• Hoosier Arenacross Nationals, January 21 and 22

    On January 21 and 22, one of the most spectacular extreme-racing environments in the world will be re-created at Moline's TaxSlayer Center in the two-day Hoosier Racing Tire Arenacross Nationals, a touring event in which top professional and amateur athletes compete on man-made, custom-designed tracks built inside the country’s most well-known arena stages and amphitheaters.

  • “Stories from Around the World,” January 25

    In a special panel discussion taking place at the Bettendorf Public Library on January 25, area professors and their students will share some of their faculty-led experiences abroad, their Stories from Around the World program presented by the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities and featuring Augustana College's Dr. Mariano J. Magalhães and St. Ambrose University's Dr. Kirk Kelley, Dr. Terri Switzer, and Dr. Duk Kim.

  • “An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia,” January 26

    With the Washington Post deeming her latest novel “a fast-paced, darkly romantic journey,” and NPR stating that its characters are “unique, flawed, and sad in a way that burrows into your heart,” best-selling and award-winning novelist Silvia Moreno-Green will take part in a virtual conversation hosted by the Rock Island Public Library, the January 26 event allowing the author to discuss her 2021 book Velvet Was the Night and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraft-ian horror.

  • “The Play with Rocky Bleier,” January 28

    An acclaimed author, public speaker, radio host, and former halfback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rocky Bleier takes the stage at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center for the touring sensation The Play with Rocky Bleier, a special January 28 event in which the guest will take audiences from his early years through his professional career and talk about the lessons he learned along the way.

  • “Dancing with the Stars: Live 2022,” February 2

    Its enduring legacy including 30 seasons on ABC, 470 episodes, and the receiving of 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, the TV-competition smash Dancing with the Stars comes to Davenport's Adler Theatre on February 2 in a thrilling live show boasting nine professional dancers and such special guests as Amanda Kloots, Jimmie Allen, and Mirror Ball Champions Kaitlyn Bristowe and Iman Shumpert.

  • “The Play That Goes Wrong,” January 19 through March 12

    With The Telegraph reviewer Tim Walker stating, “I have seldom, if ever, heard louder or more sustained laughter in a theatre,” the object of that praise – the Tony-winning slapstick farce The Play That Goes Wrong makes its area debut at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, the show's January 19 through March 12 Rock Island run sure to demonstrate why the New York Times deemed it “a knockabout farce” whose audience “roared as loudly as the crowds at any wrestling match.”

  • “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” January 21 through 30

    From January 21 through 30, the Center for Living Arts, the Penguin Project of the Quad Cities, and Augustana College's theatre department will team up to help turn kids into stage stars for the eagerly awaited family-musical presentation The Little Mermaid Jr. – a production based on Disney's Oscar-winning animated adventure, and a show that boasts a cast composed of talented youths with special needs.

  • “Eden Prairie, 1971,” January 27 through February 20

    A world-premiere presentation that challenges commonly held beliefs about the true cost of freedom, playwright Mat Smart's Eden Prairie, 1971 enjoys a January 27 through February 20 run at Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, its author a noted talent whose The Royal Society of Antarctica received Chicago's 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work.

  • “Freedom Riders,” January 31

    An exploration of the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement, Mad River Theater Works' Freedom Riders will enjoy a special January 31 staging at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center, the play delivering unforgettable heroes and facts essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era and American history.

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

    Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2021

  • Tech N9ne, January 21

    Boasting a discography encompassing more than two decades and collaborations with diverse artists ranging from The Doors and Eminem to Boyz II Men, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, hip-hop and rap artist Tech N9ne plays East Moline's The Rust Belt on January 21, the musician currently touring nationally in support of his 2021 release Asin9ne.

  • Mike Mains & the Branches, January 26

    With SputnikMusic.com praising their most recent album When We Were in Love as “larger than life in its indie-pop/rock sound,” adding that “shimmering synth, strong vocals, and endless energy are all constants throughout,” Mike Mains & the Branches headline a January 26 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the indie musicians described by Sunlight magazine as “a powerhouse of a band both in sound and lyrics.”

  • “DRUMline Live!”, January 26

    Featured in Beyoncé's unforgettable performance piece Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé!, the musical talents of DRUMline Live! bring their riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy to the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on January 26, this show-stopping family attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat.

  • Four Favorite Albums from 2021

    More than a balm, music this past year was a glorious brick to the head, shaping how we see the world and introducing us to new experiences that temper our reality in ways that aren’t always positive, but are always quite welcome. Here are four releases from last year that blew my mind and kept the bricks flying.

  • Light in the Darkness: Musical Favorites of 2021

    Ryan Werner, Beverly Beverly Beverly. This 21-minute micro-masterpiece is loaded with more hooks, riffs and guitar harmonies than most albums twice its length. 13 rock songs shrunk down in a microwave for mass consumption, bubblegum hooks written by a literary-minded metal-head clever enough to drop lines about “circumstantial feasts.” There's more emotion here than meets the ear; repeated listening is mandatory.

  • 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, January 20, 2022: Discussion of Scream, Drive My Car, The Tragedy of Macbeth, and Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

  • Knife Work, If You Can Get It: “Scream,” “Drive My Car,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” and “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania”

    While this latest, incessantly meta sequel is frequently clever and easily watchable, it also kept reminding me, unfortunately, that there's a fine line between smart and smarty-pants.

  • “Picture of His Life,” January 23

    Described by CNN as “amazing,” by the San Francisco Chronicle as “wonderful,” and by the Hollywood Reporter as “a fascinating portrait,” Picture of His Life, the 2019 documentary on lauded underwater photographer Amos Nachoum, opens the 2022 season in River Action's QC Environmental Film Series, this January 23 presentation at Davenport's Figge Art Museum a multiple festival-award winner by acclaimed directors Dani Merkin and Yonatan Nir.

  • Faux Force Five: “The 355,” “The Lost Daughter,” “The Tender Bar,” and “Mass”

    There's nothing much wrong with the action thriller The 355 that couldn't have been fixed with a better director and a better script.

  • Now Playing: Friday, January 21, through Thursday, January 27

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “Rowen Schussheim-Anderson: Tapestry College,” January 24 through February 25

    Vividly colorful works by a Rock Island professor of art will be showcased across the river in Davenport in the January 24 through February 25 exhibition Rowen Schussheim-Anderson: Tapestry Collage, with the talents of this longtime Augustana College educator and professional artist on display in St. Ambrose University's Morrissey Gallery.

  • “Clifton Meador: Studio of Exhaustion,” January 24 through March 4

    A number of specific art forms blend in a new exhibition at St. Ambrose University when the Catich Gallery, from January 24 through March 4, houses the works of Clifton Meador: Studio of Exhaustion, its creator a noted artist who combines writing, photography, printmaking, and design to make books that explore how the narratives of culture, history, and place are the basis for identity.

  • In Conversation: Jane Gilmor and Joy Sperling, January 27

    Held in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's current exhibition Breakfast on Pluto, art historian Joy Sperling and exhibit creator Jane Gilmor will discuss the artist's career and how her work “bounces off” the world around her, the January 27 conversation topics extending to current events and the opportunities for dialogue, exploration, and connection that thrive in Gilmor’s artwork.

  • “Young Artists at the Figge,” January 29 through May 15

    Always an eagerly awaited series at the Figge Art Museum, the latest incarnation of Young Artists at the Figge will be on display from January 29 through May 15, with the Davenport venue again celebrating the accomplishments of budding creative talents of local elementary art students whose works will be showcased in a continuing series of individual exhibitions.

  • “Elaine Miller: Uncommon Ground,” through January 29

    A beautiful exhibition of four large-scale paintings depicting the four seasons, along with a collection of smaller canvases, Elaine Miller: Uncommon Ground will be on display at Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center through January 29, the Chicago-based saying of her work, ”I paint to try to engage the spiritual qualities of nature that overwhelms our everyday existence whenever we can stop and notice.”