Category: Arts

Blake Hammond plays Broadway producer Max Bialystock in The Producers, Mel Brooks’ uproariously funny live musical based on his hilarious 1967 film. Liz Lauren photo

The Producers: Much precision

By Jeanette Hirt –  When a has-been Broadway producer and his accountant cook up a scheme to scam $2 Million from their investors, they couldn’t wait for the big day. They set out to produce an undiscovered musical flop entitled, Springtime for Hitler, so outrageous that it wouldn’t last a…...

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Paramount Theatre plans Broadway blockbuster, 2019-2020

Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, the second largest subscription house in the Nation, announced the four blockbuster musicals on tap for the company’s ninth Broadway Series: • Newsies, the rousing, David versus Goliath, Disney family musical ripped straight from the headlines about newsboys who take on a greedy news tycoon, is Paramount’s…...

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First Fridays will start the 2019 season with 10 months of art music and more activities in downtown Aurora

Hugging booth at First Fridays in downtown Aurora

After a month off, First Fridays is ready to burst with love February 1. A hugging booth, bunny art, Valentines, and tons of tunes will start the year of art, music, and more activities in downtown Aurora. Aurora Downtown will be host to a free pop up photo booth with…...

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Downtown Aurora fun: There is frequently something fun happening when visitors come in to a downtown museum or place of business. Nyahbingi Drum Choir performs "Songs of Splendour" to close the Jazz Occurrence show in September 2018 on the third floor gallery at Aurora Public Art in downtown Aurora. Photo by Marissa Amoni/Courtesy of Aurora Downtown

Many possible reasons for coolness in downtown Aurora

By Marissa Amoni –  It’s not a rare occurrence that I either witness first hand or hear second hand of someone being awestruck by the coolness of some place in downtown Aurora. Perhaps it’s the shiny red, vintage fire trucks pristinely kept at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, the hip,…...

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Handler, Gibson, selected to Fox Valley Arts Hall Board

The Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame selected two new members to its Board and re-elected incumbent members for 2019-2020. The Arts Hall of Fame Board is comprised of 13 members with each term limited to two years. The 2019-2020 Board has unique backgrounds, with diverse experiences that make them…...

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Batavia Public Library Science & Art Fair Jan. 26

The Batavia Public Library’s fourth annual Science & Art Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue. Families are invited to explore exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. The open-house format features stations from Incredible Bats, SciTech Museum, NIU…...

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Cultural downtown: Gautam Bhatia, a member of the Aurora Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board, looks at panels Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Aurora public workshop for feedback on the development of cultural downtown district. The event was held at the David Pierce Art and History Center in downtown Aurora on Downer Place. Comments are being evaluated. Carter Crane/The Voice

Cultural downtown:

Gautam Bhatia, left, a member of the Aurora Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board, looks at panels Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Aurora public workshop for feedback on the development of cultural downtown district. The event was held at the David Pierce Art and History Center in downtown Aurora on…...

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The Producers next at Paramount

Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. So begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theater history. The Producers, Mel Brooks’ uproariously funny live musical based on his hilarious 1967 film, will be next in the…...

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Gina Salamone waves, along with Derek Conley, on an Aurora Downtown float in last year's Winter Lights parade. Salamone is a volunteer board member for Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit of business and property owners in SSA #One in Aurora. Jason Arthur photo

Fun times in Aurora downtown this year, in community

By Marissa Amoni –  As the year comes to an end, I am looking back with gratitude on all of the fun times in downtown Aurora, thanks to an incredible downtown community. We are lucky to have the most amazing and supportive family in downtown, from business owners to museum…...

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Oswego artistic design for manhole covers on tap

The Village government of Oswego is seeking artists to submit proposed artistic designs for manhole covers to be placed throughout portions of downtown Oswego. The project is an early step in establishing a vibrant permanent public art collection in Oswego, part of the mission of the Cultural Arts Commission, which…...

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Dorothy and the Scarecrow interact during the Wizard of Oz at the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series. The production will run through January 6, 2019. Liz Laruen photo

Dorothy and companions: Innocence and wonder in Wizard of Oz

By Joani Foster –  Another must-see performance at the Paramount Theatre, Wizard of Oz, is wowing audiences just as top performances have since 1931 in Aurora. It is not just for children. It is truly for everyone. This production is a burst of happiness. We all could use a little…...

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The winning ofrenda at the Santori Library was from St. Augustine College. Submitted photo

St. Augustine College ofrenda wins Santori competition

By Miriam Meza –  First Fridays continues to thrive at the Aurora Public Library (APL) when this month’s theme was Day of the Dead, which featured the fourth annual ofrenda competition! The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration in Latin America that has become…...

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The annual Diwali Festival sponsored by Aurora’s Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board at Waubonsie Valley High School

Aurora Diwali at Waubonsie Valley:

The annual Diwali Festival sponsored by Aurora’s Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board at Waubonsie Valley High School Saturday includes colorful costumes and dance routines. More than 5,000 individuals attend annually and enjoy a diversity of Indian music, dance, clothing, and cuisine. Originally a celebration of the Hindu religion, a…...

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Day of the Dead at First Fridays

First Fridays in Aurora will celebrate Day of the Dead Friday, Nov. 2. Several venues will be open for art shows and community ofrenda displays, along with an outdoor celebration and a fashion show. Jose Torres again will bring the annual Day of the Dead celebration to downtown Aurora. Torres…...

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Youth bring American classic to life

Scores of community youth will bring an American classic to life November 9 and 10 with Your Performing Arts Center (YPAC). Two casts, one based in Yorkville and one in Plainfield, will present “Annie,” the Broadway musical, which features favorite songs such as “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” “This production…...

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Paramount Theatre in Aurora wins two Jeff Awards

The Jeff Awards celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday, Oct. 22 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Aurora’s Paramount Theatre won two Jeff Awards after receiving 10 nominations in seven categories. The awards included: • Projection Design, Joseph A. Burke, Elf The Musical; • Performer in a Supporting…...

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Katie Arko, vice-president of development for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora presents information at the Rotary Club of Aurora

Paramount Theatre future discussed at Rotary Club of Aurora:

Katie Arko, vice-president of development for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora presents information at the Rotary Club of Aurora, meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Her update included the School of the Arts, Paramount Theatre seat replacement, and Copley Theatre restoration. Total funds needed for all three projects…...

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Jose Torres, in top hat, celebrates Day of the Dead on Benton Street in 2015. This year, the festival is back outdoors, weather permitting, during First Fridays November 2. Marissa Amoni photo

Day of the Dead celebration continued by Jose Torres

By Marissa Amoni –  Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish, is really a happy holiday. It’s a celebration to honor the dead, and Jose Torres has made it his mission to keep the tradition alive. In 2009, Torres held the first Day of the Dead…...

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Oswego Fox Fall Fest

Oswego Fox Fall Fest

Oswego Fox Fall Fest Sunday provides posing for photos on a hay wagon in downtown Oswego and painting faces. Carter Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Aurora Downtown First Fridays Free the Nipple exhibit 10-15-18

Free the Nipple:

Musician Ralph Covert and his band play Friday, Oct. 5 in downtown Aurora at the Free the Nipple art event at 67 S. Stolp Avenue. The uncensored gallery host was art enthusiast Dan Hites to protest the city of Aurora government censoring the artwork displayed on the wall called, “Peace…...

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