• Ballet Quad Cities Resurrects Music of the Holocaust

    A ballet program that promises to be brilliant, bold-as-can-be and possibly precedent-setting will be brought to the Adler Theatre on October 8. Our Will to Live, Ballet Quad Cities’ contribution to the Out of Darkness series (OutOfDarknessQC.com) will present new original choreography by Courtney Lyon and Emily Kate Long celebrating and dramatizing works by Jewish composers who fled the Nazis or tragically died in the camps. [Read Mike Schulz's interview with Ballet Quad Cities' Artistic Director Courtney Lyon at: Ballet Quad Cities' “Our Will to Live,” October 8.]

  • Ballet Quad Cities' “Our Will to Live,” October 8

    With their latest production staged in conjunction with the Quad Cities' area-wide Holocaust-remembrance project “Out of Darkness” (OutOfDarknessQC.com.), the professional dancers of Ballet Quad Cities present a remembrance of their own in Our Will to Live, an original program of dance vignettes boasting music by composers affected by the Holocaust. Taking place at Davenport's Adler Theatre on October 8, the repertoire for this two-act ballet runs the emotional gamut from exhilarating to painful – though the company's artistic director and co-choreographer Courtney Lyon realizes that potential patrons might incorrectly expect a night solely devoted to the latter.

  • “Who Killed Margaret Treese?”, October 9

    An unsolved Iowa murder dating back 75 years will be the fascinating focus of an October 9 presentation at the German American Heritage Center, with local author John Brassard Jr. visiting the Davenport venue to explore the lingering mystery of Who Killed Margaret Treese?

  • “A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward,” October 12

    Hailed by O the Oprah Magazine as "an attentive and precise writer who dazzles with natural and supernatural observations and lyrical details," bestselling author Jesmyn Ward will take part in a virtual conversation hosted by the Rock Island and Moline Public Libraries, her October 12 event treating participants to an audience with the talent lauded by Entertainment Weekly as "one of the most searing and singularly gifted writers working today."

  • SPECTRA Reading Series International Edition: Tunay Őnder amd Chun Sue, October 13

    Presented in a collaboration between the University of Iowa International Writing Program, the German American Heritage Center, the Midwest Writing Center, and Rock Island's Rozz-Tox, the latter venue will host a special International Edition of the Midwest Writing Center's SPECTRA Reading Series on October 13, with the featured guests and readers being native German Tunay Őnder and Chinese native Chun Sue.

  • 2022 Ad Spending for State Supreme Court Candidates a War of Attrition

    The labor-union and trial-lawyer-backed All for Justice independent-expenditure committee has so far reported raising $3.5 million, with, I’m told, at least another $5 million in pledges. The committee’s sole purpose is to back the two Democratic candidates running for the Illinois Supreme Court, Appellate Justice Mary K O’Brien and Judge Elizabeth Rochford. And its spending is finally beginning.

  • Reader 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Concept  Sketch Courtesy,  Ed Newmann
    Iowa Quad Cities' Midterm Election 2022 Candidate Questionnaire

    Publisher Note: The River Cities' Reader has emailed the publicly available emails for all party's candidates in the certain selected Iowa General Election 2022 races, a candidate questionnaire with four topics and eight questions.  That communication is published in part below, along with the complete questionnaire. 

    The Reader will publish all responses in the printed October edition out on the streets October 6, 2022. All the printed responses will also be published online shortly thereafter. 

  • Reader 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Concept  Sketch Courtesy,  Ed Newmann
    Illinois Quad Cities' Midterm Election 2022 Candidate Questionnaire

    Publisher Note: The River Cities' Reader has emailed the publicly available emails for all party's candidates in the certain selected Iowa General Election 2022 races, a candidate questionnaire with four topics and eight questions.  That communication is published in part below, along with the complete questionnaire.  The Reader will publish all responses in the printed October edition out on the streets October 6, 2022. All the printed responses will also be published online shortly thereafter. 

  • People Who Play by Their Own Rules PAC: Dan Proft’s Political Tactics

    Far-right activist Dan Proft has proved time and time again that he is very effective at calling attention to himself and getting under Governor JB Pritzker’s skin in the worst way.

  • Still Image From The Manchurian Candidate Movie Opening Scene
    Masters of Deceit: The Government’s Propaganda of Fear, Mind Control & Brain Warfare

    Worse, this is a government that has become almost indistinguishable from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific experimentations or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain, suffering and servitude on humanity.

  • “Church Basement Ladies,” October 7 through 9

    Based on the beloved Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson book Growing Up Lutheran and an ever-popular stage entertainment for more than 15 years, Church Basement Ladies serves as the 27th fundraising production presented by Muscatine's New Era Dinner Theater, its October 7 through 9 run sure to demonstrate why Broadway World called the experience “a completely fun evening” that's “really, really funny.”

  • Dog Daze: ”Sylvia,” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through October 9

    If you were to tell me a marriage could teeter on the brink of destruction simply due to the addition of a dog … I’d have countered that no one would let canine conflict get that far. Only that’s exactly what happens in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's production of Sylvia, written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Kathy Graham. Friday’s performance ultimately left me feeling like I am killing it with marriage, as both my husband and I agree on our position on getting a dog: While they’re great, dog ownership simply isn’t for us.

  • Flop Suite: “The Producers,” at the Spotlight Theatre through October 9

    On Saturday night, I had the great pleasure of introducing a friend to The Producers. Her only prior knowledge of the show was me incessantly singing “Springtime for Hitler” at her and my assurances that the musical was funny. And director and Spotlight Theatre co-owner owner Brent Tubbs and his talented cast of 29 held up their end of the bargain, offering a virtual – and visual – smorgasbord of humor.

  • Foley Committed: “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 9

    Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre is currently presenting Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry – another production canceled due to COVID, then rescheduled, with most of the original cast intact. It's a tasty helping of suspense and murder, with a sprinkling of humor.

  • “Defending the Caveman,” September 29 through October 9

    Hailed by the Chicago Sun-Times as an "outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap,” the one-man riot Defending the Caveman enjoys a September 92 through October 9 run at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, with author Rob Becker's 1991 work still standing as the longest running solo play in the history of Broadway.

  • Josh Turner, October 6

    A Grammy and Country Music Award nominee who has also earned six statuettes from the Inspirational Country Music Awards, chart-topping country and gospel singer/songwriter Josh Turner headlines an eagerly awaited October 6 concert at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, the artist famed for such number-one singles as “Your Man,” “Would You Go with Me,” and “Why Don't We Just Dance.”

  • “Believe: The Cher Show,” October 6

    With its celebrated icon portrayed by touring artist and uncanny look- and sound-alike Kara Chandler, Believe: The Cher Show enjoys two performances at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse on October 6, this thrilling musical event a celebration of the superstar whose achievements include a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, and recognition from the Kennedy Center Honors and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

  • The Reminders, October 6 and 8

    Delivering a unique blend of hip hop, soul, roots, and folk music, vocalists Big Samir and Aja Black will be rapping and singing (with some of their lyrics in French) on October 6 and 8 as the gifted forces behind The Reminders, concert events in which the artists will speak about their life experiences and use music as a form of soulful expression as the latest guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series.

  • SUSTO, October 6

    With their most recent album Time in the Sun lauded by NPR as "a deeply reflective and personal record" and by Americana UK as "a thoroughly joyful, enchanting, and sometimes psychedelic listen," the indie rockers of SUSTO headline an October 6 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, the musicians' 2021 recording also praised by No Depression as a work that "exemplifies SUSTO’s versatility" by “successfully hybridizing elements of the folk, rock, pop, and Americana songbooks."

  • ONO, October 7

    Led by core members vocalist travis and multi-instrumentalist P. Michael, the musical collaborators of ONO headline an October 7 concert event at Davenport's Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, the group – still performing 42 years after its inception – offering a unique combination of experimental noise and industrial music with gospel and spoken-word performance.

Art

  • Figge Member Reception and Public Artist Talk: Caroline Kent, October 6

    On October 6, both Figge Art Museum members and the general public are invited to celebrate the work of a gifted, Chicago-based artist during a Member Reception and Artist Talk with Caroline Kent, whose new installation An Improvisation of Form transforms the Davenport venue's Katz Gallery into an immersive exhibition of paintings, site specific interventions, and sculptures, surrounding visitors in a unique synthesis of language and abstract forms.

  • Peter Xiao's “Thingamajigs & Right-Facing Nudes,” October 7 through 30

    The talents of one of the area's most respected and educators will be on display at Rozz-Tox from October 7 through 30 when the Rock Island venue houses Peter Xiao's Thingamajigs & Right-Facing Nudes, a collection of new works by the gifted painter who has also taught drawing and painting at Rock Island's Augustana College since 1989.

  • Jennifer Lynn Bates and John Nelson Exhibits, through October 7

    Evocative works by a pair of gifted central-Illinois artists will have their talents showcased at the Quad City Arts Center through October 7, with the Rock Island venue housing beautiful color-field paintings by John Nelson of Quincy, as well as arresting mixed-media portrait paintings in the Dictators & Dreamers exhibition by Jennifer Lynn Bates.

  • “When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears,” through October 14

    A collection of evocative drawings by a gifted area artist, musician, and frequent contributor to the River Cities' Reader, the exhibition When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears will be on display in Black Hawk College's ArtSpace Gallery through October 14, the works showcasing the talents and vision of former Augustana College instructor and University of Iowa alumnus Bruce Walters.

  • “Captivated by Japan: Laura Musser McColm & Her Era” and Sean Fitzgibbon Exhibits, through October 23

    Visitors to the Muscatine Art Center can explore two very different stories from Muscatine’s past through October 23, with the venue's main floor hosting Captivated by Japan: Laura Musser McColm & Her Era, and the Stanley Gallery's middle floor housing a series of graphic illustrations by Sean Fitzgibbon.