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Undermining the Familiar

Lewis Knudsen’s New Album – Page 14

‘Nudging’ Dominates
TV News – Page 3
Comedian Kyle Kinane at the
Turnbuckle Comedy & Music
Festival – Page 7
Super Pach: New
Ground’s ‘Elephant’s
Graveyard’ – Page 9
Mike Schulz on
‘Guardians of the
Galaxy Vol. 2’ – Page 13
May 11 - 24, 2017
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“Nudging” Dominates TV News

f you are consuming your news from surfing channels each hour and noting its stranglehold on the economy via ever-
broadcast networks ABC, NBC, or
CBS, or from cable channels Fox
the headlines. They are nearly identi-
cal in theme, just packaged differently Guided speculation increasing control of resources; career
politicians continue to be re-elected in
News, MSNBC, or CNN, you are argu-
ably among the most misinformed, or
according to the patronage. For example,
liberal-leaning MSNBC and CNN
has all but replaced spite of their dismally poor performance;
the government bureaucracy continues
under-informed, viewers in modern recently aired stories on Trump’s collu- verified, on-site to grow, requiring more taxes and/or
times. Not only is precious little of sion with Russia as a foregone conclu- borrowing to operate; and the American
those outlets’ daily content composed sion, speculating on means, motives, professional news people continue to play an ever-decreas-
of unbiased, need-to-know, evidence-
based information; most of it is nothing
and potential consequences, while
conservative-leaning Fox simultaneously reporting backed by ing role in their own governance while
still paying the freight for government
more than guided speculation, therefore
hardly reliable as relevant news.
aired the same story of Russia collusion,
instead attempting to debunk the liberal
independent fact- activities – many that defy morality and
common sense, reflecting misguided
I have warned readers many times that narratives that support such collu- checking. systemic priorities.
guided speculation is a sophisticated sion. Either way, Trump colluding with So once again, the path to civic/
strategy to manipulate viewers and push Russia has continued to be one of the political empowerment is to get involved
us into predetermined conclusions. The lead stories across the mainstream-news locally. There is plenty of need for
Obama administration called it “nudg- spectrum, nudging viewers toward some from both sides of the aisle go unchecked watchdogs and civic participation at the
ing.” Cass Sunstein, the administrator of degree of acceptance of the possibility in news venues, whether broadcast, local level, specifically county and city
the White House Office of Information whether it is substantiated or not. cable, radio, or print. business. Honestly, if we can’t manage
& Regulatory Affairs ( Regardless of how we feel about Trump So whose fault is that? understanding and engagement with our
nudge1) from 2009 to 2012, co-authored as president, or which political party we It is us consumers, hands down. Most local affairs, then we are delusional to
a book on the subject titled Nudge, and support, reliable, fact-checked evidence of us are all too aware that partisanship believe we can be effective at the state or
its precepts were implemented through- as an essential part of a news story in the news has gone rogue, but appar- federal level. County and city affairs offer
out the executive branch, via executive should be non-negotiable. Anything less ently we don’t care because we continue the best chance of learning how govern-
order, to effect greater acceptance by must be disregarded as rubbish, and its to tune in, then parrot what we hear as ment works, and what our responsibili-
the public of President Barack Obama’s authors and media outlets summarily our own viewpoint without a second ties include as residents and taxpayers
policies and programs ( discredited – the way it used to be when thought. Not only is that just sad; it is to sustain America’s republic. We the
nudge2). It is doubtful the new Trump journalism was respected as the Fourth dangerous to our republic. Devotion to people have the most important role of
administration will disband this inter- Estate, the people’s watchdog. party over principle absolutely erodes all because our governance is predicated
agency behavior-modification depart- Guided speculation has all but our most important characteristics as on each and every one of us, on our
ment. The question should be: Toward replaced verified, on-site professional Americans: critical thinking, healthy rights as individuals. Politicians and
what desired outcomes is the public news reporting backed by independent skepticism of government and authority, bureaucrats govern with our consent, not
being nudged now? fact-checking. Television news content open and robust debate, problem-solving the other way around. Keep this gross
Behavior modification is not new. is now composed of celebrity-styled with accountability, and the capacity to civic negligence up, and history will
It is a bona-fide behavior science with panels and green screens. All content is navigate our diverse perspectives and remember us as one of the most irre-
decades of research, refinement, and delivered through the prism of politics, differences of opinion amicably, even sponsible, self-absorbed, unimaginative,
deployment throughout our socioeco- specifically right (conservative) versus productively. lazy, and corrupted generations that ever
nomic sectors, both public and private, to left (liberal). It seems the only sacrosanct Guided speculation masquerading as lived. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
advance revenues and profits, but more requirement for guided speculation is news has one primary mission: to keep
importantly to implement control with a highly partisan spin on information, the partisan divide alive. As long as
relative predictability. laced with plentiful innuendo and little viewers continue to pick a side, Demo-
Any interested viewer can analyze more. Endless contradictions, misstate- crat or Republican, the status quo is
media’s participation in nudging by ments, and demonstrably false narratives ultimately protected. The 1 percent keeps
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Kennedy Missing an Opportunity
as the “Outsider”

llinois has elected just two wealthy people preferred path of being the widely endorsed
to major statewide office in the past 20 “inevitable” candidate is now owned by
years: former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald Pritzker. By default, Kennedy’s now the most
and current Governor Bruce Rauner. prominent “outsider” in the race.
Both candidates won because they ran After almost two and a half years of
as firm, anti-establishment outsiders. Rauner’s rule, the government is in sham-
Fitzgerald was best known as a state senator bles. Rauner’s first campaign video back
in the 1990s for railing against the elders in 2013 complained that the state had “the
who ran his Republican Party, including highest unemployment in the Midwest,”
many who had been supplying the GOP and that’s still true today. He pointed to the
with loads of money over the years and state’s “lowest credit rating in America,”
who’d used their positions to handsomely and that’s only gotten worse. “Springfield
profit from state business. Rauner also is broken; $8,000 in pension debt for every
ran against his party’s insiders when he man, woman, and child,” Rauner bemoaned
launched his campaign, dismissing them in the video. That figure is now $10,000.
as bought and paid for by Springfield’s So maybe Illinois voters will yearn for
special interests. someone who can work with Springfield
What establishment-party support both to solve our massive problems and get us
men did receive mostly came at the end of back to a semblance of normalcy after three
their general-election campaigns. Their populist governors in a row couldn’t get any-
personal finances, which allowed them to thing done. That appears to be where both
self-fund, kept them free of establishment Pritzker and Kennedy are going.
taint, and that independence gave both of If Rauner doesn’t obtain a budget deal,
them credibility as outsiders. As election day he will simply run against the establish-
neared, some establishment GOP figures ment again, claiming the evil powers that be
decided they’d better swallow their pride (Madigan) have blocked him at every turn,
and get on board. The establishment needed but that he is “very close” to breaking their
the insurgents more than the insurgents self-serving logjam. And, indeed, if he is
needed the establishment. re-elected after what could be four years of
Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker isn’t gridlock, the Democrats will have to start
following this pattern as he campaigns for working with him. Democrats claim that
governor. Insiders, elected officials, and Rauner hid his “real” agenda from voters in
politically connected union leaders have 2014. But that agenda is now crystal-clear
been jumping on his bandwagon from the to everyone.
get-go, usually after being impressed with Almost half of Illinois Democrats voted
Pritzker during one-on-one meetings. for insurgent presidential candidate Bernie
The game plan seems pretty obvious. Sanders a year ago. A recent poll by the Paul
Pritzker doesn’t want those folks and groups Simon Public Policy Institute showed that
endorsing Chris Kennedy, whose last name Rauner is slightly more popular than Madi-
is still immensely popular and whose own gan in Chicago, of all places.
connections over the decades would’ve So an authentic, independent, populist
guaranteed him support from his party’s message from the late Robert Kennedy’s
elders if Pritzker and his nearly infinite bank sincere, accomplished, and mild-mannered
account hadn’t stepped in. Kennedy doesn’t son could very well resonate.
have Pritzker’s kind of money, so Kennedy Among the things you can’t help but
is perceived as needing support from the notice in the press coverage of Kennedy’s
people and groups who fund and staff the Downstate appearances are the reports on

party’s apparatus. At the moment, those crowd size. His family name is packing halls
folks are streaming toward Pritzker amid all over the place as locals come out to wit-

a cacophony of whispers (all denied) that ness a part of history.
House Speaker Michael Madigan is direct- The obvious question is whether Kennedy
ing the traffic. Starve Kennedy of money can sustain this. His name and the hints of
and foot soldiers and maybe he’ll drop out. his family’s famous accent in his speaking
Kennedy, whose personal wealth is sub- voice are working like a charm for him right
stantial but nothing like Pritzker’s, has made now. But will it last?
some halfhearted attempts to claim that If he embraces a different direction, I
endorsements don’t matter whenever he loses think the answer could be yes.
them. But he hasn’t yet embraced (or maybe
doesn’t even recognize) the role that’s literally Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily 4215 ELMORE AVE. | DAVENPORT, IA 52807 | 563.468.6150
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COVER STORY By Jeff Ignatius

The Tip of the Iceberg
Alternating Currents Joins a Crop of New Festivals Highlighting a Vibrant Music Community

t was a sign of the times when the in the Village of East of Davenport; the
Downtown Davenport Partnership first edition was held in February, and a
announced last month that it would second is planned for November.
replace the River Roots Live outdoor Unlike the stand-alone, fenced-off
music festival – after a 12-year run – with River Roots Live, Alternating Currents
a multi-venue indoor festival called will highlight all that’s happening in
Alternating Currents. downtown Davenport. The primary
Consider what’s happened over the music venues will be the Adler Theater
past two years. The Mississippi Valley (for the headliner or headliners), the
Blues Festival was canceled in 2015 River Music Experience, Daytrotter, and
because of financial difficulties at its Moeller’s Triple Crown Whiskey Bar &
parent organization. The motorcycle- Raccoon Motel. Those last two – opened
themed Rally on the River, a fixture on last year and this year, respectively – give
the riverfront for more than two decades, Davenport enough designed-for-music
didn’t return in 2016. venues to support a multi-site festival.
All of these things reflect a simple That, in turn, gives the Downtown
reality: Outdoor festivals are expensive Davenport Partnership the opportunity to
to put on, period, and the cost is much spread the wealth to other downtown busi-
higher with headliner acts to drive nesses. Alternating Currents plans to use
attendance. Such events represent a roughly a dozen venues for its program-
serious financial gamble: Just the chance ming. Unlike at LeClaire Park festivals,
of rain on one day can depress turnout money spent during Alternating Currents
enough to put a festival in the red, and will largely go to people and businesses that
Mississippi River flooding can force an have already invested in downtown.
expensive change of venue. “We really wanted to do this festival
“The infrastructure that we have to that allows us to showcase the down-
bring in is huge for River Roots Live,” said town, and what we’ve accomplished in
Jason Gilliland, director of events for the the last 10 to 15 years here,” Gilliland
Downtown Davenport Partnership of said. “For us, it’s just more mission-
the Quad Cities Chamber. (The Down- oriented as far as the Downtown
town Davenport Partnership took over [Davenport] Partnership goes, and the
River Roots Live from the River Music Chamber. Now we’re going to have
Experience in 2007.) “We had two giant people come into the heart of the down-
stages with rooftops and lighting and PA, town, and then we’re going to push them
and dressing rooms, Porta Potties, tents, into the businesses. We’re not going to
security, fencing. All of those things come have a liquor license like we did for River
together to a pretty hefty price tag.” Roots Live. They’re going to buy their
Those costs largely disappear with food and their beer and their drinks at
Alternating Currents, he added, and as a the establishments that are downtown.”
result the new festival’s budget is roughly It was also important, Gilliland said,
a third of River Roots Live’s: “When to “increase the demographics that we’re
we’re using existing venues in the down- reaching out to” by giving Alternating
town, all of those things are not needed Currents a broad artistic scope. In addition
or are already provided. ... We can take White Reaper at February’s Gas Feed & Seed Festival in the Village of East Davenport. to the music venues, the festival will have
that dollar that we’re using and stretch it (Photo by Kajsa Roelle.) comedy curated by Dan Bush and Andrew
a lot further in that situation.” King, film curated by Harry Walker and
Many of us will miss River Roots Live, A festival in the vein of Alternating downtown Davenport. Josh Ford, and visual art curated by Quad
and it’s hard to imagine that Alternating Currents wouldn’t have been possible in Alternating Currents obviously fol- City Arts and the Figge Art Museum.
Currents – scheduled for August 25 and Davenport just two years ago. It has the lows the format lead of the famed SXSW, “It really is much more of a commu-
26 – will bring in the same caliber and potential to have a much greater impact and Gilliland noted that “these types of nity effort, and we’re finding the subject-
volume of established artists, a function on downtown than a weekend event in festivals – that are more urban, that are matter experts in each of those areas,”
of the size of available downtown venues. LeClaire Park. And it’s just the tip of the multiple venues – are popping up more Gilliland said. “Let’s bring a lot of atten-
(The Downtown Davenport Partnerh- Quad Cities iceberg, joining a slew of and more often.” tion to the scene – whether it’s music,
ship will begin announcing the lineup in new local festivals that would be the envy That includes the Quad Cities. film, comedy – with a bigger spotlight. ...
the next few weeks.) of most other communities its size. founder Sean Moeller We can lift them up with us and get out
But let’s not mourn River Roots Live too started the Daytrotter Downs festival to a broader market and audience.”
much. If its death underlines the inher- A Showcase for Downtown last year, and it continued this year under It will certainly have a different
ent risk of outdoor musical festivals, its It’s important to see the new event in the organization’s new leadership. Since flavor than River Roots Live, but it’s a
replacement shows just how vibrant the the context of developments nationally, leaving Daytrotter last summer, Moeller
Quad Cities music scene has become. in the Quad Cities music scene, and in created the Gas Feed & Seed Festival Continued On Page 6
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COVER STORY Continued From Page 5 By Jeff Ignatius

The Tip of the Iceberg
demonstration of strength and synergy. Rusted Hearts and J.E. Sunde adding a needs to be reckoned with. ... There’s
“I think it’s a smart move,” said Moeller
of the shift to Alternating Currents. “I “We’re going to contrast to the jam-band flavor of the
one-day event (taking place July 8 at Len
too much really great stuff happening
here, and I think there’s too many really
think the writing was on the wall in a
good way, just as far as what’s been grow-
have people come Brown’s North Shore Inn & Marina in
Moline). It might not be River Roots Live,
great creative people trying to do really
interesting things here. We need to focus
ing in downtown Davenport. ... Rope
everything into it now. ... Let’s pop around
into the heart of but it’s a similarly family-friendly out-
door event, and it’s put on by a local band
on that a little bit more. ...
“It doesn’t have to be an onslaught, but I
to different places. There’s just going to the downtown, and with an eye toward festival longevity. think it has to be a constant daily dosage of
be a lot more widely spread support for
downtown Davenport, where it doesn’t then we’re going to And there’s Moeller’s Turnbuckle
Comedy & Music Festival at Maquoketa’s
reminders that this is happening. ... Other
communities would kill for the opportu-
feel like an event on an island ... .”
“The ultimate goal is to be a little more
push them into the Codfish Hollow Barn on May 26 and
27. (See our interview with Turnbuckle
nity to have these options in their lives.”
But don’t think that you’ll be seeing all
inclusive of not only different art forms
but also other different businesses,” said
businesses.” comedian Kyle Kinane on page 7.)
Put all that together, and you’d be
familiar names at Alternating Currents.
“I’m kind of looking at maybe bring-
Kate Dale, director of entertainment for
the River Music Experience, “giving our
– Jason Gilliland, hard-pressed to complain too much
about the end of River Roots Live.
ing in half recurring people ... and half
bringing in some new talent that we
residents and visitors the opportunity Downtown haven’t brought to the area,” Dale said of
to step into some businesses that they
Davenport Opportunities for Discovery the River Music Experience’s approach to
may have never been in before. ... We It’s true that Alternating Currents is in the festival. “And I think that’s probably
can really extend the reach beyond our Partnership crucial ways a more-modest event than a similar model that some of the other
normal customer base.” River Roots Live. To a large extent, the venues are going to try and do, too. A
And for those who still want the more- Adler, Daytrotter, the River Music Expe- little bit of familiarity for the patrons
traditional festival experience, the event rience, and the Raccoon Motel will be looking to come down, but then also a
slate for the coming months is still plenty Jazz Festival, running from August 3 doing what they normally do: schedul- chance to discover some music that they
robust; we have the full complement of through 5, will have a new home base ing and putting on their own shows. The might have never heard before.”
what we’ve come to expect from a Quad at the Rhythm City Casino Resort in difference is that they’ll be doing it in a There’s an obvious reason for that
Cities summer. north Davenport, but it will hold Friday- coordinated fashion. approach. People who attend a festival –
The blues festival will be in its second and Saturday-evening concerts at the It might seem like overkill to add even if they’re coming for just one act – are
year of a slimmed-down, two-day format LeClaire Park bandshell. Alternating Currents to an already- often willing to lend their ears to somebody
on June 30 and July 1. Downtown Rock Island is still offering rich roster – two Gas festivals a year, they’ve never heard of. Book that same
For motorcycle enthusiasts, a new a trio of music-themed festivals: Gumbo Daytrotter Downs, and Turnbuckle, all lesser-known act for a regular show outside
event – The Muddy Fest, put on by Ya Ya (June 10), Rock the District (June of them to some extent focusing on indie of a festival environment, and it’s a chal-
Whitney Entertainment – will effectively 16 and 17), and Ya Maka My Weekend music – but Moeller said that “atten- lenge to get people to show up.
replace Rally on the River. It’s scheduled (August 12). tion spans are terrible.” The collection Moeller said festivals in that way
for June 16 through 18 in Davenport’s Beyond that, we’re seeing some differ- of events represents an effort to “beat help bands from other places build
Centennial Park and will feature head- ent approaches to local festivals. people across the head. Pay attention. an audience in the Quad Cities.
liners Robby Krieger (of The Doors) and In its third year, Dawn & On contin- This is real. There’s a pretty serious Gas and Alternating Currents are
Sublime with Rome. ues to expand the breadth of its musi- movement here, and this is a really
The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial cal offerings, with Miles Nielsen & the vibrant music and arts community that Continued On Page 8
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COMEDY By Mike Schulz

Life of the Party
Comedian Kyle Kinane, May 27 at Maquoketa’s Turnbuckle Comedy & Music Festival

eople pursue careers in comedy for – the kinds of guys that people would
all sorts of reasons: to make others look at as hacks. I just liked the silly stuff.
laugh, to express opinions, to get Like Gallagher, you know? I’m nine years
back at their parents. (That last one is old, and he’s smashing watermelons,
just speculation, Mom and Dad.) But as and I’m like, ‘How do you get to do that?
stand-up comedian Kyle Kinane tells it, Smashing watermelons on stage – that’s
his motivation was simpler: to do as little your whole thing?!’ It’s still amazing to
as possible. me.”
“As a kid, comedy was something I Although he eventually earned a
watched on TV,” says Kinane during our bachelor’s degree from Columbia Col-
recent interview. “And I couldn’t really lege Chicago (“The lie I told myself was
understand how it worked, because that I was going to be a writer”), Kinane
somebody would just talk, and that was says his career trajectory actually began
it. You didn’t have to act, you didn’t have with his first stand-up set, at age 22, at
to do stunts – you just talked, by yourself, Chicago’s Red Lion Pub.
and people would laugh, and that was “It was an open-mic hosted by Mark
a job. I was pretty fascinated with that, Geary, who’s still doing shows there to
and, when I first started, I think I knew I this day,” says Kinane, “and I can’t really
was gonna do it forever.” remember the jokes I did. I do remem-
Yet for someone who attended college ber watching comedy there for months
because he thought that “if you didn’t before I ever went on-stage. But I wasn’t
go, you had to get a real job, and I didn’t looking for success stories. I liked seeing
want one of those,” Kinane’s job has the people who’d fail and still come back,
found him doing far more than he ini- and then do well the next week, and then
tially expected. maybe fail the week after that. It made Kyle Kinane
In addition to Kinane’s active touring me think, ‘Okay, it’s not the be-all-
schedule – which finds him performing end-all if I do poorly at this.’ And even subsequently hiring him for voice-over But for all of his recent TV exposure,
at the Codfish Hollow Barn’s Turnbuckle though I was probably just obnoxious, duties both as on-air announcer and for don’t expect Kinane to give up the stand-
Comedy & Music Festival on May 27 – everyone thought I was funny at parties, animated series. up life any time soon.
the comedian is a frequently employed so I thought, ‘Let’s try it out in front “Obviously, that appeals to the lazier “What I like about it is it’s never done,”
voice-over performer, his credits includ- of strangers.’ side of me,” says Kinane. “You don’t have says Kinane. “It’s always about finding
ing characters on Bob’s Burgers, Trip- “So I got into it,” he says, “and that was to get dressed or anything – just go in. a new subject that you haven’t talked
Tank, and Right Now Kapow. He’s acted it. I graduated and moved to California. But it really is the most fun, and some about before, and I think that forces you
on-camera in series such as Workaholics, Comedy was one of the first things I did of my best stuff. Like, I did Right Now to look at the world with a bit more of
Those Who Can’t, and Netflix’s Love. His that I was bad at but was still going to do Kapow with Baron Vaughn and Emily an observant eye, because you’re either
comedy-album debut Death of the Party no matter what.” Maya Mills – people that are my friends. trying to collect stories or process those
led to three others, most recently 2016’s Over the decade prior to his 2010 And we’re just screwing around doing stories into jokes. So I think it makes you
Lose in Chicago. Death of the Party breakthrough, Kinane wacky voices, like, ‘This is what you’d get live life a little more wholly, too, and I’m
Kinane is also a veritable Comedy says that performing stand-up “wasn’t in trouble for in class!’ But now it’s work. always grateful for that.”
Central fixture, famed for his stand-up about making money so much as just It’s awesome.”
specials, his appearances on the game getting out there and peddling my wares, Comedy Central also began employ- Presented by the Codfish Hollow
show @midnight and Emmy-nominated you know? I figured I’d worry about ing Kinane for on-screen appearances Barnstormers and Moeller Nights, the
Drunk History, and serving as the chan- money later. I just wanted to get out there in popular series, with one of his most Turnbuckle Comedy & Music Festival
nel’s voice for on-air announcements and be funny. memorable an episode of Drunk History will take place at Maquoketa’s Codfish
since 2011. And because he’s clearly not “It’s like how guys have their poker in which the comedian, after downing Hollow Barn (5013 288th Avenue) on
busy enough, Kinane finds time to co- games they go to every Thursday even if a full bottle of tequila, recounted the Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May
host the weekly podcast The Boogie Mon- they’re not gonna be professional poker tale of Chicago’s Haymarket riots that 27, with performances by more than
ster with fellow comedian Dave Stone, in players. Or some guys go down in the led to the norm of an eight-hour work two-dozen comedians, solo musicians,
which the friends share their thoughts basement with their model trains, and day – and led to Kinane not-so-discreetly and bands. Kyle Kinane performs on
on much of what Kinane discusses in his that’s their world they can be in charge vomiting on-camera. (As a result, host May 27, and more information on
stand-up: food, sports, politics, and, as of. That’s what I felt with comedy. ‘If I’m Derek Waters vomited, too.) the weekend is available by visiting
Kinane says, “whatever goofy stuff we’d not gonna have a job that’s fulfilling, this “What I can remember from that was
talk about sitting at a bar anyway.” is what’s gonna be creatively rewarding.’ pretty fun,” says Kinane with a laugh.
Growing up in the Chicago suburb of And then I started getting paid for it, and “Those [Drunk History episodes] really For more on Kyle Kinane, listen to his and
Addison, Illinois, the comedian says he’s I was like, ‘Well, shit – how about that? are a blast. It’s like doing a book report Dave Stone’s The Boogie Monster podcast
always had a soft spot for goofiness. Who knew?’” when you’re wasted. But after the third at and visit
“I’m sure I’m supposed to say I was Regarding Kinane’s talent, produc- one I did, I was like, ‘All right ... maybe
influenced by, like, Bill Hicks and Rich- ers at Comedy Central clearly knew, just let me be in the re-enactments.
ard Pryor,” says the 40-year-old Kinane. giving him his first half-hour Comedy I’m not sure I need to be the narrator
“But it was really guys like Bruce Baum Central Presents special in 2011 and anymore.’”
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The Tip of the Iceberg
“information-gathering,” he said: “Who loss of River Roots Live. Dawn and The Candymakers. Ryan’s
do people respond to? What would they Sean Ryan, the leader of The Dawn, band will also be releasing a new album
like to see more of? ... What are they said his vision two years ago was a simple at Dawn & On.
hungry for? What do they want? And a outdoor concert: “I was just going to “The big thing that will set us apart is
good 75 percent of what I give them is book a show down at North Shore with the price point,” he said. “This year and
stuff they don’t know they want yet. ... like four bands, just to make it a big last year, we’re only $5 to get in. That’s
“I look at Gas fest as being kind of show. And then other bands heard about the price of one beer. ... We’re making a
more of that discovery festival. ... I really it and turned it into the notion of a music point to set our ticket prices low.”
do use those festivals as litmus tests for festival. ... Before you knew it, it was a Ryan said that although he’ll miss River
who I want to bring back” to the Raccoon And while he said he’d like to have 12-hour day of music. My original intent Roots Live, its departure means that Dawn
Motel or, eventually, to Codfish Hollow attendance similar to River Roots Live’s wasn’t for a festival, but it quickly turned & On is the Quad Cities’ only multi-genre
Barn, which he regularly books. typical range of 12,000 to 15,000, “I into that.” outdoor music festival. “That’s only going
Encouraging discovery is also part of don’t know if we’ll get that this first year. The inaugural event brought in nearly to help us, I think,” he said.
the price structure of Alternating Cur- It’s a big change for people. ... The way 1,000 people with only local bands, and But he said the end of River Roots Live
rents. Adler concerts will exclusively be this model works is: We don’t have to last year’s edition – co-produced with isn’t cause for concern: “There’s definitely
ticketed shows, Gilliland said, and people have 20,000 people like we did at River Hive Event Consulting (a partnership the most that’s ever been going on in
will be able to buy tickets for individual Roots Live for it to work. We’re able to do between Dale and Gilliland) – drew 1,200. the Quad Cities right now. ... The Quad
concerts at the Raccoon Motel, Daytrot- things at a lower cost, so we don’t have to “My vision is to keep it a really home- Cities market is really good. ... We’ll go
ter, and the River Music Experience. have that many. I’d be happy with 4,000, grown, QC outdoor music fest – where to other markets that maybe should be
However, a festival pass – likely to 5,000 people coming down.” we can grow slowly every year,” Ryan better than the Quad Cities, [and] they
cost $15 – will be good for admission to said. “Every year’s kind of getting a little don’t even try to support a weekday show
everything at those venues outside of the The Accidental Festival more, a little more.” In the long run, he for any venue. ... There’s a show going on
Adler. All other Alternating Currents If Alternating Currents is trying to said, he hopes Dawn & On can become a every single night of the week almost [in
events will be free, he said. be the Quad Cities equivalent of SXSW, two-day event, possibly with camping. the Quad Cities]. Sometimes multiple
“We’re trying to price this so if you Dawn & On is looking like a local option For this year, the talent budget was shows. Which is fantastic. ...
want to go to two or three of those [music for fans of the nearby Camp Euphoria doubled, and the day features 13 acts “I like everything going on. The more
shows], it’s going to make more sense to and Summer Camp festivals – and, to a including Nielsen, Sunde, Old Shoe, the better.”
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Elephant’s Graveyard, at the Village Theatre through May 14

Davenport IA 52801 onsidering its real-life tale of the 1916 (the strongman), and Muriel Melgoza (Mary’s lynching of a circus elephant and the “ballet girl” accessory) are understated and
(563)324-0049 (phone) event’s effects on those who either moving as professionals who clearly love their
(563)323-3101 (fax)
demanded or protested the execution, play- jobs until there’s finally no love left.
wright George Brant’s Elephant’s Graveyard Elephant’s Graveyard, though, turns truly
Publishing since 1993 could rightly be labeled a drama. But it’s more frightening, and ultimately devastating, in
The River Cities’ Reader is an independent accurately a horror story, and as evidenced the forms of its angry, entitled citizens of
newspaper published every other Thursday, by New Ground Theatre’s and director Debo Erwin, and in the ringmaster malignantly
and available free throughout the Quad Balogun’s electrifying presentation, that wed to the maxim “The show must go on.”
Cities and surrounding areas. horror doesn’t come from a momentarily out- While Brant’s writing is strong through-
© 2017 River Cities’ Reader of-control pachyderm; it comes from human out, he’s rarely better than when detailing
beings, from us, and our own worst impulses. Melina Herman, Joshua Malone, and Elephant’s the gleeful thirst for retribution that built
AD DEADLINE: You may, and likely will, shudder when Graveyard ensemble members in the wake of the circus-parade tragedy,
5 p.m. Wednesday prior to publication hearing how the elephant Mary crushed her and Cheyenne Powell, Elise Campbell, and
abusive rider’s head – intentionally? – with potential debate night with acoustic accom- Jacob Pecaut are masterful at demonstrat-
PUBLISHER the weight of five tons. That recollection, paniment absolutely looks, sounds, and feels ing the unconscious evil of a “civic-minded”
Todd McGreevy
however, pales next to the terrifying image like a fully produced play. Hell, given Emma demand for justice that’s really just barely
EDITOR of a girl giddy with delight about the beast’s Brutman’s rustically evocative scenic design disguised hate. (I’m haunted by the image of
Kathleen McCarthy impending fate, or the circus ringmaster and Shannon Ryan’s first-rate costuming, Pecaut, covered in grime, and his malicious,
EDITORIAL admitting, with not quite enough regret, what it practically feels like a movie, and moves pre-lynching sneer.) Tristan Odenkirk’s
Managing Editor: he eventually did with the corpse. like one, too. Barring the minor exceptions ringmaster, meanwhile, would be unsettling
Jeff Ignatius • All this might make Elephant’s Graveyard of circus folk entering and leaving Main merely through Kaylee Stewart’s superb
Arts Editor, Calendar Editor: sound too wrenching to bear, and the snif- Street, and the major exception of the finale’s makeup design, which suggests a rip in the
Mike Schulz • fling in the May 6 crowd hinted that a few incremental exodus, the entire cast remains man’s face mask exposing the grim specter
Contributing Writers: Amy Alkon, Jeff Ashcraft, Hannah patrons, toward the finale, were just barely on-stage the whole time, allowing Brant’s beneath. But Odenkirk proves just as chill-
Bates, Rob Brezsny, Dee Canfield, Rich Miller, Frederick bearing it. Yet while I, too, shed tears, the monologues, aided by Balogun’s rich lighting ing as his look, with his smile – like that of
Morden, Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs, Bruce Walters overall thoughtfulness, passion, and power effects, to blend seamlessly into one another. Cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies – growing
on display enabled me to leave New Ground’s Better yet, the group compositions let us subtly yet perceptibly more sinister whenever
ADVERTISING season-opener feeling utterly spectacular. watch both the speakers and those listening he’s feeling particularly subversive, as when
Account Executive:
Lauren Wood
With more than two-thirds of the 15-person simultaneously, and when treated to actors recalling the ugly demise of Ringling Bros.’ ensemble currently attending Augustana this compellingly focused – especially in the beloved elephant Jumbo.
Advertising Coordinator: College, Balogun’s directing debut nearly astounding 15-minute sequence of them Yet all of these figures end up paying, at
Nathan Klaus explodes with the dynamism of young talents witnessing Mary’s slow, agonizing death – least emotionally, for their bloodlust and
Advertising rates, publishing schedule, tackling demanding material they’re clearly you don’t want to be deprived of anyone’s hubris. And standing amidst them is the
demographics, and more are available at in love with. And with all that enthusiasm presence for even a moment. voice of conscience beautifully played by accompanied by tech elements this striking Maddie McCobb’s engineer serves as Kamille Brashear, who marvels, with an
and staging this confident, it’s probably no the proceedings’ stoically impenetrable Big almost poetic resignation, that her fellow
DESIGN/PRODUCTION wonder the show emerges as such a thrillingly Brother, with similar steeliness provided Erwin-ites could be so affected by the lynch-
Art Director, Production Manager:
satisfying heartbreaker. Perusing the pro- by the equally assured Melina Herman as ing of one elephant without batting an eye at
Spencer Rabe •
Graphic Artist:
gram, I was surprised and touched to see my Erwin’s vengeful marshal and Angelina the lynchings – in their very own town – of
Nathan Klaus • name included among those given “special Fernandez as the circus’ practicality-minded dozens of African Americans. It’s Brashear’s
thanks,” presumably for writing a preview tour manager – the latter’s deadpan and character who sees the complete nightmare,
ADMINISTRATION article on the show a couple weeks back. Hap- blunt, clipped exit lines revealing everything the national nightmare, of Elephant’s Grave-
Business Manager: Kathleen McCarthy pily, it’s now my turn to offer special thanks. seemingly knowable about her internal yard. But thanks to Balogun and his exquisite
Office Administrator, Circulation Manager: As it tells of the once-renowned Sparks conflict. Portrayals of anguish leading to collaborators, we get to see at least a bit of it,
Rick Martin • Circus arriving in rural Erwin, Tennes- greater, more inconsolable anguish are deliv- as well. In their fantastically capable hands,
Distribution: Cheri DeLay, see, and leaving minus its star attraction, ered, impressively, by Maddy Causay as the it’s a nightmare that, for theatre lovers, more
Greg FitzPatrick, N. Ingalls, H. Keyser, Brant’s 2007 work unfolds over 80 minutes preacher who knows her townsfolk perhaps closely resembles a dream.
N. Rice, Jay Strickland
composed mostly of monologues, albeit too well, and Emily Mason as the grieving
with lovely, live music courtesy of guitarist elephant trainer who, you sense, will never Elephant’s Graveyard runs at the Village
Sam Dunklau and drummer Glenn Kluge. forgive herself for kowtowing to company Theatre (2113 East 11th Street, Davenport)
(Inventively, the duo also provides substitu- demands. Playing circus employees whose through May 14, and more information and
tion for gunshots, chugging locomotives, bonhomie irrevocably morphs into despair, tickets are available by calling (563)326-7529
and the like.) Rest assured, however, that this Aubrey Lyons (the clown), Joshua Malone or visiting
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What’s Happenin’
Chris Antonik
The Redstone Room
Friday, May 19, 8 p.m.

O n May 19, Davenport’s Redstone Room hosts an evening with Canadian singer/song-
writer and guitarist Chris Antonik, who performs in support of his recently released
third album Monarch. As Antonik’s self-titled debut was released only seven years ago, it’s
understandable if you’re not entirely familiar with his name. His preferred genre, however,
should be apparent simply by scanning the titles of songs he wrote for Monarch, which
include “I’d Burn It All Down (For You),” “A Slip in the Rain,” “You’re Killing My Love,”
and “The Art of Letting Go.”
So get ready for a night of goofy, vacuous bubblegum pop, folks!
Kidding. He’s totally a blues artist. And judging by Antonik’s acclaim this decade,
quite the blues artist.
The Toronto-based Antonik (pronounced “AN-tah-nick,” not like gin-“an’-TONic”)
grew up listening to legends of blues rock ranging from Muddy Waters to B.B. King
to Eric Clapton, and spent his late teens and his 20s playing blues guitar in a series of
Canadian cover bands. But the now-40-year-old didn’t begin writing his own mate-
rial until his early 30s, and his combined gifts for guitar, vocals, music, and lyrics
eventually led to 2010’s Chris Antonik, which earned the man a “Best New Artist”
nomination at Canada’s 2011 Maple Blues Awards. Must feel great to be named
“Best New” anything at the age of 34.
With the artist’s raves including Downbeat magazine writing, “Antonik’s
guitar cranks energy in a conscientious, un-rushed, and emotionally convincing
manner” and Vintage Guitar magazine saying, “He writes well and plays wonder-
fully,” the Canadian musician toured for years before the release of his 2013 soph-
omore outing Better for You. The title may as well have been referring to Antonik’s
reviews for the album, which were even better for him than those he amassed in
2010. called it “nothing short of an amazing artistic leap”
and “an absolutely topnotch effort in every way.” wrote,
“When he coaxes his axe, he can make it sting like a bumblebee, sing like a lark, or
weep like a motherless child.” insisted, “We don’t have to wait for his-
tory to tell us if Chris will be regarded in the same class as the truly great blues talents
– it’s already self-evident.”
And if more evidence was needed in light of that album, Antonik’s chart-topping success,
his numerous festival performances, and his recent tours throughout the US and UK, this past
April 7 brought with it Monarch, which recently called “a perfect balance
between catchy and well-crafted” by an artist who “prompts any and every audience member
to let down their hair and flick on their lighters in solidarity.” So, apparently, you may wanna
bring lighters to Antonik’s Redstone Room concert. Try to keep them away from your hair.
Chris Antonik performs locally with an opening set by the Curtis Hawkins Band,
and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)326-1333 or visiting

What Else Grammy-nominated saxophonist and flautist
in concert, presented by the RME and Great
hits with a full band, featuring an opening tribute
to the music of Marvin Gaye. The Redstone

Is Happenin’
Sounds Promotions. The Redstone Room (129 Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m.
Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $40-45. For $16.50-20. For tickets and information, call
tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or (563)326-1333 or visit
visit Saturday, May 13 – Olivia Newton-John.
MUSIC Thursday, May 11 – Jelly Roll. Rap and hip-
hop musician performs on his Addiction Kills Tour,
Grammy-winning, chart-topping pop musician
and iconic star of Grease in concert. Adler
Thursday, May 11 – Dave Fields. Concert
featuring opening sets by Lyrikal, Random Tanner Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30
with the New York-based blues-rock singer/
& T. Stubbz, Ro & Frosty, B. Hodges, G. Quick, and p.m. $44-79. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or
guitarist, presented by the Mississippi Jake Coia. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 visit
Valley Blues Society. Frick’s Tap (1402 West Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $15. For Saturday, May 13 – Fleetwood Mac
Third Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $8-10. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit Mania! An evening with the pop-rock
information, call (563)322-5837 or visit Friday, May 12 – All Sweat Productions: tribute musicians. Isle of Capri (1777 Isle Stevie Wonder B-Day Bash. Quad Cities Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. For tickets
Thursday, May 11 – Najee. Two-time musicians perform many of the legend’s greatest and information, call (800)843-4753 or visit
M*A*S*H @ Playcrafters - opens May 12
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influential is Tatler? Well, at a 2011 concert The arrival of 1983’s Canterbury, meanwhile, of British Heavy Metal) at the London Astoria.
headlined by Diamond Head and Metallica, coincided with Diamond Head serving as And 40 years after the band’s inauspicious
the latter’s drummer and co-founder Lars opening act for that year’s Monsters of Rock beginnings in 1976, Diamond Head released
Ulrich announced to the crowd that there Festival at Donington, which led to the band a self-titled 2016 album that reignited not
was “a pretty good chance that none of us supporting Black Sabbath on that group’s Born only the passions of heavy-fans worldwide,
would be here without him.” So yeah – pretty Again tour of Europe. but of music reviewers who called Diamond
freakin’ influential. As with other musical outfits, a combina- Head the group’s best work in several decades.
Formed in 1976 by Tatler and former tion of changes in personnel, musical direc- wrote, “Brian
bandmate Duncan Scott, the four-piece rock tion, and hopes for the group’s future led to Tatler is still the mastermind behind bluesy

Music outfit Diamond Head played its first gig in
1977 (a 40-minute set of wholly original mate-
rial), released its first single “Shoot Out the
Diamond Head taking a break of several years,
not releasing another album until 1993’s Death
& Progress, and not releasing another after that
solos and speed-metal riffs that hook you
in,” and “this new album sounds really fresh
and young.” Meanwhile,
Diamond Head Lights” in 1979, and recorded its debut album until 2005’s All Will Be Revealed. described Diamond Head as “one of the year’s
Rock Island Brewing Company Lightning to the Nations in 1980. While those But in those intervening years, Diamond strongest NWOBHM albums,” adding that
Friday, May 19, 9 p.m. releases were limited in terms of numbers of Head’s legend only grew. Metallica’s musicians “Brian Tatler might have made the most
copies available, there appeared to be nothing were consistently vocal about the band’s influ- kick-ass return in the history of the arts since

A hearty helping of heavy-metal history
will soon be offered at the Rock Island
Brewing Company, as the District venue is
limited about the musicians’ hard-driving tal-
ents, and they were quickly booked as support
for tours with AC/DC and Iron Maiden.
ence on their own music, and first invited Dia-
mond Head to open for them in 1992, which
the group has frequently done in the decades
Galdalf came back as Galdalf the White.” Now
that’s magic.
May 19’s Diamond Head concert fea-
presenting a May 19 concert with the English A second album, Borrowed Time, landed in since. Diamond Head opened for Metallica tures opening sets by Bible of the Devil and
musicians of Diamond Head, whose founder 1982, rose to number 24 on the British charts, and Megadeth at England’s famed National Angelust, and for more information and tick-
and rhythm guitarist Brian Tatler is now and led to a UK tour that included a booking at Bowl in 1993, and headlined the 25th-anniver- ets, call (309)793-1999 or visit
in his fifth decade with the group. Just how London’s prestigious Hammersmith Odeon. sary celebration of the NWOBHM (New Wave

Schwartz celebration Snapshots: A the following Snapshots numbers with
Musical Scrapbook, running at the Rock the musicals in which they originally
Island theatre May 24 through July 15. appeared:
Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook As opposed to many traditional
Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse jukebox musicals, Snapshots employs its 1) “Popular” A) The Magic Show
Wednesday, May 24, through Saturday, July 15 diverse collection of Schwartz numbers 2) “Parents’ Day” B) Godspell
– 26 in all – in service of an original 3) “Fathers & Sons” C) Wicked

I f you know that Wicked, Pippin, and
Godspell all boast scores by composer
Stephen Schwartz, you clearly know your
narrative, one that finds married couple
Dan and Sue planning to separate after
30 years together. While leafing through veterans Erin Churchill, Anna Segatti,
4) “Two’s Company”
5) “ Endless Delights”
6) “All for the Best”
D) Pippin
E) Working
F) The Baker’s Wife
musicals. If you know that The Baker’s a box of old photographs, however, the and Autumn Loose sharing the stage 7) “No Time at All” G) Children of Eden
Wife, The Magic Show, and Captain Louie spouses begin to reminisce, allowing with venue newcomers Luther Chaku-
also boast scores by composer Stephen the audience to see the characters also rian, Grant Benedict, and Bobby Cook For more information on, and tickets
Schwartz, you may know your musicals a as teens and young adults – and with Gallagher. And with Variety magazine to, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook,
little too well. all three sets of Dans and Noras reliv- raving about the songs that “are always call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit
In any event, compositions from those ing their romantic history through well worth hearing” and the show’s
six tune-filled entertainments – along renditions of both obscure and happily “redemptive emotional power,” Snap-
with Broadway’s Tony-nominated Work- familiar Stephen Schwartz songs. shots is sure to delight fans of musicals this show.
ing, the off-Broadway hit Children of Directed by Warner Crocker, who – particularly musicals with Schwartz’s complete this quiz, you’re gonna lo-o-ove
previously helmed the comedies name attached.
describes how long it took to successfully
Eden, and the Disney comedy Enchanted,
Boeing-Boeing and Always a Bridesmaid,
6 – B, 7 – D. If that last song title also
among others – will sit side by side in the So how acquainted with the oeuvre are Answers: 1 – C, 2 – G, 3 – E, 4 – A, 5 – F,
Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s Stephen Snapshot’s six-person cast finds Circa ’21 you? Find out by attempting to match through 12th grade. For information, visit Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May Greatest Hits. Sunshine Ramsey performs a
Saturday, May 13 – Beatles Tribute 18 – How Great Thou Art: The Gospel Music cabaret-style concert featuring a five-piece band,
Rooftop Concert. Outdoor celebration of the Sunday, May 14 – RiverBend Bronze of Elvis Presley. Tribute concert featuring backup singers, and a children’s choir. Circa ’21
Beatles’ classic concert at Apple Headquarters, Handbell Ensemble. Mother’s Day Robert Shaw & the Lonely Street Band. Circa Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock
with Alan Sweet, Bret Dale, Randy Leasman, concert with the area musicians. First ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Island). 7 p.m. $20. For tickets and information, call
Nick Vasquez, and Zac Tatum performing on Presbyterian Church of Davenport (1702 Rock Island). May 17 and 18: noon lunch, 1 p.m. (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit
the museum’s roof. Putnam Museum & Science Iowa Street, Davenport). 4 p.m. Free-will show, $46.50. May 17: 6 p.m. buffet, 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 19 – Low Cut Connie.
Center (1717 West 12th Street, Davenport). 12:30 offerings encouraged. For information, call show, $52.25. For tickets and information, call Philadelphia-based rockers and guest musicians
p.m. Free, bring lawn chairs. For information, (563)326-1691. (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit in a Moeller Nights concert. Triple Crown
call (563)324-1933 or visit or Monday, May 15 – The Lettermen. Annual Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19 – Luke Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 East Third concerts with the pop musicians in their fifth Bryan. Chart-topping country singer/songwriter Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and
Saturday, May 13 – Quad City Wind decade of performance. Circa ’21 Dinner in concert, featuring opening sets by Brett information, visit
Ensemble. Springtime concert with the area Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island). Noon Eldredge and Adam Craig. iWireless Center (1201 Friday, May 19 – Bucktown Revue.
musicians. St. Ambrose University’s Galvin lunch, 1 p.m. show, $51.73; 6 p.m. buffet, 7:15 River Drive, Moline). 7 p.m. $49.75-75. For tickets, Season-ending variety show in the tradition
Fine Arts Center (2101 North Gaines Street, p.m. show, $58. For tickets and information, call call (800)745-3000 or visit of A Prairie Home Companion, featuring emcee
Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $8-10, free for students (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Friday, May 19 – A Night of Sunshine’s Continued On Page 12
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What Else Is Happenin’ TCH IT
Scott Tunnicliff, area comedians, musicians through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday
including the Barley House Band and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. For information, call
Milltown, and special guests. Nighswander (309)793-1213 or visit
Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14
7 p.m. $13 at the door. For information, call – Spring Beaux Arts Fair. Annual outdoor
(563)940-0508 or visit celebration of fine art and crafts, featuring
Saturday, May 20 – Josh Hoyer & vendors, live music, food, children’s activities,
Soul Colossal. Concert with the five-piece and more. Figge Art Museum Plaza (225
soul/funk/R&B band based out of Lincoln, West Second Street, Davenport). Saturday 10
Nebraska, featuring an opening set by Aubs a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. For
Soul. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 information, visit Schulz’s Review of
Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $3. Sunday, May 14, through Sunday,
For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit August 20 – 1917: Winning the War with
the Latest Movies On Demand Industry. Exhibit focused on Iowa’s and the GET OUT
Saturday, May 20 – 7 Bridges: The Quad Cities’ involvement in “The Great War.” Fiendishly smart, unassailably
Ultimate Eagles Experience. Tribute German American Heritage Center (712 West thoughtful, and brilliantly acted,
concert with the touring Eagles tribute Second Street, Davenport). Tuesday through this horror comedy is a genre
musicians. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. pinnacle that’s thrillingly
Third Avenue, Rock Island). 7 p.m. $25. For Free with $3-5 admission. For information, call scary-funny, with writer/director
tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 (563)322-8844 or visit Jordan Peele masterful at laying
extension 2 or visit Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21 – the groundwork for future shocks
Sunday, May 21 – The Corey Kendrick Metro Mini Makers Show & Sale: Miniatures
Trio. The pianist and his ensemble perform from the Heart of the Country. Annual
through seemingly casual bits of
in Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Series, event showcasing dollhouses, room boxes,
eccentricity. (Same day as DVD.)
preceded by an all-ages jazz workshop. The and other scenes in all scales, with vendors,
Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). workshops, and more. Davenport RiverCenter
3 p.m. workshop, $5, free for students; 6 p.m. (136 East Third Street, Davenport). Friday 4-8 THE GREAT WALL
concert, $10-15. For tickets and information, p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5, ages 10 and Yimou Zhang’s imaginative,
call (309)373-0790 or visit or under free. For information, visit opulently designed adventure is a or visual wow, with the film’s
dinosaur-like hordes giddy and
THEATRE EVENTS gruesome in equal measure, and
the whizzing arrows and flaming
Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May Friday, May 12 – Chippendales. An evening
21 – M*A*S*H. Tim Kelly’s wartime comedy with the Las Vegas-based male exotic dancers. cannonballs seeming to pop
inspired by the book, movie, and TV sitcom, Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center (7077 directly off the screen and into our
directed by Rae Mary. Playcrafters Barn Elmore Avenue, Davenport). 8 p.m. $20-35. For laps. (Same day as DVD.)
Theatre (4950 35th Avenue, Moline). Friday tickets and information, call (844)852-4386 or
and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $13. For visit
tickets and information, call (309)762-0330 or Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May LOGAN
visit 20 – Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque. There are humdinger action
Saturday, May 13 – Quad City Evenings with the local performance troupe sequences and the editing is
Playwrights Festival. Annual showcase and area comedians. Circa ’21 Speakeasy first-rate, but I never adored this
of 10-minute plays highlighting new works (1818 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $18- Wolverine saga more than when it
by area playwrights of high-school age and 20. For tickets and information, call (309)786- grabbed me, claws and all, by the
older. Augustana College’s Honkamp Black 7733 extension 2 or visit heart, with Hugh Jackman’s and
Box Theatre (3750 Seventh Avenue, Rock Saturday, May 20 – St. Ambrose Patrick Stewart's rapport nearly
Island). 1:30 p.m. Free. For information, call University Wine Festival Tasting. Annual Shakespearean in its tragic
(309)794-7306 or visit outdoor fundraiser for student scholarships
Wednesday, May 17 – Rent. Tony- and held on the campus lawn. St. Ambrose
grandeur. (Same day as DVD.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning musical smash on its University (518 West Locust Street, Davenport).
20th-anniversary tour, in a Broadway at the 3 p.m. $45-50. For tickets and information, call
Adler presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East (563)333-6290 or visit
Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $40.50-
68. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
Catch your favorite movies
COMEDY April 27 Crossword Answers and shows from ABC, NBC, CBS,
Saturday, May 13 – All You Care to Eat: A
Comedy Thingy Live Podcast. Recordings FOX, STARZ®, ENCORE® and more.
of the first three episodes of a new comedy
series performed in the style of a radio
Plus, watch over 19,000 titles
play. The Black Box Theatre (1623 Fifth at the press of a button!
Avenue, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $10. For tickets
and information, call (563)284-2350 or visit WANT EVEN MORE? VISIT

Friday, May 12, through Friday, June & CLICK ON TV EVERYWHERE!
30 – Stephanie J. Baugh, Karen Blomme,
and Matt Moyer. Exhibition of collages by
Baugh, mixed-media works by Blomme, and
sculpture by Moyer. Quad City Arts Center
(1715 Second Avenue, Rock Island). Tuesday
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz •

A Rogue, a Raccoon, and a Tree Stump Walk into a Sequel ...
GUARDIANS OF THE frequently knocking the wind out of its Kurt Russell employs his full, charming
GALAXY VOL. 2 own sails. Give or take a Deadpool, few Russell-ness in the role of Quinn’s birth
After a brief prelude set in 1980 Mis- genre blockbusters before or since have father, and there’s a lovely satiric poke at
souri, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so routinely undercut their own earnest- Field of Dreams when Quinn transforms
flash-forwards 34 years, catching up with ness – all those heroic closeups, noble a blob of glowing energy into the baseball
our motley crew of space travelers not speeches, and soaring music cues – with that he and his long-lost dad can finally
long after we last saw them. This may be appreciatively snarky, moment-deflating toss back and forth. A race of space beings
the film’s single most-unexpected aspect, humor. (It’s impossible to imagine similar led by an imperious Elizabeth Debicki
because with the action unfurling over self-parody in the current DC universe.) resembles a cadre of Oscars the series has
the course of only a few days, it’s the first Guardians may have built to an inevitable probably lost the hope of winning; an early
time since 2011’s Captain America: Winter end-of-days finale, but happily it also Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell in Guardians of the siege, to amusing effect, mirrors the look,
Soldier that a Marvel Studios movie is also never stopped reminding us of its inherent Galaxy Vol. 2 sound effects, and fawning arcade appre-
a period piece. Granted, three-years-ago silliness – that we weren’t meant to make ciation of a high-scoring game of Galaga.
may not scream “period.” But in this case, that big a deal out of its easy-listening found it a total kick. Yet my only laughs But for my money, the film’s perks still
it definitely is, given that writer/director tunes and heavily armed raccoon and tri- came from the beaming weirdness of Pom aren’t enough to outweigh the crush-
James Gunn’s continuation feels so 2014 syllabic tree. Klementieff’s empath Mantis, a new addi- ing sentimentality of the oft-repeated
that it’s almost as if its audience has been Vol. 2 has a similar insouciance, and tion to the franchise, and a few bits with “family is everything” theme (one that
in hyper-sleep for the past 33 months, and in a couple of sequences – namely, when Baby Groot, whose introduction here finds feels surgically inserted in the wake of Fast
is awakening just in time for a new Guard- Baby Groot can’t understand a simple him enacting the gopher from Caddyshack & Furious success), or the unmitigated
ians to start. I really wish I meant that as a directive about what to steal, and Chris if the critter preferred ELO to Kenny blandness of the plotting, or the tonnage
compliment. Pratt’s Peter Quinn tries in vain to locate Loggins. The rest of the time – even when of characters with daddy issues (does every
Fear not, fans: There are compliments some tape – the film hits heights of bril- Bautista was stealing every scene he was comic-book devotee feel unloved by Pop?),
to come, and Heaven knows patrons at liantly protracted absurdity that recall The in – I watched Gunn’s outing with mild or the score’s constant barrage of Looking
my screening appeared to have a blast, Simpsons’ Sideshow Bob forever stepping interest at best, waiting with decreasing Glass and Jay & the Americans and The
roaring at the unchecked honesty of Dave on rakes. The trouble is that we now know interest for something truly unpredictable Midnight Special suggesting a two-hour-
Bautista’s Drax and chuckling at the song the formula, and know the characters, to happen. plus plug for the movie’s soundtrack. Or,
selections and “Aw-w-w!”-ing whenever and that crucial element of surprise is I was still waiting when, after 130 min- yet again, the resounding genre familiar-
Baby Groot’s eyes welled with tears. (All gone. You could, of course, say the same utes, the title card promising Vol. 3 hit the ity, with the finale boasting our umpteenth
told, Vol. 2 is an awfully welling-with- of most follow-ups. But it’s important to screen, but there were certainly occasional universe-swallowing baddie and ticking
tears adventure; even Bradley Cooper’s remember that, its sci-fi and comic-book diversions before then. Although it’s a red clock and pair of he-men punching
rasping Rocket sheds one.) Yet partly qualities aside, the Guardians series is shame that Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is stuck the crap out of each other. To paraphrase
because of the filmmakers’ and perform- primarily a comedic one, and gags simply in a blah subplot involving her bitter sister a pop hit slightly too outdated for the
ers’ invention, and partly because so many don’t play as well when you can easily (Karen Gillan’s Nebula), the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 repertoire,
of us were previously unacquainted with guess their punchlines. (After the horror returning cast performs their expected it’s the same old song, and with the exact
these particular Marvel figures, the chief of Zoolander 2, my brother challenged me sitcom shtick with a fair degree of flair, same meaning since we’ve been gone.
pleasure of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy to name legitimately great comedy sequels, even though I really wished the terminally
was its surprise. The narrative, origin- and between us, we couldn’t even come unwelcome Michael Rooker’s first scene For reviews of How to Be a Latin Lover,
story tenets, and adherence to Marvel up with five.) For the most part, Vol. 2 is didn’t find his blue-skinned grump shirt- The Circle, The Dinner, Colossal,
formula may not have boasted much, pleasant enough, and as previously men- less. (I already have enough grim memo- and other current releases, visit
but the film still kept you on your toes by tioned I was surrounded by people who ries from the actor’s cinematic oeuvre.)
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MUSIC By Jeff Ignatius

Undermining the Familiar
Lewis Knudsen, Philip; May 25 at Skellington Manor

lancing at the song titles for Lewis through
Knudsen’s upcoming release Philip, thoughtful
you can see a thread of religion: ambiva-
opener “All My Sins,” “Heaven on Earth” lence and
in the middle, and closer “Jesus & Mary.” ambiguity.
That last one, a gentle piano ballad, That works
carries the most weight with its posi- extraordi-
tion and unmistakable Christian icons. narily well
Except ... it’s not Jesus’ mother that the on Philip’s
title references. And, in a clever twist, the front half, but
song makes no mention of God, stripping the back end hits some wrong notes – too
the stories down to human characters and earnest and direct in message, with con-
relationships. trasts too broad and stark to resonate. As a
Singing with equal parts ache and love, result, there’s little nuance or credibility in
the Quad Cities-based Knudsen describes “Heaven on Earth” or “Music Is the Only
partners in biblical terms: “Well it feels Drug I Need.” “Keep Up the Fight” has
like you’re Adam / and it feels like I’m Eve. a lovely, patient treatment, but its theme
/ I eat forbidden fruit / and you jump in of reconciliation is little more than noble
after me.” And: “Well it feels like you’re sentiment.
Jesus / and I’m Mary Magdalene. / You’re The songs work much better when
the level-headed one, / I’m the one who they’re more opaque. The peppy, punky
makes a scene. / You love everybody, / I pop of “Home of the Brave” invokes the
always charge a fee.” American dream but questions the cul-
There’s a lot to unpack from this simple tural desire for each generation to be more
song, and it’s a good summary of Knud- successful than the one before it. The
sen’s songwriting strengths and the album chorus has a certain glibness to it – “Life,
overall. He’s full of surprises, and he takes liberty / Where I devour you / Before you
many songs to interesting places a listener have the chance to devour me” – but the
couldn’t possibly expect. song’s politics overall are complicated
That starts with “All My Sins,” a stark and open.
departure – stylistically and sonically – On “Color & Warmth,” Knudsen crafts
from his recent albums. Breaking from his effects simply, with a tonal shift from
those records’ muted pop, the first track of melancholic tension to a bright yearning
Philip is a sharp-edged bluesy rocker. and back again. The words are unfulfilled
But Knudsen isn’t satisfied with that throughout, but the dark fog of everyday
curveball. The lyrics, while expressing trials lifts long enough to let in the light of
typical regret and pleas for salvation, re- larger dreams.
frame the issue; it’s the punishment more As with his albums from the past few
than the crimes: “All my sins they cost me years, Philip is wide-ranging, although the
so much money. / Got me thinking that consistent clarity of the production (by
I’m never gettin’ out of debt again.” But Patrick Stolley), the sharp songwriting,
paying a price is better than the alterna- and the alluring singing provide coher-
tive: “Lord have mercy on the ones that ence. (The album was mostly recorded
have never been to prison for their sins. live in one day.) Even when Philip goes in
/ They’re the only ones who got no idea unwelcome directions – such as, for me,
what kind of trouble that they’re in.” (In the synth-heavy slow-motion soul of “Be
many of these tracks, Knudsen’s lyrics in the Time” – Knudsen’s intelligence and
don’t scan well on paper as the songs vision go a long way.
build, but his polished delivery smooths
things out.) Philip will be available on May 25 at
In a similarly complex vein, “Slow Ragged Records and on music-streaming
Lane” casts failure in an ostensibly posi- services, with a CD-release concert on
tive light with its warmly gentle treatment, Thursday, May 25, at Skellingotn Manor
but it’s clear we’re meant to look down on (420 18th Street, Rock Island). Admission
the risk-averse narrator: “I’ve made up my to the 7 p.m. all-ages show is $7, and the
mind I’m not gonna even try. / If I’m not concert will also feature leahleah.
racing then you can’t say you beat me.”
If Knudsen has a formula, it’s to set the For more information on Knudsen, visit
table with straightforward song titles or
familiar lyrical hooks and add shading
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The of the most radical vows ever formulated. Is it There’ll be a reward if you do: close encounters
process by which Zoo Jeans are even possible for us human beings to gracefully with shockingly beautiful honesty and
manufactured is unusual. First, manage our unruly flow of feelings? What you authenticity that will be among your most useful
workers wrap and secure sheets of denim around do in the coming weeks could provide evidence blessings of 2017.
car tires or big rubber balls, and take their raw that the answer to that question might be yes.
creations to the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, According to my reading of the astrological CAPRICORN (December 22-Janu-
Japan. There the denim-swaddled objects are omens, you are now in a position to learn more ary 19): Of all the signs of the zodiac,
thrown into pits where tigers or lions live. As the about this high art than ever before. you Capricorns are the least likely to
beasts roughhouse with their toys, they rip holes believe in mythical utopias like Camelot or El
in the cloth. Later, the material is retrieved and VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Dorado or Shambhala. You tend to be über-
used to sew the jeans. Might this story prove Africa’s highest mountain is Mount skeptical about the existence of legendary
inspirational for you in the coming weeks? I Kilimanjaro. Though it’s near the vanished riches like the last Russian czar’s
suspect it will. Here’s one possibility: You could equator, its peak is covered year-round with Fabergé eggs or King John’s crown jewels. And
arrange for something wild to play a role in glaciers. In 2001, scientists predicted that global yet if wonderlands and treasures like those really
shaping an influence you will have an intimate warming would melt them all by 2015. But that do exist, I’m betting that some may soon be
connection with. hasn’t happened. The ice cap is still receding discovered by Capricorn explorers. Are there
slowly. It could endure for a while, even though it unaccounted-for masterpieces by Georgia
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Kiss the will eventually disappear. Let’s borrow this O’Keeffe buried in a basement somewhere? Is the
flame and it is yours,” teased the poet scenario as a metaphor for your use, Virgo. First, score of a lost Mozart symphony tucked away in
Thomas Lux. What do you think he consider the possibility that a certain thaw in a seedy antique store? I predict that your tribe
was hinting at? It’s a metaphorical statement, of your personal sphere isn’t unfolding as quickly as will specialize in unearthing forgotten valuables,
course. You wouldn’t want to literally thrust your you anticipated. Second, ruminate on the homing in on secret miracles, and locating
lips and tongue into a fire. But according to my likelihood that it will, however, ultimately come missing mother lodes.
reading of the astrological omens, you might to pass. Third, adjust your plans accordingly.
benefit from exploring its meanings. Where to AQUARIUS (January 20-February
begin? May I suggest you visualize making out LIBRA (September 23-October 22): 18): According to my lyrical analysis of
with the steady burn at the top of a candle? My Will sex be humdrum and predictable the astrological omens, here are
sources tell me that doing so at this particular in the coming weeks? No! On the examples of the kinds of experiences you might
moment in your evolution will help kindle a new contrary. Your interest in wandering out to the encounter in the next 21 days: (1) interludes that
source of heat and light in your deep self – a fresh frontiers of erotic play could rise quite high. You reawaken memories of the first time you fell in love;
fount of glowing power that will burn sweet and may be animated and experimental in your (2) people who act like helpful, moon-drunk angels
strong like a miniature sun. approach to intimate communion, whether it’s just in the nick of time; (3) healing music or
with another person or with yourself. Need any provocative art that stirs a secret part of you – a
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your suggestions? Check out the “butterflies in flight” sweet spot you had barely been aware of; (4) an urge
symbol of power during the next three position or the “spinning wheel of roses” arising in your curious heart to speak the words, “I
weeks is a key. Visualize it. What maneuver. Try the “hum-and-chuckle kissing invite lost and exiled beauty back into my life.”
picture pops into your imagination? Is it a dare” or the “churning radiance while riding the
bejeweled golden key like what might be used to rain cloud” move. Or just invent your own PISCES (February 19-March 20):
access an old treasure chest? Is it a rustic key for a variations and give them funny names that add Ex-baseball player Eric DuBose was
garden gate or an oversize key for an ornate door? to the adventure. pulled over by Florida cops who
Is it a more modern thing that locks and unlocks spotted him driving his car erratically. They
car doors with radio waves? Whatever you SCORPIO (October 23-November required him to submit to a few tests, hoping to
choose, Gemini, I suggest you enshrine it as an 21): Right now the word “simplicity” is determine whether he had consumed too much
inspirational image in the back of your mind. irrelevant. You’ve got silky profundities alcohol. “Can you recite the alphabet?” they
Just assume that it will subtly inspire and to play with, slippery complications to relish, and asked. “I’m from the great state of Alabama,”
empower you to find the metaphorical “door” lyrical labyrinths to wander around in. I hope you DuBose replied, “and they have a different
that leads to the next chapter of your life story. use these opportunities to tap into more of your alphabet there.” I suggest, Pisces, that you try
subterranean powers. From what I can discern, similar gambits whenever you find yourself in
CANCER (June 21-July 22): You are your deep, dark intelligence is ready to provide odd interludes or tricky transitions during the
free to reveal yourself in your full glory. you with a host of fresh clues about who you really coming days – which I suspect will happen more
For once in your life, you have cosmic are and where you need to go. P.S.: You can than usual. Answer the questions you want to
clearance to ask for everything you want without become better friends with the shadows without answer rather than the ones you’re asked, for
apology. This is the later you have been saving compromising your relationship to the light. example. Make jokes that change the subject. Use
yourself for. Here comes the reward for the hard the powers of distraction and postponement.
work you’ve been doing that no one has SAGITTARIUS (November You’ll need extra slack, so seize it!
completely appreciated. If the universe has any 22-December 21): You can bake your
prohibitions or inhibitions to impose, I don’t shoes in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 Homework: If you knew you were
know what they are. If old karma has been minutes, but that won’t turn them into loaves of going to live to 100, what would you do
preventing the influx of special dispensations bread. Know what I’m saying, Sagittarius? Just differently in the next five years? Testify at
and helpful X factors, I suspect that old karma because a chicken has wings doesn’t mean it can
has at least temporarily been neutralized. fly over the rainbow. Catch my drift? You’ll never
create a silk purse out of dental floss and dead
LEO (July 23-August 22): “I don’t leaves. That’s why I offer you the following Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s
want to be at the mercy of my advice: In the next two weeks, do your best to EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES
emotions,” said Irish writer Oscar avoid paper tigers, red herrings, fool’s gold, fake & DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES
Wilde. “I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to news, Trojan horses, straw men, pink elephants, The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at
dominate them.” In my opinion, that may be one convincing pretenders, and invisible bridges. 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700
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Don Yawn the challenge, get cracking with her on keeping
the excitement alive. Be sure to do this both in
I’m a 40-year-old man who can’t seem to keep
romantic day-to-day ways and, say, with the
a relationship going for more than a year. There’s
perfect romantic weekend for a guy like you – one
never bitter fighting or betrayal. I just gradually
that starts with the valet at the spa opening the
lose interest. I can’t blame my girlfriends – most
trunk, removing the hood over your head, and
of whom are pretty exciting people. I’m the
cutting the zip ties so you can go take a sauna.
problem. But why? And can I change?
– Frustrated
Ever gotten new carpeting? The first month,
Backup to the Future
Two years ago, I met this beautiful, intrigu-
it’s “No shoes and no drinks whatsoever in the
ing girl. I gave her my number, but she never
living room!” A few months after that: “Oh, we
called. Last week, she texted out of the blue.
don’t use glasses anymore. Just splash red wine
Weird! My friend said she probably had a boy-
around and drink right off the rug.”
friend until now. Do women really hoard men’s
In the happiness-research world, the psy-
info in case their relationship tanks?
chological shift behind this is called “hedonic
– Wondering
adaptation” – “hedonic” from the Greek word
for pleasure and “adaptation” to describe how we Consider the male BFF. A woman may not
acclimate to new stuff or situations in our lives. consciously think of hers as her backup man. But
They rather quickly stop giving us the buzz (or should her relationship go kaput, there he is – per-
bite) they did at first, and we get pitched right back fectly situated to dry her tears. With his … um … .
to our baseline feeling of well-being. Bummer, There seems to be an evolutionary adaptation
huh? But there’s an upside. Psychologists Timothy for people in relationships – especially women
Wilson and Dan Gilbert explain that hedonic – to line up backup mates. It’s basically a form of
adaptation is part of our “psychological immune doomsday prepping – except instead of a bunker
system,” helping us recover from all the kicks in with 700 cans of beans and three slightly dented
the teeth and boys’ bathroom swirlies of life. Hellfire missiles, there are two eligible men on
There’s another possible bummer at work the shelves of a woman’s mind and the phone
here, per your longing for less-wilty love. You number of another on a crumpled ATM receipt
may be more “sensation-seeking” than most in the back of her wallet.
people. Research by psychologist Marvin Zuck- Evolutionary psychologists Joshua Duntley
erman, who coined the term, finds that this is a and David Buss explain that in ancestral times,
personality trait with origins in genes, as well as even people “experiencing high relationship satis-
experience, reflected in strong cravings for novel, faction would have benefited from cultivating
varied, and intense sensations and experiences. potential replacement mates” in case their part-
If this is driving you, basically, you want it new, ner cheated, ditched them, died, or dropped a few
you want it now, and all the better if it’s a little rungs in mate value. A woman whose partner left
life-threatening. In other words, some benefits of or died “would have suffered a lapse in protection,
a committed relationship, like deeply knowing mate investment, and resources for her children,
another person, may end up being deeply boring much like people who transition between jobs
to you. Still, part of your problem may be a hope- in the modern environment sometimes suffer a
ful approach – simply hoping your relationships lapse in insurance coverage.”
don’t die instead of taking steps to prevent that. Duntley and Buss note that female psy-
Research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky chology today still has women prepping for
finds that three “intentional activities” help keep romantic disaster like they’re living in caves
hedonic adaptation from overtaking a relation- and lean-tos instead of condos and McMan-
ship – appreciating, injecting variety, and incor- sions. For example, in research on opposite-sex
porating surprise. Appreciating simply means friendships, “women, but not men, prioritize
regularly reviewing and “savoring” what’s great economic resources and physical prowess in their
about your partner and what you have together. opposite-sex friends, a discrepancy that mirrors
(Even better if you also express it to them). sex-differences in mate preferences.”
Bringing in variety and surprise means filling the Getting back to this woman who texted you,
relationship with “unexpected moments” and she probably saw something in you from the start
“unpredictable pleasures,” big and small. but was otherwise encumbered. So, yes, she’s
Be honest with women about your befizzle- likely been carrying a torch for you, but for two
ment problem. When you find one who’s up for years it’s been in airplane mode.

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Lasso Spells – Okey Dokey – Rozz-Tox,
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show –
129 Coffee & Wine Bar, 129 N. Cody SUNDAY 14 Church (6pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA Bobby Ray Bunch – The J Bar, 4215
Luke Bryan – Brett Eldredge – Adam

2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Rd., LeClaire IA An Evening w/ the Nola Jazz Trio
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The Stone Flowers – Generations Bar & Gray Wolf Band – River House, 1510 Bugeye Sprite – Whitetail’s, 1711 165th
Grill, 4100 4th Ave., Moline IL River Dr., Moline IL St., Clarence IA
Craig – iWireless Center, 1201 River Stone Tattoo – Harley Corin’s, 1708 Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) – Cheese Pizza 20–Year Anniversary
Dr, Moline IL State St., Bettendorf IA The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa Rock Island Hy-Vee Market Grille, Show – Electric Shock: The AC/DC
Moeller Nights: Low Cut Connie – The Voices – Riverside Casino and Golf City IA 2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL Show – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave.,
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA Ed James (6:30pm) – The Faithful Pilot J.C. Brooks – Diplomats of Solid Rock Island IL
Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA Zay & the Mand – Bent River Brewing Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, LeClaire IA Sound – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington Chuck Murphy – Kavanaugh’s Hilltop
A Night of Sunshine’s Greatest Hits Company - Rock Island, 512 24th St., Justin Townes Earle – The Sadies – St., Iowa City IA Tap, 1228 30th St., Rock Island IL
– Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 Rock Island IL Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington Jazz After Five: Saul Lubaroff Quartet Coyote Wild – Rhythm City Casino
Third Ave., Rock Island IL Olivia Newton-John @ St., Iowa City IA (5pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Playlist – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St., Davenport IA
Adler Theatre - May 13 SUNDAY 21 West Branch High School Jazz Band –
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site,
Iowa City IA
The Lonely Goats – Wide River Winery
Ave., Davenport IA
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show –
Red Cedar Trio: Brinton Silent Film Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show – off I-80 at exit 254, West Branch IA - LeClaire, 106 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire IA Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA
Bettendorf IA
Project – Englert Theatre, 221 East Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL Machine Gun Willie – My Place the Pub, Francesca Shanks – Searights – Rozz-
Gray Wolf Band – Fargo Lounge, 4204
Washington St., Iowa City IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) – 4405 State St., Bettendorf IA Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL
Roger Carlson (6pm) – Cool Beanz Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 N. Matt Van (6pm) – Milltown Coffee, Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Riverside
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Jim’s
Coffeehouse,132530thSt.,RockIslandIL Shore Dr., Moline IL Bobby Ray Bunch – Harrington’s 3800 River Drive #2, Moline IL Grille, 1733 State St., Bettendorf IA
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd.,
The Silver Cliffs – The Lucky Frog Bar & HomeBrewed (6pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Pub, 2321 Cumberland Square Dr., Sushi Roll – Riverside Casino and Golf Gurf Morlix – Princeton Coffeehouse,
Milan IL
Grill, 313 N. Salina St., McCausland IA Burlington St., Iowa City IA Bettendorf IA Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA 25 E. Marion St., Princeton IL
Hap Hazard – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
The Voices – Riverside Casino and Golf Lewis Knudsen (2pm) – Creekside Chris Pureka – DICKIE – The Mill, 120 E. Thick Business – Shady Bug – Us Jordan Danielsen (2pm) – Creekside
Mound St., Davenport IA
Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA Vineyards Winery & Inn, 7505 120th Burlington St., Iowa City IA Mode – Garrin Jost – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Vineyards Winery & Inn, 7505 120th
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal – Aubs
Ave., Coal Valley IL Corey Wallace – The J Bar, 4215 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Ave., Coal Valley IL
Soul – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock
Orchestra Iowa Presents: John Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Trippin’ Billies – Jason Carl – RIBCO, King of the Tramps – Ryne Doughty
Island IL
Williams Night at the Movies – Lewis Knudsen CD–Release Show – 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
Lojo Russo – Baked Beer & Bread Co.,
7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St. SE, Skellington Manor Banquet & Event Turnbuckle Comedy & Music Festival City IA
1113 Mound St., Davenport IA
Experience – Circa ’21 Dinner Cedar Rapids IA Center, 420 18th St, Rock Island IL – Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013 288th Mark Stuart – Uptown Theatre, 221 1st
Meat Wave – Foul Tip – Otros Outros
Playhouse, 1828 Third Ave., Rock Third Sunday @ 3 Concert – St. John’s Makenna & Brock – Riverside Casino Ave., Maquoketa IA Street NE, Mt. Vernon IA
– Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
Island IL United Methodist Church, 109 E 14th and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Waking Robots – Bucktown Center for Rhonda Vincent & the Rage –
City IA
An Evening with Neil Diamond and St, Davenport IA Riverside IA the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E
North of 40 – Len Brown’s North Shore
Elvis – Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Third Sunday Jazz: The Corey West High & City High Jazz Ensembles Platt St., Maquoketa IA
Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline IL
Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll IL Kendrick Trio (6pm) – The Redstone (6:30pm) – Weatherdance Fountain Rick Springfield – Riverside Casino
Northern Parallels 06 w/ Brendan
Bike Rack 2–Year Anniversary Party: Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA Stage, outside the Sheraton Hotel, Event Center, 3184 Highway 22,
Hanks – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave.,
John Quijas (5pm) – Blues Rock–it Chris Dunn (noon) – Bettendorf Public 210 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Riverside IA

Rock Island IL
(9pm) – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Bar Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr., Sushi Roll – Riverside Casino and Golf

Orchestra Iowa Presents: John
& Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Bettendorf IA Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
Williams Night at the Movies –
Casey Muessigmann – Rhythm City (Hed) Pe – Motograter – High Five Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show The Jason Carl Band – 11th Street
Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St. SE,
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Sinners – Bloodtied – Cassius – Baked Beer & Bread Co., 1113 10 of Soul – River House, 1510 River Dr., Precinct, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Cedar Rapids IA
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA King (5:30pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Mound St., Davenport IA Moline IL Trace Adkins – Rhythm City Casino
Smooth Groove – River House, 1510
Code 415 – Rivertown Grille & Bar, 2606 Washington St., Iowa City IA Frankie Fontagne – 11th Street Precinct, Alyx Rush – RME Community Stage, Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
River Dr., Moline IL
W. Locust St., Davenport IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA Turnbuckle Comedy & Music Festival

Society of Broken Souls (6pm) –
DOSH – ION – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington The Generations Band ’60s Dance Bobby Ray Bunch (5pm) – Wide River – Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013 288th
Milltown Coffee, 3800 River Drive #2,
St., Iowa City IA Party – Rhythm City Casino Resort Winery Tasting Room - Village of Ave., Maquoketa IA
Moline IL
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show Shook Twins – The Mill, 120 E. Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., East Davenport, 1128 Mound St.,
Steve Cormier – Uptown Bill’s Coffee
– Riverside Grille, 1733 State St., Burlington St., Iowa City IA Davenport IA Davenport IA
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA


CLOSES MAY 14, 2017
Organized by Linny Frickman at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at
Colorado State University at Fort Collins in partnership with Danielle Knapp
at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Presented at the Figge Art Museum with the support of the Thomas A. and
Mary Waterman Gildehaus Endowment, Tom Figge, and Jeff and Lynda Eirinberg.
Frederic Remington, Touchdown, Yale vs. Princeton, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1890, Yale 32, Princeton 0, 1890,
oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery, Whitney Collections of Sporting Art, given in memory of Harry Payne Whitney
(B.A. 1894), and Payne Whitney (B.A. 1898) by Francis P. Garvan (B.A. 1897); M.A. (Hon) 1922, Courtesy of the
University Art Museum, Colorado State University, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon.

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State St., Bettendorf IA Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120 E.
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews – Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Cross Creek Karaoke – Hey Bryan’s, 1140 Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL
15th Ave., Moline IL
DJ Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s on Third,
2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA
SATURDAYS Acoustic Music Club (May 16, 4:30pm) –
Jam Session & Mug Night – Iowa City Community Folk Sing (May 13, 3pm) River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St.,
Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, 415 Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Acoustic Music Club (May 23, 4:30pm) –
15th St., Moline IL Cross Creek Karaoke – Jim’s Knoxville RME Community Stage, 129 N. Main St.,
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Pub, Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL Davenport IA
2104 State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. Karaoke Night – My Place the Pub, 4405
Open Jam Session – My Place the Pub, First St., Long Grove IA State St., Bettendorf IA
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
Open Mic Night – Uptown Bill’s Coffee Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon, 1151 E.
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Iowa St., Eldridge IA
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace (May 11) – 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle, 1417
Geneseo Brewing Company, 102 S. Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Fifth Ave., Moline IL
State St., Geneseo IL Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Up Davenport IA Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
on 7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline IL Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 Island IL
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Rascals W. Third St., Davenport IA Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey &
Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Hollar’s “Detroit” Larry Davison – Cabana’s,
Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL 2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL

Songwriters’ Round Table (May 13, Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Kane –
noon) – River Music Experience, 129 Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s, 2120 North Main St., Davenport IA City IA
Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment
Cross Creek Karaoke – Firehouse
Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd.,
– Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave.,
Davenport IA Ukulele Music Session (May 20, 3pm) Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, 1321 – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. – McManus Pub, 1401 Seventh Ave.,
Fifth Ave., Moline IL Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Moline IL
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, Hump Day Wing & Sing w/ Marybeth –
4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West
SUNDAYS Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646
Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA
Locust St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. Mound St., Davenport IA Mound St., Davenport IA
First St., Long Grove IA Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ & Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA Locust St., Davenport IA
Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night (May 17) – RIBCO, 1815
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling,
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA
MONDAYS Second Ave., Rock Island IL
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 ACROSS 80. Behave 36. Submission
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced W. Third St., Davenport IA 1. Mark for removal 81. I am present! 37. End-of-week exclamation
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Productions – Grumpy’s Saloon, 2120 Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats – Bent
5. Cummerbund 82. Part 3 of quip: 5 wds. 38. Prop
Davenport IA E. 11th St., Davenport IA River Brewing Company, 512 24th St.
Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (May 15, Rock Island IL 9. A flower or its color 85. Sailboat stabilizer 39. Pilfered
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 14. Meanie 87. Upper floor 40. Fishgig
W. Third St., Davenport IA 6pm) – Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St., Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114
Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 Rock Island IL 1/2 W. Third St., Davenport IA 18. Profess 88. Complete 41. Lab compound
19. Electrum is one 89. Dig with the snout 43. Puget Sound city
20. Protozoan: Var. 90. _ noir 44. Pointless

21. Snow, split and sweet 92. Meeting 45. Glimpses
22. PC appendages 94. End of the quip: 4 wds. 51. Throw with force
23. If looks _ kill 100. Word in a palindrome 52. Pie chart
24. Leaves 103. Fertility goddess 54. Polish

120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA Rapids IA 25. “_ She Lovely” 104. Strike out 55. More healthy, in a way
Richie Holliday (8pm) – Penguin’s Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Bar 26. Sambar cousin 105. Vibrato 56. Land area
Bobby Ray Bunch (9pm) – Triple Crown Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Davenport IA 27. Start of a quip by Ray Romano: 5 wds. 106. Genu 58. Green gemstone
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 East Rapids IA Studio Series: 309 (9:30pm) – The 30. Fencing items 107. Welshman, e.g. 59. Self-improvement
Third St., Davenport IA Shatter Day Night Live: Alosha Robinson Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island
– Brett Hiker – Hannah Gansen – IL
32. Too 108. Utensil for cooks 60. Eyeball part
Neil Hamburger (9pm) – The Mill, 120 E. 33. Ha’penny 109. Bauer or Izzard 62. Toodle-oo!
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Chris Schichtling – Patrick Susmilch

– Spencer Loucks – Travis Bails 34. Rocky debris 110. Footnote abbr. 63. Fits

(11:30pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington 36. Lab gadget 111. Boats 64. Intrigue
St., Iowa City IA ComedySportz (7pm) – The 38. Sit astride 112. A leavening 65. Liturgical vestment
Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Studio Series: Nocturne Falls (9:30pm) Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island 42. Part 2 of quip: 2 wds. 113. Doctor’s order 66. Fermented beverage
Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., – The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock IL 46. Gangster 114. Reptiles 67. Beat
Davenport IA Island IL Mike Merryfield (8pm) – Penguin’s 47. Holds 68. Braid
ComedySportz (7pm) – The Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar 48. Surmounting DOWN 69. Things apportioned
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL
The Floodwater Comedy Hour: Mike
SUNDAY 14 Rapids IA
Murder in Paradise (6:30pm) –
49. Those voting no
50. Backhoe bucket
1. _ Edna Everage
2. Villainous
70. Ski resort town
71. Lawn tool
Lucas – Dan Frana – Karl Hess – Shelly Circumstantial Comedy Show (10pm) – Skellington Manor Banquet & Event
BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Rd., Davenport Center, 420 18th St., Rock Island IL 52. Chap 3. Facility for Olympians: 2 wds. 73. Jefferson’s veep
Paul – Ethan Simmons Patterson
– Chris Patton – Patrick Susmilch – IA Studio Series: Critical Hit (9:30pm) – The 53. Pi-Sigma link 4. Sheep 74. Roman a _
Austin Black (11:30pm) – The Mill, 120 Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island 54. Kind of woodworking joint 5. Blackthorn drupes 77. Tough but pliable
E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Richie Holliday (8pm) – Penguin’s
MONDAY 15 IL 55. Set off
56. Very short time
6. An astringent
7. Han _ of “Star Wars”
78. Motivated
79. In _
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar
Rapids IA
Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – Iowa
City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA SUNDAY 21 57. Concert hall offering
59. Levitate
8. Fireplugs
9. _ lazuli
81. Contemptuous cry
83. Stew pot
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Bar Circumstantial Comedy Show (10pm) –
60. Caldera 10. Insect stage 84. Son of Ivan the Great
& Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Davenport IA
Studio Series: True Story (9:30pm) – The
WEDNESDAY 17 BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Rd., Davenport
61. “The _ of the Ancient Mariner”
62. Belief
11. Toy-bricks company
12. Further
86. Hikes
90. Grows quieter
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Penguin’s

Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar 63. Dispenser contents 13. Plantation’s yield: 2 wds. 91. Unreactive
Tony Clifton & the Cliftones (8:30pm) – Rapids IA 64. Tentlike shelter 14. Narcotic 92. _ a deux
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – Iowa 67. Bistros 15. Bless you! 93. Eye
FRIDAY 19 City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA 68. Acquisition 16. Sounded 94. Muscovy glass

SATURDAY 13 Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) –
Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., WEDNESDAY 24
72. Entertain
73. Ulan _
17. OT book: Abbr.
19. Pine
95. River in Belgium
96. Tahari or Wiesel
All You Care to Eat: A Comedy Thingy 74. Ron Howard’s brother 27. Juvenile 97. Costa _
Podcast Live Recording (7:30pm) – Davenport IA Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Penguin’s
75. Abbr. in bus. 28. Valley of _, where David fought Goliath 98. Church calendar
The Black Box Theatre, 1623 Fifth Ave., ComedySportz (7pm) – The Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island Rapids IA 76. Piquancy 29. Path 99. Hats
Moline IL
IL Shane Mauss (8pm) – RIBCO, 1815 Second 77. Of a heavenly body 31. Look 101. Harvest
ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL Mike Merryfield (8pm) – Penguin’s Ave., Rock Island IL 78. Kind of glass 34. Supports for rigging 102. Fish often pickled
Helltrap Nightmare (8:30pm) – The Mill, Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar 79. Toil 35. Feminine name 106. Parrot
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