Dismiss Monster Magnet at your peril. It's certainly not difficult, but it's unwise. The band might be all that rock and roll has left.

The five-piece New Jersey outfit has taken the Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin torch that Soundgarden carried in the early 1990s and stripped the 1970s-style heavy metal of its grungier self-loathing and self-importance of the past decade.

If there was any doubt, the past month has shown that the Quad Cities have pretty sophisticated taste in movies.

After a months-long dry spell in which the local cineplex showed no independent or limited-release movies (excepting the blink-and-you-missed-it one-week run of the Oscar-nominated Before Night Falls), audiences were treated to The Tailor of Panama and Memento in consecutive weeks.

Dawn Brick doesn't consider herself an artist. She prefers to call herself a "technician." But you only need to glance at the intricacy of the beaded pouches she makes to know that she's more than she claims to be.

The unruly and inconsiderate Mississippi River finally freed LeClaire Park from its muddy grip this week, but events scheduled for the venue for the rest of the summer still might need to look for new locations.

The Mississippi River is wreaking havoc with the summer festival schedule this year, but last year it was rain that washed out Moline's annual Riverfest event, with several inches drowning the event and forcing its cancellation.

The Hornucopia festival this weekend
in The District of Rock Island could
fall into a pattern of sameness - with
the requirement that all bands feature horns and with several outfits making repeat performances.

Sometimes things with good intentions end up
huge mistakes. That might be the case with
an agreement between Wal-Mart and the City of Davenport dealing with the store the company will likely be abandoning in a little more than a year.

At Thursday's meeting of the Davenport Community & Economic Development Committee, developer THF Realty of St. Louis provided the city council with documents that should allow the construction of a Super Wal-Mart at Elmore Avenue and 53rd Street to proceed.

Probably the smartest thing the organizers of the Eighth Annual
Quad Cities Jazz Fest can do is
leave Jim Widner to his own devices.

Widner, the musical director of the festival and leader of the St.

As the Davenport City Council nears its final consideration of a financing mechanism to pay for road improvements for a Super Wal-Mart store at 53rd Street and Elmore Avenue, there are plenty of reasons to take a hard look at the issues.

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