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second bracelet will be strung on flexible wire
Iowa, 220 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA,
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simple way to create beautiful images by
and made with handmade glass and Swarovski, 1pm Thu Mar 26.
drawing structured patterns while entering into or call 309-794-7306,
crystals; you will learn how to use crimp beads
Make Three Pairs of Earrings: Intro to
Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th
a relaxed and focused meditative state; $35; for
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Wirework, with instructor Karen Kubby; two
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information and to register, e-mail ethomas@
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wirework skills will be practiced and used to
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Iowa, 220 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA,
make three pairs of earrings; the first skill is
Match 65 Party: Jason Carl & the Whole
Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids,, 10am Sat Mar 28.
making a closed wrapped loop that allows you
Damn Band - The Mercury Brothers - The
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to make earrings and pendants; the second
Curtis Hawkins Band, concert party to
13+; express your selfie self by tracing style
skill is making a closed wrapped loop inside of
celebrate the 65th Birthday of RME Member
that represents who you are, or who you wish
a closed loop, allowing you to attach dangles
Rusty Unterzuber, with Rusty matching 65 cents
to become; $25; for information and to register,
Call for Entry: Heart to Art: Genesis
to chains; you will make earrings from glass,
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e-mail or call 319-366-7503,
Heart Institute Show, seeking visual art,
stone, pearls, and Swarovski crystals; $55; for
call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE,
photography, mixed media, and sculpture
information and to register, call 319-338-1566,
Main St, Davenport, IA, RiverMusicExperience.
Cedar Rapids, IA,, 5:30pm Thu Apr 2.
depicting heart health, things close to your
Beadology Iowa, 220 E Washington St, Iowa
org, 7:30pm Sat Mar 21.
Selfie Series: Fashion Forward, for ages
heart, or your interpretation of Heart to Art;
City, IA,, 1pm Sat Mar 28.
The Spinners, concert with the soul-music
7-12; express your selfie self by tracing style
submit one digital image per submission
Make Two Bracelets: Intro to Stringing,
vocal group; for information, call 800-724-5825,
that represents who you are, or who you wish
via email or on CD/DVD; images should be
with instructor Cheryl Weatherford; you
to become; $25; for information and to register,
presented in JPEG format with image size
will make two bracelets using two different
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by Roderick T. Long

Secret Service Incident Highlights Double Standard

magine the following scenario: Youre

driving along one fine evening, pretty
thoroughly drunk, and ram your car
through police tape and into a barricade.
Suppose further that the barricade youve
smashed into is in front of the White
House. For good measure, lets add that
the police tape you broke was marking off
an active crime scene an ongoing bomb
investigation, which youve now dangerously disrupted.
The cops quickly approach your car.
What are your chances of avoiding arrest,
or worse?
Oh wait. I forgot to mention that youre
a Secret Service agent. So it turns out you
dont get shot, or Tased, or roughed up, or
slapped in jail, or even detained. You just
go home.
Precisely this scenario unfolded on
March 4, with two seemingly intoxicated
Secret Service agents crashing into a
barricade at the east entrance to the White
House grounds, nearly running over a
suspicious object that agents on the scene
were in the course of investigating as a
possible bomb.
Officers on duty wanted to arrest the
two or give them sobriety tests, but they

were instructed by a
supervisor to let them
go. The Secret Service
agents have been placed
in non-supervisory,
non-operational (but
presumably paid)
positions pending
further investigation.
What are the odds
that this would have
happened to you or me?
Predictably, the
incident has led to
renewed calls for major
reforms to the Secret Service. But the
double standard leniency for the elite
in-group, severity for the rest of us is
inherent in the system and cannot be
corrected by mere reforms.
Implicit in the idea of a governmental
police force, from the Secret Service down
to your local beat cop, is inequality of
rights. Police by definition are supposed
to have rights that other people dont
have: rights to stop, search, or incarcerate
peaceful people, and to use deadly force
against those who resist.
But as long as this double standard is

inherent in the police

system as such, all
attempts to reform the
system are destined to
fail, whether in Staten
Island, in Ferguson, or
in the Secret Service.
So long as power
corrupts, and attracts
the corruptible, any
system characterized
by inequality of
rights renders abuse
inevitable. Reforms
that target only the
symptoms (abuses) and not their root
cause (unequal rights) will achieve, at
best, only limited success.
The right to use force in defense of
oneself or others is a basic and universal
human right. But the rights that police
claim for themselves go beyond this.
Tossing someone in jail for smoking a
joint, or shooting them when they resist
being thus kidnapped, cannot plausibly be
construed as defense.
And anything a cop is allowed to do
that an ordinary citizen is not carry a
gun, perform arrests, and so on violates

Anything a cop is
allowed to do that
an ordinary citizen
is not carry a gun,
perform arrests, and so
on violates the basic
equality of rights.

the basic equality of rights enshrined in

the Declaration of Independence (all men
are created equal) and the Constitution
(equal protection of the laws).
If we do not wish to perpetuate a twotiered system of justice, any purported
right must either be extended to all or
denied to all.
Theres nothing wrong with a group of
people choosing careers specializing in
rights-protection. But it makes no more
sense to give such people special rights,
rights denied the rest of us, than it does
to give professional bakers the right to
prevent you from baking bread in your
kitchen. A free society cannot recognize
special rights enjoyed by some and denied
to others.
So long as we permit the double
standard inherent in a system of
government police, abuses will continue,
and reforms will founder.
Roderick T. Long is professor of philosophy
at Auburn University and president of the
Molinari Institute and Molinari Society.
He is a senior fellow at the Center for a
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by Rich Miller

Child-Care Savings Based on

Magic Assumptions

uried deep within Governor Bruce

Rauners proposed budget plan for
next fiscal year is yet another claimed
savings that might not actually save any
money, and could easily wind up costing
the state more.
The governor proposes to save $108
million by discontinuing child-care services
provided by relatives in the childs or
relatives home.
At first glance, that
cut might look prudent.
Why should the state pay
grandma to babysit her
own grandkid? Is that
some sort of scam? Go to
any right-wing blog, and
youll occasionally see
stories bashing this whole
But those payments
are designed to help
low-income parents go
to school and work their
way out of poverty. So by pulling those
payments, grandma could lose her income
and may very well have to find a different
part-time job, meaning the parent then has
to search for another provider and the state
saves no money.
And because relatives who provide child
care are exempt from all state licensing
requirements, that child could end up at a
licensed day-care provider, which costs the
state a whole lot more money.
Its simple math. The rate the state pays
for relative care, for care in the childs home,
and for license-exempt day-care homes is
$16.22 per day.
But the rates paid for licensed day-care
centers vary from $33.53 per day in parts
of Downstate to $46.49 per day in Chicago
and the collar counties. So were talking
about the potential of almost tripling the
price per child in the region where most
people live.
License-exempt day-care centers and
licensed day-care homes are cheaper, but
theyre still substantially more expensive
than relative care, ranging from $29.20 per
day in parts of Downstate all the way up to
$40.50 in Chicago and the suburbs.
And even if the state ends up paying for
non-relative care in the kids own homes or
at a license-exempt home day-care provider,
it costs the state the exact same money as its
paying now. So why even bother with this?
Simply by eliminating one class of
care, we dont necessarily eliminate those
children from the system, explained Megan
Meyer, spokesperson for the Ounce of

Prevention Fund which just happens to be

run by the governors wife. Some families
certainly may opt out, but others may
choose licensed home or center-based care,
all of which are more expensive.
Emily Miller with Voices for Illinois
Children was far more blunt. Obviously
I cant speak for the governor, but perhaps
the governor thinks that someone else like
a child-care [provider]
wont care for the kid,
and the current childcare provider will just
continue to do it and not
get paid. I dont see why
that would happen. But
there are a lot of magic
assumptions in this
Yes, there are a
whole lot of magic
assumptions in the
governors budget.
The thing is chock full
of wishful thinking, like the $2.2 billion
in savings from a pension-reform plan
savings that can only be realized if its
implemented by July 1 and isnt halted by
an inevitable lawsuit. Its an impossible fairy
Now its true that some relatives might
very well volunteer to take care of the kids
for free. That would be a great thing for the
state, which wouldnt have to pick up the
tab. But were talking about economically
distressed parents here, and they tend to
come from poor families. So while some
money could be saved, it most certainly
wont be $108 million.
The governors proposal, by the way,
would also phase out child-care subsidies
for kids six and older.
Over time, the total number of children
who would lose access is about 65,000,
said Miller of Voices for Illinois Children.
Thats how many kids there are age six to
12 who are currently enrolled. Its over time
because children over five who are already
enrolled will continue to be as long as they
remain enrolled.
Whatever you think about that proposed
cut, at least it will produce the savings
intended, as well as more future savings as
its phased in. So kudos for accuracy. Maybe
not so much for humanity.
I asked the governors press office for
comment on all of these issues but never
heard back.

Those payments are

designed to help lowincome parents go
to school and work
their way out of

Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily

political newsletter) and


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hen Iowas motor-fuel tax

increased by 10 cents a gallon on March 1, it represented a road that was both brave and
It was also stupid, for two key
reasons: Raising the gas tax doesnt
fully address the funding need for
critical road improvements, and
over time it will provide less and less
money while road-construction costs
continue to increase.
Despite that, the hike was still
brave, because raising taxes is never
popular among voters especially
when they feel the pain every time
they visit the gas pump. The Des
Moines Register has polled Iowans
about a gas-tax hike for the past five
years. While the amount of the hike
in the question has varied over the
years, opposition to an increase was
70 percent in 2011. Opposition has
eroded since then, but it was still 58
percent in February 2014.
Which leads us to opportunistic.
Mirroring national trends, from July
2014 to early 2015 gas prices dropped
from more than $3.50 per gallon in
the Quad Cities and Des Moines to
under $2, according to GasBuddy.
Prices have risen since then but
are still more than a dollar cheaper
than in mid-2014, so legislators
saw a window of opportunity. The
February 2015 Des Moines Register
poll found 48 percent support for
a 10-cent gas-tax hike and only 50
percent opposition and the cost
of fuel was certainly a factor in that
The timing was great in political
terms, too, just after a statewideelection cycle. The problem of
deteriorating roads and bridges
and the choice for a solution had
been on the table since late 2011,
but theres nothing like the longest
period of time before an election
to spur legislators into unpopular
So the 10-cent increase in the gas tax
was pushed quickly through the legislature
last month and was signed by Governor
Terry Branstad. The hike was introduced
in the House and Senate as study bills on
February 10 and was signed into law 15
days later. (See the accompanying sidebar
on how local legislators voted.)
The sooner you can do this, the more
the pain will subside by the time you have
to get out and start talking to voters and
campaign again, said Drew Klein, Iowa

ram[ming] it down our throat. ...

If we are going to do this, lets
have an open discussion about
it rather than using procedural
maneuvers to just get where we want
to go.
Americans for Prosperity had
an alternative proposal (which Ill
discuss later), but Klein said there
was little opportunity to present it.
We didnt realize the time line was
so short, he said. Three weeks is
a pretty short time to try to raise
the awareness of an issue that big
statewide when the ball is already
rolling in a different direction. ...
There was a failure on our part as
well to start having that discussion
and to amplify that discussion of
other options sooner.
Thats politics. Lets instead focus
on the stupidity.
It was simply finding a Band-Aid
they could slap on the problem,
Klein said.
First, legislators swallowed a bitter
pill that all but ensures more bitter
pills to come. The Iowa Department
of Transportation calculated in 2011
that critical surface-transportationinfrastructure needs will cost $215
million annually for 20 years beyond
projections for current revenue
sources. The gas-tax hike will raise
$204 million next fiscal year, and the
number goes downhill from there.
At the end of year number one, it
does not cover the $215 million that
n February 24 , the Iowa Senate approved Senate File 257 by a 28-21
they need, said state Senator Roby
margin. The Iowa House then approved the measure 53-46 the same day.
Smith, a Republican from Davenport
who voted against the tax hike. Its
Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill on February 25.
a plan that doesnt even sustain itself
Heres how Scott County legislators voted.
for one year by raising it a dime.
Yes: Senator Rita Hart (D-Wheatland), Representative Cindy Winckler
Even if gas-tax revenues stabilize
(D-Davenport), Representative Jim Lykam (D-Davenport), Representative Linda
at $195 million after Fiscal Year
Miller (R-Bettendorf), Representative Norlin Mommsen (R-DeWitt).
2020 the last year calculated in the
No: Senator Roby Smith (R-Davenport), Senator Joe Seng (D-Davenport),
legislations fiscal-impact estimation
Senator Chris Brase (D-Muscatine), Representative Phyllis Thede (D-Bettendorf),
the tax hike leaves a 20-year
Representative Ross Paustian (R-Walcott).
shortfall of $371 million.
And if revenues from the gas-tax
hike drop 1 percent a year and
state director of Americans for Prosperity
Certainly, theres a need for us to
projections have them falling more
which opposed the tax increase.
prioritize roads and bridges, Klein said.
than that in the second, third, and fourth
Making the tax hike a reality still
But the process in the Iowa legislature,
full fiscal years the two-decade funding
required some political maneuvering. Iowa he said, was truncated for a pocketbook
gap would be more than $540 million.
House Speaker Kraig Paulsen swapped
bill that also had elements beyond the
In that diminishing-returns scenario,
out two Republican members of the
fuel-tax increase. While its true that the
fully eliminating the shortfall for critical
Ways & Means committee on the day the
core concept of the legislation has been
infrastructure over 20 years would have
committee was scheduled to vote on the
discussed for years, that has taken several necessitated raising the gas tax roughly 12
increase a move to ensure the legislation
different forms. ... We didnt have very
cents per gallon instead of 10 cents. (And
moved forward on the schedule preferred
long to ... examine the bill itself. Paulsen,
thats before inflation is factored into the
by legislative leaders. (Paulsen claimed he
he noted, artificially shorten[ed] the time
merely wanted the full House to have an
that we had ... to examine that bill ... by
Second, the shrinking revenues
opportunity to debate and vote on the bill.) rearranging committees, with the effect of projected for the gas-tax hike hint at the

A Band-Aid
for Roads

Iowas Gas-Tax Hike Is a ShortTerm Fix for a Long-Term Problem

How Quad Cities Legislators Voted on the Gas Tax

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fundamental problem with fuel taxes as a
major revenue stream for infrastructure
Simply put, motor-fuel taxes are the old
way of funding infrastructure, eroded and
made less fair by increasing fuel efficiency
in vehicles.
Iowas gas-tax hike is understandable
as a quick fix. But because its a quick
fix, the legislature should now begin
evaluating longer-term solutions funding
mechanisms that would be fairer and more
sustainable, and that would likely need to
be revisited less often.
Illinois lawmakers should begin a
similar process, because the state is facing
a similar infrastructure-funding shortfall
made worse by the fact that motor-fueltax revenues in the state arent required to
be used for road construction and repairs.
Iowas gas-tax revenues are constitutionally
required to be used on roads.

The Cost of Fuel Taxes

According to the Tax Foundation,

2011 road spending by local and state
governments totaled $2.1 billion in Iowa
and $7.1 billion in Illinois.
State motor-fuel excise taxes are
one funding source used to fund road
construction and maintenance. In 2011,
state fuel excise taxes generated $448
million in Iowa and nearly $1.5 billion
in Illinois, the Tax Foundation found.
State license fees in both states provided
a roughly comparable amount of road
funding, and the State of Illinois also
collected nearly $700 million in tolls and
other fees from drivers. Combined, those
are the state user fees that fund a large
portion of road projects.
In Iowa, the excise tax on gasoline is
now 31 cents per gallon, up from 21 cents.
The excise tax on gasoline blended with
at least 10 percent ethanol is now 29 cents
per gallon, up from 19 cents. And the
excise tax on diesel fuel is now 32.5 cents
per gallon, up from 22.5 cents.
Illinois has a 19-cent excise tax on gas
and 21.5-cent tax on diesel.
Dyed diesel fuel used for offroad purposes such as farming and
construction is exempt from the fuel tax
in both Iowa and Illinois.
Beyond the state fuel tax, the federal
government levies an 18.4-cent-per-gallon
excise tax on gasoline and a 24.4-cent-pergallon tax on diesel.
Illinois also subjects fuel to its sales tax,
although a portion of that is exempted for
ethanol blends and biodiesel.
With all federal and state taxes
and fees combined, the American
Petroleum Institute found a January 2015

Legislators swallowed a
bitter pill that all but ensures
more bitter pills to come.
taxation rate for gasoline of 40.4 cents per
gallon in Iowa and 49.1 cents per gallon
in Illinois with a national average of
48.2 cents per gallon. (Because it applies
sales tax to gasoline, Illinois taxation rate
will be higher than that figure with prices
above the January 2015 lows.)
With its gas-tax hike, then, Iowa has
gone from well under the average in
its taxation rate to slightly higher than
In both Iowa and Illinois, a car that
gets 25 miles per gallon of fuel will cost
its driver roughly two cents in total fuel
taxes and fees per mile driven. If you drive
15,000 miles per year, fuel taxes cost you
roughly $300 each year.
The gas-tax hike in Iowa for a car that
gets 25 miles per gallon and drives 15,000
miles per year represents increased costs of
$60 per year.

The Need for More


The urgency with which the gas-tax

legislation moved through the Iowa
General Assembly this year is ironic
considering that the idea had languished
for more than three years. The Governors
Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory
Commission (CAC) in November 2011
recommended raising the states gasoline
tax by 8 to 10 cents per gallon.
Its final report summarized that it is
... a tremendous challenge for the state,
cities, and counties to maintain and
improve this [public roadway] system
given flattening revenue [in road funds],
lost buying power, changing demands on
the system, severe weather, and an aging
The core of the problem is that the
public roadway system is deteriorating at
a rapid rate due to the age of the system.
Much of Iowas public roadway system
was built or modernized in the 1940s,
1950s, and 1960s, which means there is a
wave of infrastructure needs that require
significant reinvestment due to their life
Conditions have been made
worse, the report said, by weather:

Exceptional winter seasons have

produced heavy snowfall and many
freeze-thaw cycles. This has greatly
accelerated pavement and supporting
roadbed damage to all roadways.
According to the Reason Foundations
September 2014 Report on the
Performance of State Highway Systems,
Iowa in 2012 was in or near the bottom
third of states on rural arterial pavement
condition (40th), urban interstate
pavement condition (37th), deficient
bridges (35th), and urban interstate/
freeway congestion (32nd). The state
ranked 18th overall by the foundations
measures, buoyed largely by aboveaverage scores in disbursements.
(Illinois basically has the opposite
problem of Iowa. The state ranked 27th
overall, but it scored better in road
condition and poorer in disbursements.
In other words, Iowa has a larger
condition problem, and Illinois has a
larger funding problem.)
So Iowa has real needs for
infrastructure improvements. According
to a 2011 assessment by the Iowa
Department of Transportation, total
20-year road needs beyond existing state
funding were $32.5 billion or more
than $1.6 billion a year. The $215-million
annual additional-funding figure
discussed in conjunction with the gas-tax
hike represents money only for critical
needs totaling $4.3 billion over 20
Inflation has been a major factor in the
shortfall. The 2011 CAC report states that
from 2004 to 2008, the construction-cost
index in Iowa grew by 67 percent, the
largest five-year increase in construction
costs since the measure has been tracked.
This is mirrored in national trends, as
the U.S. Department of Transportations
National Highway Construction Cost
Index reflected costs between 20 and 37
percent higher compared to March 2003
for the period from September 2005 to
December 2008. Costs in September 2014
were 13 percent higher than in March
The money pot has certainly grown
in Iowa. From 1997 to 2010, road-fund
revenues grew from $856 million to $1.2

billion 40-percent growth over 13 years.

However, adjusted for inflation in
construction costs, the 2010 revenues
were the 1997 equivalent of $648 million
a buying-power drop of more than
24 percent over those 13 years, nearly
entirely since 2003. (Cumulatively, the
road funds over that period were $888
million less in 1997 dollars than if the
state had $856 million each year, again in
1997 dollars.)
So how do you close the gap between
needs and funding? The Iowa legislature
opted for the easiest path increasing the
established tax on fuel.

Why Increasing the Gas

Tax Makes Sense

If you drive, you cause wear on

the roads. And if you drive any
conventionally powered automobile, you
buy fuel. Taxes on that fuel fund road
improvements. So fuel taxes are, in many
ways, perfectly sensible.
Its one of the better taxes in that
is tied to use, said Paul F. Hanley, an
associate professor in the University
of Iowas Civil & Environmental
Engineering and Urban & Regional
Planning departments. You can either
opt in or opt out of paying that tax.
If theres a funding shortfall for road
improvements, its logical to increase
taxes on users of those roads to generate
more money. And the gas tax unlike
license fees, for instance is a reasonable
way to raise funds based on actual use.
Furthermore, fuel taxes give states
a mechanism to capture money from
nonresidents who use their roads.
And increasing the motor-fuel tax
increases the incentive to drive a more
fuel-efficient vehicle.
Representative Linda Miller, a
Republican from Bettendorf, used several
of those arguments to justify her vote
in favor of increasing the gas tax. In an
e-mail, she wrote: I felt it was the best
solution for long-term sustainability for
our roads and bridge issues. The current
mechanism may not be perfect in some
peoples eyes, but it is one of the most
fair in terms of distribution, collection,
and constitutional protection. Iowa is a
crossroads state (I-80, I-35, Avenue of the
Saints), and we should have those who
use it pay for it. That includes Iowans and
out-of-state drivers. Iowa is a net exporter
of goods, and we need to have a solid
infrastructure to move those products.

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I Saw a Londoner, I Saw France, I Saw the Lead in His Underpants

The 13th of Paris, at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through March 22

he Playcrafters Barn
Theatres romantic
comedy The 13th of
Paris leans more toward the
romantic than the comedy, yet
remains charming. Director
Dana Moss-Peterson handles
playwright Mat Smarts
examination of imperfect
love held up against idealized
standards with respect for its
eventual moral, and while the
production could undoubtedly be funnier, its not ruined
by the more serious approach
taken here.
Whats beautiful
about Smarts tale are the
unexpected paths his plot takes. As Vincent
(the dashing Jordan Smith) paces about his
grandparents Paris apartment in the 13th
arrondissement, dressed in a full suit except
for shoes and pants, he begs his grandfather
Jacques (Scott Tunnicliff) to reveal the
keys to finding a love like his. Based on
the suitcase of letters Jacques wrote to
Chloe (Lisa Kahn), Vincent presumes
their romance was Parisian perfection.
Vincents own, however, lacks similar
passion, primarily because his girlfriend
Annie (Bailey Hager) doesnt ever get angry
with him. Longing for more emotion from
his relationship yet not getting it, Vincent
has consequently run off to Paris, without
telling Annie, to sort things through.
Smarts script is not without flaws,
though, and its weaknesses also expose
Moss-Petersons. Theres far too much
exposition in the beginning, with Smart
apparently feeling the need to explain
what seems like every detail of Vincents
situation, the apartments significance,
and the history of Jacques and Chloes
relationship. As Smarts early dialogue
drones on and on, Moss-Petersons
too-literal staging is exposed. When
Vincent references the bed in which his
grandparents slept, he crosses the room to
stand next to and gesture toward it. When
he mentions his grandparents, he crosses to
and grabs a photo of the couple. Granted,
Moss-Peterson is obviously trying to do

ending comedies), and here,

Anna Tunnicliff breaks type
and plays a drunken, loudmouthed, chatty friend of
Annie who visits Vincent
along with her husband
William (Tyler Henning).
The actor nails the characters
amusingly annoying nature as
she fawns over Vincent and
stumbles to the apartment
buildings shared bathroom to
have loud sex.
Smith is in fine form as
Vincents internal struggle
Photo by Captured Moment Photos weighs on his heart, evidenced
Anna Tunnicliff and Tyler Henning
by the frustration on the actors
face and the agitation in his
something to match the staging to the
movements. Henning plays William with
script, but this lack of subtlety grated on my
a mix of British politeness and Bohemian
nerves. Once were finally past the lengthy
freedom, while Kahn makes the most of
back stories, however, Moss-Petersons
her every stage moment, even when simply
take on the material unfolds in a much
sitting in the background, writing letters
more natural manner, although the actors
at a caf. (The two featured cafs are the
sometimes seem to meander rather than
highlights of the scenic design, for which
move with purpose.
no one is credited in the program, as their
In terms of The 13th of Paris characters,
locations are clear not only by the whiteI found myself envying Vincent for having
on-black Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty
such a poised, eloquent grandfather
drawings behind them, but the decorative
with whom to talk (and with no
metal bistro table in the Paris caf and midoffense intended to my own, wonderful
century wooden chairs in the American
grandfather). Tunnicliff, dressed smartly in
one.) Hager, too, is noteworthy for avoiding
a pin-stripe suit and appropriate chapeau,
stereotype and portraying Annie as not
commands the stage as he takes a stroll
overly girly, but rather a sincere, matter-ofhere or executes a few dance steps there,
fact kind of woman.
and delivering lines such as Any thought
Fridays performance did suffer a bit
you have without pants is not worth
from pacing issues, as Moss-Peterson
thinking in a flawless French accent,
allowed several moments to breathe for
the actor elicited the majority of Fridays
impact a little sometimes a lot too
relatively few laughs. (The only way
much. Overall, however, I left satisfied
Tunnicliff could be more perfect in the role
with Playcrafters The 13th of Paris. Smarts
would be if he were actually French.) Hes
script hits the right emotions while taking
so good each and every time hes on stage
a journey thats unexpected and ultimately
that almost from the plays start, I lamented
stirring, and while this production misses
that I dont get to see enough of Tunnicliff
its comedic cues, it pulls at the heartstrings
in area productions.
Similarly, I hailed the return of
Tunnicliff s daughter Anna in a featured
The 13th of Paris runs at the Playcrafters
role. I fondly recall her Genesius Guild
Barn Theatre (4950 35th Avenue, Moline)
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through March 22, and more information
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The Mousetrap
is among my
favorites in the
genre, mostly due
to the humor the
author wrote into
it, as well as the
clues she included
that make it possible to actually
discern who did
do it. Although the
Patti Flaherty and Molly McLaughlin
murderers identity
amiss, it would accommodate guests
still comes as something of a shock, the
better than would a complete set. While
game of figuring out the killer remains
Martins Mollie seems emotionally
fun. I just wish the District Theatres
incapable of running a bed-andcurrent production of the piece were as
breakfast, Lords Giles seems to have
no interest whatsoever in doing so,
Unfortunately, director Deb Shippys
and the pair also lacks married-couple
staging of Christies mystery is almost
chemistry; they come across as people
humorless, and without a sense of
living together without the ability to
comicality, this story of guests staying
choose otherwise, which makes Giles
at the newly opened Monkswell Manor
jealousy seem unfounded. Without
with a killer and killer snowstorm on
depth of character and few positive
the loose is a dull affair. Almost all of the
emotions, I found little reason to
actors here play their characters merely
connect with these two, and wondered
as written, rather than fleshing them
why anyone would want to stay in their
out and adding nuance. Mrs. Boyle, for
example, is arguably the character most
Molly McLaughlin plays the welllikely to elicit laughter, and Patti Flaherty
traveled guest Miss Casewell as too
plays this overly critical, impossible-toobviously butch. With her legs, while
please guest, appropriately, as a snobby,
sitting, spread as wide as they could
rich bitch. Yet while Flahertys snooty
possibly be, an emphasized swagger in
delivery garnered laughs from March 6s
her walk, and her deep-voiced deliveries,
audience, I know the actor is capable of
McLaughlin apparently doesnt want
a richer, funnier performance; she seems
any audience member to miss her
to be held back within a rather witless
characters masculinity, which would
staging of Christies play.
be impossible given her lack of subtlety.
Like Flaherty, many of the other
(This Miss Casewell is a caricature
actors appear to have latched onto
rather than an intelligent, well-rounded,
only one or two of their character
mannish woman.) Doug Kutzli makes
attributes rather than layering them
a better impression as the lothario Mr.
with more. Kat Martin, for instance,
Paravicini, an Italian-accented man of
chose earnestness and consternation
questionable behavior. While Kutzlis
for her Mollie, one half of the married
performance is good, his previous stage
couple that runs Monkswell Manor,
work suggests he has the skill to imbue
while Aaron Lord went with angry and
Mr. Paravicini with less slime and more
possessive as Mollies husband Giles. As
suavity, so there would be some question
The Mousetrap progresses, we discover
as to whether or not this primary
that Mollie is running from her past,
suspect is the killer. Bryan Woods Major
but as played, shes incapable of keeping
Metcalf, meanwhile, stands with the
up appearances as a friendly proprietor,
air of a military man while also being
too overcome with a distraught heart.
convivial during his interactions with
Theres no sense of intelligence or
the other characters, but otherwise
business savvy here, even though its
does not stand out, which is surprising
explained that Mollie was smart enough
coming from an actor I generally enjoy
to used mismatched furniture in the
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A Steady Rain, at the QC Theatre Workshop through March 29

want to see
or separately.
Director Tyson
Alan Taylor
Danner stages
bomb on stage,
the piece with
and actually
a pace that
fail to portray a
speeds up or
role well. This
slows down
isnt said out
depending on
of disdain or
the required
emotion while
but because, to
keeping the
date, Ive seen
two actors in
Photo by Shared Light Photography's Jessica Sheridan.
no evidence that
almost constant
Mike Schulz and Thomas Alan Taylor
he can do any
wrong as an actor.
avoiding any potential dull moments
Taylor is an exceptional talent,
for their lack of movement. Lighting
successfully differentiating every single
designer Zach Meyer achieves a similar
one of the roles hes performed in QC
flow, with the lights cross-fading and
Theatre Workshop presentations. He
changing yet doing so in artful ways that
can play drama (2013s A Green River).
never distract from the performance.
He can play comedy (2013s boom and
Even scenic designer Macy Hernandezs
Private Eyes). He can play dramatic
minimalist set is striking, notably for the
comedy (2012s Red). So Id like to see
white pattern of shattered glass painted
him fail just once, because such talent,
on the black floor and partially up the
which is on display yet again in the
rear wall.
Workshops Chicago-cop drama A Steady
While Taylor carries much of the
Rain, seems truly unnatural.
weight of the storys dramatic elements,
In his role as the policeman Denny,
Schulz bears the responsibility of
Taylor not only speaks with a flawless
wielding its emotion. Though his accent
Chicago accent, but carries himself with
tends to waver the more intense his
a demeanor to match his tough-guy
speech gets, Schulz was responsible for
deliveries. Theres a point in the story
the tears that welled up in my eyes at the
in which hes talking about shooting at
climax of the plot. With his slow, careful
a car after a drive-by bullet shattered
delivery laced with obvious heartache (as
his homes front window and critically
evidenced by the tears in Schulzs own
injured his two-year-old son. During
eyes), I had a hard time holding back
his re-telling, Taylor rolls his shoulders
my own emotions, given that I was so
forward, as if he were flexing his lats in a overcome by the feelings Joey both spoke
display of strength, and he is Denny, both of and displayed.
emotionally and physically. I believed
It says something about a production
every word Taylor said at Saturdays
when it leaves you contemplating it on
performance; it was as if he were sharing the way home, haunts your dreams, and
his own experience rather than speaking
occupies your thoughts throughout the
from playwright Keith Huff s script. I
next day, as is the case for me as I write
hurt for Denny throughout A Steady
this review. Im still burdened with the
Rain, especially when he stared at his
heartache instilled in me by the QC
reflection in the sets mirror, forced to
Theatre Workshops A Steady Rain, and
face the acts of perceived heroism that
in awe of the outstanding presentation
may have prevented his son from a fuller of Huff s brilliant script. This one is well
recovery, and when he left a crying
worth the emotional pain it inflicts.
Vietnamese boy in the hands of a man
(Full disclosure: My partner has been a
claiming to be the boys uncle.
Taylors performance is matched by the financial contributor to the QC Theatre
script, which is jaw-droppingly fantastic. Workshop.)
With Huff s tale moving backward
A Steady Rain runs at the QC Theatre
and forward in time, the author fluidly
Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue,
weaves in and out of conversations
Davenport) through March 29, and more
that are either directly spoken between
information and tickets are available
Denny and his patrol partner Joey
by calling (563)650-2396 or visiting
(Reader employee Mike Schulz) or
shared with the audience in tandem

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Movie Reviews

River Cities Reader Vol. 22 No. 878 March 19 - April 1, 2015


by Mike Schulz

Bibbidy-Bobbidi Boon
Given its sumptuous production design
and its array of multi-hued gowns so
breathtaking that costumer Sandy Powell
should just be sent her inevitable Oscar
via express mail, Disneys new, live-action
Cinderella has to be the most opulent deeply
unnecessary movie ever made. Somewhat
unexpectedly, its also one of the more
satisfying deeply unnecessary movies ever
made. Director Kenneth Branaghs fairytale
adaptation, with its script by Chris Weitz,
may have no reason to exist beyond the
obvious mercenary one, but its strong and
heartfelt and quite beautifully acted proof
that even in the revisionist age of Maleficent,
its not always necessary to re-invent the
Personally, I couldve done with a bit
more polish on the wheel, considering
that several of the most potentially
magical moments here are actually among
the clunkiest. Although Branaghs and
Weitzs re-telling is awfully faithful to its
source material meaning Disneys 1950
cartoon, not necessarily the brothersGrimm version were now given an early
sequence in which Cinderella (Lily James)
accidentally meets her eventual prince (a
suitably charming Richard Madden) in the
woods days before the palace ball. Its an
endearing, promising conceit, but Branagh,
obnoxiously, chooses to stage this flirtatious
meet-cute with the pair on horses that
never stop circling one another, while his
camera does its own pirouettes; our leads
may be dizzy in love, but were left merely
dizzy. And the scenes involving Cinderellas
solicitous mice are saddled with varying
degrees of CGI-blockbuster blandness,
with the dazzling prepping-for-the-ball

surprisingly sharp
which should be
screenplay is never
the films visualfunnier than in
Blanchetts scenes
pice de rsistance
with her comically
loathsome screen
daughters, and
Despite Helena
I roared at the
exchange that
typically welcome
found McShea
eccentricity as the
berating James
Fairy Godmother,
with Ive got
Lily James in Cinderella
this comically
a half-wit for
brash, effectsa sister and
heavy passage brought back unpleasant
Grainger replying, Ive got two.)
memories of Jack the Giant Slayer ... not that
What truly makes the movie soar,
there are many pleasant ones to be had.
however, is Branaghs largely successful
Yet this Cinderella gets so many things
determination to find, and express, the
right that its easy to forgive what it gets
wonder in this story. He may not have been
wrong. Nearly top to bottom, the film is
able to do much with the noisy, bibbidystunningly well-cast, and while Ill forever
bobbidy-boo slapstick and the frenzied
relish Cate Blanchetts haughty, hateful
beat-the-midnight-clock chase (I guess you
perfection as Cinderellas wicked stepmother, gotta give something to those restless boys in
Im not sure anyone is better cast than Lily
the audience), but he does let several iconic
James. In a role that would seem almost
moments run on far longer than necessary,
genetically engineered for saccharine
and for good reason: They absolutely
insufferability, the naturally luminous
deserve the breathing room. Cinderellas
Downton Abbey co-star is genuine, direct,
arrival at the castle, for instance, is lingered
and emotionally accessible; this may be the
on so that we can fully take in both the
most fully fleshed-out storybook-princess
grandeur (my God there are a lot of stairs!)
performance that movies have yet delivered.
and the girls awestruck nervousness and joy.
(With her ability to make you well up at
And when the prince and Cinderella enjoy
Cinderella plot points weve all been hip to
their first dance together she outfitted in
since childhood, James proves significantly
a shimmering, jaw-droppingly gorgeous
more magical than the movies effects.) But
blue gown thats going to be the Halloween
Branaghs strengths as an actors director are
outfit for every little girl in America this
evident throughout his production, from
year Branagh allows their pas de deux to
the brief, lovely turns by Hayley Atwell (as
last more than a full minute. In our current
Cinderellas birth mother) and Derek Jacobi
movie culture that generally equates family
(as the princes dying father) to the riotous
entertainment with hyperactive mania,
Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger as
thats an eternity. Here, though, youre so
Cinderellas sneering step-sisters. (Weitzs
wrapped up in Cinderellas and the princes

swooning happiness, and the wave-like

movements of that astonishing Sandy
Powell creation, that the minute-plus
is actually way too short, and it made
perfect sense when patrons at my
screening kids and adults applauded
the dances climax.
For understandable reason, they
applauded the end of the movie, too. And
come to think of it, they even applauded
before the movie began, because it was
preceded by the debuting short Frozen
Fever, a ceaselessly delightful seven
minutes that found the Frozen gang
preparing for Annas birthday party,
Elsa suffering from a cold (and creating
tiny, ambulatory snowmen every time
she sneezed), Robert Lopez and Kristen
Anderson-Lopez contributing another
clever and peppy ditty, and Olaf again
stealing the show. After it ended, there
was the very real possibility that Frozen
Fever would perform similar larceny on
the Cinderella experience. Instead, while it
was hugely welcome, there turned out to
be no need for the Frozen-short training
wheels. Some of us may still be puzzling
over why the Shakespearean great, as a
director, has recently turned to the likes of
Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. But
if he can keep churning out wonderfully
winning Hollywood product such as this,
Branagh just might deserve his Happily
(and Financially Cushy) Ever After.
For reviews of Run All Night, Chappie,
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
Unfinished Business, and other current
releases, visit
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Whats Happenin
Andrea Gibson

Galvin Fine Arts Center

Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Leon Russell

The Redstone Room

Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

eon Russell will soon

be taking the stage at
Davenports Redstone Room,
and calling the 72-year-old singer, songwriter,
session musician, producer, pianist, guitarist,
and recording-company owner a musical icon is
practically an understatement.
Hes worked professionally, and consistently,
since 1956. Hes mastered the genres of rock,
country, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, and even surf
music. Hes enjoyed a chart-topping duet with
Willie Nelson. Hes performed and collaborated
with artists as disparate as Bob Dylan, Eric
Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Ray
Charles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and
Doris Day. And in 2014, 44 years after the release
of his self-titled solo debut, he delivered a new
album of classic favorites titled Life Journey. So
why dont we take an abbreviated look at Russells?
April 2, 1941: Leon Russell is born Claude
Russell Bridges in Lawton, Oklahoma.
August 1965: Russells first single as a solo
artist, Everybodys Talking bout the Young, is

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March twenty-seventh
Will bring to the area
Andrea Gibson.

Gibsons works focus

On gender norms, politics,
Global peace, and more.

Accompanied by
Piano, violin, drums,
And even dobro,

An award-winning,
Colorado-based poet
And an activist,

Yet Gibson also

Delivers her messages
With thrilling music.

Her performances
Infuse intimate thoughts with
Andrea Gibsons March 27 evening of music and

February 1970: The
solo album Leon Russell,
featuring the artists
classic A Song for You, is
March 27, 1970: Joe
Cockers legendary Mad
Dogs & Englishmen
tour, featuring bandmate
Russell, plays New York
Citys Fillmore East, with the show recorded as a
seminal double album.
June 26, 1972: Russells third album, Carney,
lands on the charts, and will go on to spend four
weeks at Billboards number-two position.
June 12, 1976: George Bensons recording of the
Russell song This Masquerade enters the singles
charts, and will eventually win the Grammy
Award for Record of the Year.
December 29, 1976: The Best of Leon Russell is
released, and will become the artists fifth goldcertified solo album.
June 30, 1979: Russell and Willie Nelson, whose
Heartbreak Hotel duet will soon top the charts
and score a Grammy nod, release the live double
album One for the Road.
March, 1984: Hank Wilson: Vol. 2 arrives, and
the pseudonymous country LP will prove to be
Russells only solo release of the 80s.

April 7, 1992: Russell releases Anything Can

Happen, his first album in eight years.
November 12, 1996: Gimme Shelter: The Best of
Leon Russell is released.
September 11, 2001: Signature Songs becomes
the first album released on Russells namesake
October 19, 2010: The artists ballyhooed
collaboration with Elton John, The Union, enters
the Billboard charts at number three.
February 22, 2011: Russell is inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame.
March 14, 2011: Russell is inducted into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
April 1, 2014: Rolling Stone calls Russells new
release Life Journey a wry collection of blues, jazz,
and pop oldies, always eloquent, alternately
yearning and joyous.
March 20, 2015: Leon Russell plays Davenports
Redstone Room.
March 21, 2015: Leon Russell sends the Readers
Whats Happenin author a thank-you note for
helping the show become a sold-out smash. Or,
the authors bosses recommend that the author
seek therapy for his delusions of grandeur.
Leon Russell performs with an opening set by
Ellis Kell, and more information on the March 20
concert is available by calling (563)326-1333 or


Danish Modern: Design

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Proudlyy Presents


March 26-29, 2015

Prospect Park Auditorium, Moline
Curtain Times: 7:30pm Thurs., Fri., Sat. & 2pm Sun.

For tickets call 309-762-6610 Tickets: $16 / Children $11

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by Mike Schulz

During her set at

The Galvin Fine Arts Center
(Thats at St. Ambrose),

That her beautiful,

Slam-poetry language is

But definitely
Catch Andrea Gibson live
For two big reasons:

Gibson will reveal

What Air America and
NPR fans know:

What? Dont believe me?

Check out her Truce album or
The Madness Vase book.

One: Her fierce talent.

And two: At the very least,
Youll be spared haiku.

slam poetry begins at 7:30 p.m., and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)333-6251 or visiting

n for Living

Sunday, June 21

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prices, many of these
2) Grete Jalk
carefully created works
3) Helge Vestergaard Jensen
of form and function
4) Brge Mogensen
were, in their day, both
5) Verner Panton
stylish and affordable,
6) Paul Volther
and appeared equally
appropriate for
Manhattan skyscrapers
and suburban
Everything from steel-based chairs to
innovative lamps to hand-crafted wooden
tchotchkes (including Kaj Bojesens animal
figurines seen in the accompanying photo)
will be on display in the Figges latest
traveling exhibition. But what say we
prepare for Danish Moderns arrival at
least, in a way that doesnt involve booze
with this quiz? Try matching the above
Danish Modern artisans with the designs
theyre known for.
Danish Modern: Design for Living
will be on display through June 21,
and more information is available
by calling (563)326-7804 or visiting

A) the He Chair and She Chair

B) the Spokeback Sofa
C) the Tip-Top Lamp
D) the Bachelor Chair
E) the Daybed
F) the Corona Chair


What Else Is

Thursday, March 19 Little Big

Town. Chart-topping country artists in
their Pain Kill Tour. Adler Theatre (136
East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m.
$33-43. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or
Friday, March 20 Cemetery Gatez.
Pantera tribute musicians in concert,
with an opening set by Sons of S.A.M.M.
Rock Island Brewing Company (1815
Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10.
For information, call (309)793-4060 or
Friday, March 20 Arianna String
Quartet. Guest artists Kurt Baldwin,
John McGrosso, Joanna Mendoza, and
Julia Sakharova in concert. Augustana
Colleges Wallenberg Hall (3520 Seventh
Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. Free. For
information, call (309)794-7306 or visit
Saturday, March 21 The
Spinners. Concert with the soul-music
vocal group. Quad-Cities Waterfront
Convention Center (2021 State Street,
Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. For information,
call 800-724-5825 or visit Bettendorf.
Saturday, March 21 Double D
& the Sensations. Classic rock n roll
concerts. Col Ballroom (1012 West
Fourth Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. free
dance lessons, 7:30 p.m. concert. $10.
For information, call 322-4431 or visit
Saturday, March 21 Match Party
65. Party to celebrate the 65th birthday
of RME member Rusty Unterzuber,

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What Else Is Happenin

with sets by Jason Carl & the Whole

musicians in concert, with an opening
Damn Band, the Mercury Brothers, and
set by Rude Punch. The Redstone Room
the Curtis Hawkins Band. The Redstone
(129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m.
Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 7:30
$8.50-9. For tickets and information, call
p.m. $8. For tickets
(563)326-1333 or visit
and information, call
(563)326-1333 or visit
Saturday, March
28 The Chordbusters:
Monday, March 23 Strollin Down
Happy 300th! Recital.
Broadway. The
Concert featuring
barbershop chorus
Milwaukee Symphony
59th-annual spring
Orchestra concertmaster Arianna String Quartet @ Augustana concert, with sets
Frank Almond and St.
by Premium Blend,
College - March 20
Ambrose professor
the Bend of the River
Marian Lee, held in celebration of the 300th
Chorus, and Rock Island High Schools a
birthday of the famed 1715 Lipinski
cappella choir. Bettendorf High School
Stradivarius violin. St. Ambrose Universitys
Performing Arts Center (3333 18th Street,
Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 Gaines Street,
Bettendorf). 7 p.m. $5-20. For information,
Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $2-10. For tickets and
information, call (563)333-6251 or visit SAU.
Saturday, March 28 Frank F. Sidneys
Western Bandit Volunteers. Bluegrass,
Tuesday, March 24 Brit Floyd. Tribute
rock, and jam musicians in concert, with
musicians celebrate five decades of Pink
opening sets by Dirty River Ramblers and
Floyd. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street,
Earth Ascending. The Redstone Room (129
Davenport). 8 p.m. $35.50-29.50. For tickets,
Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $8.50-9. For
call (800)745-3000 or visit tickets and information, call (563)326-1333
Wednesday, March 25 Roger Clyne
or visit
& the Peacemakers. Concert with the
Sunday, March 29 Quad City
Spanish-infused roots rockers, with an
Symphony Orchestra Signature Series:
opening set by Miles Nielsen & the Rusted
The Joy of Sextets. Recital featuring a
Hearts. The Redstone Room (129 Main
repertoire performed by violinists Naha
Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $17-20. For
Greenholtz, Dawn Marino-Ohmes, Deborah
tickets and information, call (563)326-1333
Dakin, and Nick Munagian, and cellists
or visit
Hannah Holman and Mark Russell Smith.
Thursday, March 26 Gospel Fest.
Augustana Colleges Wallenberg Hall (3520
Sixth-annual concert featuring local choirs
Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 3 p.m. Free.
and gospel artist Drew Chambers from
For information, call (309)794-7306 or visit
the BET show Sunday Best. St. Ambrose or
Universitys Christ the King Chapel (518
Wednesday, April 1 The Sing Off Live!
West Locust Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. Free.
A cappella concert featuring season fours
For information, call (563)333-6023 or visit
VoicePlay and season twos Street Corner
Symphony. Adler Theatre (136 East Third
Thursday, March 26 The DuPont
Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $39.50-49.50.
Brothers. Folk/Americana musicians
For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
perform the RME Member Appreciation
Show, with an opening set by Dan Tedesco.
The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport). 7 p.m. $6.50-7. For tickets and
Thursday, March 19, through Saturday,
information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
March 21 Beyond Therapy. Christopher
Durangs comic romance, directed by
Friday, March 27 Bucktown Revue.
St. Ambrose student Robert Poston. St.
Celebration of Mississippi River Valley
Ambrose Universitys Studio Theatre (2101
folk music and culture through music,
Gaines Street, Davenport). Thursday and
storytelling, poetry, and humor, with
Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. $6. For
emcee Scott Tunnicliff and special guests.
tickets and information, call (563)333-6251
Nighswander Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, or visit
Davenport). 7 p.m. $12 at the door. For
Saturday, March 21, and Sunday,
information, call (563)940-0508 or visit
March 22 Into the Woods. Stephen
Sondheims fairytale musical produced in
Friday, March 27 Aaron Kamm &
the churchs Performing Arts Series, directed
the One Drops. Rock, reggae, and blues
by Steve Jobman. First Presbyterian Church


of Davenport (1702 Iowa Street, Davenport). For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. $10-15.
For tickets and information, call (563)3261691 or visit
Wednesday, March 25, through
Saturday, March 28 - #soblessed
Saturday, May 16 The Church Basement
Comedy Show. An evening with comedians
Ladies in: The Last (Potluck) Supper.
Jim Petersen, Bobby Ray Bunch, and
Musical-comedy sequel to Church Basement headliner Christopher Schlichting, hosted
Ladies. Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse (1828
by Andrew King. Circa 21 Speakeasy (1818
Third Avenue, Rock Island). Wednesdays,
Third Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10-12.
Fridays, Saturdays, and March 25 and 26:
For tickets and information, call (309)7865:45 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. buffet, 7:15 p.m. pre7733 extension 2 or visit
show, 7:45 p.m. show. Sundays: 3:45 p.m.
doors, 4 p.m. buffet, 5:15 p.m. pre-show,
5:45 p.m. show.
Saturday, March 28
Pen-in-Hand: From
11:30 a.m.
Page to Stage. Workshops
doors, 11:45
led by award-winning
a.m. plated
poets Farah Marklevits,
lunch, 1 p.m.
Aubrey Jane Ryan, Dale
pre-show, 1:30
G. Haake, and MWC
p.m. show.
Executive Director and
poet Ryan Collins. Midwest
For tickets and
Writing Center (225 East
Second Street, Suite 303,
call (309)786Davenport). 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Justin Roberts @ Family Museum 7733 extension
$10-15/workshop, $30-45
March 21
2 or visit
all four workshops. For
information and to register, call (563)324Wednesday, March 25 I Am an
1410 or visit
Emotional Creature. A presentation of
author/activist Eve Enslers play, with
proceeds benefiting Family Resources
Saturday, March 21 Justin Roberts
domestic violence and sexual-assault
& the Not Ready for Naptime Players.
counseling programs. St. Ambrose
Family rock concerts performed performed
Universitys Rogalski Center (518 West
by the Grammy-nominated ensemble.
Locust Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $5-8. For
Family Museum (2900 Learning Campus
information, call (563)333-6113 or visit SAU.
Drive, Bettendorf). 11 a.m. Free with $4-7
admission. For information, call (563)344Thursday, March 26, through Sunday,
4169 or visit
March 29 Urinetown: The Musical. Quad
Saturday, March 28 Egg Drop
City Music Guild presents the Tony-winning
Kerplop! Annual Easter-themed event
musical comedy about a town where you
in which families drop eggs from the
pay for the privilege to pee, directed by
balcony in an attempt not to break them.
Heather Beck. Prospect Park Auditorium
Family Museum (2900 Learning Campus
(1584 34th Avenue, Moline). Thursday
Drive, Bettendorf). 10 a.m. Free with $4-7
through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
admission. For information, call (563)344$11-16. For tickets and information, call
4169 or visit
(309)762-6610 or visit
Sunday, March 29 Godspell. Copresentation of Stephen Schwartzs biblical
Saturday, March 28 Environmental
musical by the church and the Center for
Film Festival. Tenth-annual screenings of
Living Arts, directed by and starring Dino
environmentally-themed films, featuring
Hayz. Two Rivers United Methodist Church
filmmaker Deia Schlosberg of Pale Blue
(1820 Fifth Avenue, Rock Island). 4 p.m.
Dot Media giving the Ellwood F. Curtis
For information, call (309)788-9384 or visit
Family Lectureship in Public Affairs. or CenterForLivingArts.
Augustana Colleges Olin Auditorium (733
35th Street, Rock Island). 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, March 30 Peter & the
Free. For information, visit
Starcatcher. Tony Award-winning fantasy
based on Peter Pan, in a Broadway at the
Adler presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East
Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $39-57.
Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March






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28 Caged Aggression XV. Multiple
championship title fights and more
than 20 different teams in a two-night
event featuring an all-amateur card
on Friday and an all-professional card
on Saturday. Davenport RiverCenter
(136 East Third Street, Davenport).
7:30 p.m. $30-60. For tickets, call
(800)745-3000 or visit or

Featured Image from the Quad Cities Photography Club


Saturday, March 21, through

Sunday, March 29 Young Artists
at the Figge: Bettendorf. Exhibit of
works by elementary art students.
Figge Art Museum (225 West Second
Street, Davenport). Tuesdays through
Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays
10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m.
Free with $4-7 museum admission. For
information, call (563)326-7804 or visit


Friday, March 27, through Sunday,

March 29 Flower & Garden Show.
Annual event featuring vendors,
presentations, displays, and more.
QCCA Expo Center (2621 Fourth
Avenue, Rock Island). Friday and
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. $1-8. For tickets and
information, call (309)788-5912 or visit
Tuesday, March 31 Alton
Brown Live! Stand-up comedy, food
experimentation, talk-show antics, live
music, and audience interaction with
TVs Good Eats host. Adler Theatre (136
East Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m.
$38-127. For tickets, call (800)745-3000
or visit
Visit the Readers full events calendars at

(Editors note: The River Cities Reader each

month will feature an image or images from
the Quad Cities Photography Club.)

he Quad Cities Photography Club

holds a members competition each
month, which is also part of the
learning experience. Members may choose
from several categories to enter: nature,
creative, pictorial, or a special topic announced at an earlier meeting. Recently the
special topic was something cold, and one
of the top scores was awarded to Joaquin
Espejo for his image of Perito Moreno
Glacier taken on a trip to Patagonia. The
glacier rises 200 feet above Lake Argento,

which is part of Los Glaciares National

Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Joaquin relates: We had to walk several
miles to get there, but it was all worth it,
especially experiencing the magnificence
of this glacier and witnessing an iceberg
The image was shot with a Canon EOS
7D camera with an EF24-105-millimeter
lens at 24 millimeters. It was taken at
1/100 of a second, f/18, and 200 ISO. The
post-processing was done with Adobe

The club sponsors numerous activities

encompassing many types and aspects of
photography. It holds digital and print
competitions most months. At its meetings,
members discuss the images, help each other
to improve, and socialize. The club also
holds special learning workshops and small
groups that meet on specific photography
topics, and occasionally offers interesting
shooting opportunities. The club meets at
6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month
September through June at the Butterworth
Center, 1105 Eighth Street in Moline.

The Quad Cities Photography Club

welcomes visitors and new members.

For more information on the club, visit


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A Band-Aid for Roads

Why Increasing the Gas
Tax Makes Less Sense

Yet gas taxes are imperfect for several

Hanley notes that if you look at the
amount of damage or lack of damage that
a passenger vehicle does to the roads,
[the difference of] an SUV compared to a
small compact is negligible.
But SUVs, being less fuel-efficient, pay
more per mile in fuel taxes than compacts
or hybrids. At 50 cents per gallon in
total taxes, an SUV that gets 20 miles
per gallon will pay 2.5 cents per mile in
taxes. By comparison, a compact that gets
30 miles per gallon will pay less than 1.7
cents per mile. Over 15,000 annual miles,
that SUVs driver would pay $375 in fuel
taxes, while the compacts would pay $250
even though theyre causing the same
damage to roads. The gap grows with cars
that get 35 or 40 miles per gallon.
Beyond fuel-efficiency, automobiles
powered by alternative means such as
electric cars pay no motor-fuel tax at all.
So theres a bit of a fairness problem.
Gas taxes are also, Hanely said, income
regressive, so people who have less income
pay a higher percentage of their income
toward these taxes.
More problematic on a road-funding
level for state and federal governments
is the trend toward more fuel-efficiency
while the costs of road construction
As our vehicles get more and more
fuel-efficient, were pulling in less revenue
for the road system, Hanley said.
We know that the fuel tax itself is
a tax of diminishing returns, and that
this [raising the gas tax] is not a longterm solution to solve the problem, said
Americans for Prosperitys Klein. Along
with better fuel-efficiency, labor and
materials are getting more expensive, as
well. You kind of have this gap widening
in both directions at the same time.
Andrea Henry, director of strategic
communications for the Iowa Department
of Transportation, wrote in an e-mail
that revenue projections for the gas-tax
increase have been revised since the
legislations fiscal-impact estimation
which used numbers that were nearly a
year old and are slightly more optimistic.
However, she acknowledged that the
$4.3-billion figure for 20-year critical
needs reflects 2011 dollars/costs, and
she agreed with my assessment that the
actual revenues needed over 20 years will
be far greater than $4.3 billion.
And its important to stress that under

no scenario
will the gastax increase
generate even
$4.3 billion in
funding over
two decades.
So while
Henry wrote
that the
legislature has
addressed the
shortfall with the tax hike, there will still
be a persistent funding gap.
Its bad public policy in the context of
increasing fuel efficiency, increasing road
costs, and a lack of fairness inherent in
the gas tax to continue relying so heavily
on the fuel excise tax, which would have
to be increased regularly to keep up with
road needs and costs.
Continually raising the motor-fuel tax,
of course, is also terrible politics.

the privacy
issue at a cost.
Taxpayers can
pay a flat annual
fee, or they can
pay by the mile
based either on
a mileage diary
or electronic
tracking. But for
average-annualmile drivers, the
per-mile charge
is lowest at the
electronic-tracking level and highest at
the flat fee. Theres a strong trade-off
between peoples privacy and the amount
of money that theyre willing to pay, he
explained. In other words, if you want
more privacy, youll pay more per mile.
Increased use of electronic tolling is
another idea thats getting nationwide
traction, Hanley said: The advantage of
tolling is that you know where the money
is being collected ... and then that could be
funneled back to where the use is actually
being done.

Motor-fuel taxes are

the old way of funding
infrastructure, eroded
and made less fair
by increasing fuel
efficiency in vehicles.

Long-Term Alternatives
to the Gas Tax
Working with
There are different ways.
Perhaps the most intriguing is the idea
What You Have

of mileage-based charges. You pay for the

miles that you drive, versus the amount
of fuel that burn, explained Hanley, who
with another University of Iowa faculty
member conducted a two-year nationwide
study on mileage-based charges. So it
equates all vehicles to be charged similarly.
The concept there is a miles a mile, and
the vehicles themselves should pay for that
This eliminates the disproportionate
share of road costs paid by less-fuelefficient vehicles, and it eliminates the
fairness problem created by vehicles that
dont need conventional fuel. In other
words, its both fairer based on vehicle
damage to roads and forward-looking
as alternative-power cars become more
Crucially for state government and road
funding, this method wouldnt result in
decreasing revenues over time a core
problem with the motor-fuel tax. Even
as cars become more fuel-efficient or are
powered by alternative fuels, all driven
miles are taxed.
Oregon and Colorado have begun
experimenting with mileage-based
charges, and Hanley admitted that its
more logistically challenging than motorfuel taxes and it raises privacy concerns.
Hanley said Oregons system addresses

Given the immediacy of Iowas

road-funding problem, it was probably
unrealistic for the state to explore those
avenues this year but alone or in some
combination theyre in many ways
superior to increasing the motor-fuel tax.
In the short run, though, Iowa could
have easily taken a different approach to
road funding.
I think theres a better way, said
Davenport-based Senator Smith. Time
and time again, government takes more
and more money from the taxpayers, and
I want to limit that.
Smith said he has a three-point plan
to address road needs using state general
funds, although he didnt file a bill this
First, he said, we need to find out
what states that have the lower gas taxes
... are doing to allow them to keep their
gas tax low.
I asked whether some of the states
he mentioned have better roads, and
Smith said that was more an issue for the
Department of Transportation: Theyre
the experts on roads and doing the
research on that. ... I think thats more
of a micro thing where they can look at
that. ... If they have the same roads, better
roads, what are they doing that we need
to be adopting?

Second, Smith said, the state should

push Congress to ease restrictions on
how federal road money can be spent
removing, for example, requirements
related to green spaces, artwork, and rest
Third, he said, the state should devote
a portion of its increased general-fund
revenues in one year to road projects,
and then maintain that level of increased
funding. He said that if the state budget
grows by 5 percent, more than half of
that 2.75 percent should go to roads.
That would raise something close to the
amount expected to be generated by the
gas-tax increase. (Under Smiths plan, the
old gas-tax rates would still be in effect.)
We would not have to cut anything, he
said. You just slow the rate of growth in
the other areas to pay for these roads.
Depending more heavily on general
funds to pay for roads goes against the
long-standing practice of user fees.
It also means that all Iowans no
matter how little they drive are paying
for infrastructure they might not use.
One can argue that even housebound
people benefit from goods and services
delivered to them which is of course
facilitated by surface-transportation
infrastructure but the fuel tax is already
built into the cost of deliveries.
And greater reliance on general funds
means that drivers from out of state arent
shouldering as much of the burden for
road funding in Iowa.
But general funding for roads has
the advantage of not amplifying the
cost disparity between different types
of vehicles, and it doesnt have the
implementation/cost/technology barriers
inherent in mileage-based charges or new
tolling. Its also less regressive than any
use-based tax.
But theres an additional problem
with using general funds: Unless
constitutionally protected, that money
can be raided by the legislature as
Illinois has regularly done.
And thats one of the appeals of a plan
put forth by Americans for Prosperitys
Iowa office.
Like Smiths plan, it would use existing
revenue sources and wouldnt raise any
Raising taxes to solve any problem
should really be a final resort, the
organizations Klein said. State revenues
have risen dramatically in recent years,
and it was very troubling for us to see
the legislature, while that was happening,
say that they also need to raise taxes.
Americans for Prosperity supports

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using 3.5 percent of the general fund

for road projects, and protecting
that percentage via constitutional
amendment. (This would also leave
the old gas-tax rates in place.) The
revenue generated would be fairly
comparable to the early years of
the gas-tax increase, Klein said, but
theres a crucial difference: Unlike
projections for the fuel-tax hike, that
amount ... would actually be growing
over 10 years because of rising
general revenues. That to us seemed
like a much better long-term proposal
... .
Several other similarly themed
proposals were introduced in the
legislature, Klein said, and his
organization would be okay with
anything that increased road funding
via general revenues that were then
constitutionally protected.
He cited several specific ways the
money could be taken from existing
programs that are scheduled to sunset
or wind down, and he also suggested
zero-based budgeting (in which every
department justifies its expenses
each year, rather than working from
previous budgets) as a way to free up
But the steady growth of state
general funds, he said, means you
dont really have to cut anything: The
only thing youd really have to ask the
legislature to do is ... constrain the
growth of existing programs.
Klein also said it makes sense to use
general funds to finance road projects
if we see surface-transportation
infrastructure not merely as a way to
get from Point A to Point B, but also
as essential to economic development:
Everybody that lives in Iowa benefits
from sound infrastructure, even if
they never leave their house.


By Thom White
Continued From Page 9

How to Build a
Better Mousetrap
for his boisterous performances.
An amiable Chris Tracy is, however,
notable as the effeminate architect
Christopher Wren, a guest enamored
with the manors furnishings. (For its
part, Tristan Layne Tapscotts set design
perfectly captures the rustic look of
an old houses sitting room, one filled
with antique furniture and decorations,
a fireplace, and a floor-to-ceiling
bookcase.) Tracy, more than anyone
here, is allowed to play with the humor of
his character, as he does when speaking
of Mrs. Boyle; Christopher says, That is
a perfectly horrible woman with the first
four words delivered in Tracys airy, jolly
vocal tone, which drops to a gruffer one
on the last two. Mike Kelly also comes off
well as the adroit, poised, contemplative
Detective Sergeant Trotter, who shows up
to investigate the premises.
Without giving away the climax, I do
think its worth noting that the person
who plays the killer, once revealed, alters
his or her countenance and inflection
to reveal someone who is mad without
abandoning his or her normality. Rather
than offering an abrupt about-face,
theres a fluidity between this performers
sane act and crazed one thats believable
and deserving of praise. Overall, though,
the District Theatres The Mousetrap, by
forsaking comedy for caricature, proves
itself a mismatch with Christies playful
The Mousetrap runs at the District
Theatre (1623 Second Avenue, Rock
Island) through March 22, and more
information and tickets are available
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River Cities Reader Vol. 22 No. 878 March 19 - April 1, 2015

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The Sociopath of
Least Resistance


My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on,

and even ripped off in past relationships,
and Im paying the price. If I dont text
back immediately, she is convinced Im
dumping her and flips out. If Im busy, she
thinks Im with another girl or abandoning
her. When I do something sweet, she
thinks Im trying to play her. All I want is
to have a nice relationship with her. Am I
fighting a losing battle, or can a little good
from a caring, ethical guy allow a woman
to let go of a lot of bad?
A woman like your girlfriend, with a
history of dating shady guys, can find the
most inconsequential things suspicious,
down to the way you drip creamer into your
coffee surely Morse code telling that pretty
woman across the cafe that you want to have
sex with her. You: Uh you mean the
woman canoodling with her girlfriend in the
Keep Calm and Kiss Lesbians T-shirt?
There are a few world-class deceivers out
there, and it can be hard to see who they
really are until youre looking at a small
pile of cracker crumbs where the money in
your bank account used to be. But typically,
a woman whos frequently chumped by
bad guys is not just their victim; shes her
own. Repeat sucker-ization often comes
out of low self-worth. But it almost always
comes out of refusing to do the necessary
homework observing a potential partners
behavior over time and seeing whether it
matches up with the person they claim to be.
Your girlfriend appears to favor a popular
shortcut cannonballing into a relationship
and hoping things turn out okay. Until
whoops! He was just helping her best friend
fix her sheets, and then the most amazing
thing happened all of his clothes fell off.
Considering that your girlfriend probably
feels cruelly abandoned whenever you stop
talking long enough to sneeze, lead with
the reassurance that you love her and want
to be with her. Then tell her it hurts your
feelings that she doesnt give you credit for
who youve shown yourself to be: a loving
boyfriend whos given her no reason to
believe hed ever run some scam on her.
Explain that for your relationship to make
it, you need to see her working on her issues


in a therapists office and/or with a great

reason-based self-help book, Dr. Albert Ellis
A Guide to Rational Living (because her flipouts are ultimately caused by her failing to
apply reason).
Gently point out that just because she
has a feeling like jealousy or anxiety
she doesnt have to act on it. Sure, in the
moment, its easy to go straight to crazytown. Avoiding that takes pre-planning.
She needs to resolve to instead pull out
the evidence the spreadsheets of your
prior behavior and assess the likelihood
that what youre picking up at the store
is actually just milk and not a 5-foot-10
blonde. Give yourself a deadline to see some
progress. Not necessarily miraculous change
but some indication that shes trying and
that you might someday be greeted with a
kiss and a How was your day? instead of a
gavel and a How do you plead?

Dear in the Headlights

When I talked on the phone to a woman

I met on a dating site, I told her I really like
hiking, and she said she did, too, so I made
our first date a hike. It was a really easy
hike, but she complained the whole time,
wore the wrong shoes, and lagged behind.
She finally admitted that she never hikes. It
isnt the first time this has happened. Why
do women say they like hiking when they
hate it and never do it?
Just Be Honest
Okay, so this womans idea of an
invigorating nature trek is cutting across a
grassy median to get to a shoe sale. Hiking is
so easy to like in the abstract, on the phone
especially when you like hiking and the
woman wants you to like her. She may even
picture herself hiking up a fake rock in
Chanel shorts at a Vogue photo shoot and
believe that she could be into it. And then,
when she feels a twinge of guilt for telling a
fib, she probably tells herself that once you
fall for her, youll realize its a small price to
pay that her feet dont take kindly to parting
company with pavement. The bottom
line for you? Assume that anyone you
meet especially on the Internet is lying
about absolutely everything until proven
otherwise. (Yeah, of course she enjoys seeing
birds in formation in value packs at the
grocery store.)

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Youre

entering a time and space known as
the Ad-Lib Zone. In this territory,
fertile chaos and inspirational
uncertainty are freely available. Improvised
formulas will generate stronger mojo than
timeworn maxims. Creativity is de rigueur,
and street smarts count for more than booklearning. May I offer some mottoes to live
by when common sense is inadequate? (1)
Dont be a slave to necessity. (2) Be as slippery
as you can be and still maintain your integrity.
(3) Dont just question authority; be thrilled
about every chance you get to also question
habit, tradition, fashion, trendiness, apathy, and

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): By 1993,

rock band Guns N Roses had released
five successful albums. But on the way
to record their next masterpiece, there were
numerous delays and diversions. Band members
feuded. Some were fired and others departed.
Eventually, only one original member remained
to bring the task to conclusion with the help
of new musicians. The sixth album, Chinese
Democracy, finally emerged in 2008. Im seeing
a similarity between Guns N Roses process
and one of your ongoing projects, Taurus. The
good news is that I think most of the hassles and
delays are behind you, or will be if you act now.
Youre primed to make a big push toward the
finish line.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The
anonymous blogger at
gives advice on how to love a Gemini:
Dont get impatient with their distractibility.
Always make time for great conversation. Be
understanding when theyre moody. Help them
move past their insecurities, and tell them its
not their job to please everyone. Let them have
space but never let them be lonely. I endorse
all that good counsel, and add this: To love
Geminis, listen to them attentively, and with
expansive flexibility. Dont try to force them to
be consistent; encourage them to experiment at
uniting their sometimes conflicting urges. As
best as you can, express appreciation not just for
the parts of them that are easy to love but also
for the parts that are not yet ripe or charming.
Now feel free, Gemini, to show this horoscope
to those whose affection you want.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have
recently been to the mountaintop,
at least metaphorically. Right? You
wandered out to the high frontier and ruminated
on the state of your fate from the most expansive
vista you could find. Right? You have questioned
the limitations you had previously accepted,
and you have weaned yourself from at least one
of your devitalizing comforts, and you have
explored certain possibilities that had been taboo.
Right? So what comes next? Heres what I suggest:
Start building a new framework or structure
or system that will incorporate all that youve
learned during your break.

LEO (July 23-August 22): According

to the international code of food
standards, there are 13 possible sizes
for an olive. They include large, extra large,
jumbo, extra jumbo, giant, colossal, super
colossal, mammoth, and super mammoth. If I
had my way, Leo, you would apply this mindset
to everything you do in the coming weeks. Its
time for you to think very big. You will thrive as
you expand your mind, stretch your boundaries,
increase your territory, amplify your selfexpression, magnify your focus, and broaden
your innocence.
VIRGO (August 23-September
22): Half the troubles of this life can
be traced to saying yes too quickly
and not saying no soon enough, proclaimed
humorist Josh Billings. Thats an exaggeration
made for comic effect, of course. (And I think
that some of lifes troubles also come from saying
no too much and not saying yes enough.) But
for you, Virgo, Billings advice will be especially
pertinent in the coming weeks. In fact, my
hypothesis is that you will be able to keep your
troubles to a minimum and boost your progress
to a maximum by being frugal with yes and
ample with no.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22):
Your mind says, I need more room
to move. Ive got to feel free to experiment.
Your heart says, I think maybe I need more
commitment and certainty. Your astrologer
suggests, Be a bit more skeptical about the
dream lover who seems to be interfering with
your efforts to bond with the Real Thing. Im
not sure which of these three sources you should
heed, Libra. Do you think it might somehow be
possible to honor them all? I invite you to try.
SCORPIO (October 23-November
21): Without your wound where
would your power be? asked writer
Thornton Wilder. The very angels themselves
cannot persuade the wretched and blundering
children on earth as can one human being
broken on the wheels of living. Lets make that
one of your ongoing meditations, Scorpio. I
think the coming weeks will be an excellent time
to come to a greater appreciation for your past
losses. What capacities has your suffering given
birth to? What failures have made you stronger?
What crucial lessons and unexpected benefits
have emerged from your sadness and madness?
22-December 21): Creating is
not magic but work, says Kevin
Ashton, author of the book How to Fly a Horse:
The Secret History of Creation, Invention, &
Discovery. In other words, inspiration is a
relatively small part of the creative process. Over
the long haul, the more important factors are
self-discipline, organized thinking, hard work,
and attention to detail. And yet inspiration isnt
irrelevant, either. Brainstorms and periodic leaps


by Rob Brezsny
of insight can be highly useful. Thats a good
reminder as you enter a phase when youre likely
to be more imaginative and original than usual.
I expect creative excitement to be a regular
22-January 19): The fictional
detective Sherlock Holmes was a
good Capricorn, born January 6, 1854. In the
course of Arthur Conan Doyles 60 stories about
his life, he revealed his exceptional talent as an
analytical thinker. His attention to details was
essential to his success, and so was his expertise
at gathering information. He did have a problem
with addictive drugs, however. Morphine
tempted him now and then, and cocaine more
often, usually when he wasnt feeling sufficiently
challenged. Let this serve as a gentle warning,
Capricorn. In the coming weeks, seek more
relaxation and downtime than usual. Focus on
recharging your psychic batteries. But please be
sure that doesnt cause you to get bored and then
dabble with self-sabotaging stimuli.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February
18): English is my first language.
Years ago there was a time when I spoke a lot of
French with my Parisian girlfriend, but my skill
faded after we broke up. So Im not bilingual in
the usual sense. But I do have some mastery in
the language of music, thanks to my career as
a singer/songwriter. Having raised a daughter,
I also learned to converse in the language of
children. And Ive remembered and worked
with my nightly dreams every day for decades,
so I speak the language of dreams. What about
you, Aquarius? In the coming weeks, I bet youll
be challenged to make more extensive use of
one of your second languages. Its time to be
adaptable and resourceful in your approach to
PISCES (February 19-March 20): Do
you need a reason to think sharper
and work smarter and try harder? Ill
give you four reasons. (1) Because youre finally
ready to get healing for the inner saboteur who
in the past has undermined your confidence. (2)
Because youre finally ready to see the objective
truth about one of your self-doubts, which is that
its a delusion. (3) Because youre finally ready to
stop blaming an adversary for a certain obstacle
you face, which means the obstacle will become
easier to overcome. (4) Because youre finally
ready to understand that in order to nurture and
hone your ample creativity, you have to use it to
improve your life on a regular basis.
Homework: See what you can do to influence an
institution that influences you. Report results at

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March 5 Answers: Right

March 5 Crossword Answers

1. Sea lettuce, e.g.
5. Titled Brits
10. Bridge
14. Unguent
19. Starr or Simpson
20. Oust
21. Roller
22. Eschew
23. Toward the bounding main
24. Seed coat
25. Ancient instrument
26. Weeds
27. Start of a quip by anonymous:
5 wds.
31. Platters
32. Ordered amount
33. Tuck in
34. _ Lanka
36. Greek poet
39. Sail
42. Cul-de- _
45. Ill at ease
47. Dwindle
48. Part 2 of quip: 2 wds.
50. Eye part
51. Cleave
53. Jansch and Kaempfert
55. Gainful
56. Reddish color
57. Rank
58. Septs
59. Old kind of cap
60. Dinosaurs era
62. Portion
63. Like a mastodon
64. Part 3 of quip: 4 wds.
67. Uprising
71. British poet
72. Plumb
77. Stage remark
78. Blackboard
79. Hepatic secretion
80. Lunar plain
81. Rustic
82. Partner of ways
83. Furniture wood
84. Particular
85. Part 4 of quip: 2 wds.

87. Cattle
88. Old office worker, for short
89. Fed. agcy.
90. Mint-candy brand
92. Join, in a way
95. Container
96. _ Pinafore
97. Pith helmet
99. Solidus
101. End of the quip: 5 wds.
109. Cry
110. Concert venue
111. Western lake
112. Eskers
113. Stir to action
114. Nautical term
115. Wimbledon winner
116. Edges
117. More secure
118. _ Blanc
119. Descartes and Coty
120. _ est percipi
1. As blind as _ _
2. Bind
3. Gulosity
4. Early video game maker
5. Unlink
6. Antipathetic
7. _ -en-scene
8. Outer: Prefix
9. Position
10. Influences
11. Sticks
12. Make no bones about
13. Notorious ruler
14. Fill
15. _ -garde
16. Aristocrat
17. Contends
18. Publishing people: Abbr.
28. European dynasty
29. Forfeit
30. Preserves
34. _ und Drang
35. Musical entertainment
37. Knife
38. Glazing item

40. Venomous creature: 2 wds.

41. Newts
42. Paddle
43. Juvenile heroine
44. Yielded
46. Onetime Japanese PM
49. Magnum _
51. Chum
52. Cafe au _
53. Raucous sound
54. Peerage member
58. Throttle
59. Two performers
61. Internet publication
62. Wallops
63. Six bells, on shipboard
65. _ vital
66. Ascertain
67. One of the Curies
68. Take wrongfully
69. Skeletal part
70. _ of March
73. False: Abbr.
74. Religious instruction
75. Hippodrome
76. Dud on wheels
78. Mail
79. Thrill
82. Residence for a clergyman
83. Interims anagram
86. Pet in a cage
87. Military cap
88. Sojourn
91. Purloined
93. Onto terra firma
94. Armadas
96. Theater audience
98. Bird
100. Made a formal promise
101. Holier than _
102. Time
103. Kapow!
104. Nimbus
105. Privileged one
106. In that case
107. Butts
108. Gaelic
109. Grads-to-be: Abbr.

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Jason Carl -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Little Big Town -Adler Theatre, 136 E.
3rd St. Davenport, IA
Mixology -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA


2015/03/20 (Fri)


Cemetery Gatez - Sons of S.A.M.M.

-RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Centaur Noir - Homeless Romantics - Keeley Filgo -The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St. Davenport, IA
Chris & Monica -My Place the Pub, 4405
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Hap Hazard -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Jenny Lynn Stacy - The Fights - Them
SomBitches -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd
Ave. Rock Island, IL
Justin Morrissey -Headquarters Bar &
Grill, 119 E. 22nd Ave. Coal Valley, IL

Leon Russell - Ellis Kell -The Redstone

Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA

Les Yeux Noirs -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103

3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Matt Nanke -Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA

Rachael Johnson -Broken Saddle, 1417

5th Ave. Moline, IL
S u n d o g - S l yd e - S u p e r c h i e f Soulshake -Gabes, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
The Concrete Band -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
The Night People -The Rusty Nail, 2606
W. Locust St. Davenport, IA

2015/03/21 (Sat)

The Fights -Gabes, 330 E. Washington

St. Iowa City, IA

2015/03/25 (Wed)

2015/03/27 (Fri)


2015/03/24 (Tue)


American Heroes: Songs and Stories

(1pm) -First Lutheran Church - Rock
Island, 1600 20th St. Rock Island, IL
Bad Seed -My Place the Pub, 4405 State
St. Bettendorf, IA
Cantharone - Porch Builder - In the
Mouth of Radness - ASEETHE
-Gabes, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa
City, IA
Carrie Rodriguez -CSPS/Legion Arts,
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Chuck Murphy -Riverside Grille, 1733
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Code 415 -Jimbos Knucklehead Saloon,
902 16th Ave. East Moline, IL
Corporate Rock -11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St. Davenport, IA
Daytrotter Communion Club Night:
Filligar - The Pass - Brolly -Rozz-Tox,
2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Divebomb -Purgatorys Pub, 2104 State
St Bettendorf, IA
Double D & the Sensations -Col Ballroom, 1012 W. 4th St. Davenport, IA
Edwards Rivers Band -Broken Saddle,
1417 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Funktastic Five -The Rusty Nail, 2606
W. Locust St. Davenport, IA
Gray Wolf Band -Len Browns North
Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr. Moline, IL
Hi-Fi -Sergeants Bar, 213 6th Ave. W.
Andalusia, IL

Brit Floyd -Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St.

Davenport, IA
Chris Avey Live -My Place the Pub, 4405
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Ice Hockey -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA

Laser Background - Arc Numbers Evol Backwards -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd

Ave. Rock Island, IL
Latin Jazz Ensemble - Jazz Workshop
Combo (6pm) -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Iowa City, IA
Mixology -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA
The DuPont Brothers - Dan Tedesco
-The Redstone Room, 129 Main St
Davenport, IA


Cemetery Gatez @ RIBCO March 20

John Pena 60th Birthday Party & Jam
w/ Serious Business & Friends
-Geezers Draft House, 1654 W. 3rd
St. Davenport, IA
Jordan Danielsen, Jef Spradley &
Carolynn Johnston -The Grape Life
Wine Store & Lounge, 3402 Elmore
Ave. Davenport, IA
Match 65 Party: Jason Carl & the Whole
Damn Band - The Mercury Brothers
- The Curtis Hawkins Band -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA
Matt Nanke -Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA
Mayflies - Snake Chasers -Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Prince Tribute -Riverside Casino and
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar -The
Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar,
111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA
Scotch Hollow -The Muddy Waters,
1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Shannon Murray & Joe Brisben -Uptown Bills Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA

Still Standing - 9th St Memory -Rascals

Live, 1414 15th St. Moline, IL
The Old 57s -Chesty Ps Pub, 104 East
Mason St. Polo, IL

The Oolong Gurus -RME Community

Stage, 131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA
The Post Mortems -RIBCO, 1815 2nd
Ave. Rock Island, IL
The Spinners -Quad-Cities Waterfront
Convention Center, 2021 State St.
Bettendorf, IA


2015/03/22 (Sun)


27th Annual Annual Charles B. DCamp

Young Performers Solo Competition -St. Ambrose University, 518 W.
Locust St. Davenport, IA
Dan Bern -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd
St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Sacred Choral Concert -Gethsemane
Lutheran Church, 2410 E. 32nd St.
Davenport, IA
Sunday Jazz Brunch w/ the Josh Duffee Jazz Quartet (9am) -Bix Bistro,
200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA



Burlington Street Bluegrass Band

-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Iowa
City, IA
Heather Maloney -CSPS/Legion Arts,
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Kenny Paulsen (5:30pm) -The Rusty
Nail, 2606 W. Locust St. Davenport, IA
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers - Miles
Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts -The
Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA
Typesetter - Sparrows -Rozz-Tox, 2108
3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Chris Avey Experience Acoustic Show
-Rascals Live, 1414 15th St. Moline, IL


2015/03/26 (Thu)


Chuck Murphy -Harringtons Pub,

2321 Cumberland Square Dr. Bettendorf, IA
Dark Time Sunshine - Goldini Bagwell - Rafeal Vigilantics - Simple
Steven - Felix Thunder -Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Jordan Danielsen & Jef Spradley -11th
Street Precinct, 1107 Mound St.
Davenport, IA



10 of Soul -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock

Island, IL
Aaron Kamm & The One Drops - Rude
Punch -The Redstone Room, 129 Main
St Davenport, IA
Barefoot Becky (6:30pm) - Passion
(8:30pm) -Riverside Casino and
Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA
Brown Bag Lunch: Lojo Russo (noon)
-Bettendorf Public Library, 2950
Learning Campus Dr. Bettendorf, IA
Bucktown Revue -Nighswander Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave Davenport, IA

Chuck Murphy -Thirstys on Third,

2202 W. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

Crossroads -Rascals Live, 1414 15th

St. Moline, IL
Justin Morrissey -Riverside Grille, 1733
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Kim and Reggie Harris -CSPS/Legion
Arts, 1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Kol Shira -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
Live Lunch w/ Melanie Devaney (noon)
-RME Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St.
Davenport, IA

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Masked Intruder - Dingus - Braver
- Lipstick Homicide - Rational
Anthem (6pm) - Sonny Knight &
the Lakers (10pm) -Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Modern Mythology -My Place the Pub,
4405 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Pam and Mel Tillis -Riverside Casino
Event Center, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA
Quartermoon Tinsnips -Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock
Island, IL
Soul Storm -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Split Lip Rayfield - Cedar County
Cobras - Soulshake -Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Sudlow Jazz Jam (4:30pm) - Melanie
Devaney (7pm) -RME (River Music
Experience), 129 N. Main St. Davenport, IA
Tim the Hitman (5pm) - Cross Country
Band (8:30pm) -The Rusty Nail, 2606
W. Locust St. Davenport, IA
Wild Oatz -Len Browns North Shore Inn,
700 N. Shore Dr. Moline, IL
Willard Wilcox -Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd
St. Davenport, IA


2015/03/28 (Sat)


Aaron Kamm & the One Drops - Hero

Jr. -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn
St Iowa City, IA
Ana Egge -Princeton Coffeehouse, 25 E.
Marion St. Princeton, IL
Cobalt Blue -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Cody Road -Purgatorys Pub, 2104 State
St Bettendorf, IA
Dana Leong Trio -CSPS/Legion Arts,
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA

Downtown Rockin Daddys -The

Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Flat Black Studios Battle of the Bands:
Dead Emperors - Dan DiMonte &
the Bad Assettes - Well Arent We
Precious - Pets with Human Names
- Alpha Bet - Soul Phlegm - One
of Us - Fire Sale (6pm) - Red Rose
(10pm) -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA
For Kids and By Kids: CD Release
Party (3pm) -Englert Theatre, 221
East Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Frank F. Sidneys Western Bandit Volunteers - Dirty River Ramblers - Earth
Ascending -The Redstone Room, 129
Main St Davenport, IA
Funktastic Five -Rascals Live, 1414 15th
St. Moline, IL
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo -Riverside
Grille, 1733 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Gregg Allman -Riverside Casino Event
Center, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA
Jeff Jackson and Rob Dahms -Broken
Saddle, 1417 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Jordan Danielsen & Jef Spradley
(6pm) -Jumers Casino & Hotel, 777
Jumer Dr. Rock Island, IL
Kidz Days at the RME featuring Logo
Russo (noon) -RME Community Stage,
131 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA
Lynn Allen -The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.
Locust St. Davenport, IA
McGovern Music Studio Students
(4pm) - Pigs and Clover (7pm)
-Uptown Bills Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA
Mrs. T & the Wack -My Place the Pub,
4405 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Passion -Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA

2015/04/01 (Wed)

Filligar @ Rozz-Tox March 21

Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar -The
Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar,
111 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA
Spiked Lobelia (6:30pm) -Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock
Island, IL
Strolling Down Broadway -Bettendorf
High School Performing Arts Center,
3333 18th St. Bettendorf, IA
The 100s -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
The Last Revel -Rivers Edge Gallery,
216 W 3rd St Muscatine, IA
The Mark Avey Band -RIBCO, 1815 2nd
Ave. Rock Island, IL
Wild Oatz -Nitelife 48 Bar - Plamor
Lanes, 1411 Grandview Ave. Muscatine, IA
Willard Wilcox -Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd
St. Davenport, IA


2015/03/29 (Sun)


Garrin Jost - Heatwarmer - Subatlantic -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock

Island, IL

Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) -Len

Browns North Shore Inn, 700 N.
Shore Dr. Moline, IL
Kari Lynch - The Wells Division -Gabes,
330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Sunday Jazz Brunch w/ the Josh Duffee Jazz Quartet (9am) -Bix Bistro,
200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA


2015/03/30 (Mon)


Tweedy -Englert Theatre, 221 East

Washington St. Iowa City, IA


2015/03/31 (Tue)


Ben Frost - Brendan Hanks -Gabes,

330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Chris Avey Live -My Place the Pub, 4405
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler - A
Winged Victory for the Sullen
-Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Mission Creek Festival 2015: Amen
Dunes - Delicate Steve - Bull Black
Nova -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA

Chris Avey Experience Acoustic Show

-Rascals Live, 1414 15th St. Moline, IL
Mission Creek Festival 2015: NE-HI
- BStar -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
St. Iowa City, IA
Pierre Bensusan -CSPS/Legion Arts,
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Sidewalk Chalk - Mumfords - Gloom
Balloon -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S
Linn St Iowa City, IA
Silver Apples - Alex Body - Frankie
Teardrop -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA
The Old 57s (6pm) -The Rusty Nail,
2606 W. Locust St. Davenport, IA
The Sing-Off Live! -Adler Theatre, 136
E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA


2015/04/02 (Thu)

Daphne Willis - Gina Venier -The

Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA
Dave Ellis & Guests -Grumpys Saloon,
2120 E 11th St Davenport, IA
How to Dress Well - MAIDS - Jack
Lion -Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA
Mission: Beat -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13
S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Mission Creek Festival 2015: Chris
Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
- White Mystery - Burning Hand
-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Iowa
City, IA
Real Estate - Ryley Walker -Englert
Theatre, 221 East Washington St.
Iowa City, IA
ZZ Top -Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA


2015/04/03 (Fri)


43rd Natty Scratch Reunion -The Rusty

Nail, 2606 W. Locust St. Davenport, IA
Ben Miller Band - Mayflies - Cedar
County Cobras -Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Blues Rock-it -The Muddy Waters, 1708
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Com Truise - Mr. Nasti - Cuticle -Gabes,
330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Cosmic -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Darlingside - Tall Heights -The
Redstone Room, 129 Main St
Davenport, IA
Johnny Dont -Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA
Jordan Danielsen & Jef Spradley -The
Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits, 117 N
Cody Rd LeClaire, IA
Megarad -2nd Ave. Dance Club, 1815
2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Mission Creek Festival 2015: The Sea
& Cake - Swearing at Motorists The Multiple Cat -The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St. Iowa City, IA
Ricky Nelson Remembered -QuadCities Waterfront Convention Center,
2021 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Sara Rachele - Erin Moore -Rozz-Tox,
2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Shovels & Rope - The Inlaws - Brian
Johannesen & Ryan Joseph Anderson -Englert Theatre, 221 East
Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Sisters of Oh Mercy (8pm) - The Past
Masters (9:30pm) -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
The Chris & Wes Show -My Place the
Pub, 4405 State St. Bettendorf, IA

Exhibition opEning

Danish MoDern
Design for Living
March 28 June 21, 2015

Organized by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, this

exhibition brings together a wonderful selection of the most influential
pieces of post-war furniture design and reminds us how Danish design
and our daily lives were intertwined in the post-war era.
Sponsored by
Helge Sibast, Chair Model No. 8, 1953, Sibast Furniture, collection of Rosalie Anderson; image courtesy of the
Museum of Danish America; Jens Quistgaard, Covered Bowl, 1955, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Kaj Bojesen,
Hippo, Monkey and Bear Figures, Goldstein Museum of Design; Verner Panton, Wire Cone Chair, 1958-1966,
Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Davenport, Iowa 563.326.7804


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Jams/Open Mics



ABC Karaoke The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.

Locust St., Davenport, IA.
C.J. the D.J. RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island, IL.
Cobra Kai Karaoke The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.
D.J. Night w/ 90s Music Thirstys
on Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night My Place the Pub, 4405
State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Mic Night Uptown Bills Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque Street,
Iowa City, IA.
Thumpin Thursdays DJs - Rascals Live,
1414 15th Street, Moline, IL.
Thursday Night Jam Sessions w/ Bret
Dale & Zach Harris The Muddy
Waters, 1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment
Broken Saddle, 1417 5th Ave.,
Moline, IL.



Cross Creek Karaoke Firehouse Bar

& Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd.,
Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Circle Tap, 1345 West
Locust Street, Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108 S.
1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Roadrunners Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Davenport, IA.

Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,

2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.

Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment

(Mar. 27 only) Broken Saddle, 1417
5th Ave., Moline, IL.



Community Drum Circle (Mar. 28 only,

10:30am) RME Community Stage,
131 W. Second Street, Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108 S.
1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Roadrunners Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Davenport, IA.

Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,

2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.

Open Mic Night Downtown Central

Perk, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.
Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment
Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth
Ave., Moline, IL.
Ukulele Social Club (Mar. 21 only,
4pm) Uptown Bills Coffee House,
730 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA.



ABC Karaoke The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.

Locust St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport, IA.



Open Mic w/ J. Knight The Mill, 120 E.

Burlington St., Iowa City, IA.

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ABC Karaoke The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.

Locust St., Davenport, IA.
Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate
Tims Corner Tap, 4018 14th Ave.,
Rock Island, IL.
Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) River
Music Experience, 129 N. Main Street,
Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Brady Street Pub, 217
Brady St., Davenport, IA.
Open Mic Night (6:30pm) Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
Island, IL.
Open Mic w/ Corey Wallace 11th
Street Precinct, 1107 Mound St.,
Davenport, IA.
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Kane
Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
Iowa City, IA.



ABC Karaoke The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.

Locust St., Davenport, IA.
Brady Street Pub Open Jam Brady
Street Pub, 217 Brady St., Davenport, IA.
Jam Session w/ Ben Soltau Iowa
City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa
City, IA.
Karaoke Night 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Circle Tap, 1345 West
Locust Street, Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night My Place the Pub, 4405
State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Karaoke Night RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island, IL.

Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,

2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.




The Bix Beiderbomb Comedy Workshop (8pm) Boozies Bar & Grill, 114
W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.

The Catacombs of Comedy Showcase

(10pm) Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S.
Linn St., Iowa City, IA.






ComedySportz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Studio Series: Dodgeball (9:30pm)
The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.
The Speakeasy Laugh Hard (8pm)
Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
Avenue, Rock Island, IL.




ComedySportz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Hoo Ha Comedy (9pm) The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.
Studio Series: The Establishment
Stands Up (9:30pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.




The Circumstantial Comedy Show

(9pm) BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
Rd., Davenport, IA.




Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave.
SE, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Comedy Open Mic Night (7:30pm)
The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.





ComedySportz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Studio Series: Survivor (9:30pm) The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Island, IL.
The Blacklist: Blacklist Against Humanity (9pm) The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.
The #soblessed Comedy Show (8pm)
Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third
Avenue, Rock Island, IL.







The Bix Beiderbomb Comedy Workshop (8pm) Boozies Bar & Grill, 114
W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.




Backroom Comedy Showcase w/ Dan

Bush & Tim Chickenbone (8pm)
The Backroom Comedy Theater, 1510
N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.
Bobby Ray Bunch (8pm) 129 Coffee & Wine Bar, 129 N. Cody Road,
LeClaire, IA.
ComedySportz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
Studio Series: Tubbs & Kelly Present ...
(9:30pm) The Establishment, 220
19th St., Rock Island, IL.

The Circumstantial Comedy Show

(9pm) BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge
Rd., Davenport, IA.

The Catacombs of Comedy Showcase

(10pm) Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S.
Linn St., Iowa City, IA.

Cameron Esposito (7pm) Englert

Theatre, 221 E. Washington Street,
Iowa City, IA.
Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave.
SE, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Comedy Open Mic Night (7:30pm)
The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.

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