Category: Arts

The Jeff Ford Quintet plays at SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora as a part of First Fridays.

Varied and many sites to visit at First Fridays in downtown Aurora

The Jeff Ford Quintet plays at SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora as a part of First Fridays April 5. Jason 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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Fox River Arts Ramble will make more than 40 stops

The second-annual Fox River Arts Ramble will take in visual and performing arts from Aurora to Elgin, with more than 40 stops, including private and public galleries, artist studios, and performance venues. Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-day self-guided tour of art in the Fox Valley. The Ramble, a…...

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Sid Robinson, the eighth owner of the well-known Ford House in Aurora, shares history of his home on Edgelawn Drive Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. Robinson purchased the house, known as Aurora’s other roundhouse, in the mid-1980s. It is made from materials including coal and green glass. The house was designed by architect Bruce Goff and built in 1949-50 for artist and art teacher Ruth Van Sickle Ford and her husband, civil engineer Sam Ford. Robinson, an architecture professor at UIC said when he moved to Illinois from Iowa he saw the house and had to have it. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. and The house has been featured many times, including in Life Magazine in 1951.

Owner of the well-known Ford House in Aurora, shares history of home

Sid Robinson, the eighth owner of the well-known Ford House in Aurora, shares history of his home on Edgelawn Drive Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. Robinson purchased the house, known as Aurora’s other roundhouse, in the mid-1980s. It is made from materials including…...

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Spring art in Sugar Grove

The Sugar Grove Public Library is a partner with Waubonsee Lifelong Learning Institute and will be host to a Spring art display in Gallery 125. The public is invited to an opening reception Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The reception will provide an opportunity…...

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Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association to meet April 12

All Aurora area retired teachers, administrators, and school support staff members are invited to the Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) luncheon Tuesday, April 2. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Gaslite Manor on Church Road in Aurora. Come and enjoy lunch and a program by Improv Unlimited, a…...

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Water, Street Studios named ‘Best Art Gallery’ by magazine

West Suburban Living named Water Street Studios “Best Art Gallery” in their 2019 Best of the West list to feature the best that the western suburbs has to offer in approximately 80 categories. Water Street Studios was listed among many of their supporting partners including Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia (Best…...

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Carl Larsson Swedish painter, simplicity: Crisp, charming

Carl Larsson, a renowned Swedish painter, was born May 28, 1853 in Stockholm, Sweden. His oils, watercolors, and frescoes, are some of the most beautiful and poignant paintings to be seen anywhere. His paintings are shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, and at museums…...

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Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. He shared information about the book, “A Fox River Testimony” which shows 73 original paintings by Joel Sheesley. He spent two years travelling up and down the Fox River from West Dundee south to Ottawa, to capture all of its moods, meanders, and seasons, on canvas. McDonald answered questions about the health of the Fox River, including the dams. He said dam-removal is needed because the worst water quality is behind the dams. Ecologically, they are barriers which impede fish from going upstream to reproduce. Jason Crane/The Voice

‘A Fox River Testimony’:

Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. McDonald shared information about the book, “A Fox…...

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Digital design teacher Batavia Library artist

The Batavia Public Library’s artist for March is Robert J. Krawczyk, a native of Chicago, who lives in Batavia. He was a graduate from the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Architecture. In the 1970s, while working in the architectural office of Murphy/Jahn in Chicago he was a pioneer in…...

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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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