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For two nights only, audiences will relive some of their favorite musicals from the past seven decades: “Guys & Dolls,” “Les Miserables,” “The Music Man,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and many, many more. The show will consist of solos, duets, and small group numbers from the musicals SCP has performed over the past 70 years! There will be two showings on November 4th and on November 5th at 7:30pm.
Step into the fantastical imagination of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. In this special exhibit, you’ll explore 50 original artworks by the creative genius, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he influenced their careers and touched their lives.
On Thursday, November 17, the public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for the new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center, 509 North First Street in DeKalb. From Christmas trees to Santa Claus, Christmas as we know it is a result of the Victorian era. Just in time for the opening of the decorated Ellwood Mansion, this lecture will explore how our Christmas traditions became popular.
The Sycamore History Museum is proud to announce that the theme of the 2016 Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour is “Restoration!” We have all followed some wonderful public restorations and renovations recently in Sycamore: the Ward Hotel, the Fargo Hotel, the C&NW Depot, and the Townsend Carriage House, now Resource Bank. We want to celebrate some of the lovely homes of historic Sycamore that have been lovingly restored by dedicated owners.
The Stage Coach Players Theatre presents "The Game's Afoot". The show takes place in December 1936 and surrounds real-life Broadway star William Gillette, known for his iconic leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes. Gillette has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a Christmas holiday weekend. Festivities don’t go as planned. This play is directed and adapted by Amanda Smothers. Showing on the following dates and times: Oct. 20-22, 28-29 @ 7:30pm; Oct. 23, 30 @ 2:00pm.
The Plain White T’s kicked off their career in the Chicago suburbs, playing a mix of pop, punk, and rock & roll in basements and clubs across the metro area. 15 years later, after several thousand shows and a string of platinum-selling singles, they’re making their triumphant return at The Genesee Theatre to perform their greatest hits.
America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors.
Culture Club were one of the biggest pop bands of the 80s, racking up seven straight Top 10 singles in the US. Front man Boy George defined the band’s image with heavy make-up and a biting wit. Now see them at the Genesee performing some of your favorite hits like Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Kissing to be Clever and I’ll Tumble 4 Ya. Tickets $45-$150.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been called “an original,” “a cult heroine” and “one of the best-if not the best-artist of her generation.” But it’s not only her hits songs like “Chuck E’s in Love,” “Last Chance Texaco” and “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963” that made Rickie a star. Her hip, poetic style, both on and off the stage, turned Rickie into a cultural icon. Atlantic Records A&R rep first heard Madeleine Peyroux is known for melding jazz, blues and pop into songs, like her haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love,” that leave listeners in total awe.
The Spektral Quartet returns to Fermilab for a stylistically inquisitive program centering around composers’ cunning use of the pizzicato technique. Exhilarating, lynchpin works from the repertoire, Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 74 "Harp: and Ravel's String Quartet in F major are put in dynamic conversation with Ben Hjertmann's rowdy, groove-based String Quartet No. 2, "Étude." All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno chaos" band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art "DAKH" by the avant-garde theatre director - Vladyslav Troitskyi - and given the name that means "give/take" in the old Ukrainian language. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances - their shows are always staged with a strong visual element.
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true spirit of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.
Immerse the whole family in the colorful, intense, theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics. The Golden Dragon Acrobats may have been touring for 30 years, but they represent a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Led by world-renowned producer Danny Chang and award-winning choreographer Angela Chang, this troupe blends ancient dance, spectacular costumes, contemporary music and incredible athleticism into a full-on extravaganza of movement. They glide across the stage with unimaginable gracefulness. They twist and contort their bodies in ways you didn’t think were possible. They perform stunts that will simultaneously make your heart thump and mesmerize you. On top of all that, it’s an awesome opportunity to introduce the kids in your life to a rich, 2,500 year-old culture. Performance at 3pm.
Internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriter, LeAnn Rimes has been topping the national charts since the age of 13. See her at the Genesee for one night only where she will be performing your favorite originals and holiday hits. Enjoy songs of the season and her own songs like How Do I Live, Blue, Today Is Christmas and Holly Jolly Christmas. Tickets $38-$58.
The event is family friendly and involves a haunted 45 minute walk through the historic downtown. At about a half a dozen locations you'll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove's past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they're lavishly embellished. Required donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban will bring his “ripCORD World Tour 2016” to the Allstate Arena on Friday, October 28 with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris.
Direct from Barcelona, Las Migas is unique among Spanish music groups, an all-female ensemble that creates fascinating blend of Flamenco and Mediterranean styles, combining classic and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful.
Mucca Pazza has been taking Chicago by storm, so what better way to celebrate Fermilab's epic 50th Anniversary! Join us for the pre-party, and come on down to the auditorium for a concert that shows the full musical range of Mucca Pazza, starting in chairs then moving to their trademark funky marching band for the second part of the evening.
Little Matchstick Factory's The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (and based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight -- but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
One of the largest quilt guilds in area will host their annual Quilt Show at Whiteside Middle School in Belleville. This show will display over 250 quilts as well as special exhibits and vendors.
Two of the biggest voices in music history never had the opportunity to perform together, live in concert. Now, this is your chance to experience what it would have been like to see Ol’ Blue Eyes and Babs share the stage, right here in Aurora. The two performers paying tribute to these legends sound like Frank and Barbra, they look like Frank and Barbra, and man, will they blow your mind. They’ll cover everything from “Don’t Rain on My Parade” to “The Way You Look Tonight” and so many more of those classic tunes you know and love. This is one glamorous, heart-warming and spectacular show you won’t want to miss.
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, is best-known as the lead singer for Newfoundland's beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, "So Let's Go..."
This internationally-acclaimed group of foot-tapping men and women is celebrating 2 decades of reels, jigs and just downright spectacular performances, so they’re dominating the Paramount stage for a full weekend of nothing but Irish dance and music. Whether you’ve seen Riverdance before or only heard about their high-energy live shows, you’ll want to see what they’ve put together for this 20th anniversary tour (let’s just say it gives the phrase “the luck of the Irish” a whole new meaning). Join the 25 million people worldwide who have witnessed history in the making. Experience Riverdance!
The acclaimed Irish ensemble, Danu, brings the music, dance and storytelling traditions of an Irish Christmas to Fermilab with 'Feile na Nollag' (A Christmas Gathering). Christmas in Ireland is one of the most important holidays for families and friends, as many Irish people living abroad come home to gather in celebration. Local community choirs singing traditional songs for Christmas and Wrens Day are a common sight throughout Ireland each December. Music and dance gatherings, in communities both urban and rural, have often combined for generations to offer a great variety of songs, music, and stories for the holidays.