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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,” …

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‘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: ‘Tiny Thumbelina’


“Tiny Thumbelina”: Steel Beam Children’s Theatre presents the musical to April 27. At 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, Visit SteelBeamTheatre.com. How much: $10-$15 Elgin Public Museum: Venomous Science Night at 6-8 p.m. April 11. At 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin. Call (847) 741-6655 or visit …

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 …

Filipino art on display in Bartlett


BARTLETT — Arts in Bartlett presents a Village Gallery art exhibit, “Quotidian: Memories from the Past” by Racquel Gabuya of South Elgin, through April at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St. While growing up Cebu City, Philippines, Gabuya’s early choice of …

Elgin Symphony conductor wins applause on the West Coast, too


ELGIN — When the Elgin Symphony Orchestra board and musicians had to select a new music director last year, they selected Andrew Grams from among a dozen finalists. And Grams won additional endorsement on a recent visit to the West Coast, too. Like the ESO …

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 …

5 things to do: ‘RENT’


“RENT”: Catch the last weekend of the last Broadway series show for the season at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit ParamountAurora.com. How much: $36.90-$49.90 9th Annual Touch-A-Tractor: The 9th annual event will be from noon-4 p.m. April …

Raue magic show raises funds

Whether you like vanishing object, the hapless hypnotized or talking dummies, there will be something for you at Nothin’ Up My Sleeve. The 12th annual magic show spotlights magicians and entertainers all while raising funds for the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. …

Classic Albums Live recreate ‘Abbey Road’


If you’re looking for a tribute band, Classic Albums Live ain’t it. But if it’s classic discs you seek, performed live and note-for-note, this is the show for you.

Steel Beam Theatre presents ‘The Spitfire Grill’


When recent parolee Percy arrives in Gilead, Wis., she takes a job at the only place to eat in the small town — the Spitfire Grill. The rundown restaurant has been on the market for years, with little interest from prospective buyers.

To generate interest, …

Comedy legend Robert Klein will appear at Raue Center


If you watched Jay Leno’s last “Tonight Show” in February, you might have caught Billy Crystal referencing Robert Klein.

He was reminiscing about visiting Leno’s “bomb site” apartment in Boston when they were up-and-coming comics, and Leno had a poster of Klein above his bed. …