Jonathan Turner

Formerly the arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and Quad-City Times, Jonathan Turner now writes freelance for WVIK and He has experience writing for daily newspapers for 32 years and has expertise across a wide range of subject areas, including government, politics, education, the arts, economic development, historic preservation, business, and tourism. He loves writing about music and the arts, as well as a multitude of other topics including features on interesting people, places, and organizations. He has a passion for accompanying musicals, singers, choirs, and instrumentalists. He even wrote his own musical based on The Book of Job, which premiered at Playcrafters in 2010. He wrote a 175-page history book about downtown Davenport, which was published by The History Press in 2016. Turner was honored in 2009 to be among 24 arts journalists nationwide to take part in a 10-day fellowship offered by the National Endowment for the Arts in New York City on classical music and opera, based at Columbia University’s journalism school.

Miracle at the Freight House

If there’s something we all could use in 2020, it’s a miracle – and a great cocktail.

Steve Sinner

The 100-mile-per hour winds that pummeled the Quad-Cities on Aug. 10 produced more than power outages, downed trees, and other property damage. The fast- moving derecho gave wood artist Steve Sinner of Bettendorf an opportunity.  

Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will stay closed until this fall.

Because of COVID-19, Quad City Arts made changes to this summer’s Metro Arts program. 

The Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, and Putnam Museum are among the most popular attractions in the Quad-Cities area. The Iowa-side institutions – which together drew 103,000 Illinois residents last year – each took different approaches to dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.


After being closed since mid-March, the German American Heritage Center in Davenport will re-open with specific health and safety conditions on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Since Circa ’21 can’t bring people into the theater, it’s taking the show outside for a special weekend.

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

The 49 th-annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will be virtual this year for the first time.

So it can present a new experience for visitors, the Putnam Museum Science Center will take longer to re-open. 

Quad City Arts

Quad City Arts has re-opened in Rock Island and is revamping its online and in-person programming.