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Kane to light up with holiday theater, concerts and family fun

WHERE: Vero Voce, 3755 E. Main St., suite 158, St. Charles
WHEN: 2 p.m. Dec. 22
COST AND INFO: $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; tickets at, 630-584-0139
ABOUT: The Alex Murphy Jazz Trio returns to perform music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Murphy, a native of St. Charles and graduate of DePaul University with a degree in jazz piano, has become part of the Chicago jazz scene. He has performed at Andy’s Jazz Club, The Drake Hotel, House of Blues and Chicago Jazz Festival. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.
'CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS' WHERE: Vero Voce, 3755 E. Main St., suite 158, St. Charles WHEN: 2 p.m. Dec. 22 COST AND INFO: $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; tickets at, 630-584-0139 ABOUT: The Alex Murphy Jazz Trio returns to perform music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Murphy, a native of St. Charles and graduate of DePaul University with a degree in jazz piano, has become part of the Chicago jazz scene. He has performed at Andy’s Jazz Club, The Drake Hotel, House of Blues and Chicago Jazz Festival. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

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DEC. 19

AUTHOR JO ANN SMITH AT BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon to 1 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The Batavian will discuss and sign copies of her book “ColorMyCode.” She has been involved with computational thinking and computer programming for nearly 40 years as the owner of a computer training company, professor, consultant in higher education and employee of AT&T Bell Labs. She teaches children at the library, and is interested in making STEM and coding more accessible for kids or any beginner interested in a gentle introduction to programming. People can bring lunch or order items from the Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe at the library by calling 630-406-8005. Information:, 630-482-9157.

LISTEN TO THE LIGHTS, FEATURING A QUARTET OF SINGING REINDEER: 5 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 26, Phillips Park, 615 S. Smith Blvd., Aurora. Festival of Lights features a 1-mile driving tour of lighted displays organized by the Aurora Rotary Club in partnership with the city of Aurora. Cost: Free, with donations welcome for local charities. Information:

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 added dates. 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 subscription savings offered. Information:, 630-896-6666.

BILLY AND THE JETS WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s an Elton John and Billy Joel tribute concert, followed by Rosie & The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20; Tony Ocean and the Turn Back Time Band at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Sinatra Sunday with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Jack Miuccio at 1 p.m. Dec. 22; Alain Quinn’s video release party at 6 p.m. Dec. 22; and an R&B jam with Sam Savage at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Information:

THE SECOND CITY TO UNWRAP HOLIDAY LAUGHS: Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 22, Copley Theatre at North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., across from Paramount Theatre, Aurora. With seasonal songs and sketches, Second City presents its revue “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater.” Cost: $37. The revue is suited for ages 18 and older. Information:, 630-896-6666.

CHRISTMAS TREES AND FARMSTEAD EMPORIUM AWAIT AT ABBEY FARMS: Until Dec. 23, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, bordering Batavia. The Farmstead Emporium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering gifts, specialty foods, bakery items and apple cider donuts, plus there’s a weekend cafe. Information:

DEC. 20

“THE BALLAD OF CC SCROOGE #CHRISTMASMAKEOVER”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through 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 – promising 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:, 630-587-8521.

CHANSON DU CHAT: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. It offers fleet-fingered Gypsy-style jazz by Chanson du Chat, with Vivian Garcia opening at 8 p.m. The headlining ensemble led by guitarist John Papadolias is steeped in 1930s style Gypsy swing paying homage to Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Information:

THE RIVERFRONT’S OWN ADAPTATION OF “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 22, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora. It’s the 25th year of the show. Information: Reservations at, 630-897-9496.

THE FIXXMAS TOUR WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by a screening of “The Polar Express” at 10 a.m. Dec. 21; Trans Infinity Orchestra holiday show starring Infinity at 8 p.m. Dec. 21; Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon in a Christmas show tribute to John Denver at 3 p.m. Dec. 22; a screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22; RATT at 8 p.m. Dec. 27; and The BoDeans with special guest Dan Tedesco at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. Information:

MOOSEHEART HOLIDAY LIGHTS SHOW: 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31 on Route 31 between Batavia and North Aurora. Proceeds support Mooseheart, a residential child-care facility. The show has dozens of light displays over a 1.8-mile route and costs $10 per car. On Dec. 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. Information:

“GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST (OR, DICKENS, CAPRA AND SEUSS WALK INTO A BAR)”: 8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin. Goodly Creatures Theatre presents an adaptation by Katrina Syrris in which hindsight is 20/20. In this parody of the holiday classics, three of the most prized Christmas creatives duke it out for who left the best legacy. Hot buttered rum and other spirits are imbibed and one question remains: When will they get kicked out of Martini’s Bar?
Cost: $12 to $15. Information:

DEC. 21

TOUCHING ON TRADITIONS EXHIBIT: Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 21, 22 and 28, Elgin Public Museum of Natural History & Anthropology, 225 Grand Blvd. It features holiday decorations and seasonal lore from around the world. Both floors of the 1907 building are filled with colorfully ornamented trees and displays of customary items that provide a diverse cultural experience for all ages. Information:, 847-741-6655.

GENEVA GREEN MARKET THIS WINTER: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April, First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information:

DEC. 22

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Check out the holiday stage productions also offered. Information: Breakfast reservations at 630-584-6400;

SANTA CLAUS VISITS GENEVA COMMONS: Strolling the open-air shopping center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and then dropping by Santa’s Station for indoor visits from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 22, on Randall Road at Williamsburg Avenue, Geneva. Santa’s Station is next to the mall office near H&M. Information:

DEC. 23

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:

DEC. 25

LAZARUS HOUSE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS BRUNCH: Noon to 2 p.m. Christmas Day, at the shelter at 214 Walnut St., off door A, St. Charles. There’s food, music and fellowship and no need to RSVP. Come as you are to share joy together, or sign up to volunteer/donate toward the festivities. A clean-up crew and donated food are needed. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free. Information:;, 630-587-2144.

DEC. 26

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.

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:

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.

DEC. 27

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. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; check holiday exceptions. Information:, 630-584-6967.

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.

DEC. 28

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:

AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Various dates, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. 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,

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