Posing Beauty in African-American Culture
Figge Art Museum
Saturday, September 8, through Sunday, November 4
According to the famed English poet John Keats, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." According to its Web site, the Figge Art Museum's new exhibit Posing Beauty in African-American Culture runs from September 8 through November 4.
Such a dirty, rotten liar, that Keats.
Showcasing approximately 50 works drawn from numerous public and private collections, this nationally touring exhibition explores the ways in which African and African-American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. With the relationship between beauty and art growing increasingly complex within popular culture, Posing Beauty challenges idealized forms of beauty in art by examining their portrayals, and exploring a variety of attitudes about race, class, gender, politics, and other social issues.
Among those whose works are featured in Posing Beauty are such renowned artists as Carrie Maw Weems, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Gary Winogrand, Renee Cox, Mickalene Thomas, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. And among the media employed are painting, photography, and video, allowing museum patrons a detailed look at how advertising, film, video, music, and other aspects of pop culture have been shaped by our ever-evolving notions of beauty.
In short, the Figge's latest exhibit is sure to be a fascinating, artistically rewarding experience. And to come full circle, remember these words from the immortal John Keats: "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
Except that you also need to know that more information on the Posing Beauty in African-American Culture exhibit is available by calling (563)326-7804 or visiting FiggeArt.org. Man, that incessant lying was really a problem for Keats, huh?
Cas Haley and Roster McCabe
The Redstone Room
Wednesday, September 5, 8 p.m.
With singer/songwriter Cas Haley's debut album Connection described by the Mountain Weekly News as "great and very soulful, full of heart and roots reggae," and the rock ensemble Roster McCabe described by Billboard magazine as "one of the five best up-and-coming jam bands in the United States," it might seem unfair that the artists are performing locally on the very same night. How's a music fan ever to choose?!
You can tell where this is leading, right?
On September 5, Davenport's Redstone Room will host a special two-fer evening with its combined set featuring Cas Haley and Roster McCabe - an event that promises to be a veritable Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of musical tastes that taste great together. The runner-up on season two of America's Got Talent, Haley has been wowing audiences with his rich, soulful vocals and mad guitar skills, earned raves for 2010's Connection, and recently toured the West Coast and Europe alongside the Easy Star All-Stars. Roster McCabe, meanwhile, is a Minnesota-based rock, jazz, and jam outfit whose national tours have landed the band roughly 600 gigs over the past four years, and whose high-energy dance shows, musical improvisation, and genre exploration have netted it an ever-growing legion of fans.
So how are you feeling about your own fan credentials regarding Cas Haley and Roster McCabe? Match the following songs with the artists who have made them crowd favorites.
2) "All It Takes"
4) "Counting Stars"
5) "Falling Apart"
6) "I'm Free"
7) "Release Me"
8) "Spark a Light."
A) Cas Haley
B) Roster McCabe
The Redstone Room's concert with Cas Haley and Roster McCabe starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $12, and more information is available by calling (563)326-1333 or visiting RiverMusicExperience.org.
Answers: 1 - B, 2 - B, 3 - A, 4 - A, 5 - B, 6 - A, 7 - A, 7 - B. Admit it: You saw the title "Spark a Light" and just presumed it was the reggae musician's song because it sounded like some kind of marijuana reference. Well, you should be ashamed of yourself. That is such a narrow-minded, stereotypical - . What? You didn't think that? It was just me? Oh. Um ... . Well, this is awkward.
The 39 Steps
Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 16
On September 7, the Playcrafters Barn Theatre will present the area premiere of author Patrick Barlow's The 39 Steps, directed by Tom Morrow. I'm thinking there are a few reasons to consider seeing it.
You should know, for instance, that the play is based on a sensational Alfred Hitchcock thriller from 1935, a tale of an unremarkable man thrown into truly remarkable circumstances when a new female acquaintance tells him she's a spy and winds up murdered in his apartment.
You should also know that it's Hitchcock's classic given a madcap comedic bent, resulting in a fast-paced presentation so outrageous and hilarious that the New York Times' Ben Brantley called The 39 Steps an "absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical riff," and a show that "flies lightly into an ether of escapism."
Maybe you'll want to attend Playcrafters' latest for the laurels The 39 Steps received, as it won 2008 Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design and Sound Design, and was nominated for four others, including Best Play and Best Director.
Perhaps you'll want to see this comedy thriller for the witty banter and romantic byplay between Playcrafters performers Jonathan Grafft (seen in local productions of God of Carnage, Rabbit Hole, A Few Good Men, and Escanaba in da Moonlight) and Leigh Van Winkle (who appeared on-stage earlier this summer in Quad City Music Guild's Meet Me in St. Louis).
Or maybe you'll be convinced to check out The 39 Steps for the chance to enjoy performances by popular area character actors Jim Driscoll, Jason Platt, and Ed Villarreal ... who take on nearly 12 dozen roles between them.
So I guess that makes a hundred and a few reasons to consider seeing it.
The 39 Steps runs at the Moline venue through September 16, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)762-0330 or visiting Playcrafters.com.
Riverfront Pops featuring ABBA: The Concert
Saturday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
"So what's bothering you today, Mike?"
"I have a dream, doctor. I'm in another town, another train, on my way to Waterloo to meet Nina. Pretty ballerina that she is, I'm head over heals for this dancing queen, but when all is said and done, the name of the game is money, money, money."
"Here we go again ... ."
"I know people need love and love isn't easy, but it sure is hard enough, you know? And while I want her to take a chance on me and rock me and on and on and on, one of us has to say, 'Hasta mañana.'"
"Right ... ."
"But before I get to my little chiquitita, I'm under attack by Fernando. He shouts, 'Does your mother know I've been waiting for you so long?' before his fist gives my ear a bang-a-boomerang and makes it ring. Ring!"
"Uh huh ... ."
"While I'm trying to SOS for help, he tells me, 'The day before you came to our summer night city, Nina was my angeleyes. But the winner takes it all, super trouper. Only one of us will get her. And knowing me, knowing you - ."
"Look, Mike, I'm just going to stop you there. You're clearly having this dream because you've been hearing about September 8's Riverfront Pops event presented by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, which will feature the musicians performing alongside the acclaimed tribute act ABBA: The Concert."
"Indeed. As you've now referenced 32 of the band's songs, I'm guessing you're pretty excited for the event, so do you want me to tell you how to get more information and tickets?"
"I do, I do, I do, I do, I do!"
"That's 33. Enough. Just call the symphony office at (563)322-7276, or get online and go to QCSymphony.com. Don't expect this little problem of yours to go away with a prescription."
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"
"Okay, get the hell out of here."
i wireless Center
August through November
This fall, there are a number of big-tickets event taking place at Moline's i wireless Center. You know what else is wireless? The astonishing assemblage of circus acrobats in the venue's presentation of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth! (Tell me that college minor in Obvious Segues was a waste of my time!) With seven performances between August 31 and September 3, the "Fully Charged Tour" will feature all the daring feats, trained animals, goofy clowns, and big-top magic your family could ever want, and the kids will also be treated to more spectacular, arena-stage entertainment with the October 19 booking of the comic adventure Disney's Phineas & Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever! Some of the country's most popular musicians will do a bit of their own touring this autumn, and you can look forward to i wireless Center visits by the boy-band crooners of Big Time Rush (September 11), country singer/songwriter Eric Church (October 5), the rock-legend triple-threat of Journey, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy (November 13), and chart-topping country chanteuse Carrie Underwood (November 16). Performing alongside Mark Wood, a founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra headline this year's Holiday Pops event on November 17, while some rather imposing headliners take part in September 4's WWE Smackdown, with Randy Orton, Kane, Alberto del Rio, and Sheamus among the WWE superstars doing battle in the ring. And no autumnal season in the Quad Cities would be complete without the annual migration of mallards - or rather, the Quad City Mallards - to the i wireless Center, with the professional ice-hockey team scheduled for home games on October 22 and November 4, 15, 18, 25, and 26. So don't delay on securing tickets for this fall's i wireless Center events, folks! Get quackin'! (Fine. That minor in Terrible Puns was a waste of my time.) For information on everything taking place at the Moline venue this fall, visit iwirelessCenter.com.
Hancher Auditorium Presentations
September through November
In celebration of its 40th season of sensational visiting-artist events, Iowa City's Hancher Auditorium is getting a long-awaited anniversary gift: a Hancher Auditorium! Since losing its original home base during the devastating flooding of 2008, the University of Iowa venue has been housing its presentations at other area sites, and will continue to this fall. But October 19 will bring with it the 4:30 p.m. Hancher Groundbreaking for the auditorium's new facility near Park Road, a community event featuring local singers and members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Those California-based crooners will also lend their talents to October 19's Iowa Memorial Union presentation of It Gets Better, a multimedia production designed to inspire hope in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youths facing harassment. Those seeking additional musical entertainment will have plenty more to choose from in Hancher's fall Visiting Artists season, including The Mill's hosting of the funky rock 'n' roll show Stew & the Negro Problem (September 27) and the venue's concert with the Haitian acoustic artists Ti-Coca & Wanga Nègès (October 5); the St. Mary's Catholic Church engagement featuring the ethereal vocals of Anonymous 4's lovefail (October 11); the Englert Theatre's booking of Mexican singer/songwriter Lila Downs (October 13); West High School's presentation of the conductor-less chamber musicians Sphinx Virtuosi (October 28); and Riverside Recital Hall's evening with the hugely acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet (November 16). Music blends with slam poetry and dance in the Space/Place Theater's Word Becomes Flesh (September 20 and 21), an examination of fatherhood in the black community written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Later this fall in Space/Place, dance blends with astonishing acrobatics with the gifted and really limber members of Pilobolus Dance Theatre (November 13 and 14). And on November 2, the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort will be the place to see and hear Hancher Auditorium visiting artist Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Tony Award-winning stage and screen star whose résumé boasts everything from Kiss Me,Kate to Man of La Lamcha to Glee, and who was once described by the New York Times as "Broadway's last leading man." Have you heard Mitchell sing?! I swear, that guy should be Broadway's only leading man. For more information on Hancher Auditorium's autumnal happenings, visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu.
Adler Theatre and Davenport RiverCenter
September through December
If you're seeking true variety in your autumnal entertainment - music, theatre, circus acts, sports, stripteases - you could easily save some travel miles by popping into Davenport's joined Adler Theatre and RiverCenter venues in early September and just staying put until early December. (Although this is not - not - an idea endorsed by the Reader.) The venues' fall season begins with a head-bang on September 7, when the RiverCenter plays host to Hairball, a celebration of arena rock that finds its impersonators providing dead-on visual and aural takes on Twisted Sister, Van Halen, Poison, Kiss, AC/DC, and other legends. Gentler, but no less exhilarating, sounds will come to the Adler courtesy of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, whose first three Masterworks concerts of the 2012-12 season will feature guest violinist Naha Greenholtz performing in the ensemble's Concertmaster Premiere program on October 6, clarinetist Burt Hara in the Mozart & Beethoven program on November 3, and members of the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre and Quad City Choral Arts in the Shakespeare in Concert program on December 1. (The trio of concerts will also be performed at Augustana College's Centennial Hall on October 7, November 4, and December 2, respectively.) Fans of contemporary Christian and gospel music will be treated to Adler evenings with Dove Award-nominated Matthew West on September 29 and two-time Grammy nominees Tenth Avenue North on November 10, while the big-band era comes alive in the October 2 revue In the Mood, and legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne performs alongside special guest Sara Watkins on November 1. Your kids, meanwhile, will no doubt dig the upbeat pop tunes of Nickelodeon's Fresh Beat Band on October 19, with musical-theatre lovers of all ages likely humming along when the Broadway at the Adler series presents the beloved Fiddler on the Roof on November 18. That series continues with the astonishing circus feats of the family-friendly Cirque Dreams Holidaze on December 2 ... though you should probably leave the kids at home for the Adler's night with the gifted and enticingly cheeky artists of Burlesque Le' Moustache: Gospel for the Guilty. And finally, if it's flat-track roller-derby action you're up for, the Quad City Rollers will be performing wheeled wonders at the RiverCenter on September 15 and October 20. Again, we are not endorsing a three-month Adler/RiverCenter sleepover. If the QC Rollers catch you there, you're a goner. For more information on these events, visit AdlerTheatre.com and RiverCtr.com.
August through November
As per usual, there's a plethora of exciting, incredibly diverse events on tap for the fall season at Iowa City's Englert Theatre. As per usual, the venue's schedule is hell on those of us who can't stick to a reasonable word count. So let's keep this simple. You like music? Plan on Iowa City field trips to catch the Englert's evenings with rock 'n' roller Leon Russell (August 30); Iowa Women's Music Festival artists Cris Williamson, Ferron, and Bitch (September 1); Fleetwood Mac's legendary Lindsey Buckingham (September 2); rock/folk/funk/jazz/country/rockabilly/swamp-boogie ensemble Little Feat (September 5); celebrated singers/songwriters Loudon Wainwright and Dar Williams (September 21); the famed Beatles imitators of The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute (October 5); acclaimed pianist/vocalist Ingrid Michaelson (October 6); the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet (October 18); chart-topping country icon Roseanne Cash (October 19); the big-band talents of Live at Birdland (October 22); the eagerly awaited record-release shows of the Iowa City Song Project (November 2); Grammy-winning folk duo Indigo Girls (November 4); the contemporary and traditional stylings of The Klezmatics (November 8); a cappella sensations Pentatonix (November 10); and the soulful female trio The Be Good Tanyas (November 12). Want a little movie with your music? Watch the renowned Alloy Orchestra provide live accompaniment to a screening of F. W. Murnau's silent vampire classic Nosferatu (October 11).You like a good laugh? Plan on far more than one with the trio of comedic presentations on the Englert's autumnal docket: the stand-up comedy and show-tune satire of Four Bitchin Babes (September 14); the hysterical reflections and solo performance of Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (October 4); and the Lutheran-themed laughs, love, live lessons, and lutefisk of the touring production Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas (November 14). Jonesing for even more good theatre? It doesn't get much better than London's National Theatre, as you'll see in the Englert's National Theatre Live re-broadcast presentations of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (September 27), Stephen Beresford's The Last of the Hausmanns (November 11), and Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (November 23). And is Shakespeare not enough to sate your literary-arts hankering? Try the Englert's night with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson and emerging essayist Eula Bliss (October 24). There you go; 23 events in under 400 words. And just enough space left for: "For more information on the Englert's fall events, visit Englert.org." Bye! (That "Bye!" made it 400 on the nose, by the way. And now, in explaining that, I've exceeded my word-count. Damn it!)
Quad City Arts Visiting Artists
September through November
From the research I've done, there's apparently no precise definition for the Irish term "craic." But in the most general of terms, the word seems equatable with " music and fun," so who better to bring more craic to Quad City Arts' fall lineup of Visiting Artists than the Celtic musicians of Craicmore? Appearing as the first guests in the center's 2012-13 season, the acclaimed quartet will bring their prodigious vocal and instrumental talents to Davenport's First Presbyterian Church on September 16, treating audiences to traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes performed on instruments ranging from the bodhran to the hard shoe. (Seriously. The hard shoe.) Further musical exhilaration will come courtesy of Leon Bates, the world-renowned pianist who will perform a public concert at Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall on October 17, and whose performances have included collaborations with the esteemed likes of the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York and the American Chamber Orchestra of the Kennedy Center. Appearing alongside our area's own Quad City Symphony Orchestra, founding Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Mark Wood will be among the special guests at November 17's Holiday Pops at the i wireless Center, wowing the Moline crowd with his incredible dexterity and ferocity on the electric violin. And in addition to all of this autumn's musical goings-on, Quad City Arts is proud to present the literally experimental comedy of Doktor Kaboom!, the popular touring artist who, according to press materials, "creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration," and whose public performance will be on September 29 in a venue yet to be determined. Might I suggest my apartment? My actor friends and I would kill for a scientific means to help us learn lines faster. For more information on the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist series, visit QuadCityArts.com.
What Else Is Happenin'... ? August 30 - September 12
Thursday, August 30 - Rory Block. Acclaimed blues musician in concert, with an opening set by David G. Smith. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $15-18. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Thursday, August 30 - Leon Russell. Legendary singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $30-32. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Friday, August 31 - Gin Blossoms. Concert with the multi-platinum-selling recording artists of "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You," and "'Til I Hear It from You" fame. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $20-30. For information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf.IsleOfCapriCasinos.com.
Friday, August 31 - Davina & the Vagabonds. Minnesota-based jazz, blues, and roots musicians in concert, with an opening set by Friend & Foe. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Saturday, September 1 - Iowa Women's Music Festival. Annual outdoor concert featuring children's activities, a crafts market, emcee Kim-Char Meredith, and performances by EmJay, Coles Whalen, Big Bad Gina, Lisa Ferraro & Erika Luckett, Sharon Jackson Band, and Camille Bloom & The Recovery. Upper City Park (Dubuque Road and Park Street, Iowa City). Noon-5 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (319)335-1486 or visit PrairieVoices.net.
Saturday, September 1, through Monday, September 3 - 40th Annual Barnes Family Bluegrass Music Festival. Annual outdoor bluegrass celebration, with proceeds benefiting the Children's Therapy Center. Mercer County Fairgrounds (100 SE Third Street, Aledo). Friday 7 p.m.-midnight; Saturday 12:30 p.m.-midnight; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-20/day, $40/weekend pass. For information, call (309)737-7706 or visit BarnesBluegrass.com.
Sunday, September 2 - Roy Clark. Concert with the beloved country musician and star of TV's Hee Haw. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 8 p.m. $25-35. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com.
Sunday, September 2 - An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and former member of Fleetwood Mac in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $45-55. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Wednesday, September 5 - Little Feat. Concert with the famed rock and roots musicians, with an opening set by the Tom Fuller Band. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $35. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Friday, September 7 - Hairball. A celebration of arena rock featuring impersonations of Guns 'n Roses, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Ozzy, AC/DC, Journey, Poison, and more, plus an opening set by E11eventh Hour. Davenport RiverCenter (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $17-25. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit RiverCtr.com.
Friday, September 7 - Debbie Davies. Blues Music Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist in a concert presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The Muddy Waters (1708 State Street, Bettendorf). 9 p.m. $12-15. For tickets and information, call (563)355-0655 or visit TheMuddyWaters.com.
Friday, September 7 - 25 or 6 to 4: The Chicago Experience. Chicago tribute band in concert. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $10-15. For information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf.IsleOfCapriCasinos.com.
Tuesday, September 11 - Big Time Rush. Nickelodeon's smash-hit vocal ensemble in concert, with opening sets by Cody Simpson and Rachel Crow. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7 p.m. $29.50-65. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.
Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, October 7 - The Fox on the Fairway. Farcical comedy by Lend Me a Tenor playwright Ken Ludwig. Old Creamery Theatre (39 38th Avenue, Amana). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3 p.m. $17.50-27. For information and tickets, call (319)622-6194 or visit OldCreamery.com.
Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 9 - You Can't Take It with You. An SAU alumni performance of the classic Kaufman & Hart comedy, directed by David Bonde, with proceeds to benefit the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship and the Curtainbox Theatre Company. St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $15-20. For tickets and information, call (563)333-6251 or visit SAU.edu/galvin.
Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 30 - True West. Sam Shepard's ferocious sibling-rivalry comedy, directed by Ron Clark. Riverside Theatre (213 North Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. For information and tickets, call (319)338-7672 or visit RiversideTheatre.org.
Friday, September 7, through Sunday, October 14 - Noises Off. The City Circle Acting Company of Coralville's production of Michael Frayn's Tony-winning farcical comedy. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts (1301 Fifth Street, Coralville). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. For information and tickets, call (319)541-2980 or visit CityCircle.org.
Saturday, September 8 - The Second City: Laughing Matters. An evening with with the famed improv and sketch-comedy troupe. Augustana College's Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call (309)794-7306 or visit Augustana.edu.
Tuesday, September 11 - More of America's Amazing Places. Screenings in the museum's World Adventure Series, presented by filmmaker Bob DeLoss. Putnam Museum (1717 West 12th Street, Davenport). 1, 4, and 7 p.m. $5-7. For tickets and information, call (563)324-1933 or visit Putnam.org.
Wednesday, September 12 - Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North. Documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker Katrina Browne, who learned that her New England family was the largest slave-trading dynasty in U.S. history. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). 6:30 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum admission. For information, call (309)786-8698 or visit AfroLegacy.org.
Friday, August 31, through Monday, September 3 - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged. The latest touring circus experience with "The Greatest Show on Earth." i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 and 5 p.m.; Monday 1 p.m. $13-65. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.
Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2 - Quad City Air Show. Annual festival in the sky featuring aerial performances, vendors, presentations, and more. Davenport Municipal Airport (9010 North Harrison Street, Davenport). 8 a.m.-7 p.m. $5-20/day; $25/two-day adult pass. For information and tickets, call (563)322-7469 or visit QuadCityAirShow.com.
Tuesday, September 4 - WWE Smackdown. Professional-wrestling event featuring Sheamus vs. Alberto del Rio vs. Randy Orton, with scheduled superstars including Daniel Bryan, Kane, the Great Khali, Ryback, Hunico, and Drew McIntyre. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7 p.m. $17.50-97.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.
Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 16 - East West Riverfest. A 10-day celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage within the Quad Cities, featuring hundreds of events taking place at theatres, music venues, galleries, historic sites, parks, and attractions. For information, call (800)747-7800 or visit EastWestRiverfest.com.
Saturday, September 8 - Viva Quad Cities! Annual celebration of Hispanic culture, featuring arts and crafts, food booths, live performances, children's activities, and more. Isle Casino Hotel (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $5, ages 12 and under free. For information, visit VivaQuadCities.com.
Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9 - Beaux Arts Fair. Outdoor event with juried fine arts and crafts from approximately 80 vendors from 10 states, musical entertainment, a childrens' art-project area, a food court, comfort stations, and more. Figge Art Museum Plaza (225 West Second Street, Davenport). Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. For information, e-mail BeauxArtsFair@gmail.com or visit BeauxArtsFair.com.
Saturday, September 8 - Christian Care's Walk the Walk. Annual walk to "de-feet" domestic violence, with an Awareness Festival to follow featuring barbecue, performances, prizes, and more. Prospect Park (16th Street and 30th Avenue, Moline). 10 a.m. $5 donation for walkers 16 and older. For information, call (309)788-2273 or visit ChristianCareQC.org.
Saturday, September 8 - Wild Wild Wild West Weekend. Event featuring square dancing, children's activities, live music, a Wild West show, moonshine, a costume contest, and more. Buffalo Bill Museum (199 North Front Street, LeClaire). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (563)298-2525 or visit BuffaloBillMuseumLeClaire.com.