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

Josh Van Stippen: Nanoscale Exhibit

Show: Now-Thursday, September 25
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St, Maquoketa, IA)

Josh Van Stippen grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa. He received his Masters of Fine Art in 2014 from the University Of Iowa in Dimensional Practice with an emphasis in ceramics. In 2009, he graduated from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin double majoring in Art history and Studio Art.  Josh attends workshops and residencies at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado and The Pottery Workshop In Jingdezhen, China. Josh has also conducted workshops at the Oneida Nation Arts Program.

Nanoparticles are too small to be seen with the human eye, so my work Nanoscale brings nanoparticles to the human scale. The shapes of nanoparticles captured through microscopy imaging are appropriated in my specimens. The size of nanoparticles determines their properties and is critical to research and development of materials. Across many scales, my work explores the positioning and irregularity of nanoparticles and the unique functions that are achieved only on the nanoscale.

"Work: Curse or Calling" Exhibition

Now-September 26
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Bisignano Art Gallery

The topic - Work - is particularly appropriate as it challenges returning students to the University of Dubuque, who usually see in higher education a means to gainful employment. But work as a "calling"? This show, organized by the University of Dubuque and Christians In the Visual Arts, showcases 32 images which examine art and imagery in a range of responses including pleasure or pressure and calling or dread. At the core of the show, Work suggests that art, like other enterprises, may simply be our natural response to God's grace. To be sure, some individuals and communities suffer from a lack of work, whether through political, economic, or climatic upheaval.

Pictures of work intersect the history of art in innumerable places - images marking the labors of the months appear in illuminated manuscripts; and both Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso gave us nineteenth-century images of women laboring on laundry boats in Paris that mirrored Jean-François Millet's depictions of workers, ennobled and monumentalized, gleaning the fields.

In spite of potential mundane associations, Work is the centerpiece of current discussions on calling, worship, vocation, and occupation. In fact, our daily work can take on spiritual significance as it aligns us to an understanding of, and response to, God's gift as an energetic force in human society. Consider that liturgy means, "work of the people." Like liturgy, work is structured; it is built into the rhythms of life.

The Bisignano Art Gallery is located in the Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque, on the ground level, and is handicap accessible. Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., and in conjunction with various performing arts events occurring at Heritage Center. A catalog is available with the show. For more information, contact Alan Garfield, gallery director, at 563.589.3717.

Hunt Harris Exhibition: Dubuque - A Jewel on the Mississippi River

Now-Sunday, September 28
Gallery C (Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson St.)

World renowned photographer Hunt Harris has been called “a poet with a camera, offering a highly personal yet stylized view of the world.” Gallery C is pleased to exhibit his newest prose, the infrared photographs of his Dubuque – A Jewel on the Mississippi River series.

Photography has been a deep interest of Hunt Harris since he purchased a Brownie camera in grade school. In high school he set up a darkroom in his basement and photographed for the school newspaper. After graduation, interests turned to family and career, so photography fell by the wayside. Decades later with the advent of digital cameras Hunt’s interest in photography was rekindled.

Most of Hunt’s pictures are taken on travels abroad however, most recently he has been focused on Dubuque’s architectural highlights with a camera converted to see the near infrared portion of the light spectrum. This is made up of light waves too long for the visible eye to see but short enough that most digital sensors can capture them. The infrared black and white process turns foliage white, blue skies and water dark and makes architecture stand out from the summer landscape. It gives a different look to otherwise familiar places, one that Hunt hopes the viewers of this exhibit will enjoy.

Hunt and his wife live in Moline, IL, the parents of two children and four granddaughters. Recently retired, during his career Hunt ran several companies including Star Forms and Isabel Bloom. He is an active volunteer having chaired the boards of many non-profit organizations in the Quad Cities. As a philanthropist he is president of two private foundations funding programs primarily in the Quad Cities area.

Art @ Your Library

Now-Tuesday, September 30
The unique and successful Art @ your library® exhibit for August and September will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning Friday, August 1, 2014 featuring porcelain artistry by the Burkart Studio artists. Artists’ work features classic themes of flowers and victorian designs to the more contemporary painted on porcelain plates, vases, tiles, ornaments, trays, lamps and more.

You will have the opportunity to see porcelain artistry at its best including some national award winning pieces by twenty-three talented local artists from Dubuque’s Burkart Porcelain Studio: Joann Beers, Barb Brown, Helen E. Burkart (deceased), Patty Burkart King, Grace Countryman, Krystal Faust, Deanna Gutknecht, Rose Hartzell, Ava Hash, Mary Ann Hoerstman, Patricia Iverson, Darlene Kaufmann, Isabelle Kirkendall, Libbie Krug, Jean Kunkel, Diane Leik, Linda Marshall, Terry Mozena, Pamela Pier, Phillys Shellady, Geri Shilling, Pat Leonard Skemp and Shirley Wiederholt.

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.

Rountree Gallery: Eva and Carmen Beining

Now-Tuesday, September 30
Rountree Gallery (385 East Main St, Platteville WI)

Rountree Gallery, in collaboration with FOG Friends of our Gallery, is sponsoring an exhibit of Eva and Carmen Beining’s art at the WI Bank and Trust on 151 Business in Platteville from August 5th through the end of September. The art is part of the permanent exhibit at Rountree Gallery.

Carmen Beining worked for 39 years at the University of Wisconsin Platteville as the business manager. After his retirement in 1979, he painted and was a member of the Wisconsin Regional Arts Association. In 1984, he received the Kenneth Kummerlein award in Madison for a painting. Beining, 93, passed away in 2003

Eva Beining lived to 96 years old. Eva moved from a farm in Elk Grove to Platteville Wisconsin with her family and attended the old Brick School and the the old Platteville High School on Second Street. After teaching a few years, Eva worked for 26 years in the Business office at UW-Platteville as an account examiner, retiring in 1977. Eva was interested in art. She took a class in oil painting at South West Technical College in Fennimore. Eva and her husband Carmen were members of the Lancaster Art Club and the Wisconsin Regional Arts Association (WRAA). They won many awards and in 1995 Eva’s paining Geese was on the Wisconsin Traveling Art Show. Eva loved painting, gardening, needlework, crocheting, hiking, and reading.


Now-October 3
Voices Gallery

Dubuque’s Warehouse District again serves as the backdrop to VOICES X, an annual month-long art exhibit in a warehouse, juxtaposed with engaging performances and other fun events. You will experience fantastic art in a variety of mediums, created by nationally renowned artists, carefully selected to bring a diverse collection for you to immerse your senses. Put your favorite choices on your calendar now, and bring joy to your brain, eyes, and soul. More details will come in the next issue of Dubuque 365.

19 - Internationally, Dubuque U of Iowa’s International Writing Program shares stories, poems
20 - Art Slam
21 - Equinox CD Release Celebration – Jody McGill and Marques Morel
25 - Live Theatre, RED by John Logan
27 - Michael Perry, NY Times bestselling author, humorist, singer/songwriter
28 - Emergence of Spirit - Fashion, movement and instrument

1 - Society of Brewers “Throwdown”
3 - Fall into Art Gallery Tour

Exhibition of Rejects: The Salon

Now-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.

NashStock - Psychedelia art exhibit and live music

Now-Sunday, October 5
Nash Gallery

Nash Gallery’s latest group exhibit, Psychedelia, will be on display. Meaning “mind manifesting,” works depict the inner world of the psyche. The style frequently manifests in kaleidoscopically swirling patterns, but also revolutionary political, social, and spiritual sentiments inspired by insights derived from psychedelic states of consciousness. 

The exhibit open with Nash Gallery’s annual fundraiser festival, NashStock, August 16 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. The event features food, drinks, and music by local bands including Glimmer Blinkken and Comfort Kings. A small admission cost gets you into the gallery and includes prints from local artists. Psychedelia will close October 5.The gallery’s regular hours are 12:00-4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with free regular admission. For more information, visit or

Modern Landscapes: Paintings by Grant William Thye

Now–October 19
Dubuque Museum of Art

Experience a modern view of Midwest landscapes in exhibition of eleven oil on canvas paintings by Grant William Thye. Thye is a Chicago-based artist who also runs the family farm that he grew up on in Grundy Center, Iowa. As a farmer and an artist, Thye has a unique relationship to the landscape. Thye paints what he knows best and in a style that brings a contemporary feel to a traditional subject.

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

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

Wednesdays: 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.

Picture Book Walk

Saturday, September 20 @ 10-11 a.m.
Comiskey Park

A Picture Book Walk or Story Walk is a self-guided walk where you can read a storybook as you go along. The book will be an Elephant and Piggie book titled “We Are In A Book” by Mo Willems. Discover a story displayed page by page at Comiskey Park and join us in the pavilion for book related crafts and refreshments. No registration necessary. Just show up at Comiskey with your pre-schooler!

Peter Oprisko - Fabulous Frank

Saturday, September 20 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $22 adv/$25 door adults; $13 adv/$15 door students

Finally, a fresh and unique, ultra-modern salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes! As the centennial of Frank’s birth approaches, this exciting and memorable celebration showcases Sinatra like never before! Through the years, Peter has served as a favorite consultant and contributor to numerous Sinatra-related books and publications including "The Official Price Guide to Frank Sinatra Records" and People Magazine’s commemorative tribute issue to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Peter’s cherished and privileged relationships with the Sinatra inner-circle of family, friends, songwriters, and orchestrators, coupled with his expertise, extraordinary collection, and reputation as one of the nation’s premiere interpreters of traditional American pop, jazz, and standards, makes him the perfect performer for this dazzling, unique, and unforgettable homage to The Chairman Of The Board! Come and enjoy many of your favorite Sinatra hits!

Through the Needle’s Eye Needlework Exhibit

Saturday, September 20 @ 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, September 21 @ 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Clarke University, Mary Josita Hall
Admission: $2

The Fleur-de-Lis Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the Mississippi River Sampler Guild invite you to see a wide variety of hand-embroidery, including cross stitch, needlepoint, blackwork, crewel, redwork, beadwork, and other techniques. There will also be a special display of handmade lace by the Doris Southard Lace Guild. Be sure to visit the stash sale, too.

Mackin-Mailander Feature Lecture

Sunday, September 21 @ 1 p.m.
Clarke University, Kehl Center

Dr. Michio Kaku, an international best-selling author and one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today, will present a feature lecture. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He graduated from Harvard University in 1968 (summa cum laude and first in his physics class). His goal is to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string theory which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything. His Ph.D. level textbooks are required reading at many of the world’s leading physics laboratories. He has two New York Times best-sellers, Physics of the Future and Physics of the Impossible. General admission is $12 and $5 for students. For more information, visit

Live at the Heritage Center
An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor

Sunday, September 21 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The charming, witty, and always-entertaining writer, humorist, and celebrity speaker Garrison Keillor is probably best known for his widely popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion. The show attracts 17 million listeners on more than 900 stations weekly. Keillor is the host of the daily radio and online program, The Writer’s Almanac and remains one of the most popular American storytellers of all time.

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.

Beginning Writing for Publication Workshops

River Lights Bookstore
September 21 and 28

$15 per session or sign up for both sessions for $28. Reserve your spot by calling: 563-556-4391 or emailing:

Beginning Writing for Publication
Sunday, September 21 @ 4-6 p.m.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Do you have wonderful ideas for essays and articles but aren’t sure what to do with them? Do you have a book manuscript sitting inside a file cabinet, collecting dust? Jumpstart your writing career with this two-hour course that will teach the basics of successfully writing for publication. Learn from a widely published author with tips on fitting writing time into your busy life and how to break into publishing by writing “shorts” and contemplative essays for anthologies. It touches on the basics of query-writing and the importance of building a platform.

Agents and Editors and Publishers, Oh My!
Sunday, September 28 @ 4-6 p.m.

This two hour course is for the writer who has already finished a project but is looking to further their writing career as they search for an agent or a traditional publisher for a book. Learn whether or not you need an agent, how and where to find one, and the advantages of working with a smaller publisher. This class touches briefly on the topics of obtaining published clips and breaking into smaller markets while covering the basics of formatting a manuscript head letter, query letter, synopsis, and a book proposal. It discusses how to build a platform brick-by-brick, and why authors need an online presence that includes Facebook, Twitter and a blog.

Farm to Table Dinner

Sunday, September 21 @ 4-7 p.m.
Four Mounds (4900 Peru Rd.)

The Farm-To-Table-Dinner, a four-course meal prepared by local chefs will feature locally-produced items in each dish and be served family-style outdoors at Four Mounds overlooking the Mississippi River & bluffs. Tickets for the event are limited, and can be reserved online at or by phone through the Dubuque County Extension Office for $75.00. Proceeds from the dinner will support The Dubuque Rescue Mission and Four Mounds Garden projects.

For more information including a map of the crawl and to purchase tickets for the dinner, visit

Poet-in-Residence Series Presents George Eklund

Wednesday, September 24 @ 6 p.m.
University of Dubuque, Charles C. Myers Library, Couchman Reading Room

The Poet-in-Residence Reading Series welcomes UD alum and poet George Eklund ('74). After graduating from the University of Dubuque, Eklund received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and has taught at Morehead  State University in Kentucky since 1989. He has been awarded the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry by the Kentucky Arts Council, and Morehead State's Distinguished Creative Productions Award.  His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, ABZ, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, EPOCH, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, The New Ohio Review, The North American Review, Quarterly West, 6 x 6, Sycamore Review, Trajectory, Toad, Visions International, and Willow Springs, among others. Eklund's most recent book publications include Wanting to Be an Element (Finishing Line Press), Each Breath I Cannot Hold (Wind Publications), and The Island Blade (ABZ Poetry Press). For further information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563.589.3267

Luxembourg American Film Fest

Thursday, September 25 @ 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The Luxembourg American Cultural Society invites you to attend its upcoming Luxembourg American Film Fest in Dubuque.  The Film Fest features the award-winning documentary film “Heim ins Reich” (film in English) portraying the plight of Luxembourg during the Nazi occupation and American liberation of World War II.  The Film Fest will take place on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Dubuque Carengie-Stout Library, 360 W. 11th Street, Dubuque.  There will be two showings:  1:30 p.m. showing (doors open at 1:00 p.m.) and 6:30 p.m. showing (doors open at 5:45 p.m.).  Admission is free and all are invited and welcome to attend.  For more information contact the Luxembourg American Cultural Society at 262-476-5086 or  Also visit

Movie Screening & Panel Discussion: “Growing Cities”

Thursday, September 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Convivium Urban Farmstead (2811 Jackson St.)
Cost: FREE

From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. A new documentary film, “Growing Cities,” tells the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. Join us at one of Dubuque’s newest urban agriculture sites for the movie and a discussion with Dubuque leaders who are working on community gardens and agricultural innovation in our city. Sponsored by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach, Dubuque Rescue Mission, Convivium Urban Farmstead, and Sustainable Dubuque. No reservations necessary. Snacks will be provided. Bring your own drinks. Questions? Call Jason at 563-583-6496

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Fall Meet and Greet

Friday, September 26 @ 6 p.m.
River Lights Bookstore

The Dubuque Area Writers Guild is an organization dedicated to fostering community among writers in the Dubuque area, and the Fall Meet and Greet is an informal event designed to give Dubuquers and residents of the surrounding areas an opportunity to learn more about the guild, enjoy light refreshments, hear recent work read by guild members and even read their own work in front of a live audience! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Danielle Phillips or Heidi Zull at

Rockin’ on the River: Slaid Cleaves with Melanie Devaney

Friday, September 26 @ 7 p.m.
Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center (Cascade, IA)
Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door

Enjoy great music at Rockin’ on the River. Reserved seating. Call 563-542-4659 or email for tickets.

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.

Museum Family Matinee: History of the Magic Box featuring Craig Steven

Saturday, September 27 @ 1 p.m.
Dubuque Museum of Art
Admission: FREE

The “art of the use of the box in magic” is the featured topic as illusion builder and local Dubuque performer, Craig Steven, shares the rich history of parlor and stage illusion using the common box. From the first stage performance of sawing a women in half by PT. Selbit in 1921 to the latest box effects of David Copperfield, the use of the box for escape, disappearance, appearance, and transference is a familiar vehicle for many illusions. The lecture will be followed by a brief performance and demonstration along with a question and answer period.

Performing since age 10, Craig Steven has performed in both private and stage venues for over 20 years. He is the recipient of both the stage and close-up awards from the IBM Ring 11. He designs and builds many of his own effects and for many other professional performers world-wide. You can see many of these effects on Craig’s website: In his spare time Craig is a publishing consultant and a past-president of Rotary, a Board President of the Integrus Credit Union, a board member for Keystone AEA, and a two-term Dubuque Community School Board member.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: The Planets

Saturday, September 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

After garnering rave reviews for his 2010 appearance with the DSO, Michael Ludwig returns to perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. This dynamic concerto is recognized both for its melodic beauty and complexity. Considered the most famous piece of extraterrestrial music, Holst’s The Planets depicts the astrological characters of seven planets in our solar system. Its richly-colored orchestration and memorable melodies will leave audiences delighted.

47th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes

September 27 and 28 @ 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets: $16 before September 13; $17 door

Five historic Galena homes will be open to the public each day. Among the homes to be featured this year is the Gear Street School, now a residence remodeled by Robyn Davis and Tim Wedeward, winners of the 2014 Galena Historic Preservation Award. Two other homes in that neighborhood will be 409 Gear Street and 524 South Dodge Street. Call 815.777.9129 to reserve your tickets for the 47th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes. For more information, visit

Gallery Talk: Dubuque Camera Club

Sunday, September 28 @ 1 p.m.
Dubuque Museum of Art
Admission: Free

A gallery talk by members of the Dubuque Camera Club in conjunction with their current exhibition "Dubuque Through the Lens: A Camera Club Perspective."

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” Exhibit and Program

Program: Monday, September 29 @ 7 p.m.
Show: Friday, September 26-Tuesday, September 30
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Aigler Auditorium

In 1983, as the People’s Republic of China was opening to the West, Governor Robert Ray and his successor, Governor Terry Branstad, extended Iowa’s hand of friendship to the people of Hebei Province. This led to Dubuque’s sister city relationship with Handan, a center of ancient culture and modern industry.

In 2013, the people of Handan presented a collection of professional photographs to the people of Dubuque. They depict scenes of school and family activities, folk festivals and modern factories, and the historical sites and scenic vistas for which Handan is famous. We believe that these photographs will give Iowans a rare opportunity to gain insight into the day-to-day lives of people in one of China’s rapidly-developing cities.

This exhibit has been funded in part by a grant from Humanities Iowa, with administrative support from the City of Dubuque, Iowa. Light Chinese refreshments, courtesy of the Dubuque Hy-Vee Stores.

Cathy Martin Exhibit

Wednesday, October 1-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.

Fall Into Art Gallery Tour

Friday, October 3 @ 5-10 p.m. (Trolley Service)
Saturday, October 4 @ 12-4 p.m. (Self-Guided Tour)

Fall Into Art is a FREE art tour around downtown Dubuque, organized by Dubuque Main Street and kept free by presenting sponsor Premier Bank. A combination of gallery owners, curators, educators, students, and working artists will welcome you into their spaces to share their collections of paintings, pottery, photography, mixed media art, installation art, design graphics, and more. The Fall Into Art Gallery Tour is open to the public and free of charge. Participants may tour the 13 art locations in any order by walking, biking, riding, or driving. This self guided tour offers a culturally rich exploration of the downtown Dubuque Cultural Corridor including Cable Car Square, the Historic Millwork District, Historic Old Main, and Upper Main/Farmers’ Market.

Moments of Being: Corinna Button exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 @ 5-10 p.m.
Show: Friday, October 3-Tuesday, October 28
Gallery C 

Originally from the UK, time currently spent in Chicago has enabled Corinna to expand her work from printmaking to painting - often combining elements of both in one piece. Very recently, thanks to the Hyde Park Art Center program in Chicago, she has expanded still further, working in clay, allowing explorations that bring new depths to her work. Corinna is inspired by the manipulated “idol” images found in fashion magazines, developing a series of heads and figures combining the old—noble women and ancient icons displayed in museums—with the new. The artist aims to create archetypal figures whose identity is partly exposed and partly hidden. Everything about the way she works (both technique and subject) is motivated by the desire to reveal or “bring something to light”. This process of overlapping and stripping back layers is important because it also impregnates surfaces of the work with residues of color and texture that create a sense of history - and mystery.

It is Corinna’s fascination with people - the masquerades, performances and dramas seen in daily life that provide her with a continual source of inspiration and in particular, it is the ambiguity between the private and the public persona that she enjoys exploring.  Sometimes words as well as images can have great resonance and relevance. Poetry has been instrumental in the development of this new body of work.

After completing a BA Honors degree in painting, Corinna pursued a printmaking postgraduate degree in the UK.  It was during this time that she was impacted by the German Expressionists whose works, particularly in printmaking, left an indelible impression.

All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. 

9th Annual Glimmer of Hope Fashion Show

Friday, October 3 @ 6 p.m.
Mystique Casino, Cabaret
Cost: $25 adv / $30 door

If fashion is your passion, join the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA’s Victim Services Shelter for the 9th annual Glimmer of Hope Fashion Show presented by Verizon! Models will strut the runway inside the Cabaret at the Mystique Casino with the proceeds of the show going to benefit victims of domestic violence. Cocktails and Silent Auction starts at 6, with the fashion show beginning at 7. Tickets are available in advance and can be purchased at the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA. Thank you to our major event sponsors Verizon and Mystique Casino.

9th Annual Imagination Celebration

October 3 and 4 @ 11 a.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 E. 9th St)

The Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company (GMETC) and friends will be hosted by Matter Creative Center to build a giant cardboard arcade full of fun games, challenges, and more. All ages are welcome, admission is free, and all materials are supplied - simply bring your imagination.  Friday, October 3, 2014 and Saturday October 4th at 11 am at Matter Creative Center, at 140 E. 9th Street in Dubuque.  During the Fall Into Art Downtown Gallery Tour, stop by Matter on Friday or Saturday to actually play the games and make these kids' day! Purchase tickets and use them to have fun in this one of a kind arcade. For more information, contact Amy Ressler, Artistic & Managing Director at (563) 542-5452. Made possible by a grant from Mediacom.

A Neil Diamond Tribute

Saturday, October 4
Five Flags Theater

Eight time Branson Show Award Winner Keith Allynn brings his version of Neil Diamond to Five Flags Theater Saturday October 4. Keith tells the story of Neil Diamond’s life through Diamond’s own songs from the 60’s through today while weaving through his own comedic career change from a stand-up comedian and Top 10 Elvis Tribute Artist (by Graceland) to Neil Diamond, all for the love of a woman. Tickets go on sale at Five Flags Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 1-800-745-3000, and on Friday September 12, 2014. For tickets or more information, visit or call 563-589-4258. Proceeds from tickets sales will go the American Cancer Society’s Dubuque Discovery Shop.

Dubuque Chorale's "SONGFEST"

Saturday, October 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Cost: $6.00

The Dubuque Chorale presents: "SONGFEST". Enjoy the Chorale and guests from area college choirs, the Julien Chamber Choir and the Music Men of Dubuque for a celebration of songs from the patriotic to the operatic! The concert takes place at the UD Heritage Center, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, Ia.

Reading That Matters Book Discussion: "Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

Tuesday, October 7 @ 7-8:30 p.m.
Shalom Spirituality Center (1001 Davis St)
Offering: $6

This novel weaves contemporary life and history into a compelling story about loss, adaptability and courage. Molly, a modern rebellious 17-year-old foster child, is sentenced to community service for petty theft. Vivian, whose family perished in a tenement fire in New York shortly after immigrating in 1929, was packed off on one of the many orphan trains to the Midwest. Vivian’s life parallels Molly’s and an unlikely friendship blossoms between them as they get to know one another. The book is a compassionate comparison of the plight of children without families in the two time periods. Sister Eileen Miller OSF will lead the discussion. 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. The offering to attend is $6. To register, call Shalom at 563-582-3592 by Monday, October 6 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.

Chow Bella:A Book Group for Foodies!

Thursday, October 9 @ 6-7:30 p.m.
River Lights Bookstore 

River Lights Bookstore presents Chow Bella: A Book Group for Foodies.  Join us every other month at different locations where we will be discussing a food related book and trying samples of the literary delicacies contained within! Enter "Chow Bella" in the comments section of your online order to receive 15% off this title.

Live at the Heritage Center
The McCartney Years

Friday, October 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

There is only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid-1970s. The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a “Wings over America” concert. Led by perfectionist Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, the band has a commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience.

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.

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.

Pastel Society Artists Paintings and Plein Air Painting

Painting: Saturday, October 11 @ 10 a.m.
Reception: Saturday, October 11 @ 6-8 p.m.
Show: Saturday, October 11-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.

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.

Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians

Saturday, October 18 @ 2 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $25 adv; $30 door

Guy Lombardo’s music lives on! The baton and responsibility, with the blessings of the Lombardo family, passes on to Al Pierson to continue playing “The sweetest music this side of heaven.” Founded in1919, the Lombardo Orchestra is the longest running act in show business history, with over 500 hit songs to its credit. Some of the wonderful tunes you’ll hear include: Seems Like Old Times, Boo Hoo, Conquette, Sweathearts on Parade, Johnson Rag, Bye Bye Blues, Enjoy Yourself and Ain’t She Sweet. Join us for a walk down memory lane as Al Pierson brings Guy Lombardo’s music back to the prominence it so richly deserves!

Mix It Up featuring guests Double Date and After Hours

Saturday, October 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Mix It Up is presented by the Dubuque Music Men Chorus. Double Date is a vocal quartet formed in 2012. They met in choir at the University of Missouri St. Louis. In March of 2014, they won the Barbershop in Germany! World Mixed quartet competition. After Hours in 2011, After Hours became International Collegiate 3rd place bronze medalists, scoring higher than any previous Illinois District collegiate quartet. At the 2013 International Barbershop Convention Quartet Competition, After Hours made the top 10 for the first time, finishing 8th place.

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Curious George performed by New York’s Theatreworks USA

Sunday, October 19 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George – star of books, movies, and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. George ends up on a mission to help Chef Pisghetti’s meatballs win a world-famous competition. With every swing and flip, George takes audiences through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about cooking than he'd ever imagined!

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
Shakespeare’s The Tempest performed by New York’s Aquila Theatre

Wednesday, October 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest is imbued with magic, the supernatural, and a heightened sense of theatricality. The Aquila Theatre brings its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to this romantic comedy. The New York Times describes this ensemble as “Gleefully engaging…almost unbearable fun…directed with inspiration.”

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.

Murder Party 1 & 2 Premiere Screening

Wednesday, October 29 @ 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $5

Join the cast and crew for the official premiere of Murder Party 2, preceded by a screening of the first film in the series. Featuring a cast of local talent, over-the-top thrills and chills await as you, too, are invited to experience the Murder Party! In the film, Leonard “Whiskers” St. Elliott barely escapes the first night of mayhem, but the sinister forces behind the Murder Party aren’t through with him yet. Framed for crimes he didn’t commit, Whiskers must fight to clear his name, all while trying to survive another night of mayhem within the haunted walls of the Kirby Building.

Three years ago, local filmmakers Paul Kurutsides and David Tucker enlisted the help of the Dubuque community to create the feature-length horror film The Cutting Room Floor. The 14-month labor of love was comprised of several short vignettes, two of which appeared in the 2012 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Last summer, the directing duo reunited to produce a sequel to one of the shorts featured in the anthology: the campy B-movie throwback, Murder Party.

Meet the cast during the opening cocktail hour while receiving a recap of the first film. Then settle in for a second helping with the premiere of Murder Party 2. The evening will conclude with a short Q&A following the feature. Profits from the screening will be donated to the Dubuque Area Arts Collective, a local non-profit organization. The films are rated R. Minors are to be accompanied by adult. Unaccompanied minors must bring a signed form to the event. Contact ( to receive a form.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

“Fall Into Art” Gallery Tour Expanding to Two Day Event

Posted on September 12, 2014

Friday, October 3 @ 5-10 p.m. (Trolley Service)
Saturday, October 4 @ 12-4 p.m. (Self-Guided Tour)

Dubuque Main Street’s annual Fall into Art free gallery tour through Downtown Dubuque’s Cultural Corridor will feature two days of art exhibitions in 2014, thanks to presenting sponsor Premier Bank. The art crawl will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 3, and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Live Music Features

Posted on September 12, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Tri-States’ Largest Chili Cook-Off

Posted on September 12, 2014

Saturday, October 4 @ 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cable Car Square

Always held the first Saturday of October, which happens to be October 4 this year, The Tri-States’ Largest Chili Cook-Off transforms historic Cable Car Square on Dubuque’s Bluff Street into an aromatic chili tasting and competition. With live music and beer (two great accompaniments to a hot bowl of chili) Cook-Off also features a variety of kids games, food and entertainment at this family-friendly event. This is the 22nd year for the annual event.

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

Posted By Mike Ironside on September 12, 2014

September 26-28
Grand River Center

The Dubuque Ink & Art Expo returns for its second year, the weekend of September 26-28 at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. The convention and exhibition will feature a variety of talented tattoo artists, daily tattoo contests, an exhibition of artwork, entertainment, and an auction of skateboard decks with the proceeds benefiting the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

Dubuque Oktoberfest 2014

Posted By Mike Ironside on September 12, 2014

Saturday, September 27
Alliant Amphitheater, Port of Dubuque

While the Dubuque of today continues to become a more ethnically diverse community, it’s sometimes noted that those who settled the early community were mostly German and Irish. Since the Irish had their Hooley a few weeks back it’s only fair that the Germans have an opportunity to celebrate their heritage. That chance comes Saturday, September 27 as Dubuque’s Oktoberfest returns to the Alliant Amphiteater from noon to 8 p.m. A fundraiser for Camp Albrecht Acres, Oktoberfest will feature German food, a beer tasting, ethnic dancers, traditional games and live music of the German variety. German, Irish, or otherwise, all are invited to join the festivities. This is the sixth year for the event.