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What's Happenin': Thursday, February 2, through Wednesday, February 15 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:00

Chucho ValdesMusic

Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Englert Theatre

Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.


The latest guests in Hancher Auditorium’s Visiting Artists series are the renowned Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and his Afro-Cuban Messengers ensemble, who bring their exuberant Latin stylings to Iowa City’s Englert Theatre on February 10. I should tell you, though, that if you visit Valdés’ Web site (at wanting to learn more about the man yet don’t know any languages beyond English, you may be slightly disconcerted by Valdés’ biography, which begins: “Nacido en 1941, el pianista, compositor, profesor de música, arreglista y director de grupa inició su formación musical a temprana edad ... .”

But fear not! I’ve taken the trouble of running every phrase from the site through an online Spanish-to-English translator and have now learned everything you need to know about this artist whom All About Jazz calls “among the most accomplished jazz pianists from Cuba or anywhere else.”

What's Happenin': Thursday, January 19, through Wednesday, February 1 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 06:00



Circa ’21 Speakeasy

Saturday, January 28, 7 & 9:30 p.m.


Here’s a stumper: Based solely on the accompanying photo, what would you guess are the professions of the four gentlemen pictured?

Wow … that’s right! One is a police officer, one is a fireman, one is a computer technician, and one is a community coordinator for a Head Start program! Nicely done!

What's Happenin': Thursday, January 5, through Wednesday, January 18 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 06:00

Samantha FishMusic

Samantha Fish

The Redstone Room

Friday, January 13, 8 p.m.


For one of my New Year’s resolutions, I vowed to stop moaning in print about those who’ve earned nationwide acclaim and achieved considerable professional success despite being many, many years younger than me. Then, as one of my first What’s Happenin’ assignments for 2012, I was asked to write about 22-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Samantha Fish.

Well, I suppose three days was a pretty good run.

What's Happenin' on New Year's Eve 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 06:00

Dr. Zhivegas @ Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center“Happy holidays, Jeff!”

“And happy holidays to you, Mike. You seem to be in a good mood.”

“That I am! I just finished my last writing assignment of the year, and am about to take off to do the last of my Christmas shopping!”

“So the What’s Happenin’ pages are done, then?”

“That they are! As usual for this time of year, we’re treating readers to our special centerspread What’s Happenin’ on New Year’s Eve, which gives the lowdown on the area venues that are hosting live music, karaoke, or DJs prior to midnight on January 1. We include information on what time the music starts, whether there’s a cover charge, and what New Year’s treats – party favors, appetizers, champagne – folks can look forward to, along with venue phone numbers and street and Web addresses for added convenience. Plus, it goes without saying that all of the bands and venues are also listed on the Live Music pages in the back of the Reader."

What's Happenin': Thursday, December 8, through Saturday, December 31 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:00

Mike GarsonMusic

Mike Garson

First Presbyterian Church of Davenport

Saturday, December 10, 4 p.m.


Performing in a December 10 concert at Davenport’s First Presbyterian Church, the latest guest in Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series is acclaimed pianist/composer Mike Garson, and according to his Web-site bio at, he’s a musician “to whom the word ‘no’ is quickly transformed into the word ‘now.’” Which is funny, because that’s exactly what happens whenever I say ‘no’ around here ... although it’s always my editor Jeff who transforms it into ‘now.’

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