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'Nothing Compares' to the Iowa State Fair's Free Stage Line-up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:27

DES MOINES, IA (05/22/2012)(readMedia)-- The 2012 Iowa State Fair free stage line-up is packed with a variety of entertainment and acts. From musical legends to Vaudeville comedy, "Nothing Compares" to this much entertainment, all free with gate admission. The Iowa State Fair runs August 9-19.

Boyz II Men holds the distinction as the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. For the past two decades, Boyz II Men have given fans a rich catalog of hits, like "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You." Most recently, Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled "Twenty."

Honored with 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, WAR is one of the greatest rock groups of all time. WAR's album, "The World Is A Ghetto," attained the number one spot on Billboard Magazine. Their classic songs include, "Low Rider," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

The Fair brings theater to the stage with the Handsome Little Devils' Squirm Burpee Circus, an exhilarating, fantastical adventure featuring classic Vaudeville comedy, high-skill circus acts and a plot rooted in American melodrama.

Thirty-six acts, including more crowd-pleasing favorites like The Afters, Here Come the Mummies, and Hunter Hayes will be featured on the Fair's five free stages. Throughout the 11 days, Fairgoers can enjoy more than half a million dollars worth of free entertainment.

Discounted admission tickets are available now through August 8, with savings up to 30 percent. Purchase tickets now online at The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office opens July 9 for walk-up orders.

A complete listing of event dates, times and locations follows:

Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage sponsored by KCCI NewsChannel 8

August 9-10 The Nadas (7 & 9 p.m.)

August 11 Brother Trucker (7 & 9 p.m.)

August 12-13 Handsome Little Devils (7 & 9 p.m.)

August 14 Brett Eldredge (8 p.m.)

August 15 Dia Frampton (8 p.m.)

August 16 Glen Templeton (8 p.m.)

August 17-18 The Blue Band (7 & 9 p.m.)

August 19 Here Come the Mummies (7:30 p.m.)

Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi

August 9 JJ Grey and Mofro (8 p.m.)

August 10 Action Item (8 p.m.)

August 11 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation (7 p.m.)

August 12 The Afters (8 p.m.)

August 13-17 Hypnotist Ron Diamond (7 & 9 p.m.)

August 18 The Downtown Fiction (8 p.m.)

August 19 Street Corner Symphony (7 p.m.)

Budweiser Stage sponsored by ABC5

August 9-10 Bob Wootton (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

August 11-12 Elvis Impersonator Travis LeDoyt (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

August 13-14 Restless Heart (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

August 15-16 Strawberry Fields (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

August 17-18 Dave Mason Duo (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

August 19 WAR (8 p.m.)

Susan Knapp Amphitheater with media sponsor KDSM FOX 17

August 9 Steve Holy (8 p.m.)

August 10 Mockingbird Sun (8 p.m.)

August 11 Will Hoge (8 p.m.)

August 12 Blackberry Smoke (8 p.m.)

August 13-14 Hairball (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

August 15 Hunter Hayes (8 p.m.)

August 16 Country Gold featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Narvel Felts, Rex Allen Jr. and The Quebe Sisters (6 & 8:30 p.m.)

August 17 Marlee Scott (8 p.m.)

August 18 JT Hodges (8 p.m.)

August 19 Boyz II Men (7 p.m.)

Fun Forest Stage sponsored by Community Choice Credit Union

(All shows ASL interpreted)

August 9-19 Babaloo (11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.)

August 9-19 Matt's Family Jam (11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.)

August 9-19 VSA Iowa Presents (various artists) (Noon, 2 & 4 p.m.)

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Make Your Dreams Come True, Urges Hollywood Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:00
TV/Movie Veteran Shares His Secrets for Beating the Odds

Nearly half of us have given up on the notion that we can get ahead by digging in and working hard, but the American Dream still has a champion in Hollywood TV and film director Guy Magar (La Femme Nikita, The A-Team, Battlestar Galactica).

As with so many stories out of Hollywood, Magar’s reads like a made-for-TV movie. A young Egyptian refugee immigrates to the United States and latches onto two dreams: becoming a filmmaker and finding his one, true love. Despite being a kid from the New York suburbs with no connections to the film industry, he finds a way to manage the first. And, after years of searching, he finally gets the girl, too.

“We had a magical Camelot wedding only a movie director could conjure – complete with sword-dueling to rescue the bride who got kidnapped when she arrived by horse-drawn carriage. It was my Errol Flynn life moment!” recalls Magar. But, into his 25th year of marriage, he learns the love of his life has a fatal illness.

“Everyone needs to dream and anyone can make those dreams come true – if they pursue them with passionate drive,” says Magar, who shares his story for the first time in his memoir Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot (

He discounts the ABC News/Yahoo poll that found that, at the height of the recession, 43 percent of us had lost faith in the American Dream.

“People have suffered because of the economy, but there have always been economic ups and downs – and there have always been Americans making their dreams come true,” he says. “My dreams were seemingly unattainable, but I made them happen because mine was a passionate pursuit -- I never stopped trying and that’s what it takes.”

“Today, I have my beautiful wife, Jacqui, here by my side, healthy and happy, because I dreamed of finding a cure for her and I didn’t stop searching – against all odds -- until we found it.”

How can anyone overcome seemingly insurmountable odds? Magar offers his recipe for success:

• Dare to dream. “It sounds simple, but so many people don’t bother,” Magar says. “Instead of envisioning the magical possibilities, they see only obstacles and challenges.” If you have a career dream, find a way to experience it through school or internships to make sure it’s a profession you love. Dreams require passion, and you may not have enough to fuel a hard journey if you haven’t tested the waters first. At 25, Magar enrolled in film school to find out whether he actually liked the process of filmmaking and had a talent for it. That experience lit a fire.

• Don’t settle. “I knew I wanted to marry nothing less than my true love, and that required a lot of patience!” he says. “I didn’t meet Jacqui until I was 34.” It’s easy to jump the gun at 22, or panic at 32, but when you have a dream you’re passionate about, you need to believe in yourself and hold fast, he says. How do you know love when you find it? “When you’re absolutely sure that you’d be the biggest fool to pass this up,” he says.

• Work at it like there’s no tomorrow. Magar’s first feature film, Retribution, required 12-hour days seven days a week for three months – just for the prep work of finding locations, working on the script, casting, sets and costumes. He knew how to get it done. When Jacqui was diagnosed with an especially aggressive form of leukemia in 2008, Magar was even more dogged.  “I dreamed of finding a way to heal Jacqui, and if that required researching every new treatment and calling every cancer center in the country, that’s what I would do.” He finally found a promising clinical trial at a Minnesota cancer center that was being replicated at City of Hope near Los Angeles. “Jacqui is now celebrating her third year of remission,” he says – with a big smile.

Magar immigrated to New York City with his family in 1958 after a military coup radically changed Egypt. The family came with nothing, and Magar spoke no English. Eventually, their situation improved and Magar finished his growing-up years as a middle-class kid in an idyllic little New York town. It wasn’t until after he’d graduated from Rutgers College – with a degree in philosophy – that he discovered his love for telling stories visually through film.

“If I – an Egyptian immigrant kid – can become a Hollywood movie director married to the love of my life, anyone can make their dreams come true,” he says.

About Guy Magar

TV and film director/writer/producer Guy Magar has worked for more than 30 years in the motion picture industry. His TV credits include Dark Avenger, The Young Riders, and Blue Thunder. His feature films include Lookin’ Italian, starring Matt LeBlanc and Lou Rawls; Stepfather 3, which launched HBO’s World Premiere Series, and Retribution, to be re-released for its 25th anniversary on DVD this summer. Guy is also the founder of Action/Cut Seminars which has taught filmmaking to thousands of students with a film dream.

Violin & Piano Recital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Ellen Bowlin   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:02

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4pm at the Wallenberg Hal inside Denkman Hall at 3520 - 7th Avenue, Rock Island on the campus of Augustana College.

The Piano and Violin Recital will feature David Bowlin on violin and Robert Elfline at the piano playing the music of Franz Schubert, Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions and others.

Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information, please visit or call 309-797-0516.

ComedySportz named Small Business of the Year
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Written by Christine Adamson   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:55

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ROCK ISLAND, IL – ComedySportz Quad Cities, operators of The Establishment, were honored as 2012 Small Business of the Year (21-50 employees) on May 16th, 2012 at the Morning Network meeting, held by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.  The criteria for the award were based on community involvement, innovation, and leadership through adversity and success.

ComedySportz Quad Cities opened at The Establishment in 2010 after renovating the formerly known Rocket Theatre in The District of Rock Island.  With the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce and DARI, ComedySportz QC Ltd. created a new home for family entertainment with room to grow their creative services.

Since opening at The Establishment ComedySportz QC Ltd. has expanded to offer Dueling Pianos, and Wednesday night comedy showcases as well as hosting many private events.  ComedySportz has also developed an improv theatre training center, open to youth and adults.

In the last year ComedySportz has been involved in the community primarily by donating over 20 private performances to schools and charities, donating over 1200 tickets to regularly scheduled ComedySportz matches and have hosted fundraisers for groups such as QCPaws, JDRF, Children’s Therapy Center and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

ComedySportz QC Ltd. recognizes the contributions of both individual and business support that have helped us shape our services and will continue to help us become a greater partner in the community.

The Establishment Theatre is a multi-use venue located in The District of Rock Island.  Visit us online at

Tickets to ComedySportz are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (309) 786-1111 or visiting the website

Cover charge for Dueling Pianos is $5.  Dueling Pianos is a rock and roll all request show featuring national talent.  Ages 21 and over will be admitted.  Full bar and drink specials available.

QCSO Performs in Cool, New Digs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:40

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will perform some cool, new music in some cool, new digs this weekend when the QCSO presents the high-energy, rhythmic compositions of contemporary composer Marc Mellits in Davenport's Redstone Room. Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener. This final concert of the Signature Series is in the Redstone Room of the River Music Experience on May 19 at 8:00 p.m.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Principal Percussionist Aaron Williams has selected works from Mellits' high energy and sensual catalog. Helping Williams bring this vibrant music to life will be QCSO musicians: Principal Cellist Hannah Holman, Pianist Mary Neil, and Percussionist Tony Oliver.

Marc Mellits will be hosting this concert and meeting with audience members at 7:00 p.m. before the concert. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets for this concert are $18 and can be purchased at, 800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are also available at the River Music Experience and can be purchased at the door.

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