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Parrots and Cats and a Pageant for Bunnies: "Video Art from Israel," May 4 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 06:00

The Days of the Family of the BellOn May 4, in an event co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Figge Art Museum will host the screenings of a feature-length documentary and seven shorter works, all of them by award-winning Israeli filmmakers. Yet if the you enter the Video Art from Israel: A One-Day Sensory Experience presentation with preconceived notions about the films’ collective subject matter – anticipating explorations of Israel’s foreign policy, say, or the country’s ongoing struggle with Palestine – you’re likely to be in for a surprise or two. Or eight.

 
Art in Plain Sight: Lindsay Architectural Sculpture Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bruce Walters   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:22

Photo by Bruce Walters

The Lindsay Architectural Sculpture Park is a grouping of structural forms derived from historic styles of buildings and homes in the Quad Cities. The park is – in turn – visually engaging, playful, and educational. It is located along the Riverfront Parkway south of the Village of East Davenport.

The park’s layout feels organic. Its overall circular shape is crisscrossed with walkways that lead one past – or through – 10 primary groupings of structural forms. The largest of these structures is a 30-foot-tall limestone tower. Its slate roof is constructed in the style of the Victorian towers and turrets built in the late 1800s.

 
Enter the River Cities’ Reader’s 2014 Photo Contest! May 9 Deadline! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:20

A 2013 photo-contest winner by Jess Ellis

The theme for the River Cities’ Reader 2014 photography contest is summer – in large part because we want to erase memories of our beastly winter.

The four categories are “Fun in the Sun,” “In the Garden,” “Heat Wave,” and “Summer Nights.”

The deadline for entries is May 9, and the rules are below. We plan to publish the winners in our May 29 issue.

(The photo above, by Jess Ellis, is a winner from our 2013 contest, incidentally.)

 
Art in Plain Sight: The Col Ballroom PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bruce Walters   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:55

The current sign at the Col. Photo by Bruce Walters.

The Col Ballroom, at 1012 West Fourth Street in Davenport, is 100 years old this year. No other large ballroom in Iowa has reached a century of continuous operation. For that matter, neither has any ballroom in Chicago.

During the past century, the sign in front of the Col has been changed several times. The installation of a neon sign during the Jazz Age signaled a change in the cultural role of the ballroom. It was replaced when rock ’n’ roll became king, re-made when rock went psychedelic, and duplicated when there wasn’t a prevalent new direction in popular music.

Each sign had its own aesthetic, stylistically shaped by its era. Each is interesting in and of itself. However, they are all the more fascinating when we see them as a reflection of the sweep of changes in popular culture throughout the century.

 
Art in Plain Sight: Davenport’s Skybridge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bruce Walters   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 05:10

Photo by Bruce Walters

Davenport’s Skybridge is meant to be spectacular. Waves of color from 8,036 LED lights race the length of its 575-foot corridor at night. Brightly lit masts and tension rods angle upward and out, towering 100 feet over the River Drive traffic below.

The bridge’s most successful feature, however, is its outstanding panoramic view of the river and the surrounding cityscape.

 
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