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What's Happenin': Thursday, June 11, through Wednesday, June 24 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:00



The Redstone Room

Thursday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.


According to Iowa City’s Little Village magazine, “Some mad scientist somewhere took a bunch of marching-band geeks who died in a bus crash outside his castle, reassembled their bodies, laid them out on a platform, zapped it with a lightning bolt, and brought them back to life as a monster, all the while cackling as he admired his creation.”

That’s author Yale Cohn’s description of the high-energy, genre-defying musical powerhouses of MarchFourth!, who’ll be bringing their traveling party to Davenport’s Redstone Room on June 18. But your confusion is understandable if you thought that opening paragraph was actually meant for the What’s Happenin’ below.

What's Happenin': Thursday, May 28, through Wednesday, June 10 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:00

Bruce KatzMusic

Bruce Katz

The Muddy Waters

Saturday, June 6, 8:30 p.m.


Good news, gang: Summer is fast approaching! As opposed to previous summers, however, we’ll have to wait a little longer for this year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the traditional Fourth-of-July-weekend event that’s now a Labor-Day-weekend event.

But fret not, blues fans! The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is ready to ease your impatience with a bunch of summertime concerts held at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, beginning with the June 6 engagement featuring Bruce Katz. A four-time Blues Music Award nominee for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, the pianist, organist, and bass guitarist has been described by JazzTimes magazine as “a multi-directional cat with a lot of music inside him.” Much like my parents’ cat, but you really don’t wanna know what’s inside him.

What's Happenin': Thursday, May 14, through Wednesday, May 27 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 06:00

Mona MansourTheatre

The Way West

Village Theatre

Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 24


The final production in New Ground Theatre’s 2014-15 season is author Mona Mansour’s The Way West, which runs at the Village Theatre May 15 through 24. The Chicago Tribute wrote that Mansour’s 2013 play “captures how fast technology reveals the skeletons in our closet.” The Windy City Times called it an exploration of how “poor judgment can squander millions in stocks or pennies in a jam jar.”

New Ground director Christina Myatt, however, has her own description: “Family dysfunction, old boyfriends, bad business schemes, financial distress ... . You know, a lot of comedy.” And she’s not being sarcastic.

What's Happenin': Thursday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 13 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 05:00

Erin FoleyComedy

Erin Foley

Radisson Quad City Plaza

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.


The Women’s Connection’s 11th-Annual “Celebrate a Special Woman” Signature Event will take place at Davenport’s Radisson Quad City Plaza on May 7, and the celebration’s featured speaker is actress and comedienne Erin Foley. At the Internet Movie Database, you’ll notice that Foley’s first film credit was Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning Almost Famous, in which she played “Alison the Fact Checker.” With 15 years having now passed, Crowe could easily cast Foley as the lead in that movie’s sequel – so long as its title found Crowe ditching the “Almost.”

What's Happenin': Thursday, April 16, through Wednesday, April 29 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 06:00



Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, April 18, 9 p.m.


If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go to RIBCO? It’s ... puttin’ on the Rittz!

That intro’s probably more clever if you sing it in rhythm to the Fred Astaire song. Please don’t make me tell you which one.

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