Arts Calendar

Premier Bank and Dubuque Area Arts Collective have teamed up to bring all of the tri-states' premier arts events to you in 365ink and online at Dubuque365.com. 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 info@dubuque365.com.!

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.!

Life Drawing Class

Semi-nude live model: Second Thursdays of each month: Now-June 25 @ 6-8 PM
Nude live model: Fourth Thursdays of each month: Now-June 25 @ 6-8 PM Dubuque Area Arts Collective
Cost: Adults (non students): Nude: $15/session Semi-nude: $10/session; High school and college students: Free

This class will be an open studio session with live models. Sessions will have both lightly-clothed models and nude models (see dates below). A variety of models, poses, and props will be used during these sessions to assist artists in gaining knowledge of different forms and proportions. No artistic background necessary, all levels are welcome. Instructors will be available to give feedback and instruction, if desired, or you may simply come to draw! Some drawing supplies are available on site, but you may bring your own preferred media (pad, pencils, paints, charcoal.. etc.).

About the Instructor: Crescentia (Mello) Volz is a local artist. She has been creating art since childhood, and has studied at Mt. Mary College (Milwaukee, WI), and Madison Media Institute (Madison, WI), where she received an Associate of the Arts degree. She enjoys sharing the love of art with everyone, and encourages you to create!

The French Cafe

Second Saturday of each month @ 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 cityofdubuque.org/recreation. Registration forms can also be found at the MFC and the MFC website. For more information, call 563-582-3681 or visit mfcdbq.org.!

Paint & Pour

Second Saturday of every month @ 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 galenacellars.com. There will be no February session.!

African-American Play Reading Club

First and Third Tuesdays: May 5 and 19 @ 6:15-8 PM
Multicultral Family Center
Cost: FREE

Together we will read aloud three different adult plays by African-American playwrights, one each month, and discuss them. It is not required to read the scripts ahead of time. For those who might wish to, scripts will be available at the Multicultural Family Center to read there at the center. Class size limited. Registration required. This club is funded by a Mediacom Arts & Culture Grant. Hosted by Fly-By-Night Productions. Register online at cityofdubuque.org/recreation.!

Chaos and Collapse

Now-Sunday, April 26
Gallery C

Clarke University Art Faculty members Jessica Teckemeyer and Louise Kames will present the exhibition, Chaos and Collapse, at Gallery C in the Schmid Innovation Center Friday, March 6 through Sunday, April 26.

Teckemeyer will display sculptures from her Meeting Our Shadow and Creation series. Each sculpture in the Meeting Our Shadow series is a response to tragic events of Sandy Hook Elementary, the Colorado movie theatre shooting, and the Boston Marathon. Both murderer and victim are represented as archetypes. The artwork explores themes including inner confrontation, violence, vulnerability, and death. The Creation series continues her investigation of making the unreal become tangible through sculptural forms. Formally, the sculptures combine actual plant life with fragmented animal bodies. The artworks question what we know to be true as the combination violates the rules of nature in favor of the notion of chaos.

Kames will exhibit pastel drawings of organic imagery, roots and leaves arranged in an iconic manner. The drawings present the viewer with timeless, meditative spaces. In many cases the still life subject of drawings has been reclaimed from compost piles and roadside clippings. The paradox that natural decay can be beautiful suggests a universal yet everyday cycle of death and resurrection.!

Blurring the Edges Exhibition

Now-Thursday, April 30
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective is proud to present Blurring the Edges, a new group show featuring abstract and experimental art. The exhibit highlights work by established and emerging artists from the Dubuque area, as well as artists from around the country and Canada. Traditional media, including painting, multimedia, and digital art, will be represented, as well as nontraditional media such as 3D printed sculptures, body prints in ink, and petri dish photographs. Admission is free, with donations welcome. Gallery will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 PM.

Rountree Gallery: Joe Grim

Now-April 30
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

I have been turning wood every chance I get for the last 6 ½ years. I first experienced wood turning, when I was about 13, in middle school Industrial Arts class. I still have the candle holders that were my first work. I also made a baseball bat in high school but hadn’t used a lathe since. I’ve worked in the construction business 35 years with custom built homes my favorite part of the last 20 years. Working with wood has always been part of my life. My father helped me when I was young with my first 4-H projects for the Iowa County Fair. I turn all types of wood, but especially enjoy turning cherry burl both with and without natural edge. I have made many wedding and anniversary gifts for relatives and friends and even consignments from wood collected on family property to make the gifts mean that much more. Finding the right piece of wood is a large part of a beautiful finished project. Nature put it there, a wood turner just removes what is covering up the natural beauty.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery: Gail Chavenelle and Jennifer Braig

Now-Thursday, April 30
Outside the Lines Art Gallery Dubuque (409 Bluff Street)

Outside the Lines Art Gallery will host a reception to kick off an exhibit featuring new work by Jennifer Braig and Gail Chavenelle. Braig will exhibit oil paintings of the Midwestern region and Chavenelle, single sheet steel sculpture. A reception will be held from 7pm until 9pm and is free and open to the public. Both artists will be in attendance. This show will be available in the Dubuque location through April, 2015. This exhibit is a dynamic pairing of mediums and styles. Both Braig and Chavenelle’s works are visually interactive and full of bold, bright colors, lively textures and kinetic form.

Braig’s strong use of color and lively texture imparts a dynamic visual energy into her paintings. She layers paint - slathering wet onto wet, then carving and drawing into the surface of the paint to reveal the colors of the layers underneath.  This technique creates a three-dimensional sculptural relief in the paint. From a short distance, her paintings are realistic, but when viewed up close, the contrasts and juxtaositions of the textured surface overrides that implied perspective, and offers the viewer a fresh and visually interactive experience.

Chavenelle’s sculpture is created from flat sheets of steel that she cuts, folds and bends into three-dimensional forms that speak of love, friendship, family, celebration and loss. Her focus will be on one-of-a-kind sculpture; offering “good friends in different sizes”. She will also introduce a new series of Irish themed sculpture incorporating the beloved motif of Ireland - the Shamrock.

Outside the Lines Art Galleries are located at 409 Bluff in Dubuque, Iowa, and at 101 S.Main St. in downtown Galena, Illinois. The gallery features the fine art and high craft of local, near-regional, and national artists, including fine art, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass and jewelry. Exhibits are held in the Dubuque location.

The Edge and Articulate

Now-May 1 @ Noon-5:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Bisignano Art Gallery

The Edge is an annual Computer Graphic and Interactive Media (CGIM) student art show; Articulate, the student literary and graphic arts magazine, will also be launched at this time. This is free and open to the public.

BA Studio Art and Graphic Design Exhibit: Jenna Michel, Beth Cook, Molly Sudmeier, Nick Tate

Now-Saturday, May 2
Clarke University Quigley Gallery
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Art @ your library®

Now-May 26
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The unique and successful Art @ your library® exhibit for April and May will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda and highlights 19 local artists works in cooperation with the Bellevue Arts Council: Gail Chavenelle, David Eischeid, Andra Fifield, Jo Fifield, Ron Hansen, Ellen Henkels, Fran Henkels, Tom Henning, Fran Kennedy, Joey Kikke, Laura Larabee, Barb McKinlay, Lorna Olson, Donna Sue Peck, Sue Sawvel, Earl Sawvell, Michelle Taylor, Joan Tully and Richard Weinschenk. 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.

Interiors

Now-Sunday, May 31
The gallery’s final exhibit will feature new impressionistic painting, drawing, and sculpture celebrating the human form by Brad Fautsch. This is Nash Gallery’s final exhibit before closing its doors. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 17 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. There is a $10 suggested donation ($5 for students) for the opening event. Interiors is a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival which takes place this May 15-17. Regular gallery hours are Noon-4 PM Saturdays and Sundays. Regular gallery hour admission is free; donations are accepted. For more information, visit dcfas.org or facebook.com/nashdbq.

Finding Beauty: Photographs by Robert Rivoire

Now–May 31
Dubuque Museum of Art

Beauty is the focus in the Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery at the Dubuque Museum of Art February 20 - May 31, 2015. Experience 15 images captured by Galena, Illinois photographer Robert Rivoire exquisitely presented in this solo exhibition. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

A photographer must always be ready. Waiting for that one moment when a shadow falls just right or the light changes for a second and illuminates the subject exactly as they wanted, or the subject moves to that exact point where the scene goes from just another image to a beautiful composition. These are the moments that Robert Rivoire waits minutes, hours, and days to find. It requires patience and experience to develop the ability to observe your surroundings and know where you need to be and what you need to do to capture that moment, when and if it arrives. There is an element of chance or luck. Anyone can take a snapshot and perhaps get a lucky shot but Rivoire consistently finds those moments of beauty that the rest of us miss. He knows how to look for them and through a never-ending process of trial and error he has learned to capture those moments beautifully. Robert Rivoire, was born and raised in Connecticut. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He worked in business and management for most of his career but always pursued his photographic practice. After retiring and moving to Galena with his wife in 2007, he was able to take up photography again full time.!

The Evolution of the Artistic Imagination

Show: Now-June 3
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery

The art of Sister Joeann Daley, OP, will be featured. The print and mixed media individual pieces chosen serve as guides into the understanding of how one artist sees the world. These guide pieces exemplify some of the same elements that are in the over 200 styroart cups, bowls, and trays. The art gallery is open 10 AM-5 PM daily. For more information, visit sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition

Now–June 14
Dubuque Museum of Art

Opening Saturday, March 14, 2015, the fifth Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition generously sponsored by Premier Bank and Marella fine gift shop. The Dubuque Museum of Art organizes this popular and competitive exhibition every two years to highlight the quality and variety of artwork currently being produced by regional artists. To enter the competition artists must live within a 200 mile radius of Dubuque and only artwork created in the last two years qualifies. Special thanks to this year’s juror Mrs. Jane Milosh, Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. Mrs. Milosch will present a gallery talk on May 31st and will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the Biennial at that time. The 2015 Biennial was the most competitive call for entries yet with 176 artists submitting 508 works of art. Of those, 59 works by 48 artists were selected by the juror for the exhibition. A Member Reception will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The reception will also celebrate the new exhibitions Finding Beauty: Photography by Robert Rivoire and a salon style installation of works from the DUMA permanent collection.!


Kate Mulgrew Book Signing and Discussion

Wednesday, April 22 @ 6-9 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque

Kate Mulgrew will be speaking about her new book-- her memoir, "Born with Teeth" on Wednesday, April 22 at the Hotel Julien Grand Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Seats are first come, first-served. Doors open at 6pm with the program beginning at 7pm. No ticket needed to attend. A book-signing will follow the event. Pre-order and pre-pay for your book and ticket at River Lights Bookstore. Your ticket guarantees that you will have a place in line to have your book signed.

Gospel Choir Spring Concert: Same God Yesterday, Today, and Forevermore!

Wednesday, April 22 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Chapel

This concert is a celebration of the past and the present. God is still performing the same miracles, still leading the same people and still teaching the same word! We are all members of one body and we must find and use our gift(s) for the edifying of the body of Christ. This event is free and open to the public.

Lunch Time Poetry

Wednesdays: April 22 and 29 @ Noon-1 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 South Main Street, Maquoketa, IA)

The Maquoketa Art Experience invites the public to celebrate National Poetry Month by attending informal poetry reading events in April. Participants may read their favorite poems, read their own original poems, or just sit back, relax, and listen. The first reading will be held on Wednesday, April 22.  Since April 19-25 is National Cowboy Poetry Week, poems should relate somehow to a Western or cowboy theme and some authentic “cowboy food”. The second reading will be held on April 29. Themes for this week’s poem will center on nature and conservation in honor of Earth Day and Soil & Water Stewardship Week. The Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996. The celebration is meant to encourage the reading and writing of poems, increase the publications and distribution of poetry books, and highlight the legacy and achievements of American poets.

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

April 22-26
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!!

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26
Downtown Dubuque

Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. As well as panel discussions, special evening events and musical performances, the Festival’s marquee event is the Silent Film, musically supported by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and directed by Rob Tomaro. In 2013, JDIFF was voted as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine. Tickets are $8 for screenings and varies for special events. For a complete schedule of festival screenings, events, panels, special film guests/VIPs, and tickets, visit julienfilmfest.com.

Ordinary Days

April 23-25 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 23 @ 2 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall
Tickets: $12/adults; $10/seniors; $8/non-Clarke students

Ordinary Days is a delightful and fast-paced musical in which the characters share with the audience glimpses into their individual stories. Set in New York City, the play follows four characters - Claire, Jason, Warren and Deb - and explores how their ordinary lives connect in the most amazing ways. Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon.!

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 www.dbqdaysofcaring.org or email ypdoc@dubuquechamber.com.!

Fun-A-Day Art Show (& Closing Reception of Blurring the Edges)

Friday April 24 @ 6-9 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main Street)

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective invites you to the Fun-A-Day art show and closing reception of the Blurring the Edges Exhibit. Fun-A-Day is a community art project and show. Participants create and display projects created through the month of March. Blurring the Edges features abstract and experimental works by 42 local and national artists. The reception is free, but donations are accepted. Live Music by Ben Dunegan (Americana folk) at 7 PM. Exhibits will be open Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm and Sunday April 25 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Started in 2004 by a group of friends in Philadelphia, Fun-A-Day began as a way to stay creative and productive through the winter. Every year, community members and artists pick a project, and work on it every day in March. People of all ages, with or without any artistic expertise, are invited to participate and show their completed projects in a group show. This year, creative projects displayed in the art show include handmade bookmarks, poems, ceramics, embroidery, metal-cut sculptures, video works, and illustrations. Fun-A-Day art show will be displayed during the closing reception of Blurring the Edges Exhibit. For more information, visit funadaydubuque.blogspot.com, DAartscollective.com, or email salondbq@gmail.com

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Meeting

Friday, April 24 @ 7 PM
Nash Gallery

The Dubuque Area Writers Guild (DAWG) is for writers who want to share their work with other writers and lovers of the written word. For more information, email dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

Mazzuchelli Middle School Presents Cinderella

April 24-25 @ 7 PM
April 25-26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Once upon a time in a faraway forest, a young woman does chores for her cruel step mom and step sisters. But rather than wallowing in self pity the optimistic Cinderella dreams of escaping her mundane existence into a better world. When the Prince decides to host a ball, the young girl anticipates participating in the festivities, until her step mom does not allow her to go. But with the help of a kind and loving fairy godmother, the young girl has the experience of a lifetime and finds her prince.

Choosing to Love the World: A Retreat with the Contemplative Poetry of Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton

April 24-26
Shalom Retreat Center

Internationally recognized writer, editor, and retreat presenter Jonathan Montaldo will lead a retreat weekend at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and concluding at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. This leisured retreat will ruminate on the spiritual practices of silence and solitude that infuse the poetry of Mary Oliver, a best selling American poet, and the prose-poetry of Thomas Merton (1915–1968), a monk whose teachings on “contemplative living” remain significant for contemporary spiritual practice. The retreat will emphasize themes associated with Mary Oliver’s practice of “loving the world” and with Merton’s teachings. We will reflect on how we might include the poetry and practices of these two poet-mentors into our own daily contemplative living. The retreat includes Sunday Eucharistic liturgy. The offering to attend is $90 for commuters and $175 for overnight retreatants. To register, call Shalom at 563-582-3592 by April 20 or visit shalomretreats.org.

Locally Established: DubuqueFest Fundraiser Series

Saturday, April 25 @ 4-11 PM
Jubeck New World Brewing (115 W 11th St.)

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival is such an integral part of downtown that several local establishments in the area have decided to help us host fundraisers for the 2015 festival! Join us for our final 2015 fundraiser at Jubeck New World Brewing, where a portion of every beer sold will go toward funding DubuqueFest. Stop down, enjoy a few pints with friends, checkout our new merch and support local art! Jubeck is even creating a special beer available for this event ONLY, so you're not going to want to miss this. Visit dubuquefest.org for more information.

Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Saturday, April 25 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Chapel

The University of Dubuque Chamber Singers, directed by Kristen Eby, will present their annual spring concert. This concert is an a cappella celebration of spiritual, folk and pop styles. This event is free and open to the public.

Beads and Bangles

April 25-26
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI)

Choose from twelve introductory level jewelry classes offering a range of techniques and styles from funky to fine. Use this weekend to explore different approaches, learn new skills, network with other jewelers, and leave with a lot of new ideas and jewelry. Come for the weekend and take several classes. Price for individual classes varies. For more information, visit shakeragalley.com/bead-and-bangles.

First Annual Jo Daviess County Youth Arts Festival

Sunday, April 26 @ 10 AM-4 PM
Chestnut Mountain Resort

The Galena Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Galena ARC is planning the first annual Youth Arts Festival. The purpose of this one-day event is to provide a forum for area youth to come together to exhibit and perform their art. The festival will showcase visual arts, industrial art, drama, choral, and instrumental performances from the regular school curriculum of preschool through high school students. All Jo Daviess County public, private, and parochial schools are invited to participate in this inclusive, non-commercial, and non-competitive setting.

The event is seeking sponsors to assist with Festival costs to build display panels, help offset the costs of the event marketing, and to award certificates of achievement to every participating student. All donations are tax-deductible and all gifts, regardless of size, are appreciated. Donations can be sent to: Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit St., Galena, IL 61036, or to the Galena ARC, 413 S. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036. Please indicate that your contribution is for the Youth Arts Festival. Volunteers are also needed to help on the day of the event. Please contact Liz Larson at 815.777.3050 if you would like to volunteer your time on April 26. To find out more about the Youth Arts Festival, visit www.galenacenterforthearts.com/youth-arts-festival, or contact one of the Festival planning committee members. The event also has a facebook page. !

Loras Instrumental Recital Concert

Sunday, April 26 @ 2 PM
Loras College Visitation Complex

The Loras College instrumental music program will present a concert of instrumental chamber music. Solos, duets, trios, quartets, and other miscellaneous ensembles will all be giving performances at this concert. For more information, contact Dr. Glenn Pohland at glenn.pohland@loras.edu.

Dubuque Chamber Choir

Sunday, April 26 @ 2-4 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience

The Dubuque Chamber Choir presents a public performance. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, visit maquoketa-art.org.

Spring Choral Concert

Tuesday, April 28
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall
Cost: Free

“Songs of Hope.” The concert will feature the Clarke University Collegiate Singers, Cantabile and Schola performing music based upon a theme of hope!

Adam O’Dell to Present on the Physiology of Music

Wednesday, April 29 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

Clarke University senior Adam O’Dell will present his research on what makes some music popular to the masses during a lecture titled The Colors of Keys: The Effects of Temperament and the Overtone Sequence on Human Physiological Response. O’Dell studied the physiological effects of music based on Pythagorean tuning theories. Combining math, biology, physiology and music, this research seeks the answers to why certain music appeals to larger audiences, and how nature has influenced Western musical temperament. What makes some pieces "better" than others? The answer may lie in the ones and zeros. O’Dell is a music major with emphases in composition and piano at Clarke University. He has been commissioned to write new works for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Abbellimenti string quartet, and the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, among others. He has won awards from the Kennedy Center and Make Music Inc. His works have been performed at the Iowa Bandmaster's Association conference, the PARMA Music Festival, and in Brazil and the United Kingdom. He has been researching biomusicology for three years, including a semester of human study, and has presented on the topic at regional and national conferences at the student and professional level. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at 563-588-6318.

Pippin

April 30 and May 1 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 2 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy –winner, three-time Oscar-winner, and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN’s message is universal and will connect with audiences across the age spectrum. Directed by Amy Ressler. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 Non-UD Students, and free for UD students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available at the Farber Box office in Heritage Center, open Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; by calling 563-585-SHOW; or online at dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

“Alice in Wonderland”

April 30-May 2 @ 7 PM
Sunday, May 3 @ 2 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium

Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School's FAME program is presenting Alice in Wonderland. The play will be held at the school in the auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 each and will be sold at the door. For more information, visit ermsfame.weebly.com.

UW-Platteville Pioneer Players: Annual One Act Festival

April 30-May 2
University Wisconsin-Platteville

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and the Pioneer Players will conclude their current theatre season with the annual “One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays.” The production opens on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and continues with evening performances on Friday and Saturday May 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre, located on the UW-Platteville campus. The production is recommended for mature audiences.

This year's One Act Festival is a collaboration between the program’s student and faculty directors. Drs. Ann Farrelly and David Schuler will be joined by senior theatre majors Laura Horstmann and Amanda Nerby. The student directors learn through production how to guide and translate their ideas effectively to actors and designers and compose imaginative, evocative stage pictures. The plays being presented this year are “Carmen Dick: Feminist Private Detective” by Brian E. Rochlin, “ Landscape” by Harold Pinter, “Our Little Angel” by Steven Korbar, and “Purgatory” by William Butler Yeats.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, from comedy to drama, this year's slate of short plays has something for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the University Box Office in Ullsvik Hall, over the phone at 608.342.1298 or online at tickets.uwplatt.edu. Ticket prices are $11 for adults, $10 for UW-Platteville faculty and staff and seniors, and $6 for current Platteville students with a valid ID or anyone under 18. For more information, contact David Schuler, associate professor of theater, at 608-342-1198 or schulerd@uwplatt.edu.

"Inspiring People Series"

April 30 and May 3
Inspire Café

The Inspiring People Series launches April 10 at Inspire Café. The series is a monthly event in which inspiring people speak from their hearts about what inspires and motivates them to share their gifts and contribute positively to the world. Each presenter shares personal stories about their struggles, insights, passions and breakthroughs that audience members will relate to and be touched by. The Inspiring People sessions are offered as informal and intimate exchanges for the open-hearted and curious. They’re like sitting in a living room and having a fantastic soul to soul conversation that leaves you moved, touched and inspired! Each presenter will speak for approximately 20-30 minutes and then will respond to audience questions and comments. The sessions are free. Visit inspire-cafe.com for more information.

The series begins with three "world-class" Inspiring People. On April 10, Des Moines philanthropist and entrepreneur Jonnie Wright is speaking. Jonnie is followed by global teacher, speaker, author, and trainer Max Strom on April 30. On May 3, Sadie Nardini will speak. Sadie is a full-spectrum transformation advocate, renowned empowerment speaker, yoga and anatomy expert, and Healthy Hedonism lifestyle leader. Moving forward, the majority of Inspiring People will be more local.

Dubuque Chorale: “All Creatures Great and Small”

Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 3 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Chorale is proud to partner with the Dubuque Regional Humane Society in presenting “All Creatures Great and Small”. This concert event will present music inspired by the other members of the Animal Kingdom with whom we share our environment. The Humane Society will guest star on and off stage, and visitors will be able to take advantage of an on-site adoption service. Performing with the Chorale will be Cadenza and the newly established Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir. The children will be premiering a newly commissioned piece by Dubuque’s own Adam O’Dell. Our emcee for the concert will be Kurt Strand from McGraw-Hill with additional information and commentary provided by Dr. Kris Wright from UW-Platteville, Dr. Andrea Bixler from Clark Univ., and Charles Winterwood from the Dubuque Audubon Society. Tickets can be purchased at the Grand Opera House Box office. $10 adults, $5 children 18 and under, with no charge for children under 3.

All Art Senior Exhibit

Show: Sunday, May 3-Saturday, May 9
Clarke University Quigley Gallery
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Live at the Heritage Center
Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!

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

The comedic music roast that is Forbidden Broadway features outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of popular Broadway songs, along with dead-on impressions by the unique cast. This year’s Forbidden Broadway season targets Pippin, Kinky Boots, and Les Miserables while joining favorites from last season, Wicked and The Book of Mormon. Winners of the Tony® for Excellence in the Theatre, the Drama Desk, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle, Forbidden Broadway’s cast has been known to put a smile on even the toughest critics. Jazz performer Bill Encke and friends will perform a free special one-hour pre-show concert on Heritage Center’s Knapp Stage in the Cyber Café from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. preceding the Forbidden Broadway performance in John and Alice Butler Hall. Tickets for Forbidden Broadway can be purchased now at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

High School Art Exhibit

Show: May 8-June 14
Reception: Friday, May 8 @ 6-10 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main St.)

Dubuque Area Arts Collective is proud to feature a new group show of students from Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High School. Artwork displayed will range from 2-Dimensional to 3-Dimensional work. The exhibit will include drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and sculpture in this dynamic display of talented young artists. Self-Portraits, Mythology, Figurative and Mixed Media sculpture are some of the many themes explored. Artwork displayed has been created by students participating in Basic and Advanced Art Courses offered at each school. Exhibit will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4pm until June 14.

An opening reception will be held Friday, May 8th from 6-10 PM. The opening will also feature live musical performances from students. Admission is free, with donations welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, email salondbq@gmail.com.

The McCartney Years

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

The McCartney Years is a note-for-note reproduction of the famous singer’s peak musical career in the early 1970s – every song is played live with nothing pre-recorded. Joined by Karen Bell as Linda McCartney, David Usselman as Denny Laine, Braden DeCooman as Jimmy McCullough, and rounded out by Darryl Lahteenmaa (vocals and keyboard) and Aaron Guevarra (drums), Yuri Pool as the man himself leads a stunning and sonically explosive show. Pool’s work in The McCartney Years has been praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein as “the best on the scene today…” Whether he’s playing a real McCartney-era Höfner or emulating the same wardrobe from the “Wings over America” mid-70s tour, Yuri is true to Sir Paul in his vocal stylings and presentation on tracks like ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Let it Be’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’, and ‘Jet’. This performance was postponed from its originally scheduled date of October 10, 2014. Tickets for The McCartney Years can be purchased now at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Rountree Gallery Exhibit

Show: May 9-31
Reception: May 10 @ 1-3 PM
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

The Platteville High School and Platteville Middle School Art Exhibit at Rountree Gallery will open on May 9th through May 31st.  An Artist Reception will be held on May 10th from 1 -3 pm.  This is an annual exhibit that features a variety of artwork from talented local students.

Bell Tower Theater: Snow White, A New Musical Auditions and Crew Sign-Up

Friday, May 15 @ 3-7 PM
Saturday, May 16 @ 9 AM-Noon, 1-3 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd.)

The Bell Tower Theater is pleased to announce auditions for its 10th annual summer children’s musical Snow White, A New Musical. Snow White, A New Musical is 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 Bell Tower’s production will be the Iowa premiere of the show.

The Bell Tower Theater is seeking children aged 7 to 16 for 80-90 on-stage roles (two casts) and kids aged 7 to 18 for 80-100 backstage roles. All those auditioning for an onstage role will be asked to sing at the audition. It is not necessary to prepare a song. Those wanting to sign up for backstage roles including set construction, costumes, lights, ticket sales and more should sign up on May 15 or 16 as well. The show is directed by Sue Flogel. Call-backs (by invitation only) will be Sunday, May 17 from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Participation in the program is free of charge to all kids. Rehearsals will be held every Monday through Friday afternoon from May 29 to July 7. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays from July 8 to July 19, 2015. Cast members will be expected to attend rehearsals most weekdays in June and every weekday in July as well as every performance for his/her cast. Time commitments for crew members vary.

For further information please contact the Bell Tower Theater at 563-588-3377 or visit www.belltowertheater.net. For a faster audition, please download the audition form from the Bell Tower Theater website and bring the completed form with you. 

This program is supported in part by grants and sponsorships from the Iowa Arts Council, the City of Dubuque, Theisens, the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation; Rotary Club of Dubuque, Dubuque’s Got Sisters and Dupaco Community Credit Union.

Art Glass Class with Barb McKinlay

Saturday, May 16 @ 10 AM-Noon
Sinsinawa Event Center

Glass artist Barb McKinlay will help you make three 5”-8” fused glass garden stakes on 12” or 18” stakes. Work great inside or out! Make flowers, butterflies, bees, angels in many colors or your own abstract design. If you don’t need garden stakes, you can make sun catchers with a suction cup hook to hang in your windows. Cost of $60 includes all materials. They will be available for you to pick up at Sinsinawa 2 weeks after the class. All materials will be provided. For more information, visit sinsinawa.org/MoundCenter.

Bottles & Brushes

Sunday, May 17 @ 1 PM
Park Farm Winery

Our Bottles & Brushes session includes all of the materials for painting (canvas, paints, brushes, etc.), guided through the process skillfully by Geri from Matter Creative in a step by step manner that is easy for anyone to follow, and a glass of wine. Many people who have had the opportunity to take the class at the winery are excited to participate in another class because it is so fun and you are able to tailor the painting to your own style and abilities! The cost is $40 per person. Contact Christie at 563-557-3727 or cmsteffen@parkfarmwinery.com to reserve your spot.

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

Sundays: May 17 and August 23
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 www.julianiensemble.org or email julianiensemble@gmail.com for more information.!

Toast & Jam Live Music

Saturday, May 23 @ 5-8 PM: Terry McCauley
Sunday, May 24 @ 5-8 PM: The Swinging Doors
Saturday, September 5 @ 5-8 PM: Andrew Houy
Sunday, September 6 @ 5-8 PM: Mississippi Band
Park Farm Winery

Join us for live music on holiday weekends this summer! We will again be expanding Toast & Jam to Saturday evenings as well on these weekends to allow you the opportunity to enjoy yourself and not have to get up for work the next day!

Glass Garden Stake Workshop

Thursday, May 28 @ 6-8 PM
Studio Works (900 Jackson St.)

Glass Artist Barb McKinlay will help you make three 5”-8” fused glass garden stakes - 12” or 18”. These are great inside or out! Make flowers, butterflies, angels, bees in many colors or your own abstract design. You will have many glass pieces, colors and millefiori to work with and the opportunity to cut little pieces of glass to create a one of a kind creation.

If you don’t need garden stakes, you can make sun catchers with a suction cup hook to hang in your windows. Cost of $60.00 includes all materials, wine will be served. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Please email Barb to register and for more information: bzmckinlay@gmail.com. NOTE: Pre-registration is required to hold your spot.

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 flybynightdubuque.com.!

Clarke University Summer Academies

Starting June 2
Clarke University

Clarke University is proud to host summer academies and camps for middle school and high school aged students. Our academies and camps will be hosted on the campus of Clarke University and will be directed by Clarke University faculty, staff, and skilled professionals in the computer science and music industries. For more information or to register, please visit clarke.edu/clarkeacademy.

Culinary Boot Camp (Entering Grades 6-9)
June 2-5 @ 8 AM-Noon
Cost: $150 ($135 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

This camp will teach the basics of food, flavor, cooking, and the value of learning how to "play with your food". Culinary boot camp attendees will also learn to bake bread and make homemade ice cream. Attendees will prepare a meal to serve to their parents and guests at the conclusion of the camp on June 5. The Culinary Boot Camp will be directed by Clarke University faculty and staff. Camp charge includes all meals (lunch each day), recipe book, t-shirt, and apron. 

Clarke Nursing Cadets (Entering Grades 6-9)
June 10-12 
Cost: $125 ($112 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

If you like to help others, you should consider a career in the exciting world of nursing! At Clarke's first nursing academy, participants will be exposed to various nursing specialties and learn how a nurse provides basic everyday skills through a hands-on experience with a high fidelity simulator. Basic first aid skills will be taught and the academy will culminate with a tour at a local health care facility. The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty. Academy charge includes meals, field trip related expenses, and t-shirt.

Food Science Academy (Entering Grades 10-12)
June 29-July 2
Cost: $450 residential participants; $325 non-resident participants. ($405/$292 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

If you cook, you are a scientist! If you are a scientist, you can learn to cook! At Clarke's Food Science Academy, participants will learn how the worlds of food and science intertwine. Participants will explore new tastes and smells and how to pair them, and brave the extremes of heat (propane torches at 3000°F) and cold (liquid nitrogen at -300°F). The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty and staff. Academy charge includes meals, overnight accommodations, field trip related expenses, a textbook, and an apron.

Computer Science Academy (Entering Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 2 
Cost: $325 residential participants; $200 non-resident participants. ($292/$180 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

With recent advances in applications in social media, health care, manufacturing, gaming and automation, it is important that students learn about the issues involved with apps, security and management of mobile and streaming media, as well as the hardware interface. The summer academy will cover all the above areas while students actively engage in hands-on experiences to:Learn how to design and build their own apps; Learn how to build and program their own computer; Learn how to build augmented reality applications. The above skills are essential in many technology careers including software engineering, networking, virtual reality, game development and automation. Academy charge includes meals, overnight accommodations, and t-shirt.

Social Work Academy (Entering Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 2 
Cost: $325 residential participants; $200 non-resident participants. ($292/$180 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

At Clarke's first social work academy, participants will learn about the social work profession, issues of social justice, and opportunities to get involved in the community. Participants will engage in daily service-learning experiences, which may include working with senior citizens, children, individuals with disabilities, and low-income communities. The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty, staff, and students. Academy charge includes meals, overnight accommodations, field trip related expenses, and t-shirt.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra String Camp (Entering Grades 7-9 or student musicians with min. 2 years ensemble experience)
June 23-28 @ 9 AM-3 PM

Are you a budding string player looking to sharpen your skills and explore your creativity? Look no further than the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra's immersive Summer String Camp! Guest-artist Diego Piedra Carvajal from Costa Rica will be returning to work and perform with students throughout the week, along with a fantastic faculty of DSO musicians. Students will receive one-on-one lessons, rehearse and perform in ensembles, attend group discussions geared to their musical interests, and much more! The camp will culminate with a performance at the DSO's Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum. Tuition Assistance is available, and all student who are a member of a DSYE ensemble are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition. Households with multiple students in attendance will also receive a discount on tuition (please contact the DSO office for more information.) A non-refundable deposit of $125.00 is due with registration. Tuition must be paid in full to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra by the first day of camp. For additional information or to register for the camp, please contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677 or online at DubuqueSymphony.org.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Summer Chamber Music Camp (Entering Grades 10-12 or advanced 9th graders and graduated seniors welcome)
June 23-27 @ 12:30 PM-5 PM
Cost: $175 (includes a t-shirt and sheet music.)

The DSO is proud to present this new addition to its summer camp offerings! Geared toward high school string players who want to refine and broaden their musical skills, the Summer Chamber Music Camp gives students the opportunity to work closely with guest-artist Diego Piedra Carvajal, and a great faculty of DSO musicians. Students will receive one-on-one lessons, ensemble coachings, special topics classes and much more! The camp will culminate with a showcase performance featuring both camp students and faculty. Tuition Assistance is available, and all student who are a member of a DSYE ensemble are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition. Households with multiple students in attendance will also receive a discount on tuition (please contact the DSO office for more information.) A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due with registration. Tuition must be paid in full to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra by the first day of camp. For additional information or to register for the camp, please contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677 or online at DubuqueSymphony.org.!

Dancing with the Stars Dubuque

Saturday, June 6 @ 6 PM
Five Flags Theater and Promenade
Tickets: $51 (Ticket Price does not include possible convenience fees.)

10 local business celebrities dancing their heels off for their favorite local charity! This is the Chamber's 6th year and more than a quarter of a million dollars have been raised which stays in our local community! Pre-show reception will be held in Five Flags Arena Promenade at 6 PM, enter at Main Street.

Performance will begin in Theater at 7 PM. Pledge Sheet available at Dubuque Chamber's website. When mailing in a pledge (vote) for your favorite dancer please print the donation form from the web site, complete the form, circle your favorite dancer, and send a check made out to the charity of your choice or credit card number to the charity you have selected.!

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!

America's River Festival

June 12-13
Port of Dubuque

America’s River Corporation is excited to announce this year’s entertainment for America’s River Festival presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, held in the Port of Dubuque June 12-13, 2015. Friday night features up and coming country act, Dan + Shay (“19 You & Me” & “Show You Off”) with special guests Sam Hunt (“Leave the Night On” & “Take Your Time”), and Old Dominion (“Dirt on a Road” & “Shut Me Up”). Saturday night will rock the crowd with headliner Tommy James & the Shondells (“Mony Mony” & “Hanky Panky”) with special guests America (“A Horse with No Name” & “Tin Man”), and Grand Funk Railroad (“We’re an American Band” & “Some Kind of Wonderful”). Tickets go on sale Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8AM CST and will be available at www.americasriverfestival.com or the Dubuque Iowa Welcome Center at 280 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa or by calling 563.845.7698 or 800.798.8844. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.americasriverfestival.com!

3rd Annual Pursuit of the Podium

Sunday, June 28
Dubuque Arboretum

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced its third annual Pursuit of the Podium candidates; five local individuals are competing in this year's fundraiser. Contestants include Tim Althaus, President at Family Beer & Liquor; Robert Byrne, Author; Jim Jelinske, Owner of Creative Education Services; Otto Krueger, Retired Air Force Officer and Procurement Manager at Diamond Jo Casino; and Jan Powers, Director of Workforce Solutions at Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. The contestant that raises the most money on behalf of the DSO between February 1 and April 13 will conduct one piece at the free Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

The Pursuit of the Podium winner and total amount raised will be announced at the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra concerts on April 18 - 19 at Five Flags Theater, the final classics concert of the 2014–2015 season. For more information, call the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677.!

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!

Cabaret

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!

Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday, August 15 @ 6 PM
Sunday, November 29 @ 1 PM
Park Farm Winery
Cost: $50 per person

Because of the success of the Murder Mystery Dinners we have recently hosted, we have added two more dates for 2015. The event includes the murder mystery entertainment, a three course meal (salad, entrée and dessert) and a glass of wine (or credit toward a reserve glass of wine.) Space is limited, so contact Christie at 563-557-3727 or cmsteffen@parkfarmwinery.com to reserve your spot by purchasing your tickets.!

Dubuque Ink and Art Expo Presented by Ink Tattoo Studio and Dubuque Tattoo Club

September 25 @ 4-10 PM
September 26 @ 11 AM-10 PM
September 27 @ 11 AM-6 PM
Grand River Center

The Dubuque Ink and Art Expo was established with the goal of opening the community to modern tattooing and its close relation to fine art. You will observe artists plying their craft and have the opportunity to participate in being tattooed. There will be guest artists, a fine art exhibit, contests, competitions each day, and a silent auction to benefit Greater Dubuque Area Charities. This three day event open to the general public. Tickets for Friday only are $10; Saturday or Sunday are $15 for each day; an event pass is $30; and kids 12 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, visit http://dbqinkandartexpo.com.!

Galena Public Library Annual Pre-Owned Book Sale

Sale: Friday, September 25 @ 9 AM-7PM and Saturday, September 26 @ 9 AM-1 PM
Galena Convention Center (900 Galena Square Dr., Galena, IL)
Drop offs: April 1-August 31
Galena Public Library

Are you clearing a space on your book shelves for new volumes? The Friends of Galena Public Library suggest you consider donating your books for their annual "pre-owned book sale. Beginning April 1, the Friends will be accepting children and adult books in good condition. DVDs, books on tape and CDs can be donated as well. Books that are not included in the sale are textbooks, computer manuals, Readers' Digest books, magazines, encyclopedias, business books and books in poor condition. People may donate used books between April 1 and August 31. Books can be dropped off in the lower level of the Galena Public Library. Donations will help finance many projects and purchases that benefit the library. For more information, please contact the Galena Public Library at 815-777-0200 or visit galenalibrary.org.

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
Bell Tower Theater
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!!

Holly Ball

Sunday, December 6 @ 5-9 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds, Grand Ballroom
Cost: $15 advance, $20 after December 4

The Ken Paulson Orchestra will be the featured performers at this years annual Holly Ball. Doors will open at 4pm and the dance will take place from 5pm-9pm. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase in October for $15. A cash bar and limited walk-up concession kitchen will be available.!

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.!

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

December 12 and 18-19 @ 7:30 PM
December 13 and 20 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A highlight of the season in Dubuque for decades, this beautiful production by the Dubuque City Youth Ballet is a "must see" for young and old alike

Events & Articles

Kids' Summer Fun: Activities and Adventures for Tots and Teens

Posted on April 02, 2015

There’s a lot to get through so let’s get to it. If you plan this right, you won’t have to deal with noisy kids for more than a few hours all summer long.

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.