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QCA Today: May 1, 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...

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

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

In the opening chapter of Robin Oliveira’s My Name Is Mary Sutter, the midwife of the title shows up at the door of a doctor struggling with a childbirth. It is the dawn of the Civil War, and Sutter...

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

When Iowa’s motor-fuel tax increased by 10 cents a gallon on March 1, it represented a road that was both brave and opportunistic. It was also stupid, for two key reasons: Raising the gas tax doesn’t...

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

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be voting on rules that would reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility. The stated goal is to give the commission the authority...

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

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

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!

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Rauner Playing Hardball on Budget, Term Limits

The new legislative “working groups” designed to hammer out compromises on Governor Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” finally began meeting in secret last week. At least one of them got a bit...

The Radical Pragmatist: An Interview with Republican GOP Candidate Mark Everson

The Radical Pragmatist: An Interview with Republican GOP Candidate Mark Everson

Chances are good you’ve never heard of Republican presidential candidate Mark Everson, and he doesn’t (and likely never will) have the campaign cash to change that. And if you are aware of him,...

Why Is Madigan Refusing to Cast Votes?

A couple of weeks ago, I started noticing that House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t voting on most legislation during his chamber’s floor debates. Madigan was feeling under the weather that week, and...

No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss

“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” – Author Tom Clancy The American people remain eager to be persuaded...

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Presidential candidates work hard to convince ordinary Americans that they’re just like us. Regular folks. Put their pants on one leg at a time, you betcha. But nobody clears the airspace for me when...

Polling, Committee Suggest Rauner’s Roadmap

Get Cozy with the Reality of United States, Incorporated

Constitutional Convention: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Game

Electric Vehicles Should Pay Their Fair Share

Schock’s Fall from Grace Hardly a Surprise

“Dark Money” Group Looks Like Rauner Front

Secret Service Incident Highlights Double Standard

Child-Care Savings Based on “Magic Assumptions”

Total Recall: Bad for the Working Poor

Rauner Gets Frigid Reception for “All or Nothing” Budget-Fix Demand

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Super Salad: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

Super Salad: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Whatever your feelings about Avengers: Age of Ultron, even if your feelings can be summed up in a succinct “Meh,” you can’t say that writer/director Joss Whedon is merely...

Now Playing: Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 7

Now Playing: Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 7

For show schedule information, visit: 61 Drive-in Theatre, Delmar Blue Grass Drive-in, Blue Grass Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport FilmScene, Iowa City Putnam Museum, Davenport...

A.I., A.I. ... . Oh!: "Ex Machina"

EX MACHINA If you’re a fellow fan of the high-tech Twilight Zone that is the BBC’s Black Mirror and last year’s Christmas special with Jon Hamm didn’t sate your craving for more, you won’t...

The Crash of 29: “The Age of Adaline," "Little Boy," and "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"

THE AGE OF ADALINE In director Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays a 29-year-old who, following a supernatural accident involving a car crash and a bolt of lightning, goes through...

From ’Puter to Putrid – A Birthday Letter: "Unfriended," "Monkey Kingdom," "True Story," "While We’re Young," and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"

Dear Dad, It was wonderful seeing you again this past weekend at your 75th-birthday party! I had a great time in Chicagoland with you and the family and the extended family ... although I do apologize...

Crock and Bull Story: "The Longest Ride," "Woman in Gold," and "Wild Tales"

The Fortune of Wheels: "Furious 7" and "Freetown"

A Foot in the Door: With “Nightlight,” Scott Beck and Bryan Woods Go from the Quad Cities to Hollywood

Lay It Forward: "It Follows," "Get Hard," and "Home"

The Woods Beckon: Bluebox Films’ "Nightlight," Available on VOD March 27

Dire to Be Different: "Insurgent," "Do You Believe?", and The Gunman"

Bibbidy-Bobbidi Boon: "Cinderella" and "Run All Night"

RoboCrip: "Chappie," "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," and "Unfinished Business"

Now You See It, Now You Want to See It Again: "Focus," "The Lazarus Effect," and "Deepsea Challenge 3D"

I'd Like to Thump the Academy … : Notes on the 2015 Academy Awards Telecast

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

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

The new album from the northeast-Iowa blues duo Joe & Vicki Price is called Night Owls, and the cartoonish cover art (by Vicki) features five literally skeletal figures (including a man and woman...

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

The closing Masterworks concerts of the Quad City Symphony’s centennial season included a commission meant as a prelude leading, without pause, into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I was skeptical. The...

A New Way of Seeing: Hey Rosetta!, April 24 at Rozz-Tox

It’s not often you’ll hear a story about label interference making a record better, so let’s marvel at Hey Rosetta!’s Second Sight. The band was twice short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize...

Keepers of the Golden Egg: Shook Twins, April 16 at the Redstone Room

Shook Twins came into possession of the magical, giant golden egg in 2010. According to the story on the band’s Web site, Laurie Shook happened upon a young man holding the thing, and when she asked...

“Everybody’s Game Is Up”: Natty Scratch Celebrates 43 Years with a Reunion

I’m trying to pin Chris Noth down on some dates, and he’s not helping. “The older you get,” he said, “the years just start running together.” In fairness, it’s not merely age. The topic...

Bloom Where You're Planted: Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Nnenna Freelon, at Area Venues April 8 through 18

Promises Nearly Fulfilled: New Releases by Local Bands Culture Coup and Milk Duct Tape

Keys to the Kingdom: The Quad City Symphony, February 7 at the Adler Theatre

An Anything-Goes Tapestry: All Them Witches, February 15 at Rozz-Tox

Roots Seller: The Musical Journey of Area Icon Ellis Kell

Invigorating Isolation: A 2014 Album

Illuminating a Musical Masterpiece: The Quad City Symphony, December 6 at the Adler Theatre

Unchained from the Plot of His Own Life: Counting Crows, December 16 at the Adler Theatre

Not-Too-Late Bloomer: Quad City Arts Visiting Artist J.M. James, December 12 at the Redstone Room

Rekindling the “Fire”: Ben Sidran, December 9 and 10 in Davenport

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One Plays a Little Mermaid, the Other Flounders: "Fancy Nancy: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 15

One Plays a Little Mermaid, the Other Flounders: "Fancy Nancy: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 15

Frankly, I was surprised to see so many boys in attendance at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s Tuesday performance of Fancy Nancy: The Musical. Based on Jane O’Connor’s book Fancy Nancy & the...

Top Five with a Bullet: "High Fidelity," at the District Theatre through May 3

Top Five with a Bullet: "High Fidelity," at the District Theatre through May 3

Thursday’s preview performance of the District Theatre’s High Fidelity was, during its first act, a painful experience … because by intermission, my facial muscles actually hurt from smiling so much....

I May Not Know Arte, but I Know What I Like: "Commedia Dell'arte," at St. Ambrose University, and April 25 and 26 at Additional Davenport Venues

St. Ambrose University’s Commedia Dell'arte, which closed its one-weekend run on April 19 *, was like nothing I’d previously seen on a local stage. Director/writer Daniel Rairdin-Hale and composer...

Whole Lotta Shakespeare Goin' on: "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 19

The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a loosely staged, sloppy mess of the comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. In presenting (almost)...

Parent-Screecher Conference: "God of Carnage," at Scott Community College through April 18

Given its sharply funny script, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is one of the few plays I could see over and over again. And while Scott Community College’s presentation of this story about two sets...

Send in the Clowns. And the Acrobats. And the Musicians. And ... . : Daniel Rairdin-Hale Directs "Commedia Dell’arte," April 17 through 19 at St. Ambrose University, and April 25 and 26 at Additional Davenport Venues

Supper Heroines: "The Church Basement Ladies in: The Last (Potluck) Supper," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 16

The Wonderful Whizzers of Odd: "Urinetown," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through March 29

Copping Attitude: "A Steady Rain," at the QC Theatre Workshop through March 29

I Saw a Londoner, I Saw France, I Saw the Lead in His Underpants: "The 13th of Paris," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through March 22

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: "The Mousetrap," at the District Theatre through March 22

Cinco de Marzo: "2015 Playwrights Festival: One-Acts," through March 15 at the Village Theatre

You Can Go Home Again: Dana Moss-Peterson on His Acting Career and Directing "13th of Paris," March 13 through 22 at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Star-crossed Lovin': Ballet Quad Cities' "Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet," February 27 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

The Wind in Their Sales: “Glengarry Glen Ross,” at St. Ambrose University through February 22

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

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!”...

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.) Quad Citians of course recognize...

Art in Plain Sight: Black Hawk Mural

The height of the five-story Black Hawk mural in the Rock Island District is what first catches our eye. Our attention continues to be held as we begin to realize that much of the mural is a painted...

Remembering Bruce Carter

When Bruce de Gouveia Carter died on November 24 at age 66, he left the Quad Cities art community with a gaping hole. He was a visual artist, a teacher, and an art-store manager. But his largest legacy...

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

For the seventh year in a row, Davenport’s Figge Art Museum will host its College Invitational exhibition, a celebration of visual artwork by students from area institutions Ashford University, Augustana...

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”

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”