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QCA Today: February 11, 2016

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...

Beginning with the End: The Hauberg Civic Center Has an Ideal Suitor, but the Rock Island City Council Should Take Its Time

Beginning with the End: The Hauberg Civic Center Has an Ideal Suitor, but the Rock Island City Council Should Take Its Time

If the City of Rock Island is unwilling to devote the resources to operate and upgrade the Hauberg Civic Center, it’s hard to imagine a better owner than Bridges Catering. Bridges – now based...

Undermining the Official Certainty of Vaccine Science

The 2014 book Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, & the Forgotten History follows an unusual format, as authors Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk state up-front. They quote evidence from...

Excavating the Roots of Vaccination Anxiety: Eula Biss, January 14 at Augustana College

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September cited Volkswagen with programming 11 million cars to evade emissions standards and tests, the first thought of author Eula Biss was unusual: “This...

The Business of Medical Marijuana in Illinois: With a Restrictive Pilot Project, Dispensaries and Cultivators Are Betting on the Program’s Expansion

Just to the south of the hulking Stern Beverage beer-distribution warehouse in Milan sits a relatively tiny and decidedly nondescript building. It has massive rocks between the parking lot and the structure...

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

Winners and Favorites from Our 2015 Short-Fiction Contest

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

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

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

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Rauner’s “Wedge” Pledge Has Yet to Divide Democrats

Last week, a reporter said to Governor Bruce Rauner that Secretary of State Jesse White had suggested that Rauner bring in former governors, including George Ryan, to help break the long governmental impasse...

Time to End the Iowa Caucuses

On the first of February, the CEOs of corporations, small- and large-business owners, police chiefs, city leaders, pastors and priests, government and state workers, owners of trucking companies and convenience...

Congratulations on 900 Issues

Congratulations on the 900th issue of the River Cities' Reader. Keep up the great work on covering the arts and entertainment, news, and politics of the bi-state area, as you have for the last 22 years....

Television, Football, and Politics: Gaming Spectacles Designed to Keep the Police State in Power

“Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life...

Understandin’ the Governor’s Odd Speech Pattern

Every time Governor Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) light him up over the way he drops his “g”s at the end of words. He’s workin’ and doin’ his best and...

Rauner Bungles What Should Have Been Triumphant

900 Issues and Counting ...

The Caucus Paradox: Why Iowa Matters, but Not So Much Its Citizens

Governor’s Hard Line Not Supported by His Numbers

The Language of Dogs’ Ears and Eyes

Governor Launches New Attacks Against Speaker, Mayor

Increased Competition on the Ballot Makes Compromise Less Likely

Millennials: Let’s You and Them Fight

Rauner Strategy Claims Another Victim

Beware Dangerous Weed, Unless You Have Paid Permission

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Now Playing: Friday, February 12, through Thursday, February 18

Now Playing: Friday, February 12, through Thursday, February 18

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,...

Where to Find the 2016 Oscar Nominees: Friday, February 12, through Thursday, February 18

Where to Find the 2016 Oscar Nominees: Friday, February 12, through Thursday, February 18

FilmScene, Iowa City Marcus Sycamore Cinema, Iowa City Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline   (The IMDb hyperlinks take you to the films' Internet...

Hail, Coens!: "Hail, Caesar!"

HAIL, CAESAR! When the first official trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! landed, it suggested that their latest movie – set in the glorious Technicolor Hollywood of the early 1950s –...

Dogged Walker: "The Choice" and "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"

THE CHOICE Arriving just in time for women and gay men not entrenched in Super Bowl hoopla, this past weekend brought with it the debut of director Ross Katz’s The Choice, the 11th (!) adaptation of...

Grin and Bear It: "Kung Fu Panda 3," "Anomalisa," "The Finest Hours," "Jane Got a Gun," and "Fifty Shades of Black"

KUNG PU PANDA 3 Did the makers of Kung Fu Panda 3 not get the memo that second sequels in franchises are traditionally supposed to suck? Because this thing, to quote Jack Black’s hirsute and animated...

Spring Don’t-Break-a-Hip: "Dirty Grandpa" and "The 5th Wave"

Dress for Excess: "The Danish Girl" and "The Boy"

Fasten Your Seat Belts. It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride.: "Ride Along 2" and "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of the Benghazi"

The 2016 Academy Award Nominations

Forest Gumption: "The Revenant" and "The Forest"

Romance Language: "Carol" and "The Masked Saint"

Predicting the 2016 Academy Award Nominations

"Fury," Joy, and Everything in Between: Movies of 2015

Quentin Unchained: "The Hateful Eight"

Step-Daddy Issues: "Daddy’s Home," "Point Break," and "Youth"

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Navigating a Journey: The Multiple Cat, “Intricate Maps”; February 12 at Rozz-Tox

Navigating a Journey: The Multiple Cat, “Intricate Maps”; February 12 at Rozz-Tox

Quad Cities musician and engineer Pat Stolley is not a good interview. He’s plain-spoken and blunt, and when asked last week about the origins of Intricate Maps – the new album from his band The...

She's Got the World on Her Strings: Violinist Livia Sohn Performs with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, February 6 and 7

She's Got the World on Her Strings: Violinist Livia Sohn Performs with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, February 6 and 7

Livia Sohn, the featured soloist for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s forthcoming Masterworks: Song & Dance concerts, began playing the violin at age five. Maybe. “That’s what they tell me,”...

Taking the Bull by the Horns: Red Rodeo Provides a Haven for Country-Music Fans

Until very recently, Quad Citians wanting a rodeo experience had no choice but to wait for the i wireless Center’s annual World’s Toughest Rodeo tour. But for the last month, the District of Rock Island...

A 2015 Album

For my 10th-annual album of some favorite songs of the year, the simple rules remain the same, although I cheated a little on both: one song per artist, and no artists represented on previous years’...

Unpack Your Superlatives: Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Sara Gazarek, December 12 at the Central Performing Arts Center

Award-winning jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek has released three studio albums, plus one limited-release live album, since 2005, and just glancing at their song lists gives you a strong idea of the varied styles...

Mining Moeller Monday: The Legendary Shack Shakers and the Yawpers

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Theatre Auditions/Calls for Entry

Local Theatre Auditions/Calls for Entry

Updated: Thursday, February 11   AUDITIONS February 13: Castle Siege 2.0 - Stephen Folker Films. Open film auditions for Stephen Folker's modern-day medieval comedy in the vein of Monty Python....

This Land Is My Land, This Land Is Your Land: Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander Presents "Map of My Kingdom," February 24 at the Bettendorf Public Library

This Land Is My Land, This Land Is Your Land: Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander Presents "Map of My Kingdom," February 24 at the Bettendorf Public Library

In 2013, Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander was asked to meet with the Ames-based not-for-profit Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), a situation she likens to “getting called into the principal’s office”...

Prison Broken: "Getting Out," at Augustana College through February 7

Augustana College’s Getting Out, directed by Jeff Coussens, is the story of one woman’s difficulties in reconstructing her life after being released from prison, and author Marsha Norman’s 1978 play...

The Princess and the PPs: "Love's Labour's Lost," at the QC Theatre Workshop through January 30

While waiting for the Prenzie Players' Thursday-night dress rehearsal of the William Shakespeare comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost to begin, I realized it had been a long time since I had seen one of the...

Phan-tastic: "Phantom," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 5

Let’s get this out of the way: In case you're attending to specifically hear “Music of the Night” or other well-known tunes, the current production of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Phantom is...

Days of Wine and Corpses: "Arsenic & Old Lace," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 17

Center-Stage Craft: Spotlight Turns with the Reader’s Theatre Reviewers

Recess Monkeys: Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, at St. Ambrose University December 5 and 6

Try Not to Have Fun. I Triple-Dog-Dare You.: "A Christmas Story: The Musical," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through December 6

A Twist of a Reindeer Tail (/Tale): "The Most Famous Reindeer of All," 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

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

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

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

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

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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 photo for a larger version.) Many photographers in the Quad Cities Photography...

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