• Jirard the Completionist, November 19

    Internet gaming celebrity and YouTube personality Jirard the Completionist takes the stage at the Rust Belt on November 19 to “share several stories from his childhood to the beginning of his career.” He will also be appearing in person at an after-party at Paradigm (320 East Second Street) in Davenport.

  • QCA Today: November 14, 2019

    This feature collects articles published online by Quad Cities-area media outlets and by CapitolFax.com and the state-politics sections of the Des Moines Register and the State Journal-Register.

  • “Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention!”, September 28 through January 5

    Patrons of Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center are invited to view fantastically ridiculous machines, and dream up some of their own, in the venue's Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention!, the new traveling exhibition that opens on September 28 and showcases the legendary Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions, imaginative illustrations, and humorous storytelling.

  • Rick Beyer, November 5 through 9

    In a brief break from its fall residencies with lauded musicians, Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists Series welcomes best-selling author, award winning documentarian, and longtime history enthusiast Rick Beyer for an area stay November 5 through 9, with the widely acclaimed creator of PBS' The Ghost Army a frequent guest on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, the Discovery Channel, Fox News, and NPR.

  • Fall Antique Spectacular Village Market, November 1 through 3

    One of the Quad Cities' most eagerly anticipated sales events returns to Rock Island's QCCA Expo Center November 1 through 3, as Melting Pot Productions presents the 25th Annual Fall Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, allowing hunters of vintage goods an all-weekend opportunity to shop for a wide range of quality antiques.

  • Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons: “She Kills Monsters,” at Augustana College through November 17

    I was fortunate to attend Tuesday's rehearsal of Augustana College's current offering She Kills Monsters by playwright Qui Nguyen. Director Jeff Coussens and assistant director James Wheeler did stunning work in creating this ambitious production. When we enter the theatre, the stark stone ledges and pre-show music tell us that the show takes place (mostly) in a magical fantasy world, and the set comes to vigorous life after video screens light up, employing film, photos, computer animation, and amusing eight-bit color graphics to establish and enhance settings. I've rarely seen, in local presentations, stagecraft this sophisticated.

  • The Prenzie Players' "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at the QC Theatre Workshop -- November 15 through 23.
    The Prenzie Players' “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” November 15 through 23

    A showcase for the beloved Shakespearean figure Falstaff – the jovial, scheming, soliloquizing knight previously featured in Henry VI Parts I and II – the uproarious comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor serves as the latest presentation by classical-theatre troupe the Prenzie Players, its November 15 through 23 run at Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop boasting many familiar area talents in what Broadway World deemed “the most purely farcical of all of [Shakespeare's] works.”

  • “Losers Bracket,” November 15 through 24

    With the Chicago Reader deeming the work “a Preston Sturges comedy stranded at an I-94 truck stop” and “a wild, crotch-grabbing snapshot of life at the margins,” sibling authors Clay and Nate Sander's Losers Bracket makes its Quad Cities debut at Moline's Black Box Theatre November 15 through 24, its local run sure to demonstrate why the Chicago Tribune raved, “The play hums with the kind of quirky, blue-collar, sports-loving bravado that made Bleacher Bums a Chicago classic.”

  • Just One More Thing … : “Prescription: Murder,” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 17

    Prescription: Murder is the final show in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 90th season, which consisted of 11 productions in as many months. (After this, Barn members are taking a well-deserved rest of a month or so before staging their next presentation in February.) I saw Friday's opening-night performance, and if any of the cast, crew, and staff are exhausted from their busy year, it certainly wasn't apparent. Everything flowed.

  • Deep in the Hearth of Texas: “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through November 17

    It's starting to look a lot like Christmas in the tiny town of Doublewide, Texas, and Saturday's performance of A Doublewide, Texas Christmas by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten was a hoot at the Richmond Hill Players' cozy Barn Theatre. It's a silly comedy full of colorful characters and even sillier situations, and judging by the full house and continual laughter, I would venture to say most everyone enjoyed themselves.

  • Slayer, November 14

    Performing in their final world tour under the banner “The Final Campaign,” the chart-topping, Grammy-winning thrash-metal musicians of Slayer land at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on November 14, playing from a nearly four-decade repertoire that includes the top-10 Billboard smashes Divine Intervention, Christ Illusion, and Repentless.

  • “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,” November 14

    A music- and multi-media-filled holiday sensation now celebrating its 35th-anniversary season, creator Chip Davis' Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns to Davenport's Adler Theatre on November 14, delivering the group's signature blend of New Age, rock, and seasonal tunes that have led to sales of more than 40 million albums in the United States alone.

  • Karen Meat, November 14

    Des Moines-based jangle guitar-pop crew Karen Meat visits the Quad Cities for a November 14 bill at Rozz-Tox.

  • Ivan Moshchuk, November 16

    Lauded by the Swiss newspaper Zofinger Tagblatt for his “technical perfection and extraordinary interpretation” that “lets you feel the spiritual aspects of the music,” 28-year-old classical pianist Ivan Moshchuk serves as the first guest in the First Presbyterian Church of Davenport's 2019-20 Performing Arts Series, his recital on the church's Steinway piano sure to prove why the Baltimore Sun said it would be “impossible not to be impressed” by the young man's “absorbing, dynamic music making.”

  • Ami Dang and Bill MacKay, November 16

    Baltimore-based Ami Dang and Chicago musician Bill MacKay perform at Rock Island venue Rozz-Tox on November 16.

Art

  • “Truth & Beauty,” October 14 through November 23

    Colorful and expressive work by one of Iowa City's premier artistic talents will be on display at St. Ambrose University October 14 through November 23, as the Catich Gallery showcases evocative photographs by Sandra Louise Dyas in her new exhibition Truth & Beauty.

  • "Sky Weave" and "The Set Table: Forks on the Left, Metaphors on the Right," October 18 through December 6

    Drawings and photographs by a pair of gifted Midwestern artists will fill the Quad City Arts Center Gallery from October 18 through December 6, with the Rock Island venue housing the exhibits Sky Weave, featuring new works by Des Moines' Emily Newman, and The Set Table: Forks on the Left, Metaphors on the Right, boasting the talents of Muscatine-based photographer Randy Richmond.

  • “Day of the Dead: The Art of Remembrance,” September 21 through December 8

    From September 21 through December 8, a traditional Mexican holiday will be celebrated in high style at Davenport's Figge Art Museum through the exhibition Day of the Dead: The Art of Remembrance, an installation that will explore how we celebrate and remember the lives of our lost loved ones through the collective traditions, art-making, and storytelling that are among its integral elements.

  • “Mia Feuer: Totems of the Anthropocene,” September 21 through December 29

    A fascinating exhibition boasting installation work and even a synthetic indoor ice rink will be on display at the Figge Art Museum from September 21 through December 29 when the Davenport venue houses Mia Feuer: Totems of the Anthropocene, its widely acclaimed creator having enjoyed solo exhibitions worldwide from Washington D.C. to London to Calgary.

  • Juliet Stock, Julia Kulish, and Natalya Sots Exhibits, October 31 through January 1

    Works by a trio of gifted Midwestern artists will be on display in the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery through January 1, with the venue boasting paintings by Juliet Stock and Julia Kulish and functional ceramic art by Natalya Sots.