• Git Hoan Dancers' “People of the Salmon, Tsimshian – Representing Indigenous People of the Pacific Northwest,” April 19

    In a performance showcasing the culture of the Tsimshian Tribe from Metlakatla, Alaska, the Git Hoan Dancers' remarkable stage spectacle People of the Salmon, Tsimshian - Representing Indigenous People of the Pacific Northwest comes to the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on April 19, the ensemble boasting a reputation of high-energy, enthusiastic, and spirit-filled entertainment that thrills and educates thousands of audiences on the rich culture of Tsimshian people throughout the world.

  • Local Author Visit: Shellie Moore Guy, April 20

    In an April 20 program in which she will share her family history and how that history became the basis for her new book, the Quad Cities' esteemed poet, actor, and performance artist Shellie Moore Guy will take part in a special local-author visit at the Rock Island Public Library's Watts-Midtown Branch, treating family audiences to the saga behind her new release The Family Tree.

  • “Breaking Barriers: Walls Throughout History,” through May 5

    Boasting objects of significance from its vast collection, as well as ancient Asian, Middle Eastern, and Roman artifacts on loan from the Putnam Museum, the German American Heritage Center will treat guests to a fascinating historical exploration in Breaking Barriers: Walls Throughout History, the new homegrown exhibition on display in the Davenport venue's first-floor gallery through May 5.

  • “Sweet Treats: German Influence on the QC Candy Industry, through May 19

    With special attention paid to Roddewig Schmidt Candy Company, Velma Chocolates, and other former Quad Cities institutions, Davenport's German American Heritage Center will, through May 19, explore different candy manufacturers in our area in the exhibition Sweet Treats: German Influence on the QC Candy Industry, demonstrating how the Quad Cities were once home to numerous candy manufacturers of German heritage popular both locally and regionally.

  • “Tales from Tails: Storybook Beasts,” through May 28

    Curated by Christine Chandler, curator of Natural Sciences at the Putnam Museum & Science Center, the enthralling exhibition Tales from Tails: Storybook Beasts will be on display at the Davenport venue through May 28, inviting guests to embark on a wild adventure through the world of literature.

  • The Cremains of the Day: “Exit Laughing,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 21

    2013's Exit Laughing is at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, and it is a damn good time. Director Mike Skiles and his cohorts have built an entertaining, satisfying production on the foundation of a solid script.

  • Little Orphan Anya: “Anastasia,” at the Spotlight Theatre through April 21

    Director Aaron Baker-Loo created a memorable musical production – though, admittedly, I found the whole saga more depressing than I remembered. Luckily for the Spotlight, their presentation is also an enchanting spectacle that is more than enough to keep even the youngest viewer interested.

  • Fairytales from the Crypt: “The Secret in the Wings,” at St. Ambrose University through April 21

    I've visited this little theatre, and knew it was in the mainstage's large green room, but o, my brothers and sisters – I'd never seen it like it is now.

  • “The Real Inspector Hound,” April 18 through 21

    Hailed by the New York Times as “a perfect joy” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a timeless farce,” Tony- and Oscar-winning author Tom Stoppard hysterical one-act comedy The Real Inspector Hound enjoys an April 18 through 21 staging in Scott Community College's Black Box Theatre, this theatrical satire also lauded by The Telegraph as a work that "brilliantly nails the clichés of the reviewer's craft."

  • “Herein Lies the Truth,” April 18 through 28

    A wonderfully funny and moving solo performance designed to make audiences question how preconceived notions about disability can blur the truth, writer/actor Aaron Pang's autobiographical Herein Lies the Truth enjoys its world-premiere staging at Iowa City's Riverside Theatre April 18 through 28, its author a University of Iowa MFA nonfiction candidate who will relate the story of how an accident changed the trajectory of his life.

  • Wanees Zarour, April 17 through 20

    Lauded by the Chicago Reader as a talent who "makes meaningful, seamless connections, rigorously integrating disparate styles so they make musical sense," award winning Palestinian-American composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Wanees Zarour will perform three area concerts as the latest guest in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist series, his styles praised for transcending borders and drawing from traditions spanning the entire globe.

  • Brandon Heath, April 18

    His professional accolades including five GMA Dove Awards, two of them earned as "Male Vocalist of the Year," Nashville-based contemporary-Christian musician and singer/songwriter Brandon Heath headlines an April 18 concert event at Davenport's Capitol Theatre, the artist's credits including the chart-topping Leaving Eden and the top-five smashes What If We, Blue Mountain, and No Turning Back.

  • Jake Owen, April 19

    A chart-topping American Country Award and Academy of Country Music Award winner currently touring in support of his 2023 album Loose Cannon, singer/songwriter Jake Owen headlines an April 19 concert event at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, his most recent recording inspiring OutKick to call it "a great reminder that there's nothing better than cracking a cold beer and just cruising through an exceptional country album."

  • Fit for a King, April 19

    Touring in support of their most recent album The Hell We Create that Wall of Sound called "10 tracks of polished metalcore that will keep fans satisfied," the Texas-based Christian rockers of Fit for a King headline an April 19 concert at Davenport's Capitol Theatre, their 2022 recording also inspiring Outburn to state, "This record's outstanding instrumental and atmospheric soundscapes, together with its unquestionable lyrical vulnerability, make it well worth listening to."

  • Songwriter Sessions: David G. Smith, Dave Moore, & Catfish Keith, April 19

    Held as part of the unique concert series held in Davenport's intimate and cozy Redstone Room, the April 19 Songwriter Sessions event will find fans of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Elton John, and other singing/songwriting greats treated to a seated evening of tunes hosted David G. Smith, with additionally winning performances delivered by Dave Moore and Catfish Keith.

  • We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us: “Civil War,” “Arcadian,” “Vanya,” and “Hundreds of Beavers”

    Unbiased journlalists may seem hard to find these days. But as Alex Garland's film reminds us, they're still out there, and they're not the problems – they're the messengers. And you don't shoot the messengers. Except that here, other Americans very much do.

  • Believe Him or Not: “Ripley,” “The First Omen,” “Monkey Man,” “Wicked Little Letters,” and “Problemista”

    Where Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley adaptation was luscious, passionate, and emotional, Steven Zaillian's Ripley is chilly, controlled, and cerebral – an entertainment for the head rather than the heart. But yowza did this thing make my head spin. Not for nothing, but at least once per episode, it also made me laugh my ass off.

  • 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, April 11: After an unanticipated week off (yep, we can blame Mike's car again ...) a lot to get caught up: Discussion of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, In the Land of Saints & Sinners, Netflix's limited series Ripley, The New Omen, Monkey Man, Wicked Little Letters, and Problemista, and previews of Civil War, Arcadian, Sting, and the Last Picture House booking of Hundreds of Beavers. That trailer is amazing.

  • “Mommy,” April 18

    A Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize recipient that was also nominated for prestigious Palme d’Or, and the French Cesar Award winner for Best Foreign Film, French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan's Mommy enjoys a special April 18 screening as part of the Figge Art Museum's Free Film at the Figge series, the drama lauded by the Montreal Gazette as "an ode to the strength of tough working-class single mothers everywhere."

  • Now Playing: Friday, April 12, through Thursday, April 18

    Now playing at area theaters.


  • “Ciccotti, Davis, & Stewart,” through April 22

    With each artist capturing the natural world in abstraction and their works complementing one another through color and texture. a trio of gifted Iowa artists combines their talents in the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery's new exhibition Ciccotti, Davis, & Stewart, a showcase on display through April 22 boasting glass vessels by Art Ciccotti, paintings by Larry Davis, and pastels by Deb Stewart.

  • “Schafer & Rocca,” April 24 through July 1

    New works by a pair of gifted Iowa artisans will be decorating the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery from April 24 through July 1, with thoughtful and arresting pieces in the Schafer & Rocca exhibit showcasing the talents of oil painter John Paul Schafer of Cedar Rapids and wall-sculpture artist Kimberlee Rocca of Solon.

  • Last Chance Exhibition Tour Night: “Peter Xiao: A Room That One Is In (And All Things In It),” April 25

    On April 25, guests of Davenport's Figge Art Museum are invited to enjoy an early "Last Chance" exhibition tour for the venue's popular Peter Xiao: A Room That One Is In (And All Things In It), an installation of arresting paintings by our area's beloved, longtime Augustana College Professor of Art and the college's Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts.

  • “47th Annual High School Art Invitational,” through April 25

    Nearly 200 works by gifted student artists will be on display at Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center through April 25 in the expansive 47th Annual High School Art Invitational, a glorious celebration of local talent featuring the Quad Cities’ most promising artists expressing themselves through paintings, drawings, sculpture, paper, recycled materials, and film.

  • “beyond the boundaries: Paintings of John C. Badger – Abstract Expressionist,” through April 27

    With his works a testament to the belief that there is no distinct beginning, middle, or end when exploring the boundless nature of creativity, a noted painter will be showcased in the Voices Studio exhibition beyond the boundaries: Paintings of John C. Badger – Abstract Expressionist, its housing at the Dubuque venue, through April 27, a retrospective celebration of life, art, and evolution of pieces that defy convention.