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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:01

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT’s local public affairs program "The Cities," hosted by Jim Mertens, is now being taped at the WQAD studios in Moline.

"The Cities," which premiered on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, features a new opening and graphics and a more intimate set.

“We are excited to be working with WQAD as we enter our fourth year producing ‘The Cities,',” said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. “We look forward to expanding this partnership in the coming months.”

"The Cities" airs on WQPT on Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm, and on WVIK on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at noon.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


‘Generation Iron’ in Theaters September 20th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:08
Film’s Writer-Producer Explodes 4 Myths About Bodybuilding

Myths abound about the subculture of bodybuilding, a sport that took off with the explosion of the health-and-fitness industry in the 1970s.

Back then, the public knew even less about these extreme and dedicated athletes until the release of a breakthrough docudrama in 1977, “Pumping Iron,” produced by Jerome Gary and featuring a champion named Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The film has long fascinated Vlad Yudin, writer, director, producer and principal of The Vladar Co. He has been busy on multiple film projects this year, but right now his focus is the Sept. 20 release of “Generation Iron,” created with “Pumping Iron” producer Gary and narrated by Mickey Rourke. (Visit to watch the trailer and get showtimes.)

Yudin spent months with the seven bodybuilders featured in the docudrama as they prepared for the Mr. Olympiad contest. He says he came away with an appreciation of how little the public still knows about the sport and the athletes who so compulsively pursue physical perfection.  For one, many people believe bodybuilding is about size – not true.

“It’s about developing symmetry,” he says.

Here are four myths he says are rampant in literature about bodybuilders, and why they’re not true.

• Myth No. 1: Bodybuilders suffer from “negative body image,” or “reverse anorexia.” Many observers have written that bodybuilders are driven by an eating disorder known as reverse anorexia: No matter how big they get, when they look in the mirror, they still see a skinny wimp. Not true, says Yudin. “The whole point of this sport is to perfect the physique – the goal is to develop perfect symmetry, not to get as big as you can be. These guys are striving for a perfect score in competition. If they see a weak spot, they’re going to work on building that up.”

• Myth No. 2. Bodybuilders depend on steroids to achieve results. Steroids do not make champions, Yudin says. Bodybuilding champs are athletes so dedicated to constantly consuming the right nutrients on the right schedule and to working out, it becomes a lifestyle. “People think they’re just pumping themselves up with steroids, but bodybuilding is a science that requires effort 100 percent of the time, Yudin says.

• Myth No. 3: Bodybuilders have low self-esteem. For some, this may have been true at one point in their lives, Yudin says. Some experienced bullying; others had acceptance issues. But most now have a healthy, even robust, sense of self-esteem. “You can see it in how they carry themselves. They don’t do this because of a lack of confidence,” he says. “If they did, they wouldn’t be able to go on stage and be judged with such intense scrutiny on their physique. They’ve put in a lot of work and they know they look good.” He gives the example of Phil Heath, one of the seven men featured in his film. Heath grew up as a talented athlete and played basketball for the University of Denver. “He started hitting the gym more to train, and became more interested in bodybuilding than basketball,” Yudin says. The two-time Mr. Olympia knew he had talent from the get-go and took advantage of it, he says.

• Myth No. 4: Body builders are socially isolated. They get a rap because they dedicate their life to the gym and their diet, Yudin says. They eat every two to three hours and they’re in the gym two to three times a day. You just don’t see them out and about very often. “But four of the seven men we featured are married. A fifth lives with the mother of his children, and a sixth got married after we stopped shooting. Their family lives are a big part of the film,” Yudin says. While he concedes bodybuilders have to be selfish to a degree in order to maintain their grueling schedule, that doesn’t mean they’re loners who avoid others.

“Branch Warren is a devoted family man who brings his daughter to competitions,” Yudin says. “In the film, you see him carrying his daughter through the back stage.”

About Vlad Yudin: Vlad Yudin is the principal of The Vladar Company, a media and entertainment production company. IMDb Profile:

Epic ‘Art of War’ Series to be Produced in Rare Chinese-Japanese-U.S. Collaboration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 13 September 2013 07:50

Michel Shane, executive producer of Catch Me If You Can and I, Robot, has forged an unusual collaborative alliance with the Chinese government, artists, investors, and Japan’s Genco Inc. and Flamingo Features to produce an epic television series based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

Filming will commence July 14 in historical locations throughout China under the direction of Executive Producer Hu Mei (Confucius), one of that nation’s leading filmmakers.

“This will be the first time The Art of War has ever been done in the West as a film or TV series, and it’s unique in that the complete series is being shot in China,” Shane says.

Adds Taro Maki, founder of Genco Inc., a Japanese studio best known for its anime productions: “Our full-fledged multinational collaboration stems from a mutual respect for Sun Tzu and his masterpiece. Here is an undefeated general whose lessons remain as important today as they were 2,500 years ago. We want to honor his story and share his wisdom.”

Sun Tzu, considered the greatest military commander in history, penned The Art of War around 525 B.C. It is one of history’s most enduring texts and today is required reading in the curricula of military, business, economic and political science classes around the globe.

The series will cover the life of Sun Tzu, his contemporaries and their exploits, and explore the events that may have provided the foundation for lessons shared in The Art of War. Following the timeline of the final war between Wu and Ch’u, each episode will take the viewer farther across the battlefields of ancient China as Sun Tzu leads his outnumbered army to victory after victory. The life stories of Sun Tzu and those who influenced him will interspersed in the form of memories.

The Municipal People’s Government in China has created a government board to oversee production matters, and each episode will be directed by various internationally acclaimed directors.

“This marks a new day,” Maki says. “We’re entering an era of true co-production, which holds tremendously exciting potential from many perspectives -- cultural, economic and political.”

About Michel Shane: Michel Shane is a filmmaker, producer and co-founder of Hand Picked Films. He’s best known as the executive producer of “Catch Me If You Can” and “I, Robot,” along with his business partner Anthony Romano. One of motion pictures' premier independent producers, he specializes in financial structuring and feature film development. In recent years, he has worked with Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Will Smith, among others.

About Tari Maki: Tari Maki is president of Genco, Inc., a Japanese anime production studio established in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan. Genco has produced more than 100 titles of animation TV series and films including Sword Art Online, Elfen Lied and Tokyo Godfathers. From financing, studio booking to merchandising, Genco provides a wide range of production service for audiovisual projects.

About Flamingo Features: Flamingo Features has played a crucial financial and creative role in nearly 100 film, television and documentary projects throughout Asia. Flamingo Features manages content distribution rights for video on demand (VOD) and multi-media platforms to more than 70 million subscribers in Latin America and Japan. The company manages an active International Film Fund of nearly $1 billion dollars.

We are interested in your opinion. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:54

The Rock Island Library has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension on an opinion survey to learn how we can better serve you as residents of the Quad Cities region. The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of how the public accesses library services, determine what services are of interest, and understand public perception about our organization.

If you've previously taken a City of Rock Island survey, please note that this is a separate study, one that focuses on library questions and perceptions only. We would appreciate a few minutes of your time on these questions as well.

Individual survey responses are anonymous and confidential and will be viewed only by University of Illinois Extension staff. Results of the survey will be available to you. Please complete the survey by  Oct. 5, 2013.

To complete the survey online,copy and paste this link into your web browser: visit our website, and click on the Rock Island Public Library Opinion Survey link.

If you prefer to take a paper copy of the survey, it is attached to this newsletter email.  Please print the survey, fill it out and  return it in a sealed envelope to any of  the dropboxes at  our three library locations (Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches.)  You may also pick-up a blank copy of the survey at our Information Desks.

Thanks for letting us know what you think! Angela Campbell, Rock Island Library Director

Survey development funded by Rock Island Community Foundation.

This newsletter will bring you up to date with new services, events and people at your Rock Island Public Library. Want to know more? Check out our online calendar or pick up a printed monthly calendar at Rock Island Libraries.

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WVIK's Signature Series launches this Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:06

Thanks to an extensive new partnership with WVIK-Augustana Public Radio, this season's Signature Series has expanded to five concerts. Each concert is to be performed in Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall and rebroadcast on WVIK the following Sunday.


Tickets for these concerts can be purchased online at, at 563.322.QCSO (7276), or at the door.


Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Sonata for Piano and Cello
Saeunn Thorsteindottir, cello; Benjamin Loeb, piano

Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Planning Center
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist

Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m.
Mozart Woodwind Quintet
Christine Bellomy, clarinet; Benjamin Coelho, basson;
Mary Neil, piano; Andrew Parker, oboe; Marc Zyla, horn

Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Amadeus Trio
Sponsored by Wheelan-Pressly Family of Funeral Homes
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist

Sunday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
Bartok Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Naha Greenholtz, violin
Kyle Knox, clarinet
Benjamin Loeb, piano

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