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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.