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Rivera Dancing His Way To Fame

October 14th, 2019

Ben Rivera has been taking steps towards a dancing career since he began treading the boards as a student growing up in Muscatine and now he’s hoping that practice and dedication is about to take him across the hallowed paths to Broadway – with the hottest show in the world. Rivera was back in town recently to teach a master class at Momentum Dance Force and was excited to share the news that he’s being considered for a part in “Hamilton.” “That would be the dream, to be on Broadway,” Rivera said excitedly. “I’ve been in callbacks for ‘Hamilton’ and so we’ll see what happens.... Read More

From France To Springer To Muscatine With Jodi Hansen

October 11th, 2019

Jodi Hansen’s path has wound from Muscatine to France to “The Jerry Springer Show” to MTV to PBS and back home again, and while every stop has been eventful and intriguing, one thing she’s learned is that there’s noplace quite like home. Born and raised in the Pearl City, Hansen is currently the director of the Muscatine Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has been a part of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce team since she returned to her old stomping grounds in 2012. Her passion for Muscatine is obvious and palpable. She’s worked to promote greater livability and accessibility... Read More

Osaka Offering A Fresh Sushi Option For Muscatine

September 29th, 2019

Looking for a catch of the week that doesn’t involve noodling the flooded Mississippi River? If you’re  jonesing for Japanese you won’t have to fish far for satisfying sushi and sashimi any longer. Osaka restaurants in Moline, Davenport and Muscatine offer fresh dishes from the land of the rising sun roll, and they’re a Godzilla-sized hit. While other local outlets have offered sushi as part of their broader menus, Osaka is unique in its sole dedication to Japanese cuisine, as well as its environment and presentation. Walk inside and you’re immersed in an expansive, warm crimson... Read More

`U’ Will Love This Group If You’re Into The Ukulele

September 27th, 2019

Former Beatle George Harrison once said that the ukulele was the only “real, true instrument,” and the Muscatine Area Ukulele Group is doing their best to make that Traveling Wilbury proud. Founded in 2015 by musician Chris Sample, the organization of amore for the guitar’s wee little brother is a fusion of people in and around the Muscatine and Illinois City area who want to learn about and enjoy the ukulele. They meet at the Musser Public Library, 304 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. “I’ve been playing the ukulele for about six... Read More

Have A Dickens Of A Good Time At Curiosity Shop

September 22nd, 2019

Looking for different dragons to slay than just the ones offering bad pickup lines? A local science-fiction and curio shop is looking to offer “more than just bars and church events” in the area on weekend nights, boasting a slate to ultimately include gaming, trivia nights, dungeons and dragons, Magic and more. Dickens’ Curiosity Shop, 207 W. 2nd St., opened in 2017, and since then has been expanding its universe of collectibles, books and art items for sale on its shelves. Along with that growth has come an expansion of the store’s place in the local entertainment galaxy. “We’re... Read More

New Trucks Transforming Trash Taking In Muscatine

September 22nd, 2019

Robots are taking over the streets of Muscatine! No need to worry, it’s not as if alien decepticons are plotting to conquer the city, it’s just two new automated garbage trucks that are prowling the pathways with their robot arms muscling up the refuse. The first of the two was unveiled in December 2015, the second in February 2017, making up two of the five trucks in use for Muscatine. The other three still use the tried-and-true method of human garbage people hanging off the back of the truck, chucking trash into its waiting maw. But this new means of technology means that those far riskier... Read More

9th Annual Jessica Peine Memorial Ride & Music Festival

September 17th, 2019

Celebrate life and help spread Organ Donation Awareness in Muscatine this weekend! The 9th Annual Jessica Peine Memorial Ride and Music Festival returns this Friday Sep 20 and Saturday Sep 21, which helps spread Organ Donation Awareness and supports Jessica Faye’s Closet. This year’s event is being held in honor of Organ Donors Austin Gainuss, Nick Hartman and Devin Estabrook. The fun kicks off on Friday night with live music at Missipi Brewing Co. (107 Iowa Ave. Muscatine). Admission is just $5.   Friday Night’s Lineup: 6 – 6:45 p.m.      Vann Britt 7 – 7:45 p.m.     ... Read More

East Moline Spartans Win Muscatine Tournament, Chasing Top Ten Ranking

July 5th, 2019

The 08 East Moline Silvis Soccer Club Spartans were already ranked in the top 15 in the state going into the Muscatine Soccer Club tournament June 9, and after a thoroughly dominating performance, it’s justifiable to see them chasing a top ten ranking soon. The Spartans completely demolished their opponents, outscoring AYSO, Quad Cities Rush and the home team of Muscatine Soccer Club by a combined goal total of 18-1. They say defense wins championships, and it was defense that led the way to EMSSC’s slaughter of their opponents. The scores were only part of the story, as the point differential... Read More

Sal Vitale’s Offers Delicious Authentic Italian Food

June 16th, 2019

There’s a robust family atmosphere that fills Sal Vitale’s and Sons, with the same richness and flavor of their delicious Italian food. The authentic Sicilian restaurant at 1010 Park Ave has been a family tradition since opening in 1984, said owner Salvatore Vitale, and given how the amiable Salvatore beams with jocularity and pride when speaking about it, it’s easy to see how it’s become so popular. “It’s all about the quality, and the situation is, absolutely nobody has the products and the ingredients we have,” Vitale said, proudly. “Everyone has quality ingredients, but we’ve... Read More

Max Collins Still Having Bloody Good Fun As A Writer

May 26th, 2019

Max Collins has killed hundreds of people over the past four decades.   And, not only has he not been sent to prison, but they’ve given him awards, fame and fortune for it. The Muscatine author, who saw his novel “Road To Perdition” turned into an Oscar-nominated film and who was given the 2017 Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement as a fictional murderer, a maestro of mystery novels, is continuing to charm readers with his bloody fun exploits. MWA’s Grand Master Award represented the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge... Read More

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