In their final concerts of the 2017-18 season, the professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers celebrate the wonder of nature in April 14 and 15 presentations of Our Earth, Our Home – aural explorations of the planet's beauty and fragility detailed through songs about flora, fauna, the sea, and the sky.

Praised by Pitchfork.com for “using her mordant wit to confront serious subjects, exorcising trauma with hooks and humor,” alternative-folk singer/songwriter Caroline Rose and her ensemble The Go Rounds play an April 17 Redstone Room concert in support of the band's February release LONER – a work that, according to Paste magazine, “is a singular artistic statement from its unforgettable album art all the way down.”

Local cat lovers will get to enjoy an extremely lucky Friday the 13th when television's beloved “Cat Daddy” Jackson Galaxy visits the Adler Theatre on April 13 – the latest national-tour stop for the bestselling author and popular host of Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell and Cat Vs Dog.

Descibed by Jazz Times as an artist who “cooks up a brilliant marriage of blues, jazz, gospel, and soul,” Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Katz and his Bruce Katz Band play an April 11 concert sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, showcasing the talents that led the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to declare, “This tight ensemble hits all the marks with deadly aim.”

Winner of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, Lucas Hnath's The Christians serves as the first title in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 2018 season of Barn Owl Theatre productions, its April 6 through 8 run treating audiences to a work BroadwayWorld.com deemed “utterly engrossing,” with the Chicago Tribune calling its author “one of the most interesting, focused, counterintuitive, and intellectually compelling playwrights of our moment.”

Held in conjunction with the 76th anniversary of one of history's most daring and controversial episodes of espionage, Kirkwood Community College professors Dr. Robinson Yost and Dr. Laura Yost deliver their April 8 presentation “Bringing Down the Butcher of Prague: The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich” at Davenport's German American Heritage Center, offering insight into the killing of one of World War II's foremost Nazi officials.

Descibed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as the creators of “soul music that's so much of the old school that it might as well drive a car with fins,” Durand Jones & the Indications headline a Moeller Nights concert on April 9, the group's self-titled 2016 album leading Spill magazine to rave, “Jones absolutely dominates the songs with his powerful, soulful, and ever-evolving voice.”

With Blues Rock Review calling her “a captivating artist with a new take on a familiar genre” and RockAndBluesMuse.com labeling the musician “a gutsy and emotionally charged singer with a vocal range to die for,” blues rocker Danielle Nicole brings her Kansas City outfit the Danielle Nicole Band to Davenport's Redstone Room on April 6, sharing the talents that, this past February, made her sophomore solo album Cry No More the number-one hit on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.

Appearing in a concert benefiting local organizations for peace, cultural diversity, and human rights, folk singer/songwriter Charlie King performs his annual area show at Rock Island's Broadway Presbyterian Church on April 7, an event being held six months after King received the esteemed Phil Ochs Award in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice.

A riotous farce and classic of 20th Century theatre that has been performed in more than 40 countries, Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist will enjoy an area staging at Augustana College April 12 through 15, with director Keenan Odenkirk and his cast exploring this revered work in which, according to the New York Times, “political corruption and the oafishness of officialdom are ridiculed with wit and incivility.”

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