The City of Davenport has rolled out its master plan for the area north of 53rd Street at Eastern Avenue, and the Prairie Heights development (as it's now called) features a park and more than 1,100 new residences over 630 acres, 220 acres of which are owned by the city.
Two years ago at Gumbo Ya Ya, the festival included a kids' cooking clinic with Chef Eudell Watts III, at which children learned to make gumbo. But adults were drawn as much as children, and therein was the germ of an idea.
Bettendorf's 100th birthday gets a proper party this weekend with a variety of activities led by the Trinity Street Fair & Dance on Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. The event will be on Spruce Hills Drive in Bettendorf, between 18th Street and Hardee's (in the old Eagle parking lot).
On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to approve new rules dealing with the ownership of daily newspapers and broadcast-media outlets. These changes could dramatically alter the media landscape in the country, just as the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has resulted in the concentration of ownership of radio stations.
Minimalism in rock music is a big risk. When an artist chooses to keep it simple – with pared- down instrumentation, lyrics, and vocals, and songs that move with the energy of a funeral procession – only the best material survives scrutiny, because there’s nothing to fall back on.
New Ground Theatre, which this season has produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Wit and Proof, will next month stage a musical about teen suicide. Not only that, but the script of said musical was written by the company's artistic director, Chris Jansen.
What had been MidCoast's Pastel Exhibition & Competition has been transformed through addition into something altogether different: a multifaceted arts-in-education event for teens that creates a link to workforce development and retention.
Photos by Brian Barkley Seven new sculptures have popped up in downtown Davenport, the result of the second Sculpture on Second project of DavenportOne. The organization is also developing a brochure for a walking tour.
You won't notice a lot of new features at this year's Hornucopia, because - as the first festival this year in The District of Rock Island - it carried with it some uncertainty. Namely, questions about how far along reconstruction of the Great River Plaza was going to be.
This year's Quad Cities Jazz Festival at first blush looks less impressive than previous incarnations. But appearances can be deceiving. You won't find much contemporary jazz this year, yet fans of the classic styles won't be disappointed.

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