In your review of Conversations with Cathy & Karl (see "Local Progressive Talk Show Debuts in Quad Cities," River Cities' Reader Issue 535, June 29-July 5, 2005), QC Progressive Radio's new Saturday-morning show, you indicated that they made typical unsubstantiated claims against Wal-mart without any facts to back them up (paraphrasing).

•The Quad City Arts Metro Arts program for aspiring artists closes this week with a celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, in the District of Rock Island's Arts Alley. The young-adult participants in the five-week program were paid apprentices in one of five areas: graphic novels, kinetic sculpture, contemporary music composition and performance, kite design, and mural design.

A.C. Reed: 1989

Aaron Moore: 1997

Albert Collins: 1993

Algia Mae Hinton: 2001

Alley Gaiters: 1986

Alvin "Little Pink" Anderson: 2002

Alvin Youngblood Hart: 1998, 2002

Andy Bush: 1993

Ann Peebles: 1992

Ann Rabson: 1999, 2004

Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets Featuring Sam Meyers: 1988, 1995

Anthony Gomes: 2001

Archie Edwards: 1993

Armstrong, Bogan, & Armstrong: 1989

Aron Burton & Jack Johnson: 1995

Audrey & The Blue Kats: 1991

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The Tablerockers - 5 p.m.

The current band is based in northwest Arkansas and premiered in December of 2001. It features Jason Davis on guitar and vocals, Texas native David Watson on drums, and Larry Boehmer on bass.

Joe Price - 5 p.m.

Joe Price comes from Waterloo, where he first began to play slide guitar using a slide he sawed from the handlebars of a neighbor's bike. Pretty old-school for an Iowa boy.

He found his way to Iowa City, where he managed to solidify his craft when blues legends such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Honey Boy Edwards, and Hound Dog Taylor passed through town on their Midwest tours.

The Mercury Brothers - 2 p.m.

The Mercury Brothers are Memphis-bound in early 2006 to compete in the International Blues Challenge after winning the local blues challenge and the Iowa Blues Challenge.

Deacon Burton & the Victory Travelers - 2 p.m.

Starting in 1991 with the Blind Boys of Alabama, top-notch gospel choirs have been featured at Mississippi Valley Blues Festivals. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society learned about the Victory Travelers thanks to Otis Clay.

The Soul Searchers - 2 p.m.

The Des Moines Register calls them "the band that's obviously meant to play the blues." Since the early '90s, the Soul Searchers have done just that for fans across Iowa.

Daniel Burnside - 2 p.m.

Opening on the tent stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday will be Blue Grass, Iowa's own Daniel Burnside. Originally from Como, Mississippi, Daniel is the son of legendary bluesman R.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is poised to lose more than 45 percent in federal funding from its 2006 budget. This is a result of a vote by the House Appropriations Subcommittee. This subcommittee vote is a result of pressure on Congress to hold down spending due to enormous federal deficits.

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