Kane to offer nature events, theater, concerts

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JAN. 16

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES – “KILLER STUFF AND TONS OF MONEY”: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Daniel Russo will discuss “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money – Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America” by Maureen Stanton. People can bring lunch or purchase items at Chapters Coffeehouse and Cafe in the library. Information: booksbetweenbites.com.

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Now through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. It is directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak. Paramount favorite Paul-Jordan Jansen returns as the Beast. It is recommended for ages 5 and older for some scary moments. Still to come in the Broadway series will be “The Secret of My Success,” a new musical, playing Feb. 12 to March 29; and “Kinky Boots,” on stage from April 29 to June 14. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with subscription savings offered. Information: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.

MIDNIGHT TOAST TO THE START OF PROHIBITION WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 10 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It will be followed by a flapper girl spectacular with Siren Song Cabaret at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17; it’s an evening of live music and burlesque/variety performance featuring Chicago-based vocalist Brooklyn Britches’ sultry vocals layered over her two-piece band, The Whispers, featuring Charles Williams on guitar and vocals and Martin Stonikas on upright bass and percussion. Prime rib dinners return Thursdays. Next up will be Nick@Knight with Nick Pontarelli and Gina Knight at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18; a no cover country night with The Heels at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19; a “Rum and Choke Murder Mystery” at 7 p.m. Jan. 23; and Rosie & The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Information: arcadalive.com.

ART EXHIBIT: Through Feb. 8, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Water Street Studios celebrates the new year by showcasing its community of resident artists and instructors. January 2020 marks the beginning of new art classes, new resident artists and a new website. A vast quantity of work will be shown in a single exhibit that spans both the first-floor Dempsey Family Gallery and second-floor Chicago Capital Gallery. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

JAN. 17

FRIDAY FOOD TRUCK FEATURES TOASTY CHEESE MOBILE EATERY: 5 to 8 p.m., Riverlands Brewing Company, 1860 Dean St., unit A, St. Charles. Cost: Free admission. Information: riverlandsbrewing.com.

FINAL SAY: 9 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. The band plays rock, pop and Top 40s hits from the 1960s to today. Information: evenflowmusic.com.

ZAZZ JAZZ COMBO PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up will be The Wayouts at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 in an all-ages show; and The Claudettes will appear Jan. 24, with opening act Lying Mouth to Mouth at 8 p.m. The Claudettes fuses Chicago piano blues with rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul for a new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey. Information: themusicvenue.org.

JOURNEY TRIBUTE WITH INFINITY WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by an AC/DC tribute with Thunderstruck and a Black Sabbath tribute by Sabbath at 8 p.m. Jan. 18; Larry, Steve & Rudy – The Gatlin Brothers at 3 p.m. Jan. 19; Italian comedy by noted Australian comedian Joe Avati at 7 p.m. Jan. 19; and Prognosis in a tribute to progressive rock bands – such as Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Genesis, YES, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Jethro Tull and King Crimson – at 8 p.m. Jan. 24. Information: arcadalive.com.

TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY TOURS: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. No reservations are taken, but check in at host stand. Cost: Free. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.

JAN. 18

AMERICAN HERITAGE LIVING HISTORY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Information: 630-879-1739.

THE SWEET REMAINS, AN ACOUSTIC TRIO: 7 p.m., SecondSpace Theatre in Building H at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The trio blends modern folk-rock in the vein of Jason Mraz and Ray Lamontagne with lush three-part harmonies that hearken back to ’60s and ’70s supergroups such as Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles; and Simon & Garfunkel. Cost: $29. Information: 847-622-0300, tickets.elgin.edu.

DOWNTOWN BATAVIA INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through May, Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St. The market features eight to 15 vendors. New this year, Bar Evolution will host a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, as well as a farm-fresh egg omelet station courtesy of Ferndell Farm’s eggs. Information: downtownbatavia.com.

CHANGING ARRAY OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES: Weekly lineup, Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Information: villaverone.com.

GENEVA GREEN MARKET THIS WINTER: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April, First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information: shawurl.com/3c51.

PINE TRAVELERS: 9 p.m., The River’s Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. In addition, bluegrass is played from 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Information: theriversedgebatavia.com.

JAN. 19

CIRRUS FALCON: 4 to 7 p.m., McNally’s Pub, 109 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: mcnallyspub.com.

JAN. 21

ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM CLOSED TO PUBLIC THIS MONTH WITH LIMITED GIFT SHOP ACCESS: Through January, 215 E. Main St. The hiatus will allow completion of major maintenance and archive work. Preparations also will be made for the museum’s next temporary exhibit, “Booming Business in the Beauty Spot of the Fox Valley,” slated to open Feb. 8. Volunteer help is appreciated to assist with these projects. Museum staff will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Curious Fox Museum Gift Shop and research services will be available by appointment only; Gift Shop online orders can be placed. Information: stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967, info@stcmuseum.org.

JAN. 23

KANE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m., first-floor meeting room of the Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St. After a short business meeting, Thomas MacEntee will present a webinar on the topic of “After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research.” He is a professional researcher and owner of High Definition Genealogy. He shares many of his articles and videos for free at abundantgenealogy.com and runs genealogybargains.com and dnabargains.com websites. Visitors are welcome. Information: KCGS details at 630-204-2199, kcgsillinois.org.

JAN. 24

“RPG” DOCUMENTARY ON JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva at Second and James streets in downtown Geneva. The unique personal journey of the U.S. Supreme Court justice’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown until now. “RBG” explores Ginsburg’s life and caeer. Cost: Free. Information: uusg.org, 630-232-2350.

JAN. 25

VENTRILOQUIST, IMPRESSIONIST, COMEDIAN AND SINGER TERRY FATOR: 3 and 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. For 10 years, the “America’s Got Talent” winner has been entertaining audiences at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Cost: $79 to $99, with VIP options also available. Information: paramountaurora.com.

THE BEATLES AND ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH GUEST BAND: 7:30 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. World-class vocalists Jeans ‘n Classics will join the ESO to perform “Abbey Road: The Beatles.” The concert features Grammy-winning vocalist David Blamires. The concert also will be offered Jan. 24 at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Prices vary. Information: elginsymphony.org, 847-888-4000.

REAL RAPTORS: 11 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2 p.m., Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., Geneva. People can see live owls, falcons and hawks up-close. They will learn about the lives of the amazing creatures, how human activity can unknowingly harm them, what checks and balances are in place to protect them, and what one can do to support the birds. It’s presented by Peck Farm Park and Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center. Children younger than age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: $10 per person, with pre-registration recommended. Information: genevaparks.org.

JAN. 26

“ROMEO AND JULIET” BY THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA, UKRAINE, PART OF LINEUP: 3 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Looking ahead, Frank Caliendo will perform April 4 and Straight No Chaser will appear April 5 among upcoming events including Stomp from April 10 to 12; and Jay Leno on April 17. There’s a waiting list for the sold-out Killer Queen concert April 3. Cost: Ballet tickets from $35 to $65. Information: paramountaurora.com.

VERO VOCE THEATER TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN: 2 to 6 p.m. by appointment, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show will be Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical. Sought are adults age 21and older and children. Arrive prepared to sing 16 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show and bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Also, perform from memory a 30- to 45-second monologue. Performances will run at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays, April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Roles are performed without pay. The Tony Award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Information: Register at verovoce.com/audition-form. Information: verovoce.com, 630-584-0139.

JAN. 27

HABITAT WORKDAYS: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. New are workdays from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information: fermilabnaturalareas.org.

JAN. 28

WAUBONSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE “LIONS NIGHT” TO BENEFIT SUGAR GROVE FOOD PANTRY: Basketball games at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m., Erickson Gymnasium at the Sugar Grove campus at Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The WCC Lions Club will sponsor “Lions Night” to collect food and funds at the WCC Chiefs basketball games. The event will benefit Sugar Grove’s Between Friends food pantry. WCC hosts Elgin Community College for a women’s game at 5:15 p.m. and a men’s game at 7:15 p.m. Attendees who bring a nonperishable food donation will be admitted free to the games. WCC Lions will collect donations for the pantry between games. With about 25 members, the WCC Lions Club was formed by students and employees in 2016. Co-sponsors were Geneva Lions Club, Elburn Lions Club and Aurora Noon Lions Club. Information: 630-466-2969 or 630-466-2854.

JAN. 30

QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post has video slot machines. Information: elburnpost630@gmail.com, 630-365-6530.

STILL NOT FRIDAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Doors open at 7 p.m. The full food and drink menu is available in the showroom. Cost: Show admission free. Information: twobrothersbrewing.com/events.

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: roxcitygrill.com, 630-845-5800.

JAN. 31

ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAYHOUSE 38 KIDS CABARET: 7 p.m., Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Geneva. The new Geneva Park District event offers a fun and supportive environment for young performers, and the opportunity for them to perform an act of their choice on stage in front of a live audience. The Kids Cabaret is open to performers ages 5 to 18, and each act will get up to five minutes to set up and perform. A limited number of performance slots is available. Registration deadline is Jan. 24 at genevaparks.org. Cost: Tickets cost $5. Information: genevaparks.org, at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center and at the Sunset Community Center; 630-232-4542.

FEB. 2

SUPER SHUFFLE 5K: 10 a.m. race time, Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive. Registration is open for the Geneva Park District’s 10th annual Super Shuffle 5K on Super Bowl Sunday, happening snow or shine. On-site registration and check-in is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Afterward, stop by the Stephen D. Persinger Gym from 10 a.m. to noon for the Game Day Party at 3507 Kaneville Road in Geneva. Enjoy games, beverages and game-day food. Race participants will receive a participation medal and a free beverage/food ticket for use at the Game Day Party. The 5K benefits the Geneva Park District Scholarship Fund. Cost: Early registration by Jan. 19 costs $35; then $40; $20 for race only without hoodie or participant bag. Information: Register at raceroster.com/events/2020/27597/geneva-park-districts-super-shuffle-5k; genevaparks.org, 630-232-4542.

FEB. 4

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY AND POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY'S INAUGURAL TRIVIA NIGHT: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and March 3, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. It's a chance for people to showcase their wealth of random knowledge and flex their brain muscles. There will be prizes, giveaways and complimentary snacks. One can bring a group of friends or come solo. Registration is not required. Information, 630-584-0076, ext. 1; scpld.org. For details on the brewery, visit pollyannabrewing.com.

FEB. 12

OLD ELBURN HALL'S MONTHLY JAZZ JAMMS: 7 p.m. each second Wednesday of the month, at 130 N. Main St., Elburn. It will feature a house band, and fellow jazz musicians are welcome to join in. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with music kicking off at 7 p.m. Cocktails, beer and cold meat snacks will be available. Information, facebook.com/oldelburnhall, oldelburnhall.com.


TICKETS WILL GO FAST TO SEE AUTHOR SCOTT TUROW AT ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION’S BOOKS AND BRUNCH FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Charles Country Club, 1250 Country Club Road. The internationally known guest speaker at the fifth annual fundraiser is the author of 11 fiction and three nonfiction books, including “Presumed Innocent” and “Burden of Proof.” Autograph signings, raffles and book giveaways, as well as brunch, are included. Cost: $55 tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. Information: Tickets offered at tinyurl.com/tdxc2m8, 630-584-0076, ext. 230, or at the library at 1 S. Sixth Ave.