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Shots And Giggles Shoots Back Into Speakeasy

March 27th, 2019

The Speakeasy, in downtown Rock Island, has been home to popular improv comedy shows in the Quad Cities for over 25 years!  For 20 years it was the home of ComedySportz and, after that, The Blacklist and The Open Source.  Through the years few improv comedy shows have been more popular then SHOTS ‘N’ GIGGLES! First conceived by The Blacklist, SHOTS ‘N’ GIGGLES went on to be the most popular show The Blacklist performed at The Speakeasy for years and, after The Blacklist disbanded, The Open Source continued to do the show with many former Blacklist members. SHOTS ‘N’... Read More

Shots N Giggles Returns To Speakeasy

August 11th, 2017

If you are looking for an adult-night filled with laughs this weekend, then look no further than The Circa 21 Speakeasy. Open Source Improv is bringing back a one-of-a-kind adult only show, Shots ‘n’ Giggles, this Saturday Aug 12 at The Circa 21 Speakeasy (1818 3rd Avenue Rock Island). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling (309) 786-7733 Ext. 2 or online at https://www.thecirca21speakeasy.com/. Shots ‘n’ Giggles brings improv comedy and alcohol consumption together in an unforgettable show. The performers will be having cocktails throughout... Read More

Rock Island Should Have Shopped Local With $15M Walmart Cash

September 7th, 2016
Sean Leary

To say Rock Island made a colossal error in wasting $15 million to woo Walmart to 11th Street is a stunning understatement. But what’s perhaps saddest and most pathetic about it is its irony. Rock Island, like thousands of other cities across the country, will, at least once a year, pay lip service and throw promotional money at “small business weeks” and hollow pitches to “shop local.” City officials should’ve heeded their own advice in this matter. Aside from the property owners who were able to hit a stunning jackpot on selling their failed and crumbling 11th Street businesses at... Read More

Rock Island needs to build up its downtown, and a Blacklist return would be a good start

May 24th, 2016

The city of Rock Island needs to stop pining like John Cusack lofting a sad boom box of tax incentives outside the window of the richest people in America and instead turn that attention to where their music could really be heard and appreciated – ringing through the streets of its downtown. For months, Rock Island has been panting after a Walmart location on 11th Street, and as most cities do, they have thrown a boatload of incentives at the owners of the chain, the Walton family, who need it about as much as Scrooge McDuck needs another bed of gold bars. Listen, I get it, guys. Walmart is a... Read More

Blacklist is on the move for the summer!

April 27th, 2016

The premiere adult, uncensored, and unapologetic improv troupe in the Quad Cities, The Blacklist is taking their summer into their own hands! It was recently announced that the Backroom Comedy Theater which has been home to the “bad boys of improv” since January of 2015 will be closing for the summer season. However Blacklist fans should not be worried! “The Father of the Blacklist,” George Strader has announced that the company will be producing a Summer Show Series across the Quad-Cities in the coming months. “We will be bringing together bands and comedy (both standup and improv) all... Read More

Leary’s `Terrible Tales of Dating Disasters’ hits Establishment on Valentine’s Day

February 10th, 2016

Bad dates. Horrible relationships. Awkward moments in online dating. We’ve all been through them, and known others who have as well. Now, Sean Leary and My Verona Productions is offering you the chance to laugh your way through others’ romantic miseries – and on the perfect day to shoot an arrow at Cupid, Valentine’s Day. “Shots 2 The Heart: Terrible Tales of Dating Disasters,” a new, original show, will debut Feb. 14 at Rock Island’s Establishment Theater, 201 19th St., Rock Island. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets ($10 in advance, $12 at the door) are available... Read More

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