An eagerly awaited springtime touring event rides, jumps, and spins into the Vibrant Arena at the MARK on May 6 as the Moline venue hosts Monster Jam 2023, the amphitheater event that brings a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills, donuts, and freestyle competitions.

The bestselling, award-winning author and illustrator behind more than 40 books for young readers will offer a live drawing workshop sure to inspire everyone's inner artist in the virtual author visit Drawing Comics with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, a May 6 event offered by Illinois Libraries Present and co-hosted by the Rock Island and Moline Public Libraries.

An exploration into the first urban rebellion against Nazi Germany in the occupied territories during World War II, Dr. Arthur Pitz will present Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The 80th Year Anniversary at the Moline Public Library on May 10, his talk focusing on how remaining Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto were not about to be slaughtered without as much resistance as they could muster.

Fans and friends of the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley are invited to party with a purpose on May when East Moline venue The Rust Belt hosts the Niabi Zoo's 60th Birthday Bash, with renowned show band Maggie Speaks serving as entertainment headliners and funds raised from the event supporting the zoo's animal care, education, and conservation programs.

On May 4, monster trucks, excavators, and garbage trucks galore will be on full display at the Adler Theatre when the Davenport venue hosts the touring presentation and family delight Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour, an invitation to kids of all ages to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist their way through this brand-new stage-musical party.

Recounting the experiences of one of the Civil War's most successful Union generals and the 18th President of the United States, the Rock Island Public Library's Downtown Branch presentation Unconditional Surrender: The Life of U. S. Grant will, on April 25, find re-enactor Pete Grady portraying Grant in a program that the Civil War Heritage Foundation's Greg Wolk deemed "a riveting performance" that's "well scripted and perfectly delivered."

For the professional talents at Ballet Quad Cities, this spring is all rite. Despite my proclivity for typos, that actually isn't one, as the Rock Island-based company – for the first time since 2014 – will stage Igor Stravinsky's 35-minute balletic masterwork The Rite of Spring, which will enjoy two performances at Davenport's Adler Theatre on April 22. But that opening sentence is also inaccurate, because Ballet Quad Cities' 2022-23 season-ender isn't entirely all Rite. A quartet of additional, shorter pieces in Act I will precede the Act II presentation of Stravinsky's work, with the entirely of the performance fittingly titled The Rite of Spring, Bolero, & More. As the dance company's Artistic Director Courtney Lyon says of the presentation as a whole, “We're bringing out some pieces that either haven't been seen since before COVID or that played to smaller audiences during COVID, and now we're able to bring them back on a full stage.”

With close to a billion streams of his seven albums making him one of the most listened-to comedians of all time, touring standup Chad Daniels will headline two performances at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on April 27, the famed funnyman one of only 13 comics to be featured on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and his Footprints on the Moon the most-streamed comedy album of 2017.

The editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, author/editor of more than 500 puzzle books, and world’s only academically accredited puzzle master will discuss his fill-in-the-blanks career in the insightful and delightful presentation Secrets of a Puzzle Master: A Virtual Conversation with Will Shortz, an April 25 event offered by Illinois Libraries Present and co-hosted by the Rock Island and Moline Public Libraries.

Hosted by Davenport's River Action and named in honor of Henry W. Farnam, the chief builder of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad, the Quad Cities' Farnam Dinners are annual tributes to historically significant citizens and events, and this year's celebration – taking place at Bally's Quad Cities on April 20 – will salute the 1856 Mississippi River Rail Bridge and the future of high-speed rail in the Midwest.