Jordan McGinnis, Liv Lyman, and Brant Peitersen in A Behanding in SpokaneTheatre

A Behanding in Spokane

District Theatre

Friday, May 13, through Saturday, May 21

 

Rock Island’s District Theatre opens its creepy-funny new production, appropriately enough, on Friday the 13th, and the show’s star is Brant Peitersen, who has been an incredibly active stage performer over the past few years. For the District, he appeared in High Fidelity, Big Rock Candy Christmas, and as Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. For Countryside Community Theatre, he was seen in Shrek: The Musical, Big Fish, and Jesus Christ Superstar. For the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, he was featured in last fall’s Harvey. I even acted with him myself in the QC Theatre Workshop’s 2014 Bat Boy: The Musical. So let’s give Brant Peitersen a hand!

No, seriously. He really, really needs a hand. Preferably a leftie.


Miles NielsenMusic

Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts

Codfish Hollow Barn

Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m.

 

Growing up in Rockford, Illinois, Miles Nielsen played guitar and wrote songs from a very young age. His father was a frequently touring rock star. Guests at family dinners included Steven Tyler, Todd Rundgren, and the members of Guns N’ Roses. Given all that, it should be no surprise to learn that Miles Nielsen would grow up to be ... a pharmacist.

Just kidding. He’s a musician, too. That was just a cheap trick.

And speaking of Cheap Trick ... !


Reverend Horton HeatMusic

Reverend Horton Heat

Rock Island Brewing Company

Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.

 

Recently, the Hank Williams bio-pic I Saw the Light landed in (and left) the area. But while the country-music legend is certainly deserving of a film salute, I gotta ask: Where’s the big-budget screen celebration of Jim Heath, a.k.a. Reverend Horton Heat, who’ll be performing at the Rock Island Brewing Company on April 20? I mean, come on: Heath’s been touring consistently for more than a quarter-century! SavingCountyMusic.com calls him “the biggest and most influential name in modern-day psychobilly music”! For Pete’s sake, his band’s songs can be heard in nine different video games and an Ace Ventura movie!


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Jeff Austin Band

Redstone Room

Friday, April 1, 8 p.m.

 

On April 1, Davenport’s Redstone Room celebrates its 10th year of delivering exhilarating live performances to local audiences. In conjunction with this milestone, the venue will be treating patrons to a gift, and considering the traditional present for a 10th anniversary is tin, you’d certainly have reason to worry that cans or cookware might be in the offing. But fear not: You’ll definitely appreciate this particular gift of tin ... given that it’s prefaced by “Jeff Aus”! (Editor’s note: Clever, Mike. Now move it along.)


Heart on May 17Events

i wireless Center

March through June

 

Shall we commence? If you’re a staff member at Moline’s i wireless Center, the only answer to that question is “Heck, yeah, we shall!” Because in its season featuring two-dozen events open to the public, a full 11 of them are commencements, as students and their families – from May 15 to June 5 – celebrate graduations from area colleges (Augustana, Scott, Black Hawk), universities (St. Ambrose, Western Illinois), and high schools (Rock Island, Pleasant Valley, North Scott, and Davenport North, West, and Central). Consequently, a bunch of you will already be spending time at the i wireless at least once this spring. But I urge you to also consider several additional visits, considering how many springtime engagements will leave patrons with the urge to cheer and throw their hats in the air.

Brushville @ RIBCO - March 19MUSIC

Thursday, March 17 – The Beggarmen. A St. Patrick’s Day concert with the Celtic musicians. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts (1301 Fifth Street, Coralville). 7:30 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and information, call (319)248-9370 or visit CoralvilleArts.org.

Friday, March 18 – Spring-Queening. Tribute concert to Queen featuring Alan Sweet as Freddie Mercury, Bret Dale as Brian May, David Abdo as John Deacon, and Erik Wilson as Roger Taylor, plus The Dawn delivering a David Bowie tribute. Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $16.75-20. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, March 18 – Bucktown Revue. Celebration of Mississippi River Valley culture through music, storytelling, poetry and humor; with emcee Scott Tunnicliff and special guests. Nighswander Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). 7 p.m. $13 at the door. For information, call (563)940-0508 or visit BucktownRevue.com.

Saturday, March 19 – Brushville. Concert with the nationally touring country musicians. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For tickets and information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Saturday, March 19 – Téada. Internationally touring Irish musicians in concert, with a performance by dancer Brian Cunningham. Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 East Platt Street, Maquoketa). 7 p.m. $13-25. For tickets and information, call (563)652-9815 or visit OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Sunday, March 20 – The Billy Foster Quartet. A 6 p.m. concert in Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz & Matinée Series featuring pianist Billy Foster and vocalist Renee Miles-Foster, preceded by a 3 p.m. “Demystifying Jazz” workshop. Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). $10-15 concert, $5 workshop (free for kids). For information, call (309)373-0790 or visit Polyrhythms.org or RiverMusicExperience.org.


Christian HowesMusic

An Evening with Christian Howes

Redstone Room

Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m.

 

On March 9, Davenport’s Redstone Room will host a hugely acclaimed, virtuosic jazz violinist in “An Evening with Christian Howes.” In its 2011 critics’ poll, DownBeat magazine voted Howes number one in the category “Rising Stars/Violin.” DownBeat called his 2012 album Southern Exposure “a masterful journey.” DownBeat praised Howes’ musicality by writing, “Everything about the way he moves across each string seems to express another emotion.” That’s an awful lot of DownBeat for someone who makes listeners so darned happy.


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Miguel Zenón Quartet

The Redstone Room

Sunday, February 21, 6 p.m.

 

Appearing locally in a special collaboration between Quad City Arts and Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Series, the Miguel Zenón Quartet will be gracing the Redstone Room stage on Sunday, February 21. Gee, jazz saxophonist Zenón quickly became a world fave. That sentence is both true and my suggested replacement for “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” (That joke is strictly for the typists among you.)


Pam Ohnemus' MiddayExhibits

Figge Art Museum

Thursday, February 4, through Sunday, June 5

 

Well, how about that? It’s the first week of February in the Quad Cities, and there are gorgeous, summery sights everywhere! Fields of wildflowers! Golden-hued sunsets! Irises! Poppies! A child playing guitar on the banks of a gently flowing stream!

You do realize, though, that you’ll have to visit the Figge Art Museum to see all this, right? Because until our weather improves, you can only see that collection of arresting images – along with dozens of equally beautiful pieces – in the Figge’s 39th Annual Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition, on display February 6 through May 15.


Marsha NormanTheatre

Getting Out

Augustana College

Friday, January 29, through Sunday, February 7

 

I know, I know: It’s really cold out there. You’re likely at home, curled up on the couch under a blanket, newspaper or iPhone in hand, with no intention of getting out into the winter chill. But at some point between January 29 and February 7, could you maybe be persuaded into getting out? Or, rather, persuaded into Getting Out.

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