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

Cathy Martin Exhibit

Now-Friday, October 31
Rountree Gallery (Clarke Bank, 345 West Pine St, Platteville, WI)

Without any formal training, Cathy Martin's paintings reveal a true artist's intuition through complex detailing and intriguing compositional choices. A Wisconsin farmer by trade, Martin's paintings recount a long history of early mornings on the family farm and a subtle longing for life little changed from generation to generation. The artist's pristine paint handling and authority over light and shadow match her unique visions and command of realism.

Tom Hemple Exhibit

Show: Now-Sunday, November 23
Reception: Sunday, October 26 @ 1-3 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St. Maquoketa, IA)

Tom Hempel is one of the Quad Cities area’s most talented and creative watercolor artists. Tom has completed over 1,000 paintings depicting homes - new and old - schools, universities, public and private office buildings and churches. His work is widely distributed both in and outside the Quad Cities. Though well known for the work he has done to date, Tom has recently begun to expand his creative horizons by painting what he "sees" with his eyes and heart and not so much from photos he has taken. He is doing more "whimsical' work, combining several different scenes to make a new scene. As a result, he has launched a new era of creativity. Add to his list of accomplishments a calendar underwritten by the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Department. This calendar contains paintings of places and buildings in his beloved Quad Cities. Tom's paintings have been featured in local newspapers on both sides of the river and recently has had over forty of his paintings displayed in an exhibition at a new business in LeClaire which received high critical praise and led to several paintings being sold.

Art @ your library®

Now-Monday, November 24
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Second floor Rotunda

The unique and successful Art @ your library® exhibit for October and November will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning Friday, October 3, 2014 featuring the artists from StudioWorks. The artwork features two dimensional pastels and watercolors by artists Rose Ann Derks-Noel, Odra Eberhart, Donna Gibson, Barbara Heitzman, Alda Kaufman, Sharon Krapfl and Cynthia Nelms-Byrne. The opening will also include a preview of decorative chair art created by local artists Anne Gibson Amore, Cynthia Nelms-Byrne, Isabelle Kirkendall, Maureen Frommelt, Michael Reiss, Stormy Mochal, Joan DuBay Tully and Library staff member Sarah Smith in a silent auction in support of the Art @ your library® program.

This Art @ your library® opening reception will be held in conjunction with the Fall Into Art Gallery Tour from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday, October 3, 2014 in the Library’s Historic Rotunda. Artists will be on hand during the reception to meet people and discuss their works. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The exhibit runs through November 24, 2014.

Art @ your library® continues the relationship between the Library and art throughout its 112 year history by bringing unique, local exhibits to the Library. A variety of artists’ works are featured during the year with a reception for the current artist to highlight their work for the public to enjoy.

Homage to the Tallgrass Prairie: Watercolors by George Olson

Now-Sunday, November 30
Dubuque Museum of Art

Since a 1990 exhibition at the British Museum of Natural History, Illinois botanical artist George Olson has been documenting the plant life of the American prairie through his large-scale drawings and watercolors. He is also actively involved in prairie propagation and educational efforts. Thirty-nine of Olson’s prairie botanical illustrations can be seen, allergy and bug free, in a new exhibition at the Dubuque Museum of Art opening August 15th. These detailed “plant portraits” show native tallgrass plants in full bloom as well as at the end of their life cycle when they have withered and browned. The artist collects his samples on hikes through the plants’ native habitats and brings them back to his studio.

Olson was a professor of art at the College of Wooster in Ohio from 1963 to 2000. His artwork has been shown throughout the United States and England. He and his wife reside in Woodhull, Illinois.

Dubuque Through the Lens: A Camera Club Perspective

Now-Sunday, November 30
Dubuque Museum of Art

This is the 2nd annual display of photographs from members of the Dubuque Camera Club, this year featuring 23 works with a uniquely Dubuque theme. The Dubuque Camera Club has been in existence since the early 1940s with its start at the Dubuque YMCA. The current club has over 30 members and is part of the N4C which is an organization of 42 camera clubs in 11 North Central states. Photo enthusiasts of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Camera Club and learn more about photography, become a qualifying member of N4C, and be eligible to participate in contests and activities.

"Cheers! The Art of the Drink" Exhibit

Now-Saturday, November 1
219 Summit St, Galena, IL

The Galena Center for the Arts will be presenting a new exhibit, “Cheers! The Art of the Drink”, celebrating the art of making, presenting, and appreciating wine, beer, and spirits, as well as original and commercial artwork related to drink and the pleasures of imbibing.

Among the show’s highlights are original artworks by regional artists, including Beth Bird, Eric Faramus, Hal Martin and Charles Fach, historic Galena brewery photographs and artifacts, vintage beer trays and memorabilia, and a complete collection of Nouveau and Octoberfest posters. And, of course, ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall! Presentations related to the Art of the Drink will be announced on the Center for the Arts' website, This free exhibit will be open from 1:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursdays through Sundays from Saturday, September 6 through Saturday, November 1, as well as by appointment for school or tour groups.

The exhibit will be presented at 219 Summit St. in Galena, a handicapped accessible building. In addition to the special exhibit, two rooms are devoted to historic photographs from the Alfie Mueller collection, and a new gallery space will highlight the work of local artists. This first exhibit features pieces by Gary David, Toni Klingler, Jan Lavacek, Diann Marsh, Stephanie O'Shaughnessy, and Charlene Price.

The Galena Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the contributors to the exhibit, the many volunteers who make it possible, and our generous sponsors. These include the Northern Illinois Wine Growers, Family Beer and Liquor Store, Potosi Brewing Company, Galena Cellars Winery and Blaum Brothers Distilling Company.

For further information, contact Carole Sullivan at 815-777-0410 or visit

Surrealism and Storytelling art exhibit

Now-Sunday, November 30
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The DAAC invites you to the Surrealism and Storytelling art exhibit. This is the first DAAC-sponsored exhibit to feature national and international artists, in addition to local talent. Cities represented include Chicago, IL; Leipzig, Germany; Collingswood, NJ; Toronto, Canada; Nacogdoches, Texas; Dubuque, Iowa; and surrounding areas. Upcoming artists from Luther College, Austin State University, Purdue University, and Hempstead High School, among others, are also featured. This exhibit is composed of all forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, performance, and video works from both established and upcoming artists.

Opening reception is Saturday, October 25, 6 pm to 10pm. Surrealist costumes encouraged. Tunes by The Depression Business, followed by Live performance art and music by Iowa City’s I/OWAR and Dog Hairs, from Davenport, Iowa. Cultivating preposterous auditory collages simultaneously alongside delectable rhythmic prophecies, I/OWAR rearranges preconceptions regarding spontaneous musical mysticism. Dog Hairs blends together the sights and sounds that he has happened upon, captured intentionally, and created specifically, creating collages with antiquated analog technologies.The event will also feature "gore" theatrical makeup tutorials and demonstrations by makeup artist and Creative Director of Rogue Collections, Sami Sue. For more information, visit or email

Pastel Society Artists Paintings and Plein Air Painting

Now-Monday, December 1
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St, Maquoketa, IA)

A French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French. The public is invited to join the Iowa Pastel Society artists as they do "plein air" painting at various Maquoketa sites. Bring your own canvas, paints, and easel to paint alongside of these accomplished artists. Pastel demos by John Evans and Tom Christopher during the reception.

Offsite Outside the Lines Art Gallery Exhibit

Now-December 31
NICC Town Clock Center

Outside the Lines Art Gallery maintains an off-site exhibit space at the NICC Townclock Center for Professional Development located at 6th and Main Streets in downtown Dubuque. Quarterly exhibits are installed featuring the 2D artwork of area artists. During October, November and December, Outside the Lines offers a group exhibit by members of the Bellevue Arts Council, from Bellevue, Iowa: Earl Sawvel, Michelle Taylor, Gail Chavenelle, Laura Larabee, Dave Eischeid and Tom Henning. This exhibit includes photography, metal sculpture, monoprints, mixed media, oil and watercolor paintings. The mission of the Bellevue Arts Council is to create, foster, and promote a unique regional arts environment by supporting the arts, art education, and the artists in Eastern Iowa. The works are available for viewing during regular school hours through the end of December, 2014, and unless otherwise noted, are for sale.

Macabre Art Exhibit

Now-Sunday, December 7
Nash Gallery

The Nash Gallery, located above Monk’s Kaffee Pub on Bluff Street hosts a special exhibit through the month of October: Macabre. The exhibit, which will host an opening reception on Friday, October 17 from 7-9 PM will feature the artwork of ten area artists, celebrating the theme of death and horror. Along with the opening, the Nash Gallery will host a Halloween Party on Friday, October 31 from 7-10 PM with entertainment provided by fellow Dubuque County Fine Arts Society affiliates Trainwreck Productions, Rogue Collections, and Dubuque Area Writers Guild. A $3 donation at the door will get you some cool door swag and costumes are definitely encouraged as there will be a costume contest. In addition to the opening reception and Halloween Party, the Nash Gallery will host a free macabre film series on Saturdays at 6 PM, including Nosferatu on October 18, Suspiria on October 25, Videodrome on November 1, and Eraserhead on November 8.

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

Wednesdays: 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.

Macabre Art Exhibit Halloween Party

Friday, October 31 @ 7-10 PM
Nash Gallery

The Nash Gallery Macabre Art Exhibit, which features the artwork of ten area artists, celebrating the theme of death and horror, hosts a Halloween Party on Friday, October 31 from 7-10 PM with entertainment provided by fellow Dubuque County Fine Arts Society affiliates Trainwreck Productions, Rogue Collections, and Dubuque Area Writers Guild. At 8:00 PM, Trainwreck Productions presents Macabaret, a musical Halloween cabaret, followed by live models and the Rogue Collections show announcement at 8:30 PM and frightful stories and poems by Dubuque Area Writers Guild (DAWG) at 8:45 PM A costume contest, light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and more will be part of the festivities. Admission is $3. For more information, visit,,, or

Eighth Annual Arts and Crafts Show

Saturday, November 1 @ 9 AM-1 PM
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (2145 JFK Rd.)
Cost: FREE

The arts and craft show features local artisans and craftsmen. The handmade items include: hand-crafted baskets, woods, up-cycled art, needlework, jewelry, fall décor, wall art, wreaths, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and décor, delicious baked goods, and much, much more! Free Admission and Door Prizes! Benefit for the Dubuque Lutheran School.

Art Glass Workshop

Saturday November 1 @ 1-3:30 PM
Studio Works, 900 Jackson St.

Come use your creativity and have fun! With Barb’s guidance, each student will design and decorate six fused glass ornaments (or four ornaments and a small 4” tray) — trees/presents/rounds/butterflies or other abstract shapes with the pieces provided. Ornaments will be taken to Barb’s studio for firing and be available to pick up about 2 weeks later. These classes fill up fast so please register early. Cost of $60 includes all materials, and prepayment is required to hold your space. Contact Barb McKinlay for more information or to sign up at

Dubuque Chorale Children's Choir Debut

Saturday, November 1 @ 7:30 PM
Nativity Church (1225 Alta Vista St.)
Admission: Free

The Dubuque Chorale Children's Choir debuts, joining the Dubuque Chorale for a concert inspired by the innocence and wonder of childhood.

Guys in Ties

Saturday, November 1 @ 8 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The talented actors from the Quad Cities’ Comedy Sportz are back! Laugh along as they create a brand new show right before your very eyes using suggestions from you and your fellow audience members. Tickets are $19.

Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side

Sunday, November 2 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
Tickets: $28 Adults; $18 Students with ID (Use passcode DISCOVER for a $5 discount)

Mark Rodgers, curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions, is the creator and host of “Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side.” He takes audiences on a journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of DaVinci and Michelangelo. This inspirational multi-media presentation compares and contrasts the two greatest geniuses of the Italian Renaissance. This historically accurate voyage is accompanied with video, animations of machines, artwork, inventions, paintings and sculptures. This event relates DaVinci and Michelangelo to our modern times by understanding and appreciating these timeless geniuses.

Create a Quilt Block for Quilts of Valor

Sunday, November 2 @ 2-4 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Aigler Auditorium

Drop in to the Aigler Auditorium between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, to make a quilt block using one 8 inch square of fabric and crayons.  The blocks will be sewn into quilts to be given to Tristate veterans, honoring their service. Cyndy Billmeyer, Iowa Region 5 Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, will be on hand along with other local quilters to help.

This program is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.  For more information, call the library at 563-589-4225 and ask for the Reference Desk.

10th Annual Fall Beer Tasting

Thursday, November 6 @ 5:30-8 PM
Family Beer & Liquor
Tickets: $15 adv; $20 door

Toys for Tots will receive the proceeds from this year’s tasting. Advanced tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor for $15, or buy them at the door for $20. Tim Althaus, Proprietor of Family Beer & Liquor noted, “We’ll have beers from six continents open to taste… something for every palate from hot new IPAs to robust Porters and Stouts. Sample from over 80 varieties of craft and import beer, plus two new stations this year: A Ginger Beer/Moscow Mule station and Blaum Bros. Distilling and Paradise Distilling will be sampling their spirits. It’s a great time to “Try Before You Buy” going into this holiday season.” Special discounts will be available on all beer and liquor purchased during the tasting.

Narnia the Musical

November 6, 7, and 8 @ 7 PM
Saturday, November 8 @ 1 PM
Platteville Municipal Theater (75 N. Bonson St., Platteville, WI)
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students

The full length musical, Narnia, based on C.S. Lewis' beloved classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, will be performed by the Tri-State Homeschool Drama Troupe at the Platteville Municipal Theater, 75 N. Bonson St. Plattevielle, WI.This is the 18th year for the drama troupe and their first musical. 48 students and recent graduates from the tri state region make up the cast. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased on a will call basis at the email address below, at the Driftless Market in Platteville or at the door.

Dubuque Museum of Art Very Important Party

Friday, November 7 @ 6 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque

Join the Dubuque Museum of Art for their annual Live and Silent Auction at the Julien Hotel, on Friday, November 7th at 6 PM Cost is $40 which includes light appetizers and drinks (yes, open bar!) Tables of 10 are available. Artists will be working on site, including a portraitist, a caricaturist, as well as a “Take a Swipe at Art” community abstract painting. For reservations, contact Diane Sass at 563-557-1851. The DMA has the 3rd largest collection of Grant Wood paintings, as well as the famous Edward S. Curtis Native American photographs. Every 2nd grader in the Dubuque area comes through its doors to view local and regional art. The DMA hosts a high school exhibit every other year, with a juried invitational Biennial Exhibit on opposite years. They offer art history classes during the lunch hour and have an art therapy outreach program with the Maria House and Teresa Shelter.

Dubuque Food & Wine on the River

November 7–9
Port of Dubuque

Following a wildly successful inaugural year in 2013, the Dubuque Food & Wine on the River festival returns to the Port of Dubuque on November 7-9, presented by the Hotel Julien Dubuque. The weekend-long showcase of gourmet food and wine from Dubuque’s finest venues welcomes celebrity guest Paul Gilmartin from TBS’s “Dinner and a Movie.”

Friday night’s Reserve Tasting at the Mississippi Moon Bar in the Diamond Jo Casino will once again feature the talented chefs from Caroline’s Restaurant in the Hotel Julien, L. May Eatery, Pepper Sprout and Woodfire Grill at the Diamond Jo Casino who will be serving up amazing entrées. Naturally, the Reserve Tasting will feature truly fine wines with an entry level price of $25–$30 per bottle. Entertainment will be provided by Kristina Castaneda and Shawn Healy, and the night will be hosted by Paul Gilmartin who will also do a little bit of food and wine related stand-up to set the mood.

Saturday kicks off with a parade running from Stone Cliff, up onto Main Street, and back again with Paul Gilmartin acting as the Grand Marshall. The day then brings yet another tasting event, this one more accessible to the everyday wine drinker with wines starting in the $10 a bottle range. A much more party-like atmosphere is ensured by the presence of The Lonely Goats who bring the party every time with a great eclectic mix of music. Once again, there will be a soup battle royal featuring the four restaurants from Friday night plus additional entries from Cremer’s Grocery, The Dubuque Food Co-Op and East Mill Bakery with judging at 2 PM led by Paul Gilmartin.

Tickets for Friday night are $65 each and Saturday is $45 with a weekend pass being offered for just $99. They are available at all participating restaurants, Van’s Liquor Store, Stone Cliff Winery and online through the event website,

On Sunday, everyone is invited to Van’s Liquor Store, just over the river, for mimosas, bloody marys and complimentary pastries from 10 AM–1 PM where you’ll also find great deals on the wines you sampled over the weekend.

The Hotel Julien is also putting on a killer deal for the weekend which includes a room for two nights, dining at Caroline’s and weekend passes to the event for a stellar rate. When all is said and done, proceeds from the weekend benefit Resources Unite, a local nonprofit organization that connects individuals and corporations to volunteer opportunities. Much more to come in the next issue of 365ink, stay tuned! Or just visit now and get your tickets before they’re gone.

Whispers & Shouts

Saturday, November 8 @ 7-11 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The following month, on Saturday, November 8, from 7 PM to 11 PM, the exhibit will host Whispers & Shouts, an evening of storytelling and readings.This event will feature local emerging authors reading from their works, as well as community members taking to the podium to share autobiographical tales. Several guests from Dubuque and the surrounding community will share personal stories, ranging from the lighthearted to the serious. In addition to our guests, audience members will be invited to volunteer to tell their stories. For more information, visit or email

Quilts of Valor Display & Presentation Ceremony

Ceremony: Sunday, November 9 @ 2 PM
Display: November 9-10
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Aigler Auditorium

Colorful quilts celebrating veterans' service are on display in the Library's rotunda area.  The quilts, created by local quilters, are hanging from the railing on the third floor.  The display is open for viewing during library hours through Monday, November 10.  Cyndy Billmeyer, Iowa Region 5 Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, will present several quilts to veterans on Sunday, November 9, in the Aigler Auditorium at 2 p.m.  Cake and punch will be served following the ceremony.

The mission of Quilts of Valor is to "comfort, honor and thank" every service member and combat veteran of any conflict.  Quilts of Valor (QOVs) are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts by thousands of volunteers throughout the United States.  The quilts are a generous lap-size with a minimum of 60 x 65 inches, made with quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by volunteers with long arm sewing machines.

This program is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.  For more information, call the library at 563-589-4225 and ask for the Reference Desk.

Russian Guitar Quartet

Sunday, November 9 @ 2-3:30 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Children

Dan Caraway and Oleg Timofeyev duo return with the full Russian Quartet to the Maquoketa Art Experience.  You will not want to miss this exciting musical performance! Under the aegis of Dr. Oleg Timofeyev, the Russian Guitar Quartet debuted at the International Annual Russian Guitar Festival in 2007. It featured new arrangements for four Russian seven-string guitars of great works of the composers Cesar Cui, Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (of the “Mighty Five”). This debut marked the beginning of virtuoso chamber performance of the rich Russian guitar tradition, which had been submerged following the introduction of the Spanish guitar to the USSR by Andrés Segovia in the1920s. The seven-string Russian guitar is tuned in G and had a separate existence from the Spanish tradition, dating to at least the late 18th century. It developed not only with Russian music, but also Roma, Jewish, Georgian and other traditions within the Russian Empire.

“Our Lives as Sacred Story: A Creative Exploration of the Heart and Spirit of Our Experience” Workshop with Carrie Newcomer

Tuesday, November 11 @ 7 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center (1001 Davis St)
Cost: FREE

Songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator Carrie Newcomer will lead a workshop titled "Our Lives as Sacred Story: A Creative Exploration of the Heart and Spirit of Our Experience.” This workshop will use conversation, exploratory writing, group and individual experiences designed to facilitate a spiritual framing of our daily lives and inspire us to ponder the beauty and meaning of our personal histories. This workshop has been developed to be very safe, nurturing and encouraging. It welcomes all, including those who have previous experience in writing, songwriting or creative expression, as well as those who are interested in exploring new ways to tell their own personal story.

There is no charge to attend, however, free will offerings will be welcomed. The registration deadline is Friday, November 7. To register, call Shalom at 563/582-3592 or visit: to register online. Note: This program is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence endowment. Attendee Bonus: All workshop attendees will be given the opportunity to purchase two tickets at the reduced price of $9 each for the Friday, November 14 Carrie Newcomer concert performance at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center.

Newcomer internationally facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on the topics of songwriting, spirituality and vocation in secular, college/educational and spiritual settings. For more information, visit

An Irish Christmas

Wednesday, November 12 @ 7 PM
University of Wisconsin Platteville Center for the Arts

An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table this year – joy, hope, laughter, friendship, celebration, of life through storytelling, music, song, and dance in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of ‘magic!’ Dancers dance through the generations over brooms, on half doors, around butter churns, into the world of mythology and out again. Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! You can be sure of a rip-roaring celebration of Christmas from the heart of glorious Ireland with a superb team of Irish traditional musicians, dancers from the Kerry Dance Troupe led by Kevin Horton (Riverdance), the Kerry Records voice squad, and Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen. We will journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making, singing of Christmas carols and great storytelling in an unforgettable Irish night. Irish folk theatre at its best! Tickets Range from $17-$34. Call 608.342.1298 or visit

Classical Music Guitar Concert: Zane Merritt

Friday, November 14 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University, Jansen Music Hall
Admission: Free

Dubuque native and Clarke University graduate Zane Merritt returns to Dubuque on Friday, Nov. 14, to perform a concert of new classical guitar music. Merritt, who currently resides in Buffalo, N.Y., is a member of the new music ensemble Wooden Cities. As a composer, his new orchestral work "Dramatic Individuals" will be premiered by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 15. His concert at Clarke University will feature works by rarely performed Japanese composer Takeo Noro in addition to pieces by new music legends Charles Wuorinen and Luciano Berio. He will round the concert off with a transcription of the Fuga movement from Bach's 3rd solo violin Sonata, the longest Fugal work of Bach's career. Merritt's recent exploits include solo performances in Symphony Space in New York City in March 2013, and concerts of his own music and Michael Schelle's music in Nagoya and Takamatsu, Japan, in July 2013. Cellist T.J. Borden called Merritt a "free improv guitar freak, unique in his ability to simultaneously melt your brain and cause you to scratch the underside of your jaw in deep contemplation." For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Live at the Heritage Center
Carrie Newcomer, folk singer/songwriter

Friday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Vocalist/guitarist Carrie Newcomer has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by The Boston Globe and Rolling Stone wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” One of the definitive voices of the heartland and progressive spirituality, Newcomer has the ability for sharp observation of the world. Pianist Gary Walters joins Carrie for this special concert.

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

26th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Saturday, November 15 @ 6:30 PM
The Diamond Jo Casino Banquet Hall

The purpose of the Freedom Fund Banquet is two-fold. We want to engage Dubuque and the tri state in a celebratory event with our chapter as we continue the advancement of civil rights for all. Money raised from the banquet also provide the funding for our annual Dr. Martin King Jr. Essay Contest. We strongly believe that the next generation of young people be knowledgeable of who Dr. King was and what he stood for. Your support enables us to do just that. This Freedom Fund Banquet will be a grand celebration and a new beginning for our Dubuque chapter. Our key note speaker will be Mr. Anson Asaka. He is a cum laude graduate from Howard University and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. He is the Assistant General Counsel of the NAACP Legal Department. Everyone is welcome to attend. The program and entertainment promise to delight and inform us. A cash bar will open at 6:00 p.m. and our program will begin at 6:30 with dinner served at 7:00. We will conclude the evening with music by Gregory James. Bring your dancing shoes.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: 88 Keys to the City

Saturday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 @ 2 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

A Dubuque native, Merrit’s new work is inspired by the spirit and people of our “Key City”. Alpin Hong makes his DSO debut with Liszt’s explosive First Piano Concerto. Dvořák’s pastoral Eighth Symphony, composed in his beloved Bohemia, is filled to the brim with sunny melodies.

“Streamlines” Literary Conference

Saturday, November 15
Clarke University

The language and literature departments at Clarke University, Loras College and the University of Dubuque will host “Streamlines,” an undergraduate conference celebrating language, literature and writing, on Saturday, Nov. 15, on the Clarke campus.

Now in its fourth year, this collaborative conference is designed to give undergraduate students of language and literature the opportunity to share their scholarly and creative work. This year's conference features a variety of paper presentations and workshop sessions by approximately 50 undergraduate students from 10 colleges and universities from six states.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Arturo Arias, professor of Latin American literature at the University of Texas (Austin) Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. He is a well-known expert on Central American literature, with a special emphasis on indigenous literature, as well as critical theory, race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial studies.

In conjunction with the conference, Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque will host a special showing of “El Norte,” which Arias co-wrote, on Friday, November 14, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A $2 donation is suggested. Arias will be on hand to introduce the film and a question and answer session will follow the film.

For more information, visit Media requesting more information can contact the

Transgender Awareness Week: “Trans” Movie Screening

Monday, November 17 @ 7 PM
Mindframe Theaters
Admission: FREE

To celebrate Transgender Awareness Week, Dubuque Transgender will be showing "Trans" at Mindframe Theaters starting at 7 p.m. This is a FREE event for everyone. With a question answer session to follow. We encourage everyone to come and watch this award winning documentary, and view some of the challenges faced by our transgender community.

Roshek Holiday Nonprofit Holiday Decoration and Silent Auction

November 17–December 5
Roshek Building

This holiday season, the Roshek building will look a little different, and you’d better be ready to celebrate it in style! Dubuque Initiatives and the Roshek Building community invite nonprofit organizations to decorate a holiday wreath, tree, centerpiece or other festive item (don’t worry, they’ve got outlets for your hundreds of lights!) to be auctioned off November 17 – December 5 during the Roshek Holiday Decoration Silent Auction. Bidding is open to the community during Roshek Building hours, and winners will be announced at the Holiday Nonprofit Night, starting at 4 PM on December 5 – but get there before bidding closes at 6. This is an opportunity for area nonprofits to gather with the Dubuque community to celebrate the holiday season and share their positive impact! Don’t forget to check your favorite local nonprofits’ websites to see if they’re involved in the Roshek Holiday event, or to let them know how to get involved.

Kari McCann at or 563.588.2700, Cathy Lauer at or Pam Oster at can be contacted with questions or concerns. Nonprofits can register by contacting Cathy or Pam, or by calling the Roshek Building office at 563.583.1470 no later than November 12.

"Breakfast at Sally's” Book Discussion

Tuesday, November 18 @ 7-8:30 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center (1001 Davis St.)
Offering: $6

Shalom Spirituality Center has been hosting a continuing series of "Reading That Matters" book discussions on books that can impact how we look at our world and the people in it since Fall 2009. Discussion will center around the book Breakfast at Sally's by author Richard LeMieux. Your stereotypes about the homeless will disappear as you read this memoir written by a homeless near-60-year-old. LeMieux was a successful businessman living happily with his wife and family when his business failed and he lost everything, including his family. In this memoir, written mostly while he lived in his van, he describes what his daily life is like. We meet the people he meets on this journey, and see “from the inside out” what it is like to be homeless. It would seem to be impossible to read his story and not be changed. Sister Eileen Miller OSF will lead the discussion.

The offering to attend is $6. To register, call Shalom at 563-582-3592 by Monday, November 17 or visit Participants are invited to read the book prior to the discussion and come to listen and share insights and enjoy a beverage. The book is available for sale at River Lights Bookstore.

Friends of Carnegie-Stout Public Library Semi-annual Book Sale

Members Pre-Sale: Friday, November 21 @ 3-5 PM
Public: Friday, November 21 @ 5-7 PM and Saturday, November 22 @ 10 AM-3 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 3rd Floor Auditorium

Books, DVDs, CDs all priced to sell. All proceeds benefit library programs. Memberships are $5.00 and are available at the door.

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 Branson Classic Country Christmas

Saturday, November 29 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $22 adv/$25 door adults; $13 adv/$15 door students

Direct from BRANSON the OZARK JUBILEE features an all star cast of Branson’s top entertainers. This year the Ozark Jubilee presents the BRANSON Classic Country Christmas!! This dynamic show salutes the music of the great LEGENDS OF COUNTRY MUSIC in the first half of the show. The entire second half of our show is a total variety of Christmas music. From traditional standards you’ll remember such as Silent Night, White Christmas and many more to some more contemporary Christmas selections. We will share with you the TRUE meaning of Christmas with music, comedy and message to provide an evening of entertainment that will touch your heart.

Christmas at Heritage Center

Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Tickets: $0-10

Following an inspired 2013 debut, this new UD tradition promises once again to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD's Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ through a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, and more. The heavenly acoustics of John and Alice Butler Hall provide the perfect backdrop for this festive and celebratory occasion. For more information, 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.

Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk

Saturday, December 6 @ 10 AM-4 PM
Galena Territory

Five homeowners in The Galena Territory invite the public to tour their beautifully decorated private homes during this year’s Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk on Saturday, Dec.6. Holiday Housewalk proceeds will be donated to several local nonprofit organizations as designated by the homeowners, including Safehaven Humane Society, Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, United Churches of Galena Food Pantry, Riverview Center and the Veteran's Freedom Center. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association, the Holiday Housewalk features self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $12 per person on the day of the tour at The Galena Territory Owners’ Club, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena, Ill., with ticket sales ending at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets also may be purchased at The Galena Territory Owners’ Club.

Light holiday refreshments will be served at the Owners’ Club, where a raffle will be held for unique handmade items by local crafters and quilters. Two clubs, the Quilters in The Territory and the Sew ‘n So’s, are sponsoring the raffle and will be donating raffle proceeds to their charity of choice, Galena Food Pantry. Please support these many worthwhile local nonprofit organizations by attending The Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk on Dec. 6, 2014. For more information, call The Galena Territory Association at 815-777-2000.

David Church Christmas Show

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Family Concert

Saturday, December 6 @ 1 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

Dive into the spirit of Christmas! This special family concert features a shorter program of lively holiday music, sing-a-longs, guest performers and, of course, a visit from our favorite jolly old elf—Santa! The concert is approximately one hour with no intermission. Free photo with Santa! Children are invited to get their picture taken with Santa for free in the Five Flags Theater lobby after the family concert.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Celebration Concerts

Saturday, December 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 @ 2 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

Celebrate the holidays with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra! We welcome the Dubuque Chorale, members of the Heartland Ballet and vocalist Wayne Tigges as our special guests for this enchanting Christmas concert. The combination of familiar favorites, festive new music and the cheerfully decorated theater will leave you in the spirit of the season. Join us and create loving memories with your family and friends that will last a lifetime.

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.

Heartache Tonight - The Music of the Eagles

Wednesday, December 31 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $25 adv; $30 door

rom the powerful guitar duel in Hotel California" to the shimmering harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feeling." Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience, with meticulous attention to every detail. Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge rock powerhouse that produced hits over our decades. There are no pre-recorded backing tracks in the Heartache Tonight show; all vocal harmonies and guitar parts are faithful to the originals and performed live. There is no " choreography no leather pants, no cowboy hats! Just hit song after hit song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, performed by tremendously talented musicians with perfection and passion. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road," the snarling guitars of "Life In The Fast Lane," the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative "Heart Or The Matter." Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real thing.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Family Concert

Friday, January 23 @ 8 p.m.
Mississippi Moon Bar (Diamond Jo Casino)

Join us for the third annual Ultimate Rock Hits concert featuring chart toppers from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Members from local rock bands Half Fast, Crystal Leather, Menace, Joie Wails Band and JJ Schmitz Duo join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for a hell-raising good time. Don’t be fooled! This orchestra fights, for its right…..TO PARTY!

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Epic Eroica

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Dallas Brass presents American Musical Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Tcheers for Tchaikovsky

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

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Ensemble Español presents Flamenco Passion!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Best of Opera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events & Articles

Dubuque Food & Wine on the River

Posted By Mike Ironside on October 30, 2014

November 7–9

Port of Dubuque

Once we get past that initial shock of the cool weather which signals the changing seasons, autumn certainly has its charms. While it might be any number of pumpkin spice-scented or flavored things for some, for many it’s crisp fall days, beautiful autumn colors and a sudden urge to fire up the stove in the kitchen. Yes, autumn is a great time to eat, whether it’s a big pot of soup on the stove, a chicken roasted to perfection in the oven, or dinner out on the town. For wine lovers, it’s also a great time to try some hearty reds or find the wine that pairs perfectly with whatever is on the menu for the evening. So the timing really couldn’t be any better for the celebration known as Dubuque Food & Wine on the River.

Live Music Features

Posted on October 10, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Halloween for Adults

Posted on October 09, 2014

Two big nights of Halloween this year. Here's what's shakin' on your boots...

Halloween for Families

Posted on October 09, 2014

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike.  Here is a whole grab bag of fun-sized events for the whole family, from now through the end of the month.

Gary Olsen: There Are Places I Remember

Posted By Bryce Parks on September 30, 2014

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in Dubuque who has more successfully balanced a creative existence between fine art and graphic design than Gary Olsen. In many ways, the lines are blurred, with many of his best artistic works coming growing out of commissions or charitable purposes and many of his finest commercial design pieces being worthy of framing themselves. It’s pretty difficult to engage actively in the Dubuque community and not encounter a Gary Olsen original design, whether it be a painting hanging in a business or a friends home, or a logo on the side of a vehicle or on a t-shirt. He’s painted, drawn, filmed and crafted his life into the canvas of Dubuque, which is only appropriate as the works he’s created for his latest show are a literal reflection of this community on which he’s made such an impact.