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MAY 16

BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Former history teacher Dan Hoefler will discuss “D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II” by Stephen Ambrose. People can bring lunch or order it at Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe in the library. Cost: Free admission. 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.

“AUGUST RUSH – THE MUSICAL”: Through June 2, with performances Wednesday through Sunday, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The world-premiere show is based on the film about a musically gifted child and the search for his birth parents. The cast members are both actors and orchestra, and play all instruments live on stage. It’s directed by Broadway’s Tony Award-winning John Doyle. Cost: $36 to $69. Information:, 630-896-6666 or at box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

GUITARIST YNGWIE MALMSTEEN WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Other concerts include Jay and the Americans at 8 p.m. May 17; The Winery Dogs, 8 p.m. May 18; Under the Tuscan Moon Dinner hosted by Ron Onesti who will share rock ‘n’ roll stories, 7 p.m. May 22; and Steve Adler of Guns N’ Roses at 8 p.m. May 24. Information:

MAY 17

THE COREY DENNISON BAND: 9:30 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Next up will be The Desperate … at 9:30 p.m. May 18. Information:

THE AFOREMENTIONED: 9 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. Next up will be The Trippin Billies at 9 p.m. May 18. Information:, 630-513-4240.

DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 9 p.m. May 17 and 18, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also playing will be Tony Ocean and The Hartbeats at 7:30 p.m. May 16; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring Mike DiDomenico at 7 p.m. May 22; and “History of Rock and Roll: Buddy Holly & Beyond with Johnny Rogers” at 9 p.m. May 24. Information:

“EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” FASHION EXHIBIT: Through June 8, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Designers of all ages from Batavia to Chicago feature their garment-related 2D and 3D artwork; the theme is “Transparency.” Curator is fashion designer Andrea Reynders. Artists are Victoria Belz, Andria Burchett, Claudia Canon, Patricia Davoust, Morgan Donahue, Maureen Gasek, Sue and Katie Holzkopf, Lisa Holzl, Madeline Jenkins, Katherine Kratzer, Emy Krauspe, Ellen Jo Ljung, Anke Loh, Michele Norman, Gretchen Schreiber, Madelyn Schuster, Amanda Williams, Lisa Youngdahl, Dawn Zalkus and Ana Zanic. Information:, 630-761-9977.

PLANTEMONIUM SALE BY FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 and 18, front parking lot, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It promises a large selection of reasonably priced perennial plants from its own gardens, as well as native plants. It also offers handmade pieces of garden-oriented art by its artisans. New this year is a second-hand market of used, but still beautiful, garden-related items, such as bird baths, bird houses, gardening tools and books. Proceeds will benefit the capital campaign for an expansion of two studios – metals/jewelry and glass. Visitors can stroll through the Fine Line prairie and view the 40th anniversary art show in the Kavanagh Building, plus items for sale in the barn. Information:, 630-584-9443.

BUTTERFLY RELEASE PARTY: Varied time slots between 4 and 6 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Participants will be able to release a butterfly in the butterfly house, make a butterfly craft, enjoy a “butterfly” snack, and take a self-guided butterfly hike. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited. Cost: $10 per person. Information: Call the Geneva Park District at 630-232-4542.

JOSH BLUE: 8 p.m., Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Blue is a winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” “Mr. Showtime” David Scott will appear at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. May 18. Information:

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE STAGING “SIN, SEX AND THE CIA” COMEDY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 17 to June 22, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora. In a CIA safe-house, somewhere in the mountains of Virginia, a secret meeting is about to take place. Newly discovered oil reserves in the Chagos Islands must be protected from OPEC. One U.S. agent is an inept fool, the other a nymphomaniac, and no one seems to know who the representative of the Chagos Islands is. Information:

MAY 18

SAINTS N SINNERS PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s a Vietnam era classic rock cover band. Next up will be Fern, Big Groove Time, and 1 Foot In/1 Foot Out at 3 p.m. May 19; Jay Gates presenting a Barry Manilow tribute at 8 p.m. May 24; and Trouble Ahead with Midnight Rider at 3 p.m. May 26. Information:

VIKING SHIP REPLICA TOURS: 1 to 4 p.m., Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. Friends of the Viking Ship will offer docent-led tours every 30 minutes, with the last one starting at 3:30 p.m. The replica vessel sailed from Norway to the United States in 1893, and the organization works to preserve the Viking ship as an important artifact from the Columbian Exposition. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for teens and free for younger children. Information:

MAY 19

ELDERDAY CENTER BENEFIT CALLED ELDERDAY ROCKS: 4 to 7 p.m., Global Brew Tap House, 2100 Prairie St., St. Charles. The family-friendly event will be emceed by Scott Mckay from 95.9 The River. Food will be supplied by food trucks and there will be a cash bar. Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple. Information: Tickets at 630-761-9750;

ARTIST TALK WITH SUSAN SCHUBERT: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Schubert, a writer and photographer, will lead tours of her exhibition before the Waterline Writers gathering. Information:

WATERLINE WRITERS: 7 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The literary reading series event, the final one until September, will open with several writers selected by submission, followed by an open mic at 9 p.m. The series currently is hosted by Cathy Borders. Information:

THE FRENCH MARKET BY BENSIDOUN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, train station parking lot in Geneva, off South and Fourth streets. Information:

MAY 20

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. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing 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 or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

THE “ARTICULATION” EXHIBITION: Through May 25, Haven Interiors Studio Gallery, 15 S. Third St., Geneva. “ARTiculation” is a visual dialogue by artists Corey Postiglione, Kathie Shaw, George Shipperley and Ted Stanuga. A percentage of all art sales will be donated to Geneva Community Chest. Information:;

MAY 21

GARDENING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS WORKSHOP: 6:30 p.m., Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Cost: $5. Information: Email reservations for the doTERRA program to Libby at;, 630-443-5989.

MAY 24

INDOOR FARMERS MARKETS: Fridays and Saturdays in Batavia and St. Charles. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Verita by Gaetano’s Batavia restaurant, 15 E. Wilson St., Batavia. Information:,

MAY 25

ST. CHARLES FINE ART SHOW: May 25 and 26, downtown St. Charles. The fine art show features the juried work of 100 artists, presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. Information:

MAY 26

DEBRA ANN MILLER PORTRAYING LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: 3 p.m., Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The season of gallery events concludes May 26 when The Norris again presents Miller, this time for a portrayal of the famed American author, who was also a poet, abolitionist, nurse, patriot and suffragist. Miller has delighted Norris audiences in past seasons with her portrayals of Mary Todd Lincoln and Jane Austen. Cost: $25, $20 for students, $5 less in advance. Information:, 630-584-7200.

MAY 30

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.

MAY 31

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.


HEALING GARDENS AT STONE HILL FARM: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. It is open each second Sunday. Optional tai chi in the garden or yoga usually will be offered, with reservations required through the respective instructors. Cost: Garden open for $5 per person and $10 per family; free for cancer survivors. Information: 630-740-2597,

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