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

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...

QCA Today: April 16, 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...

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

Since 2005, the Arab Barometer project that Amaney A. Jamal co-founded has interviewed ordinary people in the Arab world about their views on (according to ArabBarometer.org) “governance, political...

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!

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

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Polling, Committee Suggest Rauner’s Roadmap

Governor Bruce Rauner devised a new way to reward his friends and punish his enemies on April 16 when he created a campaign committee called Illinois Turnaround. Illinois Turnaround is an independent-expenditure...

Get Cozy with the Reality of United States, Incorporated

And so it begins: Operation 2016 Elections. The corporate media has never been more strategic in its manipulation of information to steer voters to either Democrats or Republicans. After all, the lion’s...

Constitutional Convention: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Game

Supporters of a national constitutional convention, as provided for in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, have gained the support of 27 state legislatures for the idea. They need 34. Republicans and...

Electric Vehicles Should Pay Their Fair Share

After reading your article about Iowa’s gas tax, I thought of one thing the article never mentioned. If the tax shortfall is bad now, it will get even worse as electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt...

Schock’s Fall from Grace Hardly a Surprise

Congressman Aaron Schock’s resignation is not only a blow to national Republicans – for whom he’d raised millions – but especially to Illinois Republicans. Just eight weeks ago, Schock was widely...

“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

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection, and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

Rauner Makes Huge Mistake with Budget Address

Don’t Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol – Keep Government Out!

Despite Promises, Rauner Presents a Booby-Trap Budget

Help Restore the Power of the Grand Jury

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

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

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...

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

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

THE LONGEST RIDE I don’t mean to alarm you, but this past Friday, a seismic event occurred at national cineplexes: A movie based on one of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic melodramas opened, and not once...

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

FURIOUS 7 Under ordinary circumstances, if you’d missed the first six installments in a particular film franchise, I’d never suggest starting your introduction with the seventh. But the circumstances...

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

The train rumbles toward you, and then it’s over you, throwing sparks. It’s a short train, but it’s nonetheless a harrowing seven seconds – looking, sounding, and feeling uncomfortably real....

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

IT FOLLOWS Any horror fan who came of age with Halloween, Friday the 13th, and their many sequels knows the ironclad rule regarding imperiled teens: If they have sex, they’re gonna die. So maybe you’ll...

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

Running, DUFFing, Tubbing: "McFarland USA," "The DUFF," and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2"

Forgotten, but Not Gone: "Still Alice" and "The Last Five Years"

Whip Lass: "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Old Fashioned," and "Kingsman: The Secret Service"

He Swoops, He Scores: Predicting "Birdman" and the Other 2015 Oscar Winners

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

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

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

Prior to her career – or rather, careers – as a jazz vocalist, composer, author, and actor, Nnenna Freelon was employed in the worthy but far less glamorous field of health-care administration. She...

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

Culture Coup, Blue Faith Sunrise Music rooted in reggae has an inherent warmth, and that’s certainly true with the Quad Cities quintet Culture Coup on its debut album, Blue Faith Sunrise. But it...

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

The Whole World Opened Up: The Soil & the Sun, December 4 at Rozz-Tox

Season of the "Which?": Three-Dozen-Plus Holiday Concerts and Events in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas

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

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

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

Originated in Italy in the 16th Century, the theatrical form commedia dell’arte traditionally finds a group of actors participating in a comedic scenario featuring slapstick conceits called mécanisme....

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

The fifth time is apparently the charm for writer Greta Grosch and composer/lyricist Drew Jansen, as the final installment in the Church Basement Ladies series is, for me, the most cohesive and amusing...

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

Urinetown is one of my top-five-favorite musicals, due to the many songs with memorable, singable melodies by composer/lyricist Mark Hollmann and lyricist Greg Kotis, as well as Kotis' sharply funny, self-referential...

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

On the Side of the Angels: "Angels in America: Perestroika," at the District Theatre through February 8

Jack and the "Being" Talk: "Things Being What They Are," at the Village Theatre through February 7

Rome and Bard: "Caesar," at the QC Theatre Workshop through January 31

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Art in Plain Sight: Black Hawk Mural

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

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

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...

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...

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”

Art in Plain Sight: Lindsay Architectural Sculpture Park

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