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Kane lineup to kick off 2020 with concerts, theater, art

BUSTER KEATON SILENT FILM
WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7
COST AND INFO: $10; arcadalive.com
ABOUT: The 1924 silent movie comedy titled "The Navigator," starring Buster Keaton, will feature live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren on the Arcada's original 1926 pipe organ. It's a barn-burner of a plot. Two spoiled rich young people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. Special guest and film historian Annette Bochenek will introduce the film.
BUSTER KEATON SILENT FILM WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 COST AND INFO: $10; arcadalive.com ABOUT: The 1924 silent movie comedy titled "The Navigator," starring Buster Keaton, will feature live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren on the Arcada's original 1926 pipe organ. It's a barn-burner of a plot. Two spoiled rich young people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. Special guest and film historian Annette Bochenek will introduce the film.

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JAN. 2

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak, it runs most Wednesdays through Sundays plus added dates. 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.

JONNY LYONS AND THE PRIDE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3; Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4; and Everett Dean and The Lonesome Hearts at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Information: arcadalive.com.

JAN. 3

BILLY AND THE JETS – A BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE BAND: 9 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. It features the five-piece band, with Nick Psyhogios on lead vocals and keys; Ron Steta on lead guitar and vocals; William Hutchison on bass and vocals; Natalie Lande on saxophone and vocals; and Jack “The Man” Skalon on drums. Information: evenflowmusic.com, 630-802-6581.

PROCRASTINATOR’S BALL FEATURING MR. BLOTTO WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by a Jimmy Page birthday bash featuring Kashmir at 8 p.m. Jan. 4; SoundTracks of a Generation in a tribute to The Band’s farewell concert, “The Last Waltz,” at 5 p.m. Jan. 5; and Jonny Lang with GA-20 at 8 p.m. Jan. 10, with a meet-and-greet option also available. Information: arcadalive.com.

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

JAN. 4

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.

JAN. 7

YOUTH AUDITIONS FOR “ALADDIN JR.”: 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. Details are offered on the Geneva Park District website for the theater. Playhouse 38 Youth Productions casts young people ages 7 to 17. Information: genevaparks.org/facilities/playhouse-38-theater/youth-productions; schedule audition at 630-232-4542.

JAN. 8

BATAVIA MOTHERS’ CLUB FOUNDATION’S GENERAL MEETING: 7 p.m., Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St., Batavia. Information: communications@bataviamothersclub.org, 630-282-3153; bataviamothersclub.org.

ACOUSTIC BLUEGRASS JAM PART OF HOT LINEUP: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The monthly jam is hosted by Bradley Utterback and his house band as a curated/invitational jam featuring guests. It will be followed by a songwriters showcase with Vivian Garcia, Lisa Gloria and The Kevin Trudo at 7 p.m. Jan. 9; this will be an intimate evening of performance and storytelling led by songwriter Dave Glynn. A Dave Specter album release party begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 11, for the critically acclaimed record titled “Blues from the Inside Out.” Information: themusicvenue.org.

JAN. 9

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. 10

AN EVENING OF FOLK MUSIC WITH FEBRUARY SKY: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. Counter the winter blues with the folk duo – traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper and singer-songwriter Susan Urban. They specialize in traditional ballads and Celtic tunes from England, Ireland and Scotland, as well as original songs (februarysky.com). The concert is co-sponsored by the Geneva Park District. Cost: Free. Information: uusg.org, 630-232-2350.

ART RECEPTION: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Water Street Studios will celebrate 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. At the gallery’s opening reception, meet the artists, view open artist studios, and enjoy art activities. A cash bar is available. The show runs to Feb. 8. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.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.

JAN. 11

MOZART AND THE BEATLES WILL BE CELEBRATED IN SEPARATE CONCERTS BY ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 for Mozart; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 for The Beatles, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Pianist William Wolfram joins the ESO for the Mozart program, which includes a special violin performance by conductor Andrew Grams leading from the concertmaster chair. Following “Magnificent Mozart,” world-class vocalists Jeans ‘n Classics will join the ESO to perform the works of more current musical legends with “Abbey Road: The Beatles” on Jan. 25. The concert features Grammy-winning vocalist David Blamires. The Mozart concert also will be offered Jan. 10 in Schaumburg, and The Beatles concert Jan. 24 at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Information: elginsymphony.org, 847-888-4000.

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.

JAN. 19

TRIO GASPARD: 2:30 p.m., Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Making its U.S. tour debut, the piano trio (violin, cello and piano) has won three major international competitions since its inception in 2010. As well as exploring and championing the traditional piano trio repertoire, Trio Gaspard works regularly with contemporary composers and is keen to discover seldom-played masterpieces. The performance is one of the three-part gallery concert series. Cost: Series priced at $45, or $18 per individual concert, which includes reception. Information: events.fnal.gov.

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. Information: paramountaurora.com.

JAN. 26

“ROMEO AND JULIET” BY THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA, UKRAINE: 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.

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.

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