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WORDS FROM THE EDITOR By Kathleen McCarthy

Could Social Emotional Learning Be Counterproductive?


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olitical influence is permeating every facet of CTCL’s, including many other partisan NGOs’ and the Rockefeller Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Equality describes equal in being, or “the same
American society: culture, laws, finance, and foundations’ data collection and analytic to come.) Gates Foundation, The Welcome Trust … . The in value,” and applies most efficiently to the lowest
most alarming of all, education. To this end, CTCL distributed more than $350 list is not surprising. Their patronage underscores common denominator of one for actually achieving
But first, a few recent noteworthy controversies. million, funded almost exclusively by FaceBook’s what Justice ClarenceThomas accurately coined it.
A Georgia Gwinnett College student, Chike Mark Zuckerberg and wife Pricilla Chan, of which “The bigotry of low expectations.” Which begs the Equity means fairness, justice, and is a construct,
Uzuegbunam, won his case against the college Scott County received $426,000. This cash infusion question: Has a decision been made by funders and often including some measurement or division for
for violating his First Amendment free-speech exceeded the County’s entire election budget. Scott educators that too many of our children have fallen groupings.
rights in the Supreme Court of the United States County Auditor Roxanna Moritz, who ran unop- so far behind, that the more expedient solution is to Equality has a singular nature, it applies to each
(SCOTUS) in a near unanimous vote of 8-1. posed in 2020, accepted two CTCL grants ($286,000 lower standards for all students to assure equity in individual within a group, and does not confine
Justice Roberts was the sole dissenting vote, and $140,000) in October, despite several prior the classroom? itself to groups only. Equality does not require
favoring the college’s right to limit the student’s assurances the county election budget sufficed. When viewed through a wider lens, or along a measurements or divisions, nor does it occur at the
speech to free speech zones via no quantifiable According to Auditor Moritz, in reports before longer timeline, supported by stated goals within expense of others as each individual by definition
non-pecuniary rights damage, instead advocat- the Scott County Board of Supervisors (SCBS) in curricula, students are being incorporated into a has the same value.
ing nominal damages, regardless. (Uzuegbu- midsummer through the fall 2020, the County’s larger mission of long term social activism, with Equity can and often does expend others for the
nam v. Preczewski) https://ballotpedia.org/ election was in good fiscal standing. All 63 polling teachers and administrators acting en masse as sake of group fairness or justice, evidenced by the
Uzuegbunam_v._Preczewski#Outcome locations would be open despite Covid challenges, community organizers. SEL’s penchant for underscoring racial inequities,
In Nevada this week, the Democrat Social- with no shortfalls or additional funding requests A deeper dive into the K-12 social emotional which are themselves divisive constructs in this
ist Party won all five leadership seats for that forthcoming. programming permeating schools in every state tidal wave of transformative education.
State’s Democrat National Party affiliation. After Since then, all manner of irregularities and/ suggests a “divide and conquer” social scheme. And Reinforcing students from K-12, then continuing
which the entire staff of Nevada’s Democratic or crimes have surfaced that are connected to the while there is nothing new in that centuries-old through college and grad school, with the notions
Party resigned in opposition to the Social- Auditor’s office that include violating state law. strategy, it is much better funded, organized, and of equity being the higher aim over equality (from
ist movement within their own group, taking Among them are altering time cards of Primary poll now generationally deployed at ever-younger school which natural, sustainable fairness and justice
approximately $450,000 with them and parking workers to increase pay without Board approval, ages. flow), necessitates a hierarchy of causation that pits
it with a different Democrat-affiliated organi- asking the SCBS for a resolution approving the What is new is the emphasis on emotional one group against another, whether consciously or
zation. https://theintercept.com/2021/03/08/ increase in poll workers’ pay to whitewash the dis- recognition and validation as equally instructive subconsciously.
nevada-democratic-party-dsa/ crepancy before the annual audit was certified, and compared with reason and rational cogitation. It Highlighting historical racism using Critical
The three experimental injections being dis- allowing Republican John Maxwell on the ballot for appears that Post Modernism doctrines provide Race Theory, in order to persuade, advances a
tributed nationwide do not conform to the legal a School Board position he was not eligible for as a the ideal platform for refocusing students toward race-based villain/victim scenario, hence the focus
definition of “vaccine” or “vaccination,” nor are sitting Scott County Supervisor. social emotional learning that is measured by cor- on white supremacy, privilege, and oppressor of
any approved by the Federal Drug Administration This last oversight by Moritz is made more rect worldviews for advancement, in some cases the other races and their progeny. Americans past
(FDA). This is because the experimental injections egregious by her office being one of three (auditor, taking precedence over literacy, math, or science and present grew up learning about the horrors of
are to-date not proven to provide immunity: (a) recorder, and treasurer) that will appoint Maxwell’s competencies. slavery, most especially the cruelty and diminu-
do not prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection; (b) do not replacement on the Scott County Board of Supervi- While emotionalism is definitely a tool for tion of African-Americans as enslaved property
prevent occurrence of COVID19 disease; (c) do sors until the next election. navigating life, it’s infinitely inferior as the tool, of white owners. The shame of “white oppression”
not prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus or The only way for Scott Countians to stop bureau- evidenced by the breakdown in communication is not lost on Americans through time, evidenced
COVID19 disease. https://www.lawinsider.com/ cracy corruption in election integrity with unac- in the last decade. Few people are talking rela- by an unyielding conviction to eliminate all racial
dictionary/vaccine countable funds and spending, regardless of party tive to cultural and political differences for fear of injustice as a core value of American ethos.
The experimental injections only reduce symp- affiliation or which party or candidate is advantaged emotionally triggering others. Emotionalism has As the 1619 Project agrees, Thomas Jefferson
toms of COVID19 disease for the approximate 19 by such corruption, is to get involved in local civic become the largest self censor-er of all. acknowledged the hypocrisy of his own slave own-
percent of population who experience symptoms at business by attending council, supervisor, and gov- Schools by social contract are places of higher ership, especially in the bright light of his author-
all, therefore recipients are admonished to continue ernment committees’ meetings; running for local cognitive development, without which humans ing the Declaration of Independence, therefore
wearing mask(s) and socially distance indefinitely. board seats (county supervisor, school board, city languish intellectually. The chaos that underpins outlawing much of it. It took another 85 years before
Furthermore, while all manufacturers of council, and the many committee seats throughout contextual-less learning found in Common Core America fought a civil war for emancipation, but
experimental injections for COVID have blanket the administrations); watchdog and participate is bearing this out. Thanks to COVID, the failure it was fought precisely because America recog-
immunity for liability from harm caused by the in election office processes (poll workers, elec- that is Common Core would be otherwise glaringly nized its crimes against humanity in the practice
injections, the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & tion judges, ballot counters, etc, as this is urgently obvious by now. Instead, children are falling behind of slavery. https://archive.org/details/1619project/
Johnson experimental injections are approved for needed going forward); actively participate at the scholastically across disciplines due to sheer neglect full_issue_of_the_1619_project
“emergency use only” (EMU), and therefore do not precinct level for a preferred political party; but at and social isolation, leaving Common Core to Fast forward to the present and it cannot be
qualify for current government-run program(s) to a minimum, begin attending meetings (county, escape under the radar, and with it accountability denied that most white people openly reject those
reimburse recipients harmed by these three desig- city, school, and political parties) as a concerned from school administrators and teachers. past crimes with nonnegotiable resolve, further
nated COVID19 injections. citizen. Most are being held virtually so you can But the new creed for the 21st century to never cemented by continued codification against all
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press- attend remotely. These are simple actions/activities waste a crisis has resulted in promulgating Critical forms of cruelty and discrimination.
announcements/fda-issues-emergency-use-autho- that yield enormous reward if you persevere. Never Race Theory (CRT), Culturally Responsive Teach- Yet children today, who have been taught from
rization-third-covid-19-vaccine underestimate your powers of observation, partici- ing & Learning (CRTL), Social Emotional Learning birth that skin color doesn’t matter, are suddenly
In Iowa, it has been learned that, well before the pation, and civic engagement in causing meaningful (SEL), and the 1619 Project, to name just a few trans- being conditioned via SELs to believe otherwise by
2020 November election, Republican Secretary change. formative educational initiatives and programs. hyper-focusing on differences that emphasize skin
of State Paul Pate’s office introduced the progres- ***** https://mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1254/ color, and the historically negative behavior that is
sive Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) Now we circle back to education and local School critical-race-theory presumed destined for repetition unless students
during an annual conference of state-wide election Districts and Board adoption of Social Emotional Controversy plagues such programming within are taught to check their privilege and many other
officials, effectively endorsing large infusions of Learning (SEL) programming into curriculums that curricula, claiming it smacks of resurrecting racial biased inclinations.
privately funded partisan grants into the public demand parents’ attention. division that has otherwise been gradually weeded This reverse conditioning as part of children’s
election offices of 64 Iowa counties. https://www. If you are wondering where all the drama is out of the hearts and minds of each successive gen- developmental programming has the potential
techandciviclife.org/ coming from with censoring Dr. Seuss books, eration. The super-majority of Americans embrace for unrecognized, unattended defensiveness,
“COVID-19 Relief Grants’ were awarded by blurring gender lines, Critical Race Theory training the belief that skin color doesn’t matter, that people insecurity, guilt, anxiety, all the toxic emotions that
CTCL to manage elections in targeted districts to prohibited then reinstated throughout the public need be judged by character and deeds, not by race no amount of admission, self-effacing, self-recrim-
advantage Democrats in the 2020 election. The sector, and Social Emotional Learning with its or any other attribute we have no control over. ination, or self-loathing can on balance overcome
grants came with instructions that required adher- hyper focus on diversity and racism, the origins can This positive core belief has transcended culture because our children are psychologically forced into
ence or the grants would be owed back to CTCL for be found largely in academia. and society on an individual basis, with profound capitulating, apologizing, and emotionally paying
noncompliance. The MainStream Media (MSM), newly referred moral conviction, backed by an increasing body of for sins, attitudes, actions, and oppression they had
Prior to the 2020 election, CTCL operated an to as the M5M for Mainstream 5 Media (con- laws to underscore the equality it means to invoke. no part in, neither as villain or victim.
approximately $1 million annual budget, engaging glomerates) are all in, too, relentlessly reinforcing This color blindness can especially be seen in the It is important to note that SELs are also big busi-
local election jurisdictions by offering free data col- themes of white privilege, racism, and oppression as many places where children congregate, including ness as of 2021. Initially, school districts in Iowa get
lection and analytics tools, making it a natural for being responsible for the growing gaps in literacy, schools and playgrounds. these programs and support for free from a provider
one of the world’s largest data miners, FaceBook’s mathematics, science, and many other traditional Still, while vigilance and improvement is always organization such as CASEL, then must pay for the
Zuckerberg, to join forces using hundreds of mil- academic categories of learning. needed, the danger of transformative education
lions of dollars to influence predetermined election Both Academia and M5M are largely financed and SELs arguably lies in its promoting the goal of
outcomes, especially in swing states. (More on by familiar foundations and NGOs, including “equity” as a replacement for equality. Continued On Page 17
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ILLINOIS POLITICS By Rich Miller usually don’t want to have anything to do problems at the Illinois Department of
with you when you lose. So the governor Employment Security a full year since the
Kelly Clobbered Harris, and Might Have needs to start putting some points on the
board or this could morph into something
economic crisis began. Legislators receive
more gut-wrenching calls about this topic
Clipped Pritzker, Too that voters might eventually care about.
Someday, this pandemic’s gonna end.
than pretty much everything else combined.
The best path forward for the gov-

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Pritzker is starting to take some positive ernor boils down to good governance,
hen legal questions were raised liberal billionaire governor, weren’t enough steps. The governor just finished two weeks good politics, and much better “member
about U.S. Representative Robin to stop Kelly, you’re dealing with a heck of of events with Legislative Black Caucus management.”
Kelly’s campaign for state Dem- a candidate, a clever sponsor, and no fear of members enthusiastically supporting the One thing that encompasses all three of
ocratic Party chair last week and Kelly only reprisal from the other side. new criminal justice reform law and aggres- those is the state’s capital program, which
got stronger, that should tell you a couple Granted, the state central committee is a sively rebutting its many critics. The Black needs to be rolled out more. Nothing gener-
of things. strangely unique voting universe populated Caucus passed three of its four “pillars” in ates more legislative goodwill than projects.
One, Kelly is a genuinely well-liked, with some odd sorts. But everybody knew January (education and economic reform Make lots of people happy and create some
well-known, and trusted person within the that going in. Also, people lied. But that’s not were the other two), so expect another four jobs, already.
Democratic Party, and her alliance with new. In the end, however, the governor got weeks of similar whistle-stops. Above all, though, Pritzker’s gotta figure
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was crucial. They rolled. Again. Governor Pritzker has also done a out why these losses keep happening. Stop
were quickly able to believably reassure her Governor Pritzker’s foray into the 2020 few recent events announcing projects talking and start listening.
supporters and those leaning her direction Illinois Senate President election caused a from 2019’s massive capital-construction He wouldn’t confirm it, but I’m told one of
that she’d find a way around the admission backlash that ended in defeat and lingering program. the last people to declare his state party chair
by her own attorney that the state party resentment on both sides. His “Fair Tax” was With the way things stand now, though, allegiance was millennial committee-person
couldn’t raise or spend “soft,” non-federal so thoroughly beaten last year that Demo- the legislature will roll over him like he’s Tom Maillard moments before the voting
campaign money as long as she had even cratic legislators all over the state who voted not even there on the new district maps, the began. Maillard had just enough weighed
“indirect” control of the party apparatus. to put it on the ballot were running away budget, or whatever. votes to put Kelly over the top. A phone call
Two, and perhaps more importantly, the from it throughout the fall. January’s lame- For instance, Pritzker’s failed efforts for to that young man to hear him out is prob-
hit solidified the contest as a referendum on duck session was a gubernatorial disaster. more than a year to pass a clean-up bill for ably the last thing anyone on Team Pritzker
Governor JB Pritzker, and not in a good way. And now this. the cannabis-legalization law are encounter- wants to do right now. But it wouldn’t be a
When the potential loss of millions of Last week’s narrow-but-convincing ing even more resistance. Representative horrible first step.
dollars in campaign contributions, plus the thumping of Pritzker’s candidate Michelle Sonya Harper, the chair of the Illinois Leg-
possible loss of as much as $300,000 in post- Harris won’t matter at all to actual 2022 islative Black Caucus, insisted to the Cook Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a
age discounts per cycle for the Illinois House voters, who are far more concerned right County Cannabis Commission last week daily political newsletter, and
Democrats alone, and the publicly-expressed now with staying alive, healthy, and that the Pritzker administration’s implemen- CapitolFax.com.
fears about Kelly’s election from the party’s employed. But these losses have a cumulative tation of the 2019 law is the main problem,
most-dependable ally, organized labor, and effect under the Statehouse dome. not the law itself. New Column Published Weekly at
the very real possibility of alienating a sitting Losing is like a disease in politics. People And then, of course, there are the ongoing RCReader.com
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WORDS FROM THE PUBLISHER By Todd McGreevy

Give Repurposing I-74 Bridge


(unbeknownst to Marigold) for two years. • The annual cost estimates given
He has a load of research and has spoken years ago to maintain the bridge
to more people involved in local, state, and were not for this stripped-down pier
Toll Plaza Idea a Fair Shake federal government than anyone else.
Jeff saw Larry’s rendering in the news and •
concept.
We only have one shot to measure

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connected with Marigold to share his white twice and cut once, and that window
hen Marigold Resources' brand- February that this was a good idea, but too
paper, which we’ve re-printed below. Once is closing this year without a fiscally
ing and agribusiness adviser late. And a local TV station picked up on the
Jeff and Larry met and compared notes, it sober evaluation of the opportunity
Larry McDonald came up social media buzz to run a story echoing the
was evident to me once again that the Quad and the risks.
with the idea to re-purpose the portion of apparent party line, “Good idea, but don’t
Cities has experts and visionaries right in Marigold will be hosting an organiz-
the I-74 Bridge that used to house the toll hold your breath.”
our own backyard. ing meeting for a Fair Shake Task Force.
plaza operations into an elevated park on What did not get reported was this
And after reviewing the financial data This will include Jeff Moore’s presentation
the Mississippi River, his concept render- conceptual trial balloon never proposed
and insight he’s gleaned from his exhaustive of his research as well as new conceptual
ing was posted to several social-media and that repurposing and maintaining a
research, it’s also very evident this big idea is renderings from Larry McDonald with
LinkedIn accounts. (Pictured on the cover piece of our bi-state region’s history and
worthy of a fair shake review. Doing a fair more details about access, usage, views and
infrastructure would rely solely on public
of this edition.) shake review is a low-risk exercise, with a spectacularly inspiring drone videos.
funding.
It received thousands of views and engage- potentially high reward for this region. We know there are challenges with
Nor should it.
ments, and hundreds of comments. permitting and timelines. There’s also a
This region has immense private wealth
Plenty of observers commented how fabu-
and significant expertise and resources to
Big picture, we know the following window to surprise ourselves if we want to.
lous it would be to provide such an unprec-
realize and sustain such a bold idea.
to be accurate: Jeff Moore has done a yeoman’s job of estab-
edented access to and experience of the • Connecting locals and visitors alike lishing a baseline of facts and contacts that
And if open-minded due diligence proves
Quad Cities’ number one asset. Who knew directly to the Mississippi River is the we’re wagering will intrigue the Quad Cities’
re-imagining a major piece of infrastructure
the original I-74 Bridge is also a memorial number-one way to ensure the Quad leadership to take a second look. Thank you,
can leverage more-meaningful-engagement-
to veterans of four foreign wars? The online Cities thrives as a destination and a Jeff Moore!
with-the-river-for-all than destroying it,
detractors dutifully cast the concept aside as great place to live and grow. To learn more about the Fair Shake Task Force
Marigold stands ready to assist in making
frivolous and commented “Who was sup- • The infrastructure from the deck email Chris Barnard at info@marigoldresources.com.
the ask.
posed to pay for this, the beleaguered tax below to river’s bedrock will still be
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
payers . . . again?!” standing more than 100 years from Reader Publisher Todd McGreevy is also a partner
Enter Rock Islander Jeff Moore. at Marigold Resources an independent mergers and
Barb Ickes, a longtime I-74 Bridge docu- now, even with zero maintenance to
Jeff has been working on this concept acquisitions firm, located in downtown Davenport,
mentarian, opined in the daily papers in that portion of the bridge.
Iowa.

GUEST COMMENTARY By Jeff Moore

Proposal for a Mid-River Elevated attraction in any QCA or regional visitor


guide.
million could be saved by saving one span,
that money could be redirected to preserva-
THE $4 MILLION: According to Iowa tion of the remaining span. That would be
Park on the Old I-74 Bridge Toll Plaza DOT, right now, $22 million (88.5-percent
federal and 11.5-percent state) is parked in
enough for a $2 million glass elevator (like
the one in Bettendorf for the new bridge, or
"The Mississippi River is the #1 asset that sets the QCA apart." a bank account for the demolition of the old an alternate access structure like a switch-
– Q2030 Regional Action Plan and Big Table survey results bridge from shore to shore. Of that amount, back promenade) and the remaining $2
$8 million is earmarked for the two million could provide safety railings and

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spans approaching the toll plaza from the other improvements to open the pier/plaza
hat if... no guarantee, but there is a recreational attraction for walkers, run-
potentially up to $4 million in fund- Illinois side, or $4 million for each span. to pedestrians.
ners, and picnickers; a mid-river park large
ing available to preserve the old I-74 We also know that, in other cities with
enough to accommodate festival events; a
bridge as a pier leading to a large pedestrian other bridges, demolition money has been
unique landmark for residents and visitors Continued On Page 6
plaza – 90 feet wide by 325 feet long – that cre- repurposed for preservation, if the affected
on the new I-74 corridor; and a must-see
ates an elevated park 60 feet above the middle of community so desires. So, in theory, if $4
the river with commanding 360-degree views
(and restrooms below deck)?
What if... this mid-river elevated park
Simple model of
would create an amenity and an attraction PIER/PLAZA
for picnics, walkers, runners, cyclists, skat-
ers, and tourists that is utterly unique in The pier begins at the Moline river-
the QCA, or anywhere else along the entire front and is accessed via glass elevator,
Mississippi River? escalator, and/or switchback ramp/
What if... this large elevated mid-river stairs from the Ben Butterworth Park-
park/plaza would be one of the crown jewels way. The pier extends 1,300 feet over
of the QCA river experience? the water, ending at a park-like plaza
What if... this idea, and potentially up to that is 90 feet wide, 325 feet long, and
$4 million to pay for it, is real? 60 feet above the water in the middle of
THE IDEA: Preserve a single span on the river. There are unique views in all
the Illinois side that’s 23’ wide to create directions, places to relax, restrooms
a 1,300-foot pier leading to the 90’ x 325’ below deck, and the best view in the
QCA of the new I-74 bridge – including
plaza (the old toll plaza). A gleaming glass
its show of changing multi-color LED
riverfront elevator (or alternate access
lights every evening. Below deck, there
structure) would provide access that con-
are 2,800 square feet of offices, rest-
nects to the downtown Moline riverfront rooms, and storage.
and the Ben Butterworth Parkway, creating
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I-74 Bridge Proposal, continued from page 5


THE HISTORY: In 2003, when the QCA was offered
the old bridge as a gift, the community was suffering from
“bridge fatigue” after 20 years of planning for the new
bridge. There was never any consideration for saving a por-
tion of the old bridge as a pier/plaza. Today, there is a new
and heightened appreciation for the river as the number-
one asset that sets the Quad Cities apart. The city of Daven-
port is exploring a $53 million plan for parks and walking
spaces on its own riverfront. And Moline is wondering what
kind of attraction it can offer on its own downtown river-
front after the old bridge is demolished. Is it worth taking
a second look at the giant, soaring pie, and plaza that’s View along a single span of the old bridge, which would DNR schematic to scale of both bridges. Also relative size
already there? It’s worth in excess of $53 million, can never be the pier, showing visibility through trusses, side railings, of plaza on old bridge and observation deck on new bridge,
be duplicated, and soon will be headed for the landfill. This and electrical with street lights. The side railings would which appears as a small red semi- circle.
decision will impact us for years to come because, whatever have to be modified to meet safety standards.
we decide, the pier/plaza is a singular opportunity that we’ll
never see again.

ACTUAL COST OF ONGOING MAINTENANCE:


A small engineering study would be required, but ongo-
ing maintenance costs for one quarter of the old bridge for
pedestrians would be far less than the DOT estimate that
was offered in 2003, which was for continued maintenance
of the entire bridge as an interstate highway. Iowa DOT says
the bridge is up-to-date with all structural maintenance to Rendering showing relative positions of bridges side by
safely carry 75,000 cars and trucks a day, and the load-bear- side. The entire suspension portion of the old bridge would
ing requirements for pedestrian use are much less. For an come down, leaving unobstructed views of the architectural
eye-opening, real-world example of the cost of converting beauty of the new suspension bridge.
for pedestrian use, see the Chain of Rocks Bridge at the top
of page seven.
View on the toll plaza, where the trusses drop below the
WHAT ABOUT THE PEDESTRIAN PATH ON THE deck, opening up a clear 360-degree view in all directions.
NEW BRIDGE? The side railings continue, as well as electrical.
An excellent interstate pedestrian path was added to the
new bridge. At the time, it was designated as the alterna- Water view showing the massive concrete pier under the >
tive to saving all of the old bridge from shore to shore as an middle of the old toll plaza which contains the old rest-
interstate walkway. But almost all of the facts are different rooms and offices below deck with plumbing and electrical.
today. (Also good view of how the trusses drop
• The idea for one quarter of the old bridge as a pier/ below deck on the plaza, opening the view.)
plaza was never considered.
• The cost of maintaining one quarter of the old bridge
for pedestrian use would be far less than maintain-
ing the whole bridge as an interstate highway.
• In 2003, there was no potential to re-allocate $4
million in demolition money because no demolition
budget had been allocated at that time.
• A large plaza in the middle of the river (with rest-
rooms) invites people to “hang out” in a large space
that has no resemblance to the walkway on the new
bridge. It would become a landmark that is utterly
unique on the Mississippi. It would also offer the best
view of the new bridge along with its nightly show of
changing multi-color LED lights.
• The pier/plaza would be accessed on the riverfront
with a glass elevator or multi-story walk up ramp.
In contrast, the walkway on the new bridge will
be accessed in Illinois a couple blocks away from
the riverfront with a street-level ramp, and will be
attached to the side of the new eight-lane interstate
highway that is the busiest in the QCA. It offers an
entirely different experience in terms of traffic noise
and unobstructed views. There is a small observa-
tion deck that is close to the Iowa side, and a very
long walk from Illinois. As a destination, it has no
restroom facilities.
Jeff Moore is a journalist and filmmaker living and working
in Rock Island, Illinois. To learn more about the Fair Shake Task Drone photo showing footprint of the new bridge relative to the pier/plaza. Also a good view of the large,
Force email Chris Barnard at info@marigoldresources.com. open toll plaza as it exists today, and how the pier also crosses over a wooded island.
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The New I-74 Bridge Compare This Idea to Other Successful


Pedestrian Experience Bridge Repurposing Projects

Rendering of 14-foot wide pedestrian and bike trail, creat- Chain of Rocks Bridge is a two-lane roadway bridge a mile long (built 1929) outside
ing an interstate walkway between Illinois and Iowa. The the city of St. Louis that was abandoned/ dormant for 30 years with no maintenance.
overlook is located a short walk from the Iowa side, Total cost of repairs to re-open for people and bikes in 1998, as part of the Mississippi
which is accessed by a glass elevator. River trail system, was $2 million (in 2019 dollars) which covered the engineering study,
Shown with no vehicle traffic. two miles of hand railing, spot repairs of the road deck, spot repairs beneath the deck,
electrical and other miscellaneous costs.

Relative size of overlook. Shown with no vehicle traffic.


Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga is 2,375 feet long.
Abandoned and then demolition funds were repurposed to
preserve and restore the bridge for pedestrians.

Rendering of 8-lane interstate highway with traffic.


Pedestrian walkway can be seen attached to the left (Illinois- Walkaway over the Hudson, a former railway bridge, was
bound) side. The new bridge will be the busiest highway in abandoned for 35 years before it was restored for a 1.25-mile
the metro area, projected to carry about pedestrian bridge in New York state.
100,000 cars and trucks per day by 2035.

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge is 3,150 feet long in Nash-


For comparison, the photo above is the Golden Gate ville. Abandoned for safety reasons because it was in such poor
Bridge. It carries 112,000 vehicles per day and has a repair, it was restored as a pedestrian pathway and park.
pedestrian walkway alongside the highway.
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MARCH 2021
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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VISUAL ARTS information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, exhibit held Brian Buckles - Rowen Schussheim-Anderson -
2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 5pm Fri Mar 19 in conjunction with the 100th… Muscatine Art Center, thru Kelly Hanson, aquatic paintings by Buckles, tapestries
Wed Mar 31 by Schussheim-Anderson, and… Quad City Arts Art @ the
Openings & Gallery Events Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Day: East Airport, thru Thu Apr 8
Moline District, elementary art students from six area Haitian Masterworks, the exhibit features significant as
Virtual Event: Rebel Artists, Figge Assistant Curator school districts are represented in the 2021 Young Artists well as rarely exhibited works from the Haitian collection by Exhalation: Landscapes by Richard Legg, Mon.-Fri.
Vanessa Sage will examine artists whose acts of self- exhibition; thanks to museum and donor support, admission Hector Hyppolite, Wilson Bigaud, Nacius Joseph, Georges 9am-5pm, public visits by appointment only; free; for…
determination changed the course of art; the presentation for recognition days is free for student artists, teachers, family Liautaud, Frantz Zéphirin, and Edouard Duval-Carrié, among Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center - St. Ambrose
will explore European and American arts organizations, and friends; $4-10; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge others; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-8pm, Sun. noon-5pm; University, thru Thu Apr 8
including the national Academy of Design, the Ecole Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum. $4-10; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum,
des Beaux-Arts, and the Royal Academy of Arts; free; for org, 12:30pm Sun Mar 21 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Wed For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National
information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Mar 31 Academy of Design, the exhibit features more than 90
2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6:30pm Thu Virtual Presentation: The Enterprising Eliza works made between 1810 and 2010 by some of the greatest
Mar 11 Greatorex, join Katherine Manthorne for this fascinating Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit, this poster exhibit was American artists, drawn from the collections of the National
lecture that traces the challenges Greatorex faced as a widow produced by the… Moline Public Library, thru Wed Mar 31 Academy of Design in New York; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu.
“For America”: The Places Tours, on Thursdays; join Figge with four children and meager financial resources to achieve 10am-8pm, Sun. noon-5pm; $4-10; for information, call 563-
staff and docents for tours featuring the special exhibition success in New York’s male-dominated art world; free; for Great Cover Ups: Quilts of the Nineteenth & Twentieth 326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
“For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Centuries, exhibit of quilts that are part of… Muscatine Art FiggeArtMuseum.org, thru Thu Apr 8
Academy of Design”; these intimate, in person, 30-minute 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6:30pm Thu Center, thru Sun Apr 4
tours will feature insights into the exhibition and will offer a Mar 25 Immigrant Luchadores: The Fight Goes On & On,
range of topics for discussion; free with $4-10 admission; for 2021 College Invitational, students to be included in exhibit of works by Miriam Alarcon Avila;… Catich Gallery - St.
information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Day: this exhibition hail from eight area colleges and universities: Ambrose University, thru Thu Apr 8
2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 4:30pm Thu Mar Bettendorf District, 12:30pm: Neil Armstrong and Mark Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Clinton Community
11 thru Thu Apr 8 Twain, 1pm: Paul Norton, Grant Wood, and Herbert Hoover; College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Scott Community National Academicians: Works on Paper, drawn from
elementary art students from six area school districts are College, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois the Figge collection, the exhibit features the work of current
Meet & Greet: Elaine Rexdale, meet the artist behind represented in the 2021 Young Artists exhibition; $4-10; for University; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-8pm, Sun. noon- and past members of the National Academy of Design;
the current exhibition “Machinations of a… Quad City Arts information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 5pm; $4-10; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art includes groundbreaking artists Romare Bearden, Hale
Center, 2pm Sat Mar 13 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sun Mar 28 Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Woodruff, Mauricio Lasansky, Robert Rauschenberg, and
thru Thu Apr 8 others; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-8pm, Sun. noon-5pm;
Virtual Family Day - Your Way!, featuring an introduction $4-10; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum,
to “For America”; your free registration grants your family Exhibits & Shows Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon, the exhibit 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 3pm thru
two weeks of access to a virtual line-up, which means you features eight exceptional artworks by Blakelock from the Thu Apr 8
can choose your day to play; free family activity packets will Keith Kaziak: Turn on the News and Elaine Rexdale: museum collection; born in 1847, his early paintings were
be available for pickup at the museum for each registrant Machinations of a Colorholic, exhibits of installations highly detailed landscapes inspired by Hudson River School Steve Banks: Construct/Destruct, from ruined temples
that selects them; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge by Wisconsin artist Kaziak… Quad City Arts Center, thru Fri painters; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am-8pm, Sun. noon- and ionic columns to… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, thru
Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum. Mar 19 5pm; $4-10; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Thu Apr 8
org,10am Sat Mar 13 Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org,
It’s About the Internet: Julia J. Wolfe, exhibit of works thru Thu Apr 8 Americans in Paris: Grant Wood and Marvin Cone’s
Introduction to “For America” Tours, on Saturdays; featuring bright colors, invented shapes,… Bisignano Art 1920 Trip to Paris, for three months in the summer of…
join Figge staff and docents for tours featuring the special Gallery - University of Dubuque, thru Fri Mar 26 Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, thru Thu Apr 8
exhibition “For America: 200 Years of Painting from the
National Academy of Design”; these intimate, in person, Art in Roman Life, over 50 works, including coins, glass
30-minute tours will feature insights into the exhibition and vessels,… Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, thru Thu Apr 8
will offer a range of topics for discussion; free with $4-10
admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Beyond the Prairie: Midwestern Art from the
Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum. Collection, exhibit showcases the work of artists inspired…
org,2pm Sat Mar 13 thru Sat Apr 3 Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, thru Thu Apr 8

“For America”: The People Tours, on Tuesdays; join Figge Grant Wood Revealed: Rarely Seen Works by an
staff and docents for tours featuring the special exhibition American Master, this exhibition will bring together works
“For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National from… Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, thru Thu Apr 8
Academy of Design”; these intimate, in person, 30-minute
tours will feature insights into the exhibition and will offer a Grant Wood: From Farm Boy to American Icon, the
range of topics for discussion; free with $4-10 admission; for installation reflects the depth of the… Cedar Rapids Museum
information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. of Art, thru Thu Apr 8
2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 1pm Tue Mar 16
thru Tue Apr 6 Marvin Cone: An American Vision, a single-gallery
exhibition that serves as an… Cedar Rapids Museum of Art,
Virtual Presentation: Art Meets Music, join Michelle thru Thu Apr 8
Hargrave, the Figge’s executive director and CEO, and Mark
Russell Smith, music director and conductor for the Quad Mauricio Lasansky: Master Printmaker, artistic takes on
City Symphony Orchestra, during this exciting conversation the venerated Iowa City… Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, thru
that explores art and music; registrants will receive a Zoom Thu Apr 8
link two hours prior to the program; free; for information, call
563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport Seriously Funny: American Gothic Parodies, this
IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6:30pm Thu Mar 18 exhibition will look at many Grant… Cedar Rapids Museum of
Art, thru Thu Apr 8
After Hours: For America, enjoy a socially distanced and
semi-private evening at the museum to view “For America”; The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-
individual charcuterie plates from the Figge Cafe and wine Glass Art, the first survey and major scholarly assessment…
are included with registration; guides will be available in Brian Buckles, Hang Time Des Moines Art Center, thru Thu Apr 8
the exhibition space for questions and assistance; $50; for @ Quad City Arts International Airport
through April 29.
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Iowa Artists 2021: Olivia Valentine, exhibit of the
artist’s works in the… Des Moines Art Center, Fri Mar
Take Home Workshop: Quilled Jewelry, make a
lovely pendant using this simple technique of coiling… VISUAL ARTS

Blakelock: By the
12 thru Thu Apr 8 Bettendorf Public Library, Thu Mar 18

Young Artists at the Figge: East Moline District, Feather Bracelet, with instructor Alyssa Jakowchuk;
elementary art students from six area school districts use feather beads and crystals to… Beadology Iowa,
are represented in the 2021 Young Artists exhibition; 10am Sat Mar 20

Light of the Moon


thanks to museum and donor support, admission for
recognition days is free for student artists, teachers, Basket Weave Cuff, with instructor Zanetta Hoehle;
family and friends; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am- use seven base wires and three… Beadology Iowa,
8pm, Sun. noon-5pm; $4-10; for information, call 563- 10am Sun Mar 21
326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport
IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Mar 13 thru Sun Mar 21 Life Drawing 3rd Sunday, with instructor Gary
Burlingame; artists from all over the QC… Bereskin
Through Sunday, April 25 @ Figge Art Museum
225 West Second Street, Daveport IA
Art Array 21: Muscatibe County Arts Council Gallery & Art Academy, 1pm Sun Mar 21
Juried Exhibition, exhibit on the second floor of
the… Muscatine Art Center, Thu Mar 18 thru Thu Apr Virtual Drawing Basics: Heads and Hands,
8 Tuesdays thru Apr. 13; Andrew Wyeth, a featured artist
in the For America exhibition, spent 15 years creating
Young Artists at the Figge: Bettendorf District, more than 240 works of one model, Helga Testorf;
elementary art students from six area school districts these pictures will be the basis for pencil studies to
are represented in the 2021 Young Artists exhibition; develop skills in drawing heads and hands; all levels
thanks to museum and donor support, admission for welcome; $60-75; for information, call 563-326-7804,
recognition days is free for student artists, teachers, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
family and friends; Tue.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Thu. 10am- FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6pm Tue Mar 23
8pm, Sun. noon-5pm; $4-10; for information, call 563-
326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport Superduo Leaf Earring through Kirkwood
IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, Sat Mar 27 thru Sun Apr 4 Community College, with instructor Karen Kubby;
use a two-needle beading technique and… Beadology
The Edge, Mon.-Fri. noon-5pm; for information, call Iowa, 5:30pm Tue Mar 23
563-589-3717… Bisignano Art Gallery - University of
Dubuque, Mon Apr 5 thru Thu Apr 8 The Virtual Craft Table – Mandalas: The Symbol
Within, celebrate art in your own daily life with this
fun and informal art-making experience that promotes
Classes relaxation, wellness, and creativity; $20/person; for
information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225
The Virtual Craft Table: Mandalas, celebrate art W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6:30pm
in your own daily life with this fun and informal art- Thu Mar 25
making experience that promotes relaxation, wellness,
and creativity; $20/person; for information, call 563- Gyrls Night Out: Star Light, Star Bright Earrings,
326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport with instructor Karen Kubby; this star pattern
IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 6:30pm Thu Mar 11 component can be… Beadology Iowa, 5:30pm Fri Mar
26
Virtual Painting America: Craft Cocktails, join
mixologist Shale Sage for a craft cocktail crash course; Barrette Making, with instructor Karen Kubby; learn
these cocktails, the Bees Knees and Southside, are to cover a barrette with… Beadology Iowa, 10am Sat
inspired by the 1920s American experience; Vanessa Mar 27

F
Sage will highlight works from the Painting America
section of “For America: 200 Years of Painting from the Cupped Copper Earrings, with instructor Alyssa orgeries, mental illness, intrigue, and and solitude; evocative and emotional
National Academy of Design”; $5-8.50; for information, Jakowchuk; participants will learn to stamp and…
call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Beadology Iowa, 3pm Sat Mar 27 rapid fame – the dramatic circum- paintings of illuminated moments in
Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 4pm Sat Mar 13 stances of Ralph Albert Blakelock’s life nature, of moonlit landscapes and twilight
Virtual Spring Craft Series: Cherry Blossom
Virtual Time for Art, join Carol Ehlers for a series Canvas, free; for information, call 309-732-7323… often overshadow the merits of his work. But hours and Indian camps in the solitude of
of talks about American Art; this… Bettendorf Public Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, Mon the Figge Art Museum hopes to amend that nature. He was also heavily influenced by
Library, 3pm Sat Mar 13 Mar 29
with the Davenport venue’s exhibition Blake- the French Barbizon school, whose painters
Kids Saturday Workshop with Julie Near: Piet Virtual Family Explorer Series: Inside the lock: By the Light of the Moon (on display also favored dark forests and heavily worked
Mondrian, ages 7-14 will learn a little art history and Outreach Collection – Native American Objects, surfaces.
then… Muscatine Art Center, 1:30pm Sat Mar 13 families will get a live, behind-the-scenes experience
through April 25), a showcase of eight excep-
as they explore shelves of objects and hear from tional artworks from the museum collection. Blakelock’s technique was highly per-
Pearl & Peyote Earrings, with instructor Karen Figge educators about the objects’ history and Born in New York City in 1847, Blake- sonal, and through his individualistic style
Kubby; using peyote stitch, make an embellished… importance; sessions will be live but a recording will
Beadology Iowa, 10am Sat Mar 13 be available if registrants cannot attend during the lock’s early paintings were highly detailed his paintings summoned the viewer into
scheduled time; $5; for information, call 563-326- landscapes inspired by Hudson River School a luminous, almost otherworldly realm.
Red Barn Studio w/ Vada Baker: Garden Gnome 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
Watercolor, with step-by-step instruction on how FiggeArtMuseum.org, 3:30pm Wed Mar 31 painters. After traveling to the American In the majority of his paintings, space is
to complete your project; $13.50-15;… Muscatine Art West and becoming familiar with Barbizon given depth by the use of light, most often
Center, 1:30pm Sun Mar 14 Take Home Workshop: Felted Peeps, use wool moonlight, and along with his contem-
roving to make these decorative versions of the…
painters, Blakelock developed the atmo-
Virtual Paper Flower Craft Kit, we know you’ve Bettendorf Public Library, Thu Apr 1 spheric landscapes for which he is most porary Albert Pinkham Ryder, Blakelock
been wanting some realistic… Moline Public Library, commonly known. Drenched in darkness was one of the most individual American
Mon Mar 15 thru Wed Mar 31 The Virtual Craft Table: Zen Tangling, celebrate
art in your own daily life with this fun and informal art- and silvery moonlight, his thickly painted painters of his time. Although one of his
Virtual Preservation Workshop: Heirloom making experience that promotes relaxation, wellness, landscapes have a distinctive otherworldly many paintings titled Moonlight was sold at
Scrapbooks, held on the library’s YouTube channel; and creativity; $20/person; for information, call 563-
library assistant Karen discusses what… Davenport 326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport quality, and the Figge’s By the Light of the the highest price ever paid for the work of a
Public Library - Main Branch, 2pm Tue Mar 16 IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 3:30pm 6:30pm Thu Apr 1 Moon exhibition will explore Blakelock’s living American artist at that time, his rise
Virtual “A” Is for Art: Ages 3-5, on Tuesdays; Introduction to Animation: Grades 3-8, body of work and how his interest in spiritu- in public notoriety – along with the increase
preschoolers are invited to join Figge educator Laura Wednesdays thru Apr. 28; with instructor Laura Warner; alism is reflected in his artistic practice. in his art sales – never benefited his family
Wriedt over Zoom for lively discussions about what students learn… Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 4pm or himself. By 1903, his works were being
we see in art; each week will highlight works from the Tue Apr 6
Blakelock taught himself to paint through
exhibition “For America” and provide an opportunity trial and error, and continued to use impro- forged – so much so that he remains today
to share thoughts and observations through the eyes Virtual “A” Is for Art: Ages 3-5, on Tuesdays; visation as an artistic method throughout as one of the most commonly forged artists
of our youngest art experts; for information, call 563- preschoolers are invited to join Figge educator Laura
326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport Wriedt over Zoom for lively discussions about what his life. He was also an accomplished in America.
IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 11am Tue Mar 16 thru Tue we see in art; each week will highlight works from the musician, and would use his improvised Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon will
Mar 30 exhibition “For America” and provide an opportunity
to share thoughts and observations through the eyes piano compositions as inspiration for his be on display through April 25, and regular
Virtual Family Explorer Series: Inside the of our youngest art experts; for information, call 563- paintings. Blakelock would frequently work museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Outreach Collection – For America, families 326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9
will get a live, behind-the-scenes experience as IA, FiggeArtMuseum.org, 11am Tue Apr 6
on paintings for years, building layers and
they explore shelves of objects and hear from Figge then scoring, scraping, or rubbing them p.m. on Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on
educators about the objects’ history and importance Wheel Throwing, Thursdays thru Apr. 22; with away, and while his early landscapes have Sundays. Museum admission is $4-10, and
today; sessions will be live but a recording will be instructor Claire Waterman; this class… Bereskin
available if registrants cannot attend during the Gallery & Art Academy, 5pm Thu Apr 8 their genesis in the works of the Hudson more information is available by calling
scheduled time; $5; for information, call 563-326- River painters, in time he developed a more (563)326-7804 or visiting
7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA,
FiggeArtMuseum.org, 3:30pm Wed Mar 17 subjective and intimate style. His favorite FiggeArtMuseum.org.
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VISUAL ARTS Calls for Entry


Arch Allies, tribute band plays the hits of Bon Jovi, Queen,
Journey, Styx, REO, Boston & Def Leppard; $25-35; for tickets

Steve Banks:
and information, call 844-852-4FUN; Rhythm City Casino
Call for Entry: 33rd Annual Riverssance Festival of Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA,
Fine Art, this two-day festival on Sept. 18 & 19… Quad City RhythmCityCasino.com, 8pm Fri Mar 26 and Sat Mar 27
Arts Center, thru Mon Mar 22
Virtual Concert: Taj Mahal & Fantastic Negrito, utilizing

Construct/Destruct
Call for Entry: Public Sculpture Program, this exhibition a shared band, expect both separate and collaborative
opportunity offers established and emerging… Quad City blues… Englert Theatre, 8pm Sat Mar 27
Arts Center, thru Tue Mar 30
Virtual Concert: Penny Peach, the pipes-wieldin’, guitar-
Call for Entry: Metro Arts Applications, the program squealin’, soul-stealin’ mistress of indie/garage rock performs
Through Friday, April 30 @ Beréskin Gallery & Art provides opportunities for youth and… Quad City Arts
Center, thru Wed Mar 31
a… Englert Theatre, 7pm Wed Mar 31

Upchurch, concert with Ryan Upchurch, aka Upchurch the


Academy, 2967 State Street, Bettendorf, IA Call for Entry: Quarantine Art Exhibition, all artists
residing within a 250-mile radius… Quad City Arts Center,
Redneck, the comedian and… The Rust Belt, 8pm Sat Apr 3

thru Thu Apr 8 Virtual Organ Recital: Dr. Charles Barland, the debut of
Butler Hall’s new Dobson 3,000-plus pipe organ,… University
Call for Entries: Living Proof Exhibit, Living Proof of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 7:30pm Tue Apr 6
Exhibit, which provides the therapeutic benefits… Bisignano
Art Gallery - University of Dubuque, thru Thu Apr 8 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute, concert with the
touring Eagles tribute musicians; sandwich baskets and…
Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 7:15pm Thu Apr 8

MUSIC
Virtual PASS Concert: Barron Ryan, virtual dinner-and- LITERARY ARTS
show experience with the jazz pianist in Quad City… Quad
City Arts Center, Thu Mar 11 Virtual Recommended Reads: Women’s History
Month, discuss materials that focus on women’s history that
Virtual Opera: The Enchanted Forest, Anna Young’s can be… Davenport Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch,
children’s opera featuring CROpera Young Artists and 2:30pm Thu Mar 11
Eulenspiegel… Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, 7pm Thu Mar 11
Virtual Mystery Book Discussion Group: The Murder
Virtual Concert – Lessons in Loneliness: Schubert’s List, a discussion of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s book; free; for
“Winterreise” Then & Now, join SAU Music faculty, information,… Bettendorf Public Library, 9:30am Sat Mar 13
baritone Nathan Windt and pianist Marian… St. Ambrose
University Madsen Hall, 5pm Fri Mar 12 Virtual Presentation: 13th Annual Iron Pen
Competition Readings, readings by prize winners in the
50-Percent St Paddy’s Day Party w/ Blues Rock-it and 24-hour writing competition held… Midwest Writing Center,
DJCAM, a full St. Paddy’s party with 50-percent capacity… 2pm Sat Mar 13
Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 3pm Sat Mar 13
Virtual Event: New Releases at Fairmount, on Mondays;
Jazz Lounge w/ Mason Moss & Sara Tubbs, a relaxing join us on Facebook Live and Instagram as… Davenport Public
evening of jazz music in the Blueprint Bar… The Spotlight Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 2pm Mon Mar 15 thru Mon
Theatre, 7pm Sat Mar 13 Mar 29
Steve Banks, Beacon of the Plain Shamrock Shakedown: Funktastic Five, come celebrate Virtual Book Babes Plus One Discussion Group: Dead

T
St. Patrick’s Day with Funktastic 5 performing from… The Wake, a discussion of Erik Larson’s nonfiction; free; for
Tangled Wood, 4pm Sat Mar 13 information, call… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown
he latest exhibition by a noted area cardboard, fabric, and carved wood. As Library, 6:30pm Tue Mar 16
sculptor and multi-media artist, Steve Banks explains in his Artist Statement at Virtual Concert: Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band -
Jon Cleary, live-streamed blues and roots concert with the Virtual Book ’Em Mystery Book Club: The Holdout, a
Banks: Construct/Destruct will be on SteveBanksArt.wixsite.com: “My artwork Grammy-winning legend and… Englert Theatre, 8pm Sat discussion of Graham Moore’s book; we will be meeting…
display at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Acad- is about finding meaningful identity and Mar 13 Moline Public Library, 1pm Tue Mar 16

emy through April 30, with Banks’ fascinat- individuality within popular culture. I Virtual Concert: Dan Padley, the guitarist/composer Virtual Contemporary Books Discussion Group: Ada
ing artistic themes and subjects including strive to make energetic images that explore based out of Iowa City performs a virtual… Englert Theatre, Blackjack, a discussion of Jennifer Niven’s book; free; for
7pm Wed Mar 17 information, call… Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Wed Mar
ruined temples, Ionic columns, fragments of our relationships and interactions with 17
architecture, and more. what is precious, beautiful, necessary, Virtual Performance – Gaelic Storm: One for the Road,
serious, sensual, and nonsensical through the multi-national, award-winning Celtic group will bring A Virtual Contemporary Books Discussion Group: The
Describing his latest exhibition on the St. Patrick’s Day… Englert Theatre, 7pm Wed Mar 17 Library Book, a discussion of Susan Orlean’s book; free; for
Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy Web site, juxtapositions of disparate materials, clash- information, call… Bettendorf Public Library, 1pm Wed Mar
ing iconography, pungent color schemes, Virtual Performance: Kirkwood Community College 17
Banks states, “Seeing the weathered walls Wind & Jazz Ensembles, for information, call 319-398-
of Rome and walking through the ruins contrasting textures, scale, and simplicity 4913 or e-mail arts@kirkwood.edu… Kirkwood Community Virtual Event – Book Club @ Night: A Woman Is No
of Pæstüm had a profound impact on me. versus clutter.” College, 11:15am Thu Mar 18 Man, a GoTo Meeting discussion of Etaf Rum’s book; free;
for… Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch,
The hints at what had been, what had been “My image-making process,” Banks Virtual Roots Rising Showcase: Taj Mahal - Rob Ickes 6:30pm Wed Mar 17
lost, and what had been repurposed, would continues, “is fueled by curiosity regarding & Trey Hensley - Amythyst Kiah - Annie Mack - Leyla
the process of partial cultural assimila- McCalla - Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo - Ranky Tanky Virtual Novel Naptime Book Club: The Switch, a
serve as one of the major inspirations for - Allison Russell - Jontavious Willis, a collection of Taj’s discussion of Beth O’Leary’s book; the book club for… Moline
my artwork for the next 25 years. Ruined tion. These studio works are rooted in the hand-picked favorite emerging artists performing songs… Public Library, 10:30am Wed Mar 17
quest for the individual within an apathetic Englert Theatre, 8pm Sat Mar 20
temples, Ionic columns, maps, fragments of Virtual Event: World Storytelling Day, join us as we
architecture, parking lots, and abandoned culture of homogeneity and pre-packaged Virtual Event: Nduduzo Makhathini presents celebrate World Storytelling Day a bit… Davenport Public
roadside signs thematically weave in and identity. This search for individuality often “Improvisation in Jazz as Divination: A (South) African Library - Main Branch, 3pm Fri Mar 19
Context”, Makhathini, a Blue Note recording artist, grew up
out of my pieces – for there is a similar turns into commentaries about how we in the… Knox College, 3pm Sun Mar 21 Spring Into Reading Challenge: Start Day, keep on
beauty and melancholy to be found in both miraculously form meaningful interper- target with your reading goals by signing up… Rock Island
Virtual Concert – Claudia Nygaard: Looking Back … Public Library - Downtown Library, 9am Mon Mar 22
the old bones of a Greek temple and the car- sonal connections and relationships, while the L.A. Years, virtual performance featuring the singer/
cass of an abandoned truck stop. Much like our souls seem to bob haplessly on an songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee… Uptown Theatre, Virtual Brown Bag Book Club: Salt to the Sea, a
isolating sea of cultural white noise.” 7pm Sun Mar 21 discussion of Ruta Sepetys’s book; sign out a copy…
adjusting the sound levels on a car stereo, Davenport Public Library - Main Branch, 1pm Wed Mar 24
I have turned the knob all the way to the Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays Virtual Concert: Ross Clowser, the guitarist, composer,
through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and music scholar from Des Moines performs… Englert Virtual Last Monday Book Club, join Rachel through
right for Construct/Destruct to emphasize Theatre, 7pm Wed Mar 24 GoToMeeting for Book Club; each person who… Silvis Public
the architectural underpinnings found in and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Library, 6pm Mon Mar 29
my artwork.” the gallery also open by appointment, and Jason Gray, live concert with the contemporary Christian
artist; Project 15:12 Love One… Bettendorf Christian Church, Virtual Presentation – Opening the Box: Presented
Holding a 1995 BFA from Northwest more information on the Steve Banks: 7pm Thu Mar 25 by the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center,
Missouri State University and 1997 MFA Construct/Destruct exhibition on display explore and learn about the curious world of archives and…
Virtual PASS Concert: Invoke, virtual dinner-and-show Davenport Public Library - Main Branch, 2:30pm Fri Apr 2
from Florida State University, Banks is well- through April 30 is available by calling experience with the multi-instrumental string quartet in
known for his extravagant mixed-media (563)508-4630 and visiting Quad City… Quad City Arts Center, Thu Mar 25
painted constructions – works created BereskinArtGallery.com.
primarily on canvas that utilize oil paint,
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Virtual Alpha Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere, a In-Person Class: Theatre Fun! for Ages 3-4, Tuesdays In-Person Class: Tumble for Ages 8+, Thursdays thru May Birds & You, the exhibit examines the role we all can play
discussion of Celeste Ng’s novel; free; for information, call… thru May 11; this high energy class is full… Davenport Junior 20; tumblers will learn basic skills such… Davenport Junior in… Putnam Museum & Science Center, thru Thu Apr 8
Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 1:30pm Mon Theatre, 4pm Tue Mar 23 Theatre, 6pm Thu Mar 25
Apr 5 Faces of the Past, an original Putnam exhibit that explores
Virtual Class: Professional Acting for Ages 11+, Virtual Class: Lyrical Dance for Ages 9+, Thursdays portraiture around… Putnam Museum & Science Center, thru
Virtual Event: New Releases at Fairmount, on Mondays; Tuesdays thru May 11; students will learn the ins and… thru May 20; this free and fluid style will… Davenport Junior Thu Apr 8
join us on Facebook Live and Instagram as… Davenport Davenport Junior Theatre, 5pm Tue Mar 23 Theatre, 4:15pm Thu Mar 25
Public Library - Fairmount Street Branch, 2pm Mon Apr 5 Play: The Story of Toys, in this exhibit for all ages, you’ll…
In-Person Class: Acting for Ages 10-12, Wednesdays In-Person Class: Beginning Tumble for Ages 5-7, Putnam Museum & Science Center, thru Thu Apr 8
Virtual DIY Poetry Series: Black Out Poetry, each thru May 12; this imaginative, high energy environment Saturdays thru May 22; tumblers will learn basic skills such…
Tuesday in April, we will be discussing a different… provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:30pm Wed Mar 24 Davenport Junior Theatre, 9:15am Sat Mar 27 Virtual Presentation: German Immigration to
Davenport Public Library - Main Branch, 3pm Tue Apr 6 America, presented by Steve Szabados; this program studies
In-Person Class: Musical Theatre for Ages 7-9, Ballroom: Bolero, Are you preparing for a wedding, taking how the history… German American Heritage Center, 2pm
Virtual Pageturners, we will be meeting on Zoom; books Wednesdays thru May 12; class develops storytelling and a cruise or… Duck Creek Park Lodge, 7:30pm Mon Mar 29 Sat Mar 13
are provided on… Moline Public Library, 1pm Tue Apr 6 communication skills… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Wed
Mar 24 Ballroom: Swing, Are you preparing for a wedding, taking a Virtual Presentation: Sacred and Profane Art, Danuta
Virtual Event: Poetry Month, on Instagram Live; our cruise or… Duck Creek Park Lodge, 6:30pm Mon Mar 29 Hutchins will guide us on a tour of art… German American
librarian shares her favorite poems and… Davenport Public In-Person Class: Teen Acting, Wednesdays thru May 12; a Heritage Center, 2pm Sun Mar 14
Library - Main Branch, 2pm Thu Apr 8 great way to get theatrical… Davenport Junior Theatre, 7pm Ballroom: Waltz, Are you preparing for a wedding, taking a
Wed Mar 24 cruise or… Duck Creek Park Lodge, 5:30pm Mon Mar 29 Virtual Presentation: Hear Iowa Veteran’s Stories in
Their Own Words, presented by Sara Maniscalco Robinson;

THEATRE In-Person Class: Acting for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru May you will hear accounts of… German American Heritage
13; this imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Thu Mar 25 COMEDY Center, 2pm Sun Mar 21

Performances Virtual Presentation: Mozart’s Eine Kleine


In-Person Class: Improv for Ages 10+, Thursdays thru Virtual Performance: Tommy Ryman, Minnesota-raised Nachtmusik, Jacob Bancks from the Quad City Symphony
Dick Tracy: A Live Radio Play, whodunnit focusing on the May 13; through games and exercises, students develop… Ryman was a semifinalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”;… Orchestra uses this… German American Heritage Center,
renowned sleuth’s investigation of murder and… The Black Davenport Junior Theatre, 7pm Thu Mar 25 University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 8pm Fri Mar 12 2pm Sun Mar 28
Box Theatre, Thu Mar 11 thru Sat Mar 20
In-Person Class: Improv for Ages 7-9, Thursdays thru Virtual Presentation – Megan Gogerty: Telling the

MOVIES
Virtual Performance: Stages, a heartbreakingly funny May 13; through games and exercises, students develop… Truth through Jokes, in this gentle and fun crash course,
chronicle, written and performed… Riverside Theatre, Thu Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:30pm Thu Mar 25 comedian and playwright… Englert Theatre, 10am Sat Mar
Mar 11 thru Sun Mar 21 13
Virtual Class: British Isles for Ages 10+, Thursdays thru Hemingway: A Virtual Event Series – Hemingway,
Virtual Performance: Will Power, a new YouTube series May 13; class focuses on accents from Britain,… Davenport Open Mic Comedy, on Mondays, on the upper deck; for Gender, & Identity, presented in conjunction with the new
that dives into Shakespeare’s… Riverside Theatre, Thu Mar Junior Theatre, 6:30pm Thu Mar 25 information, call 319-337-6464… Iowa City Yacht Club, 9pm Ken Burns documentary “Hemingway”; these… WQPT-TV,
11 thru Mon Apr 5 Mon Mar 15 thru Mon Apr 5 6pm Thu Mar 11
Virtual Class: Magic for Ages 8-18, Thursdays thru April
Virtual Performance – Storytelling: A Pandemic Play, 29; award winning local magician, David Casas,… Davenport Let’s Do This! Comedy, standup comedy show; for Keaton Film Lunch Hours, on Tuesdays & Thursdays; enjoy
a family play presented by Young Footliters Youth Theatre, Junior Theatre, 5pm Thu Mar 25 information, call 319-337-6464… Iowa City Yacht Club, 8pm silent films over the lunch… Orpheum Theatre, noon Thu
written by… Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Fri Mar Sat Mar 27 Mar 11 thru Tue Mar 30
12 thru Sun Mar 14 In-Person Class: Acting for Ages 10-12, Saturdays
thru May 15; this imaginative, high energy environment Hemingway: A Virtual Event Series – Hemingway the

MUSEUMS
The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn!, provides… Davenport Junior Theatre, noon Sat Mar 27 Author, presented in conjunction with the new Ken Burns
musical-comedy sequel to “Church Basement Ladies”; for documentary “Hemingway”; these… WQPT-TV, 6pm Tue
the safety of… Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, Wed Mar 17 thru In-Person Class: Acting for Ages 5-6, Saturdays thru May Mar 16
Thu Apr 8 15; this imaginative, high energy environment provides… Valor & Victory Gardens: WWII in the Hawkeye
Davenport Junior Theatre, 9am Sat Mar 27 State, the year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary… German
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare American Heritage Center, thru Sun Mar 28
(Abridged) [revised], parody of Shakespeare’s plays In-Person Class: Acting for Ages 7-9, Saturdays thru May
Continued On Page 14
written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and… The Spotlight 15; this imaginative, high energy environment provides…
Theatre, Fri Mar 19 thru Sun Mar 28 Davenport Junior Theatre, 10:30am Sat Mar 27

Virtual Performance – President Harry Truman: A


Grandson’s Portrait, a play/lecture in which President
Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel portrays…
University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 7:30pm Thu Mar 25
In-Person Class: Musical Theatre for Ages 7-9,
Saturdays thru May 15; class develops storytelling and
communication skills… Davenport Junior Theatre, 1:30pm
Sat Mar 27
How do YOU
La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas,
celebration of the famed opera singer, written by and
starring… The Black Box Theatre, Fri Mar 26 thru Sun Mar 28
Virtual Class: Heroes & Villains for Ages 7-9, Saturdays
thru May 15; class lets kids create their own… Davenport
Junior Theatre, 10:15am Sat Mar 27
see America?
Virtual Workshop: Improv Games!, Mondays thru Apr.
Classes & Calls for Entry 19, for grades 7-10; through a wild… Coralville Center for the
Performing Arts, 6pm Mon Apr 5
Rising Stars’ Private Lessons/Small Group Lessons/
Coaching, we are now offering private lessons, small group
lessons, and… Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, Thu Mar 11 thru
Wed Mar 31 DANCE
Auditions: The Show Must Go Online, online auditions Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance Classes, offering
for the Young Footliters’ cabaret-style… Coralville Center for classes in Ballet Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Conditioning,
the Performing Arts, Thu Mar 11 thru Tue Mar 16 Creative… Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance, Thu Mar 11
thru Thu Apr 8
In-Person Class: Costume Creation for Ages 11+,
Mondays thru May 10; students will learn how to develop… Virtual Class: Beginning Ballet for Ages 3-6, Mondays
Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:45pm Mon Mar 22 thru May 17; dancers continue learning ballet fundamentals
and… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Mon Mar 22
In-Person Class: Musical Theatre for Ages 10+,
Mondays thru May 10; class develops storytelling and Virtual Class: Yoga for Ages 7+, Mondays thru May 17;
communication skills… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:15pm yoga helps students to gain strength… Davenport Junior
Mon Mar 22 Theatre, 5:30pm Mon Mar 22

In-Person Class: Musical Theatre for Ages 5-6, Mondays In-Person Class: Beginning Ballet for Ages 5-6,
thru May 10; class develops storytelling and communication Wednesdays thru May 19; dancers continue learning ballet
skills… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4pm Mon Mar 22 fundamentals and… Davenport Junior Theatre, 4:15pm Wed
Mar 24
Virtual Class: Character Creation for Ages 7-9, Mondays
thru May 10; students will learn to push their… Davenport Virtual Class: Hip Hop for Ages 5-6, Tuesdays thru May
Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Mon Mar 22 18; students will explore popular basic hip… Davenport
Junior Theatre, 4:30pm Wed Mar 24
In-Person Class: Musical Theatre for Ages 10+,
Tuesdays thru May 11; class develops storytelling and Virtual Class: Tone It Up! for Ages 7+, Wednesdays thru
communication skills… Davenport Junior Theatre, 6:45pm May 19; this at-home exercise class is great… Davenport
Tue Mar 23 Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Wed Mar 24

In-Person Class: Musical Theatre for Ages 7-9, Tuesdays Virtual Class: ZOOM-ba Kids! for Ages 3-6, Wednesdays
thru May 11; class develops storytelling and communication thru May 19; this dance aerobics class is great… Davenport
skills… Davenport Junior Theatre, 5:15pm Tue Mar 23 Junior Theatre, 4pm Wed Mar 24
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KNOW MORE, DO MORE

2021 Spring School Board Meeting Calendar

“K East Moline
now more. Do More.” is the
Reader’s mission statement regard- East Moline Schools Board Meeting,
ing our calendar of events. Now
the Reader’s online and print calendar includes meetings of the Board of Education are
local school board meetings, county board open to the public and are held on a rotating
meetings and city council meetings. Below schedule at each of the district school sites
are three months of school board meeting throughout the school year; for information,
schedules. For those not inclined to attend in call 309-792-2887, East Moline School Dis-
person, most of these bodies have provided trict Administration Building, 3541 Morton
virtual access or streaming of their meetings
Dr., East Moline IL, emsd37.org/page/boe
(thanks Covid!). Go to the web sites listed below
to find access to agendas, minutes and links to 6:30pm Mon Mar 29
the virtual meeting space as well as archives of 6:30pm Mon Apr 26
prior meetings. If you’ve read our Words from 6:30pm Mon May 24
the Editor in this edition, getting involved with 6:30pm Mon Jun 21
your the governance of our children’s schools
is more important than ever now. You can also Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
access this calendar online and subscribe to
updates, share via email or text and set remind-
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Board of
ers on your own digital calendar via our online Trustees Regular Meeting, held on the third
calendar tools. Monday of the month (May’s meeting on
May 10); for information on monthly meet-
Bettendorf ings, call 563-336-3300 or e-mail eiccinf@
Bettendorf School District Board Meeting, eicc.edu, Scott Community College Urban
held in the Performing Arts Center on the 3rd Center, 306 W. River Dr., Davenport IA, eicc.
Monday of the month; for information, call 563- edu/about-eicc/board-of-trustees/board-
359-3681, Bettendorf High School Performing meeting-dates-agendas.aspx
Arts Center, 3333 18th St., 7pm Mon Apr 19
Bettendorf IA, Bettendorf.k12.ia.us/board 7pm Mon May 10
6pm Mon Mar 22 7pm Mon Jun 21
3865 Elmore Ave. | 563-326-1847 | dolandjewelers.com
6pm Mon Apr 5
6pm Mon Apr 19 Erie
6pm Mon May 3 Erie School District Board Meeting, held on
6pm Mon May 17 the 4th Monday of the month in the school’s
6pm Mon Jun 7 Media Center; for information, call 309-659-
6pm Mon Jun 21 2239, Erie Community Unit School District
No. 1, 520 5th Ave., Erie IL, ecusd.info/page/
Davenport board-of-education
Join us for a variety
Learn more and
register online: Davenport School District Committee of the 6:30pm Mon Mar 22
of unique local events,
wqpt.org/hemingway

Whole Meeting, meets on the first Monday 6:30pm Mon Apr 26


Learn more 6:30pm Mon May 24
plus national of the month (excepting national holidays);
wqpt.org/hemingway for information, contact Board Secretary/ 6:30pm Mon May 28
screenings &
discussions. Treasurer Mary Correthers at 563-336-7431 or
correthersm@davenportschools.org, Davenport Geneseo
Community School District, 1702 N. Main St., Geneseo School District Board Meeting,
Davenport IA, davenportschools.org/school- held on the 2nd Thursday of the month in
board/information-on-school-board-meetings/ the District Office Meeting Room; for infor-
5:30pm Mon Apr 5 mation, call 309-945-0450, Geneseo School
5:30pm Mon May 3 District Office, 648 N Chicago St., Geneseo
The man. The myth. The writer revealed. IL, geneseoschools.org/board-of-education
5:30pm Mon Jun 7
5pm Thu Mar 11
Davenport School District Regular Meeting, 5pm Thu Apr 8
held on the second and fourth Monday of the 5pm Thu May 13
month; for information, contact Board Secre- 5pm Thu Jun 10

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the life and work of the tary/Treasurer Mary Correthers at 563-336-
7431 or correthersm@davenportschools.org, Mercer County
legendary writer and his enduring influence on literature and culture. Mercer County School District Board Meet-
Davenport Community School District, 1702
This three-part, six-hour series premieres in April on WQPT PBS. ing, the Finance Committee will meet before
N. Main St., Davenport IA, davenportschools.
the Regular School Board meeting at 5:30pm
org/school-board/information-on-school-
in the District Office unless otherwise noted;
board-meetings/ for information, call 309-582-2238, Mercer
6pm Mon Mar 22 County School District, 1002 SW 6th St.,
6pm Mon Apr 12 Aledo IL, mercerschools.org/board-of-
6pm Mon Apr 26 education
6pm Mon May 10 5:30pm, 6pm Wed Mar 17
6pm Mon May 24 5:30pm, 6pm Wed Apr 21
CORPORATE FUNDING FOR HEMINGWAY WAS PROVIDED BY BANK OF AMERICA. MAJOR FUNDING WAS PROVIDED BY THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION, 6pm Mon Jun 14 5:30pm, Wed May 19
THE ARTHUR VINING DAVIS FOUNDATIONS, AND BY ‘THE BETTER ANGELS SOCIETY,’ AND ITS MEMBERS JOHN & LESLIE MCQUOWN,
THE ELIZABETH RUTH WALLACE LIVING TRUST, JOHN & CATHERINE DEBS, THE FULLERTON FAMILY CHARITABLE FUND, THE KISSICK FAMILY FOUNDATION, GAIL M. ELDEN,
GILCHRIST & AMY BERG, ROBERT & BEVERLY GRAPPONE, MAUREE JANE & MARK PERRY; AND BY THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING AND PBS.
6pm Mon Jun 28 5:30pm, 6pm Wed Jun 23
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Pleasant Valley
Mercer County School District Board Meet- Pleasant Valley School District Board Meet-
ing: Community Forum, for information, ing, held on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the
call 309-582-2238, Mercer County School month; for information, call 563-332-5550 or
District, 1002 SW 6th St., Aledo IL, mercer- e-mail pvweb@pleasval.org, Pleasant Valley
schools.org/board-of-education Community Schools, 525 Belmont Rd.,
6pm Wed Apr 21 Riverdale IA, pleasval.org/district/school-
board/index
Moline / Coal Valley 6pm Mon Mar 22
Moline-Coal Valley School District Com- 6pm Mon Apr 12
mittee of the Whole & Board of Education 6pm Mon Apr 26
Meeting, held on the 2nd Monday of the 6pm Mon May 10
month; for information, call 309-743-1600… 6pm Mon May 24
Coolidge Professional Development Room,
3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline IL, molin- Riverdale
eschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ Riverdale Board of Education Meeting,
ID=383662&type=d&pREC_ID=2068169 held on the 4th Monday of the month in the
6pm Mon Apr 12 school library; for information, call 309-523-
6pm Mon May 10 3184, Riverdale High School, 9622 256th
6pm Mon Jun 14 St. N., Port Byron IL, riverdaleschools.org/
agendas-minutes
Moline-Coal Valley School District Board of 7pm Mon Apr 26
Education Meeting, held on the 4th Monday 7pm Mon May 24
of the month; for information, call 309-743- 7pm Mon Jun 28
1600… Coolidge Professional Development
Room, 3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline Rock Island / Milan
IL, molineschools.org/apps/pages/index. Rock Island-Milan Board of Education
jsp?uREC_ID=383662&type=d&pREC_ Meeting, held in the school library on
ID=2068169 the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month; for
6pm Mon Apr 26 information, call 309-793-5900 or e-mail
6pm Mon May 24 boardmembers@rimsd41.org, Rock Island
6pm Mon Jun 28 High School, 2101 6th Ave., Rock Island IL,
rimsd41.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_
Muscatine ID=896145&type=d&pREC_ID=1209476
Muscatine School District Board Meeting, 6pm Tue Mar 23
held on the 2nd Monday of the month; for 6pm Tue Apr 13
information, call 563-263-7223 or e-mail 6pm Tue Apr 27
info@muscatineschools.org… City Hall of 6pm Tue May 11
Muscatine 6pm Tue May 25
7pm Mon Apr 12 6pm Tue Jun 8
7pm Mon May 10 6pm Tue Jun 22
7pm Mon Jun 14
Rockridge
North Scott Rockridge School District Board Meeting,
North Scott School District Board Meet- held in the Board of Education Room; for
ing, held on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the information, call 309-793-8001, Rockridge
month thru May; for information, call High School, 14110 134th Avenue West,
563-285-4819, North Scott Community Taylor Ridge IL, rr300.org
School District, 251 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA, 6:30pm Tue Apr 13
north-scott.k12.ia.us/district/school-board- 6:30pm Tue May 11
meeting-dates.cfm 6:30pm Tue Jun 15
6:30pm Mon Mar 22
6:30pm Mon Apr 12 Silvis
6:30pm Mon Apr 26 Silvis School District Board Meeting, held
6:30pm Mon May 10 on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the
6:30pm Mon May 24 Office of the Superintendent; for informa-
6:30pm Mon Jun 21 tion, call 309-792-9325, Northeast Junior
High School, 4280 4th Ave., East Moline IL,
North Scott School District Finance Work silvisrockets.com/school-board/meetings
Session & Board Meeting, finance work ses- 6pm Wed Mar 17
sion at 5:30pm, board meeting at 6:30pm; for 6pm Wed Apr 21
information, call 563-285-4819, North Scott 6pm Wed May 19
Community School District, 251 E. Iowa St., 6pm Wed Jun 16
Eldridge IA, north-scott.k12.ia.us/district/
school-board-meeting-dates.cfm
5:30pm Mon Apr 12
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Virtual Presentation: Decoding the Weather Machine


CONTINUED

MOVIES Documentary Discussion, in time for Earth Day 2021,


let’s talk climate change… Davenport Public Library - Main
Branch, 6pm Thu Apr 8

Hemingway: A Virtual Event Series – Hemingway and Virtual Presentation: The Last Gasp: Opera and
Biography, presented in conjunction with the new Ken Epidemics, featuring Dr. Karen Wachsmuth and Emeritus
Burns documentary “Hemingway”; these… WQPT-TV, 6pm Professor of Global Health… Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre,
Thu Mar 18 7pm Thu Apr 8

Hemingway: A Virtual Event Series – Hemingway and


Women, presented in conjunction with the new Ken Burns
documentary “Hemingway”; these… WQPT-TV, 6pm Wed COURSES
Mar 24
Virtual Presentation – Life Is Sweet: Eat Smart for Your
Onward, a screening of the Pixar comedy in the Backlot Heartbeat, learn how to identify added and natural sugars
Blockbusters… Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fri Mar 26 in your… University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 11am Thu
Mar 11
The Ten Commandments: 65th Anniversary, filmed
in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the… Rave Cinemas Webinar: Containerized Production - Options When
Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Sun Mar 28 and Wed Mar 31 Quality Native Soil Isn’t An Option, with Zack Grant; we
will look at container options, non-container… University of
Illinois Extension - Milan, noon Thu Mar 11

SPORTS Virtual Class – Life is Sweet: Eat Smart for Your


Heartbeat, learn how to identify added and natural sugars
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: in your… University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 11am Thu
#10 Seed vs. #7 Seed, fans will still be able to watch all nine Mar 11
games… TaxSlayer Center, 7:30pm Thu Mar 11 Quad City Arts Center presents:
Virtual PASS Concert: Invoke Light the Spark Scholarship Program, for high-school
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: March 25 seniors, presented by MindFire Communications; the award-
#9 Seed vs. #8 Seed, fans will still be able to watch all nine winning,… 10am Thu Mar 11 thru Thu Mar 25
games… TaxSlayer Center, 4:30pm Thu Mar 11
The Office Trivia Night, trivia based on the Emmy-winning Virtual Community Connections: Life on the All-American Virtual Chocolate Chip Cookie Class,
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: comedy series; for information, call 563-949-1000… The Mississippi River with John Lynn, John will share the join Onnica Marquez, owner of Onnifaye Sweets and Such, to
#5 Seed vs. #4 Seed, fans will still be able to watch all nine Tangled Wood, 9pm Tue Mar 23 story of America’s great river –… Bettendorf Public Library, learn how to update your classic chocolate chip cookie recipe
games… TaxSlayer Center, 2pm Fri Mar 12 7pm Thu Mar 18 with new tips and tricks; ask the baker, share your recipes,
Virtual Event: Heart of Forgiveness, led by Sr. Kathy and more; free; for information, call 563-326-7804… Figge Art
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: Sadler; we will delve into the… Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, Virtual Presentation – A Woman of Achievement: Museum, 4pm Fri Mar 12
#6 Seed vs. #3 Seed, fans will still be able to watch all nine 9am Wed Mar 24 Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover, learn about
games… TaxSlayer Center, 8pm Fri Mar 12 the achievements of a First Lady whose legacy… Davenport Virtual Class: Cute Crafty Holiday Project, Join us
Black Hawk Hiking Club Annual Banquet, dinner will Public Library - Main Branch, 6pm Thu Mar 18 on Zoom, and make your holidays special by… Roosevelt
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: be served, beverages are included; masks should be… Community Center, 1:30pm Sun Mar 14
Winner Game #1 vs. #1 Seed, fans will still be able to Butterworth Center, 5pm Fri Mar 26 Virtual Conversations with Mark Morris: Alice Waters,
watch all nine games… TaxSlayer Center, 11am Fri Mar 12 the acclaimed choreographer chats with the chef, author, Virtual Presentation: Seed Starting Introduction, learn
Virtual Event – Final Friday Trivia, you can participate food activist, and the… Hancher Auditorium, 7:30pm Thu how to successfully start plants indoors from seeds for…
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: by yourself, with your family at home,… Bettendorf Public Mar 18 University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 10am Mon Mar 15
Winner Game #2 vs. #2 Seed, fans will still be able to Library, 7pm Fri Mar 26
watch all nine games… TaxSlayer Center, 5pm Fri Mar 12 Virtual Presentation: Blueprint to Gardening & Webinar: Framing Biases, Overcoming Hurdles,
Virtual Event: Friday Night Jam, join us virtually for board Planning & Prepping, a program in the “Vegetable learn how to overcome poor spending choices by using
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: games, karaoke, Wii games and… Roosevelt Community Gardening Made Easy” series hosted… Rock Island Public behavioral… University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 6:30pm
Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #4, fans will still be Center, 6:30pm Fri Mar 26 Library - Downtown Library, 10am Mon Mar 22 Tue Mar 16
able to watch all nine games… TaxSlayer Center, 1pm Sat
Mar 13 Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, to Fulton River Front and William Sherman, renowned Iowa historian and author Virtual Chair Yoga, on Tuesdays; Daina Lewis, a Registered
Heritage Canyon, Fulton, IL; come to… 2:30pm Sat Mar 27 William Sherman will highlight the… Iowa Wesleyan Yoga Teacher, will teach… Moline Public Library, 10am Tue
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: University, noon Tue Mar 23 Mar 16 thru Tue Mar 30
Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6, fans will still be Virtual Spice Club: Paprika, a new take on a cookbook
able to watch all nine games… TaxSlayer Center, 4pm Sat group; registration comes with… Rock Island Public Library - Virtual Presentation: Cool Season Vegetables & Virtual Presentation: Germination & Seedling
Mar 13 Downtown Library, 5:30pm Wed Mar 31 Warm Season Vegetables, a program in the “Vegetable Growth, learn how to successfully start plants indoors from
Gardening Made Easy” series hosted… Rock Island Public seeds for… University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 10am Wed
Virtual Event – MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament: Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, to Ralph Martin Farm, Library - Downtown Library, 10am Wed Mar 24 Mar 17
Winner Game #7 vs. Winner Game 8, fans will still be able Illinois City, IL; today’s hike is on… 2:30pm Sat Apr 3
to watch all nine games… TaxSlayer Center, 2pm Sun Mar 14 Virtual Presentation: Gambling Awareness, join Webinar: Food Desert or Food Apartheid?, with Grace
Quad Cities Bicycle Club Ride, 20- 25 mile Group D (13-15 prevention staff from the Center for Alcohol & Drug… Margherio and Joey Fonseca; the presentation will explore…
mph) women’s… Leach Park, 5pm Tue Apr 6 Davenport Public Library - Main Branch, 1pm Wed Mar 24 University of Illinois Extension - Milan, noon Thu Mar 18

OTHER EVENTS Virtual Event: Coffee with Dawn!, join President/CEO Virtual Presentation – President Harry Truman: A Virtual Presentation: Blueprint to Gardening &
Dawn Oliver-Wiand as she talks about Iowa Women’s… Iowa Grandson’s Portrait, a one-hour play/lecture where Planning & Prepping, explore how you can go about
Blarney Bash Virtual Auction, an important fundraiser Women’s Foundation, 8:30am Tue Apr 6 President Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel… planning your garden and… University of Illinois Extension -
designed to provide critical support… CASI (Center for Active University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, 7:30pm Thu Mar 25 Milan, 10am Mon Mar 22
Seniors), 1pm Thu Mar 11 thru Sat Mar 13

LECTURES Virtual Presentation – Lou Henry Hoover: A Life of Webinar: Make Your Savings Grow, this webinar
Virtual Presentation – Passport to Hope: Celebrating Adventure, join us for a special event in honor of First… addresses the challenges of saving and provides practical…
Cultural Arts, the online fundraiser will showcase the work Davenport Public Library - Main Branch, noon Mon Mar 29 University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 6:30pm Tue Mar 23
of local cultural… 7pm Thu Mar 11 Virtual Presentation – Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret
Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad, Virtual Presentation: Hardening off and Virtual Class – New Internationalism: Color and
Annual Lenten Fish Fry, on Fridays; orders will be carry-out a Zoom presentation exploring the origins of slave routes Transplanting & General Care, a program in the Flavor, join Chef Stu from the Figge Café to learn how to
only; the dinner options… St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, passing through… River Valley District Library, 6pm Thu “Vegetable Gardening Made Easy” series hosted… Rock make Pepper Painted Poultry with splashes of tri-colored
3:30pm Fri Mar 12 thru Fri Mar 26 Mar 11 Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 10am Mon Mar 29 pepper sauce; after the cooking class, look at works from the
New Internationalism section of “For America: 200 Years of
Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, to Hennepin Canal - Steel Virtual Conversations with Mark Morris: Nico Muhly, Virtual Presentation: Pest Control Considerations Painting from the National Academy of Design” that inspired
Dam, Lock 30, Milan, IL; come… 2:30pm Sat Mar 13 the acclaimed choreographer chats with the composer and Tips to Garden Safely, a program in the “Vegetable this course; $5-8.50; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge
and sought-after collaborator whose influences… Hancher Gardening Made Easy” series hosted… Rock Island Public Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA, FiggeArtMuseum.
Virtual Event: Retail & Restaurant Workers Telling Auditorium, 7:30pm Thu Mar 11 Library - Downtown Library, 10am Wed Mar 31 org, 5:30pm Wed Mar 24
Their Story of COVID-19, we will listen to four people tell
about their losses… Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 6:30pm Virtual Presentation: Seed Starting Introduction, Virtual Presentation: Asian Carp, Asian Carp are literally Virtual Presentation: Cool Season Vegetables &
Mon Mar 15 a program in the “Vegetable Gardening Made Easy” series jumping into Midwestern boats; join our… Davenport Public Warm Season Vegetables, learn about the different types
hosted… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, Library - Main Branch, 2pm Sat Apr 3 of vegetables that are commonly… University of Illinois
Virtual Event: Wednesday Nights with Barb, Barb 10am Mon Mar 15 Extension - Milan, 10am Wed Mar 24
Arland-Fye will have a conversation with Father Jeff Belger,… Virtual Presentation: Alcohol Awareness, join
Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 7pm Wed Mar 17 Remembering the Orphan Train, historian and retired prevention staff from the Center for Alcohol & Drug… Webinar: Too Small for Wholesale Markets? Think
Canadian Pacific Railroad conductor Dennis Wilson Davenport Public Library - Main Branch, 1pm Wed Apr 7 Again., with Kathryn Pereira, Marlie Wilson, and Dakarai
Quad Cities Bicycle Club Ride, on Wednesdays; 20-25 mile discusses… Iowa Wesleyan University, noon Tue Mar 16 Howard; you’ll learn… University of Illinois Extension - Milan,
Group D (13-15 mph) bike ride;… Hy-Vee - East Kimberly, 9am Virtual Presentation: Downsizing Tips & Tricks, noon Thu Mar 25
Wed Mar 17 thru Wed Apr 7 Virtual Presentation: Germination & Seedling presenter Abigail Hays of Dreamt by Design: Art and
Growth, a program in the “Vegetable Gardening Made Organizing… Bettendorf Public Library, 7pm Wed Apr 7 Wine Class: Here Comes the Sun, learn about wines for
Virtual Event: 38th Annual Maple Syrup Festival, Easy” series hosted… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown warmer weather; for information, call 563-289-4156… The
due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be doing… Library, 10am Wed Mar 17 Virtual Presentation: Estate Planning, join Jaime Ragins Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits, Thu Mar 25
Indian Creek Nature Center, 8am Sat Mar 20 and Ray Kozicki from the Society of Financial… Davenport
Public Library - Main Branch, 6:30pm Wed Apr 7
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Virtual Presentation: Hardening Off and Riverdale City Council Meeting, held on the 2nd and 4th Bridge, on Mondays & Fridays; $2-5; for information, call Line Dancing Lesson, on Tuesdays; free; for information,
Transplanting & General Care, discover how to prep Tuesday of the month;… Riverdale City Hall, 7pm Tue Mar 23 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:30pm Fri call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8:30am
seedlings that you grew indoors for… University of Illinois Mar 12 thru Thu Apr 8 Tue Mar 16 thru Tue Apr 6
Extension - Milan, 10am Mon Mar 29 Davenport City Council Meeting, the Davenport City
Council meets on the first and third… Davenport City Hall, Ceramics I, on Mondays & Fridays; $7-11; for information, call Senior Technology Clinic, on Tuesdays; $5-7; for
Quickbooks, if you’re new to QuickBooks or have limited 5:30pm Wed Mar 24 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9:30am Fri information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
experience using… Carl Sandburg College, 8:30am Tue Mar Mar 12 thru Thu Apr 8 Seniors), 1pm Tue Mar 16 thru Tue Apr 6
30 Scott County Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting,
activities may include voting on actions and conducting Ceramics I & II, on Fridays; $7-11; for information, call 563- Spiritual Devotions, on Tuesdays; free; for information, call
Virtual Presentation: Pest Control Considerations, public hearings;… Scott County Administrative Center, 5pm 386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Fri Mar 12 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 8am Tue Mar
tips to garden safely followed by a final Q&A session; a… Thu Apr 1 thru Thu Apr 8 16 thru Tue Apr 6
University of Illinois Extension - Milan, 10am Wed Mar 31
Muscatine City Council Meeting, meets on the first, Golden Tones Chorus Practice, on Fridays; $2-5; for Bunco, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call 563-386-
Quickbooks, if you’re new to QuickBooks or have limited second, and third Thursday of each… City Hall of Muscatine, information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Wed Mar 17 thru
experience using… Carl Sandburg College, 8:30am Thu Apr 1 7pm Thu Apr 1 and Thu Apr 8 Seniors), 9am Fri Mar 12 thru Thu Apr 8 Wed Apr 7

Bettendorf City Council Committee of the Whole Genesis Blood Pressure Checks, on Mondays; for Cribbage, on Wednesdays; $2-5; for information, call 563-

MEETINGS Meeting, recorded meetings can be seen at Bettendorf.org


or City’s Cable… Bettendorf City Hall, 5pm Mon Apr 5
information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
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386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Wed Mar 17
thru Wed Apr 7

Bettendorf Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, East Moline City Council Regular Meeting / Shuffleboard, on Mondays; $2-5; for information, call 563- Evening Bingo, on Wednesdays; $10 card pack minimum
free; for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@ Committee of the Whole Meeting, meets on the 1st and 386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 2:15pm Mon Mar purchase; for information, call… CASI (Center for Active
bettendorflibrary.com… Bettendorf Public Library, 5pm Thu 3rd Monday of every month;… East Moline Council Chambers 15 thru Mon Apr 5 Seniors), 6pm Wed Mar 17 thru Wed Apr 7
Mar 11 at City Hall, 6:30pm Mon Apr 5
Ugly Quilts, on Mondays; volunteer group; no sewing T’ai Chi Ch’un, on Wednesdays; $24-36/6 weeks; for
Moline Public Library Board Meeting, agendas are Aledo City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting / experience necessary; free; for… CASI (Center for Active information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
available prior to the meetings; minutes are available… Regular Meeting, held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each Seniors), 8am Mon Mar 15 thru Mon Apr 5 Seniors), 10:25am Wed Mar 17 thru Wed Apr 7
Moline Public Library, noon Thu Mar 11 month; Committee… Aledo City Council Chamber, 6:15pm
Mon Apr 5 Zumba Gold Toning, on Mondays; $3-5; for information, Walgreens Medication Review & Blood Pressure
Muscatine City Council Meeting, meets on the first, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 10:15am Check, free; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI
second, and third Thursday of each… City Hall of Muscatine, Milan City Council Meeting, held on the first and third Mon Mar 15 thru Mon Apr 5 (Center for Active Seniors), 10am Thu Mar 18
7pm The Mar 11 and Thu Mar 18 Monday of the month;… Milan Municipal Center, 5:30pm
Mon Apr 5 Genesis Foot Clinic, on Mon. & Tue.; reservations required; Classic Movie, 2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI
Bettendorf City Council Committee of the Whole for information, call 563-320-3978… CASI (Center for Active (Center for Active Seniors), 1:30pm Tue Mar 23
Meeting, recorded meetings can be seen at Bettendorf.org Bettendorf City Council Meeting, recorded meetings can Seniors), 8am Mon Mar 15 thru Tue Apr 6
or City’s Cable… Bettendorf City Hall, 5pm Mon Mar 15 be seen at Bettendorf.org or City’s Cable… Bettendorf City Genesis Foot Clinic, reservations required; for information,
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East Moline City Council Regular Meeting / 7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1pm Tue Mar 16 thru Thu Apr 1
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3rd Monday of every month;… East Moline Council Chambers of each month;… Silvis City Hall, 6:30pm Tue Apr 6 CASI Book Club, $2-5; for information, call 563-386-7477…
at City Hall, 6:30pm Mon Mar 15 Knitting & Crocheting, on Tuesdays; volunteer group; free; CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 10am Fri Apr 2
Coal Valley City Hall Meeting, held on the first and third for information, call 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active
Aledo City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting / Wednesdays of each month;… Coal Valley Village Hall, 6pm Seniors), 12:30pm Tue Mar 16 thru Tue Apr 6 Red Hat Club Luncheon, location varies; for information,
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month; Committee… Aledo City Council Chamber, 6:15pm Line Dancing I, on Tuesdays; $3-5; for information, call 563- Tue Apr 6
Mon Mar 15 Davenport City Council Committee of the Whole 386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Tue Mar 16
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Monday of the month;… Milan Municipal Center, 5:30pm
Mon Mar 15 Bettendorf Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, Continued On Page 17
free; for information, call 563-344-4175 or e-mail info@
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be seen at Bettendorf.org or City’s Cable… Bettendorf City Apr 8
Hall, 7pm Tue Mar 16
Moline Public Library Board Meeting, agendas are
Moline City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting available prior to the meetings; minutes are available…
/ Regular Meeting, meets in Council Chambers; the formal Moline Public Library, noon Thu Apr 8
City Council meeting is… Moline City Hall, 6pm Tue Mar 16

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with time for public comment provided at the beginning Mar 11 thru Thu Apr 8
of… Rock Island Public Library - Downtown Library, 5pm Tue
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563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 2:30pm Thu
Scott County Board of Supervisors Committee of the Mar 11 thru Thu Apr 8
Whole Meeting, the board will review legislative actions,
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563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 12:45pm Thu
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Thu Mar 18 563-386-7477… CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 9am Thu
Mar 11 thru Thu Apr 8
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Fri Mar 19 Seniors), 10:30am Fri Mar 12 thru Fri Apr 2

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MUSIC By Max Allison

Isolation. of feedback and monotone spoken-word


Local Music Bandcamp Roundup Elsewhere, "These Moments" crests
closer to Project Pat's "Choices" with its
poetry, to technoid breakdowns with com-
plex electronic drum arrangements. Album
tightly chopped soul vocal samples and opener "cummin in all sorts of cool ways"
heavily processed time-lapse footage of
monstrous beat patterns build over bone- (nice) sets the tone for the entire project
empty neighborhoods, to what looks like
thick kick drums and crisp snares. The with its ridiculous vocal samples, double-
drone bombing footage, to some swaths of
Hypnotize Minds factor is only one part time drum beatdowns, and wonderfully
classic trippy swirl effects. When the band
of the appeal here, though, as the duo's vulgar lyrics that include a great Mitch
themselves pop into view, standing bolt
sensibilities for the narrative f low of a McConnell diss too obscene to print in
upright with their guitars in a small room
beat and the small electronic details they these pages. Just when you think the
against a wall of projected visuals, the pres-
plant throughout elevate them to a stra- track has reached its climax (heh), Void-
ence of distinguishable humans snaps us
tum far above Memphis cosplay. EP closer Dweller amps up the technicality factor
back to reality for a second, as if to remind
"Resolve" grooves over a chubby bass line and kicks into a passage that sounds
us that Giallows is a real band who plays real
that crackles with distortion, which nicely like somet hing from an early Dill-
shows before our eyes. Hopefully they can
contrasts against little droplets of elec- inger Escape Plan album, with rapidly
get back to that live experience soon.
tric piano and filter sweeps that arrive to f luctuating time signatures and blasts of
wash out the mix for a few seconds before staccato, atonal guitar. The sum total is
it kicks back in. "Full Time Gangsta" pres- something like modern mind-boggling elec-
ents another instance of what sound like a tro-assault projects such as Machine Girl,
sampled verse, though it ends up spanning a comparison amplified by VoidDweller's
Giallows, “Lost Boy” the entire track 's length, so it could be an penchant for shifting vocal styles that posi-
original verse by an MC intended specifi- tion them as a clear frontperson against
https://giallows.bandcamp.com/album/ cally for this release. As another potential their own productions. Perhaps unsurpris-
lost-boy inspiration Easter egg here, the keyboard ingly, cum features lyrics that are not for the

T
line sounds almost identical to the lead faint of heart, and while the more aggres-
he Davenport-based horror-score organ melody of "Beneath the Mask," one of sive shouted passages ty pically feature
psych-rock experimental crew Gial- the most iconic tracks from the soundtrack vocals distorted beyond the point of com-
lows dropped a new track called to the video game Persona 5. Part of me prehension, VoidDweller makes sure you
“Lost Boy” on the most recent iteration of thinks that's just a coincidence, but another understand every twisted line clearly in the
Bandcamp on March 5 – the first Friday of part thinks that these dudes have trawled moments when they decide to go full Blood-
the month being the day the music-hosting through so much pop culture that a nod to hound Gang and just straight-up speak the
platform cedes its usual share of profits a modern game fits right into their world. lyrics in an affectless tone and rhythms that
directly to the artists, which has caused a
huge monthly spike in both artist output
Pariah x Robscire, loosely conform to the beats.
For every moment that lands closer to
and fan purchasing. With its moody, for- Idle Hands some corrupted form of pop music, there's
ward-driving narrative, walls of distorted another experiment that has no qualms in
guitar, and melodic vocal lines, “Lost Boy” https://pariahc.bandcamp.com/album/ going full-on noise. "hyperbolic feeling
proves to be one of the most affecting and, idle-hands chamber / reach around" seems to cram
dare I say, accessible tracks that I’ve heard an improbable number of ideas and touch-
from this shape-shifting band. Whoa. Here's a nice surprise from a Quad stones into its roughly two-minute run
Landing somewhere on the art-rock spec- Cities-based project that until this point has time, and serves as a nice encapsulation of
trum explored by the likes of Radiohead or been nowhere near my personal radar. A the variety of VoidDweller's many contrast-
Elbow, the track lopes along over a steady five-track EP of mostly instrumental hip- ing inspirations. The track kicks off with a
electronic drum beat and a chunky guitar hop beats from the Davenport duo Pariah classic hip-hop break that fights against a
riff, as layers of additional sustained guitar and Robscire, Idle Hands perfectly scratches layer of noise and spoken-word samples that
screech and abstract electronics accumu- a sweet spot between the kinetic, proto-trap proclaim "I feel like shit." (Don't we all?) But
late around the edges of the mix. The full drum patterns and throbbing basslines of after only a few seconds, the beat's tempo
scope of the track contains plenty of sur- Memphis hip-hop staples such as Three 6 cuts in half and we're left with a pitched-
prising moments, from a passage in which Mafia, and a strain of more tripped-out down, DJ Screw-esque stumble, which
the guitar cuts loose into a huge solo, to modern-rap beatmaking closer to, say, immediately gives way to a harsh, junkyard
the climactic introduction of a cascade of Death Grips. noise passage consisting of what sounds like
minor-key synth arpeggios. Though the EP opener "Shtink " kicks off the vibe VoidDweller, cum someone smashing against giant sheets of
band has tried on innumerable hats across straight away with its stuttering washes of metal. What better way to cap off this track
their wide catalog, the production value electronic texture and its rounded, groov- https://voiddweller000.bandcamp.com/ than the sudden introduction of a hardcore
here instantly seems miles above much of ing bassline. No vocalist is credited any- album/cum punk beatdown, and what better way to cap
their other output, steering totally clear where on the release, so I'm guessing that off that hardcore punk beatdown than with
of the 20-minute-plus basement-fried jam the vocals that pop into the mix now and Bettendorf 's resident freak-noise-slash- a blast of double-kick drum in the grind-
sessions captured on their full albums and then are sampled from other sources (a clas- post-rap industrial producer/vocalist Void- core style? There are too many highlights
paring the proceedings down into a nice, sic Three 6 strategy employed most exten- Dweller has been trolling our eardrums on cum to fully explicate, and so many ideas
pop-adjacent morsel for us to ruminate on. sively on their earliest releases). The frantic, with their aggro strain of free-for-all blast into your skull at such a rapid pace that
Perhaps most surprising of all is the lead pitched 808 tom hits of "Jesus Wept" sound genre-mashing psychosis for a minute it feels like you're f lipping from station to
vocal performance by band leader Adam like dead ringers for the drums on early now, but the charmingly titled cum is station on a radio, except every station you
Wesconsin, whose crystal clear voice sits Triple Six classic "Talk Ya Ass Off," splitting probably their most fully formed and land on features some weirdo ranting about
at the very front of the mix here, winding the difference between a melodic line and ultimately complete release to date. some terrifying, deviant topic (which, now
its way through a dynamic set of melodies a beat-pushing rhythmic element though The album pushes their sound in totally that I think about it, isn't too far from real
that even occasionally climbs up closer to the distinctly hi-fi production quality of the unexpected directions at the drop of a hat, life).
the falsetto range. The track’s video proves duo's music plants the final product closer veering between nü-metal-esque passages
just as compelling as the music itself, with to the golden era Memphis revivalism of that feature wailing vocal lines, to brood-
its diverse set of imagery ranging from Lil Ugly Mane's modern classic Mista Thug ing noise segments f lecked with peals
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phantom tidepools ii, released at
SEL is anchored in the notion of justice-oriented to Others; (2) Systems of Oppression; (3)Students
the beginning of March, builds on the Social Emotional Learning citizenship, and we discuss issues of culture, identity, as Individuals; (4) Students as Co-Creators; (5)
sound that the producer explored on the Continued from Page 3 agency, belonging, and engagement as relevant Leveraging Student Advocacy; (6) Family and
previous iteration of the series, but pushes expressions of the Collaborative for Academic, Community Collaboration; (7) Content Selections
programs going forward after full implementation Social and Emotional Learning 5 core competencies. in All Curricula; (8) Student Representation in the
their ideas into new combinatory permu-
is secure. School resources consumed for SELs are We also point to programs and practices that hold Learning Environment.
tations. EP opener "enchanted_armor" significant, including teachers’ training to recognize promise for cultivating these competencies and the Digging into these standards will help parents
dives back into video-game territory with and contain their own biases while teaching. importance of adult professional development in understand the trajectory of social emotional teach-
its bright organ lines and wisps of synth “The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and making these efforts maximally effective for diverse ing for which social emotional learning is scored.
texture, and the track dials up the Super Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source children and youth. We conclude by offering a few The scoring is part of an entirely different set of
for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based next steps to further advance transformative SEL issues that require serious vetting, including Social
Nintendo factor when it breaks into a social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports
middle eight dotted with little pan f lute research and practice. Impact Bonds (SIB) that represent private-public
educators and policy leaders and enhances the expe- https://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ collaborations for investing in outcomes of these
accents and more active melodic figures riences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.” Transformative-Social-and-Emotional-Learning- SELs. Private investors provide the initial funds via
including what sounds like a vocal sample https://casel.org/about-2/ SEL-Toward-SEL-in-Service-of-Educational- social impact bonds for public education SELs in
buried somewhere in the mix. The drum According to its Web site, CASEL’s mission Equity-and-Excellence.pdf various School Districts, eventually recouping their
“leads multiple initiatives and produces high-quality The researchers admit that these SELs, while investment with interest, thereby simultaneously
programming here, however, trades in a resources to advance and implement SEL practices
measure of the more hip-hop-adjacent implementing as far back as 26 years ago, are a long enriching Wall Street if students perform according
and policies.” This includes Assessment work way from understanding how this conditioning will to the preset measures of improvement for the par-
rhythms of some of the other landethics groups, SEL Assessment Guide, Collaborating Dis- eventually express itself relative to “equities.” The ticular SIB. https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-
music I've heard for a more reverbed-out, trict Initiatives, District Resource Center, and much five areas of achievement for students participating and-employment/social-impact-bonds.aspx
syncopated beat pattern that seems to more. But exactly how SELs achieve goals, and in SEL include “five inter-related sets of cognitive, Contrarily, Iowa has legislation in process
quantify improvement scores is harder to discern affective, and behavioral competencies: self-aware- (H.R. 222) that would remove funding for any
land closer to Japanese pop music from amid all the verbiage, requiring research by parents ness, self-management, social awareness, relation- Iowa school district using the 1619 Project and
the ‘80s such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and stakeholders to identify the actual hands-on ship skills, and responsible decision making.” other similar SEL programs due its controversial
circa BGM or Miharu Koshi circa Paral- programming. https://www.the74million.org/article/niemi- lack of historical accuracy as curriculum-appro-
lelisme. The comparisons to the sphere For 26 years, CASEL has been refining its SEL casel-is-updating-the-most-widely-recognized-defi- priate. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/
programming to achieve “equities and excellence nition-of-social-emotional-learning-heres-why/ BillBook?ba=HF222&ga=89
surrounding YMO and related projects
for children” by weaving “SEL into the daily life CASEL is also a lobbying organization at the state Social Emotional Learning is arguably the pur-
is amplified by the release’s cover, which of school from academic instruction to discipline level to persuade States Departments of Education view of parents, but whether they have abdicated or
has the project name spelled out in Japa- practices.” https://www.the74million.org/article/ and secure buy-in, eventually leading to legislative academia has usurped that responsibility is debat-
nese katakana characters and features a niemi-casel-is-updating-the-most-widely-recog- permanence via codification. This has just occurred able. Meanwhile, perhaps instead of resurrecting
utopian building suspended on a f loating nized-definition-of-social-emotional-learning- in Illinois as of this publishing. In Illinois, the Joint racism to achieve equity, school programs should
heres-why/ Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) upheld focus on unity to achieve equality.
island. The throwback is complete with According to a CASEL research paper’s intro-
traces of visible ringwear on the album Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Parents, grandparents, and interested parties
duction, “Transformative Social and Emotional (CRTL) Standards passed by the Illinois State Board can get involved in their children’s education and
cover, as if you're looking at a vinyl LP Learning(SEL): Toward SEL in Service of Educa- of Education, codifying into law that requires all curricula by attending their school board meet-
discovered in the bargain bin of your tional Equity and Excellence.” Illinois schools to implement this social emotional ings, whose times and locations are posted in this
local record store. This article seeks to develop transformative learning programming into their curriculums at issue on page 12. As myriad unions across the land
social and emotional learning (SEL), a form of SEL every grade level K-12. https://www.isbe.net/Lists/ encourage, “Labor respects what management
intended to promote equity and excellence among News/NewsDisplay.aspx?ID=1349 inspects.” In this case, you parents are the manag-
children, young people, and adults.We focus on issues The new CRTL standards include the follow- ers, so inspect.
of race/ethnicity as a first step toward addressing the ing sections: (1) Self-Awareness and Relationships
broader range of extant inequities. Transformative
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Schulz’s Review of
the Latest Movies On Demand

THE CROODS: A NEW AGE


With its great visual gags and first-rate
voice work, director Joel Crawford’s
animated sequel is like an elongated,
best-ever episode of The Flintstones,
and it might be a long while before I
forget either this lively, colorful outing
or its endearingly goofy particulars.

MINARI
Writer/director Lee Isaac Chung’s
wonderful dramatic memoir is filled with
beautifully observed insight regarding
the economic hardships of lower-
middle-class America, and the details
that Chung includes suggest a filmmaker
fully engaged with his memories and
what they mean to him.

ACROSS 65. Action movie DOWN 55. Health care


1. Leader sequence 1. Hems and _ expense PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
5. “The _ Witch Project” 66. Plant expert 2. Sch. type 57. Diaphanous With Carey Mulligan providing dazzling
10. Manhattan Project 69. Harsh 3. Insect parts 58. Disk
physicist 70. Viscous 4. Things avoided 59. Damon and virtuosity as wildly yet empathetically
15. Boot 71. Meat pie 5. Shown to be false LeBlanc damaged goods donning a facade
19. “_ _ Want for 72. Overly 6. Concern of 61. Door frame part of normalcy, Emerald Fennell’s dark
Christmas” 73. Like a whey-face gardeners 62. Take as given
20. Tidal bore 74. _ saltpeter 7. Bug-eyed 63. 007 actor Daniel _ comedy/thriller is intensely enjoyable
21. Forcefully 75. Haven 8. Like a sale 64. “_ manana!” and, by its end, more emotionally
22. Old Bacchic cry 76. Springtime event garment: Abbr. 65. Lustrous
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2 wds. 78. Sausage tree: 2 wds. 67. White wine variety anticipated.
25. Bored: Hyph. 80. Interlace 10. Curries favor 68. Skyscraper
27. _ salts 81. Gizmos, collec- 11. Act badly 70. Reasoner’s word
28. Psychogenic tively 12. _ avis 71. Faction
30. Heche and Baxter 83. Autopilot in 13. Thousand-legger 74. Reference
31. Fateful day “Airplane!” 14. Ill. neighbor 75. Prohibited
32. _ du ventre 84. ‘70s TV’s “Barney _” 15. Wailed 76. Fundraising event
33. Key 85. Toward shelter 16. Writer _ Turgenev 78. Wheals
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39. Racing circuit 89. Gush 24. Tree with berries 82. Kind of apartment
43. A tribe of Israel 92. Cinco de 26. AKA Cambria 84. Pros and shows from ABC, NBC, CBS,
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Hyph. 94. Adherents 32. Search 87. Guide with a FOX, STARZ®, ENCORE® and more.
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50. Toolshed item 103. Like a malcontent 37. Covered up, as 90. English poet
51. Antitoxins 104. Red dye a scandal 91. _ Major
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_ Mussorgsky 46. Reels 101. Scuffle
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62. Custard apple 53. Daft
63. Gulfs 54. Lizard
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz • mike@rcreader.com

Feud for a quest to contact Viola’s mother ship,


Todd valiantly tries, and continually
fails, to mask his uncertainty, insecurity,

Thought and desperate desire to kiss this foreign


creature, and Holland, especially in voice-
over, milks this slapstick scenario for all
CHAOS WALKING it’s worth. Todd is mortification personi-

B
fied – a virgin nerd attempting to hide his
ecause the film’s principal pho- (figurative) erection from the girl of his
tography wrapped more than dreams – and Holland proves as funny
three years ago, there was reason in his well-meaning bungling as Ridley
to expect the futuristic adventure Chaos is in Viola’s incredulity that any boy, any
Walking to be a stinker, and because the human, could possibly be this awkwardly
movie is set in a YA-lit dystopia (and transparent.
Most of Liman’s latest doesn’t work.
based on the first novel in a trilogy,
There are underutilized monsters and
natch), there was reason to expect it to
world-building conceits that needed at
be a retrograde stinker, to boot. Yet while
least twice the film’s 110-minute running
director Doug Liman’s finally un-shelved
length to be adequately fleshed out, and
release shares DNA strands with all those Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in Chaos Walking
with the editing a hot mess, characters
Hunger Gameses and Maze Runners and played by David Oyelowo, Demin Bichir, should absolutely lead to another Oscar for and Jones delivering raunchier punchlines
Divergents – orphaned youths, nihilism, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, and others costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who pre- in their heads than they’re allowed to voice
paranoia, common nouns elevated to come off as immaterial when they’re viously won for her iconic Black Panther on-screen – Brewer’s release is still mod-
proper-noun status (“the Noise” and “the not actively confounding. But whenever wardrobe, and whose creations for direc- estly pleasurable in a getting-the-old-band-
Spackle” being the primary examples the movie was solely the Tom and Daisy tor Craig Brewer’s follow-up are nearly back-together kind of way. It was fun to see
here) – this largely underwhelming offer- show, I had a blast – just as I did whenever breathtaking in their audacity and detail. the returns of Shari Headley, John Amos,
ing at least provides in abundance some- Mads Mikkelsen appeared, his villainous While there aren’t many genuine giggles in Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Louie Ander-
thing those other works woefully lacked: mayor donning a floor-length fur coat to the movie, Carter’s eye-popping creations son. Even though (or maybe because) he
charm. shame Liberace and living in a domicile for the African citizens of Zamunda are was clearly too unwell to fully participate,
Our charmer-in-chief is Tom Holland, that resembles a landlocked submarine both visually ravishing and funny; it’s as if I got a little misty at the reappearance of
whose farm boy Todd, in book author/ dipped in Pepto-Bismol. I won’t pretend I everyone in Wakanda decided to dress up James Earl Jones, his lion’s roar muffled but
co-screenwriter Patrick Ness’ post-apoc- understood a thing about the guy, but even for Mardi Gras, but this time, they decided his spirit lively. Fowler, Layne, Nomzamo
alyptic universe, lives on a faraway planet if Chaos Walking doesn’t inspire sequels, to go all out. Mbatha, and Tracy Morgan are all welcome
where men’s thoughts are both audible I’m crossing fingers for a Mads-centered Beyond Carter’s jaw-dropping achieve- additions; the late Madge Sinclair gets a
and visible, radiating from their heads in prequel. ment, the first-rate prosthetic and visual nice callback; Morgan Freeman inevitably,
vaporous clouds of fuchsia and lavender. effects (particularly the 33-year de-aging hilariously pops up. You may not spend
(At last! Visible proof of Holland’s Spidey- of Murphy and co-star Arsenio Hall in much time laughing at Coming 2 America,
sense tingling!) Enter co-charmer Daisy COMING 2 AMERICA the NYC flashbacks), and, following his but you might find yourself smiling more
Ridley, whose space traveler Viola crash- wicked turn in 2019’s Dolemite Is My often than you anticipated, even if you wind
lands in Todd’s community – a neo-West- With the pandemic causing a two- Name, Wesley Snipes’ continued resur- up forgetting about the film in a week’s
ern landscape in which the entire female month lengthening of the traditional gence as a madly inventive comedian, time. Until next year’s Oscars, that is.
population perished years ago under Oscar calendar (nominees will be there’s not much that’s memorable about
mysterious circumstances. Yet women’s announced March 15, winners on April Coming 2 America. Yet it’s genial enough.
thoughts, for whatever reason, aren’t 25), films released between January of The easiest thing to forget about, or at least February 16 Crossword Answers
public domain the way men’s are, and 2020 and February of 2021 are eligible ignore, is the plot, which gives Akeem a
horny young Todd has never seen a woman for this year’s Academy Awards. Incred- 31-year-old son (Jermaine Fowler) – the
before, so you can guess what transpires ibly, though, we may already have a result of a long-forgotten one-night-stand
after the kid and Viola eventually meet: front-runner for next year’s ceremony with Leslie Jones – whom Akeem brings
unmitigated comic panic! in Coming 2 America, the long-delayed from New York to live in Zamunda as his
Also, for the most part, unmitigated sequel – now streaming on Prime Video royal heir. Naturally, this doesn’t sit well
delight. Juicy though Chaos Walking’s – to Eddie Murphy’s seminal fish-out- with the prince’s first-born daughter (Kiki
setup is, there are almost too many of-water comedy from 1988. No, Best Layne) who presumed the throne would
metaphors swirling around the notion Picture won’t be a possibility, and neither be hers, and this narrative leads to far too
of a world where men are incapable of will Best Actor, despite Murphy giving many banal comic set pieces informing
hiding their thoughts and women don’t a significantly stronger performance as viewers that Women Are Just as Good as
reveal a thing; you could compose several Prince Akeem here than he did 33 years Men. (A Hollywood revelation of this ilk
gender-studies thesis papers merely using ago. (Re-watching director John Landis’ might have passed muster with 1988 audi-
the film’s preview as inspiration. Hol- original Coming to America the other ences; nowadays, it just feels pandering
land and Ridley, however, perform their night, I was shocked at how frequently and insulting.)
bickering, feature-length pas de deux with Murphy dropped character when he wasn’t But while the storylines are bland and the
supremely witty and winning sweetness. providing one of his priceless cameos gags tepid and the PG-13 rating a hindrance
As the pair make their way, E.T.-style, on under heavy makeup.) But this new outing – you can practically see Murphy, Snipes,
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Smear Pressure Ancestry Dot Bomb


I’m a college sophomore, and my boyfriend You wrote about a 58-year-old woman
is a senior. He’s a football player, and other girls dating a 23-year-old guy. What’s the big
have crushes on him. Recently, he was with his deal with that? My daughter moved in with
guy friends at a party. A girl came over and said a 58-year-old creep when she was 18. He
I’d slapped her across the face. I’ve never even gave his own daughter heroin when she was
met her! Why would she do this? 18. Bad guy. He and my daughter just had a
– Mystified baby, and now she’s pregnant again.
– Distraught Dad
Women are seen as the kinder, gentler sex
because they tend not to leave a trail of bloody First-time parents live in terror that they’re
noses and broken barstools. But women go getting it wrong (like that they aren’t spending
plenty aggressive on other women, just in ways enough time reading Hooked on Phonics to their
they can’t patch up at urgent care – like when kid in the womb), when they could really just
some mean girl dislocates your reputation and leave their kid in the woods and say, “Come back
fractures your psyche in 36 places. when you’re 20.”
In short, while men have Fight Club, women Okay, so the woods thing is a bit of an exag-
have Underhanded Snipe Club. Researchers geration. However, psychologist and twins
find that women almost always use “indirect researcher Nancy Segal explains that while “most
aggression” against other women – nasty gossip, parents believe they significantly shape their
ostracism, and “Just trying to help!” shaming children’s behaviors … we now know that genetic
remarks – to vie for mates and jobs. Psychologist effects are pervasive.” In fact, “Most behaviors
Kaj Bjorkqvist explains that this covert “social have a 50-percent genetic influence.”
manipulation” maximizes the harm to the victim The power of genes in shaping our personality
while minimizing the risk of counterattack on and choices is especially apparent in identical
the perpetrator, who often remains anonymous – twins who were separated at birth and raised
leaving the victim unable to trace how her social apart. Segal studied two of these identical twins:
status ended up in the morgue. Oskar, who grew up Catholic in Nazi Germany
Women’s mate competition can be a beauty and was an enthusiastic member of the Hitler
contest – hotting up one’s appearance to yank Youth, and his brother, Jack, who was raised as a
male eyeballs away from female rivals – or an Jew in the Caribbean and spent time on an Israeli
ugly contest: using “competitor derogation” kibbutz. When Segal and her colleagues brought
(disparaging the competition to decrease others’ them together as adults, each showed up at the
mate value relative to one’s own). A woman Minneapolis airport in a white sports jacket over
trashing another woman to men typically a two-pocket blue shirt with epaulets and had
sneers that she’s ugly or slutty (in line with men’s wire-rimmed glasses and a mustache. Among
evolved priorities for physical attractiveness and their many shared quirks, each read magazines
fidelity). However, evolutionary psychologist from back to front, wrapped tape around pens
Maryanne Fisher observes that if the woman for a better grip, kept rubber bands around their
casting the shade is not all that hot herself, her wrists, and – because each is germophobic –
remarks about another woman’s looks are likely flushed toilets before use as well as after.
to be dismissed. This might lead her to rely on As Segal emphasizes, a child’s “environment,”
“alternative tactics” – like inventing a story about including parenting, “contributes only modestly”
how a hot woman is actually the lady bar brawler to the sort of person they become. Focusing
of the sophomore class. on this might help. Perhaps if you remove any
Unfortunately for the cuckoo case trying to “shoulda, coulda” blame you place on yourself,
destroy your reputation, her efforts may backfire. you can set aside some of your anger, show
Most undergrad guys aren’t dating to wife up, so compassion for your daughter, and be loving and
some (or many!) would be way into a high scorer supportive despite your dismay at her choices.
on the hot/crazy scale: Hello, aggro-babe hate It’s possible your grandkids have a chance. If you
sex! As for the eventual “auto detailing” that so come at this more lovingly than adversarially,
often comes with, guys try to focus on the upside, they just might end up spending more time with
like their car being easier to spot in a crowded Grandpa than the bad dad you probably suspect
campus parking lot. (Just look for the hot-pink is a few infant crying jags away from putting
spray paint reading “Get your herpes here!”) grain alcohol in the sippy cup.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY New Columns Weekly at RCReader.com By Rob Brezsny


ARIES (March 21-April 19): Artist volcanoes. If you want to travel there, you must love.” Notice that he doesn’t merely love the gratifi- of being a mess of unassembled puzzle parts gave
Richard Kehl tells this traditional Jewish arrive by plane or ship. And yet Petropavlovsk- cation that comes from quenching his hunger and way to a deeper contentment – an understanding
story: God said to Abraham, “But for me, Kamchatsky has long had a thriving tourist indus- thirst. The hunger and thirst are themselves essen- that the jumble was just fine the way it was. I recom-
you would not be here.” Abraham try. More so before the pandemic, but even now, tial components of his joy. Work-weariness and mend you cultivate and enjoy an experience like
answered, “I know that Lord, but were I not here outsiders have come to paraglide, hunt for bears, loneliness are not simply inconvenient discomforts that in the coming weeks, Capricorn.
there would be no one to think about you.” I’m and marvel at the scenery. In this horoscope, I am that he’d rather live without. He celebrates them, as
bringing this tale to your attention, dear Aries, making an outlandish metaphorical comparison of well. I think his way of thinking is especially AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18):
because I think the coming weeks will be a favor- you to the Kamchatka Peninsula. Like that land, worthy of your imitation in the next three weeks. Indian poet Meena Alexander (1951–
able time to summon a comparable cheekiness with people sometimes find it a challenge to reach you. 2018) was born under the sign of Aquar-
authorities, including even the Divine Wow Her- And yet when they do, you can be quite welcoming. SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): ius. She became famous after she moved to the U.S.
self. So I invite you to consider the possibility of Is this a problem? Maybe, maybe not. What do you Famous and influential science-fiction at age 29, but was raised in India and the Sudan. In
being sassy, saucy, and bold. Risk being an articu- think? Now is a good time to re-evaluate. novelist Philip K. Dick relied on amphet- her poem “Where Do You Come From?,” she wrote,
late maverick with a point of view that the honchos amines to fuel his first 43 novels. Begin- “Mama beat me when I was a child for stealing
and experts should entertain. LEO (July 23-August 22): Biting midges, ning with A Scanner Darkly, his 44th, he did honey from a honey pot.” I’m sorry to hear she was
also known as no-see-ums, are blood- without his favorite drug. It wasn’t his best book, treated so badly for enjoying herself. She wasn’t
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Spiritual sucking flies that spread various diseases. but it was far from his worst. It sold well and was committing a crime! The honey belonged to her
author Ernest Holmes wrote, “True imag- Yuck, right? Wouldn’t the world be a made into a movie featuring Keanu Reeves, Robert family, and her family had plenty of money to buy
ination is not fanciful daydreaming. It is better place if we used science to kill off all biting Downey Jr., and two other celebrity actors. Inspired more honey. This vignette is my way of advising
fire from heaven.” Unfortunately, how- midges everywhere? Well, there would be a disap- by Dick’s success without relying on his depen- you, in accordance with astrological omens, to
ever, many people do indeed regard imagination as pointing trade-off if we did. The creepy bugs are the dency – and in accordance with current astrologi- carry out your personal version of “stealing the
mostly just a source of fanciful daydreaming. And primary pollinators for several crops grown in the cal omens – I’m inviting you to try doing without honey from the honeypot,” dear Aquarius. Take
it is also true that when our imaginations are lazy topics, including cacao. So if we got rid of the no- one of your addictions or compulsions or obses- what’s rightfully yours.
and out of control, when they conjure delusional see-ums, there’d probably be no more chocolate. sions as you work on your labor of love.
fears and worries, they can be debilitating. I bring I’m guessing that you may be dealing with a com- PISCES (February 19-March 20):
this to your attention, Taurus, because I believe the parable dilemma, Leo: an influence that has both a SAGITTARIUS (November 22-Decem- The bad news is that the narrow buffer
coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to downside and an upside. The central question is: ber 21): Ninety percent of all apples in the zone between North Korea and South
harness the highest powers of your imagination – Can you be all you want to be without it in your life? world are descended from a forest of apple Korea is laced with landmines. Anyone who walks
to channel the fire from heaven – as you visualize Or not? Now is a good time to ponder the best way trees in southeast Kazakhstan. Most of us there is at risk for getting blown up. The good news
all the wonderful and interesting things you want to shape your future relationship. have tasted just a few types of apples, but there’s a is that because people avoid the place, it has become
to do with your life in the next nine months. . much wider assortment of flavors in that natural an unprecedented nature preserve – a wildlife
VIRGO (August 23-September 22): wonderland. You know how wine is described as refuge where endangered species like the red-
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I’m always According to my analysis of your immi- having taste notes and aromas? The apple flavor of crowned crane and Korean fox can thrive. In the
waiting for a door to open in a wall with- nent astrological potentials, you already Kazakhstan’s apples may be tinged with hints of coming weeks and months, I’d love to see you
out doors,” wrote Gemini author Fer- are or will soon be floating and whirling roses, strawberries, anise, pineapples, coconuts, engage in a comparable project, Pisces: finding a
nando Pessoa. Huh? Pessoa was and churning along on an ocean of emotion. In lemon peels, pears, potatoes, or popcorn. Can you benevolent use for a previously taboo or wasted
consistently eccentric in his many writings, and I other words, you will be experiencing more feelings imagine traveling to that forest and exploring a far part of your life.
find this particular statement especially odd. I’m and stronger feelings than you have in quite some more complex and nuanced relationship with a
going to alter it so it makes more sense and fits your time. This doesn’t have to be a problem as long as commonplace food? During the coming weeks, I Homework: If you have a question whose answer
current needs. Here’s your motto for the coming you do the following: (1) Be proud and appreciative invite you to experiment with arousing metaphori- might be interesting to other readers, send it.
weeks: “I’m always ready to figure out how to make about being able to feel so much. (2) Since only a cally similar experiences. In what old familiar per- Maybe I’ll address it in the column.
a new door in a wall without doors, and call on all small percentage of your feelings need to be trans- sons, places, or things could you find a surprising E-mail Truthrooster@gmail.com
necessary help to make it.” lated into practical actions, don’t take them too wealth of previously unexplored depth and and visit FreeWillAstrology.com.
seriously. (3) Enjoy the ride! variety?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): You can’t
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drive to the Kamchatka Peninsula. It’s a LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Poet
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LIVE MUSIC
NOTE: All events listed are confirmed at time of publication. Check with the venue ahead of arrival to ensure status of each event.
MARCH 11–APRIL 8, 2021
Send your live music events to calendar@rcreader.com
Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication

(19)
THURSDAY
2020/09/03 (Thu)
(11) Life Wine Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore The Stone Flowers – Sunday Funday w/
FRIDAY (2)
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Ave., Davenport IA
Funky Mojo Daddy – Rhythm City Casino FRIDAY SUNDAY (21) Donovan Gustofson (4:30pm), 2606 W.
Locust St., Davenport IA Code 415 – The Gypsy Highway Bar & Grill,
Linn St, Iowa City IA Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., Andrew Chastain – Riverside Casino and Sunday Funday w/ Donovan Gustofson 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA
Open Mic Night – Bootleg Hill Honey
Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Davenport IA
Jazz Lounge w/ Mason Moss & Sara
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
IA
(4:30pm) – Sunday Funday w/ Donovan
Gustofson (4:30pm), 2606 W. Locust St.,
SATURDAY
2020/09/20 (Sun)
(27) Ginger Roots – Green Tree Brewery, 309 N.
Cody Rd., LeClaire IA
Open Mic Night w/ Ky & Ty Acoustic Duo Tubbs – The Spotlight Theatre, 1800 7th Crooked Cactus – Rhythm City Casino Davenport IA Arch Allies – Rhythm City Casino Resort Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
– Green Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., Ave., Moline IL Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., Virtual Concert – Claudia Nygaard: Event Center, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Linn St, Iowa City IA
LeClaire IA Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Davenport IA Looking Back … the L.A. Years – Davenport IA
Virtual Opera: The Enchanted Forest – Linn St, Iowa City IA Dave Ellis – The Grape Life Wine Store & Uptown Theatre, 221 1st Street NE, Mt. Brother K Band – The Gypsy Highway Bar
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, 1120 2nd
Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Ky & Ty – Green Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody
Rd., LeClaire IA
Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA Vernon IA & Grill, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA
Code 415 – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State St.,
SATURDAY (3)
Fair Warning – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State
(23)
BanD – Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, 321 E.
Virtual PASS Concert: Barron Ryan –
Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave,
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – The
Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar, 111
St., Bettendorf IA
Jef Spradley – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N
TUESDAY
2020/09/17 (Thu) Bettendorf IA
Doug Brundies – Green Tree Brewery, 309
2nd St., Davenport IA
Rock Island IL Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S First Impression – The Gypsy Highway Bar
West 2nd St., Davenport IA Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA N. Cody Rd., LeClaire IA
& Grill, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA
Shamrock Shakedown: Funktastic Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
(12)
Frankie Joe & Kinfolk – Green Tree
FRIDAY
2020/09/04 (Fri) Five (4pm) – The Tangled Wood, 3636 Linn St, Iowa City IA Linn St, Iowa City IA
WEDNESDAY (24)
(Fri) Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire IA
Tanglewood Rd., Bettendorf IA Project X – The Gypsy Highway Bar & Grill, Rob and Gary of the Night People –
50 Shades of Rock – Hawkeye Tap Sports Jim Buennig Jazz – The Grape Life Wine
Virtual Concert: Taj Mahal & Phantom 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, 321 E. 2nd St.,
DJ Ladies Night – My Place the Pub, 4405 Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave.,
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Blues Band – Jon Cleary – Englert Davenport IA
Davenport IA
Davenport IA
Divas through the Decades – Rhythm
Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa
City IA SATURDAY
2020/09/13 (Sun)
(20) State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – The
Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar, 111
Jim Ryan (6pm) – Tuggers Burger Bar & Ale
City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Linn St, Iowa City IA House, 201 N. Main St., Port Byron IL
Andrew Chastain – Rhythm City Casino West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Funky Mojo Daddy – Riverside Casino and
TUESDAY
2020/09/09 (Wed)
(16) Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Davenport IA
Rob Dahms (6:30pm) – The Faithful Pilot
Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, LeClaire IA
The Soul Company Jazz – The Grape Life
Wine Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore Ave.,
Linn St, Iowa City IA
Virtual Concert: Ross Clowser – Englert Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – The
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Far Out 283 – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State St., Davenport IA
Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar, 111
IA Linn St, Iowa City IA Bettendorf IA Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa Stimulus Package – Riverside Casino and
City IA West 2nd St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S JD Aguilera – Green Tree Brewery, 309 N. Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
Twice-On-Sunday – My Place the Pub,
Linn St, Iowa City IA
WEDNESDAY (17)
2020/09/10 (Thu) Cody Rd., LeClaire IA IA
THURSDAY (25)
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
Soul Storm – The Gypsy Highway Bar & Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Twice-On-Sunday – Purgatory’s Pub, 2104
Upchurch – The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave.,
Grill, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA DJ Ladies Night – My Place the Pub, 4405 Linn St, Iowa City IA State St, Bettendorf IA
Jason Gray – Bettendorf Christian Church, East Moline IL
Tangled Reality – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State St., Bettendorf IA Rosie & the Rivets – Riverside Casino and Virtual Concert: Taj Mahal & Fantastic
State St., Bettendorf IA Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S 3487 Crowne Pointe Circle, Bettendorf IA Negrito – Englert Theatre, 221 East
TUESDAY (6)
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside
Virtual Concert – Lessons in Loneliness: Linn St, Iowa City IA IA Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Washington St., Iowa City IA
Schubert’s “Winterreise” Then & Now Lewis Knudsen (6:30pm) – The Faithful Ruby & Donovan – Bootleg Hill Honey Linn St, Iowa City IA
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
– St.Ambrose University Madsen Hall,
Galvin Fine Arts Center - 2101 Gaines St.,
Pilot Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd,
LeClaire IA
Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar – The
Open Mic Night – Bootleg Hill Honey
Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA TUESDAY
2020/09/23 (Wed)
(30) Linn St, Iowa City IA
Open Mic Night w/ Ky & Ty Acoustic Duo Virtual Organ Recital: Dr.Charles
Davenport IA Virtual Concert: Dan Padley – Englert Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar, 111 Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
– Green Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd., Barland – University of Dubuque’s
Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa West 2nd St., Davenport IA Linn St, Iowa City IA
Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St.,
SATURDAY
2020/09/05 (Sat)
(13) City IA Tony & Ron from the Whoozdads – The LeClaire IA
WEDNESDAY (31)
Dubuque IA
Virtual Performance – Gaelic Storm: One Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge, 3402 Virtual PASS Concert: Invoke – Quad City 2020/09/24 (Thu)
50-Percent St Paddy’s Day Party w/ Blues for the Road – Englert Theatre, 221 East Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island IL
SATURDAY (7)
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Rock–it and DJCAM – Kavanaugh’s Washington St., Iowa City IA Twice-On-Sunday – Riscky’s II, 108 Main DJ Ladies Night – My Place the Pub, 4405
Hilltop Bar & Grill, 1228 30th St., Rock St., Reynolds IL
FRIDAY (26) State St., Bettendorf IA
DJ Ladies Night – My Place the Pub, 4405
Island IL
The Acoustic Knights – Bootleg Hill Honey
THURSDAY (18) Vir tual Concer t: Freedom Fest
Fundraiser w/ King Jeremy – Bishop Arch Allies – Rhythm City Casino Resort
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Linn St, Iowa City IA
State St., Bettendorf IA
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Hill Creative Commons, 309 N Bishop Hill Event Center, 7077 Elmore Ave., Virtual Concert: Penny Peach – Englert
Linn St, Iowa City IA
Bad Hair Unplugged (1pm) – Cal Stage Linn St, Iowa City IA St., Bishop Hill IL Davenport IA Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa
Band St Paddy’s Day Bash (9pm) – Open Mic Night – Bootleg Hill Honey Virtual Roots Rising Showcase: Taj Mahal Cody Road – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, City IA
The Gypsy Highway Bar & Grill, 2606 W. Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – Amythyst 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA TUESDAY (8)
Locust St., Davenport IA
Code 415 – Harley Corin’s, 1708 State St.,
Open Mic Night w/ Ky & Ty Acoustic Duo
– Green Tree Brewery, 309 N. Cody Rd.,
Kiah – Annie Mack – Leyla McCalla –
Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo – Ranky
Jimmy Welty Trio – Riverside Casino and
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
THURSDAY
2020/09/25 (Fri)
(1) 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute
– Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 Third
Bettendorf IA LeClaire IA Tanky – Allison Russell – Jontavious Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Ave., Rock Island IL
Divas through the Decades – Riverside V ir t ual Pe r formance: K irk wo o d Willis – Englert Theatre, 221 East Linn St, Iowa City IA Linn St, Iowa City IA
Karaoke Night – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway Community College Wind & Jazz Washington St., Iowa City IA Stimulus Package – Rhythm City Casino Open Mic Night – Bootleg Hill Honey
Linn St, Iowa City IA
22, Riverside IA Ensembles (11:15am) – Kirkwood Wild Oatz – The Gypsy Highway Bar & Grill, Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Open Mic Night – Bootleg Hill Honey
Freddy Allen & Neal Smith – The Grape Community College, 6301 Kirkwood 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport IA Ave.,Davenport IA
Meads, 321 E. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Blvd., Cedar Rapids IA
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