This Fight is Far From Over

TC Boyd isn’t impressed by worldwide protests against police brutality, and he’s here to remind us that police violence isn’t the one thing that isolates and degrades Black America. True equality is a long-term, uphill battle – or rather, a war composed of many battles – that doesn’t end with justice reform.

What Really Happens at an Iowa Freedom Riders’ Protest

On Thursday, June 4, twelve days after the death of George Floyd, there was a peaceful protest in downtown Iowa City.

Commemorating Juneteenth

It’s a shame so many celebratory events had to be canceled this year due to COVID, but many of them have moved online! Like the Juneteenth Music Festival. It streamed live yesterday on the 18th, but you can still watch it here! Or the Juneteenth Jubilee. This one has a $5 ticket price, but some…

Our Family’s First COVID-19 Death

Aunt Geri’s heart stopped on May 20th and never restarted. She couldn’t be declared dead until May 23rd, however, because she kept breathing. The medical staff at her memory care facility, her hospice nurse, and her children still can’t understand how or why she was able to live for three days without a heartbeat. The…

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Update 8 June 2020: I wrote and posted this on the 5th, and my Wordpress dashboard listed it as “Public”. The post failed to appear on my blog until today, however, and that was after I fussed with it a lot. I know I probably shouldn’t read anything into it, but I have made a mental note. And now a literal note. Also, this: Minneapolis City Council members intend to defund and dismantle the city’s police department!

Upshots of Quarantine

The future looks ever bleaker. The minimum projected death toll is around 100,000. To put that in perspective, it’s more than 33 times the number of deaths on 9/11/01. Why do I use that as a bench mark? Because it’s an image of collective death a majority of the population can recall and understand. And…

You’re Killing Your Mother

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in my area, but I’ve been under quarantine since Sunday evening anyway. In just a few short days, hospitals will be totally overwhelmed, and I’m determined not to be among the ER visits contributing to the death toll. People who would have been fine with a little…

Glue Boy and American Devil Sound

When the demons first came out, my only thought was: “Shit.” The Redstone Room has its share of intimate shows. While the performer-audience relationship may get snuggly, the fourth wall is a line not often crossed. Once Regan Hatfield (performing under the name American Devil Sound) started doing his thing, though, I understood the absolute…

Save the Arts from Rising Rivers and Rents

Catastrophic flooding and a levee breach closed down Bucktown, MidCoast Fine Arts’ Davenport center. While Bucktown reopened several weeks later, their entire stock of program supplies was lost. In other words, this fundraiser is critical.

Visit the Quad Cities, Stay Current

A die-hard arts community can be hard to come by. Whether you’re near one or not, we’d love to have you come visit ours! And when you do, you can stay, play, and sleep in a living work of art.