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Kane to offer Oscar fun, live music, theater

WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25
COST AND INFO: Prices vary;, 847-888-4000
ABOUT: The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Squires, will present guest artists including world-class vocalists Jeans ‘n Classics in "Abbey Road: The Beatles." The concert features Grammy-winning vocalist David Blamires (shown). A warm-up set features hits from the "White Album." The concert also will be performed Jan. 24 at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park in Chicago.
ESO MEETS THE BEATLES WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 COST AND INFO: Prices vary;, 847-888-4000 ABOUT: The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Squires, will present guest artists including world-class vocalists Jeans ‘n Classics in "Abbey Road: The Beatles." The concert features Grammy-winning vocalist David Blamires (shown). A warm-up set features hits from the "White Album." The concert also will be performed Jan. 24 at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park in Chicago.

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JAN. 23

“RUM AND CHOKE MURDER MYSTERY” WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Prime rib dinners return Thursdays. Next up will be Rosie & The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Jason Hudy at 7 p.m. Jan. 29; Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31, mixing classic Chicago blues with swing and rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s; The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1; and Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Jack D’Amico at 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Information:

ART EXHIBIT: Through Feb. 8, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Water Street Studios celebrates the new year by showcasing its community of resident artists and instructors. January 2020 marks the beginning of new art classes, new resident artists and a new website. A vast quantity of work will be shown in a single exhibit that spans both the first-floor Dempsey Family Gallery and second-floor Chicago Capital Gallery. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information:

KANE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m., first-floor meeting room of the Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St. After a short business meeting, Thomas MacEntee will present a webinar on the topic of “After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research.” He is a professional researcher and owner of High Definition Genealogy. He shares many of his articles and videos for free at and runs and websites. Visitors are welcome. Information: KCGS details at 630-204-2199,

JAN. 24

“RBG” DOCUMENTARY ON JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva at Second and James streets in downtown Geneva. The unique personal journey of the U.S. Supreme Court justice’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown until now. “RBG” explores Ginsburg’s life and career. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-232-2350.

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: Now through Feb. 2, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. In “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” meet wonderful, smart and persistent women as they share their funny, compelling and touching stories through monologues. Written by the author of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” Nora Ephron, and Delia Ephron, the stories explore women’s relationships to their loves and losses – and clothing. It’s based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, and is directed by Doug Orlyk. Cost: $23 to $28. Information:

THE CLAUDETTES PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m. for opening act, The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The opening act is Lying Mouth to Mouth. The Claudettes fuses Chicago piano blues with rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul for a new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey. Next up will be “A-llla – Return of the Disc Jockey” at 8 p.m. Jan. 25; Jason Stone bringing his Elvis Presley Tribute Show at 8 p.m. Jan. 31; and an album release party by JDR and The Broadcast, with Vinyl Pop opening at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Information:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND TRIBUTE BY PROGNOSIS WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show will pay homage to such artists as Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Genesis, YES, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Jethro Tull and King Crimson. Next up will be Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, and Mark Farner’s American Band at 8 p.m. Jan. 25; Squirrel Nut Zippers with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 5 p.m. Jan. 26; Sons of Apollo at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31; and Great White with Slaughter at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Information:

ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAYHOUSE 38 KIDS CABARET: Jan. 24 deadline for 7 p.m. Jan. 31 show, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Geneva. The new Geneva Park District event offers a fun and supportive environment for young performers, and the opportunity for them to perform an act of their choice on stage in front of a live audience. The Kids Cabaret is open to performers ages 5 to 18, and each act will get up to five minutes to set up and perform. A limited number of performance slots is available. Registration deadline is Jan. 24 at Cost: Tickets cost $5. Information:, at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center and at the Sunset Community Center; 630-232-4542.

JAN. 25

WINTER ELGIN MINI FRINGE FESTIVAL: 3:30 p.m. through the evening, Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way, Elgin. It will feature “The Bad Taste Crimecast” at 3:30 p.m.; Memoriam Development’s theater-improv “In Memoriam” at 5 p.m.; American Maniacs Unlimited at 6:30 p.m., sketch comedy with stage combat; and Dee Volitious’ “Mansplain: The Musical” at 9 p.m., musical cabaret. Learn more about Fringe Festival events planned later this year at the website. Cost: $10 per performance or $30 pass. Information:

RETURN II SOUL: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Hip Pockit will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Information:

VENTRILOQUIST, IMPRESSIONIST, COMEDIAN AND SINGER TERRY FATOR: 3 and 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. For 10 years, the “America’s Got Talent” winner has been entertaining audiences at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Cost: $79 to $99, with VIP options also available. Information:

JAN. 26

HIX BROS MUSIC – JAZZ U: 1 to 5 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. Information:

“ROMEO AND JULIET” BY THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA, UKRAINE, PART OF LINEUP: 3 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Looking ahead, Frank Caliendo will perform April 4 and Straight No Chaser will appear April 5 among upcoming events including Stomp from April 10 to 12; and Jay Leno on April 17. There’s a waiting list for the sold-out Killer Queen concert April 3. Cost: Ballet tickets from $35 to $65. Information:

VERO VOCE THEATER TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN: 2 to 6 p.m. by appointment, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show will be Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical. Sought are adults age 21and older and children. Arrive prepared to sing 16 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show and bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Also, perform from memory a 30- to 45-second monologue. Performances will run at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays, April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Roles are performed without pay. The Tony Award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Information: Register at Information:, 630-584-0139.

JAN. 28

“A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS” LECTURE BY FILM EXPERT: 7 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Join film historian Annette Bochenek, who will discuss the history of the Academy Awards and some of its memorable moments while profiling the Best Picture picks for this year. She is an archivist and film historian of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies, and writes for several film and society magazines.
Registration is recommended. Refreshments will be served. Information:, 630-584-0076.

ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM CLOSED TO PUBLIC THIS MONTH WITH LIMITED GIFT SHOP ACCESS: Through January, 215 E. Main St. The hiatus will allow completion of major maintenance and archive work. Preparations also will be made for the museum’s next temporary exhibit, “Booming Business in the Beauty Spot of the Fox Valley,” slated to open Feb. 8. Volunteer help is appreciated to assist with these projects. Museum staff will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Curious Fox Museum Gift Shop and research services will be available by appointment only; Gift Shop online orders can be placed. Information:, 630-584-6967,

FEB. 7

STARS OF THE TV SHOW “FAMILY TIES” MEREDITH BAXTER AND MICHAEL GROSS IN “LOVE LETTERS”: 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Center, 1399 W. Wilson St. It’s playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances. “Love Letters” is the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, two young people from similar backgrounds. They take different paths in life, yet can’t let go of each other throughout their 50-year friendship, and marriages and families with other people. Information:

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.

FEB. 8

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:

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

FEB. 10

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:

FEB. 12

OLD ELBURN HALL’S MONTHLY JAZZ JAMMS: 7 p.m. each second Wednesday of the month, at 130 N. Main St., Elburn. It will feature a house band, and fellow jazz musicians are welcome to join in. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with music kicking off at 7 p.m. Cocktails, beer and cold meat snacks will be available. Information,,

“THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS,” A NEW MUSICAL: Feb. 12 to March 29, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Still to come in the Broadway series will be “Kinky Boots,” on stage from April 29 to June 14. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with subscription savings offered. Information:, 630-896-6666.

FEB. 13

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.


TICKETS WILL GO FAST TO SEE AUTHOR SCOTT TUROW AT ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION’S BOOKS AND BRUNCH FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Charles Country Club, 1250 Country Club Road. The internationally known guest speaker at the fifth annual fundraiser is the author of 11 fiction and three nonfiction books, including “Presumed Innocent” and “Burden of Proof.” Autograph signings, raffles and book giveaways, as well as brunch, are included. Cost: $55 tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. Information: Tickets offered at, 630-584-0076, ext. 230, or at the library at 1 S. Sixth Ave.

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