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.

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

Enjoy An Evening With Chef Kwame

Join the Colona Library as they present An Evening with Chef Kwame Onwuachi on June 22.
Top Chef contestant and award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi will discuss his cookbook My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef. His cookbook celebrates the cuisine of the African diaspora, “the world’s wisest food.” Onwuachi will share stories behind his family’s recipes, and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.
A James Beard award-winning chef, Onwuachi was also named Food & Wine’s best new chef in 2019 and Esquire’s chef of the year in 2019. He has opened several restaurants and was the executive chef at acclaimed Kith/Kin in Washington, D.C.
An (Online) Evening with Chef Kwame June 22
This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Enjoy Opera Quad Cities Today

Join Opera Quad Cities  June 19 as they celebrate opera’s favorite arias, duets and choruses in “Opera is Grand” at Bartlett Performing Arts Center in Moline.

Led by Maestro Nathan Windt, Opera Quad Cities will present a joyful celebration of the finest arias, duets, and choruses by Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bizet, Bernstein, Strauss and others.

“Opera is Grand” will feature Clare Kuttler, Soprano; Kelly Hill, Mezzo-Soprano, & Saul Nache, Baritone, eight regional professional singers, a local chorus and a full orchestra.

Details and tickets can be found here: EVENTBRITE

Celebrate Opera Quad Cities June 17 and 19

Countryside Debuts ‘Joseph’ Next Weekend

Countryside Community Theatre Proudly presents, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opening June 24th, 2021!
“Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.
The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”
Tickets available at: https://ccteldridge.booktix.com/
"Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Comes to Life June 24

Mockingbird Holding Auditions For New Shows

The Mockingbird On Main will hold auditions for Alexander Richardson’s Their Town on Saturday, June 25 at 11am at their venue located at 320 North Main Street in Downtown Davenport.

Their Town, previously presented with an earlier draft of the script at Playcrafters Barn Theatre, concerns a small town in a fly-over state whose residents experience life, love, and death in the new century.

Mockingbird Slates Auditions for Their Town

Emily has no direction in her life. Mike is working at a failing company in a dying industry. Cierra’s ex-husband took the car and won’t give it back. Bernard can’t get the remote to work. Inspired by Thorton Wilder’s classic, ‘Our Town’, Their Town presents life, marriage, and death in a small midwestern town. A day and a night go by as people just try to get by in the new century. 

Director and playwright Alexander Richardson and Producers Tristan Tapscott and Savanna Bay Strandin are seeking the following:

GEORGE – Male-identifying, 20’s

EMILY – Female-identifying, 20’s

MIKE – Male-identifying, 40-50’s

CIERRA – Female-identifying, 30-50’s (Hispanic or Latina actress preferred)

BERNARD – Male-identifying, 60-70’s

HE – Male-identifying, any age

SHE – Female-identifying, any age

Actors of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition and should be prepared to read from the script. Rehearsals will begin in August (date pending cast availability) and Their Town will be presented September 23, 24, 30 and October 1.

Should interested parties have additional questions or would like more information, please contact TheMockingbirdOnMain@gmail.com.

Mockingbird Slates Auditions for Their Town

Take The Road To ‘Madagascar’ At Circa

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is thrilled to be present “MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE” now through July 2!

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, “MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE” follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape their home in New York City’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

MADAGASCAR Hits the Circa '21 Stage

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo, and of course, those hilarious plotting Penguins as they bound onto the Circa ’21 stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime!

Circa ’21 will be offering this Theatre for Young Audience production on select dates at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m beginning now through July 2. This is a perfect show for families and you can enjoy “MADAGASCAR” at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse for the low price of $9.50.

For details and ticket information, please visit our website at www.circa21.com, or call the Box Office 309-786-7733 Ext. 2. For Group rates, contact Lisa Rohm at Ext. 312.

 

Looking For A Great Reading Program For Your Kids?

The Davenport Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 1st and runs through August 31st.

Join the Davenport Public Library for our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge for all ages! Add some adventure to your summer with the Library’s Summer Reading Program: Read Beyond the Beaten Path! Children are invited to be explore nature, get creative, try new things, and find beauty in diversity with the Library this summer.

Davenport Public Library Summer Reading Program Teaser

Participating couldn’t be easier. Read books, attend a virtual or in-person program, or complete any of the fun activities from the reading log. Each thing you do earns a ticket into the grand-prize drawing(s) of your choice. Do a little or do it all! The way you Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer is totally up to you!

To register, visit davenportlibrary.beanstack.com.

River Music Experience’s Live At 5 Rolls Out All Summer

It’s that time of year, the 2022 season of Live@Five is taking place in Davenport’s RME Courtyard Fridays at 5pm for FREE live music.

6/24 – The Last Glimpse
sponsored by Grace Technologies

7/8 – Piso’s Cure
sponsored by Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham LLC

7/15 – Soul Storm
sponsored by MidAmerican Energy

7/22 – Jumbies
sponsored by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union

7/29 – The Dawn
sponsored by Dahl Ford

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8/5 – Matt Fuller Band
sponsored by QC Foot & Ankle Associates

8/12 – Funk Sauce Brass Band
sponsored by Downtown Davenport Partnership

8/19 – Diplomats of Solid Sound
sponsored by The Echo

8/26 – Beaker Brothers
sponsored by Nelson Brothers Agency & West Bend Mutual

9/2 – Crooked Cactus
sponsored by Pierce’s Promise

9/9 – Blues Rock-It
sponsored by Lobo’s Salsa

9/16 – Flash In A Pan
sponsored by Wind Dancer Boutique

9/23 – Jordan Danielsen Band
sponsored by The Planning Center

9/30 – Orangadang
sponsored by Zeke’s Island Cafe

RME’s Live at 5 Kicks Off June 3

Check Out The Summer Outdoor Concerts At Bass St Landing

With summer comes the sound of live outdoor music in our downtowns!

Enjoy this free summer concert series every Thursday night through August 11th in Downtown Moline!

Moline Centre’s Thursday Night Summer Concert Series takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Plaza at Bass Street Landing.

All you need to bring is a lawn chair!

There will be food and beverages are available for purchase but no outside food or beverages allowed.

Learn more here: FACEBOOK

Live Music Hits Downtown Moline

Make Mercado A Regular Friday Stop All Summer

Moline’s Mercado On Fifth is back!

Bringing Back Mexican Cuisine, Culture And More Fridays through Sept. 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 432 12th Street in Moline, everyone can get the weekend started right with Mercado! There will be a variety of children’s activities, delicious Mexican cuisine, and unique retail stands selling everything from jewelry to hand-sewn blouses and imported ceramics. 

Mercado on Fifth is not just a market; it serves as a resource and catalyst for aspiring entrepreneurs. The weekly events bring Quad Citizens together to celebrate culture and community in an inclusive way. Educational programming at Mercado provides enrichment hours for children, and free nonprofit booth space gets helpful information to adults.

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By addressing the specific needs of small businesses in the area, Mercado on Fifth and its partners have helped create and/or provide a platform for 30 new minority-owned businesses in the Quad Cities region. Most vendors have taken advantage of our free small business workshops (in Spanish and English) in partnership with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University (SBDC). Through the management of the SBDC, we also started a micro-grant program for minority entrepreneurs to purchase equipment for their businesses. Over the past two years, Mercado founder Bob Ontiveros has given away over $62,000 to over 40 minority-owned businesses to purchase anything from food warmers to an industrial sewing machine.

Moline's Mercado On Fifth Bringing Back Mexican Cuisine, Culture And More Friday

Black Hawk College, another valued partner, also began offering the Food Sanitation Management class in Spanish at the request of Mercado leadership. Previously, Spanish speakers interested in becoming a kitchen manager or starting a food business had to drive to Chicago to take the class. Finally, Mercado on Fifth supported the creation of a commercial kitchen located within St. John’s Lutheran Church just blocks away from the Moline event space, thus completing the entrepreneurial eco-system. Mercado vendors and other small businesses now rent the kitchen for a small hourly fee.

Go ahead and block out your Fridays because Mercado On Fifth is where you are going to want to be this summer.

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.

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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.
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