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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities Movie Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:06
The documentary King Corn will be shown free of charge Friday, October 5, at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport.  It's part of a series of environmental films shown the first Friday of each month at the Congregation's building.  The film is described as follows:

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

 
Adler Theatre Updates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 October 2012 07:47
IN THE MOOD
October 2 (3:00 PM & 7:30 PM)

This brassy, upbeat musical revue celebrates the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s.  In the Mood features the sensational thirteen-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, singers and high-flying swing dancers. find tickets (3:00PM) find tickets (7:30PM)
THE FRESH BEAT BAND
October 19 (6:30 PM)

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, will perform live in concert.  Come sing and dance with the band - Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist.  Songs performed will include the hits "Here We Go," "A Friend Like You," "Bananas," and "Just Like A Rockstar."         find tickets

 
Why Do We Pay To Watch Scary Movies? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:31
Creator of ‘Halloween’ Film Franchise Discusses Why We Love Horror

Irwin Yablans, creator of the “Halloween” films that forever changed the genre, says the answer’s easy.

“When done right, a horror movie evokes an involuntary response involving fear, excitement, repulsion and fascination,” says Yablans, (www.irwinyablans.com), author of the new memoir, The Man Who Created Halloween. In it, he details his rise as a successful independent producer, sales chief for Paramount Pictures and head of Orion Pictures. His masked creepster Michael Myers, who debuted in 1978, spawned a wave of iconic horror characters, and a new way to do business in Hollywood.

“Too many commentators focus on the cost of making a film, and how much the lead actors were paid,” he says. “But, from a producer’s point of view, the most important money question is: Is our movie worth the $10 ticket price?”

Yablans shares his views on why we love to be horrified:

• Universal appeal: Horror will always tantalize the masses because it touches a visceral emotional response within everyone – unlike other genres. Not everyone finds the same things funny, for example, but just about everyone finds the same things scary, he says. “Horror connects on that most fundamental level. A truly frightening boogieman, a likeable protagonist and sympathetic victims puts audiences right in the shoes of the characters being chased,” he says.

• The difference between horror and horrible, and fan loyalty: As a boy, Yablans grew up in a poor tenement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, listening to radio shows that relied on “theater of the mind” narratives, which captured the imaginations of listeners. He used this approach with the Halloween film series. “Too many of today’s horror films rely on blood and guts to coax gross-out responses from audiences,” Yablans says. “ ‘Halloween’ was successful, in large part, because it played more on the mind, where fear lives.” Horror fans tend to give new movies the benefit of the doubt, and if the first one is good, then they’ll return for parts 2 and 3, he says.

• Cost-effective: Most of the greatest horror film franchises began with modest budgets, including “Night of the Living Dead,” $114,000; the first “Halloween,” $320,000; “The Blair Witch Project,” $35,000. Each of those movies were wildly successful, grossing millions. The “Friday the 13th” series, inspired from the success of “Halloween,” has earned a worldwide total of $465 million. “There have been many failures, but the genre is one of the best bets in the film industry,” he says.

• Great marketing: Yablans’ legendary horror series appropriated a children’s holiday, Halloween, and made it exciting for adults. “Everyone wants to be young again – at least sometimes,” he says. Other successful horror franchises – “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th” and “Scary Movie” copied Yablans’ branded approach: recognizable titles, costumes or makeup and theme music.

About Irwin Yablans

Irwin Yablans is the executive producer and creator of the “Halloween” film series, which forever changed the horror genre and the old studio system. His new autobiography, “The Man Who Created Halloween,” details a true rags-to-riches tale of a boy who grew up in a roach-invested tenement in Brooklyn to become the man who transformed society’s view of a children’s holiday. Yablans’ influence in Hollywood includes setting the standard for a new breed of independent producers and filmmakers, the discovery of famed director John Carpenter and advocating for studio support of one of the most acclaimed films in history, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.”

 
MVBS Presents Billy Thompson Friday October 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 September 2012 15:15

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents, in concert, virtuoso guitarist, outstanding vocalist and gifted songwriter Billy Thompson and band on Friday, October 12th, 2012, at The Muddy Waters (1708 State Street in Bettendorf, Iowa). The show starts at 9:00, admission is $10, only $8 for MVBS members.

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Billy’s credits are many, including playing lead guitar for several years with both Little Milton and Larry “Arkansas” Davis as well as stretches with Albert King, Earl King, Elvin Bishop, Chuck Berry, Art Neville and many others. He also did theatrical stints playing lead guitar for the Broadway show Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues and for Tony Award winning playwright Keith Glover’s “Bluesical,” Thunder Knocking On The Door, which Billy then recorded with award-winning bluesman Keb Mo. His current CD, A Better Man, features members from the bands Little Feat, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt and Crosby Stills and Nash

I know, I know, you’ve never heard of Billy Thompson, and neither had I. I got his newest CD, A Better Man, via Blues Blast Magazine, as Billy’s latest work was nominated for best Contemporary Blues CD this year. Well, let me tell ya, he’s a good one. His songs are laced with poetic lyrics, his vocals both varied and soulful, and his guitar work first-rate. It’s one of the duties of the MVBS to bring blues acts here that otherwise wouldn’t be booked in this area. Especially the good ones. Check him out at reverbnation.com/billythompsonband.

Don’t miss this renaissance bluesman at The Muddy Waters on Friday, October 12th, in a show sponsored by the MVBS.

--Steve Brundies                        

 
MATTHEW WEST Into the Light Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 07:51
Matthew West

With MIKESCHAIR, Lindsay McCaul & Everfound

7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29

Adler Theatre, Davenport

 

DAVENPORT, IA (Monday, August 13, 2012) – Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Matthew West, will perform at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Special guests are MIKESCHAIR, Lindsay McCaul and Everfound.

Reserved tickets ($19 & $30 Artist Circle) are On Sale Now! Tickets are $16 for Groups of 10 or more by calling 563-326-8522.  Tickets will be available at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at select Ticketmaster outlets.

In addition to writing songs that have made him a Dove Award nominated artist in the Christian market, West’s songwriting prowess has also earned him the respect of artists in other musical genres. His songs have been recorded by multi-platinum Country trio Rascal Flatts and other country artists.  West’s songs have also been released by various Christian artists, including Michael W. Smith, Mark Schultz, Natalie Grant and Point of Grace.

For more information:

www.MatthewWest.com

www.MIKESCHAIR.com

www.LindsayMcCaul.com

www.Everfoundmusic.com

 
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