• John Deere Classic, June 29 through July 3

    Designed to bring some serious swing into the summer, the John Deere Classic returns to Silvis' TPC at Deere Run from June 29 through July 3, with this professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour taking place two weeks before the Open Championship for the first time in its 50-year history.

  • “An Evening with Michelle Zauner,” June 30

    A gifted musician and noted author discusses her music career and beloved bestseller Crying in H Mart: A Memoir when the Rock Island Public Library presents An Evening with Michelle Zauner, a virtual June 30 program that allows participants an audience with the talented writer and Grammy-nominated singer/guitarist who creates blazing indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast.

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 31 through July 2

    Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action will again present a series of outdoor presentations in the first month of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from May 31 through July 2, will address such topics as commercial fishing, steamboating, the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Hauberg Estate, and the history of Arsenal Island.

  • Red, White, & Boom!, July 3

    Annual explosions of fun followed by literal explosions in the air will be taking place in Davenport's LeClaire Park and Quinlan Court and Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park when the Quad Cities hosts its Fourth of July celebration Red, White, & Boom!, the bi-state July 3 event delivering a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River as well as live music, food and beverage vendors, special presentations, family programming, and more.

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, July 5 through 30

    Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action is again presenting a series of outdoor presentations in the second month of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from July 5 through 30, will address such topics as plastic pollution, native fish and trees, water-treatment operations, and the indigenous peoples of the Quad Cities.

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    2022 Rock Island County Sheriff Primary Election Questionnaire

    The River Cities' Reader asked ccandidates for Rock Island County Sheriff 14 questions covering four topics and invited them to add an additional comment on any topic(s) of their choice. We greatly appreciate each candidate's participation. One of these three candidates will be the Rock Island County Sheriff for the next four years. Here's your chance to learn how each views the office and their role, should they prevail.

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    Crowdsourcing Critical Questions for Rock Island County Primary Candidates

    When I reached out for advice from longtime Illinois political pundit and reporter Rich Miller, he posted my e-mail to his well-traveled blog CapitolFax.com with the title “A little help?” I had asked Rich if he had any ideas, comments, or specific questions he thought we should include in an Illinois state senate and house candidate questionnaire. Within hours, there were dozens of questions from various perspectives posted. All of them are published below and the original blog post is found at CapitolFax.com/2022/05/17/a-little-help-3/.

  • Senator Darren Bailey and House GOP Leader Jim Durkin in June 2020
    Bailey-Backed Candidates Try to Thread the Needle Between Pro-Trumpers and Traditional Republicans

    “We're not the party of Trump,” Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie told an interviewer a couple of months ago. “I'm in the Republican Party and the party of Lincoln. And at the end of the day, the important thing is that we're standing up for ideas and ideals and not a personality. And that is what the Republican Party has been about for decades and what I believe we're going to be going forward.”

  • Irvin Won’t Be the Only One Dumbfounded If Bailey Continues Outpolling Him

    The Illinois Republican Party has successfully avoided being dragged into the hard-right camp at the state level for decades. Those days may be over.

  • Sam Yingling’s PRIDE-ful Freak-Out May Have Cost Him a Nomination

    The state’s political world may have been shocked, but I doubt many in that world were surprised at the level of vitriol in Representative Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake)’s press release last week which claimed he’d been “attacked” by Governor JB Pritzker. Governor Pritzker’s “offense” was endorsing Representative Yingling’s Democratic primary opponent Mary Edly-Allen in the race to replace retiring state Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake).

  • Countryside Community Theatre's “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” June 24 through July 3

    A beloved biblical musical boasting seven Tony Award nominations and a chart-topping U.K. single in “Any Dream Will Do,” the Broadway smash Joseph & the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat, from June 24 through July 3, serves as the summertime spectacular being presented by Eldridge's Countryside Community Theatre, with this theatrical classic the first-ever publicly staged work by the legendary stage team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice.

  • Davenport Junior Theatre's “Imagine That” and 70th-Anniversary Celebration, June 24 through 26

    From June 24 through 26, the area institution devoted to theatre “for kids, by kids” will celebrate its remarkable 70th anniversary not only with free performances of the hour-long fairytale comedy Imagine That, but with an entire Saturday's worth of events, as Davenport Junior Theatre hosts a lawn picnic and dinner, outdoor games, guest speakers, and the long-anticipated opening of the venue's Junior Theatre History Museum. Imagine that!

  • Sweet Sorrow: Genesius Guild's “Romeo & Juliet,” at Lincoln Park through June 26

    Romeo & Juliet is one of William Shakespeare's best-known plays – "most often heard of," I mean, because many don't actually know it.

  • “Lend Me a Tenor,” June 16 through 26

    Lauded by the Hollywood Reporter as “hysterically funny” and BackStage as “an evening full of belly laughs,” playwright Ken Ludwig's Tony Award-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor returns to Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse for a June 16 through 26 engagement, this tireless and hilarious show-biz comedy delivering, according to the Associated Press, “more than enough laughs to keep Ludwig's outlandish story spinning merrily.”

  • “Calendar Girls,” June 22 through 26

    Praised by Broadway World as "a true celebration of female friendship and empowerment," as well as "a joyful and spirited production with a moving backdrop of loss," the empowering musical dramedy Calendar Girls makes its area debut with a June 22 through 26 run at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, this enchanting stage piece based on true events and a beloved 2003 film a work that, according to The Guardian, "suggests the story has now achieved its ideal form."

  • “Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles,” June 26

    In Rock Island's Schwiebert Park on June 26, Davenport's River Music Experience will amass the Quad Cities' creative power for an All Sweat Beatles tribute like never seen before in Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles, with musical performances from more than two dozen area musicians accompanied by performances from AcroYoga Quad Cities’ circus and flow artists and members of Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

  • The Yogev Shetrit Trio, June 26

    Delivering the organization's first Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series event at its new location in Becherer Hall in Bettendorf's Rivermont Collegiate, Polyrhythms presents a June 26 engagement with the internationally acclaimed Yogev Shetrit Trio, an ensemble boasting the noted jazz gists of pianist Moshe Elmakias, bass player Noam Tanzer, and its drumming and composing headliner.

  • Michigander, June 26

    A lauded touring project by singer/songwriter Jason Singer, Michigander plays a June 26 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel in support of the group's 2021 EP Everything Will Be Ok Eventually, a critically lauded work that led The Indy Project to rave, "For fans of well-written and crafted indie pop songs, Michigander is an artist that should be on your radar."

  • Son Volt, June 28

    Touring in support of their most recent album Electro Melodier, which PopMatters lauded as a release that “examines and protests our society and provides words of hope and optimism for making it through tough times," the alternative-rock and -country artists of Son Volt headline at June 28 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, with Pop Matters adding that the band "never stopped making songs to make you think and sing."

  • Charley Crockett, June 30

    Touring in support of his most recent album Lil G.L. Presents: Jukebox Charley, an April release that inspired Saving Country Music to call its creator "an invaluable revivalist patently important to keeping the most potent of roots music expressions alive in the modern context," singer/songwriter Charley Crockett headlines a June 30 concert at East Moline venue the Rust Belt, the musician's discography already boasting 10 studio albums and 27 singles over a mere eight years.

  • 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 23: Discussion of Lightyear and Brian & Charles, plus references to Porky's, the Tom Cruise comedy Losin' In, the ABC sitcom Soap, and other pop-culture touchstones.

  • What's Up, Buzz? Tell Me What's a-Happening!: “Lightyear” and “Brian & Charles”

    Writer/director Angus MacLane's adventure comedy has a built-in safety feature – a shield against irrationally high hopes – that was a lot more charming than I anticipated, because the way the film has been designed, it doesn't have to be the coolest family entertainment of 2022. It just has to suggest the coolest family entertainment of 1995.

  • DNA-OK: “Jurassic World Dominion” and “Hustle”

    This admittedly overlong, overstuffed outing is the most enjoyable Jurassic flick since Jurassic Park and for my money, it provided about the same amount of dopey retro fun as the Tom Cruise smash that most reviewers are turning cartwheels over. At least in this one, we know where they bad guys come from.

  • Bring Back That Lovin' Feeling: “Top Gun: Maverick” and “The Bob's Burgers Movie”

    Our official welcome-back is a rather jolting reminder that time stops for no one – not even Tom Cruise. And had Top Gun: Maverick really embraced that fact, and had its star actually embraced his human fallibility, this corny, retrograde, occasionally quite-entertaining outing might've really been something.

  • Now Playing: Friday, June 24, through Thursday, June 30

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “Urban Exposure: The American City Seen,” June 25 through September 18

    With the exhibition on view in the Davenport venue's Katz Gallery from June 25 through September 18, dozens of modern masterpieces by a wide array of artistic talents will be showcased in Urban Exposure: The American City Seen, a fascinating, thoughtful, and evocative assemblage of works on display at the Figge Art Museum.

  • “It's All Greek to Me: Island Impressions by Robert Zeidler,” through June 30

    For those seeking a change from the traditional landscape of the Quad Cities, Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy will, through June 30, house a representational exhibition of water, sky, volcanic rock, and white structures in It's All Greek to Me: Island Impressions by Robert Zeidler, a collection of never-before-seen works inspired by the artist's recent travels to Greece and the Aegean Sea.

  • “New Photography,” through July 3

    Noted 20th-century photographer Aaron Siskind was quoted as saying, "Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever … . It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” This act of remembering will be on glorious display at the Figge Art Museum through July 3, with the Davenport venue housing works previously unseen in the Quad Cities via the arresting exhibition New Photography.

  • Karen Kurka Jensen, Sally Havlis, and Jim and Philip Bruch Scheller Exhibits, through July 4

    A trio of varied artistic mediums by a quartet of gifted Midwestern artists will be decorating the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery through the fourth of July, with travelers and art lovers alike to delight in the sumi-e paintings of North Liberty, Iowa's Karen Kurka Jensen, the acrylic sculptural paintings of Chicago artist Sally Havlis, and the glass art vessels of Staunton, Illinois' father-and-son team James and Phillip Bruch Scheller.

  • “Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison,” through August 21

    An artistic exploration into the lives of children raised in many different kids of circumstances, the Muscatine Art Center's new exhibition Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison will be on display through August 21, and stands as a revealing series of photos that share the diverse stories of youths living in different countries around the globe.