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Quad-Cities Artists to Partner With Chicago Group on New Projects

April 8th, 2021

Representatives from Azubuike African American Council for the Arts and St. Ambrose University invite the public Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Figge Art Museum (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport) for a conversation with special guests Jon Veal and Jordan Campbell of the Chicago-based art group alt_ (alt space). They will discuss an upcoming series of Quad-Cities projects aimed at positive disruption through tangible acts of service. There will be a cap of 45 people in the lobby and all typical Covid protocols will be in effect. RSVP is strongly suggested at azubuikeartscouncil@gmail.com. Christopher... Read More

New Q2030 Nonprofit Group Forming, Executive Director and $400K Sought

April 8th, 2021

Nearly six years after launching the Q2030 regional action planning process, leaders of Q2030 are creating a new stand-alone nonprofit organization. They’re seeking its first executive director, to start this summer, and raising $400,000 to implement the long-range plan. The new organization – announced Thursday — includes a diverse board representing the business, government, nonprofit and education sectors within the Quad-Cities. The first four champion organizations – Quad Cities Chamber, Quad Cities Community Foundation, United Way Quad Cities and Visit Quad Cities – have strengthened... Read More

Rock Island’s Genesius Guild Set the Mask Trend Decades Ago, Plans Abridged 2021 Season

April 7th, 2021

The Quad-Cities theater company Genesius Guild was wearing masks in performance for decades before it was fashionable or medically recommended. After it had to cancel its 2020 summer season at Rock Island’s Lincoln Park Classic Theatre due to Covid, Genesius will be back this summer, with three scaled-back productions in June and July, including an ancient Greek tragedy in mask to close the abbreviated season – ensuring it will all be safe for cast, crew and audiences. The 2021 season will consist of: June 19, 20, 26 and 27: William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” adapted and abridged... Read More

Quad City Symphony To Provide Music to Vaccine Patients in Milan

April 7th, 2021

If you get your Covid vaccine at the Rock Island County mass vaccination clinic in Milan between April 14 and May 20, there will be something special that’s literally music to your ears. Taking inspiration from famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s recent impromptu performance during his Covid vaccine observation period, the Rock Island County Health Department and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) are partnering to bring live music to the mass vaccination site at Camden Centre in Milan. “Vaccine Variations” is an initiative that arranges for one-hour performances by QCSO musicians starting April... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Seeks Video Submissions for “Saturday Night Fever” Roles

April 7th, 2021

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, Rock Island, is seeking online submissions to fill open roles for their long-awaited summer production of “Saturday Night Fever.” The highly anticipated musical was in dress rehearsals when the theater at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, had to shut down March 16, 2020, because of Covid-19. The musical has been rescheduled for summer 2021. Production dates, including rehearsal, for the stage adaptation of the hit 1977 John Travolta movie musical, are July 1 – Sept. 11, 2021. The directorial team for this musical featuring the hits of the Bee Gees are director/choreographer... Read More

Retiring Black Hawk Professor Starts “ABC All-Star” Scholarship, In Honor of Autistic Son

April 6th, 2021

Xixuan Collins of Bettendorf, a biology professor at Black Hawk College, is taking her personal and professional experiences to heart to help other students facing special challenges. She and her family are starting an endowed scholarship, “ABC All-Star,” for students with disabilities at BHC. “ABC” are the initials of their son Ari – a 5th grader who lives with autism and ADHD. It also stands for “American-Born Chinese” (in tribute to their family background) and “all students can be stars and shine,” Collins said recently. Currently, there is no scholarship for these students... Read More

BREAKING: Ryan Wille Named New Executive Director of Quad City Botanical Center

April 6th, 2021

Ryan Wille, a former marketing manager of Quad City Botanical Center, has been chosen next executive director of the Rock Island-based nonprofit, succeeding Ami Porter. A 2009 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Wille was the marketing manager at QCBC (2525 4th Ave., Rock Island) from March 2016 to October 2018, and since then has been development manager of the Humane Society of Scott County. “Ryan, he is a great leader. He is a wonderful person,” Porter said Tuesday morning. “He is very passionate about the gardens. He cares very much about the success of the gardens and he’s... Read More

Jambrella 2 Festival and 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Event Planned for Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds

April 5th, 2021

Quad-Cities based Jambrella Productions plans to present big musical lineups for indoor festivals at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, both for June 12, and a 20th-anniversary commemoration of the U.S. terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Scheduled in part to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Davenport-based River Music Experience, the June 12 event will be co-sponsored by RME and Realty ONE Group, Jambrella founder Michael Moncada said. After starting his business just in February, he recently moved into office space at Realty ONE Group, 4726 N. Brady St., Davenport. “It beats working out of my... Read More

Bettendorf K & K Co-Owner Honored and Disappointed by Norwegian Cruise Line

April 5th, 2021

Kortney Gaura and her daughter were really looking forward to swimming with the pigs. A co-owner of K&K Hardware in Bettendorf with a heart of gold, Gaura was among 2019 winners of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Encore Moments campaign. The 51 winners nationwide (Gaura was honored for the state of Iowa) were feted in New York City in December 2019, an initiative to recognize and reward everyday heroes across the U.S. and Canada for the positive impact they have on those around them. The winners, who were nominated for their selfless efforts, were treated to an afternoon appreciation event... Read More

Visit Quad Cities Launches New “Bring It QC” Campaign

April 5th, 2021

If you have a personal or professional event you typically go out of town for, Visit Quad Cities wants you to consider bringing it back home. Visit Quad Cities – the area’s destination management marketing organization — officially launched its new “Bring It QC” initiative today, April 5. The program is designed to connect Quad Citizens with the Visit Quad Cities team to identify potential new meetings, events, conventions, and conferences that could be held in the Quad Cities regional destination. Many Quad Citizens travel out of town to attend conferences, professional association... Read More