• Eisenhower Dance Detroit, March 22

    The latest gifted guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series will deliver a special, one-night-only public performance when March 22 brings with it a Figge Art Museum evening with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, the professional repertory company that, through its outstanding performances and educational services, strives to deepen the understanding and appreciation of contemporary dance regionally, nationally, and internationally, and to reflect on and explore issues of social significance.

  • “PAW Patrol Live! Heroes Unite,” March 28 and 29

    On March 28 and 29, a Nickelodeon smash now in its 10th year comes roaring – or rather barking – to delightful stage life when Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK welcomes the national tour of PAW Patrol Live! Heroes Unite, a brand-new, full-length amphitheater adventure featuring super-size versions of the furry characters that kids of all ages know and love.

  • Charlie Berens, March 31

    A Midwestern comedian, New York Times bestselling author, Emmy-winning journalist, and musician whose content for his various social platforms has amassed more than five million followers, Charlie Berens brings his "Midwest Survival Guide Tour" to the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on March 31, the Wisconsin native famed for his appearances on Comedy Central, Funny or Die, and MTV News.

  • Gilda's Club Quad Cities' “Live from QC … It's Saturday Nite!”, April 1

    A delightful evening of laughter, music, and support is sure to be delivered in the April 1 fundraiser hosted by Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities, with Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center housing bestselling author and Impractical Jokers comedian James "Murr" Murray and the gifted musicians of the Quad Cities' Soul Storm in the second-annual Live from QC … It's Saturday Nite!

  • “Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend,” through April 30

    One of the most fascinating of all oceanic creatures will be given an up-close-and-person look at the Putnam Museum & Science Center through February 4, when the venue displays the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend, an examination of the water-based wonders from their depiction in the 1500s as angry sea monsters to their present status as icons of pop culture.

  • There is Another Word for It: Fascism

    The “Twitter Files” are explosive revelations of political censorship by a social-media giant colluding with the federal government and certain activist groups.

  • For Willie Sutton, in Hope He Is Still Alive: Michael Madigan’s Legacy of Patronage

    ComEd has long been a source of political patronage. The company’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement with federal prosecutors even references how former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s “old-fashioned patronage system” obtained ComEd meter-reader jobs for its precinct workers.

  • Choate Proves Pritzker’s Rhetoric re State Mental Health So Much Flowers for Algernon

    Governor JB Pritzker declared last week when announcing the formation of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center that the state was building “the best behavioral health system in the nation.” It was quite a bold thing to say. So, my associate Isabel Miller and I asked a couple of follow-up questions: How long will this take and how much will it cost?

  • New World War Recipe or Biden Soup - Cartoon by Ed Newmann 2023 River Cities Reader Copyrighted
    New World War Recipe

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
    All Eyes on the International Health Regulations Proposed Amendments

    The political fallout from COVID mismanagement has also resulted in politiopaths wishing to offload the responsibilities for health emergencies to the World Health Organization (WHO) in an all-too-familiar cowardly dodge, not unlike our Ukraine engagement (and many more conflicts before it) with no congressional “Declaration of War” as dictated in the U.S. Constitution.

  • Quad City Music Guild's “Rent,” March 24 through April 2

    The beginning of spring will also be a season of love at Moline's Prospect Park Auditorium when Quad City Music Guild opens its 2023 lineup with the modern classic Rent, creator Jonathan Larson's unforgettable rock opera that earned four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and the hearts of countless millions of stage fans the world over.

  • “Witness for the Prosecution,” March 24 through April 2

    Praised by The Guardian as “perfectly crafted” and “beautifully scripted,” the wildly entertaining Agatha Christie mystery Witness for the Prosecution enjoys a March 24 through April 2 run at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre, the show a spine-tingling entertainment by the legendary author of The Mousetrap, Murder on the Orient Express, Evil Under the Sun, and other classics.

  • “Anywhere but Here,” March 24 through April 1

    A world-premiere workshop production being staged at Davenport's Mockingbird on Main from March 24 through April 1, Anywhere but Here tells of a young man from a big city forced, by the advent of the 2020 pandemic, to move back into his parents' rural Midwestern home. It's a situation likely familiar to many. It's certainly familiar to the show's playwright and director Bradley Robert Jensen, who fashioned his own experiences into what he describes as “a family dramedy centered around people choosing each other over each other's differences.”

  • “Grumpy Old Men: The Musical,” March 15 through May 6

    Described by Broadway World as “a great evening of theatre” that “hits the mark right from the start,” the Rock Island return of the stage smash Grumpy Old Men: The Musical enjoys a March 15 through May 6 engagement at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, an adaptation of the hit film comedy that the Journal Tribune deemed “sometimes touching, sometimes raucous, and at all times enticing.”

  • “The Pirates of Penzance,” March 26

    One of the most ticklish and tuneful operettas in theatrical history comes to the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on March 26 with the touring presentation The Pirates of Penzance, the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan masterpiece enjoying a rich and radiant new staging by the artists of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

  • Journey, March 21

    Performing in their wildly anticipated 50th Anniversary Celebration Freedom Tour alongside the Grammy-winning chart-toppers of Toto, the iconic arena-rockers of Journey play Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK on March 21, the band currently composed of of guitarist/vocalist Neal Schon (the longest-serving original member), keyboardists/vocalists Jonathan Cain and Jason Derlatka, drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo, bassist Todd Jensen, and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.

  • Lettuce, March 22

    Performing in support of their latest album Unify, a 70-minute record that Live for Live Music raved “emanates brotherhood, evokes oneness, and embodies inspiration in the face of adversity,” the funk artists of Lettuce bring their national tour to East Moline venue The Rust Belt on March 22, their 2022 release also inspiring Glide magazine to rave that the group “does more than enough here to solidify their well-earned status as one of today’s leading fun-and-funk bands.”

  • One Night of Queen, March 24

    Ever since the 2018 musical bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody won four Academy Awards and grossed more than $215 million domestic and $875 million worldwide, Freddie Mercury and Queen have been hotter than ever – which is sure to be proven by the raucous crowd response on March 24 when Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK pays tribute to the iconic British rockers in the stage spectacle One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & the Works.

  • Tanya Tucker, March 24

    A Grammy-winning icon and bona-fide county-music legend makes her eagerly awaited appearance at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on March 24 with the Davenport arrival of Tanya Tucker, whose first radio hit "Delta Dawn" – recorded when she was only 13 years old – has thus far led to the release of 25 studio albums, three live albums, and 30 compilation albums.

  • Church of Cash: Johnny Cash Tribute, March 24

    Touring in support of their fall release Flowers for June, Jay Ernest and the Minneapolis-based musicians of Church of Cash bring their Johnny Cash tribute to Davenport's Raccoon Motel on March 24, performing from the legendary singer's expansive repertoire and the album's repertoire that boasts undersung hits such as “A Thing Called Love,” “Dark as a Dungeon,” and “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky.”

  • Billy's Club: “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”

    Everything that's wrong with the super-sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods is effectively baked into the title. Because if there's one thing that fans of the 2019 film (myself among them) don't want, or at least shouldn't want, it's fury – not when the original's appeal was so firmly grounded in the goofy, amiable, touching, and refreshingly inconsequential.

  • Big Apple Slices: “Scream VI,” “Champions,” “65,” and “Navalny”

    As a rule, horror sequels aren't supposed to be good. Fifth sequels in any genre aren't supposed to be good. Sequels whose basic M.O. is “Let's do what we've always done … but in a different city!” aren't supposed to be good. And yet, almost preposterously, Scream VI proves to be very, very good – though if that praise seems suspect, I'd be willing to amend it to “very, very entertaining.”

  • 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.

    Friday, March 10: A little later than usual ... and a little longer than usual! Discussion of Creed III and Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre; a (p)review of Scream VI (it's really good!); anticipation for the Beck/Woods 65; predictions for this Sunday's Academy Awards; and reminiscences of being traumatized by Sesame Street.

  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” April 6

    A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film that was also named the 30th greatest film of all time in the 2022 Sight & Sound critics’ poll, Céline Sciamma's French romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire will enjoy a Figge Art Museum screening on April 6 in conjunction with the exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960, the Davenport venue's latest movie series highlighting award-winning, groundbreaking feature films that celebrate the cinematic achievements of women.

  • Now Playing: Friday, March 17, through Thursday, March 23

    Now playing at area theaters.


  • Enter the Reader's Spring Photo Contest - April 20 Deadline!

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

    For 2023, we've decided on three new categories for your submissions: “Prairie,” “Oaks,” and “Ethanol.”

    Entrants are welcome to interpret the categories however they wish.  Click photo or headline for full list of rules. 

  • “Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Women in Music,” March 23

    Held in conjunction with the Davenport venue's current exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960, the Figge Art Museum will present a special March 23 program that explores the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's March 25 concert Up Close with the Figge: Women in Music, with the QCSO's principal cellist Hannah Holman, in Women in Music, celebrating extraordinary female instrumentalists and composers throughout musical history.

  • “Anatomy of a Painting: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper,” through March 26

    Perhaps the most fanous mural in the history of world art will be examined in a special exhibition at the University of Dubuque's Bisignano Art Gallery through March 26 when the venue hosts Anatomy of a Painting: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a showcase about which gallery director Alan Garfield says, "“For those who wondered why Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is so famous, I hope this show will begin to answer that question in a number of ways.”

  • “Georgia O'Keeffe & Deere: The Making of a Modern Masterpiece,” March 27

    Offered on March 27 as a program in the "Evenings at Butterworth Center" series, the Moline venue will host historian Sarah Rovang as she presents Georgia O’Keeffe & Deere: The Making of a Modern Masterpiece, detailing how the legendary artist forever established a local connection by referring to her monumental work Sky Above Clouds IV as the “Deere Clouds.”

  • Artist Talk: Tlisza Jaurique, March 30

    Participating in a Figge Art Museum Artist Talk on March 30, Mexican/Latinx multidisciplinary artist Tlisza Jaurique will discuss her inherited indigenous upbringing and aesthetics in conjunction with Decolonial Intervention, the Davenport venue's current exhibit in which Jaurique has created her own artistic intervention surrounding the Spanish Vice Regal collection, reexamining the art in this space and providing a different viewpoint that allows for a shared authority of the collection.