Arts Calendar

Premier Bank and Matter, Dubuque's creativity epicenter, have teamed up to bring all of the tri-states' premier arts events to you in 365ink and online at Dubuque365.com. Whether it's fine visual arts, staged theater or symphonic music, you'll find it in this list so you can plan your season around the arts in Dubuque and the tri-states. If something is missing from this list, please send it to info@dubuque365.com.

Cultural Expressions: Open Mic

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

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

Offsite Outside the Lines Art Gallery Exhibit

Now-December 31
NICC Town Clock Center

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

Jac Tilton: Recent Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reflections in the Park

Now-Saturday, January 3 @ 5-10 PM
Louis Murphy Park

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

Pottery Then and Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mannheim Steamroller

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

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

A Christmas to Remember

December 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
December 19-20 @ 8 p.m.
December 21 @ 2 p.m.
Bell Tower Theater

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

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

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

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

Heartache Tonight - The Music of the Eagles

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

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

Fabulous Friday 24th Season

Fridays: January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 12:05-12:35 PM
St. Luke's United Methodist Church (12th and Main)
Cost: FREE

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

  • Jan 16: YOUSEGUYS Barbershop Quartet (Bob Sanford, Dan Kelchen, Merlin Green & Bob Sigwarth)
  • Jan 23: Jeremy Mims & Craig Allen (Piano & Tenor)
  • Jan 30: Jim Mendralla, & Emily Spencer (Harp & Soprano)
  • Feb 6: Dr. Charles Barland & Thomas Taylor-Dickey (Organ)
  • Feb 13: Megan Gloss & Jill Klinebriel (Soprano & Piano)
  • Feb 20: Vince Williams presents…
  • Feb 27: Ann Duchow & David Patterson (Violin & Cello)
  • March 6: Nancy Woodin, Helen Johnston & Otto Krueger (Organ, Piano duets & Trumpet)
  • March 13: Miles McConnell, Chris Kohlmann, & Keith Rippe (Guitar, Flute & Piano)
  • March 20: Bang Lang Do & Jim Sherry (Piano & Trumpet)
  • March 27: Upper Main Street Jazz Band

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Family Concert

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

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

Guys in Ties Featuring actors from Comedy Sportz

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

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

Tonic Sol-Fa

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

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

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

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

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

February 6-22
Bell Tower Theater

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Epic Eroica

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Dallas Brass presents American Musical Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Tcheers for Tchaikovsky

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

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

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

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

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

Live at the Heritage Center
Ensemble Español presents Flamenco Passion!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 10-26
Bell Tower Theater

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

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Best of Opera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The McCartney Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 14-30
Bell Tower Theater

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

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

October 9-25
Bell Tower Theater

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

Christmas on Broadway A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis

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

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

Events & Articles

Toys for Tots: Winter Concert Tour and Stuff the Truck

Posted on November 20, 2014

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

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

Pinot’s Palette

Posted on November 20, 2014

Paint and sip location opens in Dubuque

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

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

Hotel Julien 12 Days of Christmas

Posted on November 20, 2014

Monday, December 1-Sunday, December 21

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

Roshek Celebrates the Holidays Holiday Decoration Silent Auction

Posted By Mike Ironside on November 20, 2014

Friday, November 21–Friday, December 5

Story by Mike Ironside
Photos by Garth Fuerste

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

Jubeck New World Brewing

Posted By Mike Ironside on November 06, 2014

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