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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

'PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS AND CASH' REVUE
WHERE: Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 21
COST AND INFO: $38 to $46 online; www.BataviaFineArtsCentre.org, 630-937-8930
ABOUT: The ‘Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash’ revue celebrates the music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. It's the last touring show of the Batavia Fine Arts Center season. It depicts an era in 1950s Memphis, which is alive with a new genre of music – not quite rockabilly, not quite swing, which the papers are calling rock 'n' roll. The show recreates an intimate musical session by the gifted artists.
'PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS AND CASH' REVUE WHERE: Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 21 COST AND INFO: $38 to $46 online; www.BataviaFineArtsCentre.org, 630-937-8930 ABOUT: The ‘Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash’ revue celebrates the music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. It's the last touring show of the Batavia Fine Arts Center season. It depicts an era in 1950s Memphis, which is alive with a new genre of music – not quite rockabilly, not quite swing, which the papers are calling rock 'n' roll. The show recreates an intimate musical session by the gifted artists.

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JUNE 20

MURDER MYSTERY LUNCH AND EVENING EVENTS WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also appearing will be Carrie Lyn Infusion at 9 p.m. June 21; The Rhythm Rockets, 9 p.m. June 22; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast and entertainer Vince Amore, 3 p.m. June 23; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring David Casas, 7 p.m. June 26; Makeshift, a band with four siblings, 7:30 p.m. June 27; and Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones, 9 p.m. June 28. Information: arcadalive.com.

KAREN RONTKOWSKI: June 20 to 22, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Michael Palascak will perform from June 27 to 29. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Information: st-charles.zanies.com.

THE BAND .38 SPECIAL WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Other shows include Scott Stapp of Creed at 8 p.m. June 22; a tribute concert to Elton John and Stevie Nicks by Elton Dan and Gypsies, Doves and Dreams at 7:30 p.m. June 27; and Zeparrella in an all-female salute to Led Zeppelin at 8 p.m. June 28. Information: arcadalive.com.

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOWS BY LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS: summer and fall, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. The outdoor show of works by seven artists will remain on the grounds through October. Thirty artists’ works are in the indoor exhibit until June 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: fineline.org.

JUNE 21

CONCERT AND MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: This summer, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. The bi-weekly concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through June, with R-Gang on June 21 and Hillybilly Rockstarz on June 23. Movies on The Green will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10, with “Mary Poppins Returns” on June 22. Cost: Free. Information: shopgenevacommons.com/portfolio-items/2019-summer-concert-series.

THE FREDDY JONES BAND KICKING OFF THREE-PART CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m., Chicago Premium Outlets’ green space on east end of center off North Farnsworth Avenue near I-88, Aurora. Kids’ activities are planned, along with food truck fare. Cost: Free admission. Information: premiumoutlets.com/chicago.

RELAY FOR LIFE OF KANE COUNTY: 6 to 11 p.m., Northwestern Medicine Field, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva. Relay for Life is a community-driven, American Cancer Society supported event. Cost: $15. Information: jodi.beasley@cancer.org.

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE STAGING “SIN, SEX AND THE CIA” COMEDY: 8 p.m. June 21 and 22, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora. Information: riverfrontplayhouse.com.

JUNE 22

KINGS OF CHAOS: 8 p.m., gates opening at 6 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St. (Route 25), Aurora. Appearing will be Lou Gramm, Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach, Warren DeMartini, Gilby Clarke, James LoMenzo and Kenny Aronoff. Cost: $30 for general admission or $35 to $55 for reserved seating; RiverEdgeAurora.com, 630-896-6666.

SWEDISH COTTAGE WALK AND VIKING SHIP TOUR DURING SWEDISH DAYS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 and 23, Good Templar Park, 528 Eastside Drive, Geneva. View historic Swedish tiny houses known as Stugas on guided tours at this event involving moderate activity level on uneven ground. The Lingonberry Cafe and Bakery will sell Swedish treats. Information: chamberinfo@genevachamber.com, 847-845-2640.

THE BARE HAMBONES: 9 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Information: otpwasco.com, 630-513-4240.

BOOK DRIVE REWARD: Through June 23, participating Culver’s locations including St. Charles at 111 S. Randall Road. Families who present a child’s B or better averaging report card for kindergarten through eighth grade will receive a free kid’s meal voucher, and are encouraged to bring a book to donate to Bernie’s Book Bank. Cost: Free reward. Information: www.berniesbookbank.org.

JUNE 23

“SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY” CONCERT: 2 p.m., Vero Voce Theater, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles IL. It stars Robin Rotela and Diane Stoic in hit songs from the 1920s to 1950s. Cost: $15. Information: www.verovoce.com, 630-584-0139.

JUNE 25

CRUISE NIGHT: 5 to 8 p.m., Riverside and Second avenues, St. Charles. Presented by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, it will have music and food. Information: info@stcharleschamber.com, 630-584-8384.

JUNE 26

ETHAN BELL BAND WILL BE PART OF THE RIVER RHAPSODY CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m., Batavia Riverwalk off Houston Street at 151 N. Island Ave. Cost: Free. Information: bataviaparks.org.

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. On June 26, it’s “Smallfoot.” Cost: $1. Information: Reservation forms for groups at www.classiccinemas.com/wmms.

JUNE 27

QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post now has video slot machines. Information: elburnpost630@gmail.com, 630-365-6530.

JUNE 28

FILMS WILL BE IN FOCUS: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 W. Water St., Batavia. The LiveArt Series will feature an evening of films and film-related programming courtesy of the new AfterImage Film Festival happening this fall. “Contaminated Memories” filmmaker Debra Tolchinsky will be in a post-screening Q&A. The film is for mature audiences and includes graphic language. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.

SPAGHETTI DINNER AMONG BENEFIT EVENTS BY VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS: 5 to 8 p.m., Post 1197’s riverside banquet hall, 645 S. River St., Batavia. An Ultimate Fighting Challenge takes place July 6 (streaming UFC 239); admission is free for people age 21 and older. Offered will be a cash bar and veteran-run competition barbecue team serving food, with proceeds supporting the post. It’s followed by a camping event in August. Cost: Spaghetti dinner tickets cost $10 and include door prize drawings; children age 8 and younger attend for free. Information: 630-879-9630, www.bataviavfw.org/vfw_site.

ROOTSY FOLK ROCK ARTIST KEVIN PRESBREY STARS: With opening act at 8 p.m. and headliner at 9:30 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place, Aurora. A Jonas Friddle album release party starts at 8 p.m. June 29. Information: themusicvenue.org.

THE 4-H SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH: Tri-county area. They range from pet care to microbiology, welding, photography, sewing and survival science, offered through the University of Illinois Extension of DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Youth do not need to be current 4-H members to register. Information: go.illinois.edu/summer4Hdkk.

TITANIC EXHIBIT: Through summer, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It’s called “Tip of the Iceberg – St. Charles’ Ties to the Titanic.” Alice Berg Johnson and her two children, Harold and Elanor, were returning home to their hometown of St. Charles after visiting Alice’s ill father in Finland. They would survive the sinking. Information: stcmuseum.org/events, 630-584-6967.

HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM STORE: Reopened for the season, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: heritageprairiefarm.com, 630-443-8253.

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.

JUNE 30

FABYAN WINDMILL OPEN FOR THE SEASON: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15, on the east side of Fabyan Forest Preserve on Route 25 in Geneva. The 68-foot, five-story windmill was built by Louis Blackhaus, a German craftsman, between 1850 and 1860. It now contains German, Swedish and Dutch millwright work and is one of the few in the world that’s been restored to run off natural wind energy. Private tours are also available. Volunteer millers and docents are sought by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Information: 630-232-5980.

PADDLEBOAT RIVERBOAT RIDES: Until October, on the Fox River in St. Charles. Now a facility of the St. Charles Park District, the attraction offers daily departures from June through August. Information: 630-584-234, stcriverboats.com.

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: bensidounusa.com.

JULY 1

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: fermilabnaturalareas.org.

FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS SEEKS DIRECTORS AND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: For upcoming theatrical season, based at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. The season includes two musicals, “Children of Eden,” to be performed Oct. 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” set for April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Rehearsals and performances take place at Waubonsee. All production roles are non-Equity and the director will be paid. Information: People may email resume and complete contact information to foxcountryplayers@comcast.net.

JULY 10

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASS: 10 a.m. to noon, University of Illinois Extension office, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. An extension educator will share updated guidelines on canning with the “Yes, You Can: Preserving Safely” presentation. Cost: $8, which also includes pressure canner gauge testing. Information: Register a week in advance or more at go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk.

JULY 11

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: twobrothersbrewing.com/events.

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information: flagstonecrafts.com.

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: roxcitygrill.com, 630-845-5800.

JULY 20

COCKTAILS IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Appleton Park on River Walk just east of Batavia Government Center. It offers live music, drinks and small plates. Information: downtownbatavia.com.

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