Five days of outdoor fun will be on hand when East Moline's Rock Island Country Fairgrounds hosts the annual Rock Island County Fair July 17 through 21, offering patrons mornings, afternoons, and evenings filled with carnival rides, games, food vendors, animal shows, racing tournaments, and exciting events scheduled for the nights' grandstand entertainment.

Described by Examiner.com as “a band unlike any other” and Blurt magazine as “a hybrid of Idris Muhammad, George Clinton, Ohio Players, and Earth, Wind & Fire,” the tightly-wrapped funk, rock, and R&B musicians of Here Come the Mummies take the stage at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on July 20, their infectious grooves leading The Bob & Tom Show co-host Bob Kevoian to call one of their concerts “the most fun I've had in 20 years.”

On July 25, the public and private personas of one of the 20th Century's most famous individuals will be explored when Orion's Western District Library hosts a one-woman performance with Leslie Goddard, the acclaimed, Chicago-based actor/writer whose touring impersonations include Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Georgia O'Keeffe, Louisa May Alcott, and – in her library presentation – Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Held in celebration of the Daiquiri Factory's 14th anniversary and the Rock Island Brewing Company's 40th, the District of Rock Island will house its annual, dual anniversary party for both venues on July 20, an outdoor event featuring the latest area appearances by the glam-rock tribute artists of Hairbanger's Ball.

Appearing locally in a pair of events sponsored by the Midwest Writing Center, award-winning author Marcus Wicker will be the guest at the Rock Island Public Library's July 18 poetry workshop and the Figge Art Museum's July 19 poetry readings. The internationally lauded author has received great praise by outlets worldwide, including the Paris Review, which wrote, “His poems find joy in language and nature, comfort in religion, and express both pride and vulnerability – often all in the same poem.”

With her most recent album Highway Queen lauded by The Guardian as “a boisterous collection of firecracker 'outlaw country,' singer/songwriter Nikki Lane headlines a June 30 Moeller Nights concert at Maquoketa' Codfish Hollow Barn, her performance sure to underscore why Rolling Stone labeled her songs “inspirations cased in a streetwise, modern shell that's as unapologetic as Johnny Cash's middle finger.”

Recently making the top five of the New York Times' list of “25 Best American Plays Since Angels in America,” author Bruce Norris' acclaimed comedic drama Clybourne Park will be staged at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre July 13 through 22, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner described by the Hollywood Reporter as “provactive entertainment that generates as much uneasiness as laughter.”

The up-and-coming yet already widely acclaimed country and Americana band Roanoke headlines the Redstone Room's RME Member Appreciation Show on July 18 in support of the group's self-titled album, a debut release by that The Huffington Post called “brimming with optimism, youthful exuberance, and creative energy.”

Reviewing Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie in the New York Times, Ben Brantley asked,“How can something be this delicate and this strong, so elusive and yet so tenacious?” Those qualities will all be in force when the Mississippi Bend Players stage this enduring, Tony Award-winning classic at Augustana College, its July 13 through 22 run demonstrating why the Times called it “a perfect play.”

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