• 2024 David R. Collins Writers Conference, June 27 through 29

    Authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more will share their talents and help strengthen the talents of others during the Midwest Writing Center's 2023 David R. Collins Writers Conference at Augustana College's Sorensen Hall, a June 27 through 29 celebration of the written word boasting workshops, readings, book pitches, and more, with special events planned at several additional Quad Cities locales.

  • Jimmy Dore, June 28

    A certified YouTube sensation with in excess of one million subscribers and over 600 million views. award-winning comedian, podcaster, and political commentator Jimmy Dore headlines a pair of June 28 standup sets at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, his numerous Comedy Central specials including 2008's Citizen Jimmy, which was named "Best of the Year" by iTunes and Punchline magazine.

  • Planet Funk Con, June 28 through 30

    Live performances, games, tournaments, cosplay competitions, and loads of special guests will be on hand when the Davenport RiverCenter hosts the June 28 through 30 convention Planet Funk Con 2024, a weekend event housing entertainment, presentations, panel discussions, and more for connoisseurs and collectors of all ages.

  • Dino Days, June 29 and 30

    Those who love dinosaurs and all things Mesozoic will be in Putnam Museum & Science Center paradise when the venue welcomes families to the June 29 and 30 celebration Dino Days – a family-friendly, specialty-ticketed weekend event boasting crafts, activities, a scavenger hunt, and screening of dinosaur-themed movies including the Putnam premiere T. rex.

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 28 through June 29

    Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action will again present a series of outdoor presentations in the first month-plus of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from May 28 through June 29, will address such topics as local abolitionist freedom fighters, steamboating, birds of prey, infrastructure, and the Quad City River Bandits.

  • Lend Them Your Ears: Genesius Guild's “Julius Caesar,” at Lincoln Park through June 30

    Keeping an eye on forecasts for days in advance, I was sure that severe thunderstorms were going to wash out Genesius Guild's opening-night performance of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. But they didn't, and with my umbrella, I went, I watched, I liked it.

  • “Anything Goes,” June 27 through July 7

    One of the most popular and beloved musicals in theatre history is scheduled to set sail at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, with the romantic and hilarious Cole Porter sensation Anything Goes enjoying a June 27 through July 7 run, and treating audiences to such iconic show tunes as "You're the Top," "All Through the Night," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and the unforgettable title number.

  • “Rock of Ages,” June 27 through July 7

    Described by Time Out New York as an “insanely fun mixtape musical” and by Variety as a show that “gleefully apes the worst excesses of the era's pole-dancing, crotch-grinding, big-hair-tossing movies,” the Broadway smash Rock of Ages enjoys a June 27 through July 7 run at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, treating audiences to a celebration of 1980s chart-toppers that NY1 called “so cleverly staged and impressively performed that it's an irresistible, offbeat trip of a show that hits all the right notes.”

  • Countryside Community Theatre's “In the Heights,” June 28 through July 7

    A 13-time Tony Award nominee that received four trophies including Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda's exhilarating stage musical In the Heights serves as the season-opener for Eldridge's Countryside Community Theatre, the show's June 28 through July 7 run sure to demonstrate why the New York Times raved that "the energy it gives off could light up the George Washington Bridge for a year or two."

  • The Young Footliters Youth Theatre's “The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition,” June 28 through 30

    At the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts from June 28 through 30, family audiences are invited to follow the yellow brick road toward a magical stage treat when the student talents of Young Footliters Youth Theatre present The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition, a delightful, one-act stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale in which our plucky heroine must make friends, face her fears, and discover how good it is to go home.

  • Lucero, June 25

    Touring in support of their 2023 album Should've Learned by Now, a work that Pitchfork calls "endearing and impassioned" and Saving Country Music deems" incredible," the Memphis-based alt-country rockers of Lucero headline a June 25 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, the group's most recent recording inspiring Americana UK to rave, "Lucero show us that they’ve learned their craft well, thank you very much, and that they’ve left ample room for bringing in new tricks to make them sound even better."

  • BYOBrass, June 27

    A collective of Iowa-based musicians and educators founded in 2017 by a group of friends at the University of Northern Iowa, the high-energy ensemble BYObrass headlines a June 27 outdoor event the Big 9 Concert Series, the collaboration between the City of Davenport and Common Chord in which gifted Midwestern musicians play various parks along Davenport’s nine miles of riverfront.

  • Tree0ninE Fest, June 28 and 29

    Boasting two days' worth of amazing music, food, and vendors, the inaugural Tree0ninE Festival will be presented by the Yabba Dabbas House of Glass collaboration at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, the June 28 and 29 event designed to celebrate, educate, and advocate for local tree culture through a smoking lineup of national touring artists alongside favorite local and regional musicians.

  • The Scarlet Goodbye, June 29

    Touring in support of their 2023 debut Hope's Eternal, an album praised by The Big Takeover's Dave Franklin as "one of the most attractive musical propositions I have heard in a long time," Daniel Murphy and Jeff Arundel bring The Scarlet Goodbye to Davenport's Redstone Room on June 23, the alternative-rock ensemble lauded by Roots Music Magazine as an outfit that "takes their listener's hand and guides them through a vast and bright world."

  • United States Coast Guard Band, June 29

    With their stated mission to promote public goodwill toward the U. S. Coast Guard and the country they serve, and to preserve and honor the heritage, traditions, and history of our nation, the touring talents of the United States Coast Guard Band perform a special, open-to-the-public concert event at Moline High School on June 29, the ensemble's "Heartland Harmonies" tour taking the musicians through Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska following engagements in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

  • High on the Hogs: “The Bikeriders,” “The Exorcism,” and “Thelma”

    If you're still coming down from the sexy, full-throttle charisma assault of Luca Guadagnino's Challengers, you'll likely be lifted right back up with writer/director Jeff Nichols' The Bikeriders, which equals that tennis-throuple melodrama in allure and watchability – and co-stars Mike Faist, to boot.

  • Mike Schulz with Dave & Darren on Planet 93.9 FM

    Going to the cineplex or staying in and streaming this weekend? Every Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. you can listen to Mike Schulz dish on recent movie releases & talk smack about Hollywood celebs on Planet 93.9 FM with the fabulous Dave & Darren in the Morning team of Dave Levora and Darren Pitra. The morning crew previews upcoming releases, too.

    Or you can check the Reader Web site and listen to their latest conversation by the warm glow of your electronic device. Never miss a pithy comment from these three scintillating pundits again.

    Thursday, June 20: Previews of The Bikeriders, Thelma, and The Exorcism, and discussion of Inside Out 2, Treasure, Tuesday, The Blue Angels, and Brats, the latter the rare terrible movie that Mike wholeheartedly recommends. Oh, Andrew McCarthy ... .

  • The Life of Riley: “Inside Out 2,” “Treasure,” “Tuesday,” “The Blue Angels,” and “Brats”

    Easily Pixar's most satisfying entertainment of the decade, it's imaginative, thoughtful, and touching, and if nothing here rips your heart out in the manner of Bing Bong (thank God), you might find yourself laughing even harder than you did during the 2015 classic. The original had almost everything, but it didn't have a French-accented emotion named Ennui, nor a riotous 2D dog and his ambulatory fanny pack.

  • “Out in the Dark,” June 30

    Hailed by New York Observer reviewer Rex Reed as “one of the most powerful films about the Arab-Israeli conflict that has ever been attempted on the screen” the award-winning dramatic romance Out in the Dark will be presented as the fourth and final Pride Month event in the Figge Art Museum's 2024 Free Film at the Figge series, its June 30 screening treating audiences to what the Los Angeles Times deemed "an edgy tale fueled by do-or-die sociopolitical intrigue."

  • Now Playing: Friday, June 21, through Thursday, June 27

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “Danyluk & Goodvin,” June 28 through August 9

    Arresting blasts of color and trenchant themes will both be on display at the Quad City Arts Center from June 28 through August 9, with the Rock Island venue, in its summer exhibition Danyluk & Goodvin, treating patrons to the exquisite oil paintings of Chantal Danyluk and screen prints of Kate Goodvin.

  • “Fashionably Dressed,” June 29 through September 22

    Work of couture by Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and other artists recognized around the world will be on vivid display in the Muscatine Art Center from June 29 through September 22, with the venue's Fashionably Dressed exhibition pairing drawings, paintings, and prints of women, men, and children with historic clothing from the Muscatine Art Center’s permanent collection.

  • “The Warner Foundation Collection: History in the Painting,” through June 30

    Providing insight into our country’s past through the work of revered American artists including Thomas Cole, Severin Roesen, Albert Bierstadt, and John Frederick Kensett, the touring exhibition The Warner Foundation Collection: History in the Painting will be on display in Gallery 206 of Davenport's Figge Art Museum through June 30, the engrossing exhibit's foundation dedicated to promoting an understanding of American history through American art.

  • “Schafer & Rocca,” through July 1

    New works by a pair of gifted Iowa artisans will be decorating the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery through July 1, with thoughtful and arresting pieces in the Schafer & Rocca exhibit showcasing the talents of oil painter John Paul Schafer of Cedar Rapids and wall-sculpture artist Kimberlee Rocca of Solon.

  • “Perkins, Vincent-Arnold, & Weller,” July 3 through August 26

    Arresting shapes, bold designs, and beautiful photographs in both color and black-or-white will be showcased at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery from July 3 through August 26, this latest exhibition featuring works of photography by Brad Perkins and Mark Weller alongside ceramic sculpture by Laura Vincent-Arnold.