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Kane home to fests, maker experiences and tie to Wild West Town concert lineup

WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
WHEN: 3 p.m. Aug. 11
COST & INFO: $20 to $49;
ABOUT: Charles Ross will amaze with his "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy." Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, the show has been performed for over a million "Star Wars" fans. Event organizers said Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Ross has taken his show to London’s West End as well as off-Broadway, Dubai and the Sydney Opera House.
ONE-MAN 'STAR WARS' WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles WHEN: 3 p.m. Aug. 11 COST & INFO: $20 to $49; ABOUT: Charles Ross will amaze with his "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy." Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, the show has been performed for over a million "Star Wars" fans. Event organizers said Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Ross has taken his show to London’s West End as well as off-Broadway, Dubai and the Sydney Opera House.

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AUG. 8

SKID ROW WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Infinity in a salute to Journey at 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Two Charlie Chaplin silent films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. 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,

JONNY LYONS & THE PRIDE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. Aug. 9; Rosie & The Rivets at 9 p.m. Aug. 10; Sinatra Sundays featuring Ron’s Family Feast with Jack D’Amico at 3 p.m. Aug. 11; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring T.J. Regul at 7 p.m. Aug. 14; and the comedy of Mike Toomey at 9 p.m. Aug. 16. Information:

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 has video slot machines. Information:, 630-365-6530.

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:

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

“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. Attraction’s last day of the season is Aug. 11. Information: 630-879-5235,

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.

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

AMERICANA SINGER-SONGWRITER EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), Aurora. He is followed at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 by Miles Nielsen (son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen) & the Rusted Hearts; and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 by Argentinian Los Ignotos. Most shows will open with a local performer. A special Woodstock 50 Year Anniversary Celebration Festival begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Information:

AUG. 10

ONESTI’S WILD WEST TOWN HOSTING FIRST OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL: Aug. 10 and 11, Union Park Stage on Route 20, four miles west of I-90, Union. It offers free admission to the amusement park and family entertainment center both days at 8512 S. Union Road, with evening concerts featuring a Beatles tribute by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, followed by The Cleverlys from 8:30 to 10 p.m., offering bluegrass style covers of artists such as Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Beyoncé and Beck. The next day celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a tribute by The Woodstock Era from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: General admission “Bring Your Own Chair” seats are free, and reserved preferred VIP seats cost $20. Information;, 630-962-7000.

USED BOOK SALE: 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The sales by Friends of Batavia Public Library are offered each second Saturday except in June, offering books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and video games, as well as games and puzzles. Information:

FINALE OF MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: 7:30 p.m., 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Movies on The Green will show “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. 11

ADULT BAKING SERIES: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., DRM European Cafe & Delicatessen, 610 E. Main St., St. Charles. Bill the Baker will teach challah bread and focaccia. Check his Facebook page for registration and details on upcoming events. Information:

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). Fox Valley Lyrical Productions (formerly Soirée Lyrique) will hold a benefit event at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at the church, following the last installment of the series. While listening to the many singers, audience members can enjoy refreshments and view auction items. The group is asking for donations only. Information:

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;

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:

AUG. 13

PENROSE AND SCENTCERELY YOURS PRESENTING “POURS & PINTS”: 6 to 8 p.m., Penrose Brewing Company, 509 Stevens St., Geneva. The ticket includes the experience of pouring one’s own 11-ounce candle in Penrose’s Barrel Cellar and one complimentary beer. Cost: $30. Information: Register at

STEM CAFE – STARGAZING RAIN OR SHINE: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Open Range Southwest Grill on Golf View Road in Sugar Grove. Join Northern Illinois University’s STEM Outreach for an evening of stargazing, talks (on Mars and on potential life on other planets and moons) and viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower. To help with planning, people are asked to RSVP to Judy Dymond at or 815-753-4751. Cost: Free. 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. 16

ELBURN DAYS: Aug. 16 to 18, Elburn Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St. Returning with a roar will be Elburn Days, the largest annual fundraiser for Elburn Lions Park and Elburn Lions Charities. There will be live bands, the big parade on opening night, a craft show, truck and tractor pulls, a pie baking contest, beer garden and carnival. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-365-6315,,

“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;

THE VERVE PIPE CAPPING CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m., Chicago Premium Outlets’ green space on east end of center off North Farnsworth Avenue near I-88, Aurora. “Party in the Park” concludes with Michigan-based, American rock band The Verve Pipe. Kids’ activities are planned, along with food truck fare. Cost: Free admission. Information:

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,

AUG. 21

STORY TIMES AT CREEK BEND NATURE CENTER: 10:30 to about 11:15 a.m., 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. 24

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. 25

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. 26

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. 27

ESSENTIAL OILS AND YOGA MAKE-AND-TAKE WORKSHOP 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. Cost: $20. Information: RSVP to Libby at;; check website for dates of dinners at the farm.

AUG. 29

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. 30

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.

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