One of the most beloved sitcoms of recent years, and the record-holder for the most Emmy Awards won by a comedy series in a single year, Schitt's Creek will be the subject of a special trivia night at The Tangled Wood, with fans of the show asked to bring their knowledge – and maybe their finest black-and-white attire – to the Bettendorf venue on February 23.

Described by TheatreMania.com as a drama that “has a lot to say about the agonizing process of political change,” playwright Lee Blessing's Two Rooms will be presented by St. Ambrose University in virtual performances running February 19 through 21, the student-produced offering a work that Variety magazine called “that rare political play that survives beyond its period not merely because it remains timely, but because its characters and conflict cut close to the bone.”

A special cinematic event in the Bettendorf Public Library's popular “Community Connections” series, the February 18 screening of Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe by local filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle will explore how the author and abolitionist's life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and how the historical icon's anti-slavery sentiments expressed themselves in what would become America’s most influential novel.

Appearing as the latest guests in the venue's online series Stages, noted composers and musicians Jean-François Charles & Ramin Roshandel will ascend the (virtual) stage for Iowa City's Englert Theatre, their February 17 showcase demonstrating the talents of an assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Music and a PhD candidate at the very same institution.

With its playwright Andrew Bovell described by The Guardian as “a wizard from Oz who writes fiendishly intricate plays” with “trademark ingenuity,” the thrilling drama Speaking in Tongues is the latest student-produced offering at Augustana College, its virtual performance on February 19 sure to demonstrate why Stage-Door.com called the work “the perfect play for people who like intellectual puzzles,” as well as “a play you will find yourself thinking about for days afterward.”

Delivered as a special Valentine's Weekend treat presented by Captain Entertainment and Whitball Entertainment, the Love & Laughter Comedy Show will enjoy a live audience at the Davenport RiverCenter on February 13, its headliner the nationally touring comedian and improv sensation Chico Bean.

With the Figge Art Museum serving as one of only eight stops on the exhibit's national tour, the eagerly anticipated For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design will enjoy a home at the Davenport venue from February 20 through May 16, showcasing more than 90 works made between 1810 and 2010 by some of the greatest American artists, drawn from the collections of the National Academy of Design in New York.

A world-premiere presentation telling an all-too-current tale of Zoom-meeting anxieties, the three-song cycle Operatini serves as the fourth commission in the 23-year history of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, its February 11 debut a virtual collaboration by composer Nancy Hill Cobb, librettist Melinda Boyd, and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Hendrix-Case.

With its first photography exhibit since the venue opened in the summer of 2017, Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy treats guests to 43 works from 23 area artists in the February 5 opening reception for The Photographic Exploration Project, with the included artists ranging “from very talented hobbyists to those that are professional,” according to gallery owner Pat Beréskin. “For our first call to entry for photography, we are quite pleased with the quality of the results.”

A hilarious day-long event with a serious purpose, the Stella Artori presentation Saving Our Job$ Virtual Comedy Festival will, on February 14, be hosted by Coralville's Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse and presented locally by Iowa City's Big Grove Brewery, with the online Valentine's Day celebration boasting national and international touring comedians, as well as serving as a fundraiser for Spectra venues all across North America.

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