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June 2023

First Fridays
Friday, June 2
Noon–7 PM @ Widdershins Gallery (2204 Central Ave)
4:30–7:30 PM @ Outside the Lines art Gallery (1101 Main St)
5:30–7:30 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
6–8 PM @ Planted. (245 W 1st St)
6–7 PM @ River Lights Bookstore (1098 Main St)
6–9 PM @ Smokestack (62 E 7th St)
Widdershins Gallery at Bear Dancer Studios hosts artworks by local, regional, and national artists including Mark Dierker, John Potter, Debra Sullivan, Sara Mess, and Dan Alderman. Enjoy the comfy vintage furniture while listening to classic rock tunes. Refreshments will be available. Outside the Lines features Dubuque artists Lyndal Anthony and Joan Overhouse of Midwest Wood Art. Lyndal is a wood-turner, and his partner, Joan, embellishes some of his pieces with pyrography and paint. Joan also turns her own pens and seam rippers. Lyndal will have samples and videos of him wood-turning, and Joan will be demonstrating pyrography (wood-burning) throughout the evening and again the following morning. Light refreshments will be offered. The Art @ your library opening and artist reception at Carnegie-Stout Public Library features artists Brad Fautsch and Tom Kedzie. Mixed media artist Fautsch features his series of works rising from the pandemic period.  He shares his artworks of visual vocabulary inspired by the natural and artificial world and the darkness of “the monolith.” Photographer Kedzie calls himself a photo hobbyist. His photographs are unique as he randomly experiments with them doing a number of variations, adjustments and backtracking as he completes each photograph. Enjoy music by the faculty of Northeast Iowa School of Music, along with light refreshments. Join Planted. for a celebration of diversity and creativity at We’re Here, We’re Queer: a Showcase of LGBTQIA+ Artists (2023). This exhibition features a selection of work from local LGBTQIA+ artists, working in a range of mediums. This show is a testament to the creative spirit of queer artists and their unique perspectives on the world. The exhibition is curated by Tab Link, a Dubuque native and ceramic artist. River Lights Bookstore hosts First Fridays Lit Night where you can share, perform, listen, and celebrate poetry and spoken word. Smokestack and Dubuque Area Arts Collective present Art Beyond the Human Hand: The Fusion of AI and Artistry, an exciting new art exhibit that explores the intersection of artificial intelligence and human creativity. Each piece in the exhibit is the result of a creative partnership between an artist and an AI system, with the artist providing the initial vision and the AI technology contributing its own unique perspective and techniques. The following evening will see a panel discussion with local arts industry professionals, local studio artists, and arts professors from local universities. The panel will be fielding questions that are prepared by the DAAC along with questions prepared by the audience. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Relay for Life: Groovin’ For A Cure
Friday, June 2 @ 5–10 PM
McGraw Hill Parking Lot

Relay For Life is a volunteer-led experience that unites communities across the world to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and raise funds to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. This year’s theme is Groovin’ For a Cure: Dancing Through the Decades, and features music through the decades, food trucks, family-friendly games, themed laps, a luminaria lined walking path, and more. “We share a passion to save lives, celebrate lives, and work to end cancer as we know it – for everyone,” said Tammy Welbes, Relay For Life chair. “In 2023, more than 1.9 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States and more than 600,000 Americans will die from cancer. Being there for anyone impacted by cancer is year-round work, and we’re excited to kick-off the Relay season for 2023.” Relay for Life of Dubuque County raised more than $95,000 for the American Cancer Society’s mission in 2022, and they are hoping to exceed that goal in 2023. Free. 501 Bell St. 678-677-3988.

Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, June 2 @ 5–7 PM 
Galena Center for the Arts
 (Galena, IL)
The main gallery will house open submissions of artwork, while the Center, in coordination with Audible Visions, will offer a fully tactile exhibit, for the first time, in the Special Exhibit space. Exhibit-goers will be encouraged to experience the art as much with their hands as their eyes. Audio descriptions and other adaptive features will be added to make the exhibit enjoyable for all. Refreshments available.
 Exhibits will run through July 23.
 Free. 971 Gear St, 
Galena, IL.

Fly-By-Night Productions Presents The New Sincerity
June 2–3 and 9–10 @ 7:30 PM
June 4 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Bijou Room
Join Fly-By-Night for their 40th Season presenting The New Sincerity by Alena Smith. In the office of a hip literary journal, Asymptote, we meet the young, idealistic and cynical, work-a-day staff, while outside in the public park a political protest ensues. When one of the protesters intrudes on the office, emotional conundrums begin. Is it an opportunity to participate in the defining activist movement of their generation or the difference between sincere action and skillful self-promotion? Entertaining, funny, thought provoking, the play enjoins us to enter the world of young working adults trying to figure out what matters in life, against a backdrop of turbulent political times. This production features mature content and strong language. $20. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254.

Buckcherry, Autumn Reverie
June 2 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Q Showroom

With edgy hits like “Lit Up,” “Sorry,” “Crazy Bi#*h,” “Rescue Me,” and “Too Drunk,” the California rockers are apologetic about their swagger as they bring their high energy 2000s party rock to the banks of the Mississippi. Autumn Reverie opens. Presented by MidwestOne Bank. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 3 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 7 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens allow you to shop at all vendors if you don’t have cash. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400.

Galena Farmer’s Market
Saturdays through October: June 3 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Families sell seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, raw honey, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, nuts, spices, canned goods, unique decor, and much more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996.

Grandview Gallop
Saturday, June 3
1 Mile Youth: 7:30 AM
4 Mile: 8 AM
Murphy Park

The Grandview Gallop is a 4 mile and youth 1 mile event. Grandview Ave. is one of the flattest roads in Dubuque which sets you up to achieve your PR. Both races are chip timed and your entry includes the Pre & Post Race Expo, shirt, music, and AYCE refreshments. Awards to top 3 in each age group, including youth 1 mile. RSVP required. $30. 1700 S Grandview Ave. 563-599-5198.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: June 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374.

Peter Pan Auditions
Saturday, June 3 @ 9 AM–Noon & 1–4 PM
Sunday, June 4 @ 4–7 PM

Clarke University Terrance Donaghoe Hall
Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying, Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. This production is appropriate for the whole family. Yes, there will be flying! Performances are on Aug. 9–13. Ages currently in grades 2–12. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-588-4356.

Scattering Loving-Kindness: Here, There and Everywhere Labyrinth Retreat
Saturday, June 3 @ 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

We remain in an on-going time when the peoples of our world struggle with uncertainty in meeting basic needs of food, water, air and shelter. In the face of escalating cruelty, violence, bigotry, and the destruction of our natural world, we can feel inadequate to make a difference. With intention, we will plant seeds of compassion to nurture and grow in a posture of loving kindness as we walk the labyrinth using the Metta prayer as a focus and companion for the day. Sister Stella DeVenuta, OSF, will be leading this retreat. RSVP by May 29. $75. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411.

DRHS Birthday Bash
Saturday, June 3 @ 10 AM–3 PM
Dubuque Regional Humane Society

DRHS is celebrating 122 years and counting with a carnival-style party. Activities include carnival games and prizes, food trucks, birthday cake, bounce houses, a huge pet supply sale, and of course, animals galore. In place of an admission fee, DRHS kindly suggests guests bring along a “birthday present” in the form of a donation, whether that’s monetary or in the form of needed supplies. 4242 Chavenelle Rd. 563-582-6766.

Early Explorers: “V” is for Voyager
1st Saturday: June 3 @ 10–11 AM
1st Tuesday: June 6 @ 10–11 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Discover the ABCs through hands-on and active activities. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. RSVP suggested. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545.

Forest Ecology Hike
Saturday, June 3 @ 10–11 AM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Hike and learn all about forest ecology in our little slice of the Driftless at Sinsinawa Mound on Laurana Snyder, Sinsinawa Mound’s Horticulturist and Farm Coordinator, will be leading the hike. This is an outdoor activity, and you will be hiking on and off trail so be sure to bring sturdy hiking boots and weather appropriate clothing. RSVP by June 1. $10. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411.

Dubuque Pride Family Picnic + Block Party 2023
Saturday, June 3 @ Noon–3 PM
Multicultural Family Center
With over 550 in attendance last year, this year’s event is projected to be the largest ever, featuring a DJ, a PRIDE selfie wall, numerous vendor and resource booths, and kids’ activities including a bounce house and face painting. There will be a limited number of free lunches available, with vegan and gluten-free options, and the addition of food trucks with options for purchase. Presented at the start of Pride Month, the outdoor event features a tented stage and picnic seating, allowing participants to gather in support and celebration of the vibrancy that LGBTQ+ individuals bring to Dubuque. All ages. Proceeds fund future events, support groups, and initiatives through the MFC. Free. 1157 Central Ave.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day Rally
Saturday, June 3 @ Noon
Washington Park

Dubuque’s local observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be a rally with compelling speakers, great entertainment, and insightful ideas. Renowned local author and educator Katie Fischer will speak at the rally. Also featured will be her daughter who is also a mother and educator, Elizabeth Enzler. The McNulty School of Irish Dance will provide entertainment while local activist Art Roche will share his ideas on what each of us can do to counter the alarming trend of gun violence in our society. 700 Locust St.

Food Truck Fight
Saturday, June 3 @ Noon–8 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Each truck features a $5 sample item in addition to their full menu for that day to purchase. A fully-stocked beverage tent will be ready to cool you down between bites. The current truck lineup includes reigning champion Birds. Fried Chicken as well as Vesperman Farms, Famous Dave’s, Cocina Verde, Girl + Food by Cafe Fresh, Bub’s Grub, E.J. Pierogi, Happi Hibachi, Cedar Valley Fish Market, Just Cheddar, Koppes Kreations, and Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill. Live music provides a backdrop while you make your way from truck to truck. Join Rude Punch at noon, Logan Springer & The Wonderfully Wild at 2:30 p.m., and Ten Gallon Hat at 5 p.m. Kids can enjoy the fun with free activities such as balloon animals, face painting, and the Wags and Wiggles Doggy Zone. $10 GA, $25 VIP, free ages 12 and under. 91 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL.

Cascade Rockin’ on the River: Adam & the High Hands
June 3, July 1, August 5 @ 6–11 PM
Riverview Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)

Enjoy great music and delicious food. Don’t forget to bring your cooler and lawn chairs! 6/3: Adam & the High Hands w/ Stef N’ Daniel Band, 7/1: Big John Hammer & The Rusty Nails w/ Gypsy, 8/5: Lori Gravel & the Timber City Ramblers w/ Mark Zalaznik. $10. 101 Plum St SW, Cascade, IA. 563-542-4659.

Fly-By-Night Productions Presents The New Sincerity
June 3 and 9–10 @ 7:30 PM
June 4 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Bijou Room
Join Fly-By-Night for their 40th Season presenting The New Sincerity by Alena Smith. In the office of a hip literary journal, Asymptote, we meet the young, idealistic and cynical, work-a-day staff, while outside in the public park a political protest ensues. When one of the protesters intrudes on the office, emotional conundrums begin. Is it an opportunity to participate in the defining activist movement of their generation or the difference between sincere action and skillful self-promotion? Entertaining, funny, thought provoking, the play enjoins us to enter the world of young working adults trying to figure out what matters in life, against a backdrop of turbulent political times. This production features mature content and strong language. $20. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254.

The Pork Tornadoes, Vicebox
Saturday, June 3 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Dance and sing the night away with all of your favorite songs from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond. The Pork Tornadoes are without a doubt, the most well-known and loved party band of the Midwest and have sold out the Q Casino Showroom more times than any other band. They are known for putting a unique spin on all of your favorite songs, spanning 5 decades and 4 different genres. Led by singer Mason Greve, who was a finalist on a Not-To-Be-Mentioned National TV singing show in 2014, The Pork Tornadoes will blow you away with an electric mix of covers ranging from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, all the way to Lizzo, Morgan Wallen, NSYNC and Phil Collins. Opening act Vicebox will get you off your feet and dancing from the first note. Expect to hear songs from Prince, Ozzy Osborne, Queen, Phil Collins, Cyndi Lauper, Coolio, Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, The Killers, Blink 182, Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry and so much more. All ages. $20. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647.

Hazel Green Street Dance
Saturday, June 3 @ 8 PM–Midnight
Main St, Hazel Green, WI

Hazel Green’s Annual Veteran’s Memorial Park Fundraising Event will be a street dance with live and silent auctions, a raffle drawing for cash prizes with a top prize of $1,000, and live music by the Michael Mikrut Band. $5.

David Huckfelt & The Unarmed Forces w/Elizabeth Moen & Chris Porterfield
Saturday, June 3 @ 8 PM
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers (Maquoketa, IA)

David Huckfelt is a singer, lyricist, activist, and founding frontman of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorites The Pines. His new record, Room Enough, Time Enough is a love letter across race and genre to the American West and the Indigenous friends and activists he has collaborated with for years. He has shared stages with artists from Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Greg Brown to Trampled By Turtles, Calexico, and Bon Iver, and garnered praise from David Fricke (Rolling Stone) as one of the finest songwriters of his generation. Elizabeth Moen is a guitarist, singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Moen blends fierce, massive vocals and raw bluesy guitar with introspective lyrics and electronic textures. Supported Hozier, Allison Russell, Lake Street Dive, Houndmouth, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Dacus, Esme Patterson, William Elliott Whitmore, and more. We first saw Moen at Smokestack supporting River Glen and are excited to see her grace the Codfish Hollow stage once again. Wisconsin’s Field Report center around the narrative songs of Chris Porterfield (the band name is actually an anagram of Porterfield’s last name). Born in Minnesota, Porterfield moved to Eau Claire, WI, where he was a member of the folk-rock group DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Phil Cook, Brad Cook, and Joe Westerlund. In time, Porterfield assembled a band with a sparse, hushed, and intimate backdrop to Porterfield’s intricately detailed and very lyrical narrative songs, the best of which, like “Fergus Falls,” “I Am Not Waiting Anymore,” and “Route 18,” conjure up Nebraska-era Springsteen, Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan, or the long epic personal passion songs of Leonard Cohen, and sometimes all of these at once. $30 ADV/$35 door. 5013 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA.

Hooten Hallers, Dick Hubert
Saturday, June 3 @ 10 PM
The Lift

The Hooten Hallers are a “high-energy blues, soul, and rock and roll band known for their gritty Americana roots music.” They have a number of albums both self-released and on Big Muddy Records. The band’s self-titled studio album came out in 2017 on Big Muddy, and Vice’s Noisey called it “an exciting mix of blues, punk, and folk.” No Depression writes that the music “evokes images of Tom Waits tending to a trotline at Lake of the Ozarks.” Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune writes, “The band’s gleefully gritty sound never misses the mark, and their clear willingness to explore its every dimension ensures The Hooten Hallers’ continued sway over anyone within earshot.” Free. 180 Main St, Lower Level.

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