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Last June, I compiled a list of 40 summer things to do in the Quad-Cities.

I don't know if it's because we (finally) got some sunny weather, but I felt the urge to compile that list earlier this year.\u00a0

And, because I'm competitive, I added two extra to-dos.\u00a0

Hopefully, the following list of events, from the second Turnbuckle festival at Codfish Hollow to \"The Book of Mormon,\" at the Adler Theatre to Alternating Currents, helps fill out your spring/summer bucket list.\u00a0

Of course, this is only a portion of what's on tap in the next few months in the Quad-Cities. Wondering what's going on this weekend? Check out my picks.\u00a0

Read on for 42 ideas for fun to check out through September around the Quad-Cities (and beyond).

1. An Evening with Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, one of the celebrated violinists performing today, is coming to Davenport for a Quad-City Symphony Orchestra special event gala concert. Bell is set to perform Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and “Symphony No. 7” and Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. For tickets, $33-98, visit qcso.org, the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra Box Office or call 563-322-7276.

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Joshua Bell

2. Village in Bloom Festival

Village in Bloom, the sixth annual festival for the arts honoring Isabel and John Bloom, will be held in the Village of East Davenport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Student sculptures made with recycled materials supporting the theme of \"Life on the Farm,” will be on display along with work by students who participated in the high school sculpting contest. Festivities also include live performances, face painting, mural making, art activities and exhibits of Isabel and John Bloom’s artwork. Admission is free. For more info, visit villageinbloom.org.

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A variety of performers take the stage on East 11th Street during the Village in Bloom festival.

3. Circa \u201821 presents \u2018Bridges of Madison County\u2019

On May 25, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, will kick off a run of “Bridges of Madison County.” The show is based on the best-selling novel of the same name and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. Circa '21’s production of “Bridges of Madison County” will be performed through July 14. Following that show, \"Mamma Mia\" will run July 18-Sept. 15. Circa ‘21 performances happen at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The doors open at 5:45 p.m. and a buffet dinner is served from 6-7 p.m. On Sundays, doors open at 3:45 p.m., dinner is served at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 5:45 p.m. In addition, matinee performances happen at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Tickets for the Wednesday through Sunday evening performances are $48 plus tax; tickets for the Wednesday matinees are $42.50 plus tax. Reduced prices are available for students, seniors, and groups of 12 or more. Subscriptions to the 2017-18 season are also available. For reservations, call 309-786-7733 or visit circa21.com.

4. The Suffers at the Stardust

The Suffers, an eight-piece soul ensemble based in Houston, Texas, will perform Friday, May 4, at the Stardust, 218 Iowa St., Davenport. Special guest Krystal Metcalfe will open up the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets costs $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. For more info, visit moellernights.com.

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The Suffers\u00a0

5. \u2018Where the Wild Things Are\u2019 exhibit

“Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reason,” is an exhibit that celebrates the author Maurice Sendak’s career. On display will be original illustrations as well as drawings featuring characters from “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Little Bear” and “In the Night Kitchen.” The exhibit runs from May 12 to Aug. 12 at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. For more info, visit figgeartmuseum.org.

6. Storytelling event: \u2018Mom Roast\u2019

Hey moms, have you ever wanted to tell funny stories about your kids? This storytelling event gives you that chance. This event, called “Mom Roast,” presented by Moeller Nights and Hive Event Consulting, invites mothers of all ages to take The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel stage to tell stories about their kids. Doors open at 6 p.m. and stories start at 7 p.m. For tickets, $15, visit moellernights.com.

7. Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Raccoon Motel

Matthew Logan Vasquez, a rock ‘n’ roll musician based in Texas who co-founded Delta Spirit, will be performing on May 27 at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Special guests Parker Gispert and Brett Newski will open up the show. Tickets cost $15 and are available at moellernights.com, where you can find more upcoming shows at the Raccoon Motel this summer.

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Matthew Logan Vasquez

8. Mercado on Fifth

Mercado on Fifth, the weekly open-air night market at 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Moline, is set to kick off its season on Friday, June 1, with live music from Crooked Cactus. The market will host food trucks, a variety of food and retail vendors, kids activities and live music each week this summer. Admission is free. For more info and to see the full live music calendar, visit mercadoonfifth.com.

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Patrons explore booths at the Mercado on Fifth in Moline.\u00a0

9. The Smoking Popes at the Redstone Room

This Chicago-based punk rock band, which formed in 1991, previously performed in Davenport during the inaugural Alternating Currents festival in August. The Smoking Popes are returning to the area for concert on Friday, June 1, at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Opening up the show will be Johnnie Cluney. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and music will start at 9 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available at rivermusicexperience.org.

10. Live@Five concert series

That same day, the River Music Experience is launching its Live@Five concert series. Starting Friday, June 1, mark your calendar for free music at 5 p.m. each Friday outside the River Music Experience, or RME, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. It runs through Sept. 28. For the full lineup, visit rivermusicexperience.org.

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The River Music Experience's Live@Five concert series is set to kick off on June 1. 

11. Laura\u2019s Legacy concert

The Rock Island-born musician Lissie is coming back to host her seventh annual Laura\u2019s Legacy, an outdoor concert honoring her aunt, Laura Swedberg Bartel's memory. This year\u2019s Laura\u2019s Legacy is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. The lineup includes the Ellis Kell Winter Blues All Stars, Mo Carter, Elizabeth Moen and headliner Lissie. Along with live music, there will be family-friendly activities and food and drink vendors. Proceeds will benefit the ALS Association of Greater Chicago and ALS Research at the University of North Carolina. Admission costs $10 for adults and is free for children 12 years and younger with a paid adult.

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Rock Island-native musician Lissie Maurus performs on stage at the Mercado on Fifth in Moline in September.\u00a0

12. Turnbuckle 2

Turnbuckle, the two-day comedy, music and professional wrestling festival at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, is set to return for its second year on June 1-2. The lineup so far includes comedian Nick Thune and musician Ron Gallo. Tickets, $30, are available at codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

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The second annual Turnbuckle fest, featuring comedy, music and pro wrestling, is set for June 1-2.\u00a0\u00a0

13. Show at The Spotlight Theatre

The Spotlight Theatre, formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral, is starting to host performances this summer, including a two weekend-run of \"All The Great Books (Abridged),\" a play that tasks three actors with teaching the audience “everything they need to know about western literature in 90 minutes.” Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. June 3 and June 10 at 1800 7th Ave. Moline. For tickets, $20, visit thespotlighttheatreqc.com.

14. \u2018The Book of Mormon\u2019 at the Adler Theatre

The Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, will host eight performances of “The Book of Mormon,” which has won the Tony Award for Best Musical nine times. Performances include 7:30 p.m June 5-8 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 9-10 at the Adler. Tickets, $38, $73, $88, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

15. A show at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre

The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre opens its season with performances of ​Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Jesus Christ Superstar,” from June 7 to June 17 at 303 Riverview Road, Clinton, Iowa. Other shows this season include “The Little Mermaid” from June 21 to July 8, “Cabaret,” from July 12-22, “Oliver!” from July 26 to Aug. 5 and “Tuesdays with Morrie,” from Aug. 9 to 18. For more info and tickets, visit clintonshowboat.org.

16. Quad-City Music Guild presents ...

Check out one of Quad-City Music Guild’s shows this season, which opens with “Mame,” June 8-10 and June. Other shows on the summer lineup include “A Chorus Line,” July 6-8 and 12 -15 and “Shrek” set for August 3-5 and 9-12. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Prospect Park Auditorium in Moline. Tickets cost $16 for tickets and $11 for kids. Call 309-762-6610 for reservations or visit qcmusicguild.com.

17. Gumbo Ya Ya

Mardi Gras comes to downtown Rock Island during Gumbo Ya Ya, the annual sampling of New Orleans culture. Festivities are set to start at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Experience Cajun, Zydeco, and Jazz bands, food vendors and more. For more information, visit downtownrockisland.org.

18. Q-C museum week

Quad-Cities Museum week returns from June 9-17 at area museums. Check out special activities, exhibits and promotions offered at Quad-City area museums, such as the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Davenport’s Putnam Museum & Science Center, Figge Art Museum and German American Heritage Center as well as the Rock Island Arsenal Museum in Rock Island. For more information, visit qcmuseumweek.com.

19. MWC\u2019s writers conference

The Midwest Writing Center's David R. Collins Writers' Conference, which offers various writing workshops, is set for June 28-30 at St. Ambrose University’s McCarthy Hall, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. The keynote event features a series of poems and short films from Motionpoems, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, which tackle racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, immigration, women’s rights, gun control, educational & social welfare, judicial system reform, climate change and news/media/social platforms. You can register for one workshop for $75 or the full conference for $220. For more info, visit mwcqc.org.

20. Sugarland at the TaxSlayer Center

Sugarland, the country music duo known for hits such as “Stuck Like Glue,” and “All I Want To Do,” is coming to the TaxSlayer Center on Friday, June 29. Tickets, $31.50, $51.00, $71.00, $101, are available at the TaxSlayer Center Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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Country music duo Sugarland is back with a 48-city tour, including a stop in the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

21. Genesius Guild\u2019s 62nd season

Mark your calendars for the Genesius Guild’s 62nd season, which opens June 8-10 with “Ballet Under the Stars” featuring Ballet Quad-Cities at Lincoln Park in Rock Island. Other performances this season include Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” set for June 16-17, 23-24, Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound,” set for June 30 and July 1, 7-8, Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” set for July 14-15, 21-22 and Aristophanes’ “Thesmophoriazusae” set for July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5. All shows are free and start at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Park, 11th Avenue and 38th Street, Rock Island. For more info, visit genesius.org.

22. Rock the District featuring BUSH

BUSH, the English rock band known for hits such as “Glycerine\" and \"Machinehead,” will headline this year’s Rock the District, the outdoor concert in downtown Rock Island. The show, presented by the Daiquiri Factory and the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, is set for June 29. Tickets, $35, go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.

23. Red, White & Boom

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Spectators watch the Red, White and Boom firework show celebrating Independence Day in Davenport on July 3, 2017.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at area Quad-City outdoor venues on Tuesday, July 3. Admission is free for Red White & Boom festivities, which includes kid activities, live music and more at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St., Davenport, LeClaire Park, 400 West Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport, and Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 101 17th St, Rock Island. At 9:30 p.m., fireworks will launch from two barges on the Mississippi River synced to music heard through the parks or via 97X FM Radio.

24. The Lone Bellow at Codfish Hollow

The Lone Bellow, an indie rock group from Brooklyn, New York, recently released its latest album, “Walk into a Storm,” in September. The band, known for songs such as “Then Came the Morning” and “Green Eyes and A Heart of Gold,” is set to play on Thursday, July 19 at Codfish Hollow, the barn/music venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. For tickets, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

25. Dawn & On festival

Check out this one-day outdoor festival featuring music from The Dawn, The Big Wu, Family Groove Company and six other bands. Dawn & On is set for Saturday, July 7 at Len Brown's North Shore Inn & Marina, 700 N Shore Drive, Moline. Tickets, $5, are available at thedawnband.com.

26. Camp Euforia

The 15th annual Camp Euforia, a three-day independent music festival in Lone Tree, Iowa, is set for July 12-14. The lineup includes Eufórquestra, a group originally from Iowa City that’s based in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Candymakers, The Maytags and Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. For tickets, $70-110, visit campeuforia.com.

27. Quad-City Times Bix 7

Join thousands of runners and walkers in one of the premier running events in the country \u2014 the Quad-City Times Bix 7. Race time is 8 a.m., Saturday, July 28.

There's also the Jr. Bix on Friday, July 27 for the youngsters. That race begins at 6 p.m.

\u2022 Register for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 at qctimes.com/bix

28. Bix Street Fest

Along with the 7-mile race, count on attending the free two-day Bix Street Fest, which will take over downtown Davenport on July 29-30. Expect food and drink vendors, multiple stages with live music and dozens of arts and craft vendors on 2nd Street between Brady and Ripley streets in Davenport.

29. Blues Fest

The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is set for July 6-7 at LeClaire Park, 400 West Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport. Performers include Walter Trout, Jonny Lang and more. Tickets, $10-15 in advance. For more info, visit mvbs.org.

30. \u2018Miranda Sings Live\u2019

Colleen Ballinger, the actor, comedian, writer and executive producer, is known for portraying her character, “Miranda Sings,” a personality that has helped Ballinger amass over 2 billion views on YouTube. Currently, she can be seen as “Miranda” on the newly- released second season of her Netflix original series, “Haters Back Off.” She is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. For tickets, $39.50 and $83, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

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'Miranda Sings Live' is set for Aug. 4 at the Adler Theatre, Davenport.\u00a0

31. Mississippi Valley Fair

One of the biggest events of the summer is back for its 98th year. The Mississippi Valley Fair is poised to bring grandstand acts including Chris Young, Sublime with Rome, Toby Keith, Theory of a Deadman, Billy Currington and Justin Moore to the fairgrounds, 2815 W Locust St., Davenport July 31-Aug. 5 To purchase fun cards, $55, visit mvfair.com.

32. Tribute to Bix

The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will return to the Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport, this year. It’s set for Aug. 2-4 and features an array of jazz musicians. Other musicians will be playing at LeClaire Park, 400 W. Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport. For more information, visit bixsociety.org.

33. Back Road Music Festival

The Back Road Music Festival is back for its fifth year and is set to bring top country names such as Josh Turner, Chase Bryant, High Valley and Ashley McBryde to Galva, Illinois, on August 11. Tickets, $40, are available at thebackroadmusicfestival.com.

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Ashley McBryde is one of several country music artists on the lineup for the Back Road Music Festival in Galva, Illinois.\u00a0

34. Ya Maka My Weekend

Downtown Rock Island is again gearing up to transform into a tropical oasis for the 27th annual Ya Maka My Weekend, a one-day outdoor festival that brings Caribbean food, reggae music and more to town on Saturday, August 11. Admission is $9.

35. Tug Fest

Tug Fest is back for its 32nd run. The ultimate tug-of-war between Port Byron, Illinois, and LeClaire, Iowa is set for Aug. 9-11. The annual event is much more than the Tug, though. It brings carnival rides, bingo games, fireworks, live music and about 35,000 people to the two downtown areas. For more info, visit tugfest.org, owned by the Port Byron side or tugfest.com, run by the LeClaire side.

36. Quad-City Symphony Riverfront Pops

Wouldn’t it be nice, ahem, if you could hear some of the Beach Boys’ greatest hits performed live by the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra by the riverfront. That’s what’s in store for this year’s Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops, in which the symphony will play the entire “Pets Sounds” album and other tunes by the Beach Boys at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at LeClaire Park, 400 W. Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $5 for kids. For more information and tickets, visit qcso.org.

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The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra performs its annual\u00a0Riverfront Pops concert in August.\u00a0

37. Alternating Currents

Alternating Currents, the music, comedy, film and arts festival that replaced River Roots Live and launched last year, is back for its second year. The fest is set for Aug. 23-26 at multiple venues around downtown Davenport. The headliner hasn’t been announced yet, but look out for concerts happening at the Adler Theatre, Daytrotter, Redstone Room and the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel and free live music at other spaces. For more information, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com.

38. A trip to Modern Woodmen

Add a trip to Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St., Davenport, for a River Bandits game to your list of summer to-dos. There are plenty of home games scheduled for August and early September. Plus, check out the park's \"Mega-candy drop\" event slated for Sept. 2, when, after the game, a helicopter will drop candy and marshmallows on the field for visitors to pick up.

39.\u00a0 Poet Olivia Gatwood at the Stardust

Olivia Gatwood is a poet/writer/educator originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, known for her online videos such as “Pixie Dream Girl” and “Ode to My B*tch Face” and her book, “New American Best Friend.” She will be performing with Joaquina Mertz on Aug. 31 at the Stardust, 218 Iowa St.m Davenport. For tickets, $15, visit moellernights.com.

40. Beaux Arts Festival

The bi-annual Beaux Arts Festival features hundreds of arts and craft vendors on display at the plaza in front of the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, Sept. 8-9. For more information, visit beauxartsfair.com.

41. GARP

The third annual GARP music festival — set for Sept. 7-8 — is expected to come back to Codfish Hollow, 5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa, Iowa. The lineup hasn’t been announced yet. Last year’s fest brought over 30 musical acts, such as headliner Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, to the barn-turned music venue. To stay updated on GARP, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

42. Rivers\u00adsance Fes\u00adti\u00adval of Fine Art

MidCoast Fine Arts presents the annual Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, back for its 27th year, Sept. 15-16. About 100 of the top artists from around the country will showcase their art alongside food and wine vendors at Lind\u00adsay Park in the Vil\u00adlage of East Dav\u00aden\u00adport. The Riverssance Festival, which is MidCoast\u2019s primary fundraiser, serves as the anchor event for the East-West River Fest, a 10-day arts and cultural celebration in the Quad-Cities. Admission is $4 for person and $6 for a two-day pass. Kids under 12 get in free.

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The couple who brought the Coffee Hound franchise to the Quad-Cities are ready to introduce the area to something else.

Beth and Greg Aronson, who opened the original Coffee Hound, a drive-thru cafe on Brady Street in Davenport, in 1999, are planning to open a gourmet macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese restaurant in Bettendorf.

The eatery, called Cheesy Cow Mac & Cheesery, is slated to open its doors in mid-August at the intersection of Middle and Forest Grove roads, near the soon-to-open TBK Bank Sports Complex, the $45 million campus widely known as BettPlex.

Beth Aronson made the announcement last week via Facebook that Cheesy Cow is coming soon.

\u201cI couldn\u2019t hold it in anymore,\u201d she said. \u201cWe signed the lease and the building is already halfway up. I just felt like it was time.\u201d

Work is underway on the strip mall, which will house the mac and cheesery and another Coffee Hound location. Aronson hinted that \u201cseveral more\u201d Coffee Hound locations are on the way.

Aronson said she\u2019s received dozens of emails and messages from people who are \u201cso excited about this.\u201d

Currently, there\u2019s only one Coffee Hound in the Quad-Cities at 3451 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, which Beth and her husband, Greg, own.

In June, the couple dissolved license agreements with the owners of the two former separately-owned East Moline and Davenport Coffee Hound locations. Those shops are now called, respectively, East Moline Coffee Company and The Coffee Revolution, which, by the way, launched its second location last week at 2225 W. 53rd St., Davenport.

\u201cCoffee Hound has a very specific vision of what the brand is and how to expand it into other markets in the coming years,\u201d the Aronsons said at the time. \u201cIt was agreed that it would be mutually beneficial to part ways, allowing each entity to pursue their own goals in the coffee retail business.\u201d

Meanwhile, Beth Aronson got the idea to bring something new to the Quad-Cities after traveling in Wisconsin in recent years with her husband.

\u201cWe saw places like this and we thought, \u2018Why can\u2019t we we just do that here?\u2019\u201d

Cheesy Cow\u2019s menu will include 11 big-portioned mac and cheese dishes, six melt, four salads and at least one soup: tomato.

\u201cIt\u2019s my favorite comfort food,\u201d she said. \u201cI just love cheese. What can you say?\u201d

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1. Monster Jam rolls into town

Monster Jam is taking over the Taxslayer Center, formerly the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, this weekend. See your favorite trucks and tricks at 7 p.m. Saturday. In addition, Party in the Pits, which gives fans the opportunity to see Monster Jam trucks up-close and meet the drivers, is set for\u00a04:30-6\u00a0p.m.\u00a0Saturday. Tickets, $18,\u00a0$23,\u00a0$33,\u00a0$40,\u00a0$50, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the TaxSlayer Center Box Office or by calling\u00a01-800-745-3000.

7 p.m. Saturday, TaxSlayer Center, $18-50\u00a0

2. An evening with Kevin Smith\u00a0

You can spend Saturday evening with Kevin Smith, a writer/comedian/podcaster/ film director known for starring in and making movies such as \"Clerks,\" \"Chasing Amy,\" \"Dogma,\" \"Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back,\" and \"Red State & Tusk.\" Smith is scheduled to host two Q&A sessions on Saturday at Codfish Hollow, the barn-turned-venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. His first show, set for 7 p.m., is sold out. Tickets are still available for his late show, set for 11 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

11 p.m. Saturday, Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, $30-35

3. Symphony goes on a 'Space Odyssey'

The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra's next family concert is themed \"A Space Odyssey\" and features music from series such as \"Star Wars,\" \"The Jetsons,\" \"Star Trek,\" \"2001: A Space Odyssey\" and more. The \"otherworldly\" sounds of the symphony will be accompanied by NASA videos and narration from a NASA astronaut. Tickets, $8-20, are available at qcso.org, the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra Box Office or by calling 563-322-7276.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre, $8-20

4. Rogue Wave at the Stardust

Rogue Wave got its start when founder,\u00a0Zach Schwartz, lost his job in Silicon Valley during the dot-com bust. Schwartz, who now goes by Zach Rogue, debuted his indie rock project in 2002. The group, based in Oakland, California, has released seven albums since then. Its most recent offering is a collection of covers, called \"Cover Me,\" including \"Bette Davis Eyes\" and \"Let My Love Open the Door.\" In March, Rogue Wave released a remastered version of \"Asleep at Heaven's Gate,\" in honor of the record's 10-year anniversary. This weekend, see Rogue Wave perform that album in its entirety\u00a0at the Stardust, 218 Iowa St., Davenport. For tickets, $13, visit moellernights.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.\u00a0

6 p.m. Sunday, Stardust, $13\u00a0

5. Victor Wooten master class and show

World-renowned bassist Victor Wooten will be in town this week, thanks to River Music Experience and Polyrhythms, to lead a special master class and for a concert at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport.\u00a0Wooten, a five-time Grammy winner, is known for his work with B\u00e9la Fleck and the Flecktones. He'll lead a workshop at 5 p.m. Tickets for that cost $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the workshop. Wooten will also perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the show costs\u00a0$35 in advance and $40 on the day of the show. For more info, visit rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

8 p.m. Wednesday, Redstone Room, $35-40 for concert

6. Michael Jackson tribute show

Michael Jackson impersonator Danny Dash Andrews will bring a night of iconic tunes to the Danceland Ballroom, 501 W. 4th St., Davenport. The high-energy show features hits and highlights spanning Jackson's four-decade career. General admission costs $20 and VIP passes cost $40. For tickets, visit\u00a0eventbrite.com.\u00a0Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.\u00a0\u00a0

8 p.m. Friday, Danceland Ballroom, $20-40

7. Comedy open-mic night

The Rock Island Supper Club, the newest performance venue in the Quad-Cities, is hosting a comedy open-mic night on Wednesday, in which 20 comedians will each perform five-minute sets. All are welcome to sign up. Following the comedy sets, audience members will vote and the top 3 comedians will split the door cash with the venue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. at the Supper Club, 1611 2nd Ave., Rock Island.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Rock Island Supper Club, $3 suggested donation

8. 'Memories of Miss O'Keeffe' film screening

The Figge Art Musuem will host a screening of the film, \"Memories of Miss\u00a0O'Keeffe,\" this week. The film, directed by Chris Eyre, has previously been shown\u00a0at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, the San Diego International Film Festival and is expected to be at the Fine Arts Film Festival in Venice, California in May. The 30-minute film, produced by the Georgia O\u2019Keeffe Museum, features stories\u00a0from generations of the Lopez family, who worked for the iconic American artist in New Mexico during her later years. For more info, visit\u00a0figgeartmuseum.org.

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

9. Grateful Dead Experience at RIBCO\u00a0

See The Schwag, a Grateful Dead tribute band, perform this weekend at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. For more info, call 309-793-4060 or visit ribco.com. Music starts at 9 p.m. 

9 p.m. Friday, RIBCO, $10\u00a0

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Since Dane and Sarah Moulton purchased the historic Renwick Mansion in Davenport, they have opened it up to comedy shows, rock concerts, ghost-hunting expeditions and costume parties.\u00a0

When Dane Moulton used to ride his bike up and down Tremont Avenue in Davenport as a kid, he always made sure to sneak a glance at the mansion towering over the hillside.\u00a0

He\u2019d think to himself, \u201cI wonder what\u2019s going on in there?\u201d

For Moulton, who grew up less than 1-mile away from the Renwick Mansion, there was plenty of mystery surrounding the property built in 1877 by lumber baron William Renwick.

\u201cI\u2019ve always been fascinated by it,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s nothing else like it.\u201d

Moulton eventually got to see inside the historic mansion when he attended family weddings there. He never imagined, though, that he\u2019d one day hold its keys.

Moulton, a math/science teacher with the Davenport Community School District, and his wife, Sarah, purchased the Renwick Mansion in August. It went up for sale following the September 2016 death of its previous owner, Iowa state Sen. Joe Seng.

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Dane and Sarah Moulton, who purchased the Renwick Mansion in August, pose for a photo near one of mansion's eight fireplaces.

When the couple, both in their 30s, saw the \u201cfor sale\u201d sign, they (jokingly at first) asked each other, \u201cShould we look into it?\u201d

\u201cWe love old buildings,\u201d Moulton said. \u201cSo many are crumbling or are just left vacant.\u201d

They couldn\u2019t let that happen to this building. Sarah Moulton\u2019s mother got married at the Renwick and so did Dane Moulton\u2019s brother.

\u201cIt\u2019s just so unique,\u201d Sarah Moulton said. \u201cTo have four acres like this in the middle of Davenport, it\u2019s pretty rare.\u201d

'Open to whatever'

The Renwick's new owners are on a mission to open up the mansion\u2019s doors to the community.

Just weeks after purchasing the property for $527,343, according to county records, the couple threw a public solar eclipse-viewing party. They\u2019ve also booked monthly comedy shows, rock concerts, ghost-hunting expeditions and a 1920s-themed New Year\u2019s Eve party. An area music group, the BEEs, filmed a music video there.

\u201cWe\u2019re creative people; so we\u2019re open to whatever,\u201d Dane Moulton said.

\u201cWe really want people in the Quad-Cities to see this place,\u201d Sarah Moulton added. \u201cWe want to get people exposed to it.\u201d

To help with that, a few days after buying the Renwick, Sarah Moulton reached out to Jessica Webb, member relations manager with the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

\u201cIt\u2019s an intriguing place for sure,\u201d Webb said. \u201cIt\u2019s one of those places people want to know the history of and they want a reason to go inside and check things out.\u201d

Webb included. She hadn\u2019t been inside the building prior to Moulton\u2019s call.

\u201cWhen she contacted me, I wanted to get over there right away,\u201d Webb said.

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Much of the furniture and decor seen today inside the Renwick Mansion has been passed down over the years.\u00a0

Her impression?

\u201cIt\u2019s amazing,\u201d she said. \u201cYou feel like you\u2019re walking back in time, in a good way.\u201d

Webb said if the Moultons hadn\u2019t purchased it, the Renwick could\u2019ve \u201cbeen just another empty building.

\u201cThey\u2019ve taken it from not much activity to hosting their own unique events,\u201d Webb said. \u201cThey're definitely putting their own spin on it.\u201d

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Comedian Chris Schlichting talks about hosting comedy shows at the Renwick Mansion, located on Tremont Avenue in Davenport.\u00a0

Weddings take up most of the Moulton\u2019s business \u2014 they have 28 booked this year. But they\u2019ll always make time for offbeat events such as \u201cTomfoolery on Tremont,\u201d a monthly comedy series emceed by area comedian Chris Schlichting, who is also a teacher at Mid-City High School and Davenport West High School.

\u201cYou might have noticed there\u2019s not a comedy club in the Quad-Cities,\u201d Schlichting said. \u201cIt\u2019s great to be able to offer comedians a cool venue like this.\u201d

Love at first sight\u00a0

Around the time they saw the Renwick was available, Sarah Moulton was looking for her \u201cnext step,\u201d after working for several years as the program director of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities.

\u201cWe fell in love with the property,\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s why we bought it. And we knew we had to have a business because we couldn\u2019t afford it otherwise.\u201d

The couple also had caught the house-flipping bug. They have renovated three houses, including their current Davenport home.

\u201cWe just love old houses and bringing them back to life,\u201d Dane Moulton said, adding that he\u2019s \u201caddicted\u201d to home improvement. \u201cWe just enjoy doing it.\u201d

The Renwick, of course, is their biggest project yet and has required, Dane Moulton said, \u201clots of time and maintenance and lots of gallons of paint.\u201d

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The Renwick Mansion has nine bedrooms.

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The staircase at the Renwick Mansion in Davenport.\u00a0

On a recent tour of the mansion, Sarah Moulton showed off its grand staircase and each of its nine bedrooms, which come in handy for wedding parties. She noted the building\u2019s woodwork and flooring is original.

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The view from the tower of the Renwick Mansion in Davenport.\u00a0

And, at the very top, there\u2019s the Renwick\u2019s signature tower that offers, what the Moultons call, \u201cthe best view of Davenport in town.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s great for sunsets,\u201d Dane Moulton said.

It\u2019s the kind of view that reminds Moulton and his wife of 13 years that owning the Renwick, just a year ago, was only a dream.

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\"Table\"

The Big Table at Donuts & More on Brady Street in Davenport focused on positivity.

Maybe it was the cherry-glazed doughnut holes or the hazelnut coffee up for grabs or maybe it was the \"Donut worry, be happy\" sign outside Donuts & More on Brady Street in Davenport.\u00a0

Talk around this table, occupied by a Moline police offer, a TV news anchor, a college student, a couple who just bought their first house and a local comedian, among others, turned out to be nothing but positive.\u00a0

The dozen or so Quad-Citians who gathered for an hour-long conversation said they were proud of being \"Quad-Citizens.\"\u00a0

And they want more of that to go around.\u00a0

\"This can kind of go wherever we want it to,\" said Rachel Thomas, an area Realtor and table discussion host, before opening with this question: \"What would you like to see more of in the Quad-Cities?\"\u00a0

The answers? More community involvement and awareness of the good that's happening here.\u00a0

Andrew King, an area stand-up comedian who works at Donuts & More, said he moved back to the Quad-Cities several years ago because \"it was growing so much.\"\u00a0

When Ashton Barker worked in downtown Davenport about 10 years ago, she called the area \"a ghost town.\"\u00a0

\"It's not like that at all anymore,\" she said. \"I think there's a lot here that people take for granted.\"

The group came up a few ideas: Starting a community-wide pay-it-forward movement, getting area college students more involved in community happenings and sharing more \"good news\" with the local media.\u00a0

For the final 20 or so minutes of the talk, one topic dominated conversation: \"What's next for the Quad-Cities Big Table?\"\u00a0

Hopefully, Barker said, more discussions are scheduled.\u00a0

\"When I first heard about this, I thought, 'Well I'm not anybody important in the Quad-Cities. I'm not going to go to that, because nobody cares what I have to say,\" Barker said. \"But then, learning about it, if this would happen again in two months, I think it would be times 10 bigger and you would see even more people coming out.\"\u00a0

As Thomas said, \"This is a good start.\"\u00a0

Amanda Hancock

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After his third day of working as a nail products salesperson at a mall kiosk, Rami Feinstein went home and needed to vent.

Feinstein grabbed his guitar and turned his sales pitch, in which he asked passersby if they would like to see \u201csomething amazing,\" into lyrics.

The \"something amazing,\" by the way, was a professional nail buffer.\u00a0

\u201cIt was just me venting with a song after a long day,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd it was to help me remember the sales pitch.\u201d

Feinstein recorded a video of the song and shared it with friends. His friends shared it, too, and within a few days the song had \u201cgone viral by email,\u201d Feinstein said.

A few months later, Feinstein, who has been writing songs since he was a teenager, ended up making enough money from his kiosk job to record his debut album.

The Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter released that album, \u201cA Matter of Time,\u201d in 2008. His first hit song, called \u201cSomething Amazing,\u201d was featured as a bonus track.

\u201cIt's pretty much a crazy story. People just loved it,\" Feinstein said during a phone interview earlier this week a few hours before playing a concert in Milwaukee.

Since then, Feinstein has continued making music. He released his second album in June 2012 and his third project, called \"231\" in Aug. 2016. He plays gigs regularly in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he has lived since age 2. He\u2019s currently on his fifth U.S. tour, which includes a stop Monday in the Quad-Cities.

Feinstein is set to perform Monday during an event celebrating Israel Independence Day at Temple Emanuel, 1115 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. The event is presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities.

\"It\u2019s very special for me to come as an Israeli artist and get together with people who want to celebrate this,\u201d Feinstein said. \u201cIt\u2019s a good opportunity for us to unite and emphasize the common ground we have.\u201d

Wherever he performs, Feinstein said his goal is simple: \"To form a connection.\"\u00a0

\u201cThe most important thing to me is to express myself, my views and my emotions that can be inspiring and meaningful to other people,\u201d he said. \u201cI want people to be able to see themselves in my songs.\u201d

\u201cIt may sound serious,\u201d Feinstein added. \u201cBut some of the songs are kind of funny.\u201d

That goes for \"Something Amazing,\" which has over 40,000 views on YouTube.\u00a0

The song opens with these words: \u201cExcuse me, miss, can I ask you a question? Do you have natural nails? Can I show you something amazing for only 20 seconds of your time?\"

Every now and then, people still point Feinstein out on the street as the guy who wrote the song about selling nail products.\u00a0

\u201cFor Israelis that work at kiosks, this is like an informal anthem,\u201d he said.

For Feinstein, the song brings up a \"bittersweet memory.\u201d

\u201cIt was very challenging, but I had a goal to save up money and that kept me going,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd I did good. I was not a bad salesman.\u201d

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Hey y'all. This upcoming weekend is one of those that feels like there's almost too much to do in the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

Almost.

Between attending a Quad-Cities Big Table discussion and hopefully catching Michigander's return to the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel, there's plenty on my calendar for Friday alone. Don't get me started about my already-sizable list of \"things I should buy tickets for this summer.\"\u00a0

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though.

This weekend is shaping up to be a good one, whether you want to check out a\u00a0mixed repertoire performance by Ballet Quad-Cities at the Spotlight Theatre, formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral, or hunt down a Record Store Day album release at an area record store.

Read on for details about six things to do this weekend in the Quad-Cities. Happy weekend-ing!

1. 'Distinctly Ballet Quad-Cities'

\"Defining Dance: Distinctly Ballet Quad-Cities,\" offers a mixed bag of highlights from the ballet company's repertoire. Pieces include \"Rodeo,\" which Ballet Quad-Cities performed in March 2017, \"Swingin’ on the Moon\" from June 2015 and more. The performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Spotlight Theatre, formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave., Moline. With a donation ($5 is suggested) to Ballet Quad-Cities' education outreach programs, patrons can also enjoy a dessert bar with beverages at intermission both nights. Plus, following the show on Saturday, join the dancers, staff and board for an after-party, coined the Afterglow, at The Planning Center, 1615 5th Ave., Moline. Tickets, $15 for students/seniors and $25 for general admission, are available at balletquadcities.com or by calling 309-786-3779.

2. Quad-Cities Big Table

Over 500 area establishments are hosting community discussions this weekend as part of the Quad-Cities Big Table, sponsored by\u00a0Q2030. The mission behind this? To talk with a small group of Quad-Citians around a small table. Haven't signed up for one? Find participating tables at\u00a0quadcitiesbigtable.com. Plus, the Quad-City Times is hosting\u00a0a table discussion focused on media perceptions. To join that one, go to\u00a0quadcitiesbigtable.com\u00a0and choose \u201cregister to join a private table\" and look for \u201cMedia in the Quad Cities.\u201d\u00a0

3.\u00a0Michigander is back\u00a0

Michigander, the moniker for singer/songwriter Jason Singer, previously headlined February's GAS Feed and Seed Festival in Davenport. Less than two months later, he's back. See Michiganger with Seasaw on Friday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. For tickets, $12, visit\u00a0raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0

4.\u00a0Cinema at the Figge

How about an evening filled with craft beer and film? Cinema at the Figge, a free film series, returns this week at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. featuring craft beer provided by Wake Brewing, a short film starts at 6 p.m. and a feature film, \"Blue Ruin,\" will be screened at 7 p.m. Admission is free.\u00a0

5. The Velies EP release show

The Velies, a Quad-Cities' based pop rock band, will release their latest EP and perform a sample of new and old songs on Saturday at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. Special guests include Johnnie Cluney and\u00a0Jason Carl & The Whole Damn Band. For tickets, $10, visit\u00a0daytrotter.com/live-shows.\u00a0Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.\u00a0

6. Bucktown Revue

It's time for another installment of Bucktown Revnue, a variety show done in the tradition of radio programs such as \"A Prairie Home Companion\" and \"The Grand Ole Opry.\" For Friday's performance, guests\u00a0 will include the Davenport Zither Ensemble, Chris Dunn, the Tangents, Alex Richey and the Bucktown Gals. The show is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Nighswander Junior Theater,\u00a02822 Eastern Ave., Davenport.\u00a0For more information or to get tickets, which cost $14, call\u00a0563-940-0508 or visit\u00a0bucktown.rustmachine.com/the-next-bucktown-show.

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Ahead of Angela Meyer\u2019s 25th birthday last week, she shared just a few gift suggestions with her 1,264 Facebook followers.

Meyer recommended her fans and friends attend her next gig or pre-order her debut album, called \u201cConsequence,\u201d on Amazon or iTunes.\u00a0

She wrapped up the list of seven suggestions with these: \u201cShare my music with a friend today. Try a yoga class. Do a random act of kindness and post about it here.\u201d

Meyer\u2019s family had already taken her to a Willie Nelson concert, so, as she said, \u201cWhat else could you ask for?\u201d

Bigger than her recent birthday, in Meyer\u2019s mind, is her upcoming sold-out album release party and show on Saturday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel in downtown Davenport.

You could say it\u2019s been a busy couple weeks for the native of Grimes, Iowa, who has lived in the Quad-City area since 2001.\u00a0

Well, Meyer is quick to correct that: \u201cThe last year has all been busy. That\u2019s just my life.\u201d

Prior to our interview outside a Starbucks in Davenport, Meyer had already worked a nine-hour shift as a nanny for a Bettendorf family. Following our talk, she taught a hot yoga class and then hosted a Facebook live-stream for 1950 Clothing Co., a country-inspired clothing company she works with.\u00a0

\"The party never stops,\" Meyer wrote on Facebook about her 15-hour work day.

By now, she's used to it.\u00a0

She played her first paid gig at the Redstone Room in Davenport when she was 16. That\u2019s the same venue, where, in 2013, she opened up for Aaron Carter (you know, the younger brother of The Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter).

\u201cI would like that mentioned,\u201d Meyer said with a laugh. \u201cAaron Carter was here. That happened.\u201d

That gig is just one of many highlights of Meyer\u2019s decade-long career in music.\u00a0

\"I'm definitely going on the 10-year overnight success thing,\" she said.\u00a0

Early on, Meyer was inspired her mother, who sang in a cover band.\u00a0

\"My earliest memories are dancing in cigarette-filled beer tents at the Iowa State Fair,\" Meyer said. \"(My mom) literally realized she couldn't do that to her daughter, so she quit singing.\"\u00a0

That pushed Meyer to start singing.\u00a0

She also has her grandparents to thank for playing all of those Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings records.\u00a0

\"Country music has changed a lot; it's sort of lost that authenticity,\" she said. \"I'm very much about keeping the tradition of country music going.\"\u00a0

On her debut album, she included a cover of country classic \"Mamas' Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.\" She also recently shared a cover of \"Space Cowboy\" by Kacey Musgraves, who Meyer refers to as her \"spirit animal,\" on YouTube.

Meyer says she has long been drawn to the \"smoke and lights and glamour\" of performing. And she believes she can experience that without moving to, for example, Nashville.

\"Everyone wants to know why I don't move to Nashville or go on 'The Voice,'\" Meyer said.\u00a0

Her answer?\u00a0

She's doing just fine with small-town life.

Meyer's family moved to the Quad-City area when her father, who works for Deere and Co., got transferred here. Meyer studied business management and psychology at Saint Ambrose University, where she graduated from in 2015.\u00a0

A year ago, she and her boyfriend, who rodeos, moved to\u00a0McCausland, Iowa, a town with a population of just over 300 people.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0

\"The first day we moved in there was a guy driving a golf cart with an American flag on the back and his mullet like blowing in the breeze,\" she said. \"I was like, 'This is where country songs are born.' This is where I fit in.'\"\u00a0

Meyer also fits in, she has found, on the stage.

\"I'm very much an introvert, so that stage gives me my space and my security but I can still connect with people,\" she said. \"I can still get my voice across.\"\u00a0

You can hear my full interview with Angela Meyer in the latest episode of my podcast, called Worst Town in America. You can find it on SoundCloud or iTunes.\u00a0

And to keep up with Angela Meyer and check out one of her upcoming shows, visit\u00a0facebook.com/angelameyer23/.

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If Saturday\u2019s Record Store Day celebration is anything like previous years, there will be a line of over 100 people waiting for Ragged Records to open at 9 a.m.\u00a0But unlike previous years, the store will feature a music-related art opening.

Each year since Record Store Day\u00a0\u2014 the annual international holiday honoring independent record stores\u00a0\u2014 was launched in 2008, the shop on 2nd Street in Davenport has thrown a party packed with vinyl-lovers and collectors.

And it keeps getting bigger. This weekend\u2019s planned installment of Record Store Day is basically a one-day, miniature festival, says owner Bob Herington.\u00a0

Festivities include 400 official album releases and many more unofficial album releases. On Record Store Day, independent stores such as Ragged Records, Co-op Records of Davenport and Co-op Records of Moline are given exclusive access to new albums and limited editions.

Herington has booked seven local and regional music acts to play throughout the day. Ragged Records and the next-door Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing and Accessories will offer discounts on used merchandise.

\u201cIt\u2019s grown a lot into more of a thing for people to do,\u201d Herington said. \u201cPeople are coming even more for the live music.\u201d

Jon Burns, a Moline-based artist/musician, has created 20 portraits of female musicians to be unveiled on Saturday at Ragged Records, 418 E. 2nd St., Davenport.

His series, coined \u201cRad Women of Music,\u201d features colorful, almost cartoony images of icons such as Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline, Whitney Houston and Madonna.

Sitting at a coffee shop in Rock Island earlier this week, Burns, 36, opened his backpack and pulled out a stack of his finished\u00a0\u2014 and a few unfinished\u00a0\u2014 portraits.

\u201cEach one of the women is a trailblazer in some way,\u201d he said. \u201cThey influenced music. And they influenced me as a person.\u201d

Burns said the national #MeToo movement spurred his interest in creating an all-female series. He began working on many of the portraits last month, during Women\u2019s History Month.

\u201cI consider myself a feminist,\u201d Burns said.\u00a0\u201cWhen I thought about doing these portraits, with the current climate, I wanted to do it for a reason.\"

He wanted to \"shine a spotlight\" on rad women who are already well-known in the industry. And, by doing so, he hopes to inspire young, up-and-coming artists.\u00a0

His original drawings will be available for purchase along with black-and-white \u201cRad Women of Music\u201d coloring books. In addition, 25 percent of proceeds will go toward Girls Rock! Iowa City, a non-profit organization serving female- and trans-identified youth ages 8-16 with the goal of fostering creativity and self-esteem through musical instruction and expression.

Burns, who also works part-time delivering pizzas for Happy Joe\u2019s, currently has work on display at the ARTery, a gallery on 2nd Avenue in Rock Island. He is involved in three musical projects including Short Horn, will is slated to perform on Saturday at Ragged Records.

\"With whatever I do,\" Burn said, \"I always want my work to have a purpose.\u201d

Herington said he is happy to have a new addition to his annual Record Store Day bash.\u00a0

\"It's just as strong as ever,\" he said.\u00a0

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You can hear plenty of Jim Gaffigan's brand of humor without leaving your house.\u00a0

The comedian currently has five specials streaming on Netflix, including 2017\u2019s \u201cCinco,\" as well as \u201cObsessed,\u201d \u201cKing Baby,\u201d \u201cBeyond the Pale,\u201d and \u201cMr. Universe.\u201d

If want to hear his jokes off-screen, you'll have a chance this summer when Gaffigan returns to the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

The Grammy-nominated stand-up comic, actor, writer, author and father of five is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. at the TaxSlayer Center, the arena announced Tuesday.\u00a0

Gaffigan previously performed in the area in March 2014 and July 2016 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

His \"Fixer Upper Tour\" kicks off Friday at the Smart Financial Center At Sugarland\u00a0in Houston, Texas, and is scheduled to run through December.

Tickets to see Gaffigan on Aug. 15 cost $35.75,\u00a0$49.75 or $59.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, the TaxSlayer Center Box Office or call\u00a01-800-745-300.

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