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Kane to offer winter farmers markets, music, theater, famed author event

MOZART AND THE BEATLES
WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
WHEN: 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
COST AND INFO: Prices vary; elginsymphony.org, 847-888-4000
ABOUT: Pianist William Wolfram (shown) joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra 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.
MOZART AND THE BEATLES WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin WHEN: 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 COST AND INFO: Prices vary; elginsymphony.org, 847-888-4000 ABOUT: Pianist William Wolfram (shown) joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra 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.

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JAN. 9

TAMING THE TEARDOWN TREND LECTURE: 1 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Speaker is Jean Follett, one of the country’s leading experts on the topic. The Chicago area has been an epicenter of the teardown trend: the replacement of first-generation housing with newer, often larger homes. Communities struggle with the many impacts the trend brings, including the loss of housing diversity and community character. Proponents argue that teardowns increase property tax revenues and provide the kind of housing that buyers prefer. Follett serves on the Board of Landmarks Illinois and chairs the National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisors. Registration is recommended. Information: 630-584-0076, ext. 1, scpld.org.

ALL-CANADA SHOW: 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9, 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The All-Canada Show highlights the best fishing and hunting destinations, offering guest speakers, prizes and shore lunch, plus a float plane simulator and other new attractions. Cost: $12 for adults; free for youth age 17 and younger; free for veterans Jan. 12; weekend pass $14. Information: allcanada.com.

YOUTH AUDITIONS FOR “ALADDIN JR.”: 5 to 7 p.m., Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Suite P, Geneva. Details are on the Geneva Park District website. 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.

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak, the show 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.

EVERETT DEAN WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It will be a special no-cover tribute to Elvis by Dean, followed by Dean and The Lonesome Hearts in an evening celebrating the “billion dollar quartet” at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Coming up are a Prohibition party at 10 p.m. Jan. 16 and 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. Information: arcadalive.com.

JAN. 10

WINDY CITY DUELING PIANOS: 9 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. It combines high-energy music played on two pianos by two gifted performers with interactive comedy. Information: evenflowmusic.com.

THE COREY DENNISON BAND: 9:30 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Information, facebook.com/CoreyDennisonMusic, thehousepub.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. 11

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.

TRIBUTE TO SANTANA BY THE LOTUS KINGS WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by an Elvis birthday bash with Joe Tirrito and Tim E. Hendry at 5 p.m. Jan. 12; and a Journey tribute with Infinity at 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Information: arcadalive.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.

JAN. 12

CHICAGO-BASED LAKESHORE RUSH TO PERFORM: 2 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Appearing in the library’s Sunday Concert Series, Lakeshore Rush plays contemporary and classical standards and forgotten masterpieces. They celebrate the resurgence of contemporary classical music. The ensemble members are Erin Kendall Murphy, flute; Laura McLaughlin, clarinet; Henry Zheng, violin; Christopher Ferrer, cello; and Elena Doubovitskaya, piano. Cost: Free. Information: www.scpld.org, 630-584-0076.

BLUEGRASS SUNDAYS WITH THE HOGMIRES: 5 to 8 p.m., The River’s Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. Information: theriversedgebatavia.com.

JAN. 14

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. 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.

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.

DRAMATIC PROGRAM ON “PETER RABBIT” AUTHOR BEATRIX POTTER: 2 p.m., Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. For “A Tale of Beatrix Potter,” Norris gallery favorite Debra Miller returns with a family-friendly portrayal of the beloved children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. Cost $15 at the door or $5 less in advance. Information: Tickets at norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

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. Other events include 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.

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.

APRIL 4

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.
 
PLUS 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.
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