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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

An open house is planned from 8 to 11 a.m. May 11 at the Wheeler Park Greenhouse in Geneva. People can talk to Geneva Park District horticulturist Rich Kator.
An open house is planned from 8 to 11 a.m. May 11 at the Wheeler Park Greenhouse in Geneva. People can talk to Geneva Park District horticulturist Rich Kator.

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THE DRAMA “PROOF”: 7:30 p.m. May 9 to 11, 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;

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.

“AUGUST RUSH – THE MUSICAL”: Through June 2, with performances Wednesday through Sunday, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The world-premiere show is based on the 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.

ANGEL WITH STARZ WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Other concerts include the 50-year anniversary of Jethro Tull in America with original members Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce, with the Martin Barre Band plus special guests at 8 p.m. May 10; longtime Prince collaborator Morris Day & The Time at 8 p.m. May 11; songwriter Phil Vassar with special guest David Nail at 7 p.m. May 12; “An Evening with David Crosby and Friends” at 7:30 p.m. May 13; silent film star Harold Lloyd in a comedy triple feature screening at 7:30 p.m. May 14, with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren; guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen at 8 p.m. May 16; and Jay and the Americans at 8 p.m. May 17. Information:

MAY 10

SAXOPHONE GREAT FRANK CATALANO WITH GUEST MIKE CLARK: 9:30 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Next up will be Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama at 9:30 p.m. May 11. Information:

ROCKIN’ MOXIE: 9 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Next up will be County Line Brothers at 9 p.m. May 11, and The Aforementioned at 9 p.m. May 17, followed by The Trippin Billies at 9 p.m. May 18. Information:, 630-513-4240.

THE FLAT CATS WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Coming up will be Club Arcada R&B Jam with Sam Savage at 9 p.m. May 11; Ron’s Family Feast on Mother’s Day at 11 a.m. May 12, featuring Vince Amore; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring T.J. Regul at 7 p.m. May 15; and Davina and the Vagabonds at 9 p.m. May 17. Information:

“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.

LIONEL RICHIE TRIBUTE ARTIST PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Starring will be Gregory James and the All Night Long Show Band. Jerica Paliga, a rising pop and country music artist, will appear at 8 p.m. May 11. Information:

BATAVIA PARK DISTRICT’S TOUCH-A-TRUCK: 10 a.m. to noon, Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. Vehicles may include a trolley, military vehicles, fire truck, police car, dump truck and others. Concessions will be available for a small fee courtesy of Bernie’s Bully Dogs. Rain date is May 17. Cost: Free. Information: 630-879-5235,

MAY 11

WHEELER PARK GREENHOUSE OPEN HOUSE: 8 to 11 a.m., Wheeler Park, entering off Stevens and North Third streets, 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:

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM ORGANIC PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the farm store, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Information:, 630-443-5989.

HEALING GARDENS ANNUAL PERENNIAL SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Hill Farm, 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. There will be a variety of shade and sun perennials such as peonies, day lilies, ferns, Japanese iris and many more from $3 to $5 per clump. The proceeds go toward upkeep of the gardens, which are open to the public once a month. Information: 630-377-1846,

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 12

HEALING GARDENS AT STONE HILL FARM: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. A free perennial plant will be given to each mom while supplies last on Mother’s Day. It is open each second Sunday. Optional Tai Chi in the Garden will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and Yoga in the Garden at 1 p.m., with reservations required through the respective instructors at and Jarett Sanchez at, and and 815-319-3500. Cost: $5 per person and $10 per family; free for cancer survivors. Information: 630-740-2597,

SPORTSMAN SHOW: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Cost: $5 admission. Information: 815-217-2266,

MAY 14

“SEUSSICAL” AUDITIONS FOR AGES 9 AND OLDER: 7 to 10 p.m. May 14 and 15, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The city of Elgin will partner with Up and Coming Theatre Company to present the 2019 Elgin Summer Theater production. It will be performed July 12 to 21. Information:

MAY 16

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Former history teacher Dan Hoefler will discuss “D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II” by Stephen Ambrose. People can bring lunch or order it at Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe in the library. Cost: Free admission. Information:

MAY 17

PLANTEMONIUM SALE BY FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER: May 17 and 18, front parking lot, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It promises a large selection of reasonably priced perennial plants from its own gardens, as well as native plants. It also offers handmade pieces of garden-oriented art by its artisans. New this year is a second-hand market of used, but still beautiful, garden-related items, such as bird baths, bird houses, gardening tools and books. Proceeds will benefit the capital campaign for an expansion of two studios – metals/jewelry and glass. Visitors can stroll through the Fine Line prairie and view the 40th anniversary art show in the Kavanagh Building, plus items for sale in the barn. Information:, 630-584-9443.

BUTTERFLY RELEASE PARTY: Varied time slots between 4 and 6 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Participants will be able to release a butterfly in the butterfly house, make a butterfly craft, enjoy a “butterfly” snack, and take a self-guided butterfly hike. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited. Cost: $10 per person. Information: Call the Geneva Park District at 630-232-4542.

DEEP-SEA BIOLUMINESCENCE: 8 p.m., Fermilab off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. It is presented by Edie Widder, a MacArthur fellow and deep-sea explorer, famed for her research involving submersibles. She captured the first video of the giant squid filmed in the deep sea.  She is a gifted speaker who has done three TED talks with more than 5 million views.  She is a committed ocean conservationist and the founder and CEO of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, or ORCA. Cost: $7. Information:

ALBRIGHT COMMUNITY THEATRE STAGING “NEXT FALL”: May 17 to June 1, third floor of the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday. Geoffrey Nauffts’ show takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, “Next Fall” moves beyond a typical love story. The timely and compelling new American play forces one to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to. It is rated PG. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: 630-406-8838,

JOSH BLUE: 8 p.m., Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Blue is a winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” “Mr. Showtime” David Scott will appear at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. May 18. Information:

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE STAGING “SIN, SEX AND THE CIA” COMEDY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 17 to June 22, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora. In a CIA safe-house, somewhere in the mountains of Virginia, a secret meeting is about to take place. Newly discovered oil reserves in the Chagos Islands must be protected from OPEC. One U.S. agent is an inept fool, the other a nymphomaniac, and no one seems to know who the representative of the Chagos Islands is. Information:

MAY 18

VIKING SHIP REPLICA TOURS: 1 to 4 p.m., Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. Friends of the Viking Ship will offer docent-led tours every 30 minutes, with the last one starting at 3:30 p.m. The replica vessel sailed from Norway to the United States in 1893, and the organization works to preserve the Viking ship as an important artifact from the Columbian Exposition. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for teens and free for younger children. Information:

MAY 19

RARE BREEDS LIVESTOCK SHOW: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, Campton Hills, five miles west of Geneva. This is the longest-running show in the Midwest to feature rare breeds of farm and working animals. Members of the national organization, the Livestock Conservancy, have participated every year. Individual breeders may offer livestock, poultry and byproducts for sale. Cost: $6 donation for adults and $3 for children younger than 13. Information: 630-584-8485,

WATERLINE WRITERS: 7 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The literary reading series event, the final one until September, will open with several writers selected by submission, followed by an open mic at 9 p.m. The series currently is hosted by Cathy Borders. Information:

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:

MAY 20

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 23

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 24

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. 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 25

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:

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