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Know More, Do More • RiverCitiesReader.com River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 25 No. 945 • January 2018 3
WORDS FROM THE EDITOR By Kathleen McCarthy

Resistance Is Futile, Your Profile Tells All

H
ow do Americans square their claim was sworn in, the Senate passed its “disap- customers relative to access.
of a free and open people when we proval resolution,” for Public Law 115-22, The argument for Net Neutrality is that Unholy Alliances
surrender our privacy and personal followed by the House of Representative’s it ensures a level playing field in terms of Traditionally, utilities (which are very
details of our lives for nothing more on March 28, 2017. On April 3, President user access. ISPs couldn’t up-charge con- specifically tasked) experience expensive,
than convenience without question or Trump signed the “Disapproval Resolu- sumers or content providers for enhanced often inefficient government oversight,
the most rudimentary concern for the tion” permanently blocking FCC Public delivery of data based on programming and contribute to insurmountable barri-
consequences? Law 115-22 from becoming federal law, or content. Without these Net Neutrality ers to competition (especially due to the
In December 2016, the Federal Commu- effectively destroying any chance of rules, ISPs could choose to interfere with, high overhead cost for necessary infra-
nications Commission (FCC) proposed a reclaiming control over our own personal or worst-case censor, customers’ access to structure). These types of public-private
rule, “Protecting the Privacy of Customers information, thereby selling our privacy content. Net Neutrality 2015 was sold by partnerships, while widely accepted,
of Broadband and Other Telecommunica- interests to the highest bidders. (rcreader. its proponents as the way to ensure ISPs create additional cost burden(s) directly
tions Services” (81 Fed. Reg. 87274, Dec. com/y/fcc1) could never start cherry picking what they associated with heavy regulatory compli-
2, 2016). (rcreader.com/y/fcc) This rule, The looming question is why would provided. ance, and are always passed onto consum-
known now as Public Law 115-22, was Congress and President Trump so egre- The argument against Net Neutral- ers because, no matter how you splice it,
designed to protect customers by prohibit- giously betray the American people? We ity focuses primarily on the risk to the utilities are usually monopolies in their
ing broadband and telecommunications will get to that. marketplace as a result of more govern- respective service areas, regardless the size
providers from collecting, selling, dis- On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted ment control over the Internet. Reclassify- of the market.
seminating customers’ personal, business to repeal and replace previously estab- ing ISPs to a public utility via the Open Most federal regulations find their
and health information to third parties for lished Net Neutrality rules under its Open Internet Order 2015, arguably placed ISPs genesis in industry leaders’ lobbying to
free or for profit. Internet Order 2015 with new rules under under excessive government regula- promote burdensome rules to protect their
Under the Congressional Review Act, Restoring Internet Freedom Order 2017. tory authority. And as the Reader cover market positions. Such unholy alliances
this FCC rule would have automatically This new order will repeal the classifica- story prior to the 2015 FCC vote stated, between private and public sectors result
become law after a specific statutory tion of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) practically speaking, we already enjoy net in expensive regulations, strictly enforced,
period of time, unless Congress jointly as public utilities (restoring ISPs to their neutrality without government interfer- to enhance barriers that prevent new pro-
passed, and the President signed, a “Disap- original designation as information ence. (rcreader.com/y/fcc2) viders from entering the market and com-
proval Resolution” objecting to the rule. providers), but still requires transparency peting. Such regulations can also provide
So curiously, once the 115th Congress reporting on how providers are treating
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ILLINOIS POLITICS By Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com
SPECIAL EVENT

Rival Political Factions Are
Gearing Up for Battle
T
he last time Representative Dan Burke Burke and Ms. Sandoval.
(D-Chicago) had a serious primary oppo- In exchange, the “regular Democrats”
nent, in 2010, the longtime Southwest will stay out of the Garcia’s “progressive”
Side legislator won by just 579 votes over activ- campaign for Congress. If not, they may back
ist Rudy Lozano. And it could’ve been a closer someone like Sol Flores, the only woman in
race had two Latino “candidates” not been put the race to replace Congressman Gutierrez.
on the ballot to siphon away almost 400 votes Flores was just endorsed by EMILY’s List.
from the progressive activist Lozano. So that may be why a Public Policy Poll-
At the moment, the age-old Chicago ing survey was released last week showing
machine practice of running fake primary Garcia getting 53 percent in the Democratic
candidates designed to draw votes away from primary. Everybody else was in single digits,
opponents is on hold while a federal judge including Flores, who was at 3 percent. Garcia
takes a look at a lawsuit filed by Speaker could wind up cruising to victory, so why not
Michael Madigan’s vanquished 2016 primary stick to his guns on the other campaigns?
opponent. Madigan is alleged to have put two Well, few people like to work more than 5-8 p.m. Tuesday
do-nothing candidates with Latino surnames
on the ballot to draw votes away from Jason
they absolutely have to, and nothing is ever a
100-percent bet in politics. So we’ll see where February 13
Gonzales. That never used to be considered a this one goes. A lot of maneuvering appears to
crime.  Unfair and maybe unethical, but not be ahead.
illegal. Whatever it is, it’s now under judicial A couple of small pieces have already fallen $35 until February 12
into place.
scrutiny.
This time around, Representative Burke is Lourdez Laura Ramos, who was backed
$40 day of event
going one-on-one with Aaron Ortiz, a teacher by Congressman Gutierrez, withdrew from Sponsored by KWQC-TV6
and head soccer coach at Back of the Yards the 3rd Illinois House District Democratic
High School. primary against Representative Luis Arroyo
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What makes this race one to watch is that (D-Chicago). Representative Arroyo had been
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Ortiz has been endorsed by Cook County supporting Richard Gonzales in the 4th Con-
Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a 2015 gressional District primary against Gutierrez,
Chicago mayoral candidate and Bernie Sand- but Arroyo will now reportedly withdraw his
ers’ top guy in the city in 2016 who is now backing and word is Gonzales may get out
running for Congress with the support of of the race. Gutierrez and Arroyo have been
the retiring incumbent, Congressman Luis waging a bitter battle over the future status of
Gutierrez. Puerto Rico.
Representative Burke is a member of Alex Acevedo, the son of former Represen-
Speaker Madigan’s leadership team and his tative Eddie Acevedo, recently dropped out
brother Ed is a powerful Chicago alderman. of the Cook County commissioner race to
Those guys take care of their own. If Repre- replace Garcia and endorsed Angie Sandoval.
sentative Burke is willing to wage an all-out Acevedo and Senator Sandoval are longtime
street fight, then that’s what will happen. allies.
So two rival Chicago political factions – the However, state Representative Theresa Mah
regulars and the progressives – are gearing (D-Chicago) told me last week she is backing
up for battle on several fronts while some are Alma Anaya for county board, which puts her
attempting to cut a deal that clears a path for at odds with her state Senator, Tony Muñoz. 
people on both sides. But, she said, she is not supporting the Chuy
Commissioner Garcia and his allies are Garcia-backed candidate against Representa-
supporting Alma Anaya for Garcia’s county tive Burke, Aaron Ortiz.
board seat. Anaya has run Garcia’s district Representative Mah has her own primary
office. Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) opponent, Francisco Rodriguez, who is appar-
is supporting his daughter, Angeles Sandoval, ently backed by former Representative Acev-
for that same county board spot. Senator San- edo, who is now running for county sheriff. So
doval, who has one of the strongest remaining there may be another knot to untangle before
political organizations in the city, and Senator this is all done.
Tony Muñoz (D-Chicago) have each contrib- Got all that? Just your usual Chicago
uted $55,000 to Angeles Sandoval’s campaign. intrigue.
Senator Muñoz is a top contender for Illinois
Senate President whenever incumbent John Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a
Cullerton decides to retire. Ms. Sandoval daily political newsletter, and CapitolFax.
should therefore have little trouble raising com.
money from special interests.
Senators Sandoval and Muñoz and Rep-
resentative Burke and their allies want Chuy New column published
Garcia to pull his support from Ortiz and
Anaya, clearing the path for Representative
weekly at rcreader.com
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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR Continued From Page 3 By Kathleen McCarthy

Resistance Is Futile, Your Profile Tells All
Vol. 25 · No. 945 significant revenue streams for govern- constitutionally disallowed. This is a core in this country absurd on its face. The
ment agencies’ imposing costly fines for principle of the American Republic under resist movement is unproductive primarily
JANUARY 2018 violators. Finally, many of the regulators the rule of law. because there is not a scintilla of sacrifice,
are culled from the industry being regu- let alone intellectual challenge or discom-
532 W. 3rd Street Davenport IA 52801
(563)324-0049 (phone) (563)323-3101 (fax)
lated and are actually previous employees
from the largest companies within the
Resisting by Consenting? fort. Certainly any logical progression
toward viable solutions is lost.
RiverCitiesReader.com | info@rcreader.com Even though the government is gener-
industries they are supposed to regulate. ally prohibited from using the metadata it Reducing most socioeconomic issues to
Publishing Since 1993 Too cozy for comfort, or credibility. collects, private entities and corporations politically ideological sides of some linear
The Reader is an independently owned publication dedicated to It boils down to who should be allowed are not. Nor is the government prohibited extreme can only be sustained via highly
providing readers and members the “keys to the Quad Cities’culture.” to control the rules of the road for Internet charged emotional engagement. Intel-
from acquiring/purchasing metadata
NOW PRINTED MONTHLY commerce – the ISPs or government? collected from third parties, including
lectual analysis and exchange of ideas is
Newly printed complimentary editions are available monthly at Since government oversight of content ISPs (ie; Comcast, MediaCom, AT&T)
a clear and present danger that threatens
select locations in the region - rcreader.com/distribution.
is an unacceptable authority under the and information aggregators (ie; Google,
redundant, overly simplistic volatile pos-
PRINT & DIGITAL ADVERTISING: Constitution, perhaps reclassifying ISPs as Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter,
turing, yet is fast becoming the normative
PRINT ADVERTISING SPACE RESERVATION DEADLINE IS THE 3rd public utilities under the Open Inter- Microsoft, Apple) by third parties.
way we engage with one another.
WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTH
net Order 2015 was the first step in an Social media is invaluable in stimu-
WEBSITE & WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING DEADLINE IS Private sector entities are allowed to
EVERY MONDAY FOR THURSDAY PLACEMENTS. attempted workaround? lating the limbic system of our brains
collect, sort, analyze, categorize, compart-
Visit QCAdvertising.com for publishing calendar, For now, that question is on hold. The mentalize, and manipulate data for profit. (emotions) by encouraging interactions
monthly themes, sponsorships, sizes and pricing. FCC’s Restore Internet Freedom Order Consumers have provided our consent for with like-minded people, even whole com-
PUBLISHER 2017 still requires increased transparency these activities. Our personal data can be munities, designed to reinforce a sense of
Todd McGreevy • todd@admospheres.com by ISPs via rigorous reporting on cus- shared for free, or sold for profit to third satisfaction and belonging. Intellectual
tomer access for FCC review, and “restores challenges are too often easily persecuted,
EDITOR & BUSINESS MANAGER parties, including governments, as raw
broadband consumer protection authority often instantaneously rejected, collectively
Kathleen McCarthy • km@rcreader.com metadata, or in specified pre-defined ways,
to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dismissed, even banished from the realm.
and the sky is the limit. Nothing in the US
ARTS & CALENDAR EDITOR to provide uniform online protections
Constitution prohibits the government But would users, all of whom provide
Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com against unfair, deceptive, anti-competitive massive amounts of personal data to ser-
from purchasing data in all manner of
GRAPHICS & AD COORDINATING practices,” as stated in FCC’s December 14 vices for free, alter their usage if they knew
usable formats as an end user.
Nathan Klaus • nathan@rcreader.com news release, titled “FCC Acts to Restore these providers and aggregators were
So perhaps this explains why Congress
Internet Freedom.” (rcreader.com/y/fcc3) creating unimaginable numbers of algo-
DISTRIBUTION & OFFICE MANAGER ignored the people’s interests in killing
But for now, the ISPs are back in the rithms, based on the zillions of browses,
Rick Martin • rick@rcreader.com Public Law 155-22 back in April 2017.
driver’s seat for the rules of the road, as it e-mails, tweets, and Facebook postings,
The US government is among the larg-
IT-SYSMIN has been since the Internet’s inception. est customers of not just ISPs, but also the for sale to countless third parties?
William Reveal Which brings us back to Public Law major information aggregators, globally. And what if third parties used such
ADVERTISING SALES 115-22. Few Americans are even aware of For example, imagine the possibilities massive data compilation to manipulate
Lauren Wood • sales@rcreader.com the obscene failure of Congress and Presi- using advanced predictive capacities, and/or modify users’ behavior without
dent Trump to uphold the oath each took their knowledge or consent? Who then is
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS coupled with the potential for refined
to protect and defend the Constitution by culpable?
Amy Alkon, Jeff Ashcraft, Hannah Bates, Rob Brezsny, nudging (behavior modification) to effect
Johnnie Cluney, Dee Canfield, Rich Miller, Sean Moeller, killing FCC Public Law 115-22. It never once occurs to users to “resist”
public acceptance/opposition as needed.
Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs But put in context with highly contro- the terms and conditions that relin-
While retailers, banks, media, and
PRINT COPY DISTRIBUTORS versial, mostly covert government pro- quish ownership and/or beneficial use of
scores of other industries utilize mass data
Ingalls Family, Cheri DeLay, Greg FitzPatrick, N. A. Rice, H. grams that massively spy on Americans personal data for the astronomical profit
synthesis in their operations, this type of
Keyser, Jay Strickland via collection, recording, storing: (1) all of others, for undisclosed purposes? And
metadata manipulation by government
KNOW MORE. DO MORE. landline and cell phone conversations, (2) what of our Constitutionally protected
violates everything principled in the US
© 2017 River Cities’ Reader all Internet browsing/activity, (3) all e-mail rights to our own property, privacy, and
Constitution.
and social-media content, (4) all public quiet enjoyment of both?
The private sector’s pursuit of socio-
and private camera data, utility usage, economic dominance in America still Americans have all but lost the criti-
auto travel, and anything else digital that requires disclosure of personal informa- cal distinction of ‘protected rights’ that
can be captured – all without a warrant. tion by permission. Americans would separates our rule of law from any other in
This “metadata” is described by officials never willingly give such permission to history. Constitutionally protected rights
and media as a benign collection of dispa- the government nor is the government refers to each individual’s organic rights
rate information on all Americans, which allowed to seek it. However, most would, inherent in our humanity and off limits to
is a total misrepresentation of the gravity and already have, given permission for government to, in any way, intrude upon.
and usefulness of such aggregate informa- unfettered access to and redistribution Be perfectly clear: our “rights” accrue to
tion based on current technologies.
of their personal information to privately us as human beings, and not as privileges
The above surveillance is “what” bestowed upon us by government. If we
owned ISPs and all manner of data aggre-
the government captures and stores in gators for little more than convenience. lose this foundational distinction, we will
massive computer farms built in the last ultimately lose our Republic.
several decades, the newest in Bluffdale,
Utah. (rcreader.com/y/fcc4) Do The Limbic-Media
However, using metadata in countless If one really thinks it through, this
meaningful ways without a warrant (for group give-away of our individual profiles
use in prosecuting a crime) or express to corporations, and by association to gov-
permission from the American people is ernment, makes the notion of “resisting”
6 River Cities’ Reader • Vol. 25 No. 945 • January 2018 Know More, Do More • RiverCitiesReader.com

VISUAL ARTS MUSIC
Art Meets the River: River Action Exhibition, exhibit Creation Studio Drop-In: Caesar Cipher Wheel, also
featuring work by local artists inspired by… Bereskin known as an Alberti Cipher Wheel, this cipher machine…
Gallery & Art Academy, thru Fri Jan 19 Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm Mon Jan 8
Openings & Gallery Events Concerts
Con/In-Fluence: Works by Steve Banks & Philip Paint Your Home, Barn, or Favorite Building in
Thursdays at the Figge, art-themed activities, Laber, Banks creates mixed-media painted constructions Watercolor, Thursdays thru Jan. 30; create a unique Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp Jam, performance
discussions, tours, refreshments, and more; guests utilizing oil paint,… Quad City Arts Center, thru Fri Jan 26 painting in this Lifelong… Black Hawk College Outreach by students on the camp designed for area musicians
are invited to experience the current exhibitions and Center, noon Tue Jan 9 from 8-18 years old; for information, call 563-326-
permanent collection gallery as well as shop the Museum DeSoto Arts: Joel Knanishu - Eerica Parrott - Ryan 1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA,
Store; free; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Veach - Amber Williams, exhibit or ceramics, collages, Watercolor Basics 101, with instructor Bob Zeidler; RiverMusicExperience.org, 6pm Sat Dec 30
Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum. and more; Wed.-Sat.… Midcoast at Bucktown Gallery, thru after years of study, exposure to… Bereskin Gallery & Art
org, 5pm Thu Dec 28 thru Thu Jan 25 Sat Jan 27 Academy, Tue Jan 9 thru Tue Jan 23 NYE w/ Tom Petty Tribute, a celebration of the life and
music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Petty; Jason Carl &
Free Senior Day, with a 1:30pm Gallery Tour and a Edouard Duval-Carrié: Endless Flight, exhibit of Creation Studio Drop-In: Fingerprint Art, create the the Whole Damn Band will open the night followed by a
2:30pm film; seniors also get 10% off in the Museum works by Duval-Carrié, one of the foremost Haitian artists most unique masterpiece using your unique fingerprints tribute featuring Jason Carl, Chris Noth, Rick Stoneking,
Store and Figge Cafe; for information, call 563-326- working today who makes paintings and sculptures that and… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm Mon Jan 15 Jamie Hopkins, Sarena Whitmer, Steve Lowder, and Ryan
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, translate Haitian culture into modern terms; Tue.-Sat. Summer; $15; for tickets and information, call 563-326-
FiggeArtMuseum.org, 1:30pm Thu Jan 4 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with Introduction to Painting with Pastels, thru Jan. 20, 1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA,
$4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- with instructor Iyla Thill Ferguson; learn basic… Bereskin RiverMusicExperience.org, 9pm Sun Dec 31
Closing Reception for Goddess Tales: Deb Doehler 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Gallery & Art Academy, 10am Tue Jan 16
- Carolyn Krueger - Lisa Mahar, exhibit of ceramics and FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Wed Jan 31 New Year’s Eve Soiree: Funktastic Five, funk
mixed-media; free; for information, call 563-424-1210… Life Drawing, facilitated by Brad Bisbey; $15; for musicians in concert, with dinner-and-entertainment
MidCoast Gallery West, 5pm Fri Jan 12 Goddess Tales: Deb Doehler - Carolyn Krueger information and to register,… Bereskin Gallery & Art packages available ranging... Steeplegate Inn, Sun Dec 31
- Lisa Mahar, exhibit of ceramics and mixed-media; Academy, 1pm Sun Jan 21
Joe Hotle Photography Gallery Opening, gallery Wed.-Sat. 11:30am-5:30pm;… MidCoast Gallery West, thru Surf Rock Beach Party, a half concert/half party
event featuring cocktails and hors d’ouevres; for Wed Jan 31 Creation Studio Drop-In: DIY Spy Periscope, a featuring favorite summertime hits from the… Circa ‘21
information, call 563-265-0966… CoWorkQC, 6pm Thu periscope is an excellent addition to your spy toolkit;… Dinner Playhouse, 9:15pm Sun Dec 31
Jan 18 New Photography in the Lewis Gallery, exhibit of Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm Mon Jan 22
recently acquired works that span nearly 150 years of the The Last Glimpse - Jenny Lynn Stacy - Waking
Final Friday at Bucktown, monthly gallery events, photographic medium, featuring photos by Gertrude Creation Studio Drop-In: Glass Etching, learn how to Robots, for information, call 309-793-1999… RIBCO, 9pm
demonstrations, and more; featuring the activity Käsebier, William Henry Jackson, Minor White, Emmet etch designs into glass using etching cream… Bettendorf Sun Dec 31
“Create… Bucktown Center for the Arts, 6pm Fri Jan 26 Gowin, and Ann Hamilton; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. Public Library, 3pm Mon Jan 29
10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum Moeller Nights: Sunshrine, rockers in concert, with
admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art sets by Leather Parachute and Nonnie… Triple Crown
Exhibits & Shows Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum. Call For Entry Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Thu Jan 4
org, thru Wed Jan 31
Winter Nights, Winter Lights, the outdoor gardens will Quad City Botanical Center Exhibitions, regional Minus Six, concert with the local rock musicians,
be in winter bloom this December… Quad City Botanical Rick Lodmell, acrylics exhibit; Mon -Fri, 6am-7:30pm, artists within a 300-mile radius of… Quad City Botanical featuring an opening set by The Real Quaid; $8 adv / $10
Center, thru Sat Dec 30 Sat, 8am-5:30pm,… MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, thru Center, thru Mon Jan 15 day of show; for tickets and information, call 563-326-
Wed Jan 31 1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA,
Irma René Koen: An Artist Rediscovered, exhibition RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Fri Jan 5
features paintings by Rock Island native and distinguished
artist of the 20th Century Koen (1883-1975); Tue.-Sat. Classes
10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with
$4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- Clothed Figure, Thursdays thru Jan. 25, with instructor
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Brad Bisbey; learn to… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy,
FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Sun Dec 31 11am Thu Jan 4

Kent A. Broadbent - Rhonda Gates - Linda Lewis, Creation Studio Workshop: Bullet Journals, this
exhibit of abstract landscape paintings by Broadbent of analog method of personal organization was developed
Annawan and Gates of Rockford, with ceramic sculptures by digital… Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Thu Jan 4
by Lewis of West Des Moines; for information, contact
Dawn Wohlford-Metallo at 309-793-1213 ext.108 or Adult Coloring, coloring pages, gel pens, colored
dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com, Quad City International pencils, and crayons are provided;… River Valley District
Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Ave., Moline IL, QuadCityArts. Library, 2pm Fri Jan 5
com, thru Sun Dec 31
Approaches to Watercolor Application 102,
Roaming Quilts: Voices of Foster Children, Saturdays thru Jan. 27, with instructor Bob Zeidler; this
exhibition of three quilts comprised of 30… Quad City class… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 9am Sat Jan 6
Botanical Center, thru Sun Dec 31
Card Making with Donna Banta, join us in making
Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art from the homemade greeting cards; each participant will…
Patricia Phelps De Cisneros Collection, exhibition of LeClaire Community Library, 11am Sat Jan 6
56 objects, ranging from paintings to silver candlesticks
to bishop’s chairs, made in the Spanish and Portuguese Introduction to Painting with Pastels, Saturdays thru
colonies of the Americas from the late 17th to the early Jan. 27, with instructor Iyla Thill Ferguson; learn… Bereskin
19th centuries; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. Gallery & Art Academy, 10am Sat Jan 6
noon-5pm; $4-7 museum admission; for information,
call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Adult Coloring Night, de-stress and express yourself
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Sun Jan 7 through art; the library will provide… East Moline Public
Library, 5:30pm Mon Jan 8
Steve Banks Artwork in the Con/Influence Exhibit @ Quad City Arts Center
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Chamber Music Quad Cities: Solo Voices -- Music Eric Gales, concert with the blues-rock musician in
of J.S. Bach and Beethoven, featuring Gregory Sauer support of his album “Middle of the Road,” featuring
on cello, Thomas Sauer on piano, and… Trinity Episcopal an opening set by Craig Erickson Group; $15 adv / $18
Cathedral, 7:30pm Sat Jan 6 day of show; for tickets and information, call 563-326-
1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA,
TOMB, concert with the Brooklyn-based metal band; for RiverMusicExperience.org, 8pm Fri Jan 26
information, call 309-793-1999… RIBCO, 9pm Sat Jan 6
An Evening with JJ Grey & Mofro, concert with the
Augustana College Saxophone Quartet Concert, Southern-rock and blues-rock singer/songwriter; $37
join a group of Augustana’s finest saxophone musicians for adv / $40 dos; for tickets and information, call 563-326-
a… Moline Public Library, noon Fri Jan 12 1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA,
RiverMusicExperience.org, 7pm Sun Jan 28
Nivrana: Tribute to Nirvana, concert with the grunge-
rock tribute artists; $8 adv / $10 day of show; for tickets and Augustana College Student Recital, free; for
information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@augustana.
Main St, Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience.org, 9pm edu or 309-794-7721, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College,
Fri Jan 12 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7:30pm Tue
Jan 30
The Manny Lopez Big Band, Lopez and his 13 piece
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Fri Jan 12 with the Augustana music instructor; free; for information,
contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@augustana.edu or 309-
Vince Neil, concert with the lead vocalist of heavy metal 794-7721, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th
band Mötley Crüe; $25-55; for tickets, call 563-328-8000, Ave., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7:30pm Wed Jan 31

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Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 6pm Thu Jan 18
Book’em Mystery Book Club, pick up a copy from the
Pokey LaFarge, a concert with the Americana musician reference desk and start… Moline Public Library, 6:30pm
presented in three parts: I. Reshuffling the Deck, II. Ten Thu Dec 28
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Daggers on the Table, III. The Songs; $20 adv / $25 dos; for Enjoy 30 FREE minutes of Xtream WiFi each month
tickets and information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Stranger Than Fiction Book Club, the club takes a look
Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA, RiverMusicExperience. at the world we’re living in… Fairmount Street Library,
org, 8pm Thu Jan 18 6:30pm Thu Jan 4

A Parenthesis of Cellos (Augustana Cello Choir), Hidden Figures, a discussion of Margot Lee Shetterly’s
Augustana cello students will perform a series of duets, book with the Alpha… Rock Island Public Library -
ending with a performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Downtown Library, 3pm Mon Jan 8
Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5. Dr. Michelle Crouch (soprano)
will be the featured soloist; for information, contact Janina Short & Sweets, discuss short stories while eating
Ehrlich at janinaehrlich@augustana.edu, Wallenberg yummy sweets; all registrants receive… Fairmount Street
Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, Library, 10am Mon Jan 8
Augustana.edu, 7:30pm Fri Jan 19
Rosemary, a discussion of Kate Clifford Larson’s book
Bucktown Revue, a quintessentially Quad Cities show with the Get… Coffee Hound - Bettendorf, 7pm Tue Jan 9
featuring premier Midwestern singer/songwriters and…
Nighswander Theatre, 7pm Fri Jan 19 See YA, a book club for adults; find out why so many…
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6:30pm
Windy City Dueling Pianos, high-energy live music Wed Jan 10
played on two pianos by highly skilled… The Circa ‘21
Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Jan 19 The Case of the Missing Servant, a discussion of
Tarquin Hall’s book with the Mystery Book… Bettendorf
Augustana Percussion Ensemble Concert, the Public Library, 9:30am Sat Jan 13
chamber group performs music specifically written for the
percussion ensemble from 1930 to the present, along with The Alice Network, enjoy a cocktail or two while talking
various transcriptions and arrangements of music never about Kate Quinn’s… Icons Martini, 7pm Tue Jan 16
imagined for percussion; for information, contact Dr. Tony
Oliver at tonyoliver@augustana.edu or 309-794-8966, All the Light We Cannot See, a discussion of Anthony
Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts - Augustana College, 3701 7th Doerr’s book with the Contemporary Books… Bettendorf
Ave., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7pm Sat Jan 20 Public Library, 1pm Wed Jan 17

Moeller Nights: Helena Deland, concert with the Island Beneath the Sea, a discussion of Isabel Allende’s
Canadian pop musician; $8… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & book with the 30/31 Book… Rock Island Public Library -
Raccoon Motel, 8pm Sat Jan 20 Downtown Library, 6:30pm Wed Jan 17

Quad Cities Circus Band, live music written for the The Boys in the Bunkhouse, a discussion of Dan Barry’s
circus; a free-will offering will… Grace Lutheran Church, book with the Contemporary Books… Bettendorf Public
3pm Sun Jan 21 Library, 7pm Wed Jan 17

Augustana College Student Recital, free; for Jane Eyre, a discussion of Charlotte Bronte’s novel with
information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@augustana. the Southwest Branch Book… Rock Island Public Library -
edu or 309-794-7721, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Southwest Branch, 6pm Tue Jan 23
3703 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 10:45am Tue
Jan 23 Beartown, a discussion of Fredrik Backman’s book with Sign in to XtreamWiFi and get connected today!
the Adult Book… LeClaire Community Library, 6:30pm
Brown Bag Lunch: Daniel Stratman, concert with Wed Jan 24
the QC native and California transplant; attendees are… LEARN MORE AT
Bettendorf Public Library, noon Fri Jan 26 Last Monday Book Club Discussion, this month’s
choices are from the Nonfiction/ Biography genre; light…
MEDIACOMCABLE.COM/XTREAM-WIFI
Silvis Public Library, 6:30pm Mon Jan 29
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THEATRE

Faves in Fives 2017
Highlights from the Year in Area Theatre

L
ive! From wherever you’re reading mutually beloved art form.
this! It’s the Second-Annual Reader But Canfield’s and Navarro’s depar-
Tony Awards! tures also mean that we’ll be seeking out a
For those of you who missed our few new voices for our theatre-reviewing
inaugural ceremony, that’s maybe because task force – be on the lookout for the
we didn’t have one. Instead, we published official call for entry! – as we hope to
an article in which our paper’s theatre- continue the Reader’s tradition of offering
reviewing quintet of Jeff Ashcraft, Dee first-rate area-theatre coverage for many
Canfield, Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs, years to come.
and yours truly picked some of our favor- Here endeth the prelude. Bring on the
ite productions, performers, technicians, Reader Tonys! (And we really do need
and memories from yet another inspiring, a better brand. The Readies? The Stage
jam-packed year in area theatre. Hounds? The RCRrrrrs? We’ll work on it.)
It turned out to be, at least from our – Mike Schulz
vantage points, an idea so nice we’re doin’
it twice. Production
Although the five of us each reviewed Annie Jr., Augustana College, Center
between eight and 12 local productions for Living Arts, Penguin Project of the T.J. Green, Jackson Green, and Megan Clarke in St. Ambrose University’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile
in 2017, that didn’t stop us, as true Lovahs Quad Cities (Jeff Ashcraft). Witnessing
of the Theatuh, from seeing plenty more the magic when young performers with Workshop (Dee Canfield). Oh joy, joy, Putnam County Spelling Bee, Black Box
that we didn’t write about. (Some of us intellectual, developmental, and physical joy – that’s what I felt in every moment Theatre (Brent). Johnson put together
were even lucky enough to direct and act disabilities are encouraged and able to of the QCTW’s production. It was just a very fun musical that never seemed to
in a few shows.) But even so, there was perform on-stage like any other young so wonderful – would that I could view stop moving. From spinning bleachers
no way that we could get to everything, artists satisfied my soul in ways I cannot it again and again. With its impeccable to audience volunteers, Johnson made us
so please consider the following citations adequately describe. Directors Dino and direction by Calvin Vo, imaginative stag- feel that the cast was always in control
examples of things we loved, as opposed Tina Hayz’s opening-night presentation ing, creative script, and marvelous acting, even though it easily could’ve turned into
to the be-all-end-all of collective opinion. was the most electric, captivating produc- what was not to love? “Pandemonium,” with some really excel-
Our inclusions, we think, are awesome. tion I’ve seen in ages. lent prop choices in Leslie Munson’s “tiny
We also know they’re a mere drop in the Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mississippi Director hands.”
bucket of pleasurable, exciting, hugely Bend Players (Brent Tubbs). This show, Debo Balogun, Elephant’s Graveyard, Tom Morrow, Annie, Quad City Music
satisfying area theatre. from beginning to end, packed a huge New Ground Theatre (Mike). A passion Guild (Victoria). Whenever you have
In lieu of hauling out the Price-Water- punch through Cory Johnson’s superb project shared with passionate – and children and animals in a production, you
house team or what have you, it’s up to direction, the gorgeous lighting and set, compassionate – emotion, Balogun’s have to bring some magic to make every-
me to explain the qualifications. None of and some of the finest area acting I’ve stark, terrifying, heartbreaking take on thing work – and Morrow must have gone
us could cite a production for more than seen. A beautiful, believable telling of a George Brant’s period drama was seam- to Hogwarts. Even though this musical
two personal mentions. Shows had to be great story, this inaugural-season MBP less performance-, tech-, and humanity- has been around since 1977, Morrow
locally produced. None of us were allowed production indicated that we have much wise, boasting a 15-minute group stare established a tone that made it newly
to cite anything we were personally to look forward to. I’ll never forget. Leaving the theatre, it relevant in today’s political climate.
involved in. None of us were allowed to be The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Prenzie felt unseasonably warm. Due to Balogun’s
in contention – though the shows them- Players (Victoria Navarro). Under Kate work, I was still shaking. Lead Actress
selves were fair game, as were reviewer Farence’s direction, 15 amazing actors Tyson Danner, Broken, QC Theatre Jessica Denney, Peter & the
spouses and kids. (Buy stock in Tubbs portrayed 66 characters in Bertolt Brecht’s Workshop (Jeff ). Danner put together the Starcatcher, QC Theatre Workshop
Talent, if such a corporation exists.) epic. This complicated story included best stage ensemble I saw this past year. (Jeff ). As the only female in an otherwise-
And yes, for the sake of your patience, star-crossed lovers, a woman and child on His ability to help Broken’s actors layer male cast, Denney held her own in this
there was again a 50-word maximum on the run, a wedding/funeral, and a behead- their characters with so much humanity Peter Pan backstory by making her Molly
write-ups. Imagine a world in which that ing, and it was all made accessible by the made the play’s difficult, tragic subject an exceptionally strong figure who bal-
was an actual requirement for awards- Prenzies’ energy and creativity, resulting matter connect with us on profound and anced inspiration and heroism while
show speeches. Okay, you can stop smil- in a brilliant theatre experience. emotional levels that resonated long after leading her “Lost Boys” on an adventure.
ing now. Little Shop of Horrors, Quad City the closing blackout. A study in sensational character devel-
With all this celebration does come Music Guild (Mike Schulz). I thought Kate Farence, The Caucasian Chalk opment, Denney’s portrayal was nearly
some unfortunate news, as Dee Canfield my tear-filled happiness watching 1986’s Circle, Prenzie Players (Dee). Everyone flawless.
and Victoria Navarro have chosen to movie couldn’t be replicated. I thought involved in the Prenzies’ collaborative MJ Mason, The Madwoman of Chail-
move on after two-plus years of Reader wrong in this stage-sunbeam made soul- production of Bertolt Brecht’s classic lot, Augustana College (Dee). Mason has
reviewing. reviewing for us. They will be ful through Matt Holmes’ loving direc- deserves special mention. But none more a special place in my heart. She com-
much-missed, and everyone at the Reader, tion and peerless leads Andy Sederquist so than Farence, whose imaginatively pletely captivated me with her every word
me most especially, thanks them for their and Abbey Donohoe. George Schulz (no realized vision took viewers deep into a and action in the title role of Augustana’s
time, dedication, talent, and individual relation, BTW) voiced Audrey II, and parable-within-a-play through creative production, and her ability to bring to life
voices – I’ve greatly enjoyed, as I hope you should be court-ordered to tour the role staging and her direction of 15 actors who such an iconic, ageless, and fully-realized
have, hearing what these smart, theatre- forever. portrayed more than 60 characters. Brava! character was thrilling and sublime.
loving writers have had to say about our Peter & the Starcatcher, QC Theatre Becca Johnson, The 25th Annual
Continued On Page 18
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In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Sarah Creative Theatre Fun for Ages 3-4, Saturdays thru Apr.
Workshops & Classes Ruhl’s Tony-nominated tale of sexual desire, motherhood, 7; students explore creative role-play, mime, imaginary…
breastfeeding, and jealousy, directed by Jennifer Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Sat Jan 13
Quad Cities Writers Group, dedicated to supporting Popple; $9-11; Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 1:30pm; for tickets
and encouraging writers of all levels, experiences… and information, call 309-794-7306, Brunner Theatre Mainstage Studio for Ages 11+, Saturdays thru Apr.
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 5:30pm Center, Augustana College, 3750 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, 7; this class will explore how imagery… Davenport Junior
Mon Jan 1 Augustana.edu, Fri Jan 26 thru Sun Jan 28 Theatre, 8:45am Sat Jan 13

USA VETS Writers’ Studio, workshop and feedback The Wizard of Oz, stage adaptation of the children’s Acting for Ages 10-12, Mondays thru Apr. 2; this
group for all past and present military… Midwest Writing book classic in a Broadway… Adler Theatre, 8pm Sat Jan imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Center, 1pm Thu Jan 4 27 Davenport Junior Theatre, 7pm Mon Jan 15

Writer’s Studio, listen to area writers’ works and brings Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer’s Tony-winning mystery-thriller, Acting for Ages 5-6, Mondays thru Apr. 2; this
works to share … Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat Jan 6 directed by Lora Adams; Fri.… The Black Box Theatre, Sat imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Jan 27 thru Sun Jan 28 Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Mon Jan 15
Quad Cities Writers Group, dedicated to supporting
and encouraging writers of all levels, experiences… Acting for Ages 7-9, Mondays thru Apr. 2; this
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 5:30pm Auditions imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Eric Gales @ The Redstone Room - January 26
Mon Jan 15 Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Mon Jan 15
King John, auditions for the Prenzie Players’ presentation
Writer’s Studio, listen to area writers’ works and brings of Shakespeare’s history play… Butterworth Center Craft Creative Theatre Fun for Ages 3-4, Mondays thru Apr.
works to share … Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat Jan 20 Room, Thu Jan 4 and Sat Jan 6 2; students explore creative role-play, mime, imaginary…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Mon Jan 15 Broadway for Ages 7-9, Tuesdays thru Apr. 3; class
develops storytelling and communication skills…
Classes
THEATRE Improv for Ages 10-12, Mondays thru Feb. 19; led by Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:30pm Tue Jan 16
David Casas; students will… Davenport Junior Theatre,
Acting for Ages 10-12, Saturdays thru Apr. 7; this 6:30pm Mon Jan 15 Creative Theatre Fun for Ages 3-4, Tuesdays thru
Performances imaginative, high energy environment provides… Apr. 3; explore storytelling through song and dance;…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 11:15am Sat Jan 13 Intermediate Acting for Ages 7-9, Mondays thru Apr. Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Tue Jan 16
Elf: The Musical, musical-comedy adaptation of the 2; physicality, characterization, and vocalization skills
Will Ferrell holiday comedy, directed by… Circa ‘21 Dinner Acting for Ages 5-6, Saturdays thru Apr. 7; this are… Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:45pm Mon Jan 15 Teen Acting, Tuesdays thru Apr. 3; this imaginative,
Playhouse, 7:45pm Fri Dec 29 and Sat Dec 30 imaginative, high energy environment provides… high energy environment provides… Davenport Junior
Davenport Junior Theatre, 10am Sat Jan 13 Acting for Ages 10-12, Tuesdays thru Apr. 3; this Theatre, 6:15pm Tue Jan 16
The Woman in Black, Stephan Mallatratt’s two-man imaginative, high energy environment provides…
ghost story, directed by Craig Cohoon; Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm, Acting for Ages 7-9, Saturdays thru Apr. 7; this Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:15pm Tue Jan 16 Acting for Ages 7-9, Wednesdays thru Apr. 4; this
Sun. 3pm; $13; for tickets and information, call 309-762- imaginative, high energy environment provides… imaginative, high energy environment provides…
0330, Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline IL, Davenport Junior Theatre, 11:30am Sat Jan 13 Acting for Ages 5-6, Tuesdays thru Apr. 3; this Davenport Junior Theatre, Wed Jan 17
Playcrafters.com, Fri Jan 12 thru Sun Jan 21 imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Advanced Acting for Ages 10+, Saturdays thru Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:45pm Tue Jan 16 Broadway for Ages 10-12, Wednesdays thru Apr. 4;
Freaky Friday, musical-comedy adaptation of Disney’s Apr. 7; class deepens the imagination and technique… students explore the creative, and fun,… Davenport Junior
body-switching comedy; Fri., Sat., Wed., and… Circa ‘21 Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:30am Sat Jan 13 Acting for Ages 7-9, Tuesdays thru Apr. 3; this Theatre, 6pm Wed Jan 17
Dinner Playhouse, Wed Jan 17 thru Wed Jan 31 imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Costume Creation for Ages 11+, Saturdays thru Apr. Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm Tue Jan 16 Creative Theatre Fun for Ages 3-4, Wednesdays thru
Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, family-themed 7; students will learn how to develop… Davenport Junior Apr. 4; explore storytelling through song and dance;…
stage adventure with characters from… Adler Theatre, Theatre, 9:30am Sat Jan 13 Broadway for Ages 5-6, Tuesdays thru Apr. 3; class Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:30pm Wed Jan 17
6pm Tue Jan 23 and Wed Jan 24 develops storytelling and communication skills…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Tue Jan 16
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Broadway for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru Apr. 5; class Tap I for Ages 7+, Wednesdays thru May 9; tap uses
CONTINUED

THEATRE / Classes develops storytelling and communication skills… special tap shoes to… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:40pm
Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:45pm Thu Jan 18 Wed Jan 17
Classes
Broadway for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Apr. 5; class Tap/Jazz II for Ages 9+, Wednesdays thru May 9; tap
Improv for Ages 10-12, Wednesdays thru Apr. 4; develops storytelling and communication skills… Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance Classes, offering uses special tap shoes to… Davenport Junior Theatre,
through games and exercises, students develop… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Thu Jan 18 classes in Ballet Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Conditioning, 5:50pm Wed Jan 17
Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:15pm Wed Jan 17 Creative… Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance, thru Wed
Homeschool Acting for Ages 10-12, Thursdays Jan 31 Tap/Jazz III, Wednesdays thru May 9; jazz utilizes
Improv for Ages 5-6, Wednesdays thru Apr. 4; through thru Apr. 5; this imaginative, high energy environment techniques and movements from… Davenport Junior
games and exercises, students develop… Davenport provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 12:20pm Thu Jan 18 Advanced Ballet/Pointe, Saturdays thru May 12; Theatre, 4:50pm Wed Jan 17
Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Wed Jan 17 students work to master the ballet… Davenport Junior
Homeschool Acting for Ages 13+, Thursdays thru Apr. Theatre, 9am Sat Jan 13 Tap/Jazz III, Wednesdays thru May 9; tap uses special tap
Improv for Ages 7-9, Wednesdays thru Apr. 4; through 5; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… shoes to… Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:05pm Wed Jan 17
games and exercises, students develop… Davenport Davenport Junior Theatre, 1:30pm Thu Jan 18 Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Saturdays thru May 12;
Junior Theatre, 5:45pm Wed Jan 17 class provides proper training in ballet… Davenport Junior Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru May 10;
Homeschool Acting for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru Apr. Theatre, 11:35am Sat Jan 13 class provides proper training in ballet… Davenport Junior
Acting for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru Apr. 5; this 5; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… Theatre, 5:10pm Thu Jan 18
imaginative, high energy environment provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:40am Thu Jan 18 Beginning Tumble for Ages 5-7, Saturdays thru May 12;
Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Thu Jan 18 floor gymnastics for the beginning to… Davenport Junior Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Thursdays thru
Homeschool Acting for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Apr. Theatre, 10:10am Sat Jan 13 May 10; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals…
Acting for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Apr. 5; this 5; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:10pm Thu Jan 18
imaginative, high energy environment provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 9:30am Thu Jan 18 Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Saturdays thru
Davenport Junior Theatre, 6pm Thu Jan 18 May 12; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals… Homeschool Ballet I for Ages 7+, Thursdays thru May
Intermediate Acting for Ages 10-13, Thursdays thru Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:40am Sat Jan 13 10; class provides proper training in ballet… Davenport
Broadway for Ages 10-12, Thursdays thru Apr. 5; Apr. 5; physicality, characterization, and vocalization skills Junior Theatre, 12:25pm Thu Jan 18
class develops storytelling and communication skills… are… Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:30pm Thu Jan 18 Tumble Tots for Ages 3-4, Saturdays thru May 12; our
Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:15pm Thu Jan 18 littlest tumblers begin learning basic… Davenport Junior Homeschool Ballet II for Ages 9+, Thursdays thru May
Intermediate Acting for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Theatre, 9:10am Sat Jan 13 10; class provides proper training in ballet… Davenport
Apr. 5; physicality, characterization, and vocalization skills Junior Theatre, 11:15am Thu Jan 18
are… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Thu Jan 18 Ballet I for Ages 7+, Mondays thru May 7; class provides
proper training in ballet… Davenport Junior Theatre, 6pm Homeschool Ballet III for Ages 10+, Thursdays
Mon Jan 15 thru May 10; class provides proper training in ballet…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:10am Thu Jan 18
Ballet II for Ages 9+, Mondays thru May 7; class provides
proper training in ballet technique,… Davenport Junior Homeschool Ballet IV for Ages 10+, Thursdays
Theatre, 4:10pm Mon Jan 15 thru May 10; class provides proper training in ballet…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Thu Jan 18
Ballet III for Ages 10+, Mondays thru May 7; class
provides proper training in ballet technique,… Davenport Homeschool Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6,
Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Mon Jan 15 Thursdays thru May 10; class provides proper training in
ballet… Davenport Junior Theatre, noon Thu Jan 18
Ballet IV for Ages 10+, Mondays thru May 7; class
provides proper training in ballet technique,… Davenport Homeschool Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4,
Junior Theatre, 6:45pm Mon Jan 15 Thursdays thru May 10; our tiniest dancers learn ballet
fundamentals… Davenport Junior Theatre, 11am Thu
Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Mondays thru May 7; Jan 18
class provides proper training in ballet… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 5pm Mon Jan 15 Lyrical I for Ages 10+, Thursdays thru May 10; a
combination of ballet, jazz, and… Davenport Junior
Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Mondays thru May 7; Theatre, 6:15pm Thu Jan 18
our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals… Davenport
Junior Theatre, 4pm Mon Jan 15 Poms I for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru May 10; focused on
areas of dance, cheer,… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm
Advance Tumble, Tuesdays thru May 8; floor gymnastics Thu Jan 18
for the intermediate to… Davenport Junior Theatre,
7:15pm Tue Jan 16 Poms II for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru May 10; focused on
areas of dance, cheer,… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm
Beginning Tumble for Ages 8+, Tuesdays thru May 8; Thu Jan 18
floor gymnastics for the beginning to… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 4:55pm Tue Jan 16 Poms III for Ages 10+, Thursdays thru May 10; focused
on areas of dance, cheer,… Davenport Junior Theatre,
Hip Hop I for Ages 10+, Tuesdays thru May 8; this course 7:25pm Thu Jan 1
uses high energy, contemporary… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 6pm Tue Jan 16

Hip Hop I for Ages 13+, Tuesdays thru May 8; this course COMEDY
uses high energy, contemporary… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 7:10pm Tue Jan 16 Studio Series: Critical Hit, sketch comedy and
improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Hip Hop I for Ages 7-9, Tuesdays thru May 8; this course Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Dec 29
uses high energy, contemporary… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 5pm Tue Jan 16 ComedySportz, Fri. & Sat. 7pm; interactive comedy with
the area’s long-running… The Establishment, 7pm Fri Dec
Intermediate Tumble for Ages 8+, Tuesdays thru May 29 thru Sat Jan 27
8; floor gymnastics for the beginning to… Davenport
Junior Theatre, 5:55pm Tue Jan 16 Studio Series: caRICKatures Christmas, sketch
comedy and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or…
Li’l Hip Hop for Ages 5-6, Tuesdays thru May 8; this The Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Dec 30
course uses high energy, contemporary… Davenport
Junior Theatre, 4:10pm Tue Jan 16 Studio Series: It’s Your Fault, sketch comedy
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Tumble Tots for Ages 3-4, Tuesdays thru May 8; our Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Jan 5
littlest tumblers begin learning basic… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 4pm Tue Jan 16 Studio Series: Wisenheimer, sketch comedy
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Wednesdays thru May Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Jan 6
9; class provides proper training in ballet technique,…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:10pm Wed Jan 17 Circumstantial Comedy Show, on Sundays; for
information, call 563-424-5506… Brew, 10pm Sun Jan 7
Beginning Tap for Ages 5-6, Wednesdays thru May 9; thru Sun Jan 28
tap uses special tap shoes to… Davenport Junior Theatre,
4pm Wed Jan 17 Studio Series: Shakespeared!, sketch comedy
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Wednesdays thru Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Jan 12
May 9; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm Wed Jan 17
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Teach Me to Murder, dinner and an interactive mystery Chess Club, for those interested in chess who would like
with the comedians of It’s… Skellington Manor Banquet & to play… Bettendorf Public Library, 2pm Sat Jan 27
Event Center, 6:30pm Fri Jan 12
The Big Spin: Second-Hand Music Sale, a massive
Slay Bells Ring, dinner and an interactive mystery with sale of second-hand music -- vinyl, 8-track, CDs,
the comedians of It’s… Skellington Manor Banquet & equipment,… Davenport RiverCenter, 11am Sun Jan 28
Event Center, 6:30pm Sat Jan 13

LECTURES
Studio Series: MFK, sketch comedy and improvisational
games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Establishment, 9:30pm
Sat Jan 13
Community Connections: Native American
Studio Series: Survivor, sketch comedy and Archaeological Sites in Iowa, a presentation with
improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The PhD candidate Addison Kimmel; free; for information,…
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Jan 19 Bettendorf Public Library, 1:30pm Thu Jan 4

Open Source Improv, improvisational comedy with A Journey Through History with Retro Quad Cities,
veterans of ComedySportz, Livewire, the Blacklist, and… spend an evening with David Sebben, creator of the
The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Sat Jan 20
The Wizard of Oz @ Adler Theatre - January 27 Retro… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library,
6pm Mon Jan 8
Studio Series: 309, sketch comedy and improvisational
games for ages 17+; $5 or… The Establishment, 9:30pm Afternoon Classic Films, watch your favorites return Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque, New Year’s Eve The Rock Island Arsenal During WWI, a presentation
Sat Jan 20 to the screen and enjoy a… Davenport Public Library - burlesque with the Quad Cities’ premiere troupe… The in the library series Over There: A Look… Rock Island
Eastern Ave. Branch, 2pm Wed Jan 17 Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, Sun Dec 31 Public Library - Downtown Library, 6pm Wed Jan 10
Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Show, event
featuring some of the funniest stand up comedians No más bebés (No More Babies), director Renee Steventon’s New Year’s Eve Party, the New Year’s Eve Mostly True Tales with Spinsby & Wales, an ongoing
from… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Jan 26 Tajima Peña’s 2017 documentary presented as part of the party will have live music by… Steventon’s, 10pm Sun series of LeClaire history talks hosted by local… LeClaire
23rd Annual Hispanic Film Festival; free; for information, Dec 31 Community Library, 6:30pm Thu Jan 11
Studio Series: Movie the Musical, sketch comedy call 309-794-7670, Hanson Hall of Science, Augustana
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The College, 726 35th St., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7pm First Friday in LeClaire, with fun food and cocktail Backyard Chickens, the presenters are Davenport
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Jan 26 Wed Jan 17 sampling at the Mississippi River… Downtown LeClaire, residents and certified trainers under the… Fairmount
5pm Fri Jan 5 Street Library, 6pm Thu Jan 18
Studio Series: The Stand Up Showcase, sketch Tarde para la ira (The Fury of a Patient Man), director
comedy and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… Raúl Arevalo’s 2016 thriller presented as part of the 23rd Viva La Divas Drag Show, featuring award-winning Extreme Couponing, Sheena Hunter, an “extreme
The Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Jan 27 Annual Hispanic Film Festival; free; for information, call performers from across the Midwest; $10-12; for tickets… couponer,” presents tips and tricks of… Rock Island Public
309-794-7670, Hanson Hall of Science, Augustana College, The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Jan 5 Library - Downtown Library, 6pm Thu Jan 18
726 35th St., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7pm Wed

MUSEUMS Jan 24 Bottom’s Up Goes to Broadway, a Great White Way The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, a lecture by the pastor of
tribute with Bottom’s Up Quad Cities… Circa ‘21 Dinner House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver and author of New
’85: The Greatest Team in Football History, the Playhouse, 8pm Sat Jan 6 York Times bestsellers “Accidental Saints: Finding God in
A Look in the Toy Chest: Toys Through Time, documentary chronicles the Chicago Bears’ journey to All the Wrong People” and “Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful
more than 50 seventh graders of the Creative… German their Super Bowl… Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + Mike Super: Magic & Illusion, an evening with the Faith of a Sinner & Saint”; for information, contact Connie
American Heritage Center, thru Sun Dec 31 IMAX, Mon Jan 29 “America’s Got Talent” finalist and winner of… TaxSlayer Huntley at 309-794-7213, Gerber Center, Augustana
Center, 7:30pm Sat Jan 6 College, 3435 9 1/2 St., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu,
German American Heritage Center Giant Advent Ixcanul, director Jayro Bustamante’s 2015 thriller 10am Thu Jan 18
Calendar, thru Jan. 8; every night from Dec. 1-24, one of… presented as part of the 23rd Annual Hispanic Film The Big Dirty: A Celebration of Dirt & People,
German American Heritage Center, thru Mon Jan 8 Festival; free; for information, call 309-794-7670, Hanson fundraiser for Hidden Grove Homestead featuring raffles, Trax from the Stax: Shoegaze Presented by Shane
Hall of Science, Augustana College, 726 35th St., Rock 50/50 drawings, and live… Bier Stube Moline Blackhawk Brown, join Dispatch/Rock Island Argus columnist Shane
Noon Year’s Eve, a special New Year’s Eve party for Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7pm Wed Jan 31 Room, 7pm Fri Jan 12 Brown for an overview… Bettendorf Public Library,
youths with music,… Family Museum, 9am Sun Dec 31 7:30pm Thu Jan 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The Time

SPORTS
Explorers/Explorers Jr: The Wild Ocean, workshop Is Now, annual celebration featuring live music, World Affairs Council: Family-Affiliated
in which kids learn about the relationship between presentations, and more; for information, call 309-794- Extremism/Terrorism and Responses, with Dr. Dean
humans… Putnam Museum & Science Center, 9am Sat 7306, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Alexander, Director, Homeland Security Research Program
Jan 6 Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, minor- Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, Sat Jan 13 and Professor,… Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Tue Jan
league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 23
Second Saturdays at the German American 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Dec 29 Winter Survival: An Escape Room Challenge, as
Heritage Center, children and students with a valid ID the last of the group enters, the door locks… East Moline Bodies in Video Games: Performing Gender in
are welcome to… German American Heritage Center, Quad City Mallards vs. Fort Wayne Komets, minor- Public Library, 9am Sat Jan 13 Digital Spaces, a Tea Talk with Dr. George Boone,
10am Sat Jan 13 league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call visiting assistant professor of business administration;
800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Sat Dec 30 Bald Eagle Day Presentations, join us for a bald eagle this presentation presents historical examples of
Family Fun Night: Oceans & Reefs, discover our photo and video presentation… LeClaire Civic Center, games reinforcing traditional gender forms, games
relationship with the ocean and how we can… Putnam Quad City Mallards vs. Indy Fuel, minor-league 2pm Sun Jan 14 that challenged gender norms, and the ways gaming
Museum & Science Center, 5pm Fri Jan 19 professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 800-745- technologies themselves upset our distinctions between
3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Jan 12 and Sat Jan 13 Taste of LeClaire, receive free food and beverage body and technology; for information, e-mail wgs@
German Influence on American Craft Spirit samples from various shops and… Downtown LeClaire, augustana.edu, Carlsson Evald Hall - Augustana College,
Production, explore spirits that have been influenced by Quad City Mallards vs. Kalamazoo Wings, minor- 1pm Sun Jan 14 3601 7th Ave., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 4pm Wed
hundreds of years… German American Heritage Center, league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call Jan 24
2pm Sun Jan 21 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Jan 19 Retro Gamers Club, an adults-only night of playing
video games from the 80s,… Rock Island Public Library -
Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, minor- Downtown Library, 5pm Wed Jan 17

MOVIES league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 4:05pm Sun Jan 21 Speakeasy Trivia Night w/ Mr. Trivia, participants can
bring food but no beverages, which must be… The Circa
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, for teens and Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, minor- ‘21 Speakeasy, 6pm Thu Jan 18
adults; a screening of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning… league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
Fairmount Street Library, 12:30pm Thu Dec 28 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 6:35pm Wed Jan 31 9th Annual Winter Wine Experience, wine-tasting
and fundraiser presented by Dimitri Wine & Sprits,
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, for helping to fund the RME’s educational programming;
teens and adults; a screening of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-
winning… Fairmount Street Library, 4pm Thu Dec 28 OTHER EVENTS with hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and
live music by the Kellen Meyers Trio and additional
artists; 6pm wine tasting, 8-10pm Redstone Room
The Kids Are All Right, a screening in the Independent Accepting Submissions: 18th Annual Eddy Awards, cocktail party; $45-55, $250 for reserved tables of four;
Film Series; two children conceived… Rock Island Public awards are presented in six categories to… River Action, for tickets and information, call 563-326-1333, RME
Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm Thu Jan 4 thru Fri Jan 19 (River Music Experience), 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA,
RiverMusicExperience.org, 6pm Sat Jan 20
El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button), director Patricio Holidays Can Be a Drag Show, featuring the DJs of Just
Guzmán’s 2015 documentary presented as part of the Let Go; for information, call… RIBCO, 9pm Fri Dec 29 St. Ambrose University Trivia Night, $64 early bird
23rd Annual Hispanic Film Festival; free; for information, price (through Jan. 16), or $80 at… Rogalski Center - St.
call 309-794-7670, Hanson Hall of Science, Augustana The Project of the Quad Cities Friday-Night Ambrose University, 6pm Sat Jan 20
College, 726 35th St., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7pm Dinner, on Fridays; $5/plate or $10/all you can eat; for
Wed Jan 10 information,… Mary’s on 2nd, 5pm Fri Dec 29 Trivia Night in LeClaire, tables of 8; $10 per person;
Mulligans and refreshments available… LeClaire Civic
Recent Releases, see a film recently released on DVD; Quad Cities Comic Book Convention, featuring Center, 7pm Sat Jan 20
free; for information,… Davenport Public Library - Eastern dealers from four states specializing in comic books new…
Ave. Branch, 2pm Fri Jan 12 Ramada Inn - Bettendorf, 10am Sat Dec 30 CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo, the nation’s best
bucking broncs and bulls and the world’s… TaxSlayer Har-Di-Har @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and
Center, 7:30pm Fri Jan 26 and Sat Jan 27 Raccoon Motel - January 14
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Orientation Session: Highway Construction

CONTINUED
LECTURES Careers Training Program (HCCTP), the 13-week
program starting Mar. 5 aims to increase the… Black Hawk
College - Quad City Campus, 2pm Fri Jan 26

How Technology is Changing -- and Changing the Leadership Development Program Spring 2018, a
Job Market, Too, Information Technology professional four-month program for men and women who want to…
Andy Shearouse will help us look at… Rock Island Public Integrity Integrated Inc., 7:30am Wed Jan 31
Library - Downtown Library, 6pm Wed Jan 24

MEETINGS
Coffee Chemist, Dunn Brothers Coffee will show you
how to craft the… Fairmount Street Library, Sat Jan 27

Centering Prayer, meeting consisting of experience,

COURSES education, and sharing, with… St. Andrew Church, 1pm
Thu Dec 28

Iowa Corn “Future of Agriculture” Scholarships Centering Prayer, meeting consisting of experience,
Available, designed to aid in the development of education, and sharing, with… St. Paul Lutheran Church -
future… thru Wed Jan 31 Davenport, 6pm Thu Dec 28

Drop-In Tech Help, bring in any device and we will give Centering Prayer, meeting consisting of experience,
it a… LeClaire Community Library, 2pm Fri Dec 29 education, and sharing, with g… Holy Family Catholic
Church, 1:30pm Thu Dec 28
One-on-One Device Advice, let a librarian help you get
started on your new… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Independent Scholars Evening, on Thursdays; a
Ave. Branch, Wed Jan 3 free-standing, public forum for the support of… Moline
Commercial Club, 7pm Thu Dec 28
One-on-One Device Advice, let a librarian help you get
started on your new… Davenport Public Library - Main, Quad Cities Open Coffee, pitch your business idea,
4pm Mon Jan 8 get help on developing your business… CoWorkQC, 6pm
Thu Dec 28
Moving to Windows 10, $40; for information and to
register, call 309-796-8223… Black Hawk College Adult Scott County Board Meeting, for information, call 563-
Learning Center, 5:30pm Wed Jan 10 326-8749 or e-mail board@scottcountyiowa.com… Scott
County Administrative Center, 5pm Thu Dec 28
Safety Summit, get updated information from safety
professionals, gather resources to turn… Black Hawk Adult Children of Alcoholics, weekly meetings
College - Quad City Campus, 8am Wed Jan 10 on Saturdays, a meeting of the 12-step, 12-tradition…
Edwards Congregational Church, 10am Sat Dec 30
Excel Level 1 (Office 2013/2016), $97; for information
and to register, call 309-796-8223… Black Hawk College Citizens to Reform Animal Control, lunchtime
Adult Learning Center, 8:30am Thu Jan 11 discussions on the first and last Saturdays of the month; for
information, call 563-676-8656 or 309-236-7113, or e-mail
One-on-One Device Advice, let a librarian help you ecumenicalfellowship@hotmail.com or e-fellowship@
get started on your new… Fairmount Street Library, 4pm hotmail.com, RME (River Music Experience), 129 N. Main St.,
Thu Jan 11 Davenport IA, Facebook.com/groups/1950037481900586/
?ref=bookmarks, noon Sat Dec 30
Technology Open Lab, if have a tech question, get
individualized assistance with questions… Rock Island Citizens to Reform DHS (Illinois Child and Family
Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 9am Fri Jan 12 Services), lunchtime discussions on the first and last
Saturdays of the month; for information, call 563-676-8656
Winter Symposium Day: Privilege, an alternative or 309-236-7113, or e-mail ecumenicalfellowship@hotmail.
day of learning that includes presentations by faculty, com or e-fellowship@hotmail.com, RME (River Music
students, staff, alumni, and invited speakers, held at Experience), 129 N. Main St., Davenport IA, Facebook.com/
various campus locations; free; for information, contact groups/1728464627181097/?ref=bookmarks, noon Sat
Jeffrey A. Ratliff-Crain at JeffreyRatliff-Crain@augustana. Dec 30
edu or 309-794-7331, Augustana College, Rock Island IL,
Augustana.edu, 9am Wed Jan 17 Quad Cities Computer Society Meeting, featuring a
featured presentation; guests can attend the Beginners
Orientation Session: Highway Construction SIG… Butterworth Center, 7pm Mon Jan 1
Careers Training Program (HCCTP), the 13-week
program starting Mar. 5 aims to increase the… Black Hawk Stitching Group, on Wednesdays except for the 2nd
College - Quad City Campus, 6pm Thu Jan 18 Wed; all crafters are… River Valley District Library, 1pm
Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31
Master Gardener Training, Fridays thru Apr. 20; Master
Gardeners are members of the local… Rock Island County Emotions Anonymous, on Mondays; a self-help group
Extension, 9am Fri Jan 19 based on 12-step traditions… St. John’s Lutheran Church -
Rock Island, 6pm Mon Jan 8 thru Mon Jan 29
Orientation Session: Highway Construction
Careers Training Program (HCCTP), the 13-week Cookbook Club, register and check out the pre-selected
program starting Mar. 5 aims to increase the… Black Hawk cookbook available at the… East Moline Public Library,
College - Quad City Campus, 10am Fri Jan 19 5:30pm Mon Jan 15

Technology Open Lab, if have a tech question, get QCMUG (Quad Cities Macintosh Users Group)
individualized assistance with questions… Rock Island Meeting, with a special program/presentation on
Public Library - Southwest Branch, 9am Fri Jan 19 Macintosh Applications or hardware, and… Bettendorf
Public Library, 6:30pm Tue Jan 16
Pesticide Safety Education Program Test, in
cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture,
University of… Rock Island County Extension, Tue Jan 23
HEALTH
Orientation Session: Highway Construction
Careers Training Program (HCCTP), the 13-week 2nd Annual Integrative Lifestyle Forum, held from
program starting Mar. 5 aims to increase the… Black Hawk 9am-noon and 1-4pm; an engaging day of education…
College - Quad City Campus, 10am Wed Jan 24 Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel, 1pm Sat Jan 6

One-on-One Device Advice, let a librarian help you get Hy-Vee’s Healthier Alternatives, Chrissy Watters is
started on your new… Davenport Public Library - Eastern a Rock Island Hy-Vee Dietician who will… Silvis Public
Ave. Branch, noon Wed Jan 24 Library, 6pm Mon Jan 8

Drop-In Tech Help, bring in any device and we will give Alzheimer’s 411, the Davenport Alzheimer’s Association
it a… LeClaire Community Library, 2pm Fri Jan 26 will be giving a presentation educating… Silvis Public
Library, 10:30am Sat Jan 20
Technology Open Lab, if have a tech question, get
individualized assistance with questions… Rock Island
Public Library - Downtown Library, 9am Fri Jan 26
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Bridge, on Mondays & Fridays; $2-5; for information, call T’ai Chi Ch’un, on Wednesdays; $24-36/6 weeks; for Classic Movie, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477…
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:30pm information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Jan 23
thru Mon Jan 29 Seniors), 10:25am Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31
Grief Support Group, donations accepted; for
Canasta, on Tuesdays; $2-5; for information, call 563-386- Zumba Gold, on Wednesdays; $3-5; for information, call information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Jan 2 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Wed Seniors), 9:30am Wed Jan 24
thru Tue Jan 30 Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31

KIDS’ STUFF
Ceramics II, on Tuesdays from 9:30am-noon or 1-2:30pm; Line Dancing II, on Thursdays; $3-5; for information, call
$7-11/session, $9-12/all day; for… CASI (Center for Active 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 2:30pm
Seniors), 1pm Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 Thu Jan 4 thru Thu Jan 25
Weekly & Bi-Weekly
Genesis Foot Clinic, Mon. & Tue. from 9-11:30am and Ceramics I, on Mondays & Fridays; $7-11; for information,
1-3pm; $22, reservations required;… CASI (Center for call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), Winter Evening Playgroup, on Tuesdays, for ages
Active Seniors), Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 9:30am Fri Jan 5 thru Mon Jan 29 3-6.; in addition to our fun… LeClaire Community Library,
6:30pm Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30
Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo @ TaxSlayer Knitting & Crocheting, on Tuesdays; make hats, scarfs, Shuffleboard, on Mondays; $2-5; for information, call
Center - January 26 and 27 and mittens for children and… CASI (Center for Active 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 2:15pm Preschool Storytime, Tuesday through Friday at 10am;
Seniors), 12:30pm Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 Mon Jan 8 thru Mon Jan 29 stories, songs, finger plays, and… Bettendorf Public
Library, 10am Tue Jan 2 thru Wed Jan 31
Hands Only CPR, Diane Hudson of the American Red Line Dancing I, on Tuesdays; $3-5; for information, call Ugly Quilts, on Mondays; no sewing experience
Cross will be giving… Silvis Public Library, 6pm Mon Jan 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Tue necessary; free; for information, call… CASI (Center for Winter Reading Bingo, thru Feb. 28; each Bingo square
22 Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 Active Seniors), 8am Mon Jan 8 thru Mon Jan 29 contains a reading/library activity,… LeClaire Community
Library, Tue Jan 2 thru Wed Jan 31
Living In a Toxic World, join us as local Holistic Health Line Dancing Lesson, on Tuesdays; free; for information, Zumba Gold Toning, on Mondays; $3-5; for information,
Practitioners Lori Sullivan and… Davenport Public Library call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), Exploratorium, on Wednesdays; a different STEAM
- Eastern Ave. Branch, Tue Jan 23 8:30am Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 10:15am Mon Jan 8 thru Mon Jan 29 program each week; free; for… Moline Public Library, 2pm
Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31
Riverview Manor Blood Pressure Checks, on
December & January
SENIORS Tuesdays; free; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI Teen Gaming, on Wednesdays; try out new games and
(Center for Active Seniors), 8:30am Tue Jan 2 thru Tue gaming systems; we… Fairmount Street Library, 2:30pm
Jan 30 New Year’s at Noon, celebrate the new year with a Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31
Weekly & Bi-Weekly potluck and champagne (or… CASI (Center for Active
Senior Technology Clinic, on Tuesdays; $5-7; for Seniors), 11:30am Thu Dec 28 Toddle Time Playgroup, on Wednesdays & Thursdays;
Low-Impact Exercise, Mon.-Fri.; $3-5; for information, information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active ages 0-3 enjoy a self-guided morning of… LeClaire
call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Seniors), 1pm Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 Personal Reflexology, by appointment only, with Janet Community Library, 10:30am Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31
thru Fri Dec 29 Latchaw;… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Thu
Spiritual Devotions, on Tuesdays; free; for information, Dec 28 Winter Morning Playgroup, Wed. & Thu. for ages 0-3;
New Horizons Band Practice, on Thursdays; $2-5; for call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8am in addition to our… LeClaire Community Library, 10:30am
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Tue Jan 2 thru Tue Jan 30 Red Hat Club Luncheon, locations vary; for information, Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31
Seniors), 12:30pm thru Thu Jan 25 call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), noon
Cribbage, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call Tue Jan 2 Preschool Storytime, on Thursdays for ages 3-5; stories,
Zumba Gold, on Thursdays; $3-5; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Wed rhymes, songs, and more… Moline Public Library, 10am
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9:30am Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31 Trinity Foot Clinic, $25, reservations required; for Thu Jan 4 thru Thu Jan 25
thru Thu Jan 25 information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
Energizing Yoga, on Wednesdays; $7-10; for Seniors), 1pm Wed Jan 3 Silvis Library Story Time, on Thursdays; meet for a
Euchre, on Thursdays & Fridays; $2-5; for information, call information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active story, craft, or activity, and… Silvis Public Library, 6pm Thu
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:45pm Seniors), 2pm Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31 Genesis Foot Clinic, from 9-11:30am and 1-3pm; $22, Jan 4 thru Thu Jan 25
thru Fri Jan 26 reservations required; for information, call… CASI (Center
Evening Bingo, on Wednesdays; 5:30pm doors, 6pm for Active Seniors), Thu Jan 4 Tales for Tots, on Thursdays; ages birth to age three and
Billiards, Mon.-Fri.; $2; for information, call 563-386- early-bird bingo, with regular bingo… CASI (Center for a caregiver are… Bettendorf Public Library, 6:30pm Thu
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8am thru Wed Active Seniors), 6pm Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31 Senior Bingo, for information, call 309-755-9614… East Jan 4 thru Thu Jan 25
Jan 31 Moline Public Library, 3pm Thu Jan 4
Low-Impact Exercise, Mon., Wed., & Fri.; $3-5; for Child’s Play, on Saturdays; designed for preschoolers,
Bingo, on Fridays; no admission fee, card costs are 25 &… information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active CASI Book Club, $2-5; for information, call 563-386- but all welcome; rotating programs… Bettendorf Public
CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:30pm thru Fri Jan 26 Seniors), 9am Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 10am Fri Jan 5 Library, 10pm Sat Jan 6 thru Sat Jan 27

Ceramics I & II, on Fridays; $7-11; for information, call Pinochle, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call 563- Movie Matinee, $2-5; for information, call 563-386- D & D: First Campaign, on Saturdays; ages 8-13 learn the
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am thru 386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Wed Jan 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Jan 9 basics of the game… Davenport Public Library - Eastern
Fri Jan 26 3 thru Wed Jan 31 Ave. Branch, 1pm Sat Jan 6 thru Sat Jan 27
Grief Support Group, donations accepted; for
Golden Tones Chorus Practice, on Fridays; $2-5; for St. Anthony’s Blood Pressure Checks, on information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Preschool Storytime, Mondays at 6:30pm; stories,
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Wednesdays; free; for information, call 563-386-7477… Seniors), 9:30am Wed Jan 10 songs, finger plays, and action rhymes… Bettendorf Public
Seniors), 9am thru Fri Jan 26 CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8:30am Wed Jan 3 thru Library, 6:30pm Mon Jan 8 thru Mon Jan 29
Wed Jan 31 iPad/iPhone Clinic, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-
Senior Theatre: Second Avenue Players, on Fridays; 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Mon Jan 15 Story Time for Littles, Mondays at 9:30 & 10:45am, for
$2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for TOPS Meeting, on Wednesdays; the Taking Off Pounds ages 0-3; nurture your… Moline Public Library, Mon Jan 8
Active Seniors), 10:30am thru Fri Jan 26 Sensibly Group; 11:30am weigh-in,… CASI (Center for Walgreens Medication Review & Blood Pressure thru Mon Jan 29
Active Seniors), 11:30am Wed Jan 3 thru Wed Jan 31 Check, free; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI
Zumba, on Fridays; $3-5; for information, call 563-386- (Center for Active Seniors), 10am Thu Jan 18 Tales for Tots, on Mondays; ages birth to age three and a
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8am thru Fri Jan caregiver are… Bettendorf Public Library, 10am Mon Jan
26 8 thru Mon Jan 29
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MUSIC By Sean Moeller

2017: The Year in Music
Moeller’s Mysterious, Marvelous Picks

I
t’s frightening to get into the month of the year. This year, after going back and
December – every damned year – and tallying up all of the concerts I produced
wonder where it all went. Not a year in 2017, I’ve come to the conclusion that
goes by now where we don’t stammer all I’ve forgotten more about this year than
bug-eyed and with feigned amusement I have in any other year since I started
and bewilderment to each other about being heavily involved in this rock-and-
how fast everything got away from us. roll circus over a dozen years ago.
This just consumes more of the precious There were 200 Moeller Nights shows
stuff that we are so concerned about this year and next year I’m going to try
pissing away or having picked from our and double that number. Why not? This Julia Michaels
pockets. We love doing it though, and year, these were the songs that kept bug-
here’s my contribution to the continuing ging me. They itched and I scratched, Izaak Opatz, Mariachi Static Julia Michaels, “Issues”
– and steady, despite everything we say over and over and over again. I couldn’t A few albums might have come close With children and more drop-offs
about it – march-of-time from last year help myself. They worked me over for to having been listened to more than and pick-ups than anyone should have to
when I wrote this column, to this year’s various reasons. I savored many – replay- this debut by Izaak Opatz, but only handle, top-40 radio is always on in our
incomplete-and-largely-arbitrary list of ing them on repeat cause I didn’t want to because I didn’t have it as long. Since vehicles. Hometown girl Julia Michaels
my favorite songs to make up an album stop singing them in the car. I listened the moment that I really got infatuated has been writing for other stars for years,
for 2017 (the year of the rooster, fittingly to and marveled at many of them for with Izaak around the time that I was but this year finally blasted out and made
enough). reasons you can’t figure out no matter scheming with Jonny Fritz at Mile of herself a star with this ubiquitous hit.
Once again, a prelude is always in how hard you try. I played some of them Music in Appleton, backstage at the Cat The way that it came a bit out of nowhere
order when rolling out one of these insanely loud (ask my wife when we’d Power/Temptations show. I don’t know and then just struck hard, along with
opinionated and nuanced lists ranking switch cars for a day) just because they that there’s been a more accomplished, the subtle way that the song structure
works of art based on taste, and taste made me happy. sun-drenched collection of folk-country behaves, it reminds me a lot of how
alone. How often do we get those text A good friend of mine once relayed a songs in a very long time. Opatz gives off Lorde came on the scene with “Royals.”
messages and completely miss the tone phrase that her mother would lob at her a feel like none other, a completely new, It’s a stunning display of restraint and
or the tongue tucked firmly into that hot as an explanation for her poor choice in warm sound that’s somewhere between yet Michaels delivers her hooks without
cheek meat on the other side of the phone men, saying, “Your taste is only in your Ryan Adams and Tom Petty, but fi lling mercy. Such an impressive little ear devil.
– and missed the fun of the exchange mouth.” I suppose that’s how it is with more of a role of frontiersman (if that /y/sm173
entirely? We must have some context for music, too, isn’t it? My taste is shit, and frontiersman had email and text) riding
those wink-wink, nudge-nudge, pseudo- yours is amazing, but I think there are between towns, possibly having kitchen Big Thief, “Shark Smile”
saucy texts just as there needs to be some a lot of songs below that we can all get sex after coffee and either leaving behind A couple of times over the last few
framework and texture to what I’m about behind, if you’ll give them half a chance. or taking broken hearts with him as he years, I’ve been asked to write bios for
to lay out below. [NOTE: /y/ shortlinks to video/audio moved along. /y/sm171 some artists I’ve made acquaintances
Last year, I attributed some kind of sources for selections below are provided with and it’s always both an honor and
life moment or memory to every song I in print and to be added to rcreader.com. R.LUM.R, “Frustrated” an incredible amount of pressure that
decided to write about as my favorites of e.g. rcreader.com/y/sm171] Every time I make these lists, I like I mentally mask as an inconvenience. I
there to be a couple premonitions on only take the gigs when the records floor
there. It’s fun feeling like I’m bucking me, when they make me cuss at their
a trend or calling the Powerball num- brilliance. The newest Big Thief record
bers before the ping pong balls are even was one of those that made me drop f’s
loaded into the machine. Now, that’s not and s’s all over the place. “Shark Smile”
to say that no one’s aware of the picks I’m is my favorite track from this album and
going to make, but it does mean that as it’s a tight little story about foggy lust, as
far as the big map is concerned, these art- if those stories are ever tight rather than
ists aren’t much more than freckles yet. messy and incoherent. The chorus makes
Izaak Opatz above is the least known of you wish you were younger, when these
the three that fit the category on this list. kinds of words might just walk into your
R.LUM.R. is banging hardest already, life. /y/sm174
garnering over a million monthly listen-
ers on Spotify and the reason being is Father John Misty, “Pure
this sultry burner. Reggie Lamar Wil- Comedy”
liams Jr. became a bit of an R&B sensa- I went out to Denver early this year
tion this year with this song and it landed to visit my friend Nathaniel Rateliff for
him a performance on Jimmy Kimmel a few days, just for the hell of it, and the
Live. His falsetto is spectacular and the video for this song had just been released.
explosiveness of this arrangement are We watched it a couple of times in a row,
obvious and they were in full effect when there at his kitchen table and every senti-
he played The Raccoon Motel around the ment seemed to encapsulate everything
4th of July. Watch out for R.LUM.R. He’s that had just happened in America as
Glen Campbell gonna be a beast. /y/sm172 well as foretell everything that was about
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to happen. The muck was going to get begun to feel mild effects of the disease.
muckier and the dummies were gonna While this song wasn’t released in 2017,
get dumber or make themselves more I listened to it a lot since his passing and
visible. This song is somewhat akin to it might qualify as the saddest song ever
Bright Eyes’ “When the President Talks written. In it, he’s telling all of his loved
To God,” but in a less seething, spitting ones that he’s not going to miss them
venom sort of way. This is a resignation, when he dies because he’s not even going
not a pity party. It’s after a full collapse, to remember them. It’s simply devastat-
when heads just can’t shake disgustedly ing and a mesmerizing way to not have to
enough. And Josh Tillman sums it up go through that pain. /y/sm177
pointedly when he sings, “The only thing
that seems to make them feel alive is the
struggle to survive, but the only thing TWAIN, “The Sorcerer”
that they request is something to numb Without a doubt, this song struck me
the pain – til there’s nothing human left. hardest in 2017 and in a way it blindsided
Just random matter suspended in the me. I’ve been lucky enough over the years
dark. I hate to say it but each other’s all to get to meet so many people that oddly
we’ve got.” /y/sm175 enough become more than just people Big Thief
we know. They become friends. Some of
them even become good friends. Few, if Charleston, South Carolina over the last punk attitude and with reckless, but
Overcoats, “Father” any become great friends. But there are few years as they’ve made this a home logical abandon, Ron Gallo released a
Already on my short list to bring to the a few. In a year of great transition and away from home. Justin Osborne writes flawless album that feels like it should
Quad Cities as soon as possible before tremendous newness – as well as just with an understanding of himself and all have come out on Lookout! Records, not
they put out their full-length, Overcoats more of the same hustling and bustling of his demons in a way that most other New West. It dives into the lunacy that
begin it with this short, short snapshot of everything that’s been building up writers don’t have a grip on, or they’d grabs so many people way before they
that hits hard at the need of a daughter for over a decade – there are new people prefer to claim different narratives that should even be considering the mere
needing her dad. As a father with three that entered my life, I think, exactly make them appear more complicated thought of whether or not they should
daughters, keeping this message of when when they were supposed to enter and and therefore special. Here, Osborne is get married or have children. They’re
someone needs you badly, they’re going that alone is improbable. The people that worshipping his concocted Valhalla- really at the point in their relationships
to stubbornly fight admitting that you drift in and out of our lives like strategic type place that amounts to a morning, where they shouldn’t even be sending
need anyone until it’s too late. This song wanderers are those we get excited to see a day, or an evening that gains serious out Christmas cards together cause they
is a swirling wash of all the spiders that for short durations and those small doses points for the struggles being minor or haven’t been together long enough and
get into our heads and crawl around on fi ll us up. Then there are the wives, hus- more manageable than they were the don’t really know each other that well.
top of one another, looking for the light. bands, partners and the special, rare few day before and for that, we drink and we Instead, they decide to make a person
/y/sm176 anomalies who we just can’t live without. toast. /y/sm179 with someone they occasionally think is
They are the people who create a vacuum either psychotic or on their better days is
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not where moments feel like eternity and you just a sociopath. It creates a blistery ten-
Gonna Miss You” just think to yourself how nice it is to get Sheer Mag, “I Need to Feel sion that Gallo captures here in this rager
Years ago, I was lucky enough to spend lost with for a while. We all need those Your Love” that feels like a pack of cigarettes and an
a few hours making a recording with people so badly. Mat Davidson’s song There aren’t bands on my wish list. un-mowed backyard covered in faded
Glen Campbell at a studio that belonged is a reminder of this special connection There aren’t shows that I regret not and half-crushed beer cans, piles of dog
to Conor Oberst in the hills of Los Ange- that can be found in the oddest places having attended and there aren’t really turds and broken kids toys. /y/sm1711
les. It was a studio where the first Dawes sometimes. /y/sm178 bands that are on something stupid like
and Father John Misty records had been a bucket list. But I wish I would have
made, amongst others, and it was a gor- SUSTO, “Jah Werx” caught Sheer Mag somewhere this year. Yon Ort, “What You Feel”
geous sunny day. Campbell was in good Hearing 600 people at Codfish Hollow They’re the only ones I can think of that It’s just the start for Eric Wilson’s new
spirits and his entire family was there. I sing this non-word mantra as loud I feel that way about. And the perfect group Yon Ort, but if this song and the
got to meet his wife and his grown chil- and as spine-tinglingly happily back at place to listen to this song might go band’s performances at the November
dren. He’d already been diagnosed with the band this summer was one of my something like this: Give me somewhere GAS Fest (and the reactions to them –
the Alzheimer’s that would claim his life favorite moments of the year. We’ve kind with ridiculously poor ventilation. I need only their third and fourth shows ever!)
prematurely this year, but he had only of grown along with this band from it to be not just sweaty, but also a place are any indication, there’s going to be
where all of the ripeness of a few hundred some fire behind these guys for some
people could mingle and jockey for time. “What You Feel” is a song I imag-
supremacy. I want it to stink. I want there ine you’d hear drifting over a Joshua Tree
to be an illegal way of drinking, perhaps sunset, before the coyotes come out, as
a keg over in the corner where the beer is the cactuses are cooling and the peyote is
free but there’s nothing to serve it in so setting up shop. /y/sm1712
you will have had to have brought your
own empty vessel – like an old Gatorade Honorable mentions: Niall Horan
bottle that you had stowed on the floor in “Slow Hands,” Charlie Puth “Attention,”
the back seat of your car. And I want to Sampha “(No One Knows Me) Like the
be there with my two best buds and we Piano,” The Kernal, “I Understand” and
just forget everything. /y/sm1710 “Try Again,” Sam Coffey & the Iron
Lungs, “Talk 2 Her,” HAIM, “Want You
Ron Gallo, “Put the Kids to Back,” Okey Dokey, “Hurts To Be You.”
Bed”
From an album that mocks domestic- Visit MoellerNights.com to keep up
R.LUM.R ity in what comes across as smart aleck with Sean’s live music productions.
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Library, 1:30pm Thu Dec 28
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socialization for children 0-5 and… Fairmount Street Niabi Zoo, 1pm Thu Dec 28
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Jan 4
Lego Club: Outer Space, grades K-5 create and share Child’s Play, on Saturdays; designed for preschoolers, Putnam Explorers/Explorers Jr: The Wild
themed masterpieces that will be… Silvis Public Library, but all welcome; rotating programs… Bettendorf Public Reading Assistance Dogs, children have the Ocean, find out how you connect to the ocean’s wild,
3:30pm Thu Dec 28 Library, 10pm Sat Dec 30 opportunity to read aloud to dogs from… Bettendorf sometimes… Putnam Museum & Science Center, 9am
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Showtime at Silvis: The Polar Express, refreshments New Year’s Eve Party, an early New Year’s celebration
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3:30pm Thu Jan 4 Mon Jan 8
Silvis Library Story Time, on Thursdays; meet for a Story Time in the Putnam’s Giant Screen Theater,
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Thu Dec 28 with… Putnam Museum & Science Center, 10:30am Sat board game, or try a new… Davenport Public Library - specially trained, along with… Davenport Public Library -
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songs, and activities with kitten and mitten themes; are invited to Book Friends Bingo to celebrate… Fairmount organization Unite in… Davenport Public Library - Main, stage adventure with characters from… Adler Theatre,
free;… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, Street Library, 11am Sat Jan 13 10am Thu Jan 18 6pm Tue Jan 23 and Wed Jan 24
3:30pm Tue Jan 9
Choose Your Own Adventure, explore wonders from Ologies: Dare To Explore -- Pirateology, explore Book Party: Warriors, activities based on the Warrior
Biblioteens, teens learn about new books, hang out, all over the globe as your experience… Moline Public the ology series with crafts and activities; free; for… series books by Erin Hunter;… Davenport Public Library -
and have some… LeClaire Community Library, 4:30pm Library, 2pm Sat Jan 13 Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 4pm Thu Eastern Ave. Branch, 4pm Wed Jan 24
Tue Jan 9 Jan 18
Read a Latte Winter Reading Kickoff, held in Afternoon Storytime: Penguin Power, a penguin-
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year old;each child… Quad City Botanical Center, 10:30am Quad City Botanical Center, 12:30pm Sat Jan 13 Strawbees, build… Davenport Public Library - Main, 4pm penguin… Fairmount Street Library, 3:30pm Thu Jan 25
Tue Jan 9 Thu Jan 18
Spy Training, for ages 5-12; spies undergo extensive Hug-a-Book Dance Party, move and play to music as
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Winter Storytime: Winter Reading Kickoff, a Lego Club: Oceans, grades K-5 create and share themed
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Manga Book Club, for teens who love manga; we will Fri Jan 19 Ologies: Dare To Explore -- Mythology, explore
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Pokemon Night, for ages 12-18; Pokemon crafts, trivia, Library, 10am Sat Jan 20
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Jan 11 Library, 6pm Wed Jan 17 Teen Cupcake Wars, compete to win the best teen Downtown Library, 5:30pm Tue Jan 30
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Faves in Fives 2017
Highlights from the Year in Area Theatre
Samantha Matthews, Ghost: The empathy, and connection with his co-
Musical, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse stars. They wound up looking awfully
(Brent). Sometimes, in musicals, strong good. Sanders, with his performance
acting appears to take a backseat to a humility, looked great.
strong voice. But Matthews showcased Aaron Sullivan, The Caucasian Chalk
both. There was great truthfulness to her Circle, Prenzie Players (Dee). Sullivan
performance as Molly, even when she was masterful as the corrupt judge Adzak
was playing opposite … well, a ghost. But – at times majestic, and at other times
Matthews also demonstrated rich vocals rude, overbearing, and sarcastic. But no
that made her portrayal that much better. matter his mood or intention, Sullivan
Christina Myatt, Sunset Boulevard, was in complete command of his role and
Quad City Music Guild (Victoria). was a complete and utter joy to watch.
Playing the aging diva Norma Desmond, John Whitson, West Side Story, Quad
Myatt’s command of character was City Music Guild (Jeff ). Whitson’s ill-
spellbinding. Whether being demanding, fated Tony was so full of hope and love
needy, or coquettish, or appearing on the that he almost sold me on his ability to
brink of madness, Myatt’s performance overcome the warring gangs that compose John Whitson and Callen Brown in Quad City Music Guild’s West Side Story
as the delusional and desperate Desmond West Side’s angry, violent world. With his
was both powerful and unsparing, allow- beautiful vocals and solid acting, Whitson still remember her expression in “Lady’s Amongst those of a very strong cast, his
ing the audience to empathize and grasp was the perfect choice to lead this high- Maid” when Rose shared her hopes about Broken performance shined a compas-
the cruel unfairness of Hollywood. energy, well-produced classic. American life, saying much of it with just sionate light onto a character that could’ve
Nancy Teerlinck, Murderers, Black the look on her face. easily been two-dimensional.
Box Theatre (Mike). Ah, if only the Featured Actress Sara Tubbs, Annie, Quad City Music Tristan Odenkirk, The Madwoman
“Reader Tonys” were actual Tonys. Andrea Braddy, The Trojan Women, Guild (Victoria). As Grace, the secretary of Chaillot, Augustana College (Dee).
Because much like her titular character, Genesius Guild (Dee). Genesius Guild’s to Daddy Warbucks, Tubbs brought a Helpless I was, laughing so hard that tears
I would kill to hear a Nancy Teerlinck production, under the direction of Dori natural style and class to her role, and were streaming down my cheeks – Oden-
acceptance speech – particularly if this Foster, had much to recommend it, but her characterization added a sense of kirk’s understated yet Igor-like Sewer
wonderful performer delivered it with the especially Braddy’s performance as humanity that contrasted with the gritty, Man portrayal was the funniest thing I’ve
bone-dry wit, abject hilarity, and power- Cassandra. Wearing a highly stylized “hard-knock” times of the show’s Great seen on an area stage maybe ever. Thank-
fully subtle emotional realism she brought traditional mask, Braddy wowed me with Depression setting. In addition, Tubbs’ fully, his scene was short; had it gone on
to murderess Lucy Stickler. her tremendous vocal skills in her por- rich singing voice was resonant and much longer, I probably couldn’t have
trayal of Cassandra’s agony, foreseeing her beguiling. survived it.
Lead Actor future as a captive of war. John VanDeWoestyne, Inherit the
Tristan Odenkirk, Brighton Beach Megan Clarke, Picasso at the Lapin Featured Actor Wind, Richmond Hill Barn Theatre
Memoirs, Mississippi Bend Players Agile, St. Ambrose University (Mike). Marc Ciemiewicz, A Year with Frog & (Brent). VanDeWoestyne delivered Henry
(Brent). To say I was captivated by Oden- Admittedly, I cited Clarke last year and Toad, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse (Vic- Drummond’s lines in such fresh ways that
kirk is a true understatement. With his acted with her this past summer. But to toria). Playing six roles in this children’s they made all of the attorney’s discover-
entertaining facial expressions, adolescent charges of bias I say: “Schmendiman!” musical, Ciemiewicz transitioned seam- ies seem present and real, and while the
mannerisms, and impeccable comedic Because playing that excitable little lessly from one to another, and showcased courtroom setting could’ve inspired
timing, I didn’t want to take my eyes off (male) freak in Steve Martin’s absurdist an operatic voice, to boot. He was totally a “just the facts” portrayal, the actor
Odenkirk’s Eugene – especially after he comedy, Clarke was unforgettable: fear- immersed in each character, be it a bird, a brought life to every word he spoke. This
discovered women – for a second, for fear less, riotous, physically and verbally witty, frog, a lizard, a mole, or – my favorite – a was a true a whirl-Wind performance.
of missing the slightest eyebrow lift. and more animated than anyone on The slow-moving, literal carrier of snail-mail.
Luke Rose, Elf: The Musical, Circa Simpsons. Rob Keech, Little Shop of Horrors, Costuming
‘21 Dinner Playhouse (Victoria). I don’t Jackie Patterson, Steel Magno- Quad City Music Guild (Mike). As Orin Suzanne DeReu, Doublewide, Texas,
know from which well of talent Circa lias, Playcrafters Barn Theatre (Jeff ). Scrivello, D.D.S., Keech (an honest-to- Richmond Hill Barn Theatre (Mike).
found Rose, but I hope it’s drawn from Although Playcrafters’ show was staged God dentist) did the impossible. He Hell, I would’ve chosen DeReu just for
again, because this performer won my in January, Patterson’s performance at finally, finally, made audiences under- Marilyn Monroe’s Seven Year Itch dress
heart. Portraying Elf ’s ever-cheerful, its climax still haunts me today. When stand why Audrey would ever date this accented by a floor fan for strategic waft-
charming, lovably goofy Buddy, Rose she broke down in devastating anger sadomasochistic nightmare – at least if ing. But while DeRue’s movie-themed
proved he could not only act and dance, and anguish over the death of M’Lynn’s Audrey’s Orin were this phenomenally ensembles were fab, her trailer-park
but his solo elicited cheers. He’s a true daughter, Patterson exhibited a complex funny and thunderously present, and if denizens’ everyday attire was superbly
triple-threat. performance depth that was difficult to he sang this well. Still wouldn’t date him, character-revealing and appropriate –
Adam Sanders, The Diviners, Rich- ignore, hard to achieve, and tough to though. stretch pants, jean shorts, bunny costume
mond Hill Barn Theatre (Mike). Sanders’ forget. Michael J. King, Broken, QC Theatre … . You know. Texas.
excellence as an itinerant preacher came Audrey Rose, Titanic, Augustana Workshop (Jeff ). I’ve always appreci- Dianne Dye, Brighton Beach Memoirs,
from him playing his lead more as sup- College (Brent). Portraying a third-class ated King’s talents, and his portrayal of Mississippi Bend Players (Dee). Dye’s
port – commandingly passionate, but Irish passenger, Rose was a splendid a detective who tries to uncoil the world designs have beautifully enhanced every
appearing far more interested in making singer and actress, and delivered one of of human trafficking was a contempo- production in which I’ve seen them fea-
others look good through sincere focus, the finest stage accents I’ve ever heard. I rary departure from his classical roles. tured, and this was indeed the case with
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her work for this Neil Simon comedy. Her Memoirs, Mississippi Bend Players by William Finn and book by Rachel memorable. But this year, my daughter
costumes were wonderfully evocative of (Dee). I loved this set. Through her Sheinkin that so colorfully and cleverly made her stage debut with her mom
Depression-era Brooklyn, and were an wonderfully envisioned and constructed illuminated each entrant’s backstory and co-starring, and seeing her sing, dance,
important element in helping to create the design, Holgersson created a comfort- experience in the bee. The entire thing and make people laugh alongside my wife
play’s illusion of reality. able yet modest family home befitting the was pure delight. was one of the proudest moments in this
Dianne Dye, Zombie Prom, Missis- play’s era. Containing rooms upstairs and Constellations, Playcrafters Barn young father’s life.
sippi Bend Players (Jeff). Dye’s costumes down, it provided us with a strong sense Theatre (Mike). Director Alexander The Grief, Tin Woman, Black Box
excel at helping make a good show great, of place and was the perfect setting for a Richardson kicked off Playcrafters’ Barn Theatre (Dee). Throughout the show,
and her vibrant colors and pattern-perfect nostalgic glimpse into the past. Owl Series with style, and author Nick I was perturbed with Brant Peitersen’s
period costuming of Zombie Prom’s high- Susan Holgersson, Crimes of the Payne’s do-over romance was made addi- character not because he was was incon-
school students and faculty were fantastic. Heart, Augustana College (Victoria). tionally stylish through composer Micah solable, but because he was abrupt and
She coordinated colors to characters, Beth Henley’s play is usually set in a SantAmour-Bernas’ edgy, haunting, bril- rude. But when his patriarch broke and
everything fit properly, and there was homey 1970s kitchen. But Holgersson and liant soundscape that lasted – no joke – expressed his deep grief, he was com-
attention to detail right down to the shirt her crew assembled a Bauhaus-meets-Dr. the entirety of the play’s 80 minutes. Why pletely transformed, and I was moved to
and sweater buttons. Seuss set comprised of dark-gray, multi- isn’t this available on Spotify?! tears in this year’s single best moment.
Gregory Hiatt, Snapshots: A Musical level areas with ramps and pillars that I Love You Because, Black Box Theatre The Journey, Annie Jr., Augustana
Scrapbook, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse somehow reduced the Brunner Theatre’s (Victoria). With music director Amy College, Center for Living Arts, Pen-
(Victoria). Given Snapshots’ six actors large space into an intimate stage with the Trimble on piano, assistant music direc- guin Project of the Quad Cities (Jeff).
and story that spans more than 20 years focus on characters and story. tor Mason Moss on keyboard, and Dale After any Penguin Project production,
(sometimes out of sequence), Hiatt’s selec- Susan Holgersson, Mike Turczynski, Huntly on percussion, accompaniment everyone involved traditionally gathers
tion of clothing and high standard for Ring of Fire, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse was provided for the show’s 18 songs that on-stage to sing and dance to Journey’s
detail augmented this production greatly. (Brent). This revue not only had Holg- ranged from pop to jazz to ballads to rap rock classic Don’t Stop Believin’. And this
A few extremely quick costume changes – ersson’s massive railroad track cutting with some quirky tempo changes. The six past March, our entire audience was on
some transpiring under a bedsheet – had through the stage – one so realistic that actor/singers and their band were flawless. its feet – rockin’ out with tears streaming
me convinced that Hiatt is a sorcerer. I kept waiting for a giant train to roll in Peter & the Starcatcher, QC Theatre – as Annie Jr.’s special young performers
Angie Stark, The Little Mermaid, – but many lovely lighting moments by Workshop (Jeff). Providing the only rejoiced in their opening night.
Quad City Music Guild (Brent). Having Turczysnki that brought us to whole new music in what was really a non-musical The Lunatic, The Comedy of Errors,
to costume multiple mermaids, fish, a locations without physical set pieces being play, Mary Coker accompanied the cast Genesius Guild (Mike). He spoke for
seagull, and a giant squid couldn’t have moved. on a few songs, and also underscored the five minutes. His character doesn’t much
been easy. But Stark and her costume Bob Williams, Alex Chaplain, Zach emotion of the entire storyline with her affect the plot. But as Shakespeare’s
crew did some incredible and iconic Chaplain, West Side Story, Quad City adept piano-playing abilities. She was conjurer/exorcist Dr. Pinch, Jacob Lund
work bringing this underwater world to Music Guild (Jeff). The stark silhouettes the one artist constantly within sight, (hysterically fake-breaded) made you
life – Ursula and her moving tentacles, of Williams’ balconies and chain-link and gave real power to an already superb ignore every sound remotely near Lincoln
specifically, were costume highlights from fencing combined with the Chaplains’ performance. Park – cars, cicadas, fireworks – and focus
the whole year. multi-hued lighting created a stark yet Titanic, Augustana College (Brent). instead on a portrayal that was weird,
passionate environment for the war Under Ron May’s music direction, deeply committed, and ferociously funny.
between the Jets and Sharks. Keeping Titanic, as played by an amazing pit The Wail, Sunset Boulevard, Quad
Scenic/Lighting Design things simple by using clean lines and orchestra, sounded flawless. From the City Music Guild (Victoria). This
Kris Eitrheim, Picasso at the Lapin fundamental colors to portray emotion piano to the strings to everything in tension-filled musical builds to a tragic
Agile, St. Ambrose University (Mike). helped this team establish the perfect between, it was impressive to hear such a ending. But evidently, on the night I
After a while, it becomes easy to take tone. great score being played live – so impres- attended, a male patron was feeling par-
Eitrheim’s gifts for granted. Which is why sive that I downloaded the score upon ticularly sensitive to Norma’s emotional
his typically stellar, detailed period design leaving the theatre. state, because after the climactic gunshot,
became even more memorable when – Music/Sound he loudly and dramatically yelled, “Oh-h-
poof! – it suddenly vanished, and, like the The 25th Annual Putnam County h, Norma!!!” The actors stayed in charac-
show’s characters, we were left contem- Spelling Bee, Black Box Theatre (Dee). Memorable Moment ter. I had to stifle a charmed laugh.
plating life, love, and the absence of that Director Becca Johnson’s presentation The Generations, Annie, Quad City
fantastic set. was enjoyable for many reasons, not the Music Guild (Brent). Theatre is home
Susan Holgersson, Brighton Beach least of which were the music and lyrics for me, so every moment I’m in one is
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VOCABULARY LESSON · JANUARY 2, 2018
Crossword Nov. 30 Answers: Page 21

ACROSS 80. Drift 38. Ore deposit
1. Punched-out paper piece 81. Proofreading mark 39. Favor
5. Shot of booze 82. Seasons goddesses 40. “When in _...”
10. Ladle 83. “Wish you _ _!” 41. Borrower’s “grade”: 2 wds.
15. Air route 85. Fire 42. Peace goddess
19. Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury, 86. Make more certain 43. Flitted
familiarly 87. Hit hard 45. Comical
20. Floorer’s cousin 88. Part of USNA: Abbr. 46. Harsh legislator of old
21. _ New Guinea 89. Thin 49. Persona non _
22. Eye part 90. YEAR (noun): 4 wds. 50. Root
23. Seed part 99. Flowing garment 51. Linger
24. Doddering 100. Milk: Prefix 53. Monsieur Diderot
25. Collect 101. Simple, in a way 54. Fruity beverage
26. Dollar part 102. Scut 55. Fellows
27. HAPPY (adj.): 4 wds. 103. Analogous 57. Removes, in printing
31. Earth goddess 104. Transform 58. Blanches
32. River in England 105. Flop of the fifties 59. Bovine creature
33. Weir 106. Sch. out west 60. Cutting tool
34. Move up 107. Plague 61. Top ballerina
37. Beatitude 108. Brings to maturity 62. De Carlo or Elliman
39. Began with introductory remarks 109. Bargains 63. Blended
44. “_ Doone” 110. Exuviate 64. Disagreement
45. Scoria 69. Support for a coffin
46. Stingless bee DOWN 70. Novice
47. Estuary 1. Tor 71. Part of ABA or AMA: Abbr.
48. Release 2. Mata _ 73. Paton or Turing
49. Measure of quality 3. Tel _ 74. Mangel-wurzel
50. Espresso froth 4. Hard-working 76. Bicuspid
51. Province: Abbr. 5. Produced for the theater 77. Unhinged
52. Felis silvestris catus 6. Shinobi 78. Driving force
53. Ending for roller or motor 7. Mixed collection 80. Southeastern Asian
54. Rub 8. Depend 81. Animal stomach
55. Annapolis student 9. Formal exposition 82. Hoagie
56. Exemplar 10. Major suit 84. Given to traveling
58. Artistic work 11. Vacation venues 85. Players
59. Hallowed place 12. Girasol 86. Caravan animals
60. NEW (adj.): 4 wds. 13. River in England 88. Later
65. Where Venezia is 14. Rose Bowl location 89. Wild party
66. More foul 15. Egg-shaped fruit 90. Pig in a _
67. Old English diarist 16. Affirm 91. Sponsorship
68. Presents 17. Hawaiian goose 92. Valley
69. Heavyweight 18. Nosh 93. Number prefix
70. Old wives’ offerings 28. Grandmother 94. Put cargo aboard
72. Trucker’s place 29. Projecting piece of land 95. Word on a card
75. Rests 30. Vault 96. Tex-Mex fare
76. Aches 34. One of the D’Urbervilles 97. Rise
77. Giant in Norse myth 35. Cell body 98. Louver part
78. Infiltrator 36. Inferior judge of the arts 99. Hoofer’s forte
79. Cakes and _ 37. “Dracula” writer _ Stoker
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com

Saber the Moment
a Star Wars newbie should have and is given a charming ally in Kelly
no problem following the action Marie Tran’s Rose. Even Adam Driver’s
and having a kick-ass time. incandescent, conflicted evil as Kylo Ren
Series devotees, it should go is occasionally leavened by humor, and
without saying, will likely have a Johnson sometimes pulls off intensely
better one, although they’ll also clever gags through mere acts of bait-
be more likely to nitpick. And and-switch, as when we’re led to believe a
nitpicking, to be honest, is kind major character will be played by Justin
of easy. Even this only-moder- Theroux, only to find his thunder stolen
ately invested fan couldn’t figure by Benicio Del Toro.
out the logic behind the Maz Yet for all of your chuckles, and all of
Kanata cameo (why her?) and your astonishment at the bevy of glori-
several contrived “Where’d he/ ous effects and imaginatively conceived
she come from?!” appearances, creatures, you’ll also be hard-pressed not
and you don’t have to love the to well up. For many of us, that was going
new Star Wars movies – just to be a given merely through the partici-
Oscar Isaac – to be disappointed pation of Carrie Fisher, whose character
that Resistance pilot Poe has arc and beautifully calibrated perfor-
been made largely irrelevant. mance as General Leia make you rue the
(I also could’ve done without performer’s passing even more than you
the trio of adorable tykes – two did before entering the auditorium. But
boys and a girl, natch – whose I found myself repeatedly close to the
presences hint at Force-ful emotional edge in Johnson’s enthralling
adventures yet to come. One Star Wars: The Last Jedi: at the electrify-
trilogy at a time, please!) But ing tension between Rey and Kylo Ren,
Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi beginning with the traditional even when they were literal worlds apart;
opening blast of John Williams’ at the master plan of Laura Dern’s Vice
If your Last Jedi experience was fanfare, there’s so much else Admiral Holdo; at the sight of a well-
STAR WARS: anything like mine, however, the crowd to adore that even perfectly reasonable worn cloak falling gently to the ground.
THE LAST JEDI probably wasn’t voiceless for long. How complaints end up feel like quibbles, “I’m just glad you’re here,” says Leia to a
Over the decades, the Star Wars fi lms could it have been, when Johnson and especially once you realize how smartly long-absent figure from her past. I was
have boasted so many unforgettable his sterling performers and tech team and subversively Johnson is popping crazy-glad to be there, too.
sounds – light sabers swooshing, R2-D2 were giving us so much worth cheering? holes in the franchise’s built-in porten-
beeping, Darth Vader breathing – that It’s still too early to get into plot specif- tousness. All told, this is serious stuff,
it’s both unexpected and rather amazing ics here without plastering “SPOILER yet never so serious that it deprives us of For reviews of Pitch Perfect 3, Down-
to find the signature sound in Star Wars: ALERT!” at the top of every paragraph, excellent jokes. sizing, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,
The Last Jedi to be silence. if not every sentence. But damn did John- There’s actually an outstanding one Ferdinand, The Greatest Showman, All
Writer/director Rian Johnson’s daz- son and company keep providing grand in The Last Jedi’s first minutes, when a the Money in the World, Darkest Hour,
zling sci-fi entertainment is certainly gestures and riotous throwaways that sneering threat by Domhnall Gleeson’s The Shape of Water, Father Figures,
fi lled with aural wonders, from the elicited, and deserved, roars of approval: First Order general is nonchalantly and other releases, visit RCReader.com/
high-pitched shrieks of puffin-like beings the magnificently choreographed two- brushed off by Poe, who claims not to movies.
called Porgs to the malice-dripping on-12 light-saber battle; the payoff to have heard it. (Sadly, that’s also as good
rumble of Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader BB-8’s tenure as a slot machine; the sur- as Isaac’s material gets.) All through-
Snoke. Yet what I most thrilled to were prisingly gruesome execution that ends
November 30 Crossword Answers
out, however, visual and verbal wit
the moments that weren’t merely sub- with a satisfying thunk; Luke Skywalker abounds when you don’t expect it to.
dued, but nearly or completely devoid of casually flicking a speck of dust off his Mark Hamill’s Skywalker, for instance,
dialogue, music, and background effects shoulder. Bits such as these, and there has never been a source of Star Wars
– the still, eerie preambles to Rey’s and are oodles of them, aren’t fan service. hilarity. You sure wouldn’t know it from
Kylo Ren’s telepathic communications, They’re in service to the enjoyment of this installment, though; Hamill earns
for example, and the jaw-dropping three- everyone, regardless of their personal a laugh even before he speaks, and his
to-five seconds following a decisive blast stakes in the Star Wars universe. To be scenes involving Luke’s introduction
into hyperspace. The Last Jedi is fantastic sure, familiarity with previous install- to, and Jedi-training of, Daisy Ridley’s
fun, and in its occasional instances of ments – especially J.J. Abrams’ 2015 The Rey are both powerfully sincere and
quiet, you feel the audience rapt with Force Awakens – will help make sense frequently funny. (“Where are you
attention and awe, totally hushed except of the proceedings. Yet I’m not sure it’s from?” “Nowhere.” “No one’s from
for those patrons – perhaps including altogether necessary; Johnson’s storytell- nowhere.” “Jakku.” “Okay, that’s pretty
yourself – muttering barely audible ing is so confident and engaging, and the much nowhere.”) John Boyega is reliably
“Whoa”s. fi lm’s particulars so satisfying, that even amusing as the heroic coward Finn,
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Alice in Wanderland to combat the uniquely male problem of
“paternity uncertainty” – basically the “who
I follow you on Twitter, and I was dis- actually is your daddy?” question. A woman,
gusted to see your tweet about marriage, of course, knows that the tiny human who’s
“No, humans aren’t naturally monoga- spent a good part of nine months sucker-
mous – which is why people say relation- punching her in the gut is hers. However, our
ships ‘take work,’ while you never hear male ancestors lacked access to 23andMe
anybody talking about what a coal mine mail-in DNA tests. So male emotions seem
an affair can be.” If a person finds fidelity to have evolved to act as an alarm system,
so challenging, they should stay single. goading men to protect themselves (such as
– Ethical Married Person with a scary expression of anger to forewarn
their partner), lest they be snookered into
raising another man’s child.
Reality has this bad habit of being kind of
The problem with the enraged response is
a bummer. So, sure, that person you married
that it kicks our brain into energy conser-
all those years ago still has the capacity to
vation mode – shunting blood flow away
surprise you with crazy new positions in bed
from our higher-reasoning department and
– but typically they’re yogi-like contortions
toward our arms and legs and organs needed
they use to pick dead skin off the bottoms of
for “fight or flight.” So the mere mention of
their feet.
cheating – even coupled with suggestions
That line you quote, “relationships ‘take
for how to prevent it – kills any possibility
work,’ while you never hear … what a coal
of reasoned thinking. In our dumbed-down
mine an affair can be” is actually from one of
enraged state, all we’ve got is the knee-jerk
my old columns. I tweeted it along with this
response: “I am so totally moral, and so is
advice: “Don’t just assume you & romantic
my wife, and anyone who needs to discuss
partner (will) stay monogamous. Maybe
how they’ll stay monogamous is the Whore
discuss how, exactly, you’ll go about that.”
of Babylon!”
From where I sit – opening lots of letters
Unfortunately, aggressive denial of real-
and e-mail from cheaters and the cheated
ity is particularly unhelpful for infidelity
upon – this is simply good, practical mar-
prevention. It’s especially unhelpful when
riage- and relationship-preserving advice.
it’s coupled with feelings of moral superior-
But from some of the responses on Twitter,
ity. Organizational behaviorist Dolly Chugh
you’d think I’d suggested braising the family
and her colleagues find that people’s view
dog and serving him on a bed of greens with
of themselves as “moral, competent, and
a “tennis ball” of candied yams.
deserving … obstructs their ability” to make
Though some men and women on Twitter
ethical decisions under pressure.
merely questioned my take, interestingly, the
So as the late infidelity researcher Peggy
enraged responses (ranging from imperson-
Vaughan advised, “a couple’s best hope for
ally rabid to denigratingly hateful) came
monogamy lies in rejecting the idea that they
entirely from men. Granted, this may just
can assume monogamy without discussing
have been due to chance (who was shirking
the issue.” They should instead admit that
work on Twitter just then), or it may reflect
“attractions to others are likely … no matter
research on sex differences that suggests men
how much they love each other” and “engage
tend to be more comfortable engaging in
in ongoing honest communication about
direct conflict.
the reality of the temptations and how to
However, though evolutionary psycholo-
avoid the consequences of acting on those
gist David Buss, among others, finds that
temptations.”
both men and women are deeply upset by
For example: What’s the plan if, say, mari-
infidelity – or the mere prospect of it – there
tal sex gets a little sparse? If the marriage hits
seems to be a sex difference in who is more
a rough patch? If that hot co-worker starts
likely to go absolutely berserk over it. Buss,
hitting on you when you’re drunk and a little
looking out over the anthropological litera-
unhappy while on a business trip?
ture, observes: “In cultures the world over,
Maybe it seems depressing to discuss this
men find the thought of their partner having
stuff. However, a wedding ring is not an elec-
sexual intercourse with other men intoler-
trified fence. Accepting that is probably your
able. Suspicion or detection of infidelity
best bet for avoiding emotional devastation
causes many men to lash out in furious anger
and divorce when, 25 years in, a “jug of wine,
rarely seen in other contexts.”
a loaf of bread, and thou” still keeps the old
Evolutionary psychologists have specu-
spark alive in bed – but only when supple-
lated that the fierceness of male sexual
mented with a well-charged cordless cattle
jealousy may be an evolved adaptation
prod.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I need translation is “putting in place.” When used by expecting, but will bring you opportunities you
more smart allies, compassionate professional chefs in a restaurant kitchen, it refers haven’t imagined and didn’t expect. Will you be
supporters, ethical role models, and to the task of gathering and organizing all the alert and receptive to these sly divergences from
loyal friends, and I need them right now!” writes ingredients and tools before beginning to cook. I your master plan? If so, by September of 2018 you
Joanna K., an Aries reader from Albuquerque, think this is an excellent metaphor for you to will have become as smart a gambler as maybe
New Mexico. On the other hand, there’s Jacques emphasize throughout 2018. In every area of your you have ever been. You will be more flexible and
T., an Aries reader from Montreal. “To my life, thorough preparation will be the key to your adaptable, too, which means you’ll be better able
amazement, I actually have much of the support success and fulfillment. Make sure you have to get what you want without breaking stuff and
and assistance I need,” he declares. “What I seem everything you need before launching any new wreaking whirlwinds. Congratulations in
to need more of are constructive critics, enterprise or creative effort. advance, my daring darling. May your experi-
fair-minded competitors with integrity, ments be both visionary and practical. May your
colleagues and loved ones who don’t assume that VIRGO (August 23-September 22): fiery intentions be both steady and fluidic.
every little thing I do is perfect, and adversaries Experimental composer Harry Partch
who galvanize me to get better.” I’m happy to played one-of-a-kind musical CAPRICORN (December 22-January
announce, dear Aries, that in 2018 you will benefit instruments that he made from objects such as car 19): Hungarian psychiatrist Thomas
more than usual from the influences that both hubcaps, gourds, aluminum ketchup bottles, and Szasz dismissed the idea that a person
Joanna and Jacques seek. nose cones from airplanes. Collage artist Jason should be on a quest to “find himself” or “find
Mecier fashions portraits of celebrities using herself.” “The self is not something that one
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the materials like noodles, pills, licorice candy, bacon, finds,” he said. Rather, “it is something one
Scots language spoken in Lowland and lipstick tubes. Given the astrological creates.” I think that’s great advice for you in 2018,
Scotland, a watergaw is a fragmented configurations for 2018, you could flourish by Capricorn. There’ll be little value in wandering
rainbow that appears between clouds. A skafer is a adopting a similar strategy in your own chosen around in search of fantastic clues about who you
faint rainbow that arises behind a mist, presaging field. Your most interesting successes could come were born to be. Instead you should simply be
the imminent dissipation of the mist. A silk from using things as they’re not “supposed” to be gung-ho as you shape and craft yourself into the
napkin is a splintered rainbow that heralds the used. You could further your goals by mixing and person you want to be.
arrival of brisk wind and rain. In accordance with matching resources in unique ways.
the astrological omens, I propose we use these AQUARIUS (January 20-February
mysterious phenomena as symbols of power for LIBRA (September 23-October 22): I 18): Is there anything about your
you in 2018. The good fortune that comes your wish I could make it nice and easy for attitude or your approach that is a bit
way will sometimes be partially veiled and you. I wish I could proclaim that the immature or unripe? Have you in some way
seemingly incomplete. Don’t compare it to some forces of darkness are lined up against the forces remained an amateur or apprentice when you
“perfect” ideal. It’ll be more interesting and of light. I’d like to be able to advise you that the should or could have become fully professional by
inspiring than any perfect ideal. opening months of 2018 will bring you a now? Are you still a dabbler in a field where you
showdown between wrong and right, between could be a connoisseur or master? If your answer
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 2018, ugliness and beauty. But it just ain’t that simple. to any of these questions is yes, the coming
half-buried residues from the past will It’s more like the forces of plaid will be arrayed months will be an excellent time to grow up,
be resurfacing as influences in your life. against the forces of paisley. The showdown will climb higher, and try harder. I invite you to regard
Old dreams that you abandoned prematurely are feature two equally flawed and equally appealing 2018 as the Year of Kicking Your Own Ass.
ripe to be re-evaluated in light of what has sources of intrigue. And so you may inquire,
happened since you last took them seriously. Are Libra, what is the most honorable role you can PISCES (February 19-March 20): In
these good or bad developments? It will probably play in these matters? Should you lend your 2018, one of your themes will be “secret
depend on your ability to be charitable and support to one side or the other? I advise you to freedom.” What does that mean? The
expansive as you deal with them. One thing is create a third side. muse who whispered this clue in my ear did not
certain: To move forward into the future, you will elaborate further. But based on the astrological
have to update your relationships with these SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): aspects, here are several possible interpretations.
residues and dreams. In 2018, your tribe will be extra-skilled (1) You may have to dig deep and be strategic to
at opening things that have been shut or access resources that have the power to
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Poet sealed for a long time: heavy doors, treasure emancipate you. (2) You may be able to discover a
Diane Ackerman tells us that human boxes, rich possibilities, buried secrets, shy eyes, rewarding escape and provocative deliverance
tongues, lips, and genitals possess mum mouths, guarded hearts, and insular minds. that have been hidden from you up until now. (3)
neural receptors that are ultra-responsive. You’ll have a knack for initiating new markets and You shouldn’t brag about the liberations you
Anatomists have given un-sexy names to these clearing blocked passageways and staging grand intend to accomplish until you have accomplished
bliss-generating parts of our bodies: Krause end openings. You’ll be more inclined to speak them. (4) The exact nature of the freedom that will
bulbs, also known as bulboid corpuscles. candidly and freely than any other generation of be valuable to you might be useless or irrelevant
(Couldn’t they have called them “glimmering Scorpios in a long time. Getting stuck things or incomprehensible to other people.
rapture hubs” or “magic buttons”?) In any case, unstuck will come naturally. Making yourself
these sweet spots enable us to experience available for bighearted fun and games will be Homework: Name 10 items you would put in a
surpassing pleasure. According to my under- your specialty. Given these wonders, maybe you time capsule to be dug up by your descendants
standing of the astrological omens for 2018, should adopt a new nickname, such as Apertura in 500 years. Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.
Cancerian, your personal complement of bulboid (the Italian word for “opening”), Ouverture (the
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Here’s further good news: Your soul will also have Otevírací (Czech), Öffnung (German), or
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Davenport IA Rock Island IL Davenport IA Brown Bag Lunch: Daniel Stratman
Minus Six – The Real Quaid – The Rebirth Brass Band – Englert Local H – Otros Outros – Bird (noon) – Bettendorf Public Library,
Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Worship – Gabe’s, 330 E. 2950 Learning Campus Dr.,
Davenport IA Iowa City IA Washington St., Iowa City IA Bettendorf IA
Aseethe @ Rozz-Tox - January 3 Mountain Swallower – Cool Beanz Rude Punch – 11th Street Precinct, Old Salt Union – High Water Mark Eric Gales – Craig Erickson Group –
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Island IL Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – Iowa City IA
THURSDAY 28
Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA Davenport IA
Tony Hoeppner & Friends (6pm) – The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini A Parenthesis of Cellos (Augustana Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Geneseo
Still Standing – Dredge – Tong Po
Hy-Vee Market Grille - Silvis, 2001 Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA Cello Choir) – Wallenberg Hall, Brewing Company, 102 S. State St.,
EyeHateGod – No Funeral – – Upon the Death Horse – RIBCO,
5th St., Silvis IL The Stone Flowers – K & T’s Bike Rack Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Geneseo IL
Aseethe – RIBCO, 1815 Second 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Rock Island IL Larry Boyd (6pm) – Cool Beanz
SATURDAY 6
Ave., Rock Island IL
SUNDAY 31
2018/01/06 (Sat) Davenport IA Quartermoon Tinsnips (6pm) – Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
2017/12/31 (Sun)
Vince Neil – Rhythm City Casino Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th
FRIDAY 29
Island IL
2017/12/29 (Fri) Chamber Music Quad Cities: Solo Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore St., Rock Island IL
Chicago Catz – Rhythm City Casino The LK Trio – Steeplegate Inn, 100 W.
Voices –– Music of J.S. Bach & Ave., Davenport IA Windy City Dueling Pianos – The 76th St., Davenport IA
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Beethoven – Trinity Episcopal Whoozdads? – The Grape Life Wine Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Playlist – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
– Green Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Ave., Davenport IA
Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave., Ave., Rock Island IL Mound St., Davenport IA
Rd., LeClaire IA Code 415 – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State
Davenport IA Davenport IA Split Lip Rayfield – Chatsworth
SATURDAY 20
Fool House – Riverside Casino and St., Bettendorf IA
Corporate Rock – 11th Street 2018/01/20 (Sat) & Dupree – Gabe’s, 330 E.
SUNDAY 14
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Eliminator: ZZ Top Tribute Band –
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., 2018/01/14 (Sun) Washington St., Iowa City IA
Riverside IA Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E
Davenport IA 30th Anniversary Party: Aaron
Platt St., Maquoketa IA
SATURDAY 27
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Len Elvis Presley Tribute Night – Moeller Nights: Har–Di–Har – Kamm & the One Drops – 6 Odd
Frankie Joe & Kinfolk – Green Tree 2018/01/27 (Sat)
Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 N. Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Mountain Swallower – Triple Rats – Goosetown – Glass Femur
Shore Dr., Moline IL Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon – Soul Sherpa (6pm) – Iowa City Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Circle
Haphazard – 11th Street Precinct, IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Green Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Tap, 1345 W. Locust St., Davenport
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA The Generations Band – Jumer’s
Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., Squirrel Nut Zippers – Englert Augustana Percussion Ensemble IA
The Horse Theory – Thunderscope Casino & Hotel, 777 Jumer Dr., Rock
LeClaire IA Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Concert – Bergendoff Hall of Fine The Jason Carl Band – 11th Street
– Creeping Charlie – Iowa City Island IL
Ron Tegeler Jazz Trio (6pm) – Cool Iowa City IA Arts - Augustana College, 3701 7th Precinc t, 1107 Mound St.,
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Geneseo
Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Ave., Rock Island IL Davenport IA
MONDAY 15
Jim Ryan – Chief’s Bar & Grill, 1600 Brewing Company, 102 S. State St.,
Rock Island IL 2018/01/15 (Mon) Awful Purdies – Uptown Bill’s Coffee Michael McDermott – Princeton
Crosstown Ave., Silvis IL Geneseo IL
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa Coffeehouse, 25 E. Marion St.,
Karen Meat – Heat – The Mill, 120 E. The Last Glimpse – Jenny Lynn
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini HS Honor Band (6:30pm) – City IA Princeton IL
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Stacy – Waking Robots – RIBCO,
Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA Centennial Hall, Augustana Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Jim’s Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar –
Rosie & the Rivets – Rhythm City 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL
TOMB – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Lonesome Fugitives (noon) – Rosie
Rock Island IL IL Milan IL Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA & the Rivets (5pm) – The Dweebs
Haphazard – 11th Street Precinct, Three Son Green – Copper Smoke
WEDNESDAY 10 TUESDAY 16
Whoozdads? – Isle Casino Hotel (9:30pm) – Riverside Casino and
2018/01/10 (Wed) 2018/01/16 (Tue) 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Trails – Hep Cat – Iowa City Yacht
Bettendorf, 1777 Isle Parkway, Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Moeller Nights: Helena Deland Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Bettendorf IA Riverside IA
Burlington Street Bluegrass JAERV (6:30pm) – Ca D’Zan, 411 – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar &
The Mand – K & T’s Bike Rack
SUNDAY 28
Band – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington South Rd., Cambridge IL Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
SATURDAY 30
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., 2018/01/28 (Sun)
2017/12/30 (Sat) St., Iowa City IA Davenport IA

WEDNESDAY 17
Davenport IA
2018/01/17 (Wed) Roger Carlson & Friends (6pm) – An Evening with JJ Grey & Mofro –
FRIDAY 12
Benjamin Cartel – Seth Knappen Midnite Riders Band (5:30pm) –
2018/01/12 (Fri) Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
– Konrad – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third East Moline American Legion, 829
Moeller Nights: Rayland Baxter St., Rock Island IL Davenport IA
Ave., Rock Island IL 16th Ave., East Moline IL
Augustana College Saxophone – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – Folk Songs & Horn Calls (2:30pm)
Bob Dorr & the Blue Band – CSPS/ Motorboat – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202
Quartet Concert (noon) – Moline Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini – Coralville Center for the
Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar W. 3rd St., Davenport IA
Public Library, 3210 41st St., Moline Davenport IA Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA Performing Arts, 1301 5th St.,
Rapids IA NYE Masquerade: Psalm One –
IL Tony Hoeppner & Friends – Green Coralville IA
THURSDAY 18
Bugeye Sprite – Harley Corin’s, 1708 Angelenah – James Cam’Ron
The Big Dirty –– A Celebration of 2018/01/18 (Thu) Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) –
State St., Bettendorf IA – Wolf Mixer – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Dirt & People: The Dirty Loew – LeClaire IA Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700
David Zollo & the Body Electric – Washington St., Iowa City IA
The Dirty Beet Brothers – Jenny Moeller Nights: Ratboys – Nnadi N. Shore Dr., Moline ILa
Brother Trucker – The Mill, 120 E. NYE w/ Tom Petty Tribute – Jason
Lynn Stacy & the Dirty Roosters Ogbonnaya – Condor & Jaybird 2018/01/21 (Sun)
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Carl & the Whole Damn Band –
– Bier Stube Moline Blackhawk
The Dweebs – Riverside Casino and The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Room, 1423 5th Ave., Moline IL
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Davenport IA
Cobalt Blue – 11th Street Precinct,
Riverside IA New Year’s Eve Soiree: Funktastic
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp Jam Five – Steeplegate Inn, 100 W 76th
Digitour: Arctic Lights (6:30pm) –
(6pm) – The Redstone Room, 129 St., Davenport IA
Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
Main St, Davenport IA Night People (5:30pm) – Richie Lee
City IA
Frankie Fontagne & the Ramblers (9:30pm) – Rhythm City Casino
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo –
– 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Mound Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Sergeant Major’s, 213 6th Ave. W.,
St., Davenport IA Ave., Davenport IA
Andalusia IL
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Green North of 40 – Steventon’s, 1399 Eagle
Larry Boyd (6pm) – Cool Beanz
Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., Ridge Rd, LeClaire IA
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
LeClaire IA Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar –
Island IL
Hazida – Colidescope – B-Sides – The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Live Lunch w/ Tony Hoeppner
Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
(noon) – RME Community Stage,
Iowa City IA Soul Storm – 11th Street Precinct,
129 Main St., Davenport IA
John Burns – Uptown Bill’s Coffee 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) –
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa Surf Rock Beach Party – Circa ‘21
The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
City IA Dinner Playhouse, 1828 Third Ave.,
Ave., Rock Island IL
Minor Decline – Fierce Amateurs Rock Island IL
Nivrana: Tribute to Nirvana – The
– Not Dead Yet – Plunkett – Wylde Nept (3pm) – New Year’s Eve
Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Road Soda – Bent River Brewing Dance Party (9pm) – The Mill, 120
Davenport IA
Company, 1413 5th Ave., Moline IL E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Sons of Serendip present Songs
Rosie & the Rivets – Rhythm City
WEDNESDAY 3
in the Key of Wonder: 50 Years
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 2018/01/03 (Wed)
of Stevie Wonder – University of
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 2255
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – Aseethe – Chill Smith – Venereal
Bennett St., Dubuque IA
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Crush – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Minus Six @ The Redstone Room - January 5
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MUSIC By Johnnie Cluney

How Collectable is an MP3?
The Ups and Downs of DIY Music Mediums

E
verything that goes out of fashion At the time tapes were being phased
seems to make a resurgence at some out, my friends and I were busy scour-
point or another. This trend is no ing yard sales and thrift stores in search
different in the music scene. Record of cheap vinyl records. We were always
collectors have seen formats come and asked the same question when making
go. But most recently, the focus is on the our purchases: “Why do you want that
comeback of vinyl records and cassette junk?” Vinyl was a laughable thing of
tapes. The summer of 2003 saw the death the past. It was something your parents
of the cassette. Record stores had to price had in the back of their closet. Vinyl was
cassettes at just a dollar or two below CD heavy and dirty and nobody wanted it.
releases, forcing the consumer to make Despite these considerable drawbacks to
the obvious choice and purchase the CD vinyl and cassettes, in the underground
over the cassette. This deliberate move music scene, bands and record labels
was brought on by distribution compa- were still producing albums on these
nies jacking up the price of tapes. The formats. They were cheaper to press than
cassette was being phased out. The same CDs. In the DIY music scene, vinyl and
thing happened with VHS and it’s nearly cassettes have never gone away. Vinyl
caused the CD to go the way of the dodo. and cassettes continue to be the staple Illustrations by Johnnie Cluney
There was nothing better than a new formats for DIY music. I personally
and sought out as cool pieces. They are their own Walkman which they have
casingle (cassette single made popular knew vinyl was on its way back when
becoming collectors’ items. dubbed “The Burger Buddy.” Their
in the ‘90’s) besides perhaps a double I spotted a brand new copy of Shania
The secret is out. Justin Bieber has device is a cassette player that also has
cassette such as the Smashing Pumpkins’ Twain’s double-LP Up sometime in 2004
a cassette release. Eminem put out MP3 capabilities. The Burger Buddy will
Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness (that in a record shop in Chicago. I could not
The Slim Shady LP on tape and Purple convert your cassette to an MP3. Burger
now retails for $60 or more for a used believe it. It was right there next to T-Rex
Rain by Prince & the Revolution was Records is a punk and garage rock label.
copy on eBay). There is just something and Tortoise, right there behind the T
re-released posthumously on cassette. They have put out 1,141 cassettes to date.
nostalgic about cassettes. We all remem- card. Despite the fact that no one seems
Billboard lists these albums as selling Their catalog includes artists such as Ty
ber the tapes we wore out in our favorite to want these dinosaurs, in 2016 vinyl
nearly 4,000 copies on tape in 2016 with Seagull and King Tuff. At the other end
spots. We would rewind and fast-forward sales were projected to move 40 million
the number one selling cassette of last of the music spectrum is Hausu Moun-
to our hearts content. It was played and units according to Jordan Passman, CEO
year being the soundtrack for Guard- tain. This Chicago based label releases
loved and it showed. However, as lovely of Score A Score, which specializes in
ians of the Galaxy. Even though tapes are ambient bleep and bloop drone for the
as it is to hear where you have worn down creating and licensing original music,
now being noticed on a mainstream level modern age on both cassette and vinyl.
your personal cassette, it’s also annoying sound design, and voice-over for all types
again, this will not make the under- Their roster currently holds 17 artists.
to hear someone sing like they are under- of media. As noted by Passman, “Record
ground cassettes any less collectable. Regardless of which format you prefer
water or possessed by the devil because sales neared the $1 Billion benchmark
Most of these underground DIY labels to listen to music on there are some ques-
tape warps and melts! I remember too for the first time this millennium and
only press a small run of tapes with each tions to ask yourself when considering
well my copy of The Violent Femmes’ that number has not been touched since
one being hand-numbered. This makes which format to use: Do I subscribe to a
self-titled album succumbing to a melty vinyl’s heyday back in 1980.”
them really limited and super collect- streaming service? If so, which service
end on the passenger seat of my Honda Just like records were once viewed,
able. The price of these DIY cassettes should I subscribe to? Do I purchase a
Civic. If cassettes are such a chore, why cassettes have also been seen as a dead
is usually somewhere between $5-10 tangible artifact to prove I own it? Am I
then, in the past couple of years, have we format. While cassettes are not on the
whereas something on the mainstream at ease with my music archives existing
seen the cassette making a comeback? same level, financially, as vinyl – in
level would maybe be $10-15. I had a in the cloud? Do I feel guilty about not
The recent trend in albums being pressed 2016, National Audio sold $5 million
conversation with National Audio, the paying for music and streaming it for
onto vinyl may explain some of this. in cassettes, compared to vinyl, which
biggest tape duplication company in free? (This question plagues the music
sold about 3.2 million LPs at around $30
North America, sometime in 2011 while listener daily).
per LP – they are wanted, collectable,
ordering some cassettes of my own for Why would anyone want to own a
my music project. They informed me bunch of records and tapes when you
that they were all finished with the Pearl can just listen to Spotify or any other
Jam 20th-anniversary cassettes, so my streaming service for free? Most cassette
order would not be a problem to finish in labels like Hausu Mountain also host a
a timely manner. They were also about Bandcamp page where the listener can
to buy out their biggest competitor. The download or stream MP3s, so what’s
tape seemed to be doing pretty well for the point? Perhaps, if you are old school
itself. Duplicating and dubbing tapes is enough, you will get down to Ragged
nothing new in the underground music Records and buy yourself a copy of your
scene. There are now and always have favorite album on your favorite format.
been tape labels. These are record labels Any way you look at it, in 2018, you have
that focus on releasing their artists’ many options available to you. But how
albums on cassette. One well-known collectable is an MP3? I’m not sure that
tape label, Burger Records based out of anyone ever had a friend over to check
Fullterton California, has even created out their Spotify collection.
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DJs/Karaoke/Jams/Open Mics

Ratboys @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon
Motel - January 18
THURSDAYS
THURSDAYS – First Lutheran Church Parish
House, 1600 20th St., Rock Island IL MONDAYS
MONDAYS

Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced
415 15th St, Moline IL Washington St., Iowa City IA Productions Karaoke – Grumpy’s
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Saloon, 2120 E 11th St, Davenport
Pub, 2104 State St, Bettendorf IA
Open Mic Night (6pm) – Energized SATURDAYS
SATURDAYS IA
Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120
Cafe, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Community Folk Sing (3pm, Jan. E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace – Boots, 13) – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, Say Anything Karaoke – Gabe’s, 330
2228 E 11th St, Davenport IA 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms DJ Dolla – RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt Underground Open Mic w/ Kate
Up on 7th, 1814 7th St., Moline IL Road Saloon), 1722 Second Ave., Kane – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Rock Island IL Linn St, Iowa City IA
Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL Irish Music Session (3pm, Jan. 6) –
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate
Kane – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA TUESDAYS
TUESDAYS

Linn St, Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grill, Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
114 1/2 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon,

FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St.,
1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA
Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle,
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s Davenport IA 1417 5th Ave., Moline IL
Bar & Grille, 2120 4th Ave., Rock Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
Island IL 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
DJ Dolla – RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Island IL
Road Saloon), 1722 Second Ave., Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey
Rock Island IL Davenport IA & “Detroit” Larry Davison –
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S Cabana’s, 2120 4th Ave., Rock
1321 5th Ave., Moline IL 1st St, Long Grove IA Island IL
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker –
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
Davenport IA
Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St,
Moline IL WEDNESDAYS
WEDNESDAYS

Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W. Songwriters' Round Table (Jan. 13, Hump Day Wing & Sing w/
Locust St., Davenport IA noon) – RME Community Stage, Marybeth – Hawkeye Tap Sports
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack 129 Main St., Davenport IA Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Tw i s t e d M i c ’s M u s i c a n d Davenport IA
Davenport IA Entertainment – Barrel House Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Moline, 1321 5th Ave., Moline IL 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Ukulele Social Club (4pm, Jan. 20) – Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W.
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Locust St., Davenport IA
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second
Davenport IA Ave., Rock Island IL
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S
1st St, Long Grove IA SUNDAYS
SUNDAYS Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats –
Bent River Brewing Company, 512
Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, 24th St., Rock Island IL
2814 State St., Bettendorf IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews – Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ & Grille, 114 1/2 W. Third St.,
Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St, & Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge Davenport IA
Moline IL IA Open Mic Night (5:30pm, Jan. 10 &
Open Jam Night – Chief’s Bar & Grill, 24) – Milltown Coffee, 3800 River
1600 Crosstown Ave., Silvis IL Drive #2, Moline IL
Open Mic Coffeehouse (Jan. 19)
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MUSIC By Todd McGreevy

2017’s 3-2-1 Music Lists from Quad Citizens
L
et’s put a new twist on an old format Violents & Monica Martin from Violents
– the ubiquitous year-end lists about & Monica Martin, 2017.
music. We invited Quad Citizens who 2: Margaret Glaspy at the Village
we know contribute to, support, and/or Theatre, January 16, 2017; J.E. Sunde and
promote the local-music scene to give us Monica Martin at Raccoon Motel, June
their takes on 2017 via a 3-2-1 format. We 10, 2017. (Hearing this duo perform “I
asked: What are the three top songs they Will Smile When I Think of You” live,
loved listening to this year; the two top live and only 20 feet from me, was easily one
shows they saw in the Quad Cities; and of my favorite “live music moments” ever.
the number-one artist they most want to Absolutely mesmerizing.)
see perform here live in 2018? These are 1: Wilco. (Their Adler concert was
presented in the order in which they were potentially the best “big rock show” I’ve
received, and if you would like to con- been to in Davenport. The band, sound,
tribute to this year’s list, or be invited to crowd … everything about this show was
participate next year, please e-mail music@ awesome.)
rcreader.com. (We will publish supple-
ments to these lists each week in January at
our RCReader.com Web site.)
Jason Parris, booking agent for
RIBCO David Zollo & The Body Electric at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel - December 3, 2017
3: “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar from
Michele Darland, Putnam DAMN, 2017; “Talking About You” by Jukebox feat. Belle Jewel (1940s Jazz, No which features the legendary avant-garde
Museum John Hoyles from Night Flight, 2017; Doubt Cover Version) from Fake Blues; “A giant Laurie Anderson and percussion by
3: Any three songs on Sounds of Tar- “Sever The Head (Part III)” by Aseethe Day In The Life” by Giles Martin from Kid Millions of Oneida); “Nothing Left
antino by The Soundtrack Studio Stars, from Hopes Of Failure, 2017. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to Die For” by Jex Thoth from Jex Thoth,
2014. 2: Melvins with the Spotlights at Remix, 2017. (Martin’s new remix is bright 2013 (finally got to see Thoth live this year,
2: Janet Jackson and Elton John. RIBCO, September 26; Bell Witch & and allows you to hear every instrument been on heavy rotation since); “Old Black”
1: Billy Joel. Primitive Man at RIBCO, October 28. and voice like never before.) by Earth from Angels of Darkness, Demons
1: The Jesus Lizard. 2: Grace Kelly Quartet, The Redstone of Light 1, 2011 (Earth gets played far more
Brett Dale, Room Third Sunday Jazz, September in my studio than anything else, period).
River Music Experience Johnnie Cluney, artist/ 17, 2017; Corey Dennison Band at the 2: Archeress at Cinema at the Figge,
3: “Montreal” by The Ghost of Paul musician/writer Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 4th
Weekend 2017.
April 27 (I had Quad Cities’ own Archeress
live-score three international short films,
Revere from Monarch, 2017 (this whole 3: “Little Dog Mind” by Twain from
album is 10 out of 10); “Only Lonely” Rare Feeling, 2017; “Offa My Hands” by 1: Bob Dylan. and the way the sounds and images
by The Ballroom Thieves from a single Jessica Lea Mayfield from Sorry Is Gone, complemented each other was perfect,
so beautiful – very stoked to see what
release, 2017 (same deal – go buy their 2017; “Aster” by Bill MacKay from Esker, Kyle Carter, Downtown Archeress does in 2018); Thou / Aseethe
Deadeye album now); “T-Shirt” by The 2017. Davenport / Closet Witch at RIBCO October 25.
Foo Fighters from Concrete and Gold, 2: The Body at Daytrotter; Bill MacKay 3: “Pinball King” by Terra Lightfoot
2017 (for the shock value of the Foo’s step- at Rozz Tox. (Aseethe and Closet Witch are two favorite
from New Mistakes, 2017; “Smoke” by
ping up their game). 1: Neil Young (of course). bands, both from Iowa, and both punch
Tara Terra from Daughter, 2014; “Then
2: Middle Western at the Redstone above their weight in a big way. Hands
Okay” by Julia Nunes from Some Feelings,
Room in March (Daytrotter Downs ‘17); down best lineup of the year. I mean, come
Desert Noises at the Raccoon Motel in
Pat Stolley, musician/artist 2015.
on … .)
3: “Daddy Long Legs” by Midnight 2: Terra Lightfoot w/ The Still Tide &
August (Alternating Currents ‘17). 1: HIDE (from Chicago, would be per-
Sister; “Darling” by Real Estate; “The The Velies at the Raccoon Motel, August 3;
1: The Devil Whale. (Buy their online fect for All Senses Festival).
Push & Pull” by Joan Shelly. Ben Folds at the Adler Theatre/Alternating
album Teeth!) Currents, August 27.
2: Thick Business at Rozz Tox, May;
1: Caroline Rose
Landlady at Raccoon Motel, October. Todd McGreevy, River Cities’
Joan Sweeney, Inquirehire 1: Omni. Reader publisher
3: “The Emotion” by the Borns from Tom Corlett, music fan 3: “I Could Have Had Religion” by
Dopamine, 2015; “Not Gonna Let You John Roche, RILCO Inc. 3: “Sea of Clouds” by Deer Tick from Rory Gallagher from Live in Europe
Walk Away” by Lolo from In Loving 3: “We Don’t Deserve Love” by Arcade Deer Tick Vol.1, 2017; “My Name is 1972, 1972 (How did I not ever hear Rory
Memory of When I Gave A Sh*t, last Fire from Everything Now, 2017; “Oh Human” by Highly Suspect, from Mister before 2017?! Put YouTube on autoplay for
updated Nov 2016; “It’s Our Time” by Baby” by LCD Soundsystem from Ameri- Asylum, 2015; “Early Spring Till” by Rory and hear all the artists he influenced
Jonny P from Good to You, 2017. can Dream, 2017; “Burnout Blues” by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats from Queen to Iron Maiden to Stevie
2: Lolo at the Codfish Hollow & Rac- Washed Out from Mister Mellow, 2017. from Live at Red Rocks, 2017. Ray Vaughn.); “Had a Dad” by Jane’s
coon Motel; Borns at the Village Theatre. 2: RLumR at the Racoon Motel, July 3; 2: Leftover Salmon at the Redstone Addiction from Nothing’s Shocking, 1988;
1: Vampire Weekend. Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Raccoon Room, July 3; Deer Tick at Codfish “Falling From Above” by Neil Young
Motel, May 8. Hollow Barn, October 24. from Greendale, 2003. (Best lyric on this
1: John Butler Trio. must-have album: “I won’t retire, but I
Gary Heitman, homegrown 1: Washed Out.
might retread.”)
QC music nerd 2: Margaret Glaspy at the Village The-
3: “Mythological Beauty” (or “Shark David Baker, KALA-FM Joshua Ford, Ford Photography atre, January 16; Dave Zollo and the Body
Smile”) by Big Thief from Capacity, 2017; 3: “Ballad Of The Dying Man” by 3: “Twin Torches” by Man Forever from Electric at Raccoon Motel, December 3.
“Radio” by Sylvan Esso from What Now, Father John Misty from Pure Comedy, Play What They Want, 2017 (super-hon- 1: Neil Young. (One more time before he
2017; “Awake and Pretty Much Sober” by 2017; “Spiderwebs” by Post Modern ored to have created a video for this track, goes, cause when he’s gone … .)
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