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Iowa, Illinois Restaurant Leaders Share Industry Issues in Quad-Cities Chamber Webinar

March 5th, 2021
Iowa, Illinois Restaurant Leaders Share Industry Issues in Quad-Cities Chamber Webinar

LaTisha Howlett, owner of Bayside Bistro, at 1105 Christie St. in the Village of East Davenport, has had a crazy past year in business – like many restaurants and countless organizations in the Quad-Cities. At a Quad Cities Chamber legislative webinar Friday morning, with leaders from the Iowa and Illinois restaurant associations, she shared her perspective on the unprecedented challenges of the past year and what assistance she and other small business owners may need moving forward. “Covid has been difficult for everybody, especially small businesses,” Howlett said. “Having the governor... Read More

After St. Ambrose Picked New President, Augustana Busy in Process to Choose Theirs

March 4th, 2021
After St. Ambrose Picked New President, Augustana Busy in Process to Choose Theirs

The past couple months have been a busy time in the private college presidential search business in the Quad-Cities. In late January, Augustana College president Steven Bahls announced he was delaying his planned retirement one year – from July 2021 to July 1, 2022. In early February, St. Ambrose University concluded its search process for the 14th president of the Davenport institution, naming Amy C. Novak, president of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., to take the helm this August, with the retirement of Sister Joan Lescinski. And in late February, Augustana in Rock Island held... Read More

Bereskin Gallery Showcases Artist Steve Banks in New Exhibit Through April

March 4th, 2021
Bereskin Gallery Showcases Artist Steve Banks in New Exhibit Through April

The Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy, 2967 State St., Bettendorf, will highlight the multimedia artworks of Davenport artist Steve Banks in March and April. An opening reception with Banks will be held Friday, March 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Banks’ new exhibit. “Construct/Destruct,” emphasizes the architectural underpinnings in his artwork, which includes several ceramic sculptures. There are 25 pieces — both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works – in the gallery. “It’s something this area hasn’t seen. This is the first time he’s ever exhibited anything like this,”... Read More

New Art at the Airport Features Aquatic Paintings, Fiber Tapestries and Baskets

March 4th, 2021
New Art at the Airport Features Aquatic Paintings, Fiber Tapestries and Baskets

The latest Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport – on display through April 28 — presents aquatic paintings by Brian Buckles of Waterloo, Iowa, fiber tapestries by Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Davenport, and coiled fiber baskets by Kelly Hanson of Moline. Brian Buckles was born and raised in the Quad-Cities, yet has had a lifelong fascination with marine life and sharks. “The cruelty of shark finning and the unsustainable fishing practices that are threatening the survival of many species are the inspirations for my work,” he says of his aquatic paintings. “Because most people... Read More

Davenport Artist Bruce Walters Has New WIU Exhibit, on Eve of Retiring

March 3rd, 2021
Davenport Artist Bruce Walters Has New WIU Exhibit, on Eve of Retiring

For Western Illinois University art professor Bruce Walters of Davenport, a 37-year career teaching in higher education has been accentuated by the personal artwork he’s created, in a wide variety of media. As he prepares to retire from teaching in May, an exhibit of part of his inspired work — titled “What the Hand Dare Seize the Fire?” — is on display at the University Art Gallery in Macomb through April 2. The title of the current exhibit is taken from a 227-year-old poem, “The Tyger,” by William Blake. “The first drawings in this exhibition are drawn from... Read More

Quad-Cities-wide Scavenger Hunt Begins This Weekend!

March 3rd, 2021
Quad-Cities-wide Scavenger Hunt Begins This Weekend!

You can find fun throughout the Quad-Cities this weekend while supporting a new local nonprofit, and some Quad-Cities businesses – and have a chance at winning $500! Annette Clevenger, founder and CEO of Narratives QC, a new organization that provides life skills coaching to at-risk young adults (ages 17 to 24) to empower them to find their path and purpose has organized the first fundraiser for Narratives, a Q-C Scavenger Hunt. “Our mission is to change the culture of the Quad-Cities by changing the trajectory of the next generation,” according to the group, which you can find at Narrativesqc.org. Clevenger... Read More

Packed Lineup of Comedians at Friday’s Tomfoolery on Tremont

March 3rd, 2021
Packed Lineup of Comedians at Friday’s Tomfoolery on Tremont

A lot of laughs are expected for the next killer lineup of comedians at Friday’s Tomfoolery on Tremont, for two shows 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., at Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave., Davenport. Seating is very limited (with masks required when not seated), for the shows headlined by Mike Merryfield, whom Tomfoolery calls “a refreshingly original comedian. His act never feels fake or forced. By simply being himself, he’s become a comic on the verge of stardom,” the event page says. Merryfield has won season 3 of Comcast’s “Trial By Laughter,” was runner-up in the 37th-annual San Francisco... Read More

New Augustana Online Production Tells Illuminating Story of Autistic Boy

March 3rd, 2021
New Augustana Online Production Tells Illuminating Story of Autistic Boy

In the moving play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” audiences get inside the mind of a 15-year-old gifted autistic boy. Augustana College will present a recorded live performance of their production online at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The 2012 stage adaption of British novelist Mark Haddon’s 2003 international best-seller originally was scheduled to be performed last December, but was postponed due to the pandemic. Student tickets are free, but must be purchased by first requesting a complimentary code. Faculty and staff... Read More

Pleasant Valley High Presents Pre-Recorded Play Online, After In-Person Shows

March 2nd, 2021
Pleasant Valley High Presents Pre-Recorded Play Online, After In-Person Shows

Christina Myatt, drama director at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, continues to give her students acting options. Live theater has persisted during Covid, and their latest production – the small, intimate “Feiffer’s People” – was performed in front of audiences at PV last weekend, and a filmed version will be shown online at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. “It went really well,” Myatt said Monday of the eight-member cast in PV’s huge auditorium, at 25-percent capacity maximum. “It’s a smaller cast, it allows us to work in a way, people aren’t on top... Read More

Deanery School of Music, Davenport, Names Rishi Wagle as First Executive Director

March 2nd, 2021
Deanery School of Music, Davenport, Names Rishi Wagle as First Executive Director

Less than three months after securing its lease and creating its name, the new Deanery School of Music has chosen its first executive director, Rishi Wagle of Bettendorf. A 2016 Pleasant Valley High School alum and 2020 graduate of Brown University, he will work closely with the board and with Hannah Holman, the school’s artistic director, to address the many initiatives associated with the start of this new and unique cultural organization serving the Quad-Cities. “There are so many moving parts associated with an adventure like this that we feel it needs someone who is a quick learner with... Read More