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RiffTrax Live Back in U.S. Cinemas with “‘Manos’ The Hands Of Fate” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Lopez   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 12:02
NCM® Fathom Events and RiffTrax Present Hilarious Cult Classic with
All-New Live Comedic Commentary from the Stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” Broadcast to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide August 16
RAVE Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807 7:00 PM
Centennial, Colo. – June 21, 2012 – NCM® Fathom Events and RiffTrax present “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” in theaters for only one night on Thursday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT. Featuring the same comedians from the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K), Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will reunite on the big screen to fire off their wisecracking commentary on the 1966 American horror feature “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate.” The event will be broadcast LIVE from Nashville to participating movie theaters across the country. Attendees will be treated not only to “Manos’” infamous abysmal acting, outdated effects and seemingly endless cat fights featuring ‘The Master’s’ many girdle-clad wives, but also a selection of free digital goodies.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” are available at participating theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
"Revisiting ‘Manos’ again after 19 years will be like running into a dear old friend—a friend who drinks all your beer and hits you up for money,” said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’ “Still, we're thrilled to be able to bring this timeless classic to the big screen. (Don't tell anyone but I seriously love this film.)"
Previous successful Fathom and RiffTrax events have included “RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer” in August 2011, a hilarious riff of the cheesy 1962 fantasy epic featuring giant rubber monsters and a leprechaun in a jar; “RiffTrax Live: House on Haunted Hill” in October 2010, which took on the Vincent Price horror classic just in time for Halloween; “RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness” in August 2010, parodying the legendary cult classic; “RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space” in August 2009, skewering what is widely considered to be the ‘worst film ever made’; and “RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” in December 2009, featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“Fathom’s live in-theater events with the RiffTrax gang have been tremendously popular with theater audiences,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “With ‘Manos,’ Mike, Kevin and Bill are sure to deliver yet another side-splitting evening of fun, packed with their signature brand of wisecracks.”
Infamous for its significant technical deficiencies and continuity flaws, “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate,” written, directed, produced by and starring Harold P. Warren, is widely believed to be one of the worst films ever made. The plot revolves around a vacationing family who lose their way on a road trip in Texas, and find themselves trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. In 1993 “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate,” launching the film’s cult status.
**Editor Note: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will be available for select telephone, radio and television press interviews. Artwork, bios and other promotional materials can be found at
About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 181 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,000 screens (approximately 17,800 digital). During 2011, over 670 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 700 locations in 167 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 42 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit or
About RiffTrax
Featuring former members of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” RiffTrax is composed of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Nelson has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, written a regular column for TV Guide and authored many best-selling books. Perhaps best known as the man behind the plucky red robot Tom Servo on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Murphy is also author of the bestselling book “A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey,” and has provided film commentary for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” In addition to being a screenwriter and an internationally-produced playwright, Corbett was the voice of the robot Crow (version 2.0) on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” as well as many other strange characters including the clueless alien The Observer (a.k.a. “Brain Guy”). To find out more about RiffTrax, visit
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Riverfront Pops presents ABBA: The Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 25 June 2012 10:01

For the Quad City Bank and Trust Riverfront Pops this September, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will bring one of the greatest pop music phenomenons in history back to life with ABBA: The Concert. Every year, thousands of people visit the Mississippi riverfront from all around the region for an afternoon of fun and music at Riverfront Pops.

ABBA: The Concert has been performed in more than 20 countries around the world and has done more than 1,000 shows. During these tours the show has always included members of the original ABBA rhythm section. ABBA: The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world while dazzling all who see them with their fantastic performance of such iconic hits as “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” ABBA is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time with over 370 million records sold. Their music has returned to prominence recently with the hit musical and subsequent film, "Mamma Mia!"

The gates open at 3:00 p.m. for seating on the field and in the stands, with the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Shuttles will run from Central High School South Lot (11th and Harrison Streets), Palmer College (8th and Harrison Streets), and the Scott County Courthouse from 3:00 p.m. until concert time. Returning this year is a giant kids fun zone courtesy of Jumpin' Joey's Bounce Houses. And for the parents, Quad Cities Social Dancing will be giving free dance lessons from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn the Cha-Cha and the Hustle before the concert, and then you can dance the night away on our giant outdoor dance floor.

The Augustana Alumni Relations Office is participating in this tribute to the most popular Swedish band of all time by planning a weekend celebration of their own Swedish heritage. This weekend will include films, sight-seeing tours, and a pre-concert meet and greet with the original members of the ABBA band. To find out the latest information regarding this weekend exploration of everything Swedish, contact Kelly Noack, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at 309.794.7474.

Riverfront Pops is proud to be an anchor event to the 2012 East West Riverfest, running from September 7 to 16. East West Riverfest is a celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage of the Quad Cities. Over 200 events and activities will be taking place all around the Quad Cities during the ten-day festival. Over 50 organizations have signed up to participate in this exciting new festival. For more information, visit

All tickets are $20. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets go on sale this Friday and can be purchased in advance at the QCSO office, all area Quad City Bank and Trust locations, and through Ticketmaster. Groups of 20 or more can contact the box office directly at 563.322.QCSO for special rates and offers.

The Riverfront Pops is sponsored by Quad City Bank and Trust.

The Who: Quadrophenia - The Story Behind The Album Debuts in Movie Theaters Nationwide on July 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Monday, 25 June 2012 08:52
This summer, movie theater audiences nationwide will get a dose of rock history with “The Who: Quadrophenia--Can You See The Real Me?” The Story Behind The Album, a one-night movie theater event on Tuesday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m. local time. Taking fans on a riveting ride back to the 1970s, when The Who’s creative musical genius was taking the world by storm, the event will provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into one of rock’s most influential bands and the creation of their celebrated 1973 album, “Quadrophenia.”
“The Who: Quadrophenia- Can You See The Real Me?” The Story Behind The Album hits the big screen for one-night only, and begins with a special welcome message from lead guitarist Pete Townshend.  Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at
“The Who: Quadrophenia- Can You See The Real Me?” The Story Behind The Album will be playing at the following movie theaters in your area on July 24 at 8:00 p.m.:
RAVE Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

QCSO Riverfront Pops Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 25 June 2012 07:57

Every year, thousands of people visit the Mississippi riverfront from all around the region for Riverfront Pops. With just a couple months to go until the big event, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the guest artist they have invited to perform at this year's event. Also discussed will be several new partnerships surrounding this year's concert.

The QCSO will be announcing all of this on Monday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. in LeClaire Park, Davenport. Refreshments will be provided beginning at 10:00 a.m. The press and the public are invited to this event. B-Roll and print quality images of past Riverfront Pops concerts and this September's guest artists will be provided to all members of the media at the event.

June 25, 2012
LeClaire Park Bandshell
400 W Biederbeck Drive
Davenport, IA

10:00 a.m. - Refreshements
10:30 a.m. - Press Conference
- Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director, Quad City Symphony Orchestra
- John Anderson, President and CEO, Quad City Bank and Trust
- Joe Taylor, President and CEO, Quad City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and member of the Experience Quad Cities Advisory Board
- Kai Swanson, Executive Assistant to the President, Augustana College
- and a performance by Quad Cities Social Dancing.

Guy Penrod coming to the Adler Theater! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:36

Guy Penrod will perform at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Reserved tickets ($18, $24 & $30) are on sale now! Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office,, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at select Ticketmaster outlets.  The Adler Theatre is located at 136 East Third Street in downtown Davenport.

Penrod’s latest recording, Hymns, debuted at #1 on Nielsen Soundscan’s Southern Gospel retail chart and #5 on the Current Contemporary Christian chart following its release in March.  His 2010 Dove Award-nominated release, Breathe Deep, continues to be a benchmark for country recordings within the Christian marketplace, featuring successful mainstream country and southern gospel radio singles.

A 2011 Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Penrod made his Grand Ole Opry debut last year.  Prior to his solo career, Penrod spent 14 years with the GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band.

This concert is brought to you by Echo Ministries.

For more information:

We hope to see you there!

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