• “Sweet Treats: German Influence on the QC Candy Industry, through May 19

    With special attention paid to Roddewig Schmidt Candy Company, Velma Chocolates, and other former Quad Cities institutions, Davenport's German American Heritage Center will, through May 19, explore different candy manufacturers in our area in the exhibition Sweet Treats: German Influence on the QC Candy Industry, demonstrating how the Quad Cities were once home to numerous candy manufacturers of German heritage popular both locally and regionally.

  • X.H. Collins, May 22

    With her most recent publication lauded by the Historical Novel Society as "well-researched" and "beautiful to behold." local author and native of China X.H. Collins will read from and discuss her 2020 novel Flowing Water, Falling Flowers on May 22, the in-person event held as part of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Month celebration at the Davenport Public Library's Eastern Avenue Branch.

  • Jimmie Walker, May 24

    The originator of one of the most indelible and popular sitcom characters of all time, the “Dy-no-mite!” Jimmie Walker of the 1970s classic Good Times brings his nationally touring standup set to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room on May 24, the Golden Globe-nominated comedian/actor's credits also including guests stints on Emmy winners The Larry Sanders Show, Cagney & Lacey, and Scrubs.

  • “Translating Tombstones: Eternal Memorials & Their Meaning,” May 26

    What does a hand pointing on a gravestone mean? Does an anchor mean someone was a sailor? On May 26, patrons of Davenport's German American Heritage Museum are invited to learn what the different symbols on gravestones mean during this lively "Kaffee und Kuchen" program Translating Tombstones: Eternal Memorials & Their Meaning, which finds Minda Powers-Douglas explaining common and uncommon symbols and helping participants understand the special language of tombstones.

  • Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium, May 27

    Presented by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and returning to the Village of East Davenport, an eagerly anticipated Memorial Day tradition returns for its 57th year in the Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium – a May 27 event featuring hundreds of adult and youth cyclists from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe participating in a dozen bicycle races, with thousands of dollars in cash prizes awarded throughout the day.

  • “The House of Blue Leaves,” May 17 through 26

    A four-time Tony Award-winning smash that enjoyed Broadway runs with talents such as Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, Christopher Walken, and Stockard Channing, author John Guare's masterful dark comedy The House of Blue Leaves enjoys a May 17 through 26 run at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre, this wild theatrical ride also lauded by Variety magazine as a stage work that "still sets the bar for smart comic lunacy."

  • The Mockingbird on Main's “To Kill a Mockingbird," May 16 through 26

    Nearly a year after the tragic collapse of the downtown-Davenport building that housed theatre venue The Mockingbird on Main, the company will fly again with an appropriate title for its return to Moline's Black Box Theatre:To Kill a Mockingbird, playwright Christopher Sergel's adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harper Lee novel, running May 16 through 26.

  • “Laura,” May 30 through June 9

    Based on the 1943 Vera Caspary novel and the 1944 movie classic that the American Film Institute named one of the 10 best mystery films of all time, Caspary's and George Sklar's stage thriller Laura enjoys a run at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre from May 30 through June 9, the play a faithful adaptation of the Oscar-winning entertainment that Roger Ebert's cited in his famed "Great Movies" series.

  • “The Nerd,” May 30 through June 9

    Hailed by Variety as a slapstick in which "the audience almost never stops laughing," with "handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment," Larry Shue's screwball stage classic The Nerd opens the 2024 mainstage theatre season at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, its May 30 through June 9 run sure to demonstrate why the Milwaukee Journal raved that "Shue delivers a neatly crafted package that uses some classic comic forms to bring the audience to its knees laughing."

  • Oh, What a Night: “Jersey Boys,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 6

    A supremely enjoyable night out on the town, the full experience of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's latest presentation includes some great food, a blast of a pre-show, and an amazing musical – Jersey Boys to cap things off. With the production helmed by Michael Ingersoll, this is an evening of theatre not to be missed.

  • Alabama, May 19

    Members of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum who are also the first-time recipients of the institution's Lifetime Achievement Award, the country- and Southern-rock artists of Alabama headline a May 19 concert at Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK, the group's accomplishments including 40 number-one hit singles on a variety of industry charts and a dozen top-10 albums, including 10 that topped Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

  • “Up Close with Marc Zyla,” May 19

    Performing a repertoire of works by composers Margaret Brouwer, Frederick Tillis, Gustav Mahler, and Paul Hindemith, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's principal horn player will headline the May 19 Up Close with Marc Zyla concert at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, this intimate event also boasting the talents of pianist Marian Lee and spoken-word artist Aubrey Barnes.

  • The Lynne Arriale Trio, May 19

    Lauded by All About Jazz for her "rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards," pianist Lynne Arriale brings her trio to Davenport's Unitarian Universality Congregation of the Quad Cities on May 19, this exciting event in the Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series also boasting the exceptional musicianship of Ethan Philion on bass and Greg Artry on drums.

  • Bridget Kearney, May 19

    Currently touring in support of her 2024 release Comeback Kid, a recording that AllMusic said found its creator "crafting memorable songs that are as likable and infectious as anything she's done," R&B/pop artist and Iowa City native Bridget Kearney headlines a May 19 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist also a founding member of the band Lake Street Dive and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

  • Rehab, May 23

    A founding member of the groundbreaking country, rock, and rap group, Danny Boone Alexander brings his legendary outfit to Rehab for a headlining concert on May 23, the touring artist of nearly a quarter-century landing in Moline on the band's "The Fusion of Sound Tour."

  • Noa's Arc: “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”

    Considering that nearly all of its performances are motion-capture ones, I didn't expect to spend so much time at Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes marveling at the nuances of naturalistic human acting.

  • 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, May 16: Discussion of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, previews of IF, Back to Black, The Strangers: Chapter 1, and Poolman, and, for a change of pace, lots of talk about TV shows, including Baby Reindeer, Under the Bridge, and Fallout. These guys are true Renaissance men.

  • Stunted Development: “The Fall Guy,” “The Idea of You,” “Tarot,” and “Unfrosted”

    The leads are attractive and charming. The action is swift and loud. The jokes are unmissable. And if you spend more than five seconds thinking about The Fall Guy, the whole thing crumbles like a particularly flimsy house of cards.

  • Racket 'Ships: “Challengers,” “Unsung Hero,” and “Boy Kills World”

    I found Challengers almost obscenely entertaining – a deep dive into competitive and sexual power dynamics so overflowing with passion that your admission ticket should come with a complimentary mini-fan.

  • Now Playing: Friday, May 17, through Thursday, May 23

    Now playing at area theaters.


  • “Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection,” May 18 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 from May 18 to 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.

  • “Georgia O'Keeffe's World: Focused on Nature,” May 22

    Delivering a close look at the artist's early years in New York with her husband Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe's World: Focused on Nature will find Carol Ehlers leading a May 22 program at the Rock Island Public Library's Watts-Midtown Branch, the event's presenter exploring how O'Keefe's close-up and magnified flower, leaf, and landscape paintings forever affected the way we look at nature.

  • Last Chance Exhibition Tour Night: “Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition,” May 30

    On May 30, area art lovers are invited to enjoy their "Last Chance" at touring the Figge Art Museum's popular 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition, with the Davenport venue's exhibit boasting 62 works – paintings, sculptures, installations, and more – by 42 artists living within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

  • “43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition,” through June 2

    An eagerly awaited tradition featuring dozens of recent and debuting works in a variety of artistic mediums, the 43rd edition of the Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition will be on display at the Figge Art Museum through June 2, with the Davenport venue housing 62 works - paintings, sculptures, installations, and more - by 42 artists living within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

  • “Revolutionary Artist: The Prison Fantasies of David Alfaro Siqueiros,” through June 9

    With the exhibit's artist known for his large public murals using the latest in equipment, materials, and technique, as well as for being one of the most famous of the "Mexican muralists," Revolutionary Artist: The Prison Fantasies of David Alfaro Siqueiros will be on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum through April 9, this lithograph series on loan from the Deere & Company collection for an intimate exhibition on view in the Lewis Gallery.