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Spotlight on Arts: January & February

Jan 13, 2017 12:31PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Mucca Pazza kicks off Fermilab’s 50th anniversary

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Fermilab is offering numerous events for the public to enjoy. Mucca Pazza will kick off the celebrations with a concert in the Wilson Hall Atrium, Sat. Jan. 21 at 8pm. Mucca Pazza combines marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence and genre-bending original compositions have earned them critical praise and a loyal following. On-line ticketing for this event is available until 12pm on Fri., Jan 20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Waterline Writers hosts live lit events

Waterline Writers is a monthly event for writers and those who love the written word. Each event is a unique opportunity to hear diverse, talented writers reading original published and not-yet-published work. If you are a writer, it’s the place to share your very best with an enthusiastic audience in the main art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Writers can join the 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30pm or find submission FAQ’s at Waterline writers meet on 3rd Sundays at 7pm. The next two events will take place Jan. 15 and Feb. 19.

Sweeney Todd starts in February at the Paramount Theatre

Some call Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, filled with ravishing beauty. Others describe this Victorian melodrama as a pitch-black comedy, filled with thrills and terrors. Many herald this musical one of the single greatest achievements of American theater in the last 50 years.

Strap yourself in for Paramount Theatre’s bold new production of Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Artistic Director Jim Corti will stage and choreograph Paramount’s new take on Sondheim’s beautiful, yet terror-filled musical. Previews start Wed., Feb. 8. Performances run through March 19: Wednesday at 1:30pm and 7pm; Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 1pm and 5:30pm. Single tickets are $44 to $59.

Playhouse 38 presents The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan.

Performances will take place at Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Suite P, Feb. 24, 25 and 26. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at Sunset Community Center. Show times vary, visit for more information.

Meet the Lincolns at Norris Cultural Arts Center

Just in time for President's Day, Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, come to life in astonishing realism, personified by Michael Krebs and Debra Miller. This entertaining and enlightening performance (including Q&A and meet-and-greet sessions) is sure to delight audience members of all ages. The performance takes place at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Rd., St. Charles on Sun., Feb. 5 from 3-4:30pm. Tickets are $15.

Prisco Community Center presents Willy Wonka, the Musical

Prisco Community Center presents Willy Wonka, The Musical. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the the stage in this captivating adpatation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. 

Performances take place Sat., Jan. 14 at 2pm & 7pm and Sun., Jan 15 at 2pm. Tickets cost $9 in advance and $11 the day of performances. Prisco Community Center is located at 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. For tickets and more information, visit

Robert Sims, lyric baritone at Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium

Aurora University presents its annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with a  special performance by lyric baritone Robert Sims. This event will be held at 7:30pm, Wed., Jan. 18 at Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium, 1347 Prairie St. 

This classsic recital with American songs and freedom songs will be complemented with commentary about African-American spirituals and civil rights. Robert Sims, Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition, has been hailed by critics for his rich tone, energetic performances and convincing stage presence. Visit to register.