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Kane to offer theater, music, maple sugaring, flag memorial benefit

WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
WHEN: 8 p.m. March 6
COST & INFO: $39 to $89;
ABOUT: Rachael Sage, a soulful and innovative New York City-based alt-pop-folk-rock singer-songwriter and four-time Independent Music Award Winner, will open for the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio. Sage has shared stages with artists such as Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart and Sheryl Crow, and collaborated with artists including Judy Collins. Sage's new album is titled "Character," its inspiration evolving during her recovery from cancer. The songs celebrate gratitude, forgiveness and the beauty and strength of humanity. She is the founder of MPress Records.
RACHAEL SAGE WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles WHEN: 8 p.m. March 6 COST & INFO: $39 to $89; ABOUT: Rachael Sage, a soulful and innovative New York City-based alt-pop-folk-rock singer-songwriter and four-time Independent Music Award Winner, will open for the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio. Sage has shared stages with artists such as Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart and Sheryl Crow, and collaborated with artists including Judy Collins. Sage's new album is titled "Character," its inspiration evolving during her recovery from cancer. The songs celebrate gratitude, forgiveness and the beauty and strength of humanity. She is the founder of MPress Records.

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PSYCHEDELIC BLUE WITH JOE VALENTINO WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Prime rib Thursdays are back. Next up will be Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama at 8:30 p.m. March 6; Rosie and The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. March 7; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast, featuring singer Jack D’Amico, at 4 p.m. March 8; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Dennis Christie at 7 p.m. March 11; lunch and show with Vito Zatto at noon March 12; no cover R&B jam with Sam Savage at 7:30 p.m. March 12; and Jonny Lyons and The Pride at 8:30 p.m. March 13. Information: Reservations are required at

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:

WEARABLE ART DESIGNS BY DYLLIS BRAITHWAITE ON DISPLAY: Through March 21, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It’s titled “Dyllis Braithwaite – We Love What You’re Wearing!” Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-584-9443,


“FLAGS & FLANNEL” BENEFIT FOR FLAG DAY MEMORIAL: 6 to 10 p.m., Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora. It features a multi-course whiskey dinner. DeKalb distillery Whiskey Acres teams up with North Aurora caterer Team FIB BBQ and the Fox Valley Patriotic Organization. Cost: $100. Information:

“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:

ELBURN LIONS CLUB’S FRIDAY NIGHT BINGO: 7 p.m., Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 S. Filmore St. Weekly bingo is offered through the first Friday in May. One must be age 18 or older to play. Doors open at 5 p.m. Early bird raffles start at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m. The food concession opens at 5:30 p.m. Information:, 630-365-6315,

THE VITO ZATTO SHOW: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Performing next will be Gil DeLaPaz and PM Kool at 8 p.m. March 7. Information:

HOWARD JONES ACOUSTIC TRIO PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Opening is Rachael Sage. Next up will be Geoff Tate at 8 p.m. March 7; The Grass Roots and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap at 5 p.m. March 8; a silent movie starring Buster Keaton titled “Sherlock Jr.,” plus a short, with live organ accompaniment at 7:30 p.m. March 10; FairyTales On Ice for the Arcada Kid’s Club blending “Cinderella” and “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m. March 11; “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie sing-along at 7:30 p.m. March 12; The Bay City Rollers at 8 p.m. March 13; and The McCartney Years at 8 p.m. March 14. Information:

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.


MAPLE SAMPLER WITH GAMES AND PIONEER HISTORY: 1 to 4 p.m. March 7 and 8, Durant House Museum in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. The 1843 Durant House will be open. One can hear how the pioneers used maple sugar and maple syrup as an organic sweetener. Guests can enjoy the fire in the hearth room during a discussion of 19th century recipes. Youth can play old-fashioned parlor games. Cost: Suggested donation of $3 per adult and $2 per child. Information:

WIENER DOG RACES AT HOCKEY GAME: 7:05 p.m. puck drop, Fox Valley Ice Arena, 1996 Kirk Road, Geneva. At intermission, the Chicago Steel Hockey Team will host its third annual Wiener Dog Races to help raise awareness of dog adoptions from a local rescue shelter. Fans registering their dogs are asked to make a donation to Rescue Warriors, an Elgin-based nonprofit that saves abandoned animals. The game also features other pup-related promotions. Information:

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTING “MARIACHI”: 7:30 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The ESO collaborates with Mariachi Acero de Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind performance in a night of music, culture and dance. Guest conductor is Arturo Rodriguez, a Mozart Medal winner and a Sundance Film Institute composer fellow. Information:

LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS, WITH DAVE HERRERO OPENING, WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up will be a live album cover tribute to “Pearl” by Janis Joplin at 7 p.m. March 8, led by Scott Tipping and fellow artists; acoustic bluegrass invite night at 7 p.m. March 11, hosted by Bradley Utterback and his house band, along with a guest group, Tiny Country Duo; a songwriters showcase with Megon McDonough, Lee Murdock, Ralph Covert (The Bad Examples and Ralph’s World) and Dave Glynn at 7 p.m. March 12; and John Nemeth at 8 p.m. March 13. Information:

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;


ANTIQUE APPLE TREE GRAFTING SEMINAR: 1:30 p.m., Garfield Farm Museum north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, five miles west of Geneva. Cost: $30, with reservations required. Information: 630-584-8485,,


ECC WRITERS CENTER READING SERIES WITH JEREMY T. WILSON: 7:30 p.m., Elgin Community College’s Arts Center in building H, room H142, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. A pre-reading dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. An additional author for the series will be Elgin Poet Laureate Chasity Gunn on April 23. Cost: Free reading. Information: For dinner reservations or information, contact Rachael Stewart at

BREWERY BUS CRAWL: 6 to 9:30 p.m., St. Charles locations. The tour includes D and G Brewing, Riverlands Brewing Company and Pollyanna Brewing Company; a tour guide will be aboard each bus. It includes a T-shirt, transportation to all three breweries, a flight at each stop, and an automatic donation to Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, a nonprofit that gives assistive technology to students in public schools who have low vision. A food truck will be present at the Riverlands Brewing Company stop, and raffle tickets to benefit Spectrios Institute for Low Vision will be available at Pollyanna Brewing Company. Information:


PLAYHOUSE 38 YOUTH COMPANY PRODUCTION OF “INTO THE WOODS”: March 13 to 15, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P at rear, Geneva. Curtain is at 7 p.m. March 13 and 14 and 3 p.m. March 15. Cost: $10. Information: Tickets at or at Sunset Community Center, Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, or by calling Geneva Park District at 630-232-4542.


ST. PATRICK’S PARADE: 2 p.m., along Route 64 in downtown St. Charles. 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

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,


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.


ECO-EXPO AND GREEN NIGHT OUT AT THE MOVIES: 6 p.m. expo and 7 p.m. film, Batavia City Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Island Ave. The Batavia Environmental Commission will show the film “Current Revolution,” followed by discussion with local experts. The film tackles the challenge of how the utility, auto, tech and defense industries can help modernize the aging power grid to make it more secure and responsive to the needs of its users, while enhancing environmental performance. Information:

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:


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.


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


BAKER COMMUNITY CENTER “SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” SHOWS: 7:30 p.m., 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. Performing will be 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.

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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