Paramount WOWS with New 2014/2015 Season...

Drum roll… Paramount Theatre announced their new season today. The official announcement came after season ticket holders received the new season brochure in the mail last week. Without further adieu… 1. Cats! 2. Mary Poppins 3. Tommy 4. Les Miserables It will be a knock-out season for sure. And now that the Paramount Theatre is eligible for Jeff Awards, it’ll be an exciting season to see if it tops the others. You won’t want to miss out. Order tickets through the Paramount Box Office at (630)...

“Women” at David L. Pierce...

The Aurora Public Art Commission and Rotten Apple Studios present: “Women,” works by 16 artists. At the David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. Co curated by the Aurora Public Art Commission Rotten Apple Studios, Women features works by Carmen Class, Barbara Colbert, Maureen Gasek, Solange Marie Henson, Kau, Laura Lein-Svencner, Maria Malayter, Dianne Martia, Patti Parish, Jennifer Rauch, Mary Rodriguez Elizabeth (Betty) Palella, Tiana Solomon, Marita Valdizan, Janet Wickham and Jeannine Worthington. Women features works in a wide range of media, including oil, acrylics, watercolor, jewelry, and photography. The exhibit opened in February and will be on display until April 11, 2014. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. ************************* The Aurora Public Art Commission is a civic organization dedicated to the presentation of public art in all its forms. For more information on the Commission or the gallery visit the City of Aurora’s website at www.aurora-il.org Rotten Apple Studios is a multimedia studio stationed in downtown Aurora,...

First Fridays: March 7 Feb18

First Fridays: March 7...

We’re celebrating the end of a snow-tastic winter in downtown Aurora. Visit our First Friday venues on Friday, March 7 and get your art on! This month, five venues open their doors for a night of art, music, food, drink and community. First Fridays in Downtown Aurora is March 7. Enjoy art, music, food, drink and more! All venues are open to the public. River’s Edge Cafe, Downtown Auroran Magazine Party, 6 to 8 p.m., 14 W. Downer The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Toy Show, 6 to midnight, 205 N. Broadway If These Walls Could Talk, Kathleen Rietz, 7 to 11 p.m., 32 S. Stolp Ave. The Yetee, Outside the Gates: The Birth of the Concert Bootleg Shirt, 6 to 10 p.m., 110 Cross St. Culture Stock, Kid Art Showcase, 6 to 8 p.m. 43 E. Galena...

Up Next: Awards for Paramount Theatre...

The Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora is thrilled to confirm it has been informed by Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that its 2014-2015 Broadway Musical series productions will be eligible for consideration for Equity Jeff Awards/Large Tier theaters next season. “Thank you Jeff Committee! As you can imagine I am overwhelmed, proud and grateful for the honor of Paramount Theatre now being recognized among Chicago’s best. An honor earned by the dedication of our artists, technicians and staff and our ever growing audience,” said Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre. “I can’t believe the stride we have hit so quickly in only our third season! Congratulations, thanks and love to President and CEO, Tim Rater, who knew from the start we could do this. Thanks again Jeff Committee! We will strive as ever to make you proud and be worthy of Chicago Theatre, the best there is in the country!” The Jeff Committee, akin to New York’s Tony Awards, is a volunteer organization that has been honoring outstanding Chicago theater productions and artists annually since it was established in 1968. Previous rules mandated theaters eligible for Jeff Equity consideration had to be within 30 miles of downtown Chicago. Starting in 2014-2015, that radius will be extended to 45 miles, allowing the Paramount and other suburban Equity theaters to submit their productions for Jeff consideration. The Paramount is only in its third season of self-producing its own four-play Broadway Musical subscription series. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jim Corti and President and CEOTim Rater, the Paramount has worked with Chicago’s top theater professionals to turn out a consistent string of major hits including My Fair Lady, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line, Hair, Grease, Annie, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heights, Miss Saigon and 42nd Street. Still to come in Paramount’s 2013-14 Broadway...

Going OnLight in Downtown Aurora...

  DOWNTOWN AURORA – The first multi-tenant business building in downtown Aurora is now connected to the city’s fiber optic network, OnLight Aurora officials announced at an open house meeting for OnLight held at the Aurora Police Department at the end of January. The old Metropolitan Business Building at Stolp Avenue and Downer Place has now been connected to the network via the non-profit OnLight Aurora, said Alderman Rick Mervine, 8th Ward, who serves on the OnLight Aurora Board of Directors. The building, which houses River’s Edge Cafe, Annie’s Om Towne Fitness, Fox Valley Homebrew and other tenants, is owned by downtown developer Dan Hites. Hites, who purchased the building about 15 years ago, said the fiber optic connectivity has the ability to set downtown Aurora apart from other downtowns across the state. It adds value for his existing and future tenants, he said. “I just look at this as a wonderful opportunity for downtown,” Hites said. “It gives downtown the perfect niche to get into the technology field and gives it an asset that a lot of other towns around here don’t have.” Hites newest tenant, JJX Packaging, a packaging and design firm, decided to locate their start up offices in downtown Aurora in part because of the access to the fiber optic network, said Chris Kuntzi, owner of the firm. A key part of his business is communicating with Chinese manufacturers who make the packaging the firm designs and sells out of the Aurora office. The fiber optic connectivity made it an “easy decision” to locate his start up business in downtown Aurora, he said. “As I was vetting out locations, Internet connectivity is something that can be costly,” said Kuntzi, of DeKalb. Because he didn’t have to invest heavily in equipment, Kuntzi...