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 Dubuque365.com. Whether it's fine visual arts, staged theater or symphonic music, you'll find it in this list so you can plan your season around the arts in Dubuque and the tri-states. If something is missing from this list, please send it to info@dubuque365.com.!

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Book Signings

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

The Library welcomes author Jeff Westhoff, The Boy Who Knew Too Much (August 26). The book signing is free and open to the public. For more information, visit EastDubuqueLibrary.com.

Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping

August 26–29 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 30 @ 2 PM
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!

Iowa City Concert Opera Presents: Così fan tutte by Mozart

Saturday, August 29 @ 7 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S. Main St, Maquoketa, IA) 

Iowa City Concert Opera presents a concert version of Mozart’s comic opera, Così fan tutte (So Do They All). Two officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, are sure that their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi will be true to them no matter what. At the urging of Don Alfonso, a philosopher, and Despina, maid to the two ladies, they play a trick on the women to test their loyalty. Will the ladies remain faithful, or are all women fickle, as Don Alfonso claims? Performed in Italian with English synopsis, this production is presented in partnership with University of Iowa ArtsShare. This production is appropriate for all ages and admission is free.

Iowa City Concert Opera is a company of professional singers, conductors, and pianists, working collaboratively to bring engaging and entertaining opera performances to audiences throughout Iowa. This performance stars Jacqueline Lang (Fiordiligi), Lisa Neher (Dorabella), Mitchell Widmer (Guglielmo), Nicholas Harbeck (Ferrando), Jessica Saunders (Despina), and Jordan Pohlmann (Don Alfonso), conducted by Patrick Zubiate with Tony Nickle, pianist.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/iowacityconcertopera or call MAE at 563-652-9925.

“Cambodia” An exhibition of work by Paco Rosic

Reception: Sunday, August 30 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Show: August 30–September 27
Gallery C (900 Jackson St)

Paco Rosic creations combine artistic elements of both movement and fine art, blending kinetic and street art styles to recreate an existential experience; a ‘graffiti kinetic movement piece’ captured on canvas. Upon viewing Rosic’s work, you find yourself challenged to travel back with him to relive a previous experience. The artist uses cans of spray paint led by a series of movements to define a moment conveying mood, tone, sound, and vision. Essentially, Rosic performs a dance of color, evoking all senses as he matches his speed and rhythm to the pulse of the experience he has chosen to recreate. He moves quickly; poised and concentrated, to the beat of the sounds from the cans. As quick as the movements are created from within, so is the expression. Through his dramatic and colorful dance, a blank canvas morphs into a Rosic creation. Similar to a musical performance or a theatrical act, each composition is unique and ever-changing, specific to the experience. However, unlike performance art, which will forever vanish once concluded, Rosic’s work leaves behind a painted replicated moment in time. Each moment is captured and held by a canvas, challenging the viewer to relive the experience again and again. Paco Rosic has managed to develop a technique to study and capture times, created so we may forever gaze upon, and be transported back to the very experiences that may have otherwise been lost. Simply stated…Paco pieces are timeless experiences. 

The choice to paint people of Cambodia in black and white is of particular interest because it forces a concentrated perspective. Black absorbs all light and therefore creates an absence of color, while white is the result of all colors combined creating radiant emittance and reflection. Thus, the play between absorption and reflection, absence and radiance, forces the looker to draw upon the surrounding color and actually ‘see’ the existence of the figure. It is the surrounding environment that colors the figure, yet, it is the figure that has or has not been manipulated by the environment. The two become married in a world of mystical beauty and depressed poverty; light or darkness. Black or white. Where on the spectrum each figure resides, is determined by the viewer’s interpretation of background color and the depth of connection to their own humanity; their personal affiliation to a light or dark world. Rosic has painfully chosen colors that will be absorbed and reflected to convey the true emotional essence specific to each character. To view the Cambodia exhibit is not only an opportunity to experience the humanity of another culture, but to journey inside and experience one’s own.

Gallery C is pleased to have the artists present for the Opening Reception on Sunday, August 30. All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.

Meet Michael Till, Author of “Along Iowa’s Historic Highway 20”

Monday, August 31 @ 6:30–8 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Aigler Auditorium

Historian and author Michael Till will discuss his book and answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for sale. Michael Till grew up in Independence, Iowa, a rural community in which Highway 20 went directly down Main Street. Long a fan of US 20 history, Till started collecting vintage postcards several years ago. Every card told a story and his interest expanded with each new discovery until the entire cross-country course of Highway 20 was included. His collection now exceeds 3,000 postcards that illustrate the 3,365 miles length of the historic road from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon. He hopes this book will bring back pleasant memories for those who traveled Route 20 in its early years and provide the opportunity for younger people to relive a journey that might have been made by their parents or grandparents. For more information, contact Andrew at 563-589-4137.

Artists Take Over the Porch

Saturday, 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 otlag@aol.com, or visit otlag.com.

  • August 29: Nancy Lindsay - oil painting demonstration

Music in the Gardens

Sunday, 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 dubuqueartscouncil.org.

  • Aug. 30: Ralph Kluseman (Beatles Tribute)

Dubuque Community String Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Monday, August 31 @ 6:30 PM
Emmmaus Bible College

Adult string players of all skill levels are invited to join the the Dubuque Community String Orchestra for a free open rehearsal. The Dubuque Community String Orchestra is a non-auditioned ensemble of adult musicians. Now sponsored by the Northeast Iowa School of Music, DCSO was founded in 1998 by conductor Tracey Rush to give non-professional string players an outlet for ensemble performance. The DCSO has presented more than thirty concerts at over fourteen locations in the tri-state area, featured forty four soloists, five choirs, and a middle school orchestra, commissioned six would premieres, has had more than one hundred different string players, and has played a whole lot of music. The orchestra gives two or more free concerts per year and often collaborates with NISOM's other adult ensembles, the Encore Chorale and New Horizons Band. New members are always welcome! Upon joining, there is a $25 tuition fee per semester. The orchestra rehearses Monday evenings at 6:30PM at Emmaus Bible College. To receive more information or to join, please call the NISOM office at 563-690-0151 or visit NISOM.com to learn more.

Encore Chorale Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, September 1 @ 1–2 PM
Oak Park Place Grand Oaks Room

Open to adults age 55 and older, the Chorale rehearses weekly in the Grand Oaks Room at Oak Park Place in Dubuque from 1–2 PM every Tuesday, beginning September 1, 2015. Anyone who enjoys singing and making new friends is welcome to join this non-auditioned group. Encore Chorale will present several informal performances throughout the season, performing songs you know and love. NISOM’s Encore Chorale was established in 2014 and is a member of the national organization Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Encore is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Directed by Sue Flogel, a board-certified music therapist and retired music teacher. The Chorale is open to new singers and experienced vocalists alike. To join, simply submit an Encore registration form and semester payment to NISOM. Each semester is only $25 to participate. Returning members from the 2014–15 season do not need to fill out a new form. Contact NISOM at 56-690-0151 or admin@nisom.com with questions. To receive more information or to join any of NISOM’s ensembles, please call the NISOM office at 563-690-0151 or visit NISOM.com to learn more.

Sherry, Yates, Do Recital

Tuesday, September 1 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

Enjoy an evening of chamber works for trumpet, trombone, and piano. Husband and wife team James Sherry and Bang Lang Do have given performances in a wide range of musical styles locally, nationally and internationally. They are joined by Benjamin Yates, an instructor of low brass and ensemble director at Luther College. Admission is free. For more information, visit Clarke.edu/ArtsAtClarke.

Dubuque… and All That Jazz!

Friday, 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 DubuqueMainStreet.com

  • Sept. 4: The Lonely Goats (zydeco)

The Salon Exhibition

Show: Saturdays & Sundays @ 12-4PM: September 5–October 2
Reception: Saturday, September 5 @ 7-11 PM
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main St)

Rejection is not the end, as Edouard Manet and James Whistler found through a show featuring rejected paintings, The Salon des Refuses. That tradition continues today with the Dubuque Area Art Collective’s own “The Salon Exhibit”, opening Saturday, September 5. Dave Zollo, Midwestern Indie Music, will be performing at the opening. $10 suggested donation at the door. Hors d'oeuvre and refreshments provided.

The DAAC’s 4th annual Salon Exhibition provides a chance for redemption for artists anonymous and notorious alike whose works were rejected by such local and regional shows as Voices and the DUMA Biannual. This year, we are featuring works of new regional and local rejected artists, as well as the most recent work from artists of previous Salon Exhibits. For the first time, we are including artists that did not make the cut in our past juried exhibitions at the Dubuque Area Arts Collective.

Over the past three years, the Salon has given artists a second chance to present their work to the community, and has highlighted the vast growth of Dubuque’s up-and-coming art scene. The Salon was initiated in 2012 to promote and empower both emerging and experienced artists, and create new opportunities and wider exposure for participating artists.

During the Opening reception, Jay Schleidt, Multimedia Artist from Iowa, will provide an interactive video projection installation. Salon reception attendees will be able to collaborate with Jay to create their own digital video self-portraits, available online afterward. Jay has worked with the DAAC on multiple occasions: displaying art and video, performing in his band, I/OWAR, and doing a live painting at last year's Salon. http://jay.lation.org

For more information, email salondbq@gmail.com or visit DAArtsCollective.com.

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!

The Fever River Puppeteers: "Jack and the Beanstalk” Marionette Production

Saturday, September 5 & 12 @ 11 AM & 2 PM
Sunday, September 6 @ 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (2130 Main St., Hazel Green, WI)

The classic tale is a family-friendly comedy. Tickets, at $5 for adults and $4 for children, are available only at the door, beginning a half hour before each performance. For more information, visit hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

"IN CHARGE" Exhibit

Show: September 5-October 4
Reception: Sunday, October 4 @ 1–3 PM
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Art work from the past and present Directors of Rountree Gallery, past and present Board members, and Gallery Attendants makes up the new exhibit entitled IN CHARGE.  Local artists; Lois Mueller,  Marie Whisenant, Dianne Fox, Jennifer Fuschino, Michael Hadfield, Dave Meinhardt, Rock Riedle, Nicole Felder, Cindy Schave will have works from photography, pottery, painting, and mixed media. Opening is September 5 and the artist reception is October 4 from 1-3 pm. For more information, call 608-348-6719 or visit Platteville.org.

Page & Palette: A Book Group for Art Lovers!

Thursday, September 10 @ 6–7:30 PM
River Lights Bookstore

Join us every other month where we will be discussing either a fiction or non-fiction book about all things arts! This month we are discussing “The Women” by T. Coraghessan Boyle. Receive 15% off this title when purchasing through River Lights. For more information, visit RiverLights.com or call 563-556-4391.

Arts & Alchemy: It’s Arthur Miller Time!

Thursdays: September 10, 17, and 24 and October 1 @ 8–10 PM
The Smokestack (7th and White St)

Join Fly-By-Night Productions (FBNP) to celebrate the 100th birthday of great American playwright Arthur Miller. Read aloud and discuss two of Arthur Miller’s best plays, Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge. Scripts are provided. Also sign up to win free tickets to FBNP’s production of A View from the Bridge. The Smokestack is located at 7th and White St. For more information, visit FlyByNightDubuque.com.

Driftless Farm & Food Weekend

September 11-13
Dubuque, IA

The Driftless Farm and Food Weekend is three days of local foods celebration and exploration. Open to everyone in the Dubuque area, the weekend will kick off Friday, September 11 at the National Mississippi River Museum with a free screening of Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective. It continues Saturday with the Third Annual Driftless Farm Crawl, and culminates Sunday with a four-course Farm to Table Dinner overlooking the Mississippi River at the historic Four Mounds.

The events are organized by a coalition of community groups including the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Four Mounds Foundation, and Dubuque County Iowa State University Extension, and funds raised through the Dinner benefit local foods programming. The Driftless Farm and Food Weekend is a fun way for area families and community members to enjoy local food and wine, and learn more about getting involved in the region’s food economy and culture!

Farm to Table Dinner tickets are limited and can be reserved online at DriftlesssFarmCrawl.com or through Extension at 563-583-6496. All other events and activities are free and open to everyone!

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Local Foods Coordinator Carolyn Scherf at 563-583-6596 or cscherf@iastate.edu.

The Great Draw Street Art Competition

Saturday, September 12
Cable Car Square

The Great Draw Street Art Competition returns on Saturday, September 12. This event is open to all ages and skill levels, with over $2,000.00 in cash and prizes awarded. The public is cordially invited to observe the competition and watch as the artists develop their paintings throughout the day. The Fenelon Place Elevator and shops surrounding the event will be open—a perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the stores of this beautiful historic district!

Forms and instructions are available online: TheGreatDraw.com, OTALG.com, on Facebook, and at Outside the Lines Art Gallery, 409 Bluff Street in Dubuque. Entry deadline for the competition is September 10, 2015. Pre-registration is highly recommended as spaces are limited.

There are five categories: youth to age 12, ages 13 – 18, adult, artist, and teams. Entry fees are $10 for students ages 18 and under, $15 for adults and $25 for teams of two or more. An independent judge will determine first, second and third place winners in each category.

Votes for the People’s Choice Awards will be available for purchase, and professional street artist, Shawn McCann will create a large, custom three-dimensional pastel painting throughout the day. A free area will be set aside for small children so they can take part in the creative process as well.

In keeping with Outside the Lines Art Gallery’s goal of supporting aspiring artists, Shawn McCann will work with Dubuque high school students on the Town Clock Plaza pedestrian mall during the day on Friday, September 11, 2015. Together they will create a three-dimensional pastel painting and receive one on one instruction from McCann. While this is a public friendly viewing opportunity, the painting will be limited to this group.

The winning bidder of the original watercolor painting by the late JoAnne Hauser Warren will be announced during the awards ceremony at the end of the event.

The Great Draw Street Art Competition is sponsored by Premier Bank, L. May Eatery, The Fenelon Place Elevator and Holiday Inn, Downtown Dubuque, with additional support by Dubuque Senior, Hempstead, and Wahlert High Schools. All proceeds from the competition benefit The Great Draw Visual Arts Scholarships, 2016.

For more information, contact Stormy or Connie at Outside the Lines Art Gallery at 563-583-9343 or OTLAG@aol.com.

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. An art extravaganza of all kinds. Visual. Musical. Culinary. Performance. Culture. The focus for Voices 11 is to bridge the gallery with the streets, highlighting a once subversive art movement, and a unique set of artists—artists that want to speak to and engage with others; artists that want to make a statement and have the viewer bring their own experiences to the interpretation and understanding of their work. One of the biggest events of the fall season, Voices opening night is Saturday, September 12 from 7 PM to Midnight. Admittance is $10. Please visit VoicesGallery.org for a full list of events throughout the month of September.

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks

Sunday, September 13 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

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

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

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

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

“Do You See What Eye See” Exhibit

Sunday, September 13 @ 7 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)
Friday, September 18 @ 7 PM
The Smokestack (7th and White St)

Commercial Artists once roamed rural America painting full size mural type advertisements on barn roofs and walls; “Mail Pouch Tobacco” one example. Commodities produced by Midwest farmers before World War II were primarily transported by rail. In the Tri-State Area, Great Western, Illinois Central, and Chicago and Northwestern Railroads hauled grain and live animals to markets both east and west. During the Depression, many hobos who hitched rides marked freight cars with a moniker (name tag), some left coded messages for fellow travelers. Historians suggest the scribbling/marking Hobos left on freight cars is the origin of what we today call graffiti.

Do You See What Eye See" is a montage of photos of freight car graffiti, 5 panels accompanied by a sound track and music featuring 2 live musicians, virtuoso tuba and percussion. Sometimes tuba (baritone sax) and percussion parts are replaced by a live poet/rapper whose vocal gestures compliment the soundtrack and contextual clues/sub-texts contained in the images. When exhibited on the exterior of buildings barns for example, the five-panel montage is unaccompanied.

Visual material contained in each of the panels, Silhouette, Incubator, Our Voice, Locked Up, and Inward Looking have been creatively manipulated and images combined to reflect multi-layered messaging. Nuances emphasized within each panel powerfully emerge and combine to produce an organic commentary that reflects upon individual/community effort to make oneself heard, express a public voice.

Creative exchanges between 3 Illinois friends who played jazz together in high school, Lawrence Manning, Photographer, Randall Snyder, Composer, and Gerald Podraza Montage resulted in this collaboration. Musicians performing live, David Earl, Tuba, and Keith Lienert, Percussion, are faculty members in the Music Department, University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

An exhibition/performance will occur at the Galena Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 13 at 7 PM. Further westward, a performance is scheduled at The Smokestack (7th and White St) on Friday, September 18 at 7 PM. Both of these events compliment the schedule of Voices from the Warehouse District. For more information, visit GalenaCenterfortheArts.

"I See You: The Power of Human Connection" #GivingBackTour

Tuesday, September 15 @ 9–10 AM
Ramada Hotel (Galena, IL)
Thursday, September 17 @ 7 PM
Dickeyville, WI Fire & Rescue (300 Splinter Ave, Dickeyville, WI)

If you missed him the first time, Leon is back once again. Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. Leon's book "The Kindness Diaries" will be on sale the day of the event. Admission is free. RSVP is requested; please call 815-777-9050 or email Office@GalenaChamber.com.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Dubuque Ink and Art Expo

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 18
The Dubuque Ink and Art Expo and the Dubuque Area Arts Collective are looking for artists to display their work at the 3rd Annual Dubuque Ink and Art Expo during September 25th through the 27th. All types of work encouraged, including, but not limited to, 2D and 3D art, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital, video, etc. are eligible. 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. Visitors 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 Dubuque Area Charities.

To be part of the art exhibition, email dbqartexpo@gmail.com by September 18. Include your contact information and attach digital images of each piece (images must be of good resolution). For each piece submitted include title, price and size. Artists are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible to guarantee space in the exhibit. All accepted work must arrive ready to hang on September 25. For more information, visit DAartscollective.com or DBQInkAndArtExpo.com.

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.

Fall Harvest & Art Festival

Saturday, September 19 @ Noon–6 PM
Galena Cellars Vineyard (4746 N. Ford Rd, Galena, IL)

Galena Cellars and the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance offer a combination of purple feet, paint brushes, pumpkin decorating, horses, spa treatments, and wine that promises to be a fun fall adventure. The festival features a grape stomp, live music by the Fever River String Band, horse-drawn wagon rides, amazing food, demonstrations, art sales, and vineyard tours. Pre-registration for the grape stomp begins at 1 PM; the stomp starts at 2 PM. Participation fee is $5 for adults; children stomp free. Prizes will be awarded. Admission to the general event is free. Vineyard tours are $7.50. Galena Cellars is located at 4746 N. Ford Rd and will also be offering wine tasting and a keepsake glass for an added fee. For more information, visit GalenaCellars.com.

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

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

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

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

Dr. Amy Dunker, Composition & Trumpet Faculty Recital

Sunday, September 20 @ 2 PM
Clarke Univeresity Janes Music Hall

Composer-trumpeter-educator Amy Dunker’s music resists easy categorization. From avant-garde improvisation to minimalistic sound sculptures to neo-romantic echoes, Amy delves deeply into the nature of human experience. Admission is free. For more information, visit Clarke.edu/ArtsAtClarke.

Brew House Mystery Dinner Theater

Sunday, September 20 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Enjoy a four-course meal and wine or beverage of your choice while trying to discover who-done-it. Cost is $49.95 per person. For more information or to reserve your place, visit StoneCliffWinery.com.

Mackin-Mailander Featured Lecture: Aaron Thomas

Wednesday, September 23 @ 7 PM
Clarke University Robert and Ruth Kehl Center

Aaron Thomas will deliver a featured lecture. Aaron has experienced a deadly tornado that devastated his hometown of Parkersburg, IA, and the shooting death of his father by a mentally disturbed man. Aaron addresses how to deal with adversity, making the most of all opportunities, and the power of one. He will challenge you to look at your life, your family, and your job to see if you are being a difference maker. Doors open at 6 PM. General admission is $5. For more information, visit Clarke.edu/ArtsAtClarke.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Thursday, September 24 @ 4:30–6:30 PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Come enjoy this free family event with activities including lantern and mask making, paper folding, and games while learning a little bit more about Chinese culture. For more information, visit UWPlatt.edu or call 608-342-1491.

Michael Mao Dance Co.

Friday, September 25 @ 7–9 PM
University of Wisconsin Center For the Arts Brodbeck Concert Hall

Michael Mao Dance is a critically acclaimed New York based modern dance company with an international corps of accomplished dancers. Passionate, yet meticulously crafted, Mao’s work is infused with a visceral, elemental power. His dances fill the stage with compelling images and enthrall audiences with their emotional immediacy. Rooted in the traditions of American modern dance, Mao’s works are graced with the formal considerations of classical ballet and reveal the choreographer’s Asian heritage in their spare yet expansive choreographic means. This performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bert Glanz Fund for Performing Arts. For more information email cfa@uwplatt.edu, visit UWPlatt.edu/cfa or call 608-342-1491.

Pre-Owned Book Sale

Friday, September 25 @ 9 AM–7 PM
Saturday, September 26 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Galena Convention Center (900 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL)

The Friends of Galena Public Library, Inc. hosts their annual pre-owned book sale. All proceeds benefit the Galena Public Library. For more information, call 815-777-0200 or visit GalenaLibrary.org.

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

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

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

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 galenalibrary.org.

Doubt, A Parable

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

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

SongFest

Saturday, September 26 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

The Dubuque Chorale begins its 2015/16 season in collaboration other area choirs for a celebration of choral music. The participating vocal groups include The Dubuque Chorale and Cadenza, The Julien Chamber Choir, The Dubuque Music Men Barbershop Chorus, Loras College, Clarke University, University of Dubuque, Emmaus Bible College, and University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Each choir will perform some of its own music, and the concert will finish with a massed choir performance. For more information, visit DubuqueChorale.org. For tickets, visit Dbq.edu/HeritageCenter.

“Pencil & Ink” Exhibition

September 26–October 17
Clarke University Quigley Art Gallery

This Alumni Spotlight Exhibition features Jenny Harms Link’s exquisite graphite drawings and Marianne Bennett’s preparatory tattoo drawings. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12–5 PM Monday–Friday and 1–5 PM Saturday–Sunday. For more information, visit Clarke.edu/ArtsAtClarke.

Live at Heritage Center: Recycled Percussion

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

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

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

9th Annual Galena Oktoberfest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chow Bella: A Book Group for Foodies!

Thursday, October 8 @ 6–7:30 PM
River Lights Bookstore

Join us every other month where we will be discussing either a fiction or non-fiction book about all things delicious! This month we are discussing “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl. Receive 15% off this title when purchasing through River Lights. For more information, visit RiverLights.com or call 563-556-4391.

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!

Swing Out! Hunter Fuerste and The Big Band Show

Saturday, October 10 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

Hunter Fuerste and his American Vintage Orchestra presents an authentic recreation of the big band era, the music of 1935 to 1945, in "Swing Out! The Big Band Show". The show features recreations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. In addition to a fourteen piece big band, the two hour program features singers, dancers, and a special tight harmony vocal group, The Penthouse Serenaders. All NEW performance tribute to Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians. For tickets and more information, visit TheGrandOperaHouse.com or call the box office at 563-588-1305.

Transit Authority: Tribute to Chicago

Saturday, October 10 @ 7 and 9 PM
Mystique Casino

Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. and abroad as the premier tribute to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates a fiery musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock act to ever come down the pike. Transit Authority's mission is to recreate that excitement of the original Chicago Transit Authority's sound each and every performance.

With stellar Cetera/Kath/Lamm like vocals leading the way, killer industrial strength guitar, and note for note traditional arrangements on many of the songs, along with one of the Midwest's best horn and rhythm sections, Transit Authority will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing!

Transit Authority will take you along on a high energy sonic journey back into time, starting with some of the very first mega-hits such as "Make Me Smile", "Does Anybody Know What Time It Is", and "Questions 67 & 68", into the eighties with wonderful ballads like "Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away", and "Hard Habit to Break".

Transit Authority's performances are so dynamic and energetic that you are reminded yes, horns truly belong in rock & roll! Brass and wood-winds merging seamlessly with drums, bass, keyboards, and gutsy guitar form an air-tight rhythm section completing the band with all the textures, rhythms, riffs, fills, and great vocals that recreates perfectly the legendary sound of Chicago. One of many things that have always set the Chicago sound apart from other horn bands has been their trombone leading horn section. Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly gifted horn players whom meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings.

Tickets are $20 for the show and $30 for dinner in Bon Appetit and the show. For tickets and more information, visit MystiqueDBQ.com or call 563-582-3647.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 1 - Symphonic Fantasies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadly Dinner—Murder Mystery

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

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

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

The Dubuque Music Men Chorus presents Be Our Guest featuring guests Boomtown and Vintage Sound

Saturday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

Boomtown (from the state of Kansas) reigns as the 2014 Central States District Quartet Champions, and they blend their young energy and exciting style into the world of Barbershop Harmony. Vintage Sound from the Des Moines area, blends the best in four-part harmony with some fun and merriment just right for anyone. For tickets and more information, visit TheGrandOperaHouse.com or call the box office at 563-588-1305.

Dubuque Community String Orchestra: Fall Concert with Guest Violinist Lenore Vardi

Sunday, October 18 @ 2 PM
Emmaus Bible College

The Dubuque Community String Orchestra is a non-auditioned ensemble of adult musicians. This concert is free and open to the public. To receive more information or to join, please call the NISOM office at 563-690-0151 or visit NISOM.com to learn more.

RSVP Coffee Connect

Wednesday, October 21 @ 9 AM
Kehl Diabetes Center

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

Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart

Thursday, October 22 @ 7–9 PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville CFA Brodbeck Concert Hall

If Trey Parker and Matt Stone played the violin and piano, if Penn and Teller performed music instead of magic, and if Seth MacFarlane had a twin, they would be the brilliantly outrageous Igudesman & Joo. Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo are the inventive comic duo whose hilarious mix of music, pop culture and pure zaniness has won them fans of all ages and cultures worldwide. As evidence, their YouTube sketches have attracted close to 40 million viewers.

Highly trained musicians, their inspired silliness can start with Rachmaninoff or Liszt and find its way through martial arts, movie classics, rock, hip hop, folk, heavy metal and disco, step dancing and Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. Igudesman & Joo share the subversive comedic sensibilities of such influences as “South Park,” SNL, Ricky Gervais and the “Portlandia” team.

As an antidote to the stuffiness of most concerts, Igudesman and Joo transform the concert stage into a musical Pee-wee’s Playhouse, where the three Bs can be Bach, Beethoven and Bond, James Bond. Igudesman and Joo don’t just play the violin with a vibrating milk frother or use wood blocks to tickle the ivories, they do it with dazzling virtuosity. The result, as Vanity Fair puts it: “the craziest, most hysterically funny music ever.” This performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Brodbeck Theater Fund. For more information email cfa@uwplatt.edu, visit UWPlatt.edu/cfa or call 608-342-1491.

Hocus Pocus and Halloween Costume Contest

Saturday, October 24 @ 4:30 PM
Grand Opera House

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and the Grand Opera House invite you to our Family Film Event! There will be goodie bags, a costume contest, and prizes! Doors open at 3:30 PM and the costume contest is from 3:30 to 4:15 PM. You must be in the lobby before 4 PM to be considered for the costume contest. The cost is $10. "Hocus Pocus," stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all. For tickets and more information, visit TheGrandOperaHouse.com or call the box office at 563-588-1305.

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

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

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

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

Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular

Saturday, November 7 @ 6 PM
Grand Opera House

Take a dash of science, a blob of humor, throw in some hillbillies, and what do you get? You get the explosive good time of the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show! Witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD and his assistant Professor Choo Choo Peterson, PHD as the two of them put a unique twist on the world of science experiments. You will laugh, you will learn and have a rootin tootin good old time! Family friendly and fun for all ages! Group rates available. For tickets and more information, visit TheGrandOperaHouse.com or call the box office at 563-588-1305.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 2 - Magical Mozart

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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

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

Maggie Mae Holiday Show

Saturday, November 28 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Maggie Mae, a home-grown talented country singer/Nashville recording artist from Oxford, Wisconsin has been entertaining crowds with her country music and yodeling. She is becoming one of the biggest Midwestern names in pure country music. After buying her first guitar in 2002, she has taught herself to play and sing and has been entertaining crowds ever since. Maggie and her husband Roger Hilliard own and operate Maggie Mae's Café in Oxford, WI which won "RESTAURANT PICK OF THE MONTH" award through the Discover Wisconsin Radio/TV show. Folks travel from across the country to stop at her café where she might just be there singing your favorite country song over breakfast. Maggie says: "Everyday there are so many folks that travel from states and cities away to my café in Oxford, WI or attend some of my other shows across the state. I love seeing the smiles on fans faces." Tickets: are $22 adv/$25 door for adults and students 18 and under are $13 adv/$15 door. For more information, visit OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com or call the box office at 563-652-9815.

Murder Mystery Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas on Broadway A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis

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

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

Holly Ball

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

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

Dubuque Community String Orchestra: Holiday Concert

Monday, December 7 @ 6:30 PM
Sunset Park Place

The Dubuque Community String Orchestra is a non-auditioned ensemble of adult musicians. This concert is free and open to the public. To receive more information or to join, please call the NISOM office at 563-690-0151 or visit NISOM.com to learn more.

The Texas Tenors

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

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

"Creatures Great and Small" Artist Call

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center: VoicePlay

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center: The Improvised Shakespeare Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 3 - Beautiful Brahms

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 4 - Giselle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center: Cinderella performed by Opera Iowa

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

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

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

Dubuque Community String Orchestra: Spring concert with New Horizons Band and Encore Chorale

Sunday, April 17 @ TBA
TBA

The Dubuque Community String Orchestra is a non-auditioned ensemble of adult musicians. This concert is free and open to the public. To receive more information or to join, please call the NISOM office at 563-690-0151 or visit NISOM.com to learn more.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5 - Midori

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

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


Ongoing Events

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Meeting

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

The Dubuque Area Writers Guild (DAWG) is for writers who want to share their work with other writers and lovers of the written word. For more information, email dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

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 MatterCreative.center.

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 mattercreative.center.

The French Cafe

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

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

Paint & Pour

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

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


"9/11 Never Forget" Moving Wall Memorial

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

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

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

EARTH Exhibition

Now–August 31
Dubuque Area Arts Collective

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

Tim Olson and Ron Hahlen

Now–August 31
Outside the Lines Art Gallery DBQ
Tim Olson will exhibit new oil paintings of Dubuque and the surrounding area. Olson describes his style as Cartoon-Expressionism, Naïve-Academic, or Picturesque-Messiness. Perhaps all that and then some!

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

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

For more information, call 563-583-9343 (Dubuque), 815-776-9166 (Galena), email otlag@aol.com, or visit OTLAG.com.

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.

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

Now–September 23
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

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

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

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

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

Clarke University Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

Show: Now–September 25
Reception: Sunday, August 30 @ 3–4:30 PM
Clarke University Quigley Gallery

Clarke University’s Quigley Gallery opens the academic year with an exhibition to showcase the creative talent of the Art + Design Department faculty members. The exhibit features recent work by Louise Kames, Jessie Rebik, Jessica Teckemeyer and Eric Wold.

Louise Kames is exhibiting a suite of 12 screen prints of architectural imagery from Dubuque's Historic Millwork District. Kames has been involved in the arts presence in the district since the first Voices exhibit in 2005. This body of work celebrates the restoration and repurposing of the warehouse buildings and the arts contribution to this revitalization. Kames teaches printmaking and drawing courses and serves as chair of the department.

Jessie Rebik is showing drawing studies, which companion a new series of paintings that address mortality and reflections on impermanence, as well as celebrate the beauty of life. The subjects are members of the BVM community, many who served at Clarke University. Rebik teaches painting and drawing courses at Clarke University.

Jessica Teckemeyer presents a selection of sculptures from an on-going body of work from three different series. Fawn or Foe II is from the “We are Animal” series began in 2010. The research has roots in monster theory and mythology to examine social constructs. The series marked the beginning of examining human archetypes through psychology by assigning animal forms to human characteristics. Devour continues this investigation, but narrows the focus to the psychological aspects of mass-murders. The sculpture is from the “Meeting Our Shadow” series. Chaos II is a part of the “Creation” series, which represents playful pursuits of natural impossibilities. Teckemeyer teaches the sculpture and ceramics sequence of courses at Clarke University.

Eric Wold will exhibit paintings and digital prints of various depictions of Mother Earth; abstract organisms and augmented landscapes littered with synthetics, pollutants and other wildly unnatural—while colorful—toxic drifts. Abstract representations of a horrific growth monster emerge from the Earth without constraint or respect for nature. Gomorrah is a visual construction based upon a naïve response to the climate-change encyclical Pope Francis released on June 15, 2015. Wold teaches the graphic design sequence of courses at Clarke University.

A reception for artists will be held Sunday, Aug. 30, from 3-4:30 PM. Quigley Gallery hours are noon to 4:30 PM daily. Admission is free.

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

Now–September 27
Galena Center for the Arts

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

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

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

"Birds and Branches" Exhibit

Now–September 30
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery (585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI)

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

Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition

Now–October 11
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 RiverMuseum.com or at the museum.

Events & Articles

Voices From the Warehoue District 11:  Streets

Posted on August 26, 2015

Voices, arguably Dubuque’s largest annual art event of the year both in scale and impact, returns to the raw 15,000 square foot warehouse space in the rapidly evolving Millwork District with Streets, a large-scale exhibit and series of special events.  Voices 11 begins the annual exhibit’s second decade with an Opening Reception, Saturday, September 12, with a series of special events to follow.  
Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series

Posted on August 04, 2015

The University of Dubuque’s 2015–2016 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series boasts 14 professional guest artist performances selected from today’s national touring circuit, plus the University’s signature Christmas at Heritage Center presentation. All performances occur in Heritage Center’s premier venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons located at 2000 University Ave. on the University of Dubuque Campus.

The Grand Opera House: Exciting Change & Historical Celebrations

Posted on August 04, 2015

Anniversary Concert
Saturday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM
Story by Shelby Dill
Photos by Josh Dill

Everything Photography: New Location, New Opportunities

Posted on July 23, 2015

Story By Shelby Dill
Photos by Everything Photography

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

Scott Thomas & the Birth of Buzz Entertainment Group

Posted By Bryce Parks on July 07, 2015

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