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New MLK Hawaii Doc to be Previewed on Martin Luther King Day

January 14th, 2021

In September 1959, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited Hawaii – shortly after it formally became the 50th state in the Union, and spoke to its leaders. That little-known trip is the subject of a planned documentary and a Facebook Live discussion with its filmmakers on Monday, Martin Luther King Day. The Quad-Cities based Azubuike African American Council for the Arts is hosting the free event Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., where Azubuike executive director (and Rock Island native) Jonathan Burnett will interview his father, Academy Award-winner Charles Burnett, director of the new MLK documentary,... Read More

Rock Island’WVIK Hosting Latest “Hidden Conversations” Tonight on Facebook Live

January 14th, 2021

Tonight, WVIK Quad Cities NPR will host the latest of its series of “Hidden Conversations” – How the black community is portrayed in marketing and media, on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Davenport-based leadership and diversity expert Dr. LaDrina Wilson will speak with Quad-Citizens Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, reporter for WHBF and KLJB news and host of LOVE Girls: The Podcast; Skubie Mageza, sports anchor and reporter with KWQC, TV6; and Dr. Joseph Miller, professor of sales and marketing for St. Ambrose University about how the Black community is portrayed in marketing and media — all... Read More

Galvin Fine Arts Center Recoups Some Covid Losses With Grant

January 14th, 2021

St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center has received $27,300 from the state of Iowa from the program offering economic relief to the state’s arts and culture industry. The grant (announced late last month) is provided through the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program, and will reimburse Galvin for some losses incurred in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lance Sadlek, director of the Galvin Fine Arts Center, said the grant will cover some of the lost revenue and extra expenses for personal protective equipment (PPE) and labor that were needed to keep Galvin operating and safe... Read More

New Spotlight Theatre Teacher Boasts Varied, Impressive Background

January 14th, 2021

The newest children’s theater instructor at Moline’s Spotlight Theatre has traveled far and wide to pursue her passions – theater and history. Lily Maynard – a friendly 34-year-old who’s married to Quad City Arts executive director Kevin Maynard – grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her BFA in musical theater in 2011 and a master’s in history, both from Western Illinois University. Since her first appearance on stage in a Florida high school production of Stand and Deliver (1999), Lily has appeared in more than 50 productions — including Guys and Dolls, You’re... Read More

Davenport Native Co-Writing New Biopic on Late Senator John McCain

January 13th, 2021

Davenport native Mark Salter – the longtime confidant and speechwriter for U.S. Sen. John McCain – is co-writing a film script on the late maverick Senator’s cinematic life. An Assumption High School alum whose father was executive director of Mississippi Valley Fair for decades, Salter is penning the biopic with television producer Craig Turk (“The Good Wife,” “FBI”). The film is being made with support from McCain’s family. His widow, Cindy McCain, will serve as an executive producer. “John’s story is one of incredible heroism, of serving causes greater than his own self-interest,”... Read More

Comedy Returns to Davenport’s Renwick Mansion Friday

January 12th, 2021

After more than two months since their last stand-up comedy show, the “Tomfoolery on Tremont” series will return with two shows – this Friday and Jan. 22 at the Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave., Davenport. “They’re great comics, just not really big names,” Chris Schlichting of Davenport, comedian and organizer of the series, said recently. “We are just excited to get back to some comedy.” The first show since Brett Terhune on Nov. 7, 2020 will be Geoffrey Asmus on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., who Schlichting described as one of their favorites. (The 7 p.m. show is sold... Read More

Miss Iowa Emily Tinsman Has Unusual Year in More Ways Than One

January 11th, 2021

Thirteen months after Bettendorf native Emily Tinsman competed in Miss America, the 24-year-old is in the unprecedented position being Miss Iowa for a second year. Like everything else around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic upended Tinsman’s touring schedule in 2020, and since there was no Miss America competition held last month, the 2021 Miss Iowa is expected to be named this June at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, and a new Miss America at the end of the year – the 100th anniversary of what is no longer considered a beauty pageant. “I was on a roll,” Tinsman said recently of returning... Read More

New Mid-Century Aviation Exhibit Takes ‘Trip Back In Time’ at Q-C Airport

January 11th, 2021

Art and aviation fly high in a perfect connection at the new Quad City Arts Art at the Airport exhibit with “A Trip Back in Time” at the Quad City International Airport, Moline. The new exhibit – on display through March 1, 2021 – features Drew Morton’s digital drawings of airport runways, Peter Mauney’s time-lapse photographs of airplane arrivals and departures along with a selection of mid-century modern artifacts on loan from Fred and Ethel’s antiques store in Rock Island, the Putnam Museum and Science Center in Davenport, and private collections. Drew Morton of Iowa City explained... Read More

St. Ambrose Piano Professor Performs Monday on Iowa Public Radio Steinway Series

January 10th, 2021

The day last August that Marian Lee was to be the first female pianist to play for Iowa Public Radio’s (IPR) Steinway Café series, was the day after the devastating derecho swept through the Midwest. The St. Ambrose University associate professor of piano rescheduled her virtual appearance to this Monday at noon. Lee’s pre-recorded 45-minute program (filmed at SAU’s Madsen Hall) will be available on IPR’s Facebook page and Ambrose music department’s Facebook. Lee will be watching and answering viewer questions in real time on the IPR site. “I was really surprised to find I was the... Read More

River Music Experience Music Lab Celebrates 200th Episode, Among Other Out-of-the-Box Responses to Pandemic

January 9th, 2021

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. This past week was an historic one for the nation, as well as for Davenport-based River Music Experience. Five Americans died as a result of the massive Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as pro-Trump insurrectionists disrupted the certification of the Electoral College presidential results. That same Wednesday, RME postponed the planned celebration of the online Music Lab’s 200th episode that afternoon. The half-hour weekday... Read More