Mother’s Day At Beaux Arts, Ale Trail, A ‘Hamilton’ Star In Town And More In Today’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.
So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on …
Celebrate Mother’s Day At Beaux Arts Fair
The fair is free to the public and is held rain or shine each May and September. The Beaux Arts Fund Committee, a non-profit group of volunteers, donates all proceeds to the Figge Art Museum to fund exhibitions and educational programs. No commissions will be charged.
The last spring Beaux Arts Fair was held in May 2019 at the fairgrounds – when it moved there from outside the Figge in downtown Davenport, because of flooding that spring.
During that art fair, the committee canvassed the patrons and the artists about the location. There were overwhelming positive comments by both the patrons and the artists to continue at the fairgrounds, committee member Cathy Bodine said this week.
“After several months of discussion, the committee decided to hold the spring art fair in 2020 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, but remain at the Figge for the fall art fair,” she said. “When
Covid hit, the fairgrounds told us they would move our rent payment to 2021. With that, we are at the fairgrounds this weekend. The fall art fair will be at the Figge.”
There are 110 artist booths at this weekend’s fair, with approximately 75% from the Q-C region, Bodine said.
The first 68 children who go to the information booth on Saturday will get a take-home craft, and the first 68 moms who go to the information booth on Sunday (Mothers’ Day) get a gift from a local artist.
The fall Beaux Arts Fair is scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12, 2021 at the Figge’s Bechtel Plaza, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. For more information and a complete lineup of artists, visit www.beauxartsfair.com.
Hit The Ale Trail This Week!
Local breweries will be spotlighted this week as the Quad-Cities serves up QC Craft Beer Week on May 10-15, just in time for the second
anniversary of the QC Ale Trail.
Over the past two years, hundreds of craft beer lovers from 17 states have blazed the QC Ale Trail, according to Visit Quad Cities. The QC Ale Trail invites beer lovers on a self-guided tour of local craft breweries across the region, from Muscatine, Iowa to Geneseo, Ill.
The Q-C craft beer community continues to grow, with three new breweries opening last year and Nerdspeak Brewery opening soon at 7563 State St., Bettendorf.
Each day during QC Craft Beer Week highlights breweries in different parts of the Quad-Cities to visit and support. All locations are still offering to-go options as well.
Monday, May 10 – Rock Island:
- Bent River Brewery
- Radicle Effect
- Wake Brewing
Tuesday, May 11 – East Moline/Geneseo:
- Midwest Ale Works
- Geneseo Brewing Co.
- Great Revivalist Brew Lab
Wednesday, May 12 – Davenport/Muscatine:
- Front Street Brewery
- Stompbox Brewing
- Contrary Brewing Co.
Thursday, May 13 – Bettendorf/LeClaire:
- Crawford Brew Works
- Five Cities Brewing
- Nerdspeak Brewery – Offering a sneak peek of their new location from 4-7 p.m.
- Twin Span Brewing
- Adventurous Brewing
- Green Tree Brewery
Friday, May 14 – Moline:
- Bent River Brew Pub
- Galena Brewing Co. Ale House
- Rebellion Brew Haus
Saturday, May 15 – QC Tap Takeover at Five Cities Brewing:
Starting at 11 a.m., it will be all QC craft beer on tap from our local breweries, with $1 from every pint sold to be donated to the River Bend Food Bank. Lopiez Pizza will be there from 12-4 p.m. and Central Standard will have discounted appetizers until 5 p.m.
Double Threat Debuts ‘Newsies’ Next Weekend
Tickets are still on sale for each “Newsies” performance and can be purchased at www.doublethreatstudios.com/store/p/newsies-performance-tickets.
A limited capacity will be available at Assumption, and $15 tickets are available for 7 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16.
Check Out Art At The Airport
her sister, Megan Quinn, of Rock Island, on display through June 30.
Megan Quinn is a professor at Augustana College in Rock Island, while Kristin Quinn is a professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. Megan is a ceramic artist, and Kristin is a painter.
The two sisters grew up in a family of five children with parents who were educators, and their dad was a physicist who specialized in optics and provided access to visually stimulating apparatuses: prisms,
lenses, holograms, etc. Along with lessons on the natural world, they were encouraged to ask questions.
Growing up learning to really look at things and question how things work or what causes things to be the way they are, informs the way they look at art and how they approach their work, according to a Quad City Arts release. Although Megan and Kristin are different artistically, both enjoy experimentation and are inspired by nature and science.
These sister artists approach their very different art forms with a similar sensibility. In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be seen and purchased online: https://www.quadcityarts.com/art-at-the-airport.html.
Art at the Airport in The Quad Cities International Airport gallery is easy to find. It is just across from the gift shop and restaurant and right before the security checkpoint. The gallery never closes, and you will pay just a dollar for parking.
‘Hamilton’ Star Joining Quad City Symphony Orchestra
“Hamilton” star Renee Elise Goldsberry will perform May 15 with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in LeClaire Park!
The beautiful 50-year-old California native — best known for originating the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway smash “Hamilton” – will make her post-Covid live performance debut in the 7:30 p.m. concert, for a long-awaited evening of Broadway, pop, and soul favorites, backed by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
“It’s kind of mind-blowing,” Goldsberry said in a Friday phone interview, noting her entire 2020 pops tour schedule was scrapped due to Covid. “I’m really excited because this — I just can’t believe this exists, this opportunity. This is my first one back.”
First announced in early February 2020, the program was originally scheduled for the Adler Theatre, but was moved outside at the longtime home of the QCSO’s Riverfront Pops concerts.
Under the direction of QCSO music director and conductor Mark Russell Smith, the May 15 event will feature Goldsberry’s band, three female backup singers and selections from Broadway hits including “Hamilton,” “Rent,” and “The Lion King,” plus songs by Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, and more.
Book It: Library2Go Is On The Go
With warmer weather and plans for summer outreach in the works, the Rock Island Library2Go mobile bookmobile will roll out a new schedule starting Monday, May 3.
The days and times for Mobile Library stops stay the same: Three stops daily, Monday through Thursday, but some locations have changed (see starred routes for changes.) Bookmobile routes through July 29 are as follows:
- 10:00 am to 11:30 am: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2930 31st Avenue, Rock Island
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Blackhawk State Park, 4801 11th Street, Rock Island *
- 4:00 to 5:30 pm: Martin Luther King Community Center, 620 9th Street, Rock Island
- 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Dollar Tree, 480 10th Avenue E, Milan *
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: South Park Presbyterian Church, 1501 30th St, Rock Island *
- 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm: Edgewood Baptist Church, 2704 38th Street, Rock Island
- 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Rauch Family Park, 400 16th Avenue, Rock Island *
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Longview Park, 1300 17th Street, Rock Island *
- 4:00 to 5:30 pm: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Avenue, Rock Island
- 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Rock Island Hy-Vee, 2930 18th Avenue
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Centennial Shelter Park, Lock 31, Big Island Road, Milan
- 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm:Goodwill, 4664 44th Street, Rock Island *
Library2Go will also appear at the Saturday, May 22 Girl Scouts Imagination event at Hauberg Center, and will visit Spring Forward Learning Center summer learning camps in June and July.
The Rock Island Public Library Children’s Department plans to take advantage of the outdoor setting to offer “Summer2Go with Library2Go” events at area parks. For details, see the Library’s June and July events calendar.
The Mobile Library2Go vehicle extends community access to library materials, held items, return capabilities, library card signup or renewals, and free WIFI access, including ROCK fi homework hotspot connections for Rock Island/Milan school district students. The WIFI signal extends around the vehicle. Staff will bring items out to patrons, as onboard entry is still unavailable due to distance requirements.
Get A Free Concert With Your Vaccine
If you get your Covid vaccine at the Rock Island County mass vaccination clinic in Milan between April 14 and May 20, there will be something special that’s literally music to your ears.
“Vaccine Variations” is an initiative that arranges for one-hour performances by QCSO musicians starting April 14 in the patient observation area of the vaccination clinic. Due to Covid precautions, the performances will feature string musicians only.
All musicians will be masked and socially distanced during their performances. As a thank you for their decision to vaccinate, patients will receive a discount code valid for upcoming QCSO performances.
“We have given up so much of what makes life joyful because of the pandemic,” Janet Hill, chief operating officer of the Rock Island County Health Department (RICHD), said Wednesday.
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.
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.