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May 2024

Friday, May 17

Family Movie Night at The Grand: Wonka
Friday, May 17 @ 6:30 PM
The Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House hosts its first Family Movie Night at The Grand with a screening of the 2023 film Wonka. Based on a story by Paul King, Wonka tells the origin story of Willy Wonka, a character in the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, depicting his early days as a chocolatier. The film stars Timothée Chalamet as the title character, with an ensemble cast including Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Grant. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Free. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Machine Killer Tour featuring Sevendust, Static-X, and DOPE
Friday, May 17 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena
Metal legends Sevendust and Static-X bring their Machine Killer Tour to the Five Flags Arena. The Machine Killer Tour is a reunion that is over two decades in the making and goes all the way back to 1999. Sevendust, Static-X, and DOPE were each exploding onto the scene and partnered up to create one of the most memorable tours of that year. Now the metal holy trinity will continue touring together. Co-headlined by Static-X and Sevendust, the tour is named after the Gold certified sophomore album Machine by Static-X and their recently acclaimed Rise Of The Machine tour, along with the chart-topping 14th studio album from Sevendust, Truth Killer. Sevendust never follow a linear path. Instead, they continue to bulldoze a lane of their own with a proven one-two punch of rumbling grooves, unpredictable riffing, and stirringly soulful vocals unlike anything else in hard rock. As a result, their music connects straight to the heart as evidenced by their full-contact live shows and diehard “family” of fans. It’s why they’ve been around since 1994, tallied global sales of seven million, logged three gold-selling albums, delivered three Top 15 debuts on the Billboard 200, and garnered a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” The Atlanta quintet—Lajon Witherspoon, Clint Lowery, John Connolly, Vince Hornsby, and Morgan Rose—defy expectations yet again on their latest album, Truth Killer. Static-X rose to fame with their 1999 platinum selling debut album Wisconsin Death Trip and went on to release five more albums over the course of the next decade. The band has sold more than 3-million albums in the US alone and has had multiple chart-topping radio singles. On Nov. 1, 2014, founding member Wayne Static unexpectedly passed away. The reformed lineup of original members Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, Ken Jay and backed by frontman Xer0 hit the road in 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album and delivered acclaimed performances by fans and critics alike. The revitalized Static-X continue to make headlines with their sold-out touring and new music while keeping their signature Evil Disco sound alive. $35–$65. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Clark Cup Final: Dubuque Fighting Saints VS Fargo Force
Game 3: Friday, May 17 @ 7:05 PM
Game 4: Saturday, May 18 @ 7:05 PM (If Necessary)
ImOn Arena

The Dubuque Fighting Saints clinched their fourth Tier-I Conference Title with a 4-0 win against Muskegon and advanced to the Clark Cup Finals with a 3-0 series win. The junior hockey team has won the Clark Cup five times and is the five-time defending Cowbell Cup Champions. Cheer them on at the ImOn Arena as the head into the Clark Cup Final. The Saints head to Fargo, the first seed in the Western Conference, for their first two bouts before the Force heads to Our House on Friday, May 17 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, game 4 will also take place in Dubuque on Saturday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m. 1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Unicorn
Friday, May 17 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Unicorn plays a huge variety of modern bangers, classic hits, and deep tracks. Pop, dance, rock, funk, crossover country, and more. At a Unicorn show, expect the unexpected. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

Seussical Auditions
May 17 and 18
Bell Tower Theater

This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life! Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show features and cast and crew of kids ages 7 to 16 from the area. Show dates are July 18–27. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Platteville City Wide Garage Sale
May 17 and 18
City of Platteville, WI

Take advantage and find some bargains during the Platteville City Wide Garage Sale. The Platteville Journal will be organizing the map and listings. platteville.com.

Saturday, May 18

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: May 18 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: May 18 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

2nd Annual Mark Dalsing Memorial Run
Saturday, May 18 @ 8–11 AM
Heritage Pond

Join the Dalsing family for the 2nd annual memorial run in honor of their husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, inspiration. Former Police Chief Mark Dalsing joined in local 5ks aimed at bettering the lives of those who call Dubuque home. In his memory, the Dalsing family has created the Live Like Mark Campaign, and this run is one of the ways they try to keep that goal alive. Enjoy food truck, raffles, and good memories to make and look back on. Partnered with St. Mark Youth Enrichment. $35. LiveLikeMark.org.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 18 @ 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. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Canter to Clarity: A Journaling Event
Saturday, May 18 @ 8:30–10 AM
Tacktics Galena (Galena, IL)

It’s no secret the power of being present around horses. The scientific healing, calming, and grounding that happens to humans when amongst them is outstanding. Learn why journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth, and discover techniques to make it a regular practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with the horses and the natural world through grounding and breathing exercises. All materials are provided, including a journal and pen, so all you need to do is register on the website and arrive with an open mind and a willingness to explore your inner world. Presented by Whistleslick Press. Ages 16+. $30. 9997 W Deininger Ln, Galena, IL. 815-281-3145. tacktics-galena.com.

The Law & Your Community
Saturday, May 18 @ 10 AM–1 PM
Multicultural Family Center

Join Dubuque Police Officers Wilkens Dieujuste, Billy Dieujuste, and Brianna Mazette, along with other members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, for this hands-on interactive training program. The program includes information about citizenship, law literacy, and law enforcement engagement with a focus on teaching youth about proper and safe ways to interact with police, their rights during traffic stops or police contact, and how to handle police misconduct during and after the time misconduct takes place. A parent or guardian is recommended to attend. Lunch included. Ages 12–18. RSVP required. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. mfcdbq.org.

Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to Wisconsin
Saturday, May 18 @ 12:30–1:30 PM
EB Lyons Interpretive Center

George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist of the International Crane Foundation and author of My Life with Cranes, will share the amazing story of how Whooping Cranes were reintroduced to Wisconsin. Captive-raised birds learned the route to Florida by following three ultralight airplanes, outfitted with crane puppets to look like their parents. George will bring one of these crane puppets to demonstrate how they are used to prevent the chicks from imprinting on humans. His presentation will include how ICF breeds Whooping Cranes in captivity, releases them to the wild, and monitors their movements using radio transmitters attached to a leg band that communicates with satellites. Hosted by Dubuque Audubon Society. Free. 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. AudubonDubuque.org.

Centrally Rooted Student Recital
Saturday, May 18 @ 4–7 PM
Dubuque Arboretum

Centrally Rooted will present a spring “Student’s Choice” recital presented in two parts with a short break in between and will feature over 80 students ranging in age from 6 to 50. The Other Side’s food truck (OS On the Go) will be parked onsite with many reasonably priced, family-friendly food items available for purchase including pizza, burgers, hotdogs, s’mores, and ice cream. Also available for purchase will be cake pops from Candle Ready Cakes and carnations from Dubuque Flower Company, with proceeds going to support the fundraiser for Centrally Rooted this year in Dubuque Dances With the Stars. Bring lawn chairs and coolers. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. centrallyrooted.com.

Heartache Tonight
Saturday, May 18 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience, with meticulous attention to every detail. Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge rock powerhouse that produced hits over our decades. There are no pre-recorded backing tracks in the Heartache Tonight show; all vocal harmonies and guitar parts are faithful to the originals and performed live. Just hit song after hit song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, performed by tremendously talented musicians with perfection and passion. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane,” the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “Heart Or The Matter.” Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real thing. $35 ADV/$38 door. 1215 E. Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Clark Cup Final: Dubuque Fighting Saints VS Fargo Force
Game 4: Saturday, May 18 @ 7:05 PM (If Necessary)
ImOn Arena

The Dubuque Fighting Saints clinched their fourth Tier-I Conference Title with a 4-0 win against Muskegon and advanced to the Clark Cup Finals with a 3-0 series win. The junior hockey team has won the Clark Cup five times and is the five-time defending Cowbell Cup Champions. Cheer them on at the ImOn Arena as the head into the Clark Cup Final. The Saints head to Fargo, the first seed in the Western Conference, for their first two bouts before the Force heads to Our House on Friday, May 17 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, game 4 will also take place in Dubuque on Saturday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m. 1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

The Spazmatics
Saturday, May 18 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

All the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980s decade we’d love to forget. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

An Evening with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Saturday, May 18 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
The Heritage Center welcomes country music hall of famer, five-time Grammy Award winner, and AMA Lifetime Achievement honoree Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives to Dubuque. Over the course of 40-plus years as a country and bluegrass solo artist, Marty Stuart has released more than 20 major label albums and scored platinum sales, hit singles, and just about every honor the industry could bestow along the way. Known for his traditional style and eclectic combination of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music, Marty Stuart is considered one of the genre’s most historically minded “new” traditionalists. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Seussical Auditions
May 18
Bell Tower Theater

This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life! Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show features and cast and crew of kids ages 7 to 16 from the area. Show dates are July 18–27. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Platteville City Wide Garage Sale
May 18
City of Platteville, WI

Take advantage and find some bargains during the Platteville City Wide Garage Sale. The Platteville Journal will be organizing the map and listings. platteville.com.

Sunday, May 19

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: May 19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Veterans Memorial Plaza

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee, donuts, and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 1795 Admiral Sheehy Dr. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Children’s Spring Party
Sunday, May 19 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens McKay Plaza

An annual tradition of a fun, engaging, and informative family-oriented event for the Dubuque community. Children can mingle with some of their favorite costumed characters, explore nature, plant a kids tree, and enjoy the storywalk ribbon cutting, emergency vehicles, games, prizes, and more. Food, drink, and ice cream available for purchase. Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank Wealth Management. All ages. $2. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Tortellini and Agnolotti Cooking Class
Sunday, May 19 @ 11 AM–1:30 PM
Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)

Goldmoor Inn is excited to reintroduce cooking classes in their premier show kitchen. You and your friends will learn how to make pasta dough and how to shape tortellini and agnolotti. Participants will be able to take pasta dough home to make pasta with family and friends and also take home pasta made in class to enjoy with friends and family. Includes 1 glass of wine/champagne, 1 charcuterie board (per 3 people), main course of morel agnolotti, and a mini strawberry trifle dessert. $90. 9001 W Sand Hill Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-3925. goldmoor.com.

Galena LitFest: A Picnic with Louisa May Alcott
Sunday, May 19 @ 11 AM
Grant Park Pavilion (Galena, IL)

In celebration of the 10th annual Galena LitFest, the Galena Public Library, is thrilled to announce the return of Debra Miller, who will portray Louisa May Alcott. Poet and author, abolitionist and nurse, patriot and suffragist; Louisa May Alcott was so much more than the author of Little Women. In this 45 minute performance, the audience meets with this prolific American author at the height of her health and success. Learn of the hopes, the heartbreaks, and the experiences of Louisa May Alcott’s life from which she drew inspiration for her novels, short stories, and poems. Through excerpts from her letters and journals and published works, Louisa May Alcott speaks to you in her own words; of her childhood, her experiences as a Civil War nurse, her struggles to support her family, and the equal rights of all. Debra Miller is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent with over 30 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television, and film. Galena LitFest is organized and funded by the Galena Public Library with support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library. Tickets include a box lunch provided by Galena Bakehouse. RSVP by May 8. 625 Park Ave, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

American Girl Days
Sunday, May 19 @ 1–3 PM
Centrally Rooted

Centrally Rooted, a Dubuque-based nonprofit organization that focuses on brain health through creative expression, will host Jacqueline Hunter, founder of Oh Happy Play, in a special “Learn and Play” event based on the American Girl book series and doll brand. American Girl books aim to educate, empower, promote understanding, spark important conversations, and create change. Discover the worlds of Josephina, Kirstin, Molly, Addy, and Felicity through storytelling, engaging activities, and creative writing. Participants will learn about important people, places, and events in American history. Inspired by the American Girl stories, participants will be creating their own storybook for their doll. AG Days aren’t just about history and writing; they are about making friends and creating unforgettable memories. Ages 8–12. RSVP required. Free. 2230 Central Ave. centrallyrooted.com/upcoming-events.

Dubuque Interfaith Green Coalition
Sunday, May 19 @ 3 PM
St. John’s Lutheran Church

The May meeting of the Dubuque Interfaith Green Coalition, the Dubuque Chapter of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, will discuss the expansion of food scrap composting in Dubuque, available grants for youth led climate action and advocacy, and tentative plans for fall programs. Light refreshments will be served. Free. 1276 White St. Todmarjo@yousq.net.

Talent Nights: Jamie Aaron Kelley
Sunday, May 19 @ 7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The award-winning showman takes the stage with a dynamic range of music including blues, country, rock and roll, jazz, and even Elvis. Get ready to be blown away. Includes a free drink. $40. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

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