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The Season for Seniors’ Entertainment

The Season for Seniors’ Entertainment

Fall Season of the Arts… When the Adults Come Out To Play!

by Bryce Parks

If hot summer nights are made for young people playing outside with hip-hop DJ’s and beer, beer and more beer, then surely Fall and Winter nights are made for adults with a little more sophistication. And by that we mean, you’re old enough to know when to stop going to the beach in skimpy bikinis and at the same time wise enough to know there’s more to going out at night than loud music and jello shots.

With cooler weather comes the season of the arts which means not only does entertainment move indoors, but a lot more diverse options for staged entertainment take the spotlight. Local colleges and universities kick-off their annual seasons of theatre, dance, music and lectures while local theater continues or even ramps up their own offerings for musicals, comedy and dramatic stages performances as well a fantastic touring shows, from Broadway shows to nationally famous musical and dance acts.

While these performances are, of course, open to everyone, there is undoubtedly one target audience that appreciates and eats up these opportunities and that is, naturally, mature adults. We’re not saying old people Because old people worry about weather and leaving the house and a host of other things that can be lethal if the status-quo is broken. We’re talking about active older adults. People who’s love and appreciation of the arts has grown right along with their years even if their hearts and minds feel as young as ever.

One thing we learned quickly at 365ink is never judge a person by their age. We found that our readers share one key element. They’re all active and young at heart. They get out of the house and ENGAGE in they community. They go to events and festivals and lots and lots of live music, theater and educational opportunities. And while we thought maybe that key demographic was people “our age”, man were we wrong. We’re pretty certain that more people over the age of 50 read 365ink than people under 50. While there are pages of rock and roll in this publication, there’s even more pages of art openings, live theater and chances to learn things and meet interesting people. And our readers over a certain age and by far the most engaged in those opportunities.

If you fit into that niche or smart mature adults with a few bucks to spend and some free time to fill with quality entertainment, this article is for you. We pulled together some of the areas best fine arts opportunities coming up through the end of the year and made a handy little list for you. Just like the Winter festivals poster from our most recent issue, consider this the issue you’ll save for a while and circle all the shows you agree are “DO-NOT-MISS” night’s out. Add in some dinner and one of the area’s great restaurants and you’ve got a season full of great dates ahead of you, whether its with your spouse or a night out with the ladies (or the guys). So break out the cool weather dress-up clothes (or go see Ben Graham for some new ones) and get ready to have Fall to remember. One at least that doesn’t include any hip injuries!

NOTE: Each of these great venues has additional show into the Spring too, but we can’t fit them all in here. You have all of the websites and contacts listed below. Don’t forget to get online and see what additional shows await you after the new year!

The Grand Opera House
135 W 8th St, Dubuque, IA, United States
Box Office Hours: Mon – Fri, Noon – 4 PM


Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
September 25-27, October 2-3
Doubt won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005. A Catholic grade school could seem like a hermetically sealed world in 1964. That’s the case with St. Nicholas in the Bronx, ruled by the pathologically severe principal Sister Aloysius, who keeps the students and nuns under her thumb and is engaged in an undeclared war with the new parish priest. Tickets are $18

Swing Out! Hunter Fuerste and The Big Band Show
Saturday, October 10, 2 PM & 7:30 PM
“Swing Out! The Big Band Show” is an authentic recreation of the big band era, the music of 1935 to 1945. The show features recreations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. In addition to a fourteen piece big band, the two hour program features singers, dancers, and a special tight harmony vocal group, The Penthouse Serenaders. This year is an all new tribute to Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians. Tickets are $20.

The Music Men of Dubuque present their 66th Annual Show, Anytime!
Saturday, October 17, 7:30 PM
The Music Men are proud to celebrate their 66th annual show at The Grand Opera House the site of its most successful Annual Shows and largest audiences.  This year’s show, ANYTIME, showcases the Music Men who are excited to share an upbeat and new repertoire. Songs include Ride the Chariot, Anytime, Nevertheless/I Don’t Know Why Medley, America, and a few surprises. Tickets are $15 (See the feature story on page XX).

Country Music Star John Anderson with special guest Glory N Grace.
Friday, November 6, 8 PM
John Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers to ever step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the histry of the genre.  In a Country Music Hall of Fame-worthy career that has produced 23 albums, more than 60 singles (20 reaching the Top 10), and wealth of industry awards including CMA Horizon Award and a long list of hits including “Seminole Wind” “Straight Tequila Night” “Money in the Bank” “Wild and Blue” “When It Comes To You” and the CMA Horizon Award winning number one single “Swingin”. Tickets are $29 – $50. VIP reserved seats include a pre-show wine and cheese tasting.

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas
Monday, December 7, 7:30 PM

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 12-13, 18-20
The annual presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet featuring the Dubuque City Youth Ballet returns to the Grand December 12-13 and 18-20. Beautiful costumes & sets, stunning choreography and the familiar music of Tchaikovsky will delight the entire family. Tickets are $20

University of Dubuque Heritage Center
2255 Bennett Street, Dubuque, IA
Farmer Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 10AM – 5PM


The Dubuque Chorale presents Songfest 2015
Saturday, September 26, 7:30 PM
The Dubuque Chorale will be sharing the stage at the UD Heritage Center on Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm for an evening featuring many of the choral groups in the area,  In addition to the Chorale and Cadenza, performances will be given by the Julien Chamber Choir, Music Men of Dubuque, the collegiate choirs from Clarke University, Emmaus Bible College Loras College, University of Dubuque, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Tickets are $10.

Recycled Percussion
Thursday, October 1 @ 7:30 PM
John and Alice Butler Hall
Justin Spencer and his group, who beat their sticks on buckets, power tools, and ladders, started in a high school talent show and have now become a world-wide hit! Tickets for Recycled Percussion are $25–$30 for adults. (See page XX for more details)

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Fantasies
October 10, 7:30 PM October 11, 2 PM
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra opens its 57th season with an exciting new fanfare written specifically for this concert by Dubuque composer Amy Dunker. Russian piano virtuoso Natasha Paremski joins the orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s romantic and powerful Piano Concerto No. 2 while Berlioz’s fantasy-filled symphony is a thrilling blockbuster. From the ”March to the Scaffold” to the ”Witch’s Sabbath,” this music is truly one of the great classics. Tickets are $17 – $78.

Brass Transit: The Legacy of Chicago
Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate homecoming at UD with Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute! The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. With world-class horns, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high, Brass Transit transports audiences back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. Member credits include platinum records, Emmy awards, and performances with Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts. Includes a Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $31 – $36.

Memphis the Musical
November 13-14, 7:30 PM, Nov. 15, 2 PM
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s, Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll by a live band. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Tickets are $15

Letters Home
Performed by Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
‌Letters Home puts recent Afghanistan & Iraq wars front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience during wartime. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play, the performance is followed by a Q&A period. A free 30-minute special lecture precedes this performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Babka Theatre. Military active duty, retired, and reserve components eligible for free admission with military ID. Tickets are $19 – $24.

The Celtic Tenors
Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
‌The only tenor group with a truly global audience and presented in cooperation with Irish Hooley, the Celtic Tenors give you a night to remember. Whether playing a cathedral or major concert venues in New York, Amsterdam, or Dubuque, the tenors genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the haunting “Danny Boy” and exhilarating classics like “Nessun Dorma”. Tickets are $31 – $36.

Christmas at Heritage Center
Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Now in its third year, this UD tradition promises once again to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ though a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, live narration, and more. Tickets are $5 – $10.

SNL’s Ana Gasteyer & Her Jazz Quintet
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
‌Best known from her six years on Saturday Night Live and her Broadway roles in Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show, Ana Gasteyer is on tour! This concert celebrates the release of her first studio record, I’m Hip – a collection of jazz standards with Ana’s own twist. Ana delivers superstar vocals, humor, and a performance sure to dazzle audiences, complete with her own 5-piece band. Tickets are $25 – $32.

Five Flags Theater
405 Main St. Dubuque, IA
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 10AM – 5PM
Tickets at
or call 1-800-745-3000


A View From the Bridge
October 9-10, 7:30 PM, October 11, 2 PM
Bijou Room
What happens when a man either faces or refuses to face himself and the existence on which his life turns? Beneath the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1950s lives longshoreman Eddie Carbone, his wife Beatrice, and niece Catherine. Life is predictable for Eddie until two of Beatrice’s illegal immigrant cousins move in. Eddie’s envy and delusion play out with devastating consequences. Once again, Miller explores classic tragic themes in this play—yet another of his American masterpieces. Tickets are $22.

An Evening of Magic, Mirth and Mystery
Oct 30, 2015 (Fri) 8:00 PM
Bijou Room
Performing since age 12, Magician Craig Steven is an award winning comedy performer who mixes mentalism, close-up magic, and audience participation into an evening of magic, mirth, and mystery. More than just tricks, Stevens interweaves magic with stories and anecdotes that both enlighten and entertain. Looking for an alternative to the same Friday night movie – this is it! This performance, geared to an adult crowd, will be in the intimate surroundings of the Bijou Room. Come be amazed! Tickets are $23

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Classics 2: Magical Mozart
Saturday, Nov 14, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2 PM
Mozart’s sparkling overture begins this concert, followed by the beautiful, mesmerizing strains of Philip Glass’ music for strings from his Third Symphony. DSO Principal Trumpeter Wes Skidgel is the featured soloist for Haydn’s lovely trumpet concerto. The program then concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 masterpiece, which is graceful yet emotionally compelling. Tickets are $15 – $78.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 6, 2 PM
Ring in the holiday season with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra! The orchestra will be joined by vocal soloist Diane Penning, the Dubuque Chorale, and members of the Heartland Ballet Company. Historic Five Flags Theater will once again be decorated with plenty of green garland, white lights, and red ribbon. With a combination of familiar holiday favorites as well as exciting new music, come join us and be a part of this cherished. Tickets are $9 – $75

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 PM
In Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement. The performance is in the arena and tickets have yet to go on sale.

Bell Tower Theatre
2728 Asbury Road
Box Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 11AM – 6 PM, Sat, Noon – 5PM


Li’l Miss Fancy Pants World Premiere
October 9 – 25
Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road
The Bell Tower Theater, your hometown theater, is pleased to announce the world premiere of the new comedy, Li’l Miss Fancy Pants by Landon Heimbach and Elizabeth McClain. Florida’s premier child beauty pageant is turned upside down when all the finalists get pink eye and are unable to compete. But, the show must go on and legendary pageant coach Flossy Fontaine has the solution: the parents will all go on in their places. October 9 and 10 are the Early Bird Special performances, tickets are just $10. Tickets for all other performances are $20. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For information and to purchase tickets call 563-588-3377 or visit us online at

Christmas on Broadway
December 4 to 20
A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis. Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks of costumes, props and set pieces, they live out their dream-starring on Broadway! At least until the snow subsides…Filled with holiday classics from Broadway composers,this wonderful new show is a potpourri of Christmas magic! Tickets are $20.

Sex Please, We’re Sixty
February 12 to 28
A Comedy by Michael Parker & Susan Parker. When four women and two men of a certain age accidentally swap “helpful” pills, more than just questions arise as they all suddenly find their lives moving in new and surprising directions. This saucy senior scandal is sure to make audiences of any age laugh out loud. Tickets for this show are only available to season subscribers at this time. Tickets on sale Oct. 1.

Self-Help by Dummiez
April 8 to 24
A Comedy by T. Gregory Argall & Todd McGinnis. When a self-absorbed psychologist is late for work, the unusual collection of patients in his waiting room are left to fend for themselves…with hilariously unexpected results. Tickets on sale Oct. 1.

The Ohnward Fine Arts Center
1215 E. Platt St., Maquoketa, IA
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM – 1PM


The Four Preps
Saturday October 10, 2015 at 7:00PM
The clean-cut West Coast-based Four Preps are best remembered for a string of Top 100 hits during the late ’50s and early ’60s. Featuring the original singer Bruce Belland with Bob Duncan former leader of The Diamonds and Mike Redman and Skip Taylor formerly of The Crew Cuts. Four dynamic vocalist harmonizing on America’s favorite pop hits including, Sh Boom ” Unchained Melody ” The Lion Sleeps Tonight ” Little Darlin ” Silhouettes ” Earth Angel ” Runaround Sue ” Why Do Fools Fall In Love and many, many more. “Their energy and enthusiasm guarantee a great time, every time” Dick Clark. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Maggie Mae Holiday Show
Saturday November 28, 2015 at 7:00PM
Maggie Mae, a home-grown talented country singer/Nashville recording artist from Oxford, Wisconsin has been entertaining crowds with her country music and yodeling. She is becoming one of the biggest Midwestern names in pure country music. This time around she brings her great Christmas show to Ohnward. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

The Neverly Brothers
Thursday December 31, 2015 at 7:00PM
A Rock ’n Roll Evolution – From Elvis to the Beatles! Fasten your seat belts for a New Year’s Eve guided musical tour through rock n’ roll history! Dressed in period-perfect matching suits from each era, and playing show-stopping renditions of all the classics, these rockers have a look and a sound that will make you feel like you are witnessing rock history unfold before your very eyes and ears. And the amazing facts and trivia that you’ll hear between songs will give new insight as to how rock n’ roll started and evolved during this exciting era. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

U.W. Platteville Center For the Arts
755 W Main St., Platteville, WI
or 877.727.1CFA


Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart
Thursday, October 22, 7 PM
Brodbeck Concert Hall
If Trey Parker and Matt Stone played the violin and piano, if Penn and Teller performed music instead of magic, and if Seth MacFarlane had a twin, they would be the brilliantly outrageous Igudesman & Joo. Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo are the inventive comic duo whose hilarious mix of music, pop culture and pure zaniness has won them fans of all ages and cultures worldwide. As evidence, their YouTube sketches have attracted close to 40 million viewers. Highly trained musicians, their inspired silliness can start with Rachmaninoff or Liszt and find its way through martial arts, movie classics, rock, hip hop, folk, heavy metal and disco, step dancing and Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. Tickets are $28 ($2 discounts for age 62 and over).

Women of Will: The Overview
Friday, November 20, 7 PM
Brodbeck Concert Hall
A combination of riveting scenes and trenchant analysis, Women of Will explores themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence, and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Using performance and discussion, Tina Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters, and examines Shakespeare’s own journey and growth as a writer. Tickets are $32 ($2 discounts for age 62 and over). A pre-performance dinner in the Nohr Gallery AT 5 PM is $20.

Clarke University
1550 Clarke Dr.


A Night in Ireland
Jansen Music Hall, 1550 Clarke Dr. (Atrium)
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 PM
Featuring Clarke ensembles, the McNulty School of Irish Dancers and Irish cuisine. From humble beginnings in Naperville Ill., the McNulty School of Irish Dance has grown into one of the largest, most active dance schools in the Midwest. Tickets are $10.

Veterans Day Concert
Wednesday, November 3, 7:30 PM
Jansen Music Hall, 1550 Clarke Dr. (Atrium)
Honoring our local veterans, the band, choir and instrumental ensembles lead an inspiring evening of music. Free Admission.

For a Blessed Christmas
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 6, 2 PM
Sacred Heart Chapel, 1150 Clarke Dr. (Next to Atrium)
Staged in the beauty of Clarke’s Sacred Heart Chapel, this holiday tradition is a moving portrayal of the Christmas story through narration and musical performances. Tickets are $10.

Loras College
1450 Alta Vista St, Dubuque, IA


Dessert Pops Concert (NOT VERIFIED)
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Marie Graber Ballroom, Alumni Campus Center
Loras Choirs present their annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this concert make it possible for our students to continue to provide Loras College and the greater Dubuque Community with high quality concerts and assist the students in touring. Come for an entertaining evening featuring our students performing selections from Musical Theatre and the Great American Songbook while you enjoy dessert. Reservations and payment required by October 13. This event is well attended, so advance reservations are REQUIRED. No refunds will be issued for this fundraising event. Reservations will be held under your name at the door. Questions may be directed to Dr. Glenn Pohland 563-588-7153.

Mysteries of Christmas
Wonder Foretold, Glory Fulfilled
Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Nativity Church, 1225 Alta Vista Street
Join the Loras community as we come together to celebrate the Christmas season on Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. Mysteries of Christmas will be held at Nativity Church and will feature vocal and instrumental pieces integrated with prayers and spiritual messages to celebrate the Advent season. The admission offering is $8 per person or $20 for a four-pack at the door.

Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
301 Bell St. Dubuque, IA
Box Office open 1 hour prior to all shows or visit the Diamond Club Counter.


The Temptations
September 25 & 26 @ 8 PM
R&B and soul music group The Temptations are known for their distinct harmony, flashy wardrobe and choreography. their hits include “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and more. Current lineup includes Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. Tickets are $25 – $60.

Young at Heart Dance
Thursday, October 1, 7 PM
Dance the Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and West Coast Swing as we play timeless music from the 50’s and 60’s. Sing along to hits by Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and more! Come early for FREE dance lessons starting at 6 PM. No cover charge.

The Hit Men
Saturday, November 21 @ 4 P & 7 PM (2 SHOWS!)
The Hit Men are an amazing look back through rock and roll history, featuring former members of these mega-star acts. The Hit Men will regale you with lots of great stories about what it was like on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton. Relive the glory days of rock and roll and leave saying, “Oh, what a night!” Tickets are $15 – $45

Sawyer Brown Christmas Show
Saturday, December 5 @ 4 PM & 7 PM (2 SHOWS!)
Sawyer Brown has released 20 studio albums, including two holiday albums. The band has had three #1 singles and was named Vocal Band of the Year by TNN Music City News Country Awards multiple years in a row. Enjoy a mixture of Christmas songs along with some of Sawyer Brown’s best-known hits. Tickets are $20 – $40.

Mystique Casino
1855 Greyhound Park Road, Dubuque, IA
Tickets at
or call 563-582-3647


Dave Karl: Tribute to Kenny Rogers
Saturday, September 26, 7 & 9 PM
Dave Karl has been playing various genres of music from a young age. In 2008 Dave Karl started performing a tribute show to Kenny Rogers called A Touch of Kenny & Friends. Karl’s ability to impersonate Kenny comes easily because his natural voice is so close to Kenny Rogers’s voice. It is uncanny! In March 2010, Karl was cast by MovieWorks to play the part of Kenny Rogers in a movie called Queens of Country. Tickets are $20 or $30 for dinner in Bon Appetit and the show.

Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago
Saturday, October 10, 7 PM & 9 PM
Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. and abroad as the premier tribute to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates a fiery musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock act to ever come down the pike. Transit Authority’s mission is to recreate that excitement of the original Chicago Transit Authority’s sound each and every performance. Tickets are $20 or $30 for dinner in Bon Appetit and the show.


Concert for Refugee Children
Tuesday, September 29 @ 6 PM
Voices Gallery (10th & Jackson St)
Join this family friendly event to raise funds, awareness and solutions for issues faced by child immigrants from Central America now living in the Tri-State Area. All proceeds go toward for Dubuque for Refugee Children, which helps with the medical, educational, and legal expenses of these brave children. Suggested donation $10. This event won a 2015 365ink Impact Award!

“Fall Into Art” Gallery Tour
Friday, October 2, 5-10 PM
Saturday, October 3, Noon-4 PM
The free gallery tour through Downtown Dubuque’s Cultural Corridor will feature two days of art exhibitions in 2014, thanks to presenting sponsor Premier Bank. A combination of gallery owners, curators, educators, students, and working artists will welcome you into their spaces to share their collections of paintings, pottery, photography, mixed media art, installation art, design graphics, and more. There is a free shuttle service between the dozen or more participating venues on Friday. Visit See the feature story on page XX.

2015 Arts and Culture Month
Celebration Reception
Friday, October 16, 5-7 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Rotunda
Guest speaker will be Lenore Vardi, concert violinist and artist, will not only talk about her extensive experiences as a performer and artist, but also perform for us. A sampling of her artwork will also be on display. Mardi has performed and recorded with such outstanding artists as Placido Domingo, Michaela Petrie, Itzhak Perlman, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Tony Bennet. In her approach to teaching, Ms. Vardi makes every effort to uncover, nurture, and develop a string player’s unique musical, technical, and artistic abilities. As a teacher, Ms. Vardi focuses on a holistic approach that deals not only with repertoire and technique, but with the physical, mental, and psychological aspects of study and performance, creating a highly beneficial experience for the student.

Dubuque Food and Wine Festival
Friday, November 6, Mississippi Moon Bar
Saturday, November 7, Stone Cliff Winery
Sunday, Nov. 8, 10 AM, Van’s Liquor Store
A two-day celebration of wine featuring two distinctly different takes on wine-loving. On Friday, the festival is a swanky high-end hors dousers and wine affair with stellar music and a posh atmosphere at the Diamond Jo Casino’s Mississippi Moon Bar. Then on Saturday, from 1 – 4 PM, the party lightens up considerably for a fun afternoon a great wine and party music to accompany a delectable third annual soup cook-off between four of Dubuque finest chefs. Visit Van’s Liquor Store on Sunday for Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, tasty treats and incredible wine deals from the weekends samplings! Visit

30th Annual Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend
Nov. 20 – 21
Galena, IL
Celebrate the new vintage with wine-inspired lunches, dinners and tastings in Galena, Illinois November 20-21! The official release of the wine is at Noon Friday, the at 2:30 pm, Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery delivers their Nouveau wine via horse-drawn wagon delivery to downtown businesses and are joined by a parade of revelers. Galena comes alive with a multitude of offerings: vineyard tours, wine dinners, wine tasting, lodging, shopping and spa specials throughout the beautiful, relaxing corner of northwestern Illinois. Visit