Patrons of Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center will have the rare opportunity to see two stage presentations on one weekend – or even, if they choose, one day – when the department's students present a pair of productions on February 8 and 9: author Eve Ensler's acclaimed The Vagina Monologues in the Brunner mainstage theatre, and playwright Victor Kaufold's tragicomedy The Why in Brunner's Honkamp Myhre Black Box Theatre.

With Variety magazine calling it a work in which “conflicts explode in consistently intriguing ways,” the comedic drama Speech & Debate will be presented as the latest student-directed production in St. Ambrose University's Studio Theatre, its February 14 through 16 run demonstrating why the Washington Post deemed it a “suspenseful tale that fuses keen-eyed civic critique with riotous and even campy humor.”

As the noted comedians take on such topics as relationships, dating, parenting, and family life, audiences seeking a Valentine's date of laughter will no doubt find it at Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre February 8 presentation My Funny Valentine, a hilarious he said/she said boasting the standup skills of Seinfeld veteran Pat Hazell and former Miss New Jersey Dena Blizzard.

Works by one of the Quad Cities' most revered artistic talents and an emeritus professor at St. Ambrose University will be on display at MidCoast Gallery West / The ARTery February 8 through March 31, with the Rock Island venue celebrating its 10th birthday with the debut of the new exhibition Leslie Bell: Paintings & Drawings Waiting to Go On.

Glorious colors and evocative images by an artist whom Wired magazine called “a hydroponic Jackson Pollock” will be on display at the Figge Art Museum February 9 through May 12, as the Davenport venue showcases beautifully fluid works by a former NASA engineer turned professional photographer in the new exhibition Submerged in the Sublime: The Landscape Photography of Kim Keever.

Named one of country music's top 10 touring acts by Billboard magazine and described by The Daily Country as an “energizing stage presence” who's “the definition of a road warrior,” singer/songwriter, guitarist, and Iowa native Jake McVey takes the stage at Davenport's Redstone Room on February 7, treating fans to the talents that inspired Hoopla Now to rave, “McVey has a big warm voice that is a pleasure to hear, and he can deliver a guitar solo with an appealing swagger.”

Held in celebration of a new, area-specific streaming program and designed to showcase the talents of artists throughout the Quad Cities, the QC Beats Launch Party and Concert will offer a February 8 introduction to the service at Davenport's Redstone Room, treating patrons to both an insider's look at QC Beats and a stellar collection of performances by favorite local musicians.

Touring in conjunction with the fall release of her sophomore album A Million Miles Away, singer/songwriter and guitarist Elizabeth Moen serves as the headliner for a Moeller Nights concert on February 15, with the Iowa native's gifts inspiring The Culture Trip to rave, “Elizabeth Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being, doing away with all previous thoughts and concerns, and leaving you short of breath.”

After receiving dozens of national and local entries for its third-annual contest, Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop will present the winners and finalists in the company's 2019 Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival on February 1 and 2, with readings of four 10- to 15-minute plays performed by area actors both new to the company and boasting previous Workshop credits.

The personal beliefs and significant experiences of two Iowa-based artisans will be expressed in a fascinating pair of Quad City Arts Center Gallery exhibitions February 1 through March 22: Esprit De Corps: The Brotherhood of Paratroopers, Rangers, & Special Forces at War by Eldridge painter Kenneth Cunningham, and Sophisticated Disobedience by Davenport's stpray-paint-college artist Brian Schulz.

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