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Calling all Chicago Cubs fans.

You already watched (and celebrated) the win 108 years in the making, but the \"Fly the W\" festivities aren't over.\u00a0

The\u00a0Chicago Cubs\u00a0World Series Trophy tour is traveling around the Midwest this month,\u00a0including a short stop in Davenport.\u00a0

The trophy is slated to be displayed from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at the River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The public is invited to take photos of (and with) the\u00a0Commissioner's Trophy.

Other planned Iowa stops on the trophy tour include 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at\u00a0University of Iowa Student Union Building in\u00a0Iowa City; 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in\u00a0Cedar Rapids; and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the\u00a0Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo.

For the full list of dates, visit\u00a0Cubs.com/trophytour.

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1. Bread and brews\u00a0

The bakery portion of Baked Beer and Bread Co., the newest sweet addition to the Village of East Davenport's eatery scene, opened in December. A brewery, bar and restaurant will soon fill in the space at 1113 Mound St., Davenport. Before work is complete, Baked is getting into the booze groove with two tasting events slated for later this month. First up: sample beers from Backpocket Brewing of Coralville, Iowa, at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Next on the list is a sneak peek of Baked's wine list: Check out the restaurant's progress, sample\u00a0hors d'vours and wine from Johnson Bros. starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit\u00a0bakedbeerandbreadco.com or call\u00a0563-232-1251.

2. Winter Wine Experience

How about a night of wine and jazz music? Check out the eighth annual Winter Wine Experience, a wine-infused fundraiser that helps fund music and educational programming at the River Music Experience, or RME. Wine tastings, hors d\u2019oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live jazz music from the Steve Grismore Quartet are on tap at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, on the second floor of the RME, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets are $30 for RME members, $35 in advance and $40 day of. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit rivermusicexperience.org.

3. Chili cook-off

Mark your foodie calendar for a full day of heated chili competition. The Hand-in-Hand Chili Cook-Off is back from 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds' New Fair Center, 2815 Locust St., Davenport. At the eighth annual cook-off, taste a variety of chili samples\u00a0from more than 20 teams and stop by a wine and craft beer pull. Plus, there will be a \"Kids' Zone\" with bounce houses and face painting, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids under 6. Proceeds go toward Hand-in-Hand, a\u00a0Quad-City based nonprofit that creates fun, inclusive learning experiences for children\u00a0and young adults with special needs.\u00a0

4. Soup cooking class

No shocker here: January is National Soup Month. If you've been craving a warm and cozy cup, but not an out-of-the-can concoction, stop by Greatest Grains this weekend. The natural grocery store is hosting a \"Soup\u2019s On\" cooking class, where you'll learn the basics of preparing homemade soup just in time for winter. Four soups, including vegetarian and meat-based options, will be made and sampled. The class is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday at Greatest Grains, 1600 N. Harrison St., Davenport. Tickets, $15, are available at\u00a0greatestgrains.com.

5. 'Blind Kitchen' at Faithful Pilot

Think of it as the TV show \"Top Chef.\" But in real life. The Faithful Pilot, a fine dining spot in downtown LeClaire, Iowa, is hosting a competition called \"Blind Kitchen\" in which two chefs have an hour to go head to head and create a dish with three surprise ingredients. The contest starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Faithful Pilot, 117 N. Cody Road, LeClaire. For more information, visit\u00a0faithfulpilot.com.

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Last month, I launched a series in the Quad-City Times Food section with the mission of reaching and writing about the far corners of the Quad-City dining landscape.

So far, I\u2019ve enjoyed going \"On the Road\" and visiting places such as Kalmes Restaurant in St. Donatus, Iowa, and Maple Street Grille in Orion, Illinois. I'm looking forward to more of these miniature road trips, in search of hidden food treasures.

But this week, in place of a far-away adventure, I decided to explore a Quad-City treasure that\u2019s not so hidden. It's pretty obvious.\u00a0

Since I moved here about a year ago, I\u2019ve heard that Ross\u2019 Restaurant is a go-to choice for 24-hour eating, a must-stop for presidential candidates and a good place to take your mom for brunch. It was starting to feel like everyone, including President Barack Obama and Johnny Cash, had been there \u2014\u00a0except for me.\u00a0

So, on Sunday, I visited Ross\u2019 Restaurant for the first time.

I ordered the No. 1 breakfast special, watched mountain-sized plates go to nearby tables and asked for stories about the black-and-white photos, some that go back to the 1940s, on the walls.\u00a0

And I had that homey feeling that everybody probably feels when they go to the 77-year-old establishment. I like how Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers, the restaurant\u2019s current general manager and granddaughter of the restaurant\u2019s founder, summed it up for me.

\"A lot of people ask, 'What's special about it,'\" she said. \"It's one of those things that\u2019s hard to explain, but what it comes down to is ... it\u2019s really more than a restaurant.\"

\u2018A lot of people think we\u2019re closed\u2019

When I called Melissa\u2019s mother Cynthia Friedhof, who owns Ross\u2019 with her husband, Ron, I was curious for her take on the restaurant\u2019s history and what makes it special.

I didn't expect what she said first.\u00a0

\u201cA story would be good, so people know we\u2019re actually open,\u201d Freidhof said.

Sure, everybody knows about Ross\u2019 Restaurant. But, Friedhof said, not everyone knows that when its longtime downtown Bettendorf home closed in 2015 to make way for the new Interstate 74 bridge, the restaurant didn\u2019t go away.

\"This is the truth of the matter,\" she said. \"A lot of people still think we're closed. They tell me all of the time that they're so sorry we closed, and I tell them we're open.\u201d

When a restaurant has been around as long as Ross\u2019, \u201cit seems you have to reach one person at a time,\u201d Friedhof said.

In October 2015, the Friedhofs moved the diner, which originally opened in 1940 under the name Bettendorf Maid-Rite, to its current location at 2297 Falcon Ave., Bettendorf.\u00a0

While Friedhof describes saying goodbye to that \u201ciconic\u201d spot as \u201cthe most traumatic thing of my life,\" she has adjusted to the new neighborhood over the past 15 or so months.

\"It was really hard to leave that place, because there was so much history,\" she said. \"But what we really loved was the people. And they still come.\u201d

An evolving place

People are still visiting Ross\u2019, indeed. When I talked to Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers after my first-ever Ross' meal, she said business is busier than ever at the new location.\u00a0

She grew up at the restaurant, and after years away working in social work, she returned to the family business about 15 years ago.\u00a0

\"I feel as at home here as I did at the old store,\" she said. \"I think about the people who come here, six generations of people, and it's a real community.\"

Parts of the old restaurant, such as booths, wall art and tables, are the same here and other parts were upgraded.

\"It's a beautiful space that reflects who we've become over the last 77 years,\" she said. \"It pays homage to how we started, but it's a fresh face.\"

Ross\u2019 has certainly evolved over the years, especially on the menu side, she said.

When I walked in on Sunday, I was surprised to see a line of regionally made kombucha available and to hear Friedhof-Rodgers say they sell more kombucha than hot tea. I also was surprised to see locally sourced eggs and chicken sausage on the menu and loaves of homemade bread cooling in the kitchen and to hear about recipes passed on from Melissa\u2019s great-grandmother.

That surprise factor I experienced is what Cynthia Friedhof calls a \u201clittle bit of an identity crisis.\u201d

\"People think we only do the decadent stuff and the diner stuff, and that\u2019s not true,\" she said. \u201cWe do so many things they don't know about, whether it\u2019s working with local farmers or having gluten-free options.\u201d

One opposite-of-diner option, which I (thankfully) got a taste of, is the OMG Chocolate Cake, a vegan dark chocolate cake that\u2019s a creation from Freidhof-Rodgers.

\"It's a cake that looks amazing, but you don't have to feel all that bad about,\" she said.\u00a0

She said Ross\u2019 will continue to offer the famous Magic Mountain, a dish consisting of Texas toast covered with ground beef, French fries, cheese and chopped onions. It also will continue surprising people.

\u201cI want it to be a place where you can get the burgers and hash browns but also the healthy sustainable meal,\u201d she said. \u201cWe try to always keep up with those things and add to our menu.\u201d

A new chapter

Ross\u2019 Restaurant is as famous for the Magic Mountain as it is for visits from celebrities such as Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry.\u00a0

\u201cIt\u2019s just an institution,\u201d Cynthia Friedhof said. \u201cI have so many stories, I\u2019m going to write a book about it all one day.\u201d

In her book, there\u2019s one thing that sets Ross\u2019 apart: It\u2019s family-run.

\"Today, family-owned businesses are like endangered species,\" she said. \"They're all going away.\"

But not Ross\u2019 Restaurant.

\"I think people have a longing for nostalgia and memories, and we naturally have that,\"\u00a0Friedhof-Rodgers said. \"It's a reminder of the past.\"\u00a0

To Friedhof-Rodgers, the move to Falcon Avenue, where each day is \"a labor of love,\" is a marker of new memories.

For me, I'm glad to finally have a Ross's memory of my own.\u00a0

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1. Ellis Kell benefit

Peace, love and joy of music. That\u2019s the phrase, and way of life, many tie to Ellis Kell, the Quad-City musical icon who died in December. And that\u2019s what the River Music Experience, where Kell worked for 12 years, has in mind for the \u201cPeace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert,\u201d which promises a night of tunes and a chance to support Kell\u2019s family. The lineup includes members of the Ellis Kell Band, The Whoozdads, The Way Down Wanderers, David G. Smith, The Candymakers, Lojo Russo, The Velies, Rude Punch, The Curtis Hawkins Band with Ernie Peniston & Hal Reed, Quad-Cities Blues Mafia and RME Camp Kids Jam. The benefit is set for this weekend at the RiverCenter\u2019s Great Hall, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Donations of $10 are suggested.

4-11 p.m. Saturday, RiverCenter, donations only

2. Country crew\u00a0

It\u2019s a family affair for Thompson Square. The country group is comprised of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, who have been married for 17 years. Plus, their 1-year-old son Cooper recently starred in the duo\u2019s homemade music video for \u201cYou Make It Look So Good.\u201d Thompson Square, known for hit \u201cAre You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,\u201d is slated to perform at the Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport, this weekend. Tickets are available at www.rhythmcitycasino.com.

8 p.m. Friday, Rhythm City Casino Resort, $27, $37, $47

3. Play the keys

If you ever find yourself itching to play a piano in public, here's your chance. The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra, or QCSO, tasked students from Davenport schools' Creative Arts Academy to paint a piano with the theme, \u201cJoined by a River.\u201d The result is the Quad-Cities Community Piano, which will travel to several venues, such as the Putnam Museum and the Adler Theatre, around the Quad-Cities in two-week residencies. For its first residency, you can view or play the piano at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, through Sunday.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Figge Art Museum, admission is $7

4. Margaret on a Monday

This New York singer-songwriter\u2019s winter tour is a busy one. Margaret Glaspy has 20 show dates on the calendar in the next month. For some shows, she\u2019ll open up for The Lumineers to a crowd of thousands. For others, like her concert set for Monday at the Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport, Glaspy will play to a few dozen people. See Glaspy on a smaller stage, with Lex Allen, this week.\u00a0

7 p.m. Monday, Village Theatre, $10

5. Comedy at Daytrotter\u00a0

The After Hour, a monthly show in the vein of late-night comedy TV, is back this week at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. Quad-City comedian\u00a0Andrew King hosts the night of live poetry from Holly Norton and music\u00a0by area hip-hop artist Errol Hem. The After Hour is part of Downtown Davenport's\u00a0Third Thursday series of free events.\u00a0

6 p.m. Thursday, Daytrotter, free

6. Hairbangers welcome\u00a0

This Chicago-based rock band is on a mission to keep the musical style of the \u201980s \u2014\u00a0and the sounds of groups such as Guns N\u2019 Roses, M\u00f6tley Cr\u00fce, Bon Jovi and Poison \u2014\u00a0alive. Relive the \u201980s for a night with tunes from Hairbanger's Ball at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island.\u00a0

9 p.m. Friday, RIBCO, cover charge

7. Magical night

Magician Nate Staniforth doesn't take the stage with top hats or smoke machines. The Iowa City resident says he performs a stripped-down \"indie type of magic,\" sans special effects. See (or believe) it for yourself. You have two more chances to see Staniforth, who currently is in the middle of a one-month residency in the Quad-Cities, on Thursday, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport. To buy tickets in advance, visit\u00a0facebook.com/moellernightsinc.

7 p.m. Thursday, Village Theatre, $10

8. Jantopia kicks off

A new three-day musical festival is kicking off this weekend. The inaugural Jantopia, a\u00a0winter-sibling-series to Q-C Juntopia, has a lineup of area and national touring bands on the bill, including Condor & Jaybird, Archeress and Mountain Swallower performing at Daytrotter and Rozz-Tox. Proceeds will be go toward King's Harvest Ministries and Humility of Mary Shelter Inc.\u00a0Tickets and the day-by-day lineup are available at\u00a0qcjantopia.com.\u00a0

Starts 6 p.m. Friday, Daytrotter, $10-15\u00a0

9. Guerrilla Girls\u00a0

After three decades, the identities of the Guerrilla Girls,\u00a0a collective of activists and feminists, are still top secret. But that doesn't mean you can't hear them talk about\u00a0fighting discrimination through humor and the arts. The Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art is bringing two members of the Guerrilla Girls, whose members famously wear gorilla masks, to Centennial Hall,\u00a03703 7th Ave., Rock Island,\u00a0this week for a performance and lecture.\u00a0

7 p.m. Wednesday, Centennial Hall, free

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There\u2019s a reason Bill Myatt had stayed away from this musical for nearly 30 years.

Besides the fact that \u201cSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street \u201d is a dark story \u2014\u00a0filled with murder, gore and black humor \u2014\u00a0and not the typical high school play, Myatt knew it would also be technically, and musically, challenging for a bunch of teenagers to pull off.

\u201cIt\u2019s a bucket list show,\u201d Myatt said. \u201cIt\u2019s one of those things I always wanted to do, but never felt we had a wide enough swath of talented people to make it happen.\u201d

He had felt that way since 1990 when he started as the Pleasant Valley High School drama department director.

Until this school year.

\u201cWe had so much strength in this class that I pulled the trigger,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was time to take on Sweeney and just see what happened.\u201d

After months of grueling rehearsals and long hours, the students performed \u201cSweeney Todd\u201d in November at the Iowa State Thespian Festival. It was one of six programs selected to perform at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.

That\u2019s a rare honor, Myatt said. A PVHS production was last selected to perform at the international festival in 2009.

\u201cIt\u2019s the curse of the high school show that everyone and their mom and dad think it\u2019s the most wonderful thing,\u201d he said. \u201cTo have professionals saying they\u2019re good is really valuable \u2014\u00a0it\u2019s true validation.\u201d

It\u2019s validating for students such as senior Sally Walker, who had an ensemble role in \u201cSweeney Todd.\u201d

\u201cNot a lot of high school programs want to do a show so gory and that\u2019s so draining,\u201d Walker, 18, a self-described \u201cproud mama\u201d of her drama classmates, said. \u201cWe thought if we really put our minds to it, we could pull it off. To know we did it is a rewarding feeling.\u201d

Paying it forward

Successfully performing \u201cSweeney Todd\u201d isn\u2019t the only thing on Myatt\u2019s bucket list this semester.

Last week, his crew put on a student-run show called \u201cWhat Happened After Once Upon a Time\u201d for elementary school students Thursday and for the public Saturday. Getting the younger generation involved is a tradition Myatt started in the 1990s and one he hopes to keep growing.

For example, PVHS's\u00a0Spartan Summer Theatre camp, geared toward children from kindergarten through high school has seen more and more students over the years, he said. This summer, campers will put on\u00a0\"The Lion King Experience Jr.\"

\u201cIt\u2019s paying it forward,\u201d he said. \u201cFor some kids, this is their first introduction into theater and we want it to be a good one.\u201d

Myatt also wants to provide high school students the opportunity to not only perform, but direct, design costumes and sets and lead theater workshops for younger students.

Taking on a leadership role off the stage was a first for Walker, who directed \u201cWhat Happened After Once Upon a Time.\u201d

\u201cI remember seeing a show like that for the first time at that age and thinking that this is the most magical thing \u2014\u00a0it's just straight magic,\u201d said Walker, who hopes to pursue theater management in college next year. \u201cTheater has\u00a0given me every confidence I have today and I love that I keep learning different sides of it.\"

On the horizon\u00a0

PVHS has several performances coming up including \u201cTwelve Angry Jurors\u201d on February 24-25, a student improv comedy night March 30, \u201cLeaving Iowa\u201d on April 21-22 and \"Fatal Fifties Affair\" on May 14. After that, they'll spend a week or so with brush-up rehearsals on \"Sweeney Todd\" before performing to a crowd of thousands in June.\u00a0

For seniors such as Myatt\u2019s son Zach, the final shows on the calendar have a bittersweet feeling.\u00a0

\u201cBeing part of this got me out of my shell and taught me to be more expressive,\u201d said Zach Myatt, who plans to minor in theater at Augustana College. \u201cYou break that barrier when you perform in front of people. And then you just want to keep being on stage.\"\u00a0

It's Bill Myatt's \"biggest goal\" to give students plenty, and a variety, of chances to do that.\u00a0

\u201cHigh school students need a home in the school,\u201d he said. \u201cFor these students, it\u2019s theater. They\u2019re all taking part in telling the same story and there is a sense of community in that.\u201d

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Before rehearsals began for \u201cGhost: The Musical,\u201d the on-stage retelling of the 1990 hit starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, the show\u2019s cast members had one bit of extra homework: watching the movie.

For the most part, they liked the story, which follows young couple Sam, played by Patrick Swayze, and Molly, played by Demi Moore, who are torn apart by Sam\u2019s murder and brought back together when he returns as a ghost.

Whether the cast had never seen \u201cGhost\u201d before or were watching it for the dozenth time, whether they loved the soundtrack or mocked the retro digital effects, they agreed on something.

They wouldn\u2019t try to copy the movie.

\u201cFirst of all, I\u2019m not Demi Moore,\u201d said Samantha A. Matthews, who plays Molly in the musical, which premieres this weekend\u00a0at Circa \u201821 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island.

\u201cYou don\u2019t want to copy a brilliant performance; you want to bring yourself into it and make it your own.\u201d

And that\u2019s what you\u2019ll see in Circa\u2019s rendition of \u201cGhost,\u201d billed as the Midwest premiere of the show, which runs through March 11.

Getting \"Ghost\" on stage

It\u2019s been a long road to the stage for \u201cGhost.\u201d

When the musical version premiered on Broadway in 2012, it didn\u2019t go over well.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t hugely successful,\u201d Jerry Jay Cranford, who is directing the show at Circa \u201821, said. \u201cThe sweet little show was kind of overdone and you lost the simple romance. When it\u2019s a multi-million dollar production, you get a little bit of spectacle.\u201d

In April 2016, the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, premiered the reworked version of \u201cGhost: The Musical\u201d with revisions made by Marc Robin, the theater\u2019s artistic director, Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the original movie screenplay, and musical writers Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

The cast decreased from 18 to 10 and the show lost the over-the-top digital projections and high-tech elements.

Circa \u201821 Dinner Playhouse, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary season, is the second theater to perform that version.

\u201cIt\u2019s much more stripped down, which makes it practical for a regional theater with a smaller budget to do,\u201d Cranford said. \u201cYou look at the Broadway version and you think there\u2019s a beautiful love story underneath all of that. And that\u2019s what we\u2019re trying to tell.\u201d

Getting creative

For Andrew Keeler, there\u2019s a few challenges that come with playing the lead role of Sam.

\u201cThe movie is so iconic, and Patrick Swayze is iconic,\u201d Keeler said. \u201cMy difference is I\u2019m a goofball. I try to make the character a little more upbeat because that's just me.\"\u00a0

Another tricky issue is that for a portion of the show, after he comes back as a ghost, his character can\u2019t touch anything such as people, props or door handles.

\u201cIn the movie, you see him pass through walls and stuff,\u201d he said. \u201cWe don\u2019t have the budget to pass through anything, so you have to be creative.\u201d

There are challenges for Matthews, too, like remembering when she can and can\u2019t see Keeler\u2019s character on stage.

\u201cWhen he\u2019s saying, \u2018Hey, look at me or something,\u2019 I have to remember not to react and make people believe that,\u201d she said.

Matthews and Keeler also have to make people believe in their love.

\u201cWe only get 15 pages before I die to make the audience fall in love with us as a couple,\u201d Keeler said. \u201cWe have to make that intense love happen quickly.\u201d

Heart of the story

If you saw the movie, you\u2019ll recognize some parts of \u201cGhost\u201d like the pottery-wheel scene, the pop song \u201cUnchained Melody\u201d and the comic relief from Oda Mae Brown, the character played by Whoopi Goldberg.

But Matthews promises that you\u2019re in for some surprises.

\u201cThe movie is so classic and people know it so well,\u201d she said. \u201cWhat we want to do is tell the beautiful story in our own way.\u201d

Matthews said she got into that mindset by seeing her character as \u201cjust a person dealing with a horrible thing.\u201d

\u201cFor me, I try to think about how would I feel if this happened to me. Would I care about how my hair looked? Would I make jokes?\u201d she said. \u201cEverybody has lost somebody they love or will lose somebody and people want to know that moving on and losing somebody is OK. I think there\u2019s a hope in this story.\"\u00a0

At its core, \u201cGhost\u201d could just be a very sad story, so Cranford said he made certain choices to lighten the mood. He also made sure to keep it simple.

\u201cThe heart of this is a love story that gets cut short,\u201d Cranford said. \u201cAnd I think it\u2019s cathartic to us as an audience to think that it could get resolved in some way.\u201d

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Lora Adams drove by the \"For Lease\" sign on 5th Avenue in Moline\u00a0almost every day for months.\u00a0

The route was technically out of her way, but she made it a \"short cut\" on her way home from work.\u00a0

For Adams, marketing director at the\u00a0Quad-Cities PBS station WQPT-TV, the empty storefront looked like the perfect space to open a community theater, which had been her back-of-the-mind dream for years.\u00a0

\"You ask yourself over and over, \"Is this something you're actually going to do or are you just going to keep thinking about?\" she said. \"At some point, you have to go for it.\"\u00a0

She went for it.\u00a0

In October, Adams teamed up with David Miller, who works as a data analyst at Deere\u00a0& Co., to lease the property and convert the space into what is now The Black Box Theatre.\u00a0

Adams hopes the venue adds to the \"charming\" look of 5th Avenue.

\"What I love about this block is that there is so much to do,\" she said. \"On a date night, you can park once and go to dinner, come to a show here and get a drink.\"

After months of construction work, The Black Box Theatre will open its doors for the first time with a show from the Westbrook Singers at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.\u00a0

With just a few days before its first \"soft opening\" show, the 60-seat theater is still a work in progress.\u00a0

There are walls to build, curtains to hang and sound and lighting equipment scattered on the not-yet-finished stage.\u00a0

\"It's still shaping up, but it's beginning to look like a theater,\" Adams said.\u00a0

Adams, a Chicago native, first arrived in the Quad-Cities to perform at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse for a role in \"South Pacific\" in the 1980s. She moved around, owning a community theater in Wisconsin from 1995-2000, before landing back here.\u00a0

\"The Quad-Cities has so many great venues, so it was never that we needed another one,\" she said. \"Everyone has their niche; some that focus on Greek or Shakespeare or big musicals. I think we're going to be a little bit different and a little eclectic and add something.\"\u00a0

The eclectic season ranges from the musical comedy \"You're a Good Man Charlie Brown\" to the melodrama play \"Veronica's Room\" to the well-known rock jukebox Broadway musical\u00a0\"Rock of Ages.\" Adams filled some of the casts with people who showed up to auditions in December and plans to hold open auditions again in the future.\u00a0

\"There are so many people who are yearning to perform and create and they don't want to do it full-time,\" she said. \"I want to give them a space to do that.\"\u00a0

The theater's grand opening show, called \"Murderers,\" which Adams directs and performs in, premieres Jan. 28.\u00a0Tickets are priced at $15-18.\u00a0

\"I don't want this to be my theater; I want it to be open to everybody who yearns to perform and maybe hasn't gone for it,\" she said. \"On every weekend, I want to make sure there is going to be entertainment here.\"\u00a0

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1.\u00a0Photo shoot at the Putnam\u00a0

Want your face to be part of the Putnam Museum's permanent collection? Take part in the museum's free community-wide photo shoot from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shoot is in honor of the Putnam Museum & Science Center's 150th anniversary. Each participant will get a free print to take home and one print will go in the museum's collection. General admission to the museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport,\u00a0will cost $1.50 from noon to 4 p.m. this weekend.\u00a0

2. Blues benefit\u00a0

Juliana Logan, a 17-year-old Quad-City based singer-songwriter and founder of Juliana & A Soul Purpose, was selected by the Central Iowa Blues Society to represent Iowa at the 2017 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. The band needs the support of the community to cover travel expenses. The fundraiser, sponsored by River Music Experience and the ILLOWA Women in Blues Association, is called \"Support Our Sister: Memphis Send-Off\" and features music from the\u00a0Lizzi Neal Band, Frankie Fontagne & The Ramblers and Jualiana & A Soul Purpose. The show is slated for 6 p.m. Friday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, $10 in advance, are available at rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

3. Icestravangza

It's time for the fifth annual Icestravaganza. Icy festivities, including ice sculptures, kids activities, visits from an ice princess, is slated for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Stick around for an after-hours tasting event at 6 p.m. featuring samples from Artisan Grain Distillery and Mississippi River Distillery as well as Front Street Brewery.

4. Winter carnival

Bettendorf is getting in on the winter fun. The inaugural Winter Carnival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at various sites around Bettendorf. Along with skating on the\u00a0Frozen Landing Ice Rink, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,\u00a0indoor activities are planned. At the Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive,\u00a0learn how to make rock candy, draw winter scenes, make snowflake art and build bird feeders. At the Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive,\u00a0check out a\u00a0science demonstration with dry ice or build a milk jug igloo. At the Life Fitness Center, 2222 Middle \u00a0Road,\u00a0play\u00a0games such as pom-pom hockey and soccer, winter target golf, snowball launch, snowman bowling, ice skating with paper plates\u00a0and indoor polar plunge.

5. Build a Figge exhibit\u00a0

Here's your chance to take part of an exhibit at the Figge Art Museum. The museum is hosting a community workshop in which you can help construct corn stalk sculptures for \"MAiZE,\" which is coming to the museum this summer. This hands-on session is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Figge Art Musuem, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.\u00a0

6. Rock concert

Rock band Local H, which formed in 1990, is known for pioneering the two-man band set-up with frontman Scott Lucas playing both guitar and bass and Ryan Harding on the drums. See Local H, with guest Mutts, a Chicago-based grunge trio, at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets, $10, are available at ribco.com.\u00a0

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Grilled cheeses aren\u2019t on Maple Street Grille\u2019s menu, but the chef doesn\u2019t say so when a table orders three of the sandwiches during lunchtime.\u00a0

\u201cHow can you say no when everybody knows you by your first name?\u201d JR Greenwood said with a laugh from inside his kitchen. \u201cI know what they\u2019re thinking, \u2018Oh, we know JR, he\u2019ll do that for us.\u2019\u201d

Greenwood didn\u2019t seem to mind. The owner of the Orion, Illinois, restaurant already had a long list of orders to fill, including burgers, chicken sandwiches and sides of chicken tortilla soup and chili.

And as he does on most weekday afternoons, Greenwood, 37, was manning the kitchen alone when a group of 10 people walked in last Wednesday.

\u201cUsually you expect to see the same faces, but you never know who\u2019s going to show up,\u201d he said while he grabbed slices of cheese.

\u201cWe\u2019re just little old Orion,\u201d Greenwood said of the village with a population of about 1,800 people. \u201cBecause of our size, you got to do more to get people out here, get their attention and keep them coming back.\u201d

Since opening in October 2015, that\u2019s exactly what Greenwood has aimed to do.

\u2018Family is first\u2019

Since the day Michelle Greenwood met her future husband, he dreamed of opening his own restaurant.

\u201cIt\u2019s inspiring to see him live that out,\u201d she said of her partner, who has worked as a chef for more than 20 years in the Quad-City area, including a stint at Jumer's Hotel & Casino. \u201cHis way of cooking is so creative. He takes everyday things and makes it his own.\u201d

Michelle, a teacher at Rock Island High School, works at Maple Street Grille on nights, on weekends and during breaks. The couple, who have been married for nine years, also enlist their two daughters for help.

\u201cFamily is first at a place like this and a town like this,\u201d she said.

That goes for some of JR\u2019s most loyal taste-testers: his in-laws.

Last Wednesday, Mike and Linda Leonard made the 25-minute drive from Matherville, Illinois, their home of 47 years, for lunch.

\u201cI think this place is a plus for the community,\u201d said Linda Leonard, citing her son-in-law\u2019s \u201cfamous chili.\" \u201cWe like to try just about anything JR comes up with.\u201d

It was good timing.

Just an hour before their visit, JR launched his newest burger of the month, \"The Food Truck Burger,\" which pays homage to the area\u2019s on-the-go eateries.

Mike Leonard was one of the first customers to order the sandwich, which starts with a half-pound patty and is piled with chihuahua cheese, chipotle-braised pulled pork, red cabbage slaw, fried tortilla chips and cilantro-lime mayo.

\u201cI\u2019ve tried every burger of the month and I haven\u2019t had a bad one,\u201d he said. \u201cIf you go away hungry, you\u2019re missing something.\u201d

'Comfort food with a twist'

JR describes his menu as \u201ccomfort food with a twist.\u201d

His indulgent recipes include a sloppy Joe flatbread and maple bacon fries for appetizers. Another one, tater tot nachos, was inspired by a snack Greenwood made for his two young daughters at home. On the \u201cKinda Like Grandma\u2019s Kitchen\u201d section of the menu, you\u2019ll find honey-fried chicken, cajun pasta, baby back ribs and chicken and dumplins. And don\u2019t forget about fried ice cream and a chocolate-chip sundae.

Then there\u2019s the burger of the month, where JR\u2019s creativity shines. Previous specials have been topped with chili cheese fries, beer-dipped fries, maple bourbon jam and \u201cDorito dust.\u201d One burger, called \u201cThe PB&J,\u201d included homemade strawberry jam and pork rinds.

\u201cI like to try new things and I can try just about anything here,\u201d Greenwood said. \u201cYou throw things against the wall and see what sticks.\u201d

'A destination place'

For Orion, Maple Street Grille sits on somewhat historic ground. It replaced The Factory Restaurant and Lounge, which closed in April 2015.

\u201cPeople had gone there for years and years,\u201d JR said. \u201cA lot of people saw it as a sad thing and a thing that was probably inevitable.\u201d

But the Greenwood family, who\u00a0have lived in Orion for nine years, saw it as a chance to move Orion forward.

\u201cOut here in Orion, we\u2019re small and blue collar,\u201d Michelle said. \u201cWe want all the nice things that the bigger cities have, but we like the country feel. For families like ours, there wasn\u2019t a place we could bring the whole family for a nice affordable dinner without driving 20 minutes.\u201d

They decided to mix a big-city menu with a \"country chic\" look.\u00a0

Renovating The Factory came with a lot of work. Greenwood and a few family members spent two months gutting the former supper club, which opened in 1969.

\u201cThe way it looks now is completely different,\u201d Michelle said. \u201cIt\u2019s comfortable here, but also a little bit different than what people were used to in this town.\u201d

Her husband says Maple Street Grille adds to the growing appeal of Orion.

\u201cOrion by itself is a great place to travel to for a day,\u201d JR said. \u201cOrion is a destination place and so is our restaurant.\"\u00a0

For him, getting people in the doors starts with small-town service. He takes suggestions for burgers of the month, soups of the day, and, sometimes, adds a grilled cheese to the menu on the fly.\u00a0

\"I want people to feel a little bit like it's home,\" JR said. \"And plenty of people do.\"\u00a0

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Spend Sunday in LeClaire and you can sip on whiskey, red wine hot chocolate and try a crab rangoon pizza.\u00a0

Yes, you read that right.\u00a0

The town is launching its inaugural \"Taste of LeClaire,\" featuring free samples and restaurant specials from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday along the Cody Road strip.\u00a0

The afternoon of eating coincides with the \"Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard\" initiative by the Quad-Cities Convention\u00a0& Visitors Bureau.

And according to\u00a0Cindy Bruhn, LeClaire tourism manager, it's a celebration of how much the food and drink landscape has grown in LeClaire.

\"We've seen tons of growth over the past five years,\" she said. \"There's more food options, more restaurants, more variety and more of everything.\"

One point of celebration is \"Libation Lane,\" the block of downtown LeClaire where you can visit Mississippi River Distilling Co., Wide River Winery and Green Tree Brewery within a very short walk.\u00a0

\"There is nowhere else in Iowa and maybe the midwest where you can go to a winery, brewery and distillery in one block,\" said Ryan Burchett, co-owner of Mississippi River Distilling Co. \"It is a small town, but the quality of food and drink here is world class.\"

Along with hourly distillery tours, Burchett and his team plan on offering samples of the Hot Iowish Cream cocktail, which is one of the distillery's most popular drinks. In February, they plan to unveil a bourbon infused with maple syrup.

\"People assume that after Christmas, there's nothing going on here, but things are always happening in LeClaire. If you haven't been here in a couple of years, you'll notice some new things. Things are always evolving.\"\u00a0

Burchett said this weekend, with bald eagle watching in full effect, has been a busy one in the past. And, now with \"Taste of LeClaire,\" there's a chance to capitalize on the crowds.\u00a0

\"This is the weekend where everyone is catching their breath and tired of sitting at home on the couch and starts looking for something to do,\" he said. \"And it's a weekend that LeClaire is really hustling and bustling.\"

Holly Schmidt, owner of Big Dave and Holly's Dairy Sweet, expects more visitors than normal, too. She's serving up sweet apple pork sliders.

\"Something like this gets people out around the downtown and trying different things,\" she said.\u00a0

Schmidt and her husband have owned the eatery, which specializes in \"tenderloins, ice cream and more,\" for about 12 years.

\"We all have our unique things... in one small town, you have some of the best popcorn, chocolate and pizza,' she said. \"Every place is different with a different view.\"

Bruhn hopes that visitors from LeClaire, the metro Quad-Cities and beyond make the first \"Taste of LeClaire\" an event worth continuing in the future.\u00a0

\"We're trying to bring people out in the winter when it's a little colder and they need that push,\" Bruhn said.\u00a0\"There are a lot of specialty foods and gourmet foods you wouldn't expect from such a small place.\"\u00a0

\"Wings and Things\"

Also on tap Sunday is a wildlife presentation called \"Wings and Things.\" Check out a bald eagle photo and video presentation by wildlife photographer Burt Gearhart at 2 p.m. at the LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S. Cody Road. In the presentation, catch photos of eagles diving for fish, eating while flying and flying with icicles on their toes. You'll learn how best to view and photograph the annual winter gathering of bald eagles along the Mississippi River north and south of LeClaire.

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