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Iowa Supreme Court Opinions February 8, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:23
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No. 11–1398


No. 12–0694


Augustana College Theatre Department premiered The Bock-Eye PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:52

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/06/2013)(readMedia)-- In continuation of its 2012-13 season, Balancing Acts, the Department of Theatre Arts at Augustana College premiered The Bock-Eye, January 25-27 and February 1-3.

Students who performed in the play include:

Calvin Vo, a senior from Moline, Ill., majoring in English and theatre arts, performed as A God.

Rowan Crow, a first year from Coal Valley, Ill., majoring in liberal studies, performed as the Mother and Bacchae.

The Bock-Eye is a bold and bawdy postmodern adaptation inspired by Euripides' Greek tragedy The Bacchae. Written by acclaimed American playwright Tommy Smith, The Bock Eye is an interesting blend of old and new-a retelling of an ancient story, but with a strong contemporary attitude. This incredible story of dark revenge is sure to thrill.

Returning guest director Saffron Henke compares the new adaptation of the play as follows: "The theme of The Bacchae might be 'Don't mess with Dionysus or you'll get it', but the theme of The Bock-Eye is more like 'That dark Dionysian thing inside you will come out, no matter what you do,' and even The God himself is not safe from it. Overall, Tommy [Smith] was very true to the original play, doing an almost line-by-line condensing of the material, with the exception of an added prologue, and different ending."

Dramaturg Gregory Donley '14, a theatre arts and classics major from Silvis, Ill., added "Dionysus is clearly a cruel and angry god in both works, but Tommy Smith adds a tongue-in-cheek humor to the character, without detracting from his power. Pentheus is also unchanged, and remains a generally foolish king who cannot resist his own morbid curiosity towards the practices of the cult. Though much of the tone is changed, the songs written and sung by the chorus serve as a very strong connection to the style of Greek theater."

For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication at (309) 794-7833 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 140 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

The Arc Hosts Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors’ Gala PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:06
The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will host its 2013 “Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors’ Gala” this Saturday, February 9, 2013. The tournament will be held in the Event Center at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island. Proceeds of this charity gaming event of Texas No Limit Hold’Em Poker benefits programs and services for 325 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc’s Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors Gala is sponsored by CBS4/WHBF-TV and Jumer’s Casino & Hotel.

The Arc’s 2012 champion Ryan York, Davenport, Iowa, returns to defend his title. York’s placement in last year’s tournament qualified him for a seat in the Main Event of the July World Series of Poker at The Rio in Las Vegas. The “QcKid” made The Arc proud,  advancing as far as Day 3 of nearly 6,600 players, ranking him among the top 300 players in the world! Sponsors ($100+ contributors) will have an opportunity to hear first-hand about York’s WSOP experiences at the High Rollers Champagne Brunch at 10:30 am prior to the opening session. The odds are worth the stake, with a reasonable buy-in and capacity limited in the tournament’s two sessions.

Buy-in is $60 with a $30 re-buy opportunity in the first hour of play. The event features two sessions – the first at 12 pm and the second at 4:30 pm. Admission is only guaranteed for players who pre- register at , through Facebook at The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, or via phone (through noon on Friday) at 309-786-6474. Each session will play to 10 winners and the 20
finalists will compete in the Final Round beginning at 9 pm. The tournament pays to the top 20 places, with the champion winning at seat at the World Series of Poker.

Founded in 1952, The Arc promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental and other disabilities, through a variety of support services.


Brucemore Announces Thursday Night Lineup, Evening Tours Explore Special Topics PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:49

Brucemore will offer a new series—Thursday Night Lineup: Brucemore Evening Specialty Tours—beginning on March 7 at 6:00 p.m. Every Thursday night will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. The schedule for the Thursday Night Lineup in March includes:

March 7, 6:00 p.m. – Standard Tour: Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home. The families of Brucemore were business and community leaders in a century of evolution of the Midwest. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

March 14, 6:00 p.m. – Nooks & Crannies Tour – Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Mansion. Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architecture and oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

March 21, 6:00 p.m. – Historic Landscape Tour: Cover 26 acres and over 125 years of history during this exploration of Brucemore's landscape. Each of the historic owners of this estate used the landscape differently. The changes they made to their gardens and grounds reflect their distinct personalities and the times in which they lived. The foundation of this tour is the design of noted landscape architect O. C. Simonds whose 1910 design still defines the way Brucemore is used and preserved today.

March 28, 6:00 p.m. – Hired Help Tour: Working on a Country Estate: Join a costumed interpreter during a tour exploring the lives of Brucemore's domestic servants in the early twentieth century. Consider what it was like to live and work on one of Iowa's grandest estates while discovering the servants' living quarters and the Servants' Village, an area only open to the public during this tour. Documents, photographs, and other materials from Brucemore's collections enrich visitors' understanding of the relationships between the employers and their staff.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Weekly tour topics for April and May, admission fees, and further details are available at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


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Written by Michelle Solis Russell   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:04

When: February 9, 2013 – 9:00 AM
Where: TRINITY Medical Center at Terrace Park – 4500 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf
(inside Main Entrance, straight back to the café/atrium)

LIVE UNCOMMON will be releasing 2013 details including announcement of the 2013
LIVE UNCOMMON Race Series – more than ten events receiving the LIVE UNCOMMON
Endorsement - selection based upon the events’ Give Back to the community. In 2012,
seven such events were endorsed by LIVE UNCOMMON, resulting in $17,500 in funds
raised by the 2012 LIVE UNCOMMON Race Team and distributed to the seven charities
benefitting from said events. The 2013 LU Race Series will include not only foot/road
race events, but also a charity tennis tournament and charity golf outing, and reach
from Davenport, Iowa to Geneseo, Illinois.

The 2012 LU Race Team will be presenting two “big checks” to charities benefitting from
the Team’s 2012 fundraising effort, including Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure.

Introduction of the 2013 LU Race Team will take place, among which is 12 year old
running phenom, Maddie Case, from Eldridge, who is running in 2013 for her Charity of
Choice, Make-A-Wish, and has raised more than $1,000 in one month. Maddie is the
reigning Iowa State 7th Grade Cross Country Champion. 12 year old LU Race Teamers
from Illinois include swimmer Christy Bishop from Rock Island and basketball girl Lily
Glackin from Moline. Of course, several adults running and raising for charities such as
St. Jude’s and Autism Research, will be introduced as well.

To be released is the announcement of the LIVE UNCOMMON Launch Crew Engines –
the big givers who make it all happen.

We are expecting about 100 in attendance, including hopefuls representing potential
2013 LU Race Series Events, LU Launch Crew Engine representatives, LU Charter Teams
(Pleasant Valley Girls Cross Country and Bettendorf Girls Cross Country), and LIVE
UNCOMMONers from as far away as Chicago and Wisconsin.

An LU Informal Run will follow the press conference – an event for all ages, paces,
distances, no worries, no limits, no entry fee.

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