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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR By Kathleen McCarthy

Journalistic Integrity Still Holds That
Evidence Matters; So Does Transparency
A
s we enter our 26th year of indepen- that move us well past the mundane, far talk radio, social media, and print. It spills sourcing, lack of context, including historical
dent publishing, the Reader’s com- beyond raw emotions to real possibilities, into television programming and Holly- context, or glaringly out of context, misquot-
mitment to coverage that adheres hope. wood movies, as well. Headlines, narratives, ing, and deliberate spin or misrepresentation
to traditional, unassailable standards of Journalism, which traditionally dealt and controlled opposition panels are tightly of facts/evidence. Arguably, however, the
journalistic integrity have never been more almost strictly in non-fiction news dissemina- scripted, then repeated in every news segment most egregious deception lies in the media’s
resolute. tion, used to inspire some level of confidence for weeks at a time, across all media platforms, gross omission of critical news that has far
I’ve been trying to articulate internally in consumers about their sense of the world regardless of networks, to manage narratives greater relevancy in our lives. A well-doc-
what that actually means in today’s media. because America generally trusted its media, and cement specific political support and/or umented overview of the breadth of media
First, it is a non-negotiable decision to look right or wrong. Mostly because journalists opposition regarding an issue. deception can be found at NewsFocus (http://
at all the data, regardless of where it leads. used to provide a healthy adversarial coun- The goal is to create and maintain a steady www.newsfocus.org/media_control.htm).
In other words, a conscious effort to avoid terbalance to authority that has all but dis- arena mentality through heightened emo- Which brings us back to transparency.
cherry-picking data that appeals to some pre- appeared in modern corporate mainstream tion for and against one of two political per- The more transparency, the healthier the
disposition on subject matter. media. spectives at all times. Everything under the endeavor. Lack of transparency corrupts
We all have them. Journalists are no differ- Media has retooled to become that same sun is framed through the political prism nearly everything. There is no enduring justi-
ent. What used to set our ilk apart was a sense authority’s propaganda machine. Modern of right versus left. It matters not which fication for secrecy, and this is an immutable
of professionalism that dictated reviewing propaganda itself has been refined over the side viewers, listeners, or readers choose, truth when applied to governance (including
all the relevant information, not just the data last 50 years into a highly sophisticated meth- as long as it is liberal-left-Democrat or national security with the rare exception for
that supported preconceived conclusions that odology for targeted mass behavior modi- right-conservative-Republican. protection of personnel), law enforcement,
reflect ideology, political affiliation, or cul- fication that advantages governments and This is critical to the preservation of the jurisprudence, economics, and journalism.
tural preferences. corporatism. status quo. The two political parties work Lack of transparency has no prevail-
It is precisely that same mandate that Recall that in 2012, the Obama Admin- closely together and in tandem with all corpo- ing rationale other than protection of some
makes investigative journalism interesting, istration repealed the 1948 Smith-Mundt rate media in highly synchronized program- degree of wrongdoing from petty indulgences
challenging, and often enjoyable, like going Act (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ ming, that delivers both effective messaging to egregious criminal activity. Americans
on an adventure where discovery gives way Smith%E2%80%93Mundt_Act) as part of the and increased profits. This formula predict- must resolve to reassert their political power
to new perspectives and persuasive con- 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, ably delivers elections that guarantee the con- by first restoring transparency to every aspect
clusions. This process is also what leads to now permitting the unrestrained use of pro- tinuation of power with little or no deviation. of governance and jurisprudence, no excep-
breakthroughs, invention, and perhaps most paganda against Americans. Obama kicked it These manipulative tactics become unmis- tions. No one else can achieve this but the
important of all, solutions. up a big notch with Executive Order “Using takably obvious once you understand how people. Government will not, can not, police
How can we solve problems of the day Behavior Science Insights to Better Serve the neurolinguistic programing works to over- itself.
if we don’t understand their contributing American People,” mandating behavior- ride intellectual processing with constant Lawmakers and administrators provide
components? And how can we understand science departments within every Executive triggering of negative emotional responses, or themselves with express exemptions from the
such components if we don’t explore them Branch agency for the stated purpose of favor- how continuous repetition of scripted memes same rules we are forcibly subject to. Judges,
from every angle, asking the necessary, often ably influencing Americans to his Adminis- also systemically corrupts critical thinking. prosecutors, elected officials, and many
uncomfortable, questions? More importantly, tration’s policies. (https://obamawhitehouse. It should be noted that once an emotional public offices have immunity by law (sover-
how can we hope to uncover any truth if we archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/15/ response is triggered via the limbic system, eign immunity), never being held accountable
have prematurely claimed it? executive-order-using-behavioral-science- it is exponentially more difficult to alter that for their bad acts in the performance of their
If I have learned anything in these 25 years insights-better-serve-american). response or change the resulting impression duties. We can point to countless examples
of deep-diving into issues, it’s that truth is Simultaneously, a campaign of robust it leaves. Regardless, should critical thinking of minor rule-breaking creep to outright
rarely on one polarized side or the other, but obstruction began to significantly delay, even be restored, it would quickly become appar- unaccountable unprosecuted lawlessness in
instead is almost always found somewhere in outright deny, legitimate requests for data ent how largely shallow and irrelevant most the public sector that our tax dollars fund,
the middle. protected under the Freedom of Information of the news has necessarily become as a result whether in our courts, administrations, or
It’s a reporter’s responsibility to evaluate/ Act (FOIA)that by law are required to be ful- of the change in corporate media’s mission elected bodies.
analyze the veracity of evidence in all possible filled by government in the spirit of transpar- since 2012. Realistically, we start locally. Residents and
context, look for inconsistencies and contra- ency and accountability. This trend has only Thanks to technology, the use of digital taxpayers begin by mandating full transpar-
dictions, until a pattern of meaningful con- increased across the spectrum of government, graphics, green screens, and Hollywood- ency as a non-negotiable matter of governing
nections emerges. including federal, state, county, municipali- esque production elements are too often used protocol for Scott County, beginning with
Then you re-examine, re-adjust where nec- ties, and local jurisdictions. to fool viewers into thinking reporters are on immediate recording and posting uned-
essary, look for any additional weaknesses, Professor Jerry Kroth details long-held sci- site when they are really in a production studio ited public meetings. It is a straightforward
plug holes caused by data that is still missing. entifically proven behavior science modifica- down the hall. Another common deception beginners’ mission that will require our civic
Confirm all the evidence with reliable, even tion techniques in his book Duped, as follows: includes images of faux enemy combatants as perseverance.
redundant verification, always sourcing, and (1) Reframing by redefining the meaning of part of a staged set made to look like an active We the people have a lot of political power
finally linking to those sources so that others words and concepts to create wider accep- exchange in a foreign country. Or images of thanks to the founders, the Declaration of
can evaluate your same journalistic effort. tance or rejection; (2) Repeated affirmations, a real engagement that occurred years ago Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S.
When you boil it down, the most reliable, especially by perceived authorities, to compel presented as a current interaction. Often and state Constitutions. But we have forgot-
trustworthy reporting is highly transparent. eventual acceptance or rejection regardless networks share and air the same visual in a ten how to access it. In neglecting our part
I think it’s because truth will out. Truth wants of veracity or lack of supporting evidence; (3) contiguous loop for effect (and to cut costs) in America’s Republic under rule of law and
out. Stories crave telling, and authenticity res- Vicarious and Imitative Learning to stimulate that repeats within the segment, then again in constitutionally protected rights, we have
onates. It has the power to connect us. desired behaviors (role modeling); (4) Dis- every other news segment for weeks at a time. allowed government to usurp our power via
The best stories, both fiction and nonfic- traction & Denial; and (5) Classical & Oper- These are but a few examples in a long list of administrative law. Let’s make 2019 the year
tion, are felt intellectually and often spiritu- ant Conditioning. corporate media’s shameless manipulation of we reacquaint ourselves with the basic rules
ally. Something deeper than just emotion is These behavior-modification techniques public perception. and get back in the game for real.
stimulated – imagining, reaching, thoughts are rife throughout media news broadcasting, Other deceptions include anonymous
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ILLINOIS POLITICS By Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com

A Tale of Two Parties
I
attended two parties in one evening last And quite a lot of those views are now After reminiscing during the Currie kinda reminds me of the group of young
month that seemed to complement each state laws, partly due to Currie’s leadership. reception, I drove across Springfield to a Republicans elected to the Senate in 1992.
other. She was pushing for things such as legalized banquet room to have dinner with several The “Fab Five” (Peter Fitzgerald, Steve
The first was a retirement party for House needle exchanges for heroin addicts in the dozen people, including quite a few newbie Rauschenberger, Dave Syverson, Pat
Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie early 1990s to help stem the spread of AIDS. state legislators. O’Malley and Chris Lauzen) took Spring-
(D-Chicago), who was elected to the House She was waved off as a silly liberal back then, Including appointments, I think there’s field by storm. And by sticking together and
40 years ago. The other was for one of the but few even think twice about the issue 41 new legislators who either recently have voting as a bloc, they were able to have much
largest and perhaps one of the more impact- these days. or will take office by January. And we’ll see more of an impact than they would’ve had
ful classes of incoming freshmen legislators There’s a ton of gossip out there about who two more in January when Senator Kwame as individuals.
we’ve ever seen. Madigan will name to replace Currie. Madi- Raoul (D-Chicago) leaves for the attor- Don’t get me wrong here. I don’t neces-
Many either don’t know or have forgot- gan admitted during his tribute speech to ney general’s office and when Representa- sarily think the newbies will join together
ten how “controversial” it was when House Currie that whoever he chooses won’t quite tive Christian Mitchell takes (D-Chicago) in union to challenge the Statehouse status
Speaker Michael Madigan appointed Currie measure up to her. over as a deputy governor in JB Pritzker’s quo. But there are so many of them, and
as his new majority leader in 1997. Currie regularly spends hours preparing administration. And those ranks will swell quite a few are so different than what we’re
Downstate Democrats considered that for floor debates. Madigan said during his as House and Senate members are appointed used to seeing under the Dome, that I do
position to be “theirs” and believed the post speech that he often turns down requests to jobs in the Pritzker administration. think they will make some sort of significant
gave their region a geographical balance to to sponsor bills because he doesn’t want to I usually steer clear of freshmen. My job is impact, although I’m not quite sure yet what
the Chicagoan Madigan. Those Downstaters take the time to learn all the ins and outs. It’s to tell you what’s going on, and few of them exactly that will be.
(unlike now, the Democrats had quite a few Currie who usually gets that job. ever make news, or know enough about And if you think I have a prediction
back then) were furious at being passed over But she’s also the sort of person who can what’s happening or are bold enough to talk for how Madigan will handle all this stuff
for one of the most liberal Chicago women consume a bill analysis in a few minutes and to me about anything they do know. in this new age, you’re wrong. I’m as curi-
in the chamber. then proceed to ably debate it on the floor, But somehow, this class of freshmen ous as anyone to see what happens.
But a lot of Chicago-area liberals weren’t often jousting with the opposition. seems different. They appear to be markedly
happy, either. To them, Currie was a “sell- Those are both rare qualities. She also has more independent-minded, and the Demo- Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily
out” for taking the appointment from the a kind touch, another rarity in Springfield. crats among them seem to be more liberal as political newsletter, and CapitolFax.com.
hated machine politician Madigan. It never And her old school Hyde Park intellectual a whole. There are also so many of them that
occurred to most of them that Currie’s new manners are one of a kind in at the State- they won’t be easily or quickly absorbed into New Column Published
position would give their viewpoints an house. Madigan said it best that she can’t the grind-and-mix machine.
important seat at the grownups’ table. ever truly be replaced. They have a freshness about them that Weekly at RCReader.com
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THEATRE By Rochelle Arnold, Jeff Ashcraft, Madeline Dudziak, Mark Ruebling, and Mike Schulz

Faves in Fives: Highlights from
Vol. 26 · No. 957 the Year in Area Theatre
JANUARY 2019

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VALUE FOR VALUE ou asked for ‘em! You’re getting And now for everyone’s favorite part of But in the meantime … let’s talk 2018!
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$4.99/month or $50/year. Includes all access to digital only weekly ‘em! any awards presentation: a reading of the Please enjoy the Reader Tonys! (Seriously.
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from Rich Miller, Amy Alkon, movie and theatre reviews, guest
commentaries, crosswords, cartoons and horoscopes; weekly asked for them. But you’re getting them None of us could cite a production for Nothing litigious about it.)
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services from the Reader Calendar; and the satisfaction from Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the productions had to be locally produced
Third-Annual Reader Tony Awards! (e.g. no touring shows). None of us could
supporting a key to the Quad Cities’ culture!
Allow me to break down that nomen- cite works we were personally involved in
Production
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provoking subject matter, talented cast,
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and a 20-year jump in time during inter-
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Kathleen McCarthy • km@rcreader.com accurate! Because for the third year in a thoughts on the incredible richness of the
The Crucible, Augustana College
row, our paper’s resident theatre review- area-theatre scene.
ARTS & CALENDAR EDITOR (Mike Schulz). Director Jennifer Popple.
ers – this year, it’s the quartet of Rochelle Sadly, though, our celebration does
Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com MJ Mason and Jaryd Whitmore. Amy
Arnold, Jeff Ashcraft, Madeline Dudziak, come with the unfortunate news that two
ART DIRECTOR Nicholson and Peter Alfano. Ellen Dixon’s
and Mark Ruebling – and yours truly have of our authors will be moving on from
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ing design. Tristan Odenkirk’s sound-
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Didn’t break the two-mentions-max rule.
IT-SYSMIN memories from another year of terrifically craft, who’s been with us, bless him, since
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ing three hours I experienced – twice – all
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS house (Rochelle Arnold). Director Wil-
(many of them running only one week- given the frequency of their personal par-
Amy Alkon, Max Allison, Rochelle Arnold, Jeff Ashcraft, liam Hayes had his hands full delivering
Leslie Bell, Rob Brezsny, Max Cannon, Madeline Dudziak, end) meant that we unfortunately weren’t ticipation with area stage productions,
an extravagant production – one featuring
Michael Helke, Rich Miller, Mark Ruebling able to cover everything. But in addition theatre fans likely won’t be missing them
a large cast and an outstanding orchestra
PRINT COPY DISTRIBUTORS to the shows that we personally wrote for long.
– loaded with traditional Jewish-dance
Ingalls Family, Cheri DeLay, Greg FitzPatrick, about, we each also caught a bunch I’m delighted to report, however, that
N. A. Rice, Jay Strickland choreography reproduced by Jessica
more that we didn’t even get paid to see the equally fabulous Rochelle Arnold and
Chen. And this unforgettable story was
– that’s how much we love this art form! Madeline Dudziak will be continuing in
KNOW MORE. So please consider our collective “Reader their reviewing positions for the foresee-
executed beautifully; from start to finish,
the audience was delightfully entertained.
DO MORE. Tony” mentions an incomplete roster but
a completely impassioned one – specific
able future, and everyone at the Reader is
thrilled that we’ll be continuing to pro-
© 2019 River Cities’ Reader examples of excellence among the deeper vide incisive, expansive, and entertaining
talent pool that constitutes area theatre as theatre coverage as we move forward into
a whole. 2019 and beyond. Continued On Page 10
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VISUAL ARTS Craft Café, adults are invited to join us at the library Recognition Day for Young Artists at the Figge Young Artists at the Figge 2019: Davenport
for… Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Street 2019: Bettendorf Schools, held in conjunction with Schools, exhibition of works by elementary art
Branch, 2pm Sat Jan 19 the exhibition of works by elementary art students; students; sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar
Openings & Gallery Events sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Foundation Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman
Artist Reception: Tony Seabolt, held in conjunction Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation; free with Foundation; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm,
Thursdays at the Figge, art-themed activities, with the exhibit of abstract paintings; for… Black Hawk $4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for
discussions, tours, refreshments, and more; guests College ArtSpace Gallery, 4pm Tue Jan 22 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225
are invited to experience the current exhibitions FiggeArtMuseum.org, noon Sun Feb 3 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Jan
and permanent collection gallery as well as shop the Q&A for Ben Blount: Typecast, free; for information, 19 thru Sun Jan 27
Museum Store; free; for information, call 563-326- contact Christopher Reno at 563-333-6444 or Catich@
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, sau.edu… Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center - St. Art Nouveau Amphora, sinuous plants, youthful
FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5pm thru Thu Jan 31 Ambrose University, 4pm Thu Jan 24 maidens and venomous dragons are among the forms
Exhibits & Shows that curl around the art pottery known as Art Nouveau
Art in the Great House (1911-1956), join art historian Reception for Ben Blount: Typecast, free; for Amphora; Tue.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 11am-5pm; free with
Cynthia Empen for a look at the… Hauberg Civic Center information, contact Christopher Reno at 563-333-6444 John Bloom: Close to Home, exhibition on the $4-7 museum admission; for information, call 309-793-
Mansion, 7pm Thu Jan 10 or Catich@sau.edu… Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts renowned area artist; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am- 1213, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
Center - St. Ambrose University, 5pm Thu Jan 24 9pm, Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Jan 19 thru Wed Feb 6
Closing Reception: Jeanne O’Melia - Erica Parrott for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum,
- David Turner, exhibit of paintings and watercolors by Final Friday at Bucktown, with vintage valentines on 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Animals in the Museum, more than 60 works of art
O’Melia and Parrott and… MidCoast Gallery West, 6pm display and a make-your-own-valentines activity; for… Sun Jan 13 drawn primarily from the Figge’s collection, including
Fri Jan 11 Bucktown Center for the Arts, 6pm Fri Jan 25 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and video
Young Artists at the Figge 2019: Pleasant Valley works; in addition to exploring themes including animals
Recognition Day for Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Day for Young Artists at the Figge Schools, exhibition of works by elementary art as symbols, fantastic animals, beasts of burden, and
2019: Pleasant Valley Schools, held in conjunction 2019: Davenport Schools, held in conjunction with students; sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar animals as pets, this exhibition will celebrate the artistry
with the exhibition of works by elementary art students; the exhibition of works by elementary art students; Foundation Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman involved in the depiction of wildlife; Tue.-Fri. 10am-5pm,
sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Foundation; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm, Sat. 11am-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for
Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation; free with Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation; free with Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for information, call 309-793-1213, Figge Art Museum, 225
$4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- $4-7 museum admission; for information, call 563-326- information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Jan
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru 26 thru Wed Feb 6
FiggeArtMuseum.org, noon Sun Jan 13 FiggeArtMuseum.org, noon Sun Jan 27 Sun Jan 13
Young Artists at the Figge 2019: Bettendorf
Finding Inspiration: From Monet to Matisse, Schools, exhibition of works by elementary art
exhibit of 90 works of art by 52 artists inspired… Quad students; sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar
City Arts Center, thru Fri Jan 25 Foundation Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman
Foundation; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-9pm,
Winter Wonderland, mid-winter exhibition by David Sun. noon-5pm; free with $4-7 museum admission; for
Anderson and many… Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225
thru Fri Jan 25 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Feb
2 thru Wed Feb 6
Glenn Boyles, exhibit of drawings and paintings; Mon
-Fri,… MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, thru Thu Jan 31
Classes
Jeanne O’Melia - Erica Parrott - David Turner,
exhibit of paintings and watercolors by O’Melia… SEW Much Fun: Mittens, sew a small project with
MidCoast Gallery West, thru Thu Jan 31 our do-it-yourself project night; materials… Rock Island
Public Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm Thu Jan 10
Kathleen Washington, mixed-media exhibit; Wed.-
Sat. 11am-6pm; free; for information,… Midcoast at Winter Book Arts Academy: Zines, a hands-on
Bucktown Gallery, thru Thu Jan 31 workshop series offering community members an
opportunity to… Davenport Public Library - Main,
Linda Beuchting - Paul Nitsche - Corrine Smith, 4:30pm Thu Jan 10
exhibit of watercolors by Buechting of Quincy,… Quad
City International Airport Gallery, thru Wed Feb 6 Adult Coloring, coloring pages, gel pens, colored
pencils and crayons will be… River Valley District Library,
Världen är Liten: The World is Small -- Modern 2pm Fri Jan 11
Swedish and Swedish American Works, the exhibit
highlights works in ATMA’s collections… Augustana Creation Studio Drop-In: Retro Button Making,
College Teaching Museum of Art, thru Wed Feb 6 for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm
Ben Blount: Typecast, Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. noon- Mon Jan 14
4pm; free; for information,… Morrissey Gallery, Galvin
Fine Arts Center - St. Ambrose University, Mon Jan 14 How Pin-teresting! with Jenn Voss, if you’re stuck
thru Wed Feb 6 with the kids, bring them to the… LeClaire Community
Library, 6:30pm Thu Jan 17
Tony Seabolt, exhibit of abstract paintings; for
information, contact Zaiga… Black Hawk College Creation Studio Drop-In: Sharpie Art, for
ArtSpace Gallery, Mon Jan 14 thru Wed Feb 6 information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm
A Family Album, exhibit of photo-micrographs from Mon Jan 21
the tree of… Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, Tue
Jan 15 thru Wed Feb 6
Finding Inspiration: From Monet to Matisse at the Quad City Arts Center – through January 25
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Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Quad City Music Guild Youth Chorus Auditions, for
Matinee Series: The Manny Lopez Septet, concert young singers in grades 3-8; Sat. 1-3pm, Sun. 4:30-6pm…
with Lopez on trumpet and flugelhorn, Neal Smith on… Quad City Music Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, Sat
The Redstone Room, 3pm Sun Jan 20 Jan 19 and Mon Jan 21

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Inside the Music: QCSO Masterworks IV, join QCSO
the Mississippi Blues Society presents a concert with the Music Director Mark Russell Smith in an exploration…
Midwestern… Moline Viking Club, 6pm Sun Jan 20 Hotel Blackhawk, 4:45pm Thu Jan 31

The Moxie Strings, performance with the Celtic Afterglow: QCSO Masterworks IV, held immediately
bluegrass duo Diana Ladio and Alison… Butterworth after the night’s concert at the Adler Theatre;… Hotel
Center, 3pm Mon Jan 21 Blackhawk, 9:30pm Sat Feb 2

The Moxie Strings, concert with the Celtic bluegrass Concert Conversations: QCSO Masterworks IV,
duo Diana Ladio and Alison… Bettendorf High School QCSO concert-goers are invited to attend informal
Performing Arts Center, 7pm Thu Jan 24 pre-concert conversations to hear about the works being
presented; hosted by Kai Swanson; free; for information,
The Travelin’ McCourys, concert with bluegrass call 563-322-7276, Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St.,
musicians and McCoury brothers Ronnie and Rob, Davenport IA, QCSO.org, 7pm Sat Feb 2
featuring… The Redstone Room, 7:30pm Thu Jan 24
Concert Conversations: QCSO Masterworks IV,
Brown Bag Lunch: Melanie Devaney, for QCSO concert-goers are invited to attend informal pre-
information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ concert conversations to… Centennial Hall, Augustana
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, College, 1pm Sun Feb 3
noon Fri Jan 25

Giallows - Waking Robots - Kahlefum - Dead
Ginger, quadruple-headliner concert with the LITERARY ARTS
alternative rockers; $10; for tickets and information,…
The Redstone Room, 8pm Fri Jan 25 Readings & Discussions
SAU Music Department Piano Festival Concert, for Rock Island Public Library Winter Reading
information, call 563-333-6251… Galvin Fine Arts Center, Challenge, at all Rock Island libraries; read 300 minutes
7:30pm Fri Jan 25 and Sat Jan 26 this month… thru Thu Jan 31

Flatfoot 56, concert with the Celtic punk musicians Davenport Public Library Winter Reading
in support of their… The Redstone Room, 8:30pm Sat Program, read five books to be entered into… Sat Jan
Jan 26 12 thru Wed Feb 6

Casual Classics Concert: To Be Sung About Water, Caught Reading at the Silvis Public Library,
in Madsen Hall; with Nathan Windt, baritone, and Marian throughout the month, when you visit the… Silvis Public
Lee, piano;… Galvin Fine Arts Center, 5pm Fri Feb 1 Library, thru Thu Jan 31
Art Nouveau Amphora exhibit at the Figge Art Museum – opens January 19
Nivrana: A Tribute to Nirvana, concert with the Silvis Public Library Winter Reading Challenge,
Pinterest Night, crafts range from wreaths, paintings, Josh Duffee & the Black Hawk Broadcasters Jazz grunge-rock tribute musicians; $10 adv / $13 day… The patrons can sign up and complete a… Silvis Public
candles and more; all supplies… East Moline Public Concert, a concert in the Noon-Day Series; free; for Redstone Room, 9pm Fri Feb 1 Library, thru Wed Feb 6
Library, 6pm Wed Jan 23 information, call… Moline Public Library, noon Fri Jan 11
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks
Dream Catchers, join us for a fun winter craft making Moeller Nights: Buffalo Gospel, concert with the IV: Mahler’s 9th Symphony, the QCSO continues
dream catchers;… Davenport Public Library - Eastern touring alt-country musicians, featuring an opening its grand tradition of presenting the Masterworks of
Avenue Branch, 4pm Fri Jan 25 set… Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Gustav Mahler with “Symphony No. 9”; completed
Fri Jan 11 shortly before his death, this four-movement work is
Creation Studio Drop-In: Paper Daisies, for often considered both his farewell and his most deeply
information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ Mondo Generator, Nick Oliveri and his touring rockers personal score; this expansive symphony of profound
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm in concert, featuring opening… RIBCO, 9pm Fri Jan 11 introspection is some of Mahler’s most spiritual and
Mon Jan 28 heartfelt music; $10-64; for tickets and information, call
The Manny Lopez Big Band, Lopez and his 13 piece 563-322-7276, Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport
Artist in Residence: Marie Stephens Art, for big band will be playing… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 6pm IA, QCSO.org, 8pm Sat Feb 2
information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ Fri Jan 11
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, The Western Den, concert with the indie-folk duo,
10am Fri Feb 1 Winterland & Kind Country, co-headlining concert featuring opening sets by Bees… The Redstone Room,
with the Grateful Dead tribute artists and the… The 8pm Sat Feb 2
Card Making with Donna Banta, Banta will show Redstone Room, 9pm Fri Jan 11
us how to craft cards with a… Silvis Public Library, 1pm Windy City Dueling Pianos, high-energy live music
Sat Feb 2 Moeller Nights: Abby Jeanne, jazz and soul with the played on two pianos by highly skilled… The Circa ‘21
Wisconsin native and singer/songwriter and… Triple Speakeasy, 8pm Sat Feb 2
Creation Studio Drop-In: Valentine’s Day Origami Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 7pm Sat Jan 12
Garland, for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks
info@bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, Chamber Music Quad Cities: The Recital, concert IV: Mahler’s 9th Symphony, the QCSO continues
3pm Mon Feb 4 with Robert Chen on violin and Benjamin Loeb on… its grand tradition of presenting the Masterworks…
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 2pm Sun Feb 3
3pm Sun Jan 13
Calls For Entry Tony Sconyers Sings Nat King Cole, a concert in the
The Moxie Strings, performance with the Celtic Tuneful Tuesdays series; bring your lunch… Rock Island
Call for Artists: Herbert Hoover National Historic bluegrass duo Diana Ladio and Alison… West Music Public Library - Downtown Library, noon Tue Feb 5
Site, seeking an artist for the national park’s… Herbert Quad Cities, 6pm Wed Jan 16
Hoover National Historic Site, thru Tue Jan 15
The Moxie Strings: PASS Event, performance with Special Events
Seeking Applicants: Quad City Arts Arts Dollars, the Celtic bluegrass duo Diana Ladio and Alison… Black
seeking applicants for Project, Education, and Capacity- Hawk State Historical Site’s Watch Tower Lodge, 6:30pm BHC Community Symphonic Orchestra
Building… Quad City Arts Center, thru Thu Jan 31 Thu Jan 17 Rehearsal, local musicians are invited to join; the
ensemble will rehearse… Black Hawk College - Quad City
Call for Artists: Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, Bucktown Revue, a quintessentially Quad Cities show Campus, 6:30pm Mon Jan 14
seeking entries for the 30th-annual showcase of… featuring premier Midwestern singer/songwriters and…
Lindsay Park, thru Wed Feb 6 Nighswander Theatre, 7pm Fri Jan 18 BHC Community Band Rehearsal, local musicians
are invited to join; the ensemble will rehearse… Black
38 Special, concert with the platinum-selling Southern Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6:30pm Tue Jan 15

MUSIC rockers in their fifth decade of performance; $35-55; for
information and tickets, call 844-852-4FUN, Rhythm City BHC Community Chorale Rehearsal, local musicians
Casino Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport are invited to join; the ensemble will rehearse… Black
Concerts IA, RhythmCityCasino.com, 8pm Sat Jan 19 Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6:30pm Thu Jan 17

Moeller Nights: Martin Sexton, concert with the The Moxie Strings, performance with the Celtic Trax from the Stax: Britpop with Shane Brown,
touring Americana and rock singer/songwriter, featuring bluegrass duo Diana Ladio and Alison… Davenport a music-listening program designed to provide the
an… The Stardust, 7pm Thu Jan 10 Public Library - Main, 10am Sat Jan 19 opportunity to share… Bettendorf Public Library,
7:30pm Thu Jan 17
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Acting for Ages 7-9, Tuesdays thru Apr. 2; this
Classes for Youth imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm Tue Jan 15
Acting for Ages 10-12, Saturdays thru Apr. 6; this
imaginative, high energy environment provides… Broadway for Ages 5-6, Tuesdays thru Apr.
Davenport Junior Theatre, 11:15am Sat Jan 12 2; Broadway class develops storytelling and
communication… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:30pm
Acting for Ages 5-6, Saturdays thru Apr. 6; this Tue Jan 15
imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 10am Sat Jan 12 Broadway for Ages 7-9, Tuesdays thru Apr.
2; Broadway class develops storytelling and
Acting for Ages 7-9, Saturdays thru Apr. 6; this communication… Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:30pm
imaginative, high energy environment provides… Tue Jan 15
Davenport Junior Theatre, 11:30am Sat Jan 12
Creative Theatre Fun for Ages 3-4, Tuesdays thru
Broadway Babies for Ages 3-4, Saturdays thru Apr. 2; students explore creative role-play, mime,
Apr. 6; explore storytelling through song and dance;… imaginary… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Tue Jan 15
Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Sat Jan 12
Intermediate Acting for Ages 11+, Tuesdays thru
Intermediate Puppetry for Ages 10+, Saturdays Apr. 2; building on skills learned in previous… Davenport
thru Apr. 6; building on the skills learned in… Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:15pm Tue Jan 15
Junior Theatre, 9:30am Sat Jan 12
Teen Acting, Tuesdays thru Apr. 2; a great way to get
Musical Theatre Dance, Saturdays thru Apr. 6; this theatrical… Davenport Junior Theatre, 7pm Tue Jan 15
class will focus on basic… Davenport Junior Theatre,
10:45am Sat Jan 12 Acting for Ages 10-12, Wednesdays thru May 8; this
Soren Bryce at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel – January 17 imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Acting for Ages 10-12, Mondays thru Apr. 1; this Davenport Junior Theatre, 6pm Wed Jan 16
imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Workshops & Calls for Entry
CONTINUED

LITERARY ARTS / Davenport Junior Theatre, 7pm Mon Jan 14 Acting for Ages 7-9, Wednesdays thru Apr. 3; this
Readings & Discussions imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Registration Open: 11th Annual Iron Pen Contest, Acting for Ages 5-6, Mondays thru Apr. 1; this Davenport Junior Theatre, Wed Jan 16
thru Mar. 1; MWC will supply a prompt to all… Midwest imaginative, high energy environment provides…
The Man Who Died, a meeting of the Mystery Book Writing Center, Fri Feb 1 thru Wed Feb 6 Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Mon Jan 14 Broadway Babies for Ages 3-4, Wednesdays thru
Discussion Group; free; for… Bettendorf Public Library, Apr. 3; explore storytelling through song and dance;…
9:30am Sat Jan 12 Write Now! Writers Group, on the second and fourth Acting for Ages 7-9, Mondays thru Apr. 1; this Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:30pm Wed Jan 16
Mondays of the month; on… Moline Public Library, imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Comics Underground, join us for in-depth discussions 6:30pm Mon Jan 14 and Mon Jan 28 Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Mon Jan 14 Improv for Ages 10+, Wednesdays thru Apr. 3;
of ground-breaking graphic novels; copies… Davenport through games and exercises, students develop…
Public Library - Main, 6pm Mon Jan 14 Broadway for Ages 5-6, Mondays thru Apr. Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:15pm Wed Jan 16

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a discussion of Betty THEATRE 1; Broadway class develops storytelling and
communication… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:45pm Improv for Ages 5-6, Wednesdays thru Apr. 3; through
Smith’s novel with the Last Call… Icons Martini, 7pm Mon Jan 14 games and exercises, students develop… Davenport
Tue Jan 15 Performances Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Wed Jan 16
Creative Theatre Fun for Ages 3-4, Mondays
A Few Right Thinking Men, a discussion of Sulari (a work in progress), writer/director Alexander thru Apr. 1; students explore creative role-play, mime, Improv for Ages 7-9, Wednesdays thru Apr. 3; through
Gentill’s book with the 30/31 Book… Rock Island Public Richardson’s area-debut comedy about theatre imaginary… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Mon games and exercises, students develop… Davenport
Library - 30/31 Branch, 6:30pm Wed Jan 16 troupe The New Dreadful Players, who put on one final Jan 14 Junior Theatre, 5:45pm Wed Jan 16
production in an effort to save themselves; Fri. & Sat.
Never Caught, a Contemporary Books Discussion 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm; $7-13; for information and tickets, call Intermediate Acting for Ages 8-10, Mondays thru Acting for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru Apr. 4; this
Group meeting; free; for information, call… Bettendorf 309-762-0330, Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Apr. 1; building on skills learned in previous… Davenport imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Public Library, 1pm Wed Jan 16 Moline IL, Playcrafters.com, Fri Jan 11 thru Sun Jan 20 Junior Theatre, 6:30pm Mon Jan 14 Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Thu Jan 17

Death in the Haymarket, a Contemporary Books Disney’s Newsies, Tony-winning musical based on the Magic Workshop Series, Mondays thru Oct. 15; Acting for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Apr. 4; this
Discussion Group meeting; free; for information, call… 1992 movie; Fri., Sat., Wed.,… Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, award-winning local magician David Casas will… imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Wed Jan 16 Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:10pm Mon Jan 14 Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Thu Jan 17

True Crime Book Club, whether you obsessively Macbeth, the Prenzie Players present Shakespeare’s Puppetry Performance for Ages 7-9, Mondays Advanced Acting for Ages 10+, Thursdays thru Apr.
watch Investigation Discovery, are a devout Ann… tragic thriller, directed by Cait Bodenbender… QC thru Apr. 1; students explore the creative, and fun,… 4; this class deepens the imagination and… Davenport
Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch, Theatre Workshop, Fri Jan 18 thru Sat Jan 26 Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:15pm Mon Jan 14 Junior Theatre, 6:30pm Thu Jan 17
6:30pm Thu Jan 17
The Three Musketeers, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation Acting for Ages 10-12, Tuesdays thru Apr. 2; this Broadway Babies for Ages 3-4, Thursdays thru
Portrait of a Killer, a discussion of Patricia Cornwall’s of the Alexandre Dumas novel, directed by… Brunner imaginative, high energy environment provides… Apr. 4; explore storytelling through song and dance;…
novel with the Southwest Branch… Rock Island Public Theatre Center, Augustana College, Fri Jan 25 thru Sun Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:15pm Tue Jan 15 Davenport Junior Theatre, 3:30pm Thu Jan 17
Library - Southwest Branch, 6pm Tue Jan 22 Feb 3
Acting for Ages 5-6, Tuesdays thru Apr. 2; this Broadway for Ages 10-12, Thursdays thru
A Prayer for Owen Meany, a discussion of John Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, musical drama imaginative, high energy environment provides… Apr. 4; Broadway class develops storytelling and
Irving’s novel with the Adult Book… LeClaire about one of Billie Holiday’s final concerts; Fri.… The Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:45pm Tue Jan 15 communication… Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:15pm
Community Library, 6:30pm Wed Jan 23 Black Box Theatre, Sat Jan 26 thru Sun Feb 3 Thu Jan 17

Last Monday Book Club Discussion, light Kinky Boots, Tony-winning musical comedy presented
refreshments will be paired with good conversation; in the Broadway at the Adler series; for tickets, call
books for… Silvis Public Library, 6:30pm Mon Jan 28 800-745-3000, and for more information, call 563-326-
8522, Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport IA,
Zine Workshops, for information, contact Leslie Ross AdlerTheatre.com, 7:30pm Wed Jan 30
at RossLeslieM@sau.edu… St. Ambrose University
Library, 7pm Tue Jan 29 The 3rd Annual Susan Glaspell Playwrighting
Festival, presentation of original plays by local and
Long Way Down, a discussion of one of Jason national playwrights; Fri.… QC Theatre Workshop,
Reynolds’ award-winning young adult… Davenport 7:30pm Fri Feb 1 and Sat Feb 2
Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 6pm Mon Feb 4

Manhattan Beach, a discussion of Jennifer Egan’s Auditions
novel with the Alpha Book… Rock Island Public Library -
Downtown Library, 1pm Mon Feb 4 Jesus Christ Superstar, auditions for the Tony-
nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice… Quad
Mystery Book Club, read a cozy mystery of your City Music Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, Sat Jan 12
choice; free; for information,… East Moline Public and Sun Jan 13
Library, 6pm Wed Feb 6
Mamma Mia!, auditions for Country Community
Romance Novel Book Swap, bring your gently used Theatre’s July 19-28 production of Broadway’s… North
romance books and meet other romance… Rock Island Scott High School Fine Arts Auditorium, Sat Jan 12 and
Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 6pm Wed Feb 6 Sun Jan 13

Matilda: The Musical, auditions for the Tony-winning
musical adapted from the Roald Dahl… The Spotlight
Theatre, Fri Feb 1 thru Sat Feb 2
The Prenzie Players’ Macbeth at the QC Theatre Workshop – January 18 through 26
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Broadway for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Apr.
4; Broadway class develops storytelling and
communication… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:45pm
Ballet II for Ages 9+, Mondays thru May 6; dancers
continue the formal training in… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 5:45pm Mon Jan 14
VISUAL ARTS By Mike Schulz

Thu Jan 17 Winter Wonderland
Ballet III/IV for Ages 10+, Mondays thru May 6;
Costume Creation for Ages 11+, Saturdays thru Apr. dancers continue training learned in previous… Thursday, January 10, through Friday, January 25 @ Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy,
6; design creatively, using anything in the… Davenport Davenport Junior Theatre, 7pm Mon Jan 14
Junior Theatre, 7:30pm Thu Jan 17 2967 State Street, Bettendorf, IA
Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Mondays thru May
Creative Theatre Fun: Age 10-12, Thursdays thru
Apr. 4; this imaginative, high energy environment
provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 10am Thu Jan 17
6; dancers learn ballet fundamentals and concepts…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm Mon Jan 14 T he weather outside may be frightful, but
the sights in the Beréskin Gallery & Art
Academy’s latest showcase are delightful,
Beginning Ballet for Ages 7+, Mondays thru May 6;
Creative Theatre Fun: Age 13+, Thursdays thru Apr. dancers learn ballet fundamentals at the… Davenport with the exhibition Winter Wonderland cel-
4; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… Junior Theatre, 6:15pm Mon Jan 14 ebrating the season through January 25,
Davenport Junior Theatre, 11:15am Thu Jan 17
and also through new paintings by David
Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Mondays thru
Creative Theatre Fun: Age 3-4, Thursdays thru Apr. May 6; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals… Anderson and additional works by nearly
4; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Mon Jan 14 two dozen of the venue’s fellow artists.
Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Thu Jan 17 The son of missionary parents, David
Advanced Tumble for Ages 8+, Tuesdays thru May 7;
Creative Theatre Fun: Age 5-6, Thursdays thru Apr. this class is for those who… Davenport Junior Theatre, Anderson was born in Bogota, Columbia,
4; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… 6:15pm Tue Jan 15 and lived 12 years in Venezuela. He attended
Davenport Junior Theatre, 9:30am Thu Jan 17 the University of Nebraska then the Ameri-
Intermediate Tumble for Ages 8+, Tuesdays thru can Academy of Art in Chicago, but after two
Creative Theatre Fun: Age 7-9, Thursdays thru Apr. May 7; this class is for students who… Davenport Junior
4; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… Theatre, 5pm Tue Jan 15 years at the academy, he was drafted into
Brad Bisbey artwork in the Winter Wonderland
Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:45am Thu Jan 17 the Marines and accepted into the combat
Tap/Jazz II for Ages 7+, Tuesdays thru May 7; students artist program, where he became one of a exhibit.
Puppetry Performance for Ages 10-12, Thursdays continue progressing in their tap… Davenport Junior
thru Apr. 4; students explore the creative, and fun,… Theatre, 5:20pm Tue Jan 15
select group of five combat artists serving Evanny Henningsen, Lee Kimball, Dean
Davenport Junior Theatre, 6pm Thu Jan 17 in Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Kugler, Joe Meirhaeghe, Larry Mendenhall,
Tap/Jazz II for Ages 7+, Tuesdays thru May 7; students Anderson continued his studies at the acad- John Preston, Sam Schold, Dee Schricker,
Puppetry Performance for Ages 5-6, Thursdays looking to continue their tap… Davenport Junior emy and then moved to the Quad Cities to
thru Apr. 4; students explore the creative, and fun,… Theatre, 4:10pm Tue Jan 15
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Barry
Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Thu Jan 17 work in the John Deere advertising depart- Sharp, Steve Sinner, Debora Stewart, David
Tap/Jazz III for Ages 10+, Tuesdays thru May 7; this ment. Having retired in the fall of 2010, he is Zahn, Robert Zeidler, and gallery owner Pat
class is for students who… Davenport Junior Theatre, now pursuing his lifelong dream of painting Beréskin.
DANCE 6:45pm Tue Jan 15 full time.
Along with new paintings by Anderson,
Regular gallery hours for the Beréskin
Gallery & Art Academy are 11 a.m. to 6
Tumble Tots for Ages 3-4, Tuesdays thru May 7; our
Performances & Events preschool floor gymnastic classes teach… Davenport Winter Wonderland will boast season- p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and
Junior Theatre, 4pm Tue Jan 15 ally themed creations by many of the gal- admission is free. For more information on
Polka Club of Iowa Eastern Chapter Dance w/ the
Ken Paulsen Quartet, $10/person, free for ages 20 Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Wednesdays thru May
lery’s other resident artists: Les Bell, Brad Winter Wonderland and the venue’s other
years and under; there will… Walcott Coliseum, 1:30pm 8; dancers learn ballet fundamentals and concepts… Bisbey, Heidi Brandt, Karen Brinson, Larry exhibits, events, and classes, call (563)508-
Sun Jan 20 Davenport Junior Theatre, Wed Jan 16 John Davis, Joel Erikson, Bonnie Grebner, 4630 or visit BereskinArtGallery.com.
Family Dance Party, we will be grooving and moving Beginning Poms for Ages 5-6, Wednesdays thru May
to old classics and… Davenport Public Library - Main, 8; this fun and high energy class… Davenport Junior
6pm Mon Jan 28 Theatre, 4:10pm Wed Jan 16

Antics, performance with the hip-hop dance ensemble Beginning Poms for Ages 7+, Wednesdays thru May
and Quad City Arts Visiting Artists… Moline Public 8; this fun and high energy class… Davenport Junior
Library, 6:30pm Tue Jan 29 Theatre, 7pm Wed Jan 16

Antics: PASS Event, performance with the hip-hop Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Wednesdays thru
dance ensemble and Quad City Arts Visiting Artists; May 8; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals…
$50; for information, call Quad City Arts at 309-793- Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm Wed Jan 16
1213, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
QuadCityArts.com/vas, 6:30pm Fri Feb 1 Intermediate/Advanced Poms, Wednesdays thru
May 8; this class is for dancers who… Davenport Junior
Antics, the ensemble incorporates street dance, poetry, Theatre, 6:20pm Wed Jan 16
theatre and film into provocative… Galvin Fine Arts
Center, 7:30pm Sat Feb 2 Lyrical Dance, Wednesdays thru May 8; a combination
of ballet, jazz, and… Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:30pm
Wed Jan 16
Classes for Youth
Poms I, Wednesdays thru May 8; dancers continue their
Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance Classes, practice in jazz… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:10pm
offering classes in Ballet Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Wed Jan 16
Conditioning, Creative… Ballet Quad Cities School of
Dance, thru Wed Feb 6 Ballet I for Ages 7+, Thursdays thru May 9; this class
introduces the formal study… Davenport Junior Theatre,
Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Saturdays thru May 11:45am Thu Jan 17
11; dancers learn ballet fundamentals and concepts…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Sat Jan 12 Ballet II for Ages 9+, Thursdays thru May 9; students
continue the formal training in… Davenport Junior
Beginning Tap/Jazz for Ages 5-6, Saturdays thru Theatre, 10:30am Thu Jan 17
May 11; students will learn the fundamentals of…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:10am Sat Jan 12 Ballet III/IV for Ages 10+, Thursdays thru May
9; dancers continue training learned in previous…
Beginning Tumble for Ages 5-7, Saturdays thru Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Thu Jan 17
May 11; floor gymnastics for the beginning tumbler;…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 11am Sat Jan 12 Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru May
9; dancers learn ballet fundamentals and concepts…
Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Saturdays thru Davenport Junior Theatre, 11:15am Thu Jan 17
May 11; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 10am Sat Jan 12 Beginning Hip Hop for Ages 5-6, Thursdays thru
May 9; this class is for dancers who… Davenport Junior
Tiny Tappers for Ages 3-4, Saturdays thru May 11; our Theatre, 4:15pm Thu Jan 17
youngest dancers have fun making… Davenport Junior
Theatre, 9:10am Sat Jan 12 Beginning Hip Hop for Ages 7+, Thursdays thru
May 9; this class is for dancers who… Davenport Junior
Ballet I for Ages 7+, Mondays thru May 6; this class Theatre, 5:20pm Thu Jan 17
introduces the formal study… Davenport Junior Theatre,
4:15pm Mon Jan 14
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THEATRE Continued From Page 5 By Rochelle Arnold, Jeff Ashcraft, Madeline Dudziak, Mark Ruebling, and Mike Schulz

Faves in Fives: Highlights from the Year in Area Theatre
Reefer Madness, QC Theatre Work-
shop (Mark Ruebling). Under Aaron
Randolph III’s direction, everything in
this production just seemed to click. An
energetic, enthusiastic cast. An over-the-
top parody script. Catchy songs and stel-
lar vocal performances (and the perfect
venue to perform them in). Simply put: a
night of fun that may have given me the
munchies.
Shrek: The Musical, Quad City Music
Guild (Jeff Ashcraft). It’s amazing to see
a theatre firing on all cylinders, and this
production was a wonderful example
of how a diverse group of artists came
together under one vision. Director Beth
Marsoun led an astonishing amount of
talent, bringing to life one of Guild’s more
complex productions in years.
Nathan Johnson, Jonathan Grafft, Justin Raver, and Gary Talsky in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s Escanaba in da Moonlight
Director
Sam Jones, A View from the Bridge, Ladies in Rise Up, O Men!, Circa ‘21 supporting role of Constance, I became the same person, the Odenkirk brothers
St. Ambrose University (Mike). Jones Dinner Playhouse (Rochelle). I went into convinced that White was the show’s were able to seamlessly transition between
guided Bryan Woods, Sarah Goodall, this show optimistic, but not having pre- unsung star. Percentage-wise, she has playful Harry and serious Harold in direc-
Megan Clarke, Tyler Hughes, Brian Leib- viously heard of the series, I didn’t know about as much time to make an impres- tor Phillip Wm. McKinley’s production.
forth, TJ Green, and others to emotional what to expect. However, I was pleasantly sion as Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal From the very first scene of them putting
portrayals in Arthur Miller’s classic, and surprised by how funny it was. Wollan’s Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. White was on their jeans to the prison-yard climax,
utilized SAU’s intimate black-box space direction provided a marvelous example way saner. But similarly unforgettable. Team Odenkirk was hilarious, captivat-
cleverly and advantageously. Oh yeah: of musical-comedy mastery and had me Jenny Winn, The Bridges of Madison ing, and effective.
And without Jones cutting a word, Bridge in stitches for most of the night. County, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse Adam Sanders, The Hunchback
was presented as a tragic, funny, fast-mov- (Rochelle). I’ve had the pleasure of seeing of Notre Dame, Spotlight Theatre
ing one-act. Damn. Lead Actress Winn’s portrayal of Francesca twice, once (Rochelle). Sanders captivated my atten-
David Miller, Baby, Black Box The- Chloe Knobloch, Annie, Circa ‘21 at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre in tion from the moment he appeared
atre (Jeff ). Baby’s ensemble was able to Dinner Playhouse (Jeff ). Oh my good- 2017, and this year at Circa ’21. Both times on-stage and became Quasimodo, and
comfortably connect with the audience ness, where has this young lady been I recognized the superb talent of this lead- between his passionate acting and spec-
because of Miller’s approach, guiding hiding? Annie is iconic, yet Knobloch ing actress who pulled off a fantastic Ital- tacular vocals, I couldn’t take my eyes
them to have a confident yet casual pur- made the character her own while check- ian accent while singing like an angel. off him. He used every part of his body
pose. To pull this off while keeping the ing off all the boxes audiences expect. to ring that oppressive bell and made me
show’s energy high and pacing brisk was With her beautiful voice, fiery character- Lead Actor truly feel sorry for his alienated character.
the sign of a director whose vision was ization, and adorable freckles and ruby- Adam Cerny and Andy Curtiss, The Trevor Vanderzee, The Full Monty,
clear and objectives on-point. red hair, she was the perfect present under Woman in Black, Playcrafters Barn Timber Lake Playhouse (Jeff ). Vander-
Matthew Teague Miller, Cabaret, Circa’s Christmas tree. Theatre (Mike). Cerny delivered a deeply zee’s take on the perpetual schemer
Clinton Area Showboat Theatre (Mark). Shana Kulhavy, Next to Normal, felt, applause-rewarded monologue in A Jerry was great fun, as was watching the
Miller made excellent choices here, from Black Box Theatre (Madeline). Kalhavy’s Chorus Line. Curtiss was commanding – actor keep his energy high while bring-
the against-type casting the Emcee to uti- Diana, the suburban mom battling mental in way-different ways – in The Hunchback ing the character’s guard (or, in this case,
lizing a canned laugh track to enhance the illness, was a powerhouse of instability in of Notre Dame and Reefer Madness. I loved G-string) completely down. This rowdy
club atmosphere. Clever staging and brisk the best way. With her perfectly imperfect them best when paired in Playcrafters’ production was enhanced by Vanderzee’s
pacing, and the metamorphosis from ris- vocals filling the intimate Black Box space two-man mystery-thriller that conjoined machismo vocals and reliable comedic
qué-nightclub antics to the dehumanizing with raw, intense emotions and a mesmer- the actors’ disparate styles, and their con- timing, making Jerry a priceless low-rent
force of Nazism, made this the most chill- izing quality, Kulhavy was excellent. siderable performance gifts, perfectly. Chippendale.
ing production of Cabaret I’ve ever seen. Jessica Taylor, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Phillip Dunbridge and Pat Flaherty,
Andrea Moore, Knuffle Bunny: A Cau- QC Theatre Workshop (Mark). Watching Sleuth, Black Box Theatre (Mark). King Featured Actress
tionary Musical, Circa ‘21 Dinner Play- Taylor’s character in Sarah Ruhl’s comedy Kong v Godzilla. Thor v Hulk. Predator Melissa Anderson Clark, A Chorus
house (Madeline). Moore brought one of was like watching a sunrise on a spring v Alien. All of them feckless punks com- Line, Quad City Music Guild (Made-
my family’s favorite children’s books to day: a series of barely noticeable changes pared to the war that was Dunbridge v line). In director Harold Truitt’s produc-
life in a really creative way. She was able in hues and tones until you realize, sud- Flaherty, whose deadly battle of wits were tion, Clark’s “At the Ballet” performance
to hold the attention of the kids without denly, that the day’s fullness is upon you. performed with such gleeful exuberance was a beautiful highlight. A true triple-
infantilising them or being needlessly In her progression from mousy introvert one might wonder if, in a previous life, threat (masterful at singing, acting, and
silly. Moore kept the whole experience to fierce warrior, Taylor was pure joy. they hadn’t been married to each other. dancing), Clark, simply put, rocked. Six
fun – exactly what I want from theatre for Jessica White, King John, Prenzie Keenan Odenkirk and Tristan Oden- months later, I’m still mad that she wasn’t
youth. Players (Mike). Witnessing her broken, kirk, Beginner’s Luck, Mississippi Bend a part of the “final eight” cast in the titular
Curt Wollan, The Church Basement pleading, ravaged desperation in the Players (Madeline). Playing two sides of chorus line.
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Pamela Crouch, Some Girl(s), Play- soon-to-be-dad was fresh, witty, and
crafters Barn Theatre (Mark). Crouch’s heartwarming, and his ability to portray
thoroughly enjoyable portrayal of Some a character so genuinely, with such vul-
Girl(s)’ Lindsay was a textbook example nerable tones, made him a standout in this
of mature sensuality. Poised and confi- engaging production.
dent while simultaneously intimidating Jonathan Grafft, Escanaba in da
and vulgar, Crouch dominated the stage Moonlight, Richmond Hill Barn Theatre
as she gleefully turned the tables on our (Mike). Playing the irrepressibly motor-
protagonist and exposed his intentions for mouthed, powerfully flatulent, poetically
the shallow BS they truly were. funny, delightfully incomprehensible
Kelci Eaton, Cabaret, St. Ambrose Jimmer Negamanee in Richmond Hill’s
University (Mike). Student theatre, 2011 Escanaba, Grafft gave one of those
understandably, can’t always provide age- rare area-theatre turns that quickly
appropriate casting. But I’d challenge any becomes legendary. I, however, unfor-
50-to-80-something to match graduating tunately never saw it, and have waited
senior Eaton’s edgy, altogether beautiful seven long years for another opportu-
portrayal of Fräulein Schneider, a role nity. Grafft’s legendary status is wholly Adam Cerny and Pamela Crouch in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Some Girl(s)
enacted with wit, weariness, and late-in- deserved.
life romantic pluck. Plus, with a nod to Jeremy Mahr, All the Great Books
Cabaret’s raunchiness, Eaton sang the (Abridged), Spotlight Theatre (Mad- Costuming Scenic/Lighting Design
sh-- out of her songs. eline). Owning the room with a booming Bailey Hager, Catch Me If You Can, Lora Adams, Sleuth, Black Box The-
Rachel C. Vickers, Mame, Quad City voice and larger-than-life personality in Quad City Music Guild (Madeline). atre (Mark). Adams’ set design oozed
Music Guild (Rochelle). Mame com- his role as Coach, Mahr’s sizable pres- Designer Hager deserves many, many loving detail without being cluttered –
bined big-band music with big voices – ence drew your eye, and his comedic accolades for all her hard work, as the allowing the audience a glimpse into the
such as that of Vickers, whose sultry pipes timing and command of the stage made show’s ladies’ chorus almost never character of Andrew Wykes before the
and sassy delivery as bosom buddy Vera him impossible to ignore. Director Brent appeared on-stage in the same costume actors took the stage – and then utilized
Charles was outstanding. Vickers had Tubbs picked the perfect person for the more than once. Ranging from hospital every inch of the space to great effect.
exceptional comedic timing, impressed Cyclops bit. scrubs and lab coats to officewear, the Special tip-of-the-hat to Erin Churchill
me with her natural acting ability, cer- Ben Senneff, Forever Plaid, Timber wide variety and sheer volume of Hager’s for the Jolly Jack mannequin.
tainly stole more than one scene, and was Lake Playhouse (Rochelle). Portraying costumes was incredibly impressive. James Kyle Davis, Steven P. House,
the ultimate sidekick. Smudge, Senneff was one of my favorite Gregory Hiatt, Mamma Mia!, Circa Jesus Christ Superstar, ClintonArea
Megan Warren, Miracle in Bedford performers in all of 2018 – a multi-tal- ‘21 Dinner Playhouse (Mike). I’ve been Showboat Theatre (Rochelle). Although
Falls, Quad City Music Guild (Jeff ). ented young actor who can do imperson- dazzled by my longtime friend Greg’s the Showboat’s stage is an intimate one,
Bringing soulful vocals and an unex- ations, play the piano, and belt a song like work for literal decades. So if you’ll allow scenic designer House did a fantastic job
pected amount of humanity to the nobody’s business. My focus was always me a personal message: Dude. The blazing augmenting multi-level platforms with
role of Mary Bailey, Warren proved drawn to him on-stage, sometimes simply color schemes? The bell-bottoms? Erin’s staircases, making the production more
herself an extraordinary QC-theatre because he shines. silver boots? Jeff March’s Miami Vice visually interesting. And Davis’ exquisite
talent. As I was unable to take my eyes Tom Walljasper, Mama Won’t Fly, ensemble? “Lay All Your Love on Me”?! lighting effectively set the tone with beau-
off her throughout the performance, I Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse (Mark). I hope designing this was a well-earned tiful silhouettes of the cross and purple
believe that every time Megan Warren Walljasper managed to take mediocre blast. hues surrounding the actors.
sings, an angel should get its wings! material and transcend it while delivering Gregory Hiatt, Pinocchio, Circa ‘21 Mike Skiles, Escanaba in da Moon-
the evening’s most sidesplitting moments Dinner Playhouse (Rochelle). Hiatt hit a light, Richmond Hill Barn Theatre
Featured Actor … and did so without uttering a word. home run with some of the most colorfully (Madeline). The deer camp that director/
Chase Austin, Baby, Black Box The- Whether it was his duck-walk on acid creative costumes I’ve seen in ages. I espe- designer Skiles created for his produc-
atre (Jeff ). Personifying a free-spirited or his tiny-stepped, hip-shaking speed- cially adored his fancy balloon-vest design tion of Jeff Daniels’ comedy transformed
20-something may not seem like a stretch walking, Walljasper’s moves would’ve for the Balloon Seller and the bright-red Richmond Hill’s unique theatre-in-the-
for a young, talented actor. However, Aus- made the Minister of Silly Walks green ensemble that our narrator Antonio was square space completely. Every rustic,
tin’s nuanced, comedic turn as a surprised with envy. decked out in. The show bubbled over mismatched detail appeared thought-out,
thanks to Hiatt’s playful wardrobe. and I especially loved the way the theatre’s
Connie McGinn, Shrek: The Musi- entrances were transformed into walls
cal, Quad City Music Guild (Jeff ). With featuring mounted deer heads.
all the well-known costumes created Brent Tubbs, The Hunchback of Notre
from scratch, McGinn wins the prize Dame, Spotlight Theatre (Mike). Truth-
for color, fun, organization, artistry, and fully, it would’ve felt like a waste of the
volume. Clearly, she had a lot of assis- space if the Spotlight’s fi rst musical in
tance from many talented and dedicated Moline’s Scottish Rite Cathedral wasn’t
seamstresses. It took a great visionary, Hunchback. But co-scenic and lighting
though, to lead every single cohesive stitch designer Tubbs and company delivered
through this fractured fairytale. delights and surprises beyond the venue’s
Rebecca Holcomb, Cabaret, Clinton perfection, with a set that made Qua-
Area Showboat Theatre (Mark). Yes, simodo’s rescue of Esmerelda equivalent
it’s true: Holcomb’s costuming was the to Disney’s.
most revealing of the shows I’ve reviewed Erica Zaffarano, Annie, Circa ‘21
this year. But that’s not the only reason Dinner Playhouse (Jeff ). I really enjoyed
it’s my pick. From her suits to her skirts Zaffarano’s thinking outside the box
and dresses, Holcomb’s costuming was on this one. Instead of creating a more
period-perfect, with even the band per-
forming in fishnets and/or drag.
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Continued From Page 11 The Civil War: Seen Through the Eyes of German-
DANCE / Classes for Youth American Caricaturists, Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm,
Sun. noon-4pm; free with $3-5 admission;… German
By Rochelle Arnold, Jeff Ashcraft, Madeline Dudziak, Mark Ruebling, and Mike Schulz American Heritage Center, thru Mon Feb 4

Faves in Fives: Highlights from Beginning Tumble for Ages 5-7, Thursdays thru
May 9; floor gymnastics for the beginning tumbler;…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:10pm Thu Jan 17
The Great Planet Adventures Discovery Dome
Showing, at 11:15am, 12:15pm, and 1:30pm; a mobile
planetarium show in… Putnam Museum & Science

the Year in Area Theatre Beginning Tumble for Ages 8+, Thursdays thru
May 9; floor gymnastics for the beginning tumbler;…
Center, Sat Jan 12

“Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation” Sensory-
“traditional” scenic plan for Annie, and know the music inside and out, so Davenport Junior Theatre, 7:10pm Thu Jan 17 Friendly Showing, changes to the environment and
film experience include: dimmed but… Putnam Museum
her hinged design opened, closed, I was exceptionally pleased with Lena Budding Ballerinas for Ages 3-4, Thursdays thru & Science Center, 2pm Sun Jan 13
and expanded, revealing surprises at Gabrielle’s music direction and how the May 9; our tiniest dancers learn ballet fundamentals…
Davenport Junior Theatre, Thu Jan 17 Mahler and the Curse of the Ninth, composer and
nearly every scene change. The geom- cast and orchestra nailed the industrial- Augustana College professor Jacob Bancks will discuss
etry alone was mind-boggling, and ized-jazz style. Adding sound designer Intermediate Hip Hop, Thursdays thru May 9; this Gustave… German American Heritage Center, 2pm Sun
Zaffarano’s colorful artistry superb. Jacob Almanzar’s nearly perfectly bal- class is for dancers who… Davenport Junior Theatre, Jan 20
6:30pm Thu Jan 17
anced microphones, their partner- Putnam Museum Guild Monthly Tea, this month’s
Music/Sound ship really put the “full” in this Monty. Tumble Tots for Ages 3-4, Tuesdays thru May 9; our
preschool floor gymnastic classes teach… Davenport
program will feature Sharon Andresen speaking on
“Restoring… Putnam Museum & Science Center, 1:30pm
Big River, Mississippi Bend Players Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Thu Jan 17 Thu Jan 24
(Rochelle). Big River’s music was phenom- Memorable Moment Iowans who Fought Against the Union, at least
enal – what an invigorating score! – and The Ad Lib, Bingo! The Winning Musi-
the vocalists were topnotch. I’ve always cal, Playcrafters Barn Theatre (Jeff ). Part COMEDY 60 Iowa residents served the Confederacy, and this…
German American Heritage Center, 2pm Sun Jan 27
loved the songs “River in the Rain” and of the thrill of live theatre is seeing what Ron White, an evening with the cigar-smoking, The Civil War: Seen Through the Eyes of German-
“Muddy Water” in particular, and Quinn happens when something doesn’t go as Scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy American Caricaturists, thru Feb. 4; Tue.-Sat.
tour phenomenon; $43-73; for tickets, call 800-745- 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm; free with $3-5 admission;…
Rigg and LaRon Grant delivered inspiring planned, and when Bingo’s pre-recorded 3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport IA, German American Heritage Center, Fri Feb 1 thru Mon
renditions of both, blending their voices soundtrack failed to play for Sondra Kar- AdlerTheatre.com, 7:30pm Thu Jan 10 Feb 4
so they were smooth as butter. ben’s big solo, she delightfully performed ComedySportz, Fri. & Sat. 7pm; interactive comedy
A Chorus Line, Quad City Music Guild the entire song a cappella, ad-lib-ing mid-
(Mike). I can give music director Amy dance step, “This would all be much better
with the area’s long-running… The Establishment, 7pm
Fri Jan 11 thru Sat Feb 2 MOVIES
Trimble and sound designer Sam Schelly with music!” The Late Nite Shows: Friday, sketch comedy and Recent Releases, see a film recently released on DVD;
no higher compliment than to publicly The Ensemble, Elegies for Angels, improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The free; for information,… Davenport Public Library -
Establishment, 9:30pm Fri Jan 11 thru Fri Feb 1 Eastern Avenue Branch, 2pm Fri Jan 11
thank them for fi nally allowing me to Punks, & Raging Queens, Augustana
hear and comprehend every Chorus Line College (Mike). While watching 21 ethni- Murder at Skuttlebutt Sound, dinner and an “Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation” Sensory-
interactive mystery with the comedians of It’s… Friendly Showing, changes to the environment and
lyric through exquisite vocal guidance cally, culturally, temperamentally diverse Skellington Manor Banquet & Event Center, 6pm Fri film experience include: dimmed but… Putnam Museum
and tonal blend. The show being sung so student talents act and sing their hearts Jan 11 & Science Center, 2pm Sun Jan 13
deliriously well was practically a bonus. out in this moving musical lament for The Late Nite Shows: Saturday, sketch comedy Coffee & a Movie, join us for coffee, rolls, and a
Dead Man’s Cell Phone, QC The- those suffering from AIDS, I felt hopeful and improvisational games for ages 17+; $5 or… The showing up a… East Moline Public Library, 11am Mon
atre Workshop (Mark). From director about the state of Augie theatre in particu- Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Jan 12 and Sat Jan 19 Jan 14
Thomas Alan Taylor’s opening scene, lar, and collegiate theatre in general. I also A Model Murder, dinner and an interactive mystery Godzilla, a screening in the Coffee and a Movie series;
Micah Bernas’ original score helped set felt kinda hopeful about the whole world. with the comedians of It’s… Skellington Manor Banquet free;… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library,
& Event Center, 6pm Sat Jan 12 9:30am Mon Jan 14
the performance’s tone, punctuating a The Experience, Beginner’s Luck, Mis-
soothing, banal Muzak track with the sissippi Bend Players (Mark). This past David Sedaris, an evening with the Grammy- Cinema at Southwest, join us for a free movie and
nominated author, comedian, and NPR contributor,… light refreshments; free;… Rock Island Public Library -
jarring, obnoxious ringing of the titular August, I got a small glimpse into what it’d Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm Sat Jan 12 Southwest Branch, 10am Thu Jan 17
corpse’s cell phone. While never obtru- be like to be a professional actor. An origi-
sive, Bernas’ score beautifully augmented nal script. A Broadway director. A state- Circumstantial Comedy Show, on Sundays; for All the Queen’s Horses, the riveting story of a how a
information, call 563-424-5506… Brew, 10pm Sun Jan 13 pillar of the… East Moline Public Library, 6pm Tue Jan 22
the play’s themes. Not an easy task. of-the-art venue. A very short rehearsal thru Sun Jan 27
The Drowsy Chaperone, Augustana schedule. A brilliant cast. Exhilarating. Tuesday Cinema, a chance to see those movies you
Stand Up Comedy Open Mic, on Mondays, hosted by just missed at… Davenport Public Library - Main, 2pm
College (Madeline). Augustana’s Brun- Terrifying. Humbling. And playwright PJ Douglas Hernandez; for information, call 309-517-1944… Tue Jan 22
ner Theatre stage was full to the brim, and Lasker? The nicest man anyone has ever Broken Saddle, 8pm Mon Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4
Morning Classics, spend the morning enjoying a cup
the sound of 34 cast members made for met. Ever. Butchers Hook Comedy w/ Ryan Proctor, on of hot coffee and… Davenport Public Library - Main,
an especially lovely night thanks to music The Hound, Baskerville: A Sherlock Tuesdays; a stand-up-comedy open mic night; for 10am Fri Feb 1
director Michelle Crouch. Their record- Holmes Mystery, Timber Lake Playhouse information, call… Meat Market, 9pm Tue Jan 15 thru
Tue Feb 5
skipping performance in the song “Toledo (Rochelle). It was my first time seeing a
Surprise” was a hilarious highlight in a show at Timber Lake, and I was greatly Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive, an evening SPORTS
with the ventriloquist and comedian on his national…
simply glorious-sounding production. impressed with the talent and special TaxSlayer Center, 7pm Wed Jan 23 Quad City Storm vs. Knoxville Ice Bears, minor-
The Full Monty, Timber Lake Play- effects in Baskerville. But its most memo- league hockey game; $10-30; for tickets, call 309-277-
Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Show, event 1364… TaxSlayer Center, Fri Jan 11 thru Sun Jan 13
house (Jeff ). I love David Yazbek’s score, rable moment was the arrival of the huge, featuring some of the funniest stand up comedians
Muppet-like hound with glowing red eyes from… The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 8pm Fri Jan 25 Quad City Storm vs. Evansville Thunderbolts,
minor-league hockey game; $10-30; for tickets, call 309-
that eerily appeared from the depths of the The Late Nite Shows: Trash Talk, be part of a 277-1364… TaxSlayer Center, 6:30pm Tue Jan 22
moors. live studio audience at this one-of-a-kind… The
The Projector, Prometheus Bound, Establishment, 9:30pm Sat Jan 26 Destiny: Live Professional Boxing, Limberth
Ponce 16-3 challenges “Stunning” Stephen Edwards
Genesius Guild (Madeline). I didn’t real- in an eight-round main event battle for the Iowa State
ize how impressive it was that Michael
Cornelius – who wore a mask – man-
MUSEUMS Junior Middleweight Championship; with an under card
featuring East Moline’s “Smokin” Joe Perez, Davenport’s
Shawn West Sr., Lionel Jimenez of East Moline, and
aged to project his voice over the night’s ‘Twas the Night Before Weihnachten: A German a female bout featuring the debuts of Davenport’s
Christmas Story, holiday exhibition co-presented by Kristine Iron-Rood and Julie Guiste of Galesburg;
extreme fi reworks until I recalled my the Creative Arts… German American Heritage Center, Alfredo Cervantes of Sterling will also be making his pro
struggles in hearing mask-less actors thru Thu Jan 10 heavyweight debut; $25-75; for tickets, call 563-328-
Martha O’Connell, Megan Warren, Adam Sanders, under far less challenging circumstances. 8000, Rhythm City Casino, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport
Iowa’s Largest Advent Calendar, count down with IA, RhythmCityCasino.com, 7pm Sat Feb 2
Stephanie Moorehead, and Claire Schaecher in Quad Director Michael Callahan chose wisely in us as we turn… German American Heritage Center, thru
City Music Guild’s Catch Me If You Can casting his Prometheus. Sun Jan 13
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Living Lands & Waters, learn more about Living Lands Industrial Chemical Spill Response Refresher
& Waters’ mission and how… East Moline Public Library, #1202, this course is the annual refresher to the
6pm Wed Jan 30 Industrial Chemical… EICC Midwest Center for Public
Safety Training, 8am Fri Jan 11

COURSES Device Advice, learn how to download ebooks,
eaudiobooks, music and magazines to… Davenport
Clearing Out in the New Year, Thursdays thru Jan. 31; Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 2pm Sat Jan 12
learn tips, ideas and strategies to… Black Hawk College
Outreach Center, 6pm Thu Jan 10 Arc Flash Fundamentals #1203, this course will
include the hazards and risks of working… EICC Midwest
Device Advice, learn how to download ebooks, Center for Public Safety Training, 8am Mon Jan 14
eaudiobooks, music and magazines to… Davenport
Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 6pm Thu Jan Personal Protective Equipment #1205, selection
10 and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an…
EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 1pm Mon
HAZWOPER Refresher #1201, this course is the Jan 14
annual refresher to the 40-Hour Hazardous… EICC
Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 8am Thu Jan OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach
10 Training #1206, this course covers construction
safety… EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety Training,
Book-a-Librarian, one-on-one technology and 8am Tue Jan 15 and Wed Jan 16
reference assistance by appointment; reserve a half-
Quad City Arts Visiting Artists Antics at St. Ambrose University – February 2 hour… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Outreach
9am Fri Jan 11 Training #1207, thru Jan. 18; this four-day course is an

OTHER EVENTS Taizé Prayer at Humility of Mary Center, led by Sr. Explore BHC Day, join Black Hawk College for a tour
in-depth presentation… EICC Midwest Center for Public
Safety Training, 8am Tue Jan 15
Margaret Kruse, OSF, Linda Clewell & BJ… Humility of of the Quad-Cities… Black Hawk College - Quad City
Day of Reflection on Gratitude, led by Sr Kathy Mary Center, 6:30pm Sun Jan 27 Campus, 11am Fri Jan 11 Highway Construction Careers Training Program
Sadler, OSF; discover hidden blessings in… Our Lady of Orientation Session, the 13-week program aims to
the Prairie Retreat, 9am Thu Jan 10 Treat Yo Self: Cupcake Decorating, frost and
decorate a cupcake with fun, deliciously colorful
Bald Eagle Days, annual weekend event featuring live toppings… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch,
eagle programs,… QCCA Expo Center, Fri Jan 11 thru 5:30pm Wed Jan 30
Sun Jan 13
2019 Bacon & Beer Festival, the region’s top eateries,
Cook the Books: Soup, check out a cookbook from pork purveyors, and specialty craft brewers… Davenport
the front desk and make… East Moline Public Library, RiverCenter, 6pm Sat Feb 2
6pm Mon Jan 14
20th Anniversary Riverbend Gala: Masquerade
Come to the Quiet: The Way of Wholeness and Ball, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Make-A-Wish
Holiness, led by Pat Shea; an opportunity to enter a Iowa; presented by Tri-City Electric… Quad-Cities
day… Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 9:30am Mon Jan 14 Waterfront Convention Center, 5:30pm Sat Feb 2

Puzzle Tournament, teams of four will compete to see Adult Chess Club, for information, call 563-344-4175 or
who can compete… Davenport Public Library - Eastern e-mail info@bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public
Avenue Branch, 1pm Tue Jan 15 Library, 6:30pm Tue Feb 5

zSpace Basics, test out the library’s new Augmented Mass with Fr. Francis Odoom, in the chapel in the
Reality system, zSpace; full… Davenport Public Library - Prairie Heights building; after Mass… Our Lady of the
Main, 3pm Tue Jan 15 Prairie Retreat, 10am Wed Feb 6

Speakeasy Trivia Night w/ Mr. Trivia, for tickets and
information, call 309-786-7733 extension 2… The Circa
‘21 Speakeasy, Thu Jan 17 LECTURES
CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo, the nation’s best The Truth About Adult ADHD, learn what Adult
bucking broncs and bulls and the world’s… TaxSlayer
Center, 7:30pm Fri Jan 18 and Sat Jan 19 ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is and
isn’t;… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library,
10th Annual Winter Wine Experience, presented 6pm Thu Jan 10
by Dimitri Wine & Spirits, this is the RME’s… RME (River
Music Experience), 7pm Sat Jan 19 Whale Sharks, an event in the Conservation & Science
Speaker Series with… Niabi Zoo, 3pm Sun Jan 13
Open Sew Saturday, use the library’s sewing
machines (and large working area) to… Rock Island QC Made: Lagomarcino’s, an on-site your presented
Public Library - Downtown Library, 10am Sat Jan 19 by the Davenport Public Library; free;… Lagomarcino’s,
5pm Tue Jan 15
Taste of LeClaire, … Downtown LeClaire, Sat Jan 19
Career Cruising with Susan Zelnio, Zelnio, the
Trivia Night in LeClaire, tables of 8; $10 per person; Moline Foundation’s Program Director, Workforce
Mulligans and refreshments available… LeClaire Civic Development, will demonstrate… Moline Public Library,
Center, 6:30pm Sat Jan 19 10am Mon Jan 21

Bald Eagle Day, … Downtown LeClaire, Sun Jan 20 Community Conversations: Strategic Plan,
hear what’s in the library’s 2019-22 Strategic Plan for
36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial priorities… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown
Service & Awards, this year’s theme is “Accepting evil Library, 6pm Mon Jan 21
without protesting against it… Martin Luther King Jr.
Community Center, 10:30am Mon Jan 21 Tax Code Changes and Strategies for 2019, learn
about new tax codes and get answers to your… Moline
National History Day Open House, visit the Public Library, 2pm Tue Jan 22
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center to learn
about primary… Davenport Public Library - Main, 5pm Back to Dough: Pizza Crust Basics, Uncle Bill’s Pizza
Wed Jan 23 will demonstrate proper technique to stretch and toss
a dough… Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Street
Drop-In Tech Help, bring in any device and we will Branch, 6:30pm Thu Jan 24
give it a… LeClaire Community Library, 2pm Fri Jan 25
Community Connections: John Fliss, for
LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@
Dinner, annual event featuring 5:30-6:30 cocktails (cash bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library,
bar) and Silent Auction,… Steventon’s, 5:30pm Sat Jan 1:30pm Thu Jan 24
26
World Affairs Council-Rohingya Refugee Crisis: A
Act of Power, led by Kathleen Collins; we will spend Doctor’s Perspective on Health, for information, call
meditative time discovering… Our Lady of the Prairie 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@bettendorflibrary.com…
Retreat, 9:30am Sat Jan 26 Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Tue Jan 29
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MOVIES By Mike Schulz

Stars Aren’t Made, They’re Born
Mike’s 10-Favorite Movies of 2018

I
n recent years, picking my number-one- stuffing her face all over again? Did Emma
favorite movie for this annual recap has Stone’s new bride really absentmindedly
been relatively simple, with the choice masturbate her husband on their wedding
either being a no-contest one (2017’s Get night while making nefarious plans with her
Out, 2014’s Boyhood) or a figurative coin flip back turned toward him? Did Emma – our
over two equally worthy possibilities (2016’s Emma – really step on an adorable bunny
Manchester by the Sea over Moonlight, 2015’s with her boot and press down until the poor
Brooklyn over Spotlight). But this year, I thing shrieked? Indeed on all counts. Yet the
could’ve contentedly walked away from very first thing my friend and I talked about
this article with any of my top five favorites was actually how rare, and wonderful, it
emerging ultimately victorious … if I hadn’t was to see a movie in which you legitimately
decided to listen to “Shallow,” three times in couldn’t predict where the story was going to
a row, right before making my final place- go, or how it would end. Given that Deborah
ments. Love makes you do silly things like Davis’ and Tony McNamara’s screenplay is
that. based on actual people and events, we might
have had a leg up had we read a Queen
1) A Star Is Born Anne Wikipedia article in advance. But that
As it did, I’m presuming, for many of you, Adam Driver, Michael Buscemi, and John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman would’ve taken much of the fun – and Lan-
my affair with this one began with its trailer. thimos’ brazen, upsetting film is also a lot of
It wasn’t one of those major celebrity-death let its magic work on you, takes residence in star in BlacKkKlansman, and that’s Spike fun – out of the experience, and audiences
moments; I don’t remember where I was – or your heart and soul and stays there. Beyond Lee. Watching the writer/director’s seam- owe it to themselves to have as little advance
rather, what movie I was there to see – when his thunderously assured direction, Cooper less intermingling of the infuriating, the information about this Masterpiece-Theatre-
it happened. But I can still vividly recall the delivers the performance of the year. Beyond profane, the hilarious, and the flabbergast- on-peyote as possible. The sets and costumes
arc of my thought process when first catch- her powerhouse vocals, Lady Gaga delivers ing from scene to scene, and sometimes are glorious. The direction is empathetic and
ing its preview at the cineplex: “Whoa, Brad- the starring-role debut of the decade, and from line to line, it feels like the work of a inventive. The acting, especially by the for-
ley Cooper can play the guitar and sing … maybe the millennium. Their affection feels crazy-gifted newcomer who’s spearheading midable Colman, is resplendent. And the
and he’s directing this? … Dave Chappelle! genuine. Their chemistry is undeniable. And his very first movie and wants to show off totality of the experience, bless it, is bat-shit
Cool! … hmmm, that female vocalist looks swirling all around them are first-rate sup- every trick in his arsenal. Yet somehow, Lee insane.
kind of familiar … no way, is that Lady porting turns, exceptionally written con- blends low comedy and high drama and still
Gaga?! … damn, the colors are amazing … versations and confrontations, memorable finds narratively essential room for sardonic 4) and 5) The Ballad
moments galore (the eyelash, the Grammys, clips of Gone with the Wind and Birth of a
oh my God, that wail, it’s not stopping …
what is this song?! … and Sam Elliott’s in it, the apology, the driveway, the steak …), gor- Nation, a meditation on the merits of Ron of Buster Scruggs and
too? … so much romance … so much drama geous Matthew Libatique cinematography, O’Neal versus Richard Roundtree, and a Roma
… in a perfect world, this would be another and a score in which even the intentionally postscript of documentary footage from Ah, the Netflix conundrum. It should go
remake of A Star Is Born … holy crap. It is.” weak songs are kinda awesome. Maybe A Charlottesville – and takes your breath without saying that new works by auteurs
As you can imagine, despite doing my Star Is Born needed three previous remakes away with his remarkable control that cre- Joel and Ethan Coen and Alfonso Cuarón
best to arrive at scheduled showtimes 15 to finally wind up, across the board, in the ates a unified whole from wildly disparate are things that movie lovers have every
minutes late in order to avoid them, I see a best-possible hands. elements. This movie knocks me out. And reason to eagerly anticipate, and to my mind,
lo-o-o-ot of previews in a given year, many an interesting side note: Without serving the Coen brothers’ collection of tragicomic
of them many times over. But I never, ever 2) BlacKkKlansman major purposes in either, Alec Baldwin has old-West vignettes and Cuarón’s delicate,
got sick of the trailer for Cooper’s directo- When Spike Lee, 29 years ago, was denied speaking roles in my two favorite movies of black-and-white memoir are among the
rial debut, and even watching it some six an Academy Award nomination for direct- the year. Coincidence, or stealth good-luck finest achievements of their Oscar-winning
months later, I still get chills experiencing ing his masterpiece Do the Right Thing, it felt charm? I’ll let you know after many repeat creators’ careers. Would I have enjoyed
its near-perfect blend of carefully chosen like a miscarriage of justice. If, in a couple viewings of both. them even more, though, if I saw them on
images and Lady Gaga’s exhilarating vocal of weeks, he’s somehow also denied a nod the big screen, and not merely the accept-
cascade in “Shallow.” Multiply that sus- for directing his finest non-documentary 3) The Favourite able-enough screen stationed in my living
tained, two-and-a-half-minute sensation by since Do the Right Thing, it’ll feel more like Emerging, a little dazed but definitely room? In both cases, I have no doubt that
about 55, and that’s roughly how I feel about a crime against cinema. Honorary Oscar chatty, from the auditorium where we saw the answer would be yes. Cinematographer
the film as a whole. Given how much I loved recipient or not, how many fierce, angry, director Yorgos Lanthimos’ pitch-black Bruno Delbonnel’s far-reaching vistas and
this musical drama upon its initial release, thrilling, funny-ass movies does this man comedy about palace intrigue in 18th Cen- extraordinary lighting for the Coens deserve
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my have to make to finally achieve half as much tury England, there was no end of moments the largest presentational format available,
primary exposure to the film remains (to Academy acknowledgment as Mel Gibson? for me and my moviegoing companion to and the deliberately leisurely, tone-setting
date) my only exposure, and I haven’t for- In Lee’s telling of the “fo’ real, fo’ real sh*t” talk about. Did the characters played by opening hour of Cuarón’s latest would’ve
gotten what I viewed as its failings, particu- that went down when a black cop in Colo- Rachel Weisz and Joe Alwyn – the former in been easier to focus on if I weren’t distracted
larly the occasional drabness of its second rado infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, there are a ballgown, the latter in heels and powdered by the sight of my nearby phone and the
half in comparison to its unimpeachable superb, charismatic turns by John David wig – really perform a hybrid of slam-danc- temptation to, I dunno, play maybe just one
first. But I don’t care. I am unreservedly, Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, ing and Madonna’s “Vogue” video in the game of online Yahtzee while waiting for
unashamedly in love with this big, bold, Topher Grace, Corey Hawkins, and others, middle of the royal court? Did Olivia Col- things to pick up. (It was really only the fear
emotionally acute, devastatingly romantic including – for five unmissable minutes – man’s Queen Anne really devour a tray-load of missing subtitles that kept me honest.)
tearjerker – the type of movie that, if you Harry Belafonte. But there’s only one true of sweets, violently vomit, and then start Yet despite sitting at positions four and five
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on my list rather than one and two, I’m not still long cherish Hereditary for its bristling 8) Won’t You Be My Jeffrey Tambor’s put-upon confusion, Jason
sure that my love for either film will abate confidence, its spectacular fringe touches Isaacs’ barking confidence, Simon Rus-
from this point forward, considering that (The ceiling crouch! The sudden conflagra- Neighbor? sell Beale’s reptilian sleaze, Michael Palin’s
even the big-screen movies we most adore tion!), and the sad, wrenching dynamics cre- So. I brought director Morgan Neville’s Monty Python sing-song … . Hearing these
almost inevitably end up as repeat viewings ated by Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, documentary about Fred Rogers and his voices on their own, or in concert, is uproari-
on TV, computer, and/or phone screens. I’ve and Milly Shapiro. Brava, too, to Ann Dowd, iconic children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neigh- ous enough. Hearing the actors’ recogniz-
never seen It’s a Wonderful Life or All About whose grieving Joan is simultaneously the borhood – a show that debuted the year I able American and British cadences while
Eve or the Brando Streetcar Named Desire at friendliest and most off-putting supporting was born – to my folks’ house over the holi- playing some of history’s most notorious
the movies, either. That doesn’t mean I don’t character of the year. Now there’s someone days, knowing that my mom wanted to see Russians (among them Nikita Khrushchev,
love them. I did wish was a relative. I just wouldn’t visit it. I refused, however, to watch the DVD Georgy Malenkov, and Vyacheslav Molo-
The Coens’ latest has shocking violence, much. with her, because the poor woman endured tov) is so nuts, yet so nuttily inspired, that
exquisite tenderness, instantly quotable enough of my relentless crying when I was listening to the movie is just as much fun as
Coen-y dialogue (“Pan shot!”), musical 7) Can You Ever an infant to have to suffer through 90 more watching its demented slapstick, with Ian-
minutes of it with me in my 50s. Instead,
numbers, an armless and legless man spout-
ing Shakespeare, Tom Waits panning for
Forgive Me? while she watched the film, I casually busied
nucci and company getting extraordinary
comic mileage out of traditional knee-slap-
Melissa McCarthy finally got the star- myself with a project in an adjoining room,
gold, haunting Carter Burwell refrains, pers such as execution orders, debilitat-
ring role we fans have been waiting for since making sure that the TV was in sight. Mom
a nightmarish stagecoach ride, and Zoe ing strokes, and the excruciating protocol/
Bridesmaids, and she got it by finally starring enjoyed the movie, but never wept. I, on the
Kazan. Cuarón’s has glorious camerawork propaganda behind state funerals. Also, not
in a drama. Not that director Marielle Hell- other hand, was yet again reduced to a blub-
(with the director himself serving as cin- for nothing, The Death of Stalin is the finest
er’s early-’90s period piece (and how the hell bery wreck. I’m also pretty certain that the
ematographer), subtly magnificent sound, comic-book adaptation of the year. Seri-
are the early-’90s “period” already?!) is void hernia I’m developing can be traced back
nerve-fraying street riots, an incredible ously: It’s adapted from a comic book. If only
of laughs, as McCarthy is startlingly, almost to July, when I first saw Neville’s insightful,
debut for Yalitza Aparicio (complete with it could spawn an entire freakin’ franchise.
ferally funny whether pilfering shrimp and expansive, deeply personal love letter to the
an unforgettable hospital scene), an ending
winter-wear from a cocktail party, trading
that makes you cry for all the tears you didn’t
insults with a beautifully aggrieved Jane
PBS host and had to gutturally restrain my 10) Game Night
shed beforehand, and perhaps the most sobs so I wouldn’t make a total ass of myself. Mock if you must. Laugh, though, you
Curtin, or, especially, sharing drunken badi- Maybe it’s just a generational thing for
astounding tracking shot I’ve ever seen, fol- will. When directors John Francis Daley’s
nage with a pitch-perfect Richard E. Grant. those of us who grew up on 1970s PBS, and
lowing a maid from the shore to the beach and Jonathan Goldstein’s unexpected gem
But those of us who always suspected that my tears (and those of like-minded friends
to the shore to six feet inside a sea of crash- landed in February, it felt like the type of
McCarthy had a ferocious dramatic pres- I’ve spoken with) are watery regrets for lost
ing waves. Netflix or not, I’m beyond smit- movie we’re too-rarely treated to: a com-
ence waiting to be released absolutely got youth or lost innocence or lost blah-blah-
ten with both films, and hope the streaming pletely unpretentious, wholly entertaining
our money’s worth with this true-life tale blah. I prefer to think of them as tears of
service keeps throwing money and atten- major-studio comedy with a solid premise,
of novelist-turned-forger Lee Israel. The unbridled happiness – acknowledgment of
tion at filmmaking talents who deserve it, likable stars, memorable set pieces, and sup-
story of how Israel spent months bilking the fundamental goodness and sincerity that
big-screen bookings or not. One Ballad of porting figures as funny and fleshed out as its
used-book-store proprietors, and paying can exist in an oftentimes harsh and insin-
Buster Scruggs or Roma is enough to make leads. As the months went by, however, and
her cat’s veterinarian bills, through made- cere world. Thanks for the reminder, Mr.
up for a whole year’s worth of Bird Boxes and underwhelming outings such as Blockers
up celebrity correspondence is fascinating Neville. And thank you, too, Mister Rogers.
Dumplin’s. and Life of the Party and (ugh) Tag came and
on its own, with Heller and screenwriters
went, it became clear that Game Night was
6) Hereditary Nicole Holefcener and Jeff Whitty giving 9) The Death of Stalin far more special than I originally thought
their tale such natural edge and propulsive Armando Iannucci’s savage and wicked-
Obviously, I highly recommend all the – like a comfortable friend who you slowly,
energy that theirs in the rare bio-pic that smart satire is about many things: political
movies on this 10-favorites list. But I don’t astonishingly realize you may be falling
plays like a thriller. But the film is unimagi- opportunism and the quest for power; the
necessarily recommend them for everyone. in love with. Sure, the film has flaws. (Ter-
nable without the benefit of McCarthy’s depths to which authorities will sink in
And regarding writer/director Ari Aster’s rific though the actors are and the punch-
worn-down dignity and whirring, active order to advance personal agendas and settle
dysfunctional-family freak-out, I’m being line is, I could still largely do without Kylie
mind; you’re thoroughly jazzed both by the old scores; totalitarian regimes in which no
very, very careful about who I personally Bunbury’s and Lamore Morris’ cheating-
performance and the clear joy McCarthy is one is entirely sure who’s in charge. (Any
recommend it to, knowing that certain with-a-celebrity subplot.) But still: Rachel
experiencing while giving the performance. similarities to modern-day governments
friends and family members might never McAdams dancing with a gun and reciting
How good is Can You Ever Forgive Me? So are, I’m sure, totally coincidental.) But
again look at me the same way if I did. “You a verbatim passage from Pulp Fiction! Jason
good that McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, beyond all that, this hysterical, horror-laden
liked that?” I can imagine them saying (or, Bateman gnawing a chew toy! Kyle Chandler
as always, shows up for his obligatory cameo, farce is about the joy of funny voices – or,
more likely, texting). “The dead bird and doing anything! The 17-dollar bribe! The
and the scene’s writing and acting promptly to be less crass, comically distinct voices
the scissors? The allergic reaction? The fight club! The bungee cord! The Fabergé
make you wish that the pair had even more that make already-funny material abjectly
naked weirdos? The kerosine-soaked kid? egg! The indestructible glass tables! I offi-
screen minutes together. These days, that’s hilarious. Steve Buscemi’s manic grievance,
The roadside decapitation?!?” Yes, yes, yes, cially want sequels. I want spin-offs. I want a
not simply great. That’s eff-ing amazing.
yes, and, oh God, yes, I absolutely did. Not board game. I want bobble-heads of Sharon
like-like, mind you. I’m not wishing that Horgan’s acerbic Irishwoman and Billy
Toni Collette was a relative or anything – Magnussen’s dopey Harvard alum. And I
although, after her staggering portrayal want Jesse Plemons, admirably vigilant and
here, she is my new first casting choice for all riotously humorless, as my next-door neigh-
future horror movies requiring moms at the bor, forever on the lookout for gun-toting
absolute ends of their tethers. But I less liked goons or besmirchments of Frito-Lay. He’s
than loved Aster’s astounding ballsiness in welcome to bring the dog.
his feature-film debut, with his unsettling,
hypnotic, deeply scary movie mildly remi- For additional lists including runners-
niscent of numerous classics yet boasting up, favorite performances, and the worst of
intense singularity in its escalating terror the year, visit this article at RCReader.com/
and go-for-broke emotional directness. As movies.
with most genre entertainments, nitpick-
ing is easy, and yeah, the finale may be a bit
underwhelming given what precedes it. I’ll Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons in Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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VISUAL ARTS By Mike Schulz

Linda Buechting, Paul Nitsche, and Corrine Smith Exhibits
Thursday, January 10, through Thursday, February 28 @ Quad City Arts International
Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Avenue, Moline, IL

W atercolors, sculptures, mono-prints, and more are
on display in the first Quad City Arts International
Airport Gallery exhibition of 2019, with the current artis-
tic showcase – on display through February 28 – boast-
ing works by Linda Buechting of Quincy, Illinois, Paul
Nitsche of Ridgeway, Wisconsin, and Corrine Smith of
Rock Island.
Buechting presents a series of watercolors on the
theme “American Appetite: Burgers to Bling,” juxtapos-
ing images of fruit and plants – labeled with their proper Linda Buechting’s Pears & Oranges at the Quad
Latin names – next to candy bars and other junk food City Arts International Airport Gallery
with fake Latin names and descriptions. She began objectification, and is a physical reminder of the
painting in 1990 after taking a watercolor workshop miraculous.”
with local artist Sandy Meyer, and continued learning Smith explores the formal elements and principals of
through workshops at Western Illinois University and design through painting to create non-representational Bacon and Beer Festival at the Davenport RiverCenter – February 2
Quincy University. Her watercolor and oil paintings art, and her complex layers of acrylic paint, hand-
depict floral arrangements, landscapes, and whimsi- made papers, and mono-prints create compositions Quad City Leadership Academy, a program for those

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cal still-lives, and Buechting likes to use elements of full of dimension, expression, texture, and pattern. As who want to step into leadership… Integrity Integrated
humor in artworks, with recent exhibitions including the LECTURES / Courses
Smith writes in her own Artist Statement: “Each piece Inc., 8am Fri Jan 25
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s Annual International begins with several drawings combined, often one over
Juried Exhibition and Watercolor USA in Springfield, another. One of my concentrations is to create a strong AD/HD Support Group, learn how other adults cope
Illinois. composition. I approach the work intuitively by laying in
increase the number of minorities,… Black Hawk College with their AD/HD, share your experiences, and get
Nitsche relies on classical formalities of anatomi- - Quad City Campus, Wed Jan 16 useful information about resources in the Quad Cities;
color choices, be it paint or handmade papers. Some
cal exploration and the reliquary effigy to pair themes this support group is geared towards the concerns of
of the paper I make myself. The papers allow for the Book-a-Librarian, one-on-one technology and adults dealing with AD/HD and similar conditions; due
of illness/growth, beauty/decay, and dream/time. His application of immediatre color and texture. As the com- reference assistance by appointment; reserve a half- to the topics that our group attendees may need to
sculptures are made from bronze, bones, glass and position develops, each piece is rotated and shapes and hour… Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 9am address, children are not permitted at these meetings,
other materials, and with the artist represented by Abel lines get covered up and often new ones are created. Fri Jan 18 Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave., Moline IL,
Contemporary Gallery, his works have been exhibited For me, the evolution of the painting is an exciting, Facebook.com/groups/QCJUSTADDFRIENDS, 3:30pm
throughout the country. Nitsche graduated with a BA unknown journey that compels me to create.” Forklift Safety #1208, this course will cover Sat Jan 26
from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992, The Quad City International Airport Gallery is located mechanics, inspection, and maintenance of forklifts;…
and as he writes in his Artist Statement: “Medical and opposite the airport’s gift shop and restaurant, there is a EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 8am Tue Citizens to Reform DHS (Illinois Child and Family
scientific museum work has long intersected with the $1 fee for parking, and more information on the exhibit of
Jan 22 Services), lunchtime discussions on the first and third
artistic. There is a shared desire to explore the differ- Saturdays of the… Rock’s Anchor Cafe, noon Sat Feb 2
artworks by Linda Buechting, Paul Nitsche, and Corrine
ent perceptions of the body and what it means to be Forklift Safety for Supervisors #1209, in this one-
Smith is available by calling (309)793-1213 extension hour class, the supervisor will learn the training… EICC Ecumenical Fellowship Church, lunchtime
human. Similiarly, the religuary transcends simple 108 or visiting QuadCityArts.com. Midwest Center for Public Safety Training, 10am Tue discussions on the first and third Saturdays of the…
Jan 22 Rock’s Anchor Cafe, noon Sat Feb 2

EXHIBITION CLOSING SOON Book-a-Librarian, one-on-one technology and Ecumenical Fellowship Church Bi-Monthly
reference assistance by appointment; reserve a half- Luncheon, lunchtime discussions on the first and third
hour… Rock Island Public Library - Southwest Branch, Saturdays of the… Rock’s Anchor Cafe, noon Sat Feb 2
9am Fri Jan 25
Farm and Pet Breeders Association Meeting,
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#1210, this course serves as the required training and the… Rock’s Anchor Cafe, noon Sat Feb 2
refresher for… EICC Midwest Center for Public Safety
Training, 8am Fri Jan 25

HEALTH
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Nutrition Classes, Iowa State University Extension and
Ecumenical Fellowship Church Pot Luck Bible Outreach offers free nutrition classes… thru Wed Feb 6
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Sun Feb 3 walk around road-closure signs;… Meditation Garden,
Thu Jan 10 thru Wed Feb 6
Knit/Crochet Circle, on Wednesdays; participants of
all abilities are invited to gather… Moline Public Library, Whole Food Plant-Based Cooking 101, a
5:30pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 presentation in the four-part “How Not to Die” series,…
Moline Public Library, 6pm Mon Jan 14
Stitching Group, on Wednesdays (except the 2nd Wed.
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Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 the month; the… Butterworth Center, 6:30pm Mon Jan
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programs, and… East Moline Public Library, 4pm Thu Quad City Botanical Center, 5pm Tue Jan 15 thru Tue
Jan 17 Jan 29

CLOSE TO HOME Citizens to Reform DHS (Illinois Child and Family
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presentation in the four-part “How Not to Die” series,…
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SPONSORS: at R W Baird Rock’s Anchor Cafe, noon Sat Jan 19 to Rebalance the Healthy/Disease Equation, a
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Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by the William D. and Shirley J. Homrighausen Endowment Ecumenical Fellowship Church Bi-Monthly Moline Public Library, 6pm Mon Jan 28
Summer Evening, 1936, oil on Masonite, Private Collection Luncheon, lunchtime discussions on the first and third
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Wisdom and Wellness, learn health and wellness skills
from area experts; a new… Davenport Public Library -
Eastern Avenue Branch, 4pm Wed Feb 6
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
CASISeniors.org, 9:30am Fri Jan 11 thru Mon Feb 4 THEATRE By Mike Schulz

Genesis Blood Pressure Checks, on Mondays; (a work in progress)
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for

SENIORS Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
CASISeniors.org, 9am Mon Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4
Friday, January 11, through Sunday, January 20 @ Playcrafters Barn Theatre,
4950 35th Avenue, Moline, IL
Knitting & Crocheting, on Thursdays; volunteer Shuffleboard, on Mondays; $2-5; for information, call
club; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm thru Thu Jan 31
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 2:15pm
Mon Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4
T he first show of the Playcrafters Barn The-
atre’s 2019 season, running January 11
through 20, is writer/director Alexander Rich-
Line Dancing II, on Thursdays; $3-5; for information, Ugly Quilts, on Mondays; no sewing experience ardson’s (a work in progress) – a backstage/
call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), necessary; free; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI front-of-stage comedy Richardson originally
1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, wrote in 2015 and drastically re-wrote for its
2:30pm thru Thu Jan 31 Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 8am Mon Jan 14 thru area debut. And the play serves as a fitting
Mon Feb 4
introduction to what may be the venerable
New Horizons Band Practice, on Thursdays; $2-5;
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Zumba Gold Toning, on Mondays; $3-5; for venue’s most ambitious season yet, with 11
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for wildly varied productions scheduled for the
CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm thru Thu Jan 31 Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, next 11 months. One might call it (an experi-
CASISeniors.org, 10:15am Mon Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4 ment in progress).
Euchre, on Thursdays & Fridays; $2-5; for information, Having previously served on Playcrafters’
call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), Genesis Foot Clinic, on Mon. & Tue.; reservations
Board of Directors for three years, Richardson Micah Bernas and Lauren VanSprebroeck in
1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, required; for information, call 563-320-3978, CASI (Center
12:45pm thru Fri Feb 1 for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, also serves as lead producer for Playcrafters’ (a work in progress)
CASISeniors.org, 8am Mon Jan 14 thru Tue Feb 5 Barn Owl Series devoted to one-weekend runs
Billiards, Mon.-Fri.; $2; for information, call 563-386- of recently written, challenging, and oftentimes Crucible to the Dungeons-and-Dragons bat-
7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Canasta, on Tuesdays; $2-5; for information, call controversional productions. He says that the tles of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters to the
Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 8am thru Wed 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
idea for the theatre’s ambitious season “came singing and sexually active puppets of Avenue
Feb 6 Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm Tue Q – titles that, Richardson admits, may not be
Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5 up kind of recently. We started the Barn Owls
Low-Impact Exercise, Mon.-Fri.; $2-5; for information, back in 2017 and we really liked the response to everyone’s personal taste.
call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 Line Dancing I, on Tuesdays; $3-5; for information, call we got. Not necessarily audience-wise,” he “We’re absolutely going to get complaints
W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
adds with a laugh, “because the turnout wasn’t about Avenue Q,” says Richardson with a
thru Wed Feb 6 Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am Tue
usually terrific. But each show has been get- laugh. “Even when we did Clybourne Park
Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5 last year, which isn’t really that offensive in the
Reflexology Clinic, on Wed. & Thu.; for information, ting better and better audience turnout and
call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 Line Dancing Lesson, on Tuesdays; free; for reception, and we did like the response we grand scheme of things, we still got complaints
W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for got from artists in doing these newer works about the language. So I’d imagine Avenue Q
thru Wed Feb 6 Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA,
that hadn’t been done in the area before. And, isn’t going to go over too great with most of
CASISeniors.org, 8:30am Tue Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5
frankly, we were kind of struggling a little bit our base.
Ceramics I & II, on Fridays; $7-11; for information, call “But Avenue Q has a warm message,”
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Senior Technology Clinic, on Tuesdays; $5-7; ticket-wise. It felt a little like, ‘Oh, Playcrafters
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am Fri for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for – they’ve been there forever. We don’t really Richardson adds. “Yeah, there’s a lot of really
Jan 11 thru Fri Feb 1 Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, need to go see shows there.’ naughty words, but you leave the show feeling
CASISeniors.org, 1pm Tue Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5
“So we just kind of decided to so something good. And we’re hoping that shows like this get
Golden Tones Chorus Practice, on Fridays; $2-5; a lot of new people to try us out. Like, we knew
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Spiritual Devotions, on Tuesdays; free; for drastically different than what we’d done in the
past – to just go all in and pick these great, it was going to be a ‘statement’ to do Crucible
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for
CASISeniors.org, 9am Fri Jan 11 thru Fri Feb 1 Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, crazy shows that everyone wanted to be part now. But (director) Patti Flaherty has a great
CASISeniors.org, 8am Tue Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5 of.” cast, and she’s really amped to do it and get
Senior Theatre: Second Avenue Players, on Fridays; One of them, to Richardson’s delight, was that show out there. She Kills Monsters is
$2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Bunco, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call completely different from anything we’ve done
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. (a work in progress), which its writer/director
says “was first put up at the University of Illi- before – it’s like its own little genre of show.
CASISeniors.org, 10:30am Fri Jan 11 thru Fri Feb 1 Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm Wed
Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 nois in May of 2016 through one of the local So we’re really excited to be trying out new
Zumba, on Fridays; $3-5; for information, call 563-386- student-led theatre companies. I guess the things like this.
7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Cribbage, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call easy way to describe it is that it’s a comedy “And the biggest thing I’m excited about is
Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 8am Fri Jan 11 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
about a failing theatre company that’s really that this year our Barn Owl Series is entirely
thru Fri Feb 1 Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm Wed directed by women, and we’re doing plays
Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 on its last leg. They have no money left, they
Bridge, on Mondays & Fridays; $2-5; for information, call have nothing going for them, so they decide that feature strong female roles, which is
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Early Bird Bingo, on Wednesdays; no admission fee, to put all their efforts into one last-ditch-effort something, unfortunately, you don’t really
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 12:30pm card costs are $0.25 & $0.50/card; for information, call
show … and it’s just a total disaster. Every- see much in the Quad Cities. Playcrafters is
Fri Jan 11 thru Mon Feb 4 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W.
thing that could go wrong does. Phones going guilty of it, too – I think we did three two-man
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 6pm shows this past year. But we’re really trying
Ceramics I, on Mondays & Fridays; $7-11; for Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 off on-stage. Sound cues missing. Light cues
information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for not going right. Actors being dismissed during to push back against that, giving a platform
tech week. It’s all there.” to women directors to tell women’s stories.”
After the comedy’s initial 2016 staging, says Between the five plays in the Barn Owl Series
Richardson, “I was like, ‘All right, that was (with titles including Five Women Wearing the
good,’ and I didn’t think I’d ever come back to Same Dress, 4000 Miles, and the Chekhov
it. But I really liked the idea of the script and satire Stupid F---ing Bird – a potential cause
started thinking about how I could improve on for complaint right there) and the two-week-
it, and ended up re-writing most of it – I basi- end runs of six additional productions, plenty
cally kept the character names and changed of stories will be told at Playcrafters in 2019.
most everything else. So I presented it to the Though not a full dozen of them … maybe.
Playcrafters Board, not even knowing if they “We say we’re not doing one in Decem-
wanted to do something from a local writer. ber,” Richardson says with a laugh. “But we’re
And they were like, ‘We don’t care that it’s orig- already talking about something we might do
inal – we just think it’s funny. Do you want to in the way of a holiday show. But nothing is
do it?’ And I was like, ‘Uh … sure. Let’s do it!’” confirmed or official. We’re taking December
Running January 12 through 20, (a work in off. In theory.”
progress) features Micah Bernas, Zach Hunter, (a work in progress) runs January 9 through
Elizabeth Melville, Jesse Mohr, Dave More- 20 at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, with per-
land, Lauren VanSpeybroeck, Jo Vasquez, formances at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Sat-
and Nicholas Waldbusser, and promises to urdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is
start Playcrafters’ 2019 on a funny and ener- $7-13, and more information and tickets are
getic note. But the theatre’s new season is available by calling (309)762-0330 or visiting
nothing if not eclectic, offering everything Playcrafters.com.
Flatfoot 56 at the Redstone Room – January 26 from the intense drama of Arthur Miller’s The
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Library Playgroup, on Tuesdays; meet with other Teen Advisory Board, hang out, eat snacks, learn
parents and caregivers during open… Davenport Public about volunteer opportunities and share… Davenport
Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am Tue Jan 15 thru Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 6:30pm Thu
Tue Feb 5 Jan 10

Preschool Story Time, on Tuesdays; join our children Lego Club: Animals, we’ll supply the Legos, you bring
librarians for an energetic, read-aloud… East Moline your imagination; create something… East Moline
Public Library, 10:30am Tue Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5 Public Library, 3:30pm Fri Jan 11

Teen/Tween Table Top Role Playing, on Tuesdays; Play & Grow Time, talk, sing, read, and play to early
for those who enjoy games such as Pathfinder… Moline literacy; activities, structured… Rock Island Public
Public Library, 4pm Tue Jan 15 thru Tue Feb 5 Library - Downtown Library, 10:30am Fri Jan 11

After School Kids Lab, on Wednesdays; for Teen Rustic DIY, design a wooden sign for your room;
information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ all supplies provided,… East Moline Public Library, 4pm
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm Fri Jan 11
Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6
Book Explorers: Junior/Senior Book Club,
Little Makers, on Wednesdays; we’ll have plenty of for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@
craft supplies and a… Davenport Public Library - Eastern bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm
Avenue Branch, 3:30pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 Sat Jan 12

Magic: The Gathering Club, on Wednesdays; Kid’s Cooking Class, for grades 2-5; learn cooking
for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ basics with Ms. Cathy; free;… River Valley District Library,
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 11:30am Sat Jan 12
2:45pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6
STEAM-azing: Strawbees Inventor Kit, for grades
Paw Patrol Live! at the TaxSlayer Center – January 26 and 27 Night Owl Storytime, on Wednesdays; a special K-6; use key-shaped bits of recycled plastic that… Rock
storytime to end your day and… Davenport Public Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 2pm Sat Jan
Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 6pm Wed Jan 16 thru 12
Preschool Storytime, Tue.-Fri. at 10am and Mon. at Wed Feb 6
CONTINUED

SENIORS 6:30pm; for information, call 563-344-4175… Bettendorf Saturday Movie Matinee, bring the whole family for
Public Library, thru Wed Feb 6 STEAM-a-rama, on Wednesdays; themed popcorn and a recently released… Davenport Public
programming for grades K-5; free; for information,… Library - Main, 2pm Sat Jan 12
Tales for Tots!, on Thursdays; ages birth to age three Moline Public Library, 2pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6
Energizing Yoga, on Wednesdays; $7-10; for and a caregiver… Bettendorf Public Library, thru Thu Saturday Storytime, enjoy a morning of songs,
information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Jan 31 Teen Gaming, on Wednesdays; try out new games stories, and activities; free; for… Davenport Public
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, and gaming systems; we… Davenport Public Library Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am Sat Jan 12
CASISeniors.org, 2pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 Toddler Storytime, msic, movement, and stories for - Fairmount Street Branch, 3pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed
ages 18 months… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Feb 6 Ugly: A Memoir, for grades 3-5; a discussion of
Pinochle, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call Avenue Branch, 10am thru Thu Jan 31 Robert Hoge’s book with… Rock Island Public Library -
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Toddler Storytime, on Wednesdays for ages 2-5; Downtown Library, 1pm Sat Jan 12
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm Together Time Tales, on for families with children music, movement, and stories for… Davenport Public
Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 in 3rd grade and… Silvis Public Library, 6pm thru Thu Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 10am Wed Jan 16 Read to a Dog, QC CAN’s Reading Assistance Dogs are
Jan 31 thru Wed Feb 6 specially trained, along with… Davenport Public Library
TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), on - Eastern Avenue Branch, 5:30pm Mon Jan 14
Wednesdays; 11:30am weigh-in, noon meeting; $1; Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying, on Tue. & Yoga & Stories, on Wednesdays; for information, call
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Thu.; for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@bettendorflibrary.com… Anime Night, teens watch Anime online, enjoy
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 3pm Bettendorf Public Library, 6:30pm Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Japanese snacks, learn to write… Rock Island Public
CASISeniors.org, 11:30am Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 thru Thu Jan 31 and Tue Feb 5 Feb 6 Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm Tue Jan 15

T’ai Chi Ch’un, on Wednesdays; $24-36/6 weeks; Baby Storytime, on Fridays; for ages 2-5; featuring Moline Public Library Winter Wonderland Junior Explorers: The Moon, explore a new science
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for books, songs, rhymes, lap… Davenport Public Library - Reading Challenge, for grades preK-5; free; for theme through hands-on exploratory stations each…
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Fairmount Street Branch, 10am Fri Jan 11 thru Fri Feb 1 information, call… Moline Public Library, Sat Jan 19 LeClaire Community Library, 6:30pm Tue Jan 15
CASISeniors.org, 10:25am Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 thru Wed Feb 6
Preschool Storytime, on Fridays; stories, songs, and Petite Picassos, hands-on creation experience for ages
Zumba Gold, on Wednesdays; $3-5; for information, crafts for preschoolers; free; for… Davenport Public Chill Out with a Good Book: Winter Reading five and under includes a… Rock Island Public Library -
call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 3:30pm Fri Jan 11 thru Program, thru Feb. 28; stop by the Children’s 30/31 Branch, 10:30am Tue Jan 15
W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9am Fri Feb 1 Department to pick… East Moline Public Library, Fri Feb
Wed Jan 16 thru Wed Feb 6 1 thru Wed Feb 6 Teen Take Ten, take ten from your busy schedule with
Child’s Play: Create, Explore, Experience, on laid-back activities with… East Moline Public Library,
Walgreens Medication Review & Blood Pressure
Check, free; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI
Saturdays; designed for preschoolers, but all welcome;
rotating programs… Bettendorf Public Library, 10am Sat Through February 5 5pm Tue Jan 15

(Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Jan 12 thru Sat Feb 2 Teen Volunteer Night, fulfill needed service hours
Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 10am Thu Jan 17 Creativity Lab, for grades K-5; a different art activity or use on job applications; we… Silvis Public Library,
Circle Time Storytime, on Mondays for ages 2-5; each session; free;… Moline Public Library, 6pm Thu 5:30pm Tue Jan 15
Classic Movie, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477, this storytime will be all… Davenport Public Library - Jan 10
CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Fairmount Street Branch, 10am Mon Jan 14 thru Mon
Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 1pm Tue Jan 22 Feb 4

Grief Support Group, on the 2nd & 4th Wed. of Library Playgroup, on Mondays; meet with other
the month; donations accepted; for information, call parents and caregivers during open play… Davenport
563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 10:30am Mon
Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 9:30am Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4
Wed Jan 23
PNG Tween/Teen STEAM Club Program: Lego
CASI Book Club, $2-5; for information, call 563-386- Space Challenge, on Mondays; students in grades 4-8
7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly can use LEGO Mindstorms… Moline Public Library, 4pm
Road, Davenport IA, CASISeniors.org, 10am Fri Feb 1 Mon Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4

Red Hat Club Luncheon, locations vary monthly; Story Time for Littles, on Mondays; a chance for our
for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for youngest patrons to enjoy… Moline Public Library, Mon
Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport IA, Jan 14 thru Mon Feb 4
CASISeniors.org, noon Tue Feb 5
Tales for Tots!, on Mondays; ages birth to age three
and a caregiver… Bettendorf Public Library, 10am Mon

KIDS’ STUFF Jan 14 thru Feb 4

Circle Time Storytime, on Tuesdays; we will talk,
Weekly & Bi-Weekly sing, play, and read during… Davenport Public Library
- Eastern Avenue Branch, 9:30am Tue Jan 15 thru Tue
Preschool Story Time, on Thursdays, for ages 36 Feb 5
months thru pre-K; age-appropriate stories… Moline
Public Library, 10am thru Thu Jan 31 Girls Who Code, on Tuesdays; for girls in grades
6-12 who are interested… Davenport Public Library -
Fairmount Street Branch, 4:30pm Tue Jan 15 thru Tue
Feb 5
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Big/Little Book Club, book club for kids in 3rd-5th
grade and their… Davenport Public Library - Eastern
Libros y Amigos, join us as the Library and LULAC
present our first… Davenport Public Library - Fairmount
Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 1pm
Mon Feb 4 December 4 Crossword Answers
Avenue Branch, 6:30pm Wed Jan 16 Street Branch, 6pm Thu Jan 24
Homework Heroes, get help solving your homework
Evening Story Time for Littles, a chance for our Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning conundrums; be a hero yourself… Silvis Public Library,
youngest patrons to enjoy a story and… Moline Public Thief, students in grades 6-12 are invited to an 4pm Mon Feb 4
Library, 6pm Wed Jan 16 interactive showing… Moline Public Library, 5:30pm
Thu Jan 24 Ready, Set, STEAM, for grades K-5; featuring projects
Mini Makers: Sea Jellies, sensory play encourages for all ages, learn about… East Moline Public Library,
toddlers to explore and get to know… LeClaire LEGO Wind Racers Challenge, build a wind race 4pm Mon Feb 4
Community Library, 10:30am Wed Jan 16 car out of Legos; free; for… East Moline Public Library,
3:30pm Fri Jan 25 Play & Grow Time, talk, sing, read, and play to early
Putnam Preschool, for ages 5 & under; engaging literacy; activities, structured… Rock Island Public
science experiences and hands-on… Rock Island Public Putnam Preschool, for ages 5 & under; engaging Library - 30/31 Branch, 10:30am Tue Feb 5
Library - Southwest Branch, 10:30am Wed Jan 16 science experiences and hands-on… Rock Island Public
Library - Downtown Library, 10:30am Fri Jan 25 Teen Volunteer Night, fulfill needed service hours
Family Storytime, join us as the library and local or use on job applications; we… Silvis Public Library,
organization Unite in… Davenport Public Library - Main, Teen Murder Mystery, solve the murder of our 5:30pm Tue Feb 5
10am Thu Jan 17 beloved Teen Librarian; free; for… East Moline Public
Library, 5pm Fri Jan 25 Evening Story Time for Littles, a chance for our
Toddler Tales Storytimes, stories, songs, and a craft youngest patrons to enjoy a story and… Moline Public
for ages five and under;… Rock Island Public Library - Beginning Cartooning, for grades K-5; free; for Library, 6pm Wed Feb 6
Downtown Library, 10:30am Fri Jan 18 information, call 309-524-2470… Moline Public Library,
10:30am Sat Jan 26 Putnam Preschool, for ages 5 & under; engaging
Books on the Beach Family “Read-In”, event science experiences and hands-on… Rock Island Public
features reading activities and storytimes, make and take Chess Club, for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail Library - Southwest Branch, 10:30am Wed Feb 6
craft,… Quad City Botanical Center, 11am Sat Jan 19 info@bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library,
11:30am Sat Jan 26 Teen Valentine Treats, treat yourselves to some
Breakfast with the Bactrians, after breakfast, go delicious No Bake sweets you’ll learn… Silvis Public
behind the scenes to meet our gregarious… Niabi Zoo, Kids’ Pick a Movie, for grades 6 & under; vote in the Library, 4:30pm Wed Feb 6
8:30am Sat Jan 19 Children’s Department… East Moline Public Library, 1pm
Sat Jan 26
Escape to Narnia, family event based on the C.S. Lewis
books; free; for… Moline Public Library, 2pm Sat Jan 19 Saturday Storytime, enjoy an afternoon of songs,
stories, and activities; free; for… Davenport Public
Fortnite, hang out with other teens and play Fortnite Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 3:30pm Sat Jan 26
in the… Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Street
Branch, 2pm Sat Jan 19 Teen Video Contest: Stop Motion Workshop, lhow
to make a simple stop-motion video while the library’s…
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! Geronimo Stilton Party, Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 1pm
celebrate the ‘famouse’ journalist and editor of The Sat Jan 26
Rodent’s Gazette;… Silvis Public Library, 11am Sat Jan 19
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure,
Story Travelers, for information, call 563-344-4175 or all-new family-themed stage adventure with characters
e-mail info@bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public from the Nickelodeon series;… TaxSlayer Center, 10am
Library, 2pm Sat Jan 19 Sat Jan 26 thru Tue Jan 29

Tween Slime Club, join us for the first tween slime club Evening Preschool Story Time, for ages 36 months
of the… East Moline Public Library, 2pm Sat Jan 19 thru pre-K; age-appropriate stories and activities…
Moline Public Library, 6pm Mon Jan 28
Ready, Set, STEAM, for grades K-5; featuring projects
for all ages, learn about… East Moline Public Library, Homework Heroes, get help solving your homework
4pm Mon Jan 21 conundrums; be a… Silvis Public Library, 4pm Mon Jan
28
STEM Night, for ges 6+; join us every month for
learning and… Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Putnam Preschool, for ages 5 & under; engaging
Street Branch, 6pm Tue Jan 22 science experiences and hands-on… Rock Island Public
Library - 30/31 Branch, 10:30am Tue Jan 29
Teen Winter Library Olympics, prove that you’ve got
what it takes to take Gold… Silvis Public Library, 5:30pm Teen Advisory Board: Awards Night, the meeting
Tue Jan 22 will consist of awards ceremony and regular scheduled…
Silvis Public Library, 6:30pm Tue Jan 29
Toddler Tales Storytimes, stories, songs, and a craft
for ages five and under;… Rock Island Public Library - Toddler Tales Storytimes, stories, songs, and a craft
30/31 Branch, 10:30am Tue Jan 22 for ages five and under;… Rock Island Public Library -
Southwest Branch, 10:30am Wed Jan 30
Family Storytime, join us for stories, rhymes, & crafts;
activities are best… LeClaire Community Library, 6:30pm Gaming Night, for ages 8 & up; check out our Wii U…
Tue Jan 22 thru Tue Jan 29 Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 5:30pm
Thu Jan 31
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, live stage show
based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series; $28.75 & up; for Lego Club, for ages 5-11; design and build your own
tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., masterpiece to… Silvis Public Library, 4pm Thu Jan 31
Davenport IA, AdlerTheatre.com, 6pm Wed Jan 23
Petite Picassos, hands-on creation experience for ages
Petite Picassos, hands-on creation experience for ages five and under includes a… Rock Island Public Library -
five and under includes a… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 10:30am Fri Feb 1
Southwest Branch, 10:30am Wed Jan 23
Teen Library Council Meeting, join us for the
Tween/Teen Gaming, a variety of electronic, meeting to receive your member card… East Moline
computer and board games will be… Moline Public Public Library, 4pm Fri Feb 1
Library, 2:30pm Wed Jan 23
Junior Theatre: Aesop’s Fables, join us as our friends
Toddle Time, this program focuses on finger plays, from Junior Theatre read stories… Davenport Public
songs, and stories; activities… LeClaire Community Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 10am Sat Feb 2
Library, 10:30am Wed Jan 23 thru Wed Jan 30
Lego Party, come build with us and enjoy Lego-
Homeschool Hangout, a short information literacy themed snacks, crafts, and… Davenport Public Library
presentation will highlight library resources, followed… - Fairmount Street Branch, 2pm Sat Feb 2
Davenport Public Library - Main, 11am Thu Jan 24
Winter Carnival, for information, call 563-344-4175 or
Hug-a-Book Dance Party, dance your way into early e-mail info@bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public
learning with a fun dance-along… Rock Island Public Library, 9am Sat Feb 2
Library - Downtown Library, 6pm Thu Jan 24
Homeschool Book Explorers, book club for
homeschooled kids in 3rd through 5th grade;…
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SPORTSMANSHIP · JANUARY 15, 2019
Crossword Dec. 4 Answers: Page 19

ACROSS 82. Coin 38. Dazzles
1. Dramatis personae 83. Called, in a way 39. Kangaroo bear
5. A lot 84. “Kate & _” 40. New-age singer
10. Vamoose 85. Drunken ones 41. Utterly simple
15. Uttar Pradesh city 87. Got along 42. “Nanny” butler
19. Exchange fee 88. Invaders from Mars 43. Where Memphis is
20. Kind of grass 89. Charged particle 45. Beverages
21. _ -ho 90. Simple 46. Curdles
22. Farm building 91. Took legal action 49. “_ la vista, baby”
23. Rent 92. Pumps 50. Ached
24. Willow rod 95. End of the quip: 3 wds. 51. Footnote abbr.
25. Speaker of the quip at 27-Across: 102. Make holy 53. Bout of drinking
2 wds. 104. Pith helmet: Var. 54. Windmill sails
27. Start of a quip: 3 wds. 105. Yep 58. Parties
30. Alphabetized list 106. Touch on 59. Lent a hand
31. Trees 107. Grows dim 60. L-Q link
32. Bridge support 108. Genus of water birds 62. Spare
33. Wildebeest 109. _ Kett of old comics 63. East Indies archipelago
34. Like a night sky 110. Sub _ 64. Perfected
37. Bank heist 111. On the left 65. Lapwing, a bird
39. Lamp fuel: Var. 112. Rude looks 66. Peoples: Prefix
44. Sensational 113. What’s done 67. Saint- _ -wort
45. Intimidated 68. Chopped
46. Schwarzenegger role DOWN 70. A purgative
47. Gear 1. Old Roman statesman 71. Removes
48. Pilaster 2. Old Greek contest 73. Let
49. Be undecided 3. Father 74. “La _ aux Folles”
50. Part 2 of quip: 2 wds. 4. Of barbering 75. Vacationed
52. Blabbermouths 5. Spine-chilling 77. Defy
54. _ da gamba 6. _ fortuitus 78. A noble gas
55. Onomatopoeic word 7. A dye 79. Fatherly (or motherly)
56. A palindrome 8. Conked out 83. _ -mutuel
57. Eskers 9. Fighter 84. Douglas-Home or Waugh
58. _ Fe Trail 10. Bathe 86. Snooze
59. Surrounded by 11. Chavez or Millan 87. Least
61. One-armed bandits 12. Risque 88. Hand tools
63. Salt and strip 13. Actress Gardner et al. 90. Device in a hack
64. Follower of an Indic faith 14. Coco-de- _ 91. Show scorn
65. A Euro predecessor 15. Small drupe 92. Cicatrix
67. Cynical 16. Aurum 93. Bindlestiff
68. Flightless bird 17. Took the bus 94. _ probandi
69. Bounder 18. Ne plus ultra 95. Carriage
72. Lab device 26. Ryder the actress 96. Saintly radiance
73. Parts 28. Impenetrable 97. _ the wiser
74. Movie buff 29. German art song 98. _ dixit
76. Part 3 of quip: 3 wds. 33. Steffi of tennis 99. Nerve network
79. Walked up and down, back and 34. Blackboard 100. Escort
forth 35. Audio component 101. Food fish
80. Greek weight 36. Naivete 103. Books pro
81. _ and outs 37. Jacket
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com

Six Characters in Search of a Doorknob
ESCAPE ROOM
Escape Room is about a group of strang-
ers who want to escape a room, or rather
several rooms, and in its narrative ele-
gance, psychological nuance, and the-
matic incisiveness, the film brings to mind
Pirandello, or perhaps the Jean-Paul Sartre
of No Exit. “Hell is other people” wrote the
author, and as our six tormented protago-
nists struggle in the face of devastating
insularity and the nothingness of exis-
tence, Escape Room invites us to … .
I’m pulling your chain. It’s just a cheesy,
dopey little thriller. But it has its moments.
Specifically, it has production-design
moments. Like a PG-13 Saw sequel in
which the victims enter their torture
chamber voluntarily, director Adam Robi-
tel’s latest first-weekend-in-January throw-
away (following 2018’s Insidious: The Last
Key) finds a half-dozen Chicagoans accept-
ing invitations to participate in a “How do
Taylor Russell in Escape Room
we get out?” puzzle with a $10,000 prize.
They’re the usual rogue’s gallery of types: ceiling and a creepy, distorted rendition of the Easy-Bake Oven opener with no loss Heisserer), the cheap and nonsensical scare
a shy college student with a secret (Taylor Petula Clark’s “Downtown” playing in an felt. Yet even Russell’s damaged bookworm tactics, and the truly unwise flashback
Russell), a flashy business executive with a eternal jukebox loop. Robitel’s movie gives is more empathetic in theory than practice, structure that signals, in the first minutes,
secret (Jay Ellis), a chain-smoking slacker you loads to look at. And thank goodness and the overall lack of connection to Escape that none of the entertaining performers
with a secret (Logan Miller), etc. And one for that, because for the whole of Escape Room’s humans gives this visually arrest- Sandra Bullock interacts with – among
by one, as you knew they must, this secre- Room’s 100 minutes, there really isn’t any- ing fi lm a distractingly airless quality; I them Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich,
tive bunch gets knocked off while attempt- thing else to do. found myself mostly engaged on a scene- Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, BD Wong,
ing, through wits and luck, to find clues Although our six potential escape-ees by-scene basis and was still relieved when and Lil Rey Howery – will survive to the
and solve mysteries that lead them from (the others played by Nik Dodani, Tyler it ended. (If, indeed, that was an ending, end credits. But just in case you haven’t
one prohibitively expensive deathtrap to Labine, and Deborah Ann Wall) wind up and not merely a pause before a planned yet been seduced by Netflix’s shamelessly
another. being connected situationally, if not per- Escape Room 2.) Tired of the constant bick- aggressive advertising for this noxious
Those deathtraps, though, are really sonally, we never learn quite enough about ering between warring parties while he’s horror trifle, let me just say that the Coen
something. A halfhearted explanation them to determine how their pasts shape trying to enjoy himself, Dodani’s Danny brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is
eventually suggests how Escape Room’s their present thinking, so there’s little kick at one point says, “It feels like I’m playing also currently streaming. As is Alfonso
puppet-masters may have been able to in watching them employ previous expe- the world’s funnest game with the world’s Cuarón’s Roma. As is the miraculous
afford high-rise locations that appear to rience to will their ways out of trouble. meanest people.” Change “meanest” to Springsteen on Broadway. As is that addic-
cost as much as the GNPs of most mid-size (The minor exception comes from Wall’s tive, interactive Black Mirror episode. As
“dullest” and the guy has a point.
countries. But whether the funding came scarred Amanda, whose military train- are lots and lots and lots of other things.
from a sociopathic Kickstarter campaign
or Jigsaw himself, the rooms that our game
ing and upper-body strength prove enor- BIRD BOX You have better ways to spend your time
mously beneficial.) Considering that we It’s been available for a while now, and than with Netfl ix’s latest year-ending
players are forced to evacuate deliver an almost always discover clues at the precise debut of a high-concept, low-impact dud
impressive amount of giggly fun. The wait- the streaming service has certainly been
moments those on-screen do, there’s noth- pushing it hard. (Memes! Challenges! with a superstar from the ‘90s. In 2017, it
ing room that doubles as a 30-by-40-foot ing to arouse, as Hercule Poirot would call was Bright. Now it’s Bird Box. It may only
space heater is good for some sweaty ten- Record-setting numbers!). So there’s prob-
them, “the little gray cells” in determin- ably little point in mentioning how much I be early January, but I’m already kind of
sion, with chillier treats coming from the ing what paths might or should be taken. dreading late December.
wintry forest site that boasts stuffed polar couldn’t stand Netflix’s Bird Box, a laugh-
When we are given a hint based on prior ably dumb end-of-days thriller that’s like
bears and a barely-frozen ice pond of near- information – such as the stuffed animal For reviews of Aquaman, Mary Poppins
bottomless depths. There’s suitably grubby A Quiet Place meets The Happening meets
with eyes of two different colors – that hint The River Wild meets a wisely discarded Returns, Bumblebee, Spider-Man: Into
décor in a hospital-ward chamber; a well- generally proves meaningless. first draft of Stephen King’s The Mist. To the Spider-Verse, The Mule, Vice, Second
furnished study slowly collapses into itself; Most disappointingly of all, there’s no be fair, director Susanne Bier does stage an Act, Holmes & Watson, The Favourite,
walls and faces melt in a black-and-white one here to really root for – only charac- effective mass freak-out early on. It’s easily Ben Is Back, and other recent releases, visit
locale seemingly designed by M.C. Escher ters that you’d prefer survived longer than forgotten, however, amidst the embarrass- RCReader.com/movies.
and Salvador Dalí. Best of the bunch is the others. For my money, both Ellis’ Gordon
billiards hall constructed entirely upside- ingly on-the-nose dialogue and undevel-
Gekko wannabe and Dodani’s initially oped plotting (by Arrival screenwriter Eric
down, complete with barstools on the enthusiastic nerd could’ve expired during
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will have more interest from men when she’s in
Gramping Her Style a room – in real life – where the female com-
My friend just joined a dating site for petition is limited in number and is around her
elite creative professionals. Unfortunately, age. She might have better luck in online dating
it grabs your age from Facebook, so you at a site specifically for older people. Sites that
can’t shave off years. At 50, she’s outside of aren’t for the over-50 crowd only are likely to
most men’s search parameters – even older be a continuing disappointment along the lines
men’s. What gives? of “Hmm … . Could it be that I accidentally
– Concerned set my preferences to ‘wants to die alone in an
avalanche of her own cats’?!”
Aging is especially unkind to straight women
on dating sites. At a certain point (usually age
46 on), women find their options narrowed to
men who wear jewelry – the kind that sends the
Debt Valley
I’m a single chick in my early 30s, and
message, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” I’m having financial difficulties. I got laid
A study by psychologist Jan Antfolk and off, and depressingly, it’s really hard to
his colleagues looked at sex differences in the find work. Though I want to talk to my
preferred age of romantic partners. They found friends about it, I’m afraid they’d think I
– as have other researchers – that “women are was trying to borrow money, so I’ve been
interested in same-aged to somewhat older keeping to myself.
men” throughout their lives.Men, on the other – Unemployed
hand, “show a tendency to be sexually interested
in women in their mid-20s,” a preference that When you’ve been unemployed for a while,
emerges in their teen years and (sorry, ladies!) it becomes awkward to propose get-togethers:
remains consistent as men age. And age. And “Hey, wanna go out on Friday night for a glass
age. of air?”
Men’s continuing attraction to 20-some- However, avoiding your friends is probably
thing women makes evolutionary sense, as, making things worse – or at least keeping you
the researchers note, “the highest fertility” in from feeling better – because social relation-
women “has been estimated to occur in the mid- ships seem to buffer stress, including stress
twenties.” However, when older men are asked from one’s currently grim “socioeconomic
to think practically – when asked not which status.” This term, explains social psycholo-
women are running naked through their mind gist Emily D. Hooker, refers to “an individual’s
at the checkout stand but whom they’d have a relative rank in society based on their income,
relationship with – women more similar in age education, and employment.” Hooker notes that
have a shot. For example, research led by evo- lower socioeconomic status – whether mea-
lutionary social psychologist Abraham Buunk sured by such things as income and occupa-
found that “men of 60 years old would marry a tional prestige or mere perception of one’s own
woman of 55.” status – is associated with higher mortality and
Unfortunately, the online dating world – with poorer health. (Great, huh? You’re not only short
the seemingly endless stream of hot 20-some- on cash; you’re being rushed into an urn.)
thing women – is not exactly fertile ground for But there’s good news from Hooker’s
practicality and realism. It isn’t that men on research. When participants were exposed to
dating sites who are aging into the grandpa zone social stress in a lab situation, those who per-
could necessarily get the 20-something chick- ceived themselves to have lower socioeconomic
ies. But I suspect that these women’s mere pres- status but felt they had social support from
ence – hordes and hordes of them – has what’s others in their lives had lower levels of the stress
called an “anchoring effect.” hormone cortisol (as compared with those with
This is a term from research ondecision- a more “Eek! I’m all alone!” orientation).
makingby psychologists Amos Tversky and As for you, guess what: People who care
Daniel Kahneman. They found that a per- about you want to know what’s going on with
son’s “initial exposure” (to a particular price, you. Ask your friends to join you in activities
for example) “serves as a reference point and that don’t cost money, like gallery openings, and
influences subsequent judgments about value.” they’ll get that you’re just looking for company,
Accordingly, in online dating, I suspect there’s not moocher-tunities. You really can have both
a reference point that gets set – and it is 22 and the support and fun of friendship and a bank
bombshell-icious and has yet to have a whole lot account that resembles one of those shells of
of meaningful contact with gravity. a building in the Old West with a few tumble-
Putting this in a less depressing way, in seek- weeds blowing through it.
ing male partners, context matters. Your friend

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Com- meat-producing animals, you’ll feed at most opposites? Who is the genius of balance? In the even though there were some similarities
puter-generated special effects used in four people. But to produce the meat, you’ll coming months, my friend, I suspect you will be between the two songs. In this spirit, I authorize
the 1993 film Jurassic Park may seem need at least four times more water and 20 times even more adept at these fine arts than you usu- you to borrow from a good thing you did in the
modest to us now. But at the time they more electric power than you would if you grew ally are. past as you create a new good thing in the
were revolutionary. Inspired by the new possi- the plants. I offer this as a useful metaphor for future. There’ll be no hell to pay if you engage in
bilities revealed, filmmakers such as Stanley you to consider in the coming months. Accord- SCORPIO (October 23-November a bit of self-plagiarism.
Kubrick, George Lucas, and Peter Jackson ing to my analysis of the astrological omens, 21): There’s a modest, one-story office
launched new projects they had previously you should prioritize efficiency and value. What building at 1209 North Orange Street AQUARIUS (January 20-February
thought to be beyond their ability to create. In will provide you with the most bang for your in Wilmington, Delaware. More than 18): Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle
2019, I urge you to go in quest of your personal bucks? What’s the wisest use of your resources? 285,000 businesses from all over the U.S. claim Book is a collection of fables that take
equivalent of Jurassic Park’s pioneering break- it as their address. Why? Because the state of place in India. Three movies have
throughs. According to my analysis of the LEO (July 23-August 22): Modern Delaware has advantageous tax laws that enable been made based on it. All of them portray the
astrological omens, you may be able to find help kids don’t spend much time playing those businesses to save massive amounts of giant talking snake named Kaa as an adversary
and resources that enable you to get more seri- outside. They have fun in natural money. Other buildings in Delaware house to the hero Mowgli. But in Kipling’s original
ous about seemingly unfeasible or impractical environments only half as often as thousands of additional corporations. It’s all stories, Kaa is a benevolent ally and teacher. I
dreams. their parents did while growing up. In fact, the legal. No one gets in trouble for it. I bring this to bring this to your attention to provide context
average child spends less time in the open air your attention in the hope of inspiring you to for a certain situation in your life. Is there an
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’m a big than prison inmates. And today’s unjailed hunt for comparable situations: ethical loop- influence with a metaphorical resemblance to
proponent of authenticity. I almost adults get even less exposure to the elements. holes and workarounds that will provide you Kaa: misinterpreted by some people, but actu-
always advise you to be yourself with But I hope you will avoid that fate in 2019. with extra benefits and advantages. ally quite supportive and nourishing to you? If
bold candor and unapologetic According to my astrological estimates, you so, I suggest you intensify your appreciation for
panache. Speak the truth about your deepest need to allocate more than the usual amount of SAGIT TA R IUS (November it.
values and clearest perceptions. Be an expert time to feeling the sun and wind and sky. Not 22-December 21): People in the Solo-
about what really moves you, and devote your- just because it’s key to your physical health, but mon Islands buy many goods and ser- PISCES (February 19-March 20):
self passionately to your relationships with what also because many of your best ideas and deci- vices with regular currency, but also Virginia Woolf thought that her Pis-
really moves you. But there is one exception to sions are likely to emerge while you’re use other symbols of worth to pay for important cean lover Vita Sackville-West was a
this approach. Sometimes it’s wise to employ outdoors. cultural events like staging weddings and set- decent writer, but a bit too fluid and
the “fake it until you make it” strategy: to pre- tling disputes and expressing apologies. These effortless. Self-expression was so natural to
tend you are what you want to be with such con- VIRGO (August 23-September 22): alternate forms of currency include the teeth of Sackville-West that she didn’t work hard
viction that you ultimately become what you NASA landed its robotic explorer flying foxes, which are the local species of bat. enough to hone her craft and discipline her flow.
want to be. I suspect now is one of those times Opportunity on Mars in January of In that spirit, and in accordance with current In a letter, Woolf wrote, “I think there are odder,
for you. 2004. The craft’s mission, which was astrological omens, I’d love to see you expand deeper, more angular thoughts in your mind
supposed to last for 92 days, began by taking your sense of what constitutes your wealth. In than you have yet let come out.” I invite you to
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The stu- photos and collecting soil samples. More than addition to material possessions and funds in meditate on the possibility that Woolf’s advice
dents’ dining hall at Michigan State 14 years later, the hardy machine was still in the bank, what else makes you valuable? In what might be useful in 2019. Is there anything in
University serves gobs of mayonnaise. operation, continuing to send data back to other ways do you measure your potency, your your skill set that comes so easily that you
But in late 2016, a problem arose when Earth. It far outlived its designed lifespan. I vitality, your merit? It’s a favorable time to take haven’t fully ripened it? If so, develop it with
1250 gallons of the stuff became rancid. Rather foresee you being able to generate a comparable inventory. more focused intention.
than simply throw it away, the school’s Sustain- marvel in 2019, Virgo: a stalwart resource or
ability Officer came up with a brilliant solution: influence or situation that will have more stay- CAPRICORN (December 22-Janu- Homework: I’ve gathered all of the long-
load it into a machine called an anaerobic ing power than you could imagine. What could ary 19): In 1984, singer-songwriter term, big-picture horoscopes I wrote for
digester, which turns biodegradable waste into it be? John Fogerty released a new album you at Bit.ly/YourGloriousStory2019. Visit
energy. Problem solved! The transformed rot whose lead single was “The Old Man FreeWillAstrology.com.
provided electricity for parts of the campus. I LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Down the Road.” It sold well. But trouble arose
recommend you regard this story as a metaphor In 1557, Welsh mathematician Robert soon afterward when Fogerty’s former record New column published weekly
for your own use. Is there anything in your life Recorde invented the equals sign: =. company sued him in court, claiming he stole at RCReader.com
that has begun to decay or lose its usefulness? If Historical records don’t tell us when the idea for “The Old Man Down the Road”
so, can you convert it into a source of power? he was born, so we don’t know his astrological from “Run Through the Jungle.” That was a tune Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s
sign. But I’m guessing he was a Libra. Is there Fogerty himself had written and recorded in
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Live Music Live Music Live Music
Email all listings to calendar@rcreader.com • Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication

City IA Moeller Nights: Ponce – Sister Orchestra Iowa: Art Through
Moonshine Run – RIBCO, 1815 Wife – Subatlantic – Triple Crown Music – Coralville Center for the
Second Ave., Rock Island IL Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 Performing Arts, 1301 5th St.,
The Moxie Strings (10am) – E Third St., Davenport IA Coralville IA
Davenport Public Library - Main, SAU Music Department Piano
321 Main Street, Davenport IA
The Neverly Brothers – Ohnward THURSDAY
2019/01/24 (Thu)
24 Festival Concert – Galvin Fine Arts
Center, St. Ambrose University,
Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Jarren Benton – QonfliQ – Tay Yung 2101 N. Gaines St., Davenport IA
Maquoketa IA – M.E.D. Fam (6pm) – Timbre Zeta – Everlasting Light – Archeress
Red Carpet Riot – Rhythm City Ghost (9pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock
Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Washington St., Iowa City IA Island IL
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Moeller Nights: Dan Tedesco
Scamper – Quinn Corrigan Miller &
Reverend – Iowa City Yacht Club,
– Triple Crown Whiskey Bar &
Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., SATURDAY
2019/01/26 (Sat)
26
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Davenport IA 10 of Soul – Rhythm City Casino
Spoken Four Band – Riverside The Moxie Strings – Bettendorf High Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 School Performing Arts Center, Ave., Davenport IA
Highway 22, Riverside IA 3333 18th St., Bettendorf IA Byobrass – Nongrata – The BeSides
Tonic Sol-fa – Coralville Center for (9pm) – Anthony Worden (10pm)

SUNDAY
2019/01/20 (Sun)
20 the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St.,
Coralville IA
– Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St.,
Iowa City IA
Polka Club of Iowa Eastern Chapter The Travelin’ McCourys – River Code 415 – Quarter-Til Tap, 4101 14th
Dance w/ the Ken Paulsen Valley Rangers – The Redstone Ave., Rock Island IL
Quartet (1:30pm) – Walcott Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA Crooked Cactus – 11th Street
Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott Tre Voci – Hancher Auditorium, 141 Precinc t, 1107 Mound St.,
IA East Park Rd., Iowa City IA Davenport IA
Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Victor Shores – Casual – Heart to Dave & Gary of the Night People –
Workshop & Matinee Series: Gold – Del Rockford – Suburban Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5103 11th
Mozes & the Firstborn @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel – February 5 The Manny Lopez Septet (6pm) Commando – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third St., Rock Island IL
– The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Ave., Rock Island IL Flatfoot 56 – Other Brothers – Must
Davenport IA Build Jacuzzi – The Redstone
THURSDAY
2019/01/10 (Thu)
10 St., Iowa City IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Green
Historical Site’s Watch Tower
Lodge, 1510 46th Ave., Rock Island
Reverend Raven & the Chain
Smokin’ Altar Boys (6pm) – FRIDAY
2019/01/25 (Fri)
25 Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA
Moeller Nights: Brother Trucker –
Gary Todd (6pm) – Avey/Grouws Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., IL Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st St., 10 of Soul – Rhythm City Casino Sure Sure – Triple Crown Whiskey
Band (8pm) – Riverside Casino LeClaire IA Moline IL Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Hello Weekend – Riverside Casino
FRIDAY
2019/01/18 (Fri)
18 Ave., Davenport IA St., Davenport IA
Riverside IA
Michael Richard Klics Band –
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Riverside IA The Brat Pack – RIBCO, 1815 Second MONDAY
2019/01/21 (Mon)
21 50 Shades of Rock – 11th Street
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St.,
SAU Music Department Piano
Festival Concert – Galvin Fine Arts
Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa Moeller Nights: Abby Jeanne – Ave., Rock Island IL Connla – Bishop Hill Creative Davenport IA Center, St. Ambrose University,
City IA Soultru – Progeny – Triple Crown Bucktown Revue – Nighswander Commons, 309 N Bishop Hill St., Ayla Brown (6:30pm) – Wildfire 2101 N. Gaines St., Davenport IA
Moeller Nights: Martin Sexton – Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave, Bishop Hill IL Band (8:30pm) – Riverside Casino Sassmouth – Leesh – Kiddo – Rozz-
Chris Trapper – The Stardust, 218 E Third St., Davenport IA Davenport IA Lala Lala – Sen Morimoto – Karen and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
Iowa St., Davenport IA Mustang Sally – Rhythm City Casino Divine Minds Therapy Sessions – Meat – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Riverside IA Swing Night w/ Freddy Allen and
The Science Project – 6 Odd Rats – Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Makak – Parrotice – BRUUUCE – Rock Island IL The Blackstones – RIBCO, 1815 Terry Hanson – Hauberg Civic
Bloth – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Ave., Davenport IA Atrilla the Young – Gabe’s, 330 E. The Moxie Strings (3pm) – Second Ave., Rock Island IL Center Mansion, 1300 24th St.,
Linn St, Iowa City IA River Valley Rangers – Iowa City Washington St., Iowa City IA Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Brown Bag Lunch: Melanie Rock Island IL
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) Street, Moline IL Devaney (noon) – Bettendorf Tim Grimm – Uptown Theatre, 221
FRIDAY
2019/01/11 (Fri)
11 Studebaker John & the Hawks – – Lindsay Park Yacht Club, 2100 E. Public Library, 2950 Learning 1st Street NE, Mt. Vernon IA

Colossalraptors – Mansfield
Grace Performing Arts Center, 316
S. Main St., Princeton IL
River Dr., Davenport IA
Jazz After Five: The Saul Lubaroff TUESDAY
2019/01/22 (Tue)
22 Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA
Everclear – Riverside Casino Event
Wildfire Band featuring Ayla
Brown – Riverside Casino and Golf
Avenue – The Besides – Gabe’s, Trio (5pm) – Jordan “One Shed” Jazz After Five (5pm) – The Mill, 120 Center, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) – SUNDAY
2019/01/13 (Sun)
13 Sellergren featuring Randall
Davis – Paul Cary – The Mill, 120 E.
E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
The Moxie Strings (6pm) – Frances
IA
Giallows – Waking Robots –
IA

Rock Island Hy-Vee Market Grille,
2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL
Chamber Music Quad Cities:
The Recital (3pm) – Unitarian
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Moeller Nights: JP Harris – Owen –
Banta Waggoner Community
Library, 505 10th St., DeWitt IA
Kahlefum – Dead Ginger – The
Redstone Room, 129 Main St, SUNDAY
2019/01/27 (Sun)
27
Hello Weekend – Riverside Casino Universalist Congregation of the Dramatic Lovers – Triple Crown Ponce – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington Davenport IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) –
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave., Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 St., Iowa City IA Jazz After Five: The Steve Grismore Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700
Riverside IA Davenport IA E Third St., Davenport IA Trio (5pm) – The Mill, 120 E. N. Shore Dr., Moline IL
Josh Duffee & the Black Hawk
Broadcasters Jazz Concert
In the Mouth of Radness – Good
Habits – Pulsing – Gabe’s, 330 E.
The Moxie Strings – Wesley United
Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Ave., WEDNESDAY 23
2019/01/23 (Wed) Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Moeller Nights: Trevor Sensor
Kevin Burt (11am) – Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
(noon) – Moline Public Library, Washington St., Iowa City IA Muscatine IA Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Riverside IA
3210 41st St., Moline IL Northern Parallels 028: Colin Cook The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St.,
The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm) –
The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third MONDAY
2019/01/14 (Mon)
14 – Mike Derer – Higgy – Rozz-Tox,
2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
City IA Davenport IA

Ave., Rock Island IL Wayne “The Train” Hancock – The Prissillas (8pm) – Hold On
Moeller Nights: Buffalo Gospel – J Bishop Hill Creative Commons, 309 (9:30pm) – Rhythm City Casino
Council – Triple Crown Whiskey N Bishop Hill St., Bishop Hill IL Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third Ave., Davenport IA
St., Davenport IA
Mondo Generator – Droids Attack WEDNESDAY 16
2019/01/16 (Wed) Roger Carlson (6pm) – Rock Island
Hy-Vee Market Grille, 2930 18th
– Road Soda – RIBCO, 1815 Second Deltaphonic – Gabe’s, 330 E. Ave., Rock Island IL
Ave., Rock Island IL Washington St., Iowa City IA Spoken Four Band – Riverside
Mustang Sally – Rhythm City Casino The Moxie Strings (6pm) – West Casino and Golf Resort, 3184
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Music Quad Cities, 4305 44th Ave, Highway 22, Riverside IA
Ave., Davenport IA Moline IL Tropidelic – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13
Parker Millsap – David Zollo – The S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa
THURSDAY
2019/01/17 (Thu)
17
City IA
Skyline Sounds – Tambourine – Amigo the Devil – Harley Poe – SATURDAY
2019/01/19 (Sat)
19
Pollinators – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Brian Barr (8pm) – Levi Pugh 38 Special – Rhythm City Casino
Ave., Rock Island IL – Levi Stolz Duo (9pm) – Gabe’s, Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore
Winterland & Kind Country – South 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA Ave., Davenport IA
City Revival – The Redstone Fresh Wax: Garden of Earthly Code 415 – The Gypsy Highway Bar &
Room, 129 Main St, Davenport IA Delights w/ Ryan Simpson – Grill, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport
Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock IA

SATURDAY
2019/01/12 (Sat)
12 Island IL
Gallivant – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
The Collective: Cartman – T-Griff
– King Leer – OB1 (8pm) – Wolf
3 on the Tree – RIBCO, 1815 Second Linn St, Iowa City IA Mixer (10pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Ave., Rock Island IL Laura Gibson – Stelth Ulvang – The Washington St., Iowa City IA
Code 415 – Fargo Lounge, 4204 Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) –
Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL IA Tuggers Burger Bar & Ale House,
Corporate Rock – 11th Street Moeller Nights: Soren Bryce – Triple 201 N. Main St., Port Byron IL
Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Haphazard – 11th Street Precinct,
Davenport IA Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Feral Light – Acoustic Guillotine – The Moxie Strings: PASS Event Jim Buennig – Damani Phillips –
Dryad – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington (6:30pm) – Black Hawk State The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa The Travelin’ McCourys @ the Redstone Room – January 24
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Live Music
MUSIC By Max Allison

Lala Lala
Email all listings to calendar@rcreader.com • Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication Monday, January 21, 8 p.m. @ Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island, IL

TUESDAY
2019/01/29 (Tue)
29
Moeller Nights: Pony Bradshaw
SATURDAY
2019/02/02 (Sat)
2
Annie Mack Duo (6:30pm) – 10 of
SUNDAY
2019/02/03 (Sun)

Quad City Symphony Orchestra
3 S inger/songwriter Lillie West helms the Chi-
cago-based grunge-rock/dream-pop project
Lala Lala (playing Rozz-Tox on January 21) from
– Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Soul (8:30pm) – Riverside Casino Masterworks IV: Mahler’s 9th the persona of the disaffected slacker youth who
Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Symphony (2pm) – Centennial
Davenport IA Riverside IA Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th
is quite capable – perhaps secretly, and to her
Banda Magda (6:30 & 9pm) – Ave., Rock Island IL own chagrin – of putting in some serious work to

WEDNESDAY 30
2019/01/30 (Wed) Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park untangle her life’s problems.

Bayside – Golds – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Rd., Iowa City IA
Benny the Jet – OP$AV – TUESDAY
2019/02/05 (Tue)
5 On the cover of her latest album The Lamb,
released by independent-rock stalwarts (and Sub
Washington St., Iowa City IA A$thmattic – Whensday (6pm) – Moeller Nights: Mozes & the
Moeller Nights: The Medium – The Bad Advice Club – Big Oak – Max Firstborn – The Parrots – Triple Pop branch-off label) Hardly Art, West stares off Lala Lala
Evening Attraction – Triple Crown & the Megababes (9pm) – Gabe’s, Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon vaguely in the direction of the camera, not catching
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA the onlooker’s eye, more disinterestedly surveying glockenspiel melody and chiming lead guitar echo
E Third St., Davenport IA Bittersweet – Iowa City Yacht Club, Tony Sconyers Sings Nat King Cole something happening way over there on the other somewhere behind the gritty foreground. In one
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA (noon) – Rock Island Public Library
side of the Lake Michigan pier that drips with piles verse, she sings, “I can feel myself, beginning to
FRIDAY
2019/02/01 (Fri)
1 Code 415 – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State
St., Bettendorf IA
- Downtown Library, 401 19th St.,
Rock Island IL of snow melting in the sunlight. While this image shift / what should I hold, I can’t resist” as if hinting
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops Druids – Aseethe – Everlasting accurately captures one typical mode that West at the sudden burst of emotion about to overtake
– 6 Odd Rats – Gabe’s, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Light – Upon the Death Horse
– RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock WEDNESDAY 6
2019/02/06 (Wed) settles into for her vocal performances – that of
the indifferent garage rock singer whose voice
the song. When the chorus hits, the song instantly
lights up to a level hundreds of watts brighter. Her
Bella Electric Strings: Femmes of Island IL Moeller Nights: Twen – Jenny
Rock – University of Dubuque’s Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey O – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & lands somewhere between a melodic whisper and voice splinters into a double- (or triple-) tracked
Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St., – Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., a mumbled complaint at the world – this is only one close harmony, soaring octaves up in piercing
Dubuque IA Potter Dr., Bellevue IA Davenport IA trick up her sleeve. Her huge choruses, animated tones that seem to attest to some epiphany with the
Casual Classics Concert: To Be Sung Moeller Nights: The 4onthefloor Twiddle – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington by a more howled, heavy vocal style and peals of power to open up hearts and change minds. Her
About Water – Galvin Fine Arts – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & St., Iowa City IA
Center, St. Ambrose University, Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., noisy lead guitar, break the stereotype of the jaded guitar work percolates with distorted layers along-
2101 N. Gaines St., Davenport IA Davenport IA slacker to reveal an emotional gradient that encom- side more of a straightforward jangle, as chaos
Nivrana: A Tribute to Nirvana – Moonshine Run – 11th Street passes affection, rage, sadness, and confusion. living in direct contact with the mundane details
The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Precinc t, 1107 Mound St., The interplay between the muted verses and these of existence. More than just getting something off
Davenport IA Davenport IA
Subatlantic – Soultru featuring Quad City Symphony Orchestra
towering chorus moments lifts West’s songwriting her chest and onto the page, into the microphone,
FVNTVNV – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Masterworks IV: Mahler’s 9th into far more surprising territories than many of her or out onto the guitar fretboard, the songs of Lala
Ave., Rock Island IL Symphony – Adler Theatre, 136 E. underground-rock colleagues. Clearly, she has Lala paint a rich inner world capable of being borne
Wheelhouse Band (6:30pm) – Third St., Davenport IA carefully considered the trajectories of each of her out into the real world in all its varied complexities.
Michael Moncada & Whiskey The Western Den – Bees – Wild Age Lala Lala’s January 21 concert opens with sets
songs and plotted out the emotional arcs they cast.
High (8:30pm) – Riverside Casino – The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Davenport IA “Destroyer” opens The Lamb with some of the by Sen Morimoto and Karen Meat, admission to
Riverside IA Windy City Dueling Pianos – The album’s most direct and affecting songwriting. the 8 p.m. show is $10-13, and more information
Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third The track’s production skates over steadily chug- is available by calling (309)200-0978 or visiting
Ave., Rock Island IL ging guitar chords and a laconic beat, but hints of Rozz-Tox.com.

MUSIC By Todd McGreevy

2018’s 3-2-1 Music Lists from Quad Citizens
L
ast year we published for the first Senses Fest / RIBCO, September 28 Eldren on Still Want More, 2018; “Dirty on the golf course to this song. It’s real
time a new twist on an old format – 1: Tom Waits Few” by Cassingles on Dirty Few, 2017 jazzy.); “Every 1’s A Winner” by Ty Segal
the ubiquitous year-end-lists-about- 2: Illuminati Hotties at Triple Crown, on Freedom’s Goblin, 2018 (1978 Hot
music. This year we’ve left the format the Patrick Stolley, September 22; In the Whale with Road Chocolate cover, also a groove); “Out of
same and have a few additional voices. We futureappletreestudio too Soda and Runaway Kids at the LoPiez Reaches” by Stephen Malkmus & the
reached out to those we know to contrib- 3: “Total Football” by Parquet Courts Mansion, September 26 Jicks on Real Emotional Trash, 2008 (It’s
ute to, support, and/or promote the local- on Wide Awake, 2018; “Southend Sta- 1: Red Fang (at the Village Theatre) from 2008, but just found it and it has
music scene to give us their takes on 2018 tion” by Omni on Multitask, end of 2017; everything: organ, 70’s guitar solo, super-
via a 3-2-1 format. “Pearly” by Palm on Rock Island, 2018 Mark Neslon, good harmony at the end. It’s a winner.)
We asked: What are the 3 top songs you 2: Broncho at Triple Crown, spring; Roy R. Fisher 2: Nathaniel Ratecliff at Codfish
loved listening to this year, the 2 top live Courtesy at Rozz Tox, summer 3: “River Mouth (Parts 1 & 2)” by The Hollow; Al Sweet on the roof at Great
shows you saw in the Quad Cities, and 1: Parquet Courts Nels Cline 4 on Currents, Constellations, River Brewery
the 1 artist you most want to see perform 2018; “That Girl Is You” by Dave Mat- 1: The Feelies at RIBCO (I will buy all
here live in 2019? If you would like to con- balcony tix.)
tribute to this year’s list, or be invited to
Benjamin Fawks, Rozz-Tox thews Band on Come Tomorrow, 2018;
3: “Devotion” by Tirzah on Devotion, “Dance of the Evil Toys” by Branford
participate next year, please email music@
2018; “Decide Decide” by John Maus on Marsalis Quartet, unreleased, 2018 Sean Moeller,
rcreader.com. For a Youtube playlist of 2: Johnny Lang at the 2018 MVBS Blues Moeller Nights
Screen Memories, 2018; “Words Unspo-
most of these songs, visit www.rcreader. Fest, July 7; Sammy Miller & the Congre- 3: “Drew Barrymore” by SZA on Ctrl,
ken” by Dearly Departure on Genesis,
com/y/2018-321. gation at the Redstone Room, April 4 2017; “Cooks” by Still Woozy, digital-
2018
2: Elena Colombi at Rozz-Tox, April 13; 1: Peter Gabriel single release, 2018; “Miss You” by Born
Jason Parris, Mdou Moctar at Rozz-Tox, June 2 Ruffians on Uncle, Duke & The Chief, 2018
Wake Brewing / RIBCO 1: John Maus Chris Barnard, 2: Jade Bird with Field Report at The
3: “Capsule” by Baptist on Beacon of Marigold Resources Raccoon Motel, October 5; Future Islands
Faith, 2018; “Light Song” by Emma Ruth Andrew LopeZ, 3: “Wide Awake” by Parquet Courts at Codfish Hollow, August 29
Rundle on Dark Horses, 2018; “In Rev- 1: SZA (or Idles)
erie” by Yob on Our Raw Heart, 2018
LoPiez Pizza on Wide Awake, 2018 (It’s not really a
3: “Romantic” by Mannequin Pussy on song; it’s a groove. You really need to see
2: Sumac at RIBCO, September 2; Facs the Croatian dance my pal Mishow does
Romantic, 2017; “Miss Information” by
/ Emma Ruth Rundle / Nest Egg at All Continued On Page 27
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DJs/Karaoke/Jams/Open Mics
Email all listings to calendar@rcreader.com • Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication

Zeta @ Rozz-Tox – January 25

THURSDAYS
THURSDAYS Moline IL
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews – MONDAYS
MONDAYS

Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St, Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120
415 15th St, Moline IL Moline IL E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Open Mic Coffeehouse (Jan. 11)
Pub, 2104 State St, Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews –
– First Lutheran Church of Rock
Island Parish House, 1600 20th St., TUESDAYS
TUESDAYS

The Torchlight Lounge, 1800 18th Rock Island IL DJ Batwoman (Jan. 8) – Iowa City
Ave., East Moline IL Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City
Open Mic & More – Uptown Bill’s Washington St., Iowa City IA IA
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Front Bar Karaoke – The Mill, 120 E.
Iowa City IA
Open Mic Night (6pm) – Energized SATURDAYS
SATURDAYS Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
Cafe, 226 W. Third St., Davenport IA Karaoke Jean – Meat Market, 1629 Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon,
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace – Boots Washington St., Davenport IA 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA
Western Saloon, 2228 E 11th St., Karaoke Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grill, Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle,
Davenport IA 114 1/2 W. Third St., Davenport IA 1417 Fifth Ave., Moline IL
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
Up on 7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
IL Davenport IA Island IL
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Karaoke Night – Big River Bowling,
Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners WEDNESDAYS
WEDNESDAYS

FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd.,
Davenport IA
Hump Day Wing & Sing w/
Marybeth – Hawkeye Tap Sports
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
1321 Fifth Ave., Moline IL S. First St., Long Grove IA Davenport IA
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Karaoke Night w/ Aftermidnight Karaoke Jean – Meat Market, 1629
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Band in a Box – Choppers Bar & Washington St., Davenport IA
Davenport IA Grill Incorporated, 17228 IL-5, East Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
Karaoke Friday (Jan. 11) – Iowa City Moline IL 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W.
IA Hollar’s Bar and Grill, 4050 27th St., Locust St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 W. Moline IL Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second
Locust St., Davenport IA Tw i s t e d M i c ’s M u s i c a n d Ave., Rock Island IL
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Entertainment – Barrel House Karaoke Whiskey Wednesday (Jan.
Sports Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave., Moline IL 9) – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn
Davenport IA St., Iowa City IA
Karaoke Night – Big River Bowling,
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA SUNDAYS
SUNDAYS Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats –
Bent River Brewing Company, 512
Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Catfish Jazz Jam Session (Jan. 13, 24th St., Rock Island IL
Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., 6pm) – Columbus Club, 1111 W. Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar
Davenport IA 35th St., Davenport IA & Grille, 114 1/2 W. Third St.,
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey Davenport IA
S. First St., Long Grove IA Sunday Jam (Jan. 27 & Feb 24, Open Mic Music Night (5:30pm) –
Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, 6pm) – Rock Island Elks Club, 427 Milltown Coffee, 3800 River Dr. #2,
2814 State St., Bettendorf IA Seventh Ave., Rock Island IL Moline IL
Karaoke Night w/ Aftermidnight Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
Band in a Box – Choppers Bar & 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Grill Incorporated, 17228 IL-5, East
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MUSIC Continued From Page 25 By Todd McGreevy

2018’s 3-2-1 Music Lists from Quad Citizens
David Baker,
KALA-FM
3: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen on
the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack, 2018;
“Better Now” by Post Malone on Beer-
bongs & Bentleys, 2018; “Girls Like You”
by Maroon 5 on Red Pill Blues, 2017
2: Bees at Polyrhythms Jazz & Heritage
Festival, Martin Luther King Jr. Park,
August 18; Victor Wooten at the River
Music Experience, April 25
1: Sara Bareilles (She was incredible
on NBC’s live presentation of Jesus Christ
Superstar this year, and I’ve always been a
fan of her vocal range and style. Check out
her cover of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow
Brick Road”! It’s stellar!)

Todd McGreevy, In the Whale with Road Soda and Runaway Kids at The LoPiez Mansion (September 26, 2018)
River Cities’ Reader
3: “Grand Bargain!” by The Poster
Jennings on Countach (For Giorgio), 2017 new album of originals. These septuage- RIBCO, May 11 (Wellman’s lead guitar-
Children on Grand Bargain!, 2018 (First
(Trucker country meets 80s video games); narians’ chops are still sharp as hell, and ist is a virtuoso and no better venue than
album in 14 years, engineered by Steve
“I Can’t Quit You Baby” by The Rolling the no-frills, no-dubs is astonishingly RIBCO for this Neil Young cover show
Albini. Can’t go wrong buying all their
Stones on Blue & Lonesome, 2016 (Twelve electric.) you should see if they come around again.)
albums and queueing all songs in a player.);
stone-cold Blues covers issued from the 2: JJ Grey & Mofro at River Music 1: Poster Children
“From Here to Eternity” by Shooter
exhaust of recoding a yet-to-be-released Experience, January 28; Sungreen at

MUSIC By Max Allison

Trevor Sensor
Friday, January 25, 7 p.m.@ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 East Third
Street, Davenport, IA

P erforming as a Moeller Nights headliner on
January 25, Trevor Sensor’s full-length LP debut
bears the title Andy Warhol’s Dream, which should
instantly give you an idea of the palette he works
within. Vaguely nostalgic garage rock? Check. Evo-
cations of the heyday of the 1960s? Definitely. A
tongue-in-cheek view of art across the generations
as being locked in a state of constant regurgitation
and self-consumption? Oh yeah.
Andy Warhol’s Dream landed in 2017 on god-
tier indie-rock label JagJaguwar, yet Sensor’s Trevor Sensor
sound skirts closer to, say, Elvis Presley than
Bon Iver. Lead single “High Beams” comes with a of style that sounds like he’s working really hard to
music video filmed in grainy VHS quality in which make sure each phrase reaches the same level of
Sensor sings directly into the camera over his intensity, and it makes you wonder what he sounds
guitar, dressed in a leather jacket and collared like when he’s just sitting around in the living room
shirt, occasionally beating at his chest in moments talking to his friends. Is it a couple octaves higher,
of emotional intensity. Behind him, as the scene perhaps? Or is it constantly somewhere in the cig-
switches through various mundane scenes such as arettes-and-whiskey-soaked lower register? Simi-
empty city blocks, highways, and farmlands, three lar to the sock-hop-meets-beach-party doo-pop/
female backup dancers work their ways through surf/garage rock of contemporaries The Growlers,
synchronized routines in matching black dresses. Trevor Sensor connects with young rock fans not
The overall effect of the video perfectly matches only by harnessing the tropes of glamorized eras
Trevor Sensor’s sound, which drudges up the most from half a century ago, but from backing that up
frankly affecting aspects of raw Americana, garage with the kind of raw vocal power and songwriting
pop, and twangy country rock – before mixing them chops that can’t help but hook you in. While videos
all into some passionate post-’60s melange and of his more stripped-down vocals and acoustic-
frosting them with a hearty dose of fried frontman guitar performances testify to his ability to main-
theatrics. tain his idiosyncratic style even in the absence of
This all wouldn’t work without Sensor’s distinc- all frills, Sensor’s full live show benefits from the
tive voice at the front of his songs. You can hear his presence of a band capable of following behind his
vocal cords frying and rumbling, with each howled lead-singer magnetism.
word, as he drags each vowel out into unexpected Trevor Sensor plays Davenport’s Triple Crown
lengths of vibrato and garbled, spit-soaring empha- Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel at 7 p.m. on Janu-
sis. Throaty and ragged, his vocal style evokes ary 25, admission is $10, and more information is
Meat Loaf as much as Johnny Cash. It’s the kind available by visiting MoellerNights.com.
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