• River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 31 through July 2

    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 of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from May 31 through July 2, will address such topics as commercial fishing, steamboating, the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Hauberg Estate, and the history of Arsenal Island.

  • Red, White, & Boom!, July 3

    Annual explosions of fun followed by literal explosions in the air will be taking place in Davenport's LeClaire Park and Quinlan Court and Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park when the Quad Cities hosts its Fourth of July celebration Red, White, & Boom!, the bi-state July 3 event delivering a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River as well as live music, food and beverage vendors, special presentations, family programming, and more.

  • John Deere Classic, June 29 through July 3

    Designed to bring some serious swing into the summer, the John Deere Classic returns to Silvis' TPC at Deere Run from June 29 through July 3, with this professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour taking place two weeks before the Open Championship for the first time in its 50-year history.

  • River Action's Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, July 5 through 30

    Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action is again presenting a series of outdoor presentations in the second month of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks: weekly programs that, from July 5 through 30, will address such topics as plastic pollution, native fish and trees, water-treatment operations, and the indigenous peoples of the Quad Cities.

  • “Build! Create! Innovate!”, through September 4

    Visitors to Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center can receive insight into problem solving and abstract thinking using mathematics, physics, and design with fun, simple building materials in the venue's Build! Create! Innovate!, an exhibition that, through September 4, boasts 3,600 square feet of building space and more than 15,000 KEVA Planks, along with photography of local architecture and a pre-built bridge, Kone Tower, and the Putnam’s iconic Velie automobile.

  • Genesius Guild's “Electra,” July 2 through 10

    One of the most exciting and moving of all classical-Greek tragedies will be staged in Rock Island's Lincoln Park from July 2 through 10 when Genesius Guild stages its masked drama Electra, the Sophocles masterpiece set a few years after the Trojan War, and a one-act act theatre experience that the L.A. Post noted as "unique among Greek tragedies for its emphasis on action."

  • A Good Time, and I'm Not Lion: “Madagscar: A Musical Adventure,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 2

    I think exposure to the theatre is so important for kids, and Circa 21's children’s show Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, directed by Brad Hauskins, did not disappoint, with life lessons continually pouring through the plot.

  • “Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair,” June 30 through July 17

    A Tony-nominated stage sensation by the legendary composing team behind The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and other iconic titles, Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair enjoys a Clinton Area Showboat Theatre run from June 30 through July 17, this beloved musical delivering such treasured show-tune staples as "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "It Might as Well Be Spring," and the state-specific "All I Owe Ioway."

  • “Annie,” June 30 through July 10

    Winner of seven 1977 Tony Awards and one of the 25 longest-running productions in Broadway history, the iconic comic-strip adaptation Annie will be brought to life at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse June 30 through July 10, the show described by the New York Times as "an intensely likable musical" that's also "an unstoppable sunshine steamroller."

  • Gold Testament: Countryside Community Theatre's “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at North Scott High School, through July 3

    I enjoy seeing a beloved musical that's so well-known I could easily sing along (though I never would). It's also fun seeing familiar faces and saying, "Hey, I know her!" "I acted with him!" Countryside Community Theatre's Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is that kind of show. It's both a classic and a family affair, as many summer productions with this company are.

  • The Zombies, July 2

    Currently traveling the country in their “Life Is a Merry-Go-Round” tour held in celebration of the band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the British psychedelic-pop icons of The Zombies play a special July 2 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, the group renowned for such top-10 Billboard smashes as “She's Not There,” “Tell Her No,” and the chart-topping “Time of the Season.”

  • The Yawpers, July 3

    Described by Rolling Stone as blending “highbrow smarts with down-home stomp,” the Denver-based rockers of The Yawpers headline a July 3 concert set at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the musicians touring in support of their most recent album that led Pop Matters to rave, "the Yawpers are a great American rock and roll band, and Human Question is one of this year’s most accomplished releases."

  • Iowa City Jazz Festival, July 1 through 3

    With a lineup that ranges from Grammy and Downbeat Award winners to the Corridor’s top student performers, Summer of the Arts and GreenState Credit Union will present the Iowa City Jazz Festival July 1 through 3, this nationally renowned event returning to downtown Iowa City for its 31st year, and taking place on both the Ped Mall and South Clinton Street.

  • As I Lay Dying, July 5

    Although currently touring without two of its longtime members – bassist vocalist Josh Gilbert, who left the group in May, and drummer Jordan Mancino, who departed in early June – the Grammy-nominated metalcore musicians of As I Lay Dying will surely show no signs of slowing down during their July 5 set at East Moline venue the Rust Belt, touring the nation now in support of the band's most recent album Shaped by Fire.

  • The Melvins, July 6

    Led by rock legend Buzz Osborne, who has been touring with his band for 39 years, and boasting the sterling musicianship of drummer Dale Grover and bassist Steven Shane McDonald, the sludge-metal and hardcore-punk musicians of the Melvins headline a July 6 concert event at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, with AllMusic.com writing of the iconic group, “Their ability to combine punk with a strong Black Sabbath influence had a major impact on everything from grunge to alternative metal to doom metal and stoner rock.”

  • 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 30: Discussion of Elvis, The Black Phone, The Phantom of the Open, Cha Cha Real Smooth, and Good Lyck to You, Leo Grande.

  • Graceland of Opportunity: “Elvis,” “The Black Phone,” “The Phantom of the Open,” “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” and “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”

    There's plenty to conceivably gripe about, but those complaints feel moot in the face of the stellar, supremely emotional entertainment that Elvis' director and star deliver. And for their film's two hours and 39 minutes, Baz Luhrmann and Austin Butler deliver that entertainment again and again and again.

  • What's Up, Buzz? Tell Me What's a-Happening!: “Lightyear” and “Brian & Charles”

    Writer/director Angus MacLane's adventure comedy has a built-in safety feature – a shield against irrationally high hopes – that was a lot more charming than I anticipated, because the way the film has been designed, it doesn't have to be the coolest family entertainment of 2022. It just has to suggest the coolest family entertainment of 1995.

  • DNA-OK: “Jurassic World Dominion” and “Hustle”

    This admittedly overlong, overstuffed outing is the most enjoyable Jurassic flick since Jurassic Park and for my money, it provided about the same amount of dopey retro fun as the Tom Cruise smash that most reviewers are turning cartwheels over. At least in this one, we know where they bad guys come from.

  • Now Playing: Friday, July 1, through Thursday, July 7

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • “New Photography,” through July 3

    Noted 20th-century photographer Aaron Siskind was quoted as saying, "Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever … . It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” This act of remembering will be on glorious display at the Figge Art Museum through July 3, with the Davenport venue housing works previously unseen in the Quad Cities via the arresting exhibition New Photography.

  • Karen Kurka Jensen, Sally Havlis, and Jim and Philip Bruch Scheller Exhibits, through July 4

    A trio of varied artistic mediums by a quartet of gifted Midwestern artists will be decorating the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery through the fourth of July, with travelers and art lovers alike to delight in the sumi-e paintings of North Liberty, Iowa's Karen Kurka Jensen, the acrylic sculptural paintings of Chicago artist Sally Havlis, and the glass art vessels of Staunton, Illinois' father-and-son team James and Phillip Bruch Scheller.

  • Opening Program: “History in the Painting,” July 7

    Providing insight into our country’s past through the work of revered American artists including Thomas Cole, Severin Roesen, Albert Bierstadt, and John Frederick Kensett, the Figge Art Museum's current exhibition The Warner Foundation Collection: History in the Painting will be celebrated in an opening program on July 7, the Davenport venue's event boasting appetizers, a cash bar, and presentations by a number of special guest speakers.

  • “Decolonial Intervention,” July 9, 2022, through July 9, 2023

    Mexican/Latinx multidisciplinary artist Tlisza Jaurique will, from July 9 of 2022 to July 9 of 2023, employ her inherited indigenous upbringing and aesthetics in service of the Figge Art Museum's Decolonial Intervention, creating her own artistic intervention surrounding the Davenport venue's Spanish Vice Regal collection, reexamining the art in this space, and providing a different viewpoint that allows for a shared authority of the collection.

  • “Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison,” through August 21

    An artistic exploration into the lives of children raised in many different kids of circumstances, the Muscatine Art Center's new exhibition Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison will be on display through August 21, and stands as a revealing series of photos that share the diverse stories of youths living in different countries around the globe.