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 Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.
1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.
1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.
1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.
1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.