Category: Arts

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Oswego Police Department seeks police officers

The Oswego Police Department is looking to hire quality, professional, and career-oriented individuals for the position of police officer. Application deadline is noon Friday, Aug. 17. Starting salary is $59,401, and if already certified as a police officer in Illinois $61,183. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age...

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Riverfront’s Fat Bill’s Roadside Cafe: The Reboot special

By Deena Sherman –  One of Aurora’s best kept entertainment secrets turns 40 this year! Although everyone knows about the Paramount Theatre and all the huge, wonderful productions there, few realize there is a little community theatre just around the corner on Water Street Mall called Riverfront Playhouse. It has...

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City of Lights Ukulele Fest approved for Sunday, Aug. 26 in Aurora

City of Lights Ukulele Fest approved for Sunday, Aug. 26 in Aurora

Members of the recently-formed City of Lights Ukulele Society perform a song prior to the Aurora City Council’s unanimously approving its request to be host to the City of Lights Ukulele Festival, Sunday, Aug. 26 on Water Street and Downer Place on the recently-renovated Water Street Mall. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Bulldogs Unleashed Art Batavia display Batavia Public Library

Bulldogs Unleashed Batavia display

Visitors have been entranced by the painted Bulldog statues on the streets of Batavia this Summer. During this month, they will see a different side of one of the bulldog artists with an exhibit of Katie Drum’s illustrations on display at the Batavia Public Library. Her series of illustrations examines...

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Stolp Avenue Block Party Friday Educational Blocks for children

Blocks in Stolp Block Party in Aurora:

The SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora provided educational blocks at the Stolp Avenue Block Party Friday for children to use as a part of the First Fridays, Friday. One girl draws attention with her colorful maneuvers. The art and music festival will return Friday, Sept. 7 to downtown Aurora....

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Open discussion at West Aurora Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Group

The West Aurora Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at West Aurora Plaza 5th Ward meeting room. This month’s meeting will be an open discussion to address any topics, concerns, or issues the group may like to address. For more information call Pat Malin...

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Katie Arko, vice-president of Development for the Paramount Theatre Aurora at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora

Update on the School of Performing Arts, Paramount Theatre seat replacement, and Copley Theatre restoration

John Ross, president of Kiwanis Club of Aurora, left, and Kiwanian Jenna Hahn, right, welcome Katie Arko, vice-president of Development for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Arko gave an update on the School of Performing Arts, Paramount...

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Cantigny Park will celebrate French culture theme

Cantigny will celebrate French culture, and the park’s special connection with France, at upcoming back-to-back events: • French Picnic Under the Stars, Saturday, Aug. 11, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Guests will have Cantigny Park in Wheaton all to themselves for an evening of food, wine, live music and stargazing....

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Public Art offers community spirit in three downtown sites

Public art often is taken lightly. However, public art can add the touches to communities which brings togetherness, a light touch, and offers a serious vein of accomplishment. Even controversy can be found in discussions of what is art and what is the symbolism? Public art in three downtown communities,...

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Community Foundation of FRV gives grant, $15,000, to The Venue

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (FRV) announced a grant award June 28 in an amount up to $15,000.00 to the Fox Valley Music Foundation. The grant will be used for the purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment for The Venue, 21 S. Broadway in downtown Aurora. The...

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Jason DeLancey and his son, Henry, draw on the walls with washable markers on the third floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, in downtown Aurora. The space has an interactive element that encourages community participation. Marissa Amoni photo

Fondly, DLP building in Aurora stimulates creativity

If I tell you to meet me on the third floor of The DLP, and you don’t ask for clarification, you probably are an Aurora downtown regular. For those less frequent downtown visitors, let me explain. We have some amazing hidden gems in downtown Aurora, and I quickly could rattle...

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West Aurora Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Group

Disney’s “The little Mermaid” Crab Puppet, Sebastian Appears at Aurora Neighborhood Meeting

Jim Jarvis, Aurora Civic Center Authority vice president of programming and sales, Wednesday, July 18, shows Sebastian, a crab puppet used in Paramount Theatre‘s production of Disney’s “The little Mermaid.” Jarvis gave a talk at the West Aurora Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Group’s monthly meeting at Aurora’s Fifth Ward West Side...

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Kendall Arts Guild accepts mural fund donations

The Kendall Arts Guild (KAG) is a partner with the Yorkville Public Library to have mural artist, Eulojio Ortega, paint a mural in the main entrance to the library. “A breathtaking example of Eulojio’s work can be viewed at the Kendall County Courthouse, where a mural featuring the history of...

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Santori Public Library of Aurora Youth Peace Pals International Art Exhibit

Santori Public Library of Aurora Youth Peace Pals International Art Exhibit

The Youth Peace Pals International Art Exhibit, July 11-August 9, at the Santori Public Library of Aurora, in the Dunham Atrium and co-sponsored by St. John United Church of Christ, Aurora, includes art and music. The first place winner, above, submitted art to Peace Pals International Art Contest by youth,...

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Artwork at Batavia Library tells story of mining in Utah

By Patricia Leonard –  The work of Batavia area artist Janet Julianna will be on exhibit through the month at the Batavia Public Library. The exhibit contains photographs, paintings, and three-dimensional works that tell a story of resilience and beauty in the small mining town of Eureka, Utah, where families...

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Tom Weisner’s butterfly photos at Santori: Love of nature

By Anthony Stanford –  Former Aurora mayor Tom Weisner has a butterfly photo collection. You don’t have to take my word for it; check out the dazzling photos for yourself. It’s on the first floor of the Santori Public Library of Aurora in the Kiwanis Children’s Center (KCC) at River...

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Aurora’s Wendell Minor new Norman Rockwell Museum Laureate

Renowned artist and illustrator Wendell Minor born in Aurora has been named Artist Laureate for 2018/2019 by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.. Established in 2008, the Museum’s Artist Laureate Award honors the contributions of outstanding visual artists whose exceptional dedication to the Museum and its mission have guided...

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