd be the and turns into a romantic tearjerker to rival beloved “Uh-one, uh-two, uh-three ... !”
that she’s still treated rather insultingly. (I’d first one asked to return, and please let his An Affair to Remember. By the time the cred- Tootsie Pop commercial.) Screenwriter Brian
also call the film’s “You matter even if you’re answer be “Okey-DOKE!!!” its roll, I’ve spent about 15 minutes crying Bird provides loads of funny, telling details,
not a boy!” moral insulting if there weren’t buckets at this thing, and would’ve made a such as Lee’s Chicago-based snobbery in not
stupider ones on hand, among them “Don’t 1:35 p.m.-ish: Just before the under-pro- successfully dignified exit had I not opened wanting to travel for interviews in Wisconsin
save mean people from drowning!” and “If moted Japanese anime Your Name begins, the theater door to four cineplex employees and Indiana. And good God but The Case for
loved ones die, cry a little and they’ll come two patrons enter the auditorium, and one all clearly aware of the nearly 50-year-old Christ is well-acted, with the supporting cast
back to life!”) Smurfs: The Lost Village is of the pair – noticing the paltry few already man wiping away tears. Damned ushers. boasting L. Scott Caldwell, Robert Forster,
just as manic as you’d expect, particularly sitting – says, “Oh, man, there’s actually Always there when you don’t want ’em. Frankie Faison, and Faye Dunaway (!), and
when we’re being Avatar-ded by trippy people here.” I know! I was shocked, too! By leads Mike Vogel’s and Erika Christensen’s
jungle creatures and besieged by protracted film’s end, though, I’m feeling sympathy for 3:35-ish: Decision time. I can either stick marital squabbles ceaselessly passionate and
slapstick mayhem and the shrieking antics everyone who isn’t there, because writer/ around Davenport for the 4:20 screening of truthful. In terms of moving and memorable
of Clumsy Smurf, voiced by a too-aptly- director Makoto Shinkai’s achievement is The Case for Christ, or make a mad dash to screen couples, this duo may not be Taki and
named Jack McBrayer. But this adult didn’t utterly glorious – an unclassifiable genre Moline, miss 15 minutes of (likely) non- Mitsuha, but as actual humans go, they more
find it the least bit charming or funny, and mash-up that emerges as a bold, devastat- secular trailers, and catch a 3:35 showing than suffice.
even my two-year-old pal appeared far less ing, hugely entertaining original. (Shinkai’s there instead. Not choosing option three
invested than she was at The Boss Baby or movie was in contention for the 2016 Ani- – skipping the movie altogether – I hightail 5:40-ish: Driving home happy –
even Rock Dog – although she did cackle at mated Feature Oscar, and how it didn’t make it to Illinois and wind up glad I did, as my particularly upon realizing I finished a
one of this family comedy’s de rigueur fart the final lineup I’ll never know.) Although it Your Name high isn’t ruined in the slightest. quadruple-feature and still didn’t put in a
jokes. “He tooted!” she happily exclaimed. takes an impressively long time for the nar- If anything, it’s intensified, because director full eight-hour work day. Please don’t tell
Yes, honey. The whole movie tooted. rative to become clear(ish), you may initially Jon Gunn’s faith-based drama is unexpect- my boss.
think you’re at a gorgeously animated Freaky edly terrific, and so superior to Gunn’s 2015
11:45-ish: I haven’t seen 1979’s elderly- Friday, with protagonists Taki and Mitsuha Do You Believe? that it’s almost as though the For reviews of The Boss Baby, Ghost in the
bank-robbers comedy Going in Style in at – the former a teen male living in Tokyo, the man was engaged in a body-switching ritual Shell, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and other cur-
least 35 years, but my childhood memory of latter a teen female living in its rural outskirts of his own. In its telling of how former Chi- rent releases, visit
Lee Strasberg suffering a fatal heart attack – magically trading bodies back and forth cago Tribune reporter and atheist Lee Strobel
on a park bench remains vividly scary and after each night’s sleep. This leads to sweet- waged an investigative war on Christianity
sad. Consequently, the thought of watching ness, cheekiness (Taki can’t stop fondling after his wife became a true believer, the film
Alan Arkin play out that same scene was “his” boobs every morning), chuckles, and is a bit dawdling, and there are some distract-
almost enough to make me dread director lovely, understated metaphors for the confus- ing syncing and looping issues; as a movie,
Zach Braff’s Going in Style remake, until I ing experience of adolescence. But it’s also it has obvious flaws. None of them, though,
remembered 2017’s infinitely more squea- only the start of Your Name’s surreal journey, involve the 1980 period design and details,
mish and mercenary Hollywood: Ain’t no which goes on to borrow elements from which are so no-sweat excellent that the film
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Greed Between the Lines him to show his love in the way that works for
you. That’s what people who love each other
I love my boyfriend, yet feel bad that he
do – even if they, say, believe the gift of their
never buys me presents. He did when we
side salad at dinner should be gift enough.
were dating, and he buys himself extrava-
Besides, you aren’t demanding “Tiara-of-the-
gant stuff. But he got me nothing for my
week or I’m gone!” You’d just like occasional
birthday and only some trinkets for Christ-
little “thinking of you” prezzies and somewhat
mas because I made a stink. When I’ve
bigger ones on Official Girlfriend Holidays
brought up the gifts issue, he’s implied that
(birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). Ultimately,
I’m materialistic. However, what matters to
these are not just gifts but messages that
me is not the cost but that he’s thinking of
making you happy is worth an investment of
me. Is my desire for gifts somehow shallow?
money and effort – beyond what he’s been put-
– Coal Digger
ting in to run out and get his wallet wired shut
just in time for your birthday.
Once again, it’s Christmas. Ooh, ooh,
what’s that under the tree?! Once again … it’s
the floor. Wussy Galore
Many men sneer at the importance their My fiancée and I were driving my drunk
ladies place on getting gifts from them, deem- friend home from a party. He was saying
ing it a sign of female emotional frailty. What rude things to her, but I knew he was just
these men aren’t taking into account is that the wasted and didn’t mean them, so I didn’t say
differences that evolved in male and female anything. I thought my fiancée would also
psychology correspond to differences in male shrug it off, but she was mad and hurt that I
and female physiology. To put this another didn’t stand up for her. Is it that big a deal?
way, women – disproportionately – are into Couldn’t she have stood up for herself?
getting gifts from romantic partners for the – Middleman
same reason men (disproportionately) are into
watching strippers. “All the better to pass one’s Yes, there’s actually more to being an ideal
genes on with, my dear!” partner to a woman than being able to unhook
Because, for a woman, sex can lead to a bra with your teeth.
pregnancy and a hungry kid to drag around, A woman today may be perfectly capable
female emotions evolved to act as a sort of of defending herself – with her big mouth or
alarm system, making a woman feel crappy her big pink handgun. However, she has an
when there are signs a man’s commitment emotional operating system pushing her to go
may be waning. (Wanting to feel better makes for men who show an ability and a willingness
her take corrective action – pressing him to to protect her. This comes out of how, over
put up or get out.) However, a man’s being millions of years of evolution, certain ladies’
willing to give gifts suggests a willingness children were more likely to survive and pass
to “invest” … at least beyond 2.6 minutes of on their mother’s genes (and the psychology
foreplay and a teaspoon of sperm. that rides along). Which children? Those
Accordingly, evolutionary behavioral whose mothers chose men who’d do more in
scientist Gad Saad believes that gift-giving an attack than, well, effectively crawl under the
evolved as a “distinctly male courtship car seat and wish all the awfulness would stop.
strategy.” Though women do give gifts to Your fiancée probably still feels resentful
romantic partners, they tend to wait ’til they’re and maybe even thinks less of you for how
in a relationship and then do it to “celebrate” you basically showed all the testosterone-
being together. Saad’s research finds that men, driven fortitude of a geranium. Consider what
on the other hand, “are much more likely to grandpas everywhere call “having character”:
be tactical in their reasons for offering a gift doing the right thing – even when that kinda
to a romantic partner” – like, in the courtship blows for you. If, in looking back, you would’ve
phase, to get a woman into bed. (Of course, done things differently, tell your fiancée. Then
if a woman wants to get a man into bed, she pledge that going forward, you’ll be that kind
doesn’t need to give him a present to unwrap; of guy – and protecting the person who means
she just starts unbuttoning her top.) most to you won’t involve pushing your girl-
Explain the science to your boyfriend. You friend toward the grizzly bear so you’ll have
don’t have a character deficiency; you just want more time to make a run for it.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Before and neglect. Kudos and apathy. Please don’t dwell slowly. You know too much, but that won’t be a
visiting Sicily for the first time, on the criticism and downplay the applause. In problem as long as you don’t act snooty. And
American poet Billy Collins learned to fact, do the reverse! you’re almost too attractive for your own good,
speak Italian. In his poem “By a Swimming Pool but that won’t hurt you as long as you overflow
Outside Siracusa,” he describes how the new LEO (July 23-August 22): “Go Tell It with spontaneous generosity. What I’m trying to
language is changing his perspective. If he were on the Mountain” is the title of an old convey, Sagittarius, is that your excesses are likely
thinking in English, he might say that the gin he’s gospel song, and now it’s the meta- to be more beautiful than chaotic, more fertile
drinking while sitting alone in the evening light phorical theme of your horoscope. I advise you to than confusing. And that should provide you
“has softened my mood.” But the newly climb a tall peak – even if it’s just a magic with plenty of slack when dealing with cautious
Italian-ized part of his mind would prefer to say mountain in your imagination – and deliver the folks who are a bit rattled by your lust for life.
that the gin “has allowed my thoughts to traverse spicy monologue that has been marinating
my brain with greater gentleness” and “has within you. It would be great if you could gather a CAPRICORN (December 22-January
extended permission to my mind to feel a sympathetic audience for your revelations, but 19): Until recently, scientists believed
friendship with the vast sky.” Your assignment in that’s not mandatory to achieve the necessary the number of trees on the planet was
the coming week, Aries, is to Italian-ize your catharsis. You simply need to be gazing at the big about 400 billion. But research published in the
view of the world. Infuse your thoughts with picture as you declare your big, ripe truths. journal Nature says that’s wrong. There are
expansive lyricism and voluptuous relaxation. If actually 3 trillion trees on Earth – almost eight
you’re Italian, celebrate and amplify your VIRGO (August 23-September 22): If times more than was previously thought. In a
Italian-ness. you were a snake, it would be a fine similar way, I suspect you have also underesti-
time to molt your skin. If you were a mated certain resources that are personally
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s river, it would be a perfect moment to overflow available to you, Capricorn. Now is a good time to
closing time. You have finished toiling your banks in a spring flood. If you were an office correct your undervaluation. Summon the
in the shadow of an old sacred cow. worker, it would be an excellent phase to trade in audacity to recognize the potential abundance
You’ve climaxed your relationship with ill-fitting your claustrophobic cubicle for a spacious new you have at your disposal. Then make plans to tap
ideas that you borrowed from mediocre and niche. In other words, Virgo, you’re primed to into it with a greater sense of purpose.
inappropriate teachers once upon a time. And outgrow at least one of your containers. The
you can finally give up your quest for a supposed boundaries you knew you would have to AQUARIUS (January 20-February
Holy Grail that never actually existed in the first transgress some day are finally ready to be 18): The poet John Keats identified a
place. It’s time to move on to the next chapter of transgressed. Even now, your attention span is quality he called “negative capability.”
your life story, Taurus! You have been authorized expanding and your imagination is stretching. He defined it as the power to calmly accept
to graduate from any influence, attachment, and “uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts without
attraction that wouldn’t serve your greater good LIBRA (September 23-October 22): any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” I
in the future. Does this mean you’ll soon be ready For over a century, the Ringsaker would extend the meaning to include three other
to embrace more freedom than you have in Lutheran Church in Buxton, North things not to be irritably reached for: artificial
years? I’m betting on it. Dakota hosted rites of passage, including 362 clarity, premature resolution, and simplistic
baptisms, 50 marriages, and 97 funerals. It closed answers. Now is an excellent time to learn more
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The in 2002, a victim of the area’s shrinking about this fine art, Aquarius.
heaviest butterfly on the planet is the population. I invite you to consider the possibility
female Queen Victorian Birdwing. It that this can serve as a useful metaphor for you, PISCES (February 19-March 20): Are
tips the scales at two grams. The female Queen Libra. Is there a place that has been a sanctuary you ready for a riddle that’s more
Alexandra Birdwing is the butterfly with the for you, but has begun to lose its magic? Is there a enjoyable than the kind you’re used to?
longest wingspan: over 12 inches. These two traditional power spot from which the power has I’m not sure if you are. You may be too jaded to
creatures remind me of you these days. Like been ebbing? Has a holy refuge evolved into a embrace this unusual gift. You could assume it’s
them, you’re freakishly beautiful. You’re a mundane hang-out? If so, mourn for a while, another one of the crazy-making cosmic jokes
marvelous and somewhat vertiginous spectacle. then go in search of a vibrant replacement. that have sometimes tormented you in the past.
The tasks you’re working on are graceful and But I hope that doesn’t happen. I hope you’ll
elegant, yet also big and weighty. Because of your SCORPIO (October 23-November welcome the riddle in the liberating spirit in
intensity, you may not look flight-worthy, but 21): Most people throw away lemon which it’s offered. If you do, you’ll be pleasantly
you’re actually quite aerodynamic. In fact, your rinds, walnut shells, and pomegranate surprised as it teases you in ways you didn’t know
sorties are dazzling and influential. Though your skins. But some resourceful types find uses for you wanted to be teased. You’ll feel a delightful
acrobatic zigzags seem improba- these apparent wastes. Lemon rind can serve as a itch or a soothing burn in your secret self, like a
ble, they’re effective. deodorizer, cleaner, and skin tonic, as well as a funny-bone feeling that titillates your immortal
zesty ingredient in recipes. Ground-up walnut soul. P.S.: To take full advantage of the blessed
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Picasso shells work well in facial scrubs and pet bedding. riddle, you may have to expand your understand-
had mixed feelings about his fellow When made into a powder, pomegranate peels ing of what’s good for you.
painter Marc Chagall, who was born have a variety of applications for skin care. I
under the sign of Cancer. “I’m not crazy about his suggest you look for metaphorically similar Test this hypothesis: The answer to a pressing
roosters and donkeys and flying violinists, and things, Scorpio. You’re typically inclined to question will come within 72 hours after you
all the folklore,” Picasso said, referring to the dismiss the surfaces and discard the packaging do a ritual in which you ask for clarity. Visit
subject matter of Chagall’s compositions. But he and ignore the outer layers, but I urge you to
also felt that Chagall was one of the only painters consider the possibility that right now they may
“who understands what color really is,” adding, have value.
“There’s never been anybody since Renoir who Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s
has the feeling for light that Chagall has.” I SAGITTARIUS (November EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES
suspect that in the coming weeks, you will be the 22-December 21): You’re growing too & DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES
recipient of mixed messages like these. Praise and fast, but that’s fine as long as you don’t The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at
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ACROSS 82. “_ Me” 37. _ energy
1. The rudiments 84. Beat 39. Runs
5. Bare infinitives 85. Treatise by Euclid 40. Prevails uncontrolled
10. Spars 87. Fall’s antecedent 41. “_ You”
15. Boat 89. Things 42. Rounded parts
19. Saintly radiance 90. Chow 43. Body armor piece
20. Postulate 91. Make haste 46. Resist
21. Rose oil 93. Row 47. Static
22. Salad veggie 95. Ring-shaped reef 50. Answer a charge
23. _ Snowman 98. Grand or comic 51. Skin
25. _ trust 99. Like a boor 53. Takes in
27. Confounds 103. _ instrument 55. Follow a border
28. Nail of a kind 106. _ income 57. Intone
30. Mountain nymph 108. Lake 59. Hatfields and McCoys
31. Quiche 109. Wreck 60. Of France
32. Prince of _ 110. Succession 61. Drug letters
33. Money in Izmir 111. “Anything _” 62. Tool for cabinetmakers
35. Colophony 112. ISU’s home 64. Florida city
38. Old office worker, for short 113. Sheds 65. Hellion
40. Ailing industrial region: 2 wds. 114. Animal groups 66. Medieval tale
44. Garden plants 115. Oddments 67. “Tempest” name
45. _ doubt 68. Office workers, for short
48. Extinct bird DOWN 69. Bushed
49. _ -en-scene 1. Captain of fiction 70. Gap
50. Support 2. Bunyan’s ox 71. Weedy plants
52. Orbital point 3. Divot 73. Essentials
53. Declines 4. Whenever 74. Very very cold
54. Kind of name 5. Race of Norse gods 77. Dispatched
55. Apertures 6. Raises 78. Grow narrower
56. Multicolored 7. Cookout fare 80. Guardianship
57. Worries 8. Place near Braz. 82. Distributed cards
58. Slows down 9. “Bartered Bride” composer 83. Extent
60. A cosmetic 10. Twin crystal 84. Pub orders
62. Series of musical notes 11. A Musketeer 86. Fruits of a vine
63. Siege-of-Troy story 12. Laurel or Musial 88. Cobra, e.g.
64. Billiards shot 13. Sailor 91. Divided
65. _ fixe 14. _ Lanka 92. Discarded portions
66. Hoax 15. Sacred insect 94. Pictures
68. Diacritical mark 16. Hexahedron 95. Wall pier
69. Cut across 17. Sooner State: Abbr. 96. Squad
72. Praying figure 18. Do a gardener’s job 97. Fairy tale heavy
73. Grain, crushed 24. Lendl and Pavlov 98. Old Greek weight
74. Gargantuan 26. Cake 99. Monarch
75. Cry of discovery 29. Shad genus 100. Black
76. Pen points 32. Sobs 101. Pulk or luge
77. Meeting 33. Did a mechanic’s job 102. Meeting: Abbr.
79. Art deco designer 34. Key 104. Ology
80. Ski lift: Hyph. 35. Bolsters (with “up”) 105. Mil. address part
81. Part of AT&T 36. Bay window 107. Wrath
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Wild Oatz Band – Hawkeye Tap Galesburg IL
Sports Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Concrete Slim – Flatted Fifth Blues
Ave., Davenport IA Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – The & BBQ – 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA
Speed Gang – Whensday – Will
Zeta June – Dead Larry – RIBCO, 1815 Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA Doug Brundies (noon) – Bettendorf
Murk – Jordan Burgett – Yung
Second Ave., Rock Island IL Coax – Golden Jaybird – Good Mr. Public Library, 2950 Learning
Flxx (6pm) – Iowa City Yacht Club,
Square – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA

13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Ave., Rock Island IL Ed James – The Grape Life Wine

Hippo Campus – Gabe’s, 330 E. Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave.,
Footings – Liv Carrow – Ryan Davis Washington St., Iowa City IA Davenport IA
– Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock The Lacs – 3andTwenty – The Gray Wolf Band (6pm) – Hy-Vee
Angela Perley & the Howlin
Island IL Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Market Cafe Patio, 2930 18th Ave.,
Moons –Lunar Tricks – Dead
Moeller Nights: Sondre Lerche Davenport IA Rock Island IL
Perezidents – Iowa City Yacht
– Baked Beer & Bread Co., 1113 Moeller Nights: Hackensaw Boys – Ice Hockey Reunion Show – Victor
Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Mound St., Davenport IA The Tillers – Triple Crown Whiskey Shores – The Truth About
Bucktown Revue – Nighswander
Nova Singe rs: A Cappe lla Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third Dreaming – Closet Witch – Rozz-
Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave,
Masterworks (4pm) – St. Paul St., Davenport IA Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Davenport IA
Lutheran Church - Davenport, 2136 Twinsmith – Viva Moxie – Iowa City Kid & Nic – Rhythm City Casino Resort
Calliope Musicals – Paper Bird –
Brady St., Davenport IA Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Willie Pickens @ The Redstone Room – April 16 Seepeoples – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Davenport IA
Davenport IA
Washington St., Iowa City IA Passion – Riverside Casino and Golf
David Kroll – Rhythm City Casino Zuul – Johnny Scum – Abnormal Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside

Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Man – Viva Moxie – Gabe’s, 330 E. Ave., Davenport IA
Bass Physics – Blunt Force – Gabe’s, IA
Ave., Davenport IA Washington St., Iowa City IA Ed James – Geneseo Brewing
330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA Powell – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Dirt Road Rockers – Harley Corin’s, Company, 102 S. State St., Geneseo IL Moeller Nights: Dressy Bessy – Arc Mound St., Davenport IA
1708 State St., Bettendorf IA Johnny A. – Charlie Hayes & Detroit
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Jim’s Flash – Bottom Dollars – Triple St. Thomas & the Fervors – Remod
Ernie Peniston (7pm) – Bob Dorr Larry – The Redstone Room, 129
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon – Garbage Man 2014 – Leather
(8:30pm) – Riverside Casino and Main St, Davenport IA
Bad Hair – Purgatory’s Pub, 2104 Milan IL Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA Parachute – Inbred Trash (5pm)
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Kid & Nic – Riverside Casino and Golf
State St, Bettendorf IA Griffin House – Dan Vaughn – – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St.,
Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
Riverside IA Bella Cain Band – Riverside Casino Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
United States Navy Band Sea Iowa City IA
The Jason Carl Band – 11th Street and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, City IA
Chanters – Bettendorf High The Steepwater Band – Minus Six –
Precinct, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Riverside IA Lauren Mitchell – Flatted Fifth Blues B Dolan – DJ Abilities – Cas One vs School Performing Arts Center, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Keith Soko – RME Community Stage, Bent Knee – Thank You Scientist – & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA Figure – Dope Knife – Ion – Jim 3333 18th St., Bettendorf IA Davenport IA
129 N. Main St., Davenport IA Blue Moose Tap House, 211 Iowa Hap Hazard – 11th Street Precinct, Swim – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington Still Standing – A Casual Affair –
Lyle Beaver Trio Dance – Walcott
Ave., Iowa City IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA St., Iowa City IA Bare Bones – RIBCO, 1815 Second
Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott IA The Cadillac Three – First Avenue Nova Singe rs: A Cappe lla Folk Songs of the First World War Ave., Rock Island IL
The Obsessed – Karma to Burn – Club, 1550 First Ave, Iowa City IA Masterworks – First Lutheran (noon) – Moline Public Library, Angaleena Presley – Angela Meyer Stone Cold Moonshine – Harley
Fatso Jetson – RIBCO, 1815 Second CherylWheeler– Princeton Coffeehouse, Church - Galesburg, 364 E. Water 3210 41st St., Moline IL – Jake McVey – Daytrotter, 324 Corin’s, 1708 State St., Bettendorf IA
Ave., Rock Island IL 25 E. Marion St., Princeton IL St., Galesburg IL Moeller Nights: HEMBREE – Brady St., Davenport IA Stone Tattoo – K & T’s Bike Rack
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Curt Orren – Terror Pigeon – Rozz- Slow Stoics – Soul Sherpa – Iowa Halfloves – Triple Crown Whiskey The Blackbirds – Isle Casino Hotel Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St.,
Altar Boys – Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third Bettendorf, 1777 Isle Parkway, Davenport IA
Tap, 1228 30th St., Rock Island IL Damon Johnson and Rick y City IA St., Davenport IA Bettendorf IA Winterland – Pine Travelers – Iowa
Sister Wife Album-Release Show – Warwick – Rascals Live, 1414 15th The Undertones – Building 311 @
Bruce and Old Friends – Orpheum City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa
Karen Meat – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third St., Moline IL Fro’s Pub & Grub, 309 Cedar St.,
Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., City IA
Ave., Rock Island IL David Kroll – Rhythm City Casino Wilton IA
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DJs/Karaoke/ Comedy
Jams/Open Mics
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120 E. Studio Series: caRICKatures
W. Third St., Davenport IA Burlington St., Iowa City IA (9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220
Cross Creek Karaoke – Hey Bryan’s, 1140 Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – 19th St., Rock Island IL
15th Ave., Moline IL State St., Bettendorf IA
TUESDAYS Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
DJ Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s on
Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews –
Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) – River
St., Davenport IA
ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Iowa City IA
Jam Session & Mug Night – Iowa City Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Cheryl Wheeler (7:30pm) – The
Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA St., Iowa City IA Davenport IA Island IL Princeton Coffeehouse, 25 E.
Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, 415 Karaoke Night – My Place the Pub, 4405 Doug Thompson (8pm) – Penguin’s Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Marion St., Princeton IL
15th St., Moline IL
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s
SATURDAYS State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids IA
Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208
Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Pub, 2104 State St., Bettendorf IA Cross Creek Karaoke – Jim’s Knoxville Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon, 1151 Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Island IL

Open Jam Session – My Place the Pub, Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Kevin Bozeman (8pm) – Penguin’s
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle, 1417 Davenport IA Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Open Mic Night – Uptown Bill’s Coffee First St., Long Grove IA Fifth Ave., Moline IL Studio Series: MFK (9:30pm) – The Freshest Comics: Preliminary Cedar Rapids IA
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Round (7pm) – The High Ground Studio Series: It’s Your Fault
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace (Apr. 13) – Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA 1325 330th St., Rock Island IL Island IL Caf, 301 East Market Street, Iowa (9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220
Geneseo Brewing Company, 102 S. Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey & City 19th St., Rock Island IL

State St., Geneseo IL 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA “Detroit” Larry Davison – Cabana’s, Guys in Ties: Shakespeared! (6pm)
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Up
on 7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline IL
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd.,
2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Kane ComedySportz (7pm) – The
– Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th
Street, Rock Island IL
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Rascals Davenport IA – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock James Draper & Friends Comedy Circumstantial Comedy Show
Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 Iowa City IA Island IL Show (7:30pm) – Bier Stube (10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
W. Third St., Davenport IA Doug Thompson (8pm) – Penguin’s Moline Blackhawk Room, 417 15th Rd., Davenport IA

Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Hollar’s
WEDNESDAYS Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, St., Moline IL
Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL Cedar Rapids IA
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s, 2120 Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate – Studio Series: Full Disclosure
Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL – Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave., McManus Pub, 1401 Seventh Ave., Moline IL featuring Chris Schlichting Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) –
Cross Creek Karaoke – Firehouse Bar & Grill, Moline IL Hump Day Wing & Sing w/ Marybeth (9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220 Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
2006 Hickory Grove Rd., Davenport IA – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646 19th St., Rock Island IL Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third Iowa City IA
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, 1321
SUNDAYS Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA St., Davenport IA
Fifth Ave., Moline IL
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA SUNDAY 16 ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West Circumstantial Comedy Show Island IL Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) –
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ & Locust St., Davenport IA (10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Kevin Bozeman (8pm) – Penguin’s Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208
Locust St., Davenport IA Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second Rd., Davenport IA Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. Ave., Rock Island IL Kyle Dunnigan – John Busch (8pm) Cedar Rapids IA
First St., Long Grove IA
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports
MONDAYS Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202
W. Third St., Davenport IA
– The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.,
Iowa City IA
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s
Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St.,
Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats – Bent Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Productions – Grumpy’s Saloon, 2120 River Brewing Company, 512 24th St.
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA E. 11th St., Davenport IA Rock Island IL
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Roadhouse, Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (Apr. 17, 6pm) – Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grille,
3803 Rockingham Rd., Davenport IA Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St., Rock Island IL 114 1/2 W. Third St., Davenport IA
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