An American stage drama as powerful, affecting, and deeply relevant today as it was in its 1934 debut, Lillian Hellman's classic The Children's Hour will be produced in Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center December 6 through 9, its tale of clandestine love and small-minded bigotry standing as a haunting reminder of the continued horrors of intolerance.

One of the area's most adored holiday traditions returns to Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 8 and 9 when the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities perform Tchaikovsky's holiday dance classic The Nutcracker, an event boasting new choreography by Artistic Director Courtney Lyon, live musical accompaniment by Orchestra Iowa, and the return of Domingo Rubio, famed for playing the title character in the company's October presentations of Dracula.

Local artisans, a local author, running reindeer, a lot of ugly sweaters, and, of course, appearances by St. Nick are among the guaranteed sights at this year's eagerly anticipated Christmas in LeClaire weekend, with holiday-themed events and family activities scheduled at more than a dozen downtown locales between December 7 and 9.

Last year, YouTube sensation, America's Got Talent quarter-finalist, and violin virtuoso Lindsey Stirling released the chart-topping holiday album Warmer in the Winter. This year, things are going to get a whole lot hotter when Stirling brings her “Wanderland Tour” to Moline's TaxSlayer Center on December 6 – a night with the artist whom Rolling Stone calls “mesmerizing and emotive” and who currently boasts more than 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel.

Recently described by GratefulWeb.com as “the true definition of road warriors, boasting over 20 shows a month,” the eternally touring reggae artists of Jon Wayne & the Pain play a December 6 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, sharing the exhilarating gifts that led ThePier.org to praise their output that “crosses genres with tracks that build from dub loops and explode into powerful party anthems.”

Performing under the direction of Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger and accompanied by pianist Marcia Renaud, two dozen of the area's premier vocalists will blend their skills in December 7 and 8 Christmas with the Quad City Singers concerts at Colona's Lavender Crest Winery, with the seasonal repertoire boasting classic and contemporary arrangements for soloists, specific vocal groupings, and the entire ensemble.

On December 7, Moline's TaxSlayer Center will be providing country-music-star-power squared, as the venue hosts an evening with touring sensations Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch, young country artists who have collectively sold tens of millions of units and have landed a dozen single on the Top 10 of Billboard's Country Airplay charts.

Lauded by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” and by Gramophone as “among the elite of today's classical guitarists,” Grammy winner Jason Vieaux serves as the latest guest in Quad City Arts Visiting Artists series, his December 8 performance at Davenport Central High School demonstrating why the Baltimore Sun called him “a substantially gifted guitarist whose playing revealed equal portions of stylistic elegance and technical polish.”

Performing in a rare Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée concert that actually falls on the month's second Sunday, the acclaimed artists of the Laurence Hobgood Trio take the stage at Davenport's Redstone Room on December 9, a group lauded by the Chicago Tribune for delivering “power without noise, energy without haste, drama without overstatement.”

Lauded by Broadway World as “a stunning new holiday musical” and by The Independent as “a beautiful story” that's “fun for the whole family,” the touring Christmastime production Noël: The Musical brings seasonal messages and beautiful music to Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 2, and with a depth that led The Independent to call it “a feel-good show, but with a storyline touching on the very real issues of homelessness, bullying, loneliness, and the materialism of the holidays.”

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