• 2024 Celtic Night Out, July 20

    Scottish bagpipe marches and rollicking Irish pub tunes will fill Rock Island’s Riverfront Grille on July 20 as part of the fourth-annual Celtic Night Out, a celebration of heritage sponsored by the Scottish American Society of the Quad Cities, and boasting performances by the Black Hawk Pipes & Drums and the musicians of east/central Iowa's Blame Not the Bard.

  • 2024 Rock Island County Fair, July 16 through 20

    Five days of outdoor fun will be on hand when East Moline's Rock Island Country Fairgrounds hosts the annual Rock Island County Fair July 16 through 20, offering patrons mornings, afternoons, and evenings filled with carnival rides, games, food vendors, animal shows, racing tournaments, 4-H events, live music performances, and exciting happenings scheduled for the nights' grandstand entertainment.

  • Quad-City Times Bix 7, July 27

    Returning to downtown Davenport for its incredible 50th year, the Quad-City Times Bix 7 will again find runners and walkers taking on a seven-mile foot race alongside live bands and cheering crowds, the July 27 event famed for being the largest non-marathon race in the Midwest, having captured the imaginations of thousands upon thousands of enthusiasts from both the United States and countries around the globe.

  • “Quad Cities Beer: A History,” July 28

    Presented on July 28 as the latest program in the German American Heritage Center's popular "Kaffee und Kuchen" series, Quad Cities Beer: A History will find authors Michael McCarty and Kristen DeMarr celebrating the heady heritage of the region, with patrons invited to purchase a copy of their local-history book before or after the event and have it signed by the authors.

  • 2024 Mississippi Valley Fair, July 30 through August 4

    Returning to the area for its incredible 104th year, an eagerly awaited six-day festival boasting games, competitions, vendors, and concert sets by more than two dozen national and local acts returns with the 2024 Mississippi Valley Fair, its July 30 through August 4 engagement at Davenport's Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds boasting, as always, grandstand performances by chart-toppers, multi-platinum sellers, and multiple-award winners.

  • Chicago and the ‘Burbs Keep Eyeballing Each Other Across Their 38th Parallel of Transit Mistrust

    A little-noticed bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate that will generate $300 to $400 million a year for local governments, including $95-127 million for the Regional Transportation Authority. The bill (SB3362) will help capture sales tax revenue from more out of state retailers and in-state retailers who ship to Illinoisans in out-of-state locations.

  • Julian Assange Pleads Guilty to Practicing Journalism
    Julian Assange Pleads Guilty to Journalism

    A global effort by advocates, campaigners, journalists, organizers, and supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pushed President Joe Biden’s administration to finally free Assange.

  •  Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed pipeline route. (Main image courtesy Summit Carbon Solutions; sea
    Iowa Utilities Board Approves Permit for Controversial Summit Pipeline

    The Iowa Utilities Board gave its approval Tuesday June 25, 2024 for the controversial Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline and for the company to use eminent domain to acquire landowners’ property.

    The company hopes to begin construction next year with the goal of making the pipeline operational in 2026. The pipeline, which would be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, would carry liquified carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Iowa and surrounding states to a site in North Dakota, where the company hopes for reconsideration and approval of a previously denied permit.

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    If You Can Kill Your Baby, Why Can’t You Kill Your Germs?

    Two cases are before the Iowa Supreme Court this week – one involving killing babies and the other killing germs.

  • Who Serves Who This Independence Day?
    Who Serves Whom on This Independence Day?

    Nothing supplants our U.S. Constitution – no legislation, no executive order, no judicial ruling, unless we Americans permit such violations.

  • “Charlotte's Web,” July 19 through 28

    With its source material named "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years" by the Children's Literature Association, the stage version of E.B. White's beloved Charlotte's Web enjoys a July 19 through 28 run at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre, this adaptation by playwright Joseph Robinette praised by the Chicago Tribune as a theatre piece that "manages to hit the emotional and humorous high points of the original."

  • Harmony: “Songs for a New World,” at the Black Box Theatre through July 19

    I was overdue for captivating theatre, and on Friday, the Black Box Theatre delivered.

  • City Circle Theatre Company's “Catch Me If You Can,” July 19 through 28

    A Steven Spielberg movie smash becomes a lavish, tuneful, funny, and romantic City Circle Theatre Company presentation in Catch Me If You Can, the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit that runs July 19 through 28 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, and a show that Variety magazine praised for its “swinging orchestrations” and “considerable entertainment value.”

  • Genesius Guild's “Plutus,” July 20 through 28

    Returning for their third consecutive blast of season-ending silliness in Rock Island's Lincoln Park, the Haus of Ruckus duo of Tee Green and Calvin Vo will lend their signature wit – and that of Guild founder Don Wooten – to a new version of the Aristophanes comedy Plutus, its July 20 through 28 run treating patrons to, as Green says, “an example of satire written in ancient Greece that still holds up in 2024. Which is a bummer.”

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivers: “84 Charing Cross Road,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 21

    Dear Quad Cities Theatergoer,

    It may seem strange that I should be writing this letter, the explanation being that 84 Charing Cross Road, now playing at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, is a play that is almost exclusively epistolatory in nature: The story is told through the recitation of letters. The opening-night performance was a charming evening, and in telling you about it, I could think of no better method than through that of a letter.

  • Gin Blossoms, July 19

    Praised by Rolling Stone for "marrying world-weary lyrics with ebullient melodies," the multi-platinum-selling alternative rockers of Gin Blossoms headline a July 19 concert event at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, the band beloved for such top-10 Billboard smashes as "Found Out About You," "Follow You Down," "'Til I Hear from You," and their signature hit "Hey Jealousy."

  • Lucas “Granpa” Abela, July 19

    His legendary live shows described by NME as "crossing the line between music and bloodsport," experimental musician Lucas "Granpa" Abela, who also performs under the stage moniker Justice Yeldham, headlines a July 19 concert event at Rock Island's Roxx-Tox, the New York Times' David Rees describing the artist's live sets by saying, "One moment you hear John Coltrane playing a volcano, the next you hear a string section being squeezed through a toothpaste tube."

  • David Nail, July 19

    Revered for such chart-topping hits as "Let It Rain" (featuring Sarah Buxton) and "Whatever She's Got," country singer/songwriter and guitarist David Nail headlines a July 19 concert event at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, his credits including the lauded studio albums I'm About to Come Alive, The Sound of a Million Dreams, I'm a Fire, and Fighter, as well as the popular EPs 1979 and Uncovered.

  • “Windjammers: Music from the Big Top,” July 20

    A delightful multimedia presentation that includes historic photos and films, as well as music from the golden age of the great tented circuses of the past, the young people's concert event Windjammers: Music From the Big Top enjoys a July 20 morning performance at Davenport's Adler Theatre, with family audiences invited to hear the stories behind the music, and learn how the music complemented the different acts.

  • Sharane Calister, July 20

    Famed for delivering a buzzer-beating performance on NBC's The Voice, where she got to work with Alicia Keys and Adam Levine, powerhouse chanteuse Sharane Calister brings her band and her incredible vocal cops to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room on July 20, the Iowa artist's return engagement sure to wow audiences with her unique blend of R&B, pop, and modern soul stylings.

  • Cage Aggression: “Longlegs” and “Fly Me to the Moon”

    It makes perfect sense that Nicolas Cage would be cast as the titular monster in Longlegs, considering that writer/director Osgood Perkins' horror thriller is like the cinematic equivalent of most Cage performances: deliberately gonzo, weirdly earnest, alternately transfixing and repellent, and, in the end, perhaps trying a bit too hard.

  • Control Freaks: “Kinds of Kindness,” “MaXXXine,” “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,” and “Despicable Me 4”

    A modern-day triptych of parables both ludicrous and resonant, and Yorgos Lanthimos' first project set in the United States, the movie probably won't find Academy Awards in the offing. That hardly matters, though, for a work that delivers this many belly laughs, most of them accompanying dropped jaws, and this much thematic meat to chew on.

  • Stop, Children … What's That Sound?: “A Quiet Place: Day One” and “Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1”

    How disappointing to find the Manhattan populace in this Quiet Place prequel adhering to a silence-is-golden policy within what seems like minutes of the first alien assault, and to find Day One subsequently adhering, essentially, to the same narrative blueprint as before.

  • Mike Schulz with Dave & Darren on Planet 93.9 FM

    Going to the cineplex or staying in and streaming this weekend? Every Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. you can listen to Mike Schulz dish on recent movie releases & talk smack about Hollywood celebs on Planet 93.9 FM with the fabulous Dave & Darren in the Morning team of Dave Levora and Darren Pitra. The morning crew previews upcoming releases, too.

    Or you can check the Reader Web site and listen to their latest conversation by the warm glow of your electronic device. Never miss a pithy comment from these three scintillating pundits again.

    Thursday, June 27: Discussion of The Bikeriders, The Exorcism, and Thelma, and previews of A Quiet Place: Day One, Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1, and a few Netflix titles. The guys are taking next Thursday off, as well as the Thursday after that, so plan on there being muuuuuuch to chat about on July 18th.

  • Now Playing: Friday, July 19, through Thursday, July 25

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • Highlights Tour Night: “Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!”, July 25

    Held in conjunction with the dazzling collection of colorful wonders on display in Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a Highlights Tour of the exhibit on July 25, with a museum docent guiding visitors through the works of a talent who has fascinated people of all ages since 1992, when his first children's-book series I Spy landed on the bookshelves of millions of American households.

  • Scholar Presentation: Dr. Sandra Hindman, “Illuminated Manuscripts,” August 1

    Showcasing exquisite examples of manuscripts from her gallery, Les Enluminures, along with period jewelry, renowned professor, scholar, and gallerist Dr. Sandra Hindman will participate in an August 1 Scholar Presentation at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, providing a rich, historical context for her remarkable artifacts, and delivering an insightful presentation in celebration of the venue's exhibit Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection.

  • “Danyluk & Goodvin,” June 28 through August 9

    Arresting blasts of color and trenchant themes will both be on display at the Quad City Arts Center from June 28 through August 9, with the Rock Island venue, in its summer exhibition Danyluk & Goodvin, treating patrons to the exquisite oil paintings of Chantal Danyluk and screen prints of Kate Goodvin.

  • “Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection,” through August 11

    With Davenport's Figge Art Museum holding a small yet impressive collection of Medieval and early-Renaissance manuscripts from Europe, the Middle East, and India, a selection of 12 of these works will be on view through August 11, as Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection offers a cross-cultural examination of hand-painted book illustrations and typography from the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • “Perkins, Vincent-Arnold, & Weller,” July 3 through August 26

    Arresting shapes, bold designs, and beautiful photographs in both color and black-or-white will be showcased at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery from July 3 through August 26, this latest exhibition featuring works of photography by Brad Perkins and Mark Weller alongside ceramic sculpture by Laura Vincent-Arnold.