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

Homage to the Tallgrass Prairie: Watercolors by George Olson

Now-Sunday, November 30
Dubuque Museum of Art

Since a 1990 exhibition at the British Museum of Natural History, Illinois botanical artist George Olson has been documenting the plant life of the American prairie through his large-scale drawings and watercolors. He is also actively involved in prairie propagation and educational efforts. Thirty-nine of Olson’s prairie botanical illustrations can be seen, allergy and bug free, in a new exhibition at the Dubuque Museum of Art opening August 15th. These detailed “plant portraits” show native tallgrass plants in full bloom as well as at the end of their life cycle when they have withered and browned. The artist collects his samples on hikes through the plants’ native habitats and brings them back to his studio.

Olson was a professor of art at the College of Wooster in Ohio from 1963 to 2000. His artwork has been shown throughout the United States and England. He and his wife reside in Woodhull, Illinois.

Dubuque Through the Lens: A Camera Club Perspective

Now-Sunday, November 30
Dubuque Museum of Art

This is the 2nd annual display of photographs from members of the Dubuque Camera Club, this year featuring 23 works with a uniquely Dubuque theme. The Dubuque Camera Club has been in existence since the early 1940s with its start at the Dubuque YMCA. The current club has over 30 members and is part of the N4C which is an organization of 42 camera clubs in 11 North Central states. Photo enthusiasts of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Camera Club and learn more about photography, become a qualifying member of N4C, and be eligible to participate in contests and activities.

Surrealism and Storytelling art exhibit

Now-Sunday, November 30
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The DAAC invites you to the Surrealism and Storytelling art exhibit. This is the first DAAC-sponsored exhibit to feature national and international artists, in addition to local talent. Cities represented include Chicago, IL; Leipzig, Germany; Collingswood, NJ; Toronto, Canada; Nacogdoches, Texas; Dubuque, Iowa; and surrounding areas. Upcoming artists from Luther College, Austin State University, Purdue University, and Hempstead High School, among others, are also featured. This exhibit is composed of all forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, performance, and video works from both established and upcoming artists.

Opening reception is Saturday, October 25, 6 pm to 10pm. Surrealist costumes encouraged. Tunes by The Depression Business, followed by Live performance art and music by Iowa City’s I/OWAR and Dog Hairs, from Davenport, Iowa. Cultivating preposterous auditory collages simultaneously alongside delectable rhythmic prophecies, I/OWAR rearranges preconceptions regarding spontaneous musical mysticism. Dog Hairs blends together the sights and sounds that he has happened upon, captured intentionally, and created specifically, creating collages with antiquated analog technologies.The event will also feature "gore" theatrical makeup tutorials and demonstrations by makeup artist and Creative Director of Rogue Collections, Sami Sue. For more information, visit or email

Pastel Society Artists Paintings and Plein Air Painting

Now-Monday, December 1
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St, Maquoketa, IA)

A French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French. The public is invited to join the Iowa Pastel Society artists as they do "plein air" painting at various Maquoketa sites. Bring your own canvas, paints, and easel to paint alongside of these accomplished artists. Pastel demos by John Evans and Tom Christopher during the reception.

Roshek Holiday Nonprofit Holiday Decoration and Silent Auction

Now–December 5
Roshek Building

This holiday season, the Roshek building will look a little different, and you’d better be ready to celebrate it in style! Dubuque Initiatives and the Roshek Building community invite nonprofit organizations to decorate a holiday wreath, tree, centerpiece or other festive item (don’t worry, they’ve got outlets for your hundreds of lights!) to be auctioned off November 17 – December 5 during the Roshek Holiday Decoration Silent Auction. Bidding is open to the community during Roshek Building hours, and winners will be announced at the Holiday Nonprofit Night, starting at 4 PM on December 5 – but get there before bidding closes at 6. This is an opportunity for area nonprofits to gather with the Dubuque community to celebrate the holiday season and share their positive impact! Don’t forget to check your favorite local nonprofits’ websites to see if they’re involved in the Roshek Holiday event, or to let them know how to get involved.

Kari McCann at or 563.588.2700, Cathy Lauer at or Pam Oster at can be contacted with questions or concerns. Nonprofits can register by contacting Cathy or Pam, or by calling the Roshek Building office at 563.583.1470 no later than November 12.

Macabre Art Exhibit

Now-Sunday, December 7
Nash Gallery

The Nash Gallery, located above Monk’s Kaffee Pub on Bluff Street hosts a special exhibit through the month of October: Macabre. The exhibit, which will host an opening reception on Friday, October 17 from 7-9 PM will feature the artwork of ten area artists, celebrating the theme of death and horror. Along with the opening, the Nash Gallery will host a Halloween Party on Friday, October 31 from 7-10 PM with entertainment provided by fellow Dubuque County Fine Arts Society affiliates Trainwreck Productions, Rogue Collections, and Dubuque Area Writers Guild. A $3 donation at the door will get you some cool door swag and costumes are definitely encouraged as there will be a costume contest. In addition to the opening reception and Halloween Party, the Nash Gallery will host a free macabre film series on Saturdays at 6 PM, including Nosferatu on October 18, Suspiria on October 25, Videodrome on November 1, and Eraserhead on November 8.

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

Last Wednesday of every month: November 26 @ 7-9 p.m.
Nash Gallery (371 Bluff St.)

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

Offsite Outside the Lines Art Gallery Exhibit

Now-December 31
NICC Town Clock Center

Outside the Lines Art Gallery maintains an off-site exhibit space at the NICC Townclock Center for Professional Development located at 6th and Main Streets in downtown Dubuque. Quarterly exhibits are installed featuring the 2D artwork of area artists. During October, November and December, Outside the Lines offers a group exhibit by members of the Bellevue Arts Council, from Bellevue, Iowa: Earl Sawvel, Michelle Taylor, Gail Chavenelle, Laura Larabee, Dave Eischeid and Tom Henning. This exhibit includes photography, metal sculpture, monoprints, mixed media, oil and watercolor paintings. The mission of the Bellevue Arts Council is to create, foster, and promote a unique regional arts environment by supporting the arts, art education, and the artists in Eastern Iowa. The works are available for viewing during regular school hours through the end of December, 2014, and unless otherwise noted, are for sale.

Jac Tilton: Recent Works

Show: Now-Friday, January 2
Reception: Friday, December 5 @ 6-7 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Charles and Elizabeth Bisiganano Art Gallery

The Charles and Elizabeth Bisignano Art Gallery in the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, announces a show of recent work by Jac Tilton. The show will be on display from Monday, November 17 through Friday, January 2, 2015. An an opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., prior to the second annual Christmas at Heritage Center event.

Though Tilton’s paintings have been displayed locally and have won regional watercolor awards, this is his first one-man show in Dubuque, with 25 watercolors on display. According to the catalog accompanying the show, Director Alan Garfield states “Jac Tilton, who is primarily known at the University of Dubuque as the University web editor, is a quiet artist. His pictures are soft symphonies of light and color; no radical chic comes from his brush.”

Tilton is a former art educator and has held various management positions in advertising, marketing, graphic design and web development during his career. He has worked exclusively in watercolor for most of his career, but recently has added non-representational works in graphite, carbon and charcoal to his portfolio. His watercolors and drawings are in private collections across the U.S, Canada, and Russia.

“Many of my watercolors result from my attraction to old or out of the way places and subjects,” stated Tilton. “I'm attracted to these subjects not from a sense of nostalgia but because of the patina that the process of existing imparts to them. The results of their use, abuse, neglect or abandonment makes for very interesting subject matter. My figurative watercolors result from capturing people in a candid moment when they are the most natural and least self-aware.”

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. The 12-page color catalog is free of charge.

Pottery Then and Now

Now-Sunday, January 4
Galena Center for the Arts (219 Summit St, Galena, IL)

The exhibit includes 17 regional contemporary potters and ceramic sculptors, whose work will be for sale, as well as a not-for-sale display of work by clay artists including Bob Behr, Monty Young, Joe Teller, Steve Tomazewski, Byron Temple, Jeffrey Lach, Mary Ann Leigh and Heather Swan Davis and Tom Harnack, who lived and worked in this area but have since relocated. At the opening reception there will be a silent auction for a few highly collectible Bob Behr pots. Pottery making demonstrations will be offered at various times during the period of the exhibit. In addition, shards, photos, and works of famous collectible old Galena Pottery, circa 1850, will be featured.  In the 1840's to 1860's when Galena was reportedly larger in population than Chicago, there was  great demand for utilitarian ware and Galena was rich in red clay deposits and other valuable natural resources to create needed kitchen ware, crocks, churns, jugs, pitchers, bottles, etc. The abundance of lead and other minerals found in Galena gave the ware its distinctive color and spotting. The exhibits open to the public Thursday through Sunday 1 7 p.m every week through January 4 (excluding Nov. 27, Dec. 25 and Jan 1).

"Surroundings" Exhibit: Amy Fuller, Nicolas Roche, and Gary Carstens

Now-Sunday, January 11
Gallery C (Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson St.)

A view of the forest through the misty fog... swirling colors of a bustling street market... the winds wafting over the countryside... surroundings to be interpreted through the experiences of the day.  Surroundings, an exhibition by artists Amy Fuller and Nicolas Roche brings paintings and mixed media pieces to Gallery C for you to experience, interpret, ponder and enjoy.

Studio Works artist Amy Fuller graduated from St. Olaf College in 2008 with a distinction in studio art. She loves traveling internationally, and derives much of the subject matter for her paintings from photos she has taken abroad. The series of oil paintings presented in Surroundings was inspired by trips to India and Spain. Fuller tries to capture the essence, or emotion, of a moment by painting rapidly and concentrating on the whole composition instead of the details. Her pen and ink work is more narrative-based, and often infused with her dark sense of humor. She finds the stark contrast and unpredictability of the medium useful in portraying how she feels about humanity.

Nicolas Roche is a graduate of Loras College where he studied both creative writing and studio art with an emphasis in painting and drawing.  He currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa and is part of the Studio Works community located in the Schmid Innovation Center in the Dubuque Millwork District.  Roche’s abstract works, often inspired by landscapes, are comprised of several layers of paint.  His incessant reworking, detailing and course corrections toughen the skin of his canvases leaving behind a textured ground where the images develop.  Nicolas writes, “I like to make paintings using a fractured surface. Where the image, sometimes thinly veiled, other times obscured, is only made available when I go beyond my two-dimensional understanding of the piece.”

Guest artist Gary Carstens will join Fuller and Roche for this unique and moving exhibit. Gary Carstens is a studio potter and owner of Mississippi Mud Studios in Dubuque since 1997. Carstens also teaches on occasion for the Adamah Clay Center in Dodgeville Wisconsin as well as leading kiln firing workshops for local groups and high school art departments. Wondering about his surroundings, Carstens becomes visually involved with each landscape, noting one scene, one valley, or structure he is drawn to. These landscape experiences have become the subject matter for most all of his sculptural and functional items. Lately, Carstens have been using the disc as a frame, much like the camera lens. He finds these stoneware and porcelain canvases to be very responsive to subtle alterations of shape and texture. Since most of his work is wood/salt fired the shapes are also sensitive to the addition of glaze colorants and other atmospheric kiln effects such as carbon trapping and fuming.

Gallery C, Carolyn M, is located in the Schmid Innovation Center at 900 Jackson Street in Dubuque, IA. Main entrance doors are on Jackson St near 10th Ave. Be a part of the gallery’s evolving exhibitions that create dialog, engage the community, and enrich the experience of the arts in Dubuque.

Miracle on 34th Street

November 28-30
Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House presents the play Miracle on 34th Street, adapted by Mountain Community Theater. Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s and unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. The Santa Cruz Sentinel writes: “This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really.”

The play is directed by Ryan Decker and features a talented local cast with costumes by Michelle Blanchard, properties by Lynda Mackie, and sets and lighting by Tracey Richardson.

Tickets are $20 adult advanced, $22 day of show, and $12 Under 21. Tickets can be purchased through the box office at 135 W. 8th Street, Dubuque, or by calling 563-588-1305, online at Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 21-23 and November 28-30. Friday/Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM; Sunday shows are at 2 PM.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting patrons an hour before each performance, Free popcorn will be offered in exchange for donations of new, unwrapped toys to the Grand Opera House’s Toys for Tots bin.

Performances and free parking are sponsored by McCoy Group, Mel’s Carpet Outlet, Cottingham & Butler and Fuerste Eye Clinic. For more information, go to or call the box office, 563-588-1305.

Reflections in the Park

Thursday, November 27-Saturday, January 3 @ 5-10 PM
Louis Murphy Park

Hillcrest Family Services’ annual lights festival celebrates their 20th anniversary. Visitors will see many new displays and have the option to participate in the featured “Memory Lane,” an opportunity to remember your loved one(s) in a special way at Reflections in the Park. Admission is $10 per vehicle at the gate; discounted tickets are available for $8 at all DB&T Dubuque/East Dubuque banking centers and all Hillcrest Family Services locations. Santa Claus will visit on Mondays from 5:00-8:00 p.m. during December. For more information, visit

Cable Car Square Christmas Candlewalk

Friday, November 28 @ 5-8 PM
Cable Car Sqaure (4th & Bluff St.)

Join the fun in Cable Car Square on Friday, November 28 at 5 pm. to kick-off the holiday season as only Dubuquers can! Hundreds of luminaries will line Bluff & 4th Streets lighting the way as families gather at the foot of the famed Fenelon Place Elevator waiting for the Jolly ‘ol Elf himself along with the Missus to ride the last cable car trip of the year! Throngs of people will gather, singing songs accompanied by KAT-FM. This is an amazing event for kids of all ages. You’ll experience the holidays in a lovely way alongside the best citizens in the country! Make your way downtown on Friday, come a little early & do a little shopping!! See you on Cable Car Square!

DreamCatcher Productions & Julien Film Festival Open House

Friday, November 28
DreamCatcher Productions and Julien Film Festival Office (467 Bluff St.)

DreamCatcher Productions and the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, 467 Bluff St., Dubuque, will hold an open house during the Cable Car Square Candle Walk. Drop in for a little warm conversation, see upcoming attractions, and hear the latest on what new projects are in the mix. For more information, contact Suzie at

Shullsburg's "A Bit of Yesteryear Christmas"

Saturday, November 29 @ 10 AM
Shullsburg, WI

The town of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, will kick off their holiday season with their annual “A Bit of Yesteryear Christmas” on Saturday, Nov. 29 – Thanksgiving Weekend - when community organizations come together to provide a fun filled day. With open houses throughout the Water Street Shops and restaurants and family orientated events, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The day’s activities are being sponsored by the Shullsburg Community Development Corporation (SCDC). The day opens at Water Street shops with their open houses starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, with the rest of the day’s activities falling in place around them.

Also starting at 10 a.m. that day is the 16th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, an event that showcases some of the area’s notable homes and historic landmarks of distinction. This year’s tour will include: John and Deb’s Place – 201 W. Water Street – Upstairs Loft; The Aaron and Julie Wiegel Home – 4835 Bennett Road; The Mike and Tammy Woodworth Home – 2345 County Road; and The Berry Tavern – 21527 Sedgwick Lane. Tours are being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and advance tickets can be purchased for $8 per person at Shullsburg’s Clare Bank, Kingsley Crossing, the Shullsburg Community Bank, Miner Alley and Water Street Place. Cost on the day of the tour will be $10 and will be available for purchase at the Shullsburg Community Townsend Center. “All the proceeds from this event goes towards other SCDC sponsored events,” Russell said. “It’s really an interesting tour of homes line up this year and we really appreciate the owners volunteering to showcase their homes and buildings for this event.” As a value-added component, attendees are encouraged to drop off their ticket stubs after their tour to be entered into a drawing for an American Girl ( giveaway at Kingsley Crossing. The doll is being donated in memory of Cheryl Fink, SCDC’s past president and community advocate. For more information about the tours, interested people can contact Donna Van Lent at 608-965-4503. Other events throughout the day include a Chili and Soup Luncheon by the Shullsburg Firemen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., right at the Firehouse on Water Street. A special Scavenger Hunt geared for the whole family is being hosted by Kingsley Crossing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the event call 608-965-8585 or simply go to Kingsley Crossing on Water Street for all the details.

A Taffy Pull and a variety of kids activities are being held in the Townsend Community Center from 2-4 p.m., followed by Santa and Mrs. Clause, an elf and one of Santa’s live reindeers making their appearance from 4- 6 p.m. at Kingsley Crossing. The Shullsburg Firemen will man their culinary posts again serving up hot dogs, deep fried cheese curds and s’mores at the firehouse from 4 – 6 p.m., right before the parade. A lighted Christmas parade takes to Water Street at 6 p.m., featuring Santa and Mrs. Clause. Following the parade the town’s new live Christmas tree will be lit and dedicated in honor of Cheryl Fink across from the Townsend Center and where the town’s gazebo was relocated to. “Parade float participation is free and open to interested parties both inside and outside the community,” Russell noted. “This year we will be awarding prizes for the best floats as well.” People interested in being in the parade should contact 608-482-1915 for all the details. Commemorative Red Wing Water Cooler Pottery is also available again this year as part of the ongoing Red Wing collection of pottery pieces offered over the past several years. The numbered, limited-edition coolers will be available at the Shullsburg Townsend Community Center. There are only 100 available and can be purchased for $35 each. For more information visit or call 608-482-1915. Information is also posted on the Shullsburg Community Development Corporation facebook page.

A Branson Classic Country Christmas

Saturday, November 29 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $22 adv/$25 door adults; $13 adv/$15 door students

Direct from BRANSON the OZARK JUBILEE features an all star cast of Branson’s top entertainers. This year the Ozark Jubilee presents the BRANSON Classic Country Christmas!! This dynamic show salutes the music of the great LEGENDS OF COUNTRY MUSIC in the first half of the show. The entire second half of our show is a total variety of Christmas music. From traditional standards you’ll remember such as Silent Night, White Christmas and many more to some more contemporary Christmas selections. We will share with you the TRUE meaning of Christmas with music, comedy and message to provide an evening of entertainment that will touch your heart.

Oak Ridge Boys

Saturday, November 29 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Arena

Its two huge Oak Ridge Boys shows in one magical evening! The Oak Ridge Boys Hits PLUS Christmas Show. The Oak Ridge Boys kick off this huge show with over 40 years of award winning music. The hits are endless, but they will be packed in! Including “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” along with your other favorites! Then, after a short intermission, the stage is transformed and it’s Christmas! The trees are decorated, the snow is falling and the Oak Ridge Boys treat you to Christmas favorites as only they can. From rollicking Santa songs to heartfelt standards, this show is a family favorite! Tickets prices are $51, $41, $31, and $21 plus possible fees. Tickets are available at the Five Flags Box Office, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., online at, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

John Berry Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 3 @ 7 PM
Grand Opera House

John Berry performs up-tempo and beautiful secular tunes and arrangements of Christ-centered Christmas music that will leave the audience breathless. Tickets are $35 for premium mail floor seats, $30 for main floor seats, and $25 for balcony seats. For tickets or more information, call (563) 588-1305 or visit

Cherish the Ladies

Wednesday, December 3 @ 7 PM
University-Wisconsin Platteville Center for the Arts, Brodbeck Concert Hall

Enjoy the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music. With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Tickets are available online and through the University Box Office, Ullsvik Hall, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. For tickets or more information, visit

Art Sale and Live Music: Raising funds for the Dubuque Area Arts Collective

Art drop off and donations for art sale: December 3 and 4 @ 4:30-7 PM
Art Sale: December 6 and 7 @ Noon-6 PM
Live Music: Saturday, December 6 @ 3 PM: Crissy Drive (Ryan James and Nate Stone), a local indie acoustic band and Kristina Castaneda and Shawn Healy. Snacks and refreshments provided, all ages and free admission (accepting donations
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main St)

It has been a year since DAAC opened its doors, and we have enjoyed organizing and offering artistic programming to our community. We have served over 200 youth and developing artists through our exhibits, art workshops/classes, and our biannual arts magazine and quarterly literary zine. We expect our numbers to grow, and we need your support!

Help us fund the coming year’s arts programming by attending our first Art Sale, featuring live music by Kristina Castaneda and Shawn Healy. The Art Sale will feature paintings, drawings, and photography, along with used and new art supplies and frames, art prints, CDs and records, comic books, and more, all created by local artists, and all available at great prices! Support DAAC and local artists by buying holiday gifts at this event.

All profits are shared between the artists and DAAC, to help facilitate our full schedule of classes, workshops, and exhibits. Since we are an all-volunteer non profit organization, your donation will go directly toward our programming expenses.

Our mission is to facilitate young artists' creative development by providing instructive, performance, and leadership opportunities in preparation for careers in the arts industry. Our main goals are to raise the profile of young emerging artists in Dubuque, to motivate them to pursue their creative interests, to encourage them to gain experience through volunteer work, to strengthen their skills through free tutoring and workshops, and to enable them to participate in the community's art affairs.

2015 will be a great year for us, full of new projects, classes, events, and exhibits, all offering opportunities for both upcoming and established artists. We are hoping to offer art workshops, open to all and free of charge for high school and college students, as well as themed exhibits and multi-arts events featuring dance, spoken word, live music and theater. We also plan to continue publishing Grain, a biannual arts magazine, and Ruix Zine, a quarterly literary journal. Help us make this happen!

Artists interested in selling work: email by December 1st, just tell us what you’ll bring (no fee required. Gallery suggests a donation of 50% of sales to DAAC).

Businesses and sponsors: become a DAAC official sponsor through monetary donations, gift cards, supplies or by sponsoring a wall in the gallery. We will advertise your business!

Celebrating Holidays in a New Way: Dinner, Sharing and Prayer for Those Who Have Lost a Spouse or Significant Other

Thursday, December 4 @ 5-8 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center (1001 Davis St.)
Offering: $23

Shalom Spirituality Center will host "Celebrating Holidays in a New Way: Dinner, Sharing and Prayer for Those Who Have Lost a Spouse or Significant Other" from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4. Barbara Meloy Callahan and Marci Blum, OSF will serve as facilitators for the evening. Anyone who has lost a spouse or significant other is welcome to bring a friend or come to make new friends. The evening will include a festive meal, supportive sharing, and conclude with an Advent Taize Prayer service. The offering to attend this program is $23 per person. To register, call Shalom at 563/582-3592 by noon, Monday, December 1.

Prohibition Repeal Party

Thursday, December 4 @ 7-11 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Happy days are BEER again! Prohibition ends at last! On December 5th, 1933, Utah ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring America’s right to imbibe! It’s time to head back to the Roaring 30’s, where the parties were bigger, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper!

Swing to some live music from the Eddie Picard Swing Band, playing their own lush and loopy brand of prohibition pop and retro-originals, while you enjoy libations form a special Prohibition Era Cocktail Menu!

But that’s not all…Flappers hike up that hemline, fellas flaunt that fedora! Flapper and dapper gentlemen attire encouraged with prizes awarded for the best dressed, and who doesn’t love prizes!! Best of all, there’s no no cover charge!

Peter C. Brown, Author of Make it Stick: Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, December 4 @ 7 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Hall

Peter C. Brown, lead author of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, will speak in Blades Hall on the University of Dubuque campus on Thursday, December 4. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. Brown’s lecture is sponsored by McGraw Hill Higher Education Group. Peter Brown, a 1970 graduate of Beloit College, is a retired management consultant who has made a second career as a writer and novelist. Make it Stick, co-authored with Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel, cognitive psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis, was published by Harvard University Press in April, 2014, and is an Amazon bestseller. James Lang, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, called Make it Stick “the single best work I have encountered on recent findings about the human brain and how we learn.” Make It Stick draws on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines to offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. The book explores how many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement. Other works by Brown include his nonfiction book Jumping the Job Track: Security, Satisfaction and Success as an Independent Consultant; his historical novel, The Fugitive Wife, named editor’s choice by the New York Times and one of the best novels of 2006 by the Washington Post; and Christmas Lake: A History, an account of Indian life, pioneer settlement, and mid-century family life on the shores of the Minnesota lake where he grew up.

Annual Christmas Tea

December 4-5
Four Mounds (4900 Peru Rd.)

With doors open at 11:30 AM and tea served at 12:00 PM at Four Mounds, the Women’s Fellowship of the Four Mounds Foundation rings in the holidays with a formal tea served with delicate handmade sweets and savories. The event encourages friends and family to come together to enjoy the season at the historic and picturesque Four Mounds estate. Guests may tour the house, try their luck at a gift basket raffle, or visit the gift shop. Tea is $30 per person. Space is limited and payment is required to hold a reservation. To RSVP, call (563) 557-7292, email, or register online at


Friday, December 5 @ 3:30-8:30 PM
Roshek Building Lobby

From 3:30-8:30 PM at the Roshek Building, 700 Locust St., Dubuque, Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) presents their annual recital and fundraiser at “A Roshek Holiday.” The public is invited to join. NISOM students will be performing and providing entertainment for the holiday crowd. The recital is free, but donations will be accepted. Students will collect sponsorships prior to the recital and earn prizes donated by local businesses. If you have a business that would be willing to be a Playathon sponsor or donate prizes, please contact NISOM at (563) 690-0151. For more information, visit

Art @ your library opening: Holiday Art Show & Sale reception

Friday, December 5 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Silent Auction – Chair Art! Art @ your library celebrates art in general and local artists in particular. The ensure its continuation, funding is needed, so local artists have transformed former library chairs from the childrens area into works of art. Artists include Cynthia Nelms-Byrone, Isabelle Kirkendall, Jaon Dubay Tully, Maureen Frommelt, Mike Reiss, Sarah Smith, Stormy Mochal and Terry Mozena. The Silent Auction begins at 5:30 PM on Friday, December 5 – winners announced at 7:30 PM All proceeds will go into the Art @ your library fund to support furture exhibits.

Christmas at Heritage Center

Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Tickets: $0-10

Following an inspired 2013 debut, this new UD tradition promises once again to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD's Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ through a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, and more. The heavenly acoustics of John and Alice Butler Hall provide the perfect backdrop for this festive and celebratory occasion. For more information, visit

A Christmas to Remember

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

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

Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk

Saturday, December 6 @ 10 AM-4 PM
Galena Territory

Five homeowners in The Galena Territory invite the public to tour their beautifully decorated private homes during this year’s Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk on Saturday, Dec.6. Holiday Housewalk proceeds will be donated to several local nonprofit organizations as designated by the homeowners, including Safehaven Humane Society, Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, United Churches of Galena Food Pantry, Riverview Center and the Veteran's Freedom Center. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association, the Holiday Housewalk features self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $12 per person on the day of the tour at The Galena Territory Owners’ Club, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena, Ill., with ticket sales ending at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets also may be purchased at The Galena Territory Owners’ Club.

Light holiday refreshments will be served at the Owners’ Club, where a raffle will be held for unique handmade items by local crafters and quilters. Two clubs, the Quilters in The Territory and the Sew ‘n So’s, are sponsoring the raffle and will be donating raffle proceeds to their charity of choice, Galena Food Pantry. Please support these many worthwhile local nonprofit organizations by attending The Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk on Dec. 6, 2014. For more information, call The Galena Territory Association at 815-777-2000.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Family Concert

Saturday, December 6 @ 1 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

Dive into the spirit of Christmas! This special family concert features a shorter program of lively holiday music, sing-a-longs, guest performers and, of course, a visit from our favorite jolly old elf—Santa! The concert is approximately one hour with no intermission. Free photo with Santa! Children are invited to get their picture taken with Santa for free in the Five Flags Theater lobby after the family concert.

David Church

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

David Church brings back the great classic Christmas carols and gospel with songs like “Santa Looks a Lot Like Daddy,” “O Holy Night,” “Silver Bells,” and country songs their fans love. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, call (563) 588-1305 or visit

50 Dates in 50 States: One Woman’s Road Trip in Search of Love & Adventure by Tiffany Malcom

Saturday, December 6 @ 2-3:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Children’s Program Room

Sell townhouse: check. Quit job: check. Find fifty men willing to go on a blind date: check. Take off on the adventure of a lifetime: check. How many times have you dreamed of running away from home? After years of imagining how freeing the open road would feel, Tiffany Malcom decided it was time to take off on the adventure she’d been longing for. With $5000 and a car named Cherry Cherry, she set off to see America . . . and go on a date in every state along the way.

Boy Scout Troop 11's 1st Annual Spaghetti Feed & Bake Sale

Saturday, December 6 @ 4-8 PM
Westminster Church (2155 University Ave)
Cost: $7 Adults, $4 Children 4-12, Free for children under 3

Dinner includes: Salad, spaghetti, garlic bread and choice of milk, water or coffee. Bake goods will be available for purchase.

The Legendary Drifters

Saturday, December 6 @ 7 PM
Mystique Casino

The Legendary Drifters featuring Jerry Hendrix will be performing with Tony Whitehead, lead singer from the Stylistics. Hear favorites such as “Under the Boardwalk” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”. Dubuque’s own Gregory James will be performing with the group. Enjoy an evening filled with Motown classics. Tickets are $20 for the show and $30 for dinner in Bon Appetit and the show. Visit for tickets!

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Celebration Concerts

Saturday, December 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 @ 2 p.m.
Five Flags Theater

Celebrate the holidays with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra! We welcome the Dubuque Chorale, members of the Heartland Ballet and vocalist Wayne Tigges as our special guests for this enchanting Christmas concert. The combination of familiar favorites, festive new music and the cheerfully decorated theater will leave you in the spirit of the season. Join us and create loving memories with your family and friends that will last a lifetime.

Rosalie Baker Artist Reception

Sunday, December 7 @ 1-3 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)

Rosalie's subjects are realistic, whimsical, and challenging. Her work reflects pictorial images inspired by family and nature. She has won several awards and honors as well as publishing several books about this artistic medium. Come and meet this award winning fabric artist.

Duo Rosa

Sunday, December 7 @ 4-5 PM Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Students (18 and under)

They’re Back For A Second Appearance! From Morley to Mancini; Explore highlights from over four centuries of music with Duo Rosa - including some Frank Sinatra favorites! Featuring works by Bach, Telemann, LeClair, Nardini, Mancini, Berio as well as some Christmas carols. Awesome, talented, inspiring and enjoyable are some of the many comments the audience used to describe Duo Rosa's previous performance at the Maquoketa Art Experience.

Dubuque Senior High School Madrigal Christmas Dinner

December 12 and 13 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Masonic Temple
Tickets: $30

Enjoy a 6-course, catered meal from Lifes-a-Feast while the talented ensembles from our Music Department add a wonderful holiday soundtrack to your evening. Tickets at 563-552-5500 or

Jim McDounough’s Holiday Grand 2014

Saturday, December 13 @ 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

This spectacular holiday stage production -- new for 2014 -- features Iowa’s own International known Artist, Jim McDonough at the concert grand piano, his 14-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, elaborate sets, costumes and the true spirit of the season for two performances. Tickets are $44*, $39*, $34* and $28*. All seats are reserved. Group Rates over 10 available, call Five Flags Box Office 563-589-4258.

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.

MAE Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 14 @ 4-6:30 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)

Come join the fun at the Maquoketa Art Experience Holiday Celebration! Charles Swanson, Executive Director at Hancher, University of Iowa, will speak at 5:30 pm. He will talk about the new Hancher building and upcoming performances and the new out reach programs available to the public and area schools.

Mannheim Steamroller

Thursday, December 18 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Arena

Start planning your Christmas Holiday! This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category. It’s also the 40th Anniversary of Davis’ first album in his Fresh Aire series, which pioneered the New Age music category. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. With a total of twelve holiday CDs, an average of eight Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums occupy Billboard’s Top Seasonal Chart every year. Tickets are $75*, $55* and $45*. All seats are reserved.

Heartache Tonight - The Music of the Eagles

Wednesday, December 31 @ 7 p.m.
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Tickets: $25 adv; $30 door

rom the powerful guitar duel in Hotel California" to the shimmering harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feeling." Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience, with meticulous attention to every detail. Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge rock powerhouse that produced hits over our decades. There are no pre-recorded backing tracks in the Heartache Tonight show; all vocal harmonies and guitar parts are faithful to the originals and performed live. There is no " choreography no leather pants, no cowboy hats! Just hit song after hit song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, performed by tremendously talented musicians with perfection and passion. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road," the snarling guitars of "Life In The Fast Lane," the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative "Heart Or The Matter." Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real thing.

Fabulous Friday 24th Season

Fridays: January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; 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.

  • Jan 16: YOUSEGUYS Barbershop Quartet (Bob Sanford, Dan Kelchen, Merlin Green & Bob Sigwarth)
  • Jan 23: Jeremy Mims & Craig Allen (Piano & Tenor)
  • Jan 30: Jim Mendralla, & Emily Spencer (Harp & Soprano)
  • Feb 6: Dr. Charles Barland & Thomas Taylor-Dickey (Organ)
  • Feb 13: Megan Gloss & Jill Klinebriel (Soprano & Piano)
  • Feb 20: Vince Williams presents…
  • Feb 27: Ann Duchow & David Patterson (Violin & Cello)
  • 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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Family Concert

Friday, January 23 @ 8 p.m.
Mississippi Moon Bar (Diamond Jo Casino)

Join us for the third annual Ultimate Rock Hits concert featuring chart toppers from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Members from local rock bands Half Fast, Crystal Leather, Menace, Joie Wails Band and JJ Schmitz Duo join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for a hell-raising good time. Don’t be fooled! This orchestra fights, for its right…..TO PARTY!

Guys in Ties Featuring actors from Comedy Sportz

Saturday, January 24 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 7 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $20

Enjoy improv at its best with these Bell Tower favorites. Every show is a new adventure as these talented comedians create a brand new show right before your very eyes! Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

Tonic Sol-Fa

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

Tonic Sol-Fa, an Emmy-award winning a cappella men’s quartet, has been added to the season line-up with a concert scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Tonic Sol-fa has spent the past two decades on the road carving their niche as the nation's top vocal group. In that time, they have been named one of the top five "must see" groups in America, have been awarded numerous awards in pop, gospel and holiday genres, and appeared on NBC's Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Outings with Jay Leno, Shawn Colvin, and Garrison Keillor have propelled album sales to more than two million copies and have garnered thousands of intensely loyal fans. In 2009, Tonic Sol-fa's third PBS special was broadcast to over 1,800 stations across the U.S. The New York Times describes Tonic Sol-fa's sound as "A vocal kaleidoscope...unique to the human voice." Improvisational and passionate music combined with cutting-edge stage presence is the group’s hallmark. Tonic Sol-fa appears at the Heritage Center in conjunction with UD’s second annual Adrian Choral Festival for high school singers.

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

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

Buying the Moose—“A Love Story” A Comedy by Michael Wilmot

February 6-22
Bell Tower Theater

A misunderstanding between Rob and his wife Betty ends with Rob out in the cold. As Rob seeks advice from his brother, Betty commiserates with her sister-in-law. This entertaining show, perfect for Valentine’s Day, has wives wondering why men do what they do, while their husbands wonder how to get away with doing what they did! Don’t miss the United States Premiere of this lovable new comedy. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Epic Eroica

Saturday, February 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 8 @ 2 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The concert opens with Mozart’s bright and lively Overture to The Impressario. Performing the piece alongside the DSO will be students from the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra. University of Iowa professors Katie Wolfe and Anthony Arnone perform the Brahms Double Concerto in which the violin and cello aren’t just alternating soloists, but equal partners finishing each other’s sentences. Beethoven’s revolutionary Eroica Symphony was the grandest and most ambitious orchestral work of its time. Its extraordinary scope, majestic harmonies, and drama are sensational—especially heard live!

Live at the Heritage Center
The Great Gatsby performed by Montana Repertory Theatre

Friday, February 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

One of the great cautionary tales about the American Dream, The Great Gatsby is now brought to the stage by Montana Repertory Theatre (MRT). Known for its compelling productions of great American stories that penetrate to the core of human experience, the Rep’s Gatsby delivers it all: elusive magic, beautiful people, decadence, idealism--and the darkest fate.

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Dallas Brass presents American Musical Journey

Saturday, February 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

This exciting concert incorporates a full complement of brass and percussion for a musical travelogue through American history.  From the time of George Washington to the present day – music will be selected from the masters – Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, John Williams, Sousa; from bands like the Tijuana Brass and Chicago; and styles from Dixieland, swing, Broadway, folk, patriotic, pop, and even hip-hop! The UD Wind Ensemble is a special guest.

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Tcheers for Tchaikovsky

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

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

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Ensemble Español presents Flamenco Passion!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Best of Opera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The McCartney Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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!

Events & Articles

Toys for Tots: Winter Concert Tour and Stuff the Truck

Posted on November 20, 2014

Winter Concert Tour: November 20-December 22 at locations across the Tri-States

Stuff the Truck: December 6-7 at Theisen's Home • Farm • Auto

Pinot’s Palette

Posted on November 20, 2014

Paint and sip location opens in Dubuque

by Mike Ironside, w/ photos by Mike and Amber Betcher

Imagine hanging out with your friends, sipping on your favorite wine and listening to music while you all create beautiful paintings on canvas. If you’re thinking the only problem with the scenario is that you can’t paint, you might want to think again. Pinot’s Palette, a national leader in the “paint and sip” industry has just opened in Dubuque and the franchise owner Kerry Bowman is here to say that you can do it.

Hotel Julien 12 Days of Christmas

Posted on November 20, 2014

Monday, December 1-Sunday, December 21

In old school holiday tradition, the Hotel Julien Dubuque is celebrating Twelve Days of Chrismas with special events and great offers all season long. Check out the details on the many festive offerings coming your way from the landmark downtown dubuque hotspot!

Roshek Celebrates the Holidays Holiday Decoration Silent Auction

Posted By Mike Ironside on November 20, 2014

Friday, November 21–Friday, December 5

Story by Mike Ironside
Photos by Garth Fuerste

While Dubuque no longer has a big downtown department store decorated inside and out for the holidays with those traditional window displays celebrating the coming of Christmas with a sparkly winter wonderland of toys and other gifts, it does have the Roshek Building, which once served that purpose. For those old enough to remember, Roshek’s Department Store, decked out with Christmas trees and other holiday decorations still exists as fond memories of a more innocent time.

Jubeck New World Brewing

Posted By Mike Ironside on November 06, 2014

“Members got us open. People coming in just buying beer is what’s going to keep us open,” says Jay Jubeck, co-owner and namesake of Dubuque’s first “nano” brewery, Jubeck New World Brewing. It’s an important point. Because Jubeck and his partner Dan Caraway used a fundraising plan based on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model to raise funds to start their CSB (Community Supported Brewery), some people might mistakenly think they are not welcome to stop in and try the beer at the brewery’s tasting room. They couldn’t be further from the truth.