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So, You Want to Write a Web Series… (A Slightly Fictionalized Memoir About the Making of “Against the Odds”)

July 15th, 2016

May 2015 “Hey, that’s me!”  I say it aloud while staring at my phone in the coffee shop.  The people at the next table look at me as if I spilled soup down my shirt.  After cleaning myself up (I have, in fact, spilled soup down my shirt), I read the Facebook status again.  Josh Kahn (The Ghost of Vaudeville, Bottoms-Up Burlesque, Blacklist) is asking his Facebook friends if anyone knows of anyone with screenwriting experience. “Hey, that’s me!” is a slight exaggeration.  I had one co-written play produced and have various unproduced ventures – four episodes of a co-written 1930s... Read More

QC Anime-zing coming to the RiverCenter this weekend!

July 14th, 2016

It’s pretty rare to attend a convention that features programs on My Little Pony, how to write erotic fiction about cartoon characters and the etiquette of attending raves, but then again, there are few events as unique as QC Anime-zing! The seventh annual three-day festival celebrating Japanese anime and all related fandoms, communities, and arts invades the Davenport RiverCenter this weekend, kicking off on Friday with an explosion of costumed characters, sci-fi and fantasy merchandise and imaginative diversions of the mind and body. Autograph sessions, panels, workshops, concerts, social... Read More

Plenty of Musical Fan Favorites Booked For The Truckers’ Jamboree

July 14th, 2016

The Walcott Trucker’s Jamboree is rolling a high five of fan favorite musical performers at this year’s event, its 37th at the Iowa 80 Truckstop. The gigs will be held July 14-16, 2016 at Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa. “We have a great line up this year,” says Heather DeBaillie, Marketing Manager. “Our performers are fan favorites.” Thursday July 14 attendees can enjoy the music of Dani Lynn Howe and headliner Clare Dunn. “Dani Lynn is sure to be full of energy and playing our favorites,” says DeBaillie.  “Clare Dunn has just released her new single Tuxedo.... Read More

Tim’s Corner Holding Blowout Event As Comics and Films’ Popularity On Screen Keeps On Exploding

July 14th, 2016

As the Quad-Cities braces for another pulse-pounding, explosive comics blowout sale and event at Tim’s Corner, 2963 14th Ave., Rock Island, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16,  theaters in the area are already bursting with the powerful onslaught of comic books being brought to celluloid life, much to the joy of thousands of film fans. But what does the cinematic trend mean to local comics retailers, can it continue, and why have comics, once on the fringe as cult entertainment, become so mainstream? “(Comics movies have) action, romance, explosions…everything that makes up a great... Read More

Homebrew Festiv-Ale ‘Hopping’ Into Rock Island District

July 14th, 2016

There’s something brewing this weekend in the Rock Island District. Saturday, July 16, from 2 to 6 p.m. The District will host a Homebrew event on the Great River Plaza in downtown Rock Island. Rivers Edge Homebrew Festiv-Ale is the first of its kind in downtown Rock Island; this event will feature over a dozen homebrew clubs from around the Midwest with over fifty different brews to sample. Attendees will receive fifteen sample tickets, and a Rivers Edge Homebrew Festiv-Ale commemorative glass (while supplies last) with paid admission. An exciting element of this event will be a special tapping... Read More

Jamboree Keeps On Truckin’ Into I-80 For Its 37th Year

July 13th, 2016

Older than pretty much every player on both teams of the NBA finals, older than almost every act in this week’s Billboard Top Ten pop chart and older than Ashton Kutcher’s favorite trucker hat, the Iowa 80 Truckstop is keeping on trucking for it’s 37th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16. The event, as always, is at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa. Admission and parking are free. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the event grounds. This year’s jamboree will feature nearly 150 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest,... Read More

Sergeant’s Inspirational ‘Courage’ Rises To Sensitively Look At Mental Health Issues

July 13th, 2016

The discussion over mental health challenges can be a difficult one. Admitting concerns can be daunting and treatment options and social stigmas surrounding the issue are often intimidating to those suffering from this disease, as well as those whose lives are touched by those suffering. The issue of mental health and the facilitation of discussion about its perspectives is the driving force behind the inspirational book “Courage To Rise Above,” by Quad-Cities author Jennifer Sergeant. Sergeant’s book, which is available at the Davenport Book Rack store as well as online at all retailers,... Read More

Davenport 13-year-olds Are Headed To Babe Ruth World Series!

July 11th, 2016
Davenport Little League Team

The Davenport 13-year-old little league team is headed to the big show. The all-star team composed of players from the Davenport, Bettendorf and surrounding Iowa areas will be playing in the Babe Ruth World Series next month. The team reports Aug. 9 and will begin games Aug. 11 in Ottumwa, Iowa, against a dozen teams from around the world in the double-elimination round-robin tournament. The team is composed of Manager Jason Gillaspie, Coach Larry Cato, Coach Tony Losasso and players Cody Depardo, Sam Wellman, Jacob Struss, Luke Loving, Lucas Gross, Andrew Hutchcroft, Cade Amato, Nate Canfield,... Read More

Planet Comic And Arts Convention A Superman-Sized Hit

July 11th, 2016

From graphic novels to graphic discussions of superhero dating practices, the Quad-Cities Planet Con played to a full house of fans of all ages Sunday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Rock Island. Once again, Mellow Blue Planet hosted the 7th Annual event, a favorite meeting ground for creators, dealers, vendors, cosplayers and fans in the Q-C area and organizer, and Mellow Blue Planet shop owner Tim Johnson was thrilled with the turnout. “I’m extremely happy with the event this year,” Johnson said. “Attendance is about 600, which is up about 50 from last year, and every year it’s... Read More

It’ll Be A Hot Flash Time At Circa During ‘Menopause: The Musical’

July 8th, 2016

When that change arrives, you can get unusual hot flashes, fiery mood swings and unusual ideas and cravings. And by “that change,” of course I’m talking about a theater changing shows from one to the next. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is going to be transitioning into that more mature era as they closed down “Sister Act” last weekend and this weekend welcome the return of “Menopause: The Musical,” running through Aug. 27. The show will be performed at Circa ’21 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m.... Read More