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Iowa State Fair
Aug 17–20
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)
Enjoy attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Pentatonix, Alabama, Little Big Town, Nickelback, I Love the ‘90s, John Mellencamp Kid Rock, and For King & Country. IowaStateFair.org.

Fish on Friday
A revival of Memories of a Non-Jewish Childhood by David Resnick,
based on the novel by Robert Byrne
August 17–19, and 23–26 @ 7:30 PM
August 18, and 27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)
The Bell Tower Theater will proudly stage Fish on Friday by David Resnick, a re-envisioned revival of his own musical Memories of a Non-Jewish Childhood—the Musical which is based on the novel of the same name by iconic Dubuquer, Robert Byrne. This sparkling revival of the musical is also directed by David Resnick. This re-imagined version of Robert Byrne’s book on growing up Catholic in Dubuque in the 1940s was written specifically for the Bell Tower Theater. Performances will be every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. from Aug. 11 to 27. Aug. 11 and 12 are the Early Bird Special performances with tickets being only $10! All other performances are $20. For Girls Night Out on Thursdays, all audience members receive a free glass of wine before the show. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Grant County Fair
Grant County Fairgrounds (Lancaster, WI)
Aug. 17–20
The Grant County Fair features 4-H, FFA, and youth projects, carnival rides, a demolition derby, and other entertainment. Visit GrantCountyFairWI.org.

Ready, Set, Eclipse
Thursday, August 17, 5:30 PM
@ DBQ County Library – Epworth
Later this month we will be treated to an amazing partial solar eclipse. You shouldn’t look directly at the sun, so go to the Dubuque County Library to make a pinhole sun projector to watch the eclipse safely.

August Songwriter Showcase: Megan Roeth
Thursday, August 17, 7–9 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
This month’s Songwriters Showcase features Megan Roeth. Hosted by Lenny Wayne and L.A. Suess. Free. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursday, August 17, 5–9:30 PM
@ Plaza 20
For 35 years Gary’s Graffiti Nights has gathered hundreds of classic cars and is now at Plaza 20 in Dubuque and hosted by Mike Kahle.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursday, August 17, 4:30–9:30 PM
@ Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Classic cars (1985 and older) continue to gather on Sinsinawa Ave. on Thursday nights. Enjoy great food, cold beverages, and cars on display.

365ink Lunchtime Jam
Fridays through Summer
Friday, August 18, Noon–1 PM
@ Town Clock Plaza
Sponsored by Prudential Financial, the 365ink Lunchtime Jam is a series of lunch hour concerts featuring the area’s finest acoustic musicians and singer/songwriters.
August 18: Andy Wilberding;
August 25: Tony Walker

2017 Cascade Hometown Days
August 18–20
Cascade, IA
With a theme of “Celebrating 130 years; Thank you Cascade Fire Department!”, get ready for a weekend full of hometown good times. On Friday, Aug. 18 there will be a fire department open house from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by Hypnotist Tom Roth from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the Adam Keith Band from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Dubuque… and All That Jazz!
Featuring The Blue Olives
Friday, August 18, 3–9 PM
@ Town Clock Plaza
Dubuque Main Street and the Dubuque Jaycees invite you to celebrate the beloved free summer concert series, Dubuque… and All That Jazz! The event kicks off with a bean bag tournament at 3 p.m. with the Jaycees beer tents opening at 3:30 p.m. followed by an opening musical act at 4 p.m. with the headliner taking stage at 5 p.m. Food sales begin at 5 p.m.

Carl Johnson Exhibit
Show: August 18–October 22
Reception: Friday, August 18 @ 5–8 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (219 Summit St, Galena, IL)
Watercolorist Carl Johnson lived and worked as a full-time painter in Galena since 1970. Honor his life in art and see many of his new works, along with a few of his earlier paintings. He will be displaying paintings from seven decades. He holds a BFA in Design from the University of Illinois/Champaign and worked as a commercial artist in Chicago before moving to Galena. For more information, call 779-214-0261 or visit GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

38 Special
Friday, August 18, 7 PM
Back Waters Stage, Q Casino
After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance. Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” and more. General Admission Tickets $34. VIP Pit Tickets $49.  Open to all ages!

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.
August 18–19 @ 7:30 PM
August 19–20 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaption of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 18 and can be purchased at the Box Office Monday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m., by phone (563-588-1305), or online at TheGrandOperaHouse.com. n[end]

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 28
Saturday, August 19, 7 AM–Noon
@ Near Iowa & 12th St
Find produce, hanging baskets, freshly baked goods, wines, arts and crafts, and more. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org

Charity Kickball Tournament
Saturday, August 19, 10 AM
@ Veterans Memorial Park
This is a local kickball tournament, and all proceeds benefit a collaboration of non-profits who work in concert to aid domestic violence families in different steps of their journey, including Friends of the Family, The Circles Initiative, and Dubuque/Jackson Co Habitat for Humanity. Limited to 30 teams of 10–14 people. Facebook.com/RuhlKickball.

Fishtival Art Festival
Saturday, August 19, 10 AM
@ Riverfront Park (Bellevue, IA)
Join the Bellevue Arts Council Saturday, Aug. 19 to celebrate the creative arts in a beautiful setting along the Mississippi River. The annual Fishtival Arts Festival includes local and regional artists exhibiting and selling their work, arts activities for children and families, food vendors, and a visit from a mermaid (depending on high water). Highway 52, locally called Riverview, will be closed to traffic throughout the day in the area of the Fishtival. New this year are free, hands-on arts workshops in watercolor painting, pastel painting, and ceramic pottery. Supplies will be furnished. The indoor art exhibit will feature work for sale by members of the Bellevue Arts Council. Booths will be set up along the Riverfront Park. Currently, more than a dozen vendors working in various mediums will be on hand. There will also be food vendors as well as meals available in nearby restaurants. As the art show ends at 4 p.m., a waterski performance by Ski Bellevue will start at 4:30 p.m., viewable from the riverbank. A street dance featuring local band Whiskey Revival will begin at 7 p.m. There is space available for more artists. Contact Dave Eischeid at 563-542-7020 for details. For ongoing information visit Facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil.

2017 Cascade Hometown Days
August 19–20
Cascade, IA
With a theme of “Celebrating 130 years; Thank you Cascade Fire Department!”, get ready for a weekend full of hometown good times. Saturday’s highlights include the parade at 11 a.m., a vendor fair from noon to 5 p.m., and a kids’ corner all day from noon to 8 p.m. with games, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals. The Main Street Car show starts at noon, and 1 p.m. brings waterball fights, a scavenger hunt and a bean bag tournament. Live music is provided 1-4 p.m. at Music on Main St by the Drew Manternach Band. The Cascade Amphitheater is a center of entertainment as well with The Dean of Juggling at 2 p.m., The Frey’s at 3 p.m., Cade Wessels at 4 p.m., Nutsy Turtle and Lori at 5 p.m. and headliner Aaron Einhouse from Austin, TX from 8 to 11 p.m.. And it’s all free! The weekend wraps up Sunday with a Cornerstone Church Breakfast at 9 a.m. and service in Riverview Park at 10 a.m. Additionally, the Hometown Days Poker Bike Ride has sign-up starting at 9 a.m. at Riverview Park. Finally, 11 a.m. brings the Hawkeye Vintage Club Tractor Pull at the Legion Park.

Elkader Art in the Park Fine Art Festival
August 19–20
Founders’ Park (Elkader, IA)
Main Street Elkader is proud to announce the third annual Art in the Park Fine Art Festival on August 19 & 20. This free outdoor festival will take place in Founders’ Park and will feature over 50 artist exhibiting for sale diverse art such as metal sculpture, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, leather-working, pottery and much more! Art in the Park Fine Art Festival offers free art activities to kids of all ages in the “Creation Station” art tent. The festival also features a variety of live music. Delicious food from across Northeast Iowa is offered, from award-winning BBQ to Asian dishes, and much more. Free parking. Handicap-accessible. To learn more, go to ArtInTheParkElkader.com.

Fall Dining Series: Muse’s Menu
Saturday, August 19, 6:30–8 PM
@ Dubuque Museum of Art
Feast on a multi-course menu, featuring pairings of art and cuisine crafted by Angela and Carolyn from Life’s a Feast, inspired by the museum’s collections. The Fall Dining Series continues on Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. Space limited. RSVP. $60. abarron@dbqart.com. 563-557-1851.

Wayne “The Train” Hancock
Saturday, August 19, 10 PM
@ The Lift (180 Main St) Cover: $10
Wayne has been called “The King of Juke Joint swing,” a “Roots Renaissance Man,” a “Country Singer’s Country Singer” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin.” But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is “Wayne Hancock is the real deal.” Joe Ely said it, Hank Williams III said it, Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it, as have countless music fans and writers when referring to Hancock’s authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls “juke joint swing!” Hancock says his vision is “to bring people together and make them feel good about music. It’s a spiritual thing and without spirituality, you’ve got nothin’. There ain’t much on the radio that strikes me as being original or from the heart, most of it’s from the pocketbook and it shows.”

2nd Annual Bellevue Farm to Table
Sunday, August 20, 4:30 PM
@ 100 Block of Market St (Bellevue, IA)
This locally grown and created meal creates awareness around local products and producers. The family-style meal will be provided from local sustainable farmers and prepared by Bellevue’s own culinary art professionals. Local wine Iowa Grape Vines, Farmer’s Market Vendors and local Bellevue artists will display and sell their products. Purchase tickets from The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce office or The Bookworm by Aug. 15. $35 adv/$40 door. tlroling@yahoo.com. 563-542-1243.

Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21. 9 AM–2:30 PM
@ Mississippi River Museum
Take in the incredible sights of a solar eclipse. This FREE event in the Museum & Aquarium plaza includes educational activities for adults and children. Free viewing glasses will be available for the first 300 guests. Free. RiverMuseum.com.

Decorate Cupcakes
Monday, August 21, 6 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Decorate cupcakes with Candle Ready Cakes of Dubuque in honor of the library’s soon-to-be-available circulating baking pan collection. Cupcakes and supplies are furnished, and each person will take home two cupcakes. Adults 18+. Space limited. Register in advance. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

365ink Lunchtime Jam
Fridays through Summer
Friday, August 25, Noon–1 PM
@ Town Clock Plaza
Sponsored by Prudential Financial, the 365ink Lunchtime Jam is a series of lunch hour concerts featuring the area’s finest acoustic musicians and singer/songwriters.
August 25: Tony Walker

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 28
Saturday August 26, 7 AM–Noon
@ Near Iowa & 12th St
Find produce, hanging baskets, freshly baked goods, wines, arts and crafts, and more. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org

Hooley Hustle 5k/10k Run/Walk
Saturday, August 26, 7:30 AM
@ A.Y. McDonald Park
Organizers for the Dubuque Jaycees are expanding the Hooley Hustle race in its 4th year. The new race site will be at A.Y. McDonald Park, located on the corner of Hawthorne St. and the north end of Kerper Blvd., and participants will run along the scenic Dubuque Jaycees Trail. The 10K will continue to the wetlands. The race will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, with registration at 7:30 a.m., Kid’s Fun Run ½ mile run starting at 8:15 a.m., and the 5K and 10K races beginning at 8:30 a.m. The new route highlights the Jaycees’ work in the community, and the Jaycees Trail is a big source of pride for the group. The race has traditionally held a Kids Fun Run and 5K race. The event will expand to include a 10K race this year. After the race, the party will continue at the Yardarm where $1 from specified items purchased will go back to the Jaycees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for community projects including the Jaycees’ 33rd Annual Dubuque Jaycees Fireworks and Air Show Spectacular, Jaycees Community Garden, and the new Jaycees Center located at 890 Iowa St. The Hooley Hustle is held in partnership with the Irish Hooley also taking place that day. The Kid’s Fun Run is $5 for children under age 12. The 5K and 10K registration is $20. Registration for the event is available at hooleyhustle5K.itsyourrace.com. T-shirts are also available for purchase in advance. Please call 563-583-5555 or email hooleyhustle@gmail.com for more information.

Gridiron Grilling with Chef Jason
Saturday August 26, 10–11:30 AM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Local area Chef Jason Neuhaus will be sharing his recipes and grilling expertise by preparing tailgating favorites on a portable grill: hamburgers, chicken wings, brats and black bean burgers. Attendees will get to sample his recipes. Adults 18+. Rain or shine. Register in advance. 563-589-4225, or visit the Library’s website, www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.

The Irish Hooley Music Festival
Saturday, August 26, Noon
Alliant Amphiteater, Port of Dubuque
The Dubuque Irish Hooley hosts its 13th Annual Dubuque Irish Hooley Music Festival with world-class Irish music, Irish Dance, cultural events, food and gift vendors, and beverages from Ireland and America, on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant Amphitheater, in the Port of Dubuque. Cost to enter is $12 on the day of the event, with advance discount tickets now on sale for $10 at Shamrock Imports, Premier Bank and Family Beer and Liquor. Featured music by Ballyheigue and The Lads, both of Dubuque. Then Connla, new to the U.S. and very talented, make their debut in our country with this event. The Led Farmers return to Dubuque as the headliner this year after taking the stage at last year’s Hooley.
8:15 AM 4th Annual Hooley Hustle 5K, 10K and Kid’s Run at A.Y. McDonald Park.
12:30 PM Opening Ceremony with Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Dubuque County Divisions
12:45 PM Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums
1:15 PM Veterans Salute by Brigadier General, Bob Felderman, US Army, Retired
1:30 PM McNulty School of Irish Dance
2:30 PM Ballyheigue
4:00 PM The Lads
6:00 PM Connla
8:30 PM Led Farmers

8th Annual Potosi Brewfest
Saturday, August 26, 1–4:30 PM (Noon for VIPs)
@ Holiday Gardens (Potosi, WI)
Admission includes an opportunity to sample the work of 35 craft brewers, home brewers, wineries, and Wisconsin cheeses, plus live music, a tour of the National Brewery Museum and a commemorative tasting glass. PotosiBrewery.com.

2nd Annual Dubuque International Overdose Awareness Day
Saturday, August 26, 3–9:30 PM
@ Washington Park
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global tribute that raises awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, and acknowledges the grief felt by those left behind. Bring a photo or memento to add to the memorial board display. Wear purple to show your support. Face painting/temp tattoos, Narcan training, CPR training, yoga, free HIV and HEP C testing, ambulance tours, live music, informational presentations, soak-a-volunteer, raffle prizes, resource tables and poster making. A candle light vigil will be held at 7 PM with a memorial board display, testimonials, luminary bag lighting and music. Free.

National Toy Truck’n Construction Show
August 26–27
National Farm Toy Museum (Dyersville, IA)
Toy Trucker & Construction Magazine hosts this 27th annual toy truck and construction toy show. An auction will be held on Saturday. 1-800-533-8293. ToyTrucker.com.

The Grand Extravaganza!
Saturday, August 26 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 27 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Grand Opera House ends the 2016/2017 Season with a variety program featuring a multitude of the area’s most talented performers presenting show stopping numbers from Broadway classics and special sneak peek performances of musical numbers from the 2017/2018 season are sure to heighten anticipation for what’s to come! This annual must-see musical celebration is a fundraiser for the ongoing restoration and technical improvements for the historic theater. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 18 and can be purchased at the Box Office Monday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m., by phone (563-588-1305), or online at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Laughing Moon Comedy: Gabriel Rutledge
Wednesday, August 30 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
A past winner of both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, Gabriel has made television appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Nickelodeon’s Nickmom Night Out, Laughs on FOX, and the nationally syndicated Comedy.TV and Comics Unleashed. He is also a frequent guest on the Bob and Tom radio show. Gabriel has released three albums that can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio, 24/7 Comedy Radio, and wherever you want if you buy one. He is also author of the book Happiness Isn’t Funny.

“Napkin Notes” Author Garth Callaghan Returns
Thursday, August 31, 6:30 PM
@ Hotel Julien Dubuque Ballroom (200 Main St)
The “You Inspire Me Series” welcomes back the celebrated author of Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow, Garth Callaghan, to Dubuque on Thursday, Aug. 31 with a FREE public presentation at Hotel Julien Dubuque Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. He will visit schools earlier in the day. He wrote 826 napkin notes to inspire his daughter as he fought cancer. Not long after, his book has been featured on been optioned to be a Major Motion Picture by Reese Witherspoon’s production Company through New Line Cinema. The series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Hotel Julien Dubuque, Paramount Ambulance and 365ink Magazine. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Dream Center in Dubuque.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursday, August 31, 5–9:30 PM
@ Plaza 20
For 35 years Gary’s Graffiti Nights has gathered hundreds of classic cars and is now at Plaza 20 in Dubuque and hosted by Mike Kahle.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursday, August 31, 4:30–9:30 PM
@ Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Classic cars (1985 and older) continue to gather on Sinsinawa Ave. on Thursday nights. Enjoy great food, cold beverages, and cars on display.

Sir No Face Live Tour
Friday, September 1, 8 PM
Five Flags Theater
Ghost Hunter & Filmmaker Chad Calek is bringing his Paramerican Tour to Dubuque, Iowa Friday, September 1, 8 PM in the intimate Five Flags Theater. Chad Calek has spent over 25 years investigating the world’s most haunted locations and has been featured in several documentaries and television shows like American Ghost Hunter and Paranormal State.Calek aims to “deliver what all other paranormal documentaries have failed to produce – authentic paranormal evidences that proves the existence of ghosts.” His Paramerican Tour will feature Q&A sessions and the premiere of the film, Sir Noface, the “documented true story” of Craig Powell and the team of Australian investigators who tried to debunk his claims of paranormal activity at Cockatoo Island, a former convict prison before reopening as a state park. There are three ticket experience levels to choose from for the age 16+ ONLY show. For tickets visit www.fiveflagscenter.com or ticketmaster.com.

2017 Team of Dreams
Sunday, September 3
Hotel Julien / Field of Dreams
More fantastic Major League Baseball greats are joining an already stellar lineup to decorate the famed Field of Dreams Movie Site on Sunday, Sept 3. New this year are visiting legends Tim “Rock” Raines, Frank Thomas (HOF ‘14), Fergie Jenkins (HOF ‘91), Steve Carlton (HOF ‘94), Rod Carew (HOF ‘91), Jack Morris, Hope Solo, two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player), Wade Boggs (HOF ‘05), Andre Dawson (HOF ‘10), Reggie Jackson (HOF ‘93), Ozzie Smith (HOF ‘02), Mark Grace, and Vince Coleman. Just added, in addition to the real Major League stars are now the Hollywood Major League stars. Yes, “Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn, AKA Charlie Sheen, is coming to the Field of Dreams as are his co-stars Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger from the cult classic 1989 comedy Major League. Tickets for entry to and parking at the events are available for purchase now at TeamOfDreamsIowa.com. Only general admission tickets will be available for purchase on-site. From 1 to 6 p.m., the younger set can enjoy a bounce house while others play in the corn or work on their game of catch. Beginning at 3 p.m., visitors can be a part of the Home Plate Q&A with three MLB Hall of Famers. On-site only, fans can participate in a silent auction showcasing incredibly unique sports memorabilia. Also at 3 p.m., autograph and collectibles lovers will enjoy the MAB Celebrity Services show under the tents where fans can get up close and personal with their favorite players while scoring some rare items personalized for the fans on-site. Players will be available for autographs and photos on a rotating schedule available on the MAB site. Tickets for MAB’s show are available at mab-celebrity.com/team-of-dreams-2017. Purchasing tickets online ahead of time is highly recommended as doing so will save time waiting in line on that day. At 4:30 p.m. participants will be treated to the first of two movies that evening on a large LED screen on center field. The first movie will be A League of Their Own as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of that film’s release. And, at 7 p.m. the star players come out! Watch as the all-star line-up is introduced as the players appear from the corn and play some ball. Along with the historic Field of Dreams Ghost Players, the celebrity game will feature 15 Fantasy Players who have already purchased their spot to play on the Field with the celebrities. To cap off the star-studded day with a surreal memory, participants will enjoy watching the Field of Dreams on the exact ball field featured in the famous movie!

Treat Yourself!
3 Hour Watercolor Adult Workshop
Saturday, September 9, Noon–3 PM
@ Creative Adventure Lab
Spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon learning a new skill or touching up what you already know about watercolor. This short class will walk adult participants through specific techniques for creating beautiful paintings. Once you understand the techniques, you will use them to create your own painting that you can take with you. This class is great for beginners looking for a fun activity, or for experienced painters who would like to expend their skills. Visit CreativeAdventureLab.org for more details, or to register for the workshop today.

Yesterday & Today: The Interactive
Beatles Experience
Saturday, September 9, 7 PM
@ Onward Fine Arts Center (1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA)
Rock to the music of the Beatles in an all new interactive concert experience where the audience creates the playlist for the night, EVERY NIGHT! There’s no denying that everyone has a Beatles song attached to an event in their life. Through laughter and personal stories, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, connects you and performers in a way like none other. With dead-on musical precision and stunning set designs, Ohnward Fine Arts Center will be immersed in the sights, sounds and memories of the 1960s. This show takes the incredible music of The Beatles and personalizes it with the stories and perspectives of audience members. The show becomes a therapeutic musical session with laughter and tears and personal stories that connect the audience, band and performers in a way that no other show can. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Student tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit OhnwardFineArtscenter.com or call the box office at 563-652-9815.

Paint the Port Weekend
September 15–19
Freeport, IL
Freeport, IL becomes a destination weekend Sept. 15–17 with many wonderful things to do and fun for the whole family. For more details on all of the following events, visit PaintThePort.com.
September 15, 3–8 PM @ Chicago Ave.
Join the Freeport Art Museum to transform downtown streets into over 800 squares measuring 4×4 as a canvas for hundreds of amateur artists of all ages using washable, tempera paints. $15 for each square, which includes all supplies and a Paint-the-Port T-Shirt.
Tour De Freeport
September 16, 9 AM–Noon @ Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead, (250 E Stephenson St)
An artistic bike tour of Freeport for all ages, including a seven-mile bike ride with art installations along the route.
Pretzel City Brewfest
September 16, 1–5:30 PM @ Chicago Ave.
A craft beer tasting event hosted by Freeport Downtown Development Foundation, featuring the best of local and regional brews. A $25 General Admission ticket includes entry, 20 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. Limited $50 VIP passes available.
Paddle the Pecatonica
September 16 and 17, 10:30 AM @ Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead, (250 E Stephenson St)
Explore the beauty with the Friends of the Pecatonica River. There will be two 3 mile kayak tours. No experience needed.

Joe Nichols
Saturday, September 16 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Since 1996, Nichols has released eight studio albums. Man with a Memory produced his first #1 hit, “Brokenheartsville,” and earned him two Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as three Grammy Award nominations. Opening for Joe Nichols is Black Water Gin.

The Mirrored Image
Photography by Ahmed Alsuwayq, Noah Bullock, and Patryk Openchowski
Show: August 21–September 29
Reception: Saturday, September 16 @ 6–7:30 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
Photography depicts things that are real. Right? You can trust photos. Or, maybe not. What about mirror images. After all, the reflection is just a measured image in reverse of the main image. Or, maybe not. These three UD students have a love for photography and a talent for engaging viewers into the narratives of their often private imagery. This exhibit is part of Worldview 1 (UD’s First Year Experience) and the Wendt Scholars’ theme of “justice.” n[end]

Summer’s Last Blast
Chase Bryant and special guest Jake McVey
Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 PM
Back Waters Stage, Q Casino
Mark your calendar for Dubuque’s best three-day music festival. In its 18th year, Summer’s Last Blast raises funds for the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, Sertoma Club, FFA and Storybook Children’s Zoo. What’s better than amazing music with a cause! Summer’s Last Blast kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 with Chase Bryant and special guest Jake McVey. Bryant is a family name shared by his grandfather, Jimmy Bryant, who performed with Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. In early 2015, Bryant’s debut single, “Take It On Back,” became a top 10 single on the Country Airplay chart, which is published weekly by Billboard. Special guest Jake McVey, a good ‘ol Iowa farm boy, was nominated for “Best New Country Artist” by New Music Weekly magazine in 2016, as well as a “Top Touring Act” nod from Billboard magazine. Tickets are $20 for Thursday’s show. To get tickets or learn more about entertainment at Q Casino, visit qcasinoandhotel.com.

Summer’s Last Blast
Sushi Roll, Menace, Swing Crew, MissBehavin’
Friday, Aug. 25, 5 PM
Back Waters Stage, Q Casino
On Friday, Aug. 25, get your groove on at 5 p.m. with Sushi Roll, which is one-part rock, one-part light-hearted pop and one-part over-the-top theatrics. They can easily transition between versions of top pop and rock hits by artists like Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, AC/DC, P!nk, Madonna and the Jackson 5. Menace takes the stage next, followed by The Swing Crew. The Swing Crew brings interaction and acoustics to its show that features a wide variety of music, audience participation, jokes, stunts, cornball humor and toasts. The Swing Crew performs classic rock, country, pop, swing, “island beat” and about any other genre. Local cover band MissBehavin’ rounds out the evening. To get tickets or learn more about entertainment at Q Casino, visit qcasinoandhotel.com.

Summer’s Last Blast
Electric Shock—The AC/DC Show, Johnny Trash, Zero 2 Sixty
Saturday, Aug. 26, 5 PM
Back Waters Stage, Q Casino
Come back Saturday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. for another lineup of free entertainment. Check out Electric Shock—The AC/DC Show from the Quad Cities proven to give a high-energy performance. Playing all their classic hits, the experience will give you the look, sound and feel like an actual AC/DC concert. Local hard rock group Johnny Trash takes the stage next and then Half Fast. Half Fast covers the hits by Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Seether, Nickelback, Saving Abel, Guns N’ Roses, Drowning Pool, Green Day and many more.  Known for their high energy shows, Zero 2 Sixty finishes the festival. The band plays favorites from 80s and 90s classic rock, modern country and top 40 hits. The native Dubuque band has captivated audiences throughout the Tri-State area with their current line-up for the past six years. To get tickets or learn more about entertainment at Q Casino, visit qcasinoandhotel.com.

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