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

Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Desgin Exhibit

Now - Sunday, April 20
Clarke University, Quigley Gallery

Featuring artists: Brittney Blanco, Stephanie Buse, Jamie Demmer, Sarah Olberding, Hilary Post, Catherine Savitch and Andrea Bruce

Converse Variations—Collaborations with Nature

An exhibition of works by Emily Christenson
Now-Sunday, April 20
Dubuque Museum of Art

At the moment unexpected raindrops fell upon her canvas 12 years ago in a field in Ireland, artist Emily Christenson had to make a choice. She chose to embrace nature’s influence and start a dialogue, a new language in her painting, where nature’s voice works in collaboration with her own. It is a practice of changing focus. It is where nature and materials present themselves to each other and the interaction becomes documented. The work becomes the product of the reality of the moment. The more the artist listens to nature the more she learns about herself.

The paintings in this new series were started in the unique landscapes of Lake of the Woods, Ontario, and Denali National Park, Alaska. The ink washes are based on the lake's movement—variations on canvas recorded at that moment paired with almost two years working time in the studio to slowly study and converse with the marks left behind. Rhythm, memory and time work together to create oeuvres that show both the impressions left by nature, and a story of the artist’s response.

Dubuquefest Panaorama

Now-Friday, April 25
Loras College, Academic Resource Center Lower Level

Last year at DubuqueFest the Center for Dubuque History commissioned artist Tim Olson to create a community interactive art project. Tim created the “World’s Longest Panoramic Photograph of a Three-Day Art Festival” that features more than 600 festival goers! Ten months later we’re ready to unveil the portraits. The exhibit features a 110 foot panoramic group portrait runs March 15-April 25 and a short documentary by Tim Connery. The public is invited to a opening reception on Sunday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the lower level of the Academic Resource Center (the library) on the Loras College Campus.

“The Knuth Collection”

Now-Sunday, April 27
Dubuque Museum of Art

Rountree Gallery 20th Annual Spring Exhibit

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

Our 20th Annual Spring Exhibit is now open. There are approximately 65 artworks on display from adult, teen, and youth artists. Rountree Gallery’s Spring Hours are April 5th – June 1st, Saturday from 10:00 – 4:30, and Sunday from 12:00 – 4:30. For more information and details about upcoming exhibits, classes, and events, please contact the gallery or visit (under City Departments). Rountree Gallery can be reached at (608) 348-6719 or email

Brian McCormick and 20 Dirty Hands Pottery Collective

Now–Wednesday, April 30
This show features Madison, WI watercolorist, Brian McCormick along with members of the 20 Dirty Hands Pottery Collective. The reception is the first Friday in March from 7-9 p.m.

Alfie Mueller Celebrated in Photography Exhibit

Now-Sunday, May 11
219 Summit Street, Galena

Alfred (Alfie) Mueller, a life-long Galenian, was a local historian and a passionate collector of photographs and memorabilia of Galena and the surrounding area. While working in local pharmacies from 1924 until his retirement in 1975, Alfie slowly acquired an astounding 10,000 photographs, images and newspaper articles, some going back to the 1840's. In 1977, he generously donated much of his collection to the State of Illinois, to be cared for by the Galena State Historic Sites. Images selected from his vast collection, many unseen for years, are the centerpieces of a new, month-long exhibit.

To honor Alfie, to present a time capsule of the area, and to showcase Galena's architectural history as captured in his collection, the Galena Center for the Arts is presenting the Alfie Mueller Celebration. The exhibit will be open from 1 PM until 7 PM, Thursdays through Sundays as well as by appointment for school or tour groups. It will be held in the handicapped accessible building at 219 Summit Street, Galena.

The exhibit will include enlargements of many of Alfie's photographs as well as related memorabilia about his life in Galena. “Then and Now” images will pair historic photos of locations in Galena and Jo Daviess County with photos of the same sites taken in 2014, showing the changes over the last hundred years. Visitors will also see artwork inspired by items in his collection, including a painting of Main Street Galena. Presentations by Daryl Watson, at 7 PM on April 24 and May 9, will celebrate Alfie and his work.

The Alfie Mueller Celebration is free to the public, thanks to generous help from the Midwest Medical Center and the Galena Foundation. This program is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Freeport Art Museum.

For additional information, please visit

Art @ your library

Now-Tuesday, May 27
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Rotunda

Carnegie-Stout’s unique Art @ your library® exhibits for April and May will fill the Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning April 4 through May 27 with works from artists Stephanie Funke and Barb McKinley. Funke will be exhibiting her collection of photographic images titled “Iowa: Outside My Door”, which are photographs combining regional landscapes and aspects of Iowa life outside the artist’s door. McKinlay, a kiln- formed glass maker will be debuting her new exhibit, “The River: Sediment and Ice Harbor” representing her lifetime memories of living along the Mississippi, layered upon one another through her hand made pieces.

Throughout the evening the artists will be on hand to meet people. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

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

"Food For Thought" Food Paintings by Robin Riggs

Now-June 2
Wantoot Gallery (236 High Street, Mineral Point, WI)
Tickets: Free

Robin Riggs' vividly colorful paintings of food pyramids and hybrid, created foods is a tongue and cheek look at distancing ourselves from all sources of natural food. In this series she explores how we make food choices based on the packaging, presentation and perceived benefits. For more information, email or visit

"Millennial Encounters" Artist Showcase

Now- Sunday, June 15
Nash Gallery (371 Bluff Street)

This multi-genre exhibit features the work of emerging artists from the art departments of Clarke University and Loras College. The artists’ work include explorations in photography, installation, collage, mixed media/conceptual, painting, illustration, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. Featured artists include Sara Steuer, Randi Westervelt, Abbey Tjebkes, and Mark Fuentebella from Loras College and Hannah Goldsmith, Traci Bauer, Jenna Michel, Maggie Scahill, and Kayla Carlson from Clarke University.

The exhibit and opening reception on April 11 serves as a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 37th annual all-arts festival scheduled for May 16-18 in downtown Dubuque.  The artists will donate 30% of all sales made on opening night to the festival. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and treats will be served. A $10 donation is suggested for adults and $5 for students who show their current college ID. All proceeds support Nash Gallery and DubuqueFest. Nash Gallery is located above Monks Kaffee Pub, 371 Bluff Street. The entrance is at the rear of building. DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. For more information visit  DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.

Gospel Choir Spring Concert

Wednesday, April 16 @ 7 p.m.
University of Dubuque, Blades Chapel

The UD Gospel Choir will present their annual spring concert in Blades Chapel on April 16 at 7:00 pm. The choir is directed by former student Bridgett Boone, and features a dozen student singers performing classic gospel repertoire. This event is free and open to the public.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps Hosts Eco-Movie Night: Tapped

Wednesday, April 16 @ 7 p.m.
Dubuque Bike Coop (2206 Central Ave.)

Tapped explores many components of the bottle water industry, from water rights to the composition of the bottles, as well as the effects that littered bottles have on our ocean ecosystems. After the film we will have a Q and A session where attendees will be given the chance to ask any questions they have to the panel of experts. Come out on the 16th and for an interesting documentary, some hors d’oeuvres, and a great night of fun. Remember to bring your reusable water bottles and plates! For any further questions contact Green Iowa at 563-690-6032, or by email to

Dubuque Main Street Architecture Days

Downtown Dubuque Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, April 16

Images of architectural elements for participants to locate will be featured in the Telegraph Herald and on the Dubuque Main Street website, available March 30. Find the locations of downtown Dubuque’s historical architectural treasures and enter for a chance to win a great gift package. Entries are due to the Dubuque Main Street office at 1069 Main St. by April 16.

Van's Annual Spring Wine/Beer Tasting

Wednesday, April 16 @ 5:30-8 p.m.
Timmerman's Supper Club
Tickets: $20 in Advance or $25 at the Door

Join us for a great evening featuring over 80 wines, 50 craft beers, & Timmerman's famous Hors d'oeuvres! Preview Spring's hottest trends with a fashion show by Graham's Guy & Gal along with Rhomberg Furriers. All ticket proceeds benefit the Fireworks & Air Show by Radio Dubuque along with the Dubuque Food Co-op. Tickets are on sale now. Call Van's today for tickets at 815-747-3631.

A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement

Thursday, April 17 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Five Flags Center
Tickets: $25-32

The Church Basement Ladies are back with an all-new musical. In the latest installment, the Church Basement Ladies are required to face change head-on. Against the changing tide, these pillars of the church stand strong in their faith and in their friendships with more crazy antics, more great new songs and more lessons reluctantly learned. Tickets are $32 and $25; groups of 8 or more receive a $2 discount. Groups may contact the Five Flags box office directly (563) 589-4258. Tickets are available at the Five Flags box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, 1-800-745-3000, and For more information, visit


Thursday, April 17 @ 7 p.m.
U.W. Platteville, Center For the Arts

“Hair,” the Broadway musical live on stage, directed by Diane Paulus, who directed the 2012 Tony Award-winning production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” is a celebration of youth and a journey through a tumultuous 1960s America.

This musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War-era America has struck a cord with audiences of all ages. “Hair” features a multi-cultural cast singing a long list of chart topping hit songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.”

With fresh choreography by Karole Armitage, “Hair” also features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot.

The audience experience builds up to the post-show celebration when the audience is invited to dance in the aisles and on stage with the performers to the anthem, “Let the Sun Shine In.”

Admission to “Hair” is $42 for adults, $33 for those 62 and older or under 18 and $21 for UW-Platteville students.

Additional information about the Performing Arts Series is available at Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall or by calling (608) 342-1298 or 1-877-727-1CFA. Tickets can also be ordered online at

Church Basement Ladies
A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement

Thursday, April 17
Five Flags Theater

Miyoko Hikiji: Author Talk & Signing

Saturday, April 19 @ 10:30 a.m.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Aigler Auditorium

Iowa author and Army veteran Miyoko Hikiji will speak about her book “All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq” and will answer questions from the audience.

The Bully Show: The Anti-Bullying Musical for Kids

Saturday, April 19 @ 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Grand Opera House

Using three beloved fairy tales, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “The Ugly Duckling,” and “Three Billy Goat Gruff,” Alphabet Soup Productions brings a new twist and interpretation to some classic fairy tales. The stories were adapted by Jake Lindquist and Mark A. Pence with music and lyrics by Michael Potsic. The 65 minute show is targeted to K-5 students. The cast drives home a very poignant message through song and humor while keeping the message simple and filled with meaning. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and a downloadable study guide, visit

The Tale of Bunny Cotton Tail

Saturday, April 19
Hazel Green Opera House (2130 Main St., Hazel Green, WI)
Tickets: $5 Adults and $4 Children

At 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Hazel Green Opera House, a hand and rod puppet show by the Fever River Puppeteers tells the adventures of a naughty little bunny. The performance is based on the children’s books by Laura Rountree Smith, a Platteville author. There is a wise old owl, a fox, Bunny’s mother, and his friend Susan. For more information, call (608) 732-6404, (608) 732-7129, or visit

25 or 6 to 4: The Chicago Music Experience

Saturday, April 19 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $22 in Advance or $25 at the Door

The Chicago Experience captures the incredible sound, emotion, and energy of the legendary band Chicago. With a catalog that covers dozens of songs released among the 120 million albums sold, 25 or 6 to 4 passionately performs Chicago’s hits. The band’s dramatic rise in popularity is a result of matching the talent at each position to the individual charisma and personalities in Chicago. This critically acclaimed group of musicians offers a polished performance that will please and impress even the most loyal Chicago followers. For more information, visit

Aces/New Music Concert

Thursday, April 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Clarke University, Jansen Music Hall
Tickets: FREE

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Exhibit: Gwen Cross

Show: Monday, April 21 - Saturday, May 3
Reception: Sunday, April 27 @ 3-4:30 p.m.
Clarke University, Quigley Gallery

2014 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is a five-day event in downtown Dubuque featuring a multiplicity of unique film screenings and compelling community conversations with nationally renowned filmmakers, directors and actors. Successfully launched in 2012, the Film Festival featured over 100 Global Filmmakers, 70+ films spanning 4 days in Downtown Dubuque – the Masterpiece on the Mississippi. The Film Festival will continue to enhance Dubuque’s and the tri-states’ cultural identity and contribute to the excellent quality of life in the area.

Festival Schedule

Wednesday, April 23
25th Anniversary Screening of "Field of Dreams"
Heritage Center (University of Dubuque)

Thursday, April 24
Opening Night
Five Flags Theater

Friday, April 25
Silent Film Showcase
Five Flags Theater featuring the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 26
Red Carpet and Award Gala
Five Flags Theater

Sunday, April 27
Closing Party
Stone Cliff Winery

Magic at the Bell Tower

Saturday, April 26 @ 8 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

On Saturday, April 26, they will present Magic at the Bell Tower, an intimate evening of mystery and illusion with magician P.T. Murphy that includes sleight of hand, ghost stories and interactive mystery. This brand new show was created specifically for the Bell Tower Theater and incorporates the history of the building and the Dubuque area.

This is a show you won’t want to miss, for ages 10+. Murphy is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand. His 2013 show Magic on Main was voted Galena’s #1 attraction. Tickets are just $19. Call 563-588-3377 or visit

Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Saturday, April 26 @ 7 p.m.
University of Dubuque, Blades Chapel

The UD Chamber Singers is an auditioned chamber sub-set of the UD Concert Choir, under the direction of Kristen Eby, adjunct music faculty. The group of ten singers will present their spring concert, performing works of various genres and composers, including an African-American spiritual, a traditional Haitian piece, a medieval madrigal, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

UD Spring Dance Concert

Saturday, April 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Babka Theatre

Students from the UD Dance Company will present their annual spring dance concert, performing a variety of styles including hip-hop, lyric, and ballet. The concert will feature soloists and small groups, as well as larger groups – the UD Spartanettes and UD Dance Crew. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets for events held in John and Alice Butler Hall are available at Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office, open Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m., 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at

Salute to the Stars: Tumbleweed Celebrates the Eagles

Saturday, April 26 @ 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Mystique Casino
Tickets: $20-$30

Tumbleweed has played a variety of venues covering the Eagles at places like Chicago's United Center, before a Bulls or Hawks game, and at Navy Pier. Get ready to rock with hits like Hotel California and more! For more information, visit

Public Latin Dance

Sunday, April 27 @ 6-10 p.m.
Turner Hall (Galena)
Cost: $5

The evening, which will feature dancing to traditional and modern recorded Latin favorites, will begin with a Salsa lesson at 6 p.m. by Jennifer Mulcahey, owner of Ballroom by Jennifer Dance Studio. The cost is $5 per person and includes the Salsa lesson and admission to the dance. More information is available at

Northern Illinois University Steel Band

Wednesday, April 30 @
U.W. Platteville, Center For the Arts

The Northern Illinois University Steel Band will take the stage on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Created in 1973 by G. Allan O’Connor, the Northern Illinois University Steel Band was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world.

NIU is one of the few institutions in the world at which students may pursue music degrees with the steelpan as their major instrument of choice. Throughout the years, the NIU Steel Band has broadened the repertoire and performance for the steelpan through performances at Yankee Stadium, two successful tours of Taiwan, concerts with the St. Louis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta, as well as through placing second in the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad in 2000.

Admission for the NIU Steel Band is $12 for adults, $8 for those 62 and older or under 18 and $6 for UW-Platteville students.

Additional information about the Performing Arts Series is available at Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall or by calling (608) 342-1298 or 1-877-727-1CFA. Tickets can also be ordered online at

Spring Choral Concert

Thursday, May 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Clarke University, Jansen Music Hall
Tickets: FREE

“Beyond All Mortal Dream,” a collection of contemporary compositions centered upon themes of life, mortality and hope. Featured composers will include Stephen Paulus, Alice Parker, Kevin Memley, and Paul Basler.

The Pirates of Penzance

May 1-3
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, John and Alice Butler Hall
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students/children, free for UD faculty/staff/students

University of Dubuque music and theatre students will present The Pirates of Penzance, a comic opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. The production will be directed by University of Dubuque’s Director of Theatre Arts, Amy Ressler.

Upon his twenty-first birthday, young pirate apprentice Frederic is freed from his indentured servitude with the notorious Pirates of Penzance, having been mistakenly apprenticed to them by his partially-deaf nursemaid, Ruth. Now a free man, Frederic leaves for the shore to rejoin civilization and immediately meets and falls in love with Mabel, a young, beautiful daughter of Major-General Stanley. Much to the dismay of the rest of the Major-General’s daughters, the Pirate King and his band of scalawags arrive on shore and threaten to marry them all. Major-General Stanley enlists the help of Frederic and the local police to stop the pirates, but due to an unexpected “technicality,” Frederic must decide between his unrelenting sense of duty and his intense love for Mabel.

Tickets are available at Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office, Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon - 5:30 p.m., 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at

Paul McComas & Maya Kuper “Unplugged”

Friday, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alley Stage (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point)
Tickets: $20 at the door

Writer Paul McComas and singer Maya Kuper present a musical and dramatic performance based on Paul’s critically-acclaimed 2002 novel “Unplugged.” Paul will also present a fiction-writing master class at Shake Rag Alley from May 1-4. Proceeds from this performance benefit Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). For more information about Paul and his work: Purchase tickets online at

Dubuque Chorale Spring Concert: Let the River Run

Friday, May 2
Pre-Concert Lecture @ 6:30 p.m.
Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
Grand River Center Ballroom Tickets: Free

“Let The River Run” will be a multi-media event featuring music, art, and poetry relating to the Mississippi River and river culture. Our collaborators include the National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque Museum of Art, author Katherine Fischer, Paul Hemmer, Loras College Center for Dubuque History, local artists, and 8th grade teachers and students from Dubuque’s public and parochial schools. The event is sponsored by the City of Dubuque, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque Bank and Trust, Dubuque Rotary Club, Grand River Center, Mediacom, and Premier Bank. For more information, contact the Dubuque Chorale Operations Coordinator at, or check out the Dubuque Chorale website:

Paul McComas & Maya Kuper “Unplugged”

Friday, May 2 @ 7:30pm
Alley Stage (18 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point, WI)
Tickets: $20 at the door

Writer Paul McComas and singer Maya Kuper present a musical and dramatic performance based on Paul’s critically-acclaimed 2002 novel “Unplugged.” Paul will also present a fiction-writing master class at Shake Rag Alley from May 1-4. Proceeds from this performance benefit Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). For more information visit

Gordy & Debbie -A Tribute to George Strait

Saturday May 3 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center

A tribute to living legend George Strait’s 32-year career of 59 charting number one hits, the most number ones of any recording artist of any genre of music. Enjoy hits like The Chair, Ocean Front Property, The Fireman, and All My Ex’s Live in Texas, as well as songs from the movie Pure Country from Gordy Ramsey, Branson’s #1 George Strait tribute performer.

An Afternoon of Classical Guitar with Miles McConnell

Sunday, May 4 @ 4 p.m.
Wartburg Theological Seminary, Loehe Chapel (333 Wartburg Place)
Cost: Free

Classical guitarist Miles McConnell will perform music by Bach, Handel, Ponce, Villa-Lobos and more. Featuring Roy Carroll, Chapel Organ.

Digital Art Exhibit - Call for artists

Early Submissions Deadline: Monday, May 12
Late Submissions Deadline: Friday, May 30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 13 @ 6-10 p.m.
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main St)

The Dubuque Area arts collective (DAAC) is looking for high school, college or recently graduated (2013 & 2012) artists and designers who have not enrolled in college (age 23 and younger) to submit to its Digital Art Exhibit that will open on June 13. Exhibit will open the launch party of DAAC's Grain magazine and Ruix zine, both publications champion regional arts and creative individuals. The weekend event (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) will showcase art, music, dance, readings, and more from upcoming and established area artists. This is a great opportunity for young artists to network and present themselves and their work to the art community. Exhibit will run through June and August and it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 7pm. The first 15 artists/designers who submit will get one of their submitted pieces showcased in the Fall issue of the DAAC's art magazine and website. Email submissions to For more information, visit or email

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival

May 16–18
Washington Park & Town Clock Plaza

The longest running fine arts festival in Iowa, DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival celebrates its 37th year in 2014. The free all arts festival, brought to you by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, features an Art Fair in Washington Park, live entertainment at the Town Clock and Gazebo, a reading and release by Writers Guild, hands-on art for all ages, an exhibit of Tim Olson’s “DubuqueFest Panorama,” Dog Day on Main Street, a record fair in the Roshek Building, Bike Culture Day on Main Street, Yoga, Tai Chi, Improv Theatre, and an interactive community art project led by Dubuque Area Arts Collective. This year the Friday night concert series features The Melismatics and This Must Be The Band, a Talking Heads tribute band. Headlining Saturday’s long list of all day entertainment is the eight-piece rhythm and soul powerhouse The People Brother Band with local favorites Cranes/Vultures. For more information, visit

Beads and Bangles

May 16–18
Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts & Crafts (18 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point, WI)

Eight introductory level jewelry classes offering a range of techniques and styles from funky to fine, plus an opening reception Friday evening with a fun Make-N-Take project. Use this weekend to explore different approaches, learn new skills, network with other jewelers, and leave with a lot of new ideas and jewelry. For more information, visit or call Shake Rag Alley at 608-987-3292.

Grand Pops Orchestra

Saturday, May 17 @ 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Heroes - A comedy by Tom Stoppard

Friday, May 23 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Gustave (Rob Kundert), Phillippe (Robert Armstrong) and Henri (Ron Richey), are war heroes plotting an escape. They’ve had enough of the tortures of their confinement: dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners, and far too many birthday parties. Indeed, life in a retired soldiers’ home is almost unbearable. So, while keeping each other company on the back patio, they hatch a plan to escape to Indochina, or at least to a picnic under the poplars on a nearby hill. This award winning comedy is directed by Virginia Darby.

Cupola in Concert

Saturday, June 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alley Stage (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point)
Tickets: $15 at the door

Alley Stage is thrilled to welcome back popular local band, Cupola! Cupola is indie-pop with strong jazz, funk, Blues, country swing and Gospel influences - as diverse as Johnny Cash and Sigur Ros - Feist, Chuck Berry, the 'Stones and Jack White, playing a mix of original tunes alongside a wide swath of American music. Purchase tickets online at

The Wedding Singer the Musical Comedy

June 12-14, 20-21 @ 7 p.m.
June 15 and 22 @ 2 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

The hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comes to life on stage back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

The performers for this show are high school students from throughout the area.

Katie Burns in concert

Saturday, June 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alley Stage (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point)
Tickets: $15 at the door

Katie is a singer/songwriter who lives in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Born and raised in Omaha, she counts her hometown among her musical influences. Purchase tickets online at

Youth Full Day Arts Camp

Session 1: June 16-20 @ 8:30 a.m.
Session 2: July 14-18 @ 8:30 a.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $290

Matter's full day arts camps give campers the opportunity to unlock the power of creativity and imagination while working in a multitude of mediums. Campers will pick two mediums as their "major" areas of study, as well as three mediums as their "minor" areas of study. A healthy snack will be provided to campers midway through the morning. Campers are required to bring their own lunch. This camp is designed for youth who have just completed grades 1-6 (entering grades 2-7).

“Motherhood Out Loud”

June 19-28 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alley Stage (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point)
Tickets: $15 adults and $10 for students at the door

Motherhood is not easy. It can be gross, thankless, depressing, dirty, and beautiful. “Motherhood Out Loud” takes the audience on the journey of different parents’ experiences with parenthood and its ups and downs. Twenty Monologues and Short Scenes written by fifteen contributing writers comprise this evening of stories, some funny, some touching, all meaningful and enjoyable. Purchase tickets online at


June 20-21, 26-28 @ 7:30 p.m.
June 22 and 29 @ 2 p.m.
Grand Opera House (135 W. 8th St.)

Oliver will delight everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, and Who Will Buy are musical theater classics. A large cast and full orchestra will bring Dickens’ characters to life.

Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra

Saturday, June 21 @ 6-8 p.m.
Turner Hall (105 S. Bench St., Galena)

Hunter Fuerste and his American Vintage Orchestra present an authentic re-creation of the big band era music of 1935 to 1945. The show features re-creations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. Donations accepted. For more information, please call 815-377-7070 or visit

Youth LEGO Mini Camp

Entering Grades K-3: June 23-27 @ 10 a.m.
Entering Grades 4-7: June 23-27 @ 1 p.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $100

Is there a LEGO® Fanatic in your life? Do they live to make things out of LEGO® bricks? Our LEGO® camp let's your young builder access more than 600 POUNDS of LEGO® bricks to make their most fantastic creations come to life! Builders will get the chance to make something new every day, or continue to work on a masterpiece throughout the week - their choice. This camp runs Monday through Friday and tuition includes the entire week.

Youth Painting Mini Camp

Entering Grades 2-5: July 7-11 @ 10 a.m.
Entering Grades 6-8: July 28-August 1 @ 1 p.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $100

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

Colts Music on the March

Tuesday, July 8
Senior High School, Dalzell Field

The Colts’ show has been a highlight on Dubuque’s summer calendar since 1963. Nine groups are scheduled to compete in this Drum Corps International summer tour event. Tickets are on sale now at For more information, visit or call 563-582-4872

Youth Drawing Mini Camp

Entering Grades 6-8: July 7-11 @ 1 p.m.
Entering Grades 2-5: July 28-August 1 @ 10 a.m.
Matter Creative Center (140 East 9th St, Dubuque)
Class Fee: $100

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

Shrek the Musical

July 9, 11-12, 16-19@ 7 p.m.
July 11, 13, 19-20 @ 2 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

Shrek the Musical, based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude and you’ve got a show that iis part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone.

The performers for this show arekids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area.

Youth Pottery Mini Camp

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

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

The Producers - A Musical by Mel Brooks

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

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

Rock-N-Roll Rewind

August 1–2
Mississippi Moon Bar

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

Taste of Dubuque

Thursday, August 7
Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

Waist Watchers the Musical

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

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

Market House Square Arts Festival

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

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

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks

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

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

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

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

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

Galena Food & Wine Festival

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

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

Texas Tenors

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

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

Voices from the Warehouse District X—Opening Night

Saturday, September 6
Voices Gallery

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

A Streetcar Named Desire

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

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

Drinking Habits

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

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

Hunter Fuerste’s - Swing Out

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

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

Family Beer & Liquor Annual Fall Wine Tasting

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

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

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour

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

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

Family Beer & Liquor Annual Fall Beer Tasting

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

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

30th Annual Nouveau Weekend

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

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

A Christmas to Remember

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

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

David Church Christmas Show

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

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

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

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

Events & Articles

Kids’ Summer Fun!: Exciting activities for kids in the tri-states

Posted on April 17, 2014

Just in time for warmer weather, 365’s annual list of fun summer classes, activities, camps, and entertainment opportunities to keep the kids active, learning, and having fun is here. So without gilding the lily, let’s get down to the cool stuff...

2014 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Posted By Mike Ironside on April 11, 2014

April 23-27 in Downtown Dubuque

For those readers wondering why Abigail Breslin appears on the cover of this issue of 365ink, we’ll cut straight to the chase. The young actress will be visiting Dubuque later this month in the official capacity as “honorary chair” of this year’s Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF). Like Breslin, probably best known for her role in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) and one of the youngest Oscar-nominated actresses in history, it seems the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in just its third year has arrived.

Live Music Features

Posted on April 11, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Live Music Features

Posted on March 28, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Graham's Style Store Reborn

Posted By Bryce Parks on March 28, 2014

Photos by Bob Felderman, Bryce Parks and Kristina Nesteby

Ed Graham started working at Boston Clothiers in 1905. Who would have thought it would start a one hundred-plus-year family tradition? From there to Kraft’s Clothiers, where he became the General Manager, to finally opening his own store in 1936 across the street where the American Trust’s Trust Department is today. Ed was cementing the roots of tradition. His sons Joe and John Graham helped him open that first store in a long, skinny building that sat flush with the Cottingham & Butler building along Main Street. Though they eventually wanted to renovate, the building owners at the time purportedly did not allow it because he did not want to raise the building’s value and pay higher property taxes. Graham’s moved across and up the street in 1968 to the Fischer Building where Dubuque Religious Goods stands today.