No Joy, April 8

Fronted by guitarist/vocalists and founding members Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd, the acclaimed alternative rockers of No Joy play a Daytrotter concert on April 8, the band's sound described by the New York Times as “a tingling, immersive experience,” and the musicians' talents inspiring Fader to state, “They know how to write a gorgeous song.”

On April 5, the Figge Art Museum will present a pair of special evening events exploring the principle of “collective action” – how individual energies can be united toward common goals – in the venue's 6 p.m. Scholar Talk with the University of Iowa's Dr. Ali Hanan, and, at 6:45 p.m., a performance by the touring student artists of the university troupe Dancers in Motion.

For the final presentations in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 Masterworks season, conductor Mark Russell Smith and his gifted musicians celebrate legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Masterworks VI: Postcards from Russia, a pair of April 7 and 8 concerts featuring showcase performances by 2017's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Medalist Daniel Hsu.

Connections between humanity, sustenance, and art will be explored in a March 29 “Thursdays at the Figge” presentation, with the University of South Dakota's Dr. Lauren Freese speaking on “Exploring the Visual Culture of Grains: Selections from Boiled, Baked, & Brewed,” an event held in conjunction with the University of Iowa Museum of Art exhibition on current display at the Figge.

For the third mainstage production in its 2017-18 season, Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, from March 28 through May 12, will present the sixth presentation in a hugely successful musical-comedy series – The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up, O Men!, a follow-up to the Minnesota-set smash that, according to TwinCities.com, boasts “plenty of physical comedy” and “a lot of charm and humor.”

Kansas, April 4

Appearing locally in the musicians' “Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour,” the legendary progressive rockers of Kansas take the Adler Theatre stage in an eagerly awaited April 4 event, filling the venue with selections from the group's multi-platinum-selling albums that include the iconic “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”

Unexpected, dark, and even horrific sides of Scott County history are currently being explored in a newly released book, and on March 29, Eastern Iowa author John Brassard Jr. will visit the LeClaire Community Library, telling real-life tales from his historical offering Murder & Mayhem in Scott County, Iowa.

Praised by Pitchfork.com for her “raw, striking vulnerability” and by the New York Times for her “plantive, slender voice” with “not a hint of timidity in it,” singer/songwriter and guitarist Kristine Leschper brings her four-piece indie-folk outfit Mothers to Davenport for an April 1 Moeller Nights concert, sharing songs that led ConsequenceOfSound.net to rave of Leschper, “Her words are both what break you and what heal you.”

Allies, enemies, and the United States' rapidly shifting standing on the global stage will be explored in the latest presentation by the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities (WACQC), with internationally noted speaker and author Dr. J. Martin Rochester visiting Davenport's St. Ambrose University for the March 27 lecture “Gulliver's Travails: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Globalization & Global Disorder.”

With Music Taster's Choice calling him “one of the top 10 guitarists in the world,” the acclaimed blues rocker Anthony Gomes performs a special Easter Eve set at Davenport's Redstone Room, sharing the talents that led BluesWax to name him its 2003 Artist of the Year and inspired B.B. King to famously ask, “Where did that voice come from?”

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