• Alternating Currents 2019: Special Events, August 22 through 25

    Alternating Currents is an area celebration of the finest in art, music, comedy, and film. But from August 22 through 25, the weekend festival also has events scheduled in downtown Davenport that don't precisely fit into any of those four categories – including children's activities, sporting entertainments, forums, sales, and more.

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    QCA Today: August 22, 2019

    This feature collects articles published online by Quad Cities-area media outlets and by CapitolFax.com and the state-politics sections of the Des Moines Register and the State Journal-Register.

  • Alternating Currents 2019: Comedy, August 23 and 24

    Nearly 20 local, regional, and national comedians will be bringing the funny to this year's Alternating Currents festival, with August 23 and 24 standup sets – plus one hilariously awful movie – scheduled to make patrons roar with laughter at four venues in downtown Davenport.

  • Xstream Rock Island Grand Prix, August 31 and September 1

    An annual Labor Day-weekend tradition blasts into the District of Rock Island in this year's Xstream Rock Island Grand Prix, the August 31 and September 1 event in which thousands will cheer as hundreds of racing-kart drivers traverse the tree-lined streets at speeds close to 100 MPH.

  • “Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action,” through September 8

    In an era in which video games and cartoons take up a lot of children’s time, Bettendorf's Family Museum is prepared to combat childhood inertia with its new summer exhibition Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, the interactive exhibit – running June 8 through September 8 – in which children and adults can explore activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga, and horizontal climbing.

  • Killer Serial: “The 39 Steps,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 25

    The roots of the play The 39 Steps were in a 1915 magazine serial by Scottish novelist John Buchan, which became a popular novel, which spawned four more books about its protagonist. It was adapted for film three times, notably (and to great acclaim) by Alfred Hitchcock, and once for television. The first version of the play, written by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and billed as a "parody," toured in 1995. Patrick Barlow consequently rewrote their script, premiering his adaptation in London in 2005. His version hopped the pond to become a long-running Broadway smash, nominated for six Tonys in 2008 (including Best Play) and winning two. This month, more than 100 years later, a form of Buchan's story is playing live at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre. And I highly recommend you see this ingeniously staged, well-performed lark of a show.

  • To Project and Serve: “The Best of the Bootleggers,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 29

    The Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse Bootleggers have a cult following of enthusiastic fans that are very passionate about, and dedicated to, these talented performers who also double as the theatre's efficient wait staff, and Thursday's opening-night presentation of the group's mainstage show The Best of the Bootleggers certainly did not disappoint. There was a lot of clapping and singing along as 12 of the most talented Booties I've ever seen delivered a variety of musical numbers that left our audience longing for more.

  • A Cut Above: "Shear Madness," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 7

    Madness. It was madness how much fun I had at the July 25 preview performance of the interactive mystery comedy Shear Madness at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse.

  • Mother Superior Entertainment: Quad City Music Guild's “Sister Act,” at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 18

    Who doesn't like a singing and dancing nun? Because everyone seemed to be delighted at Thursday night's preview of Quad City Music Guild's Sister Act. The evening was filled with comedy and profound contemplation as the habit-wearing sisters praised the Lord in song and dance proclaiming, "It's good to be a nun!"

  • Killer Presentation: “Assassins,” at the Black Box Theatre through August 18

    Assassins, at the Black Box Theatre, is the cheeriest musical about unhappy people who made bad choices that I've ever seen. And prior to Thursday's performance, I didn't know it was literally about those who killed American presidents, or tried to – I just saw "music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim" and said, "I'm in."

  • Alternating Currents 2019: Music, August 22 through 25

    Headlined by an Adler Theatre engagement with Keller Williams' Grateful Grass and Max Weinberg's Jukebox on August 22, this year's Alternating Currents festival – boasting more than 100 events and performances at 16 Quad Cities venues – will feature concert sets with more than three dozen bands and solo performers from Thursday through Sunday, their music encompassing every genre from rock to folk to jazz to country.

  • Chicago 6 Band, August 24

    A unique evening of legendary football players discussing their NFL careers in between performances of rock, Motown, and country classics will take place at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort on August 24, with the Chicago 6 Band treating audiences to musical memories and inside stories delivered by former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton and his Super Bowl-winning teammates Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael.

  • Sunny Sweeney, August 24

    Lauded by Sounds Like Nashville for “her warm, yet driving, vocal approach” that “turns the listener on an emotional dime,” country-music singer/songwriter enjoys an August 24 headliner concert at the Rock Island Brewing Company, her most recent album Trophy described by Country Exclusive as “filled with honest, clever songwriting” that shows “an artist being vulnerable and sharing a part of herself with listeners through her music.”

  • Tim Stop and Andrew Landers, August 28 and 30

    Tim Stop: Wednesday, August 28, 7 p.m.

    Andrew Landers: Friday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.

  • CeeLo Green, August 30

    Appearing as the opening-night headliner in Moeller Nights' inaugural Iron + Grain Maker Festival, Grammy-winning, chart-topping soul and R&B musician CeeLo Green takes the stage at East Moline venue The Rust Belt on August 30, performing from a repertoire composed of four studio albums, one compilation album, 39 singles, and 25 music videos.

Art

  • Alternating Currents 2019: Art, August 22 through 25

    Between August 22 and 25, art in a wide variety of mediums will brighten the streets and venues of the 2019 Alternating Currents festival, with the scheduled events in downtown Davenport including an arts & crafts marketplace, a paper-art festival, a pop-up art show, and much more.

  • “Lisa Mahar: Rainbows & Sunshine” and “Jessica Bingham: The Neighborhood Within,” August 23 through October 11

    New pieces by two gifted Illinois artists – both of whom create deeply personal works that reflect on experiences everyone can relate to – will fill the Quad City Arts Center gallery from August 23 through October 11, with Rock Island's Lisa Mahar presenting the mixed-media exhibition Rainbows & Sunshine, and Peoria's Jessica Bingham debuting paintings in her exhibit The Neighborhood Within.

  • Figge Art Museum Presentation on Vanessa German, August 24

    Held in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's Miracles & Glory Abound exhibition running through September 1, museum staffers will visit the Moline Public Library on August 24 for a special presentation on the exhibit's creator Vanessa German, the Pittsburgh-based artist who inspired the Los Angeles Times to rave, “Strength, physical and spiritual, exudes from her work as if audibly – a proud shout.”

  • “Swangstu,” August 31 through September 27

    Exhibit: Saturday, August 31, through Friday, September 27

  • “Vanessa German: Miracles & Glory Abound,” May 11 through September 1

    With the Los Angeles Times raving that “Strength, physical and spiritual, exudes from her work as if audibly – a proud shout,” the Pittsburgh-based artist Vanessa German finds her latest exhibition Miracles & Glory Abound showcased at the Figge Art Museum May 11 through September 1, the artist's works also housed in permanent collections in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Hartford, Connecticut.