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Director Roberto Sneider Debuts A Charmingly Hilarious ‘Susana’

November 2nd, 2016

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. The new Gael Garcia Bernal film, based on the Spanish novel “Deserted Cities” by Jose Agustin explores the changing nature of male-female relationships in Mexico and the world. This entire concept of the changing nature of female roles in the world has been a big topic in this year’s films, including “The Eagle Huntress” (from Mongolia) and documentaries “Girls Don’t Fly” and “The Swedish Theory of Love,” (in which we learn... Read More

`Kaleidoscope’ Features Toby Jones Playing `Psycho-like’ Character at Chicago Film Festival

November 2nd, 2016

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. Kaleidoscope is a taut, psychological thriller that explores the inescapability of a destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother. At the heart of this modern-day “Psycho” are some unsettling questions:  Can we ever escape the role in which we are cast by early circumstances? Is a perpetrator first a victim? The film starred Toby Jones, the well-known actor who portrayed Truman Capote and, more recently, portrayed the... Read More

You’ll Get A Punch Of Humor Out of New Library Program

November 1st, 2016

Rock Islanders were busy founding a new City in 1841, but that wasn’t the only notable event of that year. The 2016 Frieze Lecture Series discussion theme celebrates “1841: The Year That Rock Island Began,” with a lecture Nov. 1 by Dr. Kelly Daniels, associate professor of English. Daniels will speak on “A Punch of Literary Humor,” which covers the 1841 birth of the British humor magazine named Punch, and all that has meant for for satire and humor in writing through National Lampoon, The Onion, and beyond. Daniels helps lead Augustana’s creative writing program... Read More

‘Last Laugh’ A Controversial Comedy At Chicago Film Festival

November 1st, 2016
Director Ferne Pearlstein

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. The Last Laugh by Director Ferne Pearlstein provoked crowds at the Chicago International Film Festival by mining tragedy for comedy with one of the most infamous tragedies of the 20th century. Can the Holocaust be funny? Is “Springtime for Hitler” in bad taste, and, if it is, should we not have laughed at it in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”? It’s a great concept. At times, the documentary is funny and witty. It discusses decades of humor... Read More

Factory Of Fear Is A Terrifying Experience

October 28th, 2016

There is a terrifying place in Moline at 5027 4th Ave. The Factory of Fear is just down the road from the water park. They open every year and the same cast comes back to scare the living daylights out of our beloved Quad Cities without fail upon each return. Entry is $15 and $20 for VIP. There is also $5 a discount for active military! And through the Halloween season, every Friday and Saturday from 7pm-12am ,as well as Sundays from 7pm-10pm, you can crawl through this terrifying single-level maze of horrific characters and haunting screams. My daughter, Madison Redecker, plays one of these characters... Read More

Karaoke And Costumes On Tap This Weekend At The Railhouse

October 28th, 2016

“A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance and maybe they’d be happy for a while.”-American Pie by Don Mclean Ever since I was a small child, and I mean SMALL, I have been singing. I remember being a 10 year old little girl sitting around a campfire singing to a bunch of adults to the tune of my uncle’s guitar. I sang everything from The Eagles to Queen. I had zero problem hitting all the notes on the scale when I was that age. Now I am older and I sing more like Bob... Read More

Lots Of Treats In Store At Local Halloween Events

October 27th, 2016

There are going to be plenty of treats, tricks, scares and surprises during this year’s Halloween season in the Quad-Cities, and here are some of the events you can check out. Fright Night takes place beginning at 5 p.m. in the District in downtown Rock Island, featuring music, fun activities for kids, crafts and arts, lots of free candy, a costume contest, DJ Jeff James and more. It’s all free and all fun down in the District. Also down in the District at Skellington Manor, 420 18th St., Rock Island, their hellishly fun triple-decker haunted house The Asylum is going to be wrapping things... Read More

Circa Holding Auditions For ‘Pirate’ Holiday Sequel

October 27th, 2016

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions their holiday children’s musical, Jingle Arrgh The Way. This new musical is the sequel to the theatre’s highly successful 2015 production of How I Became A Pirate. Auditions will be held Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 AM at the theatre, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, Illinois. Those auditioning are asked to bring a résumé and current photo; prepare 16 bars of a traditional Broadway song; bring sheet music in the proper key; and be prepared to dance and read from the script, if asked to do so. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals... Read More

BB and KJ52’s The Revive Tour Coming To Fulton

October 27th, 2016

OBB and KJ52’s The Revive Tour is coming to Fulton at 6:00 PM Saturday, October 29, at Second Reformed Church, 703 14th Ave, Fulton. Also appearing are Ryan Dail and Hannah Rose For tickets ($5), text John at 815-441-5453 The first 50 tickets sold will be getting a VIP Q and A session with the bands before the show. The show is sponsored by Awesometown and PIZZA RANCH.  Read More

Partnership Provides the Community with A Look At The River Through Artists’ Eyes

October 27th, 2016

Local artist Heidi Brandt is launching “Art Meets the River”, a 2017 calendar showcasing Quad City river art from 6 local artists. The project will benefit local non-profit River Action. An art exhibit featuring the calendar art will be held at the Bereskin Gallery located in Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street Davenport, from October 28th through November 12. An opening reception will be held at Bucktown’s Final Friday event, October 28th from 6 to 9 p.m. The second year of the project features six local artists and their different art forms to further showcase the talent in... Read More