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Playcrafters in Moline to Audition for New Play April 17 and 18

April 13th, 2021

Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, will hold auditions April 17-18 at the Barn Theatre for “Princeton’s Rage,” an original work by local playwright Don Faust, Davenport. The cast calls for three men (ages 30s-50s) and one woman (20s). In the play, Princeton Yale left his hometown of Chicago over 30 years ago, he turned his back on an abusive past at the hands of his high school classmates and never looked back. But through a series of happenstances, Princeton’s past comes to pay him a visit, in the form of one of his former tormentors, Reece “Rage” Johnson,... Read More

Quad City Symphony Closes Masterworks Season With Impressive All-American Program

April 12th, 2021

It’s fairly rare for a symphony orchestra to feature a concert of all-American music or two living composers on the same program. Fans of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) hit the jackpot with exactly this all for two performances of “For America,” Saturday at the Adler Theatre. But even if you weren’t among the 344 lucky people to attend the concerts in person (the 2,321-seat Adler has allowed 25-percent capacity), anyone can purchase digital access (for $40) to watch the supremely talented musicians in the delightfully varied program – online through May 11. Plus, unlike the in-person... Read More

Figge Offers Free Admission to Quad-Cities Essential Workers This Week

April 12th, 2021

To honor and celebrate Quad Citizens who have stepped up to support the community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Figge Art Museum is offering free admission to all essential workers this week through Saturday. “Quite simply, we would not have gotten through the past year without the heroic efforts of our community’s essential workers — from medical personnel to teachers to grocery store workers. Day in and day out, these Quad Citizens have consistently made sacrifices for our region,” said Figge Executive Director and CEO Michelle Hargrave. “Their efforts are to be commended... Read More

“New Beginnings” Online Cabaret Reveals Hope, Joy, “A Million Dreams”

April 12th, 2021

When your dreams disappear, sometimes you’ve got to create your own. That seems to be the inspiring, organizing principle behind Mockingbird on Main, a planned theater/cabaret space taking shape at 320 Main St., Davenport. “New Beginnings” – a tantalizing teaser online cabaret – was released this past weekend to give us a glimpse behind that dream, led by Quad-Cities actor Tristan Tapscott and his girlfriend, Savannah Bay Strandin. Fittingly, they close out the wonderfully entertaining 76-minte video by singing “A Million Dreams” (from “The Greatest Showman”) and sharing scenes... Read More

Quad City Botanical Center Poised to Grow Again In a Busy 2021

April 10th, 2021

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! The Covid-19 pandemic not only drove many people crazy, but it’s driven them more than ever outdoors – for comfort, relaxation, exercise and simple enjoyment of the natural world. The beautiful, restorative calm of the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, has been perfectly positioned to welcome those weary pandemic warriors. And with a new executive... Read More

Davenport Native Byron “BK” Davis Returns to “J.A.M.” Saturday Night

April 9th, 2021

It’s so appropriate that Steinway International Artist Byron “BK” Davis will perform at Joy Avenue Media on Saturday at 7 p.m. for its online “J.A.M.” sessions. Because the super friendly 61-year-old Davenport native – a globally acclaimed pianist, composer, and singer – spreads joy wherever he goes. After his first appearance playing for the Bettendorf Joy Avenue studio session this past November, Davis brings his passionate jazz band back on Facebook for a free show, co-sponsored by Davenport-based River Music Experience. The J.A.M. sessions are intended to present high-quality,... Read More

Comedian Brian Regan to Perform at Davenport’s Adler Theatre on July 14

April 9th, 2021

The Adler Theatre and VenuWorks will present comedian Brian Regan on Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. Reserved tickets will go on sale Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.) and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59. Tickets to this socially-distanced show will be sold in pods. Guests must purchase all seats within a selected pod. A face covering is required unless you are actively eating or drinking. Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling him,... Read More

Quad City Music Guild Returns With Heartfelt, Professional Online Cabaret

April 9th, 2021

Greatly anticipating Quad City Music Guild’s first, long-awaited entry into online entertainment (13 months into the Covid-19 pandemic), I both did and didn’t know what to expect from the new “On With the Show” cabaret. I knew it would be about an hour long; include several originally cast members of “The Secret Garden” (which has yet to be seen on the Guild stage); would be filmed from the Prospect Park theater, and include photos from past Guild productions. What I did not know that it would be so comprehensive (including so much detailed history about the beloved 72-year-old cultural... Read More

New Davenport Museum Staffer Sitting Pretty in Pink at Dream Job

April 8th, 2021

Erika Holshoe has traveled from one end of the U.S. to the other, and to Europe, to pursue her passions. The bubbly 25-year-old is now in her dream job as new assistant director of the German American Heritage Center and Museum, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport. It marries her affection for her own family’s German heritage, German culture, language, and her love of museums. Holshoe has hustled since she began work here in January to conceive, research, assemble and install the latest GAHC exhibit – “Who? What? Wear? German Costume and Culture,” which opens Friday, April 9 and runs through Aug.... Read More

8-Year-Old Davenport Boy Has Colorful Art Exhibit at Botanical Center

April 8th, 2021

If you visit the Quad City Botanical Center by the end of May – and you certainly should – you’ll see a portrait of an artist as a young man. A very young, talented man indeed. Eight-year-old Levi Folker of Davenport is the youngest artist ever to have his own exhibit in the 23-year-history of the QCBC, with 28 of his deeply colorful, imaginative paintings on the walls in the main hallway. They’re on display for all of April and May. “I like painting because it makes me happy,” Levi, a second-grader at Adams Elementary, who’s been homeschooled this past year, said recently. “I like... Read More