Arts & Culture

Credit QCSO

As it prepares to start a new season, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra has decided to keep working with its music director and conductor. This week, the QCSO extended the contract for Mark Russell Smith, through the 2020 season.

Smith is currently serving his ninth season with the symphony. The Board of Trustees president, Sue Honsey, says in a statement, "Although not a local resident, he has become a recognizable face in the Quad Cities community over the past eight years."

Maquoketa at the Figge

Sep 29, 2016
Figge Art Museum

The faces of nearly 200 eastern Iowa residents will go on display at the Figge Art Museum this weekend. "Portrait of Maquoketa," features oil portraits painted by Rose Frantzen in 2006.

Previously it's been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and the State Historical Museum in Des Moines, and was purchased by the Figge for its permanent collection 3 years ago.

A beer cave in Iowa City
submitted / University of Iowa

This week, Monmouth College students will learn what working class Romans, Dubliners, and Midwesterners have in common. Tomorrow, University of Iowa Professor, Sarah Bond, and Tom Keegan, from the university's Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, will present "The Local: Mapping Real and Imagined Taverns, Pubs, and Breweries from Antiquity to Modernity."

Figge Art Museum

Free admission and a popular exhibit helped boost attendance at the Figge Art Museum this summer. From June through last weekend (9/25), 31,000 people visited the museum in downtown Davenport, an increase of 9,000 over last year.

Executive director, Tim Schiffer, says the museum first offered free admission a year ago during the summer as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, and attendance jumped by 9,000 over the previous year. 

Free admission for 15 weeks this year was made possible by grants from the Bechtel Trusts and John Deere Classic.

Joybox Express & Artrain

A "piano on wheels" traveled through the Quad Cities today as part of a trip from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The Joybox Express is a custom bike frame, with three people pedaling, and carrying a 400 pound piano.

Credit Muscatine Art Center

The Muscatine Art Center is raising money to make sure the 18,000 pieces in its collection will be preserved and cared for in the future. Through next month, the center is holding its campaign called, "Framing the Future," to finish a $2.1 million renovation project. 

Quad City Arts

For the 43rd year, a wide range of artists will perform for local residents. Monday is the kickoff for Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series.

Margot Day, from Quad City Arts, says between now and next spring the series will feature nine, one and two week residencies, including musical ensembles, tap dancers, a jazz pianist, and a singer-songwriter. 

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This week, the first visiting artist of the new season will be Paige Hernandez. Day says she calls herself a "theater artist" because her inter-active performances include poetry, dance, and song.

Her public performance will be held on Saturday at 1 pm at the Nighswander Theater in Davenport. 

Writer's Almanac  

New History of Bucktown

Sep 15, 2016
The History Press

A longtime center of entertainment in the Quad Cities is the subject of a new book. "A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport's Infamous District Transformed" was written by Jonathan Turner, arts and entertainment reporter for the Dispatch and Argus newspapers.

Turner says it all started in the 1800's when German immigrants opened beer gardens in this part of downtown - from Brady Street to Government Bridge, and from 4th and 5th streets to the river. 

WVIK Staff

A ten-foot tall web of yellow yarn now decorates the main parking lot at Black Hawk College in Moline. This week, as part of an inter-active public art project, students and staff wrapped yarn around poles with signs, such as "I'm a dog person" or "I speak more than one language." 

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