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QCA Today: August 31, 2015

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...

Bigger Than Baseball: Owner Dave Heller Helps the River Bandits Transcend Sport

It goes without saying that Dave Heller is a baseball guy. He is, after all, the Quad Cities River Bandits’ managing partner, and he has an ownership stake in three other minor-league teams. He...

Putting the Brakes on Traffic Cameras: The Iowa DOT’s Regulations Are a Good Start, but the Issue Begs for Legislative Action

Davenport started Iowa’s debate over using cameras to ticket vehicle owners for speeding and running red lights, so it’s appropriate to look at one of its intersections as an illustration of the current...

Funny Businesses: Patrick Adamson, Andrew King, and George Strader Discuss the Area-Comedy Renaissance

“Is that ahi tuna?” “No. It’s a-ha tuna. This is a comedy interview.” So went a not-atypical exchange during my recent conversation with area comedians George Strader, Patrick Adamson, and...

Dove Bard: Magician David Casas at Area Venues April 30 through May 3

Near the end of our recent interview, I ask David Casas a question that, I think, most people would want to ask a professional magician who spends much of his time making doves appear and disappear: “Has...

Persistence Pays: All Iowa Reads Author Robin Oliveira Discusses “My Name Is Mary Sutter,” April 22 and 23 at Area Libraries

A Band-Aid for Roads: Iowa’s Gas-Tax Hike Is a Short-Term Fix for a Long-Term Problem

A Free Market by Force? The FCC and Net Neutrality in (Mostly) Plain English

Undoing the Arab Spring: Amaney A. Jamal, February 9 at St. Ambrose University

Nacho Radio: Dave & Darren Rescue Themselves from the Airwaves

No Easy Answers: Jessica Lamb-Shapiro on Self-Help and Self-Discovery, January 27 at Augustana College

Art to Heart: Drew Starenko Wanted to Teach Art. Instead, He Became a Local Pioneer in Heart-Bypass Surgery.

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

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

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

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Both Parties Running Out the Clock with Illinois Finances

The Illinois fiscal crisis is only going to get worse, and the solution is becoming more difficult by the day. As you probably know, the General Assembly and the governor have not yet agreed on a full...

Abortion: The “Rape and Incest Exception” is Demagoguery

Whenever abortion comes up in a political context, pro-choice advocates highlight pro-life candidates’ refusal to support a “rape and incest exception” to any proposed ban on, or regulation of, abortion....

Veto Override Could Mean War – or a Way Out

I think on August 19 a new and brief window of opportunity opened that might finally help wrap up this long and drawn-out state-legislative overtime session. But that window will only be open for 15...

Judge Denies Homeowners Their Due Process

Editor’s note: While the following blog posting from Washington attorney Scott Stafne (born and raised in Bettendorf, and online at concerns Washington state jurisdiction, it is still...

Chicago Mayor Will Likely Facilitate End of State Stalemate

The absurd facade of this long-running state-government impasse might best be summed up with two brief statements. (1) Governor Bruce Rauner to Democrats: Just support my plans to eviscerate organized...

Blues Fest Should Scale Back and Embrace Local Acts

It’s Time for Illinois’ “Leaders” to Govern

Kirk Kerfuffle Shows Who’s in Charge of the GOP

Governor Needs to Learn to Deal with Madigan

Mailer Shows Off Rauner’s Political Muscle

Keep Your Hands Off My Raisins: Court Invalidates Antiquated Raisin Grab

The Dueling Realities of the Budget Stalemate

Fight the Rules-for-Us/Rules-for-Them System

Democrats Finding Wedges to Use Against Rauner

The Death Penalty: The Ultimate Corrupt, Big-Government Program

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The Wails of August: "War Room," "We Are Your Friends," "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," and "No Escape"

Friday, August 28, 10 a.m.-ish: The day begins with the pro-faith drama War Room, in which a harried working mom is guided – or more accurately bullied – into surrendering to God’s will and forgiving...

Now Playing: Friday, August 28, through Thursday, September 3

For show schedule information, visit: 61 Drive-in Theatre, Delmar Blue Grass Drive-in, Blue Grass FilmScene, Iowa City Marcus Sycamore Cinema, Iowa City Putnam Museum, Davenport Rave Cinemas...

A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again: "The End of the Tour," "Tangerine," and "The Tribe"

THE END OF THE TOUR An interviewer for Rolling Stone travels to Bloomington, Illinois, to meet his subject: an author embarking on the last leg of his book tour. They make small talk at the author’s...

Deputy Dogged: "Sinister 2," "Hitman: Agent 47," and "American Ultra"

SINISTER 2 You know the feeling you get when you go to summer camp and make a great new friend, but he/she isn’t there the next summer, or the summer after that, and you end up forgetting about that...

Rap Sessions: "Straight Outta Compton" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON In the N.W.A. bio-pic Straight Outta Compton, long after the professional and personal flame-outs between Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) and Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr., playing his...

Septet-à-tête: "Shaun the Sheep Movie," "Ricki & the Flash," "Fantastic Four," "Irrational Man," "The Gift," "Infinitely Polar Bear," and "Amy"

Luxury Cruise, and a Long Road Trip: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Vacation"

True Detective / Truly Defective: "Mr. Holmes," "Southpaw," "Paper Towns," and "Pixels"

Monog-Amy: "Trainwreck" and "Ant-Man"

Da Minion Republic: "Minions," "The Gallows," and "Self/less"

Slumberless Party: "The Overnight" and "The Wolfpack"

He Be Back: "Terminator Genisys," "Magic Mike XXL," and "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl"

Fuzzy and Furry: "Ted 2" and "Max"

Emotion Picture: "Inside Out"

Life’s a Beach, Then You Get Meds: "Love & Mercy" and "Dope"

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Moeller’s Moves: Daytrotter’s Founder Brings His Savvy and Connections to River Roots Live, the Ballpark (Maybe), a New Venue (Probably), and ...

In June, Codfish Hollow Barn in Maquoketa hosted a show with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. The concert didn’t have Sean Moeller’s or Daytrotter’s name on it, but the link was clear enough. “I...

Distilled Pleasures: Rude Punch, “Lovers Rock”; August 21 at the Redstone Room

Six years ago, I wrote a less-than-glowing review of the Quad Cities band Rude Punch’s Killin’ It, highlighting the strength of one song as a contrast to the remainder. Overall, I faulted the album...

Groove’s Not Shallow: Jessica Lee Wilkes, August 11 at RIBCO

Lone Wolf, Jessica Lee Wilkes’ debut recording as a solo artist, offers not the slightest hint of doubt. Its five tracks are a 12-minute blast of full-throated, deep-groove 1950s-style rock, with...

What Next for Blues Fest? Optimism for Next Year Ignores Long-Term Funding Challenges for the MVBS

The announcement came 10 days after the final notes of the 2015 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival should have filled LeClaire Park: There would be no 2015 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Citing financial...

Photos from Camp Euforia 2015

Photos by Lars Rehnberg ( from the Camp Euforia festival, held July 16 through 18 in Lone Tree, Iowa. Jeff Austin Band

“Resistance” Transforms Potential Into Maturity: Lewis Knudsen, “The Way of Most Resistance”; July 23 at the Redstone Room

Back from the Bottom of the River: Walter Trout, July 21 at the Redstone Room

Earthy, Elemental Explorers: Mondo Drag, July 9 at RIBCO

Artistry That Refuses to Linger: Juan Wauters, June 19 at Rozz-Tox

Harnessing Terror, Gently: Strangled Darlings, June 11 at Rozz-Tox

An Unparalleled Experience: The Quad City Symphony with Yo-Yo Ma, May 14 at the Adler Theatre

Remembrances of John O’Meara Jr.

Just the Right Bullets: New Albums from Local Artists Busted Chandeliers and Robyn McVey

Made with Casual Care: Joe & Vicki Price, “Night Owls”; Performing May 3 at the RME

A Fitting Exclamation Point: The Quad City Symphony, April 11 at the Adler Theatre

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Call for Entry: River Cities' Reader Theatre Reviewers

Have you ever read one of the Reader's theatre reviews and thought, “I could do that job”? Well, now's your chance! After nearly six years spent writing for the paper, Thom White's and his family's...

Boy Meets Ghoul: "The Addams Family," at the District Theatre through August 30

Taking The Addams Family as a sign, I’m excited about the District Theatre’s future in downtown Rock Island's former Argus building, and while there are still a few growing pains to overcome, the company...

On the Side of the Angels: "Down to Earth," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 23

A poorly written script isn’t enough to derail the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Down to Earth. While I've never before thought “Too much exposition!” as much as I did during Thursday’s performance,...

Huckleberry Good: "Big River," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 23

It struck me, during Saturday’s matinée performance of Big River at the Timber Lake Playhouse, that theatre is my church, considering I repeatedly wanted to raise my hands in praise and shout “Amen!”...

War and ... . Wait. Where’d She Go?: "Peace," at Lincoln Park through August 16

Somewhere near the midpoint of Genesius Guild’s Peace, the leading character Trygaeus – as characters routinely do in Lincoln Park’s late-summer slapsticks – suddenly realizes that the play he’s...

Super-cali-fragi-listic-expi-ali-delicious: "Mary Poppins," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 16

Dysfunction Junction: "Next to Normal," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 16

Fiancée What?: "Boeing-Boeing," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 19

The Skittish Play: "Macbeth," at Lincoln Park through August 9

The Father, the Son, and the Wholly Spirited: "Big Fish," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 9

Making Mary: Heather Herkelman Plays Mary Poppins for Quad City Music Guild, August 7 through 16

Flower Power: "Steel Magnolias," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 2

In the Land of the Masks, the Blind Man Is King: "Oedipus Rex," at Lincoln Park through July 26

Dual in the Sun: "Greater Tuna," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 25

The Sound and the Furry: "Cats," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through July 19

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Featured Images from the Quad Cities Photography Club

A photographic competition is hosted by the Central Illinois Camera Club Association among its member clubs twice each year. In May, three members of the Quad Cities Photography Club were among the...

"Submarine" Commander: "Yellow Submarine" Animator Ron Campbell, July 17 and 18 at Bucktown Center for the Arts

“When I was a child in Australia,” says 75-year-old Ron Campbell, “the way you saw cartoons was you went to the movies on Saturday afternoons, which was the way the movie industry catered to the...

Art in Plain Sight: The Giant Wheel

The Giant Wheel rises to a height of 110 feet above Modern Woodmen Park’s baseball field in Davenport. This exciting addition to the Quad Cities’ riverfront is part viewing platform, part light...

Winners from the Reader’s 2015 Photo Contest

Many thanks to those who submitted entries to our 2015 photography contest, with the categories “On the Waterfront,” “School’s Out,” “Summer in the City,” and “Hot Stuff!” Our favorites...

Enter the Reader’s 2015 Photo Contest! June 1 Deadline!

The River Cities’ Reader’s summer photo contest has returned, with four new categories for your submissions: “On the Waterfront,” “School’s Out,” “Summer in the City,” and “Hot Stuff!”...

Art in Plain Sight: Black Hawk Mural

Remembering Bruce Carter

College Collage: Student Artists of the "2014 College Invitational," Opening November 8 at the Figge

Art in Plain Sight: Halloween Decorations

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

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

Art in Plain Sight: The Arsenal and Wells Fargo Clocks

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”