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Batavia Spotlight on Arts: January & February

Rick Bartow “Things You Know But Cannot Explain” exhibit at Schingoethe Center of Aurora University

More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by Rick Bartow will be on view at the Schingoethe Center starting January 23, 2018.

Bartow, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artists, (1946–2016) was a member of the Mad River Wiyot tribe of Northern California. Personal experiences, literature, and art from around the globe informed Bartow's art. Throughout his career, he consistently explored self-portraiture and animal imagery, often blurring the lines between the two; many describe his work as transformational and visual storytelling. 630-844-4924,

See Cabaret at the Paramount          

Cabaret is one of the most well-known Broadway musicals of all time, and it’s because of the extraordinary songs, universal appeal and a spellbinding story that still holds true in today’s world. Cabaret is exactly what musical theatre should be: entertaining, enlightening, provocative, edgy and a continuing reflection of our own lives. Performances of Cabaret run from Feb. 7–Mar. 18. The Paramount is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.  630-896-6666,

“Dark Matters” musical celebration of science at Fermilab

“Dark Matters”, a very special collaboration between Jim Jenkins, the Fermilab Artist-in-Residence and the Gallery Chamber Series will kick off the 2018 season as a Musical Celebration of Science. Jenkins was inspired by Fermilab’s E760 detector, and will create a multi-media installation set to the music of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” Dr. John Peoples, Fermilab Director from 1989–1999 will present a brief explanation of the science that served as the inspiration for this piece.

This event takes place Sun., Jan. 21, 2:30pm in Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium. Tickets are $45 for a series of 3; $18 for a single concert. For more information, visit

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams scores for Spielberg movies

On Sat., Jan. 27, 7:30pm and Sun., Jan. 28, 2:30pm, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents a program of John Williams’s film scores from Steven Spielberg movies, conducted by ESO Director Andrew Grams. With music from E.T., Jaws, Close Encounters and more, this evening is sure to entertain. Performances take place at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. 847-888-4000,

Shades of Bublé perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre

With three voices singing incredible songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Home,” “Everything,” “Fever,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and many more, Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Beginning with an amazing sold-out debut at the end of the 2014-2015 concert season, this act has already begun wowing audiences around the country with exciting harmonies, smooth choreography and charming good looks. Shades of Bublé will perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Fri., Feb. 16, 7:30pm.