• Active Endeavors Heath & Fitness Expo and Quad Cities Marathon, September 23 and 24

    An eagerly awaited autumnal tradition will get the blood pumping on September 23 and 24, as the weekend brings with it the Vibrant Arena at the MARK's Active Endeavors Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday followed by the 26th Quad Cities Marathon, presented by TBK Bank, on Sunday, the latter a Boston Marathon qualifier and the only such event in the country to incorporate five races, four cities, three bridges, two states, and one island.

  • Tim Dillon, September 23

    Lauded by Rolling Stone as "one of the top 10 comics you need to know," and currently traveling the country in support of the fall release of his book Death by Boomers: How the Worst Generation Destroyed a Planet, but First a Child, famed standup comedian and podcast host Tim Dillon brings his "American Royalty" tour to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on September 23, his first full-length streaming special Tim Dillon: A Real Hero having debuted on Netflix last summer.

  • PrairieFest, September 24

    Following the success of last year's inaugural event, the Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat in Wheatland, Iowa invites enjoy an afternoon of music and family fun in the second-annual PrairieFest, the September 24 happening that boasts a quartet of live-music acts within the bucolic splendor of these grounds located a mere 40 miles from Davenport.

  • April Henry, September 28

    A New York Times-bestselling author of 26 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults who, as she has stated, "makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters," April Henry will be the special guest in a September 28 presentation at the Bettendorf Public Library, her recent novels including 2019's Run, Hide, Fight Back, 2020's The Girl in the White Van, and the 2021 two-fer of Playing with Fire and Eyes of the Forest.

  • “Penn & Teller Present The Foolers,” September 29

    An evening of jaw-dropping illusions curated by a legendary comedy-and-magic team, Penn & Teller Present The Foolers brings its national tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on September 29, this interactive and irreverent evening presenting audiences to the Fool Us alumni – master magicians Matt Donnelly, Vinny Grosso, Jessica Jane, and Alex Ramon – who share the distinction of being among few who have impressed the pair with mystifying mind magic and hilarious comedic routines.

  • As a Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Rochford Betrays the Spirit, If Not the Letter, of the Code

    Among other things, sitting Illinois judges are prohibited by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 4.1 from making “speeches on behalf of a political organization,” or “solicit funds” for a political organization or candidate, except when they’re up for election or retention. So, you might ask, what the heck was Illinois Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Rochford thinking when she decided to accept an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Lake County Democratic Women annual fundraising gala on September 9?

  • Public-School Champion Stacy Davis Gates Self-Immolates Over Private-School Hypocrisy

    The last two Chicago mayors took some news media heat for not sending their kids to public schools, as did Chicagoan Barack Obama when he pushed for education reforms. So, this particular issue is obviously not out of bounds in that city and nobody in public life there should expect otherwise. Chicago Teachers Union President Stacy Davis Gates has, in the past, pointed with pride to the fact that all three of her kids attended public schools. While others often chafed at reporters’ questions about their children, Davis Gates did just the opposite, centering her children as part of who she is as a progressive activist.

  • World class athletes have always just dropped dead of heart attacks out of the blue
    Fear Is a Weapon to Gain Control: A New COVID “Variant” … Just in Time for Election Season!

    Just four-and-a-half months since President Biden declared an end to the COVID “emergency,” the media is suddenly full of stories about the return of COVID. This time a new “variant” is being rolled out, and the media, in collusion with Big Pharma and the fear-industrial complex, are churning out stories about how forced masking is making a comeback.

  • G. Edward Griffin Stays True to Himself at Red Pill Expo in Des Moines

    There are few in the Freedom Movement whose names command as much respect, admiration, and prestige as G. Edward Griffin. When the Red Pill Expo, an event created by the man himself, was coming to Iowa and he would be there, it was a no-brainer.

  • Keep Calm and Don't Comply Without Informed Consent
    To Comply or Not to Comply, That Is the Question

    Governments and health authorities, including the World Health Organization, are signaling plans to deploy new emergency health mitigations this fall, including resurrecting the old failures such as masks, social distancing, remote working, and learning, no doubt invoking a new health emergency, claiming to combat SARS-CoV-2 variants and the spread of COVID-19.

  • Poll Vault: “The Outsider,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through October 29

    It’s always interesting when a season is rounded out with a previously unfamiliar title, and in the case of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's season-ender, it’s Paul Slade Smith’s politically themed The Outsider.

  • “School of Rock: The Musical,” September 29 through October 8

    Delivering what The Hollywood Reporter described as “a joyous blast of defiant analog vitality in a manufactured digital world,” Moline's Spotlight Theatre and the QC Rock Academy team up from September 29 through October 8 for the area premiere of School of Rock: The Musical, the Tony-nominated stage sensation based on the beloved film comedy starring Jack Black, and a work lauded by Broadway World as “a big, beautiful blast of musical comedy from start to finish.”

  • “Godspell,” September 29 through October 1

    One of the most beloved stage musicals in American history, as well as a Tony Award nominee whose iconic show tune "Day by Day" reached number 13 on the Billboard pop singles chart, composer Stephen Schwartz's timeless Godspell serves as this year's fundraising performance by Muscatine's New Era Dinner Theatre, its September 29 through October 1 run finding its proceeds benefiting Lutheran World Relief, the Muscatine Chapter of the Salvation Army, and New Era Lutheran Church.

  • “The Seafarer,” October 5 through 15

    A Tony and Olivier Award-winning drama lauded by The Guardian as "sparkling and suspenseful," acclaimed author Conor McPherson's The Seafarer makes its area debut at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre during the play's October 5 through 15 run, this genre-melding 2006 work inspiring the New York Times to rave that "as unlikely as it sounds, The Seafarer may just be the pick-me-up play of the season."

  • “Betrayal,” October 5 through 8

    A Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner widely considered one of legendary author Harold Pinter's finest stage achievements, the romantic drama Betrayal serves as the first student-produced presentation in Augustana College's 2023-24 theatre season, its October 5 through 8 run sure to demonstrate why this chronologically inventive drama was praised by the New York Times as a work that "balances surface elegance with an aching profundity."

  • “Up Close with the Mesa-Zelek Duo,” September 23

    Delivering an evening of enthralling classical music boasting two Bach compositions alongside a quartet of additional pieces, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra opens its Autumn schedule at Davenport's First Presbyterian Church in the intimate concert event Up Close with the Mesa-Zelek Duo, with organist Greg Zella and cellist Thomas Mesa collaborating prior to the latter's forthcoming guest appearance in the QCSO's first Masterworks concerts of the 2023-24 season.

  • The Dawn, September 23

    One of the Quad Cities' best-loved rock ensembles, and musicians responsible for one of the area's best-loved outdoor festivals, headlines a Summer 2023 Concert Series event at the Tangled Wood on the first day of fall, with the Bettendorf venue, on September 23, hosting an evening with the jam-band talents (and Dawn & On Music Festival originators) of The Dawn.

  • “BritBeat: A Multimedia Concert Journey Through Beatles Music History,” September 23

    With the concert event boasting six dazzling costume changes, exquisite musicianship, powerful vocals, and a spectacular and immersive multimedia backdrop, the touring artists of BritBeat: A Multimedia Concert Journey Through Beatles Music History take the stage at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on September 23, allowing patrons to step into a time machine and experience a remarkable recreation of the Fab Four in concert during the fabulous 1960s.

  • Heartache Tonight: “A Tribute to the Eagles,” September 23

    On September 23, a revered group of chart-topping, Grammy-winning rockers will be celebrated when Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse presents the six-piece ensemble Heartache Tonight's An Eagles Tribute, an evening of beloved, iconic hits sure to include such chart-toppers as "Hotel California," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Best of My Love," "One of These Nights," and, of course, "Heartache Tonight."

  • “American Songbook: An Evening of Cole Porter,” September 23

    Boasting unforgettable show tunes rom the musicals Kiss Me, Kate and Anything Goes, as well as numerous other songs recognizes as 20th-century classics, the concert event American Songbook: An Evening of Cole Porter will be held at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on September 23, the event's beloved numbers including 'I Got You Under My Skin," "De-Lovely," "Begin the Beguine," and "I Get A Kick Out Of You."

  • 2023 Midwest Monster Film Fest, September 23 and 24

    A premier autumnal event for fans of all things horror, the 2023 Midwest Monster Film Fest takes over Davenport's Village Theatre on September 23 and 24, this terror- and fun-filled weekend filled with special guests, vendors, live music, a panel discussion, an awards presentation, and scream-ings of more than two dozen features and shorts, among them a full-length creep-out starring famed critic and cult-film aficionado Joe Bob Briggs.

  • “Resurrecting Forest Grove,” September 23

    With the event held in celebration of the building's 150th anniversary and the decade-long rehabilitation of historic Forest Grove School Number Five, Kelly and Tammy Rundle of the Moline-based Fourth Wall Films will premiere their new documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove at Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center on September 23, a Q&A with the filmmakers and other film participants set to follow the afternoon's two screenings.

  • 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, September 21: Discussion of A Haunting in Venice, The Inventor, and El Conde, and previews of Dumb Money, It Lives Inside, and the third sequel to Stallone's The Expendables, which we're apparently meant to pronounce as "Expendfourbles."

  • Dead and Gondola: “A Haunting in Venice,” “The Inventor,” and “El Conde”

    Is it possible that, regarding his previous Hercule Poirot mysteries, Kenneth Branagh not only read critiques of those films, but actively took their criticisms to heart?

  • Now Playing: Friday, September 22, through Thursday, September 28

    Now playing at area theaters.


  • “Zimoun,” September 23 through February 4

    This fall and upcoming winter, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will an arresting and enthralling new, space-specific installation by a famed Swiss artist during the September 23 through February 4 housing of Zimoun, with the large-scale artwork filling the museum's third-floor gallery and boasting more than 80 16-foot-high cardboard stacks each set in motion mechanically.

  • “Revisiting Past Exposures,” through September 29

    On display through September 29, Matthew Terry's fascinating photography exhibit Revisiting Past Exposures will be housed in the ArtSpace Gallery of Moline's Black Hawk College, boasting works by the contemporary photographer, author, and graduate of the Academy of Art University, where Terry earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography with a focus in fine art photography in 2014.

  • “Photo Finish: Sports Photography at UD,” through September 29

    Offering visitors the chance to experience what it's like being in the front row of Spartan athletics, the University of Dubuque's Bisignano Art Gallery will house Photo Finish: Sports Photography at UD through September 29, this special exhibit timed to coincide with the beginning of the new school year and, of course, the start of collegiate football season.

  • “Imagination” and “Mural Microcosms,” through September 30

    Through September 30, Dubuque's Voices Studios is pleased to present two solo exhibitions that entice the viewer to drawn on their experiences, ideals, memories, and glimpses from the past through Imagination, featuring the abstractions of Amy Carani, and Mural Microcosms, a collection of photographic works by Becky Sisco.

  • “Curtis, Mulcahy, & Olson,” through October 6

    An impressively wide and beautiful variety of paintings by a trio of Midwestern talents will be on display at the Quad City Arts Center through October 6, with the Rock Island venue showcasing oil paintings by Barbara Curtis of Urbana, Illinois; sculptural paintings by Amanda Mulcahy of Chicago; and oil paintings by Tim Olson of Dubuque, Iowa.