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May 2022

DSO Sound Bites Luncheon
Friday, May 20 @ 11:30 AM
Dubuque Golf & Country Club

Join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for their final Sound Bites luncheon of the season, the perfect complement to their “A New World Together” performances. A delicious buffet will be followed by insightful commentary from Maestro William Intriligator and guest artist, DSO Principal Flute Timothy Hagen. RSVP by May 18. $17. 1800 Randall Place. 563-557-1677. dubuquesymphony.org.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: May 20 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

DuMA’s In the Mind’s Eye (ITME) respite program is committed to improving the quality of life and bringing the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. ITME is modeled after the Arts & Minds program of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. ITME empowers people with dementia and their family members and caregivers. The program provides meaningful art centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences, reduce isolation and build community. Participants look at and talk about art, engage in an art activity, and share conversation in a safe and compassionate environment.  A typical session involves viewing one or more works in the exhibition followed by an art activity exploring a variety of mediums including clay, pastels, paper or paint. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical Auditions & Crew Sign Up
Friday, May 20 @ 3–7 PM
Saturday, May 21 @ 9AM–Noon and 1–3 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Kids ages 7 to 18 make up two casts of approximately 30–40 kids and a crew of 70–100. Due to the cancellation of the program in 2020 and 2021, kids 7–18 can audition for the cast and sign up for the crew. Auditioners will be asked to sing and read from The SpongeBob Musical. Songs and script cuttings are available on the Bell Tower Theater website. There is no fee to participate in this program. Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! Ages 7–18. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: May 20 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

DBQ-WI High School Rodeo
May 20–22
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Join The River Rodeo Committee for the regional rodeo. Roping, barrels, and more. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: May 21 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St

Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th St. going down to 11th St., the market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. You can purchase tokens at the Money Market Booth. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 21 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: May 21 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical Auditions & Crew Sign Up
Saturday, May 21 @ 9 AM–Noon and 1–3 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Kids ages 7 to 18 make up two casts of approximately 30–40 kids and a crew of 70–100. Due to the cancellation of the program in 2020 and 2021, kids 7–18 can audition for the cast and sign up for the crew. Auditioners will be asked to sing and read from The SpongeBob Musical. Songs and script cuttings are available on the Bell Tower Theater website. There is no fee to participate in this program. Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! Ages 7–18. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Benefit Jeep Ride
May 21 @ 10:30 AM
Off Shore Resort (Bellevue, IA)

Go Topless Day benefit Jeep ride for the Veterans Freedom Center. Registration at 9 a.m. Leaves Off Shore Resort at 10:30 a.m., to Bubba’s in La Motte, Bent Rim in Cascade, and Trackside in Peosta. Live music and BBQ. 100% of admission goes to charity. Leaves at 10:30 a.m. $10.

Bent Scepters Reunion
Saturday, May 21 @ 6 PM
Gary Dolphin’s Iron Bar Courtyard
For years, mainly in the ‘90s, the Bent Scepters made regular stops at The Silver Dollar Cantina (R.I.P). Well, they’re coming back this time to the beautifully cozy and unique confines of Gary Dolphin’s Iron Bar in the Millwork District. Weather permitting, they’re playing outdoors in that awesome courtyard in the middle of the Iron Works building. The free show is brought to you by Q Casino. For a couple of years, since just before the pandemic, the guys looked at reuniting to open for their friends and similarly awesome musicians, Southern Culture on the Skids. But the pandemic crapped on that plan for two straight years. But the skies have cleared and the opening date has come. They figured, well, if they were going to gear up for this show, why not play a couple more at places where people will want to see them again? That means an extensive three-date tour, to be exact. And Dubuque’s on the list, naturally. It was, after all, one of their favorite places to play. Guitarist Doug Roberson (The Diplomats of Solid Sound) offers, “It’s a combination of American ‘60s garage rock bands, British Invasion, and a touch of instrumental surf music aspect, as well as a touch of what was [at the time the Scepters were at the peak] a resurgence of garage rock music and a new wavy kind of thing. “It’s a melting pot.” As a fan, Bryce can add that it was high energy, fun, crowd-engaging, crisp, retro, twangy, and edgy rock and roll with that distinctive ‘60s mod organ sound behind it coming from Pat White, who’d get his head right down eye level to his Farfisa organ and make melodramatic faces. The word “vibe” comes to mind when he thinks of a live Scepters show. Donning either suits or nylon racing jackets, a jam-packed dance floor at the Silver Dollar Cantina was par for the course when the Scepters rolled into town with great covers and memorable originals including tunes from their much loved record Blind Date With Destiny. Even years later, the instrumentation of “Shakalo” will pop into his head for no reason once in a while while he’s driving down the road. Free. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DolphsIronBar.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Classics 4: A New World, Together
Saturday, May 21 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 22 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for their final performance of the season, Classics 4: A New World, Together, at the Five Flags Theater on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Featured works include Michi Wiancko’s ‘La Follia’ Variations, Tracey Rush’s Last Breath, Ellen Taafe Zwillich Flute Concerto with Timothy Hagen, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” DSO Principal Flute Timothy Hagen takes the spotlight in the edgy and dramatic Flute Concerto by trailblazing American composer Zwillich. Two additional women composers’ music on this program include local composer Tracey Rush and Michi Wiancko. The Rush piece is a very moving tribute, and the Wiancko, a dance-like re-imagining of a Baroque concerto grosso. $16–$85. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Rock N’ Roll Heaven
Saturday, May 21 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
Everett Dean’s Rock N’ Roll Heaven brings a highly entertaining tribute show to the stars of the past to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center. Step back in time to the 1950s and ‘60s. Rock N’ Roll Heaven is a full production concert and is made up of three featured entertainers and backed by a show band, The Lonesome Hearts. Everett Dean performs as Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, Sheri Winkelmann as Connie Francis, and Lori Gravel as Pasty Cline $22 ADV/$25 door adults; $13 ADV/$15 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Drink 182
Friday, May 21 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The ’90s were strange times in the world of music. Alternative bands roamed the Earth in flannels and vans, while hip-hop groups wore giant Adidas and tracksuits. Also, boy bands were a thing. It’s hard to remember who sang what. Toad the Wet Ezras? Hootie and the Gin Blossoms? Rage Against the Backstreet Boys? Come together with Drink 182 and enjoy some ‘90s music. Ages 21+. Free. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Ginger Billy
Saturday, May 21 @ 8 PM
Five Flags Arena

Comedian Ginger Billy brings his Backwoods Comedy Tour to Five Flags Center on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. along with special guest Brandon Rainwater. Ginger Billy has amassed a huge online following in a very short amount of time thanks to his humorous views about rural living. He boasts an online audience of more than 13 million fans across Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok. Shirtless and tattoed, Ginger Billy gives viewers a humorous look into life in rural Upstate South Carolina. The only thing he won’t talk about, he says, is politics. The goal is to give people a place to breathe for a while. Brandon Rainwater gives you his take on parenting, different generations, and other absurdities in life. Brandon brings a sweet Southern flavor to his comedy. $35–$60. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: May 21 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 East 7th St. 563-845-9729. akiefferdance@yahoo.com.

Star Gazing
Saturday, May 21 @ 8:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. All ages. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

DBQ-WI High School Rodeo
May 21–22
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Join The River Rodeo Committee for the regional rodeo. Roping, barrels, and more. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

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