1. Beatles invasion 

"The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition" invades the Putnam Museum and Science Center, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, starting Saturday and runs through June 4. See a collection of memorabilia and artifacts, some provided by Quad-City fans of The Beatles, that follow the Fab Four from birth to fame to breakup and beyond, including the last autograph John Lennon would ever sign. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and college students and $14 for children. Tickets are available at putnam.org/beatles.   

Opens Saturday, Putnam Museum, $14-$18

2. Brew sampling

A new beer sampling event is on tap this weekend at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. About 35 breweries are participating, including Quad-City spots Great River Brewery, Bent River Brewery, Front Street Brewery and Green Tree Brewery as well as breweries from Chicago, St. Louis, Colorado and Oregon. For more information and tickets, visit qccaexpocenter.com.

1-4 p.m. Saturday, QCCA Expo Center, $35

3. New exhibit at the Figge 

Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder is set to unveil an exhibit at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, this weekend. "Jefferson Pinder: Ghost Light," a multi-part, site-specific installation that explores the "intersections of race and the black experience in the Midwest," will be displayed through June 4. The first of three scheduled events attached to the exhibit is set for Saturday and features a performative portrait of Quad-City figurative artist Dean Kügler. Admission costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students and $4 for kids. 

2 p.m. Saturday, Figge Art Museum, $4-$7

4. Bix's birthday party  

This week marks the birthday of Bix Beiderbecke, a Davenport native and jazz legend. The Bix Society, which hosts the annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, is throwing a 1920s-themed birthday party at Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Expect live music from the Locust Street Boys and The DB Orchestra, a 20-piece band from Madison, Wisconsin. For reservations, call 563-328-8000.

5-10 p.m. Friday, Rhythm City Casino Resort, $10 

5. Genesius Guild's winter gift

The Genesius Guild is gearing up for a set of rare winter performances featuring T.S. Eliot’s “Murder In The Cathedral.” The play will be performed at five Quad-City area churches on March 10, March 16, March 18-19 and March 25. "Murder in the Cathedral" follows the assassination of Thomas à Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170 at the hands of four knights and at the bidding of King Henry II. All performances are free, and donations will be accepted in an effort to raise matching funds for a Moline Foundation grant, which requires the guild to raise $100,000 before the end of October to receive a $50,000 award.

7 p.m. Friday, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Free

6. Big band music

The Manny Lopez Big Band returns to The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island. This weekend, Lopez will continue his seven-year tradition of bringing hits from legends such as as Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington to the Rock Island stage. Lopez and his 13-piece band, including musicians mostly from the Quad-Cities, are set to perform at The Speakeasy on the second Friday of every month. Advance tickets are available at thecirca21speakeasy.com or by calling the box office at 309-786-7733.

6 p.m. Friday, The Speakeasy, $15-$18 

7. Basketball fun

The Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball tournament is coming to the Quad-Cities for four days of games and festivities. A Fan Fun Zone, complete with bounce houses, spin art activities from the Figge Art Museum, bag games and photo-opps with the Championship Trophy, is set for 12:30-5 p.m Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. For a full schedule of the games, visit iwirelesscenter.com. 

Thursday-Sunday, iWireless Center, $10-16

8. Sweet tunes 

Have you heard Quad-City rock and soul band The Candymakers play yet? Here's your chance. The Candymakers, led by vocalist Al Sweet, formed in 2010. They are often joined by a rotating crew of musicians and can be seen with a dozen players on stage. GoodcaT, a funk and soul group from Des Moines, and Vintage Pistol, a rock 'n' roll group from Arkansas, also will take the Redstone Room stage, 129 Main St., Davenport. Advance tickets are available at rivermusicexperience.org. 

9 p.m. Friday, Redstone Room, $10 

9. Dueling pianos

"A Little Off Key," a dueling pianos event is on tap for this week at the River Music Experiernce, 129 Main St., Davenport. Proceeds from the event, hosted by Rock Island Rotary and Twin Rivers Rotary Afters Hours, go toward supporting area youth programs and other Rotary projects. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. 

6 p.m. Thursday, River Music Experience, $45 


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).