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

Art @ your library

Now-July 23
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Carnegie-Stout’s unique Art @ your library® exhibits for April and May will fill the Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning June 6 through July 23 with works from artist James Brown and a tribute to artist Lisa Hammer, also known as Trixie Kitsch. Brown will be exhibiting his unique digital works embracing and celebrating the strange aspects of life and discussing social commentary. A special tribute to late artist Lisa Hammer’s works will include pieces that shared her appreciation of the simple things in life such as laughter, love, music, dancing, beauty and wittey cleverness in any form.

This Art @ your library® opening reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6 in the Library’s Historic Rotunda. Throughout the evening artist James Brown will be on hand to meet people. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Art @ your library® continues the relationship between the Library and art throughout its 112 year history by bringing unique, local exhibits to the Library. There will be a variety of artists during the year. An artist reception for each show, where the art will be for sale, highlights current artists’ work to friends, library patrons, and collectors. Twenty-percent of all artworks sold help support the continuation of the Art @ your library® program.

Atmospheres: Cloudscapes and Calligraphy

Now-Sunday, July 27
Gallery C (Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson St)
The calligraphic texts represented in Atmospheres are mostly poems, and combine elements of Asian and western letterform traditions, written with a continuously moving brush. Occasionally the distinction is blurred between abstract and semantically meaningful marks. The "Enso" Zen circle doubles as an "O", the first letter of a poem.  The words become abstract flowing lines, seen vertically, they challenge legibility, but evoke the passage of thought. Included in this exhibit is a selection of previously unseen pieces from master potter Bill Farrell.

Atmospheres, hosted by Gallery C, is pleased to have the artists in attendance at the Opening Reception, Friday, June 13, 6-9pm at Gallery C. All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding arts scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.

Rountree Gallery: That Tree

Now-July 27
Reception: Sunday, July 20 @ 1-3 p.m.
Rountree Gallery (385 East Main St, Platteville, WI)

Rountree Gallery’s next show, That Tree, opens July 2nd and features the photography of Mark Hirsch. An artist reception is July 13th from 1pm-3pm. The show runs through July 27th. These photographs are a result of a year-long project that photographer Mark Hirsch took on, doing a photo a day of a lonely bur oak tree that he was inspired by. All images were taken with his iPhone. Mark Hirsch is a freelance editorial and corporate photographer who works out of Dubuque, Iowa. He has a background as a photojournalist and photo editor for the newspaper industry. Mark and his family live in Platteville, Wisconsin on a 200 acre farm about 2 miles from That Tree.

“About two miles from my home, That Tree is situated precariously on the fringe of highly productive agricultural crop ground in a Southwest Wisconsin cornfield. My relation with That Tree has awakened a newfound vision, and appreciation for the fragility of our world and the interdependence of even the smallest creatures. In turn, this fresh insight has inspired my commitment to share my photos and encourage others to embrace land stewardship as a means toward a more sustainable use of our resources” (Mark Hirsch, THAT TREE)

Tri-State Wind Symphony

Thursdays: Now-July 31 @ 7:30 PM
Eagle Point Park Band Shell (2901 Shiras Ave.)

The Tri-State Wind Symphony returns for a new season of evening concerts every Thursday in a beautiful setting at Eagle Point Park. TSWS will play pieces from symphonic repertoire, easy listening, and a few rousing marches. Every other Thursday, TSWS hosts other musical guests. The concert series is free with park admission. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic. For more information, visit

  • July 24: Dubuque Fiddlers Ann Duchow
  • July 31: TSWS Concert with season favorites

9x9x3: New Visions

Now-Sunday, August 3
Dubuque Museum of Art

Dubuque Museum of Art is the final venue and last chance to see this celebratory 35th anniversary traveling exhibition from The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY). Explore 52 intimate fiber worlds, each contained within a 9x9x3 inch framed box, by 37 artists that were selected by juror Janet Koplos, a retired Senior Editor of Art in America and guest editor at American Craft. TSGNY is a dynamic group whose members are some of today’s most innovative and influential contemporary artists, instructors, and curators in American fiber arts. An incredibly diverse range of materials and techniques can be found in this unique exhibition.

From the Permanent Collection: Ilze Siltumens-Holzer

Now-Sunday, August 3
Dubuque Museum of Art

Much admired as a “New Regionalist,” the late Ilze Siltumens-Holzer was best known for her expressionistic landscapes of the rural Midwest. She was born December 17, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1992. Under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed artists Tom Uttech, Bill Nichols, and Adolph Rosenblatt, she studied painting from 1993-95 at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Siltumens-Holzer exhibited frequently during the 1990s and early 2000s in the Milwaukee area. In 2002, she moved with her husband, James Holzer, to Hannibal, Missouri where they owned and operated the Red Hat Gallery. Dubuque Museum of Art organized an exhibition of her work in August 2006.

Lake Ripley: 1943 - Art Exhibition of Elizabeth Eagle

Now-August 6
Nash Gallery (371 Bluff St.)

Nash Gallery, the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society’s art gallery encouraging, promoting, and presenting local and regional artists, announces the opening reception of its latest solo exhibit, Lake Ripley: 1943, featuring the work of Elizabeth Eagle.

For the past five years, Elizabeth Eagle’s work has remained commonly themed, rooted in the idea of storytelling and creating narrative. From an exploration of folklore represented as an abstract visual narrative to a crafted tale from family photographs, within each there plays a manipulation of the past in order to create a new narrative.  An emphasis on color, pattern, and texture all play an important role in the aesthetic and sensibility of the artist.

Eagle’s new series, Lake Ripley: 1943, uses figures based from photographs of her mother’s family summer vacation at Lake Ripley, Wisconsin.  Figures are represented simply with shadows, shape, and line, juxtaposed with abstracted imagery and pattern.

Elizabeth Eagle received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (2006), and earned her K-12 Art Teaching Licensure at Clarke University (2010). Currently residing in Dubuque, Iowa, Eagle is an art educator at Dubuque Senior High School and is represented by Outside the Lines Art Gallery. Admission to the opening reception and gallery are free; donations are accepted.  Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception.  Regular gallery hours are 12:00-4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Eagle’s exhibition will conclude on August 6.

9th Annual Sinsinawa Dominican Heritage Exhibit

Now-Friday, August 8
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery (585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa)

This exhibit annually features art work by Sinsinawa Dominican Sister artists, as well as various works from the Motherhouse Collection. In addition, this summer's show will feature delightful interpretations of the life of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, created by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders from Blessed Sacrament School in Madison , WI. For more information, contact Priscilla Wood at (608) 748-4411 or visit

Artists on the Porch

Saturdays: Now-August 16 @ 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Outside the Lines Art Gallery (409 Bluff St.)

Each Saturday through the first half of August, different artists will demonstrate their artistry and spend quality time with visitors. Each artist will make the porch their own and offer additional artwork for sale beyond artwork shown in the gallery. The events are free. For more information, visit

  • July 19: Amber Ruden – jewelry making
  • July 26: Alda Kaufman – watercolor painting
  • August 2: Peter Fraterdeus - calligraphy
  • August 9: Stephanie Failmezger – bead mosaic
  • August 16: Tom Christopher – pastel painting

Music in the Gardens

Sundays: Now–August 24
Dubuque Arboretum

Music in the Gardens, a free summer concert series offers a wide variety of family-friendly music in the beautiful surroundings of Dubuque’s Arboretum. The free concert series begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by a variety of area businesses and organizations. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and your own picnic and refreshments!

  • July 27: Kids from Wisconsin
  • August 3: Milestone’s Off Season (American Standards)
  • August 10: Beatles 50th Anniversary (Beatles Tribute)
  • August 17: Mark and the Ridge Rangers (Old-Time Country)
  • August 24: Soulsa (Salsa)

OTLAG Artist’s Reception: Alda Kaufman and Billy Cho

Now-Sunday, August 31
Outside the Lines Art Gallery (409 Bluff St)

On Friday, July 11, Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque kicks off their next show with an Artist’s Reception celebrating new work by Alda Kaufman and Billy Cho.

The opening reception is a time honored tradition offering customers the opportunity to meet the artist and be the first to purchase an artist’s newest work. The reception is from 7pm – 9pm and is free open to the public.

Dubuque artist Alda Kaufman will be showing her new watercolor paintings of new views of the Tri-state area. Many portray familiar scenes including O’Leary’s Lake, the East Dubuque Bridge, Eagle Point Park’s Log Cabin Pavilion. Kaufman will be demonstrating her painting techniques on Saturday, July 26 from 11am -3pm as the Artist on the Porch at the Dubuque gallery.

Also exhibiting is Iowa City artist, Billy Cho, who presents functional, porcelain pottery including teapots, vases and pitchers. His pots are wheel thrown, altered and then decorated with elegant lines of slip before being glazed and fired. This show will be available through August, 2014.

Dubuque GALLERY HOURS are Monday through Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Sunday: 11am – 4pm. For more information please call: 563-583-9343, visit the website: or on their Facebook page.

Edward S. Curtis and Thomas Moran

Now-Monday, September 1
Dubuque Museum of Art

Two of America's great artists, landscape painter Thomas Moran and Native American photographer Edward S. Curts, come together in this exhibition that highlights their unparalleled creative and technical skill. Curtis was a generation younger than Moran but he had much in common with his elder. Both men were intrepid explorers and tireless artists. They had an interest in the lands and people of the American West and sought to heroically represent and preserve each in their own way in their art.

Shullsburg Music in the Park

Thursdays: July 24 31 and August 7 @ 7-8:30 p.m.
Badger Park (279 Estey Rd, Shullsburg)
The free family concerts are held from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Shullsburg’s Badger Park. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at each event and concert goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. The five events are held on Thursday evenings, rain or shine. A nightly drawing is also being added to the concert’s agenda this year. For more concert information, go to or the Shullsburg Music in the Park facebook page.

Thursday, July 24 – Takin’ The 5th
Hailing from Platteville and Potosi, Wisconsin, this talented trio of musicians has been together since 2004 coming out of their basement roots to entertain throughout the tri-state area in full force. With a genre of contemporary classic rock and a splash of country, their wide range of covers span from Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash to Eric Clapton and The Eagles. A unique band, with a unique sound. Food and beverage will be provided by The Shullsburg Community Development Corporation, starting at 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 31 – The Dylan Doyle Band
New to the Shullsburg stage this year is this up and coming group of musicians who are passing through on tour as featured acts at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Grateful Garcia Gathering and numerous other national venues. The group features unique musical interpretations that lies somewhere within the delta of rock, rockabilly and the blues and with an appeal that spans a large audience of all ages. This show is truly a must see! A hog roast will be provided by Russell Law Offices, S.C., with proceeds benefitting the Benton/Shullsburg girls’ basketball, starting at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 7 – The Fever River String Band
One of the concert series’ signature bands, this old-time fiddle, string, tin pan and jug band are a five piece group that hails out of Benton, Wisconsin. This group’s particular genre has many influences from Charlie Poole, Hank Williams Sr., and Johnny Cash to Old Crow Medicine Show and the Foghorn String Band. You won’t be able to keep your feet from tappin’. The Shullsburg Lions Club will be holding their annual chicken dinner fundraiser that evening, starting at 6 p.m.

Suitcase Art Exhibit

Now - August 16
Great River Gallery, Bellevue, IA

Six local artists have created pieces of art using old suitcases. The exhibit is open at the Great River Gallery in Bellevue, and will remain through the Fishtival Art Festival on August 16.

"Little Shop of Horrors” Presented by Alley Stage

July 18-26 @ 7:30 p.m.
Mineral Point Opera House (139 High St, Mineral Point, WI)
Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students available at the door

Take one pathetic guy with no self-esteem, one pretty girl lacking in brains, and a depressed flower shop owner, now mix in a sadistic dentist and a man-eating plant and you've got "Little Shop of Horrors," with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Music by Alan Menken. Alley Stage presents this classic musical at the beautiful Mineral Point Opera House. For more information, visit

Dubuque… and All That Jazz!

Fridays: August 15, September 5
Town Clock Plaza

The big daddy of Town Clock festivals, Dubuque...and All That Jazz! features some of the best bands in the Midwest, a wide variety of foods, cold beverages served up by the Dubuque Jaycees and a few thousand of your closest friends with which to enjoy it all. For more information, visit

  • August 15: 10 of Soul (soul and funk)
  • September 5: The Lonely Goats (zydeco)

Youth Pottery Mini Camp

Entering Grades 2-5: July 21-25 @ 10 a.m.
Entering Grades 6-8: July 21-25 @ 1 p.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $100

In this camp you will have the opportunity to learn how to throw clay using a pottery wheel, as well as a variety of techniques to create both decorative and usable pieces of pottery. Please wear clothing that can get messy, as some materials may cause staining.

Letters to Lotte

Tuesday, July 22 @ 7 p.m.
United Methodist Church (125 S. Bench St, Galena, IL)

A special program will be held on Tuesday July 22, 7pm, at the United Methodist Church (125 S. Bench Street). Cory Ritterbusch, the Nine Galena Generals’ John C. Smith enactor, will give a brief program and a reading of six original battlefield letters written from Smith to his wife Lotte. These recent acquisitions and other John C. Smith artifacts will also be on display for public viewing. A reception will follow in the Church fellowship hall. This event is free and open to the public. Call 815.777.9129 for more details.

The Producers - A Musical by Mel Brooks

July 25-26, 31 and August 1-2 @ 7:30 p.m.
June 27 and August 3 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Our 5th annual All-Star Musical features dozens of the finest young talents in the Midwest in this hilarious Broadway hit. Big production numbers, tap dancing and the thrill of a full orchestra will delight you.

Youth Painting Mini Camp

Entering Grades 6-8: July 28-August 1 @ 1 p.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $100

In this 5-day camp your child will cultivate their painting talents using a variety of paint types, techniques, and styles. Our encouraging instructors will help your child learn new skills in a fun and engaging environment. Please have your child wear clothes that can get a bit messy, as some paints can cause staining.

Youth Drawing Mini Camp

Entering Grades 2-5: July 28-August 1 @ 10 a.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $100

In this 5-day camp you will enrich and widen your artistic talents by exploring various forms of drawing. Each day you will learn about a different medium as you create amazing works of art! This camp runs Monday through Friday.

All Star Cabaret Night

Tuesday, July 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opera House

Cast members of Oliver and The Producers will present their personal favorite Broadway tunes in this cabaret. Directors and music directors of the summer shows will also be featured. General admission is $10. For more information, visit

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

Wednesdays: July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29, November 26 @ 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.

Rock-N-Roll Rewind

August 1–2
Mississippi Moon Bar

Rock-n-Roll Rewind 2014 returns with two days of classic bands from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s in the Tri-State area. For more information, visit

Deadly Dinner-Murder Mystery

Saturday, August 2 @ 6 p.m.
Galena Cellars Vineyard (4746 North Ford Rd. Galena)

It's March 22, 1933 and Tiffany 'Gold' Digman's guests want to know: Was her murdered husband Sterling's career as an archeologist on the level? What will his friends dig up when they gather at 'The Cellars' speakeasy to drink a toast to his days on earth? Was it foul play and if it was will the killer get away with it? We'll introduce you to all the local 'characters' and have a rollicking good time as Inspector Seymore Clues returns to solve the mystery. Be prepared for a séance mediated by an aging Hollywood actress, a torch song for Sterling by none other than the weeping widow and more murder before the truth comes out. You don't have to do anything but have a good time at this Die-Laughing Murder Mystery. $49.95 includes light appetizers, dinner, dessert, soft drinks and show! For more information, please call 800-397-9463 or visit

Taste of Dubuque

Thursday, August 7
Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Enjoy mouth-watering food favorites plus live music, cold beer, entertainment, kids games, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Rising Star Theatre Company presents Peter Pan

August 7 and 8 @ 1 p.m.
August 8 and 9 @ 7 p.m.
August 9 and 10 @ 2 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

The final show of the season, featuring over 250 area youth ages eight through eighteen, is the Broadway classic, Peter Pan. Based on J.M. Barrie’s book of the same name, Peter Pan was first produced on Broadway with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard and continues today to be one of the world’s most celebrated musicals. Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical that will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Flying effects for Peter Pan will be provided by ZFX, Inc., a nationally recognized flying company.

Performances are August 7 – 10 at the Five Flags Theater. Tickets are $8 (plus fees) and can be purchased at the Five Flags Theatre Box Office or Tickets for Peter Pan are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Five Flags Theatre Box Office or For more information about Peter Pan or any of our other productions call 563.213.0110, visit our website, or email

Waist Watchers the Musical

August 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 @ 8 p.m.
August 10, 17, 24 @ 2 p.m.
August 14 and 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

This hilarious new musical comedy parodies well-known songs as four ladies work out at a local gym and belt their hearts out about their struggles with diet, exercise, food and men! The uproarious songs include Botox Queen, If I Were a Size Two, The World’s Greatest Ice Cream, I Went to the Buffett Line and much more.

Market House Square Arts Festival

August 9-10 @ 10 a.m.
Old Market House Square (123 N. Commerce St., Galena)

Browse the many exhibits by local and regional artists showcasing their paintings, woodwork, jewelry, pottery baskets and more for our 8th annual outdoor art festival. Local musicians will perform throughout the day. Plenty of food and beverages available for purchase. Please call 815-777-1448 or visit for more information.

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks

Sunday, August 10 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved songs of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash along with stories of their colorful careers that broke barriers and changed country music and pop culture forever.

Exhibition of Rejects: The Salon

Call for Artists Deadline: Friday, August 15
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 30 @ 6-10 p.m.
Show: August 30-October 4
Closing Recpeiton: Saturday, October 4
DAAC Gallery (902 Main St)

The Third Annual Salon exhibition will display works by artists rejected by other local juried exhibitions, in the tradition of the Paris Salon des Refusés of 1863. The exhibition will be held at the DAAC Gallery, 902 Main St., featuring 4200 sq. ft. of gallery space. The Salon was started by local artists in 2012, and in 2013 with the aim of championing developing talent Dubuque’s conventional galleries overlooked. In 2013, The Salon featured a diverse body of works by 23 area artists, including photography, painting, drawing, large scale sculpture, interactive installation, and more. Artists who applied and were not accepted into Voices and the DuMA biannual exhibit (or other local exhibits/galleries) in 2014 and any previous years are eligible. The artist receiving Best in Show will be featured in the next issue of the DAAC’s Grain Arts Magazine.

Opening reception will feature musical entertainment by Mama Bird (area rock, folk, and blues). Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. $10 suggested donation at the opening. The gallery will be open to the public on subsequent weekends, with a closing reception on October 3 and 4, in conjunction with Fall into Art.

To be part of the exhibition, send an email with your work or description of project to by August 15. Artists are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible to guarantee space in the exhibit. All types of work encouraged, including, but not limited to, 2D and 3D art, video and multimedia, performance art and installations. Submitted works are not required to be the pieces rejected by other exhibitions.

10th Annual Irish Hooley
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skerryvore and The Screaming Orphans

Friday, August 22
Mississippi Moon Bar
Saturday, August 23
Alliant Amphitheater

Celebrating their 10th year, this year’s music festival expands to two days with a dynamic new Friday night show at the Mississippi Moon Bar along with a full day of Irish and Celtic music and culture on Saturday at the Alliant Amphitheater at Star Brewery including a special salute to our Armed Forces backed by the Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit or call 563-583-5000.

Twisted River Of Deception: A Legacy of Love, Lies, and Liberal Arts

August 27 and 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
Loras College, St. Joseph Auditorium
Admission: Adults $5, Students $3

Twisted River of Deception is a hilarious melodrama set in Dubuque just at the end of the Civil War. A rag-tag group of villains and villainesses plot to take over the town and prevent Mount St. Bernard (early Loras College) from reopening now that the troops are returning home. The plan requires deception and disguises to try to outwit the heroes who will be ready to thwart their plans. Love blossoms between the newly returned war heroes and the young damsels of the town, but will the villains ruin it all? Come cheer the heroes, boo the villains, and enjoy the local laughs! Proceeds benefit a student scholarship chosen by faculty and staff.

Galena Food & Wine Festival

Friday, September 5 @ 7 p.m.
Galena Convention Center (900 Galena Square Dr., Galena)

A culinary dream featuring the talents of Galena area restaurants as well as a wine tasting showcasing approximately 150 varieties of wines. Admission is $50 per person. For more information, please call 815-777-1640 or visit

Texas Tenors

Saturday, September 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

The popular Texas Tenors will return on Saturday, September 6th at 7:30 pm

Voices from the Warehouse District X—Opening Night

Saturday, September 6
Voices Gallery

Voices is a month-long art exhibit and cultural event located in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District. Voices began as a way for the artist’s voice to be heard, and quickly gathered support from the Dubuque community. Now in its tenth year, the opening reception features work from local, regional and national artists along with musical performances. Opening night starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

A Streetcar Named Desire

September 26-27 and October 3-4 @ 7:30 p.m.
September 28 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Southern aristocrat Blanche, down on her luck, is reduced to living with her sister Stella and Stella’s pugnacious blue-collard husband, Stanley. Life with them in their tiny tenement apartment is unbearable until a kindly suitor appears and seems to offer Blanche a ticket to a better life. But Stanley, bristling at Blanche’s high-handed dismissal of him, sets out to
dismantle her genteel facade, hurtling them toward an epic battle in Williams Pulitzer Prize winning classic.

Galena Cellars Fall Harvest & Art Festival

Saturday, September 27 @ Noon-6 p.m.
Galena Cellars Vineyard (4746 N. Ford Rd., Galena)

Purple feet. Paint brushes. Horses. Music. Food. Geodes. Spa treatments. And wine. It's quite a combination and promises to be a fun fall adventure. A full schedule of family friendly activities - a grape stomp, live music by Jordan Danielson, horse-drawn wagon rides, geode cracking and amazing food. Area artists will be at the vineyard on both days. Free admission. 815-777-3330.

Drinking Habits

October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 @ 8 p.m.
October 12, 19, 26 @ 2 p.m.
October 16 and 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally,reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence spurs paranoia that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Drinking Habits

October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 @ 8 p.m.
October 12, 19, 26 @ 2 p.m.
October 16 and 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally,reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence spurs paranoia that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Hunter Fuerste’s - Swing Out

Saturday, October 11 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Music and memories of the Swing Era return to the Grand with Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra. 14 great musicians, the smooth blend of the Penthouse Serenaders, handsome Bryan Anthony and the lovely Amy Dolan will entertain you with two hours of music from the Great American Songbook.

Family Beer & Liquor Annual Fall Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 16 @ 5:30-8 p.m.
Family Beer & Liquor

Over 100 wines will be open to sample with terrific hors d'oeuvres. Purchase your tickets at Family Beer & Liquor.

Deadly Dinner-Murder Mystery

Saturday, October 18 @ 6 p.m.
Galena Cellars Vineyard (4746 N. Ford Rd., Galena)

It's March 22, 1933 and Tiffany 'Gold' Digman's guests want to know: Was her murdered husband Sterling's career as an archeologist on the level? What will his friends dig up when they gather at 'The Cellars' speakeasy to drink a toast to his days on earth? Was it foul play and if it was will the killer get away with it? We'll introduce you to all the local 'characters' and have a rollicking good time as Inspector Seymore Clues returns to solve the mystery. Be prepared for a séance mediated by an aging Hollywood actress, a torch song for Sterling by none other than the weeping widow and more murder before the truth comes out. You don't have to do anything but have a good time at this Die-Laughing Murder Mystery. $49.95 includes light appetizers, dinner, dessert, soft drinks and show! For more information, please call 800-397-9463 or visit

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour

October 18-19 @ 10 a.m.
Galena and Elizabeth

A self-guided pottery tour through some of Illinois's best known pottery studios and sculpture studios. Some of the studios are open just for this weekend allowing visitors a unique view of their kilns forges and workspaces with special art exhibits and activities. The artists of Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour are bound together by a love for life in the small towns along the Mississippi River. As friends and colleagues for many years they have shared meals, music, studio, spaces, kiln building projects and a way of life. Their work is constantly evolving and they pride themselves on displaying their newest and best pieces on the pottery tour. Come visit each of them at their studios and galleries. Free. For more information, please call 815-291-0644 or visit

Family Beer & Liquor Annual Fall Beer Tasting

Thursday, November 6 @ 5:30-8 p.m.
Family Beer & Liquor

Over 70 beers will be open to sample with light hors d'oeuvres. Purchase your tickets at Family Beer & Liquor. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots.

30th Annual Nouveau Weekend

November 21-23
Galena Cellars Winery (515 S. Main St., Galena)

Calling wine lovers of all levels! Join us as we celebrate the French-inspired tradition of Nouveau previewing a sampling of the vintage from the fall harvest. In Galena, Illinois we celebrate all things wine. Indulge in wine tastings from Nouveau to elegant Oregon Pinot Noirs, to stunning Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, crisp Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, to toasty Carneros Chardonnays. Also enjoy wine dinners, wine-inspired spa packages, lodging packages, shopping and all that brings wine lovers bliss. Raise your glass and let the adventure begin. For more information call 815-777-3330 or visit

A Christmas to Remember

December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 @ 8 p.m.
December 7, 14, 21 @ 2 p.m.
December 11 and 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

From the author of We’ve Been Friends Forever and Peace, Love & My Mother-in-Law comes a holiday comedy you won’t soon forget. As if the holidays aren’t hectic enough, this year Callie and her husband are moving her parents into a retirement community. It’s December 23; their house is sold, and they just have some last minute packing to do before the movers come on December 26. The problem...Dad has changed his mind and refuses to leave the house.

David Church Christmas Show

Saturday, December 6 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

December 13, 19-20 @ 7:30 p.m.
December 14 and 21 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

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

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Live Music Features

Posted on July 21, 2014

61st Annual Dubuque County Fair

Posted on July 21, 2014

Are you ready for that yearly event that screams,  “SUMMER!”? If you’re hungry for cotton candy, funnel cakes and lemonade, pumped for midway rides, livestock, and games, with live music, beer and a demolition derby all thrown into one weeklong celebration of Dubuque County in all of it’s glory, you’re ready for the 61st Annual Dubuque Country Fair!

Rock & Roll Rewind

Posted on July 17, 2014

It’s no secret that Dubuque and the surrounding area has a rich and vibrant live music scene. Pick up any issue of 365ink and look at the live music listings for any given weekend. Not only will there be multiple choices on Friday and Saturday nights (not to mention week nights) but even on Sundays, a music lover might have a dozen or more opportunities to find live music around the Tri-States. (We actually counted 20 live music events on a recent summer Sunday!)  

While part of this phenomenon is no doubt a result of the area’s general vibrancy and economic health, the richness of the current Dubuque music scene can be traced back decades to the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, when high school garage bands rocked teen dances and gymnasiums and rock, blues, and country bands entertained in all sorts of bars, taverns, and clubs. Whatever happened to those bands?

Dubuque Gran Fondo

Posted on July 07, 2014

Greg LeMond will be the guest of honor at the inaugural Dubuque Gran Fondo, a combination ride and race that begins and ends at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The ride, which is described by organizers as the equivalent of a "cycling marathon"—some riders will race to win, others will ride to enjoy an unforgettable day on a challenging course that includes many signature Dubuque bluff hills and sections of gravel roads in Dubuque County. 


Summer Theatre

Posted on July 02, 2014

One only has to look at the cover of this issue of 365ink (or flip through the rest of the issue for that matter) to realize that Dubuque has a robust arts and cultural landscape. Check out the offerings for more great summer theatre offerings! But sometimes there is so much going on that we don’t always keep up with all the possibilities.