• 2024 Quad City Air Show, June 22 and 23

    A popular summertime weekend event making a welcome return in 2024, the Quad City Air Show roars back above and throughout the Davenport Municipal Airport on June 22 and 23, this exhilarating aerial celebration featuring airborne performances, aerobatic teams, helicopters, squadrons, information booths, vendors, musical entertainment, and much more.

  • 2024 Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival, June 22

    With highlights from the eagerly awaited annual event including free concerts in the park, a Swedish Maypole celebration, a book signing, children's activities, and more, everyone is invited to attend the 2024 Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival on June 22, a family-friendly celebration of this Swedish holiday.

  • 2024 David R. Collins Writers Conference, June 27 through 29

    Authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more will share their talents and help strengthen the talents of others during the Midwest Writing Center's 2023 David R. Collins Writers Conference at Augustana College's Sorensen Hall, a June 27 through 29 celebration of the written word boasting workshops, readings, book pitches, and more, with special events planned at several additional Quad Cities locales.

  • Jimmy Dore, June 28

    A certified YouTube sensation with in excess of one million subscribers and over 600 million views. award-winning comedian, podcaster, and political commentator Jimmy Dore headlines a pair of June 28 standup sets at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, his numerous Comedy Central specials including 2008's Citizen Jimmy, which was named "Best of the Year" by iTunes and Punchline magazine.

  • Planet Funk Con, June 28 through 30

    Live performances, games, tournaments, cosplay competitions, and loads of special guests will be on hand when the Davenport RiverCenter hosts the June 28 through 30 convention Planet Funk Con 2024, a weekend event housing entertainment, presentations, panel discussions, and more for connoisseurs and collectors of all ages.

  • Can Candidate Keeven Score on Legal Principle AND Win the 112th House District Race?

    A state law essentially designed to prevent Republicans from appointing legislative candidates to the ballot after the March primary was ruled unconstitutional by a Sangamon County judge last week, but her ruling only applied to the fourteen Republican plaintiffs in the case who are running for the Illinois House and Senate.

  • The Sheer Unreality of Metra’s Operating Costs Has Blown the Author’s Mind Across the Tracks

    “What was supposed to be a simple storage warehouse for the Metra transit agency has now buried the nation's fourth-busiest commuter rail system in a sinking money pit, the ABC7 I-Team has learned.” The Chicago broadcast station’s scoop last week is an almost perfect encapsulation of why northeastern Illinois’ mass-transit fiefdoms need to be busted and reformed.

  • Speaker Chris Welch’s Early-Morning Victory Proves State Politics Isn’t Bean-Bag - It’s Blood-Sport

    Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch gave added meaning to the phrase “winning ugly” during last Wednesday’s early-morning hours. I’ve never seen anything like it, so let’s take a look. House members were told to be in their seats by noon on Tuesday after the Senate had easily passed the entire budget package on Sunday.

  • Issue 1022 June 2024 Ed Newmann Cartoon - Secret Emergency Powers
    Do You Support a WHO Coup?: All Eyes on the World Health Assembly: May 27 - June 1, 2024

    The World Health Organization's (WHO's) attempted global coup is mere days away. If you ever thought of calling your legislators, now would be an ideal time to express your objection to assigning emergency management to a foreign entity. For everyone's sake, leave politics out of it.

  • Kill Bill: Proof Like No Other That Fortune Was Not Smiling on Alexi Giannoulias

    I’m not sure I’ve seen a stranger roll-call than last week’s House vote on Senate Bill 2978. The data privacy bill is an initiative of Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, and he was on the House floor during the debate. The far-right ginned up social-media opposition to the bill by claiming that it would allow non-citizens to vote. More than 1,400 electronic witness slips have so far been filed in opposition.

  • Opera Quad Cities' “La Bohème,” June 21 and 23

    Delivering the unforgettable story of two young, bohemian lovers in Paris, and serving as the basis for the Broadway sensation Rent, composer Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece La Bohème enjoys June 21 and 23 performances at the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center, with the talents of Opera Quad Cities bringing to life this deeply romantic, ultimately heartbreaking stage classic.

  • Genesius Guild's “Julius Caesar,” June 22 through 30

    For the classical-theatre company's second Lincoln Park production of 2024, Genesius Guild will stage of one William Shakespeare's most timeless historical tragedies with the June 22 through 30 staging of Julius Caesar, a thrilling tale of power struggles famed for such immortal Bard-ian lines as “Beware the ides of March," “Friends, Romans, countrymen ...", and “Et tu, Brute?”

  • Tween Titan: “Bad Seed” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through June 23

    Directed by Patti Flaherty, the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Bad Seed is a thriller in the vein of Stephen King that features strong performances and enough chills to combat the hot summer air. It’s also a fun night out for those looking for something different than your standard theatrical fare.

  • Four Scored, and 68 Years Ago: “Million Dollar Quartet,” at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 23

    Director Courtney Crouse and music director Sabin Fisher, along with their cast, crew, and production staff, have crafted an extraordinarily entertaining production bursting with high-level musicianship, engaging acting, and visual verve, telling of a legendary studio session involving Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • Bringing Home the Bacon: “Footloose,” at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 23

    Mischa: Overall, director James Beaudry's Footloose was very solid, and if you like the movie, you're pretty much guaranteed to love this.

    Kitty: To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the movie, and I really liked Friday's show.

  • Vandoliers, June 20

    Touring in support of their fourth full-length recording, a self0titled release that The Musical Divide called "the kind of tight, fun album that's easy to enjoy" as well as "their best album yet," the alternative-country and cowpunk musicians of Vandoliers headline a June 20 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, with 2022's Vandoliers also inspiring Holler Country to deem the group "a band of remarkable agility."

  • Drake White, June 21

    Acclaimed by Taste of Country as "a natural storyteller" who is "capable of reaching every single fan without pulling a muscle," country singer/songwriter and Billboard sensation Drake White headlines a June 21 concert at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, the musician an inclusion among Rolling Stone’s "10 Country Artists You Need to Know" and the recipient of the British CMA Awards’ citation for International Song of the Year.

  • Rob Leines, June 21

    With his most recent album Blood, Sweat, & Beers lauded by Saving Country Music as "fun and raucous Southern-fried music meant to be listened to loud," outlaw-country and Southern-rock singer/songwriter Rob Leines headlines a June 21 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, Saving Country Music adding that his 2021 recording "may not help you solve the meaning of life, but it sure will make life a lot more entertaining."

  • Emily Elgin, June 22

    An up-and-coming country-music sensation lauded by CanvasRebel as "brilliant and insightful," Emily Elgin headlines a June 22 engagement at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, her concert in the venue's Country Vibes Series sure to include her hits "Tuesday" and "Should've Been Raining," as well as favorites from her 2019 debut EP This Woman.

  • Gasoline Lollipops, June 22

    Touring in support of their 2022 album Nightmares that The Sound Advocate praised for its blend of "an open, acoustically-based sound with ferocious, eclectic playing," the the indie rockers of Gasoline Lollipops headline a June 22 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the group also lauded by New Noise magazine for delivering "a powerful mix of Americana, outlaw country, and just enough punk-rock swagger to appeal to those who won’t admit to liking those other two genres."

  • The Life of Riley: “Inside Out 2,” “Treasure,” “Tuesday,” “The Blue Angels,” and “Brats”

    Easily Pixar's most satisfying entertainment of the decade, it's imaginative, thoughtful, and touching, and if nothing here rips your heart out in the manner of Bing Bong (thank God), you might find yourself laughing even harder than you did during the 2015 classic. The original had almost everything, but it didn't have a French-accented emotion named Ennui, nor a riotous 2D dog and his ambulatory fanny pack.

  • 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 13: Discussion of Hit Man, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, and The Watchers; previews of Inside Out 2, Tuesday, Treasure, Brats, and The Blue Angels; and tales from Dave's and Darren's aerial adventures at the Quad City Air Show. One of them may have gotten a tad nauseous.

  • The Natty Professor: “Hit Man,” “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” and “The Watchers”

    While I long ago stopped being surprised by Richard Linklater's ability to pull off the wildly improbable, if not seemingly impossible, it wasn't until his new-to-Netflix Hit Man that I imagined Linklater capable of a first-rate blend of Double Indemnity, Crimes & Misdemeanors, and Tootsie. I didn't think anyone was capable of that.

  • “The Way He Looks,” June 23

    Presented as the third of four Pride Month events in the Figge Art Museum's Free Film at the Figge series, writer/director Daniel Ribeiro's 2014 coming-of-age romance The Way He Looks enjoys a June 23 screening in the Davenport venue's John Deere Auditorium, the Brazilian release currently enjoying a 93-percent appropval rating on Rotten Tomaoes, where the critical consensus reads: "Compassionate, emotionally detailed, and populated with resonant characters, The Way He Looks leaves a warmth that lingers."

  • Now Playing: Friday, June 21, through Thursday, June 27

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “Reckonings & Reconstructions: Southern Photography from The Do Good Fund,” June 15 through September 8

    Representing a survey of the magnificent art and artists within the vast collection of the Do Good Fund, a public charity based in Columbus, Georgia, the traveling exhibition Reckonings & Reconstructions: Southern Photography from The Do Good Fund will be on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum from June 15 through September 8, its local display also thanks to supporting sponsor The Brian Pasierb Family Foundation, contributing sponsor Carolyn Levine & Leonard Kallio Trust, and media sponsor KLJB FOX 18.

  • Last Chance Tour Night: “History in the Painting,” June 20

    Offering patrons the opportunity to view a series of breathtaking works before the exhibit's closing, the Figge Art Museum's "Last Chance Tour Night" on June 20 will find art lovers meeting in the Figge's Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby for viewings of The Warner Foundation Collection: History in the Painting, an exhibition boasting the talents of revered American artists including Thomas Cole, Severin Roesen, Albert Bierstadt, and John Frederick Kensett.

  • “Brown, Murtha, & Vogel,” through June 21

    With their artistic creations elevating “those who have come before” whether in their subject matter, their artform’s technique, or even the way in which they speak about their work, a trio of gifted talents join forces for the latest exhibition at Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center, the venue's Brown, Murtha, & Vogel exhibition, on display through June 21, treating patrons to paintings by Julie Brown, quilts by Diane Murtha, and fiber art by Jeane Vogel.

  • 2024 Quad Cities Chalk Art Fest, June 22 and 23

    With the eagerly anticipated weekend event hosted by Rock Island's Quad City Arts and taking place for the eighth time, glorious colors and imaginative designs will be gracing the pavement of Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park in the Quad Cities Chalk Art Fest, a June 22 and 23 summertime fixture boasting free admission, beautiful artistic creations, live music, children's activities, food and drink vendors, and more than $1,800 in cash prizes.

  • “Peter Xiao: A Room That One Is In (And All Things In It),” through June 23

    A beloved, longtime Augustana College Professor of Art and the college's Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts who is also a gifted, prolific artist in his own right, Peter T. Xiao enjoys his first solo exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in the venue's A Room That One Is In (And All Things In It), an installation of recent paintings on display through June 23.