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Weekend 10: Fairy fest, jazz, art, 'Charlie Brown,' Prince tribute on tap


WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6

WHERE: Waubonsee Community College auditorium, near Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove

COST & INFO: When the teachers and staff of Fox Country Players aren't instructing youth in the Theatre Arts Academy, they have been rehearsing their own starring roles in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Tickets to the faculty-cast production cost $5 for students 12 and younger and $10 for adults. Reserved seats are available for purchase at Tickets also can be purchased at the door with cash or checks only. For information, call 630-234-5459.


WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 7, and 3 and 7 p.m. Aug. 6

WHERE: Arts Center of St. Charles, 2422 W. Main St., St. Charles (just west of Randall Road)

COST & INFO: Alex Kuphal, Cody Rogers, Zach Preiwisch, Nicolas Sole and Kyle Krisch are part of the cast of Nomad Theatre Company's production of "Dogfight: The Musical." Starring high school and college talent, the show is set in 1963 on the eve of deployment to Southeast Asia for three young Marines who set out on a final boys' night of partying. It's directed by Emily Brown of Geneva, with choreography by Madison Rae of Elburn. In the cast are Batavians Ivy Flessen and Kailey Nelson. The show is rated R for language and adult content. Advance $10 ticket purchase is requested at For more information on the sponsoring Self-Esteem for Life Foundation, contact or 630-234-9506.


WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug. 5

WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles

COST & INFO: Remembering Prince will be The Purple Xperience tribute. The rock, funk and rhythm and blues show features original Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink. Tickets start at $19. Visit or call 630-962-7000.


WHEN: 10 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 5

WHERE: Geneva Public Library meeting room, 127 James St., Geneva

COST & INFO: Kids will sell unwanted toys, books, DVDsanything but food – at a flea market run by the youth. Items must be priced for $1 or less. Setup begins at 9:30 a.m. that day. Youth require an adult to help sell their treasures, along with bags for customers and coins to make change. Each person or family group who registers will get half a table to display their items. Registration is taken until space is full. For details, go to or call 630-232-0893.


WHEN: 6 p.m. Aug. 5

WHERE: Elgin Art Showcase on the eighth floor at 164 Division St., Elgin

COST & INFO: Jazzin' on the 8th, presented by The Hemmens Cultural Center, will be a night of swing, Latin jazz and dancing. Admission includes two drink tickets. Tickets will be available at the door for $12, with cash or check only. The Hemmens also presents the ongoing First Fridays Improv series with GreenRoom Productions. For more information, call The Hemmens at 847-931-5900 or visit


WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7

WHERE: Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin

COST & INFO: The World of Faeries Festival will be set among ancient oaks at the 26-acre Vasa Park. The organizers' motto is “Where Happiness Grows,” and the festival showcases musical talent and entertainment, along with creative fantasy and fairy artisans who offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted wares in the vendor village. Many travel extensively and will display fine art and crafts, sculpture, puppets, published fantasy books, handmade clothes, fantasy and fairy attire, and aromatherapy products. Families are encouraged to dress in their fantasy or fairy outfits and enjoy the magic of the event. Admission costs $11 for adults, and $8 for seniors ages 65 and older and children 12 and younger. For more information, contact or 815-788-1630.


WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 3

WHERE: Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora

COST & INFO: The comedy play, "The Man with the Plastic Sandwich," will be presented by Riverfront Playhouse. After 20 years, Walter Price is unemployed. Depressed and frustrated after fruitless job hunting, he has a bench in a park as his haven. Three unique characters invade his life at the park, and he is unable to ignore their presence or the perspectives on life they bring with them. Patrick Deering of Batavia plays Walter. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at or 630-897-9496.


WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6

WHERE: Flying field at 3821 Karl Madsen Drive in St. Charles (near Route 38 and Peck Road)

COST & INFO: Fox Valley Aero Club will launch its 11th annual Festival of Flight Air Show featuring remote-control planes. There will be continuous exhibition flights, including giant scale aircraft – some with wing spans more than 15 feet – along with a noon air show. Spectators will see a tribute to the early dawn patrol of World War I biplanes, a squadron of World War II fighters and a variety of stunt planes with smoke trails. Seating is available, but chairs are welcome, and concessions will be offered. Admission costs $5, and is free for ages 12 and younger. Visit


WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7

WHERE: Garfield Farm Museum, on Garfield Road just north of Route 38, Campton Hills

COST & INFO: Members of the Early American Industries Association and the
Mid-West Tools Collectors Association will hold their 24th annual Antique Tool Show and Sale. The public is invited to bring a tool they cannot identify as many of the collectors will know the answer. Admission costs $6 ($2 for those ages 12 and younger). Tours of the farm's 1846 teamster inn and tavern begin at 11 a.m. and continue after the show until 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. For details, contact 630 584-8485 or Visit


WHEN: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday until Oct. 23

WHERE: Dickson Center at the Sugar Grove campus of Waubonsee Community College, located near Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive

COST & INFO: Artwork by Edra Soto, visiting artist at the Waubonsee Community College Art Department, is on display. She is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator and gallery director. The exhibition, “It’s Been a Very Good Year,” can be found in the college’s Dickson Window Art Project Space. The artist will offer a free public lecture at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 in Von Ohlen Hall's room 201. In the installation, Soto uses vines as a metaphor for interconnection, opportunity, fertility, continuation, eternity and diversity. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For details on the show and a planned workshop, visit or call 630-466-2964.

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