Spice Club, Rachel Mac, Lettermen, Moody And More In The Illinois And Iowa 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…
Spice Up Your Life!
Rock Island Public Library is offering its final Spice Club program this month!
Spice Club, May 12 at 5:30 pm, online. Sign up to get your own spice sample of Amchur or Amchoor (also known as mango powder) and a set of recipes to try. (PS: The garlic-ginger chicken with mint is delicious!)
This is the last Spice Club of the 2022 season, so come see what you’ve been missing and try something new. Seats still available!
Lettermen Coming To Circa ’21 Monday
Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is thrilled to welcome back The Lettermen for two performances on Monday, May 9 at 1:00 & 7:15. Tickets for this Special Event can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (309) 786-7733 ext. 2.
The dictionary defines harmony as “a combination of musical sounds considered to be pleasing.” The music world could define harmony as “The Lettermen!”
For more than fifty years, The Lettermen – Donovan Tea, Bobby Poynton and Rob Gulack have kept the meaning of harmony alive with their soft, romantic , harmony blend of music which is as popular today as it was in 1961 when they recorded their first hit, “The Way You Look Tonight.”
Having recorded over 75 albums – numerous certified gold – and a myriad of hits including “When I Fall in Love,” “Come Back Silly Girl,” “Theme from a Summer Place,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” and “Shangri-La,” the legacy of The Lettermen’s harmony has endured the test of time.
They have also enjoyed International success, touring Japan, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, France, South America, Canada, Mexico and even Saudi Arabia. They have sung and recorded in many different languages and have received eighteen gold records internationally.
Even though their personnel changes over the years, the one thing that has remained constant is the vision that Tony Butala first dreamed of – that unique three part harmony as only The Lettermen can achieve.
Roast Of Matt Moody Sizzling On Friday
The lovable and infamous Matt Moody, the Village Theatre’s General Manager is turning one year older and will be roasted for it.
To help him celebrate, The Village have compiled some of the best comics in the QC area to shamelessly abuse him.
It is something you might enjoy watching!
Friday, May 13th at The Village Theatre in Village of East Davenport!
Doors at 6PM, show at 7PM.
$5 at the door
Halfway To Halloween Hits On Friday The 13th!
Other celebrity guests include Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Orville), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist, Halloween II),Eugene Clark (Land of the Dead), David Ellefson of Megadeth and The Lucid (Dwellers), Damian Maffei (Haunt, Wrong Turn),Terri Partyka (Haunt, Batman v Superman), Daniel Pesina (Mortal Kombat 1 & 2 video games), Drew Fortier of The Lucid (Dwellers) …and more. All guests will be signing autographs and offering photo-ops (individual rates and costs may vary). The event will also host a concert on Saturday night at 6pm with alternative metal rock band Alborn headlining. Openers include The Forty Twos, Elisium, Non Grata, and Giallows.
The show hours are 4:00pm – 11:00pm on Friday and 11:00am – 7:00pm. This event is a “must” for any fan of horror!
For more info, check out www.midwestmonsterfest.com or on Facebook and Instagram (@midwestmonsterfest).
Rachel Mac Brings The Cheese To Tomfoolery TONIGHT!
Tomfoolery On Tremont will present RACHEL MAC on May 8 at 8pm!
Rachel Mac is a writer and comedian currently based in Milwaukee after almost a decade of performing in Los Angeles. She is a Paid Regular at The Comedy Store and has been on Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade, both doing stand-up and as a panelist. Rachel worked as a writer for The Movie Show, a late-night comedy sketch show on SyFy, which stars two puppets. She co-wrote and co-starred in an instagram sitcom, The MacBlakes. She is also, for better or worse, a middle school English teacher. She writes about comedy, teaching, and motherhood on her substack “A Star is Dying,”
Doors open at 7pm
Show starts at 8pm
$10 in advance
Augustana Presenting ‘Threepenny Opera’ For Last Show TODAY!
The Augustana College Department of Theatre presents “The Threepenny Opera,” through today, May 8.
Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, “The Threepenny Opera” follows underworld antihero Mack the Knife as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude authorities. Created in 1928 Berlin to speak out against capitalist corruption, this musical bluntly addresses issues that remain relevant today.
Through epic theatre, theatrical movement, and progressive music, Hauptmann, Weill, and Brecht’s work opens up difficult conversations about greed, oppression, and accountability within our society.
“In ‘The Threepenny Opera’ Brecht argues that a capitalist system drives people to do anything to make money. They steal, kill, and sell their bodies, and none of these actions is out of the ordinary” says director Shelley Cooper. “These activities will arise naturally because the characters live in a system that rewards ruthless competition. The past two years have forced us to have some difficult conversations about accountability, economic injustice, inequality for women, inequities for the LGBTQ+ communities, racism, corporate greed, privilege, and more. I think, if we don’t address these important conversations head on, we will be doing a grave disservice, and the same stories will keep being told.”
By Bertolt Brecht and directed by Shelley Cooper, assistant professor of theatre arts.
Tickets can be purchased at Augustana.edu/tickets.
Performances will all take place in the Brunner Theatre Center. For additional information, please contact the Ticket Office at email@example.com or 309-794-7306.
Beaux Arts Fair Blossoms TODAY!
‘Grace For President’ Kids Show At Circa ’21
With the theatre’s first family musical of 2022, Rock Island‘s Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will treat patrons to the joys of laughter and song in the charming stage treat GRACE FOR PRESIDENT. Running through May 14 and based on the beloved children’s book by Kelly S. DiPucchio, this delightful musical was praised by the Columbia Star as “an entertaining hit for all ages and audiences” and is being brought to life by a sensational team of professional talents.
Circa ’21 will present show-only performances of GRACE FOR PRESIDENT on scheduled Tuesday and Saturday mornings and selected afternoons through May 14. Morning productions, with the doors opening at 9:30 a.m. and show beginning at 10 a.m., will take place on May 3, 7, 12, 13 and 14. Afternoon productions, with 12:30 p.m. doors and 1 p.m. show are scheduled for May 6, 7 and 12.
In the star-spangled musical GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, our heroine Grace Campbell attends class one day to discover that the United States has never had a female president. “Where are the girls?” she asks, as her third-grade teacher rolls out a poster with all of our country’s presidents, all of them male. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president herself, and inspires a school election.
Through the throes of campaigning and pep rallies, service projects and posters, Grace and her classmates discover what it takes to both be the best candidate and find the fun and hilarity in the weighty but wonderful world of politics. An ideal family entertainment for an election year, GRACE FOR PRESIDENT boasts a book, music, and lyrics by Joan Cushing, whose stage credits include a number of shows previously produced at Circa ’21, among them “Miss Nelson Is Missing,” “Junie B. Jones & A Little Monkey Business,” and “Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly.”
Serving as GRACE FOR PRESIDENT’s director is Circa ’21 veteran Ashley Becher, who previously helmed “Seussical” and the dinner theatre’s current mainstage presentation “Just Desserts,” and also appeared in the holiday musical “Winter Wonderland.” Grace is portrayed, in her Circa ’21 debut, by Audrey Seneli, whose other area credits include roles in the Spotlight Theatre’s “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” and Davenport Junior Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Circa ‘21 favorite, Shelley Walljasper, is GRACE FOR PRESIDENT’s music director, the show’s cast is completed by Derrick Bertram, Emmett Boedeker, Marc Christopher, Sarah Hayes, Lexi Smith and Rachel Winter.
Circa ’21 is thrilled to gather this group of tremendous talents for such a delightful, debuting stage adventure and encourages audiences to quickly make reservations at 309-786-7733 Ext. 2 for the patriotic pleasures of GRACE FOR PRESIDENT!
Get Fit Every Sunday On The Skybridge
Get Fit on the Davenport Sky Bridge!
Free fitness every Sunday at 9am. Beat those winter blues, keep those cold muscles active and share a smile or a high 5 with some great people! There is about 50 mins to walk, jog run, climb stairs, shake your hips with Zumba and so much more! Positive quotes are hung throughout the course that you go at your own pace at. At the end we draw for prizes thanks to local businesses donating ever week! Wear layers it gets warm inside, water available, and a great playlist!
Get Your ‘Just Desserts’ At Circa ’21
Praised by Connecticut’s Patch magazine as “a delightfully sweet musical with some savory elements,” Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse opens its exciting 45th season of live entertainment with the delectable new musical comedy JUST DESSERTS. This uplifting musical comedy is making its area stage debut and is being brought to life by a marvelous team of professional talents.
JUST DESSERTS will be presented at Circa ’21 through May 14, with performances on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Pre-show entertainment featuring the theatre’s wait staff, the Bootleggers also will precede all performances. Ticket prices are $58.55 per person for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $51.73 for the matinées.
Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theatre at 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2.
In JUST DESSERTS, five strangers put their hearts, reputations and baking skills on the line to become the crème de la crème of bakers at a county fair. The heat is on to create three different types of desserts during the finals. Among the competition’s eccentric contestants is a determined young woman dreaming of opening her own bakery. There’s also a sexy nail technician who wants to fit in. Plus, a shy school nurse who doesn’t want to be there at all, a mysterious man from Brooklyn who arouses suspicion about his past and the reigning champion who is confident that she’ll garner yet another victory this year.
They’re all sure to get their “JUST DESSERTS” at the Jefferson County Bake-Off in this hilarious theatrical experience that boasts a little mystery, a little romance, some potential cheating and some back-stabbing, with the results sure to prove deliciously satisfying.
Directing JUST DESSERTS for Circa ’21 is venue veteran, Ashley Becher, who previously helmed “Seussical” and appeared in the theatre’s recent “Winter Wonderland.” Becher also directed last summer’s Countryside Community Theatre production of “Newsies: The Musical.” With performers Marc Christopher and Lexi Smith making their Circa ’21 debuts, Becher’s six-person cast is completed by returning actors Bobby Becher “The Play that Goes Wrong,” Elsa Besler “The Play That Goes Wrong,” Sarah Hayes “The Savannah Sipping Society” and Shelley Walljasper “Disenchanted.” TJ Besler, Kiera Lynn and the director herself will serve as understudies.
Area favorite, Ron May, takes the reins as JUST DESSERTS’ musical director. Additional members of the show’s creative team include scenic designer Susie Holgersson, lighting designer and production manager Jeremy Littlejohn, costume designer Greg Hiatt, sound designer Sam Ramont, stage manager Kendall McKasson, technical director Nick Divarco and assistant stage manager and deck manager Emmett Boedeker. Director Ashley Becker and husband Bobby created the musical tracks for the show.
Circa ’21’s entire staff is delighted to be opening their 45th season with this delicious stage treat and urges audience members to make immediate reservations for what is certain to be a spectacular springtime hit. Call the Circa ’21 ticket office at 309-786-7733 ext. 2 for reservations and share in the tasty enjoyment of the sweet musical comedy JUST DESSERTS!