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What’s The Good News For January, Quad-Cities?

January 18th, 2022
What's The Good News For January, Quad-Cities?

The weather outside is frightful, but the good news is so delightful! We’re back again with What’s The Good News, our team-up every month with KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live” to highlight some of the great news going on in and around the Quad-Cities! So, what’s the good news for January, Quad-Cities? Glad you asked! Rock Island Math And Science Helps QC Paws Rock Island Center for Math & Science raised $1,000 for QC Paws through its Leader in Me service project “Cause for 4 Paws”! Students and staff raised funds through various fundraisers the school held and presented... Read More

Community Home Partners In Rock Island Announces New CEO

December 14th, 2021
Community Home Partners In Rock Island Announces New CEO

Community Home Partners in Rock Island, Illinois is thrilled to welcome our new CEO John Chow. For 22 years, Susan Anderson led Community Home Partners (CHP) as CEO. She’s now retiring in January 2022, and John will be carrying on her hard work. The media is invited to attend a welcome reception for John on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the Community Home Partners Offices at 227 21st Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201 from 5-7 p.m. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. For additional information, contact Kathleen Vondran at 563-590-4762. John comes to us from the Housing Authority of Joliet where he... Read More

Only TWO More Chances To See ‘Disenchanted’ At Rock Island’s Circa ’21

November 3rd, 2021
Only TWO More Chances To See 'Disenchanted' At Rock Island's Circa '21

There are only TWO more chances to see “Disenchanted” at Circa ’21 in Rock Island — today and Friday! “Disenchanted!” runs through Nov. 6 and has scheduled performances on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $56.55 for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $49.73 for the plated-lunch matinées. Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. Contact the theater at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2. Due to state requirements, masks must be worn by all Circa... Read More

Virtue Signaling Needs To Be Accompanied By Virtue To Accomplish Economic Diversity And Equality In The Arts

October 24th, 2021
Virtue Signaling Needs To Be Accompanied By Virtue To Accomplish Economic Diversity And Equality In The Arts

Diversity in the arts is the latest hot topic on the Quad-Cities arts scene, and it’s certainly a welcome one, as the discussion has long been overdue. There is a definite shortage of minority voices across the arts spectrum, and that needs to be corrected. The only way it will be corrected is by it being acknowledged and addressed. Some groups have certainly been doing so, and deserve credit for it. Tristan Tapscott’s The Mockingbird On Main has been one of the most forward thinking theaters on the subject, with casts and shows that have distinctly featured minority performers and... Read More

Music Guild Meeting on Diversity in Theater Shows How Much Work There is To Do

October 24th, 2021
Music Guild Meeting on Diversity in Theater Shows How Much Work There is To Do

Three of the buzziest buzzwords nationwide now are diversity, equity and inclusion. Everyone it seems wants to do better in those key areas (be it in their workplace, nonprofit or volunteer organization), and that includes the Quad-Cities theater community. Thanks to a Quad City Arts grant and two professional facilitators, the 73-year-old Quad City Music Guild hosted a 90-minute discussion on these issues Saturday at the Prospect Park theater in Moline – led by the quote: “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” It was attended by about 45 people (fewer than 10 of whom... Read More

Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

October 9th, 2021
Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! How do you solve a problem like diversity in live theater? From Broadway to the Quad-Cities, theatrical organizations of all kinds are wrestling with this thorny issue, now more than ever. Long before the widespread racial reckoning that’s taken place nationwide in the past 17 months (post-George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter, which has only intensified),... Read More

Mentoring of Western Illinois University Physics Students Continues Beyond Graduation

September 20th, 2021
Mentoring of Western Illinois University Physics Students Continues Beyond Graduation

A long-standing hallmark of the Western Illinois University Physics Department has been the commitment of faculty to provide one-on-one research experiences to both graduate and undergraduate students. The efforts of the faculty in mentoring and professional development of students extends beyond graduation, as exemplified by the recent research accomplishments of the Astrophysics Research Laboratory. WIU Physics Professor Esteban Araya, lead of the laboratory, said most scientific projects in physics take many years of research to complete, and typically a project extends well beyond the time... Read More

Women Loving the Thrill of Getting Back on Stage in Naughty “Disenchanted!” Musical

September 16th, 2021
Women Loving the Thrill of Getting Back on Stage in Naughty “Disenchanted!” Musical

Quinn Mei Lysaght majored in musical theater at Pittsburgh’s Point Park University, but she had the misfortune to graduate in spring 2020, when the world shut down due to Covid-19. Luckily, the world’s turned around – she took Manhattan by moving there Aug. 1, and Lysaght is making her regional theater debut in Circa ‘21’s new production of the wacky, naughty musical, “Disenchanted!” – based on some very well-known Disney heroines. She is literally living a dream playing three roles: Hua Mulan, Pocahontas, and Princess Badroulbadour, thrilled to be part of the Q-C premiere of what... Read More

Rock Island Father Pens Book In Gratitude For Support During Daughter’s Cancer Treatment

August 26th, 2021
Rock Island Father Pens Book In Gratitude For Support During Daughter’s Cancer Treatment

When Jeff and Renae Hoskins of Rock Island adopted their adorable little girl from China in early 2008, they had no idea that eight years later, Ava and her family would be plunged into an unimaginable bout with a rare, advanced childhood cancer. Now 14 and starting her freshman year at Jeff’s alma mater, Alleman High School in Rock Island, Ava is in remission and wrote an introduction to Hoskins’ memoir of their extraordinary experiences – “From Cancer to Kinnick: Love Finds a Wave,” to be released Sept. 3 by Ice Cube Press of North Liberty, Iowa. “I hope that you will be inspired,”... Read More

BREAKING (UPDATED): Davenport’s Figge Art Museum Unveils New Pieces, New Diversity/Equity Fund

July 15th, 2021
The museum is at 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

BREAKING NEWS (UPDATED): At an invitation-only event Thursday night, the Figge Art Museum unveiled seven new acquisitions and a newly created Art Diversity and Equity Fund intended to combat the systemic inequality in the art world. The fund is supported by a lead gift from locals Jim and Michelle Russell of Russell Construction. According to a 2019 published research journal by the Public Library of Science, the diversity of artists in major U.S. museums illustrates the urgent need to focus on collecting and preserving the works of artists from marginalized communities. The study found that 85.4%... Read More