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Shark Week @ NICC
NICC Peosta (Peosta, IA)
April 24–28.
NICC will be hosting a Shark Week Fundraiser at the Peosta campus during their “Fins Up Spring Fling Week.” NICC is partnering with The Red Basket Project to help supply feminine hygiene products for their campus. In addition, the college will also be collecting money and/or feminine hygiene product donations to help The Red Basket Project “bring dignity back to women, one tampon at a time,” in the Tri-State area. 563-556-5110 x451.

Salsa Dance Night—Baile Conmigo
Wednesday, April 26, 6–7 PM
@ The Smokestack
Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with the incredible Katie Koerperich, then dance into the evening. Free. 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Saving Abel
Wednesday, April 26 | 7PM
Q Showroom
Since 2008 Saving Abel has embodied the definition of “Southern Rock.” Even before their “Self Titled” debut LP, they were barnstorming the country making fans everywhere they went, just by being themselves. Simple, down home, charming, country-boys with immeasurable talent that was destined to take them straight to the top. The band was signed by A&R wizard Jason Flom to Capitol records and their first single, “Addicted” did just that, reaching number one on several charts and the follow-up singles “18 Days” and “Drowning” helped sell over 750,000 copies of their debut album. They toured heavily in support of this album, playing with Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold, and later on Nickelback, in arenas across North America. Standing room only. Must be 21 to attend.

Harris Cashes Out!
April 26–29, and May 3–6 at 7:30 PM and May 7 at 2 PM
@ Bell Tower Theater
Forty years ago, Harris Wellborn wrote an off-Broadway musical that closed after one performance. Now Harris is down on his luck, but his life takes a hilarious turn when he meets the flaky young woman down the hall and her scheming boyfriend comes up with a devious plan to cash in on Harris’ past. $10 Early Bird performances; $20. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. belltowertheater.net.

Magic Men Live!
Wednesday, April 26, 8 PM
@ Five Flags Theater (405 Main St)
Ladies Night is about to get a lot more interesting! Magic Men LIVE is the first live stage production to bring the phenomenon of Magic Mike, Fifty Shades of Grey and others to life with a high-energy and breath taking experience unlike any other. Meet Myles, the host with the most, along with: Ashton, the rock; Christian, the country boy; Devon AKA DJ; Enrique, the Latin Lover; Troy, the boy toy; Valentino, the chocolate boy wonder; Vincent, the bad boy; and Zac, the charmer. Magic Men LIVE has captivated women of all ages with an intensely exciting and wildly fun show that leaves the audience in an exhilarated state! This is an 18+ event. Tickets range from $21–$76 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, at Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Five Flags Center Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Presentation Sisters and Associates Benefit Garage Sale & Bake Sale
Thursday, April 27, 7 AM
@ The Sisters of the Presentation & Associates
April 27 and May 4 at 7 a.m. and April 28–29 and May 5–6 at 8 a.m. Find is a wide selection of household items, clothing, toys, furniture, plants, a bake sale and much more. All proceeds from the sale will assist ministries and charities of the Presentation Sisters. 2360 Carter Rd.

Annual Spring Fashion Soiree
Thursday, April 27, 5:30 PM
@ Four Mounds
The Four Mounds Women’s Fellowship invites you to an elegant evening event The evening consists of the fashion show in the historic Grey House, followed with a lovely basket dinner and drinks. Atmosphere and treats will take on a Parisian theme. Fundraiser for Four Mounds Foundation. Register in advance. $30. 563-557-7292. Fourmounds.org.

Feminist Book Group: “Juliet Takes a Breath”
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 PM
@ The Smokestack
Read and be empowered with the Feminist Book Group. Join as they discuss Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Free. 62 E 7th St. RiverLights.com.

After the Thin Man
Thursday, April 27, 7 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
April 27–29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. The Galena Center for the Arts presents an old-time radio mystery based on the writings of Dashiel Hammett. The hard-drinking private detective Nick Charles and his wealthy heiress wife Nora must uncover a murder from an assortment of multiple suspects. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Inspiring People Series: Indu Arora
Thursday, April 27, 7–8:15 PM
@ Inspire Café
These monthly presentations are offered as informal and intimate exchanges for the open-hearted and curious. Learn about Indu’s life story; finding her teacher and yogic path; and how to find perfect balance, harmony and simplicity in our complex lives. Free. 955 Washington St. 563-583-8338. inspire-cafe.com.

Under Milk Wood
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM
@ Clarke Terence Donaghoe Hall
April 27–29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub. Later, the town awakens and, aware now of how their feelings affect whatever they do, they go about their daily business. $10 Adults; $7 seniors; $5 students. 1550 Clarke Dr. Clarke.edu/artsatclarke.

Disney’s Mulan JR
Friday, April 28, 7 PM
@ Grand Opera House
April 28–29 at 7 p.m. and April 29–30 at 2 p.m. Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Disney’s Mulan JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With catchy hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney’s Mulan JR. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. Performed by Mazzuchelli Middle School. $10. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Friday, April 28, 7 PM
@ Gallery C
Ruth Mataya Garcia presents a public screening of her silent short film Lily. The evening will include the screening, special musical guest Bryce Reeg, and an artist talk back featuring the director and cast. The film explores the darker side of the human soul, human nature of choice in the face of adversity, and the ultimate choice that leads to healing. Free. 900 E. Jackson St. GalleryC.com.

Ronald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM
@ UD Heritage Center
April 28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 10 a.m., and April 30 at 2 p.m. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach tells the story of James Henry Trotter and his horrible aunts–and how some magic beans, a peach tree, and a collection of interesting insects conspire to change his life. Adapted into a musical, the story comes to life with innovative puppetry, a spunky soundtrack, and bright characters that will have you on the edge of your seat. $5–10. Dbq.edu/HeritageCenter.

DSO: Music & Fantasy
Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Theater
April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes violinist and Iowa native Robert Zimansky back to the USA from his home in Switzerland, where he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande. Zimansky performs Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Also featuring Brahms’ Third Symphony and a premier piece by Dubuque native Derek Jenkins. $15-85. 563-589-4258. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Belly Dance Charity Hafla
Friday, April 28, 9 PM
@ The Smokestack
Platteville Belly Dance Club’s Charity Hafla is a belly dance showcase benefiting the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit committed to responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helping people survive, recover, and gain control of their future. $5. 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Dubuque Yoga & Oneness Festival
Grand River Center
April 28–30
The Dubuque Yoga & Oneness Festival is a life-enhancing celebration of yoga for everyone—all shapes, sizes, ages, genders and levels of fitness and experience welcome—beginners included. There are a variety of events and presentations available. See page 28 for the full article. DubuqueYogaFestival.com.

Dubuque Days of Caring
Friday, April 28
Various locations in Dubuque
Dubuque Days of Caring provides the needed assistance to help area charities and organizations and their clients complete service projects that they may not be able to accomplish on their own. Projects include anything from landscaping, simple construction, yard clean up, clerical assistance, painting, staining, washing windows, and house cleaning, to visiting elderly residents or helping with a program for children. DbqDaysOfCaring.org.

“Mining the Story” Writers Retreat
Shake Rag Alley (Mineral Point, WI)
April 28–30
Choose one of three genres taught by either Christine Rice (Fiction), Sarah Hammond (Writing for Young People), or Patricia Ann McNair (Memoir, and Retreat Artistic Director) for an in-depth workshop that will challenge you across the three days. These workshop directors are well-published and award-winning writers and experienced teachers of writing. Interwoven around the main workshops will be several inspiring shorter classes and panel discussions about craft, self-publishing, blogging, and other topics open to all. ShakeRagAlley.com.

Dupaco Community-Wide Garage Sale
Saturday, April 29
Dubuque and Manchester, IA
To promote people, thrift, and the community, Dupaco Community Credit Union organizes a number of community-wide garage sales. The Dubuque and Manchester, IA sales are on April 29 and Platteville, WI on May 13. Printed garage sale directories will be published in the April 26 edition of The Dubuque Advertiser. The online directory features sale locations along with sale hours, descriptions and optional photos of items for sale; integrated Google map technology for directions from sale to sale; and the capability for buyers and sellers to message one another. Dupaco.com/garagesale.

Opening Doors Dash
Saturday, April 29, 7:30 AM
@ Jaycees Trail
The event features a Half Mile Kids’ Fun Run, a walk, and a 5K race managed by the MVRA (Mississippi Valley Running Association), food, refreshments, and children’s activities. Medals will be given to the top runners and prizes will be presented for pledges and participants. Benefit for Opening Doors (Maria House and Teresa Shelter) where homeless women, alone or with children, come to rebuild their lives. $25 adv; $35 day of; $15 teens and students; $5 Kids’ Half Mile Fun Run. OpeningDoorsDbq.org.

Play Like a Girl Football Clinic
Saturday, April 29, 9 AM–12:30 PM
@ Galena Primary School (Galena, IL)
This one-day football clinic teaches girls 2nd to 6th grades about the game of football, and they will be able to play in a comfortable environment, taught by the Galena Football Coaching staff and other coaching experts. Registration includes a t-shirt and Chicago Bears swag.Created by Harper Robbins, a 4th grader at Galena Primary School. $8. 219 Kelly Ln, Galena, IL. GalenaGirlsFootball.org

Prescription Drug Take-Back
Saturday, April 29, 10 AM–2 PM
@ Sam’s Club Parking Lot
Clean out your medicine cabinet with this free, convenient, and confidential medical disposal service. They will accept prescription and OTC medications; needles, sharps, syringes; thermometers; medication samples; and hydrogen peroxide. For full details and more information, contact Dubuque Drug Task Force. 563-583-4789.

Free Re-stringing Clinic
Saturday, April 29, 10 AM–5 PM
@ Uncle Ike’s
Bring in your six string guitar and Ikes will remove the old strings, clean the body and fret board,restring with new D’Addario strings, and tune it up. Register to win prizes and check out their door buster deals. Free; $5 basses and 12 strings. 4989 Radford Ct. 563-556-6052 . UncleIkes.com.

Paradise Distilling Company Release Party
Saturday, April 29, 2–6 PM
@ Paradise Distilling Company
Paradise Distilling Company is celebrating the release of their three new liqueurs—Raspberry, Coconut, and Mango! Stop out to the distillery and enjoy a drink and live music. 245 Railroad Ave. 563-587-8142. ParadiseDistillery.com.

Hunter Fuerste: In The Mood Concert
Saturday, April 29, 7–10 PM
@ Steeple Square
Join Hunter Fuerste for a spectacular night celebrating Steeple Square for “In the Mood,” a fun night of big band concert and dancing, with entertainment by Hunter Fuerste & His American Vintage Orchestra. The night includes appetizers and cash bar. This is a semi-formal occasion replicating an upscale lounge similar to the Green Mill in Chicago or Copa Cabana in New York. $35 adv. Search “Hunter Fuerste” at eventbrite.com. 105 E 15th St.

Celtic Woman
Saturday, April 29, 7:30–9:45 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
Multi-platinum international music sensation and 2017 Grammy® Nominee, Celtic Woman, returns with their all-new tour, Voices of Angels. The tour showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

Featuring many songs from their Voices of Angels album, this inspiring live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award winning signature style.

Tickets range from $43–$63 ($103 seats are sold out) and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, at Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Five Flags Center Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Music & Fantasy
Saturday, April 29 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 30 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater (405 Main St)
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) wraps up its 2016–17 Season of the Arts series with Music & Fantasy. Tickets start at $15. In this exciting season finale, the orchestra welcomes violinist and Iowa native Robert Zimansky back to the USA from his home in Switzerland, where he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande. Zimansky will delight audiences in his rendition of the Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra by Max Bruch. Derek Jenkins, recent winner of the American Prize for Composition, was commissioned by Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator and the DSO to compose his first orchestral work, Mathias and the Storm, and the symphony will be premiering the work at Music & Fantasy. The program concludes with Brahms Symphony No. 3, the most personal of his four symphonies.

Blues Traveler
Saturday, April 29 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Formed in New Jersey in the late 1980s, Blues Traveler released their self-titled debut album in 1990. The group went on to release five studio albums throughout the 1990s, including 1994’s Four. The album sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. and featured the hit single “Hook.” In 1995, Blues Traveler won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for their Top-10 hit, “Run-Around.” The band continued to make new music as the years went on, including seven additional albums since 2001. Their most recent work, 2015’s Blow Up the Moon, features collaborations with artists like the Plain White T’s, Bowling for Soup, 3OH!3 and more. Blues Traveler is comprised of John Popper on lead vocals, harmonica and guitar; Chan Kinchla on guitar; Brendan Hill on drums; Tad Kinchla on bass; and Ben Wilson on keyboards.

Walker McGuire
Saturday, April 29, 8 PM
Q Casino Showroom
Signed to BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records as the new duo Walker McGuire, Jordan and Johnny take an opposites-attract approach to their music, fusing electrifying “brotherly” harmonies with a fresh new take on modern country. After meeting onstage at a writers round just days after moving to Nashville, Jordan – the “super country” guy, raised in Texas with a love for classics like Keith Whitley and Dan Seals – and Johnny – the quintessential “rootsy”guy, a Kansas City native schooled by left-of-center icons like Tom Petty and John Prine – discovered a yin-and-yang musical connection that fit together like puzzle pieces – and the duo Walker McGuire was born. Far from a copy-cat act, though, Walker McGuire write story songs with in a modern country style that is 100 percent their own – rooted in classic themes and sounds, but with an added touch of wit and sometimes flat-out comedy. What they’re doing has already turned heads. Since earning placement on Spotify in Spring of 2016, “Til Tomorrow” has been streamed nearly 15 million times – which the guys playfully jest is way more times than they could click on it. The buzzworthy hit captures the see saw of emotions we all struggle through after a breakup, even months later.

UD Flight Team Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast
Sunday, April 30, 7 AM–Noon
@ Dubuque Regional Airport UD Hangar
The University of Dubuque Flight Team will have multiple aircraft on display, including the new training helicopter, Air Care Medical Helicopter, and the Dubuque Regional Airport Fire Truck. Breakfast includes eggs, sausage, pancakes, fruit, coffee, and juice. Funds raised will be used in support of intercollegiate aerial competitions throughout the Midwest this fall. $8 Adults; $4 children. 319-795-0834. DColumbia@Dbq.edu.

Elaina Burns Piano Program
Sunday, April 30, 1:30–3:30 PM
@ Dubuque Museum of Art
Dr. Elaina Burns, professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will present a program of piano music inspired by the Pop Art period. The program will also include selections of readings by notables of the period including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Andy Warhol, Rachel Carson, and Bob Dylan. Free. DBQart.com.

Forage and Float
Tuesday, May 2, 9 AM–1 PM
@ EB Lyons
Forage for seasonal foods to accompany a wild game lunch. Then, head out to Catfish Creek for a float while lunch is being prepared and reconvene at the center to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Registration includes lunch and kayak or canoe. Register by April 26. $6. 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. 563-652-3783. Jen@JacksonCCB.com.

Transplanting Starts & Seedling Swap
Tuesday, May 2, 6–8 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Learn how to transplant starts into larger pots, harden seedlings for outside planting and general information on when to start the process at this workshop. Registration required. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

UD Spartaneous Improv Night
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 PM
@ UD Heritage Center
Members of the UD Spartaneous Improv Troupe will perform comedy skits with suggestions from the audience. Ticket required. Free. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Your Money, Your Future Course
Thursday, May 4, 6–7:30 PM
@ Prescott Resource Community Center
May 4, 11 and 18. This course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach teaches new strategies to improve your financial management skills. Scholarships available. Register by May 3. $5 per session. 1151 White St. 563-583-6496. taylorse@iastate.edu.

Mac & Cheese Fest
Thursday, May 4, 5–8 PM
@ Grand River Center (500 Bell St)
As if inspired by the food gods, Tom Rauen from Envison Tees, Dubuque’s king of promotion, has had a cheese epiphany. Already a long-time supporter of great charities like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Tom thought Dubuquers just might like to come together to celebrate the glutenous, gluttonous glory that is mac and cheese, in all of its imaginable forms. Thus was born the first event: Mac & Cheese Fest.

Scheduled for Thursday, May 4 (May the 4th Brie with you!) at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque, Mac & Cheese Fest combines the best of both worlds for an amazing experience like no other. Foodies and craft beer lovers unite to taste more than 25 varieties of mac and cheese paired with over 50 craft beers. It’s going to be a very Gouda time! The regular public event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. with VIP access starting at 5 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Unicorn First, pumping out your favorite rock and pop-synth hits from both the 1980s and today. Look out for the fog and bubble-shooting mascot!

Advance general admission tickets to this all-you-can-eat extravaganza are $35 with a limit of 800 tickets. Admission includes unlimited sampling of mac and cheese and craft beer, a Mac & Cheese Fest commemorative pint glass and other Mac & Cheese Fest swag. Children 12 and under can get $15 advance tickets, too. General admission is $45 at the door if tickets remain on event day. VIP tickets will get you in the door an hour early and also include a festival koozie, drawstring swag bag, and an official festival t-shirt. Advance tickets are on sale now at MacAndCheeseFestDBQ.com. This event may sell out. They’re well on their way to that, so don’t get left out. Get your tickets early!

The inaugural event is made possible through support from Envision Tees, The Grand River Center, Honkamp Krueger, 7G Distributing, Townsquare Media, FenceTalkDigital, The Telegraph Herald, Happee Smith Productions, and, of course, 365ink Magazine. Decadent mac and cheese is coming from Q Casino, Hy-Vee, Pepper Sprout, Off Shore, Mario’s, The Yardarm, 1st & Main, Trackside, Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, The Chocolate Hog BBQ & Catering, Van’s Liquor Store, Greenwoods Grocery & Catering, Stone Cliff Winery, J&D Catering, Fat Tuesday’s, Woodfire Grill, the Grand River Center, Caroline’s at Hotel Julien Dubuque, Houlihan’s, Catfish Charlie’s, Panera Bread, Dubuque Golf & County Club, Weber’s Bar & Grill, The Other Side in East Dubuque, GillBilly’s BBQ, Big Grove Brewery and the University of Dubuque. WOW! Find more information and advance tickets at MacAndCheeseFestDBQ.com.

May 5–6
Dubuque County Fairgrounds (14569 Old Hwy Rd)
Occupying a unique niche, Vintage Torque Fest celebrates the “Golden Age” of do-it-yourself hotrods and customs gearheads were building in American garages before the introduction of the “muscle car” in 1965. But extending the boundaries for Friday night’s Dirty Drags Open Class competition expands the opportunity for more auto enthusiasts to get involved.

For vintage torque purists, the new Dirty Drags competition will be all Vintage Torque Fest period-correct draft racing for hot rods on the dirt tract. For the uninitiated, chain racing is sort of a combination of a stock car race and a demolition derby. Each team has two junk cars. The front car has a working engine but no brakes. The rear car only has brakes. Recently added events like the Tuff Mudder Mini Bike Race are returning with even more participants racing their mini bikes through the mini motocross track in the Fairgrounds “back forty.”

But Vintage Torque Fest is more than just hot rods and motorcycles. It’s a celebration of the broader culture with two days of live music from rockabilly to honky tonk country, a vintage parts swap meet, a model car contest, kustom kulture artwork, a variety of vendors, and an ever-popular Miss Torquefest contest for pinup girls.

Vintage Torque Fest 2017 promises more to see and do in one weekend than anyone could possibly take in. In addition to all the cars, motorcycles, music, and pinup girls, Vintage Torque Fest has even more to do and see with a range of vendors selling hot rod art, vintage clothes and furniture, swap meet car parts and accessories, and so much more.

While proceeds of the art auction go toward Hannah’s medical trust, each year, Torque Fest selects a family to sponsor, donating money from the gate admission to help defray the expenses associated with the medical care of their child. This year’s recipient will be the family of young Will Kohn.

For more information, including full rules, schedules, links, and contact info, visit VintageTorqueFest.com.

Lunch and Learn Series: Carol Ehlers
Friday, May 5, 12:15–1 PM
@ Dubuque Museum of Art
May 5, 12 and 19. The three programs will feature images that reflect the life of Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro. Carol Ehlers, art history educator, will provide information about his life and the interactions between his artistic styles and political ideas. Bring your lunch. Free. 563-557-1851. DBQart.com.

Puttzin’ Around Downtown
Friday, May 5, Noon–5 PM
@ Downtown Dubuque
Dubuque Main Street’s (DMS) 16th  Annual 18-hole miniature golf tournament fundraiser, Puttzin’ Around Downtown, features a Disney theme this year. Following an exciting afternoon of putt-putt-golf, the 19th  Hole Party will feature an awards celebration, silent auction, and raffle in the Riverboat Lounge. The public is invited to the 19th  Hole Party, even if not participating in golfing. Bid on the silent auction and buy raffle tickets. $140 per foursome before April 24. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org.

Carlos O’Kelly’s Outdoor Cinco De Mayo Party
Friday, May 5, 5–10 PM
@ Carlos O’Kelly’s (1355 Associates Dr)
The outdoor Cinco De Mayo Party returns to Carlos O’Kelly’s, bigger and better than ever, featuring live music by A Pirate Over 50 and Unicorn Fist as well as amazing contests and drawings all night long including a trip for four to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs. Other prizes include overnight hotel packages and much more.

Listen to Y105 to qualify for the 3rd Annual 99 Bottles of Corona prize giveaway sponsored by Acccesorize Me and Mindframe Theaters. Ninety-nine people will get to choose their bottle of Corona, each one containing a prize. People will also qualify at the event. All 99 bottles will contain prizes. Check in for the contestants will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will choose their bottles starting at 7:30 p.m.

Live music under the tent starts at 5 p.m. with A Pirate Over 50, who naturally brings a repertoire heavily laden with classic Jimmy Buffet favorites. Then at 8 p.m., Unicorn Fist takes the stage featuring some familiar faces from the 365ink Magazine roster (Bryce and Kristina) doing awesome rock and pop-synth hits from the ‘80s plus some brand new favorites the kids today will even know, all sung in Spanish (okay, no not really… just one).

Drink specials include $5 Jumbo Margaritas and $2.50 Bud, Bud Light, Corona and Corona Light bottles. Great Carlos O’Kelly’s food will naturally be available for purchase, too, or go inside for dinner and come back out and party! Cinco de Mayo is NOT a celebration of Mexican Independence Day as many believe, but on this night, you can come celebrate your independence from a long cold winter!

Music @ your library®: The Mississippi String Band
Friday, May 5, 6–7 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Mississippi String Band is an intimate version of The Mississippi Band, the renowned Dubuque group inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. The trio consists of Dave Hummel, Bill “Cricket” Davis, and Dale Beeks. The Mississippi String Band plays folk music grounded in American Roots with rich vocal harmonies and melodic instrumental breaks. Music @ your library® concerts bring local and regional, original music to our Dubuque community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

First Fridays
Friday, May 5, 5–8 PM @ Dubuque Museum of Art
5:30-8:30 PM @ Studio Works & Gallery C
6–8 PM @ Inspire Café
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), Gallery C, Studio Works, and Inspire Café stay open late to offer special programming in conjunction with other community arts events. Facebook.com/DubuqueFirstFridays.

Mike Posner
And The Legendary Mike Posner Band
Friday, May 5, 8 PM
@ University of Dubuque Heritage Center (2255 Bennett St)
Multiplatinum pop singer and songwriter Mike Posner’s debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, included Billboard Hot 100 singles “Cooler than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” In 2016, his second full-length album, At Night, Alone, debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 and included the ubiquitous Recording Industry Association of America triple-platinum smash “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” The follow-up single, “Be As You Are,” accrued more than 50 million streams.

Posner has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He’s also a sought after hitmaker with smashes Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” and Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé’s “Beneath Your Beautiful.”  Tickets for faculty, staff, alumni, and non-UD students are $20; tickets for the general public are $30. Tickets can be purchased at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Center; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at dbq.edu/heritagecenter. Phone and online convenience fees may apply. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

2nd Annual Maker’s Faire
Saturday, May 6, 9 AM–5 PM
@ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Makers Faire activities are included with regular Museum & Aquarium admission. Makers Faire will include nearly 20 craftspeople, working with their hands and demonstrating old technology such as: blacksmithing, lead casting, log bench building, net making, fly tying, butter churning, rag doll making, wool spinning, face painting, knitting, wood turning, sun printing, button making, rocket making, carpentry, stained glass making, and more. RiverMuseum.com.

Roll & Sole-A-Thon
Saturday, May 6, 9 AM
@ Mystique Community Ice Center
Roll & Sole-A-Thon is a walk/roll/ride to help raise money for ARK Advocates and support persons with disabilities in our community. Join for the Family Bike Ride (10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. ride) or Group Ride (8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. ride). You can also enjoy the Adaptive Recreation & Equipment Expo with booths, entertainment, bike checkups, food, drinks, and more. 563-556-1785. ARKadvocates.org.

Meet Author Elaine McDermott Brown
Saturday, May 6, 1 PM
@ River Lights Bookstore
Author Elaine McDermott Brown will do a reading at 1:30 p.m. from her book Memoir of an Iowa Girl. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

Murder Mystery “A Deadly Dinner”
Saturday, May 6, 6 PM
@ DeSoto House (Galena, IL)
It’s March 22, 1933 and Tiffany Gold Digger’s guests want to know: was her husband Sterling’s career as an archeologist on the level? What will his friends dig up when they gather at their speakeasy to drink a toast to his days on earth? Was it foul play? Door’s open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar 6 p.m. Gathering/cocktails and introductions followed by dinner and interactive Murder Mystery. Come dressed in 1930s attire! $50. 800-343-6562. desotohouse.com.

Scotty McCreery
Saturday, May 6, 7 PM
@ Five Flags Theater (405 Main St)
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, winning the 10th season of American Idol, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. The talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching three million, and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits: “See You Tonight,” “Feelin’It,” “I love You This Big,” and “The Trouble With Girls.”

McCreery has toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, and was named “Best American Idol” by the readers of The Los Angeles Times and “Country Music’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine. He has amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter and received more than 150 million YouTube views.

With the release of his first book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream in 2016, he can also add the title of author to his résumé. His deep voice and irresistible sound create a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. With more than 400 live shows under his belt, McCreery has quickly become a crowd favorite appealing to all ages. His loyal fans—the McCreerians—are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic in the country music world.

Scotty’s intimate theater show is one you won’t want to miss. Tickets range from $46–$66 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, at Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Five Flags Center Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Chorale: Classical Magic
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 PM
@ UD Heritage Center
May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at UD Heritage Center. May 7 at 2 p.m. at Western Dubuque The Dubuque Chorale is proud to announce it spring concert, Classical Magic. They will perform Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, R. Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Te Deum by Joseph Hayden accompanied by orchestra. The Chorale will be joined for the Te Deum by singers from several local high schools including Maquoketa, Monticello, Western Dubuque, Cuba City, WI, and Marquette Catholic. The Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir will also delight with several selections from classic children’s concert literature including On the Sunny Side of the Street and Prayer of the Children. Tickets are $10. Saturday tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Farber Box Office (dbq.edu/heritagecenter or 563-585-SHOW). Sunday tickets can be purchased before the concert at the Western Dubuque Performing Arts Center.

Craig Morgan
Saturday, May 6 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV host, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. He was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and is known for his many hits including six week #1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”

You Inspire Me Series:
“The Yellow Envelope” Author Kim Dinan
Presentation and Book Signing:
Thursday, May 11, 6 PM
@ Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)
Dubuque CVB Tourism Breakfast:
Friday, May 12, 7:30 AM
@ Diamond Jo Casino (301 Bell St)
Jeff Lenhart’s You Inspire Me series brings The Yellow Envelope author Kim Dinan to Dubuque for a free public event on May 11 at Hotel Julien Dubuque followed by a book signing. Kim will also speak on May 12 at the Dubuque Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Tourism Breakfast, at Diamond Jo Casino Ballroom.

Earlier this month, Kim released her book, The Yellow Envelope, about her experiences of traveling the world and giving back along the way. After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. There are only three rules for the envelope: 1. Don’t overthink it, 2. Share your experiences, and 3. don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way, she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving—of ourselves—is transformational.

Book proceeds go to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, as part of the ongoing You Inspire Me series organized by Jeff Lenhart. Admission for the presentation and book signing at Hotel Julien Dubuque is free, and the Tourism Breakfast is $10.

Sponsoring Kim’s trip to Dubuque is the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Hotel Julien Dubuque, 365ink Magazine, and the Dubuque Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

For more information or to purchase an advance copy of The Yellow Envelope, contact Jeff Lenhart at lenhartjeff@gmail.com, call 562-880-1042 or find him on Facebook.

Rodney Carrington
Saturday, May 13 @ 7 and 9:30 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Carrington has recorded eight major record label comedy albums with the newest album, Laughter’s Good, debuting at #1 on the Overall Comedy Charts. Carrington’s comedy act combines stand-up with original music.

Headliner with John Cafferty of the Beaver Brown Band,
Randall Hall formerly of Lynyrd Skynard & Stephanie V
Saturday, May 13, 8 PM
Q Casino Showroom
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is the name of an American roots rock’n’roll band from Rhode Island which began its career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s. As of 2012, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band remains a top concert attraction touring nationally on an annual basis and they have placed new songs into the soundtracks of several major motion pictures including “Jersey Girl” and the smash hit “There’s Something About Mary.”

Randall Hall
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s leader, Ronnie Van Zant, became one of Running Easy’s biggest supporters when the band opened a show for Skynyrd in 1972. The next few years found the two bands touring together but despite their high-profile friends, Running Easy never made it big. Hall would go on to play with Melanie and write songs for the Skynyrd side project the Allen Collins Band. In 1987 he was asked by guitarist Allen Collins to take his place in Lynyrd Skynyrd after Collins’ paralyzing car accident. Hall remained a member of the band until 1994 and appeared on the albums Southern by the Grace of God, Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991, and The Last Rebel.

Stephanie V
Stephanie Varone Singer, songwriter, and performer, combines her earthy old school Kansas City roots with a love of country, pop, classic rock, and soulful blues.

Morgan Wallen
Friday, May 19, 8 PM
Q Casino Showroom

He’s a passionate singer with a unique sound who grew up in Appalachia, and you’ll be hearing Morgan Wallen before 2016 is over. Wallen started woodshedding as a songwriter, working with the likes of Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying”), Rodney Clawson (“Dirt”), Chris Tompkins (“Drunk On A Plane”), the Warren Brothers (“Highway Don’t Care”), Tommy Cecil (“Home Alone Tonight”) and Matt Dragstrem (“Sippin’ On Fire”). Meanwhile, Big Loud proved that it was big-league – while Wallen worked on his own music, the label’s first-ever single, Chris Lane’s “Fix,” went into the Top 15 and continued climbing, an unheard-of start for a brand-new label.

April Wine
Saturday, May 20, 8 PM
Q Casino Showroom
April Wine is a Canadian rock band formed in 1969. Originally based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the band enjoyed international success in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing more than 20 albums since 1971. You Could Have Been a Lady, originally recorded in England by Hot Chocolate, was a phenomenal hit for April Wine. This song provided the band with a #1 hit in Canada and allowed them to crack Billboard’s Top 30 in the USA leading to chart toppers like “Just Between You and Me” and more!

Drew Baldridge & Smithfield
Sunday, May 21, 7 PM
Q Casino Showroom
Music is best when it’s authentic, when it comes straight from an artist’s heart and bursts from the speakers. It makes a connection with the listener that forms an immediate bond. Drew Baldridge creates music with that kind of impact. The happy-go-lucky guy looking to get his groove on in his debut single “Dance With Ya” is the same Drew that enjoys visiting with fans after a show, and it’s that kind of down home charm combined with a powerful voice and constantly-honed songwriting skills that make Baldridge one of country music’s most promising new talents.

Erica Watson: Fat B*itch!
Friday, May 26, 7 PM
Saturday, May 27, 7 PM
Five Flags Theater
ERICA WATSON is coming to claim her crown as Queen of the theater/stand up hybrid show with the Dubuque Debut of FAT B*TCH! After workshops in NYC, LA and Chicago, this new solo show written and performed by Watson will run May 26-27, 2017 at the Historic Five Flags Theater in Dubuque, Iowa. The “big, bold and beautiful” actor, comedian, director who was featured in Spike Lee’s “Chiraq”, Chris Rock directed film “The Five” and the pilot for the Fox Drama directed by Lee Daniels “Empire”– debuts in Dubuque for a two-night only run. “Fat Bitch!” is a funny, yet thought-provoking look at how society’s obsession with weight, race and class have formed the way the world views her shape, and includes her interactions with men, from the boardroom to the bedroom. Written and performed by Watson as a hybrid of theatre and stand-up, “Fat Bitch!” explores how black women and their bodies have always been subjected to admiration and ridicule, and shares images of “Mammy” and “Hottentot Venus.” The production runs about 80 minutes without intermission, and is for ages 18 and up (some limited profanity in show).

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Saturday, May 27, 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage bring a cast of world-class musicians and an award-winning voice seamlessly set the stage for a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind must-see performance that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music. With well over 100 bluegrass music awards on her massive mantle including 4 Grammy’s and 11 nominations, the proof is in the pudding so to speak. Written words can give you but a glimpse of the artist known as The Queen of Bluegrass, as deemed by the Wall Street Journal. Breaking a stereotypical image, Rhonda Vincent takes the stage in designer gowns, stiletto heels, in a take-charge manner, far from the type set that Hollywood has portrayed as the image of acoustic music. “We want our listeners to hear with their hearts,” says Rhonda. “Music is a business, but I hope we don’t let it show that much,” she continues, “The business part is a necessity; but most of all it’s the love of the music, that keeps us doing what we do!” Tickets are $30 and available at ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

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