In the news: Downtown Aurora’s Culture Stock Book Store Opens for Volunteers Sep26

In the news: Downtown Aurora’s Culture Stock Book Store Opens for Volunteers...

Reprinted from The Beacon-News — The sun’s rays filled the interior of the Vargas Building, but it wasn’t the pleasant autumn day giving people a skip in their walk as they whisked in boxes of donated books from the rows of cars. Aurora’s cultural arts movement is on the verge of turning another chapter, as a few dozen people sorted books for Culture Stock, a nonprofit social enterprise to give people of all walks of life a place to engage, learn and explore their creativity, as well as buy books. “It’s like we are next to a park, but we are in the heart of the downtown,” said Jeannie Norris, referring to the brick-lined walkway of the Water Street Mall. Although modeled after Open Books in Chicago, which promotes literacy programs, Culture Stock is a storefront tailored fit for Aurora’s growing cultural arts movement — from the business plan to the stocking of shelves in preparation for next month’s opening. Norris said the details in planning the project involved a network of enthusiastic and devoted supporters of the cultural arts — artists, musicians, poets and writers alike. “This seemed like a natural outlet for their talent and devotion,” she said. Norris said an estimated 5,000 books covering every genre imaginable were donated, including two books signed by their authors, Joyce Carol Oates and Helen Thomas. Norris said Culture Stock is Aurora’s first bookstore in some time, but the tomes are more a “tool for underwriting collaborative culture” in Aurora. The 2,100-square-foot building, leased by the city of Aurora, is at 43 E. Galena Blvd., immediately east of the historical Paramount Arts Theatre. The interior is freshly painted in warm tones, while the south wall was painted in brick red to accent the architectural details...

Aurora ArtWalk to Heat Up Downtown Aurora Oct. 5 Sep23

Aurora ArtWalk to Heat Up Downtown Aurora Oct. 5...

The Downtown Aurora Fall ArtWalk, “Some like it HOT!,” the eighth in a continuing series of highly anticipated and hugely successful Aurora ArtWalks produced by Cultural Creatives, Inc. will take place Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, from 7 to 10 p.m. on North Broadway in Downtown Aurora. The hot, diverse and inspiring event—created and planned by and for artists—will be filled with local and regional artisans. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, dancing, singing, and strumming are just a few of the things in store for visiting patrons. All are invited to stroll down Broadway, enjoy great art and music and experience exciting exhibitions during this FREE event. The ArtWalk will be hosted by multiple venues including: Aurora Transportation Center, Two Brothers Brewery, Jake’s Bagels & Deli, Comfort Suites Aurora, Aurora Regional Fire Museum and La Quinta de los Reyes. Each site will feature a combination of music, performance arts, visual arts, exhibits and light refreshments. Previous ArtWalks have seen outstanding attendance with standing room only audiences and have brought thousands of patrons and art lovers to downtown Aurora. In this version, “Some Like it HOT!,” two blocks of North Broadway, spanning from the Fire Museum to the Transportation Center, will be transformed into a HOT  urban art scene featuring Fire Eater Tom Hill and a unique musical flame exhibit created by local artist Jeff Weber. Bring your camera; you won’t want to miss the unique photo opportunities these exhibitions will demand. The Aurora 88s will once again be out in full force thrilling patrons with short roller derby exhibitions. This FREE visual, tactile and auditory event promises to be a fun, family evening filled with entertainment and gorgeous art for sale spanning all mediums. More than 30 artists are expected to exhibit and perform. The event...

The Great Pumpkin Promotion Sep17

The Great Pumpkin Promotion...

Do you have a business in downtown Aurora? Has your business experienced a direct, severe or negative impact from the Downer Place bridge construction? If yes, then you could receive up to $599 during Aurora Downtown’s “Great Pumpkin Promotion.” In order to help promote your downtown business, Aurora Downtown is offering a special “one time promotion” in October of up to $599 that is available to businesses affected by the Downer Place bridge closure. Sign up for the promotion from Sept. 17 through Sept. 21 by calling Bob Reuland at 630-336-1310. A sign up form must be completed to apply for the promotion. For full details, call Bob Reuland at...

“Grease” Kicks Off Paramount Theatre’s 2012-2013 Broadway Series Sep11

“Grease” Kicks Off Paramount Theatre’s 2012-2013 Broadway Series...

AURORA – From poodle skirts and slicked back hair, to fast cars and a faster life style, Grease isn’t just the word.  Grease is the show that’ll have audiences dancing in the aisles and singing in their cars for days when it kicks off the second blockbuster Broadway musical series, Sept. 12 – Oct. 7, 2012 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. The ultimate celebration of the teen years, Grease, book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobsand Warren Casey, strikes a universal chord with its hand-jivin’ mix of schoolhouse rock, adolescent angst and vibrant physicality. Set in the hip 1950s on Chicago’s Northwest side, the whole gang has reported to class: Danny, Sandy, Frenchy, Rizzo, Kenickie and the rest of the student body at Rydell High. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and without question the world’s most famous movie musical, Grease boasts hit after hit:  “Summer Nights,” “Beauty School Drop Out,” “Hand Jive,” “You’re the One that I Want,” and of course “Greased Lightnin’,” along with those big, glorious, action-filled dance numbers. Just wait until director Michael Unger, music director Michael Keefe and choreographerDana Solimando combine forces with an A-list cast, a crack design team, and theParamount Theatre Orchestra to do what Paramount does best:  inject fresh, new ideas into beloved American musicals like Grease to create a sensational live theatrical experience like you’ve never seen before. So be there or be square. Grease begins performances Sept. 12. Press opening is Friday, Sept. 14 at 8 pm. Performance times through Oct. 7 are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Exceptions: No performances Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4. Grease is rated PG. Single tickets are $34.90-$46.90. Better yet, join the nearly 17,000 musical theater fans who have already discovered they can...

Latin Art Exhibit Opens at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center Sep02

Latin Art Exhibit Opens at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center...

Dreams & Mirrors: Latin American Artists opened on Friday night at Aurora’s David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. The Aurora Public Art Commission art opening welcomed several Latin American artists and patrons to celebrate their work on the third floor of “The DLP” art and history center. The DLP is open and free to the public noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through November 30. Call 630-256-3340 for more information....