Events

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturday, December 15, 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, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Dubuque Winter Farmers Market also features 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. Metered street parking is available on Iowa St, Central Ave, and other downtown streets. 1101 Central Ave. WinterMarketDbq.com.

Holiday Vendor and Craft Show
Saturday, December 15, 10 AM–2 PM
@ Otherside (East DBQ, IL)
Join a variety of crafters and vendors for some last minute gift ideas. Awesome food and drinks available. 68 Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL.

Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 15, Noon–4 PM
@ Mathias Ham Historic Site
Dec. 15–16 and 29–30. Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday. The Ham House will be decorated in period style, and costumed interpreters will share holiday traditions of the Victorian era. $7.50 Adults; $4 ages 3–17. Members of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are free. 563-590-5542. rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Mistletoe Stroll
Saturday, December 15, 1–4 PM
@ Downtown Galena, IL
Join Best of Galena as they open up their Bed and Breakfasts. Tour their parlors and dining rooms and enjoy a couple of tasty treats… they may even share their recipes! $10. BestOfGalena.com.


Urban Cowboy Christmas: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee

Saturday, December 15 @ 4 & 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino

Mickey Gilley, the 1976 Country Music Entertainer of the Year, and Gold Record recording artist Johnny Lee will perform their world-famous Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour along with songs from each of their Christmas albums.

Holiday Mine Sing
Saturday, December 15, 4 PM
@ Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums (Platteville, WI)
The Chough Singers men’s Cornish chorus performs a selection of lively Cornish standards following a traditional American Christmas choral presentation by the 50-member Platteville Chorale in the Museums. Then enjoy a second musical performance by the Chough Singers before descending the 90-steps into the underground Bevans Mine in the back yard of the Museums campus for the rest of their musical program. RSVP encouraged but not required. $10 Adults; $5 kids 6–17; $8.50 seniors 65+; free for kids under 5. 608-348-3301. mining.jamison.museum.

Reflections in the Park
Now through January 1, 5–10 PM
@ Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 24th annual Reflections in the Park, Festival of Lights! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday 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.

The Generals Christmas Ball
Saturday, December 15, 7 PM
@ DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)
The Galena Generals tell their stories of how nine men from a small city in Illinois not only fought in the Civil War but helped shape the country and the world. Includes dinner, dessert, and dancing. RSVP. $50.230 S Main St, Galena, IL. 815-777-0090. DeSotoHouse.com.

Double the Holiday Drag Shows
Saturday, December 15, 7 & 10 PM
@ Smokestack
Celebrate the holidays with Illusions Midwest at two fabulous drag shows. Be at this all-night farewell party for long-time emcee, the NOLA-bound Theresa Adams as she hands the reins to Illusions’ new show director. All ages at 7 p.m. for $5. 21+ at 10 p.m. for $10. 62 E 7th St.

A Christmas Survival Guide
Saturday, December 15 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 16 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)
Join the Bell Tower for A Christmas Survival Guide, a light and fun holiday musical directed by Sue Riedel with music direction by Megan Gloss. Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? Then this is just what you need! Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into the holidays searching for the true essence of Christmas. With a mix of holiday tunes both traditional and new, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming. All performances are $21. 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 BellTowerTheater.net.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 15 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 16 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker closes its yearly tradition on Dec. 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. Join the incredibly talented students as they dance through the journey of Clara meeting her Nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world of mice and fairies. With something new each year, this production is always a treat.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for under 18 and can be purchased at the Box Office (Monday–Friday from noon–4 p.m.) or by calling 563-588-1305. Tickets can also be purchased at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 16, 8 AM–Noon
@ DBQ Co Fairgrounds
Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, shop from local vendors, and kids can decorate holiday crafts. Santa will visit from 9 a.m. to noon. $7 Adults; $4 ages 5–12; ages 4 and under free (limit of two free children per adult). 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Christmas Cantata
Sunday, December 16, 8:30–9:30 AM
@ St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Cantata “Sing Christmas” by Joel Raney and Mary McDonald performed by St. Luke’s Singers and Friends directed by Keith Rippe. The public is welcome to join in song. 1199 Main St. 563-582-4543. StLukesUMCdbq.org.


2018 Kids’Christmas Party

Presented by Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto,
McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Paramount Ambulance
Sunday, December 16, Noon–3 PM
@ Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
It’s the biggest, craziest party of the holiday season … it’s for kids ten and under … and it’s FREE!
Marine Corps Toys For Tots is excited to announce the 4th Annual Kids’ Christmas Party presented by Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto, McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Paramount Ambulance. Taking place on Sunday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m., the Five Flags Arena will transform into a yuletide display of controlled chaos, as hundreds of Tri-State youngsters converge for the biggest party around. And the best part is it’s totally FREE!
The event is hosted by Marine Corps Toys For Tots of Dubuque and the Dubuque Police Department as a super fun, safe and festive chance for kids to play together, have a blast and go home with a few goodies along the way.
The three-hour party will have music and dancing with a live DJ that’s great with kids. Giant inflatable rides will return as will the Paramount Ambulance for kids to check out in person. Kids can also climb aboard a real fire truck and see how Dubuque heroes do their jobs when they get to talk with real firemen.
Especially exciting is the Theisen’s free toy giveaway to every child with other surprise goodies giveaways as well. There are plenty for everyone, so there’s no need to line up early, we promise.
Get your photo taken with Santa in his sleigh at the party, courtesy of DigitalDubuque.com, and this year you can also get your picture with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in front of a wintery palace backdrop. Photos will available for free download online. You can also take you own photos on your phone if you like. Plus face painting, kids games, free cookies, popcorn and milk and punch thanks to the generosity of 365ink Magazine, Diamond Jo Casino, Fareway Foods, Prairie Farms Dairy, DigitalDubuque.com, Five Flags Center, Dollar Tree, the Dubuque Fire Department and Radio Dubuque.

Isthmus Brass
Sunday, December 16, 2 PM
@ Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
Isthmus Brass of Madison, WI, will perform a concert as part of their Christmas 10th Anniversary Tour. Enjoy old favorites as well as some new arrangements. Freewill offering. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. Sinsinawa.org.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Sunday, December 16 @ 2 PM
@ Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker closes its yearly tradition on Dec. 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. Join the incredibly talented students as they dance through the journey of Clara meeting her Nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world of mice and fairies. With something new each year, this production is always a treat.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for under 18 and can be purchased at the Box Office (Monday–Friday from noon–4 p.m.) or by calling 563-588-1305. Tickets can also be purchased at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Christmas Survival Guide
Sunday, December 16. 2 PM
@ Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)
Join the Bell Tower for A Christmas Survival Guide, a light and fun holiday musical directed by Sue Riedel with music direction by Megan Gloss. Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? Then this is just what you need! Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into the holidays searching for the true essence of Christmas. With a mix of holiday tunes both traditional and new, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming. All performances are $21. 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 BellTowerTheater.net.

Discover the Chestnut
Sunday, December 16, 3–5 PM
@ Convivium Urban Farmstead
Join special guest instructors, Jean-Michel Choquet and Deb Hayes for a class dedicated to the benefits and a versatility of this holiday nut. Learn how to peel and roast chestnuts; sample a chestnut stuffing and dessert; and make a French chestnut jam that you will be able to take home. $18. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. Convivium-DBQ.com.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Cut Loose Tree Farm
Sunday, December 16, 5 PM
@ Stone Cliff
Join the Brew Ha Ha Players for a night of Murder Mystery fun! Cut Loose Tree Farm is known for their perfectly pruned pines and beautiful balsams. But, it’s just before Christmas and a parasite has proven to put inventory in peril. President Pine isn’t too concerned, but everyone else is, as jobs are on the chopping block. But wait! That chopping block just got more interesting… Who’s on it? Reservations required. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. StoneCliffWinery.com.

Home for the Holidays: Candlelight Tours
Sunday, December 16, 7–8 PM & 8–9 PM
@ Mathias Ham Historic Site
Tour the Ham House in the glow of candlelight with tours focusing on the architectural and historical significance of the home. Meghan Peterman will perform in conjunction with the tour. Space is limited. RSVP. $10 Adults; $7 ages 3–17. 563-557-9545 x224. rivermuseum.com/events.

Lunch Time Book Group: Kingdom of the Blind
Monday, December 17, Noon
@ River Lights Bookstore
Join River Lights over your lunch break and discuss Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

L.May Book Group: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Monday, December 17, 7 PM
@ L.May Eatery
Enjoy libations and discourse over a variety of literary genres! The book group will discuss The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford. 1072 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

Dark Night To Daybreak Winter Breakfast
Tuesday, December 18, 7:30–8:30 AM
@ Shalom Spirituality Center
Iowa winter brings cold, snow, and longer periods of darkness to our days. Presenter Mary Potter Kenyon will share how a dark night of the soul led her to pinpoints of light, unexpected grace, and God’s mercy in the most unlikely of places and ways. RSVP by Dec. 14. $10. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. ShalomRetreats.org.

TMBR Year End Party
Tuesday, December 18, 7 PM
@ Smokestack
Socialize and celebrate another successful year, and share what’s next for Tri-State Mountain Bikers! 62 E 7th St. TMBRtrails.org.


Theisen’s Wags at the Flags

Most Wednesdays Now through March 6
Wednesday, December 19, 4:30–8 PM
@ Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, 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.

Hillcrest’s World AIDS Day Movie Night: Last Men Standing
Wednesday, December 19, 5:30 PM
@ Smokestack
Join Hillcrest Family Services for a special screening of the award-winning documentary Last Men Standing for World AIDS Day. 62 E 7th St. Hillcrest-fs.org.

Winter Solstice Drumming Circle
Wednesday, December 19, 6:30–7:30 PM@ Canticle of Creation Center
Native drums, being made in a circle, represent the earth and life. The beating drum is compared to the beating of a human heart and is said to represent the heartbeat of the earth, and right relationships. Some drums will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it along. All ages. RSVP requested by Dec. 17. Free will donation. 3390 Windsor Ave. OSFdbq.org/canticleofcreation.


An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas

Wednesday, December 19. 7:30 PM
@ Five Flags Theater (405 Main St)
Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. the Five Flags Theater.
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus Christ Superstar, Side Show, Oklahoma) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hit including “L-O-V-E,” “Mona Lisa,” “The Christmas Song,” and “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” BCR News praises, “Martin’s vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud.”
Tickets are $55 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.

Community Acupuncture
Thursday, December 20, 5:30–8 PM
@ Statera
Community acupuncture is a nationwide movement to bring acupuncture and Chinese medicine to people that is affordable and effective. Community acupuncture allows for individualized treatment in a common treatment area. Receive a 30–45 min acupuncture treatment. $35. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. StateraIntegrated.com.

Christmas Carols & Cookies
Friday, December 21, 7–10 PM
@ Galena Cellars (Galena, IL)
Stop by and sing along to your favorite carols while enjoying a glass of wine paired with delicious cookies! Free. 515 S Main St, Galena, IL. 815-777-3330. GalenaCellars.com.

Who’s Holiday!
December 21–23 and 25, 7:30 PM
@ Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
Cindy Lou brings a new Christmas show for the grownups! Who’s Holiday! hits the Grand Opera House stage on Dec. 21–23 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Who’s Holiday! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.
This show is recommended for mature audiences only.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Box Office (Monday–Friday from noon–4 p.m.) or by calling 563-588-1305. Tickets can also be purchased at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturday, December 22, 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, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Dubuque Winter Farmers Market also features 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. Metered street parking is available on Iowa St, Central Ave, and other downtown streets. 1101 Central Ave. WinterMarketDbq.com.

Reflections in the Park
Now through January 1, 5–10 PM
@ Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 24th annual Reflections in the Park, Festival of Lights! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday 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.

2nd Annual KISS-Mas Party
Saturday, December 22, 8 PM,
Q Showroom @ Q Casino
The longest running KISS tribute band with an unforgettable mix of classic KISS tunes, fire-breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, explosive pyrotechnics, authentic costuming, full-makeup, staging and special effects. Receive a free drink for coming in your best festive holiday gear! Plus, prizes for the best dressed and giveaways all night! Tickets are just $10

Plymouth Court Luminaries
Tuesday, December 25, 5 PM
@ Plymouth Ct
Check out the Plymouth Court Luminaries in Dubuque during their 83rd Anniversary! Find Plymouth Court Luminaries on Facebook for more information.

Who’s Holiday!
Tuesday, December 25, 7:30 PM
@ Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
Cindy Lou brings a new Christmas show for the grownups! Who’s Holiday! hits the Grand Opera House stage on Dec. 21–23 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Who’s Holiday! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-onl

y comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken. This show is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Box Office (Monday–Friday from noon–4 p.m.) or by calling 563-588-1305. Tickets can also be purchased at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dancer/Choreographer Laura Osterhaus
Wednesday, December 26, 6:30 PM
@ Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)
Experience an original work in progress by Maquoketa native, Minneapolis-based dancer/choreographer Laura Osterhaus, with collaborator and live accompaniment Sam Rosenstone. An interactive discussion to follow the performance. Free. 124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9925. Maquoketa-Art.org.

Feminist Book Group: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
Thursday, December 27, 7 PM
@ Smokestack
Read and be empowered! Discuss My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi. 62 E 7th St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

119th Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 29, 8 AM
@ EB Lyons Interpretive Center
Experienced birders will lead anyone who would like to help count all the birds in a 15-mile diameter, centered in Dubuque. Bring binoculars and warm clothing. Enjoy a chili supper at 4:30 p.m. while compiling results. In case of inclement weather, the count will be Jan. 5. 8991 Bellevue Hts. AudubonDubuque.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey
VS Green Bay: Saturday, December 29 @ 7:05 PM
VS Youngstown: Sunday, December 30 @ 3:05 PM
VS Omaha: Saturday, January 5, 2019 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)
The 2018–2019 Dubuque Fighting Saints season is underway! Celebrate at Our House with fun for the whole family. All home games take place at Mystique Community Ice Center on Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque.
The Saints take on the Green Bay Gamblers on Dec. 29. Then they hit the ice on Dec. 30 with the Youngstown Phantoms and it’s Faith and Family Day. Local churches are invited to bring their youth groups and congregations to Our House and take in an afternoon Fighting Saints game! Everyone is invited to stick around after the game to skate with the Saints!
Welcome the Saints to 2019 on Jan. 5 when they go head-to-head with the Omaha Lancers and Jan. 13 when they take on the Madison Capitols.
Mothers are invited to join the game on Jan. 12 against the Lincoln Stars. It’s exactly four months away from Mother’s Day, so why not get a head start in celebrating mom?
Then bring the family to Our House on Jan. 18 when the Saints take on the Waterloo Black Hawks. It’s Family Value Friday, so you can save over $20 with this package: tickets, pizza, soda, and Innovation Station bracelets! Deadline to order the special is 5 p.m. on the day of the game. Use Promo Code “family” when ordering Online. Online fees still apply.
Call the Fighting Saints at 563-583-6880, or visit DubuqueFightingSaints.com for tickets and more information.

Irish New Year’s Eve Party with Pat Reidy and the Lads!
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!), 3 PM
@ The Lift (180 Main St)
Celebrate Irish New Year at 6 p.m. with Pat and the boys! The Lift will provide corned beef and cabbage and other snacks! Plus plenty of Irish drinks and BUSCH LIGHT!

New Year’s Eve Dance
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!), 7:30 PM
@ Joliet Event Center
Ring in the new year with music by Ts n Js DJ. Bring a snack to share if you like! Dressy casual attire. Cash bar. Sponsored by Social Connections for Singles & Tri-State Singles. $6. 781 Locust St. 815-297-3308.

Heartache Tonight: A Tribute to the Eagles
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!), 7 PM
@ Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA)
From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Heartache Tonight brings a true Eagles concert experience to Ohnward Fine Arts Center this New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m.
Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge rock powerhouse that produced hits over our decades. There are no pre-recorded backing tracks in the Heartache Tonight show; all vocal harmonies and guitar parts are faithful to the originals and performed live. There is no choreography, no leather pants, no cowboy hats! Just hit song after hit song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
The six multi-talented members of Heartache Tonight have shared stages with some of the biggest names in rock including Jimmy Buffett, Joe Cocker and the Doobie Brothers and have played festivals and performing arts centers across the country.
A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane,” the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “Heart Or The Matter.”
Sloppy joes and chips will be served from 5–7 p.m. Beer, wine, and additional concessions will also be available.
Tickets are $30 in advance for $35 at the door at The Ohnward Fine Arts Center 563-652-9815 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.). For online sales and full details, visit OnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Dubuque Arts Council Presents Bryan Anthony’s Celebrating Sinatra
With The Hunter Fuerste Orchestra
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!), 8–10 PM
@ Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque Arts Council kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with famed big band vocalist Bryan Anthony’s Celebrating Sinatra—His Life in Music at the Grand Opera House on New Year’s Eve from 8 to 10 p.m. Bryan will perform in concert with the Hunter Fuerste Orchestra.
Bryan Anthony and Hunter Fuerste bring the legacy of the one and only Frank Sinatra alive with this immensely satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performance. Bryan is a veteran vocalist of ensembles like the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Nelson Riddle Orchestras, with Hunter Fuerste having played with Guy Lombardo—Mr. New Year’s Eve, himself—while watching the ball drop in Times Square. This collective homage to Old Blue Eyes takes contemporary audiences back to the Swing Era in style.
After launching his career as a vocalist with extensive touring across the globe with various big band orchestras, Bryan was featured in the off-Broadway production of Our Sinatra, a celebration of the legendary Frank Sinatra. Bryan’s fondness and respect for the Great Gentlemen of Song has led to this development of extensive repertoire that provides stunning homages without resorting to impressions.
The Celebrating Sinatra concert is the first of several special events planned to celebrate the Dubuque Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary in 2019. The Dubuque Arts Council’s “Educating and Entertaining” mission is to provide diverse, multi-disciplinary, artistic and educational opportunities to expand cultural horizons and improve the quality of life.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Box Office (Monday–Friday from noon–4 p.m.) or by calling 563-588-1305. Tickets can also be purchased at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

New Year’s Eve Dueling pianos
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!) @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Dueling Pianos returns to Mississippi Moon Bar for a special New Year’s Eve performance. Featuring the talented Chicago-based keyboard masters Elisa Carlson and Alan Bukowiecki, Dueling Pianos ends the year on a high note by playing groovy tunes to help the crowd swing the night away. This phenomenal performance includes a balloon drop, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and more as a lively and entertaining way to ring in the New Year in style.

New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Boy Band Review
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!), 9 PM,
Q  Showroom @ Q Casino
Ring in the New Year ‘90s style! Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. Tickets are just $10.

New Years Eve Bash
Monday, December 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!), 9 PM–1 AM
@ DBQ Co Fairgrounds
The Larry Busch Band will help you bring in the new year at this NYE Bash! Enjoy music and dance the night away. Includes champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. $35. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 1–2 PM
@ EB Lyons Interpretive Center
Cocoa, coffee and refreshments will be available after the hike. The centers exhibits and displays will be open for viewing. Arrive by 12:45 p.m. to register. 8991 Bellevue Hts. AudubonDubuque.org.

Reflections in the Park
Now through January 1, 5–10 PM
@ Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 24th annual Reflections in the Park, Festival of Lights! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday 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.

Theisen’s Learn to Skate Registration Deadline
Thursday, January 3
Mystique Ice Center
Ice skating builds confidence, discipline and courage… and it’s fun! Build lasting memories on ice for years to come. Lessons begin Jan. 5 and 8. Ages 3 and up. Register by Jan. 3. $80. DBQskating.org.

First Fridays
Friday, January 4, 5–8 PM
@ Outside the Lines art Gallery (1101 Main St)
6–7 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
First Fridays is monthly, citywide gallery hop celebrating our creative community. Make sure to hop, hop, hop to all First Friday locations!
Outside the Lines features Dubuque artist Tim Olson. Olson will be on hand to discuss his unusual style of painting that he describes as being possibly “Cartoon Expressionism, Naïve-Academic, Picturesque-Messiness” or perhaps all of the above. What we do know is that his work speaks to his ever-broadening following of appreciators and it will be an evening of great conversation and dry wit! Light refreshments will be available.
The Carnegie-Stout Public Library hosts Music @ Your Library® featuring Platteville’s Spare the Pig. Spare the Pig play upbeat folk music in the classic story-telling tradition. Henderson’s gravelly tuneful voice is backed by Ranney’s smooth harmonies. This coupled with their thoughtful lyrics make Spare the Pig a distinctive Midwestern outfit. Light refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music @ your library® is a First Fridays program occurring every other month that showcases original local music acts. Free.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/DubuqueFirstFridays.

Retro Rewind
Saturday, January 5, 10 AM @ Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
Pre-Party: Friday, January 4, 8 PM @ Smokestack (62 E 7th St)
After-Party: Saturday, January 5, 8 PM @ Smokestack
Get ready for another Retro Rewind at the Five Flags Center on Jan. 5! Enjoy a day of music, shopping, hot rods, kustoms, and vintage motorcycles.Vintage period correct hot rods, kustom cars, and vintage motorcycles will be on display for the motorheads. Check out the vendors selling their original art in the automotive vendor area or stroll on over to the swap meet area where you can find some old car parts. Or if you have been looking for some vinyl, cds, or old stereo equipment check the music swap area. Vintage guitars will be on display and dealers will be selling off some rare items in the guitar vendor row.
Smokestack hosts the Pre-Party on Friday with modern rockabilly band Jake’o and the Bluegrass Alumatics as well as the After-Party on Saturday with Bailey Dee.
For more information, find Retro Rewind Dubuque on Facebook.

Paint Your Pet’s Portrait
Saturday, January 5, 9 AM–Noon
@ Upcycle Dubuque
This 12×12 painting makes a great gift for yourself, a loved one, or a wonderful way to memorialize your beloved pet. Your pet’s photo will be stamped on the canvas and ready for you to paint. RSVP by Jan 2. Space limited. Cost is $50 and a donation of cat or dog food to go to the Dubuque Humane Society. facebook.com/upcycledbq.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey
VS Omaha: Saturday, January 5, 2019 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)
The 2018–2019 Dubuque Fighting Saints season is underway! Celebrate at Our House with fun for the whole family. All home games take place at Mystique Community Ice Center on Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque.
Welcome the Saints to 2019 on Jan. 5 when they go head-to-head with the Omaha Lancers and Jan. 13 when they take on the Madison Capitols.
Mothers are invited to join the game on Jan. 12 against the Lincoln Stars. It’s exactly four months away from Mother’s Day, so why not get a head start in celebrating mom? Then bring the family to Our House on Jan. 18 when the Saints take on the Waterloo Black Hawks. It’s Family Value Friday, so you can save over $20 with this package: tickets, pizza, soda, and Innovation Station bracelets! Deadline to order the special is 5 p.m. on the day of the game. Use Promo Code “family” when ordering Online. Online fees still apply. Call the Fighting Saints at 563-583-6880, or visit DubuqueFightingSaints.com for tickets and more information.

Donnie Baker
Saturday, January 12 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Comedian Donnie Baker is best known for his prank call jokes on the nationally-syndicated “Bob and Tom Show.” Baker, a comedy character played by actor Ron Sexton, is a trash-talking, self-proclaimed “badass” who is best described as a mix between film characters Joe Dirt and Uncle Rico of Napoleon Dynamite. Baker claims he was a former MLB prospect before having to undergo Tommy John surgery on both knees. Four of Baker’s comedy albums have been released through “The Bob and Tom Show” official store, including My Job Sucks, Shut Up, Randy and more. Opening for Donnie is comedian Alli Breen

DSO: Ultimate Rock Hits
January 18 & 19 @ 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
The seventh-annual concert features hits from the 1970s–2000s. Members from local bands join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for a rocking good time.

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.
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.
The Dubuque show is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S., Australia and Canada. The production includes some of the more popular songs from the two rock pioneers and covers the scope of their musical careers, although the set list for Satisfaction usually includes Rolling Stones songs up to the 1980s.
“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.

Dubuque High School Juried Art Show
Show: January 7–31
Reception: Thursday, January 24 @ 6–7:15 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Bisignano art gallery (2255 Bennett St)
Always a popular community exhibit at the Bisignano, 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!