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QCA Today: October 8, 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...

Making a Killing: Ballet Quad Cities Premieres "Murder Mystery at the Ballet," October 9 through 17 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

Making a Killing: Ballet Quad Cities Premieres "Murder Mystery at the Ballet," October 9 through 17 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

With a foreboding Beethoven composition lending an incongruously somber air to the proceedings, Ballet Quad Cities’ ensemble is rehearsing. The brightly lit studio space finds the 10 company members...

Enter the Reader’s 2015 Short-Fiction Contest: Spooky Stories! October 19 Deadline!

Our 2015 short-fiction contest features 15 creepy prompts, and the deadline for entries is October 19. We’ll publish winners and favorites in the October 29 issue of the River Cities’ Reader –...

From Wasteland to Treasure: Nahant Marsh Marks 15 Years as a Nature Preserve

Even a brief visit to Davenport’s Nahant Marsh will show something unusual: a wetland habitat nestled in an area that includes an interstate highway, a railroad, and various agricultural and industrial...

Now That the Magic Has Gone: “Damned City,” Quad Cities Author Matt Hentrich’s Debut Novel

In Matthew Hentrich’s novel Damned City, the magic has gone – literally. The self-published debut novel from the Quad Cities author takes place in a world in which everybody has magical skills...

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

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

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

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

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

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Shutdown Theater, 2015 Edition

Last week we saw what’s become a regular headline: “Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown.” This year’s excuse was a feud over whether to continue writing an annual $500-million corporate-welfare...

Delayed Session Illustrates Do-Nothing Status Quo

The Illinois Senate had been scheduled to return to Springfield on October 6 after not being in session since September 9. But last week, the Senate President postponed session until October 20. The...

How the Government Makes Data Hacks a Thousand Times Worse

In May 2015, the federal government suffered a massive data breach, a hack that exposed the names and Social Security numbers of more than 21-million people. In a press release, the Office of Personal...

Election 2016 Reminder: Who Needs Whom?

Memory has a way of playing tricks on the mind, but my recollection is that each of the seven presidential elections since I reached adulthood (I turned 18 the week after Ronald Reagan was re-elected in...

Survey, Speech Make Negotiations Harder

A poll and a speech might have hardened positions even further on both sides of the highly partisan and bitter state-government impasse. The speech, by Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, you likely already...

It’s Time to Take a Fresh Look at Davenport’s Public Transportation

How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop?

Cycle of Futility Continues with State Budget

Failed Overrides Might Teach Democrats a Lesson

World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism”

Both Parties Running Out the Clock with Illinois Finances

Abortion: The “Rape and Incest Exception” is Demagoguery

Veto Override Could Mean War – or a Way Out

Judge Denies Homeowners Their Due Process

Chicago Mayor Will Likely Facilitate End of State Stalemate

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Now Playing: Friday, October 9, through Thursday, October 15

Now Playing: Friday, October 9, through Thursday, October 15

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...

Ridley’s Believe It or Not: "The Martian" and "Sicario"

Ridley’s Believe It or Not: "The Martian" and "Sicario"

THE MARTIAN If you, too, are a devotee of Ridley Scott’s Alien, you’ll no doubt remember how its title came into view during the opening credits: as a series of vertical, diagonal, and horizontal...

Mime on Wire: "The Walk," "Tiny Giants 3D," and "Hell & Back"

THE WALK There have been verified reports of patrons vomiting during the last half hour of The Walk, director Robert Zemeckis’ big-budget take on Philippe Petit’s famed 1974 high-wire trek between...

Driving Miss Dizzy: "The Intern," "The Green Inferno," and "Hotel Transylvania 2"

THE INTERN Older audiences deserve comforting, pandering crap as much as everyone else, so I probably shouldn’t be too hard on The Intern, especially because, with Nora Ephron’s passing, writer/director...

Johnny B. Bad: "Black Mass" and "Grandma"

BLACK MASS There’s a scene in the gangster thriller Black Mass that should sound bells of recognition for all fans of the genre. In it, legendary crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp)...

Social Climbers: "Everest," "Captive," and "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials"

Stalking, Shocking, Screeching, Preaching: "The Perfect Guy," "The Visit," "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos," and "90 Minutes in Heaven"

Taxing Hike: "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Transporter Refueled"

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

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

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

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

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"

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Time Well Spent: Satellite Heart, “Between Phases”; October 10 at RIBCO

Time Well Spent: Satellite Heart, “Between Phases”; October 10 at RIBCO

The differences between two versions of Satellite Heart’s “Bob De Niro” are compositionally minor, but the new recording transforms the song. On the 2012 compilation Hello Quad Cities Volume 1,...

Off the Main Road: MoZo, September 18 at Rozz-Tox

Off the Main Road: MoZo, September 18 at Rozz-Tox

The Seattle duo MoZo will be releasing its new album at a September 18 show at Rozz-Tox, and in its home base at a show in ... November. That sentence has several layers of oddness, especially considering...

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

Photos from Camp Euforia 2015

“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

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Just Call Her Angel of the Mourning: "Murder on the Rerun," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 11

Just Call Her Angel of the Mourning: "Murder on the Rerun," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 11

There's an early point in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Murder on the Run in which Sara Laufer's angel-to-be Kitty follows her explanation of the “rules” behind playwright Fred Carmichael's universe...

Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7

Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7

The plot twists and turns, or lack thereof, are visible from a mile away in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Route 66. This boy-meets-girl musical has few surprises, and the outcome is...

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be: "Timon of Athens," at the QC Theatre Workhop through September 27

I came across a quote this past week that read: “A true friend talks trash to your face and is fiercely loyal behind your back.” While the sentiment came to my attention at a particularly poignant...

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow: "Harvey," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 20

I’ve not seen the Jimmy Stewart take on playwright Mary Chase’s Harvey, so I cannot attest whether the movie's fans will appreciate the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production. However, in the absence...

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

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

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

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

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

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Art in Plain Sight: Schwiebert Riverfront Park and the Davenport Skatepark

Art in Plain Sight: Schwiebert Riverfront Park and the Davenport Skatepark

Playgrounds can be innovative, bold environments with intriguing sculptural forms: their colors bright and exciting; their designs active – imprinted with the rhythms of jumping, climbing, running,...

Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club

Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club

(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.) A summer challenge is given to Quad Cities Photography...

"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!

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