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!

African-American Play Reading Club

First and Third Tuesdays: April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19 @ 6:15-8 PM
Multicultral Family Center
Cost: FREE

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

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

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

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

Life Drawing Class

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

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

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

The French Cafe

Second Saturday of each month @ 10–11 AM
Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Ave.)

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

Paint & Pour

Second Saturday of every month @ 11 AM–2 PM
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery (Galena, IL)

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

Tomiko Jones: These Grand Places

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

Enjoy large scale black and white landscape photographs by this Colorado artist. This is free and open to the public.

“Pilot Error” Screening

Now-April 2
Mindframe Theaters

Pilot Error, a feature film inspired by the true story of a French airliner missing in the Atlantic, will host its Iowa premiere at Mindframe Theaters, 555 John F. Kennedy Drive. Pilot Error will screen 7 p.m. nightly through Thursday, April 2. Producer/screenwriter Roger Rapoport will join University of Dubuque professors Foster and Prelis for a second talkback following the 7 p.m. screening on Tuesday, March 31. Additional showtimes will be announced by the theater.

Filmed on location in France, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the film stars award-winning stage actress Kate Thomsen making her screen debut as investigative reporter Nicola Wilson. In the film, Wilson is determined to find out why a jet headed from South America to Paris disappeared in the Atlantic, taking her close friend and 211 other passengers with it. The film co-stars Richard Riehle (Office Space), Robert Cicchini (Godfather III, Six Feet Under), and Larry Herron (Modern Family). Appearing on over 200 screens nationwide this year, the film was co-written by Rapoport with the film’s director Joe Anderson.

For more information contact Mindframe Theaters at 563-582-4813 or at For more information visit

Dubuque Museum of Art Spring 2015 Painting and Drawing Classes

Now-April 2
Dubuque Museum of Art

Classical realist artist Lisa Towers will instructor four classes this Spring. Enrollment is ongoing and latecomers will have tuition pro-rated. We need at least five students enrolled to hold a class. For questions or to enroll, please call Margi @ (563) 557-1851or email:

Landscape Painting: Learn how to photograph the landscape for reference material and how to work from the photographs to make sketches and small color studies to affect a final painting. Composition and color theory will be taught. Students will study the works of masters of the painted landscape. Saturdays, February 21-March 28, 2015, 1 - 4 p.m. $135 for Museum Members and $150 for Non-Members.

Drawing Class: For the student who has no drawing background, or for those interested in honing their skills, this class will focus on different drawing implements and techniques, drawing the basic form, perspective drawing, gesture drawing, contour drawing, and thumbnail sketching. Wednesdays, February 25-April 1, 2015,7-9 p.m. $108 for Museum Members and $120 for Non-Members plus an additional fee of $15 to cover the cost of models.

Drawing Class (Children ages 9-18): For the student who has no drawing background, or for those interested in honing their skills, this class will focus on different drawing implements and techniques, drawing the basic form, perspective drawing, gesture drawing, contour drawing, and thumbnail sketching. Wednesdays, February 25-April 1, 2015, 3:45-5:45 p.m.,$108 for Museum Members and $120 for Non-Members plus an additional fee of $15 to cover the cost of models.

Oil Painting Class: All artistic backgrounds and skill levels welcome. Students will be guided through a series of exercises and projects. Thursdays, February 26-April 2, 2015, 6-9 p.m. $135 for Museum Members and $150 for Non-Members.

Daughters of Earth

Now-April 7
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery (585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI)

Artist Janet Essley’s exhibit features 14 banner portraits of diverse women from throughout the world active in their communities in matters of environmental justice and the basic human right to water and food. The art gallery is open 10 AM-5 PM daily. For more information, visit!

BFA Graphic Design Exhibit: Faith Britt and Nicole Tupy

Show: Now-Saturday, April 18
Reception: Saturday, April 11 @ 3:30-5 PM
Clarke University Quigley Gallery

Chaos and Collapse

Now-Sunday, April 26
Gallery C

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

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

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

Blurring the Edges Exhibition

Now-Thursday, April 30
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective is proud to present Blurring the Edges, a new group show featuring abstract and experimental art. The exhibit highlights work by established and emerging artists from the Dubuque area, as well as artists from around the country and Canada.

Traditional media, including painting, multimedia, and digital art, will be represented, as well as nontraditional media such as 3D printed sculptures, body prints in ink, and petri dish photographs.

Admission is free, with donations welcome. Gallery will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 PM.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery: Gail Chavenelle and Jennifer Braig

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Beauty: Photographs by Robert Rivoire

Now–May 31
Dubuque Museum of Art

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

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

2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition

Now–June 14
Dubuque Museum of Art

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

Clarke Honors Jazz Band Festival

Tuesday, March 31
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall
Cost: Free

Jazz lives at Clarke University as area high school students jam with a top jazz artist in a day of musical celebration that culminates in an evening concert.

Julien Dubuque Int’l Film Festival Kick-Off

Tuesday, April 7 @ 6 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque

View trailers of the officially selected and nominated films that will be shown during the Film Festival in April. Hear who is coming and what is planned. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $5. For more information, visit!

Beginning Chapters Book Club

Wednesday, April 1 @ 4-5 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library is bringing a book club designed for readers starting on chapter books. Join for activities and great books like Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, and Nate the Great. Register and pick up your book at the Multicultural Family Center. Participation is free. For more information, call 563-582-3681, email, or visit

Spring Faculty Recital

Wednesday, April 1 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Solo, duet, trio and quartet performances by University of Dubuque instrumental music faculty members. Performers in the 2015 Faculty Recital include James Sherry, Marcia Martin, Wes Luke, Heather Huckleberry, Wendy Hinman, Bang Lang Do, Nicholas Bratcher, and Eric Amweg. This event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Farber Box office in Heritage Center, open Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; by calling 563-585-SHOW; or online at

Rountree Gallery: Joe Grim

April 1-30
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

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

UD Wind Ensemble Spring Concert: Legend

Tuesday, April 7 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Legend will feature musicians from the University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Nicholas Bratcher, and the wind ensemble of Clarke University, under the direction of David Resnick. The Wind Ensembles will present works from composers McBeth, King, Pann, and others. This event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Farber Box office in Heritage Center, open Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; by calling 563-585-SHOW; or online at

African-American Play Reading Club

Tuesdays, April 7 & 21 @ 6:15-8 PM
Multicultural Family Center

Read aloud adult plays by African-American playwrights with Fly-by-Night Productions. Participation is free. April’s play is Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson. Register online at For more information, call 563-582-3681, email, or visit

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.!

Chow Bella: A Book Group for Foodies!

Thursday, April 9 @ 6-7:30 PM
River Lights Bookstore

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! This month features “Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat” by Bee Wilson and Annabel Lee.

Poet Laureate Kevin Stein

Friday, April 10 @ 4-6 PM
Galena Public Library

Poet and critic Kevin Stein was named Illinois Poet Laureate in 2003. A prestigious Catepillar Professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Bradley University, Stein is author of seven poetry collections, three scholarly books, two poetry anthologies, numerous poems and essays published in journals as well as anthologies. This work has received wide acclaim from reviewers, including recent pieces by Julia Keller in the Chicago Tribune and Mark Eleveld in the Chicago Sun-Times. Professor Stein, will talk about his poetry and being the Poet Laureate. The winners of the Galena High School Euleila Poetry Awards will also present their work. Refreshments will be served by the Galena Women's Poetry Guild. The event is hosted by the Galena Public Library and the Galena Women's Poetry Guild. For more information, please visit

Another Bluestocking Event: Poet Laureate Reads

Friday, April 10 @ 5 PM
Galena Public Library

Kevin Stein, Poet Laureate of Illinois, will give a reading and answer questions about poetry reading and writing. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Around the World in One Night

Friday, April 10 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM 
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
Cost: $30 per family (prior to April 3); $40 per family

Join us for a multicultural experience as we travel the world sampling the taste, sights and sounds of many cultures from around the globe. No passport needed. For more information or to register please contact the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA at 563.556.3371 or email Jenee Jeanblanc, Youth & Family Director at!

"Inspiring People Series"

April 10 and 30 and May 3
Inspire Café

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

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

Art @ your library®

Show: April 10-May 26
Reception: Friday, April 10 @ 5:30-7:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

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

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Meeting

Fridays: April 10 & 24 @ 7 PM
Nash Gallery

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

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

April 10-26
Bell Tower Theater

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

International Night Dinner

Saturday, April 11 @ 4-7:30 PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Ullsvik Hall, Velzy Commons

International Night is an event organized by the International Student Club that has taken place on the UW-Platteville campus for approximately 50 years. Currently, International Night takes place once per year during the spring semester. Themes vary from year to year, and cuisine varies from Asian and Arabic to Latin American and European. An international marketplace and a flag parade normally starts out the evening, followed by dinner and entertainment.!

Switchback Songwriters Concert featuring Chicago Singer-Songwriter Anna Fermin to benefit applicants of the James McCandless Scholarship

Saturday, April 11 @ 8 PM
Dubuque Driving Range
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (purchase tickets online)

The concert is the Saturday of Switchback's 5th annual songwriters weekend at the historic Four Mounds Inn & Conference Center, which is still accepting weekend participants. The Switchback Songwriters Weekend brings together some of the best in the business with songwriters from all walks of life, amateur to professional, to spend a weekend in Dubuque at the Four Mounds Inn & Conference Center. The weekend allows everyone to create, discuss and share the joy of songs.

The James McCandless scholarship was created in honor of the great Chicago singer-songwriter James McCandless. An inspiration and hero to FitzGerald and McCormack when they were just starting out in music, McCandless led the second Switchback Songwriters Weekend and was an inspiration to aspiring singer-songwiters nationwide. The scholarship currently covers the cost of the workshops and concert, and is awarded to aspiring and established singer/songwriters alike. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, contact Marie Fitzgerald of Four Mounds at 563-543-0925.

Pastel Painting Workshop

April 11-12 @ 9 AM-5 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience

Tom Christopher of the Pastel Society of America will host a pastel painting workshop. For more information or to register, visit

Heartland Ballet Presents Fairest of Them All

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

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

The Evolution of the Artistic Imagination

Show: April 11-June 3
Reception: Sunday, April 12 @ 1-3 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery

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

UD Spring Choral Concert: Lend Your Voice to the Song

Sunday, April 12 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Features the music of the UD Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Charles Barland and the UD Chamber Singers, directed by Professor Kristen Eby. This event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Farber Box office in Heritage Center, open Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; by calling 563-585-SHOW; or online at

Bottles & Brushes

Sunday, April 12 @ 1 PM
Sunday, May 17 @ 1 PM
Park Farm Winery

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

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

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

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

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

3rd Annual Pursuit of the Podium

Deadline: Monday, April 13
Concert: Sunday, June 28
Dubuque Arboretum

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

To make a donation on behalf of a Pursuit of the Podium contestant, please visit or mail your gift to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra at 2728 Asbury Road, Suite 900, Dubuque, IA 52001. Profiles including each contestant’s bio and a statement about why they would like to win Pursuit of the Podium can also be found on the symphony’s website.

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

Julien Chamber Winds Spring Concert

Monday, April 13 @ 7 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Chapel

The chamber wind ensemble is comprised of professional musicians and educators from the Tri-State area and is conducted by Nicholas Bratcher. The Julien Chamber Winds will feature performances by Kurka, Persichetti, and Paganini as well as smaller chamber ensemble works performed by the players. This event is free and open to the public.

22nd Annual Tri-State Youth Choral Concert

Tuesday, April 14 @ 7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center

This concert is the culmination of an intensive music clinic for area school music students under the direction of Jeremy Mims, assistant professor of music, Clarke University, Dubuque, IA. For more information, visit

Opera Scenes

Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

Clarke University music students will present excerpts of famous operas including Verdis’ La Traviatta and Giacamo Puccini’s La Boheme. The production, featuring duets and other vocal ensembles, will examine all the timeless aspects of love through the lens of this engaging art form. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at 563-588-6318.

UD Jazz Ensemble: Swing into Spring

Wednesday, April 15 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

University of Dubuque jazz students culminate their spring semester with a concert featuring favorite big band and Latin jazz tunes, along with performances of Fever and Land of Make Believe. Directed by Nicholas Bratcher. This event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Farber Box office in Heritage Center, open Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; by calling 563-585-SHOW; or online at

Art Glass Class with Barb McKinlay

Thursday, April 16 @ 6:30-8:30 PM
Sinsinawa Event Center

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

April 16-18 @ 7 PM
Sunday, April 19 @ 2 PM
George Washington Middle School Auditorium (51 N. Grandview)

The Visual and Performing Arts organization at Washington Middle School will be performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tickets are $10 for all seats, available on or at the door. Handicap seating is available upon request (please call ahead). For more information, please contact Steve Slade at Washington Middle School at 563-552-4834.

Art and Politics & Emerging Technologies in Printmaking

Friday, April 17 @ 6-8 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience

Serhat Tanyolacar, Turkish-born multi-media artist, print maker, political activist, and autism advocate presents. His latest large scale relief prints focus on reconstructions of daily life imagery with the components of nostalgia and popular culture. His reconstructed narratives bring an absurd socio-political commentary over the contemporary problems in politics, world economy, gender roles, nationality, and global culture. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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.!

Taste of the World

Saturday, April 18
Five Flags Arena
Cost: $5/person or $15/per family

Experience and celebrate Dubuque's multicultural community at our fourth annual fundraiser! Enjoy cultural displays, performances and food samples from over 20 countries, plus a cultural fashion show prepared by MFC youth! All are welcome to attend. Your admission includes a beverage, food samples, children's activities and entertainment. Advance tickets available at Multicultural Family Center. For more information, visit!

Roxi Copland

Saturday, April 18 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Best of Opera

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

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

Emmaus Spring Choral Concert

Sunday, April 19 @ 7:30 PM
Emmaus Bible College Marble Chapel

The Emmaus Bible College Music Department will present the spring choral concert. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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

Show: Sunday, April 19-Saturday, May 2
Clarke University Quigley Gallery

The Edge and Articulate

April 20-May 1 @ Noon-5:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Bisignano Art Gallery

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

Aces/New Music Concert

Tuesday, April 21
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall
Cost: Free

The Advanced Chamber Ensembles and New Music concert features Clarke University’s New Music Ensemble, the CU Jazz Ensemble and the Woodwind Ensemble.!

Kate Mulgrew Book Signing and Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26
Downtown Dubuque

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

Ordinary Days

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

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

Ninth Annual Dubuque Days of Caring

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

Fun-A-Day March: Community art project and show

April 24 @ 6-9 PM
DAAC Art Gallery (902 Main St)

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective invites you to participate in Fun-A-Day Dubuque 2015, an artistic way to fight the winter doldrums. Fun-A-Day was introduced to Dubuque in 2013 by Julie Arensdorf. Now in it's third year locally, it is based on other Fun-A-Day projects, which have been taking place across the country since 2004. The premise of Fun-A-Day is simple - pick a creative project and work on it each day of the month. All participants are invited to show their work the following month as part of a group show. Fun-A-Day Dubuque is open to all ages, and participation is free. All types of creative expression are encouraged, and experience as an artist is not necessary. Don't stress, and do as much or as little as you can. Use each, most or some days in March to be creative and have fun! Previous years' efforts have included cartoons, audio recordings, knitting, and photography and visual art projects, all created daily (or mostly daly) throughout the month. Participants can send an email describing their project to, or they might submit it through our website: The DAAC will be updating the Fun-A-Day website and facebook page - - throughout the month with examples of previous projects and works-in-progress. !

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

April 24-26
Shalom Retreat Center

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

Chamber Singers Spring Concert

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

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

Beads and Bangles

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

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

First Annual Jo Daviess County Youth Arts Festival

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

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

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

Loras Instrumental Recital Concert

Sunday, April 26 @ 2 PM
Loras College Visitation Complex

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

Dubuque Chamber Choir

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

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

Spring Choral Concert

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

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


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

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

“Alice in Wonderland”

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

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

Dubuque Chorale Presents: All Creatures Great and Small

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

The Dubuque Chorale, Children’s Choir, and Cadenza offer a concert of songs inspired by the animal kingdom. The program concludes with a combined performance of “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” which has the title of the concert as its second line. For this event, the Chorale partners with the Dubuque Humane Society.!

All Art Senior Exhibit

Show: Sunday, May 3-Saturday, May 9
Clarke University Quigley Gallery

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

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

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

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

The McCartney Years

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

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

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

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

Art Glass Class with Barb McKinlay

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

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

Toast & Jam Live Music

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

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

4000 Miles

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

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

Clarke University Summer Academies

Starting June 2
Clarke University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dancing with the Stars Dubuque

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

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

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

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

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

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

America's River Festival

June 12-13
Port of Dubuque

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

Monty Python's Spamalot

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

August 14-30
Bell Tower Theater

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

Murder Mystery Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

Galena Public Library Annual Pre-Owned Book Sale

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

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

Doubt, A Parable

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

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

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

October 9-25
Bell Tower Theater

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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

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

Christmas on Broadway A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis

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

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

Holly Ball

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

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

The Texas Tenors

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

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

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

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

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

Events & Articles

Inclusive Dubuque: Connecting People & Strengthening Community

Posted on January 19, 2015

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

Presentation and Book Signing with The Kindness Diaries Author Leon Logothetis

Posted on January 18, 2015

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

by Jeff Lenhart
photos courtesy of Leon Logothetis

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

Pura Vida! Yoga Wellness Adventure Retreat

Posted on January 02, 2015

February 16-21, 2015
Costa Rica

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

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

Posted By Bryce Parks on January 02, 2015

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

Retro Rewind: Cars & Guitars

Posted By Mike Ironside on January 02, 2015

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