"What's Happenin' QC," is a weekly podcast where Quad Citizens talk about their favorite people, places, and things that make the Quad Cities unique.From live music to food festivals, charity events to art exhibits, our guests will keep you in the loop on all the exciting things taking place in the QC. Whether you're a longtime resident or a visitor looking for the inside scoop on the area's top attractions listen to What’s Happenin’ QC and get ready to make the most of your time in the Quad Cities!
From Inspiration to Reality: Opening The Last Picture House
Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, co-owners of The Last Picture House a new movie theater opening in downtown Davenport, stop by to chat about the grand opening and the inspiration behind opening this exciting new venue!
Filling the Gap: The Impact of the Capitol Theatre's Reopening on the Quad Cities
In this episode, we delve into the fascinating history and recent reopening of the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
Festival of Trees: A QC Tradition
On this episode of What's Happenin' QC, Marc Zyla sits down with Kevin Maynard and Alex Salaverria from Quad City Arts to discuss all things Festival of Trees!
Lights, Tinsel, and Inflatable Decorations: Behind the Scenes at Analog's Super Awesome Christmas Time III
In this episode of the What's Happening QC podcast, host Marc Zyla sits down with Dan Bush from Bummer City Inc, the company behind several businesses in the Quad Cities. They dive into the annual Christmas pop-up event happening at Analog Pizza and Arcade in Moline. With over 40,000 lights, nearly 2,000 feet of tinsel, and an array of inflatable decorations, this event has become a staple in the community during the holiday season. Dan shares how the event started as a way to bring people together safely after the COVID pandemic and how it has grown in popularity each year.
Winter Nights Winter Lights: Quad City Botanical Center
This is a podcast episode of "What's Happening in QC" where the host Marc Zyla interviews Ryan Willie, the Executive Director of the Quad City Botanical Center. They discuss the success the Botanical Center saw over the summer with record attendance numbers post-COVID. Ryan details the various programs and activities offered at the Center from school programs, private events, serene garden areas, different plant collections and a children's garden.They then focus on the Center's biggest annual fundraiser - Winter Nights Winter Lights light display. Ryan provides details on the growth of this event over 8 years which now attracts over 16000 people and generates crucial funding. Special events planned this year include a Lights and Flights pairing with a local brewery and pizza.Marc highlights the Conductors Garden light display set to music from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Ryan praises the cultural partnerships in the Quad Cities. They discuss the importance of the Quad City Cultural Trust in supporting local cultural institutions.Ryan talks about what he enjoys outside of work in the Quad Cities from family activities to various parks, trails and amenities. He expresses how the Quad Cities is a great place to raise a family and have a vibrant cultural life due to all the resources and support available.
Upcoming Events, Performances, and Fundraising: A Look into the Quad City Symphony Orchestra
In this episode of "What's Happenin' QC," host Marc Zyla sits down with Brian Baxter from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra to discuss the exciting events on the horizon. Brian kicks things off by talking about the much-anticipated Masterworks II performance featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. He eagerly highlights that this will be the Quad Cities debut for pianist Michelle Cann, adding an extra air of anticipation to the event. Brian also dives into the upcoming "QCSO at the Movies" performance of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which is set to take place during the bustling Festival of Trees weekend. The conversation then shifts to the recent performance of Nightmare Before Christmas, with Marc commenting on the unique challenges of a musical with constant music. Brian wholeheartedly agrees, describing the show as a whirlwind of melodies with little time to rest. He goes on to share the positive reception of pre-show activities like trick or treating, which added an extra layer of fun to the evening. Brian goes on to provide details about the Symphony Orchestra's annual fundraising gala called the Soiree. He highlights the extensive planning involved and stresses the importance of raising funds for the orchestra's education programs. The recent theme of "Shaken, Not Stirred," inspired by James Bond, is also discussed, including the exciting display of special vehicles and items from the Ian Fleming Foundation. Before wrapping up, Brian takes the…