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2023: Marking The End Of An Era For The Quad-Cities

December 29th, 2023
2023: Marking The End Of An Era For The Quad-Cities

Every year’s end marks the changing of time and the perceived beginning of a new era. But usually things aren’t anywhere near as pronounced or dramatic as we frame them to be due to the calendar’s end. For example, if you look at the change over from 2019 to 2020, it was relatively uneventful. The “new era” of that time didn’t arrive until March of 2020, when covid shut down the world and truly marked a definitive change. However, this year seems different, at least regarding the Quad-Cities entertainment and media scene. Two huge events – the retirement of Paula Sands and the closing... Read More

What If The Three Wise Men Were Ninja Wizards Sent To Save Jesus, Mary and Joseph?

December 23rd, 2023
What If The Three Wise Men Were Ninja Wizards Sent To Save Jesus, Mary and Joseph?

In the action-packed fantasy novel The Arimathean, the three wise men and Joseph of Arimathea are ninja wizards, part of a secret society of warriors of the supernatural, who are entrusted to protect Joseph and Mary on the road to Bethlehem as King Herod and a cadre of demons led by Satan attempt to kill them before Jesus can be born! It’s a wild, fun, roller coaster ride of a novel that tells a totally different and fantastic version of the Christmas story! The novel is available at The Book Rack, 4764 Elmore Ave., Davenport, and online here. You can also get a signed copy for $16 postage... Read More

Casas Enjoying A Magical Career

November 20th, 2023
Casas Enjoying A Magical Career

It’s a gloomy Monday morning in a coffee shop filled with sleepy drones and the only full-time magician in the Quad-Cities is performing an amazing trick – he’s making my case of the Mondays disappear. And all without two dozen pieces of flair, shrimp poppers, pizza shooters or extreme fajitas! That’s because David Casas is more than a magician, he’s a magical performer. He’s got a charm, style and panache that makes him compelling to watch on- and off-stage when he’s talking about his craft. Casas, 36, mixes self-deprecating humor and a down-to-earth persona with quicksilver sleights... Read More

Looking To Cook Up Some Love This Cuffing Season? Reach For The Spam

November 10th, 2023
Looking To Cook Up Some Love This Cuffing Season? Reach For The Spam

It’s Cuffing Season again. For those of you unaware of the concept, allegedly when the weather starts getting colder, people look around to link up in a relationship. One reason why is because it’s just too much effort to get out and about when it’s snowy and cold and miserable, and it’s much easier to have someone around in a relationship. Another reason is because people don’t want to be alone for the holidays. Whatever your reason, various articles have talked about the phenomenon, and there’s some credence to it as more than just an anecdotal trend that people... Read More

Are Celebrities Mind-Controlled Zombies?

October 27th, 2023
Are Celebrities Mind-Controlled Zombies?

The Royal Family! Taylor dating Jen’s ex! Kanye West says something stupid! Ever notice that the more heinous things get regarding the economy, wars, presidential scandals, etc., the more intensely the media ignores the real news to concentrate on either celebrity scandals or deviant crimes? Sometimes I wonder if there’s a grand conspiracy regarding celebrities as well. What if celebrities are nothing but programmed Manchurian candidates, Stepford performers, who are hypnotized and controlled by secret government handlers who then program them to do silly crap to distract the masses every time... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Has A Winner With Political Comedy ‘The Outsider’

September 29th, 2023
Rock Island's Circa '21 Has A Winner With Political Comedy 'The Outsider'

I didn’t know much and didn’t really know what to expect going into Circa ’21’s latest show, the political comedy, “The Outsider.” The cast looked good, with Brad Hauskins, Bobby Becher, and a few others I enjoy. And director Dennis Hitchcock has helmed some great shows in the past. But I was unfamiliar with the script or the show. To be honest, the first few minutes didn’t do much to interest me. They were largely perfunctory plot points, where a charisma-free policy wonk, Ned (Hauskins), is reeling from a horrible public appearance after he’s unexpectedly... Read More

Taking A Chainsaw To Chain E-Mails And Strange Friend Requests

September 29th, 2023
Sean Leary

Sierra, I’m sorry. Call me several times burned and now shy, but I must reject your offer of friendship. Unfortunately, the same goes for you, Pat and Carole, and you, Ashlee, and, sadly, Stephanie and Katrina as well. And Gaston, don’t even go there. Now, I understand, you’ve tried contacting me via facebook friend requests, message requests and e-mail a number of times. I see your messages, with their pert subject lines — “hello!” “Someone wants to meet you” and who can forget “Want to come play tonight?” I admit, you are nothing if... Read More

I-Rock Rocks Its 4th Birthday With Rust Belt Show Tonight

September 15th, 2023
I-Rock Rocks Its 4th Birthday With Rust Belt Show Tonight

I-Rock 93.5 is celebrating its fourth birthday in the best and most appropriate way – with a huge hard rock concert at East Moline’s Rust Belt tonight. On Friday, Sept. 15, the Quad-Cities radio station will unleash a free “4 Freakin’ Years Of Hard Rock” party featuring Nonpoint, Alborn, Through Fire, and NonGrata. The all-ages show opens the doors at 6 p.m. with free giveaways to celebrate, including autographed guitars, concert tickets, and more – and did we mention there’s no admission to get in? It’s all part of the station’s way of saying thank you to its hardcore fans. “It’s... Read More

Did Alice From ‘The Brady Bunch’ Lose A Bet?

September 1st, 2023
Did Alice From ‘The Brady Bunch’ Lose A Bet?

Recently, I spent a day laid up in bed, sick, with Gatorade and a TV remote as props to pass the time. Flipping beyond the deluge of courtroom and self-help shows I found a real blast from the past. “The Brady Bunch.” I didn’t even realize old episodes of “The Brady Bunch” were still airing. When I was a kid, my siblings and I used to watch re-runs and make fun of them. But it’s been a long time since I’d seen it on TV. I figured it had been superseded by shows like “Saved By The Bell,” “Family Matters” and “Full House”... Read More

Appetite For Celebrity Details Has Become Ridiculous

August 4th, 2023
Sean Leary

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Orange juice? Me, too! Coffee? Me, too! Leftover pizza? Me, too! I guess there must be some special bond between us. Something unique. Something real. You know, I haven’t felt this way since I read that Charlize Theron likes to drink Red Bull — just as I do. I hadn’t felt that way since I had read that Sarah Michelle Gellar is a big fan of tiramisu — just as I am. Those revelations were important to me, my sense of identity and my sense of well-being because they gave me a tangible, iron-clad link to someone famous. And that,... Read More