There are several professional reasons for me to look forward to a new event scheduled Saturday, July 11, at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island — a new, six-hour event featuring performances by three bands, plus an accompanying art show.
But as the husband of a 7½-year ovarian cancer survivor, there's a personal reason to look forward to the first "girlpARTS FEST" as well.
Orchestrated by Jodie Kavensky, the Quad-City founder of the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation, the headliner of the inaugural festival is the rock band N.E.D., consisting of six gynecologic cancer surgeons.
N.E.D.'s members come from North Carolina, Alaska, New York City, New Orleans and Portland, Ore.
"What was started as a novelty meant to entertain has turned into a powerful awareness movement to give a voice to women affected by gynecologic cancers," according to the website NedtheBand.com.
(N.E.D. is an acronym for "no evidence of disease," words that any cancer patient longs to hear.)
The band has released two original albums as well as the soundtrack to a documentary about the group. The doctors also will be available for free educational sessions with area physicians during their time in the Quad-Cities.
Besides N.E.D., the bands Soul Storm and Barstool Boogaloo will be featured in the 4-10 p.m. festival hosted by KWQC-TV's Paula Sands, another ovarian cancer survivor.
Works by 12 local female artists, the "Dirty Dozen Invitational," will be featured throughout the day for display and sale.
Admission is $10, a pretty good deal for six hours worth of entertainment and a contribution toward educating and informing women about ovarian cancer.
CW on 4.2
After being dormant for nearly a year-and-a-half, WHBF-TV has started its 4.2 subchannel back up.
Beginning last week, the channel began airing KGCW, its new corporate sibling after the sale last year of both stations to Nexstar Broadcasting.
Operations manager J.D. Walls said KGCW's original signal on Channel 26, broadcasting from a tower near Seaton, Ill., in rural Mercer County, will continue to operate. Adding the station to 4.2 gives a clearer signal in the Quad-Cities for the station, which is licensed to Burlington, Iowa.
Yo-Yo Ma's encore at his May 14 performance with the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra came as a surprise to everyone except the famed cellist himself.
According to the QCSO, Ma asked conductor-musical director Mark Russell Smith — after the third curtain call of a standing ovation that lasted just shy of five minutes — if he could play more.
"Yo-Yo goes back to his assistant, gets his Strad (Stradivarius) and plays one more — Wow!" according to the QCSO's social media posts.
Without a microphone, and with some audience members unable to hear him, Ma announced he was playing the sarabande from Bach's "Cello Suite No. 6."
Ma recorded it on a 2010 album, "The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites Complete."
Landing in Indy
Former WQAD-TV news anchor Jason Fechner has his anchor assignment from his new station, WRTV in Indianapolis.
He began Thursday as the co-anchor of the 7 p.m. (Eastern time) newscast on the ABC affiliate there.
Fechner's also reporting for the station and, just to let all of us know where he is, he posted a picture on social media of him at the Indianapolis Speedway, home of the Indy 500.
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