Easter Bunny Is Hoppin’ In With More Quad-Cities Events And A New FUN10!
Every Sunday, we drop a new Fun10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out Fun10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week.
So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on …
Meet The Easter Bunny Next Weekend
The Easter Bunny is coming to town next Saturday, March 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 at Country Style Ice Cream, 5264 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport.
All children wanting to see the Easter Bunny will need a purchased ticket.
Celebrate Women’s History Month With Online Film Festival
In honor of Women’s History Month, Urban Exposure Independent Film Project and Azubuike Arts is screening eight short films written and
directed by the summer program’s young women. The festival will be streamed for free on Facebook on Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m.
Each screening will be followed by a conversation between the first-time filmmakers, host Gaye Shannon Burnett (president of Azubuike African American Council for the Arts), and a special guest independent filmmaker. An online interactive Q&A will follow the short films with the Facebook Live audience.
“This is first time we’ve done women’s only; I was trying to think of what we could do for
Women’s History Month,” Burnett, the council president, who runs the six-year-old Urban Exposure with her filmmaker son, Jon Burnett, said Sunday. “We have films made by young women in our program. We have eight — I didn’t realize that, that’s enough for a whole program.”
Urban Exposure (which kicks off each July 1), is a free 10-week summer program for young people (typically ages 16-22) highlighting filmmaking fundamentals, including writing, directing, and editing. Under the supervision of experienced filmmakers, students work with one another to realize their creative visions and produce their own films from start to finish. By the end of the program, each participant writes, films, edits, and presents their films to the community at a premiere event usually held at the Figge Art Museum.
Spotlight Unveiling ‘Shakespeare’
In its first complete mainstage production in a whole year, the Spotlight Theatre, 1800 7th Ave., Moline, will perform the madcap “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” on March 19 to March 28.
“This abridged cast of Jeremy Mahr, Amelia Fischer, and Brent Tubbs are sure to give the
audiences a much needed laugh,” the Spotlight posted on its Facebook page, noting its first full production was from the Reduced Shakespeare Company “abridged” repertoire in 2018, so “we thought this would be the perfect show to bring us back.”
The rapid-fire Shakespeare riffs on all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 90 minutes. “Hilarity will ensue, props and costumes will fly, and sides will be split from laughter,” the Spotlight promises.
Tickets ($20) will be available soon, but limited to 50 people per performance, to follow state of Illinois Covid-19 guidelines. Masks will be required and social distancing followed.
Black Box Debuting ‘La Divina’
The show, inspired by the life and work of the dramatic 20th-century opera singer Maria Callas (1923-1977), contains stories of Callas’ life and famous iconic arias that she was known for singing. Cooper – an assistant professor of theatre arts at Augustana College — “La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas” at Augustana and at the Retzhof Castle near Graz, Austria, as a part of the International Global Theatre Experience.
That show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28. All tickets for “La Divina” are $16, and tickets are available at www.theblackboxtheatre.com.
WQPT Holding Hemingway Events
WQPT presents a variety of outreach activities in conjunction with the new Ken Burns documentary Hemingway. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway examines the visionary work and turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential writers America has ever produced. Interweaving his eventful biography with excerpts from his writing, we will see beyond the façade of the public image, becoming intimately familiar with this brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and egocentric man.
You can log on to https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/hemingway/events/ and join Conversations on Hemingway: A Virtual Event Series. These conversations feature the filmmakers and special guests as they explore the writer’s art and legacy. The hour-long discussions feature clips from the upcoming three-part series.
Availability is limited. Viewers may register for multiple events. Once registered, you will receive a unique, nontransferable link to attend the virtual event. Topics to be covered include:
March 24 Hemingway and Women 6:00 pm CST
Local outreach, which includes Hemingway at the Drive-In, A Cuban Inspired Meal with a Side of Hemingway, a Hemingway-themed Trivia Night, and a discussion with Hemingway biographer, Mary V. Dearborn are scheduled in March and April. The documentary will air on WQPT in April.
WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.
Circa ’21’s ‘You Smell Barn’ Ongoing
Returning with the venue’s first mainstage production since area theaters closed in November, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is ready to bring audiences lots of deserved laughs and warmth in the local debut of The Church Basement Ladies in “You Smell Barn.” Running through May 15, the latest encounter with everyone’s favorite group of singing and joking Minnesotans is sure to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. With all shows at the beloved Rock Island dinner theatre, this new musical comedy is being presented by an outstanding company of professional actors.
The Church Basement Ladies in “You Smell Barn” will be presented on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m. and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $56.55 for the evening performances and $49.73 for the matinées.
Because of the Phase 4 rules of Restore Illinois, capacity for each performance of The Church Basement Ladies in “You Smell Barn” is limited, and plated dinners will be served in lieu of the traditional buffet meals. For the safety of guests and staff members, face masks must be worn to enter the theater, when interacting with the staff and whenever guests are away from their tables.
Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theater at 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island. You also may call (309)786-7733 ext. 2.
Check Out The Blues Jam!
And every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Hilltop you can check out some awesome local musicians at the open mic blues jam.
So if you like the blues, head to the Hilltop on Wednesdays!
Live On Tuesday Night, It’s Trivia Night Live!
Trivia Night Live is rolling into The Tangled Wood in Bettendorf every Tuesday at 7 p.m.!
It’s Free To Play, with up to eight people per team playing in various categories.
What is Trivia Night Live?
Trivia Night Live is a live interactive team trivia game played at your favorite restaurants and bars. The game consists of four rounds of questions of increasing difficulty and point values. Categories range from current events, history, geography, science, sports, and more….
Trivia Night Live is free to play, and you can have up to 8 members on a team.
Prizes are awarded for the winner of the 1st half and the overall winners win a $25 gift card for 1st Place, $10 for 2nd Place (cannot be used the same night).
We ask a question, and then play a song. Your team has the duration of that song to turn in your answer. No cell phones. web devices or smart watches can be used, just the useless trivial knowledge contained between your ears.
presented by Think & Drink Entertainment.
Bootleg Hill Open Mic Every Thursday
Looking for a spot to showcase your talents?
How about the Bootleg Hill open mic night?
The musical open mic night is back. Happening weekly at Bootleg Hill Honey Meads in downtown Davenport. All are welcome. Hosted by Dan Fennesy and starts at 8 p.m.
Rock Out With Rock Star Bingo
And she’s loving him with that body, I just know it,
Yeah ‘n’ he’s holding her in his arms late, late at night.”
Just like “regular” bingo, but we replaced bingo numbers, like “B16”, with parts of songs. If you know the song title (no phones, devices or apps – basically no cheating), then place a bingo chip on that square. Get 5 squares in a row and you’re a winner!!
It’s the most fun you will ever have playing bingo!
Rock Star Bingo
EVERY Wednesday @ 7pm
The Tangled Wood (Bettendorf, IA)
Name That Tune +
Rock Star Bingo
Win FREE drinks!
Music changes EVERY week!
Music from the 50’s through music that came out in the last month!