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

The cast of "Postmortem" rehearses for the upcoming performances.
The cast of "Postmortem" rehearses for the upcoming performances.

Theater/Auditions

YPAC presents Beauty and the Beast Jr May 18-19: Your Performing Arts Center (YPAC) will stage Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. May 18 and 19 in Plainfield. The shows features youth, ages 5 to 16, representing several communities, including Yorkville, Sugar Grove, Plainfield, Plano, Montgomery, Newark, North Aurora, Oswego, Somonauk, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, Lockport, Romeoville, Crest Hill, and Channahon. Four shows will be performed at Community Christian Church, 24035 Riverwalk Court, Plainfield at 7 p.m. on May 18 and at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 19. To purchase tickets, visit tututix.com/client/yorkvilleperformingartscenter; they also will be available at the door for additional fee.

Morris Theatre Guild will present "Postmortem": The Morris Theatre Guild Inc. is taking reservations for its spring production, "Postmortem," by Ken Ludwig. The mystery/thriller's cast is directed by Matthew Johnson of Newark with Susan Burich of Morris as assistant director. "Postmortem" opens on May 18 at the Morris Theatre Guild. Additional performances will be held May 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. All Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and both Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices for adults are $12 each if reserved by email, phone or online, and $15 each if purchased at the door. For those age 13 and younger, or students with ID, the ticket price for email, phone or online reservations is $10 each. All seating is first come, first served. Reservations can be made by emailing tickets@morristheatreguild.org, calling the theater at 815-942-1966, or at morristheatreguild.org.

"City of Lights" film premiere May 25: “City of Lights,” a film written by and starring Aurora native Martrell Webb, will premiere at Aurora Public Art's third floor gallery on May 25. The short film takes place in Aurora and focuses on the musically talented but stubborn character Chase, who is struggling with the music industry, his personal relationships, and what he observes on social media. With this film, Webb looks to inspire others and showcase the architecture and landmarks of his home city. The Hollywood-style premiere of “City of Lights” will begin on the red carpet at 6 p.m. at 20 E. Downer Place in downtown Aurora. Live music from the film’s soundtrack will be performed, followed by the screening of the film at 7 p.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow the screening. Formal attire is encouraged, in keeping with the old Hollywood ambience of the event. Free street parking is available and the gallery is walkable from the Aurora stop on the Metra BNSF line.

Concerts/Music

Canadian musicians at Sandwich Opera House: The Andrew Collins Trio will perform at the Sandwich Opera House on Friday, June 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20. Andrew Collins is a five-time JUNO (Canada's Grammy) nominee and seven-time Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro. For information, call 815-786-2555 or visit sandwichoperahouse.org. The Opera house is at 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich.

Exhibits

Alumni Art Show at Kishwaukee College: The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the 50th Anniversary Committee will be hosting an Alumni Art Show this summer and are requesting all interested Kish alums submit works for possible inclusion. The Alumni Art Show will run July 19 to Aug. 30 in the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery. The deadline for submissions is June 28. An online submission form for digital submissions may be found at kish.edu/alumniartshow. Digital submissions are preferred, but hard copy proposals or supplemental information will be accepted and can be sent to: Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150; Attention: Jaime Long. The Alumni Art Show will open the evening of the 50th Anniversary Fragments of Kish Wine Walk at the college on July 19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Viewing the exhibition will be included in the Wine Walk itinerary. There will also be a closing reception from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Art Gallery. For information, contact Jaime Long, dean of Arts/Communications/Social Sciences, at jlong@kish.edu.

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 information on the museum, call 630-554-2999, email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or visit littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org. The Little White School Museum can also be found on Facebook.

Festivals/special events

Master Gardener Plant Sale May 19: Pick out prime plants and pick up helpful hints for your garden at the annual Kendall County Master Gardener Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale is held at the University of Illinois Extension office located just one mile south of the intersection of Route 71 and Route 47, at 7775B Illinois Route 47 in Yorkville. Master Gardeners will provide free presentations and demonstrations at 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The sale portion will include native, perennial, and vegetable plants. Payments may be made by cash or check.

Earlville Cruise Night May 19: Earlville 16th annual Cruise Night will be held Saturday, May 19 in downtown Earlville beginning at 5:30 p.m. Open to all special interest vehicles, cars, trucks and motorcycles. Goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 200 vehicles. There will be a DJ, food for purchase and a 50/50 raffle. The $5 vehicle registration cost goes towards scholarships. For more information, contact Kevin Zollars at 815-246-9545 or 815-712-8398 or Ken Zink at 815-739-9431.

Junk in the Trunk May 20: Junk in the Trunk Charity Flea Market will hold its next event in Morris from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Crafts, collectibles, antiques, tools and household goods are some of the things visitors will find. The market runs on the third Sunday of each month from April to October. It is held at 100 Commercial Drive in Morris. Vendor spots are $10 each and all money raised is donated to local charities. For information, call Ken at 815-942-2032 or email willis824@comcast.net.

Corvette show May 20: Corvettes Unlimited's 42nd annual Corvette Show and G.M. Parts Swap will be held indoors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Hawk Chevrolet, 2001 W. Jefferson St. (Route 52), Joliet. Admission is $5; children 12 and under get in free. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Joliet Region. For information, call Frank at 815-922-1196 or visit corvettesunlimited.net 

The Making of Plano’s History Book: Anne Sears and Jeanne Valentine, authors of the Plano (Illinois) History Book, will tell about the planning and publishing of their fine history book at the Chapel on the Green in Yorkville from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. At this free event, you’ll learn what it is like to self-publish a book along with some stories (some a bit scandalous) about the Plano Harvester Works. Chapel on the Green is at 107 W. Center St. in Yorkville. For information, contact Howard Manthei at manthei@comcast.net.

Downtown Aurora Magic June 9: Downtown Aurora Magic, a one-day festival, is set for June 9. Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite.com. Tickets will be $10 per person for witches and wizards ages 5 and up. Proceeds from the festival will be shared among several local nonprofit organizations. For information, visit Downtown Aurora Magic on Facebook.

Aurora Museums After Dark: Aurora Museums After Dark welcomes visitors to downtown museums after hours on June 21 and Sept. 20. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, G.A.R. Museum, The Pierce Center, and Santori Public Library stay open for an extra few hours for families to enjoy. The museums are open from 5 to 8 p.m. for Aurora Museums After Dark. Admission is free. The downtown museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Families are encouraged to pick up a museum passport and have it validated at all locations in order to enter a raffle for a museum membership. For information, visit auroradowntown.org.

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