• 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.

  • “Immigration Then & Now: Finding Refuge in the Quad Cities,” May 28 through September 15

    From May 28 through September 15, fascinating stories of struggle, perseverance, tragedy, and triumph will be shared at Davenport's German American Heritage Center in the venue's Immigration Then & Now: Finding Refuge in the Quad Cities, a meaningful, locally themed exhibition presented in partnership with World Relief Quad Cities and supported by the Moline Regional Community Foundation.

  • “Tales from Tails: Storybook Beasts,” through May 31

    Curated by Christine Chandler, curator of Natural Sciences at the Putnam Museum & Science Center, the enthralling exhibition Tales from Tails: Storybook Beasts will be on display at the Davenport venue through May 31, inviting guests to embark on a wild adventure through the world of literature.

  • “Beer Beyond Germany: History of Brewing in the QC,” June 2 through October 20

    German breweries had a huge impact on the lives of Scott County citizens in their time, and in the German American Heritage Center's exhibition Beer Beyond Germany: History of Brewing in the QC, on display from June 2 through October 20, venue guests will have the chance to learn about historic breweries, how prohibition led to creative business ventures, and the booming brewing industry after the repeal of prohibition in the 1930s.

  • Virtual Event – “Dr. Temple Grandin: The Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers,” June 4

    Appearing in a special virtual program in conjunction with her most recent book Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, & Abstractions, Dr. Temple Grandin - one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism - takes part in a June 4 lecture presentation hosted by Illinois Libraries Present and the Rock Island and Silvis Public Libraries.

  • 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.”

  • County of Scott, Iowa Annual Comprehensive Financial Report 2023
    Former County Supervisor Endorses Challengers to Incumbents

    Take a closer look at the candidates.

  • If You’re a Licensed Social Worker in Illinois, You’re Just Going to Have to Wait ... and Wait

    Back in April, the Executive Director of the American Nurses Association Illinois Susan Swart told my associate Isabel Miller that advanced-practice registered nurses are losing their jobs because of ongoing and severe state licensing delays. Swart said some of those nurses are waiting “a year to eighteen months” to get their licenses from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

  • Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson Plays His Hand in Springfield and Leaves $1B at the Table

    Much of the Illinois Statehouse appeared to be girding itself for battle with Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson before his Springfield visit last week.

  • “Laura,” May 30 through June 9

    Based on the 1943 Vera Caspary novel and the 1944 movie classic that the American Film Institute named one of the 10 best mystery films of all time, Caspary's and George Sklar's stage thriller Laura enjoys a run at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre from May 30 through June 9, the play a faithful adaptation of the Oscar-winning entertainment that Roger Ebert's cited in his famed "Great Movies" series.

  • “The Nerd,” May 30 through June 9

    Hailed by Variety as a slapstick in which "the audience almost never stops laughing," with "handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment," Larry Shue's screwball stage classic The Nerd opens the 2024 mainstage theatre season at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, its May 30 through June 9 run sure to demonstrate why the Milwaukee Journal raved that "Shue delivers a neatly crafted package that uses some classic comic forms to bring the audience to its knees laughing."

  • Quad City Music Guild's “A Little Night Music,” June 7 through 16

    Lauded by Entertainment Weekly as "a dizzyingly romantic operetta and a farcical commentary on the fools that love and desire make of us all," legendary composer Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece A Little Night Music opens Quad City Music Guild's summer season from June 7 through 16.

  • Oh, What a Night: “Jersey Boys,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 6

    A supremely enjoyable night out on the town, the full experience of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's latest presentation includes some great food, a blast of a pre-show, and an amazing musical – Jersey Boys to cap things off. With the production helmed by Michael Ingersoll, this is an evening of theatre not to be missed.

  • Local Theatre Auditions/Calls for Entry
    Local Theatre Auditions/Calls for Entry

    Updated: Tuesday, May 21

  • Chicago, May 28

    With the band's formidable list of credits and accomplishments including 10 Grammy Award nominations and a win, two American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and status as one of the best-selling music acts of all-time, the pop-rock musicians of Chicago bring the group's legendary sound to Davenport's Adler Theatre on May 28, its 57-year repertoire including such chart-topping smashes as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Look Away,” and “Hard to Say I'm Sorry.”

  • Wheelwright, May 28

    With his popular band Jared & the Mill lauded by College Times for its "its willowy jangle rock and hook-laden lyrics," the group's frontman Jared Kolesar will perform as a solo artist when his outfit Wheelwright headlines a concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the artist's May 28 engagement treating fans to the talents of a singer/writer whose band, according to PopMatters, delivers "a scorching rock performance that consistently shifts in how it musically tells its story."

  • Jenny Don't & the Spurs, May 29

    Touring in support of the June 14 release of their latest album Broken Hearted Blue, the lauded Americana and outlaw-country ensemble Jenny Don't & the Spurs headlines a May 29 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, their 2021 recording Fire on the Ridge praised by Glide magazine for the way the musicians "spin classic country, honky tonk, rockabilly, surf rock, and cowpunk into one rollicking mix of a good time."

  • “Solitary Man: A Tribute to Neil Diamond,” May 30

    A beloved venue regular at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse will take on the repertoire of one of history's most admired singer/songwriters in the May 30 concert event Solitary Man: A Tribute to Neil Diamond, with Hauskins and a team of gifted musicians treating audiences to adored smash hits including “America,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and “Sweet Caroline.”

  • Banda Maguey, May 31

    Playing from their extensive repertoire encompassing more than three decades of professional performance, the regional-Mexican musicians of Banda Maguey headline a special May 31 concert event at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, the group's many hit singles including "Las Nachas," "Me Llamo Raque," "El Próximo Tonto," "La Manguera," and "Sigues Siendo La Reina."

  • Imaginary, All the People Sharing All the World: “IF,” “The Strangers: Chapter 1,” “Back to Black,” and “I Saw the TV Glow”

    Written, produced, and directed by co-star John Krasinski, the comedy fantasy IF concerns a bunch of imaginary friends (hence the acronym) eager to feel needed again, and when I first scanned the list of those voicing these beings, I practically needed an overnight bag and a canteen to get through it.

  • 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, May 23: Discussion of IF, The Strangers: Chapter 1, Back to Black, and I Saw the TV Glow, previews of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie, and a convo about childhood imaginary friends ... or, in Dave's case, imaginary girlfriends.

  • Noa's Arc: “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”

    Considering that nearly all of its performances are motion-capture ones, I didn't expect to spend so much time at Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes marveling at the nuances of naturalistic human acting.

  • Stunted Development: “The Fall Guy,” “The Idea of You,” “Tarot,” and “Unfrosted”

    The leads are attractive and charming. The action is swift and loud. The jokes are unmissable. And if you spend more than five seconds thinking about The Fall Guy, the whole thing crumbles like a particularly flimsy house of cards.

  • Now Playing: Friday, May 24, through Thursday, May 30

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • Last Chance Exhibition Tour Night: “Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition,” May 30

    On May 30, area art lovers are invited to enjoy their "Last Chance" at touring the Figge Art Museum's popular 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition, with the Davenport venue's exhibit boasting 62 works – paintings, sculptures, installations, and more – by 42 artists living within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

  • “43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition,” through June 2

    An eagerly awaited tradition featuring dozens of recent and debuting works in a variety of artistic mediums, the 43rd edition of the Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition will be on display at the Figge Art Museum through June 2, with the Davenport venue housing 62 works - paintings, sculptures, installations, and more - by 42 artists living within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

  • Buried Stories: Louie Bellson (1924-2009)

    Luigi Paul Balassone Sr. moved his music store to 1711 Fifth Avenue in Moline, Illinois, when his son Louie was a child. As Louie later said, “My dad had taught me practically every aria from every Italian opera.” He added, “It’s all music, whether it’s opera or jazz, and maybe you can hear a little of both in what I play.”

  • “Revolutionary Artist: The Prison Fantasies of David Alfaro Siqueiros,” through June 9

    With the exhibit's artist known for his large public murals using the latest in equipment, materials, and technique, as well as for being one of the most famous of the "Mexican muralists," Revolutionary Artist: The Prison Fantasies of David Alfaro Siqueiros will be on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum through April 9, this lithograph series on loan from the Deere & Company collection for an intimate exhibition on view in the Lewis Gallery.

  • “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.