The life of one of the most notorious – and frequently most vilified – figures in American history will be explored on October 26 when the Moline Public Library hosts the hour-long solo performance Lizzie Borden, a virtual presentation in which Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., portrays the Massachusetts native tried for, and acquitted of, the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.

Described by the Washington Post as “the perfect balance of bizarreness, comedy, and horror,” director Tim Burton's Oscar-winning supernatural slapstick Beetlejuice is the focus of the latest trivia might at Bettendorf venue The Tangled Wood, the interactive October 26 event inviting attendees to share their knowledge of this unforgettable movie entertainment that went on to spawn video games, an animated TV series, and even a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.

Blending horror with the Bee Gees era will absolutely be intentional on October 21 and 22, when Ballet Quad Cities hosts its fall fundraising performances of Halloween Disco Party at the Clubtwo nights of groovy/spooky vignettes performed at Davenport's Outing Club by the talents of the Quad Cities' professional dance company.

One of history's most noted professors and priests – as well as a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation who was the namesake of Lutheranism – will be the subject of a virtual October 24 program by the German American Heritage Center, with the Davenport venue hosting noted historian Russell Baldner as he delivers his acclaimed presentation I Am Baptized: Martin Luther & Birthplace Eisleben.

Appearing in an October 27 program presented by the Rock Island and Moline Public Libraries, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian will discuss his latest novel Hour of the Witch, this literary talent also the author of acclaimed works including Midwives, Skeletons of Eden, and The Flight Attendant, the latter of which was adapted last year into an Emmy Award-nominated HBO series starring The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco.

In the Davenport Public Library's latest virtual program in its monthly 3rd Thursday at Hoover's series, the venue will take a look back 57 years – to October 25, 1964 – in the October 21 presentation Hoover's Last Trip Home, which will explore, through archival videos and audio clips, the 31st American president's burial on a hill overlooking his childhood home in West Branch, Iowa.

Described by The Times of London as “very funny” and “a celebration of the human imagination,” the acclaimed touring presentation Colin Mochrie's Hyprov with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci lands at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on October 15, ensuring a night of extraordinary mental prowess and unbridled comedy with the touring hypnotist and the beloved co-star of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?

On October 9, a gifted series of disparate artists ranging from Quad City Symphony Orchestra musicians to professional dancers to an Augustana College instructor/performer to a visiting guest conductor will gather at St. Ambrose University for QCSO Up Close with Ballet Quad Cities: The Soldier's Tale, an evening of music and movement headlined by the influential and rhythmic Igor Stravinsky ballet of the title.

An annual, eagerly awaited fundraising event for Gilda's Club Quad Cities that gives ladies a night out to enjoy each other's company, bid on live and silent auction items, and generally let loose, this year's Diamonds & Divas event takes place at Davenport's Hotel Blackhawk on October 7, and will be highlighted by a performance with celebrated comedian – and former Quad Cities resident – Tammy Pescatelli.

Unusual, fantastical, and downright creepy elements of Quad Cities architecture and culture will be explored in an October 2 book discussion at the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount Street branch, with authors Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. highlighting Bigfoot, a banshee, and more in their new publication Eerie Quad Cities.