Written by Mike Schulz
|Tuesday, 21 January 2014 06:00|
Katja Loher: Videoplanet – Orchestra
Figge Art Museum
Saturday, January 25, through Sunday, May 4
The newest exhibition at the Figge Art Museum is titled Katja Loher: Videoplanet – Orchestra, and according to the exhibit’s description at the venue’s Web site, one of its more fascinating elements allows museum visitors the chance to see “androgynous, costumed dancers form letters that compose words and sentences to pose simple, thought-provoking questions.” In honor of Loher’s artistic endeavor, I considered employing exactly the same style for this What’s Happenin’ article, but my bosses were convinced that I’d never find the thousands of androgynous, costumed dancers necessary to pull it off. I told them they obviously didn’t know my friends, but whatever … .
On display from January 25 through May 4, this site-specific installation is the creation of Swiss video artist Loher, whose work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in China, Italy, Brazil, Israel, Ireland, France, and numerous other sites worldwide. And a worldwide viewpoint is what Figge guests will be treated to with Videoplanet – Orchestra, an exhibition that explores the balance between humans, nature, and technology through Loher’s “inter-planetary” achievement.
Through videos projected onto the surfaces of shiny orbs hanging in the gallery space, and from within glass bubbles mounted on the walls, museum patrons will witness the exhibit’s (previously filmed) performance artists taking the shape of not only letters, but also floral arrangements and even, in the video segment Why Did the Bees Leave?, honeybees.
A singular blend of music, dance, video, and visual art, the dreamlike experience of Videoplanet – Orchestra reflects the human condition in a globalized world, and promises to make for an unforgettable dive into the world of immersive art. And a terrifically enjoyable one, too. How many chances, after all, do you get to see androgynous, costumed dancers forming letters, flowers, and bees? Outside of an evening with my friends, that is … ?
For more information on Katja Loher: Videoplanet – Orchestra and the Davenport museum’s other exhibits, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArt.org.
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, February 3
Running January 24 through February 3 at Davenport’s Village Theatre, the dramatic comedy Next Fall is an exploration of modern romance, religion, and personal morality, and the New York Times’ Ben Brantley called author Geoffrey Naufft’s work “an intellectual stealth bomb.” Which is just how my own work is frequently referenced … although I can’t remember even hearing the word “stealth” attached … .
Nominated for 2010 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Director, this thoughtful and funny offering concerns the emotional and spiritual complexities within a five-year relationship between a committed gay couple: Luke, a Christian fundamentalist, and Adam, an atheist. Alternating between scenes that dramatize the men’s early courtship, their life of alternately loving and contentious cohabitation, and Luke’s hospitalized fight for survival after being hit by a taxi, Next Fall asks profound questions about the meaning of existence while keeping its focus very specific. And, to hear Brantley tell it, Naufft’s achievement is just as entertaining as it is astute, considering that he wrote, “Much of this artful, thoughtful, and very moving story … proceeds with the stinging breeziness of a cosmopolitan comedy … a sort of Will & Grace with an ontological conscience.”
Directed by Christina Myatt, last seen on-stage in New Ground’s October production of Other Desert Cities, the theatre company’s latest features Creighton Olsen and David Turley as Luke and Adam, with Greg Bouljon, Max Moline, Susan Perrin-Sallak, and Kaitlyn Ross portraying the friends and family members who orbit around the leading pair. So reserve tickets now if you’re up for a show that you’ll likely enjoy both watching and talking over later. Or, you know, reserve tickets if you just want to tell people that, for a couple of hours, you actually experienced Fall in the middle of winter. Hey, a Midwesterner can dream, can’t he … ?
Next Fall will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)326-7529 or visiting NewGroundTheatre.org.
The Ben Miller Band
The Redstone Room
Thursday, January 30, 8 p.m.
A trio of popular bluegrass and Delta-blues musicians based in Joplin, Missouri, the Ben Miller Band will perform at Davenport’s Redstone Room on January 30, and while you might be familiar with their chosen musical genres, you may not have ever seen several of the group’s instruments in practice before. Instruments such as the washtub bass with the Weedeater string. Or the electrified washboard. Or the electrified spoons, which I hear produce an incredible sound but are absolute hell on ice cream.
Composed of bass player Scott Leeper, percussionist Doug Dicharry, and the singer/songwriter of the group’s moniker, the Ben Miller Band formed in 2004, and currently plays more than 200 gigs annually, headlining bluegrass and soul-music festivals and opening for the intimidating likes of ZZ Top. And while the aforementioned instruments are certainly three of the ensemble’s more unusual ones, they’re hardly the only ones, as the Ben Miller Band’s blend of Delta blues and Appalachian mountain music also finds its talents performing on acoustic slide guitar, mandolin, trumpet, trombone, and harmonica.
What results, according to critics nationwide, is a foot-stomping, soul-shaking great time for music fans of many stripes. SoundPress.net raved about the group’s “spirited and unique creations” and Miller’s “wicked slide.” HardRockHaven.net wrote that the musicians “emphasize loyalty to their heritage, but at the same time don’t exploit or trivialize it,” and noted that they delivered “a completely authentic vision of the American roots culture while giving it a modern twist.”
And WeeklySurge.com simply said, “If these guys don’t make you dance by the end of the night, you’re probably missing a pulse.” That, and “Miller also pens great songs about everything from Amsterdam prostitutes getting off work to Jägerbombs.” I once got off work to Jägerbomb, too, but I didn’t know there was a market for songs about it … .
The Ben Miller Band performs at the Redstone Room with an opening set by the EverGreen Grass Band, and for more information and tickets, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, February 9
“This play is called Our Town. It was written by Thortnon Wilder and is being produced at the District Theatre. In it you will see Mr. Chris Causer, Mr. Jerry Wolking, Mr. Christopher Tracy, Miss Kelly Lohrenz, Miss Jacqueline Madunic, Miss Angela Elliott, and many others too numerous to mention. The name of our town is Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, just over the line from Massachusetts; latitude 42 degrees, 40 minutes, longitude … .”
Sorry. That’s the Stage Manager’s opening monologue from Our Town, updated with names from the show’s upcoming District Theatre presentation. I played the role in high school and college, and could easily continue with the monologue, but as you’re being deprived of my flawless New Hampshire accent, what’s the point? (That sound you hear is my high-school and college directors laughing their asses off.)
I have to admit I’m psyched for this new production of Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about life, love, and death in a sleepy New England town, partly because I’m madly in love with the play, and partly because director Bryan Tank’s cast is, all things considered, kind of ridiculous. In a great way, I mean, as the familiar area talents also include Heidi Pedersen, Mark Ruebling, Andy Curtiss, Krianna Walljasper, Doug Kutzli, Linda Ruebling, Molly McLaughlin, and, indeed, others too numerous to mention.
And I’m really psyched to see the always-wonderful Shelley Walljasper’s take on the Stage Manager, a role that has definitely attracted some top-tier talent over the years. In honor of Our Town’s narrator, and the District’s first show of its 2014 season, try your hand at this puzzler: Which of the following actors never – or hasn’t yet – played the Stage Manager on stage or television?
A) Spalding Gray
B) Hal Holbrook
C) Helen Hunt
D) Boris Karloff
E) Michael McKean
F) Paul Newman
G) Michael Shannon
H) Frank Sinatra
Our Town will be performed Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)235-1654 or visiting DistrictTheatre.com.
Answer: D. Man, that would’ve been scary. Not as scary as Michael Shannon, I’m sure, but scary nonetheless.
What Else Is Happenin’ …?
Thursday, January 23 – Daytrotter Presents: Communion. Concert featuring indie musicians the Weeks, the Dough Rollers, Bedroom Shrine, and Centaur Noir, with a Ragged Records DJ set. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 7 p.m. $11 advance tickets, $15 at the door. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com. For interviews with the Weeks and the Dough Rollers, visit RCReader.com/y/communion.
Friday, January 24, and Friday, January 31 – Battle of the Bands: Rounds One & Two. Competition nights featuring 45-minute sets of original music, with performances by Battle Red, Escape Your Prism, and the Archimedes Death Ray on January 24, and 9th Street Memory, Sept of Memnon, and Heavyweight on January 31. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. $3. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com.
Saturday, January 25 – Tesla. Concert with the multi-platinum-selling rock band from northern California. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside, Iowa). 8 p.m. $35-55. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com.
Sunday, January 26 – Mozart Woodwind Concert. Event in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Signature Series, featuring Christine Bellomy on clarinet, Benjamin Coelho on bass, Mary Neil on piano, Andrew Parker on oboe, and Marc Zyla on horn. Augustana College’s Wallenberg Hall (3520 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 3 p.m. $13.50-29.50. For tickets and information, call (563)322-7276 or visit QCSymphony.com.
Tuesday, January 28 – Patty Griffin. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $15-20. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Friday, January 31 – John Primer. Concert with the Chicago-blues singer/guitarist. The Muddy Waters (1708 State Street, Bettendorf). 9 p.m. $5-10. For information, call (563)344-2516 or visit TheMuddyWaters.com. For a 2013 interview with Primer, visit RCReader.com/y/primer.
Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1 – Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra: No Place to Go. Concert presented through Hancher Auditorium’s Visiting Artists series. The Mill (120 East Burlington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $10-20. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu.
Saturday, February 1 – Jim the Mule Farewell Show. Retrospective performance by the local alt-country musicians, with opening sets by the Multiple Cat and Them Som’Bitches. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $8-10. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.com.
Saturday, February 1 – Side-by-Side Concert. Event featuring all four Quad City Symphony youth orchestras and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by UnityPoint Health-Trinity. Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 4 p.m. $5-25. For tickets and information, call (563)322-7276 or visit QCSymphony.com.
Tuesday, February 4 – Josh Ritter. Singer/songwriter in concert, with an opening set by Gregory Alan Isakov. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $25-28. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Wednesday, February 5 – Robert Ellis. R&B, bossa nova, fusion, and free jazz with the singer/songwriter, in a co-presentation with the Englert Theatre. The Mill (120 East Burlington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $10-20. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, February 16 – Good People. David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony Award-winning working-class comedy/drama, directed by Ron Clark. Riverside Theatre (213 North Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $15-30. For tickets and information, call (319)338-7672 or visit RiversideTheatre.org.
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, February 2 – Of Mice & Men. Stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s literary classic. Iowa City Community Theatre (4265 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City). Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $8-16. For tickets and information, call (319)338-0443 or visit IowaCityCommunityTheatre.com.
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26 – Alice in Wonderland Jr. Adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic presented by Nolte Academy. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts (1301 Fifth Street, Coralville). Friday and Saturday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call (319)248-9370 or visit CoralvilleArts.org.
Friday, January 24 – National Theatre Live: Hamlet. Screening of the live stage presentation starring Rory Kinnear. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7 p.m. $15-18. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Friday, January 31 – Seussical the Musical. Tony-nominated storybook musical presented by YES (Youth Entertainment Series). Orpheum Theatre (57 South Kellogg Street, Galesburg). 7 p.m. $15. For tickets and information, call (309)342-2299 or visit TheOrpheum.org.
Saturday, January 25 – Galumpha. Acrobatics, choreography, visual effects, and physical comedy with the Quad City Arts Visiting Artists. St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 Gaines Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $7-11. For information and tickets, call (563)333-6251 or visit QuadCityArts.com or SAU.edu/galvin.
Saturday, January 25 – The Ugly Duckling & Other Dances. The fairytale classic and additional pieces performed by the dancers of Ballet Quad Cities. Bettendorf High School (3333 18th Street, Bettendorf). 1:30 p.m. $12-22. For tickets and information, call (563)332-4516 or visit BalletQuadCities.com.
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26 – Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Weekend. Twentieth-annual celebration featuring concerts, silent movies, eagle-watching, the Syncopation and Soup suppers, and more held throughout Muscatine. $40 three-day package; $15 nightly concerts, with ages 16 and under free. For information, call (563)263-8895 or visit MuscatineArtsCouncil.org.
Friday, January 24, and Saturday, January 25 – World’s Toughest Rodeo. Touring event featuring bucking horses, bulls, and cowboys with nerves of steel. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $20-55. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.
Saturday, January 25 – Jim Wand. Evening with the professional entertainer and hypnotist. Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 East Platt Street, Maquoketa). 7 p.m. $22-25. For tickets and information, call (563)652-9815 or visit OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.
Friday, January 31 – Champagne on the Rocks. Thirteenth-annual winter fundraiser for WQPT-TV, featuring dinner, live and silent auctions, live entertainment, and more. Hotel Blackhawk (200 East Third Street, Davenport). 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, 7 p.m. dinner, entertainment, and live auction. $100. For tickets, call (309)764-2400 or visit WQPT.org/champagne.
Written by Mike Schulz
|Tuesday, 07 January 2014 06:00|
The Redstone Room
Wednesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
On January 15, the Redstone Room will be the place to find the blues. Of course, as Quad Citians dealing with mid-January weather, we all pretty much carry the blues with us everywhere we go, but our blues comes attached with far fewer awards.
Described by the London Times as “Canada’s greatest guitarist,” blues-music sensation Matt Andersen will be that Wednesday’s featured entertainer at Davenport’s downtown venue, thrilling crowds with the guitar skills and soulful vocals that led TheRecord.com to call him “one of the most exciting performers to erupt on the Canadian music scene in recent memory.” After making an initial splash with the New Brunswick-based band Flat Top in 2002, singer/songwriter Andersen released his solo CD debut Second Time Around in 2007, and went on to win the International Blues Challenge’s top prize for an individual or duo in 2010, becoming the first Canadian to triumph in that category in the 26-year history of the competition.
In addition to that notable prize, Andersen’s talents have earned him the East Coast Music Association’s award for Blues Recording of the Year (for the 2009 CD Piggyback) and 2011 citations as the Maple Blues Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and Acoustic Act of the Year, and his international tours have found Andersen performing alongside such artists as Bo Diddley, Little Feat, and Loverboy.
Meanwhile, if you were to engrave snippets from the man’s reviews onto plaques, you could probably add a couple hundred other awards to his trophy cabinet. The Toronto Blues Society raved about Andersen’s “sorrowing and soulful voice and astonishing guitar playing.” Velvet Rope magazine applauded his “energetic, keyboard-laden jams and soulful down-tempo ballads.” And Canada’s The Chronicle Herald called Andersen “a dynamite performer, getting more power out of his acoustic guitar than a hill full of wind turbines.” Maybe, if I played one of Andersen’s CDs in my car, I could get the damned thing to start on mid-January mornings.
For more information on, and tickets to, Matt Andersen’s Redstone Room concert, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.com.
19th Annual Hispanic Film Festival
Augustana College Science Building
Wednesday, January 15, through Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m.
If you’re a fan of world cinema, you probably wish our area offered more screenings of foreign-language movies. If you’re a fan of cinema in general, you probably wish our area offered more screenings of free movies.
Well, for the 19th year in a row, Augustana College is planning to make both sets of viewers very happy, as the Rock Island institution again hosts its wintertime Hispanic Film Festival. Taking place on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in the school’s Science Building Auditorium, the 19th-annual event will feature five critically acclaimed titles boasting numerous awards and loads of festival cred, and should be a perfect excuse for area cinephiles to leave their homes for evenings of truly caliente entertainment.
This year’s festival opens on January 15 with La Sirga (The Towrope), which finds a Colombian refugee trying to rebuild her life in a dilapidated hostel in the highlands of the Andes. An official selection at the Cannes and Toronto international film festivals, the drama won both the Special Jury Prize and Cinematography Award at 2012’s Lima Latin American Film Festival, and led Variety magazine’s Rob Nelson to deem it “thoroughly engrossing” and “a triumph.”
January 22 brings with it Infancia Clandestina (Clandestine Childhood), a drama about military upheaval, family, and love that was a Director’s Fortnight selection at Cannes, while January 29’s screening is of Tanta Agua (So Much Water), the family-reconciliation comedy/drama that won 2013’s Grand Prize Award at the Miami International Film Festival and the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Best First Feature citation.
Manito (Dear Manny) – set in Washington Heights, the reformed “crack-cocaine capital of the world” – is on the docket for February 5, and won the Special Jury Prize at both the Sundance and Atlanta film festivals. And finally, on February 12, Augustana’s fest will screen El Bola (Nickname), the saga of a 12-year-old boy and the new family his abusive father unwittingly leads him to, and a Goya Award winner for Best Film. All told, it’s a lineup that makes me say, “Festival de cine hispano de este año va a estar fuera de este mundo!” Sorry if you don’t know what that means. I did take four years of high-school Spanish, you know. *
For more information on the Hispanic Film Festival, call (309)794-7670 or visit Augustana.edu.
* Editor’s Note: It’s “This year’s Hispanic Film Festival is going to be out of this world!” You think you’re the only one who knows about online-translation sites, Mike?
Bald Eagle Days
QCCA Expo Center
Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12
Ah, to be an American bald eagle. Beautiful. Majestic. Sexually mature at the age of four. (Some of us are still waiting.)
This magnificent bird of prey, along with many other miracles of nature, will be showcased at our area’s annual weekend celebration Bald Eagle Days, taking place at the QCCA Expo Center January 10 through 12. With Quad Cities Audubon Eagle Tours scheduled, on Saturday and Sunday, every 75 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., this eagerly anticipated local event will also feature live presentations focusing on birds of prey, Niabi Zoo’s exotic animals, and creatures visiting us from Des Moines’ Pella Wildlife Company. There will also be a 20-foot climbing tower for your kids to scale and more than 100 display booths chock-full of nature-themed information, much of it specific to the avian wonder that serves as our country’s national emblem.
What’s your level of American-bald-eagle knowledge? Let’s find out by trying your hand at the accompanying quiz.
1) In what year was the American bald eagle officially taken off the endangered-species list?
2) Roughly how many pounds can a bald eagle lift?
3) Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of roughly how many feet?
4) What is the bald eagle’s typical wingspan?
A) Between 60 and 78 inches
B) Between 72 and 90 inches
C) Between 84 and 102 inches
5) Roughly how many feathers do bald eagles have?
Tickets to Bald Eagle Days are $5 for adults and $1 for kids – with ages five and under free – and more information is available by calling (309)788-5912 or visiting QCCAExpoCenter.com.
Answers: 1 – C, 2 – A, 3 – B, 4 – B, 5 – C. Don’t tell that last factoid to Lady Gaga. Just to be spiteful, she’ll make a dress out of 7,001.
i wireless Center
Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.
“So what was this dream about, Mike?”
“Well, doctor, it ain’t easy to recall. My memory ain’t what it used to be. But I think I was in this wide open hicktown of Lonesome, USA – just an asphalt cowboy staring at the sun while walking away from the water tower. And while I was in this nothin’ town, I notice Johnny Cash just passing through, singing this fast dirt road anthem about a church pew or bar stool or somethin’.”
“I believe in ghosts and I don’t do lonely well, so I say, ‘This I gotta see,’ and I talk to him. I tell him the truth about the best of me – that I’m just a man and I use what I got on days like these, and if I break everything I touch, I ain’t ready to quit my kinda party. Not every man lives the only way I know. I’m good to go.”
“We laughed until we cried, and then he boarded the night train toward an Amarillo sky. I asked him, ‘Why? Don’t you wanna stay?’ And he said, ‘Even if I wanted to, I have to take a little ride on my highway to a country boy’s world. So keep the girl and the big green tractor, and be sure to drink one for me while wiping away relentless black tears over the heartache that don’t stop hurting.’ And then I woke up.”
“So what does it mean, doctor?”
“Well, Mike, whether you realize it or not, you’ve just name-checked the titles of 45 songs by chart-topping country singer Jason Aldean.”
“That’s 46. So as usual, I think your subconscious is telling you to write a What’s Happenin’ article, considering that Aldean will be playing Moline’s i wireless Center on January 18 and 19.”
“Aw, doc, thank you! I feel my wheels rollin’ again!”
“Forty-seven. So are you paying this week in cash or – ?”
“Don’t give up on me, doc!”
“Forty-eight … and get back here!”
“See you when I see you!”
“Hmph. Crazy town.”
Jason Aldean will perform locally alongside special guests Florida George Line and Tyler Farr, and for the chance to hear many of his 50 aforementioned songs, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.
What Else Is Happenin’ …?
Saturday, January 11 – Brainchild. Funk and rock musicians in concert, with an opening set by Half Naked. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $8. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Thursday, January 16 – Jon Batiste & Stay Human. Jazz, blues, and classical musicians in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $20-25. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Friday, January 17 – Old Shoe. Chicago-based Americana and roots-rock band in concert, with an opening set by The Whistle Pigs. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $8-10. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Sunday, January 19 – Mike Conrad & Colossus. The 17-piece modern-jazz orchestra educates and entertains in Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. jazz workshop: $5/adults, free for students. 6 p.m. concert: $10-15. For tickets and information, call (309)373-0790 or visit Polyrhythms.org or RiverMusicExperience.org.
Tuesday, January 21 – Keller Williams & More Than a Little. Singer/songwriter and his ensemble in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $20-22. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org. For a 2012 interview with Williams, visit http://RCReader.com/y/keller.
Wednesday, January 22 – The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die. Connecticut-based emo musicians in concert, with an opening set by A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Crystal Lake). 9 p.m. $10. For information, call (309)200-0978 or visit RozzTox.com.
Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 19 – Of Mice & Men. Stage version of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era classic, directed by Tristan Tapscott. Playcrafters Barn Theatre (4950 35th Avenue, Moline). Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call (309)762-0330 or visit Playcrafters.com.
Friday, January 10, through Saturday, January 18 – The Whipping Man. Dreamwell Theatre’s production of Matthew Lopez’ Civil War-era drama. Universalist Unitarian Society (10 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. $10-13. For tickets and information, call (319)423-9820 or visit Dreamwell.com.
Wednesday, January 15, through Saturday, March 8 – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Biographical musical revue about the rock-and-roll icon’s rise to fame. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island). Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, and January 15 and 16: 5:45 p.m. doors, 6-7 p.m. buffet, 7:15 p.m. pre-show, 7:45 p.m. performance. Sundays: 3:45 p.m. doors, 4-5 p.m. buffet, 5:15 p.m. pre-show, 5:45 p.m. performance. Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. doors, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. plated lunch, 1 p.m. pre-show, 1:30 p.m. performance. $29.26-$49.12. For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Circa21.com.
Friday, January 17, through Saturday, January 25 – My Sister. Iowa City playwright Janet Schlapkohl’s debuting drama set in 1930s Berlin, directed by Maria Vorhis. QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport). Saturday 7:30 p.m. "Pay what it’s worth" admission. For information, call (563)650-2396 or visit QCTheatreWorkshop.org.
Thursday, January 16 – Kelly Daniels. Augustana College associate professor of English reads from his memoir Cloudbreak, California as part of the 2013-14 River Readings series. Augustana College’s Center for Student Life (639 38th Street, Rock Island). 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)794-7316 or visit Augustana.edu. For a 2013 cover article on Daniels, visit RCReader.com/y/daniels.
Saturday, January 18, through Sunday, May 4 – Kids Design Glass. Traveling exhibition of 52 glass sculptures by young artists, and the original drawings that inspired them. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum admission. For information, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArt.org.
Saturday, January 18 – 2014 Winter Wine Experience. Sixth-annual fundraising event featuring wine samples from area distributors and wineries, live music by Three & a Half Men, hors d’ oeuvres, a raffle, and more. River Music Experience (131 West Second Street, Davenport). 6 p.m. $25-40. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.
Saturday, January 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Tribute to the national leader inspired by the Dr. King quote “The time is always right to do the right thing,” featuring performances by the Community Gospel Chorus, the Westbrook Singers, Bold! Right! Life!, the Imani! Dancers, Tandazo, and Toi Allen. Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 6 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)794-7473 or visit Augustana.edu.
Saturday, January 18 – 2014 Red Ribbon Dinner: A Night to Remember. Twenty-first annual AIDS benefit sponsored by The Project of the Quad Cities, featuring 5 p.m. cocktails, a 7 p.m. dinner, live entertainment, and more. The Stern Center (1713 Third Avenue, Rock Island). $40-90. For tickets and information, call 9309)762-5433 or visit TPQC.org.