A Lewis Carroll storybook classic will soon be given stage treatment by the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities, with the Rock Island company delivering four performances of Alice in Wonderland from April 30 through May 2. But unlike so many live entertainments of late, the decision to bring the ballet to Davenport's Outing Club, as Artistic Director and Alice choreographer Courtney Lyon states, had little to do with the current pandemic. It had more to do with a three-year-old snowstorm.

A septet of thrilling, evocative dance pieces will be performed virtually on April 30 when the University of Iowa's Department of Dance presents its annual capstone projects in concert form, with this year's performances boasting short works by seven BFA candidates who are already gifted and imaginative choreographers.

Performing an eagerly awaited comedy set in the venue's first live event since 2020, frequent Bob & Tom Show guest Donnie Baker – the self-described “Kentucky redneck caricature” who's the brainchild of comedian Ron Sexton – headlines East Moline's The Rust Belt on the May 1, his standup set treating patrons to an evening with the blissfully rude character who describes himself as a “trapped in the '80s” guy who “will never admit defeat.”

An acclaimed national comedian with ties to the Quad Cities performs two live shows at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort on April 29, with TV and film talent Tammy Pescatelli treating Rhythm Room attendees to the hilarious insights and sharp-witted observations beloved from Last Comic Standing and her 2013 Netflix special Finding the Funny.

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.

Iconic groups ranging from the Jackson 5 to New Kids on the Block to *NSYNC will be celebrated at The Tangled Wood on April 27 when the Bettendorf venue hosts Boy Band Trivia Night – an evening in which music fans can trade their knowledge for cash prizes while answering questions on the Backstreet Boys, One Direction, Menudo, and loads of other beloved pop artists.

Some of the most fascinating and beautiful edifices in all of Europe will be explored and celebrated on April 25 when historian and lecturer Russell Baldner delivers the virtual program German Architecture in the Saxony Region, a special online event hosted by Davenport's German American Heritage Center.

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.

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.

Delivering an original performance boasting a company of 13 graduate and undergraduate dancers, the University of Iowa Dance Company will, on April 8, present a recording of its recent Home Concert in a Figge Art Museum presentation that highlights diverse experiences in American culture via a quintet of thrillingly choreographed vignettes.