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QCA Today: November 28, 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....

Filling a Major Mental-Health Gap: Can Local Hospitals Meet the Need for Inpatient Beds, or Is a New For-Profit Hospital the Answer?

Filling a Major Mental-Health Gap: Can Local Hospitals Meet the Need for Inpatient Beds, or Is a New For-Profit Hospital the Answer?

In August, Tennessee-based Strategic Behavioral Health unveiled plans to build a 72-bed psychiatric hospital in Scott County. The for-profit company’s proposal – which will be considered by the Iowa...

Winners and Favorites from Our 2015 Short-Fiction Contest

Our 2015 short-fiction contest featured 15 prompts from spooky fiction both famous (Dracula, Frankenstein, ’Salem’s Lot) and obscure. Entrants were required to include one of the prompts and craft...

Making a Killing: Ballet Quad Cities Premieres "Murder Mystery at the Ballet," October 9 through 17 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

With a foreboding Beethoven composition lending an incongruously somber air to the proceedings, Ballet Quad Cities’ ensemble is rehearsing. The brightly lit studio space finds the 10 company members...

Enter the Reader’s 2015 Short-Fiction Contest: Spooky Stories! October 20 Deadline!

Our 2015 short-fiction contest features 15 creepy prompts, and the deadline for entries is 9 a.m. on October 20. We’ll publish winners and favorites in the October 29 issue of the River Cities’ Reader...

From Wasteland to Treasure: Nahant Marsh Marks 15 Years as a Nature Preserve

Now That the Magic Has Gone: “Damned City,” Quad Cities Author Matt Hentrich’s Debut Novel

Bigger Than Baseball: Owner Dave Heller Helps the River Bandits Transcend Sport

Putting the Brakes on Traffic Cameras: The Iowa DOT’s Regulations Are a Good Start, but the Issue Begs for Legislative Action

Funny Businesses: Patrick Adamson, Andrew King, and George Strader Discuss the Area-Comedy Renaissance

Dove Bard: Magician David Casas at Area Venues April 30 through May 3

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

A Band-Aid for Roads: Iowa’s Gas-Tax Hike Is a Short-Term Fix for a Long-Term Problem

A Free Market by Force? The FCC and Net Neutrality in (Mostly) Plain English

Undoing the Arab Spring: Amaney A. Jamal, February 9 at St. Ambrose University

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LaQuan McDonald Shooting Reveals a Host of Problems

Here’s what the Chicago Police Department told the media in after LaQuan McDonald was killed by a police officer 13 months ago: A drug-addled black kid lunged at a cop with a knife and was then shot...

A Quick Guide to Islamic Definitions for the Unstudied

Below is a very rudimentary primer on Islam concepts and definitions for the average American who does virtually no research – without which most opinions are grossly uninformed – beyond mainstream...

Battles Between Chambers Keep Tensions High

Earlier this month when the General Assembly was in Springfield, House Speaker Michael Madigan called Senate President John Cullerton six different times to ask him to move the child-care-program-restoration...

Proposed Rule Threatens Residential Mental-Health Services

On November 18, staff and residents at Vera French Pine Knoll, a residential facility for individuals with chronic mental illness, were notified that the Iowa Department of Human Services has proposed...

Script Gets Flipped on Speaker Madigan

“He seems so done with it all,” said one top Republican earlier last week about House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. “He hates this,” said a close Durkin pal not long afterward. The overtime session’s...

Beyond the Dog’s Tail: The Marvelously Expressive Mouth

Voting for the Lesser Evil Is Still a Vote for Evil

What’s Really at Stake in Public Meeting with Governor, Leaders

Return Doesn’t Justify the Pain on the Turnaround Agenda

A Dog’s Tail

Can’t Fix What We Don’t Know: The Supreme Court’s Echo Chamber

Governor’s Strategy Finally Seems to Be Backfiring

Illinois’ Taxes Not Highest in Midwest

Thompson Center Sale Just One More Sideshow

Educate Yourself on Four Need-to-Know Subjects While They Still Matter

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Thanksgiving Feast: "Victor Frankenstein," "The Good Dinosaur," "Brooklyn," "Creed," "Trumbo," and “Room"

Thanksgiving Feast: "Victor Frankenstein," "The Good Dinosaur," "Brooklyn," "Creed," "Trumbo," and “Room"

Amidst time spent with friends and family and copious amounts of food, I caught three double-features over three successive days during Thanksgiving week. And as the end credits rolled on my sixth screening,...

Now Playing: Wednesday, November 25, through Thursday, December 3

Now Playing: Wednesday, November 25, through Thursday, December 3

For show schedule information, visit: FilmScene, Iowa City Marcus Sycamore Cinema, Iowa City Putnam Museum, Davenport Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport Regal Moline Stadium 14,...

All the News That’s Unfit for Print: "Spotlight," "Secret in Their Eyes," and "The Night Before"

SPOTLIGHT Spotlight, director/co-writer Thomas McCarthy’s dramatic procedural exploring the events leading to the Boston Globe’s 2002 exposé on sexual abuse within the Catholic church, isn’t much...

Have Fun Storming the Capitol!: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2"

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 Along with a few dozen other, much younger viewers, I caught Wednesday’s double-feature of concluding Hunger Games installments, even if my reasons for attending...

Miner Catastrophe: "The 33," "Suffragette," and "Love the Coopers"

THE 33 Even if you can’t recall the event’s salient details, you likely remember the Chilean mine disaster that led the international news cycle for weeks in 2010, and that has now inspired director...

Bored. Mike Bored. : "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie"

In a Stew: "Burnt," "Our Brand Is Crisis," and "Truth"

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: "Steve Jobs," "The Last Witch Hunter," and "Rock the Kasbah"

Armistice Wrestling: "Bridge of Spies," "Goosebumps," and "Woodlawn"

Goth-ick: "Crimson Peak," "Beasts of No Nation," and "I’ll See You in My Dreams"

Ar-r-r-r-r You Kidding Me?: "Pan" and "He Named Me Malala"

Ridley’s Believe It or Not: "The Martian" and "Sicario"

Mime on Wire: "The Walk," "Tiny Giants 3D," and "Hell & Back"

Driving Miss Dizzy: "The Intern," "The Green Inferno," and "Hotel Transylvania 2"

Johnny B. Bad: "Black Mass" and "Grandma"

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Mining Moeller Monday: The Legendary Shack Shakers and the Yawpers

Mining Moeller Monday: The Legendary Shack Shakers and the Yawpers’s Sean Moeller isn’t announcing the acts for his Moeller Monday shows at Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island;, but band publicists have a way of undermining attempts...

Rock Solid: The Cerny Brothers, “Sleeping Giant”; November 13 at the Redstone Room

Rock Solid: The Cerny Brothers, “Sleeping Giant”; November 13 at the Redstone Room

The new album from the Cerny Brothers – originally from the Quad Cities area and playing the Redstone Room on November 13 – is called Sleeping Giant, and it delivers on the promise: It’s a beast...

Accessibly Adventurous: The Dawn, “At First Light”; October 31 at RIBCO

Last year’s album from The Dawn featured the seven-minute jam “Bring It All Home,” which was for me the highlight of the record. It’s safe to call that track foreshadowing, because the new release...

A Restless Spirit: Brooks Strause Plays the Devil’s Advocate in Song; October 23 at Rozz-Tox

“It was not really a comfortable situation,” said Brooks Strause. “It was okay. It worked well, and it was worth it artistically.” Such dull words suggest a mundane departure for a musician...

Time Well Spent: Satellite Heart, “Between Phases”; October 10 at RIBCO

The differences between two versions of Satellite Heart’s “Bob De Niro” are compositionally minor, but the new recording transforms the song. On the 2012 compilation Hello Quad Cities Volume 1,...

Off the Main Road: MoZo, September 18 at Rozz-Tox

Moeller’s Moves: Daytrotter’s Founder Brings His Savvy and Connections to River Roots Live, the Ballpark (Maybe), a New Venue (Probably), and ...

Distilled Pleasures: Rude Punch, “Lovers Rock”; August 21 at the Redstone Room

Groove’s Not Shallow: Jessica Lee Wilkes, August 11 at RIBCO

What Next for Blues Fest? Optimism for Next Year Ignores Long-Term Funding Challenges for the MVBS

Photos from Camp Euforia 2015

“Resistance” Transforms Potential Into Maturity: Lewis Knudsen, “The Way of Most Resistance”; July 23 at the Redstone Room

Back from the Bottom of the River: Walter Trout, July 21 at the Redstone Room

Earthy, Elemental Explorers: Mondo Drag, July 9 at RIBCO

Artistry That Refuses to Linger: Juan Wauters, June 19 at Rozz-Tox

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By George, I Think They've Got It: "A Wonderful Life," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27

By George, I Think They've Got It: "A Wonderful Life," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27

I must confess: When I first saw the Jimmy Stewart film It’s a Wonderful Life on TV in the early 1980s, I was not a fan. Was I, I wondered, the only person on the planet who thought the story overly...

Holmes for the Holidays: "The Game's Afoot," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 22

Holmes for the Holidays: "The Game's Afoot," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 22

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of a man can invent.” This Sherlock Holmes quote is a perfect description for the mystery play at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre – at least...

Celebrating Like the Dickens: "Big Rock Candy Christmas," at the District Theatre through November 22

At a time when current events make the world seem very dark and sick, the holidays remind us to reminisce with old friends, break out the carols, and bake a batch of Grandma's legendary cookies. One recipe...

And Loco Was Its Name-oh: "Bingo," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through November 15

The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's performance of Bingo at times feels like playing bingo – hoping for a letter and number combination that you don't quite get, but finding yourself pleasantly surprised...

The Invitation Game: "The Dinner Party," at Scott Community College through November 14

When attending a student production, I'm excited for the young performers, and hope the evening ends with the audience standing and cheering. Such were my hopes on the opening night of Neil Simon’s The...

It Was a Dark and Storied Night: "The Pillowman," at the QC Theatre Workshop through November 15

Switching Gears: "Machinal," at Augustana College through October 25

Trial and Tribulation: "Parade," at St. Ambrose University through October 11

Just Call Her Angel of the Mourning: "Murder on the Rerun," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 11

Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be: "Timon of Athens," at the QC Theatre Workhop through September 27

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow: "Harvey," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 20

Call for Entry: River Cities' Reader Theatre Reviewers

Boy Meets Ghoul: "The Addams Family," at the District Theatre through August 30

On the Side of the Angels: "Down to Earth," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 23

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Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club

(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.) A field of sunflowers on a beautiful sunny day...

Art in Plain Sight: Schwiebert Riverfront Park and the Davenport Skatepark

Art in Plain Sight: Schwiebert Riverfront Park and the Davenport Skatepark

Playgrounds can be innovative, bold environments with intriguing sculptural forms: their colors bright and exciting; their designs active – imprinted with the rhythms of jumping, climbing, running,...

"Submarine" Commander: "Yellow Submarine" Animator Ron Campbell, July 17 and 18 at Bucktown Center for the Arts

“When I was a child in Australia,” says 75-year-old Ron Campbell, “the way you saw cartoons was you went to the movies on Saturday afternoons, which was the way the movie industry catered to the...

Art in Plain Sight: The Giant Wheel

The Giant Wheel rises to a height of 110 feet above Modern Woodmen Park’s baseball field in Davenport. This exciting addition to the Quad Cities’ riverfront is part viewing platform, part light...

Winners from the Reader’s 2015 Photo Contest

Many thanks to those who submitted entries to our 2015 photography contest, with the categories “On the Waterfront,” “School’s Out,” “Summer in the City,” and “Hot Stuff!” Our favorites...

Enter the Reader’s 2015 Photo Contest! June 1 Deadline!

Art in Plain Sight: Black Hawk Mural

Remembering Bruce Carter

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

Art in Plain Sight: Halloween Decorations

Concentration and Synergy: Despite a Pending Sale, Bucktown Is Poised to Thrive

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