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Written by MONTA PONSETTO   
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:32

QUAD CITIES – The Epilepsy Foundation announces Illinois Epilepsy Awareness Day on May 14, 2014.  Individuals with epilepsy, parents of children with epilepsy, and supporting family members and friends will join with representatives of the Epilepsy Foundation throughout the state to meet with Illinois State Representatives at the statehouse in Springfield.  Discussed will be issues relevant to those living with Epilepsy including the support of Illinois Senate Bill 2636.  The bill, which adds seizure conditions, including those characteristic of epilepsy, to the list of qualifying medical conditions in Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Program was passed by the Illinois Senate by a vote of 49-5 on April 2, 2014.  The bill has been sent to the House for approval.

The Iowa Senate just recently voted 36-12 to approve their Senate File 2360. The bill creates a licensing system for patients with "intractable" epilepsy and their caregivers to pursue treatment with cannabidiol, an oil derived from marijuana.  Patients or their caregivers who receive a neurologist's recommendation for cannabidiol would be able to apply for a state-issued identification card allowing them to possess and use the oil without fear of prosecution under state marijuana laws.  That bill has been sent to the Iowa House for approval.

The Epilepsy Foundation’s national office issued a press release on 2.20.2014 calling for increased medical marijuana access and research:

  • 1 in 26 have or will have epilepsy at some point in their lives – that means over 14,700 people in the Quad Cities Metro Area currently have or will develop epilepsy, a neurological condition that include recurring seizures.
  • Approximately 1/3 of those will live with uncontrolled seizures.
  • People living with uncontrolled seizures live with the continual risk of serious injury and loss of life.
  • Illinois has a law that lists 35 other conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed.
  • Unlike 18 of the other 20 states that permit the use of medical marijuana, epilepsy is not included in the conditions for which marijuana may be prescribed under Illinois law.
  • In vitro and in vivo evidence exists of the impact that cannabidiol (“CBD”) can have on seizures, as well as anecdotal human evidence.
  • For epilepsy, the useful form of marijuana is an oil; it is not smoked.
  • It is high in CBD and low in THC, the hallucinogenic component of marijuana.
  • There is no alternative recreational use for this form of marijuana; it is formulated to treat seizures.
  • It is appropriate to allow patients, parents and physicians the ability to determine collectively if the compassionate use of medical marijuana is reasonable in each individual epilepsy case, including intractable pediatric cases.
  • Illinois residents suffering from seizures should be afforded the same benefits available to those suffering from any of the 35 conditions included in the Illinois medical marijuana law.
  • Illinois families shouldn’t have to split up and move out of state in order to gain access to a viable treatment for intractable seizures.
  • Senate Bill SB2636 Adds “Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy” to the list of qualifying conditions.
  • Senate Bill SB2636 also adds pediatric patients, under the age of 18, suffering from “Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy” as qualifying patients.

For more information contact the Epilepsy Foundation – Quad Cities at 309.373.0377 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide.  Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined. 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime:  that translates to over 14,700 individuals in our Quad Cities region.

Epilepsy Foundation – Quad Cities Office

UnityPoint Health – Trinity / 4th Floor North

2701 – 17th St., Rock Island, IL  61201

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Junior Theatre's Pinocchio Is Here! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 28 April 2014 09:46
Written by Carlo Collodi
Adapted by Daniel DP Sheridan

Think you know the story of Pinocchio?

Think again!

Join us for our brand-new adaptation of this classic story of self-discovery!

Saturday, April 26th : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, April 27th : 2:00pm
Saturday, May 3rd : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, May 4th : 2:00pm

...and don't forget to register for our summer programs.

Classes are filling up!

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Tyson Danner   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:41

From May 16 through June 1, Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop will present Sam Shepard's True West, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's lauded comedy about two contentious, long-separated brothers. Yet in a risky and exciting area experiment, neither the production's patrons nor its actors will know who is playing which leading role until just before the play begins, as the casting of siblings Austin and Lee, for each performance, will be determined by an audience member flipping a coin.

True West will be staged at the QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, IA) Fridays through Sundays, May 16 through June 1. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and the Sunday shows start at 3 p.m., with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. Due to occasional strong language and violence, the play is recommended for patrons of high-school age or older.

A 2000 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, True West is an intense, funny, explosive tale of polar-opposite brothers: Austin, a mild-mannered screenwriter hoping to score his big break, and Lee, an unpredictable and volatile drifter hoping to score any way he can. Shepard's play opens with the men meeting again after five years apart, and over the next 90 minutes, True West explores the maddening, hilarious, and dangerous bonds shared by family, resulting in a work the New York Times praised as “a great American play, arguably Mr. Shepard's finest.”

True West's Broadway engagement famously had leading actors John C. Reilly and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – both of them Tony-nominated – alternating the roles of Austin and Lee throughout the show's run. This inspired QC Theatre Workshop director Tyson Danner to try a similar approach for his production of True West, but with an added caveat: Instead of scheduling which actor would play which role in advance, the casting would be determined by a flipped coin mere minutes before each performance.

“We wanted to find a way to keep the performances spontaneous,” says Danner, who also serves as the Workshop's Artistic Director. “And because I was already crazy enough to ask the leading actors to play two characters, I decided we might as well go all the way with it and let the audience in on the fun.”

Alternating the roles of Austin and Lee are local actors Jeremy Mahr and Mike Schulz. Although True West marks his first appearance as an actor in a Workshop production (having previously served as a crew member in Private Eyes), Mahr previously performed at the venue in the Prenzie Players' Bear Girl and The Rover, and has also been seen in area works including the Green Room Theatre's Doubt, the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Arcadia, and the Curtainbox Theatre Company's Wit. Schulz, meanwhile, performed alongside Mahr in The Rover and the Prenzies' Cyrano de Bergerac, appeared in the Workshop productions How I Learned to Drive, A Green River, and Red, and co-created and directed the company's 2013 musical revue Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim.

Says Danner, “It's rare to find actors willing to tackle such complicated, dynamic roles – not to mention two roles at the same time. Without Jeremy's and Mike's vast experience, talent, and guts, there's no way we'd be able to attempt such a unique and exciting approach.”

Filling out True West's four-person cast are two area performers making their Workshop debuts: Brent Tubbs, who plays the Hollywood producer Saul, and Susan Perrin-Sallak, who portrays Austin's and Lee's mother. Tubbs is a frequent performer with Rock Island's ComedySportz troupe and an instructor at Davenport Junior Theatre, and was a longtime member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, for which he toured Holland, Belgium, and across the United States. And Perrin-Sallak is a familiar presence on local stages, with credits including Next Fall and Other Desert Cities for New Ground Theatre, Doubt for the District Theatre, and Electra and The Winter's Tale for Genesius Guild.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to present this one-of-a-kind production in our community,” says Danner. “As a director, I usually enjoy rehearsals more than performances, due to all the fun and experimentation that can happen in the rehearsal room. But this may be the first time that the performances will be more unpredictable than the rehearsals!”

As with the Workshop's seven previous productions, True West will be presented under the Workshop's “Pay What It's Worth” pricing policy in which guests see the play first and then pay on their way out, allowing viewers to determine what the experience was worth to them personally. This innovative strategy was designed to create a wholly accessible theatrical experience for patrons regardless of financial means, and the policy's great success – ever since the Workshop's 2012's debut presentation Red – has allowed it to continue for True West.

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True West Performance Schedule

Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 18, 3 p.m.

Friday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 25, 3 p.m.

Friday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 1, 3 p.m.



QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue

Davenport, IA, 52804



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Eight Les Misérables Performances Added PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richie Akers   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:20
April 22nd, 2014 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For Immediate Release:  Due to unprecedented demand, eight performances were added to TCR's Les Misérables production schedule; one to benefit Cedar Rapids Washington High School "Patrons for the Performing Arts" group.

Scheduled to open on June 20th with a special Gala performance to celebrate the final production of TCR's blockbuster 80th season, the production will feature a cast of local talent who were among the 300 that auditioned for a chance to perform in the hit musical.

When asked what is most exciting about the prospect of adding so many performances, Artistic Director Leslie Charipar said, "It is outstanding to know so many people not only want to see Les Misérables, but are truly excited to see our unique production. Adding this many shows is a testament to the demand for big budget musicals in our community, just as it is a reminder that TCR consistently produces new or unique works to satisfy the spectrum of theatergoers in the Creative Corridor." 

To Charipar's point, an adult comedy play that is set to open on Friday April 25th in TCR's 90-seat Grandon Studio just added three performances to satisfy demand. The production of God of Carnage originally had eleven performances, but just recently increased that number when performances began to sell out.

When asked if adding so many performances is common, TCR Sales & Marketing Director Richie Akers said, "Earlier in the season, Studio productions of Jake's Women and For Colored Girls required added shows, just as the big musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and Spamalot did. Five productions this season alone added performances to meet demand, but not quite on this scale. We anticipated a lot of people would want to see Les Misérables, but we haven't seen anything quite like it since we produced the musical Rent four years ago. We are all just thankful that we have the opportunity to tell our stories to more people than anticipated, and look forward to the many opportunities we'll have to repeat it in our next season."

Theatre Cedar Rapids is the first local organization in Iowa's Creative Corridor to produce the musical that first debuted on Broadway twenty-eight years ago. With nineteen scheduled performances open to the public, the production is expected to draw over 8,000 patrons during its six week run. Added performances with the best current availability are highlighted in red. Tickets for all performances can be purchased at
  • Friday June 20th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday June 21st at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday June 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday June 27th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday June 28th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday June 29th at 2:30 pm
  • Thursday July 3rd at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 5th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 6th at 2:30 pm
  • Friday July 11th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 12th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 13th at 2:30 pm
  • Friday July 18th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 19th at 7:30 pm (Washington HS PPA benefit)
  • Sunday July 20th at 2:30 pm
  • Thursday July 24th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 25th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 27th at 2:30 pm

TCR's production of  Les Misérables is sponsored by Great America Financial Serivces, and part of the CRST Broadway Series. God of Carnage is sponsored by KDAT and part of the Grandon Series.

About Theatre Cedar Rapids
Among the region's largest and longest-operating community theatres, Theatre Cedar Rapids is located in the Iowa Theater Building in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Founded by regionalist artist Grant Wood, TCR is a nationally-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit community theatre in its 80th season of quality local programs that reach more than 60,000 eastern Iowans of all ages.  Core goals of the organization center on the quality and accessibility of programs.  During the August to July season, the 12 full-time staff, part-time help and contract artists fill more than 3,000 volunteer placements and work together to create an ambitious lineup of musicals, comedies, dramas and classics in addition to providing theatre education programs. The mission of Theatre Cedar Rapids: "Together, we create the magic of live theatre."

Quick Facts:
  • 47,000 hours volunteered last year
  • Over 60,000 patrons and participants last season
  • Founded by artists Grant Wood and Marvin Cone in 1925
  • An independent certified public accountant audits the theatre annually
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Quad City Rockfest-Full Line-up Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:12

Cheap Thrill, Dive Bomb, Eleven Fifty Two & The Hooks Added to Bill

**After Party VIP Package Added**


Saturday, July 19, 2014  3-11 pm

Seven Bands, Eight Hours of Rock

Featuring Night Ranger and Firehouse

On Sale Friday, April 25 at 10 am!

The iWireless Center is teaming up with MetroLink and the City of Moline to bring the Quad City Rockfest to downtown Moline on Saturday, July 19, 2014 featuring Night Ranger and Firehouse. This day-long event will feature bands inside the iWireless Center and outdoor on top of the MetroLink parking garage. Don't miss a day of BBQ, beer, vendors, contests, and a huge line-up of acts. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 am.

In addition to Night Ranger and Firehouse, Saturday night will also feature Cheap Thrill. Cheap Thrill includes Jeff Labar and Eric Brittingham of Cinderella, Cheney Brannan of Collective Soul and Brandon Gibbs of the Gibbs Brothers

Other acts announced include local recording artists Eleven Fifty Two who's second EP The Company drops this year, the area's best 80's Rock cover band, Divebomb, and local favorites The Hooks. The show will open with a 97xposure Battle of the Bands winner that be selected from a short list of finalists who first submit a video and are selected by 97X listeners and subsequently by a panel of judges at a battle of the bands contest to be held at Rascals on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Concert goers can also purchase a VIP AFTER PARTY PACKAGE for $52.50 that includes a VIP concert ticket in the first 10 rows as well as admission to the Cheap Thrill After Party at Rascals (Patrons must be must be 21 years of age to attend after party). The After Party is exclusive to patrons who purchase the VIP After Party Package and is limited to the first 250 people. Don't miss your chance to party with the band up-close and personal after the festival!

Night Ranger's debut album Dawn Patrol hit the charts hard, going instantly Top 40 with the now anthemic single, Don't Tell Me You Love Me. They followed with a string of best-selling albums that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The band's popularity was fuelled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including, (You Can Still) Rock In America, When You Close Your Eyes, Sister Christian, Sentimental Street, and Goodbye.

Firehouse arrived at the peak of the pop metal explosion releasing their first album in 1991 The group's melodic, commercial hard rock had immediate chart success; their self-titled debut went platinum and featured two Top 20 singles, Don't Treat Me Bad and Love of a Lifetime. The following year, Firehouse released their second album, Hold Your Fire, which went gold with the strength of their mega-hit When I Look Into Your Eyes.

Ticket prices $29.50 with a limited number of $45 tickets and a limited number of $99 four-packs and will go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 am at the iWireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at For additional information on the Quad City Rockfest visit


MetroLink Parking Garage           3:15 pm                97xposure Winner

MetroLink Parking Garage           4:00 pm                The Hooks

MetroLink Parking Garage           4:55 pm                Eleven Fifty Two

iWireless Center                          6:00pm                 Divebomb

iWireless Center                         7:00 pm                Cheap Thrill

iWireless Center                         8:05 pm                Firehouse

iWireless Center                         9:30 pm                Night Ranger

*Bands and times subject to change


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