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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

The second annual Fox River Arts Ramble will open galleries, studios and other art-related attractions April 13 and 14, stretching from the TriCities to Aurora and Elgin. Shown is work by Anne Von Ehr. The event is a collaborative effort of the St. Charles Arts Council, Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles and Water Street Studios in Batavia. Self-guided tours take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with some evening musical performances and receptions planned. For more information on all the destinations, including public art, visit and
The second annual Fox River Arts Ramble will open galleries, studios and other art-related attractions April 13 and 14, stretching from the TriCities to Aurora and Elgin. Shown is work by Anne Von Ehr. The event is a collaborative effort of the St. Charles Arts Council, Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles and Water Street Studios in Batavia. Self-guided tours take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with some evening musical performances and receptions planned. For more information on all the destinations, including public art, visit and

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.

April 11

JON ANDERSON OF YES 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 The Purple Xperience – A Salute to Prince, 8 p.m. April 12; original guitarist of the Scorpions, Uli Jon Roth, 8 p.m. April 13; Cornerstones of Rock featuring The Buckinghams, The Cryan’ Shames, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, The Ides of March and surprise guests at 3 p.m. April 14; a battle of the bands at 7 p.m. April 17; Heartache Tonight tribute to The Eagles, 7:30 p.m. April 18; and Wishbone Ash featuring Dinosaur Exhibit, 8 p.m. April 19. Coming up will be a Queen celebration starring Marc Martel, the voice, in part, of Freddie Mercury in the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film at 7:30 p.m. April 25. Information:

WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION: Through April 14, Norris Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The show features original works in water-based media. This year’s exhibit includes 113 pieces by more than 50 artists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: Free. Information:

RUMMAGE SALE: April 11 to 13, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. April 11; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12; and 9 a.m. to noon April 13. It offers furniture, adult and children’s clothing, toys, housewares, jewelry, electronics and tools. There’s a $5 bag sale April 13. Proceeds go to Baker youth’s summer work trip. Information:, 630-584-6680.

‘JOSEPH’ MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. April 11 to 13 and 2:30 p.m. April 14, Perry Theatre at Aurora University, 347 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora. The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical vibrantly reimagines the Biblical tale of Joseph and his multicolored coat. Full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, including “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a tale of hope and forgiveness. The show is suitable for the entire family. Information:; register at

THE “ARTICULATION” EXHIBITION: Through May 25, Haven Interiors Studio Gallery, 15 S. Third St., Geneva. “ARTiculation” is a visual dialogue by artists Corey Postiglione, Kathie Shaw, George Shipperley and Ted Stanuga. A percentage of all art sales will be donated to Geneva Community Chest. Information:;

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.

OIL PASTEL EXHIBIT BY YELLOW HOUSE ARTISTS, COMP0SED OF MEMBERS FROM ACROSS KANE AND BEYOND: Through April 19, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, 1012 N. Dearborn, Chicago. A reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. April 13. Yellow House Artists was founded in St. Charles. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Area artists are Deann Alleman, Nancy Churvis and Michael Lejcar, all of Batavia; Mary Enck of Geneva; and Jim Foght, Chris Hayman, Rupali Kumbhani and Teri Tossey, all of St. Charles. Cost: Free. Information:,


ALBRIGHT TO STAGE “NOISES OFF”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through April 20, and 2:30 p.m. April 14, Albright Community Theatre, third floor of Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave. A revered farce, “Noises Off” presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” The show is rated PG. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information:, 630-406-8838.

DOWNTOWN CHARLIE BROWN BLUES BAND: 9:30 a.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles. Cost: No cover. Information:

R&B JAM WITH SAM SAVAGE WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rosie and The Rivets will play at 9 p.m. April 13. No Cover Magic Wednesdays will star William Pack at 7 p.m. April 17; on Wednesdays only, the club offers half-price bottles of wine, and a $9 deal on flatbread pizzas. A murder mystery lunch is offered at 12:30 p.m. April 18. The Rhythm Rockets will star at 8:45 p.m. April 19. Information:

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY’S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13, 112 S. Sixth Ave., across from the library and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. It offers gently used office furniture, equipment, appliances, toys, costumes and electronics. Information: 630-584-0076, ext. 229,

INDOOR FARMERS MARKETS: Fridays and Saturdays in Batavia and St. Charles. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Gaetano’s restaurant, 15 E. Wilson St., Batavia. In Geneva, the outdoor French Market reopens from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 at the train station parking lot. Information:,

SECOND FRIDAYS RETURNING TO BATAVIA: 6 to 9 p.m., various downtown businesses. It features food, art, music and fun, complementing the monthly art show opening at Water Street Studios. April’s theme is environmental month. 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. 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.


KISS THE SKY CELEBRATING RECORD STORE DAY: Line forms early, 180 First St., Batavia. Information:

THE DOORS OF CHICAGO, A TRIBUTE BAND: 9:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Information:, 630-513-4240.

EARTH DAY FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It offers bicycle tune-ups, green vendors, farmers’ market, paper shredding, children’s games and activities, health screenings, chair massages, details about Tesla electric vehicles and other events. Information:

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM ORGANIC PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 and May 4 and 11, at the farm store, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Dave’s Slow Food Truck will be on hand the first two dates. The sale also will be offered at the Geneva French Market on April 14. Information:, 630-443-5989.

PHEASANT RUN HOME AND GARDEN SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and 14, resort’s Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-953-2500.


THE FRENCH MARKET BY BENSIDOUN RETURNING: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, train station parking lot in Geneva, off South and Fourth streets. Information:

HEALING GARDENS AT STONE HILL FARM REOPENING FOR SEASON: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. It is open each second Sunday. Check for optional yoga and other programs. Cost: $5 per person and $10 per family; free for cancer survivors. Information: 630-740-2597,

OPEN HOUSE AND EXPO AT ABBEY FARMS AND THE EMPORIUM: 1 to 4 p.m., 2855 Hart Road, Aurora. The rustic-chic barn venue hosts wedding receptions and other events. Guests will be greeted with champagne and Abbey Farms’ apple cinnamon doughnuts. They can visit with wedding ceremony partners and preferred vendors. Advance registration is suggested or one may register at the door. Abbey Farms is a family-friendly agri-tourism farm. All proceeds from events and product sales benefit the monks of Marmion Abbey. Cost: Free. Information:;, 630-966-7775, ext. 3. 

BOOK SIGNING: 2 to 4 p.m., Highpoint Church, 2301 Tanner Road, North Aurora. It’s a book release of “Once Upon A Lifetime: The Epic True Story of Corporal William Wesley Bennett, USMC,” a member of Aurora’s Fourth Street United Methodist Church for 60 years. A presentation by author Brent A. Peterson of Yorkville begins at 2:15 p.m., followed by refreshments. Cost: Signed copies for $20. Information: Church office at 630-281-4800.


PASTA ART DENTE – A FUNDRAISER HOSTED BY BATAVIA KIWANIS: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18, Riverview Banquets, 1117 N. Washington Ave. (Route 25), Batavia. There will be all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert, plus art and performances by students in Kiwanis Club of Batavia’s Student Leadership Programs. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, free for younger children; a to-go family dinner for four costs $30. Information:

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Focused on Chicago legends, journalist Rick Kogan will discuss his father, newspaperman and author Herman Kogan, as well as playwright, journalist and novelist Ben Hecht, his dad’s idol. People can bring lunch or order it at Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe in the library. Cost: Free. Information:

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.


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.


EARTH DAY OPEN HOUSE: Noon to 4 p.m., Creek Bend Nature Center, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will lead activities from stories and crafts to a scavenger hunt and guided hike. The hike is from 1 to 2 p.m, meeting at the nature center. No registration is required. Information: 630-444-3190 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:,


BUNCO NIGHT BY GENEVA WOMEN’S CLUB: 6 to 9 p.m., Eaglebrook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva. The fundraiser offers early bird admission for $25 or $35 after April 15. The master of ceremonies will be Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. The event will have raffle prizes, door prizes, complimentary food, cash bar and wine pull. Information: 630-492-1188,,

“AUGUST RUSH – THE MUSICAL”: April 24 to June 2, with performances Wednesday through Sunday, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The world-premiere show is based on the original Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film about a musically gifted orphan and the search for his birth parents. The cast members are both actors and orchestra, and will play all instruments live on stage. It’s directed by Broadway’s Tony Award-winning John Doyle. Cost: $36 to $69. Information:, 630-896-6666 or at box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


NOTHING BUT TREBLE, A WOMEN’S CHORAL ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 240 Standish St., Elgin. The “An American Tapestry” program will celebrate some of America’s greatest composers, singers and arrangers through the decades. The ensemble’s motto is “Strong Women’s Voices United in Song.” Cost: A free will offering is taken and donations are made to charitable causes. Information:

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