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Spotlight on the arts in Kane County

Jun 02, 2015 12:31PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Holly Crowe (South Elgin) practices double hooping in downtown Batavia.

Coming to the Fine Line—Midwest Collage Society exhibit

Using diverse materials: handmade papers, found objects, twigs, feathers, text, paint, photographs, fabric and more, this exhibit will explore and express that which we know and that which we hope for from Sept. 2-Oct. 10. The opening reception will be Sat., Sept 12 from 2-4pm. 37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles.

Aerial act to perform at Batavia Fine Arts Centre

On the FLY Productions, a full service entertainment company specializing in aerial and flying effects, brings An Enchanted Evening to the Batavia Fine Arts Center on Sept. 12 at 7:30pm. Their original shows premiere live music, flying and singing. The Mothman, their most recent act was seen on this season’s America’s Got Talent. 1399 W Wilson St.

 Enjoy a musical on the Fox River

The Fox Valley Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform a benefit concert aboard the “Fox River Queen” on Sun. Sept. 13 at 3pm to raise funds for the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance. In the spirit of King George’s 1717 “Water Party Cruise" on the Thames River - for which Handel composed his famous “Water Music Suite” - the FVAMP Benefit Concert is a one-hour grand paddlewheel boat tour up the Fox River. The Concert Cruise includes scenic views and ambiance music by the brass quintet, with complimentary appetizers and beverages available on-board. $20 tickets. Seating will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. FVAMP events are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council agency. 630-476-9072, 

Beneath the Surface

 Artists take collages to new levels

Come see Reflections Within and Beyond in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center Sept. 2–Oct. 10. A reception will be held on Sat., Sept. 12, from 2–4 pm. If the word “collage” evokes images of grade school projects using magazine pictures, you’re in for a tremendous surprise when you see the imagination, creativity and artistic talent conveyed in the diverse collages created by 35 participating artists from the Midwest Collage Society. Fine Line's campus and galleries are open Mon.–Sat. 10am–5pm. 37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles. 630-584-9443,

Caption: Beneath the Surface

Explore performance arts at Twisted Fe Studios

Twisted Fe Studios in Batavia, opens their doors Aug. 1 for classes. Their purpose is to allow dancers, artisans and teachers to explore their creative sides. Classes will include hooping, poi, writing, meditation, yoga, aerial arts and more. If you are a teacher looking for a space to share your art, then Twisted Fe is the perfect place for you. Classes run in 8-week sessions with drop-in sessions available.

Orion opens season with world premiere by Jackson Berkey

A world premiere by Jackson Berkey opens the 23rd season of The Orion Ensemble, winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. “French and German Tapestries” features guest violist Stephen Boe, a highly respected Chicago chamber musician, on a program that also includes works by Mozart and Fauré. The performance is at First Baptist Church of Geneva, Sept. 20, 7pm.

Shakespeare comes to Vero Voce

Vero Voce announces auditions for Ken Ludwig's comedy, Shakespeare in Hollywood on Mon., Aug. 10, by appointment only, from 6–7:30 pm. It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Roles to be cast include 8 males, 4 females; Oberon, Puck, Jack Warner, Max Reinhardt, Will Hays, Daryl, Olivia Darnell, Lydia Lancing, Louella Parsons, Dick Powell, Jimmy Cagney and Joe E. Brown.
The production will run Fri., Oct. 2–18. Actors are asked to prepare one comedic monologue (30-45 seconds), one dramatic monologue (30-45 seconds), bring a headshot, resume, and will be asked to read scenes from the script at the audition. 951 State Ave., Ste F, St Charles. Please register for an appointment on the Vero Voce auditions page at

 Audition for the Fox Valley Youth Orchestra

The Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance invites student-musicians, ages 7–18, to audition to become members of the Academy for its 2015-2016 season on Aug. 30 or by appointment. Strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion players should prepare a brief solo and scales for the audition. Auditions are held at Our Savior Church in Aurora. To schedule an audition time contact 630-476-9072 or  

Fox Valley Repertory presents a summer music series

Fox Valley Repertory heats up the Pheasant Run Mainstage this summer with tribute bands as part of their live music series, including: a celebration of memorable music from The Carpenters with tribute band Close to You (Aug. 22 at 8pm, $32). Fox Valley Repertory will also stage their 1960’s musical revue called The Bikinis till Aug. 16. (Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, $32-$42). Dinner packages, overnight stays, free parking and valet services are all available. The resort and theater is wheelchair accessible and hearing amplification systems are available. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. 630-584-6342,

RiverEdge Park announces summer schedule

City of Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner announced the 2015 line up of concerts and events at RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora’s beautiful outdoor concert venue. The venue will host many national acts this summer, an outdoor sing-a-long screening of Frozen: The Movie, and a variety of community festivals. Food and drinks can be purchased inside from the park’s concession and vendors. All events take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Contact the WeatherLine, 630-723- 2480. Tickets on sale now. Prices increase after June 1. Day-of event tickets can be purchased at the box office, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora.