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QCA Today: November 21, 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...

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

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

The realization, Drew Starenko said, came while building a home addition by himself in the early 1990s. He was in his early 30s, he said, and “I was lugging these sheets of plywood up to this roof,...

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

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

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Rauner Should Be Able to Work with Madigan

Last December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the power of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. “We’re...

Iraq War Stories: An Army Nurse’s Perspective

Iraq War Stories: An Army Nurse’s Perspective

On November 9, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport hosted a most compelling presentation by retired Lieutenant Colonel Ann Hochhausen – Colonel Ho as she is affectionately called. This 27-year veteran...

Quinn’s Doomed Strategy Gave Rauner an Easy Win

Bruce Rauner out-performed fellow Republican Bill Brady’s 2010 gubernatorial-election performance in every region of the state last week. As I write this, with less than half a percent of the vote yet...

The FBI: America’s Secret Police

Every regime has its own name for its secret police. Mussolini’s OVRA carried out phone surveillance on government officials. Stalin’s NKVD carried out large-scale purges, terror, and depopulation....

Fee for Service Is Not the Problem

If you go to your doctor with severe pain or some other symptom suggesting a serious injury or illness, do you want him or her to have a financial incentive to treat you, or would you rather the doctor...

Dems Put Rauner in a Bind on Abortion Issue

Holst and Narcisse Offer Unprecedented Opportunities to Voters

Rauner Traps Journalist in Appearance-of-Impropriety Web

Union Targets Rauner By Supporting Libertarian

A Potent Tool for Reform: Narcisse and The Iowa Party

Rauner Hints at His Actual Plan in Debate

End the Fed: The Economics of Liberty

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

Swing Districts Create Problems for Quinn

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

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Compound Fractured: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1"

Compound Fractured: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1"

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1 Like its immediate predecessor Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is reasonably gripping and rarely dull, although...

Now Playing: Friday, November 21, through Tuesday, November 25

Now Playing: Friday, November 21, through Tuesday, November 25

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...

Winged Crusader: "Birdman"

BIRDMAN Hands-down the most technically audacious backstage farce ever attempted, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman finds its director in a cheeky, playful frame of mind. The movie’s many...

Stars’ Wars, and the Employee Strikes Back: "Beyond the Lights," "Saving Christmas," "Dumb & Dumber To," and "Citizenfour"

Friday, November 14, 10:45 a.m.-ish: I’m beginning the day with writer/director Gina Prince-Blythewood’s Beyond the Lights, a romantic melodrama about a troubled, Rihanna-like pop star, and it opens...

To Be Continuum-ed: "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6"

INTERSTELLAR With his breathlessly anticipated, behemoth-sized space opera Interstellar, has Christopher Nolan finally bitten off more than he can chew, or simply more than I can chew? I’d like to...

Kill to Shoot: "Nightcrawler," "Before I Go to Sleep," "The Best of Me," "Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland," and "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden"

How the Grinch Stole Brooklyn: "St. Vincent," "John Wick," and "Ouija"

Tanks. A Lot.: "Fury"

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

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

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

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"

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Break-Up Artists: Madi Diaz and Christian Lee Hutson, November 21 at Rozz-Tox

Break-Up Artists: Madi Diaz and Christian Lee Hutson, November 21 at Rozz-Tox

Madi Diaz’s new album Phantom is a break-up record, but you’d never know that from a casual listen – and that’s just what the singer/songwriter was aiming for. “I’m trying to push past...

A Helping Hand Through Difficult Music: The Quad City Symphony, November 1 at the Adler Theatre

With the premiere of a nebulous, esoteric piece and a dark, densely sobering Brahms concerto behind him, Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith picked up the microphone to address the audience...

Killing the Band for the Better: Darlingside, November 12 at the Redstone Room

The band Darlingside drew its name from an old chestnut for writers – the instruction to “murder your darlings.” (Killing your darlings would be “darlingcide,” which is made softer and more...

Releasing the Party Band Within: The Candymakers, “Ridiculicious”; October 31 at the Redstone Room

Halloween is an opportunity for people to try new identities, so it’s appropriate that the Quad Cities-based band The Candymakers is marking the release of Ridiculicious with a pair of All Hallows’...

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebration Affirmation: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 23

Celebration Affirmation: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 23

The kids cast in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus are the best parts of the production, with Lena Slininger’s Virginia and the rest of the children lending the...

Darkness and Plight: "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," at the District Theatre through November 23

Darkness and Plight: "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," at the District Theatre through November 23

With its emotional language and poetic imagery, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America – the playwright's “gay fantasia on national themes” composed of two parts subtitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... : "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 28

Annoyed by local radio stations that switch to 24 hours of holiday music on November 5, as well as stores that set up holiday displays before Halloween, I wasn’t all that keen on seeing a Christmas musical...

There Go the Neighborhoods: "Clybourne Park," at the Village Theatre through November 16

New Ground Theatre’s Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris as a sequel, of sorts, to Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun, takes quite a bit of time to get rolling. But once it does,...

Eight Is Not Enough: "Cheaper by the Dozen," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through November 16

Cheaper by the Dozen seems a perfect fit for a company such as the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre. It’s a wholesome family tale – one featuring a large group of children – that suits the theatre’s...

Nuts in the Belfry: "Bat Boy: The Musical," at the QC Theatre Workshop through November 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art in Plain Sight: Halloween Decorations

Against the unknown, Halloween is our brave face. It confronts the lengthening nights and approaching cold of winter. It laughs loudly in the face of death. Today, Halloween is often perceived simply...

Featured Images 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 images for a larger version.) In addition to workshops and...

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

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...

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”

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