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Ring in the Holiday Season with “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” in Select U.S. Cinemas Dec. 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:41
Ring in the holiday season with loads of belly laughs from the RiffTrax crew as NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN bring RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians to more than 570 select cinemas nationwide. For one night only, join RiffTrax—Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)— for a hilarious never-before-seen take on the family holiday ‘classic’ LIVE on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT and 8:00 p.m  PT/HI/AK.

“RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” will be presented at the following cinemas in your area on Thursday, December 5:
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807
Click here for a full list of participating theaters (subject to change).
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at

Iowa-based film production company Backrow Studios announces red carpet premieres across the Midwest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Clarke   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:21

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Three University of Iowa graduates are holding a red carpet premiere tour event at different college campuses around the Midwest including Purdue, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Columbia, and Grand Valley State University for their locally shot film, 'The Formula.'.  In addition to screening the film,  cast and crew members will also be present for a Q and A session and after party, including the star of the film, Brandon Baker. After starring in the Disney Channel film, 'Johnny Tsunami,' and as Mowgli in 'The Jungle Book,' this is Baker's first feature film after a five year hiatus. “The Formula,” also stars Reginald VelJohnson (Carl Winslow in 'Family Matters' and 'Die Hard'), and Sasha Jackson ('Blue Crush 2').

Backrow Studios’ production team Ravi Patel, Tim Nash, and Joe Clarke present, "The Formula." Also starring Second City veterans Mike Schminke and Tyler Thirnbeck, the film is the story of Quinn (Baker) and Graham (Schminke), two engineering students who discover a mathematical formula to pick up women with ease. Quinn is a hopeless romantic who falls head over heels for a young student teacher. Graham is a chauvinistic womanizer who thinks the key to finding the woman of his dreams is by wooing as many as possible. As "The Formula" follows Quinn and Graham from one date to the next, they discover that there is no shortcut to finding true love.

With many of the cast and crew also reigning from the Midwest, “The Formula” is the third film produced by Backrow Studios, LLC. Its first feature length film, “Kung Fu Graffiti,” signed a contract for sales and distribution with Los Angeles -based production house Entertainment 7. The company’s second feature “The Wedge” is hitting the film festival circuit, and landed three awards including Best Professional Feature at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Makers Festival.

“The Formula” was directed by Joe Clarke and Thomas Beecher, with executive producer Ravi Patel. For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact producer Joe Clarke at 712-898-5390.

Sarah Shafer sings Barber and Mozart PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:27

Mark Russell Smith knew he was working with a budding talent the first time he worked with Sarah Shafer at the Curtis Institute in 2007. Sarah had been given the small but important part of Barbarina in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. "She made an immediate impression as an innately musical singer and had a radiant presence on stage," explained Mark Russell Smith. Smith invited her to perform with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra as one of the four vocalists for Mozart's Requiem during the 2010-11 season, and later as one of three soloists for Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier in 2011-12 season. In the mean time, Shafer's professional career has blossomed.


Shafer recently made her professional operatic debut in the role of Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. Roles for the 2012-13 season included her American debut with Opera Memphis singing Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Mary Lennox in the world premiere of San Francisco Opera's newly commissioned work The Secret Garden, and Papagena in Opera Philadelphia's Die Zauberflöte. And now Shafer returns to the Quad Cities from these lead operatic roles to lend her "luminous voice" (New York Times) to Samuel Barber's deeply personal Knoxville, Summer of 1915.


Shafer will also make an appearance on the second half of the program to perform Mozart's "Ch'io mi scordi di te?" with celebrated pianist Joel Fan. Joel Fan has been described as a "versatile and sensitive pianist" (Washington Post) and praised for his "vivid imagination" (New York Times). This impromptu recital for soprano and piano will be followed by Richard Strauss' "Morgen!" for soprano and orchestra and performed in the midst of Strauss' Suite of incidental music from Le bourgeois gentilhomme, enacting a portion of the original stage play. You are sure to be smiling at the end of this delightful production.


Masterworks II

Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Adler Theatre, Davenport


Sunday, October 27, at 2:00 p.m.

Centennial Hall, Rock Island


Masterworks II is sponsored by Margaret Burrows-Getz and Tom Getz, MD, in memory of Meg Burrows LeGrand

Click here to purchase tickets online


Click here to read the concert program notes

More $20 seats just released for Chris Tomlin on Friday! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:46

More $20 seats have just been released for sale!

Coming this week Friday!

Chris Tomlin

Louie Giglio

The Burning Lights Tour

7:30 PM Friday, Oct 25


i wireless Center

1201 River Drive

Moline, IL 61265 US


Grammy-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin with special guest Louie Giglio will bring his Burning Lights Tour to the iWireless Center. His latest album Burning Lights features the radio single Whom Shall I Fear [God Of Angel Armies] and an all new recording of White Flag. Chris continues to write songs that connect people to the heart of Jesus and lead them to a greater worship of Him.

The world at large is learning his music: accumulating the biggest first-week sales numbers of his history-making career, Chris Tomlin’s latest album,Burning Lights, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. With more than 72,000 units sold, Burning Lights marks Tomlin’s first trip to the top of the Billboard 200 and only the fourth time in history that a Christian music album has entered that chart at No.1.

Chris Tomlin combined with Louie Giglio is promising to be an evening of powerful worship and inspiration. Dont miss it!

Concert time: 7:30 PM

Doors open time: 6:30 pm

Ticket Prices: (plus fees)



Get tickets:



iWireless Center Box Office
Monday through Friday 10:00am -5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am -2:00pm

TicketMaster Phone Center: 1-800-745-3000

Area TicketMaster Outlets


The Burning Lights Tour is brought to us by:

Awakening Events

Join us for Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio and the Burning Lights Tour!

We hope to see you there!

Yours in Christ,

Timm Dalman

New Anthem

The iWireless Center Wants Your Tree PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:12

The i wireless Center is currently in search of their 2013 Christmas tree to be displayed in the arena's circle drive throughout the holiday season and is also featured at the annual Lighting on the Commons Ceremony to be held Saturday, November 23.

The i wireless Center will pay for the removal of the tree and provide four complimentary tickets to the Quad City Symphony Holiday Pops in exchange for the tree donation. Trees should range in height from 20' to 40' and be available for removal the week of November 4th. Consideration will be given to size, shape, fullness, ease of removal, and proximity to building. Trees not selected in 2013 will be added to a list of potential trees for future years.

Have the perfect tree? Please contact Kevin Snodgrass via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line 2013 Christmas Tree Donation or at 309-277-1379.  Interested parties should include contact information, location of the tree to be donated, and approximate size. Photos of the tree are also welcome.


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