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Kane to offer theater gems, music, home show with celebrity speakers

WHERE: The WC Social Club, 920 Roosevelt Road (Route 38), West Chicago, just east of Route 59
WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 8
COST & INFO: $15, $30 for VIP seating;,
ABOUT: GosT brings its propulsive synthwave sound to a new music club just east of Geneva. With the release of "Valediction," the metal synthwave producer mixes '80s synth, guitar, dark gothic vocals and blast beats. The band channels a fascination with the occult and '80s slasher flicks.
GOST TO STAR WHERE: The WC Social Club, 920 Roosevelt Road (Route 38), West Chicago, just east of Route 59 WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 8 COST & INFO: $15, $30 for VIP seating;, ABOUT: GosT brings its propulsive synthwave sound to a new music club just east of Geneva. With the release of "Valediction," the metal synthwave producer mixes '80s synth, guitar, dark gothic vocals and blast beats. The band channels a fascination with the occult and '80s slasher flicks.

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FEB. 6

A NO COVER SHOW BY THE BELVEDERES WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Prime rib dinners have returned Thursdays. Next up will be Jonny Lyons and The Pride at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7; Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Lee Stevens, at 3 p.m. Feb. 9; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Mark and John at 7 p.m. Feb. 12; “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” murder-mystery luncheon at noon Feb. 13; dinner show with Jack D’Amico at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; and Nick@Knight at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Information:

ART EXHIBIT BY RESIDENT ARTISTS AND INSTRUCTORS: Through Feb. 8, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. A reception for the next show is planned Feb. 14. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information:

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;

FEB. 7

CHEKHOV-INSPIRED PLAY MINGLING COMEDY AND DRAMA: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays now to Feb. 29, Riverfront Playhouse, 13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora. 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. Cost: $15 to $17. Information:, 630-897-9496.

RIVERLANDS BREWING COMPANY EVENTS OPENING WITH FOOD TRUCK AND MUSIC: 5 to 8 p.m., 1860 Dean St., unit A, St. Charles, just east of Randall Road. The farm-to-table food truck Allegory will be on hand, and singer-songwriter Brian Allison will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. The Bart Attacks will play folk and bluegrass from 6 to about 8 p.m. Feb. 8, and food will be offered by the Fire & Smoke BBQ food truck from 6 to about 9 p.m. Information:

NIGHT RANGER WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be The Stylistics at 8 p.m. Feb. 8; and Richard Marx at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 (meet-and-greet event at 5 p.m.); “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” murder-mystery dinner at 8 p.m. Feb. 13; and a Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye tribute show by Terry Steele and Johnny Britt at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Information:

THE FAMILY REUNION BAND: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Performing next will be This End Up at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Information:

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 or call the box office at 847-622-0300.

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:, 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:

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;,, 630-515-1160; Pheasant Run at 630-584-6300.

FEB. 8

REGGAE ROCK JAMS BY DABYLON WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. It will include a Bob Marley tribute. Next up will be the Album Covers Series’ tribute to “Sticky Fingers” at 7 p.m. Feb. 9; Acoustic Bluegrass Invite Night hosted by Bradley Utterback, featuring Anderlik & Church, at 7 p.m. Feb. 12; Songwriters Showcase hosted by Dave Glynn, featuring Nicole Amine, Pete Jive and Paul Moody, at 7 p.m. Feb. 13; an evening of heart and soul with The Heavy Sounds at 8 p.m. Feb. 14; and Deacon Blues, an all-star tribute to Steely Dan, at 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Information:

ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM OPENING NEW EXHIBIT: Starting Feb. 8, 215 E. Main St. It’s titled “Booming Business in the Beauty Spot of the Fox Valley.” Information:, 630-584-6967,

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 offer beverages and food. 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

OPEN MIC COMEDY: 8 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. To take part, email Information: 630-802-6581,

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,

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. And still ahead 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. 14

“TAPESTRY – THE CAROLE KING SONGBOOK WITH SUZANNE O. DAVIS”: 7:30 p.m., Blizzard Theatre in building H on the Elgin Community College campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. With heart, reverence and an impeccable attention to detail, Davis and her band perform songs from the iconic album, plus King hits from throughout the ‘70s for an exhilarating recreation of the sound and vibe of a “Tapestry” era Carole King concert, according to event organizers. One can add dinner for an additional $29. Cost: $34. Information: 847-622-0300,

FEB. 15

BAKER COMMUNITY CENTER “SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” SHOWS: 7:30 p.m., 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. Performing will be the Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quartet on Feb. 15; Ragged Rascals Irish band on March 7; Dan Buck and One of the Boyzz on April 4; and Joan Ellison in “Love Finds Judy Garland” on May 16. Each ticket holder will receive coupons for two complimentary beverages. Cost: Tickets cost $25 if purchased on the day of the event or $20 in advance. Information:, 630-584-7200.

FEB. 17

SNOWDRIFTERS SKI CLUB: 5:30 p.m., Four Lakes Ski Area and Basecamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. Planned is a ski and pizza party. The club will offer games and prizes. The event will start with dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., serving all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and pasta for $15. People are asked to RSVP in advance for the dinner on the website. The group will offer ski games on the slopes. A discount ticket for the evening can be purchased for $21 at the ski area, or one can play games and watch others ski. The club usually meets the third Monday of the month at Old Towne Pub & Eatery in downtown Geneva, including March16. Information: Call Joan at 630-567-6407 or visit

FEB. 21

“20TH CENTURY BLUES”: Feb. 21 to March 15, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Four women meet once a year for a ritual photo shoot, chronicling their changing – and aging – selves as they navigate love, careers, children and the complications of history. When their friendship is threatened, the women must confront who they are. Cost: $23 to $28. Information:


ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY AND POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY’S TRIVIA NIGHT: 7 to 9 p.m. 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; For details on the brewery, visit


COMEDIAN LEWIS BLACK: 8 p.m., Blizzard Theatre in building H on the Elgin Community College campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Tickets are going fast. Black is on his “It Gets Better Every Day” tour. Among the many other shows and artists coming up are Graham Nash, John Sebastian and author Sarah Vowell. Cost: Tickets for Black are $57 to $67. Information: 847-622-0300,

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.


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.


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. Find volunteer application online. Group meets in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Holidays, rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:,


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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