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QCA Today: July 10, 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...

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

Steve Zuidema, the co-owner and brewmaster at Davenport’s Front Street Brewery, called the byzantine state laws regulating alcohol distribution “laughable now. But getting them changed is going to...

Cops and Cons: Dominic Velando and Jarrett Crippen at the QC Planet Comic & Arts Convention

If you’re the parent of a child who’s a voracious consumer of comic books, don’t make the mistake of worrying that he or she won’t grow up to be anything. That child could, after all, grow up to...

The Girl with the Dragon or Two: River Readings at Augustana Presents "Seraphina" Author Rachel Hartman, April 28

Rachel Hartman, the April 28 guest in Augustana College’s River Readings at Augustana series, is the author of the 2012 young-adult novel Seraphina. It’s a fantasy tale of royalty and knights and the...

Spring in Their Steps: Ballet Quad Cities' "Spring Is in the Air" at the Adler Theatre

There were several moments during the evening performance of Spring Is in the Air – presented April 12 at the Adler Theatre – in which I sat slack-jawed in awe of the choreography executed by Ballet...

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

That Galumpha Thing: Quad City Arts’ Latest Visiting Artists Present Dance, Acrobatics, and Human Architecture, January 25 at St. Ambrose University

A Portrait of Hunger – and Generosity: A Robust Network Fights a Growing Problem in the Quad Cities

Hope Creek’s Conundrum: Will Taxpayers Agree to Save Rock Island County’s Nursing Home?

Personal Science: Sandra Steingraber, October 22 at St. Ambrose University

Fangtastic: Ballet Quad Cities' "Dracula"

Emerging from His Fantasy World: Augustana Professor Kelly Daniels’ Lean, Thoughtful Memoir

Winners and Favorites from Our 2013 Short Fiction Contest

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Medical Marijuana in Iowa Is Long Overdue

On Monday, July 7, before the jury was brought in for his trial, Benton Mackenzie collapsed in the courtroom and was taken to Trinity Medical Center in Bettendorf. On Tuesday, however, the Long Grove,...

Illinois Supreme Court Sinks Pension-Reform Law

In a 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized state health insurance. And while nothing is ever certain when...

Poll Shows How Rauner Risks Being Trump-ed by Quinn

It occurred to me when I was recently in Chicago that the media furor about Donald Trump’s insistence that he be allowed to hang 20-foot-high letters spelling out his name on his new skyscraper is pretty...

The Libertarian and Catholic Social Teachings

Roman Catholic leaders from Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga to Pope Francis himself have made news this year in their criticisms of supposed free-market economies, likening them to a form...

Media Ignore Real Problems with Remap-Reform Petition

Almost 90 percent of the Yes for Independent Maps petition entries tossed as invalid by the Illinois State Board of Elections this month were for people who were either not registered to vote or weren’t...

Has the Department of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

Rauner Offers Magic Money Instead of Promised Savings

Charles “Big C” Edward High Remembered and Celebrated (1950-2014)

Just Shoot: Turning Search Warrants into Death Warrants and SWAT Teams into Death Squads

Legislative Session Produced a Few Winners

“Kick the Can” Budget Plants a Time Bomb

Vote Diane Holst for Scott County Supervisor in June 3 Primary

What Happens When You Cross the Speaker

A Quid Pro Quo on Ride-Share Regulation?

Primaries in Scott County Are – Unfortunately – No Contest

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Now Playing: Friday, July 11, through Thursday, July 17

For show schedule information, visit: Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport Putnam Museum, Davenport Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline   (Hyperlinked titles take you to Mike Schulz's full...

Four-of-July Weekday – Notes on a Quadruple Feature: "Deliver Us from Evil," "Tammy," "America," and "Earth to Echo"

July 2, 10:40 a.m.-ish: My screenings begin with the demonic-possession thriller Deliver Us from Evil, and I notice, during the “found footage” prelude, that the action begins on the Fourth of July....

Dismayed in Hong Kong: "Transformers: Age of Extinction"

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION After the conclusion of its dialogue-free, if very noisy, prelude – one in which we discover that it was actually extraterrestrial robots, and not the Ice Age, that...

Mike Schulz with Dave & Darren on ROCK 104-9

Going to the cineplex this weekend? Every Friday morning at 9 a.m. you can listen to Mike Schulz dish on recent movie releases & talk smack about Hollywood celebs on the Quad City Rocker ROCK 104-9FM,...

Under the Streetlamp: "Jersey Boys" and "Think Like a Man Too"

JERSEY BOYS Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s film version of 2005’s still-running Broadway smash, is a big, bizarre, cornball, clever, terrible, wonderful movie. It’s hard to fathom what, beyond its...

From Sequel to Shining Sequel: "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2"

The Kids Aren’t All Right: "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Edge of Tomorrow"

Horns Aplenty: "Maleficent" and "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Quicksilver Takes the Gold: "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Adam and Evil: "Blended" and "Chef"

Godz Not Dead: "Godzilla" and "Million Dollar Arm"

Fraternity, Leave!: "Neighbors" and "Moms' Night Out"

A Work of Art ... I Think: "Under the Skin" and "Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return"

Static Electricity: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "As High as the Sky"

Cheat Wave: "The Other Woman," "The Quiet Ones," and "Brick Mansions"

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2014 Blues Fest: Schedule, Ticket Info, Interviews, and Biographies

The River Cities’ Reader is proud to present the official guide to the 2014 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, taking place July 3 through 5 on Second Street between Main and Ripley streets in downtown...

An Excellent Foundation: The River Monks, July 2 at Rozz-Tox

The band’s moniker comes from the likely source of the Des Moines River’s name (the French Rivière des Moines – “river of the monks”), and declared that “the River Monks...

2014 Blues Fest: Breaking “Bad” – George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Friday, July 4, 11 p.m., Bandshell)

George Thorogood’s parents encouraged him to pursue a music career, but to hear the guitarist/singer/songwriter tell it, they didn’t have much choice. They didn’t see any more-conventional options...

2014 Blues Fest: Blues Brother – Curtis Salgado (Saturday, July 5, 9 p.m., Bandshell)

If you’re of my generation – the generation that, as grade-schoolers, used to stay up long after bedtime to watch the early years of Saturday Night Live – there may be two names you most associate...

2014 Blues Fest: The Sibling Ring – The Westbrook Singers (Sunday, July 5, 3 p.m., Tent)

If you’re one of your parents’ 11 children and are looking for something rewarding and fun to do with your 10 brothers and sisters, there are actually a number of options to choose from. You could,...

2014 Blues Fest: Obsessed with an Honest Genre – Jarekus Singleton (Saturday, July 5, 6 p.m., Tent)

2014 Blue Fest: Making His Mark – Roy Book Binder (Friday, July 4, 6 p.m., Tent)

2014 Blues Fest: Watch What Happens – Margaret Murphy-Webb (Friday, July 4, 4:30 p.m., Tent)

2014 Blues Fest: Thursday, July 3, Bandshell Bios

2014 Blues Fest: Thursday, July 3, Tent Bios

2014 Blues Fest: Friday, July 4, Bandshell Bios

2014 Blues Fest: Friday, July 4, Tent Bios

2014 Blues Fest: Saturday, July 4, Bandshell Bios

2014 Blues Fest: Saturday, July 5, Tent Bios

Thinking Inside the Box: Catfish & the Bottlemen Perform a Communion Barnstormer, June 19 at Codfish Hollow Barn

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The Baum-Diggity: "The Wizard of Oz," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 20

While traveling to Thursday’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz, which features much-loved songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, I pondered whether the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s production would...

Bolts and Nuts: "Young Frankenstein," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 13

The Timber Lake Playhouse’s Young Frankenstein is a polished, professional production featuring stellar performances by the lead actors and impressive energy from the ensemble. Playwright/composer Mel...

"Blonde" Ambition: Lauren VanSpeybroeck Reflects on Her (Pre-College) Theatrical Career

As with many things in life, it can be blamed on a friendly purple dinosaur. “I used to be obsessed with Barney,” says area actor Lauren VanSpeybroeck of her pre-school interest in performing. “I...

Mask Appeal: "The Suppliants" and "The Persians," at Lincoln Park through July 6

This year, Genesius Guild’s annual Greek tragedy is a double-feature, as the local theatrical organization presents Aeschylus’ The Suppliants and The Persians – two plays for the price of one (which...

Scentsational: "StinkyKids: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 12

Considering its title, and my unfamiliarity with the Britt Menzies books on which it’s based, I was uncertain what to expect going into Thursday’s Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse production of StinkyKids:...

How the West Was Wonderful: "Annie Get Your Gun," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 29

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night ... : " An Inspector Calls," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 28

You Say You Want a Revolution?: "Les Misérables," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 22

Going Bat-ty: "Die Fledermaus," at Lincoln Park through June 22

O Brother, Why Art Thou?: "The Melville Boys," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 15

Fratricide Effects: "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 15

Do-Wop-ers with Cheese: "The Taffetas," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 15

"Tradition"-al Family: "Fiddler on the Roof," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 19

The Bluegrass Is Always Greener ... : "Big Rock Candy Mountain," at the District Theatre through June 8

Brotherly Loathe: "True West," at the QC Theatre Workshop through June 1

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Art in Plain Sight: “Cadence of Diversity”

Cadence of Diversity is a joyful mural – rich with expressions of many cultures that are balanced with an underlying theme of connectedness. The 100-foot-long mural is painted on a concrete wall...

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.) One of the top-scoring creative...

Timeless Treatments: Three Artists at the Quad City Airport Gallery Through June

Recently at the Quad City International Airport art gallery, two travelers were bluntly musing about twisting sculptures cantilevered off the display wall. “Normally, this would be considered a pile...

Winners from the River Cities’ Reader’s 2014 Photo Contest

We received 116 entries in our 2014 Photo Contest in four categories: Fun in the Sun, In the Garden, Summer Nights, and Heat Wave. We’re happy to present this selection of winners. Thanks to all who...

Art in Plain Sight: Blues Brothers and “Watching the Ferry”

On May 2, the life-sized sculptures of the Blues Brothers were back on public display in the Rock Island District after months of storage and repairs. The sculptures are seated in chairs near the corner...

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

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

Art in Plain Sight: The Col Ballroom

Art in Plain Sight: Davenport’s Skybridge

Art in Plain Sight: “The Gossips”

Art for the Quick and the Dead: Exploring the Sculptures of Quad Cities Cemeteries

Art in Plain Sight: LeClaire Park Bandshell and Bix Sculpture

Art in Plain Sight: Two Entrances by Eric Mart

Elegant Amusement: Terry Rathje’s “Questionable Architecture,” at the Figge through August 25