TODAY
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 7:30 AM
Advocacy 101 - What is it, where to start, and why it matters
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce – In today’s political climate, advocacy has become a bit of a buzzword and many are looking for ways to get engaged in politics to drive change. Would you like to be more active in government affairs but not sure how to start? This month’s Amp Up will help. As the legislative season is about to begin, we’ve brought together a few Chamber members to share why advocacy has been important to their business, best practices when reaching out to legislators, and how you can utilize the Chamber to be effective in promoting change. Panelists include: Ryan Burchett, Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House Nasreen Khan, The Vault Beauty Lounge & Urban Retreat Bill Stoermer, Exelon Moderator: Pryce Boeye, The Hungry Hobo Check-In and Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. Program: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Members: $20.00 Public: $30.00 Register: http://bit.ly/2BsVk13 AMp Up Annual Sponsors: Mediacom Business | Werner Restoration Services, Inc. Monthly Sponsor: True Mortgage Lending, a Division of Flanagan State Bank Nmls#408461 Location Sponsor: Jumer's Casino & Hotel Video Sponsor: Dphilms
 
TODAY
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Create "Paris in Springtime" with Vino van Gogh
Vino van Gogh - Quad Cities – Advance online sign up at www.VinoGogh.com for $32/per person. Save $5 when you use the promo "save5"
 
TODAY
    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Create "Snowflake Snowman" with Vino van Gogh
Vino van Gogh - Quad Cities – Advance online sign up at www.VinoGogh.com for $32/per person. Save $5 when you use the promo "save5"
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 11:00 AM
Making an Entrance with Kira Brabeck
Figge Art Museum – Overview of what makes up the BettPlex LLC and how creating a brand image is crucial to any business.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jan 18 @ 8:00 PM
Pokey LaFarge w/ Indianola | Redstone Room
River Music Experience – POKEY LAFARGE Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:00 PM Redstone Room $20 adv / $25 dos Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm Opening Act: Indianola Age Restriction: 19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian) Web: pokeylafarge.net Genre: Americana In three parts I. Reshuffling the Deck II. Ten Daggers on the Table III. The Songs `I. Reshuffling the Deck Day after day, pencil in hand, always dressed in blue. Never feeling satisfied. Itchy. Incomplete. Attired halfway between a businessman and a janitor, Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. An unquenchable need to be heard in a world where everyone is talking and nobody is listening. The songs on Pokey’s transformative new album MANIC REVELATIONS demand your attention. Here, you get the feeling this man is constantly reshuffling the deck in favor of some outcome or other. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics. But make no mistake - no matter how the cards lay, he is searching for the purest truth; he loves laying in the muck. Whatever it takes to serve the song. He wouldn’t know what to do if his life were any other way. Sit with him over a cup of coffee at The Mud House on Cherokee Street in South City St. Louis, and you’ll see for yourself: he easily is uneasy, pushing one squalid thought away to make way for another, sometimes darker one. It’s not that he’s a miserable guy; quite the opposite. To lay it plain: you simply don’t get songs like these without becoming very friendly with the darkness in your head, and with the social distortion of the day. These are the currents Pokey dips into to create his songs. In conversation, he’ll stare right through you as you speak. They call it the Quiet Eye. It’s that uncanny ability the best athletes in the world have; it’s what sets them apart. Pokey has it too. You see this with pitchers in Pokey’s beloved game of baseball. A guy can look at a complex scene and instantly focus on what he needs to do to get a strike. In a noisy stadium, there’s a focus from the mound to the catcher’s mitt. That’s the game. In a flash, the ball moves at 90-some-odd miles per hour, and the fate of an entire city hangs in the balance. When that pitcher’s focus delivers, a game is won - and a banged up old Midwestern city like St. Louis is instantly elevated to an all-century high. Taking a sip of his ever-present cup of black coffee (switched out for red wine every day at sunfall), Pokey is the pitcher who breaks his stillness, winds up, and fires off the final strike of a shutout. At the table, he eventually tips his gaze to you, inhales, and launches back into the conversation. In these moments, Pokey’s as likely to agree with what you’ve just said as he is to turn the table upside down. Knowing that music is as influential in today’s jagged American culture as the country’s favorite pastime, it’s powerful to see Pokey locking into and emerging from his Quiet Eye stance. Again, you don’t get songs like these without a little fire. And when the conversation turns to the heat that brews in his own belly, Pokey leans in, stares straight ahead, and offers this: “The darkness? The anger? It comes out in my singing. With a beautiful lyric and a beautiful melody. It comes out in the passion.” “All these opinions out there…” he trails off, looking over his right shoulder at a painting of Woody Guthrie hanging on the wall. “It’s about getting people to feel something. Other than anger.” Plenty of feelings reveal themselves in the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on MANIC REVELATIONS. Each one of these songs is the culmination of a decade of hard work in what has become something of a bellwether city. And with the release of these 10 songs, St. Louis will have something more than World Series wins to mark a moment in time. But Pokey has no intention of winning any accolades with his music. He just wants to get more at home with the noise in his head. Comfortable would be nice, but nobody’s ever heard Pokey speak of a dream of an easy life. Those types of songs are for somebody else to sing. Pokey LaFarge makes good truck out of this thing that he pushes against - whatever it may be in a given moment. “That’s what the record’s about: confronting,” says Pokey. “For me, this whole album is about composing and confronting.” II. Ten Daggers on the Table Pokey LaFarge is a musician. He is a storyteller. He is a feeler of feelings. He is a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience. He sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. Like the long line of writers and performers he descends from, music isn’t something Pokey does - it’s something he is. This is why MANIC REVELATIONS shines like 10 daggers laying on the kitchen table in his St. Louis home. From that vantage point, in the center of this vast continent, Pokey takes long looks from shore to shore, feeling the direction of social winds, ingesting sights and sounds from all around, observing the news of the day. And so he was ready for the evening when a sociological tinderbox caught fire. Mere minutes from his front door, night after night, social unrest caused everyone in America to stop and wonder which side they were on. In the face of this upheaval, Pokey took to his studio and began writing. That’s how artists deal with uncertainty: they bleed on paper until the pain subsides. Soon, he found that one song led to the next. He couldn’t put it down. One manic revelation led to another. In the thrall of it all, an album started to appear in front of him. “The manic revelation is the state where artists create,” says Pokey. “I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning.” But long before he caught fire, he started on the smallest stage one could imagine: playing by himself on street corners. He moved to the west coast to follow the ghosts of the Beat writers, and Steinbeck before them. He began to ply his craft in the bitter cold of Madison, Wisconsin; in Kentucky, he learned the mandolin; and in the sweltering humidity of Asheville, North Carolina, he learned the fiddle. That’s where he met a few guys who would urge him to come to St. Louis to play; soon after, they would become his backing band, the South City Three. And now, thousands of shows on four continents later, we find ourselves here, on the eve of release for Pokey’s most powerful album. “I’ve always felt that the live shows were the best representation of our music,” he says. “Only now do I feel that I’ve made a better record than the live performance.” This is the one where the style of music recedes, as the foreground swells with evidence of Pokey’s observations of pain, joy, confusion. This one is where his artistic character shines. And where we see that artistic blood on the page, unvarnished and raw. MANIC REVELATIONS is the second coming of an artist who, over the past decade, has taken the workaday approach to building a body of work, and a worldwide fanbase. After a decade of struggle, it’s all paid off here. And it’s all riding on this album. “A lot of things haven’t gone my way,” says Pokey. “I’ve haven’t become successful in spite of the things I had to overcome, rather, I’ve become successful because of what I had to overcome. It’s all made me better. And now there’s no going back.” True to this statement, there are no lookback songs on MANIC REVELATIONS. This album is all about looking outward, looking forward - and we’ve never seen Pokey’s observational craft in a more stark relief. This hasn’t happened by chance. Artists who write from real life experience have no choice but to change themselves if they want to progress their art. With this in mind, Pokey has been hard at work pushing out the corners on himself. “This album is about confronting yourself,” explains Pokey. “It’s about confronting your city, its relation with the world, and all its people. In the pursuit of making myself a better person, I create better art. Which hopefully makes the world a better place. Still, at times, I need to get away from it all.” III. THE MUSIC MANIC REVELATIONS kicks off with a cold open. A crack of the snare and an insistent upright bass riff are the clarion call. From there, “Riot in the Streets” throttles up, ripping MANIC REVELATIONS wide open. Halfway through the song you realize this story—where the rich and the poor alike line up to riot, or peacefully protest, while TV news anchors somewhat unreliably narrate the scene—is reported judiciously; he isn’t swaying the listener to one side or the other. “Look, I’m an opinionated person,” says Pokey. “But that doesn’t extend itself into my writing. I’ve always been an observer. Telling a story isn’t always about having an opinion. It’s about painting a picture.” In “Must Be A Reason,” people fall into and out of—and back into—love. On this song, and all over the album, he shoves in the crying wherever he can. Not because he thinks it’s entertaining. Because he’s lived it. And he knows that others know this sadness, too. On an album filled with personal and cultural pressure release valves, this tune is the one about the politics of romance. “In a relationship,” says Pokey, “you run out of stories to tell. You run out of excuses. You run out of ways to get her back. Sometimes you’re on the precipice—she’s getting ready to leave. But I always remember someone saying: the only way to stay together is to fucking stay together.” “Bad Dreams” illustrates a classic “wherever you go, there you are” story: lovers leave home to travel the world. They want to escape the friction at home. Some call this “pulling a geographic.” When they return, it’s clear that changing location didn’t help; the real problem is still staring them in the mirror. “You realize you’re coming home,” Pokey explains, “to the same problems that caused you to go away in the first place. It’s not the city. You can’t get away from yourself.” Now, if you listen to only one of these manic revelations, it should be “Silent Movie.” He wrote this one in 15 minutes. 15 minutes! That decade of looking and writing and traveling and playing culminates in this song. And truth be told, we’ve never heard this kind of song from this guy. “Silent Movie” is on par with the best social narratives of Nilsson, Campbell, Kristofferson. As a lone guitar line drags the song along, Pokey pulls focus on a kid adorned in headphones on a Chicago El train. He may be on his way to school, or he may be on his way home. Regardless of the position of the sun in the sky, the world outside the windows is too much for this kid to take in. “Cover your ears and watch the world go by,” Pokey sings, “That’s how we survive.” A clarinet drizzles a saddening pattern over the entire scene, and we begin to wonder: where are we headed if a whole generation is growing up feeling this way? Shoving in the sadness. The song goes on: “Growing up is a scam / The truth is a lie / Better off staying a child / Till the day you die / Stay inside your mind / Or go outside and find a place to hide.” “The song is about shutting out the noise,” says Pokey. “Coming up with your own soundtrack, in this country where there’s more questions than answers, it seems.” Never feeling satisfied. Always dressed in blue. Diving into the darkness. Turning the table upside down. Wherever you go, there you are. Fucking stay together. Better off staying a child. This album is an epoch for Pokey LaFarge. You feel it all over these 10 revelations. “Now I’ve found my groove,” says Pokey. “I don’t have to overcompensate anymore. Nobody looks and sounds like me. And I’m OK with that.” *Seating Disclaimer* The Redstone Room at River Music Experience is a standing room only concert venue. All tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. For the comfort of our guests, a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first serve basis: Reserved Tables: a limited number of tables are for sale in advance, sold through our ticketing service. You will need to add both your General Admission tickets AND your Reserved Tables to the cart for purchase. Reserve Tables come with 4 seats to a table. General Admission Tables: A number of tables are available when doors open. First come first serve. Disability: If you require handicap accessible seating, you will need to purchase your General Admission ticket first, and then call the box office to reserve up to 2 seats. Tables must be purchased separately. *Ticket Disclaimer* All tickets for RME events are sold via Eventbrite and all carry applicable transaction fees. Tickets can be purchased the day of event online, at the RME Box office during business hours, and at the door (subject to availability). All tickets purchased with credit cards and/or cash will be subject to all applicable service fees whether the purchase takes place online, over the phone, or at the RME box office. Ticket fees also still apply for admission at the door. TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: River Music Experience 129. N. Main Street Davenport, IA 52801 Mon: 12pm - 5pm Tues: 12pm - 6pm Wed: 12pm - 5pm Thurs: 12pm - 6pm Fri: 12pm - 5pm Sat: Closed Sun: Closed *Box Office hours may vary due to event schedules Eventbrite Online: www.eventbrite.com FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Most shows in the Redstone Room are 19+, unless otherwise noted, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? RME & The Redstone Room are in the heart of downtown Davenport, and accessible by public transportation or cabs & ride-share apps (Uber, Lyft). There is a paid parking garage right next to the RME that only costs a couple of dollars for an evening. Free street parking is available, but sometimes hard to find on concert nights. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? You may call the RME's box office at (563)326-1333 or email feedback@rivermusicexperience.org What's the refund policy? Purchased tickets are nonrefundable.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 19 @ 6:30 AM
Creating & Implementing an Aggressive Strategy to Expand Revenue
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce – Hub Huddles are an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to share, on a peer-to-peer basis, best practices for growth and strategies to overcoming challenges. Business Development: Creating & Implementing an Aggressive Strategy to Expand Revenue & Profit Lisa Wertzbaugher, Sales Manager, Superior Tube • Are you a business owner who wants to grow your company, but are struggling with how to move forward and finding the time to focus on sales? • Are you an expert on your business and operations, but need help with selling your expertise? • Are you looking to implement high level forecasting and financial management? Take a closer look at the answers to these questions, network with peers, and more at the next Hub Huddle! About the speaker Lisa Wertzbaugher has 15+ years of progressive sales experience. She started in entry-level sales doing business-to-business cold sales. Most of her career has been in the medical device and surgical implant industry focused on sales, marketing, product development, international business, and business development. Her skill set ranges from entry-level, cold-calling focused sales to national account management and development of high-level revenue strategies. ?Time will be provided for Q & A and networking with other attendees. This event is free to attend. Please register at quadcitieschamber.com or by calling 563.823.2676. This program is presented by the Quad Cities Chamber's Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub and the Defense Industry Adjustment Program.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 19 - Apr 20 @ 9:00 AM
Master Gardener Training
University of Illinois Extension Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark – Share your passion for the environment as a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener with training starting in January that include either in-person or online options. In-person Master Gardener Training will be held at Rock Island County Extension in Milan, IL this winter. Join horticulture educators from the University of Illinois on Fridays, from 9 am - 3:30 pm January 19 - April 20th. Over 12 weeks you'll explore botany, landscaping, soils, fertilizer and composting, trees, shrubs and woody vines, insects, diseases, lawns, small fruits and tree fruits, vegetables and nuts, organic gardening, living with wildlife, annuals and perennials and integrated pest management. Once your training is complete, you'll work with a Master Gardener mentor and other volunteers on a variety of community horticulture education projects. The tuition is $225 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook. You will receive a $50 refund once your internship is completed for a $175 cost to become initially certified. A scholarship is available to cover the training for one chosen applicant. It is provided by the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation and can be applied for online at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 19 @ 6:30 PM
Buti Yoga with Jess
Backwards Yoga – Buti yoga is a trademarked style of yoga that combines jump training (plyometrics), tribal dancing and dynamic yoga asanas into an intense workout. In Marathi, the language spoken in parts of western India, buti means "a secret remedy or cure.” This calorie-scorching workout fuses power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance plus body sculpting primal movement. Cost is $10. No refunds. Register in advance.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 19 @ 7:05 PM
Quad City Mallards vs. Kalamazoo Wings
TaxSlayer Center – For the latest Mallard news, schedules, game recaps and standings go to myqcmallards.com. Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 28 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 10:30 AM
Yoga at the Figge
Figge Art Museum – Join us Yoga at the Figge! Bring your own mat. All ages and levels are encouraged to join. The classes have limited space 90 for the adut class (13 or older) and 18 for the children's class (5-18 years old). Preregistration must be made through Eventbrite prior to class. Instructor of Adult's Class - Kelly Harris Instructor of Children's Class - Jennifer Vondracek Class is offered free of charge, but free-will donations will be accepted and benefit the Figge Art Museum. For questions or to apply as an instructor, contact yoga@figgeartmuseum.org or 563.345.6638.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 12:00 PM
Create "I Love You" with Vino van Gogh
Vino van Gogh - Quad Cities – Advance online sign up at www.VinoGogh.com for $32/per person. Save $5 when you use the promo "save5"
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 12:00 PM
Coffee and Canvas
Vino van Gogh - Quad Cities – Join us for our 3rd Coffee and Canvas here at Aroma and The Green Thumbers. Bring a friend, or two and get 10% off any coffee or food from the cafe. Use the code "GREENTHUMB" when you register with Vino Van Gogh and get $5 off!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 12:30 PM
Create "Magnolia Blossom" with Vino van Gogh
Vino van Gogh - Quad Cities – Advance online sign up at www.VinoGogh.com for $32/per person. Save $5 when you use the promo "save5"
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 - Jan 21 @ 1:00 PM
January Mini Camp
Scott County Family Y – Mini Camp is the perfect opportunity for a new camper to try an overnight camp before jumping into a full week. It's also great for campers that just can't wait months for summer camp! Our recommended age is 6+, however if your child is younger and ready to try Camp, please let us know! Contact Nick at nmartinez@scottcountyfamilyy.org to discuss if your child is ready! This mini camp's theme will be Superhero! We will have some traditional camp activities, some superhero activities, and some that combine the two! Schedule and activities will be weather dependent. Check in will be Saturday afternoon be at 1pm, and check out will be Sunday at noon! Y Members : $55 Community : $70 BUT, if you register before January 13th, you'll SAVE $10!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 5:00 PM
UFC 220 at SPARTANS PUB
Spartans Pub – Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font Alexandre Pantoja vs. Dustin Ortiz Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau Maryna Moroz vs. Jamie Moyle Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar Francimar Barroso vs. Gian Villante Brandon Davis vs. Kyle Bochniak
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 6:00 PM
Winter Wine Experience
River Music Experience – WINTER WINE EXPERIENCE Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:00 PM RME 2nd Floor $45 in advance / $55 at the door Wine Tasting: 6-8pm Redstone Room Cokctail Party: 8-10pm Age Restriction: 21+ Music From: Kellen Meyers Trio & More Tickets: $45 in advance / $55 at the door $250 for reserved table for four and includes admission Join us for the 9th Annual Winter Wine Experience, presented by Dimitri Wine & Spirits and sponsored by Estes Construction, a wine tasting and fundraiser! Winter Wine kicks off RME's Annual Appeal, and helps fund all of the educational programming we offer. Whether you prefer white or red, we'll have delicious wine for tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and live music all evening.
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jan 21 @ 4:05 PM
Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones
TaxSlayer Center – For the latest Mallard news, schedules, game recaps and standings go to myqcmallards.com. Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 28 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jan 21 @ 5:00 PM
Tween/Teen Yoga
Backwards Yoga – This class is specifically for pre-teens and teens 10-15 years, this class integrates many forms of yoga to help participants improve their body image and posture, learn to release stress, improve concentration, and gain body awareness. Bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per student. No parent required.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Jan 23 @ 6:00 PM
PAW Patrol Live
Adler Theatre – It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 6:00 PM
PAW Patrol Live
Adler Theatre – It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.