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Bucktown’s History Gets Its Turn In The Spotlight With Turner Book

September 29th, 2016

Join Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) as it launches “A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport’s Infamous District Transformed,” a new book (published by The History Press) written by Jonathan Turner, arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus. Copies of “A Brief History of Bucktown” will be available for purchase in the Boho Chic Gallery on Final Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. when Jonathan will host a book signing during Bucktown’s wine walk. An exhibit featuring Bucktown-themed artifacts (on loan from the German American... Read More

Put Some Salsa and Oktoberfest Into Your Weekend In Moline Centre

September 29th, 2016

Are you ready for the greatest Beer Festival in the Quad Cities?  Bierstube hosts two weekends of Oktoberfest on September 30/October 1 and October 7/8.  Dig out those lederhosen and head down to the Stube for traditional German beer, food, games, prizes and live music direct from Austria. Don’t forget to stop by Moline’s new open air market, Mercado on Fifth, on September 30 and October 8.  Shop for healthy produce and unique items, learn about the culture of the area and even watch a movie on their outdoor patio.  The Mercado will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Friday... Read More

Lederhosen 5K Running Into Quad-Cities

September 29th, 2016

It’s usually a bad thing when you get a run in your hose, but this weekend, running in an event named after hose will lead to a lot of good things, charity-wise. The Lederhosen 5k will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Felsen Insel (Rock Island). People are encouraged to dress up for the run/walk in your best lederhosen or dirndl. There’s even a half-mile fun run called the Kinderlauf for the kids. Afterwards there will be a Oktoberfest Post-Race Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. supported by City Limits Saloon & Grill and Euclid Beverages with German... Read More

Bonnieroo Benefit Bounds Into Mound This Weekend

September 29th, 2016

You’ve heard of Bonnaroo, this weekend you’ll get to experience Bonnieroo. The benefit for Bonnie Elkins will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at The Mound, 1029 Mound St., Davenport. Bonnie Elkins was diagnosed with small lymphocytic lymphoma Stage 4 with bone marrow involvement. Throughout her struggle with cancer she has lost her job and is in need of your help. Her daughters, Tara and Lela, are holding the benefit. Bonnieroo 2016 will feature music performed by Winterland, The Dawn, The Low Down, Zach Harris and The 3rd Street Villains. There will be benefit raffles, 50/50 drawing and... Read More

Anderson’s First Book Helps Out Kids And Charity In Colorful Fashion

September 28th, 2016
Christopher Anderson works on a painting he will be donating to MCSA as part of its renovation. Anderson’s first book, “Boots,” a children’s tome about MCSA, is available at the shelter. (Sean Leary photo)

Children leaving their homes due to domestic abuse or financial instability are being given the chance to turn to a brighter chapter in their lives by the Muscatine Center of Social Action, and local author and artist Christopher Anderson is helping them to turn the pages on their lives in a more friendly and colorful way. Muscatine’s Anderson, 35, is the creative force behind the new book “Boots,” which will be given to children entering the shelter. The tome offers kids a virtual tour of the establishment through the eyes of a colorful cartoon cat. “It helps to make the transition a little... Read More

Magic Sword Will Rock Your World With Its Geeky Awesome Show

September 28th, 2016

Pretty much everything I loved as a pre-teen (and that I continue to love) has been wrapped up into one band called Magic Sword, which will perform with opening acts Idpyramid and Alex Body from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. Advance tickets to the show are just $5. Magic Sword is a combination of Daft Punk, John Carpenter, Dungeons and Dragons culture, Tron, comic books, progressive rock, synth pop and more. But hey, don’t just believe me. Truly, they need to be seen rather than described. To hear tracks off their Legend EP, click here: To... Read More

Family Museum Takes A Voyage To Vietnam This Weekend

September 23rd, 2016

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Family Museum will open Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tết Festival, a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture. Children and their parents throughout the country will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights, and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tết. Funded through a highly competitive national initiative by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series and developed by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Voyage to Vietnam exhibition is traveling to nine... Read More

Leary’s Short Story Collection ‘Shed Skin’ Offers Optimistic Tales For Difficult Times

September 23rd, 2016

Change. We undergo transformations every day of our lives, in ways small and significant, in ways good and bad. Sean Leary’s “Does The Shed Skin Know It Was Once A Snake?” offers 11 award-winning short stories dealing with the life changes many of us face, and the positive ways in which our lives can transform, even in difficult times. “Shed Skin” is available in bookstores and webstores worldwide  as a print book and eBook for every eReader format. It is also available direct from the author at Leary will be signing copies of the book at several... Read More

Rock Island Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

September 23rd, 2016

The freedom to read and access ideas can transform lives – but when books are challenged or banned outright, readers are blocked from seeing all viewpoints and perspectives. That’s one of the reasons why libraries and bookstores focus on the harm of censorship during Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2016. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, local authors, librarians and other lovers of freedom will stand up for their right to read during a public reading of banned and challenged works at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The free event takes place in the library Community Room,... Read More

Q-C Marathon, Fall Crafts, Ice Cream And Art Ring Fall Into Moline Centre

September 22nd, 2016

Everything from fall crafts to ice cream to art to a marathon is helping Moline Centre feel like fall this coming week. The Moline Rotary Club is sponsoring a FREE ice cream social on Sept. 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Taking place along 6th Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets the purpose of this event is to showcase and dedicate the Rotary Plaza in downtown Moline.  Bring the entire family and enjoy free music and refreshments, catch a glimpse of Rascal the River Bandit, Pete the Purple Bull and inspect the police and firefighter vehicles and equipment that will be on display. The Moline... Read More