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Kane dishes up indoor-outdoor arts, music, improv among late-summer attractions

WHERE: The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), Aurora
WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug. 3, with headliner at 9:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.
COST & INFO: $15 to $25 in advance or $5 more at the door;
ABOUT: Blues great Dave Specter will unleash his sophisticated guitar sound. His 1991 "Bluebird Blues" release reached No. 1. His latest album, "Message in Blue," features special guests Otis Clay, Brother John Kattke and Bob Corritore. It's currently topping the Roots Music Report's blues charts and has received rave reviews from DownBeat Magazine. Specter's show will be preceded at 8 p.m. Aug. 1 by Australian flat-picking virtuoso Joe Robinson.
DAVE SPECTER WHERE: The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), Aurora WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug. 3, with headliner at 9:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. COST & INFO: $15 to $25 in advance or $5 more at the door; ABOUT: Blues great Dave Specter will unleash his sophisticated guitar sound. His 1991 "Bluebird Blues" release reached No. 1. His latest album, "Message in Blue," features special guests Otis Clay, Brother John Kattke and Bob Corritore. It's currently topping the Roots Music Report's blues charts and has received rave reviews from DownBeat Magazine. Specter's show will be preceded at 8 p.m. Aug. 1 by Australian flat-picking virtuoso Joe Robinson.

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AUG. 1

“THE TEMPEST”: 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 4, outdoor courtyard of the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, “The Tempest,” is directed by Toria Hollyn and produced by Julane Sullivan, president of the Batavia Arts Council. In case of bad weather, the Shakespeare at the Centre show will move indoors into the Black Box theater at the Arts Centre. Opening in the midst of a fierce storm, “The Tempest” is about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. Cost: $12; and;

THE BIG FAKE WEDDING CHICAGO: 7 p.m., Moveable Feast’s Company 251 venue, 251 S. River St., Aurora. The alternative bridal show, complete with a ceremony, food and drinks and a dance party reception, has been featured on the “Today” show. Cost: $25. Information:

SENIOR STROLL GUIDED KANE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE WALKS: 10 a.m. to noon, Dick Young Forest Preserve, 39W115 Main St., Batavia. Naturalists lead the program, which lasts about an hour, with social time and refreshments following. The next stroll is from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5 at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Cost: Free, and registration is not required. Information: 630-444-3190,

MOVIES IN THE PARK: About 8:30 p.m. at dusk, River Park on North River Lane, Geneva. Its Park District will show “The Meg,” rated PG-13. People can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. Movies in the Park is sponsored by the Kane County Chronicle. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-232-4542.

ACE FREHLEY, FORMERLY OF KISS, WITH ENUFF Z’NUFF WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by a Linda Ronstadt tribute by “American Idol” Tristan McIntosh at 8 p.m. Aug. 2; Burton Cummings and band at 8 p.m. Aug. 3; Skid Row at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8; and Chris Isaak (of “Wicked Game” fame) with his longtime Silvertone band at 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Cost: $10. Information:

FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER TEAMS WITH WATER STREET STUDIOS FOR ANNIVERSARY SHOW: Now to Aug. 21, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. They are celebrating their 40th and 10th anniversaries, respectively. Work is by artists and instructors. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-584-7200,

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:, 630-365-6530.

CASH LEVY: Aug. 1 to 3, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Information:

GENEVA CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through August, Fourth and James streets behind Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. It also features food and a disc jockey. Cost: Free. Information:

AUG. 2

THE BEAUX: 8:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. It’s a ‘60s through ‘90s classic rock cover band, which recently earned a top ranking from ReverbNation. Information:, 630-513-4240.

WEST SUBURBAN PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG GUSTAFSON’S COLLECTION OF SHORT COMIC PLAYS CALLED “FASTING COUGARS”: Now to Aug. 31, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information:, 630-897-9496.

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STC LIVE! PROVIDING SUMMER FUN: Every Wednesday and Friday evening, various venues in downtown St. Charles. Information:

AUG. 3

ART WEEKEND: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, Walter E. Smithe’s Geneva showroom, 1725 S. Randall Road. LuxeArt consultants will showcase oils from artists worldwide ranging from traditional to contemporary, and can schedule free, in-home consultations. Information:

NICK PSYHOGIOS AND THE 52ND STREET BAND IN A TRIBUTE TO BILLY JOEL WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Sinatra Sundays featuring Ron’s Family Feast with Jeff Rachman at 3 p.m. Aug. 4; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Ken Mate at 7 p.m. Aug. 7; Jonny Lyons & The Pride at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8; and The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. Aug. 9. Information:

KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Antiques, collectibles, refurbished furniture and holiday decorations will be among the wares offered by the Kane County Flea Market. A country breakfast is served Sundays. The rain-or-shine show is held on the first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. Cost: $5 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. Information:, 630-377-2252.

MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: Through Aug. 10, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Movies on The Green will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday. Schedule is Aug. 3, “Back to the Future”; and Aug. 10, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Cost: Free. Information:

AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Open for season, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional tour dates are offered groups of 10 or more. Cost: $7 for people age 62 and older; $10 for age 16 to 61; $5 for kids age 5 to 15. Information: 630-466-0888,

AUG. 4

OPERA ARIA EACH WEEK TO BE PART OF RELATED CHURCH SERVICE AND BROADCAST: 9 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 18, Elgin First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The two-month theme is “Proverbial Opera,” an exploration of King Solomon. The service is broadcast on the radio at 11 a.m. on WRMN (1410AM). Information:

AUG. 5

CLASS ON MAKING CHURNED BUTTER AND GHEE AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, where the farm store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Participants will take home a variety of compound butters and ghee along with recipes. Cost: $35. Information:; check website for dates of dinners at the farm.

AUG. 7

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS CONCLUDES: 10 a.m. screening preceded by activities, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. The movie will be “Wonder Park.” The series is shown at all Classic Cinemas locations. Cost: $1. Information: Reservation forms for groups at

STORY TIMES AT CREEK BEND NATURE CENTER: 10:30 to about 11:15 a.m. Aug. 7 and 21, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. The Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the St. Charles Public Library host the series for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. The program will feature finger plays, stories and songs. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-444-3190.

AUG. 8

LUAU FUNDRAISER FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: 6 to 9 p.m., FoxFire restaurant, 17 W. State St., Geneva. It offers Hawaiian dancers from 7 to 8 p.m., Hawaiian buffet and Polynesian style cocktails, plus a DJ. Cost: $35, with reservations required. Information: 630-232-1369,

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:, 630-584-6967.

VISIT MUSEUMS AFTER HOURS: 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Aurora. Participating are the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, Grand Army of the Republic Museum and David L. Pierce Art and History Center, plus the Santori Public Library. The museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Cost: Free, with free trolley rides as part of the evening. information:

AUG. 9

OPENING ART RECEPTION: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. On display will be the “Water Street Studios’ Artist Collective Group Show” in the Dempsey Family Gallery and Dave Sobotka’s photography exhibition titled “two-sides” in the upstairs gallery. WSSAC members include Jeffrey Brooks, Richard DeVeau, Maureen Gasek, Lisa Goesling, Deborah Glascott, David Hauptschein, Chris Hodge, Kevin Hunter, Lisa Hutler, Anke Korioth, Bill McGrath, Janice Meister, Joe Milosevich, Colin Sherrell, Steve Sherrell, Perry Slade, Carol Weber, David Wensel and Angela Wilson. The show runs until Sept. 7. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Appetizers will be provided by Veritá Batavia (formerly called Gaetano’s). A cash bar offers beer and wine. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged at the door. Information:

“EQUUS” BY PETER SHAFFER: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 17, 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m Aug. 18, Albright Community Theatre, 100 N. Island Ave., third floor of Batavia Government Center. Dr. Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist, is confronted with Alan Strang, a boy who has blinded six horses in a violent fit of hysteria. This very passion is as foreign to Dysart as the act itself. To the boy’s parents, it is a hideous mystery; Alan has always adored horses. To Dysart, it is a psychological puzzle that leads both doctor and patient to a complex and disturbingly dramatic confrontation. The show has adult content and contains brief nudity. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: 630-406-8838,

“IMPROVISED DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS”: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. It brings the role-playing game to life in a 90-minute improvised show. The audience selects a core cast of adventurers to embark on an epic quest guided by a guest Dungeon Master. The production uses artificial smoke and is not recommended for audience members younger than 16. Cost: $12; use coupon code DD38 to save $2 off each ticket. Information:, 630-232-4542.

TEN-PIECE BOB SEGER TRIBUTE SHOW BY HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS: 8 to 11 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. The concert is part of the Downtown Alive! series. Gates open at 6 p.m. Cost: $4, free for children age 12 and younger, who still require a ticket; tickets available outside venue, all general admission. Information:

SO LONG SUMMER & SWIM: 6 to 8 p.m., Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. Cost: Events included with regular admission fee. Information: 630-879-5235,

AUG. 10

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.

AUG. 11

ADULT AUDITIONS FOR “CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 5 p.m. Aug. 11 and 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. One should call to schedule an audition. Information: 630-232-4542;

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:

AUG. 12

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 through August. Information: 630-584-234,

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. 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. 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:

AUG. 14

THE BAND CALLED UNSCHEDULED TOUR PLUS CAR SHOW: 5 p.m., GreenFields of Geneva, 0N801 Friendship Way, at main entrance parking lot. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-984-5311 or

AUG. 15

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.

AUG. 16

“BAT WATCH” IN NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., Burnidge Forest Preserve, 38W235 Big Timber Road, Elgin. It is led by naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-444-3190, to register;

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.

AUG. 17

BACK TO SCHOOL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva It offers games, activities, crafts and a birds of prey presentation. Food will be available for purchase. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-232-4542,

CONCERT CANCELLATION FOR BRANDY, EN VOGUE AND ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Previously set for Aug. 17, Aurora’s RiverEdge Park. As RiverEdge works to find a mutually agreeable new date, the venue is refunding all tickets in patrons’ original form of payment. Information: 630-896-6666.

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