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Spotlight on Arts: July & August

Jul 08, 2016 11:54AM ● By Ben Scott


Windmill City Festival entertains with live music

The Windmill City Festival runs from Thurs., July 7–Sun., July 10. A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the three and a half days.

Main Stage Schedule

Thurs., July 7, 7–10pm, Back Country Roads

Fri., July 8, 6–8pm, Midwest Dueling Pianos; 9–11pm, 7th Heaven

Sat., July 9, 3–5pm, Live Band Karaoke; 6–8pm, The New Invaders

9–11pm, Arra, Sun., July 10; 1–3pm, Miles Nielsen ;4–6pm, Hillbilly Rockstarz

Upcoming events at Water Street Studios

“Studio Conversations” Opening Reception

Fri., July 8, 6–9pm

With Mary Bookwalter, Janice Meister & Carol Weber

Free admission, live music

Food provided by Gaetano’s Restaurant, beer provided by Penrose Brewing

Documentary Film Screening and Talk Back: A Table for Sixty Thousand

Wed., July 15, 6pm

Watch the documentary film A Table for Sixty-Thousand and stick around for a Talk Back with the director, Teresa Singh

Free admission

Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare in the Park

The annual Shakespeare in the Park play takes place at 6pm on Sat., July 16, at Island Park in Geneva. The Midsummer Theater Troupe brings the laughs and the plays are shortened to 90 minutes, making this an outing that’s fun and appropriate for the whole family. Shakespeare in the Park provides the perfect al fresco theater experience. Come early and have a picnic in the park.

River Rhapsody concert series continues on the Riverwalk 

The cultural arts concert series continues at the Batavia Riverwalk during the months of July and August. The series will feature a variety of lively, eclectic musical acts showcasing a diverse range of tunes. Concert dates are July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3. For more information,

The Holmstad hosts outdoor performances

The Holmstad retirement community is hosting a new Summer Concert Series. The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra performs Wed., July 27 at 7pm. The orchestra faithfully creates the distinctive sound developed by Glenn Miller and plays many of the original Miller arrangements. Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band perform Thurs., Aug. 18 at 7pm. Led by Diva of Dixieland Ann Stewart, the group plays everything from Dixieland jazz to swing, blues, big band, and novelty tunes. Space is limited. or call 877-226-7310 to register.

The Batavia Arts Council’s Summer Polo Tournament fundraiser takes place July 17

Plan now to join the Batavia Arts Council for their 2016 Summer Polo Tournament fundraiser on Sun., July 17 from 12–4pm at the Blackberry Polo Field in Batavia. Bring the family for an afternoon of all American activities and polo. Break out your patriotic decor and menus, dress in red, white and blue and tailgate to the theme of Stars and Stripes. All revenue from the fundraiser is shared between the Batavia Arts Council and Shakespeare on Clark at the Centre. The Batavia Arts Council is looking for event sponsors, team sponsors and auction table donation items.

North Aurora 

Naper Nights Community Concert Series continues through July and August

Naper Nights sets the stage for two more summer weekends in July and August. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement throughout the summer. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Food provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill and beverages by Rodney Strong Vineyards and Bell’s Brewery. Gates are open from 5–10pm. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 youth (ages 4–12). Free admission for members and children under 4. 630-420-6010,

An Afternoon with Priscilla Presley at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, Sun., Aug. 21

Priscilla Presley brings an open conversation to the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, on Sun., Aug. 21, at 4pm.

Priscilla offers audiences an extremely rare opportunity to gain insight into a world only a few have entered. Journey with her through her fascinating life in an intimate interview format where she will answer audience questions and share stories that will spark curiosity and conversation. Guests of this unique experience will be intrigued, surprised and entertained by Priscilla herself, live on stage in this open conversation.

Come see Shakespeare at the Water St. Mall July 23

The Riverfront Playhouse and Midsummer Theatre Troupe present Shakespeare on the Mall: Two Gentleman of Verona, Sat., July 23 at 7pm. The performance will take place at the Water St. Mall, 11 & 13 S. Water St. in Aurora. Grab the kids, a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy this wonderful evening of fun and laughter under the beautiful summer sky. Admission is free and open to the public. 630-897-9496

North Aurora Days music schedule

Location: Clocktower Plaza, 19 S. Randall Rd., North Aurora

Fri., Aug. 5, 6:30–8:30pm, The Clones; 9–11:45pm, Breakfast Club
Sat., Aug. 6, 6:30–8:30pm, Hillbilly Rockstarz; 9–11:45pm, Libido Funk Circus

NOARDA is hosting two more concerts at Riverfront Park this summer

The North Aurora River District Alliance (NOARDA) is hosting concerts in the park again this summer at Riverfront Park in North Aurora. The remaining concerts will be held from 6:30–8:30pm at Riverfront Park July 14 and Aug. 11. Raimondo’s Pizza and Pub will be selling slices of delicious pizza and cold drinks, or bring your own picnic basket. Parking is available at the village hall and across State St. at Island Park.


Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare in the Park

The annual Shakespeare in the Park play takes place at 6pm on Sat., July 16, at Island Park in Geneva. The Midsummer Theater Troupe brings the laughs and the plays are shortened to 90 minutes, making this an outing that’s fun and appropriate for the whole family. With the Fox River and lush trees as a backdrop, Shakespeare in the Park provides the perfect al fresco theater experience. This year's performance is Two Gentlemen of Verona, a love story gone wrong about two men who fall for the same woman. Come early, stake out a spot in front of the stage and have a picnic in the park.   

Express your originality at the Geneva Arts Fair

Discover new artwork at Geneva’s nationally-acclaimed outdoor gallery of juried art. The art fair takes place July 23 & 24 from 10am–5pm on 100 S. Third St. More than 155 artists will show their work—from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. Come for the day or stay for the weekend. This prestigious show includes free art activities for children of all ages.

Geneva Park District to host Concerts in the Park throughout July
The Geneva Park District is hosting their free "Concerts in the Park" series every Wednesday night in July. 

July 6, Spoken Four
July 13, Morry Sochat & the Special 20s
July 20, The StingRays
July 27, Mr. Myers
All concerts begin at 7pm at Island Park.

RiverPark Summer Concert Series features a variety of performances

Grab a lawn chair, blanket or even bring a picnic dinner to enjoy three free nights of entertainment along the Fox River during the RiverPark Summer Series. The 8th annual Summer Series will be held at 6pm Sundays, July 10, July 17 and July 24 at RiverPark, located at N, River Ln. and Peyton St. just north of State St. The programs, which will take place at the park’s stone amphitheater, are sponsored by the City of Geneva’s Cultural Arts Commission. All performances are free of charge, but donations to the Cultural Arts Commission are always welcome. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside to the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St.

St. Charles

Marquee Youth Stage presents Mary Poppins

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure! Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft presented by Marquee Youth Stage cast and live pit orchestra.

Sponsored by Wredling Middle School PTO and D303, Mary Poppins takes the stage at Norris Theatre (St. Charles East High School) on Aug. 13 and 14 at 3pm. Fifty percent of net ticket proceeds will benefit Wredling Middle School’s PTO. Flying effects by Chicago Fly House.

St. Charles Park District hosting summer concerts in Lincoln Park

The St. Charles Park District brings the summer Concerts in the Park series to St. Charles’ historic downtown for families and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and some fabulous music. The concerts take place Thursdays at 7pm through Aug. 18 at the Lincoln Park Gazebo.

Bring your family and friends for a picnic in the park. Settle in before the concert and enjoy picnic-style offerings at reasonable rates from downtown St. Charles restaurants and local vendors including Kimmer’s Ice Cream, Jersey Mikes, Batavia Diner 2 and Domino’s Pizza. Guests are encouraged to get to the park early for better seating. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, too.