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Barks, Brews & Bourbon Festival
Wednesday, November 22, 4:30–7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
Five Flags Center and Toys for Tots are pleased to announce the inaugural Barks, Brews and Bourbon Festival, Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Five Flags Arena. One of the busiest bar nights in Dubuque, this event is an opportunity for patrons to enjoy some time with their pet while sampling fine spirits and talking to breweries and distilleries.
The Barks Dog Park will have enclosed safe play areas for both big dogs and small dogs, live music, dog related vendors, and dog themed films. Nikki from The Pet Spa will be on hand to doggy nail trims and Bow Wow Bling for additional donations to Toys For Tots. And don’t miss Pet Portraits with Digital Dubuque’s Jennifer Tigges.
The bourbon and beer tasting event will feature local and national breweries and distilleries including Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Blaum Bros., Single Speed, 7 Hills, among others. Rumor has it that 365ink’s Bryce Parks will be smoking up a huge batch of his potentially famous BBQ Pork Sliders. Proceeds benefit the Dubuque area Toys for Tots. Live music will be provided by Lexi Parr and Mike Hackett. Barks Brews and Bourbon kicks off the seasonal Wags at the Flags, a weekly indoor dog park. This event will be limited to 500 attendees, so pick up your tickets before they sell out. Tickets are $25 for humans (dogs are free). No, you don’t have to bring a dog. You can just come enjoy the tasting!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Wednesday, November 22, 7 PM
@ Five Flags Theater
Celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and dancers on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by La La Land Set Concept Designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh.  Enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50-foot tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves. Tickets start at $29.

Dubuque Fighting Saints
November 22, 7:05 PM
@ Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)
Ready to have some fun? The Fun Starts Here at Our House as the Dubuque Fighting Saints continue another season at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
The Saints go head-to-head with Waterloo on Nov. 22. Buy your tickets today at DubuqueFightingSaints.com, call the box office at 563-583-6880, or stop by the offices at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 23, 9 AM
@ Wahlert Catholic High School
Online registration is now open for the 45th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot hosted by the Wahlert Catholic cross country and track and field teams. Participants may choose from a 2.5-mile or 5-mile course; both races begin at 9 a.m. Runners age six and older are welcome. The entry fee is $10 per participant and long-sleeved t-shirts are available for purchase for $20 through online registration. A certificate for a frozen turkey will be awarded to the first-place finisher in each age division for each race. Door prizes will also be awarded, and donuts and bagels will be available. Online registration ends Sunday, Nov. 19. HolyFamilyDbq.org/WCH/Turkey-Trot.

Reflections in the Park
November 23, 2017–January 1, 2018 @ 5–10 PM
Walking event: Wednesday, November 22 @ 6–8 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 23rd annual Reflections in the Park, Festival of Lights! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday Hillcrest Family Services is excited to, once again, offer a walk through Reflections in the Park on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please park your car at Sisters of Charity BVM Mount Carmel lot, and a shuttle will transport you to the park where you can walk through and see the displays as you never have before. Admission for this event is $10 per person or $8 in advance at any Hillcrest location or any DB&T location. Children 3 and under are free. The event is weather dependant. For the rest of the nights, you can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Christmas at the Mathias Ham House & Christmas by Hand
Friday, November 24, 11 AM–4  PM
@ Mathias Ham House
Nov. 24–26 and Dec. 2–3. Celebrate the beauty of a Victorian Christmas. Holiday-themed house tours, complete with Victorian decorations, will be provided along with light refreshments. Create holiday crafts. Make old-fashioned presents and cards for family and friends. $5 Adults; $3.50 children. RiverMuseum.com.

Black Friday Premiere Screening
Friday, November 24, 11:59 PM
@ Mindframe Theaters
Black Friday is a science fiction comedy directed by Crescentia Volz and produced by Jayme Schmitt. The film took two years to complete and now the red carpet premiere is taking place at Mindframe Theaters. Professional photos from Step and Repeat will take place before the showing, the showing will start at midnight, followed by a quick Q&A. When two friends become involved in an alien invasion plot, it’s up to them and a group of rag tag punks to fight back. $10.

Rose Frantzen’s In the Face of Illusion
Show: November 24, 2017–February 10, 2018
Reception: Friday, November 24 @ 5:30–8:30 pm
Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA) and
Old City Hall Gallery (121 S Olive St, Maquoketa, IA)
Maquoketa Art Experience and Old City Hall Gallery in Maquoketa, IA are pleased to announce the exhibition of Rose Frantzen’s In the Face of Illusion at Maquoketa Art Experience and Old City Hall Gallery. The opening reception is Nov. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Maquoketa Art Experience.
Frantzen’s In the Face of Illusion installation, which includes paintings, objects, and anamorphic projections of impossible shapes, will also include an ongoing large-scale optical illusion painting that Frantzen will work on at Old City Hall Gallery.Her work can be found online at RoseFrantzen.com.
For more information, visit oldcityhallgallery.com/illusion or call Charles Morris at 563-321-0727.

It’s A Wonderful Life
November 24–25 and December 1–2 @ 7:30 PM
November 26 and December 3 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
Kick off the Christmas season with this touching holiday Classic. Opening the day after Thanksgiving, the show runs Nov. 24–25 and Dec. 1–2 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and the Grand Opera House in Dubuque.
This poignant show is sure to be just the thing to put the whole family in the holiday spirit. Based on the popular Christmas movie directed by Frank Cappra and starring Jimmy Stewart, this live stage play is sure to delight diehard fans as well as new comers to the story.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 18 years old and can be purchased in person at the Box Office (Monday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m.) or by calling 563-588-1305. Tickets can also be purchased at TheGrandOperaHouse.com. n[end]

Fair Trade Sale
Saturday, November 25, 9 AM–4 PM
@ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Fair Trade Sale (SERRV) helps support people around the world who creative beautiful items such as scarves, jewelry, baskets, Christmas decorations, coffee, and much more. Just in time for the holidays to give a beautiful gifts to your family and friends. 2155 University Ave.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturday, November 25, 9 AM–Noon
@ Former Colts Center
Approximately 25 regional vendors will be offering seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more. Dubuque Winter Farmers’ Market also features hot breakfast options. This is the same location as in previous years. Free parking is available in the parking lot on Central Avenue at 11th St. 1101 Central Ave. WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Galena Festival of Trees
Saturday, November 25, 11 AM–4 PM
@ DeSoto House Ballroom (Galena, IL)
The 7th Annual Festival of Trees will kick of the holiday season with a public display of spectacular one-of-a-kind designed holiday trees, wreaths, table decorations, and other holiday items sponsored and created by local artists, organizations, and businesses. Enjoy Santa, holiday music, cookies, and hot chocolate as you browse through this winter wonderland. All proceeds go towards the Galena ARC youth art program for art scholarships, supplies, ARC preschool art classes, and outreach programs within the community. Free.

Fun N Games Trivia Night
Saturday, November 25, 6 PM
@ Camp Albrecht Acres Kehl Center (Sherrill, IA)
As a fundraiser for Camp Albrecht Acres, Fun n’ Games Trivia Company is hosting a Trivia Night at camp! Bring your own booze and snacks and win some prizes. Enter as teams up to 10. $20. 14837 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill, IA.

The Four Preps Holiday Show
Saturday, November 25, 7 PM
@ Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 E. Platt St, Maquoketa, IA)
Now, in their 56th year of performance, The Four Preps are fronted by original lead singer Bruce Belland, who is joined by the well-matched vocal force of Bob Duncan (formerly of the Diamonds), Michael Redman, and Skip Taylor (from the Crew Cuts). You can catch their special Holiday Show at Ohnward Fine Arts Center on Saturday, November 25 at 7 p.m.
The songs of the hit pop-harmony ensemble The Four Preps stir up a memory or two—hits like “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)”, “Big Man,” “Down By the Station,” and “Dreamy Eyes”—memories as dreamy and warm as an old-time Christmas morn. Enjoy more than a dozen traditional favorites like “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noel,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Winter Wonderland” and more.
Their Christmas Show is a harmonious gift that’s cheery and bright, delivered with an elegance and style that reminds us this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Tickets for adults are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Ohnward 563-652-9815 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.), Osterhaus Pharmacy and the Maquoketa State Bank Main Office, Anderson Pharmacy in Preston and the Bellevue Pharmacy in Bellevue. Tickets are also available at OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints
November 25, 7:05 PM
@ Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)
Ready to have some fun? The Fun Starts Here at Our House as the Dubuque Fighting Saints continue another season at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
The Saints take on the Sioux City Musketeers on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. Meet the Inflatamaniacs on Nov. 25, and toss a stuffed animal onto the rink on Dec. 2 during the 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss Night for Toys for Tots.
College night is Dec. 1 when the Saints battle the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints’s established tradition of excellence will look to continue under the direction of first-year head coach Oliver David with the leadership of captain Cole Guttman. The Fighting Saints own the longest active playoff streak of seven consecutive seasons in the Clark Cup playoffs, with two Clark Cup championships in that span (2011, 2013).
Buy your tickets today at DubuqueFightingSaints.com, call the box office at 563-583-6880, or stop by the offices at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

The Spazmatics
Saturday, November 25 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Known for their trademark style and 1980s dance moves, the Spazmatics lend their geeky charm to the tune of the decade’s greatest hits and notable theme songs.

Books ‘R’ Fun Fair
Thursday, November 30, 10 AM–3 PM
@ Stonehill Franciscan Services
This vendor fair carries books and other fun gift items that are sure to help you prepare for the Christmas season, birthdays, and other special events…or buy something for yourself! A portion of every item sold benefits residents of Stonehill Franciscan Services. 3485 Windsor Ave.

Meet Author Brian Cooper
Thursday, November 30, 5:30–7 PM
@ River Lights Bookstore
Brian Cooper presents his book Biggest Gamble on the Mississippi, a tale of triumph tempered by tragedy. It’s a story of rages to riches. It’s a story of Bob and Ruth Kehl and their family, who repeatedly bet on themselves—and won.

Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant—with Peter J. Grady
Thursday, November 30, 6 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Author and performer Peter Grady enacts his one-man show about the life and times of the Civil War General and 18th President of the United States. “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant” was made possible by a grant from Humanities Iowa. Free. 563-589-4225.

Sacred & Profane paintings by Andonia Giannakouros Closing Reception
Thursday, November 30, 6 PM
@ The Smokestack (62 E 7th St)
Head to The Smokestack’s 2nd floor gallery for a final viewing of Sacred & Profane and for a special celebration of Iowa artist Andonia Giannakouros.
Andonia is a representational painter working in oil. Her work focuses on the human figure making use of repetition to symbolize disruption, vibration, and to mimic images from her childhood, specifically repeating posters pasted onto walls in Europe. Her work is symbolic of the flattening of time, space, andmemory combining local and global events with her personal narrative. Her subjects represent those frozen in moments of fading summers which, having been acted upon by memory, represent a changed reality.
Andonia was born in Dubuque, IA where she studied Studio Art at Clarke University. For more information about Andonia, visit Giannaka.com.

Champagne & Chocolates
Thursday, November 30, 6–9 PM
@ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
A kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Champagne & Chocolates is an adult evening of fun and shopping. Enjoy champagne and tasting glass, chocolates, and desserts. Additional free tastings will be provided by local wineries along with live entertainment from Bryce Reeg. Shop numerous vendors and will receive a 20% storewide discount at the Museum Store, which carries clothing, jewelry, home décor, holiday decorations, children’s toys, local specialty items, and much more. Ages 21+. $8 Museum & Aquarium members; $10 for non-members. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Feminist Book Group: From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation
Thursday, November 30, 6:30 PM
@ The Smokestack
Read and be empowered. This meeting will discuss From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. 62 E 7th St.

Meet and Greet You Local Exchange Students
Thursday, November 30, 6:30–7:30 PM
@ Dubuque County Library Asbury Branch
Did you know every year hundreds of families open their homes to exchange students in Iowa? More than 500 exchange students are present in Iowa high schools this school year. These students come to America to learn about our culture and improve their English. As much as they want to learn from us, we can learn from them too. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr.

Catch the Train in Galena Opening Reception
Friday, December 1, 4–7 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Train enthusiast Philip Jackman will display his N Scale operating trains at the Galena Center for the arts. The 32’ by 16’ display features scenes from across the country including towns, cities, deserts, canyons, oceans and more, with up to three trains running at a time. Free. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

A Merry Millwork Market
Friday, December 1, 4–9 PM
Saturday, December 2, 10 AM–5 PM
@ Schmid Innovation Center Courtyard
Dec. 1 at 4–9 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.–5 p.m. It may be cold outside, but you’ll warm up under the tents as you shop local art and craft vendors. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your camera Friday evening so your young ones can take a photo with Santa! He’ll be there along with Carolers for a special tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. 955 Washington St.

First Fridays
Friday, December 1
5–8 PM @ Dubuque Museum of Art (701 Locust St)
5–8 PM @ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (350 E 3rd St)
5:30–7:30 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
5:30–8:30 PM @ Gallery C (900 Jackson St)
Friday Fridays is a monthly gallery hop on the first Friday of each month at participating venues throughout downtown. Experience the creative spirit of our community along with great friends, stylish appetizers and drinks, and great art.
In December, the Dubuque Museum of Art’s theme will be the Winter Holidays! Come on down for eggnog and other holiday snacks, as well as a Winter-themed activity. $10 for non-members or free for members.
Art and the Animal, an exhibition by the Society of Animal Artists, will be on display at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium from Nov. 19, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. Head over for a special after hours event to view the exhibit while enjoying light appetizers. Beverages will be available for purchase. $5. Art and the Animal features the best in animal-inspired art from around the world and has been featured at more than 50 venues throughout North America. Forty-five flatworks and 15 sculptures comprise the exhibit and were created with a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylics, graphite, charcoal, granite, bronze, soapstone, and wood.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library hosts their annual Holiday Art Sale, featuring artists from the past years and the upcoming year. Free.
Shattered Reflections, an exhibition featuring the artwork of Jessica Burn-Weis and Allison Poster opens at Gallery C and runs through Jan. 27. Live music will be performed by Bob Bucko, and the event will be catered by Wellness on Wheels. This exhibition an intimate examination of mental health that aims to break down the stigma of mental illness and create a space for awareness, reflection and healing. Burn-Weis and Poster both portray their struggles and triumphs with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and agoraphobia through self-portraiture and mixed media. Burn-Weis, Poster and Gallery C are partnering with NAMI Dubuque to bring awareness to mental health.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/DubuqueFirstFridays.

1st Annual Art Show & Student Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, December 1, 6–9 PM
@ Creative Adventure Lab
Creative Adventure Lab’s 1st Annual Art Show & Student Exhibition provides our community an opportunity to purchase local, handmade items just in time for the holiday season. Enjoy an evening of friends, art, and free drinks during our opening reception event happening on Friday, Dec. 1! The show will be on display through Dec. 17. 210 Jones St. 563-607-5366. advntr.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints
December 1, 7:05 PM
@ Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)
Ready to have some fun? The Fun Starts Here at Our House as the Dubuque Fighting Saints continue another season at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
College night is Dec. 1 when the Saints battle the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
Buy your tickets today at DubuqueFightingSaints.com, call the box office at 563-583-6880, or stop by the offices at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

A Little Child, God Before Time
Christmas at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque
Friday, December 1, 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque will present its fifth annual Christmas at Heritage Center on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. This year’s concert, “A Little Child, God Before Time,” will tell the story of Christ’s birth.
Christmas at Heritage Center is generally one of the first major area Christmas concerts, helping bridge the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas called Advent, Our hope is that this concert sets a tone of preparation for the excitement of the season that follows. It is a delicate but worshipful balance of solemn reflection and prayerful anticipation expressed through music and scriptural references.
“A Little Child, God Before Time” features the UD Concert Choir, directed by Charles Barland, professor of music and head of the Fine and Performing Arts Department; the UD Wind Ensemble, conducted by Benjamen Blasko, director of instrumental music and assistant professor of music; and the UD Chamber Singers, directed by Kristen Eby, adjunct music faculty. Featured narrators will include members of the UD community.
Joining the UD ensembles on stage will be the Madison Area Concert Handbells. Support for the guest handbell ensemble appearance is provided by the Sheppley Foundation.
Attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy live bell choir music in the lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m. A light reception will follow the performance with background music provided by the UD Jazz Ensemble.
In the case of inclement weather, the concert snow date is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for UD alumni and military, and $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Heritage Center Farber Box Office; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at DBQ.edu/heritagecenter. Free tickets reserved in advance but still remaining at the box office are subject to release 15 minutes prior to the performance.

Winter Wonderettes
December 1–2, 6–9, and 13–16 @ 7:30 PM
December 3, 10 and 17 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)
The Bell Tower Theater is excited to announce their upcoming holiday show, Winter Wonderettes running Dec. 1–17. Join the Bell Tower for this delightful holiday celebration featuring some of your favorite Christmas tunes. Directed by Sue Riedel.
Set in 1968, singing sensation The Wonderettes are providing the entertainment for the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Happening. Join in on the laughs as the girls have to get creative and save the party when Santa goes missing! You’ll enjoy their unique ‘60s twist on holiday classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Santa Baby” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
The cast includes Bell Tower veterans Megan Gloss, Mandy Diercks, Lorie Foley and Joanne Hillery. They are accompanied by Terry Dillon, piano, and Masa Iwasaki, percussion.
Early Bird special dates are Dec. 1 and 2, and tickets are only $10. Tickets for the remaining shows are just $20. For tickets and information call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas Tour
Friday, December 1, 8 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
Get ready to deck the halls this holiday season with multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride. Martina is bringing her holiday tour “The Joy of Christmas” to the Five Flags Arena Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Dubuque is the only stop in Iowa on Martina’s holiday tour.
Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. In February 2016, she released “Reckless,” the title track from her new album. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Through her Team Music Is Love charity initiative, Martina partners with non-profit causes to help many of the towns she’s performing in. Tickets start at $45.25, and VIP Packages are available. NOTE: This show is almost SOLD OUT! ACT NOW!

Toys For Tots Stuff the Truck
December 2–3
Theisen’s Home Farm Auto
The 8th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots returns Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 to Theisen’s in Dubuque and Dyersville.
Radio Dubuque will supercast live at the Dubuque Theisen’s on Dec. 2, 8–10 a.m. and 2–4 p.m. while shoppers take advantage of their annual toy sale where they can bag their own great deals or donate a new toy to Toys For Tots. You can also bring in any new toy and donate it at the event.
Santa will pop-in during the day for photos with kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Marines and Marine Corps and Marine Corps League will be there too as will the Boy Scouts of Dubuque as the effort looks to raise $10,000 in cash and toys. Theisen’s is the single largest local supporter of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program.
Also on Dec. 2 is the 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss with the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Fighting Saints Teddy Bear Toss
Saturday, December 2, 7:05 PM
@ Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)
The 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Take a new plush toy (you know, a teddy bear), to the game and after the Saints score their first goal, throw the toy over the glass onto the ice. Put the toy in a bag if you can to keep it clean and dry. The game starts at 7:05 p.m., and the Saints are taking on the Sioux City Musketeers.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturday, December 2, 9 AM–Noon
@ Former Colts Center
Approximately 25 regional vendors will be offering seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more. Dubuque Winter Farmers’ Market also features hot breakfast options. This is the same location as in previous years. Free parking is available in the parking lot on Central Avenue at 11th St. 1101 Central Ave. WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Scuba Santa
Saturday, December 2, 11 AM–Noon
@ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Dec. 2 and 3. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating the holiday spirit with “Scuba Santa,” included with regular admission to the Museum & Aquarium. See Santa and Mrs. Claus scuba dive in the Gulf of Mexico aquarium. Guests will have an opportunity to take their picture in front of the tank while Santa wishes them a Merry Christmas from inside. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Holiday Fire in the Sky
Saturday, December 2, 6:30 PM
@ Galena, IL
The ARC will be providing hot cocoa and a kids holiday ornament craft. Enjoy fireworks on the Galena Levee with holiday music and an after party at The Grape Escape featuring The Lonely Goats, and great drink specials! Purchase your diamond earring raffle tickets at participating stores. GalenaGuide.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 2 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 3 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is joined by vocal soloist Jillian Slade, the Dubuque Chorale and members of the Heartland Ballet Company on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Five Flags Theater. With a combination of familiar holiday favorites as well as exciting new music, come join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and be a part of this cherished Dubuque tradition! Tickets start at $9.

The LACs W/ Special Guest Sarah Ross
Dec. 2 @ 8 PM
@ Q Showroom, Q Casino
The duo has been together since 2000 and Outlaw, which is their fifth album since signing with Average Joe’s Entertainment, is a watershed effort from The LACS that sonically broadens their musical scope and blends together every genre from traditional country and southern rock to rap and spoken word. Top hits include “Jack in My Coke” and “Keep it Redneck.”

Belgian Waffle Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 3, 7:30 AM–Noon
@ Camp Albrecht Acres Kehl Center (Sherrill, IA)
Come on out to support Camp Albrecht Acres with all you can eat belgian waffles, choice of meat, applesauce, milk, juice, coffee and a visit with Santa! $8 Adults; $5 children 5–10; free for kids under 5. 14837 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill, IA.

Famous Dead Artist Series
Jen Hogue as Margaret Bourke-White
Sunday, December 3, 1:30–3 pM
@ Dubuque Museum of Art (701 Locust St)
One of the Museum’s most anticipated semi-annual events, the Famous Dead Artist series brings legendary artists to life through portrayals by local actors. Featured artists span the visual, performing, literary, and culinary worlds and have included Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Julia Child, and Leonard Bernstein, among many others.
This year Jen Hogue will portray Margaret Bourke-White on Dec. 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Dubuque Museum of Art.
Margaret Bourke-White was a photographer best known for her work as the first female American war photojournalist. Her photography was featured on the cover of the very first issue of the modern iteration of LIFE Magazine in 1936, and she was the first Western photographer allowed to document the Soviet Five-Year plan. She is also known for her journalism regarding the 1930’s Dust Bowl, Nazi Germany, life under Communism in the Soviet Union, and recording the India–Pakistan partition violence in the 1940s.
This program is free, but seats fill up fast. Arrive early if you’d like to be guaranteed a spot to sit!

Story Time Reading of Polar Express
Sunday, December 3, 2 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
In conjunction with train enthusiast Philip Jackman’s train display, Catch the Train in Galena. Enjoy a story time reading of Polar Express. Free. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Holly Ball
Sunday, December 3, 5–9 PM
@ DBQ Co. Fairgrounds Grand Ballroom
The Ken Kilian Swingtet will be the featured performers at this years annual Holly Ball. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the dance takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. A cash bar and limited walk-up concession kitchen will be available. $20. 14569 Old Highway Rd. DBQfair.com.

Sibling Class & Tour
Monday, December 4, 6–8 PM
@ Delhi Medical Center
Having a baby is a family event. Getting big brothers and sisters ready for the new baby is important. Join us while we show your children what a new baby is like. A tour of the Family Birthing Suites is part of this class. Snacks are served and a birthday card is made for the new baby. Free. 1500 Delhi St. UnityPoint.org/dbqevents.

Living History Veterans Project: Telling Stories Visually
Show: December 1–29
Reception: Thursday, December 7 @ 6–7:30 PM
@ University of Dubuque Heritage Center:
Bisignano Art Gallery (2255 Bennett St)
This living, visual history project pairs eight University of Dubuque students with eight veterans who share their stories, photographs, letters, memorabilia, and visually show how the military experience has shaped their lives. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Dubuque Museum of Art and the Jeffrey Dodge Veteran’s Center at UD. A public reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pearl Harbor Commemoration Day.

Michael Carbonaro Live!
Thursday, December 7 @ 6:30 & 8 PM
@ Q Showroom, Q Casino
From his hit television series The Carbonaro Effect on truTV, magician Michael Carbonaro brings his signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and mind-blowing magic, live on stage! Don’t miss out on your chance to feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… LIVE!

Cinderella’s Tom Keifer
Friday, December 8. 8 PM
@ Q Showroom, Q Casino
Known primarily as the lead singer and guitarist for bluesy, chart-topping ‘80s metal outfit Cinderella, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Keifer began playing at a young age. Discovered by Jon Bon Jovi in 1985, Cinderella went on to release three platinum albums. Tom Keifer released his solo debut album, The Way Life Goes, in 2013 which debuted at #78 on Billboard charts. Top hits include “Nobody’s Fool”, “Shelter Me” and “Gypsy Road.”

Jim McDonough: HOLIDAY GRANDE 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2:30 & 7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Theater
It’s beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas! “Iowa’s Own Pianist” and acclaimed International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist, Jim McDonough, his 14-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, and elaborate sets and costumes bring true sprit to the season. The sensational all-new production show is set for Dec. 9 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater and benefits Camp Courageous of Iowa. The tour delivers the message of Christmas in a production perfect for all generations. “We’ve put together the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s filled with spectacular musical arrangements, and it benefits a wonderful organization.” For the past 11 years, McDonough’s holiday tour has benefitted Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Tickets start at $29.

Tony Orlando Christmas Show
Saturday, December 9 @ 3 & 7 PM
@ Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Tony Orlando is best known for his No. 1 hit song “Knock Three Times,” which became the top song of 1971 and sold more than six million copies. The hit single was also featured in the movie Now and Then. Orlando’s follow-up hit “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” became the No. 1 song in 1972. His other hits include “Sweet Gypsy Rose,” “Who’s in the Strawberry Patch with Sally,” “Mornin’ Beautiful” and “Steppin’ Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight).”
Since 1993, Orlando has performed more than 2,000 shows in Branson, Missouri, where he was named Branson’s Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year. He has also won three American Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hunks the Show
Saturday, December 9. 7 & 10 PM
@ Q Showroom, Q Casino
HUNKS the Show is the world’s foremost male revue on tour. The production is an electrifying, high-energy performance showcasing some of the sexiest men alive as they sing, dance, and strip in choreographed routines to thumping beats and dazzling light shows.

Michael Londra: Christmas From Ireland
Friday, December 15, 7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Theater
Emmy® nominee, Michael Londra, the Irish singer best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway and for his own US TV special, Beyond Celtic, presents an evening, bringing you “Christmas from Ireland” told in song, dance and the festive stories of his youth on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Five Flags Theater.
The evening features traditional, heartwarming Irish carols and Gaelic versions of Christmas songs you love. Michael will also sing Celtic songs of a new Ireland including his own popular carol “Beyond the Star” recorded and performed by choirs worldwide.
Rounding out the evening are the breathtaking Celtic Fire dancers, built from Michael’s connections to Riverdance. They perform traditional and modern dances that reflect the two worlds that Ireland lives in.
Coming from a large musical family, Michael tells the tales of his grandmother and the Christmas traditions of her home.
Tickets start at $26.

November 22 2017


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