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Costner’s band comes to Arcada stage

When deciding whether or not to get back into the music scene nearly 10 years ago, Kevin Costner had a few fears. “I didn’t want to embarrass to myself. I wanted to bring something substantial to an audience that thought enough to come and pay,” …

5 things to do: ‘Tiny Thumbelina’


“Cheaper by the Dozen”: Fox Valley Repertory presents the family comedy to May 18 at Pheasant Run. The show is rated PG. At 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Call (630) 584-6342, or visit ticketmaster.com. How much: $32-$42 Tom Neilson: The concert for Garfield Farm …

College of DuPage stages 5th Cent. ‘Dreams of Antigone’


Stand up for what you believe in and learn from history’s mistakes are two big themes in a new play at College of DuPage. Theater students present “The Dreams of Antigone” in the Playhouse Theater of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in …

Cochran and friends perform at Copley Theatre


Hosting a weekday early morning radio show means going to bed early every night — unless you’re performing stand-up comedy on the weekends. “Saturday is my only off day on my sleep schedule, so I can stay awake until 10:30 or 11 o’clock,” said Steve …

‘Tiny Thumbelina’ gives Steel Beam kids a chance


What’s Thumbelina to do when she meets a bunch of animals with ulterior motives — including a mole that wants to make her his bride and a water rat that wants to put her in a show?

Children of all ages can watch the musical …

5 things to do: ‘The Spitfire Grill’


“Cheaper by the Dozen”: Fox Valley Repertory presents the family comedy to May 18 at Pheasant Run. The show is rated PG. At 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Call (630) 584-6342, or visit ticketmaster.com. How much: $32-$42 Huun Huur Tu: The Throat Singers of …

Sugar Ray to rock at RiverEdge Park in Aurora


AURORA — The 1990s pop band Sugar Ray will be playing at downtown Aurora’s RiverEdge Park this summer. According to the band’s official website, Sugar Ray will play RiverEdge Park in Aurora on July 6. The band will be joined by blues-rock band Blues Traveler …

Water Street Studios opens spring show


Water Street Studios in Batavia welcomes Jenny Lam, Chicago-based artist and independent curator, as guest juror during its spring show.

It will open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, and continue until June 28.

“This is the most submissions we have received for a show,” …

Aurora home to be featured on TV’s ‘House Hunters’


Louis Viren always imagined his home on West Downer Place in Aurora being featured on the “House Hunters” show on HGTV, but never thought it would actually become a reality. Then on Wednesday, Viren was checking on the production crew working on the scene of …

Classic ‘Arsenic’ returns to Westmont stage


A couple of sweet old ladies, some bumbling police, a creepy doctor and a guy who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt are all a part of a hilarious play.

The Progressive Village Performance Network presents the classic play, “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. April …

Vero Voce presents kids classic ‘Velveteen Rabbit’


Long before there was Buzz and Woody, there was the Velveteen Rabbit.

“Velveteen Rabbit is like the first ‘Toy Story’ that was around. It’s about toys coming to life and becoming alive. And it’s about how the love of a child for a toy can …

McAninch hosts New Philharmonic’s Beethoven tribute


The New Philharmonic returns to its home at The Mac with a tribute to the bad boy of baroque: Ludwig Van Beethoven.

“The Ultimate Rebel – Ludwig Van!” will be at 8 p.m. April 12 and 3 p.m. April 13 at the McAninch Arts Center …

Pilobolus dances its way to McAninch stage


You’ve probably seen them even if you didn’t know it at the time.

The modern dance troupe Pilobolus comes to The McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage April 17 for an 8 p.m. show.

Pilobolus, which formed in 1971, has performed at the …

Multitalent Ben Vereen comes to North Central College


If you’ve never seen Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen perform on Broadway, he’s bringing a taste of his work to you.

His one-man show, “Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen,” comes to North Central College in Naperville April 12 for an 8 p.m. performance.

The show …

As early sale ends, Paramount counts record number of season subscribers

AURORA – The Paramount Theatre in the city’s downtown has hit a subscription milestone. The theater has sold more than 19,000 2014-15 Broadway Series subscriptions, Paramount Executive Director Tim Rater confirmed Sunday. The four-show subscriptions went on sale in March 3. “We’re starting ahead of …

Celeb chef Carla Hall comes to Naperville’s Andersons


Carla Hall’s journey to celebrity chef and cookbook author began in an unlikely place.

Hall was living in Paris and working as a model, and on Sundays she and her friends would gather together and tell stories of home. Food, and the dishes their families …