Arts & Culture

Scribble: Justin Hettlage

Apr 15, 2021

Vaccine Variations

Apr 15, 2021

If you get your Covid vaccine at the Rock Island County mass vaccination clinic in Milan, through May 20, there will be something special that’s literally music to your ears.

Taking a cue from famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s recent impromptu performance during his Covid vaccine observation period, the Rock Island County Health Department and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra are partnering to bring live music to the mass vaccination site at Camden Centre in Milan.

Photo by Keith Nester (Cast of Thousands Photography)

The exhibition “Construct/Destruct” by artist Steve Banks is on display through April 30, 2021 at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy in Bettendorf.  Featuring large-scale mixed media works or “painted constructions” as well as smaller ceramic sculptures, the artist weaves together architectural, industrial, and road trip images in an homage to our past – what once was, and what has been repurposed.  Examining the leaning, tilting towers of his ceramic works or carefully inspecting the layered images on his paintings, the viewer is forced to examine the transient nature of our current existence and to acknowledge the physical spaces of the past which we continue to inhabit.

QCSO Podcast "Because"

Apr 13, 2021

From the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Marc Zyla has started a new podcast called "Because."

Inspired by the 2019 children’s book of the same name, Zyla launched “Because” in early March, with new episodes released every other Monday, peeling back the curtain on the classical music world. A 35-year-old West Virginia native, he plays principal horn with the QCSO, as well as working as director of education and community engagement, and is the orchestra personnel manager.

Moline Plans for Downtown Public Art

Apr 6, 2021
Renew Moline

Downtown Moline could be home to much more colorful public art, thanks to a new master plan, coordinated by Renew Moline.

Photo by Nicholas Propes

Marc Zyla, the Principal Horn and Director of Education & Community Engagement for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, has a new podcast “Because.”  Twice a month, a new episode will be released during which Marc chats with artists and explores their stories of the people, places, and things that had to fall into place to make their careers happen.

Scribble: Mark Ridolfi

Mar 27, 2021

Instead of a 47th season of in-person performances by the Visiting Artist Series in Quad-Cities schools, Quad City Arts has made a wide variety of educational resources available online for free.

It started in October, and the project gives the community access to high-quality performing arts content with added flexibility. Videos are captioned in both English and Spanish, and material from the first 11 artists has been expanded to 23 artists now at -- from musicians to actors, dancers to storytellers.

Spotlight Theater Re-opens

Mar 23, 2021

After more than a year dealing with Covid shutdowns, some much needed laughter may be the best medicine after all.

Thirteen months after its last mainstage production, Moline’s Spotlight Theatre is featuring the madcap comedy, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and[revised].” Performances – featuring Spotlight co- owner Brent Tubbs with Jeremy Mahr and Amelia Fischer – opened last weekend and will continue this weekend, with seating limited to 50 audience members in the 500-plus seat theater.