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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

The band America will star at the Arcada Theatre.
The band America will star at the Arcada Theatre.

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. 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

NOV. 16

VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD 69TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE: 7 to 10 p.m., Nov. 16, 1 to 10 p.m. Nov. 17 and 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18, 33W519 Kenyon Road, South Elgin. Presented by the Valley Model Railroad Club in cooperation with the Kane County Forest Preserve District, the event offers operating HO traction and trains. Visitors can operate some of the trolleys and trains. Bring a canned good donation for the club’s food drive and receive a free raffle ticket. Cost: Free. Information:

DIAMORTE – “THE RED OPERA” ALBUM RELEASE SHOW: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Cairo Nightclub, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. It’s described as an epically powerful and cinematically theatrical rock opera with special effects. With savage orchestral arrangements and metal instrumentation, it features vocalists including guest musicians from Symphony X, THEM, Lonesome October and Snowmaiden. Cost: $15. Information:,

“JOURNALING AS HEALING – HOW TO CONTROL STRESS AND ENJOY LIFE” WORKSHOP: 7 to 8 p.m., The Republic of Letters, 1 W. State St., Suite 103, Geneva. Joyce Kocinski, author of “Letters from Mom – A Daughter’s Journal of Healing,” will bring her college course to The Republic of Letters for a special one-day workshop. ROL’s community hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Cost: $20. Information:

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE PRESENTING “ROPE”: 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 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. 17

HOLIDAY LIGHTS 5K FUN RUN: 5 to 9 p.m., Mooseheart campus on Route 31 between North Aurora and Batavia. The event will benefit the Mooseheart Child City and School. Open to all ages, one can run, walk or push a stroller through the lights display, followed afterward by food and fun. Information:

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND ICE SKATING: Nov. 17 to Jan. 13, Geneva Commons, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Ice skating and skate rental fees apply. It’s open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Other holiday attractions will include Santa’s arrival and the annual Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Information:

LOVE & ROCK – THE MUSICAL TO WOMEN OF ROCK: 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The large-scale, live concert musical production pays tribute to the music of amazing women of rock from the 1970s to now. Information: or 630-584-6300.

FOX VALLEY DOG SHOW: Nov. 17 and 18, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. It’s an all breeds show. Information: 630-246-6980,

NOV. 18

BATAVIA BOY SCOUT TROOP 12 CHRISTMAS TREE LOT: Nov. 18 to Dec. 22, next to Batavia Skate Park, 411 S. River St. (Route 25), Batavia. Representing 61 years of tradition, the Immanuel Lutheran Troop 12 tree lot will offer fresh, pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, raising funds for the Scouts. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Information:

NOV. 22

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

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:,

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. 24

CHRISTMAS ON THE FOX ART AND CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. With more than 100 crafters, the juried show is presented by Art of the Heartland. Cost: $3. Information: Robin Reed at or 630-387-1151;

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