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 Dubuque365.com. 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 info@dubuque365.com.

African-American Play Reading Club

First and Third Tuesdays: March 3 and 17; April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19 @ 6:15-8 PM
Multicultral Family Center
Cost: FREE

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

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

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

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

Fabulous Friday 24th Season

Fridays: March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 12:05-12:35 PM
St. Luke's United Methodist Church (12th and Main)
Cost: FREE

The 24th season for the Fabulous Friday noon performances at St. Luke's United Methodist Church begins January 16, 2015, with the YOUSEGUYS Barbershop Quartet. This popular series was started in 1992 with only musicians from St. Luke’s performing but grew to include locally and nationally recognized artists. Over 62 different artists have performed. St. Luke’s UMC is located at the corner of 12th and Main in Dubuque, and performances begin at 12:05 pm lasting 30 minutes. Many in the audience bring their lunch and enjoy time together after the concert in the church Fellowship Hall where coffee and desserts are waiting. The concert, coffee and desserts are free but baskets are available for contributions. Street parking is available on 12th Street for 25 cents for an hour; meters in front of the church on Main Street are 50 cents an hour. SNOW DAYS? Our policy is that if the artist can get there, the show is on. You will see some new faces in this year's schedule and many old favorites.

  • March 6: Nancy Woodin, Helen Johnston & Otto Krueger (Organ, Piano duets & Trumpet)
  • March 13: Miles McConnell, Chris Kohlmann, & Keith Rippe (Guitar, Flute & Piano)
  • March 20: Bang Lang Do & Jim Sherry (Piano & Trumpet)
  • March 27: Upper Main Street Jazz Band

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 cityofdubuque.org/recreation. Registration forms can also be found at the MFC and the MFC website. For more information, call 563-582-3681 or visit mfcdbq.org.

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 galenacellars.com. There will be no February session.

Recent Paintings by Megan Kalmes

Now-Saturday, March 7
Clarke University Quigley Gallery

Recent Paintings, an exhibition of large-scale oil paintings by Megan Kalmes, will feature selected works from the Bather series complemented by additional figurative paintings. A reception for Kalmes will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Regular Quigley Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Megan Kalmes is currently a visiting professor of art, teaching painting and life drawing at Clarke. Kalmes was raised in Dubuque, Iowa, and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in art from Clarke University in 2008 and master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Working within a dialog of painting, Kalmes’ works include installations, as well as sculpture. Kalmes has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the entrepreneur with vintage stores Box of Hollyhocks and Vintage King of New York. Kalmes exhibited work in Dubuque’s Voices from the Warehouse exhibition in 2010 and 2013. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at 563-588-6318.

Art @ your library

Now-Wednesday, March 25
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The unique and successful Art @ your library® exhibit for February and March will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning Friday, February 6, 2015 featuring local artists Ali Levasseur and Matthew Mikulice.

Levasseur’s new series Circular explores two ideas; Nerd Pop Art and the Elements and Principles of Design. Levasseur uses the written language from the television program Doctor Who called Gallifreyan, using circles and lines to create words which Levassuer has used to express her ideas and concepts visually into her artworks. The Dubuque TARDIS will make an appearance at the opening.

Mikulice considers his artwork tidy and organized focusing on simplicty and repetition. All of his drawings are on paper and he follows the traditions of post minimalism, geometric abstraction, noting that the process is the most important part of his work.

Artists will be on hand during the reception to meet people and discuss their works. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The exhibit runs through March 25, 2015. Art @ your library® continues the relationship between the Library and art throughout its 114 year history by bringing unique, local exhibits to the Library. A variety of artists’ works are featured during the year with a bi-monthly reception for selected artists to highlight their work for the public to enjoy.

For the Love of Textiles

Now-Sunday, March 29
AGalena Center for the Arts (219 Summit St., Galena, IL)

This exhibit of fiber arts includes art pieces exploring various techniques in weaving, felting, mixed media and quilting. Quilts and coverlets circa 1800 to present, from a private collection, will be displayed. “Bed Turnings” will be presented each Saturday at 3 PM, showcasing eight quilts and coverlets, with narration about each piece. Unique artworks displayed will range from needle felting to stitched paintings to a mixed media self-portrait; double, overshot, and lace weaving will also be highlighted. Regular gallery hours are 1-7 PM, Thursday-Sunday. For more information, visit GalenaCenterfortheArts.com.

Daughters of Earth

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

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

Finding Beauty: Photographs by Robert Rivoire

Now–May 31
Dubuque Museum of Art

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

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

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

Project working time: All month of March
Group Art Show: April 24 @ 6-9 PM
DAAC Art Gallery (902 Main St)

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

Chris Kopmeier Exhibit

Now- March 31
Rountree Gallery (Clare Bank, Platteville, WI)

Chris Kopmeier was born in Milwaukee in 1951, lived a block away from UWM. Educated at Campus Elementary School, Homestead HS, and graduated from UW Madison with a BS in Fine Art plus a K 12 Teaching license. Landed in Dodgeville with Anna, our three sons, and was the art teacher at the Barneveld School System for 27 years, now retired. Began Artrack LLC and is currently a member of High Street Gallery in Mineral Point. I have always enjoyed building, learning, and creating. My favorite mediums are ceramics and Photography.  

The process of this work is my motivation. The risk, failures, and the unknown stimulates the expression. My art stems from common, simple, and local moments in time and place, energized by the manipulating the perspective of the elements.

The art is expressed in abstract realism beginning with a photo taken wiht a Nikon 35 mm camera. These photos are printed, transparencies are copied, and occasionally parts are cut into various sizes and shapes. These elements form the image through intregal positioning.  t becomes a tactile prop without the use of digital technology. The process may include painting and multiple photo shoots of the work to experience a possible conclusion.

Dubuque Museum of Art Spring 2015 Painting and Drawing Classes

Now-April 2
Dubuque Museum of Art

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

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

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

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

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


Aldo Leopold Reading

Tuesday, March 3 @ 6 PM
Hurstville Interpretive Center (18670 63th St., Maquoketa, IA)

Celebrate Aldo Leopold Week with an evening of essay readings from Leopold’s book A Sand County Almanac. Enjoy listening to others read aloud and join in on discussions about different conservation related topics. Feel free to read aloud your favorite essay. Copies of the book and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit jacksonccb.com.

365 Impact Awards

Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 pm
Mississippi Moon Bar

The 365 Impact Awards return for the seventh big year to the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM.) The event is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend. But first, we have to find all of those in the community who deserve a little piece of the spotlight this year! That’s where you come in.

The mission at 365ink is to help connect people to relationships, opportunity and the best possible living experience in our community. The 365 Impact Award is for those who choose to make an effort to impact the world around them 365 days a year. It’s meant for those who believe in our community and are willing to do something to make it better for everyone.

365 is once again appreciative of the support of The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, an organization so in-line with the concept of making a community impact that their own grant program awards are, in fact, called Community Impact Grants. They provide funding to people and organizations with the next big ideas to make positive change in Dubuque. By joining with 365, they share in the backend of that concept, awarding those whose impact was truly felt. And like 365ink, their staff is in touch on a daily basis with so many local impact-makers. They are a natural partner for identifying those people who deserve a spotlight for their efforts.

First time attendees always comment that they can’t believe they have not been to the event before and can’t wait to do it again next year. Well, friends, next year is here. The overwhelming response to past 365 Impact Awards shows was more than we at 365 had ever expected. In fact, we still hear from our winners that receiving the Impact Award has helped them recruit members, grow their business, motivate their teams and for almost all of them that it just felt great to know that the community appreciates their hard work.

A few people will get, by far, the coolest award statue on earth—the 365 Impact Award, designed by one of our favorite local artists, metal sculptor, Gene Tully. “I used this medium for the 365 Impact Award because it takes a great amount of power and energy to make an impression on steel just as it takes a great amount of power and energy to make an impression on society.”

Mark your calendar for Tuesday evening, March 3rd, at 7 PM for the 2014 edition of the 365 Impact Awards show at the Mississippi Moon Bar. This is a free event open to the public. However you must be 21 years of age to attend. It’s a crazy fun night of celebrating ourselves and our community.

Ginny Luke

Tuesday, March 3 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall
Tickets: $10

Ginny Luke is an accomplished electric violinist and singer. She began her musical career at age 3, training in classical violin and piano in Vilseck, Germany. After moving back to the United States, she additionally began training in voice, acting and dance in Iowa. Ginny's artistic experiences have included over 20 musicals and plays, and four operas. At 16 years old Ginny played violin at Carnegie Hall for TV show “From the Top” with the Interlochen Chamber Orchestra. At 19, she toured with rock legend Meat Loaf and became a member of Meat Loaf's band The Neverland Express, having previously toured with pop/rock band Adam 812, and jazz group Global Affect. Ginny is currently on tour with Cirque du Soleil inspired show, "Valitar." Ginny has held concertmaster positions (violin) in eight orchestras including Interlochen Symphony Orchestra, Colburn School of Music’s Orchestra Da Camera, and the California Institute of the Arts Orchestra.

The Importance of Being Earnest

March 5-6, and March 7 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 7 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre

This comedy is a rousing romantic escapade and absurd comedic masterpiece about class and etiquette. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two youn ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion. Directed by Amy Ressler. Presented by UD's Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the UD Drama Club.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Fundraiser

Friday, March 6 @ 7-9 PM
Nash Gallery (371 Bluff St.)

To prepare for the publication of their 37th annual Gallery anthology, the Dubuque Area Writers Guild will sponsor a fundraising event on March 6, 2015, from 7-9 pm, at Nash Gallery, 371 Bluff St, Dubuque, (above Monk’s Kaffee Pub). The event will coincide with the closing of Nash Gallery’s current exhibit, KHTHON, and will feature live readings from current Writers Guild members Lauren Alleyne, Alanda Gregory, Timothy Juhl, Keith Meyer, Paula Neuhaus, Danielle Phillips and Heidi Zull along with an “open mic” for members of the public who wish to read their own work and contributions from Rogue Collections and DubuqueFest. There is a suggested donation of $5 for attendance, door prizes and raffle prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery: Gail Chavenelle and Jennifer Braig

Reception: Friday, March 6 @ 5-7 PM
Show: Friday, March 6-Thursday, April 30
Outside the Lines Art Gallery Dubuque (409 Bluff Street)

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

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

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

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

The Drowsy Chaperone

March 6-7 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you’ve got a show dense with delicious delights. Great sets, costumes, choreography & full orchestra.

Way Off Broadway on Loras

March 6-8
Loras College Hoffmann Hall, St. Joseph Auditorium

See the future of theatre through the eyes of students. A series of student-directed one-acts, some written by Loras students, offer a variety of subjects, styles, points of view, and emotions. Under the direction of Anne Spoden and Michael Okas, it is one of our most popular evenings of theatre. General admission is $8. For more information, visit loras.edu/Campus-Life/Clubs-Organizations/Loras-Players.

Chaos and Collapse

Show: Friday, March 6-Sunday, April 26
Reception: Friday, March 6 @ 5:30-8:30 PM
Gallery C

Clarke University Art Faculty members Jessica Teckemeyer and Louise Kames will present the exhibition, Chaos and Collapse, at Gallery C in the Schmid Innovation Center Friday, March 6 through Sunday, April 26. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, March 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gallery C, located at 900 Jackson Street, Dubuque in the Schmid Innovation Center.

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

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

Gallery C is pleased to have the artists present for the Opening Reception on Friday, March 6, 5:30 - 8:30pm. All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.

“Kids Can Quilt”

Saturday, March 7 @ 10 AM-Noon
Galena Center for the Arts (219 Summit St., Galena, IL)

This quilting workshop for youth ages 8 to 12 will be led by Karen Galer and Maureen Bardusk. The workshop accompanies the Center’s For the Love of Textiles exhibit. For more information, visit GalenaCenterfortheArts.com.

Pinot and Pottery

Saturday, March 7 @ 5:30-7:30 PM
Matter Creative Center

Bring a bottle of wine and a group of friends and enjoy a fun evening of creativity and pottery painting! We have over 150 pieces of pre fired pieces to choose from so there is something for everyone! Sign up is required at www.mattercreative.center before attending and there is no registration fee.

Randy Sabien Ensemble

Saturday, March 7 @ 7 PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts

Randy Sabien, strings educator, jazz master, music author, and record producer, is also one of those rare talents to be hailed as both a violinist and a fiddler. With his latest release, Rhythm and Bows, Sabien has assembled a new band featuring three violins. Inspired by the 1930s western swing music of Bob Wills, Sabien plugs the concept of multiple fiddles into be-bop, blues-rock, and beyond. Fueled by a four-piece rhythm section, The Fiddlehead Band pays homage to the history of American roots string playing while stretching beyond contemporary conventions. If it makes people dance, Randy Sabien & The Fiddlehead Band will play it. From Sabien’s classical violin youth to a professional career spanning four decades, he has been a favorite guest of A Prairie Home Companion and Austin City Limits and has toured the world playing in different styles and with many music greats, from Béla Fleck to Greg Brown. Whatever the scene, when Sabien picks up his violin, get ready. His rhythmic, bluesy, swingin’ sound will have you bobbing your head,tapping your toes, and dancing right out of your chair.

A Bob and Tom Comedy Night Featuring the Comedy of Mark Poolos and Mike Mercury

Saturday, March 7 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the door

Mark Poolos was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. To start his career he co-starred in two independent films "Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies" and "Joanie Loves Furbies". He did more films, some commercials and some theater but it wasn't enough, so he began his stand-up comedy career. Mark stands 6'7" weighs in at 350 technically a giant however he is very weak and a wimp. In his routines he weaves story of his life as a bumbling jolly giant in his fast engaging story telling style. He has been compared to Louie Anderson. Mark is a true road dog, performing in 40 states and all across Canada.

Mike Mercury is a Wisconsin native who started his comedy career in 1984 at the world-famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He's appeared in concert with Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold and Ellen DeGeneres among others and has been heard nationally on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Must be 18 to attend!

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

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

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

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

Beginner’s Needle Felting Workshop

Monday, March 9 @ 7-9 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (219 Summit St., Galena, IL)

Larissa Distler will teach a beginner’s needle felting workshop for teens and adults. The workshop accompanies the Center’s For the Love of Textiles exhibit. For more information, visit GalenaCenterfortheArts.com.

"Nickel and Dimed…" Book Discussion at Shalom Center

Tuesday, March 10 @ 7-8:30 PM
Offering: $6

"Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America" by author Barbara Ehrenreich, a non-fiction bestseller, is the story of an essay writer who went undercover as a low wage worker to find out how non-skilled workers make ends meet. The experiment took place in Florida, Maine, and Minnesota, with the author finding a job and lodgings in each location. The experiment was to be held for one month in each location, working full time and living only off the amount of money earned in low-wage jobs. The goal was to determine whether or not the author could both live off the money earned and have enough money at the end of the month to pay the next month’s rent. Sister Eileen Miller OSF will lead the discussion. The offering to attend is $6. To register, call Shalom at 563-582-3592 by Monday, March 9 or visit www.shalomretreats.org. Participants are invited to read the book prior to the discussion and come to listen and share insights and enjoy a beverage. The book is available for sale at River Lights Bookstore.

Blurring the Edges Exhibit - Artists Call

Deadline: Tuesday, March 10
Reception: Saturday, March 28 @ 6-10 PM
Show: Saturday, March 28-Thursday, April 30
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective is looking for artists to submit to it’s newest exhibit “Blurring the Edges.” Art must be the artist’s interpretation of one or both of the categories: Abstract and/or Experimental. All media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, multimedia, photography, digital, performance, installation art, video, etc. are eligible. Artists will be notified the following day. Artists shipping their work will be notified in advance, so we recommend their work be submitted early. All work must arrive on or before March 18. Email salondbq@gmail.com with your name, email, city of residence, and phone number. If a student, include your school and grade level. Please state whether you will be hand delivering or shipping your work. Artists must be at least 14 years of age. Both developing and established artists are encouraged to submit. For each piece submitted, please include: title, media, size, and price. Attach digital images of each piece (images must be of good resolution), and include an artist statement or a small description of the process or the intent of your work.

Concerto Competition

Wednesday, March 11 @ 3 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will hold the 2015 Concerto Competition on Wednesday, March 11th. The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their music performance skills, and enhance their performance portfolio! Applicants must be in grades 8-12 and be a member of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles or live within 50 miles of Dubuque. The competition is open to piano, string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students. Completed applications must be received at the symphony office by Friday, February 20th. For more information please contact Madalyn Mackey, Education Programs Manager, at (563) 557-1677 or mmackey@dubuquesymphony.org.

The Co-op Culinary Book Club: Provence, 1970

Wednesday, March 11 @ 5:30-7 PM
Inspire Café (955 Washington St. #105)

For March the Co-op Culinary Book Club will read Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr Hamilton. Books are available to purchase at the Dubuque Food Co-op and at River Lights Bookstore.

BestFest 2015

Thursday, March 12 @ 5–7:30 pm
Grand River Center

BestFest, a benefit to support Hospice of Dubuque, a nonprofit organization providing patient care and bereavement programs, returns for 2015, sponsored as always by Dupaco Community Credit Union. Those named the best will be celebrated at BestFest on Thursday, March 12, at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, where winners will gather and give away samples of their best products. Tickets to BestFest are SOLD OUT!

 

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Sound Bites

Friday, March 13 @ 11:30 AM
Dubuque Golf & Country Club

The Friday before each classics concert the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra League hosts a pre-concert luncheon called Sound Bites at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. A delicious buffet is followed by insightful commentary about the music by Music Director & Conductor William Intriligator. Guest soloists also attend and share information about their education, careers, concert experiences and thoughts about the music. Oftentimes our guest artists bring their instruments and perform short excerpts from the featured concerto.

Sound Bites is scheduled for Friday, March 13, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The cost is $13.00 per person, you pay at the door, and reservations are due Tuesday, March 10. Make your reservation online or call the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677.

BFA Sculpture Exhibit: Molly Haut

Show: Friday, March 13-Saturday, March 28
Clarke University Quigley Gallery

2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party

Saturday, March 14 @ 3:30–10:30 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall (corner of 8th and Locust)

The new-old-new tradition of having a big ol’ Irish tent party in downtown Dubuque continues, this year in the lot next to the Knights of Columbus Hall at 8th and Locust St. hosted by The Ancient Order of Hibernians. Enjoy food and other liquors and beverages available inside the KC 510 Hall. Irish and American beverages will be available, if you know what I’m sayin’!

Entry ticket price is just $5 at the door. Parking is available in the City of Dubuque Parking Ramp across the street from the venue and along the downtown streets. It’s a wee-bit of traditional way to celebrate St. Patty’s day just a couple days early and get your Irish on in the river city. All ages are welcome but you do, of course, need to be 21 to partake of the barley pops!

Dance and sing to the music of Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drum, McNulty School of Irish Dance, Raspberry Lemonade, and Dubuque’s own Irish band—The Lads

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is the oldest and largest Irish Catholic organization in the United States. AOH is a place to meet like-minded Irish Americans who share the same values and beliefs of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity. The loyalty of the Irish are bound to the principles of their adopted land in America.

American English - Beatles Tribute Band

Saturday, March 14 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

American English is simply the best Beatle tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted 'number one' by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound a like contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years. They have also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted "Best Tribute Band" three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area. Their demand here and abroad, coupled with their spectacular fan base, has anchored them into a professional setting, and launched them into larger venues and theaters worldwide.

Spring Wind Ensemble Concert

Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 PM
Loras College Fieldhouse

The Loras College Wind Ensemble, a group of 60+ members, performs a variety of high quality music, including “Ireland: Of Legend and Lore.” For more information, email Wind Ensemble Director Glenn Pohland at glenn.pohland@loras.edu.

Magic at Bell Tower: An intimate evening of mystery and illusion Hosted by P.T. Murphy

Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $20

You are invited to an intimate evening of sleight of hand, ghost stories and interactive mystery. Critically acclaimed magician P.T. Murphy believes in magic. It’s his job. P.T. is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand. P.T. Murphy will entertain, mystify and inspire you to BELIEVE! This show is great for adults and kids 10 and up. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Tcheers for Tchaikovsky

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

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

2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition

March 14–June 14
Dubuque Museum of Art

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

The Irish Hooley’s 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration

Tuesday, March 17 @ 5:30-8:30 PM
The Knights of Columbus Meeting Hall (781 Locust St.)

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, The Irish Hooley is offering a free evening of music, film dance, travel information and general celebration for everyone of Irish heritage and anyone “Irish at heart” on Tuesday, March 17th, the historical date marking the death of Saint Patrick of Ireland in 460 AD. Admission is free.  This is a family friendly event appropriate for all ages. Irish and American food and beverages will be available (alcohol is only for those 21 years of age and older) inside the KC 510 Hall. Parking is available in the KC Hall Parking lots, the City of Dubuque Parking Ramp across the street from the hall, and along the downtown streets. For more information, contact Bob Felderman (robertfelderman@yahoo.com) 563-213-0398 or Michael Lange (michaeldennislange@gmail.com) 563-590-1992.

Irish Film Festival

Tuesday, March 17 @ 7 PM
Loras College Alumni Campus Center, Marie Graber Ballroom

Students in Loras College’s “Ireland in Film” J-Term course have debated the selections for, and planned, an Irish film festival. Students have cultivated an understanding of modern Irish cultural identity through exploring themes in Irish cinema, including representations of the Irish West, the political struggle for independence, the role of Catholicism in Irish society, and the status of minority groups such as the Irish travelers and the urban working class in Ireland. Admission is free. For more information, email Professor Andrew Auge at andrew.auge@loras.edu.

Spice: Cultural Cooking Night - Mexico

Thursday, March 19 @ 5:30-7 PM
Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Ave.)

Meet community members from Mexico and learn something about their culture. The program includes making and enjoying a favorite meal. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participation is free. Register online at cityofdubuque.org/recreation. For more information, visit mfcdbq.org.

A Celebration of the Beatles

Friday, March 20 @ 7 PM
Western Dubuque High School Bobcats Performing Arts Center

The Western Dubuque High School Fine Arts Booster Club is pleased to announce “A Celebration of the Beatles” will be held at the Western Dubuque High School Bobcats Performing Arts Center Artist Series on Friday, March 20 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those under 21. Proceeds from this show will be used as a fundraiser for the new WDHS Bobcats Performing Arts Center. Featured artists include: Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann and Ralph Kluseman. Western Dubuque High School students will also be performing. You can purchase your tickets at hub-monkey.com/tickets. For more information contact Ralph Kluseman at rkluseman365@gmail.com.

Making a Gourd Clock

Saturday, March 21 @ 9 AM-Noon
Sinsinawa Mound Center (585 County Rd. Z, Hazel Green, WI)

Using a flat section of gourd, students will create a clock and add the clock mechanism. Wire and beads as well as paints and dyes (wear old clothes) will be used to make fun clocks. Terri Schmit, workshop leader, will provide all the materials needed, except the clock batteries. Cost is $45. For more information or to RSVP, call 608-748-4411 or visit sinsinawa.org.

River Lights 2015 SCRABBLE® Tournament

Saturday, March 21 @ 11 AM
River Lights Bookstore (1098 Main St.)

Game and word lovers prepare to shake your tile bags and rack your brains during the River Lights 2015 SCRABBLE® Tournament! Refreshments will be served and Prizes will be awarded! Register by phone: 563-556-4391 or email: info@riverlights.com. SCRABBLE® is a trademark of Hasbro in the US and Canada. ©2015 Hasbro. All rights reserved.

Bordeaux and Brushes

Saturday, March 21 @ 5-8 PM
Matter Creative Center
Cost: $40

Bordeaux and Brushes requires no art experience! Our wonderful instructors will provide some tips and tricks along with guidance to help each painter create an awesome painting along with awesome memories. It is a BYOB event where painters can bring their favorite bottle of wine and have a relaxing night and create pieces of art that their friends will envy! The painting for the March event is the Eiffel Tower painting. Images can be found on our website. Sign up is required at www.mattercreative.center prior to attending so our instructors can make sure we have enough materials for everyone!

Garden Getaway

March 21-22 @ 9 AM-5 PM
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI)

Enjoy this tenth annual weekend full of hands-on workshops making garden art and informative lectures on the art of gardening. Cost for classes range from $10-$65. For more information, visit shakeragalley.com/announcements/garden-getaway.

The Gretel Project

March 23-24 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Babka Black Box Theatre

Four award-winning artists collaborate with the University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts Department to present The Gretel Project, Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m., in the Babka Black Box Theatre in the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center. Free and open to the public, the event is a multimedia immersive experience that invites the audience to reimagine the world through the eyes of Gretel--the heroine of the famous fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.

Once upon a time and long ago, a girl and her brother were abandoned by their parents in the woods and left to fend for themselves. The first time, they found their way home. The second, they wandered, lost and imperiled, until they came upon a sweet-smelling, sweet-tasting house made of gingerbread that belonged to a witch who welcomed them in. Gretel’s journey will take you deep into the heart of the forest, past the artifacts of her childhood, and into the maze of her own psyche. With rooms to explore, performances to watch, artwork on display, and interactive experiences for the audience, the event will be followed by refreshments and a Q&A with the artists and performers.

University of Dubuque professor and poet Lauren K. Alleyne joins co-writer Catherine Chung, visual artist Tomiko Jones, and composer Sidney Boquiren to present a probing exploration of loss and “what if,” examining the way history, family, the decisions we make and the decisions that are made for us lead us into a myriad of different directions, parallel possibilities, and multiple futures. With funding from Adelphi University in Long Island, New York, and Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado and in collaboration with the University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts Department and Heritage Center, this collaboration brings to Dubuque artists and professors from three different states and three different universities. Under the direction of UD Theatre professor, Amy Ressler, University of Dubuque students will bring the performance to life. For additional information, please contact Kristi Lynch, director of public information, at 563-589-3267.

Live at the Heritage Center
Ensemble Español presents Flamenco Passion!

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

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

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

Musical Menus

March 27-28
Clarke University Wahlert Atrium
Tickets: $70/premier seating; $60/gold seating; $50/blue seating

This Clarke musical tradition features performances by students and faculty throughout a gourmet five-course meal designed by Clarke University Chef Miles Breed. It’s been called the area’s best Broadway revue! Seating begins at 6 PM; dinner at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required and may be made starting February 2, by calling 563-588-6553 or visiting clarke.edu/artsatclarke/musicalmenus.

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend

March 27-29
Galena Convention Center (900 Galena Square Dr., Galena, IL)

Discover a new favorite among 300 varieties of hand-picked wines and spirits at Grand Tastings offered on Friday, March 27 from 6-8 PM (registration begins at 5:30 PM) and Saturday, March 28 from 4-6 PM (registration begins at 3:30 PM). Tickets, sold in advance only, are $40. Admission includes tasting, keepsake wine glass, and entry into a drawing for a Getaway to Galena Gift Basket. A silent auction includes vintage and large format wine bottles. Tickets must be purchased online. To purchase Grand Tastings tickets or find information on other weekend of tastings, winemaker dinners, celebrity chefs, and pampering all weekend long, visit wineloversweekend.com.

The Jan & Dean Beach Party

Saturday, March 28 @ 4 and 7 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar (Diamond Jo Casino)
Tickets: From $25 plus taxes and convenience fees

From Jan and Dean, the legendary top-selling artists of the 60’s, comes a Beach Party like no other! Along with their chart topping hits “Dead Man’s Curve,” “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Surf City,” and “Surfin’ Safari,” Dean Torrence brings to the stage all of the music that made the California beach scene famous. This outstanding show will have you singing along to all of your favorites in a fun-filled, high-energy performance taking you back to the 60's. Starring Dean Torrence.

Great River Wind Symphony

Saturday, March 28 @ 7 PM
Loras College Fieldhouse

The Great River Wind Symphony concert is presented by the combined concert ensembles of Loras College, Clarke University, University of Dubuque, and St. Ambrose University. All members of the bands rehearse and perform together a wide variety of musical literature, giving student performers the opportunity to play in a band of over 100 students. All of the conductors of the individual ensembles work with the students throughout the rehearsal day and at the evening concert. All are invited to attend this concert at no charge. For more information, email Loras College Wind Ensemble Director Glenn Pohland at glenn.pohland@loras.edu.

The Second City Hits Home

Saturday, March 28 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House
Tickets: Starting at $30

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre returns to the Grand Opera House, with “The Second City Hits Home” a new show featuring hilarious sketches, songs, and improvisation about Dubuque as well as material from the famed Second City archives. This is a must see night of comedy featuring some of Chicago’s brightest comedy stars in a special one night engagement. Doing what they do best, The Second City finds laughs in everything from Dubuque’s history, events and hot button issues to headlines from the Telegraph Herald and mixes these with a generous portion of classic Chicago-style sketch and improv created by some of Second City’s most lauded alumni including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. The Second City celebrates 54 years of cutting edge satiric revues and continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Accepting Anthology Submissions

Deadline: Monday, March 30
In conjunction with the 38th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival (May 15-17, 2015), the Dubuque Area Writers Guild is excited to announce that it will be publishing the 37th edition of its Gallery book project. This year’s publication, “Portraits: Writing & Art on the Body,” will be an open-genre anthology showcasing the art and writing of Dubuquers and those with ties to the Dubuque area. While submissions about “the body” as a concept are encouraged, works of any theme will be considered.

Writers of all ages may submit fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and memoir pieces. Writers should also include a short biographical paragraph about themselves along with their submission (not to exceed 50 words maximum). Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, and should be sent to dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com as attached .jpg or Word files. Please include the words "2015 Gallery submission" in the subject line of the email. The deadline for submissions to the anthology is March 30th, 2015.

Writers selected for publication may be invited to read at a reception to celebrate the launch of the anthology, which will be held during DubuqueFest. The public is invited to attend the reception/reading and encouraged to purchase copies of The Gallery. For more information, contact Danielle Phillips or Heidi Zull at dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

Cabaret

Auditions: March 30-31 @ 7-9 PM
Show: July 24-26, 30-31, and August 1-2
Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House will present the musical Cabaret. Auditions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, March 30-31. Callbacks will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. Auditions and callbacks will take place at the Grand Opera House. Auditions will be open to all ages. Those auditioning should prepare approximately 32 bars of a song in the style of the musical. Dress comfortably for a movement audition and be prepared to dance. Readings will be provided. Cabaret will be directed by Joe Klinebriel, with music direction by Kristen Eby and choreography by Megan MacLeod. Perusal copies of the script are available and can be checked out from the Grand Opera House business office, 135 W. Eighth St., second floor. They must be returned. Business hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information on upcoming auditions and other Grand events are available at thegrandoperahouse.com or by calling the business office at 563-588-4356. Specific questions about “Cabaret” can be directed to Jill Keck at office@thegrandoperahouse.com.

BFA Graphic Design Exhibit: Faith Britt and Nicole Tupy

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

Clarke Honors Jazz Band Festival

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

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

Julien Dubuque Int’l Film Festival Kick-Off

Thursday, April 2 @ 6 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque

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

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

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

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

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

Around the World in One Night

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

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

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

April 10-26
Bell Tower Theater

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

International Night Dinner

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

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

Heartland Ballet Presents Fairest of Them All

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

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

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

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

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

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

3rd Annual Pursuit of the Podium

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

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

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

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

Opera Scenes

Tuesday, April 14
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall
Cost: Free

The Clarke University Opera Workshop presents an evening of duets and other vocal ensembles from selected operas.

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

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

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

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

Taste of the World

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

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

Roxi Copland

Saturday, April 18 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Best of Opera

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

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

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

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

Aces/New Music Concert

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

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

Ordinary Days

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

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

Ninth Annual Dubuque Days of Caring

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

First Annual Jo Daviess County Youth Arts Festival

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

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

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

Spring Choral Concert

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

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

Dubuque Chorale Presents: All Creatures Great and Small

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

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

All Art Senior Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

The McCartney Years

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

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

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

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

4000 Miles

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

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

Clarke University Summer Academies

Starting June 2
Clarke University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dancing with the Stars Dubuque

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

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

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

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

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

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

America's River Festival

June 12-13
Port of Dubuque

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

Monty Python's Spamalot

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

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

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

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

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

Cabaret

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

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

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

August 14-30
Bell Tower Theater

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

Murder Mystery Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

Doubt, A Parable

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

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

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

October 9-25
Bell Tower Theater

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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

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

Christmas on Broadway A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis

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

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

Holly Ball

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

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

The Texas Tenors

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

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

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

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

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

Events & Articles

2015 365ink Impact Awards

Posted on February 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar (Diamond Jo Casino)

The 365 Impact Awards return for the seventh big year to the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM.) The event is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend (must be 21). Click into this feature to see all the winners!

Inclusive Dubuque: Connecting People & Strengthening Community

Posted on January 19, 2015

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

Presentation and Book Signing with The Kindness Diaries Author Leon Logothetis

Posted on January 18, 2015

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

by Jeff Lenhart
photos courtesy of Leon Logothetis

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

Pura Vida! Yoga Wellness Adventure Retreat

Posted on January 02, 2015

February 16-21, 2015
Costa Rica

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

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

Posted By Bryce Parks on January 02, 2015

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