Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 21, 7–10 AM
@ Grand River Center
Keynote speaker Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. presents “An Antidote for America’s Agitation.” RSVP by Jan. 14. $25 Adults; $10 for 12 and under.
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Auditions: Monday, January 21 @ 4:15–6:15 pM
Performances: Saturday, January 26 @ 10 AM and 2 pm
U.D. Heritage Center
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs is an original musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale performed by Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and a cast of over 50 local children. The performances are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 26. Students (K–12) are invited to audition on Jan. 21, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Arrive between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some cast members will be asked to stay and rehearse immediately following the audition. Rehearsals last through the week from 4:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. daily. Those cast will be subject to a $25 participation fee (includes one free show ticket). Children of UD alumni are subject to a reduced $15 participation fee. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for alumni and military, $9 for children and students, and $4 for a lap seat for children 3 and under (available with purchase of an adult ticket).
Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown
Monday, January 21, 7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Center (405 Main St)
The debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 54 years ago. The argument at the time, and one that still persists, was that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So who’s better? These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage musical showdown at the Five Flags Theater on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the county’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They face off against renowned Stones tribute band Satisfaction—The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The Dubuque Senior High School String Quartet will lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion. The quartet includes DSHS senior Holli Farnum, juniors Olivia Young and Corinne Scheidecker and sophomore Cecelia Brown. Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles including the Dubuque Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Honor Orchestra Festival at the University of Iowa and the Iowa All-State Orchestra. During the two-hour show, the bands perform three sets each, trading places in quick set changes and ending the night with an all-out encore involving both bands. The band members have their outfits custom-made, since avid fans know exactly what the Beatles and Stones wore onstage during different time periods in their careers. There’s a lot of good-natured jabbing between the bands as well. “Music fans never had a chance to see the Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform on the same marquee,” said Chris Legrand, who plays Mick Jagger. “Now, music aficionados can watch this debate play out on stage.” Tickets are $35–$65 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, or by phone at 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.
Live Play Reading: The Lion in Winter
Tuesday, January 22, 7 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
The Lion in Winter by James Goldman tells the story of King Henry II of England and his family as they deal with conflict and ambitions fighting to inherit the kingdom. $8 suggested donation. 217 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.
Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesday, January 23, 4:30–8 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $2 of every admission will be donated to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. $5 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.
JDIFF Winter Film Series
Thursday, January 24, 6–9 PM
@ Hotel Julien Dubuque
This is the first installment of the new series that will feature a cause-related film and Q&A opportunity. This month features clips from work-in-progress film Needles in the Hay: A Nation’s Road to Recovery, a documentary about America’s opioid crisis. The film’s director Brett Meyer, a recovering addict himself, will be in attendance along with Misty Barrett, one of the subjects of the film. $10. JulienFilmFest.com.
Dubuque High School Juried Art Show Show:
Now through January 31
Reception: Thursday, January 24 @ 6–7:15 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Bisignano art gallery (2255 Bennett St) This unique show highlights works by Dubuque high school students. The show runs from Jan. 7 through Jan. 31, and a reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. The art is juried by the students’ art teachers at Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School, Wahlert High School, the Alternative Learning Center. Stop out and see these students shine!
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 PM
Hear local stories and ideas, told in the traditional PechaKucha 20×20 fast-paced format. PechaKucha Nights Dubuque are social events that connect people through a unique array of creative and unexpected personal stories. $5 suggested donation. 62 E 7th St. Pechakucha.org.
Thursday, January 24, 7 PM
@ Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
Modern-day outlaw Gary Allan brings his signature blend of smoldering vocals with rebellious lyrics to the Five Flags Center on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Allan’s latest album, Set You Free, topped the Billboard 200 Pop Chart, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Album Chart (for the fourth time in a row), and produced his fifth No. 1 country radio chart topper, “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain.” The California native has released nine studio albums with three back-to-back certified platinum albums and five gold. Allan has five No. 1 hits at country radio, 14 Top 10 hits to his credit and over 1.8 billion total streams. He’s described as “dark and dreamy” in Entertainment Weekly, “soulful and rough around the edges” in Playboy and deemed a “maverick” by Rolling Stone. He sells out venues as a headliner from NY to LA and has made numerous late night television appearances. Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, or charge by phone at 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.
New DuMA Exhibits Living Proof
Show: Now through March 15
African American Art Show: January 19–April 21
Madai Taylor show: January 19–April 28
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25 @ 5–8 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art (701 Locust St)
Celebrate the new exhibits at the Dubuque Museum of Art: Living Proof Exhibit: A Visualization of Hope, African American Art in the 20th Century, and Madai Taylor: An Elegy to America in Black and White. A reception and member preview will be held on Jan. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Museum members are free, and guests are $10. African American Art of the 20th Century is organized by and drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. According to the SAAM, the Black artists explore “the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond.” Elizabeth Catlett prints on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art complement the exhibit. Catlett, the first African American woman to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree. An Elegy to America in Black and White is a poignant and provocative exhibition of non-subjective works of art with accompanying poetic writings. Madai Taylor is from Fort Dodge, IA. Living Proof features more than 25 Tri-State artists, showcasing the courage and creative spirit of those who have experienced cancer and revealing the range of feelings experienced during the journey. For more information, call DuMA at 563-557-1851 or visit DBQart.com.
Hats Off to Live Music Crawl
Friday, January 25, 5:30 PM
@ Various Downtown Dubuque Bars
Dubuque Main Street’s second annual Hats Off to Live Music Crawl features eight venues with live music on Friday, Jan. 25, thanks to presenting sponsor Matthews Distributing. The music crawl will start 5:30 p.m. Exclusive Access passes are $15 and limited to the first 240 registrants. The pass provides you with trolley transportation between venues, no cover charges, hors d’oeuvres, beverage samplings by Matthews Distributing, and access to Uber credits. Guests without passes are able to enter the venues but will have to pay for the cover charge. To purchase your pass or for more information, contact Dubuque Main Street at 563-588-4400 or visit DowntownDubuque.org.
The Blu Room: David Zollo
Mississippi Moon Bar: Jabber Box
Dimensional Brewing Company: Andy Wilberding
The Lift: Flash in a Pan
Riverboat Lounge: Tete De Mort
Skinny MaGinny’s: JJ Schmitz Duo
Smokestack: Charles Walker BanD
The Southend Tap: Autumn Reverie & Elizabeth Mary
Mentor Dubuque Trivia Night
Friday, January 25, 6:30 PM
@ Joliet Event Center
Teams of 2–10 people will compete against each other in answering trivia questions in a variety of topics. Registration at 6:30 p.m. and trivia at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Mentor Dubuque. RSVP. $15/person. 781 Locust St. 563-845-0768 x1380. facebook.com/ MentorDubuque.