Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 2006 Tony Award for star Cynthia Nixon, David Lindsay-Abaire's moving, haunting, unexpectedly funny family drama Rabbit Hole enjoys a September 6 through 8 staging at St. Ambrose University's Studio Theatre, the New York Times praising the work for its “honesty, accuracy, and humor” while adding that the show “inspires such copious weeping among its audience that you wonder early on if you should have taken a life jacket.”

Chicago-based author Chanell Ruth, the winner of this year's Great River Writers Retreat contest, will deliver a special reading at the Midwest Writing Center on September 8, sharing the talents that led Tidal Basin Review to call her recent Bottom of Midnight “difficult, necessary, and important,” and to say of the work, “It would be impossible to read … and not be moved by the pain it expresses.”

A quintet of superb artists, working in a variety of mediums, will collectively showcase their works in the group exhibition Earth Wind & Fire, on display from September 1 through 28 at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, and boasting new pieces of Dean Kugler, Bill Wolford, Bonnie Grebner, Heidi Grandt, and Karen Brinson.

Beautiful and thoughtful works by artists from both Iowa and Illinois will enjoy a September 5 through October 31 showcase at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with a variety of artistic mediums employed in new pieces by Lori Miller of Eldridge, Iowa, and Janis Wunderlich and Paul Scott Page, both of Monmouth, Illinois.

Delightful, fanciful, whimsical, and ingratiatingly goofy works of art will be showcased at Rozz-Tox from September 7 through 30, as the Rock Island venue and the Art Legacy League host the combined art show and sale The Crazy Heads Story, a collection of colorfully original pieces by artists trained by the late Father Ed Catich – Amy Nielsen and Paul Herrera – as well as the St. Ambrose University Art Department founder himself.

A legitimate musical prodigy who released two albums before becoming a teenager, the 14-year-old YouTube and concert sensation EmiSunshine makes her debut appearance at Rock Island's Circa '21 Speakeasy on September 6, the young artist cited by Rolling Stone as “a mind-bogglingly talented adolescent who writes intense Appalachian folk tunes in the Carter Family tradition and sings them with wisdom and ferocity.”

Playing past hits along with songs from the group's most recent release Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not – a work that, according to, “continues the band's decades-long path of great records” – the alternative rockers of Dinosaur Jr. play a Codfish Hollow Barn concert on September 10, their latest album described by The Quietus as “a perfect synthesis of all the incredients that have made them one of the most intriguing and long-lasting guitar bands in recent history.”

With calling the artist “engagingly soulful” and praising his “talent, unique songwriting ability, and ability to master the potency of silence,” the Los Angeles-based Naia Izumi appears locally as a Moeller Nights headliner on September 11, the folk-rock musician 2018's winner of NPR's esteemed Tiny Desk Contest that annually receives more than 4,000 video submissions.

Lauded by Sound Guardian as “a truly great and powerful band” and Icon Music Mag as “everything you could wish for in rock, jazz, fusion, blues, prog rock, and world music,” the Chicago-based quartet Marbin plays a Redstone Room concert on September 13, the band's most recent release Israeli Jazz praised by Festival Feak as an album that “tends to speed by at a frenetic pace, but never goes without some form of infectious melody that climbs and climbs, as if reaching for the next high.”

The ultimate live-action comic book presented in arena-stage format, Marvel Universe! Live: Age of Heroes blasts its way into Moline's TaxSlayer Center August 31 through September 2, treating family audiences to an exhilarating, stunt-filled production boasting wondrous visual effects and many of the most heroic and villainous characters found in the Marvel canon.