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Looking Back on Recovering From Covid, and 2021’s Best of Live Theater

January 1st, 2022
Looking Back on Recovering From Covid, and 2021’s Best of Live Theater

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! Twenty-twenty-one was the year we were all supposed to get back to normal, wasn’t it? After the punishing isolation and shutdowns of 2020, the life-saving promise of Covid vaccines and a new president who actually seemed to care about the health and sanity of Americans, we were ready to turn that corner in 2021, starting with a touted “hot vaxxed summer.” Well, that... Read More

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

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

A Guide To Quad-Cities Open Mic Nights, What You Need To Know

September 4th, 2021
A Guide To Quad-Cities Open Mic Nights, What You Need To Know

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 Craig Heidgerken Open mics (OM) and jams (OJ) have been a long-standing tradition for generations in the music world and are a crucial grassroots method of building a healthy music scene. It is a ground-level entrance to any music scene... Read More

Here Comes The Son – JT and JT, Jr. Bond Over Music During Pandemic

August 28th, 2021
Here Comes The Son – JT and JT, Jr. Bond Over Music During Pandemic

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! Josh Turner is the name of a successful, 43-year-old country artist. More importantly to me and my family, Josh Turner is the name of my younger son, a 21-year-old extraordinary musical artist in his own right. Though I have long known Josh to be a multi-talented musician, the depth and meaning of his sweeping, varied, dazzling artistry didn’t become clear or as important... Read More

Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival Marks 50 Years, Puts Davenport on Map Around the World

July 31st, 2021
Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival Marks 50 Years, Puts Davenport on Map Around the World

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! Liz Beiderbecke-Hart lives 139 miles from Davenport (outside Springfield, Ill.), but makes the pilgrimage back every year in honor of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival and her famous family. “Bix is a part of my soul, he’s a part of who I am,” she said recently, in advance of the 50th anniversary of the fest, Aug. 5-7 at Davenport’s Rhythm City Casino Event... Read More

New Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary From Quad-Cities Filmmakers to Screen on Feb. 18

February 6th, 2021
New Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary From Quad-Cities Filmmakers to Screen on Feb. 18

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a small, quiet woman who wielded a towering, thunderous literary voice that helped change the conscience and course of a nation. Barely five feet tall, Stowe (1811-1896) is just 23 in the award-winning docudrama “Sons & Daughters of Thunder (2019) by Moline-based filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. A half-hour companion documentary, “Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe,” premiered last... Read More

Biden Inauguration Signals Return of Presidential Support of the Arts

January 30th, 2021
Biden Inauguration Signals Return of Presidential Support of the Arts

Saturday In The Arts offers an in-depth look at a local person, trend or event of interest in the Quad-Cities. It runs weekly on your free local media for arts and entertainment, QuadCities.com. What a difference a president makes. Beyond the relief of seeing President Joe Biden – the polar opposite of Donald Trump in nearly every conceivable way – be sworn in Jan. 20 as our 46th president, the glorious inauguration ceremony and related events before and after got me thinking about the role of the arts on a national level. Music, art, theater, dance, poetry and other art forms truly serve and... Read More

Is The Quad-Cities In For A New Renaissance Of Entertainment?

January 2nd, 2021
Is The Quad-Cities In For A New Renaissance Of Entertainment?

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. No doubt, the last year was a crushing one for the arts and entertainment scene — both locally and nationally. But while it’s been an excruciating time in the short term, it could end up being a good thing, in the long run. Entertainment needed to die a little so it could be reinvented, and in forcing it to adapt, it’s creating something new and exciting. I’m not saying I’m thankful for this horrific pandemic but... Read More