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Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursday, September 21, 5–9:30 PM
@ Plaza 20
For 35 years Gary’s Graffiti Nights has gathered hundreds of classic cars and is now at Plaza 20 in Dubuque and hosted by Mike Kahle.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursday, September 21, 4:30–9:30 PM
@ Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Enjoy classic cars (1985 and older), great food, and cold beverages.

Vintage meets Visionary
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra League fundraiser
Thursday, September 21. 6 PM
@ Hotel Julien Dubuque Grand Ballroom ( 200 Main St)
Join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) for a fun evening of vintage and contemporary fashion on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Hotel Julien Dubuque. Dress the part and celebrate vintage fashions from 1940–1980 and contemporary fashions from Gotta Have It, Graham’s Style Store, Rhomberg Furriers and Namaste Athleisure.
The evening includes music, fashion, food, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar begins at 6 p.m. The fashion show begins at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the education programs of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles and DSO.
Tickets are $40, and reservations can be made by calling DSO at 563-557-1677 or stopping in the office (2728 Asbury Rd.) by Sept. 12. For more information, visit DubuqueSymphony.org.

Creative Adventure Lab Educator Open House
Thursday, September 21, 6–8 PM
@ Creative Adventure Lab
This is a great opportunity for local educators to tour our new location and learn more about field trips at Creative Adventure Lab! Participants are welcome to bring their families and enjoy free admission, treats, and discounts on adventure upgrades like pottery painting, rock climbing, and button making—all while checking out what Creative Adventure Lab has to offer as a future field trip hangout. This event is open to teachers, educators, and principals only. RSVP at CreativeAdventureLab.org. 210 Jones St. 563-607-5366. CreativeAdventureLab.org.

Songwriter Showcase:
Elizabeth Mary and Theresa Rosetta
Thursday, September 21, 7–9 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
This month’s Songwriters Showcase features Elizabeth Mary and Theresa Rosetta. Hosted by Lenny Wayne and L.A. Suess. Free. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series:
Black Violin
Thursday, September 21, 7:30 PM
@ University of Dubuque Heritage Center,
John and Alice Butler Hall (2255 Bennett St)
Black Violin will bring their U.S. Classical Boom Tour to the University of Dubuque on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The tour is a follow-up to the revolutionary music group’s successful Unity Tour, which saw 28 sold-out public performances. Black Violin is returning to Heritage Center by popular demand after they performed as part of Heritage Center’s grand opening festivities in May 2013.
To Black Violin, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical music are more than just musical genres—they’re ingredients. The group has managed to blend the classical with the modern to create a sound that audiences have never heard.
After serving as the house band for ESPN’s hosted 82nd annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, the network recently selected Black Violin’s track “Stereotypes” to promote the 2017 U.S. Open. Black Violin is currently writing and recording their next studio album, due out in 2018.
A free CyberCafé Knapp Stage concert from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring local trio, Stolen Grace, precedes the performance.
Tickets for Black Violin are $25–$30 adults, $21–$25 UD alumni, $15 child/student and can be purchased at the Farber Box Office, by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dubuque Ink & Art Expo
September 22–24
Grand River Center (500 Bell St)
The Dubuque Ink and Art Expo was established with the goal of opening the Tri-State community to modern tattooing and its close relation to fine art. This year will be the 5th annual expo, Sept. 22–24, being held at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque.
Tattoo artists, both local and from farther away, will be set up to tattoo for the entire weekend. If you want to get tattooed at the expo, appointments are preferred, but some artists will accept walk-ins. Body piercing will also be available.
Tattoo contests will allow people to show off their best work. For those who want something not quite so permanent, Hilaree’s Henna will be offering henna tattoos at the expo the entire weekend. There is also an art gallery with some pieces available for purchase. Get creative at one of the art-activity tables or play the giant Jenga!
7 Sins Sideshow will be returning this year, ready to dazzle the crowd with classic sideshow entertainment. The shows on Friday and Saturday will include PG-13 burlesque, and Saturday/Sunday will feature human suspension.
Stop by Saturday for the pinup contest and cheer on the next “Miss Dubuque Ink and Art” or check out the guys in the beard and mustache contest.
The Body Slam (body painting contest) lets artists showcase their incredible creativity by doing full body painting of live models at the show. Three to six teams will be competing in a timed-session for cash prizes. Body Slam judging will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is also the Live Art Competition on Saturday. A subject is provided, and six artists create their masterpieces: three in realism/representational style and three in abstract/creative interpretation. Cash prize for the winner of each category!
The Lift, 180 Main St., will be hosting the after parties on Friday and Saturday night. For more details, visit DBQInkAndArtExpo.com or check out the expo’s Facebook page and Instagram.

27th Annual Guttenberg GermanFest
September 22 – 23
Guttenberg, IA
Head to Guttenberg for a truly German celebration! Enjoy wiener dog races, sauerkraut cook-off, home brew tasting, pet pageant, 5K Walk/Run, historic walking tours, performances by UNI’s International Dance Theater Dance Company, demonstrations by Guttenberg Karage Club, craft fair and market, activities for all ages, live music, plenty of food and beverages, and more! GuttenbergIowa.net.

Arts of Haiti: DuMA Contemporaries Series
Show: September 22–November 25
Reception: Friday, September 22 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Gallery Talk: Friday, October 6
Gallery C (900 Jackson St)
In collaboration with the Dubuque Museum of Art, Gallery C is proud to present an exhibit on Haitian art. The travelling collection is on loan from Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA) which houses the largest Haitian art collection in the United States. This will be a chance for locals and visitors to encounter artwork from beyond our backyards.
The exhibition and related programs are staged in conjunction with the 2017 Haitian Art Society Conference, hosted by the WCA Sept. 22–29. The conference features several of the world’s largest collections of Haitian Art—many of which are held here in Eastern Iowa—and will include a two-day tour across the Midwest to relevant Haitian art collections and exhibitions in Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Davenport, Dubuque, and Milwaukee.
The exhibition at Gallery C will act as an introduction to Haitian art for anyone who has yet to experience it, and it will provide an overview of essential works for those who are already familiar with Haitian art. It will include paintings and sculptures created with a variety of media.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the opening reception on Sept. 22. The reception is free and open to all ages. The night will be catered by Wellness on Wheels. Music will be provided by Blu Flame duo, Marcus DeJesus and Brian Eiffes.
Then, join Gallery C for a gallery talk with curator Chawne Paige on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. during Gallery C and StudioWorks monthly First Fridays event as well as the Fall Into Art Gallery Tour.
For more information visit GalleryCM.com or call the Dubuque Museum of Art at 563-557-1851

100,000 Poets for Change
Friday, September 22, 7 PM
@ The Smokestack
100 Thousand Poets for Change is an evening of words shared by poets committed to the pursuit of peace and justice. Several local poets, including Alice Oleson, Patric Nuttall, Irene Raby, Neal Kincaid Patten, De’Shaun Madkins, Andrew Jones, Kahla Rosenfeld, Joseph Larson, and James Pollack, will read from their work. Jeannine M. Pitas will host. Sponsored by Dubuque International Day of Peace. 62 E 7th St. DBQDayOfPeace.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints
Sept. 22–23, 28–30, and Oct. 6–7
Mystique Ice Center
Ready to have some fun? The Fun Starts Here at Our House in 2017 as the Dubuque Fighting Saints gear up for another season at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The regular season begins Oct. 6 against reigning Clark Cup champion, and Eastern Conference Final opponent, the Chicago Steel. Puck drop varies by night. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Frankie Ballard with special guest Lee Gantt
Friday, September 22, 8 PM
Q Casino Showroom
Winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition in 2008, Frankie Ballard has gone on to tour with Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line. He’s coming to Q Casino on Friday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Q Showroom.
When Ballard was growing up in Battle Creek, Mich., his father played him one classic album over and over again: Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, featuring Robbins’ signature hit “El Paso.” Since then, Ballard has scored three consecutive number one hits: “Sunshine & Whiskey,” “Helluva Life,” and “Young & Crazy.”
For his third album, It All Started With A Beer, he left Nashville for the Mexico border. Setting up shop at the Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso in Tornillo, Texas. Ballard and his band threw themselves headlong into the music while eating and sleeping at the studio. Their goal: make a genuine album.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 23, 7 AM–Noon
@ Near Iowa & 12th St
Find produce, hanging baskets, freshly baked goods, wines, arts and crafts, and more. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Master Gardener Plant Sale
Saturday, September 23, 7 AM–Noon
@ Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Dubuque County Master Gardeners are sharing their plants with the community at a very discounted rate. Find perennials, flowers, ground covers, and last-minute touches to your garden or landscape. The Master Gardeners will also have educational displays, information sheets, and other useful materials. All proceeds from the plant sale go towards funding future Master Gardener programs and projects that directly impact Dubuque communities. extension.IAState.edu/dubuque.

Dewey Dash
Saturday, September 23, 8 AM
@ Chaplain Schmitt Island
Join Loras College for the Dewey Dash fun run/walk. Come dressed in your best Loras Spiritwear and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed! There will also be a Kid’s Zone for the little ones who can’t run. All proceeds benefit the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital! Register in advance. $20. dance.marathon@loras.edu. events.dancemarathon.com.

Czipar’s Apple Festival
Saturday, September 23, 9 AM–5 PM
Sunday, September 24, 9 AM–5 PM
@ Czipar’s Apple Orchard
Sept. 23–24. Enjoy lunch on the orchard grounds, arts and craft vendors, face painting and kids’ activities, kettle corn, fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, caricatures, recycled artwork by Junk FX, Indian corn, painted pumpkins, gourds, and more fall favorites. Free. CziparsOrchards.com.

Vesperman Farms Corn Maze and More
Open Daily through Fall beginning September 23

Vesperman Farms (8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI)
Vesperman Farms boasts one of the biggest and most challenging corn mazes in the Midwest. Originally just a corn maze and pumpkins, the farm now boasts a trebuchet, rubber duck races, farm animals, climbing tires, an air cannon, and the snack barn with the caramel apples and the apple cider doughnuts.
Enjoy Kyle’s 100-foot zip-line, giving kids of all ages the excitement of flying down the hill (not too fast) inches off the ground. Fast, easy and fun! But for many, it’s the corn maze that brings them in droves. Each year a completely new and creative design is made into a-maze-ing images filled with mind-bending twists and turns.
Fall is pumpkin time, and Vesperman Farms has them by the wagonload. The pumpkin air cannon, which we got to see in action, shoots a pumpkin a quarter mile! There is also a real trebuchet (catapult) at the farm that will take a 20–25 pound pumpkin and chuck it up to 600 feet. Plus so many more fun things to focus on for kids and families.
The farm is open seven days a week, Monday–Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for everyone ages 5 and up and free for kids under 5. Call 608-723-2542 for group rates and special times by appointment like school tours!
Visit VespermanFarms.com for more details on everything, and follow them on Facebook. From Dubuque, take HWY 151 N. to Dickeyville, turn on to HWY 61 to Lancaster. Turn left on Stage Rd. (there will be signs) and go two miles. Look for the big red “barn” on the right… and tell ‘em 365ink sent ya!

50th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes
Saturday, September 23 , 9 AM–5 PM
@ Galena, IL
Tour five historic Galena homes. Hear the stories of yesterday and today surrounding these historic homes. $18 adv; $20 day of the event. GalenaHistory.org.

Steve’s Ace Fall Festival
Saturday, September 23 , 10 AM–3 PM
@ Steve’s Ace Home & Garden
Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sept. 24 at noon–3 p.m. Kids can enjoy a corn pit, photo opportunities, bounce house, tattoos, games, food and more! Enter the pumpkin decorating contest (with a $5 donation to Children’s Miracle Network). Winner will be chosen on their Facebook page and will win a prize. Free. 3350 JFK Rd. 563-690-1500. StevesAce.com.

Hobbit Day Celebration
Saturday, September 23 , Noon–4 PM 

@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins with an afternoon of fun! Enjoy good food, crafts, and fun games for all. Free. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Galena Cellars Vineyard 8th Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 23, Noon–5 PM
@ Galena Cellars Vineyard (4746 N Ford Rd, Galena, IL)
Stomp your way to Galena Cellars Vineyard for their 8th Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. With plenty of wine, food and music to accompany the festivities, Galena Cellars highlights their event with a hands-on—or rather feet-in—grape stomp that is open to the public for participation—and plenty of laughs.
The Fever River String Band will provide live music, and selected area artists will be showing and selling their wares. Unique food options are being made available by Holliberri Icelandics (lamb) and the Galena Elks Club.
Highlighting the day is the festival’s grape stomp which draws a multitude of contestants of all ages and some very creative grape stomping techniques. Professional bag piper Bill Spivey of Apple River, IL, will also be providing a very distinctive accompaniment to the contest fun. Pre-registration for the grape stomp begins at 1 p.m., with the stomp scheduled for 2 p.m. Participation fee is $10 for adults; children stomp for free. Open invitations are always extended to previous winners of the stomp for defending their title. Prizes will be awarded.
Admission to the general event is free. Vineyard tours are $7.50. The event also features wine tastings all day and a keepsake glass for an added fee.
For more information, visit GalenaCellars.com.

Farm Tour Weekend
Saturday, September 23 , 1–4 PM
@ Dubuque Rescue Mission
Sept. 23–24. On Sept. 23, tour the Dubuque Rescue Mission’s thriving urban garden, right in the heart of Dubuque. On Sept. 24, tour O’Connell Organic Acres and enjoy a slice of tranquility at this organic livestock farm overlooking the bluffs of Dubuque County. DriftlessFarmCrawl.com.

Kenny Rogers “The Gambler’s Last Deal” Final World Tour
Saturday, September 23, 7 PM
@ Five Flags Center (405 Main St)
After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Rogers’ farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” is making its way to the Five Flags Center on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. This show also features special guest Linda Davis and is presented by Q Casino and also sponsored by American Trust.
This all-new show includes a reflective look back through Rogers’ storied 50-plus-year career. Enhanced with personal stories, vintage photos and video clips—including never-before-seen footage—the music-filled retrospective will touch on every part of Rogers’ career. Along with his long list of hits, Rogers is singing songs in concert that he hasn’t performed in years.
Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. His 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10s rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley.
Tickets start at $44 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, at Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Five Flags Center Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bring your Kenny Rogers ticket to the Q Casino on Sept. 23 or 24 to redeem for $15 in game play! For more information, visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Historic District Coffeehouse
Saturday, September 23 , 7–9:30 PM
@ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
The Historic District Coffeehouse is an event like no other for people who either love to play music or love to listen to music in a welcoming, peaceful environment with no cover-charge! Performers are invited to make music about peace this evening. Bruce Schmidt (608-348-5099) and Art Roche (563-581-6521) are coordinating the line-up of performers, which includes time for “walk-ins”. Free. 1699 Iowa St.

Return to Seattle Tour: Alive, Lithium, & Mad Alice
Saturday, September 23 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
The Return to Seattle Tour brings tributes to three grunge rock bands together to celebrate 25 years of the Seattle sound. Alive performs Pearl Jam’s greatest hits, top-10 singles and #1 songs. Lithium brings audiences a sound and experience that takes them back to Nirvana’s early 1990s tours. Mad Alice delivers a show featuring Alice in Chains and Mad Season.

Fall Dining Series: Slow Down Brunch
Sunday, September 24, 11:30 AM
@ Dubuque Museum of Art
Enjoy a laid-back meal of southern food provided by the Flatted Fifth Blues and BBQ with the blues/folk musical stylings of Iowa City musician Dave Moore. Space limited and registration required. $35. DBQart.com/Fall-Dining-Series.

Gordonfest 2017
Sunday, September 24, Noon
@ Sportsman Park (Cascade, IA)
Grab your Gordon descendent; if you don’t have one, grab your favorite people (kids welcome) and join fellow dog lovers and share the day. Listen to great music, sample some home brew beer and award-winning barbeque, and exchange dog tales. Music starts at 1 p.m. with Cade Wessels followed by The Mississippi String Band. Bring lawn chairs and beverage of choice. $10; 16 and under free. 6 miles south of Cascade on HWY 136. joeandgordon@gmail.com. 319-361-8163.

Dr. James Martin-Schramm on “Joyful Stewardship”
Sunday, September 24, 1-2:30 PM
@ Sisters of the Presentation
Dr. James Martin-Schramm, former board chair of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, is a Luther College religion professor and author responsible for helping the college drastically cut their emissions. “Most of my scholarship has focused on issues related to ethics and public policy, and a lot of my recent work has been in energy and climate policy. I spent most of my youth growing up in Germany and South Africa because my father worked for John Deere. I think those years gave me a global perspective … I have been involved in various campus sustainability initiatives at Luther and am active in various organization in Iowa working on climate change and energy issues.” 2360 Carter Rd.

Coalition for Nonviolence: “Concert Across America”
Sunday, September 24, 2–4 PM
@ UD Blades Hall
Supporters of effective gun control across the nation will hold “Concerts Across America.” Last year over 350 cities held concerts with over 5,000 participants. Our local event will include three singing groups and two speakers.

Trainwreck Productions: Drinks & Dialogue: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Sunday, September 24, 6:30–8 PM
@ Monk’s Kaffee Pub (373 Bluff St)
The 14th installment of Trainwreck Productions’ play reading club, “Drinks & Dialogue!” features Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Anne Washburn. No experience or pre-reading is necessary, and all ages are welcome.
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.
Participants select characters from the script and read the dialogue aloud together. Afterward, dialogue will continue with discussion of the play and its potential for production. Copies of the script will be provided. Participation is free. Alcohol and coffee drinks will be available from Monk’s. All ages are welcome, but only those 21+ may stay beyond 9 p.m.
Trainwreck hosts “Drinks & Dialogue” select Sundays. Please bring your suggestions for future plays! For a copy of the script and more information, visit TrainwreckProductions.org.

The Everly Brothers Experience
Sunday, September 24 @ 3 and 7 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Brothers Dylan and Zachary Zmed capture the Everly Brothers’ authentic sound with an affable, cohesive performance that seamlessly recreates the original band. Together, they replicate both the songs and the looks of one of the most influential duos in music history. Isaac Donald “Don” and Phillip “Phil” Everly were known for their melodies that blended rock ‘n’ roll with country music. They enjoyed a successful career that spanned more than three decades, with 35 Billboard Hot 100 singles including 26 that made the Top 40. In the late 1950s, the brothers recorded the chart-topping hits “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Wake Up Little Susie” off their self-titled album that was certified Gold. They went on to record the hits “Cathy’s Clown,” “Till I Kissed You,” “Bird Dog,” “Crying in the Rain,” and more. The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

2017 Fireball Run
Monday, September 25, 10 AM–10 PM
@ Dubuque, IA
The Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is thrilled to welcome the Fireball Run® to Dubuque September 25, 2017. Fireball Run® is both a live-action adventurally competition and 26-episode adventure television series distributed by Amazon Prime Instant Video. It is the real story of 40 teams on an epic quest to America’s under-discovered places. Filmed in real time over a span of 8 days and 2,000 miles, this series features a trivia pursuit road rally competition uncovering America’s most

Look & See: A Portrait Of Wendell Berry Film Screening
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM
@ Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
Look & See, is a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry—farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living agricultural writers. Over the past 50 years, Berry has movingly engaged issues of land place, agriculture and economy, and war and peace. A panel of local farmers and rural activists follows the screening. DriftlessFarmCrawl.com.

John Gehring Lecture
Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 PM
@ Clarke Jansen Music Hall
John Gehring is the author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church. Gehring is a former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is a contributing editor at Commonweal magazine and an adjunct professor of journalism at American University in Washington D.C. Free. 563-588-6300. Clarke.edu.

Salsa Dance Night—Baile Conmigo
Wednesday, September 27, 6 PM
@ The Smokestack
Last Wednesday of Every Month, enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with the incredible Katie Koerperich then dance into the evening. Bring a partner or come solo, all are welcome. Free. 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Decolonizing Together: A Discussion
Wednesday, September 27, 7–9pm
@ St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm (Cuba City, WI)
Decolonizing Together will be led by Eric Anglada, Coordinator of Ecological Programming at Sinsanawa Mound and St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm. This event is intended for those who are seeking to understand and grapple with the legacy of the colonization of this continent and to explore how we can join in the struggle for justice and decolonization. Call 608-568-3630 for more information. 2752 Clay Hollow Rd. Cuba City, WI.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursday, September 28, 5–9:30 PM
@ Plaza 20
For 35 years Gary’s Graffiti Nights has gathered hundreds of classic cars and is now at Plaza 20 in Dubuque and hosted by Mike Kahle.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursday, September 28, 4:30–9:30 PM
@ Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Enjoy classic cars (1985 and older), great food, and cold beverages.

Feminist Book Group: Hunger
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM
@ The Smokestack
Read and be empowered. The Feminist Book Group will discuss Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

The Return of the Living Dead Screening
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM
@ Millennium Cinema (Platteville, WI)
Local film enthusiast Robert Pastor will be hosting a one-time theater screening of the cult classic The Return of the Living Dead, a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Dan O’Bannon, and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, and Don Calfa. The film tells the story of how a warehouse owner accompanied by his two employees, mortician friend, and a group of teenage punks deal with the accidental release of a horde of brain-hungry zombies onto an unsuspecting town. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Tugg.com.

Eric Jones Presentation on Peace and Justice
Thursday, September 28, 7–8 PM
@ Clarke Atrium
Eric Jones, a Clarke sophomore and the 2017 Barbara Kutchera Scholarship recipient, will talk about peace and justice through his life experiences growing up in Chicago and from his service experience with Clarke in Quito, Ecuador.

Dubuque Fine Arts Players 40th Annual One-Act Plays
September 28–30, 7:30 PM
@ Mindframe Theaters (555 JFK Rd)
The nation’s oldest one-act play writing contest turns 40! World premiere live performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 40th Annual National One-Act Play Festival Sept. 28–30 at 7:30 p.m. at Mindframe Theaters.
Every year playwrights from around the US and several foreign countries submit unproduced original one-act plays to the contest. The performances are winners in Dubuque’s contest. Since 1977, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players (a theater wing of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society) have sponsored a national one-act playwriting contest and have offered productions of the winning scripts.
First Prize: Grind City by Rosemary Parrillo of Westfield, NJ, directed by Danny Fairchild, and featuring Tom Eckermann, Nicholas Johnson, Andrea Lange, and Eva Ressler. Progressive values clash with personal self-interests as a mosque seeks to relocate to an upscale Hoboken neighborhood in this tense drama.
Second Prize: Came for Me by Seth Kramer of New York, NY, directed by Jill Heitzman, with performances by James Brown, Melinda Titus, Richard Walker, Rick Walker, and Wendy Wilwert. A dystopian future is unfolding with an invisible authority figure menacing the populace. Stunned citizens are learning to cope and adapt.
Third Prize: Coming Up for Air by Marie Amthor-Schuett of Omaha, NE. This performance will be a staged reading featuring some well-known local actors. A portrait of a modern family coming to terms with its own drama with insight and humor. Adult themes.
All three plays are shown each evening. An opportunity to meet the directors, actors and possibly some playwrights for discussion will follow the performances each night. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 for college students with ID and younger. For more information, visit DBQOneActs.org.

Fall Harvest Table Dinner
Friday, September 29, 5–9:30 PM
@ Digman Farms (Platteville, WI)
Enjoy a family-style dinner with live entertainment, featuring only local foods. $25. Platteville.com.

SCW Wrestling: Legendary
Friday, September 29, 7 PM
@ Joliet Event Center
The Crow’s Nest and SCW Wrestling present Legendary at the Joliet Event Center (formerly Knights of Columbus Hall). $10. 781 Locust St. Facebook.com/SCWpro.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 30, 7 AM–Noon
@ Near Iowa & 12th St
Find produce, hanging baskets, freshly baked goods, wines, arts and crafts, and more. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

National Public Lands Day: Park Clean-up
Saturday, September 30, 8–11 AM
@ Mines of Spain
Join for one or both events taking place in the park. One group will be doing trash pick up along trails in the park, and the other will be doing prairie/corridor restoration projects near the interpretive center. These events are weather permitting. 563-556-0620.

Saturday, September 30, 1p AM – 7 PM
Saturday, October 1, 10 AM – 5 PM
Five Flags Civic Center
DBQ CON returns to The Five Flags Center for its third and biggest year yet on Saturday, Sep. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, featuring comic books, gaming, and all things pop culture. Current celebrity appearances include Frank Fritz from History Channel’s American Pickers, Mike Henry, a.k.a “Horny” Mike from History Channel’s Counting Cars, former WWE superstars Bob “Hardcore” Holly, Jimmy “Mouth of The South” Hart and Billy Gunn. Naomi Grossman from American Horror Story, Steven Vining from AMC’s The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Triple 9, and most recently Guardians of The Galaxy 2, and Mortal Kombat actor, Daniel Pesina, best known for his roles as Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot will also be at DBQ CON.

New to the event this year is the Artist and Autograph Alley, sci-fi and comic themed painting sessions with Pinots Palette, cosplay hair and make-up classes from Capri College, multiple panels and celebrity Q&A sessions and a cosplay contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes. Other attractions include vehicles the General Lee, the DeLorian from Back to The Future, a replica ’67 Impala from the CW’s hit show Supernatural, the Galena Ghostbusters vehicles, the Kiss Kar and Optimus Prime®!

The Saturday event is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and the Sunday event is from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket prices start at $15 and are on sale now. More tickets and more information on DBQ CON and a schedule of events can be found at www.DBQCON.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dbqcon) and on Twitter (@DBQCON).

West Dubuque Wingfest
Saturday, September 30, 11 AM–6 PM
@ Farley Park (Farley, IA)
Competitors cook up about 10,000 wings in three categories with live entertainment and the Hawkeye game on TV, plus volleyball, wing eating contests, and a kids’ tractor pull. Proceeds benefit Western Dubuque Fine Arts Booster Club.

You Don’t Know Jack Poker Run 10
Saturday, September 30, 11:30 AM
@ New Diggings General Store & Inn (New Diggings, WI)
Jack’s back for the 10th annual poker run hosted by Lou and Kelli at New Diggings General Store & Inn. Inspired by the story of Jackson Hoeger, a young friend of 365ink’s Bryce Parks, who fought and beat impossible odds to survive a rare form of brain cancer (and who started high school this year), the annual ride is a fundraiser for cancer research.
There is a run for cars and motorcycles and a ride for bicycles. $15 per person includes a great meal after the run. There will also be a 70/30 split on the poker run with 50/50 drawings at each stop.
Doors open at 10 a.m. and the first group is out at 11:30 a.m. with final poker hands drawn at “The Diggs” at 6 p.m.

Galena Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 30, Noon–10 PM
@ Depot Park (Galena, IL)
This festival includes non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons German-style food and beverage, bounce-house, kids’ games, and more. $5 Adults and teens; kids are free. GalenaLions.org/Galena-Oktoberfest.asp.

Hike to Help Refugees
Saturday, September 30, Noon–2 PM
@ Start at Loras College
From Loras College, touch base at University of Dubuque (outside Blades Chapel) and end at Clarke University (outside Atrium). Co-sponsored with Iowa United Nations Association (IUNA). All proceeds raised go to the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps provide refugees with life sustaining tools. Suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for students. You can also register and donate at iowauna.org/events-calendar.

This Is How we BBQ in DBQ
Saturday, September 30, 2–6 PM
@ Clarke Univeristy Kehl Center
This community barbecue is an event where residents can bond and engage with different cultures through free food catered from a variety of local vendors. This event came to be as a result of a 2011 Dubuque Human Rights Commission Goal Setting Meeting. This year features local chef Tyrell Beard.
A live DJ will play family-friendly music. Activities include milkbottle knockdown, popbottle ringtoss,football tiretoss, small putting green, beanbags and giant Jenga.
To register for 3-on-3 baskeball tournaments visit bbqindbq.org/bbq-events-2/. Register no later than Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Community organizations and not-for-profit groups can have free tables to hand out information. For businesses, there is a small fee. To sign up for a table, visit bbqindbq.org/contact-us-2/.
These tickets are available from the Human Rights Commission Office, the Multicultural Family Center, the Dream Center and the Jule’s intermodal transit center. If attendees do not show a ticket for all trips, they will be asked to pay the full fare. Tickets for the return trip will also be at This is how we BBQ in DBQ. Call 563-589-4196 or visit juletransit.org for route and schedule information.
More information, visit bbqindbq.org or facebook.com/bbqindbq.

River Ridge Brewing Beer Fest
Saturday, September 30, 2–7 PM
@ River Ridge Brewing (Bellevue, IA)
Join River Ridge Brewing for an Oktoberfest/anniversary/party/celebration. There will be live music, various games (barrel races, beer bingo, hammerschlagen and more), prizes, andnd most importantly not just 1 special beer release but 2 special beers will be tapped in honor of this glorious day! 118 N Riverview, Bellevue, IA. RiverRidgeBrewing.com.

Magic for the Museum 3
Saturday, September 30, 3 PM
@ Hempstead High School
Magician and emcee Craig Beytien will be joined by friends Rick Eugene, Craig Steven, and the Hanson Family Jugglers for an afternoon of magical entertainment that will delight parents and children of all ages. All proceeds from the event benefit Dubuque Museum of Art educational programming. $10 Adults; $5 under 12. 563-557-1851.

MFC LGBTQ+ Youth Variety Show
Saturday, September 30, 5 PM
@ The Smokestack
Dubuque Multicultural Family Center’s LGBTQ+ Youth Network presents its 2017 Variety Show at The Smokestack featuring performances and artwork from the Network’s local youth and mentors. To perform, contact Emma at emmabehnke@gmail.com. Pizza and soda will be provided at this all-ages event supporting and celebrating our young people. Free. 62 E 7th St. MFCdbq.org.

Songfest 2017
Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM
@ University of Dubuque Heritage Center, 
John and Alice Butler Hall (2255 Bennett St)
The Dubuque Chorale’s SongFest 2017 will be performed on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Since 2014 the Chorale has sponsored an early fall concert featuring local adult choral organizations and area college and university choirs. This year’s concert includes Clarke University, Emmaus Bible College, Loras College, University of Dubuque, UW Platteville, the Julien Chamber Choir, the Music Men Barbershop Chorus and the Dubuque Chorale and Cadenza. This showcase of our local vocal groups will conclude with the entire ensemble performing “The Long Day Closes” by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Tickets are available for $10 at the Heritage Center Box Office, boxoffice@dbq.edu or call 563-585-7469. For more information, visit DubuqueChorale.org.

Steeple Square Community Fest
Sunday, October 1, 2–4 PM
@ Steeple Square
Join for the second annual Steeple Square Community Fest, a free, family-friendly event featuring activities for both children and adults, including: music, inflatables, games, balloon animals, door prizes, scavenger hunts, and food. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Free. 563-581-3471. SteepleSquare.com.

The Vietnam War Programming
Sunday, October 1, 2 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
For the first screening, Elaine Palen, regional coordinator for the National League of POW/MIA Families, will be the guest speaker. Elaine Palen’s brother-in-law, Carl Anthony “Tony” Palen of Dubuque, was listed as missing in action in Vietnam in 1971. Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque is one of 50 public libraries selected to receive a programming kit for The Vietnam War (rated TV-MA), the 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick which began airing on PBS stations on Sept. 17. The kit allows the library to host free, public screenings of segments from the 18-hour film, with guest speakers and open discussions about how Dubuque-area families continue to be affected by the Vietnam War. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Inspired Writers: Kim Sigafus
Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 PM
@ Dubuque County Library Peosta/NICC Branch
(8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA)

The Dubuque County Library welcomes Kim Sigafus on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m to the Dubuque County Library Peosta/NICC Branch. Kim is an internationally-published award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker, and co-owner of McIver Publishing. She will be sharing the publishing side of her world.
Her creative writing experience includes 10 years of newspaper and photo-journalistic work. The genres she works in now include children’s picture books, plays, Native American non-fiction, and fiction writing. Kim has been both traditionally published and self-published. As co-owner of McIver Publishing, Kim has helped many others with the self-publishing and marketing of their books, achieving their dream of becoming published. For more information, visit dubcolib.lib.ia.us or call the Peosta/NICC Branch at 563-556-5110 x224.

27th Annual Quilt Show:
Love and Laughter in Every Stitch
October 3–November 26
Sinsinawa Art Gallery (585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI)
Sinsinawa Art Gallery announces the 27th annual quilt exhibit, Love and Laughter in Every Stitch. Walk amid the colorful quilts Oct. 3 through Nov. 26.
The exhibit is fresh and unique each year as quilts can only be displayed once. Quilters who participate in the show have a connection to a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister or a Mound staff person.
The gallery is open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle Till at 608-748-4411 or visit Sinsinawa.org.
Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Rd. Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

No Roads Lead to Buxton Presentation
Wednesday, October 4
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The travelling exhibit “No Roads Lead to Buxton” from the African American Museum of Iowa explores the history of Buxton, an early 20th century coal-mining town once referred to as “the black man’s utopia in Iowa.” This exhibit closes with a presentation on Buxton’s history by Krystal Gladden. Free. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Dubuque Area Baconfest
Thursday, October 5, 5–8 PM
@ Grand River Center (500 Bell St)
Dubuque Area Baconfest will be taking place at the Grand River Center on Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Baconfest is an evening where guests enjoy samples of creative bacon dishes from local restaurants, BBQ pits, caterers and more while helping a great cause. All proceeds from the event will go to Area Residential Care and support their mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities.
During the event, guests will be entertained by DJ Steve Hemmer, can take part in the Hormel Eating Contest and Oink Off Contest and much more!
Tickets are on sale at Area Residential Care or at DBQbacon.org. General admission tickets are $25 each and VIP tickets are $45 each. Kids 5 and under are free! VIP ticket holders arrive at 5 p.m. to claim the delicious bacon samples first while also getting a free Baconfest t-shirt, a chance to win exclusive raffle prizes and more! General admission ticket holders will arrive at 6 p.m.
Area Residential Care is a non-profit that has provided services for people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. The organization has grown over the past 49 years to serve an average of 250 people with disabilities annually; providing residential, vocational, and day services in Dubuque and Dyersville communities. For tickets and more information, visit DBQbacon.org.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series
Cirque Zuma Zuma
Thursday, October 5, 7:30 PM
@ University of Dubuque Heritage Center, 
John and Alice Butler Hall (2255 Bennett St)
Cirque Zuma Zuma will perform as part of the fifth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series on Thursday, Oct. 5. Cirque Zuma Zuma, known as the “ultimate African circus,” packs every show with non-stop action and incredible feats that keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Cirque Zuma Zuma, a touring arm of the African Acrobats International, was established in 2005 with a mission of teaching the world about African cultures. The group has entertained several heads of states from Kenya, China, and Swaziland and have toured Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. They also made it to the semifinals in Season 6 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Cirque Zuma Zuma features disciplined performers who are trained in Kenya and Tanzania. Many have described the show as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. The performances showcases an array of talents mixed with some of the best skills associated with African variety acts. With live music, percussionists, and colorful costumes, the talented cast performs an action-packed show consisting of a cultural flag dance, pole and aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dances, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling, and South African contortionist feats that will keep the audience breathless.
Tickets are $25–$30 adults, $21–$25 UD alumni, and $15 child/student and can be purchased can be purchased at the Farber Box Office, by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Fall Into Art Gallery Tour
Art Crawl: Friday, October 6 @ 5–9 PM
Art. Creative. Quest.: Saturday, October 7
Downtown Dubuque
Dubuque Main Street’s annual Fall Into Art free gallery tour through Downtown Dubuque’s Cultural Corridor will feature 10 unique art exhibitions in 2017, thanks to presenting sponsor Premier Bank. The art crawl will be held on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., and the new Art. Creative. Quest. will be held Saturday, Oct. 7.
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. Participants may tour the locations in any order by walking, biking, riding, or driving. A free shuttle service, courtesy of Premier Bank, will be offered on Friday. The trolleys will make loops, with one stopping at each participating gallery approximately every 15 minutes.
The Fall Into Art Committee with Dubuque Main Street presents a new Saturday quest: “Art. Creative. Quest.”. Participants start at Washington Park and tour through a specified route. On this self-guided quest downtown (directions and maps provided), participants will collect various arts materials and information. The quest ends at the Dubuque Farmers’ Market with an interactive painting.
Featured exhibits include: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Clarke University’s Off-site Exhibit, Dubuque Museum of Art, Everything Photography, Gallery C, Inspire Café, Outside the Lines Art Gallery, The Smokestack, University of Dubuque’s Off-site Exhibit and University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Off-site Exhibit.
For more information, contact Dubuque Main Street at 563-588-4400 or visit DowntownDubuque.org.

Alumni Cabaret
Friday, October 6, 7 PM
@ Clarke Terence Donaghoe Hall
Oct. 6–7. Talented Clarke University alumni from the 1970s through 2016 will be highlighted in this event. Current Clarke University students will also be featured. Join for an entertaining and exciting evening at the theatre! $10 Adults; $7 seniors; $5 non-Clarke students; free for Clarke community and Clarke alumni. 1550 Clarke Dr. Clarke.edu.

Mel Brooks’ Musical Young Frankenstein
October 6–7 and 13–14 @ 7:30 PM
October 8 and 15 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
Catch the “Transylvania Mania” when Mel Brooks’ hilarious musical hit Young Frankenstein takes the stage! Brought to life by Mel Brooks himself, this stage musical adaptation of his Oscar nominated hit movie brings all your favorite cinematic moments to the stage.
Young Frankenstein is a loving parody of the 1930s classic horror film Frankenstein. It received critical acclaim and achieved box office success in 1974 when it was released. Telling the story of the reluctant grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, who has inherited the family castle. He travels to Transylvania to claim his inheritance. Once in the family estate he discovers the Frankenstein family legacy is hard to resist, and with the assistance of his very own Igor, a leggy lab assistant named Inga and Frau Blucher (cue the lightning and horses) he creates his very own monster. Surprises wait around each corner, with comedy lurking in the shadows of the castle Frankenstein.
This show contains adult themes and language, parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 18 and can be purchased at the Box Office Monday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m., by phone (563-588-1305), or online at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dark Chambers Haunted Forest
October 6–7, 13–14, 19–21, 26–29 and 31
6–9:30 PM @ YMCA camp (11764 JFK Rd)
Dark Chambers Haunted Forest is a brand new experience coming to Dubuque this October. Dark Chambers’ move to the YMCA Union Park Camp includes two separate indoor haunt areas and two haunted trails that will more than double the size of your adventure.
The resurrected Haunted Forest from a decade ago combines all the new scares you know and love, dark turns you dread and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding harder than ever. The new haunt location will help generate thousands of dollars for the local YMCA and bring attention to their amazing zipline experience.
Full fright ticket sales at 6:30 p.m. and end ticket sales at 9:30 p.m., with a half hour light fright from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Light Fright and $15 for Full Fright. For more information visit DarkChambers.com, email DarkChambersDBQ@yahoo.com or call 319-464-5906.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturday, October 7, 7 AM–Noon
@ Near Iowa & 12th St
Find produce, hanging baskets, freshly baked goods, wines, arts and crafts, and more. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

The Tri-State’s Largest Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 7, 10 AM – 5 PM
@ Cable Car Square (4th & Bluff Sts)
The Dubuque Jaycees are pleased to host the Tri-State’s Largest Chili Cook-Off in Dubuque’s historic Cable Car Square on Saturday, Oct. 7. The day is full of family-friendly fun and games, live music from the Zero 2 Sixty, and of course chili!
The cook-off starts at 10 a.m. with the kid’s corner, food, and beverages. Chili and salsa judging begins at noon, and the public tasting starts at 1 p.m. Cost for the public tasting is $5. Zero 2 Sixty will be playing on the stage from 1 to 5 p.m.
Proceeds from this CASI sanctioned cook-off benefit Hills and Dales, a local human services organization that provides care for youth with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities. This event is sponsored by Premier Bank.
Contact the Dubuque Jaycees at tristates.chilicookoff@gmail.com, find Tri-State’s Largest Chili Cook-Off on Facebook, or visit DubuqueJaycees.org/chili for more information.

Kids Expo–Dubuque County
Saturday, October 7, 10 AM–2 PM
@ Grand River Center
This premier family fun and resource fair is an excellent opportunity to learn about area resources available to families, while enjoying free musical and dance entertainment, balloon artists, face painting, crafts, games, inflatables, prizes, free giveaways. Visit over 60 booths showcasing services, programs, and products in the Dubuque County area. Free. DCEarlyChild.org.

Kids Expo–Dubuque County
Saturday, October 7, 10 AM–2 PM
@ Grand River Center
This premier family fun and resource fair is an excellent opportunity to learn about area resources available to families, while enjoying free musical and dance entertainment, balloon artists, face painting, crafts, games, inflatables, prizes, free giveaways. Visit over 60 booths showcasing services, programs, and products in the Dubuque County area. Free. DCEarlyChild.org.

Joan Soppe Exhibit: Beneath the Surface
Show: October 7–28
Reception: Saturday, October 7 @ 1–3 PM
CLarke University Quigley Art Gallery (1550 Clarke Dr)
Joan Soppe, 1990 Clarke University Alumna, is internationally known for her artist books, hand-made paper and glass works. Her exhibition will run Oct. 7 through Oct. 28, with a reception on Oct. 7 at 1–3 p.m.
Soppe completed a bachelor of fine arts at Clarke University and a master of fine arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has held visiting lecturer posts at Kansas Art Institute, Iowa State University, Memphis College of Art, University of Northern Iowa and Mount Mercy University. She currently maintains an independent studio in Moline, IL.
Soppe’s artist books have been displayed in solo, group and juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her work has been reproduced in numerous publications, including The Activated Page: Handmade Paper and The Artist Book, Jae Jennifer Rossman, 2007; Paper Art: The Art of Sculpting with Paper, Michael G. LaFasse, 1998; and Pages: Innovative Bookmaking Techniques, Linda Fry Kenzle, 1997. She is a past recipient of a major artist grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
Soppe is drawn to the artist book because it is a medium that lends itself to being opened, pages being turned, ideas laid bare, and secrets uncovered as each layer is peeled back. Much of her work is concerned with women’s lives: with sexuality and family, household objects, a grandmother’s love, stories of experience, and the occasional dark secret that may define a childhood.
For more information, visit Clarke.edu or call 563-588-6318.

Saturday, October 7
Shullsburg, WI
Shullsburg welcomes fall by celebrating the cheese heritage of the city with experiences the whole family can enjoy. Held on the town’s historic Water Street, you may simply delight in the historic architecture of this quaint yet thriving town. Water Street fills with craft, vintage, antiques, and baked good vendors. The festival includes a fireman’s breakfast, cheese making demonstrations, craft and food vendors, canvas painting, kids’ games, scarecrow building, hayrides and scarecrow town tours, a corn maze, cheese IQ contest, cheese weight guessing, a curd eating contest, juggler, cheese and wine pairings, a raffle drawing, trivia night, laser tag, and the girl band, Precocious. Facebook.com/ShullsburgCDC.

Todd Oliver’s Funniest Night of Your Life
Saturday, October 7, 7 PM
@ Five FLags Center (405 Main St)
Get ready to meet the funniest comedian on four legs! “Irving” with a little help from his friend Todd Oliver, is going to talk up a storm on Oct. 7 at the Five Flags Center.
If you ever wondered how a dog looks at life, this little home raised companion is going to give it to you straight from the dog’s mouth. He won’t mince words, and if he does it’s Todd’s fault anyway (He’s a ventriloquist).
Todd Oliver grew up loving dogs and ventriloquism. Along the way he created some wooden headed characters and performed around the world. Todd Oliver and Friends have been a feature on Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, episodes of Walker Texas Ranger, and in 2012 they were a Top Four Finalist on America’s Got Talent.
Tickets start at $12 for children and $17 for adults. Prices increase $5 day of performance. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, at Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Five Flags Center Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Flea Market & Antique Show
Sunday, October 8, 8 AM–3 PM
@ DBQ Co Fairgrounds
This event has been a main stay for more than 50 years! It takes place three times a year on Sundays at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Featuring vendors with an array of the most unusual items. From antiques, arts and crafts, as well as new and used merchandise, this market is sure to offer a unique shopping experience. $1; free for children 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 815-747-7745. facebook.com/dubuquefleamarket.

The Super Bowel
The Ultimate Variety Show Benefit for Aaron Rainey
Sunday, October 8, Noon
@ Five FLags Center (405 Main St)
For one night only, the area’s top entertainment is coming together for our friend Aaron Rainey and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with optional special seating available.
The goal is to raise $20,000 to benefit Aaron’s recent surgery and three week hospital stay from complications with his Crohn’s Disease. The remaining proceeds will go to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
Crohn’s Disease is a painful, debilitating illness, affecting one in 1500 people, 20% of which are children and one of which was Aaron. Crohn’s, it’s an extremely hard disease to treat, and as of yet, there is no proven cure. On July 19, 2017, Aaron had surgery number four due to his Crohn’s disease. After three weeks in the hospital, he was able to come home.
Aaron has supported and promoted many people and businesses throughout his life. If you would like to show your support for him in return, consider donating an item to the auctions. There will be both a silent auction and an online auction.
Doors open at noon with the silent auction. At 1 p.m., The Ultimate Variety Show kicks off when comedians, hypnotists, musicians and entertainers alike come together to perform the “sh*ttiest” show on Earth! Silent auction items will begin to close one hour before the end of the variety show.
To donate, RSVP, or for more information about Aaron, Chron’s Disease, and The Super Bowel, visit TheSuperBowel.com.

Live at Heritage B.I.T.E. Size Series:
The Kite Runner
Monday, October 9 @ 7:30 PM (SOLD OUT!)

Tuesday, October 10 @ 3:30 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center, 
Babka Theatre (2255 Bennet St)
University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center debuts its new B.I.T.E Size Series with a stage presentation of The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.
This Literature to Life award winner features 50 minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of the best-selling contemporary novel, The Kite Runner. The adaptation mirrors the original short story and utilizes original Afghani music as a backdrop for the performance.
Sorab Wadia, an actor and singer based in New York City, takes audience members on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division. He portrays upwards of eight characters, including the story’s young protagonist, Amir.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for UD alumni, and $9 for children and non-UD students. Free UD student admission made possible by UD Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and UD Wendt Center for Character Education. 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.
About Live at Heritage B.I.T.E. Size Series

Old Hams
October 13–14, 19–21, and 25–28 @ 7:30 PM
October 15, 22, and 29 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury RD)
Old Hams tells the story of a group of retired performers who have lived together in the Ophelia L. Davis Home for Actors, Musicians and Singers for more than 40 years. But the death of the Home’s owner creates a sticky situation for those living there. A scheming lawyer has his eyes on the property and is determined to take the house for himself. These aged actors are faced with their greatest challenge as they put on a high stakes performance to win back their home.
The cast features Bell Tower veterans Chris Becker, Don Brauhn, Cathy Goodman, Sue Flogel, Lorie Foley, Evan Heil, Bridget Leary, Debbie Meyer and Matt Tompkins. The performance will be directed by the Bell Tower Theater’s Artistic Director Sue Riedel.
Performances are every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from Oct. 13 to 29. Oct. 13 and 14 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 BellTowerTheater.net.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Season Opener: Beethoven’s 5th
Saturday, October 14 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 15 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater (405 Main St)
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra welcomes back beloved former Concertmaster, Caroline Curtis, to perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins with current Concertmaster, Eleanor Bartsch. Manny Laureano, Principal Trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra, performs the world premiere of a Trumpet Concerto composed by Dubuque native Michael Gilbertson. The Symphony Youth Orchestra is featured in Sibelius’ stirring Finlandia, playing side by side with the DSO musicians. Rounding out this concert are an exciting Latin dance suite by de Falla and Beethoven’s incredible 5th Symphony!
Tickets range from $16 to $86. Purchase through Ticketmaster.com or Five Flags Box Office (Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) Tickets can also be purchased in the theater lobby one hour prior to performance. Student rush tickets available one hour prior to performance for $7 with student I.D.
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The Edgar Winter Band and Rick Derringer
Saturday, October 14 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Edgar Winter is best known for his unique ability to combine rock, blues, jazz and pop sounds in his music. Winter formed the band White Trash and released multiple chart-topping hits including “Free Ride,” “Keep Playing That Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Frankenstein.” In 1965, Rick Derringer began his musical career in the rock group The McCoys, releasing his first No. 1 hit “Hang On Sloopy.” As a solo artist, Derringer debuted his album All American Boy with a new version of his original single “Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo” that became a Billboard Hot 100 hit. Winter and Derringer have performed together since the 1970s. Their most famous collaboration came when Derringer produced The Edgar Winter Group’s double-Platinum album They Only Come Out at Night, which reached No. 3 on the U.S. album chart.

Michael Ray in Concert
Friday, October 20, PM
Q Showroom, Q Casino
With his authentic sounds and entertaining performances, rising country star Michael Ray is to make Dubuque one of his stops on his “Get to You” tour. He’s coming to Q Casino on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Q Showroom. Raised in rural central Florida an hour from Orlando, Ray grew up with a family full of musicians.
After years on the road opening for some of the most popular acts including Rucker, Sam Hunt, Brantley Gilbert, and Kip Moore, the singer/songwriter and performer wrapped his headlining “Think A Little Less” tour. His live performances have been greeted with overwhelming success, with Digital Journal calling him “infectious” and Nash Country Daily declaring that he “displays the energy and polish of a pro.”
Ray continued the journey with the release of his first single “Kiss You In The Morning.” The debut single went number one in just 24 weeks. Before this single’s release, Ray was mentored by John Rich of Big & Rich on the singing competition The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep, which he won. He and Rich co-wrote Big & Rich’s 2015 single, “Run Away with You.”
Ray’s second number one single came not long after with “Think A Little Less,” also off of his debut self-titled album.
When not on the road, Ray has been writing and recording his second album. Ray is currently working on new music due later this year.
Special guest Devin Dawson

Air Supply
Thursday, October 28 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Formed in 1975, Air Supply members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock burst into the music scene with their unique vocals, harmonic ballads and soft rock sound. Their popularity skyrocketed with the release of their album Lost in Love, which included the hit songs “All Out of Love,” “Every Woman in the World” and “Lost in Love.”

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