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21
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Alternating Currents Festival features 100+ performances Aug. 21-25 @ 16 Venues downtown Davenport Iowa
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm
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Alternating Currents Festival features 100+ performances Aug. 21-25

Live music, film, comedy and art showcases vibrant culture in downtown Davenport

Davenport, Iowa (August 15, 2019) – The Alternating Currents festival showcases 100+ performances, film screenings and art-related events across 16 venues in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on August 21-25, 2019.  Designed to showcase the vibrant culture of the downtown, the annual event features live music, a film festival, large comedy lineup, and many art shows.

This year’s festival offers several new highlights, including music headliner Keller Williams’ The Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox; the return of Crafted QC’s OMG Beckyfest featuring handmade indie crafts and vintage wares; Peace, Love & The Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash; and Idea Factory, which explores unique ideas, subjects, perspectives and challenges from the lens of those who live it.  While some events are ticketed, a dozen venues will offer free programming all weekend indoors and outdoors.

Alternating Currents is produced by Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, in collaboration with the local talent in our region’s creative community.

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music headliner Keller Williams’ The Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

music headliner Keller Williams’ The Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

“Alternating Currents gives us a chance to highlight our incredible cultural scene while also building-up the local businesses that make our downtown unique,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director of DDP.  “Now in its third year, the idea for the festival is based on the popular South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas.  People are encouraged to download the event app to create their own experience.  Search by venue, day/time or genre to find what interests you – then travel from place to place – and just have fun downtown.”

For more information about the entire festival, including a calendar sortable by date or location, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com or download the app, available on both Google Play and the App Store.

LIVE MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS

Alternating Currents kicks off its headlining events at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, on Thursday, Aug. 22 with Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox. Tickets for the show start at $15 through Ticketmaster.com or at the Adler Theatre Box Office.  Attendees will also have the chance to shake hands with Max Weinberg by adding on an exclusive meet and greet experience.

Keller Williams is one of the best-known names in bluegrass music.  In his latest project, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, he offers loose interpretations of Grateful Dead songs done in a bluegrass style.  Max Weinberg, the 45-year drummer for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, who also spent 17 years with the Conan O’Brien television show, performs with his Jukebox band.  They play everything from The Beatles to Bruce to Steppenwolf and the Stones. The audience picks the songs in real time, calls them out and Max plays them.

The Adler Theatre is selling tickets to the kick-off event as well as Festival Weekend Passes for all venues. The Weekend Pass is $15 in advance or $20 on event weekend and provides the ticketholder access for all ticketed music performances at the Redstone Room at River Music Experience, EXIT Realty Fireside Garage, and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel. The Weekend Pass is only $10 when you also purchase a ticket to Thursday’s Adler Theatre concert.

Live music booking was a collaborative effort between the River Music Experience, Moeller Nights, the Adler Theatre, and Downtown Davenport Partnership.

New this year is Peace, Love & The Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash, held Aug. 23 and 24 at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The mini-festival within Alternating Currents is a celebration of the birthday and life of Ellis Kell, Quad-Cities blues icon and longtime River Music Experience operations director who passed away in 2016.  The event also features a two-day vinyl record sale and musical swap meet.  Multiple vendors will sell vinyl albums, amps, instruments and other musical wares, all while being serenaded by sets from local musicians and guest DJs that knew and loved Ellis.  A portion of all proceeds will benefit The Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund, River Music Experience, and the Davenport Noon Optimists Club.  Admission to the birthday bash varies with discounts for those already purchasing an Alternating Currents Weekend Pass.

The Birthday Bash is a separate ticketed event with discounts available for Alternating Currents Weekend Passholders.  On Friday Aug. 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tickets are $20 or $10 with Alternating Currents Weekend Pass, and from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tickets are $10 or $5 with Alternating Currents Weekend Pass.  Admission is free on Saturday.

On Friday, Aug. 23 the event features at 4 p.m. guest DJs spinning vinyl, at 5:30 p.m. Mo Carter and at 7 p.m. Tony Hoeppner & Friends.  On Saturday, Aug. 24 the event features at 11 a.m. Vinyl the Band, at 1 p.m. Andy Landers, at 2:30 p.m. Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey with guest DJs spinning vinyl in between sets.

FILM HIGHLIGHTS

The Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, plays host to the majority of the Alternating Currents’ Film Festival, featuring an array of student, experimental, short and documentary film screenings.  Additional events will be hosted at the RME Redstone Room and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel.

Alternating Currents also has partnered with Urban Exposure films and Fresh Films this year. Urban Exposure Independent Film Project offers a ten-week film program highlighting the fundamentals of film-making, writing, directing, acting for film and editing for local students.  The Urban Exposure Premiere reception will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Figge Art Museum with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and film at 6:30 p.m.

Fresh Films is teaming up with Alternating Currents this summer to give Quad Cities youth a one-day filmmaking experience.  Youth ages 13-18 will join the Fresh Films crew to learn the ins and outs of filmmaking as they create a short film about festival artists and events.  The final film will screen at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, at the RME Redstone Room.

Davenport’s Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel houses an Aug. 23 and 24 screening of the 1966 cult classic Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter with running comedic commentary at 9 p.m. in advance of comedy classics Goonies and Ghostbusters on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

 

COMEDY HIGHLIGHTS

Mac’s Tavern, Front Street Taproom, Great River Brewery, and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel will all play host to a variety of comedic performances curated by local community performer Bobby Ray Bunch.

Headlining the comedy lineup is Joe Kilgallon, an LA based comedian.  Kilgallon has appeared on NBC Sports and TBS.  His debut album, Pay Attention, opened No. 1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and Top 10 on the Billboard Comedy Charts.  Joe also produces Comedians You Should Know LA, a weekly stand-up showcase blending the best of LA’s club and alt scenes.

ART HIGHLIGHTS

Crafted QC hosts its fifth indie arts festival, OMG Beckyfest, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 24, in the Great Hall of the RiverCenter.  This free shopping event features over 120 vendors from the Quad Cities region and Midwest selling unique handcrafted items and vintage finds.  Twelve kid makers will have their own booths with handmade items ranging from sewn cat toys, to green cleaning products, to original paintings.

Both the Figge Art Museum and River Music Experience will play host to walls for the Before I Die art project on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24.  Before I Die has become a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another. People are encouraged to interact with this art installation and write their own tribute.

In addition, a variety of venues around downtown also will showcase visual art, including EICC Urban Campus, Star Dog Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts, and CoworkQC.

“FUN STUFF” HIGHLIGHTS

This year’s Alternating Currents Festival has partnered with Idea Factory, whose mission is to explore unique ideas, subjects, perspectives and challenges from the lens of those who live it. Through tightly focused interviews and interactive discussions, they use a combination of education and entertainment to create experiences.  Idea Factory events include “Why Craft Brewers Collaborate vs. Compete Panel Discussion” at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at Great River Brewery, and “Exploring the Culture of Drag” at 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at EXIT Realty Fireside.

Children’s activities in the RME Courtyard as well as SCW Pro Wrestling demonstrations on the River Center lawn are also scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 24.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jennifer Walker, Vice President, Communications, Quad Cities Chamber

jwalker@quadcitieschamber.com or o. 563.823.2673 m. 309.269.9375

 

ALTERNATING CURRENTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (CHRONOLOGICAL)

For more details about each event, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com/calendar

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

5 p.m. Lewis Knudsen (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

7:30 p.m. Phillipe Bronchtein (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

8:30 p.m. The War and Treaty (music) Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

 

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

5 p.m. Urban Exposure program (film), Figge Art Museum

7 p.m. Max Weinberg’s Jukebox and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass (music), Adler Theatre

9 p.m. Psychedelic Subway (art), Star Dog Gallery

11:30 p.m. Kat Wright (music), RME Redstone Room

11:30 p.m. The Other Brothers (music), Mac’s Tavern

 

 

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

 

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

4 p.m. Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash (music), RiverCenter

4 p.m. AC Record Sale and Swap Meet at Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash (fun stuff)

5 p.m. Ben Miller Band (music), RME Courtyard – Live @ 5

5 p.m.  Filmmakers Meet & Greet: Film Lounge – main street entrance (film), Figge Art Museum

5:30 p.m. Rebecca Casad and Alan Morrison (music), UP Skybar at The Current

5:30 p.m. The Avey Grouws Band (music), Kilkenny’s

6 p.m. Dan Hubbard (music), Front Street Brewery

6 p.m. The Other Brothers (music), Ruby’s

6 p.m. Ha Ha Happy Hour: 1st Lineup – Lyn-Z Harney, Jake McDowell, Jeff Bailey, Kyle Scanlan, Sam Wiles, Alex Price (comedy), Great River Brewery

6 p.m. OMG BeckyFest (art), River Center

6:30 p.m. Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow (music), Mac’s Tavern

6:30 p.m. Bobby Ray Bunch (music) OMG BeckyFest at River Center

7 p.m. Jacob Miller (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

7 p.m.  Meeting #FloridaMan (film), Figge Art Museum

7 p.m. Comedy on Tap: 1st lineup – Jessica Misra, Donny Townsend, Mike Lucas, Zach Pugh, AJ Grill, Kristen Toomey (comedy), Front Street Taproom

8 p.m. Doug Brundies (music), UP Skybar at The Current

8 p.m. Rebecca Casad and Alan Morrison (music), Kilkenny’s

8 p.m. The Avey Grouws Band (music), Front Street Brewery

8 p.m. TimBoobie (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

8 p.m. Pollinators (music), EXIT Realty Garage

8 p.m. Comedy @ Mac’s: 1st Lineup – James Draper, Mike Adrales, Alex Price, Sam Wiles, Kellye Howard, Joe Kilgallon (comedy), Mac’s Tavern

8 p.m. Idea Factory: Why Craft Brewers Collaborate vs. Compete Panel Discussion, EXIT Realty Garage

9 p.m. Dan Hubbard (music), Ruby’s

9 p.m. Goonies/ Ghostbusters Viewing Party (film), Figge Art Museum

9 p.m. Comedy on Tap: 2nd lineup – Mike Lucas, Kyle Scanlan, Zach Pugh, Bobby Ray Bunch, Jeff Bailey, Kristen Toomey (comedy), Front Street Taproom

9 p.m. Laugh Tracks: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter with Andrew Cline, Donny Townsend, AJ Grill (comedy), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

9 p.m. Psychedelic Subway (art), Star Dog Gallery

10 p.m. Calliope Musicals (music), RME Redstone Room

10 p.m. Brett Newski & the No Tomorrows (music), Great River Brewery

11 p.m. Toth (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

11 p.m. Radkey (music), EXIT Realty Garage

12 midnight The Other Brothers (music), Mac’s Tavern

 

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

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10 a.m. OMG BeckyFest (art), River Center

10 a.m. Peace, Love, & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash (music), RiverCenter

10 a.m. The Locust Street Boys (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. Pat Willis (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. AC Record Sale and Swap Meet (fun stuff), River Center

11 a.m.  Student Films (film): Age, Coming Out Straight, The Write Future, What Have I Done, A Love Affair (In Brief), Katie, Orchid, Figge Art Museum

11 a.m. Kids’ activities, RME Courtyard

11 a.m. Over the Edge for Kids’ Sake, Blackhawk Hotel

11:30 a.m. Mo Carter (music), OMG Becky Fest at River Center

12 p.m. Experimental Films (film): Don’t Drink Water From Electronic Ocean, Bella, Mother of All Time, Emanations, Placenta Et Al, Figge Art Museum

12 p.m  Condor and JayBird (music), Mac’s Tavern

12 p.m. Claire and the Bears (music), Great River Brewery

12 p.m. Seafarer (music), Ruby’s

12 p.m. PaperFest (art), Bucktown Center for the Arts

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

1:30 p.m. Doug Brundies (music), OMG Becky Fest at River Center

1:30 p.m. Lauren Anderson (music) Kilkenny’s

1:30 p.m. Al & Bret of the Candymakers (music), UP Skybar at The Current

1:30 p.m. Jenny Lynn Stacey and the Dirty Roosters (music), Front Street Brewery

1:30 p.m. SCW Pro Wrestling (fun stuff), River Center Lawn

2 p.m.  Short Films (film): Special Delivery, Sad Man’s Club, Paths of Misfortune, S3RIAL, Delineation, Knee High, Meet Uncle Paul (film), Figge Art Museum

3 p.m. Mother Nature (music), RME Redstone Room

3 p.m. Rare Element (music), Mac’s Tavern

3:30 p.m. SCW Pro Wrestling (fun stuff), River Center Lawn

4 p.m. King of the Tramps (music), Ruby’s

4 p.m. Al & Bret of the Candymakers (music), Great River Brewery

4 p.m.  Overdue and Q&A with director Stephen Folker (film), Figge Art Mueseum

4 p.m. Works by Erica Parrott (art), CoworkQC:

5 p.m. Mo Carter (music), UP Skybar at The Current

5 p.m. Land of Blood and Sunshine (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

5:30 p.m. Ha Ha Happy Hour – Jessica Misra, James Draper, Jake McDowell, Sam Wiles, Andrew Cline, Donny Townsend, AJ Grill, Alex Price (comedy), Great River Brewery

6 p.m. Claire and the Bears (music), Front Street Brewery

6 p.m. Lauren Anderson (music), Mac’s Tavern

6 p.m. Stay Outside (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

7 p.m. The Pressure Kids (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

7 p.m. Rude Punch (music), EXIT Realty Garage

7:30 p.m. Seafarer (music), Great River Brewery

7:30 p.m. Comedy @ Mac’s 2nd lineup – Mike Lucas, Kyle Scanlan, Bobby Ray Bunch, Jeff Bailey, Joe Kilgallon, Kellye Howard (comedy), Mac’s Tavern

8 p.m. Mike Mains & the Branches (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

9 p.m. Jenny Lynn Stacey and the Dirty Roosters (music), Ruby’s

9 p.m. G. Love & Special Sauce (music), RME Redstone Room

9 p.m. Goonies/Ghostbusters Viewing Party (film), Kilkenny’s Pub

9 p.m. Comedy on Tap: 3rd Lineup – James Draper, Lyn-Z Harney, Jeff Bailey, AJ Grill, Mike Lucas , Alex Price (comedy), Front Street Brewery Taproom

9 p.m. Psychedelic Subway (art), Star Dog Gallery

10 p.m. Rare Element (music), Great River Brewery

10 p.m. Bobby Ray Bunch, Kyle Scanlan, Zach Pugh, Sam Wiles, Joe Kilgallon, Kellye Howard, Kristen Toomey (comedy), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

10 p.m. Idea Factory After Dark: Exploring the Culture of Drag (fun stuff), EXIT Realty Garage

Midnight King of the Tramps (music), Mac’s Tavern

 

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019

9 a.m. The Josh Duffee Jazz Quartet (music), Bix Bistro

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

11 a.m. Karl Beatty (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

11 a.m. Sam Day (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

 

11 a.m.  Awards and Filmmakers Social / Wrap Party (film), Figge Art Museum

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

1 p.m. Fresh Films Filmmaking Experience screening (film), River Music Experience


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Aug
25
Sun
Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage @ I&M Canal Boat
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage

Join the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s FIRST National Heritage Area, celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary on Sunday August 25, 2019 from 10 AM until 4 PM. Ride on the I&M Canal Boat, 754 1st St, LaSalle, Illinois 61301.

In August 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s first National Heritage Area. This “new kind of national park” was the first explicit marriage of preservation, conservation, recreation, and economic development.

Join us as the I&M Canal National Heritage Area celebrates the anniversary with a I&M Canal Boat Tour aboard the replica canal boat “The Volunteer”. Climb aboard & learn about why the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage area is so important in America’s history & how the I&M Canal created Chicago!

Visit their Facebook Page by clicking here.

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I&M Canal Boat, Illinois. Photo courtesy of the I&M Canal

I&M Canal Boat, Illinois. Photo courtesy of the I&M Canal


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Sep
10
Tue
MWRD Mariyana Spyropoulos Golf Outing Sept. 10 @ Gleneagles Country Club
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
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MWRD Mariyana Spyropoulos Golf Outing Sept. 10

Join me at my 5th annual golf outing, in memoriam of Ted Spyropoulos, at Gleneagles Country Club on Tuesday, Sept. 10. We’ll take a few swings, enjoy a beautiful day on the course, and cap off everything with relaxing cocktails and food. 
Cost
$200 per person
$800 per foursome
$100 Dinner only 
(Golf tickets include Green Fees, Cart, Lunch, Cocktail reception, Dinner, and more)
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Mariyana Spyropoulos with former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton. Courtesy of the Spyropoulos campaign

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Mariyana Spyropoulos with former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton. Courtesy of the Spyropoulos campaign

2019 Spyropoulos Cup Schedule
Registration: 8 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 9 a.m.
Lunch on the Course: Noon
Cocktails: 2 p.m.
Dinner: 3 p.m.
When
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT
Where
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Road, Lemont, IL 60439
Sponsorship opportunities are available – click the registration link below for details.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2018.
There’s nothing like a day spent among friends  and colleagues  in an informal setting, especially as we enjoy the end of summer.

I look forward to seeing you!


Sincerely,
 
Mariyana Spyropoulos
Commissioner
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District


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Veterans Commission Hosts Second Annual Veterans Golf Classic September 10 @ Silver Lake Country Club
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
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Veterans Commission Hosts Second Annual Veterans Golf Classic September 10

The second annual Village of Orland Park Veterans Commission’s 2019 Veterans Golf Classic is set for Tuesday, September 10 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. This year’s event is presented by Charles Schwab.

Registration is now open and is limited to 144 golfers on a first come, first serve basis. The all-day outing includes a continental breakfast / check-in at 8 a.m. and a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start on the north course. The day also includes an on-course barbecue lunch featuring craft beers, a cocktail reception and a 3:30 p.m. dinner.

“The tradition of a golf outing hosted by the Mayor of Orland Park dates back a long time,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. “I remember when Mayor Mel Doogan hosted ‘Doogan Day’ to raise money for the recreation department when I was a kid in the 70s.”

Village of Orland Park Veterans Golf Outing, Sept. 10, 2019

Village of Orland Park Veterans Golf Outing, Sept. 10, 2019

The Guest of Honor for this year’s outing is Medal of Honor recipient and Author of Zero to Hero, Allen Lynch. Lynch will have autographed copies of his book available for purchase at the event; presale copies are available on the registration form.

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Golf and dinner tickets are $150 per person and include 18 holes of golf, cart, a continental breakfast, lunch on the course, cocktails, and dinner. Golf only tickets are $120 per person and include 18 holes of golf, ½ cart, continental breakfast, and lunch on the course.

Dinner-only tickets are $50 and include cocktails and dinner.

Sponsorships are available, including a $250 hole sponsor on one course, a $300 hole sponsor on two courses, a $350 continental breakfast sponsor, a $500 cocktail hour sponsor, a $750 wine pull sponsor, a $1,000 south course cart sponsor, a $1,000 north course cart sponsor,  a $1,000 lunch on the course sponsor, and an exclusive $1,500 grand prize sponsor.

Proceeds from this year’s outing will benefit the Orland Park Veterans Commission, the American Legion Orland Memorial Post 111, the Orland-Palos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2604, PAWWS, Veterans Garage, and Veterans Voices.

Village of Orland Park Veterans Golf Outing, Sept. 10, 2019

Village of Orland Park Veterans Golf Outing, Sept. 10, 2019

“We invite everyone to enjoy a day playing golf for a great cause,” said Tom Dubelbeis, Interim Village Manager and organizer of the event. “The Orland Park community has always come together to support veterans and the organizations that provide support to veterans.”

To register, visit www.orlandpark.org. For more information regarding sponsorships, contact Tom Dubelbeis at (708) 403-6151 or email tmdubelbeis@orlandpark.org.


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Sep
12
Thu
Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library @ Orland Park Library
Sep 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
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Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library

Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.

Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.

An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).

A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

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In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York.  In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.

Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.

Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.

For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.

Sam Buca's Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sam Buca’s Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster


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Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library @ Palos Heights Library
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Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library

Join writer, radio host and syndicated political columnist Ray Hanania as he discusses “Arabs of Chicagoland” at the Palos Heights Library on Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Hanania, an award-winning Chicago journalist, author, and humorist, will use his trademark sense of humor in discussing the history of Arab American heritage in Chicagoland.

Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463. 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM.

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

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April is National Arab American Heritage month

The month of April has been recognized as National Arab American Heritage Month by at least 8 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.

The effort needs to be expanded to include every U.S. State not only where Arab Americans live but in states where Arab Americans may or may not be sizable populations. The fact is that Arab Americans do live in every U.S. State an territory and their heritage deserves to be recognized as the heritage of other ethnic and racial groups are recognized such as African American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and more.

Here is an overview of U.S. States that recognize April officially as Arab American Heritage Month.

The campaign was spearheaded by Warren and Amal David of ArabAmerica.com based in Washington D.C. several years ago, and with the support of Ray Hanania and TheArabDailyNews.com.

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Inside the Tent at the Arabesque Festival in June 2010 when Richard M. Daley was mayor. Photos by Ray Hanania

Inside the Tent at the Arabesque Festival in June 2010 when Richard M. Daley was mayor. Photos by Ray Hanania

Many states had inconsistent and different designated month celebrations, like in Illinois where for many years since the 1980s, November was recognized as Arab American Heritage month first in Chicago and then later expanded to Illinois by Governors Jim Edgar and George Ryan.

But since the election of Gov. Bruce Rauner, and because of anti-Arab policies embraced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois and Chicago Arab Heritage month celebrations in November were suspended. Rauner and Emanuel have taken very aggressive anti-Arab stands including with Rauner backing and signing an illegal state law that violates the U.S. Constitution punishing any American who criticizes Israel or supports a boycott of Israel by denying them state contracts or funding.

Emanuel, whose father was a member of the terrorist Irgun Tzai Leuhmi in the 1940s, has refused to meet with Arab Americans in part because of his desire to avoid raising the issues of his father’s past and his own anti-Arab policies.

Emanuel’s first act as Mayor of Chicago after being elected Mayor in April 2011 was to withdraw support and funding for the annual Arabesque Festival which was held at Daley Plaza under the supervision of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for some 4 years. Emanuel also dismantled the Human Relations Commission in a direct effort to dissolve the Advisory Commission on Arab American Affairs, the only agency in Illinois that addressed racism and discrimination against Arab Americans.

ArabAmerica.com leads a national effort to establish April as National Arab American Heritage Month in all 50 states. Image courtesy of ArabAmerica.com

ArabAmerica.com leads a national effort to establish April as National Arab American Heritage Month in all 50 states. Image courtesy of ArabAmerica.com

The commission was targeted by extremist Jewish American organizations that support Israel complaining that the commission served as a base for the influence of Palestinian Americans, who make up more than 75 percent of the Arabs who live in Chicagoland (Chicago and the surrounding suburbs).

This year, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has introduced a law that would officially designate April as Arab American Heritage Month, joining seven states that already recognize April as Arab American Heritage Month. The law was announced during the annual Brunch & Forum hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Oct. 21, 2018 at Niko’s Banquet Hall.

There is a campaign to get President Donald Trump to also recognize April as Arab American heritage month, too.

Here is an overview of the States and territories that officially recognize and celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April each year.

Illinois will join 7 US States and 1 US District that recognize APRIL as Arab Heritage Month in America. The current April Arab American Heritage Month celebrations are:

Arizona. Click here for more details.

California. Click here for more details.

Virginia: Declared by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Maryland. Click here for more details.

Texas. Click here for more detailsCelebrated since 2013

Georgia. Celebrates every April Arab Heritage events

Washington DC. Celebrated since 2008

Michigan. Click here for resolution introduced by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Or read the resolution in full below:

A resolution recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month was introduced to the U.S. Congress by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell on April 5, 2017. Click here for more details.

Congressional Record

HON. DEBBIE DINGELL OF MICHIGAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Friday, April 13, 2018 Mrs. DINGELL.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize April as National Arab American Heritage Month. Arab Americans throughout southeast Michigan and the entire country embody the best of America through their work ethic and contributions to our communities. It is always an honor to recognize April as National Arab American Heritage Month and celebrate the community’s diversity of creed, values and faith that strengthen America’s democracy. With almost four million Arab Americans living in the United States, it is important that we take the time to honor the momentous contributions made by these individuals. Arab Americans have greatly impacted the American way of life across a variety of fields, including education, business and government. Those of us in southeast Michigan know that whether they are a business owner, lawyer or factory worker, these individuals make our community a better place to live and raise a family. Michigan’s 12th District contains Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the country, and it is a distinct privilege to represent this community in Congress. Dearborn is a vibrant city that is home to people from all walks of life and backgrounds who have a common desire to foster a community in which families can thrive. Arab American community members are attributed to meaningful and lasting positive change in southeast Michigan. Notable contributions include the creation of the Center for Arab American studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, which teaches the history and experiences of Arab Americans in a fast growing facility and the opening of the Arab American National Museum, which is the world’s first museum devoted to Arab history and culture. These hardworking individuals make our communities strong and exemplify the values that make America great. During Arab American Heritage Month, it is my hope that the contributions of Arab Americans throughout our country’s history will be recognized and celebrated. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing April as National Arab American History Month. Their meaningful contributions to the United States are deserving of acclaim.”


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April is National Arab American Heritage month @ National Arab American Heritage Month
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April is National Arab American Heritage month

The month of April has been recognized as National Arab American Heritage Month by at least 8 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.

The effort needs to be expanded to include every U.S. State not only where Arab Americans live but in states where Arab Americans may or may not be sizable populations. The fact is that Arab Americans do live in every U.S. State an territory and their heritage deserves to be recognized as the heritage of other ethnic and racial groups are recognized such as African American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and more.

Here is an overview of U.S. States that recognize April officially as Arab American Heritage Month.

The campaign was spearheaded by Warren and Amal David of ArabAmerica.com based in Washington D.C. several years ago, and with the support of Ray Hanania and TheArabDailyNews.com.

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Inside the Tent at the Arabesque Festival in June 2010 when Richard M. Daley was mayor. Photos by Ray Hanania

Inside the Tent at the Arabesque Festival in June 2010 when Richard M. Daley was mayor. Photos by Ray Hanania

Many states had inconsistent and different designated month celebrations, like in Illinois where for many years since the 1980s, November was recognized as Arab American Heritage month first in Chicago and then later expanded to Illinois by Governors Jim Edgar and George Ryan.

But since the election of Gov. Bruce Rauner, and because of anti-Arab policies embraced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois and Chicago Arab Heritage month celebrations in November were suspended. Rauner and Emanuel have taken very aggressive anti-Arab stands including with Rauner backing and signing an illegal state law that violates the U.S. Constitution punishing any American who criticizes Israel or supports a boycott of Israel by denying them state contracts or funding.

Emanuel, whose father was a member of the terrorist Irgun Tzai Leuhmi in the 1940s, has refused to meet with Arab Americans in part because of his desire to avoid raising the issues of his father’s past and his own anti-Arab policies.

Emanuel’s first act as Mayor of Chicago after being elected Mayor in April 2011 was to withdraw support and funding for the annual Arabesque Festival which was held at Daley Plaza under the supervision of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for some 4 years. Emanuel also dismantled the Human Relations Commission in a direct effort to dissolve the Advisory Commission on Arab American Affairs, the only agency in Illinois that addressed racism and discrimination against Arab Americans.

ArabAmerica.com leads a national effort to establish April as National Arab American Heritage Month in all 50 states. Image courtesy of ArabAmerica.com

ArabAmerica.com leads a national effort to establish April as National Arab American Heritage Month in all 50 states. Image courtesy of ArabAmerica.com

The commission was targeted by extremist Jewish American organizations that support Israel complaining that the commission served as a base for the influence of Palestinian Americans, who make up more than 75 percent of the Arabs who live in Chicagoland (Chicago and the surrounding suburbs).

This year, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has introduced a law that would officially designate April as Arab American Heritage Month, joining seven states that already recognize April as Arab American Heritage Month. The law was announced during the annual Brunch & Forum hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Oct. 21, 2018 at Niko’s Banquet Hall.

There is a campaign to get President Donald Trump to also recognize April as Arab American heritage month, too.

Here is an overview of the States and territories that officially recognize and celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April each year.

Illinois will join 7 US States and 1 US District that recognize APRIL as Arab Heritage Month in America. The current April Arab American Heritage Month celebrations are:

Arizona. Click here for more details.

California. Click here for more details.

Virginia: Declared by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Maryland. Click here for more details.

Texas. Click here for more detailsCelebrated since 2013

Georgia. Celebrates every April Arab Heritage events

Washington DC. Celebrated since 2008

Michigan. Click here for resolution introduced by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Or read the resolution in full below:

A resolution recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month was introduced to the U.S. Congress by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell on April 5, 2017. Click here for more details.

Congressional Record

HON. DEBBIE DINGELL OF MICHIGAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Friday, April 13, 2018 Mrs. DINGELL.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize April as National Arab American Heritage Month. Arab Americans throughout southeast Michigan and the entire country embody the best of America through their work ethic and contributions to our communities. It is always an honor to recognize April as National Arab American Heritage Month and celebrate the community’s diversity of creed, values and faith that strengthen America’s democracy. With almost four million Arab Americans living in the United States, it is important that we take the time to honor the momentous contributions made by these individuals. Arab Americans have greatly impacted the American way of life across a variety of fields, including education, business and government. Those of us in southeast Michigan know that whether they are a business owner, lawyer or factory worker, these individuals make our community a better place to live and raise a family. Michigan’s 12th District contains Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the country, and it is a distinct privilege to represent this community in Congress. Dearborn is a vibrant city that is home to people from all walks of life and backgrounds who have a common desire to foster a community in which families can thrive. Arab American community members are attributed to meaningful and lasting positive change in southeast Michigan. Notable contributions include the creation of the Center for Arab American studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, which teaches the history and experiences of Arab Americans in a fast growing facility and the opening of the Arab American National Museum, which is the world’s first museum devoted to Arab history and culture. These hardworking individuals make our communities strong and exemplify the values that make America great. During Arab American Heritage Month, it is my hope that the contributions of Arab Americans throughout our country’s history will be recognized and celebrated. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing April as National Arab American History Month. Their meaningful contributions to the United States are deserving of acclaim.”


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