Numerous works by Augustana College professor Xiao, many never before shown to the public, will be on display in a new exhibition partly inspired by an 18th Century Samuel Johnson quote: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor widsom, in the grave, wither thou goest.”

Drawn from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and co-organized by New York's Museum of Biblical Art and Virginia's Art Services International, the Figge's latest exhibition boasts 56 objects ranging from paintings to silver candlesticks to bishop’s chairs, made in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies of the Americas from the late-17th to the early-19th Centuries.

Images by Sara Slee Brown that take viewers one step out of reality will be displayed from October 13 through November 25, allowing MidCoast Gallery at Bucktown visitors a wholly original perspective on diners, phone booths, and other seemingly blasé elements of daily life.

Described by comedian, podcast host, and New York Times bestselling author Marc Maron as “a gonzo warrior” and “one of the great American wild men,” standup comedian Kreischer makes a stop at Augustana prior to a fall tour that will find him traveling the country from Irvine, California, to Tampa, Florida.

For the season-opening production in the company's fourteenth year, the verse-theatre troupe the Prenzie Players will, from October 13 through 21, present its first staging of William Shakespeare's classic comedy All's Well That Ends Well – also the first Quad Cities staging of the play in more than a quarter-century.

Produced in its first area staging since 1990, playwright Jean Giradoux's legendary The Madwoman of Chaillot will open Augustana's 2017-18 mainstage season on October 13, with director Jeff Coussens' elaborate production of the French comic fable boasting no less than 28 student actors.

Sunday, October 15, 6 p.m.

The Redstone Room, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA

Themed “The Many Voices of Vibes,” the latest concert in Polyrhythms' monthly “Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series” will be headlined by vibraphonist and Knox College professor Malley and her ensemble, with local musician and Black Hawk College professor Crockett performing as the quintet's trumpet player.

Performing a Moeller Nights concert a mere 11 days after the release of the band's fourth album Companion, the musicians of Humming House will showcase the roots-rock and bluegrass talents that led to praise the group's “beautifully honest” vocals and instrumentation delivered with “a bold approach and brazen feeling.”

Having previously recorded Daytrotter sessions in 2011 and 2012, Seattle-based singer/songwriter Shenandoah Davis returns to the Quad Cities for an intimate concert at Rozz-Tox, showcasing not only her acclaimed indie-pop vocals, but piano skills lauded by Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller: “It's like a flock of peacocks are spreading their wings right out there in the middle of an Independence Day fireworks celebration's grand finale.”

Composed of the same quartet that co-founded the group more than 10 years ago, The Menzingers will play RIBCO on October 12 in support of the punk rockers' latest LP After the Party, a February release that called “not only the band's strongest album lyrically, but their most upbeat, fun, and catchy record yet.”