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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Opening May 24, Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles will stage "The Savannah Sipping Society."
Opening May 24, Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles will stage "The Savannah Sipping Society."

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.

MAY 23

KANE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m., Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St. The society will offer a presentation by Tina Beaird on the topic of “Cyber Sleuthing Your Family Tree.” She has lectured nationally on genealogy, and owns the website. Visitors are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: Contact John Balk at, 630-204-2199.

WARREN B. HALL: May 23 to 25, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. James Johann will appear May 30 to June 1. Information:

BARISTA SKILLS THROWDOWN: 6 to 9 p.m., presented by FreshGround Roasting of Geneva at Penrose Brewing Company, 509 Stevens St., Geneva. Proceeds from bids for the competition beverages and for artisan coffee mugs will be donated to Water Street Studios in Batavia. Cost: Free to spectators. Information: To register to compete, visit

WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post now has slot machines. 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 Tony Award winner 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.

FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS SEEKS DIRECTORS AND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: For upcoming theatrical season, based at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. The season includes two musicals, “Children of Eden,” to be performed Oct. 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” set for April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Rehearsals and performances take place at Waubonsee. All production roles are non-Equity and the director will be paid. Information: People may email resume and complete contact information to

MAY 24

STEVE ADLER OF GUNS N’ ROSES WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Other concerts include Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert at 7:30 p.m. May 29; BB King’s Blues Band featuring Michael Lee from “The Voice,” 8 p.m. May 31; Warrant, 8 p.m. June 1; Broadway star Ben Vereen in his one-man show “Steppin’ Out,” 5 p.m. June 2; country star Dwight Yoakam with Desure, 7:30 p.m. June 4; Marrakesh Express tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 8 p.m. June 7; and Herman’s Hermit’s starring Peter Noone, 5 p.m June 9. Information:

COOKING CLASS FOR MINI FOODIES AGES 2 TO 5 BY THE PETIT FOODIES: 9 to 11 a.m., DRM European Cafe & Delicatessen, 610 E. Main St., St. Charles. A Junior Foodies Summer Camp is offered in June. An adult class on stromboli will be taught through Baking with Bill the Baker at 6 p.m. May 31. Information:

DOCUMENTARY “SEPARATED – CHILDREN AT THE BORDER”: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, North Second and James streets. The Friday Flicks offering will examine immigration policy under the current and previous administrations, and reveals the journeys and voices of children separated from their parents. Cost: Free. Information:

ALBRIGHT COMMUNITY THEATRE STAGING “NEXT FALL”: Now to June 1, third floor of Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. May 26. Geoffrey Nauffts’ show takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, “Next Fall” moves beyond a typical love story. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: 630-406-8838,

NICK BELL BAND: 9:30 p.m., The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Next up will be The Heavy Lifting at 9:30 p.m. May 25 and Blue Shift Big Band at 8 p.m. May 26. Cost: No cover. Information:

A YOUTH PRODUCTION OF “ANNE OF GREEN GABLES”: 7 p.m. May 24, 3 and 7 p.m. May 25 and 3 p.m. May 26, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. When a high-spirited, red-headed orphan girl is sent to live with the Cuthberts at Green Gables, they claim a mistake has been made since they had asked for a boy. Tickets are also available at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. Cost: $10. Information: 630-232-4542,

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE STAGING “SIN, SEX AND THE CIA” COMEDY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, now to June 22, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora. In a CIA safehouse, 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:

BARRY MANILOW TRIBUTE BY JAY GATES PART OF LINEUP: 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Next up will be Trouble Ahead with Midnight Rider at 3 p.m. May 26. Trouble Ahead, performing from 3 to 4 p.m., is a Grateful Dead inspired group. Midnight Rider takes the stage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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 25

ST. CHARLES FINE ART SHOW: May 25 and 26, downtown St. Charles. Information:

CHICAGOLAND GEMS & MINERALS SHOW: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. It also features fossils, jewelry and beads. Cost: $5, $3 for seniors and students; and free for kids 12 and younger. Information: 630-377-0197,

FABYAN WINDMILL OPEN FOR THE SEASON: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15, on the east side of Fabyan Forest Preserve on Route 25 in Geneva. The 68-foot, five-story windmill was built by Louis Blackhaus, a German craftsman, between 1850 and 1860. It now contains German, Swedish and Dutch millwright work and is one of the few in the world that’s been restored to run off natural wind energy. Private tours are also available. Volunteer millers and docents are sought by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Information: 630-232-5980.

PADDLEBOAT RIVERBOAT RIDES: Until October, on the Fox River in St. Charles. Now a facility of the St. Charles Park District, the attraction offers weekend rides in May and daily departures from June through August. Information: 630-584-234,

RAGING WAVES, ILLINOIS’ LARGEST WATERPARK: Reopening for season May 25 to Sept. 2, 4000 N. Bridge St., Yorkville. It offers 26 waterslides, wave pool, three kiddie pool areas, lazy river and 37 private cabanas. A variety of special events also will be offered. Information:, 630-882-6575.

MAY 28

AWARD-WINNING ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR WENDELL MINOR TO VISIT HOMETOWN: May 28 and 29, Aurora. He will be honored at City Council, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. May 28, on the second floor of Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place, followed by a 10 a.m. May 29 street-naming ceremony on West New York Street at the intersection of West New York Street and Commonwealth Avenue. A stretch will be called Wendell Minor Way. An artist talk will be followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 29 at the Santori Library, room 125/126, 101 S. River St. Minor was a charter inductee into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame. He has created cover illustrations for more than 2,200 books. The portrait of Harry Truman that Minor painted for the cover of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning David McCullough’s “Truman” is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Jennifer Evans, public art director, at

MAY 29

NO COVER MAGIC WEDNESDAYS STARRING MARK & JOHN WILL BE PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also appearing will be Diva Montell’s dance band in a birthday bash at 9 p.m. May 31; Nick@Knight featuring Nick Pontarelli and Gina Knight, 9 p.m. June 1; Sinatra Sundays featuring Ron’s Family Feast and Vince Amore, 3 p.m. June 2; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring John Measner at 7 p.m. June 5; and Tony Ocean and The Hartbeats, 7:30 p.m. June 6. Information:

MAY 31

THE TIN FIDDLE BAND: 8:30 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The group’s music spans vintage rock, blues, country and their original material. Next up will be Six String Crossing at 9 p.m. June 1. Information:, 630-513-4240.

“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.

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KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. June 1 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. A country breakfast is served Sundays. Cost: Show admission is $5 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. Information:, 630-377-2252.


HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM STORE: Starting summer hours in June, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information:, 630-443-8253.


GENEVA PARK DISTRICT SCREENING MOVIES IN THE PARK: Around dusk at about 8:30 p.m. between June 6 and Aug. 1, weather permitting, various parks. People can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” rated PG, will be shown June 6 at Moore Park; “Mary Poppins Returns,” rated PG, July 11, Wheeler Park; and “The Meg,” rated PG-13, Aug. 1, River Park. Cost: Free. Information:


FOX VALLEY FESTIVAL CHORUS: 3 p.m., Rosary High School, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora. The chorus presents “Rock, Roll & Remember,” featuring music from the 1950s through 1990s, with highlights from Queen, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Monkees, Earth, Wind & Fire, and “Hair.” A reception will follow. Tickets can be purchased from chorus members or at the door. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children age 12 and younger. Information:

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,


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:


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.


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.


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:

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