APRIL 19-MAY 28
Jesus Christ Superstar
23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
An energized, emotionally-charged rock opera staged in one of the most pivotal moments in history, the last seven days of Jesus’ life. This is a story of love and fear, kindness and greed, expectations and what happens when those expectations are not met. Information and tickets: (630) 896-6666.
2017 World Leaders Forum
1151 N. State Street, Elgin
Seventh World Leaders Forum features Dr. Ben Carson. The World Leaders Forum brings recognized world leaders to the Judson University campus each year with the intent to inspire and ignite a flame of leadership for all who attend.
Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium
S. Kirk Rd. at Pine St., Batavia
Talk by by Dr. Jack Gilbert, University of Chicago. Information: (630) 840-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paramount Theatre Meyer Ballroom
8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Proceeds help fund Broadway Series and Dreams Do Come True Program. Cocktails in The Atrium: 6 p.m. Dinner in the Meyer Ballroom: 7:30 p.m. Live Auction during dinner in the Meyer Ballroom. Information: (630) 896-6666.
The Lion King Jr. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Elgin, Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, 9:45 a.m. The African savannah comes to life on stage in this brand-new shortened version of the popular Broadway musical. Performed by a large and talented cast of local young people in 2nd-9th grade, complete with exciting puppetry and costumes.
Coffee with a Cop, Larkin Avenue Baptist Church, 1158 Larkin Ave., Elgin, 6-7 p.m. All are invited to meet with Elgin officers. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. This is achieved by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and getting to know the officers in your neighborhood.
Bugaboo Children’s Consignment Sale, Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 Rt. 71, Yorkville, 10 a.m. This semi-annual children’s consignment sale draws thousands in search of the most popular clothing brands, toys kids love, books, games, electronics, nursery gear, baby accessories, and much more. Bugaboo gives modern moms the easy way to get great deals on gently used clothing, clear closet space, earn cash, and help others in the community. Over 400 sellers per sale.
Earth Day Celebration, Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, Elgin noon-4 pm. Bring out the family for live music, kids activities, education, photo booth, crafts and more. This event is free and open to the public.
Trolley Tour of Historic St. Charles, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main Street, St. Charles. Sories of St. Charles’s past will be told during a trip to actual sites of where those stories occurred. Stories cover the time from the earliest settlement of St. Charles, right through the start of the 20th Century. Just under an hour. Several opportunities during the day, schedule subject to change. Information: www.stcmuseum.org
Neuqua Knockout Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Stuart Sports Complex, Griffin Dr. and Route 30, Montgomery. With over 100 teams participating from 14 states around the country and Canada this may very well be the largest middle/high school Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in the nation!Information: (630) 903-4309 or email email@example.com
Fox Valley Flutes, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles, 3 p.m. A musical tour around the world offers selections from lilting ancient melodies to imaginative modern pieces. Information: www.norrisculturalarts.com
Classic Movie Monday: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 7 p.m. Tickets at the door, cash only. A scientist creates an animated human-being. Before completion, the scientist dies leaving the gentle being, Edward, uncompleted with a freakish appearance. Left alone, with giant scissor blades for hands, saleswoman Peg finds Edward. Finding compassion for him, she takes him home to live with her and her teen daughter who quickly falls in love with him. Information: (630) 896-6666.
AU Band and Flute Ensemble Concert, Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, 7:30 p.m. The AU Band and Flute Ensemble join forces again to perform instrumental music. There is always a variety of styles represented, and a little pep band music thrown in at the end. Information (630) 844-4924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurora University’s Spring Concert, Crimi Auditorium, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, 7:30 p.m. Aurora University Choirs and the Fox Valley Orchestra offer a dramatic finish to the concert season. The first half of the concert will feature the AU choirs and the second half will feature the annual collaboration with the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus, this year performing Antonín Dvorák’s powerful Te Deum. Information: (630) 844-4924 or email email@example.com
El Día de los Niños, Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
In recognition of the cultural importance of children and families, the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board hosts this annual event which includes food vendors, a variety of fun-filled and educational activities (including booths from community resource businesses and vendors), entertainers (mascots) and main stage entertainment that is appropriate for all ages. Information: (630) 256-4636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnyard Dash 5K, Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora, 8:30 a.m. This CARA-certified 5K traverses the scenic trails around beautiful Blackberry Farm and Lake Gregory. This unique combo event features a 5K race starting and a shorter Pig Pen 1-miler with children ages 5 and up.
Race features include chip timing, awards for top finishers in each age category and tee-shirts for all pre-registered runners. Information: (630) 892-1550 .
A Streetcar Named Desire, Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd. Floor 2 Aurora. Written by Tennessee Williams, this Pulitzer Prize winning play examines the ideas of love, desires, relationships, Illusion vs. reality and is considered by many to be one of the greatest theatrical dramas of the 20th century. Information: (630) 896-6666 or email email@example.com
Cinco de Mayo in Downtown Aurora, Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave. Aurora, 6 p.m., free.
Celebrate with Sones de México Ensemble at 6 p.m. and James Sanders’ Conjunto performing Latin jazz at 8 p.m. Food trucks will be on Benton Street, First Fridays venues will be open with art, and live music at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue.
First Fridays Aurora, downtown (various venues), Aurora. Enjoy a night of art, fun, music, dance, and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora on the first Friday evening of the month. Multiple venues in downtown Aurora open with art, music, and more. Free entrance, free art viewing, free trolley rides, free fun!
Pop-Up Shops @ the Fire Museum, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora, 6-9
p.m. A variety of local artists and artisans will have Pop-Up Shops at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum during Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays Aurora. Information: (630) 256-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Annual Food Truck Festival, downtown Aurora, Benton St., 5-10 p.m. Food Trucks take over Benton Street with lots of delicious food options. Information: Facebook. 5 to 10 p.m.
MAY 5-JUNE 10
Bus Stop at Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, Aurora. The play by William Inge is a drama with romantic and some comedic elements. It is set in a diner in March of 1955 in rural Kansas, about 25 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri during a snowstorm from which bus passengers must take shelter. Information: (630) 897-9496 or email email@example.com.