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November 20th, 2022 Share:  

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!

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…

Sean Leary Signing Books Today!

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.

Shots And Giggles Returns

It’s baaaaaaack.

Shots And Giggles Returning To The SpeakeasyThe most popular improv comedy show in Speakeasy history, Shots and Giggles, is back on December 3!

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.

That Dam Shopping Trip Rolling In

That Dam Shopping Trip, a bi-state shopping tour of downtown Rock Island and Davenport small businesses, is back for 2021 and will be taking place Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 from 11 am to 5 pm. Ten businesses, skirting both sides of the dam, will offer sales and prizes as they welcome customers to our downtown on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Get Started On Your Christmas Shopping! That Dam Shopping Trip Is Back TOMORROW!That Dam Shopping Trip is a free event, and shoppers can pick up their stamp sheet at any participating location, visit the stores in any order, and turn in completed stamp sheets at their last stop. Each of the stores has donated a $100 gift certificate, and one lucky winner who turns in a completed stamp card will walk away with $1,000 in gift certificates to these local businesses just in time for holiday shopping.

Organizer Skeleton Key Art and Antiques is being joined for this event by Tastebuds, Vintage Varieties, Brick and Motor, and Just Beachy Home+ in Rock Island, and Abernathy’s, Chocolate Manor, Theo & Company, Doodads, and the Figge Museum Store in Davenport.

For more information, check out That Dam Shopping Trip on Facebook at www.facebook.com/damshopping or contact Brandy VandeWalle at (309) 314-1567.

Circa Hosting ‘White Christmas’

A Circa ’21 family favorite returns just in time for the holiday season! Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander.

Featuring a dazzling score with well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is an uplifting musical that promises to be a merry theatrical experience for all ages!

Please visit www.circa21.com for details, or call the Box Office at (309) 786-7733 ext. 2.

Circa ‘21 Dreams of a “White Christmas”

Matt Barber Coming To Grape Life

Matt Barber performs the finest jazz, pop, and variety, performing over 300 concerts per year around the world since 2005 and he’s coming to The Grape Life November 25 at 8pm!

With a passionate, uplifting style reminiscent of Barry Manilow and Michael Buble, Matt delivers songs we know and love with a sincere, meaningful approach. His passion for his music comes through in every song. Reservations strongly recommended. Contact us the week of the event to reserve a seat. Tickets $5 per person and this event is for ages 21 and older.

Matt Barber will be joined by Dick Watson on piano, Dale Newlin on sax, and Mike VanSpeyBroeck on drums.

Tickets: MATT BARBER

Learn more: www.mattbarberexperience.com

Matt Barber Jazzes Up The Grape Life November 25

Analog Rings In Holiday Season

Analog Arcade Bar is bringing back their Christmas Pop-up, Super Awesome Christmas Time II, for its second year, taking place from November 1st to December 31st at their Moline Centre location.

This pop-up features more of everything: over 35,000 Christmas lights, 1,500 feet of tinsel, specialty cocktails, surprise visits from Santa, and much more.

Analog Moline Returns with Holiday Pop-Up, Super Awesome Christmas Time II

“We had such a blast hosting this event last year that we had to bring it back bigger for year two,” Analog co-owner Dan Bush says, “We want to give people a chance to reconnect with their friends, co-workers, and loved ones, and Analog Moline is the perfect place to do just that.”

This event is open Tuesday through Sunday and is family friendly until 9 pm.

Analog Moline Returns with Holiday Pop-Up, Super Awesome Christmas Time II

Get The Blues Every Wednesday At Kavanaugh’s

The Hilltop is THE neighborhood bar and grill of the Quad Cities. Featuring the best local draft beer selection and great food. It’s at 1228 38th St., Rock Island.

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!

Get The Blues, In A Good Way, At Rock Island's Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tonight

Bootleg Hill Open Mic Showcases Local Talent

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 Bingo!

It’s time to rock out with rock star bingo!
Think you know your music trivia? Time to test your skills!
Think you know your music?
If you know what song contains these lyrics, you would probably love Rock Star Bingo!
“And she’s watching him with those eyes,
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.”
What is Rock Star Bingo?
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!!
ROCK Tonight With Rock Star Bingo At Bettendorf's Tangled WoodIt’s the most fun you will ever have playing bingo!
According to the folks involved, here are the deets:
**NEW Start Time of 7pm**
Rock Star Bingo
EVERY Wednesday @ 7pm
The Tangled Wood (Bettendorf, IA)
B-I-N-G-O +
Name That Tune +
Sing-a-longs
Rock Star Bingo
FREE To Play
Win FREE drinks!

Music changes EVERY week!
Music from the 50’s through music that came out in the last month!

#ThisAintYourGrandmothersBingoNight

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.

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.

Looking For Fun This Week? Check Out The Illinois And Iowa 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.
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May 22nd, 2022 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 …

First Annual Ribfest Dropping Off The Bone At Fairgrounds

The 1st Annual Ribfest and BBQ Bash is set for this Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th-30th at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Live entertainment in the Shed bar on Saturday and Sunday nights from 8pm until 10pm. Judging on Saturday, May 29th in three categories, Ribs, Pork and people choice. Fair food is back, Jumping Joeys and other fun activities are planned each day! More to come!

More info? See here.

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38 Special Rockin’ The Stage At Rhythm City

Southern Rock Group 38 Special are set to perform in the Rhythm City Casino Event Center, 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $55, $50, $45, $40 and $35 plus applicable online/phone ticketing fees (these fees are waived when tickets are purchased at The Market Gift Shop inside Rhythm City Casino Resort). All ages are welcome to attend. Tickets in the ADA section are for patrons with mobility disabilities and up to three companions. If companion seating is not available because the ADA section is sold out, Rhythm City Casino Resort will offer other seats as close as possible to the accessible seat, if available, at the purchase price of the original section.

After more than four decades, 38 Special continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. At each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance.

38 Special Shooting Into Davenport's Rhythm City Casino

Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.

For 38 Special onstage, it is a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, a precision unit bringing the dedication and honesty to a long history of classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they’ve toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide. It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these ‘Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.’

Huckfelt, Koskinen And Young Bear Hitting Codfish

Codfish Hollow Barnstormers Presents: David Huckfelt (of The Pines) with Pieta Brown and Erik Koskinen and Ray Young Bear at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27th, 2022
 All our shows are ages 5 and over, we will require proof of full vaccination  (that’s one Johnson & Johnson or two Moderna or Pfizer) in order to attend any Codfish Hollow shows during the 2022 season.  Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The Codfish Hollow Art Gallery will be open, featuring hand-crafted artwork by various local artists. Vendors from the tri-state area will be on hand selling various arts, crafts and jewelry. Free parking with bus rides to and from the barn as well as free camping in the cow pasture.
Doors are at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 27th. Music to start around 7:30 pm. Tickets are just $25 in advance and $30 day of show/ at the door. Please get your tickets in advance as they are likely to sell out. Advance tickets are available here: Checkout Tickets (showslinger.com)
David Huckfelt, Pieta Brown, Erik Koskinen, Ray Young Bear Coming To Iowa's Codfish Hollow

Put On Your Pants Labyrinth With A Fun New Show

The Haus Of Ruckus launches their 2022 season at The Mockingbird On Main with a new show – PANTS LABYRINTH – opening May 27!

What’s it about?

When he loses his tuxedo pants before a friends’ wedding Fungus and Johnny are thrust into an adventure of mythic proportions, as they dare to venture into the pants labyrinth. There they must face off against a rascally puppet , an oracle with an unreasonable copay, a Minotaur with a flair for pants and disco dancing, and as close to beejees music we can get without paying royalties. Showdates May 27th-29th and June 4th-6th

Pants Labyrinth Opens May 27

Cerny Brothers Return To The Quad-Cities!

The Cerny Brothers have missed you. Won’t you come see them play at 44’s hottest little downtown indie music joint?

They will grace the cozy stage at The Raccoon Motel for TWO SHOWS on Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th.

Tickets are on sale now!

Get your tickets and more info here:

FRIDAY MAY 27:
https://www.tixr.com/groups/raccoonmotel/events/the-cerny-brothers-38374

SATURDAY MAY 28:
https://www.tixr.com/groups/raccoonmotel/events/the-cerny-brothers-38375

The Cerny Brothers Are Coming Home To Play Davenport's Raccoon Motel

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Hits Stage At Circa

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown 196 is thrilled to present Beauty And The Beast! Circa ’21 is a professional dinner theater employing the finest actors, directors and designers from across the country!
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway, was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
​Filled with amazing music, spectacular costumes and dazzling sets, this “tale as old as time” offers family theatre at its best.
Your ticket to Beauty And The Beast also includes our delicious plated meal and our popular Bootlegger preshow!
Tickets are $58.55 per person for dinner and show. We offer discounts for those 60 and older and 18 and under. The theater does not permit children under the age of 4 due to the length of the evening.
Seats may be reserved by calling 309-786-7733, extension 2. Fore more information go to circa21.com.
Beer Battle, Michelle Zauner, Big Laughs And More In The Iowa And Illinois 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.

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 tonwalk, 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!

 

 

Skybridge Fitness, Fleetwood Mac, Pre-Resolutions Fun, And More In This Week's FUN10!

Rock With Rock Star Bingo

Rock Star Bingo
EVERY Wednesday Night @ 7pm
The Tangled Wood (Bettendorf, IA)
B-I-N-G-O +
Name That Tune +
Sing-a-longsRock Star Bingo
FREE To Play
Win FREE drinks!
ALL AGES
Skybridge Fitness, Fleetwood Mac, Pre-Resolutions Fun, And More In This Week's FUN10!
Think you know your music?
If you know what song contains these lyrics, you would probably love Rock Star Bingo!
“And she’s watching him with those eyes,
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.”
What is Rock Star Bingo?
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!

Listen To Subatlantic Play Live

Bettendorf Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch concert will feature local band, Subatlantic. The virtual performance will run throughout the entirety of May and be accessible for viewing on the 200 Public Library’s YouTube channel. A direct link to the event will also be available on the Library’s website at http://events.bettendorflibrary.com/event/6348899. No registration is required to view the Brown Bag Lunch series, which is free thanks to the support of the Friends of the 200 Public Library.

Based in the Quad Cities, Subatlantic is an indie rock band that uses textures in their music in order to create a unique sound. The four-musician group performs with an array of instruments from guitar and bass to cello, keyboards, and accordion. The 200 Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch series offers a monthly concert perfect to view over a lunch hour. More information about this offering and other library events can be found at http://www.bettendorflibrary.com or by calling 563-344-4179.

Bettendorf Public Library's Brown Bag Lunch Concert Features Subatlantic Starting Sunday

ABOUT the 200 Public Library Information Center: Located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, 200, Iowa 52722, the Library’s mission is “Committed to providing access to information and ideas for all.” For more information, visit www.bettendorflibrary.com or call 563-344-4175.

ABOUT the Friends of the 200 Public Library: The Friends are members of a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the 200 Public Library. More information about the Friends can be found by visiting www.bettendorflibrary.com/contribute/friends.

Looking For Fun This Week? Check Out The Illinois And Iowa 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.
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