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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

A bowling fundraiser Feb. 23 in St. Charles will support the work of HorsePower Therapeutic Riding of Maple Park.
A bowling fundraiser Feb. 23 in St. Charles will support the work of HorsePower Therapeutic Riding of Maple Park.

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. 14

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

FEB. 15

NICK PONTARELLI AND GINA KNIGHT WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. They are followed by Rosie & The Rivets at 9 p.m. Feb. 16; Sinatra Sundays meal, 3 p.m. Feb. 17; No Cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Fred Zimmerman, 7 p.m. Feb. 20; and The Nick Pontarelli Band, 9 p.m. Feb. 21. 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,

THE ARTISTS OF SCRAP METAL WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Scrap Metal stars Pat Travers, Mark Slaughter (from Slaughter), Derek St. Holmes (from Ted Nugent) and Barry Goudreau (from Boston). They are followed by a rave night at 10:30 p.m. that evening; Motown Reflections, 8 p.m. Feb. 16; TV and film comedian Rob Schneider, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21; and guitar great Jonny Lang, 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Information:

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. 17

WATERLINE WRITERS’ POETRY FETE: 7 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. There will be readings and performances from Christopher Kuhl, Ferris James and winners of the Slammin’ the Sun Down Teen Poetry Slam for 2018-19 from Nequa Valley High School in Naperville. All are welcome, and writers may bring a five-minute piece to share at the 8:30 p.m. open mic. Refreshments, beer and wine will be available. Cost: $5, $3 for students. Information:,

FEB. 19

FILM HISTORIAN ANNETTE BOCHENEK PRESENTING “A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS”: 7 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. She will discuss the history of the Academy Awards and some of its memorable moments, while profiling the Best Picture picks for this year. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies. Registration is recommended. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-584-0076.

FEB. 20

NEW LYCEUM LECTURE SERIES ON HOMELESSNESS: 7 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. “Homeless Shelters’ Gift to the World” will be explored by Ryan Dowd, executive director of Aurora’s Hesed House homeless shelter. The lecture series is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. Dowd recently published “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict and Serving Everyone.” Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-879-1393, ext. 200,

FEB. 21

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS AUTHOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION: 1 p.m., 1 S. Sixth Ave. Thomas M. Armstrong III will share his story, “Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Solder for Civil Rights.” Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: Sign up at the Reference Desk, by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or online at

FEB. 22

DISCO ROLLER SKATING PARTY: 7 to 11 p.m., Funway, 1335 S. River St. It’s a throwback party organized through the Batavia Park District, and features a costume contest. The fee includes four hours of skate time and skate rental. Registration is required. Kids under fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions cost extra. Cost: $15. Information: 630-879-5235,

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DOCUMENTARY “13TH”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Second and James streets. The title of Ava DuVernay’s galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The movie about mass criminalization and the prison industry is part of the Friday Flick series. Cost: Free. Information:

FEB. 23

HORSEPOWER THERAPEUTIC RIDING’S BOWLING FUNDRAISER: Noon to 2 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main St. (Route 64), St. Charles. Last year’s event raised $38,000 to support therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities. Located at Fox Chase Farms in Maple Park, two miles west of Elburn, HorsePower has expanded, its staff supported by 90 volunteers. The benefit also offers two silent auctions, a cupcake buffet, wine-grab table, free pizza and soft drinks, and face-painting. Bowler and nonbowler tickets can be purchased, with reservations recommended for bowlers. Raffle tickets are offered at 815-508-0804, or the website. Cost: $30 for adult bowlers, $20 for kids younger than 10, and free for children younger than 3; $20 for nonbowlers. Information:

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. 25

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:

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. 26

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR KIDS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The doTERRA make-and-take program focuses on essential oils for children. Cost: $10. Information: Email reservations to;

“ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS” EXHIBIT: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It explores newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s. The exhibit 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. Screening of a new documentary on Peck begins at 11 a.m. March 2; reservations are requested. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family. Information: or 630-584-6967.

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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