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GUEST COMMENTARY By Caitlin Johnstone

A Dangerous Echo Chamber:
Russia-Gate Lies Leverage Resisters and Trumpers Alike
[Editor’s note: This commentary has links information. Due to the lack of solid doing opposition research with Russians Russia is essential to China because of
to numerous sources online and the short evidence for things like hacking or vote was not a big deal. Then Donald Trump Jr. Moscow’s long experience managing global
URL’s are denoted with (/y/echo) which manipulation, or even any specifics on how met with a Russian to get dirt on Hillary relations going back to the period of the
should be typed into a web browser as exactly Trump is supposed to have colluded Clinton, and suddenly doing oppo research Cold War and because of its willingness
RCReader.com/y/echo.] with Russia to rig the election, the Trump Jr. with Russians was a big deal. And now that and ability today to stand up directly to the
meeting has remained a crucial part of all we’ve learned that the Democrats who paid American hegemon, whereas China, with

D
Russiagate claims. Steele were not just Clinton supporters its heavy dependence on its vast exports to
ebating proponents of the Russia-
So why, then, are Clintonists sud- but Clinton campaign staff, we’re back to the U.S., cannot do so without endangering
gate conspiracy theory is always a
denly claiming that the sort of opposition opposition research with Russians being no vital interests. Moreover, since the Western
bit surreal. Mostly it’s just outraged
research Trump Jr. did is perfectly normal big deal again. establishment sees China as the long-term
sputtering from people accustomed to
and acceptable? I don’t care that the Clinton campaign challenge to its supremacy, it is best for Bei-
only interacting with others inside their
Every one of these people made a big deal did opposition research with Russians. Nor jing to exercise its influence through another
echo chamber, who simply cannot believe
about the Don Jr. meeting at Trump Tower, do I care that the Trump campaign did power, which today is Russia.
that it’s not completely obvious to you that
but you have to do some very impres- opposition research with Russians. I don’t Ordinary human beings have been given
Trump colluded with Russia to steal the
sive mental gymnastics to make what the even really care that the Clintonists are no say in whether or not we want our world
2016 election.
Trump campaign did last year worse than being total hypocrites about this pernicious threatened by nuclear holocaust in order for
If you can push past that point and
what the Clinton campaign did. Clin- psyop they keep shoving down everyone’s the US power structure to remain domi-
move things into an actual conversation,
tonists have been attempting to spin the throats. I don’t care about Robert Mueller, I nant on a global scale. We get no say in the
it quickly becomes apparent that they’re
new revelation (/y/echo1) that the Clinton don’t care about Susan Rice, and I don’t care course of the direction our species is taking
having a very difficult time substantiat-
campaign was directly involved in funding if they ever “lock her up”. I just want these on this planet or what our future will look
ing their claims with hard facts. There’s
the notoriously error-riddled and unveri- awful Russiagate lies to end, because they’re like. All we get is lies to chew on so we’ll stay
something about listening to HBO’s Bill
fied (/y/echo2) Christopher Steele “Pissgate” being used to manufacture support for new out of the way of the ruling elites who are
Maher talk about Russiagate like it’s a
dossier as old news (/y/echo3) or insignifi- cold war escalations and to leverage the choking our world to death.
real thing and watching MSNBC’s Rachel
cant, but this is indeed new information (/y/ current administration into taking a more The Democratic party goon squad is just
Maddow “connect the dots” using confi-
echo4) and it is indeed newsworthy. hawkish position toward Moscow. These one leg of the lie machine these monsters
dent-sounding assertions in an authorita-
Back in July, long before the specifics of lies could start a new world war that ends lull us to sleep with, but I see them as one of
tive tone of voice month after month that
who paid for the Steele dossier were known, the world as we know it, and that’s infinitely the most toxic. The way the “Resistance” has
creates the illusion that hard evidence has
journalist Robert Parry pointed out (/y/ more important than any partisan grudge successfully been used to co-opt the spirit of
been provided for Trump-Russia collusion,
echo5) the blatant hypocrisy of criticizing against corrupt Democrats. last year’s progressive revolution and twist
when it has not been. But one hard fact they
Trump Jr. for doing opposition research The real reason these ridiculous Russia it back into establishment subservience is
never fail to provide is Donald Trump Jr.’s
with Russia when it was known that narratives are being promoted so aggres- typical of the way the Democratic party
meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump
Democrats had been funding Steele. “But sively has nothing to do with dossiers, has always been used. Its primary func-
Tower, where he’d hoped to receive dirt on
the Steele dossier is a more immediate and hackers, peeing prostitutes or Pokémon tion is to hijack the movements which arise
the Clinton campaign.
direct example of close Hillary Clinton sup- propaganda. It’s ultimately nothing to do in response to the more overt oligarchic
There’s no question that this meeting
porters going outside the United States for with Trump, either. The real reason these manipulations and render them impotent.
took place; Trump Jr. has admitted to it (/y/
dirt on Trump and collaborating with for- anti-Russia narratives are being forced into For this reason I see their head propagan-
echo), saying he met with Natalia Vesel-
eign nationals to dig it up — allegedly from our consciousness day after day is because dists as the primary obstacles to a mean-
nitskaya in the hope that she’d make good
Kremlin insiders,” Parry wrote. “Although China poses an immense threat to Ameri- ingful revolution from the political left
on her claim of having damaging informa-
it is still not clear exactly who footed the bill can global dominance, and it’s using Russia against the ruling elites who are killing us.
tion about Hillary Clinton. Because it is
for the Steele dossier and how much money as its right arm while it grows in power and I for one will keep speaking out against the
an undeniably real thing that did happen
was spread around to the Russian contacts, influence. evils they’re inflicting upon us for as long as
between a Trump and a Russian national,
it is clear that Clinton supporters paid for To weaken China’s position, America’s anyone’s listening.
the meeting has remained loudly front
the opposition research and then flacked unelected power establishment is going to
and center in all Trump-Russia collusion
the material to American journalists.” have to break its right arm, hence the new Caitlin Johnstone is an independent jour-
narratives since July, despite the fact that
So to recap, Democrats paid for opposi- cold war (/y/echo6). As Gilbert Doctorow nalist who can be found at Patreon.com/
Veselnitskaya did not provide any useful
tion research with Russian insiders, but writes for Consortium News (/y/echo7): caitlinjohnstone.
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ILLINOIS POLITICS By Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com

New Boundaries for Statehouse
Sexual Harassment on Horizon
I
don’t think I’ve ever seen House clear in the open letter, is the creepy stuff.
Speaker Michael Madigan move faster Is this just a political ploy by Madigan
to get in front of a legislative issue to jump in front of a parade? In some
than he did last when he vowed action to respects, yes. It’s not like he consulted
address the climate of sexual harassment with the other leaders before deciding on
at the Illinois Statehouse. his course of action or allowed women to
The decision came the morning take the public lead on the issue. But, as
after an “open letter” was published on flawed as it may be, that’s just Madigan’s
Facebook by women who work in and usual mode of operation. When he gets
around the Statehouse and who claimed: an idea in his head he goes with it. And
“Misogyny is alive and well in this indus- he has a unique ability to make things
try.” The letter has roiled Springfield in a happen.
manner that I’ve never seen before. I’ve heard several complaints, includ-
In case you somehow missed it, the ing from more than a few women, about
House Speaker claimed that because the methods of the folks behind the letter
harassment “thrives in silence” the about sexual harassment that circulated
House would move forward with leg- last week. For instance, a whole lot of
islation requiring legislators, staff and people, including reporters, are now
lobbyists to participate in annual sexual wondering who that unnamed “chamber
harassment training. Lobbyists would leader” is who allegedly propositioned
also be required to develop and submit a female staffer by claiming to have an
their own sexual harassment policies to open marriage. There’s worry that this
the state. Madigan said more changes will just devolve into yet another hyper-
could be coming after a “thorough partisan, gotcha exercise of finger-point-
review.” I’m told that review will be ing and anonymous recriminations.
conducted by a group of legislators, staff But the letter is having an impact with
and lobbyists. or without the new rules. Some women
It’s easy to be cynical here and say that told me last week that they’d shaken
Speaker Madigan moved so quickly in more hands with men than ever before
order to make sure more stories don’t (instead of the usual hugs). This uproar
emerge – perhaps with actual names is causing pretty much all of us to think
attached to them next time. about what we’ve done, what we could’ve
But, really, even if that is the case, done better and what we should be doing
so what? After just a couple of days of in the future. That’s not a horrible thing.
public agitation by current and former It’ll take some time to work itself out, but
elected officials, lobbyists, staff and at least it’s being addressed.
consultants, we now have a proposal that There’s simply no telling at this point
all four legislative leaders have signed off where all this will lead. But almost
on and which will zoom to the governor’s every woman has a horror story about
desk as quickly as they can get it there. Statehouse life. They’ve dealt with it
It’s also easy to predict that Madigan’s over the years in various ways – stay-
proposal won’t really solve anything. But ing silent, setting their own boundaries,
the excuse often heard is “I didn’t know privately consulting with other women
my behavior was wrong or inappropri- about whom to avoid, asking others to
ate.” At the very least, the annual train- discreetly intervene. It can be utterly
ing will take away that excuse, whether exhausting.
it’s legitimate or not. Once the rules are I think what the women behind this
defined and digested, then more concrete letter are demanding now is that the
steps can be taken. This problem won’t boundaries should no longer be set by
be solved with a bill alone. But it’s clear each individual. They should be clear,
that something had to be done. universal and fair.
Depending how they’re drafted, the That’s not too much to ask.
rules may also ease the minds of some in
the community that their past consen- Rich Miller also publishes Capitol
sual behavior is going to come back to Fax, a daily political newsletter, and
haunt them. There is, without a doubt, CapitolFax.com.
a “hook-up culture” in Springfield.
Humans being humans, I’m not sure that
it can or even should be stopped. But the
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VISUAL ARTS Christopher… Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, Zen Coloring/Paint by Sticker, enjoy active 2017 Kwik Star Festival of Trees Benefiting
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Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 2pm fundraiser featuring more… Davenport RiverCenter,
Openings & Gallery Events Scholar Talk: Dr. Monica Dominguez Torres, Mon Nov 13 9am Sat Nov 25
Dr. Monica Dominguez Torres will present the lecture
Day of the Dead Evening Celebration, celebrate “Miracle-making Images in the Spanish World” in Sew Much Fun: Rag Wreath, enjoy simple sew-it- Thursdays at the Figge, art-themed activities,
Dia de los Muertos with a special projection on the celebration of the exhibition “Power and Piety”; 5:30pm yourself projects for adults; for information and to… discussions, tours, refreshments, and more; guests
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RiverCenter, 9am Fri Nov 17 Sara Slee Brown, exhibition of layered digital
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2pm Sat Nov 18 Celebrating Day of the Dead, delve into the history,
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FiggeArtMuseum.org, 1:30pm Sun Nov 19 Edouard Duval-Carrié: Endless Flight, exhibit
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2017 Kwik Star Festival of Trees Benefiting artists working today who makes paintings and
Quad City Arts: Military Day, annual Quad City Arts sculptures that translate Haitian culture into modern
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Beginning Drawing 2 for Children, Saturdays thru
Nov. 25; with instructor Pat Bereskin; basic drawing… Beginner’s Knitting with Bambi Suits, must bring
Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 8am Sat Nov 11 your own yarn and needles; free; for information,…
LeClaire Community Library, 11am Sat Nov 18
Coptic Book Binding, with instructor Karen Brinson;
coptic bookbinding is a method of… Bereskin Gallery & Life Drawing, facilitated by Brad Bisbey; $15; for
Art Academy, 1pm Sat Nov 11 information and to register,… Bereskin Gallery & Art
Academy, 1pm Sun Nov 19
Creation Studio Drop-In: String Art, join us as
Shawna Fibikar of Strung By Shawna walks… Bettendorf Adult Craft: Corner Bookmarks, made with very
Public Library, 11am Sat Nov 11 simple origami folding and crafty details added… Silvis
Public Library, 6pm Mon Nov 20
Keith Bonnstetter’s Paper-Cutting: Thanksgiving
Theme and 2D Christmas Design, held 1-2:30pm, Advanced Floral Design II, Tuesdays thru Dec. 12;
and 3-4:30pm; $45; for information and to register,… design floral arrangements for your home… Black Hawk
Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, Sat Nov 11 College - Quad City Campus, 5:45pm Tue Nov 21

Painting 2 for Children, Saturdays thru Nov. 25; with Holiday Cards Class, make some holiday cards with
instructor Pat Bereskin; acrylic painting… Bereskin April Hendrickson of April Greetings;… Rock Island
Gallery & Art Academy, 10am Sat Nov 11 Public Library - Downtown Library, 6pm Tue Nov 28

Tangle Cards & Tags, with instructor Marilyn Buel;
select one or more fun projects… Bereskin Gallery & Art Call for Entry
Academy, 10am Sat Nov 11
Call for Artists: Gallery Hop!, MidCoast Fine Arts is
Approaches to Watercolor Application 102, thru coordinating booth spaces… The District of Rock Island,
Nov. 16, with instructor Bob Zeidler; this class will… thru Sat Nov 11
Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 3pm Mon Nov 13

Shallow Side at RIBCO - November 10
MUSIC
Watercolor – Inner Rhythms, Wednesdays thru Dec.
13, with instructor Ralph Iaccarino; explore the jewel-like
color, subtle tones, rich hues, layered effects, textures
Illustration and Design: Recent Work by Greta Art Meets the River: River Action Exhibition, and more in this relaxed watercolor painting class; Concerts
Songe, Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. noon-4pm; free; for Wed.-Sat. 11am-6pm; free; for information, call 563-508- Iaccarino will share techniques and insight with students
information,… Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center 4630… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, Wed Nov 22 that will inform, encourage and inspire your paintings Moeller Nights: The Yawpers, concert with the
- St. Ambrose University, thru Thu Nov 30 thru Thu Nov 30 and your inner artist; $95-105; for information, call 563- Denver-based rock and blues-rock band, featuring an…
326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Fri
Irma René Koen: An Artist Rediscovered, IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6pm Wed Nov 15 Nov 3
exhibition features paintings by Rock Island native and Classes Sgraffito Tiles, with instructor Karen Brinson; we The Ballroom Thieves, touring folk musicians in
distinguished artist of the 20th Century Koen (1883-
1975); Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon- Drawing and Painting for Adults, Wednesdays thru will make clay tiles covered… Bereskin Gallery & Art concert, featuring an opening set by Frances Luke
5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for information, Jan. 31; with instructor Pat Bereskin; beginners or… Academy, 1pm Sat Nov 18 Accord; $12 adv / $15 day of show; for information,
call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 9:30am Wed Nov 1 call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St.,
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Thu Nov 30 Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Fri Nov 3
Drawing the Face: Creating Self-Portraits/
Kathy Svec: Boxed Books, Svec’s assemblages in Portraits, Wednesdays thru Nov. 22; $39; for
deep frames and boxes… Quad City Arts Center, thru information and to register,… Black Hawk College - Quad
Thu Nov 30 City Campus, 10am Wed Nov 1

Kent A. Broadbent - Rhonda Gates - Linda Lewis, Knitting Hats, Wednesdays thru Dec. 6; $55; for
exhibit of abstract landscape paintings by Broadbent… information and to register,… Black Hawk College - Quad
Quad City International Airport Gallery, thru Thu Nov 30 City Campus, 6pm Wed Nov 1

Mike Leinhauser’s Observations Along the Road Let’s Do Dinosaurs!, Wednesdays thru Nov. 29, with
of Life: A Collection of Photographs from Past to instructor Paul Lange; basic art… Bereskin Gallery & Art
Present, selected favorites will include black & white… Academy, 6pm Wed Nov 1
Quad City Arts Center, thru Thu Nov 30
Crocheting a Gift, Nov. 2 & 9; $28; for information and
Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art from to register,… Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus,
the Patricia Phelps De Cisneros Collection, 5:30pm Thu Nov 2
exhibition of 56 objects, ranging from paintings to silver
candlesticks to bishop’s chairs, made in the Spanish and Landscape and Beyond: Acrylic, Thursdays thru Nov.
Portuguese colonies of the Americas from the late 17th 30; with instructor Brad Bisbey; explore landscape…
to the early 19th centuries; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 11am Thu Nov 2
10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; $4-7 museum admission;
for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, Artist with Special Needs Classes, Fridays thru Dec.
225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru 1, with instructors Pat Bereskin & Brad… Bereskin Gallery
Thu Nov 30 & Art Academy, 3pm Fri Nov 3

Rick Lodmell, acrylics exhibit; Mon -Fri, 6am-7:30pm, Intro to Tangling, with instructor Marilyn Buel; select
Sat, 8am-5:30pm,… MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, one or more fun projects… Bereskin Gallery & Art
thru Thu Nov 30 Academy, 10am Sat Nov 4

Nina Weiss: The Spectrum Art & Color, a two-day
Opening in November exploration of the science, psychology and use of…
Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 9am Sat Nov 4
New Photography in the Lewis Gallery, exhibit
of recently acquired works that span nearly 150 years Oil Painting 1 & 2, Saturdays thru Jan. 27, with
of the photographic medium, featuring photos by instructor Dave Anderson; learn to… Bereskin Gallery &
Gertrude Käsebier, William Henry Jackson, Minor Art Academy, 9:30am Sat Nov 4
White, Emmet Gowin, and Ann Hamilton; Tue.-Sat.
10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with Watercolor Basics 101, with instructor Bob Zeidler;
$4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- after years of study, exposure to… Bereskin Gallery & Art
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Academy, 9am Sat Nov 4
FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Nov 11 thru Thu Nov 30
DIY Wood Sign Workshop, take home a wonderful
Roaming Quilts: Voices of Foster Children, piece that you made for your… Bier Stube LeClaire, 6pm
exhibition of three quilts comprised of 30… Davenport Mon Nov 6
RiverCenter, Thu Nov 16 thru Sun Nov 26
Air-Dry Clay, Nov. 7 & 14; youth class for child with an…
2017 Kwik Star Festival of Trees Benefiting Quad Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6pm Tue Nov 7
City Arts, annual Quad City Arts fundraiser featuring
more… Davenport RiverCenter, Sat Nov 18 thru Sun Watercolor Painting: Reflections, Shadows,
Nov 26 Puddles and Other Techniques, Tuesdays thru Nov.
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Moeller Nights: Twain, concert with the folk singer/ a brown bag lunch if desired; free, for members only;
songwriter, featuring an opening set by… Triple Crown for information, contact Heather at 563-345-6630 or
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Sun Nov 19 haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org, Figge Art Museum,
225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 1pm
Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz: The Bob Washut Wed Nov 1
Trio, Polyrhythms presents a 6pm jazz concert ($10-15)
with Iowa-based jazz musicians Bob Washut, Alex Books on Tap, the Davenport Public Libraries host a
Pershounin, and Eric Thompson preceded by a 3pm all- fun, casual book discussion;… The Phoenix Restaurant &
ages jazz workshop ($5/adults, free for kids); for tickets Martini Bar, 6:30pm Thu Nov 2
and information, call 309-373-0790, The Redstone Room,
129 Main St., Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, Coin Op Poetry Reading, on the first & 3rd Sun. of the
3pm Sun Nov 19 month; for… Neighborhood Laundromat Rock Island,
8pm Sun Nov 5
Third Sunday @ 3 Concert, each month features
a different type of music and all… St. John’s United A Gentleman in Moscow, a discussion of Amor
Methodist Church, 3pm Sun Nov 19 Towles’ book with the Alpha Book… Rock Island Public
Library - Downtown Library, 3pm Mon Nov 6
All Sweat Productions Presents: The Last Waltz,
local musicians pay tribute to, and play the music Between the Lines, discuss contemporary fiction and
from, the legendary 1976 concert by The Band and non-fiction at this lively book discussion… Davenport
documentary by Martin Scorsese; $12-15; for information Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 7pm Wed Nov 8
and tickets, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129
Main St., Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Human Book Day, for information, call 563-333-
Wed Nov 22 6246… St. Ambrose University Library, 2pm Wed Nov 8

Chase & Ovation: Prince Tribute Band, concert Flower Net, a discussion of Lisa See’s book with the
tribute to the Grammy- and Oscar-winning pop/rock Mystery Book… Bettendorf Public Library, 9:30am Sat
Moeller Nights presents Lillie Mae at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel - November 5 sensation; $10-20; for tickets, call 563-328-8000, Rhythm Nov 11
City Casino Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Davenport IA, RhythmCityCasino.com, 8pm Fri Nov 24 Radical Lutherans, Lutheran Radicals, Mondays
Shallow Side, concert with the rockers from Cullman, thru Dec. 4; a discussion of the book edited by
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MUSIC Alabama, featuring opening sets by… RIBCO, 9pm Fri Christmas Dreams Forgotten: A Tribute to Trans- Augustana’s Dr. Jason Mahn; free food and drinks
Nov 10 Siberian Orchestra, the St. Louis powerhouse Trans- served; for information, call 309-794-7000, Wilson
Siberian Experience presents its signature and… Adler Center - Augustana College, 639 38th St., Rock Island IL,
The Manny Lopez Big Band, Lopez and his 13 piece Theatre, 7:30pm Fri Nov 24 Augustana.edu, 4:30pm Mon Nov 13
Weirdtown Fest IV, with sets by Bob Bucko Jr., Chill big band will be playing… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 6pm
Smith, Alexander Adams… Rozz-Tox, 7pm Fri Nov 3 Fri Nov 10 The Night People, concert with the Quad Cities music See YA, an adult book club with a teen-book twist; free;
group of over 50 years,… Davenport RiverCenter, 8pm for… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch,
Justin Moore, chart-topping country-music singer/ Olivia Newton-John, concert with the chart-topping, Sat Nov 25 7pm Mon Nov 13
songwriter performs on his “Hell on a Highway”… Grammy-winning pop singer and iconic star… Adler
TaxSlayer Center, 7:30pm Sat Nov 4 Theatre, 7:30pm Sat Nov 11 RiverBend Bronze Holiday Concert, free-will Short & Sweets, discuss short stories while eating
offerings encouraged; for information, e-mail yummy sweets; all registrants receive… Fairmount
Moeller Nights: Susto, concert with the indie rock The Way Down Wanderers, concert with the modern- riverbendbronze@gmail.com… St. John’s United Street Library, 10am Mon Nov 13
band from Charleston, South Carolina,… Village Theatre, folk and bluegrass musicians, featuring an opening set Methodist Church, 4pm Sun Nov 26
8pm Sat Nov 4 by River Valley Rangers; $10 adv / $12 door; for tickets The Martyred, a discussion of Richard Kim’s book with
and information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, Pert Near Sandstone, concert with the roots, the Contemporary Books… Bettendorf Public Library,
QCSO Masterworks II: Postcards from the Wild 129 Main St., Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, bluegrass, and Americana musicians, featuring an noon Wed Nov 15
West, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and violinist 8pm Sat Nov 11 opening set by Miles Over Mountains; $12 adv / $15
Bella Hristova perform… Adler Theatre, 8pm Sat Nov 4 day of show; for information, call 563-326-1333, The Vegetarian, a discussion of Han Kang’s book with
Moeller Nights: Jessica Lea Mayfield, concert The Redstone Room, 129 Main St., Davenport IA, the Contemporary Books… Bettendorf Public Library,
Vocal Ensemble QC: Holy and Happy, under the with the country/rock singer-songwriter from Kent, RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Thu Nov 30 7pm Wed Nov 15
direction of Peter Grau, the ensemble will perform… St. Ohio, featuring opening… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar &
Peter’s Episcopal Church, 7:30pm Sat Nov 4 Raccoon Motel, 8pm Tue Nov 14
Special Events
Weirdtown Fest IV, with sets by Fire-Toolz, Contraktor, Einstein’s Sister, the power-pop musicians in a
Mkot Pt., Culled, Jerx… Rozz-Tox, 7pm Sat Nov 4 reunion show celebrating the 20-year anniversary… Inside the Music: QCSO Masterworks II, join QCSO
Co-op Records, 7pm Thu Nov 16 Music Director Mark Russell Smith in an exploration
Windy City Dueling Pianos, high-energy live music of the weekend’s Masterworks programs, the lives of
played on two pianos by highly skilled… The Circa ‘21 Bucktown Revue, an old-fashioned variety show in the composers, and the life of the music itself; 5pm
Speakeasy, 8pm Sat Nov 4 the tradition of “A Prairie… Nighswander Theatre, 7pm doors, 5:20pm program; cash bar available; free; for
Fri Nov 17 information, call 563-322-7276, Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E.
Guy Fawkes Night, with sets by Bit Lip, Us-Mode, and 3rd St., Davenport IA, QCSO.org, 5pm Thu Nov 2
Catholic Werewolves, $5-10… Rozz-Tox, 8pm Sun Nov 5 Matthew Curry, concert with the blues-rock singer and
guitarist; $8 adv / $10 dos; for tickets and information, Afterglow: QCSO Masterworks II, held immediately
Moeller Nights: Lillie Mae, concert with the fiddler call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St., after the night’s concert at the Adler Theatre; mingle
and country singer/songwriter; $15… Triple Crown Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Fri Nov with conductor Mark Russell Smith and musicians from
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 8pm Sun Nov 5 17 the Quad City Symphony Orchestra; cash bar available;
free; for information, call 563-322-7276, Hotel Blackhawk,
QCSO Masterworks II: Postcards from the Wild Old Shoe, Chicago-based roots rockers in their 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport IA, QCSO.org, 9:30pm Sat Nov 4
West, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and violinist “Country Home” album-release tour; $8-12;… RIBCO,
Bella Hristova perform a repertoire including Williams’ 9pm Fri Nov 17 Concert Conversations: QCSO Masterworks II,
“The Cowboys Overture,” David Ludwig’s “Violin attend an informal pre-concert presentation on the
Concerto,” Jacob Bancks’ “Into the Wild,” and Copland’s Tony Hoeppner, an event in the Brown Bag Lunch repertoire, hosted by… Adler Theatre, 7pm Sat Nov 4
“Suite from Billy the Kid”; $8-39; for information and Concert Series; bring… Bettendorf Public Library, noon
tickets, call 563-322-7276, Centennial Hall, Augustana Fri Nov 17 Concert Conversations: QCSO Masterworks II,
College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, QCSO.org, 2pm attend an informal pre-concert presentation on the
Sun Nov 5 Einstein’s Sister 20th-Anniversary of “Learning repertoire, hosted by Kai Swanson; free; for information,
Curves”, the power-pop musicians in a reunion show call 563-322-7276, Centennial Hall, Augustana College,
Moeller Nights: John Paul White, concert with the celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the “Learning 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, QCSO.org, 1pm Sun Nov 5
singer/songwriter and former member of the Grammy… Curves” album, featuring opening sets by the Velies
Village Theatre, 7pm Tue Nov 7 aand BEEs; $12 adv / $15 day of show; for tickets and Inside the Music: QCSO Masterworks III, join QCSO
information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Music Director Mark Russell Smith in an exploration
Gas Feed & Seed Music Festival: No. 2, Moeller Main St., Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm of the weekend’s Masterworks programs, the lives of
Nights sponsors performances with dozens of… Village Sat Nov 18 the composers, and the life of the music itself; 5pm
of East Davenport, Thu Nov 9 thru Sat Nov 11 doors, 5:20pm program; cash bar available; free; for
QCSO Holiday Pops: Harry Potter and the information, call 563-322-7276, Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E.
Elton John, an event in John’s six-city concert tour that Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, at 2 & 8pm; the concerts 3rd St., Davenport IA, QCSO.org, 5pm Thu Nov 30
will feature… TaxSlayer Center, 8pm Fri Nov 10 will feature the Quad… Adler Theatre, Sat Nov 18

LITERARY ARTS
Mason Jennings, concert with the folk-pop Up Close & Personal Tour w/ Ginuwine & Case,
singer/songwriter; $25 adv / $30 dos; for tickets and concert and comedy event showcasing the R&B singers,
information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 hosted by… Davenport RiverCenter, 9pm Sat Nov 18
Main St., Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Readings & Discussions
Fri Nov 10 Golden Tones Chorus Christmas Program, holiday
tunes performed by CASI’s Choral group, directed by 33 Artists in 3 Acts, a discussion of Sarah Thornton’s
Ann Lannan;… Grace Lutheran Church, 3pm Sun Nov 19 book with the Art Lovers’ Book Club, led by Judie Lance, Bella Hristova in QCSO Masterworks II @ Adler
Jean Priester, Eileen Benson, and Lois Nichols; bring
Theatre and Augustana - November 4 and 5
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The Zookeeper’s Wife, a discussion of Diane
Ackerman’s book with the 30/31 Book… Rock Island Call for Entry
Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 6:30pm Wed Nov 15
Community Poetry Blog 2017: Leaps of (Poetic)
Coin Op Poetry Reading, on the first & 3rd Sun. of the Faith, seeking submissions for Aubrey Barnes’ curated
month; for… Neighborhood Laundromat Rock Island, community… Midwest Writing Center, thru Sat Nov 25
8pm Sun Nov 19

THEATRE
The Couple Next Door, a discussion of Shari Lapena’s
book with the Last Call… Icons Martini, 7pm Tue Nov 21

West End Book Club Discussion, discuss Performances
contemporary fiction and non-fiction books with this
fun group;… Fairmount Street Library, 7pm Tue Nov 21 Ring of Fire, jukebox musical featuring the hits of
Johnny Cash: Fri., Sat.,… Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, Wed
Brown Bag Book Club Discussion, discussion of Nov 1 thru Sat Nov 4
popular fiction and non-fiction titles over the lunch…
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 1pm Next to Normal, Blue Devil Productions presents the
Wed Nov 22 Pulitzer Prize winning musical about a… Davenport
Central High School Performing Arts Center, Fri Nov 3
Faithful, a discussion of Alice Hoffman’s book with the thru Sun Nov 5
Adult Book… LeClaire Community Library, 6:30pm Wed
Nov 22 Elf: The Musical, musical-comedy adaptation of the
Will Ferrell holiday comedy, directed by… Circa ‘21
Last Monday Book Club Discussion, light Sculptures by Linda Lewis at Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport - November 1 through December 31. Dinner Playhouse, Wed Nov 8 thru Wed Nov 29
refreshments served; free; for information, call 309-755-
3393… Silvis Public Library, 6:30pm Mon Nov 27 Young Emerging Writers Open Critique, for ages Grease, Tony-nominated musical-comedy classic
Workshops & Classes 15-19; free; for information, call 309-732-7330 or e-mail… about life in a 1950s high school;… Alleman High School
100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat Nov 11 Performing Arts Center, Thu Nov 9 thru Sun Nov 12
Endangered Species, a discussion of Jeff Corwin’s How to Self-Publish Your Book, Thursdays thru Nov.
book with the Environmental Book… River Action, 7pm 16; $39; for information and to register,… Black Hawk Schemes, Wordplay, and the Odd Inspirations of Almost, Maine, romantic-comedy vignettes by John
Tue Nov 28 College - Quad City Campus, 6pm Thu Nov 2 Battle Rap, a poetry workshop led by Midwest Writing Cariani, directed by Kevin Babbitt… Scott Community
Center’s Collins Poet-in-Residence… Midwest Writing College’s Black Box Theatre, Fri Nov 10 thru Sat Nov 18
Southwest Branch Book Club Discussion, title TBA; Writing Your Legacy Letter: Share Your Legacy Center, 5pm Wed Nov 15
free; for information, call 309-732-7323… Rock Island with the People You Love, a letter-writing workshop Almost, Maine, romantic-comedy vignettes by John
Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 6pm Tue Nov 28 led by Susan Collins; this workshop will… Midwest Young Emerging Writers Generative Workshop, Cariani, directed by Jordan McGinnis… QC Theatre
Writing Center, 2pm Sat Nov 4 for ages 15-19; free; for information, call 309-732-7330 or Workshop, Fri Nov 10 thru Sun Nov 19
Book’em Mystery Book Club, pick up a copy from the e-mail… Midwest Writing Center, 5pm Wed Nov 15
reference desk and start… Moline Public Library, 6:30pm Writer’s Studio, listen to area writers’ works and brings Miracle on 34th Street, Valentine Davies’ stage
Thu Nov 30 works to share … Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat Writer’s Studio, listen to area writers’ works and brings adaptation of the Oscar-winning holiday movie, directed
Nov 4 works to share … Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat by Aaron Lord; Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm; $13; for
Community-Wide Poetry Reading w/ Aubrey Nov 18 tickets and information, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters
Barnes, co-presented by the Midwest Writing Center Quad Cities Writers Group, dedicated to supporting Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline IL, Playcrafters.com,
in conjunction with Barnes’… Rozz-Tox, 7:30pm Thu and encouraging writers (18+) of all levels … Davenport Quad Cities Writers Group, dedicated to supporting Fri Nov 10 thru Sun Nov 19
Nov 30 Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 5:30pm Mon Nov 6 and encouraging writers (18+) of all levels … Davenport
Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 5:30pm Mon Nov 20
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THEATRE / and we’ll drop them over the ledge; included… Family
Performances Museum, 9am Sat Nov 4

Neighborhood Toy Store Day, join us at the Corner
Love Letters, A.R. Gurney’s two-character romance; Store as we celebrate community,… Family Museum,
$16; for tickets and information, call… The Black Box 9am Sat Nov 11
Theatre, 7:30pm Mon Nov 13 and Tue Nov 14
Second Saturdays at the German American
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, radio-show Heritage Center, children and students with a valid ID
staging of the Frank Captra holiday classic, adapted by… are welcome to… German American Heritage Center,
The Black Box Theatre, Fri Nov 17 thru Sun Nov 19 10am Sat Nov 11

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, holiday- Veteran’s Day Project, support those who serve and
themed musical comedy featuring the beloved… Circa protect by helping put together… Family Museum,
‘21 Dinner Playhouse, noon Fri Nov 24 thru Sun Nov 26 10:30am Sat Nov 11

Annie, Tony-winning musical comedy based on the Putnam Museum Guild Monthly Tea, this month’s
comic-strip classic, directed by… Quad City Music Guild program will feature Clayton Peterson speaking on
- Prospect Park Auditorium, 7:30pm Wed Nov 29 and “Quilting… Putnam Museum & Science Center, 1:30pm
Thu Nov 30 Thu Nov 16

Family Fun Night: Science aLIVE!, learn about atoms
Audition & Call for Entry and molecules, acids and bases, chemical reactions,…
Putnam Museum & Science Center, 5pm Fri Nov 17
Accepting Submissions: 2nd Annual Susan
Glaspell Playwriting Festival, seeking original plays
Cinema at the Figge presents Songs My Brothers Taught Me at the Figge Art Museum - November 30
by local and national… QC Theatre Workshop, thru Mon
Nov 6 MOVIES
Country Swing Dance Lessons, on Mondays; ComedySportz, Fri. & Sat. 7pm; interactive comedy
Wedding Belles, seeking five women for the Pearl City beginners at 6pm, intermediate at 6:45pm, followed with the area’s long-running… The Establishment, 7pm Run Rola Run, screening of 1999’s Tom Tykwer hit co-
Players’ January production… Muscatine, 2pm Sat Nov by… RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt Road Saloon), 6pm Mon Fri Nov 3 thru Sat Nov 25 presented by the German… Rozz-Tox, 6pm Wed Nov 1
11 and Sun Nov 12 Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27
Studio Series: Wisenheimer, sketch comedy Pride & Prejudice, a screening of the Oscar-nominated
Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s original jazz and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Jane Austen adaptation in the… Rock Island Public
Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm Thu Nov 2
DANCE dance company captivates audiences worldwide with Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Nov 4
dynamic,… Galvin Fine Arts Center, 7:30pm Fri Nov 10
Circumstantial Comedy Show, on Sundays; for Thanksgiving Potluck and Movie, sign up to bring a
Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance Classes, information, call 563-424-5506… Brew, 10pm Sun Nov 5 salad, vegetable or dessert; ham,… River Valley District
Library, noon Thu Nov 2
COMEDY
offering classes in Ballet Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, thru Sun Nov 26
Conditioning, Creative… Ballet Quad Cities School of
Dance, thru Thu Nov 30 Studio Series: Shakespeared!, sketch comedy Recent Releases, see a film recently released on DVD;
Studio Series: It’s Your Fault, sketch comedy and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The free; for information,… Davenport Public Library -
Polka Dance with Lyle Beaver (1:30pm), sponsored and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Nov 10 Eastern Ave. Branch, 2pm Fri Nov 10
by Eastern Chapter, Polka Club of Iowa; dance to… Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Nov 3
Walcott Coliseum, 1:30pm Sun Nov 5 Tim Hawkins, an evening with the standup comedian, Sing, the animated hit comes to life with actions, tasks,
singer, and guitarist on… Adler Theatre, 7:30pm Fri Nov and snacks;… Riverside Foursquare Church, 6pm Sat
10 Nov 11

David Casas: An Intimate Evening of Magic, Superior, Land of the Woodland Drummer, a
Comedy, & Illusion, Casas’ high-energy performance screening in the World Aventure Series presented by
includes jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand… The Black Box Tom… Putnam Museum & Science Center, Tue Nov 14
Theatre, 7:30pm Sat Nov 11
Afternoon Classic Films, watch your favorites return
Studio Series: MFK, sketch comedy and to the screen and enjoy a… Davenport Public Library -
improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Eastern Ave. Branch, 2pm Wed Nov 15
Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Nov 11
Brew & View at the Putnam, enjoy a craft brew,
Studio Series: Survivor, sketch comedy and games, music, food, and a movie… Putnam Museum &
improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Science Center, 5pm Thu Nov 16
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Nov 17
Princess Mononoke, screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s
Studio Series: 309, sketch comedy and improvisational animated 1997 hit; in Japanese with… Rozz-Tox, 8pm
games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Establishment, 9:30pm Sun Nov 26
Sat Nov 18
Cinema at the Figge: Songs My Brothers Taught
Up Close & Personal Tour: Damon Williams - Me, monthly event featuring a 5pm social hour with
Kenny Howell - Maurice G., concert and comedy craft beer provided by WAKE Brewing, a 6pm short-film
event showcasing R&B singers Ginuwine & Case,… presentation, and a 7pm screening of Chloé Zhao’s
Davenport RiverCenter, 9pm Sat Nov 18 drama that was filmed on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation; donations encouraged; for information,
Studio Series: Movie the Musical, sketch comedy call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St.,
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org5pm Thu Nov 30
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Nov 24

Studio Series: The Stand Up Showcase, sketch
comedy and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… SPORTS
The Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Nov 25
Quad City Mallards vs. Indy Fuel, minor-league
professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 800-745-
3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Nov 3
MUSEUMS Quad City Mallards vs. Adirondack Thunder,
Houdini: The Mystery and Magic, explore the life, minor-league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets,
magic, and adventures of… German American Heritage call 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 6:35pm Wed Nov
Center, thru Sat Nov 4 8

Explorers/Explorers Jr: The Kitchen, Not Just Quad City Mallards vs. Indy Fuel, minor-league
for Cooking!, workshop in which kids learn about the professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 800-745-
chemical reactions that… Putnam Museum & Science 3000… TaxSlayer Center, Sat Nov 11 and Sun Nov 12
Center, 9am Sat Nov 4
Quad City Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers, minor-league
The German Harmonica & the Blues, a lecture & professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 800-745-
reading by Herbert Quelle; free with $3-5… German 3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Nov 17
American Heritage Center, 2pm Sat Nov 4
Quad City Mallards vs. Kansas City Mavericks,
minor-league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets,
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call 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, Sat Nov 18 and Weaving Prayers and Baskets, led by Kathleen
Sun Nov 19 Storms, SSND; learn simple basket weaving in… Our
Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 9am Wed Nov 8
Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita Thunder, minor-
league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call Retro Gamers Club, the new series allows players to
800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Nov 24 learn about video game… Rock Island Public Library -
Downtown Library, 5pm Thu Nov 9

OTHER EVENTS Deacons’ Fall Harvest Soup Supper and Auction,
serving supper from 5-7pm, with the auction beginning
at 6:30pm,… Our Savior Presbyterian Church, 5pm Fri
Come to the Quiet, led by Pat Shea; $20; for Nov 10
information and to register,… Our Lady of the Prairie
Retreat, 9:30am Wed Nov 1 Black Hawk College 5K Hustle, run or walk the
rolling hills and scenic roads of… Black Hawk College -
Puzzle Exchange, bring in any unused or like-new Quad City Campus, 8am Sat Nov 11
(no missing pieces) puzzles… Silvis Public Library, 2pm
Wed Nov 1 St. Ambrose University Trivia Night, fall fundraiser
for student scholarships; $64/team in advance; $80 at
Tabletop Gaming: Games for Grown-ups, tabletop the… Rogalski Center - St. Ambrose University, 6pm Sat
games with a twist for classic grown-up gamers; join… Nov 11
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 5:30pm
Wed Nov 1 Opening to Peace through Compassion, led by
Debra Morrill, BA and Marita Kelter, BA; this… Our Lady
Job Fair, join IDES and area employers with open of the Prairie Retreat, 1pm Sun Nov 12
positions for a… Moline Public Library, 10am Thu Nov 2
Abandoned Vehicle Auction, for information, call
Military Star Card Acceptance Celebration, service Moeller Nights presents Jessica Lea Mayfield at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel - 563-391-9666… Fred’s Towing Service, 10am Thu Nov
members and their families are invited to attend the… November 14 16
Rock Island Arsenal, 10am Thu Nov 2
Registered Apprenticeship Fair, area training
First Friday in LeClaire, enjoy fun, food, live music, 4th Ave., Rock Island IL, AntiqueSpectacular.com, Fri Trivia Extravaganza, on Mondays; with weekly prizes organizations, Unions, and businesses that have
and shopping in downtown LeClaire,… Downtown Nov 3 thru Sun Nov 5 for 1st-3rd place; free, drink… RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt Registered Apprenticeship… IowaWORKS, 2pm Thu
LeClaire, 5:30pm Fri Nov 3 Road Saloon), 8pm Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27 Nov 16
The Project of the Quad Cities Friday-Night
Viva La Divas Drag Show, featuring award-winning Dinner, on Fridays; $5/plate or $10/all you can eat; for Board Game Night, for adults and families; titles range Chicago Food Bus Trip: Gourmet Shopping for the
performers from across the Midwest; $10-12; for information,… Mary’s on 2nd, 5pm Fri Nov 3 thru Fri from modern games, such… Rock Island Public Library - Holidays, we will stop for lunch during our excursion
tickets… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Nov 3 Nov 24 Downtown Library, 5pm Tue Nov 7 and picnic… Black Hawk College Outreach Center, 7am
Thu Nov 16
Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, annual event Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library Holiday The Price Is Right Live!, touring stage presentation of
featuring 70 exhibitors with antiques & vintage items Bazaar, a variety of handmade items and interesting the long-running game show hosted by… Adler Theatre, Speakeasy Trivia Night w/ Mr. Trivia, participants
including furniture, art pottery, country, stoneware, products will be offered… Bettendorf Public Library, 7:30pm Tue Nov 7 can bring food but no beverages, which must be… The
books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique 9am Sat Nov 4 Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 6pm Thu Nov 16
glassware, American Indian items, china, postcards, The Enneagram: A Tool for Deepening
coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, Greek Food Festival, featuring Dolmades (Stuffed Understanding of Ourselves and Others, led by Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque, local burlesque
vintage textiles, and period pieces; Fri. 4-9pm, Sat. Grape Leaves), Pork Souvlaki Dinner (Shish kabob),… Alice Martin and Meg Bolich; you will have… Our Lady of with the Quad Cities’ premiere troupe and area… Circa
10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm; $7 weekend pass; for Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 11am Sat Nov 4 the Prairie Retreat, 9am Tue Nov 7 ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 8pm Fri Nov 17 and Sat Nov 18
information, call 712-324-9964, QCCA Expo Center, 2621
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OTHER EVENTS
Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 2pm Wed
Nov 8

Festival of Trees Holiday Parade, the 25th- Mobilization and Training of the US Army, Jason
anniversary parade will feature all-new, huge helium- Morin, Army Sustainment Command Historian at the
filled character balloons… Downtown Davenport, 10am Rock Island… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave.
Sat Nov 18 Branch, 6pm Wed Nov 8

Lighting on the Commons, watch as over a half- Mostly True Tales with Spinsby & Wales: Series
million lights and fireworks brighten the… John Deere Kick-off, the first in an ongoing series of LeClaire history
Pavilion, 6pm Sat Nov 18 talks… LeClaire Community Library, 6:30pm Thu Nov 9

Night Sky Viewing with the Popular Astronomy The Opioid Crisis: Community Strategies for
Club, held in the zoo parking lot; Saturn, Mercury, Treatment and Recovery, presented by: Heidi Clark,
Uranus, Neptune,… Niabi Zoo, 4:30pm Sat Nov 18 IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health);… University
of Illinois Extension - Milan, noon Thu Nov 9
Trivia Night in LeClaire, tables of 8; $10 per person;
Mulligans and refreshments available… LeClaire Civic The Great Depression and the Tri-Cities, a program
Center, 7pm Sat Nov 18 in the Lifelong Learner Lunches series, presented by…
Abbey Station, 11:30am Tue Nov 14
Small Business Saturday, annual Saturday-after-
Thanksgiving holiday-shopping event in downtown The Reformation of Privacy, a presentation in the
LeClaire… Downtown LeClaire, Sat Nov 25 Frieze Lecture Series on the 500th… Rock Island Public
Library - Downtown Library, 2pm Tue Nov 14
Christmas Walk, with Santa in the General Store,
cookies & hot drinks for… Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Brown Bag Discussion: Dr. Christopher Whitt,
Pioneer Village, noon Sun Nov 26 discussion with the Associate Professor and the Chair in
the… Midwest Writing Center, 11:30am Thu Nov 16
The Wine Experience, this experience is designed to
educate while taking you on… The Faithful Pilot Cafe & How to Pay for College : Understanding the
Spirits, 6:30pm Thu Nov 30 Financial Aid Process, learn about the Financial Aid &
FAFSA Application in an… Fairmount Street Library, 6pm
Thu Nov 16

LECTURES

Herbarium Tales
Main Street USA with John Lynn, enjoy November’s
installment of the popular Noon Day Series; free;…
Call for Speakers -- TEDxDavenport: Limitless, Moline Public Library, noon Fri Nov 17
seeking speakers for the half-day March 7 conference
held in the John Deere Auditorium; attendees will The Refugee Journey, the Refugee Act of 1980
engage with other open-minded idea-seekers in created a permanent and systematic… Bettendorf
a half-day long exploration of powerful ideas and Public Library, 7pm Tue Nov 21
unique experiences designed to inspire, inform, and
challenge; seeking speakers from all disciplines and All About: Illinois Services for the Blind, learn
all industries both within and beyond the Quad Cities about services available for persons who are blind or…
November 17, 2017–February 10, 2018 area, who have an idea worth spreading and a passion Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 2pm Mon
to share it; seeking speakers to present bold, radical Nov 27
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Centennial Hall Galleries, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201
established bodies of work; talks are required to be well-
formatted, visually inspiring, and act as a launching point COURSES
both for their idea and themselves, Figge Art Museum,
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, Noon-4 pm, or by appointment 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Wed Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training #186203,
Nov 1 thru Fri Nov 10 $40; for information, call 563-441-4081, to register, call
For more information call 309-794-7400, email 563-441-4100… EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety
augieartmuseum@augustana.edu or visit augustana.edu/artmuseum Basics of Coin Collecting, program about the basics Training, 1pm Thu Nov 2
of coin collecting presented by the… Moline Public
Library, 6:30pm Mon Nov 6 Drug & Alcohol Awareness Refresher #186222,
$30; for information, call 563-441-4081, to register, call
Join the conversation: #HerbariumTales #ATMA The Reformation and Its Impact on Science and 563-441-4100… EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety
Technology, a presentation in the Frieze Lecture Series Training, 3pm Thu Nov 2
on the 500th… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown
Library, 2pm Tue Nov 7 8-Hour Operations Level Spill Response #186283,
$135; for information, call 563-441-4081, to register, call
History Beneath Our Feet, take a photographic tour 563-441-4100… EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety
of historical markers in the Illinois… Rock Island Public Training, 8am Fri Nov 3
Library - Downtown Library, 6pm Wed Nov 8
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Card Making with Donna Banta, join us in making Advanced Floral Design II, Tuesdays thru Dec. 12; Centering Prayer, on Mondays; meeting consisting of Scott County Committee of the Whole, on
homemade greeting cards; each participant will… design floral arrangements for your home… Black Hawk experience, education, and sharing, with time for… Our Tuesdays; for information, call 563-326-8749… Scott
LeClaire Community Library, 11am Sat Nov 4 College - Quad City Campus, 5:45pm Tue Nov 21 Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 9am Mon Nov 6 thru County Administration Center, 8am Tue Nov 14 thru
Mon Nov 27 Tue Nov 28
Forklift Operator Training Section #186231, Technology Open Lab, staffers offer help with a
$85; for information, call 563-441-4081, to register, call variety of questions, from using… Rock Island Public Scott County Planning & Zoning Meeting, on Economic Development Meeting, … LeClaire City
563-441-4100… EICC Blong Technology Center, 8am Library - Southwest Branch, 3:30pm Fri Nov 24 the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month; for… Scott County Hall, 8am Mon Nov 27
Mon Nov 6 Annex Building, 7pm Tue Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 21
Do Drop In, on the 2nd & 4th Sun. of the month; LeClaire Chamber Board Meeting, if you would like
Forklift Operator Training Section #186232, discuss… First Presbyterian Church - LeClaire, 11:10am Centering Prayer, on Tuesdays; meeting consisting to attend and present a topic, contact… LeClaire City
$85; for information, call 563-441-4081, to register, call Sun Nov 26 of experience, education, and sharing, with… Grace Hall, 8am Tue Nov 28
563-441-4100… EICC Blong Technology Center, 12:30pm Lutheran Church, noon Tue Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28
Mon Nov 6
November
MEETINGS Centering Prayer, on the 2nd & 4th Thu. of the month;
Ancestry.com Course, learn the basics of the Library’s meeting… Holy Family Catholic Church, 1:30pm Thu
Ancestry.com database; free; for… Moline Public Library, Nov 9 thru Thu Nov 23 Quad Cities Computer Society Meeting,
2pm Tue Nov 7 Weekly & Bi-Weekly with a presentation on “Traveling the Globe with a
Quad Cities Open Coffee, on the 2nd & 4th Thursday Smartphone… Butterworth Center, 7pm Wed Nov 1
Conversational Leadership, thru Nov. 9; an Adult Children of Alcoholics, on Wednesdays, a of the month; pitch your… Coworkqc, 6pm Thu Nov 9
interactive, skill-building workshop using real workplace meeting of the 12-step, 12-tradition… St. Paul Lutheran thru Thu Nov 23 Scott County Conservation Board Meeting, for
stories… SAU Downtown Education Center, 8:30am Tue Church - Davenport, 5pm Wed Nov 1 thru Wed Nov 29 information, call 563-328-3280 or e-mail conservation@
Nov 7 Hub Huddle, on the 2nd & 4th Fri. of the month; join… scottcountyiowa.com… West Lake Park Headquarters
Centering Prayer, on Wednesdays; meeting consisting MRA - Iowa/Western Illinois Division, 6:30am Fri Nov 10 Office, 3pm Wed Nov 8
Diet and Inflammation, a course in the Family and of experience, education, and sharing, with… Christ the thru Fri Nov 24
Consumer Sciences - Webinar series;… University of King Catholic Church, 9am Wed Nov 1 thru Wed Nov 29
Illinois Extension - Milan, noon Thu Nov 9
Centering Prayer, on Wednesdays; meeting consisting
Technology Open Lab, staffers offer help with a of experience, education, and sharing, with… St. Mary
variety of questions, from using… Rock Island Public Monastery, 1pm Wed Nov 1 thru Wed Nov 29
Library - Downtown Library, 3:30pm Fri Nov 10
Stitching Group, on Wednesdays; all crafters are
Do Drop In, on the 2nd & 4th Sun. of the month; welcome; bring your materials and… River Valley District
discuss… First Presbyterian Church - LeClaire, 11:10am Library, 1pm Wed Nov 1 thru Wed Nov 29
Sun Nov 12 thru Sun Nov 26
Centering Prayer, on Thursdays; meeting consisting of
Mug Meals, learn how to make a delicious meal using experience, education, and sharing, with… St. Andrew
just a… LeClaire Community Library, 4:30pm Mon Nov Church, 1pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30
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Centering Prayer, on Thursdays; meeting consisting
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Outreach of experience, education, and sharing, with… St. Paul
Training #185367, Mon. 8am-3pm, Tue. 8am-noon; Lutheran Church - Davenport, 6pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu
participants will learn how nine major… EICC Midwest Nov 30
Center for Public Safety Training, 8am Mon Nov 13
Independent Scholars Evening, on Thursdays; a
Adulting Series: Responsible Pet Ownership, free-standing, public forum for the support of… Moline
a series of courses that will help you master basic… Commercial Club, 7pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30
Fairmount Street Library, 6pm Tue Nov 14
Scott County Board Meeting, every other Thursday;
OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach for information, call 563-326-8749 or e-mail board@
Training #185349, Tue. 1-5pm, Wed. 8am-3pm; this scottcountyiowa.com… Scott County Administrative
course will cover construction safety… EICC Midwest Center, 5pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30
Center for Public Safety Training, 1pm Tue Nov 14
Citizens to Reform Animal Control, lunchtime
Responsible Pet Ownership, learn life skills that will discussions on the first and last Saturdays of the
help you navigate the adult… Fairmount Street Library, month… RME (River Music Experience), noon Sat Nov 4
6pm Tue Nov 14 thru Sat Nov 25

Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Adult Children of Alcoholics, on Saturdays, a
Response (HAZWOPER) Refresher #185280, meeting of the 12-step, 12-tradition… Edwards
this course is the annual refresher to the 40-Hour Congregational Church, 10am Sat Nov 4 thru Sat Nov
Hazardous… EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety 25
Training, 8am Thu Nov 16

Technology Open Lab, staffers offer help with a
variety of questions, from using… Rock Island Public
Citizens to Reform DHS (Illinois Child and Family
Services), lunchtime discussions on the first and last
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LITERATURE

Winners and Favorites from Our 2017 Short-Fiction Contest
T
his year’s rules for the Short-Fiction At their insistence, I put on the Golden
Contest stipulated 300 words or Crown, and I became the official savior of
fewer and the piece had to include Monkeyville.
one of 10 sentences pulled from Mark - X. H. Collins - Bettendorf, Iowa
Twain’s 1889 comedic novel, A Connecti-
cut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. All
the Twain prompts, and all the submis-
Third Place
sions, are available at RCReader.com/ Withdrawal
short-fiction. I’ve always wanted to rob a bank.
As I walked in, the unsuspecting guard
First Place held the door open. I nodded to him.
Carefully I scanned my surroundings.
Checkmate There were cameras mounted on every
She ran her arthritic fingers through wall and the lone guard at the entrance.
his wispy hair. The infusion pump A row of tellers sat behind a counter with
clicked. There was a far-off rattling of a no protective glass. I picked the young-
candy striper’s cart. est one and made my way to her. She was
His breathing suddenly ceased to be new here. Fresh faced and doe-eyed.
metronomic, punctuated now with little “How can I help you sir? She asked
clearings of the throat. cheerfully.
She laid her book down. “You awake?” Slowly I slid a folded piece of paper
Silence. “Are you okay?” across the counter to her.
He spoke without opening his eyes. As she reached for it the old building
“A man can die but once; we owe God a began to shake as the 3:15 train rumbled
death.” by. She stopped and looked around.
“You’re not dying. It’s a hernia.” So you see I was expecting this inter-
He groaned. ruption, it did not take me by surprise. I
She laughed. “You thought you’d trip pulled my cap down lower over my face
me up with … Shakespeare?” and slid my other hand into my jacket
“All right, you saucy minx.” His eyes Illustration by Johhnie Clunie pocket and pointed it towards her. As she
opened slowly. “The world breaks every- read the paper and I could see the appre-
one and afterward many are strong at the wary. “What is it, Fox?” One brave monkey hension in her face. She fumbled with her
broken places.” “I see that I was mistaken about Eve; it managed to say cash drawer.
“Do you want some ice chips?” is better to live outside the Garden with “Don’t you all see? The Sun had gone “You okay, honey?” asked the teller
“Ice chips? You’re stalling.” her than inside it without her.” dark! It’s the rage over you foolish, fool- next to her.
“Please, you think I don’t recognize She smiled. “I like that one.” ish bunch! They are taking away all you She nodded nervously.
that old misogynist?” - Dustin Joy - Illinois City, Illinois have, but you are chaining me, the One Carefully she counted the stack of bills
“Papa Hemingway? Take that back or I that can save you!” I declared. and slid them across the counter to me. I
swear I’ll relapse into my coma.”
She considered for a minute. “Women
Second Place “Who are they?” One bunny asked. I
ignored her.
snapped them up and gave her a dashing
smile.
have served all these centuries as looking How the Fox Stole the “Taking what away?” One monkey I turned and made my way to the door.
glasses reflecting the figure of man at Golden Crown in Monkeyville asked. Again the guard opened the door for me.
twice its natural size.” I was chained to a pole on the Rock in “Your sticks! Your rocks! You will A black SUV and a man were waiting.
He smirked. “Well, Virginia Woolf the town square for borrowing a chicken not be able to throw them freely at each “Everything go okay, Dad?” he asked.
says you’re not doing your job. And without asking first when the Sun other, as you have done since the begin- I said nothing and made my way to the
rocks in your pockets? A real man uses a disappeared and afternoon turned into ning of Monkeyville!” car. He folded my walker and helped me
shotgun” twilight. Eclipse! It came into my mind, “That’s outrageous!” One old monkey inside.
“Your point being that Virginia Woolf in the nick of time, how Columbus, or grumbled. Several of his mates nodded “You know we can show you how to
wasn’t a real man?” Cortez, or one of those people, played an vigorously. pay your rent online so you don’t need to
He stroked his chin. “Inherited ideas eclipse as a saving trump once, on some “There is more! How about three come down here every month.”
are a curious thing, and interesting to savages, and I saw my chance. bananas in the morning, and four in the I looked away. “Let’s go.”
observe and examine.” He smiled wick- “Behold!” I stood as tall as I could, evening?” I said. I patted the stack of bills in my pocket
edly. “Gotcha!” raising my front legs. My silhouette “What! We have always had four in the as we pulled away and disappeared into
“Nice try, but at least Twain was a looked the best in the twilight, as my morning, and three in the evening!” The traffic.
feminist. He threw off inherited ideas silver tail with a hint of bloody orange crowd cried, “What to do?” I’ve always wanted to rob a bank.
and spoke for suffrage. How about you?” looked massive in that light. “Free me!” I yelled, just as the Sun - Colin Sommers - Moline, Illinois
She kissed him on the forehead and he The monkeys and all the others–bun- reappeared, “and I can save you!”
sighed. nies, squirrels, foxes, guys who came to “That’s the sign!” the crowd cheered.
“Since I’m dying, do you want to hear Monkeyville because it was the best place One hunky monkey climbed up and
my favorite Twain quote?” he asked. “It’s in the entire Flower and Fruit Mountain– broke the chain.
from Adam’s Diary.” shivered more at my holler. “You saved us!” Several monkeys were
“Okay.” She looked intrigued, but in joyful tears. Continued On Page 16
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Winners and Favorites from Our
2017 Short-Fiction Contest
Fourth Place Fifth Place
Can I Tell You Something? Pandemic
“Always, Grandpa,” I say into the phone. The stainless steel door to my labora-
“But can I tell you something strange?” tory whispered open. The Director had
“I guess so.” The words come slowly, like her heavies with her, the tall Punjabi I’d
they form a question. “I mean, yes.” named Muff and Scruff. The midnight-
“I think it’s wonderful.” black car far below had rolled away,
“You can tell me, Grandpa.” armored SUVS before and behind. So you
“You have to promise not to tell anyone.” see I was expecting this interruption; it did
“Now you’re just being weird.” not take me by surprise.
“I’m not weird. Just promise me. Please.” “The Prime Minister cannot wait
“I promise.” any longer, Dr. Singh,” she said. The
“Okay. All right,” he continues. “But you bindibetween her eyebrows glowed like
promised.” blood. “Yesterday’s death toll reached the
“Just tell me.” thousands.”
“I think your grandmother has come “I need 48 hours,” I said. “We cannot be
back.” wrong about this.”
Something in me seemed to believe him— Muff walked the cages housing my
my consciousness, as you may say; but my patients. Lot 106 lay torpid with swol-
reason didn’t. len stomachs and spasming limbs. Lot
“Somehow she’s found a way to return. To 107 barked and clawed their fur, piercing
me. And it’s crazy, I know it sounds crazy. skin and spraying spittle. But Lot 108 sat
But I know it’s true. And this isn’t something alertly. One groomed; one nudged his
like on TV—where people say they feel them water spout. The third watched me and in
in their heart. This is more. This is so much that black bottomless eye I saw myself, the
more than that.” turban I had not washed in days, stained
“Grandpa—” lab coat flapping around arms grown thin
“You’re the only person I can tell. So I’m from lack of food or sleep.
telling you. Things are happening. And I “The serum, doctor,” she said, and
can’t explain it. Such wonderful things.” Scruff moved behind me. He seized my
“What’s happening?” hands and the last vial, stoppered and
“Your grandma was always a joker. Always bullet-smooth.
teasing me, joking around to show her love.” “No! It’s not ready! People could die!”
“I know. But Grandpa, I don’t “They’re dying already.” I felt the punc-
understand.” ture in my neck, and my legs disappeared.
“Things are moving around the house.” The floor felt like ice.
“What sort of things?” The Director held up the vial. Particles
“Little things. A few times a week.” gleamed and floated in the light.
“Objects? Like floating through the air?” “I,” she whispered. “I will decide
“Maybe.” for them. I will be death, and I will be
“What does maybe mean?” deliverance.”
“Sometimes things are moved. I don’t Against the darkness hemming my
know how she does it. I haven’t seen it vision, her true face emerged, the licking
happen.” tongue, the mad eyes: Kali, goddess of
“What things?” destruction. All those innocent people.
“Silverware. Remotes. Even some of my “Poor man,” she said. “Your sacrifice.
books.” You will never know.”
“And nothing is ever missing?” In the last rat’s eyes I saw the spreading
“It’s not burglars.” light of pure consciousness, the galaxies
“I just want to understand what exactly is parting, spiraling the path to eternal truth.
happening.” She was wrong; I would know everything.
“That’s what I’m telling you. I’m sure your I opened my arms and fell into the infinite.
grandma is just goofing with me.” - Misty Urban - Muscatine, Iowa
“I’m sorry. I wish I knew what to say right
now. I just don’t know what you want me to Read all the Mark Twain prompts, plus
think of all this.” all our reader submissions, online at
“Sweetie,” he says, “I want you to be happy RCReader.com/short-fiction.
for me.”
- Brian Burmeister - Ankeny, Iowa
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Wed Nov 29

Art, Myth & Literature: Evocation of the Feminine TOPS Meeting, on Wednesdays; the Taking Off Pounds
Spirit, a Quad Cities Institute of Noetic Sciences Meeting, Sensibly Group; 11:30am weigh-in, noon meeting; $1-2;
with a… Bettendorf Public Library, 6:30pm Thu Nov 9 for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
Recipe Swap, discuss and share your favorite recipes CASISeniors.org, 11:30am thru Wed Nov 29
with each other, just… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31
Branch, 6pm Thu Nov 9 T’ai Chi Ch’un, on Wednesdays; $24-36/6 weeks;
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for
x stitch + (Cross Stitch Plus), a group that meets to Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
work on cross stitch, embroidery,… Davenport Public CASISeniors.org, 10:30am thru Wed Nov 29
Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 2pm Sat Nov 11
Zumba Gold, on Wednesdays; $3-5; for information,
Popular Astronomy Club Meeting, held at the call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035
Carriage House and adjacent Butterworth Center; W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am
visitors… Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 7pm Mon Nov thru Wed Nov 29
13
Billiards, Mon.-Fri.; $1-2; for information, call 563-386-
LeClaire Chamber Networking Lunch, everyone 7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly
welcome… Riverview Roadhouse, noon Tue Nov 14 Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 8am thru Thu

CONNECT FOR FREE
Nov 30
Scott County Zoning Board of Adjustment
Meeting, for information, call 563-326-8643 or e-mail Low-Impact Exercise, Mon.-Fri.; $3-5; for information,
planning@scottcountyiowa.com… Scott County Annex call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035
Building, 4pm Wed Nov 15 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am all around the Quad Cities
thru Thu Nov 30
Scott County Board of Health Meeting, for
information, call 563-326-8618 or e-mail health@ Personal Reflexology, on Wednesday and Thursday
with Xtream WiFi!
scottcountyiowa.com… Scott County Administration by appointment only, with Janet Latchaw; $20; for
Center, noon Thu Nov 16 information, call 563-349-5832, CASI (Center for Xtream WiFi gives you the freedom to surf and
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
Veterans Affairs Commission Meeting, for CASISeniors.org, 1pm thru Thu Nov 30 stream the web when you're away from home.
information, call 563-326-8723 or e-mail commserve@
scottcountyiowa.com… Scott County Administrative Euchre, on Thursdays & Fridays; $2-4; for information, Simply sign in to XtreamWiFi and connect to a
Center, 8am Fri Nov 17 call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), fast, reliable online network you can count on.
1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org,
QCMUG (Quad Cities Macintosh Users Group) 12:45pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30
Meeting, with a special program/presentation on MEDIACOM INTERNET CUSTOMERS
Macintosh Applications or hardware, and… Bettendorf New Horizons Band Practice, on Thursdays; $2-4;
Public Library, 6:30pm Tue Nov 21 for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for FREE unlimited access to Xtream WiFi
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
Rock Island County Board Meeting, meetings are CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30
open to the public; for information, call 309-558-3605… NOT A MEDIACOM INTERNET CUSTOMER?
Rock Island County Office Building, 5:30pm Tue Nov 21 Zumba Gold, on Thursdays; $3-5; for information, call Enjoy 30 FREE minutes of Xtream WiFi each month
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9:30am

HEALTH Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30

Bingo, on Fridays; for information, call 563-386-7477,
2017 Quad Cities Go Red for Women Luncheon, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road,
annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm Fri Nov 3 thru
featuring 10:30am demonstrations,… Davenport Fri Nov 24
RiverCenter, 10:30am Wed Nov 1
Ceramics I & II, on Fridays; $7-9; for information, call
Open Lap Swim, on Mondays and Wednesdays; $4-5, 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
$10/family of four or more;… Black Hawk College - Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9:30am
Community Aquatic Center, 4pm Wed Nov 1 thru Wed Fri Nov 3 thru Fri Nov 24
Nov 29
Golden Tones Chorus Practice, on Fridays; $2-4;
Zumba Fitness, on Tuesdays; a fun, Latin-inspired for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for
group fitness dance workout that incorporates… Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
Phoenix Body Solutions, 6:30pm Tue Nov 7 thru Tue CASISeniors.org, 9am Fri Nov 3 thru Fri Nov 24
Nov 28
Senior Theatre, on Fridays; $2-4; for information, call
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.

SENIORS Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 10:30am
Fri Nov 3 thru Fri Nov 24

Weekly & Bi-Weekly Zumba Toning, on Fridays; $3-5; for information, call
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
Bunco, on Wednesdays; $2-4; for information, call Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 7:45am
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Fri Nov 3 thru Fri Nov 24
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 2pm thru
Wed Nov 29 Bridge, on Mondays & Fridays; $2-4; for information, call
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
Cribbage, on Wednesdays; $2-4; for information, call Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Fri Nov 3 thru Mon Nov 27
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm thru
Wed Nov 29 The Sunday Dinner Senior Club, on the first
and third Sundays of the month; dinner is… First
Energizing Yoga, on Wednesdays; $7-9; for Presbyterian Church - LeClaire, 11:45am Sun Nov 5 thru
information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Sun Nov 19
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
CASISeniors.org, 2pm thru Wed Nov 29 Ceramics I, on Mondays; $9-11; for information, call
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
Evening Bingo, on Wednesdays; 5:30pm doors, 6pm Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9:30am
early-bird bingo, with regular bingo following; minimum Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27 Sign in to XtreamWiFi and get connected today!
cost $10/pack; 50/50 raffles, early, middle and late bird
games, and a progressive jackpot; no food or drinks Shuffleboard, on Mondays; $2-4; for information, call
allowed; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. LEARN MORE AT
for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
CASISeniors.org, 6pm thru Wed Nov 29
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 2:15pm
Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27 MEDIACOMCABLE.COM/XTREAM-WIFI
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Blood Pressure Check, on Tuesdays; free; for Magic: The Gathering Club, on Wednesdays; teens
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CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road,
SENIORS / Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm Tue Nov 7 thru information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for play Magic or Pokemon trading-card games, chat…
Weekly & Bi-Weekly Tue Nov 28 Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Bettendorf Public Library, 2pm thru Wed Nov 29
CASISeniors.org, 9am Tue Nov 14
Line Dancing Free Lessons, on Tuesdays; for My Time!, on Wednesdays; dinner, games, and a Bible
Ugly Quilts, on Mondays; no sewing experience information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for lesson for grades… First Presbyterian Church - LeClaire,
necessary; free; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, November 5:30pm thru Wed Nov 29
(Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, CASISeniors.org, 8:30am Tue Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28
Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 8am Mon Nov 6 thru Hats Off to Hat Bash Luncheon, $7-9; for Night Owl Storytime, on Wednesdays; stories and
Mon Nov 27 Line Dancing I, on Tuesdays; $3-5; for information, call information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for activities to settle in for the… Davenport Public Library -
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Eastern Ave. Branch, 6pm thru Wed Nov 29
Zumba Gold Toning, on Mondays; $3-5; for Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am Tue CASISeniors.org, noon Wed Nov 1
information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28 R-Time!, on Wednesdays; dinner, games, and a Bible
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Low Vision Support Group, for information, call lesson for grades… First Presbyterian Church - LeClaire,
CASISeniors.org, 10:15am Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27 Senior Computer Tech, on Tuesdays; $5-7; for 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. 5:30pm thru Wed Nov 29
information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 10am
Canasta, on Tuesdays; $2-4; for information, call Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Thu Nov 2 Teen Gaming, on Wednesdays; try out new games and
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. CASISeniors.org, 1pm Tue Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28 gaming systems; we… Fairmount Street Library, 2:30pm
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm Tue Senior Bingo, for information, call 309-755-9614… East thru Wed Nov 29
Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28 Grief Support Group, on the 2nd & 4th Wed. of the Moline Public Library, 3pm Thu Nov 2
month; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center Toddler Storytime, on Wednesdays; introduce early
Ceramics II, on Tuesdays; $7-11/session, $9-12/all day; for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, What Documents Will the Kids Need When I’m literacy skills to your toddler with… Fairmount Street
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for CASISeniors.org, 9:30am Wed Nov 8 thru Wed Nov 22 Gone?, a presentation in the financial education series Library, 10am thru Wed Nov 29
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, on the best practices and how to build retirement
CASISeniors.org, Tue Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28 Caregivers Support Group, on the 2nd Mon. of the funds and plans; learn simple estate planning steps and Yoga and Stories, on Wednesdays, for ages 3-10;
month; free; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI financial tips to make certain your wishes are carried out experience your favorite stories told… Bettendorf Public
Crocheting & Knitting Volunteer Class, on (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, effectively and to ensure your financial goals are met; Library, 6:30pm thru Wed Nov 29
Tuesdays; make hats, scarfs, and mittens for children Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 10:30am Mon Nov 13 free; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for
and the homeless; donations of yarn and other knitting Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Preschool Storytime, Tuesday through Friday at
needs accepted; free; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASISeniors.org, 10:30am Thu Nov 2 10am; stories, songs, finger plays, and… Bettendorf
Public Library, 10am thru Thu Nov 30
Veteran’s Breakfast, $7-9; for information, call
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Preschool Story Time, on Thursdays, for ages 3-5;
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 7:45am stories, rhymes, songs and more… Moline Public Library,
Mon Nov 6 10am Thu Nov 2 thru Thu Nov 30

Blood Pressure Screening, Shingles Screening, & Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying, on Tuesday
Medication Review, for information, call 563-386-7477, and Thursday; for teens interested in Dungeons and…
CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm Thu Nov 2 thru Thu
Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am Thu Nov 9 Nov 30

Holiday Hat Bash, annual evening of fun, delicious Baby Storytime, on Fridays; jump-start you and your
food, a hat contest, raffle, silent auction, man cave, child’s literacy building skills… Fairmount Street Library,
ladies lounge, and much more; $40-50; for information, 10am Fri Nov 3 thru Fri Nov 17
call 563-386-7477 or e-mail smeier@casiseniors.org,
CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Toddler Tale Storytime, on the 1st & 3rd Fri. of the
Davenport IA, HatBash.com, 5:30pm Thu Nov 9 months; stories, songs, and… Rock Island Public Library -
Downtown Library, 10:30am Fri Nov 3 thru Fri Nov 17
Lunch and Learn: Owls of Iowa, first 15 to register are
free, after that $2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477, Preschool Storytime, on Fridays; stories, songs, and
CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, crafts for preschoolers; free; for… Davenport Public
Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 11am Tue Nov 14 Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 10am Fri Nov 3 thru Fri
Nov 24
CASI Local Travel Series: Silver Bell Social, $10-20
includes transportation and ticket; for information, call Child’s Play: Create, Explore, Experience, on
563-386-7477 or e-mail lbrown@casiseniors.org, CASI Saturdays; designed for preschoolers, but all welcome;
(Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, rotating programs… Bettendorf Public Library, 10pm
Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 8:30am Fri Nov 17 Sat Nov 4 thru Sat Nov 25

CASI Thanksgiving Luncheon, $7-9; for information, Minecraft Mondays, on Mondays; connect with other
call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 kids as we play Minecraft… Fairmount Street Library,
W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 11am 3:30pm Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27
Tue Nov 21
Preschool Storytime, on Mondays; stories, songs,
TRIAD (Reducing Crime Against Seniors), for finger plays, and action rhymes… Bettendorf Public
information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Library, 6:30pm Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
CASISeniors.org, 9:30am Wed Nov 22 Preschool Storytime, on Mondays; stories, songs,
and crafts for preschoolers; free; for… Fairmount Street
Adult Coloring Group, bring your own coloring Library, 10am Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27
book and colors; coffee and snacks will be provided;
$2; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Story Time for Littles, Mondays at 9:30 & 10:45am; for
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, ages birth-36 months; stories,… Moline Public Library,
CASISeniors.org, 10am Mon Nov 27 Mon Nov 6 thru Mon Nov 27

Senior Outreach: Off-site Checkout, the LeClaire Early Start Story Time, on Tuesdays; literacy based
Community Library will be partnering with the storytime for children 2-5 and their… Davenport Public
Milestones… LeClaire Community Library, 11:45am Wed Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 9:30am Tue Nov 7 thru
Nov 29 Tue Nov 28

Library Playgroup, on Tuesdays; open play and

KIDS’ STUFF socialization for children 0-5 and… Davenport Public
Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 10am Tue Nov 7 thru Tue
Nov 28
Weekly & Bi-Weekly
Minecraft Tuesdays, on Tuesdays; connect with other
After School Kids Lab, on Wednesdays; this kids as we play Minecraft… Davenport Public Library -
program will alternate between making crafts, doing… Eastern Ave. Branch, 3:30pm Tue Nov 7 thru Tue Nov 28
Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm thru Wed Nov 29
Toddler Tale Storytime, on Tuesdays; stories, songs,
Exploratorium, on Wednesdays; a new S.T.E.A.M. topic and a craft for ages five and under,… Rock Island Public
each week for grades K-5; free;… Moline Public Library, Library - 30/31 Branch, 10:30am Tue Nov 21 thru Tue
2pm thru Wed Nov 29 Nov 28

Half-Time!, on Wednesdays; dinner, games, and a Bible
lesson for grades… First Presbyterian Church - LeClaire,
5:30pm thru Wed Nov 29
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Read to a Dog, QC CAN’s Reading Assistance Dogs are Teen Advisory Board, teens share ideas about would
November specially trained, along with… Davenport Public Library - make the library a better… Silvis Public Library, 6pm Tue
Eastern Ave. Branch, 5pm Mon Nov 13 Nov 21
Crafternoon, this drop-in program is fun for all ages;
free; for… LeClaire Community Library, 3pm Wed Nov 1 Petite Picassos, ages 5 & under use all of their senses Teen Volunteer Council, hang out, eat snacks, and
during… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, share your ideas on how… Fairmount Street Library,
After-School Fun for Teens, enjoy a variety of video 10:30am Tue Nov 14 4:30pm Tue Nov 21
games, board games, and computer… Moline Public
Library, noon Wed Nov 1 Anime Club for Teens, watch, read, discuss, and Toddler Tale Storytime, stories, songs, and a craft
hang out with fellow otaku; for… Moline Public Library, for ages five and under,… Rock Island Public Library -
Story Time for Littles, for ages birth-36 months; 3:30pm Tue Nov 14 Southwest Branch, 10:30am thru Wed Nov 29
nurture your young one’s love of… Moline Public Library,
6pm Wed Nov 1 Biblioteens, teens learn about new books, hang out, Petite Picassos, ages 5 & under use all of their senses
and have some… LeClaire Community Library, 4:30pm during… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest Branch,
Toddler Tale Storytime, stories, songs, and a craft Tue Nov 14 10:30am Wed Nov 22
for ages five and under,… Rock Island Public Library -
Southwest Branch, 10:30am Wed Nov 1 KinderNature, fun and hands-on learning with your Exploratorium Jr., evening version of our popular
3-5 year old;each child… Quad City Botanical Center, drop-in series, featuring hands-on projects… Moline
Cookie Monster’s Birthday Party, celebrate the 10:30am Tue Nov 14 Public Library, 6pm Mon Nov 27
“Sesame Street” character’s special day with crafts and…
Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 6pm Thu Nov 2 Maple Leaf Luminary Bag with Battery-Powered Teen Fandom Book Club, geek out with other teen
Tea Light, an activity in the Southwest Family Craft readers about Percy Jackson, Harry… Fairmount Street
Marvel Movie Night, vote on which Marvel movie we series; free; for… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest Library, 4pm Mon Nov 27
watch, enjoy free snacks… Rock Island Public Library - Branch, 6pm Tue Nov 14
Southwest Branch, 5pm Thu Nov 2 Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars, all-new ice-
After-School Fun for Teens, enjoy a variety of video skating adventure with characters from Disney hits
Mini Makers, for ages 10 months to 3 years; sensory games, board games, and computer… Moline Public including “Frozen,”… TaxSlayer Center, 7pm Thu Nov 30
play encourages… LeClaire Community Library, 10:30am Library, noon Wed Nov 15
Thu Nov 2 Tween/Teen Gaming Night, gaming fun and snacks Disney on Ice presents Reach for the Stars at
Story Time for Littles, for ages birth-36 months; for ages 8 to 12 and… Rock Island Public Library -
Reading Assistance Dogs, children have the nurture your young one’s love of… Moline Public Library, Downtown Library, 5:30pm Thu Nov 30 TaxSlayer Center - November 30
opportunity to read aloud to dogs from… Bettendorf 6pm Wed Nov 15
Public Library, 6pm Thu Nov 2
Family Story Time: Little Elliot, Big Fun, a
Sew Crazy!: Fancy Bookmarks, easy sewing projects celebration of Mike Curato’s book with activities,
for school-aged children with all supplies provided;… readings, crafts,… Silvis Public Library, 6pm Thu Nov 16
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 4pm Thu
Nov 2 Sew Crazy!: Tote Bags, easy sewing projects for
school-aged children with all supplies provided;…
Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G), meet with peers and Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 4pm Thu
make decisions for the Young Adult… Moline Public Nov 16
Library, 3:30pm Thu Nov 2
Spotlight on: Trending Fun, grades 1-6 gets hands-
Tinker Lab: Sphero Robots, for ages 10+; Sphero is a on experience with a popular trend; free;… Moline Public
small, round robot that… LeClaire Community Library, Library, 6:30pm Thu Nov 16
4:30pm Thu Nov 2
Teen Advisory Group (TAG), help plan cool events,
Teen Game Night, come for a night of games on the request new library materials, eat snacks,… LeClaire
Xbox One… River Valley District Library, 5:30pm Fri Community Library, 4:30pm Thu Nov 16
Nov 3
Girls on Fire Conference, the Figge hosts “Love Girls
Explorers/Explorers Jr: The Kitchen, Not Just Magazine” and partners for two days of empowerment
for Cooking!, workshop in which kids learn about the focused on the capabilities, achievements, and spirit
chemical reactions that… Putnam Museum & Science of junior-high and high-school girls; for information,
Center, 9am Sat Nov 4 call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St.,
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Thu Nov 16 and
The Great Pumpkin Drop, bring your jack-o-lanterns Fri Nov 17
and we’ll drop them over the ledge; included… Family
Museum, 9am Sat Nov 4 Family Fun Night: Science aLIVE!, learn about atoms
and molecules, acids and bases, chemical reactions,…
Jolly Rancher Readers, join teens for an open book Putnam Museum & Science Center, 5pm Fri Nov 17
share; refreshments served; free;… Silvis Public Library,
6pm Tue Nov 7 Make & Take Craft: Hand Turkeys, bring your kids in
to make an adorable craft to… Silvis Public Library, 11am
Play & Grow, for ages three & under and a caregiver; Sat Nov 18

WITNESS
sing, read,… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch,
10:30am Tue Nov 7 Saturday Storytime: November Feast, sing songs,
read books, and do a fun craft; free;… Fairmount Street
Play & Grow, for ages three & under and a caregiver; Library, 10am Sat Nov 18
sing, read,… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest
Branch, 10:30am Wed Nov 8 Junior Explorers: Farming, ages 3-7 come in for a fun
storytime and hands-on… LeClaire Community Library,
STEAM-azing: Rube Goldberg Machine Building, 6:30pm Tue Nov 21
science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects
for kids and… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch,
November 17, 2017–February 10, 2018
3:30pm Wed Nov 8
September 26 Crossword Answers Opening reception: November 17, 5-7 p.m.; curator talk, 6 p.m.
Creativity Lab, ages 5 & up make art their own way;
Exhibition and events are free and open to the public.
free;… Moline Public Library, 6:30pm Thu Nov 9
Centennial Hall Galleries, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201
Family Story Time, join in for a story, activity, and fun
for all… Silvis Public Library, 6pm Thu Nov 9
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, Noon-4 pm, or by appointment
For more information call 309-794-7400, email
Sew Crazy!: Stuffed Owls, easy sewing projects
for school-aged children with all supplies provided;…
augieartmuseum@augustana.edu or visit augustana.edu/artmuseum
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 4pm Thu
Nov 9

Teen Marvel Movie Night, hang out, eat snacks and Join the conversation: #WitnessATMA #GreatQCListen #ATMA
watch your favorite Marvel Universe… Fairmount Street
Library, 5:30pm Thu Nov 9

Play & Grow, for ages three & under and a caregiver;
sing, read,… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown
Library, 10:30am Fri Nov 10
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MEASURING UP · OCTOBER 31, 2017
Crossword September 26 Answers: Page 19

ACROSS 78. Measures depth of water 36. Pratt or Farley
1. Ardor 81. Prize 37. Untrusting
5. Long-tailed bird 83. Place in the Greek underworld 38. Measures human height
10. Motorist’s problem 85. Collect 39. Fluorescent dye
14. Pack 86. Becomes 40. Abrasive material
18. Let loose 87. Means justifier 42. Some tires
19. Inspirational goddess 88. Broke, British style 44. Clemency
20. Kind of fund 89. Mister, in Munich 48. Sports event
21. Duration 91. Adviser to Nero 50. _ -cornered
22. Measures speed of rotation 94. Broken piece: Var. 52. Skirts for stage shows
24. Measures thickness of objects 95. Wrinkle-free 53. Chili con _
26. Truman’s Secretary of State 99. Measures wind speed and direction 54. Status quo _
27. Avoid 101. Measures rainfall 55. Spirit in old Roman religion
29. Gulch 104. Cornbread 57. Records
30. Mona _ 105. Sandwich cookies 58. Evergreens
31. Gem 106. Nourishes 59. Suspended sculpture
32. Final result 107. Kind of surgeon 61. Disney dwarf
33. Basilique du _ -Coeur 108. Jumper 62. Bun
36. Anti-slip device 109. Whimper 63. French painter
37. Permit holder 110. Test question answer 64. Place of meeting
41. Additional ones 111. Specify 65. Sitz and sponge
43. Measures density of liquids 66. Active ones
45. _ turkey DOWN 67. Foreign
46. Aristocrat 1. Crumbly cheese 68. Standards
47. Skin openings 2. Apple computer 70. Water plant
49. Fish sometimes pickled 3. Moneyed 71. Box with a lid
50. Instance 4. Old English king 74. Costly spice
51. Queen of Thebes 5. Notes 75. Even game
52. An ungulate 6. Gladiators’ place 76. Source of caviar
53. Schlep 7. Manx _ 78. Punto _ (baccarat)
55. Bottommost point 8. Stopped a fast 79. Craftsmen
56. Prosthetic devices 9. Woolen fabrics 80. Arab VIP
58. Liking 10. Erupt 82. Play a zither
59. Uprising 11. “_ Be a Lady” 84. Rained a lot
60. Of a cereal grass 12. Fraxinus 88. Abode of the dead
61. Soil 13. Chests 89. Flocks
62. Tragic hero 14. Seagal or Spielberg 90. Irregularly notched
63. Dorm setting 15. Leatherwood 91. Drains
65. Carried 16. Bodement 92. Lab compound
66. Dog breed 17. Used to be 93. Hawaiian goose
69. Gothic arches 20. Kind of operatic voice 94. Slumgullion
70. Recidivate 23. Pliable twig 96. Razor brand
71. Firth or Farrell 25. Alma _ 97. Pair
72. New dog breed 28. Rime 98. _ Stanley Gardner
73. Decomposes 31. More cunning than most 100. Before
74. _ d’Ivoire 32. Suitably 102. _ culpa
75. Carapace 33. Substantial 103. _ canto
76. Recipe direction 34. Make amends
New puzzle published
77. Cinnabar is one 35. Measures passage of time
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com

I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Strain
TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A But God help me: I laughed. I laughed
MADEA HALLOWEEN hard. Not nearly as often as I would’ve
Considering Tyler Perry’s previ- liked, given that so much of the movie
ous Boo! was released only 12 months focuses on the excruciating antics of
ago, I think it can be safely said that those hatefully stupid kids. (In the rare
his sequel is a bit of a rush job. But moments when they’re not yammer-
offhand, I can’t think of a follow-up ing or shrieking, Perry simply plops his
that’s felt more rushed than Tyler Perry’s camera down in front of them while they
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, given the drink and dance and flirt, and they can’t
plotline that’s a campground-based even do that convincingly.) Yet although
replica of its predecessor, the line flubs Madea has been saltier and funnier in
that somehow made their way into the previous adventures, she’s still a frequent
finished product, and the god-awful stitch here, particularly in the five to
looping – on at least a half-dozen occa- 10 seconds right before she freaks out.
sions – in which Madea’s “damn”s are (Perry’s tentative, increasingly panicked
awkwardly switched to “darn”s. It’s as sashay away from a Grim Reaper figure
though Perry were presenting his PG-13 is a true classic.) Cassi Davis, as the
feature and its cleaned-up version for pop-eyed Aunt Bam, and Patrice Lovely,
airlines and Walmarts simultaneously. as the barely comprehensible Hattie,
(Why on Earth would the writer/direc- are as endearingly inane as they were
tor, or the studio releasing his fi lm, be the last time around. And while Perry’s
so timid about a few scattered “damn”s? Madea may bring in the crowds, it’s
Miles Teller and Taylor Kitsch in Only the Brave This is, after all, the same movie that Joe who keeps us the most consistently
finds Perry’s crass stoner Joe brazenly entertained, with his riotous, anti-P.C.
ONLY THE BRAVE become devoted roomies and host a
sleepover for Teller’s toddler daughter.)
propositioning a 17-year-old and telling rants so subversive that the shock of
Only the Brave is director Joseph a fellow octogenarian, “Put your teeth in his humor is nearly bracing. I doubt I’ll
Yet if the on-screen conflagrations are
Kosinski’s salute to the Granite Moun- – you ain’t goin’ to work tonight.”) I also soon remember much about Tyler Perry’s
impressive in their realism and matter-
tain Hotshots, a team of 20 select fire- left with the distinct impression that, for Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, but I can’t
of-fact detail, they’re still outmatched, in
fighters based in Prescott, Arizona, who numerous sequences, there wasn’t even imagine ever forgetting Joe’s demand to
those regards, by the central performers,
valiantly battled the state’s Yarnell Hill a working script – just vague directives his house-dress-wearing sister: “Shut up,
who paint vivid portraits based on mere
Fire of 2013. If you’re planning to see the from Perry suggesting improvisations sir.”
brushstrokes.
fi lm and don’t recall how that devastat- that most of the cast members were too
Teller’s recovering addict has moments
ing blaze played out, I’m not going to be inept to pull off. The outrageous overact- For reviews of Jigsaw, Suburbicon, Thank
of subtle heartbreak comparable to those
the one to remind you – though I will ing by the original fi lm’s frat boys and You for Your Service, Blade Runner 2049,
in the actor’s auspicious Rabbit Hole
suggest sneaking in a fistful of tissues teen girls was bad enough. Here, though, Geostorm, The Snowman, The Foreigner,
debut, and I would’ve been perfectly con-
alongside your covertly smuggled candy their hyperactive mugging made me and other recent releases, visit RCReader.
tent to see an entire fi lm devoted to the
and soda. But while the movie hardly wish I had purchased a large bucket of com/movies.
shared sizzle of Brolin and Jennifer Con-
supplies a Happily Ever After, I at least popcorn either to chuck at the screen or
nelly, whose relationship feels charged
left happy that, as opposed to a lot of to place over my head in shame for being
with erotic heat and churning pain in
recent real-life-disaster pics, Kosinski’s there.
ways that few screen marriages ever
sobering and affecting action drama
do. (Among the exemplary cast, only
didn’t at all emerge as blindly worshipful
Andie MacDowell seems uncomfortable,
(Sully), needlessly sentimental (Patriots
probably because she’s been given next
Day), or completely pointless (Deepwater
to nothing to play.) Koninski’s fi lm is so
Horizon).
well-acted, casually observant, and off-
Structurally, nothing that happens
handedly funny that when the Hotshots
deviates from the norm, with the intro-
leave for the climactic fire – you’ll know
ductions to Josh Brolin’s crew leader,
tragedy looms when Brolin calls the mis-
Miles Teller’s newbie recruit, Jeff Bridges’
sion “no big deal” and tells Connelly he’ll
fire chief, and others leading to rather
“probably be home for dinner” – you may
by-the-book sequences of training,
feel a reflexive tightening in your gut, not
early missteps, and later triumphs in
wanting the end to come for any of the
between domestic crises and backyard
characters, or even for the movie itself.
barbecues. (Ken Nolan’s and Eric Warren
By the finale, I was a wreck. I also felt
Singer’s screenplay also features a healthy
honored to have spent two hours in Only
helping of cute, especially after Teller’s
the Brave’s heroic company.
and Taylor Kitsch’s former antagonists Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, and Patrice Lovely in Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
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appear to be candid. You do this by having a
Pic Me! photographer or friend shoot you “in action”
I’m a newly divorced woman trying – in other words, appearing not to notice the
some online-dating sites. Because I read big honking lens or the iPhone right in your
your column, I understand how men face. Plan to shoot a ton of photos and at least
prioritize beauty. I’m an attractive woman, a few will catch you looking babe-alicious.
but I often photograph terribly, and I’m This should help you bridge the photogenic
thinking of spending some money and fairness gap – how there are those the candid
having a professional photographer shoot camera loves and those it loves to make look
some pics in a studio. Would this be a good like ringers for Winston Churchill.
investment? I feel like I’d have a better shot
if I had really great photos.
– Unphotogenic Who Will Stop the Wane?
I’m happily married. My wife is beauti-
Being somewhat vain, I fear the candid ful. She used to put a lot of effort into her
camera. In fact, I not only favor the posed appearance, but she now wears sweats and
photo but tend to stick (rather aggressively) T-shirts everywhere and she never wears
to a single pose – the one that doesn’t make makeup or does her hair. I felt really bad
people wonder whether I eat oats out of a about this on our recent date night, when
burlap bag. she just put her hair in a ponytail and wore
On online dating sites especially, appear- a slouchy army jacket. I want her to keep
ance drives whom we choose or lose. Not making an effort to put herself together for
surprisingly, marketing researcher Jonah me. How can I offer her constructive criti-
Berger reports that “most online contexts,” cism without making her mad?
including dating sites, “are dominated by – Bummed
posed photos,” as opposed to the candid kind
– to the point where the main leisure activity You come up behind a ragged, dishev-
in North America appears to be standing in a eled person standing on the corner and put a
bathroom making duck lips for the camera. dollar in the Starbucks cup they’re holding
Berger notes that people tend to assume – and then you realize your error: “Oops! Hi,
that others will find them more likable and honey!”
worth getting to know if they present “a I suspect the term “constructive criticism”
curated, polished version of the self.” Yet in was coined by someone who went through
his research, it was the candid pics that made life without ever encountering another
people more interested in “being friends” or human being. As I explain in Good Manners
“going on a date” with the person pictured. for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F---,
Those he surveyed also reported feeling here in the real world, “criticizing people
“more connected” to those in the candid doesn’t make them change; it makes them
photos and liking these people more overall. want to clobber you.” That’s because our
“Candid photos made photo targets seem ancient fight-or-flight system is a little one-
more genuine,” Berger explains. They “seem note – juicing us to respond to a verbal attack
to provide a glimpse into what someone is as if it were an attack by some dude running
truly like, an unvarnished perspective on at us with a bloody spear.
how they look and behave when others aren’t So although it isn’t unreasonable to want
looking.” However, there are times when your wife to make an effort on date night,
candids are less advisable. For example, you should focus on what you do want to
Berger found that employers on LinkedIn see rather than what you don’t. For example:
were more interested in hiring someone “Honey, you’re so beautiful, and when it’s
who used a posed photo. Sadly, it seems the date night, it would make me so happy if you
candid “Here I am at one in the morning did your hair and wore a dress. And I’ll wear
drinking my sixth glass of chardonnay” does whatever you want.” And to get her to make
not scream, “Hire me-e-e-e!” more of an effort day to day: “I love you so
But getting back to online dating, let’s much, and I want to be sure we keep the
temper Berger’s findings with what we all romance alive.” Make clear that you aren’t
know: The hotter you look the more replies expecting her to do the dishes in an evening
you’ll get on a dating site. So because you’re dress and a tiara. You’d just be thrilled if,
somebody who often photographs “terribly,” from time to time, the thigh-highs could be
your best bet is getting photos taken that fishnets instead of, well, hip waders.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): observation. I don’t know if I fully deserve mythology – but it took Pastorini to correct
America’s Civil War ended in 1865. the title “Builder of Bridges for Those Who my course. Now, Sagittarius, I invite you to
A veteran from that conflict later Are Seeking Home,” but it does describe the make a similar shift of attitude. What debt of
produced a daughter, Irene Triplett, role I’m hoping to play for Leos. The coming gratitude do you owe a person you have
who is still alive today and collecting his weeks will be an excellent time for your tribe thought of as a source of frustration or
pension. In the coming months, I foresee you to clarify and cultivate your notion of home. obstruction?
being able to take advantage of a comparable
phenomenon, although it may be more VIRGO (August 23-September 22): CAPRICORN (December
metaphorical. Blessings from bygone times, Author Clarissa Pinkola Estés 22-January 19): In the lore of
perhaps even from the distant past, will be encourages us to purge any ancient Greek mythology, the god
available to you. But you’ll have to be alert tendencies we might have to think of Prometheus stole fire from his
and know where to look. So now might be a ourselves as hounded animals, angry, fellow deities and sneakily gave it to us
good time to learn more about your wounded victims, leaky vessels aching to be humans. Before our patron provided us with
ancestors, ruminate exuberantly about your filled, or broken creatures yearning for this natural treasure, we poor creatures had
own history, study the lives of your dead rescue. It so happens that now is a perfect no access to it. As I gaze out at your possibili-
heroes, and maybe even tune in to your time for you to perform this purgation. You ties in the coming months, Capricorn, I
previous incarnations. have maximum power to revise your foresee you having Promethean inclinations.
self-image so that it resounds with more Your ability to bestow blessings and spread
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “I poise, self-sufficiency, and sovereignty. benevolence and do good deeds will be at a
wasn’t in the market to buy a peak. Unlike Prometheus, however, I don’t
Day-Glo plastic fish from a street LIBRA (September 23-October expect you’ll get into trouble for your
vendor,” testified a witty guy named 22): I used to scoff at people who generosity. Just the opposite!
Jef on Facebook, “but that’s exactly what I play the lottery. The chance of
did. The seller said he found it in someone’s winning big is almost nil. Why not AQUARIUS (January 20-February
trash. He wanted 50 cents for it, but I talked invest one’s hopes in more pragmatic schemes 18): Here’s a parable you may find
him up to a dollar. The best part is the to generate money? But my opinion softened useful. An armchair explorer is
expression on the fish’s face. It’s from Edvard a bit when the planet Jupiter made a lucky unexpectedly given a chance to
Munch’s The Scream.” I bring this testimony transit to an aspect in my personal horo- embark on an adventure she has only read
to your attention, Taurus, because I feel it’s scope. It really did seem like my chances of and dreamed about. But she hesitates on the
good role-modeling for you. In the coming winning the lottery were unusually high. I brink of seizing her opportunity. She asks
days, I bet you won’t know exactly what started dreaming about the educational herself, “Do I really want to risk having
you’re looking for until you find it. This prize amusements I’d pursue if I got a huge influx ragged reality corrupt the beautiful fantasy
may not be highly valued by anyone else but of cash. I opened my mind to expansive I’ve built up in my mind’s eye?” In the end she
you. And it will amuse you and be of use to future possibilities that I had previously been takes the gamble. She embarks on the
you in just the right ways. closed to. So even though I didn’t actually get adventure. And ragged reality does in fact
a windfall during this favorable financial partially corrupt her beautiful fantasy. But it
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Where phase, I was glad I’d entertained the fantasy. also brings her unexpected lessons that
are Chinese gooseberries grown? In In alignment with current astrological partially enhance the beautiful fantasy.
New Zealand. What is a camel’s hair omens, Libra, here’s the moral of the story for
brush made of? Squirrel fur. When you: Meditate on what educational amuse- PISCES (February 19-March 20):
England and France waged their Hundred ments you’d seek if you had more money. PISCES (February 19-March 20): “A
Years’ War, how long did it last? 116 years. game of chess is usually a fairy tale
When do Russians celebrate their October SCORPIO (October 23-November of 1001 blunders,” said chess
Revolution? In November. Trick answers like 21): In the early stages of Johnny grandmaster Savielly Tartakower, a Pisces. “It
these are likely to be a recurring theme for Cash’s development as a musician, is a struggle against one’s own errors,” he
you in the coming weeks, Gemini. That’s why his mother hired a coach to give him added. “The winner of the game is the player
I advise you to not be a Master of the singing lessons. But after a few meetings, the who makes the next-to-last mistake.” I think
Obvious. teacher counseled him to quit. Johnny’s style this is excellent counsel during the current
was so unique, the seasoned pro thought it phase of your astrological cycle, Pisces. It’s
CANCER (June 21-July 22): In better not to tamper with his natural sound. I time to risk bold moves, because even if
accordance with the astrological hesitate to offer you comparable advice, they’re partly or wholly mistaken, they will
omens, I recommend you indulge in Scorpio. I’m a big believer in the value of ultimately put you in a good position to
any or all of the following exercises. enhancing one’s innate talents with training succeed in the long run. Here’s a further
(1) Dedicate an entire day to performing acts and education. On the other hand, my point for your consideration. Remember the
of love. (2) Buy yourself flowers, sing yourself assessment of your destiny between now and philosopher Rene Descartes’ famous dictum,
a song, and tell yourself a story about why October 2018 impels me to offer a suggestion: “Cogito ergo sum”? It’s Latin for “I think,
you’re so beautiful. (3) Explain your It may be useful for you to give some credence therefore I am.” Tartakower countered this
deeply-felt opinion with so much passion and to the perspective of Johnny Cash’s voice with, “Erro ergo sum,” which is “I err,
logic that you change the mind of a person coach. Make sure you guard and revere your therefore I am.”
who had previously disagreed with you. (4) distinctiveness.
Make a pilgrimage to a sacred spot you want Homework: Meditate on death not as the end
to be influenced by. (5) Buy a drink for SAGITTARIUS (November of physical life, but as a metaphor for shedding
everyone in a bar or cafe. 22-December 21): I used to nurture what’s outworn. In that light, what’s the best
a grudge against Tony Pastorini. He death you’ve experienced? Visit FreeWillAs-
LEO (July 23-August 22): “Dear was the high-school math teacher trology.com.
Rob: I saw a photo of you recently, who kicked me out of the extracurricular
and I realized that you have a scar Calculus Club because my proofs were too New column published weekly at rcreader.com
on your face. I hope you don’t mind “intuitive and unorthodox.” The shock of his
me telling you it resembles an ancient Mayan rejection drove me away from a subject I had Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s
hieroglyph that means ‘Builder of Bridges for been passionate about. Eventually, though, I EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES
Those Who Are Seeking Home.’ Did you came to realize what a good deed he had & DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES
know this? If so, do you think it’s an accurate done. It would have been a mistake for me to
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title for what you do? – Renegade Leo keep specializing in math – I was destined to
Scholar.” Dear Scholar: Thanks for your study literature and psychology and 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700
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TUESDAY 14
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TUESDAY 7 Pub, 2104 State St, Bettendorf IA
Tim Hawkins – Adler Theatre, 136 E. Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show
Enstein’s Sister 20th-Anniversary
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Blues Cafe (6:30pm) – River Music Third St., Davenport IA (6:30pm) – The Faithful Pilot Cafe – BEEs – The Redstone Room, 129
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SATURDAY 11
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MetroMix Chorus: So, What’s New? LeClaire IA Sushi Roll – Riverside Casino and Golf
Company - Rock Island, 512 24th Weirdtown Fest IV: Fire–Toolz –
(4pm) – Coralville Center for the Kubby – Waking Robots – Speaking Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside

FRIDAY 10
St., Rock Island IL Contraktor – Mkot Pt. – Culled
Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., of Secrets – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third IA
Moeller Nights: The Yawpers – The – Jerx – A Light Among Many –
Coralville IA Ave., Rock Island IL Up Close & Personal Tour: Ginuwine
Evening Attraction – Triple Crown Voiddweller – Dead Hawk – Palm
Adam Larson Trio – The Mill, 120 E. Olivia Newton-John – Adler Theatre, & Case – Davenport RiverCenter,
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 Hands – Croatians – A.R.U. –
Burlington St., Iowa City IA 136 E. Third St., Davenport IA
E Third St., Davenport IA daggers//cloaks – Rozz-Tox, 2108
Adrian Legg – Ca D’Zan, 411 South Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar –
Moonshine Run – Harley Corin’s, Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Rd., Cambridge IL The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
1708 State St., Bettendorf IA The Wildwoods (6:30pm) – Ca
Chase Garrett’s Blues & Boogie Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Nick Dittmeier (6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, D’Zan, 411 South Rd., Cambridge IL
Woogie Piano Stomp – Englert Sofi & the Baladis – University of
411 South Rd., Cambridge IL Windy City Dueling Pianos – The
Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 2255
Past Curfew – Riverside Casino and Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
Iowa City IA Bennett St., Dubuque IA
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Ave., Rock Island IL
Elton John – TaxSlayer Center, 1201 The Travelin’ McCourys – Flash in a
Riverside IA River Dr, Moline IL Pan – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington
The Stone Flowers – The Mound,
SUNDAY 5
Funktastic Five – 11th Street St., Iowa City IA
1029 Mound St., Davenport IA Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., The Way Down Wanderers – River
Weirdtown Fest IV: Bob Bucko Jr. Davenport IA Valley Rangers – The Redstone
– Chill Smith – Alexander Adams California Jeff – Deca – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Gas Feed & Seed Music Festival: No. Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA
– I Like You, Go Home – True Washington St., Iowa City IA
2 – Village of East Davenport IA
Commando – We Also Let Blood – Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) –
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – The

SUNDAY 12
Crimson Rex – National Hero – Blue Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700
Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge,
Movies – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., N. Shore Dr., Moline IL
3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Rock Island IL Guy Fawkes Night: Bit Lip – Us-
The Knockoffs (6:30pm) – Lavender
Mode – Catholic Werewolves –
Crest Winery, 5401 US Highway 6, Midnite Riders Band (5:30pm) –
Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock
Colona IL East Moline American Legion, 829
SATURDAY 4
Island IL
Lindsay & Alicia (6pm) – Mad Hoss 16th Ave., East Moline IL
Midnite Riders Band (5:30pm) –
Jackson (8:30pm) – Riverside Nathan Carterette: Poets of the
Anthony Worden – Otros Outros East Moline American Legion, 829
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Piano (4pm) – Englert Theatre, 221
– Paul Cary – The Commanders 16th Ave., East Moline IL
Highway 22, Riverside IA East Washington St., Iowa City IA
(8pm) – Wolf Mixer (10pm) – Moeller Nights: Lillie Mae – Triple
Plunkett – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington
Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon
St., Iowa City IA Old Shoe @ RIBCO - November 17
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Live Music
Email all listings to calendar@rcreader.com • Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication

Milan IL
James Mons & His Not–So–Little
Monstes Jazz Band – Uptown Bill’s
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St.,
Iowa City IA
The Jason Carl Band – 11th Street
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St.,
Davenport IA
Libido Funk Circus – Rhythm City
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
The Night People – Davenport
RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St,
Davenport IA
Northern Parallels 13: Mike Derer –
The Pseudoreality – Higgy – Rozz-
Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
The Ron Tegeler Jazz Quartet
(6pm) – Cool Beanz Coffeehouse,
1325 30th St., Rock Island IL
Ryler Walker @ Rozz-Tox - November 24 Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar –
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini

THURSDAY 23
136 E. 3rd St, Davenport IA Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
WE2 – Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325
30th St., Rock Island IL
SUNDAY 26
The Mand – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Whoozdads? – The Grape Life Wine Washington St., Iowa City IA
Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave.,
Davenport IA David Mayfield Parade (6:30pm)

FRIDAY 24
Wild Oatz Band – Sidetracked – Ca D’Zan, 411 South Rd.,
Saloon, 906 3rd St., Orion IL Cambridge IL
Midnite Riders Band (5:30pm) –
Bob Dorr & the Blue Band (2:30pm)
East Moline American Legion, 829
– Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical
SUNDAY 19
16th Ave., East Moline IL
s, 1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
R i ve rB e n d B r o n z e H o l i d ay
Chase & Ovation: Prince Tribute
Golden Tones Chorus Christmas Concert (4pm) – St. John’s United
Band – Rhythm City Casino Resort
Program (3pm) – Grace Lutheran Methodist Church, 109 E 14th St,
Event Center, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Church, 1140 E. High St., Davenport Davenport IA
Davenport IA
IA Christmas Dreams Forgotten:
Midnite Riders Band (5:30pm) –
TUESDAY 28
A Tribute to Trans–Siberian
East Moline American Legion, 829 Orchestra – Adler Theatre, 136 E.
16th Ave., East Moline IL Third St., Davenport IA
Moeller Nights: Twain – Dickie University of Iowa Jazz: Latin Jazz
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) –
– Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Ensemble + Jazz Repertory
Rock Island Hy-Vee Market Grille,
Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., Ensemble (6:30pm) – The Mill, 120
2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL
Davenport IA E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande
Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz: Wage War – Oceans Ate Alaska –
– Central DeWitt Performing Arts
The Bob Washut Trio (6pm) – Gideon – Varials – Loathe (6pm) –
Center, 519 E. 11th St., DeWitt IA
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
Libido Funk Circus – Riverside
Davenport IA City IA
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184
Third Sunday @ 3 Concert – St. Highway 22, Riverside IA
John’s United Methodist Church,
WEDNESDAY 29
Playlist – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
109 E 14th St, Davenport IA Mound St., Davenport IA
Ryley Walker – Bill Mackay – Sun
Moeller Nights: Kacy & Clayton
Shrine – Gabriel Dowie – Rozz-Tox,
WEDNESDAY 22
– Triple Crown Whiskey Bar &
2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
The Vice Squad Band – Rhythm City
All Sweat Productions Presents: Davenport IA
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077
The Last Waltz – The Redstone Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA
Bobby Ray Bunch (6:30pm) – The
THURSDAY 30
SATURDAY 25
Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits, 117 N
Cody Rd, LeClaire IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo
Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – – Harrington’s Pub, 2321
Chase & Ovation: Prince Tribute
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa C u m b e r l a n d S q u a r e D r. ,
Band (8pm) – Pastmasters
City IA Bettendorf IA
(9:45pm) – Riverside Casino and
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Pert Near Sandstone – Miles Over
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Mountains – The Redstone Room,
Riverside IA
St., Rock Island IL 129 Main St, Davenport IA
Dead Rider – Anthony Worden –
Soul Storm – 11th Street Precinct, Rock Island High School Orchestra
Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Christmas Show – Cool Beanz
City IA
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
The Four Preps Holiday Show –
Island IL
Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E
Platt St., Maquoketa IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Jim’s
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd.,
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MUSIC By Kathleen McCarthy By Maxwell Allison

The Night People Say Thank You
November 25th Farewell Reunion Show at the RiverCenter is in Honor of Iowa Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame Induction with Proceeds Benefiting Adler Marquee Renovation

T
alk to anyone over 40, and most will good looks, the start-up immediately
tell you they think and feel as if they became the house band for the Draught
are still in their thirties. This is borne House when it opened in 1965. This semi-
out every time the Night People announce permanent gig quickly established the
a reunion concert in the Quad Cities and riverfront venue as the Quad Cities’ place
droves of fans turn out for the event. for vibrant night life and live music.
The nostalgia is palpable, and for good The Draught House (formerly the Ameri-
reason: the Night People represent an era can Legion and eventually becoming The
when music gave us permission to release Dock Restaurant) was adolescent Heaven The NIght People at the former Draught House before tear down, October 2015 in Davenport, Iowa.
all manner of repressive decorum, to on Earth. You knew you had arrived when Pictured (L to R): Gary Pearson, Rob Dahms, Ken White, Mike Stroehle. Missing is Rich Collignon.
absorb, dance and intellectually explore you could get in legally (males had to be 21,
thanks to the creative genius of rock and but females only 18!). Within the year, the with extra gusto back then because the draft skill sets. And all getting better looking by
roll stars emerging—the Beatles, Byrds, band was also playing on Sunday evenings and war was ever looming for so many. the year!
Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zep- to an all-age crowd at the Col Ballroom. Spike O’Dell, DJ for KSTT, the QCs When Jimi Hendrix performed at the
pelin —all of whom profoundly influenced Many teenagers got solid practice as hard- rock radio station in the 60’s, believed in Col Ballroom in 1968, The Night People
musicians around the world, including our core fans for when they did come of age. the Night People’s talent so much that he opened for them. Mike Stroehle recounted
own Night People. The Night People’s music is quintessen- provided the band with cassettes of the the experience, thinking their band was the
The Night People—Mike Stroehle (guitar, tial classic guitar driven rock and roll at its newest singles being released. They had only bigger deal, until they heard Hendrix play.
piano), Rob Dahms (lead guitar, vocals) core, later developing a rockabilly rhythm a few weeks to work out the songs to play His music had an everlasting impact on the
Richard Collignon (drums), Kenny White that guaranteed everyone kept moving on them just prior to the songs’ radio debut. young musicians. Mike laughed saying,
(base), Gary Pearson (base, vocals) and the dance floor. Their performance always This gave the Night People an uncommon “I don’t think we played another Beatle
Jimmy Stroehle (drums)--formed their rock inspired a serious party, lots of kids making advantage, ensuring they were always on song for a whole year after that!” Mike said
band upon leaving high school in 1964. hay, perhaps in tribute to their brothers, sis- the cutting edge of the best emerging music, that he has been told by industry insiders
Due to a whole lot of talent, and dreamy ters and peers in Viet Nam. Kids did things constantly honing and improving their own that Hendrix’s performance at the Col is
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considered one of the finest People will reunite one
DJs/Karaoke/
Davenport IA Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W. Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108
of his short career. last time to commemorate Locust St., Davenport IA S 1st St, Long Grove IA
The Draught House this honor and say “thank
Jams/Open Mics
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third,
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., 2202 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA
closed seven years later you” to their fans for their Davenport IA Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker –
and the original band continuous support. It will Karaoke Night – Miller Time Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St,
Bowling, 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Moline IL
members dispersed. But be a memorable concert and
TUESDAYS
Open Mic Night (5:30pm, Nov. 1, Davenport IA Old-Time Gospel Music Jam (3pm,
the band reformed 15 years party that won’t be missed 15, & 29) – Milltown Coffee, 3800 Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Nov. 25) – Uptown Bill’s Coffee
Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s River Drive #2, Moline IL Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa
ago thanks to the efforts of by those of us who include Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon, Davenport IA City IA
Jimmy and Mike Stroehle The Night People as part of 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 Songwriters’ Round Table (noon,

and Rob Dahms. In Novem- our Rock ‘n Roll DNA. Be Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle,
1417 5th Ave., Moline IL
THURSDAYS
THURSDAYS S 1st St, Long Grove IA
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third,
Nov. 11) – RME Community Stage,
129 N. Main St., Davenport IA
ber of 1984 the Night People there, or be too square! Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz D.J. Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s 2202 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Tw i s t e d M i c ’s M u s i c a n d
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock on Third, 2202 W. 3rd St., Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, Entertainment – Barrel House
held their first Draught Island IL Davenport IA 2814 State St., Bettendorf IA Moline, 1321 5th Ave., Moline IL
Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews Ukulele Jam (4pm, Nov. 18) –
House Reunion Concert (Editor’s note: My initial Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey
415 15th St, Moline IL – Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th Creekside Vineyard Winery & Inn,
& “Detroit” Larry Davison –
at the RiverCenter for over connection to the Night Cabana’s, 2120 4th Ave., Rock Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s St, Moline IL 7505 120th St., Coal Valley IL
Pub, 2104 State St, Bettendorf IA Open Jam Night – Chief’s Bar & Grill,
3000 fans, ecstatic at the People was through our Island IL
Open Mic & More (Nov. 9) – 1600 Crosstown Ave., Silvis IL
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate
band’s return. Their last
reunion concert in 2016 was
family babysitter, Kris
Arnold and her boyfriend
Kane – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Linn St, Iowa City IA
Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Open Mic Coffeehouse (Nov. 10) –
First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th SUNDAYS
SUNDAYS

Open Mic Night (6pm) – Energized St., Rock Island IL Catfi sh Jazz Society Jam Session
the 50 year celebration of Phil Collignon, Richard’s Cafe, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. (3pm, Nov. 12) – Knights of

WEDNESDAYS
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace – Boots, Washington St., Iowa City IA Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St.,
the Draught House. Again younger brother. Kris WEDNESDAYS
2228 E 11th St, Davenport IA Davenport IA
fans showed up for another would often haul me along Bluegrass Jam at the Mill (Nov. 15) Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,

spectacular party with the to see Phil and watch the – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.,
Iowa City IA
Up on 7th, 1814 7th St., Moline IL
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – SATURDAYS
SATURDAYS 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ
Night People’s signature Night People practice in Hump Day Wing & Sing w/ Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline Community Folk Sing (3pm, Nov. & Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge
Marybeth – Hawkeye Tap Sports IL 11) – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, IA
music rocking the Col. It is the Collignon’s basement. Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Underground Open Mic & Jam 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
a visceral fusion of intense Phil passed away in March Davenport IA Session – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 DJ Dolla – RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt

music appreciation, floods 2016. He was kind, pas- Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
S Linn St, Iowa City IA Road Saloon), 1722 Second Ave.,
Rock Island IL MONDAYS
MONDAYS

of memories, and great Irish Music Session (3pm, Nov. 4) – Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced
sionate, intensely bright, Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W.
affection for the band. and another genuine Quad
Locust St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second
FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Productions Karaoke – Grumpy’s
Saloon, 2120 E 11th St, Davenport
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s Karaoke Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grill, IA
This September, The City original, whose loss Ave., Rock Island IL
Bar & Grille, 2120 4th Ave., Rock 114 1/2 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (6pm,
Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third,
Night People were inducted leaves a permanent void 2202 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Island IL Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Nov. 6 & 20) – Theo’s Java Club,
DJ Dolla – RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., 213 17th St., Rock Island IL
into the Iowa Rock and Roll for anyone lucky enough to Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats
Road Saloon), 1722 Second Ave., Davenport IA Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120
– Bent River Brewing Company
Hall of Fame. On Saturday, have known him even if just - Rock Island, 512 24th St., Rock Rock Island IL Karaoke Night – Miller Time E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, Bowling, 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Underground Open Mic w/ Kate
November 25, 2017, all orig- a little.) Island IL
1321 5th Ave., Moline IL Davenport IA Kane – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar
inal members of The Night & Grille, 114 1/2 W. Third St., DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Linn St, Iowa City IA
Davenport IA Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd.,

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