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Kane to offer concerts, theater, film

ART OPENING
WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia
WHEN: Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. March 13; show runs to April 4
COST AND INFO: Free, with $5 donation suggested; waterstreetstudios.org
ABOUT: Honoring revered mentors, Water Street Studios will highlight a variety of mediums from leading female artists in both galleries. On the main floor will be “Leading Women,” a group show curated by Lisa Hutler, a resident WSS artist and educator. The artists are Jenny Brown, Shannon Downey, Karen Gubitz, Gretchen Jankowski, Tonika Johnson, Laura Kina, Laura Mosquera, Sunny Neater-Dubow, Andrea Peterson, Jennifer Reeder and Jen Wawro. On the second floor will be “Tallgrass Exchange,” featuring ceramic and photographic work by Georgia Schwender, inspired by Fermilab's prairie. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
ART OPENING WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia WHEN: Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. March 13; show runs to April 4 COST AND INFO: Free, with $5 donation suggested; waterstreetstudios.org ABOUT: Honoring revered mentors, Water Street Studios will highlight a variety of mediums from leading female artists in both galleries. On the main floor will be “Leading Women,” a group show curated by Lisa Hutler, a resident WSS artist and educator. The artists are Jenny Brown, Shannon Downey, Karen Gubitz, Gretchen Jankowski, Tonika Johnson, Laura Kina, Laura Mosquera, Sunny Neater-Dubow, Andrea Peterson, Jennifer Reeder and Jen Wawro. On the second floor will be “Tallgrass Exchange,” featuring ceramic and photographic work by Georgia Schwender, inspired by Fermilab's prairie. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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MARCH 12

NO COVER R&B JAM WITH SAM SAVAGE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Jonny Lyons & The Pride at 8:30 p.m. March 13; The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. March 14; Sinatra Sundays with Ron's Family Feast, featuring music by Nick@Knight, at 3 p.m. March 15; open mic night contest edition at 7 p.m. March 17; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Keith Cobb at 7 p.m. March 18; dinner (a meatless St. Joseph's menu) and show with Joe DeLuca at 6 p.m. March 19; and Rockabilly Rockstars at 8 p.m. March 20. Information: Reservations are required at arcadalive.com.

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: ezregister.com/events/31706; bataviaunitedway.org.

A SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The showcase features Megon McDonough, Lee Murdock, Ralph Covert (The Bad Examples and Ralph's World) and Dave Glynn. Next up will be a St. Pat's Party with the Empty O'Can Band at 8 p.m. March 14; and Fox Valley Jazz Big Band at 1 p.m. March 15. Information: themusicvenue.org.

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, fineline.org.

"BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" MOVIE SING-ALONG PART OF LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be The Bay City Rollers with Jonny Lyons & The Pride at 8 p.m. March 13; a free Irish dance show and movie, "The Luck of the Irish," at 10 a.m. March 14; The McCartney Years at 8 p.m. March 14; David Bowie alumni in a tribute to his music at 7:30 p.m. March 19; and Everclear with The McCrae Band at 8 p.m. March 20. Information: arcadalive.com.

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 rstewart@elgin.edu.

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: riverlandsbrewing.com.

"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: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.

COMEDIAN LEWIS BLACK: 8 p.m., Blizzard Theatre in building H on the Elgin Community College campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. 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 run $57 to $67. Information: 847-622-0300, tickets.elgin.edu.

MARCH 13

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 artist 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: bataviafineartscentre.org.

"20TH CENTURY BLUES": 8 p.m. March 13 and 14 and 3 p.m. 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: steelbeamtheatre.org.

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 genevaparks.org or at Sunset Community Center, Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, or by calling Geneva Park District at 630-232-4542.

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: office@elburnlions.com, 630-365-6315, elburnlions.com.

THE ROCKITS: 8 p.m., Upper Club at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva. Performing next will be Hip Pockit at 8 p.m. March 14. Information: villaverone.com.

MARCH 14

RIVERLANDS BREWING COMPANY'S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Noon to 10 p.m., 1860 Dean St., unit A, St. Charles. There will be live music, and food by Chuck's Wood Fired Pizza from noon to 8 p.m. Information: riverlandsbrewing.com/events.

LIVE MUSIC BY SIX STRING CROSSING: 8 to 11 p.m., The Evergreen Pub & Grill, 1400 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: facebook.com/pg/evergreenpubandgrill.

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. Added 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.

MARCH 15

ACAPPELLAGO CONCERT: 4 p.m., Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave. It follows a 7:30 p.m. March 14 performance at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The concert is titled "Escape to Springtime – The Only Pretty Ringtime." It offers Shakespearean madrigals mingling with The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" and "Good Day Sunshine," as well as compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ralph Vaughan Williams, PDQ Bach and Sting among others. Information: acappellago.org.

WATERLINE WRITERS' SPRING READING: 7 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The group's meeting schedule now will be quarterly. The spring show will feature new works from Julie Brandon, Ray Ziemer, Rita Dragonette and Christine Swanberg. Writers may bring a five-minute piece to share at the 8:30 p.m. open mic. Cost: $5, $3 for students. Information: waterline.writers.batavia@gmail.com, facebook.com/pg/waterlinewriters, waterlinewriters.org.

MARCH 18

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: norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

MARCH 19

GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS "LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL": 7 p.m. March 19 to 21 and 1 p.m. March 22, 416 McKinley Ave. Cost: $10 to $20. Information: genevatheaterb@gmail.com, geneva304.org/genevahighschool_home.aspx.

"FAME THE MUSICAL JR.": 7 p.m. March 19 to 21 and 3 p.m. March 21, Judson University’s Theatre program in the Thulin Auditorium in Thompson Hall, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. The energetic show, filled with dancing and song, follows a group of students from their freshman year through their senior year at a performing arts high school in New York City in the 1980s. Cost: $5 to $12. Information: Tickets at JUFame.eventbrite.com or at the door with cash or check only; 837-628-2625.

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 programs@kaneforest.com.

MARCH 20

DISNEY’S "ALADDIN JR.," A PLAYHOUSE 38 YOUTH PRODUCTION: March 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. Information: genevaparks.org or at Sunset Community Center, Stephen Persinger Recreation Center and 630-232-4542.

MARCH 21

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: shawurl.com/3cii.

MARCH 22

BATAVIA RESTAURANT MADNESS: March 22 to 26, various eateries in Batavia. It is presented by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, the city of Batavia and Batavia MainStreet. Visit participating restaurants that week and receive 20% off. Information: To download the coupon and full list of restaurants, visit tinyurl.com/se4upqv.

MARCH 23

FOX VALLEY SNOWDRIFTERS SKI CLUB'S DATE CHANGE IN MARCH: 7:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 201 W. State St., Geneva. It's preceded by a board meeting at 6 p.m. The program will feature brewer Steve Newman talking about different styles of beer and brewing; there will be samples of different types. He is in the process of opening his brewery, Brother Chimp Brewing in North Aurora. Guests are welcome. The club has added another ski trip; it's planned Sept. 4 to 12 in Portillo, Chili. Information: Call Joan at 630-567-6407.

MARCH 26

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 27

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 28

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 29

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: norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

APRIL 4

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: norrisculturalarts.com, 630-584-7200.

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