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QCA Today: January 26, 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...

Nacho Radio: Dave & Darren Rescue Themselves from the Airwaves

Nacho Radio: Dave & Darren Rescue Themselves from the Airwaves

On his morning show on January 14, Darren Pitra asked with mock exasperation: “Haven’t we learned enough?” Just a year ago, the answer to that question would have been simple: Absolutely. Pitra...

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

Jessica Lamb-Shapiro’s Promise Land seems to invite preconceptions. First, there’s the white kitty hanging perilously from a rope on the book cover, cheekily recalling the famous “Hang in There”...

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

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

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

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Rauner Favoring Big Cuts Over Tax Hikes

Governor Bruce Rauner didn’t completely close the door to higher taxes last week during a speech at the University of Chicago, but he made it clear with what he said and what he did that he wants huge...

From Neighborhood Cops to Robocops

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” – Aldous Huxley, Ends & Means If 2014 was the year of militarized police, armored tanks, and stop-and-frisk...

“Terror” as Victim Rhetoric

The entire purpose of the language of terrorism is to cloak the sentiments of war in a victim rhetoric. You see, France isn’t “at war”; it’s merely responding to “terror” attacks. Those wretched,...

Polls, Money Point to Democrats Being More Reticent

A solid majority of Illinoisans wants newly inaugurated Governor Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than be confrontational, a new poll finds. However, most...

Democrats Have One Last Hurrah with Comptroller Vote

We likely received an early lesson last week in how the upcoming state-legislative session will play out with new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and a Democratic General Assembly. The Democrats jammed...

Breaking the Control Grid

Nobody Appears Ready to Fill Topinka’s Role with Rauner

Comptroller Topinka Was a One-of-a-Kind Character

Police Should Be on – Not Behind – Cameras

Blame Can Be Spread Widely for Minimum-Wage Failure

Internet-Gambling Ban: A Winner for Sheldon Adelson, a Losing Bet for the Rest of Us

GOP Legislators Overeager About Appointments

Rauner Should Be Able to Work with Madigan

Iraq War Stories: An Army Nurse’s Perspective

Quinn’s Doomed Strategy Gave Rauner an Easy Win

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In Too Depp: "Mortdecai," "The Boy Next Door," and "Strange Magic"

In Too Depp: "Mortdecai," "The Boy Next Door," and "Strange Magic"

MORTDECAI Mortdecai, a Clouseau-esque slapstick about a bumbling art dealer and a missing Goya, isn’t so much a movie as it is a test, and one with a single question: Just how much Johnny Depp can...

Now Playing: Friday, January 23, through Thursday, January 29

Now Playing: Friday, January 23, through Thursday, January 29

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...

Where to Find the 2015 Oscar Nominees: Friday, January 23, through Thursday, January 29

Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX FilmScene Putnam Museum Regal Moline Stadium 14   (The hyperlinks below take you to the films' Internet Movie Database pages. Click here for the full list...

Wrestling with Demons: “Foxcatcher”

FOXCATCHER Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher isn’t a horror movie, per se. There are no bogeymen, no cats jumping out from the shadows, and, with one crucial exception, very little bloodletting beyond...

Tickler, Failure, Soldiers, Spies – Notes on a Quadruple Feature: "Blackhat," "Paddington," "The Wedding Ringer," and "American Sniper"

Friday, January 16, 10:05 a.m.-ish: My first and final quadruple feature of 2015 (yeah, right) begins with the Michael Mann thriller Blackhat, which opens with the camera racing within a computer module...

The 2015 Academy Award Nominations

For King and Country: "Selma," "Inherent Vice," and "Taken 3"

Predicting the 2015 Academy Award Nominations

Boy Oh Boy(hood): The Most Enjoyable Movies of 2014

Blitz Creep: "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" and "The Gambler"

100 Favorite Movies, 2000-2014: Mike Schulz

100 Favorite Movies, 2000-2014: Jeff Ignatius

True Defective: "Unbroken," "The Imitation Game," and "Big Eyes"

Into the Weeds: "Into the Woods" and "The Homesman"

Unclean and Sober: "Top Five," "Wild," and "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"

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Invigorating Isolation: A 2014 Album

Invigorating Isolation: A 2014 Album

For the past eight years, I’ve compiled a year-end album of favorite songs released in the 12 preceding months, with no artists repeating from previous years. I’ve done it again. Beyond the artists...

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

In its December 6 concert, the Quad City Symphony checked off three important boxes – things every orchestra should strive for. It included contemporary American music, in this case a world premiere...

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

When Counting Crows visits the Adler Theatre on December 16, it will be a different band from the one that scored top-10 hits with each of its studio albums from 1993’s August & Everything After...

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

“I always feel like, in terms of my career, I’m a little bit behind,” says singer/songwriter J.M. James, whose public concert as a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist takes place on December 12 at Davenport’s...

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

(Editor's note: The venue for Ben Sidran’s December 9 lecture has changed since this article was published, and admission fees for both events have also changed.) Ben Sidran is best known as a jazz...

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

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

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

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

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

Photos from the Pearl Jam Concert, October 17 at the i wireless Center

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

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Merci Beaucoup!: "Les Misérables," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 21

Merci Beaucoup!: "Les Misérables," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 21

I’m on record stating that I was “Les Mis-ed out” after seeing three local productions of Les Misérables, and facing a fourth, over a year-and-a-half span. Yet after attending the Circa '21 Dinner...

Inheritance Vise: "Barely Heirs," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 18

Inheritance Vise: "Barely Heirs," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 18

The Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Barely Heirs is a bit of an enigma, because even though it's problematic in plot and presentation, this farce delivers some big laughs. Despite taking issue with several...

A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene

If you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months. If you’re not new to it,...

"Carol" of the Bells, and Chains, and Door Slams: "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol," at the Propsect Park Auditorium through December 7

There are some delightful moments in Quad City Music Guild’s holiday production A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, including composer David Wohl’s fantastic arrangements of classic carols, and inspired...

Oh, He's Stirring All Right ... : "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, at Circa's playhouse, Is a play that’s about a large, loud, stirring mouse. Bradley Hauskins plays Brierly – it's he who tells Of a rodent, our star (that role’s...

Cold Temps, Cool Shows: Winter Theatre in the Quad Cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club

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.) This image of a mother polar...

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!