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Augustana Senior, a New Lincoln Academy of Illinois Laureate, Loves Art and Leadership

November 27th, 2021
Augustana Senior, a New Lincoln Academy of Illinois Laureate, Loves Art and Leadership

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! Laura Keenan has a keen eye for creating both beautiful artwork and transforming work into something approaching art. The busy, staggeringly talented Augustana College senior from Elmhurst, Ill., was recently honored as Augustana’s student laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Each fall, a senior from each of the state’s four-year colleges and universities... Read More

Pro Tips On Becoming A Music Industry Professional

November 20th, 2021
Pro Tips On Becoming A Music Industry Professional

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! The following article is part of QuadCities.com’s partnership with local music website The Echo. For more, check out theechoqc.com! By Cory Ewing Becoming a music industry professional requires a base level of knowledge. Whether you’re looking to become an artist, producer, manager (the list goes on), there are fundamental aspects of the industry to know early on.  Know... Read More

Like Water to Ice, Iowa’s Ice Cube Press Transforms Books and Authors’ Lives

November 13th, 2021
Like Water to Ice, Iowa’s Ice Cube Press Transforms Books and Authors’ Lives

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! Steve Semken never earned a degree in writing, business, or computer design. But 30 years after the Iowa City native started Ice Cube Press, the 57-year-old is busier than ever. He loves making people’s dreams come true by publishing their books (including several from the Quad-Cities) but regrets the fact that he can only produce about a half-dozen volumes a year, and receives... Read More

The Magical, Unbelievable, Unbeatable Lightness of Being Sarah Ruhl

November 6th, 2021
The Magical, Unbelievable, Unbeatable Lightness of Being Sarah Ruhl

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! What if you got a call one day from a stranger saying that you won half a million dollars? Not from a lottery, but in honor of your amazing career, and the money (paid out over five years) carried no strings in how it could be spent? Since 1981, 942 people (ranging in age from 18 to 82) have been named MacArthur Fellows – with so-called “genius grants” from the John... Read More

In Uncertain, Threatening Times, New Double Threat Studios Sings a Happy, Welcoming, Supportive Tune

October 30th, 2021
In Uncertain, Threatening Times, New Double Threat Studios Sings a Happy, Welcoming, Supportive Tune

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! Less than a year after launching their own musical theater company, Quad-Cities theater veterans (and best buds) Steph DeLacy and Megan Warren are flourishing, as are their students, in 3rd through 12th grades. Double Threat Studios opened their latest musical, “The Addams Family,” Friday night (Oct. 29) at Assumption High School, 1020 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport,... Read More

LeClaire Couple Pours Grief Into Powerful Advocacy for Music, Mentorship and Suicide Prevention

October 23rd, 2021
LeClaire Couple Pours Grief Into Powerful Advocacy for Music, Mentorship and Suicide Prevention

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! Music certainly can change lives, but unfortunately it couldn’t save the life of Pierce Cordle. The intelligent, driven, happy 22-year-old guy – who played trumpet since 5th grade – was working a job he loved, in a Peoria hospital emergency room, and was planning to go to med school to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. But seemingly out of nowhere on Dec. 8, 2016,... Read More

World Relief Quad Cities Boasts Beautiful, Colorful World Mural, by Mexican Immigrant

October 16th, 2021
World Relief Quad Cities Boasts Beautiful, Colorful World Mural, by Mexican Immigrant

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! Over two weeks in summer 2019, Alejandro Martinez literally had the whole world in his hands. A Mexican immigrant who made a living as a painter in his home country, he was asked by World Relief Quad Cities director Laura Fontaine to paint a world map mural on one wall of their conference area, at 1852 16th St., Moline, Martinez’s daughter Alejandra – who graduated from... 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

World-Renowned Pianist Has Special Place in His Heart for Quad City Symphony

October 2nd, 2021
World-Renowned Pianist Has Special Place in His Heart for Quad City Symphony

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! I am listening to pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s magisterial, towering 2005 transversal of the immortal 24 Preludes by the iconic Romantic composer Frederic Chopin, and the masterful miniatures are unspooled with inspiring tenderness and care, thundering, breathtaking virtuosity, achingly beautiful lyricism, crystalline precision and profound emotion. It’s no wonder that Ohlsson... Read More

Local Civic Groups Are Working to Make The Quad-Cities an Even More Special Place

September 25th, 2021
Local Civic Groups Are Working to Make The Quad-Cities an Even More Special Place

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! Kyle Carter and Geoff Manis are two of the biggest cheerleaders for the Quad-Cities, and within two days of each other this month, they sang the praises on social media of placemaking – the long, arduous, gratifying task of creating and sustaining a unique, impressive, growing community. Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, posted on Facebook... Read More