Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 21, 7–10 AM
@ Grand River Center
Keynote speaker Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. presents “An Antidote for America’s Agitation.” RSVP by Jan. 14. $25 Adults; $10 for 12 and under.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Auditions: Monday, January 21 @ 4:15–6:15 pM
Performances: Saturday, January 26 @ 10 AM and 2 pm
U.D. Heritage Center
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs is an original musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale performed by Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and a cast of over 50 local children. The performances are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 26. Students (K–12) are invited to audition on Jan. 21, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Arrive between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some cast members will be asked to stay and rehearse immediately following the audition. Rehearsals last through the week from 4:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. daily. Those cast will be subject to a $25 participation fee (includes one free show ticket). Children of UD alumni are subject to a reduced $15 participation fee. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for alumni and military, $9 for children and students, and $4 for a lap seat for children 3 and under (available with purchase of an adult ticket).

Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown
Monday, January 21, 7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Center (405 Main St)
The debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 54 years ago. The argument at the time, and one that still persists, was that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So who’s better? These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage musical showdown at the Five Flags Theater on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the county’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They face off against renowned Stones tribute band Satisfaction—The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The Dubuque Senior High School String Quartet will lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion. The quartet includes DSHS senior Holli Farnum, juniors Olivia Young and Corinne Scheidecker and sophomore Cecelia Brown. Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles including the Dubuque Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Honor Orchestra Festival at the University of Iowa and the Iowa All-State Orchestra. During the two-hour show, the bands perform three sets each, trading places in quick set changes and ending the night with an all-out encore involving both bands. The band members have their outfits custom-made, since avid fans know exactly what the Beatles and Stones wore onstage during different time periods in their careers. There’s a lot of good-natured jabbing between the bands as well. “Music fans never had a chance to see the Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform on the same marquee,” said Chris Legrand, who plays Mick Jagger. “Now, music aficionados can watch this debate play out on stage.” Tickets are $35–$65 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, or by phone at 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.

Live Play Reading: The Lion in Winter
Tuesday, January 22, 7 PM
@ Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
The Lion in Winter by James Goldman tells the story of King Henry II of England and his family as they deal with conflict and ambitions fighting to inherit the kingdom. $8 suggested donation. 217 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesday, January 23, 4:30–8 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $2 of every admission will be donated to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. $5 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

JDIFF Winter Film Series
Thursday, January 24, 6–9 PM
@ Hotel Julien Dubuque
This is the first installment of the new series that will feature a cause-related film and Q&A opportunity. This month features clips from work-in-progress film Needles in the Hay: A Nation’s Road to Recovery, a documentary about America’s opioid crisis. The film’s director Brett Meyer, a recovering addict himself, will be in attendance along with Misty Barrett, one of the subjects of the film. $10. JulienFilmFest.com.

Dubuque High School Juried Art Show Show:
Now through January 31
Reception: Thursday, January 24 @ 6–7:15 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Bisignano art gallery (2255 Bennett St) This unique show highlights works by Dubuque high school students. The show runs from Jan. 7 through Jan. 31, and a reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. The art is juried by the students’ art teachers at Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School, Wahlert High School, the Alternative Learning Center. Stop out and see these students shine!

Pechakucha
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 PM
@ Smokestack
Hear local stories and ideas, told in the traditional PechaKucha 20×20 fast-paced format. PechaKucha Nights Dubuque are social events that connect people through a unique array of creative and unexpected personal stories. $5 suggested donation. 62 E 7th St. Pechakucha.org.

Gary Allan
Thursday, January 24, 7 PM
@ Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
Modern-day outlaw Gary Allan brings his signature blend of smoldering vocals with rebellious lyrics to the Five Flags Center on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Allan’s latest album, Set You Free, topped the Billboard 200 Pop Chart, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Album Chart (for the fourth time in a row), and produced his fifth No. 1 country radio chart topper, “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain.” The California native has released nine studio albums with three back-to-back certified platinum albums and five gold. Allan has five No. 1 hits at country radio, 14 Top 10 hits to his credit and over 1.8 billion total streams. He’s described as “dark and dreamy” in Entertainment Weekly, “soulful and rough around the edges” in Playboy and deemed a “maverick” by Rolling Stone. He sells out venues as a headliner from NY to LA and has made numerous late night television appearances. Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office, or charge by phone at 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.

New DuMA Exhibits Living Proof
Show: Now through March 15
African American Art Show: January 19–April 21
Madai Taylor show: January 19–April 28
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25 @ 5–8 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art (701 Locust St)
Celebrate the new exhibits at the Dubuque Museum of Art: Living Proof Exhibit: A Visualization of Hope, African American Art in the 20th Century, and Madai Taylor: An Elegy to America in Black and White. A reception and member preview will be held on Jan. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Museum members are free, and guests are $10. African American Art of the 20th Century is organized by and drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. According to the SAAM, the Black artists explore “the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond.” Elizabeth Catlett prints on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art complement the exhibit. Catlett, the first African American woman to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree. An Elegy to America in Black and White is a poignant and provocative exhibition of non-subjective works of art with accompanying poetic writings. Madai Taylor is from Fort Dodge, IA. Living Proof features more than 25 Tri-State artists, showcasing the courage and creative spirit of those who have experienced cancer and revealing the range of feelings experienced during the journey. For more information, call DuMA at 563-557-1851 or visit DBQart.com.

Hats Off to Live Music Crawl
Friday, January 25, 5:30 PM
@ Various Downtown Dubuque Bars
Dubuque Main Street’s second annual Hats Off to Live Music Crawl features eight venues with live music on Friday, Jan. 25, thanks to presenting sponsor Matthews Distributing. The music crawl will start 5:30 p.m. Exclusive Access passes are $15 and limited to the first 240 registrants. The pass provides you with trolley transportation between venues, no cover charges, hors d’oeuvres, beverage samplings by Matthews Distributing, and access to Uber credits. Guests without passes are able to enter the venues but will have to pay for the cover charge. To purchase your pass or for more information, contact Dubuque Main Street at 563-588-4400 or visit DowntownDubuque.org.
PARTICIPATING VENUES
The Blu Room: David Zollo
Mississippi Moon Bar: Jabber Box
Dimensional Brewing Company: Andy Wilberding
The Lift: Flash in a Pan
Riverboat Lounge: Tete De Mort
Skinny MaGinny’s: JJ Schmitz Duo
Smokestack: Charles Walker BanD
The Southend Tap: Autumn Reverie & Elizabeth Mary

Mentor Dubuque Trivia Night
Friday, January 25, 6:30 PM
@ Joliet Event Center
Teams of 2–10 people will compete against each other in answering trivia questions in a variety of topics. Registration at 6:30 p.m. and trivia at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Mentor Dubuque. RSVP. $15/person. 781 Locust St. 563-845-0768 x1380. facebook.com/
MentorDubuque.

Citizen’s Police Academy Deadline
Friday, January 25
The purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is to build a better understanding between citizens and police through education. The CPA does not certify participants as law enforcement officers. Find full details and application at the Police Department or CityOfDubuque.org/cpa.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays now through April 27 9 AM–Noon
@ Former Colts Center
Dubuque Winter Farmers Market continues their 12th season. Approximately 35 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, and more. Plus hot breakfast options by Holliberri Icelandics and coffee by Verena Street Roasters. Free parking is available in the parking lot on Central Ave. at 11th St. 1101 Central Ave. WinterMarketDbq.com.

Pie Day at River Lights
Saturday, January 26, 10 AM–4 PM
@ River Lights Bookstore
In honor of Pie Day, River Lights will be giving away a piece of fresh baked pie to everyone who buys a book. Mary Purdy from St Luke’s will be busy baking up all the goodness. 1098 Main St.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Performances: Saturday, January 26 @ 10 AM and 2 pm
U.D. Heritage Center
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs is an original musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale performed by Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and a cast of over 50 local children. The performances are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 26. Students (K–12) are invited to audition on Jan. 21, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Arrive between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some cast members will be asked to stay and rehearse immediately following the audition. Rehearsals last through the week from 4:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. daily. Those cast will be subject to a $25 participation fee (includes one free show ticket). Children of UD alumni are subject to a reduced $15 participation fee. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for alumni and military, $9 for children and students, and $4 for a lap seat for children 3 and under (available with purchase of an adult ticket).

Cabin Fever Mini-Con
Saturday, January 26, Noon–5 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
Bring the whole family to Carnegie-Stout Public Library on Jan. 26 to celebrate your love of comics, gaming, science fiction, and fantasy! From a fan art contest to a costume contest, and Magic to Mario, there’s something for everyone at the Cabin Fever Mini-Con. Fan art contest submissions will be accepted at the reference desk through Jan. 18. The contest is open to all ages and can be 2D or 3D in any media but must be submitted in a physical format. One entry per person. Registration for the costume contest is now open! The registration form is available at facebook.com/carnegiestout. For full contest submissions details and more information, call the library at 563-589-4225 x2224 or visit dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition
Saturday, January 26, Noon–4 PM
@ Dubuque Museum of Art & Washington Park (701 Locust St)
The Dubuque Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Dubuque’s Art in the Park initiative and Winterfun, Inc., hosts the Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition Jan. 26, in Washington Park in Downtown Dubuque. Come to see professional and student teams battle it out for People’s Choice and Best in Snow. Winners will be announced at 3:45 p.m. Everyone is also invited to try their hand at snow sculpting in the family area. Materials and tools will be available. Snow Sculpting teams can be observed creating their outdoor masterpieces beginning Jan. 23 up until the celebration on Jan. 26. The competition is free to attend, so bring your friends and family! For more information, call DuMA at 563-557-1851 or visit DBQart.com.

Galena Whiskey Weekend
Saturday, January 26, 1–3:30 PM and 5–7:30 PM
@ Turner Hall (115 S Bench St, Galena, IL)
Sip your way through winter with more than 175 whiskey offerings at Galena Whiskey Weekend, taking place on Jan. 26 at the historic Turner Hall in Galena, IL. The 2019 event features an afternoon tasting from 1–3:30 p.m. with doors opening at 12:45 p.m. and an evening tasting from 5–7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 4:45 p.m. Your tickets includes the whiskey tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a Glencairn Whiskey keepsake glass. Tickets are $95. Designated driver tickets are available for $30. Must be 21+ to attend. For tickets and more information, visit GalenaWhiskeyWeekend.com.

Historic District Coffeehouse
Saturday, January 26, 7–9:30 PM
@ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque
Musicians can play or poets can read in a relaxed atmosphere. Listeners can enjoy a cup of coffee, snacks, and some “coffeehouse-style” entertainment. Free-will donations of canned goods for the Dubuque Food Pantry. All ages. Free. 1699 Iowa St. 608-348-5099.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesday, January 30, 4:30–8 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $2 of every admission will be donated to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. $5 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

High West Whiskey Tasting
Thursday, January 31, 5–7 PM
@ Iron Bar (333 E 10th St)
Not sure if you’re a whiskey lover? Head to the Iron Bar inside the Novelty Ironworks building on Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. to find out! Sip and savor four types of whiskey with a representative from Constellation Brands. Find some new High West Whiskeys to love, share and enjoy! High West Distillery uses high quality ingredients and distill in a tradition copper pot. They take pride in their unique aged whiskey blends. Their core products include American Prairie Bourbon, Double Rye!, Rendezvous Rye, and Campfire. This is a complimentary tasting. Food and additional drinks will be available for purchase. Must be 21+ to attend. For more information, call 563-855-7006 or visit MillworkMarketplace.com.

Opening Doors Trivia Bowl
Friday, February 1, 5:30 PM
@ Grand River Center (500 Bell St)
Kick off Super Bowl weekend with Opening Doors annual Trivia Night on Feb. 1 at the Grand River Center! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Gather your team of up to eight players and test your wits with 10 rounds of trivia in a variety of categories—not just sports. Tailgate food favorites including walking tacos, soda and a full bar will be available for purchase. Dress in your favorite team gear! Prizes will be awarded for best costume and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Advance registration is preferred, but you can register at the event. Individuals are $15 or register with a team of eight for $120. All proceeds will help fund a new agency van. Register online or download a registration form at OpeningDoorsDBQ.org. For more information, call Opening Doors at 563-582-7480.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Femmes of Rock
Friday, February 1 @ 7:30 PM
U.D. Heritage Center
Winter heats up with Femmes of Rock starring Bella Electric Strings on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Experience original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more. Bella Electric Strings have collectively performed with some of the biggest names in the business including Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, and Ricky Martin. They and their band perform the hits of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Prince, and many more. Femmes founder Nina DiGregorio is a classically trained violinist, bass player, writer/arranger, vocalist, and pianist, but she is most well known for her pioneering work on the electric rock violin and being a music business mogul and entrepreneur. A free preshow CyberCafé Knapp Stage concert from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring the Caitlyn Wolfe Band precedes the Femmes show. Tickets are $29–$34 for adults, $24 for alumni, and $15 for children and students.

As Time Goes By: A JDIFF Hollywood Night
Saturday, February 16, 6 PM
@ Diamond Jo Casino Harbor Room (301 Bell St)
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will once again put the “fun” in fundraising with its third annual gala, set for Feb. 16 in the Harbor Room at Diamond Jo Casino. As Time Goes By: A JDIFF Hollywood Night invites you to walk back through the romance and glamour of the fabulous forties with a nod to Casablanca’s Rick’s Café along the way. Come dressed in 1940s vintage glam attire—reminiscent of the Bogart, Bergman and Bacall era. The event includes a silent auction, live auction, and plated dinner. Peckosh Pediatric Dentistry will be hosting a complimentary cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Up for auction will be a wide variety of trips, experiences, art, and more. One package includes a wine dinner for six prepared by Hotel Julien Dubuque’s award-winning Executive Chef Jason Culbertson served in the Capone Suite. The winner also will receive a one-night stay in the suite, plus a one-night stay in two additional whirlpool suites, and breakfast for six at Caroline’s Restaurant. A particularly unique auction offering is the opportunity for one lucky child to be named the 2019 JDIFF Kid Reporter, joining JDIFF Executive Director Susan Gorrell for radio interviews the week of the festival, recording a commercial for the festival’s Kid’s Day, interviewing red carpet guests on Awards Night, and more. Adventures that will be available to attendees include a day trip for six touring and tasting at some of Iowa’s top 10 wineries, a trolley tour of Dubuque’s mural art scene starting at Convivium Urban Farmstead led by Voices Productions, Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar’s Chef Kevin Scharpf’s dinner for six, along with more surprises and fun for everyone! Tickets are $100 per person and $900 per table of 10. Proceeds directly support JDIFF. Voted one of the top 50 film festivals worth the entry fee by MovieMaker Magazine, the eighth annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is set for April 24–28, in downtown Dubuque. For more information and tickets, visit JulienFilmFest.com/2019-gala.html.

Puddle of Mudd
Saturday, February 16,8 PM
@ Q Showroom in Q Casino
Puddle Of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band has sold over 7 million albums and has a string of No.1 mainstream rock singles in the U.S.! $19

365ink Impact Awards
Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 8 @ 5 PM
Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, February 26 @ 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar (301 Bell St)
The 365ink Impact Awards, sponsored by The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and Premier Bank, return for the 11th year to the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is FREE and everyone (21 and older) is welcome to attend. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with live music accenting the evening’s awards. For full details, nomination information, previous winners, and more, view our Impact Awards page.