Visitors to Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center can learn all about the birds and the bees – and the butterflies, and the moths – in the venue's inaugural Pollinators' Palooza, a May 19 event dedicated to nature's springtime pollinators that will boast presentations, film screenings, and arts & crafts for children.

Appearing locally in support of their latest album, an 11-track LP released on April 28, the 10-piece soul and R&B ensemble The Nightowls headline a Moeller Nights concert on May 18, their recent We Are the Nightowls demonstrating why Punchland.com described their “big band music and old-school swing” as a “unique flavor of pure musical enjoyment.”

OHMME, May 18

Praised by the Chicago Tribune for their “freewheeling, curious, and fun spit” and their “perfectly harmonized vocals,” the alternative-rock musicians of OHMME headline a Daytrotter concert on May 18 in advance of their forthcoming album debut and in support of their self-titled EP, a recording that Blurt magazine lauded for its “odd, intriguing balance between pretty melody and confrontation.”

Adapted from the literary phenomenon and Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated movie, the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County makes its Quad Cities debut at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse May 23 through July 14 – a rare romantic drama at the venue whose Broadway production was praised by the Associated Press for its “superb, thrilling score,” and by Time Out NY for being “a new work that plays like a classic.”

Two hard-rocking, chart-topping bands team up for one unforgettable night when Moline's TaxSlayer Center, on May 18, hosts a co-headlining concert with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown, the rock and heavy-metal musicians reuniting this month for the first time since their massive North American arena tour in the fall of 2016.

Performing as the latest guests in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series, the Lynne Arriale Trio – featuring bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer – brings formidable talent to Davenport's Redstone Room on May 20, the ensemble's pianist, composer, and namesake described as “the poet laureate of her generation” by Jazz Police, with multiple Grammy winner Randy Brecker adding, “Her music transcends the word 'jazz' – it is just pure music.”

Artworks boasting the strange, the familiar, and the strangely familiar will be on display at Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center May 11 through June 22, with illustrative imagery and bright colors employed to communicate ideas about objects, environments, and concepts in the charming, humorous exhibits Karmageddon, featuring mixed media by David Balluff, and News Anchors with Nabisco, showcasing paintings by Greg Dickinson.

Things are about to get capitalized and italicized Wild at the Figge Art Museum, as the Davenport venue, from May 12 through August 12, will house the traveling Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition – 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, a showcase for one of America's premiere illustrators and characters from one of the world's best-loved children's books.

Called “warm-hearted and witty” by the Chicago Tribune and “bouncy and well-crafted” by Variety magazine, the family-friendly comedy Bingo! The Winning Musical will be staged at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre May 11 through 20 – a presentation that's not only a rare musical for the Moline venue, but a rarer one that allows audience members to be part of the show themselves.

Currently embarking on a May tour that finds the musician visiting 22 different venues, and 22 different cities, over 26 days, the critically lauded Justin Townes Earle performs a Moeller Nights concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn on May 14, his seventh and most recent album Kids in the Street described by NPR as “the veteran songwriter's most pleasing and playful effort to date.”

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