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Use the Force and Attend Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

May 30th, 2019

Experience the scope and grandeur of the beloved film Star Wars: A New Hope in its entirety with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra! Star Wars: A New Hope concert takes place this Saturday Jun 1 at the Adler Theatre (136 E 3rd Street Davenport). Two showings will take place, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Travel to a galaxy far away, where a civil war rages and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammil) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford),... Read More

COULD `THE FORCE’ BECOME A RELIGION?

October 17th, 2018

Could “May the Force be with you” someday be more than a T-shirt slogan? Might it one day become the climactic phrase of a religious ceremony?   According to Hollywood lore, when the first “Star Wars” film became an outrageous success, George Lucas’ ambitious friend Francis Ford Coppola suggested that Lucas try to turn the philosophies of the “Star Wars” series into a religion. Lucas laughed it off.   However, given recent events, he may have to once more fend off Coppola’s insistence.   Since Disney bought the franchise, the “Star Wars”... Read More

‘Solo’ Doesn’t Drive Like A Ford, But It’s A Fun Ride

May 26th, 2018

It’s always hard to replace a legend, even more so to replace an icon, and that’s the weakness of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a good and entertaining ride of a “Star Wars” flick, but one that still pales a bit for lack of a substantial spark from its titular star. Alden Ehrenreich has the difficult role of stepping in for Harrison Ford, whose rough charisma was one of the highlights of the original “Star Wars” trilogy and its subsequent sequels. Ford is an inimitable actor, an icon of action-adventure, so it’s a nigh impossible task to fill his shoes. Ehrenreich is… ok. He’s... Read More

Let the Force Be With You at the Rock Island Library’s Science of Star Wars Event

December 13th, 2017

If you’re excited about the new Star Wars movie, the Rock Island Public Library is offering a free event for all ages that takes a look at the science behind the movie. Science of Star Wars offers families and kids a chance to explore at to six stations that feature real technologies either predicted or used in the movies. The event is Saturday, December 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Activities include Star Wars crafts, snacks, driving a Lego Mindstorm “droid,” building a spaceship, considering the challenges of life... Read More

Enjoy A Nice Skate At Frozen Landing

December 13th, 2017

No need to travel all the way to the Rockefeller Center for outdoor ice skating! You can now enjoy this favorite winter past-time right here in the Quad Cities! The City of Bettendorf has officially opened the season for skating at Frozen Landing Family Ice Rink. The ice rink is located at the corner of Middle Road and 23rd Street. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 12-9 p.m., Friday 12-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. These times are also dependent on weather conditions. There is no charge to skate. Skate rental is $2 for both children and adults, however. And concessions... Read More

Drive-In Season Opening at Blue Grass Drive-In!

March 16th, 2017

It’s always a good sign that Spring is just around the corner when the Drive-In Theater opens back up! On Friday March 17, the Blue Grass Drive-In (774 W Mayne Street) is kicking off their 2017 Drive-In Season Opening! Screen One will be showing Beauty and the Beast at 7:30 with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to follow. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12 (children 3 and under are free). Tickets can be purchased ahead of showing times online at https://bluegrassdrivein.ticketleap.com/screen-1–beauty-and-the-beast–rogue-one-a-star-wars-story/dates/Mar-17-2017_at_0730PM... Read More

‘Bright Lights’ Is A Shining Masterpiece At The Chicago Film Festival

October 27th, 2016

“Bright Lights,” a documentary from Fisher Stevens (Oscar-winning “The Cove”) and his wife Alexis Bloom played the Chicago Film Festival and was absolutely one of my favorite films of the entire festival. It is the story of screen icons Debbie Reynolds (“Singin’ in the Rain”) and Carrie Fisher (“Star Wars”) showing two generations of show business life in a fantastically entertaining warts-and-all portrait as they battle aging, celebrity and each other. Fisher Stevens told us on the Red Carpet, “Carrie called me to film her and her mother and she thought it might be kind of... Read More

Family Museum offers tons for kids to do over spring break!

March 9th, 2016

As the weather becomes brighter and the days become longer, the blooms break through the ground, a familiar sound of school bells grows silent as children across the area get revved up for spring break — and parents are suddenly hit with the thought of what they’re going to do with those kiddies during that time off. However, parents need not get too worried, as the Bettendorf Family Museum is ready with a full slate of activities to keep the kiddies happy, thinking and burning off some of that excess energy. All events and performances are included with admission or membership! Sponsored... Read More

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