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Where can you go on the Web to hear local music, check out a calendar of local events, get local movie times and a ton of other information about local and national entertainment?

``Get A Life Online.''

An online offshoot of The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus' Thursday ``Get A Life'' entertainment section, ``Get A Life Online'' debuted in October to massive positive response.

The site, at www.qconline.com/getalife, has drawn a local and national audience. Former Quad-Citians from as far away as California and Florida check out the site on a regular basis to get a taste of what's going on in the Q-C.

Not everything from the papers is on the Web site, and vice versa. But combined, they provide a comprehensive look at entertainment in the Quad-Cities area.

Here's a list of pages on ``Get A Life Online'' as they are marked, and their features:

-- What's Going On?: The complete rundown of what's going on in the Quad-Cities in a given week. It includes the ``Get A Life!'' calendar that appears in the Thursday Life section; the arts calendar; the events calendar, which lists dinners and club festivities; the rundown on coming concerts; and a road-trips calendar of things to do around the Midwest.

-- Entertainment editor Sean Leary (aka my page): This page not only archives my last dozen columns but also features links to some of my favorite sites (including such gems as the ``David Hasselhoff is the Antichrist'' site) and a list of my current faves in the world of showbiz and leisure.

-- Reviews: Reviews of concerts, plays, gallery showings and more. Reviews will stay online for the duration of a performance's run. Concert reviews will remain online for a limited time after a show.

-- The Buzz: New entertainment news, updated daily.

-- Movies: This page features video reviews, links to Roger Ebert's Web site, which offers new and old film reviews, and local movie showtimes, which are updated weekly.

-- Quad-Cities Jukebox: A massive catalog of several dozen Quad-Cities musicians. This page features biographies and pictures of local bands of various genres, along with hookups to sound files so you can hear tunes by the bands. Songs by acts from Circle Seven to the Truesdells to the Kabalas are available. Only a limited number of sound files are available now, but as time goes on, more tunes will be added to the mix.

-- The Fine Arts: Information on area museums, art galleries and more.

-- True Blue: Ellis Kell's blues and jazz column, featuring CD reviews, music news, interviews and more.

-- ``Anarchy in the Q-C'': A monthly schedule of the local music and entertainment shows hosted by Brad Harvey and me every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. on KALA-FM (88.5 and 105.5).

-- Restaurants: Reviews and mini-reviews of various local restaurants.

-- Feedback/Showquiz: Your chance to win a free pizza from Charlie's in Rock Island every week. Just answer an entertainment trivia question correctly and your name will be placed in a drawing. While you're on the page, you have a chance to give us your opinion of the site. What do you like? What would you like us to change, add or drop?

Also featured on ``Get A Life Online'' are weekly best-selling book and music charts.

The site also provides links to several other showbiz-related Web sites, local and national. These include Hollywood Online (fresh Hollywood news and gossip); Vibration Nation (local and national music); The Onion (humor); Mr. Showbiz (comprehensive national entertainment news); Ultimate TV (the name says it all); JamTV (live concerts, ticket giveaways, concert information and more); and RIBCO's site (containing the Rock Island club's schedule and other info).

Plans call for many other features to be added to ``Get A Life Online.'' At least one more page will be added before the summer. In addition, the site will change as technology is updated and more online features become available. Future plans include online interviews with celebs performing in the Quad-Cities as well as with local personalities, and live video of Quad-Cities entertainment events and locales.

Look for updates on online events and new features to be reported in The Dispatch, The Rock Island Argus and The Leader.

-- By Sean Leary (February 2, 1998)

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