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Alford V. Greene: Are We Really Mere Creatures of the State?

“The child is not the mere creature of the state.” – United States Supreme Court, Pierce V. Society of Sisters

N ot only is Alford V. Greene the first major case involving child protective services to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in 21 years,

but it is also one of the most important parents’ rights cases ever to reach the court. If it goes the right way – i.e., to bolster parents’ rights – it will mean that state agents will have to obtain a court order to question a child at school. If it goes the wrong way, however – which the Obama administration is advocating, along with 40 state attorneys general, law-enforcement agencies, social workers, prosecutors, and defense attorneys – it will be a serious blow to parental rights as well as the rights of children in the public schools. The particulars of the case are egregious enough, but they pale in comparison to the government’s effrontery in insisting that parents essentially forfeit their rights when they send their children to a public school. In February 2003, an armed, uniformed county

sheriff and an Oregon Department of Human Services caseworker directed school officials at an elementary school to summon a nine-year-old girl (referred to in the court documents as S.G.) for questioning. Despite the absence of a court order or the involvement of a judge, school officials called S.G. out of her class, took her to an empty conference room, and left her alone with the sheriff, James Alford, and the social-services investigator, Bob Camreta.

Then, without notifying S.G.’s mother and in the absence of anyone who might otherwise have looked out for the little girl’s best interests, these two men proceeded to question her for two hours. During the course of the interrogation, Camreta peppered S.G. with questions about whether her father had ever abused her or her little sister. According to S.G.’s attorneys, when Camreta asked the nine-year-old if her father touched her “all over [her] body,” she said “yes,” referring to affectionate hugs, kisses, and piggy-back rides. Camreta then asked “over and over again” if “some of those were bad touches.” Over and over again, the little girl said “no.” Obviously intimidated by the two men, one of whom was wearing a gun clearly visible to the little girl, S.G. was too frightened even to ask for a glass of water or tell the men that she felt ill. At no time was she told that she could refuse to answer their questions or that she was free to leave the room of her own volition. (Incredibly, the Obama administration in its Supreme Court brief chalks up such interrogations to being “at most a minor intrusion on the liberty of a child whose freedom of movement is already considerably restricted by virtue of her presence at school.”) As the interrogation dragged on, S.G. continued to deny that her father had ever abused her. Yet once the school buses started arriving to take her classmates home, S.G. found herself overcome with fear that she would be left behind. At that point, S.G. says, she decided to lie and say “yes” to whatever the men

asked, “just to get out of the room.” Upon returning home, S.G. was further traumatized to find the same two men in her house, questioning her mother. These encounters left the little girl feeling so nauseous that she later vomited five times and was unable to eat dinner. Despite the fact that Alford had a tape recorder with him, no recording or documentation of the questions asked of S.G. during the two-hour interrogation exists. Nevertheless, based on the accounting of the two men and despite S.G.’s repeated denials of any abuse by her father, S.G. and her sister were subsequently removed from her parents’ care and placed in foster care for three weeks. They were eventually returned to their mother’s care after physical examinations failed to uncover any evidence of sexual abuse. Charges levied against their father were eventually dropped. In 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of S.G., declaring that the government had violated her Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, in appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the government is arguing that S.G.’s mere presence at school was sufficient to justify law-enforcement officers seizing and interrogating her without her mother’s knowledge or consent – a position supported by the Obama administration that, if upheld, will further undermine the rights of parents of public school students. If Alford V. Greene were only about one family’s

heart-wrenching ordeal, it would be bad enough. But it’s indicative of a more draconian mindset at work in the government, one that sees public-school students as wards of the state, to do with as they will, in defiance of the children’s constitutionally protected rights and those of their parents. This is far from the first time that government officials have usurped the rights of parents and arrogated authority and power over young people in the public schools. Hence, in recent years, students have found themselves subjected to invasive questioning and mass searches of their persons and property – often without their parents’ knowledge or consent. Unfortunately, this effort to usurp parental authority and turn schools into virtual police states flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s 1968 admonition in Tinker V. Des Moines Independent School District that “neither teachers nor students shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.” As attorney Tony LaCroix points out in “Student Drug Testing: The Blinding Appeal of In Loco Parentis & the Importance of State Protection of Student Privacy”:

“The states, through a combination of compulsory attendance laws and in loco parentis-inspired policies, have ‘bootstrapped’ themselves into possessing a right to infringe on the personal liberties of students in a manner similar to a parent.” Moreover, as professor Susan Stuart recognizes in her article “In Loco Parentis in the Public Schools: Abused, Confused, & in Need of Change”: “The consequences for students have

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House Speaker Pushes Members to Make Hard Choices

A fter decades of dominating every tiny aspect of life in his legislative chamber, Illinois House Speaker

Michael Madigan now appears to want his members to grow up a little and do some things for themselves. One of the first steps in that process to adulthood is handing more power to the House’s five appropriations committees and the House Revenue Committee. The appropriations committees have been toothless kittens for decades. They listen to a parade of agency directors outline their upcoming budget requests and press them about jobs for various constituencies, minority and otherwise. Occasionally, an appropriations chair will briefly have a seat at the bargaining table when the governor and the leaders sit down to talk turkey. But, for the most part, they’ve been cut out of the process. That’s

especially been the case the past two years, when the General Assembly has sent “lump sum” appropriations to the governor to avoid specifying cuts.

But Illinois’ new “Budgeting for Results” law has given Madigan an opportunity to hand off a bit of power to see how his members deal with it. The law requires that the state first determine how much revenue is available to spend before deciding how to spend it. Then, agencies have to come up with realistic benchmarks to prove that their programs are performing up to par. So Madigan has introduced a House resolution to establish how much cash will be available to the state from every possible revenue source. Determining the actual anticipated revenues will be the job of the House Revenue Committee, which will begin holding hearings on the matter this week. Once the resolution is passed, each of the five appropriations committees will be given a spending limit. They will then decide how the state cash is divvied up agency by agency. If they exceed the limit, or discover they don’t have enough money to go around, they’ll have to make cuts. To be sure, Madigan’s staff will have a lot to do with this process. And dealing with how the Senate determines its own revenue and spending process hasn’t yet been figured out. The two chambers could hold a conference committee (which we haven’t seen in years), or the “budgeteers” (trusted appropriations lieutenants) could

step in to negotiate, or Madigan and the

other leaders could just take it from there. But considering that more than half the chamber sits on a House appropriations committee, it will at the very least be a needed eye-opening experience for these people, who have so often been shielded from making any hard choices. Madigan, by the way, has also informed standing-committee chairs that they need to learn to say “no” a lot more often. Usually, the committees will approve legislation as a courtesy, or send bills to the floor even though the measures might still need a lot of work. But Madigan is reportedly concerned about the large number of bills introduced this year and wants the chairs to start weeding them out. In the past, Madigan has imposed limits to the number of bills his members could advance. Now, though, he wants members to try to take more

House members have been spoiled by a leader who has done everything for them.

responsibility for themselves. To an outsider, this story probably looks pretty silly. Of course legislators should be more

responsible. But those of us who’ve watched the House over the years know how much they’ve been spoiled by a leader who has taken it upon himself to do everything for them. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, Illinois’ revenue streams crashed with the economy. The General Assembly was faced with the prospect of approving a budget with less money than the year before. Madigan told Republican Governor George Ryan and Republican Senate President Pate Philip that his chamber

was full of people who wanted to keep spending freely. So they devised a scheme to pass a bloated budget, and then Ryan would either reduce or delete spending items. The House would vote to override the cuts, then the Senate would vote to accept and everybody would be happy. Now, though, Madigan may be thinking of what might happen when he’s not around to protect his members from reality. Nobody will ever again have the immense power and sway over the process that he’s had. The question, however, is:

After three decades of pampering his mushrooms, how long will it take to move

his members into adulthood?

how long will it take to move his members into adulthood? Rich Miller also publishes Capitol

Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily political newsletter) and CapitolFax. com.

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Cities’ Reader • Vol. 18 No. 773 • March 3 - 16, 2011 by Lynn Campbell,

by Lynn Campbell, IowaPolitics.com

Branstad Makes Supreme Court Picks

I owa will join Idaho and Indiana as the

only states whose high courts have

only men, following Governor Terry

Branstad’s February 23 appointment of Pleasant Valley attorney Thomas Waterman, Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Edward Mansfield, and Iowa District Court Judge Bruce Zager to the Iowa Supreme Court. Branstad said the 51-year-old Waterman, an attorney in the Quad Cities law firm Lane & Waterman, brings private-sector experience to the Supreme Court. He said 58-year-old Zager, of Waterloo, brings both private-practice experience and district- court knowledge to the Supreme Court. And he said 53-year-old Mansfield, of Des Moines, brings both private-practice experience and court-of-appeals knowledge to the Supreme Court. The three were selected from nine people chosen by the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission. They will replace former Justices Marsha Ternus, Michael Streit, and David Baker, who were ousted in the November election. Campaign-finance records show that Waterman contributed $7,500 to Branstad’s campaign and $250 to Brenna Findley, his legal counsel who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general. Branstad notably did not select 37-year- old University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwauchi-Willig, the only woman among the nine nominees. The governor repeatedly expressed his disappointment that the names of more women weren’t forwarded to him, and noted that Onwauchi-Willig only obtained a license to practice in Iowa on January 27. No date has been set for the investitures of the new justices, but all three will face their first retention vote in November 2012, along with current Justice David Wiggins, according to spokespeople for the judicial branch and governor. The justices will be sworn in by March 25 as required by law, said Branstad spokesperson Tim Albrecht.

House Passes Collective-

Branstad spokesperson Tim Albrecht. House Passes Collective- Bargaining Changes After Marathon Debat e Democrats on the

Bargaining Changes After

Albrecht. House Passes Collective- Bargaining Changes After Marathon Debat e Democrats on the Iowa House Labor

Marathon Debate

Democrats on the Iowa House Labor Committee made it as painful as possible for committee Republicans to approve sweeping changes to the state’s collective- bargaining law, forcing a debate that lasted all night Thursday and didn’t end until just after 6 a.m. Friday following a 9-5 party- line vote. Democrats offered roughly 50

amendments to the bill, making committee

debate, including caucuses, last a total of 15 hours. All amendments were rejected on party-line votes. Democrats said they were willing to stay as long as it took to protect workers. The new House rule that there shall be no votes taken between midnight and 8 a.m. doesn’t apply to committee action. House Labor Committee Chair Lance Horbach (R-Tama) agreed to a public hearing on the issue after one was requested by Democrats. He also said several times last week that a provision in the bill that would give the legislature power to ratify collective-bargaining agreements will likely be removed from the bill. House Study Bill 117 says a public employee has the right to declare his- or herself a free agent. Health insurance would be excluded from the scope of collective bargaining, and public employees would pay 30 percent of their health-insurance plan. The bill would require arbitrators to consider comparisons with nonunion workers and the private sector, and whether taxes would be increased. “I recognize that this bill generates a lot of emotions on both sides. I understand that and I respect that,” Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City), the bill’s floor manager, said in opening comments. “The intent of this bill is to both provide a fair and equitable compensation plan for public employees while also recognizing what’s in the best interests of local communities, the state of Iowa, and its taxpayers.” The committee initially began meeting at 1 p.m., but Republicans and Democrats immediately went into closed-door caucuses after opening comments. The meeting reconvened at 4 p.m. but broke several times for caucuses. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) said earlier in the day that the bill repeals collective bargaining for public employees and won’t see the light of day in the Senate. “Make no mistake about it: The Republican bill will end collective bargaining and take away rights from police officers, firefighters, state troopers, teachers, and prison guards,” said Representative Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines), ranking member of the House Labor Committee. “Instead of creating new jobs and opportunities for working families in Iowa, we are taking away their rights and

punishing Iowa’s middle class.”

away their rights and punishing Iowa’s middle class.” For an expanded version of this article, visit

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by Mike Schulz

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One-Room Wonders

Area Filmmakers Explore America’s Educational History in Country School: One Room – One Nation, March 6 at the Nighswander Theatre

“T he biggest problem we have, I think, is always getting people in the door,” says local

filmmaker Kelly Rundle. “Because we find

that most people – not everyone, of course

– do enjoy our films. With this one,

though

one-room schools that doesn’t sound very sexy, you know what I mean?” He may have a point. The latest collaboration between director Kelly Rundle and his wife, co-writer and co- producer Tammy Rundle, is Country School: One Room – One Nation, the third documentary released by the couple’s Moline-based production company Fourth Wall Films. And as the movie is an examination of, and tribute to, the one- room schools that flourished throughout

the rural United States in the first half of the 20th Century, “sexy” isn’t exactly the adjective that springs to mind. Other descriptions, however – including “fascinating,” “insightful,” and “really, really entertaining” – are more than appropriate. Like the pair’s 2004 true-crime doc Villisca:

Living with a Mystery and 2007’s Lost Nation: The Ioway, Country School takes an in-depth look at a mostly unknown, or largely forgotten, chapter of American

– specifically Midwestern – history. Also

like those films, the Rundles’ most recent endeavor delivers a history lesson that is anything but a dry lecture.

Running a quick 75 minutes, the film examines the one-room-school phenomenon – in which students in grades one through eight would share both learning materials and a single instructor

– through interviews with more than

five dozen individuals closely connected to the subject: scholars, teachers, and former students of rural schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kansas. And with these interviewees (most of them in their 70s, 80s, and 90s) enthusiastically expounding on the struggles and joys of their classroom experiences, Country School emerges as a definitive portrait of education in a one- room environment, a work that’s every bit as informative, engaging, and impassioned as those telling its tales. “I think a lot of people think our film is just about the architecture of country schools,” says Tammy of the movie, which will be screened at the Annie Wittenmyer Complex’s Nighswander Theatre on March 6 and will be available, in DVD format, through the Fourth Wall Films Web site (FourthWallFilms.com). “But it’s not. I don’t think it’s what people are expecting it to be.”

There’s just something about

The Nostalgia

Thing

“It’s hard to explain how we find our subjects,” says Kelly during my recent

how we find our subjects,” says Kelly during my recent County School filmmakers Tammy and Kelly

County School filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle in North English, Iowa’s Gritter Creek School

interview with the Rundles, “because it’s so convoluted and accidental sometimes.” And to hear the filmmakers tell it, Country School wasn’t in any way planned or expected. “It was during our [2007] Des Moines premiere of Lost Nation: The Ioway,” says Tammy, referencing the Rundles’ documentary on the Native American tribe that inspired the state of Iowa’s name. “I was heading down to the stage in the elevator, and this man, an older guy, got into the elevator with me. And he goes, ‘Wonderful movie. You really ought to think about doing a movie on country schools.’ And he handed me a packet of information.” That man turned out to be Bill Sherman, a noted Des Moines preservationist and member of Preservation Iowa’s board of directors. (“He’s the guy who got the one-room school on the back of the Iowa quarter,” says Kelly. “He doesn’t take credit for that – it was a decision made by the governor – but he’s the one who said, ‘That’s what should be on there.’”) On the night of the Rundles’ Lost Nation premiere, though, Sherman was at most an afterthought. “We were petrified that night,” says Kelly. “We had a couple hundred Ioway people there, and we were unsure of how the film was going to be received, and so the last thing we were thinking about was another film.” “I told Bill, though, ‘Why don’t you e-mail us?,’ figuring this probably wasn’t going to go anywhere,” Tammy recalls. “I mean, country schools? It didn’t sound very interesting to me, and I didn’t know if it was really up our alley “But he did e-mail us,” she continues, “and we met with him and talked to him

about it, and that’s when we decided we would develop it and see if there was anything worth pursuing. You know, we thought maybe there might be a story there, even though we weren’t seeing it initially.” “We did, though, have a little bit of family connection to the subject,” says Kelly, “because both of our fathers went to one- room schools – Tammy’s in Iowa, and mine in Wisconsin. So we grew up hearing some of the stories.” The Rundles began their research, says Tammy, “by seeing if there were any other documentaries on country schools or one- room schools. We started looking at what had been done, and there really wasn’t anything on the scale of what we’d be doing. They were all very nostalgic, and very positive.” “We told Bill early on,” continues Kelly, “that we wanted to do the film, because we’d done some preliminary research and figured this was going to be a good topic. But we also told him, ‘We don’t want to just do the nostalgia thing.’ I mean, that’s part of it – you can’t avoid it. But if we were gonna do it, we were gonna look at the positive and the negative. And he was okay with that.” Having agreed on their main subject, the Rundles next sought a specific premise for their film. “That’s the very first thing we do before filming,” says Tammy, “try to get an idea of what it is we’re going to want to focus on.” “That has to be done for grants,” adds Kelly. “We’re reliant on obtaining grants, so you have to develop your idea on paper fairly completely.” And within the grander scope of the one-room-school experience, the Rundles eventually found their film’s

planned subject in the schools’ students

– children of first-generation immigrants

from southern and eastern Europe, some of whom spoke only their parents’ native languages. (One of Country School’s interviewees – writer Jerry Apps – describes the Wisconsin county of his youth as boasting 50 separate ethnic groups.) “That part of it was something that

we hadn’t seen done anywhere else,” says Kelly. “The way that those little schools took people from so many different ethnic backgrounds, mixed them together, and turned out these American citizens. And the different ways that they dealt with

language issues. Schools were very much under local control, so if they wanted to use immersion techniques – where they just threw kids in a classroom, sink or swim

– they had that option. If they wanted to

hire a bilingual teacher, then they did that. “I kept feeling that was a historical story that still spoke to us today,” he continues. “Very much so.” With grant funding in place from several Midwestern humanities councils – in addition to funds supplied by individual contributors – the Rundles were able to commence filming in 2008. Yet while the documentarians planned to focus on immigration issues, experience told them that it would be the interviewees themselves who dictated the movie’s true course. “You never know what people are gonna say,” says Kelly, “which is what really determines, in the end, what your film is.” But as the Rundles began their initial talks with those knowledgeable in country- school history, they had reason to suspect that some might not wish to say anything. “We had one scholar who warned us about one-room-school people,” says Kelly. “He said, ‘They don’t want to hear anything negative. Be careful. They’re easily upset by talk of anything negative about one-room schools.’” To the Rundles’ relief, however, “it wasn’t like that,” says Kelly. “Everybody we asked questions of – including the scholars, and including the former teachers, and including the former students – had no qualms about talking about it all.”

That School

no qualms about talking about it all .” “ That School Means Something” “We decided that

Means Something”

“We decided that we wanted to go where the funding was,” says Tammy of which one-room schools the Rundles would include. “So if we got grant funding in Kansas and Wisconsin and Iowa, those were where we were gonna focus on. And that’s what we did.” “There were other states that we

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The Lunacy of a Three-Decade Marriage

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F ishbone’s Angelo Moore has taken inspiration from an Fishbone’s Angelo Moore playing live: “Things go

Fishbone’s Angelo Moore

playing live: “Things go well on stage.” But longer-term projects remain troublesome. Moore said the band has been trying to put together a new studio album – its

first since 2006’s Still Stuck in Your Throat

– but “we’re running into

collaboration setbacks is how I’d put it. We’re having difficulty collaborating.

There’s no real difficulty in

been writing. We just haven’t been writing together.” He characterized the problems as

temporary – at “this point in time with this lineup” – but he admitted that as the new documentary Everyday Sunshine shows, the band has always been rife with conflict. He said that he was surprised watching the movie – now making the festival circuit

– that the band has stuck around so long.

“The lunacy and the dysfunctionalism within the band is a phenomenon that is

there, and sometimes it’s hard to believe

that

still create with those particular phenomena that are in the band.” But he said he hopes to address the problems. “Hell, we might have to go to therapy to break through it,” he said. “It’s almost like you’re constipated. You’ve got to take a laxative just to break through the shit.” Moore said the band went through therapy once before, in the mid-1990s, when it had all its original members.

creativity and

We’ve

we can still survive and perform and

“We seemed to start to scratch at the surface,” he said, but road obligations prevented the sessions from continuing. “The therapy that we were getting really didn’t get a chance to grow.” He said he was planning to present the idea of therapy to his bandmates again, but he didn’t expect them to be receptive. “Who really likes going to therapy anyway?” he said. “But you’ve got to do it, especially if you’re in a marriage that’s either at a standstill or falling

unlikely source: Britney Spears. In 2007, the pop singer shaved her head. “She did that because she needed a change,” Moore said in a phone interview last week. “She probably did it because she needed to be able to look into the mirror and see a different person. And from there, if she saw that different person, she would probably perform from a different perspective, which

would be a fresh and new one. “So in my particular case, these days, I’ve been wearing a wig.” Fishbone will be performing at RIBCO on March 12, and to appreciate Moore’s wig-wearing ways, it’s helpful to consider that the band has been around since 1979

(when Moore was in his early teens), and it hasn’t been an easy ride. Although the funk-based ska/punk band with elements of metal has been widely influential, and although its live shows are legendary, it has never achieved the popular success of many of its successors. (Moore has said the band lived the life of the “famous but not the rich.”) The All Music Guide said Fishbone was “one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative- rock bands of the late ’80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult

following

Saxophonist and singer Moore – he and bassist/co-founder John Norwood Fisher have been the band’s constants and main writers – said he has three wigs to keep things interesting for him after more than three decades: one blond, one black, and one salt-and-pepper. The ’do he chooses, he said, dictates his performance. He characterized the gray one as “distinguished,” for example, and “I feel like it brings a little more soul man out of me.” The easy part for the band, he said, is

You can’t just wish it to stay together. Sometimes you’ve got to do the work.” Moore has compared his relationship with Fisher to a marriage (with the music being the offspring), and he said the collaborative problems with Fishbone are between the two primary creative forces “first and foremost.” Moore admitted that he’s sometimes frustrated with how slowly things move for the band, and that he’s considered leaving Fishbone. “I have those thoughts running through my head,” he said. “It’s only gotten us to a certain level.” Yet the music keeps him with the band, and it gives him a platform for his solo endeavors – music, comic books, and T- shirts under his Dr. Madd Vibe alter ego. Moore compared the strife in his band to George Clinton’s Funkadelic: Both have produced good music with a considerable legacy, despite the problems within them. And he sounded resigned, saying that conflict is “part of the DNA of Fisbhone” and “one of the driving forces.” But he was quick to add: “If it wasn’t there, Fishbone would be able to move

along a lot faster.”

.”

Fishbone would be able to move along a lot faster.” .” Fishbone will perform on Saturday,

Fishbone will perform on Saturday, March 12, at RIBCO (1815 Second Avenue in Rock Island). The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and the bill also includes Heatbox. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show and are available from RIBCO.com, or at the club, Co-Op Records, and Ragged Records.

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Openings & Gallery Events

Shakespeare in Art: From the Stage to the Canvas, presented by Nancy Hayes, PhD, who examines the transformation of tragic

narrative into a frozen image, by listening to a reading of lines from “Othello” and focusing on the details of the painting by Robert Alexander Hillingford, inspired by the third scene of Act 3 of Shakespeare’s play; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Mar 3. Thursdays at the Figge, art-themed activities, discussions, tours, refreshments, and more; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, 5pm Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Dec 29. Doodlebugs Preschool Program: Doodlebugs TV, free art class for preschoolers and their adult companions; draw yourself in some crazy adventures!; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http:// www.crma.org, 10:30am Fri Mar 4. Reception: Laura Young, exhibit of drawings; for information, call 319-398-5517, Iowa Hall Gallery, Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood. edu, 6pm Fri Mar 4. Reception: T.L. Solien - Recent Paintings, large-scale oil and enamel paintings by Minnesota artist; for information, call 563- 333-6444, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/catich/, 5pm Fri Mar 4.

SmArt Saturday

Get Smart About Art: Creative

Connections, on the 1st Sat. of the month; a collaborative effort between the CRMA and local artists to reach and teach non-artists about the artistic processes; free; for information, call 319-366- 7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 10:30am Sat Mar 5 - Sat Dec 3. SmArties, on the 1st Sat. of the month; activities for the entire family; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma. org, 1pm Sat Mar 5 - Sat Dec 3. Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Ceremony:

Davenport Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 1pm Sun Mar 6. Weekly Figge Exhibition Tour: American Landscapes, on Sundays; a docent-led tour providing an introduction to each exhibition, plus highlights of works; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 1:30pm Sun Mar 6 thru Sun Mar 27. Regenerating Black Hawk: SaukWomen, Photography and the Uses of History, in Building 4, Conference Rooms 1 & 2; presented by Jane Simonsen of Augustana College; Simonsen explores the photographs that early 20th century local historian John Henry Hauberg made of Black Hawk’s descendants living in Kansas and Oklahoma; she suggests how his informants, primarily women, used photographs as a way of making their own histories; free; for information, contact Melissa Hebert-Johnson at 309- 796-5465 or hebertm@bhc.edu, Black Hawk College - Quad City Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.bhc.edu, 9:30am Tue Mar 8. Half-Price StudioWednesdays, 1/2-price studio fee all day on Wednesdays; for information, call 309-762-2224, Fireworks Coffeehouse, 2139 16th St., Moline, IL, http://www.fireworksmoline. com, Wed Mar 9 thru Wed Dec 28. Henry David Thoreau and the Hudson River School of Painting, presented by Dan S. Malachuk, PhD, who compares what Thoreau wrote about paintings to some of the Hudson River School paintings in the American Gallery; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Mar 10. Opening Reception: Cindy Caraway - Kit Fox Sayles, beadwork by Caraway, acrylics & watercolors by Fox Sayles; for information, call 309-230-1594, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/ gallerywest.htm, 6pm Fri Mar 11. smART Second Saturday Event, on the 2nd Sat. of the month; children along with an adult companion are invited to learn more about art through a variety of cool activities in the museum; free; for information, call 515-271-0328 or e-mail jcooley@ desmoinesartcenter.org, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 10:15am Sat Mar 12 - Sat Dec 10. smART Second Sunday Event, on the 2nd Sat. of the month; a family workshop designed for parents and children ages 5 and older; free; for information, call 515-271-0306, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www. desmoinesartcenter.org, 1pm Sun Mar 13 - Sun Dec 11. Reception for“Bina Butterflies Retrospective”, multi-colored, large-scale butterflies by Delores De Wilde Bina; for information, call 563-285-4794, Eldridge Library, 200 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge, IA, 1pm Sat Mar 19. Rendering Volcanoes, presented by Beatrice Jacobson, PhD; William Stanley Haseltine’s “The Bay of Naples,” a 19th-century painting of the Hudson River School, anchors a meditation on verbal and visual renderings of these titanic reserves of explosive power; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326- 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Mar 24. Doodlebugs Preschool Program: Doodlebugs 3-D!, free art class for preschoolers and their adult companions; after our 3-D story, see and make doodles that jump off the page, thanks to our cool 3-D specs; for information, call 319-366-7503, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 West Willman, Hiawatha, IA, http://www.crma.org,

10:30am Fri Mar 25. Final Friday at Bucktown: Artzilla, for information, call 309- 230-1594, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.bucktownarts.com, 6pm Fri Mar 25. Claudia McGehee Presentation and Book-Signing, in conjunction with the exhibition“TakingWing,”the Iowa City artist and children’s-book illustrator will discuss her work and share insights about her most recent book, “Where to Birds Live?”; book- signing follows; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http:// www.crma.org, 1pm Sun Mar 27. Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Ceremony:

North Scott Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 12:30pm Sun Mar 27. The Beauty of Life, presented by Owen S. Rogal, PhD; explores what John Ruskin, William Morris, and Frank LloydWright learned from each other, how Morris developed and spun Ruskin’s ideas in new directions, and how both Ruskin and Morris’ radical ideas about the role of art in society helped shape Wright’s own thinking and practices; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Mar 31. Cosing Reception: Cindy Caraway - Kit Fox Sayles, beadwork by Caraway, acrylics & watercolors by Fox Sayles; for information, call 309-230-1594, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/gallerywest.htm, 5pm Fri Apr 1. Doodlebugs Preschool Program: Just Foolin’!, free art class for preschoolers and their adult companions; see things in a new way, and makeThaumatrope - a spinning optical illusion; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 10:30am Fri Apr 1. Gallery Hop!, showcase of local and regional artists in various galleries, restaurants and hot spots in downtown Rock Island; free; for information, call 309-788-6311, The District of Rock Island, 16 1/2 St., Rock Island, IL, http://www.ridistrict.com, 5pm Fri Apr 1. Quad City Arts “mARTch” Madness Feast of Fools Masquerade & Art Auction, $30, $200 for tables of 8; $40 at the doors; for information and tickets, call 309-793-1213, Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St, Davenport, IA, http://www. quadcityarts.com, 6:30pm Fri Apr 1. Reception for the 35th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, annual juried competition, co-sponsored with the Rock Island Art Guild, open to artists working in any media except video who reside within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities; the exhibition catalog will be debuted, and awards will be announced in the Augustana College Art Museum at 5:40pm; refreshments served; for information, call 309-794-7231, Augustana College Art Museum, Centennial Hall Building, Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu, 4:30pm Fri Apr 1. Weekly Figge ExhibitionTour, a docent-led tour providing an introduction to each exhibition, plus highlights of works; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, 1:30pm Sun Apr 3 thru Sun Dec 18. Art Bites, with CRMA Executive Director Terry Pitts; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 12:15pm Wed Apr 6. Framing Art in the Liberal Arts: Bridging Communities with Liberal Arts through the AGES, Dr. Catherine Goebel will demonstrate the excitement and relevance of examining original art through multiple lenses by providing an overview with key visual and historical links for artwork dating from ancient Greece through modern pop; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Apr 7. Spring Metro GalleryTour, locations include the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, ARA Gallery & Interiors, CornerHouse Gallery & Frame, Campbell Steele Gallery, andWiederspan Gallery; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Downtown Iowa City, Iowa City, IA, http://www.crma.org, 5pm Thu Apr 7. Visionaire Surprise, CRMA Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Sean Ulmer shares an, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 1pm Sun Apr 10. Festival of Trees Designer Recruitment Party, R.S.V.P. to Rebecca at rgreen@quadcityarts.com or 309-793-1213, ext 100, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www. quadcityarts.com/festoftrees.asp, Wed Apr 13. What Are the Ideas andWhere Are the Bridges?, gallery talk with Sherry C. Maurer, Director of the Augustana College Art Museum; Maurer will lead a gallery walk discussion of the Augustana College Art Collection objects currently on exhibit at the Figge; sharing approaches to visual analysis, inference and deduction, the tour will explore ideas and images ranging from the 15th-century expansion of information in the printed book to the 20th-century extension of our world view with satellite images; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Apr 14. Opening Reception: 34th Annual High School Invitational Exhibit, for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 6:30pm Fri Apr 15. Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Ceremony:

Bettendorf Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 1pm Sun Apr 17. Egypt, Athens, Rome―and Us: Five Millennia of Connections through Art, with Dr. Emil Kramer, Associate Professor and Chair of Classics; Kramer will share his research on three very different

components of Augustana’s art collection; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Apr 21. Reception: Kirkwood Student Art Exhibit, for information,

call 319-398-5517, Iowa Hall Gallery, Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood. edu, 11am Thu Apr 21. Linking theVerbal and theVisual Text, Dr. Taddy Kalas will discuss bridges between the art and literature of early modern France through four of her favorite pieces from the Augustana College Art Collection, which she will connect to Baroque, Romantic and Modern literary texts; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 7pm Thu Apr

28.

Doodlebugs Preschool Program: Poppin’Puppets, free art class for preschoolers and their adult companions; make puppets that pop up; for information, call 319-366-7503, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 West Willman, Hiawatha, IA, http://www.crma.org, 10:30am Fri Apr 29. Final Friday at Bucktown: Venus Envy Pre-Party, for information, call 309-230-1594, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.bucktownarts.com, 6pm Fri Apr 29. Reception: Senior Honors Exhibition, featuring works by graduating book artist Elizabeth Farley, graphic designer/ photographer Munir Sayegh, and painter SarahWurst; noon-5pm, Tue-Fri; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau. edu/catich/, 5pm Fri Apr 29. HMC Spring 2011 Arts & Crafts show, Handmade City presents sewn goods, pottery, knits, screen-prints, plush, pet goodies, paper goods, posters, giveaways, and more, Rozz-Tox,

2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.handmadecity.org, 11am Sat Apr 30. Venus Envy 2011, 7th-annual art festival featuring juried regional female artists and performers in the arts of music, dance, theater, film, visual arts, and the written and spoken word, themed “The Seven-Year Itch”; with four performance stages, two inside and two outside, featuring a variety of music, dance, theater, and readings; a marketplace with vendors and artist demonstrations will compliment the outdoor stages; some event elements are intended for mature audiences; free, with beverages available for purchase, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.venusenvyqc.org, 6pm Sat Apr 30. Young Artists at the Figge Recognition Ceremony: Pleasant Valley Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, 12:30pm Sun May 1. Quercus Reading and Art Show, a reading and art show to celebrate the publication of St. Ambrose’s creative arts journal; participating authors will read selected works, and artists will display and discuss their pieces; refreshments served; free; for information, contact Carl Herzig at 563-333-6176 or herzigcarl@ sau.edu, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu, 7pm Tue May 3. Art Bites, with CRMA Curator Sean Ulmer; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, 12:15pm Wed May 4. Martini Madness, annual fundraiser for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art; inventive drinks, appetizers, live music, and fun; for information, call 319-366-7503 ext./ 213 or e-mail broof@crma.org, Phelan’s Interiors, 728 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. crma.org, 7pm Fri May 6. Walking Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition, exhibiting student artists will discuss their works; refreshments

Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition , exhibiting student artists will discuss their works;
Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition , exhibiting student artists will discuss their works;
Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition , exhibiting student artists will discuss their works;
Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition , exhibiting student artists will discuss their works;
Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition , exhibiting student artists will discuss their works;
Tour of the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition , exhibiting student artists will discuss their works;

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served; free; for information, call 309-794-7231, Augustana College Art Museum, Centennial Hall Building, Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu, 10:30am Tue May 10. May Meet Market, with live music by Dave Zollo, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and more; $5-$10; for information, call 515-277- 4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, 5pm Fri May 13. Opening Reception: Ralph Iaccarino, watercolors; for information, call 309-786-2430, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/ gallerywest.htm, 6pm Fri May 13. Closing Reception for the Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments; free; for information, call 309-794-7231, Augustana College Art Museum, Centennial Hall Building, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana. edu, 12:45pm Sun May 22. Closing Reception: Venus Envy, works by female artists; for information, call 309-230-1594, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.bucktownarts.com, 6pm Fri May 27.

Final Friday at Bucktown, for information, call 309-230-1594, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http:// www.bucktownarts.com, 6pm Fri May 27. Opening Reception: Jay Stratton, Corrine Smith, & Deb Stewart, for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 7pm Fri May 27. Arts Expo High School Pastel Competition, for information, call 309-230-1594, Midcoast at Bucktown Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, IA, http://www.midcoast.org, Sun May 29. Opening Reception: Renaissance Man, E.M. Catich, an evening celebration of the gallery’s namesake, the late Rev. Edward Catich; the annual Rev. Catich exhibition will focus on how the internationally recognized artist’s interests informed his art, transcending the level of mere “hobby”; free; for information, contact Heather Lovewell at 563-209-1287 or LovewellHeatherL@ sau.edu, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu, 5pm Fri Jun 3.

Exhibits & Shows

The 3-D Sculpture Show, masks, gourd sculptures, cloth creations, wire works, wood carvings, clay works, and found-object sculptures; for information, call 563-732-2468, Muscatine Center for Non-Profits, 129 W. 2nd St., Muscatine, IA, Thu Mar 3. Jerrilyn Crabtree-Frisk, mixed medium exhibit; Wednesday-

Sunday 1-4pm; for information, call 563-243-3300, River Arts Center, 229 5th Ave S, Clinton, IA, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Mar 6. Those Who Can: The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition, paintings, sculpture, intermedia, mixed media, metal arts, photography, three- dimensional design and graphic design by faculty members Isabel Barbuzza, Chunghi Choo, Tom Christison, Ron Cohen, Monica Correia, Bradley Dicharry, John Dilg, David Dunlap, Laurel Farrin, John Freyer, Bob Glasgow, Ab Gratama, Sue Hettmansperger, Anita Jung, Sarah Kanouse, Julia Leonard, Vinicius Lima, Steve McGuire, Virginia Myers, Mat Rude, Jim Snitzer, Margaret Stratton, Heidi Van Wieren, SusanWhite, Rachel Williams, JonWinet, LauraYoung and Kee-hoYuen; for information, call 319-335-1725, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.uiowa.edu/uima, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Mar 6. Area College Student Art Exhibit, works by students at Coe College, Kirkwood Community College, and Cornell College; Mon-Fri 4-6pm; for information, call 319-368-6475, ext. 6, Janalyn HansonWhite Gallery, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA, Thu Mar 3 thruTue Mar 8. Renee Meyer Ernst, art exhibition; for information, call 563- 333-6254, Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/ catich, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Mar 11.

Young Artists at the Figge: Davenport Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Mar 13. Prairie Visions, acrylic paintings by Pam Ohnemus and mixed media drawings by Priscilla Steele; an Art Salon @ The Museum Store exhibit; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeartmuseum.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Mar 25. BelindaTalbot, photography; for information, call 309-786- 2430, MidCoast at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/iwireless.htm, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. Bina Butterflies Retrospective, multi-colored, large-scale butterflies by Delores De Wilde Bina during regular library hours; for information, call 563-285-4794, Eldridge Library, 200 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge, IA, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. Jeanne O’Melia - Carol Boehl Steinmetz, sculpture by O’Melia, watercolors by Boehl Steinmetz; for information, call 309-786- 2430, MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/centerstation.htm, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. Rock Island Elementary Schools Art Show, for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401

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CEDAR RAPIDS
Prior my Saturday screening of Cedar Rapids,
I’d seen 18 2011 releases, and my favorite of the
mostly-slash-wildly underwhelming bunch – by a
considerable margin – was Justin Bieber: Never Say
Never. It’s tempting, then, to want to overpraise
director Miguel Arteta’s raunchy yet genial comedy
simply for being, you know, good.
The thing is, though, I don’t think Cedar Rapids
is good so much as
other way? – Arteta’s and Johnston’s fondness and
empathy extend to all of Cedar Rapids’ actors. And
good God, what actors. As Tim’s hotel suitemates,
Isiah Whitlock Jr. is a low-key hoot as a serious-
minded, acronym-spouting agent with a passion
for “the HBO program The Wire” (a nice in-joke,
as Whitlock was a Wire cast member), and John
C. Reilly is brutally, even shockingly hysterical as
a
vulgar blowhard (one whom Tim’s Wisconsin
boss, played by the peerless Stephen Root, advised
him to avoid, for
great, a wonderfully
wise, hilarious, biting
piece of work that
keeps you in a state
of near-constant
happiness. It has its
flaws, to be sure,
including some
clunky exposition and
an overly contrived
wrap-up that feels
like the result of
an impending
understandable
reason). Anne Heche
is
fabulously funny
and poignant as a
married agent with
a
what-happens-in-
Cedar-Rapids-stays-
John C. Reilly, Ed Helms, Isiah Whitlock Jr.,
and Anne Heche in Cedar Rapids
in-Cedar-Rapids
attitude, and Arrested
Development’s Alia
Shawkat adds tartness
and warmth as a teen
contractual deadline.
But until the final reel, I don’t think I ever stopped
smiling at this tale of an unsophisticated insurance
agent (played by Ed Helms) who makes his first,
fearful trek to the big city of the title, and my grins
were only interrupted by my laughter. In many
ways, it’s an amazing little movie – frequently
coarse, yes, but so temperamentally sweet, and
boasting such generosity of spirit, that it leaves you
prostitute.
Plus, we get Sigourney Weaver, with her tender,
crinkly smile, as Tim’s hometown lover (and
former middle-school teacher); Thomas Lennon
as a hotshot agent with hidden sexual proclivities;
Helms’ fellow Daily Show alum Rob Corddry as a
tattooed ruffian; Mike O’Malley offering a divinely
inept soft-shoe number
I wanted to hug this
feeling completely refreshed and satisfied
and
kind of yearning for a sequel.
Cedar Rapids is all the more impressive
when you consider just how crummy it might’ve
been. Its setup, after all, is pure high-concept
formula – and for certain Midwestern audiences,
potentially offensive formula – as Helms’ sheltered,
childlike Wisconsinite Tim Lippe gets swept
up in a whirlwind of liquor, drugs, adulterous
sex, and unethical business practices during an
insurance-convention weekend in metropolitan
Iowa. Yet unlike, say, the city of Tucson in Hamlet
2, Cedar Rapids itself isn’t used as a mean-spirited
punchline; we’re not asked to chortle at a rube’s
discomfort amidst slightly more worldly rubes.
Instead, Tim views the Iowa burg with respect and
even a bit of wonder – there’s a marvelous scene in
which he acknowledges the insurance agents who
worked tirelessly for victims of the 2008 flooding
– and the filmmakers follow suit. For Arteta and
debuting screenwriter Phil Johnston (debuting
terrifically, I might add), Cedar Rapids isn’t the
city where Tim gets corrupted, but where he
finally grows up. There’s a kindness to the comedy
here that feels utterly genuine, and seems to stem
organically from Ed Helms’ beautifully guileless,
awed expressions and deadpan charm; Arteta and
Johnston clearly, truly like Tim Lippe, and so all of
his minor triumphs and major setbacks, riotous
through many of them are, also exude a somewhat
startling gravitas.
With the exception of Kurtwood Smith, playing
an unctuous, untrustworthy convention host – and
with Smith in the role, who’d want the character any
stellar ensemble, and I wanted to hug Cedar Rapids
for emerging as such splendidly witty and friendly
entertainment. You really ought to give Cedar
Rapids a try.
DRIVE ANGRY
In the most lurid and outlandish scene in the
staggeringly lurid and outlandish Drive Angry,
Nicolas Cage, as a vengeful and literal grandfather
from Hell, mows down nearly a dozen assailants
with a shotgun. In slow-motion. While occasionally
downing slugs of whiskey. While having sex the whole
time. You might not think it possible that any action-
thriller featuring such a scene (in 3D!) could actually
be boring, but director Patrick Lussier has damn
near pulled off the impossible with Drive Angry,
ceaselessly unpleasant, depressingly uninspired
exploitation-flick homage whose only apparent
a
function is to leave you with greater appreciation for
Grindhouse. Yet amidst the ugliness and repetition
and continued evidence that Cage should really
consider early retirement, William Fichtner, at
least, is absolutely first-rate, portraying Lucifer’s
“accountant” as a deliciously suave charmer whose
every eccentric, unpredictable line reading is a
nutball classic. Drive Angry is in no way worth seeing
not that, with a $5-million opening weekend,
many of you bothered to see it – but Fichtner’s quite
outstanding in it; he’s basically giving the sort of
decadently lunatic performance that Nic Cage used
to give back when he was still giving performances.
For reviews of Hall Pass and other current releases and
a recap of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, visit
RiverCitiesReader.com.
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19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.rockislandlibrary.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. Laura Young, exhibit of drawings; for information, call 319- 398-5517, Iowa Hall Gallery, Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood.edu/ site/index.php?p=9881, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Apr 1. Wonders of Nature, exhibit of paintings by Davenport artists Caroline England and Diane Bruce; Tue-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 11am-5pm; for information, call 309-793-1213, ext. 109, Quad City

Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts. com, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Apr 8. T.L. Solien: Recent Paintings, large-scale oil and enamel paintings by Minnesota artist; noon-5pm, Tue-Fri; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/catich, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Apr 15. Anselm Reyle, modernist shapes, artificial colors, and non- traditional materials such as Mylar foil and straw bales employed

to extend the prevailing aesthetics of painting and sculpture; for

information, call 515-277-4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Apr 17. Taking Wing: Children’s Book Illustrations of Birds, Bats, and Flying Bugs from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, exhibit includes more than 60 images from 13 picture and pop-up books; the book art reveals a variety of media and techniques, with picture-book illustrations in batik, marbleized paper mosaic, and delicate cut-paper, and pop-up books rendered in pencil, marker, watercolor, acrylic, and linoleum block print; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Apr 17. Tracks: The Railroad in Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection, exhibit explores 160 years of railroad and photographic history; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Apr 23. Crossing the Mississippi: The Quad Cities, the Railroad, and Art, exhibit exploring the history and significance of the railroad in the Quad Cities; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Apr 24. Cindy Caraway - Kit Fox Sayles, beadwork by Caraway, acrylics

& watercolors by Fox Sayles; for information, call 309-786-2430,

MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, http:// www.midcoast.org/galleries/gallerywest.htm, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Apr 30. Erik Ohrn &Tricia Coulson, for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts at the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Airport Rd, Moline, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Apr 30. Heidi Hernandez, oil & mixed media; for information, call 309- 786-2430, MidCoast at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport,

IA, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/rivercenter.htm, Thu Mar 3

thru Sat Apr 30. The Art Collective, group show; for information, call 309-786-

2430, Midcoast at Bucktown Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, IA, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/bucktown.htm, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Apr 30. Wizards of Pop: Sabuda & Reinhart, exhibit of works by celebrated children’s books creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, the best-known pop-up book artists working today; includes more than 60 images from 13 picture and pop-up books;

for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art,

410Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun May 1. 1911, exhibition looks at and compares the wide array

of artistic styles practiced by Pablo Picasso’s European and

American contemporaries in and around the year 1911; featuring 28 prints, drawings, and sculptures from the Art Center’s permanent collection; for information, call 515-277-4405, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, http://www. desmoinesartcenter.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun May 22. Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest, a new exhibition

offering a historical look at the University of Iowa during some of the nation’s troubled and changing years, 1965-1975; featuring the creation of a psychedelic mural, the recreation of a UI dorm room from the 1968-69 academic year, a film series with discussion panels and a children’s screen-printing workshop, University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum, 21 Old Capitol Museum, Iowa City, IA, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun May 22. Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection, the first opportunity in which the company’s important art holdings have been showcased in a museum and made available for viewing by the public; the exhibition is divided into the geographic regions

of North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and

Asia; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225

W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.figgeart.org, Thu Mar 3 thru

Sun May 22. Lil Picard and Counterculture NewYork, exhibit contains more than 70 original works and recreates Picard’s audio and video installations on the world of the 1960s and 1970s underground NewYork art scene; 10am-5pmTuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10am- 9pmThursday; noon-5pm Saturday and Sunday; for information, call 319-335-1727, Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://uima.uiowa.edu, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri May 27. A Show of Hands: Ceramics from the Collection, featuring photographer Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret’s donations of a series of important studio ceramics from the 1970s and’80s; the museum’s first collective exhibit or its ceramic works; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar

Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Oct 9. Art in Roman Life, over 50 works, including coins, glass vessels, ceramic lamps, marble sculptures, and more; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. Grant Wood: In Focus, culled from the museum’s extensive collection of works, this single-gallery installation serves as a brief overview of the artistic achievements of this important American painter; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. Mauricio Lasansky, new takes on the important Iowa City artist; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. The American Century, highlighting the many movements of 20th Century art; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma. org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. Treasures from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Collection, examples of fine, folk, and decorative art, textiles embellished with beads and embroidery, costumes, fine Royal Dux porcelain pieces, glass and crystal, and more; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.crma.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. 35th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, annual juried competition open to artists working in any media except video who reside within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities; Tue.-Sun. noon-4pm; for information, call 309-794-7231, Augustana College Art Museum, Centennial Hall Building, Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu, Sat Mar 12 thru Sun May 1. Young Artists at the Figge: North Scott Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Sat Mar 19 thru Sun Apr 3. Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana’s Liberal Arts through the AGES, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the college, a fine art historical overview from the Augustana College Art Collection, especially works pertinent to Augustana General Education Studies; Tue.-Sun. noon-4pm; for information, call 309-794-7231, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.augustana.edu, Sat Mar 19 thru Sun May 29. Rock Island Junior High School Art Show, for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.rockislandlibrary.org, Fri Apr 1 thru Sat Apr 30. Allison Collins-Elfline - Pamela Kay Kohl, photography by Collins-Elfline, jewelry by Kohl; for information, call 309-786- 2430, MidCoast at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/iwireless.htm, Fri Apr 1 thru Tue May 31. Corrine Smith, mixed media; for information, call 309-786- 2430, MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/centerstation.htm, Fri Apr 1 thru Tue May 31. Young Artists at the Figge: Bettendorf Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Sat Apr 9 thru Sun Apr 24. Kirkwood Student Art Exhibit, for information, call 319- 398-5517, Iowa Hall Gallery, Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood.edu/ site/index.php?p=9881, Mon Apr 11 thru Fri Apr 29. 34th Annual High School Invitational Exhibit, for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, Fri Apr 15 thru Thu May 19. Film Exhibition, noon-5pm, Tue-Fri; for information, call 563- 333-6444, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/catich, Mon Apr 18 thru Fri Apr 22. Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by graduating book artist Elizabeth Farley, graphic designer/ photographer Munir Sayegh, and painter SarahWurst; noon-5pm, Tue-Fri; for information, call 563-333-6444, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau. edu/catich, Tue Apr 26 thru Fri May 13. Young Artists at the Figge: Pleasant Valley Community Schools, exhibit of student works; for information, call 563-326- 7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Sat Apr 30 thru Sun May 15. Venus Envy 2011, annual exhibit of visual arts and installations by female artists, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.venusenvyqc.org, Sat Apr 30 thru Fri May 27. Heidi Casto & Carla Markwart, for information, call 309-793- 1213, Quad City Arts at the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Airport Rd, Moline, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, Sun May 1 thru Thu Jun 30. Ralph Iaccarino, watercolors; for information, call 309-786- 2430, MidCoast Gallery West, 2nd Ave & 16 1/2 St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/gallerywest.htm, Sun May 1 thru Thu Jun 30. William Hannan, mixed media; for information, call 309-786- 2430, MidCoast at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/rivercenter.htm, Sun May 1 thru Thu Jun 30. Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition, works by student artists including Lara Cacciatore, Holly K. Gore, Ann Hasse, Gina Jarrell, Timothy Kiss, Stephanie Anne Sarb, Kelly K.O. Spreitzer, CassieTrent and Audrey L. Waner; Tue.-Sun. noon-4pm; closed May 17-19; for information, call 309-794-7231, Augustana College Art Museum,

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Centennial Hall Building, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana. edu, Sat May 7 thru Sat May 21. Water Views from the Figge Collection, exhibit explores and celebrates in a variety of media the beauty and diversity of water; free with museum admission; for information, call 563-326-7804, Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. figgeartmuseum.org, Sat May 7 thru Sun Aug 21. Jay Stratton, Corrine Smith, & Deb Stewart, for information, call 309-793-1213, Quad City Arts Center, 1715 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, Fri May 27 thru Fri Jul 8. Artworks Expo, for information, call 309-786-2430, Midcoast at Bucktown Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, IA, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/bucktown.htm, Wed Jun 1 thru Thu Jun 30. Carol Graham, jewelry; for information, call 309-786-2430, MidCoast at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL, http:// www.midcoast.org/galleries/iwireless.htm, Wed Jun 1 thru Sun Jul 31. Donna Lee - EricWolever, mixed media; for information, call 309-786-2430, MidCoast Centre Station Gallery, 1200 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.midcoast.org/galleries/centerstation.htm, Wed Jun 1 thru Sun Jul 31. Renaissance Man, artworks by the gallery’s namesake, Fr. Edward Catich; noon-5pm, Tue-Fri; for information, call 563-333-

6444, Catich Gallery - St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St.,

Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/catich, Wed Jun 1 thru Fri Jul

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Bob Ross Make-n-Take Painting Classes, $15 includes all supplies; for information, call 309-523-3440, River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, IL, http://www.rivervalleylibrary.org, 5 & 6:30pm Fri Mar 4. Bob RossYouth Painting Classes, for grades 2 & up; $15 includes all supplies; for information, call 309-523-3440, River Valley Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Byron, IL, http://www.rivervalleylibrary. org, 10am Sat Mar 5. Sunday Drawing Session, open to artists of all skill levels; each Sunday session, hosted by artist Evanny, Maquoketa Art Experience Studio & Gallery, 124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www. maquoketa-art.org, 1pm Sun Mar 6 thru Sun May 1. Create-a-PaintingWorkshop, with artist Sandra Principe; participants will create a portrait of a cresting wave, led step-by- step by Principe; designed for beginners or for anyone who wants to try something new; $35, w/ $15 for supplies if you don’t bring your own; for information and to register, call 563-652-9925 or e-mail maquoketaartexperience@hotmail.com, Maquoketa Art Experience Studio & Gallery, 124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA, http:// www.maquoketa-art.org, 12pm Sat Mar 12.

Quad Cities Basketry Guild Project: Natural ReedVase Basket, in the SCRA Room; for information, call Jennie Baas at 309-764-1706, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.qcbasketryguild.com, 10am Sat Mar 12. Free-Form Gourd, register by Mar. 20 for Mar. 27 class for ages 12 & up, with visiting artist Ellonyia Yenney; students will make a free-form gourd piece using a coiled method of weaving; $38; for information, call 563-289-3946 or visit http://www.BierBaskets.com, Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center, 322 N. Cody, LeClaire, IA, http://www.reusableusables.org, 1pm Sun Mar 20. Creation Studio: Knitting, members of the Quad Cities SnB group will teach knitting; get hands-on experience and learn basic skills, sources for training and materials, and approximate start-up costs; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Mar 24. Creation Studio:Basket Weaving, Tracy Welch, from Basketwerks in Long Grove, will teach the basics; get hands-on experience and learn basic skills, sources for training and materials, and approximate start-up costs; for information, call 563-344-4191, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Apr 14.

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Mississippi River Valley Art Directory Art Tour on Apr. 30 & May 1; for information, call 563-343-2765, http://www.mrvad.com/id5.html, Thu Mar 3 thru Tue Mar 15. Art Gumbo Spring Installment Mini-Grants, quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community- supported micro-funding is now accepting grant applications for its Spring Installment to take place in Dubuque on Mar. 24; funding is available to individual artists or arts groups; for information, contact Paula Neuhaus or Megan Starr at art.gumbo. dbq@gmail.com, Downtown Dubuque, Dubuque, IA, http://www. artgumbodubuque.blogspot.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Tue Mar 22. DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival, accepting applications for the 33rd annual juried fine art fair scheduled for May 21 & 22, featuring the work of 80 artists & artisans from across the region; $1,000 in cash prizes are awarded to Best in Show, Second Place, & Third Place during an artist’s appreciation reception on May 21; $110 application fee, $10 jury fee; to request applications by mail, contact Paula at 563-564-5290 or paula@dubuquefest.org, Dubuque Museum of Art, E. 8th St., Dubuque, IA, http://www. dubuquefest.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Apr 1. Call for Entry: 40th Annual Custer’s Last Stand, accepting arts & crafts applications for 2011 Festival of the Arts in Evanston, featuring 370 nationally acclaimed artists, craftspeople, and antique dealers annually; for an application, call 847-328-2204 or e- mail applications@custerfair.com, Downtown Dubuque, Dubuque, IA, http://www.custerfair.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Jun 17.

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Burnin’ Love Cabaret, performance of greatest hits from the ‘50s & 60’s, performed by members of the “All Shook Up” cast and the Circa‘21 Bootleggers; sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts available for purchase; $12-$15; for information and tickets, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, 7pm Thu Mar 3. Del McCoury Band, noted bluegrass musicians in concert; $25; for tickets and information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Thu Mar 3. Danu, Irish musicians perform ancient Celtic music and contemporary songs; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Fri Mar 4. Rascal Flatts, chart-topping country musicians in concert, with opener Chris Young; $25-$59.75; for tickets, call 800-745- 3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www. iwirelesscenter.com, 7:30pm Fri Mar 4. Twista, hip-hop artist and rapper in his The Perfect Storm Tour, hosted by DJ Captain; $20-$25, $30 VIP passes available; for information, call 217-899-7656, Col Ballroom, 1012 W. 4th St., Davenport, IA, http://www.showclix.com, 9pm Fri Mar 4. Vocal Jazz Festival Concert, featuring Jazz Transit & RSVP; for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. kirkwood.edu, 8pm Fri Mar 4. Flatfoot56 - TBOPRRIOF, Celtic, hardcore, and punk musicians in an all-ages concert; $10; for tickets and information, call 563-326- 1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www. redstoneroom.com, 8pm Sat Mar 5. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: MasterworksV, a tour through the solar system and galaxies far away with guest conductor Carl Topilow; program includes Plog’s“Weiter,”Williams’ “Across the Stars,”Daugherty’s“Red CapeTango,”and Holst’s“The Planets”; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 8pm Sat Mar 5. Remedy Drive, piano-driven Christian rock with four-piece, four brother band from Lincoln Nebraska; $8-$12; for tickets and information, call 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www.FairfieldACC.com, 7pm Sat Mar 5. SAU Jazz Ensemble and STAMVOJA Concert, hot jazz and cool harmonies with St. Ambrose University’s instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau. edu/galvin/index.php, 7:30pm Sat Mar 5. James Taylor, legendary, Grammy-winning folk singer in concert, with special guest BenTaylor; $65-$85; for tickets, call 800- 745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.CivicCenter.org, 8pm Sun Mar 6. Joe Bonamassa, singer-songwriter and blues-rock star in concert; $39-$69; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre.com, 8pm Sun Mar 6. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: MasterworksV, a tour through the solar system and galaxies far away with guest conductor Carl Topilow; program includes Plog’s“Weiter,”Williams’ “Across the Stars,”Daugherty’s“Red CapeTango,”and Holst’s“The Planets”; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. qcsymphony.com, 2pm Sun Mar 6. University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, a free concert featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach and W. A. Mozart, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, Riverside Recital Hall - St. Thomas More Church, 405 N Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA, 3pm Sun Mar 6. Piano Sundays Showcase, musicians perform on the 1878 Steinway Concert Grand piano; free, Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol, 201 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA, 1:30pm Sun Mar 6. Classical Trio Concert, with Jim Fudge on violin, Lynne Hart on clarinet, and Joan Trapp on piano; free; for information, call 563- 333-6001, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA,

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http://www.sau.edu, 7:30pm Mon Mar 7. Tian Kong Choir, performance by female choir from Central China Normal University; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@augustana.edu or 309-203- 9879, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Mon Mar 7. I Hear IC, graduate students at the University of Iowa’s School of Music collaborate with local musicians to present short compositions ranging from the avant-garde to ambient to electronic-pop; $5-$10; for tickets and information, call 319-688- 2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http:// www.englert.org, 9pm Tue Mar 8. TomyTemerson, concert with Zither master; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 7pm Tue Mar 8. Joe Bonamassa, award-winning blues/rock star in concert; $45-$65; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 8pm Wed Mar 9. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, big-band musicians in concert; $20; for tickets and information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 7:30pm Wed Mar 9. The Roots, concert with house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, presented by Scope Productions; $21-$28; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge - University of Iowa, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. scopeproductions.org, 8pm Wed Mar 9. SAU-Community Symphony Orchestra Concert, collaboration between St. Ambrose University students and community members; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau. edu/galvin/index.php, 7:30pm Wed Mar 9. Celtic Crossroads, concert incorporating seven world-class musicians who play over 20 instruments and some of the world’s best Celtic dancers; $20-$35; for tickets and information, call 309- 342-2299, The Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 7:30pm Thu Mar 10. John Davidson, concert with the star of TV, stage, and screen; presented by the Community Concert Association; for premium seats, call 319-540-2301; for $5-$10 balcony seats, call 800-745- 3000, U.S. Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http:// www.uscellularcenter.com, 7:30pm Thu Mar 10. De Temps Antan, Quebec-based musicians Eric Beaudry, Andre Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis play on fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and other instruments; a concert in the Live at the Temple Series; $26.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www. civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Fri Mar 11. James Taylor, legendary, Grammy-winning folk singer in concert, with special guest BenTaylor; $68.50-$88.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre.com, 8pm Fri Mar 11. Manny Lopez & His Big Band, an intimate evening with Lopez and his 13-piece orchestra; $10-$12; for tickets and information, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, 6pm Fri Mar 11. Quad Cities Home Concert, performance with the Augustana Choir; for information, call 309-794-7233, St. Paul Lutheran Church - Davenport, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, IA, http://www.augustana. edu, 8pm Fri Mar 11. The Maia Quartet, world-renowned string quartet performing as Quad City Arts Visiting Artists; free; for information, call 309- 743-2701, Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.butterworthcenter.com, 3pm Fri Mar 11. St. Ambrose University Symphonic Band Concert, music ranging from patriotic marches to symphonic works; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/galvin/index.php, 7:30pm Fri Mar 11. Augustana Symphonic BandTour Home Concert, homecoming concert after the group’s international tour; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@ augustana.edu or 309-203-9879, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Sat Mar 12. Carmel Quinn, noted Irish-American musician in concert; $25; for tickets and information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Sat Mar 12. Grand Zither Concert, with master zither soloist from Hanau, Germany Tomy Temerson and the North American Zither Orchestra; $10-$12; for tickets and information, call 563-322-8844, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://www.gahc.org, 7pm Sat Mar 12. Jo Dee Messina, noted country-western performer in concert; $20-$30; for information, call 800-724-5825, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http:// bettendorf.isleofcapricasinos.com, 7:30pm Sat Mar 12. Kirkwood Jazz Combos Concert‘11, featuring the Ray Blue Jazz Quartet; for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood.edu, 7:30pm Sat Mar 12. Quad Cities Home Concert, for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Sat Mar 12. Ronnie McDowell with Midnight Flyer, the American Red Cross’16th Anniversary Country Music Concert; $26.75-$36.75; for tickets and information, call 309-344-1623, Orpheum Theatre, 57

S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 7:30pm Sat Mar 12. Third Day, multi-platinum-selling Christian rockers in concert, with openers Tenth Avenue North; $25-$75; for tickets, call 800- 745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. adlertheatre.com, 7pm Sat Mar 12. Fishbone - Heatbox, ska/punk/funk legends in concert, celebrating 25 years of music and the new documentary about the band; with an opening set by Heatbox; $15 in advance, $20 day of show; for information, call 309-793-4060, RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.ribco.com, 9:30pm Sat Mar 12. An Evening with Walter Trout, blues, jam, and rock musician in concert; $15; for information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 7pm Sun Mar 13. Jury’s Irish Cabaret, Ireland’s three-time Entertainer of the Year Tony Kenny leads the cast of Ireland’s National Entertainment Awards’ Show of the Year in an extravaganza featuring comedy from Ireland’s Joe Cuddy, Irish dancing by The Dublin City Dancers, dancing singer Victoria Kenny, and more; $13-$25; for tickets and information, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www.ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 2pm Sun Mar 13. The Maia Quartet, string quartet here as Quad City Arts Visiting Artists; $8-$12; for information, call 309-793-1213 or e- mail swahlmann@quadcityarts.com, First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, 1702 Iowa St., Davenport, IA, http://www.quadcityarts. com, 4pm Sun Mar 13. Willie Nelson & Family, country legend performs with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real; $38-$64; for tickets, call 800-745- 3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. adlertheatre.com, 7pm Sun Mar 13. St. Patrick’s Day Concert, with performances by the Augustana Flute Choir, under the direction of Janet Stodd, and the Celtic- music ensemble Heartstrings; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@augustana.edu or 309-203- 9879, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Tue Mar 15. Brown Bag Lunch at Noon: Buddy Olson, playing the music of Hank Williams; free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 12pm Fri Mar 18. Gospel Choir of Concert, performing under the direction of Keith Hampton; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@augustana.edu or 309-203-9879, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Fri Mar 18. TheTexasTenors, country, gospel, classical, and Broadway tunes with the acclaimed singers; for information, call 800-724- 5825, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http://bettendorf.isleofcapricasinos.com, Fri Mar 18. Cantare Duo, performance by Dr. Mary Neil, professor of music and area coordinator of piano at Augustana, and Dr. Susan Stone, professor music and string area coordinator at Augustana; program includes Bartok’s “Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 1, Sz 87,” Beethoven’s“Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30/2,” and Bach’s“Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord (Piano) in C Minor, BWV 1017”; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@augustana.edu or 309-203-9879, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu, 8pm Sat Mar 19. Craicmore, contemporary Celtic music featuring guitar, bass, Bohdran drum, conga and other percussion, along with high- spirited whistles, flutes, and bagpipes; $12-$18; for tickets and information, call 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www.fairfieldacc.com, 7:30pm Sat Mar 19. Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s 18th annual Young Pianists Competition, participants and their siblings receive a free concert ticket to the April 16 performance by the Knox-Galesburg Symphony at The Orpheum Theatre; at 10am, as part of the Music Mornings program at the Orpheum Theatre, winners will be invited to perform on the KGS concert soloist’s nine-foot Steinway piano; competition winners and honorable mentions will perform on Knox College’s Steinway in a recital on Sunday, May 17, in Kresge Recital Hall at Knox College; for information, call 309-341-5238, Carl Sandburg College, 2232 S Lake Storey Rd, Galesburg, IL, http:// www.sandburg.edu, 9am Sat Mar 19. Charlie King and Karen Brandow, concert with nationally known musical storytellers and political satirists from Massachusetts; designed to raise money for the Centro Maya Project, to benefit children with disabilities and their families who live in four Mayan pueblos on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and the Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House; $8-$10 suggested donation; for information, call 309-786-6944; for tickets, e-mail magmthomas@gmail.com, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island, IL, http://www.BroadwayQC.org, 6pm Sun Mar 20. Yanni, New Age musician in his North American tour; $47-$77; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 7:30pm Tue Mar 22. The EAR (Electro Acoustic Reed) Duo, improvised and experimental electroacoustic music with saxophonist Michael Strauss and bassoonist Dana Jessen; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@augustana.edu or 309-203-9879, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Wed Mar 23. The Magic Flute, OPERA Iowa’s production of Mozart’s delightful commentary on love, forgiveness, and tolerance; $5-$10; for tickets and information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7pm Wed Mar 23. 7Walkers, funk and rock with Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali,

George Porter Jr., and Matt Hubbard; $20-$25; for information and tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Thu Mar 24. Take 6, 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble; $10- $35; for tickets and information, call 319-335-1160, Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge - University of Iowa, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Thu Mar 24. Calmus, winners of the of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition perform German romantic works, contemporary repertoire, and popular songs; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Iowa City West High School, 2901 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA, http://www. hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Fri Mar 25. Monster Energy Music as a Weapon V Tour: Disturbed - Korn, for tickets, call 800-745-3000, U.S. Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.monsterenergy.com, Fri Mar 25. Vance Gilbert, acclaimed, Boston-based singer-songwriter; a

concert in the Live at the Temple Series; $23.50; for tickets, call 800- 745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Fri Mar 25. Bill Campbell Presents, a celebratory concert and CD release of contemporary compositions written and performed by Assistant Professor of Music Bill Campbell; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://www. sau.edu/galvin, 7:30pm Sat Mar 26. Faculty Recital: Janet Stodd, flute recital; free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@augustana. edu or 309-203-9879, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Sat Mar

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John McCutcheon, acclaimed folk singer-songwriter in concert; $20-$25; for tickets and information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www. redstoneroom.com, 8pm Sat Mar 26. Knox Galesburg Symphony, featuring Haydn’s Symphony Nr. 69 and Holst’s “St. Paul Suite”; Dr. Randall Faust, KGS principal horn and professor of music at Western Illinois University, will perform the world premiere of Faust’s orchestration of Dukas’“Villanelle” for Horn and Orchestra and Mozart’s Horn Concerto Nr. 1 in D Major; for tickets and information, call 309-341-7268, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 7:30pm Sat Mar 26. Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Subscription VI, with oboe soloist Alex Klein; $22-$72; for tickets and information, call 309-671-1096, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 8pm Sat Mar 26. 7Walkers, with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, the Meters’George Porter, and former Willie Nelson & Family musician Matt Hubbard; $35; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Hoyt Sherman PlaceTheatre, 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA, 7:30pm Sun Mar 27. Faculty Recital: Debra Dakin, Robert Elfline, free; for information, contact Clyde Andrew Walter at clydeandrewwalter@ augustana.edu or 309-203-9879, Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 4pm Sun Mar 27. Sundays at Four: Shawn Kirchner, singer & pianist in concert; free; for information, call 319-337-4301, Congregational United Church of Christ - Iowa City, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA, http:// www.uccic.org, 4pm Sun Mar 27. Ozark Jubilee: Legends of Country Music, a salute to George Jones, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, and more; for tickets and information, call 877-461-4441, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 2pm Mon Mar 28. Railroad Earth: Mission Creek Festival, acclaimed roots musicians in concert; $20-$22.50; for information and tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Tue Mar 29. JeffTweedy: Mission Creek Festival, concert with songwriting founding member and leader of Wilco and co-founder of the alt- country band UncleTupelo; co-presented with the Mission Creek Festival; $35; for tickets and information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert. org, 8pm Wed Mar 30. Future Rock and Sub Swara, electronica concert; $12-$15; for tickets and information, call 309-326-1333, The Redstone Room, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 9pm Wed Mar 30. Bobby Hendricks’Drifters &The Marvelettes, concert featuring such Motown hits as “Under the Boardwalk,”“Please, Mr. Postman,”and more; $15-$20; for tickets and information, call 800-724-5825, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http://bettendorf.isleofcapricasinos.com, 7:30pm Fri Apr 1. DeVotchKa, a unique blend of Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, and Mariachi with group fronted by lead singer Nick Urata; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, First United Methodist Church - Iowa City, 214 E Jefferson St, Iowa City, IA, http://scope.uiowa.edu, Sat Apr 2. Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival: The Julian Lage Group, guitarist/composer and his band performs with the Knox Jazz Ensemble; $13.75-$16.75; for tickets and information, call 309-341- 7265, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http:// www.theorpheum.org, 5pm Sat Apr 2. Simon Estes, concert with Iowa native and internationally renowned bass-baritone; Estes will sing familiar selections from Broadway and opera as well as inspirational songs and spirituals; fundraiser for a scholarship fund created by Estes; $10-$15;, West Liberty High School, 310 W. Maxson Ave., West Liberty, IA, http:// www.seief.org, 7pm Sat Apr 2. Cody Cana & the Departed - Chicago Farmer, alt-country, featuring members of Cross Canadian Ragweed and Stoney Larue; $15/advance, $20/doors; for information, call 309-793-4060, RIBCO,

1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.ribco.com, 9:30pm Sat Apr 2. Winter Jam 2011, Christian music’s largest annual tour, with performances by Newsboys, Newsong, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, Red, KJ-52, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Chris Sligh, andTony Nolan; $10 at the door, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 6pm Sun Apr 3. Piano Sundays Showcase, musicians perform on the 1878 Steinway Concert Grand piano; free, Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol, 201 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA, 1:30pm Sun Apr 3. Sonos, Los Angeles’ cutting-edge vocal collective; a concert in the Live at the Temple Series; $23.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Wed Apr 6. Air Supply, pop legends in concert; $20-$30; for tickets and information, call 800-724-5825, Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA, http://bettendorf. isleofcapricasinos.com, 7:30pm Thu Apr 7. Carolina Chocolate Drops, new and traditional works with the first black string band to appear on the Grand Ole Opry; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher. uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Thu Apr 7. Orchestra Iowa: Mahler, Haydn, and Mozart, the program features a performance of Haydn’s “Cello Concerto in C Major” and Mozart’s“Great G minor Symphony,”plus a rarely performed work of Gustav Mahler’s; for tickets and information, contact Orchestra Iowa at 319-366-8203 or 1-800-369-8863, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7:30pm Sat Apr 9. Songs of the Civil War, storytelling and songs of the Billy Yank and Johnny Reb will be performed by Dubuque’s Bob Welch, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo, as an observance of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War; free; for information and to register, call 309-524-2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 2:30pm Sat Apr 9. Augustana Spring Soiree, performance with the Augustana Chamber Singers; for information, call 309-794-7233, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu, 2pm Sun Apr 10. Bettendorf Park Band Spring Concert, free admission; for information, call 563-349-5511 or e-mail patannww@gmail.com, Herbert Goettsch Community Center, 2204 Grant St., Bettendorf, IA, 3pm Sun Apr 10. Los Lonely Boys, multi-platinum-selling roots and blues musicians in concert; $25-$35; for tickets and information, call 319- 688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Sun Apr 10. Orchestra Iowa Presents the Classics: Haydn, Mozart and Mahler, concert with the 82-piece ensemble; $15-$25; for tickets and information, call 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www.fairfieldacc.com, 3pm Sun Apr 10. Mark Dvorak and the American Folk Song, singer and musician presents a program featuring songs, oral history, and demonstrations of the music of American folk artists such as Lead, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon Apr 11. Miro Quartet, award-winning ensemble performs music by Brahms, Glass, and Haydn; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, Riverside Recital Hall - St. Thomas More Church, 405 N Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher. uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Thu Apr 14. Brown Bag Lunch at Noon: Edgar Crockett Quartet, free; for information, call 563-344-4187, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 12pm Fri Apr 15. Bruce and“Old Friends”Piano Recital/Commentary, featuring Dr. Bruce Polay and works by Rachmaninoff, Scarlatti, Grieg, Albeniz, and others; for tickets and information, call 309- 341-7268, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http:// www.knox.edu, 7:30pm Fri Apr 15. Catie Curtis, Boston-based singer-songwriter; a concert in the Live at the Temple Series; $23.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Fri Apr 15. Burlesque Le’Moustache, a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus; $15; for information and tickets, call 309-786-7733, ext. 2, The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, 8pm Fri Apr 15 thru Sun Apr 17. Knox Galesburg Symphony, featuring Bruckner’s Symphony Nr. 4“Romantic”and acclaimed pianist Michael Adcock performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor; the KGS will also perform Dal Porto’s “Song of Eternity” for Orchestra, a KGS International Call for Scores piece; for tickets and information, call 309-341-7268, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www. theorpheum.org, 7:30pm Sat Apr 16. Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents SubscriptionVII, featuring violin soloist Philippe Quint; $22-$72; for tickets, call 309-671-1096, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 8pm Sat Apr 16. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks VI, with Mark Russell Smith conducting and Midori on violin; program includes Toch’s“Pinnochio: A Merry Overture,”Stravinsky’s“Petrushka,”and Beethoven’s“Violin Concerto”; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. qcsymphony.com, 8pm Sat Apr 16. Ricky Nelson Remembered, multimedia entertainment event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs performed by Nelson’s twin sons Matthew and Gunnar; $12-$28; for tickets and information, call 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the

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Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www.fairfieldacc.com, 7:30pm Sat Apr 16. Vocal Jazz Concert, directed by Ray Salucka; for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood.edu/ site/index.php?p=9883, 7:30pm Sat Apr 16. Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks VI, with Mark Russell Smith conducting and Midori on violin; program includes Toch’s“Pinnochio: A Merry Overture,”Stravinsky’s“Petrushka,”and Beethoven’s“Violin Concerto”; for information, call 563-322-QCSO (7276), Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 2pm Sun Apr 17. The Decemberists - JustinTownes Earle, genre-hopping multi-instrumentalists and folk rocker in concert; an event sponsored by SCOPE Productions; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge - University of Iowa, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.scopeproductions.org, Mon Apr 18. The Music of Work, from slave songs to folk music to present day variations on traditional labor anthems, the history, tradition and culture of the music associated with work will be examined; performances will include guitar, piano, the St. Ambrose Chorus, and the audience; free, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu, 7:30pm Mon Apr 18. Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil; $37.50-

$92.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.iwirelesscenter.com, 7:30pm Tue Apr 19 and Wed Apr 20. Allen OhmesTribute, $7-$24; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. qcsymphony.com, 8pm Thu Apr 21. Student & Faculty Solo and Ensemble Recital, for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. kirkwood.edu, 11am Thu Apr 21. Mason Jennings, folk rock musician in concert; $25-$28; for tickets and information, call 563-326-1333, The Redstone Room,

129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com,

8:30pm Fri Apr 22. Patio Reunion Concert, with openers Fool’s Gold; for information, call 309-793-4060, RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.ribco.com, 9pm Fri Apr 22. Senior Music Series: The Barehanded Wolfchokers, on the

second floor; $5-$7; for information, call Ellis Kell at 563-326-1333, ext. 113, River Music Experience, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http:// www.rivermusicexperience.org, 5pm Tue Apr 26. The New Pornographers - TheWalkmen, pop-rock musicians in concert, in an event sponsored by SCOPE Productions; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.scopeproductions.org, Wed Apr 27. Celtic Woman, female musicians in their“Songs from the Heart” Tour; $47-$67; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center,

201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com,

7:30pm Thu Apr 28. Heartbreak Hotel: A Tribute to Young Elvis, for information, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, Thu Apr 28. Mason Jennings, folk rock musician in a free concert presented by the Office of Sustainability, an event sponsored by SCOPE Productions; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Iowa Memorial Union

Main Lounge - University of Iowa, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.scopeproductions.org, Thu Apr 28. Janiva Mangess, blues, dub, and soul concert; $16-$20; for tickets and information, call 309-326-1333, The Redstone Room,

129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.redstoneroom.com, 8pm

Thu Apr 28. The Elixor of Love, Donizett’s comedic opera, presented by the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, directed by Bill Thiessen; Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $5-$20; for tickets and information, call 319-688- 2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http:// www.englert.org, Thu Apr 28 thru Sun May 1. Augustana Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Sat Apr 30. Deborah Raymond, soprano performing with pianist Robert Mills; $12-$18; for tickets and information, call 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www.fairfieldacc.com, 7:30pm Sat Apr 30. Jazz Fest ’11, featuring guest artist Chris Vadala on saxophone, with the Cedar Rapids Jazz Big Band & Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble; for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=9883, 7:30pm Sat Apr 30. The Harry James Orchestra, big-band hits under the direction of Harry James’ lead trumpet virtuoso, Fred Radke; $13-$25; for tickets and information, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www. ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 7pm Sat Apr 30. Tony Orlando, legendary pop star of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” fame; $25-$35; for tickets and information, call 877-677-3456, Riverside Casino Event Center, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA, http://www.riversidecasinoandresort.com, 8pm Sat Apr 30. Dala, acoustic pop duo perform on guitar and piano; a concert in the Live at the Temple Series; $23.50; for tickets, call 800-745- 3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Sun May 1. Quad CityWind Ensemble Spring Concert, $8-$10, students free; for information, call Susan E. Hanford at 309-507-2971 or e- mail shanford@geneseo.net, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://quad-city-wind-ensemble.webs.com, 3pm Sun May 1.

Sundays at Four: Ken Cowan, organ recital; free; for information, call 319-337-4301, Congregational United Church of Christ - Iowa City, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.uccic. org, 4pm Sun May 1. Student & Faculty Solo and Ensemble Recital, for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. kirkwood.edu, 11pm Tue May 3. The FourTops &TheTemptations, special concert event with the Motown legends; $39.50-$59.50; for tickets, call 800- 745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www. iwirelesscenter.com, 7pm Wed May 4. SAU-Community Symphony Orchestra Concert, collaboration between St. Ambrose University students and community members; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau. edu/galvin/index.php, 7:30pm Wed May 4. Kenny Chesney, country -music superstar in concert; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.iwirelesscenter.com, Thu May 5. Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert, for information, call 309- 794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Fri May 6. Concert Chorale, directed by Ray Salucka; for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.kirkwood.edu, 7:30pm Fri May 6. St. Ambrose University Symphonic Band Concert, music ranging from patriotic marches to symphonic works; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/galvin/index.php, 7:30pm Fri May 6. Jackson Browne, iconic singer-songwriter in concert; $48-$68; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 8pm Fri May 6. Augustana Spring Concert, performance with the Cantilena Augustana, Wennerberg Men’s Chorus, Jenny LindVocal Ensemble, and Ascension Singers; for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 4pm Sat May 7. Celebrate Mom at the Pops, featuring the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and Chicago vocalist Margaret Carlson performing melodies from“The American Songbook”; for information and tickets, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.knox.edu, 7:30pm Sat May 7. Kirkwood Concert Band, directed by Beth Zamzow; for information, call 319-398-5517, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=9883, 7:30pm Sat May 7. MercyMe, contemporary Christian band in concert; $27.50- $49.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 7pm Sat May 7. SAU Chorale and Chamber Singers Concert, music of varying stylistic and historical periods with two St. Ambrose University ensembles; for information, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/galvin/ index.php, 3pm Sun May 8. Todd Snider, rock, folk, & country musician in concert; $20; for information and tickets, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 8pm Sun May 8. The Lettermen, chart-topping pop legends in concert; two performances - 11:45am doors, noon plated lunch, 1pm show $48.36; 5:45pm doors, 6-7pm buffet, 7:15pm show, $54.60; for tickets and information, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. circa21.com, Mon May 9. Augustana Jazz Combo Soiree, for information, call 309-794- 7233, Larson Hall-Augustana College, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Wed May 11. Tony Sconyers, concert with jazz vocalist; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http:// www.molinelibrary.com, 12pm Fri May 13. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Beethoven’s Last Night, for tickets, call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http:// www.iwirelesscenter.com, 8pm Fri May 13. Spring Opera Spotlight: Works by Mozart, an Opera @ Augustana performance; for tickets and information, call 309-794- 7306, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Fri May 13 and Sat May 14. Divapalooza, rhythm & blues, jazz, musical theatre, rock & roll, folk, and gospel with Janelle Lauer, Jane Pini, and Lynne Rothrock; $12-$18; for tickets and information, call 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www.fairfieldacc.com, 7:30pm Sat May 14. Migration of the Music, featuring Ellis Kell; for information, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, The Circa ‘21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, 1pm Sat May 14. Student Conductors Concert, featuring the Augustana Concert and Symphonic Bands; for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 4pm Sat May 14. Roger McGuinn, concert with singer/songwriter and co- founder of The Byrds; for tickets and information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. englert.org, 8pm Fri May 20. Sidewalk Prophets - 1,000 Generations, Christian rockers in concert, with all proceeds benefiting Galesburg Christian school; $15-$25; for information and tickets, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.

org, 7:30pm Fri May 20. Augustana Music Festival, performance with the Augustana Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Band; for information, call 309-794-7233, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Sat May 21. Band Lawn Concert, featuring the Augustana Symphonic Band; for information, call 309-794-7233, Bergendoff Lawn, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 2:30pm Sat May 21. Quad City Symphony Orchestra Spring Chamber Music Concert, for information, call 563-322-0931, Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.qcsymphony.com, Sat May 21. Josh Groban, multi-platinum-selling recording artist in concert; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, http://www.iwirelesscenter.com, 8pm Sat May 28. Bettendorf Park Band Summer Concert, official opening of the Summer Series; rain location - Herbert Goettsch Community Center, 2204 Grant Street, Bettendorf; free admission; for information, call 563-349-5511 or e-mail patannww@gmail.com, Bill Bowe Memorial Bandshell, Middle Park, Bettendorf, IA, 7pm Fri Jun 3. Choral Dynamics: Destination U.S.A., a musical celebration of our nation’s freedom; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $7-$15, ages 12 & under free; for information and tickets, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum. org, Fri Jun 3 thru Sun Jun 5. Spring Pops, annual concert with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, featuring Michael Cavanaugh, star of the Broadway smash “Movin’ Out,” to performing the music of Billy Joel, Elton John, and others; for information, call 563-322-0931, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.qcsymphony.com, 7:30pm Sat Jun 4.

Classes, Lectures, & Calls for Entry

Call for Entry:“Mi-Do-Ri”Young Composer Competition, young composers are invited to compose and submit a piece for solo violin or violin and piano using a central three-note musical theme based on the name Midori; all composers currently in local elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, or universities in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas are eligible; one submission per composer is allowed and all music must be unpublished; the winning compositions will be announced on the QCSO website by March 25; for information, e-mail midori@ qcsymphony.com, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, 327 Brady St., PO Box 1144, Davenport, IA, http://www.qcsymphony.com/midori, Thu Mar 3 and Fri Mar 4. Call for Entry: 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge, play for a prize package that includes cash, recording time, and performance opportunities at the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest and other paid gigs, plus the International Blues Challenge in Memphis; for information and applications, call 515-225-6638, http://www.cibs. org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Mar 5. Call for Entry: Great River Writers Retreat, for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. CurtainboxTheatre Company: PrivateVoice Lessons, private voice lessons for a wide variety of musical genres; lessons are available to students of any age or experience level; be sure to ask about rates, availability, and instructors; for information, contact Kimberly Furness at 563-322-8504 or Kim@thecurtainbox. com, Curtainbox Theatre & Conservatory, 2850 Eastern Ave., Suite #200, Davenport, IA, http://thecurtainbox.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. RME“OnTour”Program, multi-media presentation available for schools in the Quad-City area; program includes: Introduction to River Music Experience; Multi-media presentation on history of American roots music; Live music performance by 2-3 RME staff or music instructors; Optional drum circle; and Conclusion with student participation, sing-a-long/play-a-long; for information and to arrange for the tour to visit your school, call Ellis kell at 563-326-1333, ext. 113 or email ekell@rivermusicexperience.org, River Music Experience, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www. rivermusicexperience.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. Rock Camp USA, accepting applications for summer sessions from June 13-24, July 5-15, and July 18-29; students rehearse for two weeks, record their dress rehearsal, and then perform live to a full house in the Redstone Room for family, friends, and fans; $395; for information, contact Ellis Kell at 563-326-1333, ext. 113, River Music Experience, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www. rivermusicexperience.org, 4pm Thu Mar 3 thru Mon Jul 18. Private Lessons w/ Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts, one-on-one, one-hour drum lessons with the author of “Song Charting Made Easy”and touring musician with award-winning band; $80; for information, call 309-764-9300 or e-mail Erin Kleiber at ekleiber@ westmusic.com, West Music Quad Cities, 4305 44th Ave, Moline, IL, http://www.westmusic.com, 10am Fri Mar 4. Wicked Liz Star Camp, for grades preK-4; with Liz Treiber of Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls; learn vocal warm-ups, music selection, rhythm, designing your own“gig”posters, stage technique, lyric memorization, the importance of practice and respect, and how to be a rock star; $55 includes poster supplies and snacks; to register, e-mail wickedliz79@gmail.com with the word“register”in the subject line, 9am Mon Mar 14 thru Fri Mar 18. Wicked Liz Star Camp, for grades preK-4; with Liz Treiber of Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls; learn vocal warm-ups, music selection, rhythm, designing your own“gig”posters, stage technique, lyric memorization, the importance of practice and respect, and how to be a rock star; $55 includes poster supplies and snacks; to register, e-mail wickedliz79@gmail.com with the word“register”in the subject line, 9am Mon Mar 28 thru Fri Apr 1.

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One-Room Wonders

attempted to get grant funding from but

didn’t,” adds Kelly. “But those three states each turned out to have their own unique one-room-school experiences, and we were kind of looking at filming in the upper Midwest anyway, so it worked out nicely.” Through research and the aid of Bill Sherman, the Rundles eventually outlined

a preliminary list of former one-room

schools worth visiting – a roster that included such Scott County sites as Forest Grove near Bettendorf, the Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse near LeClaire, and the District No. 9 Schoolhouse located at Davenport’s

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. (Serendipity also played its part, says Kelly, as some of the one-room edifices seen in the film “were just schools that we found as we were driving to some other destination.”) It was, as Kelly remembers, a somewhat daunting assemblage. “I had this thought that all of the schools were the same,” he says. “I think, early on, we thought it was maybe going to be 40 schools or so, and

it ended up being over 70 schools. And I

thought, you know, ‘Is my interest really gonna be sustained over the course of visiting 70 one-room schools?’” Happily for the Rundles, though, they found their subject rife with points of interest, beginning with the schools’ architecture. “What I like about these schools is that they really reflect where they are, and where they came from,” says Kelly. “Up here, in this [Quad Cities] area, we have plenty of lumber, so many times they’re made of wood. If there was a brick factory in a nearby community, suddenly you’d have a brick schoolhouse. In Kansas, where timber wasn’t really available, you have all these beautiful stone schools. So there’s all this diversity. They’re built in a way reflective of the resources that were available.”

(One of them – Wisconsin’s Wyoming Valley Grammar School – was even the work of a famous architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. “I was really excited about that,” says Kelly with a laugh. “I’ve always admired his architecture, and so what fun, you know, to discover that he had designed

a country school.”) The Rundles agree, however, that what made their country-school subject so especially fascinating were the reflections and recollections of those they interviewed. “We went to this little Kansas town called

Arvonia,” says Kelly. “The town itself doesn’t really exist anymore, but they had a church and a one-room school, and we met with these seniors who had been former students of the school. Probably about a dozen of them. They had scrapbooks, and they had photos, and they had the blueprints of the

school that had been laminated

They

had all this stuff out and were just so proud

of the school, even though it was really just

a shell with a roof.” “They really wanted to talk about their experience,” adds Tammy. “And they were so passionate – that school means something. The education they got in that little school meant something to all those people we spoke with.” As viewers will see in Country School, these and dozens of other former one- room-school students spoke to the Rundles

eloquently, and in great detail, on memories of daily schedules, schoolwork, recess

activities (“Dodgeball

vicious game

informative passages, the specifics of how

a classroom functions when grades one

through eight are instructed simultaneously. “When younger kids were learning lessons up at the recitation bench,” says Tammy, “older kids would be working on their own homework, and helping younger students with theirs. But they’re also hearing what’s being taught up at that recitation bench.” “You’d get your own course work,” continues Kelly, “but you’d constantly get

a preview of coursework to come, and a

review of coursework that you’ve already gone through. So after eight grades, even if you fell behind at some point, you had the opportunity to catch up.” Yet for all of the happy reminiscences, the former students also shared numerous tales of hardship. Some weren’t unique to the one-room-school experience – among them memories of foul weather conditions, bullying, and terrifying instructors. (One interviewee recalls whippings that left a child’s back severely bruised.) But Country School also finds interviewees describing burdens that children in city schools likely never endured. Jerry Apps, for instance,

rails against the paucity of available learning

In

the eight years I attended, I don’t remember that they bought a book. Not one new book. Ever.” And while many students have had their lunches stolen over the years, it’s doubtful that many had them routinely stolen by a horse. (As Alenna Sanders remembers it, “We had a family that rode up with a Shetland pony, and he could open the door and get in our lunch buckets. He was trained, let me tell you.”) In addition to students and scholars, Tammy says that she and Kelly “were really fortunate in speaking with these teachers that were extremely passionate about what they did, and passionate about the country- school experience.” “So many of the ladies we talked to,” continues Kelly, “they just have teacher DNA, you know what I mean? They were just wired that way. They loved what they

materials: “The libraries were pathetic

yeah, that was a

.”), and, in one of the more

did. And to be able to teach eight grades,

and all subjects, every day, and take care

of a building

school teacher Nona Hansmeier describes her duties, “We were nurses, we were musicians, we were art teachers, we were physical-ed teachers – everything.”) “I don’t think I thought about it during the filming,” says Tammy, “but I think the film really turned out to be a tribute to teachers. To where it all started.”

.” (As former country-

Overlapping Timelines

With the interviews and exterior and interior one-room-school footage filmed, the Rundles began the three-month process of editing Country School, a task that Tammy says was initially “very difficult, because we had so much footage – over 80 hours of footage that we had to boil down into 75 minutes.” “That was the most we had ever shot for a documentary,” says Kelly. “With Villisca, we had about 25 hours, and with Ioway, we had about 50. But once we started working on

it

as we were putting it together. Sometimes you have a moment in editing where things just seem really right, and we had more moments like that, on this film, than on the other two. It felt like it was going in the right direction. “What we ended up with,” he continues, “were three kind of overlapping timelines, if you will. There’s the linear history of the one-room schools. There’s the school day itself, from the time the students came to school to the time they were dismissed. And then there’s the passing of the seasons – we kind of start in the spring and end in the spring. They’re all there, even if it’s not obvious.” “That was kind of a complex way to tell the story,” says Tammy, “but we don’t like to hit the audience over the head with our stories. We didn’t want to have to say, you

I don’t know, it felt like it was working

know, ‘The school day started at five, and the students needed these tools every day .’” Voice-over narration, in fact, is entirely absent from the film’s presentation. “I never felt that we needed a narrator for this,” says Kelly, “and I think it maybe makes the film watchable a second time if everything isn’t so laid out. “We don’t make instructional videos,” he says with a chuckle. “I mean, there’s nothing wrong with somebody making an instructional video, but it’s just not what we do, and I think – I hope – that that’s a good thing.” Following a nearly two-year filming and editing process, Country School debuted at Des Moines’ State Historical Building in November of 2010, a premiere that Tammy says “went very well. It was nowhere near

as nerve-racking as the Ioway premiere.” (With a grin, she adds, “And we got a standing ovation, which was neat.”) “After the film was done,” adds Kelly, “we knew it was going to be okay, because the scholars were telling us that they liked it, and we were getting good feedback from other people we showed it to. “But it’s interesting, too, that we always seem to have a community that springs up around our films,” Kelly continues. “With the Ioway movie, we talked with people who had sort of been involved with the subject separately but didn’t really know each other, and now they’re all hooked up on Facebook. The same thing is starting to happen, a bit, with the people from these one-room schools. There’s a little network growing around the film.” “I didn’t know anything about country schools, really, when we started the project,” says Tammy. “I think I just had some kind of myth in my head about them, probably from watching Little House on the Prairie or something. But I think that’s what I found most interesting about the project – this unique sense of community, and how the country school really was the identity for so many rural communities.” “It isn’t so much the fact that these schools are still there,” says Kelly of country schools’ – and Country School’s – significance. “I mean, they’re just buildings, really. But the buildings are filled with the memories of what took place there. And so the fact that you can go to a one-room school, and stand in that building, and be in that environment, and get a sense of what it was like – there’s a big difference between being able to do that and reading about something in a book. “It’s our history and our heritage. And it’s important that we don’t forget that these little schools are the foundation for the educational system that we have in this country. You really can’t understand where you are now if you don’t know where you

came from.”

you are now if you don’t know where you came from.” Country School: One Room –

Country School: One Room – One Nation will make its Quad Cities debut at Davenport’s Nighswander Theatre in the Annie Wittenmyer Complex (2822 Eastern Avenue) on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. The program will feature a post-film Q&A with filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle and live music by Muscatine’s Just 4 Fun string band, and tickets are $5 at the door.

For more information on Country School and its March 6 presentation, visit CountrySchoolMovie.com or FourthWallFilms.com.

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Cities’ Reader • Vol. 18 No. 773 • March 3 - 16, 2011 Readings & Discussions

Readings & Discussions

“Ski for aWii”Winter Reading Program, read the required amount of minutes, and compete to win a Nintendo Wii Gaming System; for information, call 563-326-7832, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Mar 12. Marcia Riley, author of “Sidney and the Five Pieces of Silver” signs copies of her book; for information, call 309-797-1985, The Book Rack - Moline, 3937 41st Ave. Dr., Moline, IL, 10am Sat Mar 5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, discussion of Jamie Ford’s novel with the Pageturners Book Group; free; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon Mar 7. Olive Kitteridge, discussion of Elizabeth Strout’s book with the Alpha Book Club; free; for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http:// www.rockislandlibrary.org, 3pm Mon Mar 7. Short & Sweets @ Eastern, on the 1st Mon. of the month; discuss short literature - including stories, memoirs, poems, and articles less than 50 pages in length - while eating scrumptious snacks; free; for information and to register, call 563-888-3371, Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Mon Mar 7 - Mon Dec 5. Dear American Airlines, a discussion of Jonathan Miles’ novel with the Between the Lines Book Discussion Group; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Mar 9. All for the Union: The Civil War Diaries and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, discussion with the Civil War Book Group; free; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Mar 10. “Hero of the Titanic” Launch Party, celebrating the release of author Lilly Setterdahl’s sequel to “Maiden of the Titanic”; readings, book-signings, refreshments; free; for information, call 536-324- 1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1pm Sat Mar 12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a discussion of Stieg Larsson’s book with the Mystery Book Discussion group; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 9:30am Sat Mar 12. Eye. Arm. Let. Heart., desserts and a discussion of Rebecca Barry’s short story with the Shorts & Sweets @ Fairmount Discussion Group; free; registration required; for information, call 563-328- 6833, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 10am Mon Mar 14. From Anansi to Brer Rabbit: Trickster Tales from Africa to the Americas, presented by award winning storyteller Shanta Nurullah; follow the travels of the endearing trickster, Anansi from Africa to the west where Anansi’s antics and themes are found in Brer Rabbit tales, often told on Southern plantations; this program is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly; free; for information, call 309-524- 2480, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon Mar 14. DAGOBAH, on the 2nd Mon. of the month; the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Discussion Group; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library (Main), 321 Main Street, Davenport, IA, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, 6pm Mon Mar 14 - Mon Dec 12. Cutting for Stone, discussion of Abraham Verghese’s book with the West End Book Discussion Group; for information, call 563-888- 3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Tue Mar 15. The Brothers Karamazov, a discussion of the first half of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel with the Classics Club Book Group; free; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon Mar 21. Wicked River, a discussion of Lee Sandlin’s book with the Environmental Book Club; free; for information, call 563-322-2969, River Action, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www.riveraction. org, 7pm Tue Mar 22. The Weight of Silence, a discussion of Heather Gudenkauf’s novel with the Contemporary Books Discussion Group; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 7pm Wed Mar 23. The Land Remembers, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Ben Logan’s book, led by St. Ambrose University Professor Michael Hustedde; free; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 1pm Wed Mar 23. River Readings at Augustana: Molly McNett, short-story author and winner of the 2008 John Simmons Award from the University of Iowa Press reads from her works; reception following; free; for information, call 309-794-7231, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 7pm Thu Mar 24. Slam Poetry Competition, for information, call 536-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 6pm Fri Mar 25. Claudia McGehee Presentation and Book-Signing, in conjunction with the exhibition“TakingWing,”the Iowa City artist and children’s-book illustrator will discuss her work and share insights about her most recent book, “Where to Birds Live?”; book- signing follows; free; for information, call 319-366-7503, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA, http:// www.crma.org, 1pm Sun Mar 27.

Beat Poet’s Night @ Mojo’s, on the last Mon. of the month; co-sponsored by the Midwest Writing Center, led by intern Broc Nelson; poets and musicians welcome, no profanity allowed; donations encouraged; for information, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail nelsonbroca@sau.edu, Mojo’s (River Music Experience), 130 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 6pm Mon Mar 28 - Mon Dec 26. Out Loud Open Prose & Poetry Readings, on the last Thur. of the month; free; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www. midwestwritingcenter.org, 7pm Thu Mar 31 - Thur. Dec 29. The Hour I First Believed, discussion of Wally Lamb’s book with the Alpha Book Club; free; for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock

Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http:// www.rockislandlibrary.org, 3pm Mon Apr 4. The Art of Racing in the Rain, a discussion of Garth Stein’s book with the Pageturners Book Club; free; for information, call 309-524-2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http:// www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue Apr 5. Scribe Anthology Reception, a reception will be held honoring local teens who were selected to have their writings published in the annual Scribe Anthology; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 6pm Wed Apr 6. Fer-de-Lance, a discussion of Rex Stout’s book with the Mystery Book Discussion group; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 9:30am Sat Apr 9. The Trial of Love, desserts and a discussion of Mary Shelley’s short story with the Shorts & Sweets @ Fairmount Discussion Group; free; registration required; for information, call 563-328- 6833, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 10am Mon Apr 11. Kimberla Lawson Roby, program with the NewYork Times’ bestselling author; free; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary. com, 6:30pm Tue Apr 12. Beautiful Boy, a discussion of David Sheff’s nonfiction with the Between the Lines Book Discussion Group; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Apr 13. Battle at Bull Run, discussion of William C. Davis’ book with the Civil war Book Discussion Group; free; for information, call 309-524- 2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu Apr 14. River Readings at Augustana: Dora Malech, poet and former Augustana College teaching fellow reads from his works; reception following; free; for information, call 309-794-7231, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. augustana.edu, 7pm Thu Apr 14. Shellie Moore Guy, program with Quad City Arts Poet Laureate, about her beginnings as a poet; with readings of Guy’s works; free; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Thu Apr 14. Support Teen Literature Day, for ages 12-18; a read-in to support teen books; bring in your own or borrow one from the selection in the Teen section; for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.rockislandlibrary.org, 6:30pm Thu Apr 14. Heather Gudenkauf, the author of “The Weight of Silence” will give a talk, reading, and Q&A, and will sign her books; free; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 2pm Sat Apr 16. The Brothers Karamazov, discussion of the second half of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s book with the Classics Book Club; free; for information, call 309-524-2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon Apr 18. A Stranger Among Us, discussion with the West End Book Discussion Group; for information, call 563-888-3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Tue Apr 19. Sing Them Home, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Stephanie Kallos’s book, the 2011 All Iowa Reads selection; free; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 1pm Wed Apr 20. The Land Remembers, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Ben Logan’s book, led by St. Ambrose University Professor Michael Hustedde; free; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Wed Apr 20. The Help, a discussion of Kathryn Stockett’s novel with the Contemporary Books Discussion Group; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 1pm Wed Apr

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Launch Party for“Sappho, I should have listened”, celebrating the publication of Ellen Tsagaris’ poetry chapbook; free; for information, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail mwc@ midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 4pm Sat Apr 23. Rewilding the World, a discussion of Caroline Fraser’s book with the Environmental Book Club; free; for information, call 563- 322-2969, River Action, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www. riveraction.org, 7pm Tue Apr 26. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, reading of Jamie Ford’s book with the Alpha Book Club; free; for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.rockislandlibrary.org, 3pm Mon May 2. The Gathering, a discussion of Anne Enright’s book with

the Pageturners Book Club; free; for information, call 309-524- 2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue May 3. Escape from Andersonville, a discussion of Gene Hackman’s and Daniel Lenihan’s book with the Civil War Book Group; free; for

information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm Thu May 5. Teen Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony, readings with the winners of the recent contest; free; for information, call 309-524- 2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 10am Sat May 7. The Wine Taster, desserts and a discussion of Jeffrey Archer’s short story with the Shorts & Sweets @ Fairmount Discussion Group; free; registration required; for information, call 563-328- 6833, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 10am Mon May 9. Emily DickinsonWar Poetry Discussion, Dr. Bea Jacobson from St. Ambrose University will lead a discussion of Emily Dickinson’s war poetry; light refreshments and heavy discussion; free; for information, call 563-344-5705, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Wed May 11. Sing Them Home, a discussion of Stephanie Kallos’ novel with the Between the Lines Book Discussion Group; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary. com, 7pm Wed May 11. Big City, Bad Blood, a discussion of Sean Chercover’s book with the Mystery Book Discussion group; for information, call 563-344- 4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 9:30am Sat May 14. Far From the Madding Crowd, discussion of Thomas Hardy’s book with the Classics Club; free; for information, call 309-524- 2440, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Mon May 16. Belong to Me, discussion of Marisa De Los Santos’s book with the West End Book Discussion Group; for information, call 563-888- 3371, Fairmount Street Library, 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Tue May 17. Sing Them Home, a Contemporary Books Discussion of Stephanie Kallos’book, the 2011 All Iowa Reads selection; free; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, 7pm Wed May 18. The Help, a discussion of Kathryn Stockett’s novel with the Contemporary Books Discussion Group; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 7pm Wed May

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The Professor & the Madman, a discussion of Simon Winchester’s novel with the Contemporary Books Discussion Group, led by Lea Farley; for information, call 563-344-4179, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA,

http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 1pm Wed May 18. Rats, a discussion of Robert Sullivan’s book with the Environmental Book Club; free; for information, call 563-322-2969, River Action, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www.riveraction. org, 7pm Tue May 24. Bettendorf Library Summer Reading Program, a Read-To-Me Program is provided for children not yet reading on their own and a Readers program is also provided for independent readers; for information, call 563-344-4175, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary. com, Tue May 31 thru Sat Jul 30. Summer Reading Program: “A Midsummer Knight’s Read”,

win prizes for reading; featuring programs and activities for all ages, including a week-long Medieval Faire featuring jousting, crafts, and more; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library,

3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, Mon Jun 6

thru Sat Jul 30. Shadow Baby, a discussion of Alison McGhee’s book with the Pageturners Book Club; free; for information, call 309-524- 2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, 7pm Tue Jun 7. Storytelling with Susan Pagnucci, Pagnucci will be sharing

folk and fairy tales from around the world as part of the One World, Many Stories summer; free; for information, call 563-344-4178, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus, Bettendorf, IA, http://www.bettendorflibrary.com, 1:30pm Tue Jun 7. Sing Them Home, discussion of Stephanie Kallos’ book, the

2011 All-Iowa Reads selection; free; for information, call 563-326-

7832, Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportlibrary.com, 7pm Wed Jun 8. The H.L. Hunley: the Secret Hope of the Confederacy, a discussion of Tom Chaffin’s book with the Civil War Book Group; free; for information, call 309-524-2440, Moline Public Library,

3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, 6:30pm

Thu Jun 9.

Workshops & Classes

Writers’ Studio, critique group meets on the 1st Saturday of the month; free; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www. midwestwritingcenter.org, 11am Sat Mar 5. Pen-in-Hand Writing Conference, features workshops on mystery writing, grant writing, creative writing basics, writing for the web, slam poetry and a free poetry writing workshop for students ages 10-14; for information, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www. midwestwritingcenter.org, Mar 5. CreativeWriting Basics, JodieToohey teaches what creative writing is (and what it is not), how to establish a writing routine, and how to improve with creative writing techniques through a combination of instruction and mini-exercises; a workshop in the Pen-in-Hand Mini-Conference; $20-$25, all four workshops $60-$75; for information and to register, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail mwc@

New Kingdom Trailriders invites you to our annual fundraiser banquet on the evening of April 7, 2011.

Join us for a night of great food and entertainment. Banquet will be held at Circa 21 Dinner Theater

To make reservations, please call 309.786.7733.

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midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1:15pm Sat Mar 5. Essential Skills for Great Grant Writing, Teresa LaBella leads a practical and interactive session on the granting process, covering the nuts and bolts of research and eye-catching narratives, and focusing on strengthening the critical skill sets needed to help you take advantage of funding opportunities; a workshop in the Pen-in-Hand Mini-Conference; $20-$25, all four workshops $60-$75; for information and to register, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail mwc@ midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 10:30am Sat Mar 5. Making MoneyWriting for theWeb, JodieToohey teaches what is available, goes over the mechanics of writing for the web, and explores tips and tricks for maximizing earning potential and obtaining jobs; get on your way to building your own website,

sample portfolio, and online profile to aid your success; a workshop

in the Pen-in-Hand Mini-Conference; $20-$25, all four workshops

$60-$75; for information and to register, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter. org, 3:15pm Sat Mar 5. Poetry Pick Up Games: Playing with Poetry, for ages 10-14, led by Ryan Collins; a workshop in the Pen-in-Hand Mini- Conference; free; for information and to register, call 563-324-1410, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 1:15pm Sat Mar 5. Slam Poetry: Bringing Your Writing to Life, led by Andrew Ziegler; the workshop will give participants an idea of the challenges unique to slam, from writing to performing, and will also offer tips that poets can use to make their time on stage stronger and their time writing more effective; a workshop in the Pen-in-Hand Mini-Conference; $20-$25, all four workshops $60-$75; for information and to register, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail mwc@ midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 3:15pm Sat Mar 5. Writing a Mystery Shouldn’t Be an Enigma. Or Should

It?, Tom Steele will present ideas and methodologies useful in writing a mystery and will solicit input from the audience; the later part of the session will be devoted to a writing exercise directed toward the genre of mystery; a workshop in the Pen-in- Hand Mini-Conference; $20-$25, all four workshops $60-$75; for information and to register, call 563-324-1410 or e-mail mwc@ midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 8:30am Sat Mar 5. Writers’ Studio, critique group meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month; free; for information, call 563-324-1410,

Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, 11am Sat Mar 5 - Sat Dec

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Creative Writing Basics (Online), for the novice to

intermediate creative writer of any genre who desires to strengthen

a fundamental foundation for his or her writing practice; elements

of voice and style, precision and technique, and research, along with customizing a personal writing environment, will be explored; the online workshop is a four-week, facilitated course with one hour of live discussion each week; the day/time of the live discussion is determined with the workshop participants during the first week of the, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org, Sat Apr 9 thru Fri May 6. Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours?, a class on the art and craft of memoir-writing with Minda Powers-Douglas; learn how to tell the story of your life and create a great gift for someone special; for information, call 309-732-7303, Rock Island Public Library - Main Library, 401 19th, Rock Island, IL, http://www.rockislandlibrary.org, 6:30pm Mon Apr 11.

Calls for Entry

2011 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest, a $500 scholarship

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Community College Has Changed My Life”; essays must be no longer than 500 words; entries will be judged on the basis of

writing style, clarity of expression, and relevancy to the topic, with special emphasis placed on correct grammar and punctuation; for information and to submit an entry, contact Carol Petersen at 309-341-5416 or cpetersen@sandburg.edu, Carl Sandburg College, 2232 S Lake Storey Rd, Galesburg, IL, http://www.sandburg.edu, Thu Mar 3 thru Wed Mar 16. RiversideTheatre Shakespeare Festival’s Annual Will Power Poetry and Sonnet Contests., the“What YouWill Poetry Contest”

is open to students in 7-8 grades and the Will Power Sonnet Writing

Contest is open to students in 9-12 grades. Poetry contestants are to write an original poem inspired by Shakespeare and sonnet contestants should shape their inspiration into this classic poetic form. Winners will receive tickets 2 free tickets to the special Will Power Performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona on June 23 at the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park, a cash prize, have their work printed in the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival playbill, and displayed at the Iowa City Public Library and Midwest One Bank. Entries are to be submitted to: Will Power Coordinator, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52245., Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.

riversidetheatre.org/getinvolved, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Mar 18. 38th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, cash prizes awarded for the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-placing poem in national and regional categories; poets residing in the Northern Mississippi Valley Region States of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and

Wisconsin can submit to the regional category; the judges are Don Cellini for the national category and Brandi Homan for the regional category; e-mail submissions are preferred and should be sent to contest@midwestwritingcenter.org, Midwest Writing Center, 225 E. 2nd St. Suite 303, Davenport, IA, http://www.midwestwritingcenter. org, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. Iowa Summer Writing Festival, week-long and weekend workshops including fiction, poetry, nonfiction and playwriting will run from June 12 through July 29; in small groups, adult writers of all ages from throughout the country share, read and discuss their work under the leadership of accomplished writer/educators; $560/week, $280/weekend; for information, contact 319-335-4160 or iswfestival@uiowa.edu, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, http:// www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/UIConferences, Thu Mar 3 thru Sun Jun 12. Teen Poetry Contest, for grades 6-12; write an original poem of up to 25 lines for a chance to win gift certificates to Waldenbooks; the poetry cafe and awards ceremony will be on May 7 at 10am; for information, call 309-524-2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary.com, Fri Apr 1 thruWed Apr 27.

http://www.molinelibrary.com, Fri Apr 1 thruWed Apr 27 . Performances Antigone 2.0 , an interactive adaptation of

Performances

Antigone 2.0, an interactive adaptation of the classic Sophocles tragedy, adapted by University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts faculty member Carol MacVey and Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Jen Silverman; Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $10- $17; for tickets and information, call 319-335-1160, DavidThayer Theatre, University Theaters, Iowa City, IA, http://www.hancher. uiowa.edu, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Mar 12. New Play Festival Five, hosted by the City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, featuring short works by local playwrights; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; for tickets and information, call 319-541- 2980, Iowa Children’s Museum, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville, IA, http://www.citycircle.org, Fri Mar 4 thru Sun Mar 6. The Last Five Years, two-person musical romance by Jason Robert Brown; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $15-$16; for information and tickets, call 319-462-4793, Starlighters II Theatre, 136 E. Main St., Anamosa, IA, http://www.starlighters.org, Fri Mar 4 thru Sun Mar 13. The Nerd, farcical comedy by Larry Shue; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm $10-$18; for information, call 319-338-0443, Iowa City Community Theatre, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd, Iowa City, IA, http:// www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com, Fri Mar 4 thru Sun Mar 13. Walking the Wire: Monologues at Riverside - OMG!, annual festival of original works, focusing on moments of surprise, shock, and hilarity; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $26/adults, $23/ages 60 & over or 30 & under, $12/ages 18 & under; for tickets, call 319-338- 7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. riversidetheatre.org, Fri Mar 4 thru Sun Mar 13. All Shook Up, Elvis meets Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in Broadway’s rock‘n’roll musical; Wed, Fri, & Sat - 5:45pm doors, 6pm buffet, 7:15pm Bootlegger pre-show, 7:45pm performance; Sun. 3:45pm doors, 4pm buffet, 5:15pm Bootlegger pre-show; Wed. matinee 11:30am doors, 11:45am plated lunch, 1pm Bootlegger pre-show, 1:30pm performance; 5:45pm performance; $28.15- $47.43; for tickets and information, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http:// www.circa21.com, Fri Mar 4 thru Sat Mar 19. SweeneyTodd, Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical classic; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm; $12-$25; for tickets and information, call 319-366-8591, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.theatrecr.org, Fri Mar 4 thru Sat Mar 26. Bus Stop, William Inge’s classic romantic comedy; $12-$24; 641-472-2787, Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA, http://www. fairfieldacc.com, 7:30pm Sat Mar 5. David Keltz as Edgar Allan Poe, one-man show with touring performer; free; for information, call 309-343-6188, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum. org, 7pm Sat Mar 5. Mr. U.S. Grant: A Man & a Patriot, one-man play written by and starring Dan Haughey, focusing on Grant’s efforts in the Civil War years; Saturdays at 4:30pm; $8; for information and tickets, call 309-235-1654, Harrison HilltopTheatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, Sat Mar 5 thru Sat Apr 2. And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, a New Ground Theatre production of Jim Leonard Jr.’s comedic drama; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $12-$15; for information and tickets, call 563-326-7529, Village Theatre, 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http:// www.newgroundtheatre.org, Thu Mar 10 thru Sun Mar 20. Frost/Nixon, Tony-winning drama by Peter Morgan, directed by Tristan LayneTapscott; Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $16-$18; for tickets and information, call 563-499-6371, Harrison HilltopTheatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, Thu Mar 10 thru Sat Apr 2. Visiting Mr. Green, dramatic comedy by Jeff Baron, directed by Greg Bouljon; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm; $10; for tickets and information, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters BarnTheatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.playcrafters.com, Fri Mar 11 thru Sun Mar 20. Double Wider, Murder at the Chitlin County Fair, dinner, interactive comedy, and a murder in an It’s a Mystery production; $35; for information and tickets, call 563-359-1607 or e-mail itsamystery@msn.com, The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Mar 11. The Color Purple, touring production of the Tony-winning musical drama based on Alice Walker’s novel; $39-$61; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 7:30pm Tue Mar 15 and

Wed Mar 16. Next to Normal, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning dysfunctional-family musical, starring the Broadway production’s Tony Award-winning lead, Alice Ripley; Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2 & 7:30pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm, $20-$58.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000,

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Wed Mar 16 thru Sun Mar 20. Five Card Murder, dinner, interactive comedy, and a murder,

in an It’s a Mystery production written by Scott Naumann; $35;

for information and tickets, call 563-344-9187 or e-mail info@ skellingtonmanor.com, Skellington Manor Banquet & Event Center, 420 18th St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Mar 18. Avenue Q, Tony-winning“Sesame Street for grown-ups” musical comedy; $31.50-$51.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.adlertheatre.com, 7:30pm Fri Mar 18. Captain Silas Terry, Civil War Naval Officer, dressed in full Federal Naval uniform, Edward Finch will relate CaptainTerry’s experiences in the Red River Expedition, his time as aide to Admiral Farragut, and his memories of commanding the detachment of

sailors that escorted President Lincoln into Richmond in April, 1865; free; for information and to register, call 309-524-2470, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www.molinelibrary. com, 2:30pm Sat Mar 19. Cinderella Goes Disco, an OFAC Children’s Theatre Production

of Shubert Fendrich’s fairytale comedy; $8-$15; for tickets, call 563-

652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www.ohnwardfineartscenter.com, 2pm Sat Mar 19. Happy Days - A New Musical, stage version of the classic ‘50s sit-com; Wed, Fri, Sat, & Thu. Mar. 24 5:45pm doors, 6pm buffet, 7:15pm Bootlegger pre-show, 7:45pm performance; Sun 3:45pm doors, 4pm buffet, 5:15pm Bootlegger pre-show, 5:45pm performance; Wed matinee 11:30am doors, 11:45am plated lunch, 1pm Bootlegger pre-show, 1:30pm performance; $28.15-$47.43;

for tickets and information, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. circa21.com, Wed Mar 23 thru Sat Jun 4. Charlotte’s Web, a YouTheater performance of E.B. White’s storybook classic; $6.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www. peoriaciviccenter.com, 10am & 12:15pm Thu Mar 24. Dark Play: Or, Stories for Boys, student-directed and -produced drama by Carlos Murillo; Thu & Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3pm; $6; for tickets and information, call 563-333-6251, StudioTheatre

- Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/galvin/index.php, 7:30pm Thu Mar 24 thru Sat Mar 26. The Lion, theWitch, & theWardrobe, a Lights! Camera! Learn!

Education Event, based on C.J. Lewis’ literary classic; for information, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 10am & 1pm Thu Mar 31. The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), three actors capture the magic, genius, and grandeur of William Shakespeare

in a single event; $4; for information, contact Tom Naab at 309-

796-5381 or naabt@bhc.edu, Black Hawk College Theatre, Black Hawk College, Quad City Campus, Building 1, Room 306, Moline, IL, http://www.bhc.edu, 7:30pm Thu Mar 31 thru Sat Apr 2. Shout!, jukebox musical of ‘60s hits by Lindsay Price and Kristin Gauthier, directed by Tom Vaccaro; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $10- $15; for tickets and information, call 309-762-6610, Quad City Music

Guild - Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline, IL, http:// www.qcmusicguild.com, Thu Mar 31 thru Sun Apr 3. Art, Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning modern-art comedy; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Thu & Sun 3pm; $17.50-$27; for tickets and information, call 800-35-AMANA, Old Creamery StudioTheatre, 3023 220thTrail, Middle Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, Thu Mar 31 thru Sun Apr 17. JohnWaters: This FilthyWorld, Waters’rapid-fire, one-man “vaudeville”act celebrating the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs called “The Pope of Trash”; co-presented with the Mission Creek Festival; $20-$75; for tickets and information, call 319-688-2653, Englert Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.englert.org, 7pm Fri Apr 1. Universes: Ameriville, a play about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, produced as “an old-school variety show”; a Hancher Auditorium presentation; for tickets and information, call 319-335- 1160, E. C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Bldg., Iowa City, IA, http:// www.hancher.uiowa.edu, 7:30pm Fri Apr 1. The Syringa Tree, solo performance piece by Pamela Gien, starring Saffron Henke, about two South African families who share

a household; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $26/adults, $23/ages 60 &

over or 30 & under, $12/ages 18 & under; for tickets, call 319-338- 7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www. riversidetheatre.org, Fri Apr 1 thru Sun Apr 17. Route 66, musical revue of ‘50s & ‘60s tunes by Roger Bean; $10-$20; for tickets, call 563-652-9815, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E Platt St., Maquoketa, IA, http://www.ohnwardfineartscenter. com, 7pm Sat Apr 2. Rabbit Hole, Pulitzer prize-winning drama by David Lindsay- Abaire; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm; $8-$10; for ticket information, call 319-398-5899, ext. 4331, Ballantyne Auditorium, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www. kirkwood.edu, Thu Apr 7 thru Sun Apr 10. Escanaba in da Moonlight, Jeff Daniels’ Michigan-set comedy, directed by Gregg Neuleib; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 4pm; $10; for tickets and information, call 309-944-2244, Barn Theatre in Richmond Hill Park, 600 Hk Robinson Dr., Geneseo, IL, http://www. rhplayers.com, Thu Apr 7 thru Sun Apr 17. Speed-the-Plow, the Curtainbox Theatre Company’s production of David Mamet’s show-biz comedy, directed by Philip Wm. McKinley; Apr. 8 preview and Apr. 9 benefit night 7:30pm; Tue, Thu-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 3pm; $10; for information and to reserve, call

563-322-8504 or e-mail kim@thecurtainbox.com, Village Theatre, 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http://thecurtainbox. com, 7:30pm Fri Apr 8 thru Sat Apr 23. Present Laughter, a City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presentation of Noel Coward’s comedy; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; for tickets and information, call 319-541-2980, Iowa Children’s Museum, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville, IA, http://www.citycircle. org, Fri Apr 8 thru Sun Apr 17. Romeo & Juliet, the Prenzie Players’ production of

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, directed by Tracy & Kristin Skaggs; Fri- Sat, Wed, and Apr. 17 - 7:30pm doors, 8pm show; Apr. 10 - 1:30pm doors, 2pm show; for information, e-mail info@prenzieplayers.com, The Center for Living Arts, 2008 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www. prenzieplayers.com, Fri Apr 8 thru Sun Apr 17. Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl’s take on the classic Greek myth; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm; $12-$25; for tickets and information, call 319- 366-8591, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.theatrecr.org, Fri Apr 8 thru Sat Apr 23. Arlene Malinowski, solo performance with actor/playwright here as Quad City Arts’ final Visiting Artist of the 2010-11 season; free, with donations accepted; for information, call 309-793-1213, Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcityarts.com, 7pm Sat Apr 9. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s island-set classic, in a collaboration between the Orpheum and Monmouth College; Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $15-$25; for tickets and information, call 309-342- 2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http:// department.monm.edu/theatre/theater, Sat Apr 9 and Sun Apr

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Double Wider, Murder at the Chitlin County Fair, dinner, interactive comedy, and a murder in an It’s a Mystery production; $35; for information and tickets, call 563-359-1607 or e-mail itsamystery@msn.com, The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Apr 8. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, family musical adaptation of Judith Viorst’s children’s book; scheduled Tue, Thu, Fri, & Sat performances at 10am & 1pm; $8.50; for tickets, call 309-786-7733, extension 2, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.circa21.com, Tue Apr 12 thru Sat May 7. A Little Princess, the Lancer Productions’ stage version of the beloved children’s book, directed by senior Brianna Meyer; Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm; for information, call 563-285-9631, North Scott High School Fine Arts Auditorium, 200 S. 1st St., Eldridge, IA, http://www. north-scott.k12.ia.us, Fri Apr 15 thru Sun Apr 17. Five Card Murder, dinner, interactive comedy, and a murder, in an It’s a Mystery production written by Scott Naumann; $35; for information and tickets, call 563-344-9187 or e-mail info@ skellingtonmanor.com, Skellington Manor Banquet & Event Center, 420 18th St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.itsamysteryqc.com, 6:30pm Fri Apr 15. LadyWindermere’s Fan, classic Oscar Wilde comedy, directed by Corinne Johnson; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm; $7-$11; for tickets, call 563-333-6251, Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 Gaines St., Davenport, IA, http://web.sau.edu/galvin/index.php, Fri Apr 15 thru Sun Apr 17. Urinetown, Tony Award-winning music comedy inspired by Brecht &Weill; Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; for tickets, call 319-335-1160, E. C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Bldg., Iowa City, IA, http://www. uiowa.edu/~theatre, Fri Apr 15 thru Sun Apr 24. Cinderella, performance with the professional dancers of Ballet Quad Cities, set to the original piano score of composer Karl Moraski, and choreographed by Courtney Lyon; Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $10-$32; for information, call 309-786-3779, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.balletquadcities.com, Sat Apr 30 and Sun May 1. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, a Lights! Camera! Learn! Education Event, based on Judy Blume’s classic children’s book; for information, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 10am & 1pm Mon Apr 18. Rock of Ages, Tony Award-nominated musical salute to the songs of the ‘80s, starring Best Actor nominee Constantine Maroulis; Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Fri-Sat 2 & 7:30pm, Sun 6:30pm; $20- $63.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Tue Apr 19 thru Sun Apr 24. SweeneyTodd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, directed by Jason Platt and Tristan Layne Tapscott; Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $18-$20; for tickets and information, call 563-499-6371, Harrison HilltopTheatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http:// www.harrisonhilltop.com, Thu Apr 21 thru Sat May 14. Witness for the Prosecution, classic whodunit by Agatha Christie, directed by PV senior Taylor Truster, Pleasant Valley High School - Auditorium, 604 Belmont Rd, Bettendorf, IA, http://www. pvspartandrama.com, 7pm Fri Apr 22 and Sat Apr 23. Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil; Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3:30 & 7:30pm, Sun 3 & 7pm; $37-$92; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, Fri Apr 22 thru Sun Apr 24. Charlotte’sWeb, a Theatre for Young Audiences presentation of E.B. White’s classic; Saturdays at 1pm; $8; for tickets, call 319- 622-6194 or 800-35AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, Sat Apr 23 thru Sat May 7. The Dixie Swim Club, Southern-belle comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten; $17.50-$27; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Wed, Thu, & Sun 3pm; for tickets and information, call 800-35- AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http:// www.oldcreamery.com, Thu Apr 28 thru Sun May 29. Annie, production of the Broadway musical smash by the Galesburg Performing Arts Academy; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $9-$17; for information and tickets, call 309-342-2299, Orpheum

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Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum. org, Fri Apr 29 thru Sun May 1. Joseph & the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat, production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Biblical musical, performed by students in grades kindergarten through high school; on Fridays; for information, call 309-788-5433 or e-mail info@center4living.com, The Center for Living Arts, 2008 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www. center4living.com, Fri Apr 29 thru Fri May 6. Our Town, a 21st-century look at Thornton Wilder’s stage classic; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 1:30pm; $9-$11; for tickets and information, call 309-794-7306, Augustana College, Potter Hall, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu/ academics/theatre/department/, Fri Apr 29 thru Sun May 8. The Drowsy Chaperone, Tony Award-winning musical within a comedy; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; $10-$18; for information, call 319-338-0443, Iowa City Community Theatre, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com, Fri Apr 29 thru Sun May 8. Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, a“One Nun-sense” musical comedy by Dan Goggin; Fri 1:30 & 7:30pm, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 1:30pm; $10-$25; for information and tickets, call 319-622-3222 or e-mail itac@southslope.net, Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 4709 220thTrail, Amana, IA, http://www.iowatheatreartists.org, Fri Apr 29 thru Sun May 29. Alice in Wonderland, stage adaptation of the Lewis Carroll adventure; Sat 1 & 4pm, Sun 2pm; $5; for information, call 563-326- 7862, Davenport Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www.davenportjuniortheatre.com, Sat Apr 30 thru Sun May 8. Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’Tony Award-nominated musical comedy, based on his classic horror spoof; Tue-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2 & 7:30pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Tue May 3 thru Sun May 8. My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, & I’m in Therapy, one-man comedy with a “cast” of characters created and played by comedian Steve Solomon; Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2 & 7:30pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm; $32.50-$36.50; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www. civiccenter.org, Wed May 11 thru Sat May 21. Rent: The School Version, production of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, in which minimal changes have been made made to make the show appropriate for student audiences; on Fridays; for information, contact Dino Hayz at dino@ center4living.com or 309-788-5433, The Center for Living Arts, 2008 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://www.center4living.com, Fri May 13 thru Fri May 20. Rehearsal for Murder, mystery thriller by D.D. Brooke, directed by Tom Swegle; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm; $10; for tickets and information, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters BarnTheatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.playcrafters.com, Fri May 13 thru Sun May 22. The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe, stage adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm; $12-$25; for tickets and information, call 319-366-8591, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, http://www.theatrecr.org, Fri May 13 thru Sat May 28. Mark Twain! On Stage, Twain’s wit and wisdom in a one-man show starring John Chappell; $15-$25; for tickets and information, call 309-342-2299, The Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg, IL, http://www.theorpheum.org, 2pm Sun May 15. New Ground Theatre Presentation, an original script by Chris Jansen, written in conjunction with QCAD; for tickets and information, call 563-326-7529, VillageTheatre, 2113 E 11th St, Village of East Davenport, IA, http://www.newgroundtheatre.org, Thu May 19 thru Sun May 29. Don’t Talk to the Actors, New-York-theatre-scene comedy by Tom Dudzick, directed by Susan Simosky; Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 4pm; $10; for tickets and information, call 309-944-2244, Barn Theatre in Richmond Hill Park, 600 Hk Robinson Dr., Geneseo, IL, http://www.rhplayers.com, Thu Jun 2 thru Sun Jun 12. G.I. Jukebox, ‘40s-era musical revue by Rick Lewis; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Wed, Thu, & Sun 3pm; $17.50-$27; for tickets and information, call 800-35-AMANA, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana, IA, http://www.oldcreamery.com, 3pm Thu Jun 2 thru Sun Jul 3. Nunsense, Danny Goggin’s original, musical-comedy smash, performed in repertory with“Altar Boyz”; $18; for tickets and information, call 563-242-6760, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, 311 Riverview Dr., Clinton, IA, http://www.clintonshowboat.org, Thu Jun 2 thru Sun Jun 12. Sunset Boulevard, Andrew LloydWebber’s Tony-winning musical, based on the classic film; Fri & Sat 8pm, Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Sun 6:30pm; $11-$20; for tickets and information, call 815-244- 2035, Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll, IL, http://www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, 7:30pm Thu Jun 2 thru Sun Jun 12. Chicago, national tour of Kander & Ebb’s Broadway musical sensation; Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2 & 7:30pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm; $20-$63.50; for tickets, call 800-745-8000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, Fri Jun 3 thru Sun Jun 5. Altar Boyz, the non-secular boy-band musical comedy, performed in repertory with“Nunsense”; $18; for tickets and information, call 563-242-6760, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, 311 Riverview Dr., Clinton, IA, http://www.clintonshowboat.org, 7:30pm Fri Jun 3 thru Sun Jun 12. Same Time, Next Year, Tony-winning romantic-comedy by Bernard Slade; Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $16-$18; for tickets and information, call 563-499-6371, Harrison HilltopTheatre, 1601 Harrison St, Davenport, IA, http://www.harrisonhilltop.com, 8pm Thu Jun 9 thru Sat Jun 25.

Auditions, Classes, & Calls for Entry

Call for Volunteers - Genesius Guild 2011 Season, seeking

volunteers for summer productions of “The Taming of the Shrew,”“Ajax,”“King Lear,” and “The Wasps,” in the fields of set construction, costume design, marketing, concessions, and more;

for information, e-mail guild@genesius.org, Lincoln Park, 11th Ave

& 38th St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.genesius.org, Thu Mar 3 thru

Sun Aug 7. Curtainbox Theatre Company: Private Acting Coaching, we offer private coaching for Stage, Musical Theatre, and Film Acting, College Audition Prep, and Professional Audition Prep; one-on- one coaching is available to students starting at age five; be sure to ask about rates, availability, and instructors; for information, contact Kimberly Furness at 563-322-8504 or Kim@thecurtainbox. com, Curtainbox Theatre & Conservatory, 2850 Eastern Ave., Suite #200, Davenport, IA, http://thecurtainbox.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. Hairspray, auditions for musical comedy directed by Jim Hesselman, with rehearsals starting June 2, and performances running June 15 - August 13; bring a photo/resume and prepare 16 bars of music appropriate for the show (musical selections from “Hairspray” accepted); accompanist provided; be prepared to dance and read from the script; all roles paid; for information, e-mail producer Dennis Hitchcock at dpjh@circa21.com, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://circa21.com, 10am Sat Mar 5 and Sun Mar 6. College Insanity: The War of the Sexes, auditions for September’s Internet Players production of a play by Nathan Porteshawver; seeking five men and five women ages 18-23, and one male singer ages 26-35; be prepared to read from the script; all roles paid; for information, e-mail theinternetplayers@gmail.com, Public Space One, Jefferson Building, Iowa City, IA, http://www. theinternetplayers.com, 12pm Sun Mar 6. Rehearsal for Murder, auditions for May 13-22 mystery- comedy directed by Tom Swegle; be prepared to read from the script; for information, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters BarnTheatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.playcrafters.com/auditions. html, 7pm Sun Mar 13 thru Tue Mar 15. Theatre Talk, hosted by University of Iowa professor Miriam Gilbert, with invited guests; a discussion of the themes in the theatre’s forthcoming production of “The Syringa Tree”; for information, call 319-338-7672, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA, http://www.riversidetheatre.org, Thu Mar 24. Genesius Guild 2011 Season, auditions for Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (June 18-26), Sophocles’“Ajax” (July 2-10), Shakespeare’s“King Lear”(July 16-24), and Aristophanes’ “The Wasps”(July 30-August 7); Sat & Sun 1pm, Tue &Thu 7pm; for information, e-mail guild@genesius.org, Lincoln Park, 11th Ave & 38th St, Rock Island, IL, http://www.genesius.org, Sat May 14 thru Sun May 22. A Lesson Before Dying, auditions for July 15-24 drama directed by Shellie Moore Guy; be prepared to read from the script; for information, call 309-762-0330, Playcrafters BarnTheatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.playcrafters.com/auditions.html, 7pm Sun May 15 thru Tue May 17.

7pm Sun May 15 thru Tue May 17 . Performances Martha Graham Dance Company , featuring

Performances

Martha Graham Dance Company, featuring a performance

of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” and music by the Des

Moines Symphony Orchestra; $35-$55; for tickets, call 800-745- 3000, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Sat Mar 5. TEAMDance Illinois State Championship, in the Arena; $12, $8 for ages 6-12, under six free;, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW

Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.teamdanceillinois.org, 7:30am Sun Mar 6. Imani Tandazo, a mini-dance concert to benefit Haiti, sponsored by Royal Neighbors Chapters 20031 & 20042; featuring Dorian Byrd, KathleenTwyner- Coley, Anita Collins, Rebecca Nelson, Tammy Reed, Stephanie Ross, Taylor Gillhouse, Karen Roebuck, and the Scott Community College SEED dancers from Haiti; $7-$10 suggested donation; for tickets and information, contact Dorian

at 563-326-3352 or Tammy at 309-269-7260, The Center for Living

Arts, 2008 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL, http://imanidancersstudio.com, 6:30pm Sun Mar 13. Augustana Dance Company Spring Show, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop; for tickets and information, call 309-794- 7306, Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 8pm Sat Apr 16. Cinderella, performance with the professional dancers of

Ballet Quad Cities, set to the original piano score of composer Karl Moraski, and choreographed by Courtney Lyon; Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $10-$32; for information, call 309-786-3779, Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.balletquadcities.com, Sat Apr 30 and Sun May 1. James Sewell Ballet, the acclaimed company will present

a mixed repertoire, featuring“ChopinTribute,”a new work celebrating Chopin’s 200th birthday accompanied by award- winning Polish pianist Tadeusz Majewski,“East Meets West,”inspired by the Indonesian Gamelan and French composer Satie, and “Made

in America,” a suite of short dances set to classic songs from the

United States; $25-$40; for tickets, call 800-745-3000, Civic Center

of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.

civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Thu Apr 28. “A May Zing” Studio Dance Recital, for information, call 563 326-3352 or 563 505-2475, Imani! Dancers Studio, 1220 Minnie Avenue, Davenport, IA, http://imanidancersstudio.com, 5pm Sun May 1.

Auditions, Classes, & Ongoing events

Dance Series Master Class: Martha Graham Dance Company, students at an intermediate/advanced level will learn basic technique and style, led by dancers from the company;

$15-$25; for information, call 515-246-2363 or e-mail dstark@ civiccenter.org, Ballet Des Moines, 712 E. 2nd St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7pm Thu Mar 3. Afro-Modern Dance, Beginning - Intermediate, for teens and young adults; Afro-ethnic dance forms combined with modern

dance; per 8-10 wk session: 60 min class - $65, 45 min. class - $55, single classes - $10; Thu 6:30pm; for information, call 563-326-3352 or 563-505-2475, Imani! Dancers Studio, 1220 Minnie Avenue, Davenport, IA, http://imanidancersstudio.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Apr 28.

imanidancersstudio.com, Mon Mar 7 thru Mon Apr 25. Dance Party, with $2 cocktails; Tuesdays at 8pm; Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA, http://www. iowacityyachtclub.org, Tue Mar 8 thru Tue Dec 27. Creative Combo Dance 1 & 2, for ages 4-5 and 6-7; have fun exploring shape, space, energy, rhythm, & loco-motor steps along with various folk & ethnic dances; per 8-10 wk session: 60 min

class - $65, 45 min. class - $55, single classes - $10; Wednesdays at 5pm; for information, call 563-326-3352 or 563-505-2475, Imani! Dancers Studio, 1220 Minnie

A. Rhythmic Time Dance

Lessons, private and group lessons available in swing,

ballroom, hip-hop, Latin, tango, and more; for information, call 309-786-4800, A. Rhythmic Time Dance Studio, 5447 3rd Ave. Unit B, Moline, IL, http://www. arhythmictime.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31.

A. Rhythmic Time Social

Events

Hancher Auditorium Presentations March through May

J ules Verne took characters around the world in 80 days. This spring’s Hancher

Auditorium presentations are taking you around the world in 71. Verne was such a

slacker. The wrap-up to the University of Iowa’s 2010- 11 visiting- artist series begins across the Atlantic

– by way of Iowa City’s Englert Theatre – with the March 4 concert by the musical sextet Danú, which the Irish Herald called “the finest traditional band in Ireland.” Audiences will then experience the Philadelphia-flavored hip-hop and soul of The Roots, playing the Iowa Memorial Union on March 9, followed by a trek down to Alabama, when the 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Take 6 plays the University of Iowa venue on March 24. Back across the ocean we go for the March 25 performance by the German choral musicians of Calmus – winners of the Concert Artists Guild’s 2009 International Competition – when the quintet takes the stage at Iowa City’s West High School. The University of Iowa’s theatre building will, on April 1, host the sights, sounds, and emotions of post-Katrina New Orleans in the Universes theatre troupe’s Ameriville, described as a theatrical dialogue that’s also “an old-school variety show.” For a slightly-more-Northern Southern experience, the traditional folk- music and string-band outfit the Carolina Chocolate Drops will play the Englert Theatre on April 7. Internationally acclaimed Asian chamber musicians Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, together with John Largess and Joshua Gindele, fill Iowa City’s Riverside Recital Hall with the classical strains of the Miró Quartet on April 14. And wrapping up Hancher’s world tour with a taste of Australia, the acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists of Circa (not Rock Island’s Circa, mind you … ) will showcase breathtaking feats at a furious pace in the Englert’s performance on 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes, described by the Circa group as “circus without the boring bits.” I certainly hope they’re not referring to eating cotton candy and watching the elephants poop, because those are, like, the best bits. For more on Hancher Auditorium’s springtime events, visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu. – Mike Schulz

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

Auditorium’s springtime events, visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu. – Mike Schulz The Carolina Chocolate Drops

Avenue, Davenport, IA, http:// imanidancersstudio.com, Wed Mar 9 thru Wed Apr 27. QC SoDa Spring Dance, a cha-cha lesson with Gunter from 6:30-7pm, and dancing from 7-10pm; lessons, punchcard auctions, and two rooms for dancing, one for ballroom and one for swing; $10, $4 for college students; for information, call 309-798-0279, QC SoDa Dance

Studio, 1502 6th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.qcsoda.com, 6:30pm Fri Mar 11. Quad City Ceili Club Irish Ceili, social dance; free dance lessons at 7pm, with the Beggermen Band of Iowa City playing from 7:30-10:30pm; variety of ceili, set and two-hand dances will be led by caller Gerry Bade; no experience or partner necessary; $8 for ages 12 and older; door prizes; for information, contact Gerry Bade

at gbade@netexpress.net or

563-386-7551, QC SoDa Dance

Studio, 1502 6th Ave., Moline, IL, http://www.qcceiliclub.org, 7pm Sat Mar 12. Polka Club of Iowa, Inc.

- Eastern Chapter Dance, live music by Gary & The Ridgeland Dutchmen from Cashton, WI; $8/ person; for information, call 563- 285-5989, Walcott Coliseum, 116

E Bryant St, Walcott, IA, 1:30pm Sun Mar 13. Polka Club of Iowa, Inc.

- Eastern Chapter“Spring Fling

Fest”, dance to Barefoot Becky &The Ivanhoe Dutchmen from Mt. Vernon, IA from noon-2pm

& 4-6pm, and SqueezeBox from

Ridgeville Corners, OH from 2-4pm & 6-8pm; $12; Sat. & Sun. 2-day pass $20; for information, call 563-285-5989, Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott, IA, 12pm Sat Apr 16. Polka Club of Iowa, Inc.

- Eastern Chapter“Spring Fling

Fest”, dance to Barry Boyce Band from Omaha, NE from noon-2pm

& 4-6pm, and SqueezeBox from

Ridgeville Corners, OH from 2-4pm & 6-8pm; $12; Sat. & Sun. 2-day pass $20; for information, call 563-285-5989, Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott, IA, 12pm Sun Apr 17. Dance Series Master Class: James Sewell Ballet, with instructor James Sewell, Artistic Director; professional and pre-professional dancers will learn about the company’s techniques and style; $15-$25; for information, call 515- 246-2363 or e-mail dstark@ civiccenter.org, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www. civiccenter.org, 7:30pm Wed Apr 27. DANCEtalk: James Sewell Ballet, learn more about that evening’s dance performance from the company’s artistic directors and staff as well as local dance experts, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http://www. civiccenter.org, 6:30pm Thu

Dance, with the dance studio students; Thu 8pm; for information, call 309-786-4800, A. Rhythmic Time Dance Studio, 5447 3rd Ave. Unit B, Moline, IL, http://www.arhythmictime.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Dec 29. Learn to Dance the Arthur Murray Way, teaching dance to the world for 97 years; first lesson free; mention this notification and save up to 25%; for information, call 563-326-4321, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, 221 1/2 Brady St, Davenport, IA, http://www. arthurmurray.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Dec 31. Dance Series Master Class: Martha Graham Dance Company, with instructor Denise Vale, Martha Graham Dance Company Artistic Associate; professional and pre-professional dancers will learn about the company’s techniques and style; $15-$25; for information, call 515-246-2363 or e-mail dstark@ civiccenter.org, Ballet Des Moines, 712 E. 2nd St., Des Moines, IA, http://www.civiccenter.org, 7pm Fri Mar 4. DANCEtalk: Martha Graham Dance Company, learn more about that evening’s dance performance from the company’s artistic directors and staff as well as local dance experts, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, http:// www.civiccenter.org, 6:30pm Sat Mar 5. Street of Dreams Dance Workshops, courses with professional instructors; for information, call 708-478-4161, Davenport RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. riverctr.com/events.cfm, Sat Mar 5. Imani! Dancers Company Auditions, seeking experienced dancers ages 15 & up; for information, call 563-326-3352, Imani! Dancers Studio, 1220 Minnie Avenue, Davenport, IA, http://imanidancersstudio.com, 3pm Sun Mar 6. Sunday Dance Lessons with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, free with reservation at 563-328- 8127, Sundays at 7pm; Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://davenport. isleofcapricasinos.com, Sun Mar 6 thru Sun Dec 18. World Rhythms, for adult ladies; a“fusion”class that is easy on the joints, it includes simple modern and ethnic forms accompanied by music from around the world; per 8-10 wk session: 60 min class - $65, 45 min. class - $55, single classes - $10; Mondays at 7pm; for

information, call 563-326-3352 or 563-505-2475, Imani! Dancers Studio, 1220 Minnie Avenue, Davenport, IA, http://imanidancersstudio.com, Mon Mar 7 thru Mon Apr 25. Youth Afro-Modern Dance, for ages 8-12; Afro-ethnic dance forms combined with modern dance; per 8-10 wk session: 60 min class - $65, 45 min. class - $55, single classes - $10; Mondays at 6pm; for information, call 563-326-3352 or 563-505-2475, Imani! Dancers Studio, 1220 Minnie Avenue, Davenport, IA, http://

Apr 28. Polka Club of Iowa, Inc. - Eastern Chapter Dance (1:30pm), live music by Mike Austin from Middleton, WI; $8/person; for information, call 563-285-5989, Walcott Coliseum, 116 E Bryant St, Walcott, IA, 1:30pm Sun May 15.

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Network @ Night: Le Figaro, socialize with over 100 young professionals, enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar, and network with peers; $10 non-Network members, free for members; for information, call, Le Figaro, 1708 2nd Ave., Rock Island, IL, 5:30pm Thu Mar 3. Nominations for 2011 Young Women of Achievement Awards, designed to recognize young women between the ages of 17-23 in the Quad Cities community who have exhibited academic excellence, leadership and outstanding community service; forms may be requested by calling the Girl Scouts at 309-788-0836; completed nominations may be mailed or delivered to Anna Gibney, Girl Scouts, 2011 Second Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201 or scanned as a PDF and emailed to AGibney@GSEIWI.org, The Women’s Connection, 230 16th Street, Rock Island, IL, http://www. AskTWC.com, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Mar 18. Nominations for Chick-fil-A Teacher of the Year Contest, nominations received will be based on how a teacher has made a difference in a child/students life and not necessarily on how many nominations are received; a Teacher of the Year may be selected from any Quad City School; all of these Teachers of the Year, along, Chick-fil-A at Davenport, 2945 E 53rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www. cfarestaurant.com/davenport/schools, Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Mar 26. Junior Board of Rock Island Seeking 2011 Funding Requests, now accepting funding requests through March 31 from local non-profit organizations with a primary mission and focus to benefit children in the Quad-City Region; e-mail completed requests for funding to info@jbri.org, or mail them to: Junior Board of Rock Island, Attention: Chris Johnson, 2813 35th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201; for information, call Chris Johnson at 309-786- 9590, http://www.jbri.org, Thu Mar 3 thru Thu Mar 31. Living Lands &Waters MillionTrees Project, volunteers gather to help LL&W wrap oak tree saplings, 100,000 of which will be given away in March & April; help needed in bundling trees in newspaper, placing trees and bags, and tying, tagging, or organizing them; supervised children welcome; wear warm & comfortable clothes that can get dirty; for information, contact Ashley at 309-737-5913 or e-mail Ashley@livinglandsandwaters. org, Living Lands & Waters, 17624 Rt. 84 North, East Moline, IL, http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org, 8am Thu Mar 3 thru Sat Mar 5. King’s Harvest Ministries SeekingVolunteers, seeking volunteers to work with people who are homeless at the overflow shelter this winter; King’s Harvest is also especially looking for volunteers to spend the night, but there are opportunities to also help from 8:45pm to 10:45pm with check-in; for information, call Chris Dunn at 309-798-3776, King’s Harvest, 824 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, Thu Mar 3 thru Fri Apr 15. Friends of the Rock Island Public Library Big Book Sale, big bargains on used books and more; proceeds benefit the library; for information, call 309-732-7323, Rock Island Public Library - 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th St., Rock Island, IL, http://www.rockislandlibrary. org, 9am Thu Mar 3. Free Fry Day, free mediumWaffle Potato Fries; for information, call 563-355-1749, Chick-fil-A at Davenport, 2945 E 53rd St, Davenport, IA, http://www.chick-fil-a.com, 2pm Fri Mar 4. Greater Quad Cities Report to the Region, learn about winning strategies to build prosperity and wealth in our region; to register, call 563-823-2676, i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL, 7:30am Fri Mar 4. Scott Community College Athletic Department Trivia Night, $80 per table, 8 people/table; 10 rounds of 10 questions; mulligans available for purchase at the door; bring your own food and drink - no alcohol; with a raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds from the trivia, raffle, and silent auction going to the Scott Community College Athletic Scholarship fund; for information and to register, call Michelle Allmendinger at 563-441-4136 or e-mail mallmendinger@eicc.edu, Scott Community College Student Life Center, Room #2400, enter through Door #5, 500 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.eicc.edu/sccfoundation, 7pm Fri Mar 4. Central Illinois Recreation Show, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, scooters, boats, tow vehicles, and campers; 3pm Fri, 10am Sat, 11am Sun; $8, $2 ages 6-12, ages 5 & under free; for information, call 309-692-6465, Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL, http://www.peoriaciviccenter.com, Fri Mar 4 thru Sun Mar 6. Spring Antique Spectacular, 70-plus exhibitors with a wonderful selection of fine antiques and collectibles for sale; items include furniture, art pottery, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, American Indian items, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles, and period pieces; $6 admission good for all three days; 5pm Fri, 10am Sat, 11am Sun; for information, call 712-326- 9964, QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www. antiquespectacular.com, Fri Mar 4 thru Sun Mar 6. $15,000 Pot O’ Gold Giveaway, Fridays & Saturdays in March, Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http:// davenport.isleofcapricasinos.com/happenings-promotions.aspx, 6pm Fri Mar 4 thru Sat Mar 26. Eagle Ridge Job Fair, applicants are able to complete applications on site and have direct access to meet with Human Resource staff concerning their job search; department managers and supervisors are on hand to interview applicants; for information, call 800-892-2269, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL, http://www.eagleridge.com, 10am Sat Mar 5. Nearly Naked Mile, 3rd annual charity event; runners donate clothing to the Salvation Army before hitting the streets of Iowa City; race route follows Madison, Burlington, Riverside and Iowa streets; organizers will monitor the levels of appropriateness of the runners’ garb; beverages and snacks will be available after the run; for information, contact Elizabeth Cline, elizabeth-cline@uiowa. edu or Sammantha Marks, sammantha-marks@uiowa.edu; for

registration questions, contact Prideaux at leslie-prideaux@uiowa. edu or 319-335-3854, Hubbard Park, 51 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA, http://www.iowalum.com/STAT/events/nnm/, 3pm Sat Mar 5. Wine at the Warehouse, a casual tasting of some of the best wines available in the Quad Cities, with Dimitri Papageorgiou and his staff; hosted by St. Ambrose University; $45/person; for

information, call 563-333-6290, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, 1735 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www.sau.edu/winefest, 4pm Sat Mar 5. Living Lands &Waters MillionTrees Project, volunteers gather to help LL&W wrap oak tree saplings, 100,000 of which will be given away in March & April; help needed in bundling trees in newspaper, placing trees and bags, and tying, tagging, or organizing them; supervised children welcome; wear warm & comfortable clothes that can get dirty; for information, contact Ashley at 309-737-5913 or e-mail Ashley@livinglandsandwaters. org, Living Lands &Waters,

17624 Rt. 84 North, East Moline, IL, http://www. livinglandsandwaters.org, 8am Mon Mar 7 thru Sat Mar 12. Mardi Gras Celebration, 1-3pm, and 6-8pm; get your fortune read and enjoy great Mardi Gras inspired food, Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http:// davenport.isleofcapricasinos. com/happenings-promotions. aspx, 1pm Mon Mar 7 andTue Mar 8. AARPTax Assistance, AARPTax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, on Mondays & Wednesdays; including Schedules A and B; for information, call 563-355-4310, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St, Moline, IL, http://www. molinelibrary.com, Mon Mar 7 thru Wed Apr 13. Mocha Mondays, $2 mochas every Monday; for information, call 309-762-2224, Fireworks Coffeehouse, 2139 16th St., Moline, IL, http://www. fireworksmoline.com, Mon Mar 7 thru Mon Dec 26. 17th Annual Bix Birthday Bash, sponsored by the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society; jazz from the Bix All-Star Band, birthday cake, food for purchase, and more; free; for information, call 563-326-7832, Davenport Public Library - Eastern Ave. Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA, http://www. davenportlibrary.com, 11:30am Tue Mar 8. Main Street Lunch Party – A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, menu includes corned beef and cabbage with dessert; lunch served from 11-11:30am only; door prizes and raffle drawing; entertainment provided by Ron Eckberg; sponsored by Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care; $6-$8; for information, call 563-386-7477, CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA, http://www. casiseniors.org, 11am Tue Mar 8. Mardi Gras Rajun Cajun Fest, fundraiser for the Wildwood Hills Ranch, which provides year-round programs and retreats for at-risk children from the Quad Cities and throughout the state of Iowa; local chefs fromThunder Bay,

Biaggi’s, Black Watch Room, Blue Cat Brew Pub, Zbest Cafe, The Machine Shed, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, and more local restaurants will be creating sample portions of Cajun-style food and competing for the People’s Choice Award, voted on by those in attendance; $25, or two for $45; for information and tickets, call 563-386-2722 or e-mail RajunCajunFest@hoari.com, Thunder Bay Grille, 6511 North Brady, Davenport, IA, 5pm Tue Mar 8. Network @ Noon: Circa‘21 Dinner Playhouse, Ginny Wilson- Peters, President of Integrity Integrated, discusses how to better understand the game called business; as a group, we’ll talk about ways to navigate sticky work situations, tips for managing up, and how to develop your own political savvy; $10 for members, $15 for guests, Circa‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, IL, http://www.quadcitieschamber.com, 12pm Tue Mar 8. Quad City Mallards Celebrity Waiter Night, members of the hockey team will be celebrity waiters, with all tips received that evening donated to the hunger programs at Churches United of the Quad City Area; for information and to reserve, call 563-359- 4411, Antonella’s, 1720 E Kimblerly Rd, Davenport, IA, 5pm Tue

Mar 8. LinkedIn Meeting/Networking Opportunity, meet other local LinkedIn members, share experiences, learn how to set up an effective profile, and learn how to use LinkedIn to reach your

professional goals; appetizers, a cash bar, and training materials; $15 at the door; RSVP to mtb@sitrickcpa.com or call 563-332- 8288., Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, http://www. sitrickcpa.com, 5:30pm Tue Mar 8. Tuesday Night Trivia, for information, call 563-359- 1015, Uptown Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2340 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.myspace.com/ uptownneighborhoodbar, Tue Mar 8 thru Tue Dec 27. Ash Wednesday Soup Supper, followed by a service featuring Scripture, song, and prayer; for information, call 309-786-2631 or e-mail broadway@broadwayqc.org, Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island,

IL, http://www.broadwayqc.org, 5:30pm Wed Mar 9. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Fund-Raiser, proceeds benefit the North High iJAG; for information, call 563-355-1749, Chick-fil-A at Davenport, 2945 E 53rd St, Davenport, IA, http:// www.chick-fil-a.com, 4pm Wed Mar 9. Rhythm City Casino Cooking Show, at 2 & 4pm; live shows with the casino chefs and scrumptious samples; to reserve, call 563-328-8127, Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http:// davenport.isleofcapricasinos. com/happenings-promotions. aspx, Wed Mar 9. Lucky Leprechaun Slot Tournament, Wednesdays in March, Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http:// davenport.isleofcapricasinos. com/happenings-promotions. aspx, 4pm Wed Mar 9 thruWed Mar 30. Half-Price Studio Wednesdays, 1/2-price studio fee all day on Wednesdays; for information, call 309-762-2224, Fireworks Coffeehouse, 2139 16th St., Moline, IL, http://www. fireworksmoline.com, Wed Mar 9 thru Wed Dec 28. Two 4 OneWednesdays, for information, call 563-359- 1015, Uptown Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2340 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA, http://www.myspace.com/ uptownneighborhoodbar, Wed Mar 9 thru Wed Dec 28. Lunch with the Chefs: Luck O’ the Irish, for information, contact Bonnie Woodruff at 319- 335-3138, Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA, http://imu.uiowa.edu/food/lwtc/, 11:15am Thu Mar 10. Boy Scout Troop 243Trivia Night, to raise funds to purchase new camping equipment and to send Scouts to camps; cash prizes for winners and a silent auction; bring your own food; bar drinks and soft drinks available for purchase; 4-8 players/team, $10/player; for information, call 309-786-4142, Rock Island VFW, 3715 9th St., Rock Island, IL, http://www.augustana.edu, 6:30pm Fri Mar 11. CASI’s 10th Annual Blarney Bash, wine tasting by Dimtri Wines, martini tasting by RME,

beer tasting by Great River Brewery, heart hors d’ourves by Pastries by Nicolette, raffles and dueling pianos for entertainment; $60/person; for information or to register, call 563-386-7477, River Music Experience, 129 Main St, Davenport, IA, http://www.casiseniors.org, 6pm Fri Mar 11. Quad Cities Henry Farnam Dinner, sponsored by River Action; with featured speaker Henry Posner III, Chairman of the Railroad Development Corporation, giving a illustrated presentation on “A Bridge to the Future: Iowa Interstate, the Quad Cities, and the U.S. Rail Industry”; 5-6:30pm displays & cash bar, 6:30pm dinner, 7:30pm program; $40/person, $375/reserved table of 10; for information and reservations, call 309-764-6122 or e-mail croseman@usc.edu, Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel, 421 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA, http://www.riveraction.org, 5pm Fri Mar 11. The St. Patrick Society’s Gathering of the Clan Luncheon, the Irish Mother of the Year, the Grand Marshal, and the $1,000 scholarship winner will be introduced; corned beef and cabbage or fish fillets will be served at noon; for information and tickets, contact Kathleen Eshelman at 563-324-2524, Col Ballroom, 1012 W. 4th St., Davenport, IA, http://www.stpatsqc.com, 11am Fri Mar 11.

Events

i wireless Center March through May

Y ou know, it’s never too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day. At least

that’s what my mother always says. So do right by your Mom this year and surprise her with some advance tickets to one of the sensational springtime events lined up at the i wireless

Center. Does your mother like music? If so, the Moline venue has plenty of excellent options for both you and her, with the chart- topping country musicians of Rascal Flatts performing on March 4; the

soulful sounds of The Four Tops’ and

The Temptations’ A Night of Motown Legends tour on May 4; four- time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney on May 5; the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “rock theater” performance of Beethoven’s Last Night on May 13; and my own mother’s personal favorite singer, multi-platinum-selling recording artist Josh Groban, on May 28. Maybe Mom would prefer that her music came with some jaw-dropping Chinese acrobatics? (And who wouldn’t?!) If so, by all means score tickets to the April 19 and 20 engagement of Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, the blend of avant-garde music, comedy, and perilous stunts enjoyed by more than 8 million people since its 1999 premiere. And if your mother’s into sports, you’ve got no less than eight options for early Mother’s Day presents at the i wireless: six ice- hockey games with the Quad City Mallards scheduled between March 5 and 23; a special arena-football showdown between the Iowa Barnstormers and the Milwaukee Mustangs on March 3; and one-on-one and tag-team action galore on March 13, with the stars of the WWE Smackdown Road to Wrestlemania event. Don’t scoff. Edge, Kane, and The Big Show have Moms, too, you know. For more information on the venue’s springtime happenings, visit iwirelessCenter.com. – Mike Schulz

Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion

on the venue’s springtime happenings, visit iwirelessCenter.com. – Mike Schulz Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion

Saint Alphonsus Fish Fry, dinner includes baked or beer batter

fried fish, baked potato, French fries, onion rings, coleslaw, roll and beverage; desserts also available; Fridays at 4pm; $8/adult, $3/child; for information, call 563-322-0987, St. Alphonsus Church, 2618 Boies Ave, Davenport, IA,