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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

The Avanti Guitar Trio will perform Feb. 10 at the St. Charles Public Library. Trio members Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson will star in concert
The Avanti Guitar Trio will perform Feb. 10 at the St. Charles Public Library. Trio members Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson will star in concert

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.

FEB. 8

PAINT AND SIP NIGHT: 7 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. It’s an evening of step-by-step painting during the Second Friday gallery opening, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. One may purchase beer, wine or other beverages from the bar and create an acrylic painting in the classroom.The painting event is open to participants ages 16 and older. Cost: $35 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information:

TAMMI SAVOY AND AMERIPOLITAN AWARD-WINNING GUITARIST CHRIS CASELLO WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. They are followed by The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. Feb. 9; and No Cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Mark & John, 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Information:

“LOOT,” A DARK FARCE: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 23; Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S. Water St. Mall, downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with reservations recommended. Information: 630-897-9496,

FARMERS MARKETS: Fridays and Saturdays, TriCities. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Gaetano’s restaurant, 15 E. Wilson St., Batavia; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information:,,

MOLLY HATCHET WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rico will perform a tribute to Santana at 8 p.m. Feb. 9. The movie “Wonder” will be screened at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 for St. Charles’ Random Act of Kindness Week, and a silent movie starring Charlie Chaplin, “The Pilgrim,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Information:

FEB. 9

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “NATASHA AND THE ROMANTICS,” A MUSICAL VALENTINE: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Guest pianist Natasha Paremski will perform Chopin’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 2. Andrew Grams will conduct the program, also featuring Romantic era composers Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. Information:

FEB. 10
AVANTI GUITAR TRIO: 2 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Trio members Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson will star in concert. Rooted in the classical guitar tradition, the world-class chamber ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the baroque to contemporary, and features newly composed music, transcriptions of classical masterpieces, and an occasional rock/pop or jazz tune. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-584-0076.

FEB. 11

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” ( 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:

FEB. 12

EXHIBIT OPENING FOR “ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS”: 5 to 6 p.m., St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. The exhibit will explore newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s. It focuses on local folk artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck, exploring his previously unknown connections to regional abolitionist figures, whose work played a crucial role in providing freedom-seekers coming from Southern slave states with a safe avenue to new homes in the Great Lakes area. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family. Information: or 630-584-6967.

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;

FEB. 15

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. 16

FANS OF FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS, A TROUPE THAT REGULARLY APPEARS IN SUGAR GROVE, CAN ATTEND A MUSICAL BENEFIT: 6 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17, Trinity Church United Methodist on the corner of Route 47 and Cannonball Trail in Yorkville at 2505 Boomer Lane. “Night of Broadway” is a cabaret-style concert at 7 p.m. with Saturday silent auction starting at 6 p.m. Supporting the organization’s Theatre Arts Academy, the musical showcase will feature songs about love. On piano will be Mary Ann Free of Sugar Grove, and local faces in the cast include Robyn Lycan of North Aurora and Christopher Roe and Lisa Wukitsch, both of Geneva. Tickets are offered online and at the door with cash or check. Cost: $22. Information:

FEB. 18

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. 22

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND GAIL BORDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENT “RUSSIA DISTILLED – TCHAIKOVSKY’S FRANCESCA DA RIMINI,” A LECTURE AND VODKA TASTING: 7 p.m., Elgin ArtSpace, 51 S. Spring St. It features a presentation by Irina Del Genio, Elgin Community College associate dean of liberal, visual and performing arts, and John Schwartz, who teaches Russian at ECC. The duo will explore Russian culture at the time Tchaikovsky composed “Francesca da Rimini,” a wildly romantic tone poem about two lovers doomed in Dante’s “Inferno.” ECC Chef Doug Yeomans, of Tarragon Catering, will talk about Russian cuisine. The event includes vodka samples, Russian tea and zakuski, or snacks. Cost: $12 in advance. Information:

FEB. 23

CALL FOR STUDENT ARTISTS FROM K-12 AND COLLEGE BY ST. CHARLES ARTS COUNCIL: Feb. 23 deadline. The SCAC Student Pop-Up Gallery will be part of the second Fox River Arts Ramble this spring. Works from home-schooled students and from extracurricular arts programs also are accepted. Artists must send submissions electronically to The ramble will feature 30 locations from Elgin to Aurora – open studios, galleries, art schools, museums, public art venues/tours and creative spaces. Information:

FEB. 28

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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