More than a dozel local, regional, and national speakers will deliver live and video presentations in the March 7 TEDxDavenport Conference at the Figge Art Museum, a networking event themed “Limitless” that will join open-minded idea-seekers in a half-day exploration of unique experiences designed to inspire, inform, and challenge.

Continuing this season's presentation of thrilling works that debuted across the Atlantic, conductor Mark Russell Smith leads the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in the ensemble's Masterworks V: Postcards from Germany & Austria, a program boasting legendary composers and a special solo by violinist and QCSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz.

Presented at Moline's Black Box Theatre in the style of a radio play complete with live music, sound effects, and actors with scripts in hand, three new episodes of the locally produced podcast All You Care to Eat will be performed by the area troupe Comedy Thingy on February 24 and taped in front of a live “studio” audience.

Serving as the latest stop on the musician's “Hits Deep Tour,” Moline's TaxSlayer Center hosts a February 24 concert with the Grammy-winning, chart-topping TobyMac, whose 13-album discography has made him one of the best-selling artists in contemporary-Christian and hip-hop history.

For the second year in a row, the Center for Living Arts, the Penguin Project of the Quad Cities, and Augustana College's theatre department are teaming up to help turn kids into stage stars, which they'll do in the February 23 through March 4 Brunner Theatre Center run of Beauty & the Beast Jr. – a production that boasts a cast composed entirely of talented youths with special needs.

Global issues of gender oppression, shifting roles, social justice, and more will be explored in the Bettendorf Public Library's latest presentation by the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities, with the February 27 lecture “Between the Covers: Shaping Feminism in Bangladesh & India” delivered by Augustana College's Associate Professor of English Umme Al-Wazedi.

Performing in support of their self-titled, critically lauded 2017 album, the Canadian power-pop ensemble Sam Coffey & the Irons Lungs perform a February 26 Moeller Nights concert in downtown Davenport, demonstrating why Spill magazine wrote that the musicians “seamlessly sit in a spot that connects modern-indie and post-rock textures with the style of punk rock greats of yesterday and the flair of glam rockers from the early 1970s.”

A chart-topping country singer/songwriter, vocal coach on TV's The Voice, and, according to People magazine, 2017's “Sexiest Man Alive” hits Moline's TaxSlayer Center on February 23 in a concert with recording phenomenon Blake Shelton, who will treat fans to hits ranging from his self-titled 2001 debut to his Texoma Shore smash from this past November.

One of the nation's most admired storytellers serves as the latest Quad City Arts Visiting Artist when Moline's Buuterworth Center hosts a February 23 public performance with Charlotte Blake Alston, whose talents have been enjoyed worldwide at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa.

With his most recent release The Heart described by RenownedForSound.com as “a deeply personal, sentimental, and intimate album that shines through its musical simplicity and emotional perceptivenes,” acoustic surf rocker Donavon Frankenreiter plays Davenport's Redstone Room on February 27, treating audiences to tuneful, upbeat songs that MusicFarm.com calls “hard not to sing and dance along with.”

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