Comic books, video and board games, tournaments, cosplay competitions, and loads of special guests will be on hand when Bettendorf's TBK Sports Complex hosts the June 21 through 23 convention Planet Funk Con 2019, a weekend event housing entertainment and shopping opportunities for connoisseurs and collectors of all ages.

Performing June 7 through 9, company members of Ballet Quad Cities bring their annual, eagerly awaited performances of Ballet Under the Stars vignettes back to Rock Island's Lincoln Park. And this year, as Artistic Director Courtney Lyon says, the professional company's presentation will be a collection of dance pieces that are “all new .. but all of them will become favorites."

One of the area's most vitally important and well-attended charitable summertime events kicks off in front of Moline's TaxSlayer Center on June 8, with the amphitheater's exterior the starting point for the 2019 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Quad Cities, designed to help raise funds for breast-cancer education, research, advocacy, health services, and social-support programs.

Two bona-fide entertainment legends team up for one unforgettable night at Davenport's Adler Theatre on June 9, with iconic comedians and musicians Steve Martin and Martin Short presenting new material in a variety of sketches and conversations about their careers, memorable encounters, show-business lives in the touring sensation “Now You See Them, Soon You Won't.”

Delivering what Moeller Nights bills as “a weekend of professional wrestling, world-class comedy, and part rock-and-roll,” retired WWE sensational Ric Flair headlines a special two-night event at East Moline's The Rust Belt on May 31 and June 1, a Turnbuckle and SCW Fitness presentation celebrating the sports legend whose credits include an appearance in Magic Mike XXL and serving as the subject for ESPN's 30 for 30 episode “Nature Boy.”

A television and film star whose credits include Heroes, Veronica Mars, and 10 Things I Hate About You makes a special appearance at the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount Street branch on May 30, when actress, author, and Davenport North High School alumna Dana Davis reads from, discusses, and signs copies of her most recent novel The Voice in My Head, scheduled for release on May 28.

Hosted by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and beginning at 9 a.m., an eagerly anticipated Memorial Day tradition returns for its 54th year in the May 27 Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium – a Village of East Davenport event featuring hundreds of adult and youth cyclists participating in 12 bicycle races, with over $10,000 in cash prizes awarded throughout the day.

On May 17, a night of uproarious comedy blends with a night of unforgettable music at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, where Fred Armisen – the Emmy Award-nominated actor/writer/musician beloved from Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, and many other TV and film entertainments – headlines the special Moeller Nights presentation Comedy for Musicians but Everyone Is Welcome.

Held in conjunction with the German American Heritage Center's current exhibition Enter the Bauhaus: Philosophy of Modern Design and the centenary of its origins, the Davenport venue will host the May 18 presentation The Bauhaus: An Experiment in Art and Design Education, with Friends of Vander Veer president Wynne Schafer giving guests an in-depth look at the many facets of this historically notable artistic style.

Appearing locally in a special partnership between the Davenport Public Library and Rock Island Public Library, National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds – the award-winning author of works including 2017's Marvel Comics novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man – will read from and deliver presentations on his literary output in a trio of special area engagements at the Davenport Main Library on May 2 and Rock Island High School on May 3.

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