• Virtual Presentation: “An Evening with John Sandford,” April 14

    Appearing in a special presentation hosted by the Moline Public Library, a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize recipient will be showcased in the virtual program An Evening with John Sandford, an April 14 event with the author of the wildly popular Prey series that boasts 30 books (and counting) featuring crime-solving protagonist Lucas Davenport.

  • QCA Today: April 14, 2021

    This feature lists all headlines with links to the articles by date/time published online by Quad Cities-area media outlets and the state-politics sections of the Des Moines Register and the State Journal-Register.  

    Visit QCAToday.com for a variation on this theme with curated-for-local-content, and categorized headlines from expanded sources.  

  • Virtual Presentation – “Shaping a Presidential Imagine: The Curious Case of Herbert Hoover,” April 15

    Delivered as part of the Davenport Public Library's virtual 3rd Thursday at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum programming, the April 15 Zoom webinar Shaping a Presidential Imagine: The Curious Case of Herbert Hoover will boast an expansive and historically fascinating presentation by Dr. George H. Nash, the Hoover biographer best-known for his 1976 book The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945.

  • Virtual Presentation: “Meet Emily Dickinson, the Belle of Amherst,” April 16

    One of the most important and influential figures in literature will be celebrated in a special Moline Public Library presentation on April 16, with storyteller and historic interpreter Paddy Lynn appearing in the one-woman show Meet Emily Dickinson, the Belle of Amherst, an intimate look into the life of one of the most most preeminent American poets of the 19th century.

  • Virtual Presentation: “Katie Colletta: Youth Storytelling Workshop,” April 24

    In the latest presentation in the Englert Theatre's virtual Storytellers series, professional actor and playwright Katie Colletta will deliver a crash course in children's entertainment with her April 24 program Youth Storytelling Workshop, a program designed for participants to get their creative juices flowing with interactive games creative ways to bring stories to life both on the page and on the stage.

  • Roby Smith Iowa State Senator District 47 and Bobby Kaufmann Iowa Representative District 73
    Purported Conservatives Refuse to Stop Private Funding of Public Elections in Iowa

    Throughout America, state legislatures are engaged in election reform to secure their states' election integrity by codifying policies, including the prohibition of certain toxic practices that prevailed under an umbrella response to COVID-19, but undermined election processes in varying degrees. Ten states are including the elimination of private funding of public elections, as well as other measures regarding voter identification, signature approval, securing gaps in counting ballots, mostly common-sense measures that would return voter confidence to elections.

  • Give Repurposing I-74 Bridge Toll Plaza Idea a Fair Shake

    When Marigold Resources' branding and agribusiness adviser Larry McDonald came up with the idea to re-purpose the portion of the I-74 Bridge that used to house the toll plaza operations into an elevated park on the Mississippi River, his concept rendering (pictured above) was posted to several social-media and LinkedIn accounts. 

  • Without the Illinois House Black Caucus Posting Bills, Pritzker May as Well Go Home

    Since 2006, federal law has capped annual interest-rates on payday loans to active-duty military members at 36 percent. The interest-rate cap was broadened in 2015 to include several more types of personal, unsecured loans. In Illinois, meanwhile, payday loan-borrowers have been subjected to average annual interest-rates of close to 300 percent.

  • A Revealing Exchange in Which Pritzker Comes Out as Political

    I’ve given Governor JB Pritzker some grief for his failures during the past few months. His graduated income-tax proposal went down in flames in November. He failed to pass his top priorities during January’s lame-duck legislative session. And his candidate for Democratic Party of Illinois chair lost to US Representative Robin Kelly earlier this month.

  • Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat Sculpture at Geisel Library University of California San Diego
    Could Social Emotional Learning Be Counterproductive?

    Political influence is permeating every facet of American society: culture, laws, finance, and most alarming of all, education.  If you are wondering where all the drama is coming from with censoring Dr. Seuss books, blurring gender lines, Critical Race Theory training prohibited then reinstated throughout the public sector, and Social Emotional Learning with its hyper focus on diversity and racism, the origins can be found largely in academia. 

    Both Academia and M5M are largely financed by familiar foundations and NGOs, including the Rockefeller Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Welcome Trust … . The list is not surprising. Their patronage underscores what Justice ClarenceThomas accurately coined “The bigotry of low expectations.”

  • “Disney's Descendants: The Musical,” April 16 through 25

    Based on the wildly popular, Emmy-nominated Disney Channel movie, the stage adaptation Disney's Descendants: The Musical will be performed live by students of Eldridge's North Scott High School, its April 16 through 25 run introducing engaging new characters and reuniting family audiences with favorites from such iconic animated entertainments as Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

  • “Dragons Love Tacos,” April 17

    Praised by the Nashville Tennessean as “playful and funny” and “a treat for the whole family,” the colorful and hilarious children's-book stage adaptation Dragons Love Tacos will be available for one-day-only streaming on April 17, its presentation by students of Augustana College – filmed live in the college's Brunner Theatre Center – sure to demonstrate why Chicago Parent magazine deemed the show “a must-see for families, taco enthusiasts, and anyone who's ever had nothing to do.”

  • Virtual Performance – “On with the Show: A QCMG Cabaret,” April 9 through 18

    Some of the most enjoyable tunes in musical theatre will be performed by some of our area's most familiar and adored performers when Quad City Music Guild, from April 9 through 18, presents its virtual revue On with the Show: A QCMG Cabaret, an online trip through the 73-year history of this beloved Quad Cities theatrical institution.

  • Virtual Performance: “Sonnets for an Old Century,” April 9 through 18

    With its playwright José Rivera lauded by TheatreMania.com for the “expansive, ecstatic, poetic tone in his work that few stage writers dare to attempt,” the riveting quiltwork drama Sonnets for an Old Century will be available for April 9 through 18 viewing in a virtual presentation by Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, treating online audiences to a kaleidoscopic work that inspired Chicago Stage Review to rave, “Rivera’s script is staggering and lovely.”

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

    Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • “A Rocky Mountain High Experience,” April 16

    Delivering a live performance of iconic country and folk favorites, Los Angeles musician Rick Schuler brings his John Denver tribute A Rocky Mountain High Experience to Davenport's Adler Theatre on April 16, presenting a salute to the Grammy-winning legend that will boast such unforgettable songs as “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “You Fill Up My Senses,” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”

  • Virtual Concert – “Ani DiFranco: 'Revolutionary Love' Live,” April 18

    Hosting a virtual performance in celebration of the artist's 22nd studio album Revolutionary Love, Iowa City's Englert Theatre brings folk- and alternative-rock icon Ani DiFranco into fans' homes with the April 18 concert event 'Revolutionary Love' Live, which will find DiFranco, Terence Higgins, and Ivan Neville reminiscing about touring and performing energetic live versions from the January release along with classics from the Little Folksinger canon.

  • Virtual PASS Concert: Skerryvore, April 21

    Chart-topping Scottish musicians whom Broadway Baby praised for producing “music that upholds heritage while still sounding unmistakably current,” the Celtic rockers of Skerryvore are showcased in the latest virtual performance in the Quad City Arts Center's annual PASS (Performing Arts Signature Series) program, delivering an eclectic fusion of rock, pop, and folk music with an emphatic thundering of drums and bagpipes.

  • Wave Cage, "The Portrait"

    Well, I, for one, am glad that groups of plucky young musicians get together and decide to make jazz fusion in the year 2021. As an avowed devotee of late-'60s through -'70s fusion as pioneered by the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Mahavishnu Orchestra, I can’t help but smile when a contemporary band can hit with horn voices, electronics, and funk rhythms all at once. Iowa City’s four-piece band Wave Cage get there.

  • Chaircrusher, "Stars Have Fallen"

    The rate at which prolific musicians in the Bandcamp era can churn out new material on a short notice will never cease to amaze me. The idea of an “album cycle” in which an artist drops one album a year, or even less frequently, and spends the time between proper releases promoting and performing based around one album’s material still exists in the upper echelons of the music industry.

  • Lord of the Fliers: “Voyagers,” “The Girl Who Believes in Miracles,” and “Tina”

    While Voyagers' PG-13 rating is already a hint that Neil Burger's futuristic thriller won't emerge as the daring, nasty good time it keeps threatening to be, the problem isn't so much the movie's rating as it is its blandness. Thanks to Alien, we know the deal with screams. But as it turns out, in space, no one can hear you yawn, either.

  • The Show Will Go On … "Nomad"-er What: Predicting the 2021 Academy Award Winners

    What better way to conclude one of the strangest movie seasons in history – hell, one of the strangest years in history – than with a free-for-all ceremony that will, I venture, see 18 different movies awarded over 23 categories, and the night's only mortal lock a female Chinese-American director winning a category that men, most of them white men, have won 90 times out of 91?

  • Monster Mush: "Godzilla vs. Kong," "French Exit," and "The Unholy"

    Near as I can recall, the last cineplex release that caused me to accidentally fall asleep was 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and I'm on-record as having nodded off not once, but twice, during 2014's Godzilla. I wish I could say those were the only two mutant-lizard flicks over the years to make me conk out, but alas, we're now confronted with Godzilla vs. Kong both on the big screen and via HBO Max. At least this time, my snoring was confined to my apartment.

  • “La Bamba,” April 18 through 22

    Screening locally as the fourth cinematic presentation in Fathom Events' seventh-annual TCM Big Screen Classics series, the beloved 1987 hit La Bamba will enjoy a two-day cineplex return at Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, its April 18 through 22 engagement exploring the artistry of rock icon Ritchie Valens in a film that, according to Rotten Tomatoes, “distills its subject's creative energy and reflects his music's enduring appeal.”

  • Now Playing: Friday, April 16, through Thursday, April 22

    Now playing at area theaters.

Art

  • Virtual Curator Talk: Christina Kastell, April 15

    On April 15, the Putnam Museum & Science Center’s Curator of History and Anthropology Christina Kastell presents a Virtual Curator Talk for Davenport's Figge Art Museum, introducing the Putnam's current Faces of the Past, an original Putnam exhibit that explores portraiture around the world and across time as a reflection of self-identity, popular culture, mythology, and ritual.

  • Virtual Artist Talk: Ann Gale, April 22

    An award-winning talent praised by art critic DeWitt Cheng for her “densely worked, emotionally charged paintings” that “manifestly rebut any resistance to painterly realism,” Washington-based painter Ann Gale will be featured in the Figge Art Museum's latest Virtual Artist Talk, her April 22 appearance highlighting her works, her creative process, and figurative painting in the present day.

  • After Hours: “For America,” April 23

    A special in-person event held in conjunction with the current exhibition For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design, the Figge Art Museum's April 23 “After Hours” celebration will treat guests to a socially distanced and semi-private evening at the museum to view the exhibit, wine and individual charcuterie plates from the Figge Cafe, and guides available in the exhibition space to answer questions.

  • Enter the Reader's Spring Photo Contest – April 29 Deadline!

    With spring (almost) in the air, it's time again for the River Cities’ Reader’s annual Spring Photo Contest!

    For 2021, we've decided on three new categories for your submissions: “Life,” “Liberty,” and “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

    Entrants are welcome to interpret the categories however they wish.

  • “Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon,” through April 25

    Forgeries, mental illness, intrigue, and rapid fame – the dramatic circumstances of Ralph Albert Blakelock’s life often overshadow the merits of his work. But the Figge Art Museum hopes to amend that in the Davenport venue's new exhibition Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon, a showcase (on display through April 25) of eight exceptional artworks from the museum collection.

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