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Kane to offer Irish music stars, documentarian at screening, theater

WHERE: Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia
WHEN: 8 p.m. March 7
COST AND INFO: $28, $14 for youth age 18 and younger;
ABOUT: Tickets will go fast to catch the award-winning quintet Goitse, named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year.” And Áine McGeeney was hailed as Best Female Vocalist of 2016 by the Irish American News. The ensemble includes World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, according to concert organizers.
IRISH LILT WHERE: Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia WHEN: 8 p.m. March 7 COST AND INFO: $28, $14 for youth age 18 and younger; ABOUT: Tickets will go fast to catch the award-winning quintet Goitse, named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year.” And Áine McGeeney was hailed as Best Female Vocalist of 2016 by the Irish American News. The ensemble includes World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, according to concert organizers.

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FEB. 20

LUNCH AND SHOW WITH VITO ZATTO WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: Noon, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Everett Dean and the Lonesome Hearts at 7 p.m. Feb. 20; Billy and the Jets, an Elton John and Billy Joel tribute, at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21; Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Fred Zimmerman at 7 p.m. Feb. 26; Ivy Ford in a blues show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27; and a retro R&B night with the Mike Wheeler Band at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Information: Reservations are required at

MARIO’S CART FOR TACO THURSDAY: 5 to 8 p.m., Riverlands Brewing Company, 1860 Dean St., unit A, St. Charles. Also planned that day is the first LEGO Arts & Drafts event for a family-friendly night at the taproom from 6 to 11 p.m. Chuck’s Wood-Fired Pizza will be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21, followed by the Allegory food truck from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. information:

AN EVENING WITH THE FLAT FIVE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8 p.m. Feb. 21 (see Feb. 20 lecture below), The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up is blues great Guy King at 8 p.m. Feb. 22; a Great Lakes maritime concert by Lee Murdock at 2 p.m. Feb. 23; and 4th Point at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, with Seventh Sons Band opening. For Black History Month, a free lecture on “African American Musical Brilliance in Film” will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 by Gerald Butters of Aurora University. Information:

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:, 630-584-6967,

GOODLY CREATURES THEATRE PRESENTS OSCAR WILDE’S “AN IDEAL HUSBAND”: Now 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:;

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;

FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF KANE COUNTY GUIDED HIKES: Various dates and locations. It offers a naturalist-led, two-hour hike each month in the “Trek with a Naturalist” series. The first is at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Glenwood Park Forest Preserve, 1644 S. River St., Batavia; 5 p.m. March 19, Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, 35W003 Route 31, South Elgin; 5:30 p.m. April 16, Big Rock Forest Preserve, 46W072 Jericho Road, Big Rock; and 6 p.m. May 21, Fox River Shores Forest Preserve, 701 N. Williams Road, Carpentersville. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free and open to people age 18 and older. Information: 630-444-3190 or

“THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS,” A NEW MUSICAL: Wednesday through Sunday until 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. Information:, 630-896-6666.

ART EXHIBITIONS: Through March 7, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Susan Aurinko, Georgia Schwender, Laura Husar Garcia, Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini explore earth, water, air and fire from the lens of the ancient Greeks in the main-floor gallery. Upstairs is a photographic display of the old Joliet prison by Barbara Eberhard; 25 images printed on metal, along with placards of information and installation pieces of barbed wire, give the viewer a look into the life of the prison, which was built in 1858 and closed in 2002. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with $5 donation suggested. Information:

GRAPHIC NOVEL BY GEORGE TAKEI REVIEWED AT BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Ellen Huxtable will discuss “Star Trek” actor-activist Takei’s new graphic novel memoir about his family’s internment during World War II titled “They Called Us Enemy.” Huxtable is researching and writing a children’s book based on the oral history her parents shared of their personal wartime experiences at the Manzanar Relocation Center in California. “They Called Us Enemy” is co-written with Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker. Cost: Free. Information:

FEB. 21

ERIC JOHNSON PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up is the ninth annual Windy City Elvis Competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 22; a tribute to Van Morrison by The Irish Heartbeat at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and Josh Turner with special guest Emma Borders at 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Information:

AN EVENING WITH JOHN TILL: 9 p.m. to midnight, The River’s Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. Till returns with slide guitar, banjo and acoustic guitar in arrangements steeped in the fingerpicking styles of the Delta blues. Bluegrass Sundays will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Information:

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:, 630-897-9496.

CHARLES & COMPANY: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Performing next will be The Connectors at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Information:

“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, 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

FEB. 22

NATURAL AREA MANAGEMENT SEMINAR: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Garfield Farm Museum, five miles west of Geneva, just north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, Campton Hills. It’s the 35th annual Native Plants & Natural Area Management Seminar. Cost: $55 for full day or $25 for half day; reduced fee scholarships available for students and individuals younger than 30. Information: Reservations required by calling the museum at 630-584-8485 or emailing

58TH ANNUAL LINCOLN STATE CAT CLUB: Feb. 22 and 23, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. There will be judging of purebreds and household pets, educational seminars, vendors and rescue shelter adoptions. A $1-off coupon is at Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children age 6 to 12. Information:, 815-299-0784.

FEB. 23

ELGIN YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPEN HOUSE: 3:30 to 7 p.m., Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Students and families can visit rehearsals, meet current students and staff, and explore the many possibilities available through participation in an EYSO ensemble. Information:

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:, 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:; 630-377-4443.

FEB. 26

TRIVIA NIGHTS AT MCNALLY’S PUB: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 109 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: 630-513-6300,

FEB. 27

NOAH GABRIEL IN CONCERT: 9 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Information:

FEB. 28

FASHION SHOW FOCUSED ON BUSINESS LOOKS: 6 to 8 p.m., Paula’s Couture Consignment, 4-1/2 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Information:, 630-425-3196,

DOCUMENTARY TITLED “TRANSGEEK”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. It’s a pre-screening of “TransGeek,” followed by a panel discussion led by director-producer Kevin McCarthy. The film explores the intersection of gender identity and geek culture, interviewing people working in science, technology, gaming, science fiction/fantasy, and more to give voice to their stories. The film is sponsored by Interweave and UUSG, established in 1842, and the oldest church in Geneva. Interweave is a local group of LGBTQ members, friends and allies who meet once a month to have programs and discussions. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-232-2350.

FEB. 29

MAGICIAN DANIEL MARTIN: 7 p.m., Waubonsee Community College Auditorium on the Sugar Grove campus. Tickets: $19 for adults, $12 for children age 12 and younger. Information:

BATAVIA FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE PRESENTING “THE ULTIMATE SCAVENGER HUNT”: 6 p.m., downtown Batavia hunt. Teams of three to four adults compete. Dinner and a raffle will follow at Pal Joey’s in Batavia. Cost: $50 per person. Information:


FOX VALLEY CONCERT BAND: 3 p.m., Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The program is titled “Years of Hope, Years of Courage – A Concert for National Women’s History Month. Cost: Free. Information:


ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY AND POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY’S TRIVIA NIGHT: 7 to 9 p.m., 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


“IN MY LIFE – A MUSICAL THEATRE TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES”: 7:30 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Place, Elgin. As one watches The Beatles progress through the 1960s, the band’s manager Brian Epstein (played by Murphy Martin) makes his presence known throughout the musical, narrating his side of the story. The San Diego Theatre Review called the production “the most original of all Beatles shows.” Cost: $35 to $75. Information: 847-931-5900, box office or


BAKER COMMUNITY CENTER’S “SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” SHOWS: 7:30 p.m. various dates, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. Performing 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. Cost: Tickets cost $25 if purchased on the day of the event or $20 in advance. Information:, 630-584-7200.


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, all appearing in April. 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.


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:

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:,


WEDNESDAYS@ONE EVENTS: 1 p.m. various dates, Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. Shows include “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:, 630-584-7200.


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

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