Arts & Culture

Davenport Filmmaker Launches New Contest

Apr 27, 2015 / Brandon Gale

Filmmakers who love deadlines will enjoy a new contest in September. Those who enter will only have seven days to shoot and edit an entire movie.

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RME Successful Fund Drive

Apr 24, 2015

An organization devoted to featuring live music, and music education, has just concluded a successful fund drive. A two-month campaign by the River Music Experience in Davenport ended March 31st, and it reached its goal of 62,000 dollars.

Landmarks Illinois

One of the most iconic statues in Illinois is in trouble. The preservation group, Landmarks Illinois, is calling attention to the deteriorating condition of the Blackhawk Statue in Ogle County.

submitted / University of Iowa Museum of Art

This weekend, one of Iowa's most famous paintings begins a European tour after having a facelift of sorts. Jackson Pollock's "Mural" spent a few years at Davenport's Figge Art Museum due to a flood in Iowa City.

Writer's Almanac

submitted / Quad City Music Guild Youth Chorus

A local group is introducing the art of musical theater to young singers and their families. Last fall the Quad City Music Guild Youth Chorus performed for the first time, and this weekend, the third-through-eighth graders will present "Songs of the Season."

Iowa Public TV to Broadcast Ballet Quad Cities

Apr 16, 2015
Ballet Quad Cities

A performance by Ballet Quad Cities will be broadcast across Iowa. Friday and Monday (4/20), Iowa Public Television will air the Ballet's performance of "Romeo and Juliet." The performance, "Love Stories featuring Romeo and Juliet," was recorded at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, in February. It features two acts and an updated version of Shakespeare's classic story. The program on Iowa Public Television will include the full performance and behind the scenes interviews with the cast and choreographer. It will air Friday night at 8:30, and again on Monday, at 9 pm.

Bruce Walters

Hoping to turn his fascination with the 1920's into a film, an art professor at Western Illinois University is asking us to help. Bruce Walters has started a "crowdfunding" campaign to raise money for what he calls "The Spirit of the Age."

Figge launches mobile audio tour

Apr 12, 2015

Using a phone, visitors to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport can learn more about  some of the art works. It now offers a mobile audio tour - available by calling a special phone number, or using a smartphone to scan a QR code.

Marketing coordinator, Natalie Dunlop, says the recorded descriptions are each about 2 minutes long.


For example, the cast bronze art piece at the Figge called "Half-Moon" by Deborah Butterfield is part of the mobile audio tour. Voiced by Susan Quail, the audio excerpt explains how the horse sculpture is created step by step.