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Kane to offer outdoor fun, music, student fashion show, theater

ALLGOOD JAZZ QUARTET
WHERE: Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15
COST AND INFO: Tickets cost $25 if purchased on the day of the event or $20 in advance; norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200
ABOUT: The "Saturday Night Lights" series opens with a jazz quartet fronted by Alyssa Allgood (shown). Next up in the series will be the 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.
ALLGOOD JAZZ QUARTET WHERE: Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 COST AND INFO: Tickets cost $25 if purchased on the day of the event or $20 in advance; norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200 ABOUT: The "Saturday Night Lights" series opens with a jazz quartet fronted by Alyssa Allgood (shown). Next up in the series will be the 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.

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FEB. 13

MURDER-MYSTERY LUNCHEON WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: Noon, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The theme is the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” Next up will be a dinner show with Jack D’Amico at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; Nick@Knight at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14; The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring Dakota Horvath, at 3 p.m. Feb. 16; open mic night contest edition at 7 p.m. Feb. 18; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Ken Mate at 7 p.m. Feb. 19; lunch and show with Vito Zatto at noon Feb. 20; Everett Dean and the Lonesome Hearts at 7 p.m. Feb. 20; and Billy and the Jets, an Elton John and Billy Joel tribute, at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Information: arcadalive.com.

SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The Songwriters Showcase hosted by Dave Glynn features Nicole Amine, Pete Jive and Paul Moody. Next up is an evening of heart and soul with The Heavy Sounds at 8 p.m. Feb. 14; Deacon Blues, an all-star tribute to Steely Dan, at 8 p.m. Feb. 15; and guitar fireworks with Richard Smith plus Pat Bergeson at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. For Black History Month, a lecture on “African American Musical Brilliance in Film” will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 by Gerald Butters of Aurora University. Information: themusicvenue.org.

ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM’S NEW EXHIBIT: Ongoing, 215 E. Main St. It’s titled “Booming Business in the Beauty Spot of the Fox Valley.” Information: stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967, info@stcmuseum.org.

MURDER-MYSTERY DINNER: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The theme is “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” Next up is a Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye tribute show by Terry Steele and Johnny Britt at 8 p.m. Feb. 14; Firehouse with Steelheart at 8 p.m. Feb. 15; Lonestar at 5 p.m. Feb. 16; and Eric Johnson at 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Information: arcadalive.com.

GOODLY CREATURES THEATRE PRESENTS OSCAR WILDE’S “AN IDEAL HUSBAND”: Feb. 13 to March 1, Elgin Arts Showcase, eighth floor, 164 Division St., downtown Elgin. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $18, $15 for students and seniors. Information: shawurl.com/3cer; goodlycreatures.com.

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.

FEB. 14

BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL’S ROCK THE RUNWAY PRESENTING “BLOOM”: 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St. It’s the 11th annual wearable art fashion show. Designers will explore the ideas of new beginnings, coming into one’s own and growth through the construction of a garment created from anything, except fabric. Models will highlight the garments on the runway and prizes will be awarded. Information: shawurl.com/3cen.

“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 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, tickets.elgin.edu.

CHEKHOV-INSPIRED PLAY MINGLING COMEDY AND DRAMA: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through 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: riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.

SOUTH OF MARS PLAYING: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Performing next will be The Family Reunion Band at 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Information: villaverone.com.

FEB. 15

FOX VALLEY AERO CLUB’S RADIO CONTROL SWAP MEET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Cost: Admission $5 per adult, free for children age 12 and younger. Information: shawurl.com/3ces.

EAGLES ON THE FOX RIVER: 10 a.m., Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, 35W003 Route 31, South Elgin. Learn about the national bird, the bald eagle, during a wintertime hiking exploration along the Fox River. Participants will search for eagles while the naturalist discusses the majestic bird’s history, behavior, habitat and diet. Cost: Free, but registration is required. Information: 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

BAKER COMMUNITY CENTER’S “SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” SHOWS: 7:30 p.m. various dates, 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: norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

FEB. 16

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PORTRAYED BY KEVIN WOOD: 2 p.m., Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St. The program is “From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln.” It will be repeated at 4 p.m. in Spanish. Registration is requested. Cost: Free. Information: elginhistory.org.

“HARRY POTTER” TRIVIA – SPORCLE LIVE AT MCNALLY’S PUB: 7:30 p.m., 109 W. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $25 entry fee for a team of up to five players, with tickets required. Information: 630-513-6300, facebook.com/mcnallysirishpub.

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 fvssc.wildapricot.org.

FEB. 19

BATAVIA UNITED WAY FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: 6 p.m., Pal Joey’s Restaurant, 2030 Main St., Batavia. Proceeds will help fund the Success By 6 Kindergarten Enrichment Scholarship Program for low-income Batavia children. Pizza bar with salad available for $10. Cost: $5 per bingo card, with reservations through Pal Joey’s required to secure a table. Information: Pal Joey’s at 630-593-6600; bataviaunitedway.org.

WEDNESDAYS@ONE EVENTS: 1 p.m. various dates, Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. Shows include “Beethoven@250” with conductor Andrew Lewis on Feb. 19; “The Making of ‘My Fair Lady’” with Charles Troy on March 18; “Music to Commemorate the Titanic” with Phil Passen on April 15, the date of the sinking; and “Schubert: Man of Melody and Mystery” with Janna Williamson on May 20. Cost: Free, thanks to sponsorship by Colonial Cafe. Information: norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

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: steelbeamtheatre.org.

“KISS ME KATE” PRESENTED BY ECC MUSICAL THEATRE: Feb. 21 to March 1, Arts Center in building H on the Elgin Community College campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. A song-and-dance comedy classic by Cole Porter, “Kiss Me, Kate” focuses on a troupe of actors, led by former spouses Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham, as they battle on- and off-stage during a production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” The production’s pit orchestra is comprised of members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Cost: $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Information: Tickets at elgin.edu/arts, the box office or 847-622-0300.

A-Z CRAFT SUPPLIES GARAGE SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7, with Feb. 21 deadline to register as participant, Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St., Aurora. Sellers may rent a display table and two chairs for $15; deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Cost: Free admission. Information: Applications at wesleyumcaurora.org.

FEB. 23

GUITAR VIRTUOSO FAREED HAQUE IN CONCERT: 3 p.m., Da Capo Music Studio, 870 N. Main St., Elburn, in Jewel plaza. The concert will feature Haque’s original transcriptions of Mompou, Saint-Saens and Casseus, as well as Ponce’s Sonata III. Cost: $20 donation suggested. Haque was voted Best World Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009. Information: 630-777-2955, info@dcmusicstudio.com.

NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER EVENTS: Various dates, Norris Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Offered are “March of the Women: Music to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage” with Phil Passen on Feb. 23; University of Wisconsin Varsity Band on Feb. 28; Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Dmitri Makhtin and Julia Siciliano on March 29; and “Images of the Roaring Twenties” art lecture by Jeff Mishur on April 19. Information: norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

FEB. 24

ST. CHARLES RESTAURANT WEEK: Feb. 24 to 28, various locations. Visit participating St. Charles restaurants and receive a 20% discount off your dine-in bill of $20 or more when you present the required coupon – either printed or on your phone. Discount cards will not be mailed out this year. Check the website for participating restaurants and menus. Information: www.stcharlesil.gov/restaurant-week; 630-377-4443.

FEB. 29

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: 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.

MARCH 3

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; scpld.org. For details on the brewery, visit pollyannabrewing.com.

MARCH 12

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 are Graham Nash, John Sebastian and author Sarah Vowell. Cost: Tickets for Black are $57 to $67. Information: 847-622-0300, tickets.elgin.edu.

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.

MARCH 13

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.

MARCH 14

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: fermilabnaturalareas.org, fermilabnaturalareas@gmail.com.

APRIL 4

TICKETS GOING 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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