• 2021 Mississippi Valley Fair, August 3 through 8

    Following an unanticipated year off, the eagerly awaited six-day festival boasting games, competitions, vendors, and concert sets by more than two dozen national and local acts returns with the 2021 Mississippi Valley Fair, its August 3 through 8 engagement at Davenport's Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds boasting grandstand performances by chart-toppers, multi-platinum sellers, and multiple-award winners.

  • QCA Today: August 3, 2021

    This feature lists all headlines with links to the articles by date/time published online by Quad Cities-area media outlets and the state-politics sections of the Des Moines Register and the State Journal-Register.  

    Visit QCAToday.com for a variation on this theme with curated-for-local-content, and categorized headlines from expanded sources.  

  • Virtual Author Visit: Madeleine Henry, August 3

    On August 3, in a live meeting of the Moline Public Library's Pageturners Book Club, acclaimed novelist Madeline Henry will appear in a special virtual author's visit to discuss her 2021 novel The Love Proof, a work that inspired noted The Lies That Bind author Emily Griffin to call the book a “captivating, heartfelt, and utterly unique tale.”

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, August 3 through September 4

    Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action concludes its series of 2021 outdoor presentations in the final month of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, weekly programs that, from August 3 through September 4, will address such topics as early Civil War history, Mississippi River flood levels, the history of Campbell's Island, and iconic musicians Bix Beiderbecke and Louie Bellson.

  • 2021 Great River Tug Fest, August 12 through 14

    From August 12 through 14, an eagerly awaited summertime tradition finally returns both on and in between the LeClaire and Port Byron Levees, as the 2021 Great River Tug Fest delivers outdoor family fun with carnival attractions, live music, arts and crafts vendors, fireworks displays, and the hotly anticipated tug-of-war over the Mississippi River.

  • One Strike, One Ball: Countryside Community Theatre’s “Newsies: The Musical,” at North Scott High School through August 8

    While Friday’s opening night for Countryside Community Theatre’s production of Newsies: The Musical didn’t completely change my mind about the plot points (why is “Santa Fe” now the opening number?!), director/choreographer Ashley Mills Becher’s version packed big punches of fun and personality that made the night undeniably exciting.

  • King Sweet: “The Mountaintop,” at the Mockingbird on Main through August 7

    I had the pleasure of attending Friday’s performance of The Mountaintop at the Quad Cities’ newest live-theatre venue, the Mockingbird on Main. Penned by American playwright Katori Hall, this story is a fictional depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his last night on earth, the eve of his assassination. As as directed by Kira Rangel, with production design by Savannah Bay Strandin and Tristan Tapscott, this piece takes patrons into the unique inner struggles of one of the most influential civil-rights leaders of all time.

  • “Outside Mullingar,” August 5 through 15

    Lauded by the Wall Street Journal as “charming and dramatically persuasive,” and by the New York Daily News as “a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love,” the 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best Play Outside Mullingar opens the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's long-awaited 2021 season, the show's August 5 through 15 run – the Geneseo company's first new show since 2019 – sure to demonstrate why the New York Times called it a work of “lyrical writing” and “consistent pleasure.”

  • “Constellations,” August 5 through 15

    Lauded by The New Yorker as “a singular astonishment” and by Variety as “short and sweet and strangely haunting,” the critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated romance Constellations wraps up the 2021 season at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, its August 5 through 15 run demonstrating why the New York Times was inspired to ask, “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible – and so emotionally devastating?”

  • “The Robber Bridegroom,” August 5 through 15

    Boasting a book and lyrics by Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry, and based on a novella literary legend Eudora Welty, the Tony Award-winning musical The Robber Bridegroom, from August 5 through 15, serves as the latest summer presentation at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, the show praised by the New York Times for its “rambunctious rhythms … visual wit, and gleefully macabre gags.”

  • Jason Aldean, August 3

    A multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter with the distinction of having earned six American Country Awards in one year, chart-topping superstar Jason Aldean serves as the first Grandstand performer in the 2021 Mississippi Valley Fair, his August 3 appearance treating country fans to a thrilling repertoire that boasts nine studio albums and a remarkable 22 number-one singles to date.

  • Locash, August 4

    With their most recent album, 2019's Brothers, described by SoundsLikeNashville.com as a recording that showcases the duo's “talent for delivering exuberance in their music” and “positive spirits and honest chemistry,” Nashville's Locash serves as the Mississippi Valley Fair's August 4 grandstand headliners, performing from a repertoire that has found chart-topping hits in “I Know Somebody” and “One Big Country Song.”

  • 2021 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, August 5 through 7

    Returning to a weekend of live performances following last year's virtual version of the event, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will, from August 5 through 7, again enjoy residency at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, with the Davenport venue hosting no fewer than 25 individual sets by nine assemblages of thrilling jazz talents.

  • Shinedown, August 5

    Boasting 16 number-one singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, the most of any band in history, the post-grunge and alternative-metal icons on Shinedown perform the August 5 grandstand concert at the Mississippi Valley Fair, the group's list of chart-topping songs including “Get Up,” “Monsters,” “Attention Attention,” and 2020's “Atlas Falls.”

  • Charley Crockett, August 6

    Touring in support of his forthcoming album that Rolling Stone has called the “most stylistically expansive and sharply focused” of the artist's career, country, blues, and Americana singer/songwriter Charley Crockett headlines an August 6 concert at the Raccoon Motel, the musician's discography already boasting seven studio albums and 23 singles over a mere seven years.

Art

  • Virtual Presentation: “A Conversation with Tom Uttech,” August 4

    Members of the Figge Art Museum who have admired the many works in the venue's current Tom Uttech: Origin are invited to enjoy a live audience with the artist himself, as the virtual August 4 presentation A Conversation with Tom Uttech finds the gifted Wisconsin painter and photographer discussing his process and inspirations while also answering participants' questions.

  • 2021 Iowa Arts Festival, August 13 through 15

    A 39-year tradition that has attracted more than 25,000 people each summer to downtown Iowa City, the Iowa Arts Festival, from August 13 to 15, will host more than 90 visual artists, include an Emerging Artist Area geared toward elevating student work, and feature a beverage garden, a variety of culinary delights, children’s activities, and thrilling live-music performances on the Main and Ped Mall Stages.

  • Laura Vincent-Arnold's “Internal Landscapes” and John Born's “Birdging the Divide,” through August 13

    Human figures, evocative colors, and a new yet familiar Quad Cities landmark are among the visuals showcased in the latest exhibitions at Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center, with the venue, through August 13, highlighting new paintings by Port Byron's Laura Vincent-Arnold in Internal Landscapes and Bettendorf's John Born in Bridging the Divide.

  • “Tom Uttech: Origin,” through August 15

    The celebration of a talent known for combining real and imagined elements inspired by nature in his captivating works, the Figge Art Museum's new exhibition Tom Uttech: Origin, on display through August 15, will feature Kisibakwad, the beloved painting from the Figge collection, alongside a selection of the artist's large-scale photographs from the collection of the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

  • Virtual Artist Talk: Lesley Dill, August 18

    A gifted and prolific artist dedicated to exploring the power of language and the mystical nature of the psyche, Lesley Dill will be the special guest in an August 18 virtual artist talk hosted by Davenport's Figge Art Museum, the award-winning talent on hand to discuss her artistic process and the works in her current Figge exhibition Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me.

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