Chuggington Live: The Great Rescue Adventure


Adler Theatre

March through May


Just how big a smash is Jersey Boys? So big that in an Adler Theatre lineup currently boasting 19 springtime events, the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons musical accounts for nearly half of 'em.

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2015 Playwrights Festival

Village Theatre

Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15


Artistic Director Chris Jansen is doing something a bit different with the presentations in New Ground Theatre's annual Playwrights Festival, running at the Village Theatre March 6 through 15. On two of those days, there'll be a reading of a new, full-length play titled This Side Up, written by University of Iowa undergraduate Christopher "Kit" Grassi. On four of those days, there'll be staged productions of five plays by five separate authors, each lasting between 10 and 15 minutes.

And in one of those plays, Sam Collier's In My Mother's Tongue Like Winter, actor Michael Carron will play a poetry-minded grolar bear.

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Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.


Ballet Quad Cities' latest presentation in the company's annual Love Stories series - being staged February 27 and 28 at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral - is officially titled Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. As love stories go, that's an awfully powerful one. It's also a pretty depressing one, considering that Romeo and Juliet, in the end, both die.

Of course, you know that. And Ballet Quad Cities' Courtney Lyon knows you know that. And that's why choreographer and BQC Artistic Director Lyon chose to do something unusual in her particular take on Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers: "I put the end of the ballet first."

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Katrina: The K Word

Augustana College's Potter Theate

Friday, February 6, through Sunday, February 8


For years, the Augustana College course Theatre 350: Play Production has asked its students to wear a great many hats. With participants, under faculty supervision, wholly in charge of auditioning, casting, directing, designing, costuming, stage managing, and ultimately presenting a dramatic work for paying audiences, the class offers a rather comprehensive 10-week education on what it takes to successfully mount a show.

But this year, Professor Jeff Coussens' Play Production students are also receiving a 10-week education on their chosen play's subject, considering that the recent-seeming tragedy it concerns happened, as Coussens says, "when the students were, what ... nine?"

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James Armstrong

The Muddy Waters

Friday, January 23, 9 p.m.


James Armstrong, who plays the Muddy Waters on January 23, is an electric guitarist and singer/songwriter whose venerated talents have earned him the nickname "The Ambassador of the Blues." But with Armstrong boasting, according to JazzTimes magazine, "the kind of flexibility that allows him to easily and convincingly shift gears," and celebrated blues historian Tony Russell calling him a master of "the flexible language of feeling allusion," I'd like to propose a new moniker for the famously flexible artist: Stretch Armstrong.

And just now, I received a cease-and-desist from Hasbro. Man, I really thought I was the only one who remembered that toy ... .


Deadroots' Farewell Concert

The Redstone Room

Saturday, January 10, 8 p.m.


Steve Braddy, bassist and singer/songwriter for the Quad Cities musicians of Deadroots, has a lot of fond memories from gigs played by the band he co-founded just over 15 years ago. Like this one:

"One time, we got a show out in the middle of nowhere. I couldn't even tell you what town it was in. But you know that scene in The Blues Brothers where they get in there and have to play behind the chicken wire? It was kind of like that without the chicken wire.

Chuck Murphy at Thirsty's on Third"Hey, Jeff!"

"Hello there, Mike. All done?"

"Yep! Just finished this week's What's Happenin' pages - my last official writing duty of 2014!"

"Good for you."

"As usual, we're actually calling these the 'What's Happenin' on New Year's Eve' pages, as they'll list all the information we have, as of press time, regarding the area venues hosting live music or karaoke or DJs on December 31!"

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Naughty Not Nice: A 7 Sins Christmas

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, December 13, 9 p.m.


'Tis the season for holiday-themed events, folks! Choral concerts! Wintertime art strolls! Young people walking on broken glass and pounding nails in their foreheads!

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Adler Theatre

November through February


According to the ancient philosopher Laozi, "Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." If that's true, the universe is gonna spend the next few months hearing from the Adler Theatre, because every single one of the venue's 16 scheduled wintertime events will be filling patrons' souls with music.

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Christmas at Augustana

Centennial Hall

Friday, December 5, 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 6, 4 p.m.


An Ambrosian Christmas

Christ the King Chapel

Saturday, December 6, 7 p.m.


Augustana College's seasonal celebration Christmas at Augustana, showcasing numerous students from the school's choirs, will be held on December 5 at 8 p.m. and December 6 at 4 p.m.

St. Ambrose University's seasonal celebration An Ambrosian Christmas, showcasing numerous students from the school's choirs, will be held on December 6 at 8 p.m.

You know what that means, right? There's no need to choose between these events at institutions separated by a river - they've been scheduled so we can attend both! It's like the Christmas truce of World War I all over again! And exactly 100 years later, to boot!