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It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play airing on WQPT and WVIK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:20

Taped in November at Augustana College

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, the Quad Cities local public television station and WVIK, the public radio station teamed up to present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” in November. The stage play by Joe Landry and with music by Kevin Connors is set in a 1946 radio station.  It was performed before a live audience for three performances and taped to air on both stations for the holiday season.

WQPT will air the program December 21 and 25 at 7 pm, and WVIK will air it on December 23 at 7 pm.

Funding for the production was made possible by the Illinois Arts Council and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Directed by WQPT producer, Lora Adams and starring Mike Millar, Jenny Winn, Jason Platt, Erin Lounsberry, Michael Carron, Scott Tunnicliff, Tamra  McConoughey, Tom Vaccaro and with Jonathan Turner on piano, the production helped to raise funds for additional episodes of WQPT’s arts program “Artists in Profile.”  The first of the additional episodes airs on New Year’s Eve at 11:30 pm with a music special featuring performances by Ellis Kell, Danika Holmes, Ragamon, Barley House Band and the Milltown Wranglers.

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

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“A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven" Brings the Best-Selling Author's Book to Life on Thursday, January 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Greg Camphire   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:15
Fathom Events and Relativity Media are proud to present “A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life” on Thursday, January 17 at 8:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM CT/ 7:00 PM MT/ 8:00 PM PT in select cinemas nationwide.
Fans should not miss this live one-night theatrical event featuring a discussion and Q&A moderated by Maria Menounos, with No. 1 “New York Times” best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Also present will be the cast of the film adaptation of Sparks’ best-selling novel Safe Haven, including Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.  Attendees will be the first to catch a sneak peek at exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes footage and intimate interviews from the crew behind Relativity Media’s eagerly-awaited film, directed by Oscar®-nominated Lasse Hallström.
Tickets for “A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven” are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
“A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven” will be showing at the following movie theaters in your area on Thursday, January 17 (theaters and participants are subject to change). A complete list of theater locations can be found at www.fathomevents.com/#!safe-haven/more-info/theaters.
Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

 
3 Ways to Get Your Creative Project off the Ground PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:59
Independent Filmmaker Offers Tips in Realizing Your Personal Ambition

With each passing year Andy Warhol’s quote – that everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame – rings truer.

The caveat: some people get more than 15 minutes, in large part because they actually work at their success, says award-winning indie filmmaker Kerstin Karlhuber. In fact, she calls this the “golden era of self-starters,” because this is an unprecedented time in which creative doers have access to achieving an audience.

“While there are some people who see the rise and fall of their name shortly after a quirky incident on a reality TV show, the more important success stories come from devoted artists who’ve worked their entire adult lives on a dream – and then something clicks,” says Karlhuber, who recently completed her latest project, “Tides of the Heart” (www.kerstinkarlhuber.com), an avant garde feature-length music video with no dialogue.

With some talent, a vision and that irrepressible itch to do something, amateurs such as “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, or the co-creators of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” initially shot by three non-professionals before the FX channel contracted the show, are changing what and how audiences are receiving entertainment, says Daniel Jay Paul. His latest album, “Clean Getaway” (www.danieljaypaul.com), not only makes up much of the score for the film, but also structures the plot.

“We’re living in a golden era of self-starters when it comes to the arts,” he says.

Karlhuber and Paul discuss three ways those just starting out can kick-start their projects:

• New methods of financing: Sites like IndieGoGo.com are making it easier for self-starters to raise money for a variety of independent projects. It’s a 501©(3) non-profit that utilizes a “crowdfunding” platform in which those who seek to raise money can create campaigns to detail their story and get the word out.

• Alternative distribution: A decade ago, it wasn’t easy to get your self-made film out to audiences. If a committee liked your work, then you might get picked up by an indie movie festival, shown at the odd art house theater, Karlhuber says. Now, there are some households that go without cable or satellite, whose inhabitants rely completely on sites like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, where the Karlhuber-Paul project can be found, for their entertainment. An independent filmmaker can reasonably expect their video to be watched tens of thousands of times, if not much more. Despite these handy advances, utilizing traditional methods is a good idea, says Paul, who is continuing to enter “Tides of the Heart” into film festivals after having won awards in past events. He is expecting more theater screenings in the future, and hardcopies of the film are available.

• Marketing: The old way of advertising – billboards, newspaper space – can still be effective, but no longer necessary. If you’re not utilizing a method for online marketing, including the usual suspects such as Facebook and Twitter, then you’re not doing your job as a passionate artist, Paul says. “Unless you have the means or cash for a professional to handle your PR, then you have to ask yourself a simple question: What good is your project if nobody is exposed to it?” he says.

About Kerstin Karlhuber & Daniel Jay Paul

Kerstin Karlhuber is an award-winning filmmaker and director. Her work in the arts has been seen around the world, from off-Broadway to Cannes, the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles to a segment on “Good Morning America.” She is the founder and director of the film production company Silent Giant Productions based in New York City.

Daniel Jay Paul is a songwriter who recently released “Clean Getaway” on the Sunlight Communication Arts label. His songs have been described by Music Express’ Marcus Wright as “music you hear with your heart ….” Paul is the author of the novel “The Last Sunset.”

 
Local students participate in Christmas at Augustana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:57

ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/18/2012)(readMedia)-- Augustana presents its fifth annual Christmas at Augustana holiday concert on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. More than 300 students in the college's choirs, brass ensemble and orchestra joined together to share music in two sold-out shows.

These students from your area performed in the event:

Rebecca Andersen, a senior from Taylor Ridge, Ill., majoring in biology.

Charles Bald, a first year from Blue Grass, Iowa, majoring in liberal studies.

Hannah Barney, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in business administration-marketing and communication studies.

Adam Bengfort, a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in liberal studies.

Nick Clark, a first year from Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Sydney Crumbleholme, a first year from Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Erin Gehn, a senior from Rock Island, Ill., majoring in applied mathematics.

Alex Haifa, a first year from Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Christine Harb, a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Dylan Hinrichs, a senior from Sterling, Ill., majoring in music education vocal.

Bobby Holmquist, a first year from East Moline, Ill., majoring in physics and mathematics.

Jens Hurty, a sophomore from Moline, Ill., majoring in music education vocal.

Kjerstin Hurty, a senior from Moline, Ill., majoring in business administration-marketing and management.

Abigail Jones, a junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in biology and environmental studies.

Samanatha Kammerman, a sophomore from Milan, Ill., majoring in psychology.

Alyssa Kendell, a first year from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in liberal studies.

Nicholas Kendell, a junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Benjamin Knapper, a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in applied mathematics in economics.

Rebecca Knapper, a first year from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in liberal studies.

Manisha Kumar, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Elizabeth Kuster, a junior from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in creative writing.

Madison Logan, a junior from Moline, Ill., majoring in communication sciences and disorders and psychology.

Makenzie Logan, a first year from Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Mariah Logan, a first year from Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Autumn Loose, a first year from Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Kayla McKay, a junior from Moline, Ill., majoring in theatre arts and business administration-advising.

Jacob McManus, a sophomore from Reynolds, Ill., majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Lauren Mentado, a senior from Moline, Ill., majoring in business administration-international business.

Eric Pease, a senior from Sterling, Ill., majoring in neuroscience and pre-medicine.

Phil Powell, a first year from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in liberal studies.

Elyzia Powers, a sophomore from Silvis, Ill., majoring in music education vocal.

Rickey Rector, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Ethan Rutten, a first year from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in liberal studies.

Ingrid Schneider, a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in music and psychology.

Lindsay Sikorski, a sophomore from East Moline, Ill., majoring in liberal studies.

Anthony TouVelle, a sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in German and international business.

Steven Trent, a junior from Eldridge, Iowa, majoring in geology.

Jonathon Waite, a junior from Sterling, Ill., majoring in mathematics and computer science.

Kaleigh Wall, a senior from Eldridge, Iowa, majoring in art.

P.J. Wiese, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in neuroscience and mathematics.

Christmas at Augustana is one of a series of performances planned for the season. The Handel Oratorio Society, performed Handel's Messiah and the Augustana Chamber Singers and the Office of Campus Ministries presented Lessons and Carols on Thursday, Dec. 13.

To learn more about Augustana's arts programs and musical events, visit www.augustana.edu/arts.

 
Top Western Cities Celebrate New Year’s 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keith Bansemer   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:27

New York is not alone this New Year’s Eve.  Large western American cities are also set to host their own, unforgettable, New Year’s 2013 parties. The west coast often flies under-the-radar when it comes to receiving national attention for ball-dropping bashes.

“Media attention for the New Year’s Eve countdown is usually on New York, USA; Sydney, Australia; and London, England.  America’s western cities host great events, too,” observes Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing, at Shindigz.com, a leading, American party products store. “We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite, western city New Year’s celebrations.”

#1 - Las Vegas, Nevada

One of the hottest spots in the country for hosting a New Year’s Eve party is Las Vegas, home to glitzy entertainment. Las Vegas has become the host to a weeklong countdown kickoff. From the obvious thrill of the casinos to the abundance of late night clubs, party-goers can immerse themselves in events throughout the city.

Legendary Latin pop star, Pitbull, will perform on December 28 and 29 at The Pearl Concert Theatre inside of the Palms Resort Casino. Partygoers can rock to The Killers for two exclusive nights on December 28 and 29 before going to bridge with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the evening of December 31 at The Cosmopolitan. Fireworks across the city will follow at midnight and be accompanied alongside a live DJ and open bar.

Those looking to end the year on the softer side can catch The Black Keys performing at The Hard Rock Hotel on December 30 and 31. The atmosphere will allow one to sit back, sip a little scotch on the rocks, and take in the smooth sounds of the bluesy, rock band. Top off the night with a party on the Bridge at the New York-New York Hotel and ring in the New Year with live entertainment and trendy drinks.

#2 - Los Angeles, California

Year-round, party-goers flock to Los Angeles to satisfy their need for entertainment. With everything from high-profile celebrity parties to a low-key party under the stars, Los Angeles has it all New Year’s Eve, as well.

Party guests will appreciate two floors of entertainment overlooking Beverly Hills at The Shangrila. Satisfy thirsts near poolside cabanas as live DJ’s spin the records. For something different, ring in the New Year at one of the hottest night clubs with Cirque NYE 2012, complete with all of the rudimentary New Year’s Eve novelties. Finally, go dressed in the best god and goddess costumes at My Studio Hollywood’s New Year’s bash.

#3 - Seattle, Washington

In the Pacific Northwest, jump on ship and sail aboard the love boat at Lake Union Park in Seattle. Guest will enjoy an evening under the stars sharing d’oeuvres, music, and an optimistic look into the New Year 2013 before enjoying a complimentary champagne toast under a firework lit sky at midnight.

For something a little more hardcore, attend any one of a number of Seattle’s nightclubs. From the Inferno to the Republiq, the nightclubs of Seattle are a popular place for an all-night New Year’s Eve celebration. As a can’t miss way to kick into the new year, spend an evening of laughter at the Xtreme Theatresports as four teams of five comedians bash it out in an all-out comedic title battle before the 2013 fireworks explode.

#4 - Portland, Oregon

Attend the self-proclaimed “epic gala” that is the 22nd Annual Champagne Ball at the Hilton of Portland. As one of the most popular city parties, guests are invited to ring in the New Year among the other thousand guests in attendance. Enjoy the countdown with parties in four eclectic themed rooms and on three dance floors. The Radical Revolution will pay tribute to the rockin’ eighties and the biggest named DJ’s in the city will be spin on the ones and twos, all before sharing in the city’s largest champagne ball countdown.

Portland will also host the 12th annual New Year’s Eve Barfly Bus Tour. Bar-hoppers will have access to eight-ten bars with no cover charge, hors d’oeuvres, and all of the party paraphernalia imaginable.

#5 - San Francisco, California

San Francisco has everything from the most vivacious to mellow of New Year’s Eve events. Couples can board the Speak Easy Cruise on the San Francisco Bay and enjoy a four hour excursion while admiring the fireworks overhead.  Others can attend a black-tie affair aboard one of the city’s most sought after harbors at the New Year’s Eve Family Gala and enjoy entertainment throughout the evening until the ball drops.

Many will simply frequent a local bar just before hitting the pier to watch fireworks light up the skyline at the stroke of midnight. San Francisco is one of the most diverse cities on the west coast and offers something to ring in baby New Year for everyone.

 
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