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Nutcrackers! Sweet!: Ballet Quad Cities and RiverPointBallet Offer Two Takes on the Holiday Classic, December 12 and 13 PDF Print E-mail
Dance
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 07 December 2009 06:00

a scene from Ballet Quad Cities' 2008 production of The NutcrackerOn December 12 and 13, area audiences will have the opportunity to attend two separate productions of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker: one performed by the professional dancers of Ballet Quad Cities (plus a few local performers), one performed by the student performers of RiverPointBallet (plus a professional dancer). And Ballet Quad Cities' Executive Director Joedy Cook is up-front about a large part of the holiday favorite's appeal: "For all ballet companies, Nutcracker is what really helps pay their bills. Nutcracker is the one ballet that you can count on to get an audience."

Yet as Cook well knows, that's not the reason that audiences themselves flock to The Nutcracker year after year. "It's truly the most recognizable music in the world," she says, "and that's because it's magical. And The Nutcracker itself is magical. It's magic, it's dreamy ... it's 'Calgon! Take me away!'"

 
Study Ranks States by Coal-Power-Plant Pollution PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:05

Illinois had the sixth-most carbon-dioxide emissions from coal power plants in 2007, according to a new study. Iowa ranked 23rd. The Baldwin Energy Complex coal-fired power plant in Baldwin is the dirtiest power plant in Illinois based on carbon-dioxide emissions, and it's the 30th-dirtiest plant in the country, according to a new analysis titled "America's Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants in 2007." For a copy of the report, click here.

 
Christian Care Cuts Staff by Half PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 06:36

The Christian Care Board of Directors, facing an operating-budget deficit, has reduced personnel by close to 50 percent. The faith-based, not-for-profit organization in Rock Island has provided food and shelter to record numbers this year - 42,193 meals and 10,346 nights of lodging to those in need. The organization has two facilities, a domestic-violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men, at which it also hosts a community meal site. The organization does not receive any funding from the state or federal government. To find out more about Christian Care, visit ChristianCareQC.org.

 
A Clear Sense of Purpose: “charity: water” Founder Scott Harrison Visits the Quad Cities, November 21-23 PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 10:30

Scott HarrisonClarity is important for water, and it's also true for charity.

When Scott Harrison founded charity: water in 2006, he was targeting people who were "disenchanted with charity," he said in an interview last week. "Most of my friends said the main reason they weren't giving to charity is because they didn't know how much of their money was actually going to go to people in need."

Harrison's solution was to connect donors to their gifts. "We'll never do a [water] well unless we can get a GPS, a photo, a name, and population ... and publicly place them all on Google Earth for transparency," he said.

And 100 percent of donated money from the public goes to water projects in developing nations. Harrison didn't have this worked out initially but has developed the concept of "The Well," in which benefactors give $1,000, $2,000, or $5,000 a month to support the charity's operational costs. That allows the organization to use public donations exclusively for water projects.

charity: water also places an emphasis on design. "I wanted charity to look like Apple," Harrison said. "Why shouldn't we be telling stories with sophistication, with elegance, with authenticity? And telling them in a newsy way?"

Water for Christmas, a local fundraising campaign for charity: water, will be bringing Harrison to the Quad Cities for a number of events November 21 through 23, including an Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce dinner. (See the schedule here.) Water for Christmas has raised more than $100,000 for charity: water in the year it's been active.

 
Figge to Open Frank Lloyd Wright Gallery PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 07:05

The Figge Art Museum will open the "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Art of Living" gallery on Saturday, November 21. The gallery provides a chronological overview of Wright's decorative arts and furniture designs. In addition to being a notable architect, Wright was also an innovative designer of art glass, domestic interiors, and furnishings, an aspect of his career that is less well-known to the general public. This gallery presents in a museum setting Wright's decorative objects and leaded glass, which would normally only be viewable by visiting his many buildings. For more information, visit FiggeArtMuseum.org.

 
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