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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Television and film comedian Chris Kattan will appear April 12 and 13 at Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
Television and film comedian Chris Kattan will appear April 12 and 13 at Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

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EVENTS RANGING FROM CHILDREN’S SHOWS TO ROCK BANDS ARE PART OF THE MAINSTAGE THEATER LINEUP AT PHEASANT RUN RESORT: 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. “The Three Little Pigs” will be presented by Chicago Kids Company on March 21 and 27 to 30. The one-hour musical adaptation is recommended for children ages 2 to 10. A fairy-tale lunch preceding a performance of “Shrek” will be offered March 23, 24, 30 and 31, joined by characters in the Jambalaya restaurant. “Shrek – The Musical” will be staged March 22 to 31, presented by point2productions, part of Schaumburg on Stage. Dinner-and-show packages are available for most performances. Information:, 630-584-6300,

JACKYL WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show will be followed by Last In Line with former members of DIO, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and Rainbow at 8 p.m. March 22; John Waite at 8 p.m. March 23; and Head East, Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly at 3 p.m. March 24. Information:

A GALLERY EXHIBIT BY CLAYMIRTH CALLED “BENCHMARKS”: Through March 29, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Founded in 1999 at Fine Line, ClayMirth is a collective of ceramics artists who create both functional and decorative pieces. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-9443.


SAXOPHONE GREAT FRANK CATALANO WILL BE JOINED BY GUEST JIM CORNELISON: 9:30 p.m. March 22 and 23, The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles. Cost: $10 and $5, respectively. Information:

“MARY POPPINS JR.,” A PLAYHOUSE 38 YOUTH PRODUCTION: 7 p.m. March 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. March 23 and 24, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Suite P, Geneva. The show captures the adventures of the Banks family and their magical nanny. Early ticket purchase is recommended. Cost: $10. Information: Tickets at, Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or by calling 630-232-4542.

LIVE ART SERIES’ WDCB JAZZ NIGHT WITH JEFF HEDBERG TRIO: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Hedberg is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist, flugelhorn/trumpet player, band leader and educator. Cash bar with special cocktail is provided through Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. Early ticket purchase is recommended. Information:

RECEPTION FOR “ARTICULATION, A VISUAL DIALOGUE BY ARTISTS POSTIGLIONE, SHAW, SHIPPERLEY AND STANUGA”: 4 to 7 p.m., Haven Interiors Studio Gallery, 15 S. Third St., Geneva. It will offer catered appetizers, live music and artist and curator insights. A percentage of all art sales will be donated to Geneva Community Chest. The show runs from now to May 25. Information:;

AWARD-WINNING ANIMATED FILM “ROCKS IN MY POCKETS”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. She has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business and Eastern European upheaval, producing a poignant, often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival. The film is part of the monthly program sponsored by the UUSG Social Justice Team. Cost: Free. Information:

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FELIX CAVALIERE AND GENE CORNISH’S RASCALS: 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The founders of The Rascals team up again to deliver their hits. Cost: $45 to $60. Information:, 630-896-6666.

ART EXHIBITIONS: Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through April 6, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Featured are new works by found object sculptor Joe Milosevich and abstract painter Richard DeVeau, who explore the use of text in “Writing on the Wall.” The upstairs gallery shows ceramic works by Ellen Judson and Marcy Rogge in “Clay on the Wall.” Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information:

“THESE SHINING LIVES” PLAY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 20, The Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, just off Route 25, in downtown Aurora. Based on the true story of the women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, Melanie Marnich’s play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Catherine and her friends are dying, but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Reservations are recommended. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military and local police and fire personnel. Information:, 630-897-9496.


THE MIDTOWN MEN: 3 and 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The artists will bring their favorite Sixties hits from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons and more. Cost: $45 to $60. Information:, 630-896-6666.

“REMEMBERING RED – A TRIBUTE TO RED SKELTON” WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 3 p.m. March 23 and 24, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Brian Hoffman will appear as the famed comedian in the long-running show from Las Vegas and other venues. It’s described as a family-friendly blast from the past for all ages. The week also features “Comedy Night with Vito Zatto” at 9 p.m. March 22; The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. March 23; No Cover Magic Wednesdays with Mike DiDomenico at 7 p.m. March 27; and famed cabaret artist Ariana Savalas at 7:30 p.m. March 28, 9 p.m. March 29 and 30 and 5 p.m. March 31; she is the daughter of Telly Savalas. Cost: $20 for the Skelton tribute. Information:


THE ALTERNATIVE JAZZ QUINTET ZAZZ: 2 p.m., Norris Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The group will perform jazz standards, show tunes and original compositions. Cost: $25 at the door or $20 for students; $5 less if purchased online. Information:, 630-584-7200.

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS AN ACCLAIMED JAZZ VOCALIST: 2 p.m., 1 S. Sixth Ave. The library’s Sunday Concert Series will star Chicago jazz singer Elaine Dame in the Carnegie Community Room. Dame will celebrate the long collaboration of two of America’s most innovative jazz icons – Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. She will be joined by noted pianist Dennis Luxion. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-584-0076.

AUTHOR OF “FROM CHICAGO TO VIETNAM – A MEMOIR OF WAR” TO SPEAK: 7 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Vietnam veteran Michael Duffy will share the story told in his autobiography. Both gritty and intimate, his book includes his experience of the 1968 Tet Offensive. The 19-year-old arrived to a chaotic scene of blasts, explosions and small arms fire. Sprinting to a waiting helicopter, Duffy is lifted above the city, where he gets a bird’s eye view of Saigon under attack. Books will be available for purchase, and registration is recommended. Information: 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or

NATIVE ART EXHIBIT: Through April 26, Schingoethe Center in Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The exhibit “Becoming – Transformations in American Indian Art” includes Schingoethe contemporary works by some of the nation’s most important American Indian artists. Also on display are story quilts from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, staying open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: Free. Information:,


CELEBRATING LAUNCH OF POETRY BOOK BY CHRISTOPHER KUHL: 2 to 4 p.m., The Republic of Letters, 1 W. State St., suite 103, Geneva. “Everyday I Will Remember” is a collection of poems in two parts – the first about the carrying out of the Holocaust; the second about the relocated survivors’ lives and those of the first generation of children born to them. Beer, wine, and light snacks will be provided. Information:

KANE COUNTY DOLL SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Cost: $6 for adults, and free for children age 12 and younger. Information:

CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL BENEFIT PRESENTED BY THE AFTERIMAGE FILM FESTIVAL: 2 p.m., Charlestowne 18 Cinema at the Charlestowne Mall, 3740 E. Main St., St. Charles. Proceeds from CatVideoFest 2019 will benefit the Anderson Animal Shelter. It’s a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from unique submissions, animations, music videos and classic internet favorites. Cost: $6 tickets available through the Classic Cinemas website. Information:


EMOTIONAL WELLNESS WITH DoTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Cost: $10, including two products. Information: Email reservations to;


JOHNNY V’S WILDFLOWERS, A TOM PETTY TRIBUTE BAND: 9:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Information:, 630-513-4240.

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. 1 p.m. Saturdays at First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information:,,

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.


COMEDIAN CHRIS KATTAN & FRIENDS: April 12 and 13, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. 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:

“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. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family. Information: or 630-584-6967.


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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