The tumultuous history and ever-changing nature of the Berlin Wall will be explored in a simultaneously live and virtual November 21 program hosted by the German American Heritage Center, with the Davenport venue hosting Executive Director Kelly Lao as she guides participants through Divided Past/United Future: Berlin 1945 – Present.

Best-known for his third-place appearance on season four of NBC's Last Comic Standing, nationally touring comedian Chris Porter brings his standup set to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room on November 21, the Midwestern funnyman also famed for his hour-long comedy special Ugly & Angry.

Whether or not the rain starts to pour, staffers at The Tangled Wood will be there for you – like they've been there before! – on November 23, the evening of which will find the Bettendorf venue inviting patrons to share their best guesses on Friends factoids in the sitcom- and holiday-themed F-R-I-E-N-D-S-G-I-V-I-N-G Trivia Night.

In the Davenport Public Library's latest virtual program in its monthly 3rd Thursday at Hoover's series, the November 18 presentation A Tale of Two Famines will offer a fascinating exploration into the role Herbert Hoover played during the Russian famines of 1921 and 1932, with the humanitarian effort viewed from the perspective of speaker Robert Zapesochny's grandparents who experienced it and were ultimately fed by Hoover.

Lauded by Booklist as “timely and important” and by Kirkus Reviews as “an excellent starting point for much-needed change,” author Monique W. Morris' nonfiction Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools will be the subject of a November 17 discussion at the Davenport Public Library's main branch, with activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem saying that “Morris tells us exactly how schools are crushing the spirit and talent that this country needs.”

In celebration of the release of the first two chapbooks published through its Foster-Stahl Chapbook Series that originated last year, the Midwest Writing Center will host a November 11 SPECTRA Reading Series event at Rock Island venue Rozz-Tox, with the evening featuring readings by critically acclaimed authors Laura A. Ring and Aubrey Ryan.

Presented by Kevin Braafladt, the Army Sustainment Command Deputy Historian at the Rock Island Arsenal, as well as the the Army Sustainment Command History Office, the November 10 presentation World War I History: The Armistice & the Occupation of Germany invites Rock Island and Davenport Public Library patrons to a discussion of the Armistice and the occupation of Germany, allowing them to also delve deeper into First World War history by learning about Quad Cities and Rock Island Arsenal historical ties.

Exploring popular and beloved Western entertainments ranging from Red River to Wagon Train to Pale Rider to Lonesome Dove, the November 3 program Cowboy Courage: Westerns & the Portrayal of Bravery will feature author and Black Hawk College professor William Hampes discussing themes of justice, redemption, and more in a special in-person/virtual lecture hosted by the Davenport Public Library's Eastern Avenue branch.

After an unanticipated year off, one of the Quad Cities' most eagerly anticipated sales events returns to Rock Island's QCCA Expo Center November 5 through 7, as Melting Pot Productions presents the 2021 Fall Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, allowing hunters of vintage goods an all-weekend opportunity to shop for a wide range of quality antiques.

A busy and much-admired comedian familiar from film, television, podcasts, and numerous standup specials, Steve Byrne brings his national tour to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room on October 28, the observational-comedy raconteur noted for making no fewer than 10 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.