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State-University Credit Downgrades
the Tip of the Iceberg

llinois now has five public universities some money thrown at the universities
with junk-bond credit ratings. That via a stopgap plan could forestall another
has to be some kind of record. ratings downgrade.
Last week, S&P Global Ratings lowered Junk status means many investment
the credit score of both Southern Illinois institutions, such as pension funds,
University and Western Illinois University cannot buy those bonds. So while the
into junk-bond status. Eastern, North- state hobbles the universities by refus-
eastern, and Governor’s State were already ing to make full appropriations, it’s also
in junk-bond territory, and their ratings undermining their ability to borrow
were lowered even further last week. The at semi-reasonable rates. Speculators
University of Illinois, the state’s flagship, looking for relatively high returns on
was also downgraded to just three notches bonds that have to be repaid will gladly
above junk status and put, with the rest of buy those bonds and rake in the dough.
the universities, on a “credit watch with Meanwhile, precious dollars that the
negative implications” – meaning it could universities cannot afford to spend have
be downgraded again within 90 days. to be used to make higher interest pay-
All of the downgrade reports noted ments. It’s a horrific fiscal cycle and, in
that none of the universities has received our case, it’s completely self-inflicted.
any funds since their partial “stopgap” It could take our universities a decade
appropriation in June. or more to recover from these body blows.
The reports also seemed to advocate At the very least, we need a stopgap budget
for another stopgap funding bill this now and then a full, “real” budget before
fiscal year. For instance, while noting the beginning of next fiscal year.
in the U of I’s report that a stopgap had The governor is currently running all
been passed last year to cover the first six over the state proclaiming to anyone who
months of this fiscal year, S&P went on to will listen that a deal is “very close.” He
write: “The state has yet to pass a budget for said at an Elk Grove Village event last
fiscal 2017 and has not conclusively com- week that “a big comprehensive package” FIGGE ART MUSEUM EXHIBITION
municated plans for stopgap funding to was being prepared. Democrats say they
support the state’s public higher-education have no idea what he’s talking about.

institutions.” Rauner had better be right because,
Governor Bruce Rauner and his even though the Democratic Party has

legislative Republicans are adamantly its own dirty hands here, the governor is
opposed to another stopgap budget that the state’s chief executive, so he will wear
would use existing special state funds the jacket for failure. He’s come up with
that are currently piling up in bank excuse after excuse for more than two
accounts to help out struggling universi- years now for why he can’t get a budget
ties, college students, and human-service passed, or even why he won’t propose his 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 5  Free
providers and recipients. own balanced budget. No more.
Their argument is that distributing And if you dig a little deeper at those
the money would take the pressure off S&P reports, you’ll see that the ratings The Ghost Light multi-media installation
everyone to pass a real budget with the agency had some very specific warnings brings personal histories and race front
governor’s demanded reforms. At the for state government as well.
and center through this live performance.
same time, Rauner and GOP legislators Illinois’ credit rating is just barely
want to take state employees out of the above junk status. And S&P warned in Performing in a talk show like setting,
“pressure” equation with a continu- several of its downgrades that the uni- renowned local artist and community
ing appropriation, which means those versities could be in for a “multi-notch
activist Gaye Burnett will provide insight
salaries would essentially be funded for downgrade” if the state’s rating is low-
eternity. But because the lack of funding ered. Another downgrade report warned into the events surrounding an all but
for social services and higher education that there was “at least a one-in-two forgotten riot at Rock Island High School
over the past two years hasn’t spurred likelihood of a rating change within the
in the early 1970s.
anyone in Springfield to action, it might next 90 days,” more than implying that
be that only an actual government shut- action against the state’s credit rating
down after state employees can’t come to could happen soon.
work will move the needle.
“If state operating appropriations are Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily Image courtesy of the Figge Art Museum and the artist
received in fiscal 2017,” S&P declared political newsletter) and
in its SIU downgrade report, “we will Davenport, IA • 563.326.7804
incorporate the impact of those appro-
priations at that time,” suggesting that
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The Income Tax Implies That Government Owns You
he income tax is enshrined into law putting a limit on the tax, but it seemed while seeing their trading relations with portion would be given back late in life
but is an idea that stands in total unnecessary. Only 1 percent of the foreign consumers disrupted. as a permanent income stream. Thus was
opposition to the driving force income earners would end up paying People who supported it – and they the payroll tax born. This tax today is far
behind the American Revolution and about 1 percent to the government. were not so much the left but the right- more significant than the income tax.
the idea of freedom itself. We desperately Everyone else was initially untouched. wing populists of the time – imagined The class warfare unleashed all those
need a serious national movement to get Who really cares that the rich have to pay that the tax would hit the robber-baron years ago continues today. One side
rid of it – not reform it, not replace it, not a bit more, right? They can afford it. class of industrialists in the North. And wants to tax the rich. The other side
flatten it or refocus its sting from this This perspective totally misunder- that it did. Their fortunes began to dwin- finds it appalling that the percentage of
group to that. It just needs to go. stands the true nature of government, dle, and their confidence in their ability people who pay no income tax has risen
The great essayist Frank Chodorov which always wants more money and to amass and retain inter-generational from 30 percent to nearly 50 percent.
once described the income tax as the more power and will stop at nothing to fortunes began to wane. Now we see the appalling spectacle of
root of all evil. His target was not the tax get both. The 16th Amendment was more Republicans regarding this as a disgrace
itself, but the principle behind it. Since its than a modern additive to an antique Limit to Accumulation that must change. They have joined the
implementation in 1913, he wrote, “the document. It was a new philosophy of the We all know the stories of how the political classes that seek advancement
government says to the citizen: ‘Your fiscal life of the entire country. grandchildren of the Gilded Age tycoons by hurting people.
earnings are not exclusively your own; Today, the ruling elite no longer both- squandered their family heritage in the
we have a claim on them, and our claim ers with things such as amendments. 1920s and failed to carry on the tradi- The Payroll Tax
precedes yours; we will allow you to keep But back in the day, it was different. The tion. Well, it is hardly surprising. The It’s extremely strange that the payroll
some of it, because we recognize your amendment was made necessary because government put a timetable and limit tax is rarely considered in this debate.
need, not your right; but whatever we of previous court decisions that stated on accumulation. Private families and The poor, the middle class, and the rich
grant you for yourself is for us to decide.” what was once considered a bottom-line individuals would no longer be permit- are all being hammered by payroll taxes
He really does have a point. That’s presumption of the free society: Gov- ted to exist except in subjugation to the that fund failed programs that provide
evil. When Congress ratified the 16th ernment cannot tax personal property. taxing state. The kids left their private no security and few benefits at all.
Amendment on February 3, 1913, there What you make is your own. You get to estates to live in the cities, put off mar- It’s impossible to take seriously the
was a sense in which all private income keep the product of your labors. Gov- riage, stopped bothering with all that claims that the income tax doesn’t harm
in the U.S. was nationalized. What was ernment can tax sales, perhaps, or raise hearth-and-home stuff. Time horizons wealth creation. When Congress wants
not taxed from then on was a favor money through tariffs on goods coming shortened, and the Jazz Age began. to discourage something – smoking,
granted unto us, and continues to be so. in and out of the country. But your bank Class warfare was part of the deal from imports, selling stocks, or whatever – it
This is implied in the text of the account is off-limits. the beginning. The income tax turned knows what to do: Tax it. Tax income,
amendment itself: “The Congress shall The amendment changed that idea. the social fabric of the country into a and on the margin you discourage people
have power to lay and collect taxes on In the beginning, it applied to very few giant lifeboat, with everyone arguing from earning it.
incomes, from whatever source derived, people. This was one reason it passed. about who had to be thrown overboard Tax debates are always about “reform”
without apportionment among the It was pitched as a replacement tax, not so that others might live. – which always means a slight shift in
several States, and without regard to any a new money-raiser. After all the havoc The demon in the beginning was who pays what, with an eye to raising
census or enumeration.” caused by the divisive tariffs of the 19th the rich. That remained true until the ever more money for the government. A
Century, this sounded like a great deal 1930s, when FDR changed the deal. far better solution would be to forget the
No Limits to many people, particularly Southern- Suddenly, the income would be col- whole thing and return to the original
Where are the limits? There weren’t ers and Westerners fed up with paying lected but applied in a different way. It
any. There was some discussion about such high prices for manufactured goods would be taken from everyone, but a Continued On Page 12
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THEATRE By Dee Canfield

If I Give My Heart to You …
The Tin Woman, at the Black Box Theatre through April 29

ome spiritual teachings hold the heart as
the organ of transformation, arguing that
it’s through the heart that we connect with
the source of life that speaks to us, that guides
us, and through which we’re opened to the rich-
ness of being. When we give our hearts to others
through acts of love, we are transformed. But
what of the act of literally giving one’s heart to
another through a heart transplant? Are there
consequences for those involved? How does
this generous act of giving play out in a story of Leslie Munson
grieving and loss? Does it add more meaning to
the life of the one who has passed? it was sometimes difficult for me to under-
These questions and more are explored stand Joy’s motivations, especially toward the
in Sean Grennan’s The Tin Woman, now in climax. She appeared to me very passive, and
production at the Black Box Theatre. Under when finally coming to meet Jack’s family had
the direction of Aaron J. Lord, the play boasts a presence that seemed to remain aloof and
some profoundly touching moments, not least disconnected almost until the very end. Even
of which is an ending that, for me, brought the in that ending, as remarkably touching as it is,
finale of Our Town to mind, with its glimpse Munson’s Joy seems less a full character than a
of the vulnerable living viewed from the eyes vehicle through which Jack’s family is viscerally
of the dead who look back with tenderness. reunited with him. Was Munson’s aloofness
And the play’s theme is beautifully expressed and disconnection a conscious choice, leading
by Joanna Mills’ Sammy, sister to a deceased us to think that she’s still adjusting to having the
brother, when she delivers a lovely monologue heart of a stranger, or was it something else? I
to her kindergarten classroom explaining that couldn’t tell.
flowers, when they die, give life to new flowers – Rounding out The Tin Woman’s cast is Jo
that nothing ever truly dies. Vasquez, who, with lovely energy and presence,
Brant Peitersen’s Hank, who mourns his played the dual roles of Joy’s nurse and her
dead son Jack (Andy Sederquist), brilliantly friend Darla. I think Vasquez’s great potential
epitomized the anger of a father who cannot was, at times, realized; however, she often lacked
come to terms with his loss. His state of denial a variance in emotional tone, and some line
was impenetrable, and I felt exasperated with deliveries just didn’t ring true. I, for one, would
Hank’s rude and abrupt behavior. But in an not relish having a friend tell me “You seem
intense flashback scene, masterfully played upset” in such an upbeat, cheerful tone.
by Peitersen and Sederquist, the source of his Unfortunately, there were also some
anguish was revealed, and when Peitersen presentational glitches that marred the overall
finally broke through while sitting with his effect. I loved Jack’s ghost wandering around
family at the dinner table, it was heartbreak- and observing his loved ones – until, that is, he
ing. I rarely experience the tears and joy I felt pulled out a chair to sit on, or raised a cup for
watching Peitersen on Friday – tears for the a toast, or hoisted a camera over his shoulder.
heartbreak; joy for seeing an actor create such a Ghosts, to my mind, do not move physical
moment of truth. objects in this manner, and with each such
Lord has created a production that boasts manipulation, the illusion of the moment was
a consistent realism, and although The Tin broken. Meanwhile, when stagehands came in
Woman is low-key, the play doesn’t drag. There’s to remove full plates of food from the dinner
a tone of easy naturalness, and Nancy Teerlinck, table and replaced them with empties, my com-
as Jack’s mother Alice, is a personification of panion and I instinctively turned to each other
naturalness itself. Her calm, matter-of-fact with a “What the what?!” double-take.
demeanor in handling her son’s effects displays a Such distractions aside, however, this
mother’s underlying grief; her interactions with production of The Tin Woman does justice to a
others are easy and real; and when she finally complicated and difficult topic. And did I men-
vents her frustration and anger against her tion the ending? The play is well worth it just for
husband, the reality of Alice’s pain hits one like a those moments alone.
punch in the solar plexus.
Leslie Munson maintains the show’s The Tin Woman runs at the Black Box Theatre
understated realism in her portrayal of Joy, the (1623 Fifth Avenue, Moline) through April
young woman who receives Jack’s heart, and 29, and more information and tickets are
her early scenes in the hospital and recuperat- available by calling (563)284-2350 or visiting
ing at home convey Joy’s vulnerability. Yet
although we understand her to be depressed,
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Vol. 24 · No. 933 MUSIC By Jeff Ignatius
April 27 - May 10, 2017

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and available free throughout the Quad Not yet two years old, the band has worked
Cities and surrounding areas. with producers – on a single for Milwaukee’s
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AD DEADLINE: Carothers and Ashegiri self-released last week.
5 p.m. Wednesday prior to publication “When we went into the studios ... it was
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Todd McGreevy
Ashegiri said.
EDITOR It wasn’t a problem with the producers,
Kathleen McCarthy he said: “We couldn’t articulate as well as we
EDITORIAL wanted to. ... It felt like there was a missing link.
Managing Editor: We were playing a game of Telephone, basi-
Jeff Ignatius • cally. ... We were working through a translator.”
Arts Editor, Calendar Editor: Even a single listen to the self-recorded
Mike Schulz • Trap House demonstrates that if these two
Contributing Writers: Amy Alkon, Jeff Ashcraft, Hannah men in their early 20s can’t put their visions
Bates, Rob Brezsny, Dee Canfield, Rich Miller, Frederick into words, they have little trouble confi-
Morden, Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs, Bruce Walters dently converting them into music. The fully
formed album is loaded with contradictions with a bit more funk and the foregrounding Fool” to aggressive vocal manipulation and
ADVERTISING – loose but tight, rich but primal, complex but of the drums. a Tegan & Sara feel on “Siamese” to a warbly
Account Executive:
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simple. You could easily reduce Sister Wife “Sam does like five different things with falsetto and atmospheric production (and to some indie-rock clichés – the guitar/drum guitar and vocals at one time,” Ashegiri said. something that sounds like a harpsichord!)
Advertising Coordinator: duo, some airy tropical vibes – but the songs “I’m really lucky all I have to do is play drums.” on “San Diego.”
Nathan Klaus transcend them. Opening the album, the title track is both Stretching and exploring aren’t themselves
Advertising rates, publishing schedule, The magic isn’t hard to discern: Carothers a great start to Trap House and a bit of a feint. problems, but the back half of the album,
demographics, and more are available at and Ashegiri have fantastic chemistry, with Carothers’ warm, breathy singing is well- against the Sister Wife ethos, tries too hard great guitar hooks and tone, a supple rock voice matched by the bright melody of a marimba, to mix things up. (Unlike on “Trap House,”
with just a hint of snot, bone-deep drumming, with the guitar and drums providing the the change-ups seem capricious and without
DESIGN/PRODUCTION a smart ear for ebb and flow, and casually groove and emphatic punctuation. discernible purpose.)
Art Director, Production Manager:
adventurous composition and production. Sister Wife then brings the noise, with If Sister Wife can’t yet pull off its digres-
Spencer Rabe •
Graphic Artist:
The alchemy of their nimble musicianship and “Dirty Finger Nails” starting a stretch of five sions with the same seemingly effortless
Nathan Klaus • interplay requires little augmentation. vibrant, varied, and dynamic songs of largely skill of its unapologetic rockers, that doesn’t
“Our rule is: If it feels right, keep it,” undiluted guitar rock. Most bands would diminish the substantial achievement of Trap
ADMINISTRATION Carothers said. “Don’t think about it about be proud to have one of these as a calling House. The record was a winter project – “If
Business Manager: Kathleen McCarthy too hard, don’t try too hard.” card; Sister Wife unleashes them in a lethal, we got this far on these two home demos,
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Rick Martin • Trap House regularly requires the singer/ be most attracted to the chug and ecstatic 10 songs?” Carothers said – and people can
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Greg FitzPatrick, N. Ingalls, H. Keyser, lines simultaneously. While the technical Americana-tinged giddy-up of “Shelter,” or the Bandcamp.
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challenges of that are self-evident, on record Morse-code pulses and escalating cacophony “Really, what we want to do is get in
everything still feels organic and natural. The of “Mail Order Bride,” or the sleek slink of front of as many people as we possibly can,”
band’s Daytrotter session – released the same “1,000 Years,” or the sonic layers of “Paper.” Ashegiri said.
day as its album – is a truer representation After that, the album begins to lose steam
of the live approach, and what’s sacrificed in as the band gets more experimental, from Sister Wife’s Trap House is available at
fullness of sound is more than made up for buried, unintelligible vocals on “Pity the
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THEATRE By Victoria Navarro

Middle School: The Worst TCH IT
(and Best) Years of His Life
Big Nate: The Musical, running at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through May 13

aving been a librarian at elementary with lockers, a blackboard, and a basketball
and middle schools, one might think backboard – where most of the action takes
my most challenging students were the place – also adds to the middle-school feel,
middle-schoolers. Not so! My fears arose and is where we meet Mrs. Godfrey, Nate’s
before visits from the littler kids, as I, alone, dreaded teacher. Realistically played by Anna Schulz’s Review of
would have to keep them quiet and attentive Segatti, she just wants Nate to do his work, the Latest Movies On Demand
for 40 minutes. (Ever herded kittens?) So when but in Nate’s eyes, she’s Queen Kong (one of
I attended April 20’s Big Nate: The Musical his many names for her). HIDDEN FIGURES
Theodore Melfi’s wonderfully
at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse and saw Segatti also does well in the minor role of assured space-race drama scores
school buses unloading first- and second- Nate’s perfect sister Ellen, and another dou- its biggest points through
graders, kindergarteners, and preschoolers, I ble-cast actor is Brett Mutter, who was at his simplicity and sincerity, and what
thought, “This will be interesting!” – especially best playing Nate’s clueless yet caring father results is a rousing, legitimately
since the Big Nate books are for readers 8 to 12 Marty. (His solo reminiscing about when he inspiring crowd-pleaser
years old. I wondered if the story would hold was young was strong and insightful.) Mut- showcasing a trio of leads with
the attention of this young an audience … and ter’s other role was as exchange student Artur dazzling chemistry. (Same day as
happily, the answer was “Yes!” Pashkov, who has not quite mastered English
Based on the comic strip and hugely popu- and says things such as “Seeing you laters.”
lar children’s books by Lincoln Pierce, Big The performer’s “Russian” accent made some LA LA LAND
Nate: The Musical finds Nate Wright a wise- of his lines hard to understand, but there Given the colors, music, and
cracking sixth-grader whose life is one disas- was no language barrier in understanding radiant affection shared by Ryan
ter after another involving unrequited love, that he was Nate’s rival for the affections of Gosling and Emma Stone, Damien
bullies, an annoying older sister, homework, love interest Jenny, portayed by a sweet and Chazelle’s tale of Hollywood
hopefuls is such a breathtaking
and other stuff that could befall a rebellious understated Erika Peckhardt. visual and aural marvel that you
underachiever. Director/choreographer Brad In contrast to Peckhardt’s sweetness was feel as if both it and you might just
Hauskins and his Circa ’21 crew, meanwhile, Brooke Schelly’s depiction of brown-nosing explode from happiness.
bring this beloved character to life with teacher’s pet Gina Hemphill-Toms. As Nate’s (Same day as DVD.)
enthusiasm and fun. arch-nemesis, Schelly played her part with
Written by Pierce and Jason Loewith, just the right amount of Mean Girl for April
with music and lyrics by Loewith and Chris 20’s young audience, and when Gina chal- SPLIT
The latest creep-out by M. Night
Youstra, this 70-minute musical features lenged Nate in the Battle of the Bands with Shymalan, perhaps his finest yet, is
such catchy songs as “Love Is a Four-Letter her own band Rainbows & Ponies, she sang a scary, funny, nerve-racking
Word” and “Year-Old Cheese Doodles Are her pop tune with great spunk (and, true to experience with emotional heft,
Better than Love,” and the opening number character, gave no credit to her two band- and it boasts no fewer than three
shows Nate having a nightmare that all his mates). My personal favorite band was The outstanding performances – many
teachers are giving him detention … which Galvinators, who were dressed in lab coats more if you include all of star James
isn’t too far from reality. Having amassed 22 and goggles while rapping science terms
McAvoy’s personalities.
(Same day as DVD.)
detentions, Nate must not get another three accompanied by accordion, wood sticks, and
over the next week or his band Enslave the some kind of raspy percussion. But when
Mollusk will be unable to compete in the Kmiecik, Galván, and Bertram hit the stage
Battle of the Bands. Nik Kmiecik, as Nate, as Enslave the Mollusk with their song “Rock
has energy, musicality, charm, and likability, Star,” the kids in the crowd started clapping
and he, Chris Galván, and Derrick Bertram and bobbing in their seats.
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set, meanwhile, boasted different levels, back- ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue,
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz •

Welcome to the Jungles sunset is to-die-for gorgeous. Screenwriter
Tom Flynn, meanwhile, provides conversa-
tion as frequently hilarious as it truthful, with
I’m not sure any number of words would,
as this recounting of British explorer Percy
Fawcett’s early-20th Century treks through

F riday, April 21, 10
a.m.-ish: It’s another
movie morning with my
Duncan’s haughty grandma savoring the juic-
iest morsels whether demeaning her newly
ranch-dwelling husband as “The Man Who
Amazonian jungles is so visually and aurally
ravishing that my urge to describe it is nothing
compared to my urge to arrange shuttle buses
favorite two-year-old (and Shot Liberty Mutual” or sighing with disdain corralling viewers into seeing it. Easily a career
her dad), but truth be told at Mary growing up “watching sitcoms and peak for the peak-overdue James Gray, this
she doesn’t seem much into saying ‘irregardless.’” Gifted has its problems. deeply humane and affecting saga finds its
Disneynature’s Born in I fell for it irregardless. writer/director typically sublime with actors.
China. Maybe this is due to 1:35 p.m.-ish: Even though the film proves Charlie Hunnam is exhilarating, and ages
the relatively sophisticated in no way exciting or engaging, director masterfully, as the obsessive, complexly drawn
dialogue, as our charming Denise Di Novi’s Single White Female knock- Fawcett, and there are magnificent spotlight
narrator John Krasinski off Unforgettable is a few other things: a rare turns by Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen,
employs words such as “inter- Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z big-screen showcase for the great Rosario Tom Holland, and – no kidding – Robert Pat-
lopers” and says things such as Dawson; a persuasive argument against tinson. (Playing Fawcett’s scraggly right-hand
“The duality of opposing figures exists every- 11:15-ish: Whether a seven-year-old math leaving your iPhone unattended; a detailed man Henry Costin, the Twilight star is moving
where in nature.” But I prefer to think that genius (Mckenna Grace’s Mary) belongs in instructional on the fine art of catfish-ing. and funny, scoring an empathetic laugh in
my young friend is just mighty sophisticated public or private school, and whether she’d be It might also be just what Katherine Heigl’s his subtle double-take when Fawcett accepts
herself, and realizes that if director Chuan better cared for by her loving, hardscrabble career doctor ordered, because the performer an invitation to a cannibal-hosted dinner.)
Lu’s edu-doc was going to be this cartoonish, uncle (Chris Evans) or rich, brittle grand- is so creepily convincing, and such fun, as a The Lost City of Z, however, tops even Gray’s
it probably should’ve just been animated from mother (Lindsay Duncan), are the central porcelain-skinned psychopath that, for 100 2014 The Immigrant for period veracity. With
the start. questions in director Marc Webb’s child- minutes, I wholly forgot about those myriad the 1905-to-’25 production/costume design
Lu’s exquisitely shot outing does boast some custody melodrama Gifted. By its finale, drippy rom-coms that killed off our collec- unerringly fine, Darius Khondji’s mist-laden
tension, especially when following the snow though, I’m left with other questions. Why tive interest in her. With Dawson romancing cinematography is particularly astounding,
leopard whose early face-off against a feline isn’t Evans this wonderful more often? Why Heigl’s ex-husband (Geoff Stults, resembling a and the jungle sequences – replete with bats,
rival is as nerve-racking as her later attempt to don’t we get the marvelous Duncan in more protein-shaked Peter Krause), and Heigl inch- snakes, piranha, and terrifying bamboo-
feed her starving cubs by stealing a baby yak movies? Why can’t co-stars Jenny Slate and ing ever closer to burning-bunnies-on-the- arrow attacks – are so fantastically credible
from its mother. (Who to root for in that sce- Octavia Spencer be in every movie? And how stove mode, Unforgettable barely rises above you may find yourself routinely fighting the
nario?!) Otherwise, Born in China’s blend of did everyone involved so successfully scrape the risibility of those erotic thrillers Jennifer impulse to swat mosquitoes. Epic in scope yet
awe and “Aw-w-w!” continues Disneynature’s the corn off material this manipulative? Lopez used to annually foist on us. But devastatingly acute in effect, Gray’s latest is a
unfortunate tradition of so baldly scripting Admittedly, the results aren’t wholly free of crummy though it is, at least the stars seem to stunner. “The jungle is hell,” remarks Costin,
“reality” and anthropomorphizing its critters maudlin excesses. Although Grace appears be having a ball, especially during the insane “but one rather likes it.” Actually, one rather
that you half-expect them to talk and sing. to be a Fanning-level talent, Webb too often finale that finds the knife-wielding Heigl clad loves it.
And while the darting antelope and somer- presents her teary-eyed misery in pushy in what looks like a Snuggie made of expensive 6-ish: Off to rehearsal for a play about a kid
saulting panda might’ve been more entertain- closeups, and numerous scenes – particu- bedsheets. And audiences of a certain age – who refused to grow up and a pack of parent-
ing if pixelated, I know the monkey subplot larly the frantic race to an animal shelter to my age – can’t help but delight in the perfect less Lost Boys. Sorry, Disney. Not a monkey
would’ve, considering its eyebrow-raising save a one-eyed cat (!) – feel uncomfortably casting of Heigl’s tightly wound mom, enacted among us.
similarity to a Disney-animation classic about contrived. But beyond his topnotch work with by a timelessly beautiful Cheryl Ladd. Good
a kid who refused to grow up and, as identified the actors, Webb brings tender melancholy to morning, angel! For reviews of The Fate of the Furious,
here, a pack of parent-less “Lost Boys.” With both to the overall mood and south-Florida 3:25-ish: My remaining wordage doesn’t The Promise, Free Fire, Phoenix For-
“interlopers” and “duality” in the script, how setting; a silhouetted shot of Grace and Evans feel appropriate for the quadruple-feature- gotten, and other current releases, visit
did “cross-promotion” not make the cut? discussing God against an orange sky at ending experience of The Lost City of Z. But
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Theatre is currently directing for New Ground
Theatre – because by “weighty,” we’re talk-
Elephant’s Graveyard ing several figurative tons.
“The play is based on the true story of the
Village Theatre only known lynching of an elephant” says
Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 14 Balogun of author George Brant’s Elephant’s
Graveyard, running at New Ground’s Vil-

A s an actor in the college’s theatre
department, Augustana senior Debo
Balogun has triumphed with a number of
lage Theatre May 5 through 14. “It was back
in 1916 in a town in Tennessee called Erwin.
There was this big circus called Sparks
demanding assignments: the title role in World Famous Shows, and before the actual
last fall’s Othello; the stylized performance circus show, they would have a parade on
technique required for Sophie Treadwell’s one of the main streets in town. But the
Machinal; the famed “All the world’s a stage” circus had an elephant trainer who was
soliloquy in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. very inexperienced – it was only his second
But the Chicago native’s weightiest chal- or third day on the job – and they assigned
lenge to date might lie in the drama Balogun him to handle Mary, who was basically the

find performances of any kind – salons and things like that,
all scattered around the downtown area. But ours is just the
three legs – kind of a beta test, to see how it goes.”
Rock Town Lit Fest With the scheduled writers and readers including such
Midwest Writing Center well-established area talents as Misty Urban, Sean Whit-
Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6 ney, and Farah Maklevits, May 5’s Rock Town Lit Crawl
will begin at the Midwest Writing Center at 6 p.m., and

H ere’s a riddle for ya: What has three legs, dozens of voices,
and only one eye? Answer: The Rock Town Lit Fest!
Permit me to explain. The legs are the three stops in
although “there are more poets than anything else,” says
Collins, “we’ve also got some fiction and nonfiction writers
kind of sprinkled throughout the night.
the inaugural event’s May 5 literary crawl. The voices will “We’re gonna start with four or five readers on the
be those of the many local and regional writers, publish- ground floor of the library,” he continues, “and then four
ers, and even musicians participating in this May 5 and 6 readers at the second leg at the Blue Cat [Brew Pub], and at
celebration of the written word. least five readers when we end up at Rozz-Tox at 8 o’clock. Decorah, Cedar Rapids ... . There are hour-long readings at
And the eye? Well, it’s actually the “i.” The only one The first two legs will go on about 45 minutes so people 11, 1, and 3. The first one is kind of a mix of fiction and non-
found in the phrase “Rock Town Lit Fest.” Trust me, that have time to mosey down to the next spot at a leisurely fiction readings, and the one at 1 features younger writers
riddle works better out loud ... though admittedly, not pace. But we might go on a bit longer at Rozz-Tox. That’s from some of our youth programs, like the Atlas magazine
much better ... . So maybe the Midwest Writing Center where Benjamin [Fawks] is putting together an after- we publish, and hopefully contributors to Augustana’s
Executive Director Ryan Collins should do the explaining party with live music” by the “twisted country” artists of Saga and the St. Ambrose journal Quercus. And then at
from here on out. Dimples. “And that’s also where we’ve got our headliner three, we’ve got a featured reading with people that are in
“When we moved into the library,” says Collins of his reading – a woman named Tara Betts.” an anthology called New Stories from the Midwest 2016,”
organization’s fall relocation to its current home in down- Betts (pictured) is the author of two full-length poetry including editor Jason Lee Brown and contributors Keith
town Rock Island, “we were talking about the possibility of collections and is a two-time Chicago representative at the Lesmeister – winner of the Midwest Writing Center’s 2015
doing some kind of new event that would showcase local National Poetry Slam competitions. “We’re really excited to Great River Writers Retreat competition – and Augustana
writers and local publishers, and something that would have her here for this,” Collins says. “She’s been around the College professor Kelly Daniels.
maybe coincide with some other event happening in the Chicago scene for a long time and is widely anthologized, “And then throughout the day,” says Collins, “we’re
District. And while we’ve done things similar to this before and was even on [HBO’s] Def Poetry Jam back in the day. gonna have panel discussions on ‘Writing & Place’ at 10,
– we’ve had book fairs, we have readings a lot – we’ve never She’s one of those people who’s contributed a lot to the ‘Writing as a Healing Process’ at noon, and ‘Writers on
done anything quite like this.” scene and just had a book called Break the Habit released Reading’ at 2. It’s a lot going on, for sure. But it’s really excit-
The “this” that Collins and his associates decided on from Trio House Press, and we’ve been trying to get her for ing. And if we have a good response, hopefully we can build
was a two-day festival, one beginning the same day as a while. So with her book coming out, it seemed like a good on it, and make it a regular thing.
Rock Island’s Gallery Hop!, that would incorporate a fit. She’s amazing.” “I know it’s easy to get wrapped up in the New York
number of different literary-themed events: readings, As for the literary amazement on May 6, it comes with Times bestsellers and things like that,” says Collins. “But
panel discussions, a book fair, and – for the first time in the the commingling of what Collins says is “about two dozen there’s a lot of writing of all kinds going on in the Quad
Quad Cities – a traveling “Lit Crawl” modeled after those authors and about a half-dozen magazine publishers” who Cities, and by people of all different ages and walks of life.
presented in Iowa City’s annual Mission Creek Festival. will gather for the Rock Town Lit Fest & Book Fair at the Every New York Times bestseller was probably a writer in
(The River Cities’ Reader is one of the Rock Town Lit Fest’s Midwest Writing Center and the upper floors of the Rock their hometown before they got to that point. So this is an
co-sponsors.) Island library. opportunity to maybe see some talent on the rise before it
“I’ve read for Mission Creek, like, three years in a row,” “It’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” says Collins, “and while it’s gets to another level.”
says Collins, “and it’s always a good time. Some legs of their definitely local-centric, we’ve got a couple people coming For more information on the Rock Town Lit Fest, call
crawl are in venues where you maybe wouldn’t expect to from Chicago, someone from Des Moines, Iowa City, (309)732-7330 or visit
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What Else Is Happenin’
circus’ biggest attraction. And Mary was Consequently, last summer, Balogun
this big elephant. and several friends initiated The Elephant
“So this inexperienced guy was riding Project, designed to raise $2,500 for a 2017
Mary, and he started mistreating her in staging of Elephant’s Graveyard. “I knew
a way that caused her to lash out at him that we would need some type of budget to MUSIC
– and that resulted in him being killed make this work,” says Balogun, “what with Thursday, April 27 – United States Navy
Band Sea Chanters. Touring vocal ensemble
by Mary. This happened in front of the there being two musicians on-stage, and a
performs traditional choral music, sea
entire town. And they were angry, and huge part of the cast being circus characters chanteys, patriotic fare, opera, Broadway show
scared, and demanded justice. And that with very specific costumes, and buying tunes, and more. Bettendorf High School
justice was achieved by the town hanging the rights to the show, and renting a space, Performing Arts Center (3333 18th Street,
Mary using a chain and crane system at a et cetera, et cetera.” Bettendorf). 7 p.m. Free. For information, call
(563332-7001 or visit
nearby railroad.” The space came through New Ground’s Thursday, April 27 – Johnny A. Rock,
Balogun knows what you’re thinking. artistic director Chris Jansen. “I think the jazz, and blues guitarist/songwriter John
“Obviously, this is a very dark show,” he says show fit in with New Ground’s mission of Antonopoulos in concert, with an opening
with a chuckle. “There’s no getting around doing contemporary pieces,” says Balogun, set by Charlie Hayes & Detroit Larry.
that at all.” But Elephant’s Graveyard – “as well as reaching out to younger theatre The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $16.75-17. For tickets
described by the Times of London as “the most artists in the area, so I guess that prompted and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
striking production” and South Carolina’s her and the New Ground board to be accept-
Columbia City Paper as “a theatrical master- ing of this project as part of their season.” Friday, April 28 – Angaleena Presley.
piece” – is a work that Balogun has adored And with The Elephant Project garnering Country-music singer/songwriter and
ever since he made his acting debut in a high- more than 600 followers through Facebook, member of the country trio Pistol Annies in
concert, with an opening set by Angela Meyer.
school production of Brant’s 2007 work. Instagram, and Twitter, Balogun and his Daytrotter (324 Brady Street, Davenport). 8
“I’ve always been attracted to plays that team eventually “racked up about $2,300 p.m. $8-12. For tickets and information, call
deal with these universal concepts of what it through GoFundMe – although after a (563)293-3240 or visit
means to be human,” says Balogun. “Love, series of in-person donations, we’re now Friday, April 28 – The Steepwater Angaleena Presley @ Daytrotter - April 28
Band and Minus Six. Concert with
loss, et cetera. No matter where we come closer to $3,000. I’m very happy with that.” direction of QCSO Conductor Mark Russell
the co-headliners and area rockers.
from or what our backgrounds are, these He’s also clearly happy with his crew The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Smith. Davenport RiverCenter (136 East Third
attributes kind of unify us as a human that includes technical directors Emma Davenport). 8 p.m. $9.50-12. For tickets Street, Davenport). 6 p.m. $20-25 registration,
front. And Elephant’s Graveyard speaks Brutman and Amanda Caputi, and his cast and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit observers free, with space available on a first- come, first-served basis. For information, call
on a universally human element that has that boasts such Augie-theatre students and (563)322-7276 or visit
Saturday, April 29 – Quad City Symphony
the potential to be very catastrophic if left alumni as Elise Campbell, Aubrey Lyon, Orchestra Family Music Carnival. A Sunday, April 30 – Scott H. Biram. Texas-
unchecked, where people can be very much Joshua Malone, Emily Mason, Maddie celebration of music and art featuring based blues, punk, country, and heavy-metal
consumed by propagated fear – propagated McCobb, and Tristan Odenkirk. performances by area musicians, children’s musician in concert, with an opening set by
anger and hatred – toward things they don’t “This is the first full-length show that I’ll activities, and more. Davenport RiverCenter Jack Greele. Rock Island Brewing Company
(136 East Third Street, Davenport). 10 a.m.-5 (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 7 p.m. $13.
necessarily understand. Which inevitably be directing,” says Balogun, “and I started off For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit
p.m. Free. For information, call (563)322-7276
leads to very awful things happening, like very intimidated. But I’ve had almost a year or visit
the hanging of Mary – although the play’s to kind of get myself ready – to get in the right Saturday, April 29 – Quad City Symphony Wednesday, May 3 – Richie Kotzen Band.
message is certainly very timely considering mind space and solidify my concept – and I Orchestra Family Concert: Dr. Seuss! Concert Concert with the rock singer/songwriter/
the state of affairs in today’s America.” think that’s helped a lot with kind of easing presentation of the author’s The Sneetches and guitarist and member of the super-group
Green Eggs & Ham, conducted by Benjamin The Winery Dogs. Rascals Live (1414 15th
Elephant’s Graveyard, says Balogun, “is out any road bumps that may have come Street, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $20-35. For tickets
Klemme and featuring actors Michael
essentially a very present/past way of story- along toward the beginning, when I was still Boudewyns and Kimberly Schroeder. Adler and information, call (309)797-9457 or visit
telling. It’s all monologues except for a few trying to establish a good environment for Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 2:30
interactions, and the story told as if it’s hap- the actors. As of right now, six or seven weeks p.m. $3-20. For tickets and information, call Thursday, May 4 – Ceschi Ramos.
(563)322-7276 or visit Connecticut-based singer/rapper in concert,
pening in real time, right now, in front of the into the rehearsal process, things are look-
Saturday, April 29 – Old Shoe. Chicago- featuring opening sets by Serengeti, Chisme,
characters.” But while this theatrical conceit ing very good, and I’m really excited for the Sister Haus Eviction Notice, Sons of Mars,
based five-piece Americana and roots-rock
may seem a simple one, the production itself finished product to be up and running.” musicians in concert, with an opening set by and A. Barb. Daytrotter (324 Brady Street,
– with its 15 characters, period costumes, And opening just two weeks before the The Dawn. The Redstone Room (129 Main Davenport). 7 p.m. $8.50-10. For tickets
and live music – is anything but. official closing of the Greatest Show on Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $11.50-12. For tickets and information, call (563)293-3240 or visit
and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
“Initially, I wanted to produce the show as Earth, no less. Friday, May 5 – The Jimmys. Concert
part of Augustana’s inaugural season at the “Right?!” says Balogun of the timing. Sunday, April 30 – Side-by-Side Concert. with horn-based blues musicians, featuring
Brunner Theatre Center,” Balogun says. “But “Believe me: I did not plan on that at all.” Event featuring more than 150 musicians an opening set by The Mercury Brothers.
because of the size and the requirements Elephant’s Graveyard runs at Davenport’s from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
of the show, it was deemed to be a little Village Theatre (2113 East 11th Street) Fri- and Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Davenport). 8 p.m. $9.50-10. For tickets
playing together under the direction of QCSO and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
too ambitious for the resources we had at days and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays
Conductor Mark Russell Smith. Adler Theatre
hand. It would have had to go up in the new at 2 p.m., and tickets and more information (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. $5- Friday, May 5 – Weedeater. North
Black Box Theatre, which would have been are available by calling (563)326-7529 or 20. For tickets and information, call (563)322- Carolina-based rock and metal musicians in
too small a space to make it work. So I was visiting 7276 or visit concert, featuring opening sets by Aseethe
encouraged to find other ways of producing Sunday, April 30 – Community-Wide and No Funeral. Rock Island Brewing Company
Side-by-Side. Area musicians and members (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. $13.
it, and that and my own passion and drive
of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform
for the project kind of pushed me toward Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” under the Continued On Page 10
starting a GoFundMe campaign.”
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Continued From Page 9 THEATRE By Jeff Ashcraft

What Else Is Happenin’ The Mansion Family
For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit Island). 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call Out of Sight, Out of Murder, at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 30 (309)794-7306 or visit

Friday, May 5 – Beach Slang. Concert
with the punk-rock band from Philadelphia,
featuring opening sets by Harsh Times and
LITERATURE s the clock approached 7:30 p.m. on a
refreshingly cool and clear mid-April
Thursday, April 27 – SPECTRA: Natalie
Starry Nights. Daytrotter (324 Brady Street, Eilbert and Derrick Austin. The Midwest Saturday, the old barn beckoned like a
Davenport). 8 p.m. $12-15. For tickets and silent sentinel as my wife and I wove our way
Writing Center co-presents readings by the
information, call (563)293-3240 or visit
poets and Ron Wallace Poetry Fellows at the up the meandering hill. While approaching
Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Rozz- the main entrance, the imposing presence
Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m.
Free. For information, call (309)732-7330 or
at the ticket window asked quietly, eerily, if
Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, visit or we had reservations. We said we did, and he
April 30 – The Good Doctor. Neil Simon’s motioned for us to climb the stairs leading to
Broadway comedy of vignettes inspired by the
works of Anton Chekhov, directed by Kevin
VISUAL ARTS the loft. I swallowed hard and took my time,
Thursday, April 27, through Monday, stretching out each step knowing that I was
Babbitt. Scott Community College’s Black
Box Theatre (Room 228 through Door 2, 500
May 22 – Mark Cook: Emotional States. ascending ever closer into the darkness, the Stacy Herrick, Nicholas Waldbusser,
Exhibit of paintings by the Rock Island native. unknown, and into a night of murder. Bwa-a- and Jackie Skiles
Belmont Road, Bettendorf). Thursday through Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio (Suites 102
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. $8 at the and 104, 225 East Second Street, Davenport).
a-a-h Ha-a-a-a-ha-a-a-a-ha-a-a-a-a-a!!!
door. For information, call (563)441-4339 or Whoa – that may be a little too dramatic. Kay, Elizabeth Buzard had a sweet earnestness
Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
visit But it did kind of fit the mood as we made our that was a strong fit for her part, although she
Free. For information, call (563)508-4630 or
Friday, April 28, through Sunday, May visit way into the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre for did struggle – as did a couple of others – with a
7 – Titanic. Maury Yeston’s and Peter Stone’s Friday, May 5 – Gallery Hop! Midcoast its 49th-season opener: Out of Sight, Out of sing-songy pitch pattern that detracted from an
Tony-winning musical set aboard the doomed Fine Arts co-sponsors demonstrations,
oceanliner, directed by Erin Platt. Augustana performances, works for sale, and more Murder. When attending a murder-mystery otherwise solid performance. As the gold-dig-
College’s Brunner Theatre Center (3750 such as this play, oftentimes one may have a ging Lydia Dillingham, Stacy Herrick portrayed
with local artists at a variety of venues in
Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and the District of Rock Island. 6-10 p.m. Free. pretty good sense of what’s going to happen. her role with a great amount of class, rather
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. $8-14. For For information, call (563)424-1210 or visit Usually, early in the story, someone is killed, than enacting a money-grubbing parasite. And
tickets and information, call (309)794-7306 or
visit with everyone asking “Whodunit?” Generally, my favorite performance was Jackie Skiles’ as
Saturday, May 6 – Village in Bloom Arts
Friday, April 28, through Saturday, May Festival. Fifth-annual event honoring John there’s a rogues’ gallery of potential suspects the old spinster Fiona Babcock. From the first
6 – Beauty & the Beast Jr. Student version such as a young female ingénue, a young heroic moment Skiles stepped on-stage, the show’s
and Isabel Bloom, featuring art exhibits, live
of the Tony-winning fairytale musical based
on Disney’s animated film, directed by Dino
music, children’s art activities, and more. male, a brusque old spinster, a lawyer, a maid, energy and pace were elevated, and her comedic
Village of East Davenport. 10 a.m. Free. For a middle-aged gold digger, and, of course, timing and melodramatic facial expressions
and Tina Hayz. The Center for Living Arts information, visit
(2008 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and Sunday, May 7 – girlpARTs fest2.
a butler. were a much-needed delight.
Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., May 6 at 2 Fundraiser for the NormaLeah Ovarian However, Out of Sight, Out of Murder’s Carmichael’s script, in truth, is plodding
p.m. $12.50. For tickets and information, call playwright, Fred Carmichael, takes a comedic and wordy. With the show clocking in at
Cancer Initiative featuring an artist market,
(563)940-1956 or visit
Saturday, April 29, through Sunday, May
a silent auction, food, and concert sets by and interesting twist to the genre by introduc- approximately two hours and 15 minutes (not
Milltown, Earth Ascending, and Wicked Liz & ing the story’s author as a central character in including intermission), the author clearly
7 – Merlin & King Arthur. Student-performed
the Bellyswirls. The Redstone Room (129 Main
adventure comedy about the Knights of the Street, Davenport). 1 p.m. $10-15. For tickets
the plot. Enter novelist Peter Knight (Nicholas could have used a judicious editor. However,
Round Table, written and directed by Aaron Waldbusser), who, in the mid-1970s, is ham- the way Carmichael acquaints the audience
and information, call (309)794-0009 or visit
Randolph III. Davenport Junior Theatre (2822 mering out his own murder-mystery novel in with the background of each character is very
Eastern Avenue, Davenport). Saturday 1
an old Vermont mansion in which another clever and often very funny, and in Richmond
and 4 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $6-8 at the door.
For information, call (563)326-7862 or visit author was murdered years earlier. During Hill’s production, I couldn’t help but notice Friday, April 28 – Fish & Fire Friendraiser a freak thunderstorm, though, his novel’s the perfectly timed sound effects that were
Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May and Fundraiser. River Action hosts its 15th- potential characters inexplicably materialize also at near-perfect volume, with the choices
14 – Pump Boys & Dinettes. Tony-nominated annual event featuring a 5:30 p.m. social hour,
silent auction, and cash bar with music on the in the mansion. Shortly after each character’s for pre-show and intermission music equally
musical comedy about rural waitresses and
diner patrons, directed by Courtney Crouse. sky deck, and a 7 p.m. catfish dinner followed introduction, one of them is murdered, and splendid. Cheers to Jennifer Kingry for the
Timber Lake Playhouse (8215 Black Oak Road, by the presentation of the 18th Annual Eddy then another, and then another … . Or is it all excellent sound design, and a most appropri-
Mt. Carroll). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Awards. Modern Woodmen Park (209 South in Peter’s head? ate lighting plot as well. Kudos also to Terri
Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. $17-25. For tickets Gaines Street, Davenport). $12-45, For tickets
Peter serves much like a referee as each Nelson, whose costuming efforts went a long
and information, call (815)244-2035 or visit and information, call (563)322-2969 or visit character is introduced into the story, and way in helping establish the clichéd aspects of
Tuesday, May 9, through Friday, May Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7 – Walderbusser, in a ’70s-styled wig, does a fine each murder suspect.
12 – Charlotte’s Web. Joseph Robinette’s Monster Jam. Touring event with monster- job playing the novelist without too much Out of Sight, Out of Murder may not have
stage adaptation of E.B. White’s children’s truck sensations including Grave Digger, over-the-top flash. It would have been nice to the sophistication of an Agatha Christie story
book. Timber Lake Playhouse (8215 Black Max-D, and many more. iWirelessCenter (1201
River Drive, Moline). Saturday 2 and 7:30 p.m.
see him push the character’s emotional limits or the creepiness of an Edgar Allan Poe tale,
Oak Road, Mt. Carroll). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
$6, with a complimentary chaperone Sunday 2 p.m. $13-50. For tickets, call (800)745- a little more, but his consistency as the story’s but it does have plenty of laughs, and it’s a lot
ticket for every 10 students. For tickets 3000 or visit “straight man” was on-target throughout of fun to see behind the façade of the genre’s
and information, call (815)244-2035 or visit Saturday, May 6 – Tour de Brew QC. A the performance. stereotypical murder-mystery characters. National Bike Month celebration with stops at Director John Donald O’Shea has assembled
eight area pubs during the day’s 35-mile bike
an appropriately stereotype-ready cast to fulfill Out of Sight, Out of Murder runs at the
DANCE ride. Starting at Rock Island Brewing Company
(1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 10 a.m. each Out of Sight character. Joe LoGiudice, Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April
Saturday, April 29 – UNYK Multicultural as the mysterious butler Cogburn, was quite 30, and more information and tickets are
$30-40 registration. For information, visit
Dance. Performance by Augustana’s
ensemble featuring dances from numerous good with his proper dialect and dry one- available by calling (309)944-2244 or visiting
genres and cultures. Augustana College’s liners, playing the servant as if he were more
Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock intelligent than anyone else in the story. (Or in
the theatre, for that matter.) As female ingénue
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visit FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): I have circumstances of their individual lives. They waste was a poignant but liberating moment. It allowed
misgivings when I witness bears riding their years in vain efforts to be some other poet. us to move on with our lives and pursue other
bicycles or tigers dancing on their hind They wear out their minds and bodies in a dreams that were more realistic and productive. I
legs or Aries people wielding diplomatic phrases hopeless endeavor to have somebody else’s invite you to consider triggering a liberation like
and making careful compromises at committee experiences or write somebody else’s poems.” I that sometime soon.
meetings. While I am impressed by the disciplined happen to believe that this is a problem for
expression of primal power, I worry for the soul of non-poets, as well. Many of us never succeed in CAPRICORN (December 22-January
the creature that is behaving with such civilized becoming ourselves. Luckily for you, Leo, in the 19): I’d love to see you increase the
restraint. So here’s my advice for you in the coming weeks and months you will have an number of people, places, and
coming weeks: Take advantage of opportunities to unprecedented chance to become more of who experiences you love, as well as the wise intensity
make deals and forge win-win situations. But also you really are. To expedite the process, work on with which you love them. From an astrological
And follow Mike on Twitter at keep a part of your fiery heart untamed. Don’t let
people think they’ve got you all figured out.
dissolving any attraction you might have to acting
like someone other than yourself.
perspective, now is an excellent time to upgrade
your appreciation and adoration for the whole world and everything in it. To get you in the mood,
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “One of VIRGO (August 23-September 22): I’ll call your attention to some unfamiliar forms of
April 13 Crossword Answers the advantages of being disorderly,” said On numerous occasions, French ardor you may want to pursue: eraunophilia, an
author A.A. Milne, “is that one is acrobat Charles Blondin walked across a attraction to thunder and lightning; cymophilia, a
constantly making exciting discoveries.” I tightrope that spanned the gorge near Niagara fascination with waves and waviness; chorophilia,
wouldn’t normally offer this idea as advice to a Falls. His cable was three and a quarter inches in a passion for dancing; asymmetrophilia, a zeal for
methodical dynamo like you. But my interpreta- diameter, 1,100 feet long, and 160 feet above the asymmetrical things; sapiophilia, an erotic
tion of the astrological omens compels me to Niagara River. Once he made the entire crossing enchantment with intelligence.
override my personal theories about what you by doing back flips and somersaults. Another time
need. I must suggest that you consider experi- he carried a small stove on his back, stopped AQUARIUS (January 20-February
menting with jaunty, rambunctious behavior in midway to cook an omelet, and ate the meal before 18): You could go online and buy an
the coming days, even if it generates some finishing. Now would be an excellent time for you antique Gothic throne or a psychedelic
disorder. The potential reward? Exciting to carry out your personal equivalent of his feats, hippie couch to spruce up your living room. For
discoveries, of course. Virgo. What daring actions have you never tried your bathroom, you could get a Japanese “wonder
before even though you’ve been sufficiently toilet,” complete with a heated seat, automated
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): According trained or educated to perform them well? bidet, and white-noise generator. Here’s another
to my reading of the astrological omens, good idea: You could build a sacred crazy altar in
it’s time for you to take a break from the LIBRA (September 23-October 22): your bedroom where you will conduct rituals of
magic you have been weaving since your birthday Ready for some subterranean playful liberation. Or how about this? Acquire a kit
in 2016. That’s why I’m suggesting that you go on a journeys? They may not involve literal that enables you to create spontaneous poetry on
brief sabbatical. Allow your deep mind to fully explorations of deep caverns and ancient tunnels your refrigerator door using tiny magnets with
integrate the lessons you’ve been learning and the and underground streams. You may not stumble evocative words written on them. Can you think
transformations you have undergone over the past upon lost treasure and forgotten artifacts and of other ideas to revitalize your home environ-
eleven months. In a few weeks, you’ll be ready to valuable ruins. But then again, you might. At the ment? It’s high time you did so.
resume where you left off. For now, though, you very least, you will encounter metaphorical
require breathing room. Your spiritual batteries versions of some of the above. What mysteries PISCES (February 19-March 20):
need time to recharge. The hard work you’ve done would you love to solve? What secrets would be Among America’s 50 states, Texas has
should be balanced by an extended regimen of fun to uncover? What shadows would you be the third-highest rate of teenage
relaxed playtime. excited to illuminate? pregnancies. Un-coincidentally, sex education in
Texas is steeped in ignorance. Most of its high
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Appar- SCORPIO (October 23-November schools offer no teaching about contraception
ently, a lot of kids in the UK don’t like to 21): Why would you guzzle mind- other than to advise students to avoid sex. In the
eat vegetables. In response, food clouding moonshine when you will coming weeks, Pisces, you can’t afford to be as
researchers in that country marketed a variety of eventually get a chance to sip a heart-reviving deprived of the truth as those kids. Even more
exotic variations designed to appeal to their palate. tonic? Why spoil your appetite by loading up on than usual, you need accurate information that’s
The new dishes included chocolate-flavored non-nutritious hors d’oeuvres when a healthy tailored to your precise needs, not fake news or
carrots, pizza-flavored corn, and cheese-and- feast will be available sooner than you imagine? I ideological delusions or self-serving propaganda.
onion-flavored cauliflower. I don’t recommend advise you to suppress your compulsion for Make sure you gather insight and wisdom from
that you get quite so extreme in trying to broaden immediate gratification. It may seem impossible the very best sources. That’s how you’ll avoid
your own appeal, Cancerian. But see if you can at for you to summon such heroic patience, but I behavior that’s irrelevant to your life goals. That’s
least reach out to your potential constituency with know you can. And in the long run, you’ll be how you’ll attract experiences that serve your
a new wrinkle or fresh twist. Be imaginative as you happy if you do. highest good.
expand the range of what your colleagues and
clientele have to choose from. SAGITTARIUS (November Homework: What’s the most beauti-
22-December 21): “You’ll always be my ful thing you’ve ever done? Testify! Go
LEO (July 23-August 22): In speaking favorite what-if.” Many years ago, I to and click on “E-mail
about the arduous quest to become one’s heard that phrase whispered in my ear. It came Rob,” and visit
authentic self, writer Thomas Merton from the mouth of a wonderful-but-impossible
used the example of poets who aspire to be woman. We had just decided that it was not a good
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GUEST COMMENTARY Continued From Page 3 By Jeffrey A. Tucker

The Income Tax Implies That Government Owns You
idea of a free society: You get to keep beginning of a century of despotism. Our
what you earn or inherit. That means property is no longer safe. Our income
nothing short of abolishing the great is not our own. We are legally obligated
mistake of 1913. to turn over whatever our masters say
Caveheart cat and a fern. Before long, they’re on with the
cable company. (Tech support: “What seems to Forget the flat tax. The only just solu- we owe them. None of this is compatible
I’m a woman in my 30s. I love parties and tion is no tax on incomes ever. with the old liberal idea of freedom.
be the problem?” Extrovert: “I’m lonely! Talk to
talking to people, and thank God, because I But let’s say that one day we actually You doubt it? Listen to Thomas
me! Have you ever been arrested? And do you
attend networking events for work. My boy- become safe from the income-tax col- Jefferson from his inaugural address of
think I should go gluten-free?”)
friend, on the other hand, is an introvert, hates lectors and something like blessed peace 1801. What he said then remains true
talking to strangers, and loathes “shindigs.” arrives. There is still another problem today: “What more is necessary to make
How do we balance my longing to go to parties Rubbin’ Hood that emerged in 1913. Congress created us a happy and a prosperous people?
with his desire to stay home? I grabbed my boyfriend’s phone to look the Federal Reserve, which eventually Still one more thing, fellow citizens:
– Party Girl something up, and I found a Google search developed the power to create all the a wise and frugal government, which
for local massage places that offer “happy end- money that government would ever need, shall restrain men from injuring one
Taking an introvert to a party can be a chal-
ings.” He says that he and his friends were just even without taxing. another, shall leave them otherwise free
lenge. On the other hand, if it’s a Fourth of July
goofing off. Am I an idiot to believe him? For the practical running of the affairs to regulate their own pursuits of industry
party, you know where to find him: hiding in the
– Disturbed of the state, the Fed is far worse than and improvement, and shall not take
bathtub with the dogs.
I actually have personal experience in this the income tax. It creates the more- from the mouth of labor the bread it
His “goofing off” is reminiscent of the “But I
area. Like you, I’m an extrovert. Which is to say, insidious tax because it is so sneaky. In a has earned.”
was just curious!” Web searches that juries hear
a party host’s worry isn’t that I won’t have anyone strange way, it has made all the debates
about – stuff like “Does arsenic have a flavor?”,
to talk to; it’s that I’ll tackle three people and about taxation superfluous. Denying Jeffrey Tucker is the director of content for
“How much antifreeze does it take to kill a 226.5-
the government revenue does nothing the Foundation for Economic Education
water-board them with sangria ’til they tell me pound man?”, and “Who’s got the lowest prices
to curb its appetites for our liberties and (, where this article originally
their life stories. Also like you, I have a boyfriend on shovels and tarps?”
property. The Fed has managed to make appeared).
who’s an introvert. For him, attending a party Sure, it’s possible that your boyfriend is telling
it impossible to starve the beast.
is like being shoved into an open grave teeming the truth – that he and his buddies were search-
Chodorov was correct about the evil of
with live cockroaches – though, compassionately, ing out massage parlors right nearby just for a
the income tax. Its passage signaled the
it also includes an open bar. giggle. To determine how likely it actually is, con-
This isn’t to say introverts are dysfunctional. sider that people don’t behave randomly. We’re
They’re not. They’re differently functional. Brain each driven by a varying combo of personality
imaging research by cognitive scientist Debra traits – habitual patterns of thinking, emotion,
L. Johnson and her colleagues found that in and behavior that are relatively consistent over
introverts, sensory input from experience led time and across situations. For example, an intro-
to more blood flow in the brain (amounting to vert will not suddenly become a party animal
more stimulation). The path it took was longer (unless we’re talking the taxidermied kind that’s
and twistier than in extroverts and had a differ- stuck into the “fall leaves” centerpiece).
ent destination: frontal areas we use for inward Research by evolutionary psychologists David
thinking like planning, remembering, and Buss and Todd Shackelford found three person-
problem-solving. So introverts live it up, too; they ality traits that are strong “predictors of suscep-
just do it on the inside. tibility to infidelity.” One is narcissism – being
Extroverts’ brain scans revealed a more direct self-absorbed, admiration-seeking, empathy-
path for stimuli – with blood flowing straight to deficient, and prone to scheming user-hood.
rear areas of the brain used for sensory process- Being low on “conscientiousness” is another
ing, such as listening and touching. They also – reflected in being disorganized, unreliable, and
have less overall blood flow – translating (in lazy, and lacking self-control. Last, there’s “psy-
combination with a different neurochemical choticism,” which, despite its Bates Motel-like
response) to a need for more social hoo-ha to moniker, reflects a con-artist-like exploitative-
feel “fed.” ness, impulsivity, and lack of inhibition – not
Sometimes, you’ll really want your boyfriend necessarily exhibiting those things while going
there with you at a party – for support, because all stabby on some lady enjoying a shower.
you enjoy his company, or maybe just to show Consider whether your boyfriend’s “Just
him off (kind of like a Louis Vuitton handbag Googling for kicks!” claim is odd and uncharac-
with a penis). But understanding that “shindigs” teristic or whether it’s part of a pattern reflecting
give his brain a beating, consider whether you one or more of the lovely cocktail of traits above.
could sometimes take a friend. When he accom- Patterns of behavior predict future patterns
panies you, maybe set a time limit and be under- of behavior – for example, trying to get you to
standing if he and the dog retreat to the den. believe that he only goes to strip clubs for the
Sure, mingling makes you feel better. But music and that he really was just working late
pushing an introvert to do it is akin to forcing an with his boss, Mr. Camerino, who seems to have
extrovert to spend an entire week with only the developed quite a thing for body glitter.
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Live Music Live Music Live Music
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Live Lunch w/ Tony Hoeppner (noon) – Locust St., Davenport IA
RME Community Stage, 129 N. Main St., Corey Wallace (4pm) – Wide River Winery -
Bass Physics – Blunt Force – Nxbel Price Davenport IA LeClaire, 106 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire IA 4 Maze – Riverside Casino and Golf Resort,
– Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa Passion – Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Erisa Rei (6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, 411 South 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
City IA 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA Rd., Cambridge IL Aseethe – No Funeral – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Corey Wallace – The J Bar, 4215 Elmore Ave., Powell – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Mound Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (9pm) – Washington St., Iowa City IA
Davenport IA St., Davenport IA Riverside Grille, 1733 State St., Bettendorf Ceschi Ramos – Serengeti – Chisme –
Johnny A. – Charlie Hayes & Detroit St. Thomas & the Fervors – Remod IA Sister Haus Eviction Notice – Sons of
Larry – The Redstone Room, 129 Main – Garbage Man 2014 – Leather Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (4pm) – Sneaky Mars – A. Barb – Daytrotter, 324 Brady
St, Davenport IA Parachute – Inbred Trash (5pm) – Pete’s Woodfire Grille, 207 Cody Rd. N., St., Davenport IA
Kid & Nic – Riverside Casino and Golf Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City LeClaire IA Jordan Danielsen – The J Bar, 4215 Elmore
Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA IA Jack Lion – Mouthbreather – Upon the Ave., Davenport IA
United States Navy Band Sea Chanters – The Steepwater Band – Minus Six – The Death Horse – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third North Scott Jazz Jam (6pm) – RME
Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport Ave., Rock Island IL Community Stage, 129 N. Main St.,
Center, 3333 18th St., Bettendorf IA IA Kid & Nic – Rhythm City Casino Resort Davenport IA
Useful Jenkins – Ryan Young – Iowa City Still Standing – A Casual Affair – Bare Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,

Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Bones – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock Davenport IA
Island IL Knox–Galesburg Symphony: Fate & Beach Slang @ Daytrotter - May 5
Stone Cold Moonshine – Harley Corin’s, Fury – Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg Beach Slang – Harsh Times – Starry
1708 State St., Bettendorf IA St., Galesburg IL
George Winston – Englert Theatre, 221 Nights – Daytrotter, 324 Brady St.,
Angaleena Presley – Angela Meyer – Stone Tattoo – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Bar & Lane Miller Band – RME Community East Washington St., Iowa City IA Davenport IA
Jake McVey – Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Stage, 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA Bella Diva Band – Riverside Casino and
Community Concerts: Tribute to the
Davenport IA This Wheel’s on Fire: Iris DeMent – Must Build Jacuzzi – Sheltering Sky – The Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
William Elliott Whitmore – David Mamiltons – Hitsleep – Iowa City Yacht King – Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St.
The Blackbirds – Isle Casino Hotel SE, Cedar Rapids IA IA
Bettendorf, 1777 Isle Parkway, Zollo & the Body Electric – Elizabeth Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Banjoy – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa Bobby Ray Bunch – The Faithful Pilot Cafe
Moen – B.F. Burt – Jason T. Lewis – The The Nadas – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Community Wide Side-by-Side (6pm)
Bettendorf IA – Davenport RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St, City IA & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, LeClaire IA
Bruce & Old Friends – Orpheum Theatre, Recliners – Ingrid Streitz – Englert Iowa City IA Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show – Cru Dimples – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock
Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa Old Shoe – The Dawn – The Redstone Davenport IA
57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg IL Ice Nine Kills – ROYAL’Z – Switchblade Bottle Shoppe, 221 Brady St., Davenport Island IL
Concrete Slim – Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, City IA Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA IA Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show – The
Winterland – Pine Travelers – Iowa City Passion – Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Saturdays – Far from Fearless
300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA – Vuarna (6pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. The Duo–Sonics (6pm) – RME (River Music Mound, 1029 Mound St., Davenport IA
Doug Brundies (noon) – Bettendorf Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA Experience), 129 N. Main St., Davenport The Feralings – Big Sadie – Iowa City Yacht
QCSO Family Concert: Dr. Seuss! Washington St., Iowa City IA
Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
QCSO/QCSYEs Side-by-Side Concert IA
Dr., Bettendorf IA (2:30pm) – Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third Greg Aguilar (6:30pm) – The Faithful Pilot Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) – Rock
St., Davenport IA (3pm) – Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St.,
Ed James – The Grape Life Wine Store & Davenport IA Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, LeClaire IA Island Hy-Vee Market Grille, 2930 18th
Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Brother Sun Sister Moon – Bobby Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years – Richie Kotzen Band – Rascals Live, 1414 Ave., Rock Island IL
Messano – Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rock Steady (5:30pm) – The Mill, 120 E.
Gray Wolf Band (6pm) – Hy-Vee Market Burlington St., Iowa City IA 15th St., Moline IL The Jimmys – The Mercury Brothers
Cafe Patio, 2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA Rapids IA Tommy Pickett & Friends (5:30pm) – – The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Cal Stage Band – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., The Stone Flowers – The Mound, 1029 Scott H. Biram – Jack Greele – RIBCO, 1815
Ice Hockey Reunion Show – Victor Second Ave., Rock Island IL Rivertown Grille & Bar, 2606 W. Locust Davenport IA
Shores – The Truth About Dreaming Rock Island IL Mound St., Davenport IA St., Davenport IA The Maytags – The Dip – Malcolm
Chuck Murphy – Leisure Lanes, 2802 W. Threshold – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State St.,
– Closet Witch – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Wild Adriatic – Leopold & His Fiction – London – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St.,
Ave., Rock Island IL 73rd Street, Davenport IA Bettendorf IA Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa Iowa City IA
Kid & Nic – Rhythm City Casino Resort Cobalt Blue – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 City IA
Mound St., Davenport IA Blues Café (6:30pm) – RME Community
Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Davenport IA Code 415 – Rivertown Grille & Bar, 2606 W. Stage, 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA Continued On Page 14
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Society of Broken Souls (6pm) – RME Code 415 – Generations Bar & Grill, 4100 4th
Community Stage, 129 N. Main St., Ave., Moline IL
James Lee Stanley (6:30pm) – Davenport IA Daylight Over – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N
Mike Posner & the Legendary Mike
Meadowbrook Gazebo, 1201 3rd St. SW, Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA

Posner Band – University of Dubuque’s
Mt. Vernon IL Devon Clemens Band – Riverside Casino
Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St.,
Moeller Nights: Matthew Logan and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Dubuque IA
Vasquez – David Ramirez – Triple All Sweat Productions Presents: Stevie Riverside IA
The Pines – The Lift, 180 Main St., Dubuque
Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, Wonder B–Day Bash – The Redstone Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show –
304 E Third St., Davenport IA Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA 129 Coffee & Wine Bar, 129 N. Cody Rd.,
Soul Storm – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
The Steel Wheels – CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 Cardiff Brothers (5:30pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Davenport IA
Mound St., Davenport IA
3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA Washington St., Iowa City IA Helltrap Nightmare – The Mill, 120 E.
The Tailfins – Rhythm City Casino Resort
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show – My Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Place the Pub, 4405 State St., Davenport Kevin Mac’s Classic Country Jukebox –
Davenport IA
IA Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt
Weedeater – Aseethe – No Funeral –
James Lee Stanley – Palisades Café, 117 1st Funktastic Five – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 St., Maquoketa IA
RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL
St W., Mt. Vernon IL Mound St., Davenport IA Kickin Back – Green Tree Brewery, 309 N.

Laser Background – Gabriel Dowie – Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Geneseo Cody Rd., LeClaire IA
Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Brewing Company, 102 S. State St., Knox-Galesburg Symphony Pop
Geneseo IL Concert w/ Simply Three – Orpheum
Alyx Rush – RME Community Stage, 129 N.
Kickin Back – Fargo Lounge, 4204 Avenue Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg IL
Main St., Davenport IA
Bella Diva Band – Riverside Casino and Scott H. Biram @ RIBCO - April 30 of the Cities, Moline IL Olivia Newton-John – Adler Theatre, 136 E.
Brad Brenny (6:30pm) – The Faithful Pilot Lasso Spells – Okey Dokey – Rozz-Tox, Third St., Davenport IA
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show Comatose – Cedar County Cobras – Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, LeClaire IA 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Pastmasters – Rhythm City Casino Resort
(10am) – Dam View Inn, 410 E. 2nd St., Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – The Live Lunch w/ Tony Hoeppner (noon) – Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Bob Bucko Jr. – Twins – Tambourine –
Davenport IA City IA Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA RME Community Stage, 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA
Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show Kickin Back (6pm) – Len Brown’s North Davenport IA Porchburner – Superchief – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Bob Dorr & the Blue Band – Rhythm City
(3pm) – Rudy’s Tacos, 2214 E. 11th St., Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline IL The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) – The Washington St., Iowa City IA
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077
Davenport IA Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., Project X – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State St.,
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show (9pm) Banny Grove – Gosh! – Nonnie Parry – Rock Island IL Bettendorf IA
Bobby Ray Bunch – McClellan Stockade,
– Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. 3rd St., Davenport Blue Movies – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Oliver Sean (7pm) – Melissa Lee (8:30pm) Quad City Wind Ensemble Spring
2124 E. 11th St., Davenport IA
IA Rock Island IL For the Fallen Dreams – Varials – – Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Concert (3pm) – Galvin Fine Arts Center,
The Brat Pack – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave.,
Funktastic Five – Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) – Len Deadships (6pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Highway 22, Riverside IA St. Ambrose University, 2101 N. Gaines
Rock Island IL
1228 30th St., Rock Island IL Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Washington St., Iowa City IA Pastmasters – Rhythm City Casino Resort St., Davenport IA
Bugeye Sprite – Fargo Lounge, 4204
Gaslamp Killer – Wolf Mixer – Lady Dr., Moline IL Jelly Roll – Lyrikal – Random Tanner & Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., The Stone Flowers – Fargo Lounge, 4204
Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL
Espina – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Jon Shain (6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, 411 South T. Stubbz – Ro & Frosty – B. Hodges Davenport IA Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL
Charles Walker Band – Local on the 8s –
Iowa City IA Rd., Cambridge IL – Jake Coia – G. Quick – RIBCO, 1815 Tony Clifton & the Cliftones – The Mill, 120 WVIK/QCSO Signature Series V: Pro Arte
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Gray Wolf Band – Len Brown’s North Shore LeAnn Rimes – Englert Theatre, 221 East Second Ave., Rock Island IL E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA String Quartet – Davenport Outing
Classical Magic – University of Dubuque’s
Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline IL Washington St., Iowa City IA Lewis Knudsen – The J Bar, 4215 Elmore Club, 2109 N. Brady St., Davenport IA

Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St.,
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Green Tree girlpARTs fest2: Milltown – Wicked Liz Ave., Davenport IA YBBLU – RME Community Stage, 129 N.
Dubuque IA
Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire IA & the Bellyswirls – Earth Ascending Melissa Lee – Riverside Casino and Golf Main St., Davenport IA
Corporate Rock – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Orchestra Iowa Presents: 1,001 Arabian (1pm) – The Redstone Room, 129 Main Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA 3rd Street Villains – 11th Street Precinct,
Mound St., Davenport IA
Nights – Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St. St, Davenport IA Najee – The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Daylight Over (1pm) – Poopy’s Pub & Grub,
1030 Viaduct Rd, Savanna IL SE, Cedar Rapids IA Davenport IA
Trout Steak Revival – The Brothers
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Jams/Open Mics THE WORD IS OUT · April 27, 2017
Crossword April 13 Answers: Page 11

Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (May 1,
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., 6pm) – Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th
Cross Creek Karaoke – Hey Bryan’s, Davenport IA St., Rock Island IL
1140 15th Ave., Moline IL Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120
Cross Creek Karaoke (Apr. 27) – 2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Jim’s Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128,
Rd., Milan IL
DJ Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s on
2814 State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews TUESDAYS
Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport – Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) –
IA Moline IL River Music Experience, 129 N.
Jam Session & Mug Night (May 4) – Soulshake (Apr. 28) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Main St., Davenport IA
Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Washington St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – My Place the Pub,
Iowa City IA 4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline,
415 15th St., Moline IL
SATURDAYS Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon,
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Cross Creek Karaoke – Jim’s Knoxville 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA
Pub, 2104 State St., Bettendorf IA Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle,
Open Jam Session – My Place the Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 1417 Fifth Ave., Moline IL
Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf IA S. First St., Long Grove IA Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
Open Mic Night – Uptown Bill’s Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Island IL
Iowa City IA Davenport IA Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace (Apr. 27) – Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, & “Detroit” Larry Davison –
Geneseo Brewing Company, 102 S. 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Cabana’s, 2120 Fourth Ave., Rock
State St., Geneseo IL Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Island IL
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Underground Open Mic w/ Kate
Up on 7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline IL Davenport IA Kane – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S.
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, Linn St., Iowa City IA
Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL 2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker –
Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St.,
Moline IL Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s, Tw i s t e d Mics Music & McFate – McManus Pub, 1401
2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL Entertainment – Barrel House Seventh Ave., Moline IL
Cross Creek Karaoke – Firehouse Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave., Moline IL Hump Day Wing & Sing w/
Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd., Marybeth – Hawkeye Tap Sports
Davenport IA
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline,
SUNDAYS Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
Davenport IA
1321 Fifth Ave., Moline IL Catfish Jazz Society Jam Session Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports (May 7, 3pm) – Knights of 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Columbus Hall, 1111 West 35th St., Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345
Davenport IA Davenport IA West Locust St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second ACROSS 80. Not yet settled 37. Crates and lemons
West Locust St., Davenport IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Ave., Rock Island IL 1. Push 83. Unspoken 38. Twirls
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ & Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 5. Square 84. Muddled situations 39. Surpass
S. First St., Long Grove IA Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA 2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA 10. Old footwear accessory 86. Gael 40. Brought to bay
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats – 15. First Nations people 87. Penurious ones 41. Handouts
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St.,
Davenport IA
MONDAYS Bent River Brewing Company, 512
24th St. Rock Island IL
19. Pink
20. Bird
88. Trumpet signal
89. Like some veggies
43. Horse opera
44. Man in uniform
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar
Productions – Grumpy’s Saloon, & Grille, 114 1/2 W. Third St., 21. Kind of birch 91. Silicate 45. Lunch bucket
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA
2120 E. 11th St., Davenport IA Davenport IA 22. Drumming sound 92. Shields the actress 48. Imprisons
23. Spate 95. Droning instrument 50. Operating revenues

25. Unconscionable 96. Padres’ home: 2 wds. 52. Conserves
27. Emotional sensitivity 100. Bizarre 53. Class in biology
28. Notched 102. Ball player 55. Sharpens
30. Fuss 104. Indigo 57. “Off on a Comet” author
31. On the sheltered side 105. Plinth 59. Intend

FRIDAY 28 SUNDAY 30 SATURDAY 6 32. Run for love
33. Pistol maker
106. Strengthen
107. Impart
60. Varieties
63. “April showers _...”
Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Circumstantial Comedy Show ComedySportz (7pm) – The 34. More readily 108. Name in a Hardy title 64. A Marx brother
Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third (10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock 37. _ Minor 109. Glacial ridge 65. Roof support
St., Davenport IA Rd., Davenport IA Island IL 38. Florida city 110. Tropical fish 66. Handle
ComedySportz (7pm) – The Kyle Dunnigan – John Busch (8pm) John Roy (8pm) – Penguin’s Comedy
42. Made level (with “up”) 111. Exo- opposite 67. Catkin
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar
Island IL Iowa City IA Rapids IA
43. Rock formation 68. Step
Floodwater Comedy Festival: Open Source Improv (8pm) – Circa 46. Web address DOWN 69. Cover for a pillow

Finals (7pm) – Iowa City Yacht ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., 47. Emotes 1. Faculty mem. 70. Lessens the force of
Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA Rock Island IL 48. Actress Blanchett 2. Libertine 72. A Bronte
Rocky LaPorte (8pm) – Penguin’s Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – Skokie’s Retreat w/ Allison Dunne 49. Savoir _ 3. River in Germany 74. By _ and starts
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., & Lucas O’Neil (7:30pm) – Grace 50. Pipe part 4. Gets off at O’Hare 76. Hitchcock’s specialty
Cedar Rapids IA Iowa City IA Performing Arts Center, 316 South 51. Demon _ 5. Edge tool 78. Fortress in old Paris
The Speakeasy Laugh Hard (8pm) Main Street, Princeton IL 52. Enlightened state 6. Hefty 80. Honshu city
– Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
Ave., Rock Island IL WEDNESDAY 3 Studio Series: Wisenheimer
(9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220
54. Native of Turku
55. Greek god
7. Rara _
8. Means to enlightenment
81. Final Four org.
82. Rid of ice
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – 19th St., Rock Island IL
Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208 56. Attacks without restraint 9. Heavenly 83. Swung dash lookalike

Davenport IA Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA 58. Fastens 10. Sorbet serving 85. Islands
Studio Series: Movie – The Musical 60. Any polyhedron 11. Hiatus 87. _ hemp
(9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220
19th St., Rock Island IL FRIDAY 5 Circumstantial Comedy Show
(10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
61. _ you mind!
62. _ passim
12. Status quo _
13. Hill
89. Cotton thread
90. Old anesthetic
Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Rd., Davenport IA 63. Crazy and funny 14. Transported by ship 91. More secure
SATURDAY 29 Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third 64. Largest asteroid 15. Combs 92. Tub
Cheat Code Variety Show (8pm)
St., Davenport IA
ComedySportz (7pm) – The MONDAY 8 65. Motif
67. Police actions
16. Cheer
17. Jewish month
93. Old Norse poem
94. Cornelia _ Skinner
– Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) –
Ave., Rock Island IL Island IL Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., 69. Eschews 18. Word in a warning 95. Indisposed
ComedySportz (7pm) – The John Roy (8pm) – Penguin’s Comedy Iowa City IA 70. _ -a-brac 24. Anointed 96. Let it stand!
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar 71. Mister anagram 26. “The _ Archipelago” 97. Perfect place
Island IL
Rocky LaPorte (8pm) – Penguin’s
Rapids IA
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s WEDNESDAY 10 73. DOJ org.
75. Busy place
29. Thunder
32. Glyceride
98. Fellow
99. Church calendar
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – 76. _ Ste. Marie 33. Kind of terrier 101. _ and don’ts
Cedar Rapids IA Davenport IA Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208 77. Part of YMCA 34. Nova 103. Southwestern Native American
Studio Series: Stand Up Showcase Studio Series: Survivor (9:30pm) Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA 78. _ B’rith 35. Underworld god
(9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220 – The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
79. Whiz 36. Defeat, in a way
19th St., Rock Island IL Rock Island IL
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