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.

High-energy blues often come off as a touch disingenuous; if one’s truly stuck in the blues, one’s more likely to be in a torpor than firing off lightning-quick licks.
The Quad Cities’ own Whatever Blues Band seems to understand this.

The Money Pit

Part one of two

On August 13, Greg Hoover, the director of housing and neighborhood development for the City of Davenport, presented a powerful report to the city council painting a disturbing picture of how people with poor credit are being exploited.

When she began dancing with CMBT two years ago, Erica Christensen found that the company was not well-known in the Quad Cities. "No one even knew there was a ballet company around," she said.

At the time, CMBT: Quad Cities Professional Ballet Company had four dancers.

Prints from the Great Day in the Quad Cities portrait taken at this month's ArtStroll are now available. The photo, the second in a planned cycle of four documenting different facets of the arts, is a snapshot of the area's music community.

In their third year, the Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities
have reached a certain stature. The one-day festival and competition, which will be held Saturday at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, has attracted top-flight performers rare for an event so young.

Say the word "scooter" to most people, admits Dean Wright, and "they picture you on a Honda moped."

But that's not quite what Wright and his friends are into, and when they're on the road, they draw attention.

What Now?

Last week's announcement that the Vision Iowa board will contribute $20
million to Davenport's $113 million riverfront-revitalization project was, with good reason, greeted with smiles all around the Quad Cities.

With big beats, a care-free, soulful groove, and a big-ass smile on every song, Minneapolis’ Iffy couldn’t be more different than its name when it comes to its status as a party band. What is uncertain is whether the trio will get credit for being supreme craftsmen and smart songwriters.

Gearing up for its 10th year, the Caribbean-themed Ya Maka My Weekend continues
a tradition of building on its past this Thursday through Saturday in The District of Rock Island.
While last year saw the addition of a Mad Hatter division to the sand-volleyball tournament, the 2001 Ya Maka features comic Ngaio Bealum at the Funny Bone from Thursday through Saturday.