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

Fox Country Players "Night of Broadway" performers (from left) Tracy Kay, Marilyn DiCola, Eric Downs, Robyn Lycan, Jen Whittington and Chris Roe work with accompanist Nan Grommes.
Fox Country Players "Night of Broadway" performers (from left) Tracy Kay, Marilyn DiCola, Eric Downs, Robyn Lycan, Jen Whittington and Chris Roe work with accompanist Nan Grommes.

Theater/Auditions

"Loot" at Riverfront Playhouse: The Riverfront Playhouse presents "Loot" by Joe Orton at the Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. until Feb. 23. "Loot" is a madcap and occasionally outrageous romp that centers around a bank robbery and the robbers’ increasingly desperate attempts to hide their ill-gotten gains, including inside a casket. For information or to buy tickets, call 630-897-9496 or visit riverfrontplayhouse.com.

Green Lens film series in DeKalb: The Green Lens film series returns to the Egyptian Theatre with documentaries about current social and environmental issues. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Audience members are invited to stay after the films for discussions with NIU film scholar Jeff Chown and other NIU faculty and guests. The remaining schedule includes: Feb. 7, "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" (2010). This Emmy Award-winning documentary tells the story of the unintended, severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi, and the efforts being taken to reverse the damage. Directed by Larkin McPhee and Barbara Coffin. Feb. 21, "Cheshire, Ohio" (2017) is an American coal story that follows a community devastated by coal, starting with American Electric Power’s buyout and bulldozing of the Ohio River town, after exposing the town to years of harmful emissions. Directed by Eve Morgenstern. Feb. 28, "Life Animated" (2016) is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Directed by Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams. The Green Lens Film Series is free (donations welcome). For information, contact DeKalbStands@gmail.com.

Concerts/Music

Night of Broadway: Fox Country Players’ ninth annual "Night of Broadway” will hit the stage Feb. 16 and 17. The Cabaret-style concert will included a silent auction with the Saturday night show, with a concert only on Sunday afternoon. The performances will be at the Trinity Church United Methodist, 2505 Boomer Lane in Yorkville, on the corner of Route 47 and Cannonball Trail. On Saturday, Feb. 16, doors will open at 6 p.m. for silent action bidding. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Bidding will remain open through intermission, and the winners will be announced at the end of the show. Sunday’s matinee – concert only – begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at foxcountryplayers.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Exhibits

New exhibit from Aurora Historical Society: Aerial views of Aurora from 1867 to 2013 are the subject of a new exhibit by the Aurora Historical Society. It opened in the first floor gallery at the Pierce Art and History Center on Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 23. Drawn from the archives of the society, the images include views of downtown, the center city, the Burlington Railroad shops, select factory complexes and neighborhoods. The oldest views are the so-called birdseye maps, created in the 1860s and 1880s. Not photographs, these were drawn by artists who literally walked the streets of the town, sketching as they went, and then, back in their studios, added the sketches to a map outline. The earlier photographs in the exhibit were taken from high buildings such as the Leland Hotel, while later pictures were taken from airplanes and, most recently, drones. Images like this were commissioned for commercial purposes by the city or city departments, and business owners. Also included in the exhibit are photographs taken by hobbyists. Exhibit hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The Pierce Center is at 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, visit aurorahistory.net.

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

STEM with Electricity Workshop: Youth can learn about electricity through static, attraction and repulsion during the Explore Electricity Workshop, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the University of Illinois Extension office, 7775B Illinois Route 47 in Yorkville. Designed for ages 5 to 9, this workshop will allow youth to explore electricity through various interactive stations, including fun, hands-on experiments and even an educational snack. Participants do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to take part. The cost is $10 per youth. To learn more or register, visit go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk or call the office at 630-553-5823.

Chocolate Walk for Charity: Celebrate Differences is hosting its second annual Chocolate Walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Oswego. The walk will explore Oswego businesses in a unique and a chocolatey, blissful way. Along the Chocolate Walk, some merchants will be offering discounts exclusive to participants. Only 250 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $15 per person or $20 per person for a ticket that includes a raffle entry for a couple's Valentine Gift Basket, valued at $500. All tickets will be sold in advance.  For information and to buy tickets, visit celebratedifferences.org.

LUNAFEST: LUNAFEST, presented by the Oswego Cultural Arts Commission, returns to Oswego on Saturday, Feb. 9, with films by, for and about women. This year’s lineup features eight films all sure to make you laugh, cry and think, directed by and starring women from diverse backgrounds. Tickets go on sale in January. Check out the Facebook event page for more information and early bird discounts. For information and a full listing of the films, visit gooswego.org.

Fermilab's annual Family Open House: Fermilab’s Family Open House is a chance for the whole family to spend an afternoon learning about science in a hands-on way and have fun doing it. This year’s event, running from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, will feature the Great Neutrino Hunt, the Cooler Than Cool show in the auditorium, a memorial to former director Leon Lederman, and several activities for kids and their parents to enjoy. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what happens at Fermilab, this is a great (and free) opportunity. Visitors will have the opportunity to take tours of the linear accelerator and the Main Control Room. Tickets for this tour are available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the open house. The tour is restricted to people ages 10 and up and requires an extensive amount of walking. There will also be a driving tour of the Fermilab site, for which registration is required ahead of time. For information and a full listing of the day's events, visit ed.fnal.gov/events/openhouse.

Free Faculty Speaker Series: Waubonsee Community College is hosting a recurring speaker series. The events will feature Waubonsee faculty members speaking on topics pertaining to their academic interest and research. These events are free and open to the public. The speaker series will cover a variety of timely topics that will appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Attendees do not need to be a student at Waubonsee. Events will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12. Visit waubonsee.edu/speakerseries for information.

Farrell Dillon: Master Magician: Known for his regular appearances on four seasons of the CW Network's “Masters of Illusion” and the show’s live stage production currently in residence at Bally's Las Vegas, Farrell is now bringing his blend of zany comedy and mind-melting magic to Waubonsee Community College's Auditorium stage at 7 p.m. March 2. He has been nominated for Stage Magician of the year by the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood. He’s performed in some of country’s largest venues and toured in over 30 countries. For information and to buy tickets, visit waubonseetickets.universitytickets.com.

Midwest Mardi Gras: The 2019 Midwest Mardi Gras Fundraiser is happening from 6 to 10 p.m. March 16 at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. The fundraiser benefits the Oswegoland Optimist Club and Kiwanis Club of Oswego. The event includes a live band, buffet, silent auction, raffles, and a cash bar. The Oswegoland Optimist Club used the funds to purchase a full turkey dinner and other food for 85 families in conjunction with its Christmas Project last December. Tickets are now available. Sponsors and silent auction items are needed for the event. Contact Jim Richter at JimRichter35@gmail.com with any questions.

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