Concert promoters prefer venues that are willing to help market a show, or waive certain costs. These arenas are known to be "cooperative."

But there's something else that's more important.

"You have to be able to sell tickets," said Jade Nielsen, who runs Jade Productions in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Yes or No?

Pass or fail, the struggle over the county's $5 million contribution to Davenport's River Renaissance project has had one positive byproduct: DavenportOne has been forced to stretch, reaching out to many different populations in the community with which it has frequently disagreed.

"Stability" is one word that could describe the situation at Quad City
Arts through the years. Holly Richard was involved in the award-winning Visiting Artist program for more than 20 years, and Lloyd Schoeneman had been a seminal part of the organization since 1978.

W hen discussing the planned Quad City Arts literary magazine Buffalo Carp, the person in charge talks about the area's rich literary culture, but this fish is also looking for a bigger pond.

"It seems that someplace this literary should have something like this," said Leslie Thompson, Quad City Arts administrator for advancement & literary arts.

From the ashes of a previous incarnation of Shane Johnson's Blue Train has risen John Resch & The Detroit Blues. The Train's former frontman and bassist, John Resch, has re-teamed with that band's harmonica player, "Detroit" Larry Davison, and original drummer Tony "T.

Approximately 85 people attended the Premiere Party for City Opera Company of the Quad Cities, at which Mark Elliot and Rosanne Duncombe-Elliott sang. It was the first public performance of what the group's leaders hope is the no-longer-absent element in the Quad Cities' arts scene.

Over the past two weeks, disbelieving Americans have been asking themselves a variation on the same question: Why do people in other lands hate this country so much?

It's not a difficult question, really.

When the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) takes the stage for its season-opening performances next weekend, the audience will have several new experiences - one piece in tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, and another that few people anywhere have heard.

Editor's note: There has been incessant media coverage of last week's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., but it seems that many questions have gone unasked or unanswered. We've collected some perspectives that we think address some important issues, as well as general reflections.

While the shock of last week's terrorist attacks on the United States are still fresh in the minds of virtually everyone, this weekend will give the community plenty of chances to re-connect with neighbors and friends at a host of social and sporting events.

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