Arts & Culture


Professor Juggles Variety of Musical Projects

Feb 24, 2021
Shelley Cooper

After a brutal 2020, Shelley Cooper is back in musical heaven as 2021 is shaping up to be busy and fulfilling.

The Augustana College assistant professor of theater arts recently filmed two special performances for Circa ’21; she’s directing a new college production of “Into the Woods” this month; choreographing the next Circa mainstage show in March, and directing the Circa musical after that; performing a one-woman original show at the Black Box Theatre in late March, and then going to Orlando, Florida, to do the same show by June.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to the unique sound of American music with their Signature Series III concert on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM, inspired by the Figge Art Museum’s exhibition For America.

Dubuque Creates Art En Route

Feb 22, 2021

The city of Dubuque is asking for the public’s help to create new public art at bus shelters this summer.

Art En Route is a new public art project through the city of Dubuque’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Green Dubuque and funded by a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative. There were 220 communities nationwide that applied for the program; just 16 were approved and Dubuque is the only one in Iowa or Illinois.

Recently retired Chief Curator Emerita Dr. Brandon Brame Fortune, of the National Portrait Gallery, will give a virtual talk entitled American Artists’ Self-Portraits Then and Now on February 25, 2021 from 5-6PM.  This is a free event in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum’s exhibition For America:  200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design.


The exhibition For America:  200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design will be on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA from Feb 20 - May 16, 2021.  Consisting of nearly 100 paintings spanning the time from the early 19th century through the beginning of the 21st century, this exhibit presents an immersion course in American painting through which the visitor will understand the evolution of American art told by the very artists who created it – an “artist’s art history.”


For Valentine's Day Zombie Barbies

Feb 11, 2021
Davenport Public Library

The Davenport Public Library combines Zombie Barbies with horror books for Valentine’s Day, in a free Zoom event on Saturday, February 13.

Teens and adults are invited to join Amber Carlson, youth services and programming librarian, and hosts of the Stephen King podcast Derry Public Radio to make Zombie Barbies together and talk about their favorite horror stories starting at 2 p.m.

Carlson asked podcast co-host Josh Kahn for horror recommendations for teens around Halloween, but this is their first program with the podcast.

Musical "Opens" at Circa 21

Feb 10, 2021

In a dark, uncertain time, Circa ’21 offers light and un-adulterated joy in its latest online entertainment, the fun bluegrass musical “Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

Fans of the film “O Brother Where Art Thou” and the Circa ’21 favorite “Southern Crossroads” should love this original musical – written and directed by Tristan Tapscott -- that features such classic hits as “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Keep on the Sunnyside of Life” and many more.

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