Now playing at area theatres.

In the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s current, topnotch production of The Music Man, the signature image is actually an image in motion: actor Don Denton, in his role as Harold Hill, strolling – or more accurately gliding – across the stage.

Watching the new Beauty & the Beast, I wouldn’t have wanted to be within spitting distance of anyone who didn’t instantly well up at the performance of the title song, with Emma Thompson’s teapot crooning that glorious, Oscar-winning tune while Emma Watson’s Beauty and Dan Stevens’ Beast swirled and spun in that majestic castle ballroom. I also wouldn’t have wanted to be within spitting distance of anyone who thought director Bill Condon’s live-action remake was in any way superior to Disney’s animated smash of 1991. I may well have spit.

Here you’ll find links to all of Mike Schulz’s movie reviews from March 2000 to the present.

Music

The Redstone Room

March through May

 

On April 26, Davenport’s Redstone Room hosts a special concert with The Lacs, the country-rock and southern-rap outfit composed of Brian King and Clay Sharpe. Given that the band’s moniker is reportedly short for “loud-ass crackers,” this Georgia-based duo whose 2015 album Outlaw in Me reached number three on Billboard’s country chart will no doubt provide a rousing springtime evening at the area venue. But trust me, it’ll hardly be the only one. Given just how many terrific musicians are booked there over the next couple of months, the Redstone Room’s schedule is anything but Lacs.

(Author’s note: That’s wordplay on the adjective “lax.” The joke plays better when you listen to this article on Audible.)

(Editor’s note: Ignore him. You can’t listen to this article on Audible.)

MUSIC

Thursday, March 16 – An Evening with Laurence Hobgood. Concert with the Grammy-winning pianist and Quad City Arts Visiting Artist. Holiday Inn & Suites (4215 Elmore Avenue, Davenport). 6 p.m. $35-40. For tickets and information, call (309)793-1213 or visit QuadCityArts.com.

Thursday, March 16 – An Evening with Albert Cummings. Blues-rock singer/guitarist in concert. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $16.75-19. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18 – Kelly's Irish Pub St. Patrick's Party. Annual weekend event featuring live music, dance, food and drink specials, the Skydiving Leprechauns, and more. Kelly's Irish Pub & Eatery (2222 East 53rd Street, Davenport). Friday 5 – 11:30 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. Free. For information, call (563)344-0000 or visit KellysIrishPubAndEatery.com.

Friday, March 17 – Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. Multimedia concert tribute to the Fab Four and the musicians’ The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band era. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $32-56. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com.

Friday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Concert & Fundraiser. Celtic musicians Four Shillings Short and Laural Almquist perform a fundraising event for the annual Celtic Festival & Highland Games. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $22. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, March 17 – Bucktown Revue. A celebration of Celtic music and entertainment with emcee Scott Tunnicliff, area comedians and musicians including the Barley House Band and Milltown, and special guests. Nighswander Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). 7 p.m. $13 at the door. For information, call (563)940-0508 or visit BucktownRevue.com.

If you were at the Black Box Theatre’s opening-night presentation of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the question of precisely who stole the show shouldn’t be arguable. Terrific though they were, it wasn’t the riotously strident Becca Johnson, or Sara Tubbs and her wicked Kristin Chenoweth impersonation, or third-grader Makenna Miller in costumer Kris Castel’s Big-Bird-meets-Carol-Channing feathers – or any other members of directors David Miller’s and Gary Clark’s appealing cast. It was the grade-school attendees whose infectious laughs frequently punctuated images and gags, and made the show even more of a charmer than it already was.

Kong: Skull Island is a massively budgeted resurrection of familiar property designed as part of a universe-building series, and it boasts pricey visuals, earth-shaking sound, remedial plotting, cornball humor, talented leads giving paycheck performances ... . Oh, God. Is it summer already? What the hell happened to spring?!

Friday, March 3, 10 a.m.-ish: I've managed to avoid them for more than seven months, but it's time for yet another quadruple-feature, and this one begins with the comic-book movie Logan. I take that back. It actually begins with a comic-book mini-movie whose title I wouldn't reveal even if it had one, and whose star just might make genre fans wet themselves with happiness. (A crude image, yes, but one not nearly crude enough for this particular anti-hero.) From the employment of John Williams' Superman theme to the unexpected nudity to the climactic image of a blood-soaked alley and a carton of ice cream not going to waste, it's a true beauty of a short-film-slash-coming-attraction, to say nothing of the thus-far-funniest four minutes of the movie year. Enjoy the laughs while you can, Logan viewers – you'll be wincing and jumping and weeping soon enough.

On Friday, March 10, at Davenport’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Genesius Guild will open its traveling production of author T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral – the first of five area-church presentations directed by Guild founder Don Wooten.

There are so many things that are unusual about that sentence that it’s probably best to break it down bit by bit.

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