• Jim Breuer, June 14

    A Saturday Night Live cast member from 1995 to 1998 who has boasted roles in Half Baked, Zookeeper, and the sitcoms Home Improvement and Kevin Can Wait, comedian Jim Breuer brings his national "Survival with Laughter Tour" to Davenport's Adler Theatre on June 14, the popular standup's numerous talk-show appearances including sets on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

  • 2024 Quad City Juneteenth Celebration, June 15

    An eagerly awaited pre-summer event complete with food, vendors, local history, games, and entertainment for the entire family, the 2024 Quad City Juneteenth Festival will be held at Davenport's LeClaire Park on June 15, the celebration hosted by the Friends of MLK (FoMLK) in collaboration with the Lincoln Center - TMBC, and held in commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

  • 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 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.

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 28 through June 29

    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-plus of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from May 28 through June 29, will address such topics as local abolitionist freedom fighters, steamboating, birds of prey, infrastructure, and the Quad City River Bandits.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Former Davenport City Administrator's Missing Demand Letter Revealed: $1.6MM Nothing Burger
    What We Know Now a Year After the 324 Main Street Disaster

    On May 28, 2023, my wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary at our home in Davenport with family and friends when we began to hear police and ambulance sirens racing downtown. News reports soon made it clear that there had been a horrific disaster: 324 Main Street, a 116-year-old, six-story building housing numerous low-income tenants partially collapsed from top to bottom.  Given the gravitas of what had transpired in 2019 with the flood wall disaster and in 2023 with 324 Main St. disaster – both of which occurred on (former city administrator) Corrin Spiegel's watch as the top paid city official – compared to the school-age-girl-thin-skinned complaints in the finally released September 2023 demand letter, one could say Spiegel's demand letter is a “nothing burger.”

  • “Footloose,” June 13 through 23

    Lauded by London Theatre as "a feel-good ‘fish out of water’ musical that easily takes the audience on to a great journey of good songs, optimism, and fun," the exuberant stage version of the classic '80s movie Footloose enjoys a pre-summer engagement at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, its June 13 through 23 staging sure to demonstrate why the show received four 1999 Tony nominations and enjoyed a New York run of more than 700 performances.

  • “Million Dollar Quartet,” June 13 through 23

    Lauded by Broadway World as "a truly fantastic, feel-good show that will you have jumping for joy in your seat," the Tony-winning smash Million Dollar Quartet opens the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's 2024 summer season of popular jukebox musicals, treating audiences to the iconic hits and personalities of legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley.

  • “The Bad Seed,” June 14 through 23

    A Tony Award-winning classic that, according to the New York Telegram, "ranks with Dracula and sometimes sets your spine to as much tingling," author Maxwell Anderson's legendary stage chiller The Bad Seed enjoys a June 14 through 23 run at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre, this powerfully creepy entertainment the inspiration for an Oscar-nominated movie and a work shortlisted for the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  • Riverside Theatre's “Julius Caesar,” June 14 through 30

    Presenting its latest season of free summertime Shakespeare in Iowa City's Lower City Park, Riverside Theatre will thrill audiences with a stunning outdoor production of the Bard's historical tragedy Julius Caesar from June 14 through 30, this classic from 1599 having been performed over the years by such thunderous worldwide talents as Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, John Gielgud, and Denzel Washington.

  • Summer Nights: Quad City Music Guild's “A Little Night Music,” at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 16

    The Quad Cities’ summer-theatre season is finally underway and Quad City Music Guild’s production of A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by Hugh Wheeler, and directed by Colleen Houlihan, is a good start to it, boasting strong performances and some killer vocals.

  • Elle King, June 13

    A four-time Grammy Award nominee who has earned trophies from the Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elle King headlines a June 13 concert at Davenport's Capitol Theatre, her 2023 recording Come Get Your Wife hailed by Variety magazine as King's "most dynamic full album, one full of wonder, whiskey, spite, laughter, sensuality, religion, soul, and country-fried spirit."

  • Lee Brice, June 14

    With his career thus far boasting five studio albums, three ACM Awards, and eight number-one smashes on Billboard's U.S. Country Airplay chart, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Lee Brice brings his national "Me & My Guitar Tour" to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on June 14, the artist beloved for both his solo country repertoire and his songwriting for talents including Garth Brooks, Adam Gregory, and Tim McGraw.

  • Rhythm on the River 2024, June 15

    With the June 15 event, this year, joining forces with the Quad City Juneteenth Festival (led by Friends of MLK and the Lincoln Center - TMBC) for a day of celebration, music, and community in Davenport's LeClaire Park, the 2024 Rhythm on the River concert will celebrate the contributions of Black musicians and highlight Black voices in our local music scene and beyond.

  • Mike Morgan & the Crawl, June 15

    Its bandleader lauded by Guitar World Magazine as "a genuine blues guitar hero" and by Blues Access Magazine for delivering "an irrepressible mix of fresh gritty blues and romping Stax/Volt-era soul," the touring artists of Mike Morgan & the Crawl play a June 15 concert at Moline's Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in support of their most recent release The Lights Went Out in Dallas, the group's local appearance co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

  • My Posse in Effect, June 15

    Delivering what the Riverfront Times calls "a hard-hitting set that’s backed by the rip of live instruments," the seven-piece Beastie Boys tribute outfit My Posse in Effect plays a June 15 headlining concert at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, taking audiences through decades of unforgettable hits with three MCs, a world class DJ, and visuals from their iconic video collection.

  • 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.

  • 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 6: Discussion of Ezra, In a Violent Nature, Summer Camp, and The Great Lillian Hall (new to HBO and Max, not the mis-cited Netflix), previews of Bad Boys: Ride or Die and The Watchers, and a teaser for the 2015 horror flickThe Sand, the trailer for which is currently a big deal online. Easy to see why.

  • The Father, the Son, and the Holy S---: “Ezra,” “In a Violent Nature,” “The Great Lillian Hall,” and “Summer Camp”

    In the familial road-trip dramedy Ezra, Bobby Cannavale plays the leading role of struggling standup comic Max Brandel, and he's mad at everybody. Everybody.

  • “Ammonite,” June 16

    Presented as the second of four Pride Month events in the Figge Art Museum's Free Film at the Figge series, the award-winning 2020 romantic drama Ammonite enjoys a June 16 screening in the Davenport venue's John Deere Auditorium, writer/director Francis Lee's film hailed by Rotten Tomatoes' critical consensus for the "chemistry between Saoirse Ronan and a never-better Kate Winslet."

  • Now Playing: Friday, June 14, through Thursday, June 20

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • Southern Photography Exhibition Celebration, June 13

    Held in conjunction with the venue's new exhibit Reckonings & Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a special Southern Photography Exhibition Celebration on June 13, with curator Dr. Jeffrey Richmond-Moll introducing the exhibition and sharing fascinating insights on his curatorial process.

  • “The Iowa State Fair,” June 13 through September 8

    In the latest Musser House Galleries exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center, rides, contests, animals, refreshments, delighted patrons, and more will be showcased in Iowa artist Kurt Ullrich's The Iowa State Fair, a collection of gorgeous and evocative black-and-white images that truly evince the wonder of this annually awaited outdoor tradition.

  • “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.

  • “Animals in Art,” through June 16

    Man’s best friend, barnyard creatures, playful kittens, circus animals, and bucking broncos are among the creatures portrayed in the Muscatine Art Center's exhibition Animals in Art, with paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the venue's permanent collection – alongside selections of art pottery on loan from Mark and Marie Latta – on display through June 16.

  • 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.