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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

The award-winning Ani Gogova will perform a free concert at the St. Charles Public Library.
The award-winning Ani Gogova will perform a free concert at the St. Charles Public Library.

Readers can post events to the Kane County Chronicle’s online calendar. Visit, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

JAN. 10

ALL-CANADA SHOW: Jan. 10 to 13, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The All-Canada Show features fishing and hunting destinations represented by 150 lodge owners and outfitters from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. The event, highlighting well-known presenters from television, includes free seminars, maps and travel guides. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10; 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 12; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13. Cost: $12 for adults, free for people age 17 and younger, with discounts online. Information:, 630-584-6300.

QUEEN OF HEARTS DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays until Aug. 15, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Information:, 630-365-6530.

JAN. 11

ST. CHARLES INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. It’s held every Friday from November through April, featuring fresh harvested and locally grown produce, bread, meat, eggs, artisan cheese, garden art and other edibles. Reach Baker Hall off Cedar Avenue entrance. Information:

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:

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 Exhibits run to Feb. 2, open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged. Information:, 630-761-9977.

YESSONGS SALUTE TO YES IS PART OF ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Motown Reflections at 8 p.m. Jan. 12, with the dance floor hopping; The Windy City Elvis Birthday Bash featuring Joe “Elvis” Tirrito and Radney Pennington, 5 p.m. Jan. 13; The Moody Blues and Wings founding member Denny Laine and The Moody Wing Band, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17; and Carla Cooke in a tribute to her legendary father, Sam Cooke, 8 p.m. Jan. 18. 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.

GENEVA COMMONS ICE SKATING: daily, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Ice skating and skate rental fees apply, with hours from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 13. Information:

JAN. 12

COMEDY NIGHT WITH VITO ZATTO AS PART OF CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is preceded by The Flat Cats at 9 p.m. Jan. 11. Information:

ANDREW DIEHL & THE NIGHTMEN: 10 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles. Cost: No cover. Information:

JAN. 13

AURORA 88S ROLLER DERBY TEAM INFORMATION NIGHT AND SCRIM: 7:30 p.m., Aurora Skate Center, 34W113 Montgomery Road, Aurora. Through its Sidekick training program, the team is recruiting adult skaters and referees, plus volunteers. A Red versus Black fundraiser bout begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 19, with free admission. Information:,

PIANIST ANI GOGOVA: 2 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. The library’s Sunday Concert series will present international concert pianist Ani Gogova, winner of a top music competition in her native Bulgaria. She holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has been living in Chicago since 2003, when she was appointed to the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, becoming the youngest professor, at the time, to join the music conservatory faculty. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-584-0076.

JAN. 14

HABITAT WORKDAY: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. In the winter, volunteers process native seed mixes and remove invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain, heavy snow or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

JAN. 15

WINTER HEALTH WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The focus is on essential oils and supplements. Information:

JAN. 16

STORIES FOR KIDS: 10:30 a.m., Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. The program is presented by the St. Charles Public Library in partnership with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. No registration is required. Information:

JAN. 17

AUTHOR JONATHAN EIG OF “ALI: A LIFE” AT BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Until now, Muhammad 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:

TRIVIA NIGHT BENEFIT BY BATAVIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 7 to 9 p.m., Pal Joey’s restaurant and bar, 2030 Main St., Batavia. Three-member teams will compete in general, Illinois and Batavia history rounds. Cost: $100 per team. Information:

ELVIS – TRIBUTE ARTIST SPECTACULAR “BIRTHDAY EDITION”: 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. It stars Shawn Klush, Ryan Pelton and Cody Ray Slaughter with Chicago’s own Rick Saucedo and the Blackwood Quartet. Cost: $29.50 to $60. Information:

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” ( 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:

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:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: 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.

JAN. 18

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Gospel titans infuse jazz and blues influences. Cost: $30 to $50. Information:

THE CROSS-OVER MUSICAL ENSEMBLE WELL-STRUNG: 7:30 p.m., Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St., Batavia. The all-male string quartet returns with music from the newest album, “Popssicle.” The classical musicians and vocalists put their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele and many others from the pop and classical realms. Cost: $26 to $39. Information:

JAN. 19

“I AM KING – THE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE”: 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. It stars Michael Firestone and a cast of Broadway and Las Vegas dancers. Cost: $37 to $57. Information:

JAN. 20

“SWAN LAKE” PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA: 3 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Cost: $35 to $65. Information:

JAN. 22

ART CLASSES OFFERED BY WATER STREET STUDIOS: beginning on various dates, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Basics and Beyond Glass Bead making is offered Jan. 22. Information:, 630-761-9977.

JAN. 23

ANNUAL EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The award event highlights creative efforts of those in indie film, music and advertising, who artistically pay homage to the horse through media. EQUUS travels with the WINNIE Award winners and other films around the country and in the United Kingdom throughout the year. This event’s feature film will be “A Pony and His Boy: The Story of Berry and Josh.” Directed by Julianne Neal, it shows the power of a pony and the effect that he has had on one small boy with Down syndrome. It was filmed in Illinois and North and South Carolina. A 30-minute meet and greet precedes the films, with stars and filmmaker. Information:,

JAN. 27

STORYTELLER WILLIAM PACK ON P.T. BARNUM FOR SUNDAYS ON STAGE: 2 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Years before he revolutionized the circus, Barnum was the most famous man in the world. Pack reveals his amazing life through storytelling and recreations of historical sideshow performances. Registration is required for the adult program. Information:

JAN. 31

ART OPENING RECEPTION FOR “BECOMING – TRANSFORMATIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN ART”: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Schingoethe Center in Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The show runs to April 26. The Schingoethe Contemporary Collection exhibit includes works by some of the nation’s important American Indian artists. The entry’s gallery space will show “Stitches of the Soul/Las Puntadas del Almas – Story Quilts” from the National Museum of Mexican Art. Rebecca Head Trautmann of the National Museum of the American Indian will lecture at 6:45 p.m. after the reception. She also is project curator for the National Native American Veterans Memorial opening in 2020; a lecture on the memorial is planned at noon Feb. 1. Cost: Free. Information:

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