Alley Art Festival on Aug. 31 Aug24

Alley Art Festival on Aug. 31...

Alley Art Festival is going to take over the Water Street Mall for one day of fun and artsy festivities in downtown Aurora from noon to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday in August. Artsy types will converge for the fourth year on the pedestrian brick alley between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard for a family-friendly event that celebrates community and the vibrant art and culture scene in Aurora’s downtown. “We have almost 70 artists this year. It’s been wonderful to see the festival grow, but it’s even better to see artists claim it as their own,” said Marissa Amoni, editor and publisher of Downtown Auroran Magazine, who heads up the grassroots event. The outdoor festival is participant-run and is what several artists and residents said they want to see in downtown Aurora. Local artists and a handful of musicians will participate in the annual festival, including artists Jen Evans, John Heinz, Don Picton, Javi Terrazas, Mike Mancuso, Jaime Torraco, Maureen Gasek, Chris Hodge, Brittany Tripp, Greta Bell, and more. The free event combines the arts with a street carnival atmosphere. Artwork and handmade items will be available for sale. Lions Club and Luigi’s Pizza will have food and ice cream available for purchase. There will be two children’s hands-on art tents run by The Light of the Heart and Fox River Academy of Music and Art , lawn games, and a free yoga class are all part of the festivities. This year, a full lineup of local musicians will perform on the lawn of the mall including Greg Boerner, Max Benson, The Swirls, Town Band, and more. Alley Art Festival is sponsored by Downtown Auroran Magazine, City of Aurora, and Triple Threat Mentoring. This year’s poster was painted by local artist Joanna Goss....

New Director for Hesed House Aug21

New Director for Hesed House...

The Board of Trustees of Hesed House is pleased to announce that they have selected an Executive Director to succeed Ryan Dowd.   Michael Cobb has dedicated his life—and career—to serving those who are less fortunate in our communities.   Prior to being named the Executive Director of Hesed House, he served as the Interim Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer for South Suburban PADS, an interfaith agency serving the homeless population in over 52 communities in suburban Cook County.  While at PADS he oversaw the successful completion of a 77-unit Permanent Supportive Housing apartment complex specifically for those who are experiencing homelessness.   Before PADS, Michael served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls, a private residential/educational center for at-risk youth located in St. Charles.  He served faithfully for 14 years with nine of those years leading the St. Charles campus.   Michael and his wife, Evelyn, are longtime residents of the Fox Valley.  They are involved with various ministries and have a long standing commitment to serving in the Fox Valley Corridor. They have one daughter (Gloria) and two dogs (Unity and Elias).  Michael enjoys playing golf, riding bikes with his wife, traveling abroad and speaking at events.  Michael received his Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Science in Management from National Louis University.   Michael will begin work at Hesed House on September 16.  Ryan’s last day will be September...

Painter Jen Evans at the Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery Aug13

Painter Jen Evans at the Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery...

Well-known regional artist Jen Evans will be showing her most recent works inspired by nature soon at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. The exhibit, featuring Evans’ large canvases depicting  rocks as seen through the beauty of water, opens on Friday, Aug. 23 on the second floor of the Paramount Theatre, 43 E. Galena Blvd. Evans, of Aurora, says her art is influenced by a careful observation of nature. Evans has always been inspired by the systems of nature, especially self-similarity. During her international travels, she found fascination in the details of everyday life, especially in those typically overlooked as mundane. Having internalized this, Evans’ current work has largely been inspired by the modest shores of the Fox River. Evans’ painting philosophy is to start by having fun with the paint, then to find moments of serendipity in the results.  Evans engages the work by allowing it to unfold as she responds to sometimes unexpected turns. Evans, an art professor and mom to three daughters, paints in her studio at Water Street Studios in Batavia, and recently showed her work at Side Street Studio Arts in downtown Elgin. The opening reception is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 23. The event is free and open to the public. Come to support the arts in Aurora, meet the artist and discuss her work.  A cash bar is available. The exhibit will hang from August 16 through September 18. The Paramount Theatre Art Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Gallery, opened in the fall of 2006. The gallery features the work of both established and aspiring artists. For more information regarding the Art Gallery, or the hanging of a show, please contact Melissa Mercado at...

Louche Puce Market is Aurora’s Downtown Flea Market Aug08

Louche Puce Market is Aurora’s Downtown Flea Market...

Have you heard of the two hardest words to say in Aurora? Pronouncing “Louche Puce” is only half of the fun on second summer Saturdays when the local flea market comes alive in downtown Aurora.   For only two more Saturdays, Water Street Mall will once again fill with collectibles, vintage treasures, retro items, vinyl LP’s, antiques, music, and activity.   Aurora’s Louche Puce (flea) Market (pronounced loosh pyoose) brings a festival of furniture, glassware, ceramics, ephemera, architectural salvage, restored and reclaimed toys, costume jewelry, vinyl records, books, vintage fashions, objets d’art, objects of curiosity, and more.   Dozens of vendors line the pedestrian-friendly Water Street Mall with their wares, while local musicians play for tips, and FreshGround Roasting brews up fresh coffee.   A festive community event, Louche Puce Market takes place on Water Street Mall, the tree-lined, brick-paved alley between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard just a block east of the Paramount Theatre.   Louche Puce Market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 9 and September 13. In October, visit Louche Puce Market at the Aurora Transportation Center as it joins Aurora’s Farmers Market. Find Louche Puce Market on Facebook. Interested vendors can contact organizer Jeanne Norris at (630) 844-3224 or email...

New Season Announced and Paramount to Shine in 2013-2014...

Today, Paramount President and CEO Tim Rater announced the addition of a diverse list of live music acts, nationally recognized comedy stars, a new slate of holiday shows, and spectacular family friendly performances guaranteed to entertain Paramount audiences year-round in 2013-14. The Paramount’s 82nd season launches on Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. with the annual Season Kick Off Party in the Paramount’s beautiful Grand Gallery, followed by the first concert of the new season, the Happy Together Tour. For only $10, Kick Off Party guests will enjoy delicious pre-show appetizers prepared by area restaurants and dining partners, a cash bar, and chances to win amazing prizes from 5 to 7 p.m. Following the party is the Happy Together Tour at 8 p.m., with a re-booted line-up for 2013 boasting some of the great pop and rock stars of the 1960’s:  The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie; Gary Puckett & Union Gap; Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and past members of Three Dog Night and Paul Revere & The Raiders. Paramount’s 2013-14 season continues with Vegas comedian Terry Fator (October 12), Selected Shorts featuring Denis O’Hare, Kate Burton and Kirsten Vangsness (October 13), Momtourage starring Caroline Rhea, Carol Leifer and Kym Whitley (October 18), Larry The Cable Guy (October 19), Garrison Keillor (November 19), The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue (December 6-22, in the Copley Theatre), Ballet Folklorico (December 6), A Christmas Carol (December 7-9), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (December 14), Christmas with the Celts (December 18), magician Bill Blagg (December 28), two New Year’s Eve performances of Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel (December 31), a special Valentine’s Day performance by The Midtown Men (February 14), The Peking Acrobats (February 16), Voca People (April 19), 3 Redneck Tenors...