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"Tarantino XX" Celebrates Director's Career with Special Editions of "Reservoir Dogs" & "Pulp Fiction" in Theaters This December PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 13:48
Miramax, NCM® Fathom and IGN present Quentin Tarantino’s masterpieces “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” in select theaters for only one night only this December. “Tarantino XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ 20th Anniversary Event will hit select movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm local time and “Tarantino XX: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Event will follow on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm local time (both events will have matinees in select markets).  Each night of “Tarantino XX” will also include a special feature covering Tarantino’s 20-year career, and a selection of hand-picked movie trailers from films that inspired him as a filmmaker.
Tickets for “Tarantino XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’” are available at participating theater box offices and online at beginning Oct. 23.
Tarantino XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ 20th Anniversary Event” (December 4th) and “Tarantino XX: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Event” (December 6th) will be showing at the following cinemas in your area at 7 pm (local time):
Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53rd St Davenport IA 52807
For a complete list of participating theater locations visit here (“Reservoir Dogs”) and here (“Pulp Fiction”). Theaters and participants are subject to change.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 22 October 2012 15:30

The program will support both WQPT and WVIK


MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS and WVIK, public radio are teaming up to present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry. The theatrical production, set in a radio station in 1946, will be presented at Potter Theatre on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois on November 16 at 7:30 pm and November 17 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.  Eight actors bring more than 50 characters to life.  The production will be taped for broadcast on both stations during the holiday season in December.

Tickets are $20 each and available by logging on to or calling 309-794-7306.

The cast includes Mike Millar as George Bailey, Jenny Winn as Mary, Erin Lounsberry as Violet and others, Jason Platt as Potter and others, Michael Carron as Clarence and others, Tamra McConoughey as Sadie and others, Scott Tunnicliff as the Announcer and others and Tom Vacarro as Harry and as the foley artist (sound effects).  Jonathan Turner will provide piano accompaniment.

“We have wanted to expand our partnership with WVIK, who air our public affairs program "The Cities with Jim Mertens" and to create more local programming for both of our stations. With my theatre background it just seemed like a great idea to work with our public radio station to do a play that is set in a radio station in 1946. And the fact that we are performing in Potter Theatre at Augustana just seemed like a perfect venue considering this is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” said director Lora Adams, who is also the Director of Marketing and Local Content for WQPT.  “Ticket sales will be split between both stations and WQPT will use our share to produce more local arts programming,” Adams said.

For more information you can go to

Production funding and sponsorships come from the Illinois Arts Council, WQPT, a media service of Western Illinois University, WVIK, Augustana College and KWQC.

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Internationally renowned Hornheads to perform with Pleasant Valley High School Jazz Bands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Anderson   
Monday, 22 October 2012 14:12

Bettendorf - The Pleasant Valley High School Band program is excited to have the internationally renowned Hornheads join them as guest artists on their November 12th Jazz Band Showcase concert. The Pleasant Valley Junior High Jazz Band and three Pleasant Valley High School Jazz Bands will open the concert at 6:45pm in the Pleasant Valley High School Auditorium. The Hornheads will go on stage following the Pleasant Valley jazz bands. Admission will be $10 for adults; $5 for students and Century Club members.

The Hornheads, an extraordinarily talented group of horn players, has been gathering international acclaim from artists and critics alike, since 1991. On tour with Prince and the New Power Generation from 1991-1994, the Hornheads performed for over 2 million concert goers in twenty countries. Q Magazine, London, described them as “a peerless horn section...playing in bare brilliant syncopation, punching with a staccato precision beyond the grasp of science or Synclavier.”

Performing on over sixty CD projects, the Hornheads have recorded with national and international artists such as Prince, Chaka Kahn, The Jonas Brothers, Mavis Staples, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Jimmy Jam, Mandy Moore, Pedro Abrunhosa, Yumi Matsutoya, Babyface, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, France Gal, Tevin Campbell, Rosie Gaines, Larry Graham, Sétimo Céu, Carmen Electra, Gegé Telesforo, and Ben Jor.

Individually, as top call session and show players, the Hornheads have performed and/or recorded with artists such as Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Donny Osmond, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Lenny Kravitz, The Time, and many others.

As a solo ensemble performing at jazz festivals, arts series, universities, and high schools, this a cappella group brings their distinctive flair to jazz and funk music, combining virtuosic improvisation with sizzling ensemble work to create a truly unique music experience. They delight audiences with their artistry, versatility, musicality, and precision, covering American masters from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk, to Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stevie Wonder, while completing their repertoire with dynamic Hornheads’ originals.


Silicon Valley Vet Takes Readers on Corporate Ride in ‘P.I.G. Mantras’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:29

Silicon Valley veteran Romina Wilcox ( has published her third novel set in the cyber-corporate world, this time telling a tale that will make readers both laugh and sympathize.

“The P.I.G. Mantras” is the story of Maite Burns, a 20-year-old who needs to get a job to support her husband. (She doesn’t mind; he’s the love of her life, and she will do anything to protect her marriage.) She sets her sights on Silicon Valley. Determined to prove that she can become a respected career woman without traditional qualifications, she drops out of junior college and jumps head-first into the highly educated, highly motivated workplace of Silicon Valley.

Maite is hired as a temporary administrative assistant and works her way up through the ranks as she tackles a series of challenges – anxiety, self-doubt and the persistent fear of failure.

“She draws her inspiration from the women she admires – powerful, successful women, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan to Oprah Winfrey and Vera Wang,” Wilcox says. “Specifically, she looks to their words for strength as she deals with the vagaries of five quirky, demanding bosses and their staffs.

“The P.I.G. Mantras” is Wilcox’s first foray into “chick” literature – a departure from her previous cyber thrillers.

But -- “it speaks to anyone – man or woman – trying to reinvent themselves in this difficult job market,” writes Amazon reviewer Dana Micheli. “Who among us has not been tortured by a nasty, narcissistic or neurotic boss (or all of the above)? The best part is that we get to laugh as we learn the lessons.”

Adds reviewer Carole Cox:

“(The book) gave me the chance to come to terms with my own insecurities and maturation as an employee. We are not alone in our fear of failure, our need to provide for our family and our hope to become a valuable employee.”

About Romina Wilcox

Romina Wilcox has worked for giant semiconductor companies supporting top Silicon Valley executives for 15 years. She has a liberal arts degree, a certificate in computer programming and has had computer forensic training from Southeast CyberCrime Institute. Her first cyber-thriller, “Cold Eyes” – an intrigue of murder, cybertheft and love – received honorable mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival. Wilcox lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband and their three children.

River City Radio Hour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Radio City Music Hour   
Friday, 19 October 2012 07:33
It’s that time again

3rd Year of The

River City Radio Hour


Joshua Forbes, TenorSax/Flute

Jon Moss, Bass

Corey Kendrick, Piano

Glorie Iaccarino, MC/Oral Essay

October 19, 2012

1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, IL

Social Hour @ 5:30p.m.

Dinner @ 6:30p.m. • Show @ 7:30p.m.

The Moline Commercial Clubs’ Chef Linda will be serving a magnificent dinner

prior to the show, by reservation only. Please call 309-762-8547 to make reservation.

Elevator is at the16th Street entrance.

Tickets for Dinner & Show: $25.00/person

Tickets for the show: $5.00/person

*This event is open to the public and the audience can attend the show without dinner.

Priority seating is given to guests who make dinner reservations.

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