What's Happenin': Tuesday, March 15, through Wednesday, March 30 Print
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 06:00

Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts through the AGESEXHIBIT 

Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts through the AGES

Figge Art Museum

Saturday, March 19, through Sunday, May 29


The Figge Art Museum’s latest exhibition is Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts Through the AGES, and the accompanying image is of one of the displayed ceramic pieces, created circa 340-330 B.C.E. Its ascribed title? Red-Figure Dish with Running Female Figure with Wreath & Ivy-Garnished Phiale.

Man, these highfalutin B.C.E. artists with their cryptic titles ... .

Presented in celebration of Augustana College’s 150th anniversary, Celebrating Ideas offers museum visitors a rich and diverse overview of pieces found in my alma mater’s art collection, with a focus on works pertinent to the Augustana General Education Studies (AGES) program. Showcasing artworks representing multiple cultures spanning from ancient through contemporary periods, the exhibit will – in addition to ceramics and sculptures – include paintings by such masters as Picasso, Rembrandt, Matisse, Lautrec, Degas, Goya, Cassatt, Boudin, and Andy Warhol. And with Augustana art-history majors serving as docents for the exhibition, Celebrating Ideas is sure to be an educational and visually arresting experience for both longtime and budding art lovers.

Plus, for those wishing to learn even more about the works and artists featured in the exhibit, the Figge is presenting a quartet of Thursday-night lectures in conjunction with Celebrating Ideas: “Framing Art in the Liberal Arts” on April 7, “What Are the Ideas & What Are the Bridges?” on April 14, “Egypt, Athens, Rome – & Us” on April 21, and “Linking the Verbal & the Visual Text” on April 28.

So be sure to check out the Celebrating Ideas exhibition sometime between March 19 and May 29, and when you do, tell the folks at the Figge that you were sent by Mike. Or, if you’d prefer, by Middle-Aged Gentleman with Glasses with an Augustana English Major & a Byline. I can be cryptic, too, ya know.

For more information on Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts Through the AGES and other current Figge exhibits, call (563)328-7804 or visit FiggeArt.org.



Toubab KreweMUSIC

Toubab Krewe

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, March 26, 9 p.m.


On March 26, the Rock Island Brewing Company presents a concert with Toubab Krewe, and the group has been the beneficiary of so many glowing reviews since its 2005 formation that using my own words to describe the band seems pointless.

So, without further ado:


Toubab Krewe’s sound combines traditional West African rhythms and instruments with classic Southern rock, hip-hop, reggae, country, and Latin sounds for a unique listening experience [1]. Remember the first time you heard Paul Simon’s take on African beats and rhythms? You’re going to feel the same way about Toubab Krewe’s infectious, Mali-inspired grooves [2].

Accessible without being commonplace, incredibly well-versed in their various instruments and the styles that interest them [3], Toubab Krewe has essentially created the intersection of West African traditional music and American rock [4], quickly establishing themselves as one of the most innovative voices in music today [5].

Their music avoids cliché with authentic extrapolations of traditional Manding beats, percussion, and a jam-band flair [6] that fuses Afro-pop and rock ’n’ roll with fun and panache [7]; the Krewe plunks, plucks, and pounds its way through trance-inducing surf music that would please Deadheads and Tortoise fans in equal measure [8].

A futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy [9], Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock ’n’ roll and world-beat being completely re-written [10]. We dare you not to groove [11]!


Finally. A What’s Happenin’ piece that actually did write itself.

Toubab Krewe performs with openers Rubblebucket, and more information on the night is available by calling (309)793-4060 or visiting RIBCO.com.


[1] National Public Radio. [2] AOL Spinner. [3] Entertaining U magazine. [4] Billboard magazine. [5] Honest Tune magazine. [6] The New Yorker magazine. [7] The New York Daily News. [8] Folio Weekly magazine. [9] The Village Voice. [10] Blurt magazine. [11] Paste magazine.



John McCutcheonMUSIC

An Evening with John McCutcheon

The Redstone Room

Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.


Davenport’s Redstone Room will, on March 26, present “An Evening with John McCutcheon,” and for those unfamiliar with the musician, I was going to begin by describing him as a folk singer. But I thought better of it when I read the Dallas Morning News quote that said, “Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folk singer’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player.”

Um ... that is a compliment, right?

Just kidding – even the sports-reference-challenged among us realize that with 34 albums and seven Grammy nominations under his belt, McCutcheon deserves recognition greater than “folk singer.” A master of the hammered dulcimer whose other instruments of choice include the guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, and Jew’s harp, the Wisconsin native has, since his 1975 debut How Can I Keep from Singing?, stood as one of the country’s most respected singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Over the past few years alone, McCutcheon has boasted a dizzying number of professional accomplishments, including headlining more than a dozen North American music festivals, tours in Chile and Australia, appearing in a Woody Guthrie tribute event in New York City, and even performing a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

And if you’re a fan of the artist, chances are good that you have a favorite McCutcheon song, be it his popular wartime-truce number “Christmas in the Trenches,” or his rousing take on Pete Seeger’s “May the World Go,” or one of the tunes from his Grammy-nominated children’s CD Autumn Songs. Personally, I’m partial to “Hail to the Chief,” the lyrics for which were crafted almost entirely from presidential malapropisms, and which begins thusly: “I was born in West Texas, pretty near California / Far away from Dad’s home in D.C. / When I’m talkin’ ’bout myself and / They’re talkin’ ’bout myself / All of us are talkin’ about me.” I just wish I knew who on earth the song is about ... .

For tickets to John McCutcheon’s area concert, call (563)326-1333 or visit RedstoneRoom.com.



Avenue QTheatre

Avenue Q

Adler Theatre

Friday, March 18


Avenue Q.

Broadway’s smash hit, running 2,534 performances.

A musical comedy about modern life and love in a run-down New York City barrio.

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Score.

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book.

Featuring such memorable songs as “It Sucks to Be Me,” “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”, “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today,” “Schadenfreude,” “The Internet Is for Porn,” “If You Were Gay,” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”

Described by Newsday as a “rude yet benign, wicked yet sweet musical.”

Described by the New York Times as “savvy, sassy, and eminently likable.”

And described by the U.K.’s The Times as “how Friends might be if it had Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy arguing about their one-night stand, but with more angst, expletives, and full-on puppet sex.”

Yeah. Thought that last one would do it for you.

The National Tour of Avenue Q lands at Davenport’s Adler Theatre on March 18, and tickets are available by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting AdlerTheatre.com.



Happy Days: A New MusicalTheatre

Happy Days: A New Musical

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse

Wednesday, March 23, through Saturday, June 4


“Mike, I was wondering if you’d sent me the ... . Oh, for the love of God ... .”

“What’s up, Jeff?”

“What the hell are you wearing?”

“You like the jacket? It’s an exact replica of the one Henry Winkler wore when he was playing the Fonz! I thought I’d put it on in honor of the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s upcoming presentation of Happy Days: The New Musical, which makes its area debut on March 23!”

“You’re not going to walk around in that thing for the next two weeks, are you?”

“And maybe longer! Cool, huh?”

“Well, it was when Winkler wore it ... .”

“The show sounds really cool, too! It’s based, of course, on the long-running sitcom, and the book was actually written by Happy Days’ creator, Garry Marshall, with music and lyrics by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams! It features everyone’s favorite characters from the TV series – Arthur Fonzarelli, Richie, Joanie, Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham, Potsie, Ralph Malph, Chachi ... even Pinky Tuscadero! And the Circa ’21 version is being staged by venue favorite Ann Nieman, who also directed the theatre’s hugely popular productions of All Shook Up, Grease, and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!”

“That’s great, but the jacket ... .”

“Not only that, but reviews for the show have been out-of-this-world, with the Hollywood Reporter calling it ‘a real crowd-pleaser,’ and Connecticut’s Journal Inquirer raving that it’s ‘everything one could wish for in a musical!’ Plus, the New York Daily News wrote, ’If you like Grease, you will love Happy Days – a powerhouse, rock ’n’ roll trip down memory lane!’ So do you mind if I do a What’s Happenin’ piece on the show?”

“Fine. Just make sure I have it by the end of the day.”

“I’ll get on it Aa-a-a-a-ay!-S-A-P!”

“ ... ”

“You get it? ’Aa-a-a-a-ay!-S-A-P’? Like Fonzie would say it?”

“ ... ”

“I totally jumped the shark with that joke, right?”


Happy Days: The New Musical runs at Circa ’21 from March 23 through June 4, and tickets are available by calling (309)786-7733, extension 2, or visiting Circa21.com.



What Else Is Happenin’...?



Friday, March 18 – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Indiana-based country-blues musicians in concert, performing with openers Hellwater and The Rust Belt Ramblers. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. $8-10. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, March 18 – The Texas Tenors. Country, gospel, classical, and Broadway tunes with the famed trio. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf.IsleOfCapriCasinos.com.

Sunday, March 20 – Kim Thompson. Jazz singer and drummer performs and educates as part of Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Matinée & Workshop Series. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. all-ages workshop $5 per adult, children free; 6 p.m. concert $10-15. For tickets and information, call (309)373-0790 or visit Polyrhythms.org and RedstoneRoom.org.

Monday, March 21 – Show Choir Show-Off. 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. performances from the preparatory and varsity show choirs from Davenport Central, North, and West high schools, with more than 300 students participating. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 11:30 a.m. performance $5-7; 7 p.m. performance $10-12 for adults, $5-7 for people 12 and under or 65 and older. For information, call (563)322-3660 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, March 24 – Take 6. Concert with the 10-time Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, in a Hancher Auditorium presentation. The University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge (125 North Madison Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $10-35. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Thursday, March 24 – 7 Walkers. Acclaimed funk and rock musicians in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $20-25. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.

Friday, March 25 – Calmus. German ensemble performing classical, contemporary, and romantic songs, in a Hancher Auditorium presentation. The University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge (125 North Madison Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $10-25. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Saturday, March 26 – William Campbell's Piano Songs. A concert and CD release of contemporary compositions written and performed by the St. Ambrose Department of Music chair. Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (563)333-6145 or visit SAU.edu/galvin.

Tuesday, March 29 – Isra-Alien. Jazz, rock, and Mediterranean-gypsy music with Israeli acoustic duo Gilad Ben Zyi and Oren Neiman, in a presentation by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)793-1300 or visit JFQC.org.

Wednesday, March 30 – Jeff Tweedy. Concert with founding member of Wilco and co-founder of Uncle Tupelo, in a Mission Creek Festival presentation. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $35. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.



Saturday, March 19 – Cinderella Goes Disco. An OFAC Children’s Theatre production of Shubert Fendrich’s fairy-tale comedy. Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 East Platt Street, Maquoketa). 2 p.m. $8-15. For tickets and information, call (563)652-9815 or visit OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Thursday, March 24, through Saturday, March 26 – Dark Play: Or, Stories for Boys. Carlos Murillo’s digital-age drama, directed by theatre major Andrew Bradford. St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. $6. For tickets and information, call (563)333-6251 or visit SAU.edu/galvin.



Saturday, March 19 – Cheech & Chong: Get It Legal. Comedy tour with counterculture legends Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, appearing in partnership with the Marijuana Policy Project. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $39.50-59.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com.



Thursday, March 24 – River Readings at Augustana: Molly McNett. Short-story author and winner of the 2008 John Simmons Award reads from her works, with a reception following. Augustana College’s Wallenberg Hall (3520 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)794-7231 or visit Augustana.edu.



Saturday, March 19 – Environmental Film Festival 6. Featuring screenings of Carbon Nation (10:30 a.m.), Living Downstream (12:15 a.m.), Bag It (1:50 p.m.), Tapped (3:20 p.m.), and Truck Farm (4:50 p.m.), along with short films before the features and healthy snacks served all day. Hosted by the Eagle View Group Sierra Club. Augustana College's Olin Hall (733 35th Street, Rock Island). 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. For information, e-mail Kathryn Allen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit Augustana.edu/x12049.xml.



Thursday, March 24 – Harry Markopolos. Lecture and book-signing with the whistle-blower of Bernard “Bernie” Madoff’s ponzi scheme, based on Markopolos’ bestseller No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller. Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)794-7721 or visit Augustana.edu/markopolos.

Friday, March 25 - An Intimate Conversation with Helen Hunt. A presentation with the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, in a fundraiser for Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (1777 isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 11:30 a.m. For information and tickets, call (563)326-7504 or visit GildasClubQC.org.

Wednesday, March 30 – The James Bond Phenomenon. Author Raymond Benson discusses Bond creator Ian Fleming, the spy’s cultural iconography, and Benson’s own involvement in the 007 franchise. Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (563)344-4179 or visit BettendorfLibrary.com. For an interview with Benson, visit RCReader.com/y/raymondbenson.



Saturday, March 19 – The Mustache Bash. Featuring the premiere of The Mustache Movie, an appearance by the Farm Fresh roller-derby girls, and music by Dani Lynn Howe, Head Held High, Deluxe Republic, and Corporate Rock. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $6 at the door; $5 if you have a mustache. For information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RedstoneRoom.com.

Friday, March 25 - Tutu Fabulous! Wine-tasting party hosted by Ballet Quad Cities, featuring hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, a BQC performance of L.D. Kidd's Amor Desconocido (Unknown Love), and more, with proceeds benefiting health and wellness programs for Quad City youths. The Hotel Blackhawk's Gold Room (200 East Third Street, Davenport). 6:30 p.m. $40, or $35/person for groups of 10 or more. For tickets and information, call (309)786-3779 or visit BalletQuadCities.com.

Friday, March 25, through Sunday, March 27 – QCCA Flower & Garden Show. Featuring more than 250 exhibitors showcasing all the latest gardening techniques, supplies, and equipment. QCCA Expo Center (2621 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 for adults, $1 for ages six-16. For information, call (309)788-2543 or visit QCCAExpoCenter.com.

Tuesday, March 29 - The Invisible Man Corporation. An up-and-coming, traditional American sideshow hailing from Austin, Texas, with acts including the bed of nails, the human blockhead, glass eating, fire eating, sword swallowing, and more. Featuring performances by the members of Burlesque Le' Moustache. The Circa '21 Speakeasy (1818 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $17. For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733, extension 2, or visit Circa21.com.

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