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ART GUMBO Soup Dinners Raise Money for Dubuque Art Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Newhaus   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:58
DUBUQUE, IA. – The spring installment of Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro funding, is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m., at St. Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust Street in Dubuque.

Art Gumbo is an independent community-based initiative that funds local arts projects using money collected at quarterly soup dinners. During each Art Gumbo funding cycle, artists and arts organizations are alternately invited to submit a brief project proposal that demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 donation at the door on March 21 entitles the attendee to soup and home-baked bread by East Mill Bakeshop & Catering and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals, and one vote for their favorite.

The March 21 soup dinner will feature seven proposals submitted by local arts organizations or creative groups whose project demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The proceeds from the door will fund two proposals, first and second place, splitting the funding in a 70/30 fashion. A special group exhibit by Fun A Day Dubuque will feature the work of area individuals who met the challenge to engage in a daily creative activity each day of February. The work will be on display during the Art Gumbo event.

Art Gumbo dinners and micro-funding program are an independent effort initiated by local arts activists Paula Neuhaus and Megan Starr. The project’s mission is to bring artists together with art patrons to explore and fund projects, create working relationships, and to build an all-arts network. Since the project’s launch in September 2010, Art Gumbo has raised $8,565 to fund 16 creative projects. The March 21 soup dinner is open to anyone interested in attending the event. For more details about Art Gumbo and to review the proposals submitted for this funding cycle visit or contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Presents: “Hockey, Welding, & Ice Cream: A Love Story” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:55

A Reading Featuring the Work of Thax Douglas, Al Johnson’s Final Flu, & Ryan Werner

[Dubuque, IA] DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival will host a reading entitled “Hockey, Welding, & Ice Cream: A Love Story” on Saturday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. at Eronel Art +Music Venue, 285 Main Street. The evening features a reading of original work from writers Thax Douglas, Al Johnson, & Ryan Werner. This rock-n-roll inspired reading serves as a fundraiser for the 36th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 17-19, 2013 in downtown Dubuque.

American rock poet Thax Douglas is famous for creating literary snapshots of popular bands’ performances and as a long-time fixture on the Chicago, New York, and Austin music scenes, reading his original poems inspired by bands as introductions to their sets. His self-published work includes several collections of poetry inspired by music. Al Johnson pushed the boundaries and destroyed the rules of rock as founder and front man of the band U.S. Maple. Al Johnson’s Final Flu is now pushing boundaries in the field of writing as a contributor to Vice Magazine as well as his writing website, Local fiction writer and rocker Ryan Werner‘s short story collection Shake Away These Constant Days was recently published by Jersey Devil Press. His work is quirky, world-wise, and as joyfully rambunctious as your favorite punk rock song.

The public is invited to meet the writers, enjoy the reading, and buy their books. DubuqueFest t-shirts and signed, limited edition silk-screened posters by artist Rich Rossignol will be available for purchase. A sliding scale donation of $5-$10 is suggested. All proceeds from the door support DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival. More information or donate directly at


Putnam Happenings March 7 Edition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Friday, 08 March 2013 14:59


Get your tickets TODAY!

Opening this weekend -

March 9

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Theater Throwbacks


March 7 - 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
March 10 - 4:30 p.m.

Theater Throwbacks


Night Fever

March 14 - 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Lost Nation:

The Ioway

2 & 3

March 17 - 6:30 p.m.

Spring Craft Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 13:04
Davenport, IA- Crafts! Food! Eggs! The German American Heritage Center will be hosting an “Eiermarkt” or Egg Market Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, March 23rd from 10 am until 3pm. Local and regional vendors will be selling their springtime wares including decorated eggs, carvings, baked goods, and much more! Free admission to the Eiermarkt!

To become a vendor, please call soon, there are only a few tables left!!!

GAHC is located at 712 W.2nd St. Davenport, IA. Call 563-322-8844, visit, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details!

DCFAS Elisha Darlin Awards press release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ian Loar   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:52
[DUBUQUE, IA] Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce that they will present Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Conductor William Intriligator with the 33rd annual Elisha Darlin Award at a reception on Friday, March 29 at the Hotel Julien  Dubuque. Each year, the Fine Arts Society presents the Elisha Darlin Arts Award in recognition of the contributions of an individual or group who impact the cultural landscape of the Dubuque community. Past recipients include artists in various mediums, arts organizers, advocates, patrons, educators, and those involved in the promotion of arts and culture.

This year, Fine Arts Society presents the award to William Intriligator. In his 13th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Intriligator has guided the orchestra through an exciting period of artistic and organizational  growth. Under Intriligator’s direction, the orchestra is performing at higher levels of musical excellence. During his tenure the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra has added staged opera, staged ballet, a chamber series, programs designed for young professionals, additional educational youth concerts, new education initiatives, the re-introduction of family concerts, and large scale festivals such as the MozartFest and the Multicultural Festival.

An annual award presented by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, the Elisha Darlin Arts Award honors an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts. Named after the late Elisha Darlin, an educator and founding board member of Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, past recipients of the award include Ruth and Russ Nash, Sue Riedel, Lenore Howard and Doug Donald, Sue Flogel, Bob Woodward, Gail Chavenelle, Sandye Voight, Gene Tully, Fran and Ellen Henkels, former Dubuque City Councilwoman Ann Michalski, and the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee among many others.

Founded by Russ and Ruth Nash in 1976, DCFAS is a non-profit organization that works to encourage, promote, and present local and regional arts. Current programming includes Dubuquefest Fine Arts Festival, Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act Plays, Dubuque Writers Guild, Nash Gallery, Voices from the Warehouse District and Rogue Collections.

The Elisha Darlin Awards Dinner supports the sustainability of vibrant and low-cost arts programming provided by DCFAS, and is set for Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at the Grande Ballroom of the Hotel Julien.

Dinner/event tickets available at the door or in advance. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-513-7007.

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