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Showing of the film "A Promise Called Iowa" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:22

“A Promise Called Iowa” is a film produced by Friends of IPTV in 2007, will be shown in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave. Davenport at 7 PM on August 2nd.  
Potluck from 5:30 to 6:30.You are welcome to bring your own table service. Film to follow.

We hope to have the discussion leaders and Lien Truong, the External Affairs Assistance of  the Vietnamese Community with us for dinner.

Discussion to follow led by Robin Clark-Bennett of the U. of I. Labor Center and Amy Rowell Director of World Relief in Moline.

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Written by Brandon Williams   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:19
July 29, 2013, DUBUQUE, IA – Better Together Dubuque, Sustainable Dubuque, and 108 Productions announced details of the premiere launch of the I AM Love Campaign’s National Tour at Five Flags Theater and Mindframe Theaters Sept 2-8, 2013.  The week-long Campaign events include performances of 108 Productions’ internationally acclaimed production of Terrence McNally’s CORPUS CHRISTI, screenings of their new documentary CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION, Dubuque Diversity Dialogue open-forum with local leaders, and the I AM Love Awards.

Through a combination screening of the film, performances of the play, and educational outreach, The I AM Love Campaign's Vision is to facilitate a conversation on acceptance and tolerance of all creeds, ages, races, orientations, and genders by allowing a deeper connection to self-love, knowing from this place of awareness real change will manifest.  Said McNally: “Fifteen years after CORPUS CHRISTI premiered in New York, I am thrilled that 108 Productions continues to perform the piece all over the world.  PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION and the I AM Love Campaign add a new dimension to the conversation that my play continues to provoke, and I look forward to CORPUS CHRISTI starting many more conversations around the country."

Said Nic Arnzen and James Brandon, Co-Founders of 108 Productions and the I AM Love Campaign:  “Our tour aims to bridge differences and diversity to empower community collaboration, knowing that through connection, we can learn to become more tolerant and ultimately celebrate, that which we may not understand.  As the voices of intolerance around the world continue preaching ignorance and hate, we will keep raising our voices from a place of Love.”

CORPUS CHRISTI conceived as a modern passion play by McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, Ragtime), which imagines Jesus as a gay man living in modern-day Texas, ignited a firestorm of unintended controversy upon its debut in 1998. Beginning in 2006, 108 Productions launched a resoundingly successful revival production directed by Nic Arnzen and was lauded by critics, continued to sell out for months at Los Angeles’ Zephyr Theatre, and went on to tour across America. In Europe, the play was an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression nominee at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was awarded the Intercultural Dialogue Award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2008.  After, the company celebrated the show’s 10th anniversary Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre, benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation and New York’s Gay Community Center.  The show continued to tour through 2011 nationally and internationally, while a documentary crew followed their travels to less tolerant communities.

Now, seven years later, CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION will begin a tour across the country. The Religious Right meets the 'gay Jesus play' in this documentary film inspired by the play, which continues to face censorship, protests, bomb threats and religious condemnation.  Mirroring the reflections of change in society today in regards to freedom of speech, civil rights, marriage equality and separation of church and state, this production has become a vehicle for a community struggling to find its voice. Meanwhile, the company of actors finds itself on a journey that would forever change their lives.

The I AM Love Awards honors notable advocates who have helped shape the positive dialogue in the LGBT and allied community.  The I AM Love Awards shine a light on local individuals and organizations that use their own love and light to help the community find a clearer path of respectful dialogue and understanding in the face of diversity and fear.  Leading up to the weekend, Dubuquers will have a chance to nominate locals they think should be recognized for embracing diversity, encouraging dialogue, and challenging progressive movement.  Submissions will be taken via Facebook, the campaign/film website, as well as a team of committee members made up of Dubuque residents.  Official announcement of recipients will be August 19, 2013.

Dubuque Diversity Dialogue, facilitated by Better Together Dubuque and 108 Productions, is our community symposium that will give voice to diverse viewpoints and explore peaceful solutions. This dialogue explores issues affecting the community, filtered through themes addressed in the play such as bullying, marriage equality, racial discourse and civil rights.  These leaders, who serve as resources and mentors, are catalysts in assuring the dialogue continues after the Campaign leaves.  The community dialogues are filmed and shared on website and social media forums to strengthen local and national outreach.  Panel members will be announced throughout the month on the campaign/film website.

Praise for 108 Productions’ Tour of CORPUS CHRISTI:

●   "Without the noise of controversy, the play can finally be heard. Staged with admirable delicacy, this 108 Productions revival has moments of hard-won sentiment that will win over the biggest skeptic."  -New York Times

●   "Recommended!  In director Nic Arnzen's heartfelt take, a multiracial, gender-bent ensemble lands its core message ..."–Los Angeles Times

●   "The performances are remarkable... it is undeniably moving."  -The Advocate

●   "GO!  The entire cast gives great performances… creating an ending that is almost cinematic in its scope." -LA Weekly

●   “This film is not an attack on any organization or organized religion. Rather, It invites the viewer to embrace spirituality This film will have an impact on everyone that sees it, not just on people who are gay.”  -Christine Brown, Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

●   “The documentary affirms a deeply profound and spiritual truth that love conquers hatred, even homohatred. As a Pastor of a Christian Church this is a must see for those who wish to teach God's unconditional Love for all.”  -Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss, Metropolitan Community Churches


Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 2- Sunday, September 8- various times TBA:  Screenings of CORPUS CHRISTI PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION at MindFrame Theaters

Thursday, Sept 5- 7:00pm- VIP/Sponsor Reception Gala at Eronel on Main St.

8:00pm-  the I AM Love Awards at Eronel on Main St.

Friday, Sept 6- 8:00pm- CORPUS CHRISTI play performance at Five Flags Theater

Sunday, Sept 8- 1:00pm- CORPUS CHRISTI play performance at Five Flags Theater

3:30pm- Dubuque Diversity Dialogue- Free Open Forum at Five Flags Theater

Suggested Donation Tickets, Reservations, and more info can be found at


The I AM Love Campaign in Dubuque is partnered with Better Together Dubuque and sponsored by Sustainable Dubuque, Five Flags Center, Mindframe Theaters, Radio Dubuque, Dubuque 365, Holiday Inn, and Eronel.

Ice Cream Social at First Lutheran Church PDF Print E-mail
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Written by First Lutheran Church   
Monday, 29 July 2013 09:49


First Lutheran Church, Rock Island

Sunday, August 4, 2013

12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm

in the Fellowhip Hall.

Come for lunch! Have dessert, too.

Sandwiches   chips   lemonade   coffee

cookies   brownies   cake   pie   and

of course, ICE CREAM with toppings!

Free will donation to support charities such as:


Churches United's CareLINK

Christian Care Shelters

IGNITE Youth Program

Church Women United

Douglas Park Place

Youth Hope

First Lutheran Church is located at 1600 - 20th Stree (18th Ave & 20th St) in Rock Island. For more information contact us at 309-788-9661 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Come and enjoy both the race and the Market until 1pm! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Freight House Farmers Market   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:33

Going to the Bix 7 to cheer on your favorite runner, or running yourself? Be sure to stop at the market after the race.  We are open from 8am until 1pm so plenty of time to shop and enjoy the fresh air, food and fun.  We have plenty of great ideas for you and your family.  Make it a Market Day!

Kids love the playground and bounce house, and the clowns love to make the kids smile.

Seedless watermelons melt in your mouth! Take one home and enjoy.

Eggplant, summer squash and zucchini make great additions to your stews, soups and baked dishes.They are fresh, nutritious and bountiful...

Fresh sliced tomatoes are nutritious and tasty. Add a vinaigrette as a salad. Buy extra and dice some, place in a freezer bag and freeze.  They make great soups, stews and salsa during the cold winter months..

Come and enjoy Pat Willis and Rich Wilcox at the market from 10:30-12:30 on the main stage.

Parking during the Bix 7 race.

The Freight House west parking lots can be accessed by taking River Drive to Western, or Gains from either the east or west, or you may also park directly North of the Freight House in the Community Health lot.

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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:27

Head downtown on Thursday, August 1, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM where folks will be dancin’ in the street! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers, with sound provided by Bos Sound, will be playing live jazz for our 26th annual Bix Porch Party at the Main Street Library (321 Main Street). Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets as we block off Main Street for some good old-fashioned fun.

While you are enjoying the live music, the Teen Volunteer Council will be providing hot dogs, potato chips, and soda at bargain prices, and the proceeds will go toward enriching the teen experience at the Davenport Public Library.

This FREE event is for people of all ages! For more information, call (563) 326-7832.

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