• 2024 Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 11 through 13

    Making its eagerly awaited July 11 through 13 return, the 44th Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop will showcase more than 175 exhibits, displays, games, cookouts, fireworks, local and national country and rock musicians, and even a beauty contest for trucks in celebration of America's big rigs and those who drive them.

  • “The Happy Invention: History & Significance of Picture Postcards,” July 14

    Presented as the latest event in the German American Heritage Center's popular “Kaffee und Kuchen” series, a little-considered genre of artwork will enjoy a healthy exploration by Katherine Hamilton-Smith in The Happy Invention: History & Significance of Picture Postcards, the July 14 discussion that offers a fascinating piece of cultural history that found its beginnings in Illinois.

  • 2024 Rock Island County Fair, July 16 through 20

    Five days of outdoor fun will be on hand when East Moline's Rock Island Country Fairgrounds hosts the annual Rock Island County Fair July 16 through 20, offering patrons mornings, afternoons, and evenings filled with carnival rides, games, food vendors, animal shows, racing tournaments, 4-H events, live music performances, and exciting happenings scheduled for the nights' grandstand entertainment.

  • Allen McCaulley, July 16

    A former Mayor of Moline now beloved for his delightful series of picture books starring a hand-drawn version of his own dog, local author Allen McCaulley will visit the Rock Island Public Library Watts-Midtown Branch on July 16, sharing tales (or "tails") of what inspired him to be a writer, as well as his series of stories starring the wonderful Whimsical Max.

  • Brad Upton, July 18

    A former grade-school teacher who, in his career as a standup, has performed alongside the likes of the Smothers Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and George Jones, Seattle-based comedian Brad Upton headlines two July 18 performances at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, the popular touring presence famed for such TV specials as I'm Not Done Yet! and Will Be Funny for Money.

  • Julian Assange Pleads Guilty to Practicing Journalism
    Julian Assange Pleads Guilty to Journalism

    A global effort by advocates, campaigners, journalists, organizers, and supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pushed President Joe Biden’s administration to finally free Assange.

  •  Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed pipeline route. (Main image courtesy Summit Carbon Solutions; sea
    Iowa Utilities Board Approves Permit for Controversial Summit Pipeline

    The Iowa Utilities Board gave its approval Tuesday June 25, 2024 for the controversial Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline and for the company to use eminent domain to acquire landowners’ property.

    The company hopes to begin construction next year with the goal of making the pipeline operational in 2026. The pipeline, which would be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, would carry liquified carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Iowa and surrounding states to a site in North Dakota, where the company hopes for reconsideration and approval of a previously denied permit.

  • June 17.2024.Hartsuch.v.Iowa.Boards.of.Medicine+Pharmacy.24-0226_ARBT_531915
    If You Can Kill Your Baby, Why Can’t You Kill Your Germs?

    Two cases are before the Iowa Supreme Court this week – one involving killing babies and the other killing germs.

  • Who Serves Who This Independence Day?
    Who Serves Whom on This Independence Day?

    Nothing supplants our U.S. Constitution – no legislation, no executive order, no judicial ruling, unless we Americans permit such violations.

  • Michael Madigan Tried to Eat the Sun. So Far, Don Harmon Isn’t So Inclined

    During the last couple weeks of the spring state legislative session, Senate President Don Harmon got whacked twice by allies, including Governor JB Pritzker, but still managed to keep his cool.

  • “Songs for a New World,” July 11 through 19

    An iconic early project by a three-time Tony Award winner, composer Jason Robert Brown's cabaret-esque musical Songs for a New World enjoys a July 11 through 19 staging at Moline's Black Box Theatre, a gifted cast of eight bringing vocal life to this generational touchstone that led Theatre Mania to write, “Brown's score is filled with soul-stirring melodies, and his lyrics brim with emotion, hope, and soul.”

  • “84 Charing Cross Road,” July 11 through 21

    A tender and heartwarming tale of transatlantic friendship, playwright James Roose-Evans' 84 Charing Cross Road enjoys a July 11 through 21 engagement at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, this moving work lauded by Love London Love Culture as "a celebration of literature and the English language, as well as the nostalgia for the time in which letter writing was a huge part of people’s lives."

  • “The Wizard of Oz,” July 11 through 28

    At Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse from July 11 through 28, family audiences are invited to follow the yellow brick road toward a magical stage treat in the theatre's new production of The Wizard of Oz, a delightful stage adaptation of the L. Frank Baum tale boasting the beloved musical score from the MGM film and unforgettable songs including "If I Only Had a Brain," "Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead," and, of course, the iconic "Over the Rainbow."

  • “We Will Rock You,” July 11 through July 21

    Delivering what the British Theatre Guide deemed "lashings of energy" and "spectacle worthy of a rock video," the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will treat patrons to an audience with the Queen – or rather, simply Queen – in the imaginative musical revue We Will Rock You, a July 11 through 21 celebration of the legendary rock and pop band boasting two dozen timeless hits including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” and the iconic title tune.

  • “The Bikinis,” July 10 through August 24

    With the show boasting such timeless pop hits as "It's in His Kiss," "Heat Wave," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," the musical beach party The Bikinis makes its area debut at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse from July 10 through August 24, this stage treat lauded by The Star Ledger as "a nostalgic funride" and by Talkin' Broadway as "a tidal wave of fun."

  • UB40, July 13

    With more than 100 million albums sold, and with their 50-plus charting singles in the United Kingdom including their trademark number-one hits “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You," the reggae/pop legends of UB40 headline a July 13 concert at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, the artists enjoying their 45th-anniversary celebration this year, as well as their forthcoming 45th-anniversary album featuring new songs and reworked classics.

  • Summer Dean, July 13

    With the county artist lauded by Holler Country as “the latest to underscore the crucial distinction between style and substance,” acclaimed singer/songwriter Summer Dean headlines a July 13 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, her 2023 release The Biggest Life also hailed by Saving Country Music as as album “that says a lot, is musically diverse while staying distinctly country, and touches the entire range of human emotions.”

  • Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute, July 13

    Now celebrating their 20th year of thrilling crowds with spectacular renditions of “Waterloo,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me,' and additional favorites, the tribute artists of Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute headline a July 13 concert in Bishop Hill's Village Park, the outdoor show held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Swedish pop legenda' Eurovision victory,

  • Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations, July 14

    Lauded by Blues Blast magazine as "a great band" and "the best kind of roots act," the gifted musicians of Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations headline a July 14 concert event at East Moline venue Whiskey Stop, this concert co-presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society a showcase for the blues talents inspired by traditional-blues legends such as Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter.

  • Winona Fighter, July 14

    Delivering what No Country for New Nashville deems "a fiery, road-worn live show and a sound that fuses no-frills, hard-hitting pop punk with grungy, hook-laden alt-rock," Nashville's punk and alt-rock ensemble Winona Fighter headlines a July 14 afternoon concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, with NCfNN adding, "We haven’t been as excited about a new group like Winona Fighter in a long time."

  • “Fantasia,” July 13

    Presented as a special fundraiser to benefit to the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Disney's animated masterpiece Fantasia will be screened at Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre on July 13, treating patrons, perhaps for the first time, to this largely wordless musical-anthology classic from 1940, a work boasting ballerina hippos, a haunting rendition of "Ave Maria," and Mickey Mouse taking on the role of "Sorcerer's Apprentice."

  • Control Freaks: “Kinds of Kindness,” “MaXXXine,” “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,” and “Despicable Me 4”

    A modern-day triptych of parables both ludicrous and resonant, and Yorgos Lanthimos' first project set in the United States, the movie probably won't find Academy Awards in the offing. That hardly matters, though, for a work that delivers this many belly laughs, most of them accompanying dropped jaws, and this much thematic meat to chew on.

  • Stop, Children … What's That Sound?: “A Quiet Place: Day One” and “Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1”

    How disappointing to find the Manhattan populace in this Quiet Place prequel adhering to a silence-is-golden policy within what seems like minutes of the first alien assault, and to find Day One subsequently adhering, essentially, to the same narrative blueprint as before.

  • 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 27: Discussion of The Bikeriders, The Exorcism, and Thelma, and previews of A Quiet Place: Day One, Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1, and a few Netflix titles. The guys are taking next Thursday off, as well as the Thursday after that, so plan on there being muuuuuuch to chat about on July 18th.

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

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!”, July 6 through November 17

    The whimsical world of Walter Wick has fascinated people of all ages since 1992, when his first children's book series I Spy found its way onto the bookshelves of millions of American households. And from July 6 through November 17, admirers of the artist can delight to his elaborate images in Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!, a dazzling collection of dozens of colorful wonders on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum.

  • Walter Wick Member Reception and Artist Talk, July 17 and 18

    Held in conjunction with the dazzling collection of colorful wonders on display in Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host an exclusive Member Reception for the artist on July 17 and an Artist Talk with Wick on July 18, free events featuring the talent who has fascinated people of all ages since 1992, when his first children's-book series I Spy landed on the bookshelves of millions of American households.

  • Highlights Tour Night: “Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!”, July 25

    Held in conjunction with the dazzling collection of colorful wonders on display in Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders!, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a Highlights Tour of the exhibit on July 25, with a museum docent guiding visitors through the works of a talent who has fascinated people of all ages since 1992, when his first children's-book series I Spy landed on the bookshelves of millions of American households.

  • “Danyluk & Goodvin,” June 28 through August 9

    Arresting blasts of color and trenchant themes will both be on display at the Quad City Arts Center from June 28 through August 9, with the Rock Island venue, in its summer exhibition Danyluk & Goodvin, treating patrons to the exquisite oil paintings of Chantal Danyluk and screen prints of Kate Goodvin.

  • “Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection,” through August 11

    With Davenport's Figge Art Museum holding a small yet impressive collection of Medieval and early-Renaissance manuscripts from Europe, the Middle East, and India, a selection of 12 of these works will be on view through August 11, as Illumination: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts from the Figge Collection offers a cross-cultural examination of hand-painted book illustrations and typography from the 15th and 16th centuries.