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Music

Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Julia Siciliano will perform at the Norris Cultural Arts Center's Music in the Gallery series at 6:30 p.m. April 14, at 1040 Dunham Road in St. Charles. Winner of the 2019 Sicily International Piano Competition, the concert pianist has been heralded as a musician with “fabulous creative power.” Admission costs $25 for adults, $20 for students, and $5 less when ordered online. For tickets and information, visit norrisculturalarts.com.
Julia Siciliano will perform at the Norris Cultural Arts Center's Music in the Gallery series at 6:30 p.m. April 14, at 1040 Dunham Road in St. Charles. Winner of the 2019 Sicily International Piano Competition, the concert pianist has been heralded as a musician with “fabulous creative power.” Admission costs $25 for adults, $20 for students, and $5 less when ordered online. For tickets and information, visit norrisculturalarts.com.

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

April 4

THE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED GOOD CLEAN FUN WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Band leader Michael Bruccoleri is a former member of Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone. Everett Dean and The Lonesome Hearts will play at 9 p.m. April 5 and 6. No Cover Magic Wednesdays will star Tim Balster at 7 p.m. April 10; on Wednesdays only, the club offers half-price bottles of wine, and a $9 deal on flatbread pizzas. Information: arcadalive.com.

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERING SHAKESPEARE-FOCUSED PROGRAMS: April 4 and 7, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Guest speaker John Nygro will present “Shakespeare Plays in Station Eleven” at 6:30 p.m. April 4. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago will present its original adaption of Shakespeare’s sonnets and songs, “My Name Is Will,” in a staged reading format at 2 p.m. April 7. Information: scpld.org, 630-584-0076.

ON THE FOX COMEDY FESTIVAL TO DEBUT WITH FOUR SHOWS: April 4 to 7, downtown Aurora venues. Among the performers will be St. Charles’ own A-OK Comedy showcase team, appearing from 8 to 10 p.m. April 6 at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St. Cost: Free, with donations welcome. Information: Matt Drufke at 815-762-9749 or onthefoxfestival@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/OnTheFoxFest.

QUEEN OF HEARTS DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays until Aug. 15, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Information: elburnpost630@gmail.com, 630-365-6530.

ART EXHIBITIONS: Noon to 5 p.m. through April 6, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Featured are new works by found object sculptor Joe Milosevich and abstract painter Richard DeVeau, who explore the use of text in “Writing on the Wall.” The upstairs gallery shows ceramic works by Ellen Judson and Marcy Rogge in “Clay on the Wall.” Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

THE TUBES WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Off Broadway also will appear. The show will be followed by Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner, at 8 p.m. April 5, joined by John Payne of ASIA; Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, 8 p.m. April 6; Little Anthony and The Imperials, 5 p.m. April 7; the silent film “Our Hospitality” starring Buster Keaton, 7:30 p.m. April 9; and Jon Anderson of Yes, 7:30 p.m. April 11. Coming up will be a Queen celebration starring Marc Martel, the voice, in part, of Freddie Mercury in the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film at 7:30 p.m. April 25. Information: arcadalive.com.

WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION: Through April 14, Norris Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The Watercolor 2019 show features original works in water-based media. This year’s exhibit includes 113 pieces by more than 50 artists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: Free. Information: norrisculturalarts.com.

APRIL 5

JOHNNY V’S WILDFLOWERS, A TOM PETTY TRIBUTE BAND: 9:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Information: otpwasco.com, 630-513-4240.

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THE “ARTICULATION” EXHIBITION: Through May 25, Haven Interiors Studio Gallery, 15 S. Third St., Geneva. “ARTiculation” is a visual dialogue by artists Corey Postiglione, Kathie Shaw, George Shipperley and Ted Stanuga. A percentage of all art sales will be donated to Geneva Community Chest. Information: haveninteriorsltd.com; culturalconnection@comcast.net.

“THESE SHINING LIVES” PLAY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 20, The Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, just off Route 25, in downtown Aurora. Based on the true story of the women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, Melanie Marnich’s play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Catherine and her friends are dying, but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Reservations are recommended. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military and local police and fire personnel. Information: riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.

APRIL 7

BOOK RELEASE PARTY FOR “THE GHOST OF JAMIE McVAY” NOVEL: 2 to 5 p.m., Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St., Batavia. Author R.G. Ziemer will read and sign books, while welcoming poetry and prose by Donna Vorreyer, Lennart Lundh and Laura Knapp. There will be live music by Eric Peter Schwartz. Cost: Free. Information: rgziemer@comcast.net.

OIL PASTEL EXHIBIT BY YELLOW HOUSE ARTISTS, COMPRISED OF MEMBERS FROM ACROSS KANE, DUPAGE AND COOK COUNTIES: April 7 to 19, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, 1012 N. Dearborn, Chicago. A reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. April 13. Yellow House Artists was founded in St. Charles. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Area artists are Deann Alleman, Nancy Churvis and Michael Lejcar, all of Batavia; Mary Enck of Geneva; and Jim Foght, Chris Hayman, Rupali Kumbhani and Teri Tossey, all of St. Charles. Cost: Free. Information: yellowhouseartists.com, yellowhouseartists@yahoo.com.

APRIL 10

HERBAL COCKTAIL MIXER CLASS: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. “Shrubs, Switchels and Oxymels” is about nonalcoholic drinks spiked with vinegar. One should bring apron, paring knife and cutting board. Cost: $25. Information: Register at maryswholesomeliving.com/events.html; heritageprairiefarm.com.

APRIL 12

COMEDIAN CHRIS KATTAN & FRIENDS: April 12 and 13, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: st-charles.zanies.com.

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY’S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13, 112 S. Sixth Ave., across from the library and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. It offers gently used office furniture, equipment, appliances, toys, costumes and electronics. Information: 630-584-0076, ext. 229, scpld.org.

WATER STREET STUDIOS EXHIBITS’ RECEPTION: 6 to 9 p.m., 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The shows are “Earthly Delights” and “Eclecticism as I See It.” The artists are Les Allen and Bruce Thorn in a nod to Hieronymus Bosch in the Dempsey Family Gallery, and Perry Slade in the upstairs space. Appetizers will be provided by Gaetano’s Batavia, and a cash bar will be offered. People can drop off donations for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. The show runs to May 4, and gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

FARMERS MARKETS: Fridays and Saturdays, TriCities. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Gaetano’s restaurant, 15 E. Wilson St., Batavia; and 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays at First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information: bakermemorialchurch.org, downtownbatavia.com, geneva-green-market.org.

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.

APRIL 13

FOX RIVER ARTS RAMBLE, A TWO-DAY, SELF-GUIDED TOUR: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and 14, stretching from Aurora and the TriCities to Elgin. The Ramble is a collaborative effort of Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios through Fox River Arts. Some musical performances and receptions are offered in the evening. The event includes nearly 50 locations, featuring open studios, galleries, art schools, museums, public art venues/tours and creative spaces. Information: foxriverarts.com, facebook.com/foxriverarts.

EARTH DAY FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It offers bicycle tune-ups, green vendors, farmers’ market, paper shredding, children’s games and activities, health screenings, chair massages, details about Tesla electric vehicles and other events. Information: jay.womack@gza.com.

APRIL 14

BOOK SIGNING: 2 to 4 p.m., Highpoint Church, 2301 Tanner Road, North Aurora. It’s a book release of “Once Upon A Lifetime: The Epic True Story of Corporal William Wesley Bennett, USMC,” a member of Aurora’s Fourth Street United Methodist Church for 60 years. A presentation by author Brent A. Peterson of Yorkville begins at 2:15 p.m., followed by refreshments. Peterson’s book chronicles Bennett’s Marine Corps service in combat during World War II; he served with Company D, second battalion, in Saipan, Tinian, Tarawa and Solomon Islands. Bennett died at age 92 in 2011. Cost: Signed copies for $20. Information: Church office at 630-281-4800.

APRIL 15

NATIVE ART EXHIBIT: Through April 26, Schingoethe Center in Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The exhibit “Becoming – Transformations in American Indian Art” includes Schingoethe contemporary works by some of the nation’s most important American Indian artists. Also on display are story quilts from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, staying open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: Free. Information: aurora.edu/museum, auartsandideas.com.

HABITAT WORKDAY: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. 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.

“ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS” EXHIBIT: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It explores newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s. The exhibit focuses on local folk artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck, exploring his previously unknown connections to regional abolitionist figures, whose work played a crucial role in providing freedom-seekers coming from Southern slave states with a safe avenue to new homes in the Great Lakes area. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family. Information: stcmuseum.org or 630-584-6967.

APRIL 18

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Focused on Chicago legends, journalist Rick Kogan will discuss his father, newspaperman and author Herman Kogan, as well as playwright, journalist and novelist Ben Hecht, his dad’s idol. People can bring lunch or order it at Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe in the library. Cost: Free. Information: booksbetweenbites.com.

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.

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information: flagstonecrafts.com.

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.

APRIL 24

BUNCO NIGHT BY GENEVA WOMEN’S CLUB: 6 to 9 p.m., Eaglebrook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva. The fundraiser offers early bird admission for $25 or $35 after April 15. The master of ceremonies will be Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. The event will have raffle prizes, door prizes, complimentary food, cash bar and wine pull. Information: 630-492-1188, genevawomensclub@gmail.com, genevawomensclub.org.

APRIL 27

NOTHING BUT TREBLE, A WOMEN’S CHORAL ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 240 Standish St., Elgin. The “An American Tapestry” program will celebrate some of America’s greatest composers, singers and arrangers through the decades. The ensemble’s motto is “Strong Women’s Voices United in Song.” Cost: A free will offering is taken and donations are made to charitable causes. Information: nbtchorus.com/performances.

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