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Kane to offer home makeover show, theater, hit bands

COMEDY OPENS
WHERE: Riverfront Playhouse, 13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora
WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, now to Feb. 29
COST & INFO: $15 to 17; riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496
ABOUT: In a brash reworking of Chekhov’s "Uncle Vanya," a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies grapple with life’s thorniest questions – and each other. "Life Sucks" contains adult language.
COMEDY OPENS WHERE: Riverfront Playhouse, 13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, now to Feb. 29 COST & INFO: $15 to 17; riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496 ABOUT: In a brash reworking of Chekhov’s "Uncle Vanya," a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies grapple with life’s thorniest questions – and each other. "Life Sucks" contains adult language.

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JAN. 30

MATTHEW KOPECKY PERFORMS: 6:30 p.m., Preservation restaurant and wine bar at 513 S. Third St., Geneva. Information: preservationgeneva.com.

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: waterstreetstudios.org.

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. 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: stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967, info@stcmuseum.org.

WATERLINE WRITERS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR NEXT GATHERING: Before the March 15 event, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The group’s meeting schedule now will be seasonal. Information: Submit work and questions to submissions@waterlinewriters.org; waterlinewriters.org.

JAN. 31

FASHION SHOW: 6 p.m., Paula’s Couture Consignment, 4-1/2 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Snacks and mocktails will be served at 6 p.m., and the show featuring outfits for date night starts at 7 p.m. Information: 630-425-3196, facebook.com/Paulasinbatavia.

MORRY SOCHAT AND THE SPECIAL 20’S WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The band mixes classic Chicago blues with swing and rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s. Prime rib dinners return Thursdays. Next up will be The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Jack D’Amico at 3 p.m. Feb. 2; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Jaime Aponte at 7 p.m. Feb. 5; The Belvederes with no cover at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6; and Jonny Lyons and The Pride at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Information: arcadalive.com.

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: Through Feb. 2, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. 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: steelbeamtheatre.org.

JASON STONE BRINGING HIS ELVIS PRESLEY TRIBUTE SHOW WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up will be an album release party by JDR and The Broadcast, with Vinyl Pop opening at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Dabylon and special guests in reggae rock jams will include a Bob Marley tribute at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Information: themusicvenue.org.

SONS OF APOLLO WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Great White with Slaughter at 8 p.m. Feb. 1; ABBA Mania at 5 p.m. Feb. 2; a $10 silent film night with the romantic comedy “Girl Shy” starring Harold Lloyd and featuring live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4; The Allman Betts Band at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5; Night Ranger at 8 p.m. Feb. 7; The Stylistics at 8 p.m. Feb. 8; and Richard Marx at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Information: arcadalive.com.

PLAYHOUSE 38 KIDS CABARET: 7 p.m., Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Geneva. The new Geneva Park District event offers a fun and supportive environment for young performers ages 5 to 18, and the opportunity for them to perform an act of their choice on stage in front of a live audience. Registration deadline has past. Cost: Tickets cost $5. Information: genevaparks.org, at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center and at the Sunset Community Center; 630-232-4542.

FEB. 1

HIP POCKIT: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Next up will be The Family Reunion Band at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, and This End Up at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Information: villaverone.com.

FEB. 2

GENEVA PARK DISTRICT’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER SHUFFLE 5K: 10 a.m., Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive. It takes place rain or shine. On-site registration and check-in will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m., and the race will begin at 10 a.m. Immediately following the race, one may stop by the Stephen D. Persinger Gym from 10 a.m. to noon for the Game Day Party at 3507 Kaneville Road in Geneva. It offers games, beverages, game day food and other activities. Super Shuffle 5K registration costs $40, and a race-only option is $20. Information: One can register online through Race Roster at shawurl.com/3cay or at genevaparks.org; 630-232-4542.

FEB. 4

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY AND POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY’S TRIVIA NIGHT: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and March 3, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. It’s a chance for people to showcase their wealth of random knowledge and flex their brain muscles. There will be prizes, giveaways and complimentary snacks. One can bring a group of friends or come solo. Registration is not required. Information, 630-584-0076, ext. 1; scpld.org. For details on the brewery, visit pollyannabrewing.com.

FEB. 7

GIGI COLEMAN’S ONE-WOMAN SHOW ON THE LIFE OF HER GREAT-AUNT BESSIE COLEMAN LAUNCHING ECC’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Feb. 7 lineup kickoff, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Coleman was the first black female pilot in the U.S. and the first to earn an international pilot’s license. Coleman could not enroll in flight school in the United States at the time, so she learned French and moved to France to get her pilot’s license. The year was 1921.The breakfast event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Building E Dining Room at the college. Gigi Coleman inspires youth to get interested in STEM through her aviation program, The Bessie Coleman Aviation All-stars. Cost: Breakfast tickets cost $15 for students and $20 for community members; seating is limited. Information: For more on this program and the entire month of events, visit tickets.elgin.edu or call the box office at 847-622-0300.

THE OLD HOUSE NEW HOUSE HOME SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 to 9, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Update, renovate and revitalize home surroundings with 300 award-winning contractors, designers, remodelers, brand exhibits and creative craftsmen. It shows the latest in kitchens, baths, basements, additions, remodeling, landscaping, painting, decorating, window treatments, flooring, patios, pergolas, tile, cabinets, counter tops, custom closets, fireplaces, insulation, renewable energy, heating and air, roofing, waterproofing, windows and doors. Workshops and attractions are included with admission; seating is limited. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefits Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. One must bring a printed ticket to gain admission to the event; the ticket can be used for any one of the three days of the show. Cost: $7 for adults; $4 for people age 62 and older; and free for youth younger than 18. Information: tickets at shawurl.com/3cbj; www.kennedyproductions.com, info@kennedyproductions.com, 630-515-1160; Pheasant Run at 630-584-6300.

FIRST FRIDAYS IMPROV COMEDY: 8 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. GreenRoom Productions’ improvisers take audience suggestions and turn them into comic theater pieces. It’s a semi-professional, ensemble-based troupe. “With competing improv teams, improvised songs, audience members on stage, and tons of energy, these family-friendly shows are ones you won’t soon forget,” according to organizers. Cash bar is offered. The next date is March 6. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information: www.cityofelgin.org/calendar.aspx?EID=9428, 847-931-5900.

JIMMY NICK & DON’T TELL MAMA: 9:30 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Cost: $5 cover. Information: thehousepub.com.

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: downtownbatavia.com.

GENEVA GREEN MARKET THIS WINTER: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April, First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information: shawurl.com/3c51.

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: fermilabnaturalareas.org.

FEB. 11

FOXFIRE TAVERN PRESENTS “FALLING IN LOVE” WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m., 17 W. State St., Geneva. The five-course dinner will celebrate Valentine’s Day and reservations are required. Information: 630-232-1369, www.foxfiregeneva.com.

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, facebook.com/oldelburnhall, oldelburnhall.com.

“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: paramountaurora.com, 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: elburnpost630@gmail.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.

FEB. 21

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.

APRIL 4

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 tinyurl.com/tdxc2m8, 630-584-0076, ext. 230, or at the library at 1 S. Sixth Ave.

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