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by Rich Miller Quinn Needs Primary Race to Test Himself
by Rich Miller
Quinn Needs Primary
Race to Test Himself

T here’s been quite a bit of private grumbling by Democratic county- party chairs and other party

leaders about Comptroller Dan Hynes’ decision to run in the February primary against Governor Pat Quinn. They worry that Hynes will

unnecessarily divide the party yet again and serve as a constant reminder to voters that Quinn was Rod Blagojevich’s mostly silent lieutenant governor for six years. Hynes’ bid,

and financing candidates. The governor demanded that particular “reform” back when Lisa Madigan, the daughter of the state party chair, was widely believed to be gearing up to run against Quinn. But the other day Quinn refused

to join Hynes’ request that the Cook County Democratic Central Committee avoid slating statewide candidates. After delivering a long, rambling response that didn’t even come close to answering the

question, Quinn

they fret, will only help the Republican Party. That may very well be true. If Hynes loses the primary after spending millions

History shows that Pat Quinn’s campaign skills and instincts are questionable, at best.

was pressed again on the issue and said: “What they do is up to them.” During the slating meeting, Quinn reportedly asked for the party’s

of dollars tying Rod Blagojevich around Pat Quinn’s neck, then Quinn could be served up on a platter in the general election. The best thing the Republicans have going for them right now in this Democratic state is Rod Blagojevich’s ignominious legacy, so any help they can get from the Democratic Party would be eagerly welcomed. But a tough primary race could also turn out to be a good thing for Quinn. Quinn has never won a top-tier race. He lost a general election to George Ryan for secretary of state in 1994. Two years later, Quinn lost a Democratic primary to Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate. History shows that Pat Quinn’s campaign skills and instincts are questionable, at best. Nobody really knows if he has what it takes deep down inside to win the big one. A hot primary race will provide an opportunity to test Quinn’s ability to hold off the Republicans next fall. If he loses to Hynes in February, he probably wouldn’t have won in November, either. If he decisively defeats Hynes in February, he may settle some nervous Democratic stomachs. Quinn is getting better at the game. He hired a top-notch fundraiser in David Rosen, who helped the campaign rake in more than $300,000 in June alone. (Trouble is, Quinn has yet to settle on the rest of his senior campaign team, even though the election is now kicking into a much higher gear.) Quinn has always railed against party slate-making, particularly in Cook County. One of Quinn’s demands during negotiations over the campaign-finance- reform bill was a provision to prevent the Democratic Party of Illinois from slating

endorsement. So now that he’s in a position of power and has the advantage of incumbency, Quinn appears to be beginning to understand that he needs to use whatever leverage he can to achieve a win. At least, he demonstrated it on this issue. The Cook County thing might have been a cynical move, and it might not have even been the “right” thing to do, but what some reformer candidates will never understand is that you can’t govern if you don’t win. Quinn has too often been one of “those” candidates. He could get clobbered in the 2010 general election with that sort of attitude. So yes, Hynes could definitely harm Quinn and the Democratic chances next year with the upcoming primary battle. Ominously, Hynes’ campaign press releases to date have often attempted to tie Quinn to Blagojevich. As any loyal party member should do, Hynes ought to think long and hard about how far he can go before he damages his own side, no matter the outcome. The last two Republican gubernatorial primaries were so nasty and divisive that they contributed significantly to the party’s general-election losses. And the last time an incumbent Democratic governor lost a primary, in 1976, the Republicans won the governor’s mansion and held on to power for 26 years. On balance, though, I think Quinn probably needs this primary race. It’ll give us all a chance to see what he’s really made of.

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by Megan Stephenson

 

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CVB Moves Forward with Cultural Marketing Resource Center

R epresentatives from roughly 60 arts,

on August 26 agreed to create what’s

culture, heritage, and festival organizations

tentatively being called the Cultural Marketing Resource Center to facilitate coordinated marketing for Quad Cities attractions and events. Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Joe Taylor will apply for grants to jump-start the program, with a goal of opening the center by the beginning of 2010. Taylor said that if enough money isn’t raised by November, the opening will be delayed. He added that the center could be funded for two years – including the salary of a director dedicated to arts and culture events – for $150,000. Other sources of revenue discussed at Wednesday’s meeting were hotel/motel taxes, membership fees, and contributions from private and public sources. A 2004 study commissioned by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau suggested the Cultural Marketing Resource Center. (See “Can Arts and Culture Put Heads in Beds?”, River Cities’ Reader Issue 496, September 29-October 5, 2004.) But Taylor said the idea didn’t gain traction because cultural organizations didn’t see a pressing need. That’s changed, he said. Ticket sales and sponsorships have decreased with the sluggish economy, and “judging by the size of the turnout [on Wednesday], these organizations are looking for an extra boost – in audience development, resources, advocacy,” he said. Taylor said the local economy will benefit in the long run by using the center to bring in more visitors. Similar efforts, such as the Midwest Arts Mecca in 2001, lacked the infrastructure that Taylor said the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) can provide. Although his organization was unable to lead the effort five years ago, now “the CVB has stepped up to ‘drive the bus,’” Taylor said in an e-mail. And while the Quad City Presenters is a coalition of more than 40 arts and cultural organizations, it’s not comprehensive. “Everyone’s been so busy keeping the lights on in their individual organizations, it’s been difficult collaborating,” Taylor said. The Cultural Marketing Resource Center will be housed in CVB offices at the newly renovated Union Station in downtown Davenport, providing a place for residents and visitors to learn about arts and culture events and attractions in the Quad Cities. Another element of the initiative is

a centralized online community calendar, with individual organizations responsible for plugging in their events. A director will be the point of contact for all arts and cultural organizations, and will undertake outreach and fundraising. Taylor also said the center will have a 14-person advisory committee. The center is modeled after the Cedar Rapids- based Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, in particular its Web site (CulturalCorridor.org) and community calendar. The alliance has 150 members, and its site gets roughly a million hits per month. Executive Director Joe Jennison – who attended the Quad Cities meeting – said in an interview that his organization has roughly the same budget as has been proposed for the Cultural Marketing Resource Center. He said his job is to be the face of and advocate for arts and culture in the community. Jennison’s way of promoting himself as the go-to guy for arts and culture is what attracted Taylor to the concept. At the August 26 meeting, participants also discussed advertising outside of the Quad Cities, including in major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. Kim Findlay of the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre said she has met many families who find that the Quad Cities offer as much as many big cities, but with easier parking. Susan Skora, CEO of Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, attended the meeting to see if the new cultural center was a good candidate for grant funding. The foundation gave approximately $4 million in grants and scholarships last year, and Skora said she liked the meeting’s outcome and would welcome an application. “I support collaboration, and I support a creative way of doing things,” she said. From institutions such as Quad City Arts and the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre to festivals such as Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival to smaller heritage groups such as the Scottish-American Society of the Quad Cities, those at the meeting emphasized that the Cultural Marketing Resource Center is needed to help the organizations speak with one voice. Sheila Craig, a founding member of the Scottish-American Society, said that while institutions such as the Figge Art Museum have the money to advertise, smaller cultural or heritage societies don’t have the budget. She said this center can provide resources to help smaller organizations.

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by Jeff Ignatius

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A Modest Proposal: Merge Quad Cities First and the Convention & Visitors Bureau

A t the public unveiling in July of Quad

Cities First – the chamber-of-commerce-

controlled replacement for the Quad City

Development Group – I ran into Sean O’Harrow, the executive director of the Figge Art Museum. His presence was a bit of a surprise, given that arts and culture are too rarely mentioned in the same breath as economic development in the Quad Cities. (They weren’t mentioned at the debut of Quad Cities First.) There’s a reason for that: The establishment’s

conception of “economic development” is usually limited to luring employers to our community to create jobs (or at least move them from somewhere else). And the discussion is typically restricted to issues such as tax climate, transportation infrastructure, direct incentives, and workforce. Yet, as O’Harrow pointed out, a community’s culture is essential to attracting people – be they CEOs, workers, or tourists. And he and I wondered whether cultural marketing had been given any consideration as DavenportOne and the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce took control of external economic-development marketing through Quad Cities First. The answer, to the surprise of nobody: not really. That oversight can’t be corrected, so let’s move into third-rail territory and suggest something truly radical: the long-term goal of a merger of Quad Cities First with the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, creating genuinely

unified external marketing with a holistic view of the area – not just business opportunities, but life. “We are one and the same,” said Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Joe Taylor. Asked whether these two types of marketing should be separate in the long run, Taylor was unequivocal: “No, I don’t think they should be. Tourism is economic development,

and economic development is

tourism. ...

I think

a single message from the Quad Cities and a

brand

would be highly beneficial.”

... But “structurally, we’ve established some differences between economic-development structures and tourism structure,” he said. (Taylor was not advocating for a merger; he was responding to specific questions about whether “economic development” and “cultural” marketing were fundamentally different.) Admittedly, there are plenty of logistical and territorial barriers that would prevent such a massive reorganization of community-advocacy assets. Dismantling the Quad City Development Group to build Quad Cities First was a huge task, and it’s indicative of the sensitivity and possessiveness involved that the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce agreed to “endorse” the new concept but not to be swallowed by the newly created Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce. So throwing the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau on top of that was not going to happen. Furthermore, economic-development and

tourism marketing are funded differently – the former through public and private contributions, and the latter through hotel/motel taxes. And, in fairness to the people behind Quad

Cities First, Taylor said cultural organizations have a lot of work to do. When I asked him whether the Quad Cities’ economic-development structures paid enough attention to the arts, he quickly replied: “Ask the arts community as well:

Have they paid enough attention to economic

development?

...

The arts groups need to realize

that they need to be marketing. They need to be involved in economic development. If the

arts groups are only marketing locally

they’re

... probably not being part of economic development

as much as they

need to be.”

... For example, Taylor said, the Putnam Museum

is planning an aviation exhibit in July 2010. “Why don’t they start in June and partner with the [Quad City] Air Show, and talk to Bruce Carter at the airport?” he suggested. “That’s what I need the arts community doing. I need the arts community producing packages that the bureau or whoever can then take out into the marketplace.” Taylor also said arts and cultural organizations need to be proactive in terms of cooperation:

“I see the day coming when funders in the community will say to the arts organizations the same thing that they’re saying to the economic- development organizations now: We want regionalism, we don’t want you duplicating, we want you working together, we want you thinking things through if you want to keep getting our funds. That’s the wake-up call that I think may be

coming

... .

We should have a plan to avoid that

happening.” Taylor last week re-started a discussion about cooperation among arts groups with a “community arts marketing discussion.” (See article on page 6.) So while Quad Cities First finds its feet and Taylor tries to get arts organizations to work more closely with each other, this merger is a fantasy, an idea to explore. Maybe, in five or 10 years, truly coordinated Quad Cities marketing can be discussed as a proposal rather than a concept. As Taylor noted, things move slowly in the Quad Cities. The community arts marketing discussion resurrects an idea from five years ago. The vague threat to de-fund the Development Group was issued three years ago. “We were talking about wayfinding for 10 or 12 years,” Taylor said. “Sometimes in the Quad Cities it takes that long.”

Artificial Separation

The business community isn’t oblivious to the importance of arts and culture to economic development; it’s just been preoccupied. As Steven Bahls, the president of Augustana College and the chair of the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, said in a recent interview: “The cultural marketing is an

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by Lynn Campbell, IowaPolitics.com

Gaming Commission Won’t Push for Second Polk County Casino

T he Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission will not promote a new casino in Polk County – or anywhere else – but will

move forward with plans to hear proposals from five other counties whose voters have approved new gaming facilities, commission members said Thursday. “We owe it to those five counties to give them the best shot and the best look and that’s how we will proceed,” said Commission Chair Greg Seyfer at a meeting at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. Commissioner Kate Cutler added that it’s not the board’s role to encourage communities to apply for new gaming licenses. “We’re not going to promote additional applications,” she said. “That issue should be put to rest.” The five-member board is seeking to quell a furor that arose earlier this month when Peninsula Gaming and Wild Rose Entertainment announced they were both interested in opening a second casino in the Des Moines area. Polk County already has Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Altoona. Michael Galloway of the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors said he does not believe the board is in favor of a second casino in Polk County. “I think it’s been a consensus of this board, from the members I’ve talked to, as well as the executive committee, that we as a board are not interested in exploring further gaming,” Galloway said. Some Iowans feared Polk County might jump ahead of five other communities that have been waiting to apply for new casino licenses. These communities – Fort Dodge, Ottumwa, Lyon County, Tama County, and Franklin County – have until November 9 to submit their applications to the commission. The deadline was extended from October 1 to give the groups more time to develop their financial plans, Seyfer said. Steve Daniel, a Fort Dodge businessman working to bring a casino to his town, said he was glad to hear the commission’s comments:

“They did exactly what they should have. There needs to be a level playing field to present the proposals.” Daniel said he welcomes the extra five weeks to prepare the Fort Dodge application. “In the financial climate of a couple of years ago, it was easy, but now it’s a little more difficult,” he said after the meeting.

Union

Leader Calls for

Political Shake-Up to Get

Labor Bills Passed

Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, called for a political shake-up during his opening statement for this year’s AFL-CIO convention at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, saying the union must support not just Democrats, but candidates who share the union’s priorities. “Too many members have come to believe that we’re simply an extension of the Democratic Party,” Sagar told fellow union members. “That we’re just an ATM for the Democratic Party. That we’re labor ready for the Democratic Party. Those days are gone.” Sagar said the union has tried to protect incumbent candidates by not bringing up issues such as “fair share,” prevailing wage, choice of doctor, and collective bargaining because they “didn’t want to paint a target on them.” But he said the union must instead be more aggressive with its legislative priorities, insisting that its issues shouldn’t take a back seat. “We set back in a defensive position for far too long,” Sagar said. “Somebody once said the best defense is a good offense, and we are going on the offense. We are going to make sure that workers in this state have a strong voice.” Representative Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines), a key advocate of the labor-backed bills, conceded at the convention that he doesn’t expect any of the labor movement’s main legislative issues to be passed in the Iowa legislature next year. “I’m probably going to be realistically pessimistic, I guess, and no, I don’t see those issues getting passed this year unfortunately,” Hunter said. But Hunter said he thinks next year’s elections and an effort to make politicians aware that the union will turn to other candidates if they don’t support those issues will result in future progress. “With that not only threat but actuality, I think those issues will get passed in the next couple years,” he said.

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This weekly summary comes from IowaPolitics.com, an online government and politics news service. IowaPolitics.com staff contributed to this report.

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A ndrew Landers’

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played melody of “Man in the Moon,” the soulful vocals of the earnest “Bittersweet” as it segues into gospel and still finds room for a lovely instrumental break, or the whimsical horn interludes of the offhandedly witty “Superhero,” which imagines Justice League politics and creates a hybrid of Superman and Jesus: “That way I could save people twice. / That would be swell.” Landers is up-front about his Christianity on Beautiful Depravity, but it’s not a sheltered spirituality. On “Lowercase Prophet,” he sings: “I’d rather laugh with the sinners / Cry with the poor / Than fight with the born-again. / Their beautiful stained- glass windows / Seem to only see in.” His ambivalence and openness are magnetic. These songs are grounded in rock-solid faith, but they’re drawn to weakness, shadow, frailty, and nuance:

“Really interested in grace to come about / ’Cause I love Jesus / Just some of his followers / They wear me out.” And Landers is strong enough – as a writer, singer, player, and arranger – that even people who don’t like “church-y” music will likely find much to appreciate here. The record is long, but it has a confident breadth, from the sharp and

economical electric lead of “Typecast” to heartfelt ballads, and it gives Landers plenty of opportunity to explore. When the palette grows, the arrangements are full but clean, and Landers peppers the songs with plenty of surprises. Yet the overall vibe is drawn from a core of songs dominated by piano, acoustic guitar, and voice. Even the weaker tracks have their bright spots. “Iowa Song” extols the green spaces of the Midwest and never gets beyond the pastoral clichés, but it has one indelible image, capturing a certain essential torpor of our region: “neon signs burning at a slower pace.” “Preacher Man” finds more truth, with its singer “writing music for a small world, and this half-pint, mid-size town.” That might sound dismissive, but when Landers wraps his voice around those words, they’re filled with affection.

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For more information on Andrew Landers, visit AndrewLandersProject.com or MySpace.com/andrewlandersproject.

His August CD-release show at the Redstone Room can be watched at LiveStream.com/ TheAlp.

Correction

In a sidebar to the article “Apples and Oranges: Comparing the Costs, Benefits, and Convenience of Organic and Local Produce” (River Cities’ Reader Issue 733, August 19- September 1, 2009), we omitted Main Street Market from the list of local farmers’ markets:

Main Street Market (EastMoline. com/farmersmarket.cfm)

April 30-October 29 Thursdays 2-6 p.m. 15th Avenue and Seventh Street, East Moline

guitarist, singer, and songwriter is “unafraid of complicated topics and looks beyond the easy

sentiment.” So the lead track on

Beautiful Depravity

is titled “Not in My Backyard” and faults folks for keeping a safe distance whenever possible from the horrors of the world: “You might fall into / Someone else’s bad day / ‘Sorry I can’t stay.’” And in the rush of a verse, he sings: “Tell me again / What would Jesus do? / In fact, what will you do?” It’s a risky directness, and the most confrontational track on the whole record. But it’s sweet medicine – propulsive, funky folk led by Landers’ detailed acoustic guitar and a bright piano – and it’s nearly impossible to begrudge the man’s preaching. Crucially, the lyrics don’t exclude their singer, and in the brief liner notes, Landers writes: “These songs reflect both who I am and what I want to become.” That humility is evident in these 17 songs. On “Lowercase Prophet,” for example, the narrator is honest and weary:

“Laying here staring at the ceiling / So tired I’m awake / Trying to unravel my latest mistake.” And when he’s not trying to make us all better people, he’s an observant songwriter, and those two traits sometimes intermingle. “Terminal B” takes in the humanity at an airport – the act of watching individual people makes them matter – and Landers eschews a songwriter’s typical omniscience but understands the importance of specificity: “The intercom lady she’s crazy / I can’t understand a thing / I bet she used to work the drive-through at McDonald’s or Wendy’s or maybe it was Burger King.”

Each song on the generous Beautiful Depravity has something to offer, whether it’s the vulnerable falsetto and delicately

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Walking Tour: Downtown Davenport Architecture, on Saturdays; a walking tour to study the architecture of various buildings; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://figgeart.org, 10:30am thru Sat Sep 26. Art Noir Anti-Social, on the first Saturday of the month; chat with members, tour the galleries, and enjoy discussions of art, music, and culture (and drinks); for information, e-mail artnoir@ desmoinesartcenter.org, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenterl.org/, 12pm thru Sat, Dec 5. Grant Wood Studio and Visitor Center Tours, guided tours of the artist’s home, studio, and most famous works, Fridays thru Sundays; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma. org, 12pm thru Sun Dec 27. Des Moines Art Center Guided Tours, please schedule three weeks in advance; $2/person, $20 minimum; student tours free; for information, call 515-557-6109, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, thru Thu Dec 31. Thursdays at the Figge, weekly program and activities introducing the community to a variety of works and artists, with short, informal gallery talks and new artists featured every week; bar open 5-7pm, tapas served in the Arts Cafe from 5-7pm; $10-$12 tapas fee; for information, call 563-326-7876, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://figgeart.org, 5pm thru Thu Dec 31. Opening Reception for Don Heggen - Carol Boehl Steinmetz - Brent Langley - Tricia Coulson, watercolors by Heggen, Boehl Steinmetz, and Langley, sculpture by Coulson; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 7pm Fri Sep 4. Tara Donovan Exhibit Drop-In Tour, sculpture and installation artist; for information, call 515-277-4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www. desmoinesartcenter.org/, 11:30am Sat Sep 5 and Sat Sep 12. Mississippi River Summer Photo Contest Reception, featuring the winning photos in categories of wildlife, recreation, and landscape, in professional and amateur divisions; for information, call 815-259-3628, Thomson Causeway, off Illinois 84, Thomson, IL, 2pm Sun Sep 6. Conversation on Art: Jen Mergel on Tara Donovan, Jen Mergel, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston speaks about Tara Donovan’s sculptures at the Des Moines Art Center; free admission, reservations required; for tickets, visit IowaTIX.com or call 515-277-3727 beginning August 17., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www. desmoinesartcenter.org, 6:30pm Wed Sep 9. Conversations on Art: Jen Mergel on Tara Donovan, discussion on the works of sculpture and installation artist; for information, call 515-277-4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/, 6:30pm Wed Sep 9. Artist Reception for Mark Mess and John Spiteri, photography by Mess, ceramics by Spiteri; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, 7pm Fri Sep 11. Reception for “Detained in Purgatory”, works by Margaret Stratton; for information, call 563-209-1287, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/catich,

5pm Fri Sep 11. Creative Connections - Artists in Action: Kathryn Hagy, Photography, learn about the art professor’s artistic process; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 10:30am Sat Sep 12. smART Family Weekend Second Saturday, “Drawing in the Galleries” of the Des Moines Art Center; for information visit DesMoinesArtCenter.org., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 10:15am Sat Sep 12. Beaux Arts Fair, bi-annual art festival featuring dozens of artisans displaying and selling their works, live music, children’s activities, a food court, and more; free; for information, call 563- 386-1724 or 563-340-7977, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.beauxartsfair.com, 10am Sat Sep 12 thru Sun Sep 13. smART Family Weekend Second Sunday, “Flourishing Flowers” at the Des Moines Art Center; for information visit DesMoinesArtCenter.org., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 1pm Sun Sep 13. Fabulous Art Fridays, a variety of oil, acrylic, and mixed- media pieces; photography; jewelry; fabric designs; the opening reception for featured fall artists Kara Fedje and Nicole Cisne Durbin; for information, call 563-271-9740 or e-mail sarah@ robbdesigns.com, Black Canvas Studio & Gallery, 822 1/2 15th Ave., East Moline, IL, 7pm Fri Sep 18. Opening Reception for Kara Fedje and Nicole Cisne Durbin, as part of the Fabulous Art Fridays event; for information, call 563- 271-9740 or e-mail sarah@robbdesigns.com, Black Canvas Studio & Gallery, 822 1/2 15th Ave., East Moline, IL, 7pm Fri Sep 18. Reception for “The Mandala Project”, for information, call 563-333-6254, Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin/ morrissey.html, 5:30pm Fri Sep 18. Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, the 22nd year of the region’s premier fine-arts festival; for information, visit MidCoast.org, Lindsay Park, River Drive and Mound Street, Davenport, IA, Sat Sep 19 and Sun Sep 20. Gallery Talk: Amy Worthen, Amy Worthen, curator of prints and drawings at the Des Moines Art Center, discusses the work in “Art in Ruins”; free admission; for information visit DesMoinesArtCenter.org., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 6:30pm Thu Sep 24. Is This Our Princeps? Reflections on an Unusual Augustan Portrait in Cedar Rapids, University of Iowa professor emeritus Richard De Puma discusses an important portrait of the Emperor Augustus; with a book-signing of his recent “Art in Roman Life:

Villa to Grave”; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma. org, 7pm Thu Sep 24. 3rd Annual Art Inside Out Celebration, art activities, live music, interactive dance, strolling entertainment, tours, food vendors, games on the lawn, museum shop specials, and more; for information, contact Debra Lehmann at 515-271-0336 or dlehmann@desmoinesartcenter.org, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/, 12pm Sat Sep 26. Des Moines Art Center Gala, celebrate the grandeur of the John and Marry Pappajohn Sculpture Park; for information, contact Debra Lehmann at 515-271-0336 or dlehmann@ desmoinesartcenter.org, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/, Sat Sep 26. Family Fun Day, activities for children of all ages on the

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THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw
THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw
THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw

THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II

In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw the release of both The Final

liquid – are particularly, dishearteningly uninspired. The movie’s too lightweight to be embarrassing, and there are some nice comedic touches, as when our nominal hero attempts to rescue his girlfriend from certain death in a cineplex, but doesn’t know

Destination – the fourth in the popular series of cheat-death-and-pay-the-price splatter flicks, presented (on some screens) in eyeball-gouging 3D – and Halloween II, writer/director Rob Zombie’s sequel to his 2007 remake of John Carpenter’s horror classic. But for fellow genre fans wondering which of the two makes for a more gratifying fright film, I’m afraid it’s a draw; the former is kind of fun but mostly terrible, while the latter is kind of

fascinating but almost no

fun at all. The latest, potentially last, and easily least of its franchise entries, The Final Destination doesn’t deviate one iota from its proven blueprint, in which generic victims-in-waiting narrowly escape a catastrophic tragedy, and wind up being killed anyway through a series of grotesque and comically convoluted “accidents.” Yet as someone who’s enjoyed all three of the previous Destinations (despite my enjoyment waning a tad with each new entry), I wasn’t really bothered by the movie’s slavish devotion to formula. The design may be predictable, but it’s still reasonably effective, and if I’m going to watch blandly pretty things die for 80 minutes straight, I’d much rather it be through hubris and fate than via some hulking brute with a butcher’s knife. Your first hint, though, that The Final Destination isn’t going to be the schadenfreude-rific good time you’re hoping for comes relatively early. In what has become as recognizable a cinematic ritual as the pre-credits chase scene in a James Bond picture, the movie’s prelude presents us with a deteriorating locale – here, it’s a motor speedway in serious need of repair – and a number of potential, seemingly unrelated hazards (a broken stadium seat, an oil spill on the racetrack). Our entertainment stems from the giggly anticipation in watching these warning signs converge, resulting in a veritable mouse trap of carnage. In director David R. Ellis’ sequel, however, you’re more likely to be giggling derisively; the glaringly phony CGI explosions and cartoonish, in-your-face effects pull you out of the movie at the exact moments you should be wincing – and, in the film’s 3D presentation, ducking – in terror. Given the blandly uncommitted acting by the personality-deprived cast, there was hardly a chance that we’d be emotionally engaged in The Final Destination. But beginning with that opening calamity, what’s disappointing is how little we’re engaged on any other level; beyond the shoddy visuals, the protracted setups to the subsequent deaths – nearly all of them involving some combination of faulty equipment and an overflow of

which of the eight auditoriums she’s in, as they’re all showing the same movie. Yet there’s no getting around the film’s lazy, going-through-the-motions vibe. Even with the glasses, it’s a depressingly one- dimensional experience.

Zombie’s sequel, meanwhile, is also a pretty tough sit, even though it’s a considerable improvement on his crass, brutal, and achingly boring Halloween revamp, and

the auteur definitely

earns points for

eccentricity; any movie that provides roles for Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Howard Hesseman, Margot Kidder, and “Weird Al” Yankovic can’t be completely disregarded. The first half hour is an effective-enough condensation of the original Halloween II, with tortured sibling Laurie Strobe (Scout Taylor- Compton, forever in hysterics) evading unkillable brother Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) in a nearly vacant hospital, and Zombie staging the shocks and dread with considerable force and visual acuity. To be sure, this extended prelude is overly grim, and God knows it continually defies logic. (How does this seven-foot-tall bruiser keep sneaking up on people?) But if you heed the clues, Zombie very clearly establishes that the lack of logic is intentional, and his risky, rather witty opening reels culminate in a wonderfully disconcerting aural running gag, in which every television set in the hospital is tuned to the exact same program: a black-and-white, ’60s-era performance of the Moody Blues singing “Knights in White Satin.” (Damn Zombie – I’ll never hear that song in the same way again.) Ironically, though, once Halloween II diverges from the outline of its inspiration, Zombie’s own inspiration seems to dry up, and the next hour-plus degenerates into a shapeless, confounding mélange of questionable pop psychology, borderline- pretentious dream imagery, painfully overwrought performances, and increasingly tired “Boo!” effects. I’d be lying if I said the results weren’t frequently intriguing; Zombie’s compositions and employment of dank, evocative color schemes suggest that, despite Halloween II’s vulgarity, there actually is an artist at work here. But it remains a depressingly unsatisfying horror escapade. At the screening I attended, some back-row patrons began vocalizing their displeasure with greater and greater (and ever-more-irritating) vehemence, with one finally blurting out “This movie sucks!” A guy in the front row responded, “You suck!” Turns out they were both right.

eccentricity; any movie that provides roles for Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Howard Hesseman, Margot Kidder, and

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Haley Webb and Nick Zano in The Final Destination

Haley Webb and Nick Zano in The Final Destination

THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw
THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw
THE FINAL DESTINATION AND HALLOWEEN II In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw
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works of Norman Rockwell; held in conjunction with the exhibits “Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction” and

works of Norman Rockwell; held in conjunction with the exhibits “Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction” and “The American century”; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 11am Sat Sep 26. Pappajohn Sculpture Park Community Celebration, celebrate the opening of the Des Moines Art Center’s sculpture park; for information visit DesMoinesArtCenter.org, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www. desmoinesartcenter.org, 1pm Sun Sep 27. Fall Metro Gallery Tour, locations include ARA Gallery & Interiors, CornerHouse Gallery & Frame, Campbell Steele Gallery, Wiederspan Gallery, and Apple Creek Gallery; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 5pm Fri Oct 2. Iowa City Gallery Walk, artwork, artist demonstrations, and more at 19 venues; for information, call 319-351-8686, Downtown Iowa City, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowa-artisans-gallery.com, 5pm Fri Oct 2. Creative Connections - Artists in Action: Barbara Bernier, Paper Marbling, learn about the artist’s process; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 10am Sat Oct 3. Grand Opening of “Immigrant Experience”, new permanent exhibit; for information, call 563-322-8844, German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.gahc. org, Sat Oct 3. Reception for “Pen to Paper”, works by Leslie Bell, Renee Meyer Ernst, and Kristin Quinn; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www. sau.edu/catich, 5pm Fri Oct 9. Left Bank Art League’s Fall Art Festival, along with Apple Fest and Market Days; go “passionately pink” for breast-cancer research; food, fun, and art; for information, call Diane Wall at 563-343-2765 or e-mail iipics@hotmail.com, LeClaire Riverfront, LeClaire, IA, http://www.leftbankartleague.org, 10am Sat Oct 10 thru Sun Oct 11. Artist Meet & Greet: Brent Langley & Paul Riewerts, landscape paintings by Langley, photography by Riewerts; $5-$1; for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http:// www.qcgardens.com, 2pm Sun Oct 11. Deadstock, one night of rest in peace, music, and zombies; for information, visit MidCoast.org, Col Ballroom, 1012 W. 4th St., Davenport, IA, 5am Fri Oct 23. Opening Reception for Les Bell & Peter Xiao, paintings; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 7pm Fri Oct 23. Reception for “Migration Interpretation”, for information, call 563-333-6254, Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin/ morrissey.html, 5:30pm Fri Oct 23. Final Friday: Bucktown Event/Reception, for information, visit BucktownArts.com, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, 6pm Fri Oct 30. Creative Connections - Artists in Action: Naser & Patricia Shahrivar, Landscapes in Oils, learn about the team’s artistic process; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 10:30am Sat Nov 7. Artist Reception for Jonathan Barnewolt and Mark Baker, multi-media by Barnewolt, sculpture by Baker; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, 7pm Fri Nov 13. Sight & Sound: Celebrate the Unexpected, biennial gala to support programming at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Orchestra Iowa; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Country Club, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 6:30pm Sat Nov 14. Final Friday: Bucktown Event/Reception, for information, visit BucktownArts.com, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, 6pm Fri Nov 27. Christmas Craft Show, for information, call 309-788-5912 or visit QCCAExpoCenter.com, QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, 5am Fri Nov 27 thru Sun Nov 29. Gallery Hop! in the District, for information, visit RIDistrict. com, The District of Rock Island, 16 1/2 St., Rock Island, IL, 5pm Fri Dec 4. Opening Reception for Louise Rauh - Diane Naylor - Elizabeth Shriver, aluminum by Rauh, painting by Naylor, and ceramic sculpture by Shriver; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www. quadcityarts.com, 7pm Fri Dec 4. Reception for “Senior Honor Exhibits”, works by SAU students graduating with degrees in fine arts and graphic design; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/catich, 5pm Fri Dec 4.

Exhibits & Shows

Before Anime: Japanese Prints from Superhuman to

Superflat, a selection of Japanese color woodcuts from the permanent collections, examining the subject matter, style, and technique of traditional Japanese prints, and exploring the continuity and transformation of traditional prints’ imagery in light

of contemporary comics and animation; for information, call 515- 277-4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, thru Sun Sep 6. Below the Surface: A 21st Century Look at the Prairie, artists include Delores De Wilde Bina, Matilda Essig, Barbara Fedeler, Justin Gibbens, Wendy Hollander, Carl Kurtz, Sally Kuzma, Jim Lee, Peggy Macnamara, Marguerite Perret, Joseph Scheer, John Spence, Priscilla Steele, and Tilly Woodward, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, http://www.grinnell.edu/ faulconergallery, thru Sun Sep 6. Hugh Lifson: Poets and Places, contemporary-art exhibit; Mon-Fri 5-9pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-5pm; for information, call 309-763-0006, Phoenix Art Gallery, 1530 5th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.atthephoenix.com, thru Mon Sep 7. Pamela Ohnemus, natural landscape paintings; $5-$1 exhibit admission; for information, call 309-794-0991, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, thru Fri Sep 11. Tara Donovan, works by sculpture and installation artist; for information, call 515- 277-4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, thru Sun Sep 13. Mark Hubbart and Debora Stewart, portraits by Hubbart, mixed media by Stewart; for information, call 563-243-3300, River Arts Center, 229 5th Ave S, Clinton, IA, thru Sun Sep 20. SUR.REALITIES: Ceramic Sculpture by Thaddeus Erdahl, works by nationally recognized clay sculptor and University of Northern Iowa graduate; free; for information, call 319-291-4490, Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo, IA, http://www.waterloocenterforthearts.org, thru Sun Sep 20. Bill Wohlford - Kim McCool, thru Sept 30; multi-media by Wohlford, porcelain by McCool; for information, visit MidCoast. org, MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline, IL, thru Sat Sep 26. David Genac - Linda Smith, thru Sept 30; photography by Genac, ceramics by Smith; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL, thru Sat Sep 26. Katie Kiley - Mark Baker, drawings and prints by Kiley, sculpture by Baker, Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, 900 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire, IA, http://www.midcoast.org, thru Sat Sep 26. John Bloom: Visions of Iowa, murals, easel paintings, sculpture, and prints by Midwestern artist; for information, contact Heather at 563-326-7804, ext 2045 or haaronson@ figgeartmuseum.org, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://figgeart.org, thru Sun Sep 27. Alice in Wonderland Conservatory Summer Display, $1 ages 16 and older, under 16 free; free admission on Tuesdays; for information, call 563-323-3298, Vander Veer Botanical Center, 215 Central Park, Davenport, IA, http://www.citydavenportiowa.com, thru Wed Sep 30. Charles Walzem, 25 energetic paintings by the late artist, a blend of direct observation, photographic documentation, and playful imagination; for information, call 309-786-1566, doeGALLERY, Bucktown Center for the Arts - 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.theartfeed.com, thru Wed Sep 30. Creative Expressions, art exhibit by the group Artists Unlimited, with pieces for sale; Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 9am- 5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun noon-4pm, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, thru Wed Sep 30. Sara Slee Brown: Artistic Vision vs Technology, classically trained painter working with modern digital technology; for information, call 319-338-4442, The Chait Galleries Downtown, 218 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA, thru Wed Sep 30. Trent Foltz - Kelly Bissell, photography by Foltz, wood works by Bissell; for information, visit MidCoast.org, Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, 900 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire, IA, thru Wed Sep

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Detained in Purgatory, images of Alcatraz, Eastern State Penitentiary, Ellis Island, and other prisons by Margaret Stratton; free; for information, call 563-209-1287, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/catich, thru Fri Oct 2. Paper Trail: A Decade of Acquisitions from the Walker Art Center, for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://figgeart.org, thru Sat Oct 3. The Light of God: Significant Visionary Works, evolving group exhibit featuring works by Iowan, national, and international artists, working in sacred art; Wed-Sat noon-4:30pm, Sun 1-4pm; for information, call 641-472-8135 or e-mail info@ emeraldgalleryart.com, Emerald Gallery, 56 S Main St, on the east side of Fairfield Square, Fairfield, IA, http://www.emeraldgalleryart. com, thru Sat Oct 3. Don Heggen - Carol Boehl Steinmetz - Brent Langley - Tricia Coulson, watercolors by Heggen, Boehl Steinmetz, and Langley, and sculpture by Coulson; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www. quadcityarts.com, thru Fri Oct 9. Wings & Whimsy: Recent Drawings & Dolls by Emily J.G. Vermillion, recent drawings and dolls from Iowa City artists; for information, call 319-351-8686, Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowa-artisans-gallery. com, thru Sun Oct 11. Brewery Ephemera, $2, free for members; for information, call 563-3228844, http://www.gahc.org, thru Sun Oct 18. Summer Drawing Academy Exhibition, works by Summer Drawing Academy participants and instructors; for information,

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fine Royal Dux porcelain pieces, glass and crystal, and more; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, thru Thu Dec

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call 563-326-7804, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://figgeart.org, thru Sun Oct 18. Color in Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad, 50 paintings, etchings and drawings by Joseph Holston created to capture the essence of the courage and determination required to escape, and to enhance understanding of the condition of slavery and the powerful instinct toward freedom; for information, call 563-263-8282, Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine, IA, http://www.muscatineartcenter. org, thru Sun Oct 25. Catherine Jones Davies

  • - Chuck Vitello - Treva Haney, thru Oct 31; photography; for

information, visit MidCoast.org,

MidCoast at the RiverCenter, 136

  • E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, thru Sat Oct 31.

Global Gathering Art

Display and Exhibit, for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, thru Sat Oct 31. Mark Mess - John Spiteri, photography by Mess, ceramics by Spiteri; for information, visit

MidCoast.org, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, thru Sat Oct 31. Patricia Armato - Michael Payne, stone & bronze by Armato, pastels by Payne; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts at the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Airport Rd, Moline, IL, http:// www.quadcityarts.com, thru Sat Oct 31. Union Group Show

  • - Steven Carleson, with mixed media by Carleson; for

information, visit MidCoast.org, thru Sat Oct 31. Jack “The Door Guy” Wilhoit, for information, call

563-940-1504, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. bucktownarts.com, thru Thu Dec 31. A Legacy for Iowa:

Pollock’s Mural and Modern Masterworks, Works from the University of Iowa Museum of Art; for more information visit UIowa.edu/uima, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/uima, thru Thu Dec 31. Art in Roman Life, over 50 works, including coins, glass vessels, ceramic lamps, marble sculptures, and more; for information, call 319-366-7503, http://www.crma.org, thru Thu Dec 31. From Humble Beginnings:

Lincoln’s Illinois 1830-1861, thru Jan. 10; learn about the Illinois that Lincoln knew through objects and stories of the people who lived there; free; for information, call 217-782- 7386, Illinois State Museum, 502

  • S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL,

http://www.museum.state.il.us, thru Thu Dec 31.

The Age of Progressive Reform: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917, exhibit examining the period leading up to WWI when America was transformed into a modern industrialized society; highlights include government legislation to improve labor conditions and reign in big business, the establishment

of women’s voting rights, and the efforts of reform groups to improve urban conditions and address the impact of immigration; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, Tue Sep 8 thru

Tue Oct 6. Norman Rockwell: Fact and Fiction, featuring five, newly conserved and restored watercolors by the master artist, along with numerous photographs taken by local photographer Wes Panek, investigating the many facts and fictions associated with Rockwell’s Cedar Rapids visit; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Sat Sep 12 thru Thu Dec 31. This American Century, highlighting the many movements of 20th Century art; for information, call 319-366- 7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of

Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Sat Sep 12 thru Tue Nov 24. Mandala Sand Painting, geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols used to re- consecrate the earth and its inhabitants; for information, call 563-333-6251, St. Ambrose University Library, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin, Tue Sep 15 thru Fri Sep 18. Brent Langley - Paul Riewerts, nature paintings by Langley, photography by Riewerts; in the hallway gallery; $5-$1; for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@ qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. qcgardens.com, Tue Sep 15 thru Sat Oct 31. The Mandala Project, for information, call Eileen Eitrheim at 563-333-6254, Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau. edu/galvin/morrissey.html, Fri Sep 18 thru Wed Nov 18. Kara Fedje & Nicole Cisne Durbin, for information, call 563-271-9740 or e-mail sarah@ robbdesigns.com, Black Canvas Studio & Gallery, 822 1/2 15th Ave., East Moline, IL, Fri Sep 18 thru Fri Nov 20. Molecules That Matter, large models of molecules, important works of contemporary art that comment on these materials, and works of popular culture; artists include Roxy paine, Alexis Rockman, Dan Peterman, and Ed Ruscha, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, http://www.grinnell.edu/ faulconergallery, Fri Sep 25 thru

Music D-12 The Redstone Room Tuesday, September 22, 9 p.m. W ith members including recording sensations

Music

D-12

The Redstone Room

Tuesday, September 22, 9 p.m.

W ith members including recording sensations Eminem, Bizarre, Kon

Artis, Kuniva, and Swift, the hip-hop and rap powerhouses of D-12 will bring their North American tour to Davenport’s Redstone Room on September 22. And

in a DaShadySpot.com interview, D-12

co-founder Proof (who was killed in 2006) discussed the group’s origins. “We all knew each other growing up in Detroit,” Proof recalled. “I used to sneak Em into my school lunchroom just so he could battle. Later, when we started battling once a month at Maurice Malone’s Hip- Hop Shop, everybody had a crew, so we decided to form our own. That’s how D-12 was born. Before we even thought about making records, our only goal was to be like verbal ninjas and kick ass.” To be sure, D-12 has gone on to do much more than that, with the group’s CDs Devil’s Night and D-12 World debuting at number one on Billboard’s top-200 chart, and sold-out tour destinations from coast to coast. I’d better mention, though, that while you do see the artist in the bottom-right corner of the accompanying photo, Eminem himself actually won’t be performing during D-12’s Davenport concert. We probably should’ve

digitally excised his picture from that group shot, but it is, after all, Eminem – no one here wants our asses kicked. D-12 will, however, perform alongside opening hip- hop acts Potluck and Cribbs, and the rest

of the Redstone Room’s fall calendar can be viewed at RedstoneRoom.com. – Mike

Schulz

Thu Dec 31.

Ali Kirsh - Carolyn Krueger,

mixed media; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL, Thu Oct 1 thru Tue Nov 24. Lori Reed - Robert Reed, mixed media by Lori, sculpture by Robert; for information, visit MidCoast.org, Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, 900 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire, IA, Thu Oct 1 thru Tue Nov 24. Naidine D’Angelo - Belinda Talbot, photography and drawing by D’Angelo, photography by Talbot; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline, IL, Thu Oct 1 thru Tue Nov 24. Iowa Artisans Gallery 25th Birthday Exhibit, for information,

Grand Wood: In Focus, a single-gallery installation culled from the museum’s extensive collection; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, thru Thu Dec 31. Malvina Hoffman: Rodin’s Last Student, works from famed sculptor; for information, call 319-366-7503, http://www.crma.org, thru Thu Dec 31. Mauricio Lasansky, new takes on the important Iowa City artist; for information, call 319-366-7503, http://www.crma.org, thru Thu Dec 31. Treasures from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Collection, examples of fine, folk, and decorative art, textiles embellished with beads and embroidery, costumes,

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call 319-351-8686, Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowa-artisans-gallery.com, Fri Oct 2 thru Mon Nov 9. German American Immigrant Experience, new permanent exhibit in newly-quadrupled exhibit space; for information, call 563-322-8844, German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.gahc.org, Sat Oct 3 thru Thu Dec 31. Pen to Paper, works in print, etchings, charcoal, and more by Leslie Bell, Renee Meyer Ernst, and Kristin Quinn; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/catich, Tue Oct 6 thru Fri Nov 20. Les Bell - Peter Xiao, paintings; for information, call 309-793- 1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http:// www.quadcityarts.com, Fri Oct 16 thru Fri Nov 27. Migration Interpretation, for information, call Eileen Eitrheim at 563-333-6254, Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin/ morrissey.html, Fri Oct 23 thru Tue Nov 24. Jay Stratton - Matt Moyer - Karen Kurka Jensen, wood by Stratton, clay by Moyer, American sumi-e by Kurka Jensen; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts at the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Airport Rd, Moline, IL, http://www. quadcityarts.com, Sun Nov 1 thru Thu Dec 31. Jonathan Barnewolt - Mark Baker, multi-media by Barnewolt, sculpture by Baker; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, Sun Nov 1 thru Thu Dec 31. Pamela Ohnemus - Betsy Zmuda-Swanson - Natalie Nelson, acrylics by Ohnemus, oils by Zmuda-Swanson, photography by Nelson; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.midcoast. org, Sun Nov 1 thru Thu Dec 31. Handmade for the Holidays, annual festival of holiday ornaments, seasonal items, and unusual gifts; for information, call 319-351-8686, Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowa-artisans-gallery.com, Fri Nov 13 thru Tue Nov 24. David Houk - Jeanne O’Melia, mixed media by Houk, sculpture by O’Melia; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL, Tue Dec 1 thru Sun, Jan 31. Diane Bruce - Brent Langley, pastels and watercolors by Bruce, oils, acrylics, and watercolors by Langley; for information, visit MidCoast.org, MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline, IL, Tue Dec 1 thru Sun Jan 31. Senior Honors Exhibits, works by SAU students graduating with degrees in fine arts and graphic design; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/catich, Tue Dec 1 thru Fri Dec 18. William Hannan, mixed media; for information, visit MidCoast. org, Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, 900 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire, IA, Tue Dec 1 thru Sun Jan 31. Louise Rauh - Diane Naylor - Elizabeth Shriver, aluminum by Rauh, paintings by Naylor, ceramic sculpture by Shriver; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, Fri Dec 4 thru Fri, Jan 8.

Classes

Dawn’s Hide & Bead Away Open Studio Night, on Thursdays, share beading techniques and offer and receive technical assistance; participants are welcome to bring their own materials, projects, and ideas; torch studio available to those with experience for $12/four hours; for information, call 319-338-1566, Dawn’s

Hide & Bead Away, 220 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA, http://www. dawnsbeads.com, thru Thu Dec 31. Make ’n’ Take Painting Class, choose between 5-6:30pm, and 6:30-8pm; make a floral painting; $15; for information, call 309-523-3440, River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, IL, http://www.rivervalleylibrary.org, 5pm Fri Sep 4. The Spirit of Sumi-e: Introduction to East Asian Brush

Painting, Saturdays thru Oct. 17; led by Karen Kurka Jensen; morning classes from 10:30am-12:30pm, afternoon classes from 1:30-3:30pm; the ancient art form of ink painting; $210; to sign up, call 319-396-9735 or e-mail karenkurkajensen@gmail.com, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http:// www.crma.org, Sat Sep 5. Animal Sketching, learn the basics of drawing any animal; $32; to register, call 309-796-8223, Black Hawk College Outreach Center, 301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, IL, 6pm Thu Sep 10. Ikebana Art Class, Sundays thru Oct. 4; learn about the Japanese art of flower arranging, the history of Ikebana, and its modern-day art forms, using natural lines, shapes, and color combinations; $70; to register, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@ qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, 2pm Sun Sep 13. Calaveras Workshop, Part 1 of 2, Part 2 will be October 11; for information visit DesMoinesArtGallery.org., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartgallery. org, 12:30pm Sun Sep 20. Bauernmalerei, with instructor Jeaniie Elliott; learn the folk art style of decorating utilitarian objects, and try you hand at painting a bookmark with a Bauernmalerei motif; a Global Gathering Germany event; for information, call 563-344-4191, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 1pm Mon Sep 21. Scherenschnitte Workshop, Keith Bonnstetter will teach the traditional German art of paper-cutting for teens and adults; bring

a small pair of sharp scissors, such as embroidery scissors, and your creativity; free; for information, call 563-344-4191, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 10am Sat Oct 3. Fraktur, with Bill Hannan; learn about the artistic and elaborate illuminated folk art executed in ink and/or watercolor; materials supplied; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Oct 8. Silk Painting, Oct. 20 & 27; with instructor Beth peters; create your own wearable hand-painted 36” x 36” scarf; bring 4 baby food jars with lids, small watercolor bushes, 1 ice-cube tray; $60; to register, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. qcgardens.com, 6pm Tue Oct 20. The Spirit of Sumi-e: Introduction to East Asian Brush Painting, Saturdays thru Dec. 5 (with a break on Nov. 28); led by Karen Kurka Jensen; morning classes from 10:30am-12:30pm, afternoon classes from 1:30-3:30pm; the ancient art form of ink painting; $210; to sign up, call 319-396-9735 or e-mail karenkurkajensen@gmail.com, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Sat Oct 24.

Calls For Entry

Quad City Animal Welfare Center 2009 “Cutest Pet Photo” Contest, open to all Quad City residents; photos must be in color, show one pet per photo, and be no larger than 5” by 7”; may submit up to 5 photos; $5 entry fee per photo; proceeds benefit the center; for more information, call 309-787-6830, Quad City Animal Welfare Center, 724 W 2nd Ave, Milan, IL, http://www. qcawc.org, thru Thu Sep 10. Volunteers Needed for Riverssance Festival, seeking volunteers for Sept. 19 & 20 festival, to take money, make change, hand out maps, stamp hands, patrol the grounds, man artists’ booths, and more; for information, e-mail Carolyn Krueger at 309- 781-7668, Lindsay Park, River Drive and Mound Street, Davenport, IA, thru Sun Sep 20. Des Moines Art Center Arts and Ends Call for Entry, donate gently used items (such as fine furniture, silver, crystal, rugs, linens, china, artwork, jewelry, etc.) to the Des Moines Art Center’s Arts and Ends sale, scheduled for April 30-May 2, 2010; to donate, contact Debra Lehmann at 515-271-0336 or dlehmann@ desmoinesartcenter.org., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, thru Tue Nov 24.

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Concerts

Hawkapalooza featuring Lupe Fiasco, Grammy Award- winning artist in this inaugural concert event, beginning with a pep rally and ending with the concert; presented by The Hawk’s Nest and SCOPE Productions; free; for information, call 319-335- 3041, Hubbard Park, 51 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA, http://www. scopeproductions.org, 6:30pm Thu Sep 3. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Grammy-winning rocker and her lead-guitarist husband in concert; $35-$20; for tickets, call 800-THE-ISLE, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.theislebettendorf.com, 7:30pm Thu Sep 3. Riders in the Sky, the nation’s premier comedy/western musicians; $25-$22; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7pm Thu Sep 3. A Night to Honor Our Heroes Military Concert, featuring Michael W. Smith; for information, call 563-209-5074, LeClaire Park, River Dr & Ripley St, Davenport, IA, 3pm Sat Sep 5. Rock the Park: Orion Fall Festival, a Battle of the Bands event sponsored by Main Street Orion; 1st place prize: $200 and opening act that evening for Coupe DeVille street dance from 8-9pm; 2nd place prize: $100; for information, call Lisa at 309-526-8299 or e- mail director@mainstreetorion.com, Orion Community Bandshell, Orion, IL, 3pm Sat Sep 5. Tenth Avenue North, free; for information, call 319-364-0633, First Church of the Nazarene - Cedar Rapids, 3113 1st Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA, Sat Sep 5. The Matt Stedman Band, rock ’n’ roll, blues, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, funk, and zydeco musicians; a presentation in the annual Music on the Green Concert Series, on the recreation field adjacent to the inn; free; food and beverages available for purchase; for information, call Barbara Sue Schubert at 815-776-5059, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL, http://www. eagleridge.com, 6pm Sat Sep 5. Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, an extravagantly costumed, meticulously choreographed tribute to the late King of Pop, spanning three decades of music; $20-$15; for tickets, call 800-THE-ISLE, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. theislebettendorf.com, 4 and 7:30pm Mon Sep 7. Yid Vicious, Midwestern Klezmer band; free; for information, call 309-732-READ, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.ripl.lib.il.us, 7pm Wed Sep 9. Brown Bag Lunch: Opera Quad Cities, performing arias from various operas by German composers; coffee from Dewey’s Cafe provided; a Global gathering Germany event; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 12:15pm Fri Sep 11.

Papa Duke, Slavic, gypsy, pop, and jazz with master violinist Vasyl Popadiuk; a Community Concert Association presentation; $10-$5; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, U.S. Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.uscellularcenter.com, 7:30pm Fri Sep 11. The Temptations, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers in concert; $60- $22.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.iwirelesscenter.com, 7pm Fri Sep 11. Iowa Women’s Music Festival, featuring Michelle Shocked, Carolyn Wonderland, Shelley King, Cosy Sheridan, Tracy Walker, Lynne Rothrock, and emcee Kim-Char Meredith; food and vendors, an auction; bring blankets and chairs for grass seating; free; for information, call 319-335-1486 or e-mail festival@prairievoices.net, Upper City Park, Dubuque Rd & Park St, Iowa City, IA, http://www. prairievoices.net, 12pm Sat Sep 12. Peoria Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Michael Butterman and pianist Andrew Von Oeyen; $72-$36; for tickets, call 309-671-1096, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 8pm Sat Sep 12. Riverfront Pops, a presentation by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Mark Russell Smith and vocalist Steve Lippia, performing the music of Frank Sinatra; the concert will end with the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and fireworks; $20-$17, ages 12 & under free; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), LeClaire Park, River Dr & Ripley St, Davenport, IA, http:// www.qcsymphony.com, 6:30pm Sat Sep 12. Second Sunday Summer Concert Series: Sarah Snydacker, classical vocalist from Muscatine; food available for purchase, bring lawn chairs; free, but donations accepted; for information, call 563- 260-2772, Pearl Plaza, 208 W. 2nd St., Muscatine, IA, http://www. muscatineartscouncil.org, 6pm Sun Sep 13. Classical Guitar with a Taste of Jazz, guitarist Kevin Hubbard presents a program featuring classical pieces from various eras, jazz standards, folk songs, and originals; with a brief history of the guitar, composers’ backgrounds, and anecdotes; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Mon Sep 14. Lyrebird Ensemble, with Ellen Huntington on flute and Lillian Lau on harp; for information, call 309-794-7233, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Tue Sep 15. Dave Mason, singer-songwriter from the legendary band Traffic; $35-$29; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Thu Sep 17. The Young Dubliners, Celtic and Irish rock in the band’s first Quad Cities appearance; all-ages show; $15-$12; for tickets, call 563-326-8820, Capitol Theatre, 330 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.thecapdavenport, 8pm Thu Sep 17. Buckcherry, noted rockers in concert; $29.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA, http://www. valairballroom.com, 8pm Fri Sep 18. The Mystical Arts of Tibet, ancient pieces created for environmental, social, and individual healing, played on traditional Tibetan instruments, with chanting and dancing; $11-$6; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin, 7:30pm Fri Sep 18. Piano Dedication Recital, for information, call 309-794-7233, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Sat Sep 19. The Music Men Barbershop Chorus, performing everything from doo-wop to barbershop to gospel to patriotic tunes; $15- $8; for tickets and information, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www. ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 7pm Sat Sep 19. Faculty Recital: Deborah Dakin, viola recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 4pm Sun Sep 20. Buckcherry, rockers in concert, with opening acts Saving Abel, Red, and The Last Vegas; $35-$29.75; for tickets, call 800- 745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www. iwirelesscenter.com, 7pm Tue Sep 22. Faculty Recital: Susan Bawden, bassoon recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana. edu/academics/music, 8pm Tue Sep 22. The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, a Cedar Rapids Community Concert; music and comedy covering Bourbon Street to Broadway; for ticket information, call 319-540-2301, U.S. Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. CRCommunityConcerts.org, 7:30pm Tue Sep 22. D12, Billboard chart-toppers in concert with Potluck; $20-$15; for information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 9pm Tue Sep

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Voice Seminar, for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu/academics/music, 10:45am Tue Sep 22, 10:45am Tue Oct 6, 10:45am Tue Oct 20. Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Competition

Preliminaries, $15 at the door; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www. PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 7pm Fri Sep 25. Barlowgirl & Superchick Live, inspirational rock singers in concert; $17.50-$14; all ages, no alcohol served; for tickets, call 563-326-8820, Capitol Theatre, 330 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA,

http://www.thecapdavenport, 8pm Fri Sep 25. Faculty Recital: Susan Schwaegler, clarinet recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana. edu/academics/music, 8pm Fri Sep 25. Imani Winds with Stefon Harris, featuring the premiere of composer Harris’ new work, “A Sonic Painting in Wood, Metal, and Wind”; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319- 335-1160, Iowa City High School, 1900 Morningside Dr, Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Fri Sep 25. Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus Preliminary International Competition, $15 at the door; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 6:30pm Sat Sep 26. Barbershop Harmony Society District Quartet Finals, $15 at the door; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter. com, 11am Sat Sep 26. Promise of the Real featuring Lukas Nelson, dynamic blues rock band featuring Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas; $15; for tickets and information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 8:30pm Tue Sep 29. Stories and Songs of the Railroad, with Chris Dunn and Dr. Roald Tweet; for information, call 309-732-7360, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.ripl.lib. il.us, 6pm Tue Sep 29. Student Recital: Various Student Musicians, for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 10:45am Tue Sep 29, 10:45am Tue Oct 13. Dinner and Dance with the City Lights Orchestra, big band under the direction of Rich Daniels; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Iowa City High School, 1900 Morningside Dr, Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa. edu, 6:30pm Fri Oct 2. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks I, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter,” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan”; conducted by Mark Russell Smith; for information, call 563- 322-QCSO (7276), LeClaire Park, River Dr & Ripley St, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 8pm Sat Oct 3. “German-American Day” Festival & Concert, 10am German- language church service, meals and live German music at 11am, traditional German bird-shoot at noon (youth) and 1pm (adults); free; for information, call 563-322-5489 or e-mail Schuetzenpark@ yahoo.com, Schuetzen Park Historic Site, 700 Waverly Rd, Davenport, IA, http://www.schuetzenpark.info, 10am Sun Oct 4. Jim Hendricks, concert with world-renowned pianist; part of the church’s Fine Arts Series; for information, call 309-764-7526, First Covenant Church, 3303 41st St, Moline, IL, 4pm Sun Oct 4. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks I, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter,” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan”; conducted by Mark Russell Smith; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 2pm Sun Oct 4. Chevelle, for information, call 515-223-6152, Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA, http://www.valairballroom.com, Wed Oct 7. Leon Redbone, tunes from the turn-of-the-century, flapper- era, in Redbone’s first Englert show since 2005; $32-$27; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Wed Oct 7. Sara Watkins, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter from Nickel Creek; $23; for information and tickets, call 319-688- 2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Thu Oct 8. The Temptations, classic soul singers; $60-$34; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 8pm Thu Oct 8. Lamb of God - Gwar - Job for a Cowboy, for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA, http://www. valairballroom.com, Fri Oct 9. The Temptations and Augustana, legendary soul singers and popular rockers play a free Homecoming show; for information, call 319-335-3041, University of Iowa Pentacrest, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, http://www.scopeproductions.org, 8pm, Fri Oct 9. Tommy Sands , Irish vocalist and guitarist, and Quad City Arts Visiting Artist; refreshments served; free; for information, call 309- 743-2701, Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.butterworthcenter.com, 3pm Fri Oct 9. Tommy Sands, a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist evening with the acclaimed singer; $15-$8; doors 6:30pm; for information, call 309-793-1213, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 6:30pm Fri Oct 9. Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert, for information,

call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Sat Oct 10. Billy Dean Unplugged, evening of country hits and love songs, with opener Adam Beck; $25-$22; for tickets and information, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www.ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 7pm Sat Oct 10. Peoria Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Sarah Hatsuko Hicks and clarinetist Roger Garrett; $72-$36; for tickets, call 309-671-1096, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 8pm Sat Oct 10.

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Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Fri Oct 23 . Joe Bonamassa , award-winning blues guitar player;

Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Fri Oct 23. Joe Bonamassa, award-winning blues guitar player; $57-$37; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson

Celtic Woman, international Irish-music phenomenon; $32.50+; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, http://www.iwirelesscenter. com, 7:30pm Sun Oct 11. Faculty Recital: Janet Stodd, flute & piccolo recital, featuring works by Dutilleux, LaMontaine, and Lias, and with Gail Baldwin on piano; for information, call 309-794-7233, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.

Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 8pm Fri Oct 23. Keller Williams, singing, songwriting one-man-band; $25- $22; for information, call 310-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Fri Oct 23. The Klezmatics, Grammy Award-winning world musicians; $12-$6; for information and tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine

augustana.edu/academics/music, 2pm Sun Oct 11. Hot 8 Brass Band, the funky sounds of New Orleans street music; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; free; for information, call 319-335-1160, University of Iowa Pentacrest, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 2pm Sun Oct

Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau. edu/galvin, 7:30pm Fri Oct 23. 2009 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival, with a line-up including Charlie Hayes & Joel Fleming, Joe Price, Bernie Pearl, the Shawn Kellerman Band, Otis Taylor, and more; featuring Pearl

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hosting a free, 90-minute blues guitar workshop at the Buchanan

Tomy Temerson , master zither performer and teacher from Hanau, Germany shares stories about the instrument’s German heritage, and shows how the instrument is played; a Global Gathering Germany event; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Mon Oct 12. Tomy Temerson, master zither player, in Building 4, room 115; for information, contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or palomakij@bhc.edu, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, 11am Tue Oct 13. Faculty Recital: Robert Elfline, piano recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Tue Oct 13. Tomy Temerson, master zither player, in Building 4, room 115 at 10am, and room 101 at noon; for information, contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or palomakij@bhc.edu, Black Hawk

Center for the Arts, Rivoli Theatre, 219 S Main St, Monmouth, IL, http://www.monmouthblues.com/blues-festival, Sat Oct 24. Augustana Four Choirs Concert, with the Augustana Women’s Ensemble, Collegiate Chorale, and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble; for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Sat Oct 24. Cathedral Classics, a Nova Singers concert, directed by Dr. Laura Lane; $15 adults, $10 senior citizens, free for students; for information, call 309-341-7038 or e-mail nova@knox.edu, First Lutheran Church - Galesburg, 364 E. Water St., Galesburg, IL, http:// deptorg.knox.edu/novasingers/concerts.html, 7:30pm Sat Oct 24. Faculty Recital: Dortha DeWit, violin recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Sat Oct 24. SAU Symphonic Band Concert, for information, call Gene

College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, Wed Oct

Bechen at 563-333-6149, Allaert Auditorium, Galvin Fine Arts

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Center - St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.

Mastodon - Dethklok, for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA, http://www.valairballroom.com, Wed Oct 14. Senior Citizen Day: Peter Fletcher, concert with classical guitarist, presenting a program of music by German composers; a Global Gathering Germany event; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 1:30pm Wed Oct 14. Brown Bag Lunch: The Freddie Steenbock Duo, Freddie and Noreen Steenbock will be performing German-American

edu/music/default.html, 7:30pm Sat Oct 24. Cathedral Classics, a Nova Singers concert, directed by Dr. Laura Lane; $15 adults, $10 senior citizens, free for students; for information, call 309-341-7038 or e-mail nova@knox.edu, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, IA, http://deptorg. knox.edu/novasingers/concerts.html, 4pm Sun Oct 25. Daughtry - Theory of a Deadman - Cavo, $41.50-$31.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 7:30pm Sun Oct 25. Insane Clown Posse, rockers on their national tour; $28-$25;

and Polka Music; coffee from Dewey’s Cafe provided; a Global gathering Germany event; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 12:15pm Fri Oct 16. Hotel California, Eagles tribute band in concert; $25-$20; for

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm concert; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.riverctr.com, 7:30pm Sun Oct 25. Mark Schultz & Point of Grace, Platinum-selling and Dove award-winning artists in their “Come Alive” fall tour; $32-$17; for

tickets, call 309-756-4600, Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, I-280 & I-92, Rock Island, IL, http://www.jumerscasinohotel.com, 8pm Fri Oct

tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre.com, 6pm Sun Oct 25.

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Faculty Recital: Jemmie Robertson, trombone recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/

Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 10:45am Tue Oct

academics/music, 8pm Sat Oct 17.

Augustana Jazz Combo Soiree, for information, call 309-794-

Mozaiques Chamber Ensemble: On Stage Goes Hollywood, $29-$24; a presentation in the 2009-10 “Season of Headliners”

7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Wed Oct

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Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, http:// www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 8pm Sat Oct 17. Youthful Brilliance, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, conducted by Bruce Polay, with guest soloist Ariel Chapman, viola, performing works by Schubert, Bloch and Beethoven; $18-$8; for tickets and information, call 309-341-7268, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.knox.edu, 7:30pm Sat Oct 17. Zither Concert, for information, call 563-322-8844, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.gahc.org, 7pm Sat Oct 17. The Wild JAM, on the arena stage; free; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 9pm Sat Oct 17 and Sun Oct 18. Augustana Chamber Choral Festival Finale Concert, for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/ academics/music, 6:30pm Mon Oct 19. The Avett Brothers, singer-songwriters; $26-$22; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Tue Oct 20. Imagination Movers, popular kid-pop quartet and Disney Channel stars in their first U.S. concert tour; $37-$22; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http:// www.adlertheatre.com, 7pm Wed Oct 21. The Lindsay Mac Band, indie musicians, with Mac on cello; $20-$10; for information and tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert. org, 7:30pm Wed Oct 21. Robin & Linda Williams, bluegrass, folk, old-time, and acoustic country with married musicians; $20; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. englert.org, 8pm Thu Oct 22. Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert, for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave.,

Celtic Thunder, male vocal group from Scotland performing powerful ballads, popular hits, and songs of love and loss from across the Celtic-music spectrum; $65-$40; for tickets, call 800- 745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 7:30pm Wed Oct 28. SAU-Community Symphony Orchestra, a collaborative ensemble including students and community members; for information and tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin, 7:30pm Wed Oct 28. Silversun Pickups, rockers in concert with special guests Cage the Elephant and An Horse; $25 in advance; for tickets, call 800- 514-ETIX, Exposition Gardens, 1601 W. Northmoor Rd., Peoria, IL, http://www.jaytv.com, 6pm Wed Oct 28. Augustana Choir Fall Concert, for information, call 309-794- 7233, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, IA, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Fri Oct 30. SAU Jazz Combo & STAMVOJA, hot jazz and cool harmonies with SAU’s instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles; for information and tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin, 7:30pm Fri Oct 30. Augustana Concert Band Concert, for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 4pm Sat Oct 31. Augustana Symphonic Band Concert, for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Sat Oct 31. Dark Side of Halloween w/ Think Floyd USA, amazing lights, lasers, and sound effects paired with Pink Floyd hits including “Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety; beverages available; $23- $15; for tickets, call 563-326-8820, Capitol Theatre, 330 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.thecapdavenport, 9pm Sat Oct 31. Abraham Lincoln in Song, presentation by singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo; refreshments served; free; for information, call 309-

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743-2701, Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL, http:// www.butterworthcenter.com, 7pm Fri Nov 6. Bettendorf Park Band Pre-Veteran’s Day Concert, free admission; for information, e-mail jgibbs@netexpress.net, Herbert Goettsch Community Center, 2204 Grant St., Bettendorf, IA, http:// www.geocities.com/bettparkband/, 7:30pm Fri Nov 6. The St. Lawrence String Quartet, $29-$24; a presentation in the 2009-10 “Season of Headliners” series; for information, call 515-277-3727, Levitt Auditorium - Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter. org, 8pm Fri Nov 6. Peoria Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Morihiko Nakahara and violinist Henry Liebenow; $72-$36; for tickets, call 309-671-1096, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 8pm Sat Nov 7. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks II, featuring Schwanter’s New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom), Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. qcsymphony.com, 8pm Sat Nov 7. SAU Junior High All-Star Band Festival and Concert, an all-day band festival culminating in an All-Star Band performance; $5-$2; for information and tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau. edu/galvin, 4pm Sat Nov 7. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks II, featuring Schwanter’s New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom), Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 2pm Sun Nov 8. Robert Earl Keen, Texan singer-songwriter performing with Todd Snider and Bruce Robison; for tickets, call 563-326-8820, http://www.thecapdavenport, Sun Nov 8. Saving Abel, rockers in concert with special guests Red, Pop Evil, and Taddy Porter; $22 in advance; for tickets, call 800- 514-ETIX, Exposition Gardens, 1601 W. Northmoor Rd., Peoria, IL, http://www.jaytv.com, 6pm Sun Nov 8. Ozark Jubilee Holiday Spectacular, Branson’s musical performers, with world-class comedian and fiddler Doofus Dolittle; for tickets, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 2pm Mon Nov 9. SAU Symphonic Band Veteran’s Day Concert, the annual tribute to our nation’s veterans; for information and tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin, 7:30pm Wed Nov 11. Dáithí Sproule And Laura MacKenzie, award-winning Celtic musicians; $18-$15; for information and tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http:// www.englert.org, 8pm Fri Nov 13. Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, jazz and pop stylings with acclaimed duo; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319- 335-1160, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Fri Nov 13. The Knox-Galesburg Symphony: Classical Gas, conducted by Bruce Polay, with guest soloists Carol Neuleib, flute; Nancy Gillett, oboe; and Douglas Huff, bassoon, performing works by Mozart, Haydn and Brahms; $18-$8; for tickets, call 309-341-7268, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www. knox.edu, 7:30pm Sat Nov 14. Boston Brass, a Cedar Rapids Community Concert; classical arrangements and burning jazz standards; for ticket information, call 319-540-2301, U.S. Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.CRCommunityConcerts.org, 7:30pm Sun Nov 15. Brahms’ Requiem, with the SAU chorale performing the work in English, accompanied by a four-hand piano arrangement by the composer, performed by pianists Joan Trapp and Deborah Sanborne; for information and tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau. edu/galvin, 3pm Sun Nov 15. m-pact, a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist evening with the a cappella musicians; $12-$8; doors 4pm; for information, call 309- 793-1213, First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, IA, http://www. quadcityarts.com, 4pm Sun Nov 15. Brown Bag Lunch: Hungrytown, folk singing musical duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson; coffee from Dewey’s Cafe provided; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 12pm Fri Nov 20. Opera @ Augustana: Opera for the Holiday Season, “The Little Thieves of Bethlehem” by Paul O. Stuart, libretto by Sally Gall; $12-$8; for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana. edu/academics/music, 8pm Fri Nov 20 thru Sun Nov 22. Holiday Pops, featuring the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie, an exciting adaptation of the artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.qcsymphony. com, 7:30pm Sat Nov 21. An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line, an evening with the popular chanteuse, five musicians, and Santa; $44; for information and tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7:30pm Mon Nov 23. Faculty Recital: Robert Elfline, piano recital; for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 8pm Tue Nov 24. Skillet, American Christian rock band, performing with Hawk Nelson, special guest Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black; $52- $24; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St.,

Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre.com, 7pm Sat Nov 28. BHC Student Piano Recital, for information, contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or palomakij@bhc.edu, Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave., Moline, IL, 7:30pm Mon Nov 30. Rachel Price, jazz vocals with visiting artist, in Building 4, room 101; for information, contact Dr. Edgar Crockett at 309-796-5479 or crockette@bhc.edu, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, 11am Mon Nov 30. Voice Seminar, for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu/academics/music, 10:45am Tue Dec 1. An Augustana Christmas, Fri 8pm, Sat 4pm; $16-$8; for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana. edu/academics/music, 8pm Fri Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5. Choral Dynamics of Galesburg, Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm; for tickets and information, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 7:30pm Fri Dec 4 thru Sun Dec 6. Alexander Markov, violinist; $29-$24; a presentation in the 2009-10 “Season of Headliners” series; for information, call 515- 277-3727, Levitt Auditorium - Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 8pm Sat Dec 5. Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton, traditional Christmas carols with Celtic melodies, foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads, and world-class step dancing; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA, http:// www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Sat Dec 5. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks III, featuring Hannah Holman on cello, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, and Shoshtakovich’s Symphony No. 5; conducted by Mark Russell Smith; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 8pm Sat Dec 5. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks III, featuring Hannah Holman on cello, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, and Shoshtakovich’s Symphony No. 5; conducted by Mark Russell Smith; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. qcsymphony.com, 2pm Sun Dec 6. BHC Student Vocal Recital, for information, contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or palomakij@bhc.edu, Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave., Moline, IL, 7:30pm Mon Dec 7. BHC Community Band Concert, in Building 4, second floor; for information, call Jim Crowder at 563-332-5879, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, 7:30pm Tue Dec 8. Straight No Chaser, holiday tunes with 10-man a cappella ensemble; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www. hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Tue Dec 8. Student Recital: Various Student Musicians, for information, call 309-794-7233, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/academics/music, 10:45am Tue Dec 8.

Calls For Entry

Ars Nova Vocal Academy Accepting Students, specializing in the proper technique of musical theatre singing, as well as the classics; private lessons available mornings & evenings; for information, call 309-292-1866 or e-mail arsnovavocal@yahoo. com, thru Thu Dec 31. Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund, proceeds from new Ellis Kell CD to benefit area youth needing financial assistance in pursuing their musical passions; for information, call 563-326- 1333, ext 113, River Music Experience, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.rivermusicexperience.org, thru Thu Dec 31. Mojo’s Seeks Local Performers, seeking individuals, school groups, and bands to perform on the community stage; basic sound system and limited house musical equipment available; for information, call Anne Helms at 563-326-1333, ext 104 or e-mail ahelms@rivermusicexperience.org, http://www. rivermusicexperience.org, thru Thu Dec 31. Vocal Lessons with Sunshine, private lessons available by appointment; for information, call 309-794-1410, Sunshine’s Performing Arts Studio & Resale Store, 1303 30th Ave., Rock Island, IL, thru Thu Dec 31. Mike Compton & David Grier Workshop, learn guitar skills with the bluegrass musicians; $3, or free with purchase of tickets to evening concert; for information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 4:30pm Wed Sep 30. National Zither Gathering, for information, call 563-322-8844, German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.gahc.org, Mon Oct 12 thru Sat Oct 17.

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DAGOBAH, on the 2nd Monday of the month; sci-fi & fantasy book club; free; for information, visit DavenportLibrary.com, Davenport Public Library (Main), 321 Main Street, Davenport, IA, 6pm thru Mon Dec 14. Short & Sweets Book Club, on the 2nd Monday of the month; discuss a short story while eating delicious sweets; free, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.

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davenportlibrary.com, 10am thru Mon Dec 14. Midwest Writing Center Book Discussions, on the 3rd Thursday of the month; local personalities share their favorite books in a casual setting; free; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm thru Thu Dec 17. Mystery Book Club, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://empl.lib. il.us, 6:30pm Wed Sep 2. Matt McCue, Iowa City native reads from his memoir, “An Honorable Run”; a portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; free, Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.prairielights.com, 7pm Tue Sep 8. Romance Book Club, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://empl.lib. il.us, 12:30pm Tue Sep 8. American Wife, a Between the Lines Book Discussion of Curtis Sittenfeld’s book; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Sep 9. Fflur Dafydd, Welsh writer in residence this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program reads from her award-winning novel “20,000 Saints”; free, Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA, http://news-releases.uiowa. edu/2009/august/082009iwp.html, 7pm Wed Sep 9. John Koethe, poet reads from his new collection, “Ninety-fifth Street”; free, Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.prairielights.com, 7pm Thu Sep 10. River Readings at Augustana: Rebecca Wee, poet and associate professor of English reads from her works; reception following; free; for information, call 309-794-7823 or e-mail MargaretRogal@augustana.edu, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, 7pm Thu Sep 10. Walt Whitman’s Lincoln: An Evening of Whitman’s Memories of the Civil War and Our 16th President, presentation by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis; refreshments served; free; for information, call 309-743-2701, Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL, http://www.butterworthcenter.com, 7pm Fri Sep 11. The Russian Passenger, a Mystery Book Discussion of Gunther Ohnemus’ novel; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA,

http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 9:30am Sat Sep 12. A Mercy, a West End Book Discussion of Toni Morrison’s novel; free; to register, call 563-888-3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Tue Sep 15. German American Heritage Center Book Discussion Group Meeting, for information, call 563-322-8844, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.gahc. org, 7pm Tue Sep 15. Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, a discussion of Bailey White’s novel, with the Pageturners Book Club; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue Sep 15. Mary Casanova, with the award-winning author of “One Dog Canoe”; free; for information, call 309-736-5739, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Wed Sep 16. A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People,

100 BC to the 21st Century, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Steven Ozment’s work; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 2pm Wed Sep 16. Crabwalk, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Gunter Grass’ work; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Wed Sep 16. After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next, a German American Heritage Center Book Discussion of Jana Hensel’s work; for information, call 563-322-8844, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.gahc.org, 7pm Thu Sep 17. Killer Angels, a Civil War Book Discussion of Michael Shaara’s book on the Battle of Gettysburg, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the basis for the movie “Gettysburg”; in the Platinum Room; to register, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Sep 17. Fahrenheit 451, a discussion of Ray Bradbury’s novel, with the Classics Book Club; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary. com, 7pm Mon Sep 21. Out Loud Open Prose & Poetry Readings, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm Thu Sep 24. Ghost Tales, for information, call 309-786-7336, Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL, http://www.davenporthouse.org, 7pm Sat Sep 26. Beat Poetry Night, co-sponsored by the Midwest Writing

Center; for information, call 563-324-1410, River Music Experience,

129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org,

7pm Mon Sep 28. The Sunflower, presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities; a discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s book on the Holocaust; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue Sep 29. Inkheart, YA Librarian John Gillette and Information Librarian Hedy Hustedde lead a discussion of Cornelia Funke’s book, followed by a live half-hour video chat with the author; refreshments served; the first 30 participants will receive a bookplate autographed by the author; a Global Gathering Germany event; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 4pm Wed Sep 30. River Readings at Augustana: James Galvin, member of the permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop reads from his poetry and prose; reception following; free; for information, call 309-794-7823 or e-mail MargaretRogal@augustana.edu, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, 7pm Thu Oct 1. Sci-Fi Book Club, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://empl.lib. il.us, 6:30pm Wed Oct 7. Three Bags Full, a Mystery Book Discussion of Leonie Swann’s novel; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 9:30am Sat Oct 10. Lethal Legacy, a Between the Lines Book Discussion of Linda Fairstein’s book; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.

davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Oct 14. Ryan Collins Poetry Reading, Ryan Collins will read from his new chapbook, as part of the Visible Cities Project; free; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 7pm Mon Oct 19. The Age of Innocence, a discussion of Edith Wharton’s novel, with the Classics Book Club; free; for information, call 309-736- 5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon Oct 19. Loving Frank, a discussion of Nancy Horan’s novel, with the Pageturners Book Club; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue Oct 20. The Time Traveler’s Wife, a West End Book Discussion of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel; free; to register, call 563-888-3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Tue Oct 20. Crabwalk, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Gunter Grass’ work; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 1pm Wed Oct 21. A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People, 100 BC to the 21st Century, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Steven Ozment’s work; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Wed Oct 21. The Visible Cities Poetry Project: A Discussion with Ryan Collins, local author and poetry resident leads a discussion of his chapbook; free; for information, call 563-888-3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, 4pm Thu Oct 22. Three Years with the 92nd Illinois: The Civil War Diary of

John M. King, a Civil War Book Discussion; to register, call 309-736- 5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Oct 22. Midwest Writing Center Readings, read by participants of the Great River Writer’s Retreat; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm Fri Oct 23. Halloween Poetry Jam for Adults, Mike McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, frequent nominees and winners of the Bram Stoker Award, will host a reading of scary poetry by members of the audience, supplementing audience input by reading from their own works; McCarty and McLaughlin will sign their books, and the library’s newest horror DVDs will be on display and available for check out; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Mon Oct 26. Children’s Literature Festival, co-sponsored by the Midwest Writing Center; for information, call 563-324-1410, RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter. org, 8am Tue Oct 27. Out Loud Open Prose & Poetry Readings, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm

Thu Oct 29. TWC 3rd Annual International Women Authors Series:

Alexandra Fuller, register by Oct. 30 for Nov. 4 event; The Women’s Connection presents an evening with the author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood”; sponsored by Trinity; $30, $250/book-club tables of 10; for information, contact Colleen Rafferty at 309-631-0167 or info@ asktwc.com, Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel, 421 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www.AskTWC.com, 5:30pm Fri Oct 30. Jeffrey Copeland, author discusses his World War II book “Inman’s War” in a presentation sponsored by the African American Museum of Iowa; free; for information, call 563-326-7832,

Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 6pm Tue Nov 3. Mystery Book Club, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://empl.lib. il.us, 6:30pm Wed Nov 4. Romance Book Club, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://empl.lib. il.us, 12:30pm Tue Nov 10. Still Alice, a Between the Lines Book Discussion of Lisa Genova’s book; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Nov 11. Twilight, a discussion of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire novel, with the chance to win a gift certificate to see the sequel “New Moon”; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Thu Nov 12. Discussion of Murder, with Peacocks, a Mystery Book Discussion of Donna Andrews’ book; free; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 9:30am Sat Nov 14. Local Author Book Signing and Sale, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Nov 14. Pride & Prejudice, a discussion of Jane Austen’s novel, with the Classics Book Club; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary. com, 7pm Mon Nov 16. Holidays on Ice, a discussion of David Sedaris’ book, with the Pageturners Book Club; free; for information, call 309-736- 5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue Nov 17. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a West End Book Discussion of Jamie Ford’s novel; free; to register, call 563-888- 3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Tue Nov 17. The Path: A One-Mile Walk Through the Universe, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Chet Raymo’s book; free; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 7pm Wed Nov 18. Tried by War: Lincoln as Commander in Chief, a Contemporary Books Discussion of James McPherson’s book in commemoration of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth; free; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 1pm Wed Nov 18. Out Loud Open Prose & Poetry Readings, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm Thu Nov 19. Sci-Fi Book Club, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://empl.lib. il.us, 6:30pm Wed Dec 2. Midwest Writing Center Author Book Signing, for information, call 563-324-1410, Barnes & Noble, 320 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Dec 5. Last Night at the Lobster, a Between the Lines Book Discussion of Stewart O’Nan’s book; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Dec 9.

Workshops & Classes

The Writer’s Studio, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month; work with award-winning writers and published authors; if you wish to read, bring a maximum of 5 double-spaced pages; free; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www. midwestwritingcenter.org, 10am thru Sat Dec 19. Do It Write, 6-wk writing class with Joanne Wiklund, in the community room; $20; for information, call 309-523-3440, River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, IL, http://www. rivervalleylibrary.org, 10am Wed Sep 2. Workshop on Beat Poetry; Part I, writing workshop; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter. org, 1pm Sat Sep 12. Workshop on Food Writing, for information, call 563-324- 1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Sep 12. Workshop on Beat Poetry; Part II, writing workshop; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter. org, 1pm Sat Sep 19. The Writer’s Studio, work with award-winning writers and published authors; if you wish to read, bring a maximum of 5 double-spaced pages; free; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 10am Sat Sep 19. The Banned Wagon: Are You ON or OFF?, a celebration of the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, with displays of frequently challenged materials, and discussions on what freedom to read means to you; for information, call 309-762-6883, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary. com, Sat Sep 26. Pen-in-Hand Mini-Conference, writing workshop; for

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information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter. org, 8:30am Sat Oct 3. The Writer’s Studio, work with award-winning writers and published authors; if you wish to read, bring a maximum of 5 double-spaced pages; free; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 10am Sat Oct 3. How to Write a Holiday Letter That Sparkles, writing workshop; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www. midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Oct 17. QC Arts Poet in Residence Poetry Workshop, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm Wed Oct 21. Questions of Travel: Writing About Place & Identity, poetry workshop with Quad City Arts’ Ryan Collins; free; for information, call 309-792-1213, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 7pm Wed Oct 21. Writing Your Legacy Letter, for information, call 563-324- 1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Oct 24. Midwest Writing Center Write-a-thon, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Oct 31.

Calls For Entry

The Visible Cities Poetry Project, project in which participants select a unique way of looking at (or thinking of) the Quad Cities and its surrounding areas, your hometown or any other place that you feel has made an impact on your identity, and write a poem (or poems) from that perspective; winners will be invited to read their work at a public reading hosted by Ryan Collins on Thursday evening, October 22; free; for information, e-mail Ryan Collins at rcollins@midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www. midwestwritingcenter.org, thru Thu Oct 1.

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Performances

Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, debuting musical-comedy on the curiosities of middle age; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 5:45pm doors, 7;45pm show; Sunday 3:45pm doors, 5:45pm show; Wednesday matinee 11:30am doors, 1:30pm show; for tickets, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828

3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, Wed Sep 2 thru Sat Nov 7. The Riddle of Rumpelstiltskin, on Saturdays at 1pm; Ellsworth Schave’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale; for tickets, call 800-35AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, Sat Sep 5 thru Sat Oct 10. Fat Pig, Neil LaBute drama, directed by SAU junior Dan Hernandez; Thursday & Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 3pm; $6; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/theatre, Thu Sep 10 thru Sat Sep 12. Glengarry Glen Ross, a Curtainbox Theatre Co. production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning dark comedy about cutthroat real-estate salesmen; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm; $15-$12; for tickets, call 563-650-

  • 8121 or e-mail reservations@thecurtainbox.com, Village Theatre,

  • 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http://thecurtainbox.

com, Thu Sep 10 thru Sun Sep 27. Don’t Hug Me, musical-comedy involving a slick-talking karaoke salesman who turns the locals’ lives upside-down; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 3pm; $26.50-$17.50; for tickets, call 1-800-35-AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, Thu Sep 10 thru Sun Oct 11. See How They Run, farcical comedy directed by Tom Swegle; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm; $10; for tickets, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.playcrafters.com, Fri Sep 11 thru Sun Sep 20. Altar Boyz, a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictional Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm; $25-$15; for tickets, call 319-366-8591, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. theatrecr.org, Fri Sep 11 thru Sun Sep 27. A Dog’s Life, a roll-over, play-dead, feel-good musical by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm; $27-$12; for tickets, call 319-338-7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.

riversidetheatre.org, Fri Sep 11 thru Sun Oct 4. The Zoo Story, Edward Albee’s two-character comedy, directed by Tristan Tapscott; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm; $10; for tickets and information, call 309-235-1654 or e-mail info@harrisonhilltop.com, Harrison Hilltop Theatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www. harrisonhilltop.com, Thu Sep 17 thru Sun Sep 27. Stomp, international percussion-musical smash; $208-107; for tickets, call 309-673-3200, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 7:30pm Tue Sep 22 and Wed Sep 23. Wicked, Tony-winning musical retelling of “The Wizard of Oz”;

for a show schedule and tickets, call 515-246-2300, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www. civiccenter.org, Wed Sep 23 thru Fri Oct 16. Excerpts from “Simon Wisenthal: Nazi Hunter”, passages from full-length one-man show featuring Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Tom Dugan; free; for information, call 309-736-5739, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary. com, 6:30pm Thu Sep 24. Camelot, Iowa City Community Theatre’s presentation of Lerner & Lowe’s Arthurian musical, $15-$10; for tickets and information, call 319-338-0443, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. iowacitycommunitytheatre.com, Thu Sep 24 thru Sun Sep 27. A Vacation to Die For, interactive mystery-comedy with the It’s a Mystery troupe; $35/dinner & show; for reservations, call 563- 359-1607, The Lodge Hotel, Spruce Hills & Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Sep 25.

Master Harold ...

and the Boys, a Dreamwell Theatre

production of Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama; Fridays and

Saturdays 7:30pm; $12-$8; for information, call 319-541-0140, Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA, http:// www.dreamwell.com/web/, 7:30pm Fri Sep 25 thru Sat Oct 3.

Bus Trip to “Jersey Boys”, trip to Chicago’s Bank of America

Theatre to see the Tony-winning Four Seasons musical; $130; bus leave from Mt. Carroll’s The Land of Oz; for information and tickets, call 815-244-2035, Timber Lake Playhouse, P.O. Box 29, Mt. Carroll, IL, http://www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, 8am Sat Sep 26. Simon Wiesenthal: Nazi Hunter, Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Tom Dugan in his one-man show; 6:30pm doors, venue to be determined; free, donations accepted; for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 6:30pm Sat Sep 26. Around the World in 80 Days, family adventure-comedy by Mark Brown, from Jules Verne’s novel, directed by Jennifer Kingry; four continents, 5 actors, and 39 characters in the original Amazing Race; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 4pm; $8; for tickets, call 309-944-2244, Barn Theatre in Richmond Hill Park, Geneseo, IL, http://www.rhplayers.com, Thu Oct 1 thru Sun Oct 11. Tired American Dream: Public Reading, reading of premiering rock musical about a group of artists preparing to graduate college; performances in March, 2010; for information, call 309-235-1654, Harrison Hilltop Theatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, Fri Oct 2. The Book of Liz, comedy by David and Amy Sedaris; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, E. C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Bldg., Iowa City, IA, http://www.uiowa. edu/~theatre, Thu Oct 8 thru Sun Oct 18. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, popular musical- comedy set in Miss Mona’s Chicken ranch; Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 3pm; $15-$11; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http:// www.sau.edu/galvin, Fri Oct 9 thru Sun Oct 11. Swimming in the Shallows, a New Ground Theatre presentation of Adam Bock’s Buddhist comedy; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Thursdays and Sundays 2pm; $15-$12; for tickets and information, call 563-326-7529, Village Theatre, 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http://www. newgroundtheatre.org, Thu Oct 15 thru Sun Oct 25. Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show, classic characters in an original storyline, from the producers of “Disney On Ice”; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.iwirelesscenter.com, Fri Oct 16.

Starlighters II Studio Showcase, annual presentation of play

clips and musical numbers; Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday

2pm; for tickets, call 319-462-4793, Starlighters Theatre, 136 E. Main St., Anamosa, Iowa, http://www.starlighters.org, 7:30pm Fri Oct 16 thru Sun Oct 18. Rock ’n’ Roll, Tom Stoppard’s Tony-nominated drama, spanning 20 years; $25-$15; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm; for tickets, call 319-366-8591, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. theatrecr.org, 7:30pm Fri Oct 16 thru Sun Oct 25. The Big Funk, comic drama by Tony and Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley; for mature audiences; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 1:30pm; for tickets, call 309-794-7306, Fri Oct 16 thru Sun Oct 25. Zombie Prom, musical-comedy directed by Jeff Shields; on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; $15-$10; for tickets and information, call 319-338-0443, Iowa City Community Theatre, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd, Iowa City, IA, http://www. iowacitycommunitytheatre.com, Fri Oct 16 thru Sat Oct 31. Shady Business, slapstick comedy involving two Vegas showgirls in trouble with the mob; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 3pm; $26.50-$17.50; for tickets, call 1-800-35-AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave.,

Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, 7:30pm Fri Oct 16 thru Sat Nov 14. Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, for information, call 563- 322-8844, German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.gahc.org, 10am Sat Oct 17. Winnie-the-Pooh, Davenport Junior Theatre’s production of A.A. Milne’s storybook classic; Saturdays 2 & 7pm, Sundays 2pm; $5; for information, call 563-326-7862, Nighswander Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA, http://www. DavenportJuniorTheatre.com, 2pm Sat Oct 17 thru Sun Oct 25. The Rocky Horror Show, let’s do the time warp again!; $20; for a show schedule and tickets, call 309-235-1654 or e-mail info@

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mike@rcreader.com

Fall’s Swell, and Ends Well

Fall Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas

A t last count, there were a whopping 46 area-theatre productions scheduled

between September and December, and included among the titles are A Dog’s Life, The Big Funk, Scrooge!, Don’t Hug Me, and Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical. It’s the season that my editor, Jeff, has been waiting for! Actually, it’s hard to imagine what fan of the stage wouldn’t be looking forward to this autumn’s lineup. With plays by such noted authors as Anton Chekhov, David

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Kathi Osborne, Carrie Saloutos, and Jessica Swersey

Mamet, Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, John Patrick Shanley, Neil LaBute, and good ol’ William Shakespeare, and musicals running the gamut from Altar Boyz to Zombie Prom, the Quad Cities and its surrounding areas will send you to the theatrical destination of your choice, be it South Africa, England, or under the sea.

All three locales, in fact, will be stops in Iowa City’s fall-theatre tour, as Dreamwell Theatre presents Athol Fugard’s apartheid

drama Master Harold

...

& the Boys

(running September 25 through October 3), while the Englert Theatre hosts the Iowa City Community Theatre production of Lerner & Loewe’s musical classic Camelot (September 24 through 27) and the stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s children’s book The Rainbow Fish (November 8). Meanwhile, the Iowa City Community Theatre’s home venue – at the Johnson County Fairgrounds – will house the infectious fun of the musical Zombie Prom (October 16 through 31), while the city’s Riverside Theatre offers a musical comedy about a man and his pooch in A Dog’s Life (September 11 through October 4), and a haunting Holocaust memoir in The Diary of Anne Frank (October 22 through November 8), a co-production with Cornell College. Elsewhere in Iowa, Theatre Cedar Rapids presents a terrifically eclectic theatrical trio: the cheeky boy-band spoof Altar Boyz (September 11 through 27), Tom Stoppard’s European kaleidoscope Rock ’n’ Roll (October 16 through 25), and that red- headed Broadway belter Annie (November 20 through December 6). And the Amana Colonies’ Old Creamery Theatre will deliver Las Vegas high jinks with Shady Business (October 16 through November 15), and a Minnesota-based musical comedy with what might be the fall’s most intriguing title, Don’t Hug Me (September 10 through October 11). Musical comedies will, of course, also be in full force in the Quad Cities. Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse presents its debut of the forgetfulness-

in Circa ’21’s Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical

can-be-funny pastiche Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical (September 2 through November 7), Davenport’s Adler Theatre welcomes the touring production of the 1980s celebration The Wedding Singer (October 26) and a lavish staging of The Wizard of Oz (November 29), and Bettendorf ’s Lodge Hotel will host the latest mystery/comedy by the It’s a Mystery players – A Vacation to Die for – on September 25, October 23, November 13, and December 11. (Okay, granted, that last one isn’t technically a musical. But I know a bunch of those performers; I’m betting that somebody’s gonna break into song.) The Village Theatre will be perpetually booked this autumn, with the East Davenport venue housing the Curtainbox Theatre Company’s presentation of David Mamet’s joyously acerbic Glengarry Glen Ross (September 11 through 27), and New Ground Theatre’s stagings of the Adam Bock comedy Swimming in the Shallows (October 15 through 24) and Kate Fodor’s much-lauded 100 Saints You Should Know (November 29 through December 12). Taking a trek across town – and up a hill – the city’s Harrison Hilltop Theatre has four offerings planned: Edward Albee’s two-character The Zoo Story (September 17 through 27), the time-warp wackiness of The Rocky Horror Show (October 17 through 31), the John Steinbeck adaptation Of Mice & Men (November 19 through 29), and a series of monologues on childbirth titled, appropriately enough, Birth (December 10 through 20). From across town we now venture across the river, where Moline’s Playcrafters Barn Theatre will deliver British farce with See How They Run (September 11 through 20), Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Barn Theatre houses a world of wonders in Around the World in 80 Days (October 1 through 11), and Galesburg’s Knox College takes on the Russian melancholy of Anton Chekhov with The Three Sisters (November 4 through 7).

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harrisonhilltop.com, Harrison Hilltop Theatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, Sat Oct 17 thru Sat Oct 31. The Diary of Anne Frank, true-life Holocaust drama by Wendy Kesselman; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm; $25-$12; for tickets, call 319-338-7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.riversidetheatre.org, Thu Oct 22 thru Sun Nov 8. A Vacation to Die For, interactive mystery-comedy with the It’s a Mystery troupe; $35/dinner & show; for reservations, call 563-359-1607, The Lodge Hotel, Spruce Hills & Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Oct 23. Grimm’s Grimmest: The Darker Side of Traditional Fairy Tales, Judith Heineman offers a chilling dramatic performance of classic fairy tales, some set to music, as they were

first intended for adults; high schoolers and adults welcome; free; for information, call 563- 324-4191, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 3pm Sat Oct 24. Spooky Tales, new stories, activities, and old fashioned Halloween fun; on Saturdays; for tickets, call 800-35AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http://www. oldcreamery.com, Sat Oct 24 and Sat Oct 31. The Wedding Singer, Broadway’s hit musical version of the Adam Sandler comedy; for information, call 563-326- 8522, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. adlertheatre.com, 7:30pm Mon Oct 26. Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s classic Damon Runyon musical-comedy; Fridays thru Sundays; for information, call 319-398-4956, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood. edu/site/index.php?p=19645, Fri Oct 30 thru Sun Nov 8. The Wizard of Oz, lavish stage version of 1939 classic; $208-107; for tickets, call 309- 673-3200, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter. com, 7:30pm Tue Nov 3 and Wed Nov 4. Militant Language, reading of new play by Sean Christopher Lewis, set in a remote Iraqui construction site; for information, call 319-338-7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. riversidetheatre.org, 7pm Wed Nov 4. The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov’s classic, directed by professor Neil Blackadder; 7:30pm; $10-$5; for information, call 309-341-7337, Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, http://www.knox.edu/theatre.

xml, Wed Nov 4 thru Sat Nov 7. In the Shadow of the

7:30pm, Sundays 3pm; $10; for tickets, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www. playcrafters.com, Fri Nov 6 thru Sun Nov 15. Rent, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning musical; for information and tickets, call 515-246-2300, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Tue Nov 10 thru Sun Nov 15. Holly Jolly Christmas, debuting, holiday-themed musical- comedy revue; Wednesday thru Saturday 5:45pm doors, 7;45pm show; Sunday 3:45pm doors, 5:45pm show; Wednesday matinee

11:30am doors, 1:30pm show; for information, call 309-786-7733, ext. 2, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, Wed Nov 11 thru Thu Dec 31.

Reefer Madness: The

Musical, musical-comedy based on the cult-classic movie; on Fridays and Saturdays; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, E. C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Bldg., Iowa City, IA, http://www.uiowa. edu/~theatre/, Fri Nov 13 thru Sat Nov 21. The Winter’s Tale, the Prenzie Players exit, pursued by a bear, in Shakespeare’s classic; Fridays thru Sundays; for information, e-mail info@ prenzieplayers.com, Village

Theatre, 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http://www. prenzieplayers.com, Fri Nov 13 thru Sun Nov 22. A Vacation to Die For, interactive mystery-comedy with the It’s a Mystery troupe; $35/ dinner & show; for reservations, call 563-359-1607, The Lodge Hotel, Spruce Hills & Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Nov 13. A Night of Magic with Bill Blagg III, One of OFAC’s most popular events; tickets are $17.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door; discounts for students available; for tickets and information, call (563) 652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www. ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 7pm Sat Nov 14. Cirque Dreams Illumination, featuring inventive costumes, special effects, and an international cast of acrobats, contortionists, daredevils, musicians, and more; for information, call 563-326- 8522, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. adlertheatre.com, 7:30pm Wed Nov 18. An Evening of Wasserstein:

Bette & Me, Waiting for Philip Glass, and The Man in the Case, three modern one-act plays by Wendy Wasserstein, in Building 1, room 306; Thursday thru Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm; $6-$4; for information, contact Dan Haughey at 309-796-5419 or haugheyd@bhc.edu, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, Thu Nov 19 thru Sun Nov 22. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s dramatic classic; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm; $20; for tickets, call 309-235-1654 or e-mail info@harrisonhilltop. com, Harrison Hilltop Theatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA,

http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, Thu Nov 19 thru Sun Nov 22.

Event The Mystical Arts of Tibet Galvin Fine Arts Center Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. T

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The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Galvin Fine Arts Center Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.

T he accompanying visual probably doesn’t give you a very good sense

of scope, but check out the size of those musical instruments at the photo’s center. Talk about horns of plenty! They’re but two of the amazements that are sure to be on-hand when St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center presents The Mystical Arts of Tibet, the September 18 concert in the school’s Performing Arts Series, featuring the famed singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery. Endorsed by the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through the sacred performing arts, these world musicians employ multiphonic chanting and traditional Tibetan

instruments – known as zokkay – to create extraordinary chords and harmonies, and their talents have graced many of the world’s greatest theatres and music halls. Previous tours have found the performers sharing stages with the likes of Paul Simon, Kitaro, Natalie Merchant, and the Beastie Boys, and the group even appeared on the 1998 Academy Awards telecast, accompanying Philip Glass’ Oscar- nominated score for the Martin Scorsese film Kundun. Sounds zokkay to me. Other fall presentations in the Performing Arts Series include a concert by the New York- based klezmer talents of The Klezmatics (October 23) and the musical comedies

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (October 9 through 11) and A Year with Frog & Toad (December 5 and 6), and more information The Mystic Arts of Tibet and Galvin’s other autumn events can be found at http://Web.SAU.edu/galvin.

– Mike Schulz

Walking the Wire: Holiday Tales, holiday monologues from regional and national playwrights; Thursday thru Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm; $25-$12; for tickets, call 319-338-7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. riversidetheatre.org, Thu Nov 19 thru Sun Nov 22. The Honky Tonk Angels’ Holiday Spectacular, all-new, country-western musical comedy; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 3pm; $26.50-$17.50; for tickets, call 1-800-35-AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave.,

Raven, a one-man Edgar Allan Poe performance, with Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson; free; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Thu Nov 5. Same Time, Next Year, a Festival 56 presentation of Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy; Tuesdays thru Sundays; for information and tickets, call 309-879-5656, Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 Main St., Princeton, IL, http://www.festival56.com, Fri Nov 6 thru Sat Nov 14.

Papa’s Angels, a Christmas story by Collin Wilcox Paxton and

Charles Jones, directed by Tom Morrow; Fridays and Saturdays

Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, 7:30pm Fri Nov 20 thru

Sun Dec 20.

A Christmas Carol, fundraising performance of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, co-produced by the Peace Pipe Players, adapted by Anthony E. Palermo; Friday and Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm; $15-$8; for tickets and information, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http:// www.ohnwardfineartscenter.com, Fri Nov 20 thru Sun Nov 22. Annie, Tony-winning Broadway musical smash; Thursdays thru Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm; $25-$15; for tickets, call 319-366-8591, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.theatrecr.org, Fri Nov 20 thru Sun Dec 6. What Are You Giving for Christmas?, with Delene McConnaha producing, and Tom Charlton serving as music director; for information, e-mail pearlcityplayers@yahoo.com, Central Middle School - Muscatine, 901 Cedar St, Muscatine, IA, Fri Nov 20 thru Sun Nov 22. Kindertransport, a Festival 56 presentation of Diane Samuels’ World War II-era drama; for information and tickets, call 309-879- 5656, Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 Main St., Princeton, IL, http://www.festival56.com, Fri Nov 20 thru Sat Nov 28. 100 Saints You Should Know, a New Ground Theatre presentation of Kate Fodor’s drama about a dissatisfied cleaning woman and a troubled priest; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Thursdays and Sundays 2pm; $15-$12; for tickets and information, call 563-326-7529, Village Theatre, 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http://www.newgroundtheatre.org, 7:30pm Fri Nov 27 thru Sun Dec 6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, family comedy adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s beloved book, directed by Jalayne Riewerts; for information and tickets, call 563-242-6760, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Clinton, IA, http://www.clintonshowboat.org, Fri Nov 27 thru Sun Dec 13. Frosty’s Magic Hat, a musical family adventure, with lunch and show-only performances available; Tuesdays thru Sundays; for tickets, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, Fri Nov 27 thru Sat Dec 26. Cirque Dreams Illumination, featuring inventive costumes, special effects, and an international cast of acrobats, contortionists, daredevils, musicians, and more; at 3 & 8pm; $208-107; for tickets, call 309-673-3200, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, Sat Nov 28. The Wizard of Oz, a lavish stage version of the classic movie, with dazzling special effects, choreography, and costumes; for information, call 563-326-8522, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre.com, 7pm Sun Nov 29. A Christmas Carol, a YouTheater performance of Charles Dickens’ classic; at 10:15am & 12:15pm; $6; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, Tue Dec 1. Cirque Dreams Illumination, stage extravaganza with the world-renowned acrobats; for information and tickets, call 515- 246-2300, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Tue Dec 1 thru Sun Dec 6. Sister’s Christmas Catechism, comedy in which Sister takes

on the mystery of what happened to the Magi’s gold; for tickets and information, call 515-246-2300, Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St, Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Wed Dec 2 thru Sun Dec 13. Babes in Toyland, family musical classic, with new book and lyrics by director John Donald O’Shea; Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm; $15-$9; for tickets and information, call 309-762-6610, Quad City Music Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.qcmusicguild. com, 7:30pm Thu Dec 3 thru Sun Dec 6. A Christmas Wizard of Oz, a new adaptation comes complete with child-friendly dialogue and familiar Christmas carols the audience and performers can sing together; for information, call 309-788-5433, The Center for Living, 2008 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.center4living.com, Fri Dec 4. Tired American Dream: Workshop Performance, premiering rock musical about a group of artists preparing to graduate college; performances in March, 2010; for information, call 309- 235-1654, Harrison Hilltop Theatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, Fri Dec 4. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Tony-nominated stage version of the beloved movie musical; Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm; $13-$14; for tickets, call 319-462-4793, Starlighters Theatre, 136 E. Main St., Anamosa, Iowa, http://www. starlighters.org, Fri Dec 4 thru Sun Dec 13. There’s a Christmas Tree in Terminal C, a Festival 56 presentation of Dexter Brigham’s holiday-themed musical comedy; Tuesdays thru Sundays; for information and tickets, call 309-879-5656, Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 Main St., Princeton, IL, http://www.festival56.com, Fri Dec 4 thru Wed Dec

23.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree, the familiar song comes to life in Lowell Swortzell’s family musical; 1pm; for tickets, call 800- 35AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http:// www.oldcreamery.com, Sat Dec 5. A Year with Frog & Toad, musical-comedy adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books; 3pm; $8-$6; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/galvin, Sat Dec 5 and Sun Dec 6.

Auditions & Calls For Entry

Rent, auditions for Jonathan Larson’s musical, directed by Wayne Hess, with production dates and rehearsals early-mid March thru May 1; no conflicts allowed during the rehearsal

period; all cast members must be excellent singers/actors/movers; bring music in the proper key, accompanist provided, no CD accompaniment or a cappella singing permitted; be prepared to read from the script and sing from the score; auditions by appointment only; e-mail headshot/resume to casting@ harrisonhilltop.com, Harrison Hilltop Theatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, 11am Sat Sep 5. Workout for Working Actors, on Saturdays, with facilitator Matt McIver; take more risks, delve deeper into your work, and explore new techniques; stretch your mind and muscles and grow your craft; $25/class, $100/series of 5; to register or for more information, call 971-405-2877 or e-mail mmciver@ desmoinessocialclub.org, Des Moines Social Club, 1408 Locust St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinessocialclub.org, 10am Sat Sep 5 thru Sat Dec 26. Evening of Wassterstein: Bette & Me, Waiting for Philip Glass, & The Man in a Case, auditions for November’s production of three one-act Wendy Wasserstein plays; to participate, actors/crew members must be enrolled in either THEA 112 Play production course or a section of the Theatre Practicum for 1 credit; prepare a 1-minute comedic monologue by a noteworthy modern playwright (1890 or later) - can include a work by Wassterstein, but not written by the auditioner; for information, call Dan Haughey at 309-796-5419 or e-mail HaugheyD@bhc. edu, Black Hawk College Theatre, Black Hawk College, Quad City Campus, Building 1, Room 306, Moline, IL, http://www.bhc.edu/ index.aspx?NID=695, 6:30pm Mon Sep 14. Babes in Toyland, auditions for Dec. 3-6 production of family musical classic, with new book & lyrics by director John Donald O’Shea; Friday 6pm, Saturday 1pm; sing something that shows off the quality and range of your voice; songs from “Babes in Toyland” or any other traditional musical are preferred; adults and up to 10 children (grades 3 and over) may be cast; rehearsals begin Oct. 19; for information, call 309-762-6610, Quad City Music Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www. qcmusicguild.com, Fri Sep 18 and Sat Sep 19. The Winter’s Tale, auditions for the Prenzie Players’ production of Shakespeare’s play, running November 13-22, directed by JC Luxton; all welcome, show up ready to read; Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 6:30-10pm; for information, e-mail JC at prenzie.luxton@ gmail.com; Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th Street, Davenport, IA, http://www.prenzieplayers.com, Sat Sep 19 and Sun Sep 20. Thursday Theatre Talk, the dish on upcoming productions and the issues they tackle, with professor Miriam Gilbert and invited guests; free; for information, call 319-338-7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. riversidetheatre.org, Thu Oct 15. Richmond Hill Barn Theatre Auditons: Wrong for Each Other and Marvin’s Room, auditions for February’s production of Norm Foster’s romantic comedy “Wrong for Each Other” (1 male, 1 female), and April’s production of Scott McPherson’s comedy/ drama “Marvin’s Room” (4 males, 4 females); Sunday 2pm, Monday 7pm; for information, call 309-944-2244, Barn Theatre in Richmond Hill Park, Geneseo, IL, http://www.rhplayers.com, Sun Nov 15 and Mon Nov 16.

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Performances

The Joffrey Ballet: Kettentanz, benefit performance for the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium/Voxman Music Building, choreographed by the late Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino; $52.50-$252.50; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www. hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.html, 8pm Fri Sep 11. German Tanze Group, a demonstration of traditional German folk dancing; a Global Gathering Germany event; for information, call 563-344-4191, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Mon Oct 5. Dracula Returns, Ballet Quad Cities dancers in a production of fabulous theatre, sensual choreography, bold music, and eerie lighting, with Domingo Rubio; with an encore performance of the cutting edge, contemporary ballet “While I Breathe, I Hope,” choreographed by Cleo Mack and set to the music of Loscil and Rachmaninoff; Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2 & 7:30pm; for information and tickets, call 309-786-3779, Capitol Theatre, 330 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.balletquadcities.com, 7:30pm Fri Oct 23 and Sat Oct 24. Drink and Dine with Dracula, complimentary snacks and a cash bar before the evening’s presentation of “Dracula Returns” by Ballet Quad Cities; feel free to come dressed as your favorite

undead character; for information, call 309-786-3779, Capitol

Theatre, 330 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.balletquadcities. com, 6:30pm Fri Oct 23 and Sat Oct 24. Champions of the Dance, a spectacular evening of World Professional Ballroom Dance Champions as featured in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing,” and the latest syndicated release of “The American Ballroom Challenge”; $35-$30; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Fri Nov 6. The Nutcracker, a RiverPointBallet presentation of the holiday classic; $15-$8; for tickets and information, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http:// www.ohwardfineartscenter.com, 7pm Tue Nov 24.

Classes & Ongoing Events

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Line Dance Lessons with Cindy Baker, on Tuesdays; get in shape to a blend of rock ’n’ roll and country; free to Hampton residents, $30/month to non-residents; for information, call 309- 755-8398 or 309-496-9685, thru Tue Dec 29. Dance Party, Tuesdays at 9pm; free; $2 cocktails; for information, call 319-337-6464, Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowacityyachtclub.org, thru Tue Dec 29. Learn to Dance the Arthur Murray Way, teaching dance to the world for 97 years; first lesson free; mention this notification and save up to 25%; for information, call 563-326-4321, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, 221 1/2 Brady St, Davenport, IA, http:// www.arthurmurray.com, thru Thu Dec 31. Hip-Hop w/ Javon Green, Thursday classes with Quad City native and touring dancer/choreographer; 6pm; for information, call 309-786-2677, Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance, 617 17th St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.balletquadcities.com, thru Thu Dec 31. Live DJ & Salsa Dancing, on Thursdays; $2 drafts; 8pm; for information, call 309-797-6722, Club Boulevard, 1801 10th St., Moline, IL, http://www.theclubQC.com, thru Thu Dec 31. Social Dancing, Listening, & Fellowship, with live music by the Freddie Steenbock Duo; $5 donation; for information, call 386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 12:30pm Wed Sep 2. Social Dancing at the Men & Gals Dance Club, with live music by John & Kay Retzl; $3; for information, call 786-6798, V.F.W. 1303, 3715 9th St, Rock Island, IL, 6pm Sun Sep 6. Social Dancing, Listening, & Fellowship, with live music by John & Kay Retzl; $5 donation; for information, call 386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 12:30pm Wed Sep 9. Summer Soul Spin Dance Party, A dance party featuring DJ’s featuring members of the Diplomats of Solid Sound (Doug and Nate) playing deep cuts from soul records from the 60’s & 70’s; for information, call 319-351-9529, The Mill, 120 E Burlington, Iowa City, IA, http://www.icmill.com, 8pm Wed Sep 9. Social Dancing at the Men & Gals Dance Club, with live music by the Freddie Steenbock Duo; $3; for information, call 786- 6798, V.F.W. 1303, 3715 9th St, Rock Island, IL, 6pm Sun Sep 13. Social Dancing, Listening, & Fellowship, with live music by the Freddie Steenbock Duo; $5 donation; for information, call 386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 12:30pm Wed Sep 16. Polka Club of Iowa, Inc. Eastern Chapter Dance, with live music by Gary & the Ridgeland Dutchmen from Cashton, Wis.; $7.50; for information, call 563-285-5889, Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott, IA, 1:30pm Sun Sep 20. Social Dancing, Listening, & Fellowship, with live music by John & Kay Retz l; $5 donation; for information, call 386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 12:30pm Wed Sep 23. Social Dancing at the Men & Gals Dance Club, with live music by John & Kay Retzl; $3; for information, call 786-6798, V.F.W. 1303, 3715 9th St, Rock Island, IL, 6pm Sun Sep 27. Social Dancing, Listening, & Fellowship, with live music by the Freddie Steenbock Duo; $5 donation; for information, call 386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, 12:30pm Wed Sep 30. Summer Soul Spin Dance Party, A dance party featuring DJ’s featuring members of the Diplomats of Solid Sound (Doug and Nate) playing deep cuts from soul records from the 60’s & 70’s; for information, call 319-351-9529, The Mill, 120 E Burlington, Iowa City, IA, http://www.icmill.com, 8pm Wed Oct 14. Norwegian Dancing, learn several Norwegian dances; Storelva Lodge, Sons of Norway meeting; free; for information, call John Lee at 563-359-4339 or e-mail JL87654321@aol.com, Grace Evangelical Free Church, 5520 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA, 7pm Mon Oct 19. Summer Soul Spin Dance Party, A dance party featuring DJ’s featuring members of the Diplomats of Solid Sound (Doug and Nate) playing deep cuts from soul records from the 60’s & 70’s; for information, call 319-351-9529, The Mill, 120 E Burlington, Iowa City, IA, http://www.icmill.com, 8pm Wed Nov 11.

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Ranger-Guided Hikes, at 11am & 2pm; also daily scheduled and impromptu programs throughout the day; for information, call 563-873-3491, Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76, Harpers Ferry, IA, http://www.nps.gov/efmo, thru Mon Sep 7. September Angel Food Ministry Orders, purchase up to $75 worth of delicious, top-quality food for only $30; orders accepted in the office 9am-noon and 5-7pm; for information, call 309-786- 2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, thru Fri Sep 11. Des Moines Renaissance Fair, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; featuring a castle, jousting area, feasting hall, and nearly 30 other structures built in an English Tudor style; shoppes, museums, armored combat, wine tastings, costumed entertainers, and much more; a different theme every week; $15-$8, free for ages 4 & under; for information, call 515-262-4100, Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex, 4051 Dean Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www. desmoinesrenfaire.com, 10am thru Wed Sep 16. Quad City Botanical Center Urban Market, on Thursdays; arts & entertainment, produce, plants, and area food vendors in the parking lot and circle drive; for information, call Megan at 309-794-0991, ext 25 or e-mail megan@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.

qcgardens.com, 4pm thru Thu Sep 24. Volunteers and Clothing Needed for Fall Craft Show and

Pumpkin Extravaganza, drop off any clothing you think you help make a good scarecrow, for October event, in the gift shop Sept. 20-Oct. 3; also seeking volunteers for Sunday afternoons in October, from 1-4pm ; for information, call Beth at 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, thru Sun Oct 4. Trinity Farmer’s Market - Trinity at Terrace Park, Mondays at 3pm; to participate, call Jane Weber at 563-332-5529, Trinity at Terrace Park, Utica Ridge Rd, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.trinityqc. com, thru Mon Oct 26. Bettendorf Farmer’s Market, on Thursdays at 2pm; enter through the lot of 23rd Street; for information, call 563-508-1853 or 563-650-2181, 2117 State Street, east of Alter Building, Bettendorf, IA 52722 http://www.mvgrowers.com/, thru Thu Oct 29. Main Street Market, on Mondays and Thursdays at 2pm; food, arts, crafts, and more; for information, call Marcia at 309-755-7922, Downtown East Moline, East Moline, IL, http://www.eastmoline. com, thru Thu Oct 29. Mississippi Valley Grower’s Association Farmer’s Market, on Wednesdays and Saturdays; a variety of hand-grown and handmade products courtesy of area farmers and crafters; in the east parking lot; for information, call Marketing Director Darcy Jacks at 563-391-6773, NorthPark Mall, Between Harrison and Welcome Way on E. Kimberly, Davenport, IA, thru Sat Oct 31. Speed Dating, on Fridays; 10 dates, 7 minutes each, 1 night; to reserve, call Susan at 563-355-7644, Nature’s Bread Basket, 2306 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.7minuteyenta.com, 7pm thru Fri Dec 18. Heartland Central Model Railroad Club Open House, on Saturdays at noon, in the lower level; with HO scale model trains running weekly; donations accepted; for information, call 563- 323-9042, Major Art & Hobby Center, 201 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, 12pm thru Sat Dec 26. Saturday Night Christian Entertainment, Saturdays at 7pm; music, comedy, karaoke, movie nights, and more every Saturday; for information, call 563-322-1302, The Solid Rock Cafe, 1411 Brady St, Davenport, IA, thru Sat Dec 26. Heartland Cenrtral Model Railroad Club Trains, “G” Garden Scale Trains running every Sunday at 12:30pm, weather permitting; free; for information, e-mail mjerson@msn.com, Fejervary Park Zoo, 1900 Telegraph Rd., Davenport, IA, thru Sun Dec 27. Sensational Sunday Slot Tournament, Sundays starting at 10am; win part of $3,700; participants have three minutes at the machine to rack up as many credits as they can; for in formation, call 309-756-4623, Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, I-280 & I-92, Rock Island, IL, http://www.jumerscasinohotel.com, thru Sun Dec 27. Sunday Night Trivia, Sundays at 7pm; for information, call 563-359-1015, Uptown Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2340 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, thru Sun Dec 27. Tuesday Night Trivia, Tuesdays at 7pm; for information, call 563-386-5997, Route 61 Bar & Grill, 4320 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA, thru Tue Dec 29. Blackjack Tournament, on Thursdays starting at 7am; win part of $1,000; $100 buy-in required; for in formation, call 309-756- 4623, Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, I-280 & I-92, Rock Island, IL, http:// www.jumerscasinohotel.com, thru Thu Dec 31. 2009 United Way Campaign Kickoff Breakfast, with campaign chair Julie Bechtel; 8am breakfast buffet, 8:30am program, music by the Terry Hanson Ensemble, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.unitedwayqc.org, 8am Wed Sep 2. September Network @ Night Event, enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar as you network with fellow young professionals; $10-$5; to register, call 309-757-5416, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, https://www.thenetworkqc.org, 5:30pm Wed Sep 2. University of Iowa Volunteer Fair, Representatives from nearly 70 local service agencies will be available to answer questions and sign up volunteers; agencies include civic and government organizations, cultural and historical groups, educational and child care organizations, and groups that serve people who are poor, ill, disabled or victims of violence; a poster session featuring community engagement projects will be held the same day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hubbard Commons in the IMU, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www.uiowa. edu/~cep, 11am Wed Sep 2. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Over the Top, a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where audiences will experience maniacal mayhem as Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty compete for control of a magical top hat; dogs fly, Asian elephants groove, and a man stands eye to eye with a pack of Bengal tigers; learn circus skills at the free all-access pre-show an hour before show time; $65-$13; for tickets,

call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.iwirelesscenter.com, 7pm Thu Sep 3 thru Mon Sep 7. Big Book Sale, for information, call 309-732-READ, Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th St., Rock Island, IL, http:// www.ripl.lib.il.us, 9am Thu Sep 3. 2009 Unitarian Church Campout, thru Sept. 7; at Sugar Bottom Campground; $50/camp site, includes 3 nights and 4 days of camping, breakfasts, chidlren’s activities, and more; for information, call Sarah at 563-323-5749 or e-mail saramoulton1@ yahoo.com, Unitarian Church of Davenport, 3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA, Fri Sep 4. Dick-n-Sons Lumber Complex 2009 Car Show, no entry fee;

for information, call 563-381-3220, Dick’n’Sons Lumber & Flower Shop, 235 N. Oak Lane, Blue Grass, IA, 6pm Fri Sep 4. UTHS Homecoming Parade, for information, call 309- 314-5947, Downtown East Moline, East Moline, IL, http://www. eastmoline.com, Fri Sep 4. Lock & Dam Tours, led by Corps Ranger staff, at 11am & 2pm; for information, call 309-794-5338, Mississippi River Visitor Center, Arsenal Island, Davenport, IA, Sat Sep 5 and Sun Sep 6. Waffle Breakfast, on the first Saturday of the month at 8am; for information, call 563-324-1054, ext 223, Center for Belgian Culture, 712 18th Avenue, Moline, IL, http://www. qcheritageleague.com, thru Sat Dec 5. Explore the River Sunday Tour, featuring tours of Buffalo, LeClaire, Rapids City, Hampton, Port Byron, and Princeton; for information, call 563-322-2969, River Action, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www.riveraction.org, 12:45pm Sun Sep 6. East Moline Labor Day Parade, Downtown East Moline, East Moline, IL, http://www.eastmoline.com, Mon Sep 7. September Network @ Noon Event, focusing on sustainable energy, showcasing the important work and technology of current “green” businesses in the Quad Cities, and ways that young professionals can positively affect the environment in both their personal and professional lives; panelists include Ellen Kabot- Lensch, jane Vorac, and Mike Zorich; $15-$10; to register, call 309-757-5416, Arbor Village Clubhouse, 900 43rd Ave., Moline, IL, https://www.thenetworkqc.org, 11:45am Tue Sep 8. 10th Annual Senior Citizen Riverfront Golf Cart Tour, Tours will utilize existing riverfront trails and offer participants an opportunity to see and hear all that the riverfront has to offer from the front seat of a golf cart; all tours are $12.50 per person and last for two hours. Tour times for each of the tours are 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, and 2pm-4pm; Tour #1 - Tour the Davenport riverfront, starting at Credit Island and traveling to Leach Park and back. Tour #2 - This is the Arsenal Island tour and starts near the Col. Davenport House. Tour #3 - The Rock Island riverfront tour begins and ends at Sunset Park at 31st Avenue, and travels to Sylvan Island and Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline. Tour #4 - The tour will begin and end at the east end of Ben Butterworth Parkway at 55th Street in Moline and travel through East Moline and Hampton to Illiniwek Park. Tour #5 - This tour is from Rapids City through Port Byron to Cordova. Start and end at Shuler’s Shady Grove at 11th Street in Rapids City, Il.; to register, call 563- 322-2969, River Action, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www. riveraction.org, 9am Thu Sep 10. 3rd Annual Quad Cities Leadership Alumni United Fall Fundraiser, themed “A Night at the Ballpark”; grant recipients announced, entertainment by Ellis Kell and friends, a wine tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a raffle, and more; $45-$40; for tickets and information, e-mail qcleadership@gmail.com, Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St, Davenport, IA, http:// www.bettendorfchamber.com, 5:30pm Thu Sep 10. 2009 Central Illinois Black Expo, in the Exhibit Hall; free; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 11am Sat Sep 12. Annual Camper Craft/Bake Show, special event designed to compliment the natural environment of the Mississippi River, with handmade crafts and baked goods that campers have created; free; for information, call 815-259-3628, Thomson Causeway, off Illinois 84, Thomson, IL, 9am Sat Sep 12. Forget-Me-Not Victorian Day, annual celebration of the past; for information, call 563-324-5121, Oakdale Memorial Cemetery, 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA, 1pm Sat Sep 12. Hubbard Group Leadership Retreat: “What’s Stopping Us Now?”, free leadership retreat for black men; intended to equip undergraduate University of Iowa students with strategies for success and features panels on building community, expanding consciousness and mentorship; attendees will enjoy food and fellowship with their peers while forming connections with faculty and staff; Eddie Moore Jr., director of diversity at The Bush School in Seattle, Wash., will give the keynote address at 5:50pm; to register, contact Malik Henfield at 319-335-5942 or malik- henfield@uiowa.edu., Pappajohn Business Bldg., UI Campus, Iowa City, IA, http://www.uiowa.edu/~hubgrp/, 12pm Sat Sep 12. Louisa County Heritage Society Fall Festival, featuring antique tractors and fire trucks, music by Gary McCurdy as The Tubador (beginning at 9:30am), displays, sales tables, museum exhibits, a viewing of the Native American documentary “Lost Nation: The Ioway,” homemade lunch, and more; $7/meal, $10/ membership; for information, call 319-527-5247 or e-mail LCHS@ louisacomm.net, Louisa County Heritage Center, 609 James L. Hodges Ave, Wapello, IA, 9am Sat Sep 12. Master Gardener Bus Trip, day trip to Des Moines, including a stop at the city’s Farmer’s Market, the Botanical Garden, and the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens; $47 includes motorcoach transport and gardens admission; lunch and dinner on your own; for information, call (309)756-9978, ext. 10, University of Illinois Extension, 4450 Kennedy Drive Suite 3, East Moline, IL, http:// www.extension.uiuc.edu/rockisland, 6am Sat Sep 12. Second Saturday - On the Road!, visit the Davenport Public Library’s booth with stories, games, and more; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Vander Veer Park, 215 W Central Park, Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 10am Sat Sep 12. St. Ambrose University Menke Observatory Star Party, on- site 12- and 14-inch telescopes will be available at the St. Ambrose S. G. Menke Observatory for sky viewing; visitors are welcome to bring smaller telescopes as well; beginning at sunset; free; for

more information, contact Dr. Robert Mitchell at 563-333-6141, Menke Observatory, Dixon, IL, http://www.sau.edu/astronomy/ menke, 7pm Sat Sep 12. Timber Lake Playhouse Wine Tasting Fundraiser, wines from more than 18 acres of grapes, with proceeds helping to support the 2010 season; $10; for information, call 815-244-2035, Massbach Ridge Winery, 8837 S. Massbach Rd., Elizabeth, IL, http:// www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, 4:30pm Sat Sep 12. WorldFest 2009, in the Exhibit Hall; free; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 11am Sat Sep 12. Fall Festival Goes Buggy!, presented by Friends of Vander Veer and Iowa American Water; visit with the Observational Bee Hive and Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo, see live butterflies; vendor booths, giveaways, activities; concert with Top Five from 4-7pm; free; for information, call 563-323-3298, Vander Veer Park, 215 W Central Park, Davenport, IA, http://www.citydavenportiowa. com, 10pm Sat Sep 12 and Sun Sep 13. Trivia Under the Stars, register by Sept. 14 for Sept. 19 event; 10 rounds, 10 questions per round; 8 person teams - $100; proceeds benefit educational programs; bring chips or other non-perishable snacks; cash bar; to register, call Marissa at 309- 794-0991, ext 26, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, 7pm Mon Sep 14. Table Talk at Broadway Church, a light supper at 5:30pm, followed by an entertaining and informative presentation; RSVP at 309-786-2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, 5:30pm Wed Sep 16. AEA 2009/2010 School Year Kick-Off, Featured speaker Tony Wagner will speak about the educational system and his new book, “The Global Achievement Gap.” Registration fee includes print materials, continental breakfast and lunch. For registration and information, visit SolutionsWhere.com/mbaea/cw/main.asp or call Donna Brase at 563-344-6481., Waterfront Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.solutionswhere.com/mbaea/ cw/main.asp, 8:30am Thu Sep 17. Dinner and Conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln, sponsored by the Pilot Club of Moline; a period meal of President Lincoln’s favorite recipes, an a live re-enactment of their last evening together, performed by Max and Donna Daniels; 6pm dinner, 7pm performance; $18; to reserve, call 309-948-1481, Bethel Wesley UMC, 1201 13th St, Moline, IL, 6pm Thu Sep 17. East Moline Public Library Annual Fall Book Sale, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://www.eastmoline.com, Fri Sep 18. Our Big Fat Greek Festival, Greek cuisine, pastries, a Greek wine tasting, Chicago’s Hellas Dancers, children’s activities and games, vendors, Greek and American music with Manoli productions, and more; proceeds benefit the church; for information, call 309-786-8163, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2930 31st Avenue, Rock Island, IL, 11am Fri Sep 18 and Sat Sep 19. UI Afro-American Cultural Center Alumni Celebration, events including a rededication of the center followed by a meet and great with alumni and students on Fri; a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Arizona football game on Saturday, the “Old Skool vs. New Skool” party at 9 p.m. Saturday in the main ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU); a Gospel Breakfast Celebration from 9 to 11 a.m. in the South Room of the IMU on Sunday, complete with gospel music from Voice of Soul and inspirational words, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowalum.com/ reunions/BHN, Fri Sep 18 thru Sun Sep 20. 7th Annual Mutt Strut, hosted by the Quad City Animal Welfare Shelter; activities include a blessing of the animals, a 1.5 mile stroll, visits with vendors, demonstrations from a canine officer, agility demonstrations, a raffle, a silent auction, and more; for information, call 309-787-6830, Milan American Legion, 515 W 1st Ave, Milan, IL, http://www.qcawc.org, 1pm Sat Sep 19. Brew Ha Ha, 10th annual event with a variety of pilsners, ales, and porters to sample; cheese tasting, live music with Minus Six from 1-2:30pm and 3:30-5pm, and a 2:30pm comedy performance by Dwayne Clark; $25-$20; for information, call 309-796-5029, LeClaire Park, River Dr & Ripley St, Davenport, IA, http://www.wqpt. org, 1pm Sat Sep 19. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, equine wonders in the arena at 2 & 7:30pm; $28.50-$21.50; for information, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, Sat Sep 19. Quad Cities Family Fun & Kite Festival, hosted by the Quad Cities Kite Club and Davenport Parks & Recreation; kite displays, demonstrations, kite making, stunt-kite performances by 180Go!, games, children’s activities, an appearance by the Quad Cities Juggling Club, and more; free; for information, call 563-650-4143 or e-mail info@QCKites.com, Centennial Park, Beiderbecke Dr. & Marquette, Davenport, IA, http://www.QCKites.com, 10am Sat Sep 19 and Sun Sep 20. Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, the 21st year of the region’s premier fine-arts festival; for information, visit MidCoast.org, Lindsay Park, River Drive and Mound Street, Davenport, IA, Sat Sep 19 and Sun Sep 20. UFC 103 & UFC After Party, for information, call 563-359- 1015, Uptown Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2340 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.uptownbargrill.com, 9pm Sat Sep 19. LeClaire Trivia Night, proceeds benefit area non-profits such as the library, Little League, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and the Civic Center; 8/table, $10/person, $50/table minimum; doors 6:30pm, trivia 7pm; beverages available, door prizes; for information, e-mail Chris Cournoyer at chris@ccx.net, LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S Cody

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Business • Politics • Arts • Culture • Now You Know • RiverCitiesReader.com River Cities’ Reader

Rd, LeClaire, IA, 7pm Sat Sep 19. Annual Arrowhead Auction, food, games, entertainment, a flea market, craft vendors, and an auction of vehicles, furniture, and other large items; to donate or for more information, call 309- 799-7044, ext 225, Arrowhead Ranch, 12200 104th St., Coal Valley, IL, http://www.arrowheadranchinc.com, Sun Sep 20. Erin Feis, hosted by the St. Patrick’s Society; music, dancing, food, games, history, and culture; for information, call 309-788- 6311, The District of Rock Island, 16 1/2 St., Rock Island, IL, http:// www.stpatsqc.com, 11am Sun Sep 20. Fashion Fair 2009 Summer Sizzle Fashion Show, in the ballroom; 3pm social hour, 4pm show; $15-$10; for tickets and information, call 309-922-4955, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 3pm Sun Sep 20.

2009 Cards for the Troops, help make and stamp greeting cards to send overseas, which they can use to send to loved ones back home; reserve with Mary Sue Sipple at 563-332-5707 or mssipple1@aol.com, Rock Island Arsenal Golf Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie, Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL, 6:30pm Tue Sep 22. River Action’s 2nd Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference, learn about planning, funding, and implementing great river projects and collaborations; keynote speakers include Mayor Joseph Riley and Waterfront Center co-director Ann Breen;

tracks include “Planning

Matters,” “One River, Many Uses,” and

“Clean Water Provides a Wealth of Opportunities”; field trips, receptions, a pre-conference workshop on “Raising Money in Today’s Tough Economy,” and more; for information, call 563- 322-2969, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www. riveraction.org, Wed Sep 23 thru Fri Sep 25. FRIENDS Annual Book Sale, great bargains on books, media, and more; pre-sale for FRIENDS members only; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library (Main), 321 Main Street, Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 5pm Thu Sep 24. Standdown/Homeless Vets, for information, call 309-788- 5912 or visit QCCAExpoCenter.com, QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, 5am Thu Sep 24 thru Sat Sep 26. Pleasant Valley Junior High PTA Trivia Night, teams of 8, $10/person; to reserve, call Lesley at 563-332-6405 or e-mail boblesley@msn.com, Pleasant Valley Junior High School, 3501 Wisconsin St., LeClaire, IA, 7pm Fri Sep 25. FRIENDS Annual Book Sale, great bargains on books, media, and more; free; Friday 11am, Saturday 10am; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library (Main), 321 Main Street, Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, Fri Sep 25 and Sat Sep 26. Girls’ Night Out at Broadway Church, a free dinner and movie, fun, and fellowship for women of all ages; RSVP at 309-786- 2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, 6pm Fri Sep 25. Hampton Historical Society Apple Festival, Hampton Heritage Center, 251 S State St, Hampton, IL, 12pm Sat Sep 26. ORA Health & Fitness Expo, held in conjunction with THE Quad Cities Marathon; also featuring the Palmer Chiropractic Symposium, the Pasta Party, and the Happy Joe’s Fun Run; for information, call 309-751-9800, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.qcmarathon.org, Sat Sep 26. Oktoberfest 2009, featuring German food, drinks, dancing, Gemuetlichkeit, and entertainment by German Skat, Sheephead & 500 Tournaments (noon), John & Kay Retzl (2pm), and Barefoot Becky and The Ivanhoe Dutchmen (5pm); $5, free for ages 12 and under and active military; for information, call 563-355-6274 or 563-322-3772, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St, Davenport, IA, 11am Sat Sep 26. Quad City Prayer Breakfast, in the Great Hall; $12/person, $75/table of 8, $500/ten tables of 8; to reserve, call 563-322-7777, RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.riverctr.com, 8am Sat Sep 26. Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, spaghetti, meat sauce, alfredo, garlic bread, and dessert; fundraiser for the Hope Lodge and their donation of school supplies, scholarships, the community Halloween event, and more; for tickets and information, call 563- 355-8740, Bettendorf Masonic Temple, 2412 Grant St, Bettendorf, IA, 4pm Sat Sep 26. American Indian Folklore and Settler’s Astronomy, featured stories from the Sauk/Fox, Navajo, Shoshone, Blackfoot, and Algonquin tribes, concluding with modern telescope viewing from inside the fort; bring your own telescopes; free; for information, call 815-858-2028, Apple River Fort State Historic Site, 311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL, http://www.Illinois-History.gov, 6pm Sat Sep 26. Andover Swedish Hogmassa, a celebration of American

pioneer faith; refreshments served, Jenny Lind Chapel, 6th St & Oak St, Andover, IL, 4pm Sun Sep 27. GAHC/AMA Volksmarch, for information, call 563-322-8844, Schuetzen Park Historic Site, 700 Waverly Rd, Davenport, IA, http:// www.gahc.org, Sun Sep 27. Vintage Rods’ 38th Annual Car Show, highlighting dozens of automobiles owned by club members and other collectors; registration 9am-noon, door prizes and awards presented at 2pm; $2 suggested donation; for information, call 309-796-3080 or 309- 797-2403, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave.,

Moline, IL, 9am Sun Sep 27.

THE Quad Cities Marathon, annual event featuring 5 races,

cities, 3 bridges, 2 states, and 1 Island, all along the mighty Mississippi River; for information, call 309-751-9800, i wireless

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lodge; teams of 8, $10/person; for information, call Bob Durrett at 563-508-9593, Hamilton Lodge, 2412 Grant Street,

Bettendorf, IA, 7pm Tue Sep 29. Taco Dinner Fundraiser, proceeds benefit the Hamilton Lodge; $5; for information, call Bob Durrett at 563-508-9593, Hamilton Lodge, 2412 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA, 5pm Tue Sep 29. Specifically for Seniors, educational and entertainment programs for those 50 and older; free; for information, call 563-888-3371 or visit DavenportLibrary.com, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, 1pm Wed Sep 30. Milan Lions Club & Quad City Animal Welfare Center

Super Bingo, reserve by Oct.

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Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.qcmarathon.org, 7:30am Sun Sep 27. Network Issue Forum, insight into what it actually takes to be an advocate for your community; guests provide personal

accounts of where they started, details of their role in the community, their commitments, and the fulfillment of their promises; free; to register, call 309-757-5416, Kahl Educational Center, 326 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.thenetworkqc. org, 5pm Mon Sep 28. October Angel Food Ministry Orders, purchase up to $75 worth of delicious, top-quality food for only $30; orders accepted in the office 9am-noon and 5-7pm; for information, call 309-786- 2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, Mon Sep 28 thru Fri Oct 9. Hamilton Lodge Trivia Night, proceeds benefit the

at 3:30pm, 5pm bingo; with $4,500 in prizes, raffles, 50/50s, catered chicken & pulled pork sandwiches, a cash bar, and more; $30 bingo cards for both sessions, bin go computers starting at $40; seating is limited; for information, call 309- 787-6830, Milan Community Center, US 67, 2 miles south of Milan, IL, Milan, IL, http://www. qcawc.org, 3:30pm Fri Oct 2. Friends Fall Book Fair, books, periodicals, video, music, and more; for friends members only; for information, call 563- 344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 9am Fri Oct 2 thru Sun Oct 4. Asylum of Mad Dreams, on Fridays; annual haunted forest on the park grounds; experience the hellbilly acres, chaos carnival, psycho therapy, medieval nitemare, and more; for information, call 309-654- 2110, Cordova Dragway, 10 Miles north of I-80 on IL Rt. 84, Cordova, IL, http://www. asylumofmaddreams.com, Fri Oct 2 thru Fri Oct 30.

Iowa Chapter of the National Audubon Society; wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, a pencil, and water; for information, call 562-873-3491, Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 Hwy 76, Harpers Ferry, IA, http://www.nps.gov/efmo, 8am Sat Oct 3. German Language Church Service, 10am service with Pastor Fritz Schmitt officiating; German-style meals starting at 11am, the Freddie Steenbock Duo playing German-American music from 11am-1pm, the Just 4 Fun Band playing from 1-2pm; traditional “bird shoot” for youths at noon and for adults at 1pm; for information, call 563-322-5489, Schuetzen Park Historic Site, 700 Waverly Rd, Davenport, IA, 10am Sun Oct 4. Pumpkin Extravaganza Opening, with scarecrow-making and displaying, a hay bale maze, a fall craft show; $5-$1; for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. qcgardens.com, Sun Oct 4.

Pumpkin Extravaganza, pumpkins for sale and displayed in the outside gardens and Sun Garden; 100 scarecrows on exhibit, hay bale maze, special events on Sunday afternoons; $5- $1; for information, call 309-794- 0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens. com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, Sun Oct 4 thru Sun Oct 25. Planning a Quinceanera:

History, Customs, and Present Day, fashion style show and the history, customs, fashion, and funding for a Quinceneara; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Wed Oct 7. Ye Olde Country Store Bazaar, crafts from 11am-6pm, food served from 11am-7pm; crafts, baked goods, a raffle, noodle dinners, and more; items priced separately; proceeds benefit the church; for information, call Shirley at 563-263-8648, New Era Lutheran Church, 3455 New Era Rd, near Wild Cat Den State Park’s south entrance, Muscatine, IA, 11am Wed Oct 7. Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, in the Exhibit Hall; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.ila.org, 8am Wed Oct 7 thru Fri Oct 9. 2nd Annual Network to Success Charity Business Show, for information, call 309-796-1178 or 563-340-8312, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5202 Brady

St., Davenport, IA, 9am Thu Oct 8. Black Hawk Hiking Club

Hike, to nearby Scott County Park; hike will begin near the Pine Grove Campground area; watch for hike signs; free and open to the public; for information, call 309-496-9024, http:// blackhawkhikingclub.bravehost. com, 2:30pm Sat Oct 10. Kaffee und Kuchen, Frieda from Frieda’s European Bakery will prepare a selection of kuchen

for us to taste, and tell us a little

Events

Hancher Auditorium Presentations

September through December

F ollowing the devastating flood damage from the summer of 2007, repairs and renovations

are still being made to the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium. Yet the ongoing work hasn’t stopped the Iowa City venue from continuing with its 2009-10 performing-arts series, as a number of surrounding venues have been graciously willing to

Events Hancher Auditorium Presentations September through December F ollowing the devastating flood damage from the summer

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

house the series’ visiting artists in Hancher’s stead.

There will be plenty of music on-hand this fall, as

Iowa City High School hosts the classical jazz of Imani Winds with Stefon Harris on September 25; the UI Pentacrest provides an outdoor stage for the New Orleans funk of the Hot 8 Brass Band on October 11; the Iowa Memorial Union delivers the a cappella excitement of Straight No Chaser on December 8; and the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – located in nearby Riverside – supplies the setting for three Hancher concerts this autumn:

Dinner & Dance with the City Lights Orchestra on October 2, the beloved standards of Herb Alpert and Lani Hall on November 13, and Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster’s Christmas in Cape Breton show on December 5. Dance will also be on the Hancher agenda, with the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines housing the exquisite hoofers of the Joffrey Ballet (performing with the UI Symphony Orchestra) on September 11. And for a bit of prestidigitation, Iowa City High School offers October 18’s An Afternoon of Magic with sleight-of-hand sensation Rob Lake, a performer described by the legendary David Copperfield as “the hero of magic.” These area venues, meanwhile, are certainly heroes of Hancher – and of area audiences, too. For more information on Hancher Auditorium’s fall season, visit http:// www.Hancher.UIowa.edu. – Mike Schulz

QC Haunted Forest, on Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm; a terrifying walk up and down hills and through trails and mazes; also with interactive inflatable games, group photos, snacks, hot and cold beverages, and cash bar, and more; $12; for information, call 309-523-9430, QC Haunted Forest, 3501 207th St. N., Port Byron, IL, http://www. qchauntedforest.com, Fri Oct 2 thru Sat Oct 31. 2nd Annual Fall Diversity Event, information on the diversity of programs offered, multi-cultural groups, education regarding civil rights, international aspects of sustainability; entertainment, cultural performances, crafts, and more; adults $2, children 12 and under free; enter via Door 3; for information, call 563-441-4152 or 441-4070, or e-mail jcampagna@eicc.edu or jrobb@eicc.edu, Scott Community College, 500 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf, IA, 12pm Sat Oct 3. Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, on Big Island at the Rock Island Conservation Club; hike will be flat and will take you through wooded areas near the Hennepin Canal; free and open to the public; for information, call 309-496-9024, http://

blackhawkhikingclub.bravehost.com, 2:30pm Sat Oct 3.

Effigy Mounds Bird Walk, led by Dennis Carter of the Upper

about preparing them, and the ASHHS (American/Schleswig Holstein Heritage Society) choir will be performing songs sung in German; a Global Gathering Germany event; free; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 1:30pm Sun Oct 11. Pumpkin Extravaganza Ice Scream Social, with face- painting, a creepy crawly petting zoo, pumpkin pie and ice cream

for sale, a fall craft show, and a meet-and-greet with exhibiting artists Brent Langley and Paul Riewerts; $5-$1; for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, Sun Oct 11. Cultural Symposium, Intercultural Allies in Higher Education present a leadership conference for leaders and soon-to-be leaders; $10; for information, call Michael Dixon at 563-333- 6264, Rogalski Center - St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/intercultural-life, 10am Wed Oct 14. Fall Foliage Bus Trip, on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday;

includes a boat tour on the Mississippi, a trip to The Cannery Antiques & Gifts, lunch at the Barn, scenic overlooks, a stop at Pikes Peak State Park, shopping in historic McGregor, IA, and dinner at Breitbach’s in Balltown; all meals and admissions included; $115-$95; for information, call 309-794-0991 ext 30 or e-mail vs@ qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, 6am Thu Oct 15 thru Sun Oct 18. Chili Cook-Off Dinner, for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, Fri Oct 16. Iowa Women’s Foundation Awards Luncheon, join leaders, women and men, who are working to bring justice and equality to Iowa; for information and to RSVP, call 888-488-4293, Marriott Hotel and Convention Center - Coralville, 900 E 9th St, Coralville, IA, http://iawf.org/pages/learn-take-action/special-events/annual- awards-luncheon/2009-luncheon.php, 11:30am Fri Oct 16. Trivia Night: The Battle of the States, bi-state trivia matches hosted by Churches United of the Quad City Area, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; teams of 8 in a benefit for Winnie’s Place; doors 6pm, 7pm trivia; for information, call 309- 786-6494, http://www.churchesunited.net, 6pm Fri Oct 16. Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, to Cairo Woods Wildlife Area in Louisa County; a 525-acre conservation area near Wapello, Iowa; free and open to the public; for information, call 309-496-9024, http://blackhawkhikingclub.bravehost.com, 2:30pm Sat Oct 17. American Indian Folklore and Settler’s Astronomy, featured stories from the Sauk/Fox, Navajo, Shoshone, Blackfoot, and Algonquin tribes, concluding with modern telescope viewing from inside the fort; bring your own telescopes; free; for information, call 815-858-2028, Apple River Fort State Historic Site, 311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL, http://www.Illinois-History.gov, 6pm Sat Oct 17. LeClaire Trivia Night, proceeds benefit area non-profits such as the library, Little League, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and the Civic Center; 8/table, $10/person, $50/table minimum; doors 6:30pm, trivia 7pm; beverages available, door prizes; for information, e-mail Chris Cournoyer at chris@ccx.net, LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S Cody Rd, LeClaire, IA, 7pm Sat Oct 17. East Moline Harvest Festival, for information, call 309- 788-6573, Downtown East Moline, East Moline, IL, http://www. eastmoline.com, Sat Oct 17. A Taste of Autumn Pumpkin Cook-Off, featuring pumpkin bread, pumpkin fudge, and all things pumpkin, plus a fall craft show; $5-$1; for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@ qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcgardens.com, Sun Oct 18. David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, internationally renowned magician; at 5:30 & 8:30pm; $46.50- $36.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, Sun Oct 18. Rob Lake Magic: An Afternoon of Magic, the youngest person ever to win the Merlin International Magician of the Year Award; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319- 335-1160, Iowa City High School, 1900 Morningside Dr, Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 2pm Sun Oct 18. Table Talk at Broadway Church, a light supper at 5:30pm, followed by an entertaining and informative presentation; RSVP at 309-786-2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, 5:30pm Wed Oct 21. Festival of Trees Book Fair, with an appearance by Santa Claus and his Santamobile; with a percentage of the proceeds directed to Quad City Arts;, Barnes & Noble, 320 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 1pm Fri Oct 23. Halloween Fright Night, for information, call 309-755-7922, Downtown East Moline, East Moline, IL, http://www.eastmoline. com, Fri Oct 23. Girls’ Night Out at Broadway Church, a free dinner and movie, fun, and fellowship for women of all ages; RSVP at 309-786- 2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, 6pm Fri Oct 23. 2009 Women’s Lifestyle Show, in the Exhibit Hall; for information, call 309-673-8900, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.womenslifestyleshow.com, 9am Sat Oct 24. Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, annual fall hike on the scenic DeSchepper farm west of Viola, Illinois, on Rt. 17; free and open to the public; for information, call 309-496-9024, http:// blackhawkhikingclub.bravehost.com, 2:30pm Sat Oct 24. University of Iowa Museum of Art Party, for information, call 319-688-4000, Marriott Hotel and Convention Center - Coralville, 900 E 9th St, Coralville, IA, Sat Oct 24. Wild About the Child BBQ & Barn Dance, dinner, dancing, a live auction, and bull riding for the brave; proceeds support the Wildwood Hills Ranch for at-risk and disadvantaged children; $75 per person; for tickets and information, call Jackie at 309-743-3243, Veritas Stables, 7721 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA, http://www. heartofamericagroup.com, 6:30pm Sat Oct 24. Closing Day at the Colonel Davenport House, free admission; for information, call 309-786-7336, Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL, http://www.davenporthouse.org, 12pm Sun Oct 25. Pumpkin Carving, carving for older kids and painting for younger ones, an award ceremony for scarecrows and the best carved and painted pumpkins, plus a fall craft show; $5-$1; for information, call 309-794-0991 or e-mail vs@qcgardens.com, Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. qcgardens.com, Sun Oct 25. November Angel Food Ministry Orders, purchase up to $75

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worth of delicious, top-quality food for only $30; orders accepted in the office 9am-noon and 5-7pm; for information, call 309-786- 2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, Mon Oct 26 thru Fri Nov 6.

Hamilton Lodge Trivia Night, proceeds benefit the lodge; teams of 8, $10/person; for information, call Bob Durrett at 563- 508-9593, Hamilton Lodge, 2412 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA, 7pm Tue Oct 27. Taco Dinner Fundraiser, proceeds benefit the Hamilton Lodge; $5; for information, call Bob Durrett at 563-508-9593, Hamilton Lodge, 2412 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA, 5pm Tue Oct

27.

Specifically for Seniors, educational and entertainment programs for those 50 and older; free; for information, call 563- 888-3371 or visit DavenportLibrary.com, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, 1pm Wed Oct 28. Fright Night in the District, for information, call 309-788- 6311, The District of Rock Island, 16 1/2 St., Rock Island, IL, http:// www.ridistrict.com, 5pm Thu Oct 29. Black Hawk Hiking Club Hike, starting at the Prairie Trail in Maquoketa Caves State Park, the newest section of the park with mowed grass trails; free and open to the public; for information, call 309-496-9024, http://blackhawkhikingclub.bravehost.com, 2:30pm Sat Oct 31. Boneyard Boogie, a Halloween event for adults; with an outdoor concert, costume contest, prizes, and more; for information, call 309-788-6311, The District of Rock Island, 16 1/2 St., Rock Island, IL, http://www.ridistrict.com, 7pm Sat Oct 31. Big Book Sale, for information, call 309-732-READ, Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th St., Rock Island, IL, http:// www.ripl.lib.il.us, 9am Thu Nov 5. Antique Spectacular, for information, call 309-788-5912 or visit QCCAExpoCenter.com, QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, 6am Fri Nov 6 thru Sun Nov 8. FRIENDS Holiday Bazaar, for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 9am Sat Nov 7. Veteran’s Day Ceremony, for information, call 309-755-3478, Downtown East Moline, IL, http://www.eastmoline.com, Wed Nov 11. Thunder from Down Under, Australia’s hottest male exports; for information, call 563-324-5233, Penguin’s Comedy Club,

421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse.com/ penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, 7:30pm Thu Nov 12. A Night of Magic with Bill Blagg III, all-new magic and illusion show; $20-$13; for tickets and information, call 563-652- 9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www.ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 7pm Sat Nov 14.

Twilight” Party, music, games, trivia, and other events, plus the chance to win a gift certificate to see “New Moon”; come in costume or come as you are; for information, call 309-736-5737, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Thu Nov 19. Quad City Arts Festival of Trees, annual festival featuring lights, decorated trees, an art exhibit, children’s activities, concerts, vendors, appearances by Santa, and more; for information, call 309-793-1213 ext. 104, or e-mail dmcdaniel@quadcityarts.com, RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.quadcityarts. com, 12:30pm Fri Nov 20 thru Sun Nov 29. LeClaire Trivia Night, proceeds benefit area non-profits such as the library, Little League, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and the Civic Center; 8/table, $10/person, $50/table minimum; doors 6:30pm, trivia 7pm; beverages available, door prizes; for information, e-mail Chris Cournoyer at chris@ccx.net, LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S Cody Rd, LeClaire, IA, 7pm Sat Nov 21. Hamilton Lodge Trivia Night, proceeds benefit the lodge; teams of 8, $10/person; for information, call Bob Durrett at 563- 508-9593, Hamilton Lodge, 2412 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA, 7pm Tue Nov 24. Taco Dinner Fundraiser, proceeds benefit the Hamilton Lodge; $5; for information, call Bob Durrett at 563-508-9593, Hamilton Lodge, 2412 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA, 5pm Tue Nov

24.

Specifically for Seniors, educational and entertainment programs for those 50 and older; free; for information, call 563- 888-3371 or visit DavenportLibrary.com, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, 1pm Wed Nov 25. December Angel Food Ministry Orders, purchase up to $75 worth of delicious, top-quality food for only $30; orders accepted in the office 9am-noon and 5-7pm; for information, call 309-786- 2631, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, Wed Nov 25 thru Fri Dec 4. Black Hawk College International Holiday Bazaar, in the lower lobby of Building 1; all proceeds benefit the International/ESL Scholarship fund through the BHC Foundation; for information, contact Juanita Zertuche at 309-796-5186 or zertuchej@bhc.edu, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, 8am Thu Dec 3. East Moline Public Library Christmas, for information, call 309-755-9614, East Moline Public Library, 740 16th Ave., East Moline, IL, http://www.eastmoline.com, Sat Dec 5. Waffle Breakfast, for information, call 563-324-1054, ext 223, Center for Belgian Culture, 712 18th Avenue, Moline, IL, http:// www.qcheritageleague.com, 8am Sat Dec 5.

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Comedy Sportz, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm; two teams

of improv comics compete, and you’re the judge; $10 advance, $12 door; for reservations, call 786-7733 extension 2, Comedy Sportz, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.myspace.com/ cszqc, thru Sat Dec 26. RiffTrax: Plan 9 from Outer Space, a “Mystery Science Theater

3000”-style attack on Ed Wood’s notorious “worst film of all time”;

for information, call 563-441-0242, Showcase Cinemas 53, 3601 E. 53rd St., Davenport, IA, 7pm Wed Sep 2. Gabriel Rutledge - Chad Miller, for information, call 563-324- LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 Thu Sep 3 thru Sat Sep 5.

Comedy for Charity, benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma

Society’s Team in Training program; featuring comedian Nathan Timmel; $12-$7; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7pm Tue Sep 8. Christine Steadman - John Evans, for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub. upcoming.php, Thu Sep 10 thru Sat Sep 12. Iowa Women’s Music Festival “Comedy Night”, with comedienne Poppy Champlin and musician Lojo Russo; $20-$8; for information, call 319-431-0982, Old Brick Church, 26 E Market St, Iowa City, IA, http://www.prairievoices.net, 7:30pm Fri Sep 11. Riff Raff Theater: Elektra, a live, “Mystery Science Theater 3000”-style attack on Jennifer Garner’s action flick; $10; for tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Fri Sep 11. Brian Regan, comedian in his national tour; $39; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 7pm Sun Sep 13. Rodney Carrington, comedian/actor on his national tour; $44.75; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7pm Thu Sep 17. Mike Toomey - Tim Sullivan, for information, call 563-324- LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http:// www.qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, Thu Sep 17 thru Sat Sep 19. Tommy Blaze - Jeremy Greenberg, for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub. upcoming.php, Thu Sep 24 and Sat Sep 26. Greg Hahn - Tommy Blaze, for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www. qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, Fri Sep 25. A Vacation to Die For, interactive mystery-comedy with the It’s a Mystery troupe; $35/dinner & show; for reservations, call 563- 359-1607, The Lodge Hotel, Spruce Hills & Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Sep 25. Open Mic Night, $3; 7:30pm sign-up, 8pm show; for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, Wed Sep 30. Cool + Cruel, for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www. qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, Thu Oct 1 thru Sat Oct 3. Tim Bedore, stand-up comedy and the PowerPoint presentation “An Inconvenient Horror - The Animal Conspiracy”; $20; for information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Fri Oct 2. Pat Godwin - Bill Blank, Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 7:30 & 10pm; for information, call 563-324-5233, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse.com/ penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, Thu Oct 8 thru Sat Oct 10. Lewis Black, Grammy-nominated comedian and commentator; $58-$42; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre. com, 8pm Fri Oct 9. Jeff Dunham, internationally renowned comedian and

his suitcase posse; $43.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria

Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www. PeoriaCivicCenter.com, 8pm Sat Oct 10. Kevin Nealon, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and “Weeds” star in his standup tour; $42-$28; for tickets, call 877-677-3456, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA, http://www.riversidecasinoandresort.com, Sun Oct 11. David Sedaris, NPR humorist and author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day”; $34.50-$39.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre. com, 8pm Thu Oct 15. Bobcat Goldthwait - John Evans, Fri 8pm, Sat 7:30 & 10pm; for information, call 563-324-5233, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse.com/ penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, Fri Oct 16 and Sat Oct 17. Jimmy Pardo - Chris Smith, Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm & midnight, Sat late-night show 12:30am; for information, call 563-324-5233, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www. qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub.upcoming.php, Thu Oct 22 thru Sat Oct 24. A Vacation to Die For, interactive mystery-comedy with the

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It’s a Mystery troupe; $35/dinner & show; for reservations, call 563- 359-1607, The Lodge Hotel, Spruce Hills & Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Oct 23. Norm Macdonald, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member in his standup tour; $42-$28; for tickets, call 877-677-3456,

Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA, http://www. riversidecasinoandresort.com, Sun Oct 25. Open Mic Night, $3; 7:30pm sign-up, 8pm show; for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, 8pm Wed Oct 28. Billy Dee Washington, Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 7:30 & 10pm; for information, call 563-324-5233, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse. com/penguinsComedyClub. upcoming.php, Thu Oct 29 thru Sat Oct 31. Bob Zany, Bob & Tom Show comedian with opener Chick McGee; $29; for tickets, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre,

57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 8pm Fri Oct 30. Riff Raff Theater: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a live, “Mystery Science Theater 3000”- style attack on the cult-musical classic; $10; for information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Sat Oct 31. Broken Lizard Live, sketch- comedy concert with the

creative team behind “Super

Troopers”; $30-$25; for tickets and information, call 319-688- 2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Sat Nov 7. A Vacation to Die For, interactive mystery-comedy with the It’s a Mystery troupe; $35/ dinner & show; for reservations, call 563-359-1607, The Lodge Hotel, Spruce Hills & Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Nov 13. Dane Cook, film and stand- up star in his “Isolated Incident Global Thermo Comedy Tour”; $32.50-$102.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, http://www. iwirelesscenter.com, 8pm Sat Nov 14. Paula Poundstone, comedienne on her stand-up tour; $30-$40; for information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert. org, 8pm Sat Nov 14. Jon LaJoie - Scott Deringer, Fri. at 8pm & midnight, Sat. at

Smithsonian” in IMAX format; $10-$7; for information and showtimes, call 563-324-1933, http://www.putnam.org, thru Thu

Dec 31. Makeup Workshops: Boot Camp I & II, workshops led by

veteran makeup artist Kerry

Herta; covering a range of beginner- and intermediate- level topics related to film, HD

television, beauty & lifestyle

makeup, and more, with specific areas of instruction on color theory, facial anatomy, character and era research, tools and techniques, men’s grooming, eyebrows, eyelashes, and tattoo coverage; to register or for information, call 323-377-2909 or e-mail kerry@colourboxmakeup.com, Downtown Iowa City, Iowa City, IA, Wed Sep 2. Outrage, documentary on homophobia in the American government, by Kirby Dick; $5 regular admission, $4 Sunday afternoons; for schedule information and tickets, call 319-335-3041, Bijou Theatre, University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/~bijou/, Wed Sep 2 and Thu Sep 3. Sin Nombre, immigration drama in Spanish with English subtitles, by Cary Fukunaga; $5 regular admission, $4 Sunday afternoons; for schedule information and tickets, call 319-335-3041, Bijou Theatre, University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/~bijou/, Wed Sep 2 and Thu Sep 3. Munyurangabo, screening in the 5th Annual Independent Film Series; popcorn, soda, and discussion afterward; free; in the 2nd floor Community Room; free; for information, call 309- 732-READ, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.ripl. lib.il.us, 6pm Thu Sep 3. Humpday, 2009 comedy about two straight best friends who agree to star in a gay porn film; $5 regular admission, $4 Sunday afternoons; for schedule information and tickets, call 319-335-3041, Bijou Theatre, University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/~bijou/, Fri Sep 4 thru Thu Sep 10. The Brothers Bloom, 2009 con-man comedy starring Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo; $5 regular admission, $4 Sunday afternoons; for schedule information and tickets, call 319-335-3041, Bijou Theatre, University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/~bijou/, Fri Sep 4 thru Thu Sep 10. Defiance, presentation

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  • M oline’s i wireless Center kicks off its season of autumn events with

five days devoted to the magic, comedy, acrobatics, animals, and spectacular thrills of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s brand- new entertainment extravaganza, Over

Events i wireless Center September through December M oline’s i wireless Center kicks off its season

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the Top (September

3 through 7). But with all due respect to that legendary touring circus, this fall it’s actually the i wireless Center itself that’s the Greatest Show on Earth. Three wildly popular musical acts will make their way to the Quad Cities venue this fall, as the arena stage delivers Motown hits with the Grammy Award-winning group The Temptations (September 11), exhilarating rock with the Los Angeles-based musicians of Buckcherry (performing with openers Saving Abel, Red, and The

Last Vegas on September 22), and Irish enchantment with the gifted female artists of Celtic Woman (October 11). The ironic, iconic film star and stand-up comedian Dane Cook brings his “Global Thermo Comedy Tour” to the Moline venue on November 14, while decidedly more family-friendly fare will be on-hand during the October 16 performances of Disney Live! The Rockin’ Road Show, featuring appearances by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Tigger, too. The i wireless Center will briefly morph into an indoor water park – with more than 500,000 gallons of water included – when the H2X Extreme Water Sports Show showcases wake-boarders, knee-boarders, wake-skaters, and freestyle jet-ski jumpers on September 19. And on October 24, professional ice hockey returns to Moline, when the Quad City Mallards play the first of 12 home matches held between October and December. Ain’t that just like a Quad Cities autumn? Water turns to ice before you know it. More on the center’s fall events is available by visiting iwirelessCenter.com. – Mike Schulz

7:30pm; for information, call 563-324-5233, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcfreighthouse.com/penguinsComedyClub. upcoming.php, Fri Nov 20 and Sat Nov 21. Open Mic Night, $3; 7:30pm sign-up, 8pm show; for information, call 563-324-LAFF, Penguin’s Comedy Club, 421 River Dr, Davenport, IA, 8pm Wed Nov 25.

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Call for Entry: 2009 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, for 7th annual event; seeking features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films; compete for cash and prizes; $20-$40 entry fee per film; for information, contact festival director Kimberly Busbee at 515-707-1533 or bobbusbee@aol.com, Iowa State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St. #2007, Des Moines, IA, http://www. ariesworks.com, thru Tue Sep 15. Putnam Museum IMAX Presentations, with such titles as “Star Trek,” “Transformers: revenge of the Fallen,” “Kilimanjaro,” “Under the Sea 3-D,” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the

in the 7th annual Jewish

Film Series; Edward Zwick’s 2008 World War II drama; for information, call 309-793-1300, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://figgeart.org, 4pm Sun Sep 6. The Graduate, a Sunday Night Pictures presentation of the classic 1967 counterculture comedy; $5; for information, call 319- 688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7pm Sun Sep 6. All Quiet on the Western Front, a presentation in the German

Film Series; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 6pm Tue Sep 8. Food, Inc., 2008 documentary on the American food industry, by Robert Kenner; $5 regular admission, $4 Sunday afternoons; for schedule information and tickets, call 319-335-3041, Bijou Theatre, University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/~bijou/, Fri Sep 11 thru Thu Sep 17. Moon, 2009’s hallucinatory comedy starring Sam Rockwell; $5 regular admission, $4 Sunday afternoons; for schedule information and tickets, call 319-335-3041, Bijou Theatre, University of Iowa

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Whats Happenin

Music

Yid Vicious

Rock Island Public Library Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.

“Y id Vicious was formed in 1995 in Madison, Wisconsin, in order to ameliorate the woeful dearth of klezmer

in America’s otherwise pleasant heartland. Klezmer is Yiddish folk music, music for dancing and celebrating, and no band has caused more dancing and celebrating than Yid Vicious. Except Kool & the Gang, when they had that hit single about celebrating good times, come on; that caused lots of celebrating. But Yid Vicious is next, right after Kool & the Gang.” Much as I’d like to take credit for that cheeky opening paragraph, it’s actually taken verbatim from the online biography at YidVicious.com, suggesting that if the music thing stops working for them, these dynamic performers should have no problem securing jobs in public relations. In a concert sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the seven members of the Wisconsin-based Yid Vicious will demonstrate their expert musicianship and spirited sense of fun at the Rock Island Public Library on September 9. The oft-touring group blends vocals with clarinet, saxophone, fiddle, horn, guitar, accordion, tuba, and percussion, and the resulting, joyful klezmer experience led the Madison- based Isthmus to describe the band as “inventive, varied, and vivacious.” And, to be sure, busy; as that online bio goes on to state, “Yid Vicious, ever hungry for attention, is available for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, anarchist picnics, séances, boat shows, clam bakes, lumberjack competitions,” and “corporate downsizings.” So I’m guessing they’ll be employed for a while. Admittance to the group’s 7 p.m. library performance is free, and more information on both Yid Vicious and the 2009 Jewish Cultural Series is available by calling (309)793-1300 or visiting JFQC.org.

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Music

Riverfront Pops

LeClaire Park Saturday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.

S ure, we all know that the traditional gift for a 25th anniversary is silver, and the gift for a 50th anniversary

is gold. But thanks to the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, I now know what marks the celebration of a 26th anniversary: Sinatra! In conjunction with the group’s 27th annual Riverfront Pops concert in LeClaire Park, the venerated Quad Cities orchestra will not only wow attendees with their spectacular talents, but will treat attendees to the superior vocal stylings of Steve Lippia, one of the country’s

Music Riverfront Pops LeClaire Park Saturday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. S ure, we all know that

Steve Lippia

most prominent and gifted interpreters

of American standards. Conductor Mark Russell Smith’s musicians will accompany the Las Vegas-based Lippia as he performs songs made legendary by the even-more- legendary Frank Sinatra, and even if you know such tunes as “The Best Is Yet to Come,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and “New York, New York” by heart, chances are you’ve never heard them as they’ll be performed by Lippia and this ultimate Big Band. Described by Las Vegas Style as “the talk of Las Vegas” and the Press-Telegram as “a dazzling performer,” Lippia just returned from a European tour that found him headlining festivals in Finland and Spain, and his exhilarating vocals have been heard everywhere from Atlantic City’s famed Resorts Hotel & Casino to Aaron Spelling’s estate in Beverly Hills. As usual, the Riverfront Pops concert will end with a performance of “Stars & Stripes Forever” and a fireworks display – and this might be the rare year in which such a climax will be considered redundant. Riverfront Pops begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, and for more information on the event, call (563)322-0931 or visit QCSymphony.com.

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Theatre

Glengarry Glen Ross

Village Theatre Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 27.

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