Debuting just in time for Halloween, the professional dancers of Ballet Quad Cities stage choreographer Deanna Carter's adaptation of Bram Stoker's horror classic Dracula on October 19 and 20 at Moline's High School's new Bartlett Performing Arts Center, with the notorious count of Dracula Unleashed! portrayed by international dance star Domingo Rubio and performances preceded by the debuting vignettes of Halloween IV: The Prom.

A YouTube sensation who has opened for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Seth Meyers, and Jeff Foxworthy, beloved Christian comedian Josh Crist brings his “Immature Thoughts” tour to Davenport's Adsler Theatre on October 25, his observational-comedy leading Emmy Award winner and fellow standup Louie Anderson to proclaim, “It's only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name.”

Having thrilled international audiences with astounding feats of illusion involving levitations, souped-up super-cars, and an impossible escape from Houdini's water-torture cell, the prestidigitators of Champions of Magic bring their wildly successful stage show to Davenport's Adler Theatre on October 26, with Stage Door stating “Lovers of magic won't want to miss it,” and the Heresford Times calling the production “slick, clever, funny … and amazing.”

Hosted by the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative in Rock Island, a celebration of music, art, and community awareness takes place at Davenport's River Music Experience on October 26 in the third girlpARTs Fest – an afternoon/evening boasting two dozen singularly designed bodices on display and a headliner performance by 20-year-old Caly Bevier, an ovarian-cancer survivor and semi-finalist on NBC's America's Got Talent.

Arriving just in time for Halloween, monsters – albeit family-friendly ones – will be haunting the halls of Bettendorf's Family Museum on October 20 in the venue's special event Scarecrow Shenanigans: Monster Takeover, a holiday-themed day boasting activities, crafts, experiments, presentations, displays, performances, and plenty of ghoulish guests.

One of the most lauded and beloved comedians of all time makes his long-awaited return to the Adler Theatre on October 22 when the Davenport venue hosts an evening with Jerry Seinfeld, the legendary, Emmy-winning creator/writer/star of Seinfeld and the current Netflix smash Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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.

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One of the most iconic images of the 20th Century – the fall of the Berlin Wall – will be contextualized in a fascinating October 12 presentation at Davenport's German American Heritage Center, with historian Russell Baldner's presentation Berlin: Before & After the Wall Fell exploring the causes and ramifications of those unforgettable actions of November 9, 1989.

Whose Live Anyway? at the Adler Theatre -- October 9.

Quick-witted improvisation, audience participation, and loads of laughs will be on hand when Davenport's Adler Theatre, on October 9, hosts an evening with the nationally touring comedians of Whose Live Anyway? the hilarious stage show inspired by TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and boasting famed stand-up and improv comedians Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray, and Jeff B. Davis.

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