• Virtual Event: University of Iowa Department of Dance End-of-Semester Performance, May 8

    Dance fans are invited to enjoy an octet of powerfully expressive vignettes on May 7 when the University of Iowa's Department of Dance presents its end-of-semester concert, a virtual version of the school's annual presentation featuring seven graduate and undergraduate students showcasing their choreographic talents and boundless imagination.

  • QCA Today: May 7, 2021

    This feature lists all headlines with links to the articles by date/time published online by Quad Cities-area media outlets and the state-politics sections of the Des Moines Register and the State Journal-Register.  

    Visit QCAToday.com for a variation on this theme with curated-for-local-content, and categorized headlines from expanded sources.  

  • “Faces of the Past,” through June 30

    Hosting an original exhibition displayed in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design, Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center will, through June 30, offer a fascinating exploration into historic portraiture with the homegrown exhibit Faces of the Past.

  • “Sommore & the Queen's Men Pre-Mother's Day Comedy Show,” May 7

    Music, mirth, and loads of laughs will be on hand at the Adler Theatre when the touring production Sommore & the Queen's Men Pre-Mother's Day Comedy Show lands in Davenport on May 7, the event's headliner a frequent BET presence who was one of the four female comedians that co-starred in the legendary The Queens of Comedy tour and subsequent film.

  • Ballet Quad Cities: “For America,” May 6

    Returning to Davenport's Figge Art Museum for a unique live performance held in conjunction with a hugely popular exhibit, the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities deliver original choreography with wide-ranging themes in For America, a May 6 celebration of dance and art specifically inspired by works in the museum's For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design.

  • Does Terry Prince Have Veterans’ Six? Does He Have Their Backs?

    The inspector general’s report on the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs LaSalle Veterans’ Home is a maddening story of incompetence and chaos at every level.

  • Debt, Deficits, and Bill-Backlogs Could Eat through Illinois’ Revenue-Growth like Termites

    The state’s fiscal news of late has been a whole lot better than just about anyone expected. March’s base general-funds revenue grew by $422 million versus a year ago, mainly because of stronger-than-expected receipts of personal and corporate income taxes and sales taxes. That follows a growth of $330 million in February’s receipts. The revenue surge has been so rosy that some have openly wondered whether Governor JB Pritzker was telling the truth last year when he warned voters that failing to approve a graduated-income tax, which would’ve eventually produced $3+ billion a year in new revenues, would result in budget-cuts or higher taxes.

  • Assembly’s Got Talent: Who’s Got the Better Bill? Lori Lightfoot or Rob Martwick?

    Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford really has her work cut out for her if she wants to forge a compromise on an elected Chicago school board.

  • Roby Smith Iowa State Senator District 47 and Bobby Kaufmann Iowa Representative District 73
    Purported Conservatives Refuse to Stop Private Funding of Public Elections in Iowa

    Throughout America, state legislatures are engaged in election reform to secure their states' election integrity by codifying policies, including the prohibition of certain toxic practices that prevailed under an umbrella response to COVID-19, but undermined election processes in varying degrees. Ten states are including the elimination of private funding of public elections, as well as other measures regarding voter identification, signature approval, securing gaps in counting ballots, mostly common-sense measures that would return voter confidence to elections.

  • Without the Illinois House Black Caucus Posting Bills, Pritzker May as Well Go Home

    Since 2006, federal law has capped annual interest-rates on payday loans to active-duty military members at 36 percent. The interest-rate cap was broadened in 2015 to include several more types of personal, unsecured loans. In Illinois, meanwhile, payday loan-borrowers have been subjected to average annual interest-rates of close to 300 percent.

  • “Technical Difficulties: Plays for Online Theatre,” May 7 through 9

    A series of short stage pieces that, according to Dramatists Play Service, “taps in to the delights and frustrations of staying connected,” Scott Community College's springtime production Technical Difficulties: Plays for Online Theatre will be available for streaming May 7 through 9, delivering a sextet of captivating works on the pleasures and perils of communication in the 21st century.

  • “Love's Labour's Lost,” May 7 through 9

    One of William Shakespeare's most delightful yet biting romantic comedies enjoys a springtime outdoor production when students of Carl Sandburg College, from May 7 through 9, present the Bard's Love's Labour's Lost, a much-adored stage work that has also been adapted as an opera, a radio play, and a Kenneth Branagh movie musical.

  • “One Flea Spare,” May 6 through 9

    Winner of the Obie Award for Best Play and named “The Best of Theatre in 1996” by Time magazine, the darkly comic historical drama One Flea Spare will enjoy live public performances at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center May 6 through 9, author Naomi Wallace's critically acclaimed work described by The Guardian as “a tough and transcendent piece of proper grown-up theatre.”

  • Roles in the Hay: “The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 15

    Area theatre is back, and a beloved series is serving up some good ol’ Midwestern wholesomeness in The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. This musical comedy was simply the perfect way for the venue to reopen in the wake of last year’s COVID-19 restrictions, and my husband and I had the privilege of attending Friday’s opening-night performance. It was fabulous.

  • River Cities' Reader Theatre Reviews: July 2000 to the Present

    Reviews by Jeff Ashcraft, Patricia Baugh-Riechers, Audra Beals, Pamela Briggs, Dee Canfield, Kim Eastland, Emily Heninger, Heather Herkelman, Paula Jolly, Victoria Navarro, Mark Ruebling, Mike Schulz, Joy Thompson, Oz Torres, Brent Tubbs, Jill (Pearson) Walsh, and Thom White.

  • The Pork Tornadoes, May 8

    Performing a special live concert at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, the Midwestern pop-rockers of the Pork Tornadoes will deliver an eclectic assortment of hits on May 8, their energetic repertoire ranging from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé all the way to Lizzo, The Killers, Coolio, and Phil Collins.

  • Austin Korth, "Death March x Pestilence"

    Once again, thanks to Bandcamp’s region-based search, I've happened upon an inexplicable pocket of highly technical metal nestled somewhere along the riverbanks of the Mississippi, this time courtesy of Davenport-based shredder Austin Korth. If the material he has here is any indicator, his self-proclaimed quest to "play and record as much music as possible" (as per his Bandcamp bio) shows plenty of promise for idiosyncratic Quad Cities home recording.

  • SLW cc Watt, "Real Manic Time"

    Whoa! Before discovering this gem on Bandcamp, I had no idea that living legend Mike Watt, the bassist and co-guiding force of seminal independent punk progenitors Minutemen and a whole host of other great projects from the '80s and beyond, had a duo with an Iowa-based musician – Iowa City’s jack-of-all-trades songwriter/singer/multi-instrumentalist Samuel Locke Ward (a.k.a. SLW). As you might expect from anything in Watt’s orbit, it rips.

  • William Campbell, "Hunger Ward (Official Film Soundtrack)"

    Perhaps you’ll be surprised to learn that William Campbell, the composer of the film’s spectral, gorgeous soundtrack resides right here in lovely Davenport, Iowa – and that this isn’t even his first film to receive an Academy Award nomination, the first being 2018's Lifeboat. Quad Cities representing!

  • Virtual Concert: The Milk Carton Kids, May 13

    Thursday, May 13, 8 p.m.

    Presented by the Englert Theatre


  • Beaux Arts Spring Fair, May 8 and 9

    Returning for the first time since 2019 and taking place in Davenport's spacious Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, the 2021 Beaux Arts Spring Fair will treat visitors to an outdoor celebration of visual arts and fine crafts on May 8 and 9, with the annual event featuring food, live music, children's activities, and works for sale by nearly 100 artists and Midwestern vendors.

  • Winners and Favorites from Our Spring 2021 Photo Contest

    Many thanks to all who entered the River Cities' Reader’s Spring 2021 Photo Contest for which we received entries in the categories of "Life," "Liberty," and "The Pursuit of Happiness." Here are our winners and favorites. Thanks to all who submitted!

  • Virtual Closing Celebration: “For America,” May 13

    Featuring highlights from the exhibition’s display and museum staffers and community members sharing their favorite program memories, the Figge Art Museum's For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design – which opened on February 20 – will be celebrated in a virtual May 13 event paying tribute to the traveling exhibit's hugely popular, three-month area engagement.

  • “For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design,” through May 16

    With the Figge Art Museum serving as one of only eight stops on the exhibit's national tour, the eagerly anticipated For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design will enjoy a home at the Davenport venue through May 16, showcasing more than 90 works made between 1810 and 2010 by some of the greatest American artists, drawn from the collections of the National Academy of Design in New York.

  • “Young Artists at the Figge,” through May 16

    Always an eagerly awaited series at the Figge Art Museum, the latest incarnation of Young Artists at the Figge will be on display through May 16, with the Davenport venue again celebrating the accomplishments of budding creative talents of local elementary art students whose works will be showcased in six individual exhibits and their accompanying Recognition Days.

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