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 Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.