• Virtual Presentation: “Gender & Activism in German Hip Hop,” September 19

    On September 19, the German American Heritage Center's series of virtual Sunday-afternoon programs gets musical when the Davenport venue hosts the online program Gender & Activism in German Hip Hop, a fascinating and insightful look at current European trends presented by doctoral candidate Amy Makota.

  • “Theresa Caputo Live!: The Experience”, September 23

    Following the show's pandemic-caused delay, Davenport's Adler Theatre will finally be treating TLC fans to an evening with the star of the hit series Long Island Medium in Theresa Caputo Live!: The Experience, the September 23 event in which the touring celebrity will share personal stories about her life, explain how her gift works, and deliver healing messages to her audience members.

  • Active Endeavors Health & Fitness Expo and Quad Cities Marathon, September 25 and 26

    An eagerly awaited autumnal tradition will get the blood pumping on September 25 and 26, as the weekend brings with it the Moline TaxSlayer Center's Active Endeavors Health & Fitness Expo on September 25 followed by the annual Quad Cities Marathon, presented by TBK Bank, on September 26, the latter a Boston Marathon qualifier and the only such event in the country to incorporate five races, four cities, three brides, two states, and one island.

  • “Marceline: A Love Story,” September 25

    The early Midwestern life of American icon Walt Disney, and the globe-spanning empire he inspired, will be explored on September 25 in the Mockingbird on Main presentation Marceline: A Love Story, the Davenport venue's evening with Peter Whitehead, Creative Director of Missouri's Walt Disney Hometown Museum.

  • “The Princess Bride” Trivia Night, September 28

    A live competition in which you can employ your '80s-movie knowledge to win cash prizes? Inconceivable! And yet, on September 28, guests at Bettendorf venue The Tangled Wood are invited to share their knowledge or simply watch the contest unfurl – as you wish – at The Princes Bride Trivia Night, a celebration of the timeless romantic-comedy fairytale and its stunning 34-year legacy.

  • Robyn Gabel (second from left)
    Enviro-Liberal Robyn Gabel Seen as Key Player in Getting Energy Bill Past the Goalposts

    “This is what decentralized, collective leadership looks like,” declared House Speaker Chris Welch’s spokesperson Jaclyn Driscoll not long after the chamber approved the climate/energy bill on an unexpectedly lopsided 83-33 roll-call on September 9. The vote was without a doubt a spectacular victory, especially considering the Senate was not able to put together its own package that could pass both chambers and be signed into law.

  • Still from Loose Change: CNN Breaking News World Trade Center Building 7 May Collapse
    This 9/11, Revisit Jason Bermas' Critical Documentaries "Loose Change" and "Fabled Enemies"

    Some interviews just write themselves. That rarity occurs when the interviewee is powerful and knowledgeable, relevant, compassionate, accomplished, fun, and most of all, a complete original. Hmmm … you mean someone like Jason Bermas, the independent journalist and documentary filmmaker? Exactly! 

    Please see the companion piece to this article, Have Our Freedoms Fallen Faster Than the Third Tower on 9/11? by Reader publisher Todd McGreevy. And, please see the Reader's coverage of Loose Change from 2006, The Secret Histories of 9/11

  • Jason Bermas: Have our freedoms fallen faster than the 3rd tower on 9/11?
    Have Our Freedoms Fallen Faster Than the Third Tower on 9/11?

    We have a real innovator, fearless journalist, and talented filmmaker now living and producing content right here in the Quad Cities. His documentary films have been watched by tens of millions of people worldwide. He has over one hundred thousand followers on multiple social-media and content platforms. He's been interviewed by the New York TimesVanity Fair and Esquire magazines. I'm talking about Jason Bermas, who is featured on the cover of this September edition. In light of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 travesty and the subsequent accelerated plunge America took into a police state, we would be remiss if we did not re-visit one of the creators of Loose Change and Fabled Enemies, the 9/11 documentary films first released from 2005 through 2009.

  • The Assange Case Isn’t About National Security, It’s About Narrative Control

    Julian Assange once said, “The overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security, not national security.” Assange isn’t in Belmarsh Prison for doing something wrong, but for doing something right. For trying to give the public information which will help them form a truth-based worldview so that they can make intelligent informed decisions about where they want to collectively steer society together.

  • State Democrats Learn There Probably Won’t Be Clean Energy without Dirty Dealings

    While a huge cloud of coal ash exploded around Springfield’s coal-fired electric-power plant late in the afternoon, the state’s top three Democrats were huddled in a Statehouse conference room trying to find a way to slash electric power-plant carbon-emissions to zero by 2045. The irony was both unmistakable and irresistible.

  • “Wishes: An Evening with Wendy Czekalski,” September 16 through 18

    Over the past decade-plus, theatre audiences have seen her in such area productions as A Streetcar Named Desire, Oedipus Rex, The Gift of the Magi, and this past June's Hate Mail. They've heard her sing in such musicals as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Assassins. But until now – or rather, until its September 16 through 18 run at Davenport venue The Mockingbird on Main – stage fans haven't spent a full 75 minutes in her solo (albeit piano-accompanied) theatrical company until the debut of her one-act cabaret Wishes: An Evening with Wendy Czekalski.

  • “Disenchanted!”, September 15 through November 6

    Described by the New York Times as “a girls'-night-out retro rebellion” and praised by DC Metro Theater Arts for its “knowingly cheeky attitude” and “witty, often rapid-fire lyrics,” the Disney-princess musical-comedy spoof Disenchanted! enjoys a September 15 through November 6 run at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, with this new stage work, according to Chicago Critic, full of “fun music and even funnier characters [that] will have you laughing all the way to the palace.”

  • Hooray for Holly's World: “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” at the Timber Lake Playhouse through September 19

    There were people dancing in the aisles at the Timber Lake Playhouse on Friday night, with patrons enjoying the theatre's current and vibrant musical production Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Audience members absolutely went wild for author Alan Janes' show – they were on their feet, clapping, cheering, and singing along to such classic tunes as “Peggy Sue,” “Maybe Baby,” and “Oh Boy.” The atmosphere was positively charged, and I found myself singing along, too. It was so good to see people cutting loose and having a fantastic time.

  • “Little Shop of Horrors,” September 24 through October 3

    The timeless musical tale of boy, girl, and man-eating plant, the beloved and iconic stage sensation Little Shop of Horrors enjoys a September 24 through October 3 run at Moline's Spotlight Theatre, this Tony-nominated delight an early hit for its composers and eventual Oscar winners Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin) and, according to the New York Times, a show that remains “a genially gruesome classic.”

  • Local Theatre Auditions/Calls for Entry
    Local Theatre Auditions/Calls for Entry

    Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Kane Brown, September 18

    A chart-topping country-music superstar who released his debut EP a mere six years ago, Kane Brown brings his acclaimed “The Worldwide Beautiful Tour” to Moline's TaxSlayer Center on September 18, with the 27-year-old singer/songwriter the first artist to have simultaneous number-one hits on all five main Billboard country charts.

  • NOLA Block Party with Tuba Skinny, September 18

    Designed to celebrate the end of a lively summer of outdoor events in the Quad Cities, Davenport's River Music Experience (RME), Downtown Rock Island, and the Bix Jazz Society team up to present the NOLA Block Party on September 18, an outdoor bash in downtown Rock Island's Great River Plaza boasting a concert set by the nationally recognized, New Orleans-based jazz musicians of Tuba Skinny.

  • 2021 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, September 17 and 18

    With award-winning, Billboard-charting, Grammy-nominated artists performing on the banks of a mighty river, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival returns to Davenport for its 35th incarnation on September 17 and 18, the LeClaire Park event (hosted by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society) featuring nine thrilling concert sets by the likes of John Primer, Toronzo Cannon, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Eric Gales.

  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, September 19

    An iconic rock legend and 2015 inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joan Jett – accompanied by her longtime band the Blackhearts – brings her national tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on September 19, the multi-platinum-selling “Queen of Rock 'n' Roll” revered for such seminal hits as “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” and the chart-topping smash “I Love Rock 'n' Roll.”

  • Chevelle, September 19

    Veterated alternative rockers whose most recent album, 2021's Niratias, was described by AllMusic.com as a “visceral sci-fi fever dream that pairs light, caustic riffage with billowing melodic contrails,” Chevelle brings its tour to East Moline venue The Rust Belt on September 19, the admired group led by brothers Pete and Sam Leoffer now in its 26th year of professional performance.

Art

  • 2021 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, September 18 and 19

    After an unanticipated year off, original works from more than 70 juried regional and national artists, children's activities, food and beverage vendors, live music, and additional treats will be on hand at the September 18 and 19 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, with the 33rd Lindsay Park event, hosted by Quad City Arts, finding Sherry Maurer this year's recipient of the esteemed Harley Award that honors those who've positively affected the visual arts and artists in the Quad Cities during their lifetimes.

  • “POP Power from Warhol to Koons,” through September 19

    One of the most expansive exhibitions in the Davenport venue's recent history, with the works on display numbering well over 100, POP Power from Warhol to Koons will enjoy an engagement at the Figge Art Museum through September 19, treating patrons to explosions of color, unforgettable imagery, and specific artistic visions that have continued to capture the public imagination for more than 50 years.

  • Virtual Artist Studio Tour: Franklin Evans, September 23

    A gifted painter with two masters degrees from the University of Iowa, Franklin Evans will host a special, virtual studio tour for the Figge Art Museum on September 23, the artist's current installation at the Davenport venue – franklinsfootpaths exploring elements of Evans' personal history in Iowa while also encouraging new ways of experiencing the Quad Cities museum.

  • “Franklin Evans: franklinsfootpaths,” through September 26

    The talents of a gifted painter with two masters degrees from the University of Iowa will be showcased in the latest exhibition at the Figge Art Museum, with the Davenport venue, through September 26, housing the exhibition Franklin Evans: Franklinsfootpaths, an installation that will explore elements of Evans' personal history in Iowa while also encouraging new ways of experiencing the Quad Cities museum.

  • Judith Eastburn and Mike Leinhauser Exhibits, through October 8

    Two exhibitions of beautiful, evocative, and occasionally comical black-and-white photographs byIowa artists are currently on display at the Quad City Arts Center, with the Rock Island venue, through October 8, treating patrons to the talents of Des Moines' Judith Eastborn and Bettendorf's Mike Leinhauser.