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QCA Today: March 2, 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 Free Market by Force? The FCC and Net Neutrality in (Mostly) Plain English

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

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.

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

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

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Rauner Makes Huge Mistake with Budget Address

A rookie mistake has led to some big problems. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton both believed that Governor Bruce Rauner would ask to postpone the scheduled February...

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

On February 20, U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) introduced two new bills for federal marijuana legalization. The U.S. government’s practice of imprisoning,...

Despite Promises, Rauner Presents a Booby-Trap Budget

After he was elected governor but before he was sworn in to office, Bruce Rauner repeatedly lambasted Governor Pat Quinn and the legislative Democrats for passing a “booby trap” budget that was about...

Help Restore the Power of the Grand Jury

On Tuesday, February 24, at 9 a.m., (previously incorrectly published as 8 a.m.) the annual selection of the Scott County Grand Jury will take place on the second floor of the Scott County Courthouse....

Rauner Flexing His Muscle – to Uncertain Ends

More than a few Statehouse types have been wondering aloud for weeks what Governor Bruce Rauner is up to with his almost daily attacks on organized labor. His people say that the governor feels “liberated”...

1984 and Counting

Laughter at Rauner Signals Rough Waters

The Best Defense (for the Welfare State) Is an Expensive Offense

The Political Class’ War on Immigrants Is a Diversion

Some 2016 Races Already Heating Up

The American Police State in 2014

Rauner Favoring Big Cuts Over Tax Hikes

From Neighborhood Cops to Robocops

“Terror” as Victim Rhetoric

Polls, Money Point to Democrats Being More Reticent

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

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

FOCUS With Will Smith playing its polished and professional master of larceny, and Margot Robbie playing the fledgling grifter who becomes Smith’s mentee and lover, Focus is so contrived, so ridiculous,...

Now Playing: Friday, February 27, through Thursday, March 5

Now Playing: Friday, February 27, through Thursday, March 5

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 and Winners: Friday, February 27, through Thursday, March 5

Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport FilmScene, Iowa City Putnam Museum, Davenport Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline   (The hyperlinks below take you to the films' Internet Movie Database...

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

Neil Patrick Harris, at the tail end of last night's Academy Awards ceremony, climaxed his hosting duties with the resolution to a magic trick he'd set up earlier in the evening. Much, much earlier in...

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

MCFARLAND USA God, I hate Disney. Not all the time, of course, and in any case, “hate” is probably a strong word. But why does the studio have to keep releasing live-action movies that are inseparable...

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

Blow It Out Uranus: "Jupiter Ascending," "Seventh Son," "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," and "Two Days, One Night"

Qualms Before the Storm: "A Most Violent Year," "Journey to Space 3D," "Black or White," "The Loft," and "Project Almanac"

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

Wrestling with Demons: “Foxcatcher”

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

The 2015 Academy Award Nominations

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

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

The pieces in the Quad City Symphony’s fourth Masterworks concerts of the season would seem to have little in common: modern post-minimalism, a Mozart concerto, and a symphony rooted in religious faith....

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

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

All Them Witches hails from Nashville, and the combination of name and hometown gives you a pretty good sense of a split personality. The moniker hints at a band in thrall to Black Sabbath, and the...

Roots Seller: The Musical Journey of Area Icon Ellis Kell

(For a sidebar on Ellis Kell’s efforts in music education and community programming, click here.) What can you say about Ellis Kell? Better question: What can you not? He’s the director of programming...

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

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

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

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

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

Choreographer Courtney Lyon outdid herself for Ballet Quad Cities’ Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. This piece, presented in two acts, enraptured me during Friday performance, and it was beautifully...

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

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

Glengarry Glen Ross was my introduction to the writing of David Mamet, with the 1992 film version of his play marking my first exposure to his work. Awestruck, I fell in love with Mamet’s vulgar, layered,...

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

[For Thom White's review of part one of the District Theatre's Angels in America, visit "Darkness and Plight."] Something clicked for the cast and crew of the District Theatre's Angels in America: Millennium...

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

The beauty of New Ground Theatre’s comedy Things Being What They Are lies in how our hearts gradually soften for Michael Carron’s crotchety, imposing Jack, a rudely forward character who pushes his...

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

The Prenzie Players' Caesar, the company's truncated title for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, has a playfulness about it, as director Tracy Skaggs reduces the Roman leader, played here by John...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!