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Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week’s FUN10

November 28th, 2021 Share:  

It’s Sunday, and QuadCities.com proudly presents Fun10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week!

Painting Parties, Cake At RIBCO, Spicy Comedy And More In This Week's 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.

FUN10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, running every Sunday, only on your site for fun, free, local entertainment, QuadCities.com!

So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on …

Shots And Giggles Returning To The Speakeasy

Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week's FUN10It’s baaaaaaack.

The most popular improv comedy show in Speakeasy history, Shots and Giggles, is back on December 4!
Shots ‘n’ Giggles mixes adult beverages and improv comedy into one wild and crazy spectacle! What can possible go wrong with that combination?
The talented improv performers are drinking along with the audience during the show. From toasts to shots to audience participation, there’ something new and fun each show!
We are happy to have 2021 Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Competition winner Shayne Neubert and Quad City favorite, James Draper, who recently headlined in Nashville as our two stand up comics to open the evening!
The show starts at 7 p.m. at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.
Reserve your tickets by calling 309-786-7733 ext 2 or online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show.

What If The Three Wise Men Were Ninja Wizards?

You’ve all heard the classic tale of the Nativity – Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus as the three wise men follow a star to offer their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week's FUN10But what if… the three wise men were NINJA WIZARDS sent to protect Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus from the evil of King Herod and Satan, who sought to kill the holy family before they made it to Bethlehem?

That’s the pulse-pounding premise of THE ARIMATHEAN, a new action- adventure novel from author Sean Leary. The book is an action-packed popcorn tale that’s part “Lord of the Rings,” part “The Bible,” merging the worlds of sword and sorcery action with a faith-affirming saga of belief, perseverance and the ultimate good vs. the ultimate evil.

Sean Leary, author of The Arimathean, will be signing copies of that book and his other books, from noon to 5 p.m. TODAY at The Book Rack, 4764 Elmore Ave., Davenport.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (“March”) said of THE ARIMATHEAN, “It’s fantastic! What a wonderfully imaginative idea!”  Best-selling crime fiction author Matthew Clemens (“No One Will Hear You”) raved “This book rocks!”  And Yahoo! News Chicago wrote “It’s got ninja wizards, zombies, vampires, demons, monsters and Jesus – this is the most fun book I’ve read in a long time!”

THE ARIMATHEAN is available in bookstores worldwide, distributed by Ingram Books and Amazon.com. It’s also available on all online bookstores, as an ebook at smashwords.com and at seanleary.com. THE ARIMATHEAN is the first in a saga of books, the second of which, THE BLOOD OF DESTINY, and the third of which, BLACK KNIGHT APOCALYPSE, are also in stores worldwide.

For more information see www.seanleary.com.

Keller Williams Coming To River Music Experience

Keller Williams will be performing Dec. 4 at the River Music Experience in Davenport!

Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week's FUN10Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
Opening Act: None
Age Restriction: 19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian)
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door
All tickets are general admission. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
COVID RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO THIS PERFORMANCE:
The artist is requiring all guests to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours prior to the event. In addition, the artist is requiring all guests to wear masks. A printed copy, photograph, or other documentation will be required at the door to gain entry.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Web: www.kellerwilliams.net
Genre: Acoustic Dance Music
Virginian, Keller Williams, released his first album in 1994, FREEK, and has since given each of his albums a single syllable title: BUZZ, SPUN, BREATHE, LOOP, LAUGH, HOME, DANCE, STAGE, GRASS, DREAM, TWELVE, LIVE, ODD, THIEF, KIDS, BASS, PICK, FUNK, VAPE, SYNC, RAW, SANS, ADD, SPEED and CELL. Keller’s albums reflect his pursuit to create music that sounds like nothing else. Un-beholden to conventionalism, he seamlessly crosses genre boundaries. The end product is music that encompasses rock, jazz, funk and bluegrass, and always keeps the audience on their feet.
Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, bass, guitar synthesizer and drum samples; a technique called live phrase sampling or “looping”. The end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica, a genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music” or ADM.”
Keller’s constant evolution has led to numerous band projects as well; Keller & The Keels, Grateful Grass, KWahtro, Keller and the Travelin’ McCourys, Grateful Gospel and More Than A Little to name a few. Keller can be found playing clubs and festivals around the U.S. with these projects throughout the year.

Quad City Arts Presenting ‘Art On Lockdown’

Through December 3, Quad City Arts presents “Art on Lockdown.” This diverse exhibition features 80 works of art by 67 regional artists. The public is invited to celebrate creativity at the opening reception on October 15 from 6-9 pm where most artists will be “Art on Lockdown” Art by 67 Regional Artists Who Persevered Through 2020 At Quad City Artspresent, and refreshments will be served.

As “Shelter in Place” began in March 2020, Quad City Arts’ staff searched for different ways to connect with the community and for a way to encourage artists to keep creating at a confusing time. As most non-essential workers found themselves working from home or not working at all, they needed something constructive to fill their time. Creativity helps people cope with isolation, anxiety, and boredom by refocusing the brain. In 2020, creativity showed up in many ways as people learned how to bake bread, speak a new language, play an instrument, or create visual art.

To motivate artists, Quad City Arts decided to hold a no-fee competition with the goal of showing selected works in the Rock Island Gallery. Artists could continue working as they had before the pandemic or try something completely different. The plan proved to be successful since 187 entries were received, many by artists unknown to us previously. Some of the selected artists had never shown work in an art gallery before, so this challenge represents an exciting breakthrough for them.

The artwork was not required to reflect the pandemic, but since it was top of mind, artists did react to the events of 2020. Many of the artists wrote about what inspired them to create their entries and those words are on display next to their art. Painter Caitlyn Doran wrote, “Goro goro is the Japanese onomatopoeia for lazing about. I just moved back to the states from Japan, and I never imagined this idle a life was waiting for me.”

All of the artist’s works can be viewed and purchased online at https://www.quadcityarts.com/rock-island-gallery.html

Blood Incantation Oozing Into Quad-Cities

Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week's FUN10Wake Brewing / Ragged Records Present
Blood Incantation
Primitive Man
Everlasting Light
Friday December 3rd @ Raccoon Motel
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm / 21+
Advance Tickets Online at Tixr.com or Hard Tickets at Ragged Records
Covid Vaccination Card or Proof of Negative Covid Test Results 72 prior for entry to this event – no exceptions.

Winter Nights Winter Lights Lighting Up Rock Island

The Quad City Botanical Center is proud to announce MidAmerican Energy Company as the presenting sponsor of the fifth annual Winter Nights Winter Lights.

The outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 160,000 glowing lights, showcasing our largest light display yet. Explore the Sun Garden, Children’s Garden, lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit as you experience our largest fundraiser of the year.

Playcrafters New Show, Liz At Raccoon, Festival Of Trees And More In This Week's FUN10Bundle up, stroll the gardens at night and visit the outdoor events canopy for hot cocoa and treats for purchase by Taste Buds, a Downtown Rock Island business we are proud to partner with.

Bring the kids for free crafts to make and take or plan your visit on one of our special event nights.

New this year, Botanical Center members and FunBundle members will enjoy free admission Wednesday nights during the exhibit. Memberships can be purchased on qcgardens.com.

EXHIBIT DATES AND TIMES

Nov 17 – Dec 12, Wed – Sun, 5-9PM

Dec 15 – Jan 2, Daily*, 5-9PM

*HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Open New Year’s Eve and the night of New Year’s Day.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

GENERAL ADMISSION

$8 Adults, $4 Youth 2-15, Under 2 Free

QC Botanical Center Members and FunBundle Members

receive $2 off Admission

Quad City Botanical Center members and FunBundle members enjoy free admission Wednesday nights throughout the exhibit duration. Members must show membership card upon entry.

Tickets available on qcgardens.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT LIGHTING OF THE EXHIBIT

11/17 WED, 5:30PM LIGHTING, 5-9PM

After a short introduction of our presenting sponsor, MidAmerican Energy Company, guests can gather around the pond as the lights are turned on then browse the displays. Advanced ticket purchase highly recommended.

Regular Admission

MEMBERS FREE ADMISSION NIGHTS

WEDNESDAYS, 11/17-1/2, 5-9PM

Members must show membership card upon entry. Advanced tickets not required. Free for Botanical Center Members and FunBundle Members

DATE NIGHTS

12/2, 12/16, 12/30 THURS, 6-9PM

Enjoy live music by Roger Carlson and seasonal cocktails indoors at the cash bar. Snacks and hot cocoa provided.

$20 couple, $10 individual

SANTA AND THE MRS. VISIT

12/10 FRI, 12/11 SAT, 5-8PM

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and take your own photos. Advanced ticket purchase highly recommended.

Regular Admission

IMPACTLIFE BLOOD DRIVE

11/24, 12/15, WED, 4-7:30PM

Donate blood at the donor bus in our parking lot on select dates to receive two free tickets to the light exhibit. Masks and appointments are required. Schedule an appointment at bloodcenter.org or call 800-747-5401. Hosted in collaboration with Visit Quad Cities.

Viva Las Divas Are Back!

Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week's FUN10On December 3, The Speakeasy, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is thrilled to welcome back the areas premiere drag show VIVA LA DIVAS with their special Christmas Spectacular!!
Our Speakeasy show cast features multiple title holders Dementia Jaide, Milange Cavalli and Justine Thyme! This outstanding show cast is the kind you would expect to see in a large market like Chicago, New York and even Las Vegas!
Our Christmas Spectacular will feature many of your favorite holiday hits performed like you’ve never seen before!
This months special guest performer is local favorite, Barbara Busch Light and we’re happy to have local comedian Leslie Mitchell back as our show emcee!
This is a great “girls night out” event or perfect for a company holiday outing! Tickets are only $10 in advance and $12 day of for this two hour show!! You must be 18 or older to attend – no exceptions.
Doors open at 7:00 and VIVA LA DIVAS begins at 8:00 pm
Call 309-786-7733, Ext. 2 to reserve your seats or online at thecirca21speakeasy.com and experience the one and only -VIVA LA DIVAS!!

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 Mother's Day At Beaux Arts, Ale Trail, A 'Hamilton' Star In Town And More In Today's FUN10!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.

#LiveFromDavenportItsTriviaNight

presented by Think & Drink Entertainment.

Mother's Day At Beaux Arts, Ale Trail, A 'Hamilton' Star In Town And More In Today's FUN10!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.

Last Chance To Check Out Festival Of Trees TODAY!

Oh, What Fun! The Kwik Star Festival of Trees is BACK in person this year! Returning to the River Center, AND ENDING TODAY! This year’s Festival brings the magic of the holiday season to life in our NEWLY designed Festival Village, complete with the Tree of Lights as the focal point of the main town square.

In its’ 36th year as the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, over 30,000 people experience the 10-day Festival of Trees each year and an additional 45,000 watch the Holiday Parade, making this event one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. Festival of Trees features a spectacular display of over 150 designer trees, rooms, hearth & homes, wreaths, gingerbread creations and other holiday gift shop items that are all sold to raise money for Quad City Arts in support of local arts programs through the Quad Cities. This fun-filled event for all ages, will continue to feature all the familiar attractions and special events that many have come to know and love with some new twists, including designer selfie stations throughout the event, online bidding for designer displays, a silent disco after party and a new Mad-Hatter style Sunday brunch.

NEW this year, Festival of Trees is going cashless and general admission tickets are now available for purchase online at: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com

General Admission Days and Hours

Festival Of Trees Is BACK in Davenport! See The Full Schedule Here

November 28 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Santa’s hours differ from regular general admission and will be available at: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com

Tickets:

Tickets available for purchase at the doors during Festival hours.

$10 Adults

$3 Children (2-10)

$6 Seniors (60+)

 For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com or call 309.793.1213. You can also check out the latest Insider’s Guide to Festival blog at: https://www.quadcityarts.com/blog/november-01st-2021

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Shots And Giggles, Ninja Wizards, Viva Las Divas And More In This Week's FUN10
Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.