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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR By Kathleen McCarthy

Iowa MOST
The Miles of Smiles Team is a Joyous Gift for Both Volunteers and Their Child Patients

T
here is nothing more satisfying than Cleft defects, if untreated, result in all
sharing inspiring stories. And few kinds of additional health problems, rang-
things meet that criteria like Iowa ing from severe dental problems, hearing
Miles of Smiles Team’s (Iowa MOST’s) and seeing complications, and breathing
annual medical mission to the Western and respiratory conditions, to malnutrition
Highlands of Guatemala to save children and eating disorders that evolve over time
from lives without hope. Its 13th mission into other debilitating illnesses and disease.
will commence February 24, 2018. Furthermore, the physical discomfort
Iowa MOST is spearheaded by the Iowa and pain associated with cleft defects, espe-
City AM Rotary District 6000 Club, and cially over time, erode both body and spirit.
is comprised mostly of volunteer medical Constant, chronic pain and disability when
staff from the University of Iowa Hospitals talking, eating, breathing, occasionally
and Clinics, including this year’s medical smiling, and even crying are unimaginable
team leader, renowned cleft surgeon Dr. to most of us who have modern medicines
John Canady, as well as other selfless expert and access to medical care – myriad rem-
doctors and professionals from surround- edies that provide relief. Families subsisting
ing areas. (A list of all the participants and in extreme poverty in remote areas, such as
much more can be found at IowaMOST. those in Guatemala, have no electricity or
org.) running water, never mind relief. Instead,
Deb Dunkhase is Iowa MOST’s mission villagers must walk several miles to a
coordinator and quintessential ambas- potable stream for a safe drink of water.
sador. (She is also the longtime executive Add to this the cultural stigma attached
director of the Iowa Children’s Museum.) to cleft deformities. In Guatemala’s
Not only is Deb warm and enthusiastic (to Western Highlands, children born with
put it mildly), she recognizes a far deeper cleft lips, palates, or both, are considered Iowa MOST conducts an outreach effort at a school in Huehuetenango, Guatemala
aspect to what Iowa MOST provides: hope, cursed, therefore separated and ostracized
healing, and life-affirming transformation; from normal village life. From birth, these fundraisers? The first is a talent show orga- to the remote villages to recruit children
the kind that occurs when you give so com- children are hidden away, isolated out nized by local high schools, whose efforts for the mission, overcoming monumental
pletely to others, especially children. of shame. They are not allowed to go to help to raise the $50,000 necessary to fund obstacles to get children to the hospital for
Deb passionately asserts that being part school, socialize with other children in the the annual medical mission to Guatemala. screenings and, if their health permits, life-
of Iowa MOST is “one of the biggest gifts of village, or work in any capacity. They live Rumor has it that the talent show has changing surgeries.
my life.” lives of unimaginable loneliness, sadness, developed a solid reputation for creativity, The Guatemalan team must overcome
Iowa MOST’s altruistic men and women introversion, longing for normalcy, and high energy, and, you guessed it, talent! It social and cultural taboos and deeply-
possess a fierce devotion to children’s belonging that goes largely unfulfilled. is no accident that it beautifully reflects the rooted fears, as well as provide most of
health and well-being. This devotion is These innocent children are prohibited mission it supports. the resources to expedite parents’ ability
expressed in an epic collaborative effort from attending school and interacting with The second fundraiser is very success- to make the journey with their children,
with the medical staff at Huehuetenango, other children, nor are they permitted to ful – and scrumptious! One of the team including transportation where pos-
Guatemala, that demands they travel once work or participate socially, leaving their surgeons, Dr. Dan, fishes in Alaska for sible (often much of it on foot, carrying
a year to this remote part of the country to potential to thrive utterly stalled. These fresh salmon and he will fish for you, offer- their toddlers with cleft defects), housing,
preform cleft-lip and palate surgeries for as unfortunate kids grow up totally unedu- ing fresh salmon at $20/lb. and delivered to food, comforting parents, and providing
many as 100 children in a single trip, suf- cated, shamed, ridiculed, and isolated due your door. Each year, all proceeds support advocacy as their child goes through the
fering throughout Guatemala’s extremely to the cultural stigma attached to their that year’s medical mission. Visit Iowa- process.
impoverished Western Highlands’ villages. badly disfigured little faces. Most cruelly of MOST.org/salmon to place your order for It is hard to imagine the amount of work,
The 40-member, all-volunteer team is all is the stark absence of hope that such an fresh salmon, knowing that your purchase coordination, and infinite details that must
comprised of three cleft surgeons, one eyes/ existence fosters. goes directly to Iowa MOST and its medical coalesce for this mission to succeed year
ears/nose surgeon, an anesthesiologist In America, if a child is born with cleft, missions in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It after year. Deb explains, “Lots and lots of
team, surgical nurses (including our own his or her condition is remedied within the is a comfort knowing that all funds donated details go into medical missions. Most of us
Paula Sauceda from Davenport), a recovery first year. It is usually a simple procedure to go directly to necessities (all personnel are don’t speak Spanish, so much of communi-
team, two dentists, a pediatrician and pedi- reverse or repair, allowing the baby to grow volunteers) such as medical supplies, travel cation is openness and facial expressions.
atric team, and support staff, all of whom up normally with none of the emotional costs, food, housing, and whatever else You basically step into that world and give
courageously make the difficult journey to scarring that otherwise accrues with such contributes to a mission’s success. of yourself. We want the families to feel safe
operate in the most austere environments defects. Those who have experienced some It is dedication, out-of-the box fund- and cared for and not be afraid. The hos-
where language can be a barrier, not to form of disfigurement know all too well raising using good old fashioned transpar- pitals in Guatemala are so under-supplied
mention having to overcome all manner of the insecurity and sadness that constantly ency, and a tireless commitment to improve and lacking in resources, people are afraid
obstacles arising from the extreme poverty looms. It is difficult enough to overcome the lives of children that characterizes to come to hospitals. Because the patients
and cultural mores of their patients. without the overwhelming socioeconomic Iowa MOST, and by association, its donors. are kids, we add a lot of play into the experi-
In Guatemala, one out of every 600 chil- confinement and hopeless resignation Visit IowaMOST.org /donate to learn more ence. We play, sing, and bond with the
dren is born with a cleft defect. (Globally, mandated by extreme poverty It is an and to contribute whatever you choose. By kiddos and parents as much as we can to
the average is one in 700.) However, Gua- unspeakable fate. doing so, you will become part of some- make them comfortable.”
temala is considered among the poorest Is it any wonder that compassion defines thing extraordinarily special. The first day is set aside for screen-
nations in the world, with over 75 percent Iowa MOST and the Iowa City AM Rotary It must also be noted that Huehu- ings of each child to confirm he or she is
living in extreme poverty. Consequently, Club, along with 50 Iowa Rotary Clubs etenango, Guatemala’s own Rotary Club healthy enough to have the surgery (or
these families have no resources for medi- who collectively fund this imperative mis- performs a herculean effort every year, surgeries). Each child is seen by a surgeon,
cal help. sion through donations and two primary reaching out into the community, traveling
Continued On Page 27
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ILLINOIS POLITICS By Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com

A Kennedy in Name, but Not
in Political Savvy
F
or a while now, the book on Chris Ken- last week. That this was the way he chose to
nedy has been that he may not be cut out answer the question shows as much about
for a career in politics, despite his famous Kennedy’s abilities as a candidate as his
last name and pedigree as the son of Bobby abject failure to raise significant campaign
Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy. funds.
That thinking goes all the way back to There was also a blowup last week when
Kennedy’s disastrous performance after a Kennedy pulled a no-class stunt during
breakfast speech to Illinois delegates during a candidates’ forum. He was asked to say
the 2016 Democratic National Convention. something nice about the other candi-
Kennedy had a serious freak-out experience dates, but Kennedy said he just couldn’t say
in front of TV cameras as reporters jumped anything positive about his billionaire rival
on an elevator with him to ask questions. Pritzker.
The Democratic gubernatorial candi- Kennedy most definitely didn’t come off
date has had some weird, uncomfortable as a happy warrior during that forum. He
moments since then, but none so weird and seemed grumpy the whole time. But not
uncomfortable as a recent media availability. many people actually watched it. That’s the
By now, most everyone bothering to read biggest mistake too often made by people
this knows what happened. Kennedy was in this business. We all follow state politics
asked whether closely, but we
Governor Bruce forget that few
Rauner is “almost With early voting about to begin, others do. Even
becoming like
a super PAC for
Kennedy still hasn’t demonstrated so, I would
venture a guess
you as he’s trying that he’s ready for prime time. that if “normal”
to undermine people do hear
JB Pritzker,” anything about
with Rauner’s constant anti-Pritzker hits the forum through their various networks,
on property taxes, House Speaker Michael Kennedy’s insult will be high on that list.
Madigan and imprisoned former Governor What struck me the most, however, was
Rod Blagojevich. something I haven’t seen reported elsewhere.
Kennedy responded by defending the Kennedy said he wanted to put another
Republican governor. “I think Bruce Rauner billion dollars a year into higher education,
is trying to do what he thinks is best for the and the forum’s moderator Carol Marin
state of Illinois,” Kennedy said. “Now we asked him how he would pay for it.
may disagree on what that is, but his willing- “There’s two buildings in Chicago that are
ness to speak truth to power, to take on the so under-assessed relative to their sales price,
powers that have been strangling our econ- there’s a billion dollars of missing value
omy for decades in this state is something from them alone,” Kennedy declared. “That
that I think he should be applauded for.” should pay 5 percent a year in taxes. That’s
I kinda get where Kennedy was trying to $50 million a year.”
go there. There is a strong vein within the While I have no problem with booting
Democratic Party that despises the party’s Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios from
powers-that-be. By attacking powerful and office, I don’t think the man can be blamed
unpopular Democrats, Kennedy believes for underfunded state universities. Kennedy
he can reach those sorts of folks and also is apparently so caught up in his property tax
immunize himself against attacks by Rauner reform schtick that it has become his go-to
during the fall election. (I doubt it’ll work answer on pretty much everything. Property
because Rauner will use his favorite “Blame taxes are local revenues. The state doesn’t get
Madigan!” issue no matter who the nominee a cut.
is, but whatever.) Kennedy’s response was one of the
Before he can take on Rauner in the fall, stupidest things I’ve ever heard proposed
however, Kennedy has to win a Democratic by a supposedly legitimate candidate for gov-
primary this spring. I shouldn’t have to even ernor – and that’s really saying something.
say this, but Democrats don’t usually win With early voting about to begin, Kennedy
Democratic primaries by going out of their still hasn’t demonstrated that he’s ready for
way to heap compliments on an incum- prime time.
bent Republican who polls worse among
Democratic primary voters than … . Well, Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily
just go ahead and complete that sentence political newsletter, and CapitolFax.com.
yourself with the worst possible thing you
can imagine.
There were plenty of other ways to say New column published
what Kennedy said without patting Bruce
Rauner on the back. You’d think just about
weekly at rcreader.com
any half-competent candidate could come
up with a few if pressed as Kennedy was
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THEATRE By Brent Tubbs

Hysteria Blindness
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), at Augustana College through February 4
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double levels added much in the way blatant swings at innuendo. In the Next Room (or The Vibrator
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VISUAL ARTS 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, 8am-5:30pm, Sun. 9am-5pm; for information, call 563-
FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5pm Thu Feb 1 thru Thu Feb 22 Exhibits & Shows 424-1210 or e-mail info@midcoast.org, MidCoast Centre
Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline IL, MidCoast.org,
Openings & Gallery Events Opening Reception: Glen Lowry, held in Currently on Display thru Wed Feb 28
conjunction with the painting exhibition Monsters of
Free Senior Day, with a 1:30pm Gallery Tour and a Capitalism; for information, call 563-424-1210, MidCoast Edouard Duval-Carrié: Endless Flight, exhibit Light & Sound, the inaugural exhibition in the Arts
2:30pm film; seniors also get 10% off in the Museum Gallery West, 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island IL, MidCoast. of works by Duval-Carrié, one of the foremost Haitian Build… RME (River Music Experience), thru Wed Feb 28
Store and Figge Cafe; for information, call 563-326- org, 7pm Sat Feb 10 artists working today who makes paintings and
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, sculptures that translate Haitian culture into modern Lori Roderick - Zaiga Thorson, exhibit or
FiggeArtMuseum.org, Thu Feb 1 Recognition Day for Young Artists at the Figge terms; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon- ceramics and paintings; Wed.-Sat. 11am-6pm; free; for
2018: Pleasant Valley Schools, held in conjunction 5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for information, information, call 563-424-1210 or e-mail info@midcoast.
My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the with the exhibition of works by elementary art students; call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., org, Midcoast at Bucktown Gallery, Bucktown Center for
Scenes with a Legendary Curator, a discussion of free with $4-7 museum admission; for information, Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Sun Feb 4 the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA, MidCoast.org, thru
Katherine Kuh’s book with the Art Lover’s Book Club; call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Wed Feb 28
for information, contact Heather at 563-345-6630 or Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, noon Sun Feb 11 New Photography in the Lewis Gallery, exhibit
haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org, Figge Art Museum, of recently acquired works that span nearly 150 years Monsters of Capitalism: Glen Lowry, painting
225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 1pm Opening Reception & Artist Talk for Steve Sinner: of the photographic medium, featuring photos by exhibition; Wed.-Sat. 11:30am-5:30pm; free; for
Thu Feb 1 Master Woodturner, the exhibit highlights nearly 30 Gertrude Käsebier, William Henry Jackson, Minor information, call 563-424-1210 or e-mail info@midcoast.
examples of Sinner’s solo work and collaborations as well White, Emmet Gowin, and Ann Hamilton; Tue.-Sat. org, MidCoast Gallery West, 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island IL,
Opening Reception & Remarks: 40th Annual as his innovations within the art form; 5:30pm reception, 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with MidCoast.org, thru Wed Feb 28
Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition, 6:30pm artist talk; free with $4-7 museum admission; for $4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326-
celebrate alongside many of the included artists who information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Wynn Bullock: Revelations, this exhibition
have been selected for participation from throughout W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5:30pm FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Sun Feb 4 represents the most comprehensive assessment of
the region; the exhibition was open to artists within Thu Feb 22 photographer Wynn Bullock’s (1902-1975) extraordinary
a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities, and was juried Coming Home, exhibit of works by former Pat career in nearly 40 years, and is the first major exhibition
from online submissions; this year’s exhibition juror Final Friday at Bucktown, monthly gallery events, Bereskin… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, thru Thu of his work to be held in Iowa; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm,
is Dr. Patricia McDonnell, director of the Wichita Art demonstrations, and more; featuring the Grand Opening Feb 22 Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7
Museum; 5:30pm reception, 7pm remarks; free with for… Bucktown Center for the Arts, 6pm Fri Feb 23 museum admission; for information, call 563-326-
$4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- Utah Colors, exhibit of works by painter and portrait… 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Recognition Day for Young Artists at the Figge Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, thru Thu Feb 22 FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Wed Feb 28
FiggeArtMuseum.org, Thu Feb 1 2018: Geneseo Schools, held in conjunction with the
exhibition of works by elementary art students; free with Meka Jean: Ivy League Ratchet, exhibit of works
Thursdays at the Figge, art-themed activities, $4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- by the professor of art at the University of Iowa; Jean’s Opening in February
discussions, tours, refreshments, and more; guests 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, interdisciplinary work-spanning painting, performance,
are invited to experience the current exhibitions FiggeArtMuseum.org, noon Sun Feb 25 video, and social practice-critiques the continuing Joseph Lappie: Towards A Never End, the
and permanent collection gallery as well as shop the invisibility of blackness in mainstream culture today; exhibition encompasses more than a decade of the
Museum Store; free; for information, call 563-326- Tue.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm; free; for information, artist’s work, featuring myths, gods, and people mingle
contact Christopher Reno at 563-333-6444 or catich@ in skillfully carved woodblocks, artist’s books, and prints;
sau.edu, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm;
Gaines St., Davenport IA, SAU.edu/art/catich-gallery, free with $4-7 museum admission; for information,
thru Fri Feb 23 call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St.,
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Fri Feb 2 thru Wed
Leah Richter - Julius Cavira - Jefferson Henshaw, Feb 28
large oil paintings on wood panels by Richter, paintings
by Cavira, and slay sculptures by Henshaw; $1 for Young Artists at the Figge 2018: Pleasant Valley
parking; for information, contact Dawn Wohlford- Schools, exhibition of works by elementary art
Metallo at 309-793-1213 X108 or dwmetallo@ students; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun.
quadcityarts.com, Quad City International Airport noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for
Gallery, 2200 69th Ave., Moline IL, QuadCityArts.com, information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225
thru Tue Feb 27 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Feb
3 thru Sun Feb 11
40th Annual Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts
Exhibition, the exhibition was open to artists within a Young Artists at the Figge 2018: Geneseo
150-mile radius of the Quad Cities, and was juried from Schools, exhibition of works by elementary art
online submissions; this year’s exhibition juror is Dr. students; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun.
Patricia McDonnell, director of the Wichita Art Museum; noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for
Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225
free with $4-7 museum admission; for information, W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Feb
call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., 17 thru Sun Feb 25
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Wed Feb 28
Steve Sinner: Master Woodturner, the exhibition
Georgia O’Keeffe: Flower Abstraction, 1924, highlights nearly 30 examples of Sinner’s solo work and
view the landmark painting by O’Keeffe, on view in collaborations as well as his innovations within the art
the American Scene Gallery, on loan from the Whitney form; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sun. noon-
Museum of American Art; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for information,
10am-9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St.,
admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Feb 17 thru
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Wed Feb 28
FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Wed Feb 28

Handicapped Development Center, exhibit
Leah Richter’s Rivergrass @ Quad City International Airport Gallery - through February 27 of works by area artists; Mon -Fri, 6am-7:30pm, Sat,
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Camerata Woodwind Quintet, performance with
Classes the Western Illinois University chamber-music ensemble
featuring John McMurtery on flute, Emily Hart on
Clothed Figure, Thursdays thru Feb 22, with instructor oboe; Eric Ginsberg on clarinet, Randall Faust on horn,
Brad Bisbey; learn to… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, and Douglas Huff on bassoon; 5pm sandwich baskets
11am Thu Feb 1 available, 6:30pm concert; free; for information, call 563-
326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport
Artist with Special Needs Classes, Fridays thru Feb. IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6:30pm Thu Feb 8
23, with instructor Pat Bereskin; four weeks… Bereskin
Gallery & Art Academy, 3pm Fri Feb 2 Jenny Lynn Stacy & the Dirty Roosters, a concert in
the Winter Live @ 5 series; free;… The Redstone Room,
Adult Coloring, coloring pages, gel pens, colored 5pm Thu Feb 8
pencils, and crayons are provided;… River Valley District
Library, 2pm Fri Feb 2 Moeller Nights: J.E. Sunde, concert with the
Minnesota-based indie-folk musician, featuring opening
Drawing Animals, Saturdays thru Feb. 24, with sets by… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel,
instructor Pat Bereskin; learn to… Bereskin Gallery & Art 7pm Thu Feb 8
Academy, 8:30am Sat Feb 3
Kuinka, an RME Member Appreciation Show with the
Drawing with Pencil: Legos to Life, Saturdays folk quartet composed… The Redstone Room, 8pm Fri
thru Feb 24, with instructor Pat Bereskin; exploring, Feb 9
creating,… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 10:30am
Sat Feb 3 Life on the Prairie Concert w/ Barry Cloyd, actor/
musician Barry Cloyd shows patrons what it was like to…
Oil Painting 1 & 2, on Saturdays, with instructor David Moline Public Library, noon Fri Feb 9
Anderson; learn to see, draw,… Bereskin Gallery & Art
Academy, 9:30am Sat Feb 3 thru Sat Feb 24 Terra Lightfoot @ Moeller Nights’ GAS Feed & Seed Festival - February 15 through 17 Moeller Nights: Liz Moen, concert with the Iowa
City-based singer/songwriter, featuring an opening
Evanny Henningsen Portrait Seminar, Feb. 4, set… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm
11, & 25; professionally trained and internationally Pinterest, for ages 16+; join us in making a craft from… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Sun Fri Feb 9
educated… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 1pm Sun East Moline Public Library, 6pm Wed Feb 28 Feb 4
Feb 4 The Manny Lopez Big Band, Lopez and his 13 piece
QCSO Masterworks IV: Postcards from Venice, big band will be playing… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 6pm
Portrait Seminar, Feb. 4, 11, & 25; three-week seminar the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and trumpet player Fri Feb 9
by portrait artist… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, Sun Matt Onstad Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 2pm
Feb 4 Call For Entry Sun Feb 4 Odds Lane and Reverend Raven & the Chain-
Smokin’ Altar Boys, concert presented by the
Drawing Comic Book Art, Mondays thru Feb. 26, with Call for Entry: Herbert Hoover National Historic Augustana College Voice Seminar, for information, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, with Odds Lane…
instructor Paul Lange; develop a… Bereskin Gallery & Art Site 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program, open to contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@augustana.edu or 309- Moline Viking Club, 7pm Sat Feb 10
Academy, 6pm Mon Feb 5 professional American artists (writers, composers,… 794-7721, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 10:45am
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, thru Wed Feb 28 Tue Feb 6 Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Concert: Selina Albright,
Drawing – Flower Power with Color Pencils, 14th annual Valentine’s concert with the R&B and jazz
Tuesdays thru Feb. 27; artist Gloria Burlingame will help Augustana College Jazz Combo Concert, for vocalist… The Redstone Room, 7:30pm Sat Feb 10
you explore blending and layering techniques, using information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@
artist-grade pencils; each class will develop drawing and augustana.edu or 309-794-7721, Larson Hall - Augustana The Guess Who, concert with the chart-topping
College 7:30pm Wed Feb 7 Canadian rockers; $25-55; for tickets, call 563-328-8000,
coloring skills in small-scale compositions; we’ll work
from floral models and photographs; you may keep the MUSIC Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore
pencil set you used in class; $80-90; for information and
to register, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Concerts
2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6pm Tue
Feb 6 Playlist QC, a concert in the Winter Live @ 5 series;
FIGGE ART MUSEUM EXHIBITION
free;… The Redstone Room, 5pm Thu Feb 1
Watercolor Basics 101, with instructor Bob Zeidler;
after years of study, exposure to… Bereskin Gallery & Art Augustana College Jazz Ensemble Concert,
Academy, 6pm Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 20 for information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@
augustana.edu or 309-794-7721, Centennial Hall,
Painting – Sharpen Acrylic Skills, Wednesdays Augustana College, 7:30pm Fri Feb 2
thru Feb. 28; artist Allen Holloway will share tips on the
interplay of light and dark spaces and color opposites Casual Classics Concert: Loralee Songer & Perry
40 th ROCK ISLAND ART GUILD
to enhance your landscape paintings; you will learn Mears, free; for information, contact Terri Flynn at 563- F I N E A RT S EX H I B I T I O N
how to create the illusion of space and distance and will 333-6001 or buesing-flynnterrik@sau.edu… Galvin Fine
experiment with techniques such as scumbling, glazing, Arts Center, 5pm Fri Feb 2 JA NUARY 27–MAY 20, 2018
layering, blocking in and more; $80-90; for information
and to register, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, for information, call 309-
225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6pm 793-1999… RIBCO, 9pm Fri Feb 2
Wed Feb 7
Summer Camp on the Road: The Velies - Dr.
Wine & Art: Make Your Mark – Bookmarks!,
with instructor Amy Nielsen; enjoy an interesting, fun
Dometone - Condor & Jaybird - Sister Wife - Have
Your Cake, a Battle of the Bands with the winning band
EXHIBITION ARTISTS
studio art activity paired with a glass of wine, light hors earning… The Redstone Room, 8pm Fri Feb 2
d’oeuvres, and great conversation; $20; for information,
Les Allen | Judy Bales | Brad L. Bisbey | Karen T. Blomme | Glenn Bodish
call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Augustana College Winter Choral Concert, Linda Buechting | John J. Carlson | Dick Dahlstrom | Velga A. Easker
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6pm Thu Feb 8 for information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@
augustana.edu or 309-794-7721, Centennial Hall, Fred E. Easker | Pamela Echeverria | Paul Eshelman | Michael J. Godsil
Crafting with Jenn: Purse Mini Scrapbooks, Jenn Augustana College, 4pm Sat Feb 3
Voss will teach us how to make mini scrapbooks;… Jessica J. Gondek | David A. Gregory | Denis Hagen | Barbara E. Hansen
LeClaire Community Library, 11am Sat Feb 10 Augustana College Low Brass Choir Concert,
for information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@
Gary Harris | Richard T. Hess | Raphael Iaccarino | Jane L. Koski
Adult Coloring Night, de-stress and express yourself augustana.edu or 309-794-7721, Centennial Hall, Edward C. Mittvalsky | Thomas J. Monahan | Eileen Mueller Neill
through art; the library will provide… East Moline Public Augustana College, 7pm Sat Feb 3
Library, 5:30pm Mon Feb 12 John C. Nelson | Phillip J. Ochs | George Olson | Tim D. Olson
Moeller Nights: Costello, concert with the indie
Coptic Book Binding, with instructor Karen Brinson; musician from Norman, Oklahoma, featuring an Paul Scott Page | Adam Rake | Susan M. Reinier | Anna W. Repke
coptic bookbinding is a method of… Bereskin Gallery & opening… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel,
Art Academy, 1pm Sat Feb 17 7pm Sat Feb 3
Randy Richmond Jan Rockwell | Paul Rung | Dave A. Schaeffer
Shelley Smith | Greg Thatcher | Zaiga M. Thorson | Rosalie J. Waranius Vass
Craft Cafe, free; for information, call 563-326-7832… QCSO Masterworks IV: Postcards from Venice, the
Fairmount Street Library, 2pm Sat Feb 17 Quad City Symphony Orchestra and trumpet player Matt Joan A. Webster-Voe | Amy E. Whiteman | Eric T. Wolever
Onstad… Adler Theatre, 8pm Sat Feb 3
Life Drawing, with facilitator Evanny Henningsen;
$15, or $25 with instruction &… Bereskin Gallery & Art Sonora Sazon de Antano, salsa musicians in concert; Sponsored by the Rock Island Art Guild
Academy, 1pm Mon Feb 19 $10 adv / $12 day of… The Redstone Room, 8pm Sat
Feb 3
Crafternoon: Mixed Media Newspaper Art, free; Davenport, Iowa • 563.326.7804
for information, call 563-326-7832… Fairmount Street Moeller Nights: Mike & the Moonpies, concert with
Library, 4pm Mon Feb 26 the soul and honkytonk musicians plus special guests;… www.figgeartmuseum.org
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THEATRE By Mark Ruebling

British Snare Ways
Sleuth, at the Black Box Theatre through February 11

A
nyone looking for a fun and of condescending, smug, arrogant, and
suspenseful theatrical romp need aristocratic English snobbery circa 1970,
look no further than the Black Box and on January 27, he delivered his insults
Theatre’s second-season opener Sleuth – and witticisms with a natural joy that
Anthony Shaffer’s Tony-winning mystery- made the audience laugh even during
thriller set in Wilshire, England, in 1970. some of the play’s most intense moments.
Sleuth revolves around Andrew So much has been said about Flaherty’s
Wyke (played by Pat Flaherty), an aging performances over the years that I hesi-
detective-fiction novelist with a love of tate to add more here for fear of being
gamesmanship, and Milo Tindle (Phillip accused of plagiarism. Suffice it to say
Dunbridge), a younger, more handsome Flaherty has brought a smile to my face
man who is having an affair with Wyke’s in everything I have ever seen him act in,
wife Marguerite. And the first thing that and his portrayal in Sleuth was certainly
struck me about the Black Box’s produc- no exception.
tion was the set designed by director Lora Dunbridge’s Tindle, meanwhile, is the
Adams, because the moment I saw it, I perfect foil for Wyke’s smarmy superior-
was impressed with its overall complete- ity. Although a newcomer to the Quad
ness. From the grandfather clock to the Cities theatre scene, Dunbridge brings
functional lamps to the blazing fireplace, an experienced actor’s depth to Tindle,
here was a set to rival any that I’ve seen a second generation Italian-Englishman
in the Quad Cities in many a year, and an looking to overcome Britain’s caste Phillip Dunbridge and Pat Flaherty in Sleuth
indication that the Black Box is striving system in his search for true love. The
to become a formidable force in the area- Despite some minor opening-night simple sexual conquests. “Sex is a game
actor not only keeps up with Flaherty,
theatre scene. glitches, Saturday’s overall pacing was with marriage the penalty” and “I could
but often sets Sleuth’s pace (notably in
Included on the set was the mannequin brisk and smooth (even if it did take three copulate for England at any distance” are
the second act), and Tindle’s humiliation
Jolly Jack Tar – a gap-toothed, rosy- clicks to get the gun to fire). But I did find Wyke’s idea of romance-minded talk,
and subsequent revenge for having been
cheeked sailor created by Erin Churchill one particular aspect of the show a bit while Tindle describes Tia as “a scrubbed
duped into wearing a clown costume in
– that reminded me of one of my aunt’s troubling. In her director’s notes, Adams blonde with all the sex appeal of chilled
pursuit of financial security were deliv-
Toby Mugs. Jack Tar’s only purpose is to writes, “Since it was written in the late Lysol.”
ered with cold, clear perfection. One can
laugh at Wyke’s witty remarks, and even ’60s, the script contains some language Nevertheless, Sleuth is an entertaining,
only hope we’ll see a lot more of Dun-
though its laughter seemed to be coming that we would consider inappropriate suspenseful joy ride featuring some of the
bridge in the future.
from the other end of the stage, it was still today,” and as I started watching the play, best acting the Quad Cities currently has
Throughout the numerous twists and
a visual treat. I kept waiting for the “inappropriate” lan- to offer. It’d be a crime to miss it. (Sorry.
turns, Flaherty and Dunbridge seem
I’d imagine that directing a show in guage she was referring to. It wasn’t until For my debut article, I had to get in at
almost giddy in their battle of wits,
this space can be challenging considering later, however, that I realized that what least one theatre-review cliché.)
embracing one another in a lethal dance
its long, narrow stage and equally long, was inappropriate was that the majority
that made me think they’d been tango
narrow seating, but Adams (one of the of Shaffer’s humorous lines involved the Sleuth runs at the Black Box Theatre
partners for years. And also worthy of
Black Box’s co-founders) does an admi- degrading and demeaning of women. (1623 Fifth Avenue, Moline) through Feb-
mention were Stanley Rushton, Robin
rable job spreading the action out so that Throughout Sleuth, the female charac- ruary 11, and more information and tick-
Mayfield, and Liam McNulty, who,
there are no bad seats in the house. And ters Marguerite (Wykes wife and Tindle’s ets are available by calling (563)284-2350
despite their limited involvement,
Adams certainly couldn’t have asked for a lover) and Tia (Wyke’s lover) are never or visiting TheBlackBoxTheatre.com.
contributed to this presentation that’s
more appropriate cast. discussed in anything more than one-
completely dominated by its two lead
Flaherty’s Wyke is the very picture dimensional, stereotypical terms and as
characters.
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LITERARY ARTS
Nova Singers: Music of the Deep North II,
MUSIC / Concerts Galesburg’s professional 21-voice ensemble explores
the unique music, both traditional… St. Paul Lutheran
Church - Davenport, 4pm Sun Feb 18 Readings & Discussions
Ave., Davenport IA, RhythmCityCasino.com, 8pm Sat Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Stranger Than Fiction Book Club, the club takes
Feb 10 Matinee Series, featuring a 3pm Jazz Demystifying a look at the world we’re living in… Fairmount Street
Workshop ($5 for adults, free for… The Redstone Room, Library, 6:30pm Thu Feb 1
Augustana College Concert Band Concert, 3pm Sun Feb 18
for information, contact Keri Rursch at kerirursch@ Madame Secretary, a discussion of Madeleine
augustana.edu or 309-794-7721, Centennial Hall, Moeller Nights: Wind Pink, concert with the power- Albright’s book with the Alpha Book… Rock Island Public
Augustana College, 2pm Sun Feb 11 pop band from Brooklyn and Queens, featuring… Triple Library - Downtown Library, 3pm Mon Feb 5
Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Tue Feb 20
Moeller Nights: Wild Rivers, concert with the Author Talk: Cheryl Mullenbach, free; for
Toronto-based indie-folk musicians, performing with Curtis Hawkins Band, a concert in the Winter Live @ 5 information, call 563-326-7832… Fairmount Street
special guests;… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon series; free;… The Redstone Room, 5pm Thu Feb 22 Library, 6pm Tue Feb 6
Motel, 8pm Sun Feb 11
Blake Shelton, chart-topping superstar performs his Smaller & Smaller Circles, a discussion of F.H.
Augustana College Symphony Orchestra “Country Music Freaks Tour” alongside Brett Eldredge,… Batacan’s book with the Mystery Book… Bettendorf
Concert, for information, contact Keri Rursch at TaxSlayer Center, 7:30pm Fri Feb 23 Public Library, 9:30am Sat Feb 10
kerirursch@augustana.edu or 309-794-7721, Centennial
Hall, Augustana College, 7pm Tue Feb 13 St. Ambrose University Winter Instrumental Short & Sweets, discuss short stories while eating
Concert, the St. Ambrose University Symphonic Band yummy sweets; all registrants receive… Fairmount
Dirty Revival, Sarah Clarke leads the seven-piece soul and String Ensemble will… Galvin Fine Arts Center, Street Library, 10am Mon Feb 12
ensemble from the Pacific… The Redstone Room, 8pm 7:30pm Fri Feb 23
Tue Feb 13 The Dispossessed, a discussion of Ursula LeGuin’s
Steve Baumann & Bees: Dual CD-Release Show, book with the Get Lit… Coffee Hound - Bettendorf, 7pm
Gas Feed & Seed Music Festival: No. 3, Moeller music in varied genres with the singer/songwriters; $10 Tue Feb 13
Nights sponsors performances with dozens of musicians adv /… The Redstone Room, 8pm Sat Feb 24
and comedians … Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Read Local: Jonathan Turner, a partnership program
Motel, Thu Feb 15 thru Sat Feb 17 TobyMac, concert with the Grammy-winning between the library and the Midwest Writing…
contemporary Christian artist on his “Hits… TaxSlayer Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Wed Feb 14
Bitchin Bajas, concert with the experimental trio from Center, 7pm Sat Feb 24
Chicago, featuring an opening… Rozz-Tox, 8pm Fri See YA, a book club for adults; find out why so many…
Feb 16 Quad City Wind Ensemble Winter Concert, the Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch,
local ensemble performs the concert event “Shattering 6:30pm Wed Feb 14 David Casas Live: Magic, Comedy, & Illusion @
Bob Marley Birthday Bash: Natty Nation and the Glass Ceiling:… Galvin Fine Arts Center, 3pm Sun
Peter Tosh Tribute, tribute concert featuring a Feb 25 Brown Bag Discussion Series featuring former Grace Performing Arts Center - February 24
collective of musicians from Madison, Milwaukee,… The QC Poet Laureate Dick Stahl, discussion with former
Redstone Room, 9pm Fri Feb 16 Moeller Nights: Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, Quad Cities Poet Laureate Dick Stahl; bring… Midwest Quad Cities Writers Group, dedicated to supporting
concert with the Toronto-based power-pop musicians, Writing Center, 11:30am Thu Feb 15 and encouraging writers of all levels, experiences…
Brown Bag Lunch: Charlie & Holly Mathews, performing with Condor &… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch,
country and folk duo; attendees are encouraged to bring Raccoon Motel, 8pm Mon Feb 26 Dick Stahl, a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with the 5:30pm Mon Feb 5
a… Bettendorf Public Library, noon Fri Feb 16 former Poet Laureate of… Midwest Writing Center,
Donavon Frankenreiter, concert with the surf-rock 11:30am Thu Feb 15 Publish Your Book Workshop Series, sign up by
Bucktown Revue, a quintessentially Quad Cities show singer/songwriter; $20 adv / $25 day… The Redstone Feb. 1 for class starting Feb. 13;… Midwest Writing
featuring premier Midwestern singer/songwriters and… Room, 7pm Tue Feb 27 What She Knew, enjoy a cocktail or two while talking Center, 5:45pm Tue Feb 13
Nighswander Theatre, 7pm Fri Feb 16 about Gilly MacMillan’s… Icons Martini, 7pm Tue Feb 20
Writer’s Studio, listen to area writers’ works and bring
Lonestar, concert with the chart-topping country All the Light We Cannot See, a discussion of works to share… Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat
musicians and 2001 CMA Vocal… Isle Casino Hotel Anthony Doerr’s book with the Contemporary Books… Feb 17
Bettendorf, 7:30pm Fri Feb 16 Special Events Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Wed Feb 21
Quad Cities Writers Group, dedicated to supporting
Windy City Dueling Pianos, high-energy live music Afterglow: QCSO Masterworks IV, held immediately Rules of Civility, a discussion of Amor Towles’ book and encouraging writers of all levels, experiences…
played on two pianos by highly skilled… The Circa ‘21 after the night’s concert at the Adler Theatre;… Hotel with the Contemporary Books… Bettendorf Public Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch,
Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Feb 16 Blackhawk, 9:30pm Sat Feb 3 Library, 1pm Wed Feb 21 5:30pm Mon Feb 19

That 1 Guy, experimental music with one-man band Concert Conversations: QCSO Masterworks IV, Underground Railroad, a discussion of Colson
Mike Silverman; $12 adv /… The Redstone Room, 9pm attend an informal pre-concert presentation on the Whitehead’s book with the 30/31 Book… Rock Island
Sat Feb 17 repertoire, hosted by... Adler Theatre, 7pm Sat Feb 3 Public Library - Downtown Library, 6:30pm Wed Feb 21

Municipal Waste, all-ages concert with the thrash Concert Conversations: QCSO Masterworks IV, Charlotte Blake Alston, public performance with THEATRE
band from Richmond, Virginia, featuring… RIBCO, 7pm attend an informal pre-concert presentation on the the storyteller who breathes life into traditional…
Sun Feb 18 repertoire, hosted by... Centennial Hall, Augustana Butterworth Center, 7pm Fri Feb 23 Performances
College, 1pm Sun Feb 4
Fandom Book Club, eek out with other teen readers In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),
about Percy Jackson, Harry… Davenport Public Library - Sarah Ruhl’s Tony-nominated tale of sexual desire,
Main, 4pm Mon Feb 26 motherhood, and jealousy... Brunner Theatre Center,
Augustana College, Fri Feb 2 thru Sun Feb 4
Last Monday Book Club Discussion, this month’s
choices are from the Classics; light refreshments will… Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer’s Tony-winning, two-character
Silvis Public Library, 6:30pm Mon Feb 26 mystery-thriller, directed by Lora Adams; Fri.… The Black
Box Theatre, Fri Feb 2 thru Sun Feb 11
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, a discussion of Jennifer
Ryan’s book with the Adult Book… LeClaire Community The Nether, New Ground Theatre presents Jennifer
Library, 6:30pm Wed Feb 28 Haley’s sci-fi crime drama, directed… Village Theatre, Fri
Feb 2 thru Sun Feb 11

Freaky Friday, musical-comedy adaptation of Disney’s
body-switching comedy, directed by Erin Thompson;…
Workshops & Classes Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, Fri Feb 2 thru Wed Feb 28

How to Self-Publish Your Book, Thursdays thru Feb. The Sound of Music, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s
15; $39; for information and to register,… Black Hawk Tony- and Oscar-winning musical in a Broadway… Adler
College - Quad City Campus, 6pm Thu Feb 1 Theatre, 7:30pm Thu Feb 8

USA VETS Writers’ Studio, workshop and feedback 2nd Annual Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival,
group for all past and present military… Midwest Writing presentations of original plays by local and national
Center, 1pm Thu Feb 1 playwrights awarded… QC Theatre Workshop, 7:30pm
Fri Feb 9 and Sat Feb 10
Writer’s Studio, listen to area writers’ works and bring
works to share… Midwest Writing Center, 11am Sat A View from the Bridge, studio production of Arthur
Feb 3 Miller’s Tony-winning drama, directed by Sam Jones…
St. Ambrose University Studio Theatre, Thu Feb 15 thru
Everyday Poetry, a Comm University course held on Sun Feb 18
Sundays in February, led… St. Ambrose University, 2pm
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Charlotte Blake Alston @ Butterworth Center - February 23 Sun Feb 4
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Cabaret, open auditions for Kander & Ebb’s musical
CONTINUED

THEATRE / Performances classic running April… Galvin Fine Arts Center, 4:30pm
Thu Feb 1

A Chorus Line, auditions for Michael Bennett’s Pulitzer
Seussical Jr., student-performed, abridged version Prize- and Tony-winning dance musical running July
of the Tony-nominated storybook musical; 1 &… 6-15, directed by Harold Truitt; prepare approximately 16
Davenport Junior Theatre, Sat Feb 17 thru Sun Feb 25 bars of a musical-theatre song that best showcases your
vocal range and sheet music for the accompanist, be
Beauty and the Beast Jr., the Penguin Project of the prepared to read from the script, and wear comfortable
Quad Cities presents a one-act version... Brunner Theatre clothing for a dance routine; Feb 17 3-5:15pm, Feb. 18
Center, Augustana College, Fri Feb 23 thru Sun Feb 25 noon-1:30pm, Feb. 24 12:30-2:45pm; Feb. 25 callbacks
as needed; for information, call 309-762-6610, Quad
City Music Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th
Ave., Moline IL, QCMusicGuild.com, Sat Feb 17 thru Sat
Feb 24
Auditions & Calls for Entry
Mame, seeking approximately 25 performers for the
Church Basement Man of the Year Contest, held in musical classic running June 8-17, directed by Troy
conjunction with the theatre’s forthcoming… Circa ‘21 Stark; prepare 32 bars of a musical-theatre song that
Dinner Playhouse, thru Fri Feb 9 best showcases your vocal range, be prepared to read
from the script, and wear comfortable clothing for a
dance routine; Feb 17 12:30-2:45pm, Feb. 18 3:30-5pm,
Feb. 24 10am-12:15pm; Feb. 25 callbacks as needed; for

The Sound of Music @ Adler Theatre - February 8

information, call 309-762-6610, Quad City Music Guild Studio Series: True Story, sketch comedy and
- Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline IL, improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
QCMusicGuild.com, Sat Feb 17 thru Sat Feb 24 Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Feb 10

Shrek: The Musical, seeking approximately 30 Studio Series: Survivor, sketch comedy and
performers for the stage production of the Oscar- improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
winning animated comedy running August 3 - 12, Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Feb 16
directed by Beth Marsoun; prepare 32 bars of an up-
tempo song and sheet music for the accompanist, be Teach Me to Murder, dinner and an interactive
prepared to read from the script, and wear comfortable mystery with the comedians of It’s… Skellington Manor
clothing for a dance routine; Feb 17 10am-12:15pm, Banquet & Event Center, 6:30pm Fri Feb 16
Feb. 18 1:45-3:15pm, Feb. 24 3-5:15; Feb. 25 callbacks as
needed; for information, call 309-762-6610, Quad City Murder Mystery Dinner, dinner and an interactive
Music Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., mystery with the comedians of It’s… Skellington Manor
Moline IL, QCMusicGuild.com, Sat Feb 17 thru Sat Feb Banquet & Event Center, 6:30pm Sat Feb 17
24
Studio Series: 309, sketch comedy and
Clybourne Park, seeking three or four males 20-40, improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
two females 20-40, one female 40-60, and one male Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Feb 17
40-60 for Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning
domestic drama running July 13-22, directed by Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Show, event
Alexander Scott Richardson; one man and one woman featuring some of the funniest stand up comedians
must be African American; prepare to read from the from… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Feb 23
script; Sat. 2-5pm, Sun. 4-7pm; for information, call
309-762-0330, Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Studio Series: Bandwagon, sketch comedy and
Moline IL, Playcrafters.com, Sat Feb 24 and Sun Feb 25 improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Feb 23

Studio Series: The Stand Up Showcase, sketch
comedy and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or…

DANCE The Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Feb 24

Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance Classes,
offering classes in Ballet Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap,
Conditioning, Creative… Ballet Quad Cities School of
Dance, thru Wed Feb 28

COMEDY
Studio Series: It’s Your Fault, sketch comedy
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Feb 2

ComedySportz, Fri. & Sat. 7pm; interactive comedy
with the area’s long-running… The Establishment, 7pm
Fri Feb 2 thru Sat Feb 24

Open Source Improv, improvisational comedy with
veterans of ComedySportz, Livewire, the Blacklist, and…
The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Sat Feb 3

Studio Series: Wisenheimer, sketch comedy
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Feb 3

Circumstantial Comedy Show, on Sundays; for
information, call 563-424-5506… Brew, 10pm Sun Feb 4
thru Sun Feb 25

Studio Series: Shakespeared!, sketch comedy
and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Feb 9
TobyMac @ TaxSlayer Center - February 24
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The Lure & Lore of Deserts, screenings in the World Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita Thunder, minor-
Aventure Series presented by Sandy Mortimer; at 2 & league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
6pm; $7-8.50; for information, call 563-324-1933, Putnam 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Sat Feb 3
Museum & Science Center, 1717 W 12th St, Davenport IA,
Putnam.org/Calendar/World-Adventure-Series-Tibet-A- Quad City Mallards vs. Indy Fuel, minor-league
Light-in-the-Darkne, Tue Feb 20 professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 800-745-
3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Feb 9
Afternoon Classic Films, watch your favorites return
to the screen and enjoy a… Davenport Public Library - Quad City Mallards vs. Fort Wayne Komets, minor-
Eastern Avenue Branch, 2pm Wed Feb 21 league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Sat Feb 10
Barn Raisers, a screening of the Fourth Wall Films
documentary in the… Bettendorf Public Library, 1:30pm Quad City Mallards vs. Kalamazoo Wings, minor-
Thu Feb 22 league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Feb 16
Rams, Grímur Hákonarson’s film presented in the
Nordic Film Series; ages… Rozz-Tox, 8pm Sun Feb 25 Quad City Mallards vs. Toledo Walleye, minor-
league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
Classic Movie, $2-5; for information, call 563-386- 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 4:05pm Sun Feb 18
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb 27
Quad City Steamwheelers vs. Indiana Renegades,
the Quad Cities’ professional arena football team is back
after… TaxSlayer Center, 7pm Sun Feb 25

SPORTS Quad City Mallards vs. Utah Grizzlies, minor-league
Bitchin Bajas @ Rozz-Tox - February 16 professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call 800-745-
3000… TaxSlayer Center, 6:35pm Wed Feb 28
Quad City Mallards vs. Kalamazoo Wings, minor-
MUSEUMS and refreshments; free and open to the public; for league professional ice hockey; $10-30; for tickets, call
information, call 563-324-1933, Putnam Museum & 800-745-3000… TaxSlayer Center, 7:05pm Fri Feb 2
Science Center, 1717 W 12th St, Davenport IA, Putnam.
Butchers, Bankers, and Brewers: German Business org, 1:30pm Thu Feb 22
in Davenport, from prominent businessmen, to local
bar keepers,… German American Heritage Center, thru
Wed Feb 28

MOVIES
Culinary Customs: A Taste of Germany, food-
themed exhibition; free with $3-5 museum admission;
for information, call… German American Heritage
Center, thru Wed Feb 28 Apprentice, a screening in the Independent Film
Series; a transfer to… Rock Island Public Library -
Gridiron Glory Tailgate Kick-Off Party, start your Downtown Library, 5:30pm Thu Feb 1
Super Bowl Weekend off by viewing the “Gridiron
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party is your exclusive look into the world of football, title series adapted from the popular Digimon… Rave
showcasing the 6,000-square-foot collection that Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, 7:30pm Thu Feb 1
captures the thrill and excitement of the Pro Football
Hall of Fame, along with interactive exhibits and a tribute Fences, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by
to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers; with live August Wilson,… Davenport Public Library - Main, 2pm
music by 10 of Soul and a meet-and-greet with former Sat Feb 3
Hawkeye and NFL pro Julian Vandervelde; $20-25; for
tickets and information, call 563-324-1933 , Putnam El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the
Museum & Science Center, 1717 W 12th St, Davenport IA, Serpent), director Ciro Guerra’s 2015 adventure drama
Putnam.org, 9am Fri Feb 2 presented as part of... Hanson Hall of Science, Augustana
College, 726 35th St., Rock Island IL, Augustana.edu, 7pm
Explorers/Explorers Jr: Dream Big – Design Wed Feb 7
Challenges, workshop in which kids participate
in design challenges that will spark their interest in Recent Releases, see a film recently released on DVD;
engineering our world; using the engineering design free; for information,… Davenport Public Library -
process, your creativity, your imagination and your Eastern Avenue Branch, 2pm Fri Feb 9
unique ideas you can come up with amazing solutions
to help others; Explorers will participate in design Winter Olympics Movie, free; for information, call
challenges that will spark their interest to engineer 563-326-7832… Davenport Public Library - Eastern
our world; Explorers Jr workshops are for kids in Pre-K Avenue Branch, 2pm Sat Feb 10
through 1st grade while Explorers workshops are for kids
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563-336-7290, Putnam Museum & Science Center, 1717 of coffee and a free… Rock Island Public Library -
W 12th St, Davenport IA, Putnam.org, 9am Sat Feb 3 Downtown Library, 9:30am Mon Feb 12

Valentine’s Scherenschnitte Workshop: Now He Belongs to the Ages: Lincoln Tomb Film,
2D Session, paper-cutting workshop with Keith a screening of the documentary; free; for information,
Bonnstetter; for information, call 563-322-8844 or… call 309-524-2440… Moline Public Library, 6:30pm Mon
German American Heritage Center, 10am Sat Feb 3 Feb 12

Valentine’s Scherenschnitte Workshop: Movie Matinee, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-
3D Session, paper-cutting workshop with Keith 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb 13
Bonnstetter; for information, call 563-322-8844 or…
German American Heritage Center, 11:30am Sat Feb 3 Cinema at the Figge: The Film Lounge, “The Film
Lounge” is a series produced by Iowa Public Television
“Saturn the Ring World” Discovery Dome in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce
Showing, at 11am, noon, and 2pm; see the second Iowa - State Office of Media Production; the series
largest planet up-close, and learn about the voyage consists of two, one-hour episodes that highlight art and
of the two-story Cassini-Huygens spacecraft on its experimental films produced by Iowans and recognize
mission to explore Saturn and its moons; $4 Discovery the contributions of filmmaking to the economic and
Dome, $2.5 add-on to exhibit admission; for tickets cultural vitality of Iowa; various independent short
and information, call 563-324-1933, Putnam Museum & films by Iowa artists will be screened during this “sneak
Science Center, 1717 W 12th St, Davenport IA, Putnam. peak” in advance of the television premiere on Iowa
org, 1:30pm Sat Feb 10 Public Television; 5pm cocktail hour featuring craft beer
by WAKE Brewing, 6pm screenings with intermission,
Second Saturdays at the German American 8:30pm filmmaker Q&A; for information, call 563-326-
Heritage Center, children and students with a valid ID 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
are welcome to… German American Heritage Center, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5pm Thu Feb 15
10am Sat Feb 10
Winter Olympics Movie, free; for information, call
Putnam Museum Guild Monthly Tea, this month’s 563-326-7832… Davenport Public Library - Eastern
program will feature Christine Kastell speaking on Avenue Branch, 2pm Sat Feb 17
“Women’s Clothing in Society from Corsets to Work
Place,” and is followed by a short meeting of the Guild
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OTHER EVENTS 5th Annual “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Baked Beer & Bread Co., 1113 Mound St., Davenport IA, 36th Annual Lenten Fish Fry, the menu includes
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entertainment; a silent… CASI (Center for Active Church, 4pm Fri Feb 23
3rd Annual Girls on the Run Quad Cities Trivia Seniors), 11:30am Sat Feb 3 Valentine Evening for Couples, themed “Laughter:
Night, GOTR Quad Cities is a 501 c3 organization whose The Language of Love”; for information, call 309-283- Chess Club, for those interested in chess who would
mission… The Rock, 7pm Fri Feb 2 Chocolate Experience, local chocolate shops, 2108… Benet House Retreat Center - St. Mary Monastery, like to play… Bettendorf Public Library, 2pm Sat Feb 24
bakeries, beauty vendors and coffee houses will… Quad 6:30pm Fri Feb 9
First Friday in LeClaire, with fun food and cocktail City Botanical Center, 10am Sat Feb 3
sampling at the Mississippi River… Downtown LeClaire, LeClaire Cocoa Crawl, find delectable chocolate treats
5pm Fri Feb 2 Have a Heart for the Homeless Luncheon, at many of LeClaire’s businesses; some… Downtown
LeClaire, 2pm Sat Feb 10
LECTURES
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performers from across the Midwest; $10-12; for Feb 3 Valentine’s Dinner at Hauberg Mansion, spend a
tickets… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Feb 2 romantic evening with someone special at the elegant… New Zealand Travelogue, Peterson will present a
Historic Clock Tower and Eagle Watch Tour, on Hauberg Civic Center Mansion, 7pm Sat Feb 10 program on his trip to New… River Valley District Library,
2018 Davenport Bacon & Beer Festival, the event Saturdays and Sundays at 10am & noon; learn about… 6pm Thu Feb 1
features bacon dishes from 12+ local restaurants and… Mississippi River Visitor Center, Sat Feb 3 thru Sun Feb Valentine’s Dinner with Marilyn, a romantic Marilyn
Davenport RiverCenter, 6pm Sat Feb 3 11 Monroe-themed evening with “Some Like It Hot” hors Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Lecture, a lecture
d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of bubbly in the on the global race for clean energy; free;… Galvin Fine
3rd Annual “Soup or Bowls” Food Drive, Super Bowl Party, we will have the game on all eight Café, a special display of Monroe-themed collectibles, Arts Center, 7pm Tue Feb 6
canned food and other donations will be accepted; all televisions & will be roasted a full and locally raised candlelight dinner in the Grand Lobby, and more; $60/
proceeds… Rock Island Hy-Vee, noon Sat Feb 3 hog for the event; for information, call 563-232-1251 person not including beverages, tax, and gratuity; for 2018 MRA Employment Law Update – Iowa/
or e-mail getbaked@bakedbeerandbreadco.com, information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 Illinois and Federal, join our legal experts from Califf
W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5:30pm & Harper PC and… TaxSlayer Center, 8am Thu Feb 8
Sat Feb 10
Foreign-Exchange Students Meet & Greet, meet
Cajun Cook-off at the Figge Art Museum, the students from other countries and hear about their
6th-annual Fat Tuesday cook-off brought to you by the culture… Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Thu Feb 8
Friends of the Figge; several Quad-City area chefs will be
cooking Cajun-inspired dishes in the lobby for guests Mostly True Tales with Spinsby & Wales: The Ever
to sample and vote for their favorite; with cocktails, Evolving LeClaire Levee & History of Martin Tile,
Mardi Gras-themed photos, a live auction, and more; the fourth in an ongoing series of LeClaire history talks…
$35-40; for information and tickets, call 563-326-7804, LeClaire Community Library, 6:30pm Thu Feb 8
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5pm Tue Feb 13 Coping with Life’s Transitions, the Jewish Federation
of the Quad Cities hosts a presentation… Moline Public
Speakeasy Trivia Night w/ Mr. Trivia, participants Library, noon Tue Feb 13
can bring food but no beverages, which must be… The
Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 6pm Thu Feb 15 Rare & Valuable Books, Cheryl Raley-Kirk from the
Source Bookstore will provide insight into… Davenport
Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk, Public Library - Main, 1pm Tue Feb 13
featuring a stroll outside on a luminary-lit trail; if it’s…
Black Hawk State Historical Site’s Watch Tower Lodge, Hauber Lecture in Biology: Global Change and
6:30pm Thu Feb 15 the Evolution of Species Interactions, free; for
information, contact Dylan Weese at 563-333-6369 or
36th Annual Lenten Fish Fry, the menu includes WeeseDylanJ@sau.edu… Galvin Fine Arts Center, 7pm
baked or batter fried fish,… St. Alphonsus Catholic Wed Feb 14
Church, 4pm Fri Feb 16
Trax from the Stax, attendees can expect to hear
8th Annual Red Dress Run, hosted by the Quad City music, stories, and information about… Bettendorf
Hash House Harriers - Dirty… Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, Public Library, 7:30pm Thu Feb 15
12:30pm Sat Feb 17
Living Lands & Water Presentation, free; for
Bingo Night at McGeHee Center, hosted by the information, call 563-326-7832… Davenport Public
Silvis Public Library; refreshments will be provided,… Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am Fri Feb 16
McGehee Center in Schadt Park, 6pm Sat Feb 17
Charlotte Blake Alston: Storyteller, sponsored by
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no outside beverages… Plumbers & Pipefitters Local LeClaire Community Library, 4:30pm Thu Feb 22
Union 25, 6:30pm Sat Feb 17
Retro Quad Cities, more local stories shared by David
Retro Gamers Club, an adults-only night of playing Sebben; free; for information,… Rock Island Public
video games from the 80s,… Rock Island Public Library - Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm Mon Feb 26
Downtown Library, 5pm Wed Feb 21
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Chef Battle, presented by Social Power Hour; Emergency Management will help you nail down the…
professional and home chefs will battle… Isle of Capri, Fairmount Street Library, 6:30pm Tue Feb 27
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World Affairs Council: Between the Covers – The Christmas Tree Production and Business
Role of Women’s Magazines in Creating Feminist Considerations, a presentation in the 2018 Small
Ideals in Middle Class Housewives in Bangladesh Farms Winter Webinar Series; with Dave… University of
and India, with Dr. Umme Al-Wazedi, Associate Illinois Extension - Milan, noon Thu Feb 8
Professor of English. Augustana College;… Bettendorf
Public Library, 7pm Tue Feb 27 Walk-in Resume Lab, free; for information, call 563-
326-7832… Fairmount Street Library, 5pm Thu Feb 8

Technology Open Lab, if have a tech question, get
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COURSES Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 9am Fri Feb 9

Quad City Leadership Academy, the Quad City
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Refresher #186223, the Leadership Academy meets eight times at different…
purpose of Iowa’s drug testing law (Iowa Code Section… 8am Fri Feb 9
EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 3pm
Thu Feb 1 An Update on the Grand Prairie Grain Guild:
Developing Staple Crop Varieties and Associated
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training #186211, the Regional Food Grade Markets, a presentation in
purpose of Iowa’s drug testing law (Iowa Code Section… the 2018 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series; with Bill…
EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 1pm Thu University of Illinois Extension - Milan, noon Thu Feb 15
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Crappie University, learn cutting-edge techniques
Introduction to Certified Organic Production, a that will help you catch more crappie;… Black Hawk
presentation in the 2018 Small Farms Winter Webinar College - Quad City Campus, 7:30pm Thu Feb 15
Series; with Grant… University of Illinois Extension -
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individualized assistance with questions… Rock Island
Confined Space Awareness #186139, this course Public Library - Southwest Branch, 9am Fri Feb 16
covers classroom instruction including hazards,
monitoring, and permit… EICC Midwest Center for 21st Annual Nursery School: Lessons in
Public Safety Training, 3pm Fri Feb 2 Gardening, the Quad Cities’ premiere gardening
symposium produced by University of Illinois... Gerber
Cranes, Hoists, & Slings #186170, this course is Center, Augustana College, 8am Sat Feb 17
designed for personnel who are involved in… EICC
Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 1pm Fri Feb 2 Creating Community Food Production Systems,
a presentation in the 2018 Small Farms Winter Webinar
Machine Guarding Safety #186302, machine Series; with Laurie… University of Illinois Extension -
guarding is one of the most violated OSHA standards;… Milan, noon Thu Feb 22
EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 10am
Fri Feb 2 Drop-In Tech Help, bring in any device and we will
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COVER STORY By Mike Schulz
mike@rcreader.com

#OscarsSoWoke
Inclusion, Diversity, and Scandal-Avoidance Created an Awards Year That’s Hard (but Not Impossible) to Hashtag

O
n January 23, a few hours after the
official announcement of nomi-
nees for the 90th Annual Academy
Awards, I sent our publisher Todd my
annual article recapping the morning’s
news, along with the full list of what was
nominated. Not long after, he replied.
“Wow!” his e-mail began. “Behold:
#OscarsSoNoIsms. No racism. No ageism.
No chauvinism. Even no comicbookism.”
That’s such an ideal 12-word summary
of what happened regarding this year’s
Oscars nominations that I’m tempted to
leave it at that and move right into the
predictions. But I suppose a few words of
explanation are perhaps in order.

No racism:
After two deeply unfortunate seasons
of #OscarsSoWhite – with no perform-
ers of color recognized in the acting
Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
races and only sporadic recognition for the oldest screenwriter ever nominated. for Best Directing, and the first since
minority talents in 20 additional cat- At a slightly older 89, French director Kathryn Bigelow won for 2009’s The Hurt
Even no comicbookism:
egories – last January’s lineup decisively It didn’t happen for Superman or The
Agnès Varda, for her documentary Faces Locker. Beyond Gerwig and Dee Rees,
bucked what was beginning to look like Dark Knight or any number of Spider-
Places, became the oldest person ever this year’s screenplay nominees include
a trend. And this year, the recent push Men. But with last year’s Wolverine smash
Oscar-nominated for anything. (Varda The Shape of Water’s Vanessa Taylor, plus
for diversity spearheaded by former Logan, screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael
was born on May 30, 1918; Ivory on Emily V. Gordon, cited alongside her hus-
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs Green, and James Mangold became the
June 7.) And on the opposite side of the band for The Big Sick. Nominated female
continued to be felt: acting nominations first Oscar-nominated authors of a live-
age spectrum, Call Me by Your Name’s producers of Best Picture contenders
for Mudbound’s Mary J. Blige (also a Best action superhero movie.
22-year-old star Timothée Chalamet include Emilie Georges (Call Me by Your
Original Song nominee), Get Out’s Daniel became the youngest Best Actor nomi- Name), Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour), Emma
Kaluuya, The Shape of Water’s Octa- All of that suggests the Academy
nee since Babes in Arms’ Mickey Rooney Thomas (Dunkirk), Evelyn O’Neill (Lady
via Spencer, and Roman J. Israel, Esq.’s getting a lot of things right this year
in 1940, as well as the category’s third- Bird), JoAnne Sellar and Megan Ellison
Denzel Washington; producing, screen- – or maybe just suggests, on the part
youngest contender of all time. (Phantom Thread), and Amy Pascal and
writing, and directing citations for Get of Oscar voters, a collective fear of
Kristie Macosko Krieger (for The Post).
Out’s Jordan Peele, making him the fift h potential hashtag furor. But there were
And Rachel Morrison, for Mudbound,
black Best Directing nominee in Oscar No chauvinism: became the first woman nominated for
other reasons to cheer the January 23
history; an Original Screenplay nod for Greta Gerwig, also nominated for announcements.
Best Cinematography over the Academy
The Big Sick’s Pakistani-American Kumail her Lady Bird screenplay, became only Some very probable awkwardness
Awards’ 90-year existence.
Nanjiani; an Adapted Screenplay nod for the fift h woman ever Oscar-nominated and offense was avoided by The Disaster
Mudbound’s Virgil Williams and Dee Artist’s James Franco not receiving a
Rees, the latter the first black woman ever Best Actor citation, the performer having
nominated in that category; a nomination become the subject of numerous sexual-
for Kobe Bryant – yes, that Kobe Bryant harassment allegations mere days before
– for Best Animated Short inclusion Dear the Oscar-voting deadline. For the first
Basketball; and Documentary Feature time since 1992, the Best Supporting
recognition for Strong Island’s Yance Actor category found two of its contend-
Ford, a black filmmaker who’s also the ers – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
first transgender man ever nominated by Missouri’s Woody Harrelson and Sam
the Academy. Rockwell – deservedly nominated for the
same movie. It took 31 years for him to
get there, but Denzel Washington became
No ageism: one of only 12 performers in history
At 85, Star Wars: The Last Jedi com- nominated for eight or more performance
poser John Williams received his 51st (!) Oscars, a feat accomplished by only three
career nomination. At 88, All the Money other living actors: Meryl Streep (21 total
in the World’s Christopher Plummer nods, including one this year), Jack Nich-
became the oldest performer ever nomi- olson (12), and Al Pacino (eight).
nated for an Academy Award. At 89, Call Plus, to the immense joy and certain
Me by Your Name’s James Ivory became Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water relief of his fans, there’s no point in
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anyone initiating (or re-initiating) an Best Picture that wasn’t also nominated
#OscarsNoNolan hashtag, because after
years of being denied nods for the likes of
The Dark Knight, Inception, and Memento,
for SAG Ensemble was 1995’s Braveheart.
(La La Land wasn’t SAG-cited last year
and look how that turned out.)
The 2018 Academy Award
Christopher Nolan finally made his way
into the Best Directing lineup for his
Here, meanwhile, are the 2018 Best
Picture nominees in order from least- to Nominations and Predictions
World War II saga Dunkirk. And to think most-nominated:

W
By Mike Schulz
it only took 16 years of our whining to ith this year’s Oscars telecast
make it happen! The Post (two nominations total): No scheduled for 7 p.m. CST Best Supporting Actor
All eyes now go to the Oscar ceremony Directing nod, no Screenplay nod, no on Sunday, March 4 (and all Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
itself, scheduled to air on March 4, with Editing nod, no SAG Ensemble nod. manner of red-carpet shenanigans Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards
Jimmy Kimmel returning as host. It’s a beginning at 6:30 p.m.), here are the Outside Ebbing, Missouri
year that features a striking lack of inevi- Call Me by Your Name (four): No nominations along with my early, Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
table winners, although heavy favorite Directing nod, no Editing nod, no SAG largely uninformed predictions regard- Christopher Plummer, All the Money
Gary Oldman can probably go ahead and Ensemble nod. ing what will win. But check back in the World
buy that trophy-polishing kit … if, that at RCReader.com a week before the * Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards
is, the Darkest Hour star can successfully Get Out (four): No Editing nod. ceremony to see where I’ve changed my Outside Ebbing, Missouri
avoid any controversies of his own over mind. Why look foolish once when I can
the next month. (These days, nothing is a Darkest Hour (five): No Directing nod, do it twice? Best Original Screenplay
sure thing. Just ask Golden Globe winner no Screenplay nod, no Editing nod, no The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon,
James Franco.) But I can’t think of a single SAG Ensemble nod. Kumail Nanjiani
category whose result I’m anticipating Best Picture * Get Out, Jordan Peele
more than Best Picture. Not because Lady Bird (five): No Editing nod. Call Me by Your Name Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
of how delightfully insane the La La Darkest Hour The Shape of Water, Guillermo del
Land / Moonlight kerfuffle was last year, Phantom Thread (six): No Screenplay Dunkirk Toro, Vanessa Taylor
but because each of the nine nominees nod, no Editing nod, no SAG Ensemble * Get Out Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mis-
is coming to the race with significant nod. Lady Bird souri, Martin McDonagh
strength but missing at least one critical Phantom Thread
citation that helps forecast the eventual Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mis- The Post Best Adapted Screenplay
The Shape of Water Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory
winner. souri (seven): No Directing nod.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter,
Here are the stats:
Missouri Michael H. Weber
Only four films in history – most Dunkirk (eight): No Screenplay nod, no
Logan, James Mangold, Scott Frank,
recently 2012’s Argo – have won Best Pic- SAG Ensemble nod.
ture without a corresponding Directing
Best Directing Michael Green
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
nomination. The Shape of Water (13): No SAG
Get Out, Jordan Peele * Mudbound, Dee Rees, Virgil
Only seven films in history – most Ensemble nod.
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig Williams
recently 1997’s Titanic – have won Best
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas
Picture without a corresponding Original We’ll know what emerges as the
or Adapted Screenplay nomination. Oscars’ 2018 Best Picture soon enough.
Anderson Best Animated Feature
* The Shape of Water, Guillermo del The Boss Baby
Only 10 films in history have won Best But when the night’s final envelope is
Toro The Breadwinner
Picture without a corresponding Best opened, plan to applaud whichever movie
* Coco
Film Editing nomination. (The last one is announced, given the significant
that did, 2014’s Birdman, was the first to obstacle(s) it’ll have overcome to win. And
Best Actress Ferdinand
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water Loving Vincent
do so since 1981.) then, when the correct envelope is opened,
* Frances McDormand, Three Bill-
And over the 23-year history of the plan to applaud that movie, too.
Screen Actors Guild Awards’ Best
boards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Foreign-Language Film
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya A Fantastic Woman, Chile
Ensemble prize, the only movie to win
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird The Insult, Lebanon
Meryl Streep, The Post * Loveless, Russia
On Body & Soul, Hungary
Best Actor The Square, Sweden
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your
Name Best Documentary Feature
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Abacus: Small Enough to Fall
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Faces Places
* Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Icarus
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Last Man in Aleppo
Esq. * Strong Island

Best Supporting Actress Best Cinematography
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound * Blade Runner 2049
* Allison Janney, I, Tonya Darkest Hour
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread Dunkirk
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water The Shape of Water

Continued On Page 17
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird
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Stitching Group, on Wednesdays except for the 2nd Seniors), 12:30pm Thu Feb 1 thru Thu Feb 22
Wed; all crafters are… River Valley District Library, 1pm
MEDIACOM INTERNET CUSTOMERS Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 Zumba Gold, on Thursdays; $3-5; for information, call
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9:30am
FREE unlimited access to Xtream WiFi Cookbook Club, register and check out the pre- Thu Feb 1 thru Thu Feb 22
selected cookbook available at the… East Moline Public
Library, 5:30pm Mon Feb 19 Euchre, on Thursdays & Fridays; $2-5; for information,
NOT A MEDIACOM INTERNET CUSTOMER? call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors),
Enjoy 30 FREE minutes of Xtream WiFi each month QCMUG (Quad Cities Macintosh Users Group) 12:45pm Thu Feb 1 thru Fri Feb 23
Meeting, with a special program/presentation on
Macintosh Applications or hardware, and… Bettendorf Billiards, Mon.-Fri.; $2; for information, call 563-386-
Public Library, 6:30pm Tue Feb 20 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8am Thu Feb 1
thru Wed Feb 28

Bingo, on Fridays; no admission fee, card costs are 25
&… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:30pm Fri Feb 2

HEALTH thru Fri Feb 23

Ceramics I & II, on Fridays; $7-11; for information, call
Yoga, on Thursdays; for information, call 563-729- 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Fri
1296… Above the Barre Dance Academy, 7pm thru Thu Feb 2 thru Fri Feb 23
Feb 22
Golden Tones Chorus Practice, on Fridays; $2-5; for
Zumba Fitness with Tika, on Saturdays; a fun, Latin- information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
dance-based fitness class for all levels… Rock Island Seniors), 9am Fri Feb 2 thru Fri Feb 23
Fitness and Activity Center, 9:30am Sat Feb 3 thru Sat
Feb 24 Senior Theatre: Second Avenue Players, on Fridays;
$2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center
Yoga, on Saturdays; for information, call 563-729-1296… for Active Seniors), 10:30am Fri Feb 2 thru Fri Feb 23
Above the Barre Dance Academy, 9am Sat Feb 3 thru
Sat Feb 24 Zumba, on Fridays; $3-5; for information, call 563-386-
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8am Fri Feb 2
Heart Health: Making Exercise Fun, join us for a talk thru Fri Feb 23
with Dan Saskowski, Manager of… Rock Island Public
Library - Downtown Library, 2pm Tue Feb 6 Bridge, on Mondays & Fridays; $2-5; for information, call
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:30pm
Red Cross Blood Drive, donors will receive free Fri Feb 2 thru Mon Feb 26
museum admission, light refreshments and 10% off in
the Museum Store; children are welcome to accompany Ceramics I, on Mondays & Fridays; $7-11; for
their parents/guardians and enjoy supervised play information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
in the Artica Family Activity Center; for information Seniors), 9:30am Fri Feb 2 thru Mon Feb 26
and to schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767,
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, Low-Impact Exercise, Mon., Wed., & Fri.; $3-5; for
FiggeArtMuseum.org, 10am Tue Feb 6 information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
Seniors), 9am Fri Feb 2 thru Wed Feb 28
Zumba Fitness with Breenee, on Tuesdays; a fun,
Latin-dance-based fitness class for all levels… Rock Shuffleboard, on Mondays; $2-5; for information, call
Island Fitness and Activity Center, 6pm Tue Feb 6 thru 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 2:15pm
Tue Feb 27 Mon Feb 5 thru Mon Feb 26

Yoga at the Figge, classes for ages 13 & under and 5-12; Ugly Quilts, on Mondays; no sewing experience
Sign in to XtreamWiFi and get connected today! a relaxing routine led by a local instructor; all experience necessary; free; for information, call… CASI (Center for
levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome; Active Seniors), 8am Mon Feb 5 thru Mon Feb 26
bring a yoga mat; free-will donations encouraged; for
LEARN MORE AT information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 Zumba Gold Toning, on Mondays; $3-5; for
MEDIACOMCABLE.COM/XTREAM-WIFI W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 10:30am
Sat Feb 17
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
Seniors), 10:15am Mon Feb 5 thru Mon Feb 26
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Genesis Foot Clinic, Mon. & Tue. from 9-11:30am and
1-3pm; $22, reservations required;… CASI (Center for February Continued From Page 15
Active Seniors), Mon Feb 5 thru Tue Feb 27
Genesis Foot Clinic, from 9-11:30am and 1-3pm;
Canasta, on Tuesdays; $2-5; for information, call 563-
386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb
$22, reservations required; for information, call… CASI
(Center for Active Seniors), Thu Feb 1 Best Film Editing Best Original Song
6 thru Tue Feb 27 * Baby Driver “Mighty River,” Mudbound
Senior Bingo, for information, call 309-755-9614… East
Ceramics II, on Tuesdays from 9:30am-noon or Moline Public Library, 3pm Thu Feb 1 Dunkirk “Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your
1-2:30pm; $7-11/session, $9-12/all day; for… CASI (Center I, Tonya Name
for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27 CASI Book Club, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 10am Fri Feb 2 The Shape of Water * “Remember Me,” Coco
Knitting & Crocheting, on Tuesdays; make hats, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, “Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
scarfs, and mittens for children and… CASI (Center for iPad/iPhone Clinic, $2-5; for information, call 563-386- Missouri “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
Active Seniors), 12:30pm Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Mon Feb 5

Line Dancing I, on Tuesdays; $3-5; for information, call
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Tue
Trinity Foot Clinic, $25, reservations required; for
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Best Production Design Best Visual Effects
Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27 Seniors), 1pm Wed Feb 7 Beauty & the Beast * Blade Runner 2049
Line Dancing Lesson, on Tuesdays; free; for Movie Matinee, $2-5; for information, call 563-386- Blade Runner 2049 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb 13 Darkest Hour Kong: Skull Island
Seniors), 8:30am Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27
Walgreens Medication Review & Blood Pressure Dunkirk Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Riverview Manor Blood Pressure Checks, on Check, free; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI * The Shape of Water War for the Planet of the Apes
Tuesdays; free; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 10am Thu Feb 15
(Center for Active Seniors), 8:30am Tue Feb 6 thru Tue
Feb 27 iPad/iPhone Clinic, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-
7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Mon Feb 19 Best Costume Design Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Senior Technology Clinic, on Tuesdays; $5-7; for Beauty & the Beast * Darkest Hour
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Classic Movie, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-
Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Feb 27 Darkest Hour Victoria & Abdul
* Phantom Thread Wonder
Spiritual Devotions, on Tuesdays; free; for Grief Support Group, donations accepted; for
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul
Seniors), 8am Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27 Seniors), 9:30am Wed Feb 28
Best Documentary Short
Cribbage, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call Edith+Eddie
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm
Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 Best Sound Editing Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Energizing Yoga, on Wednesdays; $7-10; for KIDS’ STUFF Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049 Knife Skills
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
Seniors), 2pm Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 Weekly & Bi-Weekly * Dunkirk * Traffic Stop
Evening Bingo, on Wednesdays; 5:30pm doors, 6pm Choose Your Own Winter Reading Adventure, The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
early-bird bingo, with regular bingo… CASI (Center for
Active Seniors), 6pm Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28
choose among four different reading adventures; pick…
Moline Public Library, thru Sat Feb 10 Best Live-Action Short
* DeKalb Elementary
Pinochle, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call
563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm
Read a Latte Winter Reading Program, at all Rock
Island public libraries; read… thru Sat Feb 10 Best Sound Mixing The Eleven O’clock
Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 * Baby Driver My Nephew Emmett
Davenport Public Library Winter Reading
St. Anthony’s Blood Pressure Checks, on Program: Chill Out and Read, stop by any Davenport Blade Runner 2049 The Silent Child
Wednesdays; free; for information, call 563-386-7477… library location and… thru Wed Feb 28 Dunkirk Watu Wote/All of Us
CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8:30am Wed Feb 7 thru
Wed Feb 28 Winter Reading Bingo, each Bingo square contains a The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
TOPS Meeting, on Wednesdays; the Taking Off Pounds
reading/library activity,… LeClaire Community Library,
thru Wed Feb 28 Best Animated Short
Sensibly Group; 11:30am weigh-in,… CASI (Center for Dear Basketball
Active Seniors), 11:30am Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 Silvis Library Story Time, on Thursdays; meet for a
story, craft, or activity, and… Silvis Public Library, 6pm Best Original Score Garden Party
T’ai Chi Ch’un, on Wednesdays; $24-36/6 weeks; for thru Thu Feb 22 Dunkirk * Lou
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
Seniors), 10:25am Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 Tales for Tots, on Thursdays; ages birth to age three Phantom Thread Negative Space
and a caregiver are… Bettendorf Public Library, 6:30pm * The Shape of Water Revolting Rhymes
Zumba Gold, on Wednesdays; $3-5; for information, thru Thu Feb 22
call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 Toddler Storytime, on Thursdays; kids enjoy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
stories, music, and movement; free; for information,…
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am
Missouri
thru Thu Feb 22
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KIDS’ STUFF / Weekly & Bi-Weekly gaming systems; we… Fairmount Street Library, 2:30pm
Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28

Toddler Storytime, on Wednesdays; kids enjoy stories,
Preschool Storytime, Tuesday through Friday at 10am; music, and movement; free; for information,… Fairmount
stories, songs, finger plays, and… Bettendorf Public Street Library, 10am Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28
Library, 10am thru Wed Feb 28
Toddler Tales, on Wednesdays; stories, songs, and a craft
Baby Storytime, on Fridays; kids enjoy stories, music, for early learning… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest
and movement; free; for information,… Fairmount Street Branch, 10:30am Wed Feb 14 thru Wed Feb 28
Library, 10am Fri Feb 2 thru Fri Feb 23
Toddler Tales, on Tuesdays; stories, songs, and a craft for
Preschool Storytime, on Fridays; kids enjoy stories, early learning… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch,
music, and movement; free; for information,… Davenport 10:30am Tue Feb 20 and Tue Feb 27
Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am Fri Feb 2
thru Fri Feb 23
February
Toddler Tales, on Fridays; stories, songs, and a craft for
early learning… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Fantastic Stories by the Fire, grab your floo powder
Library, 10:30am Fri Feb 2 thru Fri Feb 23 and join us by the Fairmount… Fairmount Street Library,
6pm Thu Feb 1
Child’s Play, on Saturdays; designed for preschoolers,
but all welcome; rotating programs… Bettendorf Public Mini Makers, for ages 10 months to 3 years; sensory play
Library, 10pm Sat Feb 3 thru Sat Feb 24 encourages… LeClaire Community Library, 10:30am Thu
Feb 1
Preschool Storytime, Mondays at 6:30pm; stories,
songs, finger plays, and action rhymes… Bettendorf Reading Assistance Dogs, children have the
Public Library, 6:30pm Mon Feb 5 thru Mon Feb 26 opportunity to read aloud to dogs from… Bettendorf
Public Library, 6pm Thu Feb 1
Preschool Storytime, on Mondays; kids enjoy stories,
music, and movement; free; for information,… Fairmount Teen Advisory Group, meet new friends and help
Street Library, 10am Mon Feb 5 thru Mon Feb 26 advice the library regarding teen… Moline Public Library,
3:30pm Thu Feb 1
Story Time for Littles, Mondays at 9:30 & 10:45am, for
ages 0-3; nurture your… Moline Public Library, Mon Feb 5 Snacktivity, on Thursdays; ages 6+ will make edible art
thru Mon Feb 26 in this… Fairmount Street Library, 4pm thru Thu Feb 15

Tales for Tots, on Mondays; ages birth to age three and a Play & Grow, for ages three & under and a caregiver; sing,
caregiver are… Bettendorf Public Library, 10am Mon Feb read,… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library,
5 thru Mon Feb 26 10:30am Fri Feb 2

Early Start Storytime, on Tuesdays; kids enjoy Tabletop Games for Kids, enjoy your favorite classic
stories, music, and movement; free, with registration… board game, or try a new… Davenport Public Library -
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 9:30am Eastern Avenue Branch, 3:30pm Fri Feb 2
Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27
Teen Library Council Meeting, for grades 6-12; hang
Girls Who Code, on Tuesdays; an afterschool program with the YA librarians to talk… East Moline Public Library,
for girls in grades 6-12… Fairmount Street Library, 3:30pm 4pm Fri Feb 2
Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27
Fancy Nancy Party, we will be making Fancy lip gloss,
Library Playgroup, on Tuesdays; open play and fabulous hair bows,… River Valley District Library, 11am
socialization for children 0-5 and… Fairmount Street Sat Feb 3
Library, 10am Tue Feb 6 thru Tue Feb 27
Junior Theatre Workshop, “Seussical Jr.”
Story Time for Littles: Evening Edition, on choreographer Steph DeLacy will lead acting games
Wednesdays; for ages 0-3; nurture your baby and and… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch,
toddler’s… Moline Public Library, 6pm Wed Feb 7 thru 10am Sat Feb 3
Wed Feb 21
Make & Take Craft: Valentine Craft, bring your kids in
Exploratorium, on Wednesdays; a different STEAM to make an adorable craft to… Silvis Public Library, 11am
program each week; free; for… Moline Public Library, 2pm Sat Feb 3
Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28
Crafternoon: Button Art, for ages 6+; dig through our
Little Makers Craft Program, on Wednesdays; we’ll bucket of buttons and… Fairmount Street Library, 4pm
have plenty of craft supplies and a… Davenport Public Mon Feb 5
Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 2:30pm Wed Feb 7 thru
Wed Feb 28 Manic Monday, free; for information, call 563-326-
7832… Davenport Public Library - Main, 6pm Mon Feb 5
Night Owl Storytime, on Wednesdays; kids enjoy thru Mon Feb 26
stories, music, and movement; free; for information,…
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 6pm Homeschool Book Club, designed for kids in grades
Wed Feb 7 thru Wed Feb 28 3-5 to read a book… Fairmount Street Library, 1pm Tue
Feb 6

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Paper Plate Heart Sewing, an activity in the Southwest Petite Picassos, ages 5 & under use all of their senses Sensory Sensitive Storytime, held while the library is
Family Craft series; free; for… Rock Island Public Library - during… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest Branch, closed to the general public,… Fairmount Street Library,
Southwest Branch, 6pm Tue Feb 13 10:30am Wed Feb 21 9:30am Tue Feb 27

Petite Picassos, ages 5 & under use all of their senses String Art, grades 3-5 work with a variety of materials Strings & Things: Coiled Fabric Bowl, for ages 9-11;
during… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, and techniques… Davenport Public Library - Main, create your own unique DIY basket; free;… Davenport
10:30am Tue Feb 13 3:30pm Wed Feb 21 Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 3:30pm Tue Feb
27
Teen Anime Club, anime and manga fans are invited to Cat in the Hat Comes Back, celebrate the birthday of
watch, discuss and… Moline Public Library, 3:30pm Tue Dr. Seuss at this drop-in program… Moline Public Library, Teen & Tween Gaming Night, play Wii U, Xbox 360,
Feb 13 6pm Thu Feb 22 and enjoy board and Role… Rock Island Public Library -
Downtown Library, 5:30pm Tue Feb 27
Homeschool Arts: Colored Pencils, Doodles, & Lego Club: Automobiles, grades K-5 create and share
Paint-by-Sticker, grades 3-5 work with a variety of themed masterpieces that will be… Silvis Public Library, Teen Advisory Board, teens share ideas on what would
materials and techniques that… Davenport Public Library 3:30pm Thu Feb 22 make the library a… Silvis Public Library, 5:30pm Tue
- Main, 1pm Wed Feb 14 Feb 27
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops @ RIBCO - Teen Chef, learn safe food handling practices, and enjoy
February 3 STEAM-azing: Agamograph Valentines & Mobius this hands-on opportunity… East Moline Public Library, Book Party: Fancy Nancy, activities, crafts and snacks
Strips, science, technology, engineering, art, and math 5:30pm Thu Feb 22 celebrating the series Fancy Nancy (or… Davenport Public
projects for kids and… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 4pm Wed Feb 28
Jolly Rancher Readers, teens share their thoughts and Branch, 3:30pm Wed Feb 14 Lego Club, for grades 12 & under; we’ll supply the Legos,
get suggestions from others on… Silvis Public Library, you… East Moline Public Library, 3:30pm Fri Feb 23 STEM Lab, free; for information, call 563-326-7832…
5:30pm Tue Feb 6 Family Story Time: Valentine’s Party, celebrate Fairmount Street Library, 3:30pm Wed Feb 28
Valentine’s with your little love bugs with the story… Silvis Dance Me a Story, presentation with dancers from
Play & Grow, for ages three & under and a caregiver; sing, Public Library, 6pm Thu Feb 15 Ballet Quad Cities; free; for information,… Davenport
read,… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 10:30am
Tue Feb 6 Family Storytime, for all ages; the library and local
Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 2pm Sat Feb 24 January 2 Crossword Answers
organization Unite in… Davenport Public Library - Main, Teen Video Contest: Creative Workshop, ages 11-19
Crafternoon, this free, drop-in program is fun for all 10am Thu Feb 15 are invited to use the library’s computers, cameras,…
ages; free;… LeClaire Community Library, 3pm Wed Feb 7 Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am
Marvel Movie Night, for ages 12-18; celebrate the Sat Feb 24
Play & Grow, for ages three & under and a caregiver; sing, release of the new Black… Rock Island Public Library -
read,… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest Branch, Downtown Library, 5:30pm Thu Feb 15 Escape Room: Stolen Goods, for ages 8-15; try your
10:30am Wed Feb 7 hand at cracking codes, solving… LeClaire Community
Teen Advisory Group (TAG), help plan cool events, Library, 4:30pm Mon Feb 26
Collage Mandala, create a dynamic layer mandala by request new library materials, eat snacks,… LeClaire
mixing and matching card… Davenport Public Library - Community Library, 4:30pm Thu Feb 15 Exploratorium, Jr., drop in for a hands-on project for
Eastern Avenue Branch, 4pm Thu Feb 8 children up to… Moline Public Library, 6pm Mon Feb 26
DIY Funny Face Flip Book, free; for information, call
Creativity Lab, ages 5 & up explore the creative process 563-326-7832… Fairmount Street Library, 4pm Fri Feb 16 Teen Fandom Book Club, free; for information, call
and experiment… Moline Public Library, 6:30pm Thu 563-326-7832… Davenport Public Library - Main, 4pm
Feb 8 Showtime at Silvis: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Mon Feb 26
Factory, an interactive screening of the 1971 Roald Dahl
Smile by Raina Telgemeier Family Book adaptation; refreshments… Silvis Public Library, 10am Lego Night, play with the library’s thousands of Legos
Discussion, an all-ages discussion of the bestselling Fri Feb 16 for an hour… Fairmount Street Library, 6pm Tue Feb 27
graphic novel; free; for… Fairmount Street Library, 6pm
Thu Feb 8 Teen Coding Club, bring your coding questions and
recent work to our monthly… East Moline Public Library,
Teen Slime Club, for grades 6-12; make a new slime 5:30pm Fri Feb 16
each month using… East Moline Public Library, 5:30pm
Thu Feb 8 Saturday Storytime: Dinosaurs in the Library,
families will enjoy songs, stories, and a simple craft; free;…
Tinker Lab: Weaving & Crocheting, ages 10 & up Fairmount Street Library, 10am Sat Feb 17
learn all about how to use… LeClaire Community Library,
4:30pm Thu Feb 8 Teen Video Contest: Stop Motion Workshop, ages
11-9 are invited to learn how to make a… Fairmount Street
Minecraft Contest, test your skills against other kids on Library, 1pm Sat Feb 17
the library’s Minecraft… Fairmount Street Library, 2pm
Sat Feb 10 Manga Book Club, for teens who love manga; we will
have copies available… Bettendorf Public Library, 4pm
Teen DIY, for grades 6-12; hang with friends, make DIY Mon Feb 19
crystals and… East Moline Public Library, 2pm Sat Feb 10
Pokemon Day, show off your rare Pokemon cards, make
Valentine’s Day Party, make your own valentines, a craft to… East Moline Public Library, 2pm Mon Feb 19
decorate cookies, and play games; kids… Fairmount
Street Library, 10am Sat Feb 10 Block Printmaking, for all ages; we will be creating
unique art prints… Fairmount Street Library, 6pm Tue
Crafternoon: Paper Birdcage, ages 6+ can craft their Feb 20
very own 3-D paper birdcage;… Fairmount Street Library,
4pm Mon Feb 12 Homeschool Arts: DIY Mandala, grades 3-5 work with
a variety of materials and techniques that… Davenport
Family Coloring Night, grab the family for a night of Public Library - Main, 1pm Tue Feb 20
relaxation and creativity’;… East Moline Public Library,
5:30pm Mon Feb 12 Junior Explorers: Shadows, ages 3-7 come in for a fun
storytime and hands-on… LeClaire Community Library,
Read to a Dog, QC CAN’s Reading Assistance Dogs are 6:30pm Tue Feb 20
specially trained, along with… Davenport Public Library -
Eastern Avenue Branch, 5pm Mon Feb 12 Teen Library Olympics, compete to win the title of Best
Teen Library Olympian;… Silvis Public Library, 5:30pm
Afternoon Storytime: Show Stories, free; for Tue Feb 20
information, call 563-326-7832… Davenport Public Library
- Eastern Avenue Branch, 3:30pm Tue Feb 13 Teen Volunteer Council, hang out, eat snacks, and
share your ideas on how… Fairmount Street Library, 4pm
Biblioteens, teens learn about new books, hang out, Tue Feb 20
and have some… LeClaire Community Library, 4:30pm
Tue Feb 13 YouTube Challenge Video-Making Night, for ages
12-18; create a video for the annual Teen… Rock Island
KinderNature, fun and hands-on learning with your 3-5 Public Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm Tue Feb 20
year old;each child… Quad City Botanical Center, 10:30am
Tue Feb 13 Big/Little Book Club, designed for kids in grades 3-5 to
read a book… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue
Lunar New Year, join our celebration of the Lunar New Branch, 6:30pm Wed Feb 21
Year that includes… Moline Public Library, 6:30pm Tue
Feb 13 Homeschool Arts: String Art, grades 3-5 work with
a variety of materials and techniques that… Davenport
Public Library - Main, 1pm Wed Feb 21
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FLY ME TO… · JANUARY 30, 2018
Crossword Jan. 2 Answers: Page 19

ACROSS 84. ...ANC 39. Amalgamate
1. Mendicates 86. Headword 41. ...BWI
5. Ceremonial meal 87. Of proclamations 42. Completely different
10. Entangled 89. Trumpet part 43. Hollow rock
15. Symbols of pharaonic power 90. Whodunit event 45. Clamdiggers
19. News notice, for short 91. Storms 46. Jet engine cover
20. Young heroine 93. _ asinorum 47. Far too heavy
21. Perfumery odorant 94. Approach 48. Enticement
22. Prostrate 95. Wheel-like object 51. Onion roll
23. ...CMH 98. Flourless cake 53. Weight unit for gems
25. ...SAN 100. Relation anagram 55. Kickoff
27. Automata 104. ...HNL 56. Pattern of drops
28. City in Germany 107. ...SAV 58. Insignia
30. Hearten 109. Word of agreement 60. Salad plant
31. Been there, _ that 110. Dahomey, at present 62. Genus of lizards
32. Vishnu avatar 111. Stupid 63. Pooch’s problem
33. Black Sea resort 112. Condemn 65. Direction in music
36. Respect 113. Soldiers’ meal 66. Belarus capital
39. Little bit 114. Valuable bar 67. Region defined by climate and
40. Chair of a kind 115. Bottom-line factor plant life
44. Light fabric 116. River in Ireland 68. Summed
45. ...PNS DOWN 69. Laundry
49. Brew 1. _ Raton 70. Part of RFD
50. Confederate 2. Black 71. Something unfortunate
51. Blocks 3. Overlay with gold 72. _ plexus
52. Hale and hearty 4. In a resolute way 74. Twin crystal
53. Muse of history 5. River in Texas and Louisiana 76. Bobbins
54. Farm animal 6. Sidestep 79. Catch
55. Burns 7. Treat with disrespect 80. Rigid footwear
57. Used to be 8. Kind of tourism 82. Wooer’s song
58. With _ breath 9. Microwaves 84. To any degree: 2 wds.
59. Dissertation 10. _ brevis 85. Origin
61. Musical beat 11. Dies _ 86. Flux unit
63. Leatherneck 12. Cox the actor 88. Sings softly
64. Mount Narodnaya’s range 13. Goal 90. Des _
65. Ike’s wife 14. Agnus _ 92. Smarted
66. “_ Secretary” 15. Long-haired dog 93. Write like a schoolchild
67. Market section 16. Blackthorn fruit 94. Big bird
69. Teutonic god 17. Speed 95. Impostor
70. Carnival game: 2 wds. 18. Nova 96. Apple or pear, e.g.
73. Cousin to exempli gratia: 2 wds. 24. Dudley or Demi 97. Singles
74. Pole 26. Outer, in anatomy 99. The Buckeye State
75. Form of alternative rock 29. Aspersion 100. Racetrack shape
77. Pi follower 32. Salon solution 101. God of thunder
78. Pindarics 34. Diminish 102. Greek contest
79. Talks back to 35. Portside 103. Crippled
81. Celtic language 36. Stop!, at sea 105. _ supra
82. Cachet 37. Poet’s grief 106. Deighton or Cariou
83. Seabird’s cry 38. ...MKE 108. Santa _
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com

On Pins and Needles
PHANTOM THREAD
If the news is true, and Paul Thomas
Anderson’s Phantom Thread does indeed
mark Daniel Day-Lewis’ retirement from
acting, it’s an occasion for remorse, if
also delight that the legendary performer
is at least going out on a high note. (The
movie is deservedly nominated for six
Academy Awards including Best Picture,
Director, and Actor.) But woven into the
sadness of “No more Daniel!” is a very
specific kind of regret, because man is
it a shame the guy didn’t make more
comedies.
That’s not to say that Day-Lewis didn’t
find opportunities for humor in his big-
screen dramas: the president’s rambling
jokes in Lincoln; Tomas’ seductive con-
fidence in The Unbearable Lightness of
Being; the drinking of poor Paul Dano’s
milkshake in There Will Be Blood. But
Phantom Thread – a movie whose stately
trailers hardly promised hilarity – is the Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread
first, and I guess last, Day-Lewis fi lm to
fully showcase the man as the grace- continental legend. (An early montage more food as an excuse to keep speaking develops from complex to twisted and
ful, witty comedian he always appears shows the couturier and his numerous with her, Day-Lewis’ grin is so wide that back again, are best left as surprises,
to be when accepting a statuette on TV. female staffers busy preparing a client, his cheeks look ready to burst; he’s like and there are loads of them in Phantom
(Winning the first of his three Best Actor and her dress, for their audience with the an eight-year-old who just got Santa to Thread, culminating in a whopper of
Oscars, for 1989’s My Left Foot, Day- queen.) Reynolds’ devotion to his work is show up at his birthday party. But Reyn- a climax that harkens back to an early,
Lewis opened by saying, “You’ve just pro- already unmistakable when his current olds, a man of obsessive professional and teasing Alma line: “If you want to have
vided me with the makings of one hell lover, at breakfast, makes the mistake of personal rituals, is also prone to child- a staring contest with me, you will lose.”
of a weekend in Dublin.”) Anderson’s complaining about his lack of affection ish pouting and temper tantrums when In his most wholly satisfying fi lm since
latest writing/directing achievement toward her. Ending the discussion with things don’t go his way, and with Alma There Will Be Blood, Anderson presents
is many things, among them a period a blithe “I don’t have time for confron- around, they frequently don’t go his way. us with an impeccably crafted feature-
drama, a psychological thriller, a hearty tation,” he arranges for his sister and She makes too much noise buttering length staring contest in which neither
serving of costume porn, and a deep, if business partner Cyril (Lesley Manville, her toast and slurping her cereal. (And lead appears ready to blink. But between
rather perverse, love story. In scene after imperious and perfect) to have the she bites the spoon, for God’s sake.) She the supreme artfulness of its period
scene, though, it’s also a fiendishly smart, woman removed from the house – she’s interrupts his design time with tea that design, the beguiling strangeness of its
very funny comedy of warring tastes allowed one dress as a parting gift – and he didn’t ask for. She makes asparagus (oftentimes wordless) narrative, Ander-
and temperaments, and Day-Lewis, in Reynolds leaves London for a brief coun- her own way, not the way he likes it. son’s compositional finesse, and the three
his sardonic quips and withering stares, tryside holiday. There, at a rustic inn, he Alma becomes more than an intrusion staggeringly fine performances at its
proves effortlessly masterful at making meets waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps), who – she becomes a hindrance to Reynolds’ center, you may not want to blink, either,
us laugh – certainly more than was pos- captures his attention first by clumsily ability to function, and Day-Lewis plays nor miss out on a single note of composer
sible in 1988’s unfortunate Stars & Bars, tripping, and then by meeting his gaze the character’s juvenile, self-imposed Jonny Greenwood’s lush, intoxicating
the one bona fide slapstick on his résumé. with a blushing, beaming smile. The anguish with forceful yet high-comic score. I entered the movie hoping it
Heaven knows I’m bummed about smitten Reynolds asks Alma to dinner. precision. You love watching Alma get would be a fitting swan song for Daniel
Day-Lewis’ retirement. I’m even more She accepts. She eventually moves into under Reynolds’ skin, partly because Day-Lewis and his exceptional screen
bummed knowing that Alexander Payne, Reynolds’ house. And then things start it appears so easy (and has the added career. Instead, Anderson gives him, and
Wes Anderson, David O. Russell, and getting complicated. And weird. And benefit of driving Cyril crazy), partly us, a swan symphony.
other comedy directors didn’t work with kind of scary. And really funny. because Reynolds deserves it, and partly
Day-Lewis before he announced it. They’re funny well before then, too, because of how much you’re rooting for
Set in an indeterminate year whose because Day-Lewis, ever the genius, the routinely berated and ignored Alma, For reviews of Maze Runner: The
period trappings suggest the late- has found an absolutely ingenious and whom Krieps enacts with an assured- Death Cure, Hostiles, The Post, 12
1950s, Phantom Thread casts the actor appropriate way to portray the middle- ness and unshakable will to match her Strong, Call Me by Your Name, Den of
as Reynolds Woodcock, a high-end aged Reynolds Woodcock: He plays him co-star’s. Thieves, Paddington 2, and other recent
British fashion designer whose fastidi- like a little boy. In that first scene with What happens between this pair, and releases, visit RCReader.com/movies.
ous attention to detail has made him a Alma, with Reynolds ordering more and the manner in which their relationship
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Totally Flawsome judged to be younger and healthier” and
more attractive.
I’m a single 33-year-old woman. Sud- Research finds that humans, in general,
denly, after years of outdoor sports, I prefer faces with clear, uniform skin, which
have a dime-sized dark brown sunspot is associated with being parasite- and
on my face. It’s not cancerous, and I’m disease-free. There’s also strong support,
having it lasered off. This will take a from cross-cultural studies, for the notion
while. Though I cover it with makeup, by evolutionary psychologists that men
I’m terribly self-conscious about it, and evolved to be drawn to female features that
I don’t want to date till it’s removed. I suggest a woman is young and healthy –
know how visual men are, and I don’t and thus more likely to be fertile. Men just
want a man to find out I have this thing don’t think of it in so many words – “Better
babies when Mommy’s got skin like an
and see me as unattractive. My friends
airbrushed Vogue cover girl!” – especially
say I’m being ridiculous.
not in places where the nearest newsstand
– Insecure is maybe four days away by donkey.
Because women coevolved with men,
It’s a spot on your face that suggests women anticipate this male preference for
you’ve done some stuff in the sun; it isn’t flawless skin – leading them to feel, um,
the Mark of Satan or a button with a mes- undersparkly when their facial landscape is
sage underneath: “Press here to activate the less than pristine.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” This brings us to you. The thing is, you
Your intuition that a clear, even complex- aren’t just a skin dot with a person attached.
ion is important isn’t off base. Anthropolo- A guy will look at the whole. Also, we
gist Bernhard Fink and his colleagues did accept that people use products and tech-
some pretty cool research on how skin tone nology to hide or fix flaws in their appear-
uniformity affects perceptions of a woman’s ances – or to enhance the features they
attractiveness. This isn’t a new area of study, have. Accordingly, a guy is not defrauding
but almost all of the research has been on you by using Rogaine, and no man with an
Western populations. Social science find- IQ that exceeds your bra size believes you
ings are more likely to be representative of were born wearing eye shadow.
human nature when the subject pool goes Ultimately, you have more control than
beyond the usual “WEIRD” participants you probably realize over how much any
(from Western, Educated, Industrialized, imperfections affect your total attractive-
Rich, and Democratic countries – and, ness. A woman I know is a living example
more often than not, 19-year-old college of this. She’s got two fewer legs than most
undergrads fighting a wicked hangover to of us. But she understands – and shows it in
answer survey questions for class credit). the way she carries herself – that she’s vastly
So Fink and his team sought out 172 men more than the sum of her (missing) parts.
and women, ages 17 to 80, from two remote In other words, your real problem is you
tribes – the cattle-raising Maasai in Tanza- – your feeling that this spot is some kind of
nia and the forager-farmer Tsimane tribe in boulder-sized diminisher of your worth.
Bolivia – each “unfamiliar with lighter- Chances are, this comes from putting too
colored skin.” The researchers explain that much weight on your looks as the source of
these tribes have no electricity and “little your value. Though you may not be where
or no access” to magazines or newspapers you want in your career, doing regular
from the West. They also live far from any meaningful work to help other people
tourist destinations, so no – no pale-faced – such as volunteer work – might be the
college girls dropping by, all “C’mon, Mr. quickest way for you to feel bigger than that
Maasai … just one more selfie with me and dot on your face.
your totally adorbs cow!” There’s nothing wrong with getting it
Tribe members were asked to assess “age, lasered off, but as long as it’s still with you,
health, and attractiveness” from photo- try something: Revel in having it instead
graphs of skin – squares of white-lady skin of going into hiding over it. I’m serious.
cropped from photos of faces of British girls After all, it’s basically a sign that you went
and women ages 11 to 76. Echoing find- outdoors and seized life – not that you got
ings from Western populations, women drunk and joined one of those racist Tiki
with “homogenous skin color” – meaning torch marches and now have to hit up some
even in tone overall, with little or no “skin tattoo artist to turn the swastikas into but-
discoloration” (blotches or spots) – “were terflies.
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405. E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com,
visit @amyalkon on Twitter, and listen to Amy’s weekly radio show at BlogTalkRadio.com/amyalkon. Order Amy
Alkon’s new book Unf---ology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2018).
©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. New column published weekly at rcreader.com
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): In all of intervened quickly, no one was hurt, and the you imagined it would be.
history, humans have mined about kidnapper was jailed. In bringing this to your
182,000 tons of gold. Best estimates attention, Leo, I am certainly not suggesting CAPRICORN (December
suggest there are still 35 billion tons that you imitate the kidnapper. Please don’t 22-January 19): In the 1740s, a
of gold buried in the earth, but the remaining break the law or threaten anyone with harm. teenage Capricorn girl named Eliza
riches will be more difficult to find and collect On the other hand, I do urge you to take Lucas almost single-handedly
than what we’ve already gotten. We need dramatic, innovative action to fulfill one of introduced a new crop into American
better technology. If I had to say who would be your very specific desires. agriculture: indigo, a plant used as a dye for
the entrepreneurs and inventors best qualified textiles. In South Carolina, where she
to lead the quest, my choice would be members VIRGO (August 23-September 22): managed her father’s farm, indigo ultimately
of the Aries tribe. For the foreseeable future, Many varieties of the nettle plant will became the second-most-important cash crop
you people will have extra skill at excavating sting you if you touch the leaves and over the next 30 years. I have astrological
hidden treasure and gathering resources that stems. Their hairs are like hypoder- reasons to believe that you are now in a phase
are hard to access. mic needles that inject your skin with a blend when you could likewise make innovations
of irritant chemicals. And yet nettle is also an that will have long-range economic repercus-
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Stories herb with numerous medicinal properties. It sions. Be alert for good intuitions and
have the power to either dampen or can provide relief for allergies, arthritis, joint promising opportunities to increase your
mobilize your life energy. I hope that pain, and urinary problems. That’s why wealth.
in the coming weeks, you will make Shakespeare invoked the nettle as a metaphor
heroic efforts to seek out the latter and avoid in his play Henry IV, Part 1: “Out of this nettle, AQUARIUS (January 20-February
the former. Now is a crucial time to treat danger, we pluck this flower, safety,” says the 18): When I was in my early
yourself to stories that will jolt you out of your character named Hotspur. In accordance with twenties, I smoked marijuana now
habitual responses and inspire you to take the astrological omens, Virgo, I choose the and then. I liked it. It made me feel
long-postponed actions and awaken the nettle as your power metaphor for the first good and inspired my creativity and roused
sleeping parts of your soul. And that’s just half three weeks of February. spiritual visions. But I reconsidered my use
of your assignment, dear Taurus. Here’s the after encountering pagan magician Isaac
rest: Tell stories that help you remember the LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Bonewits. He didn’t have a moral objection to
totality of who you are, and that inspire your Knullrufs is a Swedish word that cannabis use, but believed it withered one’s
listeners to remember the totality of who they refers to what your hair looks like willpower and diminished one’s determina-
are. after sex: tousled, rumpled, tion to transform one’s life for the better. For a
disordered. If I’m reading the astrological year, I meditated on and experimented with
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Author omens correctly, you should experience more his hypothesis. I found it to be true, at least for
Anaïs Nin said, “There are two ways knullrufs than usual in the coming weeks. me. I haven’t smoked since. My purpose in
to reach me: by way of kisses or by You’re in a phase when you need and deserve bringing this up is not to advise you about
way of the imagination. But there is a extra pleasure and delight, especially the kind your relationship to drugs, but rather to urge
hierarchy: the kisses alone don’t work.” For that rearranges your attitudes as well as your you to question whether there are influences in
two reasons, Anaïs’s formulation is especially coiffure. You have license to exceed your your life that wither your willpower and
apropos for you right now. First, you should normal quotas of ravenousness and rowdiness. diminish your determination to transform
not allow yourself to be seduced, tempted, or your life for the better. Now is an excellent
won over by sweet gestures alone. You must SCORPIO (October 23-November time to examine this issue.
insist on sweet gestures that are synergized by 21): In his “Crazy Lake Experiment”
a sense of wonder and an appreciation of your documented on Youtube, Harvard PISCES (February 19-March 20):
unique beauty. Second, you should adopt the physicist Greg Kestin takes a raft out Would you like to shed unwieldy
same approach for those you want to seduce, on a lake. He drops a tablespoon of olive oil baggage before moving on to your
tempt, or win over: sweet gestures seasoned into the water, and a few minutes later, the next big challenge? I hope so. It will
with wonder and an appreciation of their half-acre around his boat is still and smooth. purge your soul of karmic sludge. It will prime
unique beauty. All the small waves have disappeared. He you for a fresh start. One way to accomplish
proceeds to explain the science behind the this bravery is to confess your sins and ask for
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Are you calming effect produced by a tiny amount of forgiveness in front of a mirror. Here are data
more inclined right now to favor oil. I suspect that you will have a metaphori- to consider. Is there anyone you know who
temporary involvements and cally comparable power in the next two weeks, would not give you a good character reference?
short-term promises? Or would you Scorpio. What’s your version of the olive oil? Have you ever committed a seriously unethical
consider making brave commitments that lead Your poise? Your graciousness? Your act? Have you revealed information that was
you deeper into the Great Mystery? Given the tolerance? Your insight into human nature? told to you in confidence? While under the
upcoming astrological omens, I vote for the influence of intoxicants or bad ideas, have you
latter. Here’s another pair of questions for you, SAGITTARIUS (November done things you’re ashamed of? I’m not saying
Cancerian. Are you inclined to meander from 22-December 21): In 1989, a man you’re more guilty of these things than the rest
commotion to commotion without any game spent four dollars on a painting at a of us; it’s just that now is your special time to
plan? Or might you invoke the magic flea market in Adamstown, seek redemption.
necessary to get involved with high-quality Pennsylvania. He didn’t care much for the
collaborations? I’m hoping you’ll opt for the actual image, which was a boring country Homework: What’s the best, most healing
latter. (P.S. The near future will be prime time scene, but he thought he could use the frame. trouble you could whip up right now? Testify at
for you to swear a sacred oath or two.) Upon returning home, he found a document FreeWillAstrology.com.
concealed behind the painting. It turned out to
be a rare old copy of America’s Declaration of New column published weekly at rcreader.com
LEO (July 23-August 22): In March
1996, a man burst into the studio of Independence, originally created in 1776. He
radio station Star FM in Wanganui, eventually sold it for $2.42 million. I doubt Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s
New Zealand. He took the manager that you will experience anything quite as EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES
hostage and issued a single demand: that the spectacular in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. & DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES
DJ play a recording of the Muppet song “The But I do suspect you will find something
The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at
Rainbow Connection,” as sung by the puppet valuable where you don’t expect it, or develop a
Kermit the Frog. Fortunately, police connection with something that’s better than 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700
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Live Music Live Music Live Music
Email all listings to calendar@rcreader.com • Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication

THURSDAY
2018/02/01 (Thu)
1 Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Green
Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., WEDNESDAY 7
2018/02/07 (Wed)

Playlist QC (5pm) – The Redstone LeClaire IA Burlington Street Bluegrass Band –
Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA J. Knight & Friends – Uptown Bill’s The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
The Ron Tegeler Jazz FourTet – The Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., City IA
Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge, Iowa City IA
3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Jim Brickman Pure Piano: The
Greatest Hits – University of THURSDAY
2018/02/08 (Thu)
8
FRIDAY
2018/02/02 (Fri)
2 Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 2255
Bennett St., Dubuque IA
Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound –
Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park
Billy Childs Quartet (7 & 9:30pm) – Jim Ryan – The Union, 525 14th St., Rd., Iowa City IA
Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park Moline IL Camerata Woodwind Quintet
Rd., Iowa City IA The Knockoffs – Fargo Lounge, 4204 (6:30pm) – Figge Art Museum, 225
The Breakfast Club – Rhythm City Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL W. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Moeller Nights: Costello – Eric Jenny Lynn Stacy & the Dirty
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Pettit Lion – Triple Crown Whiskey Roosters (5pm) – The Redstone
Casual Classics Concert: Loralee Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA
Songer & Perry Mears – Galvin St., Davenport IA Moeller Nights: J.E. Sunde– Cuddle
Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose QCSO Masterworks IV: Postcards Magic – Yoya – Triple Crown
University, 2101 N. Gaines St., from Venice – Adler Theatre, 136 Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304
Davenport IA E. Third St., Davenport IA E Third St., Davenport IA
JJ Thames – Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, The Ron Tegeler Jazz FourTet (6pm) Swe e t h e a r t S e r e n a d e: Th e
300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA – Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 Ukuladies – Nancy Romalov &
Jazz After Five: Ross Clowser 30th St., Rock Island IL Susan Birrell – Greg and Susan
Quartet (5pm) – Hep Cat – Rosie & the Rivets – Riverside Casino Dirks – Pennies on the Rail – Joe
Good Morning Midnight – Port and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, & Coleen Peterson – Al & Aleta
Authority (8pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Riverside IA Murphy – Uptown Bill’s Coffee
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa
Jim Ryan – Steel Head Tavern, 181 The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini City IA
17th St., Moline IL Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal – RIBCO,
1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL
Silver Cliffs – K & T’s Bike Rack
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., FRIDAY
2018/02/09 (Fri)
9
Powell – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Davenport IA The Breakfast Club – Riverside
Mound St., Davenport IA Sonora Sazon de Antano – The Casino and Golf Resort, 3184
Rosie & the Rivets – Riverside Casino Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Highway 22, Riverside IA
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Davenport IA The Candymakers – Iowa City Yacht
Riverside IA Summer Camp on the Road Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Summer Camp on the Road: The Festival: High Water Mark – Chess: In Concert – Coralville Center
Velies (8:15pm) – Dr. Dometone Glass Femur – 6 Odd Rats – The for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th
(9:15pm) – Condor & Jaybird Tripp Brothers – The Dawn – Iowa St., Coralville IA That 1 Guy @ The Redstone Room - February 17
(10:15pm) – Sister Wife (11:15pm) City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa Eric Pettit Lion – Sean Costanza –
– Have Your Cake (12:15am) –
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
City IA The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
City IA
The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) –
The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
– Iowa Wesleyan University, ,
Mount Pleasent IA THURSDAY
2018/02/15 (Thu)
15
Davenport IA
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship – SUNDAY
2018/02/04 (Sun)
4 Finally Some Action – Closet Witch
– Liv Carrow – Alyssa Pearson
Ave., Rock Island IL
Moeller Nights: Liz Moen – Sister
Kuinka – High Water Mark – Iowa
City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa
Gas Feed & Seed Music Festival:
No. 3 – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
Crystal City – Iowa City Yacht Club, Moeller Nights: Mike & the – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Wife – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar City IA & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Moonpies – Triple Crown Whiskey Island IL & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., Libido Funk Circus – Riverside Davenport IA
Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (5pm) – Davenport IA Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Natty Nation – Fire Sale – The
SATURDAY
2018/02/03 (Sat)
3 St., Davenport IA
QCSO Masterworks IV: Postcards
Rock Island Hy-Vee Market Grille,
2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL
The Peña Brothers – RIBCO, 1815
Second Ave., Rock Island IL
Highway 22, Riverside IA
Odds Lane (7pm) – Reverend Raven
Candymakers – Uniphonics –
Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa
50 Shades of Rock – 11th Street from Venice (2pm) – Centennial Kuinka – The Harmaleighs – The Roger Carlson (6pm) – The ARTery, & the Chain–Smokin’ Altar Boys City IA
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Redstone Room, 129 Main St, 1629 2nd Ave in the District, Rock (9pm) – Moline Viking Club, 1450 Small Houses – Crystal City – The
Davenport IA Ave., Rock Island IL Davenport IA Island IL 41st St., Moline IL Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops – Larry Boyd (6pm) – Cool Beanz Soul Storm – 11th Street Precinct, Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – City IA
RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock
TUESDAY
2018/02/06 (Tue)
6 Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Island IL Island IL Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
FRIDAY
2018/02/16 (Fri)
16
Billy Childs Quartet (7 & 9:30pm) –
Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park
Jeff Austin – Flash in a Pan – Gabe’s,
330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
Libido Funk Circus – Rhythm City
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 SATURDAY
2018/02/10 (Sat)
10 Shout-Out – Rhythm City Casino
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore BBI Band – Riverside Casino and Golf
Rd., Iowa City IA United States Air Force Shades of Elmore Ave., Davenport IA 50 Shades of Rock – Fargo Lounge, Ave., Davenport IA Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
Brad & the Big Wave – The Mill, 120 E. Blue Jazz Ensemble – Orpheum Life on the Prairie Concert w/ Barry 4204 Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Concert: IA
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Cloyd (noon) – Moline Public The Acoustic Project (6pm) – Cool Selina Albright – The Redstone Bitchin Bajas – Idpyramid – Rozz-
Daylight Over – Rhythm City Casino Galesburg IL Library, 3210 41st St., Moline IL Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Rock Island IL Bob Marley Birthday Bash: Natty
Ave., Davenport IA Annual Pete Seeger Tribute Night –
Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. SUNDAY
2018/02/11 (Sun)
11 Nation – Peter Tosh Tribute –
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Chess: In Concert (2pm) – Coralville Davenport IA
Bacchanal – The Mill, 120 E. Center for the Performing Arts, Brown Bag Lunch: Charlie & Holly
Burlington St., Iowa City IA 1301 5th St., Coralville IA Mathews (noon) – Bettendorf
Better America’s Album Release Moeller Nights: Wild Rivers – Triple Public Library, 2950 Learning
– Leather Parachute – Jeff Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA
Mannix & the Depressives – Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA Bucktown Revue – Nighswander
Gnarly Davidson – Gabe’s, 330 E. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave,
Washington St., Iowa City IA Jukebox – Englert Theatre, 221 Davenport IA
Bugeye Sprite – Desperado’s, 112 S. East Washington St., Iowa City IA Funktastic Five – 11th Street
Main St., Wheatland IA Precinc t, 1107 Mound St.,
Chess: In Concert – Coralville Davenport IA
Center for the Performing Arts,
1301 5th St., Coralville IA TUESDAY
2018/02/13 (Tue)
13 Gas Feed & Seed Music Festival:
No. 3 – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
Code 415 – Harley Corin’s, 1708 Dirty Revival – The Redstone Room, & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
State St., Bettendorf IA 129 Main St, Davenport IA Davenport IA
Corporate Rock – 11th Street Fat Tuesday w/ The Dandelion Gray Wolf Band (6:30pm) –
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Stompers (6pm) – The Mill, 120 E. Lavender Crest Winery, 5401 US
Davenport IA Burlington St., Iowa City IA Highway 6, Colona IL
Dirt Road Rockers – RIBCO, 1815 Tommy Emmanuel – Rodney Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – The
Second Ave., Rock Island IL Crowell – Englert Theatre, 221 East Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge,
Eric Paslay and Maddie & Tae – Washington St., Iowa City IA 3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Riverside Casino Event Center, John Raymond & Real Feels –
3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Jim’s WEDNESDAY 14
2018/02/14 (Wed) Blake Shaw Trio – The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Elizabeth Moen – Anthony Worden The Krank Daddies – Memphis
Milan IL – Brian Johannesen – Sean Dives – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave.,
The Guess Who – Rhythm City Tyler – Austin Mooney – Robert Rock Island IL
Casino Resort Event Center, 7077 Flanigan – Wiley Guyote – Lever – Trash Wizard – Punch Drunk
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Justice Abe – The Mill, 120 E. Fighter – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Burlington St., Iowa City IA Linn St, Iowa City IA
Dr. Damani Phillips – Michael
Finally Some Action @ Rozz-Tox - February 9 Jarvey – Blake Shaw – Jim Dreier
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Live Music
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Lonestar – Isle Casino Hotel
Bettendorf, 1777 Isle Parkway,
Municipal Waste – In the Mouth of
Radness – Crater – RIBCO, 1815 SATURDAY
2018/02/24 (Sat)
24
Bettendorf IA Second Ave., Rock Island IL 10 of Soul – Rhythm City Casino
Mood Ring (8:30pm) – Back to Nova Singers: Music of the Deep Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Avalon (10pm) – Rhythm City North II (4pm) – St. Paul Lutheran Ave., Davenport IA
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Church - Davenport, 2136 Brady St., Blues Rock-It! – 11th Street Precinct,
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Davenport IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Playlist Unplugged (6pm) – Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz: Code 415 – Generations Bar & Grill,
Steeplegate Inn, 100 W 76th St., Saalik Ziyad Quartet – The 4100 4th Ave., Moline IL
Davenport IA Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Circle
Quartermoon Tinsnips (6pm) – Davenport IA Tap, 1345 W. Locust St., Davenport
Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th IA
St., Rock Island IL
The Ron Tegeler Jazz FourTet – The MONDAY
2018/02/19 (Mon)
19 In the Attic – The Mamiltons – The
Fuss – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Smoking Dog Pub, 1800 2nd Ave., Valerie June – Englert Theatre, 221 Linn St, Iowa City IA
Rock Island IL East Washington St., Iowa City IA Josh Harty – Princeton Coffeehouse,
That 1 Guy – Gabe’s, 330 E. 25 E. Marion St., Princeton IL
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Windy City Dueling Pianos – The TUESDAY
2018/02/20 (Tue)
20 Mac Lethal – RIBCO, 1815 Second
Ave., Rock Island IL
Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Gaelynn Lea – The Mill, 120 E. Nic Arp – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House,
Ave., Rock Island IL Burlington St., Iowa City IA 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Moeller Nights: Wind Pink – Adam Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar –

SATURDAY
2018/02/17 (Sat)
17 Torres – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
& Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA
The Bluzmen – Ohnward Fine Arts Davenport IA Shout Out Band – Riverside Casino
Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
IA
Brushville – Rhythm City Casino THURSDAY
2018/02/22 (Thu)
22 Riverside IA
Steve Baumann & Bees: Dual CD-
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Crazy Town – Davey Suicide – Release Show – The Redstone
Ave., Davenport IA Loaded Guns – Black Hilt (6pm) Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA
Bugeye Sprite – Harley Corin’s, 1708 – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., The Stone Flowers – Fargo Lounge,
State St., Bettendorf IA Iowa City IA 4204 Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL
Cedar County Cobras – Flash in a Curtis Hawkins Band (5pm) – The TobyMac – Mandisa – Danny Gokey
Pan – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington Redstone Room, 129 Main St, – Ryan Stevenson – Finding
St., Iowa City IA Davenport IA Favour – TaxSlayer Center, 1201
Frankie Joe & Kinfolk – RIBCO, 1815 Vance Gilbert – CSPS/Legion Arts, River Dr, Moline IL
Second Ave., Rock Island IL 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin
Gas Feed & Seed Music Festival: Experience – Englert Theatre, 221
No. 3 – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
& Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., FRIDAY
2018/02/23 (Fri)
23 East Washington St., Iowa City IA

Davenport IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Geneseo
Blake Shelton – Brett Eldredge
– Carly Pearce – Trace Adkins – SUNDAY
2018/02/25 (Sun)
25
Brewing Company, 102 S. State St., TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr, Quad City Wind Ensemble Winter
Geneseo IL Moline IL Concert (3pm) – Galvin Fine Arts
Haphazard – 11th Street Precinct, Final Say Band – Riverside Casino Center, St. Ambrose University,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, 2101 N. Gaines St., Davenport IA
Mood Ring (8:30pm) – Back to Riverside IA
Avalon (10pm) – Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Jazz After Five: Blake Shaw Quintet
(5pm) – Karen Meat – Hot Tang MONDAY
2018/02/26 (Mon)
26
Riverside IA – Lily DeTaeye – The Mill, 120 E. Fandom Book Club – Davenport
Nova Singers: Music of the Deep Burlington St., Iowa City IA Public Library - Main, 321 Main
North II – First Lutheran Church Jim Ryan – Chief’s Bar & Grill, 1600 Street, Davenport IA
- Galesburg, 364 E. Water St., Crosstown Ave., Silvis IL Moeller Nights: Sam Coffey & the
Galesburg IL The LK Trio (6pm) – Steeplegate Inn, Iron Lungs – Condor & Jaybird
Ondekoza – University of Dubuque’s 100 W 76th St., Davenport IA – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar &
Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St., Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
Dubuque IA Superlatives – Englert Theatre, Davenport IA
Rockinfreakapotamus – Good 221 East Washington St., Iowa City
Morning Bedlam – Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
IA
The Monica Bell Band – K & T’s Bike TUESDAY
2018/02/27 (Tue)
27
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – Rack Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady Donavon Frankenreiter – The
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini St., Davenport IA Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Bar, 111 West 2nd St., Davenport IA Old Shue – Useful Jenkins – Gabe’s, Davenport IA
Scott Engledow – Uptown Bill’s 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA University of Iowa Jazz: Johnson
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Rude Punch – 11th Street Precinct, County Landmark + Grad
Iowa City IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Combo (6:30pm) – The Mill, 120 E.
Smooth Groove – Fargo Lounge, Smooth Groove – Rhythm City Burlington St., Iowa City IA
4204 Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077
That 1 Guy – The Redstone Room, 129
Main St, Davenport IA
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
St. Ambrose University Winter WEDNESDAY 28
2018/02/28 (Wed)

Instrumental Concert – Galvin Burlington Street Bluegrass Band –

SUNDAY
2018/02/18 (Sun)
18 Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose
University, 2101 N. Gaines St.,
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
City IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) – Davenport IA
Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 Zach Zurcher Band – RIBCO, 1815
N. Shore Dr., Moline IL Second Ave., Rock Island IL
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DJs/Karaoke/Jams/Open Mics

Municipal Waste @ RIBCO - February 18

THURSDAYS
THURSDAYS
SATURDAYS
SATURDAYS
TUESDAYS
TUESDAYS

Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, Community Folk Sing (Feb. 10, Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
415 15th St, Moline IL 3pm) – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon,
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA
Pub, 2104 State St, Bettendorf IA Irish Music Session (Feb. 3, 3pm) – Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle,
Local Lovers Open Mic (Feb. 22) Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. 1417 5th Ave., Moline IL
– Rozz-Tox, 2101 3rd Ave., Rock Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
Island IL Karaoke Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grill, Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock SPECIAL EVENT
Open Jam Night – Rico’s Tropical 114 1/2 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Island IL
Cantina, 1510 N. Harrison St., Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey
Davenport IA Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., & “Detroit” Larry Davison –
Open Mic Night (6pm) – Energized Davenport IA Cabana’s, 2120 4th Ave., Rock
Cafe, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Island IL
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace – Boots, 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA
2228 E 11th St, Davenport IA
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., WEDNESDAYS
WEDNESDAYS

Up on 7th, 1814 7th St., Moline IL Davenport IA Bluegrass Jam at the Mill (Feb. 21) –
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL 1st St, Long Grove IA City IA
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Hump Day Wing & Sing w/
Kane – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St, Marybeth – Hawkeye Tap Sports
Linn St, Iowa City IA Moline IL Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
Old-Time Bluegrass Jam (Feb. Davenport IA

FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS 3, 3:30pm) – Die Hiemat’s Next
Door Event Center, 4430 V St.,
Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s Homestead IA Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W.
Bar & Grille, 2120 4th Ave., Rock Songwriters’ Round Table (Feb. 10, Locust St., Davenport IA
Island IL noon) – River Music Experience, Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second
DJ Dolla – RIDRS (Rock Island Dirt 129 Main St., Davenport IA Ave., Rock Island IL
Road Saloon), 1722 Second Ave., The Quad Cities' Second-Annual Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats –
Rock Island IL Mardi Gras Karaoke Meet-Up Bent River Brewing Company, 512
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, (Feb. 24) - Chief's Bar & Grill, 1600 24th St., Rock Island IL
1321 5th Ave., Moline IL Crosstown Ave., Silvis IL Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Tw i s t e d M i c ’s M u s i c a n d & Grille, 114 1/2 W. Third St.,
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Entertainment – Barrel House Davenport IA
Davenport IA Moline, 1321 5th Ave., Moline IL Open Mic Night (Feb. 7 & 21,
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W. Ukulele Social Club (Feb. 17, 4pm) – 5:30pm) – Milltown Coffee, 3800
Locust St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St.,
Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
River Drive #2, Moline IL
5-8 p.m. Tuesday
Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, SUNDAYS
SUNDAYS
February 13
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Open Jam (4pm) – Rico’s Tropical
Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S
Cantina, 1510 N. Harrison St.,
Davenport IA
$35 until February 12
1st St, Long Grove IA
Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128,
MONDAYS
MONDAYS $40 day of event
2814 State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews – Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced
Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St, Productions Karaoke – Grumpy’s Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com or in the Museum Store
Moline IL Saloon, 2120 E 11th St, Davenport
Open Mic Coffeehouse (Feb. 11) IA
– First Lutheran Church Parish Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120
House, 1600 20th St., Rock Island IL E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA Davenport, Iowa • 563.326.7804
Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. Say Anything Karaoke – Gabe’s, 330 www.figgeartmuseum.org
Washington St., Iowa City IA E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR By Kathleen McCarthy

Turn the Recording Tape On at Scott County Board Meetings
S
cott County taxpayers were ill-served The standard operating procedure 9 meeting where Auditor Moritz voiced What’s embarrassing is how ill-prepared
recently by County Supervisors for minutes of the meetings is to only her concerns about an important policy and unengaged certain supervisors are for
Earnhardt, Knobbe, and Beck when provide the public with the most stripped- change been recorded, her position would meetings, and how disdainfully some past
they voted to remove language in the down version of what happened. In Scott be readily available for the public and other supervisors have treated the public when
minutes for January 9, 2018’s Committee County, this means all that is recorded is media, and as a matter of record. there is the rare opportunity for the public
of the Whole board meeting that reflected the time the meeting started and ended, Some supervisors will point to prior to engage them at meetings.
Auditor Moritz’s public disapproval of a who made or seconded a motion, and how discussions about recording meetings, and The upside of simply recording the audio
proposed policy change regarding depart- each supervisor voted on said motion. No that staff has provided recommendations files is immediate and lasting account-
mental purchasing cards. inclusion of who was a guest speaker from that include expensive software, and hiring ability for how these supervisors conduct
Moritz, whose elected role includes the private sector or other governments, a new full time staffer to administer said themselves doing the business of the
formally documenting and publishing the or which staff member spoke on which software, that would video record and sync people of Scott County. The market place
minutes of the county board committee agenda item, or what any of the discussion the agenda items with said video record- of ideas and civic engagement will take
of the whole and board meetings, stepped around an agenda item consisted of. Some ing. “This is how Johnson County does it, care of itself with a simple audio file.
outside the status quo when she provided rightly claim recording tedious informa- and if we’re going to record meetings, we Case in point: Ms. Mortiz’s comments,
the minutes for the January 9 committee of tion is potentially burdensome. But that is are going to do it top-notch,” was Carol had they been available on an audio file,
the whole meeting which included text that often subjective at best. Meanwhile, if Scott Earnhardt’ evaluation of the matter, and could be downloaded and reviewed by
showed she was on-record at that meeting, Countians wish to have more details, the her summary is shared by some staff. other local media and concerned citizens
opposing the following proposed policy agenda and the correlating attachments Of course, this run-before-we-walk alike. Anyone who wants to engage their
changes: are readily available at the county Web site, approach adds more cost to the taxpayers, representatives about a purchasing card
General Policy 11: “Purchasing” and the meetings (every other Tuesday at and makes a simple solution a complex policy that triples the ceiling on single pur-
increases the departmental purchas- 8 a.m., and Thursday at 5 p.m.) are open to new project. More importantly, it justifies chases under the guise of “inflation” (with
ing authority by $5,000 to account for the public. dismissing the policy as too costly and no supporting evidence that it is actually
inflation. Any purchases, contracts, or Many of us who have attended conten- complicated. Never mind that the board is needed) can readily get up to speed on
leases exceeding $15,000 will be brought tious meetings find the so-called minutes already audio recording closed sessions to Moritz’s concerns.
to the Board of Supervisors for approval. of the meeting thoroughly uninforma- tape, using the existing microphones and Contact your County Supervisors and
Additionally, language was added to tive in their brevity and lack of insight equipment, and that that asset can readily demand they turn the recording tape
clarify the process for professional service into which elected officials are actually be leveraged to simply record an MP3 file on during the regular meetings too, and
agreements. supervising, and which ones continue that can be posted with each record of the simply post the audio file for the simplest
General Policy 26: “Purchasing Card” to rubber-stamp what staff puts before meetings’ minutes. and most cost-effective measure of trans-
mirrors the increased purchasing levels in them. That is why concerned citizens and Detractors of recording meetings break parency.
General Policy 11. this publication have often called for the out the old saw that it fosters grandstand-
Additionally, it removes all language County Supervisor public meetings to be ing by both the elected officials and
references to a specific vendor, Wells recorded as audio files and posted at the citizens looking for their 15 minutes of
Fargo Bank – Supervisor Knobbe’s former county site adjacent to the minutes. fame, wasting time and embarrassing our
employer. Had the audio recording of the January communities.

WORDS FROM THE EDITOR Continued From Page 3 By Kathleen McCarthy

Iowa MOST
The Miles of Smiles Team is a Joyous Gift for Both Volunteers and Their Child Patients
pediatrician, anesthesiologist, and dentist, slowly start to smile and come out of their by Iowa MOST’s medical mission, where he what you do, by getting associated with
all of whom perform physical examinations shell. Their personalities begin to emerge was given relief from a lifetime of isolation this, you are helping these young children
to identify any additional or related issues and we get to watch the transformation. It and physical suffering, and best of all, new in such dramatic ways, it’s hard to even
that need to be addressed with the cleft is really exciting, and why we do what we hope. comprehend.
repair and/or extraneous problems that do. If you are interested in following this “You are taking a child who is trapped
might interfere with a successful outcome. “And as wonderful as what we do for the year’s Iowa MOST mission, you can follow in a little hut with a dirt floor, somewhere
Iowa MOST’s primary concern is safety kiddos is,” Deb emphasizes, “the impact team member Thaise Winkleblack, who high in the mountains of Guatemala, no
for these children. If a child has complica- it has on the volunteers and team is even writes Iowa MOST’s blog and documents chance of an education, really unhealthy
tions that prohibit the cleft surgery, the more so.” and photographs their missions at Iowa- because of all these medical complications
team is often able to secure the proper care One final story illustrates the almost MOST.org/blog. from cleft. And with one tiny 10-day trip
to resolve that child’s issue(s), clearing him magical spirit of what takes place during Deb summarized perfectly the essence to Guatemala, you’re able to change that
or her for the cleft procedure(s) during the Iowa MOST missions. After years of repair- of Iowa MOST. “Everybody’s quest in life child’s life so that the child has some hope
next mission. ing cleft lips and palates for children and is to lead a happy healthy life ... . I really of a future, where they can get out there
“Often the same kids are seen year after teens, an older villager approached the believe that what you do here on this earth and get a job, get married and have a family,
year that need follow up procedures,” says team and asked to have surgery to fix his that makes every individual person hap- and have some happiness in their lives.
Deb, “so we get to watch their progress. cleft lip. This elderly man was 70 years old piest is helping someone else, especially To be connected with a project like that,
They are so sad when they first come, and when he reached out to this extraordinary helping someone who is really in need. So that really directly changes a child’s life, is
are scared witless, as are their parents. But medical team who happily and successfully this [Iowa MOST] is such an opportunity, remarkable. It is such a gift for me, and for
once they get through the first procedure performed the surgery. His own bravery whether you go on the mission, or you help anyone else who is involved with this, to
and experience the initial changes, they brought him to the welcoming care offered raise money for the mission – no matter have the opportunity – a real true gift.”
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