Arts Calendar

Premier Bank and Matter, Dubuque's creativity epicenter, have teamed up to bring all of the tri-states' premier arts events to you in 365ink and online at Whether it's fine visual arts, staged theater or symphonic music, you'll find it in this list so you can plan your season around the arts in Dubuque and the tri-states. If something is missing from this list, please send it to

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

Last Wednesday of every month @ 7-9 p.m.
Nash Gallery (371 Bluff St.)

Cultural Expressions is the last Wednesday of every month. A program and artist environment fashioned around the practice of written and spoken word (poetry, lyrics, voice profiles, and other aspects of human expression). “Expressions” is a way to inspire, create, and collaborate. It's an outlet for sharing, performance and expression! Ages 16 and up. Free program call to register.

Fabulous Friday 24th Season

Fridays: January 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 12:05-12:35 PM
St. Luke's United Methodist Church (12th and Main)
Cost: FREE

The 24th season for the Fabulous Friday noon performances at St. Luke's United Methodist Church begins January 16, 2015, with the YOUSEGUYS Barbershop Quartet. This popular series was started in 1992 with only musicians from St. Luke’s performing but grew to include locally and nationally recognized artists. Over 62 different artists have performed. St. Luke’s UMC is located at the corner of 12th and Main in Dubuque, and performances begin at 12:05 pm lasting 30 minutes. Many in the audience bring their lunch and enjoy time together after the concert in the church Fellowship Hall where coffee and desserts are waiting. The concert, coffee and desserts are free but baskets are available for contributions. Street parking is available on 12th Street for 25 cents for an hour; meters in front of the church on Main Street are 50 cents an hour. SNOW DAYS? Our policy is that if the artist can get there, the show is on. You will see some new faces in this year's schedule and many old favorites.

  • Jan 30: Jim Mendralla, & Emily Spencer (Harp & Soprano)
  • Feb 6: Dr. Charles Barland & Thomas Taylor-Dickey (Organ)
  • Feb 13: Megan Gloss & Jill Klinebriel (Soprano & Piano)
  • Feb 20: Vince Williams presents…
  • Feb 27: Ann Duchow & David Patterson (Violin & Cello)
  • March 6: Nancy Woodin, Helen Johnston & Otto Krueger (Organ, Piano duets & Trumpet)
  • March 13: Miles McConnell, Chris Kohlmann, & Keith Rippe (Guitar, Flute & Piano)
  • March 20: Bang Lang Do & Jim Sherry (Piano & Trumpet)
  • March 27: Upper Main Street Jazz Band

The French Cafe

Second Saturday of each month: February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13 @ 10–11 AM
Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Ave.)

Join other Dubuque community members fluent (or becoming fluent) in speaking French for coffee and conversation. This group meets the second Saturday of each month. Participation is free, registration required. Sign up online at Registration forms can also be found at the MFC and the MFC website. For more information, call 563-582-3681 or visit

Paint & Pour

Second Saturday of each month: March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery (Galena, IL)

Enjoy an afternoon of painting at Galena Cellars Vineyard with Galena artist Sandra Principe at Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, 4746 N. Ford Rd., Galena, IL. No experience is required. The cost is $35 per person which includes lunch and a glass of wine. There is an optional $15 materials fee. To RSVP, call Sandra at 815-541-0068. For more information, visit There will be no February session.

2nd Annual Juried Dubuque High School Art Exhibit

Now-January 30
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Bisignano Art Gallery

This exhibit features exemplary works by area high school students. Gallery hours are 12:00-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday during the normal academic year. The gallery is also open in conjunction with all major events staged in John and Alice Butler Hall. For more information, visit us at

2nd Annual Amateur Art Show

Now-January 31
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery (585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI)

Creative works of all kinds and mediums by nonprofessional artists of the Mound community will be displayed. The art gallery is open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily. For more information, visit

Clarke University Sophomore-Junior Art Exhibit

Show: Now-Saturday, February 7
Reception: Saturday, January 24 @ 3-4:30 PM
Clarke University Quigley Art Gallery

The Sophomore/Junior Art Exhibition is a chance for the public to see the extraordinary work done by students in the Clarke University Art Department. It is on display from Monday, Jan. 12, through Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Quigley Art Gallery on the Clarke campus.

The annual juried exhibition features paintings, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, video, printmaking, and graphic design work. Students featured include Kyra DeSchepper, Hannah Goldsmith, Olivia Harris, Kassidy Hanson, Samantha Hilby, Natalie Kalmes, Carly Miller, Madison Rhymes, Jennifer Rood, Karan Sieverding, Kaitlyn Svestka, Erik Brolin, Hope Greenwood, Morgan Hazer, Kylie Murphy, Emily Pape, Bridget Quinn and Lauren Reagen.

“The exhibition showcases the exemplary work created by Clarke studio art and graphic design students in the past year,” said Louise Kames, professor of art and chair of the Clarke Art Department. “Each student is represented with three works juried into the exhibition by the art faculty members as part of their annual portfolio review.”

A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Quigley Art Gallery. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at 563-588-6318.

"From the Strangest Places": The Story of an Unlikely Collector by David Keltner

Now-Sunday, March 1
David Keltner returns to Dubuque to provide a glimpse into the unique collection amassed since his first purchase at age 19. As a collector, Keltner has developed a discerning eye, and describes his most rewarding times as searching estate sales and flea market as well as on-line auctions for distinctive pieces. Truly the strangest places, and the stories behind each acquisition are as engaging as the artwork itself. Keltner spends countless hours researching works and artists and when possible, makes direct contact with the artist to learn the compelling details behind the work. Through Keltner’s generosity and love of art, several significant pieces—rare finds by well-known, distinctive artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Man Ray, and Bernard Buffet—have become gifts to the Rockford Museum of Art, Dubuque Museum of Art and others.

From work $20,000 painting created by Diba, cousin to the Empress of Iran which he purchased for a mere $100, to a charcoal drawing by Morandi, to a wonderfully executed portrait of a New Guinea family, Keltner’s collection is an experience not to be missed. From thousands of pieces in this collection, Gallery C has selected pieces with the most unique stories and wonderfully executed work in many different mediums.

Gallery C is pleased to have David Keltner in attendance at the Opening Reception on Friday, January 16, 5:30-8:30pm. Additionally, Keltner will conduct a walking tour and open discussion of his collection on Sunday, January 18, 1pm. All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. 


Now-Sunday, March 1
Nash Gallery (371 Bluff St.)

Nash Gallery, 371 Bluff St. (above Monk’s Kaffee Pub), presents a collaborative exhibit by Trish Feldman-Jansen and Heidi Pettitt. The art includes sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography, as well as suminagashi (Asian ink marbling), origami, weaving, and installations. An opening reception with the artists will be held January 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided at the reception. Reception and regular admission is free, however donations are accepted. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00-4:00 p.m. The exhibit is on display through March 1. For more information, visit or

Julien Film Fest FUNdraiser

Thursday, January 29 @ 5:30-7 PM
Hotel Julien Harbor Room

We put the FUN in fundraising! Our event includes: a silent auction with film memorabilia and fun packages, musical program by tenor Daniel O'Dea and soprano Marie McManama, featuring movie music from the 1920s and '30s, sponsorship and donation opportunities, updates on the upcoming festival, and appetizers and cash bar. Suggested contribution is $50. For more information, visit

“In the Telling”

Thursdays: January 29 and February 5 and 12 @ 6:30–8 PM
Galena Public Library (Galena, IL)

Instructor Kelly Rush brings students a form of self expression with creative writing. Through a survey of creative writing forms, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, students will gain more confidence and explore creative writing as a means of understanding themselves and their histories. Writing exercises and reading aloud will be employed as techniques to broaden students’ skills. Sessions will also be held Thursdays, February 5 & 12. For more information, visit

Tonic Sol-Fa

Friday, January 30 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Tonic Sol-Fa, an Emmy-award winning a cappella men’s quartet, has been added to the season line-up with a concert scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Tonic Sol-fa has spent the past two decades on the road carving their niche as the nation's top vocal group. In that time, they have been named one of the top five "must see" groups in America, have been awarded numerous awards in pop, gospel and holiday genres, and appeared on NBC's Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Outings with Jay Leno, Shawn Colvin, and Garrison Keillor have propelled album sales to more than two million copies and have garnered thousands of intensely loyal fans. In 2009, Tonic Sol-fa's third PBS special was broadcast to over 1,800 stations across the U.S. The New York Times describes Tonic Sol-fa's sound as "A vocal kaleidoscope...unique to the human voice." Improvisational and passionate music combined with cutting-edge stage presence is the group’s hallmark. Tonic Sol-fa appears at the Heritage Center in conjunction with UD’s second annual Adrian Choral Festival for high school singers.

Dr. Charles Barland, Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair at the University, is thrilled with the budding tradition being formed. “We are very excited about our second Adrian Choral Festival and to be welcoming Dr. Craig Arnold, founder and conductor of the Manhattan Chorale as our guest clinician. The high school students, University of Dubuque students, and all the directors will benefit from their time with Dr. Arnold.  We are also very pleased to include a performance by Tonic Sol-Fa as part the schedule for our students.  Having a professional vocal performance as the concluding event is a wonderful way to end a day full of singing and learning from each other.”

Online sales begin Wednesday, November 26. Phone and window sales begin Monday, December 1. Heritage Center is excited to announce an “online fee holiday” from November 26 through November 30th during which time online convenience fees will be waived for all events on sale at

Effective immediately, Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office hours have been modified to 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sales also occur beginning 90 minutes prior to public performances. The Farber Box Office is located at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; or reachable by phone at 563.585.SHOW(7469).

Bret Miller Exhibit, "HUES from the HEART" Exhibit, and Grain Magazine Release

Reception: Saturday, January 31 @ 6-9 PM
Show: Saturdays and Sundays in February @ Noon-4 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main Street)
Admission: FREE

The DAAC is proud to announce the opening of two new art exhibits and the release of the second issue of Grain, a biannual arts magazine devoted to area and regional arts, with a focus on emerging talent. The DAAC gallery will feature both a solo exhibit by Bret Miller, and a group show curated by Michael Coty, with works by Dalton Leisen, Danny Luna, Jonathan Stone, and Michael Pacheco. Complimentary copies of Grain will be available at the door. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Exhibits will be open all February, Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4pm. For more information, visit or contact

Grain Magazine 
In its second issue, Grain focuses on digital art, highlighting area photographers, graphic designers, and illustrators, and featuring articles by local creatives. Grain serves as a voice and a platform for developing and established artists to expose their work, and learn about local artistic resources and organizations. Grain aims to enhance awareness of local artistic resources and promote culture and the arts in the Dubuque area. Interested in submitting your artwork or writing? Contact us at

Bret Miller is a self-taught artist living in Waterloo, Iowa. His work is heavily influenced by popular culture, politics, humor, and those who fight for social equality. Bret’s creative process starts by building a collage of material over a canvas that relates to the overall image. This involves brushing on multiple fine layers of acrylic mediums to develop color, texture, and depth. Then he throws paint at it. Bret then spray paints up to five hand cut stencils varying in color to provide dimension and contrast to the subject matter itself. Lastly, the main image is taped off in order to spray out the borders of the canvas.

Artists tap that special place where experience and emotion unite to express something more than the sum of their parts – that place is what we call the Heart and what is created is called ART! This exhibit of four artists is curated by Michael Coty. Originally from Chicago, Michael has called Dubuque home for the last 15 years. Working with local events coordinator Michael Voshell, Coty selected four artists that support the DAAC's mission of exhibiting art by young emerging artists from the region. In this case, three of the four artists - Danny Luna, Michael Pacheco, and Jonathan Stone - will be exhibiting for the first time. The fourth artist, Dalton Leisen, was asked to participate because he represents someone who is gaining recognition in this community for his varied and moving pieces. He has no fear – a key component for great art! HUES from the HEART will display a variety of work including acrylic paintings inspired by nature; a mixed a media display of paintings and intricate masks portraying the personas we wear in our daily encounters; works of oil painting and sculpture resulting from the artist's impulse to hit a reset button on his consciousness; and mixed media pieces using pen drawings, paint, spray paint, photography, paper, 3d and abstract styles interlaced with rawness of street art.

Chamber Music Recital

Saturday, January 31 @ 7 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

This is a celebration of chamber music features guest, faculty, and student artists. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Guthrie Brothers: Simon & Garfunkel Experience

Saturday, January 31 @ 7 PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts, Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall (755 W. Main St., Platteville, WI)

Enjoy a startling authentic, “unplugged” acoustic tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Jeb and Jock Guthrie, The Gutherie Brothers, have a natural and almost spiritual connection to the music. Their voices blend effortlessly into S&G’s signature sound. Tickets are available online and through the University Box Office, Ullsvik Hall, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. For tickets or more information, visit

Dinner á la Morte

Saturday-Sunday, January 31-February 1 @ 6 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Babka Theater

UD theatre students bring mystery and dinner together. Set in 1929 with you as a guest at a deadly yet delicious dinner. The production is directed by Molly and Terry Hoefflin of Die Laughing Players. Tickets go on sale January 6. For more information or tickets, visit the Farber Box Office Mondays-Fridays, 12:00-5:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center, call (563) 585-SHOW, or visit

Paint the Point: Winter Edition

February 4-7
Mineral Point, WI

Artists return to Mineral Point, WI for Paint The Point: Winter Edition. Following the success of the inaugural Paint The Point plein air painting competition in August 2014, artists from several midwestern states will return to capture scenes of Mineral Point en plein air. Winter plein air painting is especially challenging and requires tremendous skill and dedication. The historic town and the surrounding countryside is idyllic and tranquil, and presents a different set of artistic opportunities and challenges.

This is an invitational competition comprised of 20 artists who participated in the 20014 August event. As in August, artists are allowed to submit two paintings for judging. Nearly $2,000 in prizes will be awarded. Completed paintings with be exhibited and sold in a silent auction format on Saturday, February 7th, 10:00am - 9:00pm at two sponsoring galleries. Longbranch, 203 Commerce Street and Wantoot, 236 High Street. A portion of the proceeds benefits Arts Mineral Point. Learn more at

3rd Annual Community Block Party presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Friday, February 6 @ 4-7 PM
Roshek Building (700 Locust St.)

Mark your calendars for Friday, February 6 from 4-7 p.m. for the third annual Community Block Party, hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque! Stop by the Roshek Building lobby for this free community celebration of area nonprofits. Meet and learn about area nonprofits and vote for your favorites to win a $1000 grant or Kindle Fire for their organizations. Check out the YAPPERS Sweet Treats auction. Register to win a door prize at Body and Soul. Bring your kids for the Kids' Corner featuring Matter Creative Center and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Visit or contact the Community Foundation at 563.588.2700.

Art @ your library

Reception: Friday, February 6 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Show: Friday, February 6-Wednesday, March 25
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The unique and successful Art @ your library® exhibit for February and March will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning Friday, February 6, 2015 featuring local artists Ali Levasseur and Matthew Mikulice.

Levasseur’s new series Circular explores two ideas; Nerd Pop Art and the Elements and Principles of Design. Levasseur uses the written language from the television program Doctor Who called Gallifreyan, using circles and lines to create words which Levassuer has used to express her ideas and concepts visually into her artworks. The Dubuque TARDIS will make an appearance at the opening.

Mikulice considers his artwork tidy and organized focusing on simplicty and repetition. All of his drawings are on paper and he follows the traditions of post minimalism, geometric abstraction, noting that the process is the most important part of his work.

Artists will be on hand during the reception to meet people and discuss their works. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The exhibit runs through March 25, 2015. Art @ your library® continues the relationship between the Library and art throughout its 114 year history by bringing unique, local exhibits to the Library. A variety of artists’ works are featured during the year with a bi-monthly reception for selected artists to highlight their work for the public to enjoy.

Jazz Festival Big Band Featuring Wycliffe Gordon

Friday, February 6 @ 7 PM
Univeristy of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon’s, unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The critics seem to agree. Wycliffe was named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll three years running and eight times by Jazz Journalists Association as “Trombonist of the Year”. In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the University Box Office 608-342-1298.

Everything Photography Workshop: "Finding Exposure"

Friday, February 6 @ 7-9 PM
Everything Photography (1135 Main St.)

The “Finding Exposure” workshop will cover the basics of using a DSLR in manual mode. This will cover settings such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO. We will cover what these settings actually are, why they matter, and how to use them in photography. The cost for all workshops is $25 and is required in advance to hold your spot. Workshops are non-refundable after signup and dates non-transferable. More information can be found at

OTLAG Annual Juried Group Exhibit: "A Portrait of the Tri-States"

Reception: Friday, February 6 @ 7-9 PM
Show: Friday, February 6-Saturday, February 28
Outside the Lines Art Gallery Dubuque (409 Bluff Street)

On Friday, February 6, 2015, Outside the Lines Art Gallery will host an artist’s reception to kick off their annual juried group exhibit. The Artist’s Reception will be held from 7pm until 9pm and is free and open to the public. The reception is a time honored tradition offering customers the opportunity to meet the artist and be among the first to purchase an artist’s newest work. This show will be available through February, 2014.

The theme this year was “A Portrait of the Tri-States”, and artists were encouraged to create work that interpreted the theme creatively. An independent judge will choose the winners for Best in Show and cash prizes will be awarded at the opening reception. This year, the awards for Best in Show are sponsored by Premier Bank. Seventeen artists selected for this exhibit are: Richard Bagster-Collins, Gail Chavenelle, Roseann Derks-Noel, Adam Eikamp, Gloria Fuller, Stephen Gassman, Barbara Heitzman, Ellen Henkels, Nancy Lindsay, Barbara Mathews, Brian McCormick, Dennis Peterka, Alan Schoer, Jac Tilton, Hana Tysver-Velde, Jen Wittman and Russell Vestuto.

Winter hours in Dubuque are Monday through Saturday: 10am – 5pm (closed on Sundays) For more information please call: 563-583-9343, 815-776-9166, visit their website:, or find the gallery on Facebook.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

February 6-7 and 13-15 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 8 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Bijou Room
Tickets: $16

Set in a time-bending, darly comic world between heaven and hell, this play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner. By Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Lenore Howard. For more information, visit

Buying the Moose—“A Love Story” A Comedy by Michael Wilmot

February 6-22
Bell Tower Theater

A misunderstanding between Rob and his wife Betty ends with Rob out in the cold. As Rob seeks advice from his brother, Betty commiserates with her sister-in-law. This entertaining show, perfect for Valentine’s Day, has wives wondering why men do what they do, while their husbands wonder how to get away with doing what they did! Don’t miss the United States Premiere of this lovable new comedy. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

"Map of My Kingdom"

Saturday, February 7 @ 2 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience

The play by Mary Swander, Map of My Kingdom, explores issues surrounding farmland and wealth transition. It was commissioned by the Practical Famers of Iowa and has been performed across the nation. In this play, character Angela Martin, a layer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stores of how farmers and landowners have approached their land transitions. Some families struggled to resolve the sale of transfer of their land, dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused on keeping the land - and the family - together. The goal is to encourage families to start the discussion around this tremendously important topic. There is no admission charge, but a suggested donation of $5 is encouraged. For more information, please contact Maquoketa Art Experience at 563-652-9925.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Epic Eroica

Saturday, February 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 8 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The concert opens with Mozart’s bright and lively Overture to The Impressario. Performing the piece alongside the DSO will be students from the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra. University of Iowa professors Katie Wolfe and Anthony Arnone perform the Brahms Double Concerto in which the violin and cello aren’t just alternating soloists, but equal partners finishing each other’s sentences. Beethoven’s revolutionary Eroica Symphony was the grandest and most ambitious orchestral work of its time. Its extraordinary scope, majestic harmonies, and drama are sensational—especially heard live!

Dubuque Flea Market & Antique Show

Sunday, February 8 @ 8 AM-3 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Pickers, collectors, antique lovers and flea marketers!! Join us at the Dubuque Flea Market & Antique Show, held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Antiques, retro art, old school mementos, collectibles, and plenty of new merchandise for that perfect items ... it’s all there at the Dubuque Flea Market & Antique Show. A tradition started in the 1960s, the Dubuque Flea Market features a range of exhibitors, collectors and dealers showing a variety of antiques and hard-to-find collectibles. This is a great place to learn more about your favorite kind of antiques or make contacts with other collectors who share your passion for finding that special item.

"Renewal Day of Relaxation and Healthy Living"

Tuesday, February 10 @ 9 AM-3:30 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center (1001 Davis St.)
Offering: $75

The day of renewal begins with a guided meditation on walking the labyrinth. Participants will enjoy the inner and outer space of Shalom to “just be,” and choose two 30-minute holistic services from the following: massage therapy, success coaching, life consultation, yoga, healing touch or spiritual direction. Holistic services staff include Lisa Schmidt LMT, Kay Forkenbrock OSF, LMT, Kim Kali-Schultes, LISW, CCDP-D, Deb May CYI & Marci Blum OSF, D.Min, CSD. The offering to attend is $75, which includes two holistic services, lunch, and a private guest room.  To register, call Shalom at 563-582-3592 by noon, Thursday, February 5. Please indicate your two holistic services choices when registering.

Mackin-Mailander Alumni Lecture: Child Advocate Billie Larkin

Tuesday, February 10 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke College Jansen Music Hall
Cost: Free

In her lecture, titled “Ya Gotta Believe: Values to Vision,” Larkin (’70) will talk about how her values and determination mingled to make a significant difference in the lives of countless children in Illinois and throughout the nation. Larkin's passion for helping others is undeniable. For the last 20 years, Larkin has been involved with the National Children's Alliance movement for children who have been sexually or physically abused. Larkin has devoted her life to improving the lives of children as a volunteer and as a working professional. She and her staff provide prevention education and multidisciplinary services to children who have suffered abuse. She has passed two important pieces of legislation in Illinois during her tenure, one in 2007 for fees and fines for criminal payment to CACs, and most recently, Erin's Law. Erin's law provides for prevention education to pre-K through fifth-grade children. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at 563-588-6318.

Live at the Heritage Center
The Great Gatsby performed by Montana Repertory Theatre

Friday, February 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

One of the great cautionary tales about the American Dream, The Great Gatsby is now brought to the stage by Montana Repertory Theatre (MRT). Known for its compelling productions of great American stories that penetrate to the core of human experience, the Rep’s Gatsby delivers it all: elusive magic, beautiful people, decadence, idealism--and the darkest fate.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

Step Afrika!

Friday, February 13 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall
Tickets: $10

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Stepping is a rising art form and an important part of America’s artistic and cultural heritage. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. Stepping is based on a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. It draws movements from African foot dances, such as Gumboot, originally conceived by miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming, which was banned by authorities. The stepping tradition in the United States grew out of song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s. Step Afrika! began as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, and has expanded to become a national and international touring company presenting performances, residencies and workshops worldwide. The troupe promotes an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. They accomplish this mission through arts education activities, international cultural exchange programs and performances world-wide. General admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased by visiting For information regarding tickets, call 563-588-6377.

Fourth Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Museum & Aquarium

Saturday, February 14 @ 6-9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium sets the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 14.  The Museum & Aquarium is hosting its 4th annual Valentine’s Day candlelit dinner. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine within a truly unique aquatic atmosphere from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are required for this exciting, unique event; please RSVP by calling the Museum & Aquarium at 563-557-9545, ext. 201. Cost is $50 per person. Couples, singles, and groups are welcome. Parents can enjoy their quiet dinner in the Mississippi River Center while staff-supervised programming is provided for children across campus at the National River Center.  The children’s program is free for members and only $5 per child for non-members. The meal includes and appetizer, dessert, drinks, and your choice of entree and side.

An Enchanting Evening

Saturday, February 14 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Make plans to spend your Valentines Day with a romantic dinner and show at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. The dinner is presented by Springbrook Country Dining and Catering Service. The meal features roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, and dinner roll. Dinner will be served from 4:30 through 6:30. Then at 7 PM enjoy the music of Brooke Byam, JaCi Leigh, Dustin Weiss, Angie Ruley and The Doctor & The Drifter Band.

Tickets for adults are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Students are $13/$15 respectively. Just add $10 to your ticket price for the delicious dinner! Dinner will be served backstage. Meet the performers before the show. Maybe they will sing a love song to you! The show runs approximately two hours. Beer and wine will be available. Tickets can also be purchased at The Ohnward Fine Arts Center (from 9 AM–1 PM), Osterhaus Pharmacy and the Maquoketa State Bank Main Office.

Buddy Holly Dance

Saturday, February 14 @ 8 PM-Midnight
Dubuque County Fairgrounds Grand Ballroom
Cost: $5 in advance; $7 at the door

Join the East Dubuque Drum Corps for their Annual Buddy Holly Dance at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds February 14, 2015 from 8 PM until midnight. Tickets are only $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Advance tickets will be available after January 1st at the Fairgrounds office or through any East Dubuque Corps member. Participate in the Peggy Sue lookalike contest, best dressed couple and the famed dance contest. Many door prizes will be awarded as well! Enjoy music by Classic Hits 107.5. Cash bar and concessions available.

Hate Mail

February 14-15 @ 7 PM
Monk's Kaffee Pub (373 Bluff St.)
Cost: $5

Trainwreck Productions presents Hate Mail by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky, directed by Gwen Beatty. This Valentine's Weekend, Fall In Like, Love… and Loathe. 'Hate Mail' is an epistolary play something like 'Love Letters,' with two actors reading letters and other correspondence, but it's a little wilder and more hysterically funny. It tells the story of Preston, a spoiled rich man who meets his match in Dahlia, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job, and then there's no turning back. The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love, and then right back again. For more information, visit

‘Science and Religion’ Topic of Evolution Weekend Lecture

Sunday, February 15 @ 3 PM
Clarke University Jansen Hall
Cost: Free

Ron Numbers, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine, has taught and written many books on the topic of religion and science. His books include Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion (Harvard University Press, 2009), and Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States (Oxford University Press, in press), with Charles Cohen. In his talk, Numbers will weave together the history of science and religion and the conversation between the understanding of evolution and faith.

Evolution Weekend is an endeavor to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible and to elevate the quality of the debate of this issue. This program is supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at 563-588-6318.

Two on Tap

Sunday, February 15 @ 7 PM
Grand Opera House

This delightful show brings audiences back in time to an era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, tight vocal harmony, and precision tap choreography. With classic songs from the Great American Songbook, fantastic vocals, gorgeous costumes, and exciting tap-dancing, TWO ON TAP creates a magical one-of-a-kind show filled with variety, comedy, and plenty of Broadway-quality song-and-dance.

Kids Take the Stage Youth Theater classes

February 16-March 27
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd.)

The Bell Tower Theater is pleased to announce the continuation of our award-winning Kids Take the Stage Youth Theater classes this winter. Kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade can get into the act with all new activities. Artistic Director Sue Riedel will be joined by music teacher and director Sue Flogel to teach four different classes and workshops. Aspiring actors and actresses (or kids who just want to have fun) are invited to enter the magical world of theater. This program is supported in part by the City of Dubuque, the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Dubuque, Wal-Mart Foundation, Black Hills Energy and McKesson Foundation. Classes are held in the classroom and on the stage at the Bell Tower Theater. A limited number of financial assistance scholarships are available for qualified families. Deadline for enrollment is February 9. For information or to sign up, call 563-588-3377, visit or stop by the Bell Tower Theater, Monday through Friday 11 AM-6 PM.

Let’s Pretend
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Mondays: February 16-March 23 @ 4–5 PM or 5:15–6:15 PM

Take a trip to the world of make believe where anything is possible. This class uses kids’ imagination and self-expression while building concentration, confidence and communication skills. Each class is a different adventure, and the goal is to have fun discovering the world of theater! Space is limited to 20 kids per class. Teacher: Sue Riedel Cost: $60 per child.

Creative Theatrics
2nd & 3rd Grades
Wednesdays: February 18-March 25 @ 4–5 PM or 5:15–6:15 PM

Let’s hit the stage! This class uses beginning acting techniques and cultivates skills that help kids to be confident and comfortable on stage using stories and short plays as a foundation. Each day we will focus on creating believable characters using props, costumes, pantomime and dialogue. Space is limited to 20 kids per class. Teacher: Sue Riedel. Cost: $60 per child

4th, 5th & 6th Grades
Thursdays: February 19-March 26 @ 4:30-5:30 PM

Get into the act! This class focuses on acting skills and how to create believable characters. Kids will explore improvisation, stage movement and pantomime. We will use skits and short plays to work on mastering the skills needed in acting on stage. Space is limited to 20 kids per class. Teacher: Sue Riedel. Cost: $60 per child.

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Gotta Act!
4th, 5th & 6th Grades
Fridays @ February 20-March 27 @ 4–5:30 PM

Learn how to put your best foot forward in a musical production. This fun-filled class focuses on singing techniques, staying in character during songs and simple choreography. Space is limited to 25 kids per class. Teacher: Sue Flogel. Cost: $80 per child

Bracelet Making Class

Thursday, February 19 @ 6-8 PM
Studio Works (900 Jackson St.)
Cost: One bracelet and matching necklace $50; additional bracelets $35 each

We will be making a silver bracelet with round or square glass cabochons as well as one matching necklace pendant on a silver bail (you will need to supply your own chain). There will be many glass pieces, colors and millefiori to work with, and you will have the opportunity to cut little pieces of glass to create a one of a kind piece of jewelry. Please RSVP by January 30 with the quantity and shape(s) of bracelet(s) you would like to make in order to get your silver bracelets ordered in time. Email to reserve your spot for this fun class!

Everything Photography Workshop: "Star Trails"

Friday, February 20 @ 7-9 PM
Everything Photography (1135 Main St.)

The "Star Trails" workshop will cover the aspects of combining multiple night sky images to create a single image of star trail photography. This workshop will combine lecture, picture examples, as well as hands on shooting in the bitter cold! We will be going outside to shoot for 30-45 minutes so dress accordingly. You will need a camera with manual mode as well as a tripod for this workshop. A digital shutter release cable is also suggested, but not required. (If you have no idea what that is, this is the workshop for you!) This workshop will be taught by Bob Edwards

Lunar New Year: Year of the Goat

Saturday, February 21 @ 3 PM
Divine Word College (102 Jacoby Drive SW, Epworth, IA)

“Year of the Goat” will officially kick off at Divine Word College’s annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015. A limited number of free tickets are available at Divine Word College beginning February 2. Tickets are available for pick-up at the college only. There is a maximum of five (5) tickets per person. A memorable combination of multicultural liturgy, food and entertainment, DWC's Lunar New Year is one of the largest celebrations of Asian culture this side of Chicago. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. with a Mass of Thanksgiving, featuring many Vietnamese and Chinese traditions, including colorful decorations and sacred liturgical dances. A banquet reception immediately follows, where guests are welcome to sample many Asian delicacies prepared by Divine Word College students and friends from Vietnamese communities in the area. Another highlight of the celebration is the evening’s traditional Vietnamese entertainment, including lion dancing, comedy and music. Free-will offerings accepted. For more information on the Lunar New Year celebration, contact Public Relations at 563-876-3353 or email

Live at the Heritage Center
Dallas Brass presents American Musical Journey

Saturday, February 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

This exciting concert incorporates a full complement of brass and percussion for a musical travelogue through American history.  From the time of George Washington to the present day – music will be selected from the masters – Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, John Williams, Sousa; from bands like the Tijuana Brass and Chicago; and styles from Dixieland, swing, Broadway, folk, patriotic, pop, and even hip-hop! The UD Wind Ensemble is a special guest.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

Native American Stories, Flutes, Language, and a short movie by Dean Wellman

Sunday, February 22 @ 1 PM
EB Lyons (8991 Bellevue Hights)

This is the what the program will be about. Native American stories, flutes, language, music and song. Lakhota Paul Harker will start out telling a couple stories about the origin of the flute and the White Calf Woman. Will then speak about the language and speak the language and translate. Lakhota will then play the flute as will Dean Wellman. He will be there also with his flute. Lakhota will have several flutes on display. They will have life like props of Native Americans and at the end they will show Dean's film on Crazy Horse (Tasunke Witco). Q and A afterwards. Doors open at 12:30

Pete Lee

Thursday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Pete Lee might be the nicest person in New York City, but that’s because it’s impossible to sound aggressive with a Wisconsin accent. Pete was raised in Janesville, WI by divorced parents and a 19-inch television, which is probably why he pursued a career in entertainment. In 2005, Pete flew to New York to make his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. That same night, he met his future wife, and she made him move to Manhattan. Soon after moving to NYC, he was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he was voted a standout performer. In 2008 Pete made his network television debut performing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing finishing as a semi-finalist. That same year, he made his television acting debut on the CBS Soap Opera As The World Turns, lasting two episodes! At the end of 2008 he then shot his own Comedy Central half Hour Special, which earned him a “cult” following at comedy clubs, and the opportunity to perform over the next four years at 500 colleges across the country. In 2010 Pete began producing and editing his own shows for the Internet which led to getting his own web show on called New York Minute:30. His web shows attracted the attention of television talent scouts and in 2012 he was hired to be a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s Video on Trial and the NFL Network’s Top 10’s. In 2013, Pete was hired as a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever, which debuted in January. If you haven’t heard of Pete Lee yet, prepare to tell other people.

The Drowsy Chaperone

February 27-28 and March 6-7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you’ve got a show dense with delicious delights. Great sets, costumes, choreography & full orchestra.

Everything Photography Workshop: "Finding Exposure"

Friday, February 28 @ 7-9 PM
Everything Photography (1135 Main St.)

The “Finding Exposure” workshop will cover the basics of using a DSLR in manual mode. This will cover settings such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO. We will cover what these settings actually are, why they matter, and how to use them in photography. The cost for all workshops is $25 and is required in advance to hold your spot. Workshops are non-refundable after signup and dates non-transferable. More information can be found at

The Importance of Being Earnest

March 5-6, and March 7 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 7 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre

This comedy is a rousing romantic escapade and absurd comedic masterpiece about class and etiquette. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two youn ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion. Directed by Amy Ressler. Presented by UD's Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the UD Drama Club.

A Bob and Tom Comedy Night Featuring the Comedy of Mark Poolos and Mike Mercury

Saturday, March 7 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the door

Mark Poolos was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. To start his career he co-starred in two independent films "Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies" and "Joanie Loves Furbies". He did more films, some commercials and some theater but it wasn't enough, so he began his stand-up comedy career. Mark stands 6'7" weighs in at 350 technically a giant however he is very weak and a wimp. In his routines he weaves story of his life as a bumbling jolly giant in his fast engaging story telling style. He has been compared to Louie Anderson. Mark is a true road dog, performing in 40 states and all across Canada.

Mike Mercury is a Wisconsin native who started his comedy career in 1984 at the world-famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He's appeared in concert with Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold and Ellen DeGeneres among others and has been heard nationally on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Must be 18 to attend!

Live at the Heritage Center
The Lightning Thief performed by New York’s Theatreworks USA

Sunday, March 8 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

From Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Book One and based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles since he has discovered he’s the descendent of the Greek God, Poseidon. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. With help from his friends, Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

"Nickel and Dimed…" Book Discussion at Shalom Center

Tuesday, March 10 @ 7-8:30 PM
Offering: $6

"Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America" by author Barbara Ehrenreich, a non-fiction bestseller, is the story of an essay writer who went undercover as a low wage worker to find out how non-skilled workers make ends meet. The experiment took place in Florida, Maine, and Minnesota, with the author finding a job and lodgings in each location. The experiment was to be held for one month in each location, working full time and living only off the amount of money earned in low-wage jobs. The goal was to determine whether or not the author could both live off the money earned and have enough money at the end of the month to pay the next month’s rent. Sister Eileen Miller OSF will lead the discussion. The offering to attend is $6. To register, call Shalom at 563-582-3592 by Monday, March 9 or visit Participants are invited to read the book prior to the discussion and come to listen and share insights and enjoy a beverage. The book is available for sale at River Lights Bookstore.

Concerto Competition

Wednesday, March 11 @ 3 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will hold the 2015 Concerto Competition on Wednesday, March 11th. The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their music performance skills, and enhance their performance portfolio! Applicants must be in grades 8-12 and be a member of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles or live within 50 miles of Dubuque. The competition is open to piano, string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students. Completed applications must be received at the symphony office by Friday, February 20th. For more information please contact Madalyn Mackey, Education Programs Manager, at (563) 557-1677 or

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Tcheers for Tchaikovsky

Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Grammy-nominated, international star of the flute, Carol Wincenc performs Rouse’s Flute Concerto, hailed as “a certifiable hit” by the Detroit Free Press. Its slow soaring melodies and spirited jigs conjure Irish folk music. Sorrow, joy, passion, triumph, the forces of Fate - it’s all there in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. The sheer emotion of this concert will stay with you long after the last notes are played.

American English - Beatles Tribute Band

Saturday, March 14 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

American English is simply the best Beatle tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted 'number one' by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound a like contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years. They have also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted "Best Tribute Band" three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area. Their demand here and abroad, coupled with their spectacular fan base, has anchored them into a professional setting, and launched them into larger venues and theaters worldwide.

Magic at Bell Tower: An intimate evening of mystery and illusion Hosted by P.T. Murphy

Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $20

You are invited to an intimate evening of sleight of hand, ghost stories and interactive mystery. Critically acclaimed magician P.T. Murphy believes in magic. It’s his job. P.T. is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand. P.T. Murphy will entertain, mystify and inspire you to BELIEVE! This show is great for adults and kids 10 and up. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

Live at the Heritage Center
Ensemble Español presents Flamenco Passion!

Thursday, March 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Chicago’s Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater beguiles crowds with quicksilver choreography steeped in an atmosphere of romance. Highlighted by Ravel’s Bolero, “Flamenco Passion” is a lavish production of original Spanish Classical ballets, folkloric suites, and fiery Flamenco dramas.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

Live at the Heritage Center
Annie Moses Band, gospel & bluegrass

Wednesday, April 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The Annie Moses Band's innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world - on PBS and on stages like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The band weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making. The Annie Moses band combines many genres of music into a style that unifies audiences, young and old, progressive and conservative.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

Farce of Nature: A Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicolas Hope & Jamie Wooten

April 10-26
Bell Tower Theater

From the authors of The Hallelujah Girls and Always a Bridesmaid. The Reel 'Em Inn was the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks, but lately business is down and the only guest is being relocated by Witness Protection. Add in a frustrated wife who's fed up with her lackluster romantic life, a sheriff who keeps losing her gun and a sexy Chicago mob wife, and you have non-stop hilarity. As love blossoms and truths are revealed this side-splitting comedy is guaranteed to win you over-hook, line, and sinker!

Heartland Ballet Presents Fairest of Them All

Saturdays: April 11 and 18 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: April 12 and 19 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Heartland Ballet presents another world premiere ballet created for the Grand by Marina O’Rourke and David Resnick. The familiar story of Snow White is retold with beautiful choreography and an exciting original score performed live.

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

Sundays: April 12, May 17 and August 23
April: Washburne House (Galena, IL)
May and August: Grace Episcopal Church (Galena, IL)

The ensemble group is made up of wonderfully-talented, professional musicians from both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Lyric Opera, who travel to Galena each Spring/Summer to perform and delight music lovers from around the Tri-State area/s.  The ensemble also reaches out to the community through school and nursing home performances, and is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.  We are privileged to welcome them each year.

The details about these musicians and concerts can be obtained through contacting Ms. Emily Graef of the "Juliani Ensemble". Ms. Graef is most anxious to share information about the ensemble and its mission/goal and to also provide whatever interviews and/or answer any questions you may wish for an article about this most entertaining, professional group. Ms. Emily Graef can be reached at 224-406-4811. You can also visit or email for more information.

Roxi Copland

Saturday, April 18 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center

Tickets: $22 adults/$13 students in advance; $25 adults/$15 students at the door Roxie Copland performs throughout the US, entertaining with an engaging combination of original songs and innovative jazz/pop arrangements of everything from Ella to the Offspring. Copland's unique genre is best summed up in the words of one particularly eloquent reviewer as 'a possibly schizophrenic but absolutely brilliant concoction of jazz, pop and soul.' Shes recently been described as 'Norah Jones with bite'. Beautifully blurring the boundaries of blues, jazz, & pop, this talented singer/songwriter/pianist won't disappoint.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Best of Opera

Saturday, April 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 @ 2 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

In the 2014 - 2015 classics season finale, the DSO and the Dubuque Chorale perform some of the greatest and most memorable works from the opera stage. Featured soloist include local soprano Megan Gloss; Sang-In Han, professor of music at Clarke University; and international performer Alvaro Ramirez.

Live at the Heritage Center
The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters the musical

Friday, April 17 @ 7 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Adapted from Stan and Jan Berenstain’s classic children’s book series, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! demonstrates Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Alas, Mama Bear comes to the rescue! Using iconic stories and imagery with a healthy dose of song and dance, this new off-Broadway musical teaches the importance of honesty, health, and safety.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

Ninth Annual Dubuque Days of Caring

April 24-25
The committee is currently accepting applications from local nonprofits for one time service projects to be completed by volunteers. In 2014 over 1,200 volunteers assisted 42 nonprofits with service projects including landscaping, painting, washing windows, general cleaning, light construction and lawn maintenance among others. To sign up to be a part of this impactful community event and for a full listing of nonprofit agencies that were assisted in 2014, visit or email

Live at the Heritage Center
Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!

Wednesday, May 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

From ANNIE to PHANTOM to WICKED, this fall-down funny, satirical roast of over 30 Broadway hits closes our 2014-2015 season and features outrageous costumes, silly spoofs, and madcap impressions by a stellar quartet of Broadway’s best! A New York sensation for 30 years, it's never been more fun poking fun at your favorite musicals and stars at a dizzying pace.

The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. All guest artist performances have been selected from the best on today’s international touring circuit and will occur in Heritage Center’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons. For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

The McCartney Years

Saturday, May 9 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The McCartney Years, a premiere Paul McCartney “Wings” concert tribute, has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Those with tickets to the original concert date of October 10, 2014, have been notified. Additional seats remain for the rescheduled date.

Online sales begin Wednesday, November 26. Phone and window sales begin Monday, December 1. Heritage Center is excited to announce an “online fee holiday” from November 26 through November 30th during which time online convenience fees will be waived for all events on sale at

Effective immediately, Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office hours have been modified to 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sales also occur beginning 90 minutes prior to public performances. The Farber Box Office is located at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; or reachable by phone at 563.585.SHOW(7469).

4000 Miles

May 29-30 and June 5-6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 31 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Bijou Room

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village, NYC apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. By Amy Herzog; Directed by Kay Kluseman. For more information, visit

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa

June 11-13, 17, 19, and 20 @ 7:30 PM
June 14 and 21 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $12

Based on the classic TV series, this brand new musical features an original story—and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before: keep a secret from his beloved Morticia. Everything changes on the fateful night when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

Monty Python's Spamalot

June 19-20 and 25-27 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: June 21 and 28 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

This hysterical musical is based on the 1975 film “Monty Python & The Holy Grail.” The original Broadway production won three Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. It’s jam packed with silly songs to match the equally humorous action. A large cast, great costumes and sets, delightful choreography & full orchestra.

Snow White, A New Musical by Tony Marino, Greg Kerestan & David Mahokey

July 8-11 and 15-18 @ 7:30 PM
July 10-12, 18, and 19 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $10

Our 10th-annual kids-for-kids musical will be the Iowa premiere of a brand new musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic, Snow White. Follow Snow White’s adventures as she escapes from the Evil Queen, befriends the dwarfs and finds her Prince Charming. The show will be performed by two casts of more than 40 kids each, ages 7 to 16, and the backstage crew includes another 100 kids ages 7 to 18 who are running lights and sound, making props and costumes, building sets and working in the box office and concession stand. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377


July 24-25, 30-31, and August 1 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: July 26 and August 2 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The scene is a nightclub in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The master of ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. Musical numbers include “It Couldn’t Please Me More”, “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret” and “Don’t Tell Mama.” Cabaret is our 6th annual all-star college/high school production.

Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping A Musical Comedy by Greta Grosch with Music and Lyrics by Drew Jansen and Dennis Curley

August 14-30
Bell Tower Theater

The Church Basement Ladies are back! It’s 1969. The world is changing, and the ladies are preparing for some changes on their own—below the House of God. As always, you will laugh until your side-dish hurts with their hilarious antics and down-to-earth charm. This is most certainly true! Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

Doubt, A Parable

September 25-26 and October 2-3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 27 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Doubt, A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. It’s 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. When Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school.

L’il Miss Fancy Pants A Comedy by Landon Heimbach and Elizabeth McClain

October 9-25
Bell Tower Theater

From the authors of Home for the Holidays. Florida’s premier child beauty pageant is turned upside down when all the finalists get pink eye and are unable to compete. But, the show must go on and legendary pageant coach Flossy Fontaine has the solution: the parents will all go in their places. Don’t miss the Midwest Premiere of this laugh-a-minute new comedy. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 27-28 and December 4-5 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: November 29 and December 6 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The familiar holiday cartoon favorite comes to life on our stage. This charming show combines delightful, innocent humor and a heartwarming message for family audiences. You’ll also see a performance by Illusionist Craig Steve and a magical appearance from Santa Claus, too.

Christmas on Broadway A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis

December 4, 5, 10-12, and 16-19 @ 7:30 PM
December 6, 13, 20 @ 2 PM
Tickets: $20

Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks of costumes, props and set pieces, they live out their dream—starring on Broadway! At least until the snow subsides...Filled with holiday classics from Broadway composers, this wonderful new show is a potpourri of Christmas magic!

The Texas Tenors

Monday, December 7 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

With their hit PBS special now airing across the US and a Billboard Top 10 album "You Should Dream,” it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America's favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut four years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have performed over 600 concerts around the world and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Classical and Broadway to the stage with breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm.

Events & Articles

Inclusive Dubuque: Connecting People & Strengthening Community

Posted on January 19, 2015

How can we make Dubuque a more inclusive and equitable community? That is the question local businesses and organizations sought to answer when they came together in October 2013 through the Inclusive Dubuque initiative.

Presentation and Book Signing with The Kindness Diaries Author Leon Logothetis

Posted on January 18, 2015

Monday, January 19 @ 5:30 pm
Grand Harbor Resort, Platinum Room A

by Jeff Lenhart
photos courtesy of Leon Logothetis

Television host, producer, author, traveler, and just an all-around great guy, Leon Logothetis is making a stop in Dubuque on Monday, January 19th, at 5:30 PM at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark in Platinum Room A on the 2nd floor. Logothetis is the author of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody and is promoting his newest book, The Kindness Diaries. Leon will be giving a presentation followed by a book signing. The event is free, but free-will donations are accepted and appreciated for the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Pura Vida! Yoga Wellness Adventure Retreat

Posted on January 02, 2015

February 16-21, 2015
Costa Rica

Maybe you’re dreading the long Midwestern winter following the excitement of the holidays. Maybe you’ve already had enough of the cold and dark. Or maybe you just need a change, a bit of adventure in your life. Meg Rima of Ignite Power Yoga Studio and Kristina Castaneda of Embody Renegade Wellness offer an enticing opportunity–a yoga and wellness adventure retreat in Costa Rica. Hosted by Peace Retreat in the lush surroundings near Costa Rica’s Playa Negra, the trip is scheduled for February 16–21, 2015 and if you’re already thinking about it the answer is yes, there are still spots open and you can go.

Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA: So Much More Than You Know

Posted By Bryce Parks on January 02, 2015

With the new year comes new year’s resolutions, and the #1 resolution most people make every year is to get it shape. Maybe people never get past making the resolution itself. Others get a couple weeks in before they give up. Those who make a real effort at it and those who find success doing so, have a plan. Usually that plan includes some kind of connection with an organized health or fitness facility or group. And when you talk about joining “the guy” there’s one place that’s been in the game of making people healthier longer than anyone and that, of course, is the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA.

Retro Rewind: Cars & Guitars

Posted By Mike Ironside on January 02, 2015

Saturday, January 10 @ Five Flags
Just when you thought there would be nothing to do in the bleak period that follows the holidays, Retro Rewind comes racing into Five Flags with a full day of “Kustom Kulture” and entertainment. Now in its second year, the event which is subtitled “Cars & Guitars” returns Saturday, January 10 with an arena full of vintage hot rods and motorcycles, classic guitars, and live music from 9 AM–7 PM, followed by an evening concert in the Five Flags Theater starting at 7 PM.