Lauded by the Los Angels Times as a hip-hop dance ensemble that's “able to use spins and locking to convey everything from grief to animalism to wisdom,” the touring talents of Antics serve as the latest guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series, their February 2 engagement at St. Ambrose University demonstrating why a recent performance inspired Explore Dance to rave, “Windmills, acrobatic back-flips, and uprock that oozed attitude were some of the dazzling dance feats on display.”

With its main event touted as “the biggest pro boxing event in the Quad Cities in over 20 years,” homegrown talents Limberth Ponce and Stephen Edwards square off in the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center's battle royale Destiny: Live Professional Boxing – a February 2 clash of the titans presented by Alien Boi Boxing and Calkins Sports Productions and boasting additional exciting bouts for area boxing fans.

In a change from presenting a repertoire of different works in its Masterworks concerts, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will take on one epic composition for its February 2 and 3 performances at Davenport's Adler Theatre and Rock Island's Augustana College: Mahler's 9th Symphony, an approximately 80-minute, four-movement masterpiece of profound introspection boasting some of Gustav Mahler’s most spiritual and heartfelt music.

Appearing locally just one day after the release of their debut album A Light Left On, the alternative-folk musicians of The Western Den – pianist Deni Hlavinka and guitarist Chris West – headline a February 2 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, treating patrons to a sound that, according to Broadway World, finds the duo “pushing out into orchestral, ethereal, and chordally complex territory while preserving their sweeping vocal harmonies.”

Delivering what The Big Takeover describes as “muscular, meat-and-potatoes-style blues rock” and what The Dead Hub calls “old souls making incredible new music,” the Minneapolis-based rockers of The 4onthefloor enjoy a February 2 engagement as local Moeller Nights headliners, treating Davenport audiences to what MusicInMinnesota.com deemed “an exciting, drums-driven show with much-promised dancing, howling, and fun.”

Described by The London Times as “original and riveting” and by New York magazine as a play that “hurts and exhilarates in just the right proportions,” the Tony-winning drama Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill makes its area debut at Moline's Black Box Theatre January 26 through February 9, this stage biography of jazz legend Billie Holiday lauded by OnStage as “a searing portrait of a woman whose art was triumphant.”

Praised by the Bristol Evening Post as “a real winner” that earns “four stars out of four,” and by The Guardian for being a “slick, swashbuckling romp that cleverly updates the Dumas novel,” the literary classic The Three Musketeers enjoys a thrilling new stage presentation at Augustana College January 25 through February 3, with Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig's 2007 adaptation delivering, according to The California Aggie, “two hours of pure awesomeness.”

Foxes in the henhouse. Elephants in the room. Cats in the cradle. And from January 26 through April 28, there will be Animals in the Museum, as Davenport's Figge Art Museum showcases works in all artistic mediums devoted to the world's furry, feathered, finned, and four-legged friends.

Two beloved children's-television programs will be brought to spectacular stage life this month in two eagerly awaited touring presentations: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! King for a Day, landing at Davenport's Adler Theatre on January 23, and PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure, docking at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on January 26 and 27.

Appearing locally with familiar traveling companions such as Peanut, José Jalapeño, Bubba J., Sweet Daddy Dee, and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his national “Passively Aggressive” tour to Moline's TaxSlayer Center on January 23, the performer's comic talent and audience rapport establishing why he holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-Up Comedy Tour.”

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