• Quad-City Times Bix 7, July 27

    Returning to downtown Davenport for its incredible 50th year, the Quad-City Times Bix 7 will again find runners and walkers taking on a seven-mile foot race alongside live bands and cheering crowds, the July 27 event famed for being the largest non-marathon race in the Midwest, having captured the imaginations of thousands upon thousands of enthusiasts from both the United States and countries around the globe.

  • “Quad Cities Beer: A History,” July 28

    Presented on July 28 as the latest program in the German American Heritage Center's popular "Kaffee und Kuchen" series, Quad Cities Beer: A History will find authors Michael McCarty and Kristen DeMarr celebrating the heady heritage of the region, with patrons invited to purchase a copy of their local-history book before or after the event and have it signed by the authors.

  • 2024 Mississippi Valley Fair, July 30 through August 4

    Returning to the area for its incredible 104th year, an eagerly awaited six-day festival boasting games, competitions, vendors, and concert sets by more than two dozen national and local acts returns with the 2024 Mississippi Valley Fair, its July 30 through August 4 engagement at Davenport's Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds boasting, as always, grandstand performances by chart-toppers, multi-platinum sellers, and multiple-award winners.

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, July 9 through August 3

    Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action will present a series of outdoor presentations in the second month-plus of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from July 9 through August 3, will address such topics as the music of jazz artists Bix Beiderbecke and Louie Bellson, Nahant Marsh, local lock-and-dam systems, and the majestic Quad City pelican.

  • “Immigration Then & Now: Finding Refuge in the Quad Cities," through September 15

    Through September 15, fascinating stories of struggle, perseverance, tragedy, and triumph will be shared at Davenport's German American Heritage Center in the venue's Immigration Then & Now: Finding Refuge in the Quad Cities, a meaningful, locally themed exhibition presented in partnership with World Relief Quad Cities and supported by the Moline Regional Community Foundation.

  • Pritzker Turns Thumbs Down to “Deficits as Far as the Eye Can See”

    An oft-repeated $1.1 billion demand from Chicago’s mayor would actually wind up costing state taxpayers $5.5 billion. And Governor JB Pritzker is turning a big thumbs down.

  • Chicago and the ‘Burbs Keep Eyeballing Each Other Across Their 38th Parallel of Transit Mistrust

    A little-noticed bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate that will generate $300 to $400 million a year for local governments, including $95-127 million for the Regional Transportation Authority. The bill (SB3362) will help capture sales tax revenue from more out of state retailers and in-state retailers who ship to Illinoisans in out-of-state locations.

  • Julian Assange Pleads Guilty to Practicing Journalism
    Julian Assange Pleads Guilty to Journalism

    A global effort by advocates, campaigners, journalists, organizers, and supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pushed President Joe Biden’s administration to finally free Assange.

  •  Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed pipeline route. (Main image courtesy Summit Carbon Solutions; sea
    Iowa Utilities Board Approves Permit for Controversial Summit Pipeline

    The Iowa Utilities Board gave its approval Tuesday June 25, 2024 for the controversial Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline and for the company to use eminent domain to acquire landowners’ property.

    The company hopes to begin construction next year with the goal of making the pipeline operational in 2026. The pipeline, which would be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, would carry liquified carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Iowa and surrounding states to a site in North Dakota, where the company hopes for reconsideration and approval of a previously denied permit.

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    If You Can Kill Your Baby, Why Can’t You Kill Your Germs?

    Two cases are before the Iowa Supreme Court this week – one involving killing babies and the other killing germs.

  • Along Came a Spider … : “Charlotte's Web,” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through July 28

    It’s hard to imagine a more ideal venue for a performance of Charlotte’s Web than the Playcrafters Barn Theatre. Because the show's action takes place almost entirely in a barn, the space itself blends seamlessly with the set, inviting the audience to immerse themselves in the world of the play.

  • Comedy and Drachma: Genesius Guild's “Plutus,” at Lincoln Park through July 28

    Aristophanes wrote Plutus more than 2,400 years ago, and we're still griping that people wealthier than we are haven't necessarily earned it, whether through hard work or by reason of virtue.

  • “Pinkalicious: The Musical,” July 23 through August 10

    Adapted from the delightful series of children's picture books written and illustrated by sisters Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, the bubbly, bighearted Pinkalicious: The Musical enjoys a July 23 through August 10 run of morning and afternoon performances at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, the tasty stage treat lauded by Centerstage as "a cotton-candy-Technicolored dream come true."

  • “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” July 25 through August 4

    Praised by Broadway World as "a nostalgic and enormously entertaining musical revue," the peppy and winning stage treat The Marvelous Wonderettes closes the 2024 summer season at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, the show's July 25 through August 4 run treating audiences to delightful renditions of 1950s and '60s pop classics including "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "It's My Party," and "It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)."

  • Countryside Community Theatre's “The Little Mermaid,” July 26 through August 4

    A Tony Award nominee adapted from one of the most beloved animated musicals of all time, Disney's The Little Mermaid wraps up Countryside Community Theatre's summer season with a July 26 through August 4 run at Eldridge's North Scott High School Fine Arts Auditorium, this take on the Oscar-winning film lauded by Broadway World as "a family-friendly stage musical with great visual punch."

  • Howling Giant, July 22

    With the band's most recent, sophomore album Glass Future hailed by Nine Circles as "an absolute winner on all fronts," the psych and heavy rock musicians of Howling Giant headline a July 22 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the group's latest recording also lauded by Monster Riff as "a stunning combination of emotionally charged prog-rock and gripping stoner-rock riffs."

  • Blind Pilot, July 23

    With AllMusic.com calling the musicians' album We Are the Tide a "near faultless" work that set "a new benchmark in the Oregon/Washington folk-pop revival," the indie-folk and -pop musicians of Blind Pilot headline a July 23 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the ensemble also praised by NPR as a group that "makes wistful late-summer music – songs of reflection and connection, carried out in a subtle swirl of strings, horns, pianos and voices."

  • Wilderado, July 23

    Performing in Maquoketa in support of their forthcoming release Talker, the indie-folk artists of Wilderado play the Codfish Hollow Barn on July 23, with The Guardian raving of their self-titled 2021 album debut that "each and every one of these 10 songs brings on an otherworldly sensation that is a surprising combination of danceable, heartfelt, laid back, and goosebump-raising.”

  • BYOBrass, July 26

    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 July 26 outdoor concert in the "Live at 5" series, the event held in Davenport's SkyBridge Courtyard and sponsored by Friends of Common Chord.

  • Deserta and Pony Bradshaw, July 27

    A disparate pair of independent-music acts will take the stage at Davenport's Raccoon Motel for two concerts on July 27, the first with the rockers of Deserta performing in support of last year's album Don't Dare Stop, and the second with Georgia-based folk-rock, country, and blues vocalist Pony Bradshaw celebrating the release of his new recording Thus Spoke the Fool, scheduled for release on August 16.

  • Where the Wind Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain: “Twisters” and “Oddity”

    In director Lee Isaac Chung's disaster thriller, you sense them coming, but you're never quite prepared for them. They dominate the screen. They annihilate everything in their path. They leave you awestruck by Hollywood magic. I am, of course, referring to the dimpled grins of Glen Powell. The twisters in Twisters aren't bad, either.

  • 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, July 18: Discussion of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, Kinds of Kindness, MaXXXine, Despicable Me 4, Horizon: An American Saga -- Chapter 1, Longlegs, and Fly Me to the Moon, and previews of Twisters and Oddity. After three weeks away, it's lightning-round time again!

  • Cage Aggression: “Longlegs” and “Fly Me to the Moon”

    It makes perfect sense that Nicolas Cage would be cast as the titular monster in Longlegs, considering that writer/director Osgood Perkins' horror thriller is like the cinematic equivalent of most Cage performances: deliberately gonzo, weirdly earnest, alternately transfixing and repellent, and, in the end, perhaps trying a bit too hard.

  • Control Freaks: “Kinds of Kindness,” “MaXXXine,” “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,” and “Despicable Me 4”

    A modern-day triptych of parables both ludicrous and resonant, and Yorgos Lanthimos' first project set in the United States, the movie probably won't find Academy Awards in the offing. That hardly matters, though, for a work that delivers this many belly laughs, most of them accompanying dropped jaws, and this much thematic meat to chew on.

  • Now Playing: Friday, July 19, through Thursday, July 25

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • Highlights Tour Night: “Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!”, July 25

    Held in conjunction with the dazzling collection of colorful wonders on display in Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a Highlights Tour of the exhibit on July 25, with a museum docent guiding visitors through the works of a talent who has fascinated people of all ages since 1992, when his first children's-book series I Spy landed on the bookshelves of millions of American households.

  • Scholar Presentation: Dr. Sandra Hindman, “Illuminated Manuscripts,” August 1

    Showcasing exquisite examples of manuscripts from her gallery, Les Enluminures, along with period jewelry, renowned professor, scholar, and gallerist Dr. Sandra Hindman will participate in an August 1 Scholar Presentation at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, providing a rich, historical context for her remarkable artifacts, and delivering an insightful presentation in celebration of the venue's exhibit Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection.

  • “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.

  • “Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection,” through August 11

    With Davenport's Figge Art Museum holding a small yet impressive collection of Medieval and early-Renaissance manuscripts from Europe, the Middle East, and India, a selection of 12 of these works will be on view through August 11, as Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection offers a cross-cultural examination of hand-painted book illustrations and typography from the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • “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.