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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Tours of a Viking longship, a life-size Viking warship reproduction that sailed the Atlantic, will be offered Nov. 10 and 11, coinciding with a craft show at the Swedish cottages in Good Templar Park in Geneva.
Tours of a Viking longship, a life-size Viking warship reproduction that sailed the Atlantic, will be offered Nov. 10 and 11, coinciding with a craft show at the Swedish cottages in Good Templar Park in Geneva.

Readers can post events to the Kane County Chronicle’s online calendar. Visit, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

NOV. 8

THE MUSIC OF CREAM – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Ginger Baker‘s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce and Eric Clapton’s nephew by marriage Will Johns have come together for the first time in North America to pay homage to the band’s legacy. Cost: $39 to $69. Information: 630-962-7000,

“SHE KILLS MONSTERS” BY QUI NGUYEN: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 to 10, Aurora University’s Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment, 349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora. Guest director is Kanome Jones. When “Agnes the Average” finds the “Dungeons and Dragons” role-playing notebook of her recently deceased younger sister, she begins a quest through a fantasy world of monsters and heroes created by the sister she never really knew. Show is rated PG-13. Cost: Free, but reservations required. Information:

ZANIES COMEDY CLUB: Thursday through Saturday evening shows, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: 630-524-0001,

FOUR-WEEK, SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP: beginning 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Republic of Letters, 1 W. State St., suite 103, Geneva. The Gothic short story horror workshop called “Mastering the Macabre” is taught by Abigail Scheaffer. The Lady Canon Series is a quarterly course, which next will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14. It pays homage to literary foremothers and, as Kate Zambreno puts it, the “genealogy of erased women.” It’s described as an intensive book club. Community hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Information:,

NOV. 9

SIX TO MIDNIGHT: 9 p.m., Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., Aurora. Terrapin Flyer will perform at 9 p.m. Nov. 10 as part of the ongoing lineup of entertainment. Cost: $5 to $10. Information: 630- 844-0400,

CULTURAL CONNECTION ART EXHIBIT: through Dec. 2, 116 W. Main St., St. Charles, inside the Mixology building. The 116 Gallery shows “Duality Narrative,” highlighting Chicago artist Karen Tichy and DeKalb artist Yale Factor, professor emeritus of art at Northern Illinois University. The gallery is administrated by Cultural Connection. Cost: Free. Information:,

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE PRESENTING “ROPE”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 17, 11 and 13 S. Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora, just west of Route 25. After Wyndham persuades a weak-minded friend to assist him in the murder of a fellow undergraduate, they place the body in a wooden chest and invite a few acquaintances, including the dead youth’s father, to a party – all the while daring their guests to uncover their crime. Reservations are recommended. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military and first responders. Information: 630-897-9496,

NOV. 10

ABUNDANT BLESSINGS HOLIDAY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 101 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. It will feature artisans, crafters, vendors, Sweets for Scholarships, a Christmas card photo booth, children’s activities, lunch and raffle. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-584-8638,,

ARTISANS IN THE COTTAGES AT GOOD TEMPLAR PARK: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. Artisans and vintage vendors will sell wares at 18 historic Swedish cottages in the woods at the park. Food trucks and the organization’s baked goods sale will offer Swedish favorites. Cost: $8, free for children younger than 12. Information:, 630-232-4208.

GENEVA’S VIKING LONGSHIP, A LIFESIZE VIKING WARSHIP REPRODUCTION THAT SAILED THE ATLANTIC: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. Guided tours and self-guided tours will be offered. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for teens and free for children through age 12. Information: 630-753-9412, or

A GUIDED HIKE: 9 to 11 a.m., Elburn Forest Preserve, 45W061 Route 38, Maple Park. The two-hour hike will be led by a Forest Preserve District of Kane County naturalist, who will interpret the ecology of the preserve along the way. “Trek with a Naturalist” programs are designed for those who like active hiking. Cost: Free for people ages 18 and older, with advance registration required. Information: 630-444-3190, to register.

THE ORCHESTRA, WHICH STARS FORMER MEMBERS OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $49 to $89. Information: 630-962-7000,

CHICAGO PET SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Cost: $7 for adults, free for seniors and youth 18 and younger with parent. Information:

CHIAYI LEE’S PIANO RECITAL: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. The accomplished pianist from Batavia also is known for her opera accompaniment. Information:

“AN EVENING OF BROADWAY” BENEFIT WITH VOCALIST MATTHEW JONES AND PIANIST LARRY DIEFFENBACH: 7 to 9 p.m., Little Home Church by the Wayside, 32W128 Army Trail Road, Wayne. Jones is a native of St. Charles who has performed on Broadway, and pianist and organist Dieffenbach is director of music at the church and instructor at Elgin Community College. Proceeds will benefit local charities including Bridge Communities for homeless families; Community Crisis Center; Fox Valley Hands of Hope hospice care; Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans; Neighborhood Food Pantries; and Renz Addiction Counseling Center. Cost: $50 to $200. Information: 630-584-4013 or

THE FOUR C NOTES IN A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS: 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The group is headlined by John Michael Coppola from the Chicago production of “Jersey Boys.” Cost: $30. Information: or 630-584-6300.

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM’S ARTISAN CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR: 9 a.m., 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Information:

FRIENDS BOOK SALE: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Information:

NOV. 11

HISTORIC CORRON FARM CHILI COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Lodge on 64, 41W379 Route 64, Campton Township. Corron Farm Preservation Society will host a meat raffle and chili cook-off benefit. Admission includes chili tasting, one ticket for voting, baked potato bar, water or iced tea. Choice meats will be raffled and a silent auction, live auction, 50/50 and basket raffles will be offered. Cost: Suggested donation is $5. Information:

GENEVA WOMEN’S CLUB’S 44TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave. The show benefits Fox Valley charities. Traditionally, the event features 100 crafters and handmade goods, along with a bake sale, raffle for gift baskets, and breakfast and lunch items. Cost: $5 per person, free for children age 12 and younger. Information:

PETULA CLARK: 5 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Clark is a British singer, actress and composer whose career spans seven decades. During the 1960s, she became known globally for her upbeat hits including “Downtown”, “I Know a Place,” “My Love,” “A Sign of the Times,” “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love,” “Colour My World” and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway.” Cost: $49 to $89. Information: 630-962-7000,

NOV. 13

GLADYS KNIGHT: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Knight, the celebrated singer of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” is known as the “Empress of Soul.” The seven-time Grammy winner has garnered No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary. Cost: $89 to $175. Information: 630-962-7000,

HISTORIAN PETER HAYES ON “WHY? EXPLAINING THE HOLOCAUST”: 7:30 to 9 p.m., Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at Aurora University, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora. The world-renowned Holocaust historian and former Northwestern University professor brings a wealth of research and experience to bear on conventional views of the Holocaust, challenging some of the most prominent recent interpretations. Cost: Free, but reservations required. Information: or 630-844-4924.

NOV. 14

SILENT COMEDY ALL-STAR FILMS: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It offers Charlie Chaplin in “A Day’s Pleasure” (1919); Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle in “The Bell Boy” (1918); and Harold Lloyd in “High and Dizzy” (1921). Featured will be sound effects specialist Nick White, and accompaniment by organist Jay Warren on Arcada’s 1926 pipe organ. Cost: $10. Information: 630-962-7000,

NOV. 15

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. “American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation” by Eric Rutkow will be presented by naturalist Valerie Blaine. People are welcome to bring their lunch or to purchase items at the Chapters Coffeehouse and Cafe in the library. Cost: Free admission. Information: or 630-879-1393 or or

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:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE: 9 p.m. Thursdays, Flagstone – Crafts & Cocktails, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information:

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

NOV. 16

THE NEW AMERICANA SONGWRITER REVIVAL: 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show will feature Shadowfields, The Diving Bell and Noah Gabriel. Cost: $10 to $15. Information: or 630-584-6300.

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