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Culture: ‘The Unexpected Guest’


GreenRoom Improv: GreenRoom will be holding improv ensemble auditions at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Judson University Fine Arts Building, 1151 N. State Street, Elgin. We are looking for talented Christians who are interested in joining long-term. Visit

ECC American Grands concert: Pianists of all levels may apply to perform in the Elgin Community College Arts Center’s American Grands XVIII. The event will be held on Jan. 26, 2013 in Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 28 at

Beyond Glee: The Wheaton Park District Leisure Center is organizing a new adult, performance-based chorus — “Beyond Glee!” Rehearsals are 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Leisure Center. At 208 W. Union in Memorial Park. Call (630) 510-5030 or via email at

Fox Valley Festival Chorus: Rehearsals are at 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays. New members welcome. No auditions required for Chorus membership, only for solos. At St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, corner of Edgelawn and Galena, Aurora. Email or visit

Heartland Voices: Not-for-profit choral arts organization based in Elgin seeks new singers for the upcoming season. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from late September through late April. Anyone wishing to audition should either email or phone Dr. John G. Slawson, artistic director, at (847) 347-4584.

The Senior Suburban Orchestra: Rehearsals are at 1-3:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Oak Trace, 200 Village Drive, Downers Grove. New members are welcome. The orchestra needs players on violin, viola, cello, double bass, bassoon, and percussion. Call Lori Davis at (630) 935-7103.


Anderson’s Bookshops: Shannon Henry Kleiber, “On My Honor,” reading and booksigning, 11 a.m. Sept. 22, Naperville. Grant Petersen, “Just Ride,” Reading, Booksigning and Bike Ride, 11 a.m. Sept. 23, Naperville. Erin Hunter, “Survivors,” Reading and Booksigning, 2 p.m. Sept. 23, Naperville. Kerry Reichs, “What You Wish For,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Naperville. Gina Damico, “Scorch,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Two Doors East. Ellen Hopkins, “Tilt,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Two Doors East. James Dashner, “A Mutiny in Time,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Naperville. Jessica Shirvington, “Entice,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Naperville. Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce, Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. To get an event ticket, purchase the new edition OR Magic Treehouse #48: A Perfect Time for Pandas from Anderson’s. Companion tickets are $5. Shannon Hale, “Palace of Stone,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Naperville. Lee Woodruff, “Those We Love Most,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Two Doors East. Young Adult Author Event featuring Tonya Hurley, David Levithan, Heather Brewer, Mike Mullin, Sheila O’Connor, Paul Griffin, T.M. Goeglein & Raina Telgemeir, Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Naperville. Jamie Lee Curtis, “My Brave Year of Firsts,” Reading and Booksigning, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Naperville. At 5112 Main St. in Downers Grove and 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville. Anderson’s Two Doors East is at 111 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville. Call (630) 963-2665 or visit

Barnes and Noble: At the Promenade Center, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Call (630) 783-0009 or visit

Barnes & Noble: Weekly story times take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Events are free. At 47 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Call (630) 579-0200. Visit



Geneva French Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays to Oct. 28 in downtown Geneva at the Metra train station parking lot, corner of South and Fourth streets. Visit

Lisle French Market: The sixth annual market will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays to Oct. 27 in the commuter lot west of the Village Hall, 925 Burlington Ave., Lisle. Visit

M-Pact: Oswego Foundation For Educational Excellence presents family oriented shows M-Pact at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 as part of our fundraising campaign for 2011-2012. Tickets are $18. At 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. Visit

Monarch Chapter Beer Can and Breweriana Show: The next show is at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at American Legion Post 76 in Carol Stream. Admission is $2. At 570 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. Tables are $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Call Alan Bormann at (630) 305-8618 or send e-mail to

Kane County Flea Market: Flea markets take place the first weekend of the month from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Kane County Fairgrounds, Randall Road and Route 64, St. Charles. Featuring antiques, collectibles and hundreds of dealers. Admission is $5 each day; children under 12 are free. Call (630) 377-2252. Visit


Country Folk Art Show: Show hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. $4-$8. Visit

Harvest Pow-Wow: Midwest SOARRING Foundation holds its 18th annual Pow-Wow from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Tickets are $8. Visit

Huntley Fall Festival: Live music, fireworks, scarecrow contest, carnival, straw maze, craft show and more Sept. 28-30 at Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. (847) 669-3180 Ext. 394. Visit


International Film Series: Screen the best in foreign cinema this fall during the Elgin Community College Humanities Center’s International Film Series. “How Much does your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?,” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5 and 12. “Surviving Progress,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2 and 9. At the Arts Center, Building H, Room H142 on the ECC Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Free admission. Visit

After Hours Film Society: Screenings are at 7:30 p.m. “Queen of Versailles,” Oct. 1. “Elena,” Oct. 15. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Oct 29. At the Tivoli, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Cost is $5 for members and $9 for others. Call (630) 534-4528. Visit

Copley Cinematheque: $8 for non-members and $5 for members. At the Copley Theatre, in North Island Center at 8 E. Galena. Visit


Daryl Stuermer Duo: The lead guitarist of the Genesis and Phil Collins will perform Sept. 22. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 65+, and $15 for students. At 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. Call (815) 786-2555.

Fox Valley Orchestra: The season with concerts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles and 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University in Aurora. Tickets are $13 at the door for adults, or $11 for seniors and students; $12 for adults in advance, and $10 for seniors and students. Children 8 and under are $5. Call (630) 891-2525 or visit

The West Suburban Symphony: The Symphony will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. Joseph Chapel, 1515 W. Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for teens, children free. Call (630) 887-7464 or visit

Eric Hutchinson: Hutchinson performs at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $45-$50. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit

Chicago Sinfonietta: “As Fate Would Have It” at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35-$45. Visit

Five for Fighting: The popular band performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $50-$65. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit


Laughter is Sacred Space: Ted Swartz’s one-man show will be at Elgin First Congregational Church at 7:30 Sept. 27. Tickets are $10. 256 East Chicago St., Elgin. Visit

“Father of the Bride”: The Progressive Village Performance Network will be performed Sept. 21-23. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors, children, and students. At Maercker Grade School, 5827 S. Cass Ave., Westmont. Call (630) 963-5252 or visit

“Grease”: The 2012-13 The Broadway season opener will be at the Paramount Theatre to Oct. 7. Tickets are $34.90-$46.90. At 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit

“The Lady with All the Answers”: Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents this one-woman show about Ann Landers to Sept. 23. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the Building K Theater of the McAninch Arts Center. Tickets are $25 to $33. At 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 942-4000 or

“The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe — A Love Story”: First Folio performs Sept. 26-Nov. 4. Tickets are $22-$37. At Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit

“Sin”: North Central College presents the student-directed drama at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-29 in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit

“Sirens”: The modern comedy will be performed by Fox Valley Repertory to Oct. 7. Tickets are $32 on Fridays, and $42 on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner show packages are from $52. At Pheasant Run Resort in 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit

“Social Security”: Elgin Theatre Company will perform the play to Sept. 23. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. at the Kimball Street Theater of the Elgin Academy. For mature audiences only. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth. At the corner of Kimball Street and Dundee Avenue in downtown Elgin. Call (847) 741-0532 or visit

“The Sunshine Boys”: Steel Beam Theatre in downtown St. Charles opens its season with the comedy to Oct. 7. Performances are Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for students and seniors 62+. Call (630) 587-8521 or visit

“Three By The Sea”: The Geneva Underground Playhouse runs at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays to Sept. 23. Family-friendly. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, or $25 for families. At 524 W. State St., Geneva. Call (630) 677-1725 or visit

“The Unexpected Guest”: The Riverfront Playhouse will present the Agatha Christie mystery to Oct. 20. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors. At 11-13 S. Water St. Mall, Aurora. Call 630/897-9496.

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