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THE PROCRASTINATOR’S BALL FEATURING MR. BLOTTO: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Kashmir in a Led Zeppelin tribute at 8 p.m. Jan. 5. Information: arcadalive.com.
KIP WINGER LIVE AND UNPLUGGED AS PART OF CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s followed by an R&B night with Sam Savage at 9 p.m. Jan. 5. Information: arcadalive.com.
EXPLORATION DAY AT FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. One can sample four classes from a broad selection of mediums taught by various instructors. Cost: $70, including materials and lunch. Information: fineline.org, 630-584-9443.
THE PHEASANT RUN ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE MARKET: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 6, Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. It will feature antiques, vintage jewelry, clothing, collectibles, decor and decorative arts and design. On hand will be guest Lila Lucy, a published pinup from Chicago. Cost: $7, covering both days, free for children age 12 and younger. Information, zurkopromotions.com, 715-526-9769.
WINTER ART CLASSES OFFERED BY WATER STREET STUDIOS: beginning on various January dates, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Classes and starting dates are Beginner/Intermediate Ceramics, Jan. 7; Beginner/Intermediate Drawing, Jan. 8; Metalsmithing for Jewelry Fabrication, Jan. 8; Watercolor Painting, Jan. 9; Oil Painting, Jan. 10; and Basics and Beyond Glass Bead making, Jan. 22. Information: waterstreetstudios.org, 630-761-9977.
FERMILAB ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: through Feb. 27, Wilson Hall off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The show features work by Jane Barthès in “An Alternative Molecular Universe” (jbarthes.com). A gallery talk is offered at noon Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; sign in at the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. Cost: Free. Information: events.fnal.gov/art-gallery.
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.
OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information: flagstonecrafts.com.
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.
LAUREN GUNDERSON’S “SILENT SKY” PRESENTED BY STEEL BEAM THEATRE: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 3, 111 W. Main St., downtown St. Charles. The true story is about Henrietta Leavitt, who begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, but isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. Cost: $22 to $28. Information: steelbeamtheatre.org.
ART SHOWS’ RECEPTION CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF WATER STREET STUDIOS: 6 to 9 p.m., 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Exhibits feature the artwork of 30 current resident artists and instructors, working in a wide variety of media, scale and disciplines. The reception will offer appetizers from Gaetano’s and a cash bar. The gallery will accept donations for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during its second Friday gallery opening receptions; a needs list is at bataviafoodpantry.org. Exhibits run to Feb. 2, open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged. Information: waterstreetstudios.org, 630-761-9977.
AUTHOR JONATHAN EIG OF “ALI: A LIFE” AT BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Muhammad Ali was the self-described wittiest, prettiest, strongest, bravest and, of course, the greatest. But until now, Ali has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, had unique access to Ali’s inner circle, conducted more than 500 interviews, and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch or purchase food at the library’s Chapters Coffeehouse & Café; one can call 630-406-8005 to arrange pickup. Cost: Free. Information: booksbetweenbites.com.