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A&E calendar: Music, theater and more in Kendall County

The Darling Family rehearses "Peter Pan Jr." Pictured in the front row are Wendy, Michael and John Darling (Paige Penman, Adam Redmond and Brendan Massey); in the back row are Mrs. and Mr. Darling (Cara Davis and Traece Berge).
The Darling Family rehearses "Peter Pan Jr." Pictured in the front row are Wendy, Michael and John Darling (Paige Penman, Adam Redmond and Brendan Massey); in the back row are Mrs. and Mr. Darling (Cara Davis and Traece Berge).


I Was A Male War Bride: Limelight Theatre presents this riotous wartime screwball comedy where a French army captain falls in love with an American lieutenant on their way to the United States. The radio show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk St., Oswego. For more information, visit

IVT presents “Peter Pan Jr.”: Indian Valley Theatre will present their next production, Peter Pan Jr., directed by Susan Graham of Somonauk, Jan. 19-21. IVT’s Peter Pan Jr.’s cast includes children 18 and under from Sandwich and various surrounding communities. Performances will be held at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Tickets are $12 in advance for adults or $14 at the door and $6 for children 18 and under in advance or $8 at the door on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office at the Opera House up until 30 minutes before showtime if seats are available. For questions, tickets or more information about Peter Pan Jr. or Indian Valley Theatre, email info@indianvalleytheatre.comor contact IVT at 888-365-8889.

Annie Jr. auditions: The Nomad Theatre Company will hold auditions for Annie Jr. Friday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arts Center of St. Charles, 2422 W. Main St. Suite 2B, St. Charles. Auditions are for performers in grades 2-9. Email to schedule an audition time. Performances will be March 9-11. For more information, visit

Daniel Martin at Waubonsee Community College: The perfect blend of incredible and hilarious. Daniel Martin has quickly become one of the most in-demand entertainers in the nation. His high-energy blend of incredible magic, exhilarating escapes and sarcastic improv consistently leads to standing ovations and record-breaking crowds at theaters, colleges and corporate events worldwide. His magic and comedy have been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1, ESPN and at thousands of live events. Show is set for 7 pm. on Saturday, March 3 in the Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium. Tickets are $19 adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit

Cabaret - Live at the Paramount: Cabaret is one of the most well-known Broadway musicals of all time, and it’s because of the extraordinary songs, universal appeal and a spellbinding story that still holds true in today’s world. Nominated for a total of 26 Tony Awards over three decades and winning a total of 12 including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, Cabaret is exactly what musical theatre should be: entertaining, enlightening, provocative, edgy and a continuing reflection of our own lives. This groundbreaking musical was unlike anything audiences had seen back when it first premiered, and you’ll feel the same way when it hits the Paramount stage Feb. 7-March 18. Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. For more information or tickets, call 630-896-6666 or visit


Brian Beer at The Opera House: Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Brian Beer, playing the Chapman stick and Beer Box on Jan. 12. His music is a compilation of jazz, rock, pop, classical & new age. Sandwich Opera House is located at 155 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. Admission is $5.


Oswego History: You’ll find plenty of local history at Oswego’s Little White School Museum at 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. For more information on the museum, call 630-554-2999, email or visit The Little White School Museum can also be found on Facebook.

Festivals/special events

Listen for Owls Hike: The Forest Preserve District of Will County is holding a Listen for Owls Hike from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, at the forest preserve's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 W. Walnut Lane in Channahon. Learn about owl biology before heading outside for a 1.5 mile hike in McKinley Woods to listen for these remarkable birds. Bring a flashlight; red cellophane will be provided to cover the end of the flashlight to minimize disturbance to wildlife. The free program is for adults age 18 and older. Register two days before each hike at or by calling 815-722-9470.

Scavenger Hunt at Red Oak: Bring the family and join Red Oak Nature Center for a weekend-long scavenger hunt in honor of their 40th anniversary Jan. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Discover 40 facts, special spots, and the latest news about their year-long 40th birthday bash. Register early for this free event. Red Oak Nature Center is located at 1385 N. River Rd. in North Aurora. For more information, visit

Little Explorers program in Channahon: The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host Little Explorers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and March 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, located at 25055 S. Walnut Ln., Channahon. Children and their parents or guardians are invited to come out and experience hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing and outdoor activities. Monthly themes are: January, owls; February, eagles; and March, signs of spring. The free program is for ages five and younger. Register two days before each program at or by calling 815-722-9470.

Wine and Canvas at the Farm: Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through your own custom canvas creation at Blackberry Farm located at 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, snacks, a few friends and enjoy a lively, social and creative night out from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. Cost is $19 for Fox Valley Park District residents and $24 for non-residents. Cost includes instructor and materials. Must be 18. For more information, visit

"12 Years a Slave": This film will show in Aurora University's Perry Theatre, 349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17. “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award in 2013 for Best Picture. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, is an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations for 12 years before eventually being released. Adult content. Register online at for this free event.

Rocket Girls: The Unsung Heroes of NASA: Nathalia Holt is the author of “Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars” and “Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV” and a former fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard University. She will be speaking at Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium, 1347 Prairie St. in Aurora, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. “Rise of the Rocket Girls” tells the stories of women, known as “human computers” who broke the boundaries of both gender and science and offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading. Visit to register for this free event.


“Threads” and More Group: The “Threads” and More group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Historical Room of the Yorkville Public Library, 902 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. This group is a combination of people who like to knit, crochet, quilt, sew or needlepoint. No registration needed, just bring your unfinished project to work on during the meeting.

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