Arts Calendar

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

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Book Signing: David Nelson

Monday, August 3 @ 6:30–7:45 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Award-winning author David Nelson will read from If These Hills Could Talk, his new collection of short stories about life in Dubuque County in the 1950s and 60s. Go back in time to deliver papers, catch nightcrawlers, and then fish the Mississippi. Play baseball and basketball and pull pranks. Be a kid again or hear about the lives of grandma and grandpa when they were kids. Dubuque native David Nelson is the author of The Share Tree Choir and PALS and is also known as The Cowboy Poet of Tennessee. Nelson will sign books following his reading and copies will be available to purchase.

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Instagram Photo Contest

Final Submission: Wednesday, August 5
Grain Arts Magazine Release Party: August 21

The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Dubuque Area Arts Collective is hosting a photo contest, along with the Washington Neighborhood Community Garden, to highlight the unique blend of nature and architecture in Dubuque’s downtown and Washington Neighborhood. Community members of all ages are encouraged to capture creative images with mobile devices. Simply submit your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #daacphotocontest. There are five categories to submit to: Abstract, Nature, Hidden Beauty, Architecture, and Pollution.

The best images from each category will be featured in Dubuque Area Art Collective’s biannual art publication ‘Grain,’ which will be released August 21. Outstanding entries from early submissions will be displayed in an art pop-up exhibit at the Washington Block party.

All entries will be displayed and updated weekly at the Earth Exhibit in the DAAC art gallery from July 25 to August 21. The Earth exhibit will showcase artwork that focuses on topics related to environmental issues and/or consists of salvaged, recycled, or found objects. Grain will be released at the closing reception of the exhibit on August 21, featuring the winners of the contest.

2nd Annual Paint The Point

August 5–8
Mineral Point, WI

Following the success of the inaugural Paint The Point plein air painting competition in August 2014, outdoor painters will set up their palettes and canvases again this August, to capture scenes of Mineral Point en plein air. The historic mining town and the surrounding countryside is idyllic, and presents a myriad of scenic vistas for artists. The 2nd annual Paint The Point will feature over 55 artists from around the midwest, as well as California and Florida. Artists will compete for over $4,000 in cash prizes in several categories over the 4 day event.

In the Main Event category, artists will paint from Wednesday, August 5 through Friday afternoon, August 7. On Friday afternoon, a jury of art professionals will judge two paintings submitted by each artist. The Nocturne Event (night-time painting) begins Thursday evening, August 6th. Participating artists paint all night, and turn in their paintings on Friday morning. The Saturday morning Quick Paint Event begins at 8 am. Artists have 2 hours, from start to finish, to complete a painting of the downtown historic district. Completed paintings with be hung, judged and available for sale by 2 pm.

Completed paintings from the Main Event will be exhibited and sold in a silent auction format on Saturday, August 8 from 10 am-7 pm at three exhibit venues: Longbranch Gallery, 203 Commerce Street, Wantoot Gallery, 236 High Street and 103 Commerce Street. Completed paintings from the Quick Paint will be available for sale at a fourth exhibit venue, 261 High Street, after 2 pm.

The event is presented by Arts Mineral Point. The organization’s mission is “to nurture and promote the arts in Mineral Point.” The group will receive a commission for each painting sold as a fundraiser. Attendees can find more information and exhibit venue location maps at

Book Signings

Wednesdays: August 5, 12, and 26 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
East Dubuque District Library (122 Wisconsin Ave., East Dubuque, IL)

The Library welcomes authors David Nelson, If the Hills Could Talk (August 5), Cindy Nielson, Through My Grandfather’s Eyes (August 12), and Jeff Westhoff, The Boy Who Knew Too Much (August 26). The book signings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Taste of Dubuque

Thursday, August 6 @ 5-11 PM
Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Enjoy mouth-watering food favorites plus live music on two stages, cold beer, entertainment, kids games, and more from 5–11 PM. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

August 6–7 @ 1 PM
August 7–8 @ 7:30 PM
August 8–9 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

The final show of the Rising Star Theatre Company 2015 season, our annual youth production for performers eight through eighteen is the Broadway classic, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 and 1997 transported new generations to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

Over 230 area youth will comprise the cast and crew for this captivating tale. They are lead by Director, Megan Schumacher, and Music Director, Kelsey Duss. Don’t miss the magic of six white mice becoming six white horses or a plain yellow pumpkin becoming a golden carriage. Nothing is impossible with a little bit of magic and of course a Fairy Godmother!

Tickets for Cinderella are $10 and can be purchased at the Five Flags Theater Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information about Cinderella call 563-213-0110, visit, or email

Art @ your library®: Sue Prochaska-Kiefer and Jeanelle Westerfield

Show: August 7–September 23
Reception: Friday, August 7 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The Art @ your library® exhibit for August and September will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning Friday, August 7, 2015, featuring local artists Sue Prochaska-Kiefer and Jeanelle Westerfield.

Sue Prochaska-Kiefer is best known for her Country Art and Scenes of Dubuque. Born in Dubuque, she uses her familiarity with the tri-state area to recreate barns, fences, and landscapes of the country and also various landmarks of Dubuqueland. Her works include pen and ink drawings and she uses rich earth tones that bring a complex depth to her pieces.

Jeanelle Westerfield is a Wisconsin born artist, who moved to Dubuque when she was a young lady. Westerfield’s artistic philosophy expresses the necessity to be creative and have a sense of accomplishment. Her goal is to reflect this in all of her artworks so that all who see them, enjoy them.

Artists will be on hand during the reception to meet people and discuss their techniques and works. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The exhibit runs through September 23, 2015.

"Birds and Branches" Exhibit

Show: August 7–September 30
Reception: Friday, August 7 @ 6–8 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery (585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI)

Artist Larry Basky will display his serigraph prints. The art gallery is open 10 AM-5 PM daily. For more information, visit

Seussical Jr.

August 8 @ 7 PM and August 9 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 E. Platt St., Maquoketa, IA)

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Who's, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold - not only must he protect the Who's from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door for adults, and students 18 and under are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. This show will be directed by Richard Hall and Angie Ruey with choreography by Laura Thoms. For more information, call 563-652-9815 or email

Ole’ & Lena at the State Fair

Sunday, August 9 @ 2pm
Grand Opera House

The calendar has finally turned over t Ole’s favorite event of the year—State Fair time. Unfortunately, Lena doesn’t share Ole’s excitement. For years Lena has been in countless competition with her arch rival Elaine Danielson, always battling, only to end up with a tie for the coveted blue ribbons. But this year Lena has a new trick up her sleeve that she’s sure will tip the balance in her favor. Ole, on the other hand, has his own fair surprise this year. Head to to buy your tickets for what is guaranteed to be a fun show! All reserved seats are $20.

The Salon Exhibition: Artist Call

Artist Call Deadline: Monday, August 17
Show: September 5–October 4
Reception: Saturday, September 5 @ 7–11 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main St.)

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective is looking for artists for its fourth annual Salon Exhibition, which will feature artists rejected by any juried exhibitions and galleries in the Dubuque area, in the tradition of the Paris Salon des Refusés of 1863. The exhibition will be held at the DAAC Gallery, 902 Main St. in Dubuque, featuring 4200 sq. ft. of gallery space.

Exhibit will showcase the works of local and regional artists who have not been accepted into local juried exhibitions, including VOICES, the DuMA Biannual, and any other exhibits and galleries in the Dubuque area. Over the past three years, the Salon has given artists a second chance to present their work to the community, and has highlighted the vast growth of Dubuque’s up-and-coming art scene. The Salon was initiated in 2012 to promote and empower both emerging and experienced artists, and create new opportunities and wider exposure for participating artists. Exhibit will open at the end of August or the beginning of September and will close with the Fall Into Art Gallery Tour in October. David Zollo will perform at the reception.

Artists who applied and were not accepted into VOICES, the DuMA biannual exhibit, or any other local exhibits/galleries are eligible. All types of work encouraged, including, but not limited to, 2D and 3D art, video and multimedia, performance art and installations. Submitted works by eligible artists are not required to be the pieces rejected by other exhibitions. All artists who qualify will be accepted. To be part of the exhibition, email by August 10. Include your contact information and your artist statement or a small description of the process or the intent of your work. Attach digital images of each piece (images must be of good resolution). Please state whether you will be hand-delivering or shipping your work. Artists are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible to guarantee space in the exhibit.

For more information, visit, email, or call 563-580-9888.

Movie at the Museum

Thursday, August 13 @ 8:30 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Museum of Art in partnership with Dubuque Main Street and the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is excited to announce the first “Movie at the Museum” will be the '80s classic, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Movies at the Museum is FREE and will take place in Washington Park, located in downtown Dubuque directly across from the Museum at 7th and Locust Streets. Arrive early for the best seats and take a 10-minute tour of the Dubuque Museum of Art's new exhibition, Iowa's Fair: Photographs by Kurt Ullrich. Concessions will be available courtesy of food trucks by Candle Ready Cakes and Wild Fryers.

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!

Grand Opera House 125TH Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, August 15th @ 7:30pm
Grand Opera House

A retrospective variety show commemorating 125 years of entertainment at the Grand including Opera, Vaudeville, Shakespeare, Ballet, The Golden Age of Hollywood and the Best of Broadway. By attending this celebration, you also help the Grand raise money to improve their current sound system.  

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.

The Grand Opera House 125th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Enjoy a live variety show retrospective of 125 years of entertainment at the Grand including opera, vaudeville, Shakespeare, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the best of Broadway. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for under 18. For tickets or more information, visit

University of Dubuque Heritage Center Volunteer Usher Orientation

Tuesday, August 18 & Thursday, August 20 @ 6 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Heritage Center, the University of Dubuque’s performing arts, worship, and campus center, will host two volunteer usher orientation and training sessions. UD seeks enthusiastic, customer-service oriented individuals to become volunteer ushers. The 2015-16 performing arts season begins September 2015 in the 1000-seat John and Alice Butler Hall and the 250-seat Babka Theatre. Volunteer ushers provide invaluable services by guiding patrons to their seats, distributing programs, answering questions, and most importantly, creating a pleasant, safe, and welcoming live performance environment. Ushers will have the unique opportunity to meet new friends, view quality performances, and get an insider’s look into the workings of a professional performing arts center. Volunteer ushers have become an integral part of Heritage Center staff and operations.

Volunteer ushers must possess excellent customer service skills, remain calm in emergency situations, work as a team member dedicated to patron service, and be able to climb stairs and stand for an extended period of time. Volunteer ushers must be 18 years of age to participate and also be able to adhere to a dress code. Each participant is required to complete a Volunteer Usher Orientation Class prior to starting work. Most events are held in the evening and/or weekends. Hours vary with each show. Additionally, there are some school shows during the day as well as matinee performances.

For more information, please contact Heritage Center Director of Audience Services, Victoria Molle, at 563-589-3432 or All tri-state area residents are invited and encouraged to consider this opportunity to be a vital part of Heritage Center offerings.

11th Annual IRISH HOOLEY with Gaelic Storm with The High Kings, We Banjo 3, and The Screaming Orphans

Thursday, August 20
Mississippi Moon Bar
August 21–22
Alliant Amphitheater

The Irish Hooley enters its second decade with another expansion. Moving last year’s “Hooley Unplugged” at the Mississippi Moon Bar to Thursday night, the Hooley celebrates both Friday and Saturday at the Alliant Amphitheater at Star Brewery with two full evenings of Irish and Celtic music and culture. The weekend celebration also includes the Hooley Hustle 5k Run & Walk and the Dubuque Gran Fondo bike race, scheduled for Saturday Morning in the Port of Dubuque and presented by the Dubuque Jaycees in partnership with the Irish Hooley. Participants will receive admission to the music festival with a race T-shirt and other prizes. For more details go to or contact Heather Blackmore at 815-821-2571 or

The compete festival musical lineup is: 

Thursday, August 20 @ 7pm
Mississippi Moon Bar

The Screaming Orphans & The High Kings

Friday, August 21 @ 4pm
Alliant Amphitheater/Star Brewery, Port of Dubuque 

The Screaming Orphans, We Banjo 3, The High Kings & Gaelic Storm 

Saturday, August 22 @ 4pm
Alliant Amphitheater/Star Brewery, Port of Dubuque 

The Screaming Orphans, We Banjo 3 & Gaelic Storm

Dubuque… and All That Jazz!

Fridays: August 21 September 4 @ 5-9:30 PM
Town Clock Plaza

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

  • Aug. 21: 10 of Soul (soul and funk)
  • Sept. 4: The Lonely Goats (zydeco)

Art in the Park

Saturday, August 22 @ 10 AM
Elkader, IA

Art in the Park is Elkader, IA first fine arts festival. Over 30 fine artists have been hand selected, from painting to ceramics, jewelry and photography. There will also be amazing culinary vendors, a children's tent with art and activities, and free entertainment from theater to live bands. For more information, visit

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

Sunday, August 23
Grace Episcopal Church (Galena, IL)

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

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

"9/11 Never Forget" Moving Wall Memorial

August 24–30 @ Noon–8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino south parking lot

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which honors New York firefighter Stephen Siller, dedicated the 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit in September 2013. The exhibit has been welcomed around the country from Arizona to Florida. The exhibit is a high-tech, 53-foot tractor-trailer, which unfolds to a 1,100 square-foot exhibition space. It features a presentation of artifacts, including steel beams from the Twin Towers; a documentary video about 9/11; recordings from first-responder radio transmissions; as well as a guided tour by FDNY firefighters. Visitors will learn what took place and the ultimate sacrifice that so many people made on September 11, 2001.

"We hope this exhibit will educate and serve as a reminder of that tragic day; and serve as a tribute to all of the Emergency Services personnel who so bravely protect and serve our community each day," said Wendy Runde, General Manager of the Diamond Jo Casino. "Everyone is invited to view this memorial dedicated to the people and first responders whose lives were sacrificed on 9/11." Entrance into the exhibit is free of charge and open to all ages. The exhibit will be located in the Diamond Jo south parking lot.

Toast & Jam Live Music

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!

Galena Food & Wine Festival

Friday, September 11
Galena Convention Center

A culinary dream featuring the talents of Galena area restaurants as well as a wine tasting showcasing more than 200 varieties of wines, plus beer and spirits. For more information, visit

Voices from the Warehouse District XI—Opening Night

Saturday, September 12 @ 7 PM
Voices Gallery

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

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks

Sunday, September 13 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Dubuque’s historic Five Flags Theater is proud to present Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash starring Tom Waselchuk & Jami Lampkins.

It may be impossible to crown any one performer as country music’s biggest star, but few would argue that Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash would all be near the top of any list. Each broke barriers and changed country and popular music forever. Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved hits of these classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and amazing careers.

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks stars two Wisconsin music veterans: Tom Waselchuk has performed for over three decades, sometimes juggling multiple projects, but always keeping one foot planted firmly in country music. Mr. Waselchuk is a singer and song writer, and plays guitar, bass and pedal steel guitar. Jami Lampkins moved to Madison in 2007 from Nashville, where she was a finalist in the USA Network’s “Nashville Star” competition. Ms. Lampkins is a powerful singer, a song writer, and an accomplished guitarist and banjo player who has played professionally since age 14. Mr. Waselchuk and Ms. Lampkins are regular guest performers on Midwest Country, a music showcase broadcast nationally on Saturday evenings on the RFD-TV network. The backup band for Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is The Dang-Its, a group Mr. Waselchuk founded in 1998. The Dang-Its were named 2013 Country/Bluegrass Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Awards, and their most recent recording, A Lick of Sense, was named the MAMAs 2014 Country Bluegrass Album of the Year.

An almost “sold out” audience gave this classic country show a standing ovation in Dubuque last August, so early ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are currently now on sale at Five Flags Box Office, All Ticketmaster Outlets, 1-800-745-3000, or $28.00 for Box Seating, $25.00 for Main Floor and Front Balcony Seating, and $22.00 for Rear Balcony Seating. Ticket prices do not include possible facility and convenience fees. For more information, contact Kelly Spreitzer at Five Flags Center: 563-589-4353 or

Dubuque’s Oktoberfest & Color Vibe 5K

Saturday, September 19
A.Y. McDonald Park

The good Germans of Dubuque host Oktoberfest under the huge “Festspiele Zelt” (festival tent) at a new location for 2015, in A.Y. McDonald Park by the Mississippi River. The day’s activities kick off at 10 AM with the Color Vibe 5K run. The festivities themselves get started at 11 AM. Oktoberfest features a Beer Tasting with 25 breweries from 3:30–6:30 PM, MassKrugStemmen (Beir Stein Holding Contest), HammerSchlagen, Plunger Toss and Tug of War. Entertainment includes the Guttenberg German Band, the Americana Polka Band, the University of Dubuque Band, and University of Northern Iowa International Dance Theatre. Proceeds benefit Camp Albrecht Acres.

Live at Heritage Center: Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway

Saturday, September 19 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Neil Berg’s acclaimed musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows features a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. 100 Years…recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jersey Boys, and Wicked. Rita Harvey, Dubuque native, Hempstead High School alum, and wife of Neil Berg, is part of the cast of performers.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

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 by John Patrick Shanley won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005.  The action takes place in 1964 at St. Nicholas School in the Bronx. A charismatic and progressive priest, Father Flynn, is in favor of reforms to the school’s traditional strict practices, which are fiercely guarded by the school’s principal, Sister Aloysius.  Sister James, a young and hopeful teacher, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, the school’s first African American student.  Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and expunge Father Flynn form the school.

Live at Heritage Center: Recycled Percussion

Thursday, October 1 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Recycled Percussion’s junk rock music became a national phenomenon during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent in 2009. The group, who beats their sticks on buckets, power tools, and ladders, has also done guest appearances on Carson Daly, The Today Show, China’s Got Talent, and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of USA Today and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

9th Annual Galena Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 3 @ Noon– 10 PM
Depot Park (91 Bouthillier St., Galena, IL)

Get your polka dancing shoes on and your wiener dog in tip-top racing shape for the 9th annual Galena Oktoberfest taking place on October 3. This event takes place at Depot Park, 91 Bouthillier St., just east of the Galena River near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Park Avenue. Galena Oktoberfest is hosted by the Galena Lions Club and all of the proceeds are donated to help individuals with sight and sound needs, as well as to support community projects. The success of Galena Oktoberfest has allowed the Galena Lions Club to donate more than $100,000 to the local community in the last five years.

People of all ages enjoy Galena Oktoberfest, as it features non-stop live music by three bands, polka dancing and lessons, wiener dog races, costume contest and parade, a beer stein endurance contest – one for women and one for men, a bean bag tournament, bounce house and art activities for the kids, and of course plenty of German-style food, soda, and beer. The day begins at noon with a cannon blast, polka music and the ceremonial tapping of the keg, followed by the popular wiener dog races. Online pre-registration is encouraged for both the wiener dog races and the bean bag tournament.

New to Galena Oktoberfest is the playing of the alphorns, which are long wooden horns, used for centuries in the Alps for music and communication. George Albright and Heinz Mattmann of the New Glarus, Wisc. Yodel Club will play the horns periodically throughout the afternoon.

Coming back for a second year is the Potosi Rolling Bar which offers Oktoberfest attendees the convenience of keeping an eye and ear on the track activities while grabbing some locally-made refreshments. Three food vendors and drink options will also be available, along with the opportunity to bring home a souvenir such as a poster, t-shirt or mug.

The big white tent provides plenty of seating and shade for eating and dancing. Take a spin on the dance floor and let Jennifer Mulcahey, of Ballroom by Jennifer, teach you how to polka. Back-to-back bands include two polka bands, the Jim Busta Band from Spring Grove, Minn. and The Goodtime Dutchmen from Kewaskum, Wisc. Local, up-beat, and popular country/rock band, Ten Gallon Hat of Galena, Ill., will be featured during the evening festivities.

Gate tickets to Galena Oktoberfest are $5 for adults and teens, children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free near the festival site. Wagons, wheelchairs, walkers, and all leashed dogs are welcome.

For more information about Galena Oktoberfest and the Galena Lions Club, go to or call 815-331-0180. Visit Galena Oktoberfest on Facebook for updates. Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or by calling 877-464-2536.

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!

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 1 - Symphonic Fantasies

Saturday, October 10 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 11 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Featuring: Amy Dunker New Fanfare (world premier); Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 - Natasha Paremski, piano; and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.

Live at Heritage Center: Brass Transit: The Legacy of Chicago

Friday, October 16 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Celebrate Homecoming at UD with Toronto's dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute! The band's show includes all the hits from Chicago's golden age, 1969-1976. With world-class horns, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high, Brass Transit transports audiences back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. Member credits include platinum records, Emmy awards, and performances with Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Deadly Dinner—Murder Mystery

Saturday, October 17 @ 6–9 PM
Galena Cellars Vineyard (4746 North Ford Rd., Galena, IL)

Join us for a wonderful dinner in our Barrel Room, and watch as a murder mystery unfolds. You’ll step back in time to 1933 as a dinner guest of Tiffany ‘Gold’ Digman, who’s looking into the disappearance of her archeologist husband. We’ll introduce you to all of the local ‘characters’ as Inspector Seymore Clues returns to solve the mystery. You don’t have to do anything but have a good time at this heart-stopping Die-Laughing Murder Mystery.

Tickets are $49.95 per person + tax and are available at Galena Cellars Vineyard is located at 4746 North Ford Road in Galena, IL. Appetizers are at 5:30–6:30 PM. Ticket price includes a plated dinner. Menu is currently being planned and will be posted on the website. Wine sold by the glass or bottle. For more information, visit

RSVP Coffee Connect

Wednesday, October 21 @ 9 AM
Kehl Diabetes Center

Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for our monthly Coffee Connect. This month we will learn about the importance of fiber in your diet as Kim Peterman from UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital presents Increasing Fiber in Foods. Please note this event is intended for individuals 55 and older. Please RSVP at 563-589-2622 or

Live at Heritage Center: Alice in Wonderland (Pushcart Players of New Jersey)

Sunday, October 25 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Filled with Lewis Carroll’s pure nonsense and madcap characters, this intriguing tale about a curious and proactive young girl has enchanted readers for many generations.  Pushcart’s whimsical music, design, and direction offer a precious theatre experience that young viewers will long remember. Alice goes on an enchanted journey of self-discovery with challenges, choices, and happy conclusions. A meaningful musical fantasy for anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up!

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 2 - Magical Mozart

Saturday, November 14 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 15 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Featuring: Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Glass Movement 3 from Symphony No. 3; Haydn Trumpet Concerto - Wes Skidgel, trumpet; and Mozart Symphony No. 40.

Live at Heritage Center: Letters Home performed by Chicago’s Griffin Theatre

Wednesday, November 18 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Letters Home puts Afghanistan and Iraq wars front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers. These letters were written during disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family, and combat duties. One theme unites diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you. Video projection behind the actors uses imagery taken directly from actual soldiers’ blogs and web posts. Post-performance discussion with the cast.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

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.

Live at Heritage Center: Christmas at Heritage Center: Journey to Bethlehem

Friday, December 4 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Now in its third year, this UD tradition promises once again to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD celebrates the birth of Christ through a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, live narration, and more. The heavenly acoustics of Butler Hall provide the perfect backdrop for this festive and celebratory occasion.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

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!

"Creatures Great and Small" Artist Call

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 7
Reception: Friday, January 8
Show: January 8–February 28
Outside the Lines Art Gallery (Dubuque)

Outside the Lines Art Gallery is seeking artist submissions for their annual juried group show to be held in January and February, 2016 at the gallery in Dubuque. The theme will be “Creatures Great and Small.” Artists may submit up to three 2D or 3D original works for consideration. All mediums are accepted and the art must reflect the artist’s interpretation of the theme. Gallery owners Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal will jury the submissions and they are looking for creative interpretations, not just literal translations. Three $200 cash prizes will be awarded by an independent judge during the Artist’s Reception to be held Friday, January 8, 2016. There is a $20 non-refundable jury fee (up to three works), entries and fees are due no later than December 7, 2015. Complete information is available at and Please contact the gallery with any questions or to have a printed copy of the prospectus mailed to you at 563-583-9343.

Live at Heritage Center: The Celtic Tenors presented in collaboration with Irish Hooley

Friday, December 11 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The only tenor group with a truly global audience, the Celtic Tenors give you a night to remember. Whether playing a cathedral or major concert venues in New York, Amsterdam, or Dubuque, the tenors genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the haunting “Danny Boy” and exhilarating classics like “Nessun Dorma”. The Celtic Tenors are world class artists who, despite their incredible success, don’t take themselves too seriously!

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

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.

Live at Heritage Center: SNL Alum Ana Gasteyer & Her Jazz Quintet

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

Best known from her six years on Saturday Night Live and her Broadway roles in Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show, Ana Gasteyer is on tour! This concert celebrates the release of her first studio record, I’m Hip – a collection of jazz standards with Ana’s own twist. Ana delivers superstar vocals, humor, and a performance sure to dazzle audiences – complete with her own 5-piece band.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Live at Heritage Center: VoicePlay

Friday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

As seen on season 4 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. VoicePlay takes the timeless sound of vocal music and turns it completely on its head. Vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay’s music, lacing it with inventive and hilarious on-stage antics.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Live at Heritage Center: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

Saturday, February 13 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Chicago’s multiple-Emmy®-Award-winning dance company. JRJP celebrates the core of jazz performance — dancing, singing, and storytelling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, jazz, funk, hip hop, and world music. JRJP has grown into an ensemble embodying a life-affirming mix of percussive musicality and emotional vocal-rhythmic dance.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Live at Heritage Center: The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Friday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Each player has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sword-play, asides, insults, persons in disguise, and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Live at Heritage Center: Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School performed by New York’s Theatreworks USA

Sunday, February 28 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over a year and a half, who better to write the book on everything you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks, and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and always something to sing about! An all-new musical based on Barbara Park's popular book.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 3 - Beautiful Brahms

Saturday, March 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Featuring: Beethoven Symphony No. 1; Brahms A German Requiem - the Dubuque Chorale; Emily Birsan, soprano; Ashraf Sewailam, baritone.

Live at Heritage Center: Alpin Hong’s Chasing Chopin, piano virtuoso/storyteller

Wednesday, March 9 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Alpin Hong’s lifelong fascination with the music of Chopin has thrilled, haunted, and sustained him. Chasing Chopin is a theatrical journey into Hong’s extraordinary life. His autobiographical storytelling and dazzling performance dive into personal moments both hilarious and tragic. This window into Hong’s life journey gives audiences an intimate look into gripping interpretations of Chopin’s music. Enduring a catastrophic loss at age 12, Hong’s passion fueled a career which has taken him to Juilliard, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and all 50 states.

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 4 - Giselle

Saturday, April 2 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Featuring: Adam Giselle (fully staged ballet) - Heartland Ballet Company Marina O'Rourke, Director.

Live at Heritage Center: SFJAZZ Collective presents “The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions”

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

San Francisco’s all-star international jazz ensemble’s mission is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and new pieces by each Collective member. Focusing on the music of the undisputed “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, arrangements will include “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Working Day and Night,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller.” The New York Times calls SFJAZZ Collective “…a super brain for what serious jazz sounds like now."

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Live at Heritage Center: Cinderella performed by Opera Iowa

Friday, April 15 @ 7 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Rossini’s version of this classic-fairy tale is a vocal and comedic romp! A wise magician takes the place of the fairy godmother and Don Magnifico, the girl’s father, rants and raves instead of a wicked stepmother, but the nasty stepsisters, Prince Charming, and a glass slipper prove, beyond all question, that this is the fairy tale we all know and love. When combined with hilarious characters and situations set to some of Rossini’s finest music, it becomes comic opera at its most exhilarating and often frenzied best!

Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10 AM to 5 PM hours commence. Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563-585-7469.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5 - Midori

Saturday, May 7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 8 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Featuring: Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World”; and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - Midori, violin.

Ongoing Events

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Meeting

Second and Fourth Friday of every month
Monk's Kaffee Pub (371 Bluff St.)

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

Matter 21+ Social Evenings

Second Friday and Fourth Saturday of every month @ 5:30–8 PM
Matter Creative Center

Matter Creative Center’s 21+ social evenings allow you to have fun enjoying all of our creativity building adventures in a grown-up atmosphere. All 21+ social evenings are for adults 21 or older (no exceptions) and allow you to bring light snacks and your own beverages, including beer or wine if you’d like (please no hard alcohol). Enjoy all of our anytime adventures, plus our add-on options like pottery painting items, guided painting sessions, mosaic design items, and glass painting. For more information, please visit

Kids Saturday Guided Painting

Every Saturday @ Noon
Matter Creative Center

Join us and learn how to create an awesome painting on a canvas panel! Our fun teacher will give you step-by-step instructions to create your very own version of the featured painting for the day. This activity is geared to children ages 5 and older. Please note the $20 registration fee for this activity includes the $5 general admission for the painter, so you don't have to pay general admission for the painter when you arrive - simply let the staff member at the front desk know you pre-registered. For more information, visit

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

“The People You Meet”

Now–August 23
Gallery C, Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson St.

While acquiring most of her knowledge in photography through personal experience and dedicated mentors, Stephanie Funke has compiled a variety of images; however, landscapes, people and places of the Heartland as well as patterns in nature are some of her favorite subjects.

Glass is often used for abstract designs and functional pieces. Barb McKinlay has pushed this further to make paintings where the picture is made purely of glass. The warmth of melted glass is used to convey people’s inner thoughts and vitality. The work explores their faces, their look: When you really look at someone, you see beyond caricature into the very things that make them unique. Beyond all that, the person put into the kiln before heat and warmth are applied is different from the one who comes out. Sometimes they go in with a smile and come out with a smirk. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Artists Take Over the Porch

Saturdays: Now–August 29 @ 11 AM-3 PM
Outside the Lines Art Gallery Dubuque

Beginning on Saturday, June 13, artists from around the region will be demonstrating how they make their art on the grand front porch of Outside the Lines Art Gallery at 409 Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa. A different artist will demonstrate each Saturday from 11am until 3pm throughout the summer. It is free and open to everyone. This is a relaxed and easygoing approach to learn firsthand how artists create everything from paintings to jewelry, sculpture and pottery. Children and their questions are welcome! Some artists will offer additional artwork for sale above and beyond artwork shown in the gallery. Schedule subject to change without notice.

In June, the Dubuque gallery will be open seven days a week; Monday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Since 2003, Outside the Lines has represented the largest range of local and near-regional artists in the tri-state region. The gallery offers fine art and fine art prints, metal and ceramic sculpture, pottery, jewelry, blown glass, and much, much more. For more information, call 563-583-9343 (Dubuque), 815-776-9166 (Galena), email, or visit

  • August 8: Hans Eric Olson – oil painting demonstration
  • August 15: Peter Fraterdeus – calligraphy demonstration
  • August 22: Ali Kauss - jewelry demonstration
  • August 29: Nancy Lindsay - oil painting demonstration

Music in the Gardens

Sundays: Now–August 30 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum

The annual “Music in the Gardens” concerts will be presented by the Dubuque Arts Council and sponsored by local businesses who are loyal patrons of the arts. These Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are located at the Packard Pavilion at the Dubuque Arboretum Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque, IA. Jazz, pop, classical, and blues bands perform in a family-friendly setting. Admission is free, but donations to support DAC are accepted. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your own picnic and refreshments. For more information, visit

  • Aug. 9: Johnson Strings (Instrumental)
  • Aug. 16: Ridge Rangers (Bluegrass)
  • Aug. 23: Derty Rice (Zydeco)
  • Aug. 30: Ralph Kluseman (Beatles Tribute)

EARTH Exhibition

Now–August 31
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase unique and contemporary perspectives on environmental topics as well as unexpected and sophisticated use of recycled and found materials. Best in Show will be featured on the cover of Grain Magazine, the Dubuque Area Arts Collective biannual arts publication, along with an artist feature in a two page spread. Publication will be released on August. Outstanding artists submitting to the exhibit will also be featured in the magazine. Exhibit will be open through the month of August. Free admission. For more information, visit of find us on Facebook or email us at

Tim Olson and Ron Hahlen

Now–August 31
Outside the Lines Art Gallery DBQ

On Friday, July 10, Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Dubuque will host a reception to kick off an exhibit featuring new work by Tim Olson and Roh Hahlen.

Tim Olson will exhibit new oil paintings of Dubuque and the surrounding area. Olson describes his style as Cartoon-Expressionism, Naïve-Academic, or Picturesque-Messiness. Perhaps all that and then some!

Ron Hahlen will be showing thrown and hand built functional pottery. Hahlen’s work includes some new forms that feel familiar. He continues to explore surface treatment of the clay, imbuing “information” through line and pattern. Hahlen dedicates his work for this show to his late wife, Stephanie.

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

For more information, call 563-583-9343 (Dubuque), 815-776-9166 (Galena), email, or visit

Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition

Now–September 7
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories. Engineering, physics and social studies are all addressed as you explore the science of Titanic.

On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology. 103 years later, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will pay tribute to the tragedy which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where more than 150 legendary artifacts conserved from the Ship’s debris field are showcased offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers.

The exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through over 150 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations. Perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, even a pair of almost perfectly preserved men’s dress shoes—these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.

Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 upon entrance, as each receives a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through Titanic‘s life, moving through the ship’s construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. They will marvel at the re-created first and third class cabins, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity. In the “Memorial Gallery” guests will take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, May 23rd at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. There will be an added $5 fee to the regular cost of museum admission to see the exhibit. Visitors can buy advance tickets at or at the museum.

Words We Know the Songs To: Paintings by Jaclyn Garlock

Show: Now–October 4
Gallery Talk: Sunday, August 23 @ 1:30 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Words We Know the Songs To is a special exhibition of 11 paintings by Clear Lake, Iowa artist Jaclyn Garlock, including 9 recently completed paintings from her series Hang 10, recalling Moondoggie surfer lingo of the 50s and 60s, which depicts people in and about the historical Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Garlock’s larger than life paintings are dedicated to the many performers who played and people who attended shows at the Surf, making it the icon that it is today.

The Surf is most famous for the last concert played by Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens in 1959 who died tragically in a plane crash following their performance. Beyond its infamous history, the Surf Ballroom and many other similar ballrooms across the Midwest were host to all the big name bands of the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Before bands played to stadium crowds they toured the rural Midwest playing ballroom venues. Today the Surf Ballroom continues to be a venue for touring musicians. It was restored in 1994 and now also includes a museum. The Surf Ballroom has received state and national registry recognition and in 2009 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Landmark Series.

Jaclyn Garlock was born in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1950. She received a B.A. in Art and Secondary Education in 1973 from Adams State University in Colorado. In 1975 she started a screenprinting business creating complex photorealistic serigraphs, all hand drawn and hand pulled. Jaclyn progressed into painting in 2000, building a body of figurative works and showing them regionally at art fairs and in galleries. In 2008, she was able to commit to painting full-time.

“CHANGE, a Showing of Hal Martin’s Paintings”

Now–September 27
Galena Center for the Arts

The Galena Center for the Arts announces its first one man exhibit “CHANGE, a Showing of Hal Martin’s Paintings”. “CHANGE” includes many new paintings, exploring the artist’s concerns about environmental and world changes.

After finishing his formal training at the Chicago Art Institute, Hal Martin was faced with the dilemma of making a decent living or pursuing the uncertain life of a young artist. He chose to pass on the latter and took a job in advertising. Twenty-five years later he was the Vice President/Executive Art Director at the Leo Burnett Agency in Chicago. Although Hal had become successful commercially he never lost the desire to create his own art. Even though he painted on weekends and evenings , it was never enough. Fortunately for all who admire his work, he decided to leave his advertising career and devote all of his time to creating his art. In the past decades he has developed and expanded his artistic talents. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest and he has received numerous accolades, notably three Best in Show awards at the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque, Iowa. Hal Martin continues to paint today, expanding his creativity and adding to his repertoire. Learn more about his work at

The Galena Center for the Arts is located at 219 Summit Street in Galena, IL., which is handicap accessible, and has ample free parking. Regular hours are 1-7 PM on Thursdays through Sundays. “CHANGE” will run through September 27. The Center also showcases regional artists in its contemporary regional gallery, and offers two rooms dedicated to historic photos from the Alfie Mueller collection. There is no admittance charge, but donations are appreciated. Special accommodations may be made for groups, or for special showings. For more information, go to, or call 815-777-0410.

Events & Articles

Everything Photography: New Location, New Opportunities

Posted on July 23, 2015

Story By Shelby Dill
Photos by Everything Photography

In December of 2012, Sean MacDonald opened the store Everything Photography here in Dubuque. Over the past few years, the store has provided a place for individuals to develop their passion for photography, while giving others a resource for their business or hobby. Now in a new location on 1st and Main, Everything Photography is continuing to do just that and more.

Scott Thomas & the Birth of Buzz Entertainment Group

Posted By Bryce Parks on July 07, 2015

Scott Thomas’ love of live music started when his dad took him to see Johnny Cash when he was 8 years old. Today, Scott has been booking live music events in the Tri-States for more than 20 years, from the days of putting on teen dances at Riverside Bowl, to track acts at the Brass Ring (popular pop artists singing to recorded backing tracks), to creating recognizable ongoing festivals like Kickoff to Summer and Summer’s Last Blast, and eventually to the man behind the music at the Diamond Jo Casino’s Mississippi Moon Bar. If there was a national act visiting Dubuque, chances are Scott was involved somehow.

Fever River Outfitters—Now in Dubuque!

Posted Shelby Dill on June 18, 2015

Fever River Outfitters, located in the humble tourist town of Galena, has specialized in mid-west recreation for over thirteen years. It has been quite the unexpected journey for owner, Deb Malone. While she recognized early a need for recreation within the area, her store has gone far beyond the initial vision.

Mindframe Theaters Free Summer Kids Movies

Posted on June 05, 2015

Monday–Friday: June 8 – August 28 @ 10 AM  @ Mindframe Theaters 
Whether you’re looking to get out of the heat or simply love great family movies, you’re not going to find a better deal than this! Mindframe Theaters invites you to join them for FREE MOVIES ALL SUMMER! No, we’re not even kidding. Every weekday morning at 10 AM, Mindframe Theaters is presenting a great family movie at no charge. Each title will play for the week so you can choose your day! Additionally, they will be hosting sensory friendly screenings every Saturday morning at 10 AM of the same film that played during the week (except as noted below). Some new releases will be shown this way at regular ticket price. These specific Saturday morning shows are for patrons with sensory sensitivities. Lights are up, volume is down, guests are welcome to enjoy the experience with movement or vocalizations. What a great way to make summer movie fun accessible to everyone!  (CLICK INTO THE STORY FOR MOVIES AND DATES!)


Here’s a schedule for this summer’s screenings. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you at the movies! All movies play at 10 AM. And remember the extra sensory friendly screening.


June 8–12: Paul Blart Mall Cop 1 

June 15–19: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1 

June 20: (Sensory Friendly Showing) Inside Out (Regular Ticket Price) 

June 22–26: Smurfs 1 

June 29–July 3: Open Season 1 

July 6–10: Surf’s Up 

July 11: (Sensory Friendly Showing) Minions (Regular Ticket Price) 

July 13–17: Matilda July 20–24: Planet 51 

July 27–30: Hotel Transylvania 

August 1: (Sensory Friendly Showing) Pan (Regular Ticket Price) 

August 3–7: Spongebob Movie (the first one) 

August 10–14: Mousehunt 

August 17–21–Barnyard 

August 24–28–Hotel for Dogs 

Meet Me @ Jazz!

Posted on June 04, 2015

Dubuque… and All That Jazz Celebrates 20 Years
Meet me at Jazz. Whether planned or not, Dubuque Main Street’s annual series of free summertime festivals held under the Town Clock have become the prime place for friends to meet. And meet they do, by the thousands. Friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances will all have that opportunity Friday, June 19 at the first Dubuque… and All That Jazz of the 2015 season with a performance by Chicago-based funk and R&B band, The Business. The Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Jazz Band will open from 5 to 5:30 PM.