Appearing in an event jointly sponsored by the Doctor of Business Administration Progam, Communication Department, Communication Center, College of Arts and Sciences, and Advancement and Alumni Engagement, international journalist and St. Ambrose alumnus Contreras will deliver a lecture as part of the school's Academic Project Series “Faces of Globalization.”

One of author Neil LaBute's most critically acclaimed yet controversial dark comedies makes its area debut with a two-performance run at Playcrafters – the third production in theatre's recently initiated “Barn Owl Series” of challenging and decidedly adult-themed presentations.

Performing in support of the band's ninth album After You've Gone, released just last month, the rockabilly, blues, and Southern Gothic musicians of the Legendary Shack Shakers will be making their first appearance at RIBCO since November of last year.

Twenty-four unique, artistically enhanced bodices are currently being showcased in Quad Cities galleries, venues, and businesses, and on September 23, these hand-crafted works will be auctioned off in a special event designed to raise funds for the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative.

With the Phoenix Blues Society labeling her “one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while,” Davina Lozier and her band of Vagabonds returns to Davenport's Redstone Room in a concert held in advance of the band's fall-tour stops between Jacksonville, Florida, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What do pretzel-necklaces, comedy, hops, cheese-tasting-areas, free Uber rides home, and usually the best weather all year round all have in common?

An annual outdoor celebration presented by the Celtic Cultures Alliance of the Quad Cities, this year's Celtic Festival & Highland Games will again boast dozens of demonstrations, exhibits, family activities, cultural workshops, and contests covering everything from dancing to feats of strength, with live music provided by more than a dozen national and local acts.

Credited for reviving the European genre of “Country and Irish” – an Irish musical form that blends North American country stylings with Celtic influences – Carter, at age 27, has released nine studio albums and three live albums to date, five of which reached number-one on the Irish Albums Chart.

Described by Downbeat magazine as “charismatic and immensely talented” and called a “jazz innovator” by Billboard, singer/saxophonist/composer Kelly not only headlines Polyrhythms' monthly “Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series” on September 17, but appears locally as the first scheduled performer in Quad City Arts' 2017-18 Visiting Artist Series.

Quality artworks by dozens of regional and national artists, children's art activities, a wine tasting, gourmet food, live music with the Barley House Band, and more will be on tap for the 30th-annual art festival hosted by MidCoast Fine Arts, with local artist Jeanne O'Melia this year's recipient of the Harley Award recognizing special contributions made to the area's visual-art landscape.