The new "Night of Illusions" drag show has proven successful at The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, and now is part of the venue's monthly lineup.
"There seems to be a demand in this market for the shows. We are tapping into that local audience that wants to see a drag show but might not be entirely comfortable going to one of the clubs in Davenport to see one," said Brett Hitchcock, director of audience development for Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, which runs the Speakeasy. "However, that being said, we are still getting a fair amount of gay and lesbian audience members as well."
Part of a series that started in September, the next drag show will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, and subsequent shows will be presented Dec. 7 and Jan. 4.Tickets are $10. They're available at the Circa '21 ticket office, 1828 3rd Ave., or at (309) 786-7733, ext. 2.
Other mainstays on the Speakeasy schedule are the Manny Lopez Big Band (Nov. 9), The Blacklist "100 Laughs" (Nov. 10, 17. 23. 24, and 30), Blacklist "Shots 'n' Giggles" (Saturday and Nov. 21), Blacklist "Drinkin' Spelling Bee" (Nov. 8) and stand-up comedy (Nov. 16). For more information, visitcirca21.com under "The Speakeasy" or on Facebook at "The Circa '21 Speakeasy."
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.