Category: Arts

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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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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Hope Wings Aurora mural by Sam Cervantes

Hope Wings Aurora:

City of Aurora officials honor Aurora’s Sam Cervantes at the official dedication and ribbon-cutting of his new mural Hope Wings Aurora in downtown Aurora, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at La France Bakery, 118 E. Galena Boulevard. Following the ceremony, he was honored during the Aurora City Council meeting at Aurora City...

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SER speaker at West Aurora meeting

West Aurora Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1921 W. Galena Boulevard, 5th Ward meeting room at West Aurora Plaza. Jose Zamran, program coordinator for SER (Services, Employment, and Reinvestment) Central States, will discuss available free programs for 16-24 year olds who are currently...

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Octo Street Fest Aurora restaurant magic

Octo Street Fest is a free Fall festival for all ages Saturday, Oct. 13 in downtown Aurora. Held on Pinney Street behind New York Street’s “Restaurant Row,” Octo Street Fest will have a highlight of menu offerings from dining options. There will be music and some magic for an afternoon...

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A teen registers for Alive@Eola program at the Aurora Public Library Eola Road Branch. Submitted photos

Aurora and Naperville form unique blend of Alive@Eola

By Anthony Stanford –  When it makes sense and feels right, it just might be a natural fit; so it appears to be with the partnership between Naperville Alive Center and Aurora Public Library (APL). The two have united to launch Alive@Eola, a unique blend of services designed for teens...

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Albright Theatre run Oct. 12-21

The cast and crew of The Boys Next Door had a great run at The Albright Community Theatre. The next production of Wiley and The Hairy Man will open in just two weeks and will run October 12-October 21. Reservations for this family-friendly production are being accepted by calling the...

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Albright Theatre auditions for Christmas

The Albright Community Theatre in Batavia will be host to youth and adult auditions for the upcoming holiday show, A Christmas Carol. Audition dates will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and Monday, Oct. 1. Performance dates will be December 7-9 and 14-16. All roles are available and youth...

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Aurora-The Venue takes shape with garage stage area

The Venue takes shape with garage stage area

A construction worker in Aurora cuts a hole through the wall for a garage stage area at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway in downtown. The Venue will offer new live music of all genres, offer lectures and symposia, music education classes and workshops. The garage door stage area will open...

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