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BATAVIA MAYOR JEFF SCHIELKE SPEAKING AT BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon to 1 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. He explores articles from the Household Journal, a magazine distributed nationwide that was published in Batavia from about 1916 to 1935. Information: booksbetweenbites.com, 630-482-9157.
PATTY SMYTH AND SCANDAL WITH THE DREAM POLICE WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by Pink Floyd Nite with Echoes of Pompeii at 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Humble Pie with One of The Boyzz at 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Uncle Louie Variety Show, comedy with nod to growing up Italian, at 5 p.m. Nov. 24; Led Zeppelin tribute with Kashmir at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; Deacon Blues in a Steely Dan tribute, joined by the Blues Hall of Fame’s Corky Siegel at 8 p.m. Nov. 29; and Cornerstones of Rock starring Chicago’s iconic rock groups of the ’60s and ’70s at 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Information: arcadalive.com.
DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak, it runs most Wednesdays through Sundays plus two Tuesdays. Paramount favorite Paul-Jordan Jansen returns as the Beast. It is recommended for ages 5 and older for some scary moments. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with four-show packages starting at $72. Information: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.
CERAMICS EXHIBIT: Through Dec. 7, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. One of two exhibits showcases ceramics by members of the ClayMirth group, ranging from sculptural pieces to functional art for everyday use. Tanya Lunina’s “Melancholy” is in the upstairs gallery. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free, with $5 donation suggested. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.
MURDER MYSTERIES WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: Noon and 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. A murder mystery lunch unfolds at noon and the “Rum and Choke Murder Mystery” at 7 p.m. Also on tap will be The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22; R&B jam with Sam Savage at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Vince Amore at 3 p.m. Nov. 24; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Keith Cobb at 7 p.m. Nov. 27; and Rosie and The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Information: arcadalive.com.
“AN ELGIN OLD TYME HOLIDAY RADIO SHOW 3”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 to 24, Elgin Art Showcase, eighth floor at 164 Division St., downtown Elgin. Sunday shows are interpreted for people with hearing impairment. The production presents three Christmas shows from golden age of radio series – “Our Miss Brooks,” “The Jack Benny Program” and “Fibber McGee and Molly.” Information: Tickets at Elgin-theatre.org.
THE COMIC DRAMA “DADDIES” BY DOUGLAS GOWER: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 30, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora. It takes place during the Christmas season and revolves around George, who has been living with a woman who is divorced with two small children and Carl, the biological father of the children. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Information: Reservations at riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.
REBEL SOUL REVIVAL WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up will be Willy Porter at Nov. 23, with Jack Mack opening at 8 p.m. Porter blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his signature finger-picking guitar sound. He has shared world stages with Jeff Beck, Tori Amos and Paul Simon. Information: themusicvenue.org.
CHRISTMAS ON THE FOX ART AND CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. It’s presented by Art of the Heartland with 100 exhibitors. Information: 815-564-0994; find schedule of upcoming fairgrounds events by scrolling down at kanecountyfair.com/Events.
GIL DeLaPaz & PM KOOL: 8 p.m., Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Information: 630-232-2201, villaverone.com.
DOWNTOWN BATAVIA INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through May, Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St. The market features eight to 15 vendors. New this year, Bar Evolution will host a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, as well as a farm-fresh egg omelet station courtesy of Ferndell Farm’s eggs. Information: downtownbatavia.com.
BRASS FROM THE PAST FEATURING TOWER OF POWER’S VOCALIST LENNY WILLIAMS: 8 p.m., Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. It boasts a six-piece horn section, four-piece rhythm section and three powerful singers. Think Floyd USA will perform a Pink Floyd tribute at 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Dinner-and-show packages often are offered. Information: 630-584-6400; pheasantrun.com
CHRISTMAS TREE HARVEST BEGINS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. Visit the farm and harvest your own fresh pine or fir or choose a fresh pre-cut Fraser fir. An apple cider doughnut for everyone in the tree party is included. One also can visit the Orchard Shop & Bakery. Santa will speak with children on select dates among the festivities planned. Information: 815-827-5200, www.YouPickFun.com.
“THE BALLAD OF CC SCROOGE #CHRISTMASMAKEOVER”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 29 to Dec. 29, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” is adapted by local playwright John David Westby into a modern tale of female redemption and joy – a holiday favorite with just the right blend of humor and pathos. The family show is directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller. Cost: $23 to $28. Information: steelbeamtheatre.com, 630-587-8521.
MOOSEHEART HOLIDAY LIGHTS SHOW: 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 31 on Route 31 between Batavia and North Aurora. Proceeds support Mooseheart, a residential child-care facility. The show has dozens of lights displays over a 1.8-mile route and costs $10 per car. On Dec. 13 to 15 and 20 to 22, one can see Santa Claus at the Field House and enjoy activities and refreshments. Santa will sit for free photos starting at 5:30 p.m. A 5K walk/run starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Information: Holiday Lights at mooseheart.org and 5K walk/run at moosecharities.org.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES WITH SANTA AT GENEVA COMMONS: 5 to 7 p.m., 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Cost: Free. Information: Details on all the holiday happenings at https://shopgenevacommons.com/.
WINDY CITY DUELING PIANOS: 9 p.m., EvenFlow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. High-energy music is played on two pianos by two performers who incorporate interactive comedy. Information: evenflowmusic.com.
WAYNE HOUSE TOUR DEPARTING GENEVA BY SHUTTLE BUS: Nov. 29 and 30, starting at owner’s business, SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens, 428 W. State St. The Holiday Home Tour is at Debra Phillips’ 1850s residence. The tours will continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Cost: $20. Information: Reservations for the tour can be made at 630-232-1303 or at the shop; scentimentalgardens.com.
CHICAGO POP CULTURE CON: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Pheasant Run Mega Center and ballroom, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. It offers comics, toys, gaming, sci-fi, memorabilia, special guests and all things fan related. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Cost: $12, which is good for both days, free for children age 12 and younger with an adult. Information: Tickets will be available at the gate or online at www.chicagopopculturecon.com, 715-526-9769.
BATAVIA’S CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL: 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Batavia Riverwalk. The Batavia Park District event includes a variety of activities and attractions. Craig Foltos and the Batavia Community Band will lead everyone in a community sing-along at 5:15 p.m. and Santa will arrive at about 5:30 p.m. To make a donation to the “Light Up the Bank” Depot Museum Expansion Project Fundraiser, visit bataviahistoricalsociety.org. Information: Park District at 630-879-5235.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: Reservations at 630-584-6400; pheasantrun.com/breakfast-with-santa.
“THREADS – A LINE FROM THERE TO HERE”: Through Dec. 13, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The center’s chief curator Meg Bero of Batavia (who just announced her retirement) and curator Laura Russman co-curated the exhibit. The museum shows 150 historic and contemporary Native American clothing items, shoes, jewelry, bags and hats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844, firstname.lastname@example.org, aurora.edu.
HABITAT WORKDAYS: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. New are workdays from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. 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.
ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM EXHIBIT ON “THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY – THE BOYS SCHOOL OF ST. CHARLES”: Through 2019, 215 E. Main St. It explores the history of the local reformatory and its impact on the boys who attended it. It housed famed Midwest gangster Lester Gillis, aka Baby Face Nelson. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967.
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: email@example.com, 630-365-6530.
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.
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.
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.
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, airclassicsmuseum.org.