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Time begins to move slowly when plopped in what looks like the tiny, silent prison cell where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela lived for 27 years.

When the door finally unlocks, a message appears on the screen telling the user, \"It's been 27 seconds.\"

It\u2019s no surprise to Daniel Coyle that, while experiencing it in virtual reality, or VR, that those 27 seconds feel very slow.

That\u2019s how Coyle and other developers at Victory VR, a Davenport-based company, designed the scene, which is part of a VR experience titled, \"Walking in Mandela\u2019s Footsteps.\"

\u201cIt\u2019s a very powerful moment,\u201d Coyle said. \u201cTo have to be in there, you just think, \u2018Wow, he was there for a very long time.' And that was just one part of his life.\u201d

\"Walking in Mandela\u2019s Footsteps,\u201d released Wednesday on the 100th birthday of the late South African president, offers users interactive\u00a0\u2014 and immersive\u00a0\u2014 glimpses into several moments and locations from Mandela\u2019s life.

Along with the VR replica of the prison cell on Robben Island where Mandela lived, users can experience Mandela\u2019s childhood bedroom and the Liliesleaf, the site in northern Johannesburg, South Africa, that served as the secret headquarters of the African National Congress. It\u2019s also where African National Congress leaders were arrested on July 11, 1963, in the government's battle against the anti-apartheid movement.

The scenes look very much like the real thing, according to Coyle, thanks to Victory VR\u2019s collaboration with Liliesleaf, the South African heritage site, and IQbusiness, a consulting firm based in South Africa.

\u201cYou\u2019re able to travel back in time and visit these significant moments from his life,\u201d Coyle said. \u201cAnd you learn a lot.\u201d

Learning is the main mission behind Victory VR, according to CEO Steve Grubbs.

\"It's interesting to better understand Mandela\u2019s journey, from being a radical youth to peacemaker,\" Grubbs said. \"Other than actually being in South Africa, there is probably no other way to experience that fully than with virtual reality.\u201d

The Mandela VR tour marks the first history-based project released by Victory VR, which has primarily focused on science-themed educational experiences.

\"It's an opportunity to go beyond science,\" Grubbs said, adding that Victory VR will be looking to develop experiences in a variety of subjects in the future.\u00a0

And it helps, he said, that experiencing virtual reality is becoming more affordable. Wednesday's release coincided with the recent launch of the Oculus Go, an all-in-one virtual reality headset that costs $200.\u00a0

\"Walking in Mandela\u2019s Footsteps,\" is available for $1.99 at oculus.com.

For Grubbs, the VR scenes calls to mind something his father, a former history teacher in Davenport, often quoted: \"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.\"

\"A lot of young people may not know the whole history of Nelson Mandela,\" Grubbs said. \"This offers a great historic lesson and it also brings his story to life.\"

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1. 'Mamma Mia' at Circa '21

\"Mamma Mia,\" the musical packed with ABBA's classic songs such as \"Dancing Queen,\" opens this week at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. The musical runs through Sept. 15 with shows happening weekly at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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. Tickets for the Wednesday through Sunday evening performances are $48 plus tax; tickets for the Wednesday matinees are $42.50 plus tax. For reservations, call 309-786-7733 or visit circa21.com.

2. The Lone Bellow at Codfish Hollow

The Lone Bellow, a folk/rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, are set to play Thursday with opener Erin Rae at Codfish Hollow, the barn-turned music venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. \"Walk into a Storm,\" the group's third album, came out in September. Tickets to the show cost $20 in advance and $25 on the day of. For more info, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

3. Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies are returning to the Quad-Cities this week. The band is made up of professional musicians who perform in mummy garb and go by names such as\u00a0Mummy Cass,\u00a0Java Mummy and Eddie Mummy. Since forming the group in 2000, the musicians have kept\u00a0their real identities under wraps. See Here Come the Mummies perform at 8 p.m. Friday at\u00a0Rhythm City Casino,\u00a07077 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Tickets, $25, are available at\u00a0rhythmcitycasino.showare.com.

4. Learn and Play Day

Learn and Play Day is slated to return from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the John Deere Pavilion on River Drive in Moline. Kids of all ages are invited to spend the day playing and learning about life on a farm, construction sites and the world of forestry and more. Admission is free.\u00a0

5. Story Show and Black Milk show

Friday night is going to be a busy one at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel in downtown Davenport. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. with the next installment of the Story Show series, this one featuring stories about \"Summertime Madness.\" Tickets cost $10. Following the Story Show, Detroit, Michigan based rapper Black Milk will perform at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance at\u00a0raccoonmotel.com\u00a0and $25 day of.\u00a0

6.\u00a0\u2018The Glass Menagerie\u2019

Continuing its second season, Mississippi Bend Players will end its run of Tennessee Williams\u2019 \u201cThe Glass Menagerie\u201d this week. Show times include 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center in Rock Island. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students/children as well as Augustana College faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased by calling 309-794-7306 or by visiting\u00a0Mississippibendplayers.com

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At some point during a Codfish Hollow concert, your eyes will likely turn away from the excitement of the stage.

It\u2019s bound to happen\u00a0\u2014 you\u2019ll get caught looking up. And looking around.

When you start checking out the handcrafted wooden signs that hang from the walls and roof of the barn-turned music venue in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, it can be difficult to stop.

There are signs crafted in the shape of a hand, campfire, spaceship, guitar and a slice of pizza. There\u2019s a rainbow-painted sign and one resembling the American flag and plenty that are not painted at all.\u00a0

As you look, and notice names of bands and musical acts like Lissie, Counting Crows, Nathaniel Rateliff and Built to Spill etched in the wood, you might wonder about the story behind the signs.

The first sign\u00a0

In the summer of 2009, Shawn and Tiffany Biehl got an out-of-the-blue offer to host a concert in their over-100-year-old barn, which the couple was using for, you know, normal barn stuff like storing hay and supplies. There were cows in the stalls underneath the barn.

To get things concert-ready, the Biehls enlisted help from family and friends, including their neighbor, Dave Long, who lived on the next farm over.

A few days before the show, which featured, among others, the Local Natives, a question was brought up.

Should there be a concert poster or something?

\u201cUsually, bars have marquees and we didn\u2019t have that,\u201d Tiffany Biehl said. \u201cWe thought since it was a barn, we would just use wood.\u201d

Long, a longtime on-the-side woodworker, offered to make the sign that would be displayed outside the barn.

\u201cWe thought there should be something telling people who was playing,\u201d Long said. \u201cAnd it would be a way to remember it.\"\u00a0

The resulting sign was, as Long says, pretty bland: A square piece of wood with the band names carved in simple capitalized lettering.

\"First

Dave Long made a sign to commemorate the first-ever Codfish Hollow show, which featured the Local Natives. That show was on July 25, 2009.\u00a0

The inside of the barn was simple, too. There wasn\u2019t even a stage, just a roped-off space designated for the performers.

\u201cWe weren\u2019t sure if it was going to be a thing,\u201d Long said of the shows. \u201cIt was like, \u2018Maybe we\u2019ll do a couple of these.\u2019\u201d

Nearly a decade later, Codfish Hollow is very much a thing. The venue hosts more than a dozen shows per season and has launched multi-day festivals that attract visitors from the Quad-Cities and around the country.

\u201cIt just snowballed from there,\u201d Long said. \u201cIt grew into this special thing that everyone is enjoying today.\u201d

The Codfish Hollow experience is made more special by its eclectic details and traditions, like perusing local artwork in between musical sets and parking (and camping) in a cow pasture and taking a tractor ride\u00a0\u2014 always driven by the volunteer named Marvin\u00a0\u2014 to and from the barn.

The signs are one such tradition.

\u201cIt\u2019s always amazing when people go to the barn, because they always look up at all the signs and point to them,\u201d Tiffany Biehl said. \u201cTheir eyes get big, like, \u2018Oh my gosh, those people were here.\u2019\u201d

Making each one special

Even after Long moved back to his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan several years ago, he kept making signs.\u00a0

A few weeks ahead of each show, the Biehls send Long the lineup and design ideas, inspired by the band\u2019s logo, album cover, genre of music or some other theme.

\u201cEach sign is a little bit different,\u201d he said. \u201cSome take a couple of hours and some take days.\u201d

If he isn\u2019t familiar with the show\u2019s headliner, as is often the case, Long will listen to a few of their songs while he brainstorms.

\u201cSometimes you start with one idea and it kind of changes as you go,\u201d he said. \u201cYou hear this from every woodworker, but the wood kind of dictates where you go with it.\u201d

In his home workshop, Long typically will have a glass of scotch and listen to Christopher Denny, one of his favorite Codfish Hollow alumni, and get to work. Then, often just a few days before the show, he ships his finished product to Maquoketa.\u00a0

Long has gotten more creative over the years.\u00a0

\u201cI try to make each one special and better in some way,\u201d he said. \u201cIf somebody walks up to the sign, they\u2019re going to see details they wouldn't notice from far away.\u201d

The 43-year-old Long is sometimes forced to get creative, like when there's a festival featuring 30 or so acts.

\u201cWhen I first had to make a sign like that, I thought, \u2018Oh my god, this is kind of daunting,\u2019\u201d he said.

Long, who works full-time in the restaurant industry, crafts other wooden items, but he calls the Codfish Hollow creations his \"claim to fame.\"

\u201cI never knew who a lot of these bands were before they came to Codfish Hollow and before I made their sign,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s cool to me to put their names on a sign and, years later, watch them get really big.\u201d

\u201cBeing part of something like that, I just feel a lot of pride.\u201d

He puts effort into each sign, in part, because he knows it will be on display in the barn for years to come.

\"You look at all of the signs and it\u2019s almost museum-like,\" Long said. \"You see all of these people that have played there and you think, \u2018Oh man, I can\u2019t believe they played there and we missed it.' They really add to the feeling of the place.\"\u00a0

A new sign will be added to the museum this week.\u00a0

Long finished a Pegasus-shaped wooden sign late last week for Thursday night's show featuring The Lone Bellow and Erin Rae.

\"You know, that's a marker that they played the barn,\" he said. \"And it will last a long time. It's not like paper.\"\u00a0

Long hasn't attended a show at Codfish Hollow in roughly five years, so he considers his work \"very behind the scenes.\"\u00a0

But each sign gets its fair share of the spotlight.\u00a0

After each show, the venue's Facebook page is filled with photos of concert-goers happily posing in front of one of Long's signs.\u00a0

\"It's really exciting to see,\" Long said. \"I never thought anyone would want to take a selfie with one of my signs.\"\u00a0

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The second annual Alternating Currents is coming soon, and we have a better look at the festival's lineup, thanks to another wave of announcements released Tuesday.\u00a0\u00a0

The second of three promised announcement waves offers a peek at more things to do\u00a0\u2014 including concerts, film screenings, comedy sets and art shows\u00a0\u2014 during the fest, set for Aug. 23-26 at various outdoor and indoor venues in downtown Davenport.\u00a0

Musical acts added to the lineup include Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of Rusted Root, Ceramic Animals, The Evening Attraction, Airpark, Arlie, Birdtalker, Drama Duo, East$iders, Hembree, Yes You Are, The Velies, The Zealots and DJ Buddah.\u00a0

Festival-goers will be treated to a screening of the blockbuster film, \"A Quiet Place,\" as well as a Q&A with its Bettendorf-born writers\u00a0Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.\u00a0

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Alternating Currents will feature a screening of \"A Quiet Place,\" and a Q&A with the film's Bettendorf-born writers.\u00a0

In other movie news for this year's fest, Alternating Currents\u00a0will debut its film festival, which is open to submissions for creative narrative films, documentaries, experimental films and student films through July 30. Local filmmakers will judge the submissions and cash prizes will be awarded to first-place winners.\u00a0

Comedians Travis Bails, Mitch Banks, Jessica Mirsa, Trent Struzynski, Noah Innis, James Doyle, Daniel Frana, Tommy Morgan Jr. and Justin Bulver were also added to the weekend's festivities.\u00a0

The Downtown Davenport Partnership, the arm of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce that puts on Alternating Currents, previously announced that Dr. Dog will headline the festival with a concert set for Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Adler Theatre. An opening act for that concert has not yet been announced.\u00a0

Tickets start at $33 for the Dr. Dog show and are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Adler Theatre Box Office. 

A $20 weekend pass provides access to all shows at the Stardust, the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel and the Redstone Room. Tickets for\u00a0individual shows at those venues will be available day-of for $5.\u00a0

In addition, there will be plenty of free things to do throughout the weekend.\u00a0 Admission will be free for the\u00a0OMG Becky Fest and the\u00a0Quad-City Arts Chalk Art Festival.

The third and final wave of festival announcements is expected to drop soon.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com.\u00a0

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Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is headed to Davenport this fall.

The folk musician, who released his seventh studio album,\u00a0\u201cPart of the Light,\u201d in May and is known for songs such as \"You Are the Best Thing,\" will play the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, the venue announced Tuesday.

The concert is part of LaMontagne's 25-date acoustic tour dubbed \"Just Passing Through,\" which kicks off on Oct. 7 in Portland, Maine, and includes a stop at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City.\u00a0

Throughout the tour, John Stirratt, of the band Wilco, will accompany LaMontagne on bass.

Tickets for the Adler Theatre show will be go on sale at noon Friday with prices starting at $39.50 and going up to $79.50.

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000. 

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Walkers and runners climbing Brady Street during the Quad-City Times Bix 7 next weekend will be greeted with a new sight\u00a0\u2014 and new smells\u00a0\u2014\u00a0on top of the hill.\u00a0

Jonathan and Ashley McNeal, owners of McNeal\u2019s Southern Smokehouse, plan to start grilling and serving comfort food early morning on Saturday, July 28, to feed Bix 7 spectators. They'll also have plenty of water on hand.\u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019ll have plenty to tempt people with,\u201d Ashley McNeal said.

If passersby don\u2019t stop for a Bix breakfast of pulled pork or ribs, she hopes they\u2019ll be inspired to come back.

\u201cIt\u2019ll be good publicity with all those people,\u201d she said. \u201cAt least they\u2019ll see us.\u201d

McNeal's Southern Smokehouse\u2019s location at 1218 Brady St. in Davenport has served the eatery, which primarily does carry-out business, well so far since opening in mid-May. So has the restaurant\u2019s new paint job, complete with cartoon drawings of food and flames, and the recent addition of four yard signs with handwritten \u201cNow Open\u201d messages.

\u201cThere are so many cars that go by everyday,\u201d McNeal said. \u201cIt\u2019s a ridiculous amount.\u201d

That\u2019s part of why the first-time restaurateurs chose to rent the property, which is sandwiched between the Palmer College of Chiropractic and St. Ambrose University campuses.

\u201cThe super part is you have high traffic and a high density of people who live in that area as well as the colleges,\u201d said Jeff Weindruch, a real estate agent who worked with the McNeals. \u201cIt\u2019s a win-win-win type of situation.\u201d

The 384-square-foot building has \u201ca little bit of history to it,\u201d according to Weindruch, including several stints in the realm of barbecue.

Most recently, it operated as a convenience store. In past years, it housed a fish and chicken restaurant, Big Mouthz BBQ, a coffee shop called Hot Cups and a barbecue sandwich walk-up eatery.

\u201cIt\u2019s a good location for a mom-and-pop restaurant,\u201d he said. \u201cYou drive by a place 6 or 7 times and you think, \u2018I\u2019ll have to go back there.\u2019\u201d

Opening a restaurant has long been a dream for Jonathan and Ashley McNeal, who are both in their early 30s and have been married for four years.

\u201cWe decided to go for it,\u201d Ashley McNeal said, estimating that they put $10,000 into the business.

McNeal said her husband, who she calls a pit-master, \u201chas always had a knack for barbecuing.\u201d

\u201cI got more into it seeing how much he loved it,\u201d she said, adding that she has since mastered southern-style vegetables. \"We make a good team.\"\u00a0

Ashley McNeal said barbecue is a go-to for their blended family, which includes five children ages 1 to 13.

\u201cWe love to cook together as a family,\" she said. \"It's fun for us.\"\u00a0

And the same kind of food is on the menu at the restaurant that shares the family name. Appetizers range from fried pickles to breaded shrimp to catfish nuggets to pizza puffs. Meals include ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken as well as sandwiches and sides such as macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas and green bean casserole.

\u201cIt\u2019s all of our favorite foods made fresh everyday,\u201d Ashley McNeal, a full-time nurse, said. \u201cThere's not enough soul food in the Quad-Cities.\u201d

Jonathan McNeal has worked at restaurants, from taco shops to pizza places, since he was a teenager. He has never worked at a barbecue place, though.

\"It\u2019s my favorite kind of food to make,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s nice to be able to do my own thing.\u201d

New BBQ spot opens on busy Brady Street
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With two weeks to go until the 99th annual Mississippi Valley Fair, Shawn Loter said his to-do list is \u201cabout a mile long.\u201d

On a recent morning, Loter drove his custom golf cart\u00a0\u2014 decorated with red and black tie-dye, the fair logo and his first name in small, cursive letters\u00a0\u2014 around the fairgrounds and pointed to a few buildings in need of a power-wash or a paint touch-up.

The most noticeable item on his list is an ongoing $300,000 remodel of the grandstand\u2019s facade. Work is set to be complete by July 31, when the six-day fair kicks off.

\u201cAll the brick work is being updated,\u201d Loter said. \u201cIt\u2019s going to look brand new.\u201d

This fair may be Loter\u2019s second run as general manager, but it will be full of firsts for the 42-year-old Bettendorf resident who began working for the fair when he was 13.

By the time Loter took over last year, the grandstand acts and other entertainment had already been booked by former manager Bob Fox, who also stayed on as a consultant last summer.

\u201cI started in the middle of things,\u201d he said. \u201cThis was my first time booking the entertainers, which can be very nerve-wracking. You put in a bid and you don\u2019t get it and you do that over and over.\u201d

A-list entertainers can cost anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million for one night, Loter said, which doesn\u2019t fit within the fair\u2019s budget.

\u201cThat\u2019s what a lot of people don\u2019t understand,\u201d he said. \u201cYou want to bring in the best acts, but you have to keep it affordable.\u201d

This year, a Fun Card, which grant access to the fair for the entire week and is the only way to attend grandstand shows, costs $60.

And Loter is happy with the lineup, with headliners including Chris Young, Sublime with Rome, Toby Keith, Theory of a Deadman, Billy Currington and Justin Moore.

\u201cWe beat last year,\u201d he said. \u201cEach year, it\u2019s going to get better and better.\u201d

By the way, he's already putting out bids for next year's grandstand acts.\u00a0

As Loter said, the grandstand shows are \u201cvery important\u201d for the fair.

The concerts frequently bring in between 15,000 to 30,000 people per night. The attendance record sits at 31,200 and goes back to an Alan Jackson concert in 2008.

The fair schedule also features more local bands, new vendors and a new area offering free, family-oriented activities called Sandyland, which will be located behind the Starlite Ballroom.

\u201cIt\u2019s important to build the audience we want and to bring in a variety of the entertainment that people want to see,\u201d he said. \u201cYou want to keep things new and interesting.\u201d

Loter has already brought different kinds of non-fair events to the fairgrounds, including a well-attended St. Patrick\u2019s Day party and an indoor beach-themed party in June.

While Loter says the fair is a \u201cwell-oiled machine,\u201d it doesn\u2019t come without stress.

Vicky Speth, who has worked as the office manager for 32 years, says she goes into \u201cpanic mode\u201d during the last two weeks of July.

\"You just keep going over your checklist and hoping everything gets done,\" she said. \u201cPeople think we start working on it a week before and it just happens. Well, that\u2019s not the case.\u201d

Speth\u2019s work on the fair begins in January and it only gets busier as summer approaches.

\u201cBy the time it opens, the fair is like a city within itself,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of little odds and ends that go into it.\u201d

Speth, who works in the office with her daughter, Kelly Howes, said Loter is bringing a new kind of enthusiasm to the Quad-City tradition.\u00a0

\u201cWe kind of got stagnant for a while,\u201d she said. \u201cHe\u2019s changing some things up.\u201d

Some of those changes have been sitting in the back of Loter\u2019s mind for years.

\u201cWhen you\u2019re the behind the scenes, you see things you\u2019d do differently,\u201d he said. \"Now, I get to do that.\"\u00a0

During his daily tour of the fairgrounds in his golf cart, he keeps an eye on how things look and what to improve. He has a long list of ideas for the fair's upcoming 100th year.\u00a0

\u201cIt helps me think of things we need to get done,\u201d he said. \u201cSome things will happen soon and some we\u2019ll wait on.\u201d

And Loter, who has worked here full-time since he graduated high school and served as the fairgrounds\u2019 maintenance manager for more than a decade, knows these 87.5 acres well. On some mornings, out of habit, he still mows the grass.

When he drives toward the back of the fair\u2019s property, he points to a blue house off of Lincoln Road. He lived there when he was younger.

\u201cStarting from a young age, this has been my life,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s good how it is. You just want to keep making it better.\u201d

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Attention, Quad-City \"American Idol\" fans: Maddie Poppe, the Clarksville, Iowa, native who won the reality TV competition in May, is playing nearby this fall.\u00a0

The 20-year-old Poppe announced last week that she has two home-state concerts planned for September.\u00a0

She'll perform at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton on Sept. 22 as well as the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson on Sept. 28.\u00a0

Poppe is currently on the 40-city \"American Idol: Live! 2018\" tour, which doesn't include any Iowa dates and runs through mid-September.\u00a0

Tickets for the concert in Clinton, which cost $25, will go on sale Tuesday at wildroseresorts.com. Music will kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

As far as other Iowa concerts for the \"Idol\" champ go, Poppe is slated to play a free concert on Aug. 25 in Cedar Rapids as part of the city's\u00a0Market After Dark series.

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Primus, the rock band known for songs such as \"My Name is Mud\" and \"Tommy the Cat,\" is coming to Davenport later this year.

Primus is slated to take the Adler Theatre stage on Wednesday, Oct. 3, the venue announced Monday.\u00a0

Tickets, ranging from $25 to $59.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available at the Adler Theatre Box Office,136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. 

For more info, visit adlertheatre.com.\u00a0

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1. 'Mamma Mia' opens at Circa '21

\"Mamma Mia,\" the musical packed with ABBA's classic songs such as \"Dancing Queen,\" kicks off this week at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. The show opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 15 with shows happening weekly at\u00a07:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as\u00a0at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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. Tickets for the Wednesday through Sunday evening performances are $48 plus tax; tickets for the Wednesday matinees are $42.50 plus tax. For reservations, call 309-786-7733 or visit\u00a0circa21.com.

6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Circa '21, $42.50-$48

2. The Lone Bellow at Codfish Hollow\u00a0

The Lone Bellow, a folk/rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, are set to play Thursday with opener Erin Rae at Codfish Hollow, the barn-turned music venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. \"Walk into a Storm,\" the group's third album, came out in September. Tickets to the show cost $20 in advance and $25 on the day of. For more info, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

8 p.m. Thursday, Codfish Hollow, $20-$25

3. Rock Island County Fair

This 149th annual Rock Island County Fair kicks off Tuesday and will bring a variety of family-friendly activities to the Rock Island County Fairgrounds, 4200 Archer Drive, East Moline, through Saturday. Festivities, following this year's theme\u00a0\u2014 \"A Family Af-fair!\"\u00a0\u2014 include fireworks, diesel drags, livestock shows, food vendors, arts and crafts and carnival rides. Admissions costs $2 for ages 13 and older, $1 for kids ages 6-12 is free for children age 5 and under. For more info, visit\u00a0rockislandfair.org.

Tuesday-Saturday, Rock Island County Fairground, $1-$2

4. Here Come the Mummies

The monster-dressing eight piece funk/rock band Here Come the Mummies are returning to the Quad-Cities this week. The band is made up of professional musicians who perform in mummy garb and go by names such as Mummy Cass, Java Mummy and Eddie Mummy. Since forming the group in 2000, the musicians have kept their real identities under wraps. See Here Come the Mummies perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Rhythm City Casino, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Tickets, $25, are available at rhythmcitycasino.showare.com.

8 p.m. Friday, Rhythm City Casino, $25

5. Learn and Play Day

During Learn and Play Day Saturday, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the John Deere Pavilion on River Drive in Moline, kids of all ages are invited to spend the day playing and learning about life on a farm, construction sites and the world of forestry and more.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, John Deere Pavilion. Free

6. Story Show and Black Milk show

The next installment of the Story Show series, this one featuring stories about \"Summertime Madness,\" is slated for Friday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Doors open at 6 p.m. and stories start at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Following the Story Show, Detroit, Michigan based rapper Black Milk will perform at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance at raccoonmotel.com and $25 day of.\u00a0

7 p.m. Friday, Raccoon Motel, $10

7. Plein Air paint out\u00a0

Ber\u00e9skin Fine Art Gallery and Art Academy will host the second annual Plein Air Paint Out on Saturday. The event features local artists painting all day along the Bettendorf riverfront site painting and drawing \"en plein air,\" the French term for outdoors. Spectators are invited to check out the artists' work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the gallery will host music, food and fellowship. For more information or to register for the Paint Out, visit\u00a0bereskinartgallery.com. Registration costs $15 for painters. The event is free for spectators.

Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Bettendorf riverfront and Bereskin Art Gallery, $15\u00a0

7. \u2018The Glass Menagerie\u2019

Continuing its second season, Mississippi Bend Players will end its run of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” this week. Show times include 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brunner Theatre Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students/children as well as Augustana College faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased by calling 309-794-7306 or by visiting Mississippibendplayers.com

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Brunner Theatre Center, $15-$20

9. Shakespeare in the park\u00a0

This weekend, Genesius Guild presents free performances of Shakespeare's \"Merchant of Venice,\" at the Lincoln Park near the intersection of 38th Street and 11th Avenue in Rock Island. Shows begin at 8 p.m. For more info, visit\u00a0genesius.org.

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Park. Free

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