• “Saying Yes to Your Story: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander,” February 8

    On February 8, the Rock Island Public Library, Moline Public Library, and Illinois Libraries Present will host a special virtual program in which participants will learn how to harness the power of words and storytelling for change, with the award-winning author of 36 books author taking part live in Saying Yes to Your Story: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander.

  • Ballet Quad Cities' “Love Stories,” February 10 and 11

    With the professional company's annual, yet all-new, presentation of Love Stories being staged at Davenport's Outing Club on February 10 and 11 – audiences for the 2023 edition will be treated to a little bit of everything: classical dance, modern dance, lyrical dance; Bach, Debussy, Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet. But while the performances come with either a served dinner or desserts available for purchase, Artistic Director Courtney Lyon has has another food reference for what patrons can expect: “It's kind of like a buffet,” she says. “You get to try to a lot of different things.”

  • “Sol Butler: The Greatest Athlete You've Never Heard of,” February 11

    A track-and-field Olympian who was also an NFL player who was also a 1915 graduate of Rock Island High School will be celebrated on February 11 in Sol Butler: The Greatest Athlete You've Never Heard of, a Rock Island Public Library presentation by local author David Sebben on the Quad Citian who played for the Rock Island Independents football team and competed in the long jump in the 1920 Olympic games.

  • “Birth of the Computer: The John Atanasoff Story,” February 23

    With the focus of its celebration a 1990 recipient of the United States National Medal of Technology – the highest national honor conferred for achievements related to technological progress – the February 23 program Birth of the Computer: The John Atanasoff Story will be held in Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall, offering attendees insight into the inventor of the electronic digital computer and his reported ties to the Quad Cities area.

  • “The White Rose: The Student Resistance Against Hitler, Munich 1942-1943,” through February 26

    A fascinating exhibition commemorating the bravery and integrity of a group of students in the face of political evil and popular indifference, The White Rose: The Student Resistance Against Hitler, Munich 1942-1943 will be on display at Davenport's German American Heritage Center through February 26, the informative and thought-provoking touring exhibit on loan from the White Rose Foundation in Munich, Germany.

  • Tom DeVore Shows Us How to Net $42K in One Measly Campaign

    State records show that Dan Proft’s People Who Play by the Rules PAC spent almost $36 million during the second half of 2022, mostly on advertising boosting Senator Darren Bailey’s gubernatorial bid and opposing Governor JB Pritzker. Of that, $2.4 million was spent on consulting. Former ABC7 political reporter Charles Thomas was paid $100,000 in two $50,000 installments. Thomas appeared in some of Proft’s ads praising Bailey.

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    Who Knew About These Firsts?

    Publisher Todd McGreevy recounts the highlights and content of the River Cities' Reader's February 2023 printed edtion, as well as links to the same stories online herein. Illustration of "Uncle Scam" is by Ed Newmann. 

  • 6th Annual Fake News Awards - The DINOs by CorebettReport.com
    The 6th Annual Fake News Awards

    And now, from an undisclosed location deep beneath the Earth's surface, it's the 6th Annual Fake News Awards! Shining the spotlight of ridicule on the dumbest disinformation, the silliest smears and the most ludicrous lies of the mainstream-media dinosaurs of the past year! Which press-titutes will walk away with a DINO of shame? What mendacious government mouthpiece will commit seppuku after being exposed as a deceiving sack of excrement ? And who will walk away with the greatest dishonor of them all: the Fake News Story of the Year? Find out in this year's exciting Award Show Extravaganza ... .

  • Something really stinks about Operation Warp Speed
    Operation Warp Speed Is Using a CIA-Linked Contractor to Keep COVID-19 Vaccine Contracts Secret

    [Publisher's note: This article was originally published at the Web site The Last American Vagabond on October 6, 2020, and is more relevant than ever today.] $6 billion in COVID-19 vaccine contracts awarded by Operation Warp Speed have been doled out by a secretive government contractor with deep ties to the CIA and DHS, escaping regulatory scrutiny and beyond the reach of FOIA requests.

  • Correction for the “Noble Lies Are No Excuse For Ignoble Acts” Article

    My sincere apologies! In last month's article “Noble Lies Are No Excuse For Ignoble Acts," I carelessly, erroneously reported, “In nearly 100 percent of the cases to date, the punishment is far worse than the crime and severely disproportionate to rulings for far worse bad acts by BLM and Antifa rioters during their rampages just a year prior, where hundreds of police officers died with billions in damages.”

  • Warning Tornado: “Natural Shocks,” at the Black Box Theatre through February 11

    I'm often impressed upon my first glance at the set when I enter the Black Box Theatre: the opulent, creepy one of The Turn of the Screw; the enigmatic jumble of portraits and ripped flags for Assassins; the varying, multiple-locale settings for Little Women: The Musical. (This venue's crews find the most wonderful furniture and set dressing, too.) However, the set for playwright Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks, the Black Box's current production, blows them all away. I think I actually froze in astonishment.

  • Broken Box Mime Theater, February 7 through 9

    Performing a rich, funny, and astonishing blend of stagecraft and silent slapstick, the gifted clowns of New York's nationally touring Broken Box Mime Theater will appear as the latest 2023 guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists Series, delivering one full performance and two abbreviated ones – in addition to their numerous presentations for local students – between February 7 and 9.

  • The Acting Company's “Romeo & Juliet,” February 7

    A gripping drama spun from the ancient grudge between two families, and a timeless tale of star-crossed lovers who follow their passions to the ultimate end, William Shakespeare's romantic-tragedy classic Romeo & Juliet will be given a fresh interpretation at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on February 7, when members of the New York-based The Acting Company deliver a stirring touring production proving the Bard's story as relevant to modern society as it was four centuries ago.

  • “Barefoot in the Park,” February 10 through 19

    Opening its eagerly anticipated 2023 season with one of the most hilarious and beloved romantic comedies in theatrical history, Neil Simon's timeless Barefoot in the Park enjoys a February 10 through 19 run at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre, this Tony-winning stage sensation – and inspiration for the Robert Redford/Jane Fonda movie – lauded by Life magazine as nothing less than “one of the funniest comedies ever.”

  • “The Wind in the Willows,” February 11 through 19

    A literary classic adapted for the stage by a remarkable trio of professional talents, author Kenneth Grahame's beloved The Wind in the Willows enjoys a student-performed rendition at Davenport Junior Theatre from February 11 to 19, its creators including the Olivier Award-winning Mary Poppins team of composer/lyricists George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and its book writer Julian Fellowes, the Academy Award and Emmy winner responsible for Gosford Park and Downton Abbey.

  • The Judds: The Final Tour, February 10

    Embarking on a special national tour honoring the life and legacy of her late mother Naomi, Wynonna Judd performs alongside special guests Martina McBride and Little Big Town in The Judds: The Final Tour, the avidly awaited February 10 event at Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK designed to celebrate one of the most successful acts in country-music history.

  • Rookie of the Year, February 10

    Touring in support of a forthcoming album in a concert co-presented by River+City Collective, the indie rockers of Rookie of the Year headline a February 10 concert at the Rock Island Brewing Company, the group's credits including top-10 placement on the Billboard charts and popular music videos ranging from 2007's “Liars & Butterflies” to 2018's “Empty House.”

  • The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, February 10

    Nearly 30 years after his passing, pianist and bandleader William James "Count" Basie is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz, and on February 10, his spirit will be reignited at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center, with director Scotty Barnart's the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra performing alongside guest vocalist Carmen Bradford.

  • Grand Funk Railroad, February 11

    The evening of February 11 is sure to be “Some Kind of Wonderful” at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center as the Davenport venue hosts a night with Grand Funk Railroad, with the chart-topping, platinum-selling rockers currently celebrating their 53rd year of professional performance and a discography that boasts 13 studio album, four live albums, a dozen compilation albums, and more than two dozen singles.

  • “Up Close with ATLYS,” February 11 and 12

    Composed of Jinty McTavish on violin, Rita Andrade on viola, Genevieve Tabby on cello, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's own Sabrina Tabby also on violin, a lauded crossover string quartet with share their gifts in Up Close with ATLYS, their February 11 and 12 area performances demonstrating why the group has been lauded for their passionate and dynamic sound and mesmerizing, interactive concert experiences.

  • Jersey Girls: “80 for Brady,” “Knock at the Cabin,” and “The Amazing Maurice”

    Among the quartet of living legends who star in 80 for Brady, Jane Fonda plays a romance-hungry author of steamy, football-themed fan fiction. Director Kyle Marvin's buddy comedy could hardly be called steamy, but it, too, is football-themed fan fiction, and about as winning as movies of its type ever get.

  • 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, February 2: Discussion of Infinity Pool, Women Talking, Living, and To Leslie.

  • “The Ground Between Us,” February 12

    Screening at Augustana College on February 12 and ailed by Video Librarian as "an amazing documentary that comes with interesting images and striking sound bites," The Ground Between Us serves as the fourth presentation in River Action's annual QC Environmental Film Series , the work lauded by ArtsFuse as a "timely new documentary casts an ambitious wide-screen, full-color gaze on public lands in America."

  • Talking, Living, Drinking, Dying: “Women Talking,” “Living,” “To Leslie,” and “Infinity Pool”

    The January 24 reveal of this year's Oscar nominees brought with it the usual amount of pleasures, disappointments, and surprises, as well as our annual reminder that not every movie voters get to see is one Quad Citians have been able to see. Two of the stragglers, however, managed to secure local releases this past weekend. Another contender has been available for rental and purchase for weeks, but found itself as perhaps the title that Academy Awards completists wanted/needed to catch up with above all others.

  • Now Playing: Friday, February 3, through Thursday, February 9

    Now playing at area theaters.


  • “Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960,” February 11 through May 7

    On view to Figge Art Museum members on February 11 and 12 and to the general public from February 14 through May 7, the touring exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 will be on view in the Davenport venue's third- and fourth-floor galleries, and boasts 64 fully accessorized ensembles comprised of more than 480 historic objects.

  • “Caroline Kent: An Improvisation of Form,” through February 12

    With the exhibit on display through February 12, the Figge Art Museum welcomes guests to view the talents of a Chicago-based artist in Caroline Kent: An Improvisation of Form, an installation that will transform 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.

  • “Bowden, Moyer, & Smith,” through February 28

    Fascinating, colorful, and occasionally very tall works by a trio of Midwestern artists are currently on display at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with the Moline airport, through February 28, hosting Bowden, Moyer, & Smith: a collection of acrylic paintings by James Bowden of Peotone, Illinois, steel sculptures by Matt Moyer of Columbia, Missouri, and mixed-media paintings by Corrine Smith of Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Buried Stories: Miss Ellen Gale (1853-1948) and the Rock Island Public Library

    On November 25, 1872, Rock Island became the first city in Illinois to open a public library. The library was housed in Room 17 of the Post Office Building, located northwest of Second Avenue and 17th Street. The room was rented for $25 a month.

  • “Zaiga Minka Thorson: Storms & Silver Linings,” through May 7

    More than a dozen glorious new works, one of them an installation created specifically for its Davenport venue, by a noted area artist and professor will be showcased in Zaiga Minka Thorson: Storms & Silver Linings, the Figge Art Museum's new exhibit of local talent on display through May 7.