You would think a killer rock concert from Stone Temple Pilots at The Rust Belt would be enough excitement for one person on a Saturday night, right?  That was only the beginning for me however.  As that show was wrapping up, I quickly headed to Rock Island to the Circa 21 Speakeasy to catch The Rocky Horror Show!  That's right, a staged musical version of the famous feature film starring Tim Curry is happening in our own backyard!

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Photo Cred: Doug Kutzli

Let it be known that this show is NOT for the faint of heart, or anyone under the age of 21 for that matter!  But if you are ready for a night full of laughs and plenty of sexual innuendos, this is the place for you.  This was my first time at the Rocky Horror Show, and all new comers are labeled with a red lipstick "V" on their foreheads.  The girls in my group wore our virgin labels proudly.  You are also given the option to purchase a "prop" bag full of goodies to use during the show in partici...wait for it...pation.

The Speakeasy itself is an off-shoot of sorts of the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse and holds around 132 for this show(a bit more for other shows) and has a quaint little Chicago style 1930's underground vibe you might see in the movies.  They have a bunch of different shows coming up including burlesque and comedy shows, as well as karaoke!

Photo Cred: Doug Kutzli

The entire night was full of laughs and sing along songs like Sweet Transvestite and Time Warp. Factor in themed drinks at the bar like "the creature" and "the slut" and tons of inappropriate audience interjections, and I was EXACTLY where I needed to be at 1 AM!  If all this talk about sluts and transvestites is getting you excited, there may still be hope for you.  Rocky Horror Show still has performances scheduled for next Friday, Saturday, and Halloween night(Sunday), but tickets are few and far between so check out Speakeasy Box Office Info quickly to get in on the fun and support local performing artists.

Doug Kutzli

Quad City Pumpkin Patches

It's pumpkin pickin' time in the Quad Cities. Pumpkins make great fall decorations and they are obviously fun to carve. If buying a pumpkin at a store doesn't cut it and you want the full experience of a pumpkin patch, we have the full list of pumpkin patches throughout the Quad Cities. If we are missing any local pumpkin patches, email us here.