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Saturday’s Anime Fest info:
Come celebrate the 5th annual “Teen Anime Fest” on Saturday, October 13 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Figge Art Museum (225 W 2nd Street.) The Davenport Public Library, Muscatine Public Library, QC Anime-zing, and the Figge Art Museum have teamed up to offer an afternoon of anime and manga in various formats to provide a day of fun and inspiration for area teens. Come dressed as your favorite character and participate in the cosplay contest, attend a Japanese language class, or learn how to draw some of your own manga art! Artists are also encouraged to bring their own artwork to the event so that it can be on display during the festivities. There is a $5 admission fee which includes snacks and drinks.
Saturday’s Quidditch info:
Don’t forget to grab a broomstick and compete with other teens in the Quidditch World Cup at the Davenport Public Library. Saturday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch (6000 Eastern Avenue), participating teens (ages 11-18) will be sorted into houses and challenge one another in tournament style matches. This is a once in a lifetime chance to try your hand at the sport made famous in the popular Harry Potter series. Not 11-18 years old? Not a problem; you are invited to join as a spectator.
Harry Potter-themed snacks and beverages will be provided and there will be a costume contest for best hero, villain, and creature. Quidditch play will be held outdoors except in the event of lightning. Equipment and rules will be provided prior to play.
This is event is FREE and all those attending (players and spectators) must register. To register or for more information, call 563-326-7832
Fall will be here before you know it. If you’re looking for something not quite as fun as the picture above, but still pretty fun, you can count on DPL. Yesterday we previewed the regular programs we have lined up for the upcoming season. Today you can check out the details on upcoming special events for tweens and teens:
September’s Special Events
Cemetery Tours – Join us at the Fairmount Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 8th at 2:00 p.m. to hear strange stories about the fascinating people buried there and learn how to find secrets in a cemetery. FREE! Registration is required.
Spook Walk – Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Main St. Library. Don’t be afraid; the Davenport Library wants to take you on a Spook Walk! Join us for some paranormal activity. You will visit over half a dozen sites in town that are rumored to be haunted. This walk is approximately 2 miles, so comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are recommended. FREE! Registration is required.
October’s Special Events
Teen Anime Fest – Saturday, October 13th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the Figge Art Museum. Enjoy an afternoon of anime and manga in various formats. Cosplay contest, art contest, Japanese language class, candy sushi, drinks, and more! Manga and anime merchandise also available for purchase. $5 admission charge includes snacks and drinks. No registration required.
Quidditch World Cup – Saturday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library. Grab a broomstick and compete with other teens in the Quidditch World Cup! Participants will be sorted into teams for competition. Equipment and rules will be provided. FREE! Registration required for players and spectators.
Cemetery Tours – Join us at the Fairmount Cemetery on Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. to hear strange stories about the fascinating people buried there and learn how to find secrets in a cemetery. FREE! Registration is required.
Teen Costume Party – Tuesday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m. at the Fairmount St. Library. Celebrate the season at this teens only costume party. Have fun with creepy games and activities. Plus, enjoy scary snacks and drinks. FREE! Registration is required.
Call DPL at 563-326-7832 to register or find out more details on these or any of our upcoming programs.
Got fangs??? We do. And we have enough for you and all your friends, too. The Eastern Avenue Branch Library will be hosting a Breaking Dawn Party on Friday, July 20 from 6-8 pm. There will be fangs for all, cool crafts, yummy snacks, Twilight Saga trivia, werewolf relay races, soundtrack fun, and prizes galore. Breaking Dawn is the final installment of the best selling Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, which have also become blockbuster titles on the big screen. You can always check out the books and movies from any local library to hold you over ’til party time. Call DPL today at 563-326-7832 to register for this fun teen event!
Tomorrow night is round 2 of Anime Club for September. In case you haven’t heard, DPL’s Teen Anime Club is now meeting twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at the Fairmount St. library from 5:30-7:30. Tomorrow we’ll be highlighting the upcoming Teen Anime Fest being held at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday, October 22nd, from 12-4. This is the third year we’ve been a part of the Anime Fest and it’s a pretty cool event that the DPL teens totally love. As in years past, there will be an art contest, cosplay fashion show, manga prizes, candy sushi, ramen, graphic novel workshops, novelty items for purchase, giveaways, Anime screenings, and lots of other anime fans to meet up with. Stay tuned to the blog for more Anime Fest details in the coming weeks. Or come to Anime Club tomorrow night. Mmmm…k? Mmmm…k.
What: The Protomen in concert
When: This Saturday–9/3/2011 @ 9:00PM
Why: Because they decided to grace us with their presence on their way from playing at PAX East 2011. This is a big deal, guys–they’ve never been here before!
Who: The Protomen are a robot rock opera group based out of Nashville, whose albums are called “rock and roll fables.” And if that alone didn’t somehow have you sold, their concept albums are based off of the Mega Man franchise–and it’s great stuff!! If you’re unsure, go ahead and sample some of their music on their website.
Now the Redstone Room does have an age policy of 19+, but here’s a pro tip: You guys under 19 can get in with a parent! Oh, come on, it’s not as embarrassing as all that. There isn’t so much as a curse word in all of the lyrics, and I dare you to tell me your dad doesn’t want to see this:
They’re practically robot bikers! How can he say no to that?!
With nothing but talent up on the stage, the 2011 Teen Battle of the Bands was our best battle to date. No joke.
Check out the winners:
1st place–Emily Majetic with special guest Ian Miller
Emily also won 1st place in our 2009 Teen Battle which makes her our first ever two time winner! Bravo, Emily! Her vocal stylings are much like those of a beloved songbird…natural, effortless, captivating, beautiful, sweet, and endearing. As an added bonus for this performance she had another skilled musician on board for one song, keyboard that is, and vocals too, which brought so much more talent to an already winning performance.
2nd place–Surface Tension
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any good pics of this band on stage so we hope you enjoy these candid backstage shots of them relaxed and having fun. On stage however, these guys know how to get down. Back for their second round of DPL’s Teen Battle (they entered last year, as well) it’s no surprise they took home a top prize this time around. A group of dedicated young musicians with stage presence and style, Surface Tension is no stranger to the limelight as they’ve played over 50 area shows! Maybe they’ll take it on tour someday.
3rd place–Homegrown Hero
Another rockin’ set was provided by Homegrown Hero, a group of experienced performers hailing from Eldridge, which earned them the 3rd place honor. What’s great about these guys is not their killer musical skills, not their energizing sounds, not their ability to take the audience by storm, no, not any of these awesome qualities…they’re funny, too! Seriously. If they ever hang up their instruments they should take aim on careers in comedy. And for those of you tuned in to Battles past, you may remember in 2008 a band called ‘That One Band’ who played a song called ‘That One Song’ yeah, well that was these fellas. They won 1st place that year.
Wow, it looks like with the top winners all having been in DPL Teen Battles before this year turned out to be quite the Battle of Battles. We can’t wait for next year! In the meantime check out the winning acts at Youth Fest this Wednesday in Centennial Park starting at 9 am. Or at the Street Fest on July 29th & 30th on the corner of 3rd and Harrison. And if you can’t make those don’t miss your last chance on Friday, August 12th at the Back to School Bash in Garfield Park. All three gigs are sponsored by Davenport’s Parks & Rec. Dept. Check their website for all the event details and more.
A ginormous THANK YOU to all the teens who participated in this year’s Battle. When we said that there was nothing but talent on the stage, we meant it!! Stay tuned as we feature other teen performers in the days to come…