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  • Virtual Presentation: “Behind the Scenes at 'Firing Line,'” February 25

    A special presentation in the 3rd Thursdays at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum series – this one taking place on the 4th Thursday of the month – the Davenport Public Library hosts the virtual program Behind the Scenes at 'Firing Line' on February 25, with Herbert Hoover's great-grandchild Margaret Hoover detailing how she was able to reboot the popular PBS series and pull in amazing guests to interview.

  • QCA Today: February 25, 2021

    This feature lists all headlines with links to the articles by date/time published online by Quad Cities-area media outlets and the state-politics sections of the Des Moines Register and the State Journal-Register.  

    Visit QCAToday.com for a variation on this theme with curated-for-local-content, and categorized headlines from expanded sources.  

  • Virtual Presentation – “Everett Dirksen: His Humble Upbringing & Lasting Legacy,” February 28

    A special presentation on the famed member of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, the virtual program Everett Dirksen: His Humble Upbringing & Lasting Legacy will be hosted by the German American Heritage Center on February 28, with presenter Tiffany White speaking on Dirksen's life, accomplishments, and crucial work in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1969.

  • Rodney Carrington, March 5

    Making an eagerly anticipated stop at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center in support of his chart-topping album Get Em Out, comedian and singer/songwriter Rodney Carrington shares his standup and vocal talents in two performances on March 5, demonstrating the country-themed gifts that have made him an internationally touring crowd favorite and platinum-selling recording artist.

  • Virtual Presentation: “The Fall of Berlin,” March 7

    On March 7, Army Sustainment Command Historian Kevin Braafladt will host a special virtual program for the German American Heritage Center, with his presentation The Fall of Berlin detailing the strategic fighting that led to the last days of the World War II, and the surrender negotiations between the Allies and the German government that officially ended the war in Europe.

  • Power Broke: The State House Career of Michael Madigan (1971-2021)

    “The 22nd District is a garden,” then-House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters several years ago when asked about his House district. Some thought it was funny, but he was serious. And he’s most definitely the head gardener. I’ve often said that Madigan, who officially resigned from the House on February 18 after more than 50 years in office, ran the Speaker’s office like he ran his ward and district offices. The House was an even bigger garden than his home turf.

  • Julian Assange in 2020
    Assange Prosecution, Launched by Trump Justice Department, Will Continue Under Biden

    The Justice Department under President Joe Biden plans to continue the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that was launched under President Donald Trump. "We continue to seek his extradition," Justice Department spokesperson Marc Raimondi told Reuters days before February 12 – the deadline for the United States government to submit its "grounds for appeal." The statement represents a departure from President Barack Obama's administration, which declined to prosecute Assange. Justice Department officials were reportedly concerned about the threat it would pose to press freedom.

  • Can State Republicans Outflank State Dems with a Trojan-Horse Maneuver?

    While the House Republicans made some decent points last week when arguing against the Chamber’s new rules, they all but dismissed some pretty darned historic changes. For years, decades even, the House Republicans have argued for leadership term-limits. House Speaker Michael Madigan rebuffed them at every single turn. Heck, Speaker Madigan retaliated against members of his own party who dared broach the subject.

  • Can Pritzker Cultivate State-Democrat Support Serving as a Lightning Rod?

    The immediate partisan reaction to the governor’s reversal on whether legislators should be allowed to be vaccinated during Phase 1B was fairly predictable.

  • Speaker Welch’s New Chair List Has "A Lot of Consistency”

    Just a couple of weeks into a job that most people couldn’t imagine being held by anyone other than the guy who had it for decades, Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is putting together a House that looks both familiar and different at the same time. Speaker Welch’s first week included a rollout of his new leadership team, with a Black woman as Speaker Pro Tempore and fresh faces throughout. By the third week, we’ll see committee membership rosters and vice chairs. The following week will be the new rules.

  • Virtual Performance: “First Date,” February 26 through 28

    Described by the Associated Press as “a madcap mashup of musical styles and lyrics blazing with one-liners,” the Broadway musical comedy First Date enjoys virtual City Circle Theatre Company performances February 26 through 28, this presentation hosted by the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts praised by the Hollywood Reporter for its “genuine wit and musical flair.”

  • Virtual Performance: “Alice in Wonderland,” February 20 through 28

    Continuing its 69th season of theatre “for kids, by kids,” Davenport Junior Theatre will present its second virtual production with the February 20 through 28 run of Alice in Wonderland, a charming and imaginative version of the Lewis Carroll storybook classic boasting a script by the organization's former artistic director Daniel D.P. Sheridan.

  • Virtual Performance: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” March 4 through 7

    Lauded by the New York Times as an “extraordinary accomplishment” that “becomes a virtuoso study in sensory overload,” the Tony Award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be produced by Augustana College in a virtual presentation available March 4 through 7, with playwright Simon Stephens' exhilarating stage piece described by Time magazine as “a demonstration of the power of theatre to transport us to exotic places.”

  • Virtual Performance: “Stages,” March 5 through 21

    Deemed “extraordinary” by the London Times and “seriously funny” by the Charleston City Paper, David Lee Nelson's one-man-show Stages will be available for March 5 through 21 viewing in a virtual presentation by Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, the late writer/star's final offering a work that, the Charleston City Paper continues, “gives the audience a glimpse of a man wrestling with his fate, coming to grips with a death sentence, and yet accepting it with humbling joviality.”

  • River Cities' Reader Theatre Reviews: July 2000 to the Present

    Reviews by Jeff Ashcraft, Patricia Baugh-Riechers, Audra Beals, Pamela Briggs, Dee Canfield, Kim Eastland, Emily Heninger, Heather Herkelman, Paula Jolly, Victoria Navarro, Mark Ruebling, Mike Schulz, Joy Thompson, Oz Torres, Brent Tubbs, Jill (Pearson) Walsh, and Thom White.

  • Virtual Performance: “Ireland with Michael Londra,” February 26

    An early St. Patrick's Day bash boasting an acclaimed, Emmy Award-nominated Irish tenor, the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center hosts a virtual performance of Ireland with Michael Londra on February 26, treating audiences to a celebration of Irish culture, heritage, and glorious music from the comfort of their homes.

  • WVIK/QCSO Signature Series III: “For America,” February 27

    Presented by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and public-radio station WVIK in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's eagerly awaited For America, that exhibition title is shared with the latest presentation in the WVIK/QCSO Signature Series – a concert event, taking place at the Figge on February 27, boasting the talents of Emily Nash on violin, Bruno Silva on viola, and Kit Polen on bass.

  • Virtual Concert – QCSO Masterworks V: “A Little Night Music,” March 7

    Two of the most prolific and notable composers of all time will be the focus of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's fifth virtual presentation in the musicians' 2020-21 Masterworks series, with the March 7 presentation A Little Night Music showcasing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's spirit-lifting Serenade in G major, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Johannes Brahms' rich, enchanting Serenade No. 2, op. 16.

  • Nraakors, “Hoppel Poppel”

    It took me, like, a minute into the first track on Iowa City experimental rock crew Nraakors’ album Hoppel Poppel to decide that I frickin' love this band.

  • Troll Trax Studios: Slop Fountain's “Sloppy Seconds” and Meat Crayon's “Drunken Doodles”

    Troll Trax Studios’ fiery compilation of Quad Cities technical death metal and grind core titled The Cave Compilation landed in January and laid out an entire roster of like-minded Midwest metal freaks that all proved capable of shredding our guts to pieces.

  • Fern Affairs: “Nomandland,” “Land,” and “I Care a Lot”

    Nomadland is a true anomaly: a low-key slice of life that's shot, and feels, like an epic. And it's a thing of singular, wondrous beauty no matter how you watch it – though maybe not if you watch it on your phone.

  • “Boyz N the Hood”: 30th-Anniversary Screenings: February 28 and March 3

    Serving as the second cinematic presentation in Fathom Events' seventh-annual TCM Big Screen Classics series, the iconic coming-of-age saga Boyz N the Hood celebrates its 30th anniversary with February 28 and March 3 screenings at Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, the popular drama famed for making then-24-year-old John Singleton both the youngest person ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar and the first African American ever cited in that category.

  • Misery Loves Company – Notes on a (Kind of) Quadruple Feature: “Minari,” “Judas & the Black Messiah,” “The Mauritanian,” and “The World to Come”

    The completist in me is so delighted to be catching four new movies – three of them recently nominated for Golden Globe and/or Screen Actors Guild Awards – that I don't even mind that the collective titles are tackling subjects such as murder, suicide, imprisonment, torture, spousal abuse, a debilitating stroke, and temperatures even colder than the ones we're currently facing. Okay: I mind a little.

  • Home Affront: “Malcolm & Marie”

    Your overall enjoyment of Sam Levinson's Netflix release will likely depend on whether you view its only two characters as charismatic, damaged souls whose epic meltdowns both mask and reveal their deep love for another, or as helplessly, and hopelessly, gabby, self-centered whiners who just need to put a lid on it already. Levinson's film isn't hard to sit through, and it boasts outstanding individual moments, but it's frequently a pain.

  • Now Playing: Friday, February 26, through Thursday, March 4

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “The Photographic Exploration Project,” through February 25

    With its first photography exhibition since the venue opened in the summer of 2017, Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy treats guests to 43 works from 23 area artists in The Photographic Exploration Project, with the included artists for the exhibit (on display through February 25) ranging “from very talented hobbyists to those that are professional,” according to gallery owner Pat Beréskin. “For our first call to entry for photography, we are quite pleased with the quality of the results.”

  • Virtual Presentation: “American Artists' Self-Portraits Then & Now,” February 25

    The fascinating role of portraiture throughout art history will be the subject of a virtual Figge Art Museum presentation on February 25, with American Artists' Self-Portraits Then & Now serving as a companion event – one hosted by recently retired Chief Curator Emerita Brandon Brame Fortune of the National Portrait Gallery – to the Figge's eagerly awaited exhibition For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design.

  • “Young Artists at the Figge,” February 27 through May 16

    Always an eagerly awaited series at the Figge Art Museum, the latest incarnation of Young Artists at the Figge will be on display from February 27 through May 16, with the Davenport venue again celebrating the accomplishments of budding creative talents of local elementary art students whose works will be showcased in six individual exhibits and their accompanying Recognition Days.

  • "A Trip Back in Time: Drew Morton, Peter Mauney, and Mid-Century Artifacts," through February 28

    Examples of multimedia, sculpture, photographs, and less traditionally “artistic” artwork are currently decorating the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with the Moline airport, through February 28, housing a trio of exhibits featuring works by Drew Morton and Peter Mauney, as well as pieces compiled under the category of “Mid-Century Artifacts,” under the blanket title A Trip Back in Time.

  • Virtual Presentation: “Who Was Leila Mechlin?”, March 4

    One of the most influential – albeit mostly unknown – women in American art history will be the subject of a March 4 virtual program presented by the Figge Art Museum, with the Davenport venue hosting Dr. Ranelle Knight-Lueth's Who Was Leila Mechlin?, an exploration on the prominent member of the American Federation of arts who also served as an art critic for the Washington Evening Star and Sunday Star newspapers.