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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Jim Brickman will appear at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre with a musical valentine for audiences.
Jim Brickman will appear at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre with a musical valentine for audiences.

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.

JAN. 24

AUDITIONS FOR “OUR TOWN” BY FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS AND WAUBONSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION: 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 1 p.m. Jan. 26, Waubonsee Community College Auditorium on Sugar Grove campus. Auditions are open to people age 15 and older. For a character list, visit and click on Current Production tab. Cost: Cast members asked to pay one-time $25 production fee. Performances will be April 5 to 7. Information: Tickets at

AN OPEN MIC NIGHT IS PART OF CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by R-Gang, an R&B dance band, at 9 p.m. Jan. 25; The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. Jan. 26; No Cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Keith Cobb, 7 p.m. Jan. 30; and a murder mystery, 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Information:

JAN. 25

ERIC JOHNSON WILL BE PART OF ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. He is followed by Englebert Humperdinck, 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Information:

DOCUMENTARY “NOBODY SPEAK – TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? The film is part of the fourth-Friday film program sponsored by the UUSG Social Justice Team. The public is encouraged to register at to receive email notices of future programs. Cost: Free: Information:

JAN. 27

STORYTELLER WILLIAM PACK ON P.T. BARNUM FOR SUNDAYS ON STAGE: 2 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Years before he revolutionized the circus, Barnum was the most famous man in the world. Pack reveals his amazing life through storytelling and recreations of historical sideshow performances. Registration is required for the adult program. Information:

FOX RIVER DISTILLING COMPANY TOURS AND TASTINGS FUNDRAISER BY GENEVA HISTORY MUSEUM: 1 to 4 p.m., 204 Dearborn Court, Unit 1, Geneva. Food and drink are featured. Disc jockey will be Scott Mackay of 95.9 The River radio station. Registration is required. Cost: $10. Information:

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTING JAZZ PIANIST: 2 p.m., library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. The Sunday Concert Series will host award-winning composer and pianist Matt Peterson in songs by composers Duke Ellington, Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock, plus an exploration of the roots of jazz with the ragtime music of Scott Joplin. As well as being a performer of classical and jazz music, he is an accompanist at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, private lesson instructor and organist at All Souls Anglican Church in Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-584-0076.

JAN. 28

FORTNIGHTLY ASSEMBLIES YOUTH PROGRAM ON BALLROOM DANCING AND ETIQUETTE: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. every Monday, Jan. 28 to March 4, Geneva Golf Club, 831 South St., Geneva. Fortnightly Assemblies is a cotillion program for boys and girls in grades six through nine. Cost: $110 tuition, including all classes and a dinner. Information: To enroll, call instructor Patricia Ray at 630-553-5311.

JAN. 29

ESSENTIAL OILS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The doTERRA program focuses on essential oils. Cost: $5. Information: Email reservations to;

JAN. 30

FERMILAB ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: through Feb. 27, Wilson Hall off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The show features work by Jane Barthès in “An Alternative Molecular Universe” ( A gallery talk is offered at noon Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; sign in at the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. Cost: Free. Information:

JAN. 31

ART OPENING RECEPTION FOR “BECOMING – TRANSFORMATIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN ART”: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Schingoethe Center in Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The show runs to April 26. The Schingoethe Contemporary Collection exhibit includes works by some of the nation’s important American Indian artists. The entry’s gallery space will show “Stitches of the Soul/Las Puntadas del Almas – Story Quilts” from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Rebecca Head Trautmann of the National Museum of the American Indian will lecture at 6:45 p.m. after the reception. She also is project curator for the National Native American Veterans Memorial opening in 2020; a lecture on the memorial is planned at noon Feb. 1. Cost: Free. Information:

FEB. 8

FAMED PIANIST AND COMPOSER JIM BRICKMAN IN VALENTINE CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. Hits for his “Share the Love” tour include “Valentine,” “Love of My Life,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe.” The best-selling solo pianist has earned 21 No. 1 albums on Billboard charts. Cost: $37 to $57. Information:, 630-937-8930.

FEB. 11

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. In the winter, volunteers process native seed mixes and remove 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, heavy snow or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

FEB. 14

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:, 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:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 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.

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