Arts & Culture

Virtual Bix Jazz Fest

Jul 30, 2020
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

Because of the pandemic, the Bix Jazz Festival will be virtual this weekend, with just one concert each, on Friday and Saturday night. Three bands will be featured each night.

As the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra figures out how its youth ensembles will function during the new school year, it welcomes two new directors for those groups.

Local Musician Joins Virtual Choir

Jul 28, 2020

What the world needs now is not only love, but peace, togetherness, and harmony. A LeClaire woman found exactly that by being part of a huge virtual choir, with 17,562 singers from 129 nations.

Making Bix More Accessible

Jul 24, 2020

The Friends of the Davenport Public Library recently won a grant from the state of Iowa  to make material about jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke much more accessible to the public.

Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse

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

Virtual Festival of Trees

Jul 22, 2020
Quad City Arts

A wintertime tradition in the Quad Cities that usually lasts a couple of weeks, will be reduced to one virtual day this year. Because of the pandemic, on Wednesday Quad City Arts announced the Festival of Trees will not be held in person in November.

Racial inequity in the arts is well documented across all genres, from theatre, to film, literature, and the visual arts. The public outcry and protests that have occurred this year following the death of George Floyd and countless other people of color have resulted in a strong public reckoning regarding our own implicit biases regarding race. Those biases, in combination with existing economic disparities and entrenched institutional hierarchies affect what we see and view on screen, on stage, in museums, and read in books.

Scribble: Book Bag

Jul 18, 2020