A special event highlighting important works in the Figge Art Museum's popular exhibition For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design, the venue's virtual Trio Talk on April 28 will offer unique perspectives by three knowledgeable Figge docents: Cathy Weideman presenting “A Taste of Fauvism: Early 20th Century American Art,” Mary Lou Kotecki with “Taking a Unique Look at Post-War Realism,” and Carol Ehlers' exploration “Modern Art: About Friendship, Diversity of Style, & Commitment to a Cause.”

Performing a livestreamed concert set spanning their works from 2011 to 2014, the Grammy-nominated indie-folk artists of The Milk Carton Kids – singer/guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan – headline a special April 29 presentation hosted by Iowa City's Englert Theatre, with the artists performing songs from their first three recorded collaborations Retrospect, Prologue, and The Ash & Clay.

One of the most acclaimed and adored animated features of the 21st century will enjoy a quartet of special 20th-anniversary screenings between April 25 and 29, with Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd + IMAX hosting big-screen presentations of Shrek, the Dreamworks Animation mega-hit that will reunite family audiences with the titular green ogre, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad, and scores of other beloved characters.

The celebration of a talent known for combining real and imagined elements inspired by nature in his captivating works, the Figge Art Museum's new exhibition Tom Uttech: Origin, on display from May 1 through August 15, will feature Kisibakwad, the beloved painting from the Figge collection, alongside a selection of the artist's large-scale photographs from the collection of the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

A septet of thrilling, evocative dance pieces will be performed virtually on April 30 when the University of Iowa's Department of Dance presents its annual capstone projects in concert form, with this year's performances boasting short works by seven BFA candidates who are already gifted and imaginative choreographers.

Performing an eagerly awaited comedy set in the venue's first live event since 2020, frequent Bob & Tom Show guest Donnie Baker – the self-described “Kentucky redneck caricature” who's the brainchild of comedian Ron Sexton – headlines East Moline's The Rust Belt on the May 1, his standup set treating patrons to an evening with the blissfully rude character who describes himself as a “trapped in the '80s” guy who “will never admit defeat.”

An acclaimed national comedian with ties to the Quad Cities performs two live shows at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort on April 29, with TV and film talent Tammy Pescatelli treating Rhythm Room attendees to the hilarious insights and sharp-witted observations beloved from Last Comic Standing and her 2013 Netflix special Finding the Funny.

Offered in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's current exhibition For America: 200 Years of Paintings from the National Academy of Design, the Muscatine Art Center, on April 29, presents a virtual, behind-the-scenes exploration of artworks in the venue's permanent collection, with each featured artwork created by an important American artist, many of whom were associated with the gallery of the exhibit's title.

With its playwright José Rivera lauded by TheatreMania.com for the “expansive, ecstatic, poetic tone in his work that few stage writers dare to attempt,” the riveting quiltwork drama Sonnets for an Old Century will be available for April 16 through 25 viewing in a virtual presentation by Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, treating online audiences to a kaleidoscopic work that inspired Chicago Stage Review to rave, “Rivera’s script is staggering and lovely.”

In the latest presentation in the Englert Theatre's virtual Storytellers series, professional actor and playwright Katie Colletta will deliver a crash course in children's entertainment with her April 24 program Youth Storytelling Workshop, a program designed for participants to get their creative juices flowing with interactive games creative ways to bring stories to life both on the page and on the stage.

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