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Weekend Life

Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Pianist Jim Brickman will star at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.
Pianist Jim Brickman will star at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Readers can post events to the Kane County Chronicle’s online calendar. Visit planitkane.com, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

JAN. 31

A MURDER MYSTERY IS PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by Everett Dean and The Lonesome Hearts in concert at 9 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2; genre-defying guitarist Todd Mosby, 5 p.m. Feb. 3; No Cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Mike DiDomenico, 7 p.m. Feb. 6.; and Tammi Savoy and Ameripolitan Award-winning guitarist Chris Casello, 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Information: arcadalive.com.

FEB. 1

LAUREN GUNDERSON’S “SILENT SKY” PRESENTED BY STEEL BEAM THEATRE: 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. Feb. 3, 111 W. Main St., downtown St. Charles. The true story is about Henrietta Leavitt, who begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, but isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer. Cost: $22 to $28. Information: steelbeamtheatre.org.

FEB. 2

CONCERT FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: 3 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Shanta Nurullah, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller, will be featured at the family event celebrating the songs and stories of people of the African diaspora. Her stories are about empowerment, peace, healing and self-discovery. Next up will be the Avanti Guitar Trio at 2 p.m. Feb. 10; rooted in the classical guitar tradition, the eclectic chamber ensemble’s repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-584-0076, ext. 240, scpld.org.

COMEDY BY MIKE MARINO WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. He is followed at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2 by Bob Marley Nite with The Legendary Wailers; ABBA Mania salute, 5 p.m. Feb. 3; and Molly Hatchet, 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Information: arcadalive.com.

FEB. 4

FORTNIGHTLY ASSEMBLIES YOUTH PROGRAM ON BALLROOM DANCING AND ETIQUETTE: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. every Monday, having begun Jan. 28 and running 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.

FEB. 6

“THE PRODUCERS” MUSICAL: Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 6 to March 17, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora. Mel Brooks’ musical comedy based on his 1967 film is the next offering in the Broadway series. Cost: $36 to $69. Information: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.

FEB. 8

FAMED PIANIST AND COMPOSER JIM BRICKMAN IN VALENTINE CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., 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 in “Billboard.” Cost: $37 to $57. Information: BataviaFineArtsCentre.org, 630-937-8930.

ART OPENING RECEPTION: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Featured will be Rosalie Waranius Vass’ exhibition, “A Place You’ve Never Been Before,” in the main-floor gallery and Marisa Muro’s exhibition, “Breaking Concrete,” on the second floor. Show runs to March 2. Appetizers will be provided by Gaetano’s Batavia, with cash bar available. People can drop off donations for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet (needs list posted at bataviafoodpantry.org). Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

OLD HOUSE NEW HOUSE HOME SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8 to 10, Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center and ballroom, 451 E. Main St., St. Charles. It features contractors, designers, national brands, creative craftsmen, trade specialists, retailers and industry innovators. A portion of ticket proceeds benefits Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley and its ReStores in Elgin and Chicago. Among the seminars, Clint Harp of Harp Design Co., carpenter and craftsman from “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and “Wood Work” on DIY Network, will give presentations at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 and noon Feb. 10. Lou Manfredini will broadcast live from 7 to 10 a.m. Feb. 9. Cost: $7 for people age 18 and older; $4 for people over age 62; free for youth. Information: 630-515-1160, kennedyproductions.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.

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: fermilabnaturalareas.org.

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” (jbarthes.com). 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: events.fnal.gov/art-gallery.

FEB. 12

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 lcpelka@gmail.com; heritageprairiefarm.com.

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: 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.

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information: flagstonecrafts.com.

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.

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