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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

With its vocal fusion of classical and pop, Well-Strung will return to the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.
With its vocal fusion of classical and pop, Well-Strung will return to the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

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. 17

THE MOODY BLUES AND WINGS FOUNDING MEMBER DENNY LAINE AND THE MOODY WING BAND WILL BE PART OF ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Voyage appears at 8 p.m. Jan. 19, followed by Eric Johnson, 8 p.m. Jan. 25; and Englebert Humperdinck, 8 p.m. Jan. 26. 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:

JAN. 18

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:

LAUREN GUNDERSON’S “SILENT SKY” PRESENTED BY STEEL BEAM THEATRE: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, now 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. Cost: $22 to $28. Information:

JAN. 19

THE NICK BELL BAND AS PART OF CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The No Cover Magic Wednesdays series will present William Pack at 7 p.m. Jan. 23, followed by open mic night at 7 p.m. Jan. 24; and R-Gang, an R&B dance band, 9 p.m. Jan. 25. Information:

AURORA 88S ROLLER DERBY TEAM’S FUNDRAISING RED VERSUS BLACK BOUT: 5 p.m., Aurora Skate Center, 34W113 Montgomery Road, Aurora. Also, through its Sidekick training program, the team is recruiting adult skaters and referees, plus volunteers. Cost: Free bout. Information:,

JAN. 20

FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE – “UNCHAINED MELODIES” IN GALLERY CHAMBER SERIES: 2:30 p.m., Fermilab Art Gallery, off Pine Street and Kirk Road, Batavia. “Unchained Melodies” by composer Dan Visconti is a new modular chamber work with a contemporary twist that evokes the contrapuntal rigor of medieval music and the crafty puzzles of J.S. Bach. Cost: $18. Information:

JAN. 25

LIVE ART SERIES – “I HEART COFFEE”: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Humans have been telling stories over coffee for 500 years. Organizers hope to honor that tradition by inviting eight local coffee professionals to share their stories. How did they get started? What is their process? What is the craziest thing they’ve done for the love of coffee? A cash bar is offered. Cost: $7.50 in advance, $10 at the door. Information:

DOCUMENTARY “NOBODY SPEAK – TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? The film is part of the fourth-Friday film program sponsored by the UUSG Social Justice Team. The public is encouraged to register at to receive email notices of future programs. Cost: Free: Information:

JAN. 26

REAL RAPTORS: 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m., Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., Geneva. See live owls, falcons and hawks, while learning about their lives. It’s presented by Peck Farm Park and Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost: $10 per person, with advance registration recommended. 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. 28

FORTNIGHTLY ASSEMBLIES YOUTH PROGRAM ON BALLROOM DANCING AND ETIQUETTE: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. every Monday, Jan. 28 to March 4, Geneva Golf Club, 831 South St., Geneva. Fortnightly Assemblies is a cotillion program for boys and girls in grades six through nine. Cost: $110 tuition, including all classes and a dinner. Information: To enroll, call instructor Patricia Ray at 630-553-5311.

JAN. 29

ESSENTIAL OILS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The doTERRA program focuses on essential oils. Cost: $5. Information: Email reservations to;

JAN. 30

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:

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:

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.

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.

FEB. 4

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:

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