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Davenport’s Pilot Project for Police Surveillance

Raises Questions, but We Know Many of the Answers – Page 5
Photo Illustration.

Art in Plain Sight: Modern Woodmen
Park’s Brick Diamond – Page 7

Jerk Move: Trump
Threw Rosenstein
Under the Bus – Page 3
Dangers: Schulz on
‘Alien: Covenant’ – Page 9
What’s Happenin’: Playcrafters’
‘Constellations,’ the Figge’s ‘Life on the
Mississippi,’ and Donovan – Page 10
Enter the Reader’s
2017 Photo
Contest – Page 14
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Jerk Move: Trump Threw
Rosenstein Under the Bus

ike many people, I’m not crying that FBI Did Trump ask Rosenstein for the letter? Somehow he managed to do all of this while no matter whom it hurts? It is also possible
Director James Comey was fired from his Most certainly. staying out of the public eye and out of parti- that he always been this way, and it is just now
job before his tenure was up. As Rand Paul Presidential spokespeson Sarah Huckabee san squabbles. To achieve that requires focus. becoming public knowledge.
has noted, Comey never stopped crawling Sanders admitted that Rosenstein, with Attor- Rosenstein has it. It’s how he earned credibility
to Capitol Hill for more money, more spying ney General Jeff Sessions, came to see Trump and a flawless reputation. He must protect it The Captain and the Ship
authority, more power to the government, and in the White House the day before. Rosenstein every day, as a matter of habit. Regardless, the private sector builds in a
all those things I’m against. And like many reported to the president that Comey had Then that fateful day arrived. He was check on such bad-boss behavior. They don’t
people, I find the claims of Russian meddling come to him asking for more resources to nudged and answered the right way to please attract people of integrity around them. They
in the election to be a diversion from the more investigate ties between Trump and Russia, a the president. Then the president told him to get bad reputations. They are widely consid-
obvious point that voters wanted change and case from which Sessions had already recused own his opinions and go public, as a way of ered to be toxic personalities. But as president,
didn’t want Hillary Clinton. himself. That left only Rosenstein to act on giving the big cheese cover. What was he to do? Trump faces no such market test. He can get
What has struck me more is a particularly Trump’s behalf. Yes, he could have quit the job, and he prob- away with it because he is at the height of his
telling aspect of the way the firing of Comey We have no access to what happened then. ably should have. Instead, he acquiesced. After power and Rosenstein himself is at the height
was done. This is a human-interest story to me. It was a private meeting. But it seems that all, he built his whole career to achieve this of his profession. So why not?
It reveals a grim facet of human life and serves Trump asked Rosenstein his opinion of how height: deputy attorney general! Was he really The answer to that question is that it’s poor
as a warning about the type of power move Comey was doing at his job. According to going to give it all up? leadership. Good leaders are servants of others
all of us need to be on the lookout for. What, he rendered a negative judg- Anyone who has faced such a situation in who bear huge burdens, even to the point of
would you do if your boss muscled you into ment, as one is wont to do under the circum- his or her professional life has to wince. It’s taking the fall for others. This is why there are
taking the fall for his or her sketchy decisions? stances. Trump then asked Rosenstein to write painful – and seedy. This is classic “bad boss” traditions that instantiate this ethical idea.
a memo detailing his criticisms. That memo behavior. It reveals cowardice and a lack of The captain is that last to take the lifeboat,
The Plot arrived the next day and Comey was fired. character. The demand that subordinates even if the shipwreck was not his fault. The
President Donald Trump’s memo firing cough up their professional capital for you is head coach gets fired after a losing season. The
Comey came with an attachment. It was a Fight or Survive? a move completely lacking in integrity. If the Japanese military leader falls on his sword
letter to him from Rod Rosenstein, the deputy The scenario is pretty clear: Trump leaned boss wants to make an unpopular decision, after a losing battle.
attorney general of the Justice Department on a subordinate to provide cover for a deci- he should have the guts to bear the full weight This is just how we do it. We absolutely do not
and the person who is technically Comey’s sion he wanted to make. Trump demanded of that decision, not devour the reputations of demand that subordinates fall on their swords
boss. The memo to Trump, dated the same that an underling surrender his professional those around him as a fallback. for us. True, there is nothing illegal about this. It
day of the firing, carefully built a case against integrity so that the president could get his What’s remarkable here is that this move is just revealing of who Trump really is.
Comey. The implication of the memo was that way. I can only imagine the lump that must was unlike Trump. His usual tack is to bear the Sensing that this is a problem, Trump has
Comey needed to be let go, but it stopped short have appeared in Rosenstein’s throat at that total responsibility for the success or failure of since tried to walk back his excuse. “I was
of demanding it. moment. It must have been the worst evening his project by making them all bear his name: going to fire regardless of recommendation,”
Rosenstein’s conclusion: “The way the of his life. Trump Tower, Trump Golf Course, Trump he now says. Of course this is no help to Rosen-
director handled the conclusion of the e-mail I’m looking at Rosenstein’s education and University, or whatever. People have criticized stein now. The reputation he worked a lifetime
investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI career. It is a classic case, every decision made this about him, but I actually admire it. He gets to build is now toast.
is unlikely to regain public and congressional to plot the perfect, nonpartisan career in the all credit when it works, but he risks the whole Again, I’m crying no tears for anyone in this
trust until it has a director who understands highest reaches of government. He obtained of his reputation if it fails. This has been his drama. But there are lessons in it for the rest of
the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never an economics degree from the Wharton usual way, so far as I know. us. It shows what kind of leader and boss not to
to repeat them. Having refused to admit his School, then moved to Harvard for a law But now he has ultimate power. Maybe it be, and shows workers what kind of people to
errors, the director cannot be expected to degree. He became a Supreme Court clerk, has affected him. Has he come to the place in avoid, if at all possible.
implement the necessary corrective actions.” and easily found a place at the Department of life where he is totally happy treating those
It was this letter that Trump used as cover Justice, where he served under five presi- around him solely as a means and not ends in Jeffrey A. Tucker is director of content for the
to fire someone he believed was becoming a dents. After 27 years, he is the longest serving themselves? Will he stop at nothing to exercise, Foundation for Economic Education (,
personal enemy. U.S. attorney. retain, and benefit personally from his power, where this article originally appeared).
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Property-Tax Issue Plays Poorly
for Democrats

emocrats have been privately grum- interest and is evidence of how cor-
bling for a while now that Governor rupt the state is. Cullerton has also
Bruce Rauner isn’t truly interested done some property-tax appeals work,
in good-faith negotiations on a bal- so Rauner can easily lump him in with
anced budget with economic reforms to Madigan on the conflict of interest and
end the two-and-a-half-year Statehouse corruption stuff.
stalemate. And then there was last week’s biggest
But Senate President John Cullerton political news. Billionaire Democratic
spent days and days negotiating the gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker was
details of a four-year property-tax freeze thrashed in the media for obtaining huge
with Rauner, only to have his spokes- property-tax-assessment rebates and
person tell me last week that he hadn’t reductions for an empty and “uninhabit-
acceded to Rauner’s demand for a four- able” mansion next to his own Chicago
year freeze. So Rauner isn’t the only one palace. The mansion apparently became
to blame. even more legally uninhabitable after
In this business, you only negotiate on Pritzker had the house’s toilets unin-
a bill you flatly oppose if you’re trying to stalled. That was clearly the work of a
run out the clock. Otherwise, you just too-clever-by-half property-tax attor-
kill it. And because of this, people in the ney, whom Pritzker may want to think
governor’s office are saying they don’t about throwing under the nearest bus
think that Cullerton really wants a deal. if this publicity gets any worse. And,
Rauner moved off his demand for a despite firm denials, it’s pretty clear that
five-year freeze. The two men then dis- Madigan is backing Pritzker.
cussed side issues, such as the timeline Even a child could frame this issue for
and the process for locally opting out of Rauner. Take a universally and intensely
the freeze or for making it permanent. unpopular property-tax system, combine
The governor wanted a statewide vote, it with the state’s most wildly unpopu-
but Cullerton wanted local votes and lar politician (Madigan), and use all
appeared to prevail. But Rauner would that to blame the Senate Democrats for
only agree to limited exemptions from killing the grand bargain and, in the
the freeze, bond payments being one of process, throw lots more mud on their
them. Cullerton wanted more exemp- “frontrunner” gubernatorial candidate.
tions, pension payments being one It’s the worst possible hill the Demo-
of those. crats could choose to die on. Yes, the
Then last week, Cullerton attempted to Senate president has legitimate policy
move legislation with language identi- concerns about the property-tax freeze.
cal to that of a bill Senate Republican But this is a political no-brainer.
Leader Christine Radogno introduced The best idea I heard last week was to
in January. It failed because it required take this issue away from Rauner and
a three-fifths vote to freeze taxes on Cullerton and allow Senators from both
local home-rule governments. Cullerton sides of the aisle to negotiate it. Doing
said afterward that he may strip out the that very thing seemed to help move the
home-rule provision and run it again – revenue/budget talks and workers’ com-
which would, of course, mean that the pensation reform forward, even though
City of Chicago would be exempt. they’re not wrapped up as I write this.
Without a property-tax freeze ame- If, as the Republicans privately
nable to the governor, I just don’t know contend, Cullerton’s goal is to deprive
how this impasse gets resolved. Rauner of a clear “win” on a property-
Illinois has some of the highest prop- tax freeze, then nothing will work. The
erty taxes in the country. So if the nego- one thing we do know is that taking the
tiations fall apart, the Senate Democrats’ issue away from Rauner and Cullerton
refusal to pass a “real” freeze will be a couldn’t possibly make things worse.
political gift for Rauner.
The issue also comes neatly wrapped Rich Miller also publishes Capitol
in the governor’s favorite bow: House Fax (a daily political newsletter) and
Speaker Michael Madigan. The speaker
is, of course, a property-tax appeals
lawyer. Rauner said the other day for
the umpteenth time that Madigan’s
legal work was a clear case of conflict of
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COVER STORY By Jeff Ignatius

Candid Cameras
Davenport’s Pilot Project for Police Surveillance Raises Questions, but We Know Many of the Answers

raffic-enforcement cameras have been a elsewhere?) How will the city determine assuming the data infrastructure is already in Modest and Inconsistent Results
common sight in Davenport for 13 years, whether the relatively modest financial cost of place. In Davenport as in many other cities, So there’s certainly support for the idea that
but now the city is using new cameras for cameras is worth whatever benefit it sees? And the cameras aren’t actively monitored, mean- surveillance cameras can help police depart-
a different purpose: to help prevent and solve are 18 cameras in one neighborhood a fair test ing that they don’t create an added staff cost. ments clear cases. But evidence that cameras
violent and property crimes. of the effectiveness of such a system? (Davenport will save its videos for 21 days.) prevent crime is weak except in one specific
Davenport in the past month has begun a That doesn’t even touch on some of the If the cameras deter crime by their mere circumstance.
pilot project with 18 cameras at four intersec- procedural and social questions raised by presence or help solve cases, the cost could be A 2009 study of public surveillance cameras
tions on Washington Street south of Locust police video surveillance. “It all comes down justified. in Philadelphia summarized that research into
Street. The city purchased the cameras for to how much of a Big Brother do we want our Yet despite that, and despite the alarm that’s the effectiveness of cameras as a tool to reduce
nearly $54,000 as part of a larger neighbor- government to become,” said Veronica Fowler, been sounded – including in these pages – crime is “mixed. Furthermore, there has been
hood-revitalization program that also includes communications director for the American about an ever-increasing surveillance state, a paucity of rigorous evaluations of cameras
street and sidewalk improvements. Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa. it’s a bit surprising that police-department located in the USA.” The authors concluded
“The thing that makes this a little different Even at the pilot-project stage, she said, surveillance cameras in public spaces are not that in Philadelphia, “the introduction of cam-
is the sheer number of cameras,” said Clay cities need to be clear with the public about more common in the Quad Cities. eras is associated with a 13-percent reduction
Merritt, capital manager for the City of Dav- their rationale, goals, and procedures for sur- Bettendorf, for example, has never even in crime.”
enport. “Instead of having one camera in one veillance cameras. “The taxpayers are paying entertained the idea of installing surveillance Merritt agreed that studies are not unani-
location just looking at one particular view, ... for them,” she said. “They should be backed cameras. “We have not discussed placing cam- mous that surveillance cameras reduce crime:
this is taking a much larger-scale approach.” up with facts based on studies, and not just eras in the city,” Chief Phil Redington wrote in “You can read it either way.”
The idea is to see to what extent the cameras ‘Yeah, it’s going to be a lot safer if we have a lot an e-mail. “It just has not been considered.” But even the Philadelphia study finding a
prevent crime, and how much they assist of cameras.’ ... Even with a pilot project, there Rock Island, according to Deputy Police decrease in crime said results were inconsis-
police in solving crimes that do occur. “If there should be clear policies in place.” Chief Jason Foy, has installed 22 surveillance tent: “The evaluation suggests that while there
are cameras in the area that can catch foot- She said those should include not only tech- cameras – downtown in 2006, at the base of appears to be a general benefit to the cameras,
age, perhaps that would have people ... think nical issues such as how long footage will be the Centennial bridge in 2009, and on 15th there were as many sites that showed no ben-
twice” before committing a crime, Merritt kept but also explicit protections against abuse Avenue from Fifth Street to Longview Park efit of camera presence as there were locations
said. “Hopefully that deters crime ... , and – for example, policies prohibiting monitoring in 2012. Foy said that “they have absolutely with a positive outcome on crime.”
the number of police calls in the area would lawful comings and goings, prohibiting stalk- assisted in [solving] some cases since they’ve This squares with a 2009 analysis of 44
go down.” ing, and prohibiting targeting neighborhoods been put in.” studies that concluded surveillance cameras
But even if that’s not the case, he said, the with high concentrations of racial minorities. But he said he wasn’t sure if they’ve pre- “caused a modest (16 percent) but significant
cameras might be valuable to, for example, “There are all these things that we would vented crime: “I don’t know how many people decrease in crime in experimental areas
identify suspects: “It’s an added tool. It’s not love to be sure that the city is being mindful even know ... that they’re there. I don’t know compared with control areas.” However, the
just looking at it from a crime-prevention of and has policies in place to spell that out,” how much people pay attention to them.” Even authors found that “this overall result was
standpoint.” Fowler said. “At least that would give people if it were shown that crime has dropped in largely driven by the effectiveness of CCTV
For now, the city is merely dipping its toe some confidence that they have thought these areas where cameras are present, he noted, one [closed-circuit television] schemes in car
into these surveillance waters, and Merritt things through, and there are clear policies on has to take into account, for example, that “the parks, which caused a 51-percent decrease in
said the city is still working to get sufficient paper. So if any of those things are violated, downtown has changed over those 11 years.” crime. Schemes in most other public settings
video quality from the cameras. That problem some action can be taken. And people know He added that the city has no plans to had small and non-significant effects on
resulted in police getting no usable footage of a what the rules of the game are.” expand its surveillance-camera program. crime: a 7-percent decrease in city and town
May 10 shots-fired incident. That sort of discussion is, admittedly, If the Quad Cities are moving tentatively or centers and in public-housing communities.”
Still, it’s worth noting some issues with the best-suited to the police department or the city are lukewarm toward surveillance, Dubuque In other words, surveillance cameras are
city’s approach. Merritt didn’t offer any meth- administrator. However, an interview request is all-in – with hundreds of cameras through- best deployed as a crime-prevention tool in
odology for determining the success or failure with Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski was out a city roughly half the size of Davenport. areas with few people and a large amount
of the Washington Street pilot project, and he declined, and a representative of the police In praising the value of his city’s surveillance of property crime – specifically parking lots
said there’s no time frame for an evaluation. department referred all questions to Merritt. program, City Administrator Michael C. and garages.
“The goal in the long term, if it is proved City Administrator Corri Spiegel also referred Van Milligen gave the example of a random
that it’s successful, is that it can be expanded questions to Merritt. murder a few years ago that the cameras The Misleading Model of
into other areas,” he said. But we know the answer to one core ques- helped solve. “One of the first things the police Dubuque
The city has already budgeted more than tion: Police surveillance cameras, in general, do is look if any part of that crime – getting to In opposition to that general conclusion
$300,000 for its next fiscal year to add camera are not particularly good at deterring crime. the crime, leaving the crime, or committing appears to be the City of Dubuque.
locations, Merritt said – probably along They can be effective in certain circumstances the crime – could be on one of our cameras,” Representatives of the City of Davenport
high-traffic corridors such as 53rd Street and – specifically in parking lots or garages – but he explained. visited Dubuque because of that city’s expan-
Kimberly Road, although additional cameras not in the way Davenport is using them. When an elderly woman was found dead sive surveillance program. According to City
will need to wait for fiber-optic cable to And while Davenport has cited the example downtown one morning, he said, “the police Administrator Van Milligen, Dubuque has
be installed. of Dubuque’s extensive surveillance-camera ... had nothing to go on. ... They had zero evi- over the past decade installed nearly 1,000 sur-
This suggests the city has, to some extent, network, that case doesn’t provide clear evi- dence.” But because of camera footage, “by 9 veillance cameras along with the underlying
already reached a conclusion about the dence of deterrence. o’clock that night, they had him [the murderer] infrastructure – primarily at intersections, but
effectiveness of surveillance cameras without under arrest and a confession.” with several hundred cameras also in parking
answering key questions. What results will The Appeal of Cameras Successes such as that, Van Milligen said, facilities. Van Milligen said most cameras have
indicate the project is a success, and in what It’s easy to understand the appeal to police pushed the city to this year give shift com- been installed in the past six years.
period of time? Is the city taking account departments of surveillance cameras. Camera manders and the detective bureau access to And our neighbor to the north saw its
any displacement effect? (If crime drops in technology continues to get better and the camera system in their offices. “It creates a
the target area, is it merely being pushed cheaper, meaning that the expense is minor tremendous amount of evidence,” he said. Continued On Page 6
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COVER STORY Continued From Page 5 By Jeff Ignatius

Candid Cameras Video Surveillance?”
In summary, it says: “Although the ACLU
has no objection to cameras at specific, high-
to the U.S. Constitution offers some protec-
tion against video searches conducted by the
police, there are currently no general, legally
reported violent-crime rate drop by more than automate intersection traffic signaling. profile public places that are potential terrorist enforceable rules to limit privacy invasions
half from 2010 to 2014. “You wouldn’t see the “The initial installation of the camera targets, such as the U.S. Capitol, the impulse and protect against abuse of CCTV systems.
crime reductions that we’re seeing if it didn’t system at the traffic lights was purely to control to blanket our public spaces and streets with Rules are needed to establish a clear public
have a deterrent effect,” Van Milligen said. traffic,” Van Milligen said. Then, “as we saw video surveillance is a bad idea.” understanding of such issues as whether video
That’s a strong correlation between cameras this parade of police officers going upstairs The first reason is its lack of proven signals are recorded, under what conditions,
and decreased crime, but using Dubuque as a almost every day to look at the traffic-camera effectiveness. and how long are they retained; what the cri-
model – or a justification – for a surveillance- system, we said, ‘Wait a minute. There’s some- The remaining reasons mostly relate to teria are for access to archived video by other
camera program would be seriously problem- thing bigger here that we ought to consider.’ potential abuse of the technology and the government agencies, or by the public; how the
atic. In fairness, in our interview Merritt didn’t And the council decided to make it a priority likelihood of a chilling effect. These are two rules would be verified and enforced; and what
cite Dubuque’s crime numbers as a rationale that we would supplement our traffic-camera sides of the same coin. On one side, “the punishments would apply to violators.
for Davenport’s program. system with a security-camera system.” growing presence of public cameras will bring “There have long been well-established rules
Probably with good reason. So law-enforcement use of the system was subtle but profound changes to the character governing the audio recording of individuals
For one thing, that dramatic drop in violent essentially a tangential benefit. of our public spaces. When citizens are being without their consent. (There is a reason sur-
crime is illusory. In 2011, Dubuque started “If you look at our system in isolation of watched by the authorities – or aware they veillance cameras never have microphones.) It
counting its aggravated assaults differ- security cameras, you’d be doing a huge dis- might be watched at any time – they are more makes no sense that we don’t have equivalent
ently, and as a result the number of reported service to whoever’s considering doing this,” self-conscious and less free-wheeling.” laws for video recording.”
aggravated assaults in the city dropped Van Milligen said. “If they were only for that On the other side, surveillance cameras Taking all this together suggests certain best
from 279 in 2010 to 82 in 2011. Prior to 2011, [law-enforcement] purpose, you could say, give authorities the tools to monitor not just practices for surveillance cameras. First, they
Assistant Chief Terry Tobin told the Telegraph ‘Wait a minute, that serves a single purpose crime but also peaceful protests and indi- should be deployed where they’re known to be
Herald newspaper, aggravated assaults were for that level of expense.’ But ... it’s for a much vidual behavior – both perfectly legal. The effective: in parking areas.
over-reported: “We reported any assault greater purpose. Moving traffic is extremely ACLU asks: “Do we want the authorities Second, if they’re used in other areas, the
with injury, like if they had a scratch, as an important. ... The backbone of the system is installing high-resolution cameras that can cameras should serve clear functions beyond
aggravated assault.” around traffic.” read a pamphlet from a mile away? Cameras law enforcement, such as Dubuque’s use of
Aggravated assaults accounted for nearly Within three years, he added, Dubuque will equipped to detect wavelengths outside the cameras for traffic signaling.
84 percent of Dubuque’s violent crime in 2010, have an entirely self-adjusting traffic-control visible spectrum, allowing night vision or see- In Davenport, where neither of those
so the tighter reporting criteria naturally but system based on cameras. through vision? Cameras equipped with facial things is true, the pilot project needs to have
artificially drove the violent-crime rate down. In Davenport, Merritt said the city’s recognition, like those that have been installed a rigorous evaluation to demonstrate what,
Take that reporting change out of the surveillance cameras will also be used by in airports and even on the streets of Tampa, if any, benefits it produces. Only then will it
picture, and Dubuque’s crime trends look traffic engineers for things such as traffic Florida? Cameras augmented with other be possible to determine if the financial and
similar to Davenport’s – a substantial drop in counts, but that’s a far cry from Dubuque’s forms of artificial intelligence, such as those civil-liberties price tags are worth it. While the
both violent crime and property crime, but multifaceted deployment. deployed in Chicago?” cameras were cheap in the grand scheme of
not anything out of the ordinary. From 2010 to It further noted that “during the Civil the city budget, they still cost taxpayers more
2014, Davenport’s violent crime rate dropped Social Costs Rights movement and the Vietnam War, ... than $50,000, with plans for six times that
by more than 26 percent and its property- Beyond the cost-effectiveness of surveil- the FBI – as well as many individual police amount in future spending despite no track
crime rate dropped more than 14 percent, lance cameras, Davenport’s pilot project departments around the nation – conducted record of effectiveness.
according to FBI statistics. In the same period, – and plans for additional cameras – beg for illegal operations to spy upon and harass As the ACLU put it in an article on ter-
Dubuque’s reported violent crimes (outside of discussion of the social costs of widespread political activists who were challenging racial rorism: “The key question to ask is not ‘Do
aggravated assaults) dropped by 13 percent, public surveillance. Merritt said he’s not segregation and the Vietnam War. This cameras provide any potential benefit ... .’ The
while its property-crime rate dropped by more heard any concerns about privacy or potential concern is especially justified since we are in questions are ‘Do cameras provide enough
than 15 percent. abuse of surveillance cameras from Daven- some respects enduring a similar period of benefit to justify their cost?’ and ‘What are
It’s also important to note that the port residents, but those issues should still conflict today.” those costs?’”
law-enforcement surveillance function of be considered. The organization advocates for “legally
Dubuque’s cameras was basically an accident. The ACLU has offered four answers to enforceable rules for the operation of such
The city put the cameras in for one purpose: to its question of “What’s Wrong with Public systems”: “While the Fourth Amendment
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demographics, and more are available at brilliant. basepaths, other observations follow. The It is equally illogical to inlay a circular flower bed in the middle of the
full-sized baseball diamond – made of bases becomes a pitcher’s mound – com-
DESIGN/PRODUCTION brick and stone! – in the pavement west plete with a pitcher’s rubber at its center.
Art Director, Production Manager:
of Modern Woodmen Park, not far from Outside of the diamond are five large
Spencer Rabe •
Graphic Artist:
the “real” one inside. brick rings, with curved dashed lines
Nathan Klaus • The diamond’s home plate is located – made from cuts in the pavement – rep-
between the ballpark and the parking lot. resenting seams on baseballs. (Very large
ADMINISTRATION First base is under the Centennial Bridge; baseballs; the largest ring is about 60 feet
Business Manager: Kathleen McCarthy third base is actually in Gaines Street. It’s in diameter.)
Office Administrator, Circulation Manager: a crazy idea. But also brilliant. There are nine trees planted within
Rick Martin • Walking the brick basepath, one is and around the diamond. Nine? The
Distribution: Cheri DeLay, struck by its size. The 90-foot distance number of defensive players on the
Greg FitzPatrick, N. Ingalls, H. Keyser, from home plate to first base feels longer field, the number of innings in a game.
N. Rice, Jay Strickland
than its appears from seats in the stands The design also ties in visually with the
or on TV. One can only marvel that a ballpark’s façade as well as the flood-
catcher such as Yogi Berra could throw protection-wall columns. Top: Photo courtesy Shive-Hattery.
Bottom: Photo by Bruce Walters.
out a baserunner trying to steal second, The diamond and surrounding area
some 127 feet from home plate.
The whole design can’t be fully grasped Continued On Page 8
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ART Continued From Page 7 By Bruce Walters

Art in Plain Sight: Modern Woodmen TCH IT
Park’s Brick Diamond WA

Schulz’s Review of
the Latest Movies On Demand
Fiendishly smart, unassailably
thoughtful, and brilliantly acted,
this horror comedy is a genre
pinnacle that’s thrillingly
scary-funny, with writer/director
Photo by Bruce Walters. Jordan Peele masterful at laying
were completed in 2010, with land- all major-league stadiums except Fenway the groundwork for future shocks
through seemingly casual bits of
scape architect Sandy Dolan as the lead Park (1912) and Wrigley Field (1914).
eccentricity. (Same day as DVD.)
designer. The project transformed a The interior of stadium, however, has
nondescript area partially under the been updated many times. It feels fully
Centennial Bridge – between an unpaved contemporary. THE GREAT WALL
parking lot and the ballpark – into a Professional baseball, likewise, has Yimou Zhang’s imaginative,
unique public space. seen many changes since its first rules opulently designed adventure is a
At the eastern end of downtown were adopted in 1857. The diamond visual wow, with the film’s
dinosaur-like hordes giddy and
Davenport, near the Arsenal Bridge, is itself, however, still conforms to the size
gruesome in equal measure, and
Bechtel Park, also designed by Dolan. and layout defined in its first rule book. the whizzing arrows and flaming
Both Shive-Hattery projects serve as As does the intelligently designed brick cannonballs seeming to pop
symbols of Davenport’s renovation and diamond outside the ballpark. directly off the screen and into our
its smart use of the riverfront. Both, laps. (Same day as DVD.)
importantly, create a sense of place that Bruce Walters is a professor of art at
ties in with our community’s history. The Western Illinois University.
centerpiece of Bechtel Park is a statue
There are humdinger action
that commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s This is part of an occasional series on sequences and the editing is
visit to the bridge site in 1857. the history of public art in the Quad first-rate, but I never adored this
The baseball diamond, especially in its Cities. If there’s a piece of public art that Wolverine saga more than when it
use of bricks, ties in with the era when you’d like to learn more about, e-mail grabbed me, claws and all, by the
Modern Woodmen Park was built. The the location and a brief description to heart, with Hugh Jackman’s and
stadium, now 86 years old, is older than Patrick Stewart's rapport nearly
Shakespearean in its tragic
grandeur. (Same day as DVD.)

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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz •

Xenomorphin’-Power Dangers
It may not be particularly great sci-fi the incredible
horror, but for the series’ devotees, Ridley production and
Scott’s Alien: Covenant is certainly a first- sound design,
rate exercise in nostalgia. Look! There’s Scott’s typi-
the title gradually appearing in vertical, cally handsome
horizontal, and diagonal lines! There’s the staging, and
futuristic “burial at sea” with a mummy- the randomly dis-
wrapped corpse! There’s the derelict turbing shocks,
spacecraft! The face-hugger! The drink- there’s a perfunc-
ing-bird tchotchke! The heroine with the tory nature to
Sigourney-in-combat ’do who shouts, the action scenes
“We’ll blow this f----- out into space!” suggesting a bit
And there, for better and worse, are the of off-screen
aliens, who have become both the high- boredom, with
lights and the banes of this 38-year-old the updates on
franchise. It’s the damnedest thing about famed Alien
Michael Fassbender in Alien: Covenant
these iconic creatures: Every time I see sequences – the
them in previews for new Alien outings, I face-hugger attack, Dallas’ air-duct cat- us to a future superstar in Amandla Stenberg and Robinson share exquisite
shudder with delight, and every time I see and-mouse – far less thrilling that their Stenberg, whose unforced excellence, even chemistry regardless of circumstance.
them in the movies themselves – at least precursors. Only in Fassbender’s devas- in her first minutes, is the type that makes Even their voiceless communication
the 21st Century ones – I’m nothing but tatingly witty turns as androids David you turn to your moviegoing companion between adjoining windows is filled with
disappointed. Can we all agree that while (from Prometheus) and the “upgraded” with an incredulous grin as you mouth, sweetness and longing – like the Thora
CGI has been a frequently miraculous Walter does Scott’s series-extender feel “Who is that?!” I saw the movie by myself, Birch/Wes Bentley scenes in American
gift to science fiction, it’s done nothing original and alive – and kind of bat-shit though, so I instead mouthed it, while Beauty minus the video-cam and nudity –
to improve H.R. Giger’s original xeno- insane. Alien: Covenant may be middling grinning, at the screen. and their first encounter in Maddy’s living
morph and its many shrieking, drooling entertainment, but no film sight this year You may remember Stenberg as the first room is a miraculous blend of inspired,
offspring? Covenant has its share of excel- has been as gloriously perverse as that of Hunger Games’ resourceful, doomed Rue, chess-match staging and barely contained
lent moments and boasts a profoundly David teaching Walter how to play the whose presence was so keenly moving outpourings of burgeoning affection.
excellent pair of Michael Fassbenders. recorder, with the unmissable homoeroti- that Katniss was still feeling it several Hunger Games, indeed.
Yet Scott’s latest – a sequel to his 2012 cism culminating in the instant-classic installments later. But you probably won’t Although Rose plays the requisite Over-
Promethus and prequel to his 1979 Alien line: “I’ll do the fingering.” So much for forget the performer after 95 minutes in protective Mother with astounding empa-
– is almost never scary, primarily because the theory that Fassbender might never her company here, because the 18-year- thy and delicacy, her efforts aren’t quite
so few of the film’s monsters seem to exist find a screen partner as pretty as he is. old floods her role as the imprisoned, enough to overcome the unfortunately
on the same physical plane as its humans. artistic-minded Maddy Whittier with so schematic nature of her role. Meanwhile,
Not to be a middle-aged Luddite about EVERYTHING, much soul, humor, and strength of per- Meghie’s commendable visual inven-
things, but please, Hollywood, scale back EVERYTHING sonality that it’s almost as if you’ve known tion – which is hugely welcome in the
on the pixels and bring back the 20th It sounded too treacly and YA-adorbs Maddy her entire life. Whether the youth many texting sequences – sometimes gets
Century puppets and stuntmen in toothy for words: a melancholic romance diagnosed with severe combined immu- the better of her; the symbolic-astronaut
reptile suits. When Covenant’s crew mem- between a bright, curious teen whose nodeficiency (SCID) is chatting with Ana interruptions don’t play well, nor does the
bers battle the beasts, they may as well be incurable disorder requires that she never de la Reguera’s caring nurse or enjoy- Annie Hall bit in which the teens’ conver-
laying waste to Roger Rabbit’s Toontown. leave the house, and the mysterious, sensi- ing a birthday with mom Anika Noni sational subtext is spelled out in subtitles.
Then again, do Scott and screenwriters tive brooder who moves in next door. But Rose, cheesecake, and Moonstruck (I’m But these are quibbles. In general, I was
John Logan and Dante Harper even care happily, even thrillingly, director Stella sorry – that’s a freakin’ perfect birthday), so enraptured by Everything, Everything
that much about their aliens here? Cov- Meghie’s Everything, Everything is like The there’s absolutely nothing artificial about that I barely noticed the predictable pop-
enant’s narrative, in which a space-coloni- Fault in Our Stars done right: emotion- Stenberg’s divinely human, effortlessly song deluge or cared about my lingering
zation mission is derailed by a mysterious ally involving, swooningly romantic, and natural portrayal. And the scenes between questions, such as “Why does a SCID
deep-space signal that warrants investiga- boasting a female lead whose presence, Stenberg and Nick Robinson (the teasing diagnosis mean you can only wear white
tion, is completely familiar yet perfectly both on-screen and in voice-over, you older brother in Jurassic World) as her T-shirts?”, and “Why do Maddy and her
acceptable, and the cast is populated with feel you can never get enough of. While damaged beau Olly are simply magical mom have a couch in the kitchen?” (Given
pros who lend admirable intensity to Meghie doesn’t sidestep all of her genre – and sometimes magically simple. Both its confidence and assuredness, I also
dimensionless roles. (You gotta wonder, landmines here, likely because no human actors were certainly aided by Meghie, barely recognized how quietly radical
though: When he signed up alongside being could, she and screenwriter J. Mills who somehow manages to make a teen- the film is – especially for a big-studio
Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Goodloe (adapting Nicola Yoon’s bestsell- ager’s first kiss set against the backdrop of Hollywood release – in presenting us with
Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, and ing novel) have crafted a deeply touching Fourth of July fireworks both legitimately a mixed-race couple in which the subject
Demián Bichir, did James Franco know and engrossing tale of first love. In the blissful, which was heartening, and subtle,
he’d be around for all of 90 seconds?) process, they may have also introduced which I thought was impossible. Yet Continued On Page 13
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What’s Happenin’
Visual Arts
Life on the Mississippi
and Other Exhibits
Figge Art Museum
Saturday, May 27, through Sunday, September 17

I n the Figge Art Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Life on the Mississippi,
you’ll view photographs taken in 1988 by the Dutch photojournalist Aernout
Overbeeke, who, while visiting America with his wife, immortalized dozens of
images of the river’s diverse places and people. But you’ll also view photographs
taken by the Overbeekes’ daughter Teska, who, in 2013, retraced her parents’
path from Minnesota to New Orleans for her own photographic account of
Mississippi River life. What a touching, inspiring gesture – although when
people talk about “following in your father’s footsteps,” I’m not sure they mean
it all that literally.
On display from
June 10 through
September 17, Life on
the Mississippi will

feature more than 50
images from the Overbeekes’ United
States treks, with many of Aernot’s
first published in the Dutch culture Constellations
magazine Avenue, and Teska’s in the photo essay “The Mississippi 25 Years Later” that appeared Playcrafters Barn Theatre
in her home country’s Elle. Yet while the works are separated by the span of a quarter-century, Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27
museum guests will surely notice more similarities than differences.

As is stated on the Figge’s Web site: “Hoping to document progress and rebirth in the wake of rdinarily, you’d have to leave the interior of Playcrafters to
Hurricane Katrina, Teska instead captured images that witness little change since her parents’ see constellations. But on May 26 and 27, capitalized, itali-
journey.” And between the father’s and daughter’s journeys from northern Minnesota to south- cized Constellations will be viewable on the upper level of the
ern Louisiana – with Midwestern stops in locales such as Galena (pictured, as photographed Barn Theatre, and for Moline’s venerable venue, the sight will be
by Aernout) and Savanna, Illinois – what results in the Overbeeke’s collective touring exhibit an unusual one indeed.
is nothing less than “a celebration and elegy for the people and ways of life unique to the great For starters, author Nick Payne’s romantic drama is the rare
artery that remains at the heart of the country.” Playcrafters production to feature only two actors: Barn veterans
But Life on the Mississippi is only one of four fascinating new exhibits the Figge will be open- Aaron Lord and Anastasiya Newkirk (pictured). It’s also an
ing in the next two-and-a-half weeks. On display May 27 through August 27, Kara Walker: incredibly recent romantic drama, as the Tony-nominated
The Emancipation Approximation will boast 27 silkscreen prints of evocative silhouettes on Broadway production – which starred Oscar nominee Jake
the African-American experience. Described as “an allegory of the aftermath of the Civil War,” Gyllenhaal and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson – debuted
Walker’s contemporary-art exhibition explores the portrayal of racial stereotypes and perpetu- in 2015. But breaking even further from the theatre’s norms, the
ation of negative black images, allowing viewers to fully consider both the artist’s and their own show is a 70-minute one-act. It features strong language rarely
feelings on race and personal identity. (never?) before heard on the Playcrafters stage. And perhaps
Displayed in tandem with The Emancipation Approximation is Black Dolls from the Collection most significantly, you only have two chances to catch it, as Con-
of Deborah Neff, an exhibit featuring more than 100 handmade dolls created between 1850 and stellations serves as the debut presentation in Playcrafters’ new
1940. Along with its three-dimensional representations of “boys and girls, elegant young ladies, Barn Owl Series – one devoted to productions that will run in
and determined women of mature years,” the exhibit will also showcase rare 19th- and 20th-Cen- between performances of its previously selected 2017 schedule.
tury photographs of dolls with their young owners, providing context for the playthings created “It’s an idea we’ve been batting around for a while,” says
by African Americans for both their own children and those they cared for. Jacque Cohoon, president of Playcrafters’ board of directors.
And being displayed in conjunction with Life on the Mississippi is Chad Pregracke: Message “Various board members have been trying to do more-con-
in a Bottle Collection, created through the environmental work of the Quad Cities’ own Living temporary pieces, but we’ve been having a hard time getting
Lands & Waters founder and CNN Hero of the Year. Collected through Pregracke’s annual full support to put them into our seasons. There’s been some
cleanup campaigns along the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio rivers, the exhibit’s 40 bottles will fear that our season-ticket-holders won’t like the shows, and
be shown intact alongside images of the actual messages within – an exhibit “reflecting our we’ve had issues before with audience members being offended
own varying thoughts about the meaning of the river as an emotional touchstone.” So it’s like a by profanity, which, you know, plays a large role in more-
romance novel come to life! Though if any of those messages are by Nicholas Sparks, or addressed modern pieces. And every time we do a show that sells less than
to Kevin Costner, I’m gonna suspect something fishy ... . about 700 for the run, we kind of go, ‘Ugh ... was that a chance
For more information on all of the Figge’s forthcoming exhibits, call (563)326-7804 or visit worth taking?’ “So we’ve been looking for a way to take a chance without
risking going belly-up,” Cohoon continues. “And because we
have a couple extra weeks in our schedule when nothing is
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By Mike Schulz

being performed, and we’ve been looking for new ways to use
the space, this seemed like something we could do, and a way to
the characters fail, and then get a little closer, and then fail,
and fail, and fail ... .” What Else
give some of our younger members a chance to do shows they’re
more passionate about.”
One of those younger members is Constellations director
With its romantic hopefuls Roland and Marianne repeat-
ing similar lines and actions in myriad distinct ways, the New
York Times wrote that the “gorgeous” and “supremely articu-
Is Happenin’
Alexander Richardson, who recently helmed Playcrafters’ Neil late” Constellations “may be the most sophisticated date play
Simon comedy Rumors, but whose directorial credits at his Uni- Broadway was seen.” And Richardson says he’s excited for the
versity of Illinois alma mater included far bleaker works such as chance to present the area debut at Playcrafters.
Waiting for Godot and Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. “The timing really worked out, because the board was look-
Constellations, says Richardson, “was a script that I read ing to do something new, and I was looking to do this play ... .
years ago and fell in love with. So I submitted it to Playcrafters’ So we decided to just make it happen.”
play-reading committee” for inclusion in the main-stage season. And Cohoon says that if the Barn Owl Series experience of
“And they immediately shot it down,” he says with a laugh. Constellations is successful, similar one-weekend runs will
“It’s a wonderful script,” says Cohoon. “But the committee happen again soon, with proposed dates scheduled for July and
just didn’t think it would work as a main-stage production, and September, and potential titles including 21st Century Tony Parsonsfield @ The Redstone Room - June 7
turned it down because of the language and the concept.” The winners Good People, Rabbit Hole, and The Normal Heart.
show did, however, seem just right for the new series Cohoon “I’d love, with this series, for audiences to explore new
and the board were hoping to jump-start ... even if Constella- options,” says Cohoon, “or shows they’ve never heard of, or MUSIC
tions’ concept is, admittedly, pretty far-out. authors they might not think they’d like. To really just open Friday, May 26 – Trippin’ Billies.
Outdoor concert with the Dave
“This isn’t like any other script I’ve read,” says Richardson, “or themselves to the whole variety that theatre can bring, you Matthews tribute band, featuring an
even any story I’ve seen in film, because it’s a love story where know? I mean,” she adds with a laugh, “it can’t all be Sound of opening set by Jason Carl. Rock Island
we see all the ways a relationship fails. It’s kind of based on the Music or Agatha Christie.” Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue,
scientific theory that there are infinite universes where things Constellations runs at 7:30 p.m. on May 26 and 27, and more Rock Island). 8 p.m. For information, call
(309)793-1999 or visit
have happened countless different ways. And so the audience information and tickets are available by calling (309)762-0330
Friday, May 26, through Sunday,
gets to see all the different ways this romance can work, but then or visiting May 28 – Summer Camp Music
Festival. Annual outdoor festival
featuring more than 100 bands
performing on seven stages, with
performances by headliners including

Umphrey’s McGee, moe., the Trey
Anastasio Band, and Pretty Nights
Live. Three Sisters Park (17189 North
Donovan Route 29, Chillicothe, Illinois). $85-
585. For tickets and information, visit
Adler Theatre
Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27 – Trace Adkins.
Grammy-nominated, chart-topping

country-music superstar in concert.
ear Josie: Rhythm City Casino Resort (7077 Elmore
I know you went off to Avenue, Davenport). 8 p.m. $27-57. For
save the world with the univer- tickets and information, call (563)328-
sal soldier – that mellow-yellow 8000 or visit
Saturday, May 27 – Cheese Pizza.
sunshine Superman of yours. But Twenty-year-anniversary concert with
rather than compose an epistle to the touring rock musicians, featuring a
Dippy, I’m writing you to ask that set by Electric Shock: The AC/DC Show.
you see the light: I like you. No. I Rock Island Brewing Company (1815
love you. Me-e! Me-e! I love you! Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $8
advance tickets. For information, call
I know you were upset about (309)793-1999 or visit
those phone calls to Jennifer Saturday, May 27 – Great Good Fine
Juniper. And to Maria Magenta. OK. Concert with the New York-based
And to Susan on the West Coast, synth-pop duo of Jon Sandler and Luke
waiting as I was to love you. But Moellman, featuring opening sets by
Morgxn and Sister Wife. Daytrotter (324
cherchez l’erreur in that list – none Brady Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $8-10.
of them could dare to be different colours with me as I wear your love like Your dark-eyed blue-jean angel, For information, visit
and rock ’n’ roll with me. Love is hot. Heaven. And sure as I’m the shaman and Hurdy Gurdy Man Saturday, May 27 – Rhonda Vincent
They were not. there is a mountain of affection await- & the Rage. Touring bluegrass and
country musicians in concert. Ohnward
So be my rock ’n’ roll souljer. Join me ing you, I’ll never again speak to Laléna Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Donovan Fine Arts Center (1215 East Platt Street,
for the Donovan concert at the Adler Atlantis. Or Celia of the Seals. Or that performs at Davenport’s Adler Theatre on Maquoketa). 7 p.m. $30. For tickets and
Theatre on June 10, and see how hap- lay-down lassie in the newest bath guide. Saturday, June 10, and for tickets to the information, call (563)652-9815 or visit
piness runs in the Scotsman’s singular And please don’t bend the enclosed legendary singer/songwriter’s concert –
blend of folk, jazz, pop, and calypso styl- photo – is this the last time you saw and the chance to hear some of the artist’s Sunday, May 28 – The Shagadelics.
Outdoor concert with the disco
ings that have made him a musical icon me? – sailing homeward on the banks 37 aforementioned hits – call (800)745- musicians, featuring an opening set by
for more than half a century. o’ Doon. I’ll put it in a turquoise frame 3000 or visit
Catch the wind of Donovan’s musical when Christmas time is here again. Continued On Page 12
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What Else Is Happenin’
Humility of Mary Shelter in Davenport. The on two stages, presented by the Codfish
Establishment (220 19th Street, Rock Island). Hollow Barnstormers and Moeller
6 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call Nights. Codfish Hollow Barn (5013
(309)786-1111 or visit 288th Avenue, Maquoketa). Friday 5
Past Curfew. Rock Island Brewing Company (8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll, Illinois). p.m. gates, Saturday 11 a.m. gates. $55-
(1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m.
For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit
Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday,
Wednesday, and June 3 at 2 p.m. $17-25. For
EXHIBITS 80. For tickets and information, visit For
Friday, May 26, through Monday, May tickets and information, call (815)244-2035 or 29 – Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum. A an interview with festival performer Kyle
Friday, June 2 – The Fez. Steely Dan tribute visit 300-square-foot exhibition featuring more Kinane, visit
musicians in concert. The Redstone Room (129 Friday, June 2, through Saturday, June than 50 artifacts from the State Historical Monday, May 29 – Quad City Kwik
Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $11.50-14. For 17 – I Love You Because. Modern musical- Society’s collection. LeClaire levee. 10 a.m.-4 Star Criterium. Annual racing event co-
tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or comedy rendition of Jane Austen’s Pride & p.m. Free. For information, e-mail info@ sponsored by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club,
visit Prejudice, directed by David Miller. The Black or visit featuring more than 650 cyclists from across
Saturday, June 3 – American English. Box Theatre (1623 Fifth Avenue, Moline). Friday Friday, May 26, through Friday, June 16 the U.S., Canada, and Europe, beer gardens,
Concert with the touring Beatles tribute and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. $16. – Elements of Expression. Exhibit of works by children’s activities, and more. Village of East
musicians. Rhythm City Casino Resort (7077 For tickets and information, call (563)284-2350 14 students of the gallery’s ongoing classes. Davenport. 9 a.m, start. Free. For information,
Elmore Avenue, Davenport). 8 p.m. $5-15. For or visit Beréskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio (225 East visit
tickets and information, call (563)328-8000 or Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June Second Street, suites 102 and 104, Davenport). Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June
visit 18 – Peter & the Starcatcher. Rick Elice’s Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 4 – Iowa Arts Festival. Annual weekend
Saturday, June 3 – Laura’s Legacy. Tony-winning comedy about the origin of Free. For information, call (563)508-4630 or event featuring a juried fine art show
Sixth-annual fundraising concert for the Peter Pan, directed by Calvin Vo. QC Theatre visit featuring works by more than 100 of the
ALS Association of Greater Chicago, with Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport). Saturday, May 27, through Sunday, nation’s best artists, an art fair, live music on
performances by Lissie, Valley Queen, Dave Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 September 3 – Sid the Science Kid: The three stages, food and beverages, children’s
Simonett, and the Original RME Brat Pack. p.m. “Pay what it’s worth” ticket pricing. For Super-Duper Exhibit! Exhibit based on activities, and more. Downtown Iowa City.
Schwiebert Riverfront Park (17th Street and tickets and information, call (563)650-2396 or the PBS KIDS TV series in which kids learn Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.;
First Avenue, Rock Island). 3 p.m. gates, 4-8 visit about simple machines, the laws of motion, Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, visit
p.m. music. $10 at the gate, ages 12 and magnetism, air power, and the five senses.
under free. For information, call (309)732-
7275 or visit the event’s Facebook page.
DANCE Family Museum (2900 Learning Campus Saturday, June 3 – Habitat for
Humanity Crawfish Boil. Event celebrating
Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4 Drive, Bettendorf). Monday through
Wednesday, June 7 – Parsonsfield. Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday the 100th home build for the Quad
– Ballet Under the Stars. Annual production
Massachusetts-based indie-roots musicians 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free Cities’ Habitat chapter, featuring live
of outdoor dance vignettes performed
in concert, with an opening set by Trout with $4-8 admission. For information, call music by Chuck Murphy, 50/50 raffles,
and choreographed by members of Ballet
Steak Revival. The Redstone Room (129 Main (563)3434-4106 or visit giveaways, and more. Kelly’s Irish Pub &
Quad Cities. Lincoln Park (11th Avenue and
Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $13.75-17. For Sunday, May 28, through Saturday, Eatery (2222 East 53rd Street, Davenport).
38th Street, Rock Island). 8 p.m. Donations
tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or November 4 – Houdini: The Mystery & Noon-4 p.m. Donations encouraged. For
encouraged. For information, call (309)786-
visit Magic. Exhibition on the life and career information, call (309)798-8327 or e-mail
3779 or visit
of the master illusionist and escape artist.
Saturday, June 3 – Coppélia and Alice
German American Heritage Center (712 West Saturday, June 3 – Make-a-Wish Illinois
in Wonderland. Annual springtime Family
Second Street, Davenport). Tuesday through Walk for Wishes. Annual fundraising event
Thursday, June 1, through Sunday, Museum Dance program featuring ballet,
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. featuring one- and two-mile fun walks,
June 11 – Inherit the Wind. Courtroom tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. St.
Free with $3-5 admission. For information, a children’s parade, a costume contest,
drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center
call (563)322-8844 or visit and more. Ben Butterworth Memorial
Lee, directed by Tom Morrow. Richmond Hill (2101 North Gaines Street, Davenport). 2
Parkway (3000 River Drive, Moline). 8 a.m.
Barn Theatre (600 Robinson Drive, Geneseo). p.m. $12 at the door. For information, call
registration, 9 a.m. parade, 9:30 a.m. walks.
Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m., (563)344-4106 or visit
$5-10 registration. For information, visit
Sunday 3 p.m. For tickets and information, Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May
call (309)944-2244 or visit 27 – Turnbuckle Comedy & Music
Thursday, June 1, through Sunday, Sunday, June 4 – Helping with Humor Festival. Inaugural festival featuring
June 11 – Mary Poppins. Tony-winning Fundraiser. ComedySportz presents a dozens of local and national comedians
family musical based on the Oscar-winning family-friendly event to raise funds for the and independent musicians performed
Disney movie. Timber Lake Playhouse
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MOVIE REVIEWS Continued From Page 9 By Mike Schulz

Xenomorphin’-Power Dangers
of race is never once addressed.) Meghie’s made no sense, Bowers’ parody of Psycho’s
thoroughly lovely movie is one of grand shower scene was a knockout, complete
romantic gestures and elicits feelings to with the actual Bernard Herrmann score
match, and with Amandla Stenberg it and a shot-by-shot fidelity to make Gus Wedding His Appetite having lots of examples of it. If you’d dated 10
men who’d left you to marry somebody else, it
achieves the bonus effect of showcasing a Van Sant, if not Hitchcock himself, proud. I have this disturbing pattern. I’ve dated
superior beauty and talent whom you’re (True, we didn’t get a slowly spinning might say something. Might. But three? Green-
three different guys, each of whom said he
now wanting to see cast in everything. closeup on an eyeball, but by that point, land points out that in looking at what seems
didn’t want to get married, wasn’t ready,
Everything. the film’s 90 minutes were already feeling to be a pattern, “we tend to forget the times it
whatever. But then, the next girl they met
too long.) Yet in nearly all other ways, this didn’t happen (like before we started noticing
… . Bam! Walking down the aisle. Why am
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: latest Diary is awful – like some juvenile I marriage boot camp but never the one the
the claimed pattern).” Also, if you believe
THE LONG HAUL Vacation sequel too puerile for Chevy guy marries?
there’s a pattern – that you’re a sort of fruit
bin where men go to ripen – maybe you start
Like an idiot, I was somewhat looking Chase. I don’t know how Bowers’ timing – Aisle Seat
forward to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The got so slack between installments, but the acting differently because of it, coloring your
Long Haul, the fourth installment in the dead air surrounding the unfunny jokes It’s depressing when the only place you’re results. (Self-fulfilling prophecy kinda thing:
family-slapstick franchise based on Jeff is suffocating, and the relentless onslaught ever “registered” is at the DMV. “Why try? He’ll be outta here anyway.”)
Kinney’s beloved stick-figure books. With of puking and farting and sharting gags There’s a reason you suspect your experi- In short, maybe this is a meaningful pattern
five years having passed since the series’ would be noxious even if the new, sadly ence is a meaningful pattern, and it’s the same or maybe it is not. What you can explore is
Dog Days, I knew that the terrific child unimproved cast delivered them with reason people think they see the Virgin Mary whether there are patterns in your behavior
stars Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron gusto. (I’ll avoid citing the lackluster kids in their toast. Our minds are meaning-making that could be tripping you up. There are
had aged out of their roles as middle- by name, but Greg’s parents are played machines. We evolved to be deeply uncom- three biggies that research suggests can be
school pals Greg and Rowley, and also that with equal listlessness by Alicia Silver- fortable with uncertainty – probably because relationship killers.
Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris (as Greg’s stone and Tom Everett Scott, meaning an uncertain world is a more dangerous world. Blatant Boy-Chasing: Men often claim they
folks) and the hysterical Devon Bostick the casting would’ve been uncool even in Say a man hands you some blue liquid in a like it when women ask them out. However,
(as Greg’s brother/nemesis Rodrick) were 1997.) The Long Haul merely finds dopey glass. You’re all, “Hmm … should I drink that research suggests that this may permanently
likewise not returning. But at least David subplot colliding with dopey subplot until or take it home in case I ever need to dissolve a lower a woman’s worth in a man’s eyes. Men
Bowers – director of Dog Days and 2011’s the wholly unconvincing Happily Ever dead body in the bathtub?” value women who are hard to get, not those
Rodrick Rules – was, and Kinney himself After, and I left kicking myself for not We figure out what things are by looking who eagerly pursue them – sometimes with all
co-wrote the script, and all three previous focusing more on the family’s fidgety tod- for patterns – ways that the things match up to the subtlety of a golden retriever chasing a hot
films were totally easy sits ... . How bad dler, who was frequently caught staring at things we’ve encountered before. So regard- dog down a hill.
could The Long Haul be? Sweet Heaven, I something – A relative? A cookie? – just ing that blue liquid, yes, Drano is blue, but Being Hard to Be Around: A review of
had no idea. off-screen. Whatever it was, it had to be it isn’t sold in a martini glass and garnished research on personality by psychologist John
Giving credit where it’s due, it was more compelling than what was going on with a tiny paper umbrella. Also, bartenders M. Malouff finds three characteristics that are
amusing when the road-trip-ing Heffley right in front of him. keep their job by having you pay your tab, not likely to eat away at a relationship: neuroticism
family visited a county fair and Greg and having you carried out in convulsions by a (a psych term for being nervous, chronically
Rodrick indulged in the regional delicacy For reviews of Snatched, King Arthur: couple of EMS dudes. distressed, and volatile), a lack of conscien-
of deep-fried butter on a stick – at least Legend of the Sword, The Wall, T2 Although our mind’s tendency to recognize tiousness (being disorganized, unreliable, and
until Rodrick’s nine helpings came back Trainspotting, and other recent releases, patterns helps us quickly identify threats and lacking in self-control), and disagreeableness
to haunt him (and us) on a whizzing car- visit opportunities, it often does this too quickly (being an unpleasant, egotistical, hostile and
nival ride. And even though its inclusion and on too little evidence. Neuroscientist argumentative mo-fo).
Michael Gazzaniga and psychologist Daniel The Undercooked Man: Behavioral science
Kahneman each caution that our minds are so research supports the evolutionary theory
intent on having things be concrete that when that women – even today – prioritize male
we’re faced with ambiguous or incomplete partners who can “invest” (a preference that
information, they will invent tidy explanations men co-evolved to expect). For example, mar-
to fill in the blanks. Your mind may be doing riage researchers Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
that now in seeing a meaningful pattern in and David Popenoe find that “men want to
guys sweeping you off your feet and then, like be financially ‘set’ before they marry.” Career
that annoying shopper who’s just reached the attainment and stability are likely a major part
register, going: “Ooops … don’t want this one. of this.
Gonna run and grab the other one. Sorry-y-y!” So, unfortunately, a relationship with a man
However, epidemiologist and stats ninja in transition can end up being a sort of FEMA
Sander Greenland reminded me that just tent on the road to permanent housing.
because we’re prone to see a pattern where Ultimately, instead of deeming yourself
there is none doesn’t mean a particular pattern death row for Happily Ever After, try to choose
isn’t meaningful (as opposed to occurring wisely and be a valuable (rather than costly)
randomly – by coincidence, like if you tossed a partner. That’s really your best bet for eventu-
coin and got heads three times in a row). ally walking down the aisle – and not just to
One way you figure out whether something hear, “Do you take this woman … ’til the last of
is due to coincidence or is a real effect is by your nine little lives do you part?”
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica CA 90405, or e-mail ( Weekly radio show: Order Amy
Alkon’s book, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F--- (St. Martin’s Press, June 3, 2014).
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For reviews of current releases,
visit FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Sin” is a version of yourself. If you refuse the invitation, habitual responses for the sake of your
puerile concept in my eyes, so I don’t it will later return as a challenge. If you avoid growth-inducing relationships? Are you
normally use it to discuss grown-up that challenge, it will eventually circle back interested in developing a greater capacity for
concerns. But if you give me permission to around to you as a demand. So I encourage you collaboration and synergy? Would you be open
invoke it in a jokey, ironic way, I’ll recommend to respond now, while it’s still an invitation. To to making a vulnerable fool of yourself if it
that you cultivate more surprising, interesting, gather the information you’ll need, ask yourself helped your important alliances to fulfill their
and original sins. In other words, Aries, it’s high these questions: What types of self-develop- dormant potential? Be brave and empathetic,
time to get bored with your predictable ways of ment are you “saving for later”? Are you Sagittarius. Be creative and humble
stirring up a ruckus. Ask God or Life to bring harboring any mediocre goals or desires that and affectionate.
you some really evocative mischief that will dampen your lust for life? Do you tone down or
show you what you’ve been missing and lead hold back your ambitions for fear they would CAPRICORN (December 22-Janu-
And follow Mike on Twitter at you to your next robust learning experience. hurt or offend people you care about? ary 19): “In youth we feel richer for
every new illusion,” wrote author TAURUS (April 20-May 20): VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Anne Sophie Swetchine. “In maturer years, for
Attention, smart shoppers! Here’s a “Dear Dream Doctor: I dreamed that every one we lose.” While that may be generally
May 11 Crossword Answers special spring fling offer! For a limited a crowd of people had decided to true, I think that even 20-something Capri-
time only, you can get five cutesy oracles for the break through a locked door using a long, thick corns are likely to fall into the latter category in
price of one! And you don’t have to pay a penny wooden plank as a battering ram. The only the coming weeks. Whatever your age, I foresee
unless they all come true! Check ’em out! Oracle problem was that I was lying on top of the you shouting something akin to “Hallelujah!”
1: Should you wait patiently until all the plank, half-asleep. By the time I realized what or “Thank God!” or “Boomshakalaka
conditions are absolutely perfect? No! Success was up, the agitated crowd was already at work flashbang!” as you purge disempowering
comes from loving the mess. Oracle 2: Don’t try smashing at the door. Luckily for me, it went fantasies that have kept you in bondage and
to stop a sideshow you’re opposed to. Stage a well. The door got bashed in and I wasn’t hurt. naive beliefs that have led you astray.
bigger, better show that overwhelms it. Oracle 3: What does my dream mean? – Nervous Virgo.”
Please, master, don’t be a slave to the things you Dear Virgo: Here’s my interpretation: It’s time AQUARIUS (January 20-February
control. Oracle 4: Unto your own self be true? to knock down a barrier, but you’re not 18): “There are no green thumbs or
Yes! Unto your own hype be true? No! Oracle 5: convinced you’re ready or can do it all by black thumbs,” wrote horticulturalist
The tortoise will beat the hare as long as the yourself. Luckily, there are forces in your life Henry Mitchell in a message you were destined
tortoise doesn’t envy or try to emulate the hare. that are conspiring to help make sure you do it. to hear at this exact moment. “There are only
gardeners and non-gardeners. Gardeners are
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Generation LIBRA (September 23-October 22): the ones who get on with the high defiance of
Kill is an HBO miniseries based on the As long as you keep Syria, South nature herself, creating, in the very face of her
experiences of a reporter embedded Sudan, and North Korea off your chaos and tornado, the bower of roses and the
with American Marines fighting in Iraq. Early on, itinerary, traveling would be food for your soul pride of irises. It sounds very well to garden a
before the troops have been exposed to any serious during the next 28 days. It would also be balm ‘natural way.’ You may see the natural way in
combat, they’re overflowing with trash talk. A for your primal worries and medicine for your any desert, any swamp, any leech-filled laurel
commanding officer scolds them: “Gentlemen, outworn dogmas and an antidote for your hell. Defiance, on the other hand, is what makes
from now on we’re going to have to earn our comfortable illusions. Do you have the time and gardeners.” Happy Defiance Time to you,
stories.” Although you are in a much less volatile money necessary to make a pilgrimage to a Aquarius! In the coming weeks, I hope you will
situation right now, Gemini, my advice to you is place you regard as holy? How about a jaunt to a express the most determined and disciplined
the same: In the coming weeks, you’ll have to earn rousing sanctuary? Or an excursion to an exotic fertility ever!
your stories. You can’t afford to talk big unless refuge that will shock you in friendly, healing
you’re geared up to act big, too. You shouldn’t ways? I hope that you will at least read a book PISCES (February 19-March 20): I
make promises and entertain dares and issue about the territory that you may one day call believe it may be the right time to
challenges unless you’re fully prepared to be a your home away from home. tinker with or repair a foundation; to
hero. Now here’s my prophecy: I think you will be dig down to the bottom of an old resource and
a hero. SCORPIO (October 23-November consider transforming it at its roots. Why? After
21): By now I’m sure you have tuned all this time, that foundation or resource needs
CANCER (June 21-July 22): In your in to the rumblings in your deep self. your fresh attention. It could be lacking a
mind’s eye, drift back in time to a Should you be concerned? Maybe a little, but I nutrient that has gradually disappeared. Maybe
turning point in your past that didn’t think the more reasonable attitude is curiosity. it would flourish better if it got the benefit of the
go the way you’d hoped. But don’t dwell on the Even though the shaking is getting stronger and wisdom you have gained since it first became
disappointment. Instead, change the memory. louder, it’s also becoming more melodic. The useful for you. Only you have the power to
Visualize yourself then and there, but imagine power that’s being unleashed will almost discern the real reasons, Pisces – and they may
you’re in possession of all the wisdom you have certainly turn out to be far more curative than not be immediately apparent. Be tender and
gathered since then. Next, picture an alternative destructive. The light it emits may at first look patient and candid as you explore.
ending to the old story – a finale in which you murky but will eventually bloom like a
manage to pull off a much better result. Bask in thousand moons. Maintain your sweet poise. Homework: How could you change yourself to
this transformed state of mind for five minutes. Keep the graceful faith. get more of the love you want? Testify by going to
Repeat the whole exercise at least once a day for and clicking on “E-mail Rob.”
the next two weeks. It will generate good SAGITTARIUS (November
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Crossword May 11 Answers: Page 15

Featured Image from the
Quad Cities Photography Club

Photo by Joaquin Espejo

(The River Cities’ Reader each month will feature an image or images from the Quad
Cities Photography Club.)

ACROSS 78. Naugahyde, e.g. 37. Sauce for greens n a beautiful January day, Quad Cities Photography Club member Joaquin
1. Speaker’s place 80. Raison _ 38. Fixed gaze
5. Walk stiffly 81. Assignations 39. Perfume
Espejo decided to walk down to the bank of the Rock River behind Pizza & Subs
10. Quechua 83. About: 2 wds. 40. Women’s rights advocate on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island to take a few pictures. He spotted a flock
15. Upscale 84. Receptions 41. Concerns of ducks walking around on the ice, and when they suddenly took off he was able to
19. Greek weight 85. Festivals 42. Undermine
20. First lucky prime 86. Sotto voce remark 44. Casino attraction capture this image of them in flight.
21. Snare 88. Chamber below ground 45. Arboreal lizard He took the photo with a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 100-400L IS USM lens. It
22. Understanding words 89. Medicinal plant 46. Chutzpah was shot at 1/500th of a second, f/8, and ISO 100 with the lens at 400 millimeters. He
23. Online politesse 92. Hippodrome 49. Reprimand
25. Window-shade image 93. Tree surgeon 51. What’s in _ _? captured it in raw format then processed it in Lightroom, doing only some cropping.
27. Garden decorations 97. Device used in seances 53. Treacherous one
28. Mark in a choral score 100. Puppet 54. Top edges
30. Trample 102. Serf 55. “Once _ _...” The Quad Cities Photography Club welcomes visitors and new members. The club
31. Charter 103. Steer clear of 57. Beef sponsors numerous activities encompassing many types and aspects of photography. It
32. Taper off 104. Arab VIP: Var. 58. Young salmon holds digital and print competitions most months. At its meetings, members discuss the
33. Stylish 105. Coal layer 59. Narrow groove or channel
35. British classified 106. Costly 61. Stock images, help each other to improve, and socialize. The club also holds special learning
38. Hospital procedure 107. “The Hunger _” 62. Beatles’“Sexy _” workshops and small groups that meet on specific photography topics, and occasionally
39. Blend 108. Boxes 63. Get lost!
43. River in France 109. Car cover 64. Vestige
offers interesting shooting opportunities. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday
44. Knitted fabric 65. Shows displeasure of the month September through June at the Butterworth Center, 1105 Eighth Street
47. Defunct Mideast acronym DOWN 66. Hybrid poetical work in Moline.
48. Swank 1. King and Rickles 67. French department
49. William _ Gable 2. Aid and _ 68. _ Park, Colorado
50. Guys 3. Jot 70. Pennants For more information on the club, visit
51. Frizzy hair style 4. Like an eel 71. Photo finish
52. Santa _ 5. “_ Little” 74. Factor in heredity
53. Cut off 6. To that place 75. Ladies: Fr.
54. Fluid-filled sac 7. Dilettantish 76. Most harsh
55. Like hungry pets 8. Term in tennis 78. Pale color
56. Set fire anew 9. Restrain: 2 wds. 79. Word in a forecast
58. Weighty 10. Map with detail 80. Cattle breed
59. Thin 11. Din 82. Worker with hides
60. Former students 12. Bubbly quaff 84. Tasks
61. Seawater 13. Fireplace residue 86. Shaw the bandleader
62. Leaf pore 14. _ -Latin 87. Pips
63. Threat from a union 15. Gore 88. Town _
65. _ ballerina 16. Bone: Prefix 89. Drove recklessly
66. Famed concert hall 17. Stiff hair 90. If not
69. Pancake 18. Attentiveness 91. Zola novel
70. Dupes 24. Quantity of paper 92. Tiny piece of anything
71. Via _ 26. Of service 93. Bailiwick
72. Serpentine letter 29. Flagrant 94. Genus of shrubs
73. Grade 32. Oak-to-be 95. A-lister
74. Fills to the gills 33. Terra- _ 96. Office worker, for short
75. Fad 34. Boaters 98. Crone
76. Proofreader’s notation 35. Place of sacrifice 99. Girl in Sevastopol
77. Feat 36. Name in a Blackmore title 101. Elec. unit
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Live Music Live Music Live Music
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Jazz After Five: Saul Lubaroff Alyx Rush – RME Community Stage, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage – Summer Camp Music Festival – Tropical Steel – Herbert Hoover
Quartet (5pm) – Dave Moore 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Rt. 29, National Historic Site, off I-80 at
Bobby Ray Bunch – Harrington’s (8pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington Bobby Ray Bunch (5pm) – Wide River Platt St., Maquoketa IA Chillicothe IL exit 254, West Branch IA
Pub, 2321 Cumberland Square Dr., St., Iowa City IA Winery Tasting Room - Village of Soul Phlegm – Sonny Falls – Grosso World Nation: Celebrating 90 Years
Bettendorf IA
Chris Pureka – DICKIE – The Mill, 120
Lewis Knudsen (6pm) – 1 Hundred
West Bar & Dance Club, 100 76th
East Davenport, 1128 Mound St.,
Davenport IA
Family Band – B–Sides – Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA MONDAY 29 of Doo–Wop, Pop, Rock, & Soul
(6pm) – RME Community Stage,
E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA St., Davenport IA Bugeye Sprite – Whitetails Saloon, Summer Camp Music Festival – My Fellow Americans (2pm) – 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA
Corey Wallace – The J Bar, 4215 The Lonely Goats – Wide River 1711 165th St., Clarence IL Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Rt. 29, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort,
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Lewis Knudsen CD–Release Show
Winery - LeClaire, 106 N. Cody Rd.,
LeClaire IA
Cheese Pizza 20–Year Anniversary
Show – Electric Shock: The AC/
Chillicothe IL
Sushi Roll – Riverside Casino and Golf
3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
The Stone Flowers – McClellan FRIDAY 2
– Skellington Manor Banquet & Machine Gun Willie – My Place the DC Show – RIBCO, 1815 Second Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside Stockade, 2124 E. 11th St., BB Secrist – Rhythm City Casino
Event Center, 420 18th St, Rock Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf IA Ave., Rock Island IL IA Davenport IA Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Island IL Matt Van (6pm) – Milltown Coffee, Chuck Murphy – Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Trace Adkins – Rhy thm City Sundae & Mr. Goessl – Uptown Bill’s Ave., Davenport IA
Makenna & Brock – Riverside Casino 3800 River Drive #2, Moline IL Tap, 1228 30th St., Rock Island IL Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Bettendorf Park Band – Bill Bowe
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Summer Camp Music Festival – Coyote Wild – Rhythm City Casino Davenport IA Iowa City IA Memorial Bandshell, Middle Park,
Riverside IA Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Rt. 29, Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Turnbuckle Comedy & Music Bettendorf IA
Chillicothe IL Ave., Davenport IA Festival – Codfish Hollow Barn,
WEDNESDAY 31 Buddy Olson (5pm) – Missipi

Sushi Roll – Riverside Casino and Golf Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show 5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa IA Brewing Company, 107 Iowa Ave.,
Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside – Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. 3rd St., Wolf Mixer – Gabe’s, 330 E. Bobby Ray Bunch (6:30pm) – The Muscatine IA
Chris Dunn (noon) – Bettendorf IA Davenport IA Washington St., Iowa City IA Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cynthia Haring & World Nation:
Public Library, 2950 Learning Sweet Reminder – Grace Performing Francesca Shanks – Searights – Cody Rd, LeClaire IA 90 Years of Doo Wop, Pop, Rock,
Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA
Die Mutts – Curseworld – Zuul –
Arts Center, 316 S. Main St.,
Princeton IL
Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock
Island IL SUNDAY 28 Dryad – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington
St., Iowa City IA
& Soul (6pm) – The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Death Dude – Iowa City Yacht Thick Business – Shady Bug – Us Great Good Fine OK – Morgxn – Bill Chrastil (5pm) – Riverside Casino The Pines – CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 Dirt Road Rockers – Kavanaugh’s
Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Mode – Garrin Jost – Rozz-Tox, Sister Wife – Daytrotter, 324 Brady and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th St., Rock
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL St., Davenport IA Riverside IA Steve Morris: Have Drums, Will Island IL
– Baked Beer & Bread Co., 1113 Trippin’ Billies – Jason Carl – RIBCO, Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Buddy Olson (3pm) – Ducky’s Travel (6pm) – Len Brown’s North The Fez – The Redstone Room, 129
Mound St., Davenport IA 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL Riverside Grille, 1733 State St., Lagoon, 13515 78th Ave W., Taylor Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline Main St, Davenport IA
Frankie Fontagne – 11th Street Turnbuckle Comedy & Music Bettendorf IA Ridge IL IL Friday Live @ Five: Dani Lynn Howe
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Festival – Codfish Hollow Barn, Gurf Morlix – Princeton Coffeehouse, Disco in the Distric t: The Band (5pm) – RME Courtyard, 131
Davenport IA
The Generations Band ’60s Dance
5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa IA
Waking Robots – Buck town
25 E. Marion St., Princeton IL
The Jason Carl Band – 11th Street
Shagadelics – Past Curfew –
RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock THURSDAY 1 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Gray Wolf Band (6pm) – Ardon Creek
Party – Rhythm City Casino Resort Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Island IL 10 of Soul (6:30pm) – Bettendorf Winery, 2391 Independence Ave.,
Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Davenport IA Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show – Public Library, 2950 Learning outside Muscatine, Letts IA
Davenport IA West High & City High Jazz Jordan Danielsen (2pm) – Creekside Harrington’s Pub - Port Byron, 102 Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) –
Gray Wolf Band – River House, 1510 Ensembles (6:30 pm) – Vineyards Winery & Inn, 7505 120th S. Main St., Port Byron IL Dennis Albee – Riverside Casino Hy-Vee Market Grille - Silvis, 2001
River Dr., Moline IL Weatherdance Fountain Stage, Ave., Coal Valley IL Jim Ryan (2pm) – Len Brown’s North and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, 5th St., Silvis IL
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) – outside the Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. King of the Tramps – Ryne Doughty Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline Riverside IA Identity Crisis – River House, 1510
Rock Island Hy-Vee Market Grille, Dubuque St., Iowa City IA – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., IL Girlpool – Ian Sweet – Snail Mail – River Dr., Moline IL
2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL Iowa City IA Mark Hestness (11am) – Baked The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa Iowa Arts Festival: Dave Moore
J.C. Brooks – Diplomats of Solid
Sound – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington
SATURDAY 27 Mark Stuart – Uptown Theatre, 221
1st Street NE, Mt. Vernon IA
Beer & Bread Co., 1113 Mound St.,
Davenport IA
City IA
The Stone Flowers – The J Bar, 4215
(7pm) – Son Volt (9pm)

St., Iowa City IA 10 of Soul – River House, 1510 River Molly Durnin – Baked Beer & Bread Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Dr., Moline IL Co., 1113 Mound St., Davenport IA Continued On Page 18
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Continued From Page 17
Alison Ferris – Des Moines Art Moeller Nights: Tyler Childers
Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des – MiWi La Lupa – Triple Crown
Jim Ryan (2pm) – Hy-Vee Market Cafe Moines IA Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304
– Downtown Iowa City IA
Patio, 2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL Shawan Rice (6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, E Third St., Davenport IA
JKB Trio (6pm) – 1 Hundred West
Jim Ryan (6pm) – Len Brown’s North 411 South Rd., Cambridge IL QC Nu Gruv Society – Rozz-Tox, 2108
Bar & Dance Club, 100 76th St.,
Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline IL Son Volt – Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Davenport IA
288th Ave., Maquoketa IA The Toasters – Fairhaven – Daytrotter,
Kevin Presbey – The Faithful Pilot
Steve Hauschildt – Haunter – Rev. 324 Brady St., Davenport IA
Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd,
William Ellis Bradley – Dog Hairs The Undertones – Cactus Country,
LeClaire IA
Banjoy – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock 3075 W. Main St., Galesburg IL
Larry Boyd (6pm) – Cool Beanz
St., Iowa City IA Island IL Vice Squad – Harley Corin’s, 1708
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
Brad Brenny (6:30pm) – The Faithful State St., Bettendorf IA

Island IL
Pilot Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd,
Opening Reception: Ruptures –
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand LeClaire IA
Parsonsfield – Trout Steak Revival 80s Divas (8pm) – Hollywood
Ave., Des Moines IA
– The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Swinging (9:30pm) – Riverside 10 of Soul – Rhythm City Casino
Pastmasters – Richie Lee – Riverside
Davenport IA Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184
Highway 22, Riverside IA Francesca Shanks @ Rozz-Tox - May 27 Tommy Pickett & Friends (5:30pm) Highway 22, Riverside IA
CASI New Horizons Band – Bill Bowe
Ave., Davenport IA
80s Divas (8pm) – Hollywood
Wild Oatz Band – Manning’s Whistle – Rivertown Grille & Bar, 2606 W.
Memorial Bandshell, Middle Park, Swinging (9:30pm) – Riverside
Stop, 416 N. 2nd St., Clinton IA (1pm) – The Feralings (2:30pm) Locust St., Davenport IA
– Jeremy Kittel Trio (5pm) – Bettendorf IA Casino and Golf Resort, 3184

Anais Mitchell (7pm) – Elephant Dirt Road Rockers – River House, Highway 22, Riverside IA
Buddy Olson (3pm) – Ducky’s 1510 River Dr., Moline IL Arbor Creek – In the Attic – Jenny
Revival (9pm) – Downtown Iowa Lagoon, 13515 78th Ave W., Taylor
City IA 2 Buck Chuck – Riverside Casino Frid ay Li ve @ Fi ve: R M E Lynn Stacy – Granfaloons –
The 38s – Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, Ridge IL
The Knockoffs – Sportsman’s Den, and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Anniversary featuring Nikki Hill Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
1228 30th St., Rock Island IL Code 415 (4pm) – Parkside Grill &
202 Broadway St., Oxford Junction Riverside IA & More (5pm) – RME Courtyard, City IA
American English – Rhythm City Lounge, 2307 5th Ave, Moline IL
IA The Awful Purdies – Herbert Hoover 131 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA Concrete 4 Cambridge: Paddy
Casino Resort Event Center, 7077 Frankie Joe & Kinfolk (2pm) –
Laura’s Legacy: The Original RME National Historic Site, off I-80 at Hot Rods – Rhythm City Casino Sloan (3:30pm) – Steven M.
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Creekside Vineyards Winery & Inn,
Brat Pack (4pm) – Valley Queen exit 254, West Branch IA Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Krug Jr. (4:30pm) – Concreteslim
BB Secrist – Rhythm City Casino 7505 120th Ave., Coal Valley IL
(5pm) – Dave Simonett (6pm) David G. Smith (6:30pm) – Ave., Davenport IA (5:30pm) – College Square Park,
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) –
– Lissie (7pm) – Schwiebert Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 JKB Trio (6pm) – 1 Hundred West Cambridge IL
Ave., Davenport IA Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700
Riverfront Park, 17th St. & First Ave., Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA Bar & Dance Club, 100 76th St., Connie Smith – Ohnward Fine Arts
Funktastic Five – River House, 1510 N. Shore Dr., Moline IL
Rock Island IL Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show Davenport IA Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa IA
River Dr., Moline IL Iowa Arts Festival: Wheel Hoss
Orchestra Iowa Presents: Epic – The J Bar, 4215 Elmore Ave., John Rapson & the Hot Tamale Donovan – Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (noon) – (10am) – Annie Savage & Savage
Bach: The B Minor Mass – Davenport IA Crew – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Davenport IA
Rock Island Hy-Vee Market Grille, Hearts (11:30am) – EverGreen
Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd St. SE, Heartland Marimba Collective – St., Iowa City IA Gumbo Ya Ya – District of Rock Island IL
2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL Grass Band (1pm) – Jeremy Kittel
Cedar Rapids IA West Recital Hall, 1212 Fifth St., The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) – Jos Sasson & Friends – Uptown Bill’s
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (9pm) Trio (2:45pm) – Downtown Iowa
Pastmasters – Riverside Casino and Coralville IA The Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St.,
– Circle Tap, 1345 W. Locust St., City, Iowa City IA
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Moeller Nights: Levi Parham – Ave., Rock Island IL Iowa City IA
Davenport IA October Rage – Zamtrip – Filthy
Riverside IA Matthaus – Triple Crown Whiskey Meteor Cat & Local on the 8’s Lynn Allen – River House, 1510 River
Iowa Arts Festival: The Iowa City Sweet – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington
Scott Engledow – Uptown Bill’s Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third (6:30 pm) – Weatherdance Dr., Moline IL
Community Band (10am) – St., Iowa City IA
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., St., Davenport IA Fountain Stage, outside the The Stone Flowers – Len Brown’s
Ace Jones (11:30am) – Family
Iowa City IA Ruptures: Gallery Dialogue with Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. Dubuque North Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr.,
Folk Machine & Awful Purdies
St., Iowa City IA Moline IL
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DJs/Karaoke/ Comedy
Jams/Open Mics
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 W. Turnbuckle Comedy & Music
Third St., Davenport IA Festival (11am) – Codf ish
Cross Creek Karaoke – Hey Bryan’s, 1140 Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 State Acoustic Music Club – River Music Shane Mauss (8pm) – Penguin’s Hollow Barn, 5013 288th Avenue, ComedySportz (7pm) – The
15th Ave., Moline IL St., Bettendorf IA Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Maquoketa IA Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Cross Creek Karaoke (May 25) – Jim’s Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews – Karaoke Night – My Place the Pub, 4405 Cedar Rapids IA Island IL
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL State St., Bettendorf IA
SUNDAY 28 Jeff Bodart (8pm) – Penguin’s

DJ Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s on Third, Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., KaraokeNightw/OkeedokeeIt’sKaraoke Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA Iowa City IA – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Circumstantial Comedy Show Cedar Rapids IA
Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, 415 15th Eldridge IA Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – (10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Open Source Improv (8pm) – Circa
St., Moline IL
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Pub,
SATURDAYS Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle, 1417 Fifth
Ave., Moline IL
Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third
St., Davenport IA
Rd., Davenport IA
Kyle Kinane (8pm) – Penguin’s
’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave.,
Rock Island IL
2104 State St., Bettendorf IA Cross Creek Karaoke – Jim’s Knoxville Tap, Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, ComedySportz (7pm) – The Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Studio Series: Wisenheimer
Open Jam Session – My Place the Pub, 4405 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL 1325 330th St., Rock Island IL Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Cedar Rapids IA (9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220
State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. First Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey & Island IL 19th St., Rock Island IL
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace (May 25) – St., Long Grove IA “Detroit” Larry Davison – Cabana’s, John Bush (8pm) – Penguin’s
Geneseo Brewing Company, 102 S. State Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Bar 2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
St., Geneseo IL & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA Cedar Rapids IA Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) –

Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Up on Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, 2902 The Speakeasy Laugh Hard (8pm) Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Circumstantial Comedy Show
7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline IL E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA – Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Iowa City IA (10pm) – BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Rascals Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Roadhouse, Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate Ave., Rock Island IL Rd., Davenport IA
Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL 3803 Rockingham Rd., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 W.
– McManus Pub, 1401 Seventh Ave.,
Moline IL
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s
Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St.,
WEDNESDAY 31 Helping with Humor (6pm) – The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock

Third St., Davenport IA Hump Day Wing & Sing w/ Marybeth Davenport IA Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Island IL
Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Hollar’s Bar – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646 Studio Series: Shakespeared! Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208

Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s, 2120 & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA (9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 19th St., Rock Island IL
Cross Creek Karaoke – Firehouse Bar & Grill,
2006 Hickory Grove Rd., Davenport IA
– Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave.,
Moline IL
Mound St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West
Turnbuckle Comedy & Music
Festival (5pm) – Codfish Hollow
FRIDAY 2 Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) –
Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth Locust St., Davenport IA Barn, 5013 288th Avenue, Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – Iowa City IA
Ave., Moline IL
SUNDAYS Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Maquoketa IA Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third

DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, Rock Island IL St., Davenport IA

4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 W. ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Fresh Wax: Spiral Time w/ Higgy (June 2) Mound St., Davenport IA Third St., Davenport IA Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) –
– Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ & Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats – Bent ComedySportz (7pm) – The Island IL Penguin’s Comedy Club, 208
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA River Brewing Company, 512 24th St. Rock Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Jeff Bodart (8pm) – Penguin’s Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Locust St., Davenport IA Island IL Island IL Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Shane Mauss (8pm) – RIBCO, 1815
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S. First
St., Long Grove IA
MONDAYS Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114
1/2 W. Third St., Davenport IA
John Bush (8pm) – Penguin’s
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids IA
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s
Second Ave., Rock Island IL

Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports Bar Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced Productions Cedar Rapids IA Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St.,
& Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport IA – Grumpy’s Saloon, 2120 E. 11th St., Studio Series: Stand Up Showcase Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, 2902 Davenport IA w/ Bobby Ray Bunch (9:30pm) Studio Series: MFK (9:30pm) – The
E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (June 5, 6pm) – The Establishment, 220 19th St., Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Roadhouse, – Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St., Rock Rock Island IL Island IL
3803 Rockingham Rd., Davenport IA Island IL

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