Arts Calendar

Premier Bank and Dubuque Area Arts Collective have teamed up to bring all of the tri-states' premier arts events to you in 365ink and online at Whether it's fine visual arts, staged theater or symphonic music, you'll find it in this list so you can plan your season around the arts in Dubuque and the tri-states. If something is missing from this list, please send it to!

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Free Day at Matter Creative Center

Thursday, July 2 @ 9 AM–8 PM
Matter Creative Center

We have a free admission day at Matter Creative Center (140 E 9th St.). We usually have a $5 general admission policy but Premier Bank is sponsoring FREE admission for the entire day. We have more than 1,000 pounds of LEGO® bricks in our Building Lab, a magnetic ball zone, and a giant block construction zone. We also have pottery painting and mosaic tile design. For more information, visit

Independence Bluegrass with Finders and Youngberg

Thursday, July 2
Schmid Innovation Center Courtyard (Caradco Warehouse)

Dupaco Community Credit Union once again presents renowned bluegrass masters Finders & Youngberg from Colorado, featuring former tri-state music favorite Mike Finders, to the friendly confines of the courtyard at the Schmid Innovation Center at the Caradco Warehouse just in time for the Independence Holiday. Hosted by your friends at 365ink Magazine as a fundraiser supporting Marine Toys For Tots, the evening of music also features the Driftless Sisters beginning at 6:30 PM and, of course, a great wine tasting by the most decorated wine makers in the area, Dubuque Heritage Winery. Tickets are just $10 and include the tasting. Rain site will be inside Inspire Café.

The Gala of the Royal Horses

Thursday, July 2 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Center

For the first time ever, The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Dubuque at the Five Flags Center! The audience will experience the excitement, splendor, and majesty of the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its US debut. The Gala of the Royal Horses is a spectacular entertainment event combining the most beautiful horses in the world with live performer creating a breathtaking event for the entire family. The Gala of the Royal Horses is a “must see” for horse lovers and families.

Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Rene Gasser, producer of the Royal Horses has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.

The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures.

Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will feature in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to bring the sights and sounds of Spain a heartbeat away.

The Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and the event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers these horses are capable of including the stunning maneuvers once used on the battlefield now known as “The Airs Above The Ground”.

"We're going to have horses dancing alongside some tremendous flamenco dancers, and I think people are really going to be excited about watching this," Rene says. Tickets start at only $26. There are a limited number of VIP seats available. Tickets are available at Five Flags Center Box Office and All Ticketmaster Outlets. To Charge by phone call: 800-745-3000. For Group Discounts please call: 563-589-4258. Additional facility fees, service charges and/or taxes may be included in (or added) to ticket prices.

The True Story of John Yates Beall

Friday, July 3 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 4 @ 2 PM
Ellen Kennedy Center

In 1862, the 2nd year of the Civil War John Yates Beall, a Confederate soldier, spent the summer in Cascade, Iowa. At the end of the war he was hanged as a spy. On whom he was spying, what and where is the subject of The True Story of John Yates Beall, a play by S. Keyron McDermott to be performed at the Ellen Kennedy Center (505 Johnson St. NW, Cascade, IA). Tickets, $12, $10 in advance at City Hall.

Julia-Kaye Rolfe, a junior at the University of Iowa from Des Moines is Margaret Bemis Chew, a family friend and the narrator of Beall’s story. Sister LaDonna Manternach, a Cascade native and the head of the Clarke University Music Department is the director of music for the production. Dustin Busch, a well-known Iowa City traditional string artist, Dale Beeks and Dave Hummel constitute the “Spy Trio,” who will be playing banjo, fiddle, guitar and harmonica selections from the era.

As 2015 is both the anniversary of 150th anniversary of Beall’s death and the end of the war, the story of the man Carl Sandburg says brought a tear to the eye of then-President Abraham Lincoln is doubly pertinent. Discussions are underway to present The True Story of John Yates Beall in Galena, IL, and in the Charles Town, W. Virginia area where Beall originated. For further information contact S. Keyron McDermott at 563-451-8523 or Cascade City Hall at 563-852-3114.


Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 5
Show: July 25–August 31
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 6–10 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

The Dubuque Area Arts Collective is looking for artists to submit to its newest exhibit "EARTH." Works should focus on topics related to environmental issues and/or consist of salvaged or found objects. The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase unique and contemporary perspectives on environmental topics as well as unexpected and sophisticated use of recycled and found materials. Both upcoming and established artists are encouraged to submit. All media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, multimedia, photography, digital, performance, installation art, video, etc. are eligible, as well as recycled art and works created with found objects or trash. Reception will feature multi-arts projects and performances.

Best in Show will be featured on the cover of Grain Magazine, the Dubuque Area Arts Collective biannual arts publication, along with an artist feature in a two page spread. Publication will be released on August. Outstanding artists submitting to the exhibit will also be featured in the magazine.

Email 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.

For more information and details on submission, visit of find us on Facebook or email us at

Colts Music on the March

Tuesday, July 7
Senior High School, Dalzell Field

The Colts’ show has been a highlight on Dubuque’s summer calendar since 1963. Seven groups are scheduled to compete in this Drum Corps International summer tour event. Tickets are on sale now at

Galena Festival of the Performing Arts

July 8–18
Galena, IL

This July the Galena Festival of the Performing Arts will once more bring a stellar series of varied musical concerts to Galena for the enjoyment of the entire community. Kicking off the Festival on Wednesday, July 8, at noon in the Galena Public Library will be Tom and Wanda Hanson with an Old Time Radio Show. Their characters, the Bickersons, will delight all listeners as they recreate the fun of early radio broadcasting with their show, “The Honeymoon is Over”.

Four musical concerts will follow, all to be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 107 S. Prospect St. in Galena, and each starting at 7:30 PM.

On Friday, July 10, the trio My Sweet Patootie will bring sassy modern vaudeville, roots and ragtime to the stage with vintage-style song writing rooted in folk, Americana and jazz. These talented Canadian musicians have performed thousands of shows including theaters, festivals, and clubs in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, as well as being played regularly on CBC, NPR, and BBC radio. (

On Saturday, July 11, the Festival is thrilled to present The Hunts, an indie-folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia, made up of seven brothers and sisters with a passion for creating compelling music grounded in the American folk tradition. Their string instruments and enchanting voices produce harmonies and rhythms that will delight listeners from teen to baby-boomer and beyond. (

On Friday, July 17, Tallymoore will give a fresh interpretation to traditional Irish music played on authentic instruments, such as mandolins and fiddles. These accomplished musicians have captivated audiences in many differing venues and Irish music festivals, including Galway Bay Irish Music Festival, Syracuse Irish Festival, and Milwaukee Irish Fest, with their spirited love of Celtic music. (

On Saturday, July 18, the masterful Lincoln Trio, returns to Galena to end the Festival with an enchanting evening of classical chamber music. Each of the musicians (Desiree Ruhstrat (violin), David Cunliffe (cello) and Marta Aznavoorian (piano)) has received international honors for their performances, both individually and as ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. (

To add to the enjoyment, Fried Green Tomatoes is once again offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu prior to the evening concerts. Transportation to and from the performances is included. (213 N. Main St., Reservations required: 815-777-3938)

All concerts are free to the public. Good-will donations will be gratefully accepted, as the generosity of the community allows the Festival to continue the tradition of providing high quality musical entertainment each summer. For more information, visit

Lisa Naffziger | Perspective Drawing 101--An Entry-Level Class

Wednesdays: July 8, 15, and 22 @ 7–8 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA)

Learn to draw vehicles and environments in one, two, and three point perspective. Cost Total: $60 for 3 Sessions. For more information, call 563-652-9925 or visit

Lisa (Naffziger) Morris is a cartoonist and illustrator residing in Maquoketa, Iowa. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in Sequential Art. Outside of her freelance career, Lisa frequently updates her webcomic, Petrichor. Upon the completion of the webcomic, she plans on self-publishing the full story in one printed volume.

As a comic artist, Lisa constructs environments for every scene of a story. Whether the narrative takes place inside a hockey rink or on a city street or in aquarium, a strong understanding of perspective drawing is essential. Lisa hopes to share the most helpful tips and tricks to building backgrounds and drawing vehicles.

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!

Inspiring People Series: Tami Miller

Thursday, July 9 @ 7 PM
Inspire Café

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

Tami Miller had everything then suddenly everything changed. A painful divorce, bankruptcy, loss of her business and home shattered the fairy-tale she thought she was living in. It wasn't until all of those things were gone that she stumbled upon the thing that changed her life and the lives of many others....unconditional love and an opportunity to show it - to people who were starving for it.

Four years ago, Tami met an elderly and very sick homeless woman in an emergency room and it changed the course of her life. Together with her young daughters, she started feeding the hungry and homeless on the streets in Madison and accidentally began a movement through social media to connect people from all walks of life and belief systems to direct care and service for people who are homeless. This organization became known as Friends of the State Street Family.

Friends of the State Street Family has fed over 208,000 meals on the street and supplied thousands of survival gear items to those unable to stay in the shelters. Volunteers have gone out and found people in the woods, on the street, living in cars and under bridges and helped connect them with services and survive until they could thrive. Working with AA/NA, Rape Crisis, Briarpatch Youth outreach and several other homeless services, ordinary people are able to help the extraordinary happen in the lives of others.

Expressing love and care for others healed Tami's own pain and blessed her by attracting the most caring and beautiful people into her life. Though it hasn't been without moments of drama and sadness, this challenging volunteer work has been the impetus for Tami and many recipients and volunteers to find a path to healing and peace.

Rustic Arts and Nature Crafts Woodland Workshops

July 9-12
Shake Rag Alley™ Center for the Arts (18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI)

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, you are in for an incredibly fun and creative time. Join a great group of nature-loving folks and create rustic furniture, garden art, woodcarvings, and other nature based projects using hand tools and natural materials like twigs and branches, fresh green bendable willow, gourds, stone, leather, plants, cement, metal, and more. Cost varies by workshop. For more information, visit

Art Slam 2015

Deadline: Wednesday, July 10
Event: Saturday, September 19
Voices Warehouse

A call to 2014-15 MFA graduates and professional artists. Art Slam is a dual competition facing three teams (or individuals) in the professionals category and three teams (or individuals) in the MFA graduate students category. Live model(s) will be the subject to be interpreted in the artwork. A $1500 prize will be awarded to the each category. The audience will vote on their favorites by cash donation/dollars dropped into the voting box for each team. Teams will keep all the cash donations. All artwork will be retained by Voices Productions. If artwork is sold, artist will be awarded 50% of the sale price.

Each team will have a minimum of one person and a maximum of three people. Each team will receive a stipend of $200 for materials. Teams simultaneously produce a work of art on equal-sized (provided) stretched canvas during a 90 minute time period. The performance will take place in a defined space within the center of the gallery, choreographed so the viewing audience can oversee the progression of the paintings. No Team may throw paint, use aerosol paint, or do anything that will impact the performance of the other competing teams, or conflict with a viewing audience. A stretched canvas painting surface, support easel, table for supplies and access to power will be provided. During the live painting an upbeat atmosphere will be facilitated with DJ Music from AlienTech.  A professional judge or judges will be present during the competition. At the completion of the allotted time period  the judge(s) will select the winners from finished pieces, The paintings will be judged qualitatively, purely on the merits of artistic value. Notification of selected artists: Friday, July 17. Please send your website and images to Wendy at

Bingo – The Winning Musical

July 10–11 @ 7 PM
July 12 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Direct from Off-Broadway come a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy about a colorful group of die-hard Bingo players and friends, Vern, Honey and Patsy, whose lives are thrown into a tizzy when a younger stranger blows through their bingo halls and makes them confront their past.

Children of Eden - RSTC

July 10–11 @ 7:30 PM
July 12 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Created by the man behind two of Broadway’s greatest shows, Wicked and Godspell, Children of Eden is based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt Stephen Schwartz musical. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go." Tickets are $15!

Heartland Festival: Mary Poppins

July 10-11, 15-16, 18, and 22-24 @ 7:30 PM
July 12, 19, 25, and 26 at 2 PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon.

Fun For All Ages! Tickets: Adult $25, UW-P Student $18, Under 18 $15. July 19 is Dilly Bar Day. Ticket prices include a $1 transaction fee and a $1 contribution to the Continuing Heartland Fund. Check out Heartland Festival's site for more information at

Heartland Festival: Rapunzel

Friday, July 17 @ 7:30 PM and Saturday, July 18 @ 11 AM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts

This story takes you on a frivolous frolic through the French countryside, where ogres garden in the mushroom patch and Frenchy and his intense friends, the wood elves, do their best to help Rapunzel escape the grasp of Madame Gothel. The lost prince, Rapunzel’s parents, and her friends the unicorns try to help. Just when you think it’s safe to cross the bridge, a troll and three billy goats gruff get in the way. It doesn’t help that the three bears (or is it four?) mistake Rapunzel for Goldilocks and chase her through the forest. Add to that some trickster gremlins and well-meaning pixies, and you have chaos! In short, Rapunzel and all the rest of the characters tell a silly tale of personal triumph and friendship. Conceived and Written by Michael McGill. Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill. Tickets: Adult $7, UW-P Student $6, Under 18 $5. Ticket prices include a $1 transaction fee. Check out Heartland Festival's site for more information at

Dubuque… and All That Jazz!

Fridays: July 17, August 21, September 4 @ 5-9:30 PM
Town Clock Plaza

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

  • July 17: The Jimmys
  • Aug. 21: 10 of Soul (soul and funk)
  • Sept. 4: The Lonely Goats (zydeco)


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.

ProtoStar Creative Arts Summer Camp

August 3-8
First Baptist Church (2143 Judson Dr.)

ProtoStar Summer Creative Arts Camp promises to be a week of fun and community building as we explore faith, leadership and diversity in a creative arts context. With opportunities for DANCE, DRAMA, SPOKEN WORD and other creative outlets, we will spend the week building a showcase for a performance on Saturday evening. All activities take place on the First Baptist Church campus and grounds.

Monday through Thursday (1-9 PM) is comprised of rehearsals, provided meals, recreation time, a campfire and a teaching from Dubuque area motivational speaker, Jim Ott. Friday will contain all of the above with the inclusion of an overnight on the First Baptist Church campus. Saturday we will put the finishing touches on the camp experience and prepare for the evening performance at 6:30 PM. Open to students grade 7 through graduating seniors of 2015. Cost: $65 per camper, $100 limit per family, register by July 24. For more information, please contact Alison Ott at 563-495-2920 or

Taste of Dubuque

Thursday, August 6 @ 3-11 PM
Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Enjoy mouth-watering food favorites plus live music on two stages, cold beer, entertainment, kids games, and more from 3–11 PM. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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

August 14-30
Bell Tower Theater

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

Murder Mystery Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

The compete festival musical lineup is: 

Thursday, August 20 @ 7pm
Mississippi Moon Bar

The Screaming Orphans & The High Kings

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

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

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

The Screaming Orphans, We Banjo 3 & Gaelic Storm


Art in the Park

Saturday, August 22 @ 10 AM
Elkader, IA

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

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

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

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

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

Galena Food & Wine Festival

Friday, September 11
Galena Convention Center

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

Toast & Jam Live Music

Saturday, September 5 @ 5-8 PM: Andrew Houy
Sunday, September 6 @ 5-8 PM: Mississippi Band
Park Farm Winery

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

Voices from the Warehouse District XI—Opening Night

Saturday, September 12 @ 7 PM
Voices Gallery

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

Dubuque’s Oktoberfest & Color Vibe 5K

Saturday, September 19
A.Y. McDonald Park

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

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

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

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

Galena Public Library Annual Pre-Owned Book Sale

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

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

Doubt, A Parable

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

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

Galena Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 3
Galena Eastside Riverfront

Annual German celebration featuring non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons, German-style food and beverage, bounce-house and games for the kids, and much more. Adults and teens are $5. Kids are free. For more information, visit

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

October 9-25
Bell Tower Theater

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 1 - Symphonic Fantasies

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 2 - Magical Mozart

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

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

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.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 3 - Beautiful Brahms

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 4 - Giselle

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5 - Midori

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

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

Ongoing Events

Adult Sunday Guided Paintings

Sundays: Now–July 15 @ 5:30-7:45 PM
Matter Creative Center

Join us and learn how to create an awesome painting on a canvas panel! Our fun teacher will give you step by step instructions to create your very own version of the featured painting for the day. For more information, visit

Matter 21+ Social Evenings

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

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

Kids Saturday Guided Painting

Every Saturday @ Noon
Matter Creative Center

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

The French Cafe

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

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

Paint & Pour

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

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

“Personal Spaces” Reception with Kick Back Concert

Now-July 5
Gallery C

We pass through a multitude of spaces throughout our lifetime, while many hold little significance others rightfully stand out.  Personal Space investigates the designation of these more intimate spaces through series of photographs presented by Paul and Lindsay McCormick. The exhibit expands into three dimensions with the functional art pieces presented by artist Gary David. The Opening Reception of Personal Space provides the ideal opportunity to kick back and relax with the Kipperton String Quartet, some of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s finest musicians! This is a unique performance featuring an eclectic repertoire built to complement the art and is a perfect chance to enjoy classical music up close and broaden the art experience!

Multitasking and responsibility often blur the structure of work and play. The opportunity to shift the perspective of these entities from activity to state of mind creates balance; leisure renews and motivates, while work challenges and rewards. Lindsay McCormick’s series Break Rooms is a survey of leisure in communal workspaces. The photo series examines how personalization of utilitarian space and a sense of community can enable momentary departure from work.

As a way to designate personal significance in public spaces Paul McCormick revisits locations, which have stood out, within his memory in This is Where.  Through this ongoing series he revisits locations where significant moments have taken place throughout his life. While all of these locations have changed since the experiences he has had there he uses these spaces invite viewers to experience and interpret a visual representation of his recollections.

For Gary David, each piece evolves with thoughtful consideration allowing him the opportunity to make subtle changes if necessary. He has developed a unique design format by building in layers of continuous bands rather than in box shapes. Slicing the wood in every conceivable manner has gained him an immeasurable understanding of trees and the wood they provide.

David harvests from his 20 acre woodlot for the wood used to make this artful furniture. The tables function in a variety of ways depending on their height and length. There are generally three major components to every table created—the top slab, and two styles of legs. The top is a “natural edge” slab displaying the universal beauty of wood. Structural defects or cracks are embellished and repaired adding story and visual interest to the design. Some legs are carved and shaped in a manner to suggest action or movement, offering a tough of humor with their animalistic shape. Turned wooden legs charged with vivid color are the third component. The combination of natural wood and intense color is striking; a whimsical feast for the eyes.

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. 

Tri-State Wind Symphony 21st Season Concerts

Thursdays: Now–July 23 @ 7:30 PM
Eagle Point Park Band Shell

Pack up a picnic and your lawn chairs and bring the family to the Eagle Point Park Band Shell for the 21st season of Tri-State Wind Symphony Concerts! For more information, visit

  • July 2: Dubuque Chorale –Bob Demaree
  • July 9: TSWS Concert
  • July 16: Big Band Express – Micki Marolf
  • July 23: TSWS concert, Season Favorite

Art @ your library®: Fran Kennedy and Alan Schoer

Now–July 28
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The Art @ your library® exhibit for June and July will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda beginning Friday, June 5, 2015 featuring local artists Fran Kennedy and Alan Schoer.

Fran Kennedy is the author of two picture books, The Pickle Patch Bath Tub and The Just-Right Perfect Present. Kennedy’s artistic skills are complimented by art study in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and calligraphy. [SH1]Kennedy’s creative mixed media artworks reflect many of her personal experiences for you to enjoy.

Alan Schoer, a long time artist and traveler, creates images that use scenes from the present to imply stories from the past. He draws heavily from his background in traditional drawing, painting and mixed media collage as he envisions his pieces. In each of his works he strives to use color, line and light to capture some essential aspect of the location depicted.

The exhibit runs through July 28, 2015.

“Interiors” by Brad Fautsch

Now–July 31
Rountree Gallery (385 E. Main St., Platteville, WI)

Rountree Gallery will host the sculptures and paintings of Artist Brad Fautsch. Brad lives in Dubuque and recently showed his work at the Nash Gallery.

This showing which I have entitled “Interiors” represents my recent work in painting and sculpture. Though my main subject here is the human form, I do not consider myself to be a portrait artist. I am not interested in the depiction of reality as it is literally seen but rather of a deeper reality that is felt and sensed beneath the surface. Therefore, the figures represented in my works are not the subject that I started with but are instead a new expression in the form of paint or clay. I have felt at times that my works are closer to a portrait of my internal self than that of a portrait of the subject with which I began. To summarize both my sculpting and painting technique, I begin by working from something real, usually a photograph. I work in a traditional method of attempting to capture the anatomy, proportion, and the values of the subject. At some point in the process, interaction with the materials begins to take over and I develop the work through intuition and imagination.

I have found clay and oil paint to be very compatible mediums as I develop my artistic vision and vocabulary. They are both very fluid and easy to manipulate, allowing for endless possibilities in expression. Oil paint can become very sculptural and clay can be drawn into like a two dimensional surface. Through these similarities I feel that my sculpture and painting create an interesting dialogue with one another. My work in each of these mediums pushes the other in new directions. For this reason, working on these pieces was a period of artistic growth for me. I have always preferred to view art that shows the artist experimenting and struggling with their materials. I feel that this process is on display in these works. As I worked on these paintings and sculptures, I spent much time trying to capture and recapture the figure. As I was engaging in this process I became increasingly drawn to the myriad of lines, textures, and colors within the figures themselves. To me, the marks within the figures represent an unconscious expression that arises within the artistic process. It is my fascination with these marks within the forms that led me to entitle this show “Interiors”. To me these marks reveal the essence of these pieces. I hope that when someone views this installation, they can view these sculptures and paintings as I did when I created them—with a sense of wonder and mystery.

Mary Loeffelhotz Exhibit

Now–July 31
Clare Bank (Platteville, WI)

What can be said about myself and my art that cannot be said about another’s? In some regards all artists are the same but different. Art/Artists are much like a finger print that we all know is completely unique to all others. There may be some similarities to another but at the end of the day it is still an original and what makes it original is the energy put into it. I have never known a day of life without some component of art whether it be man-made or a natural expression of life on this planet. In my youth I strived for an acceptance that validated what I love to do. With age perhaps a little wisdom slips through the cracks as one realizes that ideal is a whim and the art will speak for itself. It will resonate with the few it is truly meant to reach. If the art piece was not meant for something then I truly believe it would not have found a way to be created." Sponsored by Rountree Gallery.

“The Wonder of Wood” Exhibit

Now–July 31
Galena Center for the Arts

Wood is so much a part of our lives, from the scenic views in the hills of Galena to the raw material for making paper, to the sturdy beams that support our houses.  The Galena Center for the Arts will focus on this amazing material in their next special exhibit, THE WONDER OF WOOD.  The exhibit will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 PM until the end of July.  This eclectic mix of artwork centers on  images of wood and trees, and artworks that have been created from wood, and will include paintings, photography, musical instruments and sculpture from over twenty regional artists.  Greenco Inc. will be a corporate sponsor for The Wonder of Wood exhibit.

The Galena Center for the Arts is located at 219 Summit Street in Galena.  There is no admission fee for the exhibit.  For further information, call 815-777-0410 or visit

Artists Take Over the Porch

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

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

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

  • July 4: Alda Kaufman – watercolor painting demonstration
  • July 11: Sharon Krapfl – watercolor painting demonstration
  • July 18: Brian McCormick – woodblock carving demonstration for printmaking
  • July 25: Amber Ruden – jewelry demonstration
  • August 1: Keith Huie – “Blockheads” wooden sculpture demonstration
  • August 8: Hans Eric Olson – oil painting demonstration
  • August 15: Peter Fraterdeus – calligraphy demonstration
  • August 22: Ali Kauss - jewelry demonstration
  • August 29: Nancy Lindsay - oil painting demonstration

Music in the Gardens

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

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

  • July 5: Madison Brass Band
  • July 12: Coupe DeVille
  • July 19: Bob Dorr & The Blue Band
  • July 26: Kids from Wisconsin
  • Aug. 2: Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz
  • Aug. 9: Johnson Strings (Instrumental)
  • Aug. 16: Ridge Rangers (Bluegrass)
  • Aug. 23: Derty Rice (Zydeco)
  • Aug. 30: Ralph Kluseman (Beatles Tribute)

Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition

Now–September 7
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

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

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

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

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

Words We Know the Songs To: Paintings by Jaclyn Garlock

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

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

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

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

Events & Articles

Fever River Outfitters—Now in Dubuque!

Posted Shelby Dill on June 18, 2015

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

Mindframe Theaters Free Summer Kids Movies

Posted on June 05, 2015

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


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


June 8–12: Paul Blart Mall Cop 1 

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

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

June 22–26: Smurfs 1 

June 29–July 3: Open Season 1 

July 6–10: Surf’s Up 

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

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

July 27–30: Hotel Transylvania 

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

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

August 10–14: Mousehunt 

August 17–21–Barnyard 

August 24–28–Hotel for Dogs 

Meet Me @ Jazz!

Posted on June 04, 2015

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

Posted on May 22, 2015

May 23–September 7, 2015
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
One-hundred and three years ago, in the early morning of April 15, 1912, the “practically unsinkable” RMS Titanic, then the largest ship in the world sank into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic after a collision with an iceberg. The latest triumph of the White Star Line and a modern engineering marvel, Titanic sank on her maiden voyage to New York taking more than 1,500 lives with her. A tragedy forever etched in our collective consciousness and immortalized in print and film, the story of Titanic is as epic as the ship itself. 

Sandy Hook Nights: Select Fridays through September

Posted on May 22, 2015

The weather that motorcycle riders have been dreaming of has finally arrived and bikes are being pulled out of storage to hit the road. But where to go? The Sandy Hook Tavern offers a biker-styled alternative on select Friday evenings through the summer with Sandy Hook (Bike) Nights. Beginning Friday, May 29 and running through September, the 13 Friday events will feature a mix of live music, steak feeds, games and raffles, with each night benefitting a different charitable organization.