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River Cities Reader Vol. 23 No. 900 January 21 - February 3, 2016

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by Kathleen McCarthy

900 Issues and Counting ...

hen a locally owned and operated independent newspaper

publishes its 900th issue, its
worth taking note. Remarkable as this
22nd-year milestone might be, given
the Quad Cities over-saturated media
market, what makes the Readers longevity truly extraordinary lies with its small
staff. Our dedicated team has consistently
infused the publication with original
ideas, creative story angles, in-depth
analysis, exhaustive inventorying of our
areas culture, self-deprecating humor,
and mad skills in generating effective
client advertising. And the Readers availability on the stands is ubiquitous (some
say maybe taken for granted) thanks to a
distribution force to be reckoned with. As
a wordsmith, I can tell you there are none
adequate to express the gratitude, admiration, respect, and undying affection we
have for our team.
A mainstay for these 900 issues has
been to cover topics under-reported in
the mainstream media, informing readers
about critical issues and perspectives
otherwise absent in conventional

coverage. Such topics that deserve deep

scrutiny in 2016 are many and varied.
Here are some to kick off the next 900
1) Underfunded and unsustainable
public and private
pensions threaten
economic collapse
and civil upheaval
if not addressed
now. The problem
is severe, yet
Americans are
almost completely
unaware. The
looming shortfalls
are driving
massive behind-the-scenes policies and
programming to create more revenue for
government because huge percentages
of current budgets are going to pension
obligations. Companies are hoarding cash
to meet these future obligations or face
ruin. It is the biggest political elephant
in the room by far but almost entirely
ignored by the media and politicians

alike. ( and
2) MERS and the overwhelming
number of fraudulent foreclosures.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder
worked for the law
firm Covington
Burling and was
instrumental in
writing the opinion
that gave MERS its
authority to usurp,
for expediencys
sake, mortgage
recording as part
of this nations
process traditionally fulfilled by
county recorders. This usurpation has
compromised the integrity of chains of
title all across the country. (RCReader.
3) Militarization of local police
departments, and the proliferation of
arming federal agencies such as the
Environmental Protection Agency,

A mainstay for
these 900 issues has
been to cover topics
under-reported in the
mainstream media

Bureau of Land Management, Social

Security Administration, and the Federal
Reserve private police force. (RCReader.
com/y/arms1 and
4) Mass data collection of the
population, including massive collection
of private information via Common Core
longitudinal databases being aggregated
on every American student preschool
through higher education and beyond
into the labor market. (RCReader.
and Another
example is Chinas Sesame Credit Score
an unholy alliance between Alibaba,
Tencent, the largest gaming companies,
the Chinese government, and others.
Resources and data-mining are pooled,
creating algorithms from social-media
posts, credit info, and consumer-behavior
data, all collected to create the Sesame
Score, which not only provides credit
scores but also measures an individuals
trustworthiness and obedience to

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by Rich Miller

Governors Hard Line Not

Supported by His Numbers

And while $510 million seems like a lot of

lot of folks have taken to calling Bruce
money, the governors projected revenue growth
Rauner Governor 1 Percent because
from his Turnaround Agenda would only be
of his immense personal wealth.
a 1.4-percent increase over the last state fiscal
Rauner himself told the Chicago Sun-Times
during the 2014 campaign that he was in the
Hence, Governor 1.4 Percent.
top one-tenth of 1 percent of income earners.
And would it even be that much? Rauner
But, right now anyway, he ought to be
has said he would agree to higher state taxes if
referred to as Governor 1.4 Percent.
legislators agree to his Turnaround Agenda. But
Stay with me a bit and Ill explain.
as a Republican legislative friend pointed out to
I sat down for an interview last week with
me last week, that tax hike
Rauner. As he does with
would reduce growth, even
just about every reporter,
Rauners agenda would with all of Rauners agenda
the governor blamed
House Speaker Michael
produce $510 million
The point is that they
Madigan for stifling his
cant argue that these antibeloved Turnaround
in additional revenues. labor changes will magically
Agenda. Rauner said he was
frustrated with Madigan
That aint the billions produce $510 million of
economic growth/revenue
for saying that the antiand then discount the
hes claimed.
union, pro-business reforms
negative effect of a tax
were unrelated to the
increase on economic
growth, he wrote me.
For example, Rauner said, if we can get
business regulatory change so I can recruit
But maybe the governor was a little confused
manufacturers here and more transportation
and meant to include state governmental
companies here, and more businesses here, we
savings in that billions remark.
can generate billions of new revenue without
So lets go back to the memo.
raising tax rates. Thats directly tied to the
The governor claims the state would save
$1.75 billion by making his demanded changes
Billions? I asked.
to union collective-bargaining laws. Roughly
Billions, he replied, while promising to
$750 million of that would come from cutting
send me a detailed analysis.
health-care costs for state employees. The rest
A few days later, his staff e-mailed me
isnt explained.
a memo that the governor had sent to
He also claims that workers comp reforms
lawmakers last fall. You can see it at RCReader.
com/y/rauner1 and would save the state $65 million a year. So were
looking at about $1.8 billion in savings. Thats
But the memo didnt really say much of
far more substantial, but so far hes getting
anything about revenues, other than claiming
absolutely nowhere because hes taken such a
that if the governor could get Illinois to
hard-line stance against unions.
average levels of unemployment and Gross
To be fair, Rauners memo also claims that
State Product, and if the governor could stop
local governments would save billions more
the migration of Illinoisans to other states, his
with his reforms, but some of his numbers just
agenda would produce a grand total of $510
dont add up, like overstating the savings on
million in additional revenues.
allowing governments to opt out of prevailingThat aint billions.
And while $510 million is nothing to sneeze wage requirements on non-federal projects.
Im not all opposed to doing some proat, it wont even cover the interest on the states
business reforms. I think an easy case can be
mountain of overdue bills thats been accruing
made that workers comp costs are far too high,
because the state has no budget and no way to
for example.
pay them.
But I spent part of an afternoon last week
Of course, the state has not had a budget
listening to an otherwise tough-minded woman
since June and has no way to pay those
cry helplessly on the phone about the literal
overdue bills because the governor refuses
implosion of the states social-service safety net.
to negotiate a new budget until he gets his
And one of the greatest charitable groups
Turnaround Agenda passed, which according
in the history of this state, Lutheran Social
to his own memo wouldnt produce enough
Services of Illinois, is facing an existential crisis
revenue to pay the juice on money owed to
because the government owes it $6 million.
the states vendors. That doesnt take into
In my opinion, the payoff for continuing this
account the money owed to universities that
governmental impasse is not worth the price
havent received any state funding, creating
being paid.
major crises at several of them. Or the money
owed to all the social-service groups that
make up our safety net, forcing the states most Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily
political newsletter) and
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Phantom, at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse through March 5

ets get this out of the way: In case

youre attending to specifically
hear Music of the Night or other
well-known tunes, the current production of the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouses
Phantom is not Andrew Lloyd Webbers
more famous version of the same story.
Comparing Phantom to Webbers The
Phantom of the Opera is like comparing
a croissant to an clair. Both are French,
textured, and rich with flavor, but also
two totally different experiences.
Book writer Arthur Kopits and
composer Maury Yestons Phantom,
based on novelist Gaston Lerouxs
legendary Le Fantme de lOpra,
follows the story of budding opera
singer Christine, who dreams of
performing with the Paris Opera.
Christine is played here by venue
newcomer Emily Stokes, whose rich,
penetrating soprano vocals, along
with her tempting beauty, make her a
perfect choice to play the virtuous female
As Christine sings her dreams on the
streets, Count Philippe (played valiantly
by Chris Galvn) overhears her, and
sends her to meet his friend and Paris
Opera House Manager Gerard Carriere
(John Payonk). As fate would have it,
Christine shows up to meet Gerard just
as he is dismissed from his duties by
new owner Cholet (Circa 21 staple Tom
Walljasper) and his prima-donna wife
Carlotta (Megan Wheeler). Christine
is hired to work on costumes in the
theatre basement, where she is overheard
singing by Erik otherwise known as the
ethereal yet murderous Phantom of the
Opera (Patrick Beasley).
Beasleys role is truly challenging, and
my ability to empathize with his Phantom
was inhibited by the inherent difficulties
in having to act with a mask (sometimes
two) covering your face through an entire
show. Unfortunately, we also never get to
see the cause of Eriks tragic life and how
his disfigured face impacts him at the
most human level, causing his Phantom
to oftentimes appear merely petulant and
spiteful. Beasley, however, does his very
best to push beyond the mask(s) with his

John Payonk and Patrick Beasley

lush, interpretive baritone voice.
As the story unfolds, Carlotta becomes
the new diva of the Paris Opera, the
only problem being that her singing
is dreadful. At least, thats what the
audience is supposed to believe, as its
clear from the onset that Wheeler (last
seen at Circa 21 in The Marvelous
Wonderettes) has a magnificent voice
that she cleverly affects to make Carlotta
humorously over-the-top. Meanwhile,
Walljasper creates a thorough character
out of his pompous yet effusive Italian
theatre proprietor, and delivers many
moments of humor that fittingly relieve
the audience at just the right moments.
One of my favorite scenes during
Saturdays performance found a 19th
Century French version of American
Idol (of sorts) taking place, pitting
Christine against Carlotta. (The contest
winner earns the lead in the forthcoming
opera The Fairie Queen.) There was no
real surprise when Christine emerged
victorious, but the scene was played with
a great amount of satisfying comedy and
Phantoms biggest surprise comes in
Act II, when Carriere shocks Christine
in the Phantoms underground lair, and
explains the appalling origins of his

story. Without giving up any spoilers,

Payonks telling (and director M. Seth
Reines powerful staging) presents
how Erik was born and unmasks the
identity of his parents, and the scene is
tense and heartbreaking. Payonks deep,
resonant interpretation adds necessary
anguish to the tale, helping Christine
(and the audience) both identify with
Erik and understand his mortal threat.
At its essence, Phantom is a revealing
beauty-and-the-beast love story. There
is true passion between Christine
and Erik, but theirs is clearly never
going to be a sustainable relationship.
The lovers paths are too diverse and
are too linked by tragedy, as well as a
voyeuristic desire that threatens to force
Christine to become Eriks physical and
emotional prisoner.
Susan Holgerssons scenic design
truly complements the ornate
adornments of the old Fort Armstrong
theatre, giving the intimacy of the Circa
21 stage a more grand, opera house
impression. Her unit set allows for
easy transitions between scenes, and,
enhanced by the alternately warm and
starkly moody lighting design by Ronnie
Breedlove, it also holds a few surprises for
the audience to relish.
Reines proves adept at utilizing his
entire cast to create a fast-paced and
energetic production, and must be very
proud of his ensemble members who
rarely stop moving throughout the show,
whose characters appear to be truly living
in the moment, and who add many fun,
endearing layers to the performance. Circa
21s Phantom is a tragically beautiful
theatrical spectacle that deserves to play
to sold-out houses even without Webbers
name attached. Personally, I enjoy
croissants and clairs. Both are created to
satisfy an appetite, and this Phantom of the
Opera adaption certainly satisfied mine.
Phantom runs at the Circa 21 Dinner
Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock
Island) through March 5, and more
information and tickets are available
by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2 or

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The Caucus Paradox

Why Iowa Matters, but Not So Much Its Citizens

n February 2, national media and

presidential campaigns will decamp
from Iowa. The states citizens will be
freed from the barrage of political advertising, and its media outlets will need to figure
out how to fill their news holes.
Ted Cruz or Donald Trump will likely
win the Republicans secret-ballot caucus,
with Marco Rubio having an outside shot.
Hillary Clinton is poised to beat Bernie
Sanders in the Democrats preference-group
caucus system.
And in the short term, those relatively
clear results will matter about as much as
their grand-scheme relationship to each
partys eventual presidential nominee
barely at all. Instead, the media, pundits,
campaigns, and donors will all parse the
outcomes against conventional-wisdom
guesses about how the candidates were
supposed to do.
This muddle partly explains why Iowa
and other small early-voting states regularly
have their prized positions at the front of
the process called into question, criticized,
and mocked. In September, for instance,
Republican National Committee Chair
Reince Priebus told the National Journal
that Iowa and New Hampshire should watch
their backs after 2016. I dont think anyone
should get too comfortable, he said. I dont
think there should ever be any sacred cows
as to the primary process or the order.
The quadrennial arguments against
Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South
Carolina the four pre-Super Tuesday
states are familiar: These states are small
in population, are unrepresentative of the
country as a whole, and exercise an outsize
and undue influence over the process
of selecting nominees and therefore the
president. (See sidebar.)
The criticism of Iowas role is amplified
because of its first-in-the-nation status and
the fact that its a caucus state meaning that
poorly attended party meetings with weird
(or quirky or arcane) processes set the
table for the remainder of the campaign.
On the other hand, those same criticisms
form the foundation of the case for Iowas
role: The relatively sparsely populated state
and its caucus meetings represent a smallscale proving ground for candidates their
organizations, their fundraising, their ability
to connect with voters one-on-one, and their
stomach for local cuisine. If you cant do well
in Iowa, the thinking goes, youre not going
to do well in the country as a whole.
Yet both sides of the argument ignore a
fundamental truth of modern presidential
politics: Even if Iowa remains the first

The Case for Iowa

he arguments for ditching Iowas place at

the front of the presidential-nomination
calendar can be boiled down to four: The
state is small, its unrepresentative, the
caucus process is silly, and its results havent
exactly been stellar in terms of propelling
candidates to their partys nominations.
All four make intuitive sense, but at least
three of them are also flawed.
Iowa Is Small
Yep, and worth only six votes in the
Electoral College.
But thats kind of the point. Starting the
presidential campaign in a sequence of
four states that each have fewer than 10
electoral votes allows for person-to-person
campaigning that wouldnt be possible if
we started with more-populous states, or
if there were a national primary, or if there
were regional primaries.
As the main article makes clear,
Im skeptical of how important that
campaigning actually is compared to
money, but I also think were well-served
by a system that at least allows for the
possibility that a qualified candidate with
little money can get enough of a foothold
though one-on-one contact to join the
national conversation.
Those four states in the middle of the
country, the northeast, the southwest,
and the southeast also allow candidates
of different stripes to play to their natural
Iowa Is Not Representative
Well, it depends on how you look at it.
In 2006, CNN used 12 measures (four
that measure race and ethnicity, four that
look at income and education, and four
that describe the typical neighborhood in
each state) to determine which state is a
microcosm of the whole country. Wisconsin
topped the list, followed by four other
Midwestern states: Missouri, Kansas, Indiana,
and Ohio.
Iowa was 26th, New Hampshire 36th,
Nevada 44th, and South Carolina 39th.
Underlying the evaluation was the idea that
the states playing key early roles in shaping

contest in the presidential-selection process

moving forward, the states voters are
playing an ever-diminishing role. As much
as the state sets in motion the story of the
presidential campaign, its people dont much

the presidential-nomination races arent

necessarily representative of the country as
a whole.
But a 2009 paper titled Iowa: The Most
Representative State? looked at 51 current
(20002007) indicators of social, cultural,
economic, political, and policy activities
and ranked Iowa 12th, leading the authors
to conclude that Iowa is reasonably
representative. And its more representative
than the other early states: South Carolina
(19th), New Hampshire (27th), and Nevada
(35th). Wisconsin was 15th in this evaluation,
underscoring that it all depends on how you
look at the data and what data you look at.
The authors note that, in this formulation,
diversity drags Iowas representative-ness
down: In a nutshell, the population of Iowa
is too old and too white to represent the
nation. But the most important measures,
they argue, are economic factors, and in that
area Iowa clearly is the most representative
[among all 50 states]. This finding takes on
a double importance, when the pivotal
role of economic voting in U.S. presidential
elections is considered.
And Rutgers Political Science Professor
David Redlawsk (one of the authors of the
Why Iowa? book referenced in the main
article) makes the argument that Iowa
should not be considered in a vacuum:
What I think we should look at more
is that the set of early states are, as a
group, fairly representative. The GOP has
social conservatives in Iowa, economic
conservatives in New Hampshire, and
southern conservatives in South Carolina,
and if you put them together, you pretty
much have the Republican Party.
The Iowa Caucus Process Is Silly
As Charles P. Pierce wrote about the
2012 GOP caucuses in Esquire, theyre a
jerry-rigged, easily gamed, and otherwise
hopeless system that couldnt even produce
a final result for six months the last time
Theres the argument in Why Iowa?
that the caucus process produces sincere
rather than strategic voting a tendency
particularly pronounced on the Democratic
This is the Iowa-caucus paradox, in
which the democratic process is essential
to the outcome, but voter behavior is to a
large extent irrelevant, manipulated and
overwhelmed by loads of money and media.
Continuing to insist on the importance

side. And thats a good thing, the books

authors argue.
But that could also be encouraged
through other means, such as a preferential
ballot (versus a vote-for-one ballot) in a
primary. And even the Republicans in Iowa,
using a secret ballot in their caucuses, have
shown evidence of sincere voting, which
probably speaks to the seriousness with
which Iowans treat their first-in-the-nation
And theres no denying that the caucus
process depresses participation.
So critics of the caucuses will get little
argument from me on this front.
The Results Havent Been Predictive
As David Macaray wrote in 2011 for What do Dick
Gephardt, Tom Harkin and Mike Huckabee
have in common? They all won the
Iowa caucus. What do Steve Forbes, Pat
Robertson, Pat Buchanan, and Gary Hart
have in common? They all finished second.
Its true that there was no Democratic
Presidential Nominee Gephardt (in 1988)
or Harkin (in 1992), and no Republican
Nominee George H.W. Bush (at least in
1980), Bob Dole (at least in 1988), Mike
Huckabee (in 2008), or Rick Santorum (in
But if Iowa results consistently translated
into each partys nominee, it would
undermine Iowas importance as a unique
proving ground, or it would underscore that
Iowa has too much power in the process,
or it would provide evidence that Iowa is
indeed representative of the whole country.
More importantly, Iowa is the opening
bell of the nomination contests, and we
should expect (and to some degree hope)
that the race will change over time. Thats
especially true because we know that Iowa
favors religious conservatives more than the
country at large does.
Ultimately, this criticism is a natural
function of the first two: Iowas results arent
strongly predictive precisely because Iowa is
small and not representative of the countrys
Jeff Ignatius
of Iowa and its voters creates a number
of problems. It overstates the role of retail
politics in a mass-media political culture.
It wastes tremendous media resources in
terms of news coverage an opportunity
cost as Iowa media outlets heavily emphasize

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presidential politics over community issues.

Its exhausting to Iowans, and to those who
live in Iowa media markets but outside of
Iowa itself.
And for what? In the most positive spin,
Iowans have performed a civic service by
helping to weed out candidates who cant
mount an effective campaign nationally.
But thats a fallacy, or perhaps its just
poorly phrased. Its not Iowans doing that
chore; its the process itself and those with
vested interests the political parties, the
donors, and the media and it just happens
to start in Iowa and include its citizens.
Pay attention to the media coverage of
caucus results on February 1 and beyond.
It will not much matter who actually won
the caucuses; the focus will be on which
candidates have momentum coming out of
Iowa, and that will be measured largely on
comparing performance to expectations.
And momentum, performance,
and expectations are all slippery
terms defined by the campaigns and the
media. Furthermore, expectations are
set in a circular, self-reinforcing system
encompassing fundraising and organization,
a candidates intensity of campaigning in
Iowa, media coverage, and polling.
To take just one component of that,
media coverage strongly correlates to and
certainly influences how the caucuses turn
out, and then media interpretation of those
results shapes what follows.
Both the media and the voters are merely
cogs in a larger machine fueled by campaign

Its the Money, Stupid

The title of the 2011 book Why Iowa? How

Caucuses & Sequential Elections Improve the
Presidential Nominating Process reveals a
clear point of view from its three politicalscience-professor authors.
Yet they make a somewhat startling
admission within the first few pages: Since
1980, all but two candidates who raised
the most campaign money the year before
the nomination contests began ended up
winning their partys nomination. The two
exceptions both came from 2008 Mitt
Romney and Hillary Clinton. (Here is where
I must note that the 2016 GOP race will
quite likely be another exception, with its
crowded field, the apparently unsinkable
wild card of Trump, and the perpetually
deflated poll performance of fundrasing
machine Jeb Bush.)
I used the word startling because
the statement basically negates any
discussion of the importance of Iowa in the

nomination process. If, far more often than

not, fundraising accurately predicts the
nomination before any voters have cast a
ballot, then the endless build to the drawnout series of caucuses and primaries leading
up to party conventions is manufactured
Still, one can emerge from Why Iowa?
feeling pretty good about the state and its
role in the process. The authors argue fairly
convincingly that the caucuses engage voters
and candidates in a way that wouldnt be
possible with a simple primary election,
or in a more-populous state at the front of
the process, or in a system with a national
primary or a series of regional primaries.
Theyre compelling in describing how results
from Iowa and New Hampshire inform
voters further down the line.
And yet I couldnt shake the nagging
feeling that Why Iowa? represents a workingway-too-hard rationalization for a system
begging for reform especially when the
authors finally make a proposal. The book, I
think, makes the best case possible for Iowa
at the front of the nomination process, but
its not a strong one, and the subtitles use of
improve feels like a stretch.
Certainly, the authors believe that
early-voting states serve a valuable vetting
function. They furthermore argue that
caucus rules and processes encourage
sincere over strategic voting.
But Iowa doesnt need to be first: We
expect that there is nothing particularly
distinctive about Iowans as deliberative
citizens and caucus-goers, they write, other
than the fact that they have been blessed
for decades with the certainty that their
state goes first and thus understand the
importance of the role they play.
The authors support the idea of sequential
elections over a straightforward national
primary: Our assessment of voter learning
in the sequential nominating process
demonstrates that there is something to this
idea that Iowans are doing other voters a
favor. We find that information originating
at the start of the sequential nominating
process does provide useful cues to other
voters. The quality of those cues, in a
normative sense, depends on Iowans (or
citizens in any state that goes first) doing the
hard work of evaluating candidates. But, as
that last sentence suggests, theres nothing
special about Iowa going first.
Ultimately, the authors propose reforming
the nomination system so that theres a
caucus window of several weeks preceding
a national primary. Any state that elects to
have a caucus could hold their contest in this

window, they write. As with the existing

system, small states ... are not particularly
relevant as a means for collecting convention
delegates. These nominating events,
however, are a way to expose candidates to
retail politics and media scrutiny. After this
window ... , voters in all 50 states including
those who have already caucused would be
given the opportunity to participate in their
partys national primary.
What Why Iowa?s authors offer is based
on three premises. First, early caucuses will
allow for some retention of that vetting
process, and the theoretical possibility that
a lesser-known politician can gain traction
without having to raise as much money as
perceived front-runners. Second, sequential
elections in some form are preferable to a
single, nationwide primary-election day.
Third, presidential campaigns today are
already national affairs from the beginning,
so we might as well act like it. (Republicans
have already had six debates and none of
them were held in Iowa; January 28s will
take place in Des Moines. Democrats have
held four debates, with only one of them in
Their proposal is sensible, and preferable
to regional primaries, a rotating order of
primaries and caucuses, or a nationwide
primary with no caucuses. It retains the best
components of the Iowa contests, specifically
the need for grassroots campaigning at
the outset. By condensing the process, it
corrects the interminable horse race and
endless media echo chamber as much as
its possible to correct them. And a national
primary acknowledges the reality that the
current sequential process doesnt negate
the importance of big money and name

A Peripheral Role
for the Public

In a 2008 paper titled The Invisible

Primary & Its Deleterious Effects on
Democratic Choice, Duke Universitys
John Aldrich argued that we have now
reached the point where the standard
nomination setting has sufficiently
reduced the role of the public to the point
that it can barely be considered truly a
democratic selection at all.
He continues: To be sure, the system is
sufficiently rich, complex, and uncertain
that (even with no further changes)
the situation will on occasion be ripe
for the public playing its once regularly
critical role. The balance of influence,
however, has altered sufficiently that it has

changed from a case in which the public

generally rules to one in which their role
is secondary, perhaps even peripheral, to
the roles of those whom we might call the
nomination elite (officeholders, activists,
resource providers, campaign specialists,
media personnel, and the like).
Aldrich argues that this trend became
most notable in the 1990s: Two facts of
campaign life have changed fundamentally
since the 1970s when outsiders could run
as unknowns and convince people to vote
for them and win nomination. One is
the spiraling cost of campaigns. ... The
second fact of life ... is front-loading. ...
Lots more money is needed today than
in 1976, and it is now needed much more
quickly. In 1976, he notes in a graph,
it wasnt until that 15th week of voting
that more than 50 percent of delegates
had been awarded; in 2008, 60 percent of
delegates were awarded by the fifth week
Super Tuesday.
This is not to say that it doesnt matter
that Iowa and New Hampshire go first.
Quite the contrary; the existing process
has consequences, and early contests
have an arguably larger impact given
the compressed, front-loaded nature of
delegate allocation.
Aldrich argues for a momentum
model in which success in one primary
spirals upward, through more positive
media coverage, access to greater
resources, and therefore more favorable
reception by the public in the next
primary or caucus. Momentum is
created by actual results in Iowa and New
Hampshire, but more by performance
against expectations which is set by the
media and the campaigns themselves.
The key, Aldrich claims about the
current system, is the starting point from
which candidates gain or lose momentum.
And it is here that the pre-primary
campaign plays its role, he writes. It is
what sets the opening position. And thats
why money raised has, in recent history,
been such a good predictor of each partys
eventual nominee. This is whats called the
invisible primary or money primary.
Money, of course, isnt everything, and
it doesnt directly translate into votes,
convention delegates, or presidential
nominations. But it does translate into
campaign organization and media
perceptions of viability, and thus begins
the cycle that finally mobilizes voters
into the places we might have expected if

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Featured Image from the

Quad Cities Photography Club

(The River Cities Reader each month will

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

he made a duplicate layer in Photoshop, moved

the clock face up and over to one side, and then
blended the two images together.

uad Cities Photography Club member

John Grossmans creative take on a traditional Moline church was one of the
high-scoring images in a recent monthly competition. John took a shot of the First Lutheran
Church using a Canon 60D with a 100-400-millimeter zoom lens at 100 millimeters. Using
high-dynamic-range technique, he shot three
identical images at exposures of 1/6th of a second, 1/20th of a second, and 1/60th of a second.
He then processed the image in Lightroom,
merging the three images together in Photomatix using exposure-blending. Post-production, he first extracted the sky in Photoshop and
replaced it with a sky with stars taken on a night
shoot. He felt that it needed something more, so

The Quad Cities Photography Club welcomes

visitors and new members. 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.

For more information on the club, visit

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Movie Reviews

by Mike
Mike Schulz

Fasten Your Seat Belts. Its Going to Be a Bumpy Ride.


Its impossible not to notice that for

roughly 75 percent of Ride Along 2, even
when hes indoors, Ice Cube is wearing dark
sunglasses. Im reasonably sure its because
he was asleep. What other excuse could there
be for Cube, as one of this action comedys
producers, allowing the witless slapstick of
Kevin Hart being accosted by a CGI alligator?
Or the moment in which a recently shot man
sits up, and panicky Hart is convinced hes
a zombie? Or the interminable foot chase
in Miami underscored by (wait for it ... )
Miami Sound Machines Conga? I mean,
really Conga? Still?! Its been more than
30 years since that single was released! Im
not laying all the blame for the songs clichd
inclusion at Cubes feet, but surely the rap
legend couldve put one of those feet down
with a practiced Aw, hell no! and demanded
wittier musical accompaniment.
In this outing, Ride Alongs Atlanta-based
odd couple Cube a glowering detective,
Hart a jumpy beat cop and Cubes brotherin-law-to-be plans to bust a Miami crime
lord (Benjamin Bratt) whom the locals
consider a legitimate businessman. (We
know Bratts evil, however, because a photo
op finds him making a charitable donation
of $50,000 holding an oversize check, and
no one holding an oversize check in a movie
has ever been on the up-and-up.) Chaos and
hilarity ensue, but only if chaos refers to
director Tim Storys inability to stage even
one unanticipated or sensible scene, and
hilarity refers to the stars playing the exact
comic stereotypes expected, only with less
edge than Cube did in the Jump Streets and
Hart did before he became really famous.
Who could begrudge Ice Cube, or anyone,
for napping through this?

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along 2

I briefly perked up when Hart, with
an amusing dialect and reedy low voice,
impersonated an African ambassador, just
as I did when I saw co-star Olivia Munns
name in the opening credits ... before
remembering that Olivia Wilde is the funny,
dark-haired beauty I really like. (Munn
is fine, yet whenever I see her, I figure its
because first choice Wilde passed on the
script.) But unless youd instinctively cackle at
Hart eating discarded nachos from a public
garbage can, or the man miraculously finding
a way to get smacked in the face by a rotating
ceiling fan, Ride Along 2 is a time-waster in
the worst sense, with even Sherri Shepherds
sass, Bruce McGills professionalism, and
Bratts suave menace offering little solace.
The only truly surprising thing about the
film is that Bratt, of all people, proves the
most empathetic one, considering that,
toward the end, he grabs the neck of Ken
Jeongs endlessly insufferable computer wonk
and hisses, Youve been a real nuisance.
Finally, somebody said it.


The title of Michael Bays latest appears

on-screen as 13 Hours (not the IMDbapproved 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of

Benghazi), and knowing his leanings toward
unduly protracted running lengths, it felt like
some unholy blend of threat and promise,
suggesting a film that would last precisely
as long as most of his offerings feel. Yet Im
delighted, and rather shocked, to say that the
144 minutes of Bays dramatic thriller based
on true events didnt bore me in the least. Ill
go even further: 13 Hours is, hands down,
the most gripping, emotionally engaging,
universally well-acted movie of Bays
career. Its still a Michael Bay movie, which
makes that only moderate praise; 13 Hours
is unfortunately replete with the macho
posturing, frequently leaden dialogue, and
jingoistic obviousness of 2001s Pearl Harbor.
(Theres even a direct visual steal from
that film, when we follow the downward
trajectory of an explosive just as its about to
do narrative-shaking damage.) Here, though,
Bays most remedial and pandering instincts
are tempered by historical specificity and a
welcome seriousness of intent. You can feel
the producer/director really wanting to do
justice to his subject and its participants here,
and, for the most part, he absolutely does.
13 Hours details Libyan forces September

11, 2012, siege on an American

compound, and follows the activities
of the six men contracted to ensure the
safety of those on the diplomatic mission.
If youre Bay-familiar, you know what
to expect: gunfire, explosions, lucky
escapes, tragic loss, blood, sweat, tears,
and most likely a climactic shot of the
American flag. He doesnt disappoint.
Hes also never before filmed these
obligations with such immediacy and
alacrity; if Bays typical over-employment
of a typically overwrought score (by
Lorne Balfe) werent an issue, there
would be numerous wartime sequences
here nearly on a par with The Hurt
Lockers. And while topnotch performers
oftentimes show up in Bay projects,
theyve never been allowed to give such
honest, deeply felt portrayals as the ones
given by 13 Hours James Badge Dale,
Pablo Schreiber, David Costabile, and
John Krasinski the latter, buff and
intimidating, finally shaking off the
endearing shackles of The Offices Jim
Halpert. David Denman, who played
Krasinskis romantic rival Roy on that
sitcom, is also excellent here, and when I
first saw 13 Hours preview, I immediately
planned my eventual But this time
theyre not fighting over Pam! joke.
Given how impressed I am by Bays
movie, the joke is now mirthless. I hate
Bay for that. I kind of love him for that,
For reviews of The Revenant, Carol, The
Forest, and other current releases, visit
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Whats Happenin


vocal stylings and

poetic lyricism,
didnt burst into
Sarah MacDougall
public awareness
solely through
Grand Canyon. She
Friday, January 29, 9 p.m.
previously received
a Western Canadian
n January 29, Rock
Music Award in that
Islands Rozzaforementioned
Tox presents a special
category for 2011s
performance with selfThe Greatest Ones
described New Wave folk
1) Devils _____
A) Storm
Alive (as well as
artist Sarah MacDougall,
2) Crows _____
B) Night
a nomination as
a Canadian singer/
3) Cold _____
C) Mistake
Songwriter of the
songwriter and native
4) Its a _____!
D) Gap
Year). And her 2009
Swede who current lives
5) Biggest _____
E) Lament
debut Across the
in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Atlantic immediately
This makes her perhaps
indicated the arrival
the first traveling musician in history wholl make a
the folk scene, one
midwinter appearance in the Quad Cities and enjoy
that led her native countrys Njesguiden magazine to
temperatures warmer than shes used to.
label her one of Swedens best singer/songwriters.
MacDougall is currently touring in support of
A familiar headliner at international music
her new album Grand Canyon, which she composed
including the Winnipeg Folk Festival and
over a six-month period spent in a remote Yukon
Airwaves, MacDougall is set to make a
cabin. (As she told London Groove Machine
her winter 2016 tour, which will also
magazine, It was minus-40 and Id see moose
to North Carolina, Kansas,
walking around.) But if thats the price a singer/
York before she departs for
songwriter has to pay for reviews as rapturous as
London in April. But Im betting that some of you
the ones Grand Canyon has received, Im surprised
contemporary-folk fans are already quite familiar
more people dont do it. Described as thoughtful,
with her discography. Lets see how much! Fill in
strong, and spiritual by Canadas The Globe &
the correct words to complete the above song titles
Mail and a breathtaking and touching record from
from MacDougalls Across the Atlantic, Greatest
one of the greatest talents of this era by Belgiums
Ones Alive, and Grand Canyon CDs.
Rootstime, Grand Canyon has helped MacDougall
Sarah MacDougalls Rock Island concert starts
ascend to the top tier of modern artists, winning her
p.m. and more information on the night is
a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots
available by calling (309)200-0978 or visiting
Solo Album of the Year.
Yet MacDougall, with her haunting and evocative

Answers: 1 D, 2 E, 3 B, 4 A, 5 C. And that last title might be what MacDougall says about this
tour stop if its actually chillier here than in Yukon.


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Helpful Tips on Appearing More Intelligent

Than You Actually Are

he most recent guests in Quad

City Arts Visiting Artists
series are the musicians and dancers
of Pradhanica, the acclaimed
celebration of Indian culture that will
be staged for the public at St. Ambrose Universitys
Galvin Fine Arts Center on January 30. As the
online clips of Pradhanica performances indicate, it
really is the sort of thing that needs to be seen, and
heard, to be believed. But just in case (a) you dont
have access to the Web when (b) someone asks you
about the event that (c) you dont know about yet and
(d) you dont want to look stupid, here are five ways to
get through the conversation with dignity intact.
1) Know what the Pradhanica experience
entails. Employing high-energy drumming, dizzying
choreography, and a wordless presentation of age-old
themes and legendary myths, Pradhanica explores ancient
Indian culture through the dance form of Kathak, which
involves classical storytelling delivered through fast-paced
footwork and thrilling spins. With music played on sitar,
tabla, djembe, and cajon, and one dancer (and her visible
shadow) demonstrating jaw-dropping feats of physical
precision and speed, Pradhanica is designed to explore
the pervasive power of rhythm through movement and
2) Know about Pradhanicas lead dancer. The central,
show-stopping figure in Pradhanica is South Korea
native Jin Won, a choreographer, percussionist, and
master of Kathak dance. In addition to her Pradhanica
performances and touring major cities in India, Korea,

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by Jeff Ignatius

The Caucus Paradox

money did buy votes.
Dont take those words as cynical.
Remember the admission about
fundraising by the authors of Why Iowa?,
and then look at their findings.

Feedback Loop

Those authors looked at the relationship

between certain variables and outcomes
from 1976 to 2008. Money, poll standing,
and time in Iowa appear to [separately]
have substantial power predicting vote
share in Iowa, they write.
But theres a better way to predict
results, they added: When press attention
to candidates is used to estimate results,

the effects of money and poll standing

disappear (whether we model vote share or
candidate place of finish), and any effect of
time spent in Iowa is greatly truncated.
So media coverage independent of
fundraising, polling, and campaigning is
a strong predictor. This suggests that the
media plays a role that could, in theory,
elevate a lesser-known candidate into the
category of viable. (You might point to
Bernie Sanders as such a candidate, and Id
point to the fact that Sanders has proved
quite adept at fundraising.)
But media coverage is inextricably
linked with the other factors polling,
campaigning, and money. And there
was another finding by the Why Iowa?

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independent role played by the media.
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comparing performance to expectations
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coverage of a candidate (predicted by the
candidates fundraising, polling numbers,
and campaigning) outperforms models
that use polling, finance, and time spent to
predict outcomes in Iowa.
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coverage as a summary function of polls,
money, and campaigning, and if you
further acknowledge the correlation of
coverage to results, you begin to see how
the system largely negates the free choice
of citizens.

Voters caucus and vote, but those

actions are predictably moved by a
feedback loop circling through that
nomination elite. Money leads to poll
numbers leads to media coverage leads to
money leads to poll numbers, and on and
This might not be surprising to many
people, but its depressing. Iowa holds this
vaunted status as an ideal this commonsense, largely rural place where big money
doesnt matter. We have this image of
candidates meeting folks in living rooms
and greasy spoons the concept at the
very heart of the supposed importance of
retail politics.
The actual picture is much different.

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by Mike Schulz

Getting Out

Augustana College
Friday, January 29, through Sunday, February 7

know, I know: Its really cold out there. Youre

likely at home, curled up on the couch under
a blanket, newspaper or iPhone in hand, with no
intention of getting out into the winter chill. But
at some point between January 29 and February
7, could you maybe be persuaded into getting
out? Or, rather, persuaded into Getting Out?
After all, its not often that area theatre delivers a
work by the esteemed playwright Marsha Norman
(pictured), who received a Tony Award for the book
to the musical The Secret Garden, and a Pulitzer Prize
for her two-character heartbreaker night, Mother.
But Augustana College and director Jeff Coussens
are presenting an earlier, equally beautiful piece
of Norman writing in Getting Out, off-Broadways
acclaimed drama about a womans fight for
redemption, and the play that put its authors name
on the map, winning her a 1979 Outer Critics Circle
Getting Outs central character Arlene has just
served eight years in an Alabama prison for seconddegree murder, and Normans play covers the first
24 hours of her release after she moves back into her
squalid Kentucky apartment. Having found strength
in religion, Arlene is eager to start life over yet still
tormented by the sins of her past and if all this
sounds unbearably depressing, know that its Arlenes
past that actually helps make Getting Out such an
exhilarating piece of theatre.
While present-day Arlene wrestles with her
demons, her younger self, Arlie, acts out the
experiences of their less worldly days, enabling
Arlene (and the audience) to witness prior

confrontations with figures

including her pimp exboyfriend, her unfeeling
mother, and various guards
and prison officials. At times,
the two versions of Arlene
even confront one another, and
what results from Getting Outs
kaleidoscopic drama is a taut,
eloquent work that balances a
compassionate embrace of the
past with clear-eyed hope for
the future.
Reviewers were taken with Normans achievement
from the start, with the New York Times describing
Getting Out as a blaze of theatrical energy that
lights up the off-Broadway scene as nothing else
has done this season, and the New York Post calling
it thrilling in its unadorned honesty and one of
the best plays of the year. But Coussens Augustana
production is sure to be a thrill of its own, with
Sarah Baker and Megan Hammerer playing Arlene
and Arlie, respectively, alongside fellow performers
Austin Allbert, Samuel Langellier, Madison
Mortenson, Nick Romero, and Sage Shemroske.
The cast also includes numerous actors who, like,
Baker, appeared in Augustanas utterly sensational
presentation of Machinal this past fall. So Im eagerly
looking forward to stage time again spent with Debo
Balogun, Christine Broughton, Emily Johnson,
Keenan Odenkirk, and Joshua Pride the latter of
whom Im excited to be directing in an area show this
March, and whose Getting Out character Ronnie was
originally played, off-Broadway, by Kevin Bacon. Im
betting thats as close to two-degrees-from-KevinBacon as Ill ever get.
Getting Out runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30
p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., and more information
and reservations are available by calling (309)7947306 or visiting

What Else
Is Happenin

Friday, January 22 Tribute to

the Legend. Stage re-creation of
a 1956 Elvis Presley concert with
impersonator Travis LeDoyt and
a three-piece band. Quad-Cities
Waterfront Convention Center
(2021 State Street, Bettendorf).
7:30 p.m. $25. For information, call
(800)843-4753 or visit Bettendorf.
Friday, January 22 Local H.
Concert with rock duo Scott Lucas
and Ryan Harding, featuring opening
sets by Dead Forms and Grandfather
Confusion. Rock Island Brewing
Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock
Island). 9 p.m. $10. For information,
call (309)793-1999 or visit
For a 2013 interview with Lucas, visit
Friday, January 22 The
Candymakers. Blues, rock, and
soul musicians in concert, with
an opening set by Blue Mud. The
Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport). 9 p.m. $10. For tickets and
information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
Saturday, January 23 An
Evening with Leon Russell. Concert
with the legendary pop, rock, blues,

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What Else Is Happenin

country, and bluegrass musician. The
chanteuse Rothrock perform in the Dj
Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Vu Rendezvous series. The Redstone
Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $43-48. For tickets
Room (129 Main Street, Davenport).
and information, call (563)326-1333 or
8 p.m. $8.50-9. For tickets and
information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
Saturday, January 23 The Schwag.
The Grateful Dead tribute musicians in
Saturday, January 30 Indie Rock
concert. Rock Island Brewing Company
Showcase. Concert with sets by Satellite
(1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. Heart, Seth Knappen, and Subatlantic.
$10. For information, call (309)793-1999
Rock Island Brewing Company (1815
or visit
Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For
Saturday, January 23 McKenzies
information, call (309)793-1999 or visit
Mill. Concert with the Nashville-based
country musicians. Red Rodeo (1720
Saturday, January 30 The Big
Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. For
Dance: Iowa Show Choir Invitational.
information, call (309)206-8508 or visit
Annual competition between performers
from 25 schools including Davenport
Saturday, January 23 RATT. MultiCentral High and Bettendorf High,
with exhibition
musicians in their
by Davenport
2016 Re-Invasion
Norths Northside
Tour, with an
opening set by
and Center Stage.
FireHouse. Riverside
Davenport North
Casino Event Center
High School (626
(3184 Highway
West 53rd Street,
Local H @ RIBCO - January 22
22, Riverside).
Davenport). 8:30 a.m.
8 p.m. $25-45. For tickets and
preliminaries, 7:30 p.m. finals. $10-15. For
information, call (877)677-3456 or visit
information, call (563)285-9631 or visit
Saturday, January 23 Jim Gill.
Saturday, January 30 Vocalosity:
Family concert with the touring childrens- The Aca-Perfect Musical Experience.
music singer/songwriter. Englert Theatre
Deke Sharon presents an evening of a
(221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 2
cappella renditions of everything from
p.m. Free. For information, call (319)688Gregorian chant to contemporary hits,
2653 or visit
in a Hancher Auditorium Visiting Artists
Sunday, January 24 Signature
presentation. Englert Theatre (221 East
Series: Horn Trios. WVIK and the Quad
Washington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m.
City Symphony Orchestra present a
$10-35. For information, call (319)335concert with Marc Zyla on horn, Naha
1160 or visit
Greenholtz on violin, and Marian Lee on
piano. Augustana Colleges Wallenberg
Hall (3520 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island).
Thursday, January 21, through
2 p.m. $10-27. For tickets and information, Saturday, January 23 A Midsummer
call (563)322-7276 or visit
Nights Dream. William Shakespeares
Friday, January 29 EGi. Progressive
pastoral comedy, directed by Calvin Vo.
funk musicians in concert, with opening
Moline High School Auditorium (3600
sets by Dead Larry and the Tripp Brothers. Avenue of the Cities, Moline). 7 p.m. $6-8.
The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
For information, call (309)743-1624 or
Davenport). 8 p.m. $8.50-9. For tickets
and information, call (563)326-1333 or
Friday, January 22, through
Saturday, January 30 Loves Labours
Friday, January 29 Battle of the
Lost. The Prenzie Players presentation of
Bands: Round One. Annual competition
William Shakespeares romantic comedy,
with bands performing 45-minute sets
directed by Cait Bodenbender. QC
of original music. Rock Island Brewing
Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue,
Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock
Davenport). Thursday through Saturday
Island). 9 p.m. For information, call
8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $10-15. For tickets
(309)793-1999 or visit
and information, call (563)484-4210 or
Saturday, January 30 Ron DeWitte
& Lynne Rothrock. The married
Friday, January 22, through
duo of blues guitarist DeWitte and
Saturday, January 30 Hedwig & the


Angry Inch. John Cameron Mitchells

information, call (563)326-7804 or visit
Tony-winning rock musical, directed by
Tristan Layne
January 30
Tapscott. Circa
Guy Florescu.
21 Speakeasy
(1818 Third
and paintings
Avenue, Rock
spanning 40
Island). Friday
years of the
and Saturday
Quad City artists
8 p.m. $18-20.
work. Moline
For tickets and
Public Library
(3210 41st
call (309)7867733 extension Worlds Toughest Rodeo @ i wireless Center - January 22 Street, Moline).
Noon. Free. For
2 or visit
information, call (309)524-2440 or visit
Friday, January 22, through
Sunday, January 31 The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas. Tony-winning
musical comedy directed by Susan
Friday, January 22, and Saturday,
Hamel. Iowa City Community Theatre
January 23 Worlds Toughest Rodeo.
(4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa
Touring event featuring bull riding,
City). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.,
saddle-bronc riding, bareback riding,
Sunday 2 p.m. $11-19. For tickets and
barrel racing, comedy, competitions,
information, call (319)338-0443 or visit
and more. i wireless Center (1201 River
Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $9.50-60.
Friday, January 29, through Sunday, For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
February 21 Line of Descent. William
McCauleys farcical comedy, directed
Friday, January 22, through Sunday,
by Sam Osheroff. Riverside Theatre (213
January 24 Rod and Custom Show.
North Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Thursday Annual weekend event featuring
through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2
vendors, presentations, displays, and
p.m. $18-30. For tickets and
more. QCCA Expo Center
information, call (319)338-7672
(2621 Fourth Avenue, Rock
or visit
Island). Friday 1-10 p.m.;
Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8.
Saturday, January 30
For tickets and information,
The Stream. Family comedy
call (309)788-5912 or visit
directed by Augustana alum
Estlin Feigley, followed by an
Friday, January 29
Leon Russell @ The
interactive filmmaking session
Redstone Room - Sweet Charity. Fundraiser for
on special effects you can do at
the Central Community Circle
January 23
home, stunt choreography, and
Food Pantry, featuring dessert
more. Augustana Colleges Centennial
samples from Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie,
Chocolate Manor, SIS International,
Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island).
Madelines Made From Scratch
1 p.m. $6. For tickets and information,
call (309)794-7306 or visit Augustana.
Cinnamon Rolls, Dimitri Wine & Spirits,
and more. Bucktown Center for the Arts
(225 East Second Street, Davenport).
6-9 p.m. $10. For information, visit
Saturday, January 30, through
Friday, January 29, through Sunday,
Sunday, June 5 Mississippi
January 31 Eagles & Ivories. The 22ndRiver View from the Muscatine Art
annual weekend celebration of ragtime,
Collection. Exhibition of 60 paintings,
early jazz, and the American eagle, with
drawings, maps, and other riversilent movies, supper events, and concerts
related works from the collection
by Ivory & Gold, the Mud Creek Mudcats,
of the Muscatine Art Center. Figge
Brian Holland, and the Afterhours.
Art Museum (225 West Second
Downtown Muscatine. Friday 9 a.m. Street, Davenport). Tuesday through
midnight; Saturday noon midnight;
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For information,
a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free
with $4-7 museum admission. For




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by Kathleen McCarthy

Continued From Page 3

900 Issues and Counting ...

government. Access (jobs, scholastic
opportunities, loans, travel papers, etc.)
will be dependent upon ones Sesame
Score via collections of credit history,
social media, fulfillment capabilities,
personal attributes, and social-media
content, for starters. While currently a
voluntary opt-in, participation will be
mandatory by 2020. (
5) Evidence of the two-party political
system as a private corporate construct
controlling elections via exclusive selfserving laws and finance. Both major
political parties are private memberbased clubs with all the protections
afforded such organizations. Except
these two clubs are publicly funded
with tax dollars. Today, only 50 percent
of American voters affiliate with the
Democrat or Republican party, leaving
the other 50 percent of independent
and/or otherwise-affiliated voters
disenfranchised from the process via
closed primaries and other legal obstacles
designed to obstruct participation.
( and RCReader.
6) Every federal government
agency is now tasked with creating an
interdepartmental focus on behavioral
science (BS) for the purpose of better
influencing our consent, thanks to
President Barack Obamas September
15, 2015, executive order. The
sophistication in BS studies has come
a long way since the 1960s and 70s.
Obtaining specific outcomes based on
directed stimuli is highly accurate, and
therefore reliably predictable. Studies
abound demonstrating the efficacy of
psychological manipulation or nudging.
We all feel it; we just choose to ignore it
because acknowledging it would require
a different response and that could prove
inconvenient for many of us. (RCReader.

January 7 Crossword Answers

The most important action each of
us can take in 2016 is to effect a shift in
our thinking about all things political,
beginning with how we identify ourselves
politically. By affiliating as a Democrat
or Republican, we play into the hands
of a system designed to manipulate our
viewpoints. The primary objective is to
keep an irreconcilable divide between
the two parties members perceived
ideologies. We can then be managed
because we become entirely predictable,
giving the system all the protection
it requires to carry on with its own
agenda(s) against our wishes.
If American voters would suddenly
discover that each of us is on the same
page with the vast majority of the issues,
the current political system couldnt
survive because solutions would become
the articulable focus of voters, hence
the measurable responsibility of the
politicians and bureaucrats to deliver.
If they dont, they are replaced. Because
solutions are antithetical to politicians
and bureaucrats, the fight to thwart such
accountable parameters is priority one
of the two-party system. This critical
primary directive is evidenced by decades
of growth in government regardless
of which party is in control. Both
Democrats and Republicans are devoted
Progressives, meaning societys problems
can only be solved through government
Use your imagination and think for
a moment about how politics might
be changed if suddenly it didnt matter
which party a candidate belonged to.
Pretend for a moment that parties didnt
exist. What would you need to know to
support a candidate for any of the offices
being vied for? Would the same old
rhetoric be enough then? As a voter in


this scenario, you would need to know a

bit more about the issues and problems
facing the country, state, county, or
city before you could discern worthy
responses from candidates.
Sadly, political-party affiliation
absolves many of us from even
that degree of engagement. We are
systematically reinforced with the belief
that one of the two parties represents our
ideologies, reducing our responsibility in
casting a vote down to nothing more than
a binary party affiliation.
It is a brilliant scheme that only
succeeds because of our civic laziness,
and our unfathomable unwillingness
to do our part in what was designed
to be a constitutional republic. We
have temporarily forsaken the guiding
principle that defines America, which is
that each individual holds the power for
all levels of governance in this country.
The federal government has limitations,

regardless of how many self-serving laws

it makes to advance itself. But without
vigilance and necessary challenges by us,
there will be no stopping it.
We need to remind ourselves that we
are not governments subjects. Each of us
can start with some level of commitment
to engage on a local level first, where it is
entirely possible to make a difference. For
instance, attend city-council or countysupervisor meetings once a month. We
all have time for some degree of civic
But first and foremost, break the
right/left paradigm that is shackling
us to burgeoning social and economic
problems that are not getting solved
by supporting the status quo. Start
identifying common ground without
the liberal-versus-conservative filter. It
is a complete falsity and pure theatre in
American politics anyway. Experiment by
not being a mere puppet.



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Ben Hurry


Im a woman in my 40s, and Ive

been happily married for 22 years.
Unfortunately, my husband and I have
never been very compatible sexually. I
had read so much Cosmo in college that
I believed sex was something we could
work on. Well, he is quick in the sack and
uninterested in my pleasure. Its been
two decades of Wham, bam, thank you,
maam, and our old four minutes of
intercourse now lasts about two. And yes, I
have asked him to attend to my needs for
years. He just blows me off. Hes always
been satisfied, so he is not motivated
to change. After a particularly quick
encounter this morning left me feeling
used, my thought was that I need a divorce.
Im distraught to think this way. Is there
another option?
Sex can sometimes be confusing, but
time-wise, it shouldnt leave you wondering
whether youve been having it or poaching
an egg.
There is only so much room for
improvement if, in bed, two people go
together like peanut butter and an oar.
Still, Cosmo wasnt entirely wrong. Sexual
technique can be tweaked at least somewhat
by working on it that is, if both partners
show up to the office and admit that theres
a job to do. And then theres your husband,
dead set on continuing to have sex on the
success in bank robbery model: in and out
before anybody knows what hit em.
Though your sex face is obviously a frown,
the big issue here isnt bad sex; its bad love.
You dont seem to see it that way, perhaps
due to cognitive dissonance. Thats social
psychologist Leon Festingers term for the
psychological discomfort of simultaneously
holding two conflicting views such as
the belief that youre worthy of love and
the observation that your husbands about
as attentive to you in bed as he is to the
headboard. To smooth out an inconsistency
like this, we typically grab for whichever
explanation helps us feel good about ourselves
which is maybe why you describe yourself as
happily married to a man who acts like the
clitoris is a rare exotic bird.
If, outside of bed, hes actually loving
enough for you to want to fix this, you might
say something such as I love you and want to


save our marriage, but I feel deeply unloved

whenever we have sex. Explain that if he isnt
willing to take steps to change, you dont think
you can stay with him. Specify the steps, like
practice sessions in which you show him what
you like and maybe some get-togethers with a
sex therapist (a referee to call him on his sense
of sexual entitlement).
Even if he were to agree to all of it, be
realistic. Sex might start feeling more like
being made love to than being bumped into by
a naked man, but its unlikely to ever be mindblowing or anything close. Still, you might be
happy if you just see that he cares enough to
make an effort in bed one leisurely enough
that you dont expect it to be followed by
Meep meep! and a cartoon cloud of dust.

Look Before You Keep

This guy Im dating had a mean,

demanding girlfriend, and it left him kind
of a relationship-phobe. He says meeting me
two months ago made him want to change
that. He is loving and seems excited to be
with me, except for how he introduces me
as his friend or lady-friend. Should
I be worried that he doesnt call me his

Its easy to go straight to all the worst

reasons for why he wont call you his girlfriend,
like that it would seem disloyal to that secret
wife he has stashed away in the suburbs.
However, keep in mind that a label (like
girlfriend) isnt just a word. Labels actually
have power over our behavior. Research
by social psychologist Elliot Aronson finds
that we seem to have a powerful longing
for consistency for things to match. So
committing to a label tends to make us feel
obligated to follow through with the behavior
that goes with it and never mind figuring out
whether its what we really want.
Give the guy some time. Hes
(understandably!) slow to do a cannonball
into a new relationship, but you say he is
loving and seems excited to be with
you. So, sure, he may be on the fence, but
he doesnt seem to be on the run. Until
his answer to What are we doing here?
is no longer Not sure yet, you might ask
him to drop the likes of lady-friend and
just use your name charming as it is to
be introduced with what sounds like 19th
Century code for two-dollar hooker.

Got A Problem? Ask Amy Alkon.

171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405

or e-mail (
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The

next four weeks could potentially
be a Golden Age of Friendship a
State of Grace for Your Web of Connections ... a
Lucky Streak for Collaborative Efforts. What can
you do to ensure that these cosmic tendencies
will actually be fulfilled? Try this: Deepen and
refine your approach to schmoozing. Figure
out what favors would be most fun for you
to bestow, and bestow them. Dont socialize
aimlessly with random gadabouts, but rather
gravitate toward people with whom you share
high ideals and strong intentions.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): On a
clear day, if you stand at the summit of
Costa Ricas Mount Iraz, you can see
both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Its not
hard to get there. You can hop a tourist bus in
the nearby city of San Jos, and be 11,200 feet
high two hours later. This is a good model for
your next assignment: Head off on a stress-free
jaunt to a place that affords you a vast vista. If
you cant literally do that, at least slip away to a
fun sanctuary where youll be inspired to think
big thoughts about your long-range prospects.
You need a break from everything that shrinks
or numbs you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A
filmmaker working on a major movie
typically shoots no more than four
pages of the script per day. A director for a
TV show may shoot eight pages. But I suspect
that the story of your life in the near future
may barrel through the equivalent of 20 pages
of script every 24 hours. The next chapter is
especially action-packed. The plot twists and
mood swings will be coming at a rapid clip. This
doesnt have to be a problem as long as you are
primed for high adventure. How? Take good
care of your basic physical and emotional needs
so youll be in top shape to enjoy the boisterous
CANCER (June 21-July 22): The
city of Paris offers formal tours of its
vast sewer system. Commenting at an
online travel site, one tourist gave the experience
five stars. Its a great change of pace from
museums full of art, she wrote. Another visitor
said, Its an interesting detour from the cultural
overload that Paris can present. According
to a third, There is a slight smell but it isnt
overpowering. Its a fascinating look at how Paris
handles waste-water treatment and clean water
supply. I bring this up, Cancerian, because now
is a favorable time for you to take a break from
bright, shiny pleasures and embark on a tour
of your psyches subterranean maze. Regard it
not as a scary challenge, but as a fact-finding
exploration. What strategies do you have in
place to deal with the messy, broken, secret stuff
in your life? Take an inventory.
LEO (July 23-August 22): When I
look at a sunset, I dont say, Soften
the orange a little on the right hand

corner, and put a bit more purple in the cloud

color. Pioneering psychologist Carl Rogers was
describing the way he observed the world. I
dont try to control a sunset, he continued. I
watch it with awe. He had a similar view about
people. One of the most satisfying experiences,
he said, is just fully to appreciate an individual
in the same way I appreciate a sunset. Your
assignment, Leo, is to try out Rogers approach.
Your emotional well-being will thrive as you
refrain from trying to improve people as you
see and enjoy them for who they are.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22):
The future is headed your way in a
big hurry. It may not be completely
here for a few weeks, but even then it will
have arrived ahead of schedule. Should you
be alarmed? Should you work yourself into an
agitated state and draw premature conclusions?
Hell, no! Treat this sudden onrush of tomorrow
as a bracing opportunity to be as creative as you
dare. Cultivate a beginners mind. Be alert for
unexpected openings that you assumed would
take longer to appear.
LIBRA (September 23-October
22): More than one-third of all
pregnancies are unintended. The two people
involved arent actually trying to make a baby,
but their contraceptive measure fails or isnt
used at all. According to my analysis, you
heterosexual Libras are now more prone to
this accidental experience than usual. And in
general, Libras of every sexual preference must
be careful and precise about what seeds they
plant in the coming weeks. The new growth
you instigate is likely to have far-reaching
consequences. So dont let your choice be
reckless or unconscious. Formulate clear
intentions. What do you want to give your love
to for a long time?
SCORPIO (October 23-November
21): I was a rock musician for years,
which meant that I rarely went to
bed before dawn. I used to brag that my work
schedule was from 9 to 5 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., that
is. Even after I stopped performing regularly, I
loved keeping those hours. It was exhilarating
to be abuzz when everyone else was asleep.
But two months ago, I began an experiment to
transform my routine. Now I awake with the
dawn. I spend the entire day consorting with
the source of all life on Earth: the sun. If you
have been contemplating a comparable shift in
your instinctual life, Scorpio any fundamental
alteration in your relationship to food, drink,
exercise, sleep, perception, laughter, love-making
the next few weeks will be a favorable time to
do it.
22-December 21): You Sagittarians
are often praised but also sometimes
criticized for being such connoisseurs of
spontaneity. Many of us admire your flair for
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flinch when you unleash it. You inspire us
and also make us nervous as you respond to
changing circumstances with unpremeditated
creativity. I expect all these issues to be hot topics
in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your
cycle when your improvisational flourishes will
be in the spotlight. I, for one, promise to learn
all I can from the interesting detours that result
from your delight in experimentation.
22-January 19): Capricorn worldchanger Martin Luther King Jr.
was arrested and sent to jail on 29 different
occasions. His crimes? Drawing inspiration from
his Christian faith, he employed nonviolent
civil disobedience to secure basic civil rights
for African Americans. He believed so fiercely
in his righteous cause that he was willing to
sacrifice his personal comfort again and again.
The coming months will be a favorable time to
devote yourself to a comparable goal, Capricorn.
And now is a good time to intensify your
commitment. I dare you to take a vow.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February
18): The birds known as moundbuilders are born more mature than other
species. As soon as they peck themselves out of
their eggs, they are well-coordinated, vigorous
enough to hunt, and capable of flight. Right now
I see a resemblance between them and many
of you Aquarians. As soon as you hatch your
new plans or projects which wont be long
now you will be ready to operate at almost
full strength. I bet there wont be false starts or
rookie mistakes, nor will you need extensive
rehearsal. Like the mound-builders, youll be
primed for an early launch.
PISCES (February 19-March 20):
You are not purely and simply a Pisces,
because although the sun was in that
astrological sign when you were born, at least
some of the other planets were in different signs.
This fact is a good reminder that everything
everywhere is a complex web of subtlety and
nuance. Its delusional to think that anyone or
anything can be neatly definable. Of course its
always important to keep this in mind, but its
even more crucial than usual for you to do so
in the coming weeks. You are entering a phase
when the best way to thrive is to know in your
gut that life is always vaster, wilder, and more
mysterious than it appears to be on the surface.
If you revere the riddles, the riddles will be your
sweet, strong allies.
Homework: Embark on a week-long crusade to
raise the level of well-being everywhere you go. Be
inspiring! Report results to

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1. Promontory
5. Dispatch
10. Marsh birds
15. Stouts Wolfe
19. Uncork
20. Flat expanse
21. City in Germany
22. Hodgepodge
23. Fall apart: 3 wds.
25. Produce: 3 wds.
27. The Duchess of York
28. Copy
30. Moves effortlessly
31. Badge
34. Receive
35. Laissez- _
36. Fluorine and chlorine
37. Bouquets
39. Held sway
40. Movie clip
42. Room on the QE2
43. Miss the mark: 3 wds.
45. Top
48. Antelope genus
49. Stared
50. Bird or David
51. Peacenik
52. Doily
53. Wise guys
54. Shelter
55. Saddle animal
56. Some Hall of Famers
58. Trifled
59. Most healthy, in a way
60. Gutters place
61. Misjudged
62. _ -colored
63. Busier anagram
65. Pellucid
66. Prison term
69. Oak-to-be
70. _ caramel
71. Spirit
72. Space Odyssey computer
73. Lump
74. Kind of song
75. Eurozone member
76. _ of Avon

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77. Chatter
78. Come to nothing: 4 wds.
80. Adventure tale
81. Shameful act
82. Foolish
83. Vagabondize
84. Gird
86. Nocturnal primate
87. _ excellence
88. Distance measures: Abbr.
89. Alarms
90. City on the Seine
91. Cupids dart
93. Occur: 3 wds.
95. Risk it all: 3 wds.
100. Divas offering
101. Inn
102. Cancel
103. OT name
104. Determine
105. Abrasive material
106. Was sufficiently bold
107. Rose
1. Machine part
2. Mil. address part
3. Favored
4. Son of Seth
5. Tapering structures
6. Fold
7. A pop
8. Compass pt.
9. Prepared fish
10. Gramophone: 2 wds.
11. En masse: 2 wds.
12. Woe _ _!
13. Shelter
14. Cozy place
15. Not at all
16. Strike out
17. Ceremonies
18. _ and aahs
24. Nonbeliever
26. Manufactory
29. Place
31. Place near Seattle
32. Arks landing
33. Follow the rules: 4 wds.

January 7 Answers: 13

35. Rages
38. Cake in a box
39. Hawsers
40. Least little bit
41. Schmaltz
43. Imprisons
44. Held for later
45. Be of use: 3 wds.
46. Birds class
47. Pepper
49. Parts of a stadium
51. _ Alighieri
53. Fourth prime number
54. Seasons goddesses
55. Menu
57. Landowner
58. Very much so
59. Dennis or Koufax
61. Fragrant resin
62. Norman Vincent _
63. Bawdy
64. Western campus: Abbr.
65. _ de chine
66. Unstable
67. Carried
68. Parents and grandparents
70. Bud
71. Checks
74. Backbreaking
75. Encroached
76. Au _ Pain
78. Welcome
79. Old title of address
80. Algaroba
81. Breakfast fare
83. Fought
84. Test result
85. _ Nadu, India
86. Also-ran
87. Ordinary writing
89. Go now!
90. Deserve
91. Remotely
92. Outer garment
94. Small pooch
96. _ pro nobis
97. Sash
98. Range of vision
99. Lodge member

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Clusterpluck Iowa City Yacht Club, 13

S Linn St, Iowa City IA
The Monolithic Autumns Waiting
Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.,
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2016/01/22 (Fri)


Cal Stage Red Rodeo, 1720 2nd Ave.,

Rock Island IL
The Candymakers Blue Mud The
Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Davenport IA
David G. Smith (noon) Bettendorf
Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA
Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show
Thirstys on Third, 2202 W. 3rd St.,
Davenport IA
Elizabeth Moen Album Release Party
Sean Tyler The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Flash in a Pan Flatland Harmony
Experience Iowa City Yacht Club,
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Jay Langston Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd
St., Davenport IA
Jim Ryan (8pm) River House, 1510
River Dr., Moline IL
Jim Ryan (6pm) Hy-Vee Silvis, 2001
5th St, Silvis IL
Lamar Jacobsen Linden Day: Mr.
Forefinger Nonnie Parry Gosh!
Jerk Blue Movies Rozz-Tox,
2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Libido Funk Circus Riverside Casino
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Local H Dead Forms Grandfather
Confusion RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
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Lost Country Dancers Dance Walcott

Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott IA
Nasty Weather My Place the Pub, 4405
State St., Bettendorf IA
Oxbow & Moor (6pm) Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
Island IL
The Schwag Gabes, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
Soul Storm 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St., Davenport IA
Tony Hoeppner & Friends East
End Bolders Club, 3712 4th Ave.,
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Tribute to the Legend with Travis
LeDoyt Quad-Cities Waterfront
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Circle of Heat Pho Bullfights
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35th & Taylor (6:30pm) Anna Taylor (7pm) Libido Funk Circus
(8:30pm) Riverside Casino and
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39th Annual Robert Burns Celebration and Dinner: Blackhawk Pipe
Band Don Estes & Green Trees
Laural Almquist (5pm) Radisson
Quad City Plaza Hotel, 111 E. 2nd St.,
Davenport IA
An Evening with Leon Russell The
Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Davenport IA
Charlie Hayes & Detroit Larry Davison Cabanas, 2120 4th Ave.,
Rock Island IL

Jim Swim Gabes, 330 E. Washington

St., Iowa City IA
Mann at the Mill: The Skipperlings
The Fritters Black Saturday
Chase Garrett (4pm) The Mill, 120
E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
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Stone Soul (10pm) Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
The Greens River House, 1510 River
Dr., Moline IL
Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr.,
Bellevue IA
Hammer & the Nailers Generations
Bar & Grill, 4100 4th Ave., Moline IL
Iowa City Classical Guitar Society
(2pm) Sweet Cacophony (7pm)
Uptown Bills Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Jay Langston Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd
St., Davenport IA
Jim Gill (2pm) Englert Theatre, 221
East Washington St., Iowa City IA
McKenzies Mill Red Rodeo, 1720 2nd
Ave., Rock Island IL
Midnight Riders My Place the Pub,
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
Milk Duct Tape Crystal City Satellite Heart The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA

North of 40 Heros Pub, 3811 N. Harrison St., Davenport IA

Powell 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St., Davenport IA
RATT FireHouse Riverside Casino
Event Center, 3184 Highway 22,
Riverside IA
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar The
Phoenix Restaurant & Piano Bar, 111
W. 2nd St., Davenport IA
The Schwag RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island IL
Tara Terra Effie Afton Rozz-Tox,
2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Threshold Harley Corins, 1708 State
St., Bettendorf IA
Wild Oatz Desperados, 112 S. Main
St., Wheatland IA


2016/01/24 (Sun)


Bryan Bowers CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103

3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Grace Notes Flute Quartet 15th Anniversary Concert (2pm) The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Island IL


Intrepid Travelers Gabes, 330 E.

Washington St., Iowa City IA
Moeller Mondays Presents Rozz-Tox,
2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL


2016/01/26 (Tue)


Chasing Morgan Rational Anthem

Johnny Thompson Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Chris Avey Live My Place the Pub,
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
The Coveralls The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.
Locust St., Davenport IA


2016/01/27 (Wed)


Burlington Street Bluegrass Band

The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.,
Iowa City IA
InAeona Archeress Threeshell Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Sophia Landis Gabes, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA
Ten Strings & a Goat Skin CSPS/
Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar
Rapids IA


2016/01/28 (Thu)


Sun Leaf Ezekiel Morris Gabes, 330

E. Washington St., Iowa City IA


2016/01/29 (Fri)


Afterhours Wine-Nutz, 208 W. 2nd St.,

Muscatine IA
Battle of the Bands: Round One
RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
Bobby Ray Bunch Kilkennys, 300 W.
3rd St., Davenport IA
Dirt Road Rockers Red Rodeo, 1720
2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
Eagles & Ivories Kick-off Concert
(9am) Sunnybrook at Muscatine,
3515 Diana Queen Dr., Muscatine IA
EGi Dead Larry The Tripp Brothers The Redstone Room, 129
Main St, Davenport IA
Endless Summer Band Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway
22, Riverside IA
Gram Parsons Tribute The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Gray Wolf Band The Rusty Nail, 2606
W. Locust St., Davenport IA
Hammer & the Nailers Cabanas, 2120
4th Ave., Rock Island IL
Ivory & Gold featuring Jeff & Anne
Barnhart Brian Holland Benjamin Loeb Isaac Smith Wesley
United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa
Ave., Muscatine IA
Playlist 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St., Davenport IA
Sarah MacDougall Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd
Ave., Rock Island IL
Stephanie & the Interns My Place the
Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf IA

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2016/02/06 (Sat)

Continued From Page 17

Hammer & the Nailers Sidetracked

Saloon, 906 3rd St., Orion IL
The Stone Flowers Grumpys Saloon, Indie Rock Showcase: Satellite Heart
2120 E 11th St, Davenport IA
Seth Knappen Subatlantic
VoicePlay John and Alice Butler Hall,
RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
University of Dubuque Heritage Ivory & Gold featuring Jeff & Anne
Center, 2255 Bennett St., Dubuque IA
Barnhart Brian Holland Benjamin Loeb Isaac Smith (7pm)
2016/01/30 (Sat)
Wesley United Methodist Church,
400 Iowa Ave., Muscatine IA
Afterhours Wine-Nutz, 208 W. 2nd St., The Jason Carl Band 11th Street PreMuscatine IA
cinct, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
The Big Dance: Iowa Show Choir In- Keep Off the Grass (6pm) Davenport
vitational Preliminaries (8:30am)
Country Club, 25500 Valley Drive,
Davenport North High School, 626
Pleasant Valley IA
W. 53rd St., Davenport IA
Local H 8 Foundead Starry Night
The Big Dance: Iowa Show Choir Invi Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.,
tational Finals (7:30pm) DavenIowa City IA
port North High School, 626 W. 53rd Locust Street Boys (5pm) Wesley
St., Davenport IA
United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa
Blues Rock It with Detroit Larry
Ave., Muscatine IA
Davison Jims Knoxville Tap, 8716 Martin Sexton CSPS/Legion Arts,
Knoxville Rd., Milan IL
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA
Bobby Ray Bunch Kilkennys, 300 W. North of 40 Schneids, 205 Washing3rd St., Davenport IA
ton Ave., Lowden IA
Brian Holland (2pm) Muscatine Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar The
Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave.,
Phoenix Restaurant & Piano Bar, 111
Muscatine IA
W. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Code 415 Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar Sarah MacDougall Princeton CoffeeN Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davhouse, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton IL
enport IA
Society of Broken Souls Uptown Bills
David Zollo & the Body Electric ErCoffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St.,
nie Hendrickson The Mill, 120 E.
Iowa City IA
Burlington St., Iowa City IA
The Undertones My Place the Pub,
Deja Vu Rendezvous featuring Ron
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
DeWitte & Lynne Rothrock The Vocalosity Englert Theatre, 221 East
Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Washington St., Iowa City IA
Davenport IA
Dirt Road Rockers Red Rodeo, 1720 2016/01/31 (Sun)
2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
EGi Wanyama Iowa City Yacht Club, Dan Vaughn Johnny Thompson
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Alyssa Robyns Gabes, 330 E.
Endless Summer Band Riverside CaWashington St., Iowa City IA
sino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway
22, Riverside IA





McKenzies Mill @ Red Rodeo - January 23

Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) Len
Browns North Shore Inn, 700 North
Shore Dr., Moline IL
Ivory & Gold featuring Jeff & Anne
Barnhart Muscatine Art Center,
1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine IA


2016/02/01 (Mon)

Moeller Mondays Presents Rozz-Tox,

2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL


2016/02/02 (Tue)

Chris Avey Live My Place the Pub,

4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
The Coveralls The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.
Locust St., Davenport IA
Lissie Daytrotter, 324 Brady St.,
Davenport IA


2016/02/03 (Wed)

Lewis Knudsen Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock Island IL



2016/02/04 (Thu)

Maximus Gabes, 330 E. Washington

St., Iowa City IA
2016/02/05 (Fri)

Battle of the Bands: Round Two

RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
Fletcher Rockwell Red Rodeo, 1720
2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
Jim Ryan River House, 1510 River
Dr., Moline IL
The Recliners The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Rude Punch 11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
The Steepwater Band Kris Lager
Band The Redstone Room, 129
Main St, Davenport IA
Summercamp on the Road Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Willard Wilcox Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd
St., Davenport IA

Bob Marley Birthday Bash: Fire Sale

Fireman Stan Iowa City Yacht Club,
13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Carlisle Evans Peck Ca dZan, 411
South Rd., Cambridge IL
Cosmic 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St., Davenport IA
Dillon Fuego Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St., Iowa City IA
Electric Shock Purgatorys Pub, 2104
State St, Bettendorf IA
Hammer & the Nailers My Place the
Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf IA
Justin Morrissey River House, 1510
River Dr., Moline IL
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Concert
(2pm) Scott Engledow (7pm)
Uptown Bills Coffee House, 730 S.
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks IV: Song and Dance Adler
Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport IA
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar The
Phoenix Restaurant & Piano Bar, 111
W. 2nd St., Davenport IA
Six String Crossing Red Rodeo, 1720
2nd Ave., Rock Island IL
Switchback The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
St., Iowa City IA
Whiplash Abby Hawkeye Tap Sports
Bar N Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave.,
Davenport IA
Wild Oatz Harley Corins, 1708 State St.,
Bettendorf IA
Willard Wilcox Kilkennys, 300 W. 3rd St.,
Davenport IA


2016/02/07 (Sun)

Carlisle Evans Peck Giner Bones RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL
Heather Styka Liv Carrow Gabes, 330
E. Washington St., Iowa City IA

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks IV: Song and Dance Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th
Ave., Rock Island IL
The RiverCity 6 (9:30am) First Lutheran
Church - Geneseo, 114 E. Main St,
Geneseo IL

2016/02/08 (Mon)

Moeller Mondays Presents Rozz-Tox,

2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island IL


2016/02/09 (Tue)

Chris Avey Live My Place the Pub, 4405

State St., Bettendorf IA
The Coveralls The Rusty Nail, 2606 W.
Locust St., Davenport IA
The Dandelion Stompers (6pm) The
Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA





2016/02/10 (Wed)

Andy Frasco & the UN Groovement

The Low Down The Redstone Room,
129 Main St, Davenport IA
Burlington Street Bluegrass Band The
Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Rev. Robert Jones (6pm) Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
Island IL
2016/02/11 (Thu)

Attic Light Hunter Dumped Us

Here Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St., Iowa City IA
John Primer Winter Blues AllStars
2016 The Redstone Room, 129 Main
St, Davenport IA
Rev. Robert Jones Sr. (6pm) River
Music Experience (RME), 129 Main
St, Davenport IA

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Jams/Open Mics

Cross Creek Karaoke Central AvTHURSDAYS

enue Tap, 2604 Central Ave., Bettendorf, IA.

DJ Night w/ 90s Music Thirstys on
Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Bier Stube Moline, 415
15th St., Moline, IL.
Karaoke w/ Double Dz Purgatorys
Pub, 2104 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Jam Night Harley Corins, 1708
State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Mic Night Uptown Bills Coffee
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa
City, IA.
Open Jam Session My Place the Pub,
4405 State St., Bettendorf, IA.



Cross Creek Karaoke Firehouse Bar

& Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd.,
Davenport, IA.
DJ Dolla The Smoking Dog Pub, 1800
Second Ave., Rock Island, IL.
DJ K Yung Barrel House Moline, 1321
Fifth Ave., Moline, IL.
Karaoke Night Circle Tap, 1345 West
Locust St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108 S.
1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Miller Time Bowling,
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Roadrunners Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third, 2202
W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Soulshake Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St., Iowa City, IA.

Bluegrass Jam (Jan. 23, 3:30pm)

Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 479
220th Trail, Amana, IA.
DJ Fabio (Jan. 30) Gabes, 330 E.
Washington St., Iowa City, IA.
DJ Dolla The Smoking Dog Pub, 1800
Second Ave., Rock Island, IL.
Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108 S.
1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Miller Time Bowling,
2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, 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.



Karaoke Night 11th Street Precinct,

1107 Mound St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke w/ JB Promotions The
Rusty Nail, 2606 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA.



The Homeless Open Mic Project (Feb.

1, 1pm) The Center, 1411 Brady St.,
Davenport, IA.
Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (Feb. 1,
6pm) Theos Java Club, 213 17th
St., Rock Island, IL.
Open Mic w/ J. Knight The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St., Iowa City, IA.






Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate

(Feb. 2) Mr. Eds Liquor Store & Tap,
127 Fourth St. W., Milan, IL.
Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) River
Music Experience, 129 N. Main St.,
Davenport, IA.
Open Mic Night Broken Saddle, 1417
5th Ave., Moline, IL.
Open Mic Night Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock Island, IL.
Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey &
Detroit Larry Davison Cabanas,
2120 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL.
Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Kane
Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
Iowa City, IA.

ComedySportz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
John Amos (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Studio Series: 309 (9:30pm) The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Island, IL.



Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate

McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave.,
Moline, IL.
Bebob Jam (Feb. 3) Rozz-Tox, 2108
Third Ave., Rock Island, IL.
Cross Creek Karaoke Harley Corins,
1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Jam Session & Mug Night 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 St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,
Rock Island, IL.
Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third, 2202
W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Karaoke w/ Most Wanted My Place the
Pub, 4405 State St., Bettendorf, IA.
Open Jam w/ Earth Ascending Bent
River Brewing Company, 512 24th St.
Rock Island, IL.
Open Mic Night Boozies Bar & Grille,
114 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.





The Circumstantial Comedy Show

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




Tom Garlands Catacombs of Comedy Showcase (10pm) Iowa

City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa
City, IA.




Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second

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

23 ComedySportz
(7pm) The Establish-

ComedySportz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
John Amos (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Studio Series: Dodgeball (9:30pm)
The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.
The Blacklist: 100 Laughs (9pm)
The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.



ment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.

Dr. Gonzo (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Studio Series: caRICKatures(9:30pm)
The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.






Tom Garlands Catacombs of Comedy Showcase (10pm) Iowa

City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa
City, IA.

Comedy Open Mic (8:30pm) Harley

Corins, 1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.

Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second

Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA.
The Backroom 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.
Dr. Gonzo (7:30pm) Penguins
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE,
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Studio Series: proXy (9:30pm) The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Island, IL.
The Blacklist: As Seen on TV (9pm)
The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.
The Wonder Bread Years (7:30pm)
Orpheum Theatre, 57 South Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL.


Comedy Open Mic (8:30pm) Harley

Corins, 1708 State St., Bettendorf, IA.




The Circumstantial Comedy Show

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


A fundraiser to benefit the Figge Art Museum

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The taste of New Orleans is coming to the Quad Cities on Fat
Tuesday! Local chefs will be set up in the lobby of the Figge Art
Museum where guests can sample each chefs Cajun creation.

TICKETS $30 in advance $35 day of event or at the door

Purchase tickets at or call 563.326.7804 x2046
Tickets purchased online or over the phone will reserve your spot.
Sponsored by

Davenport, Iowa 563.326.7804


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