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Country boys in town\u00a0 It's a good week for country music fans. Luke Bryan, the singer known for hits such as \"Kick the Dust Up\" and \"Crash My Party,\" is slated to be in the Quad-Cities two days for back-to-back shows at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Brett Eldredge and Adam Craig will open up the concert, which is part of Bryan's \"Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day\" tour. 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1. Country boys in town\u00a0

It's a good week for country music fans. Luke Bryan, the singer known for hits such as \"Kick the Dust Up\" and \"Crash My Party,\" is slated to be in the Quad-Cities two days for back-to-back shows at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Brett Eldredge and Adam Craig will open up the concert, which is part of Bryan's \"Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day\" tour. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the\u00a0iWireless Center Box Office and by calling\u00a01-800-745-3000.\u00a0

7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, iWireless Center, $49.75 and $75\u00a0

2. 20th season for 'Rent'

\"Rent,\" the rock musical that opened on Broadway in 1996, is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. You can see the musical this week at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets\u00a0are available at Ticketmaster.com,\u00a0by phone at 800-745-3000 or the Adler Theatre Box Office.\u00a0

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Adler Theatre,\u00a0$40.50, $53, $68.

3. New sight at Quad-City Arts\u00a0

A new exhibit, featuring original artwork from three local and regional artists, is opening this weekend with a reception at Quad-City Arts. See creations by Stephanie J. Baugh\u00a0of Monmouth, Illinois, Karen Blomme\u00a0of Davenport, and\u00a0Matt Moyer\u00a0of Columbia, Missouri, in a collection on display through June 30 at 1715 2nd Ave., Rock Island. For more information, visit quadcityarts.com.

7-9 p.m. Friday, Quad-City Arts. Free.

4.\u00a0Blues at the Redstone Room

Chris Antonik, a blues musician based in Toronto, Canada, is coming to Davenport this week. See Antonik and opener\u00a0The Curtis Hawkins Band at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. For tickets, visit rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

7 p.m. Friday, Redstone Room, $8 in advance and $10 day of the show.\u00a0

5. Elvis is back

The music of Elvis Presley will take stage at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. You have four chances to see the tribute show, billed as \"How Great Thou Art: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley,\" this week. For matinee performances, lunch is at noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. For evening performances, a buffet dinner is set for 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit circa21.com, call\u00a0309-786-7733 or visit the Circa '21 Box Office.\u00a0

Noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, $46.50 and $52.25.

6. Craft beer fest

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week, happening across the country this week, with the Quad-Cities Craft Beer Fest on Saturday. At the festival, sip on brews from more than 20 local and regional breweries, such as Backpocket Brewing Company, Bent River Brewing Company and Great River Brewery. For more information and tickets, visit quadcitieschamber.com.

1-4 p.m. Saturday, The Plaza at Bass Street Landing, $20 in advance.

7. 40 years of hits\u00a0

Looking to hear songs such as \u201cWhen I Fall In Love,\u201d \u201cPut Your Head On My Shoulder,\u201d \u201cGoin\u2019 Out Of My Head\" and \u201cCan\u2019t Take My Eyes Off Of You\"? Expect to hear those hits, plus more, when The Lettermen, a group that's been around for more than 40 years and has released more than 50 albums, performs this week at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. For the matinee performance, lunch is set for noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. For the evening performance, dinner is set for 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit circa21.com, call\u00a0309-786-7733 or visit the Circa '21 Box Office.\u00a0

Noon and 6 p.m. Monday, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, $51.73 and $58.

8. Iowans on stage\u00a0

Three Iowa-based musicians will perform at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. See headliner Elizabeth Moen, an Iowa City resident, River Glen, a folk-pop act from Dubuque and Erin Moore, a Davenport native, are set to offer their homegrown tunes. For more information, visit rozztox.com.

8 p.m. Friday, Rozz-Tox, $5-10.

9. \u00a0Paper Bird show

The small stage at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, is sure to be a packed one for this show from the Denver based six-piece folk band Paper Bird, along with opener Erin Moore. For tickets, visit raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0

7 p.m. Saturday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $12.

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1. Fab four on the roof

Have you checked out \"The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition\" at the Putnam Museum yet? This weekend offers a good opportunity to see the museum's latest blockbuster exhibit, on display through June 4. A free rooftop tribute concert, featuring musicians from the River Music Experience taking on The Beatles' tunes, is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Putnam, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Go to the concert, and you'll get $3 off admission to the exhibit on Saturday. For more information, visit putnam.org.\u00a0

2. Beaux Arts Fair is back

Need something artsy to do this Mother's Day weekend? The Spring Beaux Arts Fair returns Saturday and Sunday with 200 artisans flooding Bechtel Plaza in front of the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, and nearby streets. The free fair is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the Figge also is free both days.\u00a0

3. Art show opening

Star Dog Gallery, the art venue underneath Boozie's Bar and Grille,\u00a0is hosting an art opening for artists Brandon Nees and Nancy Calzada. The free event, featuring 30 original pieces to peruse, food, drinks and live music, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery,\u00a0114 W. 3rd St., Davenport. For more information, visit\u00a0stardoggallery.com.

4. Jazz show\u00a0

Najee, the saxophonist and flautist who has collaborated with musicians such as Prince, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, is performing at 8 p.m. Thursday at Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, visit rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

5. For Fleetwood Mac fans

Here's your chance to hear songs such as \"Landslide,\" \"Dreams\" and \"The Chain\" live. Fleetwood\u00a0Mac Mania, a tribute band, will take on the best of Fleetwood Mac this weekend. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center,\u00a02021 State St., Bettendorf. Tickets, $15-25, are available at bettendorf.isleofcapricasinos.com.

6. Comedy series

\"All You Care to Eat,\" a\u00a0monthly sketch comedy series, opens at The Black Box Theatre this weekend. Presented by Comedy Thingys, the show is performed in the style of a radio play with live readings by actors with scripts in hand. \"All You Care to Eat\" starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater,\u00a01623 5th Ave., Moline. Tickets, $10, are available by calling\u00a0563-284-2350 or visiting thelittleboxoffice.com/theblackboxtheatre.

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Olivia Newton-John will no longer be performing Saturday at the Adler Theatre, Davenport.

Her performance at the Adler has been postponed because of an issue with Newton-John's sciatica, the venue announced Wednesday.

All of Newton-John's scheduled concerts in May have been postponed, according to the singer's Facebook page.\u00a0She had eight Midwest dates set for May 10-20.\u00a0

A new performance date at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, is expected to be announced soon. All tickets previously purchased for the Saturday show will be honored for the new date.

To exchange tickets or receive refunds, take tickets to the original point of purchase. For more information, call the Adler Theatre Box Office at 563-326-8522.

-- Amanda Hancock

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For a singer-songwriter who got her start on YouTube, it would be easy to build a music career hiding behind a screen.

But getting personal is all Julia Nunes seems to care about.

Since Nunes started out 10 years ago, covering songs, played with her ukulele, by The Beatles, Kanye West and Destiny\u2019s Child on YouTube, she has made a habit of sharing her musical process and personal life with a growing number of fans.

\u201cI literally don\u2019t do anything top secret,\u201d she said. \u201cI think it has to be that way. I talk about my personal life because I write music about my personal life. There\u2019s a brutal honesty I bring to my music.\u201d

When we talked via phone earlier this week, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter was on the early leg of a 18-city Midwest tour that consists almost entirely of shows in fans\u2019 living rooms, which is Nunes favorite way of touring.

\u201cAt a house show, it\u2019s very unplugged, and you see the faces of everyone in the room,\u201d she said. \u201cThings get really personal every single time.\u201d

It\u2019s at those concerts, where longtime fans continue to show up, that Nunes said she realizes she\u2019s \u201cnot just a musician anymore.\u201d

\u201cI\u2019m more like a person that people have known for 10 years as an acquaintance or friend,\u201d she said. \u201cEveryone has grown up with me.\"

That goes for Quad-City couple Kyle and Mo Carter, who became \"instant fans\" of Nunes after watching her YouTube videos.\u00a0

They had a hand in booking the musician to Baked Beer & Bread Co. for a show on Thursday, which is Nunes\u2019 only non-house concert on the tour.

Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, first brought Nunes to town in 2012 for a slot at River Roots Live. His wife picked Nunes up from the airport.

\u201cI remember trying to play it cool, because I was a big fan,\u201d said Mo Carter, who is opening up for Nunes on Thursday.

She remembers hitting it off over breakfast at Ross\u2019 Restaurant with the musician she had previously known only via the internet.

\u201cThe honesty of her songs is one thing,\u201d Carter said. \u201cThe honesty of her personality really shines through, too. You watch her online, and she\u2019s exactly the same way in real life, which is really refreshing.\u201d

In 2013, the Carters invited Nunes back for a concert in their living room.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been really wanting to have her back, but it\u2019s just rare she\u2019s in our territory,\u201d Kyle Carter said. \u201cThis time around, we wanted to get her exposed to a bigger audience than a house show would allow.\"

On Thursday, Nunes, who last released an album, called \u201cSome Feelings,\u201d in 2015, said she plans to play a handful of new songs from her upcoming record, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Her goal was $30,000 and she raised $71,000.

\u201cI\u2019m in an amazing position,\u201d Nunes said. \u201cMy fans are not just giving me a small amount of money. They\u2019re giving me record label money.\u201d

Her fans also show support on Patreon, an internet-based platform that allows creators to run their own subscription content service. By pledging $1 or more, people get access to one behind-the-scenes video per month, MP3s and extras.

\u201cShe has this really personal intense fan base that have followed her since she was making videos in her college dorm,\u201d Kyle Carter said. \u201cShe makes a connection to her fans, and it has paid off.\u201d

It\u2019s paid off, Nunes said, because she maintains a \"real life\" mindset in the digital realm.\u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019ve found a way to use the internet as an authentic community,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s a version of internet fame that can be really stale. But it can and should be a human place.\u201d

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The opening performance of \u201cThe Little Mermaid\u201d is a month away, but the costume makers say it\u2019s crunch time.

Inside Prospect Park Auditorium, Moline, earlier this week, Quad-City Music Guild volunteers were in a flurry of sewing machines, pins and needles and sorting some of the 107 total original pieces required to put on \u201cThe Little Mermaid,\u201d which opens June 9.

At one point, they were fiddling with the large purple tentacles, filled with plastic grocery bags, for that evil Ursula octopus character.

\u201cWe\u2019re trying to figure out how she\u2019s going to move across the stage, and that\u2019s going to take some choreographing,\u201d Cathy Marsoun, the Music Guild\u2019s board president, said. \u201cThere\u2019s always something crazy going on here.\u201d

That goes especially for this production, which has offered an extra challenge for Angela Stark, the lead costumer. She\u2019s been planning since November.

\u201cIt\u2019s over the top,\u201d said Stark, who started helping out with the Music Guild about 15 years ago. \u201cYou have to make a lot of things from scratch when you\u2019re dealing with seagulls and mermaid tails.\u201d

To keep track of the \u201corganized chaos,\u201d she has a binder, which she calls the \u201cbible,\u201d full of costume sizes and measurements for each of the 35 cast members and their, on average, three dress changes.

\u201cWe have lots of lists,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s a little overwhelming. I didn\u2019t know how immense of a job it was going to be when we started.\u201d

Stark and others at the Music Guild, now in its 69th season, were up to the challenge in part thanks to the theater group\u2019s extensive on-site costume shop, which houses more than 20,000 items stored from more than 40 years of shows.

\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of repurposing things that were already here, like creating jellyfish out of curtains we had,\u201d Stark said, adding that typical productions have a budget of $1,000 to $2,000. \u201cIt\u2019s a labor love.\u201d

\u2018Full of treasures\u2019

Walking through the costume shop that she has looked after for 10 years, Marsoun said it\u2019s \u201ca little bit of a madhouse.\u201d

\u201cPeople keep asking where we\u2019re going to put 107 new pieces after the show,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019m not sure what the answer is.\u201d

She oversaw the shop\u2019s move four years ago from the former Rock Island Argus newspaper offices to its current home in a room attached to the auditorium, which was part of a $300,000 renovation.\u00a0

\u201cWe started making our own costumes because renting them was becoming expensive and a hassle,\u201d said Marsoun, who joined her first performance with Music Guild when she was 16 more than 40 years ago. \u201cWe wouldn\u2019t get exactly what we wanted, and it would be last minute.\u201d

To offset the expenses of making costumes, the Music Guild began renting items to community theaters and schools.

So far this year, the Music Guild has rented costumes to 18 high schools, including some in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Marsoun said. The costume shop is open to the public on Wednesdays and one Saturday of the month.

\u201cWhen schools do shows, it usually falls on some poor teacher or some poor parent,\u201d she said. \u201cThis really has become a resource for them.\u201d

Marsoun said the Music Guild\u2019s costume shop is likely the largest in the Quad-City area.

\u201cWe\u2019re one of the only ones left,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s certainly full of treasures.\u201d

It\u2019s also \u201cone of the most amazing places in the whole of the Quad-Cities,\u201d said Jaci Weigandt, who has been involved in several Music Guild performances.

\u201cThere are rows and rows of costumes from all different periods and shows, like going back in time,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen things are returned, I\u2019ll look at them and say, \u2018Oh, I\u2019d like to wear that in something one day.'\"

Costumes make the show

It\u2019s a hectic season for Marsoun and the team of costume makers, who work nightly at Prospect Park Auditorium while actors rehearse and other volunteers make sets and props.

\u201cThere are times where we\u2019re running far behind, and it seems like it might not get done,\u201d Marsoun said. \u201cBut it always gets done one way or another.\u201d

They get done because costumes are important to telling the story.

\u201cThat\u2019s what makes the show is when you can get into character,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s amazing the difference it makes when we change from street clothes to costumes. It brings it up to a whole other level.\u201d

All of the work will be worth it on opening day.

\u201cIt's nice when you get\u00a0oohs and awws from certain things,\" she said. \"You get reactions from the audience, and you know it\u2019s because of the costuming.\"

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1. Pop-up brunch

Me & Billy isn't usually open on Sundays or for breakfast, but the downtown Davenport establishment is going against the norm to host a pop-up brunch later this month. The restaurant will offer a special food and drink menu starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21 at Me & Billy, 200 W. 3rd St., Davenport. For more information, visit meandbilly.com.\u00a0

2. Vegan cooking class

Whether you're a dedicated vegan or not, you'll be sure to learn something during this \"Easy Vegan Cooking Class,\" which is hosted by Greatest Grains. Learn how to make a creamy coconut lentil curry, easy vegan shoyu ramen, black bean tostadas with avocado salad, as well as strawberry parfaits with sweet cashew cream. The class is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20 at Greatest Grains, 1600 N. Harrison St., Davenport. Tickets, $15, are available at greatestgrains.com.\u00a0

3. Farm to Fork Friday

Quad-Cities Food Hub has a busy month planned, including its new \"Farm to Fork Friday\" series, in which the business is offering a different type of dinner, from Mediterranean to Thai, featuring locally sourced food each Friday of the month at 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. In addition, the food hub is hosting a Paleo cooking class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 and an herb garden cooking class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May \u00a024. For more information, visit\u00a0qcfoodhub.org.

4. Wine festival\u00a0

A part of its annual wine festival, St. Ambrose University is hosting a wine tasting from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May 20 on campus between Ambrose Hall and McMullen Hall.\u00a0During the outdoor event, an\u00a0assortment of 150 wines from around the world, plus food from Quad-City restaurants, will be available. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Proceeds go toward\u00a0student scholarships.\u00a0For more information, visit sau.edu.\u00a0

5. Great River dual tapping\u00a0

Great River Brewery's monthly tapping promises twice the fun this round. The brewery will tap two summery drinks including the Strawberry Blonde and the Chicawawa, a lemonade-inspired beer. The tapping, along with live music, starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at\u00a0332 E. 2nd St., Davenport.\u00a0

6. Mother's Day brunch\u00a0

Celebrate mom with a special Mother's Day brunch from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at Brew,\u00a01104 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. The meal features mimosas, an omelette bar and a buffet, including eggs, bacon, crepes and biscuits and gravy. The buffet costs $14.99 per person and bottomless mimosas cost $7.99 per person. For more information, visit brewinthevillage.com.

7. Craft Beer Festival\u00a0

At the Quad-Cities Craft Beer Fest, you can sample brews from 18 places such as Backpocket Brewing Company, based in Coralville, Iowa, and Tangled Roots Brewing Company, which is based in Ottawa, Iowa. The fest is slated to take over Bass Street Plaza on 17th Street in Moline from 1-4 p.m.\u00a0Saturday, May 20.\u00a0Tickets, $20 in advance, are available at quadcitieschamber.com.

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During opening day of the Freight House Farmers Market\u2019s outdoor season on Saturday, there were plenty of new foods to sample and old favorites to revisit.

One thing's for sure: There\u2019s a story behind every vendor. Read on for a look inside the market\u2019s opening day.

What\u2019s new

After a long winter of \u201cexperimenting,\u201d Brad and Ann Moore were eager for opening day of the Freight House Farmers Market.

On Saturday, the couple, both 68, fielded a steady line of people checking out their new business, Cottage Bagels.

\u201cWe\u2019re so ready to share it with everyone,\u201d Brad Moore said. \u201cIt\u2019s exciting to get it going.\u201d

The Moores, who moved to the Quad-Cities from San Diego three years ago, aren\u2019t new to the market scene. Last year, they sold crafts, including bird houses and quilt racks, as The Cottage Collection. But they decided to change it up this season.

\u201cWe noticed everyone was carrying food around, not crafts,\u201d he said. \u201cWe figured that would be the way to go.\u201d

The retired duo saw a need for homemade bagels and bagel sandwiches in the Quad-Cities, so they spent the winter trying out different recipes and perfecting the process.

The Moores prepare bagels -- including plain, everything, blueberry, cherry almond and asiago cheese varieties -- at home and at the Quad-Cities Food Hub commercial kitchen. They plan to offer different sandwiches, from turkey to roast beef to chicken salad, each Saturday along with a side of bagel chips and strawberry lemonade.

\u201cWe really love it at the market,\u201d Ann Moore said. \u201cWe love the people. Everyone\u2019s happy to be there.\u201d

Along with Cottage Bagels, about 10-15 vendors are new this year, according to Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership who sits on the market\u2019s board of directors.

Also new this year, the market will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

\u201cWe\u2019ve grown a lot. We\u2019ve worked hard to improve our application process, so that new vendors understand the process of how to get in,\u201d Carter said. \u201cWe\u2019ve gone to great lengths to make it more open. We hope to do an even better job next year.\u201d

\u2018Good to be back\u2019

For returning vendors, such as Great River Maple, opening day is kind of like a family reunion.

\u201cIt\u2019s an exciting day where you see people you haven\u2019t seen in awhile and you meet new people, too,\u201d said Alicia Potter, who acts as a \u201croving salesman\u201d for her family\u2019s maple syrup business, which is based in Garnavillo, Iowa. Great River Maple, which started in 2008, has a presence at farmers markets in Dubuque, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

\u201cIt\u2019s easy to sell it in bulk, but you don\u2019t get that one-on-one interaction,\u201d Potter said. \u201cYou get to see the response from different people and how their eyes light up. It keeps you wanting to make the best product for them.\u201d

The same goes for Mr. and Mrs. Tea, the moniker for Tim and Leah Foss, who sell 15 types of loose-leaf tea at the farmers market.

\u201cIt\u2019s good to be back,\u201d Leah Foss said. \u201cWe try to create an experience for people each time.\u201d

The 20-something couple, who plan to set up at the market on Saturday and Sunday, offer samples to as many passersby as possible.

\u201cWe\u2019re giving people samples they can see and smell,\u201d she said. \u201cIf they\u2019re not really tea people, we want to find something they like.\u201d

Back for her third year at the market, Abby Rodriguez, who owns River Prairie Wildflowers, offered strawberry rhubarb hand pies and tarts on Saturday.

\u201cIt\u2019s exciting to see community-supported agriculture,\u201d she said. \u201cThere are people committed to supporting small farmers.\u201d

Rodriguez said market days makes the weeks of hard work worth it.

\u201cAs a farmer, you\u2019re always doing different things to get the word out,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is a nice way to be face-to-face with customers and make those connections.\u201d

\u2018100 percent rely on this\u2019

For Lisa Schafman, who owns Meatheads Meat Market with her husband Bruce, joining the farmers market has \u201ccompletely changed\u201d her business for the better, she said.

\u201cI remember talking to my husband and saying, \u2018You know what\u2019s wrong? We\u2019re here, but nobody knows we\u2019re here,\u2019\u201d Schafman said on Saturday, outside of their \u201cmeat wagon.\u201d \u201cNow people know we\u2019re here.\u201d

Last month, Meatheads Meat Market opened its second location at 2503 53rd Ave., Bettendorf, and unveiled a food truck, which also was at the market over the weekend.\u00a0

\u201cA big part of being able to grow has been because of the farmers market,\u201d Schafman said. \u201cThere\u2019s a sense of camaraderie. You build relationships with different people.\u201d

For Jessica Goodale, who owns Barnyard Produce, a farm based in Tipton, Iowa, there's no way around it: \"I 100 percent rely on the farmers market,\" she said.\u00a0

Saturday marked the beginning of Goodale\u2019s sixth year at the Freight House.

\u201cYou wait all winter and then it\u2019s time,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen you get back out here, everyone is in a good mood and happy it\u2019s nice outside.\u201d

Even though Goodale, 28, woke up at 3:30 a.m. to arrive at the market, she and her father, John Crowley, were excited to show off their produce.

\u201cWe grow everything ourselves,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s really rewarding when you come to the market and see customers who know you by name. Even when it\u2019s pouring down rain, people zip to the tents they know and run back to their car. It's a real community.\"

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1. Spring arts fair

Looking for something artsy to do this weekend? About 200 artisans are set to take over the plaza in front of the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, offering handmade jewelry, pottery, stained glass and sculpture during the spring Beaux Arts Fair. The fair also features a food court, art activities and free admission to the Figge Art Museum. For more information, visit\u00a0beauxartsfair.com.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Plaza in front of Figge Art Museum. Free.

2. An evening with Olivia

Olivia Newton-John's career consists of much more than her role in \"Grease.\" Since the 1978 movie, the singer won four Grammys, several Country Music Awards, an Emmy Award and has 10 No. 1 hits to her name. Catch up with\u00a0Olivia Newton-John this weekend at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd\u00a0St., Davenport. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com,\u00a0the Adler Theatre Box Office and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre, $$44, $64, $79

3. Fab Four rooftop tribute

For The Beatles' last concert, the group played on the roof of Apple Studios. This week, as part of\u00a0\"The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition,\"\u00a0the latest exhibit at the Putnam Museum & Science Center, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, a group of Quad-City musicians are putting on a rooftop tribute concert, featuring music of The Beatles. If you attend the free show, complete with beer and food tents, then you'll get a discount on tickets to the exhibit. For more information, visit putnam.org.\u00a0

12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Putnam Museum. Free.

4. Stevie Wonder's birthday bash

Stevie Wonder's 67th birthday is this week and area musicians are getting together to celebrate the legendary musician. During \"All Sweat Productions Presents: Stevie Wonder B-Day Bash,\" a full band will take on hits such as \"I Just Called to Say I Love You,\" \"Superstition\" and \"Isn't She Lovely\" at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. An opening set will include a tribute to Marvin Gaye. For tickets and more information, visit rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

9 p.m. Friday, Redstone Room, \u00a0$15 in advance; $18 day of the show.

5.\u00a0'Mash' on stage

\"Mash\" opens at Playcrafters Barn Theatre, Moline, this weekend. The comedy was written in 1973 by Tim Kelly and follows the adventures of Hawkeye and Duke, who join the\u00a0Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, a story made popular by the TV series that aired from 1972-1983 on CBS.\u00a0Performances are also scheduled for May 19-21 at\u00a04950 35th Ave., Moline. For more information, visit\u00a0playcrafters.com.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Barn Theatre,\u00a0$13

6. Julia Nunes' tunes\u00a0

This singer-songwriter started her career on YouTube, where she covered, with backup from her ukulele, songs by The Beach Boys, Destiny's Child and The Beatles.\u00a0Since then, Julia Nunes has performed live on \"Conan\" and released several albums with original tunes, including the 2015 record \"Some Feelings.\" Nunes is set to play, with opener Mo Carter, at Baked Beer and Bread Co., 1113 Mound St., Davenport. For tickets, visit raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0

7 p.m. Thursday, Baked Beer and Bread Co., $15 in advance.

7. Dueling pianos

The Windy City Dueling Pianos are set to return this week to The Speakeasy,\u00a01818 3rd Ave., Rock Island. The Chicago-based act includes high-energy music played simultaneously on two pianos.\u00a0For tickets, call 309-786-7733 or visit thecirca21speakeasy.com.\u00a0

7 p.m. Saturday, The Speakeasy,\u00a0$12 in advance; $15 day of show\u00a0

8. Playwrights festival

The Quad-City Playwrights Festival, presented by Augustana College, returns for its 18th year this weekend. The 2017 selected works, each clocking in at 10 minutes, were written by area playwrights, including high school and college students, from around the Quad-Cities and will be performed on stage by Augustana students at the Brunner Theatre Center, 3750 7th Ave.,\u00a0Rock Island. For more information, visit\u00a0augustana.edu.

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Brunner Theatre Center. Free.

9. Going solo\u00a0

Chris Tomson, known for being the drummer in Vampire Weekend, has launched a solo project, called Dams of the West. Tomson will bring his new sound to the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, this week. For tickets, visit raccoonmotel.com.

7 p.m. Sunday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

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Chris Stapleton is coming to the Quad-Cities later this year.

Stapleton, along with Aledo, Illinois, native Margo Price and Brent Cobb will play the iWireless Center on October 5, the venue announced Friday.\u00a0

The country artist released his latest album,\u00a0\"From A Room: Volume 1,\" Friday and added 10 dates to his scheduled\u00a0\"Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show\" tour, including a stop in the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

Stapleton is set to debut new music Monday on NBC's \"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.\"\u00a0

His last album, \"Traveller,\" included hits such as \"Tennessee Whiskey\" and \"Nobody to Blame.\"\u00a0

Tickets for the October concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 , and will be available at the iWireless Center Box Office, 1201 River Drive, Moline, by calling\u00a01-800-745-3000 and on Ticketmaster.com.\u00a0

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It's Victor Cardoso's favorite way to start a conversation.

Within seconds of meeting someone new at Great River Brewery, Cardoso will pause, put down his glass of dark beer, and ask, \u201cWould you like some salsa?\u201d

If they say yes, as most do, Cardoso runs out to his car, where he keeps jars of salsa to give away to new acquaintances.\u00a0

\u201cI\u2019ve never charged anyone for a jar of my salsa,\u201d he said. \u201cSomething clicks with certain people and you just want to do something nice for them.\u201d

It\u2019s a typical exchange for Cardoso, or \"Salsa Claus\" as he\u2019s known to regulars at the brewery he visits about three times per week.

The 69-year-old grandfather works full-time as a high voltage substation electrician, a career he started in 1981. But he didn\u2019t find his \u201ctrue passion\u201d until about five years ago.

\u201cIt was around Christmas and I just got the idea for Salsa Claus,\u201d said Cardoso, who has made his own salsa since the 1970s. \u201cIt grew into this way to give back.\u201d

He made up a label \u2014\u00a0his face photoshopped to include a Santa Claus-esque beard and a sombrero \u2014\u00a0complete with the tagline \u201cGood or Bad, even the naughty deserve to celebrate\u201d that\u2019s now on more than 100 jars, which patrons are welcome to take home and return later.\u00a0

Cardoso rarely drops by without jars of salsa in hand for the staff as well, said Wendy Saathoff, the brewery assistant taproom manager.\u00a0

\u201cWe don\u2019t have TVs, so we like to find ways to encourage people to sit and chat, which is sometimes a lost art,\u201d Saathoff said. \u201cWhen Victor walks in with his salsa, it starts conversations.\u201d

Cardoso\u2019s salsa has a way of breaking barriers, she said.

\u201cIt\u2019s his way of reaching out to anyone,\u201d Saathoff said. \u201cAnd that brings people together.\"\u00a0

Giving back

It helps that Cardoso has plenty to talk about.\u00a0

\u201cThere\u2019s a comfort level one finds as you get older to open up,\u201d he said. \u201cI like to drink beer and tell my stories.\u201d

A lot of his stories tend to be about where he comes from.\u00a0

His family, including his parents and four siblings, emigrated from Mexico City, Mexico, in 1957. They lived for a short time in California before landing in East Moline in 1959 when Cardoso was 11.

\u201cWhen we came here, my father had less than a dollar in his pocket,\u201d Cardoso said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t speak a word of English.\u201d

Thanks to good teachers and mentors along the way, he said, that didn\u2019t keep Cardoso from finding success.

\u201cThis country has been so good to us,\u201d said Cardoso, who has two sons that now live on the West Coast. \u201cThere\u2019s a long list of things that have happened here that have touched me. Because of that, I find a way to give back when I can. I just do it because it\u2019s the right thing.\u201d

On that list is the counseling services Cardoso and his family received from the Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County, which reaches \u201can undeserved population,\u201d in the Quad-Cities, according to clinical supervisor Lori Luna.

\u201cWhen everyone else turned their back on his family, we were able to help,\u201d Luna said. \u201cBecause of that, he recognizes the need for our services in the community. He\u2019s always wanting to support us.\u201d

That\u2019s why, Cardoso helped put on a fundraiser, billed as Navidad en Mayo, benefitting the Youth Service Bureau at Great River Brewery on Tuesday.

\u201cHe\u2019s always a breath of fresh air,\u201d Luna said. \u201cIt\u2019s just sheer generosity. He gives and expects nothing in return. You start to think, \u201cAre there really people like that anymore? Yes, that\u2019s Victor.\u201d

Saathoff isn\u2019t surprised Cardoso found a way to take part in one of Great River\u2019s weekly fundraisers, in which 10 percent of the evening\u2019s proceeds go to a different charity. She\u2019s heard stories about Cardoso being a foster parent, paying for a stranger's groceries or buying a round of beers.

\u201cHe\u2019s so humble and personable,\u201d Saathoff said. \u201cHe\u2019ll come in and chat with anyone. When he\u2019s here, he brings the place up.\u201d

For the joy of it

Cardoso is one a handful of regulars at Great River Brewery, which call themselves the GRB Family. They celebrate birthdays and holidays together or just show up after work, assuming someone they know will be sitting at the bar.

\u201cThere\u2019s a group of good people here that you just want to hang out with,\u201d Cardoso said. \u201cThe only place I\u2019ll ever see them is here.\u201d

The regulars each have their favorite type of his salsa, says Tony Behncke, who prefers the pico de gallo with cabbage. Cardoso also offers guacamole and describes the spice levels with \"naughty or nice\" descriptions.\u00a0

\u201cEveryone loves his salsa; it meets the masses,\u201d he said.\u00a0

Still, Behncke has been pushing his friend to start making a profit.

\u201cI think it\u2019s partially insane to do it for free,\u201d he said. \u201cHe needs to start selling it. He could make a lot of money.\u201d

Cardoso has no plans to turn his hobby into a business.

\u201cYou know what I get out of it? When I\u2019m making it, it\u2019s relaxing for me,\u201d he said. \u201cI feel weird charging people for something I enjoy making. Giving it away is a bonus. The smiles I get and the hugs I get mean more than getting a few dollars here and there.\u201d

Plus, it gives Cardoso an excuse to strike up new conversations.

\u201cThere are so many nice people in the world,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m just looking for them.\u201d

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