• Ballet Quad Cities' “The Nutcracker,” December 11 and 12

    For the first time since 2019, one of the Quad Cities' most adored holiday traditions returns to Davenport's Adler Theatre when the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities perform Tchaikovsky's holiday dance classic The Nutcracker. A December 11 and 12 event boasting new choreography and staging by Artistic Director Courtney Lyon and Artistic Associate Emily Kate Long, the eagerly awaited family experience will feature live musical accompaniment by Orchestra Iowa, as well as the return of guest artist Domingo Rubio, the longtime portrayer of the company's dancing Dracula.

  • Virtual Presentation – “Iowa's People & Places: A Program Commemorating 175 Years of Iowa Statehood,” December 16

    A remarkable 13,000 years of state history will be explored in a virtual event on December 16, with the Davenport Public Library hosting the online presentation Iowa's People & Places: A Program Commemorating 175 Years of Iowa Statehood. a fascinating webinar stroll through the centuries led by State Curator Leo Landis.

  • Paula Poundstone, December 17

    A decades-long favorite who was named by Comedy Central as one of the 100 greatest standup comedians of all time, Paula Poundstone brings her national tour to Iowa City's Englert Theatre on December 17, the gifted standup long acclaimed for her solo shows, books, political coverage, and tenure as a frequent panelist on NPR's weekly quiz show Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me!

  • “Stars on Ice: A Special Holiday Performance,” December 18

    Headlined by Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists and two-time World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the skating spectacular Stars on Ice: A Special Holiday Performance lands at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on December 18, this spellbinding treat for all ages also boasting a performance by Canada's legendary figure skater Kurt Browning.

  • “Winter Wheels: Antique Motorcycle Exhibition,” through April 3

    Vintage, classic, and antique motorcycles of all makes and models will be on display through April 3 when Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center debuts its homegrown Winter Wheels: Antique Motorcycle Exhibition, in which patrons can enjoy viewing rusty gold to frame-up restorations to everything in between.

  • Chris Welch, Don Harmon Slapped with Claims of Racially Biased Gerrymandering

    One of the things that I most certainly did not have on my 2021 legislative Bingo card last January was that an Oak Park liberal Democratic Senate President and the state’s first Black House Speaker would be fighting multiple legal claims that their new state legislative district maps deprive protected minorities of their constitutional rights.

  • Can an Ad Hoc Coalition of Converging Interests Emerge from the Remap Process?

    Some Illinois House Democrats got a bit of a shock during a private caucus meeting held not long after the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) filed its proposed redistricting plan with a federal three-judge panel the other day.

  • After Seasons of Curveballs, Will COVID-19 Finally Start Pitching Straights?

    Governor JB Pritzker told reporters not long ago that he was worried about the plateauing COVID-19 hospitalization rate and said he wouldn’t yet lift his statewide mask-mandate. But the governor told me something around the same time during an interview that he hasn’t yet said publicly: He’s most concerned about what may happen in January and February and upbeat about the spring and summer.

  • The Parental Notification of Abortion Act Repeal Has Left Pollable Ambivalence in Its Place

    California Governor Gavin Newsom soundly beat back a recall effort in September partly by trumpeting his proud record battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia’s Democratic governor also ran on his robust anti-COVID program and lost last week to a Republican who opposed mask- and vaccine-mandates. That same Republican ran as unabashedly pro-life and blasted the incumbent pro-choice Democrat for being against “parents’ rights.”

  • RFK and Children's Health Defense Intends to Sue FDA: Warns Risks Far Outweigh Benefits for mRNA Eme
    RFK and Children's Health Defense Intends to Sue FDA: Warns Risks Far Outweigh Benefits for mRNA Emergency-Use Authorization to Jab Children

    Numerous inconsistencies, controversies, and mass confusion relative to all things COVID-19 have prevailed thanks to mainstream broadcast, print, and social media's fear-soaked 24/7 narratives, bought and paid for by pharmaceutical companies and public-health authorities including the NIH, CDC, HHS, and FDA. Still, many of us continued to believe that an abundance of caution would be the norm rather than the exception when it came to experimentally injecting our children against a disease they are provably at zero risk from getting or giving to others.

  • Wombat, "Befriend the Giant"

    If the music of Iowa City-based trio Wombat is any indication, Iowa City must have a thriving free-improvisation scene that I had no idea existed.

  • lespecial, December 9

    Their 2020 album Ancient Homies lauded by Everything Is Noise as “an absolute must-listen” that “is fun, engaging, and well worth your time,” the funk and groove musicians of lespecial headline a December 9 concert set at Davenport's Redstone Room, the group delivering a sound, according to Relix, that owes as much to Radiohead and The Mars Volta as it does Medeski Martin & Wood and Umphrey’s McGee.”

  • Whiskey Myers, December 10

    Chart-topping musicians whose most recent, eponymous album, according to Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, found the artists "writing from the gut and playing from the heart," the Whiskey Myers ensemble headlines a December 10 concert at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, with Saving Country Music adding that 2019's Whiskey Myers "pushes the boundaries of their sound more than ever."

  • Nivrana: A Tribute to Nirvana, December 10

    In celebration of one of the best-selling and most popular bands of all time, the alt-rock musicians of Nivrana: A Tribute to Nirvana will take on an ambitious challenge in their December 10 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, with the artists' first set a performance of the Grammy-winning MTV Unplugged in New York, and the evening's second half a recreation of the set Nirvana played at Davenport's Palmer Auditorium on October 22 of 1993.

  • The 4onthefloor, December 10 and 11

    Delivering what The Big Takeover describes as “muscular, meat-and-potatoes-style blues rock” and what The Dead Hub calls “old souls making incredible new music,” the Minneapolis-based rockers of The 4onthefloor headline December 10 and 11 concerts at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, treating audiences to what Music in Minnesota deemed “an exciting, drums-driven show with much-promised dancing, howling, and fun.”

Art

  • Susan Chrysler White Exhibit, through December 17

    Expressive, multi-hued works by an esteemed professor of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa will be on display in St. Ambrose University's Catich Gallery, with the venue, through December 17. showcasing paintings by Susan Chrysler White, whose artistic creations, as the artist says, are “subjects that I am grappling with as my work moves into more poignantly personal terrain.”

  • Lori Roderick, Luca Cruzat, and Elisa Boughner Exhibits, through December 31

    Works in a trio of disparate artistic mediums, by a trio of Illinois talents, will be on display at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery through December 31, with the Moline airport showcasing ceramic sculpture by Rock Island's Lori Roderick, collagraph prints by Carbondale's Luca Cruzat, and acrylic paintings by Glenville's Elise Boughner.

  • “Figgeo Video: Janet Biggs,” through January 2

    Returning this fall to the Figge Art Museum's first-floor Gildehaus Gallery, the latest offering in the Figgeo Video series will, through January 2, feature the work of acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Janet Biggs, whose video and performance works focus on extreme situations and experiences, drawing connections between physical and psychological terrains and tests of human limits.

  • “Color Your Christmas,” through January 6

    Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, through January 6, will be decking its halls, and its walls, with seasonal delights in the venue's holiday exhibition Color Your Christmas, a showcase of works by 45 area artists designed to put visitors in a holly-jolly mood.

  • “Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking,” through January 9

    The celebration of a key artist in the development of printmaking in the 20th century, as well as the artistic community that he created, Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking will be on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum through January 9, the exhibit a fascinating showcase of a talent who challenged the idea of lithography as a high-craft process.