A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down in the Figge Art Museum's April 19 screening of the lauded 2013 revenge thriller Blue Ruin, the latest Cinema at the Figge presentation by Ford Photography, and a work that made the top-10 lists of publications ranging from the Austin Chronicle to The A.V. Club to Las Vegas Weekly.

With AllMusic.com calling him “a singer/songwriter with a robust, full-throated wail and knack for pairing Stones-ian hooks and Dylan-esque wordplay,” pop, Americana, and alt-country musician Kyle Craft appears as the Moeller Nights headliner on April 24, his signature sound described by Rolling Stone as a “poetic gumbo of Southern roots, electric folk, and preening glam rock.”

One of the millennium's biggest animated-film hits enjoys a raucous, colorful, and tuneful stage presentation when Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse presents the area debut of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, a family treat, running April 19 through Mar 12, reuniting audiences with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip-hip-Hippo, and all of their other Dreamworks favorites.

Appearing in an April 22 stop on the band's international “Good News Tour,” Rend Collective will fill Rock Island's Heritage Church with contemporary-Christian celebration via Northern Ireland, its gifted Celtic musicians praised by TheChristianBeat.org for their “shouts of energetic praise and moments of bittersweet thought,” as well as a repertoire in which “captivating sounds meet comforting lyrics.”

Sports, laughs, and loads of pop-culture references are sure to be on hand when Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort hosts an April 21 evening with touring comedian and frequent TV personality Frank Caliendo, whose list of famed impressions includes those of actors Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Robert De Niro; politicians Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama; broadcasters John Madden, Charles Barkley, and Jon Gruden; and talk show hosts Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, and David Letterman.

Called “a provocative fusion of objective reality and emotional punch” by the New York Times and “thoughtful, pained, and powerful” by Variety magazine, The Laramie Project wraps up Scott Community College's 2017-18 theatre season April 13 through 22, the iconic Matthew Shepard drama featuring 10 student actors who portray more than 60 characters between them.

In celebration of its golden anniversary, the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre turned to its patrons to choose titles for the venue's 50th season. And Geneseo audiences were clearly in the mood for celebrating of the funny and feisty sort, as Richmond Hill's 2018 lineup begins with the April 12 through 22 return of Sex Please, We're 60, a madcap slapstick farce that The Californian described as “fast-paced and hilarious” and BroadwayWorld.com called “a bawky, rollicking romp” in which “you will relate and laugh yourself silly.”

Winners of four Blues Music Awards and a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album, the 12-piece talents of the Tedeschi Trucks Band take the Adler Theatre stage on April 17, filling the Davenport venue with the exhilarating sounds that led the Denver Post to praise the group's “stellar musicianship” and the Philadelphia Inquirer to extol its “joy-filled blast of blues, soul, and rock.”

Four extraordinary female musicians will enjoy sets as Moeller Nights headliners on April 14 and 16, the former date bringing with it an initimate concert boasting alternative-country sensation Caitlin Rose, and the latter showcasing the acclaimed indie-folk talents of Mackenzie Howe, Kinsey Lee, and Sharon Silva in the singing trio's five-piece outfit The Wild Reeds.

The musicians' most recent album Ghost Modern, according to Treblezine.com, boasts a “multi-layered, rich sound that infuses elements of various genres, from new wave to ’90s alt-rock, with some modern indie pop in between.” And on April 13, Mike Deni and his electronic-rock outfit Geographer will perform a Daytrotter concert demonstrating whyRiff magazine stated, “Deni has one of the best rock falsettos out there, and his tremendous vocal range is complemented by a prolific and varied output as a songwriter and the talented musicians with whom he’s able to perform and record.”

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