An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, the Butterworth Center's and Deere-Wiman House's 19th Century Christmas returns to the Quad Cities on December 1 with its litany of seasonal treats including live music performances, interactive tours, make-and-take activities, the display of Charles Wiman's original 1933 Lionel Train set, and, of course, a visit from Santa.

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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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.

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.

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.

A day-long celebration of deaf culture filled with entertainers, activities, and an evening Redstone Room concert, the November 2 event Experience Deaf QC will showcase the talents of, and opportunities for, those challenged by disparate degrees of hearing loss, with showcase guest Aarron Loggins familiar from performing the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” at this year's Super Bowl alongside Gladys Knight.

Appearing locally in his final touring production, writer/comedian Joel Hodgon brings his trademark sardonic wit and red jumpsuit to Davenport's Adler Theatre in the November 3 presentation Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour, offering an unforgettable night of enormous laughs, audience interaction, beloved characters, and astoundingly bad films.

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 Adler 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.”

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