The Open Cities Film Society has a new name :  Open Cities Cinema.  “We wanted a name that reflects our new mission statement—The Quad-Cities’ premiere window to the world, projecting culture, education, and entertainment,” says the organization’s incoming president, Ted Priester. 

The upcoming season also reflects other changes, including a new venue. Open Cities’ 28th season begins Saturday, September 23 and will feature 27 films in four categories:  Award-Winners, British, Favorites, and Quad-City Premieres.  “The Quad-City Premieres movies will be noted films from 2005 and 2006 that haven’t been shown in the area, now that there’s no longer a Brew & View or Rocket Theatre to fill that need,” says Priester. That category includes Junebug, Tristram Shandy, and Water. The season opener will be the Scandinavian classic Babette’s Feast, with other features including M*A*S*H, A Clockwork Orange, The Third Man, Lone Star, A Room with a View, and Stop Making Sense. 


The new venue for the Open Cities Cinema season is the Davenport Public Library at Fairmount Street.  The viewing room has 80 seats, and patrons have access to a well-lit parking lot and refreshments from the library’s Slanted Straw Café.   All films will be shown on Saturday nights, beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  Suggested donations are $5.00 for individual tickets, $3.00 for students showing a college ID, and $45.00 for season tickets, which are available at the door or by calling 563-322-5386.  More information is available at the Open Cities Cinema’s new website:

Besides the film series, Open Cities Cinema has other projects in the works, including co-sponsoring the Avati Film Festival at the Figge Art Museum September 15-17.


for more information contact: Karen McFarland at or Ted Priester at 563-322-5386  


 2006-2007 Open Cities Cinema Season

Sept. 23--     Babette’s Feast

Sept. 30--     North by Northwest

Oct. 7--         Secrets and Lies

Oct. 14--       Junebug

Oct. 21--       Blow-Up

Oct. 28--       The Blue Angel

Nov. 4--        A Room with a View

Nov. 11--       Me and You and Everyone We Know

Nov. 18--       M*A*S*H

Nov. 25--       The King of Comedy

Dec. 2--        The 39 Steps

Dec. 9--        Nine Lives

Dec. 16--      8 ½

Jan. 6--         A Clockwork Orange

Jan. 13--       Tristram Shandy

Jan. 20--       Barton Fink

Jan. 27--       Brazil

Feb. 3--        The Third Man

Feb. 10--      L’Enfant

Feb. 17--      All About Eve

Feb. 24--      Lone Star

Mar. 3--        Topsy Turvy

Mar. 10--      Wah-Wah

Mar. 17--      Mephisto

Mar. 24--      Stop Making Sense

Mar. 31--      The Go-Between

Apr. 7--         Water


The QC First Fridays Family invite you to their "Coming ART" party Friday, September 1st from 6P-10P at the Isle of Capri, 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Watch as they "paint the town red" with the talents of Quad City artists specializing in contemporary and modern art.  Mr. Jesse Adams of Rock Island High School and others will be prominently featured.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the world-renowned jazz duo "Boris & Tony."

Admission will be in the form of donations, and all proceeds will be contributed to the September 11th Disaster Relief Fund.

All professionals must attend!  Come out and continue building professional and personal relationships at this social networking event.  Drawings will be held for prizes, and we ask that individuals bring announcements or advertisement paraphernalia promoting their business, company and/or organization for us to display.  For more information, contact Hiram Harris at 563-391-9693 or 678-588-2799 or e-mail (  "QC First Fridays - Mixing Business With Pleasure!"



Rude Punch to perform at Ya Maka My Weekend


Rude Punch, a high energy Reggae/Rock band out of the Quad Cities, will be performing at Ya Maka My Weekend Saturday August 19th at 12:00-2:30 on the East stage.  Come enjoy original Reggae/Rock tunes as well as covers from bands like Sublime, Bob Marley, Slightly Stoopid, etc..  Come enjoy music from the islands with Rude Punch.

The Adaptors and Elbow at RIBCO Saturday August 26th, doors at 9pm. 

From the mid 90's when "indie" was still a fresh word, comes a reunion of two bands that is long overdue. The Adaptors, which included 3 of the 4 members of Driver of the Year, and Donnie Bobb (the Vow, Parlet, The Paradise Boys) will take the stage at RIBCO on Saturday August 26th with old friends Elbow, who play(ed) an unrelenting form of cosmic, long haired post punk/pre metal not often heard today, but much needed.


 It's been over ten years since these bands lit up the places like The Cavern, The Slowfish, or RIBCO together in front of hordes of beer swilling, angst ridden Quad Citizens. Well, they're back and it's for a good cause, so put on your Dinosaur Jr. shirt, grab the Otis cassette from the shoebox, and get down to RIBCO for a garaunteed helluva good time!




Friday, August 18th

Tight Phantomz with Meth & Goats and ElNo (aka Leon)

Don't miss this Chicago indie rock band. In early 2004, TIGHT PHANTOMZ was voted Best Rock Entertainer at the 23rd Annual Chicago Music Awards and have recently been invited to participate in Brendan Canty's "Burn To Shine" DVD series with other Chicago artists such as Wilco, Tortoise and Shellac, just to name a few.

-----> More info: Friday, August 18th - Tight Phantomz ( with local bands Meth & Goats ( ElNo (aka Leon) - $6 Cover - Show starts @ 10 PM - 18 + Up - for more info visit


Friday, August 25th

Family Values After Party

Why go home? After the Family Values show continue the party at Penguin's with local bands, great drink specials + more!

-----> More info: Friday, August 25th - With Arms Crossed ( + more! - $5 Cover - Show starts @ 10 PM - 18 + Up - for more info visit


Tuesday, August 29th

An Albatross w/ Guerrilla Cadets - Killer Bear - The Ballet - Lazer Mountain

An Albatross (PENNSYLVANIA psychedelic hardcore) promises to incite a feel-good riot of a time; a psychedelic sonic orgasm. On tour after their June 2006 release of Blessphemy (of the Peace Beast Feast Giver and the Bear Warp Kumite).

-----> More info: Tuesday, August 29th - An Albatross ( w/ Guerrilla Cadets ( ) - Killer Bear ( The Ballet ( - Lazer Mountain ( - $6 Cover - Show starts @ 9 PM - (age requirment to be determined) - for more info visit

ImageDue to the illness of their lead singer, Sugarland has cancelled Saturday night's concert at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport.  Long-time Quad City favorite Sawyer Brown has agreed to perform in Sugarland's place at the 8pm concert.



HERSONG, the Quad Cities Women’s Chorus will be holding Open Sings on Thursday September 7 beginning at 7pm.  Open Sings will be held each Thursday during September at St John’s Lutheran Church located at 4501 7th Ave in Rock Island. Hersong needs singers and non-singers. Singing membership is open to women age 18 or older.  Non singing membership is open to men and women 18 years or older.  Non singing members provide technical assistance, marketing, administrative and other behind the scenes support to the chorus.  If you would like to learn more about Hersong or are interested in joining, please attend the Open Sings. 


The Hersong philosophy is to promote and develop women’s music as a significant expression of strength, dignity and sisterhood of all women, as well as social justice, world peace, cultural diversity, healing of the environment and harmony among all people and beings of Earth.


For general information, please call 866-746-4482 or visit the website at  For booking information, call 877-266-5474. 

Rude Punch on the Plaza at the RME


Saturday, August 5th Rude Punch will be performing live on the Plaza at the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport.  In cooperation with the Davenport One sponsored Art Stroll, Rude Punch will be playing outdoors on the Plaza, beginning at 7:30.  Rude Punch plays a unique blend of contemporary Reggae music mixed with roots style rock that results in a sound similar to bands like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid.  A heavy Reggae vibe combined with edgy guitar licks and rock rythyms make Rude Punch a band that you need to hear to truely appreciate.  You'll find yourself swaying and rocking to the beat and before long you'll be on the dance floor having the time of your life.

Make the RME plaza your destination this Saturday, August 5th, and be prepared to thoroughly enjoy a yourself.  You'll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.


Rude Punch to open for Blue Island Tribe at the Redstone Room


Rude Punch, a local reggae/rock band, will be opening for regional Reggae favorite Blue Island Tribe at the Redstone Room this Friday, July 28th.  Come and enjoy a night of sweet reggae vibes and be prepared to dance the night away.  With influences from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Slightly Stoopid and 311, Rude Punch is a perfect complement to the amazing sound of Blue Island Tribe.  It should be an unforgettable show.  Doors open at 9:00 and admission is only $5.00.