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May The 4th Be With You: ALL ‘Star Wars’ Films Ranked! What’s Number One?

May 4th, 2021
May The 4th Be With You: ALL 'Star Wars' Films Ranked! What's Number One?

Star Wars is the most popular space saga and most exciting adventure film franchise in the world. It captured the hearts and minds of all ages and created an entire community of its own. And, since partnering with Disney, the force and its popularity has grown and become an even hotter brand. I admittedly can’t call myself a major Star Wars geek but I do admire the films and their rock star entertainment value. I love getting lost in their world and as today is Star Wars Day, I put on the Disney +documentary Empire of Dreams (highly recommended) and decided to rank the existing 11 films. Phantom... Read More

What Are Some Of The Biggest Oscar SNUBS In History?

April 25th, 2021
What Are Some Of The Biggest Oscar SNUBS In History?

With the Oscars coming up tonight, I got to thinking about the big snubs in the last 30+ years and how Pam Grier was robbed of a nomination for Jackie Brown. That led me down a mental rabbit hole and got me asking myself, “Who else should have been nominated?!” After scouring my brain for completely useless knowledge I came to a simple conclusion: the Academy should start giving out a special award for past work that was unrecognized. Sounds wild, right? Hear me out. Sometimes the Academy gets it wrong. Sometimes performers make us… laugh… and we know how the Academy generally feels... Read More

Pick The Oscar Winners, Win A FREE Pizza! In The QuadCities.com Oscar Contest!

April 24th, 2021
Pick The Oscar Winners, Win A FREE Pizza! In The QuadCities.com Oscar Contest!

The 2021 Academy Awards are FINALLY here! The Awards show is set for 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC! Do you have predictions set? Well, we’re providing you with a convenient ballot here to fill out for your own Oscar parties and gatherings, and if you want, you can also enter the FIRST ANNUAL QUADCITIES.COM OSCAR CONTEST! That’s right — just click on the official ballot here, and send us your picks for the winners by 5 p.m. central time Sunday — send the entries to Sean@QuadCities.com — and the winner will get a FREE PIZZA FROM HARRIS PIZZA! That’s right, FREE PIZZA! You don’t have to circle... Read More

Pick The Oscar Winners, Win The FIRST ANNUAL QuadCities.com Oscar Contest!

April 23rd, 2021
Pick The Oscar Winners, Win The FIRST ANNUAL QuadCities.com Oscar Contest!

The 2021 Academy Awards are FINALLY here! The Awards show is set for 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC! Do you have predictions set? Well, we’re providing you with a convenient ballot here to fill out for your own Oscar parties and gatherings, and if you want, you can also enter the FIRST ANNUAL QUADCITIES.COM OSCAR CONTEST! That’s right — just click on the official ballot here, and send us your picks for the winners by 5 p.m. central time Sunday — send the entries to Sean@QuadCities.com — and the winner will get a FREE PIZZA FROM HARRIS PIZZA! That’s right, FREE PIZZA! You... Read More

Cooking Thyme – Korean Beef

April 20th, 2021
Cooking Thyme - Korean Beef

Korean Beef Serves 4, or 2 with leftovers Ingredients 1 lb lean ground beef 3 cloves garlic (minced) 1 TBSP sesame oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 tsp ground ginger Red pepper flakes (measure this with your heart) 2 cups rice 2 cups water Chopped veggies of your choice Instructions Start by washing and chopping up your vegetables. In a bowl, mix brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set aside. Add sesame oil and minced garlic to a pan. Cook garlic until browned. Add the beef, break into small pieces. Add rice and water to a separate pot. Cook. When beef is halfway... Read More

Cooking Thyme – Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

April 6th, 2021
Cooking Thyme - Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta 8oz bow tie pasta 2 Tablespoons butter 3 cloves garlic (minced) 1 lb chicken (cut into bite-size pieces) 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (more or less depending on your taste) 4 oz cream cheese 1 cup milk 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt Fresh vegetables (of your choosing, we used bell pepper, zucchini, and spinach)   Instructions: Cook pasta, set aside when finished While that’s cooking, wash and cut vegetables. Cut chicken breasts Melt butter in a large pan, add garlic. When garlic has browned, add chicken, vegetables, and... Read More

Moline’s Black Box Offers Up A Supremely Cool ‘Dick Tracy’

March 19th, 2021
Moline's Black Box Offers Up A Supremely Cool 'Dick Tracy'

Former Quad City Times David Burke reporter once referred to the cast of my production of Company as being “the cool kids lunch table” and if he were still reviewing shows in this area, he’d say the same and MORE about this cast. This is the new “cool kids lunch table.” James Driscoll. Jenny Winn. Sara Wegener. Tom Vaccaro. Matt Walsh. Mark Ruebling. Doug Kutzli. It’s like producers Lora Adams and David Miller broke into my brain and picked one of my dream team casts and put them on stage for the new Black Box Theater production of “Dick Tracy.” Unfortunately, they... Read More

Is The Quad-Cities In For A New Renaissance Of Entertainment?

January 2nd, 2021
Is The Quad-Cities In For A New Renaissance Of Entertainment?

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. No doubt, the last year was a crushing one for the arts and entertainment scene — both locally and nationally. But while it’s been an excruciating time in the short term, it could end up being a good thing, in the long run. Entertainment needed to die a little so it could be reinvented, and in forcing it to adapt, it’s creating something new and exciting. I’m not saying I’m thankful for this horrific pandemic but... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Turkey Taco Tortilla Soup

October 21st, 2020
Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Turkey Taco Tortilla Soup

A variation on a classic chicken tortilla! This has a nice kick to it and makes for an awesome soup OR dip. It’s diverse! (Trigger warning: I use the word liberal below. Prepare your sensitive self. I also mention the word Vote in the video so be cautious!) WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 4 cups of chicken broth 2 cups of tomato juice 1 can of diced tomatoes 1 can of HOT Rotel 1 can of black beans ½ bag of frozen corn 1 packet of taco seasoning 1 pound of ground turkey Liberal amount of Cumin Liberal amount of Red Pepper Flakes Salt and pepper to taste TO EAT AS A SOUP: add cheese and tortilla strips TO... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Crock-pot Chicken Tacos

October 14th, 2020
Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Crock-pot Chicken Tacos

The easiest meal that takes the longest! It’s perfect for humans on the go. Put everything in the crock-pot before you leave for the day and by the time you get home, you’ll have something bangin’ to eat! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: A crock pot 2 chicken breasts 1 ½ cans of Rotel (hot) ½ cup of water 2 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp cumin (maybe more) Salt and pepper to taste WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: AT LEAST hours before you wish to serve the tacos, throw everything into the crock pot on high! At the 5th hour – or later – shred the chicken and add additional spices as needed Let it simmer... Read More