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.

Evocative works by a Quad Cities artist of more than three decades will be on display at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy from January 26 through February 23, as the Bettendorf venue showcases mergers of line, design, and print-making in the new exhibit Under Construction: Recent Works by Corrine Smith.

From February 1 through March 31, vibrant watercolors by one of the Quad Cities' most accomplished artists will be showcased in Tom Hempel: Retrospective, a exhibited collection of works by the Davenport-based talent who has painted more than 1,700 originals depicting a wide variety of subjects that include water scenes, landscapes, and the architecture of area homes, schools, office buildings, and churches.

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.”

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