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Kane to offer concerts, eclectic plays, fundraisers

WHERE: Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles
WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 28
COST AND INFO: Advance tickets at $10 for adults, $5 for students, $5 more at the door; 630-584-7200,
ABOUT: Fresh off an appearance at the Rose Bowl football game, the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band will perform. The show will feature about 100 band members, presented through the cooperation of the West Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN VARSITY BAND WHERE: Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 28 COST AND INFO: Advance tickets at $10 for adults, $5 for students, $5 more at the door; 630-584-7200, ABOUT: Fresh off an appearance at the Rose Bowl football game, the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band will perform. The show will feature about 100 band members, presented through the cooperation of the West Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

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FEB. 27

ST. CHARLES RESTAURANT WEEK: Through Feb. 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. Check the website for participating restaurants and menus. Information:; 630-377-4443.

ECC WRITERS CENTER READING SERIES WITH CHELSEA BIONDOLILLO: 7:30 p.m., Elgin Community College's Arts Center in building H, room H142, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Biondolillo is the author of “The Skinned Bird” and two prose chapbooks, “Ologies” and “#Lovesong.” She is a 2019 Oregon Literary Arts fellow. A pre-reading dinner with Biondolillo will be held at 5:30 p.m. Additional authors for the series are Jeremy T. Wilson on March 12, followed by Elgin Poet Laureate Chasity Gunn on April 23. Cost: Free reading. Information: For dinner reservations or information, contact Rachael Stewart at

"THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS," A HIT 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. Information:, 630-896-6666.

IVY FORD IN A BLUES SHOW WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be a retro R&B night with the Mike Wheeler Band at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Rosie and The Rivets' Leap Year party at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 29 (and back at 8:30 p.m. March 7); Sinatra Sundays with Ron's Family Feast, featuring singer Vince Amore, 3 p.m. March 1; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Mike DiDomenico at 7 p.m. March 4; Psychedelic Blue with Joe Valentino at 7:30 p.m. March 5 (prime rib Thursdays are back); and Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama at 8 p.m. March 6. Information: Reservations are required at

GOODLY CREATURES THEATRE PRESENTS OSCAR WILDE'S "AN IDEAL HUSBAND": Until 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:;

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:

FEB. 28

"20TH CENTURY BLUES": 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday until March 15, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. 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:

NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER EVENTS: Various dates, Norris Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Offered are 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.

THE 4TH POINT, WITH SEVEN SONS BAND, WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up is Joanna Connor with Ivy Ford opening at 7 p.m. Feb. 29; and Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials, with Dave Herrero opening, at 7 p.m. March 7. Information:

JOSH TURNER WITH SPECIAL GUEST EMMA BORDERS PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Y&T at 8 p.m. Feb. 29; Italian-American comedian Anthony Rodia at 5 p.m. March 1; local Zonta Club's LUNAFEST at 6 p.m. March 3 – eight short films for, by and about women that help to raise funds for local agencies and international projects working to empower women and girls; and Howard Jones Acoustic Trio at 8 p.m. March 6; opening is Rachael Sage, a soulful and innovative New York City-based alt-pop-folk-rock singer-songwriter and four-time Independent Music Award Winner, who has shared stages with artists such as Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart and Sheryl Crow, and collaborated with artists including Judy Collins. Information:

CHEKHOV-INSPIRED PLAY MINGLING COMEDY AND DRAMA: 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and 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.

"KISS ME, KATE" PRESENTED BY ECC MUSICAL THEATRE: Through 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 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.

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,

GINA GLOCKSEN BAND: 9 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. Fronted by a veteran of "American Idol," the band is known for powerful vocals fueled by passion, precision and rock 'n' roll. Cost: No cover; 630-802-6581,

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:

PLAY TITLED "WE OWN THIS NOW" ABOUT STOLEN INDIGENOUS LANDS: 7:30 p.m., sanctuary of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. The play will look at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something. The gripping drama, written by Alison Casella Brookins, pastor of the Chicago Community Mennonite Church, will provide a starting point for further conversation. It stars veteran national actors Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne of Ted & Company TheaterWorks. Using humor and storytelling, the duo will provoke both laughter and reflection to raise an issue of faith and social justice. Cost: Free, although donations will be accepted. Information: Email for complimentary tickets so the church will know how many people to expect; 847-741-5124,

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:

LEAP DAY CHILI COOK-OFF: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Red Hive Market, 6 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Registration has passed to provide chili. Judging will be done by customers. The shop features treasures for the home. Information:

ALASH WITH SPECIAL GUEST SHODEKEH: 7 p.m., Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. Tuvan throat singing meets Pete Seeger folk music, by this group from the edge of Siberia. Throat singing is a technique for singing multiple pitches at once. Cost: $29. Information: 847-622-0300,

FROM KANSAS CITY COMES GRASSFED PLAYING BLUEGRASS JAMS: 9 p.m., River's Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. Cost: $5 cover for ages 21 and older. Information:

FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 29 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. 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


THE WAYOUTS: 7 p.m., EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. The Wayouts will play the best 1960s music from The Kinks, The Animals, The Rascals, The Troggs, The Box Tops, The McCoys and other artists. Information:

FIRST FRIDAY IMPROV COMEDY: 8 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. It's presented by GreenRoom Productions. The 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 and audience members on stage in family-friendly shows. Cash bar is offered. The next date is April 3. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information:, 847-931-5900.


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.

THE IRISH BAND CALLED GOITSE: 8 p.m., Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Tickets will go fast to catch the award-winning quintet named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year.” Áine McGeeney was hailed as "Best Female Vocalist" of 2016 by Irish American News. Cost: $28, $14 for youth age 18 and younger. Information:

A-Z CRAFT SUPPLIES GARAGE SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St., Aurora. Deadline for exhibitors is past. Cost: Free admission. 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;

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,


WINTER SOUP BENEFIT BY BATAVIA UNITED WAY: 6 to 9 p.m., neighboring Bar Evolution and The Tea Tree on North River Street in downtown Batavia. One's ticket includes a list of participating restaurants and their soup flavors. There will be 11 soup tasting stations; one can try a 3-ounce sample of each and chat with local restaurant owners. Bread and crackers will be available. Bar Evolution and Tea Tree will provide beverages at an additional charge. Cost: $25; purchase tickets online or at The Tea Tree while supplies last, with no tickets sold at the door. Information:;

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,


"CAROLE’S KINGS": 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Center, 1399 W. Wilson. An iconic singer-songwriter gets a brand new sound with the world’s first all-male Carole King tribute, featuring lush orchestrations, witty banter and a cast of three New York stage veterans. One plays live piano throughout the show. Next up will be "Forever Young" at 7:30 p.m. June 19, celebrating the greatest hits of all time performed by five men. It's a story of five best friends who discover that a record player can truly change everything. It's packed full of pop, rock and country classics. 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.


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.


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 next is at 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


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 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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