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1. Michael McDonald

From songs such as “What A Fool Believes” with The Doobie Brothers to solo numbers such as “I Keep Forgettin’,” you’ll likely recognize something from Michael McDonald’s concert this week in the Quad-Cities. McDonald will perform Tuesday, with opener Brandon Gibbs, at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets are available at the iWireless Box Office, online at and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

7 p.m. Tuesday, iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, $32.50, $47.50, $75

2. Corn maze at the Figge 

Walk into the third floor of the Figge Art Museum this weekend, and you'll see an elaborate maze. For the museum's new exhibit, "Jean Shin: MAiZE," about 12,000 plastic green bottles were repurposed into cornstalk-esque sculptures, crafted by Quad-City volunteers, to form a maze. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 24, at the Figge, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. In addition, Jean Shin, an artist based in New York City, will give a talk and offer a preview of the exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday at the museum. Admission to the Figge Art Museum is free through Sept. 3. For more information, visit

Opens Saturday, Figge Art Museum, Free

3. Bluegrass band 

Yonder Mountain String Band, a five-piece bluegrass band from Colorado, is set to return to town this week. See the group on Wednesday, just two days before they release "Love. Ain't Love," the band's first new album in more than two years, at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. For tickets and more info, visit 

8 p.m. Wednesday, Redstone Room, $35 

4. "Dial M for Murder"

This show is on the scarier side. "Dial M for Murder," based on the 1954 Alfred Hitchock thriller which starred Grace Kelly, opens Thursday and runs through July 1 at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, 303 Riverview Road, Clinton, Iowa. For tickets and more info, visit 

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, $16-23 

5. Art in action

See artists do their thing — in action — during the "ARTists in Motion" event, which serves as a fundraiser for Mid­Coast Fine Arts. Watch Quad-City artists create, and vote for your favorite. Plus, food and drinks will be available from The Crepe Guy and Great River Brewery,. The event is set for Saturday at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Proceeds will be split between the artists and Mid­Coast.

6-10 p.m. Saturday, Bucktown Center for the Arts. Free admission

6. Ultrasonic summer 

Rooney, the rock band known for hits such as "When Did Your Heart Go Missing," is slated to perform this weekend at The Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport. Rooney, currently on its "Ultrasonic Summer Tour," will play with openers Run River North and Twinsmith. Tickets are available at 

7 p.m. Saturday, The Village Theatre, $20 

7. Museum Week 

Quad-Cities Museum Week is happening this week at 18 area venues, from the Putnam Museum & Science Center in Davenport to the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire. Each spot will offer special activities, following the "QC Spotlight" theme. For more information, visit

Today through Sunday, Quad-City museums, Prices vary 

8. Writers conference kick-off

The Midwest Writing Center kicks off its annual David R. Collins Writers' Conference this week with a free keynote address from Luis Alberto Urrea, a poet, novelist and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. The rest of the conference offers various writing workshops Friday and Saturday at St. Ambrose University. You can register for one workshop for $75 or the full conference for $220. For more info, visit

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Figge Art Museum. Free

9. Teen Daze

Expect a night of indie pop tunes when Teen Daze, a Canadian musician and producer, and Sam O.B., a native of New York, take the stage. See the pair perform on Saturday at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. For more info and tickets, visit

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Daytrotter, $8 in advance; $10 at the door


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