• Virtual Event: “Horror with Stephen Graham Jones,” October 4

    Participating in a special virtual program co-presented by the Rock Island Public Library and Illinois Libraries Present, a bestselling writer will tackle a seasonally appropriate genre in the October 4 online event Horror with Stephen Graham Jones, a conversation with the Blackfoot Native American fiction author whose most widely known works include the horror novels The Only Good Indians, My Heart Is a Chainsaw, and Night of the Mannequins.

  • The Rise of AI: CornCon Cybersecurity Conference and Kids' Hacker/STEM Camp, October 6 and 7

    Founded in 2015 by the Quad Cities Cybersecurity Alliance and presented by the Docent Institute, the ninth-annual CornCon – an event designed to raise community awareness and provide business solutions for dealing with cybersecurity threats – will boast breakout sessions, expert speakers, panels, tutorials, vendors, a tech expo, children's activities, awards presentations, and more on October 6 and 7, this year's Davenport RiverCenter event titled The Rise of AI.

  • World Ballet Series: “Cinderella,” October 11

    An enchanting story for all ages boasting a wonderful dose of humor, the majesty of classical ballet, and a fulfilled promise of “happily ever after," the nationally touring World Ballet Series' Cinderella brings their glass slippers to Davenport's Adler Theatre on October 11, this beautiful fairytale told by 40 professional dancers, and featuring gorgeous hand-painted sets and vivid hand-sewn costumes.

  • Heywood Banks, October 12

    Interspersing his humorous observations on life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs sung and played in a variety of styles, the genre-defying entertainer Heywood Banks takes the stage at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room on October 12, his standup earning the artist first place in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search Contest and his musical genres ranging from folk, to country to rock and beyond.

  • “Caged Aggression XXXVI: Miletich v. Jackson,” October 13 and 14

    Their scheduled mixed martial arts clash fueled by personal animosity and stark ideological differences, the Quad Cities' own Pat "The Croation Sensation" Miletich and Mike "The Truth" Jackson will bring their "Bad Blood" showdown to Davenport's RiverCenter on October 13 and 14, the two-night Caged Aggression XXXVI event promising to be a fight for the ages, pitting skill against youth, experience against speed, and conservative views against liberally minded agenda.

  • Accusations of Gotion Inc’s Chinese Communist Agenda Further Erodes ILGOP Credibility

    The Illinois Senate Republicans are amplifying complaints made earlier by the Illinois Republican Party and others about a massive economic development project in Manteno.

  • The climate non-skeptics are lulled into hapless orthodoxy, and the skeptics are quieted into non-pa
    A Climate of Skepticism

    The article “Why EROEI Matters” by David Turver (Eigen Values, Substack.com) fascinates me. It gets my skeptic up. I won’t upstage Mr. Turver by summarizing it, but EROEI (Energy Recovered On Energy Invested) is a great way to compare the efficacy of energy sources, and his article is an excellent critique of our policy direction. You should read it.

  • The State Remedy: How to Protect Your Wealth, Restore Comity for All and Save Our Republic For Futur
    The State Remedy: How to Protect Your Wealth, Restore Comity for All, and Save Our Republic for Future Generations

    I am on a mission to re-establish a sound monetary system, one which uses gold and silver. Given the development of government controlled digital currencies and ledgers, the abuse of those who can least afford it by the Federal Reserve, and the state of America's affairs, there is no more important mission.

  •  I Vhant to Suck Your Speech! - River Cities' Reader Printed Edition Cover Art #1014 Ocotober 2023
    Scary Government Staff and Spooks "Vhant to Suck Your Speech"

    A nexus of events culminated this summer in shocking reports, congressional hearing transcripts, and court rulings that have revealed just how far off the reservation the federal government really is relative to egregious, unlawful violations of hundreds of thousands of Americans' constitutionally protected First Amendment rights, especially Free Speech.

    One could argue we’re in the business of critical infrastructure, and the most critical infrastructure is our cognitive infrastructure, so building that resilience to misinformation and disinformation, I think, is incredibly important.' – CISA Director Jen Easterly, November 10, 2021.”

  • Illinois’ SAFE-T Act Promises Small County Complications

    Hannah Meisel’s recent report for Capitol News Illinois included a line that jumped out at me: “Per state law - which hasn’t been updated since 1949 - only counties with 35,000 or more residents are required to set up offices of public defender.”

  • “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."

  • “Skeleton Crew,” October 6 through 15

    A 2022 Tony Award winner that Variety magazine praised as "filled with depth and relatable characters," author Dominique Morisseau's drama Skeleton Crew enjoys its Quad Cities premiere at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre from October 6 through 15, the lauded work also praised by the New Yor Times as "a swift, well-crafted look at factory workers trapped in an economic 'dumpster fire," and by the New Yorker as a work "bristling and jumping and speeding forward with skillful talk."

  • Dewey's Decibel System: “School of Rock: The Musical,” through October 8

    School of Rock: The Musical was directed by the theatre's co-owner (and set, lighting, and sound designer) Brent Tubbs, aided here by musical director Laura Hammes and choreographer Becca Johnson. Onstage, we have 30 actor/singer/musicians, plus seven musicians in the pit, and they and the crew have staged an ambitious, complex production that runs smoothly, sounds great, and will leave you grinning.

  • “Dracula: a feminist revenge fantasy,” October 12 through 15

    Lauded by DC Theater Arts as "a thrilling experience in theatergoing" and by the Wall Street Journal as a "fresh, theatrically potent spin on the novel," playwright Kate Hamill's witty, creepy, and macabre Dracula, a feminist revenge fantasy opens Augustana College's 2023-24 season in Rock Island, the production certain to demonstrate why New York Theatre Guide proclaimed the genre-bending stage work "biting in every sense of the word."

  • 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.

  • Drayton Farley, October 5

    Touring in support of his 2023 album Twenty on High, which Holler Country deemed "10 songs of hope pushing back against self-doubt – and vice versa – wrapped in a nostalgic glow," country-music singer/songwriter Drayton Farley headlines an October 5 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the artist's latest inspiring Saving Country Music to call him "among the top flight of resurgent country-adjacent performers carrying on what artists such as Jason Isbell helped instigate."

  • Pop-Up Concert with Tommy Mesa, October 6

    Appearing in conjunction with his weekend Masterworks concert events with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, acclaimed Cuban-American cellist Dr. Tommy Mesa will play a special pop-up concert in Davenport's brand-new MLK Park on October 6, the artist lauded by New York Concert Review as “commanding in every detail” performing alongside QCSO violinists Janis Sakai and Emily Nash.

  • Bre Kennedy, October 6

    Praised by Ones to Watch for her "intricate storytelling infused with both pop sensibilities and folk tenderness," Bre Kennedy headlines an October 6 concert event at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the singer/songwriter's talent inspiring Atwood magazine to call her "undeniably an artist that deserves your undivided attention," adding that "as a narrator, she’s achingly relatable, and as a new artist, she’s more than ready for the spotlight."

  • Brian Setzer, October 12

    A three-time Grammy Award winner, Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, revered guitarist a singer/songwriter Brian Setzer brings his national "Rockabilly Riot!" tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on October 12, the artist having achieved popular success with his 1950s-style rockabilly group Stray Cats, and well as his '90s swing-revival band the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

  • Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks I: “From Conflict to Courage,” October 7 and 8

    Opening their eagerly anticipated 2023-24 Masterworks season with performances at Davenport's Adler Theatre on October 7 and Augustana College's Centennial Hall on October 8, the sublime musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra welcome, for their concert event Masterworks I: From Conflict to Courage, Cuban-American cellist Dr. Tommy Mesa, the artist having inspired New York Concert Review to rave, "Mr. Mesa’s playing had a musical intensity that was commanding in every detail.”

  • Crossed Wires: “The Creator” and “Saw X”

    For a movie plastered wall-to-wall with visual effects, writer/director Gareth Edwards' The Creator pulls off a feat only a few futuristic science-fiction films have managed over the decades: It makes you completely forget about the visual effects.

  • 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 28: Discussion of Expend4bles, Dumb Money, Cassandro, and It Lives Inside, and previews of Stop Making Sense and, apparently, the next hope for a Barbenheimer: a double feature of Saw X and the new PAW Patrol cutely monikered "Saw Patrol." Just ... no.

  • “4bles” Foibles: “Expend4bles,” “Dumb Money,” “Cassandro,” and “It Lives Inside”

    Because the competition is so fierce, it's hard to say which scene in director Scott Waugh's action sequel Expend4bles is the most repellent. And for the sake of time and our collective sanity, I'm going to ignore every multitudinous instance of brains being splattered via gunfire, the effects for which look like they were added post-production with a red magic marker.

  • “The Cakemaker,” October 5

    Lauded by Variety as "a tender, tactile, and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith, and unwittingly shared grief," writer/director Ofir Raul Grazier's The Cakemaker enjoys a special October 5 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, the 2017 romantic drama also praised by the Los Angeles Times as a work in which "a most fascinating kind of tension results -- an unusual state of affairs that plays fair with the characters, and with us."

  • Now Playing: Friday, September 29, through Thursday, October 5

    Now playing at area theaters.


  • “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.

  • “Art & Activism at Tougaloo College,” October 7 through January 28

    On display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum from October 7 through January 8, the arresting historical exhibition Art & Activism at Tougaloo College will explore the inception of this distinctive collection at the intersection of modern art, education, and social justice, and in doing so, will highlight Tougaloo’s evolution as a center for vanguard European and American art shaped by interracial collaboration and the pursuit of civil rights.

  • “The Mysterious Disappearance of Miss Haylee,” October 11 through December 1

    A collaborative art exhibition with a seasonally appropriate spooky theme, The Mysterious Disappearance of Miss Haylee will haunt Rock Island's Quad City Arts Center from October 11 through December 1, this delightfully spine-tingling event blending the collective talents of area visual artists Heidi Hernandez and Bruce Walters alongside those of local author Michael McCarty.

  • Exhibition Celebration and Curator Talk: “Art & Activism at Tougaloo College,” October 12

    Held in conjunction with the nationally touring Art & Activism at Tougaloo College, an exhibition celebration and curator talk will be held at Davenport's Figge Art Museum on October 12, the evening featuring a presentation by Turry M. Flucker, former Director and Curator of the Tougaloo College Art Collections and current Vice President of Collections and Partnerships at the Terra Foundation for American Art.

  • Day of the Dead Family Fiesta, October 15

    With the event held in partnership with Ascentra Credit Union, Hola America, and LULAC, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will house a delightful Día de Los Muertos celebration in the October 15 Day of the Dead Family Fiesta, an afternoon-long tribute honoring the memories of passed loved ones through music, dance, food, and community.