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QCA Today: October 20, 2014

This feature collects articles published online by the following Quad Cities-area media outlets: Quad-City Times, Rock Island Argus/Moline Dispatch, River Cities’ Reader, KWQC, and WQAD. It also includes...

Small Solutions for a Big Problem: Sheryl WuDunn on the Oppression of Women, October 21 at St. Ambrose University

Small Solutions for a Big Problem: Sheryl WuDunn on the Oppression of Women, October 21 at St. Ambrose University

The 2009 book Half the Sky is filled with stories that are heartbreaking and inspiring – and often both. The Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team of Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn gives...

“I’m with the Banned!”: Winners and Favorites from Our 2014 Short-Fiction Contest

Our challenged-books-themed “I’m with the Banned!” short-fiction contest drew 52 entries, and we’re pleased to present 22 of our favorite stories here. Authors were required to include one of 20...

The Shrinking Gambling Pie: Jumer’s Boosted the Local Casino Market – but It Can’t Hide the Quad Cities’ Decade of Decline

It’s long been an article of faith with me that the seemingly perpetual growth in the number of state-sponsored gambling outlets is poor public policy. Common sense says that the amount of money people...

The Forest for the Trees: Lessons from Newspaper Coverage of the Benton Mackenzie Trial and Rock Island County Government

The July 9 Rock Island Argus/Moline Dispatch article announcing a verdict for Benton Mackenzie on drug charges began like this: “Even as the 12 jurors shuffled into the courtroom to announce their verdict,...

Video: Mayor Gluba Hosts Roundtable on Housing Immigrants in Quad Cities

Enter the Reader’s 2014 Short-Fiction Contest: I’m with the Banned! Deadline September 2!

Squeezing the Craft-Alcohol Industry: How Archaic Booze Regulations Hinder Small Producers

Cops and Cons: Dominic Velando and Jarrett Crippen at the QC Planet Comic & Arts Convention

The Girl with the Dragon or Two: River Readings at Augustana Presents "Seraphina" Author Rachel Hartman, April 28

Spring in Their Steps: Ballet Quad Cities' "Spring Is in the Air" at the Adler Theatre

Fostering Failure – in a Good Way: The Putnam’s New Science Center Opens April 12

"Coffee" First, Tragedy After: Ballet Quad Cities' "Carmen," February 14 and 15 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

A Prescription for Local Television News: What Ails Our Newscasts, and Some Suggestions to Fix Them

That Galumpha Thing: Quad City Arts’ Latest Visiting Artists Present Dance, Acrobatics, and Human Architecture, January 25 at St. Ambrose University

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Union Targets Rauner By Supporting Libertarian

I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers earlier this month contributed $30,000 to Chad Grimm, the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor....

A Potent Tool for Reform: Narcisse and The Iowa Party

A Potent Tool for Reform: Narcisse and The Iowa Party

If you’re an independent candidate for governor in Iowa, you know you’re getting traction when your message earns the support of county chairs from both major parties across the state. Your campaign...

Rauner Hints at His Actual Plan in Debate

The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issues magazine. She pointed out that Republican Kansas...

End the Fed: The Economics of Liberty

The Federal Reserve is responsible for implementing U.S. monetary policy. As it directs the world’s largest economy, the Fed earns top rank among powerful institutions. Though the central bank guides...

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

The administration’s response to the conjunction on September 21 of the People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? (1) Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from...

Swing Districts Create Problems for Quinn

America’s Dirty Little Secret: Sex-Trafficking Is Big Business

Off His Talking Points, Rauner Struggles

Rauner’s Week of Ills

Common Core Curricula Have Core Problems

Democrats Learning from GOP with Message, Timing

Teachers’ Union Endorsement Curious – but Perhaps Smart

Holding My Nose for Term Limits: They’re Lazy and Misguided, but They Would Also Solve a Real Problem

Rauner’s Promises Are Budgetary Fantasies

Quinn’s Best Shot Lies with Minimum-Wage Efforts

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Tanks. A Lot.: "Fury"

Tanks. A Lot.: "Fury"

FURY Granted, I haven’t seen Birdman yet, but it’s hard to imagine any movie this year featuring a more kick-ass title character than the one in writer/director David Ayer’s Fury. A battered but...

"Women & Children" First: "Men, Women & Children," "The Book of Life," "Meet the Mormons," "The Skeleton Twins," and "Venus in Fur"

"Women & Children" First: "Men, Women & Children," "The Book of Life," "Meet the Mormons," "The Skeleton Twins," and "Venus in Fur"

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN The single most definitive shot in director/co-writer Jason Reitman’s “Ee-e-eek! The Internet!” melodrama Men, Women & Children is one from the previews, in which...

Now Playing: Friday, October 17, through Thursday, October 23

For show schedule information, visit: Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport FilmScene, Iowa City Putnam Museum, Davenport Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline   (Hyperlinked titles take...

From Rad to Worst: "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "Dracula Untold," "Addicted," and "The Judge"

Friday, October 10, 10:05 a.m.-ish: My latest quartet of screenings starts with an adaptation of the beloved children’s book Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It’s a shame...

So Bye Bye, Miss American Pike: "Gone Girl," "Left Behind," and "Annabelle"

GONE GIRL David Fincher’s Gone Girl, adapted from screenwriter Gillian Flynn’s 2012 literary phenomenon, opened on Friday. I was tempted to compose this review under the headline “SPOILER ALERT!”...

Both Eyes for an Eye, a Jaw for a Tooth: "The Equalizer" and "The Boxtrolls"

Walking, Running, Retching, Kvetching: "A Walk Among the Tombstones," "The Maze Runner," "Tusk," and "This Is Where I Leave You"

Tony Soprano and a Pit Bull Walk into a Bar ... : "The Drop," "Dolphin Tale 2," and "No Good Deed"

The King, and More Royal Subjects: "The Identical," "Locke," "Only Lovers Left Alive," "The Normal Heart," and "The Spoils of Babylon"

Midnight Below Paris: "As Above, So Below" and "The November Man"

Gridiron Man: "When the Game Stands Tall" and "If I Stay"

Noir Is the Dullest Color: "Sin City: A Dame to Kill for" and "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar"

They’re Getting Too Old for This S--- : "The Expendables"

Limp Woody: "Magic in the Moonlight," "The Giver," and "Let’s Be Cops"

Time Flies: "Boyhood"

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Photos from the Pearl Jam Concert, October 17 at the i wireless Center

Photos from the Pearl Jam Concert, October 17 at the i wireless Center

Images by Chris Jones of the October 17 Pearl Jam Concert at the i wireless Center. For more work by Jones, visit MusicRowPhotos.com.

Unparalleled (but Unsustainable) Brilliance: The Quad City Symphony, October 4 at the Adler Theatre

The Quad City Symphony had to contend with a last-minute change in soloists – and the piece he was playing – for the opening Masterworks concert of its 100th season. But the orchestra on October 4...

A Dream Season: The Quad City Symphony Smartly Marks Its Centennial

Looking despondent, the young conductor was comforted by his mentor. “Think of it this way, my son,” the old maestro began. “If everyone was equally dissatisfied with your repertoire, at least...

A Voice Found: Muddy Ruckus, September 19 at Rozz-Tox

By design, the opening three tracks of Muddy Ruckus’ self-titled debut are meant as an introduction. But it might be more accurate to say that they’re a reintroduction – particularly for the...

Another Level of Vulnerability: Janiva Magness, September 11 at the Redstone Room

Vocalist Janiva Magness is a four-time recipient of the Blues Music Award for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year” and the 2009 winner of the “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year” citation,...

Happy Bummers: Ruby the RabbitFoot, September 7 at Rozz-Tox

Breaking Some Shackles, Burdened by Others: The Dawn, “Waiting for the Storm”; and Jordan Danielsen, “Old Soul”

Natural Flexibility: Los Lonely Boys, August 16 at River Roots Live

Back in the Taverns: The Fat Babies, July 31 through August 3 at the Bix Fest

2014 Blues Fest: Schedule, Ticket Info, Interviews, and Biographies

An Excellent Foundation: The River Monks, July 2 at Rozz-Tox

2014 Blues Fest: Breaking “Bad” – George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Friday, July 4, 11 p.m., Bandshell)

2014 Blues Fest: Blues Brother – Curtis Salgado (Saturday, July 5, 9 p.m., Bandshell)

2014 Blues Fest: The Sibling Ring – The Westbrook Singers (Sunday, July 5, 3 p.m., Tent)

2014 Blues Fest: Obsessed with an Honest Genre – Jarekus Singleton (Saturday, July 5, 6 p.m., Tent)

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Body Count: "The Passion of Dracula," at Augustana College through October 26

Body Count: "The Passion of Dracula," at Augustana College through October 26

If any local-theatre venue sets the bar for scenic design, I’d make a case for Augustana College. Anyone who doubts the theatre department’s candidacy should see its presentation of The Passion of...

Sherlock Gone Wilde: "Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 12

Sherlock Gone Wilde: "Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 12

There's a line in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily, delivered by Tommy Ratkiewicz's Oscar Wilde (yes, that Oscar Wilde), that goes, “People...

Job Shadowing: "Working," at St. Ambrose University through October 5

The cast members in St. Ambrose University’s production of Working offer a somewhat unexpected and altogether delightful sincerity in their portrayals of American workers in various trades. These young...

It's a Grandma Night for Singing: "Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 1

Thank goodness for second acts, because Saturday's production of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother, with its first act that almost put my own mother-who-doesn’t-look-like-a-grandmother...

Fiancé What? : "Marrying Terry," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 21

Reading through the program for the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Marrying Terry filled me with eager anticipation for Friday’s performance, as the cast is mostly composed of newcomers to either the...

The (White) Elephant in the Room: "'Art,'" at the QC Theatre Workshop through August 30

Drag of a Kind: "Leading Ladies," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 24

You Know You Make Me Want to ... : "Shout! The Mod Musical," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 24

Cinema Scope: "Blame It on the Movies," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 28

Sturdy with Fringe on Top: "Oklahoma!", at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 17

Going Carrolling: "Alice in Wonderland," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 17

Knight Lite: "Monty Python's Spamalot," at the District Theatre through August 17

Hear the People Sing: "Les Misérables," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 10

Dough, a Deer, a Female Seer ... : "Love, Lies, & the Lottery," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through September 6

That's the One That's Not a Planet Anymore, Right?: "Plutus," at Lincoln Park through August 3

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Concentration and Synergy: Despite a Pending Sale, Bucktown Is Poised to Thrive

Concentration and Synergy: Despite a Pending Sale, Bucktown Is Poised to Thrive

When MidCoast Fine Arts opened the Bucktown Center for the Arts nine years ago, the marketing played up its downtown-Davenport neighborhood’s once-upon-a-time reputation as the “wickedest city in...

Beyond War and Politics and Religion: St. Ambrose Presents the Middle Eastern Film Festival, October 15 through 24

Beyond War and Politics and Religion: St. Ambrose Presents the Middle Eastern Film Festival, October 15 through 24

St. Ambrose University’s educational initiative the Middle East Institute (MEI), which just began its first school-calendar year of programming, was designed to foster discussion and study of this frequently...

Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club

(Editor’s note: The River Cities’ Reader each month will feature an image or images from the Quad Cities Photography Club. Click on the image for a larger version.) Members of the Quad Cities...

Different Paths to Similar Ends: Megan and Kristin Quinn Honored with Riverssance’s Harley Award

One is a potter, one a painter. Megan and Kristin Quinn are sisters living and teaching on opposite Mississippi River shores of the Quad Cities. Their paths to art were different, and their chosen media...

Art in Plain Sight: The Arsenal and Wells Fargo Clocks

The impressive clocks atop the Rock Island Clock Tower building (at the western point of Arsenal Island) and the Wells Fargo building (at 201 West Third Street in Davenport) are highly visible landmarks...

Hearts of Glass: Artisans and Students Make Hot Glass in a New Davenport Studio

Short on Legends, Loaded with Innovation: “Innovators & Legends,” through September 7 at the Figge

Art in Plain Sight: “Cadence of Diversity”

Timeless Treatments: Three Artists at the Quad City Airport Gallery Through June

Winners from the River Cities’ Reader’s 2014 Photo Contest

Art in Plain Sight: Blues Brothers and “Watching the Ferry”

Parrots and Cats and a Pageant for Bunnies: "Video Art from Israel," May 4 at the Figge

Art in Plain Sight: Lindsay Architectural Sculpture Park

Enter the River Cities’ Reader’s 2014 Photo Contest! May 9 Deadline!

Art in Plain Sight: The Col Ballroom