A quintet of powerful and acclaimed dramatic works – among them an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film – will be screened from January 10 through February 7 in Augustana College's 23rd Annual Hispanic Film Festival, with Wednesday-night showings of evocative titles from Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Columbia, and the United States.

Performing blues, folk, country, and Americana music that, according to NPR, “evokes the old-timey spirit of a thousand crackling 78 RPM records” whose “energy makes them feel new and alive,” Midwestern singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge plays Davenport's Redstone Room in support of his most recent album Manic Revelations, described by Paste magazine as “all sass and swagger, with plenty of juke-jump energy to spare.”

The photography of 20th Century photographer Wynn Bullock is currently included in more than 90 major museum collections worldwide, and in the Figge's new exhibit Wynn Bullock: Revelation – on display from January 13 through April 29 – museum guests will be treated to the most comprehensive assessment of Bullock’s (1902-1975) extraordinary career in nearly 40 years, as well as the first major exhibition of his work to be held in Iowa.

Described by Glide magazine as “a classic folk artist that somehow manages to never remain too predictable,” the Nashville-based, alternative-country musician Rayland Baxter performs a Moeller Nights concert on January 17, playing from a repertoire that includes his most recent album Imaginary Man, praised by RedLineRoots.com for the “vibrant and lucid way in which he paints the characters of his stories.”

Described by Time Out New York as a play that “provides a pleasurable ripple of fear down ones spine and an uncomfortable lurch in the pit of one's stomach,” the two-man chiller The Woman in Black opens the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 2018 season January 12 through 21, with audiences invited to witness an evocative stage tale that The Daily Mail called “a truly nerve-shredding experience.”

Hosted by Mandala Integrative Medicine and designed to help attendees start the new year right by learning about the preventative power of proper nutrition, the second-annual Integrative Lifestyle Forum will promote the improvement of work-life balance, growth and success, productivity, and well-being, and includes presentations by nationally recognized speakers Dr. Sayed A. Shah, Brooke Lemke, and frequent national-TV presence Jay Jacobs.

Moline's TaxSlayer Center opens its 2018 schedule in magical fashion with the January 6 arrival of nationally touring illusionist Mike Super, the only magician in U.S. history to win a live magic competition on prime-time network television.

Additional and amended listings can be sent to calendar@rcreader.com, and this page will be updated through the afternoon of December 31, 2017. The entire Reader team wishes you and yours a very Happy & Safe New Year's!

Named in honor of the program's beloved founder who passed away last December, the River Music Experience's Ellis Kell Winter Blues Jam, taking place on December 30, will showcase the burgeoning talents of students who completed the venue's week-long Winter Blues Camp for area musicians ages eight to 18.

One of the highest-grossing and most Oscar-lauded film series in history will provide nearly 10 hours of fantasy-adventure excitement at the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount branch, as Peter Jackson's epic J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Tours, and The Return of the King enjoy screenings in the December 27 and 28 Lord of the Rings Movie Marathon.