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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Guitarist Jim Green will perform at 2 p.m. April 28 at the St. Charles Public Library. He has been named “one of the best independent artists in the Midwest” by Billboard magazine.
Guitarist Jim Green will perform at 2 p.m. April 28 at the St. Charles Public Library. He has been named “one of the best independent artists in the Midwest” by Billboard magazine.

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 25

PRESERVATION WEEK EVENTS AND ROAD RALLY: Continuing April 25 to 27, various Batavia sites. Remaining are a lecture on Sears kit homes; a Batavia Road Rally; Historic Pub Crawl; and walking tour. Cost: From free to various fees. Information:; 630-406-5274.

VOICE OF “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The Ultimate Queen Celebration will feature Marc Martel, the voice, in part, of Freddie Mercury in the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film. Other concerts include Broken Arrow in a tribute to Neil Young at 8 p.m. April 26; and Tracy Byrd at 8 p.m. April 27. Information:

AN IMPROV MURDER MYSTERY WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The Nick Pontarelli Band will appear at 9 p.m. April 26. 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.

NATIVE ART EXHIBIT: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 and 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. Cost: Free. Information:,


THE LEADFOOT BAND: 9:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The band melds bluegrass, rock and funk. Information:, 630-513-4240.

ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 and 27, varied sites in St. Charles. It will raise funds for STC Underground. Information: Call the STC Underground teen center at 630-513-4321 or visit

R&B ARTIST TROY QUIN’TON (“LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT”): 7:30 p.m., Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., across from Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Cost: Free, with donations accepted. Information: To request reserved seating, email;;

GENEVA CITYWIDE ABC GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 and 27, participating locations throughout Geneva. Information:, 630-232-6060.

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SPRING USED BOOK SALE: April 26 to 28, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Hours are 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27; and noon to 3 p.m. April 28. Information:


BATAVIA MOTHERS’ CLUB FOX TROT 5K/10K RUN/WALK: 8 a.m., gathering at Peg Bond Pavilion off Houston Street and Island Avenue, downtown Batavia. Cost: $30. Information:

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES THE GREAT LAKES: 1 p.m., 1 S. Sixth Ave. Leading expert John Janssen will discuss the lakes’ important role, as well as the ecological consequences invasive species have on the environment. He is a Wisconsin professor whose work is instrumental in fisheries management decisions. Cost: Free. Information: Registration is recommended at the reference desk or 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or

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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:

AURORA 88S ROLLER DERBY: 5:30 p.m., Aurora Skate Center, 34W113 Montgomery Road, Aurora. The second home bout of the season is versus Mississippi Valley Mayhem. Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the door; $10 for seniors and veterans; and free for kids 12 and younger. Information: Tickets at PayPal.Me/Aurora88s.


GUITARIST JIM GREEN: 2 p.m. April 28, St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Weaving folk, blues and New Age, Green is known for percussively-driven fingerstyle songs. He is a 2004 Guitar Idol Champion, and has been named “one of the best independent artists in the Midwest” by Billboard magazine. Cost: Free. Information:

WEST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL’S BENEFIT CAR SHOW: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the school, 1201 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora. In addition to cars and awards, there will be food, music and giveaways. Sponsored by the school’s student government and dance marathon groups, the event will benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Cost: Free to spectators; $5 per car, with registration at 10 a.m. or online. Information: Registration at; details at, 630-301-6708.


ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY BRINGS AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TO ARCADA: 7 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Emily St. John Mandel is the bestselling author of “Station Eleven,” a celebration of hope, perseverance, strength, friendship and love. Copies are available for purchase from Town House Books in St. Charles prior to the event. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-584-0076.


DEADLINE OF MAY 1 FOR REGISTRATION FOR PAINT THE PAVEMENT – A CHALK FEST TAKING PLACE DURING THE ST. CHARLES FINE ART SHOW: May 25 and 26, downtown St. Charles. The fine art show features the juried work of 100 artists, presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. Information:


THE DRAMA “PROOF”: 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4, 9 to 11 and 3 p.m. May 5, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. “Proof” is a poignant drama about an enigmatic young woman; her manipulative sister; their brilliant father; and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof. Some themes are intended for mature audiences. Tickets are available by calling the Geneva Park District or at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: 630-232-4542;


THE MATTHEW WHITAKER QUARTET, STARRING THE 17-YEAR-OLD JAZZ PRODIGY KEYBOARDIST: 8 p.m., Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Cost: $27 for adults, $14 for ages 18 and younger. Information:

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S SEASON FINALE: 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 2:30 p.m. May 5, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Music Director Andrew Grams will conduct works by Gustav Mahler and Aaron Copland. Pre-concert chats will be presented by Grams one hour before. In addition, free Listeners Club discussions by music historian Jim Kendros are offered May 1 at GreenFields of Geneva at 11 a.m. and the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin at 1 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $30, $11 for youth and students. Information: ElginSymphony.Org, 847-888-4000. 

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM ORGANIC PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 and 11, at the farm store, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Dave’s Slow Food Truck will be on hand the first date. Information:, 630-443-5989.


THE AWARD-WINNING ORION ENSEMBLE WITH GUEST ARTISTS: 7 p.m., Chapelstreet Church, 2300 South St., Geneva. The ensemble will be joined by guest violinist Mathias Tacke and guest violist Stephen Boe. Performances also are offered in Chicago and Evanston. The program presents works by Brahms, Prokofiev and Uhl. Orion appears on the radio broadcast series “Live from WFMT” on May 20. Orion members are Kathryne Pirtle (clarinet), Florentina Ramniceanu (violin), Diana Schmueck (piano) and Judy Stone (cello). Cost: $26, $23 for seniors, and $10 for students; admission is free for children age 12 and younger. Information: 630-628-9591,

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS ATHLETES IN REGION C SPRING GAMES: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Families, volunteers and spectators are invited to cheer on the 950 athletes in track and field. Volunteers still are needed. Information:

MAY 10

“EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” FASHION SHOW EXHIBIT: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Designers of all ages from Batavia to Chicago feature their garment-related 2D and 3D artwork. Tickets are sold to the opening event. The theme is “Transparency.” Models take the stage in the gallery from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Curator is fashion designer Andrea Reynders. Artists are Victoria Belz, Andria Burchett, Claudia Canon, Patricia Davoust, Morgan Donahue, Maureen Gasek, Sue and Katie Holzkopf, Lisa Holzl, Madeline Jenkins, Katherine Kratzer, Emy Krauspe, Ellen Jo Ljung, Anke Loh, Michele Norman, Gretchen Schreiber, Madelyn Schuster, Amanda Williams, Lisa Youngdahl, Dawn Zalkus and Ana Zanic. A reception with cash bar is offered. All ticket sales go toward the $500 Best of Show Award. Postcard sets of exhibited artworks will be available for purchase for $18. All proceeds go to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. The exhibit runs to June 8. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for students ages 13 to 21, free for younger children. Information: Tickets at;, 630-761-9977.

MAY 11

WHEELER PARK GREENHOUSE OPEN HOUSE: 8 to 11 a.m., Wheeler Park off Stevens Street and Route 31, Geneva. Meet Geneva Park District horticulturist Rich Kator, ask him questions about gardening, and get ideas for your own gardens and plant beds. Cost: Free. Information:

BENEFIT CONCERT BY BREAD & ROSES, WITH MEMBERS FROM THE TRICITIES AND BEYOND: 3 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. The concert will support the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva. Information:

MAY 13

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. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing 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 or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

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:;

MAY 16

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.

MAY 17

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 has reopened from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at the train station parking lot. 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.

MAY 19

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

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