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River Cities Reader Vol. 22 No. 875 February 5 - 18, 2015

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GUEST COMMENTARY

by Chad Nelson

The Political Class War on Immigrants Is a Diversion

s Loretta Lynchs U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the office


of Attorney General opened on
January 28, Republicans were dying to ask
her just how friendly she might be to the
class of people government defines as illegal aliens. In an exchange with immigration scrooge Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama),
Sessions wondered who Lynch believes has
the right to work in America. Specifically,
he asked: Who has more right a lawful
immigrant, a citizen, or a person who entered the country unlawfully? Lynch wisely
opted to dodge Sessions silly multiplechoice question, instead responding that if
a person is here unlawfully, shed prefer it
be as a participant in Americas workforce.
Sessions line of questioning and the
answer he was fishing for reveal much
about the political class warped thinking.
The bipartisan immigration-bashing

Correction

In the article Nacho Radio: Dave &


Darren Rescue Themselves from the
Airwaves (River Cities Reader Issue 874,
January 22-February 4, 2015), Dave
Levoras age was incorrect. He is 42.

contingent in Washington believes, as


Sheldon Richman notes, permission to
work is theirs to bestow. Unfortunately,
that belief is the law of the land. Today,
who may work is a question decided
largely by Washington bureaucrats and
special interests jockeying to buy legal
monopolies on their services. While you
may think yourself free to pursue work of
your choosing, the countless prerequisites
and riders imposed by government
drastically narrow your choices. If youre
fortunate enough to overcome those
obstacles, your ability to remain effective at
your craft is often curtailed as youre forced
to wade through a morass of governmentmandated compliance.
Politicians rely on this hugely important
power to maintain a stranglehold on their
subjects. The right to bestow work upon
their subjects, and all of the ancillary
terms and conditions that come with
granting work as privilege, allow the
parasitic political class to fill its pockets
in the most efficient way possible. If work
whether that of an illegal immigrant
or an American black-market laborer

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The Best Defense (for the Welfare


State) Is an Expensive Offense
by Thomas L. Knapp

n late January, the U.S. military-industrial complex reported results for


2014s fourth quarter and expectations for 2015. Good times! Northrop
Grumman knocked down nearly $6
billion in Q4 2014 and expects 2015
sales of around $23.5 billion. Raytheon
did about as well last fall and expects
a big radar order from the Air Force
this year. Meanwhile, the Pentagon
announced a travel upgrade for the
president of the United States a
new Air Force One. Base cost for the
Boeing 747-8? $368 million, before
presidential modifications.
Anyone who doesnt live under a
rock (or whose rock gets bombed
periodically) knows that the U.S.
government spends more on its
military than any other nation-state. A
useful way of understanding how much

more: If the U.S. defense budget were


cut by 90 percent, it would remain
the first- or second-largest military
spender in the world (depending
on fluctuations in Chinas military
expenditures).
That 90 percent and then some
is the single-largest welfare entitlement
program in the U.S. governments
budget, even omitting emergency
supplementals for the military
misadventure of the week and military
spending snuck into other budget
lines.
In truth, if the U.S. Department
of Defense consisted of a cramped
office in a strip mall somewhere with
a couple of old generals sitting next
to phones waiting for the word to call
out a citizen militia, the chances of
a successful military invasion of the
United States would fall somewhere in

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ILLINOIS POLITICS

Some 2016 Races


Already Heating Up

llinois state Senator Daniel Biss appears to


be the first Democrat to actively float his
name for the 2016 special election for state
comptroller.
The Evanston Democrat is known as a
policy wonk around the Statehouse, but hes
also a prodigious fundraiser, ending the
fourth-quarter reporting period with $721,000
in the bank.
The special-election law
was passed by the General
Assembly in early January
just weeks after the death
of Republican Comptroller
Judy Baar Topinka.
Governor Pat Quinn signed
it into law on his way out
the door.
If the new law is upheld
by the courts (which seems likely but not
certain), the states appointed Republican
Comptroller Leslie Munger will have to stand
for election in a presidential year.
Since the days of President Bill Clinton,
Republicans have been at a distinct
disadvantage during presidential-election
years. No Republican presidential candidate
has won this state since 1988, when George
H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis
51-49. Back then, Illinois was considered a
bellwether state for presidential campaigns.
No longer.
Anyway, Biss would first have to survive
the Democratic primary. And although no
other candidates have yet floated their names,
its expected that we will see some interest.
(Theres even some talk that Quinn might
run.)
Biss pushed hard for state-worker pension
reform when he was in the House and then
again after he moved to the Senate. That hasnt
endeared him to labor unions, although Im
told hes been attempting to reach out to the
unions to try to smooth things over. Biss ran
unopposed last year, so the Illinois AFL-CIO
took no position on his nonexistent campaign.
Meanwhile, state Senator Napoleon Harris
(D-Flossmoor) has been eyeing a move up the
political ladder almost ever since he won the
2012 primary election to replace the retiring
incumbent Senator James Meeks.
Harris expressed strong interest in
running for the U.S. House seat vacated by
the disgraced incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. but
wound up bowing out. Now, Harris is looking
at a possible U.S. Senate bid.
Harris is a former NFL football player.
Many of his former teammates have plenty
of extra cash, which gives Harris a natural
fundraising base.
Harris is also a successful businessman in

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by Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com

his own right. Harris owns a pizza-restaurant


chain and paid a hefty sum to make his pies
the official Chicago White Sox pizza at U.S.
Cellular Field last year.
Harris is the first state legislator to express
a strong interest in the race. All of the other
possible candidates mentioned so far are
members of the U.S. House.
One of those U.S. representatives expressing
interest in running for
Senate is Robin Kelly,
who ended up winning
that 2013 special election
to replace Jackson
(with Harris eventual
endorsement). If both
she and Harris end up
running, that would mean
two African Americans
from the south suburbs would be competing
in the Democratic primary. Kelly would have
to give up her House seat to run, but Harris
just started a four-year term.
Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Mark
Kirk has a moderate (for Washington, DC)
voting record. Kirk will also have strong
support financial and otherwise from
the majority Senate Republicans if he runs,
which appears likely at this moment. And
Kirk will benefit from a newly rebuilt party
infrastructure, courtesy of Bruce Rauners
gubernatorial campaign, and from Rauners
super-wealthy contributor network.
Kirk himself also has built an impressive
fundraising network of staunch Israel
supporters.
Even so, no Republican U.S. Senate
candidate has won Illinois during a
presidential year since Charles Percy was
re-elected in 1968. President Richard Nixon
absolutely stomped Democrat George
McGovern that year by 19 points in Illinois.
Even so, the Democrats won back the
governors office.
The last Republican U.S. senator from
Illinois, Peter Fitzgerald, declined to run in
the 2004 election, when George W. Bush
lost the state by 10 points. And the average
Democratic presidential winning margin in
Illinois since 1992 is more than 16 points. Yes,
Barack Obama pumped up that average, but
they all won by double digits.
Yet its not an impossible task for Kirk. He
could actually run to the left of Harris on
some social issues if the legislator manages to
survive the primary. Harris voted present on
the gay-marriage bill, for instance. Kirk favors
the liberal side of that position.

No Republican
presidential
candidate has won
Illinois since 1988.

Rich Miller also publishes Capitol F.ax (a daily


political newsletter) and CapitolFax.com.

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ince 2005, the


Arab Barometer project
that Amaney A.
Jamal co-founded
has interviewed
ordinary people
in the Arab world
about their views
on (according to
ArabBarometer.
org) governance, political life, and political, social, and cultural values.
So Jamal had extraordinary insight into
the Arab Spring that began in 2010, and its
aftermath. In a phone interview last week,
she said she had seen the seeds of change
but didnt know if or when they would
blossom. It was very clear and obvious
in our public-opinion polls that the status
quo was not sustainable, she said. That
the levels of frustration, the levels of mass
discontent with the status quo were there.
What was not clear was whether ... there
was going to be some sort of trigger to
bring it all down.
Jamal will present The Arab Spring: Did
All Go Wrong? St. Ambrose Universitys
Folwell Lecture in Political Science &
Pre-Law on February 9, and the answer
to that question should be obvious
enough to anybody who pays attention to
international news.
It looks like all has gone wrong, said
Jamal, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor
of Politics at Princeton University and the
author of the 2012 book Of Empires &
Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No
Democracy at All? Since the Arab Spring,
weve had authoritarian reversal in Egypt,
weve had state collapse in Lybia and Syria.
Arguably Yemen is also collapsing. Weve
had further authoritarian retrenchment in
other parts of the Arab world. So, on the
surface, it doesnt look like things are going
really well.
If theres a silver lining to the Arab
Spring, she said, its minor: Its really
emboldened citizens to speak their minds
and express their opinions in a way that
were never going to go back to an era
where public opinion doesnt matter. ...
People are much more relaxed about
expressing their political viewpoints.
Yet she added that she doesnt believe
there will be more revolutions in the near
future: I dont think were going to see
much movement away from the status quo.
... I think regimes are going to be more
careful about how blatant and oppressive
their abuse of power can be. Theyre

going to be more
sensitive moving
forward. But I
do think this is a
very long process.
... Certainly,
weve seen the
first step toward
something. Its not
clear where that
first step is going.
Jamal said the people who went to the
streets during the Arab Spring feel burned
by the results. For widespread protests to
happen again, youre going to have to see
some kind of generational shift.
Surveys, she said, continue to show
that people in Arab countries want
change: Levels of discontent are still
very significant. Theres still a lot of
dissatisfaction with the status quo.
Grievances are still very severe.
But thats balanced by a new recognition
that dampens the push for revolution:
The only thing that I think is on the
minds of citizens in ways that werent
there [before the Arab Spring] is this
idea of whether citizens can really afford
sequential revolutions. ... The economic
challenges that citizens faced in these
countries after the Arab Spring were so
severe, its a legitimate concern to say that
if those economic worries are not met
with real, tangible economic policies for
reform, I doubt youre going to see the type
of mobilization on the streets from this
generation of protesters.
Understanding this dynamic, Jamal
said, requires an understanding of Arab
views on what democracy represents.
In surveys, she said, roughly half of
respondents believe democracy is about
political freedom the way we understand
democracy in the West. But another
50 percent will say its about economic
justice, economic opportunity, finding
employment, being able to feed my
children. And those people, she added, are
really disillusioned [with the Arab Spring]
because ... it wasnt good for the economy
for trade, for investment.
Fundamentally, she said, democratic
reform needs to be ... complemented
directly with How do we bring more
political stability to the region? and How
do we bring more economic stability to the
region?
And thats the reason for the reversals:
The people whove come to power after
regime changes have been ill-equipped to

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COVER STORY

Roots Seller

The Musical Journey of Area Icon Ellis Kell

hat can you say about Ellis


Kell? Better question: What
can you not?
Hes the director of programming and
community outreach for Davenports
River Music Experience, and barring
a six-month 2006-7 hiatus, has been
employed by the venue since November
2003 seven months before it opened its
doors to the public.
Hes an area legend among blues and
roots musicians and fans a 35-year
veteran of solo and ensemble gigs whos
an accomplished singer/songwriter,
guitarist, and pianist (if, as he admits,
maybe not the best trumpet player).
Hes spent a remarkable quartercentury serving as bandleader and
performer for The Ellis Kell Band,
which has shared stages with, and
opened for, the likes of Robert Cray,
REO Speedwagon, Willie Nelson, Etta
James, Little Feat, Johnny and Edgar
Winter, and B.B. King the latter of
whom hugged Kell, on stage, during
a 2008 Adler Theatre concert. (The
Ellis Kell Band will celebrate its 25year venerability and versatility in a
February 6 concert at the River Music
Experiences Redstone Room.)
And he is, by common agreement,
one of the most engaging, and
engaged, storytellers youll ever hope
to encounter, whether speaking at the
RME or appearing in a special event
at an area library ... or just sitting at a
table, quietly recounting stories for an
audience of one.
So why say anything about Ellis Kell
when, in describing his road to local
iconography, he can do it for me?

Banging It Out

I was just always drawn to music. I


can remember, as a kid, growing up in
the west end of Rock Island, and the
neighbors the two brothers I played
Little League with they had an old
beat-up upright piano in the back room
of their house. I used to go dink around
on it and figure out three-finger chords
and simple things like that, and the
more I played with it, the more I liked it.
I started playing around on drums
when I was probably 10 or 11, and I was
a horrible drummer. Hopefully, Im a
little better now. And the only formal
music [training] I ever really had was
playing trumpet in school band. But I
had a disagreement with a band teacher.

Photos by Joshua Ford

He called me out on something and


singled me out in front of everybody
and embarrassed me, and at the time
I had a little chip on my shoulder, so
I waved him and the trumpet a fond
goodbye. And its unfortunate, because I
really like trumpet music New Orleans
jazz and soul and funk. Its a unique
instrument and I wish I still had it in my
arsenal, but its been a long time.
Then I gravitated toward the guitar.
I started playing when I was about 13,
and had a few lessons. And by the time

I was 15 or 16, I had enough chords


to be dangerous, and I started playing
with the guy who became the original
drummer in the Ellis Kell Band and
founded it with me. His names Jeff
Clark. We had a little duo when we were
about 15. He played drums, I played
guitar, and we just kind of banged it out.
We played house parties, and our
first big claim to fame was we tied for
first place at a talent show at Franklin
Junior High School in the west end of
Rock Island. It isnt even there anymore.

And they took us and the other band


that won and we went on a small tour. It
was pretty cool. We played Washington
Junior High School and thought we had
arrived.

Chinese Algebra

I graduated from Rock Island High


School in 73, and at my parents
prompting, started college at Augustana
right away. But I wasnt ready. Its like
[musicians] Jim Schwall and Corky

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by Mike Schulz
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River Music Experiences


by Mike Schulz

I
The original Ellis Kell Band lineup: John Burchett, Rick Stoneking, Ellis Kell, Dennis Shineboy Hancq,
and Jeff Clark (circa 1990)
Siegel said: We didnt so much quit
college as we just stopped going. And I
stopped going more and more. And you
know, eventually the report cards come
out, and its like, Whereve you been?
Well, obviously not there ... .
So I took about a year and a half off.
Did some bartending jobs, worked in
a gas station ... . But I got in a bad car
accident. I didnt get hurt really bad, but
its a wonder Im even here, and after
I came out of the accident I realized I
wanted to go back to school. So I started
back at Augustana in 75, and I just went
straight through. And because I always
loved to write, I got an English major
with a minor in journalism, and ended
up going to work for the Rock Island
Argus, eventually the Dispatch, and was
with their organization for 15 years.
Originally, I was gonna try for a major
or minor in music, but I just couldnt
do it.
I tell people that when I look at a
page of printed music for piano, or try
to sight-read, its like Chinese algebra
to me. It just makes no sense. So I cant
read music very well. I for sure cant
sight-read. And I wish I could, because
its kept me from doing some things that
I really wanted to do, like play in a show
where you have to read charts. Which
is part of why Im such a big proponent
now for music education for kids. But I
got frustrated with it at Augustana, so I
thought, Well, Ill just jam on piano like
I always have, and jam on guitar like I
always have. And for me, it works.
After I got out of school in 79, Jeff
Clark and I joined this top-40 band

called Diamondback. That was the first


band we ever played semi-professionally
in. I joined them on rhythm guitar, and
we played all the clubs from here to
Clinton and Dubuque. This was in the
heyday of, like, Billy Peiffer getting into
doing the Lynn Allen thing, and Jesse
Johnson was here he went on to be
with Morris Day & the Time ... . There
were just some killer musicians here.
There still are, of course, but back then,
it was a good scene, all of us playing
these old nightclubs.
I was with Diamondback, I think,
about a year and a half. And then I
played as a solo act for about a year and
a half, which was when I really started
working more on my original songs.
But I didnt really enjoy working solo. I
was doing all right; I was getting plenty
of gigs. But after being with a band all
those years, it was tough. And then John
OMeara whos a dear friend of mine
called me up at the paper one day and
said, Weve got an opportunity to put a
band together.

Driving the Bus

John said there was a new place at the


Sheraton in Rock Island called Sicily
Sax, and it was gonna be a jazz club, and
they wanted a band. And I said, John,
I dont know anything about playing
jazz. And he said, Thats all right. Ill
teach ya. You know, No problem, well
get through it, and well play some rock
favorites and some blues things and mix
it up ... .

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n addition to
showcasing
musicians
in its Redstone
Room and on
its RME Community Stage,
Davenports
River Music
Experience
hosts weekly,
monthly,
and seasonal
programming
designed, as
Director of
Semenya McCord, performing February 15 in Polyrhythms
Programming
Third Sunday Jazz Series
& Community
p.m. on WVIK): We love that. We can
Outreach Ellis Kell says, for all age levplay anything we want, basically, as
els and interests, from little kids playing
long as its related to American roots
in drum circles to adults who want to
music. When we started, we thought,
study guitar or piano or recording. We
you know, Thats gonna be a pretty
try to touch on all those things.
broad swath there ... ! But it works.
Here, Kell himself touches on some
Ill play some classic stuff, or play
of the numerous RME programs hes
something from Woodstock, or the
particularly proud of, as well as the
early days of rock n roll way way way
scholarship fund established in memory
back. And Kate Benson, our director
of his and wife Kristis daughter, whom
of entertainment, has her finger on the
the Kells lost in an auto accident in 2002,
pulse of acts playing at Phases of the
when she was 17.
Moon or River Roots Live or different
Songwriters in the Round (the
festivals. We just did a little informal
second Saturday of the month at
tribute to Joe Cocker. It wasnt the
3 p.m.): Were re-invigorating that
whole show, but there were like four
program this year and sort of changed
cuts, and three of em werent prominent
the concept for it. Before, it was four
ones that people had heard before,
or five songwriters coming in once
and the rest of the show was Redstone
a month and playing to an audience.
Room performers and such ... . I think
But we want it to really be an exchange
the diversity of it is its strength. Its
between songwriters. A group of
definitely an interesting show to listen
songwriters getting together around a
to because you might hear anything.
table, saying, Hey, I cant find a middle
Acoustic Music Club (Tuesdays
eight for this song, or Ive got this great
at 4:30 p.m.): Thats a really special
hook but dont know where to take it
program we do for young adults who
after that, or What do you think of
are interested in music and have
these lyrics? Something thats more
either physical or mental challenges.
intimate, with people getting together
I think its in its third year, and were
to talk about writing songs and helping
really proud of it. West Music Therapy
each other. And then have a quarterly
brought the idea to us. Once these
songwriters showcase where it does
young adults with special needs are out
become a performance-oriented thing.
of high school, there arent really that
Im really looking forward to leading
many musical alternatives for them. So
the charge on this, and really making it
they, and we, wanted to do something
something that songwriters in the area
tailored toward them that gives them an
will be interested in.
alternative. And I think its a good thing
RME Radio Hour (Saturdays at 8

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MUSIC

An Anything-Goes Tapestry

by Jeff Ignatius
jeff@rcreader.com

All Them Witches, February 15 at Rozz-Tox

ll Them
Witches
hails from
Nashville, and
the combination of name and
hometown gives
you a pretty good
sense of a split
personality. The
moniker hints at
a band in thrall to
Black Sabbath, and
the Tennessee city
hints at something
Southern although its debts
are to blues and
Southern rock and
not in any way country. (Bassist/singer
Michael Parks Jr. noted, however: We
have been known to just pop up on the
street somewhere during tour and playing
bluegrass on the street.)
But when the band returns to Rozz-Tox
on February 15, it will be apparent that
the quartet is far more expansive than
that would suggest. All Them Witches
embraces not just blues-based music
but the blues themselves, particularly on
The Marriage of Coyote Woman from
its most recent album, Lightning at the
Door. The elemental riffs of Ben McLeod
have the heaviness of Sabbaths Tommy
Iommi but also the razor-sharp lyricism
of Queens of the Stone Ages Joshua
Homme.
And, most importantly, theres
an experimental psychedelic core, a
grounding in improvisation that allows
each person in the band to bring a
distinct personality to tracks that might
go anywhere including, to cite just one
example, throat singing in the folk-ish
and completely un-metal Romany
Dagger.
And that anything-goes quality is the
reason I was curious about this comment
I read from drummer Robby Staebler: As
individual players we are more concerned
and focused on our own playing. We
are not focused on what the others are
playing. We all do what we want. Its why

it works.
All Them Witches is certainly not
a band that can be pigeonholed, but
Staeblers statement seemed at odds
with the music, which has a unity and
wholeness despite its variety.
We do listen to each other, Parks
explained in a phone interview last week.
Its constantly figuring out what the other
person is doing. At the same time, that
doesnt influence what each individual is
doing.
Fender Rhodes player Allan Van Cleave
added: I think hes trying to say that
Im not going to listen to what Robbys
playing and tell him to play something
else. ... Nobody cares about what the other
person is playing in that way. But we all
have to listen to each other. Its kind of
like jazz. You pick up somebody playing
a riff, or a different rhythm. Everybody
kind of falls in, and its kind of a tapestry.
Parks: A lot of eye contact, picking
whos leading, which is fun. Sometimes
youre not ready to lead and you have to
go for it.
Van Cleave: There really are no parts
per se in our songs. We kind of know how
the song goes, and everybody kind of
plays along.
One example of that process will most
likely be heard on All Them Witches
next album, which has been recorded but
doesnt yet have a title or a release date.
One song also untitled had its genesis

at a Halloween show
in California, one
the band decided
not to release
despite its habit of
making live shows
available on its
AllThemWitches.
org Web site. (The
plan was, This ones
so good we should
do something
special with it, Van
Cleave said. And
then we just never
did anything.)
We wrote a song
that night without
trying, and its on
the new record, and its my favorite song,
Van Cleave said. We wrote it while we
were playing it. McLeod started with a
guitar drone, Van Cleave started playing
the keyboards, Parks came in on bass,
and then Staebler joined in on drums.
And nobody knew what was happening,
but it lasted like 15 minutes, and it was
awesome.
On its first two records, All Them
Witches went into the studio with about
half the songs written, and half were
written in the studio.
For the new album, Parks said, Most
of all the songs were written, but nobody
had played them. We went into the studio
pretty much learning songs that I wrote a
while ago and seeing how it went.
Its a little more polished, Van Cleave
said. Its a little more cohesive because
the songs blend into each other a lot on
this album.
It went pretty well, Parks said. Im
pretty happy. Unless we decide to scrap
it.
All Them Witches will perform on Sunday,
February 15, at Rozz-Tox (2108 Third
Avenue, Rock Island; RozzTox.com).
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show (which also
features The Well) are $10.
For more information on All Them
Witches, visit AllThemWitches.org.

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the previous
for the
productions
cast and crew
platforms
of the District
in favor of a
Theatres Angels
multifunctional
in America:
space that
Millennium Apdoesnt confine
proaches since
characters
November, and
to specific,
now Angels
and cramped,
second half,
locations.
Perestroika, is
Tapscotts
Nancy Teerlinck and Pat Flaherty
notably better
design also
for it. Director Deb Shippy and her cast
has a clear intent to it in the way it
have embraced the humor of playwright
incorporates Kushners themes and
Tony Kushners magnum opus, and the
tones, most distinctly in Tapscotts use
result is an emotionally-layered staging
of unnaturally placed windows, a door,
thats superior to last falls production.
and especially several open suitcases,
I went into Perestroika, the
each seeming to float as theyre attached
continuation of Kushners gay fantasia
to the walls, askew, in seemingly random
on national themes, somewhat dreading
places. However you interpret the
what I thought would be a four-hour
symbolism of the suitcases I see them as
experience, especially given my mixed
representative of the characters journeys,
feelings about the Districts Millenium
with their chaotic placement signifying
Approaches. Yet Shippy trimmed the
a lack of control when dealing with the
script and held tight to the pacing reins
consequences of their actions Tapscotts
(the show, including intermissions, runs
set is fascinating, and matches the fantasy
two hours 40 minutes), and I ended up
elements of Kushners story.
feeling a full spectrum of emotions
The design highlights, however, are
welling up, feeling pity, getting angry, and the Angels wings, which were designed
even, ahem, getting a little turned on in
by performer Sara Wegener for her
between laughs.
own character a heavenly visitor who
The turn-on was due to John Antonin
decrees Prior a prophet. Instead of the
Dieters take on the overly analytic,
usual white feathers, Wegener has built
all-too-critical Lewis, who, in Millenium
a contraption of paper, wood pieces,
Approaches, left his boyfriend Prior
cardboard, and junk shaped into the
(Anthony Natarelli) in the most painful
silhouette of angel wings in a tucked
throes of AIDS while Lewis explored a
position (as they would be at rest on an
physical relationship with the married,
angels back). When Wegener portrays
Mormon, just-peeking-out-of-the-closet
this being, she moves her arms outward,
Joe (Andy Curtiss). Early in Perestroika,
pulling strings that, in turn, unfold the
Louis tries to convince Joe to spend the
wings into an outstretched position.
night with him by talking about the sense The effect is marvelous, both for being
of smell, describing how it involves taking unexpected and for the large scale of
molecules of someone or something
the stunning wings themselves, which
into ones self. Its a geeky, science-y
magnify Wegeners already-authoritative
sort of conversation that could have
performance.
been boring if not for Dieters delivery.
In terms of individual performances,
While barely touching (though definitely however, nowhere is the improvement
sniffing) Curtiss, Dieter employs layers of over Millennium Approaches more
sensuality in his inflections as Louis woos evident than in Kaitlin Ross turn as
Joe, and in so doing, wooed me, too; the
Harper, Joes pill-popping, suicidal,
men are fully clothed and barely make
delusional wife. Previously, Ross
contact, but its one of the most effectively character was oppressively sad and
sexual scenes Ive witnessed on a local
little more. Her Harper in Perestroika,
stage.
however, has nuance and interest; shes
It helps that the actors are less
funny at times and passionate always.
constricted than they wouldve been in
She still has her depressive moments, but
Millenium Approaches. For Perestroika,
theyre layered with pleas for pity or even
scenic designer Tristan Tapscott has
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by Mike Schulz mike@rcreader.com

Qualms Before the Storm

ike a squirrel gathering nuts before


winter, I made a conscious effort to
catch all five of this past weekends
debuting releases before our area was hit
by the blizzard from Hell. (An oxymoronic
expression, but whatever.) And because,
with the exception of the museums feature, even the really good one will likely be
gone before the snowy onslaught begins
to melt, lets take care of em quickly. In
descending order of preference ... .
A Most Violent Year: Now batting
an impressive three-for-three, writer/
director J.C. Chandor follows his Margin
Call debut and All Is Lost follow-up with
another fascinating tale of incipient,
if more figurative, drowning, telling
of a heating-oil magnate (the subtly
electrifying Oscar Isaac) desperate to run
a mostly corruption-free business in the
wildly corrupt New York of 1981. Its kind
of like a two-hour expansion of Pacinos
early scenes in The Godfather the ones
in which Michael insists hell never join
the Mafia ... until his dad gets shot and
nearly as thrillingly plotted, and fraught
with lurking danger, as that cinematic
icon. A few narrative developments feel
truncated, and Bradford Youngs otherwise
sterling cinematography overreaches for
Gordon Willis-style shadowy menace. But
A Most Violent Year remains an incredibly
solid exploration of gradually eroding
ethics, one made somewhat less cerebral
by its killer set pieces. (Chandors staging
of an attempted highway-overpass truckjacking is especially exciting.) And with
Jessica Chastain in supple and sinister
Lady Macbeth mode, the cast provides
loads of down-and-dirty enjoyment, with
sensational character turns by Alessandro
Nivola, Jerry Adler, and particularly Albert

Brooks as Isaacs
just-naturalisticmenschy lawyer.
enough
Both Brooks and
Jillian Estell).
Isaac were also in
Thankfully, the
Nicolas Winding
trailers are as
Refns exhilarating
bad as writer/
Drive. Heres hoping
director Mike
they go three-forBinders effort
three, too.
gets although
Journey to Space
considering
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in
3D: The Putnam
those trailers
A Most Violent Year
Museums latest
are excruciating,
edu-tainment, written and directed by
thats not saying much. I actually really
Mark Krenzien, concerns NASAs advances liked both stars here, with Costner doing
in deep-space exploration in the wake of
his most moving work in ages, and really
2012s end of the shuttle program. And like enjoyed the fact that, misleading ads aside,
many such docs, it attempts to cover too
Costners perpetually angry lawyer wasnt
many bases in 45 minutes, even if most of
racist; happily, the film isnt the sitcommy
them such as the elegiac reminiscence
debacle its marketing and simplistic title
of the doomed Challenger and Columbia
suggest. Yet it all still feels incoherently
flights are covered with touching,
assembled, boasting such strange, random
unfussy sincerity. But there are captivating inconsistencies in plotting and character
factoids on current preparations for
that every third scene appears to have
treks to Mars and awesome Hubble
gone missing. And whenever the movie
shots of distant galaxies (they resemble
threatens to get into truly trenchant
watercolors painted by God Himself),
examinations of its themes, it chickens out
and kids, especially, should dig the giddy
with a lame punchline, or goofy reaction
images of space travelers cavorting in
shot, or baldly contrived narrative twist
zero gravity, playfully tossing one another
that nullifies whatever (moderate) goodwill
from compartment to compartment and
you have for it. Black or White? Try yellow.
shaving with their razors conveniently
The Loft: You know that horrible feeling
dangling mid-air. Says narrator Patrick
you get when you and your buddies
Stewart of the genial scientists on-screen,
collectively share an upscale apartment
Its all about getting the job done and
for secret rendezvous with women who
having a little fun an apt description for arent your wives and then one day bam!
Journey to Space 3D itself.
theres a dead naked lady in the bed?
Black or White: Its previews promised/
Im praying not, because that would mean
threatened a sentimental dramedy in
youve been through an experience as
which a drunken, racist Kevin Costner
contrived, convoluted, and icky as director
and a sassy, sassier Octavia Spencer engage Erik Van Looys mystery/thriller, which
in a verbal-slapstick fight for custody of
mightve supplied some Agatha Christietheir bi-racial granddaughter (the lovely,
esque pleasure if Christie wrote only about

interchangeably douchey dudes with


eternal five-oclock shadows. There are
some juicy twists once the wives start
acting as suspicious as their cheating
hubbies, and a few forceful performers
Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Lehman,
Margarita Leviera do their best to
cut through The Lofts crap. But if I
may ask: When casting the role of the
sleazebag who growls, Ill kick your ass
at your own f---ing wedding!, exactly
who decided that Modern Familys Eric
Stonestreet was the ideal man for the
job? Listening to TVs sweetly swishy
Cameron utter this and other alpha-bro
sentiments wouldve been the height
of unintentional comedy if I werent
feeling too embarrassed for Stonestreet
to laugh.
Project Almanac: In director
Dean Israelites mind-numbingly
stupid adventure, one inevitably and
ludicrously shot in found footage
format, five teen dipsticks spend
roughly 48 percent of the movie making
a time machine, 48 percent using it
to win the lottery and mack on their
crushes and attend Lollapalooza, and
maybe 4 percent wondering if this was
all such a good idea. When I invent
my time machine, Im going back
to this past weekend, and making
arrangements to save Project Almanac
for after the blizzard hits, when I cant
get my car out of the driveway.
For reviews of Mortdecai, The Boy Next
Door, Strange Magic, and other current
releases, visit RiverCitiesReader.com.
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Whats Happenin

Events

The Vera French Foundations


Through My Eyes Series

Sunday, February 8, through Saturday, February


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eginning February 8, Davenports Vera


French Foundation established to help
promote awareness of, and remove stigmas
about, mental illness will host a week-long
series of area events and activities under
the banner Through My Eyes. One of
them, offered by mental-health worker and
national speaker Victoria Maxwell, will be
a humorous presentation titled Thats Just
Crazy Talk. And here I thought that was just
the title of my publishers not-so-humorous
presentation every time I ask for a raise.
An award-winning performer, researcher,
and writer for Psychology Today who
authors the periodicals blog Crazy for Life:
Escapades of a Bipolar Princess, Maxwell
will deliver her one-woman program
Thats Just Crazy Talk on Wednesday,
February 11, in the Bettendorf High School
auditorium. Described by Vera Frenchs
Web site as a brave, funny, and compelling
look at experiencing, surviving, and coming
to terms with mental illness, this touring
sensation finds Maxwell describing, in
sometimes harrowing and sometimes
hilarious detail, her experiences after being
diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety, and
psychosis at age 25. And given that Maxwell
has 20 years of playwriting experience
under her belt and can boast professional
collaborations with John Travolta, David

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of Ted Kennedy
and nephew of
JFK. Appearing
at 6 p.m. at
Davenports Adler
Theatre, this night
co-sponsored by
the Vera French
Foundation and
UnityPoint Health
will find Kennedy
discussing
his myriad
accomplishments
in the field of
Patrick J. Kennedy
Victoria Maxwell
mental health
Duchovny, and Johnny Depp Im betting
particularly his authorship of the Mental
she might have an amusing story or two to
Health Parity & Addiction Equality Act of
share.
2008, the piece of legislation that provides
The following day, Maxwell will be the
tens of millions of Americans who were
special guest at Davenports Figge Art
previously denied health care with access to
Museum, delivering a 1 p.m. presentation
mental-health treatment.
titled Improving Outcomes: Enhancing
And wrapping up the Through My Eyes
Motivation & Removing Barriers to
series, Davenports Hotel Blackhawk will be
Recovery. Designed primarily for
the place to go on February 13, when Vera
psychologists, mental-health counselors, and French hosts a 7 p.m. Gold Room party
other allied health providers, Maxwells Figge complete with music, hors doeuvres, raffles,
program will cover such topics as defining
and community spirit, all blended under the
recovery, identifying barriers to adherence,
banner titled Celebration of Mental Health
and aligning treatment with wellness tools,
& Happiness. I must say its taking place in
all delivered with the intelligent and humane a smart location, because if you cant find
approach that has made her a popular
happiness in a venue that features a spa, a
touring speaker throughout America,
beignet shop, and a bowling alley, where on
Canada, England, and New Zealand.
Earth can you?
Yet Maxwell isnt the only famous figure
For more information on all the events
on hand during Through My Eyes week,
in the Vera French Foundations Through
because February 8 brings with it an evening My Eyes series, visit VeraFrenchMHC.org.
with Patrick J. Kennedy, who served 16
For more on the series guest speakers, visit
years in the U.S. House of Representatives,
VictoriaMaxwell.com and PatrickJKennedy.
co-founded the national coalition One Mind net.
for Research, and happens to be the son

Theatre

Katrina: The K Word

Augustana Colleges Potter Theate


Friday, February 6, through Sunday, Febru

or years, the Augustana College co


350: Play Production has asked its
a great many hats. With participants,
supervision, wholly in charge of audit
directing, designing, costuming, stage
and ultimately presenting a dramatic
audiences, the class offers a rather com
week education on what it takes to suc
a show.
But this year, Professor Jeff Coussen
students are also receiving a 10-week
their chosen plays subject, considerin
seeming tragedy it concerns happened
when the students were, what ... nine
Running February 6 through 8 in A
Theatre, Katrina: The K Word, as its ti
explores the devastation of Hurricane
on how the horrific event affected Ne
residents both during the storm and a
broke. 2015 is the 10th anniversary o
Coussens, which boggles my mind. S
even though they were alive when it h
have any real conception of it.
Yet one member of Augustanas the
costume supervisor Ellen Dixon cer
was working for Harrahs [New Orlean
of wardrobe for the whole operation,
So when Katrina hit, she was living o
gulf coast. She was on high-enough gr
devastate all her property. But her fam
in the hurricane, and the Mississippi g
the brunt of the storm thats where K

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by Chad Nelson

The Political Class War on Immigrants Is a Diversion


is re-routed through unregulated
marketplaces, politicians lose the ability
to track it and extort tribute. Failure to
comply with their tangled web of tax,
labor, and administrative law, not to
mention licensing schemes laid over
entire professions, risks having your
livelihood pulled out from under you. The
whole complex structure is falsely sold as
protecting producers and consumers alike.
Illegal immigration itself is not what
scares bureaucrats. Their fear is loss of
control over the income streams that
result from unregulated immigrant labor.
Sessions and his fellow border guards in
Congress couch their fear in terms of us
versus them rhetoric, a brilliant stage act

serving important political purposes. With


this sleight of hand, politicians lead you
to believe their fears are not for the loss of
taxpayer loot, but for your jobs, your
Medicare, and your Social Security.
Those here legally and working lawfully
(and paying taxes) are said to serve a
patriotic function. The states skimming
of their paychecks is not to be abhorred,
but welcomed as a vital contribution to
everyone elses well-being. Those who
work without permission are the enemy,
undoing the noble work of the lawfully
employed. You are good and they are
bad. Politically powerless undocumented
immigrants make an easy target for
Washington, putting a false human face on

politicians fake hysteria. Madison Avenue


couldnt have designed a better ruse.
Its also worth recognizing the
immigration scares target audience: (1)
unemployed and insecure American
workers, and (2) retirees. The us versus
them mantra becomes more potent
when youre told something tangible may
be taken from you if immigration is not
stemmed. Those already secure, successful,
and relatively independent of the state
concern themselves less with others work
and pay arrangements. Furthermore, older
Americans, many themselves immigrants
or descendants of immigrants, are generally
less tolerant of the new wave of brownskinned immigrants. This other-ization is

an easier sell to older Americans who have


less experience and interaction with them
and are told that their presence leads to the
disintegration of American culture.
The real source of worker insecurity,
cultural ruin, and general predation
on honest, hard-working people is the
state. Poking holes in the politicians
immigration story and lifting the veil on
their real motives, all while recognizing the
humanity of our supposed enemies, is a
solid first step on the road to real liberty.
Chad Nelson is a Rhode Island-based
attorney and a contributing author at the
Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS.org),
where this article originally appeared.

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uary 8

ourse Theatre
s students to wear
under faculty
tioning, casting,
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work for paying
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education on
ng that the recentd, as Coussens says,
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after the levees
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on the Mississippi
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hardest.
Its a different kind of hurricane experience than
what happened in New Orleans, he continues, where
the levees broke and the New Orleans flooding did most
of the damage. But Ellen has a lot of stories to tell, and
shes been very helpful to the cast in a dramaturgical
kind of way, helping them understand the devastation.
The play, a 2007 piece created by Lisa Brenner and
Suzanne Trauth, has certainly been useful in that regard,
too. Katrina: The K Word was developed through
transcripts of interviews conducted with survivors of the
New Orleans flooding, with the stories of 12 residents
telling the collective tale of those who tried to escape the
storm, those who chose to stay, and everyone forced to
deal with Katrinas nightmarish repercussions.
I found the script a couple years back, says
Coussens, and Ive had some interest in testimonial
theatre and devised work for a while now. So I brought
this play to the students and encouraged them to use it
as the piece they collaborated on. They all read it and
liked it and wanted to go ahead with it, and I think, as a
result, theyve learned a lot about Katrina.

The courses dozen on- and off-stage


participants Debo Balogun, Payton
Brasher, Sarah Crawford, Lauren
Davis, Ruki Girish, Jessica Holzknecht,
Keith Johnsen, Leo Nguyen, Keenan
Odenkirk, Joshua Pride, Kai Steward,
and Tierra Watkins are also learning a
lot more.
Basically, everybody is involved in
all the decisions that are made, says
Coussens. But different people in the
class take leadership in terms of various
areas of production, design, directing
that kind of thing. Were also doing
this in collaboration with another
class this year, which is the Lighting &
Sound Design class. So it really is an
all-student production, even if much of
their Katrina: The K Word education is
coming via the faculty.
The dialogue, and the characters descriptions, and
the images, I think, make it all more real for them,
Coussens says. But one of the things Ellen did for us
was she provided a couple of old VHS tapes that had
news coverage from the Mississippi gulf coast, and we
transferred those to digital format. So the students are
now using the newscast footage as part of the pre-show,
and maybe even some of it during the play itself.
Yet for all of the tragedy attached to Katrina, and to
the script for Augustanas latest production, Dixon says
the experience of the play isnt without uplift and hope.
Without the kindness of others and the community
working together, she says, nothing would have gotten
done.
Katrina: The K Word will be performed in Potter
Theatre (Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 Seventh
Avenue, Rock Island) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, and more information and
tickets are available by calling (309)794-7306 or visiting
Augustana.edu/arts.

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What Else Is
Happenin
MUSIC

Thursday, February 5 Bob Marley


Birthday Bash. Tribute concert in
honor of the late reggae musicians
February 6 birthday, featuring sets by
Natty Nation, DJ Trichrome, and Firesale.
The Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport). 8 p.m. $9.50-10. For tickets
and information, call (563)326-1333 or
visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Friday, February 6, and Friday,
February 13 Battle of the Bands:
Rounds Two and Three. Competition
featuring 45-minute sets of original
music, with Battle Red, Waking Robots,
and Carsick Radio on February 6, and
Silent Redemption, Jaiguru, and Condor
& Jaybird on February 13. Rock Island
Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue,
Rock Island). 9 p.m. For information, call
(309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com.
Friday, February 6 Ellis Kell Band
25th-Anniversary Show. Local blues and
roots musicians in their quarter-century
celebration. The Redstone Room (129
Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $10. For
tickets and information, call (563)3261333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Friday, February 6 The Kinsey
Report. Blues artists in a concert
co-presented by the Mississippi Valley
Blues Society. The Muddy Waters (1708
State Street, Bettendorf). 9 p.m. $7-10.
For information, call (563)355-0655
or visit TheMuddyWaters.com. For a
2008 interview with Ralph Kinsey, visit
RCReader.com/y/kinsey.
Saturday, February 7, and Sunday,
February 8 Quad City Symphony

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performing with special guests Thomas


Orchestra. Mark Russell Smith conducts the
Rhett and Frankie Ballard. i wireless Center
fourth Masterworks concerts of the season in
(1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $37.75a repertoire featuring Michael Torkes Oracle,
57.75. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
Mozarts Flute Concerto in G, and Bruckners
iwirelessCenter.com.
Symphony No. 4:
Saturday, February
Romantic, with
14 Smooth Jazz
guest DeMarre
Valentines Concert.
McGill on flute.
Great Sounds
Saturday: Adler
Productions presents
Theatre (136
an evening with pianist
East Third Street,
Bobby Lyle and guitarist
Davenport), 8 p.m.
Chuck Loeb, with
Sunday: Augustana
dinner, raffle drawings,
Colleges
a silent auction, and
Centennial Hall
(3703 Seventh
The Kinsey Report @ The Muddy Waters more. The Redstone
Room (129 Main
Avenue, Rock
- February 6
Street, Davenport).
Island). 2 p.m. $1058. For tickets and information, call (563)322- 5:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. $145-165
per couple, $45 show only. For tickets and
7276 or visit QCSymphony.com.
Tuesday, February 10, and Wednesday, information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
RiverMusicExperience.org.
February 11 Blue Man Group. Comedy,
Sunday, February 15 Semenya
music, and technology with the blue-faced
McCord Quintet. Jazz vocalist performs and
touring performers, in a Broadway at the
educates with Frank Wilkins, Bobby Tynes,
Adler presentation. Adler Theatre (136 East
John Tate, and Chris Brooks in Polyrhythms
Third Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $39.50Third Sunday Jazz series. The Redstone
67. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit
Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 3 p.m.
AdlerTheatre.com.
jazz workshop, 6 p.m. concert. $10-15. For
Thursday, February 12 Martina
tickets and information, call (309)373-0790
McBride. Concert with the four-time CMA
Female Vocalist of the Year in her Everlasting or visit Polyrhythms.org.
Sunday, February 15 Nova Singers:
Tour. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street,
Journeys & Transformations. Laura Lane
Davenport). 8 p.m. $48-84. For tickets, call
directs the professional vocal ensembles
(800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com.
winter concert. St. Paul Lutheran Church
Friday, February 13 A Damn Good
of Davenport (2136 Brady Street). 4 p.m.
Time Vol. 9. Music, art, dance, and more
$15-18, students free. For tickets and
with Patio, Rude Punch, Gain the Wolf,
Austin Fillmore, MC Squared, the Blacklights, information, call (309)341-7038 or visit
NovaSingers.com.
Gong Boat, DJ Jevity, Mike Wlkr, Fire in the
Sky, and more. The Redstone Room (129
Sunday, February 15 Sweet Dreams
Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $10. For
& Honky Tonks. Tom Waselchuk and Jami
tickets and information, call (563)326-1333
Lampkins perform a tribute to Hank Williams,
or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash,
Saturday, February 14 Florida
and tell stories of their lives and careers.
Georgia Line. Platinum-selling country
Central Performing Arts Center (519 East
artists in their Anything Goes Tour,
11th Street, DeWitt). 3 p.m. $40 dinner and

show tickets, $10-28 show only. For tickets


and information, call (563)249-8541 or visit
CentralPerformingArtsCenter.org.

(3210 41st Street, Moline). 6:30 p.m. Free.


For information, call (309)524-2470 or visit
MolineLibrary.com.
Saturday, February 7 Make-a-Wish
Iowa Dinner, Dance, & Auction. Annual
event themed Winter Wonderland,
Saturday, February 14 Scott Longs
Valentines Day Comedy Showcase. Dating featuring a silent auction and cocktails at
5:30 p.m., and a dinner, presentation, and live
and marriage advice with the nationally
auction at 7:30 p.m. Quad-Cities Waterfront
touring comedian and University of Iowa
Convention Center (2021 State Street,
alum. The Backroom Comedy Theater (1510
Bettendorf). $90/person, $700/
North Harrison Street,
table of eight. For tickets and
Davenport). 9 p.m. $10-12.
information, call (563)529-4335
For information and tickets,
or visit Iowa.Wish.org.
call (309)781-9617 or visit
Tuesday, February 17,
BlacklistComedy.com.
and Wednesday, February
Saturday, February 14
18 Shen Yun. Stage journey
Shots to the Heart: Terrible
through ancient dynasties with
Tales of Dating Disasters.
animated backdrops, ethnic and
My Verona Productions
folk dances, aerial acrobatics,
comedic stories of love, lust,
and more. Adler Theatre (136
and dating gone wrong,
East Third Street, Davenport).
featuring WQADs Jason
7:30 p.m. $52-122. For tickets,
Fechner and 104.9s Joni
Chuck Loeb in the
call (800)745-3000 or visit
Mitchell. Circa 21 Speakeasy
Smooth Jazz Valentines AdlerTheatre.com.
(Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818
Concert @ The Redstone
Tuesday, February 17
Third Avenue, Rock Island).
Room - February 14
Mardi Gras Rajun Cajun
7:30 p.m. $10-12. For
Fest. Eleventh-annual event
tickets and information, call
featuring Cajun-inspired appetizers, entrees,
(309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Circa21.
and desserts prepared by area chefs, with
com.
proceeds benefiting the museums outreach
programs. Figge Art Museum (225 West
Second Street, Davenport). 5:30 8 p.m. $25Saturday, February 14, through
30. For tickets and information, call (563)326Sunday, March 15 David Houk: Bind.
7804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum.org.
Exhibit of paintings on family, relationships,
and personal identity by the Davenport artist
and art educator. L&D15 (520 West Second
Saturday, February 14, through
Street, Davenport). 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Free
Sunday,
February 22 Little Red Ridadmission. For information, call (563)484ing Hood. Stage version of the Brothers
0415 or visit LAndD15.com.
Grimm story, adapted by Roger Pavey Sr.
Davenport Junior Theatre (2822 Eastern
Avenue, Davenport). Saturdays 3 and 7
Thursday, February 5 Walt Whitmans
p.m., Sundays 3 p.m. $5-7 at the door.
Lincoln. Brian Fox Ellis re-creates a
For information, call (563)326-7862 or
presentation Whitman delivered on the life
visit DavenportJuniorTheatre.com.
of Abraham Lincoln. Moline Public Library

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by Thomas L. Knapp

The Best Defense (for the Welfare


State) Is an Expensive Offense
the range separating slim from none.
Unlike China, the U.S. has fairly friendly
neighbors and enjoys the protection of
very wide moats between itself and most
prospective enemies.
So: Why the huge defense
establishment? If you have to ask why, the
answer is usually money.
As the U.S. cruised relentlessly toward
its fateful entry into World War II, the
Great Depression refused to die. The New
Deal had failed. Unemployment in 1938
remained at levels similar to those of
1933. The ramp-up to war and the years
of carnage didnt change the economic
fundamentals. Unemployment statistics
went down only because 16 million
American men put on uniforms and
because American women went to work
producing bombs and bullets.
When the war ended, America was
set to fall right back into the rut. What
to do? The easy answer, and the one that
found near unanimous support among
Democratic and Republican politicians
alike, was to remain on a war footing
in perpetuity. Cold War. Hot war. War
neither rare nor, usually, well done.
As William F. Buckley, Jr. arguably
the ideological founder of the modern
American conservative movement put
it in 1952: Large armies and air forces,
atomic energy, central intelligence, war
production boards, and the attendant
centralization of power in Washington ...

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. We have got to accept Big Government


for the duration for neither an offensive
nor a defensive war can be waged ...
except through the instrumentality of
a totalitarian bureaucracy within our
shores.
The primary function of the U.S.
government since World War II has been
to regularly and routinely transfer as much
wealth as possible from the pockets of
those who produce things people actually
need to the bank accounts of welfare
queens such as Northrop Grumman and
Raytheon.
The purpose of those welfare transfers
is not to sustain a military roughly the size
of that at the height of the Civil War, when
the U.S. completely mobilized for battle on
its own borders, or a military more than
50 times as large as the one that conquered
and ethnically cleansed the territories
to its west with single-shot rifles. The
purpose of sustaining that military and
all too frequently putting it to murderous
work is to justify the welfare transfers.
But this massive garrison welfare state
has for 70 years continuously lived on
borrowed time and borrowed or stolen
wealth. We cant afford the welfare. Nor
can we afford the state.
Thomas L. Knapp is senior news analyst
at the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS.
org), where this article originally appeared.

By Thom White
thomasjasonwhite@gmail.com

On the Side of the Angels


a soft defiance, especially when Nancy
Teerlincks doting mother-in-law Hannah
attempts to get Harper back on her feet.
I admired and cared about this Harper,
celebrating her little victories along with
her, such as her hopeful conversation
with Prior at the Mormon Visitors Center
where Harper imagines the wax figures
talking to her. Ross never quite nails the
characterization of someone with mental
and emotional issues, but is dynamic
enough that I didnt mind suspending my
disbelief.
For their parts, Curtiss Joe, Natarellis
Prior, Pat Flahertys Roy Cohn, Jordan
McGinnis Belize, and Teerlincks three
characterizations Hannah, Rays doctor
Henry, and Rays tormenting ghost Ethel
Rosenberg remain as noteworthy in
Angels in Americas second half as they

were in its first. (Here, Kushner allows


Hannah and Roy sympathetic moments
within their otherwise cold characters,
and Teerlinck and Flaherty effectively
elicit merciful concern Hannah for
supporting her daughter-in-law in her
need, and Roy for suffering as no one
should.) And taken as a whole, the cast
and crew of Perestroika left me wishing
I could go back and see Millenium
Approaches again, this time in the style
and tone of this performance.
Angels in America: Perestroika runs at
the District Theatre (1623 Second Avenue,
Rock Island) through February 8, and
more information and tickets are available
by calling (309)2350-1654 or visiting
DistrictTheatre.com.

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Undoing the Arab Spring


govern and to forge essential international
economic and political alliances. What
citizens have realized is that change
for changes sake is not good enough;
change needs to happen with an eye
toward stability. Jamal said that people in
the region think: What will the future
leadership of my country look like,
and what will that mean for the overall
well-being of my country? We need to
be cognizant of the fact that if we push
too hard [for political reform and regime
change], we might bring players to the fore
that might not cooperate with our allies or
with our clients, who are very important
for the future trajectory of our countries.
So in Egypt, Mohamed Morsi was
removed in a military coup that Jamal
said had wide support among the
citizenry. Although he was Egypts first
democratically elected head of state,
Jamal said, one year later ... he wasnt
good enough because he couldnt build
relationships with the United States and
Saudi Arabia.
Even in Tunisia the one Arab Spring
success story in terms of sustained
democratic reform there has been some
regression. Many in Tunisia believe
that this last election really brought back
remnants of the old regime, she said.
So even when were seeing this complete
democratic process, youre seeing that
voters are preferring old regime types as a
way of saying, Look, maybe things were
not so bad under the old regime. ... There
is now this growing sentiment across
the Arab world that these old regimes
although they were corrupt and oppressive
and abused power they were probably
better for the country than the new
players.
(And Jamal said that also drives
American foreign policy for example,
with Saudi Arabia. The United States is
worried that if this regime falls in Saudi

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Arabia, you might get a government thats


very uncooperative and even worse than
this government. ... Being invested in
political stability has its consequences.)
So citizens in Arab countries are left
with three poor options, she said: the
status quo, change that results in increased
economic hardship, or change that might
create cracks in the security apparatus of
these countries and allow movements like
ISIS to penetrate your borders. ... Theyre
all bad, but lets go with the better of the
worse, which is Maybe the old regime was
not so bad after all. It is very disheartening
to me.
And although Jamal doesnt see much
light in the Arab Spring at this point,
she said the United States can do more.
Economies in these countries are going to
be dependent on direct foreign investment
and foreign trade, which by default ... puts
the international into the equation. And
when you think about which countries are
most invested in the Middle East internally,
the United States is a key player.
Yet much economic and military aid the
U.S. provides goes directly to governments
which fortifies the status quo and creates
challenges if a regime is overthrown. The
United States needs to circumvent these
governments, be able to work with local
economic elite, to invest in projects that
might create employment opportunities,
Jamal said, citing Qualified Industrial
Zones and free-trade zones as examples.
We need to do more of that.
Amaney A. Jamal will speak at 7 p.m.
on Monday, February 9, at St. Ambrose
Universitys Rogalski Center (at the
corner of Ripley and Lombard streets in
Davenport). The lecture is free and open to
the public.
For more information on Jamal, visit
AmaneyJamal.com.

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Roots Seller
This was a Tuesday. And I said,
When does this take place? He says,
We play Friday and Saturday. I said,
Youve got to be kidding! But we did
it, and I learned a lot from him and
Mark Spingler, the keyboard player,
about playing jazz favorites and classics.
It was a whole world I hadnt explored,
just learnin as I went. That was the City
Limits Band, which I named after the
saloon in Rock Island where we used
to play once in a while. I told John that
was the deal: Ill be in the band if I can
name it. He said, I dont care. We can
call it whatever you want.
So that went on for a few years,
and then in 1985, I was talking to Jim
Schwall from the Siegel-Schwall Band
in Chicago. At the time, everybody
knew who the Siegel-Schwall Band was.
I mean, these guys were on Vanguard
Records, and he was friends with Janis
Joplin and knew the Grateful Dead, and
Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf would
sit in with them ... . They were known
all over. Jim was living here at the time
playing with a band called the Blue
Collar Boys. And one day he told me,
Im movin back home to Chicago ... .
Are you looking for a band? Cause you
need to meet my guys.
So he introduced me to Tony
Hoeppner, John Burchett, and Jim
Van Acker, who were, at the time, the
remaining members of the Blue Collar
Boys. I came in and took Jims [Schwalls]
place, and we played together from 1985
to 1989. But I didnt like the name Blue
Collar Boys, so I made em change it to
the Blue Collar Band. I just have this
thing about naming bands. I dunno.
But I eventually decided that I wanted
to do my own band, and wanted to play
what I wanted to play, including original
material. We were doing a few originals,
but very few. Two out of 300. So in 1989,
I decided to leave the Blue Collar Band,
and our bass player John Burchett said,
Im ready, too, and went with me.
And I got back with Jeff Clark and said,
Look, I want to do a house-rockin blues
band. Like Clapton blues, Stevie Ray
Vaughan blues, but our own brand of it.
And anything goes but I wanna drive
the bus. I have a vision for it and I want
to do it. And Jeff said, Im on board.
John called a friend, the keyboard
player Rick Stoneking, who came from
Natty Scratch, the band that was around
here for eons. And along with them, we
got Dennis Hancq, who was formerly in
the band the Mudcats with Jim Schwall,

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that we do it, because Im not sure anybody else is doing it, at
least in the area. Its one of those things we feel like we have to
do because its important, and were glad we can, and we enjoy
doing it.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz (the third Sundays
of the month, 3 p.m. workshops, 6 p.m. concerts): Thats
been going on for several years, and the quality of people
[Polyrhythms] Nate Lawrence brings in ... . I mean, if you
went and saw the same shows in downtown Chicago, you
wouldnt get in for probably less than 30-something dollars
and a two-drink minimum. He just gets killer players in here.
And what also makes it special is he really tries to utilize
local people, because weve got some great, great players here.
Manny Lopez and Ronnie Wilson and Tony Calafano and
all these guys and even if he has a nationally touring jazz
artist in, hell utilize those local hitmen as backing musicians.
Hes not of a mind where hell say, If I cant bring em in from
Chicago or New York, Im not gonna do it.
Rock Camp USA (two-week sessions for ages 8-11,
beginning June 15): This is our 10th year as a Rock Camp
affiliate, and Im proud to say Ive been the director ever since
it started. Weve seen some really magical things happen
through Rock Camp especially for kids who really came
out of their shell and could have very easily gone the other
way. I mean, seeing the kids learn to share, and learn musical
discipline, and how to take their time in the spotlight and pass
it on ... . Weve been working with Rock Island Parks & Rec,
and were going to do a big, summers-end, 10th-anniversary
Rock Camp USA Quad Cities celebration in Schweibert Park.
Were gonna invite all the kids back to be a part of it, and of
course, the Rock Camp bands will play, and the instructors ... .
And Dave Sebree, whos the founder of Rock Camp in Austin,
Texas, and is a phenomenal guitarist, will be playing. So its
going to be an exciting year.
Winter Blues (week-long session for ages 8 to 18,
beginning in December): We just concluded that with the
new year, and the Winter Blues All-Stars are already getting
offers to play gigs in the area, and are rehearsing here every
week. Theyre working hard at it, and every year, its a real treat
to see those kids grow. You know, some of them, when they
first came into Winter Blues, theyve maybe played a few rock
tunes, and they didnt have a clue, really, about the blues. And
now theyre blues fans, and theyre digging it, and theyre going

and who was like our guru for the blues.


Dennis and the Mudcats opened for
Muddy Waters at the Col Ballroom and
were old pros at this stuff by then.
So that was the original band. And
we just started rehearsing at Jims house,
and on February 3, 1990, we had our
first gig. We played Rascals in Moline,
and they went nuts. It was just like,
Man, this is what we shouldve been
doing a long time ago.

back and finding out about the old guys and learning about
the traditions and we just sit back and smile. Its like, Yeah.
Therell be somebody to take it over and pass it on.
The Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund: Over the
first couple of years, we took $13,000 that was raised and
distributed all of it, down to the penny, to students from Rock
Island High School Karlis high school who intended on
continuing their study of music into college. And when I came
here [to RME], we re-activated the effort so that we could
serve students on both sides of the river, with the criteria being
that it had to involve programming at RME. It helps kids if
they need aid in getting into Winter Blues or Rock Camp, or
if they need financial help with private lessons, and were very
proud of it. And since Karis passing, weve raised over $70,000.
Sometimes Kristi and I cant believe its been that long since
shes been gone. But it keeps amazing us the generosity
of people in this community, and how long theyve kept
supporting the fund. I dont know if she wouldve gone on to
be a music major. But she was in the choir and sang with the
Nova Singers, so I think music wouldve always been a part
of her life. She wouldve always had a song, and she wouldve
always shared it with people. I still tell people that theres not
a day I come into the doors at work and dont think about
how much she wouldve loved this place. And thats a big, big
part of the reason Im so proud of what we do here, and make
possible for kids through her fund. She wouldve been here all
the time. Wed never have been able to get her out of here.
For more on River Music Experience programming
and a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit
RiverMusicExperience.org.

A Jillion Different
Directions

Dennis left, I think, in 91 or early 92,


and Jeff followed shortly thereafter. Were
still the best of friends today, but they
needed to move on. And it was tough. I
mean, Jeff is a rock-solid drummer and
plays hard. And Dennis, who lives in
Arizona now, was an excellent vocalist

and one of the premier harmonica players


ever to come from around here.
But Jim Stroehle joined us on drums
for a while after Jeff left, and for a while
we had John OMeara playing guitar
and doing some vocals ... . And Randy
Haddock was guesting with us. He
mustve been in his mid-60s, getting close
to 70. But that dude played sax with so
much soul that youd close your eyes and
it was hard to believe it was a white man

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playing the saxophone. And I mean that


in all respect for the genre and black
musicians. He just had pure soul.
With our current configuration,
Detroit Larry Davison came in about
92 or so, and he is without a doubt and
I dont say this cause hes my friend one
of the baddest on the harmonica. Ive
heard some good ones play, but what
he does is amazing. Terry Hanson, our
drummer, has been with us close to
15 years now. He also has his own jazz
ensemble, of course. Always has. And hes
incredible. Every time I play a gig with
Terry, I learn something.
And last year, Tony Hoeppner joined
us. He was with John and me in the Blue
Collar Band, and plays with me in our
acoustic quartet Whoozdads?. And we
were doin so much music together and
hes such an incredible songwriter and
singer and guitarist that I said, Hey,
why dont you just come play with us in
this, too? It just made sense. So now, with
me and John and Rick, we have six pieces.
The big band doesnt do that much
anymore, and its not because we dont
want to. It is a little bit because were all
getting older. John and Tony and Rick
are retired, you know, and this August
Im gonna turn 60. But a six-piece band?
Theres not that much call for it unless
you want to travel.
But weve all gone a jillion different
directions. John did several albums with
Ralph Iaccarino and Noble Spirit; Rick
has gone back and done things with Natty
Scratch; Ive done things with Andrew
Landers and got to do a little dobro work
on the Candymakers album ... . Our guys
are all hired hitmen for area bands. And I
like it when you get to sit back and just be
one of the musicians sometimes thats
nice, you know? You dont have to sing all
the tunes and call all the songs.
Ive never considered myself a great
instrumentalist, guitarist, singer ... . But
Ive had my moments when it comes
together. And a big part of it is due to
the guys Ive surrounded myself with.
Ive always had good drummers, good
bass players good, solid musicians. You
know, they made it all possible. And I
keep learning. Real musicians never stop
learning, man. If you do, youre done.
The Ellis Kell Bands 25th-anniversary
concert takes place at Davenports
Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
Davenport; RiverMusicExperience.org)
on Friday, February 6, at 8 p.m. For more
information on Kell and his music, visit
EllisKell.com.

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Rants Tomb

Advice
Goddess

Im a woman in my early 20s. I do fine


getting dates, but only first dates. And
no, Im not having sex with guys on the
first date, but I still never hear from
them again. I ran into one of these guys
at a party and begged him to tell me what
had gone wrong. He said, Youre kind of
intense. I asked him to explain, and he
said, You do a lot of talking. I do talk a
lot, but Im informed and opinionated.
Do I really have to be some mute little
woman to get second dates?
Man Repellant
On a date, you should merely be
splashing your personality around,
tempted as you may be to hold a guy down
and try to drown him in it.
This isnt to say you have to be some
mute little woman to get a second date.
Consider that theres a middle ground
between channeling Nancy Grace and
playing a shy geisha hiding behind her
fan. And sorry, but being informed and
opinionated does not give you a pass
to turn a date into a re-education camp
with wine and entres. In fact, this sort of
conversational takeover is like a toupe;
it usually ends up calling attention to
whatever it was supposed to cover up
(self-worth issues, nervousness, or maybe
a need to push people away, despite
putting yourself out there like you want a
relationship).
To see more of these guys than their
exhaust as they drive away forever, be
mindful of the purpose of a date: getting
to know somebody, not getting to know
how they look listening to you. As for all
this information youre excited to impart,
ironically, the way you get somebody
interested in listening to you is by showing
interest in them. You do that by listening
to them really listening, from the gut,
not just nodding while waiting for them to
take a breath so you can shoehorn in your
next point.
Being willing to share the
conversational space isnt a sign youre
some empty dress of a woman; quite
the contrary. Its what secure people
do connecting with others instead of
pepper-spraying them with words. Try
an experiment on your next few dates.
Say as little as possible about yourself

BY AMY ALKON

all evening. Answer questions about


yourself when asked, but focus on asking
your date about who he is and what he
thinks. Chances are youll have a much
better time and maybe get asked on some
second and third dates. Wonderful things
can happen when you give a man the
sense that theres a real reason for him to
be there as opposed to the idea that he
could have stayed home and, in his place,
sent a giant ear.

Merchant of Vroom

Four or five months ago, I had an


amazing dinner date with this guy. I
ended up sleeping with him afterward,
and he disappeared. Out of the blue,
he contacted me, wanting to take me to
dinner. How do I know he wont pull the
same jerk-o Houdini move?
Suspicious

When youre on a first date and youd


like there to be a second date, its okay
to leave a little lipstick on the rim of the
glass. Your face should not end up smeared
across the guys pillow.
Sure, there are couples who had sex on
(or even before) the first date and have
spent the next 67.3 years living happily
ever after. But if youre a woman wanting
a relationship, be mindful that sex on the
first date is a risky strategy. As researcher
Anne Campbell dryly put it, Womens
mate value is perceived to be low if they
are willing to agree to low-cost sex. (As in
casual sex.) A man will probably take it if
he can get it but hes likely to, as they say,
sex it and exit.
As for this guy, hes already shown you
that he is someone who pulls jerk-o
Houdini moves, with not so much as a
texted thx 4 putting out!! the last time.
If despite that, you agree to see him again,
what prevents him from disappearing after
sex is your ending the evening with your
clothes on instead of on his bedroom rug.
Unfortunately, the heat of the moment
tends not to be home to Spock-like
rationality and reserve. To guide how soon
youll get naked, go into a date with your
ultimate goal in mind whether you have
what anthropologists call a long-term
mating strategy or whether you arent so
much looking for Mr. Right as you are Mr.
Right Next to You at the Bar.

Got A Problem? Ask Amy Alkon.

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


or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (AdviceGoddess.com)
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In


1979, Monty Python comedian
John Cleese helped direct the
four-night extravaganza The Secret
Policemans Ball. It was a benefit to raise money
for the human-rights organization Amnesty
International. The musicians known as Sting,
Bono, and Peter Gabriel later testified that the
show was a key factor in igniting their social
activism. I see the potential of a comparable
stimulus in your near future, Aries. Imminent
developments could amp up your passion for
a good cause that transcends your immediate
self-interests.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In


the film Kill Bill: Volume 1, Taurus
actress Uma Thurman plays a martial
artist who has exceptional skill at wielding a
Samurai sword. At one point, her sword-maker
evaluates her reflexes by hurling a baseball in her
direction. With a masterful swoop, she slices the
ball in half before it reaches her. I suggest you
seek out similar tests in the coming days, Taurus.
Check up on the current status of your top skills.
Are any of them rusty? Should you update them?
Are they still of maximum practical use to you?
Do whatevers necessary to ensure they are as
strong and sharp as ever.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): French
Impressionist painter Claude Monet
loved to paint the rock formations near
the beach at tretrat, a village in Normandy.
During the summer of 1886, he worked serially
on six separate canvases, moving from one to
another throughout his work day to capture
the light and shadow as they changed with
the weather and the position of the sun. He
focused intently on one painting at a time. He
didnt have a brush in each hand and one in his
mouth, simultaneously applying paint to various
canvases. His specific approach to multitasking
would generate good results for you in the
coming weeks, Gemini. (P.S. The other kind of
multitasking where you do several different
things at the same time will yield mostly
mediocre results.)
CANCER (June 21-July 22): In
1849, author Edgar Allen Poe died
in his hometown of Baltimore. A
century later, a mysterious admirer began a new
tradition. Every January 19, on the anniversary
of Poes birth, this cloaked visitor appeared at
his grave in the early morning hours, and left
behind three roses and a bottle of cognac. I invite
you, Cancerian, to initiate a comparable ritual.
Can you imagine paying periodic tribute to an
important influence in your own life someone
who has given you much and touched you
deeply? Dont do it for nostalgias sake, but rather
as a way to affirm that the gifts youve received
from this evocative influence will continue to
evolve within you. Keep them ever-fresh.
LEO (July 23-August 22): What
happens to a dream deferred? asked

Langston Hughes in his poem Harlem. Does


it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like
a sore And then run? Does it stink like rotten
meat? Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy
sweet? As your souls cheerleader and coach,
Leo, I hope you wont explore the answer to
Hughes questions. If you have a dream, dont
defer it. If you have been deferring your dream,
take at least one dramatic step to stop deferring
it.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22):


Virgo author John Creasey struggled
in his early efforts at getting published.
For a time he had to support himself with jobs
as a salesman and clerk. Before his first book
was published, he had gathered 743 rejection
slips. Eventually, though, he broke through and
achieved monumental success. He wrote more
than 550 novels, several of which were made into
movies. He won two prestigious awards and sold
80 million books. Im not promising that your
own frustrations will ultimately pave the way for
a prodigious triumph like his. But in the coming
months, I do expect significant progress toward a
gritty accomplishment. For best results, work for
your own satisfaction more than for the approval
of others.
LIBRA (September 23-October
22): Hall of Fame basketball player
Hakeem Olajuwon had a signature set of fancy
moves that were collectively known as the
Dream Shake. It consisted of numerous spins
and fakes and moves that could be combined in
various ways to outfox his opponents and score
points. The coming weeks would be an excellent
time for you to work on your equivalent of the
Dream Shake, Libra. Youre at the peak of your
ability to figure out how to coordinate and
synergize your several talents.
SCORPIO (October 23-November
21): In 1837, Victoria became Queen
of England following the death of her
uncle, King William IV. She was 18 years old.
Her first royal act was to move her bed out of the
room she had long shared with her meddling,
overbearing mother. I propose that you use
this as one of your guiding metaphors in the
immediate future. Even if your parents are saints,
and even if you havent lived with them for years,
I suspect you would benefit by upgrading your
independence from their influence. Are you still
a bit inhibited by the nagging of their voices in
your head? Does your desire to avoid hurting
them thwart you from rising to a higher level of
authority and authenticity? Be a good-natured
rebel.
SAGITTARIUS (November
22-December 21): The crookedest
street in the world is a one-way, blocklong span of San Franciscos Lombard Street. It
consists of eight hairpin turns down a very steep
hill. The recommended top speed for a car is
five miles per hour. So on the one hand, youve
got to proceed with caution. On the other hand,

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the quaint, brick-paved road is lined with flower
beds, and creeping along its wacky route is a
whimsical amusement. I suspect you will soon
encounter experiences that have metaphorical
resemblances to Lombard Street, Sagittarius. In
fact, I urge you to seek them out.
CAPRICORN (December
22-January 19): In the baseball film
The Natural, the hero Roy Hobbs has
a special bat he calls Wonderboy. Carved out of
a tree that was split by a lightning bolt, it seems
to give Hobbs an extraordinary skill at hitting
a baseball. Theres a similar theme at work in
the Australian musical instrument known as
the didgeridoo. Its created from a eucalyptus
tree whose inner wood has been eaten away by
termites. Both Wonderboy and the didgeridoo
are the results of natural forces that could be
seen as adverse but that are actually useful. Is
there a comparable situation in your own life,
Capricorn? Im guessing there is. If you have not
yet discovered what it is, now is a good time to
do so.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February
18): In 1753, Benjamin Franklin
published helpful instructions on how to avoid
being struck by lightning during stormy weather.
Wear a lightning rod in your hat, he said, and
attach it to a long, thin metal ribbon that trails
behind you as you walk. In response to his
article, a fashion fad erupted. Taking his advice,
fancy ladies in Europe actually wore such hats.
From a metaphorical perspective, it would make
sense for you Aquarians to don similar headwear
in the coming weeks. Bolts of inspiration will
be arriving on a regular basis. To ensure you
are able to integrate and use them not just be
titillated and agitated you will have to be wellgrounded.
PISCES (February 19-March 20): According to
the Bible, Jesus said, You will know the
truth, and the truth will set you free.
Author David Foster Wallace added a
caveat. The truth will set you free, he wrote,
but not until it is finished with you. All this is
apropos for the current phase of your journey,
Pisces. By my estimation, you will soon discover
an important truth that you have never before
been ready to grasp. Once that magic transpires,
however, you will have to wait a while until the
truth is fully finished with you. Only then will it
set you free. But it will set you free. And I suspect
that you will ultimately be grateful that it took its
sweet time.
Homework: Whats the best possible mess you
could stir up a healing mess that would help
liberate you? Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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OVER AND OUT February 5, 2015

ACROSS
1. Become cracked
5. Tough tissue
10. Tussle
15. Greeces Mount _
19. Wash
20. Treasure _
21. Sang-froid
22. Get word
23. Too heavy, in a way
25. ER visitor
27. Part of g, j, p, q or y
28. Extra
29. Comfy
30. A Death in the Family author
31. City in Belgium
33. Inter _
35. Shawls
38. Dessert sandwich
39. Relating to tin
43. Bios
44. Immoderate
47. Serv. branch
48. Man in haberdashery
49. Pumps
50. Hirsch or Coue
51. Kind of beetle
52. Gentlemen
54. Reclined
55. Stole
56. Get by begging
57. Rope for flag-raising: Var.
59. Invents
60. Hordes
61. Managed-care giant
62. Stuck
63. Course of study
64. Mien
66. Kitchen gadget
67. Impresario
70. Profundity
71. Made to obey
72. One of the Olympians
73. Specify
74. Yellow water flag
75. Beverage sometimes mulled
76. Parting word
77. Sports org.
78. Bronze

79. Hunting and fishing enthusiast


81. Fastened a certain way
83. Notably
85. Particular
86. Skyline feature
87. Diminutive suffix
88. _ vincit amor
90. Circle dance
91. Biblical matriarch
94. Sportswear brand
95. French dessert wine
100. Outweigh
103. Too unconventional
104. Cachet
105. Exclusively
106. Comical
107. Word in an ultimatum
108. Paris suburb
109. Like some countertops
110. The masses
111. Feat
DOWN
1. Clump
2. Keep
3. Birds, scientifically
4. Cotton fabric
5. Pits
6. Sultans decree
7. Stem joint
8. Blue spruce, e.g.
9. Join
10. Ladle
11. Tribunal
12. Customary practice
13. Deadly animal
14. Princesss irritant
15. Buckeye
16. Appear
17. Healthy, in a way
18. Dilettantish
24. Laws: Lat.
26. Unnamed object
28. Animal sound
32. A possessive
33. With lance in hand
34. Path
35. Virgule
36. Skeletal part

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37. Imbricated
38. Jelly bean shape
39. Hand shears
40. Surpass
41. Application
42. Gases anagram
44. Katie Scarlett _
45. More uncanny
46. Correct
49. Point of view
51. Legendary strongman
53. Precipitates
55. Did a kitchen job
56. Stuff
58. Longing
59. Old Roman statesman
60. At _ _
62. Old office tech
63. King of Thebes
64. Entrances
65. Eastern inn
66. _ Warbucks
67. Last king of Troy
68. Coal
69. Interprets
71. Proof of ownership
72. Apportion
75. Kind of following
76. _ Cinzano
79. Swearwords
80. Kitchen scrap
81. Sophia of films
82. Gave, in a way
84. Just about
86. Sums
88. Seaside air
89. Cut down
90. Londoners greeting
91. Middling
92. Declare
93. Old Spanish coin
94. Joss
96. Monad
97. Aswans river
98. _ quam videri
99. Simple structure
101. Topper
102. Da _ G Show
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Live Music Live Music Live Music


Email all listings to calendar@rcreader.com Deadline 5 p.m. Thursday before publication

THURSDAY

2015/02/05 (Thu)

00
5

Bob Marley Birthday Bash: Natty


Nation - DJ Trichrome - Firesale
-The Redstone Room, 129 Main St
Davenport, IA
Dave Ellis & Guests -Grumpys Saloon,
2120 E 11th St Davenport, IA
Future Death - BLXPLTN -Gabes, 330
E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Jordan Danielsen (6pm) -Los Portales,
1012 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA
The Sapwoods - Dan Tedesco - Crystal City -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
St. Iowa City, IA

FRIDAY

2015/02/06 (Fri)

00
6

12th-Annual Bob Marley Birthday


Bash: Natty Nation - DJ Trichrome
- Mike Daum -Iowa City Yacht Club,
13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Battle of the Bands Round Two:
Battle Red - Waking Robots - Carsick Radio -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.
Rock Island, IL
Danielle Nicole Band -Fat Fish Pub,
158 N. Broad St. Galesburg, IL
Dani Lynn Howe Band -Broken Saddle,
1417 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Ellis Kell Band 25th Anniversary
Show -The Redstone Room, 129
Main St Davenport, IA
Hello Weekend -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
In Honor of Graham Parsons: Seth
Wenger - Ryan Bernemann - Scott
Cochran - Laura Goddard - Joe
& Coleen Peterson - Marty Letz
-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA

WEDNESDAY

Leon J - Brian James Hill - Dan


Toomey - Tyler Holst -Gabes, 330
E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Moonshine Run -11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St. Davenport, IA
The Franti Project -Brady Street Pub,
217 Brady St. Davenport, IA
The Kinsey Report -The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA

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2015/02/07 (Sat)
SATURDAY

2015/02/11 (Wed)

Blue Man Group -Adler Theatre, 136 E.


3rd St. Davenport, IA
Burlington Street Bluegrass Band
-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
Gaelic Storm -Englert Theatre, 221
East Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Willie Nile -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd
St SE Cedar Rapids, IA

Chuck Murphy -Belly Up, 304 10th


Ave. Orion, IL
Dirt Road Rockers -Purgatorys Pub,
2104 State St Bettendorf, IA
Evergreen Grass Band -Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo -Steel Head
Tavern, 181 17th St. Moline, IL
Hello Weekend -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
Jason Carl -My Place the Pub, 4405
State St. Bettendorf, IA
Jazz w/ Jim Buennig (6pm) -Cool
Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St.
Rock Island, IL
Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers
-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
Justin Morrissey (6pm) -Barrel House
Moline, 1321 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Kronos Quartet: Beyond Zero (19141918) -Englert Theatre, 221 East
Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Show
w/ Marc & Brandi Janssen (2pm)
- Irish Session (4:30pm) - Red
Rock Hill (7pm) -Uptown Bills
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA

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THURSDAY

00
12

FRIDAY

00
13

2015/02/12 (Thu)

Martina McBride @ Adler Theatre February 12


Live Lunch w/ Keith Soko (noon)
- River Prairie Minstrels (6pm)
-RME (River Music Experience), 129
N. Main St. Davenport, IA
Meet the Press -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.
Rock Island, IL
Olivia Dvorak -Broken Saddle, 1417
5th Ave. Moline, IL
Paul Willaert & One Bazillion Songs
-Paddlewheel Sports Bar & Grill, 221
15th St Bettendorf, IA
Prof - St. Paul Slim - AWTHNTKTS
-Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Masterworks IV: Musical Cathedrals -Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA
Tangent -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
The Maytags - Candymakers -RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Who Cares Band -Fargo Dance &
Sports, 4204 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL
Wild Oatz -Blue Grass Community Center, 232 E. Orphed St. Blue Grass, IA

SUNDAY

2015/02/08 (Sun)

Bush - Theory Of A Dead Man - Stars


In Stereo -Paramount Theatre, 123
3rd St. SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Dave Mason -Englert Theatre, 221 East
Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Master works IV: Musical Cathedrals (2pm) -Centennial Hall,
Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave.
Rock Island, IL
Sunday Jazz Brunch (9am) -Bix Bistro,
200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA
The Ragbirds -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103
3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA

MONDAY

2015/02/09 (Mon)

Moeller Monday Presents -Rozz-Tox,


2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL

TUESDAY

2015/02/10 (Tue)

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Blue Man Group -Adler Theatre, 136


E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

I.C. Kings -Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S


Linn St Iowa City, IA
JD McPherson -Gabes, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Jef & Doc -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Jordan Danielsen (6pm) -Los Portales,
1012 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA
Lojo Russo -Grumpys Saloon, 2120 E
11th St Davenport, IA
Martina McBride -Adler Theatre, 136
E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA
2015/02/13 (Fri)

A Damn Good Time Vol. 9 -RME (River


Music Experience), 129 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA
Battle of the Bands Round Three:
Silent Redemption - Jaiguru Condor and Jaybird -RIBCO, 1815
2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Cosmic -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Head for the Hills - Jon Eric Trio
-Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St
Iowa City, IA

Kathy Ogden (6:30pm) - Coyote


Wild (8:30pm) -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
Larry Boyd (6pm) -Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St. Rock Island, IL
Maggie Brown (noon) -Bettendorf
Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr. Bettendorf, IA
Mike Page - DJ One Way - Chandla
- Young Ezzy - Jazzy Prince - DK
Muzik - OzTra -Gabes, 330 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA
Terell Stafford Quintet (7 & 9:30pm)
-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
The Manny Lopez Big Band (6pm)
-The Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd
Ave. Rock Island, IL
The Mercury Brothers -The Muddy
Waters, 1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Them SomBitches - Jeff Jackson &
Rob Dahms -Bier Stube Moline, 417
15th St Moline, IL
Tony Hamilton Orchestra Dinner
Dance -CASI (Center for Active
Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA

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2015/02/14
(Sat)
SATURDAY

14

Chuck Murphy -Sandbar, 307 N. 2nd


St. Wapello, IA
Community Folk Sing (3pm) - Sweetheart Sing-along (7pm) -Uptown
Bills Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque
St. Iowa City, IA
Dave Paris Group -The Lift, 180 Main
St. Dubuque, IA

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Live Music Live Music Live Music

Continued From Page 21


Dirt Road Rockers -Broken Saddle,
1417 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Florida Georgia Line - Thomas Rhett
- Frankie Ballard -i wireless Center,
1201 River Dr Moline, IL
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate -CSPS/
Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE Cedar
Rapids, IA
Jordan Danielsen -Oak View Country
Club, 1601 SW 3rd Ave Aledo, IL
Justin Morrissey (6pm) -Barrel House
Moline, 1321 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Kathy Ogden (6:30pm) - Coyote
Wild (8:30pm) -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
Local H - John June Year - 8 Founded
-Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA
Natty Scratch Valentines Day Party
-11th Street Precinct, 1107 Mound
St. Davenport, IA
Naughty Naughty -Purgatorys Pub,
2104 State St Bettendorf, IA
Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert
w/ Bobby Lyle & Chuck Loeb
-The Redstone Room, 129 Main St
Davenport, IA
The B-52s -Riverside Casino Event
Center, 3184 Highway 22 Riverside, IA
The Dawn - Earth Ascending -RIBCO,
1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
The Jason Carl Band -11th Street
Precinct, 1107 Mound St. Davenport, IA
The Old 57s -Scooters Bar & Grill,
10537 Shaw Rd. Anamosa, IA
The Pedrito Martinez Group -The
Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Iowa
City, IA

The Tailfins -Col Ballroom, 1012 W.


4th St. Davenport, IA
Thunder and Rain -Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA

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SUNDAY

2015/02/15 (Sun)

All Them Witches - The Well -RozzTox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Dave Paris Group (4pm) -Parlor City
Pub & Eatery, 1125 3rd St. SE Cedar
Rapids, IA
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm)
-Len Browns North Shore Inn, 700
N. Shore Dr. Moline, IL
Iowa Welcome: Nathan Bell - Marvin
Bell - Jenny Bienemann - Greg
Brown - Kerry Patrick Clark - Rick
Drost - Spook Handy - Laura
Joy - Radoslav Lorkovic - Mary
McAdams - Chuck Mitchell Dave Moore - Slewgrass - Lyal
Strickland - Emily White (1pm)
-The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
Session Americana - Jefferson
Hamer - Dietrich Strause -CSPS/
Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St SE Cedar
Rapids, IA
Sunday Jazz Brunch (9am) -Bix
Bistro, 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA
Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks -Central Performing Arts Center, 519 E.
11th St. DeWitt, IA
That 1 Guy -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA
The Post Mortems -Rozz-Tox, 2108
3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Third Sunday Jazz: Semenya McCord Quintet (6pm) -The Redstone Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA

Florida Georgia Line @ i wireless Center February 14

MONDAY

2015/02/16 (Mon)

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Mississippi Valley Country & Western Music Association Dance


-East Moline American Legion, 829
16th Ave. East Moline, IL

TUESDAY

2015/02/17 (Tue)

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Jeff Miguel Group (6pm) -The Mill,


120 E. Burlington St. Iowa City, IA
Robert Rolfe Feddersen -Gabes, 330
E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA

WEDNESDAY

2015/02/18 (Wed)

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Jordan Hobson - Brandon Ellsworth


-Gabes, 330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA
Martin Sexton -CSPS/Legion Arts,
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Semenya McCord (1:30pm) -CASI
(Center for Active Seniors), 1035
W. Kimberly Road Davenport, IA
Semenya McCord (7pm) -RME (River
Music Experience), 129 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA

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THURSDAY

2015/02/19 (Thu)

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Bad Hair -The Backroom Comedy


Theater, 1510 N. Harrison St. Davenport, IA
Dave Ellis & Guests -Grumpys Saloon,
2120 E 11th St Davenport, IA
Dirty River Ramblers -Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Jason Carl -11th Street Precinct, 1107
Mound St. Davenport, IA
Jordan Danielsen (6pm) -Los Portales, 1012 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA
Mind Over Mirrors - Daniel Bachman - Phosphenes -The Mill, 120
E. Burlington St. Iowa City, IA

FRIDAY

2015/02/20 (Fri)

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20

Bedroom Shrine - Lewis Knudsen


-RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
Bucktown Revue -N ighswander
Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave Davenport, IA

Communion Daytrotter: Kristin


Diable -Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave.
Rock Island, IL
Corporate Rock -11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St. Davenport, IA
Gary Pickett (4pm) - Uncle Blue Wail
(5pm) -Davenport Eagles Lodge,
4401 W. Locust St. Davenport, IA
Grateful Dead Experience: The
Schwag -Gabes, 330 E. Washington
St. Iowa City, IA
Hope for Hannah Benefit: Wild Oatz
- North of 40 (5pm) -Blue Grass
Community Center, 232 E. Orphed
St. Blue Grass, IA
Jazz After Five w/ Grace Leong
(5pm) -The Mill, 120 E. Burlington
St. Iowa City, IA
Pastmasters Band -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
Pieces of Candy (The Candymakers)
-The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St.
Bettendorf, IA
Pokey LaFarge - Luke Winslow-King
-The Redstone Room, 129 Main St
Davenport, IA

SATURDAY

2015/02/21 (Sat)

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Dave Ellis -My Place the Pub, 4405


State St. Bettendorf, IA
Hap Hazard -11th Street Precinct,
1107 Mound St. Davenport, IA
Justin Morrissey (6pm) -Barrel House
Moline, 1321 5th Ave. Moline, IL
Kidz Days at the RME (noon) -RME
Community Stage, 131 W. 2nd St.
Davenport, IA
Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
-Rivers Edge Gallery, 216 W 3rd St
Muscatine, IA
Moonshine Run -Broken Saddle, 1417
5th Ave. Moline, IL

Mountain Sprout - Frank F. Sydneys


Western Bandit Volunteers -RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave. Rock Island, IL
North of 40 -Wildwood Smokehouse
& Saloon, 4919 Dolphin Dr. SE
Iowa City, IA
Pastmasters Band -Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA
Portland Cello Project -The Redstone
Room, 129 Main St Davenport, IA
Rob & Rich Acoustic Duo featuring
Rob Dahms -Village Pub & Grill,
426 1st Ave. West Milan, IL
Summercamp Battle of the Bands
-Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St
Iowa City, IA
The Blackstones -The Muddy Waters,
1708 State St. Bettendorf, IA
Ukulele Social Club (4pm) - Pete
Seeger Show (7pm) -Uptown Bills
Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA
Vice Squad -Purgatorys Pub, 2104
State St Bettendorf, IA
Wild Oatz -Len Browns North Shore
Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr. Moline, IL

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Ahreum Han Congdon (2pm) -First


Presbyterian Church of Davenport,
1702 Iowa St. Davenport, IA
Hot Club of Cowtown -The Mill, 120 E.
Burlington St. Iowa City, IA
Peter Mulvey -CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103
3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds Larkin Poe -The Redstone Room,
129 Main St Davenport, IA
Sunday Jazz Brunch (9am) -Bix Bistro,
200 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

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DJs/Karaoke/
Jams/Open Mics

THURSDAYS

THURSDAYS

C.J. the D.J. RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave.,


Rock Island, IL.
Cobra Kai Karaoke The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.
D.J. Night w/ 90s Music Thirstys
on Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.
Thursday Night Jam Sessions w/
Bret Dale & Zach Harris The
Muddy Waters, 1708 State St.,
Bettendorf, IA.
Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment Broken Saddle, 1417 5th
Ave., Moline, IL.

FRIDAYS

FRIDAYS

Cross Creek Karaoke Firehouse Bar


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

Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,


2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.

Open Mic Coffeehouse (Feb. 13


only) First Lutheran Church of
Rock Island, 1600 20th Street,
Rock Island, IL.
Pajama Party w/ DJ GMJ (Feb. 13
only) The Muddy Waters, 1708
State St., Bettendorf, IA.

Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment


(Feb. 13 only) Broken Saddle,
1417 5th Ave., Moline, IL.

SATURDAYS

SATURDAYS

Karaoke Night The Grove Tap, 108


S. 1st St., Long Grove, IA.
Karaoke Night Roadrunners Roadhouse, 3803 Rock ingham Rd.,
Davenport, IA.

Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,


2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.

Open Mic Night Downtown Central


Perk, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.
Russ Reyman Request Piano Bar
The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini
Bar, 111 W. 2nd St., Davenport,
IA.
Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment
Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth
Ave., Moline, IL.
Valentine Day Karaoke Night (Feb.
14 only) My Place the Pub, 4405
State St., Bettendorf, IA.

SUNDAYS

SUNDAYS

Karaoke Night 11th Street Precinct,


1107 Mound St., Davenport, IA.

MONDAYS

MONDAYS

Open Mic w/ Corey Wallace 11th


Street Precinct, 1107 Mound St.,
Davenport, IA.
Open Mic w/ J. Knight The Mill,
120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, IA.

Comedy
TUESDAYS

TUESDAYS

A Live One Iowa City Yacht Club, 13


S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA.
Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate
Tims Corner Tap, 4018 14th Ave.,
Rock Island, IL.
Acoustic Music Club (4:30pm) RME
Community Stage, 129 N. Main
Street, Davenport, IA.
Karaoke Night Brady Street Pub,
217 Brady St., Davenport, IA.
Open Mic Night Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
Island, IL.

WEDNESDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

Brady Street Pub Open Jam Brady


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

Karaoke Night Thirstys on Third,


2202 W. Third St., Davenport, IA.

THURSDAY

THURSDAY 5

Donzilla featuring Bobby Bunch


(7pm) The Establishment, 220
19th St., Rock Island, IL.
The Bix Beiderbomb Comedy Workshop (8pm) Boozies Bar & Grill,
114 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA.

FRIDAY

FRIDAY 6

00
6

ComedySpor tz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock


Island, IL.
Studio Series: Dodgeball (9:30pm)
The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.
The Blacklist: Comedy Gang Bang
(9pm) The Backroom Comedy
Theater, 1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.

SATURDAY

SATURDAY 7

ComedySpor tz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock


Island, IL.
Dan Bush Ambush (8pm) Circa 21
Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., Rock
Island, IL.
Studio Series: Wisenheimer
(9:30pm) The Establishment,
220 19th St., Rock Island, IL.
The Blacklist: Blacklist Against
Humanity (9pm) The Backroom
Comedy Theater, 1510 N. Harrison
St., Davenport, IA.

SUNDAY

SUNDAY 8

The Circumstantial Comedy Show


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

MONDAY

WEDNESDAY

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MONDAY 9

The Blacklist: Auditions (7:30pm)


The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.
The Catacombs of Comedy Showcase (10pm) Iowa City Yacht
Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA.
WEDNESDAY 11

Comedy Open Mic Night (7:30pm)


The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.

THURSDAY

THURSDAY 12

12

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

00
13

FRIDAY

FRIDAY 13

ComedySpor tz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock


Island, IL.
Studio Series: Critical Hit: Improv
the Gathering (9:30pm) The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Island, IL.
The Blacklist: Shots n Giggles
(8pm) The Backroom Comedy
Theater, 1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.

The Second City Hits Home (8pm)


Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington
St., Iowa City, IA.

SATURDAY

SATURDAY 14

14

ComedySpor tz (7pm) The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock


Island, IL.
Scott Longs Valentines Day Comedy Showcase (9pm) The Backroom Comedy Theater, 1510 N.
Harrison St., Davenport, IA.
Shots to the Heart: Terrible Tales of
Dating Disasters (7:30pm) Circa
21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave.,
Rock Island, IL.
Studio Series: True Story (9:30pm)
The Establishment, 220 19th St.,
Rock Island, IL.
The Second City Hits Home (8pm)
Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington
St., Iowa City, IA.

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SUNDAY
15
SUNDAY

15

The Circumstantial Comedy Show


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

MONDAY

MONDAY 16

16

The Catacombs of Comedy Showcase (10pm) Iowa City Yacht


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

WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY 18

18

Comedy Open Mic Night (7:30pm)


The Backroom Comedy Theater,
1510 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA.

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