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QCA Today: September 2, 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...

The Shrinking Gambling Pie: Jumer’s Boosted the Local Casino Market – but It Can’t Hide the Quad Cities’ Decade of Decline

The Shrinking Gambling Pie: Jumer’s Boosted the Local Casino Market – but It Can’t Hide the Quad Cities’ Decade of Decline

It’s long been an article of faith with me that the seemingly perpetual growth in the number of state-sponsored gambling outlets is poor public policy. Common sense says that the amount of money people...

The Forest for the Trees: Lessons from Newspaper Coverage of the Benton Mackenzie Trial and Rock Island County Government

The July 9 Rock Island Argus/Moline Dispatch article announcing a verdict for Benton Mackenzie on drug charges began like this: “Even as the 12 jurors shuffled into the courtroom to announce their verdict,...

Video: Mayor Gluba Hosts Roundtable on Housing Immigrants in Quad Cities

On Monday July 14, 2014 Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba hosted a roundtable discussion at the Davenport Public Library. The purpose of the meeting was to address the influx of migrant children coming in from...

Enter the Reader’s 2014 Short-Fiction Contest: I’m with the Banned! Deadline September 2!

For our 2014 short-fiction contest – co-sponsored by the Bettendorf Public Library – we’re celebrating banned and challenged books. Our 20 prompts are all drawn from famous (and sometimes infamous)...

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

"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?

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Rauner’s Promises Are Budgetary Fantasies

“We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process ... [to] maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Bruce Rauner said last week, according to the Chicago Tribune. Rauner...

Quinn’s Best Shot Lies with Minimum-Wage Efforts

Some recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in the state’s largest city may be enough to increase voter turnout for a non-binding November ballot...

Edgar Gives Rauner an Unexpected State-Fair Boost

I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Governor Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day last week didn’t generate much media coverage. Despite the fact that Edgar...

Backtracking Was the Right Move in Ford Prosecution

As you might know by now, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago has agreed to drop all felony charges against Illinois state Representative LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) and has charged him instead with a...

Davenport’s Planned News Site: A Bold, Unworkable Idea, Repackaged PR, or ... ?

How would the City of Davenport have covered the recent vetoes by Mayor Bill Gluba of the Dock development plan and the St. Ambrose University rezoning request for a new stadium? And how would it have...

Quinn Campaign Spitting in the Wind

Frerichs’ Treasurer Campaign Beset by Gaffes

What I Don’t Like About Life in America

Rauner’s Plan Polls Well – but Only in Broad Strokes

Rauner’s Lead Looks Safe from Tax Controversies

Medical Marijuana in Iowa Is Long Overdue

Illinois Supreme Court Sinks Pension-Reform Law

Poll Shows How Rauner Risks Being Trump-ed by Quinn

The Libertarian and Catholic Social Teachings

Media Ignore Real Problems with Remap-Reform Petition

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Midnight Below Paris: "As Above, So Below" and "The November Man"

Midnight Below Paris: "As Above, So Below" and "The November Man"

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW Sometimes, because our expectations for it are usually so low, all a horror film needs to get by is a really juicy setting. Of course, it helps if there’s also some talent involved,...

Now Playing: Friday, August 29, through Thursday, September 4

Now Playing: Friday, August 29, through Thursday, September 4

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...

Gridiron Man: "When the Game Stands Tall" and "If I Stay"

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL Inspirational sports dramas, particularly inspirational high-school-sports dramas, can boast many virtues, and even the crummier ones can be a lot of fun. But one thing they’re...

Noir Is the Dullest Color: "Sin City: A Dame to Kill for" and "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar"

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Let’s cut to the chase: I don’t like Sin City: A Dame to Kill for. But what I especially don’t like is knowing that I’ll eventually have to watch at least a portion...

They’re Getting Too Old for This S--- : "The Expendables"

THE EXPENDABLES 3 To date, Sylvester Stallone has played Rocky Balboa on-screen six times, John Rambo four times, and, with the release of The Expendables 3, Barney Ross three times. According to the...

Limp Woody: "Magic in the Moonlight," "The Giver," and "Let’s Be Cops"

Time Flies: "Boyhood"

Brain, Brain, Go Away: "The Hundred-Foot Journey," "Into the Storm," "Step Up: All in," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

One for the Funny, Two for the Shows, Three to Get Red-Eyed, and Four – Just Go: "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Get on Up," "Wish I Was Here," and "A Most Wanted Man"

Ten Little Indies: "Begin Again," "Life Itself," "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," "Stranger by the Lake," "Interior. Leather Bar.", "Nymphomaniac: Volume One," "Nymphomaniac: Volume Two," "The Unknown Known," "The Immigrant," and "Snowpiercer"

And a Little Cub Will Lead Them – Notes on Yet Another Quadruple Feature: "Pandas: The Journey Home," "Hercules," "And So It Goes," and "Lucy"

Mike and the Bearable, Horrible, Not-Good, Fairly Bad Day – Notes on Another Quadruple Feature: "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Persecuted," "Sex Tape," and "The Purge: Anarchy"

Optimus Primate: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

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

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

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Breaking Some Shackles, Burdened by Others: The Dawn, “Waiting for the Storm”; and Jordan Danielsen, “Old Soul”

Breaking Some Shackles, Burdened by Others: The Dawn, “Waiting for the Storm”; and Jordan Danielsen, “Old Soul”

I’ve written about four releases from Sean Ryan over the past six years – as a solo singer/songwriter, as part of Jim the Mule, and as the leader of the Dawn (and Sean Ryan & the Dawn). I’ve...

Natural Flexibility: Los Lonely Boys, August 16 at River Roots Live

Natural Flexibility: Los Lonely Boys, August 16 at River Roots Live

For the fact that Los Lonely Boys are around to headline this year’s River Roots Live festival, some people might thank God – and the trio of brothers Garza certainly does that. But bassist/singer...

Back in the Taverns: The Fat Babies, July 31 through August 3 at the Bix Fest

Beau Sample, the bassist and bandleader of the Fat Babies, has said he doesn’t want his Chicago-based septet to present the jazz of the 1920s as either a caricature or museum piece. By all accounts,...

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 TinyMixTapes.com declared that “the River Monks...

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

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

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

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

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The (White) Elephant in the Room: "'Art,'" at the QC Theatre Workshop through August 30

The (White) Elephant in the Room: "'Art,'" at the QC Theatre Workshop through August 30

I love Yasmina Reza’s 'Art.' My infatuation with the playwright's script started four years ago when the piece was produced by the Curtainbox Theatre Company, and it brought me great delight to hear...

Drag of a Kind: "Leading Ladies," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 24

Drag of a Kind: "Leading Ladies," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 24

Thursday’s audience certainly enjoyed the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Leading Ladies, judging by their loud snorts and uninhibited guffaws. Ken Ludwig provides plenty of fodder for laughter, as do director...

You Know You Make Me Want to ... : "Shout! The Mod Musical," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 24

Shout! The Mod Musical is not only the most tolerable musical revue I’ve seen to date, but also the most enjoyable. With more substance than The Taffetas and less forced plot than The Marvelous Wonderettes,...

Cinema Scope: "Blame It on the Movies," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 28

For me, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Bootleggers' show is a bi-annual delight. It's a treat to see the men and women who serve our salads, drinks, and desserts all year – and who perform for a few...

Sturdy with Fringe on Top: "Oklahoma!", at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 17

If you’re planning to see Quad City Music Guild’s Oklahoma!, I’d recommend getting to the theatre at least 10 minutes before the presentation begins. Those buying – or hoping to buy – tickets...

Going Carrolling: "Alice in Wonderland," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 17

Knight Lite: "Monty Python's Spamalot," at the District Theatre through August 17

Hear the People Sing: "Les Misérables," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 10

Dough, a Deer, a Female Seer ... : "Love, Lies, & the Lottery," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through September 6

That's the One That's Not a Planet Anymore, Right?: "Plutus," at Lincoln Park through August 3

New York State of Mind: "Wonderful Town," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 2

The Devil "Made Him" Do It: "Doctor Faustus," at the QC Theatre Workshop through July 26

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner: "Rumors," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 26

Separated at Berth: "Twelfth Night," at Lincoln Park through July 20

Green Piece: "Shrek: The Musical," at Bettendorf High School through July 20

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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.) Joaquin Espejo’s photograph...

Art in Plain Sight: The Arsenal and Wells Fargo Clocks

Art in Plain Sight: The Arsenal and Wells Fargo Clocks

The impressive clocks atop the Rock Island Clock Tower building (at the western point of Arsenal Island) and the Wells Fargo building (at 201 West Third Street in Davenport) are highly visible landmarks...

Hearts of Glass: Artisans and Students Make Hot Glass in a New Davenport Studio

When you first walk in the doors of downtown Davenport’s recently opened Hot Glass art studio, there are a few things you might notice right off the bat. Initially, your eye is drawn to the vibrant...

Short on Legends, Loaded with Innovation: “Innovators & Legends,” through September 7 at the Figge

It is as if a Jimi Hendrix concert outfit collided and merged with great-grandma’s doily and potholder collection in the 2009 Soundsuit by Nick Cave, part of the exhibition Innovators & Legends:...

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...

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”

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